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Silverstone, Stoneleigh Park, U.K., February 23–24, 2018

Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, March 8, 2018

Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, March 9, 2018

RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, March 9, 2018

Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, March 10, 2018

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“Like” us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends June 2018 . Volume 30 . Number 6 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Gary Anderson ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Pierre Hedary 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet $1,600,000 / Gooding & Company 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster $91,840 / Bonhams 1965 Lamborghini 350GT $627,000 / Gooding & Company 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL $95,200 / RM Sotheby’s 86 88 90 92 Peter Singhof, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 106 110 122 134 148 160 AMERICAN RACE by Dale Novak by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Jeff Zurschmeide 18 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Barn Find $1,045,000 / Gooding & Company 1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans Series I $92,960 / Bonhams 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 $156,800 / RM Sotheby’s 94 96 100 Cover: 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra barn find; Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company Sports Car Market MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys, and the Amelia Island sales — Chad Tyson GOODING & COMPANY Amelia Island, FL: Totals rise on the island, with 82 of 86 lots sold for $35.8m — Pierre Hedary RM SOTHEBY’S Amelia Island, FL: 87 of 102 lots trade hands at the Ritz, selling for $27.6m — Carl Bomstead BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL: The Amelia Island Auction sees 88 of 101 lots sell for $13.2m — Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz SILVERSTONE Warwickshire, U.K.: Race Retro sales combine for $5m, with 71 cars sold — Paul Hardiman MOTOSTALGIA Amelia Island, FL: This third-time Amelia sale totals $2.4m from 50 lots — John Hoshstrasser AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 192 Vehicles Rated at Five Sales acebook and watch for updates and offers! Erik Fuller ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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78 SCM’s Philip Richter got to take a spin in the new Dallara Stradale COLUMNS 22 Shifting Gears The SCM Summer is jammed with fun events. Why not join us? Keith Martin 52 Affordable Classic The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Bentley Turbo R offer stunning performance and quality at the risk of stunning repair bills Paul Hardiman 54 Collecting Thoughts Dozens of Porsches crossed the block at Amelia Island’s auctions. Which cars were the winners of the week? Prescott Kelly 60 Legal Files Self-driving cars turn drivers into passive passengers, and that’s a very bad thing John Draneas 62 Unconventional Wisdom Passion for actually living with and using collector cars was vibrantly in evidence in Kyoto, Japan Donald Osborne 64 Drivers Ed The collector car world has moved online in amazing ways Paul Hageman 78 SCM’s 78 SCM’s SCM’s Philip Richter got to take a spin in the new Dallara SCM’s Philip Richter got to take a spin in the new Dallara Stradale COLUMNS 22 Shifting Gears The SCM Summer is jammed with fun events. Why not join us? Keith Martin 52 Affordable Classic The Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Bentley Turbo R offer stunning performance and quality at the risk of stunning repair bills Paul Hardiman 54 Collecting Thoughts Dozens of Porsches crossed the block at Amelia Island’s auctions. Which cars were the winners of the week? Prescott Kelly 60 Legal Files Self-driving cars turn drivers into passive passengers, and that’s a very bad thing John Draneas 62 Unconventional Wisdom Passion for actually living with and using collector cars was vibrantly in evidence in Kyoto, Japan Donald Osborne 64 Drivers Ed The collector car world has moved online in amazing ways Paul Hageman 28 28 Auction Calendar 28 Crossing the Block 34 Concours and Events: Greenwich Concours, Cincinnati Concours, Bloomington Gold 36 Contributors: Get to know our writers 38 You Write, We Read: The Fiat 500, Don’t Diss Devins, Part II, The Sebring-Vanguard, Replicas in Historic Racing 40 Display Advertisers Index 46 Time Pieces: Hamilton electric watches 46 Neat Stuff: Terrific timelines of cars and the ultimate wall art 48 In Miniature: 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes coupe 48 Speaking Volumes: Hurley From the Beginning 108 Buy/Sell/Hold: A look at the Porsche market with SCM’s Prescott Kelly 114 Fresh Meat: 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R coupe, 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S coupe, 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet 120 Rising Sun: 1984 Toyota Supra, 2000 Honda Civic Si, 1976 Mazda RX-3 “Savanna” 128 On the Radar: 1990 TVR 350SE, 1992 TVR Griffith, 1991 TVR V8S 190 eWatch King Farouk’s Patek Philippe watch brings $912,500 Carl Bomstead 20 176 Mystery Photo: “A good off-road PT — but certainly not a great one” 178 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 182 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market FEATURES Carl Bomstead 68 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance: Mother Nature pulls a fast one on the organizers — Carl Bomstead 72 Images from Amelia Island: Photos that capture the essence of one of the year’s biggest car weeks 76 Porsche Werks Reunion 2018 Amelia Island: Chilly weather can’t douse the warm hearts of Porsche lovers — Gary West 78 The New Dallara Stradale: SCM’s Philip Richter takes an early peek — and a few rides — in an ultra-light supercar for the road — Philip Richter DEPARTMENTS Courtesy of Dallara


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin SCM’s Endless Summer Surf’s up for SCM’s 30th Anniversary Tour, the Northwest Passage and Caravan to Concorso Shape of Speed.” Longtime SCM Contributor and friend Ken Gross is curator of the exhibit. If everything comes together, a very special Alfa, a 1942 6C 2500 SS Bertone one-off designed by Mario Ravelli de Beaumont and owned by noted collector Corrado Lopresto, will be making its U.S. debut. The tour concludes with a breakfast on Friday, July 13, back at the Heathman Hotel. After covering 1,000 miles, there’s still more in store for those who can’t get enough of being locked in a clothes dryer on spin cycle. The Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance (www.forestgroveconcours. org) takes place the Sunday after the tour ends. There is a concours wine tour on Saturday, July 14. There is also a concours dinner that night. There will be a special class at the concours for cars that have participated in the SCM Tour. You will have the option of Judged or Display. Alfa Romeo is the featured marque this year, and we understand there will be several cars with significant Pebble Beach history on display. Northwest Passage The SCM Summer starts earlier. From June 21 to 24, the Oregon Region of the Porsche Club of America is presenting its annual NW Passage. SCM has been a sponsor of this event for a decade. Because it is geared toward modern Porsches, those of us pedaling vintage cars have to keep our throttles wide open to stay apace. Two years ago, Miles and Parker Collier joined us, and we drove I magine 40 classic cars — many of them Alfas — hitting redline as they climb to historic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. Or after a day cruising the wide-open landscapes off Highway 97 past Fort Rock, gathering again to drive around crystal-clear Crater Lake. We’re just a couple of months away from the Sports Car Market 30th Anniversary tour. All 40 positions sold out quickly, but there is room on the waiting list (www.sportscarmarket.com/anniversarytour). We’ve already starting putting the pieces together for the July 14–19, 2019, tour — with Porsche as the featured marque. Eligible cars are pre1967 and continuation. Other marques are welcome, but the air-suckers from Stuttgart will have preference. In addition to this year’s spectacular route, we’re going to have discussions each night about the dynamics of collecting. I’m looking forward to having Donald Osborne, Miles Collier and the director of the Portland Art Museum, Brian Ferriso, talk about the evolution of automotive style. SCM’s legal expert, John Draneas, will join me for a session about the changing tax laws — and the simple things you can do to enhance your chances of a successful buy/sell transaction. I know nearly every one of the participants. There is a 1900 Zagato coming from Italy and a 1750 Zagato from Arizona. On the non-Alfa side, the Ferrari 275 GTB/C that Gooding & Company sold last August is entered. To allow participants to get to know one another better, there will be a daily “scavenger hunt” with questions about the cars on the tour — and a nightly score sheet. I think it’s safe to say that all the entrants are Type A personalities and looking for a challenge — wherever they can find it. The tour begins on Sunday, July 8, in downtown Portland. The cars will be on display in front of the Portland Art Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is just two blocks from our host lodgings — the famous Heathman Hotel. We will get a private tour of the just-opened museum exhibit, “The 22 the SCM Duetto, GTV and Giulia Super. As we arrived at the hotel each evening in a cloud of Italian smoke, the well-rested Porsche drivers stepped out of their air-conditioned spaceships and applauded our Milanese circus as it pulled up. Given that all of the SCM Alfas will be on the SCM 30th Anniversary tour, I’m leaning towards taking our 2006 Lotus Elise. As long as our luggage will fit into a postage-stamp-sized case, we’ll be fine. I haven’t had the Elise out on a long drive since we bought it back two years ago, and it’s time. There will never be another car like the Elise, with a sophisticated modern suspension and drivetrain along with a bare-bones interior. It’s the best vintage car ever made. Caravan to Concorso Our final summer odyssey will be the SCM “Caravan to Concorso.” (www.sportscarmarket.com/caravan2018). This is a Martin-Swig-style free-for-all. Everyone is welcome. We’ll make our own hotel and eating arrangements. We go cowboy-style, with no sag wagon or support vehicle. We’ll meet in Portland on Saturday, August 18, and head south. We’ll hit Eugene, OR, and then head for the coast — and wind our way to the first night’s stop in Eureka, CA. The next day we’ll pass through Fortuna on the way to the Lost Coast, go through the Redwood Forest and end up in Novato. Monday will be an easy trek to Monterey. I’ll be driving the SCM Giulia Super. Alfa 4-door sedans are fea- tured this year at Concorso. After Monterey Car Week, I’m going to have my Alfa shipped back to Portland by commercial carrier and fly back. If you’re interested in joining this madcap group on any of these adventures, drop me a line at keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com. Between the NW Passage, the SCM 30th Anniversary Tour and the Caravan to Concorso, we’ve all got a lot of joyous two-lane roads ahead of us this summer. It really doesn’t get any better, does it? ♦ 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 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante at Bonhams in Reading, U.K. Mecum Where: Las Vegas, NV When: June 1–2 Web: www.mecum.com Collector Car Productions Where: Mississauga, ON, CAN When: June 1–3 Web: www.collectorcarproductions.com Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. MAY 3–5—VICARI Nocona, TX 10–12—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN 11—BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MCO 12—RM SOTHEBY’S Monte Carlo, MCO 12—COYS Monte Carlo, MCO 12—SILVER Missoula, MT 12–13—LUCKY Tacoma, WA 15–19—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 16—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 18–19—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 19—VANDERBRINK Stillwater, OK 26—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Midland, TX 27—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS JUNE 1–2—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 1–3—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 1–3—WHEELER Norman, OK 2—BONHAMS Reading, U.K. 2—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 3—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 5—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 5—H&H Surrey, U.K. 7–10—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 8–9—MECUM Denver, CO 8–10—RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA 28 9—VANDERBRINK Mansfield, SD 16—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 16—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 16—VANDERBRINK Basehor, KS 16—SILVER Coeur d’Alene, ID 20–23—BARRETTJACKSON Uncasville, CT 22–23—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 22–23—MECUM Portland, OR 23—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 23–24—RM AUCTIONS Hampton, NH 24—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 30—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN JULY 7—ARTCURIAL Le Mans, FRA 7—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 7–8—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 14—VICARI New Orleans, LA 13—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 14—SILVER Spokane, WA 17—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 18—H&H Duxford, U.K. 19—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 21—VANDERBRINK Griswold, IA 21–22—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 21–22—SMITH Cape Girardeau, MO 26—H&H Bickenhill, U.K. 26–28—GAA Greensboro, NC Wheeler Where: Norman, OK When: June 1–3 Web: www.wheelerauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 SCJ • 1990 Ferrari Testarossa • 1959 Porsche 356 Bonhams Where: Reading, U.K. When: June 2 Web: www.bonhams.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Volante • 1951 Aston Martin DB2 Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Bonhams Where: Greenwich, CT When: June 3 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 89/90 cars sold / $7.3m Barons Where: Surrey, U.K. When: June 5 Web: www.barons-auctions.com H&H Where: Surrey, U.K. When: June 5 Web: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 23/45 cars sold / $2m Featured cars: • 1924 Bentley 3 Litre • 1955 Austin-Healey 100 M-spec Leake Where: Tulsa, OK When: June 7–10 Web: www.leakecar.com Last year: 356/525 cars sold / $8.2m Mecum Where: Denver, CO When: June 8–9 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 411/598 cars sold / $11.4m Featured cars: • 1971 Ford Bronco • 1939 Chevrolet Street Rod coupe • 1957 Ford Thunderbird Russo and Steele Where: Newport Beach, CA When: June 8–10 Web: www.russoandsteele.com VanDerBrink Where: Mansfield, SD When: June 9 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com ACA Where: King’s Lynn, U.K. When: June 16 Web: www.angliacarauctions.co.uk Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: June 16 Web: www.carlisleauctions.com VanDerBrink Where: Basehor, KS When: June 16 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Silver Where: Coeur d’Alene, ID When: June 16 Web: www.silverauctions.com Barrett-Jackson Where: Uncasville, CT When: June 20–23 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 639/659 cars sold / $23.8m Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: June 22–23 Web: www.raleighclassic.com Mecum Where: Portland, OR When: June 22–23 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 282/462 cars sold / $8.3m Featured cars: • 1961 Chrysler 300G • 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS • 1932 Ford “Whiplash” 3-window coupe Electric Garage Where: Calgary, AB, CAN When: June 23 Web: www.theelectricgarage.com RM Auctions Where: Hampton, NH When: June 23–24 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Brightwells Where: Bicester, U.K. When: June 24 Web: www.brightwells.com Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: June 30 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com ♦ Flashback: At $57,200, this 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Targa was well bought at Barrett-Jackson’s 2017 sale in Uncasville, CT. What deals await this year? 30 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com JUNE CALENDAR 2 Gilmore Heritage Auto Show, Los Angeles, CA; www.farmersmarketla. com 2–3 33rd Annual Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance, Huntington Beach, CA; www.hbconcours.org 8–10 The Elegance at Hershey, Hershey, PA; www.theeleganceathershey.com 10 35th Annual Colorado Concours and Exotic & Sports Car Show, Littleton, CO; www.coloradoconcours.org Two is Better Than One The 23rd Annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance takes place from June 1 to 3. This unique event, which is really two concours, takes place in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich, CT. Saturday, June 2, is for American cars, and Sunday, June 4, is for imported marques. A special display of Cunningham team race cars and production cars will be on the waterfront both days. Saturday also will include cars of John Fitch, as well as competition motorcycles and supercars — American and foreign. Jaguar, with a focus on the pre-war SS cars, is the featured marque on Sunday, and race cars from the Lime Rock Historic Festival also will be on display. Don’t forget the Grand Tour, the Gala at the Delamar Hotel and other events. The gates open at 10 a.m. on both days. Tickets at the gate are $40 for one day or $60 for both days. You get a better deal if you buy from the website before the concours weekend. For more information, please visit www.greenwichconcours.com (CT) L88 Corvettes at The Brickyard Bloom of L88 Co June 21 to 2 originality b ever gathe Corvettes t Brickyard Many of these L88 cars will take two h high-speed around tha famous tra This is t year of thi Corvette s Corvette l the place t around. M win a cove of-the-mountain Benchmark Award. This is more than a judging event. The GoldMine has dozens of Corvettes for sale, there is a Corvette sale area, driving tours and much more. www.bloomingtongold.com 34 Forty-One Years in Cincinnati The Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance celebrates 41 years from June 8 to 10 in Cincinnati, OH. More than 200 premier collector vehicles will glide into the formal gardens of historic Ault Park. This concours was known as the Ault Park Concours until November 2016. This year’s special classes are “Jaguar XK — 70 Years” and “Vintage Scooters.” Movie cars from “Ghostbusters” and “Back to the Future” will be on display. The weekend includes an open house at Metalkraft Coachwerkes, the “Porsches — A Sporting Life” seminar, the Countryside Tour, the Hangar Party and much more. The Concours d’Elegance starts at 10 a.m. on June 10. Advance-purchase tickets are $20 if you buy online by June 4. For more information, visit www.ohioconcours.com. (OH) ♦ Sports Car Market 16–17 24 Hours of Le Mans, Le Mans, France; www.24h-lemans.com 17 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, Beverly Hills, CA; www. rodeodrive-bh.com


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Deputy Data Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors MARK MOSKOWITZ, SCM Contributor and Auction Analyst, is a retired surgeon who has raced anything he could, including stock cars on dirt and asphalt, sports racers, Formula cars and so on. An occasionally winning driver for two decades in Legend cars, he also was a factory pilot for its evolution, the Thunder Roadster, during its initial season. He is director and curator of the now-private Museum of Automobile History and manages the estate of renowned automotive artist Carlo Demand. He serves on the board of directors of Carolina Motorsports Park and is vice chairman of the board of directors of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He is a frequent concours judge. He favors British sports cars, including Allards, but claims none worthy of show. Turn to p. 134 for his report on Bonhams’ Amelia Island auction. 36 CHAD TYSON, SCM Auction Editor, tore into his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro at age 17. This series of events led to a more formal education in automotive technology at WyoTech in Laramie, WY. A few years later, he found himself at a Ford dealership, where his work ranged from rekeying Focus ignition key cylinders to repairing Powerstroke diesels. A random conversation with a new friend sparked a move to Portland, OR — and eventually into an office at SCM. After a few years at SCM World Headquarters, he left on a one-year sabbatical to explore Oregon’s booming agriculture industry. He’s back — to the delight of all. While his early preference was late-’60s Chevy muscle, he now savors oddball and unique engineering. Turn to p. 28 for “Crossing the Block” — where he previews auctions for this month. You’ll also find “Chad’s Quick Take” in the Market Report Overview on p. 106. PHILIP RICHTER, SCM Contributor, writes the weekly blog “Turtle Garage: Cars and Motorcycles with Stories.” He still owns the Honda 50 that sparked his love of nimble, motorized things. He collects vintage BMW motorcycles and German cars. He is treasurer of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and President of Hollow Brook Wealth Management LLC, a New York Citybased private investment firm. He also serves on several boards, including the Malcolm Pray Achievement Center, where he advises on the educational program and car collection. Turn to p. 78 for his story on the new Dallara Stradale.


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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 The Fiat 500 also won a spot on Forbes’ list of 12 new cars with the worst resale value after just one year Rolling the Dice on the Fiat 500 To the Editor: In discussing the virtues of the Fiat 500, the author said that the Fiat 500 has “received good marks for total quality and value” in the press along with a J.D. Power Award for “dependability” (April 2018, “Affordable Classic,” p. 48). In the April 2018 Consumer Reports Auto Issue ranking of automotive brands, Fiat placed 34th — dead last. The survey combines road-test scores with predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. The Fiat 500 also won a spot on Forbes’ list of 12 new cars with the worst resale value after just one year. I’m not sure I’d care to place a bet on a Fiat 500. — Art Pigott, via email Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mr. Pigott, thanks for your note. SCM’s “Affordable Classic” feature often trips out on the wire to look at a car that isn’t quite collectible. That said, many former Affordable Classics are now considered quite collectible. Jeff Zurschmeide described the Fiat 500 as a car that is pretty inexpensive and fun to drive — but a gamble as a future col- 38 lectible. Some, like you, choose to not place a bet. You may well be right! Don’t Diss the Devin SS, Part II To the Editor: As one of several Devin SS owners and former owners you are probably hearing from this week, I second Richard Haskell’s rebuttal to Thor Thorson’s remarks on the Devin SS (April 2018, “You Write,” p. 39). It is a well-balanced race car and a very comfortable street car, with the great small-block Chevy engine. The white car you pictured is not a Devin SS. it’s one of the larger, wider Devin kit cars also sold during the late 1950s. — Mike Fuchs, via email Thor Thorson replies: Wow! I had to dig back through most of my recent writing for SCM to even remember where I had dissed the Devin SS. My apparent mistake was where I lumped it together with the garden-variety, home-built Devin-Corvettes, etc… in the category for my “Buy/Sell/Hold” piece (February 2018, p. 106). The Devin factory-built SS was, in fact, a much better and more sophisticated car than the others, but they are extremely rare compared to the bulk of that category and have the disadvantage of looking and sounding exactly like the rest, so it is difficult to separate them out. I still don’t see them as collectible and will hold to my assessment of it as a car not to keep unless you love it. Mike Fuchs replies: I would have to see maybe five examples of cars that you do see as collectible to have any idea of what your criteria are. I just don’t think it’s wise for you car gurus to throw you personal opinions around this way. Thor Thorson responds: Mike, I appreciate your concern and apparent irritation over my writing in “Buy/Sell/Hold” that American specialist and homebuilt racers, including the Devin SS, are a category of cars that are not ascendant in today’s world. I feel it important to respond. To start with, I do not make the market, I simply observe it, and what I write is my opinion as to where values are going — and nobody has to agree with me. That said, it is apparent to me that the values for these cars are dropping substantially. Mark Leonard of Grand Prix Classics, one of the best racing-car bro- kers in the United States, tells me that five years ago, a good Devin SS was worth $225k–$250k, but one would be very lucky to sell for 70% of that today. There are currently a number of “Old Yallers” and Echidnas on the market with no interested buyers. One was apparently donated to a museum when it wouldn’t sell. For whatever reason, the market doesn’t seem interested in either racing or collecting these cars. As to what constitutes collect- ibility, that is a complex topic for another time, but for examples, I would refer you to the “Buy” and “Hold” sections of that feature of SCM for consideration. The writers here may or may not be right, but we spend a lot of time thinking about it and do our best to opine honestly. The Sebring-Vanguard and LED Headlights To the Editor: Do you have any Buy/Sell/ Hold advice on a 1976 SebringVanguard electric CitiCar? Ha ha. Just kidding, you can have it. I bought it on eBay after a handful of adult beverages at a Tom Petty (RIP) concert, and now I just look at it and chuckle. People ask if it is British. Or is it Sports Car Market


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You WriAd Indexte We Read Aerovault ............................................................... 174 AIG PC Global Services, Inc .................................. 75 Arkonik .................................................................... 69 Asset Marketing Services, LLC ............................ 151 Aston Martin of New England .............................. 153 Auto Kennel ........................................................... 165 Automobilia Monterey .......................................... 175 Autosport Designs Inc ........................................... 167 Avant Garde Collection ......................................... 161 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 31, 59, 75 Beverly Hills Car Club .......................................... 163 Bonhams / UK ................................................... 4–5, 7 BridgePoint Risk Management ............................... 75 Cars, Inc. ............................................................ 47, 49 Centerline Alfa Parts.............................................. 147 Champion Motors ...................................................115 Charles Prince Classic Cars................................... 125 Chequered Flag International ................................ 127 Chubb Personal Risk Services ................................ 21 Cincinnati Concours Foundation ............................ 45 Classic Showcase .................................................... 66 Colorado Concours - ACCO ............................. 24–25 Concorso Italiano..................................................... 50 Copley Motorcars ...................................................113 D. L. 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............................................ 43 Gallivan Auctioneers ............................................. 8–9 Garage Graphics .................................................... 133 Girardo & Co ........................................................... 27 Gooding & Company .............................................. 15 Grand Prix Classics - La Jolla CA ........................ 141 Greensboro Auto Auction ........................................ 81 Greenwich Concours D’Elegance ........................... 37 Grundy Insurance .................................................... 99 Gullwing Group ..................................................... 174 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .................................... 181 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. .............................. 65 Hamann Classic Cars .............................................. 71 Heritage Classics ..................................................... 77 High Mountain Classics ........................................ 133 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ...................................... 157 Hunziker Design LLC ............................................. 83 Hyman, LTD .......................................................... 131 Intercity Lines .......................................................... 61 JC Taylor ................................................................ 102 JJ Best Banc & Co ................................................. 179 Kevin Kay Restorations ........................................ 137 Kidston ..................................................................... 19 Leake Auction Company ....................................... 103 Legendary Motorcar Company ............................. 171 LicensePlates.tv ..................................................... 180 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ............................... 149 Luxury Brokers International .................................... 6 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ................................... 51 Macy’s Garage Ltd. ............................................... 178 Matt Euson ............................................................... 67 Mattioli Automotive Group ..................................... 29 MBP Motorcars ..................................................... 159 McCollister’s Auto Transport .................................. 63 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ............................... 41 Mershon’s World Of Cars...................................... 173 Michael’s Motor Cars ............................................ 121 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ................................. 172 Misselwood Concours d’Elegance .......................... 58 Morris & Welford, LLC .......................................... 33 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. ..................... 175 Motorcar Classics .................................................. 129 Motorcar Gallery ................................................... 173 Motorsport Auction Group LLC ............................. 74 New England Auto Auction .................................. 145 Northwest European .............................................. 170 P21S ....................................................................... 169 Park Place LTD ...................................................... 139 Passport Transport ................................................. 123 Paul Russell and Company.................................... 155 Pebble Beach RetroAuto ......................................... 14 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix .............................. 171 Porsche 356 Registry ............................................. 175 Portland Art Museum .............................................. 32 Premier Auction Group ........................................... 26 Putnam Leasing ..................................................... 192 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd.......................................119 Reliable Carriers .................................................... 107 RM Sotheby’s .......................................................... 17 Robert Glover LTD.................................................. 57 Russo and Steele LLC ........................................... 8–9 SCM Anniversary Tour ......................................... 189 St. Bernard Church ................................................ 147 Symbolic International ............................................ 23 Taraba Illustration Art............................................ 159 Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors .......................111 The Creative Workshop ........................................... 53 The Stable, Ltd. ..................................................... 135 The Werk Shop ...................................................... 147 Tom Miller Sports Cars ......................................... 175 Tony Labella Classic Cars ..................................... 132 Trump Properties Concours d’Elegance ................. 82 TYCTA .................................................................. 157 Vintage Car Law .................................................... 172 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ................................... 158 Vintage Rallies ....................................................... 155 Vintage Underground LLC ................................... 167 VintageAutoPosters.com ....................................... 161 Watchworks ........................................................... 175 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. .......................................... 153 West Coast Classics, LLC ..................................... 165 Wheeler Auctions .................................................. 191 White Post Restorations ........................................ 171 Worldwide Group .................................................. 2–3 40 …this would help ensure that owners of historically significant and original cars could exhibit and race without fear of being hit by a replica one-tenth the value of the original car… from the future. Or a joke. It is none of these. It is a 3.5-hp wedge of joy and ambition that nets me eight miles of range (unless I need the headlights, in which case seven miles of range). Fun fact: Converting to LED headlamps will not correct the dimming-while-climbing effect. LED lamps just go black. Keep up the great work! SCM is cover-to-cover greatness. — Lucas Fornace, via email The Danger of Replicas in Historic Racing To the Editor: Stephen Goss makes an excellent point regarding the dichotomy involving historic racing (January 2018, “You Write,” p. 40). I have had the privilege of having raced at every major vintage race in the world over the past 20 years. I take pride in the originality of all my cars. I feel that since vintage racing is about the cars and not the drivers, all who participate in the sport should do the same. I agree with Stephen concern- ing his comment regarding the difference in driving style between participants in U.S. historics and in Europe. When racing, I adjust my driving style to accommodate those differences. What concerns me the most is that vintage-racing organizations seem to adhere to one principal philosophy: the financial bottom line. Ergo, the resulting disparities in driving skills (He’s got more money than sense!), and allowing fake cars, which results in huge differences in the performance of the vehicles. Perfect replicas are allowed at many of these prestigious events. I believe that there is a need for certain organizations to adhere to the strict originality rule, which was followed by Steve Earle and his organization for many years here in the United States. I would also suggest Errata SCM’s recently published 2018 Insider’s Guide to Restorations inadvertently neglected to include a credit for the cover image. The photo was supplied by D.L. George Historic Motorcars. Sports Car Market stricter vetting of the drivers concerning competence and experience as opposed to them being allowed to race simply by being able to afford the price of the historic event. All this would help ensure that owners of historically significant and original cars could exhibit and race without fear of being hit by a replica one-tenth the value of the original car (such as a 750-hp Lola, which never existed in the day, coming into contact with a perfectly original Porsche 910 Works car). This would also encourage more of us to bring our cars to events. Unfortunately, I do not see many organizations attempting to create this atmosphere. — John R. Romano M.D., Duxbury, MA ♦


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg The First Electrically Powered Wristwatch On January 3, 1957, the H Watch Company of Lancast unveiled the world’s first elect powered wristwatch. The watch was touted as “ first basic change in portable ti keeping in 477 years.” The Hamilton Electric w introduced with two models: a t ditional round watch named “ Horn,” after John Van Horn, w Hamilton’s chief physicist in c the project, and a bizarre win as the Hamilton Ventura. The theory was that the sim and the winged triangle would a Some in Hamilton’s leader were getting a little stale, and futuristic designs would convince the public that the watch was equally futuristic — and needed no winding to maintain accuracy. The stylist for Hamilton’s futuristic watch offerings was Richard Arbib, a graduate of the Pratt Institute. Arbib headed a New Yorkbased design firm that worked on projects for GM, American Motors and Century boats. During his association with Hamilton, which ended around 1960, Arbib sketched hundreds of avant-garde watch designs, many of which found their way into actual production. At least two famous people pur- Details Production date: 1957–present Best place to wear one: The Flushing Meadows site of the 1964 World’s Fair, as seen in “Men in Black” Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.shophamiltonwatch.com chased first-generation Hamilton Ventura watches: Elvis Presley, who can be seen wearing one in the 1962 movie “Blue Hawaii,” and playwright and television producer Rod Serling, who wore his during early episodes of “The Twilight Zone.” The Ventura watches were famously featured as required attire in the “Men in Black” films featur- Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering ime Pieces by Alex Hofberg The First Electrically Powered Wristwatch On January 3, 1957, the H Watch Company of Lancast unveiled the world’s first elect powered wristwatch. The watch was touted as “ first basic change in portable ti keeping in 477 years.” The Hamilton Electric w introduced with two models: a t ditional round watch named “ Horn,” after John Van Horn, w Hamilton’s chief physicist in c the project, and a bizarre win as the Hamilton Ventura. The theory was that the sim and the winged triangle would a Some in Hamilton’s leader were getting a little stale, and futuristic designs would convince the public that the watch was equally futuristic — and needed no winding to maintain accuracy. The stylist for Hamilton’s futuristic watch offerings was Richard Arbib, a graduate of the Pratt Institute. Arbib headed a New York- based design firm that worked on projects for GM, American Motors and Century boats. During his association with Hamilton, which ended around 1960, Arbib sketched hundreds of avant-garde watch designs, many of which found their way into actual production. At least two famous people pur- Details Production date: 1957–present Best place to wear one: The Flushing Meadows site of the 1964 World’s Fair, as seen in “Men in Black” Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.shophamiltonwatch.com chased first-generation Hamilton Ventura watches: Elvis Presley, who can be seen wearing one in the 1962 movie “Blue Hawaii,” and playwright and television producer Rod Serling, who wore his during early episodes of “The Twilight Zone.” The Ventura watches were famously featured as required attire in the “Men in Black” films featur- Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering a a story attracts attenhat they continue to e versions and updates asic design. They have intro- ced versions that ave self-winding ovements — as oposed to electric. They ve also offered overed models as well s a classic Ventura, nken down to a more Hamilton’s modern version e size. 0th anniversary of elf-winding skeleton version that the marketing department claims emulates the metal grid structure of a classic Shure microphone — one that Elvis might have used back in the day. The design ideals of the 1950s and 1960s were unabashedly opti- mistic and futuristic: Cars had fins, robot toys had lasers, computing devices were developing integrated circuits, and the watch designers of the world thought that accuracy and reliability could be enhanced by moving away from traditional spring-driven movements. Hamilton’s new line of electric watches was a major step towards the goal of a reliable and accurate timekeeper. The watches fell short because the contacts that opened and closed to power the balance wheel arced with each firing of the circuit, and they eventually failed from scorching. Being first to the consumer is fine if the product is flawless, but the Hamilton Electric watches were beset with difficulties. The old technology of the original electric watches is long obso- lete. The new offerings from Hamilton give the user the appealing designs of the period — with the reliability of a modern movement. Pricing for the modern versions begins at $695. The modern Ventura watch is a striking, attractive time piece. A special thank-you to Rene Rondeau, whose book The Watch of the Future is the source of much of the data in this article. A Terrific Timeline Richard The Ultimate Wall-Hanging Experience What’s the best option for a collector who has two wrecked BMW M1s and a large shop wall to fill? Take the good front end of one car and the good rear end of the other and fuse them together, making a complete car for display on the shop wall. That’s what BMW restoration specialists The Werk Shop did with a telephone-pole totaled car and another rear-ended and fire-damaged example, and the result is a unique piece of art. When car photos just won’t do for your shop wall, why not hang up the real thing? See more about the project at www. thewerkshop.com/cars/bmw-m1-art-project. 46 Ferguson and Michael Kirkham’s Terrific Timelines: Cars is just the thing for that budding car lover in your life. It’s a car book in three dimensions, with fast facts and details on 20 cars ranging from the early days of the Patent Motorwagen through the Tesla Model S. The back of the book is filled with cardstock press-outs of the cars covered within and a foldout display to show them all off. Get it for $19.99 from www. laurenceking.com. ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe can acquire one of these little gems for a mere $99 to $120, depending on the dealer. This is a well-researched, beautifully made, low-priced, limited-run model that packs in a substantial amount of detail and quality for a ridiculously low price. It is a feast for the eyes. No corners were cut. There are numerous little parts all around, and although it is difficult to see, the interior is beautifully rendered. The model shows separate plated door handles and window cranks, simulated wood trim, a detailed dash, correct blue-painted steering wheel and much more. The fit and finish is top tier. The body casting is one of the best, with thin, crisp engraved panel lines. The paint is smooth, highgloss, with an amazingly precise application of thin gold pinstriping all around. I have only slight two Esval is a relatively new model manufacturer that is producing some won- derful limited-production models. Their list of future releases is enticing. One of their first models was this highly detailed 1:43-scale 1929 Cord L-29, which I expect will soon sell out. Only one of the real cars was made, and RM Sotheby’s sold it for $2,420,000. For most of us, the chance of acquiring the real car or having the millions to do so might be slim to none, but we Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Hurley From The Beginning by Hurley Haywood and Sean Cridland, 420 pages, Visions of Power Press, $229.99 (Amazon) Hurley Haywood had a looooong, distinguished career racing long- distance sports cars, including an amazing three overall wins at Le Mans, five at the Daytona 24-Hour and two at the Sebring 12-Hour. He also won a Trans-Am title, two IMSA titles and a transporter full of trophies in everything from club-racing Corvettes and Porsches to GTP cars. But for most people, he’s Hurley Who, on the periphery of fame at home, as he never won in the Indianapolis rides crucial to broad public recognition in the 1970s through 1990s. This seems just fine with the happily private Haywood. In his autobiography, Hurley From the Beginning, written with Sean Cridland, Haywood comes across as a quiet guy who comes in and just gets the job done without drama. He’s seen as affable, fast and well respected throughout the paddock — a team player. Haywood got his start with Peter Gregg, who owned and drove for Brumos Racing. Peter was the fiery showman who attracted the attention to Hurley’s quiet competence. They raced together for 13 years, but for many the time in Gregg’s shadow defines Haywood still — despite all his success post-Gregg. As Haywood’s demeanor is quiet, the fact there is a book at all is surpris- ing — and it was a long time coming. But Haywood clearly wanted to tell about more than great races. Haywood came from a rich Chicago family, but after a brief bit of family 48 support, he earned his way in racing with skill and determination — not family money. Haywood operated at a high level in a macho environment at odds with his quietly “out” life as a gay man. His team knew, his family knew and the paddock knew, but his quiet dignity and focus on and off the traffic made that a footnote. His sexuality didn’t define him. Haywood’s account of an early life of privilege and his pivotal racing partnership with friend and mentor Gregg (and the impact of Gregg’s suicide) are grace notes that round out this self-portrait of a man who, after reading his story, you can’t help but admire. Provenance: From the horse’s mouth, as they say, but when reading an autobiography, remember it’s the hero’s version. While there must be people who didn’t like Haywood or disparaged his skills, you won’t hear from them. Fit and finish: Beautifully designed and printed (and priced for it), Hurley from the Beginning is full of terrific images beautifully printed. (As a side note, I’m getting big-book fatigue, as the book is so large and heavy it’s darn near exercise to read it. Putting a pillow on the lap seems to be the desired position.) Drivability: With the help of co-writer Sean Cridland, Hurley is one of the more readable books to come along in a while. There are lovely narrative touches and graceful writing to accompany all the details about Haywood’s life. We come away with a good sense of at least the Hurley Haywood he wants us to know. This book offers an understanding of his process, his outlook on life — and some great racing stories along the way. A truly good read. ♦ Sports Car Market is- sues: The headliner should be painted light gray, and the wheels and tires should not be set in quite as deep. But these are minor issues when you consider the representation on the whole. This is a great model. ♦ Model Details Production date: 2017 Quantity: 1,000 SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.esvalmodels.com


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Affordable Classic Bentley Mulsanne Turbo and Turbo R Tempting Turbos There’s no such thing as a cheap Bentley, but among all of the SZ Spirit/ Mulsanne family, the Turbo R is a tantalizing proposition by Paul Hardiman A bit of history The Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit — and its Bentley- badged sister Mulsanne — replaced the Shadow and Bentley T2 in 1980. The Silver Spur is the long-wheelbase version. The Mulsanne Turbo was created in 1982 by the ex- pedient of bolting a Garrett T3 on to the carb-fed, almost7-liter V8, upping power from 200 to 300 bhp. This radical departure appeared at the 1982 Geneva Motor Show, and generated the memorable headline in Car: “Crewe’s Missile.” It’s an old cliché, but to experience a Mulsanne Turbo is rather like relaxing in a gentleman’s clubroom while it’s launched from a steam catapult. Remember when Pete and Dud fired a grand piano off the flight deck of the Ark Royal? Well, something like that. In these days of routinely 500-bhp-plus power out- 1989 Bentley Turbo R sedan, sold for $7,700 in 2016 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL V please. The temptation starts with the price Slightly leggy runners start at just £5,000 (about $7,000) in Blighty, although I’d feel more confident in a £10k ($16k) car with fewer miles and more history. During March, United States car classified ads had Turbo Rs from $12,850. Most cars you’d actually want to own are in the $25k range. All this craftsmanship and luxury comes cheap (especially at auction) for a reason. Quite aside from the running costs, which will concern U.S. owners less than those of us in the U.K. who pay $8 per gallon, the repair bills can be eye-watering. As is the way with premium cars that decline in value proportionately to their poten- tial financial liability, by the time they get to their third or fourth owners, maintenance tends to become “deferred.” Like Porsche 911s, these high-performance Bentley cars stand neglect so well that by the time the problems cannot be ignored any longer, the repairs are going to be pricey. My simple rule of thumb is that if you see cheap tires on a once-expensive car, walk away — and the same goes for big gaps in the service history. 52 isit any of the U.K.’s regional classic-car auctions, and you’ll almost always encounter at least one big Bentley or Rolls-Royce of the 1980s and 1990s — invariably with an affordable-looking price estimate. These imposing — if slabby-sided — automobiles are some of the last cars to be hand-built before the Rolls-Royce/Bentley split and sale into German ownership. They are all powered by Rolls-Royce’s Cadillac-like 6,750-cc pushrod V8, but that wasn’t all that was carried over from the preceding model, for the SZ model is essentially an updated Silver Shadow (born in 1966). These Bentleys offer, at face value, cheap luxury. They go well — 120 mph even in normally aspirated form and Much Too Fast with a turbo, but numbers do not convey the splendid way in which these waft you along in an unflustered and near-silent atmosphere of timber, lambswool and leather — pummeling bumps, thumps and road imperfections into irrelevance as they go. At 5,000 pounds, they weigh almost half a ton less than a Chevy Suburban, but in their home country these are still big, heavy cars. Luckily, the high seating position and square-rigged styling means you can see all corners, and these cars are easy to place. They are the kind of car that feels smaller than it is on the move. It’s all terrifically British. And no jokes about the Grey Poupon (whatever that is), puts, the numbers may no longer appear outstanding, but it’s the way that something this massive can get up and go that remains impressive — if no longer truly startling. Torque is what it’s all about. In the Bentley Mulsanne Turbo’s case, that is about 500 ft-lb, which translated to 140 mph and 0–60 mph in seven seconds. Hello, Turbo R After 498 standard and 18 LWB Mulsanne Turbos had been built, the Bentley Turbo R replaced it in 1985. The R stands for “roadholding.” The Turbo R’s alloy wheels were wider at 7.5 inches, and it mounted wider tires than the Mulsanne. Under the skin, the changes were rather less subtle — mostly to help the driver fathom what the soft chassis was doing. Although spring rates were unchanged, the antiroll (anti-sway in U.S.) bar diameters were doubled, and Bentley saw fit to add a Panhard rod to the rear subframe to stop it moving sideways in corners. Fuel injection arrived in 1987, providing more torque. The Turbo R came to the U.S. in 1989 (coinciding with the change to four round headlights), priced at $195,000, when Motor Trend called it “the first Bentley in decades deserving of the famous name.” The New Turbo R from 1995 has a shallower grille, Zytek engine management, and long wheelbase only from 1996. Production ended in 1997. Bentley built 252 of the Turbo RT until 1999. The Turbo RT rolled with 400 bhp/590 ft-lb. You can spot one by its five-spoke alloys and mesh grille. The run included a few Olympian and Mulliner “really final” limited editions. As 7,230 Turbo Rs were built overall, there’s a fair chance of stumbling across one. A couple of other variants you might encounter: The Mulsanne S (1987–92) is a Mulsanne Turbo with- out the turbo. The Bentley Eight (1984–92) is an entry-level model with mesh grille and usefully tightened-up suspension. It was replaced with the Brooklands (1992–97) and Turbo Sports Car Market


