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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 2020 . Volume 32 . Number 7 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS $1,475,000 / Bonhams 50 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 74 78 92 102 ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Jeff Zurschmeide AMERICAN by B. Mitchell Carlson RACE 8 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Nick Jaynes 1964 Aston Martin DB5 $916,682 / Silverstone 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder $753,000 / Gooding & Company 1961 Volkswagen Deluxe 23-Window Microbus $159,500 / RM Sotheby’s 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon $50,600 / RM Sotheby’s 1970 Lola T165 Can-Am Race Car $665,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1981 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 $23,281 / Silverstone 52 54 58 60 62 66 Cover: 1961 Volkswagen Deluxe 23-Window Microbus ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market MARKET OVERVIEW The novel coronavirus has changed how we buy collector cars — at least for now — Chad Tyson SILVERSTONE Stoneleigh Park, U.K.: Of 105 cars offered over two days, 63 sold to new owners, totaling nearly $6m — Paul Hardiman RM SOTHEBY’S Online Only, Palm Beach, FL: The first major auctionhouse sale to go online saw 177 of 259 cars sold over the weeklong event, bringing in a total of $13.9m — John Hoshstrasser BRING A TRAILER Bringatrailer.com: An SCM auction analyst picks 15 cars consigned to Bring a Trailer to take you on a tour of his youth — Michael Leven acebook and watch for updates and offers! Courtesy of Bonhams


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110 Driven to Ask: Racer Willy T. Ribbs discusses breaking barriers COLUMNS 16 Shifting Gears This pandemic isn’t forever, and, in the meantime, we have a lot to do, see and talk about Keith Martin 38 Affordable Classic The 1983–94 Alfa Romeo Spiders Jeff Zurschmeide 40 Legal Files Can a Porsche be considered a dangerous weapon? Well, yes John Draneas 42 Unconventional Wisdom When is it okay to change the color on a car? When is it not? Donald Osborne 44 American Car Collector Resetting the hobby in unusual times Jim Pickering 138 eWatch An ultra-rare prototype game console brings $360k at auction Carl Bomstead FEATURES 36 Business Pivot: Covercraft shifts from making car covers to protective gowns and masks for health workers — Chester Allen FEATURES: THE ROAD FORWARD 110 Driven to Ask: Willy T. Ribbs likes winning race cars and doesn’t care for concours on golf courses 112 Driving With Elana: The 2020 Lotus Evora GT — Elana Scherr 10 114 Double Take: SCM’s B. Mitchell Carlson and Pierre Hedary go head-to-head on Bring a Trailer purchases 116 Roundtable: Industry leaders on how we move forward 118 Unlocking a Car: What to look for when buying a 1964–65 Porsche 356 SC — Prescott Kelly 120 Road Value: Picking the best buys from the driver’s seat — Paul Hardiman 122 Reader Forum: What measures do you need to see before attending a concours or public auction? DEPARTMENTS 22 Crossing the Block 24 Concours and Events: Concours d’Elegance of America, Russo and Steele debuts a new division for car collectors, a note on the coronavirus pandemic 26 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 28 You Write, We Read: A BMW M5 leads to an NSX 30 Display Advertisers Index 32 Speaking Volumes: The Brown Bullet: Rajo Jack’s Drive to Integrate Auto Racing 34 Neat Stuff: DeTomaso style and cabinets for your Garage-mahal 68 Next Gen Market Moment: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC AMG 6.0 — Pierre Hedary 70 Rising Sun: 1999 Acura NSX Zanardi Edition, 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO, 1991 Honda Civic Si 76 Buy/Sell/Hold: Chad Tyson projects his deepest thoughts for the world to wonder about 82 On the Radar: 1990–91 Trabant 1.1, 1980–95 Lada Riva, 1969–95 ARO 24 96 Market Moment: 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello 124 Mystery Photo: “Only the best of the East German customizing shops would attempt this conversion” 126 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 130 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Dan R. Boyd


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin A Time of Transformation It’s time to get off the mat and focus on what we can do now — and on a bright future SCM to be there. With this issue we begin our new section, “The Road Forward.” In it we check in with industry experts about the present — and the future. It begins on p. 108. We have modified our auction reports to provide more point and counterpoint about cars that have been sold. We are increasing our reporting on online auctions. People have not stopped loving their cars. Digital alternatives to car shows are popping up. The Isolation Island Concours, which you can find on Facebook, is a judged concours for model cars. It already has a dedicated following. SCM is a sponsor and selects the SCM Choice Award for each event. The Petersen Automotive Museum will host a virtual car week in August for its global audience. Auctions ahead RM Sotheby’s has made it clear that its Monterey online auction will The car hobby is adapting, and so is SCM. Check out how on p. 108 T his pandemic sucker-punched all of us. In the past 30 days, the collector-car world has gone from hop- ing that things might stay the same to realizing they are changed forever. The cancellation of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Queen Mother of all car events, sent a clear signal. Is our future uncertain? Yes. Are we afraid? Yes. But it is okay to be nervous and worried when facing the unknown. Ultimately, we will pull through this and recover, moving towards the New Normal. We are resilient and determined. While our generation has not faced a crisis like this, those before us have. We have lived through — and conquered — the measles, mumps, tuberculosis and polio. This pandemic will pass as well. Defeating a virus does not require black magic. It requires a systematic, scientific approach. We have changed our patterns of social interaction, and will continue to do so until a vaccine arrives. Moving forward The hard-working SCM staff is practicing Safer At Home. While we are working remotely, we are also planning for the future. As the collector-car community re-emerges, you can count on be, simply put, amazing. Barrett-Jackson is throwing its considerable resources behind online sales as well. I’m sure the midnight Castrol R is burning at Bonhams, Gooding, Worldwide and other auction houses as they pivot to this new way of selling. I have a suggestion. In addition to the detailed descriptions and hundreds of photos we have come to expect with online sales, the landbased companies can offer even more. Why not have staff on-site at the auction who could take their smart- phones and look in detail at cars in which bidders are interested? “Can you show me under the hood on that 330 America?” “Please fire up that Lancia Aurelia convertible and let me hear the engine!” With all the cars in one place, and by having bidders make appoint- ments with on-site staff, traditional auction companies could provide a unique service. SCM is here for you For 33 years now, you have counted on SCM to be a calm hand on the tiller as we embraced and evaluated the collector-car market. We will continue to rely on our unmatched experts to offer you their opinions as events unfold. We’ll keep an eye on values and trends. We will also rely on your input, as we always have. These are not good times. But they won’t last forever. We will move forward until we come to a place where we can kick tires together. Once again we will be making snarky comments about cars with paint jobs that looked like they were applied by Sunkist, and with door and panel fits more theoretical than accurate. Those times will come again, and SCM will be there with you to celebrate them. ♦ The Year That Was We have a gift for you. Last year we produced our first yearbook. It looked back on 2019. It was filled with gorgeous, exclusive event photos. It included stories by Miles Collier, Simon Kidston, Philip Richter and others about “the car that got away” and other engaging topics. Little did we know that this book would stand as a memento of a special time. As you turn the pages of this book of memories, recall how much we took for granted as a car community. There is a complimentary digital download available at www.sportscarmarket.com/yearinreview. 16 Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator at Mecum’s Denver, CO, auction During the novel coronavirus pandemic, please ensure that you check dates, times and locations of auctions, as they may have changed since this was printed. Mecum Where: Denver, CO When: July 10–11 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 342/539 cars sold / $9.8m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1970 Mercury Cougar Boss 302 Eliminator • 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 VanDerBrink Where: Milbank, SD When: July 18 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Artcurial Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: July 21 Web: www.artcurial.com H&H Where: Online When: July 22 Web: www.handh.co.uk 22 GAA Classic Cars Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 23–25 Web: www.gaaclassicars.com Last year: 494/625 cars sold / $13.5m Featured cars: • 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 fastback • 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary Bonhams Where: Bicester, U.K. When: July 25 Web: www.bonhams.com VanDerBrink Where: Granger, IA When: July 25 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Mecum Where: Harrisburg, PA When: July 29–August 1 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 882/1312 cars sold / $29m Featured cars: • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible • 1990 Nissan 300ZX ♦ 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. JULY 10–11—VICARI Dalton, GA 10–11—MECUM Denver, CO 10–18—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 11—COYS Woodstock, U.K. 11—SMITH AUCTIONS Cape Girardeau, MO 14—BARONS Esher, U.K. 18—VANDERBRINK Milbank, SD 21—ARTCURIAL Monte Carlo, MCO 22—H&H Online 23–25—GAA CLASSIC CARS Greensboro, NC 25—BONHAMS Bicester, U.K. 25—VANDERBRINK Granger, IA 29–AUG. 1—MECUM Harrisburg, PA Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com A Note on the Coronavirus Pandemic Most of this summer’s events are canceled or postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Some events, such as the Concours d’Elegance of America, scheduled for late July, are forging ahead. Others, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, have canceled this year and are making plans to return in 2021. As I write this in early May, it appears that we’re losing most of the usual happy summer of concours, auctions, tours, Cars & Coffee and club outings. I hope this changes. If you want to get a weekly Bill Rothermel This year’s concours will look at American and foreign cars from the early 1930s Concours d’Elegance of America Names Collector of the Year The 42nd Annual Concours d’Elegance of America will honor Joseph Cassini III as Collector of the Year, from July 24 to 26 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI. Moray Callum, Ford Motor Company Vice President of Design, is this year’s Enthusiast of the Year. This year’s concours will “Roar into the 2020s” with a look at American and foreign cars from the early 1930s. Weekend events include the 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 26. www.concoursusa.org (MI) Joseph Cassini III report on news and events in our world, please consider signing up for the Sports Car Market Newsletter, which arrives in your email inbox every Tuesday morning — and is completely free. We’ll keep you up to date on closings — and openings — as they happen. We’ll continue to share perspectives and news on auctions — especially the welcome new wave of online-only sales. Go to www. sportscarmarket.com/newsletter to sign up. Again, this is at no cost to you. — Chester Allen, Executive Editor, Sports Car Market Drew’s New Adventure Drew Alcazar, Russo and Steele CEO, is launching a new division: RS Collector Automobile Services. This new branch of Russo and Steele will offer clients: • Private-sale services, including research, inspection and transportation — everything needed to buy or sell a special car • Restoration and detailing services • Climate-controlled storage in Scottsdale, AZ • Consulting for collectors RS Collector Automobile Services is located in a 40,000-square-foot building in Scottsdale, AZ, and is open for business right now. For more information, visit www.russoandsteele.com/ rscas2020 24 Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Associate Publisher Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director Kirsten Hegg kirsten.hegg@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 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 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Associate Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, John Hoshstrasser, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Daren Kloes, Brett Hatfield Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. 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She has abandoned SCM World Headquarters for her socially distant home office and finds her new coworkers (five cats) to be quite pleasant, but mediocre conversationalists — with the exception of Rico Suave Ortiz Jr. Her hair is currently a sedate purple, and she still owns that roomy, black 2015 Subaru Legacy (with the heated seats and ample trunk space.) And for those who’ve been wondering, she finally decided on a second car. She and her husband have welcomed a 2014 Subaru Forester to the family. It works equally well on Forest Service roads and for picking up her husband when his bike gets a flat. ELANA SCHERR, SCM Contributor, grew up in Southern California and majored in Art and English at UCLA. After graduating, she worked as a carbonfiber fabricator making motorcycle bodywork, then at Hot Rod magazine and Roadkill Show. She currently owns several classic cars, including an Opel GT — and an unreasonable number of minibikes. She’s also one of the top car writers around. 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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 Don’t get me wrong, the M5 was an awesomely wonderful car. It would hold four adults. It was blindingly fast. It was as solid as a tank. But the NSX siren songs began. BMW M5 or Acura NSX? To the Editor: Philip Richter’s insightful review of the 2002 BMW M5, on p. 70 of June’s Sports Car Market, spurred a great number of memories for me. Early in 2000, I began to notice stories circulated in the automobile universe about an extraordinary new car from BMW called the M5. It had picked up a nickname, “the Beast.” At 400 hp and 398 ft-lb of torque, it was a rocketship. With scary 0–60 mph times and a top speed of 180 mph (with the limiter removed), 28 it was the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing, as its outer skin was a generic-looking 4-door sedan. I rushed to my local BMW dealer to place my order. Soon I’d “configured” a new M5, chose its color (Titanium Silver), interior (red leather), and a host of options. I went whole hog on the extras and recall the car pricing out around $80k, a staggering amount of money in 2000. After I’d signed the papers and paid my deposit, I learned there was a 14-month wait for the car. I threatened to cancel the deal but learned this would only move me further down the list for one of these most-coveted icons. Okay, okay, I finally agreed. “But what am I going to drive between now and then?” I pitifully wailed. The new car manager intro- duced me to his used-car expert Paul Kline, who put me together with Troy Chamberlain. Troy was a talented and experienced race-car driver currently piloting a BMW set up entirely for racing. My question to him was: “What is the best-handling, most amazing street car you’ve ever driven?” He replied, “Easy question. That would be an Acura NSX.” As Troy described the re- markable attributes of the NSX, I was soon hooked. Because the NSX was rather rare, they had none on the lot. But they’d find me a car at auction, which I would purchase from them, and they’d take it back in trade for my BMW M5 when it arrived, with zero markup, provided I kept the car in good condition. A few weeks later, I was at Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Authentic Classics, LLC .................................... 90 Automotive Restorations Inc.............................101 Avant Garde Collection .....................................107 Baldhead Cabinets .............................................103 Bennett Law Office ...........................................101 Beverly Hills Car Club ......................................105 Bonhams / UK .......................................................1 CarCapsule USA..................................................56 Cars Yeah ...........................................................113 Cars, Inc. ..............................................................35 Centerline Alfa Parts ...........................................80 Charles Prince Classic Cars.................................79 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival ...........................71 Chequered Flag International ..............................87 Classic Car Capital ..............................................27 Copley Motorcars ................................................75 Driversource Houston LLC ............................12-13 ETS Racing Fuels ................................................91 Fantasy Junction .............................................18-19 Fourintune Garage Inc .......................................127 Gaswerks Garage ...............................................127 Gooding & Company ............................................7 Grundy Insurance ................................................69 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ..................................95 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .................................33 Heacock Classic ................................................139 Henderson Fellowes ............................................47 Hyman, LTD ........................................................20 Intercity Lines ......................................................41 JC Taylor ..............................................................89 JJ Best Banc & Co ...............................................83 Kevin Kay Restorations ........................................6 Kidston ...................................................................9 Leake Auction Company .....................................21 Legendary Motorcar Company .........................121 Luxury Brokers International .........................14-15 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ...............................37 MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd .....................57 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ...........................................107 Manns Restoration ...............................................25 Mercedes Benz Classic Center ............................29 Metron Garage .....................................................65 MetroVac .............................................................95 Mouse Motors, LLC ............................................88 New England Auto Auction ................................85 Northwest European ..........................................103 Passport Transport ...............................................45 Paul Russell and Company..................................93 Pebble Beach Concours .......................................64 Putnam Leasing .................................................140 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd....................................81 Rayco Eurospec Motorcars .................................97 RM Sotheby’s .....................................................4-5 RMD bvba ...........................................................39 Ronald McDonald House ..................................104 Saratoga Motorcar Auctions ................................23 Scott Grundfor Company ....................................84 StreetWorks Exotics ............................................46 Symbolic International ........................................17 The Stable, Ltd. ...................................................77 The Werk Shop ..................................................101 Tony Labella Classic Cars .................................107 Torque Classic Cars .............................................31 Undici HP srl .....................................................101 Vermont Barns .....................................................91 Vintage Car Works...............................................43 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .................................99 Vintage Rallies .....................................................93 West Coast Classics, LLC .................................113 White Post Restorations ....................................127 Worldwide Group ...............................................2-3 30 Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel “Next up is the Corvair from the Ralph Nader Museum, in perfect condition before Ralph decided to drive it to the auction.” my BMW dealership, looking at a freshly detailed 1995 red Acura NSX-T. It was gorgeous. I couldn’t believe it. And then I drove it. Sublime! It handled like my Lotus Elan, but it was much faster — and it had air conditioning, a working radio, cruise control, and more creature comforts. With the windows up, it was as quiet as, well, a Honda. Roll them down (electric windows, of course), and the exhaust note of the engine was symphonic. Fourteen months flew by. I loved the NSX. My wife loved it. My daughter even learned how to drive a stick shift in the NSX, after failing to learn on our Toyota 4Runner. Then BMW called to say my new M5 was in and ready to be picked up. At the dealership the next day, I spent an hour or so on paperwork, got briefed on the new car, which was very cool, and gave them the keys to the NSX. Then I drove the new M5 home. It was less than a dozen miles. The first drive in the M5 was amazing, even though it was in its break-in period. I came into the kitchen, tossed the keys on the counter, and said to my wife, “I think I may have just made a big mistake.” Don’t get me wrong, the M5 was an awesomely wonderful car. It would hold four adults. It was blindingly fast. It was as solid as a tank. But the NSX siren songs began. It occurred to me one I still have this 2002 NSX. It has over 40,000 very happy miles on it, and looks new and runs perfectly. My wife still loves driving it, although finds she is occasionally followed by young men driving Asian tuner cars. Fourteen months flew by. I loved the NSX. My wife loved it. My daughter even learned how to drive a stick shift in the NSX, after failing to learn on our Toyota 4Runner. Then BMW called to say my new M5 was in and ready to be picked up. nice January day in Arizona in 2003 that Acura dealerships in the northern part of the country might have an unsold NSX. So I started calling, and sure enough, in Libertyville, Illinois, I found a dealership with a brand-new NSX. It was last year’s model (a 2002), so they were willing to deal. And it was yellow. My knees went weak. Explaining I had a slightly used BMW M5 with just 9,000 miles on it, I suggested that we should trade them even-up. It took several days of haggling, and ultimately, I needed to pay about $10k, but we agreed to trade cars. As Mr. Richter so eloquently stated in his article, the BMW M5 was an iconic car. As he points out, on the one hand, it was the end of an era, given its manual transmission, an actual key to start the car, and a real dipstick. While not as rare as an NSX, almost 10,000 M5s were produced; it remains a truly wonderful car to drive and a highwater mark in modern BMW automotive history. Thank you, Mr. Richter, for bringing back so many memories. But would I trade an NSX for one? Not me. Never again! — Steve Larsen, long-term SCM subscriber, Phoenix, AZ ♦ Sports Car Market


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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton The Brown Bullet: Rajo Jack’s Drive to Integrate Auto Racing by Bill Poehler, 288 pages, Chicago Review Press, $28.99 Speedway, but he was a regular winner in major events up and down the Interstate R corridor — well before there was an I-5. Rajo Jack wrenched on his own cars, making long R tows to get the chance to win a few bucks — or at least enough to make the tow home. He was dedicated, focused and lucky to stay alive when so many competitors died racing on rutted dirt. Rajo Jack was so driven he once put together the race engine in his Miller 225 while riding in the back of his truck as his wife towed Jack and his race car overnight from Los Angeles to Oakland. He qualified 3rd and finished the 100-miler in 2nd place. He had all the skills and passion to make it to his lifelong goal, racing in the Indianapolis 500, but it never happened for one reason: He was a black man in a white society. Time and time again Jack was denied entry to both national and local American Automobile Associationsanctioned events, and of course, the Indianapolis 500. He was also denied entry to restaurants with his fellow competitors and hotels near the tracks on which he risked his life. Journalist Bill Poehler’s biography of Rajo Jack goes deep into the archives to create a sharply detailed portrait of Rajo, whose real name was Dewey Gatson. He used a variety of pseudonyms as a racer, trying to get around the AAA race ban. He was a light-skinned African American and used various personas to “pass.” He raced as both Portuguese and American Indian, under the names of Jack DeSoto, Rajah Ramascus and finally Rajo Jack (he was the distributor for Rajo cylinder heads). This is a well-told tale of a talented racer, and if that was all The Brown Bullet did, it would be a success. But you can’t read it without recognizing how race continues to divide our nation, and the indignities a man who just wanted to run in the Indy 500 went through to be denied for nothing more than the color of his skin. PROVENANCE: Bill Poehler brings a journalist’s focus on the facts and a deep appreciation of period publications and other source material to create this portrait. Poehler, an awardwinning investigative reporter and sports writer (and admitted car guy) used all his investigative skills to flesh out the story of Rajo Jack. FIT AND FINISH: (Unable to assess) This is a first for me. I don’t have much to say on the look and feel of the book because I read a pre-publication PDF of The Brown Bullet on a Kindle. I have to assume all of the crazy extra characters, weird word breaks and low-res images are NOT in the printed book. DRIVABILITY: I started reading The Brown Bullet just after completing the Netflix documentary “Uppity,” the story of Willy T. Ribbs. It was a jarring one-two punch of historical racial animus on display in motorsports. Rajo Jack was a winner, often in bad equipment, and he made accommodations other drivers never faced, including bringing his wife to the races — but not for support. Why? So he could kiss her on the victory stand instead of the white girl whose job it was, thereby avoiding a racial incident. It’s just a taste of how he had to navigate the racist world he inhabited. Bill Poehler’s look at the racer and the period is a terrific tale of a little-known and underappreciated driver from the early days — and a reminder of the damage done by racism. ajo Jack is a name you might not recognize unless you are an aficionado of West Coast dirt-track racing in the 1930s. He only won a single track championship, for the 1937 season at Southgate 32 Sports Car Market


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Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering DeTomaso on Your Wrist Looking for a classy, accurate time piece that has Italian-car style? DeTomaso watches fit the bill. Inspired by the classic car designs of the 1970s, these watches offer both retro feel and plenty of character — with a gauge-like appearance — making them right at home on your wrist as you rest it on the windowsill of your Giulietta. The limited-edition Viaggio Automatic features a Miyota caliber 8285 movement, a 42-mm diameter, a surgical-steel case and a sapphire crystal. Different styles, versions and movements are available, with the Automatic priced at $299. ExCluSivE for SCMers, use the code SCM25 at checkout for 25% off your entire order. Learn more at www.detomasowatches.com. A Serious Garage Space Baldhead Cabinet Company designs and manufactures some of the finest metal cabinets on the market — just the thing to take that garage space you’ve been organizing to the next level. From workbenches through drawer units, tall storage lockers, television cabinets, glassdoor cabinets, sinks, refrigerators and more, Baldhead can design and build a custom solution that will turn your space into a place you’ll never want to leave. The company is family owned and operated, and has done this for over 35 years, so you know they know what they’re doing. Learn more about options and pricing at www. baldheadcabinets.com. ♦ 34 Sports Car Market


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Feature From Covering Cars to Covering People Turning on a Dime to Help In just a few days, Covercraft shifted production to making protective gowns and face masks for healthcare workers and first responders By Chester Allen PPE gown production B ack in early March, Covercraft workers in Oklahoma and Texas were busily making car covers, seat covers and windshield sunscreens. Then the coronavirus pandemic rippled across the world, businesses closed all over the United States, and Covercraft shut down production lines. But they soon started up again — to make personal protective gear, mostly gowns and masks — for healthcare workers and first responders. Covercraft engineers and managers started thinking about shifting production to gowns and masks well before the plant shut down — when it became clear that the United States was running out of supplies. Covercraft’s skilled crew of sewers and other workers stepped forward. It didn’t take long to shift gears and start cranking out gowns and masks. By March 30, Covercraft’s factory in Oklahoma was churning out gowns and masks, and the company’s plant in Wichita Falls, TX, came online in early April, said Jeff Jegelewicz, Covercraft marketing director. “Covercraft’s expertise in working with non-woven specialty fabrics has allowed us to pivot our operations in the USA from crafting car covers, seat covers and windshield sunscreens to helping provide hospitals and first responders with personal protective equipment incredibly fast,” said Clay Callan, president of Covercraft Industries. “As an industry leader in the product categories we manufacture, we felt it was our duty to step in and help our country in this time of need,” Callan said. Covercraft is now making 4,000 masks and 4,000 gowns per week in each factory, Jegelewicz said. Proud to serve Some workers, such as sales people and graphic artists, are now filling new roles, such as packing and shipping the PPE gear, Jegelewicz said. A total of 90 Covercraft employees volunteered to design, make and ship masks and gowns at the Oklahoma and Texas plants. Employees are glad to get a paycheck during these tough times, but they’re also proud to help their country. “There is an enormous sense of pride among our employees,” Jegelewicz said. “You almost get a war-effort feeling.” 36 Covercraft started up in 1965, and many workers have decades with the company and are highly skilled sewers — capable of making almost anything. Luckily, Covercraft’s fabrics work well in masks and gowns. Staying safe Jegelewicz said Covercraft’s first priority is keeping everyone safe, so the company is working hard to: • Follow all CDC guidelines — and keep track of any changes. • Space work stations apart to follow current socialdistancing guidelines. Workers are also following distancing guidelines during breaks. • Take temperatures of employees before work. • Ensure that all workers are wearing masks. • Place hand sanitizers everywhere. • Ensure all work stations are cleaned and sanitized before use. Only one shift works each day, which makes it easier to keep things sanitary and safe, Jegelewicz said. Everyone wants the coronavirus stomped — and to get back to making car covers and seat covers — but the PPE lines will run hard as long as healthcare workers need help, Jegelewicz said. “We’re helping real people — healthcare workers, first-responders — and we’re happy to help our country,” Jegelewicz said. For more information, visit www.covercraft.com. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic The 1983–94 Alfa Romeo Spider Dave Tomaro Late-model Alfa Spiders offer twin-cam snarl in a stylishly Italian package you can purchase for less than the cost of a Ferrari tune-up The Amazing, Affordable Alfa Spider It’s inexpensive enough to buy with a good credit card, but still drive it like you stole it by Jeff Zurschmeide T 38 he affordable European sports-car pantheon usually comes down to just four cars: the MGB, the Triumph Spitfire, the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, and the Alfa Romeo Spider. I can already hear the seismic rumble of readers jumping up to mention the MG/Austin-Healey Spridget, Triumph TR-series, Opel GT, Sunbeam Alpine, Volvo P1800 and, God help us, the Jensen-Healey. Truly, there’s a case to be made for each of those and others besides, but if you ask any enthusiast, it’s almost certain that they’ve owned at least one of those top four models. These cars were (and remain) the most popular because they were available in large numbers, offered decent performance for the money — and they were relatively cheap to buy and repair. The Alfa Spider was special Yet one of the big four is unlike the other three. The Alfa Romeo Spider stands out because, in its day, it was dramatically more expensive than the other three, and it outlasted all of them by almost a decade. The Spitfire and MGB petered out in 1980, while the Fiat soldiered on under the Pininfarina badge until 1985. In contrast, Alfa kept two generations of its venerable Spider going until 1994 — and actually improved the car along the way. No Spica, German Since 1971, the Alfa Spider had used its Spica mechanical fuel- injection system to stay a step ahead of the EPA — at least in 49 states. It was a good system (fight me!) even if it offered too many tempt- ing adjustments to untrained hands. But by 1982, advancing emissions standards outpaced its abilities, and Alfa switched to Bosch L-Jetronic injection for the last year of the second-generation Spider. The L-Jet system carried over to the third generation in 1983, and that’s where this story really begins. The third generation of the Alfa Spider was a continuation of the second generation, with just a few updates to conform to the styles of the period. Since the DOT bumpers weren’t going away, Alfa smoothed them into the bodywork a bit better, stylized its traditional grille and put a little lip spoiler on the back end. The 2.0-liter engine gained back a bit of power, rising from 111 bhp with the last Spica system to 115 bhp with the Bosch. Here’s to you, movie tie-in model The standard Alfa Spider of the 1980s was officially called a Spider Veloce, though that designation had long since lost any signification of extra performance. Sports Car Market


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Prices had been rising, and by 1984 the retail price of a Spider had risen to $16,000 — almost $6,000 more than the popular Mazda RX-7 — but still less than a Nissan 300ZX. Buyers could even snag a convertible Ford Mustang GT and leave almost $2,500 in their wallets. So for 1985, Alfa brought out Details Years produced: 1983–94 Price when new: $15,495–$27,000 Number produced: Over 40,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $11,500 (for 1982–84 cars) the Spider Graduate, riffing on the eponymous movie. The Graduate was a stripped-down Spider with steel wheels, vinyl seats and top, and a few other subtractions to reach a purchase price of $13,500. Nothing substantive was taken away, however, and buyers still got the 115-bhp engine and 5-speed manual transmission. In 1986, Alfa went the other direction and added a luxury Pros: Stylish, Italian, joyful to drive Cons: Rust-prone, head-gasket issues Best place to drive one: Down the coast on a sunny day Worst place to drive one: To the mechanic A typical owner is: On parole after assaulting the last person who called it an Alpha Romero Quadrifoglio trim, priced at $20,500. The Spider Quad offered sporty leather seats, standard a/c, and an AM/FM/cassette stereo. The full purchase price included $900 for a Pininfarina-designed hard top, which could be refused. Both the Graduate and the Quadrifoglio continued in production through the end of the third generation in 1990. End of an era By the 1991 model year, Mazda had rocked the sports-car world with the new Miata. The cute Japanese roadster was arguably better than any British or Italian low-cost option had ever been — and it was priced well below the Spider. Alfa leadership in Milan responded the only way they could: by taking the Spider upscale. Thus, the final-generation redesign focused on a comfortable interior and attractive exterior presentation. The Graduate became simply the Spider, leaving the leather, alloys and air conditioning for the Spider Veloce. Alfa also switched to Motronic fuel injection and electronic igni- tion, which raised engine output to 120 horsepower. For the first time, buyers could also get their Alfa Spider with an automatic transmission and variable-assist power steering. The Alfa Spider carried on until 1993, when declining sales spelled finito for the Giulia-based model that had been produced in one form or another since 1966. Alfa sold only 565 cars in America in 1994, including 190 special commemorative-edition Spiders. What’s the big deal? From the second to the fourth generations, Alfa sold somewhat over 40,000 Spiders in America, and about half of those were third-generation or fourth-generation cars. Prices are generally under $10,000 for a good driver-quality example — unless you stumble across one of those commemorative editions. Alfisti will usually tell you that none of the injected cars have the panache of the earlier carbureted models, and that’s generally true. Spiders are also subject to rust. The lore goes that Alfa was buying steel of dubious quality from the Soviet bloc by the mid-1970s, but really, it’s no worse than any other vehicle of the period. Finally, Alfas can be persnickety, especially if left to sit for long periods. But the snarl of an Alfa twin-cam engine is musical, and if you fol- low the basic rules of Italian driving (Guidalo come se fosse rubato!*) there are few old sports cars as affordably soul-satisfying as an Alfa Spider. *Drive it like you stole it. ♦ July 2020 39


