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Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, February 22–23, 2019

H&H, Duxford, U.K., March 20, 2019

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Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., April 7, 2019

RM Sotheby’s, Essen, DEU, April 11–12, 2019

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1965 Ferrari 275 GTS 12 Cylinders for $1.3m Sports Car Market STRATOSPHERIC Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale $614k July 2019 www.sportscarmarket.com


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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends July 2019 . Volume 31 . Number 7 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS $1,325,000 / Gooding & Company 1936 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas Tourer $584,774 / H&H 62 64 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 194 Vehicles Rated at Six Sales 86 90 102 116 126 136 ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead RACE 14 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Nick Jaynes 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale $613,888 / RM Sotheby’s 1991 RUF CR4 “Black Devil” $201,600 / RM Sotheby’s 1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan $165,000 / RM Auctions 1966 McLaren M1B Group 7 Can-Am Racer $225,476 / Bonhams 2004 BMW M3 CSL $110,106 / RM Sotheby’s 66 70 72 74 78 Cover: 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale; Peter Singhof ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market MARKET OVERVIEW The Youngtimer Collection has shaken up the market — Chad Tyson BARRETT-JACKSON Palm Beach, FL: In South Florida, Barrett-Jackson sells 640 out of 643 lots for $30.9m — John Hoshstrasser RM SOTHEBY’S Essen, DEU: RM Sotheby’s first-time sale in Essen brings in $21m on 185 of 212 cars sold — B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS Chichester, U.K.: Bonhams’ first U.K. auction of the year sells 74 of 104 lots for $7.97m — Paul Hardiman RM AUCTIONS Fort Lauderdale, FL: Best-ever $23m result from 274 of 368 cars changing hands in Florida — John Hoshstrasser LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK: Of 466 cars offered, 294 sell for $7.2m in OKC — B. Mitchell Carlson 146 H&H Duxford, U.K.: Of 103 lots, 77 moved to new homes, totaling $3.6m for the first Duxford sale this year — Paul Hardiman acebook and watch for updates and offers! Courtesy of H&H Classics


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FEATURES 52 The SCM Interview: Bob Sellers, Reliable Carriers’ chief operation officer, talks about shipping cars all over North America — Chester Allen 54 2019 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance: Sunshine and quality cars — Bill Rothermel 56 Scene and Be Seen: Car people at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance — Bill Rothermel 58 Essen Techno Classica: Visiting Europe’s biggest vintage-car event — B. Mitchell Carlson DEPARTMENTS 24 Crossing the Block 26 Auction Calendar 58 Essen Techno Classica COLUMNS 20 Shifting Gears Taking your kid on an epic road trip across the country is a great idea — but don’t take a Bugeye or an MGA Keith Martin 40 Affordable Classic Few gearheads mourned the end of the Z31 Nissan 300ZX cars Jeff Zurschmeide 42 Collecting Thoughts The ultimate function of a collector car is helping you make extraordinary friends Miles Collier 44 Legal Files Different states have different rules on taxing cars. Figure out which state works best for you John Draneas 46 Unconventional Wisdom The future of car collecting shines brightly at McPherson College Donald Osborne 48 Drivers Ed Good collectors add lasting value to their cars Paul Hageman 68 The Cumberford Perspective The Lancia Stratos HF Stradale is a brilliant fusion of form and function Robert Cumberford 76 Next Gen The sweet Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 is a car to buy and treasure Philip Richter 170 eWatch Prototype Coca-Cola bottle brings a disappointing $110,700 Carl Bomstead 16 40 Affordable Classic Sports Car Market 28 Concours and Events: Concours d’Elegance of America, Forest Grove Concours, Hillsborough Concours, SCM 1000 Tour 30 Contributors: Get to know your SCM staffers and writers 32 You Write, We Read: Buying a Baby Bugatti, Publisher Martin’s recovery, kudos for Draneas, Ferrari 360 Modena transmissions 34 Display Advertisers Index 36 Time Pieces: The Rolex Submariner 36 Neat Stuff: Limited-edition Loafers and F1 sounds 38 Speaking Volumes: Twice Around the Clock: Yanks at Le Mans 80 Market Moment 1: 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale 81 Market Moment 2: 1986 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R 82 Rising Sun: 1994 Toyota Supra, 1986 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R, 1991 Honda CRX Si 88 Buy/Sell/Hold: Honda Civics, Toyota FJ40s and Datsun 240Z, 260Z and 280Z cars 96 Market Moment 3: 1981 Ford LTD custom station wagon “National Lampoon’s Vacation” homage 106 Fresh Meat: 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider, 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe, 2018 Aston Martin DB11 coupe 120 On the Radar: 1994 Lancia Kappa, 1994 Renault Laguna, 1994 Ford Scorpio Mk II 132 Market Moment 4: 1971 Honda N600 156 Mystery Photo: “Now that is a woodie to be proud of!” 156 Comments With Your Renewals: “In the memorable words of Carly Simon, ‘Nobody does it better!’” 158 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 162 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs B. Mitchell Carlson Dirk de Jager ©2018 / RM Auctions


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin It’s the Memories That Matter “I don’t care what car we take, Dad. I just want to be with you.” This seemed like a good idea at the time ... M y son Bradley was 10 when I bought him a 1960 Bugeye Sprite two years ago. I was setting us up to make fatherand-son memories together. I chose a Bugeye because that was my first car. The day I turned 16, I was first in line to take my driving test. An hour later, after shelling out $30, I owned my first sports car. Getting Bradley a Bugeye was no different than a father wanting his son to play the same musical instruments he did, participate in the same sports — and maybe even go to the same schools. I bought it so we could have some shared common experiences. I thought having a Bugeye would ensure that. What about a Miata? When my daughter Alex turned 16 in 2007, I found her a 1995 BMW 318i with a 5-speed. The European sports car convertibles in our price range were slow and ugly, thanks to federal smog and safety regulations. I took Alex to see a used Miata. “Dad, you didn’t raise me to drive a Miata,” she said. But a Miata has become more attractive with each passing year. Our 1960s sports cars are increasingly expensive to maintain. They are unsafe in modern freeway traffic. If I offered Alex a choice between a 2008 Miata (worth $10,000) and our 1965 Giulia Spider (worth north of six figures) to use as her daily driver, I’m fairly certain which car she would pick. The Bugeye was not a wise financial decision. We have spent (in- vested?) about $30,000 on the car. We had local expert Chip Starr go through the car from stem to stern, building a 1,275-cc engine, finding a 3.7 rear end, and simply making sure that everything was working properly. Our friend Matt Crandall of the Avant Garde Collection (www.a-gc. com) is going to sell the car for us. If we get $20,000, I will consider it a success. The value of this car is not going to go up in the foreseeable future. It’s time to cut it loose, take my loss and save the money for the future. If we realize just $15,000, there are plenty of good Miatas and Boxsters to be found in that price range. Both cars have more comfort, performance and safety features than any car from the 1960s. A Bugeye was a great daily driver when I was 16. Not so much now. 20 ... but the world has changed A fun, safe, comfortable trip In fact, some of my favorite memories with Alex revolve around a road trip we took in 2008 in our 2002 Boxster S. The Porsche was only six years old, but it was mostly depreciated. It was just a fun commodity — and cheap. We covered a quick 1,500 miles in four days, crossing central Oregon and heading to Eureka on the California coast before we headed home. The Porsche was comfortable and felt safe. The four airbags helped with that. I recall Alex’s sense of wonderment and mastery as she hit triple digits for the first time while we were crossing the wide-open Oregon plains on U.S. Highway 97. It was the memories, not the car, that mattered. I’ve abandoned, or at least modified, another fantasy with Bradley. When he turns 16, in 2023, I wanted us to re-create the road trip I took in a 1956 MGA in 1968. I tried to get to the Chicago Democratic National Convention and got as far as Colorado before the car killed itself. I was going to buy another MGA so we could set off for the heart- land of America in a similar car, but that car would be almost 70 years old when we took that 2023 trip. I now realize that an incredible trip is more important than the car. If Bradley and I drove to the Midwest in a 10-year-old Miata or Boxster, the journey would be no less exciting for him. Would he be sad because he didn’t have to deal with a leaking top or a pathetic heater or wipers that didn’t wipe or the inevitable roadside repairs? I doubt it. When I asked him, he said, “I don’t care about the car, Dad, I just want to be with you.” So I have moved on in terms of the cars I am considering for us. And so have many of my cohorts. When we are looking for fun in an open sports car, there are many newer choices that provide all of the excitement with none of the drama of the cars from the 1960s. There is a reason that the prices of sports cars from that era have been flat or declining for the past decade. In just three years, I’ll start looking in earnest for a used sport car — from the modern era. There will be plenty of choices and no shortage of memories to be made. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 tourer at Bonhams’ Chichester, U.K., sale Bonhams Where: Chichester, U.K. When: July 5 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 56/84 cars sold / $41.5m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 tourer • 1992 Williams FW14B • 1966 Ford GT40 • 1907 Métallurgique-Maybach 21-Litre Special Silver Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 6 Web: www.silverauctions.com Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: July 10 Web: www.brightwells.com Mecum Where: Denver, CO When: July 12–13 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 367/513 cars sold / $9.9m Featured cars: • 1935 Chrysler C6 Airstream business coupe • 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Smith Auctions Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: July 13 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com Petersen Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 13 Web: www.petersencollectorcars.com 24 High seller at Mecum’s 2018 auction in Denver, CO: 1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible, sold at $181,500 Sports Car Market Shannons Where: Melbourne, AUS When: July 15 Web: www.shannons.com.au Barons Auctions Where: Esher, U.K. When: July 16 Web: www.barons-auctions.com SG Auction Where: Lincoln, NE When: July 19–20 Web: www.sgauction.net VanDerBrink Where: Zimmerman, MN When: July 20 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Featured cars: • 1911 Overland roadster • 1910 Brush Model B • 1949 Crosley Hot Shot roadster H&H Where: Buxton, U.K. When: July 24 Web: www.handh.co.uk


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Featured cars: • 1999 Lotus Elise • 1957 Austin A35 • 1966 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 25–27 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 501/627 cars sold / $14.5m Featured cars: • 1964 Buick Riviera • 1974 Ford Bronco • 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 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 MAY 29–JUNE 1—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN 1—VANDERBRINK Larchwood, IA 1–2—LUCKY Tacoma, WA 2—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 4—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 6–8—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 8—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 14—TOM MACK Asheville, NC 15—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 15—VANDERBRINK Springfield, MI 15—SILVER Coeur d’Alene, ID 17—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 19—H&H Duxford, U.K. 21–22—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 21–22—MECUM Portland, OR 22—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 22—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 26–29—BARRETTJACKSON Uncasville, CT 26 Top seller at RM Auctions’ 2018 sale in Auburn, IN: 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, sold at $852,500 Sports Car Market 28–29—VICARI Atlanta, GA 29—COYS Oxfordshire, U.K. 30—BONHAMS Chantilly, FRA JULY 5—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 6—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 10—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 12–13—MECUM Denver, CO 13—SMITH AUCTIONS Cape Girardeau, MO 13—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 15—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 16—BARONS Esher, U.K. 19–20—SG AUCTION Lincoln, NE 20—VANDERBRINK Zimmerman, MN 24—H&H Buxton, U.K. 25–27—GAA Greensboro, NC 27–28—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 30—H&H Bickenhill, U.K. 31–AUG 3—MECUM Harrisburg, PA AUGUST 3—COYS Jüchen, DEU 3—CCA Warwickshire, U.K. 8–10—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 9–10—VICARI New Orleans, LA 10—VANDERBRINK Beardsley, MN 15—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Pacific Grove, CA 15–16—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 15–17—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 15–17—MECUM Monterey, CA 15–17—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 16–17—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 17—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 24—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 26—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 29–SEPT 1—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN 31—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 31—SMITH AUCTIONS Springfield, MO 31–SEPT 1—SILVER Sun Valley, ID Silverstone Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: July 27–28 Web: www.silverstoneauctions.com Last year: 90/145 cars sold / $8.3m Featured cars: • 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing • 1966 Chevrolet Corvette coupe • 2005 Ferrari F430 6-speed H&H Where: Bickenhill, U.K. When: July 30 Web: www.handh.co.uk Mecum Where: Harrisburg, PA When: July 31–August 3 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 747/1001 cars sold / $23.2m Featured cars: • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible • 1967 Shelby GT500 • 1966 Batmobile replica ♦ Darin Schnabel ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com JULY CALENDAR 4–7 Goodwood Festival of Speed, U.K.; www. goodwood.com 18–21 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, Lexington, KY; www. keenelandconcours.com 26–28 Portland Vintage Racing Festival, Portland, OR; www.portlandraceway.com Three Marques Star at 47th Annual Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance Bentley, Packard and Porsche are featured marques at this year’s Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance. The picturesque, tree-shaded lawns of Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, will host more than 300 sports and classic cars on July 21. The special classes for this year’s show are: Over 70 Years of the Porsche 356, 120 Years of Packard and 100 Years of Bentley. Gerald Greenfield is this year’s senior judge. SCM’s own Donald Osborne is this year’s presenter and emcee. Advance tickets for adults are $20; and children under 13 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.forestgroveconcours.org. (OR) Roam Backroads on the SCM 1000 SCMers will explore 1,000 miles of empty Oregon and Washington back roads during the SCM 1000 Tour from July 14 to 19. Porsche is the star Hillsborough Puts Porsche in Spotlight The Hillsborough Concours, one of the Bay Area’s top car events, rolls beautiful cars onto the gorgeous fairways of the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame, CA, on July 21. This year’s star marque is Porsche. Admission is $40 for adults; children younger than 13 are admitted free of charge. www.hillsboroughconcours. org. (CA) 28 marque of this year’s tour, but expect to see stunning cars from other makes. Publisher Martin is the host of this year’s tour, which will feature: • Fantastic accommodations, food, Northwest wines and SCM camaraderie. • Time with SCM writers, including Donald Osborne. • Nightly “Conversations with Collectors” talks. • Luggage truck and roadside assistance. The SCM 1000 is limited to 40 cars made before 1974, and this year is sold out. For more information, visit www.sportscarmarket.com/tour- registration (OR) 27 Concours d’Lemons Detroit, The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI; www.concoursdlemons. com Warner Groendyke Concours to Honor Top Enthusiasts The 41st Annual Concours d’Elegance of America will honor John D. Groendyke as collector of the year — and recognize Amelia Island Concours founder Bill Warner as Enthusiast of the Year from July 26 to 28 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. Featured classes include Detroit Power Foreign Styling and History of Alternative Power. Woodies are the Featured Body Design, and Bentley is the Featured Coachbuilder. 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 28. www.concoursusa.org (MI) Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Associate Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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COLLIER, SCM Contributor, is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist, and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nur- tured 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. Collier maintains a significant automobile collection in Naples, FL, and his Revs Institute is one of the world’s best collections of automotive documents and history. Turn to p. 42 for his “Collecting Thoughts” piece on how a life with collector cars is often full of friendship and adventure. 30 BRIAN BAKER, SCM Information Technology Manager, is a fourthgeneration car guy. Having grown up around Japanese cars, he became fascinated with them at a young age. He loves to troubleshoot cars just as much as he likes working on computers. His first car project was a 1988 Honda CRX, in which he swapped a Japanese B16a engine, redid all the wiring, and reprogrammed it to run ODB1. He currently owns a 1977 Datsun 280Z that he rescued from a slow death under a tree. 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. 82. 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 highly original 1936 Bentley 4½ Litre bitsa — yes, you read that right — on p. 64. He also covers the H&H Duxford Auction on p. 146 and the Bonhams Chichester sale on p. 116.


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com I doubt your non-attorney readers fully understand how you have made sense of some Gordian-knot cases. I am referring to the Idoni Corvette, the Hallingby Ferrari and the Seinfeld Porsche. Buying a Baby Bugatti To the Editor: I’m a new subscriber to SCM, but have followed and appreciated Keith Martin’s work for many years. I really enjoyed Keith’s recent blog post on why his son won’t get to drive a Bugeye Sprite in today’s world, and heartily concur. I’ve long thought about buying a Lotus Europa, but safety is one of the big concerns (along with reliability, of course) holding me back. I have a question that you may or may not want (or be able) to answer, but it could be an interesting topic for a future blog. I got confirmation today that I have qualified for one of the 500 build slots for the new Bugatti Baby II. The base price is €30,000, but I assume the final price with options, delivery and taxes will be closer to $50,000. 32 While I am by no means rich, I am well enough off that I can afford the “car” without depriving my family of more-important things. However, I would be more comfortable making the purchase if I had a reasonable expectation that the BB, as I will call it, will maintain at least a significant portion of its original value, if not appreciate. Of course, this is an unprec- edented situation, one that I cannot remember ever having occurred in the automotive world before. I don’t think we will ever see Mercedes build a ¾-scale 300SL, and even if they did, it wouldn’t have the historical basis in a previous “children’s” Gullwing in the same way the BB II has in the BB I. So, I was wondering if you have any thoughts on the potential collectibility of the new Bugatti Baby? Naturally, I only seek an informed opinion/ guess, realizing that no one has a crystal ball clear enough to see this particular vehicle’s future. In any case, I would love to hear your thoughts, either way, on this most unique and interesting opportunity. — Michael Calkins, via email Keith Martin replies: Michael, I’m not fluent in these cars. It’s not a lot of money, and as there are a limited number being built, they are unlikely to depreciate. I say go for it and don’t look back! Draneas Keeps Hitting Homers To the Editor: John Draneas is three for three. Each month Sports Car Market arrives at my home, my reading pattern is always the same — “Legal Files” first, and then Cumberford. I am writing to comment on your careful analysis of some complicated cases. I doubt your non-attorney readers fully understand how you have made sense of some Gordian-knot cases. I am referring to the Idoni Corvette (March 2019, p. 46), the Hallingby Ferrari (February 2019, p. 68) and the Seinfeld Porsche (April 2019, p. 58). I am old enough to remember Shepardizing cases in in an old, steam-heated courthouse in Lowell, MA. The court’s library was open Monday through Friday until midnight and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, so all the law students like me could prepare for class. I liked to really understand the cases, so I could speak somewhat intelligently Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index 2019 SCM Monterey Seminar ......................161 Aston Martin of New England ........................38 Automobilia Monterey ..................................149 Automotive Restorations Inc...........................97 Autosport Designs Inc .....................................17 Avant Garde Collection .................................124 Barrett-Jackson ..........................................39, 57 Bennett Law Office .......................................155 Beverly Hills Car Club ..................................143 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc ..................127 Bonhams / UK .................................................25 Bring A Trailer .................................................77 Can-Am Cars Ltd ..........................................152 Cars, Inc. ..........................................................37 Centerline Alfa Parts .....................................101 Charles Prince Classic Cars........................... 119 Chequered Flag International ........................123 Classic Car Capital ..........................................31 Classic Showcase ..........................................121 Confederate Motorcycles ..............................135 Copley Motorcars ..........................................103 Dobson Motorsport........................................100 Dr. Beasley’s ..................................................147 Driversource Houston LLC ............................8-9 European Collectibles......................................95 Fantasy Junction ........................................18–19 Forest Grove Concours....................................51 Fourintune Garage Inc ...................................149 Gaswerks Garage ...........................................141 Girardo & Co ...................................................27 Gooding & Company ......................................13 Grundy Insurance ............................................69 GT Motor Cars LLC ................................53, 143 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ............................153 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .............................49 Heacock Classic ............................................171 Heritage Classics .............................................59 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..............................139 Hyman, LTD ....................................................22 Intercity Lines ..................................................45 JC Taylor ........................................................137 JJ Best Banc & Co .........................................159 Kevin Kay Restorations ..................................12 Kidston .............................................................15 Legendary Motorcar Company .....................149 Lory Lockwood ...............................................98 Luxury Brokers International ....................10–11 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ...........................55 Macy’s Garage Ltd. .......................................150 McCollister’s Auto Transport ..........................47 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center .......................33 Mershon’s World Of Cars..............................141 MetroVac .........................................................83 Motorsport Auction Group LLC .....................99 New England Auto Auction ..........................129 Northwest European ......................................151 Passport Transport ......................................... 117 Paul Russell and Company..............................41 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ...............29 Piloti ............................................................... 111 Putnam Leasing .............................................172 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd.............................. 113 RAND Luxury, Inc. .........................................23 RCC MOTORS ...............................................93 Reliable Carriers ..............................................87 RM Sotheby’s ................................................4–5 RMD bvba .......................................................43 Russo and Steele LLC ...................................6–7 SCM1000 .......................................................169 Scott Grundfor Company ..............................131 Streetworks Exotics .........................................50 Symbolic International ....................................21 The Stable, Ltd. .............................................109 The Werk Shop ..............................................154 Tony Labella Classic Cars .............................154 Torque Classic Cars .........................................35 Vermont Barns ...............................................147 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...........................107 Vintage Rallies ...............................................139 Watchworks ...................................................155 WeatherTech ....................................................91 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca ..............89 West Coast Classics, LLC .............................151 White Post Restorations ................................141 Worldwide Group ..........................................2, 3 34 Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel “Lot 134 is a 1962 Ambassador, fully certified by Rambler Classiche” about them. I look at you work on these three cases and make them understandable to your readers. I say very well done. — Jeff Murray, Amherst, NH Publisher Martin’s Road to Recovery To the Editor: I just finished reading Keith Martin’s column in the May issue of SCM (“Shifting Gears,” p. 22). There is no question that your cognitive function is as sharp as ever. Your physical rehabilitation also seems to be on fast track, thank God. In no small measure this is attributable to the great shape you stay in and to your willpower. Your courageous disclosure to the world, including all of us in your fan club, is admirable. It is a major relief to learn that you are doing well. Your loved ones must be ecstatic. Our best to them as well. What an experience for Alex and for little Bradley to be instrumental in his father’s recovery at such a young age. It’s trying now, but very positive in a long run. With warmest personal regards and ongoing wishes towards an expedient recovery. — Peter and Barbara Fodor Keith Martin responds: Peter and Barbara, thanks so much for your kind words. I’m out and 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena coupe: For what it’s worth (in this case, $99,000), it’s an automatic Sports Car Market about — and savoring my life — more each day. Manual or F1 Automatic? To the Editor: I write concerning your cov- erage (p. 110 of the April issue) of the sale of a 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction. Your commentary on the sale fails to provide one critical fact: Does this car have a manual transmission or the F1 automatic? Currently, manual-transmis- sion cars are in great demand, and (for a car of similar condition and specification) command prices $10,000 to $15,000 greater than their automatic-transmission-equipped siblings. Concerning the 360 Modena in question, I would say that $100,000 is reasonable — if it has a manual transmission. If it has the F1 transmission, I would say it was quite well sold. Also, those look to be the stock (not optional) “starfish” wheels. — John Ratto, Las Vegas, NV Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mr. Ratto, thanks for writing. You’re right — we fumbled the ball on the car’s transmission. We won’t make that mistake again. This car had the F1 automatic. ♦


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Rolex Submariner — Gold or Stainless Steel? One of the most iconic watches ever produced is the Rolex Submariner, introduced in 1953. During the mid-1960s, Rolex created the first Submariner diver watch that featured the date displayed under a magnified window. Shortly after the release of the stainless Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date — Submariner, known as Reference 1680, Rolex introduced a solid 18-karat yellow gold version, Reference 1680/8. Roughly 10 years later, Rolex introduced a steel and gold version as well. One of the main differences between the steel version of the Submariner and the solid-gold version is weight. Gold, which is a rather dense metal, weighs more than steel by volume, and the 18k Sub weighs almost exactly 25% more than the steel version. The other notable difference is the dial color: The steel Sub was only offered with a black dial (until the anniversary models were introduced with green), where the gold version was available either with a black dial, a champagne-colored gold dial set with diamonds and rubies or, most famously, the radiant blue dial shown on the pictured watch. It was the blue-dial version that garnered the attention and affec- tion of the buying public. Steel is strong and inexpensive to work. It is an ideal metal to make a tough, durable watch. Gold, on the other hand, is rare, expensive to mine, and relatively soft, making it less durable and easier to damage. So, you can spend quite a bit Details more for the prestige of gold and get a weaker watch in exchange. Strangely, this is a trade-off that consumers are often willing to make. As consumers bought solid-gold Submariners — and steel-and-gold Submariners — many of them treated their watches as if they were solid steel. Sadly, finding really sharp examples of the gold watches is rather Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Gripping Sound Quality Pirelli has joined forces with Italian audio brand iXoost to create the P ZERO Sound — a Bluetooth hi-fi system contained within a real, scaled-down Formula One tire. No fake molds here — the tires used are known as Wind Tunnel Tires, which F1 teams use for aerodynamic testing. They’re available in a number of sidewall colors, corresponding to their racing compounds. The sound system offers 100 watts of power, with a one-inch tweeter and a 6.5 inch midbass for dynamic, full sound. Get one for your garage — or your living room — for €2,400 (about $2,700) at www.ixoost.it. ♦ 36 Production date: 1968 to present Best place to display one: Although a gold Submariner is not actually worn in the film, picture Rodney Dangerfield sinking Ted Knight in “Caddyshack.” Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.rolex.com challenging as a result. The bracelets were more easily worn out or dented, and the gold bezel surrounding the crystal is often worn down so much that the heavy notching found on the new watch could be literally worn smooth. Further, the first-generation solid-gold bracelets did not employ a screw system for making sizing adjustments, but rather had friction pins and tubes that led to premature bracelet failure. Occasionally, some well-intentioned “expert” cites the lack of screws as an indicator that the watch is counterfeit, which would (all other things constant) be incorrect. Among collectors and aficionados, there is an unending debate over desirability of blue-dialed Submariners. Like other Rolex watches, the blue dials installed on Submariners are not very color stable. Some of the dials fade — evenly or not — and some turn from the original Royal Blue to a strong purple color. Excessive UV exposure speeds the color changes. In most cases, collectors agree that the more even fades are more desirable than a splotchy fade, but some try to capitalize on examples that show strong purple color change, which to some is less pleasing. For years, the 18k Rolex Submariner has been most often spotted on the wrists of powerboat captains and top-level car dealers, which is not necessarily a kind statement. Even more unkind is that these two subsets of the Rolex-wearing public treated their tool watches as if they were made of steel, and typical examples are most often in poor condition. Today, with these models crossing over from used luxury objects to true collectibles, find one where the captain was marooned without his watch or the car dealer was indicted and sentenced prior to years of abuse. Expect to spend north of $15,000 for a good example, and $25,000 for a truly minty one. In Hunt’s Shoes Piloti makes some of the world’s best drivers’ shoes, designed for precision work at the pedals and elevated aesthetics everywhere else. Their James Hunt Collection is intended to honor Hunt’s personality and charm, and is offered in three different versions, all built of tumbled Italian leather and including unique design cues in Hunt’s signature race colors. The JH-76 James Hunt Special Edition Loafer is named after Hunt’s 1976 Formula One World Championship. It’s the perfect fit for a night out on the town during Monterey Car Week — and for your drive to get there. Order a pair at www.piloti.com for $275. Get 20% off with the code SCMARKET20 until August 1. 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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Twice Around The Clock: Yanks at Le Mans by Tim Considine, three volumes/1,096 pages, Toll Hall Sexton Books, $350 (publisher) You approach Tim Considine’s epic recounting of American racers at Le Mans much as you do le tires — eagerly, but with trepidation First off, it’s more than 15 poun tos, a nicely presented package of slipcover box. Volume 1 covers rac 1959, the second covers the ’60s, an ’70s. And much like someone who ju from a decade-long coma and dis ers “this ‘Game of Thrones’ thin is EIGHT seasons long, and who has time for that?” you might be a bit wary of cracking Volume 1. Yo ask, do I have the time, the energ lifespan to finish this sucker? I’m here to reassure you. Unlike you can dip into any part of Twice Ar Clock and be rewarded without be Considine is a quality journalis writer, and in every chapter/race, he The structure is obvious: a cha illustrated, carefully researched an focus on American racers manages to throttle down the fire hose of information — and provide a narrative structure that turns out to be quite rewarding. For example, it all starts with coverage of the 1923 race, as it was a (mostly) American car that made the race, not a driver. This was the nice little hot-rodded Ford Model T created and driven by Charles Montier, aka The Sorcerer of Ford, and a Parisian dealer. Montier took a heavily modified T, with a lowered chas- sis, better brakes, heads and a lightweight body, to the race. Montier knew he couldn’t compete for the win, so he re3 to 2 liters. He raced for a class win, ll. The car, lovingly restored, appeared Classic, celebrating the 100th annivere Model T. d you’re off! Only 1,069 pages to go! enance: Tim Considine is a consummate pro- sional, and the research that went into this three-book set is astounding. Fit and finish: The package is handsomely rinted, and each volume is full of l-printed photos. One complaint is the tent use of photos across the gutter — nding that doesn’t allow the book to lay t then you can’t have everything. peaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Twice Around The Clock: Yanks at Le Mans by Tim Considine, three volumes/1,096 pages, Toll Hall Sexton Books, $350 (publisher) You approach Tim Considine’s epic recounting of American racers at Le Mans much as you do le tires — eagerly, but with trepidation First off, it’s more than 15 poun tos, a nicely presented package of slipcover box. Volume 1 covers rac 1959, the second covers the ’60s, an ’70s. And much like someone who ju from a decade-long coma and dis ers “this ‘Game of Thrones’ thin is EIGHT seasons long, and who has time for that?” you might be a bit wary of cracking Volume 1. Yo ask, do I have the time, the energ lifespan to finish this sucker? I’m here to reassure you. Unlike you can dip into any part of Twice Ar Clock and be rewarded without be Considine is a quality journalis writer, and in every chapter/race, he The structure is obvious: a cha illustrated, carefully researched an focus on American racers manages to throttle down the fire hose of information — and provide a narrative structure that turns out to be quite rewarding. For example, it all starts with coverage of the 1923 race, as it was a (mostly) American car that made the race, not a driver. This was the nice little hot-rod- ded Ford Model T created and driven by Charles Montier, aka The Sorcerer of Ford, and a Parisian dealer. Montier took a heavily modified T, with a lowered chas- sis, better brakes, heads and a lightweight body, to the race. Montier knew he couldn’t compete for the win, so he re- 3 to 2 liters. He raced for a class win, ll. The car, lovingly restored, appeared Classic, celebrating the 100th anniver- e Model T. d you’re off! Only 1,069 pages to go! enance: Tim Considine is a consummate pro- sional, and the research that went into this three-book set is astounding. Fit and finish: The package is handsomely rinted, and each volume is full of l-printed photos. One complaint is the tent use of photos across the gutter — nding that doesn’t allow the book to lay t then you can’t have everything. d d the Clock is proof of the old joke on an elephant: “one bite at a time.” What ly skipped around, a chapter here and nsidine’s authoritative — yet welcoming — voice. Considine manages to create the excitement of a contemporary race report for each year, and he fills them with telling moments, surprising facts and racer memories. There is nothing cheap about this set, starting with the $350 price tag, but you will find yourself going back to it regularly — without a hint of sticker-shock regret. ♦ 38 Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Nissan 300ZX Turbo Shiro The Rick Astley of Z-Cars The Nissan 300ZX Turbo Shiro was the last, lingering gasp of the little-loved Z31 generation body by Jeff Zurschmeide Dirk de Jager ©2018, courtesy of RM Auctions 1988 Nissan 300ZX Turbo “Shiro Z,” sold for $26,400 at the RM Auctions sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL E veryone has a Z-car story. If you didn’t own one yourself, you knew someone who did. Datsun (later Nissan) built an affordable 2-seat fastback sports car with respectable power and handling — and enthusiasts bought them in large numbers. However, the evolution of the Z-car is a cautionary tale for automakers because Nissan was too quick to listen to focus groups of sedan buyers. By 1974, the single-year 260Z came with a 2+2 version that destroyed the roofline. By the end of the 1970s the corporate planners had turned the once-purposeful Z-car into a T-topped 4-seat agglomeration of malaise called the 280ZX. Never Gonna Give You Up Nissan tried to bring the Z-car back up to speed in stages, first by installing Japan’s first-ever mass-market V6 engine to create the 300ZX. The new Z31 body was similar to the old 280ZX body. The 300ZX got back some horsepower, but it wasn’t enough. There had been a 280ZX Turbo since the early 1980s, and Nissan continued with a turbo V6, eventually working the engine up to 205 horsepower and 227 ft-lb of torque. The last examples of the Z31 body style were built in 1988 and sold as 1988/1989 models. The new Z32 body arrived in the spring of 1989 as a 1990 model year, and it was a dramatic improvement. Few have ever lamented the departure of the Z31. What’s a Shiro? As a last hurrah, Nissan created the Shiro Special for the 1988 model year. They built 1,002 of them — all painted pearlescent “Moonglow” white. “Shiro” means white in Japanese. The Shiro was a performance model, and Nissan deserves big thumbs-up for the effort. They chucked 125 pounds of junk such as power seats and digital dashboards onto the factory floor and replaced it all with lightweight Recaro seats, old-fashioned gauges and an uprated performance suspension. The Shiro came with 5% stiffer springs, along with bigger sway bars, Koni shocks, viscous limited-slip differential, an air dam and a 5-speed manual transmission. No automatics allowed. Don’t go thinking the Shiro Special was any kind of factory race car, however. Buyers still got air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and mirrors — and those damn T-tops. Buyers also paid a hefty premium for getting rid of the luxury items. The 1988 300ZX Turbo retailed for about $21,399, while a Shiro stickered at $25,349. Even with the performance premium, the Shiro was a very good deal in its day. In 1988, you would have to lay down an additional $8,000 on top of the Shiro price to get about the same horsepower from a Porsche 944 Details Years produced: 1988 Price when new: $25,349 Number produced: 1,002 Current SCM Median Valuation: $12,000 Pros: Rare, competitive performance for its era Cons: Turbos of this era are notoriously short-lived Best place to drive one: To a Rick Astley concert Worst place to drive one: Next to a Z32 300ZX A typical owner is: Still using cassettes 40 Sports Car Market


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Even with the performance premium, the Shiro was a very good deal in its day. In 1988, you would have to lay down an additional $8,000 on top of the Shiro price to get about the same horsepower from a Porsche 944 Turbo. Turbo. The Mazda RX-7 turbo matched the price of the base 300ZX Turbo closely, but was down 20 horsepower compared to the Nissan. All Things Must Pass When the next-generation Z32 300ZX Twin Turbo arrived in 1989, it came with 300 horsepower and 283 ft-lb of torque, but the price had gone up to $33,000. Still, Nissan had raised the bar and the older cars were obsolete the moment the first of the 1990s drove off the boat. Nissan built the Z32 until 2000, then took a break and once again came back with a sports car for the new decade in the 350Z. The 30 years since the Z31 became last year’s model have not been kind to their values. As is often the case, collectors gravitated to the purer early models, and drivers wanted the more up-to-date later models. A 300ZX from this era usually trades well below $10,000, and the turbos barely peak above that level. The sale that prompted this column is an anomaly, based on extremely low mileage and impeccable original condition. At RM Sotheby’s March 29–30 auction in Fort Lauderdale, FL, an entirely original 1988 Shiro from the Youngtimer Collection with just 29,981 miles showing sold for $26,400. That’s not as high a price as you might think. Right now there’s another 1988 Shiro on offer at Hemmings for $15,500. That’s in line with the SCM Pocket Price Guide median of $12,000 for this generation of 300ZX Turbo — plus a little more for the Shiro package. That car has 129,000 miles on the clock, and a long list of recent maintenance work. If the seller noticed this auction sale, he’s likely to stick to his asking price. The $10,900 difference is entirely down to mileage. Then again, two other Youngtimer 300ZX models went to the same auction. A 1991 Twin Turbo painted in Black Pearl with 2,356 miles went for $66,000 (Lot 3007), and a 1990 example (with a kickin’ in-car cell phone) showing 7,900 miles sold for $44,000 (Lot 3012). It just goes to show that the Z32 models are always likely to be the prettiest of the Nissan girls at the dance, while the Z31 will remain affordable. ♦ July 2019 41


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Collecting Thoughts Collector-Car Camaraderie Fellowship and the Automobile Chad Taylor The Amelia Island Cars & Coffee event is a perfect venue for forging car-people connections Cars transport most of us to new friendships and shared adventures by Miles Collier H aving recently returned from Amelia Island, I started considering the diverse roles and function meaningful automobiles perform. Meaningful automobiles are simply those that are meaningful to their owners, and presumably, therefore meaningful to others as well. Automobiles are meaningful because they are rich objects offering a multiplicity of ways to engage the people who encounter them. A very good case can be made that the transportation role of automobiles is a lesser component of their ultimate meaning than their nontransportation functions. Consider what we saw at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: thousands of people milling about in the presence of hundreds of automobiles, not one of which was there because of its present transportation function. Granted, many of the cars had been some form of “grocery getter” in their day, but even in those cases the groceries being gotten were no doubt closer to pâté de foie de volaille and a nice ’61 Haut Brion than Tater Tots and a six-pack of Pepsi. The cars that truly move us do so for reasons that transcend mundane practicality. How we engage with cars As an artifact, the automobile affords seven points of engagement: nostalgia, history, technology, aesthetics, mastery, competition and fellowship. Each of us is sensitive to the attraction of these different properties to different degrees. That is why you like 1960s Alfas, and I like muscle cars — or why you like going on tours and I like entering concours. Above all, as people who resonate to cars, we find cars are a perfect vehicle for fellowship. They expand our association and friendship with 42 Tours, such as the SCM 1000, are another venue for fast friendships Sports Car Market others. Amelia Island works because it is the perfect environment to reinforce and expand our circle of car friends. Because Bill Warner, founder and maestro of the Amelia Concours, has a wholly catholic view of automobiles — provided only that the cars are interesting — all may hope to show at his event. Oops, there go the mundane grocery-getters in favor of fabulous machines clothed with exquisite coachwork — or more commonly, cars whose grocery-getting was never even notional, say, the AA/FA Fiat Topolino drag car on show this year. Cars do much more than transport our bodies; they transport our minds and imaginations to new areas of knowledge, new appreciation, and most important, transport us into new groups of friends. I had a fascinating conversation with the owner/driver of a 1980s George Olson


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Porsche 962 IMSA about the finer points of drag racing in the late ’60s. I would bet that such an encounter would be almost impossible to imagine even among us, the two participants, in virtually any other setting. That serendipitous coming together — over a wholly unexpected automobile — unrolled a wholly unexpected and memorable conversation. Rolling car communities While a concours, especially one as eclectic as Amelia Island, allows people to briefly come together over any number of weird and wonderful automotive confections — a kind of automotive speed-dating venue for enthusiasts — tours offer a different way for associations to form. Anyone who has been on a four-day, 1,000-mile old-car tour — the most common experience — knows this well. When Bob Sutherland created the Colorado Grand in 1989, little did he know he was defining the organized car tour from then on. As he remarked in the day, “Three days are too short and five too long,” and so it has proved to be. These events become a rolling car community. Each event has its own personality, not just because of the people who happen to have signed up, but also because the personality of each event’s founders was so different as well. One can only think of Martin and Esta Swig’s California Mille compared to Rich and Jean Taylor’s Mountain Mille in Virginia. Founder Swig loved those god-awful asphalt tracks high in the coastal Sierras where you could see your own taillights as you negotiated the hairpin turns. Such conditions attracted Alfa Giuliettas and Porsche 356s by the score. Where else could one travel the Lost Coast of Northern California with a stop in the hamlet of Petrolia? Conversely, Rich and Jean’s communities were less the hard-core “car guys” and more the Mercedes 450SL drivers wanting a rolling four-day vacation. This group enjoyed visiting an historic coal mine as much as clipping Cars are meaningful to their owners, and can be to others as well apexes on one of Senator Byrd’s glass-smooth West Virginia highways. Overnighting in the Homestead with black-tie duds requested would have been inconceivable on Martin’s event. After one particularly grueling day driving from the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco to a slightly dodgy motel in Mount Shasta, an almost500-mile day that included the 100-degree temperatures of the Central Valley, Swig quipped to the exhausted crowd at dinner, “Well, if we didn’t have one hard driving day, you’d all think this was a wine tour.” Thank you, Martin. My wife and I did the drive that day in a 550A Porsche Spyder that had a trigger for an accelerator pedal. Of the seven points of engagement, the greatest is fellowship. In the end, the things that last are the memories and the friendships bestowed on us by the cars that move us in every way. See you down the road. ♦ July 2019 43 Dave Tomaro


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Legal Files John Draneas Where Should Your Cars Live? Which state gives you the lowest income, estate and sales tax burden? Where to go? It isn’t realistic to analyze every one of the 50 states, so the best idea is to focus on states where you are willing to live. Then it becomes a three-step analysis — what works for your business, what works for you and what works for your cars. You may have to make a compromise. States have been targeting business taxation recently. The new tax act’s reduction of the corporate tax rate to 21% seems to have made the states think there is money left on the table — ripe for the plucking. Taxing your business Most states tax businesses based upon the portion of their income that is deemed allocable to the particular state. Traditionally, the income allocations were made using a three-factor test that averaged sales, payroll and property. Generally, an in-state business would likely pay more tax than an A s Baby Boomers ease into retirement, they are becoming a very mobile generation. Many are migrating to other states, not just in search of a sunnier climate — but also for tax planning considerations. We’ve just seen federal income tax rates drop to historic lows, with ordinary rates peaking at 37% and capital gain rates at 20%. But there is an important understory — your deductions for state and local taxes are now limited to $10,000 per year. Tax refugees If your state income tax rate is 10%, but you can deduct the state tax on your federal return, your effective state tax rate is 6.3%. Now, it’s a firm 10%, which represents a tax rate increase of 58.7% over the 6.3%. Meanwhile, many states have been struggling for tax revenue and have raised their income tax rates. Top-rate honors go to California, with a high rate of 13.3%. Hawaii is second at 11%. Then comes Oregon at 9.9% and Minnesota at 9.85%. The tax laws triggered a migration out of high-tax states into no- income-tax states such as Washington, Texas and Florida. But things can change quickly. Washington’s legislature is working on an income tax on capital gains. Contacts in Washington tell me it is likely to happen. Plus, they fear it will soon be followed by a general income tax. Estate taxes As important as income taxes are, you also have to think about your estate taxes. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia impose estate or inheritance taxes at your death. The highest rate is Washington’s 20%, with several states coming in second at 16%. I recently had a client ask about moving from Oregon to Washington to save taxes. Although he would save a lot of income tax each year, he would have to live 10 years for the income tax savings to offset his larger Washington estate tax. Sales taxes We also have to consider sales taxes, since our collector cars are tan- gible personal property that is commonly subject to sales and use taxes. The highest sales tax rate in the country is 10.5% in parts of California. Many states exceed 9%. 44 out-of-state business. Say the in-state business made only 10% of its sales in the state, but had 90% of its property and 90% of its payroll in the state. The average of the three is about 63%, so the business would pay tax on 63% of its net company-wide income. If the same business were based out of state, its in-state property and payroll would likely be near zero. The average of the three factors would then be under 4%, and it would pay tax to the state on only 4% of its company-wide income. Some states have favored in-state businesses by shifting away from the three-factor approach and using only a single sales factor. In our example, each company would be taxed on 4% of its com- pany-wide income, putting in-state and out-of-sate companies on a par. That can be a very good deal for a company such as Nike, which is headquartered in Oregon. Oregon uses a single-sales-factor approach. Nike’s Oregon sales are miniscule, so very little of Nike’s income is taxed in Oregon. But a higher-than-average percentage of its property and payroll are in Oregon, which shifts income away from states that use the three-factor approach. If your company is an LLC or S Corporation, then its income is taxed directly to you. That makes it all taxable in your state of residence, but you still pay tax in the states in which your company is deemed to have generated income using the same allocation approaches. Your home state generally gives you a credit for taxes paid to other states — to avoid double taxation. You have to be very careful here, as the states tax in a patchwork fashion. There is no requirement that exactly 100% of your business income be taxed by the states as a group. Based upon the different approaches, you can end up with, say, only 80% of your income taxed at the state level. However, there is no legal reason why it can’t end up being 120%. Taxing you Once you’ve nailed down where your business will be located, you can look at the options for where you can live. Obviously, if you’re retired, you can skip the first step. Income taxes are typically the most important factor to consider. Moving to a state with no income tax is the Holy Grail, but that is not always possible. Moving to a state with a lower tax rate can be valuable. For example, our firm works with several longtime Oregonians who have second homes in Arizona. For them, spending more of their time in Arizona — and less in Oregon — can enable them to become Arizona residents and Oregon second-homers. That change doesn’t eliminate their state income taxes, but it cuts them about in half. 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they can move their business to Arizona, in whole or in part, the savings can be more dramatic. Taxing your cars Last is the question of where your cars will live. Many states are friendly to new residents. For example, Washington allows new residents to bring their cars into the state without any sales or use tax. The exception is that you must have owned the car for at least 90 days before moving into Washington. This prevents you from saving tax by buying a new car in anticipation of the move. But other states are less hospitable. For example, Louisiana allows you to avoid tax only to the extent that you paid sales tax elsewhere. Montana It is possible to title and register your cars in a state other than your state of residency. The states of greatest interest are Montana and Oregon. Montana has become famous as an out-of-state car registration tax haven. Under Montana law, you can form a Montana-organized LLC, transfer your cars to the Montana LLC, and then title and register them in Montana. There is no sales tax, and registration fees are very low. That sounds great, but once your Montana-registered car enters your home state, your home state’s law will require that you title and register it there. Although the Montana registration is completely legal under Montana law, it is simply illegal for you to drive the car in your home state without registering it there and paying tax. Of course, many people just cheat. If you are thinking of doing the same, bear in mind that many states have caught on to the Montana approach. Multi-state residency Montana can be useful if you and your cars don’t live together. For example, if you live in California, a Montana LLC owns your cars, and your cars stay in a third state — then you should be okay. California can’t tax the cars until they come into California. The third state likely won’t require registration there because most states only require their residents to register their cars there. You do have to check the law of the third state to see if the presence of the cars might be the hook that requires registration and tax. Oregon Oregon can be useful because of an unusual provision in its law. You can register your car in Oregon — no matter where you live — so long as the car lives in Oregon. It has to be stored in Oregon, and it has to return to Oregon every time you finish driving it. If you are willing to store your cars in Oregon, this is an appealing approach, as there is no sales tax and registration fees are very low. Location is the key The question boils down to where your cars are going to be kept. If they are kept in your home state, they have to be titled and registered there. Note that I wrote “kept” — not “driven.” Bringing the car into your home state triggers the obligation to pay use tax, even if you never drive the car — and even if you never actually register it in your state. If it is feasible to keep your cars in some other state, and not drive them in your home state, then it’s worth taking a look at Montana or Oregon registration. If storing them in Oregon makes geographic sense for you, then the Oregon registration is the best bet. If they have to stay in some other state, then consider using a Montana LLC. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. July 2019 45