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Brooklands R (1996–98). The Turbo S (1995) was a non-U.S. model, with Bosch Motronic, estimated at 385 bhp. There’s an interesting cross-pollination of the Turbo R engine in the Silver Spirit Mk II chassis to create the Flying Spur (just 134 built from 1994–95). All of these motors are essentially variations on a theme. Where the expensive gremlins lurk All of these cars can suffer from much the same is- sues. Assuming you’re looking at a car with a good service history and everything electrical still works (this is important because window-lift motors cost a grand apiece, for example), what actually goes wrong? They rust, principally in the rear wheelarches, so I always have a feel behind the lips at auctions. Some cars aren’t very clever around the rear window, and check carefully for rust bubbles around trim and door handles. These had lots of paint when new and redoing it isn’t cheap, although it’s a rare car that hasn’t had some refinishing by now. Bumpers are unlikely to be dead-straight, but it’s a question of how much it bothers you. The motors last well if they’re looked after with regular oil changes, but if the car’s got sticky, rattling tappets, budget $2k or walk away. Tired turbos can be rebuilt or replaced with a recon- ditioned assembly reasonably cheaply (about $800 plus labor), but why not go and find a car that’s not smoky? The transmissions are from General Motors, and they’re well proven and plentiful with lots of expertise for repair. While you are on hands and knees checking the sills (rockers), check for leaks from the steering rack — it’s just in front of the sump. Replacements cost about £450 ($625) from U.K. breaker Flying Spares. Any other hydraulic issues will be more expensive, as there’s both a conventional power-steering pump plus a pair of high-pressure pumps for brakes and rear suspension (in the vee of the engine: $300 a pop, plus the special tool to get ’em out). They need yearly fluid changing. If the brake pedal Details Years produced: 1982 through 1998 Current price range: $9,000 to $30,000 Pros: Insanely fast, powerful car that hurtles down the road as you loll in British luxury Cons: All that high-tech power and old-school luxury is insanely expensive to repair, especially if regular maintenance has been neglected Best place to drive one: In the U.K., out of London and into the green, lush countryside. In the U.S., on any two-lane road that leads in or out of a major city with a good Bentley/Rolls-Royce repair shop Worst place to drive one: Past the repair shop when the yearly maintenance is due A typical owner is: A true car lover with a deep affection for British power and style. He or she will weep several times during “Dunkirk” and “Darkest Hour” feels funny or soft, that’s your first port of call. You really need an expert to check this out, and the worst-case scenario is shot hydraulics. If that’s the case, walk — no, run — away. Here are a couple of simple checks you can do: With the engine running, open the trunk lid and bounce up and down in the back. These are softly sprung, so if it feels almost solid, a gas spring has failed: New spheres are $105 each. With the engine still running and with one — or better, two — of you sitting on the back bumper, it should return to its regular ride height within 30 seconds. At the same time, listen for chuffing from exhaust leaks — there’s a lot of pipework on these. Front ball joints are a known weak spot, so drive on some rough ground, and if there’s a knocking from low down, think about $400 per side for replacement. There is much to get wrong, much to enjoy and much to learn about with these cars. Buy a looked-after example with good service history and keep on top of it (which owners say costs $2k to $6k per annum), and even sitting in it will give pleasure for years — much more so when you demonstrate to a full complement of friends the Turbo R’s remarkable ability to hurtle down the road. If it all goes horribly wrong, well, there’s always the 24 Hours of LeMons. ♦ June 2018 53


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Collecting Thoughts Late-Model Porsches Rise Porsche’s Amelia Island Romance Blossoms Younger buyers — Porsche lovers since childhood — lead the charge in Florida by Prescott Kelly Respective images courtesy of Gooding & Company and RM Sotheby’s High-dollar Porsche sale: Gooding & Co.’s Lot 53, 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo S Leichtbau, which set a world record at $1,760,000 A t March’s Amelia Island auctions, the big three of Gooding, RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams offered 73 Porsches out of their 278 cars — 26% of the total cars on offer. Almost 90% of them sold. Amelia long has been a good market for Porsches. The environ- ment got even better when a heavily promoted Porsche Club gathering, Werks Reunion East, joined the week’s events. Werks Reunion brings in 600 Porsche owners and turbocharges auction interest. Current market movers are the 35- to 54-year-olds who grew up watching Porsches win a lot of races in the 956/962 and 911-derived supercar era. Street Porsches in their neighborhoods were interesting cars. Posters on bedroom walls said things like, “Kills Bugs Fast” (Porsche Turbo) and “0–50 in 4.6 years” (the 50th victory by a Porsche 956/962). Porsches are easy to collect These enthusiasts come into the market and find compelling re- alities. There are Porsches in all price ranges. Carrying costs are low. Porsches are straightforward to maintain and capable shops abound. The cars store easily and handle intermittent usage with aplomb. Porsches are fun to drive — and are even more fun to use at track days or to race. It helps that the Porsche Club of America has a crown jewel of a race series. All those traits match up perfectly with the interests of the Gen X and Gen Y collectors. Porsche’s not-imported “hot rods” are hot Especially enticing are the “hot rods” that Porsche began to build in 1992 — cars they chose to not crash-test and import to North America. These cars include: • The 1992 Carrera RS in three variants and 2,276 cars. • The 1993 964 Carrera RS 3.8-liter – a homologation special with 55 examples. • The 1993 964 Turbo S Leichtbau at 86 units. • The 1993 964 Turbo S Flachbau in four models and 93 cars. • The 1996 993 Carrera RS with 1,114 units. • The 1996–97 993/996 GT1 with 22 examples. • The 1996–98 993 GT2 at 194 cars. • The 2004 996 GT3 RS with 686 units. 54 These “hot rods” were built in small numbers relative to current demand. These cars sell briskly privately and at auctions. Eight Porsches sell for over $1,000,000 The high-dollar Porsche sale was Gooding’s Lot 53, a 1993 964 Turbo S Leichtbau in stunning Midnight Blue Metallic over a custom red interior with leather everywhere — including the instrument surrounds and the roll cage — and with Amethyst-painted wheel centers. Porsche built a total of 86 TSLs, which was a collaboration between the Motorsports and Exclusive Departments, and this example was What do those top-priced Porsches all have in common? They are all newer than 1990. That’s not a coincidence. That’s a market trend. one of four made for noted collector Michael Mak. A Detroit collector bought it a few years ago. It was fully operational, but had fewer than 100 km (62 miles) on the odometer. Not surprisingly, it sold for $1,760,000 — a world record — to a Houston collector/dealer who loves blue cars. I know this car very well; I thought it was worth that money. The front-runner at RM Sotheby’s was Lot 167, a Speed Yellow 1993 Carrera RS 3.8-liter that sold for $1,655,000, including buyer’s premium. This was a world-record auction result for the model. One of 55 built, the car had just 4,330 miles and was mostly original. The concours schedule change hurt RM Sotheby’s That RS 3.8 was part of “The 964 Collection” of 12 cars consigned by a well-regarded Arizona collector. RM Sotheby’s showcased the collection for months with emails, magazine ads and mailings. That turned out to be important because a schedule change forced on RM Sotheby’s hurt their auction. With heavy rain forecast for Sunday, organizers moved the Amelia Island Concours to Saturday. The concours officials asked RM Sotheby’s to move their auction from Saturday at 11 a.m. to Friday at 4 p.m. That bad timing overlapped with the Gooding & Company auction and bumped into people’s dinner plans. It also asked bidders to endure Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s top Porsche seller — 1993 Carrera RS 3.8 liter, sold for $1,655,000 10 straight hours of auction spiel. The result at RM Sotheby’s was a quiet room with many empty seats, especially up front where prime bidders have reserved places. Thankfully, RM Sotheby’s advance promotion brought in people who came to bid on specific cars in the 964 Collection. The big iron mostly sold well. The smaller fare, where impulse bidding would have helped, was not as fortunate. A new market trend Gooding’s 1990 962 C, Lot 38, was a Walter Brun team car, owned and leased to Brun by American Dr. Robert Wilson. Although this chassis did not have a terrific race record, it came within 15 minutes of overall victory at Le Mans in 1990. Owned and vintage-raced for the past 20 years by Lloyd Hawkins, the car is a good example of Porsche’s all-time winning race car. Its $1,595,000 sale price was in line with its being a privateer car and its racing achievements. For reference, another customer car 962112, with lesser history, was a no-sale at Artcurial in Paris in February 2018 at $1,200,000. At Gooding Amelia Island 2016, Jerry Seinfeld’s ex-Joest Racing Factory team car, 962012, sold for $1,650,000, although it had been revised in restoration to show off Porsche’s experimental design dubbed the “Double Wing.” A 2015 918 Spyder, Gooding’s Lot 44, was bought new by A. Dano Davis, the long-term Winn-Dixie chairman and the last owner of the Brumos Porsche store in Jacksonville, FL. The Spyder did not have the Weissach package, but it did have many expensive options, most particularly Liquid Silver paint, a to-sample red interior, Weissach package wheels, and many smaller add-ons. It sold for $1,540,000 after buyer’s premium — less than anticipated. That Weissach package — missing here — has become vital for many collectors. The same Detroit owner who sold the Midnight Blue Leichtbau above also offered up his Speed Yellow 1996 993 GT2, Gooding’s Lot 55. It sold for $1,485,000. This car was the first prime-condition GT2 to come to market in a long time. The price realized should put good GT2s back where they deserve to be. That said, it will be a long time before we again see the $2,750,000 realized by the Riviera Blue GT2 at RM Sotheby’s London sale in September 2016. What do those top-priced Porsches all have in common? They are all newer than 1990. That’s not a coincidence. That’s a market trend. Speaking of Riviera Blue, that color on a 1996 993 Carrera RS at Gooding, Lot 54, set a world record for the model with a final price of $715,000. This RS came from that same Detroit collector and it sold to the same North Houston blue-car fan. I know this car very well, and it Gooding Lot 38: 1990 Porsche 962 C, sold for $1,595,000 June 2018 55


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Collecting Thoughts Late-Model Porsches Rise was stellar. This sale rectified recent auction experience where mediocre 993 RSs — wrecked, moldy, or repainted with a broom — sold for short money or failed to sell. Excellent 993 RSs should now get back to $450,000 or more, which is where they belong. Three additional Porsches that broke into seven figures included Gooding’s 1976 934 that brought $1,320,000, RM Sotheby’s 1993 964 RSR at $1,270,000, and Gooding’s 959 with under 5,000 miles that sold for $1,100,000 — all after buyer’s premiums. Important no-sale: one of four Porsche “Baby Turbos” Some fine and significant Porsches did not sell. Foremost among them was a “Baby Turbo” 1974 Martini Racing RSR 2.1-liter. That car, Gooding’s Lot 22, was one of four experimental turbocharged cars built by Porsche to compete with normally aspirated 3.0-liter cars like under 1974’s Group 4 FIA regulations. The “Babies” led to many later successful turbo-charged Porsche race cars from the 934 to the 962 to the GT1. This chassis finished 2nd overall at Le Mans in 1974 and again at the Watkins Glen 6 Hours that September. It was in original condition and had a good ownership history. A lesser sister car sold as part of the Drendel Collection sale at Notable Porsche No-Sales at Amelia Island Gooding Lot 54: 1996 993 Carrera RS, sold for a world-record $715,000 Gooding Amelia Island in 2012 for $3,245,000. The Martini Racing RSR 2.1-liter car generated strong advance interest. Several Europeans came just for it. Early bidding was rapid, but at $4.5 million things slowed down, and the car was a no-sale at a high bid of $5.4 million against a pre-sale estimate of $6 million to $8 million. You do the math. It appears that the reserve was $6 million. It prob- ably would have sold at $5.5 million or $5.6 million, but no post-auction sale was announced. Given the car’s scarcity and provenance, I would have counseled to go get it. Once this car is placed, we may not see another of the four innovative Baby Turbos at public sale for years. A 964 Leichtbau and a Flachbau come up short Other illustrious non-sellers included a Speed Yellow 1993 964 Turbo S Leichtbau at RM Sotheby’s at a $900k high bid. This is an excellent car that I know well, and I was surprised it did not sell after the Midnight Blue Metallic one at Gooding brought $1,760,000. Similarly, a very nice 1994 Turbo S Flachbau X83, one of 10 (nine surviving), was a no-sale at $420k high bid. Gooding Lot 22: 1974 Martini Racing RSR 2.1-liter, a “Baby Turbo no-sale Most “smaller” Porsches sold Big slices of the auction pie now are cars with optimistic estimates that offer hope to the sellers, while realistically lower reserves or no reserves actually get the cars sold and earn commissions for the auction houses. Very late one night there were 15 no-reserve lots coming up and an audience of 40 people. Thirty of those people were dealers looking for steals and 10 were watchers too numb to get up and go to bed, including yours truly. Amelia saw some major Porsches on the block. The new breed of Porsche collectors did not blink. They bought most of the desirable big cars and a lot of the little ones. Both sellers and buyers should be pleased. ♦ RM Sotheby’s Lot 172: 1994 Porsche Turbo S Flachbau X83, bid to $420k RM Sotheby’s Lot 170: 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo S Leichtbau, bid to $900k 56 Gooding Lot 68: 1976 Porsche 934, sold for $1,320,000 Sports Car Market


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Legal Files John Draneas A Rough Road for Self-Driving Cars Autonomous cars are here, but they’re not ready for public roads crossed the path of the Volvo. Sgt. Ronald Elcock, speaking for the Tempe Police Department, confirmed that the autonomous Volvo made no effort to stop, slow down or turn before striking Helzberg. And another one Just five days later, another autonomous fatality went viral on the Internet. Wei Huang, a 38-year-old resident of San Mateo, CA, died when his Tesla Model X crashed horrifically into the concrete divider on Highway 101 in Mountain View. Crash photos present a brutal image. The Tesla hit the barrier hard, with the damage magnified when it struck a “crash attenuator,” a safety device designed to cushion impacts, which had been damaged in an earlier crash and not repaired. The car then caught fire. The entire front end of the Tesla was taken off the car, with the photos showing the passenger seats eerily staring at daylight. Huang was pulled out of the Tesla and taken to a hospital, where he later died. Tesla later reported in a blog that the vehicle was on autopilot, with A self-driving Uber car killed a bicyclist in Tempe, AZ S hould we cut to the chase and just call them self-crashing cars? Uber got a lot of unwanted attention on April 1, 2018, when one of its self-driving Volvo XC90s on a road test fatally struck a pedestrian in Tempe, AZ. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bicycle across Mill Avenue about 10 p.m. when the Volvo, traveling a reported 38 miles per hour, struck her. Herzberg was crossing mid-block, not within a crosswalk. She was still alive when rescue crews arrived, but died later at a hospital. Aside from the novelty of the autonomously driven car, what really sets this case apart are two major factors — a backup safety driver was on board at the time, and the incident was caught on film and subsequently released on the Internet, where it went viral. The 22-second video was taken by cameras facing in two directions. One captured 44-year-old driver Rafaela Vasquez before the impact, and the other captured Herzberg crossing the road and getting hit. Vasquez appeared clearly bored. She is shown yawning, looking off to the left, and then going into panic mode when she looked forward and saw Herzberg in the headlights. By the time she jumped, the impact had occurred, and she seemed to have no time to even think about taking control of the Volvo. The video shows Herzberg walking out of the shadows in the me- dian, seemingly coming out of nowhere. It appears as if she was in front of the car in a split second, too quickly for the crash to be avoided. After seeing the video, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir told the San Francisco Chronicle, “It’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway.” However, with all due respect, it didn’t look that way to my unpro- fessional eye. Yes, Herzberg came out of the shadows onto the roadway, but the camera lens may be deceiving. The brightness of the headlights may have caused the camera to underexpose the dark areas to the left side, making it difficult to pick her up until she got into the main part of the light beams. Also, she was clearly walking the bike, and she made it all the way across the width of the car to be struck by the right side of the car. Human eyes are better at adjusting to light intensity differences, and an alert driver may well have recognized her while still in the shadows. An alert driver could have had time to swerve or hit the brakes as Helzberg 60 the adaptive cruise-control follow distance set to the minimum. No explanation was offered about what went wrong, but vehicle logs show that the driver was given several visual warnings, as well as one audible hands-on warning, alerting him that he needed to take control of the car. He didn’t. Looks like proof Two things seem clear to me. First, self-driving technology is nowhere near good enough. Second, the idea of a driver being able to take control in an emergency is just wishful thinking. Vasquez is the prime example. Even though she was fully aware that she was participating in a test of unproven technology, it was all too easy for her to become just a passenger, unable to react in time. In racing, we talk about being “ahead of the car.” We develop the skill of “living in the future,” where we are focused on what we are going to tell the car to do next — not on what it is now doing or just finished doing. That is what lets us anticipate and avoid problems before they actually occur. Once we become mere passengers, we are constantly trying, ineffectively, to catch up with the car. The big question All of which brings one very important question to mind: How many more people are we going to kill trying to perfect this technology? That certainly has to be on people’s minds. Immediately after the Arizona incident, Governor Doug Ducey ordered Uber to stop all testing of autonomous cars in Arizona — they were only allowed to test them under an executive order Ducey had enthusiastically issued about a month earlier. Immediately after the California incident, a San Francisco motor- cycle cop made national news when he stopped an autonomous car and ticketed it (actually the on-board driver) for coming “too close to a pedestrian.” Is this the future? Are we all going to be riding in these things in the future? “Legal Files” posed that question to market expert Scot Hall, who is Executive Vice President of Operations for Swapalease.com. Swapalease.com brokers auto lease assignments for people who want to unload their leased cars. This gives Hall an interesting vantage point on the auto market. Hall compared autonomous cars to hybrids and electrics, predict- Sports Car Market


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ing that autonomous cars would behave in the marketplace more like electrics than hybrids. He noted that hybrids, led by the Toyota Prius, have been very suc- cessful in the marketplace. They have strong appeal to people who are concerned about fuel economy. Electrics have the greatest appeal to people who are very concerned about environmental issues. As a result, they have had a very small level of market penetration. Electrics also have a rather unusual market characteristic. As a vehicle type, they have the highest incidence of leasing as opposed to outright purchase. The explanation is that people just don’t want to own these cars — they want to be able to just walk away from the car when the lease expires. Buyers have doubts about long-term reliability. They also know that it is a developing technology, and the electric cars that will be available when the lease expires will be more advanced than the one they are driving today. As a result, used electric car prices are quite low. Hall sees autonomous cars having potentially broader appeal than electrics, as the freedom from having to do the work of driving might appeal to many people. However, the technology is in its infancy, and constant improvement is expected. Thus, leasing may play a major role in their sales, same as electric cars. Why the rush? Why are manufacturers moving toward self-driving cars so quickly? Hall thinks the motivation may be to stay ahead of the curve. He suspects the industry sees this technology as having some level of inevitability, and manufacturers don’t want to be left behind. After all, they didn’t see the hybrids making such a big impact, and they were upstaged painfully as Toyota grabbed the lion’s share of the new hybrid market. “It may well be a defensive business strategy, but that isn’t necessar- ily a bad business strategy,” Hall said. Hall talks to lots of Swapalease customers about a lot of automotive subjects. That includes autonomous cars. So far, he hasn’t detected much of a demand for them. Nonetheless, he thinks it is possible for that to change dramatically in a short time. The crystal ball If we all end up driving self-piloting cars, here are some thoughts to ponder: • Who gets sued in an accident? Manufacturer? Software designer/ seller? Driver? In pure autonomous mode, there may not even be a driver. • Many see autonomous cars as safer than human-driven cars, but that could only be true when all cars are autonomous. How will our society, as a political matter, tell people they can no longer drive the cars they already own? Fold in the economic likelihood that new autonomous cars will be more expensive than existing cars, and the issue becomes a class struggle. • How are the autonomous car developers going to monetize their technology? I don’t see Amazon manufacturing cars. But will they form a joint venture with Lexus to market the “Alexus”? • If your autonomous car drops you off at work and then drives itself back home, what will we do with all the downtown parking garages? • How bad will the traffic jam be when people summon their autonomous cars to come pick them up, but the cars have to wait for owners who get “hung up” on their way to the street? • Will it even make sense to own one? Will all cars be owned and operated by Uber and Lyft? • If we are going to have to use private tracks to drive our collector cars, how are we going to get them there? When this all starts making sense to you, try thinking about selfdriving semis. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. June 2018 61


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Passion Among the Blossoms Kyoto is among the most beautiful cities I have ever seen, and the timing of this event could not have been better We were there for the peak of the annual spring cherry blossoms, and I had never before experienced something so breathtaking. Kyoto is a city of castles, palaces, temples and shrines — most hundreds of years old, some nearing a thousand years. To feel the spiritual power of these buildings and combine that with the presence of amazing cars was truly memorable. And the cars! It’s difficult to choose favorites among so many wonderful examples present, but I’ll make an effort. Best of Show went to a lovely 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Villa d’Este coupe with Touring coachwork. It had been lovingly restored from a very derelict condition by the owner himself, Nicola Livon of Italy. One of my favorite cars on the planet and one with which I have a long history was also present and honored at the Concorso. David Word’s 1946 Fiat 1100 Frua was the first car to come from Pietro Frua’s newly established firm, and it made its debut at the first post-war concours on Lake Como, the 1947 Concorso di Como, winning second in class. After appearing at the 2017 Concorso Villa d’Este, Cherry blossoms and classic-car love were in full bloom in Kyoto, Japan I recently returned from an amazing trip to Kyoto, Japan. I was invited once again to judge at the Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto. A vision from the brilliant young artist Hidetomo Kimura, the concorso was established to celebrate great cars and help create a concours culture in Japan. That Japanese collectors are passionate about classic cars is without doubt. Many are particularly drawn to Italian classics, one of them being Kimura-san, whose collection ranges from contemporary Italian exotics to 1960s Maseratis and custom-bodied 1950s Fiats. The sheer range, depth and quality of the Italian cars in Japan is staggering. It’s no wonder that one of the highlights of the Japanese collector car season for the past 20 years is the annual running of La Festa Mille Miglia, a Mille Miglia Storicoendorsed and FIVA-sanctioned evocation of the legendary Italian event. The Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto is, of course, still new, but it looks to build on that native enthusiasm to establish a concours worthy of international attention. In order to help realize that aim, this year’s show included a wonderful assortment of cars from the legendary design house Carrozzeria Touring — many brought to Japan by Italian members of the Registro Internazionale Touring Superleggera — and added to the ingredients vital to the creation of a very passionate gathering of enthusiasts. A truly international event The first Concorso d’Eleganza Kyoto was held in December 2016 at the spectacularly beautiful 17th Century Nijō Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I was honored to be invited onto an international panel of judges at the premiere show — and even more honored to be asked back for this year’s show. This year entries came from Japan, Belgium, the U.K., USA and Italy, and the special feature was the coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring. To help support the event, a large contingent of Italian members of the Registro Internazionale Touring Superleggera brought their cars from home. Not just a beauty contest Passion for actually living with and using collector cars was vibrantly in evidence. Following the three days of concours display at the castle, a good number of the entrants then embarked on a six-day rally from Kyoto to Tokyo in their vintage cars. Kyoto is among the most beautiful cities I have ever seen, and the timing of this event could not have been better. 62 commemorating its 70th anniversary, it was invited to the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court in London and nominated as “Restoration of the Year” by Octane magazine. In Japan, it snatched First in Class honors and nearly Best of Show. For me a very special entrant was the Best in Class 1958 Aston Martin DB4 of the charming Ugo Amodeo of Italy. The sixth example of the DB4 built, it showcased the delicate, elegant details of the first-series cars, those closest to the vision Carrozzeria Touring had for this English thoroughbred. Equipped with its original pre-series engine, it even had Italian glass, as the first cars assembled in the U.K. under license from Touring had many of their parts supplied from Italy. It was stunning in a dark metallic blue. On a totally different plane, or should I say in totally different waters, came the 1926 Fiat 509 “Delfino,” Italian for “dolphin” — so named as its hand-formed turnedaluminum body was in the shape of the fish! Even the front sidelights appeared to be fish eyes, and the tapered tail was, well, a tail. It was designed and built by a 16-year-old working in a small coachbuilding shop in Milan and won a prize at the 1926 International Exposition in that city. Later sold to the mayor of the nearby city of Bergamo, it was hidden during World War II to avoid being confiscated for its metal. Parked for decades in a warehouse, it was discovered by the present owner, the ebullient and delightfully outgoing Edoardo Tenconi. He brought it back to life with a sympathetic recommissioning that preserved its remarkable originality with the assistance of the now-elderly man who had first built it. Tenconi and his wife were overcome with emotion as the car received a special “Craftsman’s Award” in recognition of the amazing creativity and workmanship the Fiat displayed. And in Kyoto, Japan, a place renowned for artisan craftsmanship, the honor was a high one indeed. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman The Instagram Effect On a regular basis, I get to peek into restoration shops, dealerships and collections around the world growth in recent years is notable, so is its effect on the collector car hobby — and market. Much like Facebook, people use Instagram to stay current — from national news to friends and family happenings. But unlike Facebook, Instagram is now fully embedded in the collector-car sphere — especially with younger enthusiasts. Many dealers, brokers and auction houses now use Instagram to advertise and offer their cars — and highlight a particular car’s sale. It is now common for individuals in the trade to sell a car simply by posting it to Instagram. In the past year or two, on numerous occasions, I’ve had clients and friends send a screenshot from Instagram as an example of what they’re looking for. I’ve been approached about selling a car through the app. And similarly, I’ve approached another user about whether or not their car was for sale. I’ve also seen (and “liked”) more pictures of Land Rover Defenders than any one man should. A whole world on our screens The popularity of social media is in large part aspirational, driven by users’ desire to follow and seek out a luxury or celebrity lifestyle. Whether it is international travel, clothing and jewelry, food and the latest restaurants or collector cars, we have constant access to a world that is generally unattainable. “Keeping up with the Joneses” now has a lot less to do with your next-door neighbors. The collector-car community was a relatively small world to begin with, but social media has made its varied interests much more accessible. On a regular basis, I get to peek into restoration shops, dealerships and collections around the world. And as an enthusiast, I’m much more able to share my cars and my experiences with the community. Similarly, Instagram allows us to “take part” in car events we would otherwise not attend. Just the other weekend, for example, I saw the action at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting, both in photos and video, from the comfort of my own couch. Must-have apps But Instagram isn’t the only smartphone application that has Classic Driver is among the apps fueling the interest of a younger generation W 64 hen I was a kid, I’d go to Costco’s One-Hour Photo desk with my dad. After shopping in bulk, we’d swing by and pick up no less than seven copies of each photo on the way out the door. When we got home, it was my job to sort them into sets, car by car, before they were sent out to clients around the world. I could easily write a book on what’s changed about the collector-car market since the introduction of the Internet. We now have dealer/broker websites, eBay, Bring-a-Trailer, email, email attachments — I could go on and on. Car business that used to take days, weeks or even months can now be done in a fraction of the time. The Internet has had an overwhelming impact on the whole of our lives. Instagram Here in 2018 — and nearly eight years after the app’s launch — most people know what Instagram is. And while the company’s significant changed the habits of car hobbyists. Hammer Price, as well as the Hagerty Insider app, allows you to track auction results live — no more wrestling with whether to go to dinner or sit through the last hour of the auction! Classic Driver is another app worth checking out, particularly if you’re in the mood for window-shopping. And speaking of shopping, we’ve got Hemmings and eBay too. Also a must for us old-car guys — check out any of the numerous speedometers available to download. By using GPS to calculate speed, they’re all a lot more accurate than the Smith’s needle swinging back and forth on your dashboard. For those of you headed to the App Store after reading this, be sure to check out Petrolicious — they regularly come out with “5 Instagrammers Worth Following.” It’s a great place to start once you’ve downloaded the app. Finally, I feel obligated to mention that Instagram can be fairly ad- dictive. There is so much content, of vintage photographs to contemporary images, as well as video, that it’s easy to wander down a rabbit hole. Be prepared to add more cars to your wish list — you’ll quickly experience the aspirational tugs we Millennials cope with on a regular basis. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Timing the Weather at Amelia Island An incoming rainstorm faked out the 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours, but everything worked out The outrageous creations of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth were a crowd-pleasing highlight of this year’s concours Story and photos by Carl Bomstead Saturday. The change, at least to the outside eye, took place seamlessly. However, Sunday’s Y weather was clear and delightful. The decision had been made, and while the weather wasn’t as forecast, the show had to go on with its revised schedule. The attendance was overflowing and only a handful of entrants failed to appear. The sun made a daylong appearance. The only casualties appeared to be the vendors, who had one less day to offer their wares. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance continues to retain its position at the pinnacle of international events. One of the elements that sets it apart is the strong presence of the legends of motorsports. This year’s honoree was Emerson Fittipaldi, whose spectacular career included two Formula One world titles, two Indianapolis 500 victories and a CART championship. A number of the cars he drove were on display at the Details Plan ahead: The 24th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 9–10, 2019 Where: The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island Number of concours entries: 300 Cost: $120 (at the gate) for the 2018 event Web: www.ameliaconcours.org 68 concours, and the discussion he had with Bob Varsha at the Mercedes-Benz Gala Dinner was most interesting. Racers and racing cars galore Additional motorsports classes included NART (North American Racing Team) and the Cars of Martini Racing. Vermouth producer Martini & Rossi became involved with racing in the 1960s, which continues Martini racers were among significant race-car displays Sports Car Market ou can’t unring the bell. The weather forecast for the 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which was to be held on March 11, 2018, called for torrential rain. So for the second year in a row, the concours was moved from Sunday to through the current F1 sponsorship of Williams Grand Prix Engineering. In addition, the GTP racers from IMSA were rep- resented with their own class. Entrants included a pair of Porsche 962s, a 1985 Corvette from the Hendrick Collection, and a 1984 Jaguar XJR-5. The class winner was the 1988 Nissan ZX Turbo. Driving on the wild side The Amelia Island Concours always has a couple of whimsical, crowd-pleasing classes. This year, the outrageous custom cars of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth were on display. Roth made his wacky creations, such as Beatnik Bandit and The Outlaw, from fiberglass, vermiculite and


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Feature 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance revised schedule. Cars & Coffee at the Concours, sponsored by Heacock Insurance, took place on another portion of The Golf Club of Amelia Island and attracted an estimated 400 great and interesting cars. The Eight Flags tour of Amelia Island also took place, and the fascinating Drivers of IMSA Prototypes Seminar with Derek Daly, Hurley Haywood, Davy Jones and Brian Redman, among others, was moved to Sunday morning — after the concours ended — but it still attracted a robust and enthusiastic audience. The 2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance presented more than 300 cars and Best in Show Concours d’Elegance — Harry Yeaggy’s 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ convertible Plaster of Paris. Six creations, plus his restored F-100 pickup, were presented. The unique “Surfite” won the class. The Hunting Car class featured El Kineno, the cus- tom 1949 Buick that was designed by Harley Earl’s GM Styling Section and Buick Motor Division for the famed 600,000-acre King Ranch. It was most likely the most photographed car at the event. It was four inches longer than the standard Roadmaster of the day and about 600 pounds heavier. Fender sheaths on both sides carried six weapons, and the left front fender was fitted with a game holder. It won a Corporate Award, and the 1926 Rolls-Royce P1 Shooting Brake was awarded Best in Class. The Amelia Island Concours encompasses a number of auxiliary events and they took place — albeit with a Award-Winning SCMers at Amelia Island Randy and Deb Anderson — Urbandale, IA 1962 Jaguar E-type FHC The Rolex Watch Award Bob, Sandy and Gary Bahre — Paris, ME 1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK Sport/2 The Mercedes-Benz Club of America Award Howard & Diane Banaszak — Fernandina Beach, FL 1953 MG TD Sport Speciale The Denise McCluggage Trophy Kim and Stephen Bruno — Boca Raton, FL 1966 Bosley Interstate Mark II Amelia Award - Concept Cars Carl and Laurie Clark — Myrtle Beach, SC 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Best in Class - Sports and GT Cars (1965–75) Kevin Cogan — The Cogan Collection — Louisville, KY 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Amelia Award - Ferrari Production Thomas and Loren Colbert — Ithaca, NY 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Amelia Award - Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost The Collier Collection — The Revs Institute — Naples, FL 1962 Jaguar E-type The Jaguar of North America Award 1971 Porsche 917K Martini Amelia Award - Martini Racing Robert Dyson — Poughkeepsie, NY 1974 McLaren M16 The Indianapolis Motor Speedway/Tony Hulman Award Fratelli Auriana Inc. — Greenwich, CT 1971 Ferrari 512 M The Borla Trophy George and Heidi Frey — Englewood, CO 1983 March 83G Amelia Award - Grand Touring Prototype Gregory G. Galdi — Roslyn Harbor, NY 1975 McLaren M23/9 The Autoweek Award Hillary and Jon Goodman — Philadelphia, PA 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Tubolare Zagato Amelia Award - Race Cars (1958–66) 70 Linda and Paul Gould — Pawling, NY 1960 Plymouth XNR Best in Class - Concept Cars Loren Hulber — Macungie, PA 1953 Buick Super Estate Wagon Amelia Award - American Limited Production Kent and Melissa Hussey — Atlanta, GA 1961 Jaguar E-type FHC Best in Class - E-type The Ingram Collection — Durham, NC 1959 Porsche 356 A Carrera GS/GT The Hans Mandt Trophy Amelia Award - Porsche (Carrera) Craig A. Kappel — Chatham, MA 1930 Packard 745 Roadster Best in Class - American Classic (1930–32) Irwin Kroiz — Ambler, PA 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR2 Best in Class - Race Cars (1946–57) Jim and Tiffany Liberty — Newport Beach, CA 1955 Porsche Continental The Porsche Trophy Richard D. Lisman — Southampton, NY 1935 Lagonda M45 Rapide Amelia Award - Sports Cars (Pre-War to 1950) Chris MacAllister — Indianapolis, IN 1914 Simplex 50 HP Cloverleaf Tourer Amelia Award - Horseless Carriage (30+ Horsepower) Lawrence and Ellen Macks — Owings Mills, MD 1953 Buick Skylark Best in Class - American Limited Production Bruce Male — Swampscott, MA 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Best in Class - Bentley (Post-War) Sam and Emily Mann — Englewood, NJ 1928 Auburn 8-115 Boattail Speedster Amelia Award - Auburn Bruce R. McCaw — Bellevue, WA 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 The Automotive Heritage Award Kim and Mitch McCullough — Pompton Plains, NJ 1964 Alpine M64 LeMans Prototype Best in Class - Race Cars (1958–66) The Mouse Motors Collection — Chicago, IL 1974 McLaren M23/8 Best in Class - Cars of Fittipaldi 1992 Nissan NPT-90 Amelia Award - Grand Touring Prototype Don and Carol Murray — Laguna Beach, CA 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Amelia Award - Sports and GT Cars (1965–75) Nissan North America Heritage Collection — Franklin, TN 1988 Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo Best in Class - Grand Touring Prototype David and Patricia Porter — Darien, CT 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S Amelia Award - Sports and GT Cars (1957–64) Jerry Seinfeld — New York, NY 1976 Porsche 935/76 restored by Cavaglieri Restoration Inc. The PPG/Phil Hill Restorers Award-Sports/Race Jack and Debbie Thomas — Saint Louis, MO 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Speciale Amelia Award - Ferrari Daytona William (Bill) Warner — Jacksonville, FL The Spirit of the Concours Trophy Charles Wegner — West Chicago, IL 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM Amelia Award - NART Steven Wolf — Boca Raton, FL 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III 4-door convertible The Connolly Leather Trophy Harry Yeaggy — Cincinnati, OH 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible The Kemp C. Stickney Trophy The Ritz-Carlton, Best in Show, Concours d’Elegance Are you missing from the list? Please contact Susan to let us know: susan.loeb@sportscarmarket.com Sports Car Market motorcycles in 35 classes. The Best in Show Concours d’Elegance was awarded to the stunning 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ convertible owned by Harry Yeaggy, who is no stranger to the winner’s circle. A 1963 Ferrari 250/275P, which had won the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours among other prestigious races, won the Best in Show Concours de Sport Trophy. It was from the JSL Motorsports Collection. The 24th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will return to the Ritz-Carlton on the traditional second weekend of March. Every year, we won- der how they manage to raise the bar, but they always seen to do so. Now if they could just manage the weather. ♦ “El Kineno,” 1949 Buick custom Chad Taylor


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The concours featured a special display of North American Racing Team cars The Best in Show Concours de Sport-winning 1963 Ferrari 250/275P heads for the podium Concours founder Bill Warner (center) oversees the celebration in the winners’ circle. Famed driver Emerson Fittipaldi is to his left Publisher Martin hangs out at the Gooding & Company tent with McPherson College Auto Restoration students. Back row (from left): students Nick Chapetta and Nick Navarro; McPherson College Vice President for Auto Restoration Amanda Gutierrez; and Brian Martin, Auto Restoration project director. Front row (from left): Publisher Martin and students Alex Heikamp and Charley Hoehaver June 2018 The 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 that was loaned by car dealer Kirk F. White to Brock Yates and Dan Gurney for the inaugural “Cannonball,” a 2,876-mile run that the team completed in 35 hours and 54 minutes 73 Chester Allen Chad Taylor Darren Frank Darren Frank Chad Taylor


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Feature Porsche Werks Reunion 2018 Amelia Island A Chilly Panorama of Porsches A Connecticut participant said with good humor that he was going back home to warm up Story and photo by Gary West T o the joy of all, Porsche Werks Reunion returned to the Omni Amelia Island Resort for the 2018 Amelia Island Concours Week. Created by the Porsche Club of America with Pirelli Tires as the title sponsor, this year’s Porsche Werks Reunion on March 9 honored the car and the club’s membership. Like apparitions on a cold gray Florida morning — yes, it was cold most of the week — hundreds of Porsches of all styles and flavors arrived to grace the Porsche Corral and judging fields of this single-marque event. In total, over 500 Porsche owners chose to attend and enjoy the day. If you chose to be a spectator and stroll through myriad examples of Porsche’s best, admission was free with a small charge for parking. Entrants chose to place their cars on either the judging field or in the model-specific Porsche Corral. Conveniently for many, membership in the PCA was not required to enter or attend this event. Judging is based on how well the car presents itself — not by any strict judging formulation. The Corral, created for those of us who have decided just to display our source of pride, placed us with others of our type and model. The field upon which the cars are placed means nothing. It’s the cars that are placed upon that field that count. However, the Florida oak trees dribbled pollen on everyone without regard to model, color, creed or the car’s country of origin. Those of us who live in the Sunshine State understand the yellow affliction of pol- len season. Others just cursed and cleaned. As we speak of the weather, it played a role in the entire extended weekend’s events. Due to an approaching cold front, Sunday’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was moved to Saturday — resulting in a realignment of virtually all the scheduled auctions and seminars. Luckily, this weather had very little affect on the Porsche Werks save for reinforcing an existing blast of cold air. A Connecticut participant, obviously not enamored with the March temperature offerings, said with good humor that he was going back home to warm up. The chilly morning air was a boon for the coffee and breakfast vendors. A tip of the cup to the young lady running the coffee kiosk near the Pirelli stage for the finest cup of brew I’ve had in ages. Alongside the food vendors were many clothing and parts tents. Ah, temptation. 76 Details Plan ahead: The next Porsche Werks Reunion is scheduled for August 24, 2018 — during Monterey Car Week — at the Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas, CA. The next Amelia Island Porsche Werks Reunion has not yet been scheduled Cost: Free for spectators Web: www.werksreunion.com The event volunteers, of whom there were many, could not have been more efficient, helpful and knowledgeable. It was a joy interacting with these folks. “Bonhomie” was the watchword for all involved. The featured “marque” was 356 Outlaws. Several were on display but, unfortunately, one of the outlaws, the Gunther Werks 400R, couldn’t make the event. The Porsche Werks organizers created a unique and eminently practical form of information distribution. Participants were encouraged to text “Amelia” to a given number from which they received announcements, information, notifications — including raffle winners — and special instructions, such as: “The first person to come to the stage and scream, ‘I Love PCA and Pirelli — and I want a set of tires,’ wins.” I hope someone turns that stampede into a YouTube video. If the organizers truly had a perverse sense of humor, they would have brought out the karaoke machine. Maybe next time. Not having a Porsche doesn’t necessarily sentence one to the Road to Perdition, but owning one does get you down that twisty piece of asphalt to the Gates of the Eternal Grin with great rapidity. I saw several older Turbos (my personal obsession) that sat appearing deceptively domesticated but secretly preparing to take the unwary down the rabbit hole of terminal oversteer. As I left Amelia Island via a very tempting length of two-lane, I observed a Guards Red 930 heading toward the event at a speed the great British driver Mike Hawthorne would describe as “hairy flatters.” I fervently wish that single-marque enthusiast clubs would stage more events such as these. A gathering increases everyone’s friendship circle, allows us to acquaint ourselves with new ideas and, most importantly, introduces the marque to the public. Good times. Let’s see this happen again in 2019! ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature Early Rides in the Dallara Stradale Takin’ It to the Streets — and the Limit While 400 horsepower is moderate these days, the absence of weight puts the Dallara Stradale into another league by Philip Richter The development of the Stradale The Stradale represents the hopes, dreams and pas- sion of Gian Paolo himself. This is Gian Paolo’s car. Through a proprietary computer simulation, Dallara was able to optimize the wheelbase, track and horsepower for a given weight. They also were able to run scenarios on aerodynamics, downforce and drag, find the right air balance between the front and rear axle, and compare it with the mechanical balance. In conjunction with Pirelli, they even developed cus- tomized tires with the aid of the driving simulator. The final product is extraordinary, and the power-toweight ratio of the Stradale is pure perfection. The test drive The team at Dallara carefully planned our weekend test drive of the Stradale. I flew into Rome on Friday and then on to Brindisi. On Saturday, a shuttle bus took our group to Porsche The Dallara Stradale gets put through its paces “I would like to see a road car with my name on it.” — Gian Paolo Dallara Italy — a decision that took all of two seconds. P A bit of background Dallara builds chassis for Formula 1, Formula 3, Formula E, and they have been the single chassis supplier of Indy Cars since 2007. Dallara also provides engineering support to Lamborghini, Bugatti and Alfa Romeo. Dallara’s CEO, Andrea Pontremoli, is the former CEO of IBM Europe and joined Dallara in 2007. During his tenure, Andrea has allocated significant capital to computer simulators, wind tunnels, and, of course, the Stradale. Dallara’s competitive advantage is its manufacturing expertise. Dallara pushes the limits of carbon fiber and are leaders in press-molding technol- ogy, short fiber and double fiber. They also are leaders in aerodynamic wind-tunnel testing and computational fluid dynamics. Dallara is based in the northern Italian town of Parma. The region is also known as “Motor Valley” because Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani, Dallara and Ducati are all based in the area. Gian Paolo Dallara — the legend The Dallara Stradale has the DNA of an Italian analog machine and a futuristic digital supercar. The legendary founder of Dallara is the raison d’être of the Stradale. Gian Paolo Dallara earned his stripes working under Enzo Ferrari and was employed at Lamborghini, Maserati and DeTomaso. Gian Paolo is a futuristic visionary with a passion for engineering, technology and innovation. He is the youngest person to ever graduate from the Polytechnic Institute of Milan. At age 25, he was responsible for engineering the legendary Lamborghini Miura. Today, at age 81, he remains fully engaged at the company he founded in 1972. 78 Richter with his new favorite car Sports Car Market ublisher Martin recently received a rare invitation from the storied Italian race-car builder Dallara. The itinerary outlined a weekend trip to Italy for the press introduction of Dallara’s new road-going supercar — the Stradale. Publisher Martin asked if I would be interested in representing SCM in Engineering’s Nardò Technical Center. The famous seaside track has a giant pitched oval that enables test drivers to run cars like the Bugatti Chiron to the limit — and stay there — for as long as the fuel lasts. There is also a challenging serpentine test track set up inside the ring. The inner track we drove on was for advanced drivers, and it is designed to ask hard questions. Test drive at Nardò We entered the Nardò Technical Center through a fortified gate with intimidating guards. They undertook an inspection of our vehicle and its contents. Cameras are verboten and all iPhone lenses were carefully covered with ultra-sticky adhesives — one still remains on my iPhone to this day. We entered a beautiful white limestone building, where CEO Andrea Pontremoli led a discussion about Dallara. With a smile, Andrea told us, “I used to have to pay to go to car races, now they pay me!” We then received a safety lecture from two of the Nardò Technical Center representatives.