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Legal Files John Draneas Cars in the Courts You can find a car — or cars — in many, many interesting legal cases from all over the United States the buyer drove off from California, 29 days after the money was paid, and 23 days after the title was transferred. The court ruled that the buyer bought the car when he drove off in it, and he had no insurance coverage. Porsche as deadly weapon Our next star went into his local Porsche dealer to test-drive a $63,000 1987 Turbo. The salesman drove the car off the lot, and then stopped to trade places with the customer. As the salesman was walking around the back of the car, our guy slid over into the driver’s seat and started to drive off. The salesman, apparently a tough dude, reacted by grabbing hold of the whale tail, thinking that would make the guy stop. Instead, the driver tried everything he could to throw the salesman off the tail — accelerate flat out to 70 mph, slam on the brakes, dump the clutch and go again, slide around turns at 80 mph, and repeat. The salesman, who said he almost lost his grip at one point, held on for dear life. This spectacle attracted a couple of T other drivers who followed behind, trying to help. They didn’t want to get too close for fear of running over the salesman if he fell off, but they were close enough to hear him screaming, “Get help!” Eventually, one of the drivers got he COVID-19 lockdown has had a dramatic effect on our society. Among the many dislocations are that people are driving less, interacting less — and trying to stay out of trouble. Also, the courts are pretty much shut down except for essential business. As a result, there haven’t been any juicy legal files popping up lately. So, in a bit of a back-to-basics approach, we’re going to look at a number of legal vignettes where collector cars have found themselves in the courtrooms across the country, often quite unexpectedly. New-car insurance coverage In 1986, our New Mexico resident protagonist thought it was time to expand his collection beyond his 1985 Pontiac, so he looked around for a Porsche. He went to California to see a 1983 Porsche, liked it, and told the seller he wanted to buy it. They must have gotten on quite well, or the seller must have been drunk or crazy, as he just gave the keys to the buyer and let him take the Porsche back home to New Mexico. No contract, no money, no nothing. Amazingly, they kept talking, a deal was struck, and the money was paid seven days later. Six days after that, the title was transferred to the buyer. Then, 23 days later, the buyer got into a crash with the Porsche, and the other party filed suit. The buyer had never informed his insurance company about the Porsche. Coverage was available only under the automatic new-carcoverage provision, which automatically insures a new car for 30 days. The issue was when to start counting. The crash occurred 36 days after 40 ahead of the Porsche and blocked the road to make the thief stop. At that point, the thief got out of the car and started beating the salesman, claiming he had a gun and threatening to kill him. Before any of that could happen, the police arrived and arrested the driver. The issue at trial was whether the crime should be expanded to include using the Porsche as a deadly weapon. The court noted that a Turbo Porsche would not ordinarily be a deadly weapon (no consideration of trailing-throttle oversteer), but the way in which the defendant used the Porsche did make it a deadly weapon under the circumstances. Porsche by another name Al Zim and Ed Mayo had a great idea — open a repair shop and dealership that specializes in Porsche cars. The hitch was finding a name that was not only distinctive but gave people an idea of what their business was all about. No word on how long it took, or how much research or liquor they went through, but they came up with the name “Por-sha.” Porsche came down on them like a load of bricks, with a federal court lawsuit alleging violations of the Lanham Act — using a trade name that caused confusion with Porsche’s registered trademark. The parties worked together to assemble an agreed-upon summary of all the pertinent facts and presented it to the judge for summary determination. The submissions included some evidence of actual confusion. The defense seemed to be: “The two names are pronounced exactly the same way, but they are spelled totally differently.” Sports Car Market


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The judge thanked the parties for their professionalism in presenting all their facts and arguments in an extremely fair way to make his job easier — and then ruled in favor of Porsche. (You have to read this to understand who won — you can’t listen to it on audio books.) Speed bumps Our next example involves a “mint-condition, maroon-colored 1968 Chevrolet” collector car. The police officer saw the driver accelerate quickly from a stop sign, laying a little rubber on the asphalt. So he followed the Chevy for several miles, hoping for a reason to stop the car to see if the driver had been drinking. But the driving was impeccable. Eventually, the Chevy pulled into a tightly packed trailer park with a lot of speed bumps to slow traffic. The driver did not slow down very much at all for the speed bumps. The officer reasoned that no owner of such a pristine collector car would drive that way and pulled him over. The appeals court ruled that the officer had sufficient cause to make the stop and upheld the drunken driving conviction. Give it back A California couple had a strong enough marriage that the wife used her separate money to buy the husband a 2001 Porsche 996 for about $60,000. We don’t know what contribution the Porsche made, but the car figured prominently in the ensuing divorce. The wife claimed that the Porsche was community property; the husband claimed it was his separate property as a gift. The court ruled that the Porsche was community property. While that would usually mean it would be divided 50-50, the court also ruled that, since the wife’s separate money was used to acquire community property, she was entitled to recover her $60,000 investment from the couple’s community property. That was more than the value of the Porsche at the time of the divorce. This seems extremely generous for the wife. We hope the husband received some other asset that held its value better. “An idiot” defense Another story involves a 1980 Ferrari that was the subject of a fed- eral seizure action in 1987. The feds brought a forfeiture action against the car as being the pro- ceeds of illegal drug sales. The owner, Oliver, was not charged with any illegal activity, and he defended on the basis that he innocently bought the Ferrari from his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Arlene. It seems the Ferrari was originally purchased by a known heroin dealer. Actually, his girlfriend bought it with about $50,000 of his cash. She lived in Hollywood, but she titled the Ferrari at a fictitious address in Oregon (perhaps to avoid sales tax?). However, the red Ferrari was kept at her Hollywood home, which had been paid for by the drug dealer, along with a brown Rolls-Royce, also paid for by the drug dealer. Arlene was the drug dealer’s attorney and took the Ferrari as part of her legal fees. She then flipped it to her boyfriend Oliver for $27,000. No surprise here, but Arlene did not testify in court, nor did she represent Oliver. The court rejected Oliver’s innocent-purchaser defense — that he had no way of knowing the drug-money history of the Ferrari. The court pointed out that Oliver was a former police officer who worked as a private investigator. Arlene had used him to assist with the drug dealer’s defense in a murder case. In the course of that work, Oliver went to Hollywood to pick up the Ferrari and drove it back to Oakland. He then procured insurance on the Ferrari in the drug dealer’s name and was reimbursed for the premiums out of Arlene’s client trust account. It seems the court saw this less as an innocent-purchaser defense and more of an only-an-idiot defense. ♦ 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 2020 41


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Color Madness If a car is historic — especially if the color is part of that history — then original colors can be very important Florida II, Battista Pinin Farina’s personal car and the prototype for the Flaminia coupe. Stunning in black with Battista’s favorite teal upholstery, it showed the essential elegance of the form. In my opinion, Flaminia Pininfarina coupes look best in dark colors, which emphasize their elemental quality and allow the light to reflect best on the sharp edges of the bodywork. In looking at the color chart for the Flaminia, my eye fell on a rich, warm, dark metallic gray, Grigio Newmarket. I had also seen a photograph of a PF coupe in a two-tone finish, with a black roof and trunk. While more often seen on the Flaminia sedan, the bright trim on the coupe also left distinct areas for second color delineation. So the die was cast, the decision made. After spraying test panels, Wayne agreed and the work was done — Grigio Newmarket and Nero. The result was truly beautiful, lifting the already attractive car to Grigio Newmarket — not the color it was born with, but a new level of presence I named this column “Unconventional Wisdom” for a specific reason. So often through the years, I have been involved in situations in which statements were made that were considered absolute by the speaker. “They never did that.” Or its inevitable twin, “They always did that.” The topics that engender these absolutes can wildly vary, but one that comes up time and again is that of color. Since the first impression a motor vehicle makes on us is an aesthetic one — and in some cases might be the most lasting — the way color influences the effectiveness of a design is important. Color is listed on many concours judging instructions and training documents. Judges are asked to decide if the colors on a car are attractive, appropriate for the period and the model — and, many times, whether they are the ones first applied when the car left the manufacturer’s premises for delivery. How important is original color? It’s here that things become a bit dicey. How important is it that a car retain its originally delivered color scheme? Is it the same for every car? I would — and have — argued that the answer to the second question is positively no. Of course, I could argue “maybe” and sometimes “perhaps.” This most often comes up when it concerns vehicles that are very expensive or sometimes valuable (and no, they’re not the same). It first came to me personally when I embarked on the somewhat accidental restoration of my 1963 Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina coupe. It had been repainted once before in the Argento Auteuil that it wore when it left the Pininfarina shop. The warm silver suited the shape well enough, especially combined with the natural leather upholstery. When I drove into Wayne Carini’s restoration shop in Connecticut, I had little idea that what had begun as a localized touch-in would become a full restoration — of course, starting with a bare-metal respray. There were very good reasons for it, but we don’t need to cover that here. After the paint was gone, Wayne and I both realized we were faced with a choice. The simple one was to go back to the silver. However, on a recent trip to Italy I had seen a Flaminia coupe in a stunning deep green — Turchese Mereweld. Looking at the color of the interior, I thought it would be very attractive on my car. The idea of going from a light to a dark color was also in my mind as I had also not long before been in the presence of the 1957 Lancia 42 a new level of presence. While I was going through the process, I had been posting to an Italian-cars bulletin board about my hunt for the right colors. By the way, I no longer post to boards, preferring to spend my time instead as a confirmed lurker. But a short while later, when I decided that the Flaminia had to go to make room for another car in my collection, I consigned it for sale at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction in 2014. It attracted a great deal of attention and sold well — to a collector with great taste and lovely and important cars. I was certainly pleased, as were many on the bulletin board on which I had posted in the years before. Except one — an acquaintance from Europe who self-identified as a member of the “color Taliban.” He wrote that he had held his silence but now that the car was no longer mine he felt free to share his opinion that “obviously I had been led down a bad path” by my restorer, who willfully ripped the poor Lancia from its history by painting it a different color than they did at the factory in Grugliasco. I quickly disabused him of the notion I had been coerced, explaining that the choice was mindfully and thoughtfully mine. Then followed a brief exchange online about the balance of rights and responsibilities of owners and the historical record. I freely shared my opinion, which is that there is a big difference between a car that is an historical document and one that isn’t. Historic cars and color Broadly, if a car is noted and documented as a one-off, launch ve- hicle or historic in any other way — with its appearance as a part of that notoriety — then strict adherence to the colors as delivered and recorded can be very important. However, given that many such cars were also costly when new and built for and/or sold to people of means and strong opinions, it is often true that the first owner might have immediately changed the colors to suit a whim. More important for me, then, is whether the colors are appropriate. Are they colors that the manufacturer or coachbuilder regularly used at the time for models such as the subject? Would these colors have been available to the owner at the time the car was built? Do the colors suit — and indeed flatter and enhance — the lines of the car? Those are the factors that matter most to me. There are some exam- ples of cases where the original color schemes were chosen for reasons other than the highest aesthetic values. If the car has not retained its original finishes and would benefit from a color upgrade, I say why not? I’ve more to share on this subject in a future column, so I look forward to hearing from you. ♦ Sports Car Market


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American Car Collector Jim Pickering An Endless Summer The social side of the car world may be canceled, but there’s still plenty to do had up until that time not driven anywhere. Well, he was in half of it. The bed was missing. Dad is a muscle-car and hot-rod guy turned family man, so when the need arose for a pickup, he found what was left of an older Chevy, chopped back the blackberry bushes that had tried to claim it, and then brought it home to restore in his spare time. Why wouldn’t you? I felt better as soon as I slid onto the warm blue vinyl seat. I remember going straight to the Pay ’n Pak hardware store — “you’re fine, we have work to do” — and sourcing a paper bag full of bolts he was using for whatever was going on under the bed. The rest of that day flew by in what seemed like mo- ments. I was helping out with a project for the first time — one of many more to come across years of summers — limited only by my fear of the hissing Emglo air compressor in the corner of the garage. Why are you a car person? As I mentioned, I’m an American-car guy, and that You can’t have a car — or truck — hobby without people F ourteen years at SCM has taken me to some interesting places. I’ve been to Monterey, Scottsdale and Amelia countless times. I’ve run down the PCH in brand-new BMWs, studied Alfas under the glass ceiling of the Grand Palais in Paris, and buzzed a cornfield full of Corvettes in Illinois while leaning out of a doorless, rickety, trailer-towed helicopter and holding an SCM camera. I’ve driven everything from new Gallardos to Keith’s dead Volvo du jour and have written about them all — even when the latter tended to leave me stranded on the side of the road with evil regularity. “Fainting-goat syndrome,” as Paul Duchene used to put it. In the midst of all that — or in some cases because of it — I’m still an American-car guy with one foot squarely in the garage. It’s tough seeing nearly every summer car event throw in the towel for 2020. It’s a blow to lose some of the key events we all look forward to every year, but in terms of an end-user enthusiast, I don’t see it as a total loss. It’s an opportunity. Go home again Looking back at all those high points of the past 14 years with SCM — and over 50 issues of ACC — brought back a lot of special memories. But there’s one stuck in my brain that goes back further and rivals all the higher-profile others. It’s vivid. I remember standing in front of a church, watching the road and waiting. I was about 4 years old, and the event must have been Sunday school. Maybe it was social anxiety — or too many doughnuts, I don’t know — but I didn’t feel well, so my father was on his way to retrieve me and save the day. Soon enough, he rounded the corner. I remember gleaming white wheels with polished stainless hubcaps and a freshly painted cab. He was in his project 1975 Chevrolet truck that 44 truck is to blame. It’s where everything started for me. I’ve been thinking a lot about it over the past few weeks while at home with my two young daughters, especially when people start talking on social media about Monterey and how sad they are over this year’s events all closing down. The social side of the car world is on hold. What are they going to do now? The answer, at least to me, is clear. The social aspect of old cars is only part of what makes them so great. The other part? One-on-one time. For me, a garage has always been an escape. Out there, day still turns to night in the turn of a wrench. Time vaporizes in a hazy swirl of polish or the fuelly smell of a Quadrajet in pieces on a sun-warmed workbench. There, the monsters of the world don’t shake my focus. I’m fine. We have work to do. Getting lost in your own old car can remind yourself why you’re really here. What is it about this car that’s so special to you? How can you make it better? Now’s the time to figure that out, from detailing to upgrades or even light resto work. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that I have a ’79 C10 sitting out in my shop right now, or that I’ve been doing a bunch of work on it. My girls have been helping me, too — at least when my IR compressor isn’t cycling. Celebrations of a passion are vital, but it’s easy to forget that they’re a reflection of the passion that’s much deeper-seated. If there’s any silver lining here to the mass close-down of July and August car events and what might seem like a resulting endless summer, it’s that we all get a reset that will make us appreciate than before. I’ve been to Monterey before, and I expect Monterey 2021 will be the best one yet. ♦ Sports Car Market this hobby even more


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS p. 50 ENGLISH: 1964 Aston Martin DB5 p. 52 ETCETERINI: 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder p. 54 GERMAN: 1961 Volkswagen Deluxe 23-Window Microbus p. 58 AMERICAN: 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon p. 60 RACE: 1970 Lola T165 Can-Am Race Car p. 62 NEXT GEN: 1981 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 p. 66 48 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS This distinctive model rarely hits the market, but this buyer found a good one at a great price by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 9791 Engine number: 9791 SCM Condition for this car: 1- I t could be argued that the three most desirable characteristics of Ferrari ownership are beauty, exclusivity and the possibility of open-air motoring, the “wind through your hair” sensation, that never wanes in its appeal. A 330 GTS ticks all those boxes. Testing a 330 GTS in 1968, Road & Track magazine found that the fully sorted, all-independent, transaxle chassis gave “a soft, level ride, wonderful adhesion and excellent behavior. Out on the road, once the driver has the feel of things, he feels he could do almost anything with this car.” Offered with its owner’s handbook, tool roll, Ferrari Red Book, Massini Report, and various records. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 153, sold for $1,475,000, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 5, 2020. I have a gripe with new Ferraris. They are astonishingly fast, less expensive to maintain than past models, and wonderful to drive, but they are not distinctive. Whether by aerodynamic needs or current design trends, many modern Ferrari models look like a lot of other cars. In Ferrari’s defense, that may be because other cars now look like Ferraris, but put an NSX, McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and a new Corvette a half a block down the street and you might not be able to tell which was the Ferrari. Pininfarina-designed, Enzo-era Ferraris were always distinctive. You cannot name another car that looks like a 275 GTB, a 250 Lusso or a 250 GT California Spyder. Different Ferrari models may share similar taillights, similar grilles and the trademark Pininfarina compound curves, but each model was distinctive. The 330 GTS falls firmly in the Enzo era, and along with the 330 GTC, is among the most distinctive of all Ferrari production models. No other cars look like these cars. An elegant coupe 1966 saw the introduction of the 330 GTC. The GTC replaced Ferrari’s 250 Lusso. Pininfarina blended the rear end of a 275 GTS with the front end of a 500 Superfast to style the 330 GTC. The result was an elegant coupe with a spacious and airy cockpit. The GTC showed the owner’s good taste, complementing the driver rather than defining them. Ferrari historian and enthusiast Dyke Ridgley wrote in Cavallino magazine that the 330 GTC was the first modern Ferrari. He argued that the 330 GTC offered the superior performance, suspension, drivability and comfort that we expect today. He offered that the 330 GTC could be driven in traffic without overheating, and, with optional air 50 Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Years produced: 1966–68 Number produced: 100 Original list price: $16,800 Current SCM Median Valuation: $2,012,500 Transmission: 5-speed manual Tune-up cost: $3,500 conditioning, keep the occupants in reasonable comfort. The 330 GTC and GTS engine is an evolution of Ferrari’s legendary Lampredi V12. The 300-hp 4-liter is long on torque and quick on response. It has single overhead cams and three 2-barrel Weber carburetors. Modern valve-stem seals eliminate the exhaust smoke that plagued earlier Ferrari engines. Hello, GTS As a complement to the GTC, Ferrari also offered the open-top 330 GTS. The GTS was nearly identical to the coupe except for the roof. The GTS had a collapsible cloth top that was manually retracted with minimal effort and neatly stored under a vinyl upholstered fiberglass boot. There was no pretense of the 330 GTC or GTS being a street version of a Ferrari race car — nor were they used in competition. They were intended for nothing other than luxurious high-performance transportation. The interiors were finished with plush wool carpet- ing, wood dash fascia, a wood steering wheel and wide, supple leather-upholstered bucket seats. Electric windows were standard equipment, and a liberal amount of chrome trim highlighted the interior space. Offered as optional accessories were Borrani wire wheels, air conditioning and a radio. Our subject car, 330 GTS 9791, has a well-docu- mented history with no known issues. It was born gray — and then painted silver. It was recently painted again, this time a beautiful gold that Pininfarina called Oro Chiaro. Ferrari engine compartments and trunks are painted black, so nearly undetectable color changes can be made. There are no deductions for color changes in Ferrari concours rules, so contrary to most marques, there is little if any financial consequence to changing the color of a Ferrari. HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $3,000,000 $2,502,500 $2,500,000 $2,420,000 $2,000,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 July 2020 2015 2016 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS 2017 This sale: $1,475,000 $2,475,000 $2,530,000 $2,012,500 One of 100 The total 330 GTS production was a scant 100 units. Few met their demise, but a couple were crashed enough for concern. A few got pretty run down, but they have always been valuable enough that they were worth restoring. Only a couple per year change hands. Buyers cannot be too picky, as the ideal car may never come along. Buying the best available example and refurbishing it to your liking might be the only way to get your “right” car. Bonhams’ $1,475,000 sale of our subject car was startling but not entirely unexpected. The sale went down a couple weeks after the stock market started its huge slide — and just as the coronavirus went from being a curiosity to a pandemic. It was exactly the wrong time to be selling a million-dollar car, and the result bore that out. You would have to go back to 2013 to find a lower recorded sale. High market for a 330 GTS was when RM snagged $2,900,000 for one at their 2014 Monte Carlo sale. The market has slowly dropped since then. In early 2020, Gooding & Company sold a 330 GTS for $1,985,000, and I suspect that is as close to $2,000,000 as we will see for a while. The seller was an active enthusiast with an impres- sive collection. He shows his cars and keeps them in peak condition. The GTS was shown several times, winning a coveted Platinum Award at the Cavallino Classic Ferrari show. SCM’s reporter on the scene at the Amelia auction called chassis 9791 a spectacular example and superbly restored. The only flaw of note was a slight misalignment of the glovebox door. That opinion was backed up with the Cavallino Platinum Award and Ferrari’s Classiche certification. A buyer would have to be lucky to find a better car. The seller purchased his car in 2008. Accepting the bid at Bonhams had to have been a gut-checking choice. The money was well below market — but still represented a reasonable profit. The future was very cloudy on the day of the auc- tion and not any clearer today. Passing on the bid was not a good option. At best, it would take months to find more money. At worst, that might be the best money until another cycle comes around. The seller made the right choice. The buyer’s fortune is to be determined. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 2018 2019 Steve Ahlgrim served as general manager and vice president of Ferrari dealer FAF Motorcars, has been a concours judge for over 25 years, and is a member of the IAC/PFA — an international committee that oversees high-level Ferrari concours judging. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder Lot 142, s/n 10773 Condition 1- Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $2,012,500 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/17/2019 SCM# 6891100 Chassis # location: Left frame member by the steering box Engine # location: Right rear above motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1965 Aston Martin DB5 DHC, 1965 Ferrari 330 GTC, 1967 Jaguar E-type SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder Lot 242, s/n 9781 Condition 1- Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $1,710,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/2020 SCM# 6922140 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder Lot 220, s/n 10689 Condition 1 Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $2,475,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/2017 SCM# 6816905 51


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English Profile Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions 1964 Aston Martin DB5 The most cost-effective way to car restoration? Get someone else to pay for it By Paul Hardiman Chassis number: DB5156IR SCM Condition for this car: 1- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 432, sold for $916,682, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro sale at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, U.K., on February 22, 2020. The Aston Martin DB5 has long been the yardstick of the classic-car market. Its price holds steady through market variations, giving an undamped median line through a sometimes-choppy chart. In 2010 they were basically £350k ($425k). By 2014 that had more or less doubled, and as Ferraris rise and fall around them, it hasn’t changed much since. In my “Buy/Sell/Hold” only last month (June 2020, p. 78), I noted that the price of DB5s still appeared extraordinarily resilient in a generally declining market. Why? Several factors. Fewer than 900 DB5 coupes were built and only about 800 still exist. These excellent cars are still half the price of a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso. And James Bond, of course, which is why so many get painted silver. Our subject DB5 This was an interesting example, in that it’s had very few miles under its wheels in the past decade — but a lot of restoration, which must have put at least one of the prior sellers underwater. Bought with zero miles after the last refurb, it was painted again, after which it was put away again. This time around, it was sold from “a private collection of fastidiously maintained and correctly stored classics.” Originally Platinum (white) with blue leather, and registered 999 JUM, DB51561R had at least five owners in its first 10 years. Around 1990, Aston Martin specialist Desmond Smail owned the car. After that it spent time in Austria and Germany before being acquired by Adrian Johnson of Post Vintage Engineers as a “nice, original old car” and was later sold to an owner in York in 2002, who spent the next 10 years overseeing a massive restoration. That restoration included the usual replacement of chassis outrig- gers and jacking points, but it also brought new inner and outer sills and replacement trailing-arm mounts. To do this much work to the structure of one of these Superleggera cars, you have to unpeel some of the aluminum shell. So the car also received new front and rear body sections and new door skins. The car was retrimmed in burgundy (3171) Connolly hide with red Wilton carpet — all still presenting nicely. The brakes were rebuilt and the suspension upgraded with a Harvey Bailey kit, which tightens up the handling (and ride) a bit. Obviously deciding his so-far-massive outlay wasn’t enough, in 2012 — near the end of the project — the owner had the engine rebuilt at JMB Services — punching it out to 4.2 liters while they were at it and finishing the head as unleaded-tolerant. That resulted in a healthy 52 Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Years produced 1963–65 Number produced: 886 coupes (plus 123 convertibles and 12 shooting brakes) Original list price: $14,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $778,000 Transmission: 5-speed manual Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap $81 Chassis # location: Plate on right side of scuttle Engine # location: On left of cylinder block next to alternator Club: Aston Martin Owners Club Web: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1958–62 Aston Martin DB4 coupe, 1962–64 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso, 1962–64 Jaguar E-type Series I 3.8 coupe 316 ft-lb of torque at 4,165 rpm (standard is allegedly 288 ft-lb at 3,900 rpm, which is about as likely as a 3.8 E-type really making 265 bhp). Many restored DB5s sport 4.2-liter overbores, which sounds impressive but only adds 5% to the engine capacity and doesn’t appear to affect value either way, as the appearance is unchanged. Many now have power steering — an unobtrusive electric add-on. Well, have you driven a standard one? After the restoration, Post Vintage Engineers, which had supplied some of the parts, was asked to help sell the car, which in the words of PVE’s Adrian Johnson, was by then “a horrible Audi modern white.” The vendor bought it in late 2016 and promptly had it repainted in Silver Birch, the DB5 equivalent of Ferrari Retail Red, at Charlie’s Classic & Custom Bodyshop in Somerset. None of this is cheap Using independent specialists means the work will be cheaper than taking it to Tickford Street. A full restoration of a DB5 at Aston Martin Works — with a six-month waiting list — is in the order of £500,000 ($600k-plus) including taxes, which puts you underwater once you factor in the purchase price of the car. Let’s just say you don’t send a car back home to be reborn if you want to turn a quick profit, but that’s always been the case. Aston Martin broker Philip Jones of $2,000,000 HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $1,814,818 1964 Aston Martin DB5 $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 July 2020 $969,044 $947,561 $781,000 $1,097,622 This sale: $916,682 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe Lot 52, s/n DB51900R Condition 2- Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $832,103 Bonhams, Goodwood, West Sussex, U.K., 4/7/2019 SCM# 6897989 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 53 Byron International (see www.allastonmartin.com for a useful resource on the marque) remembers sourcing tired DB5s in the early 1990s for £25k and sending them for £100k restorations, when they were worth less than half that. Buy the car after the restoration So, how did we get here, which is a lot of money spent on a largely static exhibit? “People have always wanted to restore cars,” said Philip Jones. Jones then asked if I’m old enough to remember the last boom and bust of 30 years ago (sadly, yes). To my mind, this car has all the hallmarks of a proj- ect that ran away with itself, perhaps in the name of “investment,” quite possibly leaving at least one of the vendors underwater. Unfortunate for them, but the resilience of the DB5 in the classic-car market means the new owner of this shiny car is probably on a fairly safe wicket, even at this price, which is at the top end of the market. This sale just reinforces the old lesson. You rarely show a profit on a restoration, so the astute buy is always someone else’s project. ♦ Paul Hardiman has written for SCM since 2007. He’s our go-to guy for British and European auction coverage — and many car profiles. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe Lot 428, s/n DB52149R Condition 2+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $792,415 Silverstone, Silverstone Classic, Birmingham, U.K., 11/9/2019 SCM# 6916403 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe Lot 164, s/n DB52028L Condition 3+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $687,560 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/5/2020 SCM# 6916403 SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS


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Etceterini & Friends Profile © Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder A slightly tired example with a color change still trades hands for a good price — because this is a great, valuable car by Donald Osborne Chassis number: AM115S491273 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ W ith just 46 examples built, the Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder is among the most exclusive of all road-going Maseratis and one of the most sought-after high-performance Italian exotics of the early 1970s. These extraordinary automobiles rarely appear for sale, either at auction or privately, as most are fixtures in major collections. This particular example, with its fantastic color scheme, desirable ZF 5-speed gearbox and matching-numbers engine, is the ideal candidate for a concours-quality restoration — one that would return this most deserving car to its original splendor. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 49, sold for $753,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 6, 2020. By the time you are reading this, the cozy world of collector cars as it existed in March 2020 may seem rather far away. It is wonderful and remarkable that Bill Warner and his team were able to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours with such great style and energy. The rumblings of what was quickly approaching were ever-present, not least in the packed auction tents and rooms. Pundits near and dear, far and despised, have already offered their opinions on the effect the coronavirus has had or will have on the collector-car market. The spinning bottle now points at me. Of course, as an experienced and accredited appraiser, I am very well aware that any opinion of value must be specific to a particular date. And this is a profile of a car sold in the pre-pandemic period, so might it be considered a bit outdated today? Well, I think the answer is no. Let’s look at this sale and what I think it said about the market on that day in long-ago March. Simply gorgeous, quite rare First, consider the car itself. By most objective measures of a com- pletely subjective topic, the Maserati Ghibli is one of the most beautiful cars ever built, and its designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro, considers it his masterpiece. So it has beauty. The Ghibli is also among the most enjoyable-to-drive grand GTs ever built, by Maserati or any other manufacturer. They are easy to drive in town, undemanding and smooth. When taken out on the open road, they give you great confidence in fast driving and never seem to break a sweat doing it. I’ve often observed that the Maserati V8 performs much more like its American cousins than its Italian relatives — evenly providing power from the bottom of the range to the top without fuss. There were only 128 open Ghiblis built by the factory, and of those, a mere 46 were the 4.9-liter SS. So it has rarity. Our subject car Now our story begins to get a bit more complicated. The ownership trail went cold for 15 years, starting about six months after the deliver54 Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Years produced: 1971–72 Number produced: 46 (SS) Original list price: $21,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,256,000 Transmission: 5-speed manual Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Engine compartment on side rail ing dealer put the car into the hands of the known first owner in 1972. It improves a bit as it turns up in the hands of well-known and respected dealer Ed Waterman in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 1987. The car’s history goes a bit soft again in the 1990s in Scandinavia, but more information is forthcoming when it comes into the ownership of Jacques Pozzo di Borgo, a very well-known figure in international Maserati circles. There is a color change. You may have read else- where in this very issue of SCM my thoughts on color and how it relates to both value and appeal. A tripleblack Ghibli Spyder is an attractive vehicle. However, I’m rather partial to the subtle and elegant gold this car was finished in when new. I think it’s a shame that it has been given such a slightly predictable transformation. At least the red/tan tide has long since run dry. From an auction peak of $1.5 million for a 1971 SS at Gooding & Company’s 2016 Pebble Beach sale, prices seem to have drifted downwards. However, this is a very small market at best. It’s also rather specific — if you want a factory Ghibli Spyder and a 4.9-liter version, the opportunity doesn’t arise terribly often. There are so few of them. What the market desires So what are the characteristics of value that count in assessing a Maserati Ghibli? As first and foremost an object of aesthetic interest, color is key. Second, as in any limited-production, high-value vehicle, provenance is quite important. Where has it been and with whom? What did they do with it, when and why? And finally, how does it present itself today? How closely does it adhere to original standards of materials, finish and detail? Condition is also key. We’ve already stated that the market favors the 4.9 SS over the earlier 4.7 models. So our subject car gets a plus for being one of the more-desirable variants. It also is a 5-speed manual as-built. The 4.7 Spyder that RM Sotheby’s sold last October in London was a 5-speed conversion from automatic, which brought $514,242. The lower price was not surprising, as that car experienced a double discount factor. The SCM Median Valuation for this model has cer- tainly been lifted by that 2016 sale for $1.5 million and a few others near or at the $1 million mark a while back. So how does this result fit in? Once again, the market in March read this Maserati appropriately. If a few of the characteristics of value had been different — the completeness of the provenance, the color change and the car’s slightly tired condition — the price realized might have been higher. In fact, the catalog description even suggests that the new owner might want to undertake a restoration to the original color scheme. As it was, the car traded hands exactly where it should have, with the appropriate discount taken for the circumstances. That it sold is also indicative of an owner aware of how the market works and willing to accept its verdict, despite the aggressive $900,000–$1.1 million estimate. I would judge this well done on both sides. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) Donald Osborne, ASA, is the CEO of Audrain LLC and oversees the Audrain Automobile Museum and the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. An historian and consultant, he stars on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Spyder Lot 128, s/n AM115S491251 Condition 1- Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $1,025,773 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/5/18 SCM# 6878854 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS coupe Lot 140, s/n AM115491570 Condition 2+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $183,809 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/2/2020 SCM# 6925455 Engine # location: Stamped on side of block Club: Maserati Club International Web: www.maseratinet.com Alternatives: 1972–73 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona, 1966–69 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, 1964–69 Maserati Mistral Spyder SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder Lot 129, s/n AM115S1233 Condition 3+ Transmission: 5-speed manual Sold at $873,685 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/7/18 SCM# 6858254 July 2020 55


