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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends June 2020 . Volume 32 . Number 6 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta $1,600,000 / RM Sotheby’s 54 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 126 Vehicles Rated at Three Sales 76 80 100 120 ENGLISH by Stephen Serio ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN by Jeff Zurschmeide RACE 8 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Nick Jaynes 2009 Aston Martin DBS $140,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1991 DeTomaso Pantera 90 Si $357,000 / Gooding & Company 1976 Porsche 934 $1,380,000 / Gooding & Company 1967–68 Con-Ferr Meyers Manx $456,000 / Bonhams 1978 Jaguar XJ-S Trans-Am Racer $207,200 / RM Sotheby’s 1988 BMW 535i $38,080 / Gooding & Company 56 58 60 64 66 68 Cover: 1976 Porsche 934 Photo by Josh Hway, courtesy of Gooding & Company Sports Car Market MARKET OVERVIEW Amelia Island sales were down by 2% overall, right before the pandemic lockdown — Chad Tyson BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL: The first Amelia sale to hammer to a close finished by selling 94 of 116 cars for a total of $21.6m — Mark Moskowitz, Larry Trepel and Jeff Trepel RM SOTHEBY’S Ameiia Island, FL: Two sessions in Amelia Island resulted in 136 of 146 cars changing hands for $35.7m — Carl Bomstead GOODING & COMPANY Amelia Island, FL: With 83 of 89 lots selling, Gooding garnered a 93% sell-through rate and $20.8m in total — Pierre Hedary acebook and watch for updates and offers! Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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44 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance COLUMNS 16 Shifting Gears The coronavirus is awful, but it’s not forever — and SCM is here for you Keith Martin 34 Affordable Classic The Lotus Seven is cheap, fast and fun — and the most-copied car in history Jeff Zurschmeide 38 Legal Files Coronavirus is shaking the market, but what happens next? John Draneas 40 Unconventional Wisdom An impulsive purchase of a Jaguar creates a connection with the only former owner Donald Osborne 146 eWatch Derek Jeter’s first New York Yankee jersey sells for $360,000 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 42 The SCM Interview: J.R. Amantea of GT Motor Cars — Chester Allen 44 2020 Amelia Island Concours: Twenty-five years of great cars, friends and fun — Carl Bomstead 10 Sports Car Market 22 Crossing the Block 24 Concours and Events: Jim Pickering’s first book, Publisher Martin wins ICJAG honor, Bloomington Gold 26 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 28 You Write, We Read: Datsun 240Z flirtation, frequent fliers 30 Display Advertisers Index 32 Neat Stuff: Keep track of your tools, and growing up, not out 32 Speaking Volumes: Niki Lauda: His Competition History 70 Next Gen Market Moment: 2002 BMW M5 72 Rising Sun: 1971 Datsun 240Z, 1996 Honda Civic del Sol VTEC, 1995 Toyota Supra 78 Buy/Sell/Hold: Paul Hardiman sifts the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic 106 Market Moment: Ettore Bugatti’s personal pasta machine 128 On the Radar: 1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Mille Miglia, 1995 Porsche 911 GT2, 1995 BMW M3 GT (Euro edition) 134 Mystery Photo: “Sometimes you just need to haul ass” 136 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 138 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs 46 Scene and Be Seen: Car people at Amelia Island 50 2020 Porsche Werks Reunion Amelia Island: The 914 is this year’s star car — Gary West DEPARTMENTS Chad Taylor