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Feature Early Rides in the Dallara Stradale On the track with the Stradale Following the safety lecture, I autographed my life away in legal disclosures and contracts that were all in Italian. Having no idea what I signed, I climbed into this fantastic piece of engineering with a highly experienced F1 driver behind the wheel. Marco Apicella took me on three laps. The first was relatively slow to give me a tour of the track and enable Marco to assess the comfort and willingness of his passenger. The second lap was an aggressive step up. The third lap touched within 85% of the Dallara’s limits. I’ve never had the pleasure (or pain) of experiencing such speeds or pulling two lateral Gs. On that third lap, I came close to getting sick and blacking out, but I maintained my focus on the road ahead and put my total trust in Marco’s expertise. The Stradale’s capabilities are so elevated that only a handful of buyers will ever realize anything close to the car’s potential. Marco pulled into the pits, and there was an entire Dallara team in matching uniforms waiting with another identical paddle-shift Stradale. I got behind the wheel of the second Stradale and followed Marco for three laps. Each one improved my speed and sophistication as I got more comfortable with the car and the track. We went into the pits again. Through his crystal- clear Bluetooth helmet, Marco asked me if I wanted to do another three laps. This time around I was way more confident and ag- gressive, and Marco really let me put my foot in it. On the straightaway I hit well over 240 km/h (150 mph). Once I started memorizing the complex track, I began to improve my shifting and apex entry and exits. The paddle shifters enabled me to move effortlessly between the six gears — I stayed mostly between third and fifth gear but opted for sixth on the long straightaway. On the street with the Stradale On Sunday, we drove production versions of the Stradale all over the stiletto heel of the boot of Italy — the region otherwise known as Apulia. We had the rare opportunity to drive the car with famous Italian test driver Loris Bicocchi. The car behaved well on the street and was easy to drive at low speeds. I expected a hard and stiff ride over the rough roads of Southern Italy. The Stradale’s advanced suspension handled pavement imperfections and cobblestones with ease. While the Stradale is a road car, it leans more towards being a forgiving and comfortable race car. I was able to hit well over 200 km/h (125 mph) on the Autostrada, and I pushed the cornering limits along the winding scenic ocean roads near the ancient village of Castro. The Stradale does not have the heft or amenities of most luxury supercars — and this is a good thing. Instead, it’s an interpretation of what it means to drive a purebred, race-engineered car on the street. For a car that relied so heavily on technology for its birth, the Stradale feels incredibly pure, minimalist and clean. It somehow maintains the perfect balance between being analog and digital. The pros The Dallara’s Holy Trinity of attributes is its suspen- sion, aerodynamics and weight. The car is firm, taut and tight but never rough or rigid — whether going 20 mph on cobblestone streets or well over 150 mph on the track. 80 The Stradale does not have the heft or amenities of most luxury supercars — and this is a good thing. Instead, it’s an interpretation of what it means to drive a purebred, race-engineered car on the street. powerplant under the careful eye of Mr. Dallara himself. Gian Paolo even personally designed the motor mounts. While 400 hp is nothing to write home about in today’s modern age, the absence of weight puts the Stradale into another league. The car effortlessly upshifts and instantly catapults you deep into triple-digit speeds until the pavement runs out — or you physically just can’t take it. The cons The Stradale has no doors. The opening was sacrificed in order to make room for enormous air tunnels that increase downforce and improve aerodynamics. Entry and egress from the Stradale require a minor athletic maneuver — but after my first attempt it became a cinch. At age 81, Gian Paolo has no trouble hopping into the cockpit. The car has no airbags but does have beautiful and easy-to-adjust four-point belts. Unfortunately, the Stradale is not homologated for the United States and is thus not street-legal here. The lack of U.S. federalization has not stopped U.S. buyers — Dallara indicated Americans have ordered a few cars. If it were up to me, I’d screw a Connecticut plate on the Stradale and hope for the best — if pulled over, I’d speak only Italian and beg forgiveness from law enforcement. An instant classic This is Dallara’s first road car. As it was created under the careful and experienced eye of the venerable founder, it could be their last. The Stradale will surely be an appreciating asset in the decades to come. The car checks all the boxes to become an instant classic: It has intrigue, history, passion, performance and beauty. Beyond all that, it’s just plain extraordinary to drive. With a hard cap at 600 units (and very few destined for the United States), it would be Powerball-like odds just to see one stateside at a car show or racetrack. Prices start around €150,000 ($215,000) and can go easily past €250,000 ($350,000) depending on the configuration. I will never forget my weekend in Nardò, and I will always remember one brief magic moment— when Gian Paolo Dallara called me up to talk about my impressions of his car. I’ve already booked my next flight to Italy to tour the factory — and that just might be the subject of another SCM article. ♦ Sports Car Market The Stradale was at home on the Nardò track and on the pot-holed and crumbling roads of Southern Italy. The Dallara gave me a firsthand feel and understanding of downforce. The car is super-stable at high speeds. The Stradale can create downforce that is almost equal to its own weight — this is a sensation to behold. On the straights at over 150 mph, I felt the steering pressure become my friend, and as the car gained speed, it actually became far more competent and easier to handle. This positive feedback loop enabled me to increase my speed and accuracy lap after lap. On my final pass, I kept up with Marco and reached speeds well in excess of any- thing I’ve ever experienced in an automobile — yet the car felt safer and more drivable the faster and harder I pushed it. 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FERRARI: 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet, p. 86 ENGLISH: 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster, p. 88 ETCETERINI: 1965 Lamborghini 350GT, p. 90 GERMAN: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL, p. 92 AMERICAN: 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, p. 94 RACE: 1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans Series I, p. 96 NEXT GEN: 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, p. 100 1965 Lamborghini 350GT; Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company. June 2018 85


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Ferrari Profile 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet Obtaining the parts needed to resurrect 0233EU was nearly insurmountable. But it happened by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1951–52 Number produced: 111 Original list price: $9,500 for U.S. delivery; $4,800 in Europe Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,347,500 Major service cost: $3,000 Chassis # location: Frame rail toward front of engine Engine # location: Right side near bellhousing Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1950–52 Ferrari 195, 1951–54 Jaguar XK 120, 1946–50 Maserati A61500 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 0233EU Engine number: 0233EU I ntroduced in 1951, the Ferrari 212 was the final evolution of the original Tipo 166 model. Sharing roughly the same chassis and suspension features of its predecessors, the 212 featured a 2.6-liter varia- tion of Ferrari’s magnificent V12 engine. Several coachbuilders were called upon to fashion bodies for the Ferrari 212, resulting in a remarkable variety of styles that were often tailored to the demands of a specific customer. Upon its completion, this Ferrari 212 chassis was shipped to Carrozzeria Ghia in Torino. Ghia focused on the most-exclusive road-going models. It succeeded in producing high-quality, upscale coachwork characterized by luxurious interior appointments, marvelous handcrafted details and refined, understated styling. This car is one of two similar cabriolet bodies built for Ferrari’s 212 chassis. Each cabriolet body was unique, easily distinguished by its color scheme and fine detailing. However, both cars shared the same compact proportions, disappearing soft top and skirted rear fenders. The new cabriolet was unveiled on the Ghia stand at the Geneva Auto Show and later shown at the Torino Motor Show. Once its show duties were complete, the car was delivered to Gianni Mazzocchi, founder of publishing company Editoriale Domus SpA. By the late 1960s, the 212 had made its way to the Detroit area, where its engine was replaced with a Corvette V8. In 1972, a car enthusiast spotted the Ferrari 86 at a swapmeet, paid $600 for it, and parked it in his garage in Grand Blanc, MI, where it remained hidden until 2011. Fresh from its successful appearance at Cavallino, the 212 is presented with an original manual, toolkit, and carefully organized documentation, including research data, archival photos, correspondence and restoration records. At the time of cataloging, an application for chassis 0233EU had been submitted to the Ferrari Classiche department. A superb example of Carrozzeria Ghia coachwork produced during the firm’s golden era, 0233EU is among the most significant coachbuilt Ferraris of the early 1950s. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 47, sold for $1,600,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction at Amelia Island, FL, on March 9, 2018. Some barn finds are the result of meticulous research, while others are just a matter of being at the right place at the right time. Sometimes the car is well known, but the owner is reluctant to part with it. Other times, the find is a discovery of a long-lost treasure. The discovery of Ferrari 212 cabriolet 0233EU was a case of both latters. My wife has been registrar of the Ferrari Club of America for more years than we care to compute. She gets the club’s mail, and the club’s 800 number rings in Sports Car Market 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter coupe Lot 248, s/n 0191EL Condition 2+ Sold at $1,187,500 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/28/18 SCM# 6857899 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa coupe Lot 1378, s/n 0263EU Condition 1- Sold at $1,100,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/18 SCM# 6857972 1953 Ferrari 212 Europa coupe Lot 24, s/n 0279EU Condition 1- Sold at $1,067,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/18 SCM# 6856476 Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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our spare bedroom. On October 3, 2011, she got a call from a picker in Michigan. He had come across an old Ferrari at an estate sale. He wanted to know if we could help identify it. A little research determined the car was chassis 0233EU, a 1952 Ferrari 212 cabriolet. The car was a one-off show car by Ghia. A look at some pictures revealed it was far from its former glory. The body didn’t look too bad. Most of the original glass and trim was still intact, but the rest of the car was downright frightening. The engine had been replaced with an American V8 and the balance 0233EU is one of only two Ghia-bodied 212 cabriolets. It was a coachbuilt show car when new and is a proven concours contender today. of the drivetrain had been similarly bastardized. Inside, a full complement of hot rod-style gauges was a warning that other mods would be found. Concurrent to the call to the club, the picker had tracked down Peter Sweeney of Forza Motorsports and offered him the car. Restoring the 212 would be a task of monumental proportion. Peter wasn’t equipped to take on the challenge, but he knew who was. Ferrari guru Tom Shaughnessy was uniquely qualified to take on the project, and he was interested. The King of the Toasted Ponies Tom Shaughnessy is about the most colorful person you’ll ever come across. Many years back he abandoned a career as a real rocket scientist to play with Ferraris. Not just any Ferraris, as his interests ran toward the earliest and most unusual examples. He soon began dealing in old Ferraris, Ferrari parts, tools, books and wheels. His penchant for burnt and derelict Ferraris earned him the nickname “The King of the Toasted Ponies.” Shaughnessy built one of the largest collections of vintage Ferrari stuff on the planet. He’s the go-to guy for the most-hard-to-find early Ferrari parts. Along the way, he’s made alliances with major Ferrari shops and enthusiasts. If anyone could make 0233EU whole again, it was Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy knew who had the engine for 0233EU, and with this information, he quickly found a buyer for the car. Along with the purchase came an agreement to manage the restoration. A massive project Restoring an early Ferrari is not for the faint of heart. Just over 100 212 GTs were built. Constant evolution of the mechani- cals meant there were variations among the few cars. Several coachbuilders offered a variety of bodies, and few cars look identical. Knobs, door handles and trim were made in small quantities — with few parts left over. June 2018 87 In the 66 years since the last new 212 was put in private hands, many of them were wrecked, run down and abandoned. There are no new parts available — and few used ones. Enthusiasts have begged, borrowed and stolen parts to keep the cars on the road. A study of 212s reveals a labyrinth of engine, gearbox and com- ponent swaps. Obtaining the parts needed to resurrect 0233EU was nearly insurmountable. But it happened. A team of craftsmen familiar with 212s was recruited for the resto- ration of 0233EU. It would be five years and the retail equivalent of around $1 million before the car would make its first outing. Now a concours contender Chassis 0233EU made its debut at the 2017 Pebble Beach concours, where it was entered for exhibition rather than judging. The next showing was the 2018 Cavallino Classic, where it earned a near-perfect score and an Excellence in Restoration Quality award. 0233EU is one of only two Ghia-bodied 212 cabriolets. It was a coachbuilt show car when new and is a proven concours contender today. It has been returned to its original roadworthy mechanical configuration. A fast deal The closing bid at Gooding & Company’s 2018 Amelia Island sale fell short of the estimate — and it was less than the Shaughnessy’s client was willing to accept. Less than a minute later, Gooding put together a post-block sale, and chassis 0233EU had a new owner. On paper the seller probably showed a reasonable profit, but it came only after a big investment of money and work. The buyer was an enthusiast/dealer who reportedly wanted an early Ferrari to use for vintage rallies. The no-compromise restoration drew him to the car. Gooding & Company noted that this car had been renumbered from 0191EL to 0233EU. While Ferrari historians believe that is the case, only the number 0233EU was found on the chassis — with no indication of alteration. The story is a little muddy and should have had no influence on the value of the car. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.)


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English Profile 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster In terms of equipment, capabilities and relative driving comfort, there is no better choice in the Jaguar XK lineup than an XK 140 MC by Gary Anderson Details Years produced: 1954–57 Number produced: 3,347 Original list price: $4,090 Current SCM Median Valuation: $137,500 Chassis # location: Data plate on firewall Engine # location: Right side of block Tune-up cost: $450 Distributor caps: $20 Club: Jaguar Club of North America Web: www.jcna.com Alternatives: 1955–56 Austin-Healey 100M, 1954–63 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, 1950–55 Porsche 356 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: S810834 Engine number: G22508S Launched in 1954, the Jaguar XK 140 was broadly similar to — although more refined than — its sensational XK 120 predecessor. The major engineering changes were confined to the repositioning of the engine three inches farther forward and the adoption of rackand-pinion steering as used on the racing C-type. The suspension and brakes remained much as before, though with stiffer torsion bars at the front and telescopic shock absorbers replacing the previous lever type at the rear. Like its forebear, the XK 140 was built in three model types: roadster, coupe and drophead coupe, the latter two offering usefully increased cabin space and occasional rear seats. Outwardly, the newcomer was distinguishable by its revised radiator grille, rear lights incorporating flashing indicators, and larger bumpers — the latter adopted to withstand the cut and thrust of urban parking. XK 140 performance was well up to the standards set by its exemplary predecessor, contemporary magazine road-tests regularly recording top-speed figures in excess of 120 mph. Tested by Road & Track magazine, a USA-specification XK 140 MC (as the C-type headequipped SE version was known there) recorded a 0–60 mph time of 8.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 121.1 mph. This stunning Jaguar XK 140 roadster was built at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory quite early on in the production run. The new Jaguar was configured with a left-hand-drive steering arrangement, and most likely was delivered new to the booming North American 88 sports-car market. A comprehensive restoration has been performed, and the roadster presents in lovely condition inside and out. The exterior is finished in striking red, over a correct Biscuit and red two-tone interior. Appropriate Lucas driving lights are fitted up front, and beautiful chrome wire wheels wrapped with whitewall tires are present. This fine Jaguar is ready to use on rallies and driving events such as the Copperstate 1000 or California Mille, or be shown at local concours d’elegance events, where it would be sure to attract much attention. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 143, sold at Bonhams’ Amelia Island Auction for $91,840, including buyer’s commission, on March 8, 2018. At first glance, this XK 140 seems to be in fantastic shape, with almost no mileage on the obviously reset odometer. It’s almost too nice to be real, with a bright, shiny engine, good panel fit and glistening chrome. In terms of equipment, capabilities and relative driv- ing comfort, there is no better choice in the Jaguar XK lineup than an XK 140 MC. The distinctive post-war styling is almost unchanged from the first XK 120, but the XK 140’s improvements — especially the extra three inches in the cockpit, the improved steering wheel and pedal positions, and the additional power of the bigger engine with C-type head — make it the apex of the model series for touring enjoyment. The MC in the title of our subject car means that it 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC roadster Lot 14, s/n S811260 Condition 1Sold at $209,000 Bonhams, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/14/15 SCM# 266134 1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE roadster Lot 322, s/n S810874 Condition 2 Sold at $156,220 Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 5/13/17 SCM# 6836145 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC roadster Lot 755, s/n S810907 Condition 1Not sold Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/16 SCM# 6810435 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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got the C-type head, along with wire wheels, crankshaft damper, dual exhaust, fog lights and windshield washers. Where has it been and what has it done? However, notably lacking in this description is any discussion of the specific provenance of this car. There’s not even any mention of the identity of the owner who authorized the restoration. This omission suggests that this car was found in poor-but-restor- able condition by a shop that specializes in restoring XKs as efficiently but inexpensively as possible. The car would then immediately go to auction for a sufficient amount to make a reasonable profit in return for the parts and labor costs invested. Small clues can be seen throughout, such as the modern Sport Coil rather than an original version, and whitewalls to catch the eye of bidders when blackwalls would have been more typical in its day. This car should be fun to drive, but it is not likely to attract much attention among the Jaguar-show crowd. Still, a good buy for a great tourer That having been said, if the new owner knows what he or she is get- ting into, has another $15,000 or so at the ready to correct the surprises Seat Time What’s it like to own, live with and drive a 1955 XK 140 MC? You don’t get in a Jaguar XK road- ster — you put it on, and it is a snug fit. But then, she only comes up to your chest, so sitting in and up above the car, with your left arm outside, creates a unique driving experience. You glide through the world, your lower body sitting in a magic shoe, carrying you along as you smell the breeze and experience the world all around you. Driving her requires a firm hand and some understanding. She steers quickly but stiffly. She’s got a long nose — but goes exactly where you point it. She shifts firmly and precisely, but you better double-clutch between first and second. Her electric overdrive adds calm and relaxation at speeds above 45 mph. She rides smoothly and cruises serenely with a muted rumble. Floor the “loud pedal” and she’ll roar and attack the road like the she-cat she is. She corners flat, and her competition disc brakes will lock up her wheels at highway speeds. All in all, she’ll match or beat the performance of current cars. However, she is from another era, and she requires special knowledge to main- tain. You must know oddities like oiling her “carburettors” and her generator. She’s a fair-weather girl who hates inclement weather and will not protect you from the rain. Also, you can’t travel incognito. Take her anywhere and she draws a crowd. You must always be ready for her fans who “haven’t seen one like that in years.” But since she and I have been together longer than I was with my two wives, I just live with her fame and enjoy her. — Jon Rogers, Bow, WA June 2018 Notably lacking in the description is any discussion of the specific provenance of this car. have the mechanic thoroughly check every single system in the car to make sure that it works properly and there aren’t any hidden flaws in panels, or structural members that might break down on the road. The smart thing to do will be to treat the car as if it was just freshly restored, taking it out for a series of longer and longer drives — with the mechanic along and within a short distance from the shop — before ever throwing the luggage in the boot to undertake one of the weeklong tours for which this car is obviously being purchased. If that’s done, the car was well bought at this price and should return a lot of enjoyment until the owner is ready to move on to their next bucket-list car. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $151,250 $100,000 $50,000 $0 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster $159,500 $137,500 $138,600 This sale: $91,840 $209,000 that might show up, and has a knowledgeable Jaguar mechanic who understands the breed, the decision to be the last bidder with a paddle up may be a rational one. With that awareness and the funds to back it up, the new owner can 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 89


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1965 Lamborghini 350GT Early Lamborghinis have increased in value, but fun on the road is the real reward for owners by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1964–66 Number produced: 120 Original list price: $13,900 Current SCM Median Valuation: $726,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Engine compartment on firewall plate Engine # location: In center of head on top of block Club: Lamborghini Registry Web: www.lamborghiniregistry.com Alternatives: 1966 Ferrari 330 GTC, 1965 Maserati Mistral, 1965 Aston Martin DB5 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 0343 Engine number: 0274 factory records, 0343 was delivered in Grigio St. Vincent with a Tobacco pigskin interior. The car was registered on Madrid plates, M589925, and would remain in Spain for over 40 years. It reportedly was kept by just two owners and remained continuously registered on these same plates that were issued in 1966. In 2009, the 350GT was sold to noted Lamborghini B collector Isao Noritake of Aichi, Japan. Mr. Noritake is the well-known chairman of the Japan Lamborghini Owners Club, which he co-founded in 1988. The car was repainted in Pino Verde (Pine Green) and then joined his private museum, where for a time it was a stablemate of the GTV prototype. When the current owner acquired this Lamborghini and brought it to the United States in 2015, it was inspected and serviced as necessary. The work included cleaning the carburetors and replacing the spark plugs, wires and all filters. The engine, gearbox, and differential oil were replaced, the brakes were overhauled with new pads fitted, and the suspension bushings and tierod ends were renewed. More recently, the 350GT has received new tires and refinished brightwork, and the paint has been expertly refinished in the correct original Grigio St. Vincent. Displaying 97,237 km (60,420 miles) at the time of cataloging, this 350GT has been sympathetically pre- 90 etween 1964 and 1966, just 120 of the magnificent, alloy-bodied Lamborghini 350GTs were made, and the car on offer, chassis 0343, is one of the more original survivors. According to served by just three documented private owners. This 350GT stands as one of the finest, largely unrestored examples remaining, and would be a thrill to experience on the open road, where its lively performance capabilities and impeccable balance will surely reward its next fortunate caretaker. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 24, sold for $627,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction on March 9, 2018. It’s remarkable to consider that 55 years after its founding, Lamborghini is still in business. Many dreamers worked to bring their vision of a world-beating GT car to the market after World War II. Most saw those ideas either disappear in a cloud of vaporized cash — or never make it past the stage of a prototype and hopeful stories and photos in enthusiast magazines. Early Lamborghinis getting new respect Ferruccio Lamborghini was wealthy — but he was also smart enough to hire the right people and let them do their jobs. He didn’t allow his emotions to carry his team to excess. Instead, he encouraged them to build the kind of car he and his friends would buy. Fast, comfortable, reliable and memorable in appear- ance, the Lamborghini 350GT is a tribute to the man in that, decades after he sold the firm, Lamborghini has still maintained a very clear market identity. While the Miura, Countach and Diablo defined the Sports Car Market 1966 Lamborghini 400GT Lot 155, s/n 0427 Condition 2- Not sold at $643,770 RM Sotheby’s, Villa Erba, ITA, 5/27/17 SCM# 6839195 1966 Lamborghini 350GT coupe Lot 23, s/n 0335 Condition 2 Not sold at $604,450 Bonhams, Knokke-Heist, BEL, 10/7/16 SCM# 6804999 1966 Lamborghini 350GT coupe Lot S740, s/n 0148 Condition 1Sold at $742,630 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/14 SCM# 232306 Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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Lamborghini brand for a very long time — and continue to be the star cheerleaders — the rest of the squad are hardly wallflowers. Just as many collectors overlooked the early 356 and Ferrari models in favor of their more glamorous heirs, so it was with the 350GT and 400GT Lamborghinis. In the minds of the unknowing, they were little more than the warm-up act for the Miura. That began to change quite a while ago and continues to do so. What is increasingly driving — pun fully intended — the mar- ket is usability. As news of the dynamic capabilities of these early Lamborghinis continues to spread, more people share firsthand the rewards of owning one. As I’ve written several times in SCM, I was the fortunate owner of a 1969 Islero 400GT. It was a fabulous car, great to drive and not at all bad-looking. I enjoyed its rarity and performance at a price that was a fraction of the price of a Ferrari 365 GTC — the model Enzo was forced to introduce to match the performance of the 4-liter Lamborghini V12. Back when I bought mine in 2005, the $59k it cost me was about 35% of the price of a 365 GTC. A “best in the world” 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB might bring over $2 million, while a comparable Lamborghini 350GT would still give good change back from a million-dollar check. The line forms to the left as to the relative merits of each. I’ll join you there in a bit. A screaming deal? Sort of So, was our subject car a screaming deal? Yes and no. It immediately pulled my eye at the auction preview, with its great color scheme. On closer inspection it held up pretty well, with good panel fit and paint, complemented by freshly plated bumpers. The interior did indeed have the look of originality, as it was nicely broken-in and inviting. The near-period aftermarket steering wheel was not my favorite, but it didn’t look out of place. Not surprisingly on an unrestored but refurbished car, the wheel spinners showed use, and the delicate rear badge showed evidence of some tweaking from being removed and replaced during the two color changes. The engine compartment was clean but clearly a working environ- ment. All in all, it appeared to be a very attractive car to drive. On a pre-sale estimate of $600,000 to $700,000, it hammered sold below low estimate at $527,000. The January 2018 sale of 350GT chassis 0253 at $670,000 on the hammer, $737,000 with commission, may have seemed dramatically better. However, chassis 0253 carried a pre-auction estimate of $750,000 to $825,000, so it actually performed about the same as our subject car in relative terms. Chassis 0253 had also had restoration work done that made it more attractive to a wider auction audience. It’s also interesting to consider that both cars have a fully known history from new, with few private owners and a substantial period of static storage. That last fact is the greatest pity of all. While they both may have proven to be assets that appreciated nicely in the past few decades, an even greater pleasure still awaits the new owners — that of experiencing a 350GT on the road. Lamborghini Polo Storico Another factor to be considered in looking at the market for early Lamborghinis is Lamborghini Polo Storico. Created a little over a year and a half ago, this Lamborghini factory division provides historical certification through the company archives. Modeled on the Mercedes Classic Center, the Polo Storico can give a complete description of the specification of almost every Lamborghini manufactured. Their goal is to assemble a complete catalog of spare parts, technical support during restorations, and to offer complete restorations through an internal shop. All of this is positive for Lamborghini owners and potential owners who want to actually use a car like our subject 350GT. As such, our subject 350GT may prove to be a very good buy. While the overall trend in prices for the 350GT has seen some softening, in line with that of other cars of this type, its market remains one of individual examples. On this day, this was market price. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) $1,000,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1965 Lamborghini 350 GT Coupe $825,000 $800,000 $656,893 $742,500 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 $0 June 2018 2013 2014 N/A 2015 2016 2017 91 $726,000 This sale: $627,000


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German Profile Column Author 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL A younger generation of buyers has discovered these fun and durable convertibles, and prices have risen overnight by Pierre Hedary Details Years produced: September 1985 through August 1989 Number produced: 49,347 Original list price: $61,125 (1988) Current SCM Median Valuation: $47,950 Tune-up cost (distributor cap, spark plugs, ignition wires and fuel filter): $725 Chassis # location: On radiator core support, right of hood latch Engine # location: Directly behind left cylinder head on bellhousing Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America Web: mbca.org Alternatives: 1986–89 Porsche 911 cabriolet, 1988–96 Jaguar XJS convertible, 1987–89 Pontiac Firebird convertible Comps Chassis number: WDBBA48D4JA076089 T he 560SL offered here is truly exceptional. It has been driven just 2,950 original miles and is offered in a highly desirable color scheme of Blue Green Metallic over Cream Beige leather interior. Included with the sale is the iconic pagoda-style re- movable hard top, in matching Blue Green Metallic. The owner notes that the black soft convertible top has never been put up other than for inspection. The seats have always been covered since new, ensuring that they both remain in as-new condition. Without question, this is one of the best-preserved original-condition 560SLs available anywhere. It will make a fine addition to any MercedesBenz or luxury-car collection. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 109, sold for $95,200, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Sale on March 9, 2018, in Amelia Island, FL. Featuring extremely low mileage — and sporting im- pressive colors — this is truly one of the best MercedesBenz time-capsule cars offered at auction. Paydirt at last! A number of 1986–89 500SLs recently hit eye-water- ing, six-digit prices in the E.U., so it was only a matter of time until a market-shaking 560SL sale occurred. Back in 2014, Madonna’s Black ’87 sold for similar money at Bonhams’ Mercedes sale, but without the celebrity connection it was, at best, a $20k car. Our subject car is the first sale of a top-notch 560SL that sold on its own merit for something close to $100k. But why did 560SLs languish for so long? Why are they starting to be appreciated now? And why would some- 92 one need to spend $95k on this example when you can find a comparable car with 75,000 miles for around a quarter of the price? Investment-grade 560SL criteria Indeed, fellow Mercedes devotees, a new type of 560SL has emerged! Yes, the investment-grade 560SL is finally “a thing.” Within clandestine groups of Mercedes owners, this market has been under development for a while, with spec collectors hoarding the best cars, locking them up in climate-controlled garages and waiting patiently. Many of them let examples like our subject car go — for less than half of what was realized here — back in 2012 and 2013. Little did they know ... Investment-grade 560SLs must have less than 30,000 miles, but to really get it right, they should have fewer than 9,000 miles. Sub-4,000-mile examples are undergoing a market adjustment as we speak. Period car phones, chrome wheel eyebrows, replacement seat leather, paintwork, aftermarket wheels and stereos will hurt the investment quality of a low-mileage example. If you’re looking at a 560SL, avoid cars with color changes, body modifications and missing hard tops if you want to get your money back at some point. Low mileage not required for happiness If you’re reading this because you want a 560SL to drive and enjoy, you don’t need to buy a 25,000-mile car or even a 75,000-mile car. The R107 is built to go the distance, with higher- mileage cars being just as robust, reliable and usable as ultra-low-mileage cars. 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible (Madonna-owned car) Sold at $94,587 Lot 47, s/n HA064424 Bonhams, Stuttgart, DEU, 7/12/14 SCM# 244679 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible (20k miles) Lot S81, s/n WDBBA48DKA096081 Condition 2 Not sold at $31,000 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/29/2017 SCM# 6856211 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible (11k miles) Lot S146.1, s/n WDBBA48D8GA047204 Condition 2Sold at $32,400 Mecum Auctions, Austin, TX, 12/13/14 SCM# 256554 Sports Car Market Erik Fuller ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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the market is still unclear. Gooding & Company attempted to sell a 24,000-mile 1982 380SL the same weekend for $40k, but they came up short. Thankfully, the 560SL has its own market. Long seen as safe transportation to the golf course, the 560 had links to certain age groups and warm, sunny geographic locations. Now that a younger generation of buyers has discovered these fun and durable convertibles, prices have mysteriously risen overnight. It’s obvious that 1988 and 1989 examples bring stronger numbers, possibly as much as by 20%. An example with 90,000 miles and no stories is still worth about $15k, a comparable 75,000-mile example is worth about $20k, and a 50,000-mile example is worth about $30k. A condition 2, 40,000-mile example would be fairly priced at around $35k, and a 30,000-mile example should be priced above $40k. Examples with less than 30,000 miles tend to bring much stronger money, with $50k being a fair ask for a car with low twenties or high teens, and $65k is justifiable for a 10,000-mile car. A rare sub-5,000mile car is a tough one, but if this example were an ’89 and was either black on black or black on dark red, it might have bested $100k. Market interest is bubbling. After I posted a five-minute video on The only real weak points are timing chains (90,000 to 120,000 miles) and valve guides (175,000 to 250,000 miles). Engine bottom ends, transmissions, climate-control systems and electrical systems are tough and relatively trouble-free — if they are maintained properly. In my experience servicing these cars, 560SL owners seem to be split down the middle. About half of them over-maintain their cars, and the other half do little to service them. Most were garaged, so if the car is in good cosmetic shape — but has few maintenance documents — you will likely come out ahead after spending about $5k to $7k putting things right. Ratty, tired examples do exist, but spending an extra $5k to $10k will land you a better example. I would rather have a cosmetically nice, higher-mileage example (over 100k) than a poorly maintained, 30,000mile car — if my intent were to use the car. Investment-grade R107s, sadly, are often riddled with deferred maintenance. Most of them have never had a transmission service, new drive belts, or thermostat replacements. Brakes were often fixed as needed, with 10 years or more between fluid changes. A major service would typically occur every 15 years or so, with fluids getting flushed and a/c systems getting topped off — but with no true analysis of the vehicle’s mechanical needs. 560SL market analysis By now you are probably asking yourself, “What does this sale mean for my R107?” If your R107 is a U.S.-market 380SL or 450SL, Seat Time I was going to buy a TR6, but my then-girlfriend’s car-nut pal overheard me, and said, “What the **** are you thinking? A TR-Sick? I’ll find you a real car!” As luck would have it, his friend’s wife has just had her 560’s top slashed in order to steal her designer purse, and she told her husband she “never wanted to see that car again!” He bought her a new BMW, and the BMW dealer was “stuck” with an old Mercedes. I’ve kept it for many trouble-free years, and it is the “Panzerwagen” — a solidly engineered and brilliantly built, bulletproof car. This isn’t empirical, but I believe the reason they all seem to look so good in photos is because of the quality materials and careful construction. What I loved most was the analog nature of it. Erecting the top was done by hand, and it lacks potentially troublesome electronics. Thing was, I just got tired of it, but I had a devil of a time selling it. There are just too darn many of ’em, and it’s a buyer’s market. It took almost two years to shift it, and none of the high-mileage (mine was 136,000) ones are worth much. It’s a shame, as mileage seems to have no effect on these stoic German tanks. — Bob Mitchell, via email June 2018 560SL values on my YouTube channel, my inbox sizzled with questions. (Go to YouTube.com and search for “Hedary.”) Investment unicorn hard at work My old friend, the investment unicorn, was sighted in the European 500SL market several years ago, and is now hard at work on our shores. About two years ago, many optimistic dealers were lured into the 560SL market. Duped into the snares of the investment unicorn, they started buying and holding 40,000-to-90,000-mile 560SLs, and as a result, the market is flooded with these cars. They aren’t rare, and the market for these cars is not as strong as some people would like for the uninitiated to believe it is. Real prices are hard to gauge, and each car is different. It’s perfectly reasonable to pay more for an example with clear history, a perfect interior, original paint and higher miles. Mileage should always come second to overall condition with any Mercedes. What happens after the auction? This 560SL — and many others in similar condition — will remain as it has been for the past 20 years, sitting in climate-controlled garages with meticulous cosmetic attention. Shown off like trophy spouses, their ever-increasing market values relegate them to display status. Many owners of these cars own a second — or even a third — 560SL that they use and enjoy regularly. If 560SLs don’t deteriorate with age, what would make someone pay this impressive price for our subject car? In my work preserving and maintaining classic Mercedes, I have learned that some clients simply desire the absolute best example possible, and if that example is available, they will do what they have to do to get it. This 560SL might be well sold today, but it is definitely a sign of things to come. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Convertible $58,320 $52,800 $44,571 $59,400 This sale: $95,200 $66,000 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 93


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American Profile 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Barn Find It’s been said about a million times that they’re only original once — and this car is as original as you will find by Dale Novak Details Years produced: 1965–67 Number produced: 260 Original list price: $6,145 Current Median SCM Valuation: $1,033,000 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis # location: Tags riveted to passenger’s foot box, engine compartment; also is stamped on the right front frame rail near the upper control arm Engine # location: Casting number and date code on lower front of block Club: Shelby American Automobile Club Web: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1963–65 Shelby 289 Cobra, 1972–73 Ferrari Daytona Spyder, 1957–63 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Chassis number: CSX3278 many features that are often lost to time or restoration. These include the remains of the warning sticker on the speedometer, its Beclawat windshield badge and its fuse-box covers. The chassis number is hand-etched on its Shelby American foot-box tag and remains on the hood and trunk latches and the transmission tunnel. Other details include its Serck radiator tag and cor- P rect Sunburst wheels with Goodyear Wingfoot tires. The Cobra’s engine casting code of C6ME-A and date code of 6A15 correctly correspond to a 428-ci engine from this period. Recently, a vintage sports car specialist was able to get the car running, but given its years in static storage, it will require further mechanical attention before any road use. The Cobra is accompanied by its chassis instruction manual and top bows. Presented in its original colors and configuration, and displaying just over 18,000 miles, this Cobra represents a unique opportunity to acquire an extremely pure example of one of history’s most iconic cars, and it must be considered one of the most compelling 427 street Cobras in existence. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 16, sold for $1,045,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island sale, at Amelia Island, FL, on March 9, 2018. This is the kind of story that keeps car hunters awake at night and fuels their passion to peruse car shows, troll Craigslist and track down that off-hand comment 94 resented in as-found cosmetic condition, the dust and patina of long-term static storage remain, visually conveying its nearly 30-year slumber. This 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra retains about some sort of special car tucked away in a barn or rickety old garage. While that “maybe it’s true” rumor usually turns out to be a large, steaming pile of cow manure, every now and then — as with our subject car — that story ends up being true. This car was owned for 38 years. It was tucked away for nearly 30 of them. Our subject car is the sort of car that all of us old-car dudes can generally only dream of. As the story goes, CSX3278 was parked in a garage after the owner’s mechanic passed away. By the owner’s logic, he didn’t have a mechanic for the old Cobra. Nobody stepped up to buy it, so that meant that it should be packed away until further notice. In any event, the ownership trail on CSX3278 is well documented, from the very first day it sold in 1966 all the way to the March 9, 2018, auction under Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island tent. This 427 Cobra — in red — was invoiced and deliv- ered new to Tasca Ford in Rhode Island for the frothy price of $6,145. Soon after, the buyer who had ordered the car decided he’d rather own a green one. Cobras weren’t exactly easy to sell back when they were new, as the car was impractical and stunningly expensive. As such, most Cobras were ordered by their initial buyers. Given that, Tasca Ford got a credit for the car and shipped it to Ron’s Ford Sales in Bristol, TN, to get the Cobra off their books. In 1980, CSX3278 was advertised for sale with 13,000 miles on it for $55,000. From there, the Cobra passed to a new owner, who then sold it to the consignor. All of this happened in 1980. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster Lot F124, s/n CSX3295 Condition 2- Sold at $1,210,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/21/16 SCM# 6799895 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster Lot 58, s/n CSX3359 Condition 1- Not sold at $1,360,000 Bonhams, Quail Lodge, CA, 8/18/17 SCM# 6844511 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster Lot 35, s/n CSX3337 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,375,000 Worldwide, Houston, TX, 4/23/16 SCM# 6799575 Sports Car Market Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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Advertised for sale in 1991 CSX3278 was advertised for sale in 1991 by the consignor after his mechanic passed away. “Fresh, original engine, drivetrain with scattershield; wheels beaded; nice Wingfoots; original paint, leather, top, side curtains, tonneau; 17k miles; $425,000.” While I don’t have a personal time machine, our trusty SCM Platinum Auction Database does. I found two sales to use as a general benchmark of values back in the early 1990s. A 427 Cobra sold for $201,000 (SCM# 11646) and a 289 example sold for $225,500 (SCM# 3059). So, we can determine that the owner wanted way too much for the car in 1991. Therefore, it didn’t sell — and it went into suspended animation for the next 27 years. I can only imagine how many times the owner was contacted over those 27 years via snail mail, old-school landline phone calls and knocks on his door. I bet a lot of people wanted to buy CSX3278. The one-cubic-inch difference Shelby production records show that 260 427 “street” Cobras were built and sold. Of those, about 100 were reported to have been built with the 345-hp 428-ci Police Interceptor engine rather than the earth-shaking 425-hp 427. These are commonly known as the 3200 series wide-hip Cobras. While it seems, at least on the surface, that there’s only a one-cubic- inch difference — it makes a lot of difference in value today. The hand-built 427-ci engine cost Ford a lot of money to build. So, Shelby dropped the 427-ci in favor of the more pedestrian (and cheaper) 428-ci engine — an engine that was used in all sorts of Ford production cars. Our subject car left the Shelby assembly line with the 428-ci engine rather than the 427-ci engine. The entire batch was labeled with the 427 badge. A car with the 427 badge — but with a 428 engine under the hood — is still great, but it is worth about 20% less than a genuine 427-ci car. The deep sleep Our subject car was parked and put into an owner-initiated coma — in a drafty old garage — and left to sit with little to no attention or basic care. Mice infiltrated the interior and trunk space. Dust, combined with hu- midity, took a heavy toll on the brightwork, and the interior deteriorated. On the plus side — and this most certainly outweighs the negative side — no one messed with the car. Based on the information gathered and the Gooding & Company catalog description, CSX3278 still wears its original, factory-applied red paint, and it still has all those pesky stamped numbers and codes that differentiate a great car from a dubious one. It’s been said about a million times (one million and one now) that they’re only original once, and this car is as original as you will find. Seat Time The definition of a classic car is one of fine or distinctive design. While a 427 Cobra may be distinctive, it certainly isn’t fine. The car runs hot, leaks like an old cow in the rain, is of poor fit and finish, loud, crude and rude. This is understandable given its provenance as a purpose-built race car that ended up on the street. It is the bull in a china shop of 1960s muscle cars. Yes, the suspension is light years ahead of that of its little brother, the 289 Cobra. By comparison, the 427 is 250 pounds front-heavy, which requires a bit more right-foot management to keep the car and passengers moving forward. There are no outside door handles or locks. The wiring is a Frankenstein mix of Lucas and Ford bits. Ingeniously, the Lucas bits were designed with smoke in the wires so the owner can tell if something is hooked up wrong. The thin and soft aluminum skin of the car weighs about 40 pounds, which makes it impractical for daily use, particularly in hot weather. In other words, the Shelby 427 Cobra is perfect. — Brooks and Jamie Laudin, CSX3158, Walnut Creek, CA June 2018 It is airtight and untampered with. It was largely original from end to end, other than a few items here and there, but nothing was done to harm the investment-grade value of the machine. The miles are reported to be original, as they should be, and the original paint might even be in very nice condition under all the layers of dust and dirt. As presented at the Gooding sale, our subject car was left in the condition in which it was found: dusty, dirty, disheveled and neglected. The nagging presumption that it should be cleaned up fell on deaf ears. That’s good. With a car like this, the auction house wants to sell the story — espe- cially for a Rip Van Winkle Cobra. In today’s market, wiping away the dust and dirt has the potential to wipe away some of the value. The real deal versus Memorex The beauty of our subject car is simple. As prices for genuine Cobras ascended to the stratosphere during the past decade, more and more less-than-reputable Cobras appeared. These cars were not really fakes, but they carried bad stories. We’re talking about cars with plenty of MIA factory stamping and marks. Cars arrived on the market with bodies that had been facsimiled, restamped chassis or engines — and carrying pieces and parts from one or more wrecked cars. Chassis CSX3278 may be a bit unkempt, but there are no bad stories. This car just may be that last Cobra the world will ever find that’s been hibernating for decades. I never want to say never, as that could cause TV shows to be cancelled. Running the numbers Our SCM Pocket Price Guide shows the median value for a 1965–67 Cobra firing in at $1,292,500. This price is for genuine, 427-powered Cobras. It is not for Shelbys with the Police Interceptor 428 — as found in our subject car. Given that, we can subtract about 20% from the median value, driving down CSX3278’s value to a cool $1 million and change. Our comps are all genuine 427 examples, and they all sold around the $1.3 million range, which corresponds nicely to our price guide. The reality is that some collectors love shiny, restored cars. They want them to not only be real-deal, airtight examples — they want them to look good under the garage or warehouse lights. Our subject doesn’t fall into that Beauty Queen category. However, there are those collectors who simply love a car like CSX3278. This car is untouched, with no rats in the cellar (mice yes, rats no). These cars become artifacts. They really are no longer cars by the simple definition of the word. They are beautiful because they are so genuine and evocative at the same time. This is like finding a real Van Gogh in the attic. It’s dusty, faded and disheveled — and worth millions. This car is for the buyer — like myself — who loves an original, untouched, dusty, dirty, musty, mice-infested opportunity. I’d call this one fairly bought and sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) $2,500,000 $1,000,000 $1,500,000 $2,000,000 $500,000 $0 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $5,115,000 $2,007,500 $2,255,000 $1,705,000 $1,100,000 This sale: $1,045,000 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 95