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German Profile ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1961 Volkswagen Deluxe 23-Window Microbus A very nice Samba dances to a good price after RM Sotheby’s pivots to a quality online-only auction by Jeff Zurschmeide Chassis number: 792933 SCM Condition for this car: 2- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 249, sold for $159,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Palm Beach, FL, online auction on March 28, 2020. A friend recently posed this rhetorical question: “Has anyone ever bought a car from eBay and found it was better than they expected when it arrived?” He suspected that had never happened, and for the most part, he’s probably right. Yet with the social limitations currently in place in response to COVID-19, collectors are being forced to buy sight-unseen cars if they want to buy at all. Taking the show online Faced with travel and public-gathering restrictions, RM Sotheby’s might have canceled their 18th Annual Palm Beach Auction, but with more than a week until the gavel was set to fall, the company moved the entire show to its online platform. “We had many clients who were counting on us to sell their cars in 58 this market and significant bidder interest gearing up for the physical auction,” said RM Sotheby’s president Kenneth Ahn. That move could have unnerved sellers fearful of reduced bids or unqualified bidders, but RM Sotheby’s seems to have made a refreshing jug of Florida lemonade out of a distinctly sour state of the world. The company reported nearly 900 bidders from 44 countries participating, besting the in-person average for this auction by 23%. Furthermore, 36% of those bidders were first-timers at RM Sotheby’s. Remote, online and proxy bidding has been around in some form for decades. Eliminating the in-person aspect surely takes some excitement and pressure off the transactions, but it doesn’t seem to have deflated the results. At least not by much. A clean Samba Among the cars sold at this auction was this 1961 Volkswagen Deluxe Microbus, commonly known as a 23-Window Samba. These have been the queens of VW production, pulling top money at auctions over the past several years. With plenty of comparable sales, this van is a perfect yardstick for the success of this auction. The 23-Window Samba was produced from 1951 to 1963, changing Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Years produced: 1951–63 (21-window to 1967) Number produced: 101,829 Original list price: $2,495 (1961) Current SCM Median Valuation: $119,500 Transmission: 4-speed manual Tune-up cost: $50 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis # location: Behind front passenger’s seat Engine # location: Stamped on a boss below the generator support Club: Vintage Volkswagen Club of America Web: www.vvwca.com to a 21-Window configuration for 1964–67. The primary difference is two curved windows at the rear corners of the vehicle that disappeared after 1963. Both the 23and 21-Window varieties are about equally desirable, and the SCM Pocket Price Guide lists a median price of $119,500 for a good one. The van in question appears impeccably clean in the auction photographs. The engine serial number checks out as a 40-horsepower, 1,200-cc engine manufactured in 1961 and still bearing all its original equipment. A few pimples on older chromed parts, some dings on the trim spears, and some separation in the window glass are the only flaws visible. This is a Samba that any collector would be proud to own. It also helps that the bus comes with provenance all the way back to the original dealership purchase. Together with the excellent set of detailed photographs, this Samba was set to succeed in an online auction. Vote with your dollars The bidders must have agreed that this VW was spe- cial, as it pulled good money. It didn’t reach the exuberant $302,500 that a bidder paid for a 1965 21-Window model back in 2017 (SCM# 6826646), but the sale price was respectable money befitting the quality of the vehicle — and well on the sunny side of the median. It’s possible that the van could have brought more in a live auction where bidders had the chance to experience the Samba in its glory and fall in love before bidding. But the online format also seems to have brought in new $300,000 $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 July 2020 $75,600 1961 Volkswagen Deluxe 23-Window Microbus 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 59 $159,500 HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $291,500 $220,000 $192,500 This sale: $159,500 1967 Volkswagen Transporter Deluxe 21-Window Microbus Lot 308, s/n 247101108 Condition 2- Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $57,406 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/07/2019 SCM# 6896687 bidders, so it’s impossible to say for sure. The sharp recession could also have stopped this VW from reaching its highest potential price, but it certainly didn’t result in a disappointing sale. The shape of auctions to come? Here’s a personal opinion: Anyone who tries to pre- dict what’s going to happen in the next six to 12 months is either a charlatan or a fool. I’ll cop to the latter right away and save you the trouble of pointing it out. It may play out that 2020 is the year that auctions go virtual. If buyers still come and bid at respectable amounts, that’s big savings for auction houses who no longer have to arrange or erect venues. I’m not foolish enough to think they’ll pass the savings back to the buyers and sellers, though. However, I don’t think we’ll see the end of live auctions once the viral danger has passed. The energy and community of a live auction is too tasty a brew to give up forever. Yet we may see online bidding grow as buyers become more comfortable making a purchase in absentia. What that means is that sellers and auction houses will have all the more incentive to take and publish detailed photos and offer as much solid information as possible about each vehicle, and that’s a win for everyone involved. ♦ Jeff Zurschmeide started writing for SCM in 2013, and now he’s one of our most-prolific contributors. Executive Editor Chester Allen dreams of buying — or stealing — Zurschmeide’s outstanding GMC pickup. 1959 Volkswagen Transporter Samba Lot 729, s/n 481764 Condition 2+ Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $192,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/11/2019 SCM# 6899870 Alternatives: 1961–65 Chevrolet Greenbrier, 1961–67 Ford Econoline, 1964–70 Dodge A100 SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1959 Volkswagen Transporter Samba Lot 1304.1, s/n 397019 Condition 2+ Transmission: 4-speed manual Sold at $154,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/2019 SCM# 6891154


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American Profile ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon Bidders stewing away in social isolation and bidding online may have boosted the price of this driver-quality woodie By B. Mitchell Carlson Chassis number: 186631145 SCM Condition for this car: 3- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 419, sold for $50,600, including buyer’s premium, during RM Sotheby’s Online Only Palm Beach, FL, auction on March 20–28, 2020. In 1941, Ford introduced an all-new platform for their car produc- tion. This new platform carried the company through post-war 1948. As part of Ford’s new-car platform in 1941, woodie wagons were also redone. This was the final year that both Deluxe and Super Deluxe wagon models were offered — the latter being the first Ford to list for over $1,000 since the 1929 Model A Town Car. In addition, 1941 was the first year for the last generation of the all-wood-structure 4-door wagon. While the post-war, 2-door 1949–51 Ford and Mercury wagons still had real wood, it was mostly for looks on a basic steel shell. To get the full driving-a-cabinet experience, the 1941–48 Ford and Mercury wagons are it. Surfin’ safari Because many workers had to carpool to defense-industry jobs, a lot of 1941 Ford wagons survived into the post-war era. Some considered them old-fashioned, high maintenance, and another reminder of the war years. However, the booming number of younger drivers during the 1950s embraced woodies for their easily hopped-up V8 engines, styling and practicality. Woodies were the car of choice for California surfers from the 1950s through the early 1960s. During the later 1960s, this generation of woodie wagons graduated from surfboard-toting beaters to collectibles worthy of restoration. Any surviving by 1970 were all saved — barring insurance losses from calamities — and had either been preserved or restored to some level. You still see Ford woodies at California surf spots — but their owners tend to be much older and wealthier than the average surfer. Our subject woodie appears to have been redone in fits and starts over the decades. This car never got a planned restoration. In particular, the fastener joints in the wood show a lot of distress and rot from 60 Sports Car Market


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the decades, and the electrical system is haphazard. RM Sotheby’s listing mentioned that author and barn- find savant Tom Cotter owned the car at one time. Cotter is a well-known wagon fan, and his cars tend to be drivers rather than show-ponies. A change in plans Originally, this car was scheduled to be part of RM Sotheby’s live auction in West Palm Beach, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world in a few days. RM Sotheby’s quickly canceled the live auction and turned it into an online-only sale. There was another 1941 Ford Super Deluxe woodie on the docket. Lot 360, finished in Washington Blue, benefited from a professional restoration in 1985 and won AACA National First Place awards. Despite some aging of the chrome plating along with some paint nicks that have been touched up, Lot 360 is still in great condition 35 years later. While it is in better condition than our featured wagon, it only sold for a few bids more, at $53,900. Frankly, I’d have bid on that example and not both- ered with our featured car (then again, I’m a sucker for Washington Blue). HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $117,600 $100,000 $80,000 $60,500 $77,000 $60,000 $57,750 $40,000 $20,000 $0 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 B. Mitchell Carlson is a longtime SCM writer, and he’s our resident expert for many examples of Americana and historic military vehicles. This sale: $50,600 $42,900 Location, location, location? Our featured wagon was already on site in West Palm Beach before the auction was changed to online only. The other car was sitting in New York state. As such, shipping costs can be a factor. For a bidder in Florida, shipping costs are markedly lower on our subject car. The opposite would also be true for bidders in New England. Yet for someone on the West Coast, it’s probably a draw. The cost of shipping may have helped — or hurt — the price of our subject woodie. In recent years, the market for woodies has softened. However, it may be more accurate to say that the woodie market moved to driver-grade cars instead of concours lawn ornaments. I get the feeling that the price on our subject woodie was a product of antsy bidders stuck at home with nothing better to do than sit at the computer and bid on cars. Would it have done better or worse with a live, on-site auction as part of the mix? It’s hard to say one way or the other, but for the reality of this sale, I’ll call it better sold than bought. DETAILS Years produced: 1941–48 Number produced: 9,485 (plus 6,116 Deluxe series) Original list price: $1,015 Current SCM Median Valuation: $56,000 Transmission: 3-speed manual with column shift Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor caps: $20 (two at $10 each) Chassis # location: Stamped on the top face of the left frame rail, between the front suspension and radiator Engine # location: Upper surface of the flange facing the bellhousing Clubs: Early Ford V8 Club of America Web: www.earlyfordv8.org Alternatives: 1942, 1946–48 Ford Super Deluxe wagon; 1941–42, 1946–48 Mercury Eight wagon; 1940–42 Chevrolet Special series wagons SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1947 Ford Super Deluxe station wagon Lot 110, s/n 799A2002745 Condition 2 Transmission: 3-speed manual Sold at $56,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/2020 SCM# 6922164 1941 Ford Deluxe station wagon Lot 775, s/n 186301246 Condition 2 Transmission: 3-speed manual Sold at $47,300 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/27/2018 SCM# 6878965 1942 Ford Super Deluxe station wagon Lot 165, s/n 186771494 Condition 3+ Transmission: 3-speed manual Sold at $60,500 RM Sotheby’s, Detroit, MI, 4/30/2016 SCM# 6804368 July 2020 61


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Race Car Profile Robin Adams ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1970 Lola T165 Can-Am Race Car This is a gorgeous, fun car, but this price didn’t make sense. However, somebody was willing to step up by Thor Thorson Chassis number: SL16522 SCM Condition for this car: 2 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 213, sold for $665,000, good racing-car brokers out there would increase the chances of an excellent sales price. Further, I would have made a clear case that something like $300,000 including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island FL, auction on March 7, 2020. There are two old homilies that seem to relate to this particular sale: Only old men and fools try to predict auction results for racing-car sales. The exception proves the rule. In this case, as an experienced hand in the business, I would never have encouraged an advisee to put a rather ordinary Lola Can-Am racer up for sale at any but a few auction venues (and particularly not Amelia Island). Instead, I would have said giving it to one of the four or five really would be a reasonable place to set expectations. Obviously, I was wrong, by a factor of two or three. Now, I admit to being 74 years old, which ain’t particularly young, but I would vigorously contest the fool part, as there is simply too much experience (much of dismiss them as senility. Plus, virtually every other “expert” would have told you the same thing. Something beyond rational markets playing out had to apply here — possibly some parties made a huge mistake (and there had to be two bidders to get there). There may have been something else going on, or maybe it wasn’t sold as a racer. As an “objet d’art,” maybe it was sold according to a different set of rules. Let’s consider. A bit of history American road racing developed through the 1950s as a purely amateur sport, but the post-war boom put lots of money in the hands of lots of people who had grown up with the automobile as their primary obsession — and excitement as a goal. So promoters quickly figured out that the explosion in circle racing that had found eyes and spectator dollars in the Southeast and Midwest could be packaged to the wealthier and better-educated demographic around the big cities and coasts. For American road racing to capture the minds and wallets of our demographic, it needed to find the sex and allure of European racing and combine it with the ground-pounding and pulse-thumping spectacle of the American vibe. Technology had proven to be a fortuitous companion, because in the mid-1960s the tire wars between Goodyear and Firestone had led to 62 Sports Car Market it painful) contributing to my observations to


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the development of very wide, short tires that could get immense amounts of horsepower to the road — which allowed big American V8 engines to strut their stuff. The solution was the introduction of the “Canadian- American Challenge Cup,” or Can-Am, for the 1966 season. In the interest of spectacle, there was only one class and one winner. For the same reason, the rules abandoned any pretense of being limited to sports cars or in any other way. The basic technical rules were as follows: • Two seats • Four wheels • Full bodywork That’s it. Being faster was the only thing that mattered. Oh, yeah, the prize money made even the biggest European races look like beggars taking alms. The new series was an immediate and shattering success. The “classic” (which is to say unlimited) series ran from 1966 through 1974 before collapsing into something more regulated. This era can be thought of as four generations of racing cars. The first generation was simply holdovers from USRRC. The engines were generally 5-liter and tires were still pretty skimpy, which limited how hard you could push them. Lola won the first year with their T-70. The 1967 season saw the introduction of the 2nd Series cars with chassis designed specifically for Can-Am. They were now designed to accept Chevrolet’s “big block” engines, there was suspension room for tons more tire, brakes got huge, and aerodynamics were considered from the start — although wings were still added on. McLaren’s entry to this group was the M6A, and Lola introduced the T160 series. McLaren won easily in 1967. The 3rd Series of racers, built between 1969 and 1971, compose what most of us think of as the glory years of Can-Am racing. McLaren’s M8 Series dominated, followed at some distance by Lola’s T165 designs. Wings started out tall and separate, but starting in 1970, they had to be integrated into the bodywork. This was a period of utter McLaren dominance, with Lola’s final T165 cars relegated to spear-carrier status. They were still great cars with lots to recommend them, particularly as fun drivers, but they couldn’t win. McLaren won everything through 1971. The 4th Series saw the introduction of Porsche’s 91710 and 917-30 racers. They were overwhelming to the degree that the other competitors just went home, and Can-Am died. Very cool — but not very collectible So where does this discussion lead to our subject T165? The first answer is that, with the exception of a very few championship-winning McLaren chassis (and, of course, the Porsches, which are a different story), these Can-Am cars simply don’t cross the collectibility threshold. They were pure weapons, with all components (except possibly the chassis tag) both disposable and readily disposed. For probably 85% of any Can-Am vintage grid, originality is pretty much a crock, with the result that few — if any — even claim to care. These are fabulous toys if you’ve got the wherewithal and desire to strap yourself in, but they are not now, or likely to be in the future, collectible in a classic way. Our subject Lola is a pretty — but utterly un-special — example of the marque. Unless there is something I don’t know about, this should be a $200,000–$300,000 car — along with virtually every other weapons-grade Can-Am car sold for the past 10 years. What might I have missed? The catalog clearly mentions it having a 427-ci engine, which is inappropriate (should be an aluminum 454), so maybe the engine is an original Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport unit or the like, which could change the valuation massively. The car is unquestionably gorgeous, so maybe it got bought as pure art (it’s not a lot of money from that perspective). Maybe a couple of tipsy high rollers were playing chicken and one lost. Maybe the car has special meaning to the winner, who just didn’t care what he paid. To any normal way of valuation, this sale didn’t make sense, but somebody was willing to do it. You never know. This sale was just before the market crash, so maybe a buyer dumped a mess of low-basis, high-volatility stock to pay for it and is now looking at his gorgeous Lola, sipping a scotch, and giggling. For whatever reason, I’ve got to say this was extremely well sold. I hope it made sense to the buyer. ♦ 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. 1971 Lola T260 Can-Am Spyder Lot 122, s/n T260HU2 Condition 2+ Sold at $308,235 RM Auctions, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/10/14 SCM# 243731 DETAILS Years produced: 1970 Number produced: Four Current SCM Median Valuation: $665,000 (this car) Chassis # location: Tag on frame in cockpit Engine #location: Front of block Club: Historic Can-Am Association Web: www.historiccanam.com Alternatives: 1971 McLaren M8E, 1971 Lola T260, 1973 Shadow DN4 SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1972 McLaren M20 Can-Am racer Lot S170, s/n M2001 Condition 2+ Sold at $2,160,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/14 SCM# 245097 1971 McLaren M8E Can-Am racer Lot S211, s/n 8004 Condition 2- Not sold at $310,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN 5/17/11 SCM# 179390 e development of very wide, short tires that could get immense amounts of horsepower to the road — which allowed big American V8 engines to strut their stuff. The solution was the introduction of the “Canadian- American Challenge Cup,” or Can-Am, for the 1966 season. In the interest of spectacle, there was only one class and one winner. For the same reason, the rules abandoned any pretense of being limited to sports cars or in any other way. The basic technical rules were as follows: • Two seats • Four wheels • Full bodywork That’s it. Being faster was the only thing that mattered. Oh, yeah, the prize money made even the biggest European races look like beggars taking alms. The new series was an immediate and shattering success. The “classic” (which is to say unlimited) series ran from 1966 through 1974 before collapsing into something more regulated. This era can be thought of as four generations of racing cars. The first generation was simply holdovers from USRRC. The engines were generally 5-liter and tires were still pretty skimpy, which limited how hard you could push them. Lola won the first year with their T-70. The 1967 season saw the introduction of the 2nd Series cars with chassis designed specifically for Can-Am. They were now designed to accept Chevrolet’s “big block” engines, there was suspension room for tons more tire, brakes got huge, and aerodynamics were considered from the start — although wings were still added on. McLaren’s entry to this group was the M6A, and Lola introduced the T160 series. McLaren won easily in 1967. The 3rd Series of racers, built between 1969 and 1971, compose what most of us think of as the glory years of Can-Am racing. McLaren’s M8 Series dominated, followed at some distance by Lola’s T165 designs. Wings started out tall and separate, but starting in 1970, they had to be integrated into the bodywork. This was a period of utter McLaren dominance, with Lola’s final T165 cars relegated to spear-carrier status. They were still great cars with lots to recommend them, particularly as fun drivers, but they couldn’t win. McLaren won everything through 1971. The 4th Series saw the introduction of Porsche’s 917- 10 and 917-30 racers. They were overwhelming to the degree that the other competitors just went home, and Can-Am died. Very cool — but not very collectible So where does this discussion lead to our subject T165? The first answer is that, with the exception of a very few championship-winning McLaren chassis (and, of course, the Porsches, which are a different story), these Can-Am cars simply don’t cross the collectibility threshold. They were pure weapons, with all components (except possibly the chassis tag) both disposable and readily disposed. For probably 85% of any Can-Am vintage grid, originality is pretty much a crock, with the result that few — if any — even claim to care. These are fabulous toys if you’ve got the wherewithal and desire to strap yourself in, but they are not now, or likely to be in the future, collectible in a classic way. Our subject Lola is a pretty — but utterly un-special — example of the marque. Unless there is something I don’t know about, this should be a $200,000–$300,000 car — along with virtually every other weapons-grade Can-Am car sold for the past 10 years. What might I have missed? The catalog clearly mentions it having a 427-ci engine, which is inappropriate (should be an aluminum 454), so maybe the engine is an original Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport unit or the like, which could change the valuation massively. The car is unquestionably gorgeous, so maybe it got bought as pure art (it’s not a lot of money from that perspective). Maybe a couple of tipsy high rollers were playing chicken and one lost. Maybe the car has special meaning to the winner, who just didn’t care what he paid. To any normal way of valuation, this sale didn’t make sense, but somebody was willing to do it. You never know. This sale was just before the market crash, so maybe a buyer dumped a mess of low-basis, high-volatility stock to pay for it and is now looking at his gorgeous Lola, sipping a scotch, and giggling. For whatever reason, I’ve got to say this was extremely well sold. I hope it made sense to the buyer. ♦ 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. 1971 Lola T260 Can-Am Spyder Lot 122, s/n T260HU2 Condition 2+ Sold at $308,235 RM Auctions, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/10/14 SCM# 243731 DETAILS Years produced: 1970 Number produced: Four Current SCM Median Valuation: $665,000 (this car) Chassis # location: Tag on frame in cockpit Engine #location: Front of block Club: Historic Can-Am Association Web: www.historiccanam.com Alternatives: 1971 McLaren M8E, 1971 Lola T260, 1973 Shadow DN4 SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1972 McLaren M20 Can-Am racer Lot S170, s/n M2001 Condition 2+ Sold at $2,160,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/14 SCM# 245097 1971 McLaren M8E Can-Am racer Lot S211, s/n 8004 Condition 2- Not sold at $310,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN 5/17/11 SCM# 179390 63 63


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Next Gen Profile Photos courtesy of Silverstone Auctions 1981 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 The Mk1 GTI is a prime candidate for budget-minded collectors seeking understated Teutonic charm in their garages by Nick Jaynes Chassis number: CW046038 Engine number: EG335486 SCM Condition for this car: 2- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 403, sold for $23,281, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro auction at Stoneleigh Park, U.K., on February 22, 2020. With the back-end lines of an abbreviated Saab 99 Turbo and a blunted nose reminiscent of Soviet-bloc brutalist architecture, the first- generation Volkswagen Golf was the perfect embodiment of its time and place — Germany in 1975. The Mark 1 GTI didn’t invent the sporty and family-friendly car. There had been hot hatches before the GTI, although we didn’t know to call them that yet. However, the GTI was so successful at combining an enlivening driving experience with calculated utility that it quickly defined the burgeoning hot-hatch category and became its poster child. You surely know the GTI’s genesis story. Keen to replace the aging Beetle, VW designers crafted the front-engine Golf. They gave it a refined interior, an accessible price point and a rear cargo area that would make even some full-size sedans envious. One hot hatch VW designers then took that winning formula and tarted it up. They fitted the Audi 1,588-cc, 4-cylinder engine under the Golf’s flat-nose hood. They added some flat-black, red-accented trim and a stiffer suspension. Et voilà, the GTI was born. In European markets, the GTI’s 4-banger churned out 110 horse- power. By the time the GTI (under the Rabbit nameplate) made it to American shores in 1983, it boasted a federalized 1,780-cc 4-banger that whipped out a modest 90 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 105 footpounds of torque at 3,250 rpm. Even with just 90 ponies pushing to the pavement, the 2,200-pound U.S.-market Rabbit GTI could charge 0–60 mph in 10.6 seconds. Remember, the ’80s were a weird time for performance cars. For reference, the GTI was faster than the Audi Coupe and BMW 320i — and just 0.6 seconds slower to 60 than the Saab 900 Turbo that year. For its time, the Mk1 GTI was actually impressively quick. 66 Sports Car Market


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secondhand in 1985 and never let go — and never shut up about their cars. They were as vocal about their GTI’s performance bona fides as they were averse to ever performing regular maintenance on the cars. On the other end of the Mk1 GTI enthusiast scale were the flat-brim-hat wearers. These guys lowered the GTIs by cutting coils, haphazardly futzed with the engines, let their Swisher Sweets cigars burn holes in the upholstery and bolted up Chinese-made pseudo-performance parts they purchased on eBay. The result was a whole heap of Mk1 GTIs that were either never maintained or overly mistreated and questionably modified. Anyone with sense steered clear of these unfortunate examples during the past 20 years. You can unfurrow your brow now. No, I am not going to focus on 0–60 mph times when discussing the GTI. Of course, straight-line runs were not the GTI’s reason for existing. Aside from efficiently hauling stuff, the GTI was designed for cornering. The GTI’s front spring rate was 22% stiffer than the 1982 Rabbit’s. The rear springs were changed from progressive to linear and stiffened by 29%. Further rigidifying the rear, engineers at VW America upped the valving of the Rabbit GTI’s rear shocks, making it stiffer than even the European-market Golf GTI. The results were staggering. In 1982, the Rabbit GTI was clocked at 0.797g in lateral acceleration. And it could do a 700-foot slalom at 61.3 miles per hour. To put that in perspective, a 1980 Porsche 911 SC pulled 0.789g on the skid pad and 59.7 miles per hour in the slalom. To say the GTI was impressively quick was an under- statement. Its performance bona fides were downright monumental. Imagine a 2020 GTI outperforming a modern 911 today. Lives would be upended. Anarchy would break out in Stuttgart. Porsche engineers and their families would be too embarrassed to be seen in public. But in the early ’80s, that’s exactly what the GTI had accomplished. From the lens of 2020, it’s hard to even fathom. From fame to shame The GTI started off incredibly strong. Once on the tip of the tongue of every sports-car enthusiast, by the late 1990s, the Mk1 GTI was mostly forgotten. There were a few hangers-on, though — mostly en- thusiasts of 1970s VWs. These people are largely insufferable. On one end of the scale, there were the pennypinching performance weirdos who bought a Mk1 GTI HIGH AUCTION SALES FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS $40,000 $36,770 1981 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk1 $30,000 $21,874 $20,000 $10,000 $0 $10,641 2015 2016 $11,264 This sale: $23,281 1983 Volkswagen Golf GTI Lot 105, s/n not available Transmission: 5-speed manual Condition 2+ Sold at $11,563 2017 2018 2019 Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/17/2012 SCM# 214669 $35,333 Pristine cars still exist What’s left running around today are the rare Mk1 GTIs that were spared the indignity of living with a feckless, reckless VW enthusiast. Our unmolested 1981 VW GTI 1600 recently fetched the Silverstone Race Retro auction. This $23,281 at right-hand-drive English-market example had only spun 42,156 miles since new. It was so well kept that the cardboard rear luggage tray was intact. Aftermarket speakers were never fitted either. This car was in remarkable nick. What’s great about Mk1 GTIs is that they’re just as fun today as they were when new. I had the opportunity to drive an original U.S.-spec Mk1 GTI from the VW America collection a few years back. I was blown away by its charms. It wasn’t quick by modern standards. That didn’t mat- ter, though. It was plucky and light on its feet. It was incredibly nimble; it changed direction like a kitten chasing a spider. It is one of the few cars that has ever made me giggle uncontrollably from the first corner. Now that Porsches are worth their weight in gold, and ’80s Bimmers are following suit, the Mk1 GTI is now a prime candidate for a budget-minded collector seeking to put a bit of understated Teutonic charm in their garage. Good examples aren’t really that easy to find, I’m afraid. But, when you do, they’re not terribly expensive to buy or maintain — yet. I anticipate the market for non-thrashed Mk1 GTIs will skyrocket in the coming years. For my money, this one was well bought. ♦ Nick Jaynes started writing for SCM a couple of years ago. His passion for cars and adventure shows through in all of his stories. 1980 Volkswagen Golf GTI Lot 45, s/n WVWZZZ17ZBW124351 Transmission: 5-speed manual Condition 3+ Sold at $21,874 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 4/5/2018 SCM# 6869926 DETAILS Years produced: 1975–84 (1983–84 for the U.S. market) Number produced: 462,000 (about 30,000 U.S. cars) Original list price: $8,350 Current SCM Median Valuation: $22,000 Transmission: 5-speed manual Chassis # location: On left-hand side of dash near windshield Engine # location: On the block under the spark plugs for cylinders three and four Club: Volkswagen Club of America Web: https://vwclub.org Alternatives: 1978–83 Porsche 911 SC, 1981–85 Toyota Celica Supra, 1984–88 Pontiac Fiero 2M4 SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1981 Volkswagen Golf GTI Lot 116, s/n 17BW535827 Transmission: 5-speed manual Condition 2 Sold at $24,514 Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 9/15/2015 SCM # 267364 July 2020 67