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Road Forward No one knows exactly when the coronavirus pandemic will end, but we do know our love of cars will endure and thrive SCM as Collector Car Central Our new “The Road Forward” section will be the collector-car community center for thoughts, conversations and reporting on trends. It helps all of us to know that we are not alone. All events that have large groups of people in close proximity, from concours to Cars & Coffees to tours to land auctions, are going to have to change and adapt to our new reality. In “The Road Forward,” you will learn what others like you are feeling and doing to conquer this challenge and move forward. Your thoughts on this are welcome — and encour- aged. Please send them to Executive Editor Chester Allen at chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com. Dressed down — and deserving it I learned an important lesson a couple of weeks Chad Taylor Is a return to scenes like this in August possible? We can only hope as we navigate an unmarked road to the New Normal “Despite the challenges we all face today, we believe the Pebble Beach Concours will be able to take place on August 16, as originally scheduled…” T he email from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance selection committee arrived like a flashing beacon in my inbox. It was an early sign that there is a New Normal ahead. There surely is, but we just don’t know what it will look like. And we don’t know when it will arrive. But we can hope for the best — and Pebble Beach in August would be spectacularly good news. The coronavirus has not ended our love of cars — or of buying, selling, touring and showing them. This wretched virus has just pushed that part of our lives to a back burner — just as other wars and disasters have through the decades. In the next issue of SCM — July 2020 — we are starting a new section, “The Road Forward.” We will interview industry players in the auction world, new- and classic-car dealers, collectors, transporters, organizers of tours and concours, aftermarket suppliers and more. We’ll talk about the future — and how everyone is doing through all this. From my conversations with players in all elements of the market, a consensus has emerged. They all believe they will get through this period. The market will return. Some forecast that there will be a pentup demand come September. All of the land-based auction companies are incorporating more online enhancements into their current auctions. They, too, project a resumption of live auctions in August. We’ll see if we’re at this point in August. Even if it takes longer to achieve the New Normal, there will be one — eventually. 16 ago. I took our 1965 Volvo 122S for a one-day drive to the Oregon Coast and back. Oregon was not yet under strict “Shelter in Place” orders, but the authorities had made it clear: Unnecessary travel was frowned upon. I took my 12-year-old son Bradley with me. We sanitized surfaces, were careful fueling the car, ate our meal inside of it and traveled home. In my blog, which is on our website, I patted my- self on the back for “being so careful.” Your responses were immediate and scathing. “What if everyone decided THEY were safe and it was okay for THEM to disobey the rules?” “What if you had an accident or needed roadside assistance?” “What was so important that made you decide to put your son and yourself and ultimately others at this kind of risk? Couldn’t you both just stay home for another couple of weeks?” The comments brought home to me that this virus will only be de- feated through unity of action within our communities. To help move us to the New Normal, where we can once again have car events and gather without worry, and resume our regular lives in part or in whole, we all have to do our part. In the time between now and August, we just have to trust the ex- perts — and stay hunkered down at home as much as possible while our brave doctors and nurses fight the virus and our scientists find therapies and vaccines. The challenge of our lifetimes None of us has ever faced such a deadly, fast-moving and silently transmitted disease. But this is the challenge we have to confront. Every member of the car community that I spoke with expressed long-term optimism. It’s a short-term nightmare, but it won’t last forever. We have made our plans to be in Monterey for Car Week. If it doesn’t happen as expected, there is one thing you can be sure of. Pebble Beach 2021 will be more spectacular than ever. We will see each other on the road again. We may not be sure which road, or exactly when we will be there. I’ve got a 1971 Primrose Jag V12 coupe that is just itching to have miles put on it — and I’m itching to put them on. Let’s wave when we see each other. This time will pass and we will be back to shifting gears. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1964 Porsche 904 GTS at RM Sotheby’s in Essen, Germany During the novel coronavirus pandemic, please ensure that you check dates, times and locations of auctions, as they may have changed since this was printed. Mecum Where: Jefferson, NC When: June 3–7 Web: www.mecum.com Leake Where: Tulsa, OK When: June 5–6 Web: www.leakecar.com VanDerBrink Where: Stillwater, MN When: June 6 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.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. JUNE 2—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 3–7—MECUM Jefferson, NC 6—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 6—VANDERBRINK Stillwater, MN 11–14—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Auburn, IN 13—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 13—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 13—TOM MACK Asheville, NC 17—H&H Duxford, U.K. 22 19–20—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 20—SOUTHERN CLASSIC AUCTIONS Murfreesboro, TN 23–28—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 24–27—RM SOTHEBY’S Essen, DEU 24–27—BARRETTJACKSON Uncasville, CT 26–27—VICARI Dalton, GA 26–27—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 27—COYS Essen, DEU Worldwide Where: Auburn, IN When: June 11–14 Web: www.worldwideauctioneers.com Mecum Where: Indianapolis, IN When: June 23–28 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,127/1,724 cars sold / $63.1m Featured cars: • 1965 Shelby GT350 R prototype fastback • 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible Barrett-Jackson Where: Uncasville, CT When: June 24–27 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 548/548 cars sold / $23.2m RM Sotheby’s Where: Essen, DEU When: June 24–27 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 185/212 cars sold / $21m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1964 Porsche 904 GTS • 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Turismo Series IV Spider • 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 ♦ Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com SCM Managing Editor Jim Pickering’s New Book Jim Pickering has been part of SCM for, well, forever. And now he’s published his first book! Resto-modded American trucks continue to soar in the market — and interest is rising on GM’s 1973–87 trucks. These rigs, known as Squarebodies, are solid, simple, and easy to find — which makes them prime candidates for modification. Jim Pickering’s first book, Chevrolet/GMC Trucks 1973–1987 — How To Build & Modify, dives deep into these trucks and the many ways they can be upgraded. It’s a step-by-step look at building something that’s fast, safe, reliable — and drips curb appeal. The truck that Jim built while creating this book is fast — and takes him wherever he wants, whenever he wants. We couldn’t let the publication of Jim’s first book slide by quietly. Nothing Jim creates is quiet. What’s more, it’s a terrific book, with 176 pages and 400 photos. Get it at cartechbooks.com or Amazon.com for $36.95. Bloomington Gold to Honor Arkus-Duntov at The Brickyard Bloomington Gold honors Zora Arkus-Duntov — and Corvette models he touched during his long engineering career — at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from June 25 to 27. This is the 48th year of this long-running Corvette show, and thousands of Corvette lovers flock in each year. This is the place to see the nicest, most-original Corvettes around. Many people hope their car is original enough to win a coveted Gold Certification, a Survivor Award or the top-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 Publisher Martin Gets Judging Honor SCM Publisher Keith Martin is the first-ever International Chief Judge Advisory Group Consulting member. ICJAG Chairman Ed Gilbertson announced Publisher Martin’s appointment. “It also gives me pleasure Coronavirus and Our World We’ve all had a rough year so far, and the rest of the regular June calendar of car events is canceled across the board. We here at SCM are still here, and we’re eager to hear from you. Got any news about events of note in your corner of the old-car world? Please send an email to chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com, and we’ll try to spread the word. And let’s be careful out there. This coronavirus pandemic won’t last forever, and we’re here to keep you connected to fellow gearheads. 24 to announce the selection of Keith Martin as our first ICJAG Consulting Member,” Gilbertson said. “Keith is the founder and publisher of Sports Car Market and other car magazines. He has supported ICJAG judging from the start and maintains a strong and active interest in young and apprentice judges.” The ICJAG created — and advocates for — a fair, consistent and reproducible class judging system that follows the original concours d’elegance guidelines of rewarding authenticity and originality in cars. Gilbertson also is chief judge emeritus for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For more information, visit www.icjag.org. Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Associate Publisher Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director Kirsten Hegg kirsten.hegg@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Associate Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, John Hoshstrasser, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Daren Kloes, Brett Hatfield Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. 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Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors 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. Please turn to p. 70 for his Next Gen Market Moment on a 2002 BMW M5. MARK WIGGINTON, SCM Contributor, knows his way around a keyboard as well as a road course. He traded a 25-year career in newspaper journalism, with senior editor positions in Los Angeles, San Jose and Portland, OR, for the chance to manage Portland International Raceway in 2000. He went into newspapers out of college as a way to get involved in racing. Being a typically broke newspaper guy, he indulged his racing passion for 15 years in Karting. Despite owning a long, leaky series of 1960s English cars, his wife still loves him. He regularly reviews motorsports books for SCM, and he is always in search of the elusive pony in the pile. Turn to p. 106 for his Market Moment on Ettore Bugatti’s personal pasta machine. His regular column, “Speaking Volumes,” is on p. 32. 26 CARL BOMSTEAD, SCM Senior Auction Analyst, spent his lawn-mowing money on a 1948 Plymouth when he was 14, and since then an unknown number of unique cars have passed through his garage. He’s partial to Full Classics but can’t ignore an interesting sports car, ’50s car or a hot rod. His vintage automobilia collection includes hundreds of porcelain signs, mascots, license plates, oil cans and a dozen or so display cases full of other related memorabilia. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com I owned a beautiful orange/black 240Z. At the time, it was miles ahead of the competition when it came to performance, quality and affordability Datsun 240Z Temptation To the Editor: The increased coverage of collectible Japanese cars in SCM has got me thinking about a 240Z. For the past 30 years or so, my focus has been on air-cooled 911 Porsches. While I’ve never owned a pre-’74 long-hood car, the build quality and reliability of the 1978 SC to the last of the 993s in 1998 has kept me loyal to the marque — and in continuous ownership. That said, in the early 1980s, before my first Porsche, I owned a beautiful orange/black 240Z. At the time, it was miles ahead of the competition when it came 28 to performance, quality and affordability. Memories of that car, and the increased interest in Japanese cars overall, has me looking. — Greg James, Mercer Island, WA Executive Editor Chester Allen replies: Greg, you can go home again! Frequent-Flier Mysteries To the Editor: Hello. GREAT magazine, of course! I have subscribed for a few years now, so to the extent the following question was addressed in an article years back, I apologize: Point me to it and I will read it! What is behind the frequent- flier phenomenon? For example, often in the auction reviews, you note a car has been at or across the auction block three or five times in four or six years. Is there a story here? My curiosity includes subquestions such as: • Is there a certain type of car which attracts this “flipping” activity? I can’t see a pattern emerge. Is there a particular make which is rapidly traded like this? Or a particular model? If so, why these? • Is there a certain type of buyer/seller involved in this? The easy answer is “speculators hoping to make a quick buck,” but is there also a category of buyer who would rather own 10 different cars for a year each than one for a decade? If the car hasn’t sold, is it a case of a stubborn seller willing to invest thousands in transport fees just because she or he refuses to admit he is asking too high a price, and so trots the car from auction to auction? • What is the impact on the market of a frequent-flier car? if Model X otherwise Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index AIG PC Global Services, Inc ..............................49 America’s British Reliability Run .................... 110 Authentic Classics, LLC .................................. 114 Automobilia Monterey ..................................... 129 Avant Garde Collection .................................... 124 Barrett-Jackson .................................................. 49 Bennett Law Office .......................................... 131 Beverly Hills Car Club ..................................... 135 BridgePoint Risk Management ......................... 49 Cars Yeah .......................................................... 135 Cars, Inc. ............................................................ 33 Centerline Alfa Parts ........................................ 127 Charles Prince Classic Cars............................... 83 Chequered Flag International ............................ 93 Classic Auto Mall ............................................. 147 Classic Car Capital ............................................ 27 Concorso Italiano.............................................. 109 Copley Motorcars ............................................. 101 D. L. George Historic Motorcars ...................... 81 Dobson Motorsport........................................... 130 Driversource Houston LLC ........................... 12-13 ETS Racing Fuels ............................................. 118 European Collectibles....................................... 105 Fantasy Junction ............................................ 18-19 Forest Grove Concours..................................... 107 Fourintune Garage Inc ...................................... 129 Gaswerks Garage .............................................. 125 Gooding & Company ........................................... 7 Greenwich Concours ......................................... 97 Grundy Insurance ............................................... 71 GT Motor Cars LLC ........................................... 23 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ............................... 117 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ......................... 79 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC ................................ 51 Hyman, LTD ......................................................... 6 Intercity Lines ..................................................... 39 JC Taylor ........................................................... 113 JJ Best Banc & Co ............................................ 115 Kevin Kay Restorations ....................................... 2 Kidston .................................................................. 9 Leake Auction Company .................................... 21 Legendary Motorcar Company ........................ 125 Luxury Brokers International ........................ 14-15 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC .............................. 73 MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd .................... 89 Macy’s Garage Ltd. .......................................... 131 Manns Restoration ............................................. 25 Matthews Auctions ........................................... 119 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center .......................... 31 Metron Garage .................................................. 103 Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Company ........ 117 Misselwood Concours d’Elegance ..................... 91 Mouse Motors, LLC ......................................... 122 New England Auto Auction ............................. 111 Northwest European ......................................... 133 Passport Transport .............................................. 99 Paul Russell and Company............................... 121 Pebble Beach Concours ..................................... 95 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix ......................... 129 Putnam Leasing ................................................ 148 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd.................................. 87 Reliable Carriers ................................................ 77 RM Sotheby’s .................................................... 4-5 RMD bvba ......................................................... 37 Ronald McDonald House ................................. 131 Saratoga Motorcar Auctions ............................... 63 Scott Grundfor Company ................................. 116 St Bernard Church ............................................ 127 Streetworks Exotics ............................................ 20 Symbolic International ....................................... 17 The Creative Workshop ...................................... 35 The Old Racing Car Company, Inc. ................... 11 The Stable, Ltd. .................................................. 85 The Werk Shop ................................................. 132 Tony Labella Classic Cars ................................ 131 Torque Classic Cars ........................................... 29 Undici HP srl .................................................... 126 Vintage Car Law ................................................ 86 Vintage Car Works............................................. 41 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .............................. 123 Vintage Rallies .................................................. 121 VintageAutoPosters.com .................................. 119 West Coast Classics, LLC ................................ 133 White Post Restorations ................................... 125 Worldwide Group ................................................. 3 30 Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel “First, psychologist Dr. Martin Birnbaum will discuss how to overcome your neurotic fears about overbidding.” would be worth $100,000, does a history of frequent sales knock it down to $90,000, as buyers conclude, “There is something wrong with this car”? It just fascinates me. I am trying to imagine why, if a buyer sees car X has traded three times in four years, he would decide that NOW is the time to buy it again. Thanks for listening. — Glenn Mercer, Shaker Heights, OH Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Glenn, thanks for your note. It’s not often that an SCMer answers their own questions while writing a letter to the editor, but you’ve done it. Well, mostly. We haven’t been able to determine whether certain types, marques or models get sucked into the dark land of Frequent Fliers. There is indeed a certain type of seller — we suspect possessing a world-class stub- bornness — who trucks a car to several auctions in a short period of time. Frequent-flier cars mostly have an impact on the bank account of the present owner — in transportation fees, listing fees and usually a reduced sale price. Many SCM writers point out that a frequent flier gains a distinct aura of shopworn, second-class goods. Being fresh on the market is a definite sales advantage for any car. ♦ No, this isn’t the kind of “frequent-flier” car we’re talking about Sports Car Market Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Niki Lauda: His Competition History by Jon Saltinstall, 376 pages, Evro, $67.31 (Amazon) I took my long-suffering spouse to Montreal for a Formula One race a few years ago. She instructed me, on the fl to the track because it would only be one o the three — despite having access to every thing. She was focused on seeing Montrea She had restaurants to pick, streets to wan der and parades to watch, and watching rac cars was barely on that list, a mere chore. No fan, the Mrs., but even she knows t name Niki Lauda, and the briefest outline his history as a driver — especially the fie crash in Germany that nearly cost him life. Lauda was one of those racing stars enough to break through the ceiling of na recognition for the non-fan. He was a driving force for Ferrari, winn two championships, then after retiring for a and then returning to the sport, he won a for McLaren. In between, he leveraged his p sion for flying by creating a successful air — then another and another. His mentor and involvement in team management he bring Michael Schumacher to Ferrari, as we Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes, and more titl each than he himself was able to achieve. In other words, Lauda was a giant in motorsports. Enter author Jon Saltinstall, first and foremost a Lauda fan, who may know more about Lauda’s racing career than anyone except Lauda himself before his death last year. In Niki Lauda: His Competition History, Saltinstall has created an ency- clopedic retelling of every race Lauda participated in, from early hillclimbs in a Mini to the end of his career at the Australian Grand Prix in 1985. Just think about that — every race. Using a wide variety of sources, from entry lists to newspaper accounts, Saltinstall creates a short report on each competition event, starting with the Bad Mühllacken hillclimb in April 1968, Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Moving Up If you’re like me, you’ve been spending more time than usual in your garage lately, and you’ve probably come to the realization that you need more room. Usually that means selling something, but Autostacker has a better answer. The Autostacker A6S by BendPak is a car storage lift designed to make use of otherwise unused space in your garage. It’s a fully collapsible unit with a minimal footprint, a 6,000pound capacity, low-profile ramps, and 80 inches of clearance when fully raised — perfect for sliding a Porsche under your Ferrari. No need to sell — just move up. Prices start at $6,350. Learn more at www.autostacker.com. 32 Where’s the Wrench? Wrenches and other tools have a way of blending into their surroundings, especially when you just set them down two minutes ago. Grypmat solves that problem by creating a brightly colored spot just for your wrenches or screwdrivers when you’re working on your old car. It’s made of a soft, non-slip material, which protects the finishes underneath and keeps your tools right where you need them. It’s chemical resistant, heat resistant, non-magnetic and non-conductive. Different sizes are available, with the small version priced at $29.99. It comes with a free 10-mm socket, too, because they know you’ve already lost yours. Get it at www.grypmat.com. where Lauda finished 2nd in class. It was just the start for Lauda, but even at the beginning the touts in the paddock saw signs of greatness. Each race report is 150–300 words ength, with even the most momens races getting just a bit more space. d each is supported by an amazing lection of images and smart, deed captions. In short, Niki Lauda is dazzling its completeness. And, wonder of onders, it is eminently readable — en delightful. Provenance: Jon Saltinstall acknowledged the uge list of people who helped him reate this history, from helpful fans o researchers to anonymous Lauda ans on Internet forums — fans who trive to deconstruct and memoialize races with the intensity of Kennedy assassination Zapruderfilm fanatics. Fit and finish: Evro continues to raise the bar on automotive titles, and the design here is simple and clean, the images well reproduced — even the earliest black-and-white photos. Drivability: It didn’t take getting more than a few race reports into Saltinstall’s book to understand this was something special. With a breezy style that avoids bogging down with extraneous details, he has created a remarkably engaging book, all while being exhaustive and definitive. Like the man he chronicles, Saltinstall has set the bar for those to come. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Lotus Seven A Fun Copycat With a production run of 60-plus years, and plenty of kit cars, it’s hard to find Lotus Sevens that are completely alike by Jeff Zurschmeide 1962 Lotus Seven I 34 n 1958, Lotus Cars founder Colin Chapman came up with a design for a basic sports car that could be road-driven all week and then raced on the weekend. His previous (and very similar) design was called the Lotus Mark VI, so this new model was naturally called the Seven. Chapman wasn’t overly impressed with his work, remarking, “There wasn’t much to it, really. It was all well-known stuff, the sort of thing you could dash off in a weekend.” What is a Lotus Seven? The Lotus Seven is based on a tubular space-frame design, similar to other sports-racer designs of the same period. The design anticipates that the engine will go in front of the driver longitudinally, with the transmission and driveshaft in the center of the car, heading back to a solid rear axle or De Dion rear suspension. Viewed from above, the Seven’s chassis is wedge-shaped, providing side-by-side seating for driver and passenger just ahead of the rear axle. As was typical for Lotus, a variety of engine and driveline components were used in the Seven. Production started with a 1.2-liter Ford flathead 4-cylinder at 28 horsepower, but quickly moved up to a 75-horsepower Coventry Climax or the 948-cc and 1098-cc BMC A-series, followed by the 1.5liter Ford Kent powerplant and then a variety of better engines. As early as 1958, Sevens equipped with the Coventry Climax engine were called Super Sevens. The sincerest form of flattery According to the Historic Lotus Register, the Lotus factory pro- duced just 2,557 Sevens in four series between 1958 and the end of Lotus factory production in 1973. But that’s just the beginning. In 1973, Lotus sold the rights to produce the Seven to Caterham, a British specialty car company that has produced the Seven continuously since that time. The modern Caterham Seven shares no parts with the original Lotus Seven, and while it looks mostly the same, modern engines and suspension designs have lifted the performance and reliability of the car far beyond anything Lotus Cars could have achieved in their day. A new Sports Car Market Dave Tomaro