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Race Car Profile 1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans Series I The Climax engines for these cars were more like cartridges in a rifle. They were used and replaced virtually every race by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1956–57 Number produced: 98 (Le Mans version) Original list price: $5,467 Current SCM Median Valuation: $209,000 Chassis # location: Tag on radiator ducting, right side by plug Engine # location: Boss on right front of block Cost per hour to race: $1,500 Club: Lotus Eleven Register Web: www.lotuseleven.org Alternatives: 1956–57 Elva Mk II, 1955–56 Cooper T 39 “Bobtail,” 1953–56 Porsche 550 Spyder SCM Investment Grade: A Comps T he present owner of this shining Lotus Eleven is no stranger to the type, having owned and raced another Eleven. Keen to add to his Lotus collection, he found another Eleven in the U.K., though it had been badly crashed — when and by whom is unknown. This car’s long recovery to health began in the early 1980s and included a completely new body from Williams and Pritchard. While most of the damaged panels were discarded, the owner retained the original doors and center section. Completed over the past three years, the restoration used a host of original parts, including the suspension, gas tank, differential, throttle assembly, instruments and carburetors. Although this Eleven has lost its original chassis plate, and its provenance is unknown before the accident, Lotus experts have deemed this spectacular car as authentic. It has not been campaigned since the restoration, so a complete review of its structure and mechanicals is recommended before this treasure is returned to the track, where it belongs. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 133, sold for $92,960, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Amelia Island Auction on March 8, 2019. By the mid-1950s, Jaguar and Aston Martin were the premier British participants in the international racing-car scene, but they had the advantage of being pre-existing large export manufacturers with a focus on large-displacement racers for the championship wars. Lotus at the time was a motley band of enthusiastic kids in little more than a garage cranking out a few hand-built small-displacement racers for the local clubracing market. They built about 25 total cars in 1955. The Eleven arrives The new model Eleven was going to be Lotus’ step into serious volume production, and the beginning of its 96 Sports Car Market growing up as a company. The car proved to be exactly that. Available as the racing IRS “Le Mans” or as live-axle “Club” and “Sport” street versions, Lotus ended up building 150 total Elevens in 1956 and 1957. Shockingly low, fast, and beautiful for its time, the Eleven established Lotus as a manufacturer to be reckoned with internationally — and it remains the most successful racing car Lotus ever built. The iconic shape, driving excellence, and racing dominance have combined to make the Eleven highly collectible in today’s world, but, as always, it can be a bit more complicated than that. Why sold so cheaply? The best, most-collectible Lotus Eleven Le Mans in the world is worth probably $475,000 today, and a good, known-history racing Eleven is comfortably over $230,000. Today’s subject car, which is arguably the same thing, sold for about one-fifth that amount. What gives? Did somebody just get the deal of the year, or did the price reflect the true value? 1956 Lotus Eleven racer Lot 24, s/n 231 Condition 3 Not sold at $155,280 Bonhams, Francorchamps, BEL, 5/25/13 SCM# 221987 1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans racer Lot 80, s/n MK11210 Condition 2Sold at $209,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/14/15 SCM# 266092 1956 Cooper T39 Bobtail racer Lot 58, s/n N/A Condition 2+ Not sold at $183,821 H&H Auctioneers, Duxford, U.K., 10/10/07 SCM# 47261 Courtesy of Bonhams


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The answer is most likely the latter, and figuring out why is our topic today. Let’s start by considering the essence of collectibility in vintage racing cars. Historical significance, particularly being an important inflection point in the development of the modern racing car, and racing success as well as physical beauty are core components. Probably the most important physical characteristic in collectibility is having aluminum bodywork. Fiberglass-bodied cars just don’t carry the desirability of aluminum bodywork. An excellent example is the Lotus 17, the successor to the Eleven in its class and a far better racing car using the same mechanical package but with a fiberglass body. It is worth maybe half of an equivalent Lotus Eleven. The non-physical components such as history, originality, authenticity and provenance, are easily as important — and often far more so — but how do you prove that a car is real? The only correct answer is in provenance — ownership, usage and maintenance records that go back, ideally, to the beginning. Unknown provenance hurts value Chassis numbers are extremely important, but Lotus didn’t stamp the frames. The only evidence was a little tag pop-riveted onto the aluminum sheet beside the radiator, and they disappeared early and often. Engine numbers don’t really count for Lotus, either. As opposed to Ferrari and Maserati, who built and numbered the components with each chassis, the Climax engines for these cars were more like cartridges in a rifle. They were used and replaced virtually every race. “Matching numbers” is a useless concept here. From a collector standpoint, this car doesn’t offer much. The chassis number and provenance are completely unknown, and it was built from an old, wrecked frame relatively recently. At best, only a few original parts were used. Seat Time I purchased and restored a 1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans, s/n 283, in 2005. Originally imported by Jay Chamberlain and raced on the West Coast, it had been prepared for vintage racing in the early 1980s and then parked for 20 years. The car was designed as a race car, and it is definitely a thoroughbred. It is now equipped with the optional 1,500-cc FWB Coventry Climax aluminum SOHC engine, up from the original 1,100-cc FWA engine. Weighing only 1,000 pounds with 130 hp gives the car a power/weight ratio equivalent to a modern Porsche 911 — but on 4.5-inch bias-ply tires! The aerodynamics are superior, and it continues to accelerate well past 100 mph, where most production cars fall off due to wind resistance. Driving the car is a learned skill, as cars in the 1950s were designed to drift through the turns because the tires were not very grippy. I also compete in an SCCA Spec Miata, but there you have more grip than horsepower. The Lotus is also a momentum car, but it has torque and is very softly sprung (90-pound springs) so it leans quite a bit. The front swing-axle suspension (later changed to wishbones in the Series II) allows the inner front tire to roll under during high-speed corners. This results in a shimmy as you straighten out after the turn. It is predictable but disconcerting until you learn to anticipate it. Overall, I love racing the car. It is fast, exotic, and has that retro-futuristic look — which turned out to be so inaccurate — that we love about mid-20th century cars. — Glenn Stephens, Alpharetta, GA June 2018 This car may be the reconstruction of a famed racer, but it is more likely just an old wreck. There is really no way to know one way or another. Lots of racing value The Lotus Eleven was one of the great racing cars of the 1950s and remains a joy to drive — and particularly to race. The racing grid for late-1950s sports racing cars is prestigious, fun and highly competitive, so let’s talk about this car as a pure racer. To do so, I will need to detour briefly into details about Climax racing engines. The Coventry Climax FW (Feather Weight) engine was originally designed as a portable fire-pump engine for the British military, but its architects were serious performance guys, so it used a single overhead cam and was very light and powerful. It quickly morphed into a racing engine. The original version was called FWA and was effectively limited to 1,100 cc by the block, but it was perfect for British club racing. Most racing Elevens used this engine. Originally, Climax used two SU carburetors, but the seri- ous racers all switched to double side-draft Webers for more power. For 1.5-liter classes, Climax developed the FWB engine block, which was basically identical but had room for a larger bore and relief bumps in the side to clear a longer stroke crank. This allowed 1,460-cc displacement. For serious racing, they also revised the cylinder head to use a five- bearing camshaft (vs. three in the normal version) that allowed for a more aggressive cam and higher rpm. All of these pieces are completely interchangeable, so the mix-and-match options for Climax FW blocks and cranks are 1,100-, 1,220- and 1,460-cc with either a mild or serious racing cylinder head. The horsepower range for the variants is from about 75 to 125 hp, and all are legal for racing Lotus Elevens. Wanna race? The car needs a new engine From a racing standpoint, the problem with our subject car is that it carries an FWA engine with SU carburetors that claims 83 hp and it isn’t prepared for racing. The engine means that you are going to run about 40 hp shy — which is about two-thirds of the competition’s power. The FWA block can’t be stretched, so being competitive is going to cost about $25,000 for a strong FWB with Webers. Add to that the costs of setting it up as a proper racer and you are looking at a minimum of $35,000 to put it on the track. A flawed beauty So, we are looking at a beautiful and correct car that can make a claim to be a 1956 Lotus Eleven, but it has no chassis number or provenance. At most only a few original pieces are still in the car, so it has little — if any — collector value. As a racer it will be welcome at most any event (though possibly not the snooty ones), but it will cost a serious chunk of cash before it can be fielded as a safe and competitive entry. Sitting in someone’s collection, it will look as impressive as one costing four times as much, but it will never be an important Lotus. As such, the car is beautiful and pristine, but seriously flawed no matter what someone’s motivation for buying it may be, and today’s market is notoriously unforgiving of compromised product. The seller was probably disappointed, but it is what it is. I would say a rational buyer got the car at a fair-to-well-bought price. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 97


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Race Car Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Lotus Eleven influenced me when I was a young car designer. The design was as pure as you can get By Robert Cumberford 1 3 I love this car. It greatly influenced me and informed what I wanted to accomplish in car design when I was a very young stylist working at a company that totally rejected the simplicity and purity of purpose and shape it represented. Looking at it now, I recognize it as just about the last manifestation of aerodynamic road-car design focused solely on low-drag penetration and stability — without the least concern for downforce. It’s a bit of a silver bullet in form, and wonderfully aeronautical in detail, with lines of visible rivets clearly related to underlying body structure — such as it was. These were incredibly small, ultra-light-weight and fragile devices. But these cars were also incredibly enticing, exciting to watch race, and they created dreams when you actually saw one on the road. I remember spotting a very tired example late one night in a British motorway rest stop, yellowed Perspex headlamp covers drilled to stop cracks propagating, an oily old tow rope neatly coiled on the passenger’s seat “shipshape and Bristol fashion,” anticipating the inevitable next breakdown. Offered the chance, I’d have headed off toward London in the Eleven in preference to the safe, swift and comfortable sedan I was driving — despite the legendary unreliability of Colin Chapman’s creations. I was completely seduced by the exquisite shape. ♦ 98 6 5 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Yes, this five-section construct is a door — not that it greatly facilitated entry. But without it, there was no way in. The cockpit opening was far too narrow. 2 This is a pivoting latch, intended to keep the tiny windscreen and side glass aligned at speed. 3 The only serious sign that there was an established manufacturer behind this extraordinary object was the enamel ACB Chapman Lotus badge. 4 The fluid lines rolled out with the English wheel are nicely delineated by the lines of rivets holding skins to their skimpy supporting structure. 5 Headlamp covers preserve the full voluptuous curves of the front fenders, which are essentially a 8 9 pair of blimp-like airship volumes rendered in hard materials. 6 Spring clips holding front and rear body sections down mar the airflow a bit, but scarcely enough to matter at the speeds involved. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 One can see that the front wheel openings are cut into the underside of the “inflated” fender shapes. 8 The fuel filler standing proud of the surface jars a bit. On a homebuilt airplane it would have likely been made flush to the surface, but placed here it makes not much extra drag. 9 Yes, these really are fins, pointed back to get more side surface area behind the center of gravity. They are not as fat as the front fenders, with a crisp peak on the upper extremities. 10 And there is a lot more side area farther back still in the appended headrest fairing. 11 The headrest base line is exactly on the centerline of the whole car, which is a nice touch aesthetically. 12 Frank Costin tucked the exhaust pipes up into the bottom of the body, yet another aesthetically positive aerodynamic effect. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The cockpit is visually impressive for its extreme simplicity and the impression of fragility it conveys with the tiny chassis tube to the right of the rectangular seat cushion and the curious sense that there was another, lower cowl for the body before the aero skin went on. There would be a better visual balance were the fire extinguisher actually in place in the clips shown, complementing the driveshaft tunnel. The overall effect is of the utmost seriousness, dedication to light weight and simplicity. 10 4 2 11 7 12 Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Profile 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 The 205 Turbo 16 hits 0–60 mph in about six seconds, and has a top speed of about 130 mph — similar to a contemporaneous Corvette by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 1984–85 Number produced: 200 Original list price: $30,000 (roughly, in 1984 French francs) Current SCM Median Valuation: $191,000 Engine # location: Right side bulkhead, front trunk Chassis # location: Right side bulkhead, front trunk Club: Rallying with Group B Web: www.rallyingwithgroupb.net Alternatives: 1984–86 Ford RS200, 1985 Audi Sport Quattro, 1985–86 Lancia Delta S4, 1980–84 Renault 5 Turbo SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: VF3741R76E5100189 T his Peugeot remains in thoroughly original condition and now shows 48,000 km (29,825 miles) on the odometer. It wears its original gray metallic paint and its original two-tone gray leather and Alcantara interior, both of which remain in superb condition with only the most minor signs of use. With red-edged charcoal carpet, red accents through- out, and of course, the proper 5-speed gearbox, this exceptional car both looks and performs like the racing legend it is. It is offered with its original books and spare tire, and is ready for spirited road use or for showing at local Cars & Coffee gatherings. Always owned by enthusiasts and maintained in superb original condition, this Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 is one of the finest examples we have presented. With only 200 built, they rarely come to market, making this a likely unrepeatable opportunity to add one of the most successful racing cars of all time to the world’s finest collections. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 139, sold for $156,800, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction in Amelia Island, FL, on March 9, 2018. When Group B rally was created in 1982, the new class ushered in a golden era for the sport in much the same way that the Can-Am series delivered unprecedented racing in the 1960s and 1970s. Group B offered very few rules and made big power easily attainable. 100 For five years, the rally world was mesmerized, watching some of the most outrageous machines humankind has ever built for racing. The list of Group B cars is also a tally of some of the most sought-after collectible racing vehicles in the world today. Group B included the Audi Sport Quattro, Ford RS200, Lancia Delta S4 and the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, or T16. The related Group 4 Renault R5 Turbo was an immediate predecessor. The homologation rules of Group B were simple. A manufacturer had to produce 200 street-legal examples of a given model to qualify for competition. That’s why you’ll find only a few more than 200 road-going examples of any Group B car were ever made. That has kept values high even as modern performance has moved far ahead of Group B standards. Built for speed Of all the Group B cars, the Audi Sport Quattro is by far the most famous, but it wasn’t always the most successful in competition. Audi had dominated Group B in 1982 and 1984, with Lancia scoring the championship in 1983. The Peugeot was a relatively late arrival to Group B in mid-1984, yet the Peugeot team won three of the last four rallies of the season. Peugeot went on to win seven more times in 1985 and six times in 1986, claiming the championship both years. All told, the Peugeot 205 managed 16 World Rally victories, two constructor’s titles and two driver’s 1984 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Lot 139, s/n VF3741R76E5100184 Condition 1Sold at $66,697 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/9/10 SCM# 165328 1984 Peugeot 205 T16 Lot 74, s/n VF3741R76E5 Condition: 2 Sold at $179,370 H&H Auctioneers, Duxford, U.K., 4/19/12 SCM# 198367 1985 Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Lot 44, s/n VF3741R76E5100127 Condition: 2Sold at $198,000 Bonhams, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/18/17 SCM# 6844504 Sports Car Market Erik Fuller ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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championships. The 205 Turbo 16 is very loosely based on Peugeot’s compact 205 hatchback. But where the basic car was a front-engine, front-wheeldrive econo-box, the Turbo 16 moved the engine behind the driver and carried a sophisticated full-time all-wheel-drive system, along with upgraded suspension and brakes. In rally form, the 1,775-cc DOHC 16-valve turbocharged engine could be developed to produce over 500 horsepower, but the homologation models were tuned to a reasonable 197 horsepower and 188 foot-pounds of torque with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection and an intercooled turbo. Power is routed through a 5-speed manual transmission and then an epicyclic viscous limited-slip center differential and limited-slip front and rear differentials. The chassis features a double-wishbone suspension with coil-overs front and rear, rack-and-pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes. The car’s central monocoque is made of steel, but unlike the basic 205, the rear is cut off and a polyester clamshell is used to cover the rear space frame. An additional front subframe carries the front axle and suspension. Additional bracing and a firewall sit behind the driver and passenger. Of the 200 homologation models, the first one was painted white to match the factory race cars, and the remaining 199 were painted in a handsome dark gray with red highlights. The road-going version of the 205 Turbo 16 hits 0–60 mph in about six seconds, and has a top speed of about 130 mph. For comparison, that’s about the same as a contemporaneous Corvette. Collecting the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 With only 200 road cars ever built (plus 40 competition cars), you can just about track any given car’s history through its auction sales on SCM’s Platinum Auction Database. The cars with bona fide Group B competition history carry price tags to match their glory. The 205 that won the 1985 Rallye Monte-Carlo and Swedish Rally in the hands of 1981 WRC champion Ari Vatanen failed to sell on a bid of $565,000 in 2016 (SCM# 6809570). Works rally cars with a less-glorious history have sold for $372,145 (SCM# 241572) as recently as 2014. The homologation models that have come up for sale in the past sev- The Peugeot collector has an advantage over the Audi and Lancia fans because this model is not yet well known in the United States, but the 205 Turbo 16 has a solid place in the pantheon of Group B legends. eral years show good condition with low miles, and four or five cross the block each year. Two cars that had been purchased new by General Motors were sold this year in Scottsdale on the same day by Barrett-Jackson. One that had been kept absolutely unmolested brought $187,000 with 2,192 km (1,362 miles) on the odo (SCM# 6863148). The other had been the subject of some development tests by GM, and while it was in good shape, the suspension had been altered. It sold for $146,300 (SCM# 6863149) with 15,914 km (9,888 miles) showing. You have to go back to 2010 to find one of these cars selling for less than $100,000 (SCM# 165328). Our subject car is representative of the Turbo 16s that cross the block. It’s original, with some interior wear showing — and 47,984 accumulated kilometers (29,815 miles). The purchase price of $156,800 is on the low side, considering the same car sold for $198,000 in August 2016 (SCM# 6806637), and then turned up for sale on Hemmings by December of that year with an asking price of $285,000. Interestingly, the original books and toolkit are visible in the trunk in the 2016 photos, but they were not present for this year’s sale. That’s a bummer, but not enough to justify a $42,000 discount. The Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 will remain col- lectible, and prices may move slowly — but will doubtless continue to rise over time. The Peugeot collector has an advantage over the Audi and Lancia fans because this model is not yet wellknown in the United States, but the 205 Turbo 16 has a solid place in the pantheon of Group B legends. For that reason, it’s certain that this car was very well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) June 2018 101


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ David Gooding and Auctioneer Charlie Ross work the bids on a 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe, which sold for $2,365,000 at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, FL, sale; photo by Jensen Sutta, courtesy of Gooding & Company 104 Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $36m Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, p. 110 $28m RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, p. 122 $13m Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, p. 134 $5m Silverstone, Warwickshire, U.K., p. 148 $2.4m Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, p. 160 June 2018 105


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Market Reports Overview Amelia Island: Four Auction Houses, $79m Sales Total sales drop from last year, and $43m of that was from one auction Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson sold for $2,530,000, besting the next-highest-selling car by $165k. At the sale’s conclusion, Gooding sold 82 of 86 lots for a total of $35,794,250 — their third-highest sales total ever at Amelia Island. RM Sotheby’s couldn’t match last year’s still-hard-to- G 1. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy coupe, $2,530,000— Gooding & Co., FL, p. 118 2. 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe, $2,365,000—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 120 3. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, $2,205,000—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 128 4. 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV coupe, $1,925,000—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 120 5. 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 coupe, $1,655,000—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 126 6. 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet coupe, $1,600,000— Gooding & Co., FL, p. 116 7. 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Strassenversion coupe, $1,485,000—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 116 8. 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 coupe, $1,270,000—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 126 9. 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8AS cabriolet, $1,270,000—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 126 10. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $1,072,500—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 114 Best Buys 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE cabriolet, $138,880—Bonhams, FL, p. 142 106 believe $70.8m, but that didn’t stop them from pulling in the week’s second-highest total. Of the 102 cars on offer, 87 hammered sold for a sum of $27,563,720. There was no Orin Smith Collection this year, and the weather, once again, slammed the schedule. Still, averaging $317k per car sold is no small feat and is likely setting the stage for a massive year-over-year improvement this time next year. Bonhams returned to Florida’s northeast corner for the fourth consecutive year. A 2015 McLaren P1 supercar topped the sales list at $1,710,000. Eighty-eight lots of 101 sold for $13,177,679 — an increase of more than $2.6m from last year. This was Motostalgia’s last year as the new kid on the block in Amelia Island, as Russo and Steele will join the party next year. For their third Amelia outing, Motostalgia posted their best-ever sell-through rate (75%). Fifty of their 67 lots found new homes. The high sale, a 2005 MercedesBenz SLR McLaren coupe, brought in $260,000. For the past two years, Hollywood Wheels has not released results from their auction, and for that reason has been excluded from coverage. We’re providing an apples-to-apples comparison based on year-over-year data between the four reporting companies. The lone non-Amelia Island sale in this issue comes from Silverstone’s Race Retro sale. On February 23, 30 competition cars crossed the block, followed by 77 more automotive lots at the Classic Car Sale on February 24. From those 107 lots, 71 found new garages, totalling $5,009,631 at the bottom of the ledger. The highest-bid car sold over those two days was an ex-Elton John 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550 coupe, which sold all-in for $306,811. Chad’s Quick Take: As much as auction companies want to stand out and apart from the crowded field, there is safety in numbers — especially when the numbers reach millions and millions of dollars. That primal instinct, filtered through to our little corner of the world in the form of clusters, often brings the best cars into a small area. Scottsdale, Paris, Amelia Island and Monterey are the dominant clusters on our calendars, with Las Vegas and Monaco included occasionally — depending on the year. How not to take a bath — 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long-nose alloy coupe at Gooding & Company Amelia Island, sold at $2,530,000 Stoneleigh Park, U.K. February 23–24, 2018 Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Silverstone $5m Amelia Island, FL March 8, 2018 Amelia Island, FL March 9, 2018 Amelia Island, FL March 9, 2018 Amelia Island, FL March 10, 2018 Gooding & Co. RM Sotheby’s Motostalgia $0 Bonhams $13.2m $35.8m $27.6m $2.4m $10m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition $20m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Next year, Russo and Steele will join the already established five auctions around Fernandina Beach. More gathering around the (flush) watering holes. One quick note about RM Sotheby’s $43.2m drop from last year: Expect this sort of boom-and-bust cycle to happen over and over as large collections are liquidated. This is true with chunks of collections or with whole, complete collecions — such as the Smith Collection last year, or in smaller parts as RM has done with the Dingman Collection in New Hampshire. Occasionally collections are large enough to stand on their own as a whole sale, but for maximizing impact, it helps to bring these to market where all the buyers are. Funnily enough, there tend to be a lot of buyers in Scottsdale, Amelia Island, Paris and Monterey at certain times of the year. ♦ $30m $40m ooding & Company followed up on their Scottsdale success by again selling the most expensive car of Amelia Island week. The 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long-nose alloy coupe 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 51 tourer, $280,000—Bonhams, FL, p. 146 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet coupe, $1,600,000—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 116 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI hatchback, $27,534—Silverstone, U.K., p. 156 1931 Packard Custom Eight Series 840 sport phaeton, $151,200—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 130 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold Prescott Kelly looks at Porsches on the move — or that should be moved — in today’s market by Prescott Kelly Buy: 1990 Porsche 964 through 2011 Porsche 997 These cars will increasingly come into favor as the larger Type 991s and successors push their way up the scales of size, weight and automation-aided driving. The current market makers, 35- to 54-yearolds, want cars to drive. These Porsches fit the bill. We should all buy the best-performing, rarest models that we can afford with low-tomoderate mileage, never-hit bodies, all-original paint, original engines and gearboxes, and stick shifts. Ranked from affordable to breathtaking: 1997–98 993 C2S or C4S at $90k to $125k, 1996 993 Carrera RS at $385k to $450k, and 1996–98 993 GT2 at $1.25m to $1.5m. Among 996s: 2001–04 Turbo at $50k to $75k, 2002–04 GT2 at $125k-plus, and the 2004 GT3 RS at $285k to $350k (landed and federalized). Among 997s: 2006 PCA Club Coupe at $95k to $125k, 2011 GT2 RS at about $500k, and 2011 GT3 RS 4.0 at about $600k. The 2004–05 Carrera GT at $800k-plus has to be included because it is the last non-hybrid Porsche supercar, pure analog, with the best engine sounds ever just behind the driver’s head. Because they are unexpected, hidden inside the run of one of Porsche’s least-liked models, the best might be the 996 GT2 and 996 GT3 RS. Sell: Porsche 356 As much as I love them, I think Porsche 356s are on the wrong side of history. Their primary fan base is the Boomer generation, which is trending to past tense. These Porsches went into a decline after 2014, then rallied in mid- 2016. Although 356 Speedsters and 356 four-cam Carreras will always generate collector interest — followed by Convertible Ds and roadsters — regular production coupes, maybe even cabriolets, are vulnerable. I’d either plan to bail out now or commit to a longer-term hold while waiting for another cycle to develop. Hold: 1964–73 Porsche 911 and 1990–94 Porsche 964 Long-hood 1964–73 911s, including 1973 Carrera RSs, have been hammered after a rapid price run-up that peaked in 2014. All of these 911s are collectibles — especially the RSs, higher-horsepower S-engine cars, soft-window Targas, and the last iteration, 1972–73 2.4-liters. Yes, they look small and old-fashioned, but they are fun to drive and relatively easy to maintain. As the market gets its fill of later Porsches, buyers will look back to the first 911s as bargains. 1990–94 964s are also a hold, but for the opposite reason. They have run up impressively over the past five years, but I do not believe that run is over. These cars have an inspired following that is growing. The 964 RS, although built 2,276 strong in three models, is almost mythically desirable right now. 108 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL Gooding & Company — Amelia Island For the most part, the vehicles offered were among the highest-quality examples of their types available Company Gooding & Company Date March 9, 2018 Location Amelia Island, FL Auctioneer Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered 82/86 Sales rate 95% Sales total $35,794,250 High sale 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy long-nose coupe, sold at $2,530,000 Top of the podium sale — 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long-Nose Alloy coupe, sold at $2,530,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Pierre Hedary and Elaine Spiller Intro by Pierre Hedary Market opinions in italics Amelia Island, FL G ooding’s Amelia sale truly help make this group of Amelia Islan in March into the Monterey Ca the East Coast. Hidden away at the Omni resort off of s A1A, this year’s event saw an exceptionally h rate. Of the 86 exceptional and interesting o only four failed to find new homes. This translated into a 95% sell-through rate, which many found surprising. The final sales tally was $35,794,250, compared to $30,568,700 in 2017. The average sales price was a stunning $436,515 per vehicle. Despite the rescheduling of the weekend’s concours (which turned out to be unnecessary, given that Sunday’s weather ended up being perfect), Gooding’s staff went about business as usual, delivering at or above the usual high standard. The stars of the “Barn Find Hunter” Web series — a Ferrari 275 GTB and a 427 Cobra, sold for $2,530,000 and $1,045,000 respectively, buyer’s premiums included. Other big-money cars included a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that made $1,072,500, and a 1952 Ferrari 212 Europa cabriolet, sold at $1,600,000. Overall, 13 cars broke the million-dollar mark. The only cars that did not sell were the elusive 110 rsche 911 RSR 2.1 Turbo, which never made its low estimate of $6m; a 60 Porsche 356B GS/GT that stalled just below $1m; and a Ferrari 410 Superamerica, which did sell for an undisclosed amount shortly after the auction ended but was not factored into the overall total. There were a few affordable cars, including a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 380SL that sold for $26,400. It was the least-expensive car here. If you wanted the most original Nash Airflyte on the planet, it could have been yours for only $88,000. A tidy Triumph TR3 that was the second lot of the auction ticked a $57,200 sale. The presence of the Brumos Collection really got things fired up, and a number of excellent Porsches were available, including a well-preserved 1982 928 that sold for a modest $27,500. Few hiccups occurred, one of them being the withdrawal of Lot 60, a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300d from the Brumos Collection. While no auction company is perfect, Gooding has done an increasingly accurate job of honing in on market desires. While this sale lacked some staples, such as a Mercedes 560SL or Ferrari Testarossa, my overall take was that many of the vehicles offered were the highest-quality examples of their types available. Once again, the Amelia Island sale is a fitting event to help kick off the East Coast’s most prolific concours weekend. ♦ $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sales Totals Chad Taylor


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH #14-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N: 671928. Black/tan leather. Odo: 53,856 miles. Extremely clean example of the XK 120. Paint finish is nice but has settled in a little bit. Some swirl marks on hood. Hood fit extremely tight. Some spider cracks on rear deck behind seats, where paint is lifting off of body. Overriders fitting on bumper. Some paint rub-through on top areas. Interior claimed original but is barely settled in, with nice creasing on leather. Carpets look plush. Finishes on steering wheel and steering column almost certainly original. Glass seems to be in good order. Cond: 1-. seller might have been a little disappointed with the result, as he was hoping for a high bid of around $125,000, but the Healey 100 Le Mans has not fully realized its market potential. When this will happen is anyone’s guess, but for now an example like this might just be an appreciating asset. Slightly well sold, and let’s hope the mechanicals work as well as the car looks. #2-1957 TRIUMPH TR3 roadster. S/N: TS20880L. Green/beige leather. Odo: 32,535 miles. Very fresh restoration of a pre-A TR3. Paint has an extremely even application, with good panel fit. Body is straight, and engine is detailed better than when it was new. Interior freshly redone, almost to like-new condition. The nicest TR3 I’ve seen in a long time. Cond: 1-. der mono-block engine. Paintwork pretty good considering the difficulty of assembling this entire car. Some chips in green stripe on left fender. Leather work very good. Brass trim polished to perfection. Radiator may have a few small seeps. Engine work looks exquisite and seems like it might be ready to use. In Mexico until 1960, when it moved to California. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $93,500. One of the nicest 120s I have seen. Such a shame it only sold for $93k, which was a bargain for the buyer. From the collection of Kirk White, and claimed to be an original, unrestored example. Displayed in 2008 at Amelia Island. XK 120 values seem to be falling, but maybe this is just an illusion due to my lack of exposure to the market. Seems like an excellent deal. #29-1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN1 Le Mans roadster. S/N: BN1L155867. Silver/ red leather. Odo: 7 miles. Extremely clean. Fresh silver paint over very straight body. Lots of hard work put into chrome to make it shine. Panel fit very good, probably a little bit better than new. Fitted with electric overdrive. Condition under hood also suggests exhaustive efforts to make this car comply with factory equipment levels for the Le Mans version. Correct green paint on engine block. Notable effort overall put into small details, such as 140-mph speedometer and red trim on trunk carpet, which would have been an item available on special request when new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $57,200. I grew up with TR3 preAs, restoring them and, less frequently, riding in them with my dad. Back in the ’80s, these were $10k or less. While they’re always lagging behind the MGA, this example shows that there simply are not enough nice TR3s to meet the demand. #20-1960 BENTLEY S2 Continental convertible. S/N: BC108LAR. Dark red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 55,202 miles. Very good paint application, but with very tight trunk gap that gets narrower towards the end of the car. Door fit also slightly off on driver’s side. Bright trim doesn’t leave much to be desired. Power antenna appears to be stuck. Leather is extremely clean, but appears somewhat lifeless. Wood veneers recently refinished and in good shape. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $220,000. The Lion-Peugeot, despite its small engine and low power output, was capable of 65 mph. Being an important early performance car, it is unsurprising that it generated such an impressive result. However, I can only imagine what it would sell for in France. #25-1963 ALPINE-RENAULT A110 coupe. S/N: A10815544. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 35,061 km. Beautiful little Alpine, with no major flaws. Paint presents well and consistently, with cracking around power disconnect on rear right fender. Rally prepped and with Gordini-developed 1100 engine from new. Panel fit better than average. Trunk and engine-cover fit okay. Definitely more weaponsgrade than concours level. Also present are a bunch of outrageous decals. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $214,500. For Bentley fans, when one of these rare and exciting Continental S2 convertibles is up for auction, everyone tunes in. Only 65 built, so it’s a bit unusual. I am a big fan of these extremely well-made cars, and it seems to me that this was well bought—possibly still appreciating. SOLD AT $115,500. While the cosmetic presentation was wonderful, the seven miles on the car since new bothered me, as any car needs extensive sorting even after such a comprehensive restoration. I get the feeling the 112 FRENCH #39-1910 LION-PEUGEOT V2Y2 road- ster. S/N: 3958. Gray-green/black leather. RHD. Formidable Lion-Peugeot with 2-cylin- SOLD AT $82,500. Elaine’s pick of the auction. Even Alpines—long underappreciated in the U.S., have seen slow and steady appreciation in the past few years. An unsurprising result, but the Alpine’s biggest virtue is its mechanical relationship to the Renault 8, which makes it a very strong, reliable and fun car to drive. Hopefully it doesn’t sit around with its next owner. GERMAN #3-1953 PORSCHE 356 1500 Super coupe. S/N: 50161. Silver & black/natural leather, tan cloth. Odo: 42,153 miles. Extremely delapidated older Porsche. Numerous areas of peeling paint on two-tone body reveal filler underneath. No visible rust, but plenty of the car is not readily visible. 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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL Online sales of contemporary cars 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R Coupe Chrome complete; however, it’s still in need of some work. Weatherstripping also rotten. Engine supposedly complete, but probably not functional. Titled on engine number. Cond: 4-. Good effort put into stainless trim. Still wearing a Texas 1958 license plate. Spartan interior trim to very high level. Engine also excellent. Cond: 1-. Date sold: 03/16/2018 eBay auction ID: 173196381170 Seller’s eBay ID: themotorcarcollection Sale type: Used car with 485 miles VIN: WDDYJ7KA7JA017457 Details: Black over black leather/Alcantara; 4.0-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 577 hp and 516 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $185,971, Buy It Now, sf 59 MSRP: $157,000 (base) Other current offering: Ferrari Maserati of Seattle in Seattle, WA, selling a 2018 Iridium Silver-overblack leather AMG GT R coupe with 56 miles, for $186,990. 2018 Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe SOLD AT $88,000. The market for these early 356s is suddenly on the radar again. Following the $1m sale of a black pre-A at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale, the supply side of the market is cautiously re-emerging. Given the fact this sold near top estimate, and with the not too-terrible cost of restoring a 356, this could net a sizable profit for the buyer—if it’s not rusty. #57-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SB Date sold: 03/19/2018 eBay auction ID: 282867132128 Seller’s eBay ID: naplesmotorsports Sale type: Used car with 80 miles VIN: ZHWUG4ZD1JLA06944 Details: Black over black leather/Alcantara ; 6.5-L V12 rated at 729 hp and 507 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $449,995, Buy It Now, sf 529 MSRP: $417,650 (base) Other current offering: In Miami, FL, Lamborghini Broward asking $475,000 for a 2018 Blue Ely over Nero Ade leather Lamborghini Aventador S coupe with 1,372 miles. 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Date sold: 03/08/2018 eBay auction ID: 192470817088 Seller’s eBay ID: bocatomotors Sale type: Used car with 11,265 miles VIN: WP0CD2A97HS178451 Details: Black over black leather; 3.8-L twinturbocharged H6 rated at 540 hp and 486 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $141,841, 65 bids, sf 118 MSRP: $159,200 (base) Other current offering: Stevinson Imports of Denver, CO, offering a 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet in Chalk White over black leather with 7 miles, for $195,909. ♦ 114 SOLD AT $473,000. Chuck Brahms, who was listed as a collaborator in this car’s restoration, is a noted Mercedes W188 specialist. While original examples of the W188 are glorious, this was the next best thing. Nothing on this 300Sb was overdone, and no modifications were made to suit individual preferences. While those of you familiar with W188 prices of five years ago might be irritated that a coupe sold for this much money, these cars are truly rare and magnificent, and have been appreciating slowly and steadily. Plus, the floor shift really helped, as it makes the W188 that much easier to drive. #33-1957 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N: 82846. Aquamarine Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 6,107 miles. Appears to be a recent and very comprehensive restoration effort on this 356 Speedster from West Texas. Door fit appears to be nearly perfect. New lenses fitted. coupe. S/N: 1880115500041. Stone Gray/gray leather. Odo: 3,172 miles. Exquisitely restored Mercedes 300Sb in dark gray. Presentation leaves little to be desired, with excellent chrome work, exterior rubber and very nice panel fit. Equipped with unusual floor-shift transmission. Leather work to a very high standard, but with typical modern, grainy leather. Wood refinished. While listening to engine run, it’s very smooth and quiet. However, the synchronization of the carburetors may be off. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $572,000. The market for the best Speedsters—cars with known history and few owners—is still growing. The restoration was completed in 2014, and fewer than four years later, the second owner is cashing in. While the car was restored recently, it would likely have sold for more as an unrestored car, as it was running and driving with regular maintenance in 2011. While selling the car seven years later isn’t exactly what I would do with a two-owner car, the temptation to cash in must have been strong. TOP 10 No. 10 #26-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N: 1989808500131. Anthracite Gray Metallic/black canvas/ gray leather. Odo: 7,213 miles. Very clean 300SL in Anthracite Gray Metallic. However it was originally delivered in 334 Hellblau, with a lovely red interior. Leather is newer replacement, and while the pattern is good, the grain looks lifeless. Also, gray leather of this shade was never offered on any Mercedes until 1980. Sadly, the only original items in the interior of this car are the turn-signal switch and some of the knobs, which have retained their charm over the years. Underneath the car, everything looks just as you would expect on a restored 300SL. No leaks are present and the belly pan seems to be very straight and nice. However, it seems like since the restoration, little use has occurred. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,072,500. Changing a car from an exciting color like 334 Blue to this blah gray color, which is incorrect for the year, did this 300SL no justice. Some involvement with Rudi Koniczek is regarded as a good thing in the 300SL community, but this car just seemed so milquetoast and so medically sterile. Paint it the right color and maybe it will do better next time. #48-1959 PORSCHE 356A cabriolet. S/N: 151129. Meissen Blue/brown leatherette. Odo: 830 miles. Engine-cover fit proud at rear. Paint consistent with factory finishes; in what appears to be single-stage enamel. Hard top fits a little bit awkwardly—especially in front, Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL but overall no damage observed. Front clip straight with some issues with trunk fit at front. Interior freshly trimmed and looks basically new. Strong gasoline smell around rear of car. Cond: 2. swirl marks—at least in this light. Chrome slightly pitted around the windows and looks normal for refurbished trim. Original glass looks good, with fresh rubber seals. Interior heavily modded with roll cage, racing seats and safety harnesses. Flared rear fenders. Carbureted engine not showy enough for concours, and looks like it’s ready to go. Weber 40-mm carbs, extra oil cooling, twinplug ignition and uprated camshafts listed in catalog as mods to 2.0 liter. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. Get ready to start seeing even more early 356s at auction. In a couple of years, this car will likely bring its low estimate of $175k, and maybe more. After the market gets saturated, prepare to see results fall off to mid-$150k. I am going to call it well bought, as the early 356 has a certain spartan charm about it that keeps it relevant in today’s complicated, air-cooled 911 market. #30-1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 GS/GT Carrera coupe. S/N: 110858. Ruby Red/tan & black leather. Odo: 13,247 km. Clean paint on what appears to be a very solid GS/GT. Paint application likely done with glass out of the car. Panel fit consistent with Porsche quality. However, passenger’s door gap appears to be a little bit wider than driver’s door gap. Minor scratches on rear window. Extremely basic seats look very good. Nothing to fault about instrument panel. Interior smells great. Wheels also show considerable restoration effort. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $220,000. No rally history, chopped up and rebuilt and with lots of modifications. Seemed like a massive expenditure for a car that can’t be returned to stock, and after it is crashed, used up and rebuilt on a bunch of grueling rallies, who knows what’s next. Reportedly prepped for Carrera Panamerica. If this is what you’re into (pretending to be Karl Kling or Vic Elford), then have fun. Otherwise, this was not the best car to chop up. #43-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 SWB NOT SOLD AT $900,000. With $900k bid against a $1.2m low estimate, I don’t know what sellers are hoping for. There are very few 356s in the million-dollar club, and the GS/GT is certainly not one of them. At Artcurial’s most recent sale, one of these was available and was bid to about $100k less. My message to owners of four-cam 356s is that you don’t have a million-dollar car. Whether this will happen soon is anyone’s guess, but I don’t think it ever will. If anyone is going to throw down this much money for a four-cam 356, it will likely be for a Speedster. #34-1967 PORSCHE 911S 2.0 coupe. S/N: 306793S. Yellow/black suede. Odo: 1,017 miles. Modified for rally use, in a bright yellow color. Newish paint appears to be uniform and bright, with no apparent scratches or June 2018 sedan. S/N: 10012112001049. Black/Cognac leather. Odo: 63,392 miles. U.S.-market 600 short wheelbase from the Brumos Collection. Paint application appears to be pretty good, but with some pitting in bright trim. Exterior panel fit consistent with what one would expect for a 600. Wood appears to be in nicer condition than most, and may actually be wearing its original lacquer finish. Leather also is surely original, with some creasing and deterioration on driver’s seat, but nothing too bad. Underhood show-and-display package is evident with numerous chrome components including fan shroud, water pipes and other pieces. However, hose clamps are wrong on cooling hardware. Air suspension appears to be in good order, and no hydraulic fluid seen on the carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,000. A solid price for a highly original and likely fully operational 600. While this auction’s Mercedes offerings weren’t all to my liking, this car did impress me. Between this 600 and the 1954 300Sb, I am pleased to say that whoever purchased either this car or the other did very well. My advice for the new owner would be to correct the underhood details, not replace the leather, and use it often, so the hydraulics don’t develop any issues. 115