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne An Inspiring Future A trip to Kansas gives a native New Yorker plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about cars and car collecting country than not. This point was once again driven home (pun fully intended) during my recent visit to McPherson College in central Kansas. Graham’s Graham The occasion was McPherson’s alumni weekend, held in the first weekend in May. The annual event features a keynote dinner speaker on the Friday night. This year, it was a fellow named Donald Osborne. The weekend also includes a student-organized cruise-in on the town’s Main Street and a car show on Saturday. Students do all the work — from marketing to logistics to judging. Saturday’s event, the C.A.R.S. Club Motoring Festival and Car Show, boasts an entry of over 400 vehicles parked on lawns in the center of the campus. The day includes band performances, food trucks and tours of McPherson College’s Automotive Restoration Program facilities and workspace. A stellar National Advisory Board, consisting of some of the most Graham Eidemiller and his 1941 Graham Hollywood sedan, a testament to the vibrant future of car collecting I have been an intensely optimistic person for most of my life. This has served me well through challenging moments and allowed me to find increasing serenity and satisfaction as I matured. Recently, that sunny equanimity has been difficult to maintain at times — for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, I am proud to have achieved more serenity in my life in the past number of years, and I am very pleased that I took a big step to increase that feeling just a few days ago. It has long bothered me that many people like to say, “The era of the car is over,” or, “Car collecting as we’ve known it dies with the Baby Boomers,” or, even worse, “Young people just don’t care about cars at all.” These opinions can be heard at various concours d’elegance and high-end driving tours on a regular basis, but are most often found in well-established print, broadcast and online media outlets. Today’s kids love cars This column is called “Unconventional Wisdom” for a very good reason. I like to shake the accepted notions, debunk hoary legends and discredit the dreaded “assumption.” I have been working to fight the “Car is Dead — and Old Cars Even More So” doomsday prophets for a long time. One of the first public stands I took was in an article I wrote in The New York Times published in November 2013. It was about major automotive museums around the world and how they were being redesigned, redeveloped, expanded and improved — and that fine-art museums enjoyed record attendance for automotive-themed exhibitions. This was occurring in the face of the imminent demise of the motor vehicle — according to that very same “newspaper of record.” I’m a native New Yorker, born in Manhattan, and I was raised there and in the borough of Queens. As I’ve mentioned many times, my family did not own a car until I was 12. Public transport sufficed. However, I observed as soon as I left New York, cars were abso- lutely necessary. That hasn’t changed since I was a young boy — that is, outside of the echo chambers of the coastal big cities. Last I checked, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles County are not the entire United States. Where I live in the Southern California desert, young people still get their license as early as they can — and many have bought their first car before they could legally drive. That is true in more parts of the 46 noted and accomplished names in the classic-car field — and a number of graduates and friends — also holds its annual meeting during this week. Graham Eidemiller, 24, is a senior at McPherson. He is about to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in the Automotive Restoration program. He has already landed a position with FCA in their historical archives and collection. I met Graham and his parents at the Friday cruise-in — all because I was drawn to a really neat car there that I had seen parked on campus earlier in the day. It was a dark blue 1941 Graham Hollywood sedan, the supercharged rear-wheel-drive doppelgänger of the Cord 812. It was, in fact, Graham’s car. Besides the neat trick of being able to buy a car with your name — he’s quite fortunate that his parents didn’t name him “Tucker,” “Bugatti” or “Duesenberg” — this young man also appreciates the unique charm of owning and driving an historical object. His car has a known history from new and shows all the well-earned scars of a life fully lived. But it also came with a great pile of spares — enough to keep it on the road — and to perform a rolling restoration as needed and desired. This is something a McPherson student appreciates. The future is coming from flyover country Graham’s story captured my imagination, but it’s hardly unique. In my time on the campus, I was overwhelmed with the passion, talent, focus, enthusiasm and maturity of the young people I met there. I had long been familiar with the school and its work through conversations with Amanda Gutierrez, the vice president of the Auto Restoration program. I also have come to know several McPherson graduates while work- ing with them. I’m always impressed with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm they bring to the field. When Amanda Gutierrez extended the invitation to speak at McPherson, I jumped at the chance to see the campus and meet the staff and students. My expectations were high when I stepped onto the campus, but they were blown away after the first few hours. Anyone who is interested in a career involving collector cars, is working in the field — or who wants to see how vibrant, alive and safe the future is for our world — should take a trip to the heartland and McPherson College. This is especially true if you live on a coast and have any lingering ideas about “flyover country.” This is where the future of collector cars lives and breathes. Even though I was born on one ocean and live two hours from another, my soul — serene and satisfied — lives in Kansas. ♦ Sports Car Market Colleen Gustavson, McPherson College


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman A Collector’s Legacy — Part II Collectors who care for their cars’ history create a lasting, valuable legacy but in duty to the car beyond his ownership. When we’re speaking in terms of more-common cars, this isn’t always a priority. But as hobbyists and collectors, we should be conscious of a car well past our own time with it — that, in many ways, is our legacy. A car’s history means a lot Preservation is obviously a passion of mine, and for that reason I’ve always revered collectors who promote originality. By stark contrast, it has always frustrated me when someone restores, even in part, something that should have been left as-is. Second only to originality, provenance is, in my opinion, the next most important aspect of a collector car. One thing I’ve noticed of late is that we, as buyers s Ed Paul Hageman A Collector’s Legacy — Part II Collectors who care for their cars’ history create a lasting, valuable legacy but in duty to the car beyond his ownership. When we’re speaking in terms of more-common cars, this isn’t always a priority. But as hobbyists and collectors, we should be conscious of a car well past our own time with it — that, in many ways, is our legacy. A car’s history means a lot Preservation is obviously a passion of mine, and for that reason I’ve always revered collectors who promote originality. By stark contrast, it has always frustrated me when someone restores, even in part, something that should have been left as-is. Second only to originality, provenance is, in my opinion, the next most important aspect of a collec- tor car. One thing I’ve noticed of late is that we, as buyers worthy worthy $22m result A collector’s legacy is as much about the individual as it is about the collection. Last month’s column (June 2019, “A Collector’s Legacy Part I,” p. 56) hopefully spurred some broader thought, but now I’d like to explore the more tangible impact of one’s legacy on the market. Plainly speaking, for some of us, our legacy might just be a line in a car’s ownership history. And I think those associations can have interesting effects on the value of an automobile. I’m fortunate that I get to be involved with cars that I’d otherwise never be able to own. And I try to only deal in cars that I would personally like to own (which also makes it easier when they don’t sell as quickly as I’d hope!). I think of the cars I handle almost as though I’m building a collec- tion of my own. I know that by adding one lesser-quality car to the mix, I can adversely affect the reputation of everything else that I touch. I approach my own collecting this same way. While I don’t own any particularly noteworthy cars, I do like to think that other enthusiasts see consistent quality in what I have. And, ultimately, I want my cars to one day find appreciative new owners. Ownership means stewardship as well As I’ve written before, I do believe we as collectors have a duty, first and foremost, to the preservation of cars. And I do mean preservation in the broadest sense. As an interesting example, just the other day I was speaking to a friend and collector who is known for his knowledge and passion every bit as much as for his significant collection. I had recently brought him an offer on one of his race cars, and throughout the discussion, the biggest concern the gentleman had was wondering how the car would be used in vintage racing and if it was likely to be heavily or unnecessarily modified. As a steward of the car, he felt an obligation to make sure it was preserved and that the potential buyer would be the right kind of owner. In this particular case, his sentimentality wasn’t rooted in possession, 48 of collector cars, seem to be very much in the here and now. And what I mean by that is we’re overly concerned with how the car exists at this very moment. Can it be certified? Who did the restoration? Have they done a compression test? Those are not unreasonable questions to ask when buying a car. However, they become unreasonable if a less-than-ideal answer will completely negate your interest in the car. I think much more of a car’s value should be determined by its past. Provenance is obviously something we value in most, if not all, col- lectibles. Artwork, for example, is often described in brief, but of significant importance is the provenance of a particular work. For the very Where it gets a bit trickier is evaluating prior ownership by well-known car enthusiasts and collectors. When I think of provenance that adds value, I think more often of collectors such as Austie Clark, Richard Paine, Dr. Bill Jackson, and so on — not necessarily celebrities. same reason, Gooding & Company, for example, includes provenance on its offerings as well. We’ve all seen the effect of Steve McQueen’s ownership of a car. And another good example that comes to mind is the premium paid for John Surtees’ BMW 507. Significant collectors add value Where it gets a bit trickier is evaluating prior ownership by well- known car enthusiasts and collectors. When I think of provenance that adds value, I think more often of collectors such as Austie Clark, Richard Paine, Dr. Bill Jackson, and so on — not necessarily celebrities. Understanding where a car came from is hugely important to un- derstanding its quality and value. We should favor cars when we know a significant collector with a great reputation previously owned them. 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Feature The SCM Interview / Bob Sellers On the Road With Other People’s Cars Bob Sellers, chief operations officer, keeps track of more than 400 trucks carrying cars worth millions of dollars. He’s okay with it by Chester Allen hauled $50 million cars. It’s Bob Sellers’ job to keep track of every truck and every car — every day of their journey. Sellers, 66, has been involved in transportation most of his life, and he loves his job. A famously low-key guy, Sellers is an example of how to handle stress. He’s also this month’s SCM Interview: G We see Reliable Carriers trucks lined up at every concours and auction. How many trucks do you have on the road these days? We currently operate just over 400 trucks. How do you keep track of all the cars going all over the place? We have a fairly sophisticated dispatch system; however, more importantly, we have a very talented and seasoned dispatch team that monitors and maneuvers the fleet all over the U.S. and Canada. during Monterey Car Week? We usually have between 80 to 100 trucks in and around the Monterey events. So, over 100 drivers and about 12 people on the ground at the various events. you keep from going crazy? I will admit, that can be a challenge at times. However, we are blessed with absolutely the best drivers in the business and complemented with a wonderful support team. is your background? Would you recommend this life to others? 52 How did you get into the car-transport business? What Sports Car Market Now that we know you’re in a crazy business, how do How many trucks and people do you have on the scene o to a big concours or car auction, and you’ll see rows of orange Reliable Carriers rigs parked nearby. If you stick around after most people have left, you’ll see cars worth millions of dollars rolling into those trucks. Reliable has


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I have been in transportation all my adult life. I was with Ryder Systems for over 20 years. I left Ryder and went to work for one of our competitors, and I have been with Reliable Carriers for the past 10 years. I joke with people who ask me about my job that it is a “lifestyle” — not a job! It’s a great business, but not unlike any other position, you have to work very hard to be successful. Do you ever dream about Reliable trucks going along the road? I do think about our trucks and all the things we have going on, every day. Dreaming company? You need to have a clear understanding of your needs. Open or enclosed? What type of timing do you need? Make clear any special circumstances. Make sure the car pickup and delivery locations are “truck friendly.” What is the best part of your business, and what is the worst? The BEST part is getting to be around some of the best cars and best people in the world. I can honestly say, there is no worst part. Are you a car collector? If so, what is your favorite car? I do have a couple of cars — too busy to have many more. I am a Porsche fan. What has been your biggest challenge at Reliable? Biggest challenge has been managing our growth. We have been very blessed to be growing our business at an aggressive rate. This requires many changes, and change is a challenge. What is your favorite road in the United States? Route 187 in Massachusetts because that means I’m heading home! What’s next for you? I’ve got the best job I could ever ask for. I work with great people and for a great company. This is my last run — a few more years and then I hope to play golf a lot more often! ♦ “I joke with people who ask me about my job that it is a ‘lifestyle’ — not a job! It’s a great business, but not unlike any other position, you have to work very hard to be successful.” about the trucks would be a stretch! What should someone know before contacting a car-transport July 2019 53


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Feature 2019 Boca Raton Concours Less is More at Boca Raton’s Lucky 13th A smaller field of high-quality cars basks under Florida sunshine Story and photos by Bill Rothermel F ebruary 22–24 marked the 13th time the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance rolled onto the Boca Raton Resort & Club in South Florida. Kudos to the Boca Boys, as Rick Case and his fellow organizers are now known. They have learned that less is more. A smaller show field encompassing 163 cars and 60 motorcycles made the concours display much more accessible for car owners and show goers alike. At the same time, a strong effort was made to feature quality over quantity. “It was the best Boca show field to date,” said Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable. Bright sunshine reversed the trend of rainouts over the past 12 months at so many events up and down the East Coast of the United States. Bentley (celebrating 100 years) was the fea- tured marque, and 23 Bentleys graced the show field. Best In Show — the 1937 Bugatti Type 57S by Gangloff, owned by the Rare Wheels Collection Stars and a Buick Gran Sport The Boca Raton Concours raises funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. So far, more than $10 million has been raised over the past 13 seasons. Comedian and car guy Jay Leno and Wayne Carini of “Chasing Classic Cars” ap- peared numerous times at events throughout the weekend. Leno was the headliner for Saturday night’s charity dinner and auction. Carini’s unusual 1934 MG PA Airline Coupe took home an Excellence in Class award in the Foreign Pre-War Class through 1942. It features a sliding sunroof and streamlined coachwork by Whittingham & Mitchell of London. Just 28 of the jaunty vehicles were built, and only 10 exist today. Leno, the consummate aficionado, presented his “Leno’s Garage” motorcycle award to Jack Wells’ 1938 Brough Superior SS100, and his car award to Michael Jones’ all-original and unrestored 1965 Buick Gran Sport coupe. Leno said he had a similar car, but thanks to youthful exuberance, he wrapped his around a telephone pole! Jones’ car has known ownership history from new, including its Protect-O-Plate and warranty book. It is one of just 3,077 4-speed-equipped Gran Sport Coupes built for 1965, and it was ordered in an unusual color combination of Champagne Mist with a white-painted roof. The car now has a tick more than 50,000 miles on the odometer. A beautiful Bugatti Twenty-eight classes of vehicles and 11 classes of motorcycles all boiled down to Best of Show honors for the Rare Wheels Collections’ spectacular 1937 Bugatti Type Details Plan ahead: The 14th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is planned for February 21–23, 2020. Where: The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL Number of entries: 163 cars and 60 motorcycles Cost: Regular concours admission is $100 for an adult Web: www.bocaratonconcours.com Tom Heckman’s 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Tourer won Best Bentley amid a field of 23 celebrating the marque’s 100th year 54 Wayne Carini’s 1934 MG PA Airline Coupe by Whittingham & Mitchell, an Excellence in Class Award winner Sports Car Market 57S Coupe by Gangloff. The Bugatti also received the Hagerty Youth Award and Most Elegant Pre-War Closed honors. The stunning Bugatti was first delivered to Dr. Andre Chauvenet, a surgeon from Noir, France, in May 1937. He specified the “S” configuration, or Surbaissé (lowered), which featured an all-new suspension that provided a lower center of gravity. Newly designed shock absorbers pushed the limits of Bugatti engineers. A dry-sump oiling system enabled the powerplant to sit lower in the frame. The 3,257-cc twin-cam straight 8 produced an amazing (for 1937) 200 hp. Meant for racing, it is one of 17 Type 57S cars produced. This was the supercar of its era — much like the Bugatti of today. Restoration of the spectacular car was completed in 2015. Tom and Liz Hill represented the car on behalf of Dr. Richard Workman, owner of the Rare Wheels Collection. In all, 25 motorcycles and 73 cars received awards on concours Sunday, but everyone there was a winner, thanks to the careful planning of the Boca Boys. ♦


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Scene and Be Seen The Hagerty Junior judges Car People at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance Kerry Becker and Franci Adams from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, beneficiary of funds raised by the concours Rita Case (from left), Brian Quail, Jay Leno, Wayne Carini and Rick Case 56 Tom duPont (from left), Wayne Carini, Ralph Marano and Kathleen Tyler Sports Car Market


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Feature 2019 Essen Techno Classica This is just hall six of nine — plus connecting sections and outside Car-Guy Himmel This is Europe’s biggest vintage-car event, but few Americans make the trip Story and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson T echno Classica has seen many changes over the past 31 years. For the first year, it was hosted in the Ruhr River city of Essen, West Germany. Within that first year, the Berlin Wall fell — with communist East Germany along with it — so for its second year, it was held in a unified Germany. A constant for the event is the Messe Essen (Essen’s convention cen- ter), a complex of event and exhibition halls. The 31st Annual Techno Classica was held in nine major halls, plus connecting atriums. RM Sotheby’s conducted their first auction here in the lower level of Hall 1. Techno Classica is really a collector-car trade show. You’ll find car clubs, restoration shops, manufacturers, dealers, vintage parts vendors, Automobilia vendors, artisans and a swapmeet. Techno Classica Essen is the largest gathering of vintage vehicles, enthusiasts and businesses in Europe. Only a handful of Americans regularly attend as vendors (such as SCMers Ed Fallon and Mark Hyman). Mark your calendars and make your travel arrangements for Techno Classica Essen on March 25–29, 2020. ♦ Keith, I think you need to replace the SCM Suburban with this Bertha Benz (Frieda Da Silva Sengo of the Mercedes-Benz Museum) stands with her 1902 Mercedes-Simplex 58 The oddball Borgward Club entry of “They are out of this world” was aiming for the Best Club Display award Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, p. 62 ENGLISH: 1936 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas Tourer, p. 64 ETCETERINI: 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale, p. 66 GERMAN: 1991 RUF CR4 “Black Devil,” p. 70 AMERICAN: 1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan, p. 72 RACE: 1966 McLaren M1B Group 7 Can-Am Racer, p. 74 NEXT GEN: 2004 BMW M3 CSL, p. 78 60 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile Mike Maez, © and courtesy of Gooding & Company 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Ferrari 275 prices have drifted down since 2015, but they still make those wonderful sounds when you start ’em up by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 06805 Engine number: 06805 SCM Condition for this car: 3 • The fourth of only 200 examples built. • Displayed on the Ferrari Stand at the 1965 Brussels Motor Show. • First owned by noted Ferrari enthusiast Donald Andrews. • Presented in original colors and retains matching-numbers engine. • Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 26, sold for $1,325,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 8, 2019. “Click! Key on, Click! Fuel pump, tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick-tick- tick-tick-tick ... tick. Starter, rowrowrowrowrow, WHOOM! “The first time you start a Ferrari in the morning is always just like the first time ever. One never gets used to that first blast of noise, that combination of carburetors sucking cubic yards of air, 24 valves rattling to life, 12 pistons oscillating up and down, and four large exhaust pipes coughing out half-burned fuel and blue smoke, and a droning throb.” So goes the description of starting a 275 GTS, as chronicled in the October 1965 issue of Car and Driver magazine. I’ve done that procedure thousands of times, and that paragraph perfectly describes the dance of starting a 12-cylinder Ferrari with Weber carburetors. All that’s missing is the couple stabs of the gas pedal before twisting the key — and then soaking in the wonderful noises the engine makes as it explodes to life. We shouldn’t miss how the classic wood dash fascia and steering wheel give a classic feel to the otherwise-modern GTS. The 275 GTS is a drivers’ car that rewards your skill with sounds, smells and sensations. 62 Sports Car Market We should note the sure feel of the clutch and the butter-smooth shift- ing of the transmission. Finally, I’d throw in how putting your foot to the floor of a 275 GTS, shifting, hitting the gas again — and trying to wring all the performance out of the 260-hp GTS is more satisfying than scaring yourself silly while nailing the newest mega-power Ferraris. Following two legends 1964 saw the introduction of Ferrari’s 275 GTB and 275 GTS. The pair were an update to the 250 GT LWB Tour de France and the 250 GT Spyder California. The 275 GTS was the open-top car replacing the California Spyder for sporty drives. The 275 nomenclature announces that the new models received an additional 25 cc of displacement per cylinder, but that was just the start of the improvements. The 275 GTB’s engine was rated at the same 280 hp as the late 250 engines, but the extra 300 cc gave the 275 more torque than the 250s. Ferrari tuned the GTS engine to 260 hp, giving GTS drivers more flex


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ibility and smoothness than raw power. In this car, 260 horsepower proved plenty for spirited driving. Enzo Ferrari believed in dependabil- ity over innovation. Other manufacturers were often first to pioneer new technology, and Ferrari was slow to follow. The 275 saw the adoption of a rear independent transaxle, sion, rear rack-and-pinion steering, suspenand disc brakes on a production Ferrari. These innovations were a big step into the future — one that paid off in the press and in the showroom. Wonderful history Our subject car is a bit famous in South Florida. It was displayed at the 1965 Brussels Auto Show before becoming part of U.S. importer Luigi Chinetti’s inventory. Chinetti sold the car to Don Andrews. Andrews was a Ferrari pioneer — and a respected exotic-car enthusiast and salesman. Andrews was also the father of the Coppa Bella Macchina, a rigorous Ferrari Club of America event that judges the mechanical condition of a Ferrari. Ferrari as an automobile manufacturer was just 18 years in business when Andrews bought this Ferrari. His car was about the 3,400th production Ferrari produced — and one of the very first 275 GTSs. It was a big deal. Andrews passed this car to another South Floridian in 1969, and it passed to another owner in about 1984. The third owner traded it on a boat. My employer, Ed Waterman/Motorcar Gallery, pur- chased the 275 from the boat dealer. It was then sold to Beat Christenson, a prominent Swiss classic-car dealer. Ferrari historian Marcel Massini documented it going to Japan from Switzerland before coming back to the U.S. in 2004. On the market Time and travel have been kind to chassis 06805. Gooding’s pre-sale estimate was $1,300,000– $1,600,000. The $1,325,000 sale broke the low estimate, but it was hardly a sale to brag about. High market for the 275 GTS — as well for many other collector cars — was 2015. A January 2015 sale of $2,365,000 is the highest recorded 275 GTS sale in the SCM Platinum Auction Database. In 2016, $2,050,000 was the top sale. By 2017, the top number had slipped to $1,700,000, but a 2018 sale of $1,760,000 showed resilience in the market. What’s going on? Not long ago, it looked like most early Ferraris were in the million-dollar club. If this car couldn’t hit midestimate, something is amiss. A 275 GTS is a low-production, 2-passenger, open- top, 12-cylinder classic Ferrari. Collector cars don’t get much more blue chip than that. This 48,500 mileexample should have been a good catch for Ferrari collectors. So what’s up? Perhaps the explanation comes from Sports Car Market Letter’s February 1995 issue, where a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS was profiled on p. 25 (we were a lot smaller back then). July 2019 The unnamed writer — perhaps Publisher Martin — noted that the sale price of $114,400 was quite a drop from the Sports Car Market Letter’s Price Guide of $135,000 to $165,000. The author wrote: “275 GTSs are a good buy in the $125,000 (range), being an attractive, relatively modern car that can be enjoyed on today’s highways.” Maybe being disappointed at a sale of a car that is up 1,040% in 24 years is missing the big picture. Enzo Ferrari didn’t build the 275 GTS to be an invest- ment, and Don Andrews didn’t buy this car to make money. Andrews bought it to drive one of the best cars on the planet. Andrews paid his money to hear the “click, tick-tick- tick, rowrowrow, varoom.” He paid to be the first one on the block with a transaxle Ferrari. I knew Don, and I suspect the experience was worth every penny it cost him. Appreciation was never a factor in Andrews’ decision. There’s no other business where someone walks into a showroom asking for a product they can “use a little bit and sell and make money,” yet I’m asked that once a week. Cars are not supposed to be investments. They should be bought for enjoyment, and if they increase in value, you’re lucky. Maybe it’s time to get back to the basics and buy what we like instead of what we think might be the next winner. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) Steve Ahlgrim started writing for SCM in March 2002, and he’s our Ferrari guy. What you just read just might have been his best work yet. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $2,500,000 $2,365,000 $2,006,323 $2,000,000 $1,980,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 $2,053,165 $1,760,000 This sale: $1,325,000 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder Lot 151, s/n 08313 Condition 1- Sold at $2,365,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/15 SCM# 257056 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder 2014 2015 2016 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder Lot 81, s/n 08335 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,550,000 Bonhams, Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley, CA, 9/18/17 SCM# 6844525 Details Years produced: 1965–66 Number produced: 200 Original list price: $14,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,730,000 Distributor caps: $350 each Chassis # location: Front frame tube Engine # location: Right rear side of the engine Clubs: Ferrari Club of America, Ferrari Owners Club Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org, www.FerrariOwnersClub.org Alternatives: 1964–65 Aston Martin DB5 DHC, 1967–72 Intermeccanica Italia, 1964–67 Jaguar XKE SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder Lot 164, s/n 07957 Condition 1- Sold at $1,760,000 Gooding &Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/24/18 SCM# 6877197 2017 2018 63


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English Profile Courtesy of H&H 1936 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas Tourer This factory bitsa is almost completely original. Confused? Welcome to 100 years of Bentley by Paul Hardiman Chassis number: RC41 SCM Condition for this car: 3- T his is one of six WO Bentley 4½ Litre cars assembled by the Service Department from New Old Stock and reconditioned parts in 1936. Of the six RC Series 4½ Litre cars completed, chassis RC41 is the only one to retain its original coachwork (the other five have been rebodied as Le Mans-style Tourers). As such, EMF 113 is utterly unique. We believe it to be a matching-numbers car and doubt that another “garage find” WO Bentley of such rarity and importance will emerge during this, the marque’s centenary year. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 72, sold for $584,774, including buyer’s premium, at H&H’s Imperial War Museum, Duxford, U.K., auction on March 20, 2019. How ironic, given that so many vintage Bentleys are bitsas — as- sembled from parts coming from more than one car — that this is a bitsa built by the Works. This is a Vintage Bentley — with a capital V, meaning pre-1931, as most “WO” Bentleys were — but it was put together in the post-Vintage era by Bentley itself. Continuation cars are not a recent phenomenon. A bit of Bentley bitsa history When Rolls-Royce took over Bentley Motors Ltd. in 1931, a new Service Department was established to look after Bentley’s existing customers, many of whose cars were still under their five-year warranties. 64 Sports Car Market Based at the Kingsbury Works, Hendon, North London, and staffed by ex-Cricklewood stalwarts such as Nobby Clarke (former Racing Team Manager) and Hubert Pike (ex-director), the new outfit inherited a large cache of New Old Stock and reconditioned parts. Maintenance and repair work on WO Bentleys began to tail off dur- ing 1936, as the last of the five-year guarantees expired. To keep the Service Department busy — and no doubt themselves in jobs — Clarke and Pike came up with the idea of building 10 R.C. (Reconditioned Chassis) Series cars — six 4½ Litres and four 3 Litres. That they were not constructed from all-new parts is evidenced by our subject car’s rear axle casing bearing the number FW2618… which relates to a showroom-demonstrator 6½ Litre that was first registered


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to marque savior and three-times Le Mans winner Captain Woolf Barnato. Early life RC41’s first owner, Colonel Guy Bedford, had it looked after by the Service Department until 1939, which included having it re-bored at 45,000 miles and fitted with Specialloid pistons, raising the compression ratio to approximately 6.75:1. Stored during World War II, it was side- lined afterwards by a faulty gear train to its magnetos and water pump. Charles Blackham bought it in 1952 as a non-runner for £260. A talented engineer, Blackham soon had it running again with uprated water pump and ignition system converted to coil and magneto. Mr. Blackham continued to tinker with his 4½. He sourced a pair of Lucas P100 headlights and Desmo auxiliary driving lights and fixed a plaque to the dashboard that reads: Speed Must Not Exceed 170 mph. It’s still there, along with the bespoke switch plate he devised. Unhappy with the aesthetics of the Vanden Plas hood, Blackham devised his own frame that sat within the body when folded. He also shortened the gear and handbrake levers, lowered the radiator by three-quarters of an inch and fabricated a front valance panel. However, the core of the car remained as it left Hendon, and this is the form in which it appears today. A restoration is needed Dormant for 30 years, the car is now in need of res- toration. The general appearance is tatty: The paint is tired, faded and chipped, with a scrape on the right rear wing, the radiator shell is beginning to tarnish, the carpets and seat backs are moth-eaten, the seat bases have collapsed, the dashboard timber is flaking and fading, and the speedo has lost its glass, with resultant corrosion within. Preserving originality Luckily, today’s market is attuned to the importance of very original cars, and there’s every hope that this one will be restored with this 83-year-old body. Personally, I’d give it a damn good service, redo the seat bases, wipe it over with an oily rag and drive it. But there is the danger that, given the amount of work likely to be needed, which may involve stripping the car to its chassis for a proper rebuild, the temptation to rebody it as a more attractive — and more saleable — Vanden Plas Le Mans replica will be too hard to resist. A rebodied 4½ Litre — many started as saloons, and there aren’t many left — typically sells for $500,000- plus, while, as we have seen, very original cars still with their original coachwork can easily top $1 million. This car was cheaper, which is understandable given that it’s not a true Cricklewood Bentley, and it’s wearing a slightly nondescript body nearer in looks to a Derby There is the danger that, given the amount of work likely to be needed ... the temptation to rebody it as a more attractive — and more saleable — Vanden Plas Le Mans replica will be too hard to resist. Bentley than the classic Le Mans style that we picture when we think of WO and his cars. But our subject car looked expensive when you com- pare it with the super — and very original — 1929 4½ Vanden Plas tourer that Bonhams sold at Goodwood the following month, which was worth every penny of the $618,818 paid. Significantly, H&H only estimated RC41 at £200k ($265k), tops. For now, as the catalog had it, this is the ultimate “barn find” Bentley 4½ Litre in the marque’s centenary year. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of H&H.) Paul Hardiman wrote his first piece for SCM in 2007. Since then, he’s become our go-to guy for British and European auctions — and many car profiles. $1,250,000 $1,000,000 $750,000 $500,000 $250,000 $0 July 2019 $852,500 $740,692 This sale: $584,774 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Le Mans replica tourer Lot 105, s/n XF3523 Condition 3+ 2014 2015 2016 2017 N/A 2018 Sold at £561,500 ($725,124), Bonhams, The Bond Street Sale, London, U.K., 12/2/17 SCM# 6856406 65 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1936 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas Tourer $1,011,171 $1,100,000 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre tourer Lot 87, s/n NX3457 Condition 2- Sold at $1,120,945 H&H Auctioneers, Imperial War Museum Sale, Duxford, U.K., 10/17/18 SCM# 6882494 Details Year produced: 1936 (factory Bentley 4½ Litre cars were made from 1927 to 1931) Number built: Six Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,100,000 (for factory 4½ Litre cars) Tune-up cost: $700 Chassis # location: Plate on firewall and on front engine cross member Engine # location: Stamped into engine bearer integral with crankcase Club: Bentley Drivers Club Web www.bdcl.org Alternatives: 1924–29 Bentley 3/4½, 1922–27 Vauxhall OE30-98, 1930–33 Invicta S-type, 1933 Lagonda M45 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Sports tourer (original) Lot 66, s/n RL3427 Condition 4 Sold at $1,435,000 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/24/18 SCM# 6877311


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Etceterini & Friends Profile Peter Singhof ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale The world has caught up to this car, and those who bought them cheaply years ago are the winners by Donald Osborne Chassis number: 829AR0001832 SCM Condition for this car: 2- L ancia’s production records coordinate chassis 829AR0001832 with Bertone Body 397 and confirm the original colors of Azzurro with “Sereno” carpets, black Alcantara seating surfaces, black seat shells and dashboard and black flocked door panels. Body 397 left Bertone’s Grugliasco Works on October 21, 1974, and Lancia completed assembly about 12 weeks later, on January 9, 1975. The car has never been restored, remains original throughout and appears as-delivered without the optional roof spoiler and roof-mounted air deflector. The paint appears largely untouched, and the interior remains totally original; remarkably including undamaged seats, whose lightweight Alcantara facing is almost invariably seen frayed, if not replaced. The car comes with its original Italian libretto and owner’s manual. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 255, sold for $613,888 (€545,000– $1=€0.89), including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Essen, Germany, sale on April 12, 2019. Sometimes, logic is difficult to find in the collector-car world. Most people recognize that rarity can be an important attribute of value. In the case of homologation specials such as the Lancia Stratos Stradale, that didn’t seem to matter for quite a while. As many, if not indeed most, owners wanted to make an impression in vintage events or in their garages, a great number of Stradale models became clones of or tributes to Group IV specification cars. Of course, the world of racing in Italy is full of local heroes proving themselves in the heat of battle. Therefore, in period, a number of cars delivered as Stradales were “competition prepared” by private shops 66 Sports Car Market for non-factory drivers. After the front-line World Rally Championship Works career of the Stratos ended in 1976, many continued using the cars in other events, large and small. But it was when the vintage career of the Stratos began that the conversions seemed to pick up pace. The cloning could consist of actual performance enhancements — or simply a paint job and seat upholstery swap. Nevertheless, as was the case with the even-more-rare Ford GT40 street cars, an interesting piece of history was often lost in the service of vanity. The tide seems to have begun to turn — and in a major way.


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Fast car rising I am often asked, “Which car is cur- rently undervalued and might make a good return as an investment?” My answer has long been, “It depends on how long you plan to hold it, what you’ll do with it while you have it, and how much money you want to spend on it while you have it.” The reality, of course, is that in any appreciating asset, time is your friend. While preparing to write this profile, I did what I usually do — I go though the past SCM profiles on the model, often finding my own past observations on the subject in the process. In this case the oldest I found was one printed in the April 2000 issue, written by my old friend Mike Duffey. It is certainly interesting to read today. The subject was another Stratos Stradale, offered in a Christie’s sale in May 1997 in Geneva, Switzerland. That car was a no-sale in the auction, at a called high bid of $43,000. I first wrote about the Stratos in SCM for the May 2007 issue (p. 52). The subject was a Stradale that had been turned into a rally clone, complete with Group IV competition gearbox. The seller, a person I know, had installed modern, “more comfortable” seats in the car for use on non-competitive vintage road tours. It was They are not truly scary to drive — I’ve spent some time behind the wheel and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Of course, I was also not trying to explore the limits of performance. There’s a lot to enjoy well before you get there. largely because he also barely fit in the car otherwise. Nevertheless, on its last rally outing it ended up clouting a corner on a rock face, causing minor damage to the car and slightly greater damage to the owner’s feelings. Perfectly and correctly repaired, it went on to sell at RM Auctions’ Phoenix, AZ, sale in January 2007 for $137,500 — well above the $70k–$90k estimate. It was, at the time, a rare example of a Stradale, even one made into a semi-competition car, making such money. That should be compared with the $281,000 a genuine Group IV Stratos brought at Artcurial in Paris a month later. In one of the highest sales recorded on the website Details Years produced: 1973–75 Number produced: 495 Original list price: $17,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $399,500 Bring a Trailer, a 1974 Stradale sold for $475,000 in December 2017. It was stated to be a two-Italian-owner car from new — and told a story quite illustrative of a car far more desirable as a collectible object than when new. It had been completed in July 1974, yet it was first registered in July 1977. It’s well known that the Stradale models were notoriously difficult to sell when they were built. They are now greatly appreciated for many of the qualities that held them back when fresh to the market. They are not truly scary to drive — I’ve spent some time behind the wheel and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Of course, I was also not trying to explore the limits of performance. There’s a lot to savor well before you get there. This sale was not the highest recorded at auction for a Stratos Stradale. That mark was set in 2014 at RM Auctions’ Monterey sale, when an incredibly original car with under 4,500 km (2,796 miles) was sold for $660,000. Buy unloved, sell when desired Even with the long storage our subject car has en- dured, I would rate this one a better bet, as it has been used, and with proper servicing and sorting, can be used enthusiastically without fear of harming a key attribute of its value for a certain market segment. The real winner from an investment point here is any fortunate owner who bought one when no one cared and has loved and enjoyed his car for a few decades as the world caught up. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Donald Osborne wrote his first story for SCM in 1996. It was about his adventures with an Alfa 2600. He’s been in almost every issue since. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $700,000 $660,000 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale $600,000 $500,000 $400,000 $300,000 $200,000 $100,000 $0 July 2019 2014 2015 2016 2017 N/A 2018 67 $496,121 $412,720 $451,000 This sale: $613,888 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale coupe Lot 131, s/n 829AR0001571 Condition 3+ Sold at $482,944 RM Sotheby’s, Cernobbio, ITA, 5/23/15 SCM# 265895 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale coupe Lot 55, s/n 829AR0001948 Condition 2 Sold at $451,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/17 SCM# 6813147 Chassis # location: Stamped into the body in front compartment Engine # location: On block above water pump Club: American Lancia Club Website: www.americanlanciaclub.com Alternatives: 1984 Ford RS200, 1976 Alpine A310, 1981 Renault 5 Turbo 1 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1977 Lancia Stratos coupe Lot 314, s/n 829ARO001744 Condition 3+ Sold at $399,614 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/8/17 SCM# 6819922


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The Cumberford Perspective Robert Cumberford Born to Run The total design of the Lancia Stratos HF Stradale is a brilliant combination of form and function 4 By Robert Cumberford 3 T his is my absolute favorite performance car of the past 70 years, not least because it’s a testament to what total car design — as opposed to just car styling — really is. Marcello Gandini is a brilliant stylist, yes, but he also laid out the package, dimensions and suspension details of this most capable and flexible of sports cars. This Lancia is as much at home on the snows of the Monte Carlo rally or in the dirt and mud of the East African Safari as on race courses. Gandini told me it was even better with the smaller, lighter Lancia 4-cylinder than with the heavier, more-powerful Ferrari Dino V6, and I’m inclined to believe him. The man’s a brilliant technician, too. The overall shape is a pure wedge. With an exact scale model made of hardened steel, you could split logs. Visibility is extraordinary. Sitting in a Stratos HF, you see the ground only a few feet away, and the high shoulder gives you a sense of exceptional security. That’s not entirely illusory. Although small and light, the Stratos HF was quite strong. I was offered — but couldn’t afford — a new one for $10,000 in 1979, and regret that loss even more than not buying a $3,500 GTO in 1967, when I had the money. Sic transit... ♦ 2 5 1 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Ambient air in for the front-mounted radiator, tightly packaged in the short, low nose. 2 Hot air out, helping de-ice the wraparound windshield for winter rallies. 3 The windshield in plan view is almost circular at its base, giving an extraordinary field of view. 4 The roof is truly flat, with only the tiniest radius at the top of the windshield. Much of the oncoming air goes around the sides rather than over the top, apparently. 5 More cool air in — for the engine to breathe rather than for cooling it. 6 Notice the exceptional ground clearance for a modern car, allowing the Stratos HF to manage really difficult surface conditions. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Simple round lights — made to appear bigger with a black surround — on a flat surface across the tail. 8 A separate lid within the pivoting rear body facilitates quick engine inspection, which saves time in rally racing. 9 Miura-like slats allow heat to escape the engine compartment. The actual backlight is just behind the seats. 10 The peak of the side profile curve, a hard line, is at the rear axle. 11 The door handles, indeed all the body hardware items, come from parts bins, so no investment had to be made. The rubber hold-downs for the pivoting body ends are standard truck elements. 12 These add-on forms provide clearance for big tires, overlapping the side profile 9 8 7 line rather like nacelles on old piston-engine airliners overlapped wings. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The instrument panel also makes use of absolutely standard, relatively cheap commercial hardware. The steering wheel is a specific part for the Stratos HF, essentially hand-made and very simple — but also dramatic and impressive. The seats, too, are simple, but they are handsome and were, on short acquaintance, very comfortable and well shaped to hold their occupants in place. Bright carpet relieves the “black hole” effect of a typical race-car cockpit. Very simple, but unusually handsome. 10 11 12 68 Sports Car Market