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2020 Caterham Seven starts at $37,900 and tops out at about $65,900, depending on what you want. The top-priced Caterham will hit 60 mph in about three seconds, or just a little shy of a modern exotic. You can get your hands on a quality Caterham Seven made at some point in the past 47 years for about $20,000 if you hunt around a bit. Original Lotus Sevens generally trade a little higher (SCM# 6912305) but aren’t often seen at auctions. But even that’s not the biggest part of the story. Chapman wasn’t being falsely modest when he described the Seven as something you can build in a weekend. Well, maybe a weekend if you have a full racing fabrication shop, but let’s say a few weeks for an amateur with reasonable skills. That fact has led more than 160 different companies to produce various finished cars, kit cars, and plans copying the Seven to some degree or another. In fact, the Lotus Seven is easily the most copied vehicle design in history. Sorry, Cobra fans, it’s not even close. If you want to strike the middle ground, Caterham Details Years produced: 1958–73 (Lotus factory cars) Price when new: $2,100 (in 1963). Modern Lotus Sevens cost from $37,900 to $65,900 Number produced: 2,557 (Lotus factory cars) Current SCM Median Valuation: $25,585 (Lotus factory cars) Pros: Cheap, fast and fun. You can even buy a kit and build your own. Cons: Older cars may hide lots of problems. A pre-purchase inspection of an original — or even an older copy — is vital. Best place to drive one: On a two-lane highway — or on a track day Worst place to drive one: On a modern freeway A typical owner is: Willing to get their hands greasy for a lot of inexpensive fun will sell you a knock-down kit with pre-assembled components. The wiring harness is installed in the chassis, for example, saving the average DIYer about a year of frustration and at least one ruined marriage. This is a great choice for the realistic hobbyist. Buying a Seven The big clue about buying a Seven is realizing that each one is an individual. With 62 years of production and hundreds of companies eagerly making their own changes, finding two Sevens that are exactly alike is a challenge. If you want to make a good decision about buying a Seven, you have to stick to the fundamentals, and then some. Don’t just check for rust and corrosion — look at the quality of welds on the space frame. Is the frame straight now? Was it ever straight? What engine did the builder choose, and how are the engine and driveline Build Your Own Seven If you’re confident in your skills, it’s still possible to buy a set of plans and a pile of metal and build your own version of the Seven called a Locost. Haynes has a good book called Build Your Own Sports Car For As Little As £250 — And Race It! that contains plans, parts lists, and all the advice you might need to build your own Seven. If that sounds like fun, go ahead and check out sites like Sevenesque. com and cheapsportscar.net for free plan downloads, and visit LocostUSA.com to join the enthusiast community. installed? Is the wiring harness a nightmare of butt connectors and loose ends? You get the idea. Most buyers should expect to spend about $20,000 for a well-sorted Seven. I’m not saying there aren’t bargains out there, but cheap Sevens are usually priced that way for a reason. The bottom line is this: Never in the history of buying old cars is a competent pre-purchase inspection more important than when considering some flavor of the Lotus Seven. Find a shop that knows what they’re looking at and pay them to tell you the rugged truth. The reward for your efforts is that when you find the right one, you’ll enjoy a topperforming sports car that will never go out of style. ♦ June 2020 35


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Collecting Thoughts The Car Hobby Amid the Coronavirus Beware the Jabberwock We’re suddenly living in a dark, upside-down world, but we’re all here for each other by Chester Allen W ay, way back in 1968, I suddenly found myself in a hospital bed. I was 7 years old, and my tonsils had to come out — right now. It was an emergency. I was forced to put on a smock that tied in the back. The room was cold, and I could hear the hospital P.A. echoing outside my room. “Dr. Stern, calling Dr. Stern….” After a while, my parents left me in the care of a nurse. Then she left. But I wasn’t alone. Another boy, a little older than me, was in the neighboring bed. A machine made regular, sighing noises — like a dozing elephant. A few minutes later, a group of nurses came in with a cart — and two massive syringes with long, spidery needles. My roommate began to whimper. I quickly picked up a book my mother had brought me. I was a compulsive, addicted reader even then. It was “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.” Another world Alice dragged me through the looking glass with her — into a world of talking chess pieces and weird animals — and I didn’t hear or see anything in my hospital room for a long time. Then the nurse rolled in a gurney for my ride to the operating room. Strangely, I wasn’t nervous. I just wanted to get back to my book. I suspect this was my mother’s plan. I awoke hours later. My parents were sitting by the bed — both smoking like idling steam locomotives. I looked over at my roommate. I wondered how he was. I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t tell my parents to get me out of this cold, scary place. My throat was on fire. My dad handed me a brand-new Don Drysdale baseball mitt. I still own it. My mother gave me ice chips to hold in my mouth. She told me to be strong and not cry. I dozed off again. I woke up, and it was dark in the room, except for the lights above the two beds. The elephant machine sighed and hissed. My parents had shown me the button to call the nurse, but I couldn’t find it. 36 Sports Car Market