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL #27-1969 PORSCHE 911S 2.0 coupe. S/N: 119301008. Tangerine/black vinyl. Odo: 35,134 miles. Very clean Porsche. Panel fit consistent with most SWB 911s. Engine cover hides extremely clean, recently rebuilt 2-liter motor with mechanical fuel injection. Yellowzinc plating done to a limited extent on throttle linkage, but the bolts and other fasteners are part of the engine case and have simply been cleaned off. Still, looks extremely trustworthy and appears to be a very solid 911. Interior likely redone at some point, but to a very high standard with very little to fault. Right door fit is slightly proud. Also noted is some dulling of bright trim around door frames. Cond: 2+. history dating back to day one. If kept in this form, this would have been a rather valuable car. The current owner stripped the car and changed the color, in addition to replacing the front seat covers. The lesson here is that if you own an original Mercedes of any color, don’t touch it. Tobacco Brown is actually desirable on these cars, and the seller likely left about $100k on the table by changing it during restoration. SOLD AT $154,000. This was a very Porsche-heavy auction, but this unsual SWB S was quite an attention-getter. Hammer price was below estimate, but at the end of the day, with commission, it ended up just squeaking by. A truly nice Porsche with known service history; I call this well bought. #18-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 cabriolet. S/N: 11102712004301. Green metallic/ brown canvas/Cognac leather. Odo: 69,791 miles. Very clean presentation of 280SE 3.5 convertible. Workmanship on paint, chrome, woodwork and leather is excellent. Front seats unfortunately redone with newer leather. The match is pretty good, but not perfect. Color change from lovely Tobacco Brown (which is in high demand). Chrome extremely clean, with good panel fit. Original dash is also in great shape. Underhood details seem correct—except for aftermarket sparkplug wires and incorrect a/c hoses. Air-conditioning filling ports—which are exclusive to the 3.5 coupe and cabriolet—are missing in front left fender, but otherwise engine appears clean, correct and reliable. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $104,500. Sold for a real price against the optimistic high estimate. This was a nice, original car with mildly interesting ownership history, but nothing to command the premium some expected. I think this was a market-correct result. TOP 10 No. 7 #55-1996 PORSCHE 911 GT2 Strassenversion coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ99ZTS392126. Speed Yellow/black & yellow leather. Odo: 9,673 km. Paint is in excellent condition, very glossy. Passenger’s door fit is quite tight. Interior near perfect, with no signs of use. Mechanically, it’s also flawless. One of 194 GT2s, recently brought over from Switzerland and will likely be a show-and-display car for a few more years. Cond: 1. #50-1977 PORSCHE 930 coupe. S/N: 9307800567. Black/tan leather. Odo: 57,200 miles. Impressive U.S.-market 930, with only 57k miles on it. Brumos stripe present on hood. Panel fit pretty consistent, but one could tell the black paint has aged over the years, with numerous swirl marks and some color fade. Interior has held up a little bit better, with slightly dry, older leather aging nicely and with a good sheen. Dash looks like new. Mechanically said to be in good condition, having been maintained by the dealership. Engine recently rebuilt, but it was not stated how recently. Gold and red stripes on hood added by first owner, Hurley Haywood, to whom Porsche gifted the car after his victory in the 1977 24 Hours of Le Mans. Cond: 2. great confidence that the market for these is very stable—even at these prices that were unanticipated five years ago. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 6 BEST BUY #47-1952 FERRARI 212 EUROPA cabriolet. S/N: 0233EU. Blue metallic/white leather. RHD. Odo: 4 km. Restoration appears to be very good. Blue metallic paint evenly applied and metallic is very subtle. Trunk lid sits a little bit proud on the driver’s side. Chrome exquisite, with only a little bit of fading on door handles. Hood fit very good. Work on grille and bumpers is good. Interior recently redone in white leather, with blue piping. Instrumentation also refinished. Carpet looks plush also. Very hard to fault, having come out of an intensive six-year restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,600,000. I often hear this thing about some early road Ferraris not being the most desirable because they don’t drive as well as—or they don’t have the power of—the later cars. However, given that most people who own these cars use them infrequently, I think something else is really at work here. If this car looked exactly the same and happened to be 15 years newer, would it sell for more money? With the final price coming up $200,000 short of the low estimate, for such a lovely and rare Ferrari, it seems like exceptional value for the money. (See profile, p. 86.) #59-1955 FIAT 1100 coupe. S/N: 024545. Velvet Green & black/Pumpkin leather. Odo: 314 km. Recent restoration of very attractive little Fiat 1100. One of two built by Vignale. Two-tone paint scheme compliments car extremely well—the results of that demanding and recent restoration. Bright trim is straight and very shiny. Correct screws used throughout. Interior color is very cool and complements the exterior color scheme, although seats could be more supportive. Shown at Pebble in 1955, ’56 and 2016. Ownership changed in 1967, ’84 and 2008. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $330,000. Caveat: I know the owner of this car, so I hope he forgives me when I admonish him for what I feel were several errors. 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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL SOLD AT $418,000. Cuteness goes a long way. For this kind of money, you could have a diminutive, cute little Fiat or a Mercedes 300S. Still, for those of us who long for a coachbuilt Italian car, this was a very affordable entry into something extraordinary. #12-1962 FIAT-ABARTH 1000 TC 2-dr sedan. S/N: 1280038. White & red/red cloth, black vinyl. Odo: 26,902 km. The coolest iteration of the Fiat 600. This one is in quite brilliant condition, with very clean white paint, and only one little chip on the roof line visible. Workmanship very good for such a simple car. Permanently open rear deck with hot engine visibly displayed. Original fasteners holding rear fenders on. Left taillight held on with incorrect screws. Engine seems clean, but not overly restored. Front bucket racing seats clash with stock rear bench seat. Cond: 2. for the money, but there is still a lot of work to do. Despite the presentation, which was intended to inspire confidence, this still seemed like a hastily restored driver. Once I found rust inside the rocker, and while I understand Alfas are sensitive to this kind of thing, it got me thinking about what else might be going on in unobservable areas. Well sold. #24-1965 LAMBORGHINI 350GT coupe. S/N: 0343. Gray metallic/light brown leather. Odo: 97,237 km. Fresh out of restoration. Gray metallic paint is consistent, and does not seem to have any serious flaws. Panel fit is consistent with most early Lamborghinis, but the driver’s door is out quite a bit. Also a single glob of paint in the top of the driver’s door hides something under it. Passenger’s door fit significantly better than the other. Leather interior is more orange than brown, and looks like it might be at least 10 years old. Pleats have flattened out somewhat. Instrumentation is very clean and in good order. Trunk fit seems pretty bad, especially on driver’s side. Cond: 2+. clearly sat for a long time, with a lot of corrosion and even a very old original battery. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,530,000. Sold at the bottom of the high estimate, which means someone paid market value for it here. Will likely clean up with few issues, and between this and the 427 Cobra from this collection, someone bought a very solid, low-mileage 275. Don’t restore it, as it will be just another 275 GTB then. #11-1976 FERRARI 308 GTB Vetrore- SOLD AT $55,000. My car of choice if I was going to take something home from this auction. YouTuber Daniel Muller has some amazing videos of him driving his 1000 TC on some really great roads in Germany, which show what a well-designed car it really is. Charming because this obvious conversion retains a functional back seat. Hard to fault, although my unfamiliarity with the model leaves room for error. Oddly enough, in 1955, Moto Guzzi attempted to start selling hot Fiat 500s as a factory option, which Fiat decided not to pursue. This is the role which Abarth eventually filled with the 600, though, and with four cylinders, was the right way to go. Nicely bought. #35-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SS coupe. S/N: AR381257. Dark blue/red leather. Odo: 51,409 miles. Decent paint finish with some blemishes—looking fairly original for its age. Brightwork has some polish and swirl marks. Interior older and has settled in nicely. Panel fit better than most, but not perfect. Rust observable in front left rocker, with heavy undercoating beneath. Differential rebuilt at some point. Good surface details on engine, but Stant radiator cap gives me pause. Cond: 3+. sina coupe. S/N: 19377. Light blue metallic/ tan leather. Odo: 45,763 km. The iconic, Euro-market fiberglass 308. Recently out of three-year restoration with good documentation. Very low mileage from new, but repainted in original light blue metallic. Interior also looks relatively fresh. Door seals seemed okay on the outside. Upon further inspection, there seems to be some deterioration on the windowsill. Overall the presentation is excellent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $627,000. I knew I saw this car somewhere—in fact, it was right here at the Island in 2016, where it didn’t sell at a $600k high bid. Back then it was green with lots of flaws. In 2016, this car was wearing the wrong paint. But with a color change back to original, the car presents well. As far as the sale price goes, they paid top price. (See profile, p. 90.) #15-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB LongNose Alloy coupe. S/N: 08125. Silver/ blue leather. Odo: 13,212 km. A 275 GTB recently brought to light. Paint not necessarily that bad, but the car is covered in a heavy layer of dust. All bright trim seems to be in pretty good order. Headlight covers intact, with no weathering. Sits on very old Michelin tires. Panel gaps are pretty decent. No damage to glass. Interior encouraging, with very nice blue leather and very good dash-top. Under the hood, everything present—including correct yellow fuel hoses, but car has TOP 10 No. 1 SOLD AT $132,000. Sold at RM Monterey in 2013 for $126,500 (SCM# 6470067). Not bad 118 “ SOLD AT $250,000. Sold about $25k below low estimate, which seems extremely fair. The cost of restoration plus the initial purchase price of the car suggest that the seller may still be losing some money. The 308 market really only counts in your favor if you’ve owned the car for a long time. #21-2002 FERRARI 575M coupe. S/N: ZFFBV55A420129484. Black/tan leather. Odo: 11,873 miles. Original and nearly flawless Maranello. Paint appears to be original and spectacularly preserved. No signs of past damage, although the hood gap on the driver’s side wider than the hood gap on the passen- For those of us who long for a coachbuilt Italian car, this was a very affordable entry into something extraordinary. 1955 Fiat 1100 coupe ” Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent online sales of Japanese collector cars by Brian Baker (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #8832. 1994 Toyota Supra coupe. S/N JT2JA82J1R0022388. 5,635 miles. “Twin Turbocharged 3.0-L 2JZGTE I-6, automatic transmission, longterm collector owned, unmodified, Super White, black leather, original paint and body panels, newer tires and battery.” Condition: 1. Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL ger’s side. Door fit appears to be great, and there are not any problems with seals or glass. On the inside, the interior appears as-new, with the exception of a few creases on the seats. Minor swirl marks noted in original paint, but otherwise very hard to fault. Major services completed in 2015. Cond: 2+. Beautiful silver-over-red vinyl. Gaps on this car not great, especially driver’s side door. Trunk does not fit as well as one would expect, and the paint on it doesn’t match well, either. Right front fender also not colored the same. Detailing on engine bay is exquisite, with cadmium plating everywhere that it is necessary. The only nitpicks are a junky-looking negative battery cable and a generic Pertronix coil. Interior has been redone with great effort and seems to be highly authentic. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $80,500. The Japanese collector-car market is starting to get exciting. These unmodified cars are popping out of nowhere and hitting the market. The only downside to this Supra is the automatic transmission, but that isn’t a big issue. It just helps you shift while the 321 horsepower pushes you forward. Well sold. Bring-A-Trailer, 3/30/2018. #8801. 2000 Honda Civic Si coupe. S/N 1HGEM1150YL095312. 10,439 miles. “1.6-L B16A2 VTEC I-4, 5-speed manual transmission, Milano Red, unmodified.” Condition: 1.5. SOLD AT $132,000. Sold last year at Gooding’s Scottsdale sale for $159,500 (SCM# 6827540). Also offered at Mecum’s November 2017 Las Vegas sale, but only bid to $90k (SCM# 6854539). That shows a bit of the market softening we all observed last year. While not a Ferrari that is on everyone’s radar, this 575 sold for a healthy price. Problems such as lack of electronic parts availability and very expensive upkeep costs hold most used 575s back. But in this case the depreciation curve may be coming to an end for the 575M and its relatives, so if you want a nice one, you’d better jump on it. SOLD AT $22,750. Another unicorn spotted on Bring-A-Trailer. The actual car is not a unicorn, but the low miles and shape it is in make it a unicorn. The 2000 Honda Civic Si was the pinnacle of 1980s-to-’90s Hondas. The shell was built upon the 1992 chassis with updates, peak Honda reliability, mixed in with one of their most popular engines, the B16, which got you this sporty little coupe. 2000 is also the last year of this generation. The next generation changed the entire appearance of the Civic. As the MSRP was around $17k, with inflation we are looking at $26k. This is a Civic that nearly kept its value — well sold. Bring-A-Trailer, 3/28/2018. #e253545479.1976 Mazda RX-3 “Savanna” coupe. S/N 050 (Last 3). 71,440 km (44k miles). “Engine runs, but dies on acceleration, comes with new left and right fiberglass doors.” Condition: 4.5. #58-2003 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N: ZFFCZ56B000133495. Red/red leather. Odo: 1,604 miles. As-new presentation of 2003 Ferrari Enzo, with very low mileage. Looks as if it’s been preserved under correct climate-controlled conditions. Interior shows no signs of use, and neither does engine. Originally out of Switzerland and sold immediately after initial purchase. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 2 SOLD AT $40,700. A quick test of the waters with this Datsun roadster shows more interest than expected—proving that some unloved corners of the market are starting to receive some attention. Still, there were aspects of this car’s restoration that could have been handled better. The issue with restored cars is that we really have no idea what they were like prior to restoration, and I don’t reasonably think this one had a story-free past. AMERICAN #28-1967 FORD GT40 Mk IV coupe. S/N: J12. White/black plastic. RHD. Last production GT40 with what seems to be newer paint, with numerous flaws. Some deterioration of paint around hinges, door latches and moving panels. Panel fit consistent with what you would expect on a serious racing car. Some cracks on engine cover. Scuffing on driver’s door window. Right-hand drive with no odometer. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 4 SOLD AT ¥2,730,000 ($25,580). I haven’t seen too many decent RX-3s come up for auction in the U.S. This one has visible rust on the doors, fenders and trunk, the interior needs work and the engine bay is corroded. On the plus side, it looks complete and shows no major body damage. If this is the market in Japan, what would a 1–2 condition car sell for in the U.S.? Well sold. Yahoo Auctions Japan, 12/23/2017. ♦ 120 SOLD AT $2,365,000. Enzos remain a safe place to stash a couple million dollars, with values oscillating between holding steady and appreciating. Sold for $50k under low estimate, indicating these optimistic pre-sale estimates are in line with these cars’ market trajectory. JAPANESE #4-1967 DATSUN 1600 roadster. S/N: SPL3113997. Silver/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 55,497 miles. Highly convincing restoration of a late-production Datsun 1600 roadster. SOLD AT $1,925,000. Sold as a tub, and completed in 1977. Once intended to be a spare Le Mans car, but never completed. Racing history is paramount, as is oft repeated, but this is a sterile car, with no accident history. I would rather have one that hasn’t been wrecked and rebuilt, and so I think this GT40 was particularly well bought. © Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL RM Sotheby’s — Amelia Island 2018 If Porsches were of interest, then you were in luck, as 19 were here — almost 20% of the total cars offered — with all but four moving on to new collections Company RM Sotheby’s Date March 9, 2018 Location Amelia Island, FL Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 87/102 Sales rate 85% Sales total $27,563,720 High sale 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long-nose coupe, sold at $2,205,000 Offered as part of the 964 Collection — 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 coupe, sold at $1,655,000 Buyer’s premium 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics T he 2018 RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction, for the second consecutive year, took place wi an altered schedule. Amelia Island, FL Due to an unfavorable weather f Sunday concours was moved to Sa result, this auction was moved to Frid That gave attendees one less day fo which may have been one of the reason achieved its lowest results here since 2 If Porsches were of interest, then you were in luck, as 19 were offered — almost 20% of the total cars offered —with all but four moving on to new collections. A dozen were from a collection of 964s, and two — an RSR and an RS — sold for more than $1,000,000 each. Several of the offerings had been sold at previous auctions and were now coming to market the second time around. A perusal of the SCM Platinum Auction Database indicated how collector cars aren’t always a sure path to riches, as many of the cars went for far less than their prior purchase prices. A very nice 1951 Hudson Hornet convertible that had been restored in Newport Gray and was powered by the famed Twin-H power motor sold for a bargain price of $72,800. The problem was that the car last made $192,500 at the 2016 Bonhams Quail Lodge auction. It was a picture of two extremes: silly money on one end 122 d a bargain price on the other. On the other hand, early CCCA Full Classics, for the most part, did extremely well. A 1933 Marmon V16 coupe that had been part of several prominent collections sold for a touch over $1m. It was not that long ago that coupes were barely collectible and were often butchered, with the tops removed. Times have certainly changed, and for the better, as these are a most elegant presentation. A delightful 1930 Isotta Fraschini Boattail cabriolet that had once been owned by singer/entertainer Sergio Franchi sold for a respectable $1,270,000. Sergio used the car and participated on several CCCA CARavans with it, earning a reputation for running out of gas. There was a dearth of high-end offerings, and I can only speculate that it might be due to sellers who are unwilling to have no-sale prices become new perceived value. Only seven cars were sold for seven figures, and the top dog was a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long-nose that realized $2,205,000 — an impressive number but a far cry from the megamillion-dollar sales of the past few events. RM Sotheby’s has revised their fee schedule with 12% commission on the first $250,000 and 10% on the hammer price above that figure. It is doubtful that this had much of an effect on the results, but as noted, this was the weakest Amelia Island event in several years. A number of negative factors were at play here, the weather being just one of them. But I can almost guarantee you that will not be the case next year. ♦ Sales Totals $75m $60m $45m $30m $15m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH #184-1909 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST Roi Des Belges. S/N: 970. Cream/ black fabric/gray leather. RHD. Nicknamed the “Silver Fairy” by first owner. Rebodied in 1911. Restored in late ’50s with new Roi des Belges Barker-style body. Again restored in 2005, with new paint and leather interior. Fitted with Lucas gas lamps, Cobra horn and running-board tool box. Double Elliot speedometer. Has original Warland dual-rim wood spokes. Also has electric starter and 12-volt electrical system. Stated to be an excellentdriving Silver Ghost. Best in Class at 2007 Pebble Beach. Cond: 1-. leather. RHD. Odo: 520 miles. Powered by a Riley 4-cylinder motor. This example recently found in Los Angeles, where it had been stored since 1952. One of only 42 B-series Westlands. Restoration in 2010 with correct color and Radiomobile AM radio. Cordwrapped steering wheel. Numerous awards since restoration. Might be Donald Healey’s cross-country car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $218,400. The Westland prototype was built by the Westland Engineering Company for Donald Healey. A most unusual Healey in a most unusual livery. Well documented and with a quality restoration, it was well worth the price paid. Possible Donald Healy connection a plus. Fairly sold and fairly bought. #152-1959 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER NOT SOLD AT $940,000. A stunning Silver Ghost with enough nickel trim to keep someone busy polishing for days. There is an active group of Silver Ghost owners who love to tour with their magnificent machines. This would fit right in. Price bid was $60k under low estimate, but I thought it was well within reason. #199-1948 JAGUAR MK IV 3.5 drop- head coupe. S/N: 637098. Garnet Red/tan canvas/red lether. Odo: 60,134 km. First delivered to U.S. Restored 20 years back, with recent awards. Crack in left rear taillight. Attractive livery with optional hood ornament. Complete with toolkit in drop-down boot and Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate. Cond: 2. CLOUD I drophead coupe. S/N: LSMH195. Sand Acrylic/tan cloth/beige leather. Odo: 50,220 miles. One of 13 built, with 10 being left-hand drive for U.S. market. Special order with enhanced radio and power windows and top. Luxurious wood dash and Connolly leather interior. Priced at over $20,000 when new. A stunning restoration that is total luxury. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $420,000. Hispano-Suiza was a Spanish company, but most of the vehicles were produced in France. They introduced the H6C in 1924. This sold for $495,000 (SCM# 5976188) at RM’s 2013 Amelia Island sale. Five years later, with no miles added to the clock, it bids to $75,000 less. The body modifications may be the culprit, although European Full Classics have not kept pace with their American counterparts. #120-1957 INTER 175A coupe. S/N: 1207. Turquoise/red vinyl. MHD. Odo: 3 km. Restored to perfection over a two-year period while part of the Bruce Weiner Collection. About 300 produced, with about 30 known to have survived. Cute as heck. Wheels fold in to reduce width from 54 inches down to 36 inches. Tiny 175-cc single pumps out all of eight horsepower. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $428,500. A drophead-coupe adaptation by Mulliner with paint and final construction performed by Rolls-Royce. A magnificent, bespoke Rolls-Royce that has been restored to perfection. Rare and fully documented. Price paid was a touch under expectations, but in this uncertain market, I’ll say it was well bought...and well sold. SOLD AT $170,800. Jaguar introduced this line shortly after the end of WWII, with distinctive round Lucas headlamps and threeposition top. An impressive example that sold for $4,745 when new. Price paid here exceeded expectations, but any premium will soon be forgotten after first outing. A wellrestored and -maintained classic Jaguar with a few minor needs that can be easily taken care of. Price paid fair all around. #142-1948 HEALEY WESTLAND roadster. S/N: B1689. Pearl Green/tan fabric/red 124 FRENCH #189-1928 HISPANO-SUIZA H6C Transformable Torpedo. S/N: 12036. Cream & yellow/brown fabric/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 97 miles. Designed by Hibbard & Darrin with Transformable Torpedo body and tent flap between trapezoidal side windows. Full pontoon fenders added at some point, along with trunk. Leather seating shows mild patina. Paint well cared for and brightwork in good order. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $84,000. Produced in France between 1953 and 1956, with a Messerschmittstyle tilting canopy and those folding front tires. Two passengers sit tandem, although the rear passenger’s area has room for the family pet. Famed collector Bruce Weiner made the microcar a desirable addition to most every collection. Prior to his huge auction a few years back, they were overlooked, but now unusual, well-restored examples sell in this range. A market-correct buy and will be a hoot to take to the next local show. GERMAN #201-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. 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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL SOLD AT $117,600. These are often upgraded with the 1600 Super motor; however, they do not fare well in strict judging, and the values tend to be off a bit. An excellent driver that will be enjoyed on the road. Fair price, all things considered. #194-1961 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- 190SL market has changed dramatically, and those that bought just a few years back are paying the price. This was a well-presented example that sold at the new market-correct price. #136-1956 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N: 1081572. Almond Green Metallic/tan Stayfast fabric/tan vinyl. Odo: 1,860 miles. An extensive restoration in authentic shade of Almond Green Metallic. Fitted with new top and German square-weave carpet. Has wicker package tray under dash. Number of hard-to-find accessories such as Foxcraft fender skirts, Dehne fuel gauge and backup lights. Also has Albert swan-neck mirrors. Original toolkit and documentation go with car. Numerous recent awards. Cond: 1-. PORTER single-cab pickup. S/N: 671922. Red & white/red vinyl. Odo: 63,154 miles. Fully restored in 2009 and still very presentable. Paint and interior in good order with mechanicals recently tended to. Trim with buffer marks and rust forming in several seams. Complete with radio. Far too nice to take on a dump run. Cond: 2+. leather. Odo: 6,966 km. Built to Japanese specifications, despite the left-hand drive, and finished in Speed Yellow. The second-to-last of only 55 built. The Sport, or lightweight, version weighed about 20% less than Carrera 2s. Brought to U.S. in 2015, as part of prominent collection. Complete with all books and records. Even has unused tri-color Porsche work gloves. Is a street legal—barely—Porsche, with 170-mph top-end speed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $64,400. Developed on Beetle chassis, the Type 2 was offered as both singleand double-cab pickup. Final price paid was surprising, but these seldom come to market in this condition. Will attract a crowd at the next local Cars & Coffee, especially with yesterday’s flower children. Very well sold at nearly double the low estimate of $35k. TOP 10 No. 8 #176-1993 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ96ZPS496080. Fly Yellow/black fabric. Odo: SOLD AT $72,800. A stunning early Volkswagen Beetle finished in an unusual shade of green. Price paid was a bit of a premium, but this Beetle was restored to the nines, and the unusual accessories make it all worthwhile. Fairly bought and fairly sold, as such. #181-1959 PORSCHE 356A coupe. S/N: 105672. White/tan leather. Odo: 39,838 miles. Restored a few years back with period-correct 1600 Super motor installed. Interior in good order, with original trim and fold-down rear seatback. Fitted with clock, radio, and Super hubcaps. Complete with Porsche Kardex. A good, driver-quality 356 that presents well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,270,000. A rare and exciting Porsche that is highly documented. Price paid was as expected, but, with such low mileage, do you start driving and risk the investment or park and be satisfied with a few hot laps each year? TOP 10 No. 5 126 #167-1993 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS 3.8 coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ96ZPS497111. Speed Yellow/black & gray 765 km. The Carrera RSR was Porsche’s return to GT racing, where they were very successful in IMSA, Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring. One of 55 constructed for FIA homologation requirements. One of three delivered to Porsche’s Japanese distributor and only one finished in Ferrari Fly Yellow. Imported to U.S. as part of prominent Porsche collection. Driven about 30 miles per year. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,655,000. Offered as part of the 964 Collection, a dozen spectacular Porsches. A rare, matching-numbers example with limited use. Price paid exceeded expectations, so at least two bidders had to have this exciting RS. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 9 #153-1930 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8AS cabriolet. S/N: 1581. Green gray/green fabric/green leather. RHD. Wonderful Castagna coachwork. Powered by massive 7.3-liter motor. Restored after being acquired from Sergio Franchi estate in 2006. Has long, flowing fenders with pontoonshaped step plates. Fitted with Stephen Grebel headlamps and distinctive lightning-bolt stone guard. Participated in several CCCA CARavans with Franchi at the wheel. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,270,000. This was last seen at RM’s 2008 Monterey sale, where it was a nosale when bid to $1,450,000 (SCM# 4784782). Prior to that it was sold at Christie’s 2006 Greenwich sale for $658,000 (SCM# 1566508), where the SCM reporter called it well bought. It was indeed well bought, but a bunch went into the restoration, so I doubt if there was much, if any, upside. New owner has a wonderful car that performs on the open road. Well bought this go-around. #147-1960 FERRARI 250 GT Pinin Farina coupe. S/N: 1745GT. Blu Lancia/blue Sports Car Market


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On the Radar import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can 1990–91 TVR 350SE A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide leather. Odo: 73,758 miles. One of the last 60 built, and recently restored by Motion Products to impeccable standard. Retains original Colombo V12 motor. Documented restoration expense of close to $1,000,000, most of which was completed by Motion Products Inc. of Neenah, WI. A sensational 250 GT. Cond: 1. RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL Pros: Limited-production Special Edition with only 25 made. 3.9-liter alloy Rover V8 engine was good for 275 horsepower. Tube-frame chassis, fiberglass body, 4-wheel discs, and double-wishbone front end and Koni adjustable dampers gave this car impressive handling. Cons: Wedge shape could be mistaken for a Triumph TR7. Price range: $8k–$10k, plus import costs. 1992–93 TVR Griffith SOLD AT $2,205,000. First Ferrari street car with 4-wheel independent suspension. The 275 GTB was a bit more sporting than the GTS, with both powered by final iteration of Colombo V12. A pleasing design from any angle. Sold for strong but expected money. SOLD AT $720,000. Ferrari introduced the 250 GT coupe at the 1958 Paris Motor Show, and built 353 examples. Considered the gentleman’s Ferrari. Price paid did not come close to covering the cost of restoration. It has not been shown since completion, so any number of invitations await. New owner acquired a wonderful example at a bargain price. Ferrari coupes have come into their own, and the tops are no longer being sacrificed. Well bought indeed, even at near the high estimate. #140-1961 MASERATI 3500 GT Spe- Pros: Lightweight fiberglass-bodied coupe or convertible built on a tube-frame chassis. Miata weight with a Rover V8 engine good for 240 to 340 horsepower. 5-speed manual transmission, proper double-wishbone suspension with coil-overs and disc brakes all around. The car sported 0–60 mph times from 4.1 to 4.7 seconds, depending on the engine. Cons: Just 832 of this beautiful TVR were made, so it might be hard to find. New 2018 model on the market may make vintage Griffs harder to come by. Price range: $20k–$35k, plus import costs. 1991–93 TVR V8S NOT SOLD AT $470,000. Saw this sell at RM’s August 2014 Monterey sale for $660,000 (SCM# 6720008). Seller was not willing to take a $200k haircut this go-around, and took his 3500 GT home. Doubt it is worth what was paid in 2014, but should sell at least at the low estimate of $550k. Pros: Just 410 made. All include leather interior, walnut trim, mohair convertible top, OZ alloy wheels, and a 4.0-liter Rover V8 rated at 240 hp. Reasonably fast, with a 0–60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and 0–100 mph in 12.9 seconds. In its day, this car was faster than the Aston Martin Virage, Ferrari Testarossa, Lotus Esprit Turbo SE or the Porsche Carrera 2. Cons: Not as pretty as the contemporary Griffith; could be mistaken for a Jensen-Healey until you drop the hammer. Price range: $10k–$20k, plus import costs. ♦ 128 #148-1966 FERRARI 275 GTB coupe. S/N: 08603. Rosso Rubino/ Nero leather. Odo: 38,652 miles. One of about 58 long-nose 275 GTBs produced. Complete with original drivetrain and motor. An older restoration that’s been well maintained. Engine clean but not restored. Recent full service by marque specialist. Excellent brightwork and Boranni wires. Leather seating with mild wear. Complete with tool roll and owner’s manuals. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 3 ciale coupe. S/N: AM1011496. Azzurro Metallizzato/tan leather. Odo: 41,970 miles. One of only four 3500 GTs with Frua coachwork. Restored by marque expert Keith Duly. Original engine missing since mid1970s. Worn replacement block swapped out again with correct rebuilt motor. Quad headlamps with custom designed bezel. Stunning leather interior. Number of unique Frua touches. Fully documented and numerous recent awards. Cond: 1-. #134-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 coupe. S/N: 15229. Eng. # B504. Rosso Chiaro/Nero leather. Odo: 45,887 km. A European-specification Daytona with pop-up headlamps. Reported recent engine and transmission rebuild. Leather seating creased but original. Fitted with period-correct air conditioning. Repainted some years back and still presents well, with minimal signs of age. Mouse hair on dash worn. Rust on wheel nuts. Borrani wire wheels included with sale. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $621,000. Price paid as expected for a Daytona that has been used and enjoyed, but never fully restored. Question for new owner will be whether to keep as driver, or go for a full-bore restoration. Would use and enjoy for now. #192-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N: ZFFSG17A9J0078188. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 992 miles. Built in 1988, but with 1988½-specification five-bolt wheels. Only driven 992 miles from new. Recent timing-belt service. A very original example with all books and records. In as-new condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $168,000. These have turned the corner, and are now looked at as collectible rather than just used Ferraris. Not all that long ago they were selling for less than $100k, but that day has long since passed. With fewer Sports Car Market


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than 1,000 miles showing, do you drive it or preserve it? I would have a hard time not driving the heck out of it. AMERICAN #203-1919 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 31 Vestibule Suburban. S/N: 312017. Blue & black/black leather/black leather. RHD. Odo: 15,879 miles. Leather driver’s compartment worn, but elegant passenger compartment in good order. Older restoration that needs more than a little help. Wooden wheels and solid white tires. Cond: 3-. RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL #123-1922 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST Pall Mall tourer. S/N: 336KG. Black/tan fabric/black leather. RHD. Odo: 54,204 miles. A very original and unrestored Rolls-Royce that has not been seen in decades. An American-built Springfield Rolls. Leather interior worn and brightwork dull. Original Waltham gauges. Kam-Lee leather trunk with three fitted suitcases. Tan canvas top worn and dirty. Paint as-original and cracked with a few nicks. A delightful, unmolested example. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $86,800. Used in the era to transport the wealthy between their city and country homes, thus the name Vestibule Suburban. Discovered in Bogota, Colombia. This was last offered at Barrett-Jackson’s 2015 January sale, where it realized $170,500 (SCM# 6778859). The market has adjusted in the past few years, and boxy cars from the Nickel Era are not in favor. Price paid is the new marketcorrect value. #130-1922 DUESENBERG MODEL A tourer. S/N: 798. Eng. # 1366. Black & gray/ black fabric/black leather. Odo: 25,732 miles. One of 650 Model As produced, with about 60 known today. Modified in ’50s with frame shortening. Correct style of engine now installed, but from 1924. Restored and returned to original configuration. Numerous awards since. First delivered with knockoffs. ACD certification. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $173,600. Price paid was at the high end of expectations. The allure is the original condition, so I hope the owner keeps it in good mechanical condition but does not mess with anything else. They’re only original once. #143-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Town Car. S/N: S275FP. Maroon/black fabric/black leather, tan fabric. Odo: 33,093 miles. A Springfield Rolls-Royce that was recently restored by marque expert. Springfieldbuilt cars had 3-sp manual transmission. Very elegant interior with chrome wires rather than nickel. Stated to be an excellent-driving RollsRoyce. The height of elegance. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $335,000. This was last seen at RM’s August 2011 sale, where it was not sold when bid to $235,000 (SCM# 6764850). A few years later it sells for well above the high estimate. Stated to be a very roadworthy Phantom I, with excellent coachwork by famed Hibbard & Darrin. Will be a hit at the next RROC outing. Well sold, but new owner should be thrilled. Seller made the right call by not selling in back in 2011. NOT SOLD AT $270,000. The Model As, of course, do not bring the same money as the Js, but they were very innovative for the era. The incorrect motor and prior modifications may have held things back a bit here. Stated to be a wonderful touring car, so I hope it finds a new owner at the next sale who will get it on the road. June 2018 #183-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J Clear Vision sedan. S/N: 2209. Eng. # J187. Dark Blue/blue leather. Odo: 39,908 miles. One of six Clear Visions produced by Murphy, with one sacrificed for the war effort. Has been part of several prominent collections. Most recently acquired from Andrews Collection. Restored some years back and properly 129


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL maintained since. Noted for its slender, narrow pillars and windshield. Well documented and certified by ACD Club. Cond: 2. prominent collections. Wonderful wood on doors with engine-turned dash. Engine bay spotless. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,050,000. A record auction price for a closed Marmon V16, according to SCM Platinum. It is a striking Full Classic that will be welcome at most any event. The price paid was well within reason, as it is rare, well restored and stunning. #116-1931 AUBURN 8-98 Custom Boat- NOT SOLD AT $675,000. Not its first rodeo as it appears on six different occasions in the SCM Platinum Auction Database. Sold at RM’s January 2011 Phoenix sale for $742,500 (SCM# 2076852), and prior to that at Gooding’s January 2009 sale for $836,000 (SCM# 1642961). It sold for $693,000 at RM’s 2006 Amelia Island sale (SCM# 1565756). Price going the wrong way, as this was bid for less than its 2006 value. #162-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J Imperial cabriolet. S/N: 2275. Eng. # J254. Black & pewter/black canvas/blue leather. Odo: 14,740 miles. First delivered to William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies. Modified upon delivery. It traveled with them throughout the world. A number of wellknown owners since. Restored in 1980s and refinished in 2003. Elegant rear passenger compartment. Carpet pulling up in front, but that’s an easy fix. Needs attention to be shown, but respectable as-is. Cond: 2-. tail Speedster. S/N: 898A16951E. Black & silver/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 1,862 miles. This Auburn was fitted with Speedster body in the late ’70s. Resprayed a few years later, and now showing signs of age and use. Numerous paint blemishes. Carpets filthy and road rash on grille. Grille trim does not fit properly— spacer used. Recent engine rebuild and detail. Cond: 3-. Haartz cloth/blue leather. Odo: 70,226 miles. Manufactured by R.E. Olds, with a top speed of 90 mph. One of only 48 produced in 1932, and one of five known survivors. Restored by marque specialist. CCCA National first place with score of 100 points. Acquired in 2006 from Milhous Collection. Before that, a part of collections of S. Ray Miller, Bill Harrah and Tom Lester. Has been well maintained with little to fault. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $280,000. A little-known marque with elegant styling and powerful motor. A bit of a sleeper and selling for well below what a comparable Packard or Cadillac would. Only produced for three years, so new owner will be asked a ton of questions. A very fair transaction. SOLD AT $190,400. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2015 Hershey auction, where it sold for $176,000. Rebodying results in the Auburn Speedster not being eligible for a number of events and activities. As such, I’m surprised it sold as well as it did. It is in need of expensive attention. Sold below auction-company estimates, but well above 2015 sale. I’ll still call it well sold indeed. BEST BUY SOLD AT $995,000. Sold at 2009 ACD meet auction for over $3m, but buyer came to his senses and the sale flipped. An interesting Duesenberg with noted ownership. Surprised it did not sell for a touch more, but it is in need of some TLC. French styling with superb provenance. A fair transaction at the price paid, and even slightly well bought. #129-1931 MARMON SIXTEEN coupe. S/N: 16141694. Tan & blue/tan leather. Odo: 106 miles. One of only six V16 coupes produced. A well-designed motor, but a bit late to market, as Cadillac was first with a V16. This example restored in early 2000 with rather dramatic livery. Well maintained in several SOLD AT $151,200. An attractive Packard sport phaeton that has been well maintained since restoration. A Pilot Ray or Trippe lights would do wonders for the front end. A wonderful tour car that was acquired at a favorable, if not bargain, price. Well bought. #121-1932 REO ROYALE 8-35 convertible. S/N: N3001. Navy blue & silver/blue 130 #159-1931 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT Series 840 sport phaeton. S/N: 49191. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 1,932 miles. Restored over a two-year period starting in 2007. Taken down to last nut and bolt. Finished in black with green chassis, pinstriping and undercarriage. Rear-mounted spare, stoneguard and rear dual cowl. On the field at Pebble Beach in 2007. Desirable Packard styling that has been well restored in elegant livery. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $335,000. This was last offered at Christie’s 2003 Pebble Beach sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $190,000 (SCM# 1561188). The market, of course, has evolved, and the price paid is the current value. A massive Full Classic that is equally impressive and elegant. #117-1934 PACKARD EIGHT Series 1101 roadster. S/N: 71919. Red/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 14,526 miles. A very desirable body style that was restored between 1998 and 1999. It won over 15 First in Class awards. Still presents well, but is no longer fresh and crisp. Fitted with blackwall tires and optional sidemount spares. Finished in a bold shade of red. A wonderful tour car. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market #146-1933 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 1247 convertible sedan. S/N: 3550092. Black/tan fabric/brown leather. Odo: 39,056 miles. A semi-custom mounted on massive 147-inch wheelbase. An older restoration that has been properly maintained by a series of prominent collectors. Thought to have been first owned by Charles M. Schwab. Brown leather interior shows a bit of wear. Engine compartment with signs of use and age. Wonderful wood dash. One of four examples extant. Cond: 2-.