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German Profile 1991 RUF CR4 “Black Devil” Specs matter with RUF cars. This car didn’t bring huge money because it didn’t have a turbo by Prescott Kelly Chassis number: W09CD0360MPR06006 • Nicknamed the “Black Devil” • One-off custom order by RUF’s Japanese importer • Signed and inscribed “Diablo Negro” by Alois Ruf Jr. • Features Porsche Classic in-dash navigation system and custom car cover SCM Analysis This car, Lot 153, sold for $201,600, including buyer’s premium, at the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 8, 2019. The next generation of car collectors is here, and they have their own tastes and desires. Porsche collectors in the fully emerged buyers’ demographic of 35–54 years are seeking RUF cars. Why is that? It harkens back to July 1987, when many of today’s Next Gen col- lectors were kids — and read Road and Track. That month’s issue contained a feature article, “The World’s Fastest Cars.” Assembled in April 1987 at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track for drivers Paul Frere and Phil Hill were a Ferrari GTO and Testarossa, a Benz/AMG Hammer, a Countach 5000S QV, an Isdera, and four Porsches or Porsche-derivations: a 959 Komfort, a 959S, a PorscheKoenig RS, and a RUF CTR “Yellow Bird” (two words at that time). Securing the reputation of Auto RUF In 1984 a RUF BTR had won R&T’s previous fastest car test at 184 mph. But that car did not capture the public’s imagination. During the 1987 tests, Phil Hill explained, “I can’t forget the last RUF car we drove for top speed….It was the quickest, but it was also skitterish and a little scary, but the new one is as steady as a rock — and it’s about 39 km/h faster. I must say it is pretty extraordinary to 70 Sports Car Market take a car you can drive on the street and go this fast.” Based on a 3.2-liter narrow-body, decontented Porsche Carrera, the twin-turbo RUF CTR went 211 miles per hour, 10 mph faster than next best, the Porsche-Koenig and 13–14 mph faster than Porsche’s first supercars — the 959 and 959S. “Faszination on the Nürburgring” RUFs suddenly became cars to own — even at their MSRP of $223,000. Two years later, RUF found a way to further enhance its reputation. They took a “Yellowbird,” now one word, to the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife with driver Stefan Roser, who ran a record lap of eight minutes, five seconds. Roser’s laps were commemorated in a video “Faszination on the Nürburgring.” In blue jeans, no helmet, and no gloves, Roser went to work, his tires wailing and smoking, his car everywhere but straight. The VHS tape of Roser’s drive became a sales sensation. It now boasts millions of views on YouTube. You should see Darin Schnabel ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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it if you have not. And the reputations of RUF and the CTR were se- cured. Born in 1939 as a repair shop Auto RUF was a repair shop founded in 1939 in Pfaffenhausen, about 60 miles west of Munich. In the early 1950s, it became a bus manufacturer, then a Porsche-oriented tuner shop. In 1974 the founder’s son, Alois, then 24 years old, took over following his father’s death. The firm thereafter concentrated on 911s, Alois’ first love. The young Alois Ruf successfully added skills to his firm, and in 1981 the company was recognized as a manufacturer by the German authorities — U.S. certification followed in 1988. Their first models were a stroked Porsche 930 Turbo, up to 3.3 liters vs. the Porsche factory’s then-3.0 and the SCR, a stroked, normally aspirated Porsche SC. Then came the recordbreaking CTR twin turbo. RUF built 29 CTRs. In addition, RUF and RUF- licensed shops scattered about the world converted a host of street Porsches to CTR specs. From the beginning, however, cars with RUF-specific serial numbers, always beginning with the manufacturer identifier W09, have been worth more — usually a lot more — than converted cars with Porsche serial numbers. Almost a partnership with Porsche Once RUF started purchasing bodies and mechani- cal sub-assemblies, Porsche accorded the firm favored status. Porsche also sent projects to RUF from their Sonderwunsch, or “Special Wishes” — later the Exclusive — Department. That changed, but by then RUF was well established. RUF’s project list has over 20 models, including Boxsters and Caymans, even a Cayenne. Just a few of their models, however, have accounted for their reputation. The 1983–89 BTR, the first car to carry a serial number starting with W09, set the high-speed record in that first Road & Track fastest car test. RUF built 25 (plus or minus) of them (a fire destroyed RUF’s production records). Unusual for RUFs, the BTR could be optioned with wide, aka Turbo, bodywork. The wide body was report- Details Year produced: 1990 Number produced: One Original list price: Unknown; however, it was likely about $325,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $201,000 (this one-off car) Tune-up/major service: $2,000 with valve adjustment edly 12 mph slower, thus RUF’s ongoing emphasis on narrow-bodied cars. The BTR also was the basis for many conversions of street Porsches both by RUF and licensees. Then came the 211-mph CTR Yellowbird in 1987 — discussed above. The 1994 BTR2 was a single-turbo, two-wheel-drive, 191-mph car. The 1995 Porsche 993based, twin-turbo CTR2, built 29 strong, continued the “world’s fastest car” theme at 217 mph — and held that record until the McLaren F1 reset the bar in 1998 — albeit at many times the price. The Beddor brothers also took them to 2nd and 4th overall at Pikes Peak in 1997. Collecting RUF cars is expensive Any decent Yellowbird is over a million dollars, sometimes substantially over. CTR2s are typically only a little behind. (If you find an original example of either, please call me.) A CTR3 went to $1,322,000 at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction in May 2018. Clearly, we are on a different food chain with our subject CR4. The difference is that RUF built its reputation on its skill at turbocharging Porsche flat-6 engines. The “hot” models have RUF serial numbers, are turbocharged, engineered for light weight, and capable of 200-plus mph. It helps if at some time in the past, the model was judged to be the fastest car in the world. No turbo — and not fast enough Our subject “Black Devil” was a 1991 964-derived, RUF-manufactured C4 with the desirable W09-prefix serial number. It benefited from being a special order from the Japanese RUF distributor, Kenjiro Ishida of Ōyamazaki. (Japan was a vibrant RUF market.) When built, Alois Ruf named the car and signed the underside of the hood “Diablo Negro” — something he’d do to please his Japanese distributor. (Alois and his wife, Estonia, are smart marketers in addition to having good products to sell.) However, this CR4 was normally aspirated, not light Any decent Yellowbird is over a million dollars, sometimes substantially over. CTR2s are typically only a little behind. ... Clearly, we are on a different food chain with our subject CR4. July 2019 by any standards, and not capable of over 200 mph. It was not a lineal descendant of the CTR Yellowbird. The final auction price of $201,600 was a relatively inexpensive route into the world of RUF, but this is what the car was worth. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Prescott Kelly, SCM’s expert on all things Porsche, started writing for us in 2010. 1994 RUF BTR2 coupe Lot 138, s/n W09CB0362SPR06009 Condition 2+ Sold at $660,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/24/18 SCM# 6877187 1992 Porsche 911 RS coupe Lot 41, s/n WP0ZZZ96ZNS491789 Condition 1 Sold at $390,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/14/19 SCM# 6897438 Chassis # location: Stamping under hood on crossmember in front of and just under the gas tank, metal plate on passenger’s side in side fender Engine # location: Vertical fan support, driver’s side, facing left Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Evo II, 1992 Porsche Carrera RS, 1988–92 Ferrari F40, RUF CTR “Yellowbird” SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 2018 RUF CTR3 Clubsport coupe Lot 159, s/n W09BM0388JPR06022 Condition 1 Sold at $1,321,691 RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/12/18 SCM# 6869876 71


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American Profile Tim Scott ©2019, courtesy of RM Auctions 1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan If Steve McQueen once owned a car, it’s going to sell for big bucks by Carl Bomstead Chassis number: 216778 S teve McQueen, at one time the world’s highest-paid actor, a racing driver, motorcycle enthusiast and pop-culture icon, needs little introduction here or anywhere else. McQueen acquired, drove and raced dozens of fabulous cars. McQueen purchased this Hudson Hornet 7C sedan in the mid-1970s, and it was registered in his name in August 1977. This Twin H-Power Hudson was in his possession and ownership at the time of his passing on November 7, 1980. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 1078, sold for $165,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale, FL, auction on March 29–30, 2019. The sale of this Hudson Hornet is as much about the man, Steve McQueen, as it is about the machine. First the machine. Fast, innovative cars The Hudson Motor Car Company was founded on February 24, 1909, and was so named because of Detroit department-store founder Joseph Hudson’s $15,000 investment. Hudson was an instant success, and the company soon was the largest manufacturer of 6-cylinder cars in the United States. The 1926 Hudson Super-Six was a factor at the major race tracks and hillclimbs, a tradition that continued with the Terraplane, and later, the Hudson Hornet. Hudson survived the Great Depression while many competitors did not, and they produced their final pre-war car on February 5, 1942 72 Sports Car Market — then turning their efforts to building airplane parts, engines and anti-aircraft guns during World War II. It was during this time that the revolutionary Step-Down design was developed, and it was introduced to the public on December 7, 1947. The car was vastly overbuilt, and it had a steel frame built into the body rather than the body riding on top of the frame. Passengers were cradled between the axles. This resulted in a lower center of gravity — and improved handling with increased legroom and headroom. It was an instant success, with 117,200 Hudsons leaving dealer show- rooms during the 1948 model year. The Hudson Hornet was well suited for the shorter NASCAR tracks and with Hudson’s “severe usage” parts and Twin H-Power, it won 49


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events in 1952. The cars, however, were overbuilt and over-engineered, which was a luxury that Hudson, a small independent manufacturer, could ill afford. A merger with Nash took place on January 14, 1954, and American Motors was born. Steve McQueen An incorrigible Steve McQueen spent his formative years in the California Junior Boys Republic for troubled boys in Chino Hills, CA, but he went on to become the King of Cool and the highest-paid movie star in the world. His first major role was in “Wanted: Dead or Alive” and he went on to star in “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Great Escape” and “The Thomas Crown Affair” among others. “Le Mans,” which is now a current favorite, was not well received right after release. McQueen was not selected for the lead role in “Grand Prix” because of his sometimes-abrasive personality. One of his best films was “Bullitt,” for which he re- ceived an Oscar nomination. He did some of the driving in the endless chase scene through San Francisco, but the film went so far over budget that Warner Brothers canceled his contract for the rest of his films. He was also unsuccessful in acquiring one of the two Mustangs that were used in the film. I recall attending a Bonhams & Butterfields auction in 2006 at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, where a pair of Persol sunglasses that McQueen “may or may not have worn in ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’” sold for $70,200. I was standing next to the buyer, and he was ecstatic. A car racer and collector McQueen did, however, acquire three Porsches and the Ferrari 512 that were used in the 1971 film “Le Mans” — as well as the Ford GT40 that was a camera car during filming. His collection also included the Jaguar XK-SS that is now in the Petersen Museum. His other cars were a bit more down-to-earth, and his 1958 GMC pickup with a modified 336-ci V8 was reportedly one of his favorites. His love of motorcycles is well documented, and he had a number of vintage aircraft at his airport hangar Details Year produced: 1953 Number produced: 27,208 Hornets Original list price: $2,769 Current SCM Median Valuation: $33,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Chassis # location: Right front door post Engine # location: Upper right-hand side of block Club: Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club Web: www.hetclub.org in Santa Paula, CA. McQueen was an avid car and motorcycle racer. Steve McQueen passed away on November 7, 1980. To this day, his estate continues to be one of the highest earning for deceased celebrities. Almost everything he touched is worth multiples of ac- tual value. I recall attending a Bonhams & Butterfields auction in 2006 at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, where a pair of Persol sunglasses that he “may or may not have worn in ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’” sold for $70,200. I was standing next to the buyer, and he was ecstatic. The 1970 Porsche 911S that appeared in the opening sequence of “Le Mans” sold at RM Auctions’ Monterey sale in August 2011 for $1,375,000, and his Rolex Explorer II watch sold for $234,000 on June 11, 2009. At Bonhams’ November 2006 sale, his 1958 GMC pickup sold for $128,000. McQueen’s name still has cachet. McQueen’s Hudson Hornet The 1953 Hudson Hornet sedan that RM Auctions sold at their Fort Lauderdale sale had previously been sold at their 2012 Monterey sale for “only” $61,600, which was still a substantial premium. In comparison, a very nice 1951 Hudson Hornet sold at $104,500 at Worldwide’s Hudson Museum sale in August 2018. In seven short years, the price has almost tripled. We can only call this “silly money” but if the buyer has the money and is intent on keeping the McQueen memory alive, that’s his or her business. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Carl Bomstead wrote his first story for SCM in February 1997, and his words have appeared in EVERY issue since then. His “eWatch” column prompts some SCMers to read the magazine back to front. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 July 2019 1953 Hudson Hornet Sedan $49,500 $44,000 $31,350 $33,480 $41,800 This sale: $165,000 1953 Hudson Hornet sedan Lot 234, s/n 224409 Condition 2 Sold at $46,750 Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 3/15/15 SCM# 264404 1952 Hudson Hornet NASCAR racer Lot 1, s/n 7B185596 Condition 2 Sold at $1,265,000 Worldwide, Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum Sale, Shipshewana, IN, 8/4/18 SCM# 6876001 Alternatives: 1953 Oldsmobile 88, 1953 DeSoto Powermaster, 1953 Packard Clipper Deluxe SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1951 Hudson Hornet convertible brougham Lot 61, s/n 7A49142 Condition 2Sold at $104,500 Worldwide, Hostetler’s Hudson Auto Museum Sale, Shipshewana, IN, 8/4/18 SCM# 6876005 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 73


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Race Car Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1966 McLaren M1B Group 7 Can-Am Racer A pioneering Can-Am car that can still compete at one race each year brings a market-correct price by Thor Thorson Chassis number: 3021 SCM Condition for this car: 2- B ruce McLaren’s first sports prototype was the M1A. The team’s first self-designed car, the M1A was another simple space-frame design featuring the Oldsmobile V8 engine via a Hewland transaxle. Frank Nichols’ Elva Cars was already building its own highly suc- cessful sports racers, and he expressed an interest in the new McLaren prototype. The result was an agreement for Trojan (Elva’s parent company) to build a production version: the McLaren-Elva, 24 of which were completed. For 1965, the design was refined as the M1B. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 85, sold for $225,476, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction on April 7, 2019. The McLaren M1B has long held a very special place in my racing- car world. We had a sister car (8003) as an active and beloved component of the stable for over 25 years before sending it on to a younger enthusiast to continue its career. The car was joyous to drive and just a little bit evil. It was the last of the tube-frame, treaded-tire racers, and it heralded the transition to the insanely fast Can-Am racers that followed. It was both state of the art and quickly made obsolete, an icon for a season or two. A new wave in race cars Evolution and innovation come in waves, periods of relative stabil- ity interrupted by periods of rapid change. This certainly applies to 74 Sports Car Market racing-car design. The 1950s were a decade of incremental improvements to well-es- tablished concepts and the gestation of some new ones. But everything exploded during the 1960s. Mid-engine design became ubiquitous, tire technology grew expo- nentially and aerodynamic concerns changed from minimizing drag to trying to keep the cars from flying. In 1963 the Elva Mk 7 was introduced, and it moved to modern 13inch wheels. Like most of its contemporaries, it was designed to run


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in the small-bore classes, using a 100-hp, 200-pound Coventry Climax engine, 70-Series tires, and very soft spring rates. The Elva 7 was an absolute dream to drive at the limit: comfortable and predictable. But times were changing fast. Fast times Lotus took to using a 150-hp, 250-pound Ford Twin- Cam engine, so Elva followed. Tires evolved to 60 Series with more stick. Then BMW 2-liter engines arrived with close to 200 horsepower, and running at the front required using them. The Elva 7 adapted and became much quicker, but the cars became less friendly — more like riding a tiger. It’s great fun, but don’t let your attention wander — they’ll bite. Elva followed by introducing the Mk 8, designed spe- cifically for the 2-liter BMW, but by then the V8-engine era had begun. Racers took to dropping the 3.5-liter Oldsmobile 215 engine into the chassis with the same result — much faster, but spooky to drive. At about the same time, Bruce McLaren and his team designed their M1 specifically to take that same 350-pound, 320-hp engine with the ever-wider tires that became available. Elva agreed to build the customer version of the car, called the Elva McLaren M1. Enter the M1B For 1966 the FIA introduced a new set of rules, called Group 7. In response, McLaren and Elva updated the M1 to create the M1B. The wheelbase remained the same, but the bodywork became more compact and the frame was substantially stiffer. And, of course, there was more tire. The Chevrolet small-block V8 weighed 200 pounds more than the Oldsmobile, but at 5-plus liters, it generated loads more horsepower. So 500-horsepower small blocks became the stan- dard — no matter what the chassis. The M1B was a ton faster than the M1, but it was a real challenge to drive at the edge. Even in its glory year of 1966, the M1B struggled to match Lola’s T70, and 1967 saw the introduction of the McLaren M6, a longer-wheelbase monocoque design suitable to the new realities. The M6 and subsequent M8 McLarens got everything right and were the basis for McLaren’s domination of Can-Am for years. Perfect for the Goodwood Revival The problem from a weapons standpoint is that as an early car, our subject will always be a backmarker in any Group 7 or Can-Am grid, and if you’re not a pretty competitive driver, you’re not playing in this group. The result is that M1Bs have always been at the bot- tom of the Group 7 value range. They have been stuck between $225,000 and $250,000. There is, however, one great, high-profile event that is perfect for these cars. The Goodwood Revival has a very popular grid where M1Bs — along with Lola T70s — are the perfect weapons, as nothing newer is allowed. If you want to play at Goodwood — and just have fun elsewhere — buying this car is a simple calculation. Assuming you don’t break it — or yourself — owner- ship can be quite cost effective. You can always resell the car for the same price that you bought it, so all you have to pay for is the cost of racing. That is a rational approach to a weapons-grade pur- chase. This car was fairly bought and sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Thor Thorson wrote his first Race Profile for SCM way back in 2003. He has owned this part of the magazine ever since, much to the delight of all. Assuming you don’t break it — or yourself — ownership can be quite cost effective. You can always resell the car for the same price that you bought it, so all you have to pay for is the cost of racing. July 2019 1966 McLaren Mk II racer Lot 1073, s/n 3010 Condition 2+ Not sold at $325,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/17 SCM# 6846417 Details Year produced: 1966 Number produced: 28 Original list price: $25,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $225,000 Chassis # location: Plate in cockpit Engine # location: Right side above water pump Club: Elva Register Web: www.elva.com Alternatives: 1966 Lola T70 Mk 2, 1966 Chaparral 2E, 1965–66 Elva Mk 8 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 racer Lot 18, s/n SL702 Condition 3+ Sold at $334,094 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 3/19/17 SCM# 6832502 1966 McLaren M1B racer Lot 143, s/n 3008 Condition 3+ Sold at $240,157 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/9/16 SCM# 6804936 75


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Next Gen Philip Richter Cars From 1985 to 2005 That Are the Next Wave of Collectibles 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth 2.3-16 sedan Senna’s Sweet 16-Valve The collector-car market has ignored the 1986–87 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 — until now T he 1986–87 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 is the archetypal Next Gen car — and it is grossly undervalued in today’s market. It is a car with a revered history that includes an engine codeveloped with Cosworth and a racing pedigree with Ayrton Senna. When new, this “Baby Benz hot rod” cost more than the stately W126 560 S-Class. The 190E 2.3-16 has an excellent pedigree and checks three essential boxes — it has race lineage, low production and three pedals. Back in 1984, the car participated in a historic one-model race that celebrated the opening of the new Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit. A young Ayrton Senna piloted one of 20 190E 2.5-16 cars — and handily beat legendary drivers Niki Lauda, John Surtees and James Hunt. The W201-series 16V then raced successfully in the competitive Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) series. The 16V enjoys low production stats and is the product of a unique collaboration with Cosworth. Only 1,953 examples legally came to the United States between 1986 and 1987. Few Mercedes-Benz models ever received a 5-speed gearbox, but the 16V enjoyed an optional raceinspired dog-leg configuration from Getrag. Stylistically, the W201 is arguably one of Bruno Sacco’s best de- signs and remains among his personal favorites. The aggressive 16V body kit improves aesthetics. The 16V is the victim of a market failure and has languished in the sub-$20,000 range for years. Today it lives in the shadow of the BMW E30 M3 — a car whose very birth owes itself to the 16V. These durable cars are undiscovered treasures, but sadly, the majority of survivors are in poor condition, with triple-digit mileage. Too fun to save, most 16Vs were driven daily and ended up in suburban commuter parking lots baking under the hot sun. The 16V personifies Miles Collier’s decree, “It’s a lot more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slowly.” The driving experience is on par (or above) the E30 M3. While underappreciated by collectors today, values for preserved investment-grade 16Vs are certain to rise and reach parity with the E30 M3. ♦ 76 Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Profile K. Kazmierczak ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2004 BMW M3 CSL A top example of the ultimate M3 brings huge money in Essen by Nick Jaynes Chassis number: WBSBL95000JB98713 • Delivered new to Japan • One of 841 LHD M3 CSLs produced • Accompanied by its original service book T ruly one of the most desirable BMWs built thus far into the 21st century, the M3 CSL is a must-have automobile in any collection of BMWs, and this example will not disappoint. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 276, sold at $110,106, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU, sale on April 12, 2019. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at the meeting when BMW chiefs informed engineers that they would be the ones to build the E46 M3 CSL. I picture a dozen or so of them sitting quietly in their white button-up shirts and gray slacks, hands politely folded on the conference room table. Some of them probably fiddled with their thin gold-frame glasses nervously, as they awaited the start of the meeting. Surely they must have sensed something significant was about to happen. When the news was finally delivered, euphoria must have erupted in the room. But, you know, Teutonic levels of euphoria. Some gentle nodding, and perhaps a half-smile glinted across a few faces — pure German elation. The engineers couldn’t waste much time celebrating, though. They had work to do. Their task was one of immense import. After all, this was no regular M3 variant they were crafting. This would be just the second BMW in 40 years that was special enough to earn the Coupé Sport Leichtbau (CSL) badge. 78 Sports Car Market The leading edge The E46 M3 might well be the finest generation of M3 ever built — at least I think so. It’s no wonder, then, that the CSL badge was bestowed upon its most extreme variant. The E46 M3 was born in that ideal era in between too little and too much technology. By that I mean it was advanced enough to have prodigious power output, delightful chassis crispness, and just a soupçon of electronic nannies — enough to keep you (mostly) safe, as you rode the leading edge of your skill on the way to driving nirvana. And it achieved this without wholesale removing you from the driving process. If the E46 was the best M3, then the 2004 M3 CSL was the best of the best.


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In creating the CSL, Bimmer’s elite engineering brains went hog wild with weight savings. In fact, that is the greatest gift you give to a German: asking them to take something already otherworldly and make it lighter and more powerful. I envision the engineers assigned to the CSL project spending sleepless nights lightly salivating in bed. They were undoubtedly afflicted with insomnia, as they joyously envisioned new ways to implement the use of lightweight plastics in a road-going sports coupe — one truly worthy of the CSL suffix. In transforming the already uproarious E46 M3 into the CSL, BMW replaced the front air dam, roof, rear diffuser and interior trim with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. Sheet-molding compound was used for the trunk lid. The seats and bumper supports were formed from glass-fiber plastics. A rear windshield shaped from thinner glass was installed, and a panel of honeycomb sandwich paper replaced the trunk floor. The efficient fiddling didn’t end there. The air condi- tioning was yanked. So, too, was the radio. Electric seat motors were also eliminated. An exhaust system formed Likely, the value of these LHD examples will only skyrocket when they’re old enough to be imported into the U.S. — just 10 short years from now. So the new owner would be wise to let this one sit and accrue value. from thinner metal was fitted, which was bolted to an uprated version of the S54 engine. Lighter and faster In the CSL, the 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder churned out 360 horsepower and 273 ft-lb of torque — 22 extra horsepower over the standard M3 that year. The only transmission offered on the M3 CSL was BMW’s second-generation Sequential M Gearbox (SMG-II), which could dispatch shifts in 0.08 seconds. As a result of the increased power output and weight savings — 243 pounds — the car whipped out a 0–62 mile-per-hour sprint in 4.9 seconds, 0–124 mph in 16.8 seconds — on to a top speed of 155 mph. Bigger front brakes were bolted on, along with spe- cial springs and dampers. An M Track Mode was added to the Dynamic Stability Control to, as BMW put it, “achieve the highest conceivable standard of longitudinal and lateral acceleration on the race track.” In short, BMW engineers ensured that no driver could ever dare blame this ultimate driving machine for a less-than-lightning-fast lap. Any track-day defeats fell squarely at the feet of the driver — not the CSL. Seven months of CSL Between June and December of 2003, 1,383 examples of the E46 M3 CSL were built, 841 of which were lefthand drive. As for our subject left-hand-drive M3 CSL, it was originally delivered to Japan — a country with right- July 2019 79 Details Years produced: 2004 Number produced: 1,382 Original list price: $115,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $80,265 Chassis # location: VIN tag in front left corner of windshield Engine # location: Lower right-hand side of the block, just above oil pan Club: BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) Web: www.bmwcca.org hand-drive vehicles. Go figure. Someone must have really wanted a CSL, even if it meant piloting a brand-new LHD car in an RHD traffic system. Of the two colors offered on the CSL that year, Black Sapphire Metallic and Silver Grey Metallic, this one was finished in the latter. It also had its radio and air conditioning system retrofitted. This no-cost creature-comfort option must have made the CSL much more livable. It is hardly in keeping with the spirit of the car, though. This CSL spent 13 years in Japan prior to being transported to Poland in 2017. There, it was featured in the illustrious Polish magazine BMW Trends. In its life, it did just 20,600 miles before crossing the auction block in Essen. There, it sold for $110,106. The top of a rising market Prices of the E46 CSL have been climbing in recent years. Higher-mileage examples still transact below $50,000. However, nicer cars have been lapping over the $100,000 ledge, as this one did. All things taken into account, including mileage, service history, and left-hand-drive layout, this one was well bought. Likely, the value of these LHD examples will only skyrocket when they’re old enough to be imported into the U.S. — just 10 short years from now. So the new owner would be wise to let this one sit and accrue value. That’d be a shame, though, because — as I under- stand it — a dozen-or-so Bimmer engineers lost a lot of sleep in making this car a thing of beauty to drive. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Nick Jaynes started writing for SCM a couple of years ago. His passion for cars and adventure shows through in all of his stories. 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG coupe Lot 155, s/n WDB2153741A0467671 Condition 2- Not sold at $31,220 Bonhams, Stuttgart, DEU, 3/19/16 SCM# 271645 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupe Lot 54, s/n SCFBB03BX7GC03516 Condition 2Sold at $38,500 Dan Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 5/16/18 SCM# 6872319 2007 Porsche 911 GTS RS coupe Lot 4214, s/n WPOAC299X7S792956 Condition 2+ Not sold at $159,500 Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/8/18 SCM# 6872462 Alternatives: 2001–06 Porsche 911 Turbo, 2004–07 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG, 2006–07 Aston Martin V8 Vantage SCM Investment Grade: B Comps


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Next Gen Market Moment ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale Are there enough rich and crazy Next Gen collectors to duplicate this sale? Sold at $1,171,456 RM Sotheby’s Essen April 11–12, 2019, Lot 257 Chassis number: ZLAO38AR000000155 SCM Condition for this car: 2- manufacturers, and that had me thinking: Which cars from the ’80s have achieved seven-figure prices like our subject Lancia? A quick search of the SCM Platinum Auction Database shows the P list is short, made up primarily of Ferrari 288 GTOs and F40s, Porsche 959s and famous race cars — with the newest member being this Lancia Delta S4 Stradale. Unfortunately for other S4 owners, this is likely to be a one-time occurrence. It just so happened that the right people were in the room and needed to get behind the wheel of this twin-charged rally monster. ure madness. That is the simplest way to describe Group B rally cars. It is also a good descriptor of the price paid for this Lancia Delta S4. We all know the 1980s was a dismal time for automotive Built to howl at the moon The stats on the Delta S4 stay true to the insanity of Group B rac- ing. This Lancia is fitted with all-wheel drive, a supercharged and turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine — and it weighs a svelte 2,600 pounds. The Stradale version was detuned to “only” 350 horsepower as op- posed to the 500-plus horses of the competition car, but it will still keep your attention. If it doesn’t, things will go sideways really fast. Our subject Lancia Delta S4 Stradale is the highest-selling example in SCM history. The second most expensive was less than half the price, selling for $551,739 at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Villa Erba auction. That car had only traveled 1,500 km (932 miles). One of only 200 built, sold with books and tools and a mere 2,200 km (1,367 miles) on the odometer, our subject Lancia Delta S4 would be one of the nicest you could find — but this doesn’t explain how this car doubled the price of a similar car sold in 2017 with slightly low mileage. Okay. This price is just insane for today, but future S4 prices will be much nearer to the $1 million mark. However, I doubt that many will reach that number. It takes a special mix of crazy and rich For Gen-X and Millennial collectors, Group B cars still reign as the meanest, scariest racers in our lifetime. Drivers were just one mistake away from catastrophe, and spectators stood on the track dodging gravel thrown into the air by four fat tires searching for grip. Everyone involved was a little bit mad. For me, and many younger col- lectors, the madness is what keeps the Lancia Delta S4 on our list of dream cars. That said, I don’t think many Next Gen collectors are crazy enough — or rich enough — to pay $1.8 million for this car. The buyer of this car fell to Lancia lunacy — and paid a hefty premium. But what’s life without a bit of madness? — Chad Taylor ♦ 80 Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Market Moment Tom Wood ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1986 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R This innovative car is very cool, but it never caught fire in the marketplace Sold at $22,021 RM Sotheby’s, Essen, Germany April 11, 2019, Lot 174 Chassis number: JA3BC54N6GZ027047 SCM Condition for this car: 2- M itsubishi, like all other Japanese-car manufacturers in the 1980s, rode a massive economic boom. So they decided to take on the 2-door sports-coupe market with the Starion. The Starion was the first Japanese production car to offer an elec- tronic fuel-injected turbocharged engine. Sold from 1983 to 1989, the Starion was a direct competitor to the Ford Mustang. You may know the Starion better as the Conquest, which was sold at Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth dealerships. Our subject Starion, with low mileage, is a great example of the next generation of classic cars flooding the market. But the Starion is not a top-tier collectible — at least not yet. With its very 1980s styling, this flagship front-engine, rear-wheel- drive sports car had some heavy competition from other Japanese brands, such as the Nissan Z31 300ZX, the Toyota Mk 3 Supra and the Mazda Mk 2 RX-7. The Porsche 944 Turbo and the Ford Mustang were the overseas competitors. However, the Starion kind of got lost in the shuffle, and it never got the same attention as the competition — even though it was a very capable machine. A lost chance at fame Mitsubishi saw the Starion’s potential when the company devel- oped a Group B rally competitor to the revolutionary Audi Quattro. Mitsubishi used the Starion chassis as a base. However, by the time Mitsubishi had a widebody, 4WD version ready for competition, the FIA canceled the series in 1986. At this point there was no future for the Starion in motorsports, so Mitsubishi had to rely on the success of the street car. The Starion was offered in several different trims: Base, LS, LE, ES, ESI and ESI-R. The ESI and ESI-R trims included an intercooler for the turbo, which allowed for greater boost and more power. The ESI-R also got the widebody chassis. A nice car, but not an important one Our subject Starion ESI-R has 9,230 original miles, and it’s in beautiful, original condition. So why didn’t it sell for more in Essen? The Starion simply is not as significant as the RX-7 or the 300ZX in the world of collectible 1980s Japanese sports cars. The Starion has a lot of winning ingredients, but the whole package never got much love from buyers in the 1980s — or from today’s Next Gen collectors. You can find Honda Civics of similar vintage selling at about the same money as our subject Starion. The message is clear: Buyers have decided that the Starion is not a top-tier collectible in the rising vintage-Japanese-car market. — Will Weston ♦ July 2019 81


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Next Gen Rising Sun Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars That Are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles by Brian Baker pact. The black of the June issue’s car was stunning. Our subject car’s silver is a great color, but the black was devilish. Last month’s Supra came stock with the 6-speed manual transmis- sion known as the Getrag V160/V161. In the used market, this transmission goes for $6,000–$10,000. Sources say that Getrag no longer has any more stock — and no tools — to reproduce the transmissions or the parts. I can only see Getrag trans prices going up from here. There isn’t anything you can do to make your car have 35k fewer miles unless you lie. The setting was key. Last month’s Supra sold at RM Sotheby’s dur- 1994 Toyota Supra #680.1. S/N JT2JA82J5R0011524. 45,127 miles. “This is a two- owner, 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine twin-turbo, 4-speed automatic transmission, Alpine Silver, one of 97 in this color from 1994.” Cond: 1. SOLD AT $62,500. Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/11/2019. Brian’s take: In the June issue (Next Gen Profile, p. 90), we saw the top end of the Supra market — with a winning bid of $173,600 for an 11,000-mile 1994 Supra. Why didn’t this one hit a similar price? Well, the color, transmission, miles and the setting all had an im- 1991 Honda CRX Si #17578. S/N JHMED9362MS001626. 62,000 miles. “1.6-L in- line 4, 5-speed manual, Frost White over gray cloth, oil and brake fluid service, accident-free CARFAX report.” Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $10,250. Bring a Trailer, 4/2/2019. Brian’s take: As a former CRX owner, my opinions are a little biased — but they are rooted. I think there will be a time when we call a mint CRX for $10,000 a deal. Throughout my years owning a CRX, people would talk to me about driving one when they were younger. I get similar stories now when I drive my Datsun 280Z — but from older drivers. We might start seeing people who had a CRX back in the day and who now want one again — either in stock form or a little beat up to modify. The CRX, like most Hondas of this era, received a lot of love from the people who tinker with their cars. That made for a lot of modified cars. Some are excellent, and some should be crushed. 1986 Mitsubishi Starion ESI-R #17188. S/N JA3BC54N6GZ027047. 9k miles. “2.6-liter SOHC inline 4. Single ownership for 30 years and just two registered owners from new, original bill of sale and folder of supporting documents.” Cond: 1. SOLD AT €19,550 ($22,021). RM Sotheby’s, Essen, DEU, 4/19/2019. Brian’s take: I have talked about the Mitsubishi/Dodge/Plymouth Starion/Conquest before. Is it a Japanese car? Is it an American car? At a car show, do you park your Dodge with the Nissans? Is it cool because it is both? There is some debate about the Starion name. Let me help clear some of that up. In Japanese, there are many borrowed words that are “modified” to fit their alphabet. When written, it uses the katakana writing syllables. スタリオン, or SU-TA-RI-ON is how you would write Starion in Japanese. “Starion” is the borrowed word for stallion, as in the horse. Some of the Japanese TV ads even feature an image of a horse. The Starion legacy is not up there with the Supras or Fairlady Zs, but it has too much high-tech and horsepower (get it?) to drop down to the level of Civics and Corollas. It is packed with all the advancements of the ’80s, but does anyone really care? I think this car’s very low mileage, perfect condition — and it is the widebody model — attracted a strong price. Most other Starions/Conquests will hang at a lower price, similar to the current values for 280ZX and early 300ZX cars. I wouldn’t say this model is much of a collector, but this particular car is. Well sold. ♦ 82 Sports Car Market ing Amelia Island Auction Week. The car was part of the Youngtimer Collection, which attracted a lot of people to the auction. Finally, it was one of the nicest Toyota Supras to hit an auction block. I think RM Sotheby’s auction floor had a couple of people going back and forth until someone gave up. Our subject car’s $62,000 price is pretty on point with how the mar- ket is going for low-mileage, unmodified Supras. If someone plans to store it in their collection, they got a good deal, but paying less for a driver with a few mods works better for me. It looks like the market will be flooded with Supras for a while. Five Supras have been listed on Bring a Trailer since the RM Sotheby’s car sold. This car lacks all modification and looks like a collector. There are a few rust spots here and there, but nothing huge. I think this is still an underrated car at this price and condition. Well sold and bought. Tom Wood ©2018 / RM Sotheby’s Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $30.9m Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, p. 90 $23m RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, p. 126 $21m RM Sotheby’s, Essen, DEU, p. 102 $7.97m Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., p. 116 $7.2m Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, p. 136 $3.6m H&H, Duxford, U.K., p. 146 These cars weren’t for sale, but rather were part of an impressive Mercedes-Benz display at Techno Classica Essen, a massive collector-car trade show which encompassed the RM Sotheby’s auction. Photo by B. Mitchell Carlson