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I wondered if I was dead. I found a cup with a straw in it. I sipped flat 7-Up. My throat burned and burned. Then I found my book. I read it for hours. Nurses came in from time to time, and I pretended to be asleep. I didn’t know them, and I was frightened. I read more of my book after those odd visits. I reached a strange poem — “Jabberwocky.” I had never read a book with a poem in the middle before. This passage was burned into my mind for the rest of my life: “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub Bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!” A drawing showed the evil Jabberwock, all dangling claws, long teeth, bulging eyes and bat-like wings. I thought then that the Jabberwock was waiting for all little boys who didn’t behave in hospital. These days of the coronavirus remind me of the Jabberwock. Through a dark glass Our entire world now lives in fear. We wonder whether an unseen virus will wreck our lives, our families and our livelihoods. When I think of the coronavirus, I think of the Jabberwock lurking in that longago hospital room. Our happy world — this fussy, lavish bubble of old cars and the marvelous people who love them so much — seems far away. It feels like we’re all fighting the Jabberwock — and rightly so. When we were planning the issue you’re reading right now, I wondered whether what we put on paper would mean anything when it came off the press. Who cares about old cars in this world seen through a dark glass? I got out a copy of “Through the Looking Glass,” and I looked up the “Jabberwocky” poem. This stanza caught my eye: “And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy! Oh, frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! He chortled in his joy.” At that point, I knew that this terrible, lonely, scary time wasn’t forever. We’re not through this yet, and no one knows when it will be over. Still, we have each other and the lives we love. We’re in this together Take care of yourself, your family and your friends. If possible, take one of your cars into the sunshine — and wipe it down with a soft cloth. If possible, take it for a little drive. Listen to the confident hum of the engine and feel the joy of shifting gears. Know that Sports Car Market will arrive each month — in your mailbox or via our website. We’re all working from home, and this magazine means a lot to us. And we know it means a lot to you. It’s good to talk about cars at any time — but especially during this time. Feel free to email us! Share your stories. And, hopefully sooner than we think possible, we’ll come back through this dark glass to our bright, familiar world of auctions, concours, tours and long weekend drives with dear friends. Respect the Jabberwock, but don’t fear it. We’re all in this together, and we’re going to mash it into roadkill. ♦ June 2020 37


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Legal Files John Draneas Coronavirus Infects the Car Market Our world is turned upside down, but some middle-of-the-market cars are trading amid the chaos “At 60, I’ve lived through a number of dislocations — wars, reces- sions and the like,” Serio said. “But nothing seems to have knocked the car market off its axis.” Serio said that the new-car market is pretty much nonexistent. “New cars are a different thing,” Serio said. “You can’t sell them unless people can see them in person and test-drive them. When the dealership is closed, it can’t sell many cars.” Collector cars are different, but that market still feels the punch. Like Crandall, Serio still sees activity in the under-$250,000 world, but he’s had a handful of deals in the $2 million–$6 million range die. In every case, the buyers “hit the pause button.” Some just want to wait this out and see what happens. But the main problems seem to be the travel restrictions and business closures that make it impossible to go see cars or get them properly inspected. Pardon “Legal Files” for taking a bow here, but Serio’s clients are re- ally smart guys who have taken to heart our consistent advice — never buy a car you haven’t seen yourself and never buy a car you haven’t had professionally inspected. “I haven’t seen any fire sales on good cars, as the sellers can afford to A s I write this, most of us are working from home, practicing safe social distancing and hoping for a speedy return to “normal.” The COVID-19 pandemic has not only cost many lives, but it has caused severe damage to the world economy. No one knows how long it will be before life is “normal” once again. In the overall scheme of things, the collector-car market is far from the most important thing in the world. But it is still important to us. So it’s logical for “Legal Files” to ask, what will this do to the collector-car market? What legal repercussions will there be? Are cars selling? Whether collector cars are selling, and at what prices, seems to de- pend on the segment of the market we are talking about. At the upper end of the market, some deals are still getting done without interruption. Damen Bennion, head of the collector-car law practice at London’s Goodman Derrick LLP, is still getting high-end deals done even though he is working from home. “We completed a transaction with a big Bentley, then we hurried up and finished a deal with a big Alfa before anyone changed their mind,” Bennion said. “We’re in the midst of a deal on a McLaren, but I think it will close fine.” However, Bennion said, “New deals may be unlikely, or perhaps only at reduced prices.” Matt Crandall, the owner of Avant-Garde Collection and a huge seller on Bring a Trailer, tells a different story. Crandall sees deals in the $250k-and-under market getting done. “Our Bring a Trailer views and watches are still very strong,” Crandall said. “I think there’s a lot of guys stuck at home with nothing to do, so they spend all their time on the Internet looking at cars for sale.” Crandall reported good results on his Porsche 993 C4 race car and a client’s Ferrari 355 Spider 6-speed. “The good results are only for the good cars,” Crandall said. “Anything that is lower-level is off easily 20% or more. Or virtually unsellable.” High-end private sales stall Steve Serio, SCM contributor and owner of Aston Martin of New England and Lotus Motorsports, has pretty much seen it all. 38 wait this out,” Serio said. “But that hasn’t stopped the barrage of phone calls from bottom feeders who try to tell me why I should take a huge discount on whatever I have to sell.” Never at a loss for words, Serio dispatches them with a colorful piece of his mind. Alex Finigan, sales manager at Paul Russell and Company, thinks that the pandemic’s effect on the collector-car market is going to be huge. Most recently, Finigan had “two over-$5 million deals stopped by the buyers.” What Finigan usually hears is that buyers want to “just wait and see what happens,” but there is another, unexpected factor at play. Some buyers are backing away because they think buying a big car sends the wrong message during these difficult times. “You don’t want to be buying a $7 million car when you’re laying off 2,000 employees,” Finigan said. Finigan worries that it may get worse later. “Many of the big collectors, with 50- to 300-car collections, are look- ing to downsize their collections,” Finigan said. “That’s on hold right now. But when they do bring their cars to market, it may be a surprise.” Last, and definitely not least, Publisher Martin offers some words of wisdom. “This will pass. We’ve had other big disruptors, like World War II. Just not in our lifetimes,” Martin said. “When this ends, will there be a lot of pent-up demand? Will there be more online-only auctions? “It may not be the same as it was,” Martin said. Cut and run This isn’t meant to be doom and gloom. We’re going through an awkward stage, and we don’t know what lies in store. But people aren’t going to stop driving fun cars. There will always be a collector-car hobby, although we can’t predict how strong or weak it will be. If you’re in the middle of buying a car, should you back out of the deal? That is a scary proposition. If you’ve already entered into an agreement to buy a car and you back out of it, you expose yourself to damage claims from the seller. Say you’ve agreed to pay $4 million for an Aston Martin DB4GT, and you think that the market for the car is now $3 million. You don’t want to be upside-down by $1 million, so you try to renegotiate the deal. “No dice,” says the seller. So you politely decline to complete the Sports Car Market


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purchase and walk away. What’s the worst that can happen? In a word, lawsuit. The seller files suit claiming $1 million of dam- ages, which is the amount he will lose when he sells the car for $3 million. How do you defend that? An act of God There is a legal doctrine called force majeur, Latin for act of God. Under this theory, performance of a contract can be excused when extraordinary events or circumstances beyond a party’s control prevents the performance. The COVID-19 pandemic seems to fit the bill — can this save you? That is highly unlikely. Force majeur is not a general legal principle. For it to apply, it has to be an express term of the contract. I’ve never seen a collector-car sales agreement that had such a provision, except to the extent that the contract can be canceled if the car is damaged before the contract is completed. No doubt, we are going to be seeing a lot of litigation involving force majeur provisions in business contracts and leases, but that is not going to apply with collector-car sale agreements. Nonetheless, buyers will try, and they will do everything they can to delay the inevitable. Our court system is pretty well shut down right now, adding to the delay. So, let’s be optimistic and say that, by the time the case goes to trial, the market has rebounded, and the Aston is once again worth $4 million. I posed the question to Brooks Cooper, who leads the litigation group at our law firm. “Damages are proven at trial. So if the seller still has the car, he has no damages,” Cooper said. So, is it okay to take your chances? “That’s risky, because if the market keeps going down and the car is worth only $2 million at trial, the damages have increased to $2 mil- lion,” Cooper said. If the seller sells the car to someone else for the $3 million, then the damages are locked in. “It’s a $1 million case no matter what the car is worth at trial,” Cooper said. If the market continues to decline, you can take a poke at the seller and claim he should have sold the car to someone at $3 million and mitigated (limited) his damages. “That may work, but the seller can easily defend that by explaining that he didn’t think the market would go down more and actually tried to mitigate his damages by keeping the car to ride the value increase,” Cooper said. Bennion suggests that the seller might be able to make the claim that his damages include the lost profit he would have made on a replacement car. “The argument goes, if the buyer had paid the $4 million, he would have purchased another car at a similarly depressed $4 million,” Bennion said. “When the market rebounded, that car would have been worth $6 million, so the damages are now $3 million.” Cooper agrees, but points out that it would have to be a special case to make that work. “You can’t recover damages that are too speculative,” Cooper said. “To make that claim stick, you would pretty much have to be able to show that you had this specific car ready to buy at that value, and it appreciated while you were waiting to go to trial.” Stay tuned. We’ll be seeing some interesting developments. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. June 2020 39