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Next Gen Market Moment 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC AMG 6.0 A real-deal car built at AMG’s German shop shows the power of authenticity in the Next Gen market ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sold at $390,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL March 6, 2020, Lot 160 Chassis number: WDB1269451A476006 SCM Condition for this car: 2- O f all the recent Mercedes-Benz AMG sales, this is the blockbuster. The premium that this example generated, however, is no accident. AMG built this car at their Affalterbach, Germany, workshop, which means it is as authentic as it could be. Just when this writer began to give up on his theory that cars built in AMG’s true workshop in Affalterbach might be worth a little extra, this sale occurred and confirmed the thesis — at least for now. An inspection of this car prior to the sale yielded some fascinating details. While it had been resprayed in its original color (DB-199, Pearl Black Metallic, which is what Mercedes called this color in 1990), the painters forgot to check under the back window for rust. Not that there was much of it, but a small area of ferrous oxide hung from the panel below the rear glass. And why would such a low-mileage car need a repaint, unless it spent a good amount of time outside? Still, this example presented nicely in the Florida sun. The interior was well preserved, with the typical Recaro seats. Some of the controls were wired through the Mercedes switches and others were wired through the Recaro controls on the seat itself. Inside, extra orange-tinted wood had been added to various surfaces, but the color and fit were lacking. 68 The best part was when one of the extremely helpful RM Sotheby’s car specialists fired it up. The roar was immense and unforgettable. While mechanically the en- gine did not produce any awful noises, it did have a miss from one cylinder or a misadjusted air-fuel ratio, and it did not idle like a Mercedes at all. An “AMG flying doctor” had reportedly serviced the car. This is a real program, but its focus is exclusively on modern AMG cars. Judging by the way the car ran, the service was likely not thorough enough — or the specialist lacked the expertise or information to make this engine run right. AMG and Mercedes do not provide any training to service this type of engine. This problem may have been made worse because the car was run with less than two gallons of unknown-quality gas in it. At least the operation of the fuel-reserve light was verified. Regardless, with this sort of Mercedes AMG, if the car is real and all the right bits are present (in this case, AMG fiberglass front fenders and rare-for-1990 aluminum rear control arms), this kind of result is still the new normal. My hat goes off to the high bidder for pursuing one of a handful of authentic Widebody 560SEC AMG cars. Well sold. — Pierre Hedary Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Rising Sun Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars That are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles by Brian Baker 1999 Acura NSX Zanardi Edition # 29964. S/N JH4NA2124XT000170. 57k miles. “3.2-liter VTEC V6, 6-speed manual transaxle, #43 of 51 Zanardi Edition Models, fixedroof hard top, new Formula Red over Onyx, staggered-diameter BBS wheels, recent timing-belt service, new water pump, recent service records.” Condition: 1. SolD AT $135,000. Bring a Trailer, 4/9/2020. Brian’s take: The NSX isn’t a new car entering the collectible scene. It is Honda’s closest thing to a supercar. Not long ago, a nice, used NSX sold for $30,000. A Condition 1 car with low mileage brought up to $90,000. While the NSX is a somewhat limited-production car, only selling about 9,000 in its 17-year run, there are a few limited-edition NSX cars that pull higher premiums — such as this Zanardi. There is the Type R version, also called the NSX-R, that is a weight-savings / performance trim, removing almost 300 pounds. The NSX Type S-Zero, only offered in Japan, would be considered the most rare, with only 30 produced. While the targa model after 1994 wasn’t rare, there were some base models between 1997 and 2002 that came with the original hard top and are considered rare. Overall, the Zanardi Edition is the Photos courtesy of Bringatrailer.com top limited-edition NSX that we received in the United States, which is why this car — in great condition — reached almost twice the price of a regular model in the same condition. Well sold. 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO # 30060. S/N JBNR32-100301. 29k kilometers (18k miles). “Twin- turbocharged 2.6-L inline 6, 5-speed manual gearbox, NISMO Edition, ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive, Gun Grey Metallic, black cloth interior, Mines coil-overs, ARC exhaust, carbon-fiber front lip, Modena wheels and factory wheels, import documents.” Condition: 2. SolD AT $85,678. Bring a Trailer, 4/13/2020. Brian’s take: The R32 Skyline GT-R NISMO, or NISsan MOtorsports, is a very rare variant of the GT-R model. While the GT-R is already a more-expensive model, selling from $20k to $60k depending on miles and originality, there were just 500 NISMO cars produced. Given that it is also a 30-year-old car with 18k miles, it is an incredible find. There are a few bolt-on mods, such as the exhaust, coil-overs, braces and wheels, but most of this gear is removable. I consider this car well bought at this price. 1991 Honda Civic Si # 30278. S/N 2HGED7368MH006196. 64k kilometers (~102k miles). “1.6-liter inline 4, 5-speed manual transaxle, power sunroof, factory air conditioning, factory cassette player.” Condition: 1. SolD AT $16,250. Bring a Trailer, 4/17/2020. Brian’s take: It just took two months for this very car to rise $5,000 in price. It was previously sold on Bring a Trailer in February for $11,250. What’s going on here? This sale is possibly validation that a very clean Civic Si is worth real money. I previously covered a 1991 Civic Si hatchback in the September 2017 issue of SCM (p. 172) that was also a Condition 1 with similar miles — but in black — and it sold for $7,500. This sale shows how far the Civic valuation has risen in just a few years. Civic Si trim levels are the cars to buy, but try and find the best. Well sold. ♦ 70 Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $14m RM Sotheby’s, Online Only p. 92 $6m Silverstone, Stoneleigh Park, U.K. p. 78 Bring a Trailer p. 102 72 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Into the Unknown It’s anybody’s guess when we’ll get back to big public auctions with bidders elbow to elbow in the seats TOP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE (Land Auctions Only) by Chad Tyson T 1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $916,682—Silverstone, U.K., p. 80 2. 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 coupe, $891,000—RM Sotheby’s, online, p. 98 3. 2019 McLaren Senna coupe, $847,000—RM Sotheby’s, online, p. 97 4. 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera coupe,$480,167— Silverstone, U.K., p. 80 5. 1961 Jaguar E-type Series I open two-seater, $280,500—RM Sotheby’s, online, p. 94 6. 1983 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 S coupe, $275,000—RM Sotheby’s, online, p. 99 7. 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II coupe, $260,000—RM Sotheby’s, online, p. 99 8. 2007 Subaru Impreza S12B rally car, $244,448—Silverstone, U.K., p. 90 9. 1986 Ford RS200 coupe, $235,718—Silverstone, U.K., p. 84 10. 1992 Lancia Hyena coupe, $218,258—Silverstone, U.K., p. 90 BEST BUYS 1961 Jaguar XK150 SE coupe, $72,000—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 94 74 2006 Aston Martin Vanquish S coupe, $49,500—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 96 2019 McLaren Senna coupe, $847,000—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 97 1979 Porsche 911SC IROC/RSR-style racer, $42,788—Bring a Trailer, p. 105 1973 Mercury Colony Park wagon, $9,713—Bring a Trailer, p. 106 Sports Car Market he yearning for what was normal is palpable. Most of us have lived under stay-at-home orders for weeks or months. Protests in late April through early May — some of them with armed folks entering capitol buildings — showed a growing anger with the social distancing that is necessary to manage a novel virus pandemic without vaccines. It’s all very odd and more than a little depressing. Still, the love of cars and the culture around them preceded this pandemic — and the hobby will survive this pandemic. What our world will look like is anybody’s guess right now, but I suspect there are many interested parties shaping the future. One good bit of auction news was Silverstone’s Race Retro sale, one of the last to hammer under pre-quarantine conditions. The $6m total was up 82% from last year’s $3.3m, with just 11 more lots sold. Loads of fun, exciting race cars changed hands, including a particular Prodrive Subaru I dream of owning. RM Sotheby’s pulled their Palm Beach sale from the real world and into the Internet in under two weeks. That’s impressive in itself, given the rising national angst during those weeks. Total sales were nearly $14m. Having an apples-to-apples comparison with the previous Fort Lauderdale sales doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It would be similar to comparing movie boxoffice numbers this year to last or delivery food that’s 40 minutes late to freshly cooked home meals — 2020 will stand out and alone when looking at any sort of retrospective. Still, that sale showed that classic land-auction com- panies can flip the online switch. Speaking of online, we’re adding a new Market Report to SCM. Our auction analysts will look at some Bring a Trailer cars and give us the usual SCM evaluation. Since those cars aren’t part of a larger, contained sale, I’ve asked reporters to find a theme or tie the cars together in some way that’s more interesting than randomly picking a few cars off of a website. There are a few more entertaining pieces that we’ve included while the in-person land auctions have gone dark. I hope you enjoy them. Sales haven’t stopped, though, lest you get that idea. Silverstone Auctions More and more land-based companies announced online auctions for May and June. You might have participated in some of them by now, but we still have the usual dearth of July sales. Many major concours are off until 2021. August will be very interesting this year, given that the cancellation of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance effectively canceled Monterey Car Week. I expect that Labor Day will also be one of the busiest sales weekends in collector-car history. Check in next month, when we’ll know a little bit more about what happens next.♦ Stoneleigh Park, U.K. February 21–22, 2020 March 20–28, 2020 SALES TOTALS OF AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE Silverstone $6m RM Sotheby’s Online Only $0 $5m $10m 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 $13.9m $15m $20m


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold Buy inexpensive ‘50s British sports cars, sell Next Gen speculation and hold special editions close by Chad Tyson BUY: Small, sub-$100k 1950s British sports cars are on the wane at the moment, and that makes it a great time to strike a deal I’m talking about Austin-Healeys, MGs, Morgans and Triumphs here — from the first flat-radiator Morgans to the last of the small Healeys to Triumph TR3s with mouths of all sizes. In the 2020 Sports Car Market Q2 Pocket Price Guide update (check it out on www.sportscarmarket. com), 27 lines fall under the type of car I’m talking about here, and 15 cars have lower median prices since the last quarter. Their popularity is not on the rise, and fewer people are driving these now than ever (attrition will do that). If you’re into these visceral little roadsters (at least the majority of them), now could be the best time in a decade to buy one. BUY SELL: Next Gen cars that you don’t love Some Next Gen cars will keep gaining in value until they reach a far-off ceiling. I believe cars like the E30 M3, NSX and WRX STI are in that category, and we’re nowhere near the peak of their rise in value. But with every rising tide, plenty of cars catch the wave — and then retreat back to settle on the shore with the rest of the microplastics. Other Next Gen cars, say the RX-7, 300ZX or 8-series BMW, are catching the rising wave right now, but that might not last. If there’s an emotional connection, keep the car as long as you can, but if you’re playing speculator, this could be the summer to unload. SELL HOLD: Keep a grip on special-edition modern supercars I don’t know what your Lexus LFA might be worth in two years, but odds are the 50 Nürburgring Editions will probably maintain their 100% median premium over the other 450 “regular” ones. In the case of Ford GTs, the 2005–06 Heritage editions hold a 37% higher median price, and the ’66 Heritage Editions are holding a 20% premium over the median of the base 2017-and-later models. Quite often, a company will start pumping out special editions to boost sales towards the end of a model’s run — and prior to the release of its successor. If there’s future market turmoil — and there will be — I’d rather hold a special edition than a more-common base model.♦ HOLD 76 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. Race Retro 2020 Highlighting the competition part of the sale, a 2007 Prodrive Subaru found grip at $244,448 Company Silverstone Date February 21–22, 2020 Location Stoneleigh Park, U.K. Auctioneers Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 63/105 Sales rate 60% Sales total $5,994,388 High sale 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, sold at $916,682 Buyer’s premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.77) 2007 Subaru Impreza S12B rally car, sold at $244,448 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T his was Silverstone’s ninth outing to Race Retro, the U.K.’s historic-motorsport show, its first sale of 2020... and one of the last to be held under “normal” pre-lockdown restrictions. Prices here look relatively normal before the pound tumbled further against the dollar the following month. Competition cars sold well on the Friday, with 26 out of 37 finding new homes for a 70% sale rate, the high spot being a real Prodrive-built 2007 Subaru Impreza S12B, driven by Solberg and McRae, at $244,448. In the main classic-cars sale on Saturday (37/68 for 55%), a very restored Aston Martin DB5 (see the profile in this issue) topped $900k, strong in today’s market, and a world-record $218,258 was achieved for the 1992 Lancia Hyena Zagato. Only 25 of these were made instead of the planned 75, completely new cars having to be sourced and cut down to receive new aluminum coachwork, after Fiat refused to sell bare chassis. But after the first half of the catalog, the wind ap- peared to drop out of the sails, with most of the remaining lots unsold. However, one of the 50 “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” Aston Martin DBS Superleggeras made in 2019 managed a strong $480,167, though it had only delivery miles and was as-new, with transferable warranty. A regular DBS is $305k, new. Other highlights included a Renault 5 Turbo 2 at $90,941 and a Mk I 1600 Golf GTI at $23,281. Fast Fords generally did well again. A Mk II RS2000 fetched $45,107 and a rare 4-door Australian version a bit more than half that. Compared with those, a sensibly modified Mk I RS2000 from the stable of Jay Kay looked like a good value at $40,741. An RS500 Cosworth was a predictable $101,854, although this was chassis 003 of the four prototypes, suggesting they’ve gone off boost a little, while current market rate for an RS200 appears to be $235,718. A resto-modded (347, air suspension) S-code ’67 Mustang did well to sell in the British market, going for a strong $119,314. Notable no-sales were a Countach SALES TOTALS $2m $4m $6m $8m $0 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 25th Anniversary with 6,390 km that bid only to $284k, and a RHD 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina that couldn’t reach its $110k lower estimate. Steady as she went, then, in February, before the ordure hit the ventilation the following month and selling cars at auction became more, er, challenging. Stay tuned in following issues for details as locked-down auctioneers scrambled to offer cars online. ♦ 78 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. ENGLISH #430-1954 AuSTiN-HEAlEY 100-4 BN1 roadster. S/N BN1219137. Blue/black leather. RHD. 2.7-L I4, 3-sp. Straight body with decent panel fit, okay door fit. Older repaint in slightly lighter blue than original settling in nicely. Well-creased original leather. rebuilt again but not completed until 2012... and still not raced since 1965. Presented in Laystall Green, with fresh FPF engine. HTP papers “in process.” Cond: 2+. Fat aluminum radiator fitted. Slightly blingy wires a bit tarty, and tires look a bit small for it. Cond: 3+. SolD AT $55,615. Claimed matching numbers. Delivered new to Australia, came back to the U.K. in 2013, no other details. Inexpensive. #216-1960 loTuS 19 Monte Carlo racer. S/N 19953. Laystall Racing Green/red vinyl. RHD. 2.5-L I4, 4-sp. Very historic racer, or its history is, anyway, driven by lots of “names” in period. Crashed and rebuilt with new chassis in 1965, burnt in 1966 and later NoT SolD AT $407,414. Those names include Hill, Gendebien, Maggs, Ireland, Jim Clark (who won in this car) and Moss, the last car he drove as a professional racer. Bought from Paul Matty by the vendor in 2017. Not sold, and no surprise at the asking price, given that even the restorer will only admit to the steering wheel, gear knob and Colotti gearbox being the originals, but still available with a Buy It Now tag of £400k. #408-1961 MGA 1600 Mk i coupe. S/N GHD86806. Red/red leather. RHD. 1.6-L I4, 4-sp. Recent restoration from a barn find. Good paint and chrome; panel fit pretty good, original interior shows lovely patina, new repro carpets, wood-rim aluminum wheel with boss missing. Not original engine, though original type. Cond: 3+. SolD AT $20,047. Mk I has the nicer grille and smaller taillights, plus front disc brakes. Well bought considering restoration costs; meaning seller may have got their money back, but no profit. TOP 10 No. 1 #432-1964 ASToN MArTiN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51561R. Silver Birch/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 6 miles. 4.2-L I6, 5-sp. Fresh out of a big restoration that included front and rear body skins, new door skins, sills (inner and outer), the usual chassis outriggers and jacking points but also the trailing-arm mounts. Originally Platinum (white) with blue leather. Now a 4.2 with Harvey Bailey handling kit. Cond: 1-. SolD AT $916,682. Bought in 2017 by the vendor, who never drove it after the restoration. Had been for sale with Aston Martin Bristol with an AM Works valuation of £975k/$1.261m (yeah, right...what it owes and what it’s worth will be two very different numbers, as anyone who’s restored a car will know). Sold here for quite strong money in today’s market...or possibly a sign that prices were picking up slightly before COVID-19 bombed the money markets. (See profile, p. 52.) #467-1965 forD THAMES 15cwt van. S/N BC51EM13665. Green/gray & black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 96,000 miles. 1.7-L I4, 4-sp. Predecessor of Transit, with very ’60s enginebetween-seats layout, restored and replicated as Lotus Works van. Inside paneled in ply, Goodwood and British Automobile Racing Club stickers in windows. Cond: 2. 80 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 1990–91 Trabant 1.1 SolD AT $29,829. Being sold by the vendor of the Lotus 19 (Lot 216), who intended to use it as a race transporter—though it doesn’t appear to be fitted with a towbar. Looks a huge amount for an old van, but probably sold fair as these are rare things—and a perfect Mk I Transit would be approaching similar money. #224-1966 forD loTuS-CorTiNA Pros: The last gasp of East Germany, the Trabant 1.1 came out of the Zwickau factory just as the Warsaw Pact was falling apart. Trabant had a relationship with VW when the Iron Curtain fell, and VW took over immediately. The 1.1 uses a four-stroke engine, with a 4-speed gearbox. Most of the 39,474 vehicles made were 2-door sedans or hatchback wagons, but for maximum collectibility, find a “Tramp,” which is an open car similar to a Fiat Jolly or Citroën Mehari. Cons: While the 40-horsepower engine is licensed from VW, parts could be a problem. Duroplast-molded plastic body panels could be a challenge as well. Finally, Trabants are not known for their build quality or reliability. Price range: $15k–$20k for a Tramp, plus import costs 1980–95 Lada Riva Pros: Russian adaptation of the Fiat 124, made and sold worldwide, including South America and of course, Cuba, where they are more common than the old American cars that get all the glory. The main reason to choose the Lada is that it’s the third-best-selling platform of all time, behind the VW Beetle and the Ford Model T. Available as a sedan, wagon, or even a pickup truck. Made through 2012 in Russia. Cons: Slow, unreliable, and wholly representative of every reason Russians prefer German cars. Price range: $2k–$10k, plus import costs 1969–95 ARO 24 NoT SolD AT $64,669. I’ve seen this really beat up and bent in a Welsh forest in the hands of Mr. McRae.... Oh well, nobody said rally cars can’t have a life, and he did take some class wins in the British Historic Rally Championship with it. Sold by Bonhams at this auction in 2007 for £21,850/$28,470 (SCM# 6930830). Not sold this time, as asking price was rather high: more than a LoCort racer, and almost as much as a nice Group 4 Escort, but you can see where the owner was going, as over three decades this car has established a legend of its own. To sell in today’s market, price probably needs to start with a 4. #209-1972 forD ESCorT rS1600 rally car. S/N BFATMR10851. Blue/black velour. RHD. 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. Rally car now in Safari/Monte Carlo spec with 2-liter BDG and Type 9 5-speed, braced Atlas axle etc., though leaf-spring/turret rear rather than five-link and coils. Restored/repainted 2014 and in fair condition for a working rally car; much nicer than last time we saw it. Cond: 3+. SolD AT $66,932. Judging by historic pictures it’s always been a big-arched historic rally car, Pros: Romanian 4x4 based on the Fiat Campagnolo, which was based on the Willys Jeep. Available as an SUV, pickup, or open-back. Gas and diesel engines used over the years include Ford, Toyota, Peugeot, and homegrown ARO varieties. There was even a Cosworth with 207 horsepower. Also sold in Portugal and Spain. Military version was called the Dragon, including an up-armored version. Cons: Some parts simply won’t be available. Hard to find one that hasn’t been beaten to death. Price range: $2k–$5k, plus import costs. 82 rally car. S/N BA74FY59140. White/black velour. Odo: 72,145 miles. 1.6-L I4, 4-sp. Wellknown Appendix K historic rally car. Originally built from a U.S.-sourced shell and run by David Sutton Motorsport (later Historic Motorsport, whose stickers it still bears) for Roger Clark to drive in the 1991 Autoglass RAC rally, later driven by Jim McRae. Not rallied since 2004 (with Sutton on the Rally Costa Brava regularity), but has done the occasional demo. Well presented, clean and tidy, although seats and belts are out of date. Cond: 3+. though chassis plate said it started as lefthand drive, and is festooned with event stickers from Monte Carlo (2012–19) and East African Safari (2005). Last in SCM Platinum Auction Database in 2013, when it was sold by H&H at Chateau Impney for $23,843 (SCM# 6590179), but looking less sharp and with Mexico pushrod power—and we reckoned that was cheap then. Given that a BDA/BDG is at least $25k built, you still couldn’t reproduce it for the money. #412-1973 JAGuAr E-TYPE Series iii open two-seater. S/N 1S2152. Blue/blue cloth/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 3,970 miles. 5.3-L V12, 5-sp. Home-market car, restored in ’90s to expensive standards, still presents very well. Decent paint and chrome except grille vertical a bit wonky. Panel fit and shutlines okay. Seat leather creased and baggy—could be original. Some wear on dashtop roll edge. Carb tops and rain shields polished up. Now with wire wheels and a 5-speed box, and retro stereo with CD changer in trunk. Fun registration number goes with it. Cond: 3+. SolD AT $109,129. Last sold at Bonhams Beaulieu in 2014 for $111,954 (SCM# 6711100), when we said, “Strong money for a Series III, although the manual gearbox was part of it. Well sold, but the vendor’s still losing money.” Still strong money in today’s market for an S3, but it seems that the comfort and drivability of V12s is tempting buyers away from the more-expensive earlier cars. #441-1974 forD ESCorT rS2000 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATNE00142. White & blue/ black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 43,756 miles. 2.1-L I4, 5-sp. Restored with “subtle” upgrades including bubble arches over big wheels, roll cage, modern Cobra bucket seats, discs all around, four-link rear, quick rack, 2.1 overbore, bumpy cam. Basically looks like a rolling ad for the Rally Design catalog, but all very desirable to Ford lovers. Cond: 2. SolD AT $40,741. Owned by musician Jay (or Jason, to us) Kay, who regularly uses Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. Silverstone as an outlet to swap his motors. Might have made more if left stock. I’d give it a home, though. TOP 10 No. 9 #419-1986 forD rS200 coupe. S/N SFACXXBJ2CGL00184. White/red velour. RHD. Odo: 1,195 miles. Tur- bocharged 1.8-L I4, 5-sp. Clubmans-spec version of Ford’s blind-alley Group B car, so 250 bhp and fixed transmission torque bias (no little red lever next to main gearstick, although some cars have had them added). Seats only slightly grubby; carpets good. Sits on original tires. Turbo and wastegate a bit rusty. Still with full toolkit, old cam belt next to it. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $235,718. Catalog cover star. although dynamically considered a bit of a duffer in its time. Tidy, very shiny and claimed original paint, though usual water damage to sliding-sunroof lining. Big-bore tailpipe probably kills a few horses. Just had a cam belt. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $30,556. In this ownership since 2001, mostly unused. Quite strong money, selling comfortably over estimate. I’m guessing low mileage and comparative rarity are the factors here, as there’s little to distinguish these from the lesser XR3i, and a Peugeot 205 GTI or Lancia Integrale is better to drive. #433-1998 BENTlEY TurBo rT lWB Though 200 (ish) were built, only 90 are reckoned to have been sold as road cars like this, and this one wasn’t registered into 1993. Chassis number quoted in the catalog is incomplete. Money’s about right here, perhaps helped by very low mileage. In stock spec there’s not much you can do with these except watch them appreciate—very slowly (advertised by Ron Hodgson Ford in 2005 for £100k/$190k). #415-1990 forD ESCorT rS Turbo Series 2 hatchback. S/N WF0BXXGCABLM47836. Black/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 29,350 miles. Turbocharged 1.6-L I4, 5-sp. Series 2 is a bit more refined than the original, sedan. S/N SCBZP23C6WCH66106. Dark Sapphire/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 47,000 miles. Turbocharged 6.75-L V8, auto. RT is (almost) the ultimate version of Turbo R—252 made, with 50-odd bespoke and sometimes oddly trimmed RT Mulliners following. Very good all round. Very, very dark blue. Leather unworn, veneers undamaged. Overmats. Cond: 2. SolD AT $27,646. More restrained than the Mulliner edition that RM sold in Paris the month before and only half the money, although the Mulliner will likely remain more collectible for exclusivity if not taste. Not sold at Silverstone Heythrop Park May 10, 2019, (SCM# 6905577) at $28,645. It’s a lot of car— and a lot of stonk—for the price, which reflects the potentially eye-watering running costs. This one has good history, so probably a good buy at slightly behind estimate. TOP 10 No. 2 #447-2019 ASToN MArTiN DBS Superleggera coupe. S/N SCFRCHAVILGR01611. Olive Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 45 miles. Turbocharged 5.2-L V12, auto. One of 50 built to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” painted in the same Olive Green as George Lazenby’s original DBS (you know, the one whose tires squealed on sand). As-new, with 45 miles and an 8-speed auto. Roped off at viewing. Cond: 1. SolD AT $480,167. “Bought as a retirement present but never used,” and the newest car Silverstone has ever offered. Interesting to see where the market would go with this, and we have our answer. Manufacturer’s recommended price for a base DBS Superleggera is £225k, or $305k in the U.S. FRENCH #459-1985 rENAulT 5 Turbo 2 hatchback. S/N VF1822000F0000148. White/beige velour. Odo: 60,867 miles. Turbocharged 1.4-L I4, 4-sp. Still with federal side markers; frontend panel fit a bit variable and gappier than usual. A little wear and tear inside, and seat velour is baggy (normal). Factory 185-hp option plus a stainless-steel Heim-joint shift linkage, remote oil filter, stainless-steel brake lines and a second cooling fan. Period Gotti splitrim wheels, originals included. Cond: 2-. 84 Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. SolD AT $90,941. Imported new or nearly new to the U.S. by Sun International Racing and was California certified; bought from Bonhams Quail Lodge for $31,590 in 2010 (SCM# 1687798), with 57,610 miles, went to Greece, then to the U.K. in 2014. Good money for a Turbo 2, but factory engine upgrade is sought after—even if it is from a 1,400 pushrod wilting under massive turbo boost. Completely barking, but the following for these is hardening. GERMAN #401-1965 PorSCHE 911 SWB coupe. S/N 300723. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 76,235 miles. 2.0-L H6, 5-sp. U.S.-supplied car from first year of production, lately in storage. Repainted and slightly tired-looking old thing, with some of the left front corner looking a bit out of line. Inside, gearshift knob missing; main seat vinyl okay, but beading worn. Two of the dials are cloudy; rear shelf cut for speakers, and has various other punctures. Motor looks tidy enough, with clean cam covers and leak-free carbs. Cond: 3. replica. Sold by Silverstone in 2017 for a below-estimate $106,809 (SCM# 6852447); did a bit better this time, but still lots of money for a copy. As a sum-of-it-parts valuation, it could be seen as a bargain. #409-1973 PorSCHE 911E Targa. S/N 9113211010. Silver/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 79,952 miles. Fuel-injected 2.4-L H6, 5-sp. One of only 59 U.K.-supplied, right-hand-drive, E-series 911 Targas. Factory optioned with a steel Targa top, 911S air dam. Restored 2010– 12, originally gold, then black. Later door cards fitted, originals with car. Seat leather lightly creased; modern stereo. Cond: 3+. front valance. Good history and recent cam belt. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $23,281. On the money. The later 1.8s have a bit more prod, but the original 1.6s are the most collectible. (See profile, p. 66.) SolD AT $100,398. Billed as MFI, but it’s K-Jet. Strangely, motor was sent from the U.K. to California for rebuild. Right-hand drive adds value; color changes don’t, plus what happened to the MFI which makes the performance of these 911E models so distinctive? Hard to value this one, with its assorted pluses and minuses, so let’s call it fair to both buyer and seller. #411-1978 forD ESCorT rS2000 SolD AT $109,129. Rightly described as a project. It looks a solid basis, but this is what you pay for an early car. #206-1973 PorSCHE 911 rSr replica coupe. S/N 9113100481. White/black velour. RHD. Odo: 4,555 km. Fuel-injected 2.8-L H6, 5-sp. Well-done RSR copy made from a U.S.export ’73 2.4T, with motor based on 1974/75 911/41, although with low butterfly injection. Fuel cell, quickshifter, extinguisher, Retrotrip, OMP seats, flock dash. All the right bits and FIA HTP, sits just right on Michelin TBs. Good all around, except some paint flaking off Custom 2-dr sedan. S/N GCATUB03534. Black/black velour. RHD. Odo: 64,468 miles. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Well kept, said to have been rustproofed from new, one owner. Custom means six-inch alloys and the fabled “fishnet” head restraints to the Recaro seats. Side repeaters from new. Runs a little more negative camber on the front than standard. Seat velour slightly baggy, as normal. Very ’80s cassette deck and graphic equalizer. Some rust speckling around front strut tops, and a very rusty brake servo. Frontal plastics a little straighter than the yellow one (Lot 404). Cond: 3+. #205-1986 BMW M3 rally car. S/N WBSAK010X00843144. White/black cloth. Fuelinjected 2.3-L I4, 5-sp. Motorsport (built by Matter) -shelled, Matter-caged ex-racer converted for rallying. Engine by Delage Sport. Box is rebuilt 6-speed Samsonas with zero miles, original 6-speed Sadev included. Clean and tidy, slightly scuffed and worn inside. Fuel cell and harnesses good until 2022, Recaro seats until 2023. Cond: 3+. SolD AT $130,955. Originally a touring car run by team Schnitzer—driven in period by Cecotto, Slaus and Pensis. As a ready-to-go car, this represents market value, which is much less than it’s cost to get it this far. #406-1986 AuDi QuATTro coupe. S/N WAUZZZ85ZGA900551. Oceanic Blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 92,537 miles. Turbocharged 2.1-L I5, 5-sp. Facelift green/blackdash WR Quattro in unusual color, very good original order. Probably some new paint. SolD AT $45,107. On the money. Market correct. Good color, Custom spec and one owner all help. wheels. Cond: 3+. SolD AT $130,955. Delivered to the U.S. in 1973. Returned to Germany in 2009 and built by Scuderia-Eleven GmbH. Engine rebuild by Bienert Boxer-Motoren. Used for light competition. A fraction of the real thing and even less than a good RS 2.7 86 #403-1981 volKSWAGEN Golf GTi hatchback. S/N CW046038. Silver/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 42,156 miles. Fuel-injected 1.6-L I4, 4-sp. The original hot hatch. In good, low-mileage nick, still with parcel shelf and uncut door cards, seat cloth little worn. Paint may be mostly original and all good except Optional leather lightly baggy and creased; controls averagely shiny. Motor and engine bay clean and tidy. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $42,196. Slightly well sold, as MBs and RRs (and very early four-headlight cars) command the most money. Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. #418-1987 forD SiErrA rS500 Cosworth prototype hatchback. S/N WF0EXXGBBEGG38759. White/raven velour. RHD. Odo: 69,459 miles. Turbocharged 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. Very early RS500, chassis 3 of the four prototypes, and the one pictured in homologation papers. RS500 has bigger turbo and extra injectors (not connected) for homologation purposes, allowing up to 500 hp for racing. Tidy, clean and unscuffed. Dash lived in Chelsea most of its life until bought by the vendor two years ago at Silverstone’s NEC Classic Car Show auction on November 10, 2018. Sold where expected and might retail for a little more. #431-1993 vAuxHAll loTuS CArl- plastics good; seat velour on driver’s side unusually tight, so must have been redone. Wears a strut brace, fog lights still boxed in trunk. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $101,854. Didn’t bring quite as much as I expected for a “holy grail” car. These have gone off the boil a little; No. 1, D112 VEV, reshelled early in its life, was not sold at $101,182 in 2018. #422-1991 MErCEDES-BENZ 500E sedan. S/N WDB1240361B465362. Anthracite/gray leather. Odo: 35,452 miles. Fuel-injected 5.0-L V8, auto. One of 29 U.K.supplied cars, serviced from new by the supplying dealer. Excellent all round; clean, tidy and well kept, including the engine bay; unscuffed plastics and not knocked about as you’d expect a London car to be. Headlights are still bright, wheels uncurbed. Inside, carpets are clean, leather little worn and veneers all good. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $87,303. Appears to have ToN sedan. S/N SCC000019N1223366. Imperial Green/dark gray leather. RHD. Odo: 47,817 miles. Well-kept, twin-turbocharged Autobahnstormer, one of 284 right-handers (also sold as an Opel). Appears straight, with all body plastics intact. Clean and tidy interior, leather creased (ruched) from new—so ’80s/’90s. Door-infill Alcantara panels clean. With books, tools and good history. Cond: 3+. #436-2015 volKSWAGEN xl1 coupe. S/N WVWZZZ1LZFK000152. White/black, white & red cloth & Alcantara. Odo: 72 miles. Fuel-injected 829-cc 2-cylinder, semi-auto. Diesel-electric hybrid made in limited numbers (250 total, 200 customer cars, 2013–16). Motor is basically half a 1.6-L TDi, 75 hp in total when 27-hp electric motor kicks in, driving rear wheels through 7-speed DSG transmission. Showroom displayed and still like new with only 72 miles. With books, service history and charging station. Cond: 1-. SolD AT $85,121. Silverstone got $90,767 for “139” with 79 miles in November 2019, after “142” failed to sell against an estimate range of $90k–$102k earlier, in January, and “133” didn’t sell later in the year. So this is in the ballpark. Thing is, if these do 300 mpg as advertised (more like 100 in real life, say reports), why are they being sold with such tiny mileages? ITALIAN SolD AT $58,202. Market-correct but not quite two-thirds the price of the 500E (Lot 422), of which it will suck the doors off. #407-1990 lAMBorGHiNi CouNTACH 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N ZA9C005A0KLA12958. Orange/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 6,390 km. Fuel-injected 5.2-L V12, 5-sp. Right-hand-drive, U.K.-market car (one of 67), supplied in the same Arancio Miura as the vendor’s LP400 Periscopio. With low mileage, good all around, $25k recommissioning in 2017 after 22 years of storage. Leather lightly wrinkled and side trim not badly scuffed. With original books, docs and two sets of keys. Cond: 2. NoT SolD AT $284,543. One owner from new, but even that wasn’t enough to get it sold. Apparently got as far as one bid below £220k against a £250k–£285k ($325k–$370k) estimate. Values of these have been falling; in September 2019 a Euro-converted federalspec 1988 5000QV sold for $257,806—$123k less than was being asked than when I drove the same car a year previously—and the last 25th at auction, a U.S.-spec car, fetched $228,250 at Mecum Kissimmee 2020. 88 Sports Car Market