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL banjo steering wheel, Appleton fog lights and artillery wheels. Has Airflow-specific aluminum head. Airflow Club National First Place winner. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $145,600. Sold by RM Sotheby’s last year at their Hershey sale for $160,000 (SCM# 6850403). With a 5,000-hour restoration that bills out around $100 per hour, the math tells the tale. Wood looks almost too new. Price paid did not come close to covering the cost of restoration, and for the price paid, the car was free. Well bought, but I feel some empathy for the seller. SOLD AT $173,600. This was last seen at Bonhams’ January 2015 Scottsdale sale, where it realized $195,000 (SCM# 6772375). A few short years later, it sold for $20k less. I would suggest that the declining condition was the primary culprit. #145-1936 LINCOLN MODEL K con- vertible Victoria. S/N: K6276. Gray/gray Haartz cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 67 miles. One of 10 semi-customs with coachwork by Brunn. First delivered to Johnson Wax family. Restored by previous owner with work performed by marque specialist. Restoration completed in 2013 and numerous awards since. Has been properly maintained. An elegant design and powered by V12 motor. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $100,800. Chrysler introduced the Airflow in 1934, but by 1936 the Art Deco styling had been toned down a bit. This was last seen at RM’ Sotheby’s Hershey 2015 sale, where it realized $176,000. Less than three years later and driven fewer than 100 miles, the seller takes a $75,000 haircut. These are an acquired taste that were ahead of the times but still should have brought at least an additional 25k. Well bought and one of the better bargains at the auction. #144-1940 BUICK SUPER estate wagon. S/N: 0K0612500. Maroon/black fabric/maroon leather. Odo: 940 miles. The first year for the Buick estate wagon, one of 495 produced. Received 5,000-hour restoration a few years back and still is fresh. Woodwork is cabinet maker’s dream. Body is framed in northern ash, with African mahogany inserts. Pushbutton radio. Long list of awards. VIN listed was not correct for model. Nothing to fault condition-wise here. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $235,200. This was last seen at RM’s 2013 Hershey sale, where it realized $242,000 (SCM# 6540392). Five years later it sold for a touch less, but still in line with market. V12 Lincolns are wonderful motorcars but lag behind Packards in value. A wonderful CARavan car. #161-1936 CHRYSLER AIRFLOW Im- perial sedan. S/N: 7015285. Del Monte Beige/tan cloth. Restored in 2013 to an exceptional standard. Correct fender skirts, Airflow #163-1942 PACKARD 180 convertible. S/N: 15292004. Parisienne Blue/tan fabric/red leather. Odo: 8,542 miles. Famed Darrin design on desirable 180 chassis. One of only 15 built in 1942. Originally delivered to Earle C. Anthony dealership in San Francisco. Fitted with “K” steering wheel and factory turn signals. Paint showing a bit of age. Dash plastic in good order. Rear fender skirts with car. Styled with famed Darrin Dip on doors. Number of recent awards. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $401,000. The Packard-built Darrins have a reputation for a better build quality, and as such sell for a touch more than the earlier models. Price paid here was market correct and fair to all parties. A wonderful tour car, so I hope the new owner gets it on the road. #114-1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY sedan. S/N: 71002156. Sumac Red/red leather, taupe Bedford cloth. Odo: 67,462 miles. 251-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A wellrestored example loaded with options including Mopar sun visor, Jiffy Jet windshield washer and a cool Mopar automatic battery filler. Restoration completed in 2013 and received numerous awards since. Has build sheets, original invoice and key code tags. Excellent wood fit and finish, although driver’s side front door out a touch at bottom edge. Paint exceptional. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $100,800. This was last seen at RM’s 2011 October Hershey auction, where it realized $148,500 (SCM# 6787030). The onsite reporter stated it was a good buy, but I doubt if the owner feels that way today. At 132 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL least he got to drive it for 400 miles. The market for ’40s and ’50s cars in many cases has taken a dive, and that was the case here. On the other hand, the new owner has a strong example at today’s market-correct price. #119-1953 KURTIS K2 500S continua- tion roadster. S/N: KK5005029. Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 5,191 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A re-creation of Kurtis 500S that took the top 10 places at the 1952 Indy 500. One of three built with Arlen Kurtis’ assistance for competing in 1991 La Carrera Panamericana. This car is sister car to one that bested 112 international entrants. Powered by 400-ci small-block Chevy with Halibrand pin-drive knockoffs. Is street legal and eligible for vintage events. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $89,600. Built using original tooling and frame side rails. Stated to be fast and race-proven. Sure to draw a crowd at every outing, but be prepared for any number of questions. Sold for less than expected, so well bought if you have a place in the garage for it. #164-1963 SHELBY COBRA roadster. S/N: CSX2149. White/red leather. Odo: 27,190 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The famed “Cobra in the Barn” as documented by Tom Cotter. The 149th of 580 289 Cobras produced with aluminum body made in England, and finished by Shelby American with red leather seating and luggage rack. Restored by Cotter retaining the original low-rise intake manifold, headers and spark-plug wires. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $900,000. A month after being removed from barn, the building burned to the ground. Price bid was light by $100k or so. The interesting story on the car’s rescue adds to the allure. Doubt if the seller will have a problem getting his number in the future. A desirable 289 Cobra. © June 2018 133


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL Bonhams — The Amelia Island Auction Where else might one find an American Underslung, a Thomas Flyer, a Horch, an Intermeccanica, a Kellison and a Kurtis all in the same auction? Company Bonhams Date March 8, 2018 Location Amelia Island, FL Auctioneers Rupert Banner, Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 88/101 Sales rate 87% Sales total $13,177,679 High sale Italian makes with factory-correct American engines on the rise? 1969 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder, sold at $147,840 Report and photos by Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz Intro by Mark Moskowitz Market opinions in italics Amelia Island, FL T he team at Bonhams is looking e smarter. Four years ago, the comp out the Thursday prior to t weekend. Theirs has been the sole au day, and their Wednesday preview h significant number of weekend attend early. Bonhams’ location has proven convenient, and interest has seemingly grown, as evidenced by an evermore-full parking lot. This March, for the second year in a row, the threat of rain moved the concours from Sunday to Saturday. That left the other auction houses pondering whether and how to move their events into a compressed time slot. Not so with Bonhams. Another decision, to raise sales commissions from 10% to 12% on the first $250,000 of the sales price, could have been a disincentive for participants. Seasoned auctioneer Rupert Banner explained, “As… we seek to offer the best service and experience for our clients and customers, our costs have risen dramatically... Commissions are still considerably less than those in Europe, and we remain competitive in the industry.” Regardless of the increase, Bonhams didn’t falter. Offerings increased from 86 to 101 cars, the sales rate increased to 87% and the auction total was $13,177,679 — up from last year’s $10,549,300. The feature car, a 1973 Daytona Spyder, was reported in the press as sold for $2.4m, then not. No deal was reached. Another headline car was an extremely lowmileage McLaren P1. Its $1.7m sale represents a recent 134 ction low. As more and better supercars become available, P1s may be losing their luster. A trio of show-quality Lincoln Zephyr coupes 2015 McLaren P1 coupe, sold at $1,710,000 Buyer’s premium 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices was offered at no reserve. All went well below low estimates — a trend suggesting waning interest in non-coachbuilt, closed pre-war cars. Lotuses were also on sale. A well-prepared Elan sold for a bargain $26,880. Two polished metal rarities, a Lotus Mk 6 and a Coventry Climax-powered Lotus Eleven Le Mans, had provenance issues that could not be resolved at the sale. A noted Lotus collector bought both for $30,240 and $92,960, respectively — wise buys should chassis and bodies prove to be genuine. Conversely, Porsches were definitely not on sale. A 1959 Porsche 356A Carrera GS coupe led the way with a $632,000 price tag. Sales of a 1992 911 Turbo 3.3 coupe at $343,800 and a 1989 wide-body Turbo-Look Carrera 3.2 Targa at $169,120 were records. A rare Pinin Farina-bodied, triple-carbureted Delahaye Coupe was well sold at $478,000. A 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC sold just under low estimate at $545,100. I remain a Bonhams fan, as I am consistently delighted by the diversity of offerings. No single marque or country dominates. It is not unusual to find cars from three centuries. Where else might one find a 1927 Georges Irat or 1909 Belgian Imperia? Or an American Underslung, a Thomas Flyer, a Horch, an Intermeccanica, a Kellison and a Kurtis all in the same auction? Pedigreed road and oval-track racers are typical fare. Bonhams’ formula has merit. I’ll be back early in the Amelia Island week, as I suspect will numbers of remote and foreign bidders whose presence on the phone and on the Net may be as meaningful to Bonhams as those in the auction tent. ♦ $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sales Totals 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH #156-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental drophead coupe. S/N: 3MW. Eng. # FG55. Gold & brown/brown cloth/tan leather. Odo: 99,990 miles. Imposing Thrupp & Maberly PII Continental, with unique features such as engine-turned alumimum dash and door caps (rather than wood), and extra instrumentation specified by first owner, Prince Mdivani, then-husband of Barbara Hutton. Very cool period Philco Transitone radio. Brought to U.S. in 1972. Said to drive well, but physically it needs, and deserves, almost everything. Doors not aligned properly, but surprisingly they open and shut well. Incorrect paint dull and cracked. Most brightwork dull. Interior surfaces aged. Okay under bonnet, but not to level this car deserves. Peculiar odo reading (“Honey, sell the Phantom II before it hits 100,000 miles!”) not relevant at this point. Cond: 3-. painted silver not black, the latter being typical for later cars. Welting detached on right rear. Chrome trim rings found on steel wheels not present. Leather has pleasant wear pattern, with no significant rips. Some loss of upholstery coloring on driver’s side. Engine block seems to be original. Replaced head. Tools and manuals in trunk. Cond: 3+. vintage race-car collector. This racer has been admittedly altered on multiple occasions, but when one compares the purchase price to that of a BMW 328 or a Frazer Nash replica, it seems the buyer got a heck of a bargain, a lot more fun and a ticket to some great events. #115-1936 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE drop- head coupe. S/N: B57KU. Eng. # Z6BM. White & black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 25,901 miles. Consignor purchased car in 2015 and spent what must have been a small fortune to fit a new cylinder head and oil pump, in addition to a new top, upholstery and carpet, and repainted fenders, among other upgrades. In fine fettle overall, with some small authenticity issues—such as carpet material and some hoses and wiring. Fitted with high-speed rear end when new, and later a Laycock overdrive, which should enhance the Derby’s already fine touring characteristics. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $465,000. A fascinating and important open PII Continental with an amazing, well-documented history. Prince Mdivani wrecked the car in Spain soon after his divorce from Ms. Hutton, killing himself. It was then rebuilt and later, probably in the 1960s, was restored by FLM Panelcraft. Could dazzle at any concours in the world, but only after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to properly restore it again. Somewhat wellbought for an open PII Continental, but the purchase price is only the price of admission. Presumably the buyer has deep pockets—massive restoration costs ahead! #116-1935 FRAZER NASH-BMW 315 Willis LMC Special racer. S/N: 51203. Eng. # 100B24287. Blue/blue leather. MHD. Odo: 12 miles. Beautifully proportioned race car last raced in Monterey Historics. Smooth blue paint with multiple chips and scratches. Panels straight. Holes drilled where windshield used to be. “Mickey Mouse” hood retention. Accompanied by an original magnesium nose. Engine compartment contains a significant combination of old and new. Modern connectors, modern fan. Older-appearing mag wheels. Interior leather not ripped, with nice patina. Beautiful gauges. Accompanied by much period midlevel race history. Presentation suggest that it has been used and enjoyed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $196,000. Last seen at auction in 2013 at Coys Birmingham sale, selling for $222,523 (SCM# 5758860). Quickly snapped up and wisely purchased by a BMW dealer and a respected 136 SOLD AT $80,640. A veteran of the 2017 Copperstate, and was a good runner when seen there. Sold for $70,200 in 2011 at Bonhams’ September Westport sale (SCM# 6611977). Nice to see an accumulation of 3,600 miles since. A fair deal for buyer and seller. #132-1954 LOTUS MK 6 roadster. S/N: MK695. Eng. # D21815AD. Polished aluminum/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Polished aluminum body with multiple dings and scratches consistent with use. Fabricated rough, but possibly original, chrome front-suspension arms. Unusual MG powerplant. Pool of oil below engine. Missing a lower coolant hose, although it was subsequently replaced during the auction. Engine compartment dirty, with loose wires. Cannot find chassis plate, but there is an ID plate fixed to the firewall. Hydraulic brakes, not cable. Dash cut to allow storage on passenger’s side. Well-worn top and side curtains. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. Purchased new by Tony Vandervell, a founder of the Vanwall racing team. Later owned by, as stated on a discreet brass dash plaque, “The Marchioness of Tweeddale, Yester, Gifford, Scotland.” Provenance like that should be worth at least an extra $25k. This car failed to attract a sufficient bid. Perhaps the relatively common Park Ward drophead-coupe coachwork is viewed as too staid. Compare to Lot 186, a 1939 MX-series Derby with a later Dick Brockman body “in the style of” a very sporty Vanden Plas tourer. That car hammered at $176,000. Not sure where a more suitable auction venue can be found; perhaps in the U.K., where the Marchioness of Tweeddale is better appreciated. #192-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N: 674160. Eng. # W93148. Silver/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 66,206 miles. Thick silver paint with rare inclusion or flaw. Panels seem straight. Nice chrome generally, but top of right front bumper wavy. Bumper supports SOLD AT $30,240. This car had several drawbacks: It appeared rapidly cobbled together, it had an unusual engine, and it lacked a proper chassis identifier. It was bought by the Lotus expert from the Barber Museum. If anyone in the U.S. knows vintage Lotuses, he does. While the museum has three others, the Mk 6 is a rare beast, and if it is the real deal (and I suspect it is), then the Lotus was well bought. #177-1954 ALLARD K3 roadster. 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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL of both doors. Very good chrome appropriate to Allard. Imperfect door fit, as typical of K3s. Interior shows age. Carpet torn and separated from firewall. Gauges appear original. Centermounted Hydramatic shifter installation less than professional. Clean-appearing Cadillac engine. Irregular cut in firewall to clear headers. Multiple empty holes in firewall. Very long, spliced hose for heater, but no heater. Cond: 3+. this auction. Unknown history prior to ’80s and missing original chassis plate. Restoration completed over past three years. Some dings in the aluminum shell. Suspension upgrades to make it safer and better-performing at the track. Coventry Climax engine. Cond: 3. #185-1961 MGA Mk I 1600 roadster. S/N: 89089. Old English White/red vinyl. Odo: 62,598 miles. Very neat Mk 1 1600 fitted by Yarwood Engineering with 1622-cc Mk II block, with Iskenderian cam, suspension modifications and more. Auster windscreen, ’60s GM side mirror, and bumpers removed. Antenna but no radio. Presents very well, although there is some paint loss in door jambs. Inside, very good red vinyl, clear instruments and a Moto-Lita steering wheel. Some knobs and switches look older than others. Excellent engine compartment showing just the right amount of use. Surface rust on front hubs. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. Not a presentation to inspire confidence. I last saw this car at Bonhams Greenwich in 2015, where it sold for $88,000 (SCM# 678442). Since then it has traveled 122 miles under its own power. At one time a great K3 might fetch more than double that price at auction. That has not happened lately. There’s still more on the table, but if the seller wants more, he will have to do more to the car. #143-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 MC road- ster. S/N: S810834. Eng. # G2250-8S. Red/red and tan /leather. Odo: 966 miles. Classic roadster with higher-value and -horsepower C-type cylinder head (MC in U.S.; SE in U.K.) and other performance enhancements. Restored in 1990s, and freshened prior to 2015 sale. Thick paint with some inclusions. Chrome very good. Attractive two-tone interior. Engine compartment neat but aged. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $92,960. Had this car been documented with a traceable chassis number and a verifiable history, it could have achieved and deserved a more-than-50%-higher price. With the questions, the price seemed appropriate. Its previous owner has a Lotus pedigree and its buyer, the Barber Museum, has a Lotus pedigree. Soon this car may have one as well, and if it does, it was a bargain. (See profile, p. 96.) #175-1959 LOTUS ELITE coupe. S/N: 1052. Eng. # 7588. Cirrus White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 9,517 miles. Three-year nut-andbolt restoration completed earlier this year after 45 years in storage. Driven 100 miles since. Smooth, even fiberglass with panel fit way too good for an early Lotus. One area of slightly misshapen fiberglass work visible only when bonnet is opened, probably per factory. Deep, sparkling chrome. Inside, perfect instruments, dash, seats, door panels and carpets. No headliner, correct per original. Beautiful wood-rim and aluminum-spoke wheel shows a little welcome patina. Spotless underhood. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,400. Sold by Gooding at the 2012 Pebble Beach sale for $37,400 (SCM# 6745478). One of the most appealing MGAs I’ve ever seen. Not a competition car, more of a mild Ye Olde English resto-mod. This is just the kind delightful offbeat British car I expect to see at a Bonhams auction. Sold for about $8,000 to $10,000 more than a typical nice MGA, and worth it. The buyer was and should be ecstatic. #162-1997 BENTLEY AZURE convert- ible. S/N: SCBZK14C6VCX61071. Brooklands Green/green cloth/Parchment leather. Odo: 16,000 miles. Low-mileage example in refreshingly different livery from the usual Magnolia, silver or black. Resplendent in Brooklands Green, with a few minor nicks and scratches. Beautiful green convertible top with very little wear. Interior mostly excellent for a 1997 car, but a previous owner must have had very sharp feet, as the driver’s carpet, at 16k miles, is almost worn through. Pedals a bit worn too. A few nicks on the driver’s door cap. Exceptionally clean under the bonnet. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $91,840. Sold by Auctions America at Hilton Head two-and-a-half years ago for $143,000 (SCM# 6787316). Little changed in the 44 miles since, as I inspected and reported on it then for SCM. The market for ’50s Jaguars has not changed appreciably. Then it was sold well above market. Here it was offered at no reserve, and brought a near-market price. I suspect there is little downside for the buyer if condition is maintained. (See profile, p. 88.) #133-1956 LOTUS ELEVEN Le Mans Series 1 racer. S/N: Eng. # 6863. Polished aluminum/red vinyl. RHD. A period racer with much of the same story as the Lotus Mk 6 at 138 NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Like sitting in a brand-new 1959 Lotus Elite, but one built by a professional car company. Original U.S.-market car (all Series I Elites were RHD) included in first shipment to distributor Jay Chamberlain. The catalog correctly emphasized the restoration’s attention to detail and build quality, which were not Colin Chapman’s priorities in 1959. Does that make it the perfect Elite or inauthentic? I thought this beautifully restored car was properly estimated by Bonhams at $95,000 to $110,000, and deserved several more bids. SOLD AT $57,120. Only about 1,300 Azures were built, but it seems like every auction has one. I would have chalked this car up as a bargain, except that it was my understanding Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL that no information was presented indicating that the top hydraulics had already been repaired. The top goes up and down fine right now, but the top folding mechanism on Azures, adapted from the Mercedes CLK, has a failure rate of almost 100%. It can cost in excess of $12,000 to repair properly. Otherwise, this was a lovely example with only minor needs, selling at somewhat less than the SCM Pocket Price Guide median price. If the top mechanism needs to be done, it will be painful to the new owner, but it won’t put him too upsidedown relative to the car’s value. FRENCH #187-1927 GEORGES IRAT MODEL A cabriolet. S/N: 2773. Eng. # 10769. Cream/ Cocoa cloth/Cocoa leather. Odo: 16,739 miles. Restored prior to 2005 Pebble Beach appearance. Gorgeous Pourtout coachwork with mild mottling and haze to chrome and very nice older paint. Especially handsome convertible top. Interior equally beautiful, the only nits being some haze to chrome hardware and minor damage to the driver’s side door cap. One of the most artistic engine compartments I’ve ever seen, especially the engine-turned firewall. A jewel of a car, and much smaller than it looks in photos. I am not very tall, but had to be a contortionist to get in. Cond: 2+. shield scratched and showing age. Some discoloration of bumper chrome. Paint chips at hood-cowl junction. Painted dash with attractive gauges. Wrinkling seat leather. Neat engine compartment with some unfamiliar modifications including a remote starter solenoid on firewall and a very heavy horn-mounting bracket. Machined aluminum firewall seems unique—others I have seen were steel. Large rivets on firewall, modern connectors and modern water-temperature sending unit. Cond: 2-. U.S., and subject to a 2.5% import duty. While Delahaye sales prices can be difficult to predict, I thought Bonhams’ estimate of $300k– $400k was spot-on, and with premium indeed it sold at mid-estimate. Both parties did well here. #159-1961 FACEL VEGA HK500 coupe. S/N: HK1CA8. Silver blue metallic/red leather. Odo: 85,996 miles. Very desirable disc-brake option, with Rudge center-lock knockoff wheels ($543 in 1960). Older highquality paint holding up well, but with numerous minor chips and scratches. Glass slightly cloudy in places, with some aged gaskets. Variably decent exterior chrome. Leather seats and dash top heavily faded, which does not appear to be the case in catalog photos. I wondered if the seats had been redyed in the distant past, and now the dye is removing itself. Door panels and carpet much better. Interior chrome mostly dull. Clean underhood, with possibly an older restoration of the engine compartment. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $478,000. An above-market price paid for a condition-2, triple-carbureted MS model. But as a one-off from a master coachbuilder, price and value are in the eye of the beholder. #130-1950 DELAHAYE TYPE 135 M SOLD AT $125,440. If you look up Georges Irat in Wikipedia, this is the very car pictured. Of course it is—have you ever seen another? This was the 1927 Paris Auto Salon show car. The only one in the CCCA. Georges Irat manufactured cars from 1921 into the late 1930s (by then production was barely a trickle). Well-documented ownership chain from there until recent 10-year ownership in North Carolina. SCM Platinum Auction Database reveals this car was last sold at the 2006 Gooding Pebble Beach auction for $170,000 against a $350k–$450k estimate (SCM# 1567137). Here the estimate was a more reasonable $150k– $200k. Perhaps this would be one to try to sell at Rétromobile. #157-1947 DELAHAYE TYPE 135 MS coupe. S/N: 800697. Silver/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 73,344 miles. Said, by a French car expert, to have been the only Pinin Farina-bodied Delahaye extant. Very heavy silver paint with some bubbling near right front windshield pillar and other signs of oxidation nearby. Trim surrounding windows and wind- 140 cabriolet. S/N: 801746. Black/black cloth/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 58,245 km. Righthand drive with Cotal electromagnetic gearbox, with the clutch used only to start off (not a pre-select, however). All Delahayes were coachbuilt, so each is different. This Saoutchik example was partially restored in 2007. Panel fit and chrome good; paint holding up well. Original bumpers removed, with small, primitive tubular bumpers fitted for moving car around (not shown in auction catalog photos). Leather changed to green during restoration. I thought it contrasted beautifully with the black paint and ivory Art Deco dash, but some others found it jarring. Very clean and authentic underhood. Seemed to be having a batterycharge issue prior to auction, but went on multiple test drives. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $128,000. Model year is questionable, as multiple sources state that Facel replaced the Chrysler 361 V8 with the 383 in 1960. Of course, low-volume builders didn’t always do everything in precise serial order. Elegant HK500 in beautiful colors. Without two of the three most valuable options for an HK500, the Pont-à-Mousson 4-speed gearbox (this car has push-button Chrysler TorqueFlite) and a/c. Disc brakes with Rudge wheels a big plus, however. A lovely grand routier, but I couldn’t totally share the catalog’s high opinion of its condition. To me it was closer to good, or even okay, than excellent. As such, I think the high bid was realistic and should have been considered. SOLD AT $335,000. Post-war Delahaye values vary widely depending on the body (Lot 157, a 135 MS Pinin Farina coupe, sold for $478,000). This Saoutchik design was surprisingly sober compared to some of their dramatic, even baroque, creations on this chassis. I found the exterior design somewhat unexciting, but the interior is gorgeous with many fascinating details. The car received much attention at the auction. Never shown in the #107-1970 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N: SBSD00SD1798. Eng. # 350229. Silver/black leather. Odo: 74,286 km. Per catalog, one Swiss owner from 1989 to 2017. Desirable Euro-headlight version. Not clear why it was brought to the U.S., and then immediately put up for sale. Generally a bit tired-looking, but said to be mostly original. Panel fit good and paint serviceable for a driver, but chrome heavily hazed. Glass clear, but some gaskets need to be replaced. Ancient-looking tires. Some wires and a plug hang down from dash. Clear instruments and excellent dash, but glovebox door warped. Console area heavily worn, with ill-fitting stereo. Seats surprisingly supple, with some wear on edges and a bit dirty. Very dirty and used-looking underhood. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL Some hoses in urgent need of replacement. Hood insulation pad looks newer. Cond: 3. original on this U.S.-spec example. Interior likewise superb with an especially beautiful, original wood rim wheel, a period option. Wear to the shift lever stands out. Engine compartment also outstanding. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,600. Catalog optimistically described car as “carefully preserved,” with a low estimate of $60,000. Hammered for exactly half that number. To someone who knows how to work on SMs, this might have been one to buy as a relatively inexpensive driver that could be spruced up, but to me it was a little scary. Hopefully the buyer was able to take a test drive. The price with premium was slightly above the price-guide median, but the car was less than a median car to my eyes, so I will say it was very well sold. GERMAN #146-1959 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Car- rera GS coupe. S/N: 105578. Eng. # P93047. Ruby Red/black leather. Odo: 31,952 miles. Truly superb and special Carrera 1600 GS, subject of a ground-up restoration in the 1990s. Barely any deterioration since. Ruby Red paint magnificent in most places, but a little thick with orange peel around the drip rails. Windshield surround dull, but other chrome excellent. Reutter coachbuilder badge and rarely seen side wind deflectors among the special touches. Only discordant notes for me are the large tubular bumper guards, which I have always found quite hideous, but likely SOLD AT $632,000. A true international example of a premium 356: ordered by an American serviceman from the Japanese Porsche distributor in Tokyo for delivery at the factory in Germany. In 1959, the Carrera GS 1600 cost $2,000 (54%) more than an ordinary 356A coupe. Now, the median value of the Carrera is almost $400k more than a base 356A. Strong, mid-estimate sale reflects the continuing willingness of buyers to pay a premium for extraordinary Porsches. #176-1964 PORSCHE 356C Outlaw coupe. S/N: 128955. Glasurit Albert Blue/tan leather. Recently completed build of an Outlaw Porsche. Beautiful Glasurit Albert Blue paint smoothly applied. Close inspection of car revealed few flaws: slight loss of paint on engine cover, a see-through gap between passenger’s door window trim and roof support, and a single aberrant wire in engine compartment. Otherwise a custom interior with beautiful leather, a supported hoop behind the seats and uprated gauges complemented a great presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $122,080. In the interest of disclosure, I followed this car through several steps of its build. Its 1975 911 powerplant was rebuilt and uprated by a respected engine specialist. A former Brumos Crew chief supervised the tubular-frame construction and chassis-component upgrades. More time and money were spent than what was paid here. Outlaws seem acceptable by and large, and if it drives as well as it looks, the buyer should be thrilled. #153-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE cabriolet. S/N: 1102512003368. Eng. # 13098012025655. Sand Beige/brown cloth/brown leather. Odo: 377 miles. Gorgeous 6-cylinder, high-grille example of the timeless W111 cabrio, subject to a two-year rotisserie restoration. Engine correct, but not matching numbers, as disclosed in catalog. Deep and rich Sand Beige metallic paint is exquisite, with nary a scratch. Near-perfect panel fit and chrome. Gorgeous brown convertible top precisely fitted. Column-shift automatic not the optimal configuration, but original Becker Mexico radio and Behr a/c unit are pluses. Brown leather and interior wood present beautifully. Very clean underhood, but not quite to concours standards. Cond: 2+. BEST BUY SOLD AT $138,880. An outstanding presentation of a supremely elegant design and oldworld craftsmanship. Earth-tone liveries are not trendy at the moment, but I thought gold/ brown looked great on this car. One of the few cars that to me looks better with thin whitewalls. We routinely see very nice 3.5 V8 W111 cabrios sell for $300,000 or higher. This lovely example sold well below estimate, and for less than half of the price-guide median value for a 3.5 cabrio. Yes, the 6-cylinder’s power may be just adequate by today’s standards, but to my mind the buyer here received fantastic value for the money. One of the best buys at the auction. 142 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL #103-1972 BMW 3.0 CS coupe. S/N: 2250289. Eng. # 2250289. Fjord Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 61,285 miles. No apparent rust (emphasis on apparent). Sometimes troublesome Solex carbs replaced at some point with Webers; automatic transmission replaced with 4-sp. Unrestored, but was resprayed in original Fjord Blue at an unspecified date. Paint lacks sparkle, and the trunk lid appears to be a slightly different shade, but perhaps can be improved. Trunk-lid fit also a bit off; otherwise, panel fit is excellent. Manual sunroof; a/c compressor and condenser replaced recently per catalog. Carpets good, dash very nice, but console plastics show wear and accessory personal steering wheel looks old. Engine compartment reasonably clean but deserves detailing. Wheels dirty and dull. Cond: 3+. could be heard each time this car started, determined the price, rather than the market. Appropriately bought and sold. #111-1965 MASERATI SEBRING Series II coupe. S/N: AM10110103. Eng. # AM10110103. Azzurro Vincennes/Senape leather. Odo: 23,287 km. Equipped with a ZF 5-speed, 4-wheel discs and Lucas mechanical fuel injection. Matching numbers, and retains its original fuel injection (rather than a swap to carbs) which, the catalog claims, “has been attended to by the proper specialists.” Also has then-new factory air (no word on how well it works). Original Azzurro Vincennes (with Senape interior) is a dashing livery and paint is in good, but not show, condition. Inside, the glove-soft leather is delightful to touch, with an appealing slight patina. Interior chrome older but okay. Maserati Trident emblem in steering wheel almost completely faded. Consistent with the rest of the car, very clean underhood, but not show quality. Cond: 2-. correct. Documented ownership history and Massini report. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $545,100. In September 2014, it was sold at RM London for about $653,000 (SCM# 6710982). After much work was performed by RM Restorations, it sold again in August 2015, at RM Sotheby’s Monterey, for $715,000 (SCM# 6796719). In April 2016, no sale at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach at a high bid of $660,000. Here, it hammered at $491,000, well below price guide values. To my eyes, a fine if not obsessively perfect 330 GTC, which has been looked after its entire life. Is this evidence of a further declining market, or did bidders know something I did not, or is the result just random? Without knowing more, seems like a very good deal for the buyer. #182-1969 INTERMECCANICA ITA- SOLD AT $40,320. Lovely coupe from an outstanding era of BMW design (now we are afflicted with the X6). The entire car is a touch dingy, but, if it drives well and has no hidden rust, this E9 may have been just the ticket for an astute buyer who is willing to put some labor and expense into brightening it up a bit. Potentially very well bought. ITALIAN #178-1963 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Spider. S/N: AR191503. Blue/black canvas/blue leather. Odo: 74,859 miles. Smooth blue repaint, with rare imperfection. Excellent chrome. Top canvas looks excellent; however, undersurface well worn. Scratches on windshield frame. Interior showing its age: Dashboard covering is wrinkled, welting on seats is worn through, and carpet is worn. Gauges appear original and aged. Engine sports Webers, not Solexes. Engine compartment dirty; painted surfaces peeling. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $248,640. Glamorous and sophisticated evolution of the 3500 GT, with Vignale coachwork on the shorter Spider chassis. Competes well with DB6 and 330 GTC, at a much lower price point. This example is a couple of notches below show quality. Compared to values in the price guide, the price realized here falls between the median shown for Series I cars and Series II cars, so I will declare that it sold in the current market range. The lucky buyer can enjoy as-is or make minor improvements. One of my favorite cars in the auction. #167-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N: 11427. Eng. # 11427. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 35,819 km. Some orange peel on the driver’s door visible under certain lighting, but overall the exterior is beautiful. Especially nice chrome including the optional Borranis (most 330 GTCs had alloy wheels). Inside, nice but not concours; the wood on the dash is quite dull, some chrome hardware shows age and the Blaupunkt stereo/tape unit appears to be later. Very nice glove-soft leather, with the occasional stray mark. Dash top is excellent. Factory a/c. Underhood, a clean mix of older and newer finishes, all of which appear to be SOLD AT $110,880. Prices of 2600s have skyrocketed in the past dozen years, and provided some long-term owners with five times or more return on their investment. A Weber conversion seems not a drawback in these cars. Condition issues and a loud tick, which 144 “ SOLD AT $147,840. The appreciation of Italian coupes and convertibles with factory-correct American engines seems to be increasing. There was some evolution during the production run of Italias, and later models are looked upon with more favor than the earliest models. This great example was bought and sold fairly. #137-1973 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 Day- tona Spyder. S/N: 16801. Eng. # B2630. Rosso Chiaro/black cloth/Pelle Nera leather. Glamorous and sophisticated evolution of the 3500 GT, with Vignale coachwork on the shorter Spider chassis. Competes well with DB6 and 330 GTC, at a much lower price point. 1965 Maserati Sebring Series II coupe LIA Spyder. S/N: 59229314. Red/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 33,511 miles. Product of total restoration in 1998. Attractive red polyurethane paint said to have been applied approximately 10 years ago. No runs or significant nicks. Some polishing marks. Chrome is excellent. Panels are straight. Slight rip in convertible-top boot. 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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL Odo: 20,326 miles. Superb Daytona Spyder restored in the early 1990s, with a refresh in 2017. Beautiful paint, near-flawless chrome, perfect Borranis. Inside, seats are soft and supple, with a just slight patina. Mouse-fur dash covering perfect. Engine compartment and underside spotless. To pick a couple of nits: Interior trim starting to loosen at the passenger’s side windshield pillar, and there is a scuff on the windshield header, presumably where the top attaches. Cond: 1-. cally melted and sticky. Luggage present. Carpet covered by coco mats in excellent condition. Curb rash on left front wheel. Cond: 3+. has been driven but lovingly maintained. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $2,200,000. A breathtaking example with full provenance since new and documented restoration. Number 88 of 121 Spyders, and a U.S.-market car from new. Massini report but, so far as I could tell, no Ferrari Classiche certification. Last sold at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Paris Rétromobile sale for about $2,299,374 (SCM# 6817218). The high bid here, less than 10% short of the low estimate, is probably within the lower margin of market price at this time. I was surprised that a deal was not made post-block, but obviously the consignor, who spent a substantial sum on the 2017 upgrade, was looking for more. Perhaps the thinking is that it could garner higher bids at Monterey. #142-2000 FERRARI 550 coupe. S/N: ZFFZS49A2Y0119587. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 19,185 miles. Smooth, heavy blue paint with a few chips on front fascia and light covers. Panels are straight and gaps appropriate. Slight leather loss on driver’s seat left bolster. Some creases in both front seats. Switches are typi- SOLD AT $152,320. A 6-speed and much-appreciated driving characteristics have contributed to a doubling of auction prices of 550s and 575s over past four years. The auctioneer worked quite hard to eke out the last few bids, and this was sold a bit above market. AMERICAN BEST BUY #141-1919 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 51 tourer. S/N: 514350. Eng. # 514398. Dark green & black/ black oilcloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 43,762 miles. Massive yet sporting Model 51, built only in 1919–20. My sources indicate that the chassis number would apply to a car built in 1920, but 98 years later, a one-season discrepancy does not seem so important. Older, high-quality restoration at unspecified date maintaining well. Paint not new but still presents very well—except for small area of deterioration in gas-filler area. Discreet turn signals added, a must for touring. Very nice top holding up well. Very elaborate instrumentation for the era. Some knobs and switches look older than others. Appears to be a car that SOLD AT $280,000. Pierce-Arrows were RHD until 1921. This magnificent Pierce garnered much attention at the auction. Obviously, the market for gigantic cars of this era is thin, but if you want a post-WWI car for touring, it would be difficult to find a better and more comfortable candidate—other than possibly a Silver Ghost. The Pierce hammered at exactly Bonhams’ low estimate, $250,000, yet I’d call it very well bought. A “best buy” not because it somehow slipped through the cracks and sold at a bargain basement price, but because the superior quality of the car and the restoration are readily apparent. I know the new owner will cherish this Pierce, and I hope he will drive it. #181-1955 KURTIS MIDGET roadster. S/N: 345. Blue & white/red leather. MHD. White paint well applied, with few flaws. Engaging painted graphics with significant inclusions—most likely dust. Attractive red leather seat. Oil accumulation on carpet floor. Gauges of different ages. Neat engine compartment, with period-appropriate Joe Hunt magneto. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $210,000. Although it competed at Indy in 1955, this is not the classic long-wheelbase roadster that performed so well there. Several KK4000s competed at the Brickyard, but they were famed for their successes at shorter tracks and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. This car’s important moment at Indy in 1955 came when its driver was given a special pass and allowed to qualify for the 500 after hours. After being retired from competition, the chassis disappeared. The use of these cars is limited. They require methanol. I believe a fair price was offered. Put in front of the right buyer and, with commissions dodged, the seller might get a bit more, but might not, either. 146 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL #122-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 2-dr hard top. S/N: 344870M182832. Twilight Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 81,777 miles. 455ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Seemingly thick older paint with surface irregularities, especially along right windshield pillar. A few scratches left rear. Some pinstripes appear painted, while others appear to be tape. Several gaps a bit off, especially trunk. Seat and door covers look fabulous; the lower portions of the armrest and the plastic behind the front seats are discolored. No significant pitting of interior chrome. The engine appears to have been repainted. A few extra holes in orange plastic along sides of engine compartment. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $73,920. Sold in 2016 by Mecum at their Dallas sale for $110,000 (SCM# 6814167). This Oldsmobile was presented as unrestored and highly original. I was amazed at the condition, especially that of the interior; yet several Olds experts vouched for the car. 1970 was the year of highest horsepower (370 hp) W-30, and logically, these are among the most collectible hard tops. Fairly bought and sold, even if at a significant loss. #165-2015 DODGE VIPER TA 2.0 coupe. S/N: 1C3ADEAZ9FV510303. Dozer/black leather. Odo: 2,325 miles. The 2015 edition of the Viper track-day or “Time Attack” car. Paint, interior and engine are nearly perfect. Perhaps the only flaw was a slightly misaligned left door handle. Retuned Bilstein shocks, increased spring rates and thicker roll bars are track improvements over the already-potent Viper. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $91,840. Although not the most luxurious or expensive Viper model produced in 2015, with its big Brembo brakes, large lightweight wheels and aerodynamic package, it was the most ferocious-looking and -acting of the breed. Dodge came out with too-numerous-to-count special editions of the Viper, and that has lessened the value of the truly special. This one sold for about $10k less than when new, and was sold for $94,600 at Mecum Monterey 18 months and 12 miles ago (SCM# 6808465). © June 2018 147


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. Silverstone Auctions — Race Retro 2018 Silverstone has always done well with fast Fords, including $254,889 for a Sierra RS500 Cosworth racer — winner of the 1990 BTCC Company Silverstone Auctions Date February 23–24, 2018 Location Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, U.K. Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered 71/107 Sales rate 66% Sales total $5,009,631 High sale 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550 coupe, sold at $306,811 Championship winner of the 1990 British Touring Car Championship — 1989 Ford Sierra RS500 Group A racer, sold at $254,889 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics S ilverstone changed the format on its seventh visit to the U.K.’s longestrunning historic competition car show, combining its split-weekend sales into one Saturday bash, following the competition-car sale on Friday. Celebrity cars this year were in the shape of a 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550 manual, first owned by Sir Elton John, and a hopped ’69 Charger from the collection of Jay Kay, which had previously been owned by Bruce Willis. With a 502-ci elephant motor and big wheels, it was somewhat erroneously referred to as “Bullitt”-spec, but the color was right, at least. It made $132,165, while the Aston fetched a slightly light-looking $306,811. Kay’s restored 1964 Mini Countryman, with Cooper S guts, took almost-Cooper money at $31,468. Two of petrolhead, sometimes-racer, and more fa- mously “Mr. Bean” actor Rowan Atkinson’s cars were here too, both at no reserve and both getting strong money. The 1993 Mercedes 500E took $99,718, and the very clean and sharp Lancia Delta 8.32 fetched $41,695. That’s about twice what both were really worth, and interestingly, both had fabric seats, as Atkinson finds leather too slidy. A really accurate 1964 Mini Cooper restoration took a strong $69,230 — but then it was the most sought-after 1071 S, and spot-on in every detail including 4½-inch 148 wheels. Competition cars on Friday, of which 18 sold out of 29 offered, included Stoneleigh Park, U.K. the real Sierra RS500 Cosworth racer that won the 1990 British Touring Car Championship ($254,889), while $81,816 for a late (1996) Escort RS Cosworth on the Saturday suggests the Sierra’s replacement is slightly on the up. Silverstone has always done well with fast Fords, and here bidders bought Mk 1 Escort Mexicos for $34,300 and $49,562, reflecting the sharpness and accuracy of their restorations. A Mk 1 RS2000 joined them in the sold column at $51,922. All were roughly the right money, except for $70,802 for a very original Mk 2 RS2000, which was inexplicably high. Against unpredictable sales recently, a stock RS200 was the right money at $220,274. A Morgan three-wheeler sold for a high $45,628, but it was the one Charles and Kiera Morgan had driven on the 2012 Gumball Rally across the U.S., New York to L.A., and still showing fewer than 5,000 miles. A really sharp, pre-cat 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI took a bit less than we have come to expect from cars of this caliber at $27,534, and an S-code 1968 GT Mustang at $51,922 suggested that Brits are finally catching on to the value-formoney appeal of this niche model. It’s as good a result as can be expected in a still-uncertain climate. Silverstone looks forward to its first Ferrari-only sale back at the home (still…) of the British GP on May 18. ♦ $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sales Totals Buyer’s premium 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.72)