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Making Connections from a Distance Vintage cars, like antique furniture or art, exist independently of the people who possess them However, I was drawn to it when I saw it in the Bonhams tent with the other Edmonds Collection cars and a light went off when I was standing next to it. In my role as CEO of Audrain LLC in Newport, RI, I am co-curating a show at the Audrain Automobile Museum called “From the Racetrack to the Opera.” The exhibition showcases contrasting vehicles from a variety of manufacturers — one car built for competition, the other car for comfortable driving on the road. Marques in the show include Delahaye, Chevrolet, Duesenberg, OSCA, Alfa Romeo, Isotta Fraschini — and Jaguar. The pair for Jaguar required a Mk VII saloon to go along with a An icon of a full life, now with a new caretaker B y all accounts, Dean S. Edmonds Jr. was quite a man. Briefly summarized, he earned his Ph.D. at MIT in 1958 for work on the cesium atomic clock, following his U.S. Army service from 1943 to 1947. He was a professor of physics at Boston University for 30 years until his retirement in 1991. An avid pilot, he earned his commercial multiengine and instrument rating and joined a group learning to fly a B-17 when he was 91 years old. His biography hangs on the Wall of Honor at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. His other great passion was cars. A Bugatti enthusiast, he also loved Jaguars and other British marques. He and his wife loved using their cars on events from the Mille Miglia to Vintage Rallies’ New England 1000. He was, not surprisingly, a volunteer at the Collier Automotive Museum — now the Revs Institute — in Naples, FL, where he retired after his career in academia. Edmonds passed away at 94 years old in December 2018. Special histories As of March 2020, I am the second owner of the 1953 Jaguar Mk VII Edmonds’ father bought him new on the occasion of the birth of his son. Whenever I have owned cars with a known history, and which came with records and documents, it has always meant more. It connects me with the vehicle’s past in a direct, visceral way, helping to make its history truly live and to allow me to understand my part in it. One of my favorite movies, while certainly not a masterpiece of the cinematic oeuvre, is the 1964 film “The Yellow Rolls-Royce.” It’s a typical ’60s all-star semi-epic, with Rex Harrison, Ingrid Bergman, Shirley MacLaine, George C. Scott and Omar Sharif, among others. It tells the story of a 1931 Phantom II Barker Sedanca de Ville as it passes through the lives of three owners and the role it plays in each of their stories. For me, it’s a powerful reminder that vintage cars, no matter their age, like antique furniture or art, have an existence quite independent of the people who may possess them for a time. They carry a life with them when they arrive in ours, and hopefully will carry it onto the next caretaker. Lightning strikes I had no intention of buying the Jaguar when I arrived at the Bonhams sale at Amelia Island. I hadn’t given it more than a cursory glance in the catalog. 40 C-type or a D-type. I had thought finding one would be easy, but they seem to be much more rare in the United States than I had thought. When I saw the sleek, elegant Birch Grey Jaguar sedan at Bonhams, I thought, “Wow, that would be great to have in the show.” I took a more careful look at it, noting its apparent originality, even its somewhat faded and flaking paint. But where the paint was flaking, it was a single layer — original paint. The interior was beautifully patinated, with the exception of the front seats, which had been retrimmed a decade ago and were now nicely broken in. Adding to the appeal was that Edmonds had upgraded the engine to 120M specs in 1955. Connecting to another life When it drove onto the block, my heart began to race. Almost with- out thinking, I found my hand in the air, bidding. After a short while, the gavel fell and I owned it. I was a bit shocked — but excited as well. Being the compulsive-obsessive that I am, that night I went online and bought an owner’s manual for the car. The next day, when I went back to the auction site to see the Jaguar, I realized the magnitude of what I had purchased. On the front seat was the original owner’s manual — along with the original service manual. I looked into the documents box and found the original sales receipt and all the receipts for major work dating back into the 1950s. In the built-in tool boxes in the front doors was every tool and fac- tory spare, down to the extra bulbs, grease gun and feeler gauges. Also in the documents box were photographs of the car in Edmonds’ hangar with his plane. Another photo showed him as a younger man sitting in the driver’s seat with the door open. Another showed him receiving an award at some luncheon. Just sitting in the car connects me to Dean and his life — 65 years with this Jaguar. I won’t have that much time with the car, but I am determined to keep this piece of personal history alive and well until it can be passed on to the next curator. It was said about Dean Edmonds Jr. and his wife, “She likes caviar and champagne, rubrum lilies and staying at the Ritz-Carlton. He likes racing his antique cars around the world, waltz evenings, dressing in black tie and staying at the Ritz.” As an aside, he also loved opera. As I am writing this, all the talk is about “social distancing.” A brilliant fellow I know observed that it seemed to him a misnomer. It was not social distance that we were experiencing, but rather “physical distancing.” In so many ways, we feel closer to people we cannot be with right now than ever before. And few things have brought that to me more powerfully than this lovely Grey Jaguar sedan. I know I can’t meet Dean Edmonds Jr., but we are certainly as close as can be through this car. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature The SCM Interview / J.R. Amantea of GT Motor Cars J.R. Amantea gave up a career in finance to follow his passion and start GT Motor Cars in 2014 A Young Man and His Old Cars It seems like J.R. Amantea has been around forever, but he just got a very, very early start in the old-car hobby by Chester Allen A 42 t 6 years old, J.R. Amantea got hooked on cars — his first solo restoration was on his Power Wheels Jeep. At age 8, he helped his dad restore a Corvette. NCRS judging documents were his reading of choice during middle school. He was an NCRS judge at age 12. After college, he embarked on a career in finance, but cars kept calling. He started his business, GT Motor Cars, in 2014, and he’s now a fixture in the collector-car world. He’s also this month’s SCM Interview. It seems like everyone in the collector-car world knows you, but you are pretty young. When did you get started with cars? I started working on cars when I was 6 years old. My dad was always into cars since high school. When I was a kid, he was restoring my mom’s first car, which was an Oldsmobile Cutlass, and I would go out to help wet-sand, disassemble and reassemble. I decided I would do a “body off” on my Power Wheels Jeep to get some practice. I removed all of the plastic panels, removed the plastic body and I sanded the chassis down, repainted it, removed the stickers and attempted to repaint the fenders. It made its way back together, but the body was a mess! worked in other fields? As most of my close friends know, I restored Corvettes with my dad as a hobby for fun. I worked in my dad’s civil-engineering and land-surveying business through high school and college. I had always wanted to be an automotive engineer. I started college with the intent of studying engineering and settling on either mechanical engineering or civil engineering. Three years in, I decided that this wasn’t the path that I wanted to pursue, and I decided I wanted to go the finance route. I graduated college and went the banking route and worked in in- vestment banking and corporate finance. As a natural progression, I decided to take the CFA path to become an analyst. When did you start it, and what services do you offer? I started my company in 2014. My dad had a health issue come up, Your firm, GT Motor Cars, has an excellent reputation. and it was one of those life-altering events that made you look at life differently. I said to myself, “What do I want to do for the rest of my life?” Sports Car Market What’s your educational background? Have you


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I was working 80- to 90-hour work weeks in New York, and life was passing me by. Maris, my fiancée, said to me, “Your passion is cars; you need to map out a way to be able to make a career with collector cars.” Two months later, I had an entire business plan. I started out of my parents’ house, moved into a three-bay unit — and three years ago we moved into a 15,000-square-foot facility. At GT Motor Cars, we are a full-service, licensed dealership. We have inventory that we buy and sell, and we provide advisory and brokerage services. We also service cars and have a Collection Management arm where we provide portfolio management services for clients. You were a Bloomington Gold Judge at age 15. What was it like to walk out on the show field with much older judges? It’s funny, I started judging at age 7 as an “Observer” Judge at NCRS and by 12 I was judging on my own in NCRS. I would get strange looks from owners, as they would wonder what I knew about mid-year Corvettes. A lot of times my dad and I would judge together. After seeing me at many shows throughout the year with cars getting judged, partaking in judging schools and judging with my dad at different events, the older veterans began to take me seriously, especially when well-respected judges in the hobby knew me well and would recommend me to different team leaders. What is it about cars that rings your bell so hard? For me, it’s a couple of things. I like working on cars and making them as original as possible. I like doing the actual work on cars — especially the older cars. I’ve been in our building where people come in looking for me, and I’m up to my arms removing a motor. I like helping clients hunt for the “right car.” It’s about the hunt and the chase. I like cars in my collection to have a tie to the racetrack, especially race cars with good race history. I’ll go into my office sometimes on a Sunday and just uncover some of the cars and sit in them and look at them like they are art on a wall. I’ll sit in our race cars and go through different racetracks in my head. — but often end up with completely different cars. What has been your collecting arc? It seems like many collectors start with one kind of car Amantea enjoys working on cars himself, and said people searching for him in the building might find him removing a motor Very true statement. I started out in the classic-Corvette world, and I ended up neck deep in them. When I first started my business, I focused solely on Corvettes, as that is what I knew best. As I went on, I focused on cars I had a passion for and cars that I followed through the years from seeing them in other collections. This is partly how I chose “GT Motor Cars” for my company name, as the cars I have a passion for are Grand Touring cars. I have always liked vintage Ferraris and grew up with F40 models and posters as a kid. I have been fortunate enough to be around some fairly significant Ferraris through some of our clients and friends of mine who have collected them for years. Over the past few years, I have developed passion for certain pre- war cars — I prefer French cars such as Talbots and Delahayes. I am living proof that the collecting arc takes time, as many years later I am discovering different tastes in cars. It’s like wine. which is your favorite? I have seven cars in my own collection right now. My favorite car in How many cars are in your garage right now, and my collection is a 1963 Corvette fuel-injected Split-Window. It’s the first car I did a complete restoration on with my dad, and my parents and I campaigned it all across the country for different judging awards. We earned the Bloomington Gold and NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award and then displayed the car in the National Corvette Museum. To me, this car has a lot of memories with my family and “it’s where it all started” for me. to drive, and what is your ride? Who is your co-pilot? Maris and I drove across the country last year to Pebble Beach — we You’ve got a week to 10 days. What roads do you want trailered two of our cars out there. We really enjoyed the trip, discovering different parts of the U.S. I would like to drive through Colorado and through Northern California and carve through the Rocky Mountains in one of our 1967 427 Corvettes with my dad. two years? For the past 12 months, we have seen the market in a transition Where do you think the collector-car world will be in “I like cars in my collection to have a tie to the racetrack, especially race cars with good race history. I’ll go into my office sometimes on a Sunday and just uncover some of the cars and sit in them and look at them like they are art on a wall.” June 2020 period. We have seen new, first-time collectors coming into the space with the average age of 45 to 50. They are starting out with cars they grew up with — and slowly moving up the spectrum. Prices have told us the story. Just look at Ferrari Daytona prices over the last four years; they went from $900k down to $450k. If you look at F40 prices over the same period, they have done the inverse — from $800k to $1.5m. As we do this interview, we are in one of the greatest crisis the world has ever seen. We are all wondering what anything will look like two months from now. We were already at a turning point in the collectorcar market before COVID-19 began. In two years, I see the newer collectors that have started collections over the past two to three years going into Phase Two or Three of their collection (Phase Two and Three being where they are showing the cars they previously acquired and are moving into a different car class up the arc). 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Feature Amelia Island Concours Amelia Island’s Silver Anniversary Among nearly three dozen Roger Penske-affiliated cars on display were the 1967 and ’68 Chevrolet Penske Camaros One of the world’s great concours celebrates 25 years, and Roger Penske is the guest of honor Story and photo by Carl Bomstead T he 25th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance took place at the Golf Club of Amelia Island on Sunday, March 8. It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed since Bill Warner was approached by The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island inquiring if he could establish a concours d’elegance in the spring on the island. The long-term support of the Ritz-Carlton, Mercedes-Benz and others has allowed Amelia Island to evolve into one of premier concours in the world. The event is now far more than a one-day concours. It’s now a full week of events, including the Friday Eight Flags tour, Saturday Cars & Coffee, seminars and at least three major auctions. The Eight Flags Tour takes many of the cars entered in the concours on a tour of Amelia Island and ends with them displayed on the main street in Fernandina Beach for all to enjoy. The tour is named for the number of national flags that have flown over the area since Jean Ribault first claimed the island for France in 1565. The Saturday Cars & Coffee at the Concours continues to attract collector cars from northern Florida, as close to 500 vehicles were on the lawn in the morning. The event allows the local car community to participate in the program without cost. Starring Mr. Roger Penske Roger Penske, this year’s honoree, participated in two interesting seminars. NASCAR legend Ray Evernham hosted both talks. The Friday seminar, “Penske Perfect: Effort Equals Results,” was standing-room-only, as Penske and guests discussed his exacting management style that created his racing — and business — success. The Saturday program, “Team Penske: The Early Years,” included many of the Penske team members who were part of creating his dynasty. “Roger Penske was the perfect honoree and he was gra- cious and enthusiastic,” said Bill Warner. Warner said Penske did not realize the scope of the Amelia Concours program. Penske’s wife, Kathy, remarked that “she was amazed we got Roger for three days, as she has trouble getting him for three hours,” Warner said. 44 Details Plan ahead: The 26th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 4–7, 2021. Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL, and the Golf Club of Amelia Island Cost: See website Web: www.ameliaconcours.org Almost three dozen cars that belonged to Team Penske or that he drove in races were on display. They included the 1967 Chevrolet Sunoco Camaros No. 1 and 2 as well as the 1968 and 1969 Chevrolet Penske Camaros. The Miles Collier Collections presented the Penske 1963 Corvette Grand Sport — and the 1956 Porsche 550A. Four Lolas, a Chaparral and Penske’s 1963 Pontiac Catalina we also part of the display. It was a most impressive presentation. Cute cars Amelia Island always has at least one whimsical class, and this year “That’s Cute” was the theme. When was the last time you have seen a Mathis VL 333? Well, the one on display was a rare example of the three-wheeled “flattened, egg-shaped” cars that were made in France. The three Scimitar concept cars were reunited for the first time since the early 1960s. They were constructed to illustrate the potential for aluminum in volume car construction. The Rolling Bones class included nine Fords that were built as if they were from Southern California in the early 1950s. They ranged from 1929 to 1934 and looked like “Dennis the Menace” meets a 1932 Ford. The “new” Fords have distressed paint, tattered interiors and a wild chop with souped-up flatheads under the hood — or perhaps even a Chrysler Hemi. The Amelia Island Concours selects two Best in Show winners. The Concours d’Elegance award went to the very deserving 1929 Duesenberg Model J from the Lehrman Collection. The Concours de Sport award was presented to the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder in Sunoco livery. It is owned by Rob Kauffman. Sports Car Market