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TOP 10 No. 10 #410-1992 lANCiA HYENA coupe. S/N ZLA831AB000579197. Green/tan leather. Odo: 9,500 km. Turbocharged 2.-L I4, 5-sp. Interesting blind alley based on Delta Integrale (but without Fiat/Lancia’s blessing). Number nine of 24 produced, this one based on a 1993-model HF Evoluzione II registered October ’92 to get around needing a catalytic converter. Three keepers and low mileage. Aftermarket OZ wheels, originals supplied with car. Last serviced by Hyena originator Paul Koot, October 2018 at 8,800 km. Cond: 2. Speed by Colin McRae. Interesting price, around twice what a Works rear-drive Escort from three decades earlier would cost. AMERICAN well bought and still just about half the price of a Ferrari 328 (the 308 Vetroresina at the auction, Lot 446, didn’t sell at $93k). TOP 10 No. 8 #220-2007 SuBAru iMPrEZA S12B rally car. S/N PR0GDB06014. Blue/black velour. Turbocharged 2.0-L H4, manual. Real Works car from last two years of Subaru’s involvement in WRC, presented in good order. Recent engine, turbo and gearbox rebuild. Signature on underside of roof could be McRae’s. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $218,258. Koot had to buy complete cars and chop them up to build these, as Lancia wouldn’t supply partly completed cars. Rarely on market and a new world record. JAPANESE #448-1993 HoNDA NSx coupe. S/N NA11100098. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 152,000 km. Fuel-injected 3.0-L V6, 5-sp. Japanese-market car. Tidy and wheels unscuffed, interior plastics and leather all good. Modern stereo. Cam belt in 2015, but no word on when it last had a clutch. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $43,652. Came to the U.K. 2003, sold by H&H in October 2008 for $28,985 (SCM# 1642049), stored since 2018. Slightly SolD AT $119,314. Well sold, although likely cost more than this to produce. I really don’t know why people buy these when a nice, stock S-code ’67 can be had for less. Oh well, not— quite—as bad as yet another full-of-plop Eleanor replica. SolD AT $244,448. Petter Solberg’s car for much of 2007—2nd in Rally Portugal, 3rd in Greece. Campaigned in several rounds of the 2008 and 2010 WRC by Mads Østberg. Finland 2010 (7th) and Rally GB 2010 (9th). Demonstrated at 2007 Goodwood Festival of #442-1968 CHEvrolET CAMAro convertible. S/N 123678N374736. Orange/ black vinyl/orange vinyl, houndstooth velour. Odo: 59,419 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Billed as a 396 RS/SS, but quoted 5,354 cc is 327... Chassis number says it started as a 6-cylinder, but catalog pics show a big block. Originally green with white stripe, according to cowl plate. Body pretty straight with no bumpers and valances smoothed; headlight doors misaligned, as usual. Repro interior includes gigantic cup holders, which are a mystery to us Brits. Clean underside with new tank and aftermarket exhaust, plus lots of dress-up bits on motor including fat aluminum radiator with twin cooling fans. Cond: 2. #439-1967 forD MuSTANG GT custom fastback. S/N 7T02C240941. Silver/black vinyl. 347-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Clean and sharp resto-mod (originally a 289) with crate 347, C6, big wheels and discs all around by Livernois Motorsports of Michigan. Brembo calipers, AirPod adjustable suspension, power steering, strut braces. Interior vaguely stock with a few aftermarket bits including white dials and center console bucket holders. Fairly hideous sculpted bonnet. Cond: 1-. SolD AT $39,286. Imported from the U.S. in 2015 and claimed to be the only manualtransmission RS/SS convertible in the U.K.— certainly the only one on the market last month in this spec. Sold for about first-gen Mustang convertible money, which sounds about right for a bitsa. © 90 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Online Online Only: Palm Beach A pair of supercars led the sale, with a ’96 993 GT2 topping the list at $891k Company RM Sotheby’s Date March 20–28, 2020 Automotive lots sold/offered 177/259 Sales rate 68% Sales total $13,941,815 High sale 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 coupe, sold at $891,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 coupe, sold at $891,000 Report by John Hoshstrasser Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s; images by Theodore W. Pieper, Ken Wallace, Ryan Merrill, Motorcar Studios, Really.photo, Thatcher Keast and Jeremy Cliff Market opinions in italics Beach International Raceway. However, the COVID19 pandemic hit stateside and resulted in bans on mass social gatherings. RM Sotheby’s decided to move the auction online fewer than 10 days from the scheduled start. The switch did little to discourage significant interest, as nearly 900 bidders from 44 different countries participated, with 36% of the bidders registering with RM Sotheby’s for the first time. The result was $13.9 million in sales with a 68% sell-through rate, which was very impressive given the circumstances. Bidding started on March 20, with closing times R staggered from March 25 to 28. Since the online bidders (and this reporter) could no longer inspect the cars in person, the online catalog was bolstered by more detailed information about the lots and more photographs showing visible flaws. My observations are based on those photos and extra files. The decision to move the auction online occurred as consignors prepared to ship their cars to South Florida. Many decided not to ship, so in those cases the lots would have to be collected at the consignor’s location. I’ve included where the sold cars were to be collected M Sotheby’s had big plans for their 18th annual South Florida auction. Previously held at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, for 2020 they moved the auction 65 miles north to the Palm to give an idea just how widespread auction consignments can be for sales like this. Overall, the 259-car auction was led by a pair of supercars. A gently used 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 sold for a market-correct $891,000, and a 2019 McLaren Senna presented in as-new condition with just over 200 actual miles sold for $847,000 — well below what others have sold for recently. Other highlights include Lot 460, a beautiful 1961 Jaguar E-type Series I open two-seater, showing 404 miles since a comprehensive rotisserie restoration. This early E-type, with its external hood latches and flat floors, found a new home for a strong $280,500. A 1993 Mazda RX-7 R1, in pampered SALES TOTALS $25m $20m $10m $15m $5m $0 2018 2019 2020 original condition with under 16k miles and 5-speed manual transmission, sold for $49,000. That price may seem high now, but the values for desirable Next Gen cars in this condition will only go up. Not a sports car, but definitely a Next Gen collectible, was Lot 156, a 1981 Toyota SR5 4x4 pickup. Nicely finished in black with factory decals, it was wisely bought for $22,550. While other auction houses postponed or outright canceled their sales, I commend RM Sotheby’s courageous decision to think outside the box to support their consignors. Here’s hoping that a year from now we’ll have beaten this pandemic and RM Sotheby’s can hold their next South Florida auction as usual. ♦ 92 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Online ENGLISH #454-1953 MG TD roadster. S/N XPAGTD223173. Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 2,925 miles. 1.3-L I4, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint shows polishing swirls throughout. Chrome bumpers and radiator straight and shiny. Rear-mounted spare. New top fits very well, plastic rear window clear. New side curtains and tonneau cover. Stock steel wheels with chrome trim rings and hubcaps, all blemish-free. Modern Mastercraft M-R325 tires. Interior nicely restored with new leather seats and door panels. Wood on dash looks beautiful. Jaeger instruments look new. Engine bay very clean, with seeping around gaskets. Needs to be collected from Hobe Sound, FL. Cond: 2+. #347-1956 AuSTiN-HEAlEY 100-4 BN2 roadster. S/N BN2L229979. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 93,558 miles. 2.7-L I4, 4-sp. Stated to be upgraded to Le Mans specification. Paint shiny, but closer photo inspection reveals chips, scratches and polishing swirls. Good bumper and exterior chrome. Lucas fog lights added. Leather hood strap, louvered hood. Polished wire wheels with new Vredestein tires. Top down, not inspected. Interior restored at one point; seats now have creasing. Rest of interior good. Jumper cables in footwell not a good sign. Clean engine bay. Needs to be collected from Vero Beach, FL. Cond: 2. BEST BUY #359-1961 JAGuAr xK 150 SE coupe. S/N S847033DN. British Racing Green/beige leather. Odo: 78,358 miles. 3.8-L I6, 4-sp. Major service recently completed. Very good paint. Some waviness to sides of doors. Leather belt holds down hood. Chrome bumpers and trim shiny and straight. Chrome wire wheels are polished and blemish-free. New Avon tires. New leather interior. Dirty carpet detracts. Good dash. Engine bay has been detailed. Includes books, tools and JDHT certificate. Needs to be collected from Vero Beach, FL. Cond: 2+. SolD AT $22,000. This TD appears to have been expertly restored and driven a bit since. This example would be perfect for touring and English-car shows. Sold in the median range, according to the SCM Pocket Price Guide, but this wasn’t a median car. Well bought. #235-1956 JAGuAr xK 140 MC road- ster. S/N S812356. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 54 miles. 3.4-L I6, 4-sp. Stated that mileage shown since a frame-off restoration. Miles-deep paint shows polishing swirls but no chips or scratches. All exterior trim shiny. Dual mirrors on front fenders. New cloth top fits well. Polished wire knockoff wheels with vintage-looking Pirelli Stella Bianca tires. All-new interior is flawless. Concours engine bay with original engine and C-type head. Spotless underneath, with shiny exhaust system. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 1-. SolD AT $48,400. No information regarding the upgrade to Le Mans spec, but this car is stated to be in the 100M Le Mans registry. Restored at one point and then enjoyed. Last seen at the Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale in 2018, where it sold for $61,600 (SCM# 6867747). Hopefully, the appearance of the jumper cables doesn’t point to anything expensive. If not, well bought. TOP 10 No. 5 #460-1961 JAGuAr E-TYPE Series i open two-seater. S/N 875195. Opalescent Blue/blue cloth/red leather. Odo: 404 miles. 3.8-L I6, 4-sp. Miles shown since comprehensive restoration completed in 2015. Early E-type with external hood latches, welded louvers and flat floors. Originally finished in a Bronze exterior with Biscuit-colored interior and black top. Show-quality paint without any noticeable flaws. All exterior chrome straight and shiny. Polished wire wheels unmarked, with bright whitewalls. Only fault with interior is slight creasing to driver’s seat bottom. Reportedly matchingnumbers engine bay is concours detailed. Includes Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and tools. Needs to be collected from Philadelphia, PA. Cond: 1-. SolD AT $72,000. Although not as popular today as convertibles, the fixed-head coupe was probably welcomed in period in rainy England. Shampooing the carpet would result in an apparent show-ready Jaguar. Sale price was well below current market value. Very well bought. #428-1967 AuSTiN-HEAlEY 3000 Mk iii BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L40591. Metallic Golden Beige/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 58,196 miles. 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Restored by Kurt Tanner at unspecified date and driven since. Excellent paint. Chrome bumpers and trim good. Front Austin-Healey badge worn. Unmarked, polished chrome wire wheels with BFGoodrich Touring T/A tires. Top is wrinkled from being stowed, but plastic rear window is clear. Current New York state inspection sticker on windshield. Front seats and center armrest show creases, more on driver’s seat. Rest of interior looks fantastic. Great wood on dash. Engine bay clean, with some staining on intake. Needs to be collected from Auburn, IN. Cond: 2. SolD AT $165,000. This Jag was restored to apparent perfection. The MC option came with the C-type racing head and dual exhausts. The JDHT certificate shows this was a real MC, but it was originally Pacific Blue, with red leather and blue cloth top. Either color combination would be striking, and color changes don’t ruffle Jaguar enthusiasts’ feathers much as long as they’re in factory colors. This car is ready for the show circuit, but I hope it gets driven someday soon. The buyer paid up for condition. 94 SolD AT $280,500. This car was shown and judged at a national JCNA event, scoring an outstanding 99.970, and it shows. Concours quality in every respect. Although not the original color scheme, the current Opalescent Blue over red is striking. Personally, I would prefer blackwall tires, as opposed to the wide whitewalls. The best cars bring the money. SolD AT $66,000. Last year for the Big Healey and, although the design was not as pure as the earlier models, the 1967 was much more refined. This example was expertly restored and then enjoyed. Nothing wrong with that, as these are fabulous cars for touring. Selling price was market-correct; fairly bought and sold. #367-1971 JAGuAr E-TYPE Series ii open two-seater. S/N 2R14716. White/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 45,722 miles. 4.2-L I6, 4-sp. Older restoration holding up well. No Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Jupiter, FL Market Moment 2003 Ferrari 575M Maranello Sold at $109,200 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, March 6, 2020, Lot 145 obvious flaws to paint—save for a few stone chips in painted wheelwells. Chrome luggage rack on trunk. Chrome wire wheels polished, with no abrasions. Redline tires. Top was down, could not inspect. Blue leather seats show only slight creasing. Rest of interior very good. Equipped with 4-speed manual. Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Engine bay very clean, with little staining to show that it’s been driven. Needs to be collected from Vero Beach, FL. Cond: 2. SolD AT $64,900. A David McNeese, ©2020 courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Chassis number: ZFFBV55A730133420 SCM Condition for this car: 1- O ver the past year or so, we’ve noticed that the Ferrari 360 Modena is becoming quite a bargain in the world of modern exotics. For fans of Ferraris with double-digit cylinder counts, the 575M Maranello looks like an equally good deal. With its traditional Ferrari layout featuring a big V12 up front, two seats in the middle and a roaring exhaust at the rear, what’s not to like? The newest 575s are now 15 years old, but these beasts are no slouch even today, sending 508 hp to the fat rear tires. When you tire of embarrassing BMW owners off the line at stoplights, lean back and enjoy the big-bolstered, Italian leather seats and the hum of those dozen cylinders while you cruise down a country road. Prices of sold 575M Maranellos have ranged from $80k to $135k during the past two years for those equipped with the paddle-shift F1 gearbox. Our subject 575M — in Grigio Ingrid — sits right in the middle of that range. A 6-speed manual was available from the factory, but if you find one, it is likely to cost you somewhere over $200k. This car is still a bargain compared to spending $500k on a one-of-30 6-speed 599 GTB. Transmission aside, well-cared-for cars with low mileage bring top dollar. Again, our subject fits that criteria, with a scant 6,129 miles on the clock at the time RM Sotheby’s cataloged the car for Amelia Island. If there is one thing holding this 575 back from bringing bigger money, it is the color com- bination. Let’s face it, although they are sophisticated colors, gold and tan appeal to a limited audience. That goes for a Prancing Horse from Maranello or your mom’s Camry. Why do you think 90% of the Ferraris you see in these pages are Rosso Corsa? People want to be noticed in their Italian supercar. This color may have turned off many potential buyers, but it also presented an opportunity to score a deal for someone who doesn’t mind driving a gold Ferrari. That is what happened here. What the newer owner bought in addition to that paint is the enjoyment of a snarling V12 and the screaming exhaust note from one of Maranello’s finest. What else do you need? A pristine example of a grand-touring Ferrari with less than 7k miles, for under $110k. Sign me up. You can’t see much of the color from the inside anyway. — Chad Taylor Cond: 2. SolD AT $49,500. Gorgeous style, extreme performance and luxury appointments make the Vanquish S a worthy rival to those in the Ferrari stable. The model’s appearance in “Die Another Day” ensured its place in James Bond history. I’m not sure what happened here, but this very good example sold for roughly half of the current market value. Very well bought. 96 Sports Car Market nice contrast to Lot 460, the 1961 flat-floor E-type that sold for $280,500. I dare say that this example would be just as fun to drive and most people wouldn’t know the difference; they just see a beautiful E-type convertible. My brother has always wanted an E-type, and I’ve steered him toward the Series II models. They provide a lot of style, performance and fun at a fraction of the cost of a Series I. Very well bought. BEST BUY #214-2006 ASToN MArTiN vANQuiSH S coupe. S/N SCFAC24386B501955. Caspian Blue/ blue leather. Odo: 38,780 miles. Fuel-injected 6.0-L V12, auto. Unmarked blue paint looks purple depending on the light. Clear bra covers nose and mirrors, with wax buildup at edges. Slight curb rash on right front wheel. Yokohama tires. Blue leather seats with Alcantara inserts. Driver’s side bolster shows creases and bottom is baggy. Rest of interior shows no wear. Quilted Alcantara headliner clean. Engine bay dusty, but no stains. Factory first-aid kit in clean trunk. Includes service manual, service records and car cover. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL.


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TOP 10 No. 3 BEST BUY #455-2019 MClArEN SENNA coupe. S/N SBM15ACA6KW800146. Sarthe Grey/black Alcantara. Turbocharged 4.0-L V8, semi-auto. Stated to have just over 200 miles. Number 146 of 500 produced. Unmarked paint has a green tint under certain light. Front air dam not curbed. Wheels are unblemished, with contrasting orange brake calipers. Interior, covered with carbon fiber and Alcantara, here; the needs can be fixed and still stay above water. Rather well bought. #249-1961 volKSWAGEN TrANS- PorTEr Deluxe Samba 23-window microbus. S/N 792933. Sealing Wax Red & cream/gray vinyl/gray vinyl. Odo: 2,686 miles. 1.2-L H4, 4-sp. Good paint, with chips around front Safari windshields. Areas of poor masking between colors. Beltline trim reveals scratches and dents. Some windows delaminating. Wheels good with Firestone Deluxe Champion whitewall tires. Interior very well restored. Spartan dash with clock but no radio. Floor mat is cracking around pedals. Rear ashtray pitting, but rest of interior trim shiny. Sliding top good. Stock engine bay sanitary. Undercarriage clean, exhaust pipes rusty. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2-. shows no wear. Engine not observed but assumed to be as clean as the rest of the car. Needs to be collected from Philadelphia, PA. Cond: 1-. SolD AT $847,000. Much more subdued than the eye-searing green-overwhite example I reported on at the Mecum Kissimmee auction in January. That car sold for $1,430,000 and had 203 miles (SCM# 6922050). The consignor here cut this car loose for much less. Very well bought. GERMAN #318-1958 MErCEDES-BENZ 190Sl convertible. S/N 1210408500149. Red/tan cloth soft top/red hard top/tan leather. Odo: 21,425 miles. 1.9-L I4, 4-sp. Quality paint with polishing swirls. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim shiny, with surface scratches. Soft top wrinkled from being stowed; hard top looks good. Wheels, hubcaps, trim rings unmarked. BFGoodrich wide-whitewall, bias-ply tires yellowing. Leather seating good; dash cover has wrinkles at corners. Carpet has fit issue at driver’s sill. Dash chrome starting to pit. Engine bay detailed at one point, now with seepage at gaskets. Needs to be collected from Hobe Sound, FL. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $88,000. Appears to have been mostly restored SolD AT $159,500. Said to have been the recipient of two-year restoration by noted Type 2 experts West Coast Classic Restoration in Fullerton, CA. Most of the components look new or restored, but some were untouched, such as the trim and exhaust system. These buses have become auction staples and are usually presented in concours condition. This example didn’t reach that level and was well sold. (See profile, p. 58.) #430-1965 PorSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 301365. Irish Green/black leatherette. Odo: 45,386 miles. 2.0-L H6, 5-sp. Stated to be a 1965 model but titled as 1966. Recently applied paint shows no obvious flaws. Bumpers and exterior trim all good. Blemish-free factory steel wheels and hubcaps, with new Vredestein Sprint Classic tires. Seats appear new. Good dash timber. Radio delete with Porsche blanking plate. Some wear to steering wheel; turn-signal chrome pitted. Clean engine at one point. It was only a couple of years ago that great examples were selling for over $200,000. That clearly is no longer the case. This car was last seen at Silver Auctions in Fort McDowell, AZ, in January 2016, where it sold for $140,400 (SCM# 3798585). It’s only been driven 56 miles since then. Somebody took quite a haircut. The buyer got a deal July 2020 bay. Porsche CoA confirms matching engine and transmission. Clean undercarriage. Cond: 2+. NoT SolD AT $125,000. Good restoration with only slight needs to bring it up to 97


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RM Sotheby’s Online concours level. The catalog did not explain the title issue. Period green color loved by many, but not to everyone’s taste. High bid was well under even this ebbing current market and correctly refused. #466-1986 PorSCHE 928 S coupe. S/N WP0JB0925GS860574. Black/black leather. Odo: 8,432 miles. Fuel-injected 5.0-L V8, 5-sp. Miles shown stated to be actual. Orange peel throughout paint the only obvious flaw. Black exterior trim not fading. Factory alloys blemish-free, with new Bridgestone Potenza tires. Creasing to driver’s side bolster and seat bottom; other seats look unused. Desirable 5-speed manual transmission. Cargo net and retractable cargo cover look new. Sanitary engine bay shows only slight aging. Includes air compressor, spare, tools and Porsche CoA. a good buy. #456-1987 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE1409H2560250. Black/tan leather. Odo: 30,687 miles. Fuel-injected 3.5-L I6, 5-sp. Shiny paint with stone chips and touchups on nose. Blue-and-red pinstripe down both sides. Black rubber trim not fading. Modern, aftermarket BBS wheels with low-profile Kumho tires. Driver’s side seat bolsters worn. Both front seat bottoms are creasing and cracking. Steering wheel, emergency-brake handle and shift knob show wear. Carpet freshly cleaned. Dash good, with modern Alpine CD player; CD changer in trunk. Engine bay clean but shows age and wear to painted surfaces. Includes factory toolkit and first-aid kit. Cond: 3+. injected 4.0-L H6, auto. Miles claimed actual. Factory paint has a little orange peel. No damage to front spoiler. Wheels and tires undamaged. Red calipers contrast nicely. Driver’s seat covered with plastic. Aside from a few blades of grass on the driver’s floor mat, interior appears spotless. Includes original window sticker, purchase documents, Porsche Production Specifications, factory books, and tools. A new car. Needs to be collected from Auburn, IN. Cond: 1. Needs to be collected from Hobe Sound, FL. Cond: 2+. SolD AT $88,000. In the 1970s, the 928 was to be the future of Porsche, as it more easily met the U.S. emission and safety laws. They weren’t readily accepted by Porsche purists when new, but they are starting to gain respect. This excellent example, with low miles and 5-speed manual transmission, is highly desirable, and the buyer paid up. Well sold. #464-1987 PorSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0JB0938HS051094. White/burgundy leather. Odo: 28,552 miles. Turbocharged 3.3-L H6, 4-sp. No observable flaws to shiny paint. Black rubber trim not fading. Matching white-painted Fuchs wheels show no rash. Cooper RS3-A tires show little wear. Driver’s side seat bolster shows wear; driver’s seat bottom has light creasing. Other seats and rest of interior good. Factory sunroof. Modern Blaupunkt CD player in dash. Very clean engine bay, with all factory decals intact. Usual chips and corrosion to fan. Undercoated undercarriage is clean. Needs to be collected from Hobe Sound, FL. Cond: 2. NoT SolD AT $22,000. Shows more wear than expected for mileage. The wheels and low-profile tires were a love-it-or-hate-it proposition. I’m in the latter camp, but that’s subjective. High bid was below market on a fast-rising genre, so the seller was right to take it back home. TOP 10 No. 2 #435-1996 PorSCHE 911 GT2 coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZTS392164. Silver/black leather. Odo: 30,113 km. Turbocharged 3.6-L H6, 6-sp. Originally delivered to Japan. Glossy factory paint with clear bra covering front area. Factory alloy wheels unblemished with Pirelli P-Zero tires and red brake calipers. Driver’s side seat bolster shows wear; rest of interior appears asnew. Contrasting red three-point seat belts. What is shown of the engine bay appears dusty. Stated to be exempt from DOT regulations under the Show or Display status, and title is in transit. Needs to be collected from Chicago, IL. Cond: 2+. SolD AT $145,000. It’s sad to see performance cars like this with little to no mileage on them. They’re all seemingly destined to remain static garage art instead of being used as their creators intended. This example is the base GT3; the RS adds a premium. The MSRP for a 2018 GT3 was around $143,000—just about what it sold for here. Well sold. IRISH #109-1983 DElorEAN DMC-12 Gullwing. S/N SCEDT26T8DD017011. Stainless steel/black leather. Odo: 2,168 miles. Fuelinjected 2.8-L V6, 5-sp. Mileage shown claimed actual. Stainless exterior looks dull. Black external trim not fading. Factory alloy wheels unmarked. Driver’s seat side bolster shows considerable wear; seat bottom flattened and leather baggy, with creasing throughout. Passenger’s seat good. Interior dirty. Pedals show more wear than expected. Original cassette player. Front trunk looks unused. Engine bay clean, with factory decals intact. Undercarriage also clean. Needs to be collected from Auburn, IN. Cond: 3+. SolD AT $115,500. I like Turbos in white, and the understated burgundy interior is a nice contrast. These values have slid from their peak of a few years ago, but that’s the same in a lot of cases these days. With low mileage and great condition, this example just squeaked in under the low estimate, making it 98 SolD AT $891,000. One of 194 road-going GT2s. With rear-wheel drive, 6-speed manual transmission and twin-turbo air-cooled engine, these homologation specials are some of the most desirable 911s for the street. With 30,113 kilometers shown, I’m glad that this car has been enjoyed. The buyer will have to persuade DOT to approve the transfer of that Show or Display exemption. Here’s hoping for success. Fairly bought and sold. #420-2018 PorSCHE 911 GT3 coupe. S/N WP0AC2A99US175258. Graphite Blue Metallic/black leather. Odo: 11 miles. Fuel- SolD AT $49,500. This car left a lot of questions. The odometer showed low mileage, and there was no apparent wear to engine bay or undercarriage, but the driver’s seat was a mess. Perhaps the owner just sat in it a lot? The catalog also stated same ownership since 1985, but it appeared sold in the SCM Platinum Auction Database at Mecum Kansas City in December 2018 for $27,500 (SCM# 6890452). More recently seen at RM Auctions Auburn in May 2019, where it failed to sell for $32,500 (SCM# 6906647). At least it has a 5-speed. For all the questions, very well sold. Sports Car Market


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ITALIAN #468-1965 fiAT 600D Multipla microcar. S/N 100D108126545. Green & white/brown leather. Odo: 29,200 miles. 767-cc I4, 4-sp. Recent restoration. Very nice, unmarked paint over straight panels. No masking issues between colors. Red pinstripe along length of car. Bumpers and trim painted black. Wheels and hubcaps unblemished. Modern Nankang tires. Custom diamond-quilt leather seat covers and door panels with white piping look unused. Bright trim in interior shows pitting. Pioneer CD player under dash. Good tan carpet. Rear fold-down seats appear unused. Stock engine bay clean, with chips to painted surfaces; rusty exhaust manifold. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2. sell at a high bid of $240,000 (SCM# 6890925). This exceptional Ferrari was well bought here. #271-1967 MASErATi GHiBli coupe. S/N AM115754. Cream/tan leather. Odo: 40,216 miles. 4.7-L V8, auto. No obvious flaws to paint. Front air dam chipped along front edge. Silver-painted wire wheels need cleaning. Driver’s side seat bolster worn and ripped, with stuffing exposed. Seat bottoms are cracked, with driver’s side worse. Door panels a little baggy. Rest of interior is good. Modern stereo in dash. Engine bay cleaned, with chips and scratches to painted air-cleaner housing. Needs to be collected from Pontiac, MI. Cond: 3+. SolD AT $25,850. Some apparent shortcuts were taken in the restoration, like painting the exterior trim and the untouched pitting interior trim. With seating for six, this is the Italian equivalent to a VW bus, but in a microcar scale. Microcars have a strong following, and this was a charming example. The buyer got a good deal, with room to fix the trim issues. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 7 #335-1966 fErrAri 330 GT 2+2 Series ii coupe. S/N 8627. Rosso Rubino/cream leather. Odo: 53,384 miles. 4.0-L V12, 5-sp. Older restoration holding up nicely. Shiny paint with no obvious flaws. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim all good. Campagnolo alloy wheels are clean. Sumptuous cream leather seats look unworn. Wood steering wheel and dash good. Nice contrasting red carpet. Engine bay containing claimed matching-number engine has been detailed. Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified in 2010. Needs to be collected from Vero Beach, FL. Cond: 2. SolD AT $260,000. This very nice 330 GT earned Platinum awards at Concorso Italiano in 2006, 2007 SolD AT $84,700. Rare to see a Ghibli with automatic transmission; can’t say that rarity adds to the value. A less-expensive alternative to a Ferrari Daytona, but lacking the cachet of the V12. High bid was under the money, but the seller let it go. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 6 #365-1983 lAMBorGHiNi CouNTACH lP5000 S coupe. S/N ZA9C00500CLA12512. Black/tan leather. Odo: 39,982 km. 5.0-L V12, 5-sp. Major service performed May 2019. Good paint has touch-ups. Wings on front and rear. Surface rust on windshield wipers. Plastic headlight covers are crazing. Windshield starting to delaminate around bottom edge. Factory wheels unmarked. Wrinkles on driver’s seat turning to cracks. Steering wheel shows slight wear. Screws attaching upper dash panel are ripping. Modern Sony CD player in dash. Clean engine bay with chips and scratches to painted surfaces. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $275,000. Looks fantastic at (the proverbial) 10 feet and absolutely sinister in black. It wouldn’t take much to bring this example up a notch. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Countach values are down from their highs of a couple years ago. Sale price here was a little light, but the consignor cut it loose. Well bought. and 2008 and Platinum at Bella Italiano in 2007 and 2008. Not many signs of use since then. This car was last seen at Gooding & Co. Scottsdale in January 2019, where it failed to July 2020 #465-1984 lAMBorGHiNi JAlPA coupe. S/N ZA9J00000DLA12087. Red/tan leather. Odo: 49,732 miles. 3.5-L V8, 5-sp. Stated restored in 2016. Shiny red paint with 99