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. ENGLISH #538-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M roadster. S/N: BN2L232164. Florida Green & Old English White/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 14,143 miles. Real factory 100M (640 were, but more were converted with the Le Mans kit by dealers). Restored 2013 by JME (in the same workshop where it was built, which is rather neat), still very good. Chassis rails pretty straight, panel fits pretty good, seat leather still looks new. Likely repro bumpers. Motor now unleaded-tolerant, with Kenlowe fan, electronic ignition and fat aluminum radiator, plus negative-earth electrics. Moto-Lita steering wheel. Heritage Certificate, plus Historic Technical Passport until end of 2018. Cond: 2. #535-1961 MGA Mk II roadster. S/N: GHN2102361. Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 41,050 miles. Fabulous resto of U.K.-market right-hand car, but with only fair (i.e. normal) panel fit. New leather, only let-down is MG steering-wheel-boss badge is a bit starred. Cond: 2. Cooper S in the same condition and probably less than it cost to build (Swiftune’s new Mini Madgwicks are £35k; $49k). So I’d call this correctly priced. Last sold by Silverstone at the NEC 11/11/2016, for $22,076 (SCM# 6813259). SOLD AT $50,348. Sold at the high end of the estimate range—at retail money—but it was a very sharp resto. Mk II isn’t the most elegant, with recessed grille and big taillights, but it is the fastest and best-engineered pushrod A. #504-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk NOT SOLD AT $209,785. In the U.S. until it returned to the U.K. in 2012. Bought by the vendor from Silverstone in London, September 2014, for $245,303 (then £149,500, SCM# 245301), with 3,866 miles (probably really 13,866), plus harnesses and tripmeter. Not sold against a £160k–£185k estimate, but later advertised with a Buy It Now price of £175,950 ($220k). That’s about right, but there’s probably a happy medium in there somewhere. #212-1959 AUSTIN A35 2-dr sedan. S/N: A2S5HCS172243. Turquoise/white & turquoise leather & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2 miles. Beautifully prepared for one-make A35 Academy series, also eligible for Goodwood some years. These all have control engines built by the same outfit—to ensure a level playing field. Matching leather seats, white dials, although original instrument panel remains in center of dash. Cond: 2. I BT7 Ruddspeed roadster. S/N: HBT713582. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 40,862 miles. Ruddspeed-modified when new. Upgrades included higher-compression cylinder head, balanced internals, manifold for three carbs and high-lift cam. Older (1997) restoration but still very good, with good door/sill/ front wing fit. Likely reproduction bumpers. Chassis rails pretty straight. Side exhaust. Lightly cracked seat leather, new carpets. Cond: 2-. #576-1964 MORRIS MINI Cooper S 1071 2-dr sedan. S/N: KA2S4488977. Red/ red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 28,918 miles. Restored and completely stock, including narrow wheels. Sills good and floors still sport jig brackets. Seat vinyl could be original to passenger’s seat and on rear, redone on driver’s side. Chassis number misquoted in catalog, as it starts with a K. With Heritage Certificate that confirms it’s what it says it is. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $69,229. Sold over the high estimate, but absolutely spot-on. The 1071 is one of the rarest Cooper Ss, and the nicest to drive. Price therefore was strong, but no surprise. SOLD AT $73,949. Big Healey guru John Chatham was spotted checking this one out, and pronounced it a “nice car.” Not expensive for what the buyer was getting. #509-1964 AUSTIN MINI Countryman SOLD AT $27,538. Built for the former star of “Dragons’ Den” TV Show Theo Paphitis, but raced only a few times. Sold for much less than it cost to build. That’s always the case with competition cars, but here the buyer got a serious bargain. 150 wagon. S/N: AAW7507067. Red/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 499 miles. Restored, still very sharp and fresh. New paint, new wood, new alloys with A008s, new seat vinyl, new carpets, Moto-Lita steering wheel. Also with 1,340-cc A-Plus engine, Cooper S discs. Retains original “magic wand” gearshifter for full period effect. From condition we assume mileage is since completion. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,468. From the stable of musician and serious car collector Jay Kay. Although it sold over estimate, it was around the same asking price of a stock restored 1960 850 Countryman that I drove last year, less money than a #537-1965 LOTUS ELAN S2 convert- ible. S/N: 264697. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 12,236 miles. Mechanically good and serviceable, but cosmetically quite well worn, on older replacement chassis. Okay-ish paint, with usual cracks and stars in finish, a few chips at the back of the driver’s door, stars Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. around handle and scraped at bottom where hinges have dropped slightly (normal). Sinkage in finish suggests it might have a replacement right front quarter. Original airbox. Seat vinyl almost worn through on left side. Dash timber and wheel rim starting to wear through. Roll bar fitted. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $36,363. Probably was a racer at some point in its life. Initially appeared sold at £31,050 ($43,426), which would have been quite decent money for condition, but later posted on Silverstone’s website as unsold. Perhaps the buyer got cold feet. #213-1968 FORD ESCORT Twin Cam 2-dr sedan. S/N: BB49HY14693. White/black velour & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 1,044 miles. Nicely prepared rally car, although Twin-Cam motor has been replaced by an alloy-block 2-liter BDG—effectively making it a replica of a Works RS1600, with FIA papers and MSA Historic Rally Vehicle Identity Forms and logbooks. Little used and with this spec won’t be competitive in historic stage rallies at the highest level—you need a Mk 2 for that. Cond: 3+. major undertaking with these, as they are bonded together). Older paint with slight microblistering, finish rather rough around engine cover grilles. Slightly crazed quarter windows. Later mirrors. Seat vinyl good, dash timber slightly chipped. Engine is a replacement, but original comes with car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,241. Apparently used by Sony Entertainment as the basis for the Europa in their video game, Gran Turismo 5. Hard to value this—looked slightly expensive for condition, but rarity boosts the value. #568-1968 LOTUS ELAN SE S3 coupe. S/N: 367816. White/black vinyl. Odo: 11,495 miles. Restored 2017 and still really sharp on new 26R chassis, with adjustable suspension, four-pot front calipers, close-ratio gearbox (although they were pretty close to begin with). Original airbox, but motor hopped up by 25 hp. Paint still decent. Interior vinyl all good, some redone. Refinished dash. Cond: 2. filter. Was JOK 4L, according to etched glass. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,562. Engineers at AVO developed the Mexico as basically a re-engined Twin-Cam/RS1600. Nicest of the two Mexicos here. Sold on the money. #557-1974 FORD ESCORT Mexico 2-dr sedan. S/N: BFATND00337. Modena Green/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 65,662 miles. Rust free, but not quite as sharp as the blue one (Lot 515). “Genuine AVO Mexico Mk1” windscreen sticker is trying a bit hard, as well as overstating the bleedin’ obvious. Rear skid plate. Front seats retrimmed in non-original pattern, rear seat original and good. Fivespeed gearbox fitted, plus red-painted engine block and rather fussy air filter do it no favors. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,348. It sold at the high end of its estimated range, but didn’t feel like a lot for a restored, reworked car that still looks standard. #514-1969 ASTON MARTIN DBS SOLD AT $91,256. Said to have been used in rallying from new, from 1968 to ’73 as a Twin Cam. Purists got in a real tizzy over this one, working themselves into a frenzy over the BDG (which is worth about twice as much as a Twin Cam engine), but fretting over the resultant lack of originality. I’d say this was an accurate sum-of-its-parts valuation, but that if I was going to go rallying, I wouldn’t start with something as precious as a real Twin Cam, of which only 883 were made, but a lesser donor. Still a Very Desirable Thing. #551-1968 LOTUS EUROPA S2 coupe. S/N: 540923. Yellow/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 39,666 miles. Early S2 with some S1 features carried over—such as door buttons instead of handles, low-mounted front indicators and fixed seats. Replacement chassis (which is a coupe. S/N: DBS5322R. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 56,326 miles. Refurbed in 2014. Originally blue, still clean and shiny. Mechanical overhaul in 2016 at sum of over £16k ($22k). Nicely creased-in, possibly original leather. Moto-Lita steering wheel. One of 317 right-handers with an auto gearbox. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $34,300. Sold right for its condition. Could have been better presented with a little effort, and that may have got the owner a better return. #559-1974 FORD ESCORT RS2000 Mk SOLD AT $138,458. These were £70k (~$135k) for a freshly restored example 10 years ago, but today look like good value compared with a DB6, which uses the same motor. #515-1973 FORD ESCORT Mexico 2-dr sedan. S/N: BFATNR00164. Monza Blue/ black velour. RHD. Odo: 37,879 miles. Restored, although rides (on Minilites) a bit high despite lowering blocks at the rear. Interior redone to original materials, steering wheel refinished. Still with original four-speed. Shell has all correct AVO features—no rear skid plate on this one, but has the row of mounting studs. Motor stock apart from chrome K&N 152 Sports Car Market 1 2-dr sedan. S/N: BFATPP00216. Olympic Blue/black velour & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 60,877 miles. Real AVO shell, with various small tweaks and upgrades: two-inch front springs, 5-speed gearbox with nasty shiny knob, sixinch alloys, chin spoiler, twin Weber DCOEs, Burton cam cover and vernier cam wheel (so there’s probably a bumpier camshaft in there too), roller-top strut mounts, strut brace and all radiator and catch tanks. Seat velour is okay, but dash timber is getting a bit


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. tired. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,922. First Escort to use overhead-cam 4-cylinder. On the money, at a little more than a decent Mexico. Period-type mods shouldn’t have hurt the value as they’re so common. #521-1980 FORD ESCORT RS2000 Mk 2 2-dr sedan. S/N: GCATAR157410. Yellow/ brown velour. RHD. Odo: 40,044 miles. Clean, straight, repainted. Seat velour unworn though slightly baggy, with “fishnet” head restraints. Motor stock, but with painted inlet manifold. Still with original 4-speed (most have Sierra 5-speeds now). Wheels highly polished, sitting on period-style CN36s. Original dealer paperwork, rear window sticker, key fob, etc. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $220,274. Supplied by Ford dealer Hendy Group, and bought back by them in 1997. Hendy appears to be having a serious thin-out of its Heritage Collection over several recent auctions. Fetched the right money for a road-spec RS200 in this cosmetic condition, and more than #000579, with about half the mileage, sold for at Duxford the following month. #216-1989 FORD SIERRA RS500 SOLD AT $70,802. A huge amount of money—even for a Mk 2. At £10k over estimate, but just three owners and very original. As we all know, they’re only original once. #566-1986 FORD SIERRA RS Cosworth hatchback. S/N: WF0EXXGBBEGA06403. Moonstone Blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 55,811 miles. Original biplane-wing Cossie. Clean and tidy, with part numbers still stamped in slam panel. Possibly replaced front wings, as numbers are either missing or obscured by repaints. Refurbished alloys. Seat velour slightly baggy, commensurate with mileage. Cond: 3+. Group A racer. S/N: MTRS01. White/black cloth. RHD. Real Group A car, ex-Trakstar team, based on an Australian (Dick Johnson racing team) racer and reshelled for 1990 season. Good order all around, restored to original spec and livery, but now running 4-injector RS500 motor. (Original 8-injector Mountune race motor was good for over 500 hp, apparently, which—according to those who have driven them—was a bit scary on the narrow tires it had to run.) Cond: 2-. more collectible. Silverstone always appears to do well with fast Fords. #510-1997 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage V550 coupe. S/N: SCFDAM252VBR70174. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 8,665 miles. Vantage V8 hopped up by the factory by simple expedient of two Eaton blowers. Tidy and clean with a few stone chips in the front. Leather largely uncreased. “Brick” Motorola cellphone still mounted on dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $306,811. Owned new by Elton John, but that doesn’t appear to have jacked the price up here. In fact, sold slightly light for what it is. #572-2012 MORGAN 3-WHEELER SOLD AT $58,215. Sold for the right money, perhaps even slightly high. I’m sure I’ve seen this one before, although Silverstone gets through so many.... #517-1987 FORD RS200 coupe. S/N: SFACXXBJ2CGL00053. White/red velour. RHD. Odo: 8,876 miles. Tidy and clean. Rear window seal is falling apart, however, which I’m seeing more often on these. Seat velour lightly soiled and baggy—which is no surprise, as it’s been mainly a display car. Cond: 3+. 154 SOLD AT $254,889. The 1990 BTCC championship winner with Gravett/Smith/Blomqvist. Converted to LHD for 1991 Italian Superturismo series (which only allowed 4-injector ECUs), then laid up for 20 years. Bought by the vendor in 2014. Now eligible for HSCC Supertourers and Grand Prix Legends Touring Car Challenge. Fairly well sold considering that if you plan to race it, it needs another £50k for a suitable motor. #573-1996 FORD ESCORT RS Cosworth hatchback. S/N: WF0BXXGKABSU91744. Blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 29,752 miles. Successor to the Sierra Cossie. On the same 4x4 floorpan as a Sapphire. Late small-turbo car, which means it’s marginally easier on the road. Straight, super-clean and shiny. Seat cloth unworn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,816. Big money thanks to condition and lowish mileage. This is getting on for the price of a Sierra RS500, which is rarer and hitherto roadster. S/N: SA9M32852CP202143. Black/ gold/brown leather. Odo: 4,993 miles. Fair order. Leather slightly scuffed to transmission tunnel. One of 122 Superdry editions built. Driven by Charles and Kiera Morgan in the Gumball Rally in the U.S. and presumably hardly used since, as only minimal mileage is showing; still with event and sponsor stickers (although they were redone after the Gumball), plus 2012 Morgan Carmel Mission erstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. tired. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,922. First Es- cort to use overhead-cam 4-cylinder. On the money, at a little more than a decent Mexico. Period-type mods shouldn’t have hurt the value as they’re so common. #521-1980 FORD ESCORT RS2000 Mk 2 2-dr sedan. S/N: GCATAR157410. Yellow/ brown velour. RHD. Odo: 40,044 miles. Clean, straight, repainted. Seat velour unworn though slightly baggy, with “fishnet” head restraints. Motor stock, but with painted inlet manifold. Still with original 4-speed (most have Sierra 5-speeds now). Wheels highly polished, sitting on period-style CN36s. Origi- nal dealer paperwork, rear window sticker, key fob, etc. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $220,274. Supplied by Ford dealer Hendy Group, and bought back by them in 1997. Hendy appears to be having a serious thin-out of its Heritage Collection over several recent auctions. Fetched the right money for a road-spec RS200 in this cosmetic condition, and more than #000579, with about half the mileage, sold for at Duxford the following month. #216-1989 FORD SIERRA RS500 SOLD AT $70,802. A huge amount of money—even for a Mk 2. At £10k over esti- mate, but just three owners and very original. As we all know, they’re only original once. #566-1986 FORD SIERRA RS Cosworth hatchback. S/N: WF0EXXGBBEGA06403. Moonstone Blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 55,811 miles. Original biplane-wing Cossie. Clean and tidy, with part numbers still stamped in slam panel. Possibly replaced front wings, as numbers are either missing or ob- scured by repaints. Refurbished alloys. Seat velour slightly baggy, commensurate with mileage. Cond: 3+. Group A racer. S/N: MTRS01. White/black cloth. RHD. Real Group A car, ex-Trakstar team, based on an Australian (Dick Johnson racing team) racer and reshelled for 1990 sea- son. Good order all around, restored to origi- nal spec and livery, but now running 4-injector RS500 motor. (Original 8-injector Mountune race motor was good for over 500 hp, appar- ently, which—according to those who have driven them—was a bit scary on the narrow tires it had to run.) Cond: 2-. more collectible. Silverstone always appears to do well with fast Fords. #510-1997 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage V550 coupe. S/N: SCFDAM252VB- R70174. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 8,665 miles. Vantage V8 hopped up by the factory by simple expedient of two Eaton blowers. Tidy and clean with a few stone chips in the front. Leather largely uncreased. “Brick” Motorola cellphone still mounted on dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $306,811. Owned new by Elton John, but that doesn’t appear to have jacked the price up here. In fact, sold slightly light for what it is. #572-2012 MORGAN 3-WHEELER SOLD AT $58,215. Sold for the right money, perhaps even slightly high. I’m sure I’ve seen this one before, although Silverstone gets through so many.... #517-1987 FORD RS200 coupe. S/N: SFACXXBJ2CGL00053. White/red velour. RHD. Odo: 8,876 miles. Tidy and clean. Rear window seal is falling apart, however, which I’m seeing more often on these. Seat velour lightly soiled and baggy—which is no sur- prise, as it’s been mainly a display car. Cond: 3+. 154 SOLD AT $254,889. The 1990 BTCC champi- onship winner with Gravett/Smith/Blomqvist. Converted to LHD for 1991 Italian Supertur- ismo series (which only allowed 4-injector ECUs), then laid up for 20 years. Bought by the vendor in 2014. Now eligible for HSCC Supertourers and Grand Prix Legends Touring Car Challenge. Fairly well sold considering that if you plan to race it, it needs another £50k for a suitable motor. #573-1996 FORD ESCORT RS Cosworth hatchback. S/N: WF0BXXGK- ABSU91744. Blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 29,752 miles. Successor to the Sierra Cossie. On the same 4x4 floorpan as a Sapphire. Late small-turbo car, which means it’s marginally easier on the road. Straight, super-clean and shiny. Seat cloth unworn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,816. Big money thanks to condition and lowish mileage. This is getting on for the price of a Sierra RS500, which is rarer and hitherto roadster. S/N: SA9M32852CP202143. Black/ gold/brown leather. Odo: 4,993 miles. Fair order. Leather slightly scuffed to transmission tunnel. One of 122 Superdry editions built. Driven by Charles and Kiera Morgan in the Gumball Rally in the U.S. and presumably hardly used since, as only minimal mileage is showing; still with event and sponsor stickers (although they were redone after the Gum- ball), plus 2012 Morgan Carmel Mission SOLD SOLD AT $45,628. Bought by the vendor at a charity event in 2012. This looked quite pricey compared with how cheaply Bonhams sold Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. another one (2,329-mile example for $23,076; SCM# 6856437) in London before Christmas. FRENCH #556-1988 PEUGEOT 205 GTI hatchback. S/N: VF320CD6201441719. Red/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 73,801 miles. Phase 1.5 non-cat, non-powersteer model. Stored for 20 years, then massively refurbished. Now in super-clean condition. Sunroof the only detraction, but a lot had them. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY SOLD AT $99,718. Celebrity ownership in the form of Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson, who’s also a club-level racer, and who entered the Lancia Thema 8.32 in the same sale (Lot 542). This was his second 500E, apparently selected for its cloth trim, which he prefers to leather. Sold for about twice what it was really worth. Offering cars at no reserve very often throws up anomalistic prices. ITALIAN #544-1960 LAMBORGHINI DL20 SOLD AT $27,534. Only two owners. Fair money, but not as much as the huge sums achieved in the past 12 months for similar cars. Unlikely to prove a poor investment. GERMAN #570-1972 BMW 3.0 CSL coupe. S/N: 2285302. Taiga Green/black velour. RHD. Odo: 62,722 miles. Decent, recent paint, although with evidence of repairs to inner wings and strut tops. Seat velour unworn, dash timber good. Later Emerald fuel injection fitted with Alpina airbox. Original set-up comes with car. Some suspension mods, plus strut brace. Cond: 3+. 2241R Tractor. S/N: DL20A3496A. Orange & blue. Recently restored in Italy by Ermes and Nicola Formilan. All excellent except for instruments, with digits missing from hours meter. New tires. Currently unregistered. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $298,944. I was going to say: “Waste of a decent Boxer,” but it did sell, and for something approaching the right money, unlike the one at Duxford a couple of weeks later. I would be curious to know how much more it would have got without the body kit, though. #545-1983 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH LP500 S coupe. S/N: ZA9C0050LA12550. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 83,404 miles. Clean and tidy, with glass-out repaint in 2016. As a result, no rust and quite tidy around the windscreen. Leather all good, unusually not worn on side bolsters. Cond: 3+. replaced by 1600, with highly polished cam covers and airbox, and fitted with Duetto 1600 headlight cowls. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $40,908. Italian-market car exported to Jersey in 1978. Sold right for condition. Motor should have no bearing on value, as it goes better and looks the same. #560-1981 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N: 36869. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Odo: 38,048 km. Clean and tidy carb Boxer, with period Koenig body kit added soon after registration, along with 512 LM wheels. Color changed during 1991 restoration. Leather is probably original, nicely creased. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,769. Apparently the DL20 was Ferrucio’s favorite: One pulled his coffin at his funeral. On the money, although almost twice the price of a Little Grey Fergie. #579-1968 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO SOLD AT $149,472. Quite strong money— these have been all over the place in the past couple of years and tricky to pin down, but I always ask myself why they’re not nearer the price of that other early-’70s German coupe homologation special, the RS 2.7. I’ll call this one well sold for condition. #501-1993 MERCEDES-BENZ 500E sedan. S/N: WDB1240361B916270. Silver/check cloth. Odo: 80,892 km. Mercedes’ iron fist in a velvet glove, engineered by Porsche. Cosmetically okay from the outside, M-B cloth upholstery (unusual on one of these) basically unworn. With books and spare keys. Cond: 2-. 156 Spider. S/N: AR1670790. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 74,554 km. Restored (from 2005) and with a bare-metal repaint, but manages to look a bit of a rush job. New wiring loom, reconditioned gearbox. New leather, new carpet, reproduction floor mat. Original 1300 motor NOT SOLD AT $328,663. An old friend. The ex-Barry Robinson car, holder of 12 outright British speed records in 1983. Acquired by the vendor for $193,318 (SCM# 6717203) at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in 2014, and in storage for the 10 years before that. Offered at this sale last year, 2017, unsold. I recorded this right after this sale as sold at £287,500, but it was later declared unsold on Silverstone’s website. That would have been about the right money after it failed to sell against a more ambitious ask last year. As all Countaches have dropped back a little, seems the vendor is still perhaps being too greedy.... Sports Car Market


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Silverstone Stoneleigh Park, U.K. #542-1989 LANCIA THEMA 8.32 sedan. S/N: ZLA83400000152571. Metallic red/ orange suede. Odo: 20,583 miles. The 8.32 is Thema Type 4 sedan, with Ferrari V8 from 308 QV stuffed in the front, but with crossplane crank and smaller valves than in the Maranello application, and correspondingly less power. Clean and original. Alcantara interior not unduly worn. Spare set of winter tires on alloys in the trunk. Cond: 3+. ’71 RAC, and its price tag would be four to six times as much. AMERICAN #511-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT fast- back. S/N: 8T02S204988. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 45,862 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original unrestored car, although repainted five years ago. Well optioned with LSD, a/c, power steering, tinted glass and center console. Tidy and clean with original vinyl, but window seals a bit dried out. Original Philco radio. Marti Report. Catalog misquoted VIN with a “5” instead of the “S” despite describing it in the strapline as an S-code. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,695. Property of “Mr. Bean” actor Rowan Atkinson, who is said to have spent £20k ($30k) on it in the seven years he’s owned it. The sharpest 8.32 I’ve ever seen, and tantalizingly offered at no reserve: Silverstone boss Nick Whale assured me that it would sell whatever it bid to, and I began having fantasies about whether I could steal it for £5k ($7k). My dealer mate said £14k ($20k) tops, which rather dashed that thought, but apparently that’s what sharp ones sell for in mainland Europe, and in the end it sold for twice that sum, helped no doubt by the celebrity connection. JAPANESE #210-1972 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N: HS30100287. Eng. # L24133103. Red/black velour. RHD. Loose replica of the ’72 Works rally cars, although with 2.8-L motor, it won’t be eligible for historic stage rallying. Even if it has been MSA registered (lapsed: belts and seats are out of date) and ran on the 2013 and 2014 Monte Carlo Historiques. Fair condition and prep, sill seams filled over. Trying a bit hard with replica number plate, but we’ll forgive it that. Thing is, I know I’ve seen this before somewhere; the number looks awfully familiar. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $51,922. Arrived in the U.K. in 2013. This is the third standard-spec S-code car I’ve seen go through auction in the U.K. in the past 12 months: They may be catching on.... Sold here right on estimate, which suggests that more than one U.K. resident actually knows what they are worth, and a refreshing change from all the “Bullitt” clones we see. #506-1969 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. S/N: XP29H9G171353. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 40,803 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. St. Louis-built Charger. Very straight, which is very important on these slabby Bbodies. Older repaint still very shiny, although with some microblistering on bonnet. Decent chrome. Big Cragar SS alloys, B&M shifter. Interior vinyl good. Originally a High Performance 383; 8.2-liter (502-ci) elephant motor added at cost of £25k in 2014, with various hop-up bits and aluminum radiator. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,195. But what a lot of fun for the money, considerably less than it cost to build—a decent donor costs this much. A mate of mine has the real thing—a genuine and restored 1971 Works rally car that ran on the 158 SOLD AT $132,165. Another car with celeb’ ownership, this time musician and noted petrolhead Jay Kay, although formerly owned by Bruce Willis. I don’t know why the catalog headline described it as “Bullitt spec,” as it was nothing like. Sold almost twice over estimate, or for more than twice what it would have been worth without the last owner’s name on the V5C. © Sports Car Market


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Motostalgia Amelia Island, FL Motostalgia — Amelia Island Auction An eclectic selection of vintage and modern sports and luxury cars, ranging from a 1936 Packard Super 8 to a 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT, was presented Company Motostalgia Date March 10, 2018 Location Amelia Island, FL Auctioneer Duncan Brown Automotive lots sold/offered 50/67 Sales rate 75% Sales total $2,440,790 High sale 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren coupe, sold at $260,000 Falling into the eclectic catagory, a time-warp Euro-wagon — 1968 Opel Kadett L wagon, sold at $20,900 Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Market opinions in italics M irroring what happened last year, the weather forecast predicted rain on Sunday’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, so the con moved to Saturday. This prompted RM Soth move their auction a day earlier as well. Mot stuck to their scheduled time at 5 p.m. Satur though the start of the auction was delayed u concours concluded. For Motostalgia, hosting an auction on S night after all the other auctions had concluded was a prudent move, as it encouraged maximum attendance. Also, the slight delay of the start of the auction allowed bidders to relax and kick tires for a bit longer before things got under way. This was the third year for Motostalgia’s Amelia Island auction, and this year, they moved their location a few hundred yards into an enclosed building next to the airport that resembled a small aircraft hangar. The cars were driven into and out of the building through the hangar doors and were auctioned while atop a large turntable. This new venue was a welcome improvement and demonstrated Motostalgia’s continued quest for an ever better experience for its attendees. Although the sales total was down from last year, the sell-through rate improved to an impressive 75%. The heavy-hitting lots of last year were replaced with an eclectic selection of vintage and modern sports and luxury cars. The lots featured a broad range of years, 160 Amelia Island, FL from a 1936 Packard Super 8 to a 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT. The lots also featured something in every collector’s price range. he least-expensive lot was a 1989 Cadillac Brougham that was in excellent shape. Loaded with all its electrical options functioning and with 67,000 miles, it sold for $5,200. On the other hand, the high sale of the auction was a 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren with just 7,750 miles. In as-delivered condition, it sold post-block for a strong $260,000. Other sales of note included a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT that sold well for condition at $225,500. A 1991 Ferrari Testarossa was well bought at $84,700 and a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster sold for a market-correct $119,900. My favorite car of the auction was a 1962 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider that sold for $106,700. No-sales included a 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE Series 1 with original paint, interior and drivetrain. With a known history report verified by Marcel Massini, this car did not sell at a high bid of $440,000. On the eclectic side, a 1953 Simca 9 coupe sold for $63,800. A Japanese Domestic Market 1991 Nissan Figaro sold for $19,580, while a 1963 Renault Caravelle Floride convertible was a no-sale at $25,000. I always enjoy attending Motostalgia’s Amelia Island auction for its wide range of offerings, great location, and friendly and helpful staff. It’s a great place to see cars you haven’t seen before and learn a thing or two about them. I look forward to what’s in store for 2019. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices


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Motostalgia Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH #1-1951 MG TD roadster. S/N: XPAGTDLHX5790. Tan & brown/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 21,059 miles. Paint shows many chips and touch-ups. Chrome bumpers, radiator, headlights all show some pitting. Windshield shows slight delamination. Dash good. Chrome rear-view mirror pitted, wood steering wheel worn. Door panels and carpet good. Newish seat leather supple but leather is pitting on top of seat back. Attempt to clean engine but painted surfaces chipped. Modern budget battery detracts. Post-It note on seat reads, “No brakes.” Cond: 3-. ity takes a small hit in the values. Still, this was a well-loved, excellent example that sold for a market-correct price. #23-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 coupe. S/N: 1E33230. Red/tan leather. Odo: 56,160 miles. Covered headlights with 4-sp manual transmission. Red paint over straight body excellent, except one scratch on left rear fender. Wire wheels clean and unmarked. All exterior chrome excellent. Interior leather shows great patina. Dash, steering wheel, bright trim all excellent. Motor shows some age but is very clean. A fabulous example. Cond: 2+. bids later for the hammer price. If the new owner can easily get rid of the interior smell, then this was well bought and sold. The harder it is to remove the smell, the more this sale leans well sold. #58-2001 OPEL SPEEDSTER convert- ible. S/N: 0000. Orange/black cloth/black leather. Prototype, sold on bill of sale. Not legal on U.S. roads. Some random chips and touch-ups throughout. Plastic headlight covers starting to get cloudy. Cloth targa top dirty. Sill good considering you need to be a gymnast to get in or out. Spartan interior with no electric options or carpet. CD player in dash. Creasing to driver’s leather seat. Could not open rear hood, no matter how hard I pulled the release. Looks dirty in the catalog picture. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,500. A car that you wouldn’t mind driving around as-is. Starts and runs out well. MG TD values have been flat the past several years. Previously sold at Mecum Los Angeles on 2/16/2018 for an identical $16,500 (SCM# 6865618). Given the condition, this lot was well sold, and the seller did well to get his money back. Minus the transport and other fees, of course. #16-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 MC coupe. S/N: S680120. Light yellow/brown leather. Odo: 98,395 miles. Good shiny paint over straight body. Variable panel fit. Exterior chrome all good. New rear-fender welting. Painted wire wheels unmarked. All-new weatherstripping around clear glass. Door handles pitted. Interior shows new door panels, seat covers and carpet. Seats look a little overstuffed. Dash wood okay. Chrome on steering wheel pitted. Could not access engine bay, but catalog photos show it as clean and correct. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $104,500. There was a lot of interest in this car, both during the preview and the auction. Quickly bid from $50,000 to $90,000 between two in-room bidders. A phone bidder then jumped in and battled it out to the hammer price, but it sold in the room. Well bought for its great condition. #44-2001 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Van- tage convertible. S/N: SCFAB423X1K401463. Dark blue metallic/blue cloth/tan & gray leather. Odo: 9,793 miles. Paint good with some polish swirl marks. Plastic headlight covers show scratches. Rear bumper chipped under trunk from loading and unloading. Wheels dirty but unmarked. Top good, with small rip behind driver’s door. Driver’s seat bolsters worn and leather moderately creased. Wood on dash shows many cracks. Interior smells strongly musty. V12 engine with automatic transmission. Engine bay a little dusty. There’s surface corrosion to aluminum components. Hood insulation detaching from hood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $36,300. British-built sports car. Opel and GM teamed up with Lotus to develop the Opel Speedster and the Vauxhall VX220 on the Series II Elise chassis. Used the 2.2-liter GM Ecotec engine from the Opel Astra. As it cannot be registered in the U.S., it’s either going to be bought for its interesting prototype status or for being a track car. This particular example sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale sale for $38,500 (SCM# 6865860). These cars sell for less than $20k in Europe all day long. A no-sale on the stage, but reported sold post-block for $36,300. Consignor should be happy that he nearly made all his money back. Well sold. #28-2004 BENTLEY ARNAGE T24 Mulliner sedan. S/N: SCBLF34F94CX09934. Silver metallic/black leather. Odo: 28,523 miles. Claimed one of 24 for the U.S. market. A few chips to front bumper, with all other paint good. Wheels unmarked. Driver’s seatbottom leather slightly creased, the rest of interior flawless. Nice wood tray tables and reclining seats in back. Rolls-Royce-sourced twin-turbocharged 6.7-liter engine gives 460 horsepower, guaranteeing “Pace and Grace.” Aside from intake runners, the entire engine is SOLD AT $90,200. A fixed-head coupe joined the roadster and drophead variants in 1953. Although not as sexy today, I’m sure the FHC was welcomed in England’s cold and rainy climate. These cars will hardly ever see inclement weather today, so the FHC practical- 162 SOLD AT $27,280. Claimed 9,793 miles; likely correct, but they must have been some hard miles. It looked like the car had spent time being stored outside, and with the musty smell to the interior, I’d question whether there was water damage. I hope the buyer was able to run a CARFAX. The seller wisely removed the reserve at $24,000, and it sold two Sports Car Market


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Motostalgia Amelia Island, FL not visible under plastic cover, but what little can be seen looks good. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,300. Claimed up-to-date service records, which is essential for these ultra-luxury cars. The buyer may have paid Toyota money for this car, but the mechanic will still charge like it’s the $250,000 car it was when new. This is market price today. Well bought and sold. #57-2005 ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH S coupe. S/N: SCFAC24385B501811. Gray metallic/black leather. Odo: 15,100 miles. Paint shows some scratches. Small dent on right front fender. Air dam has one scuff. Wheels show some surface corrosion like it spent time at the beach. Slight creasing to driver’s seat, rest of interior excellent and still smells like leather. Small backseat could maybe fit two carry-ons, but not humans. Paddle-shifting 6-sp transmission. Engine bay clean. A handsome, muscular car. Cond: 2. tion for $38,906 (SCM# 6853605). Bid $8k more here and unsold. I guess the seller is looking for a better flip price. I expect to see it at another auction soon. #34-1972 RENAULT ESTAFETTE util- ity. S/N: SS40926. White/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 79,972 miles. Good paint, with some chips in corners. No-dent body. Decals on side panels applied well. Painted bumpers show some chips and scratches. Sliding door on passenger’s side. Painted wheels show pitting, whitewalls yellowing. Spartan interior shows well. Crack on dash top. Seat covers new and excellent, as is the steering wheel. Engine looks clean under a thin fiberglass cover between the footwells. Rear cargo area pristine with new carpet. Said to be found as-is in Mexico, where it was being used by a classiccar parts store as a parts hauler. Cond: 2. trophies. Engine compartment clean with modern battery. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,900. What a time warp! I vaguely remember seeing these on the road when I was a child, but I haven’t seen one since. Similar in size and style to a 1967 VW Squareback that I own. This example has bounced around the past couple of years. Featured as a “Hemmings Find of the Day” in June of 2016, where it was for sale at $29,500. Then it was a no-sale at Mecum’s Pamona, CA, sale in February 2017, at a high bid of $22,500 (SCM# 6830243). Next it was a no-sale at Mecum Las Vegas 2017, at a high bid of $19,000 (SCM# 6854853). Sold at Mecum’s February L.A. sale at $17,050 (SCM# 6865642). Here at Motostalgia, the bidding stopped in the same range and the reserve was lifted at the hammer price. The market has spoken four times, so this is the current value for this car. #17-1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N: WDBBA4D3HA066647. Yellow/yellow hard top/brown leather. Odo: 88,585 miles. Driver-quality SL with multiple chips and touch-ups to paint. Dents and scratches to stainless trim and chrome bumpers. Factory alloy wheels unmarked. Wear to driver’s seat outer bolster. Rest of seats are good. Steering wheel worn. Doors shut with solid thunk. Hard top mounted during the preview, so I could’t inspect the soft top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $85,800. This is a big, beefy, masculine GT that will transport one with great comfort and style. No wonder the Vanquish fit in so well in James Bond movies. This example is in great colors and condition. Sold at no reserve for the market price. Fairly bought and sold. FRENCH #35-1936 PEUGEOT 402 2-dr sedan. S/N: 606600. Light green/tan cloth. Odo: 47,040 km. Streamlined Art Deco styling. Paint over good body shows orange peeling. Bright trim dull, foggy and some surface rust. Incorrect replacement weatherstripping. Interior cloth new and good, carpet worn. Painted dash has some chips, paint flaking off steering wheel. Pop-out windshield and suicide doors. Semaphore turn signals. Dusty and grimy engine bay. Headlights hidden behind grille are wavy and uneven. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $37,950. Another unique vehicle at this auction. Cute little panel van that brought a smile to everyone who saw it. You can find some advertised for sale on the Internet, but hard to find one in such good condition. Looking at other comparable microcars and vans, I’d call this well sold. GERMAN #59-1968 OPEL KADETT L wagon. S/N: 391383662. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 84,380 miles. Some swirl marks on excellent paint and straight panels. Some scratches to stainless trim around windows. Bumper chrome and grille excellent. Unmarked stock hubcaps. No rust bubbling in usual areas on body. Roof rack shows scratches and pitting from use and age. Slight bagging to driver’s seat and door panels. Equipped with front shoulder belts with GM tags. Rest of interior very good. Aftermarket volt meter and Jensen FM radio under dash. Original AM radio still in dash. No additional speakers cut out anywhere. Rear hatch full of Opel-specific Best of Show SOLD AT $12,760. Many 560SLs frequently show up at auctions, so buyers can be picky. Excellent examples can bring five times what was realized here. But at this price and considering the condition of this particular vehicle, I wouldn’t feel bad daily driving it. Selling price was light by a couple thousand for this no-reserve lot, so well bought. #56-1993 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2 Targa. S/N: WP0BB2963PS440119. Red/ black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 72,727 miles. Some touch-ups to nose paint, while rest of paint is good. Welting around headlights is cracked. Lumpy vinyl on targa top. Some NOT SOLD AT $46,500. This car sold previously at Artcurial’s November 2017 Paris auc- 164 Sports Car Market


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Motostalgia Amelia Island, FL creasing to seats. Modern CD player installed in dash. Tiptronic automatic transmission. Engine bay generally clean. Fan blades chipped on the edges, surface corrosion on aluminum a/c compressor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,250. This was a nice example to use and enjoy. I remember how cool the new Tiptronic transmission was back in the day, but now even mundane SUVs have similar technologies. This car sold bang in the middle of the market. Well bought and sold. #9-1999 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N: WP0AA2999XS626465. Dark blue metallic/gray leather. Odo: 49,070 miles. Clear bra covers nose area. A few chips and touchups here and there. Deep, four-inch scratch on rear bumper just behind engine cover. Some curb rash on wheels. Slight creasing on driver’s side bolsters, but the rest of the interior is clean and as-new. Windows have medium tint. Six-speed manual transmission. Engine bay spotless and as-delivered. Cond: 2+. the consignor was looking for a quick flip. He got it, but after he initially refused the high bid. A deal was made post-block for a wellsold price. #47-2012 MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG convertible. S/N: WDDRK7HA6CA006428. Imola Grey/red cloth/red leather. Odo: 22,350 miles. Flawless paint. A few scuffs to wheels. Top shows some wear at corners. Interior shows little wear, small creases to driver’s seat bottom. Engine bay clean. Automatic 7-sp with paddle shifters. Pampered example in excellent condition all around. Cond: 2+. #21-1962 ALFA ROMEO 2000 Spider. S/N: AR102042879. Red/tan cloth/red & black leather. Odo: 55,392 miles. Flawless paint over straight panels. All exterior chrome excellent. Stainless around windshield shows some scratches and cloudiness. Wheel paint chipped from removing chrome hubcaps. Interior surfaces redone. Seat-leather pattern incorrect, but attractive. Some creasing on front seat bottoms. Interior door handles and window cranks pitted. Painted dash is beautiful. Some rattle to doors when closed. Engine surfaces show wear from use and age. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,020. The first year for the water-cooled 996. If it drives straight at you, it’d be indistinguishable from the Boxster—with which it shared many exterior components. The 996 was arguably an improvement, but lost some of the air-cooled 911 character. This car previously sold at Mecum’s Los Angeles sale, not a month earlier, for $15,950 (SCM# 6865687). Bought very well in Los Angeles; sold at market here. #10-2005 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN coupe. S/N: WDDAJ76F05M000091. Silver/red leather. Odo: 7,750 miles. Flawless silver paint with lots of metal flake. Clear bra protects nose. Door sill clean despite awkward entry/exit. Some scratches to carbon fiber around driver’s seat bolsters. The rest of the interior is flawless. Clean engine bay. Condition typical for these pampered supercars. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $119,900. Dark gray paint, with bright red top and interior, is a little garish, but I guess if you drive this car, you’ll want everyone to look at you. The long-hood, shortrear deck reminds me of the 300SL of the 1950s. This car was a no-sale at Mecum’s November 2017 Las Vegas auction, for a final bid of $115,000 (SCM# 6854806). The seller seems to have realized that this price is market correct today. ITALIAN #31-1961 FERRARI 250 GTE Series I 2+2 coupe. S/N: 2919GT. White/black leather. Odo: 70,200 miles. Claimed mostly original white paint dull and cracked throughout. Rechromed bumpers nice. Pitting on taillight chrome. Chromed Borrani wheels show some curb rash. Wonderfully patinated interior claimed original. Good dash and interior chrome. Weatherstripping recently replaced. Seats with just enough cracks and bagginess. Leather a little hard. Electrical tape holding driver’s door window crank together. Could not open hood and didn’t want to force it. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $106,700. Lovely car, and my favorite at the auction. Not too nice that you can’t take it out on a country road on a sunny day. Prices have been flat lately, but might be starting to take off. This is the new normal. Auctioneer lifted the reserve at $95,500, and it hammered sold two bids later. #38-1964 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA trasformabile. S/N: 005265. White/black cloth/white & black vinyl. Odo: 71,964 miles. Recent respray with some orange peel and cracks at panel edges. Chrome bumpers a little wavy, other bright trim shows slight pitting. Stainless trim around windshield dented and cloudy. Painted steel wheels good with shiny chrome hubcaps. Cloth top shows wear and could fit better, but no rips or tears. Clear plastic rear window. Reskinned door panels a little lumpy, painted dash good with some orange peel. Gauges clear. Seats reupholstered with lgia Amelia Island, FL creasing to seats. Modern CD player installed in dash. Tiptronic automatic transmission. En- stalgia Amelia Island, FL creasing to seats. Modern CD player installed in dash. Tiptronic automatic transmission. En- gine bay generally clean. Fan blades chipped on the edges, surface corrosion on aluminum a/c compressor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,250. This was a nice example to use and enjoy. I remember how cool the new Tiptronic trans- mission was back in the day, but now even mundane SUVs have similar technologies. This car sold bang in the middle of the market. Well bought and sold. #9-1999 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N: WP0AA2999XS626465. Dark blue metallic/gray leather. Odo: 49,070 miles. Clear bra covers nose area. A few chips and touch- ups here and there. Deep, four-inch scratch on rear bumper just behind engine cover. Some curb rash on wheels. Slight creasing on driv- er’s side bolsters, but the rest of the interior is clean and as-new. Windows have medium tint. Six-speed manual transmission. Engine bay spotless and as-delivered. Cond: 2+. the consignor was looking for a quick flip. He got it, but after he initially refused the high bid. A deal was made post-block for a well- sold price. #47-2012 MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG convertible. S/N: WDDRK7HA6CA- 006428. Imola Grey/red cloth/red leather. Odo: 22,350 miles. Flawless paint. A few scuffs to wheels. Top shows some wear at cor- ners. Interior shows little wear, small creases to driver’s seat bottom. Engine bay clean. Au- tomatic 7-sp with paddle shifters. Pampered example in excellent condition all around. Cond: 2+. #21-1962 ALFA ROMEO 2000 Spider. S/N: AR102042879. Red/tan cloth/red & black leather. Odo: 55,392 miles. Flawless paint over straight panels. All exterior chrome ex- cellent. Stainless around windshield shows some scratches and cloudiness. Wheel paint chipped from removing chrome hubcaps. Inte- rior surfaces redone. Seat-leather pattern in- correct, but attractive. Some creasing on front seat bottoms. Interior door handles and win- dow cranks pitted. Painted dash is beautiful. Some rattle to doors when closed. Engine sur- faces show wear from use and age. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,020. The first year for the wa- ter-cooled 996. If it drives straight at you, it’d be indistinguishable from the Boxster—with which it shared many exterior components. The 996 was arguably an improvement, but lost some of the air-cooled 911 character. This car previously sold at Mecum’s Los Angeles sale, not a month earlier, for $15,950 (SCM# 6865687). Bought very well in Los Angeles; sold at market here. #10-2005 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN coupe. S/N: WDDAJ76F05- M000091. Silver/red leather. Odo: 7,750 miles. Flawless silver paint with lots of metal flake. Clear bra protects nose. Door sill clean despite awkward entry/exit. Some scratches to carbon fiber around driver’s seat bolsters. The rest of the interior is flawless. Clean engine bay. Condition typical for these pampered su- percars. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $119,900. Dark gray paint, with bright red top and interior, is a little garish, but I guess if you drive this car, you’ll want everyone to look at you. The long-hood, short- rear deck reminds me of the 300SL of the 1950s. This car was a no-sale at Mecum’s No- vember 2017 Las Vegas auction, for a final bid of $115,000 (SCM# 6854806). The seller seems to have realized that this price is market correct today. ITALIAN #31-1961 FERRARI 250 GTE Series I 2+2 coupe. S/N: 2919GT. White/black leather. Odo: 70,200 miles. Claimed mostly original white paint dull and cracked throughout. Re- chromed bumpers nice. Pitting on taillight chrome. Chromed Borrani wheels show some curb rash. Wonderfully patinated interior claimed original. Good dash and interior chrome. Weatherstripping recently replaced. Seats with just enough cracks and bagginess. Leather a little hard. Electrical tape holding driver’s door window crank together. Could not open hood and didn’t want to force it. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $106,700. Lovely car, and my fa- vorite at the auction. Not too nice that you can’t take it out on a country road on a sunny day. Prices have been flat lately, but might be starting to take off. This is the new normal. Auctioneer lifted the reserve at $95,500, and it hammered sold two bids later. #38-1964 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA trasformabile. S/N: 005265. White/black cloth/white & black vinyl. Odo: 71,964 miles. Recent respray with some orange peel and cracks at panel edges. Chrome bumpers a little wavy, other bright trim shows slight pitting. Stainless trim around windshield dented and cloudy. Painted steel wheels good with shiny chrome hubcaps. Cloth top shows wear and could fit better, but no rips or tears. Clear plas- tic rear window. Reskinned door panels a little lumpy, painted dash good with some orange peel. Gauges clear. Seats reupholstered with SOLD SOLD AT $260,000. This car previously sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction on 10/19/2017 for $222,200 (SCM# 6853071), so 166 NOT SOLD AT $440,000. Known history from new documented in a Marcel Massini report. Books and tool roll included. This car had character in spades and great history. It previously sold at Gooding & Co.’s Scottsdale 2015 sale for $423,500 (SCM# 6772453). Taking emotions out of the equation, the seller could have taken the high bid. SOLD AT $27,280. Very cute little microcar is surprisingly roomy inside. There is demand for these models, and this example can be enjoyed without fear. Plus you’ll garner smiles from everyone who sees it. Yet another car previously sold at Mecum Los Angeles, for $17,600 (SCM# 6865176). Well sold for a quick flip. #37-1965 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N: 6813. Maroon/black leather. Odo: 76,099 miles. Paint has scratches, and sanding marks Sports Car Market