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Award-Winning SCMers at Amelia Island Karen and Rich Atwell — Fredericksburg, TX 1934 Franklin V12 Series 17 The Chairman’s Choice Award Steve and Susan Babinsky — Lebanon, NJ 1969 Gurney Eagle Mk 5 Amelia Award — Race Cars 1968–1989 Bob, Sandy and Gary Bahre — Paris, ME 1934 Duesenberg SJ-517 Torpedo Convertible Victoria The Kemp C. Stickney Trophy Bob Bailey / Racemark Collection — Sarasota, FL 1957 BMW Isetta 300 Amelia Award — That’s Cute Nancy and John Baldwin — Covington, LA 1957 AC Ace-Bristol Amelia Award — Sports and GT Cars 1954–1957 Stephen Brauer — St. Louis, MO 1954 Bentley Continental Amelia Award — Rolls-Royce/Bentley Post-War Kim and Stephen Bruno — Boca Raton, FL 1956 Chrysler 300B Boano Coupe Special Best in Class — European Coachwork American Cars Post-War Miles Collier Collections at Revs Institute — Naples, FL 1956 Porsche 550A Spyder Amelia Award — Cars of Roger Penske 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Amelia Award — Cars of Roger Penske 1967 Porsche 911R Amelia Award — Race Cars 1963–1967 Miles Collier — Naples, FL The Spirit of the Concours Trophy Brady L. Como — Broussard, LA 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible Amelia Award — Cars of Harley Earl Jack and Kingsley Croul — Corona del Mar, CA 1950 Ferrari 166 MM berlinetta touring Best in Class — Race Cars 1946–1962 Richard Crump and Kathi Gox — Enid, OK 1954 Jaguar XK 120 FHC Best in Class — Sports and GT Cars 1954–1957 D.L. George Collection — Cochranville, PA 1931 Alfa Romeo Monza Amelia Award — Race Cars Pre-War Joe and Cynny Freeman — Boston, MA 1923 Duesenberg Model A Amelia Award — Duesenberg Jim Grundy — Doylestown, PA 1908 Lozier 7-Passenger Touring Best in Class — Lozier Steven Harris — New York, NY 1963 Porsche Carrera 2 cabriolet Amelia Award — Sports and GT Cars 1958–1964 The Heinecke Family — Bangkok, THA 1936 Bentley 4¼ Litre Amelia Award — Rolls-Royce/Bentley Pre-War Loren and Jody Hulber — Macungie, PA 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club coupe Best in Class — Cars of Harley Earl Mark Hyman — St. Louis, MO 1937 Delahaye 135 The Heacock Classic Insurance Award Lewis and Rebecca Kling — Castle Rock, CO 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Amelia Award — Mercedes-Benz John and Joy Kristoff — North Canton, OH 1956 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT MM Best in Class — That’s Cute Irwin Kroiz — Ambler, PA 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR-2 Amelia Award — Cars of Harley Earl 1968 Chevrolet Penske Camaro The Spirit of Sebring Award Lehrman Collection — Palm Beach, FL 1929 Duesenberg J-218 Town Limousine Best in Show, Concours d’Elegance The Amelia Island Award Ken Lingenfelter — The Lingenfelter Collection — Brighton, MI 1954 Chevrolet Corvair The Judge John North Trophy Chris MacAllister — Indianapolis, IN 1932 Cadillac V16 Madame X The Claude Nolan Cadillac Award Kevin J. Mackay — Valley Stream, NY 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Amelia Award — Team Penske Sunoco David MacNeil — Fort Lauderdale, FL 2007 Porsche RS Spyder Amelia Award — Team Penske Sam and Emily Mann — Englewood, NJ 1932 Bugatti Type 49 Labourdette roadster Best in Class — European Custom Coachwork J.W. Marriott Jr. — Bethesda, MD 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Amelia Award — Scaglietti Production Kelly Marsh — Columbus, OH 1983 Mazda RX-7 GTU The International Motor Sports Association Award Craig McCaw — Montecito, CA 1970 Lola T153 Sunoco Special The Indianapolis Motor Speedway/Tony Hulman Award Robert C. Morris — Great Falls, VA 1935 Godsal Sports tourer Best in Class — Sports Cars Pre-War Mouse Motors, LLC — Chicago, IL 1972 Porsche 917/10 Amelia Award — Team Penske John and Heather Mozart — Palo Alto, CA 1961 Porsche RS61 Spyder Best in Class — Cars of Roger Penske Don and Carol Murray — Laguna Beach, CA 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Amelia Award — Sports and GT Cars 1948–1953 Bill and Kim Ockerlund — Holland, MI 1971 AMC Penske Javelin Best in Class — Team Penske 1969 Chevrolet Penske Camaro Best in Class — Team Penske Sunoco Patrick and Carolyn Ottis — Berkeley, CA 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder Best in Class — Scaglietti Race Chip and Monica Perry — Blowing Rock, NC 1952 Porsche 356 America Roadster Amelia Award — Sports and GT Cars 1948–1953 Frank and Christine Salemi — Fallston, MD 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S Amelia Award — European Custom Coachwork Larry Smith — Bloomfield Hills, MI 1937 Graham convertible Best in Class — European Coachwork American Cars Pre-War Jim Taylor — Gloversville, NY 1953 Jaguar C-type Amelia Award — Race Cars 1946–1962 Larry Titchner — Toronto, ON, CAN 1936 Auburn 852 S/C Boattail Speedster Best in Class — American Classic 1935–1948 Chuck Ungurean — Delaware, OH 1929 Duesenberg J-414 Disappearing Top Torpedo convertible coupe Best in Class — Duesenberg Reid and Liz Vann — St. Louis, MO 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lightweight The Hagerty Youth Award Harry Yeaggy — Cincinnati, OH 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Amelia Award — Scaglietti Race Are you missing from the list? Please contact Susan Loeb to let us know: susan.loeb@sportscarmarket.com This year’s Best in Show Concours de Sport: 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder (left) and Concours d’Elegance: 1929 Duesenberg Model J June 2020 45 Chad Taylor


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Feature Scene and Be Seen Amelia Island Chad Taylor 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza owned by Fastwelve LLC of Redmond, WA, won The Spirit of the 1000 Miglia Award SCM Auction Reporter Dr. Mark Moskowitz rests his hands on a handsome 1952 Siata 300BC barchetta during the Bonhams Amelia Island Auction preview day 46 Eloise Mansell has the best seat in the house as her dad, Patrick Mansell, ponders the latest Lotus models Sports Car Market Chester Allen Chester Allen


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Chad Taylor The 1951 GM LeSabre concept car returns to its parking spot after a trip down the fairway for the Amelia Concours d’Elegance fashion show. The LeSabre was featured in the Cars of Harley Earl class, celebrating his automotive creations, and is owned by the General Motors Heritage Collection in Detroit, MI Some light conversation and a quick midday spark-plug cleaning for the 1932 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B owned by Jennifer Taylor Bill Warner, Amelia Island Concours founder and mastermind for 25 years, at the controls of the awards ceremony Admiring some details on the 1956 Corvette SR-2 that Harley Earl commissioned for his son Jerome after GM executives learned he was racing a Ferrari. Irwin Kroiz, an SCMer and owner of the SR-2, took home an Amelia Award in the Cars of Harley Earl class June 2020 47 Chad Taylor Chad Taylor