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RM Sotheby’s Online no observable flaws. Black exterior trim not fading. Removable targa top. Rear wing said to be a $5,000 option. Driver’s seat shows creasing to side bolsters and seat bottom; rest of interior is good. Alpine cassette and very ’80s Alpine phone mounted on side of console. Front trunk contains factory spare. Engine bay shows chipping to painted surfaces, but the engine itself is very clean. Needs to be collected from Hobe Sound, FL. Cond: 2. ger’s seat looks unused. Rest of interior appears as-new, with carbon-fiber trim and factory CD player. Engine dusty but clean, with no fluid stains. Equipped with carbonceramic brakes. Includes original owner’s manuals. Needs to be collected from Vero Beach, FL. Cond: 2+. ange peel to paint. Factory body stripes and decals all good. Shiny chrome bumper in front, black tubular bumper in back. New American Racing aluminum wheels with new Mud Claw Extreme MT tires. Bed shows small dents, spray-on bed liner. Bucket seats unworn, console with cup holders added. Factory AM/FM radio with cassette player. Steering wheel crazed, rest of interior good. Factory a/c. Engine bay is correct, complete and very clean, as is undercarriage. Needs to be collected from Auburn, IN. Cond: 2. SolD AT $99,000. The little brother to the Countach. Restoration photos in the catalog showed a trim-off paint job and a rebuilt engine. Jalpas are a niche model, as only 410 were constructed from 1982 to ’88. Some enthusiasts may not even know they exist. These rarely appear at auction, and, apparently, several bidders wanted this one very badly. Well sold. #213-1989 fErrAri TESTAroSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A1K0081622. Giallo Fly/tan leather. Odo: 6,969 miles. Fuel-injected 4.9-L H12, 5-sp. Miles claimed actual. Original paint with no obvious flaws. Stick-on shields on front fenders. Front air dam has been chipped. Wheels show no rash. Creasing and wear to driver’s side seat bolsters, both seat bottoms a little baggy. Rest of interior good. Has the dreaded passive-restraint seat belts. Stated engine-out service performed in 2016. Engine bay spotless and concours detailed. Front trunk looks unused and contains complete tool roll. Cond: 2+. SolD AT $132,000. Interesting color combination may not be the most exciting, but a nice departure from the usual red over tan. The 6-speed manual GTBs are much more valued than the paddle-shifted examples like this one, but still, this excellent example was very well bought. JAPANESE #437-1978 ToYoTA lAND CruiSEr fJ40 utility. S/N FJ40915633. Yellow/tan cloth/tan vinyl. 4.2-L I6, 3-sp. Frame-off restoration completed August 2019. Fresh paint with orange peel throughout, including interior. New top is baggy. Stock wheels and hubcaps are blemish-free. Unworn Firestone Super All Terrain tires. Interior painted with exterior. Bare-metal floor with no mat. New interior upholstery. Stock dash with good instrument panel. No radio. Newly upholstered jump seats in back. Factory-fresh engine bay, but red spark-plug wires and modern greentop battery detract. Sanitary undercarriage. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2+. SolD AT $22,550. No claims in catalog regarding originality, or whether mileage indicated was actual. Curiously, the numbers in the odometer didn’t line up. Regardless, this was a very nice example of a popular pickup both now and in period. This truck was previously seen at Mecum Las Vegas back in October 2019, where it sold at a high bid of $14,300 (SCM# 6918737). Not a bad little flip. If you want one of these, find the best and buy now before it’s too late. #448-1993 MAZDA rx-7 r1 coupe. S/N JM1FD3312P0201851. Red/black cloth. Odo: 15,778 miles. Turbocharged 1.3-L rotary, 5-sp. Miles shown claimed actual. High-gloss factory paint with no visible flaws. Front spoiler and rear wing unmarked. Factory alloy wheels blemish-free. Interior appears as-new. Factory cassette stereo in dash. Five-speed manual transmission. Trunk looks unused, with factory spare, jack and tools. Engine bay is stock and spotless, with all factory decals intact. Loaded with options and includes service records. Needs to be collected from Philadelphia, PA. Cond: 1-. SolD AT $126,500. The Testarossa design has always been polarizing, but I’ve always liked them. Testarossa values have been retreating over the past couple of years. This strong example brought a fair price for condition. Fairly bought and sold below the $130k low estimate. #331-2009 fErrAri 599 GTB fiorano coupe. S/N ZFFFC60A690165949. White/ blue leather. Odo: 8,474 miles. Fuel-injected 6.0-L V12, semi-auto. No obvious flaws to paint. Scuderia Ferrari shields on fenders. Polished Scaglietti challenge wheels shod with Pirelli P-Zero tires. Blue Daytona leather seats show wear on driver’s side bolster, but passen- 100 SolD AT $30,800. FJ40s are an auction staple, but values have been sliding. This rig was last seen at the Mecum Las Vegas sale in October 2019, where it failed to sell for a high bid of $25,000 (SCM# 6918731). It did better today, but I doubt the seller recouped the restoration cost. If you really wanted one of these and have held back, this was a great example to have. Well bought. #156-1981 ToYoTA Sr5 4x4 pickup. S/N JT4RN38D3B0009098. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 18,602 miles. 2.4-L I4, 5-sp. Slight or- SolD AT $49,000. This car was obviously pampered and stored correctly, as it appeared as-new. Next-gen Japanese sports cars are hot these days. The buyer paid up for low mileage and excellent condition. Well sold or bought early? Shrewdly bought, in my opinion. © Sports Car Market


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Bring a Trailer Online Bring a Trailer Picking the cars of my youth Report by Michael Leven Market opinions in italics; photos courtesy of Bringatrailer.com B eyond the cars themselves, one of my favorite ancillaries around this automotive hobby is learning how other folks got sucked into the vortex, some so deeply that they even figured out how to make a living at it! Like many, both hobbyists and professionals alike, family figures prominently in my story. A lot of cool, funny, stupid, expensive and highly visceral experiences during my formative years revolved around cars — directly or indirectly. These types of associations, again, like with many others, continue to fuel my fascination with all things motorized. With the movement to all things online right now in these days of COVID-19, I was tasked with selecting 15 vehicles from recent Bring a Trailer online auctions for a new Market Report here in SCM. As done at live events, I’ll discuss their merits, call out their beauty marks and warts, and offer an opinion on the sale. Given that nearly blank check, I’ve focused my selections on the cars of my youth, with my particular connection to the model included as a personal anecdote. © ENGLISH #30502-1964 SuNBEAM TiGEr Mk i convertible. S/N B9470968LRXFE. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 19,875 miles. 260-ci V8, 4-sp. Originally Forest Green; now “MG Green.” Paint done decades ago by “a friend.” Variable surface from smooth to orange peel to “rough to the touch.” Gaps mostly okay; driver’s door with crooked lines. Windshield seal dry; new one comes with car. Interior very nice; newish carpets, seat covers. Wood steering wheel and shift knob. Burled dash in good shape. Fuel system gone through; new battery, plugs, starter solenoid. New set of tires, with factory-style mirror, tonneau and service manuals included. Cond: 3. show queen, but solid-looking. With it being painted in 1989, any hidden rust would have presented itself long ago. That it’s still powered by a correct 260—said to be original— and has not been otherwise “upgraded” like so many Tigers might suggest it is as it appears: an honest, driver-quality car. Get some new Forest Green paint on it and go. Well bought. #30452-1973 JAGuAr E-TYPE Series iii coupe. S/N UD1S75167BW. Eng. # 7S12511LA. Black/Cinnamon leather. Odo: 50,579 miles. 5.3-L V12, auto. Sold and bought back by consignor within past two years. Very high-quality respray in original black at unknown time; panels straight and well aligned. Last E-type with “Cinnamon” leather; excellent broken-in look. Extensive recent service including rebuilt suspension and carbs, new engine mounts, gaskets, belts. New stainless exhaust, (cheap) battery. Newish Company Bring a Trailer Date Range April 22–29, 2020 Buyer’s premium 5%; $250 minimum, $5,000 maximum, included in sold prices Michelins, aluminum radiator, Pertronix ignition, a/c updated to R134a. Chrome wires unblemished. Matching numbers; Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate. Cond: 2. NoT SolD AT $48,000. A really lovely car that has clearly been cherished and very well kept. Everything was so nice, I had a hard time understanding the parts-store battery. Apart from the justifiable rap on build quality in period, most nice SIIIs today are well-sorted and, although not as sporty as their older siblings, are comfortable and reliable grand tourers. The high bid here had to be pretty close. GERMAN #30503-1959 volKSWAGEN SPYDEr SolD AT $53,025. Almost bought one as my first car at 16. My dad came to look too, pulling up in his Turbo Carrera; so much for my “poor teenager” negotiation strategy. Glad I didn’t buy; I’d have hurt myself. This was no 102 Chinook roadster. S/N 2202567. Red/black vinyl. 1.6-L H4, 4-sp. Built up on ’59 VW Beetle floor pan, fiberglass Can-Am-type body, 356 brakes and drivetrain. Ancient, highly variable paint; body superficially ragged, but fiberglass actually appears quite sound. Headlights recessed in nose; windshield looks like it came from something small and British. Speedster-style seats; rust holes in floor pan. Old, wide-lug Porsche hubs. Leakdown photos indicate 125 psi in all four holes. Video shows easy start-up, steady idle, good run-out. Original fabrication; build quality seems actually pretty nice. Period photo shows Sports Car Market


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Bring a Trailer Online quality beige respray. Euro headlights; very desirable 4-speed gearbox. Interior leather with shallow cracks throughout; would respond well to a re-dye. Nardi wheel, modern cassette deck. Engine bay filthy from storage. Factory inner fender notches/welds not present, indicating replacements. Notable/repairable rust at bottom of firewall/footwells. Curious bubbling on it with New York plate “550-RSK,” PCA badge and a Type 547 4-cam Carrera engine! Cond: 5. NoT SolD AT $8,000. A fascinating little car fallen on hard times. This one taps into my perverse, deep-rooted need to rescue every cool project car I see, and thus serves as a glaring reminder of past automotive peccadilloes that must NEVER happen again. Body may be infinitesimally smaller but looks just like the cars Chinook actually built and raced in the USRRC/early Can-Am. Needs absolutely everything, including a new floor pan. There’s a very long road ahead, which makes me wonder why the seller didn’t bite at what looks like a generous bid. Rare and interesting does not confer value. #30293-1971 volKSWAGEN TrANS- PorTEr microbus. S/N 2212047531. White & blue/white vinyl. Odo: 51,508 miles. 1.6-L H4, 4-sp. Originally tan and white, now Caribbean blue and white. Early-style paint motif on the later body panels looks odd. Paint looks to have been applied well, but numerous instances of subsurface rust emerging in rockers and at random locations. At least two large holes in floor patched with wood; battery box aluminum trunk lid; surface rust in usual spot on left trunk floor. New battery, fluids, plugs. Mostly up-to-date service book. Cond: 3.SolD AT $50,925. My mother drove a 280SL for 32 years; I owned it for another 14—it featured materials and build quality we only dream of now. A wonderful car that looked great, started every time, and ran like a train. This one’s not going to win any awards at an M-B Club event, but it’s a fairly solid driver that with some investment could go to the next level and leave the new owner right-side up. And that does not factor that the 4-speed alone carries a severalthousand-dollar premium. Some expensive work, yes. But also a good investment and well bought. rusted through. Front bench seats three. Custom L-shaped bench in back seats five. New white vinyl with piping that matches the blue paint. Engine bay clean on top; gearbox entombed in grease below. Cond: 4. SolD AT $14,175. At 19 I drove a VW Bus from Seattle to Toronto. Me, three weeks of necessities and a spare Porsche 935 race engine were the only things in it. North Dakota is really windy when driving a billboard. Okay, I can understand the flamboyant, non-stock color change. But, really, paint alone doesn’t make the rust go away! Maybe the new owner just wants to (very slowly) cruise with seven friends (postCOVID, please) and simply doesn’t care. Sale price looks like a ton of money to me; a very well-sold bus. #30161-1971 MErCEDES-BENZ 280Sl convertible. S/N 11304410019425. Light beige/brown cloth/red leather. Odo: 96,347 miles. Fuel-injected 2.8-L I6, 4-sp. Sold new to Nova Scotia, lived mostly in Ontario; in storage 15 years. Originally white, now with good- 104 #30499-1974 BMW r90S tourer. S/N 4071740. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 80,611 km. Matching-numbers, factory sports model. Bought new in Germany, then to Netherlands, now in Belgium. Originally Smoke Silver, now Daytona Orange; shiny paint without visible flaws. Matching bikini fairing. Crash bars, fender support, other small gauge upgrades only departure from stock. Main gauges foggy. Dell’Orto carbs show light soiling, as does engine case and nooks/crannies. “BMW Club of Nederland” sticker on fender. Comes with factory tool roll, German manuals, recent service. Cond: 2-. NoT SolD AT $8,150. Shortly after high school graduation, a friend stopped by on his dad’s R90 to tell me he was off to tour the U.S. Wow! Next time I saw Ed was 38 years later at Rennsport Reunion VI. Gearheads forever! Clean but not detailed, this bike is clearly used, enjoyed, and well cared for. With 65 hp, a driveshaft, and that balanced, horizontally opposed twin, this would have been the height of smooth, fast cruising in its day. With a plus for condition, but a minus for mileage, high bid was about a grand light. Sports Car Market


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Bring a Trailer Online #30238-1979 PorSCHE 911SC iroC/rSr-style racer. S/N 9119200932. Yellow/black cloth. 3.0-L H6, 5-sp. Extremely sanitary race build by Cox Motorsports in Florida. All fiberglass panels replicate ’74 RSR look. Recent, high-quality yellow respray; looks to have been Viper/ Conda/Signal/Who Knows? Green at some point. Full roll cage, modern shifter, Sparco seat, fire system inside. Newer fuel cell up front. Twin plug heads, PMO carbs, Electromotive ignition. 930 brakes, hubs, rear control arms; Bilstein coil-overs. Hoosier race rubber on modular Fuchs-like nine- and 11-inch rims. Estimated 10 hours left in the engine. Cond: 3+. SolD AT $42,788. My story is about a real, factory-built 1973 RSR (one of 55) that parked BEST BUY lanta, and the winning bid here bought a whole lot of race car; you couldn’t even buy a stock 911SC for the street with this money. Although you could not possibly build this car for anywhere near the amount paid, welcome to the world of race-car economics, where non-factory Porsche race cars are routinely sold for pennies on the dollar. This one brought good money given the price was close to what an unmodified 911SC would bring in decent condition. #30633-1983 volKSWAGEN rABBiT in the street out front of our house one evening. My brothers and I were ecstatic, but Mom was anything but when she learned she owned half of it.... Anyway, this one looks well driven and plenty fast in video from Road At- GTi Callaway Turbo Stage ii hatchback. S/N 1VWDC0174DV022996. Cashmere White/red cloth. Odo: 18,825 miles. Turbocharged 1.8-L I4, 5-sp. Callaway conversion done at 1,850 miles; documented with feature article in Grassroots Motorsports. Moderate chipping; paint otherwise very sound. Custom red pinstripes on wheels, bumpers, side trim. Interior most impressive; carpets, seats, dash all crisp, free of wear or cracks. Rocker-panel seams wavy, damaged. Moderate rust on hatch hinges. Solid looking underneath, but surface corrosion throughout. Unusual, deep lateral cracks in paint near spare tire, plus sloppy seam-sealer application on underside of well gives pause. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $39,900. I had a silver/blue ’83 GTI; bolted on a Bilstein Sport kit, Bridgestone RE71s and drove the hell out of it. Great fun. Very well-kept pocket rocket with serious period hardware. The original Europe-only GTI was one of the first hot hatchbacks and set the trend for countless followers. Nice U.S.-built Mk I GTIs often trade between $8k–$15k, but can hit low-tomid-$20k. Oddly, modified cars can go even higher. But even with low miles and the Callaway treatment, this one looks a little pricey given the dodgy-looking rear and underside. #30358-1984 PorSCHE 911 Carrera cabriolet. S/N WP0EB0913ES170411. Grand Prix White/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 167,284 miles. Fuel-injected 3.2-L H6, 5-sp. European-delivery car sold to a Saudi Arabian address but remained in Germany; exported to Ohio at 14k miles. Paint extremely nice for mileage; buffed thin per paint-gauge photos. A few random but large chips. Black Fuchs rashfree. Cloth top snug but not taut; rear window wavy. Leather and carpets in remarkable con- July 2020 105


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Bring a Trailer Online dition; floor mats faded. Partially pressurewashed under engine/gearbox; all looks sound, though. With a/c, sport seats and long list of service records on clean CARFAX. Cond: 2. charged 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. Imported from Spain in 2017 with Lancia Certificate of Origin. Paint looks sound but not vibrant in photos. Pictures of only three wheels, all blemish-free. “Martini Racing” windshield strip. Recaro Sport seats. Carpets and gray cloth interior excellent; gaudy blue/brown diagonal stripes decidedly un-stylish/un-Italian. Thoroughly serviced when imported, with coolant flush, new plugs and wires, all hoses, U-joints, rear CVs, ignition and battery. Effortless cold starts; runs out well on two accompanying videos. Cond: 2. SolD AT $31,407. I had to drop off my stepmother’s identically liveried 911 cabriolet for service one evening. I thought I’d surprise/ impress a new friend by taking her along for a top-down sunset cruise and dinner. I did not know she wore a wig.... The Carrera is a really wonderful car and this one looked great. While 167k is a lot of miles, these 3.2-L engines are nearly bulletproof; 200k is not a stretch. Lower-mile Carreras fetch somewhere around $40k, so even if this one needed a new top-end rebuild, the buyer should be okay. #30125-1985 MErCEDES-BENZ 300TD wagon. S/N WDBAB93CXFF041538. Deep blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 119,000 miles. Turbocharged 3.0-L I5, auto. Very solid car repainted at some point; significant orange peel might buff out...a bit. Excellent interior, with seat covers, carpets, dash, Zebrano wood all quite nice. Electric sunroof. Engine compartment very clean and detailed. New engine and transmission mounts, driveshaft bearing, tie rods, bushings, axle boots, rotors, calipers, pads, master cylinder. Cruise, a/c. CARFAX indicates “Mileage Discrepancy”—six-digit odometer shows exactly 119,000 miles. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $16,538. that this was a bit of a buy—at least $500 under market, maybe even a grand. Admittedly, this was not fully or correctly restored, but it was quite nice—are Mini Trail buyers that picky? A great little starter bike for a youngster or a fun garage ornament for a nostalgic collector. I can tell you one of these was the best Christmas present a 9-year-old and his brothers could have ever wished for. Either way, well bought. AMERICAN NoT SolD AT $32,250. In the ’80s, I was lucky enough to see a World Championship rally up close. Markku Alén in a factory Lancia Delta appeared, flew by, dropped his right front in a rut and rotated left (think slot car). Still fully on the power, he pivoted, rotated right and disappeared up the hill. It was over in under 10 seconds; I was gobsmacked, slack-jawed. It is still burned into my mind like it was yesterday. While not one of the sixfigure homologation cars, this was a worthy sporting proposition for sure. Later EVO 1 and EVO 2 Integrales command more money, and this looks like a reasonable bid for an earlier iteration. Integrales of different stripes show up on BaT pretty regularly, so I’m not sure the seller is going to do any better. JAPANESE I found a very needy M-B W123 wagon on eBay and placed a $1,200 bid on a lark, thinking someone would bid more. Oops. And so began a six-year project I’ve never lived down. Sold before the market for these exploded. Having (sort of) restored one, I can tell you that the work done and all the parts were very expensive. Paint really lets this car down, but even so, the buyer got a very straight, nicely presented car. With all the heavy lifting done, there are likely several hundred-thousand pain-free miles ahead. Well bought. ITALIAN #30635-1990 lANCiA DElTA Hf integrale 16v hatchback. S/N ZLAB31AB000499937. White/gray cloth. Odo: 76,003 km. Turbo- 106 #30507-1971 HoNDA MiNi TrAil utility. S/N Z50A374307. Metallic blue/black vinyl. 50-cc, 3-sp. Bike disassembled and powder coated; nicely finished. Fuel tank not twotoned, as original. Engine case polished but scuffed in a couple spots; kick-start arm solid but badly pitted. All shiny bits—fenders, handle bars, spark arrester, heat shield—nicely polished. New rings, valve guides, throttle/ brake cables, spark plug, air filter. Aftermarket taillight not especially bright, per seller. Overall a very nice presentation Cond: 2-. SolD AT $2,850. All the market guides, auction records and comments after the sale confirm #30482-1964 forD THuNDErBirD 2-dr hard top. S/N 4Y83Z150266. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 2,122 miles. 390-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Originally Brittany Blue; parked in 1980s. Old, high-quality repaint (lacquer?) buffed out very nicely; large chip on right front fender, small cracks on rear deck. All chrome, trim pitted and worn. Taillights cracked; small dent in rear bumper. Seat covers quite nice—save torn side panel near driver’s door. Door panels straight, taut; console wavy. Plastic chrome worn. Dingy under hood; modern Holley fuel injection hidden under large chrome air cleaner. New tires; very nice hubcaps. Equipped with a/c. Cond: 3-. SolD AT $8,086. My grandfather had a black T-bird just like this; it was the first car I ever “drove,” standing in the seat while Poppy worked the pedals. I was 5. Fourthgeneration T-birds are not rare—almost a quarter million were built—and ’64s like this one did not enjoy the later cars’ front disc brakes or iconic sequential taillights. As such, the ’65 and ’66 cars can carry a small premium. Having sat for so long, our subject car has some needs, reflected in its market-correct sale price. BEST BUY #30328-1973 MErCurY ColoNY PArK wagon. S/N 3Z766N641796. Polar White/green vinyl. Odo: 36,566 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint quite sound save massive chipping on front facade. Troubling rust starting around wheelwells; needs addressing soon before it becomes a chronic problem. DiNoc “wood” with long fissures throughout; worn on tailgate. Right front fender dented; left taillight cracked. Interior very nice, commensurate with low miles. No third seat. AM/FM/8-track. Upper engine bay clean enough; nether regions could use a power wash. Front of engine and entire underside with surface rust. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3. SolD AT $9,713. My mom had a butter yellow 1976 Colony Park with the same Sports Car Market


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Bring a Trailer Online faux wood, and an 8-mpg 460 V8. The car was massively long at 229 inches. I took it to my driver’s test, and to no one’s surprise, scored zero on parallel parking. An absolutely ginormous car, built on a Lincoln chassis at the pinnacle of Detroit’s bigger-is-better era. Way more cargo space than most modern SUVs. Maybe not the coolest wagon in a wagonhappy market, but this one’s all the business and was well bought. #30062-1980 MErCurY ZEPHYr wagon. S/N 0K36B612842. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 63,616 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Recently purchased out of original owner’s estate; the very definition of basic transportation with room for the family. A genuinely underwhelming car in every regard, but as clean as a whistle and straight as a pin. With low miles, it shows as only lightly used. Paint sound and perfectly serviceable. Interior blemish-free, with slightly baggy seat covers and headliner the only demerits. Dash is free of cracks. And everything works. Orderly engine bay, new battery, tires, and absolutely pristine underneath. Cond: 2-. SolD AT $7,140. Prior to my appointment as a salesman at a local winery, one of the other sales reps sequestered the car I was supposed to get and saddled me with one of these turds. Thanks, Donna. The perfect blank canvas. After all, it’s built on the same Fox platform as the fairly capable V8 Mustangs of the day. A little suspension work, some poverty caps, and the sport seats and 5.0 should bolt right in— talk about a sleeper. Well bought as very basic transportation or a flight of fantasy.© July 2020 107


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In the following pages, you’ll encounter our new “The Road Forward” section. You’ll discover some new perspectives, opinions and adventures. We hope you’ll find it helpful — and entertaining — as we all navigate these strange, troubled days. Life is still worth living, and we intend to live it at speed.


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DRIVEN TO ASK Going Fast and Speaking Out Willy T. Ribbs, a pioneering race-car driver and world-class shotgunner, shares some perspectives on his big life by Elana Scherr Chassy Media Editor’s note: A big part of “The Road Forward” is to remember that there is a vibrant, living world beyond the coronavirus. Willy T. Ribbs had a remarkable and game-changing career. Elana Scherr caught up with him recently, and she shares the conversation with SCMers: W 110 illy T. Ribbs, the first African American driver in the Indianapolis 500, has a big, bold personality that leaves no room for milquetoasts and dissemblers. You are either in Willy T.’s corner — or you are the guy about to get knocked out. A new documentary, “Uppity,” on the life of Willy T. Ribbs, came out in 2020. You can watch it on Netflix, and get a preview of the man right here. Where did you get the idea to go racing? My father was racing flat-track motorcycles and then sports cars. MGs, an Elva, a Lotus. He won the West Coast series. I was pretty much born into it. I knew my career path was set. I did a year of junior college. I didn’t even finish. Like Bill Gates, I knew what the hell I wanted to do and got the hell out. What was your first car? I think it might’ve been a Lotus Cortina. I got it from my brother. Are you a car guy? Did you have a desire for anything sportier? I wasn’t really in love with road cars. I’m driving a Lincoln Town Car right now. I’ve never been into high-performance cars. My dad owned five Ferraris. I wouldn’t be caught anywhere in a Ferrari. A fast street car doesn’t make money — it just costs money. Sports Car Market


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Let’s talk about some of the race cars you drove. Formula Ford, and NASCAR, Trans Am, Indy Car. Formula One. You drove the IMSA GTs for Dan Gurney. You even drove a Craftsman truck. Out of all of the different kinds of race cars that you’ve driven, did you have a favorite? No (laughs). You like them all equally? No, I didn’t like any of them! Well, let’s put it this way, I like the car that I won in at the time. I’ve never been in love with cars, ever. I don’t go to car shows. I don’t go to concours or any of these tea-drinking gatherings on golf courses. That is not Willy T. Ribbs. Willy T. Ribbs races cars, he doesn’t look at cars. So when you aren’t racing, what do you like to do? My first wife and I divorced when my daughter Sasha was 4 and my son Theo was 9 months. I had no problems with raising my kids on my own, and we’re close today. Theo got into competition shooting, and now he’s one of the best in the business, so we practice a lot together. Were your parents supportive of your racing? Since your dad raced, they must have had some idea of what you were in for, how hard it could be. My family has never thought in terms of what was going to be hard or not. We were raised to be very tough. That came from my grandfather, Henry. You didn’t cry. You didn’t think about whether you’re going to live or die. You thought about winning and being successful. That’s all that mattered. He did not tolerate softness. That approach, from your grandfather, and inspired a bit by Muhammad Ali, occasionally caused you trouble, right? From white guys who didn’t want you there, but sometimes from other African American racers who thought you should tone down the ego a bit, take a different approach? Well, they didn’t succeed, so obviously my approach was the best. Look, when you’re in the right, you can say what you want. When blacks and women are confident, they’re tagged as arrogant, cocky, abrasive. When a white boy is the same way, he’s a breath of fresh air. I was told that was going to happen before I got into the sport, of what opposition I was going to face and how it was going to be characterized. There was no surprise in any of that, and I liked it. I liked the opposition. Do you have any regrets at any point? Do you think there’s anything that would have gone smoother if you’d played it differently? No. No. What they would have done is swept me under the carpet like they did the others and say, “Well, poor guy, he was a nice guy. He was a nice guy, but he wasn’t that good. He just didn’t have it.” I have no regrets. ♦ Dan R. Boyd Chassy Media Chassy Media Dan R. Boyd July 2020 111


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DRIVING WITH ELANA 2020 LOTUS EVORA GT Stripped Down and Perfect The 2020 Lotus Evora GT gives you a drive for the sake of driving by Elana Scherr bers or options, because it fails to impress on paper. It’s not a radical new design. The only big cosmetic differences between a 2010 I Evora and the 2020 are a few more slats in the body and horses in the engine. There’s nothing glamorous about that Toyota-sourced mill, even if it is topped with an Edelbrock supercharger. It’s not a good grocery-getter, as the rough ride will scramble your eggs and whip your cream, and that’s both literal and euphemistic. But there are plenty of cars that will get your shopping back in one piece. What the Evora offers is an excuse to skip the shopping altogether and go for a drive for the sake of driving, with no distractions. What initially seem like negatives in the Evora — the minimal infotainment sys- tem, and best-used-solo cockpit — end up being its greatest strengths. You don’t need to do a deep dive into the settings menu to get the best mode for mountain driving; there are only three, right there on the dash, and they’re all good. There’s no F1-busy steering wheel, no fiddly paddle shifters or beeping lane- departure warnings. Mash the right pedal, and the Evora surges down the road, as 416 supercharged horses is a lot for a light, sporty car. Despite the 2+2 layout of the cockpit, the Evora is most comfortable for one, which means you don’t have to stop driving until you want to. If you imagine a modern sports car burning in a sacred fire, what emerges would be the Evora. The shifter in your right hand, the clutch beneath your left foot, the engine behind you, and the road ahead. A perfect car. ♦ t was only supposed to be a quick drive. Just up the hill and back. Five hours and 300 miles later, I was checking the map to see if I could maybe sneak in just one more curvy road on the way home. The 2020 Lotus Evora GT is one of those cars that can’t be explained via num- ELANA’S GRADEBOOK Fun to drive:  Eye appeal:  Overall experience:  Price as tested: $103,800 Equipment: 3.5-L supercharged 416-hp V6, 6-speed manual transmission, lightweight bonded-aluminum chassis, RTM composite body, Bilstein mono-tube dampers, Eibach coil springs, forged alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, four-piston front and rear brakes, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, carbon-fiber interior trim, power folding side mirrors, backup camera and parking sensor, rear wing and diffuser, Exige Orange paint. Mileage: 17/26 Likes: Stripped down to the basics of what a sports car should be: a simple, quick, purified driving experience. Dislikes: Front seat is only comfortable for folks between five-foot-five and five-foot-eight. The back seat is a theoretical seating area. The radio and USB integration are behind the times. 112 Sports Car Market


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DOUBLE TAKE Bring It On Was that Bring a Trailer sale a deal or a dud? SCM’s Hedary and Carlson hash it out by B. Mitchell Carlson and Pierre Hedary T humbs up or thumbs down? There are two sides to every story — and every sale — and a second opinion can tell you a lot. This month we’re taking that to heart, and auction analysts B. Mitchell Carlson and Pierre Hedary are taking each other to task on recent Bring a Trailer sales. Lot 29894: 1972 BMW 2002 2-door sedan. S/N 2577392. Inka Orange, black vinyl. 2.0-L I4, 4-speed manual. 61,000 miles. Sold at $35,702, BaT, 4/8/20. 36 bids. Condition: 2 HEDARY Growing up, at one point we had four of these cars. None of them stuck around very long. When I asked my dad why we couldn’t keep any of the 2002s, he explained it succinctly: “They are easy to sell, and even easier to break.” But this ’02 had everything going for it. It seems Lot 29751: 1974 BMW 3.0 CSi 2-door coupe. S/N 4340390. Polaris Silver with Motorsports stripes, black leather. Fuel-injected 3.5-L I6, 5-speed manual. 17,227 miles. Sold at $77,700, Bring a Trailer, 4/3/20. 61 bids. Condition: 3+ CARLSON When I bought my 2800 CS 23 years ago, I immediately started shopping for parts to make it a wannabe CSL, too. It didn’t take long to out- grow that phase. These make better touring cars than boy racers, even with the right parts chucked into them. Most of today’s E9 shoppers are now in the stock-is-best camp, especially on the upper end of the market. This was bid about nine grand strong — further proof that the Red Mist isn’t exclusive to on-site auctions. HEDARY This resto-modded 3.0 CSL is the epitome of typical E9. Lots of modifications, because they were not that durable when they were new. Slap on a set of more-modern-looking wheels, and I think it would have brought another $5k. The problem with most E9s is almost always a cosmetic one. Being an East Coaster, it occurred to me that I have never seen an unrestored E9 without rust. This was a strong result, but there is a rabid and somewhat difficult-to-justify obsession with the E9. The Bimmer boys just could not help themselves. like it never had any major rust, and everything on this car that wasn’t great out of the box was upgraded. The sales price was fair, because, by some miracle, this example seems to live up to its upgrades, and it didn’t have any major rust. CARLSON I owned a ’73 2002 in the Fatherland. As a cocky 22-year-old airman, I beat the crap out of mine (including ad-hoc rallying along farm fields) and it never turned me into a pedestrian — something I can’t say about the GM and Chrysler products I’ve owned, or the late-model Mercedes 190E I once rented. Even Publisher Martin couldn’t break the one that one of his ex-wives had. I paid $500 in 1987 for my faithful Roundie, so I still have a bit of a time wrapping my head around $25k to $40k being the new normal. Still, with the subtleyet-purposeful mods, the selling price is pretty much market value, so at least we agree on that. Lot 30107: 1989 Freightliner (Mercedes-Benz) Unimog 419 utility truck. S/N 1FG99999XKM451690. NATO Woodland camo, black vinyl. 5.7-L I6 diesel, 4x4, 6-speed manual. 2,386 miles. Sold at $25,725, BaT, 4/14/20. 22 bids. Condition: 3+ CARLSON This is the ultimate vehicular Swiss Army knife. Mercedes-Benz at their most useful. Bummer than Minnesota wouldn’t title it, but I imagine that a few other states (i.e. Alabama, Montana) would have no problem with it. Besides, it’s basically a tractor anyway — keep the Slow-Moving Vehicle sign on the back and you’ll probably get away with murder. We’ll welcome you with open arms at the nearest Historical Military Vehicle show, too. HEDARY I spend so much time looking at Unimogs that I could have written a book using the time I’ve wasted. This uses the analog, cast-iron OM 352 inline 6 — a great example of a real Mercedes-Benz diesel, before computers ruined diesel engines. I can imagine so many uses for this beast. Infinitely useful and it is downright cheap at this price, especially if you happen to own 1,000 acres in Alaska with no roads. 114 Sports Car Market