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Market Reports Overview One Collection Has Everyone Talking The Youngtimer Collection grabbed the hobby’s attention with record-breaking sales of cars that appeal to younger collectors Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson I 1. 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari coupe, $3,080,000—RM Auctions, FL, p. 131 2. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, $2,540,032—RM Sotheby’s, DEU, p. 106 3. 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale coupe, $1,171,456—RM Sotheby’s, DEU, p. 114 4. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,155,000—RM Auctions, FL, p. 128 5. 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,006,720—RM Sotheby’s, DEU, p. 107 6. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $832,103—Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., p. 120 7. 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, $715,264—RM Sotheby’s, DEU, p. 112 8. 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre tourer, $686,230—Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., p. 118 9. 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale coupe, $613,888—RM Sotheby’s, DEU, p. 112 10. 1936 Bentley 4½ Litre tourer, $584,774—H&H Auctioneers, U.K., p. 148 Best Buys 1984 Renault R5 Turbo 2 hatchback, $68,750—RM Auctions, FL, p. 128 86 ’m fascinated by things that gather outsized amounts of attention. “Game of Thrones,” “Avengers: Endgame,” the Super Bowl, UEFA Champions League — every so often, something comes along that just grabs such a large portion of the public by the attention bits and doesn’t let go. The Youngtimer Collection, out of Switzerland, is the current collectorcar equivalent. After four sales — Paris, Amelia Island, Fort Lauderdale and Essen — RM (in both Sotheby’s and Auctions forms) has sold 138 of 139 vehicles offered from the collection, totaling $10,144,697. The lone unsold lot was from Paris, a 2015 Morgan Aero SuperSports convertible bid to $125,334. The collection is interesting for multiple reasons, but chiefly because it’s a rather odd assortment of cars. A lot of cars. I have good information that the entire collection was more than 220 vehicles before RM Sotheby’s started auctioning them off around the world. Sure, there are the headliners — Twin Turbo Supra, 560SEC Wide Body AMG, B12 Alpinas, etc. — but of those 139 offered so far, there were 12 (1979–2000) Rolls-Royces, 11 (1990–2002) Bentleys and 34 Mercedes-Benzes, of which 20 were not AMG models. Let’s look quickly at the range of those sold so far: The The Youngtimer Collection sits in a warehouse in Switzerland, waiting for transport to auction lookout for more of those ’80s and ’90s Rolls and Bentleys to go along with a few more market-setting examples. It’s something I’ll watch for closely. ♦ Oklahoma City, OK February 22–23, 2019 most expensive lot sold from the collection so far was a 2006 Ferrari 575 Superamerica, with — you guessed it — a 6-speed manual, at $672,246. The lowest spot is tied between a 1975 Datsun 280Z and 1990 Jaguar XJ V12; both sold at Essen for $9,715 apiece. The oldest car was a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3, which sold in Paris for $78,619. The newest also sold in Paris; it was a 2018 Benz G65 AMG Final Edition SUV that went away for $319,744 — not all that far behind its $349k MSRP. About those headliners: You’ve read our profiles on the $174k Supra (June 2019, p. 90) and $339k AMG 560SEC (May 2019, p. 86). Both were market-wrecking, recordsetting deals for those of us who wish to own one of them. But they can also be called a bell that rings other cars into the market. RM Sotheby’s hasn’t advertised any additional cars from the collection going on the block as of this writing, but with potentially 80-some more in the collection, be on the Duxford, U.K. March 20, 2019 Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue H&H Leake $7.2m $3.6m Fort Lauderdale, FL March 29–30, 2019 RM Auctions Chichester, U.K. April 7, 2019 April 11–12, 2019 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL April 11–13, 2019 $0 $10m $20m 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 $30m RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU Bonhams $23.1m $8m $21m $30.9m $40m 1985 Chevrolet C10 Custom Deluxe pickup, $10,450—Leake, OK, p. 145 1955 Porsche 356A Speedster, $315,666—Bonhams, U.K., p. 124 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV coupe, $263,055—Bonhams, U.K., p. 120 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe, $99,000—RM Auctions, FL, p. 130 Sports Car Market Tim Scott Fluid Images © 2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold What would Brian Baker, SCM’s own Japanese-collector-car expert, do? by Brian Baker Buy: 4th Generation Through 6th Generation Honda Civics Hear me out before you reach for your pitchforks. Everything Honda was doing with the Honda Civic model from 1988 to 2000 nailed it out of the park. Civics are some of the most-reliable, cheap-to-maintain Hondas ever made. These cars helped Honda build the legacy they have today. Once these Civics landed in the used-car classifieds, they became a popular model to modify for race, drag, autocross, car audio and many different visual styles. They were one of the main platforms for the early 2000s street-racer style, using body kits that sparked off the “Fast & Furious” franchise. They’re still in the current “Stance” era — lowering your car and putting wheels on it where the rim lip touches the fender. The Civic has been through so many years of styling that many buyers still bend over backwards and spend $50k on a show car. You don’t have to “get” each of the styles to know it is a popular base car. All this means that finding an original Civic is difficult. The most-popular Civics will be the 1992–95 5th gen and the 1996–2000 6th gen. The models to look for are the top-of-the-line Si. After the Si, the trim levels fall from EX, LX and DX. CX is the bare-bones version. I might be a little ahead of the curve, but many Next Gen collectors will want a Civic really soon. Sell: Toyota FJ40 The FJ40 is a fine Land Cruiser and off-road vehicle. Most of the car guys I associate with never talk about this generation of Land Cruiser. We all want the big-body FJ60 (1980–89) and the FJ80 (1990–2008). They have loads of space and comfortable seating inside of them so you can drag camping gear and hit the road with your 100-plus-more-horsepower FJ80. We can also afford FJ80s. The FJ40 doesn’t really do much for Next Gen collectors as a $60k–$100k Jeep. Hold: Datsun 240Z/260Z/280Z “But Brian, the market is hot for the Z right now! Shouldn’t I sell?” Well, sure, if the car is taking up space and you are tired of looking at it. But the market for the Datsun S30Z (1970–78 240Z, 260Z and 280Z) is all over the place right now. Bring a Trailer alone has had 31 S30Z cars since January 2019! That doesn’t include all of the auction companies that are finally picking up the Z. The market is flooded with cars, and buyers are having a hard time telling a great car from an okay car. Prices range from $10,000 for a decent-running car all the way up to $80,000. What is fascinating to me about the S30Z is its desirability with so many generations. My father grew up modifying them with his buddies. Now I’m doing the same thing with my friends. These cars are featured in the latest video games — and they’re very popu- lar in the younger modified-car scene. Why not ride this wave for a while and see where it washes ashore? You don’t have to worry about losing buyers with a shifting generation, as the coming generations still appreciate Z cars. ♦ 88 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach 2019 Popular in its day but rarely seen today, a fully restored 1983 Toyota Hilux 4x4 pickup sells for $33,000 Company Barrett-Jackson Date April 11–13, 2019 Location Palm Beach, FL Auctioneers Mast Auctioneers: Joseph Mast, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered 640/643 Sales rate 99.5% Sales total $30,867,870 High sale 1947 Buick Super custom convertible, sold at $412,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Aside from the different color, this truck screams Marty McFly — 1983 Toyota Hilux SR5 4x4 pickup, sold at $33,000 Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Market opinions in italics automobilia. Held at the South Florida Fairgrounds, it’s an event and an auction. There were food vendors, automobile lifestyle exhibitors and live entertainment. Dodge provided Challenger and Charger Hellcats for some tire-smoking ride-alongs in their Dodge Thrill Ride. There was truly something for everyone at this year’s B auction, from American Classics to muscle cars, and vintage imports to modern supercars. A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, equipped with the rare fuel-injected engine, in the classic shade of Matador Red and in excellent condition, sold well at a final hammer price of $123,200. Another classic American lot was a 1953 Buick Skylark, which was restored in the mid-1990s and was the recipient of the AACA Senior National First Prize in 1999. The restoration is still holding up well, and the car hammered sold at a very reasonable $121,000. Barrett-Jackson specializes in American muscle, and this year quality muscle cars arrived in abundance. A 1969 Shelby GT500 fastback — said to be a one-family car that’s spent its entire life in Florida and loaded with options and plenty of documentation — sold for $165,000. For Mopar fans there was Lot 607, a 1967 Plymouth Hemi GTX. In an attractive shade of blue over black vinyl, this 90 arrett-Jackson returned again to West Palm Beach and conducted their auction on April 11 through 13, selling collector cars and car has traveled only 38k miles and sold for a very fair $84,700. If there was a new theme to this year’s auction, it would have to be Japanese Palm Beach, FL imports. An example that was popular in its day but rarely seen today was a 1983 Toyota Hilux 4x4 pickup. This truck was fully restored back to stock with some added day-two features such as a roll bar and lift kit. In excellent condition, this truck was a true time warp and sold for $33,000. Lot 132 was a 1972 Datsun 240Z that had recently completed a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration. This lot sold for $36,850, which may be strong today, but these cars are on the way up. Another model to watch was a 1994 Toyota Supra — especially after that $174k one in Amelia Island. With twin turbochargers, producing 320 hp, this one traveled 45k original miles and sold for $62,700. While it was equipped with an automatic, I’m guessing it would have sold for even more if it had a 6-speed manual. A more-modern sports car was a 2012 Lexus LFA, with only 5,200 actual miles. Powered by a 4.8-liter V10, this car can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 200 mph, and it sold for $352,000. A modernday hypercar was represented by Lot 743, a 2018 McLaren 720S. This car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 212 mph. With only 329 delivery miles, this car sold for $324,500. West Palm Beach has been a staple for Barrett- Jackson’s auction calendar, and for good reason. Warm weather, good entertainment and a variety of quality collector cars will ensure their success in South Florida. ♦ Sales Totals $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL ENGLISH #343-1959 MGA roadster. S/N HDK4352669. British Racing Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Stated to have been the recipient of a recent frame-off restoration. Shiny paint over straight body panels. Rechromed bumpers are a little wavy. Rechromed grille has a slight indentation on top left area. Windshield surround is pitting. Chrome wire wheels are clean. Newish-looking leather seat covers. Carpet doesn’t fit around the shifter area. Dash presentable, with some scratches around ignition switch. New gauges with odometer reading zero. Some plastic dash switches are new, some appear original and are worn. Temperature-control silk screening rubbed off. Engine bay clean and detailed. Claimed matchingnumbers engine appears stock and complete. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. These Big Healeys are handsome, powerful with 150 hp and a joy to drive. They are also very collectible. The later 3000 models like this one include roll-up windows and a good convertible top, which adds to their drivability. This is fresh off a very good restoration, and the buyer paid up for its excellent condition. Well sold. #377-1998 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Vo- lante. S/N SCFAA4122WK202121. Tai Gold Metallic/black cloth/cream leather. Odo: 3,501 miles. Factory paint shows well, with one small touch-up on nose. Left rear wheel is scratched, others are unmarked. Windshield is clear, other windows were down. Driver’s seat side bolster is worn, seat bottom shows creases turning into cracks. The rest of the interior appears unworn. Burled-wood trim is good. DIN Alpine cassette stereo in dash. Engine bay looks complete, clean and detailed. Cond: 2-. baggy; rest of interior appears fault-free. Engine bay is very clean but not detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. The Lotus Elise stayed true to Colin Chapman’s design philosophy of low weight and fine handling. At 1,600 pounds with the 180-hp Toyota inline 4, the Elise is an excellent track car that can be driven on the street. The interior can be a little austere, but this example had factory a/c and a CD player—making it a sort of luxury Lotus. It’s not uncommon for this model to have low miles, as they’re rarely used for daily transportation. Previously seen at GAA’s November 2017 sale, where it sold for $33,170 (SCM# 6852534). The analyst felt that price was a bit of a bargain. Fair market price was realized today; well bought and sold. #720-2012 MCLAREN MP4-12C coupe. S/N SBM11AAA4CW000803. Volcano Orange/black leather. Odo: 18,930 miles. Factory paint shows polishing swirls on front hood. Clear bra covers front end and lower rear body panels. Carbon fiber at door sills delaminating. Carbon-fiber Niche 10-spoke wheels show some curb rash. Limo tint on side windows. Interior looks unworn and shows like new. Carbon-fiber dress-up kit hides the engine, but what can be seen looks clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,250. MGAs are lovely cars to look at and to drive, with good club support and parts availability. In the classic combination of British Racing Green with tan interior, this example presented well and the details could be easily remedied. The buyer must have really liked the color combination, as this car was well sold above current market value. #705-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L30430. Irish Mist Green/green cloth/Parchment leather. Stated restoration completed in 2014, with $82,000 in receipts and 1,400 miles traveled since. Good repaint with some surface polishing swirls. Straight and shiny bumpers also have some surface scratches, as does windshield surround. Chrome wire wheels are clean and shiny. All-new interior appears freshly done. Dash chrome gleams. Engine bay complete and concours-detailed. Lucas decal on the coil is lifting at the corners. Toyotasourced 5-speed manual transmission added, but rebuilt original 4-speed transmission said to be included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $32,450. The DB7 was the first Aston Martin model built under full Ford ownership, and Ford’s mass-market experience resulted in approximately 7,000 examples built, making the DB7 Aston Martin’s most prolific model. Today, DB7 Volantes are frequently seen at auction, and buyers can be picky. Although this particular example shows low miles, the wear seems to show that this car was originally a daily driver before being put away for sunny-day usage. Values for DB7s seem to be retreating lately, but today this example appears to have been slightly well bought. #342.1-2007 LOTUS ELISE convertible. S/N SCCPC111X7HL32685. Orange/gray cloth. Odo: 18,012 miles. Factory paint shows a couple of chips on front license-plate brace. Clear bra covers half of front hood. Factory wheels unmarked. Driver’s seat bottom a little SOLD AT $117,700. The MP4-12C was McLaren’s first production road car since the 1993–98 F1. With 600 hp and weighing in at 3,000 pounds, this rocketship could reportedly hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and 100 mph in 6.0 seconds. I spoke with the friendly Generation X consignor, and he expected the final bid price. Well bought and sold, but this is a lot of car for the money. GERMAN #729-1959 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Samba 23-window microbus. S/N 481764. Sealing Wax Red & Beige Gray/white vinyl/gray vinyl. Odo: 428 miles. Claimed mileage shown since frame-off restoration. Exceptional paint looks a little thick, but panels are straight. One small chip on painted front bumper. All glass is new replacement with new rubber seals. Gray vinyl seat cover has a tear between the driver’s and passenger’s seat bottom. Minimalist interior dash has no radio, with the factory blocking plate in its place. New square-weave carpet throughout. Stock 1200-cc engine is clean and detailed. Cond: 2+. 92 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL 1967 Squareback and I love it. I get more looks and thumbs-up than I get with any of my other collector cars. Values for Type 3s seem to be climbing along with other vintage aircooled VWs. This example was sold correctly today for condition, only let down by the latermodel styling. #391-1977 PORSCHE 911 Targa. S/N SOLD AT $192,500. The multi-window Samba bus madness continues. At least this example looked to have been done with no expense spared and with no deviation from stock. With 36 hp, these anemic buses can’t keep up with modern traffic with no passengers—let alone when filling up the three-row seating. Hills and corners are best avoided. This example was previously seen at Mecum Monterey 2017, where it sold for $143,000 (SCM# 6847334). It appears that someone made a tidy little profit. I’m going to continue to call results like this well sold. #71-1971 VOLKSWAGEN SQUARE- BACK wagon. S/N 3612225306. Beige/beige vinyl. Stated bare-metal repaint in 2009 holding up well with no visible flaws. Rubber bumper trim has some small cracks. Hubcaps and trim rings in good condition. Whitewall tires are starting to yellow. New rubber window seals all around missing chrome trim. Windshield is a new reproduction. Vinyl interior looks good with no cracks on dash. VIN plate attached to top of dash in wrong location. Loads of aftermarket extras inside including 14-inch wood steering wheel added, with original sitting on back seat. Troublesome pop-out side windows have lost their pop-out mechanism and are now static. Engine compartment locked and no pictures in the catalog. Catalog does state that the engine is stock with the factory fuel-injection system intact. Cond: 2. 9117210729. Red/black fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 31,189 miles. Widebody configuration. Bright repaint shiny with some touchups on nose. Slight overspray on driver’s outside mirror. Aftermarket wheels show polishing scratches. Porsche center caps faded. Chrome trim on quarter windows starting to pit. Black Targa bar is unfaded. New seat covers appear unworn. Armrests on door panels are pulling away. Dash is clean. Aftermarket DIN CD player added. Aftermarket leather Momo steering wheel. Original sun visors are sun burned. Engine bay is very clean and detailed. Cond: 2-. Turbo models, takes bravery and skill to drive at speed. I much prefer these Turbos with their flares, whale tails and Fuchs wheels. White over blue leather is an uncommon but attractive color combination. Values seem to be retreating a bit from their highs in 2015. This example may not have low mileage, but it is in excellent condition. Well bought. #790-1991 PORSCHE 944 S2 convert- ible. S/N WP0CB2942MN440478. White/ black leather. Odo: 54,425 miles. Catalog states that the mileage is actual from new. Factory paint is holding up well, with only a few touch-ups on the nose. Left front wheel has some curb rash, other wheels are good. Cloth top has some seams starting to split, but plastic rear window is clear. Both front seats have wear on side bolsters. Leather is getting hard and could use a feeding; rest of the interior looks unworn. Factory Blaupunkt cassette in dash. Engine bay is cleanish with some grime from use. Equipped with the desirable 5-speed manual. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,800. This attractive 911 Targa came with no claims of original mileage or documentation. Highly modified Porsches struggle to bring big money unless superbly done. Fairly bought and sold. #705.1-1986 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0JB0934GS051365. Grand Prix White/blue leather. Odo: 64,673 miles. Mileage stated to be actual from new. Factory paint has orange peel throughout but no chips or scratches. Black rubber trim on bumpers and tail isn’t faded. Fuchs wheels clean and unmarked. Some creasing on driver’s seat bottom and wear to side seat bolster. Modern DIN Pioneer CD player added. Some fraying to stitches on steering wheel. Engine bay is clean, with some surface corrosion on fan and a/c compressor. Factory engine decals are intact. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,000. My first car was a 944 that I bought used when I was 19 years old. It had so many electrical problems that I always carried a skateboard with me as an alternate form of transport in case I was left stranded. I still have an NOS distributor packed away that my parents gave me for Christmas back then. Those issues aside, I loved that car. Good looks, good performance and good handling. I’d love to get another. Despite the boring colors, this convertible would be a great candidate, and it sold below market value for credit-card money. Very well bought. #664-2003 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. SOLD AT $19,800. The Type 3 was Volkswagen’s comfort model, with more interior space, higher-output engines and front disc brakes. The 1968 Type 3 was the first German seriesproduction car with electronic fuel injection. The system works very well in these cars when kept in tune, but the concept was alien to most VW drivers back in the day and these systems were frequently yanked at the first sign of trouble and replaced with carburetors. I own a 94 SOLD AT $99,000. An air-cooled Turbo, with none of the driver assists of the later 996 S/N WP0AB29933S685471. Silver/gray leather. Odo: 16,006 miles. Factory paint with a few small stone chips on nose. Factory alloy wheels appear unmarked. Plastic headlight covers clear. Dark limo tint added to all windows. Factory sunroof. Interior looks largely unworn, with optional carbon-fiber trim. Engine bay locked, with no photos in the catalog. Features all-wheel drive and factory Aerokit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $79,200. Water-cooled 996 Turbos can be quite a performance bargain today compared to their air-cooled brethren—if you can get past the fried-egg front headlight styling. 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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Market Moment Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 1981 Ford LTD Custom Station Wagon “National Lampoon’s Vacation” Homage Sold at $100,100 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, April 12, 2019, Lot 375 Chassis number: 2FABP38FXBB104582 on a 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon. Someone (it isn’t clear if it was King of Kustoms George Barris or Warner Brothers artists) created five different versions of the Truckster, each to showcase a different period of decay as the trip from Chicago to Southern California’s Wally World unspools. That, by the way, is a cinematic metaphor for the decline and decay of a civilization in which A Chevy Chase is a star. None of those painfully metallic green movie monstrosities was sold at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale. In fact, it’s not clear any of the original cars have survived, although there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of imposters in various garages and roadside attractions calling themselves museums. Instead, the car that got the B-J crowd to stand up and get their cell-phone cameras out was a newly created homage to the original. Gene Kennedy at Bandit Movie Cars built this car on a 1981 Ford LTD wagon chassis. I think there are two demographic groups interested in owning a Wagon Queen Family Truckster: Folks seething with nostalgic childhood road trips in the American family Detroit Conestogas of the 1960s and 1970s. “National Lampoon’s Vacation” movie fans. There might even be a slight overlap on the Venn diagram — if you remember fighting with your siblings over who could sit in the “way back” seats that faced where you just were, AND thought Chevy Chase was funny. But, remember, we are collectors, and what happened at B-J Palm Beach was right out of the movies (I’m thinking “Wolf of Wall Street,” where the king of pump-and-dump makes bank on people not in control of their emotions). In this case, the hammer dropped at $97,000, and the final hit was $100,100. That’s for a car you could have built for less than $25,000 (use your Google muscles and you will find a real Griswold family who, living up to their birthright, did exactly this). In the real world, the Griswolds’ wagon might be worth $35,000 (another one was a no-sale at that price not long ago) — maybe $50k if you just have to have this one, signed by Beverly D’Angelo, to fill out your collection of Cars That Aren’t Real. — Mark Wigginton SOLD AT $93,500. This car was last seen at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2015, where it sold for $95,700 (SCM# 6784063). It has been driven only 114 miles since then and depreciated roughly $2k. Testarossa values were climbing a few years ago and seemed to be following the trajectory of other Enzo-era cars, but have recently turned around and are now decreasing in value. The catalog description for this example was very brief, with no mention of any services, which probably resulted in this soft sale price. If this car is up to date in servicing, then it was well bought; well sold if otherwise. #694.1-2004 FERRARI 360 Modena coupe. S/N ZFFYU51A540135994. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Factory paint is in great shape. Quarter-size chip in clear bra on nose. Dealer-installed oversized wheels unscathed. Interior appears unworn. Scuderia shields attached to front fenders. Some heat discoloration on exhaust tips. Stock engine bay is clean and detailed. Can’t read digital odometer, but catalog states that mileage is under 9,700. Includes owner’s manuals and factory toolkit. Cond: 2+. 96 Sports Car Market fter Christie Brinkley, some folks find the “Wagon Queen Family Truckster” to be the real discovery of “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” the 1983 (ahem) vehicle that made Chevy Chase a movie star. Of course, being the movies, there is no Truckster. Instead the movie vehicle was built stable. The buyer here paid up for good colors and low miles. Well sold. ITALIAN #706-1990 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A4L0085441. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 40,446 miles. Factory paint is shiny with some touch-ups throughout. Rust bubbling around front emblem. Alloy wheels are blemish-free. Windshield starting to delaminate at left front corner. Dash is good. Some wrinkling to driver’s seat bottom, but rest of interior appears unmarked. Engine bay is clean but not detailed. Cond: 3+.


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL JAPANESE #132-1972 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HLS3067615. Orange/black leather. Odo: 63,537 miles. Stated to have had a recent, complete restoration and mechanical overhaul. Resprayed paint is shiny. Front fender tops are wavy. Foot-long scratch on top of right rear fender. 15x8 Enkel wheels are blemish-free. New leather seat covers have fit issues and are a little baggy. Newish Momo Alcantara steering wheel added. Dash and console in likenew condition with clear gauges. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. Later 360 Modenas are some of the most reliable and easiest Ferraris to own. Changes in the engine bay meant that services could be performed without removing the engine. Values have been on the decline toward Ferrari entry-level prices, but these cars provide a lot of performance for the money. This example had the automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering column, which held it back some. Also, I was not a fan of the dealer-provided oversized wheels. The buyer paid up for low mileage and excellent condition. Well sold. #343.1-2004 MASERATI CAMBIO- CORSA convertible. S/N ZAMBB18A940011263. Red/black cloth/cream leather. Odo: 19,051 miles. Factory paint shows well, with only two touch-ups on nose. Plastic headlight covers clear. Aftermarket 19-inch AZE wheels unmarked. Slight creasing on both seat bottoms. Driver’s armrest shows wear. Dash top is covered with pitting—like some sort of chemical reaction to a cleaner. Factory engine bay is clean and detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,850. The list of the work completed on this car is extensive and is too long for me to describe in my character limit here. Let’s just say everything was stated to be restored or rebuilt. Curious about the wavy fender tops, however. Maybe people have been sitting on top of them? I found the large aftermarket wheels and out-of-place Momo steering wheel to be unfortunate. Why restore everything back to stock only to make those changes? Recently seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale in January 2018, where it sold for $40,700 (SCM# 6862494). The future looks bright for these models, but they’re not quite at a retail price point where a seller can recoup the cost of a full restoration. Well sold today, but keep an eye on these. #362-1983 TOYOTA HILUX SR5 4x4 SOLD AT $25,300. The F136 family of engines used in the Cambiocorsa is shared between various Maserati, Ferrari and (one) Alfa Romeo V8 models, and is arguably one of the greatest V8s produced. Only letdown here may be the early automatic paddle-shift transmission. These cars have ridden the depreciation curve further downward than most other Italian sports cars—that should be a warning signal. As these cars have become affordable, their maintenance expenses have stayed the same, so the initial purchase price may be the cheapest check you’ll write. This particular low-mileage example looked fantastic at a glance, but it was only under close inspection that the issue with the dash was discovered. The sale price turned out to be strong money. Previously seen at Leake’s Oklahoma City auction back in February, where it did not sell at a high bid of $26,000 (SCM# 6899636). Well sold today for condition. July 2019 pickup. S/N JT4RN38SXD0081482. Beige/ tan cloth. Odo: 248 miles. Good yellow repaint. Top of hood has a few small dents. Factory-appearing vinyl striping expertly applied. Front chrome and rear black tube bumpers in good shape. New chrome roll bar with lights. Spray-on bed protector added. Suspension lifted 2½ inches, with 17-inch American Racing Baja aluminum wheels and 33-inch offroad tires tucked underneath. Restored interior includes aftermarket Master Craft Baja bucket 97


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL seats and RetroSound stereo, with speakers installed in the kick panels. Engine bay is clean and detailed and appears stock. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,000. Aside from the different color, this truck screams Marty McFly. This truck had all the day-two changes that were so popular on these trucks in-period. As a high-schooler in the mid-’80s, this truck really took me back to my childhood, when all my friends and I admired them. I nearly fell over when I saw it. This truck was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale in September 2018, where it sold for $55,000 (SCM# 6883512). The seller’s plan for a profitable flip was foiled. The price looks high, but I’m sure a nostalgic Gen Xer with means would step up for this example. Well bought for my generation, well sold for everyone else. #82-1984 NISSAN 300ZX coupe. S/N JN1CZ14S2EX015735. Silver/glass T-top/gray leather. 50th Anniversary Edition. Factory paint is shiny but has numerous chips and scratches, especially around door handles and fuel door. Original wheels show some curb rash and gold paint is fading. T-top glass is mirrored. Driver’s seat has slight creases; dash is good with no cracks. Aftermarket DIN CD player added. Some wear on steering wheel. Engine bay looks clean and detailed, while green-top Interstate battery detracts. Cannot read digital odometer and no mention of mileage in the catalog. Documented with the original window sticker and bill of sale. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,100. 1984 was the first year that the 300ZX was available in the U.S., and the last year for the Datsun name, although Nissan was being used a couple years already. The model with it’s squared-off styling was quite the departure from the morerounded 280ZX. With the 50th Anniversary livery, turbocharged engine and 5-speed manual, this was the model to own, although this particular example appeared a little rough around the edges. Well sold today, but keep an eye on these, as they are trending upward. #616.1-1986 DODGE CONQUEST TSI coupe. S/N JB3BC54N4GZ057876. Red/black leather. Odo: 62,224 miles. Stated in the catalog to be an unrestored original. Factory paint shows orange peel throughout. Nose is peppered with small chips. Front Conquest badge corroding. Clearcoat on wheels flaking off. All glass is clear. Driver’s seat bottom shows some creasing. Dash top shows no cracks. Steering wheel looks good. Original cassette player in dash. Car is locked, but photos in the catalog show the engine bay to be remarkably clean, detailed and looking all correct. Cond: 3+. els were available in the U.S. at the same time. I haven’t seen a Conquest (or Starion) since the early 1990s at least, let alone an honest example in good condition like our subject car was. These cars compared well in period to their contemporaries like the Nissan 300ZX and Porsche 944. That this example also had a 5-speed manual trans was icing on the cake. Well bought. #680.1-1994 TOYOTA SUPRA Turbo coupe. S/N JT2JA82J5R0011524. Silver/black leather. Odo: 45,127 miles. Factory paint is shiny but has several chips on nose, hood and rear wing. Factory wheels are dirty, have some curb rash. Driver’s side seat bolster shows wear, and seat bottom is moderately creased. Stock engine bay is clean but not detailed. Equipped with 4-speed automatic transmission. Miles stated to be actual, and car comes with a clear CARFAX. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,300. The Dodge Conquest was a rebadged Mitsubishi Starion, and both mod- SOLD AT $62,700. This car would have really knocked it out of the park if it had the 5-speed manual. With the twin turbos, these cars were good for 320 hp with a factoryclaimed 0–60 mph time of 5.6 seconds. That was strong performance in its day, and nothing to sneeze at now. My neighbor back in the late ’90s drove one of these twin-turbos. I hated him but loved his car. It’s no $174k, 11kmile time warp, such as the one sold by RM Sotheby’s in Amelia Island. Still, well sold today, but keep an eye on these. This could be one of the lower prices we see this year. #336-1996 MITSUBISHI 3000GT VR4 Spyder. S/N JA3AW75K1TY801000. Red/tan leather. Bright red paint has slight orange peel on front and rear bumpers. Rear wing has a few chips and scratches. Factory wheels chromed and blemish-free. Slight tint to windows. Driver’s side seat bolster shows some wear, rest of interior shows no wear. Engine bay looks stock and is very clean. With digital dash, I can’t record the mileage and there’s no mention of it in the catalog. Cond: 2. 98 SOLD AT $30,250. One of 84 VR4s produced Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL in 1996 with the retractable hard top. These cars were a big deal when new. I remember trying to finagle my way to a test drive from the local dealer, but they required a deposit before letting anyone test-drive one. Although I could not get any information regarding the mileage, this example looked good enough that it couldn’t have been more than 50,000. This price will look like a steal in the near future. #650-1996 ACURA NSX Targa. S/N JH- 4NA1183TT000377. Red/black leather. Odo: 36,171 miles. Exceptional factory paint with no visible orange peel, but there are a few touch-ups on the nose. Factory alloy wheels are unmarked. There’s some wear to the driver’s side seat bolster and creases on seat bottom. The rest of the interior appears unworn. Factory cassette stereo in dash. Engine bay is clean and as-delivered. Stated that a full service was recently completed including timing belt and fluids. Cond: 2+. a kid and always dreamed of owning one. He was absolutely giddy about his purchase and was visibly shaking. He didn’t really know a lot about the NSX (I had to show him how to access the engine bay), but he knew he had to have one. This example had the very desirable Targa top and 6-speed manual in the classic red-over-black color combination. If the buyer had to have one, this was the one to have. Well bought for making a lifelong dream come true. AMERICAN #373.1-1954 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr sedan. S/N C54B069599. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 20,239 miles. 235-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Stated to be a recent recipient of a frame-off restoration. Great exterior paint over straight body panels with no noticeable chips or scratches. Rechromed bumpers and exterior trim excellent. Factory hubcaps appear blemish-free, with bright wide whitewall tires. Some fit issues with rear fender skirts, as they are out at rear. Half-moon headlight covers added. Interior seat covers look new. Dash chrome trim shows some slight pitting and cloudiness. All glass clear, shows no scratches. Clean engine bay with some chips to engine paint. Period Offenhauser intake manifold with dual single-barrel carburetors. Chrome valve cover and air cleaners added. Aftermarket bright-red spark-plug wires detract, as does the budget no-name battery. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,200. With the Offenhouser intake, dual carbs and chrome dress-up kit, this car gives off a cool day-two, hot-rod vibe. Excellent in every way and only let down by some of the dash trim that should be easily remedied. This car is ready for the local cruise night. The buyer agreed, as he paid up for condition. Well sold. #427-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N D7FH159469. Sage Green/black cloth, white hard top/green vinyl. Odo: 7,367 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Miles indicated since restoration. Paint expertly applied over straight body panels, with no visible chips or scratches. Chrome bumpers straight and shiny. Chrome wire wheels are clean and blemishfree, with bright, wide whitewall tires. Cloth top fits well, plastic rear window is clear. Replacement windshield. Restored interior looks good, even with slight flattening on driver’s seat bottom. Clean and detailed engine bay shows some staining on intake manifold. Bright green Interstate battery detracts. Upgrades during restoration include aluminum heads and intake manifold, four-wheel disc brakes and power rack-and-pinion steering. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $59,400. I was inspecting this car just as it came off the auction block. The winning bidder arrived shortly after to inspect his new purchase. He was a 40-year-old enthusiast who had a poster of an NSX on his wall as SOLD AT $62,700. This particular car was awarded Best in Show at the Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, GA, in 2008. I’m assuming then that the restoration dates to just prior to that show in 2008. It’s been built with performance and creature comforts and would make a great touring car. Color combination may be a little polarizing, but this was a period 1950s pastel(ish) color. Regardless, the bidders responded, making this lot well sold. #689-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 9F02R480770. Black Jade/black vinyl. Odo: 35,984 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint well applied, with slight orange peel and no noticeable chips or scratches. Rechromed bumpers shiny but a little wavy. Factory wheels blemish-free. New-looking seat covers show no wear. Dash and console look good. Aftermarket DIN Pioneer cassette stereo in stock location, but catalog states that original Philco AM radio is included. Engine bay detailed, appears complete. Period-looking Auto- 100 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL lite battery. Equipped with factory a/c, power front disc brakes, power steering, tilt steering wheel and tinted glass. Documented with Shelby owner card, copy of Shelby work order and window sticker, and a framed copy of an Elite Marti Report. Cond: 2+. #393.1-1995 FORD MUSTANG SVT SOLD AT $165,000. This car was said to be a one-family car that’s spent its entire life in Florida. The catalog hints that the mileage shown could be actual but didn’t actually make that claim. The condition of this car was consistently excellent throughout. The bidders responded and the buyer paid a premium for the condition. Well sold. #315-1979 AMC PACER DL wagon. S/N A9A687C173666. Burgundy/tan leather. Odo: 51,501 miles. 253-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Shiny respray with orange peel throughout. Chrome bumpers straight, with some surface scratches; rest of exterior brightwork hazy, shows some pitting. Wheels have a few rusty lug nuts and curb rash. All glass is clear. Front seats show some creasing and the driver’s seat has a small tear. Brown shag carpet is dirty. Dash is in good shape with no cracks. Chrome roof rack looks good. Engine bay looks complete and very clean. Cond: 3+. Cobra R coupe. S/N 1FALP42C3SF213635. White/tan cloth. Odo: 206 miles. 5.8-L fuelinjected V8, 5-sp. 206 actual miles. Still in the wrapper with no dealer prep—plastic covering the seats and carpet. Blemish-free paint with orange peel throughout, as expected from the factory. Wheels unmarked. Interior is mint. Original window sticker still applied to passenger’s window. Engine bay is as clean as delivered. Radiator hoses a little discolored from age. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $37,400. Ford only built 250 SVT Cobra Rs in 1995. Built to be a track car, but Ford included all the required safety and emissions equipment, making them street legal. Ford wanted them to be raced, and once they found that they were being scooped up by collectors, they started requiring a valid racing license to purchase them. Some still escaped into collections and this example is one of them. Still on MSO with test miles, it appears that this car will never be “ SOLD AT $6,270. The DL package was top of the line on the Pacer, and this example has every option including factory a/c, power brakes, steering, windows and locks. This car also has the factory AM/FM/CB radio with the factory mic resting in its original holder on the side of the dash. Polarizing looks would still get some smiles from those who remember them and from hipsters today. The sale price of this example went under credit-card money into debit-card money. Fairly bought and sold, but a running, driving vintage car in this condition loaded with options looks like a deal at this price. July 2019 101 driven, which is a shame. The bidders showed this example no love, and it sold for less than the $38k MSRP (about $63k today). The SCM Pocket Price Guide shows $28,000 as the median price, but this car is mint collector grade. I’m calling this well bought. © This car also has the factory AM/FM CB radio with the factory mic resting in its original holder on the side of the dash. 1979 AMC Pacer DL wagon ”


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU RM Sotheby’s — Essen 2019 A 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale — 1,444 miles from new — sold for $1,171,456 Company RM Sotheby’s Date April 11–12, 2019 Location Essen, DEU Auctioneers Maarten ten Holder and Mark Grohl Automotive lots sold/offered 185/212 Sales rate 87% Sales total $21,029,725 High sale 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sindelfingen Cabriolet A, sold at $2,540,032 Buyer’s premium One of 200 street-legal homologation Stradale versions — 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale coupe, sold at $1,171,456 15% on first $225,280; 12.5% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = €0.89) Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics T he 31st Techno Classica saw a new feature added into the lower level of Hall 1 at its home in the Messe Essen — RM Sotheby’s first auction conducted in Germany. RM Sotheby’s was looking to expand the number of auctions they conduct in Europe, and while another auction house has conducted a sale there on Saturday, Techno Classica’s promoters saw the value of adding an additional auction in the two days prior and at the opposite end of the show site. Overall, the combination seemed to work well, Essen, DEU with a $21 million overall take over both days on the 185 cars that sold against the 212 offered. Granted, 83 lots were offered at no reserve from the Youngtimer Collection, so that’s pretty much a guaranteed 40% sell-through right off the bat. Yet RM Sotheby’s had strong sellthrough rates until the last hour on Friday — the first time there were successive no-sale lots. Leading all sales was one of the featured cars, the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A. Originally sold new in England, the left-hand-drive convertible hammered sold relatively early on Thursday for $2,540,032. While the old-money cars were expected to sell well, new-era collector cars pretty much swapped back and forth with them for places on the top 10 sales list. Friday’s top sale, slotted into second place overall — and the highest selling post-war car — was the 1985 Lancia Delta S4 Stradale. The 1,444-miles-fromnew, street-legal version of the Group B rally car rang the bell with the newer generations of collectors, hammering sold for $1,171,456 after nearly five minutes of intense back-and-forth bidding onsite and over the phone. Equally strong were most sales from the Youngtimer Collection of 1980s and 1990s GT and luxury cars. Perhaps even more so in a way, as while they tended to show lower miles, the condition was less than expected on a majority of them. Interestingly, the Japanese cars were all U.S. spec, while most of the German cars tended to have been originally sold for export to Japan. While a new event can be imperfect to gauge, RM Sotheby’s was sufficiently The top seller — 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, sold at $2,540,032 102 pleased with the venue even before the first lot crossed the block to state that they planned to return next year. By the end of the first day of sales on Thursday, it was all but a done deal that they will be back for the 2020 Techno Classica Essen. ♦ Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU ENGLISH #231-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 SE road- ster. S/N S812547. Gray/black cloth/Biscuit leather. Odo: 440 miles. Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate shows it was built on June 7, 1956, and sold through Jaguar Cars of New York, in Pearl Grey with a red interior and a black soft top. The last bit stayed true after being restored in recent years. Two other variations from stock are a retro-looking wood-rim steering wheel and a 5-speed gearbox (as denoted by the pattern on the otherwise-stock shift knob). High-quality body prep and paint application. Modern windshield. Well-fitted new leather interior, with slight soiling on welting surrounding the body. Near concours-quality engine bay detailing. Almost as clean undercarriage. Silver-painted wire wheels with rechromed knockoffs and repro bias-ply tires. Cond: 2. #168-1992 LAND ROVER RANGE status. While I tend to gravitate towards stock, I actually found this quite appealing. Even the gunmetal metallic works better with me than the original variation on a color of dirt. There’s not really anything here that can’t be redone back to stock—aside from the rotary a/c compressor, but you see tube headers before you’d ever find it. Yet I’d leave it as-is to just drive it and be The Guy who gets surrounded at Cars and Coffee. Bidding opened at a quarter-million euros, and was smartly bid up (mostly over the phone) until the reserve was lifted when the bidding ran out of steam at €340k, selling to a phone bidder from France. SOLD AT $142,490. The SE package got all the additions of the XK 140 M—such as a harmonic balancer, dual exhausts and wire wheels—but added the cylinder head from a C-type. In the States, these are better known as an MC (which is a far more logical name— M with C head). The gray this was redone in doesn’t really cut it with a Biscuit tan interior, as the two neutral colors make it look as bland as a pile of gravel. Had they redone it in the original red, it would really look sharp and period correct—especially with the painted wire wheels. Nice, but not “an invitation to Pebble Beach is waiting in your mailbox” nice, so sold well enough. #149-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV coupe. S/N DB4850L. Gunmetal metallic/ cream leather. Odo: 62,091 km. Original U.S.market car with factory optional Normalair air conditioning, now upgraded with modern components. Also upgraded with triple SU carburetors (as per Special Series specifications), tube headers, and 5-speed tranny. Engine bay comes off as a bit cluttered, with additional modern wiring added. Screw-type band clamps for all hoses. Black goo on cowl and rearward side of wheelarches. Decent, circa-1995 color-change repaint from the original California Sage, but showing some flatness under most emblems. Light-to-moderate leather wear on seating surfaces. 1980s-era seat belts and latches. Modern Blaupunkt Konstanz CD stereo system mounted into console. Used-car undercarriage, but was washed off on occasion. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $436,480. A bit unusual for a DB4 to have this many upgrades—it’s almost pushing resto-mod 104 #213-1991 JAGUAR XJ-S V12 coupe. S/N SAJJNJEW4EP182530. Regency Red Metallic/Doeskin leather. Odo: 23,437 km. Sold new in the Japanese market, but is lefthand drive. Imported from Japan to the U.K. in 2015. Shows 23,437 km on odometer, which is neither confirmed nor denied as being correct, yet the overall condition of the car leans to being correct. Optional basket-weave alloy wheels shod with older radials, with adequate tread left. Good original paint, but heavily buffed at expense of chipped-up body character-line tape stripe. Light seat-bottom wrinkling. Interior wood is sound, even if it’s not all matching. Only slight carpet wear; dashpad and center console look new. Cleaned-up underhood; all stock, too. Old light undercoating. Original Jaguar-stamped mufflers. Cond: 2-. ROVER SUV. S/N SALHV1249NA614906. Portofino Red/tan leather. Odo: 23,617 miles. U.S. specification, miles since new. Moosekiller brush bar, painted to match the body, has heavier rock chipping and some larger areas of paint flaking. Original paint on body much better, but with some light chips and scuffs. Moderate-to-heavier sun fade on headlight washers, although plastic grille and side mirrors are still pretty good. Multitude of doorgap widths confirms that it’s English made. Newer tires on scuff-free stock wheels. Usedcar engine bay, which is original down to having never been cleaned since new. Same applies to undercarriage, which still has original grease-pencil assembly marks on rear axle. Light seat-bottom wrinkling. Minimal carpet and driver’s seat bolster wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,338. Of all the Youngtimer Collection cars here, this is the stupid-money sale ($2k more than the original sticker price) made the least amount of sense. Trust me, I “get” the whole vintage truck and SUV craze thing, yet I think that the only reason this had low miles was that it spent most of its existence waiting for parts to arrive to go into the shop. And don’t give me that line about these being the supreme off-road vehicle. Logistics are expensive and difficult once you’re outside of the British Commonwealth. Best thing going for it is the Buick-designed 215 V8 under its hood. Better build quality than the Yanks? Don’t make me laugh. Any generation of bonestock Jeep Wrangler has better off-road chops than a Strange Rover; and any Cummins, Power Stroke, or even a Duramax will only need filters changed in the miles it would take to kill this off if it actually had to work for a living. For what it sold for here, it’ll likely be a garage queen anyway. SOLD AT $11,658. From the first year that Ford’s ownership of Jaguar started actually improving the car, although I personally prefer the earlier “flying buttress” roofline over this new-for-1991, more-sedate redo (even if you can now see out the rear quarter windows to some extent). While some folks dog the Jags made during Ford’s ownership, at least they improved the product by having some parts availability and mediocre build quality over the previous foaming piece of crap that was the legacy of British Leyland. If you are keen on these, this was actually a pretty decent example. Final bid here can be justified. FRENCH #131-1930 VOISIN C23 Conduite Intéri- eure sedan. S/N 47001. Maroon & black/ beige & burgundy cloth. RHD. Odo: 55 km. Three-year-long professional restoration completed in 2008. Still has a very tidy engine bay, nearly concours ready aside from rust forming on finned exhaust manifolds. Body paint still quite splendid. Chrome starting to dull to some extent. Dull wheel discs, with light pitting on knockoff lugs. Door-seal welting not finished on ends, with bare sponge rubber exposed to the elements. Faded taillight lenses. More dust on undercarriage from sitting than road spray. Dashboard gauges all have varying Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU degrees of yellowing, with tach having a newer reproduction face. Excellent workmanship on interior soft trim and fittings. Stated that upholstery is made from matching a swatch of the original. The pattern is polarizing, to be charitable, but it seems to fit in with the avant-garde nature of a Voisin. Cond: 2-. Fourteen years and five owners later, it’s starting to unwind, but at least it looks like it’s been enjoyed doing so rather than sitting and rotting. Appropriately sold, as you’d likely have to take it to Monterey again to try to do better, and that’ll eat up any profit, so it was best to cut it loose to someone new. SOLD AT $309,760. Having a sleeve-valve engine, a Voisin smokes heavily—like any good old-time Frenchman. Last seen at Bonhams’ Rétromobile-adjacent auction in 2014, then declared as selling at $392,092 (SCM# 6679540). Since then, it appears to be largely untouched since the restoration; what it brought here seems more on the money that its earlier sale, as it’ll need some detailing to be put on the concours circuit. Even as a touring car, it sold well enough. #130-1948 TALBOT-LAGO T26 Record cabriolet. S/N 101016. Red & black/burgundy cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 8,685 miles. Retrofitted with T26 Grand Sport triple Zenith carburation. Likely done when car was restored in Switzerland in mid-’90s to a respectable standard. Repaint presents generally well, but starting to chip and flake along bottom of well-fitted replacement Haartz cloth top—especially at rear. Alloy body trim starting to markedly dull. Chrome somewhat muted but quite presentable. Knockoff chrome wire wheels shod with older tires, which have heavier soiling on whitewalls. Seat leather taking on a sense of patina, with wrinkling and light soiling embedded into hides. St. Christopher medal mounted to transmission preselector. Mostly black undercarriage, with rust seeping out from spring leafs and a heavily surface-rusted exhaust system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,131. Every time I see these, Car & Driver’s famous line pops into my head: “The most appropriately named car of all time,” since to have an SM you have to be into self-abuse to some degree. If you don’t believe me, consider that the alternator, a/c compressor and hydraulic pump are not mounted on the engine, but ahead of it—driven by an intermediate shaft from the engine. They aren’t like working on Clem’s Chevelle. At least in recent years, SMs have moved markedly up in value. As hard as it is for me to say that this is a pretty nice SM…well, it is. That makes it easier to also say that this wasn’t a sillymoney sale. Just a bit rich—for now. #220-1985 RENAULT 5 Turbo 2 hatch- SOLD AT $165,158. Last seen at RM’s 2005 Monterey auction, there selling for $159,500 (SCM# 1564006). Then, it was a 1- gem. July 2019 back. S/N VF1822000F0000679. Red/tan leather. Odo: 29,010 km. Period Michelin TRX tires. Heavier corrosion on front wheels than rears—including lug nuts and studs. Shows 18,025 miles, and its overall condition tends to affirm that as correct. Very good original paint throughout car. Plastic badges, though, have some light scuffing—especially the Turbo 2 badge on hatch. Stock-appearing engine, taking up most of what was cargo space behind the driver—although I can’t vouch for the polished stainless perimeter trim pieces. Could stand to be cleaned up a bit, but they look to have been maintained over the past 34 years. Carpeting over engine lid has some light UV fade, yet rest of interior hold- #219-1971 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N 00SB3320. Gold/brown leather. Odo: 65,752 km. Professionally restored in 2012, showing minimal use since. Clean and generally stock under hood, although it has a modern alternator and rotary a/c compressor, but it is a factory optional-a/c car, along with having full tinted glass. Decal from restoration shop affixed to backlight. Splendid base/clear paint application. Outboard of driver’s seat starting to show some wear, while all seat bottoms have some light wrinkling. Stock AM/FM/ MW radio in center console by Continental Edison (isn’t that an East Coast electric utility?) looks like it was plucked out of my parents’ Zenith console stereo in the living room. Undercarriage showing some light road grime. Exhaust clamps already rusty. Cond: 2. ing up well and shows minimal wear. Period Blaupunkt Bamberg cassette deck, with speakers added in back. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $77,722. One of 3,167 Turbo 2s, the more production-oriented variant than the original 5 Turbo, with more off-the-shelf components, yet still runs like a bat on meth (thanks to 160 hp in the middle of a 2,138pound econo-box). Originally registered in Wolfsburg, West Germany, with several owners in several mid-European countries before it ended up in the Youngtimer Collection. One of the few French cars that I think is really neat, simply because the whole concept is a bit on the crazy side. But talk about having a large butt! Bidding opened at €20k ($22.5k), and remained constant throughout for this no-reserve example. GERMAN #133-1932 MERCEDES-BENZ 370S Mannheim Sport cabriolet. S/N 84919. Maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 90,075 km. Most recent restoration was after 2004, when it was returned to its original configuration. Replacement engine, but otherwise retains its original drivetrain, frame and bodywork as verified by Mercedes-Benz Classic in 2014. Excellent repaint, with better-than-period sheen to it. Moderate chipping on cloisonné radiator badge. Minute turn signals added to tops of bumper brackets. Painted wire wheels shod with reproduction Michelins. Excellent workmanship on seat and door-panel leather. Excellent dashboard wood grain, revarnished original wood steering-wheel rim. 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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Online sales of contemporary cars 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU Date sold: 04/27/2019 eBay auction ID: 133028871146 Seller’s eBay ID: goldmanm2002 Sale type: Used car with 377 miles VIN: ZFF80AMA7H0223497 Details: Verde British over Cuoio leather; 3.9-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 660 hp and 560 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $255,100, 6 bids, sf 76 MSRP: $363,425 (as equipped) Other current offering: Boardwalk Ferrari Maserati of Plano, TX, selling a Blu Pozzi over Sabbia leather 2017 488 Spider for $286,900, with 1,323 miles. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe update of the earlier SSK. It only saw limited production, with 195 chassis built between 1931 and 1933. This was undoubtedly due to the global economic depression of that time, although the less-than-stable nature of the German government then certainly didn’t help. Being a mid-size also kept this from being bid any further here today, since even though it’s a cabriolet, it’s still not a Grosser Benz. This will likely take the right Mercedes enthusiast on a private sale to do much better than what was offered here publicly. Date sold: 04/14/2019 eBay auction ID: 273805449111 Seller’s eBay ID: premiersportscars Sale type: Used car with 9 miles VIN: 1G1Y52D95K5801708 Details: Arctic White over Jet Black leather; 6.2-L supercharged V8 rated at 755 hp and 715 ft-lb, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $141,475, Buy It Now, sf 545 MSRP: $141,475 (as equipped) Other current offering: Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, MI, asking $126,572 for a 2019 Corvette ZR1 convertible in Admiral Blue Metallic over gray leather, with 8,687 miles. 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe #134-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K Cabriolet A. S/N 154078. Cream & black/black cloth/dark brown leather. RHD. Odo: 24,830 miles. Originally sold new in England, hence it was built with and retains right-hand drive. Fitted with spotlights at base of windshield, single front driving light and dual rear-mounted spares. Mercedes-Benz Classic assessment of car while it was in their care for refurbishment in 2015 found that the paint color was changed from original light green and interior changed from pigskin leather; the bodywork, chassis and all mechanical components are original to the car. Older repaint presents reasonably well, slightly muted with age. Plating still spectacular. Older cowhide seats, shift boots and door panels—all showing light-to-moderate wear. Splendid wood refinishing. Recently touchedup engine bay is in near-concours condition. Fitted luggage has also been re-covered to match the interior. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 2 look like they were stolen from my pickup topper’s rear hatch. Well-fitted seats when redone, now with light overall wrinkling that’s more pleasing patina than wear and tear. Below restored gauges is a raw aluminum panel with shift pattern drawn in felt-tip pen. Grubby undercarriage. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $101,376. Stated that it’s believed to be one of four pre-war Mercedes rebodied by Wendler, all with variations on this theme but no two being identical. To me, at least, this looks like an awkward attempt to rebody a Mercedes to look like a 1949–50 Buick, Packard and/or Hudson. Granted, in the years after World War II, some surviving pre-war chassis were rebodied from cars damaged during the war, to make something that both ran and looked a decade newer. Either way, this comes off as an oddly proportioned step down. Coupled with an aging restoration that’s rapidly unwinding, it really should’ve sold. #279-1949 VERITAS-BMW RENNS- Date sold: 04/10/2019 eBay auction ID: 223477199940 Seller’s eBay ID: astondallas007 Sale type: Used car with 1,801 miles VIN: SCFRMFAV7JGL03778 Details: Meteorite Silver over Copper Tan Metallic leather; 5.2-L twin-turbocharged V12 rated at 600 hp and 516 ft-lb, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $178,900, Buy It Now, sf 16 MSRP: $216,495 (base) Other current offering: In Beverly Hills, Aston Martin Beverly Hills offering a 2019 China Grey over Phantom Grey leather DB11 V12 coupe with 177 miles, for $267,401. ♦ 106 SOLD AT $2,540,032. I’ll dare say that the color change probably helped the car, as it looked very period correct, which it may not have been so much in the original light green. Nice but not stunning, concours-best-of-show nice; bidding opened here at €1.1m ($1.2m), with heavily engaged bidders onsite and on the phone right until it hammered sold. It proved to be the top-selling lot of the auction and rightfully just made the estimate of €2m–€2.4m ($2.3m–$2.7m). #159-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 cab- riolet. S/N 172932. Blue/black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 8,619 km. Pre-war chassis and powertrain, uniquely rebodied circa 1950 by Wendler, with their tags on front fender doors for spare tires. Stated that the second owner consigned it here. Restoration dates to the mid-1980s and is looking quite dated and unwinding. Paint looks okay at three meters but has polishing swirls and edge chipping—especially along perimeter of untrimmed top well. Brightwork isn’t all that bright, but chrome isn’t pitting and is presentable. Door handles PORT roadster. S/N 85123. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 354 miles. Circa-1995 rebody faithful to Veritas RS build patterns. After the restoration and rebody, it’s since been used in several vintage events. Now showing some light dents and dings—especially at rear— from use in combat. Wears several tech-inspection decals from events it was in. Repowered earlier with a Bristol engine and transmission (essentially a copy of BMW 328 engine, which would’ve originally been in this chassis). Trimmed out to look the part of a BMW engine to some extent—including reproduction tags in German. Fuel staining under carburetors. Modern battery connector and fire extinguisher mounted in passenger’s footwell. Scuffing from road debris on underbelly. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $450,560. The underlying 328 chassis here is believed to have been sent to Veritas shortly before they went out of business; work was started to convert the donor Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU BMW 328 but never completed. Then it’s believed to have been given to a French employee for wages due; that owner built a makeshift body for it and eventually powered it with a Talbot engine and Cotal transmission. As such, it never was 100% all Veritas. Last seen selling at auction in Geneva, Switzerland, for $563,400 in 2007 (SCM# 1572279), yet with use and scars 12 years later, this seems to be properly bid today. If the consignor doesn’t want to accept a reasonable offer for it (even if the high bid was €50k below estimate), it might as well keep running in vintage events for others to see and enjoy. #110-1959 PORSCHE JUNIOR 108K diesel tractor. S/N K1150H. Red/cream paint. MHD. Better-quality overall repaint—especially for a tractor. Average-to-mediocre masking of data tag riveted to cast-iron torque tube. Restoration work recent enough that all the bolts are still shiny, and there’s no flash rust anywhere. Nor is there any lubricant weeping from fresh engine and transmission gaskets. New Bosch battery. All-new lights, with the lens for the left side headlight mounted crooked. New steering wheel plus new shift and control-lever knobs. No tachometer, speedometer or odometer; just the necessities of coolant and oil-pressure gauges—and a cigarette lighter. All-new tires on correctly repainted wheels. Cond: 2. ner; otherwise, engine bay is essentially stock. OE steel wheels shod with repro Michelin X radials. Fitted luggage set in trunk redone along with interior. Superbly reupholstered seats and door panels, pretty decent job on the dashboard. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,006,720. This is the second 1959 300SL in a row that I’ve reported on at auction that was originally Ivory but wears a color-change repaint. Granted, the previous one (at Worldwide in Scottsdale) was resprayed back in period, but I didn’t think that Ivory was such a horrid color on a 300SL. As for this one, it goes to show that Resale Red has global appeal. While they did a fantastic job of it, it still sold a bit soft for its condition—even in a market where these are at best treading water in value. Heck, it barely brought more than the driver-grade ’59 that I mentioned from Worldwide. Call it speculation, but had it been redone to match original production, I’d easily say it would’ve done better—yet would it have been by much more? #223-1966 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N SOLD AT $16,840. The one-lunger Junior was the smallest of the Porsche-Diesel tractors, which were actually made by Allgaier GmbH through 1957 and then Mannesmann through 1964, but not by Porsche. Offered at no reserve, this one sold for the lower end of what you’d expect to pay for one done this well, if not a touch low—even disallowing the auction company’s €20k–€30k ($23k–$34k) pre-sale guesstimate. If your Porsche man-cave is missing one, you could’ve done a lot worse. TOP 10 No. 5 #158-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 198042109500093. Red/tan cloth, red hard top/cream leather. Odo: 19,903 km. Originally built in Ivory with black leather innards, sold new in France. Cosmetic restoration work plus mechanical refurbishing done circa 2014 by marque expert Kienle Automobiltechnik. Superb trim-off, color-change repaint. While off, chrome was replated to the proper sheen and stainless trim refurbished. Original steel engine block replaced by an alloy version. Intake plenums highly polished in a non-stock man- July 2019 303511. Silver/burgundy leather. Odo: 36,135 km. Professional restoration in 1994. Twostage repaint presents nicely a quarter of a century after it was applied. Most chrome and gold-tone rear emblems redone and still look sharp, with a correct sheen and not overdone. Windshield surround has heavier scratches and scuffing than expected. Light paint chipping on edges of most of wheel rims, shod with retro-style radials. Good door and panel fit. Clean, correct engine bay, to include all the air-cleaner apparatus (which has enough sheet metal to duct the HVAC system for an apartment building—little wonder most folks go with aftermarket air cleaners). Excellent refinish on dash and steering-wheel wood. Correct Blaupunkt Köln multi-band radio with Hirschmann antenna. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $123,904. Since the Porsche world has been so focused over the past decade on 1970s through 1998 911s, it takes a 107