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Feature Scene and Be Seen Amelia Island Chad Taylor Mark Hyman behind the wheel of his 1937 Delahaye 135 Torpedo cabriolet, one of only three originally built and one of two remaining. Hyman won the Heacock Classic Insurance Award later in the day It’s smiles from the passenger’s seat as the 1925 Kissel 6-55 Goldbug Speedster owned by Jeffrey and Karen Ozan rolls down the fairway. It won an Amelia Award in the American Classic 1915–1931 class A rare photo-op of an unrestored 1932 Alfa P3 Tipo B. How many times does that happen? What is it about Amelia Island Cars & Coffee and Porsches with orange patina? This 1955 Ferrari 410 S Scaglietti Spyder owned by Cavallino Investments roars across the concours field to collect the Borla Trophy 48 Sports Car Market Chad Taylor Chester Allen Chad Taylor Chad Taylor


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Feature Amelia Island Porsche Werks Reunion Still Free — and Loving the 914 Now four years old, this free-to-spectators event is a must-do during the Amelia Island weekend Story and photo by Gary West This year’s Porsche Werks gathering celebrated 50 years of the 914 T he Porsche Werks Reunion Amelia Island moved to a new spot this year — the Amelia River Golf Club. The most important thing didn’t change: This amazing gathering of Porsches, old, new, rare and always envied, was free for all spectators. This is a Porsche Club of America event, but membership wasn’t required for Porsche owners to enter their stunning vehicles in the Judged Class or the Porsche Corral. Entrants received a generous gift bag of swag courtesy of sponsors and vendors. Entrants in the Judged Class competed for more than 20 awards with emphasis on presentation and how well owners maintained their cars. Corral entrants were placed in model-specific areas. This sparked a lot of fun mine- yours talk between entrants. Mercifully, the weather on March 6 wasn’t much of a factor. On the evening of March 5, a monster thunderstorm blew through Amelia Island. The torrential downpour somewhat cleared up the springtime-in-Florida tree-pollen issues. Preparing your car for show judging when trees are in full pollen bloom is a journey fraught with frustration and salty language. The word is out The new location was well chosen and staffed with friendly, knowledgeable and competent volunteers. As you entered the quarter-mile drive from the main road, cars in the Judged Class were routed to their proper location. Corral cars went to another separate show area, and spectator vehicles to a third location dedicated to nominalcost parking. Walk-in spectators were welcomed at no cost. The number of cars in the paid spectator parking area was proof that the word is out about this casual, enjoyable, lowpressure event. Staffers at the registration table stated there were 430 cars signed up for the Porsche Corral, 170 cars for the Judged Class and over 30 vehicles representing this year’s featured model: 50 Years of the 914. The 914s were well represented and much appreciated. 50 Details Plan ahead: The next Porsche Werks Reunion Amelia Island is scheduled for March 5, 2021. Where: The Amelia River Golf Club, 4477 Buccaneer Trail, Amelia Island, FL, 32034 Cost: Free to spectators Web: werksreunion.com/amelia.cfm Class Winners P1 356: 1956 Speedster; owner, Dave Jerome P3 911/912 1965–73: 1971 911S; owner, John Asford P4 911/912 1974–89: 1976 Porsche Turbo; owner, Kevin Weiss P5 964/997: 1992 911 Carrera S; owner, Avery Wise P6 996/997 1999–2013: 2002 911 Turbo; owner, Joe Waunsch P6A 991/992 2015-present: 2016 991 GTS Club Coupe; owner, Alex Llorente P7 914/914-6 1970–76: 1970 914-6; owner, Randell Johnson P8 924/944/968/928 1977–95: 1968 944 Turbo; owner, Aimee Cordwell P9 Boxster/Cayman/718 1997-present: 2006 Cayman S; owner, Wayne Zeuge P10 Cayenne/Macan/Panamera 2003-present: 2017 Macan S; owner, Mark Steiger P12 Comp/Race: 1968 912 Swedish Rally; owner, Christopher Turner P13 Sport Purpose: 1986 911 Turbo; owner, Chandler Mays P13A Sport Purpose 914: 1971 914-6; owner, Christopher Turner P14 GT2/3/4 2004–present: A tie between 2009 911 GT3 RS; owner, Christian Hortinger; and 2009 911 GT3 RS; owner, Ortrun Hortinger Many visitors said that they wished they’d never sold their 914. It was most pleasant to see the varied assortment of colors that adorned the 914s. The colorful field was a vivid contrast to the red, black, silver and assorted variants of modern cars. Pirelli, as in the past, was the title sponsor, with 12 generous associated sponsors. Much to everyone’s enjoyment, there were a plethora of vendor and exhibitors’ tents offering food, shiny bits, event clothing and one very impressive canopy promoting a high-end gin. However, the thought of a wee dram of gin at 8 in the morning was a step of bravery I was unwilling to take. This was my fourth year in attendance, and each visit has revealed an increasing number of startling Porsches. It’s a pleasure just being a spectator, viewing and talking with the owners of these wondrous cars. ♦ Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta p. 54 ENGLISH: 2009 Aston Martin DBS p. 56 ETCETERINI: 1991 DeTomaso Pantera 90 Si p. 58 GERMAN: 1976 Porsche 934 p. 60 AMERICAN: 1967–68 Con-Ferr Meyers Manx p. 64 RACE: 1978 Jaguar XJ-S Trans-Am Racer p. 66 NEXT GEN: 1988 BMW 535i p. 68 52 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso by Scaglietti Rasy Ran ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta Brand-name restoration and Platinum awards pull big bucks for this Lusso by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 5183 SCM Condition for this car: 1- T he Ferrari 250 GT/L berlinetta, simply known as the Lusso, is without a doubt one of the most successful and visually arresting grand-touring cars ever built, as the apogee of the 250 GT platform’s mechanical development and claiming a sporting exterior that is aesthetically among the most acclaimed designs of all time. Introduced at the 1962 Paris Salon as a replacement for the 250 GT coupe, the Lusso (Italian for “luxury”) featured an all-new interior arrangement highlighted by a revised dash panel and leather upholstery throughout the cabin. Scaglietti’s realization of Pininfarina’s body design proved to be one of the coachbuilder’s most beautiful creations, with classic early cues like the egg-crate grille and delicately curved fenders giving way to long glass proportions and a fastback Kamm tail. Originally owned by jet-set luminaries and celebrities such as Steve McQueen, the Lusso was built in a modest quantity of just 350 examples over roughly two years of production. The GT/L has since evolved into one of Maranello’s most collectible production models. It is essentially the final and most developed evolution of the revered 250 GT lineage. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 236, sold for $1,600,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Auction on March 6–7, 2020. Allan Pray was like many of the other early Ferrari enthusiasts. He grew up as exotic foreign automobiles were gaining a toehold in the United States. Like many other men of the era, he became infatuated with the cars. Fortunately, a career overseeing scheduling and aircraft procurement for Northwest Airlines put him in a position where he could own many of the cars he admired. Tim Keseluk’s business, Vintage and Exotic Cars, worked on some of Mr. Pray’s cars. Keseluk said that through his life, Pray owned several Prancing Horses — as well as special cars from other marques. Pray’s obsession with cars was notable enough that his obituary listed his “lifelong passion for automobiles” as one of two avocations. The other was spending summers aboard his yacht on the French Riviera. He sounds like a guy we would have liked. One of Pray’s favorite cars was his 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso — our subject car. He bought the car in 1972 before the car was 10 years old. He kept it the rest of his life, which would be 44 more years. In our age of CARFAX, paint meters and other tests of automotive purity, it’s interesting to note that, according to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, Mr. Pray’s nine-year-old Lusso had already been refinished from its original green with beige interior to red with a black interior before he bought the car. The chrome had been replated and the wire wheels had been re- placed — as was the exhaust system. All this was done on a car that was less than 10 years old. Years ago, Lussos were just used cars While the early modifications might doom Mr. Pray’s Lusso to un- touchable status by today’s standards, all this was not unusual at the time. A 1982 letter to the editor of the Ferrari Club of America’s Prancing Horse magazine chronicled the purchase and resuscitation of a 19-year-old Lusso. 54 Sports Car Market