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Motostalgia Amelia Island, FL are visible underneath. Overspray on weatherstripping. Some weatherstripping is cracked. Bumpers cloudy with some scratches. Hood fit is poor. Borrani wheels dirty with some curb rash. Small dent on right rear fender. Glass is clear all around. Interior is tired—leather is hard, carpets ripped, wood dash is dry and starting to crack, door sill shows scratches. Interior bright trim pitted, scratched and flaking. Could not open hood, but catalog photo shows it looking good and complete, with a modern battery. Cond: 4+. #12-1991 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N: ZFFSG17A2M0088565. Red/ black leather. Odo: 35,702 miles. Original paint with several chips and touch-ups. Front air dam shows some rash. Factory wheels good, but glue present from previous wheel weights. Driver’s door weatherstripping at sill badly worn. Dash shows slight lumpiness due to heat. Seams coming undone on steering wheel. Seat bottoms baggy. Engine bay tired and dirty. Engine lid struts barely keep hood up. I felt like I had to hold it up, so it wouldn’t chop my head off while looking at the engine. Paint chipping on painted engine components. Books and tools included. Cond: 3+. JAPANESE #4-1991 HONDA BEAT convertible. S/N: PP11015234. Yellow/black vinyl/black & gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 34,897 miles. Some chips on nose. Front bumper a slightly different shade of yellow than the rest of the car. Black-painted aftermarket alloy wheels just okay. Top fit looks all right, polish scratches to rear plastic window. Windshield-surround black paint badly cracking and flaking. Interesting black-and-gray tiger-stripe seat pattern, but it was standard. Driver’s side cloth badly worn—exposing the foam padding underneath. Momo steering wheel added. Horizontal interior surfaces are sun faded. Teeny inline 3-cylinder engine is squeezed between the rear storage bin and convertible-top storage area. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $225,500. The four-headlight 330 GT is a polarizing design, but I can tolerate it and I think it gives this 2+2 body a more sinister look. If you wanted a usable, relatively affordable, vintage Ferrari V12 GT, this was it. Previously sold at Mecum Monterey 2017, for a princely $129,250 (SCM# 6846980). Well bought at Mecum, sold well here for a large profit. #33-1967 ISO RIVOLTA IR300 GT coupe. S/N: 1R820766. Metallic brown/tan leather. Odo: 71,487 miles. Well-applied paint could use some buffing to make it shine. Aftermarket chrome wire wheels unattractive but in excellent shape. Chrome bumpers straight and shiny. Rear-window stainless trim cloudy and dull. All other exterior trim good. Rightside windshield wiper does not lie flat on curved windshield. Driver’s seat leather a little baggy, but all else inside is good. Replacement oil and water gauges. Horn plastic cap cracked. Engine bay not detailed. Surface rust on painted exhaust manifolds. Surface corrosion on aluminum valve covers. Paint on underside of hood cracked and stained. Modern budget battery. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $84,700. People either love or hate the Testarossa styling. Being a child of the ’80s, I fall into the former. The 30k-mile service was claimed to have been performed, but no mention of when that was. This example was driver quality, and I wouldn’t be afraid of driving it in the rain. The hammer price reflected this. Well bought and sold. #8-2004 FERRARI 360 Modena Spider. S/N: ZFFYT53A440135727. Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 14,650 miles. Flawless factory paint with clear bra protecting nose. Wheels without fault. Convertible-top fit a little wavy, but who needs it? Chrome exhaust tips yellowing from the heat. Driver’s window has some surface scratches from going up and down. Yellow piping on driver’s bolsters worn. Some waviness to dash top from the sun. The rest of interior excellent. Fitted with 6-sp F1 paddle-shift transmission. Clean engine bay with good hood struts. Tag on driver’s seat belt ripped. Exterior fender shields and yellow brake calipers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $6,380. Due to surpassing the 25year exemption, some success at auctions, and hype from a certain—ahem—car-market magazine, we’re going to be seeing more of these JDM cars at auction. Unfortunately, that includes the good and bad examples. Fun Fact: The Honda Beat was designed by Pininfarina, who sold the design to Honda. A quick check online shows good examples going for $6k– $9k. If you really want one, I’d be patient, as more will be entering the U.S. market as time goes by. If possible, I’d filter my search for cars already titled in the U.S., so you don’t have to go through that headache. Given the condition, I’d say this example was well sold. #11-1991 NISSAN FIGARO convertible. S/N: FK10003402. Lapis Gray/white vinyl/ white leather. Odo: 47,870 miles. Original paint holding up well. Exterior chrome and stainless trim all excellent. Stainless trim around driver’s side rear wheelwell separating from body. Painted wheels unmarked. Fixed profile with sliding convertible top. Some slight waviness to sliding vinyl top. Interior excellent, with slight cracking on seats. Engine bay shows dirt from use and surface corrosion to aluminum components. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,550. Italian luxury and Bertone styling with American reliability and lowcost maintenance. Engine and driveline parts are readily available at your local Pep Boys. I love these Italian-American hybrids. A weekend with a buffer would do wonders for this car. This car previously sold at Motostalgia’s Waxahachie sale in October 2017, for $73,700 (SCM# 6851049). Well bought here. 168 SOLD AT $91,300. Ferrari produced 7,565 360 Spiders from 2000 through 2005, so they’re pretty easy to find. They’re often only used for special occasions, so I wouldn’t characterize this example’s miles as being extraordinarily low. 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Motostalgia Amelia Island, FL these JDM cars was so great that Nissan had to double production from a planned 8,000 units to 20,000. Prospective buyers entered a lottery for the privilege of purchasing a Figaro. There were four colors available, representing the four seasons of the year. Lapis Gray was intended to represent winter. Cute sells, and this design has it in spades. If you are looking for one of these, this example would have been the one to buy. Previously a no-sale at Mecum’s November 2017 Las Vegas sale for an $18,000 hammer price (SCM# 6854826). However, it sold at Mecum’s L.A. sale in February for $19,250 (SCM# 6865625). Slight loss on this one after a trip across the entire country. AMERICAN #50-1936 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT convertible. S/N: 14TH959239. Dark red/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 92,626 miles. Paint shrinking and cracking in places. Exterior chrome and stainless trim good. Chrome wires polished with bright whitewalls. Top was down, so could not inspect. Leather seats have just enough creasing and patina to look great. Wood dash is good, gauges are clear. Glass on inside mirror is delaminating. Engine bay dusty but not grimy. Good dual sidemounts, with hard covers and rear-view mirrors mounted on top. Driver’s side spotlight is loose. Rumble-seat leather and carpeting is excellent. Some paint chips around rumbleseat edges. Dual golf-bag doors. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $155,000. Claimed known history from new. This was a striking, huge presentation. This example had the perfect combination of well-cared-for good looks and great patina—making it an excellent car for tours. And the fact that the Packard Super Eight is a CCCA Full Classic will provide the owner plenty of opportunity to do just that. Unfortunately, the right buyer was not present, so the seller rightly took the car back home. #13-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Townsman wagon. S/N: VC57J178314. Copper & white/white & copper vinyl, black brocade. Odo: 64,974 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Top repainted white recently. Copper color on rest of the car is claimed original, and is matte on horizontal surfaces, with surprisingly few chips. Exterior chrome scratched and pitted, stainless a little dull but okay. Hubcaps shiny, with no dents. Chevy emblem crazed on all hubcaps. Slight bubbling visible at bottom of rear doors. Fender skirts with fresh paint don’t quite match the rest of car. Driver’s seat bottom worn with cloth separating from vinyl. No dents or chips to painted dash. Gauge lenses crazing. Steering wheel has some chips but the horn ring is good. Rear seat is better than the front. Cargo-floor vinyl worn and cracked. Engine bay dirty, with surface rust, but starts and runs easily. New, modern battery installed. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $19,800. There were 27,375 Bel Air 4-door wagon Townsmans built in 1957. Aside from the repaint on top, the rest of the car is a claimed unrestored original. The claim seems believable, as the wear is uniform from front to back. The cost of a restoration would put the owner underwater fast, since everything has needs. It might be a different story if this was a 2-door Nomad. I’d drive it as-is. Previously sold at Mecum Los Angeles, on 2/16/2018, for $13,200 (SCM# 6865258). This was a quick flip. Well sold here. #18-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Seville 2-dr hard top. S/N: 5762056136. Green/white vinyl/green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 7,750 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Good green metallic paint over straight body. Some chips at panel corners. Front fender to passenger’s door gap wide. All chrome and stainless trim very good. Dirty whitewall tires, with unmarked hubcaps. Some waviness to vinyl top. Interior dash top, door panels and seats excellent. Some chipping to painted dash area. A couple of cracks on steering wheel. Large gap between front and rear passenger’s side windows. Tidy engine bay, with good batwing air cleaner. Battery minder installed during preview raises questions. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,050. First year of the thirdgeneration Eldorado with polarizing chipmunk-cheek rear fenders. These cars came loaded with many standard power options. This example came with the dual 4-barrelcarburetor option. The reserve was lifted at $35,000, and garnered one more bid from the phone to end up at this sales price. Well bought. #61-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N: 59F101083. Brenton Blue/white cloth/black & white leather. Odo: 72,202 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint over smooth, straight body. Exterior chrome and stainless trim excellent. Slight creasing to leather seat on driver’s side. Dash, door panels, carpet and gauges are all in excellent condition. Engine clean and stock with new aftermarket battery. Factory a/c and radio with power steering, brakes, windows, seat and top. Cond: 1-. 170 Sports Car Market


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Motostalgia Amelia Island, FL NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Designed by Bill Mitchell, with all the chrome and excess styling of the 1950s. This car barely fit on the turntable stage, which made a loud cracking noise under all that weight. Excellent interior is claimed to be original. Overall this example was in immaculate condition. This car was last seen at Motostalgia’s Indianapolis June 2016 auction, and sold for $83,500 (SCM# 6809377). This price was going in the wrong direction, so the seller took it back home. #6-1966 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N: 6Y86G429909. White/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 60,434 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presentable paint with some touch-ups. Gaps uneven. Driver’s side rear door sagging and hard to latch. Exterior chrome cloudy and pitted. Weatherstripping hard and cracked. Top is okay, with clear glass. Driver’s side front door panel coming apart and exposing wiring for power windows. Dash is cracked. Leather seating is good, with some creasing. Carpet is baggy and dirty, especially in driver’s footwell. Door sills dented. Engine is dirty but looks complete. Battery is disconnected. Looks like recent a/c and hydraulic work. “A” missing from Continental badge on front grille. Power top inoperative. During the preview, the car started with a jump but ran out well. Cond: 3-. car did not instill confidence, as these are complicated and expensive to restore. Buyer and seller should both be happy, with a nod to the seller. #22-1966 FORD GT40 Mk I RCR rep- lica coupe. S/N: 6Y87Z152822. Red/black leather. Odo: 885 miles. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Paint has swirls and light scratches, but in great shape for a tracked car. Stickers nicely applied. Knockoff wheels show some corrosion, with street BF Goodrich tires. Interior tidy, with loads of toggle switches and gauges across dash. Equipped with five-point race harnesses. Some cobwebs inside indicate little use recently. Dry-sump 302 with Robert Yates racing heads claimed dynoed at 630 hp. Induction visible under glass rear window. Electric radiator fans up front. Extra set of track wheels with Hoosier tires is included. Cond: 2. SHIFT UP TO SCM PLATINUM! www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years SOLD AT $23,650. Like other Continentals, this example was fully loaded with power options including optional a/c. The flaws in this SOLD AT $94,600. Incredibly, this is street legal, with Texas title as a 1966 Ford. I’d love to see the look on my local DMV workers’ faces as they inspect the car for registration. This car even has a/c. Loud, race-car-sounding engine. Attracted crowds throughout preview. Previously a no-sale at last year’s Motostalgia Amelia Island auction for $100,000 (SCM# 6832691). Reserve lifted at hammer price. I guess the seller didn’t want to come back next year. Well bought. #25-1994 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N: 1G1YZ22J7R5800216. Red/black leather. Odo: 53,811 miles. 5.7-L 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Factory paint well taken care of. Alloy wheels show some nicks. Windows have slight aftermarket tint. Large Magniflow exhaust outlets. Driver’s seat leather creased with some cracks, side bolster worn. The rest of the interior appears excellent. Both glass and hard fiberglass tops. Intake and valve covers have some stains. No attempt was made to clean the engine bay. Tires are worn down and cracking. Overall condition is such that I would believe it if it had half the mileage shown. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,350. Chevrolet built 448 Corvette ZR- 172 Sports Car Market


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Motostalgia Amelia Island, FL 1s in 1994. These cars offer a lot of performance and technology for not a whole lot of money. There are a lot of ZR-1s out there with far fewer miles than this example, but this car appears to have led a pampered life. At no reserve, this car sold just a bit under market, but at this price these cars are a bargain. #29-1995 DODGE VIPER RT/10 road- ster. S/N: 1B3BR65E8SV201433. Yellow/ black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 16,832 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. A few polishing swirls and touch-ups to front bumper. Some slight wear to driver’s side bolsters. Cloth top and side curtains look unused. Interior is a little dusty, but unmarked. Engine bay clean and tidy. A pampered example. Cond: 1-. #19-1999 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N: 1G1YY22G9X5103781. Red/ black leather. Odo: 59,100 miles. 5.7-L 345-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Bright red paint good except for quarter-sized chip, touched up poorly, on driver’s door. Slight curb rash on all wheels. Passenger’s side rear wheel has a good-sized dent, as if it hit a curb at some speed. Creasing and wear on driver’s side bolster. Some scuffing to driver’s sill. Rest of interior unmarked. Engine compartment clean and stock. Surface corrosion to aluminum components. Budget battery installed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,800. Previously sold for no reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas 2017 auction for $28,050 (SCM# 6852847). The seller here made a tidy profit. This car had a strong presentation, but ultimately sold well. SOLD AT $14,300. I had a C5 Z-51, with 6-sp manual, and it was a lot of fun. Comfortable, reliable and fast. These cars provide a lot of bang for the buck. The large dent in the right rear wheel is a little puzzling, and will probably provide a wobbly ride at speed. After factoring in replacing the dented wheel, this no-reserve car was fairly bought and sold. © 174 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers PT Cruiser. For where the pavement ends. — Jeff Brock, via email This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: May 25, 2018 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. RUNNER-UP: After all these years, the PT Cruiser has finally found its niche — Tom Tate, Boston, MA Hi, honey. I’m going to be late for dinner. — Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA When autonomous cars can take themselves for joyrides. — Bill Hoffer, via email A good off-road PT — but certainly not a great one. — Mark Franusich, Crescent City, CA Hello, Highway Service? I’ve had a change of heart. I’d like to take you up on the offer to buy my front lot. — Vince Finaldi, Irvine, CA PT Loser — Adams Hudson, via email Hmm, just what I expected. — Dan DeGiovine, via email Well….I guess I should have driven the Jeep. — Steve Slebioda, via email Honestly, Dad, it wasn’t my fault. The pavement just evaporated! — Scott Graham, Minneapolis, MN No honey, we did not win a trip to L.A. I said TRIPLE A. — Lucas Fornace, via email Chocks? I don’t need no stinkin’ chocks. — Warren D. Blatz Jr., via email Doesn’t look like we’ll be crusin’ out of here anytime soon! — Joe Shubitowski, via email No, I don’t think Xanax is going to fix this depression. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Mind the Gap. — Bruce Perrone, Pittsburgh, PA Come on, officer… I guess I was off by a day for the start of the roadwork, but couldn’t they have just towed it? — Jan Jurnecka, Aptos, CA Dream: I’m Evel Knievel, and I can jump the Grand Canyon. Reality: My name is Bob, this is my wife’s car and I’m afraid to go home. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Hey, boss, I ditched da car just like you told me to do. — Tom Rodberg, Irvine, CA My bucket-list trip to California: Wildfires, mudslides and parking on the San Andreas Fault! — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA So this explains why my freakin’ Uber guy didn’t show up! — Stan Colona, Plano, TX Note to self: Move nitrous switch away from tailgate release before next attempt. — Chris Attias, Felton, CA Jeff Brock wins his first-ever Mystery Photo SCM cap for coming up with the perfect advertising slogan — after the fact. ♦ 176 Sports Car Market


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers How to connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com SCM Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) • Buicks, Rileys and Alfas — The La Jolla Concours Spick und Span: Karl Zimmermann, 11, enjoying some “down time” by washing a friend’s beautiful 1958 Porsche 356A. Gotta keep these guys, both the kids and the old cars, out of car-wash establishments! — Pete Zimmermann Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your hi-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. Comments With Your Renewals Fun read every month! — Thomas Claridge, Los Gatos, CA (SCMer since 1994) Thanks — have enjoyed SCM since the black-andwhite days of 1997. — William Morris, Tacoma, WA (1997) Keep doing what you are doing! — George Shafer, Somerset, PA (1996) Best car mag by far! — Frederic Tiplady, Bend, OR (2008) What a great magazine! I have years’ worth of copies around the garage — I June 2018 • Happy 60th Birthday to the Sprint • Jurassic Park Meets Vintage Racing Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscarmarket. com/guides-supplements) • 2018 Insider’s Guide to Restorations • 2018 Price Guide • 2018 Insider’s just can’t get rid of any of them! — Mike Winter, Mount Airy, MD (2014) More motorcycles! More affordable cars! — Mike Weidle, Bainbridge, PA (2007) Keep up the good work! Wine glasses look great! — James MacLachlan, Marcellus, NY (2007) Who said print is dead? Viva SCM! — Jeffress Hailand, Saint Louis, MO (2012) I am a physician but I must admit I love this magazine more than any medical journal! — Ed Lamotta, Fort Myers, FL (2006) Anything by Thor Thorson, John Draneas and Alex Hofberg are read first. I miss the motorcycle page that used to be at the end. A boat page would be nice once in awhile. Otherwise, good job to all. — Joseph Loduca, Piedmont, CA (2004) Thank you all for your continued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Guide to Concours d’Elegance For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable Platinum Deluxe Users View 297,000-plus auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history! 177


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1952 Jaguar XK 120 roadster to-no filler or rust. Engine fires and runs, the brake system does need a go-through and the fuel tank flushed. Additional pictures upon request. $29,000 OBO. Contact Dave, email: david@welshent.com. (OH) 1962 Jaguar Mk 2 sedan S/N HBJ7L/23763. Red/black leather with red piping. 38,113 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. 1,000 miles since full body-off restoration. New wiring harness, hydraulic lines, etc. Engine rebuilt, new synchro rings. Largely original specs except 72-spoke chromed wire wheels and converted to electronic ignition. Car is tight, solid and drives smoothly. Not quite concours condition, but a first-class driver. $65,000 OBO. (BC) 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BJ7 roadster history including original tags, registration and photos. Multiple concours winner. Factory hard top, LAT 70 wheels, traction bars, two-inch exhaust and tools. Original engine and all other components. Mechanically excellent. One of the finest Tigers you’ll ever see and a significant serial number. $179,000. Contact Kim, Ph: 443.386.6170, email: 1146kim@ gmail.com. (MD) 1974 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N 671514. Dove Grey/red. 18,197 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Elegant roadster that is strikingly well preserved, with only 18k original miles driven since new. Previously owned by two prominent collectors who took great care in preserving the car. Exceptionally clean throughout with a tidy engine bay, clean undercarriage and a striking red interior. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/504. (CA) 1954 MG TF 1250 roadster S/N P218990BW. British Racing Green/tan. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Beautifully restored example by Classic Showcase, with an attractive BRG over tan color combo, 5-speed transmission and chrome wire wheels. This iconic Jaguar model is an excellent choice for those seeking a worthy contender for competition or to simply drive and enjoy today. Includes JDHT CoA. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/453. (CA) S/N 1E15000. Carmen Red/black, with black top and boot. 78,064 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Highly original, numbers-matching, Series 1, California black-plate E-type that was professionally restored by Jaguar professionals. This Western states car features a striking color combo and a recent servicing. Complete and ready to be shown, driven and enjoyed today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/490. (CA) 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II Serial #3 convertible S/N B382100103. Carnival Red/black. 31,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Serial #3 of 536. Perfect original interior and rust-free body. Incredible restoration correct to the smallest detail. Complete S/N UE1S23383. Green Sand/Olive. 26,000 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Incredibly well preserved original OTS XKE. Only one owner from new, very low original miles. Matching numbers, 4-speed manual, factory a/c, original upholstery and new canvas top. Heritage Certificate included. Call or email Alex for more info. $89,500 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) S/N UE1S26067. White/tan. 20,113 miles. V12, automatic. White with tan leather and black top. One-family-owned example with low original miles. Beautiful body with what appears to be original paint. No evidence of rust or damage. Numbersmatching 5.3-liter V12 with automatic transmission, a/c and power steering. Runs and drives very well. Fantastic interior with superb gentle patina on the seats consistent with the low mileage, and beautiful, unmarked carpets. Comes with Jaguar Heritage Certificate, records, title copies spanning 34-odd years, original spare, tools, boot cover, etc. $86,500. Chequered Flag International. Contact Neil, Ph: 310.827.8665, email: sales@chequeredflag. com. Website: www.chequeredflag.com/1974Jaguar-EType/Used-Convertible/MarinaDelRey-CA/10533539/Details.aspx. (CA) 1974 Jaguar E-type SIII convertible S/N HDP464691. Ivory/green. 439 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Full professional frame-up restoration including new wood, metal and engine rebuild. Colors as per original factory dispatch. Engine #XPAGTF34745. Everything new, rebuilt or restored. Nisonger-rebuilt instruments, mileage since restoration. Vredstein tires, stainless-steel exhaust. Graves triple-replated chrome. Electronic ignition and fuel pump. Looks, runs and drives better than new. $37,000 OBO. Hamarick Classics LLC. Contact Rick, Ph: 225.571.7064, email: hubrick@gmail. com. (LA) 1959 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 coupe Red/black. 61,950 miles. 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SCM Showcase Gallery GERMAN 1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D manual. This re-creation is the most accurate to the original Kremer ST that won the European GT championship in the hands of John Fitzpatrick. Both Fitz and Manfred Kremer have reviewed this build and agreed on its accuracy. 2.5-L twin-plug, high-butterfly MFI system. Tons of original and rare factory parts. Full details of build on our website. AutoKennel Inc. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: www. autokennel.com. (CA) S/N 85720. Ruby Red/light brown. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. This 356 has good ownership history and is a solid example that has been serviced and improved by Classic Showcase. Includes an upgraded rebuilt 356B engine (with original matching cases), a Porsche CoA and receipts. This Convertible D is highly collectible and ready for showing. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/556. (CA) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL Elvis Presley sedan 1976 Mercedes-Benz 280SE coupe Documented with its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, original owner’s manual, maintenance booklet and factory tools. $229,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt. com/inventory/ds-1976-porsche-930-turbo-carrera/. (MO) 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa S/N 1.08E+13. Alpha Crystal Blue Metallic/black. 80,312 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Purchased on December 21, 1970, by Elvis Presley. One of very few cars that Elvis was seen driving on a regular basis. Includes copies of original sale and title paperwork, as well as a photo of the vehicle in front of Graceland. Displayed at a museum until earlier this year. $179,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1971-mercedes-benz-280sel/. (MO) 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer Racing replica coupe S/N 11407312107591. Red/black. 63,000 miles. I6, automatic. Beautiful 280SE coupe. Definitely a rare find in the Chicago Land area. Designed by world-renowned designer Paul Bracq. This car is a great consideration for an affordable investment or to be kept in a garage and as a Sunday cruiser. The current market price is $8,900 and is expected to jump to $14,000 within a few years. $8,500. Contact Ramon, email: classicsofchicago@gmail.com. 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera coupe S/N WP0EB0915FS160657. Meteor Grey Metallic/black. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. This very original 911 Carrera has been well maintained, and cared for. Features factory a/c, speed cruise, tilt wheel, power windows and locks, a Blaupunkt radio, forged alloy wheels and leather seats. Dressed in its original color combo of Meteor Grey Metallic over black leather interior, and includes its original window sticker, build sheet and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/577. (CA) 1987 BMW M6 coupe Viper Green/black. 2,800 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd S/N 9306800232. Platinum Metallic/Cinnamon. 35,770 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Only 35,770 actual miles. First year for the U.S.-specification Turbo Carreras. Same meticulous Porsche Club member owner for 30 years. Matching-numbers engine, mechanical refurbishing and servicing by a marque specialist less than 300 miles ago, including complete engine rebuild, new clutch, new Pirelli tires and much more. Electric sunroof. U.S.-equipment group. Turbo designation in black. Air conditioning. S/N WBAEE1403H2560325. Black/Lotus White leather. 97,500 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Gorgeous in and out, original paint, matching numbers, bone-stock, unmolested, no rust. Fresh TRX tires, clutch, battery, radiator and fuel lines. SLS, service history, tools, books, jack, first-aid kit and unused spare. Needs nothing. To be sold at NO RESERVE at Bonhams Greenwich auction June 03. Contact Alan, Ph: 732.865.4845, email: alanlopena@hotmail.com. (NJ) S/N 6097. Dark blue/dark tan. 77,000 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Incredibly well maintained and attractive example. Includes large file showing lots of recent work including engine overhaul and other major services. Excellent and charming original interior and very nice older repaint. Very well preserved and honest car. $275,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@ rpmvt.com. (VT) 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion S/N WDBCA45E1MA579682. Astral Silver Metallic/light gray leather. 62,100 miles. V8, automatic. Absolutely stunning and beautiful 560SEC in its highly desirable and striking original factory color (735) with a gorgeous gray (trim code 268) leather interior, factory alloy wheels and a car that boasts only only one family owner since new with all original owner’s manuals, dealer-stamped maintenance booklet, window sticker, all service records since new and with only 62k original miles! $25,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) ITALIAN 1964 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 coupe 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC coupe S/N 12815. Rosso Corsa/black with red Daytona inserts. 33,000 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Borrani wheels. Euro model imported in 2006 by fourth and current owner. Spyder conversion in Europe in 1970s done properly. Beautiful car with 54,000 km and no accidents. Meticulously maintenance, body and paint great, newer interior is excellent. Reliable, non-needs car. $695,000. Contact Tom, Ph: 310.600.2715, email: tjkaz@aol.com. (CA) 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina coupe S/N 19433. Rosso Chiaro/tan. 16,664 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Rare and desirable early fiberglass 308. Maintained and serviced since the early ’80s by marque specialists. One of only 100 delivered to North America. Original California car. Only 16,664 miles. Factory air conditioning. Power windows. Includes original owner’s manual, jack, toolkit, seat covers and service record copies. $229,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https:// www.schmitt.com/inventory/1976-ferrari-308gtbvetroresina/. (MO) 180 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1995 Ferrari 456 GT Pininfarina Speciale coupe AMERICAN 1956 Ford F-250 pickup 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N FECS19514. Black/black. 26,000 miles. V12, 4spd automatic. Ordered new by the Sultan of Brunei. Sent back to Ferrari and Pininfarina when new and had car painted black by Ferrari and ordered custom interior by Pininfarina. Special-ordered ZF automatic transmission installed at Ferrari. Complete with documentation, service records, books, tools and Ferrari 456 GT luggage. $70,000 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano coupe S/N ZFFFF60L670156223. Red/beige. 29,103 miles. V12, automatic. Inpeccable condition and the best color combination; Red Russo and beige. Ceramic brakes, Bose audio system, fully inspected and serviced. $144,000 OBO. Speed Auto Sales. Contact Bruno, Ph: 786.470.6020, email: bruno@speedluxurygroup.com. Website: www. speedautosales.us/ferrari-599-gtb-fiorano-coupeused-doral-fl_vid_7463555.html. (FL) S/N F58T270830. Tropical Turquoise/turqoise, gray & black. 53,100 miles. V8, automatic. Rust-free example of this older frame-off restoration from the early 2000s with every nut and bolt replaced. Very few miles since being restored and mostly all original. 348/250hp big-block V8 with 4-bbl Rochester carburetor and Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission. Beautiful repainted original Tropical Turquoise (paint code 914) factory color paint and with absolutely beautiful all-new and original-spec turquoise, gray and black (trim code 837) tri-tone colored interior. $110,000 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.399.3990, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N 194376S108677. Nassau Blue/blue & white. 1,000 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. Frame-on restored, all original and correct 427/390hp. Loaded with 4-speed, ps, pb, factory a/c, sidepipes, knockoffs, wood steering wheel. No-hit body. A great-driving car that could easily be NCRS Top Flight. $89,900 OBO. Contact Kent, Ph: 404.323.3822, email: kenthussey@yahoo.com. (GA) 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 coupe S/N 2V87X4N120054. Buccaneer Red/red & black. 78,400 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Numbersmatching, one of 943 built, rare red and black interior. Car has been carefully maintained and restored as needed. Heavily optioned car in excellent condition with cold a/c, power brakes and steering, tilt column, 8-track player and power locks and windows. Originally sold at the famous Monk King Pontiac in Denton, TX. Build sheet and PHS documented. Runs and drives fantastic. Listed on the Super Duty Registry and has been kept in private collections for the past 34 years. $92,500 OBO. Munroe, Park & Johnson. Contact Bruce, Ph: 210.722.4188, email: bruce@mpjonline.com. (TX) © S/N F25V6L18241. Blue/blue, gray & black. V8, 4-spd manual. Vintage racer tow vehicle with eightfoot bed. V-8, 4-speed, freeway gears, alloy wheels, lockable shell, rust-free, manuals and upgrades. New upholstery and bed wood. Owned 40 years. Recent overhaul. Email for additional details. Contact Fred, Ph: 619.475.1155, email: fredpuhn@cox.net. (CA) 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible S/N 20867S1033S3. Roman Red/black. 50,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Beautifully restored. Original matching-numbers, fuel-injected car. 4-speed manual transmission. Complete with both hard and soft tops. Call or email Alex for more info. $87,500 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail. com. (CT) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette coupe engine, transmission, deck spoiler, front spoiler, louvered rear window slats, Magnum 500 wheels, power steering, tachometer, radio and tinted glass with documented restoration (exhaust, carburetor and battery). Built in Dearborn, MI, and sold to Haberfelde Ford in Bakersfield, CA. California car with Ford Factory build sheet and Marti Report. $55,000. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: www.grandprixclassics.com/1970-ford-boss302-yellow/. (CA) 1974 Pontiac Trans Am Super Duty 455 coupe S/N 0F02G164204. Yellow/black. V8, Original June 2018 181


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A Premier Classic, Antique and Unique Vehicle Auction Experience. Offering 550 vehicles three times a year — March, July and November. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. Premier Auction Group. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for nostalgic and collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Wheeler Auction Group. Rick Cole Auctions . Over thirty years ago, Rick Cole conducted the first Monterey auction, his annual events forever changing the historic week dynamic. Rick Cole Auctions provides upscale clientele a boutique and silent auction atmosphere proven to offer the finest cars available, and achieving one of the top 10 multi-million-dollar sales of all time. August 17–19. Marriott Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. info@ rickcole.com www.rickcole.com (CA) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) 833.599.8999 . Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle & exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) 182 Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. 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Alfa Romeo Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Appraisals Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. ImagGooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based Automotive Restorations. Automodello. 877.343.2276. Auto- modello™ hand-built limited edition Resin Art™ in 1:24, 1:43, and F1 in 1:12 scale. Automodello is the exclusive licensed builder for premium quality curbside 1:24 with 1970s Lincoln Continental, 1965 Buick Riviera GS, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin and pre-war one-offs from Delage, Delahaye, Cord, Duesenberg and Packard. In 1:12, 1967 Lotus 49, and in 2018 the 1967 Eagle GuneyWeslake Spa winner. In 1:43, 1981 Gurney Eagle Challenger hand-signed by Dan Gurney (his favorite racer) and 1934 Packard V12 Dietrich. Free worldwide shipping on orders over $149, 10% discount to SCM readers: ONE24SCM on Automodello.com Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. June 2018 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) Corvette America. 800.458.3475. Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Autosport Groups. 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com 183


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. burden. Call for a free brochure today. www.magellanplanning.com Kurt Tanner Motorcars. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Milestone Motorcars. 561.509.7251. We are passionate about classic performance automobiles. A lifetime of experience has given us the ability to help those who share our enthusiasm, whether our clients are experienced collectors or just starting down the road. Let us share with you the passion we feel every day. SALES ~ SERVICE ~ SUPPORT ~ PARTS ~ COMPETITION www.milestonemotorcarsllc.com Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Morris and Welford. 949.679.4999. Morris and Welford, a JD Classics company, are established, fine collector car dealers based in Newport Beach, California. We have a 14,800 sq ft showroom with cars for sale, cars on consignment, collection management, appraisal services and more. www.morrisandwelford.com Email: pat@morrisandwelford.com 4040 Campus Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Pendine. 0044 (0)7770 762751. Pen- dine specializes in the sale of historic cars for road and track. While focusing specifically on British cars from the immediate post-war period to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers to the supercars of the 1990s. Please call us at 0044 (0)7770 762751, or email james@pendine.co and check out our website www.pendine.co (U.K.) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the preservation and sales of European classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Symbolic International. Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com Luxury Brokers International. Ideal Classic Cars. 855.324.0394. Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars.net (FL) 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) Capital Gains Taxes? We Can Help. Magellan Planning Group. 800.377.1332. We use a simple, proven strategy to defer taxes on the sale of highly appreciated assets. We call it the Capital Gains Deferral Trust and it has helped individuals just like you maximize their profit and minimize their tax 184 Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www. WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy – hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. RideCache. 512.751.8450. A profesIntercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. w sional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/SCM. RideCache — Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Collector Car Insurance 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty. com. (MI) Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Frank Dale & Stepsons. The world’s oldest independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, having been established since 1946. With sales, service, restoration and trimming all under one roof, we offer collectors and enthusiasts the complete range of services for their collections. www.frankdale.com (U.K.) J.C. Taylor Insurance. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed June 2018 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to 185 JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR)


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 12–14, 2019. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) The BMW CCA is the world’s largThe Quail, A Motorsports GathWelsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) Finance est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 67 chapters nationwide, with more than 70,000 members. As BMW’s most active and vibrant enthusiast organization, the club represents a lifestyle of passion and performance. Join the Club today at bmwcca.org or by calling 800.878.9292. cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Concours d’Elegance of America. 2018 marks the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America, July 27th–29th, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. We continue to be one of the most recognized automotive events in the world. A weekend filled with over 15 events for automobile enthusiasts of all ages. Sunday’s field will host 300 spectacular automobiles from around the world. www.concoursusa.org (MI) Mercedes-Benz Classic Ferrari Financial Services. Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 27–November 5, 2017 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. German DC Automotive. 1.877.287.6749. Rob and the team at DC Automotive are Porsche fanatics. They eat, sleep and breathe Porsche – sometimes to the dismay of their spouses. But they know that finding new, used and rebuilt 1965 to 2013 Porsche parts can be overwhelming. That’s why they’re committed to having your back – plus front, engine, interior, body, wheels, electrical, everything – for 911s, Cayennes, Boxsters, Caymans, 944s, 968s, 914s and 928s. Call us today at 1-877-287- Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com 186 (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 6749. http://dcautocatalog.com Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. (1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas. 855.903.7532. Gaudin Porsche boasts 42,000 square feet, making it one of the largest Porsche dealerships in the U.S. It is also the first Certified Porsche Classic Partner in the country, encompassing highly-skilled service technicians specializing in classics, original parts and a variety of available models, all under one roof. Owned by the Gaudin Motor Company, a family-owned automotive dealer since 1922. For more information visit www.GaudinClassic. com (NV) Scott Grundfor Company. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports 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) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Import/Export from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. 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If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal inferior car care products that didn’t meet his standards, Jim Lafeber, owner of renowned detailing facility Simon’s Shine Shop, and Founding Member and past President of the International Detailing Association, turned to his background in chemistry to formulate his own products. By utilizing the safest, highest quality ingredients available, Jim was able to launch Dr. Beasley’s, a line of highly advanced, innovative products perfect for both modern and vintage cars. Dr. Beasley’s products are now used and recommended by some of the biggest OEMs in the automotive industry including BMW, Audi and Kawasaki. Try them for yourself and discover a better way to detail your car. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. 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With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing LeMay—America’s Car Museum Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car June 2018 celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Museums P21S Auto Care Products. Since 1984, P21S Auto Care Products have been the favorite of auto enthusiasts throughout North America. Representing factory-approved German car care at its finest, P21S wheel care products’ “safe cleaning” approach has saved thousands of expensive alloy wheels from the surface damage that harsh cleaners can cause. P21S paste waxes deliver an award-winning shine and unmatched ease of application, while P21S Bodyworks Shampoo protects against premature removal of that fresh wax job. No matter where your car was made, you’ll want to learn about the complete line of P21S Auto Care Products. More info at www.p21s.com. (CT) Academy of Art University. 800.544.2787. Take the wheel and bring the past to life. Academy of Art University provides aspiring artists and designers the education they need to launch their careers. Our Automotive Restoration program prepares passionate people to be the next generation of automobile restorers. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Alan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com 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) Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: doug@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) 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 On the Road Again Classics. Exotic Auto Recycling. 916.638.8000, 855.638.8878. Exotic Auto Recycling is a Central California-based auto parts supplier that specializes in used and new replacement parts for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. We believe that this specialized approach allows us to be more knowledgeable of our products. Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini is not just our business, it’s also our passion. For a 10% discount on used parts use discount code SCM10 at the time of purchase. sales@exoticautorecycling.com www.exoticautorecycling.com (CA) 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com. service of collectable vehicles. Specializing in Classics, Prewar and European sports cars. Ball Ground, Georgia. www.facebook.com/SpeedwellEngineeringLtd Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com The Creative Workshop. 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. 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) Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring 188 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) FOLLOW SCM Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Vintage Underground. Speedwell Engineering, Ltd. 770.789.1396. Restoration, sales and 541.510.5296. Vintage Underground is a full service facility located in Eugene, Oregon. We harness a collection of old-school skills and tools. We work to restore, repair and preserve historical machines. We have full-restoration build and assembly facilities on-site. We also offer a full complement of services including; panel beating, body and paint, trim & interior, engine building, machining, research and full chassis system building and service. www.vintageunderground.us (OR) © Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch A Royal Return on Investment King Farouk’s Patek Philippe sold for $433k four years ago, and it brought $912,500 this time around Thought Carl’s In 1936, King Farouk of Egypt, at the tender age of 16, ascended to the throne. He took full advantage o glamorous and lavish royal lifestyle. He owned a fleet of Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and a Mercedes-Benz 5 that was a gift from Adolf Hitler. His cars and only his cars were painted red so the police would leave him alone while driving. He had the world’ finest coin collection, numerous fine watches and a rumored pornography collection that filled a warehouse. Christie’s, at their Dubai Important Watch Auction on March 23, sold the signed Patek Philippe 1518 23-jewel watch that King Farouk commissioned in 1944 for $912,500. It was one of only 281 produced. It had the iconic three-dial style and was sold four years earlier for $433,000. It was engraved with the crowned royal F, which King Farouk felt brought good fortune. This was certainly the case for the seller. first states to do so. This #1 plate was most likely for a dignitary of some sort. Low-number plates usually bring the money, but this one was rather reasonable. ANTIQUEADVERTISING. COM. LOT 118—1909 CELLULOID AUTO FOB. SOLD AT: $1,232. Date: 3/31/2018. This was an attractive and colorful two-sided celluloid fob promoting the July 1909 Glidden Tour from Detroit to Kansas City. It was in excellent condition with no cracks, but it had a small mark on the rear tire. It was hung on a small brass chain. Considering the exceptional condition, it was fairly purchased. ENAMEL SIGN. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $1,684. Date: 2/23/2018. This attractive European enamel sign was from the late 1950s. It has interesting graphics, and it was not a lot of money. All is well with the world here. EBAY #162944748830—POWERLUBE FIVE-GALLON “ROCKER” CAN. Number of bids: 28. SOLD AT: $2,475. Date: 3/25/2018. Powerlube was the brand name for the Denver Powerlube Company, and most of their advertising with the tiger graphic is desirable. For some reason, rocker cans have become more popular of late, and this one, in very presentable condition, sold for the going rate. These can be stacked and make an impressive display. EBAY #2228580579776— MARUSAN JAPANESE SILVER TIN FORD TOY. Number of bids: 31. SOLD AT: $6,209.87. Date: 2/28/2018. The seller claimed he knew nothing about this toy. Stated it was given to him by a relative to sell so he could go on a mission. This silver 1956 Ford Fairlane is not listed in any of the toy books in my library, but it attracted a lot of attention and sold for adult money. EBAY #382338452033—JAGUAR XK 120 OWNER’S DELIVERY INFORMATION PACKAGE. Number of bids: 17. SOLD AT: $3,506. Date: 1/28/2018. These were included when you accepted delivery of your new XK 120 drophead or fixed-head coupe. It included important information, such as how to operate the head (top), service instructions, guarantee and service vouchers. I am sure the vast majority of these have been lost over the years, so this would be just the finishing touch for your XK 120. Pricey, but find another one. EBAY #281792012475—CONNECTICUT #1 1925 LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 8. SOLD AT: $2,128. Date: 1/17/2018. Connecticut first issued plates in 1903, being one of the EBAY #253320932549— SHELL GRAND PRIX SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 190 ANTIQUEADVERTISING. COM. LOT 224—PACKARD BRONZE PAPERWEIGHT. SOLD AT: $460. Date: 3/31/2018. This heavy and finely detailed paperweight featured an early open Packard touring car with four passengers. It measured about 4 inches by 3.5 inches and was in excellent condition. These are reproduced, but the detailing is not as fine as on the originals. The price paid here was on the light side, as these normally sell in the $600 range. Well bought indeed. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market