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU while to get used to seeing an early car like this with steel wheels and chrome hubcaps. One would be hard pressed to guess that this early 911 was restored a quarter of a century ago. While it’s seeing some aging, it comes off more like a decade-old restoration. Yet with the 911 fad starting to cool, the 1965/66 911s continue to remain strong. The vendor was wise to hold on to this one for another audience, and may want to mount a correct set of chrome wheels which were standard on all 911s for the first two production years. #277-1974 BMW 3.0 CS coupe. S/N 4310286. Sienna Brown/tan leather. Odo: 67,530 miles. U.S. spec—retaining the original guardrail bumpers—with factory optional a/c and sunroof. Retrofitted with triple Weber side-drafts, 5-speed transmission, a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel, and a set of 16-inch Alpina alloy wheels. Base/clear repaint a few years ago, but with some gaffes in prep work on color coat (namely, spraying over chips in previous paint layer). Original painted and cloisonné roundels, rather than plastic repops. Generally clean under hood, with a Cannon conversion kit for the Webers and using oval foam air cleaners. All smog gear pulled out. Newer Bilstein rear shocks and muffler, but clamped to rusty old pipes. Seats redone in stock manner with good workmanship, with front seat bottoms now showing light wrinkling. From Youngtimer Collection. Cond: 3+. Tax purposes in certain jurisdictions.” Factory optional sunroof. Sold new in Japan, but lefthand drive. Heavily worn radials. Front disc brakes have Porsche calipers. Generally good old repaint, but not bodywork on left front fender ahead of wheelwell and the paint over it. Fitted with a newer polished stainless-steel exhaust system. Suspension has a slightly forward rake. Washed-off engine bay, but a long way from being detailed. No badging on trunk lid—not even a three-pointed star—just the molded rubber spoiler. Excellent interior wood, to include an aftermarket wooden compartment below center console armrest. Seats and carpet look barely used. Cond: 3+. gun sight. 1980s-era non-OEM replacement windshield, with a caribou sticker on lower right corner. Old undercoating, but new brake hoses. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $161,920. Behold the poster child for the Stupid Money contingent from the Youngtimer Collection, especially since the pre-sale guesstimate was €60k–€70k. Believed to have been converted to AMG specifications in period, either by AMG in the U.S., by returning it to AMG in West Germany after the car was sold as a 300TD, or by someone who knows how AMGs were made and copied them. It was also featured on the U.S. version of “Top Gear,” which would probably hurt the value more than enhance it. Since it’s not an air-tight “this was done by AMG” conversion, someone was buying speculation, so good for them; I hope they’re happy with it. Don’t even talk about whether this was market correct or not, as a one-off car does not make a market. #141-1986 BMW B7 Alpina Turbo/1 se- SOLD AT $48,576. It’s interesting to note that when AMG bored out the Mercedes 6.3-L V8 to 6.9, it became the largest-displacement car engine that wasn’t made in America. And even by then, only the Cadillac 500, the Ford 460, Buick–Olds–Pontiac 455s (each in their own flavor), the Chevy 454, and the Chrysler 440 were bigger. Yet needless to say, none of the above were Autobahn stormers like the Benz/ AMG 6.9. As a precursor to Mercedes punching out the 6.3 to 6.9 and cramming it into the W116 S-series themselves, this is quite a hallmark car for those who appreciate AMG-tuned cars, and even the history of Mercedes-Benz. Factoring that, and the very low miles, this was one of the few good buys of the tuner cars from the Youngtimer Collection. #297-1979 MERCEDES-BENZ 500TE SOLD AT $51,814. To quote the catalog listing, “a spectacular colour combination....” Who said this? As an E9 coupe owner, I only know of one chap who has a brown one and is proud of it, and that’s because it’s all original. Dealers certainly don’t want “stay-around brown.” Another thing that’s not as desirable is the triple side-draft Webers (been there, had them, took them and sold them, made the car vastly better to drive on the street). I was surprised that a number of Germans chased this car. The ones I talked to unilaterally said first thing that the bumpers had to go. On that factor alone, I figured that this would run out of bidders somewhere around $35k, but that was where things got more interesting, with spirited bidding in €1k jumps. Here’s proof that the E9 market isn’t as flat as some would think. #140-1975 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL AMG 6.9 sedan. S/N 11603612004068. Gunmetal gray/black leather. Odo: 1,829 km. Kilometers from new; as such, it was declared that it “can be considered ‘as new’ for Value Added 108 AMG wagon. S/N 12319012010043. Black/ tan leather. Odo: 118,383 miles. U.S.-spec 300TD when new. The 5.0-L V8 is a non-serialized block. Professionally fabricated engine mounts, transmission brackets, oil coolers and tube headers. Used-car-lot-grade detailing under hood, with heavy clearcoat on top, barely washed off. Still, that Benz V8 somehow managed to get put in the W123 engine bay—likely with Vaseline, shoe horns and feeler gauges. R134a a/c fittings. Recaro seats part of allmatching cowhide retrim. Fitted in period with a Clifford alarm, 1990s-era Alpine cassette deck. Repainted at least once, along with spraying body color on the grille shell and pedestrian dan. S/N WAPB7TL016B710196. Diamond Black/black cloth. Odo: 126,393 miles. BMW factory optional power sunroof. Sold new in Japan but left-hand drive, retaining original decal in back window from only Alpina agent there, Nicole Automobiles Co. Ltd. Original Alpina warning decals still on inside of windshield, behind driver’s visor. Paint masking lines around body-to-glass seals. Graphics have wax build-up around edges and some scuffing in scattered places. Dull windshield and backlight surround trim. Faded Alpina emblems on stock 16-inch alloy wheels, shod with different brands of tires front and rear. Minimal seat and carpet wear—especially for a car with over 126k clicks on it. Modern CD sound system displacing original radio. Washed-off engine bay. New distributor-block cover, with older spark-plug wires. New blue silicone plenum hose. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $51,814. The 196th of 278 examples produced, based upon the E24-generation 5-series. When I lived in West Germany in the mid-1980s, this is the car my 1978 728 dreamt of becoming (or to be honest, maybe more so the owner). It may seem like a downgrade to go from a 7-series to a 5-er, but when new, it was the world’s fastest 4-door sedan. However, that was 33 years ago, and today this looks like it could’ve come off a Buy Here Pay Here used-car lot in Abu Dhabi. Limited production from the foremost BMW tuner is one thing, run hard and put away wet is another; the combination here shouldn’t have generated an out-of-the-ballpark price like this. Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU #217-1987 BMW B7 Alpina Turbo/3 coupe. S/N WAPB7TC017B730113. Black/ red leather. Odo: 39,582 km. BMW-installed power sunroof. Repainted a few years back, with no emblems put back onto car aside from BMW roundels front and rear. Only silver trim left on car is center twin kidneys between the grille halves; the rest has been blacked out. Newer 17-inch Alpina alloy wheels with moderate wear on the Pirelli tires. Good door and panel fit. Interior redone since it left Alpina, as it has aftermarket seats and a 1990s-era airbag steering wheel. Everything but said airbag, gauges and woodgrain trim has been retrimmed in burgundy leather (or has been redyed burgundy—including Infinity speaker grilles in door panels). 1990s Sony sound system with CD changer in trunk. Cleaned-up engine bay, with all correct Alpina ID tags and components. Cond: 3+. Newer chambered, dual-exhaust system. Cond: 3+. 850i. If this car did have a clutch pedal, the sky would be the limit for what it could bring. #234-1994 PORSCHE 968 Club Sport SOLD AT $168,397. The first of the Germanbuilt “tuner” cars offered here from the Youngtimer Collection, so it was interesting to see what it did. There’s been significant interest building in pre-Daimler-Benz-takeover AMGs, which proved to be a far better cohabitation deal than that fling with Chrysler two decades ago. As generally the same big money was being spent on the AMGs and Alpinas as the other Youngtimer Collection cars that were sold at Amelia Island a month earlier, you can’t call this a fluke—even if it does seem like stupid money. #218-1992 BMW B12 Alpina 5.0 coupe. SOLD AT $116,582. One of the Youngtimer Collection cars, sold at no reserve. Since I lived in what was then West Germany in 1987, I know that cars “mit Kat” were a hard sell at that time. As such, only 17 B7 Turbo/3 coupes were made by Alpina during the 1980s (the /3 denoting that it has a catalytic converter). Today, thanks to more low-end torque from the Kat, these are quite desirable. That’s part of the reason that—although this example has almost gone past the turn from “exclusive” to tacky pimpmobile—it sold so strongly here. The other part I haven’t fully heat-soaked yet, but I think it has a lot to do with younger buyers with too much disposable income facing a future of autonomous electric transportation (this coming from a BMW enthusiast). #137-1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody coupe. S/N WDB1260451A588227. Black metallic/black leather. Odo: 81,729 km. Sold new as an AMG conversion in Baden-Baden, Germany—with the full slate of AMG accessories—yet was bought by the consignor in Japan. Seventeeninch AMG multi-piece wheels on Japanesemade Dunlop tires. Rims showing some bimetallic corrosion. Excellent thick repaint, only apparent in masking lines around AMG hood badge, plus windshield and backlight perimeter. Inventory label on windshield where a VIN would be if this was a North American car. Door fit okay, but not as much on the button as one expects from a Benz. Door-panel wood is two different finishes: gloss and semi-gloss, but all is in pretty good shape. Modern CD sound system in center console. Moderate wear on outboard driver’s seat-bolster piping is worst of the seat wear. 110 S/N WAPBC50C02D110054. Alpina Sapphire Blue/black leather. Odo: 82,714 km. BMW optional sunroof, rear window shades, and headlight washers. Good original paint and graphics. Some waviness of plastic front fascia, especially ahead of right headlight. Good, congruent gaps between all metal panels. Front seats show light wrinkling on bottoms. Heavier fading of seat-belt latch buttons, seatbelt guide on tops of front seats, and Alpina front-seat stitching. Generally clean, tidy, and as Alpina last touched it under hood. Natural alloy of mass airflow-sensor housings has turned the typical-for-a-BMW-V12 yellowish silver (as Alpina painted most of the rest matte black). Typical used-car road spray on undercarriage. Newer tires still have legal tread left, but I’d start shopping for new ones if I owned the car. Cond: 3+. coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ96ZRS815483. Speed Yellow/black cloth. Odo: 48,467 km. Germanmarket car when new, with 48,467 km since then. Well-cared-for original paint, with more light orange peel than nicks found (and most chips were found on or near clear plastic protectors along wheelwells). Wheels slightly darker due to different materials and hotter temperatures when driving. Pilot SX performance tires have sufficient tread remaining. Light wear on driver’s seat and steering-wheel rim. Very clean under hood, although not really detailed. Reminder sticker on firewall, next to the level II VIN, indicating that the timing belt was changed at 48,356 km in October 2015. Undercarriage soiling commensurate with what’s expected for a limited-use car with this odometer reading. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $88,084. The Club Sport edition was a track-centric package, not unlike various 911 Club Sports over the years. In the 968 it got you cloth-only Recaro racing-like manual seats, crank windows, less sound deadening, a smaller battery, no back seat, a non-airbag steering wheel, and a tweaked suspension that sat 20 mm lower. Only available in monochrome black, white, Guards Red, Riviera Blue and this Speed Yellow. It was also not available for us in the U.S., although this car can soon be imported hassle-free thanks to the 25-year rolling importation restriction. However, the quarter of a decade wait didn’t make it a bargain. If anything, with the gate now open to bring the forbidden fruit into one of the biggest enthusiast markets for them, don’t expect them to get much cheaper, either. #237-1994 PORSCHE 911 Turbo Proto- SOLD AT $116,582. Here’s another case from the Youngtimer Collection of the same money spent for a newer versus older version of an Alpina; in this case, it’s the battle of the coupes—Lot 217 (the 1987 E24-based B7 Turbo/3) versus this car. And like the battle of the 4-doors, I’d once again take the newer car for the same money—even if I lose a pedal on the floor. While getting up there in kilometers, the E31 8-series are moving up in value—especially if it’s anything beyond a basic 840i or type coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZRS310004. Black/burgundy leather. Odo: 72,351 miles. By serial number, the third 993-platform car built. Used as a test car to complete development for production of the 993 Turbo. Factory options include sunroof, rear window wiper, a/c, power windows, 12-way power front seats, rear-seat delete, a Blaupunkt Symphony audio system, and twisty alloy wheels. From what little can be seen of the engine (due to condensers and intercoolers on top, shrouding on bottom), it’s generally clean and presents as stock. Mostly original paint, with some light scuffing but heavily buffed. Nose and tail seem to be resprayed. Seats show light wear, less than the leather-wrapped steering-wheel rim. Minimal road spray on the undercarriage. Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU #142-1997 BMW B12 Alpina 5.7 sedan. NOT SOLD AT $247,808. After Porsche had finished testing with this car, the story is that it was sold to the consignor, but shipped to the dealer without the engine and transmission. When the 993 Turbo was publicly introduced shortly thereafter, the original powertrain was installed and the car turned over to the consignor. The consignor must be a darn good Porsche customer to get a prototype/test car, even a quarter of a century ago. You’d have to really be a deep-state Porsche enthusiast (paging Mr. Seinfeld) to chase this beyond what was bid. And at that, this was a generous enough offer—even if it was €75k ($84k) shy of the low estimate. #283-1994 PORSCHE 928 GTS coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ92ZRS800519. Black/black leather. Odo: 25,290 miles. German-market car when new, staying in the homeland until becoming part of the Youngtimer Collection in 2015. Factory optional sunroof and automatic transmission. Body wears original paint, with some polishing swirls and light scuffing in places. Nose may have been pulled off and resprayed, as it’s a lot cleaner finish. Stock wheels don’t have curb rash, but a couple have older tire-mounting residue. All four tires have been there awhile, based on roughly half tread life left on them. Engine topically cleaned off, but intake-plenum hoses are flaking badly. Dingy original undercarriage, with original mufflers starting to get quite rusty but still whole. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,814. Alpina reworked the stock ZF automatic transmission for quicker shifts and manual upshifts/downshifts from buttons embedded into the steering wheel under a custom, hand-stitched leather cover, calling it Switch-Tronic. This was pretty sexy in the prepaddle-shift era. Combined with punching the stock 5.4-L V12 out to 5.7 liters, this was the ultimate executive high-speed transport on the Autobahn in its day—and is hardly a slouch today. Bidding opened at $15k and took off like this car on an entrance ramp for the A 61. Considering that this did the same money as Lot 141—the rough-around-the-edges 1986 S/N WAPBC57L06RD30066. Dark blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 43,671 km. Purchased by the Youngtimer Collection out of Poland. Rather clean under hood, but not really detailed—more a case of washing off a wellmaintained motor. Good original paint and brightwork, which would really pop if it was professionally buffed out. Spot-on panel fit and shut lines. Stock 20-inch alloys with half the tread worn off of tires. Generally clean undercarriage. Japanese registration decal in windshield. Minimal interior wear, to include unique Alpina floor mats and leather steering wheel. Light wrinkling only on seat-bottom leather. All interior wood is in excellent shape, and there’s enough in here to start a burledwalnut lumberyard. Cond: 2-. Alpina B7 Turbo—I’d say this was the far better buy, even if it’s something of an apples-tooranges comparison—or more like crabapples to Honeycrisps. #245-2000 BMW B12 Alpina 6.0 Lang- version sedan. S/N WAPBC60L01LD32017. Titanium Silver/black leather. Odo: 50,273 miles. Sold new in Japan, but is left-hand drive. Only Alpina markings are embossed front spoiler, trunk badge and center caps for 20-inch alloy wheels. Those are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport radials (not what you expected?) and have quite a bit of curb rash. Suspension has a slight forward rake, easily indicated by Alpina side skirts over the rocker panels. Well-cared-for original paint. Excellent panel gaps, bank-vault door fit. Light-to-moderate wrinkling on front seat bottoms. Minimal wear on custom leather steering-wheel-rim cover, incorporating manual shift buttons for transmission. Interior wood in great condition. Well sorted and generally clean under hood, although it’s not really detailed in there. Even undercarriage looks like it was power-washed not too long ago. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,587. Of the 23 B12 6.0s with the long wheelbase that Alpina made, this is the one and only in this color combination. It’s 6.0, since Alpina bored out the stock 5.7-L V12 Bimmer block. To most folks, that’s a big whoop-de-do, who cares? Well, the growing SOLD AT $80,312. Flat out, the best thing Porsche ever did for the 928 was ditch the early telephone-dial alloy wheels (sure, the S4 and GTS packages were pretty good, too). The alloys that the GTS package wears—which would look good on any Porsche product of the 1990s—are a vast improvement. I’m indifferent to the restyled rear valance and less keen on the tuner-sized rear wing, but wheels do wonders for this car. While GTSs do bring big money, bidders must have not looked any further than the odometer on this one, as it’s strong money for one with an automatic (which damn sure isn’t a PDK or even a Tiptronic). July 2019 111


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU legions of Alpina enthusiasts do. For what it brought compared to the usual high-mile, maintenance-deferred 750iL auction fodder we see in the States, at least it’s a darn sight better car and they back their enthusiasm up with a big checkbook. If all else fails, it’s worth it because it looks vastly better than the hot-garbage-mess fourth-generation “Bangle butt” E65 of 2002. ITALIAN #209-1963 LAMBORGHINI 1R custom tractor. S/N 15447. Light blue & orange/light blue painted steel. MHD. Announced on the block, as I’d discovered during inspection (with the aid of the world’s foremost authorities on Lambo tractors), that the engine is from an earlier tractor—a 1958 Lamborghinetta DL20. Transmission/rear-axle assembly is from a 1963 model 2241 R, which is a 3-speed with highlow range. Also fitted with a post-1963 tubular front axle. Repaint closer to Gulf Oil colors than the correct Lambo colors (but only for the back half, as a Lamborghinetta was originally red and gray). Incorrect repop 1R decals. Lights, wiring harness (actually the whole electrical system) and exhaust incorrectly painted blue. Sloppy stitch welding on light brackets. Parts-bin generator and gauges. Orange cargo strap cut off and used for the hood retainer. All tires are new. Cond: 3. nice bumper replate, although most smaller emblems and trim have light pitting. Light to moderate scuffing on stainless window trim. Tonneau snaps surround passenger’s compartment. Mopar 273-ci V8 is essentially as-is from a Barracuda Formula S or Dodge Dart GT, with air-cleaner assembly and crinklefinish valve covers. However, it has an aftermarket distributor and universal-fit, wrinkle radiator hoses. Good original seats and door panels, with light wear. New central gauges, with ancillaries being original and lightly yellowed. Shift quadrant straight from Chrysler. Cond: 3+. headlight covers looked dead sexy, they were illegal in the States—official North American cars got pop-up headlights. However, that didn’t stop too many folks from bringing them over here—including this car. It went though several U.S. owners before going to Japan and then back to Europe, being offered here on Dutch registration. We’ve also seen this car frequently for over three decades in the Platinum Auction Database. It was last seen at last year’s RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale as a $584,766 no-sale (SCM# 6871977). Here, it originally didn’t sell at $635,600, but was a post-block done deal by the end of the day. SOLD AT $123,904. One of only 57 built, all of which were sold from a single dealership in Beverly Hills, CA, since this was a project of Hollywood movie producer Burt Sugarman. While it has the heart of a Barracuda Formula S, the design really comes off as a sexy Italian 1968 Torino (I’m a Ford guy, so that’s not a slam against it). Considering that Ghia became part of Ford shortly after the 450 SS project, that’s not too surprising. Originally a no-sale on the block at $102,150, it was on RM Sotheby’s website as having sold postblock before the U-bahn got me back to the hotel that evening. TOP 10 No. 7 #268-1970 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 13183. Red/black leather. Odo: 4,608 miles. European- SOLD AT $12,306. To put this in Lamborghini car terms, it would be like having a Diablo with a Jalpa’s V8 engine plopped into it. How many folks would be lined up to buy that? Still, this looks pretty if you wanted a Lambo tractor to go with your Lambo car and had more dollars than sense. Part of the problem is that there’s just as much BS as correct information out there (especially on the interweb), but the truth is out there (even if it helps to be conversant in Italian) and it’s getting better. Bidding opened at €3k ($3.4k), and I wasn’t the only person here to give this a wide berth—most of the folks with bidder’s paddles did also. At this final amount, nobody went off the deep end financially. Better and worse examples have brought more. At least this bitsta will look pretty in someone’s man-cave. #162-1967 GHIA 450 SS convertible. S/N BS4032. Gunmetal metallic/white vinyl, gunmetal hard top/black leather. Odo: 68,899 miles. Older base/clear repaint, which presents well. Heavy gray primer on undercarriage— including the old, rusty exhaust system. Rather 112 market car, sold new in its native Italy, with factory optional a/c and power windows. Last serviced by a specialist in U.K. in December, where it was prepped for recently attained Ferrari Classiche Red Book certification. Repainted in recent years to a good standard. Refinished Cromodora alloy wheels with new production XWX radial tires. Seats have overall light-to-moderate wrinkling, looking more comfy than used. Well-fitted reproduction mouse-fur dash covering. Poor fit of gated shifter within center console. Clean and stock under hood, aside from new Fram oil filters and a plain modern battery with turn-off knob cut-off. New power brake booster was one part needed to shore up the car for Red Book certification. Clean undercarriage. Cond: 2-. #255-1975 LANCIA STRATOS HF Stradale coupe. S/N 829AR0001832. French Blue/black cloth. Odo: 11,806 km. Stated that the numbers on odometer are actual, and the car has never been restored. Never fitted with the roof-mounted spoilers. Mostly original paint, with cracking around a number of places where components were mounted (such as the hood locking pins). Enough orange peel to make you wonder if they were shipped to St. Louis to be painted on the Fisher Body Corvette line. Panel fit is spotty. Rear compartment lid sits about 3 mm below body surface. Original Alcantara dashboard and seats in very good shape, considering that they pretty much wore out if you sat on them a dozen times. Servicing decal on air-cleaner housing, new battery with a modern cut-off switch are the only non-1975 components visible in clean engine bay. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 9 SOLD AT $613,888. All of you fans of Italian rally cars: After inspecting this low-mile (err…kilo), original Stratos, you have no reason to make fun of C3 Corvettes. This has just as much iffy fit and finish issues to put it on par with an original ’68 Stingray. And just like an L88 ’Vette, this is also scary fast—dominating its field of competition. So they’re actually brothers under the rough-as-a-cob fiberglass door skins. Seemed like most every collectorcar dealer here at Techno Classica had a Stratos in their booth for sale. Most tended to have asking prices that ball-parked near this car’s €480k–€520k ($541k–$586k) estimate. Low estimate proved to be the reserve—met without much difficulty. If you think this was strong money for a street-tuned version of a Lancia rally car, hold that thought for two lots. (See profile, p. 66.) #226-1976 MASERATI KYALAMI SOLD AT $715,264. While those plexiglass coupe. S/N AM129006. Light blue metallic/ light tan leather. Odo: 29,916 km. Early production car—not only retained by the com- Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU pany for testing and development, but afterwards was owned by Alejandro de Tomaso, then-owner of the company. Decent older base/clear repaint, with some sanding scratches visible below it on base of C-pillars. Touched-up chipping around fuel-filler door. Rear license-plate mounting system involves two strips of hook-and-loop fasteners (Velcro for those who don’t care about trademark infringement) glued to recess in rear valance panel. Seats have heavier dye wear on bottoms, while backs are in good shape. Heavier wear on edges of the suede dashboard padding. Center console looks like it was upholstered by a seventh-grade shop class. Stock bottle-cap alloy wheels shod with older Pirelli radials. Cond: 3+. suspension seems to ride a bit high. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,483. Per the auction catalog, “Interior recently retrimmed in its original ‘Tobacco’ leather.” So does that mean it’ll quickly dry and go up in smoke? If the consignor is the same buyer as where we last saw it—RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote sale in Milan, Italy, in November 2016—then any hope of making a profit really went up in smoke. Back then it was declared sold at $124,562 (SCM# 6816429). Granted, 308 prices have dropped back closer to reality during the time between these two sales—one could even say plummeted. If this did change hands as imagined, it does correctly show what’s really happened to these “Magnum P.I.” Ferraris. SOLD AT $60,882. For those of you wondering, Kyalami is the name of South Africa’s Grand Prix Circuit. One of the rarer Masers of the 1970s; only 210 were made from 1976 through 1983. And, if I dare say, Frua did a pretty good job on designing it, as it comes off as more of a gentleman’s GT than most of their offerings in this era. However, and I like cars that are designed like cinder blocks, I can see where some think it’s dull. Offered without reserve, it had four bidders chasing it up to €46k ($52k), when the first of them started to drop off, and the car hammered sold shortly thereafter. #146-1980 FERRARI 308 GTB coupe. S/N 31139. Rosso Corsa/Tobacco leather. Odo: 1,528 km. Sold new in Italy, offered here on a U.K. registration. Scuff-free, stock fivespoke wheels shod with repro 205/70VR14 Michelin XWXs. Rather nice paint, looking better than original. Good original bumper rubber, with minimal UV fade. Door gaps seem a bit wide in the rear, but otherwise they fit well and latch with authority. Recent interior reskin, done at least as well as Ferrari originally did. Blank, uncut dash panel where radio usually is, although there’s an external antenna on top of right rear antenna. Bonestock, cleaned-up engine bay, yet not really what one would call detailed. Front #229-1982 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N ZFFJA09B000039723. Argento Silver/ black leather and gray cloth. Odo: 37,240 miles. Italian-market car when new. Recent Ferrari Classiche certification. Original alloy wheels with spinners and period-correct Michelin TRX tires. Roof and rear quarters versus front clip and doors have slightly different paint composition. Both were done reasonably well, although there is one slight paint run on upper corner of left front fender by cowl. Generally tidy under the hood, yet not necessarily clean and detailed. Fitted with a York “iron lung” a/c compressor, with R134a fittings. Light road spray on chassis, with newer bolts on rear sway bars and newer Koni coil-over shocks. Light seat-bottom wear; more wrinkling than anything else. Only discernible wear on leather steering-wheel rim is at 7:00 and 11:00. Modern CD sound system displaces original stereo. Cond: 3+. 2,325 km on the odometer (1,441 miles, for those of us who use yardsticks) from new and essentially an all-original example. Wellcared-for original paint. Body panel fit and gaps are…it’s based on a race car and move on from there. Door fit isn’t too shabby. Codeveloped by Abarth, their logos dominate on engine components—making one wonder how much is really Lancia. Light road grime on engine, but some of that is dust from sitting. Slight yellowing of engine-bay plastic components. Tires have very little use, but are nearly a decade old. Some light rim scuffing on the back wheels. Interior shows no appreciable wear and looks essentially new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,171,456. One of 200 street-legal homologation Stradale versions of the Group B rally car. While the rally cars put out about 490 horses, they were tweaked within an inch of blowing up during a rally. For longevity (and to keep local hot shoes from wiping themselves off the map), Lancia heavily detuned the Stradale version to what some critics would deem a docile 248 ponies. Over here in Europe, they still cherish anything even remotely related to the grand old days of Group B. Not only did the low estimate of €450k ($507k) blow by as fast as passing a check point, there were six bidders on the phone chasing it—but nobody with boots on the ground. Just when they thought they had it sold at €900k ($1m), a final bid squeaked in just as the hammer started coming down. (See “Market Moment,” p. 80.) SOLD AT $214,016. Not that I’m a Ferrari savant, but of all the Berlinetta Boxers that I’ve run across at auctions and events, this is the only one that I’ve seen with cloth inserts for the Daytona-style seats. Come to think of it, I’ve yet to see a Dino or even a Daytona with them. Any vintage of street-legal Ferrari with any type of cloth seating is few and far between. Argento Silver really does justice to the lines on a BB, especially compared to the usual rock-star black or Rosso Corsa most of these seem to have been painted. Originally, this was a no-sale on the block at $192,950, but within a day it was posted on RM Sotheby’s website with this result. TOP 10 No. 3 114 #257-1985 LANCIA DELTA S4 Stradale coupe. S/N ZLA038AR000000155. Red/tan Alcantara. Odo: 2,325 km. Turbocharged and supercharged—about the only thing missing is nitrous injection. #211-1987 LANCIA THEMA 8.32 sedan. S/N ZLA83400000109769. Gunmetal metallic/ black leather. Odo: 156,074 miles. Twoowner car from new. Factory-applied clearcoat heavily baked on all upper panels—including the hokey pop-up trunk spoiler. Window-surround trim either was gold and has faded, or was silver and discolored in the sun. Rust blisters on corners of trunk lid. French inspection sticker from 2009 in windshield. Stock alloy wheels rattle-canned silver, with heavily worn radials marinating in tire dressing. Stiff seat leather, with moderate wear on driver’s position. Heavier fading of door-panel topping wood, with heavier cracking to boot. Dashboard wood also has cracking lacquer. Dingy pedal-box carpet. Engine bay got the powerwash-and-clearcoat used-car-lot treatment. Undercarriage didn’t. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,011. Behold the world’s most bad-ass Saab 9000, as it and the Thema share the same platform. Originally owned by French barn-car hoarder Roger Baillon, and sold for Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU $11,260 at Artcurial’s sale of his collection at Rétromobile in 2015 (SCM# 6772768). Actually, the Italian consignor—who didn’t even replace Mr. Baillon’s French license plates— could call this sale a wash, as the exchange rate is now more favorable to the dollar than four years ago. More to the truth, as it was no-reserve, he should just be damn happy this money pit is gone—win, lose or draw. JAPANESE #171-1975 DATSUN 280Z coupe. S/N HLS30211804. White/black leather. Odo: 22,411 miles. U.S.-specification car, although it was purchased by the Youngtimer Collection out of the United Arab Emirates in 2017. Period day-two rear window slats, bodyside moldings, stainless-steel rear mudguards, and 14-inch alloy basket-weave wheels shod with newer radials. Rather nice paint, with light orange peel on rear hatch and overspray only inside front wheelwells. No sun fade on plastic cladding. Good all-original interior, with minimal seat and carpet wear. Light-to-moderate wear of vacuum-plated console trim. Cowl and fender apron paint under hood is more of a cream than the snow white on the exterior. Stock engine bay components, with yellowed original plastic pieces. While it’s not grubby in there, it could benefit from a cleanup and detailing. Cond: 3+. lowed 33-year-old plastic. Well-cared-for original paint, so you can easily see light orange peel prevalent on nose and hood. Light paint nicks on rear wing, likely from using it to shut the hatch. Tint film on rear glass. Light scuffing on edge of wheels, plus oxidation under clearcoat on edges of spokes. Good original seats, door panels, carpeting and pad over the “Tokyo by night” dashboard. Heavier wear, discoloration on steering-wheel-hub control buttons and turn-signal stock. Cond: 2-. cassette deck up front, Sony TV in back. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $196,895. Depending on how much and where you dump more light onto it, the repaint either looks black, brown or very deep maroon. Last seen back in 2003 at Bonhams’ Brookline, MA, auction. There it was quite a bit scruffier than here, 17 years later (although it still has some issues) and failed to sell at $28,750 (SCM# 1557394). Apparently, the previous reporter back then didn’t get the 375 connection, as that’s the rated horsepower of the Mopar 440 under the hood (which is not 7.0 liters in displacement— more like 7.3). Here, as a better car, it got far better money. Whether that’s justified or not is up to conjecture for this very limited-production 4-door, yet the final bidder had no problem in writing the big check for it. AMERICAN SOLD AT $22,021. I darn near forgot about these, as you never see them anymore. Not only did Mitsubishi sell these in North America, but they were also badge engineered as the Dodge and Plymouth Conquest (1984–86) then the Chrysler Conquest (1987–89). No matter whose logo was stuck on them, they really didn’t catch on, with about 19k sold in the year this example was built—the largest year of production. Final bidder may have bragging rights to having what could be the nicest, lowest-mile example known, but unless you had a defining moment in your life involving one of these, why? At least you’ll likely have the only one at Cars & Coffee. (See “Market Moment,” p. 81.) SWISS SOLD AT $9,715. 1970s Z-cars have tended to yo-yo in value over the past decade-andchange, but this was still well bought for what was paid—even with the automatic transmission. Rust is the worst enemy of these, and there’s little chance of rusting out in the Arab desert (barring any proximity to the ocean). Perhaps the smog pump and guard-rail bumpers put the fear of God into the local buyers? #174-1986 MITSUBISHI STARION ESI-R hatchback. S/N JA3BC54N6GZ027047. Silver/black leather. Odo: 9,230 miles. U.S. specification, bought by Youngtimer Collection from original owner’s estate from Santa Barbara, CA. 9,230 miles from new and original aside from tires, battery and fluids. Dealer-applied undercoating. Engine bay looks almost like a new car, aside from yel- July 2019 #315-1970 MONTEVERDI 375/4 sedan. S/N 3007. Dark Aubergine Metallic/tan leather. Odo: 33,333 miles. Recent cosmetics include a repaint that was decent but not spectacular—already has some paint chipping at bottoms of front wheelwells. Door top trim has light pitting, glass framing has light-tomoderate scratches and scuffing. Air conditioning (with R134a fittings) and cruise control come from builder of the engine, Chrysler. Monteverdi-specific engraved castalloy valve covers top a recently repainted Mopar 440. Hydroboost power brakes with a new master cylinder. Highly polished alloy alternator housing, with some additional wiring branching off of it. Used-car undercarriage, with flaking undercoating. Headliner, dashboard padding and console are original and in good order. Period off-brand AM/FM/ #120-1971 STUTZ DUPLEX sedan. S/N 364856. Black/black leather. Odo: 33,858 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The only Duplex bodied by Padane of Italy. Fitted with five Stutz-exclusive Kelsey-Hayes alloy wheels and original J78-15 bias-ply tires—including spare mounted on trunk lid. Decent colorchange repaint from original burgundy. Moderate scuffing on stainless trim. Good taillights, crazed and cracked backup lamps. Fitted with a modern rotary compressor for original a/c system. Aftermarket alloy valve covers; otherwise, engine is clean and looks the part of coming straight from a Grand Prix, which it did. Dirty, used-car undercarriage, with orange RTV oozing out from differential cover. Seating surfaces are good, with only light surface cracking and wear. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $67,584. Unlike Blackhawk coupes, which consumed a whole Pontiac Grand Prix bought at retail but only utilized the chassis and running gear, the Duplex used a Cadillac chassis. Still, they were in tight enough with Pontiac to use the Grand Prix’s 400-ci mill instead of a Caddy for the sedans. Then again, it’s believed that they only built two Duplexes—as such, they were very appropriately named (or if they made three, would it have been a Triplex instead?). A bit odd for it to turn up here in Germany, especially since it was part of a U.S. government seizure due to tax-law irregularities by the then-owner. Yet that’s the way it is in the collector car world— global in scope and with the occasional tax cheat. Failed to get halfway to pre-sale guesstimate; only thing it did here was to confirm a few stereotypes about us Americans. © 115