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Lot 29923: 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. S/N 1J4GS5876LP505425. Bright White and DiNoc, tan leather and cloth. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 78,358 miles. Sold at $51,450, BaT, 4/8/20. 76 bids. Condition: 2-. CARLSON These gentrified Gladiators have been moving up steadily in value over the past decade, but this is ridiculous. Had this had 8k miles, or even 18k, this sale would’ve made a lot more sense — and yes, that’s giving it the benefit of having no visible rust and also unbaked paint and interior. HEDARY This price is about what the average fullsize SUV costs, so I think the bid makes perfect sense. The buyer of this truck could have taken their cash and purchased a brand-new Tahoe or similar. Said SUV will depreciate dramatically in the next five to seven years, no matter how nice it is. If you are going to write a $49k check for an SUV, make it something awesome, like this. Well sold, just like any new SUV. Lot 29914: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3. S/N 10901812003845. Black, Cognac leather. 6.3L V8, auto. 16,000 miles. Sold at $58,800, BaT, 4/8/20. 27 bids. Condition: 2- HEDARY Buying any 6.3 online is a risky proposition. Most of the receipts from the previ- Lot 30041: 1994 Mazda RX-7. S/N JM1FD333XR0301099. Chaste White, black cloth. Turbocharged 1.3-L rotary, 5-sp manual. 45,000 miles (total mileage unknown). Sold at $45,938, BaT, 4/10/20. 23 bids. Condition: 3. HEDARY The big deal about this late-delivery RX-7 boiled down to its odometer. With one mile added from 2013 to 2019, as well as it being a dealer flip, the suspicion of the BaT commenters’ gallery ignited. And for good reason. Every mile on that 13B brings it closer to needing a rebuild. This isn’t the same 13B that powered the early RX-7, where you remove it, rebuild it and reinstall it in a weekend. No, this is a complex, highly stressed monster of a 13B. If this Mazda has 60,000 miles or more on it, its useful life is more than half over. While it is cosmetically excellent, the only thing that makes it special is the rotary engine. Otherwise it would be something like an MX-6. While the unknown miles wouldn’t be a big deal on a much-less-expensive example, in this case, it was well sold. CARLSON This generation of RX-7 never did anything for me; then again, I wasn’t in puberty when this car was new. These look like a bloated Miata mated with a gen-4 Firebird, topped by a Zagato double-bubble roof. To concur with Pierre, that very problematic era of rotary engine could also be an issue — or an expensive mosquito fogger for your back yard this summer (since Cars & Coffee is closed). For this kind of coin, I’d buy two C5 Corvettes with similar miles on the clock (one to drive, one for parts). That’s a better choice if you like cars with styling akin to a bar of soap left in the tub overnight. July 2020 ous owners showed this car was serviced at a one-size-fits-all foreign-car repair shop. That’s a red flag, as many shops tend to spend client money by the thousands without actually getting the suspension and mechanical injection systems working right. On a 6.3, the front subframe and rear axle mounts tend to get beat up, not to mention air-suspension valves often do not hold air pressure for very long. Despite what the ad says, I would check all of these items before writing a check for $56k. Regardless, all 6.3s are expensive to buy and sort, so this was marginally well sold, but only by about $5k. CARLSON These make a Citroën SM look as uncomplicated as a Model T. One of my buddies had a 300SEL 3.5 that was given the Wisconsin DOT bodywork lightening treatment. I could’ve bought it for $200. I was keen on yanking out the V8 engine and putting the rust…ahem, rest…across the scale, but considering the work, I passed. Still will, for any Grosserpowered Benz that hasn’t been doctored by an M-B trained mechanic since day one. Well sold here, as it came off to me more as a used car with good eyeball rather than a meticulously maintained creampuff. ♦ 115


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ROUNDTABLE The Market Carries On — Online Dizzy much? Our world changed at warp speed when the coronavirus pandemic struck and large gatherings of people ended for the foreseeable future. Yet life goes on, even in the collector-car world. For this issue, we’ve asked four movers and shakers — Craig Jackson, Alex Finigan, Rod Egan and Gord Duff — how they’re adjusting to the virus conditions. CRAIG JACKSON Chairman and CEO, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ ALEX FINIGAN Sales Manager, Paul Russell and Company Essex, MA GORD DUFF Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s Blenheim, Ontario, Canada ROD EGAN Principal and Chief Auctioneer Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN The coronavirus pandemic turned everyone’s life upside down. What is your business doing to stay connected and vital during this time? Let me begin by saying that my hope is that everyone reading this is well and healthy. This hobby is so much more than just a business for us. This is about the collector-car family, and we want nothing more than to have everyone safe during this time. We certainly look forward to meeting in person again, soon! This pandemic has turned people’s lives upside down. But we’ve faced a lot of challenges as an industry — and as a company — over the last 50 years. Maybe because we’ve been around the longest, we’ve weathered more than most. But the lessons and experience we gained over that time have really prepared us for the challenges we’re faced with today. We embraced digital media and online technology when it was still in its infancy. And that’s been a tremendous resource for us over the past few weeks. We’ve not only been able to continue to share the Barrett-Jackson experience with enthusiasts through our digital and social media channels, it’s also allowed our team to connect remotely and plan new ways to meet the needs of the market. One of the ways we’re staying connected is through our relaunched Online Only Auctions, a concept we initially embraced 20 years ago. We at Paul Russell and Company have been in business for 42 years, doing both restoration and sales. Paul shut the company down in mid-March, due to a statewide mandate, keeping the employees’ pay, sick time, and vacation intact. Obviously, that can’t go on forever, but we’ll see how it plays out. For the first time since 1990, we won’t have a car on the field at Pebble Beach. The customer was very gracious and said there’s always next year, so that’s a saving grace. Our Online Only auction platform has allowed us to stay relevant and continue to assist our clients during this time. We began creating and building the proprietary platform last summer in order to expand our services and launched it first with one-off memorabilia collections and with strong success. The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed us to accelerate our Online Only program and allowed us to seamlessly transition our live Palm Beach auction to an online sale just 10 days out from the original dates. The results of that sale showed us that collectors around the world are still buying and selling quality cars, and that our clients old and new have confidence in the RM Sotheby’s start-to-finish experience and our secure-transaction platform. We’re now in the midst of consigning for our Online Only: Drive into Summer Auction, the first car auction specifically curated for our online platform, and we’ve announced that Monterey will also become an Online Only sale, the largest and most significant of its kind. We’ll also have an additional Online Only memorabilia and collectibles auction in between, while our Private Sales division has also been busy, with cars changing hands across all price ranges during this time. With the calendar of near-weekly car events out the window, we’re also using this time to connect with our clients, who all have a little more time to talk about future business and collection building or deaccession. Overall, I think the bright side of all this is that we all have a little more time to simply call and catch up with our friends and clients in the hobby. 116 We remain justifiably upbeat. It’s business as usual at Worldwide — if sometimes in a different way. We will continue to offer our customers the option to buy and sell great cars in both live and online auction environments as circumstances dictate, with a dynamic schedule in place for the remainder of this year. With the recent cancellation of auctions and events during Pebble Beach Car Week, including the postponement (until 2021) of our own Pacific Grove Auction, the road leads back to Auburn, the original “Classic Car Capital of the World” and our hometown. Our 13th annual Auburn Auction is now North America’s next live catalog sale and the very best option for all those enthusiasts and collectors eager to buy and sell great cars this summer. Our next scheduled event, The Americana Festival Auction, will run from June 11 to 14 at our Auburn, Indiana, headquarters, the most extensive noreserve collection of World War II artifacts, uniforms, militaria and memorabilia ever offered in one place. Proceeds will benefit the J. Kruse Education Center, a dedicated 501(c)(3) organization providing career pathway development to both veterans and students. We are committed at all times to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols, with continual monitoring of local, state and federal government recommendations Sports Car Market


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CRAIG JACKSON Chairman and CEO, Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ ALEX FINIGAN Sales Manager, Paul Russell and Company Essex, MA GORD DUFF Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s Blenheim, Ontario, Canada Are you turning toward online sales until people can gather again? Actually, we turned to the Internet in The sales side had a couple of sales, at 1990, when we pioneered online bidding as a part of our live auctions; we were the first collector-car auction company to do so. That’s given us a 30-year jump start on ironing out the process and making it seamless for our consignors and bidders. We just announced our May 2020 Online Only Auction, which will be run on the leading online-auction platform, Proxibid, providing our bidders and consignors secure online transactions and an infrastructure that boasts 99% uptime. Our May 2020 Online Only Auction will feature around 100 premium, handselected collector cars, as well as over 250 pieces of authentic automobilia. This relaunched Online Only Auction format is an exciting new phase in our company’s 50-year history and will be a perfect complement to the live auctions that we’ll continue to host each year. $2.5 million, and $7.5 million, that were in the hatchling stage, and they are on hold. It wasn’t even a question of price. The buyer of the $2.5 million car won’t buy anything without seeing it in person, and driving it, and he’s not flying anywhere in the foreseeable future. The other buyer doesn’t want to be THAT guy, spending that kind of money, while laying hundreds of people off. Kind of a “Let them eat cake,” in reverse. Evan Clary, my associate, and I have been trying to do stuff online, and on the phone, but it’s tough. Everybody seems to be in limbo. We’re going to miss seeing all of our clients and friends over the course of what would have been a busy next few months of auctions and events. However, we’re fortunate to have had the foresight to create our Online Only platform last year and to have the global network to complete online auctions successfully and with a complete bidder experience. While you’ll certainly see our core business return to in-person live auctions when it is safe to do so, we’ve witnessed the effectiveness of the Online Only platform and the interest it has attracted, certainly making it one of our key services and options for our clients. This is something that was in the works well in advance of COVID-19, and you’ll see it remain a pillar of RM Sotheby’s suite of services after it as well. The transition of sales to Online Only has allowed us to further develop and really fine-tune the program based on bidder feedback, and we’ll continue to improve the program over the summer. ROD EGAN Principal and Chief Auctioneer Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN Online auction platforms are far from new to us, and we will continue to offer both live and timed online bidding across multiple platforms in parallel with all our live events. For those looking to buy or sell a car or collection privately, we offer The Salon, part of a 200,000-square-foot, climate-controlled showroom housed here at our Auburn headquarters, with marketing, logistical and display packages tailored to individual seller requirements. Remote previews of all auction and private-treaty cars are available via video conference, and our car specialists are always available via phone, email and video. How will all this change your business — even when the pandemic is just a bad memory? As much as I’d love to have the I think when this is all over, we’ll be ability to predict what changes will happen because of this pandemic, that’s simply impossible. Especially in today’s climate. People can speculate, but new developments and updates are being made daily — sometimes hourly. These are uncharted waters. But what I can say is that our company — and the collector-car hobby — has seen its fair share of tough times over the years, and we always come out stronger. I think that’s because we’re a family. We share a passion that brings us together in a way that sees us through hardships. If any changes come from this, I believe it will be that we’ll be stronger and more united when this is over. I’m proud of the way our team and our industry has adapted and innovated, finding new ways of doing things. We’ll look back and see that we stood together and made the impossible possible. July 2020 fine. The restoration shop has an almostthree-year backlog of work, and the sales have always been good. We tend to cater to a higher clientele, and they, thank god, always have money. They created that wealth, however, by being wise, and in some cases, cautious businessmen. I truly believe there will always be buyers for the best, and the rarest of any automobile. The rest of the year may be slower than usual, but will definitely come back. Car collecting isn’t a hobby, it’s a DISEASE! Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic will change every industry. We’re fortunate that our team is equipped to adapt faster than anyone in our field. I believe we’ve chosen the right path forward to navigate through this, and we’re getting fantastic support and response from our clients on how far we’ve come so far, with both sellers and buyers trusting us to handle their business during this time. It’s impossible to predict what the collector-car industry and market will look like by the end of the year, and there are certainly difficult roads ahead; however, we’re grateful to be able to continue to operate and connect great cars with great people — as we always have. Our business will continue to grow dynamically, and we look forward to reuniting with everyone with a renewed appreciation for the freedom our shared passion for the automobile brings. We wish all of our customers and fellow car enthusiasts good health and spirits during this unprecedented time and hope that they, like us, are enjoying some of the unexpected benefits of the lockdown, like quality time with family and the impetus to develop new ways to do business and communicate. Fortunately, it’s the people we have relationships with that make the business as fun and successful as it is, and pandemic or not, that hasn’t changed one bit. ♦ 117


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UNLOCKING A CAR 1964–65 Porsche 356 SC by Prescott Kelly On a 1964–65 356 SC, condition is key. That especially means no rust. An original or correctly restored example could result in a 100% more valuable car than one with custom touches or an abundance of flaws. It is necessary to get an expert inspection with the Kardex (factory build card) or Certificate of Authenticity for reference. Typically, SCs have a premium of 20%–30% over the same car with a C engine. If you are considering adding an SC to your collection, here are a few things to watch out for: The most important number is the serial number (VIN) stamped into the cross member below the gas tank. 356C/SCs exist in two series: Reutter coupes (126001–131930) and cabriolets (159001–162175), as well as Karmann coupes (215001–222580). Door jambs and quarter panels are common rust areas on 356s. With doors open, feel the insides of the front fenders. They should be uniformly smooth, excepting body coating. If lumpy, it’s plastic filler. Inspect the rear bottom of the B-pillar door jamb carefully. Any lumpiness should be investigated. The aluminum tag is another VIN source, but it is easy to replicate. Of course, it should match the stamped number, as should the more easily replicated number on a tag on the driver’s side door jamb. The factory butt-joined, spot-welded almost all body panels, except in the quarter panels, where there was an overlap weld about four inches up from the bottom of the body. You should be able to feel that overlap on the back side of the four quarter panels. On original-paint cars, the lead here gets unstable, so a little lumpiness might be okay. 356 SCs exist in two series. Some are Reutter-built — Porsche’s in-house facility after they bought the body builder in 1963. Others are Karmann-built. Look for a body tag on the A-pillar labeled “Porsche,” meaning Reutter, or “Karmann.” Reutters are preferred. Replaced floors are not a deal-breaker. Factory floors are one piece. Replacements are two pieces, welded together and covered by undercoating — smooth is wrong; grainy is correct. Factory spot welds are often replaced by easily spied MIG welds. A floor without dents, bumps and scrapes is probably redone. The boxed side-member longitudinals are a big deal and usually should look worn. Original jack spurs look more recessed than reproductions and are spot-welded to the longitudinals. 118 Sports Car Market


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Paint-thickness meters and by-eye inspections are the best ways to check out original paint vs. repaint vs. plastic filler. Factory paint runs 3.5–7.0 mils on exterior panels, 2.0–4.0 on door jambs and closing panels. A good repaint will be 9-plus mils. Anything over 15 mils indicates plastic filler, and over 20 mils, is repaired dent, crash or rust damage. The meter will not read the lead that the factory used on seams; use a workshop manual to know where panels are joined. Key Desirables on the 356 SC 1. Original matching numbers on engine and, less importantly, gearbox. The full VIN is stamped into the passenger’s side inner fender behind the hinge closing plate. The last two digits of the VIN are on the driver’s side hood hinge, and top right of the rain shield under the passenger’s side engine grille on a Reutter, and on rear deck-lid latch on a Karmann. All cars have the last two VIN digits on the inner door structure. There is no way to know if an SC engine is original to the chassis without a Kardex or a CoA. Cs and SCs are virtually identical and in the same number series, with only the engine and rear-deck badging differing. Why an SC? The SC engine was the direct successor to the Super 90 engine. The C was rated at 75 horsepower DIN, 88 SAE, while the SC was 95 DIN, 107 SAE. The SC is about 5% quicker on most measures, but it feels like more. 2. Original paint, or if not, original body panels including floors and longitudinals — the boxed side members of the pan. 3. Uniform flat panel fit. Gaps should be 4–5 mils (except top front corners of doors) with rounded edges. 4. If not original paint, then original color. 5. Original interior, or if not, correct materials and original colors. 6. Original trim, or if not, expertly restored, not reproductions. 7. Complete original owner’s manual kit and complete original toolkit, with jack. 8. Clear history, known owners, ownership records, service records and more. July 2020 Photo courtesy of Josh Bryan, The Image Engine/Avant-Garde Collection 119


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ROAD VALUE Go Mini for Maximum Value Best-driving car for $50k? If it’s handling you mean, then it’s got to be a Mini — and its young pretender by Paul Hardiman Ian Dawson Editor’s note: This month, we’ve asked SCM veteran Paul Hardiman to look at value in a different way: What’s one of the best-driving cars you can source for $50k or less, and what is it really like to drive? Here’s what he had to say: “I f that car wasn’t so ugly,” Fiat (and former Ferrari) designer Aurelio Lampredi is reputed to have said after trying a Mini and announcing it as the car of the future, “I’d shoot myself.” He had, apparently, borrowed an early car from John Cooper during the 1959 Italian GP and disappeared into the mountains with it. For quite some time. Therein lies the appeal. That car would likely have been an early 850, before the Coopers really got to work. But the 10-foot tiddler provides an entertaining, seat-of-the-pants drive, however much power or rubber you bolt on. The eight-foot-wheelbase chassis — almost a wheel at each corner — will predictably understeer a little if pushed, but that’s easy to correct with a little lift of the throttle. Pushed harder, they can be made to drift beautifully. The communicative chassis always feels on your side, and thanks to low weight and limited power and grip, it’s rare for anything to get badly out of hand: Everything happens at relatively low speed. Evolution of fun From the factory they weren’t perfect. Early cars were afflicted with the long, slender “magic wand” gearshift that can be irritating to work, much improved by the shorter remote shift of the Coopers and later cars. Early cars’ all-around drums are just adequate, and the early Cooper seven-inch front discs are not much better. Performance was originally rather pedestrian; the first cars only had 34 hp, and the limitations of the transmission in the turned-transverse unit’s sump means the factory only ever offered a 4-speed. 120 The power situation soon improved, as John Cooper introduced a 997-cc variant in 1961 with twin carbs and hotter cam, offering 55 hp (shorter-stroke 65-by-76-mm 998 in 1963), followed by the S in three engine sizes — by February 1964, it was the definitive 1,275-cc, 76-hp version. To my mind, the original 1071 (March ’63–August ’64) is the pick of the three. All A-series are quite long stroke, and generally don’t rev brilliantly well, but the 1071 is a little gem — and the first Mini to win the Monte, remember. With its tough, nitrided crank, it’s practically a Formula Junior unit, and slightly oversquare dimensions (70-mm bore, 68-mm stroke) make it smooth and willing to rev without the feeling it’s all going to come apart. On paper, it’s 6 hp behind its bigger sister, but doesn’t feel like it. Just 4,030 1071s were built (though some will have been re-engined with 1275s), along with under 1,000 of the rarest 970S variant, a homologation special built in 1964/65 for the under-1,000-cc racing class, making them some of the most expensive Coopers. Check, please At the market peak, these just topped the £50k (sterling) mark, or around $70k then, but are comfortably under $50k now. 1275S cars (about 20,300 built, Mks 1 and 2) are a bit less. Original Cooper production ceased in 1971, with the Mk 3 (wind-up windows and internal door hinges, only 1,570 built), but if you want a cheaper 1300 Cooper, there are the later Rover-built cars, from 1990. These offer 64 hp from a fuel-injected version of that old A-series, and more brakes and grip thanks to 12-inch and then 13-inch wheels — but they still have that same sparkling handling balance. Rover Mini Coopers are in the $10k–$15k range at home. Separating them all out is your biggest problem, as the Mini lends itself well to mixing and matching. Many cars aren’t what they seem, and it appears that quite a few have been registered in the U.S. as older Sports Car Market


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to get around the 25-year rule... and some have been crushed as a result. There’s a wealth of information online, including chassis numbers to help with due diligence, but one simple thing to check is the number of head studs: Real original Cooper Ss have 11, standard engines nine. A worthy successor Bringing us up to date with “modern” Coopers (production stopped in 2000) means we cannot overlook its spiritual successor — the Peugeot 205 GTI (1983–94), built in the days when Peugeot was at the top of its game on handling. The sub-2,000-pound 205 displays even more entertaining characteristics than the Mini, with lift-off oversteer available on demand (and sometimes when you haven’t, if you’re not watching it). Sharing the same trailing-arm rear suspension layout as the Mini, sprung by transverse torsion bars and clever lay-down dampers to keep all the gubbins under the boot floor, these feature a certain amount of passive rear steer via deformable bushes, which carried on through the 306 replacement. This helped produce one of the finest-handling FWD chassis ever, which I rate as better even than the FWD M100 Lotus Elan. Push hard in corners and you can feel the rear end helping you, and like the Mini, you can adjust the chassis’ attitude with a brief throttle lift, although it’s not as forgiving. The GTI always had an SOHC fuel-injected XU 4, starting as 1580 cc and 105 hp (115 hp 1986–92) with a 1,905-cc/130-hp version from December ’86. Quite a few have been cross-pollinated with the 16-valve version used in the 405 Mi16 and as a 2-liter in the 205’s hot-hatch successor the 306 GTI-6/Rallye and S16 (1996-2000), which is worth investigating as an alternative: It’s slightly larger and has less sudden oversteer. Pay from $10k (up to $30k for the very best concours) for a 205, and from $4,000 for a hot 306. ♦ July 2020 121


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READER FORUM What Will it Take to Return to Normal? We recently asked SCMers these questions: “What has to happen with the coronavirus before you feel comfortable attending a concours or an auction? What developments need to take place before your world returns to normal?” We got a lot of responses, and here’s a representative sample of opinions: Personally I would feel about 80% comfortable now going to a concours or other crowded event if there could be more spacing between people. For instance, Pebble Beach might need to meter attendees by time assignment — last name A-L goes in the morning, then M-Z in the afternoon or something. I have clients in their 70s and 80s, and some are telling me that they need to see treatments or vaccines before they will venture out at all. Some are also saying they would hop on a plane now. In my own world, little has changed. I still go to the garage to play with cars, take them out on the country roads where I live, and I am doing a rally this weekend. — Michelle Rand, via email We may have to accept new practices, limitations and restrictions on our New Normal as we emerge from the safety of our homes. We must gradually return to life as usual, but we can’t line up at the starting gate as in a horse race and burst through when the gates open. This process needs to be thoughtfully and fairly managed — and not by the politicians. We have to wait until the medical advisers have developed tests for determining who is infected, who now has antibodies to protect them, and those who cannot be evaluated. A vaccine is years away. Now we have to just deal with our current health status. Perhaps we should adopt a localized process where each town or county health department, with some sort of lawful enforcement behind it, will issue a certificate of some sort, indicating our status, and from that certificate we would be able to work outside the home, enter shops or even attend places where many people will congregate — sports or concert events, for example. One thing this pandemic has taught us is the value of life, and for our sakes, we can’t help but hope the powers that be will manage to enact a process to fairly manage our re-entry into our world, our New Normal. — Diane Brandon, via email This is a great question — and one that we are working out for our art gallery. As organizers, when will we feel comfortable staging an event where our customers will be safe? Our feelings at this time point to January of 2021 at the earliest. If researchers can find a vaccine, earlier. — Brad Barber, Houston, TX Widespread testing. Guessing this is not a shock to hear. We really have NO idea how many Americans (humans everywhere, for that matter) are carrying this. How can we with just 1% of the United States’ population having been tested? Noted with interest that virtually ALL the sailors on the infected USS Roosevelt aircraft carrier HAVE been tested. So here we have a controlled, isolated population of young people. The perfect test/petri dish. Results (from Reuters): MOST who carry the coronavirus (600 so far) are symptom-free! So these people, in an open population, would continue to co-mingle and spread the virus, unaware of their own infection. This is what we are up against. And this is why “normal” is probably further down the road than we would like to hear. — Stuart Aull, via email A vaccine. End of story! — Laurence Kessler, via email It will take until the virus is eradicated with a vaccine. I see a significant drop in collectible-car prices, as they are a luxury. Those with money will invest in real estate in safe havens away from crowds. Anything social — entertainment, dining, travel and sports — will take just as long to recover. Also remember the profile of collectible-car owners is on the older side and male — more at risk to the virus. On the positive side, driving your car is a very safe activity. I see lots of caravans going on where people drive but don’t get out of their cars. — Chuck Benz, via email 122 Things will return to normal after enough testing is done to show that the real COVID-19 death rate is an order of magnitude less than the high rate the media initially reported, sparking a worldwide panic. A study that tested 80% of the population of Gangelt, Germany, found the actual death rate to be close to that of the 1957–58 flu epidemic in the U.S. that we somehow survived without destroying the national economy. This reminds me of the Dutch tulip panic in the mid-1600s. — Gene D. Robinson, Abbeville, SC Sports Car Market


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Well, we’ll never get fully back to normal unless we develop a herd immunity either through vaccine or enough infection. More likely we’ll get there through some sort of a combination of the two. But it will take at least a year or two, and it still will never be quite the same. So the goal is to get back to business under a new normal. And that will be a bit tricky. But we probably can start this summer. Today I went out and bought some nuts and bolts to mount a winch on my ’94 RHD Range Rover TDi. I’m getting a lot of work done on my garage projects these days! While shopping, I wore a mask and used hand sanitizer before and after entering the store. I didn’t maintain six feet from the clerks who helped me, but they wore masks too, and we never touched. The store was set up for social distancing as well as possible. When I got home, I immediately washed my hands. I could just as easily have gone to a car show and looked at some fine automobiles — if the show was set up for social distancing, had hand sanitizing stations, etc. … Car auctions may need to go online for a while. Bring a Trailer has developed a model that seems to work well (I see Publisher Martin uses BaT). Other auctions have both onsite and online bidding, and if the onsite setup was done properly, this could continue. Show ’n’ shines, Cars & Coffee and such outings get a bit tougher, but they could be set up properly too. Same with car cruises and tours. We’ll figure it out. The world is getting crowded, and this crisis requires some distancing among folks, but we will adjust. Our hobby will modify its behavior and will go on. — Dave Hedderly-Smith, Poulsbo, WA It’s a question of balancing fear with desire — as are many of life’s choices. For me, my fear level is Here’s my list of what would have to happen before I feel comfort- able and SAFE in attending an auction, rally, race, concours — or just driving around with friends: 1. Donald J. Trump is no longer in office. 2. Universal testing has been instituted throughout the U.S., Europe and other countries. 3. A vaccine is tested, verified and distributed to everyone. 4. Contact testing is an ongoing procedure throughout the U.S. 5. Hospitals are back to normal. Yes, quite a list, but this is quite a pandemic, and a deadly one as well. — Bruce Male, via email Testing, testing, testing. Readily available, quick turnaround on results. Going in and out of 14-day quarantine because you may or may not have been exposed is not going to work if we want to get back to some semblance of normal. Those with plenty of discretionary income will mostly come back. Those who were on the margins may never come back to this kind of spending. This is not going to be over for a long time. Eventually, with a vaccine, this may settle down like getting a flu shot. Until then: testing, testing, testing. — Todd Butler, via email This will vary person to person. As someone in the most vulnerable position — age 73 with a pre-existing health condition — completely normal for me would be when there’s an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine I can take. But that does not mean I won’t come out until then. We’re out now grocery shopping and doing essential errands each week and being careful with masks, social distancing, and washing. We’ve gone out for “sanity drives” in our 1993 NSX. I think we could employ sensible social distancing sooner at outdoor concours and auctions, but indoor events may have to wait longer. — David S. Zeidberg, via email Vaccines. Nothing short of that, and that assumes everyone gets the shot. — Steve Weiner, Rennsport Systems, Portland, OR relatively low, and my desire to attend events is relatively strong. I think that if I saw the rate of new infections decreasing or plateauing over time, I would certainly attend an auction/ event. Currently there is a high rate of viral transmission, even with social distancing measures in place, but transmission will not increase forever. More hosts will get infected and, over time, most of the surviving population will develop antibody immunity (faster — a year or two — with a vaccine, slower — many years — without a vaccine). I am hoping that we will see some actual “flattening of the curve” and a stabilization of the infection rate in the next two to four months. I’m planning on a gradual loosening of the restrictions before year’s end. But this whole thing is like a bad racing line — fast in, slow out. — David Eichenbaum, St. Petersburg, FL The biggest issue is “trust” in its broadest and widest meaning. How comfortable are people in the differing socioeconomic groups being in the company of strangers about whom neither you nor anyone else is willing to represent their ability to infect you? So I believe, based on this question and my experiences in Africa with not only Ebola and smallpox but multiple other potential infections, there will have to be a form of global identification of health or lack thereof before we are normal again. That National ID that some have feared for 50 years will have to be introduced to facilitate any part of the economy anywhere to represent the original Normal. Without that, there is a New Normal spelling the end of tens, hundreds or thousands in any gatherings. This will change all public activities and presumes there is a vaccine/cure and its administration and effect is trusted, as it is with smallpox and measles. Without these measures, travel will be once again the domain of the rich on comfortable, wide-open planes with largely economically advantaged passengers who cannot afford their own aircraft. Likewise, public transport will start to look like tourist vehicles with fewer riders all being inspected for their PPE. And as for our car community — the roads will continue to largely overserve the opportunity to drive them all. I for one have been unashamedly doing it every day since this started. — Colin Cohen, via email I would attend a concours, car show, cruise night, etc. right now, just as I would any other season that we just came off of 45 million cases of the flu. We’re currently at roughly 2% of that number in COVID-19 cases. The flu is just as deadly to the elderly population, and COVID-19 and the seasonal flu affect the younger demographic about the same. This is based on numbers from the CDC website, John Hopkins and my wife, who is a cellular, molecular biologist. Unfortunately, this question makes it way too easy to fall into quasi-political rants, which I will stay away from. Not really the nighttime reading I’d enjoy in my Sports Car Market, which, along with its sister publication, American Car Collector, are at THE top of my favorite mags. — David Brill, AutoArcheologist.com Your question assumes that there will be such a thing as “normal.” I believe our world has irrevocably changed and we will likely never return to the status quo ante COVID-19. That being the case, I think the events you describe (e.g., car shows, concours, auctions, etc.) will return in a limited format once: • There is widespread, available testing for COVID-19. • An effective vaccine has been developed and is widely available. Online auctions will thrive, and virtual car shows/concours may (sadly) be the preferred way to experience these events — at least until the two elements noted above come to pass. — Matt Oleksiak, Perry-Payne Appraisal, LLC ♦ July 2020 123