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. Goodwood Members’ Meeting 2019 A restored 1964 Aston Martin DB5, presented in Vantage specification, sold for a strong $832,103 Company Bonhams Date April 7, 2019 Location Chichester, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 74/104 Sales rate 71% Sales total $7,973,791 High sale 1964 Aston Martin DB5, sold at $832,103 Buyer’s premium Vantage-spec engine and recent big restoration — 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, sold at $832,103 15% on the first $653,553 bid and 12% thereafter, included in sold price ($1 = £0.77) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics ing to 2015 prices. Avoiding multi-milliondollar lots (or saving them for the two bigger Goodwood sales later in the year) was a strategy that served Bonhams well in Paris in February, and so it was again — partly by accident, perhap as the expected top lot, a Mercedes Gullwing fro the Key Collection in Turkey, did not make it to the sale along with several others after one of the transporters failed to arrive. The restored DB5 was presented in Vantage specifi- A cation and sold for a strong $832,103 to an international buyer in the room. The centerpiece, however, was a very original 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas tourer, offered the month after another had sold at U.K. auction. Frankly, this earlier car was the better value at $686,230, as it was in desirable Works-type spec and ready to use, while the other — one of six assembled by Bentley’s Service Department in the post-Vintage period — needed a significant amount of restoration work but still fetched $585k. In the absence of the Gullwing, a 1956 300Sc coupe 116 n Aston Martin DB5 topped all the sales at Bonhams’ visit to the fifth revived (actually the 76th overall) Members’ Meeting, almost return- m the Key Museum was the top Mercedes at $465,983, while a 1955 Porsche A Speedster sold for $315,666. The $293,118 paid for a Ferrari 365 GT4 was a marker. It was delivered new Chichester, U.K. Elton John in 1974, though the seller knocked $30k-plus off the asking price ter discovering water in the oil, so $325k is where it’s at right now for the most esirable early-model Berlinetta Boxer. A 1966 Can-Am McLaren M1B, with little use since its last freshening-up, did not look expensive at $225,476 to a telephone bidder. The ex-Dean Martin Excalibur Series II fetched even more money the second time Bonhams sold it. It bid to strong money at Olympia at Christmas, but sadly, the deal fell through. Sales Totals However, in a happy burst of serendipity for the owner, it fetched more this time — $99,209 — to a lady bidder in the room. An encouraging result in uncertain times. James Knight, Group Motoring Chairman at Bonhams, said, “We are very pleased with our first U.K. sale of 2019. It exceeded last year’s total by some distance, and we attracted global interest, selling lots to the USA, Australia, the home market and any number of countries on the Continent.” Bonhams returns to Goodwood on July 5 for the Festival of Speed sale and September 14 for the Revival sale. ♦ $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. ENGLISH #48-1929 BENTLEY 4½ LITRE tourer. S/N RL3428. Black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 27,579 miles. Very original and very patinated. Body fitted from new had previously been on another 4½, repaneled in aluminum in ’60s. Works “Le Mans” conversion added 1930. Now wearing flashing indicators and early Morris Minortype taillights. Huge history file includes original instruction books, bills. Cond: 3. TOP 10 No. 8 ance. Repurchased by the family of the second owner in late ’90s. Hammered 10% over the high estimate. Good price for a 20/25 wagon. #31-1933 ALVIS SPEED 20 SB tourer. S/N 108833. Black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 56,809 miles. SB has all-synchro box and independent front suspension. Good functional order, if a little worn and faded in places, though claimed never fully restored. Leather must have been redone at some stage, as it isn’t heavily worn. Radiator-shell plating okay. Overdrive transmission. With flashing indicators, plus coil and magneto ignition. Cond: 3+. pre-selector transmission. Original had a 2-liter Riley engine, replaced with a supercharged ERA 1500, later a 2-liter, finally fitted with a Jaguar unit and rear suspension changed to De Dion. Fitted in late ’80s with an HWM-style nose, as the car was once thought to be one due to its rear suspension design. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $686,230. Passed at £550k ($719k), £50k ($65k) under the lower estimate, later declared sold at £525k ($686k). About £100k ($131k) more than an average 4½, but it’s numbers matching, which is a very rare thing for a Bentley. Compares well with the similarly original 4½ RC41 that H&H sold the previous month, although that was one of the six cars assembled by Bentley’s Service Department in 1936 from bits, after regular production had ended. #42-1931 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP Shooting Brake. S/N GNS45. Green/green & black leather. RHD. Originally a Barker landaulet, converted to a station wagon (or shooting brake, as we Brits had it then) by James Young in 1942. All holding up well, although positioning of Barker dipping headlights makes the frontal proportions a bit odd. Nice plating to radiator shell. Timber good, with some flaking varnish. Nicely patinated leather in rear, torn in front with stitching coming adrift. Now with flashing indicators with repeaters on roof. Last used in 2016, though started first time when shown a fresh battery. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $82,674. Generic English-style special. Sold mid-estimate on the phone with little to compare it to, but a similar price to a nicely done Bentley Mk VI special. #40-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 S 3.8 road- SOLD AT $108,228. A sophisticated and fast car for its day, and used extensively on historic rallies, as evidenced by the well-worn Blockley tires. Quite well bought a little way behind the estimate range, although that’s rather normal at U.K. and to a lesser extent mainland Europe auctions these days. #8-1949 LAND ROVER SERIES I 80- inch pickup. S/N R06104462. Green. RHD. Odo: 88,617 miles. Rough but better than it looks: all there and bulkhead isn’t rotten, though it’s a non-runner. Two seat backs, but no cushions. One taillight broken. Cond: 4. ster. S/N T820063DN. White/red vinyl/red leather. RHD. One of 24 RHD 3.8 S roadsters, last stop before the E-type, which uses the same engine. With SE extras, well kept, likely never completely restored (paint may date from the ’70s), very patinated interior with original leather. Cylinder head changed back to its original gold color since last time we saw it. Heritage Certificate and Operating, Maintenance and Service Book signed by William Lyons. Nice number for an open 2-seater, too. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,140. Owned new by American banker J. Pierpont Morgan II while in London until 1942, when it was rebodied. Conversion to a “commercial” or dual-purpose vehicle was one way around petrol shortages in WWII, as they attracted an extra fuel allow- 118 SOLD AT $9,771. In this family ownership since 1965, although obviously not used for some time. Sold very cheap at half its estimate—after a £5k (~$6,500) start, Jamie announced at £6,500 ($8,500), still £3,500 ($4,500) under the lower estimate, that it “will be sold.” Best of all, it was unmolested and a bargain. When restored (hopefully tackling the mechanicals and retaining some of the lovely patina) this is £25k-plus ($35k-plus). #49-1953 HAR FORMULA LIBRE Jag- uar single-seater. S/N 2. Red/black leather. MHD. Second HAR Formula 2 car built, with SOLD AT $246,171. Bought by the vendor for £201,600 (then $322,025, but the pound was stronger against the dollar then; SCM# 3254794) at RM’s Salon Privé auction in 2011. Sold here under estimate but at the right money in today’s market, meaning it’s dropped around 10% during this ownership. #14-1961 RILEY ONE-POINT-FIVE sedan. S/N RHSR125946. Maroon & gray/ black & red vinyl. RHD. Racer built in 2002 to Goodwood/HRDC rules, so it has an 1800 MGB engine and gearbox—although with 25% increase over original capacity allowed might be anything up to 1,860 cc. Most of original interior remains, with adjustable brake bias but no odometer. Complete Wolseley 1500 donor car included for spares, including shell in case it got shunted hard. Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market


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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 1994 Lancia Kappa Bonhams Chichester, U.K. SOLD AT $132,279. Bought from the late owner/restorer’s estate at Bonhams’ Revival sale in 2017 for £104,540 ($138,137, SCM# 6853442). This time bought online for a hammer price £2k ($2,600) under the lower estimate, so it’s hardly slipped back in 18 months. Although will have cost the last owner more in premiums and fees. Pros: Mid-size executive coupe shares mechanical underpinnings with the Alfa 166. Available “power-drive” close-ratio 5-speed manual transmission. Innovative 5-cylinder turbo engine made up to 202 horsepower, which is good for the era. Luxury interior with sport seats worthy of an Italian car. Cons: Bland styling, could be mistaken for any mid-1990s economy sedan. Front-wheel-drive only. Italian quirkiness without the panache. Price range: $5k–$7k, plus import costs. 1994 Renault Laguna SOLD AT $37,579. Bonhams’ own racer (acquired in 2007), campaigned over the years by several members of the motoring department—best result was 6th in the Jack Sears Memorial Trophy at the 2018 Revival. Presumably, Bonhams’ new owner wouldn’t stand for this sort of company-sponsored frivolity, so it had to go. Top bid (in the room) was a couple of thousand over the high estimate, but with an estimated £70k-plus ($100k) spent, you’d struggle to build anything like it for the money. BEST BUY #82-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV coupe. S/N DB4903R. Green/Fawn leather. RHD. Odo: 15 miles. Restored in Turkey by the Key Collection; originally California Sage, now a darker sea green, with new leather and carpets. Originally supplied by Ken Rudd in England, but no other history offered in catalog description other than it was in the U.S. in the ’80s. Cond: 2-. Pros: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine made 263 horsepower. Available as a striking station wagon — or a rather ordinary 4-door hatch sedan. Five-speed manual transmission available. 0–60 mph in the high 6 seconds. Cons: Lackluster performance from 4-cylinder models. Choose the V6 at all costs. Ho-hum interior looks like any other contemporary car. Shipping and import costs likely to dramatically exceed car’s value. Price range: $1k–$3k, plus import costs. 1994 Ford Scorpio Mk II #52-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51900R. Sierra Blue/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 62,389 miles. Good order following big (£340k) restoration, which included unpeeling the aluminum skin from the Superleggera frame and repaint in original color. Can’t have been long ago, as rear seat looks unused, fronts now lightly creased. Paint and chrome all good, sits on period-pattern Cinturatos. Three-ear spinners from new. Period Motorola radio. Motor now in Vantage spec. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 6 SOLD AT $832,103. Hammered £25k ($33k) below the lower estimate, but a fair price (on the phone) in today’s market. Previously for sale at £725k ($942k) at the same Hertfordshire dealer that brought the 1968 DB6 Volante (Lot 17: £420k [$549k] unsold against a £480k–£580k [$627k–$758k] estimate and currently advertised at £575k [$752k]) to this auction. #94-1965 MORRIS MINI Cooper S 970 SOLD AT $263,055. A very cheap DB4 at a DBS price. A couple of years ago, this much money wouldn’t even have got you a resto project. It all looks a bit too good to be true, but I really can’t work out why it was so little money. #29-1963 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 Pros: Second generation of Ford’s biggest sedan in Europe is a huge improvement on the homely first-gen cars. Available as a 4-door sedan or station wagon. Look for Ghia or Ultima trims for full equipment. Seek out the 2.9-liter Cosworth engine with 192 horsepower and 271 ft-lb of torque. Cons: Cosworth engine came with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Jeremy Clarkson called the car a “gopping hideous monstrosity,” and we can’t disagree. Looks like every other Ford of the era. Only 11 still on the road in the U.K. Price range: $3k–$5k. ♦ 120 coupe. S/N 861396. Metallic blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,155 miles. Older (2013) restoration mellowing nicely, though seat leather hasn’t seen a lot of wear. Mileage is probably since engine rebuild immediately prior to restoration. Now with electric cooling fan. Jaguar Heritage Certificate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $81,257. Rarest of the Cooper S models, with under 1,000 produced. Not sold on the day at £50k ($65k), but later declared sold at a more realistic £62,166 ($81,257). Last in SCM Platinum Auction Database at Bonhams’ last Festival of Speed auction, July 2018, when it didn’t sell at a $63,528 high bid (SCM# 6877068). Given the general flakiness Sports Car Market 2-dr sedan. S/N KA2S4550919. Tweed Grey & white/gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 29,379 miles. 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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. of all markets here until we know what’s happening with Europe, jacking up the reserve is a brave thing to do, but it worked here. #85-1966 MCLAREN M1B Group 7 Can-Am racer. S/N 3021. Orange. RHD. Second version of McLaren’s Group 7 Can-Am car. Tidy order for a racer, restored/refurbed in 2016 and not raced since. Motor said to be a new 5.8, presumably built from a 350 crate engine. Historic Technical Passport still in date, two spare sets of wheels. Cond: 2-. roof-mounted blue light—though they are easily removed. Well restored, clean and sharp, new seat vinyl. Sills good, even with remains of (flattened) jig brackets. Details all good, even down to correct period-type Dunlop SPs. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,586. Originally supplied to Liverpool Police Force, one of 27 purchased by Liverpool & Bootle Constabulary. Sold where expected, for the same price as a regular Mk II Cooper S, or about half the price of the very best and rarest Mk Is. A fair deal both ways. #91-1971 VAUXHALL FIRENZA Old SOLD AT $225,476. Not silly money for a Can-Am racer, especially in near-new condition and a fraction of the cost of a GT40, real or HTP reproduction (see Lot 97). (See profile, p. 74.) #107-1969 LOTUS TYPE 59 Formula 3 Single-seater. S/N 59F328. Red & white. MHD. Original Gold Leaf Team Lotus car. Good, restored, although will require a bit of recommissioning to race again. Was once in Type 69 spec (69/43/46) so may have run as a Formula Ford, now reverted to original, with Ford-based 1-liter Cosworth MAE screamer. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,674. With green wrap, played James Hunt’s F3 car in the Ron Howard film “Rush.” Sold online £5k (~$6,500) under the lower estimate, with the seller promising to apply for new FIA papers at his expense. #22-1970 AUSTIN MINI Cooper S Mk II 2-dr sedan. S/N CA2SB1373558. White/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 86,404 miles. Police car with all the accessories including radio and NOT SOLD AT $101,954. Gifted to Marshall on its retirement. Ironically, in view of its name, he never bent it. For most of the past decade, in the hands of a collector/historic racer, who bought it from the Marshall family at Bonhams’ 2011 Festival of Speed auction ($76,362, SCM# 3493411). Bid to within £12k ($16k) of its lower estimate, but I wasn’t surprised this didn’t sell. It’s been raced and demonstrated a handful of times since restoration, but it’s no longer competitive unless you make it into something it’s not, so it’s a bit of an enigma. Still looks great, though. #97-2012 FORD GT40 Terry Drury rep- lica coupe. S/N N/A White. RHD. Very good replica built using many original parts around a very authentic tub—a replacement for the damaged “1073”—by former GT40 racer Terry Drury. Only recently completed and correct in almost every detail, including Works-spec motor with steel crank. No chassis number visible or quoted. Cond: 2. Nail Special racer. S/N WBB506. Silver/ black vinyl/velour. RHD. Famous ex-Gerry Marshall racer, restored 2012 and broadly historically accurate to the final form in which it raced with Dealer Team Vauxhall (originally it was a flat-front, but later grew the droop snoot to bring it in line with the HP Firenzas Vauxhall was selling at the time). Seat looks far too ancient to be in date, but fuel cell might be. Has been variously engined over the years, now has its original standard-capacity Blydenstein 2.2. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $444,416. This was “refer to dept,” so though it was bid to £340k, it’s no surprise it didn’t sell. Given that perfect toolroom copies of Maserati Birdcages and Ferrari 250 TRs have a natural ceiling of about £400k/$500k, perhaps another couple of bids should have done it. #89-2015 FORD CAPRI Mk II FIA racer. S/N RW2NOV15. Red/black cloth. RHD. Newish build by Capri specialist Ric Wood Motorsport of a late-’70s historic racer—essentially a replica of the Gordon Spice cars. Seam-welded shell, welded-in roll cage, one seat. Currently configured as a Group 1½ car (basically, Goodwood Members’ Meeting rules) but parts (mostly brakes and manifolds) included to make it Group 1 or Group 2. Motor refreshed in 2018, with only four hours running since. Although the V6 made only a lowly 138 hp as standard, in race trim as much as 300 is claimed, which is only 100 or so behind a 289 FIA V8 in a Falcon, Mustang or TVR Griffith. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $76,662. Looks inexpensive compared with its build costs, but I would have expected it to do a little more. Makes the FIA Mustang (Lot 12) look like a super value, though. FRENCH #99-1966 CITROËN DS21 décapotable. S/N 4350094. Dark blue metallic/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 86,731 miles. Red-fluid car. Clean older-repainted appearance with original interior (including optional armrest and period Blaupunkt) lasting well, but motor’s rather grubby and stained. Still with jack and tools. Rear seat belts fitted. Irish registered. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $153,323. The factory built 1,365 décaps 1960–71, and Henri Chapron built 389, 1958–73. Bought by the vendor at Bonhams Hendon auction in 2007 for £82,900 ($165,205) and in Ireland since. Hammered a little behind the lower estimate of £110k 122 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. ($143k), but on the money or just slightly cheap for a Chapron décap of a good vintage (’66/67 cars have the single-headlight front with second-gen dash) in just above driverquality condition. Like everything else, these have slipped back a bit in the past three years. GERMAN #44-1955 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N 80549. Gray/red cloth/black vinyl, gray suede. RHD. Odo: 11,124 km. Older (2006) restoration. Straight body, even paint, carpets holding up well, fairly fresh-looking top. Seats retrimmed in black vinyl/gray suede, lightly worn and wrinkled on driver’s side, with Sabelt harnesses. Motor in factory finishes. With refurbished hard top and a set of Fuchs bolt-ons. Dutch title and FVIA identity card, for rallying. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY SOLD AT $465,983. Acquired by the Key Collection from RM’s 2007 Amelia Island sale ($187,000, SCM# 1597521). Imported to U.K. in November 2009. #27-1986 PORSCHE 911 Turbo SE Flachbau coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ93ZGS000987. White/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 4,941 miles. One of 50 slant-nose U.K.-market cars. Factory power upgrade (from 330 hp) and dark glass from new. Equipped with a/c, heated electric sports seats, four-outlet exhaust, 40% LSD, white dials, all factory tags and stickers. Clean and tidy with under 5,000 miles from new, even though front leather looks as though it’s done more; rear looks never sat in. With tools and compressor, space-saver spare never used. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $315,666. Last in SCM’s database in 1991, when it sold, pre-restoration, with Christie’s in France in May for $65,878 (SCM# 6829257). Sold here online £50k ($65k) under bottom estimate. This looks like a bit of a bargain in today’s Speedster world, which has remained quite strong while prices for most 356s have gotten soft. #77-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC coupe. S/N 1880146500134. Red/tan leather. Odo: 6,101 km. One of 200. Older restoration, paint still bright. Leather taking on a nice bit of character. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $210,444. Previously owned by a former Porsche Club GB chairman. Hammered £10k ($13k) over the lower estimate of $170k, but not very long ago clean, regular 930s were hitting this money. #117-1988 FORD CAPRI Mk III 2.8i hatchback. S/N WF0CXXGAECFE65645. Blue/gray leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 65,018 miles. Later car with 5-speed and seven-spoke wheels instead of 4-speed and pepperpots, plus half leather, making it a 2.8 Special, which should also have an LSD. Clean and tidy overall. Mildly grubby and rust-speckled in engine bay but not rotten, and strut top mounts are solid. Interior wearing well—sunroof a bit unfortunate but it’s period. Very ’80s graphic equalizer in dash. Unused for a while (new tires in 2016), but starts and idles sweetly. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,025. Quite a bargain for “England’s Mustang,” as fast Fords have been getting serious money lately. Although, not much was being asked for this and it was offered at no reserve, eventually hammering for the £8k ($10k) top estimate. The 2.8i is worth less than its predecessor the Mk III 3.0, and its successor the run-out 280 Brooklands, of which only 1,038 were built, but still a nice deal for the buyer. ITALIAN #108-1960 LAMBORGHINI DLA40 3402 CTL tractor. S/N DLA403784. Orange & blue/brown vinyl. MHD. Very good and nicely restored order, complete with toolbox on right wing and new seat vinyl. Drives well, with brakes nice and sharp. No odo, but showing 5,280 hours on motor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,076. Said to be one of 73 built and property of a Lancia collector, who imported it in restored condition from Italy. I drove this last year when it was for sale with a dealer for £25,995 ($36k), and here it did a little better. Artcurial offered a similar but not-quite-as-sharp 1961 5C (DLA405261) in Paris in February, complete with the road kit 124 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. (a rubber-tired tricycle rig so it can transit between fields without chewing up the tarmac), which fetched €35,760 ($40,570). #23-1969 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA Series I coupe. S/N 7216. White/black leather. Odo: 11,133 km. One of 186 Series Is, with a/c added later. Tidy, repainted in original color 2016 (refreshed in 2017 with ceramic coating), newish carpets. Motor rebuilt in 2018. Cond: 2-. transmission are included. Restored again more recently, so new leather and carpets, nice paint and chrome. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $90,190. Imported to the U.K. in 1983 prior to restoration, in storage since 2010. Hammered sold at Bonhams’ Olympia sale last Christmas at a healthy £81,650 ($103,787; SCM# 6887674), but the buyer backed out. Here it reached a just-sufficient £60k ($78k) top bid on the phone. SOLD AT $117,247. Sold to a lady bidder in the room for the right sort of money, although less than the alleged £93k ($121k) spent on it in the past decade. Sounds a familiar tale with an old Lambo. However, these are still climbing. Just like the Aston Martin DBS in recent years, it can’t be long until they are actually viable to own. #53-1974 FERRARI 365 GT4 BB coupe. S/N 17741. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 9,716 miles. Good, low-mileage order, one of 58 right-handers, with a/c. Dash leather all good, seat leather slightly baggy. Last engine-out/ belt service in 2012. With books, tools, Ferrari briefcase and Classiche Certification. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $105,222. One of the cars from the Key Collection in Turkey to make it to the sale (one transporter-load didn’t, which meant the Mercedes Gullwing and several others didn’t appear). Bought by the collection at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge sale in August 2012 for $80,500 (SCM# 4837511). #76-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 Cus- tom convertible. S/N 8347993. Blue/white vinyl/red leather. Mild custom done in the ’80s with Carson top, frenched headlights, ’47 bumpers and sombrero hubcaps. Leather well creased. Cond: 2. #12-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5R07C233947. Metallic blue/black vinyl. 289ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. FIA-spec racer still with all the right bits, including usual 400-hp engine, refreshed after 2009 Spa 6 Hours but little used since. Unusual for a racer, as it retains most of its Pony interior including heater, plus remote-control exterior mirror. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,127. Built and raced by the owner of a balancing business, so the motor will be silky smooth. This is the second or third time it’s been offered at a Bonhams sale, and finally got away at a reduced price. Very well bought. #118-1973 EXCALIBUR PHAETON SOLD AT $55,617. From the Key Collection in Izmir, Turkey, bought at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Sale in August 2012 for $80,500 (SCM# 6744907). SOLD AT $293,118. Delivered new to Elton John. Originally estimated at £250k–£300k ($325k–$390k) but the oil was found to be emulsified after long-term storage, so the vendor reduced the ask to £225k–£275k ($290k– $360k), which isn’t a massive reduction if the flat-12 engine casting has gone porous. With premium the winning £195k ($255k) phone bid just about crept up to the minimum—so let’s hope it’s something relatively trivial like a head gasket. Possibly well bought, depending on what the repair shop finds. AMERICAN #66-1932 HUPMOBILE CUSTOM roadster. S/N 5021. Yellow/green leather. Odo: 16,550 miles. Custom roadster made from a sedan by Earl Ipsen, using Studebaker sheet metal to form the tail. Now with Speedway Motors drop axle with Ford spindles and discs plus rack-and-pinion, and hot-rodded with an SBC, though original engine and July 2019 #38-1954 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 546254579. Red/white vinyl/silver & white leather. Odo: 70,622 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good restored order. All chrome and trim looks present and correct. Dash and instruments all very good. Seat leather unworn. Power top still works. Continental kit, with what look like standard valance parts included in trunk. Sale-room notice states that chassis number could not be found on the car. Cond: 2-. Series II roadster. S/N 19731214. Cream & brown/black fiberglass/brown leather. Odo: 20,943 miles. Least elegant of the Excaliburs, with VW Beetle lights that unfortunately make it look rather like one of those Beetle-based Bugattis. First owned by Dean Martin, a birthday present from his wife (he divorced her a couple of years later), and in decent order. Interior holding up well with only lightly wrinkled leather. All front suspension parts including rubber bushings have been blown over in body color. Power is from a Chevy big block in its most strangled, miserable form. With hard top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $99,209. Last lot of the sale. Oh well, always leave ’em laughing.... 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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL Fort Lauderdale 2019 A 1984 Renault R5 Turbo 2 hatchback from the Youngtimer Collection proved a great buy at $68,750 Company RM Auctions Date March 29–30, 2019 Location Fort Lauderdale, FL Auctioneers Mike Shackelton, Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered 274/368 Sales rate 74% Sales total $23,082,658 High sale 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, sold at $3,080,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices 1980s hot-hatch poster car — 1984 Renault R5 Turbo 2 hatchback, sold at $68,750 Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Market opinions in italics March 29 and 30. In the ballr massive Broward County Conv consignors brought a wide vari cars, from post-war American c European hypercars. Total autom excess of $23 million, with 274 c of 368 offered for a sell-through r The highest sale of this year R M Auctions achieved the best-ever results in their Fort Lauderdale auction’s 17–year histo Several cars offered at this year’s auction came from the Youngtimer Collection. Fort Lauderdale, FL Ferrari LaFerrari. Stunning in Fly Yellow over black leather with 596 original miles, this lot sold for a very reasonable $3.08 million. Next on the list was a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, formerly owned by Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, hammered sold for $1,155,000. It wasn’t all million-dollar deals. A very nice 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale — with desirable Veloce-spec engine and a past Concorso Italiano winner — was well bought at $89,650. A rare 1957 BMW 503 coupe was one of only 273 built and still included its original interior. I’ve never seen this model in person before and it was well bought at $137,500. 126 able cars from this collection included a 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2. This mid-engined eet version of the dominant World Rally Championship entrant was extremely ell bought at $68,750. A 1991 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe equipped with a 5-speed manual, showing only 2,357 original miles and in excellent condition, sold for a trong $66,000. Also offered from this collection was a 1988 Nissan 300ZX Turbo coupe with the rare Shiro Z option package. It was #598 of 1,002 Shiro Z cars imported into the U.S. With only 29,989 original miles, this lot sold for $26,400, which will likely seem low in the near future. I’m seeing more and more ’80s and ’90s sports cars at auction as members of the generation that was in high school during that period are now entering their prime Sales Totals $25m income years and adding them to their collections. RM Auctions is to be commended for once again hosting a very entertaining and successful auction. The incredibly wide range of desirable automobiles offered sets them apart from most other auction houses. The Broward County Convention Center is a top-notch venue in South Florida, and scheduling the auction before the Florida snowbirds head north is a wise move. I look forward to what they have in store for next year. ♦ $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015


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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL ENGLISH #3033-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 MC road- ster. S/N A810769. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 58,075 miles. Stated to be fully restored in 2000. Said restoration is holding up well. Color change from gray to red during restoration. Polishing scratches to paint. Windshield surround and chrome trim on hood starting to pit. Slight creasing to driver’s side seat bottom the only nit to pick in the interior. Plaque on passenger’s side dash states that this car is a replica of the record-breaking car that achieved 141.51 mph at Jabbeke, Belgium, and was signed by William Heynes, Jaguar’s legendary chief engineer. Engine bay appears stock, complete and detailed. Accompanied by Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate. Cond: 2. wheels show some surface corrosion from age. Cloth seats good. No flaws to dash. Some scratches on leather steering-wheel rim. Aftermarket Pioneer CD player custom-mounted under dash with two 6 x 9 Pioneer speakers mounted on rear deck behind motor. Windshield shows some light wiper scratches. Car locked, so could not inspect engine bay, but catalog photos show it to be clean, with some paint chipped off oil-filler cap. Cond: 2. previously seen at Barrett-Jackson’s West Palm Beach sale in 2010, where it sold for $77,000 (SCM# 1682847). Reading the inspection, it appears to be in the same shape today, having only traveled 73 miles in the past nine years. This is a very good example and deserves to be driven. Fairly bought and sold. #3158-1964 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I SOLD AT $101,750. This car has the MC option, which boosted horsepower from the base 190 hp to 210 hp utilizing the C-type cylinder head. Expertly restored nearly 20 years ago, it hasn’t been driven much over the years. This car was last seen at Gooding’s Amelia Island sale in 2014, where it sold for $103,400 (SCM# 6705339). At that auction, the mileage on the odometer was recorded at 58,023, so it’s only been driven 52 miles in the past five years. The restoration is just beginning to unwind a bit—it’s time to stop looking at this car and start enjoying it on the road. #1124-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN2 roadster. S/N BN2L231273. Gunmetal Gray & Saint James Red/black vinyl/Red Ox Blood vinyl. Odo: 8,280 miles. Stated to have been upgraded to Le Mans spec back in period. Good paint with only noticeable flaw being slight wear where soft top rubs against rear deck lid. Most exterior chrome good, with some light pitting on top of windshield surround. Louvered front hood held down by leather straps. Top and side curtains not present, so could not inspect, but are mentioned in the catalog as being included. New-looking dark red interior unworn. Dash and banjo steering wheel unmarked. Detailed engine bay with correct finishes, hoses and clamps. Includes British Heritage Trust certificate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $104,500. This car was first delivered to an Air Force captain stationed in Japan. The car remained in Japan until 1959, when he transferred to Wichita, KS. It was an Austin-Healey dealership in Kansas that converted to the Le Mans spec. This car was 128 SOLD AT $79,750. This example, although in very good condition, isn’t too nice that the new owner would be afraid to enjoy it on tours and sunny days. This car was a no-sale way back at RM’s Santa Monica sale in 2002 for $45,000 (SCM# 1555021). The reporter remarked after that sale that due to the condition, the consignor should have taken the money. The car has been considerably freshened up since then, and was very well bought today. FRENCH #3015-1984 RENAULT R5 Turbo 2 hatchback. S/N VF1822000E0000924. Pearl White/Honey cloth. Odo: 36,661 miles. Original Pearl White paint with large star crack on front hood. Some chips to nose. Black rubber rear wing is a little lumpy. Turbo decals in good shape. Factory alloy BEST BUY Sports Car Market 4.2 open two-seater. S/N 879515. British Racing Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 45,073 miles. Older repaint shiny but has surface polishing scratches throughout. All exterior chrome redone at some point, but now shows surface scratches. Chrome wire knockoffs good, if a little dirty. Top down during the preview, so I could not inspect. Driver’s seat bottom creased and a little baggy; the rest of the interior is without flaw. Later Alpine DIN cassette stereo added; speakers installed on either side of console. Engine looks complete but shows dirt from use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,750. From the Youngtimer Collection. Like the Bertone-redesigned WRC cars, the street versions had the engine mounted midship behind the front seats, and featured a race-tuned suspension and fourwheel disc brakes. Known for significant turbo lag, but, once spooled up, these little cars were rocketships on the road. As younger fans of 1980s hot hatches enter their prime earning years, I believe they will look to these poster cars to add to their collection. Proudly displayed at the auction entrance, this was a collector-grade example that showed well. Final price for this lot was significantly below current market value and was extremely well bought. GERMAN #1110A-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980405500316. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 51,493 miles. Silver paint expertly applied with no visible chips or scratches. Chrome bumpers show slight haziness and a few small bubbles. Rear emblem shows some pitting. Painted steel wheels and hubcaps very good. Clear glass all around. Older weatherstripping holding up well. Dash is excellent with shiny trim. Leather seats and square-weave carpet are new. Car locked, so I could not inspect the engine bay, but the photos in the catalog shows it to be clean, with shiny painted surfaces and factory decals. 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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL SOLD AT $1,155,000. Prominently displayed at the auction entrance. Originally delivered to the U.S. in Ivory White over blue leather. According to the Gullwing Registry, this car spent most of its life in California and the past five years under the ownership of Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine. Values have retreated from their highs in 2015–16, but still, the price realized here was under current market value. Well bought. #3034-1957 BMW 503 coupe. S/N 69185. Red/red leather. Odo: 14,473 miles. Older repaint over straight panels. Some surface scratches here and there. All chrome trim is excellent. Period Talbot and Company rearview mirrors mounted on both front fenders. Full hubcaps show various dents and scratches. Well-worn seats lumpy, with collapsing springs. Single side-facing seat in rear. Dash and door panels in very good condition. Steering wheel shows slight wear. Engine bay is clean but shows some fuel staining on intake manifold, surface rust on exhaust manifold. Stated to have known ownership history from new with extensive service records. The 4-speed manual is shifted on the column. Cond: 3. Porsche’s rocketship for the street. Turbo lag on these is significant. You have to be careful which way the steering wheel is pointed when full turbo boost kicks in because these cars will swap ends quickly. Still, there’s a certain charm to the sheer rawness of these early models. This car previously sold at this same sale last year for $121,000 (SCM# 6868003). It was reported to be in the same shape as I’ve just described, with no mileage added. The sale price last year was a bargain; the sale price this year is a screaming deal. Apparently the owner had to dump it. Very well bought. #3125-1988 PORSCHE 911 Turbo Flach- SOLD AT $137,500. The 503 was BMW’s first post-war sports coupe. Developed alongside the 507 to appeal to the U.S. market, they both cost much more than what was projected. With only 413 units of the 503 model produced (273 coupes), BMW nearly lost its shirt. I love that the single rear passenger has his own large ashtray—it shows how important smoking was back in the 1950s. This example had a restored exterior, with heavily worn seats in the unrestored interior. Since the values for these models are so high, this was well bought. #3074-1977 PORSCHE 930 Turbo coupe. S/N 9307800436. Metallic silver/Lobster Red leather. Odo: 35,129 miles. Stated to be in unrestored, original condition. Paint holding up well with a few touch-ups here and there. Paint on factory sun roof starting to dull. No curb rash to factory Fuchs wheels, but paint on lug nuts chipped from being removed. Seat color is uneven from the sun and age. Driver’s side seat bolster worn from egress/ingress. Dash top shows some sun bake but no cracks. Gauges clear, but clock inoperative. Engine bay clean, but all painted surfaces show numerous spots where paint has flaked off. Many chips on fan, aluminum components show surface corrosion. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $99,000. First-generation example of BEST BUY NOT SOLD AT $90,000. Porsche offered the flat-nose option under their Special Order Program. Each flat-nose had to be handcrafted, and the option alone added around half of the cost of a non-flat-nose car, so they are pretty rare. However, the flat-nose look is not to everyone’s taste. 1988 was the last year of the 4-speed in the Turbo 911. Porsche installed a 5-speed for 1989 that could handle the turbo’s power, so the 1989 models typically command a slight premium over the 1988 ones. This example was prominently displayed and had great colors. Despite the auctioneer’s best efforts, bidding stopped at $90k and the consignor rightfully took the car back home. 130 bau coupe. S/N WP0JB0931JS050245. Black/ red leather. Odo: 70,667 miles. Stated to be unrestored original. Shiny black paint shows some surface polishing scratches and fingerprints. Factory sunroof and flat nose. Black rubber around whale tail and bumpers not faded. All glass is clear. Polished Fuchs wheels unmarked. Leather seats show slight creases on both seats. Steering wheel and dash are excellent. Modern CD stereo added. Engine bay is clean, but some aluminum surfaces show surface corrosion. Some chips on fan and intercooler paint. K&N decal on aircleaner housing. Includes Porsche CoA and service records. Cond: 2. #3040-1988 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE1417J2560911. Black/black leather. Odo: 66,448 miles. Factory paint shows surface scratches throughout. BBS-style wheels blemish-free. All glass is clear. Driver’s side seat bottom creased and a little baggy. Original BMW cassette stereo in dash. Black rubber rear spoiler not faded. Engine bay looks complete and cleanly detailed. Equipped with factory a/c, sunroof and all power options. Includes toolkit, original handbook, owner’s manual, warranty card and BMW umbrella. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,100. U.S.-market car and one of about 1,600 to reach our shores in 1988. This two-owner M6 was a very good example with moderate mileage, but these were driver cars, and, although this car has been driven, it’s also been obviously pampered. This car was previously seen at Gooding’s Amelia Island sale in 2014, where it sold for $57,200 (SCM# 6701154). Well sold then in Amelia Island, but sold for market-correct money here. ITALIAN #1113-1950 FIAT 1100 cabriolet. S/N 329030. Blue/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 3,697 miles. Attractive paint with slight orange peel and surface scratches on tops of fenders around hood. Bumpers appear to have been buffed too heavily, as they show polishing swirls. Full hubcaps have some small dents. Aftermarket windshield wipers are too long and hang over windshield surround. Banjo steering wheel wrapped with nylon cord. Leather seats are supple, with creasing and bagging to driver’s seat bottom. Dash chrome is very good. Unusual interior light is incorporated into inside rear-view mirror. Spare wheel fills the trunk. Engine bay is clean, with some signs of use. Four-speed manual transmission is shifted on the column. Coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina. Cond: 2. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL SOLD AT $93,500. Stabilimenti Farina was established by Giovanni Farina, brother of Battista Farina, who went on to establish Pininfarina. Many prominent Italian designers worked for Stabilimenti Farina at some point or another, including Battista Farina, Pietro Frua, Felice Boano, Giovanni Michelotti and Alfredo Vignale. This car was sold new in Italy. It was discovered by the owner of an Italian restoration shop, who slowly restored it over the next 20 years. There aren’t a whole lot of comps for these Stabilimenti Farina Fiats, but with its elegant styling and provenance, I’m calling it well bought. #3159-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SS coupe. S/N AR381099. Red/black leather. Odo: 22,954 miles. High-quality paint with no obvious flaws. Chrome bumpers show surface scratches and are a little hazy, but rest of exterior trim is good. Glass clear all around. Steel wheels with hubcaps blemish-free. Stance looks good with newish Vredestein Sprint tires. New black leather seat covers with red piping unworn. Clear plastic bug deflector installed at back of hood. Stock engine bay appears clean and detailed. Equipped with Veloce specification engine and front disc brakes. Includes original Carta Di Circolazione booklet, instruction manual and Alfa Romeo Storico certificate. Cond: 2. bay is clean, detailed and a marvel of complicated hoses, connectors and wires. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $82,500. Another Youngtimer Collection car. I had a friend who owned a 412, and I rode with him many times. I can fully attest to the car’s performance and comfort, although I remember the shape of the seats with their thigh bolsters felt like you were sitting inside an inner tube. We could fit three adult males inside with the passenger’s front seat pulled up, but fitting four adults was unlikely. These were the last front-engined V12s produced while Enzo was still alive, and their values have taken off. This example with low miles was obviously pampered and is in prime collector-grade condition. Fairly bought and sold. #3017-2000 FERRARI 456M GTA coupe. S/N ZFFWP50A4Y0121526. Grigio Ingrid/Saddle leather. Factory paint shows some polishing swirls. A few touch-ups on nose and rear of driver’s door. Windshield streaked on the inside from interior cleaner overspray. Alloy wheels unmarked. Daytonastyle seats show slight creasing on driver’s seat bottom. Plastic surface on console lumpy and cracked, the rest of the interior shows little wear. Engine bay is clean and tidy. Comes with full service history with books and tools. The car has a digital dash, so I can’t confirm mileage, but the catalog states less than 18,500 miles since new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $89,650. Despite its polarizing looks, this car provides a drag coefficient of 0.28, which is impressive even by today’s standards. The catalog states that this example arrived in the U.S. in 1980 and was the recipient of a bare-metal respray and a comprehensive mechanical overhaul in 2010. An impressive example that participated in the 2010 Concorso Italiano, winning the award for the Best 101-Series Alfa Romeo. This car sold on eBay back in 2005 before the restoration for $41,100 (SCM# 1564633). It was noted that the price realized on eBay was market correct for the time. This car has been driven 1,652 miles since then, and the sale price here was under the money in today’s market. Well bought. #3008-1986 FERRARI 412 coupe. S/N ZFFYD24B000059327. Grigio metallic/red leather. Odo: 17,354 miles. Unmarked factory paint. Slight indentation in front bumper next to Ferrari badge. Factory alloy wheels blemish-free. Original glass clear all around. Sumptuous leather interior looks unworn, with only slight wear to driver’s side seat bolster. Engine July 2019 131 NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The 456 replaced the aging 412 and featured more modern, understated styling. I think these cars are beautiful and the 456 is a luxurious, powerful car—the true definition of a Gran Turismo. But I can see why most Ferrari buyers would prefer more outlandish styling and hyper performance. The price for the 456M GTA was in excess of $230k when new. This same car was offered at last year’s RM Fort Lauderdale auction, where it was a no-sale at the same $40,000 as this year (SCM# 6869625). The market has spoken, and the seller should have cut it loose. This is a lot of car for the money, and is looking to be a newer entry-level Ferrari. #3094-2015 FERRARI LAFERRARI coupe. S/N ZFF76ZFA4F0209754. Giallo Modena/black leather. Odo: 596 miles. Factory paint with consistent orange peel throughout. One stone chip on front splitter. Every painted surface is covered with clear bra. Gaps between the body panel corners and the clear bra vary from a quarter inch to half an inch, so the panels aren’t completely protected. Scuderia shields on sides of doors. Wheels unmarked. Yellow brake calipers. Yellow piping on black leather seats. Carbon-fiber trim throughout interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $3,080,000. I’ve seen better clear bra installations on cars costing 1/10th of the price realized here. This car was last seen at Mecum TOP 10 No. 1


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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL Market Moment ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions Monterey 2018, where it sold for $3,200,000. So the seller took a $120,000 haircut over seven months of ownership. At least there was a 180-mile difference on the odometer from when it sold in Monterey, so he was able to enjoy it a little. I’d be curious as to why the seller sold for a loss, as the hammer price was well below current market value and these cars will probably increase in value over time. Well bought. 1971 Honda N600 Sold at $7,150 RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 29, 2019, Lot 1009 Chassis number: 1023499 W ith prices for original Minis heading into the stratosphere recently, it’s possible that people might start to notice that the Japanese made some pretty good knock-offs of Sir Alec Issigonis’ groundbreaking design in the late 1960s. Exhibit A is the Honda N600, which looks remarkably (attorneys might say “actionably”) like a Mini Clubman. The N600 is the immediate progenitor of the Honda Civic, and it was the vehicle that introduced Honda cars to America in 1969. The N600 was designed to meet Japan’s Kei microcar standards, and it was built under contract in Taiwan. Honda sold about 25,000 of the N600 and the funkier Z600 cars in America before switching to the larger Civic for the 1973 model year. The 1970–71 U.S.-spec engine in the N600 is a 598-cc, air-cooled 2-cylinder capable of spinning to 9,000 rpm courtesy of its single overhead cam. The engine was rated at 45 horsepower and could propel the N600 to a top speed of 85 mph. However, drivers had to be patient because the 0–60 mph time was measured at 19 seconds. As a reward for that patience, the N600 returned fuel economy of about 47 mpg. To give you an idea of how far we’ve come since then, a 2019 Honda Civic returns 36 mpg at best. 1972 Hondas got a smog-tuned engine with 36 horsepower and returned only 31 mpg. Quite a few N600 and Z600 cars remain in circulation today. In large part that’s because Honda (like Datsun) got their North American foothold in California, so these cars remain largely rust-free — if a little sunbaked. Collectors should have no trouble finding a decent example, and recent sales range from $3,000 to $12,000. The high-water mark is $21,500 for a concours-ready restoration back in 2015. The SCM Pocket Price Guide does not list the N600, but rates the Z600 at a median price of $10,500. Our subject car has been the beneficiary of a comprehensive restoration, and it looks fantastic inside and out. Yet this car drew only $7,150 at auction. I don’t know about you, but I’d scratch a check for that amount in a heartbeat for a car like this. Microcar owners have a vibrant subculture, and it seems like the Honda N600 could be the last undiscovered jewel you can still pick up on the cheap. — Jeff Zurschmeide 132 SOLD AT $26,400. “Shiro” in Japanese means “white,” and all Shiro cars are painted Pearl White. The Shiro option was a package and all Shiro cars were configured the same. There was no engine performance boost over the normal Turbo 300ZX, but there were a number of cosmetic and suspension upgrades. The dash was analog instead of digital, and Recaro cloth seats were added, as were stiffer springs and shocks, heavy-duty anti-roll bars, painted wheels, and a viscous limited-slip differential were all part of the package. A total of 1,002 Shiro Specials were shipped to the U.S. The price realized here is certainly over the market for a regular Turbo 300ZX. The buyer bought a good example with relatively low miles. Well sold today, but perhaps good in the long term if the buyer holds on to it. (See Affordable Classic, p. 40.) Sports Car Market JAPANESE #1012-1988 NISSAN 300ZX Shiro Z coupe. S/N JN1CZ14S2JX203407. Pearl White/gray cloth. Odo: 29,989 miles. Factory pearl paint excellent. Scratch on front bumper from a license-plate installation. Front and rear bumpers are a slightly different color than the main body. Limo tint to all windows. Gray Recaro seats show no wear. Dash, carpet and console all good. Steering-wheel rim a little shiny from use. Factory cassette stereo in dash. Desirable 5-speed. Plaque on console reads “Shiro Z Limited Edition #598.” Engine bay has been washed off but not detailed. Cheap Kirkland battery detracts. From Youngtimer Collection. Cond: 2.


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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL #3007-1991 NISSAN 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe. S/N JN1CZ24H4MX501844. Diamond Black Pearl/black leather. Odo: 2,357 miles. Factory paint shows well. One small dent on left front fender is the only exterior flaw. Factory alloy wheels blemish-free. All glass is clear. Optional glass T-tops. Slight creasing to driver’s seat only nit to pick. Desirable 5-speed manual transmission. Engine bay all stock and complete, but dusty and not cleaned. Twin turbochargers and intercoolers make 300 hp. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2+. 3-window the best. Viewed in profile, this example looked stunning with its sweeping lines and fender skirts. Sold for strong money. #3031-1941 PACKARD ONE-TWENTY convertible. S/N 14992238. Yellow/brown cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 90,295 miles. Older repaint in good shape but is dirty—looks like the car was driven through Thursday’s rain storm and not cleaned. Dirty wire wheels have some chrome flaking off. New rear fender welts. Dual hard-cover spares with rear-view mirror mounted on top. Two more mirrors mounted on either side of windshield on door pillars; also has dual spotlights. Chrome on said mirrors and spotlights dull and pitted; same goes for the rest of the exterior chrome. Surface cracks to donut-chaser hood ornament. Front seats creased with some cracking. Faux-wood painted dash shows wear. Steering wheel good but horn ring is pitted. Can’t inspect engine compartment, and there are no photos of it in the catalog. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $66,000. Youngtimer Collection car. A Millennial’s dream with twin turbos, 5-speed manual and ultra-low miles in good colors. This car had it all for Japanese sportscar lovers. These auction results keep bringing more out of the woodwork. These cars are out there; you just have to be patient and be ready to pay up. This was a collector-grade example and, although the price looks high, somebody with the means had to have it. Well sold. AMERICAN #3026-1940 LINCOLN ZEPHYR coupe. S/N H99409. Black/red leather. Odo: 43,934 miles. Older repaint shows polishing swirls and slight bubbling on hood. Good wheels with wide whitewall tires starting to yellow and go flat. Stainless exterior trim along sides shows scratches and small dents, the rest of exterior trim looks recently rechromed. Yellow fog lamps added to front bumper. Windshield is new, the rest of the glass has surface scratches. Seat leather supple, with slight creasing. Newish carpet. Reproduction gauges and steering wheel. Modern ammeter mounted under dash. Stock engine bay clean and detailed. Cond: 2. wood stakes show advertising for a winery. Interior faithfully restored with new factorystyle gauge cluster and rubber mat. Steering wheel unmarked. Vinyl seat bottom a little baggy. Concours-detailed engine bay with clean flathead engine painted green, matching the exterior color. Upgraded to 12 volts with chromed alternator. Doors locked, so I could not read the odometer. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $37,500. This was a highquality restoration that looks to have been driven some since completion. A few shortcuts were taken, as it looks like the original exterior bright trim was reused without being tended to. This truck was previously sold at Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach in 2014 for $44,000 (SCM# 6717447). It appears that the consignor is trying to recoup all the money. The final hammer price was well within the current market range and the seller could have taken the money without regret. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. The 120 was Packard’s first entry into the mid-sized automobile market. It was available in an array of body styles: the business coupe, club coupe, 2-door sedan, 4-door sedan, convertible coupe, convertible sedan, and two station-wagon styles. Our subject car is said to have been restored 13 years ago, and attained first place at the Vero Beach, FL, AACA event. The restoration has obviously unwound since then. The final hammer price may have been a little light, but interest in pre-war cars in general seems to be waning a bit. In its current condition, the seller should have seriously considered the final bid. #3176-1949 FORD F-1 pickup. S/N 98RC233286. Champagne & emerald green/ brown vinyl. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Stated to have been the recipient of a no-expensespared, frame-off restoration, but no word of when the work took place. Expertly applied paint with a few surface scratches on front fenders around engine bay. Bumpers look good, other pieces of exterior bright trim have scratches. Wood bed looks new. Attractive side SOLD AT $88,000. It’s nice to see a restored V12 Zephyr that hasn’t been hot-rodded. Of all the Zephyr variants, I like the looks of the July 2019 “ This car had it all for Japanese sports-car lovers. These auction results keep bringing more out of the woodwork. These cars are out there; you just have to be patient and be ready to pay up. 1991 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe #3021-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 coupe. S/N 63R2833. Gold metallic/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 62,931 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Expertly applied paint stated to have been done in 2018 shows no flaws. Rechromed bumpers show small bubbling patch on left rear bumper. Polishing scratches on exterior stainless trim. Plastic Studebaker emblem behind rear quarter windows crazing. New carpet. Some seam splits to seats in stated original interior. Dash is good. Steering wheel unmarked. Bias-ply whitewall tires over good wheels. Engine bay clean, but shows wear with paint flaking off ” 133


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RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL numerous engine bits. Factory-style a/c added. New insulation under hood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $104,500. This car had a unique vinyl liftoff targa top, as shown in the sketches for Raymond Loewy’s original design, which was never put into production. Avantis definitely have a polarizing look to them. You either love the front end or hate it, but these cars have a respectable following. With fresh paint and good original interior, this example had a lot going for it. Some rabid Avanti fans really had to have this one-of-none, as the final selling price was wildly over current market value. Extremely well sold. #3095-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N SFM6S999. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 73,737 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to have been last restored in 1974. Paint badly cracked everywhere, especially on vinyl stripes. Paint finish is nearly matte. Touchedup chips throughout. Bumpers are hazy and starting to pit; same with the exterior bright trim. Magnum 500 wheels are polished, but lug nuts are rusty. Driver’s seat shows rips at seams, other seats are just okay. Vinyl dash top looks new, as do the steering wheel and carpeting. Engine bay looks complete with correct bits, but also shows lots of chipped paint and rust. Cond: 4. slight scratches on rear deck from the soft top. Polished aluminum wheels have no rash. 8/17 Texas inspection sticker on windshield. Shelby-autographed middle armrest is fading from wear. Creasing to driver’s side seat bolster and some scratches to seat bottom. Chrome roll bar added and is bright and shiny. Shelby lettering added to rocker panels. Features AM/FM/cassette/CD radio and a/c and power brakes, steering, windows and locks. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,400. This example was very well restored and only let down by the pedestrian color choice and relative lack of options. But a convertible 4-speed GTO is nothing to sneeze at. Copy of window sticker shows the optional hood tach, but there’s no sign of it. Values for GTOs have been flat for the past several years, and this example sold in the expected range, with a nod to the buyer for condition. #3183-1971 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124871N536964. Black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 65 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent respray shows a little orange peel but no chips. Bumpers hazy with lots of surface scratches. Newish vinyl top fits well. Newish replacement windshield. Factory steel wheels look good. Black paint on exterior door handles worn through. Door sill plates dented and scratched. Dash top, carpet and seat covers look new. Stock steering wheel good, steering column shows numerous scratches. Engine bay detailed well. Metal surround on top of radiator scratched and rusting. Turbo Fire decal on top of air cleaner worn. Equipped with power brakes and factory AM radio. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Patina on unrestored barn finds is one thing, but to see this much wear on a previously restored example makes it look like just a used, abused old car. There’s no point to try to leave it as-is—this car needs a total restoration. The hammer price was market correct for a #2 condition car. The seller should have gladly taken the money. The high bidder should consider himself fortunate that the reserve wasn’t lifted. #3023-1968 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242678B114718. Springmist Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 99,864 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint, but metal flake is a little inconsistent. Rechromed bumpers straight and shiny. Good Rally II wheels with Redline tires. Stainless exterior trim shows various scratches. New convertible top fits well. Optional hide-away headlamp covers. New seat covers show no wear. Dash is good, with aftermarket 14-inch wood steering wheel with factory horn button. Concours engine detail cleaner than my dining-room table. Equipped with power top and steering. Accompanied by copy of window sticker, build sheet, broadcast sheet and owner’s manual. Cond: 2+. 134 NOT SOLD AT $42,500. This looks like something that was dolled up for auction. The major work has been done well, but the details such as the trim and sill plates—although easily remedied—were ignored. Still, the tripleblack color combination was attractive. Not to mention that these second-gen Z/28s carry the mighty-mouse LT1 motor. This car was last seen at RM Auctions in their Fall Auburn 2018 sale, where it sold for $40,700 (SCM# 6881548). The consignor’s plan for a flip was foiled. The final bid price is market correct, if not a little high. #3127-1999 SHELBY SERIES 1 con- vertible. S/N CSX5202. Centennial Silver/ black canvas/gray leather. miles. 4.0-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Only flaw to factory paint is SOLD AT $126,500. Only 249 Shelby Series 1s were produced, all as 1999 models. The Series 1 is stated to be the only model totally designed by Carroll Shelby himself. Carroll had grand plans for this model, but financial and EPA realities stepped in. The Series 1 ended up powered by the Oldsmobile Aurora V8. This particular example has the optional Vortec supercharger and is good for 450 hp. Stated to have fewer than 2,600 miles, this car is ready to be enjoyed. The price realized here is a little above current market, but with only 249 made, the buyer may have just been a little impatient. Well sold. #3083-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S96Y401204. Tungsten/black leather. Odo: 4,823 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Factory paint is excellent. Remains of a bug splatter on hood. Wheels blemish-free. Oil-change reminder on inside of windshield. Interior as-new. Engine bay is as-delivered, but with some dust where VIN tag is located behind the engine. Includes all four options. Accompanied by manuals, air compressor, car cover and car-cover bag. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $255,750. Ho hum...another auction, another impeccable Ford GT. Actually, the miles are a little high compared to other examples that come to the major auctions. And that may be why this example sold for a price way below the current market value. The good thing is that the higher mileage may enable the buyer to actually (gasp!) drive this thing. Very well bought. © Sports Car Market


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City 2019 Topping the sales list was a well-maintained 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider at $214,500 Company Leake Date February 22–23, 2019 Location Oklahoma City, OK Auctioneers Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Amy Assiter, John Nicholls Automotive lots sold/offered 294/466 Sales rate 63% Sales total $7,205,990 High sale 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider, sold at $214,500 Buyer’s premium Top seller and still covered under Ferrari’s seven-year free-maintenance warranty — 2014 Ferrari 458 Spider, sold at $214,500 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics S ince the last Leake Auction Company sale in Oklahoma City, they have fully integrated into the new parent c Oklahoma City, OK Ritchie Bros. With that, there have be changes in staffing, most notably an block crew under Amy and Spanky Assiter. Also, they now operate with one auction ring, so for better auction-lot flow they relocated the auction podium to the opposite side of the Bennett Event Center, where Leake has been since the building opened at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds three years ago. Yet, it still felt like the typical Leake sales of old. Another, less-tactile change of note was a heavier online presence. While last year’s auction also had an online component, under Ritchie Bros. they had a larger presence — including live streaming at the Ritchie Bros. equipment auction being conducted at the same time in Orlando, FL. Not that most folks who go shopping for heavy equipment impulse-shop for a collector car, but, hey, it could happen. Still, the online component generated a significant amount of business. Also helping greatly were more no-reserve consign- ments. Operations Manager Gary Bennett pointed out during introductions on Saturday morning that Leake had “the greatest number of no-reserve cars that we’ve 136 ever had” for this venue. In addition, the number of overall consignments was up by 112 cars — enough to warrant an additional day for some auction houses, but Leake’s crew managed to knock them all out in two full days. When all was said and done, 294 vehicles were sold. This was 43 more cars than last year — with a subsequent lower sell-through rate — taking the overall haul up by $467k. Late-model exotics played a strong role here. Three late-model Ferraris, a McLaren 650S and a Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS were in the top 10 sales. Topping them all was a 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider, trading at $214,500. The two Ford GTs consigned here failed to sell at $260k and $250k. Another big-ticket no-sale was a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429. That car has been recently shopped around at several sales, and not selling here at $210k means that you can expect to keep seeing it around. February is a nearly dead month for the state- Sales Totals $12m $10m side collector-car auction circuit, helped — or rather, hindered — this year in no small part by Mother Nature. Leake’s sale at OKC does give something of a boost to the industry — regardless of whether you have boots on the ground or are online — between the January Arizona sales and Amelia Island in March. As such, it should continue to be a masthead auction for Leake for years to come. ♦ $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK ENGLISH #245-1960 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS61906L. Red/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 21,294 miles. Steel wheels shod with modern radial tires. Repaint done on the cheap, with uneven coverage on some panels (the cowl is barely red) and moderate orange peel on others. Most trim removed for respray, yet major components were masked off. Brightwork not reconditioned while off car— most pieces could’ve used it. Newer rubber strip between the windshield frame and body of car. Fitted with accessory wind deflectors off windshield frame. Door fit it a bit off. Newer seats, door panels and body perimeter padding. Loose-fitting vinyl over glovebox door. Generic modern seat belts added. Good older carpeting. Top hidden all weekend. Unimpressive engine bay, but not a greaseball, either. Daily-driver undercarriage, with rusty, low-budget exhaust system. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. While this resembled British Racing Green, when it was on the block it was stated that it was really Emerald Green. It could just as well have been Forest Green, like on my 1947 International pickup, since it’s been repainted. Regardless of hue, just about anyone would call this a driver, and it was correctly bid as such, even if the consignor didn’t realize it. #541-2016 MCLAREN 650S Spider. S/N NOT SOLD AT $17,500. This reminds me of how a lot of these were when I first started reporting on collector-car auctions 29 years ago: make some effort to make it look decent at 10 paces, but don’t get carried away since it’s not worth a whole lot in the grand scheme of things. One didn’t spend a lot of time and money on some college student’s first car or college professor’s third car. Granted, nobody in their right mind will commute or have one as their sole driver today, but this is still one of those cars that’s been a fair-weather friend for various people for over half a century with not a lot spent on it to keep it up. As such, it was bid very generously. #268-1972 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CC81427U0. Emerald Green/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 71,271 miles. Fitted with modern Panasport wheels wearing 215/60R16 Pilot Sport radials. Okay older repaint. Replacement TR6 and Union Jack decals crooked (then again, it could’ve left British Leyland that way, too). Paint gouges—some down to the bare metal—below luggage rack. Dryrotted and cracked door-to-glass seals. Older bumper replate, with average original trim. Door gaps get wider as they rise up on body. Top looks like it’s fairly new, yet has a tear in upper passenger’s side from being caught in the bows. Reproduction seat coverings, which are a bit baggy. Good dashboard wood, with some light fading on outboard ends. Generally cleaned-up underhood, but a long way from detailed. Aftermarket Crane Fireball electronic ignition module and modern spark-plug wires. Dirty undercarriage. Cond: 3. 138 SBM11FAA6GW006122. Storm Gray/black leather. Odo: 10,955 miles. Seven-speed, paddle-shift, dual-clutch transmission. Optional carbon-fiber upgrade kit with orange accents inside and out. Stated to have $40k in upgrades—most notably aftermarket wheels shod with Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, custom exhaust, and a Pure Turbos Stage 1 upgrade kit boosting output to a reported 950 hp. Car looks “on the button” like new, with possible exception of brake rotor wear and brake dust accumulation in calipers. Driver’s seat bottom has some leather wrinkling, door-sill carpet and carpeted floor mats show light traffic. No paint chipping found on exterior; not even curb rash on front diffuser. Nothing is as great of a debris and curb magnet as a $15k carbonfiber lower front valance diffuser—even with the front-axle-lift feature. Undercarriage has minimal road spray. Cond: 2. old repaint, now with an authentic sheen. Large area of touch-up around lower mount for trunk handle to repaint an equally large paint chip. Most trim original, with light scuffing or cloudiness. Bumpers may have been replated, as they’re a little better, yet have plenty of light scuffing. Ding and scrape in right rear bumper and guard from a blue object. Doors need a somewhat assertive slam to latch properly, but not sagging. Converted to a 12-volt electrical system. Thumper-style electric fuel pump added on driver’s side of the engine bay, otherwise generally stock appearing in there. Newer radial tires on stock rims. Older reproduction seats and door panels, with slight wear. Water staining on the headliner beneath the small oval rear window. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,520. 1957 was the last year of the oval-window backlight—cherished by those who like the look, cursed by those who drive it and want rear visibility. With what is all-but-certainly the last internal-combustionpowered Beetle going out of production this year, it’s doubtful that there will be a bump in value of these real Beetles. If anything, values have stabilized if not cooled slightly. Bidding opened at $5k here, and by $12k, all the action was on IronPlanet.com, where it eventually sold to a buyer from Minnesota as a fairweather toy. SOLD AT $187,000. Most modern supercars don’t come off well as convertibles of any stripe, and the 650S is no exception. Publisher Martin had a 650S coupe as a press car for an event we were both in, and it comes off a helluva lot better than this high-buck toupée aerator. A financial losing proposition, with all of the mods added to it (when isn’t that the case?), but a reasonable buy for the new owner—if the color combo works for them. GERMAN #1341-1957 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 1307670. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 88,221 miles. Presentable two-decade- Sports Car Market #568-1958 BMW ISETTA 300 microcar. S/N 502480. Red/black vinyl & cloth/gray vinyl. Odo: 12,354 miles. U.S.-market car from new, per original serial-number tag. Generally decent older repaint, with some light orange peel on door around emblems. Nickelsized paint chip above the engine access panel. Obvious masking lines and primer overspray on plated and rubber door-hinge hardware. Mix of original and reproduction brightwork. Painted accessory luggage rack with rusty mounting hardware. Material on roof panel newer than vinyl for folding backlight section of soft top. BMW logo painted onto composite


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK gas cap. New reproduction tires and wheel covers. Needle and odometer numbers crazed, yet speedometer face in good shape. Good seat upholstery. Vinyl on interior panels lifting at some edges—such as by shift quadrant. Newer reproduction shift and control decals on driver’s side wheelwell. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. Isettas have pretty much stabilized in the market. If they bring strong money, it’s for on-the-button, show-quality restorations (since nobody—and I mean NOBODY— talks about daily driving these). Since this U.S.-market example has seen something more along the lines of sporadic cosmetics and mechanicals, it was appropriately bid. ITALIAN #486-1985 FERRARI 308 GTS QV con- vertible. S/N ZFFUA13A5F0055269. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 36,703 miles. Wellcared-for original paint, with minimal stone chips up front. Front fender Scuderia shields added, but markedly lower than usually encountered (below the top of the wheelwell opening and almost down to the body break). Bumper rubber in rather good condition, lacking the usual splits and sun fade. Original seat leather shrinking and stiffening from age, yet keeping up with the collapsing seat padding— so while they look good, the seats are as stiff as a board. Modern DIN-mount Pioneer AM/ FM/CD sound system. Momo steering wheel. Piping for carpets coming loose in a few places. Consignor states that the car was recently serviced; it looks it underhood. Some paint chipped off intake plenum. Older Goodyear American Eagle tires, yet with copious tread remaining. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $146,300. A proper Ferrari, with a V12 up front the way Enzo and God intended it to be. The flying-buttress rear quarter roof pillars may predate the current production Ford GT, and, while they aren’t as aerodynamically integral as the Ford, their subtlety enhances the back of the car markedly. Otherwise, it would look more like the back end of a C6 Corvette (not butt ugly, but who makes a $325k car that looks like one that sells for $65k?). Yet with that stated, you can tell where GM got inspiration for the C7 by a side profile of this 599. Bidding opened at $50k, going smartly to $130k, where things got bogged down. With the reserve lifted, it eked out a few more bids to sell. Market-price sale, all in. SOLD AT $46,200. Several Ferrari references indicate correctly that the 328 replaced the 308 in 1985, yet fail to delineate that the change occurred during calendar year 1985, not at the start of the model year. This example is among the last of the 2,934-cc 308s built, as the body tag indicates that it was built as a 308 GTS in December 1984 and the emissions tag confirms that it’s U.S. and California smog compliant for the 1985 model year. Still, it was cataloged as having a 3.2-L engine, but it doesn’t. With the $55k reserve cut loose $10k before that, this sale was no more than current market-correct pricing—if not a pretty decent buy. #538-2008 FERRARI 599 GTB Fiorano coupe. S/N ZFFFC60A280162643. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 15,849 miles. Sixspeed, dual-clutch, paddle-shift transmission. Loads of options, as is typical. Serviced at a Ferrari shop in December, indicating that 64% 140 SOLD AT $214,500. It was a little odd looking at the invoice from the recent service work and seeing nothing but zeroes without any #549-2014 FERRARI 458 Spider. S/N ZFF68NHA1E0199999. White/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 12,865 miles. Fitted with carbon-fiber interior package, Daytona-style seats, navigation, Scuderia fender shields, yellow brake calipers, and 20-inch Grigio Ferro metallic-colored wheels (or gunmetal, for Americans). Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Car is still covered under Ferrari’s seven-year free-maintenance warranty, with a recent dealer servicing completed confirming that. Retains all manuals and tools from new. Paintwork still in excellent shape. Like-new engine bay, or, at worst, a well-prepped used car (which, to be realistic, it is). Seats and carpeting show minimal wear, mostly on side bolsters and door sills. Minimal road spray on undercarriage. Cond: 2. of clutch surfaces remain. Clear paint-protection film on whole nose, extending straight across front approximately an inch beyond headlamp housings. As such, it looks to have 100% of its original paint—still in great shape. Good door fit and panel gaps. Very tidy engine bay, essentially as-new. Driver’s seat bottom, outboard bolsters have slight wear and wrinkling. Aftermarket remote fitted in center console recess next to the e-brake lever. Aftermarket detachable-faceplate sound system in dash. Only slight traces of road spray on undercarriage. Cond: 2. other numbers ahead of them. Ferrari seems to have found religion on the luxury-car-industries’ trend of no-cost maintenance as part of the covered warranty. At least for the original owner, although it was stated that it’s transferable. However, wait until year eight and watch a regular service go markedly upwards. With reasonably few miles—yet not out of the ordinary for a typical Ferrari—this sold just a touch north of retail once the buyer’s juice added on, to become the high sale for this auction. JAPANESE #417-1980 DATSUN 280ZX 2+2 coupe. S/N HGS130167939. Blue metallic/blue vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 119,940 miles. Factoryoptional a/c, sunroof. Masked-off base/clear repaint, with prep issues on a few panels— such as rear hatch and hood. Light overspray on newer muffler. Brushed-on touch-ups on door edges. Datsun and CT Z-car Club decals on rear quarter windows. Original brightwork all polished to some extent, although that also includes matte-finished B-pillar trim that now looks mottled. If the seats are original, then they are in fantastic shape for being nearly four decades old with 120k miles of use on them. Balance of interior plastics and carpeting are also in better-than-expected shape, despite some aging. Aftermarket DIN-mount sound system. Cleaned-up engine bay, which was then clearcoated over. Aftermarket electric blue ignition wiring. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,900. Most price guides out there give a good 30% to 40% hit against Z-cars with a back seat. I’ll dare say that it’s a little steep, and this car proves it. Granted, by the time of the ZXs, die-hard fans of the original 240Zs were calling these Nissan T-birds, but with greater interest in 1980s coupes—from Countachs to Coupe DeVilles—the money for a 300ZX 2+2 is closer to its two-place brethren than most now realize. Same goes for the 280ZX. Don’t get me wrong, the back seat is still a demerit, just less so now. This example started at $5k, and was quickly bid up and off the block in less than a minute. #264-1981 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ60 SUV. S/N JT3FJ60G9B0001761. Beige/ beige cloth. Odo: 155,439 miles. Non-stock alloy wheels shod with 33x12.5R15 All-Terrain rubber. Decent older repaint, with some prep issues on hood. Panel edge paint chipping, also around perimeter of modern windshield replacement. Decent door fit, for all four and rear hatch. Aftermarket tube bumpers and roof rack—all in a black finish. Driving Sports Car Market


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK lights mounted within tube bumpers not aimed at anything in particular. Open-element air cleaner and bright blue ignition wires in an otherwise stock engine compartment. Hood springs are very stiff. Original interior upholstery, with heavy edge wear on driver’s seat and door panel. Poorly mounted modern DINmount sound system. Rusty exhaust pipes and rattle-can black on the frame rails under the truck. Cond: 3-. tires on stock alloy wheels. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. Oh, the 1970s—when sporty cars were painted the colors of dirt. At least it’s not in Avocado. Speaking of appliances, these Volvo 1800s are a lot like VW Karmann Ghias in being sporty more in looks than in being able to deliver the goods out on the road—let alone with a slushbox transmission like this one. I’d actually prefer the wagon, since at least they are different and useful. Opened at $10k, and this is where it ended up without a new home. AMERICAN SOLD AT $14,300. When it seemed like everyone was going mental over FJ40s around a decade ago (since sanity now prevails), nobody paid much mind to the other Land Cruiser, these FJ60 4-door wagons. Granted, they are too big for the typical FJ40 fan, but in today’s vintage-truck market, they’re now finding favor with the same bunch keen on firstgen Pathfinders. Somewhere between a blue-chip and a cow-chip investment, this solid truck can either continue to be a rock hopper, get sent to finishing school, or become the basis of the next ICON build. With the bidding opening at $7k, almost all of the action on it was online, ultimately selling on Iron Planet to a bidder in New Jersey. SWEDISH #156-1971 VOLVO 1800E coupe. S/N 184363036648. Mustard yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 107,069 miles. Repainted in recent years, but not to a great standard. Easy-to-peel-off trim removed as part of the repaint, but put right back on with no refurbishment. Original bumper chrome getting rather dull. Headlight, grille surrounds are about the best pieces of chrome on the car, and even they have some light scuffing. Cracked, dry-rotted door and window seals. Paint masking lines very obvious now that the windshield gasket has shrunk a little more. Tinted side and rear glass. Chalky gaskets for the polished taillights. Cleaned-up engine bay, yet not what anyone would call detailed. New blue wires snaked through the undercarriage, to what seems to be an ancillary electric fuel pump. Light fading on wood dashboard. 1990s-era Jensen AM/ FM/cassette deck. Light seat wear. 2010-dated #1511-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH247054. Coral/white hard top/black & white vinyl. Odo: 82,186 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with a factory-optional white vinyl-covered hard top only, along with Town & Country radio, plus power steering. Fitted with Kelsey-Hayes 1961–63 wire wheels with rusty spokes and repro bias-ply tires. Stated that the car was repainted 25 years ago (color changed from Raven Black). Appears more like it’s an original that has been parked outside for double that, due to heavy crazing, flaking off, chips and scratches. Dents in the back of right front quarter panel. Hood alignment also a bit off. Dry-rotted window and door seals. Trim may buff out, chrome is muted to rusty. Older seat redo, claimed to be leather. Dull and dingy underhood, topped by a rusty aftermarket air cleaner. Cond: 4. dull and crazed. Vent seals also show mediablasting damage. Front bumper alignment a tad off. Untouched and unkempt bottom of car, with rusty shock absorbers and exhaust pipes. Retro-look radial tires. Well-fitted top, but in incorrect Haartz cloth with red piping. Good fit on new seats, door panels and dashpad. Tidy engine bay. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $85,250. One of 484 drop-tops from one of the most iconic years of the letterseries 300s. Stated while on the block that this was “owned by a famous person.” Well, that narrows it down a bit. At least they didn’t make claims that they can’t back up, as if you could afford a 300C convert, chances are you were famous somewhere in 1957—even if it was the hamlet you called home. This one will be more famous for selling lower than most figured it would do. While I’d call it a decent buy, a smoking hot deal it isn’t. #561-1957 DODGE D100 Sweptside NOT SOLD AT $16,000. At first glance, one may figure this to be a tired original, yet with the quarter-century-old cosmetic redo, you instead wonder why someone let this get as bad as it has since then. It’s a textbook example of being a victim of poor storage. Last seen in November at Leake’s last Dallas auction, where it also failed to sell, but at $14k (SCM# 6889518). At least it’s an upward trend, yet it’s enough of a trend that the consignor should take the hint and cut this restoration project loose (as it’s not original enough to leave as-is). #540-1957 CHRYSLER 300C convert- ible. S/N 3N573110. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 6,520 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Factory power windows and full tinted glass. Actual laying down of the repaint is pretty good, yet masking lines are very prevalent around base of windshield frame and other locations. Heavier chrome wear on upper top frame trim, with balance of brightwork mostly refurbished and showing well. Exceptions are both vent-window frames, which are 142 pickup. S/N 84300529. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 62,258 miles. 315-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional V8 and TorqueFlite automatic. Rather good trim-off base/clear repaint. While off, the trim got rejuvenated but not fully healed—as it likely led a rough life and most pieces aren’t reproduced. Bumpers have a show-quality replating. Non-stock two-tone treatment on tailgate. Doors slightly canted outboard towards bottom of cab. Modern replacement windshield and side glass. Recent replacement of wood cargo box floor, with varnished oak and polished stainless retainer strips. Non-stock fuzzy material used for headliner and visors, along with a generic pleated vinyl for seat. No radio. Some modern wiring added, but generally stock under the alligator hood. Fresh engine repaint, as it’s still degassing slightly. Very clean undercarriage. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. One of 1,050 made this first year of production, before Dodge introduced their full-width Sweptline pickup box for 1959–60 (and subsequently sold the tooling to Studebaker for their 1961–64 Champ). Last seen at the Branson Auction last Sports Car Market


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK fall, then selling for $32,450 all-in (SCM# 6882211). Despite the assessment of our contributor, this proved well bought there. Now that it’s had some fluff-and-buff, it did closer to the real-world value, but not quite enough to cut it loose. Care to take any bets on which auction it’ll show up at next? #436-1964 CHEVROLET C10 custom pickup. S/N 4C154S133152. Red & white/ beige vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 1,054 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. NOM 300-hp 327 hooked to a 700R4 automatic trans. Equipped with factory-optional-style ps and pb, retrofitted to modern a/c with a rotary compressor. Dealer-accessory bumper guards and in-dash tachometer. Very clean and first-rate installation quality under the hood. Excellent base/ clear repaint. Aftermarket trim rings on stock wheels, along with yellowed whitewall radials. High-gloss varnished wood in bed floor. Authentic reproduction seat upholstery, with new color-coordinated seat belts and periodcorrect hardware. New lettering on instrument panel and customized shift quadrant to match the 700R4. Very clean chassis. Cond: 2. seats, tach added below center of dash. Older engine repaint, with HiPo chrome dress-up bits added, along with power brakes. Cond: 3+. #499-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE NOT SOLD AT $23,000. While the 302 was newly available that year, the 2-bbl 289 was also used, as stocks were depleted at the three plants that assembled Mustangs. Actually, the 289s were slightly de-rated that year, down to 195 hp. At least it wasn’t like opening the hood of your Oldsmobile a decade later and finding a Chevy small block instead. You’ll find that this is more of a driver than any delusionary idea of a show car beyond the local strip-mall cruise night. If that’s all you want, then this should deliver quite satisfactorily for the money. #502-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS/ NOT SOLD AT $29,500. To the untrained eye, this was a stunning stock restoration. Yet it wasn’t too hard to tell that this was originally a more-pedestrian pickup loaded up with accessories and with a more-modern powertrain. Granted, the 327 under the hood is a dead giveaway (since the 283 was the only V8 available in a 1964 C10). Unlike the lion’s share of these, this was a concisely thoughtout build for an exceptionally nice driver that should drive exceptionally well. Thing is, the market for this era of Chevy pickup hasn’t really caught up yet to pay up for this quality of work on this era of canvas, so back home it goes. #241-1968 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 8F03C151402. Gulfstream Aqua/ white vinyl/two-tone aqua vinyl. Odo: 4,319 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Per supplied Marti Report, equipped with optional a/c, ps, full tinted glass, deluxe seat belts, remotecontrol driver’s mirror, AM radio and full wheel covers. Latter have given way to a set of polished 14-inch American Racing alloy wheels. Better-than-driver-grade-but-shy-ofshow-quality restoration completed in recent years. Good base/clear paintwork, yet with some overspray in wheelwells and on rear leaf springs. Newer bumper replating. Mix of good original and reproduction bright trim. Newer non-OEM windshield. Decent door fit, but doors rattle when shut. Okay replacement top fit. Aftermarket center console added between 144 RS Indy Pace Car edition convertible. S/N 124679N626675. Ermine White/white vinyl/ orange houndstooth vinyl. Odo: 8 miles. 396ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Non-original, 350-horse 396 V8 in the car. Full, bare-body restoration completed within past year. Great base/clear repaint and graphics installation on doors. Good bumper chrome, reproduction emblems, and somewhat reconditioned trim—not sure if you’d consider painting top of windshield frame silver as reconditioning. Cheap, modern windshield. Good door fit and gaps. Full reproduction interior soft trim, expertly installed. New seat belts front and rear. New Blaupunkt CD sound system cut into dashboard, Hurst shifter sticking out of center console, aftermarket door-lock plungers poking out of door panels. Clean and done up to look stock under the hood, except that they used modern crimp wire connectors in a lot of places—some pretty obvious. Chambered dual-exhaust system. Cond: 2-. SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370L183159. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 46 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original build sheet confirms it was ordered new by Bob Hicks Chevrolet of Ontario, CA. Optional automatic trans, 12-bolt 3.31 ratio diff, power front disc brakes, ps, a/c, full tinted glass, F41 suspension and center console. Retro-look electronic AM/FM radio. Forty-six miles since a frameoff restoration. Darn nice base/clear repaint, inclusive of white painted stripes. Suspension seems to ride a bit low overall. Mix-master halogen headlights. All brightwork either replated or replacement. All-reproduction interior soft trim, with modern replacement plastic kick panels with molded-in aftermarket speaker mounts. Engine fasteners still bright, shiny; Chevy orange paint doesn’t show any heat cycling. Routing of a/c lines directly under upper radiator hose seems odd. Clean chassis—stock except for a chrome pumpkin cover. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. A very prudent choice, ordering a/c for essentially an allblack car sold in California. Combined with the big block, you could melt an Easy-Bake Oven sitting inside this, parked on a freshly paved lot in July. Final bid is not a lowball offer, yet with the ink still wet for the restoration receipts, I can see why the consignor hung onto this. #542-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge con- SOLD AT $52,250. This is one of those cars that initially looks like a knock-your-socks-off restoration, but when you examine the details, you roll your eyes out of your head due to multiple bonehead, done-on-the-cheap, get-itdone-and-out-of-the-shop things. You also end up doubting most everything else about the car then, too. Although this is a real-deal Z11 Pace Car package, that’s all I’ll guarantee. Ye shall reap what you sow, so this sold well. vertible. S/N 242670P285181. Palladium Silver/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 24,479 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. GM of Canada and PHS documentation show the car was shipped to GM of Canada and Gus Brown Motors of Whitby, ON. Heavily optioned: SafT-Track, full tinted glass, power windows, Formula steering wheel, center console, ps, front disc pb, handling package, light group and AM radio with windshield-embedded antenna. Superb bare-body base/clear repaint and expertly installed repro graphics from circa 2005. Light scuffing on windshield perimeter trim. 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Leake Oklahoma City, OK expertly installed. Dashpad redyed and has some overspray on VIN tag. Clean, corrosionfree undercarriage, but lacking repro assembly marks as done in engine bay. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $148,500. A pretty darn rare Judge, as one of a mere 168 Judge converts built in 1970. Last seen at the 2012 Scottsdale edition of Barrett-Jackson, then selling for $158,400 (SCM# 4777573). I’m quite certain that the dealer who consigned it here (who consistently has top-shelf cars) was not the buyer there, as he let it go here when the bidding hit $130k. Then again, he hadn’t sold a single car up until this point, so maybe he needed lunch money. Considering what these were trading for before the 2008 bust, this was a pretty good deal. That was then, this is now, yet I’m still tagging this as a decent buy since quality and rarity don’t go out of style on cars like the Judge. #193-1971 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 1F05M110356. Dark green metallic/two-tone green vinyl. Odo: 41,529 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with modern 17-inch wheels. Replacement front fenders and floors part of prep work and rust purge before a better-quality repaint last year. Some light orange peel on A-pillars. Reused window trim, without the benefit of even rudimentary hand polishing. Some rust staining on side glass from former rusty clips, which wasn’t polished out. Motor rebuilt with a slightly hotter cam, but exhaust retort isn’t all that obnoxious. Converted to factory-type a/c in cabin, but fitted with a modern compressor and hardware underhood. Clean undercarriage. Door panels, carpeting and dashpad replaced; original seats repaired as needed. Original faded seat belts. Economy-grade aftermarket woodrim steering wheel. Cond: 3+. rolls over to top of cargo-box sides. Original Custom Deluxe badges show some moderate wear, yet put back on over new paint. Slightly dull C-pillar trim—otherwise rest of brightwork is quite good. Reproduction grille missing the Bowtie. Doors fit as good—or bad—as a typical GM pickup of this era. Also typical is cockeyed tailgate latch lever. Painted rear bumper added post production. SPID tag still on glovebox door, but somewhat dingy. Dashpad trim has a Silverado emblem on it. Very nice original seats. Redyed or painted door panels. Steering-wheel rim just starting to get sticky from age, sun exposure. Heavily cleaned and lightly detailed underhood, with R134a a/c fittings. Cond: 3+. under the hood, aside from a K&N air filter (with requisite decal) and newer, economygrade battery. Seating surfaces show heavier wrinkling than expected for indicated miles. Aftermarket engine call-out badge on center console. Light road spray on undercarriage. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. Of the 190 drop-top Grand Sports made, this is one of 137 with the black interior. While it was nice to see one of these that have actually been considerately enjoyed, I know from selling my C5 Commemorative Edition that it’s a tough sell to move a limited-edition ’Vette with some miles on it, since most buyers want them lowmile minty, if not new-in-box. Had it been one of the 53 red-interior cars (coincidence? I think not), then the bidding would’ve likely done a lot better. Still, this one was bid below where it should be for its condition, but it’ll need a larger market to find just the right buyer who’ll be fine with it for that. #473-2016 SHELBY GT350 coupe. S/N SOLD AT $10,450. This was a pretty basic truck for 1985, let alone the 21st century. This has to be the newest non-power-brake, fullsized pickup that I’ve seen, since even by mid1980s it seemed like power steering and power brakes were all but standard. But the biggest hit against this truck by most—yet what I thought was neat—was the base-engine, 4.3-L V6. You just don’t see ’em anymore, since every type of small-block V8 gets stuffed into here short of a Ford 5.0. Yet in a bare-bones, short-wheelbase pickup like this, it will at least get out if its own way and return decent mileage with the 700R4 automatic behind it. Since this generation of GM pickups continues to see rising interest and values, I’ll call it well bought—especially for the long term. #437-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE NOT SOLD AT $37,000. The story with this car was that it was parked in 1984 when it quit running, then was extracted and awakened in mid-2018. All it took to get it running was a new coil and a fluid exchange, but it still ran weak, hence the engine rebuild. They’d have done better to flip the car if they went full tilt with the restoration rather than reuse a few seemingly good original pieces— which now look out of place. Only worth the final bid if it was a real 429 Cobra Jet car with the original motor in it. #285-1985 CHEVROLET C10 Custom Deluxe pickup. S/N 1GCCC14N9FJ119944. Pastel blue & white/ blue vinyl. Odo: 33,549 miles. 4.3-L V6, 4-bbl, auto. Recent repaint is at least slightly better and with clearcoat. Spray-on bedliner BEST BUY July 2019 Grand Sport convertible. S/N 1G1YY3258T5600951. Admiral Blue/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 59,050 miles. 5.7-L 330-hp fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Stated by Grand Sport Registry to be one of four cars so equipped: Equipment Package One, real-time damping, Delco/Bose sound system, with a black interior. Excellent original paint, with only a couple of light chips in nose and wheelarches. Clear top-protector film shows moderate scratching from use. Original top shows heavier wrinkling, like it’s lived mostly down. Fitted with newer performance tires, aftermarket chambered dual exhaust. Clean and stock 1FA6P8JZ2G5524125. Magnetic Metallic/ Ebony leather. Odo: 7,656 miles. 5.2-L fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Unit number G3695. Optional black roof with stripes, Technology package and car cover. Stated that it includes all original documentation—including the new owner’s package (usually a popular item on eBay). Light scuffing at top of passenger’s side A-pillar and some rock chips on mirrors, but otherwise good original paint and striping. Front valance entirely clear filmed, with stock front license-plate bracket mounted. 2016 Hot Rod Power Tour participant and Mid-America Ford Nationals tech inspection stickers in windshield. Heaviest interior wear is on Alcantara steering wheel cover, already showing moderate wear after only 7,656 miles. More than modest wear on back tires, now nearly down to wear bars (light ’em if you’ve got ’em). Title in transit. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. It took the combination of dealer allocations flowing through unabated for 2018 and the formal announcement of the GT500 to get GT350s from being priced at Additional Dealer Profit to sub-MSRP discounted. Even for used examples with similar miles to this one, they were asking near newcar money within the past six months. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is on the market due to the owner trying to get a GT500. Maybe it would’ve gone past $40k if they took the reserve off, but the realities of real-world depreciation (and no longer being The Hot Toy) make this closer to reality than any other pricing you see on a lot or online. © 145