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Mystery Photo Answers Only the best of the East German customizing shops would attempt this conversion. — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY You’d like to continue to use the car wash. — William Brunner, Santa Barbara, CA Ha! Let the paleoentomolo- gists at the Smithsonian try to classify this one. — Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI This SWB VW “Ladybug” rally car must be a water pumper given its rain-collector exhausts. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA Beetles are among the most successful life forms on the planet, and sudden mutations are one of the reasons why. — D.K. Kerr, Seattle, WA Yes, restored circus cars are ruNNEr-uP: Hot Wheels is finally — finally! — building fullsized cars. — Chris Bernstein, Los Angeles, CA “Hump? What hump?” — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA Honey, you didn’t park Aunt Martha’s Bug near the cans on trash day again, did you? — Rob Cart, Saluda, NC Kids and Cars I slammed on the brakes at 130 mph and this was the result. — Warren D. Blatz Jr., via email In next week’s episode of cable’s newest hit reality series “Good Bugs Gone Bad,” Charlie will address the speculation that he has been abusing steroids. — Pat Hamlin, Thousand Oaks, CA Why yes, that is British Racing Green. Are you sure you don’t have any other questions you want to ask about my car? — Leslie Dreist, via email Overall, the design elements worked well. But that luggage rack was a bit much. — Nathan Maddox, Springfield, IL Make sure the next time you bring your car to the body shop, ask if they use shrink-proof paint. now a real thing. — A.O. Hill, Dallas, TX Look, a “Never Gen” VW Bug! — Dan Hammond, Chicago, IL Frequent Mystery Photo flier Tom Neyer wins one of the rejected prototypes of the new SCM ball cap for finding a perfect quip amid an endless expanse of sagebrush. ♦ This Month’s Mystery Photo Response deadline: July 25, 2020 Great Day for an Outing: My sons Nicholas and Brian are taking the top down for a sunshine cruise in my 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SE cabriolet. — David Putz, Pewaukee, WI Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your high-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. 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. Subscription Renewals Comment of the Month An indispensable resource for the serious sports-car collector and investor. — Barry Hammond, Meilen, Switzerland (SCMer since 2011) “ 124 ” Sports Car Market


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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. 50 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 1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-liter drophead coupe 1963 Jaguar E-type Series 1 roadster S/N 1R7969. Light blue/black. 39,966 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Single-family ownership from new. Incredible condition with only 39,966 miles! Numbers-matching 4.2-liter engine. Stunning color combination. Documentation includes owner’s manual, jack and related tools and Jaguar Heritage Certificate. The perfect low-mileage Series II E-type roadster to drive and enjoy! $99,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www. schmitt.com/inventory/1969-jaguar-e-type-series-2roadster/. (MO) 1994 Bentley Continental R 2-door coupe 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II roadster fuel-cell bladders and timing belt performed by Elite Auto Service in Colorado. Excellent documentation includes original books, original tools, first aid kit and more. $495,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/inventory/1994jaguar-xj220-2/. (MO) GERMAN 1976 Porsche 911S Sunroof Coupe S/N 637222. Black/red. 55,742 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Over $130,000 invested in complete nutand-bolt, concours-level restoration! One of only 407 produced for export. Numbers-matching 3½-Litre engine. Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic; eligible for events and caravans. Includes service invoices, complete trunk-mounted toolkit and Jaguar Heritage Certificate. $149,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www. schmitt.com/inventory/1948-jaguar-mark-iv-3-5litre-drophead-coupe/. (MO) 1952 Dellow MK II convertible S/N 877655. British Racing Green/tan. 48,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching rotisserie restoration updated in past two years, with $40k in receipts for mechanical and cosmetic refreshing. Suspension, engine rebuild, new clutch, exhaust, new top, seats and carpet, flawless BRG. Heritage certificate. Call for photos. $159,999 OBO. Hendrickson Law Office. Contact Gary, Ph: 480.892.6195, email: garychendrickson@cox. net. (AZ) 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-liter roadster S/N 9116201094. Black/Black. 11,571 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Only 11,571 actual miles! A oneowner example from new. Incredible original paint and interior. Major engine-out service just completed by marque specialist. Numbers-matching 2.7-liter engine fitted with upgraded chain tensioners. Special-order black-on-black color combination with matte-black trim! Highly optioned. Unprecedented documentation. $129,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314-291-7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1976-porsche-911s-sunroof-coupe-2/. (MO) 1977 Porsche 911S Targa S/N SCBZB03C1RCX52036. Racing Green/Spruce Green with green piping. 8,783 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely stunning and exceptional example of this gorgeous original-owner 1994 Bentley Continental R coupe. Coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward, with only 8,783 original miles. Original and rare highly desirable classic Bentley color of Racing Green factory color paint with even rarer matching Spruce Green with green piping. Connolly leather hides piped in green with green carpeting and matching original Rolls-Royce/Bentley Spruce Green sheepskins! A rare homage to Bentley’s legendary racing history and indeed both the most expensive and fastest production car in the world of its day. $69,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) S/N 339152. Green/black. 718 miles. Inline 4, 3-spd manual. Rare British trials car with loads of character. History to nearly new; original car with great British registration plates on it since new. Period ELVA OHV head and Shorrock supercharger. Runs/drives very well; new proper cloth wire harness, old paint with plenty of somehow very proper patina. Has road raced as well, VSCCA logbook. Only a handful in North America of approximately 280 built of all models over 10-year span by interesting company that built unique road and trials oriented cars. Jerry Bensinger 330.759.5224, days EST. $29,500 OBO. Email: jbenzr@aol.com. S/N 1E13230. Carmen Red/black. 60,243 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular condition! Numbers-matching 4.2-liter engine. Driven less than 3,000 miles since complete restoration. Maintained by the second owner for more than 30 years. Documentation includes owner’s manual, lubrication chart, Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate copy and more. The perfect restored Series I E-type roadster to drive and enjoy! $169,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314-291-7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1967-jaguar-e-type-series-1-4-2-roadster/. (MO) 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe S/N 9117210186. Red/tan. 137,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. One strip/repaint in original Guards Red. Southern car, no rust under ever, no accidents, drives great, a/c cool, great trans, brakes, etc. Great engine rebuild by factory Porsche mechanic 5,000 miles ago. Engine strong and dry, no thermal reactors. Jerry Bensinger 330.759.5224 days EST. $32,500 OBO. Email: jbenzr@aol.com. 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220618. Le Mans Blue/Charcoal Grey. 1,199 miles (1,929 km) V6, 4-spd manual. Just released from a private collection. Driven only 1,199 miles (1,929 km) from new! One of only 283 built. Desirable late-production example. Service including S/N WDB10704412065097. Champagne Metallic/Dark Brown. 14,892 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Only 14,892 actual miles! A one-owner example until 2018. Incredibly well-preserved from new. Highly desirable 450SL with cast-iron engine block. 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combination. Includes folding convertible soft top and removable factory hard top. Incredible documentation includes owner’s manual, original window sticker, and more. $49,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt. com/inventory/1980-mercedes-benz-450sl-roadster/. (MO) 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo Sunroof Coupe info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt. com/inventory/1986-porsche-930-turbo-sunroofcoupe/. (MO) 1987 BMW M6 Sunroof Coupe S/N WP0JB0937GS050341. Black/black. 7,158 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular condition. Only 7,158 actual miles! Meticulously maintained from new. Documentation includes original owner’s manual, original service and warranty book with records, Blaupunkt instructions and demonstration cassette, factory touch-up paint and original toolkit. Ideal candidate for Porsche Club of America (PCA) preservation class events. $179,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: S/N WBAEE1403H2560163. Schwarz Black/Lotus White. 10,111 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Only 10,111 actual miles! Just released from over 20 years of ownership from a California collector. Purchased new by former Philadelphia Phillies thirdbaseman (and MLB Hall of Fame member) Mike Schmidt. Complete $1,200 service performed by BMW specialist in October 2019, less than 75 miles ago! Incredible documentation. $109,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt. com/inventory/1987-bmw-m-6-sunroof-coupe/. (MO) July 2020 127


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible 1970 Maserati Indy 2-door coupe S/N 116-372 & 116-414. Red/White. 70,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. New transmission, clutch, pressure plate and resurfaced flywheel. New shocks, plugs and wires. Valve adjustment and tune-up. P/W, P/S. Michelin 215X70VR14. Anza exhaust. $60,000+ in restoration costs. Leather interior and carpet binding. A/C disconnected and parts saved. Parts car had 29,000 miles and was running when taken apart in 1986. $90,000. Contact Dr. Joe, Ph: 562-335-8499, email: ejcuny@verizon.net. (CA) S/N WDBBA48D3KA094293. Signal Red/Palomino. 17,717 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Only 17,717 documented miles! Numbers-matching 5.6 liter V8 engine. $2,000 service performed by marque specialist in October 2019 less than 400 miles ago. Only two owners from new. Includes dark brown folding soft top and numbers matching factory hardtop. Incredible documentation includes original books and more. $59,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314-291-7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1989-mercedes-benz-560sl-roadster-2/. (MO) 1996 BMW M3 2 Door Hardtop w/ Sunroof 2006 Maserati GranSport Spyder S/N WBSBG9322TEY73027. Dakar Yellow/Black. 147,000 miles. I6 (inline 6), 5-spd manual. Only 4,000 miles since $17,000 worth of mechanical restorations. Top end engine rebuild, all mounts, bushings, wheel hubs and bearings.Original paint and interior. Vader Seats. Car Show beautiful, investor quality. 3rd owner. Original Calif garage queen car. $21,900. Contact Tim, email: timh@ riatamarketing.com. (CA) ITALIAN 1957 Maserati 450S Reproduction convertible S/N 1.11E+16. Red/Red. 130 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Handmade aluminum body, tubular frame. $300k car for $119k. It has cost me more than that to build it so far. Because of the situation we are having now, I must sell the car. Over three years in building the car—just needs rear trunk. The car needs very little work. With similar-to-original drivetrain, the value is seven figures. See info video: https://youtu.be/RzvdYJXQh7Q $119,000 OBO. Contact Fuad, Ph: 323-767-7753, email: AutomobileTreasures@gmail.com. (CA) S/N JTHHP5AY8JA001021. Atomic Silver/Black. 5,177 miles. V8, automatic. Virtually cannot be told from new! Single, collector level, ownership from new. Only 5,177 miles! Fitted with over $12,000 in factory options. Includes original books, original window sticker and spare key and a clean CarFax report. Full service performed by Lexus less than 2,400 miles ago! Performs like new! $79,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314-2917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https:// www.schmitt.com/inventory/2018-lexus-lc500-coupeperformance-package/. (MO) S/N ZAMEB18A260026106. Pearl White (Bianco Fuji)/black/grey, red piping. 37,157 miles. V8, other. Extremely rare and beautiful car! This is one of 467 produced in 2006. Approximately 50% of these came to the United States, and this is the only one in the fabulous Bianco Fuji (White Pearl) finish. Today, this optional paint finish is published by Maserati as a $10,300 option. Multiple-award-winning car. The engine, gearbox and powertrain were produced by Ferrari and is the same as the Ferrari 360 Modena. 4.2-liter, V8 with 400 HP. Cambiocorsa (F1) Racing Technology transmission with a 6-speed gearbox, electro-hydraulic clutch. Lots of carbon fiber, red brake calipers, and 19-inch ball-polished rims. Black and gray interior with red piping. One owner, 37,000 miles. 100% serviced by Maserati. The car is in immaculate condition. $39,500. Contact William, Ph: 859-806-6562, email: wfdempsey@yahoo.com. (KY) JAPANESE 2018 Lexus LC 500 coupe with Performance Package Black/8-cyl, Full professional restoration. New black paint as original. All chrome and top pieces replaced. New tan top and trunk reupholstered. Rebuilt original 8-cylinder engine and dynaflow tranny. This car will not disappoint!! Similar to car in the movie “Rainman” $63,000. Contact Jerry, Ph: 281-8511663, email: aajwood@aol.com. (Texas) 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom LS3 V8 convertible S/N CA973991. Blue/Red. 375 miles. V8, automatic. A striking example of this beautifully customized with no expense spared 1933 SPCN Ford 3 Window Coupe hot rod in a beautiful custom ‘Dark Blue Metallic’ color paint and a custom Red interior with a 350 c.i. engine, automatic transmission and Ford rear end. The car has the following specs: 350 V8 engine; 700R4 Automatic with Overdrive transmission; Billet Grille Insert; ‘39 Ford Tailights; 3½-inch chop top; classic instrumentation and gauges; custom dashboard; Vintage Air Conditioning; power windows; CD Player; “Lokar” shifter; 9-inch Ford differential with adjustable 4 link suspension & coil overs; ‘Heidts’ Independent Front Suspension; Rack & Pinion Steering. Chassis is mini tubbed & boxed. $44,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424-376-5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS LS3 V8 6-spd Tremec 2-door hard top AMERICAN 1933 Ford 3-window coupe end, Corvette 4-wheel disc brakes, air conditioning, stereo system, power top, power windows on a ‘Newman’ chassis. This particular example was recently customized with no expense spared and has since obviously always been cherished as a ‘Garage Queen’ with only very few miles, some 870. $115,000 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424-376-5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1962 Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible S/N 2E69X258462. Blue/Blue. 136,671 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional and highly desirable virtually all original example of this 1962 Ford Galaxie 500XL Convertible in rare stock and rust-free condition. Original factory ‘Viking Blue’ color (code E) paint and all-original ‘Blue’ (trim code 82) XL interior and a ‘White’ power top. Original matching # ‘X’ code 352/220HP V8 engine with original Cruise-O-matic automatic transmission. Two-tone interior trim, original nylon carpeting, XL bucket seats with a floor-mounted transmission selector and original AM radio! $35,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424-376-5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) S/N 123377N243755. Red/Black. 0 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. An absolutely exceptional and beautiful example of this stylishly customized with-noexpense-spared all American classic muscle car - a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS 2 Door Hardtop Coupe with a built LS3 Corvette 6.2L V8 engine which is matched to a 6-speed ‘Tremec Magnum Sport’ manual transmission! $59,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424-376-5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 2-door hard top S/N VC57J130084. Dark Gray Metallic/Gray Leather. 870 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example of this customized, no-expense-spared 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible. Beautiful ‘Dark Gray Metallic’ color paint with a striking ‘Dark Gray’ leather & cloth interior; LS3 6.2L V8 Corvette engine matched to a ‘4L80E’ Corvette automatic transmission, Corvette suspension, Corvette rear S/N 138378K180883. Red/Black. V8, An absolutely exceptional and beautiful example of this highly factory-optioned and frame-off restored 1968 128 Sports Car Market


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Chevrolet Chevelle factory Super Sport (VIN 13837) SS396. Correct 396/325HP 4BBL V8 date-correct big-block engine (casting # 3902406) matched to a 4-speed manual transmission. Original and highlydesirable factory ‘Matador Red’ (Code R) color paint with its original ‘Black’ vinyl roof, original ‘Black’ (Trim Code 766) color interior, and the factory SS396 Equipment Option Group Package which included: special domed hood, black accented grille, power disc brakes. $47,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424-376-5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1968 Ford Mustang fastback licensed “Eleanor Tribute” Coming Soon from Sports Car Market S/N 8F01C135997. Red/black. 66 miles. A justcompleted 1968 Ford Mustang licensed Eleanor Tribute Edition in rare red with white sports stripes and an even rarer automatic transmission. $249k in the build, only 66 miles since completion. Denice Halicki certified licensed edition with 427/575HP V8 engine, many more upgrades and built by the renowned “BNMC” of Tulsa, OK. No finer examples anywhere. This particular example was commissioned by a retired businessman who wanted a totally unique version of this iconic car in red and with an automatic transmission but which also accurately maintained the essence of the original car. OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424-376-5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1970 Dodge Charger RT 440/375-hp V8 2-door hard top Online auctions aren’t new, but they’ve suddenly become much more prevalent. If you’re feeling a little uncertain about how to buy a collector car online, the experts at Sports Car Market are here to guide you in the right direction. The guide will include features on topics specific to buying online, including: WHAT TO ASK – AND WHY? If you can’t see the car in person, what do you need to know before pulling the trigger? WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM A PHOTO? S/N XS29UG119913. Dark Burnt Orange/Burnt Orange. 95,500 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example of this restored and completely rust-free original factory 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 2-door hardtop. Date-correct Big Block Magnum 440 c.i. 375-hp V8 engine custom modified with high performance upgrades, original rebuilt 727 ‘Torqueflite’ automatic transmission with dual exhausts. It will be sold with its original build sheet, original owner’s manual and selling warranty and and window sticker. $95,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424-376-5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) ♦ Our auction editor, Chad Tyson, will walk you through the process of inspecting a car based just on photos. HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AS A BUYER FROM 1,000 MILES AWAY? SCM Legal Files author John Draneas tells you what to watch out for, and what to do if there’s a problem. GETTING YOUR NEW CAR HOME. Shipping experts explain your options. The Guide to Buying at Online Auction will be available on for download on sportscarmarket.com n in for download on sportscarmarket.co im earl eya Jrune. July 2020 ly June. 129


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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 rM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. Gooding & Company. Motorwerks Marketing. 1-833-4-MWErKS. 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) Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) 310.899.1960. 310.526.6594. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Palm Springs Auctions inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com (CA) 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) Petersen Auction Group of GAA Classic Cars Auction, Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. Offering 650-plus vehicles three times per year: spring, summer and fall. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com, 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a 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) leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly, hassle-free transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com russo and Steele Collector AutoPremier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SEll. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, the fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auctions returns September 18 & 19, 2020. Proceeds help to fund the educational programs of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. To consign a vehicle, register to bid, or to learn more about the Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, visit www.saratogamotorcarauction.org raleigh Classic Car Auctions. New England Auto Auction. 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 130 207.594.4418. 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 919.269.5271 BuY — SEll — SPECTATE We are proud to offer some of the most desirable, low mileage, original and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. Offering 300-plus vehicles twice each year in June and December — all within modern, well ventilated, temperature controlled and very comfortable facilities. The Raleigh Classic Car Auctions offers honesty and unmatched customer service for everyone involved to make the buying or selling process fun and stress-free. WWW.RALEIGHCLASSIC.COM INFO@RALEIGHCLASSIC.COM 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. Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Automobilia 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 Buy/Sell/General AutoMobilia resource magazine is a dedicated resource for anyone who collects automobilia — from serious collectors, to the car guy (or girl) who occasionally collects. Each issue provides a wealth of unique editorial content from industry experts, covering most aspects of the often “increasingin-value” automobilia market. PRINT subscriptions (U.S.): 6 issues for $36 or 12 issues for $59. DIGITAL subscription: 1 year for $29 or 1 month for $10. All print subscribers may add digital for only $10/year extra. Call Lynn at 224-558-8955 or go to AutoMobiliaResource.com/subscribe. Or send check to: AutoMobilia Resource, 1217 Cape Coral Pkwy E, #178, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Advertising inquiries; contact Sharon at 954-579-5280 or Sharon. Spurlin@classicads.us Editorial inquiries; contact Marshall at 631-563-2876 or Editor@AutoMobiliaResource.com Centerline international. (888) 750-AlfA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com (CO) Appraisals vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Automodello. 877.343.2276. 1:12 1967 Gurney Spa-winner handsigned by Dan Gurney oNE24™ Cadillac, Delahaye, Delage, Ford, Iso Grifo, Lincoln in 1:24 scale oNE43™ Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, Sunbeam in 1:43 scale Hand-built Limited Edition Resin Art™ 10% SCM Discount — SCM19MP on Automodello.com 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) 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) The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) Blackhawk Collection, inc. 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com 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 BMW Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 135,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Passion for automobiles made visible Created from over 100 components, this highly detailed 3 dimensional artist’s model of the iconic five dials is inspired by the early 911 dash, complete with functioning clock. Each dial is hand crafted and assembled by the artist. Customization is available. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Many more unique motoring gifts available at www.motorology.com Motorology, llC Williston, VT 617.209.9902 Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com Automotive restorations. 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. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.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. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. 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 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. Hyman ltd Classic Cars. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. 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) Copley Motorcars has been trading in sports and classics for over 20 years out of its suburban Boston showroom, specializing in vintage Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover Defender. And now a second showroom — CopleyWest — has opened in Newport Beach, California. www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@gmail.com (MA) www.copleywest.com pat@copleywest.com (CA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com 314.524.6000. After more than 30 years in business, Hyman Ltd stands proudly as one of the most respected names in the global collector-car trade. Whether your interests focus on concours champions, brass-era powerhouses or newmillennium icons, Hyman Ltd’s unique approach and unrivaled experience helps you navigate a rapidly evolving marketplace. Our highly successful consignment program placed some of the world’s most significant motorcars with new owners, and our showrooms house a diverse inventory of nearly 200 vehicles. If you are buying, selling or exploring your options to manage your collection, choose Hyman Ltd to serve your needs. 2310 Chaffee Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146 314-524-6000. sales@hymanltd.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Paramount Automotive Group/ foreign Cars italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Paul russell and Company. legendary Motorcar Company. Classic Auto Mall — One of the largest Classic Car Facility’s in the world, with nearly eight acres under one roof in a climate controlled, secure, indoor showroom. Over 800 vehicles on display/for sale. The Ultimate Destination for Classic and Specialty Cars, located one hour west of Philadelphia on the Turnpike in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Consignments invited, single car or entire collections. Worldwide marketing coverage. Call 888.227.0914 or visit us at www.ClassicAutoMall.com 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) 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com (MA) Precious Metals: fine Motorcars of San Diego. 619.515.2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) 132 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Hagerty. 800.922.4050. is not just 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) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com the world’s largest provider of specialty insurance for enthusiast vehicles: they are all-in on the automotive lifestyle dedicated to the love of driving. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, DriveShare, Car Values, Hagerty magazine and MotorsportReg. Hagerty also helps keep the car culture alive for future generations through youth programs, support for Historic Vehicle Association and the RPM Foundation. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com (MI) 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) reliable Carriers inc. 800-521-6393. 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 Aston Martin of New England. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse 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 a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 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) As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collector Car Insurance J.C. Taylor insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com English 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. JWf restorations inc. SpecializAuToSPorT DESiGNS, iNC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com (NY) 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) Kevin Kay restorations. intercity lines, inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com July 2020 Grundy insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net (CA) 133


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Events—Concours, Car Shows ferrari financial Services. Chattanooga Motorcar festival, october 16 - 18. Benefiting Erlanger Neuroscience Institute, the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will bring hundreds of classic cars and thousands of automotive enthusiasts to Chattanooga for a three-day, family-friendly event. Three components will anchor the festival schedule: High Jinks Rallye, Time Trials and the Concours d’Elegance. Visit www.chattanoogamotorcar.com to learn more about how you can get involved. The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com (CA) 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) J.J. BEST BANC & Co. provides 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 30–November 1, 2020 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com 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 SCCA’s San francisco region (Sfr) Concours Chapter has been sanctioning concours d’elegance since 1952. SCCA provides judges, field crew and scorers at each SCCA-sanctioned concours. To exhibit your motorcar, contact the event organizers listed on each event’s own web page. SCCA SFR Concours d’Elegance Chapter is honored to sanction the following concours: Coyote Creek June 28, 2020 www.coyotecreekconcours.com la Jolla Concours d’Elegance 619.233.5008. 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. La Jolla California is excited for the new September dates and is proud to welcome the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty back to the jewel of the West Coast on Saturday September 19th, and Sunday September 20th, 2020 to celebrate its 16th year of automotive excellence. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com Hillsborough July 12, 2020 www.hillsboroughconcours.org ferndale September 13, 2020 www.ferndaleconcours.org Danville September 20, 2020 www.danville-delegance.org Niello October 4, 2020 www.theconcours.net SFR-SCCA seeks new judges and field crew. Contact Jim Perell at japerell@ icloud.com or 916-765-9739. concourscca.org Finance Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. 134 Sports Car Market 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) Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAr (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #: 1.602.397.5300 Scott Grundfor Company. 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) 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) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Import/Export Premier financial Services. CArS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Italian 877.973.7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877.973.7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Multimedia Publications Metrovac. MetroVac’s car vacs 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 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 The lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com Leasing Legal leMay—America’s Car Museum 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 and car dryers 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 National Parts Depot. 800-874- 7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu and El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird 1967–73 Cougar www.nationalpartsdepot.com original Parts Group inc. 800vintage Car law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) luxury lease Partners llC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/ lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@ luxuryleasepartners.com July 2020 243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most sought-after products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 Dr Beasley’s. Using better products to care for your vehicle can make all the difference in the world. So start with quality products like Dr. Beasley’s. Located in Chicago, IL, Dr. Beasley’s manufactures detailing products that have amazing ease of use and the performance that professional detailers require. All of our products have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, so try them for yourself. Or if you’d rather, hire one of our Authorized Detailers for the ultimate in car care and protection. Visit www.drbeasleys.com or call us at 773.404.1600. Let us know SCM sent you. 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. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Racing Services fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. vintage racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General 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) 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) farland Classic restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom TourANil leather by AEriS- To +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 Jeff’s resurrections has been bringing some of the world’s finest cars back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas for almost three decades. Founded in 1990, we are a full-service auto restoration facility specializing in classic, exotic and antique vehicles, whose work has won many awards. With a full-time team of ten skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers, we offer complete mechanical and coachwork services. Our premises encompass 36,000 square feet of historic property that once housed a pre-war Dodge dealership in Taylor, Texas, just a short drive from downtown Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Circuit of the Americas. 512.365.5346. www.jeffsresurrections.com (TX) The Guild of Automotive restorClassic 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) 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) on the road Again Classics. Hahn Auto restoration. 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 D. l. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) 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 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic British & American auto restoration & repair shop is an 18,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of craftsman with over 140 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and inhouse Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com Palm Beach Classics. 561.568.5906. Palm Beach Classics has grown over the last decade into a well-respected restoration facility and automotive sales center known around the world. Backed up with a very strong reputation, we provide high-quality restorations on classic Mercedes-Benz. We value our customers through excellence in our work and service. Our parts department is top notch and has a rare variety of hard-to-find original Mercedes-Benz parts. Email: Office@ palmbeachclassics.com www.palmbeachclassics.com (FL) 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. 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The Creative Workshop. ragtops & roadsters. Paramount Classic Cars. 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com 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) 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 22,500 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com rM Auto restoration. 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 The Paddock Classic Car restoraParuch Automotive Craftsman- ship. 262.339.0180. We are a small team of passionate craftsmen dedicated to delivering sophisticated automotive metal restoration. Our passion is restoring ’50s–’60s coach-built vehicles; especially Italian marques. Our capabilities include coach-built body restoration, metal shaping, fabrication, trim and exhaust fabrication, muscle car restoration... anything metal. We have been involved with a substantial pedigree of world-class vehicle restorations. For over 10 years, our workmanship has been shown and won awards at concours across the U.S. and Europe. Give us a call to learn more about who we are and how we can help with your next project. 262.339.0180, www.paruchautomotivecraftsmanship. com (WI) 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 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 valenti Classics inc. 414.421.6300. The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. The Classic Auto Show. Prueitt Automotive restoration. Since 1975. Al Prueitt and Sons is a family-owned and -operated Antique and Classic Auto Restoration business located in Glen Rock, PA. Restoring antique, classic and special interest cars. Performing all aspects of car restoration in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility including: upholstery, mechanical, electrical, engine rebuilds, bodywork, custom paint, interior and exterior woodworking and refinishing. Tel: 800.766.0035 or 717.428.1305, email: alprueittandsons@ verizon.net 8 Winter Avenue, Glen Rock, PA 17327 July 2020 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 BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) 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) © 137


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eW CHCARL BOMSTEAD eWatch AT A Game Find Did you know that Sony and Nintendo once joined forces to create a wild prototype PlayStation? S ome of us of a certain age recall when Sony and Nintendo dominated the home-console video-game market. What we may not know is that, in 1992, they formed a joint venture and produced about 200 prototype CD-ROM PlayStations. The device had a slot for Super Famicon and Super Nintendo cartridges as well as a CD-ROM drive for disc-based media games. The joint venture failed to get much traction, and the project was abandoned, with the prototypes destroyed. In a convoluted tale, one escaped the crusher and ended up as part of Advanta Corporation’s bankruptcy, and was sold as part of a veiled grouped lot when their remaining assets were dispersed. Heritage Auctions, at their March 8 auction, sold this console for $360,000, which was a pleasant surprise for the consignor, who, at the time, had bought a pig in a poke. Here are a few more finds we found while staying in place in the friendly confines of our home office. BriNG A TrAilEr, loT 28637—fErrAri 250 Tool roll. NoT SolD AT $15,500. Date: 3/4/2010. This black leather Ferrari tool roll was from an outside-plug 250 and appeared to be complete with an M. Riganti pillar jack, 500-g hammer and eight Beta wrenches. It also included a Pirelli fan belt, 190-mm cross-hatch pliers and a Weber carburetor jet key. A diagram from an owner’s manual documented that the tool roll was very complete. If you have a Ferrari 250, it was a must, but the bidding did not quite meet the seller’s expectations. Close, but no sale. buyer’s premium. This very desirable and colorful porcelain sign featured a bold image of Texas legend Sam Houston on his horse. Few are known outside of Texas, although Mecum sold one in 2016 for $20,000. I don’t know if this was the same sign, but they were both in exceptional condition. Gives you an idea of the recent appreciation of quality porcelain signs. $8,500 plus 17.5% buyer’s premium. Date: 3/22/2020. United Motors Service was formed in 1916 and became part of General Motors in 1944 — eventually becoming AC Delco. Their advertising was ubiquitous and their early porcelain signs are very desirable. Condition, of course, is key, and this die-cut arrow had it all. As such, the price paid was more than fair — and perhaps even a bit on the low side. EBAY #223974580790—1916 HAWAii PorCElAiN liCENSE PlATE. Number of bids: 20. SolD AT: $3,833.33. Date: 3/19/2020. Prior to 1922, each of the four Hawaii counties had its own system of issuing license plates. The county of Hawaii issued dated porcelain plates in 1915 and 1916. This plate was not in the best condition, but it was rare as heck, and as such, sold for adult money. Heritage Auctions, HA.com rouTE 32 AuCTioNS loT 632—Six CAliforNiA PorCElAiN MoTorCYClE liCENSE PlATES. Estimate: $10,000–$20,000. SolD AT: $15,000 plus 17.5% buyer’s premium. These curved California porcelain plates would fit on the fender of a motorcycle and are rare as heck. Issued from 1914 to ’19, they are hard to find in any condition, and a complete set this pristine is almost impossible — thus the strong price. MATTHEWS AuCTioNS, loT 24—HouSToN GASoliNE 48-iNCH DouBlE-SiDED PorCElAiN SiGN. SolD AT: $39,040, including 22% rouTE 32 AuCTioNS loT 618—uNiTED MoTorS SErviCE DiE-CuT ArroW PorCElAiN SiGN. Estimate: $8,000–$10,000. SolD AT: rouTE 32 AuCTioNS loT 624—fiSK TirES DouBlESiDED TiN flANGE SiGN. Estimate: $12,000–$17,000. SolD AT: $13,500 plus 17.5% buyer’s premium. Date: 3/22/2020. This tin flange sign featured the iconic Fisk Tire “Time to Re-tire?” logo with the young boy and his candle as he heads off to bed. The body of the sign was not damaged, but it was stained and there was some minor paint loss. In slightly better condition, it would have sold for another $5k or so, but it is still a cool sign. 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 rouTE 32 AuCTioNS loT 622—QuAKEr TirES TiN flANGE SiGN. Estimate: $15,000–$25,000. SolD AT: $18,000, plus 17.5% buyer’s premium. An incredibly rare tire sign with strong, bold graphics. It has signs of rust and paint loss, but it is still very presentable. In slightly better condition, the sky is the limit. ♦ POSTMASTER 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. 138 Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market