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. Imperial War Museum Spring 2019 One of six RC-series cars assembled from all pre-1931 parts by Bentley’s Service Department in 1936, the top-selling 4½ Litre fetched $584,774 Company H&H Date March 20, 2019 Location Duxford, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 77/103 Sales rate 75% Sales total $3,643,972 High sale 1936 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas tourer, sold at $584,774 Buyer’s premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.76) One of two RC chassis-numbered cars retaining original coachwork — 1936 Bentley 4½ Litre tourer, sold at $584,774 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A 146 4½ Litre Bentley “discovered” after 30 years locked away was the top seller at H&H’s first visit of 2019 to the Imperial War Museum’s Cambridgeshire aircraft cache. What makes it unusual is that this Vintage Bentley was one of six RC-series cars, assembled from all pre-1931 parts by the Service Department in 1936. It was owned by World War II pilot Charles Blackham, who, with 550 Squadron, took part in a 1945 raid on Adolf Hitler’s mountain-top Bavarian retreat. The car sold for more than double its estimate, only $100k less than a very original 1929 Vanden Plas 4½ tourer the following month at Goodwood. See the profile on p. 64. This sale featured the collection of the late Ian Grange, a well-known Cheshire car dealer and nightclub owner, who liked the spectacular and unusual. These 10 more discreet cars were from his personal collection, and all were being offered at no reserve to generate cashflow, as his daughter plans to invest in new stock for the business. His 1961 Bristol 406 looked a good value at $44,413. All the American cars sold for less than they had previously been advertised for, such as the 1931 Cadillac V12 road- ster at $133,240 and the 1948 Lincoln Continental cabriolet, also a V12, at just over $37k. A restored 1983 Toyota FJ40 soft top hit a new U.K.-auction high at $44k, which is restored Series I Land Rover money. A similarly sharp, rebuilt TVR Chimaera outsold one of the two MG RV8s to fetch $28,498. Several post-sale deals helped a very healthy sales rate, in a period when most U.K. auctions fail to top 70%. Although they did not include the Volkswagen XL1, a hybrid glimpse of the future of Duxford, U.K. which only 250 were produced, all sold into Europe. At the other end of the scale, and gradually returning to its constituent elements, a special mention must go to the roughest E-type I’ve ever seen at auction, one of a small batch of federal-spec imports. This Series II roadster had been crashed, squashed and then left to rot, and I expected it to sell for its identity alone, or as the basis for a kit car or special. However, it looked too scary for anyone to hazard even the $20k needed to buy it. ♦ $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sales Totals 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. ENGLISH #76-1933 TALBOT AW75 sedan. S/N 33947. Green & black/black leather. RHD. Elegant 4-door derived from smaller 1,665-cc 65 carrying Darracq sports saloon coachwork. Obviously restored, as a period pic in the catalog shows it looking quite tatty. Paint okay, with a few sub-surface marks in body, but chrome all good. Interiors are fantastic on these and last well. Motor recently overhauled, still clean and tidy, with no big or obvious leaks. More-modern (trailer-type) taillights a sensible addition. Cond: 3+. (mildly hopped up with increased compression in 1939) and engine bay stained and grubby. Scuttle-mounted flashing indicators fitted in 1947. Cond: 3-. taillights corroded but usable. Leather well creased, probably savable. Instruments okay. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,869. With pre-selector box and smooth straight-6 power, these are very drivable, and this one didn’t look at all expensive. Previously offered by an Essex dealer at £49k ($64k), a price partly based on what had previously been spent. It was let go here at less than half that, £2k ($2,600) under lower estimate. #49-1934 TRIUMPH GLORIA Special roadster. S/N G1218672. Green/black leather. RHD. Special on shortened Gloria chassis and now with 3.3-liter Ford motor from a 1929 Model A, plus Alvis Speed 25 all-synchromesh gearbox. A little messy in places, such as overspray on radiator top hose and tank. With catch tanks for competition, and VSCC Eligibility Document dated January 2018. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $584,774. One of two RCs to retain its original coachwork—though the other has a replacement chassis—and two owners from new. Dormant for past 30 years. This had a very low estimate, but sold for almost regular 4½ Litre money—although not quite as much as the also very original and patinated 1929 car sold by Bonhams at Goodwood (Lot 48: $686,230) the following month. At the money paid here, I suggest there is every danger of it being made into a Le Mans replica tourer. (See profile, p. 64.) #55-1947 ALLARD J1 Chassis. S/N 79J273. RHD. Restored rolling chassis. Disc wheels superseded by alloy-rim spokes. Gearbox, windscreen, instruments and switches, and some body panels included. Sale-room notice added to say that since the catalog appeared, the Allard Owners’ Club informed H&H that as no member had seen chassis J273 in years, they would want to inspect it to verify its provenance before authenticating it and/ or supporting any application to the DVLA for re-registration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $119,916. In this ownership since 1972, in storage since 1974. You can buy a restored/repainted 120 for this, but not a factory RHD SE. Originality helps the value here—plus that low mileage. #26-1961 BRISTOL 406 2-dr sedan. S/N 4065365. Maroon/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 66,193 miles. Last of the straight-6 Bristols (enlarged from the previous 2 liters) before Chrysler V8 power arrived with the 407 later in 1961. Decent paint and chrome. Leather most likely original. Evidence of ongoing care all over it, such as new brake servo. Kenlowe fan and Moto-Lita steering wheel, although original two-spoker is included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,413. From the collection of the late Ian Grange, well-known Manchester car dealer and serial nightclub owner, who departed last year. Several of his cars were present here, sold by his daughter at no-reserve in order to reinvest in new stock to keep the business going. Had been for sale at his Oldtimer Manchester business for £85k ($112k), then reduced to £70k ($92k). A nice deal for the buyer, although sure to soon pop up at retail. SOLD AT $28,128. Consignor sold it due to his retirement from hillclimb competition. Sold some way behind estimate, making this a relatively inexpensive post-Vintage hillclimber. #72-1936 BENTLEY 4½ LITRE tourer. S/N RC41. Green & black/red vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 50,147 miles. One of six 4½s built up from spares and reconditioned parts by the Service Department after Rolls-Royce’s takeover of Bentley. Very original, very patinated. Paint is chipped, dash faded, speedo glass missing. Slightly corroded radiator shell, moth-eaten seat backs. Motor TOP 10 No. 10 148 SOLD AT $13,324. Built for the 1948 Rallye des Alpes. Sold for mid-estimate, but, more interestingly, Lot 58 was a complete ex-Allard Works Mercury V8 with Ardun OHV conversion, intended for a J2, and sold for £23,063 ($30,349), more than twice as much. #84-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 SE drop- head coupe. S/N S667171. Eng. # F15288S. Dark green/light green leather. RHD. Odo: 18,237 miles. Dusty barn find, said to be one of 34 right-hand-drive SEs. Very original including air filters and still with C-type head. 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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. shell. Newish leather, carpets and headlining. Timber all decent, with a few small scratches to dash veneer. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $88,826. Offered at no reserve like all the others from the Ian Grange Collection, entered by his daughter. While some of the others sold a little light, this took decent money, or about twice what a regular 4-door Cloud V8 fetches. #18-1967 TRIUMPH TR5 convertible. S/N CP4. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Older repaint with a fair bit of microblistering, rear wings bubbling and corroded behind the doors, which have fair fit. Okay chrome. Rear side repeaters a bit of a mystery. Dash slightly faded; seat vinyl okay—might be repro but with authentic white piping as original. Mountney steering wheel. Appears to have an aftermarket fuel tank and pump. BMIHT certificate. Cond: 3+. stars or chips and doors haven’t scraped their shuts since. Interior vinyl decent and dash timber looks good. No word on whether it’s had a replacement chassis, but still has original airbox. Cond: 3+. out. Only fix for this is to jack up the chassis plate and slide a new car under it. Cond: 6. NOT SOLD AT $13,159. One of a small batch of rusty, federal-spec E-type restoration projects on offer, none of which sold except the V12 roadster (Lot 64: $47,374). This was the worst and cheapest, but nobody wanted to give even the bottom-estimate $20k for it. #50-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II SOLD AT $18,135. Offered but not sold at Brightwells’ Bicester Heritage sale June 2018. Estimate reduced by £2k ($2,600) just before the sale and accepted bid just about reached the top figure. An inexpensive Elan and a fairlooking deal both ways. At this vintage and price, you expect and have to accept the Webasto sunroof. #74-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II SOLD AT $38,491. Fourth TR5 built and a former press car for Standard Triumph. Even with that going for it, and bearing in mind the paint’s not very clever, TR5 values appear to have slipped back down to 25% from their peak. TR6 still makes more financial sense, as it’s the same car with updated styling, but the turtle-headlamp 5 is much groovier, baby. #9-1968 LOTUS ELAN Plus 2 coupe. S/N 500803. Yellow/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 74,893 miles. Tidy, repainted 2016. No big 4.2 open 2-seater. S/N 1R11409. Red/red leather. Included as a novelty item, the most comprehensively mangled E-type we’ve ever seen. Appears to have been crashed, sat on and then left to the elements. Front subframe is so bent the left cambox rests against the bulkhead, and all the lower sheet metal is rotted SOLD AT $88,826. Supplied new to British Leyland New York, came back to the U.K. in 2014. History file includes letter from the Illinois-based keeper who had the car from 1986 to 2014, which confirms long periods of storage, so mileage could be genuine. Reasonably bought for any S2 roadster and wouldn’t have fetched much more had it been an original, unconverted RHD example. #20-1969 MORRIS MINI Cooper Mk II 2-dr sedan. S/N KA2S61188192A. Cream & black/Porcelain Green & Grey Dove vinyl. RHD. Odo: 90,037 miles. Better than it looks—solid and rot-free. Quite modified in this long-term ownership: Motor is now a Swiftune 1330 with big-valve head, suspension has a little negative camber on the front. Yoko A-008 tires give a further clue to owner’s intentions. Repro chassis plate, as it starts KA25 (should be an S). Repro interior. Extra gauges include add-on rev-counter. Headlining slightly stained at the edges. Cond: 3+. 4.2 open two-seater. S/N 1R8948. Primrose/ black mohair/black leather. RHD. Odo: 11,802 miles. Federal-spec car converted from left- to right-hand drive and also to Euro spec with triple SUs instead of twin Stombergs. Presumably restored at the same time, although catalog doesn’t mention by whom, and just alludes to a repaint “as late as last year.” Mileage claimed genuine, but leather looks newish, and soft top is new, too. Hard top included. Cond: 2-. 150 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. SOLD AT $19,246. In the vendor’s hands for 27 years. Might have been worth more left standard but, you know, some of us can’t leave things alone. Good news for the buyer, who’ll have gotten a hilarious roller skate for quite reasonable money. However, an average 205 GTI 1.6, the Mini Cooper’s spiritual successor, would be faster and cheaper. #64-1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 open 2-seater. S/N UE1S23908BW. Silver/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 20,407 miles. Federal-spec import easy resto project. Appears commendably rot-free, although floorpan dinged through careless jacking. Front grille and overriders missing. Aftermarket exhaust. Head restraints have collapsed; rest of interior looks quite reasonable. Heritage certificate and NOVA declared. Cond: 3. this one looks to have been only recently completed, with good finishes and little wear to seat leather. Moto-Lita wheel, engine-turned dash, Willans harnesses. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,413. Rather like an enormous Caterham, but with the same effect as a Mk IV Cobra, only cheaper—hammered at 75% of lower estimate. A TVR is still less money, mind you. #61-1979 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series IV coupe. S/N V8S0R12173. White/black leather. RHD. Oscar India V8. Clean and tidy, with GKN alloys unscuffed. Original leather, good veneers. Fairly fresh-looking stainless exhaust, newish dampers. POW-type front spoiler, though original is included. Huge service history. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,374. Supplied new to British Leyland New York. Sold where expected, and could show a small profit when done. #38-1977 RONART W152 roadster. S/N 2S10167BW. Eng. # 8L112807H. Silver/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 10,999 miles. Ronarts were produced from 1987, Jaguar based and inspired by the front-engined GP cars of the ‘50s. This is a Mk II, with opening trunk, built from 1996, and 1977 is presumably the year of the donor XK6—in this case an RHD S2 Sovereign. Factory build quality is very good, and SOLD AT $44,413. Another from the collection of the late Ian Grange—he did like them big and brash, didn’t he—and low-volume creations like this do rather predate the Internet as a warning of what can happen when content is released uncensored for public consumption. Judging from EPA plates in engine bay and LHD, it’s a federal-spec car, although Grange’s ad says it was registered in the U.K. in 1981. English MoTs start from 2010. Offered at no reserve and sold for the price of a decent Series I XJ. Grange had previously been asking £85k ($112k).... SOLD AT $151,745. Only two owners and #34-1992 FORD SIERRA RS Cosworth hatchback. S/N 9033552. Metallic maroon/ gray & red velour. RHD. Odo: 924 miles. Hybrid of Sierra Sapphire Cossie 4x4 mechanicals in early 3-door shell, which was never available as all-wheel drive. RS500 body kit. Still like new, which it almost is, except for interior: Seat velour is already going baggy, some wear-through on driver’s outer bolster, screw holes in dash molding, and some wear and marks to steering-wheel rim—all that suggesting secondhand parts were used. Never registered and no chassis number quoted, though Motorsport chassis plate bears a number. Cond: 2-. obviously pampered. Inclusion in history file of original order form, purchase invoice and warranty card make it a retailer’s dream, so no surprise it sold for strong money. #24-1981 PANTHER DEVILLE V12 sedan. S/N 2155. Black/red leather. Odo: 24,737 miles. England’s Excalibur, if you will. DeVille, brainchild of Robert Jankel at Panther Westwinds in Byfleet, Surrey, is Jaguar based with either I6 or V12, and uses Austin 1800/ Maxi doors. Good order all around, with decent, now lightly creased red leather and good veneers. With a/c, too. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,408. Built by Brodie Brittain Racing around a Ford Motorsport shell for the personal use of founder and former racer David Brodie, but dry stored since new. Sold in a post-auction deal for about the price of a decent 4x4 Sapphire. 152 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. #5-1993 MG RV8 convertible. S/N SAR- RAWBMBMG000276. Green/black cloth/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 23,800 miles. U.K.market car in very good order with lowish mileage. Leather doing well (it gets grubby quickly on these) and dash veneers good. Motor clean and tidy, with none of the usual rocker-cover leaks. With books and tools. Cond: 2-. than a factory-fresh car, as outriggers are prone to rot. Paint excellent, new leather and carpets, dash veneers redone and not yet cracked. Cond: 2. Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ SOLD AT $35,531. Sold way over estimate, which looked appropriate for an average example. Quite likely went to a private buyer, as I can’t see it retailing for more. #83-1996 TVR CHIMAERA convertible. S/N SDLDCC4PXSL011897. Wimbledon Green/green vinyl/white leather. RHD. Odo: 23,997 miles. Bare-chassis rebuild just completed, powder coated and with new front wishbones before reassembly. This is possibly better than new and will probably last longer SOLD AT $28,498. Looks expensive for a Chimaera, even in such sharp condition, until you factor in that huge rebuild, which can’t have been economically viable unless the seller did all the work personally... and even then it’s marginal. Still only the price of a decent MG RV8 (it split the difference between the two in this sale) and far more exciting to drive. #10-1997 BENTLEY TURBO RT sedan. S/N SCBZP23CXWCH66349. Wildberry/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 51,000 miles. One of 252, well kept, paint decent and bumpers undamaged. Veneers all good, seat leather shows little wear and there’s full service history. With lambswool over-rugs, two keys, Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com July 2019 153


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. tools, book pack, umbrellas and white gloves. Cond: 2-. hard top/blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 50,720 miles. Restored in ’90s, losing its headlight swages in the process, which was common on older restorations. Still has rubber sill drains, which we’re now seeing on most restored cars. Rear chassis legs smooth. Paint and chrome still good: Medium Blue Metallic (396G) with Blue Metallic (387H) hard top and hubcaps. A little corrosion on some pipes in engine bay. With books and tools but no soft top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,193. Sold £10k ($13k) over its high estimate. There are always many Turbos on the market to choose from, but a run-out model RT is fairly rare and one of the stonkiest of the family, with near 600 ft-lb of torque. Lowish mileage and good history (essential with one of these) are what boosted the deal. GERMAN #40-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL convertible. S/N 11301322001274. Blue/blue SOLD AT $106,592. U.K. RHD car claimed to have been in one-family ownership from SOLD AT $92,528. E9 CS values yo-yo month to month. This was the lesser model but cost as much. #93-1979 PORSCHE 911SC Targa. S/N 9119311115. Black/gray cloth, black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 141,000 miles. Sorry specimen that’s been “updated” with 964 bumpers and lights. Also with later Turbo Twist alloys. Looks pretty rough. Wavy and dinged under the headlights. Tired interior and grubby motor, which is missing its a/c belt. Pretty solid underneath. Cond: 3. new. In storage from 1978, then after restoration unused again after 2002, so will need an amount of going-through before it’s back on the road. With that in mind, sold quite strong. #13-1974 BMW 3.0 CSI coupe. S/N 2265591. Turquoise/beige velour. RHD. Odo: 43,000 miles. Very shiny older restoration (never was the “WET I00K” registration more apt), still rot-free underneath. Paint and chrome still excellent. Seat velour doing quite well but wearing a little thin. Still with nearly full toolkit. Only the mismatched tires strike a bum note. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,207. I’ve included this just to show that auctions are an all-inclusive broad church, and there’s a bum for every seat. At first glance, I honestly thought it was a kit car (H&H has had one of those before). Why you’d take a punt on this instead of just buying a better 996 for the same money is a mystery, especially as left alone and in reasonable nick, it would have been worth twice as much. Oh well, perhaps it’ll fool some of the people enough of the time. Consider it a great way to get an air-cooled 911 at well-below the price of a stock, low-mileage example. ITALIAN #62-1964 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Spider. S/N AR852057. White/red cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 44,032 miles. One of 103 righthanders. Older (2008–10) restoration still very good, and very clean underneath. Leather redone at some time, deep, rich and just taking on a bit of life; new carpets, top looks new 154 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. too. Dash and instruments very good. Wellpolished engine castings. Full toolkit. Apt registration number included (AR 100). Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,883. Said to to have been first owned by the wife of Mazda Japan’s thenmanaging director, but no word on when it came to the U.K. Never seen one here before, which may be why it sold well under estimate, looking like a spectacular value compared with an Escort RS Cosworth. AMERICAN SOLD AT $162,849. Sold just over high estimate, but still very good value compared with a Maser 3500GT Spyder or even a DB4 ragtop. #37-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SS coupe. S/N AR381350. Silver/black vinyl & cloth. Repainted 1999, was red. Motor is from a Giulia TI (AR0051444923) wearing tubular manifold, aftermarket air filters and engine stabilizer bar. Rear bumper is a bit wavy, as is the body around the air intake. Cloth seat facings rather baggy but not unduly worn. Unused since 2010, and clutch said to stick intermittently. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $133,240. From the collection of the late Ian Grange and before that part of the Valencia Collection. Previously advertised at £250k ($327k), and let go here for much less than half of that. SOLD AT $37,011. Another from the Ian Grange Collection. Imported to the U.K. in 1999 and previously part of a Swiss collection. Had been for sale for quite some time, with its price reduced from £95k ($125k) to £80k ($105k), but Grange was never nervous about sitting on stock, reasoning that it always increased in value eventually. Like the others in the collection, offered at no reserve and sold for a cheap-looking price. Very much a lot of car for the money. © #71-1931 CADILLAC 370A tourer. S/N 47025. Cream & maroon/tan leather. Odo: 80,476 miles. Sharp restored condition, excellent paint and chrome. Motor not original to car. MOT expired in 2016, according to catalog. Cond: 2-. #67-1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL cabriolet. S/N 7H157218. Metallic red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 49,231 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration, last painted in 2011. Last had an MoT in 2008, but obviously drives, as it’s covered a few miles between cataloging and photos. Good chrome, lightly worn leather, new-looking carpets. Instruments all good, except speedo lightly corroded. New-looking top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,841. Was in the U.S., where it may have been raced. Then to the U.K. and the Abba Kogan Collection in 1991 via a Christie’s sale for $50,146 (SCM# 6829354). Not a huge amount of money for an SS, but it’s not the sharpest. JAPANESE #102-1992 MAZDA FAMILIA GTR hatchback. S/N BG8Z303340. Black/black leather, gray cloth. RHD. One of 2,500 homologation specials made. Looks clean and tidy, with little wear to seats, but no other info except for 55k miles claimed. With various minor tuner extras, such as big exhaust and Alpine woofer in the trunk. BBS alloys. Cond: 3+. July 2019 155


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Mystery Photo Answers I always wanted a woodie. — Bruce W. Jenett, via email This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: June 25, 2019 RUNNER-UP: Ah, the good old days, when the greatest automobiles in the world were firmly rooted in American soil. — Henry Haley, via email For Sale! Vintage Caddy. Bored with new rings. Ran when planted. Tree-fiddy or best offer. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA Now that is a woodie to be proud of! — Warren D. Blatz, Jr., via email For Sale: Cadillac low rider. (Tree included, delivery not.) — Ray Hendricks, Scottsdale, AZ Ran when parked. — Curt Morgan, Mahwah, NJ Here you have the ultimate protection from that vicious string trimmer. It is NOT available at any garden center. — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY The original Fleet Wood. — Scott Graham, Minneapolis, MN Early attempt for an environ- mentally green car failed miserably. — Magdi Hanna, via email I think that I shall never see a Caddy lovely as a tree. — Joe Amft, Evanston, IL Green New Deal air filter — get ’em while they’re hot! — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI 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. While researching his next book, Tom Cotter came across this rare ’63-on-the-tree Caddy. — John Brumder, via email Cadillac’s Arbor Day model met with limited success. — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA Even though GM has been funding secret and deeply rooted research of biofuels since 1963, the program has yet to bear fruit. — Gary Fluke, Snohomish, WA The best jokes often have a double meaning. Bruce W. Jenett’s winning entry finds just that in just a few words. As a reward, he gets an SCM hat with a hole cut on top — and a free appointment with a medical professional. ♦ Comments With Your Renewals I read the magazine cover to cover, then give it two other friends who do the same. Great photos, reporting, updates and comments. — Mike Jarvis, Franklin, IN (SCMer since 1997) In the memorable words of Carly Simon, “Nobody does it better!” — Alex Giacobetti, Philadelphia, PA (1998) Thanks for reminding me why I love these wonderful machines. — Wayne Floyd, Manteo, NC (1999) 156 Every issue is a treat for a Midwesterner who often sees things he never knew existed. — Steve Rosaaen, Ellsworth, WI (2015) I miss the good old days when SCM was less politically correct … Have we really not seen a “fright pig” recently? — Nick Karangelen, Arlington, VA (1998) I very much appreciate the “Legal Files” column. I always learn something valuable! Great publication. — Greg Fazzio, Woodinville, WA (2011) Best magazine I get — I really enjoy it. Don’t ever lose the humor. — S. McQueen, Minneapolis, MN (2001) Thank you for continuing to provide an excellent magazine. It’s like Christmas every time it arrives in the mailbox. — John Waugh, Scottsdale, AZ (2005) First car magazine I read. Please be less “rosy” about auction prices. They can’t be well bought and well sold at the same time. Pick one! — Ted Lazakis, Long Grove, IL (2002) The best of the car mags! Time to start an electric monthly column. — Jim Bender, Columbus, OH (2003) Loved the coverage of all Porsches at the 70th Anniversary auction! Keep an eye on the 944s and not just the Turbo. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA (2009) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Terry Ballard Matthew Sonfield


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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 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupe by H.J. Mulliner be original. Purchased from the estate and serviced with concentration on preservation. Heritage Trust Certificate. Since coming out of the barn in 2010, the exhaust system has been replaced with stainless steel; the brakes have been rebuilt, and there are a new rear cylinder, new front pistons and new master cylinder. Clutch master and slave cylinder rebuilt. New water pump, hoses and belts. Serviced transmission, replaced battery, spark plugs, points, etc. Ready for fresh paint or drive and show as a survivor. Price reduced. $56,900. Contact Turner JR, Ph: 317.508.1847, email: dapeaper@aol.com. (IN) Sand Acrylic/tan. 50,227 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Over $336k spent on restoration performed by concours award-winning marque specialists Vantage Motorworks. Rarely driven since. One of 13 produced; one of 10 built for the U.S. Built new for Broadway producer Lawrence Carr. Low believed-to-be-actual miles. Includes restoration receipts and more. $595,000. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1959-rolls-royce-silver-cloud-dropheadcoupe/. (MO) 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk I hatchback 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II convertible S/N GCN1A8212. British Racing Green/black leather. 55,411 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. 6-cylinder, low original miles. Excellent original car. Call for complete information. $22,000. Contact Bill, Ph: 920.823.2187, email: whebal@yahoo.com. (WI) 1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Flip Tail coupe Anthracite Grey/black. 20,066 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Meticulously maintained and sympathetically restored. Original Europeandelivery example. Shown at the 2017 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Numbers-matching engine and automatic gearbox. Well furnished and highly optioned with factory air conditioning. $199,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1968-mercedes-benz280se-cabriolet/. (MO) 1970 Porsche 911S 2.2 coupe 1969 MGC convertible 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SE cabriolet Aztec Gold/Sable. 81,488 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Incredibly rare, left-hand drive. The first British supercar. One of 11 factory built for the U.S. High-horsepower Euro-spec DOHC V8 engine (numbers-matching engine included). Incredible original interior. ZF 5-speed manual gearbox. Factory air conditioning. Includes owner’s manual & British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate. $269,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1979-aston-martinvantage-flip-tail-coupe/. (MO) S/N B382100103LRXFE. Carnival Red/black. 34,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. The third of 536 Mark IIs built. Factory hard top. Multiple concours winner, flawless single-stage paint, original sheet metal, LAT options, very original, well sorted and fast. Three owners, has never been auctioned. Documents, tools and original license plates. For the discriminating collector who wants the best of the rare Mark II 289 Tigers. $149,000 OBO. Contact Kim, Ph: 443.386.6170, email: 1146kim@gmail.com. (MD) 1969 Lotus Europa S2 Federal 65 coupe 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 4x4 SUV Signal Orange/Black. 33,327 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. 3½-year rotisserie restoration completed by legendary Brumos Porsche in 2014 (over $220k spent). Driven 1,000 miles since. Multiple concours winner (including the 2018 Porsche Club of America National Concours). Low actual miles. Includes restoration receipts, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and Factory tinted glass. $239,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1970-porsche-911s-22-coupe/. (MO) 1972 Porsche 911S coupe S/N CA257L931704. Island Blue & White/black. 90,999 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Rare opportunity to purchase and enjoy this fully restored and BMI-certified example of a Mark I 1,275-cc hatchback. An original LHD-built export car originally delivered to Guatemala in November 1966. As per its British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate of Authenticity, it has its original and correct matching-numbers S engine and was built on 9/1/1966. Its original color combination was Island Blue and Old English White, and factory options included the extra fuel tank! $49,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 roadster S/N 652241. Bahama Yellow/black. 41,354 miles. Inline 4, manual. Frame-off restoration to a high standard and car is one of the finest examples known. Refinished in its original factory Bahama Yellow. The metal frame was completely disassembled, blasted with a dustless blaster, epoxyprimed and painted black. The R16 Renault 1,565-cc 4-cylinder engine was rebuilt with a new carburetor and a 4-speed manual transmission. New seats, door panels, carpet and dash, along with new glass and upgraded stainless-steel door hinges. Bumpers were rechromed and power window regulators were restored. New 15-inch alloy wheels, tires, shocks and exhaust system. Front/rear coil-over springs. Rare fantastic investment opportunity. $29,950 OBO. David A. Goldenberg Enterprises. Contact David, Ph: 503.539.6609, email: lilcarlover@aol.com. (OR) S/N SALDV2289RA934207. Artic White/light gray. 73,742 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. An absolutely exceptional example, number 88 in production run, with standard 5-speed manual transmission. Factory air conditioning, a new soft top, new tires and comprehensive recent service history with only 73k miles! $79,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) GERMAN 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 S90 cabriolet S/N 9112300894. Viper Green/black. 85,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-sp manual. Extremely rare and unique opportunity to own this clean 1972 Porsche 911S in mint condition. Matching numbers 6-cyl. 2,341-cc/190-hp motor with a 5-speed manual 915/12 transmission. All original and meticulously well kept. Documented with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this car shows 138,370 original kilometers (85k miles). Its finished in the original colors of a rare Viper Green with black interior. This car is one of six known to exist in this color combination. Please call for further information regarding this vehicle. $150,000. Dover Speed Shop. Contact Jared, Ph: 339.216.0856, email: jspence@ doverspeed.com. (MA) 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera coupe Owned by one family from 1967 to 2010. Last registered in 1971. Low miles, 12,272 believed to 158 S/N 158358. Black/red leather. 65,000 miles. Flat 4, manual. This is numbers matching, finished in its original black (color code 6213) over a red leather interior (color code A). Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, still equipped with its original engine, transmission and the original color options. A very honest, clean and rust-free 356B in great condition. Please call for further information regarding this vehicle. $140,000. Dover Speed Shop. Contact Jared, Ph: 339.216.0856, email: jspence@ doverspeed.com. (MA) Platinum Metallic/Cinnamon. 35,770 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Low actual miles. 2018 PCA National Concours award winner. Same meticulous Porsche Club owner for 30 years. Numbers matching. Mechanically refurbished and serviced less than 300 miles ago. $229,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/ ds-1976-porsche-930-turbo-carrera/. (MO) 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo cabriolet manual. Professionally restored in dark blue with a soft gray interior with red piping and red carpeting throughout. The car has a fine appearance of authenticity, with what appears to be the original serial-number tags, body and chassis-number stampings, and the original engine under the hood. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/611. (CA) S/N WPOEB0932JS070294. Red/black. 61,290 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. All original with an aftermarket Fabspeed exhaust, this car sounds great and needs nothing but a new home. Interior and exterior are in excellent condition. Has had all fluids, filters, spark plugs, cap, rotor, coil, plug wires, valve adjustments, oil lines, hood struts, drive belts changed, fuel injector serviced and a/c recharged. New tires and both soft top boot and tonneau cover. And its 60k-mile service done in October. This car comes complete with all service records since new, toolkit, air compressor spare tire and original window sticker $110,000 OBO. Contact Andy, Ph: 801.647.7314, email: andy.pavich@permaplate. com. (UT) 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe 1969 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder America Senior award winner. Formerly owned by respected Packard collector Don McCallum. Only 45,100 miles. Incredibly well furnished and optioned. 385-ci inline 8. $199,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1933-packard-model-1004-super-eighttouring/. (MO) 1954 Kaiser-Darrin 161 Sport Roadster Rosso Red/black. 33,511 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 33,511 believed-to-be-actual miles. Just released from over 20 years of ownership as part of the Campion Automotive Collection. 351 Ford Windsor V8 with Inglese 8-stack carburetor intake and Prancing Bull valve covers. Originally assembled in Torino, Italy. Recent $10k service. Previously featured in Thoroughbred & Classic Cars magazine. $199,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1969intermeccanica-italia-spyder-convertible/. (MO) 1983 DeTomaso Pantera GTS (owned by Carroll Shelby) coupe S/N WP0AB0919KS120302. Baltic Blue Metallic (C7)/off white. 67,285 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Stunning and unique color combination. Previous owner had it stored in garage, covered for over 12 years. Very strong bones, just completed extensive engine, a/c system, tires, brakes and clutch rebuild and maintenance. Original matching numbers for engine and transmission. Sunroof, cruise control and power windows. Upholstery redone in 2002. $75,000. Contact Roger, Ph: 713.899.8778, email: rkurtin@ gmail.com. (TX) 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series coupe Red/tan. 4,571 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Carroll Shelby was the only owner. Originally gifted to Shelby by DeTomaso. Original interior, largely original paint. Really low actual miles (7,356 km). Numbers-matching 351 Cleveland V8. Reputedly the last Factory red narrow-body GTS built. $249,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/carroll-shelbys-1983detomaso-pantera-gts-one-and-only-owner/. (MO) 2007 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT sedan Midnight Blue/tan & blue. 1,378 miles. V8, automatic. Concours-level restoration. One of 30 known to exist. One of the last few built. 2010 Pebble Beach award winner. Previous Ghia collector ownership. Rare optional D-500 260-hp “Red Ram” Hemi V8. Recent servicing included a full transmission rebuild. Power windows, power steering and power brakes. $469,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1958-dual-ghia-convertible/. (MO) 1959 Chevrolet Impala 348 Tri-Power convertible S/N 344870E166189. Burnished Gold 58/black. 10,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Engine and body rebuilt and painted by local professional engine and body shops. Power windows, locks and trunk, Tic-Toc-Tach. All Ram Air components on engine. Red inner-wheel wells, Rally 1 wheels. I have all documents on all work done on car. Can give all vendors who restored car. $65,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@att. net. (WI) 1977 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Onyx Black/maroon. 13,763 miles. Inline 6, 3-spd manual. Concours-level restoration to like-new standards. America’s first production-fiberglass sports car. Unique sliding pocket doors. Three-position convertible top. Includes owner’s identification card, owner’s service policy, jack and removable side curtains. Dual wind wings. Tinted glass. $169,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1954-kaiser-darrin-161sport-roadster/. (MO) 1958 Dual-Ghia D-500 convertible S/N 494475H933107. Seafoam Green/green. 19,999 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example. Original Southern California owner, completely rust-free. Highly desirable Gran Sport Performance Group with original numbers-matching 425/360-hp 2x4-bbl (LX Code) V8 Super Wildcat engine and automatic transmission. Loaded with original Gran Sport options of dual exhausts, performance gearing and factory options of bucket seats, center console with floor shifter, air conditioning, power driver’s seat (cost $74), power brakes, power windows (cost $110), power antenna, tilt steering wheel and its original AM/FM Sonomatic Buick radio (cost $268)! $79,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-door hard top 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport 2-door hard top Metallic gray/black. 9,100 miles. V12, 6-spd automatic. Twin turbo 6.0-liter V12 with 661 horsepower and a massive 738 ft-lb of torque. Carbon fiber abounds in the fixed roof, front and rear fenders, hood, trunk lid with retractable spoiler, and front/rear aprons, making it 550 pounds lighter than the standard SL65. Car is in amazing condition and always maintained. Always garaged, two keys, all manuals, books and tools. Call or text for fastest response. $219,000 OBO. Contact Brian, Ph: 949.290.5162, email: angrade@Me.com. (CA) ITALIAN 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale coupe S/N ZAMCE39A970029904. Bianco Eldorado/beige & Cuoio. 9,392 miles. V8, sequential. Silver brake calipers, beige Alcantara headliner and Nero seat belts, Rosewood steering wheel. Nineteen-inch ballpolished wheels. Spare tire, Executive GT package; navigation, heated seats, massage seats and rear climate control. $26,950 OBO. Kasser Motor Group, LLC. Contact Tony, Ph: 484.320.8004, email: tony@ kassermg.com. (PA) AMERICAN 1933 Packard Model 1004 Super Eight touring S/N 59B120807. Roman Red/red. 50,800 miles. V8, automatic. Rotisserie frame-off restored, absolutely exceptional. Always completely rust-free original Southern California example with every nut and bolt replaced and only very few miles since being restored. Mostly all-original specs 348 Tri-Power V8 with three 2-bbl Rochester carburetors and Powerglide automatic transmission. In its original Roman Red (color code 923) factory color paint, front power disc brakes, dual exhausts and original spinner full wheel covers. Factory options: power steering, signal-seeking AM radio, power top fender skirts and a Continental kit! $155,000 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) White/red. 90,100 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Original, one owner. Original motor and transmission. Beautiful-looking T-top. One repaint (original color). Power steering, brakes, windows, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, leather seats, anti-theft alarm system. Extras include original 8-track/radio, window sticker, owners manual and more. $12,500 OBO. Contact Frank, Ph: 732.545.8443, email: fcala30@ aol.com. (NJ) 1985 Ford Mustang GT convertible S/N AR1012000338. Dark blue/gray (with red piping and carpet). 37,476 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd 160 Packard Brown/brown. 45,100 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Wonderfully restored. Classic Car Club of Black/gray. 77,500 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Original owner, factory ordered. Matching-numbers drivetrain. Original paint, interior and top. All paperwork from Day 1. Great driver’s car with period-correct bolt-ons to improve speed, sound and handling. Marti Report, only 3,755 302/5-speed convertibles built in 1985. Final year for carbureted 302. A rare and valuable car in impeccable condition. $16,500. Contact Chet, email: chesterabaker1@ gmail.com. (MA) © Sports Car Market


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Advertising/Marketing 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) Motorwerks Marketing. 480.228.1881. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Advisor Services 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 Petersen Auction Group of 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 Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly, hassle-free transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com decades hobbyists, enthusiasts and collectors from across the country have descended on Atlantic City in February to buy and admire the premier collection of automobiles presented by GPK Auctions at the Largest IN-DOOR Auction in the Country. Location: Atlantic City, NJ URL: gpkauctions.com Email: info@gpkauctions.com 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) Premier Auction Group. Gooding & Company. Visions In Vehicles. Your car should be enjoyable. Let us help you keep it that way! We guide clients through their restoration project or car build, or can assist in private collection curation, events and valuation. Please visit our website for full details and service descriptions. Customer focus and satisfaction is our number one goal. If you are just starting down the road or have reached a crossroads, put our 25-plus years of experience to work for you. Contact us today! 205.470.0191, email john@visionsinvehicles.com, website www.visionsinvehicles.com Auction Companies GAA Classic Cars Auction, Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) 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 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) 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 Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector AutoGPK Auctions. 856.573.6969. GPK Auctions produces The Atlantic City Auction & Car Show. For over four 162 Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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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) Appraisals Buy/Sell/General Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549 . W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Automobilia Blackhawk Collection, Inc. Automotive Restorations. Automodello. 877.343.2276. ONE8™ Type 74 Lotus Europa ONE12™ 1967 Gurney Eagle Spa winner hand-signed by Dan Gurney Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo ONE24™ Buick, Cadillac, Delage, Delahaye, Ford, Lincoln, Kaiser. 1:24 hand-built, limited edition Resin Art™. ONE43™ Sunbeam Tigers. 10% discount to SCM readers: Use code SCM18R 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. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the 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) Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. 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) Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) FOLLOW SCM 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) 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 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1.800.423.5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. July 2019 163


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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 Legendary Motorcar Company. 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 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Paul Russell and Company. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Luxury Brokers International. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) 164 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 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) 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com. (MA) RCC Motors. 800.520.7087. Locat- ed in Irvine, CA, we specialize in classic, exotics, customs and motorsports. We have a staff of experts with long careers in the automotive field and offer sales, service, consignment and storage. Please contact us today. www.rccmotors.com (CA) Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Saratoga Auto Auction. Sept. 21 and 22, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. To consign, register to bid, or to purchase tickets, visit saratogaautoauction. org. 518-587-1935 x22 / jeff.whiteside@ saratogaautoauction.org Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. 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years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com 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. English Aston Martin of New England. McCollister’s Auto Transport. 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) 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 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) 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) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics.com info@ WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. 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 Collector Car Insurance Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car and vintage race car owner: Agreed Value protection, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and convenient payment options. Heacock Classic also offers classic motorcycle insurance, Car Club & Event Liability, Race Team & Prep Shop Coverage. Visit us at www.heacockclassic.com Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time July 2019 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 J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. JWF Restorations Inc. Specializ- ing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) 165


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. ence on April 12–14, 2019. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) The Elegance at Hershey. 717.500.5191. The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/7 to 6/9/2019, commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information, visit www. theeleganceathershey.com, or call 717.500.5191. (PA) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Estate Planning Advisory J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides The Quail, A Motorsports GathChrome Strategies Management LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com Events—Concours, Car Shows ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! German Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 26–November 4, 2018 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 831.242.8200. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the legendary Corkscrew, which has been the scene of many famous racing memories. The 2019 premier-event season includes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, IMSA, Trans Am, Ferrari Racing Days, World Superbike and IndyCar’s season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. For tickets, camping and hospitality contact www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831.242.8200. Finance (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 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter. com. (CA) Ferrari Financial Services. 201.816.2670. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) 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. Scott Grundfor Company. Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experi- 166 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 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) 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) Import/Export CARS. 310.695.6403. 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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 Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com Leasing able 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) Evans Waterless Coolant is the Multimedia Publications Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 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) 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com Turtle Garage provides readers with unique insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Museums Premier Financial Services. West Coast Shipping. 510.236.3008. Shipping collector cars around the world is our specialty. We provide turnkey international logistics solutions to get you driving when you want. We collect your car, load it onto a ship or plane, clear local and foreign customs, and provide white-glove delivery to your destination. We’re used by collectors, dealers and auction companies to ship over 8,000 collector cars around the world each year. And with consolidation available from both U.S. coasts to over 40 destinations around the world, we make it affordable. It’s your dream car, let’s bring her home. www.wcshipping.com Italian 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) LeMay—America’s Car Museum Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. With more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. The Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. July 2019 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 innumer- celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care Vintage Racing Services. Dr Beasley’s. Dr. Beasley’s pro- vides you with detailing solutions that have amazing ease of use and performance that is unparalleled. It’s Jim Lafeber’s fanatical passion for quality and improved detailing outcomes that drove him to create Dr. Beasley’s. The goal was to create a unique line of handmade, custom formulated car appearance products that spare no expense on the quality of ingredients and the use of new technologies. The result; nearly 15 years and thousands of hours of real-world testing later, is Dr. Beasley’s — a complete line of solutionbased products that exceed the specs and requirements of even the most discriminating luxury auto brands. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. Racing Services 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. MetroVac’s car vacs and car dry- ers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com 167


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Restoration — General Farland Classic Restoration. TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com www.aeristo.com 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) 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 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom 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. Paramount Classic Cars. 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) Hahn Auto Restoration. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) 168 RM Auto Restoration. On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square 519.352.4575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com Sports Car Market Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. If your own personal piece of history needs doing for the first time or the second please contact us. www.HjeltnessRestoration.com Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com. Ragtops & Roadsters. 215.257.1202. For close to three decades Ragtops & Roadsters has provided maintenance, preservation and restoration services for British, German, Italian and other European marques. We offer a comprehensive array of services, including mechanical repair, engine rebuilding, interior trimming and coachwork; including paint and body repair. Let our talented craftsman put you back in the driver’s seat of your special classic car so you can enjoy it on the road again! info@ragtops.com www.ragtops.com (PA) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com The Paddock Classic Car RestoraSpeedwell 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 The Classic Auto Show. 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com The Creative Workshop. 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com Treasured Motorcar Services. 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 16,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. Since 1991, we have been restoring cars back to exacting standards and building custom, one-of-a kind vehicles for customers all over the world. We are your one-stop shop. All restoration and mechanical services are met through our comprehensive shop. Expert body restoration, paint, fabrication, and upholstery. “Precisely Like You Want It. Even If You Want It Precisely Like It Was.” Visit valenticlassics.com to learn more or email inquiry@valenticlassics. com. (WI) © tions. 860.224.1888. At The Paddock, our collective passion is the restoration and preservation of fine classic automobiles of any type/era. We strive to provide the highest possible quality in our results and approach every customer relationship with openness, honesty, constant communication, detailed documentation and with the highest ethical standards. Our 18,000 square foot facility is fully equipped and is staffed with highly skilled artisans, allowing us to provide a full array of services to our clients in a single location. Visit us in person at 285 Columbus Boulevard, New Britain, CT 06051, or online at www.ThePaddockCars.com. Torque Classic Cars. 561.333.1868. We are your one stop for all your collector car needs. Located in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. We specialize in restorations of European sports cars with a concentration in MercedesBenz and Jaguar. With a diverse team of master craftsmen we bring rolling works of art to life. Our in-house upholstery center and body shop allow us to give every project our undivided attention all under one roof. Storage and Consignments available. 561-333-1868 torqueclassiccars.com July 2019 169


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Carl Bomstead eWatch When is a $110,700 Coca-Cola Bottle a Bummer? A six-figure price for a 1915 bottle seems huge, but the only other one sold for $240k in 2011 Thought what was to be the standard Coca-Cola bottle. A sample bottle was to be submitted with the proposal. The design from the Root Glass Company was selected, but it needed to be modified to fit the modern bottling machinery. Several test bottles were produced and were ordered destroyed after testing. Morphy Auctions, at their April 13–14 Las Vegas Coin-Op and Advertising Auction, offered one of only two prototype bottles known and the only 1915 bottle that survived. It came from a retired Coca-Cola employee who had worked for Root. It sold, after five bids, for $110,700. This was far less than expected, as the other sold for $240,000 in 2011. Here are a few more finds that have nothing to do with Coca-Cola but are cool nonetheless: have the ship graphics. It sells for a few hundred bucks, but this one is rare and highly desirable. It slipped through the cracks here, and the buyer caught a bargain. Four figures are not out of the question for an example in this condition. Well bought, indeed. EBAY #323777798785— CALIFORNIA PRE-STATE “MICKEY MOUSE” PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 29. SOLD AT: $4,677.99. Date sold: 4/21/2019. California first issued license plates in 1914. Prior to that, the Automobile Club of Southern California sold porcelain plates to their members. The most interesting were the “Mickey Mouse” plates that were first issued in about 1909. They are called this due to the ears above the plate. About 50 are known to exist. While this one was not in the best of condition, it still realized adult money. tachments, as it touches a number of collecting interests. It is rather rare, but for some reason several have appeared of late. A rather dodgy example sold on eBay for $465 after 13 bids, and a very nice one sold at a West Coast swapmeet for $700. This is in the middle, but the condition was acceptable, so we will call it well bought. Carl’s Ever wondered how many of the iconic Coca-Cola bottles have been produced since 1917? I haven’t either, but I’m sure it is a bunch. In 1915, Coca-Cola sent out a request to several large glass producers for a proposed design for EBAY #192828623794—1920s STANLEY STEAMER RADIATOR BADGE. Number of bids: 14. SOLD AT: $1,026. Date: 2/13/2019. The Stanley Steamer was first produced in 1901, but they did not utilize radiator badges until 1920, when they had a flat radiator and a faux radiator fill cap. They were, unfortunately, gone by 1927, and this rare badge keeps the memory alive. EBAY #153365234454—1926 S.M.C. CO. HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 36. SOLD AT: $708. Date: 2/11/2019. If the seller had spent a few minutes doing some research, he would have realized this mascot was for the Stutz Automobile and was used from 1926 until 1935. It was designed by Renzetti and Brown and was granted patent number 69360. The seller lost a couple hundred dollars due to lack of diligence. ROUTE 32 AUCTIONS LOT 150—MOBILOIL MARINE QUART OIL CAN. Estimate: $500–$700. SOLD AT: $624 including 20% vig. Date: 4/21/2019. There is a very plain version of this can that does not ROUTE 32 AUCTIONS LOT 116—CHRYSLER “IT PAYS TO BUY A FINE CAR” LICENSE-PLATE ATACHMENT. Estimate: $300–$600. SOLD AT: $534 including 20% vig. Date: 4/21/2019. This is one of the more-desirable license-plate at- EBAY #382824997172—HALF MOON BAY DRAG STRIP 150 MPH CLUB JACKET. Number of bids: 48. SOLD AT: $930. Date: 3/13/2019. We have seen a number of period club jackets of late, but this is the coolest. The Half Moon Bay Drag Strip was on a World War II base that had been given to San Mateo County in 1947, and 10 years later it was one of the better-known drag strips. The jacket was most likely owned by Yeiji Toyota, who was one of the top racers. He died in an accident at the Fremont Drag Strip in 1959 at the age of 21. The jacket was in excellent condition and is a wonderful period piece at a fair price. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 170 EBAY #132914397848—1950– 1951 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A SALES BROCHURE WITH ENVELOPE. Number of bids: 26. SOLD AT: $560. Date: 1/27/2019. This desirable 356 brochure was printed in English and was complete with the original mailing envelope. It had been folded in half for mailing. It was full of all sorts of descriptive information and drawings. A musthave if a Pre-A is residing in your car barn. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market