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Details Years produced: 1962–64 Number produced: 350 Original list price: $13,375 Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,402,500 Transmission: 4-speed manual Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor caps: $200 for a reproduction. Two are required The Prancing Horse writer described his Lusso as having faded and cracked dark blue paint, corroded wheels and a motor that smoked, leaked and ran erratically. It’s hard to imagine a Lusso in this condition today, but many were far from creampuffs 40 years ago. A 1966 Road & Track article titled “So You’d Like to Own a Ferrari” told the story of a man’s experience with a 1960 Ferrari. The car would have been just five years old when the article was written. The man said the speedometer reading was dubious, and the engine smoked a little. Then he changed that to “it smoked a lot.” Some instruments didn’t work, the clock was inoperative, the cigarette lighter was also dead and the engine leaked “like a tennis racket.” Several spokes in the rear wheel were broken, the spare wheel was bent, and the bottom of the trunk compartment was rusted. You get the idea. Concours-quality restoration I don’t know what condition Mr. Pray’s Lusso was in when he got it. I do know that before the car was 20 years old, Mr. Pray had it repainted again, the upholstery replaced and the engine overhauled. That’s two paint jobs, two new interiors, and an engine rebuild on a car that was less than 20 years old. Lusso values were over $500,000 by the late 2000s — and moving up. By then, Mr. Pray’s Lusso had another 25 or so years on the last spruce-up repaint. It suddenly made economic sense to give the car a restoration. Bob Smith Coachworks concours-level was wisely chosen for the job. The Ferrari experts at the shop produced a Cavallino Classic Platinum award winner, which certified the work as world class. High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $2,500,000 $2,257,920 $2,000,000 $2,090,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 $1,710,000 This sale: $1,600,000 $2,044,170 $1,902,500 Pray’s Lusso remained with his family after his 2016 death. Selling at the high estimate The car’s $1,600,000 sale at Amelia Island was at the high end of RM Sotheby’s $1,300,000–$1,600,000 estimate. High market for Lussos was in 2014, where $2 million-plus sales were the norm. A $3.1 million sale in 2014 still holds the auction record. 2015 saw prices slide to under $2 million. 2019 sales ranged from under $1.2 million to over $1.9 million. It’s not hard to spend $500,000 restoring a scruffy Lusso, so a wide range of Lusso values is normal. One of the best shops in the United States restored Pray’s Lusso. Cavallino Classic Platinum awards proved the work. The car had a known history and came with books and tools. The buyer had to pay up for it — but got what he/she paid for. The new owners will not regret the purchase. Where the market is now Like most other SCM contributors, I wrote this while sheltered in place. Like everyone else, I’m still in a bit in shock over what’s happened over the past couple weeks. In the middle of February, we were looking at a record stock market and digesting relatively strong Scottsdale Auction Week results. Just two weeks later, there was serious concern over even holding the Amelia Island events, which I suspect would have been canceled had they fallen just a week later. Bring a Trailer has been my market barometer lately. I haven’t been watching the prices as much as the sales percentage. RM Sotheby’s online-only Palm Beach auction has been going on as I’ve been writing, which has also been insightful. The BaT sales percentage has stayed relatively con- stant, which indicates cars are selling. The RM sale had to go online when the virus hit. As expected, there have been a lot of no-sales, but I’ve been impressed with some mid- and over-estimate sales. The show must go on, and for now if you have what the buyer wants, you can still sell it. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sothebys.) 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso Berlinetta 2015 2016 June 2020 2017 2018 2019 Steve Ahlgrim served as general manager and vice president of Ferrari dealer FAF Motorcars, has been a concours judge for over 25 years, and is a member of the IAC/PFA — an international committee that oversees high-level Ferrari concours judging. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe Lot 57, s/n 5117GT Condition 2 Sold at $1,485,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/24/2018 SCM# 6877163 55 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe Lot 217, s/n 5565GT Condition 3 Sold at $1,199,121 Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, Sussex, U.K., 9/8/2018 SCM# 6882160 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso coupe Lot 7037, s/n 5003 Condition 1- Not sold at $1,980,000 Russo and Steele, Amelia Island, FL, 3/6/2019 SCM# 6897468 Chassis # location: Stamped on the passenger’s side frame rail next to the engine Engine # location: Stamped on a flange on the rear passenger’s side of block Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1974 Iso Grifo, 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, 1992 Ferrari F40, 1964 Lamborghini 350GT SCM Investment Grade: B Comps


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English Profile Tim Scott ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2009 Aston Martin DBS Three pedals, carbon fiber and a muscular V12 engine make this 007 ride one to collect Stephen Serio Chassis number: SCFABO5D39GE00329 SCM Condition for this car: 1- T he Aston Martin DBS catapulted into the public spotlight with appearances in “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace” — Daniel Craig’s first two films as James Bond. The Aston Martin DBS played a perfect supporting role to the iconic secret agent. Suave and sophisticated, the DBS boasted supercar performance wrapped in breathtaking coachwork. At its heart was a 6.0-liter V12 pumping out 510 hp, perfect-tuned for a spirited Sunday drive or crossing the Continent in leaps and bounds. Finished in black over a matching black leather interior, this DBS is equipped with desirable 6-speed manual transmission. Of the 2,534 examples Aston Martin produced, only 984 were equipped as such, accounting for just over one-third of total production. Furthermore, this example features 2+0 seating, saving weight by deleting the rear seats. According to the accompanying CARFAX, this DBS was delivered new to Florida and remained there until 2012, when it moved west, residing with owners in New Mexico and Texas. It was purchased by its current owner in 2017 and exported to Switzerland, where it remained for the past three years. In its current ownership, the DBS has been driven fewer than 100 miles, with its current mileage showing just 7,000 miles from new. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 109, sold for $140,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 7, 2020. The Aston Martin DBS coupe has become a sweet-spot collectible from the U.K. company’s recent offerings. Sometimes you just have to let something age a bit before you re- spect and appreciate it a tad more. It’s the old “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone” adage. The slightly overlooked and underappreciated hero whose shining moment came during a crisis, perhaps. The unsung hero. This car entered the marketplace when the world’s economies were in the severe recession that started in 2008. This meant fewer DBS cars were sold new than originally envisioned. This sounds a tad familiar in 2020. I wonder what we’ll look back at 10 years from now. Excluding the underlying importance of James Bond’s connection to Aston Martin — which should never be underestimated — the DBS optioned with manual transmission has developed a robust cult following since it went out of production less than a decade ago. Okay, well, it didn’t hurt that Daniel Craig’s 007 piloted this model in anger across a couple of Bond films — and thoroughly thrashed and outdrove the bad guys in two fantastic chase scenes. I’ll give you that. The celluloid was en fuego, and Bond-car history was etched into the brains of young kids and adults once again. This was quite the proper step up from the Pierce Brosnan 007 56 Sports Car Market


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it wasn’t accurate. In fact, accusing the DBS of being a tarted-up DB9 is actually a lazy observation. The right gear Aston Martin incorporated copious amounts of carbon fiber throughout the bodywork and added — for the first time — carbon-ceramic brakes. This new gear helped qualify the DBS as the hard-edged sibling in the Aston Martin family, and the car deserved the respect of halo nomenclature. The DBS was the much-needed hooligan to comple- ment the svelte and sinewy DB9. The DBS driving improvements included a stiffer era disappearing Vanquish (which, when compared to a DBS, looks bloated) and the rather flaccid and tepid DB10 that Craig drove after the DBS (arguably the dullest Bond ride since his BMW sedan days). Now, back to the main feature. That lovely third pedal I lamented the passing of the manual transmission from Aston Martin’s V12 lineup more than many of my fellow dealers. Historically, the United States’ Northeast market bucked the trend across the country, with a 50/50 split between coupe and Volante and an equally significant 50/50 split between manual and TouchTronic transmission. Since the introduction of the DB7 into North America, Aston’s spotlight shone bright because it was the last holdout to offer a manual box in a proper GT. The DBS was the last solution if you wanted to use your left foot while driving the “bigger Aston.” Stubborn corporate heads prevailed (thanks for nothing, Dr. Bez) and the manual gearbox went the way of trunk-mounted 10-stack CD changers. This was also the time of mid-era “sportshift clutches,” or in other terms, the cars fewer gearheads find desirable now. Clunk, clank, jerk... Contemporary critics may have accused manage- ment and the designers of simply tarting up the very successful DB9 and being lazy about their new halo car. (There was a significant hole left in the lineup when the last Vanquish S rolled out of Newport Pagnell a few years earlier, and a special car was needed.) At first glance, that criticism may have been fair, but suspension, more-direct steering, a punched-up 510hp engine — and to this day, one of the most ferocious exhaust notes to ever growl out of an Aston V12 motor. Retrospectively, this car proved a robust, proper Aston. It should also be noted that the creature comforts included a new B&O stereo and 2+0 seating (the option to delete the rear seat), both featured in the car sold here — a nice spec indeed. My only grouse about any DBS coupe as a whole is that you’ll rarely see one anywhere that isn’t some shade of silver, gray or black. Thin on the ground Although the exact number of U.S.-delivered ex- amples with a manual gearbox and 2+0-seating is not readily available, they are rare beasts. In total I’d guess that America probably got one-third of the 6-speeds produced, which amounts to about 300 or so during the entire run. The lion’s share were built in 2009–10. The well-maintained, low-mileage example sold here was very fairly bought and sold. The DBS three-pedal version has depreciated much less than the TouchTronic examples, has well outpaced the residual value of the previous halo Vanquish and standard DB9 — and may very well be the “Next Gen” hotshot collectible from the brand. Find yourself a “Casino Royale” or “Quantum” Silver example (with a stick, of course) and park it next to your DB5 or V8 Vantage — and have the Bond/Aston garage you’ve always wanted. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Stephen Serio, a Boston-based car Aston Martin dealer and vintage-car broker, is one of the true experts in the collectorcar world. He’s a fixture at all the big land auctions — and we love seeing his words in our magazine. 2010 Aston Martin DBS coupe Lot S135.1, s/n SCFEDCAD2AGE01771 Condition 2 Transmission: 6-speed automatic Not sold at $105,000 Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 6/16/2018 SCM# 6874948 Details Years produced: 2008–13 Number produced: 2,534 total, 984 with manual transmission Original list price: $280,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $133,153 Transmission: 6 speed manual or TouchTronic 2 Major service cost: DBS V12 eight-year major service is $2,420 Chassis # location: Plate on lower left side behind the windshield, sticker on the inside rear of the driver’s door Clubs: Aston Martin Owners Club North America, Aston Martin Owners Club Worldwide Web: amocna.org, amoc.org Alternatives: 2011 Ferrari 599 GTB, 2015 Bentley Continental GT Speed, 2006–10 Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 2009 Aston Martin DBS coupe Lot 8, s/n SCFAA05D49GE00665 Condition 1 Transmission: 6-speed manual Sold at $148,046 Bonhams, Bond Street Sale, London, U.K., 12/7/2019 SCM# 6919102 2008 Aston Martin DBS coupe Lot 236, s/n SCFAA05DXGE00055 Condition 2 Transmission: 6-speed manual Sold at $118,260 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 6/2/2018 SCM# 6872516 June 2020 57


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Etceterini & Friends Profile Photos by Josh Hway, ©2020 Courtesy of Gooding and Company 1991 DeTomaso Pantera 90 Si For the collector who prefers their automotive objects unexercised, a more compelling example could not be imagined by Donald Osborne Chassis number: ZDT874000MA009634 SCM Condition for this car: 1 I n 1990, DeTomaso unveiled the completely re-engineered Pantera 90 Si, which featured updated Marcello Gandini styling. Substantially revised in all respects, the 90 Si benefited from a new tube-frame chassis and reworked suspension, creating a lighter, more-rigid platform. The updated Pantera also featured a fuel-injected Ford 302 engine, which gave the car a top speed of 150 mph. Nearly all Si models were equipped with the proven ZF transaxle, ventilated Brembo disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a well-appointed cabin with leather-trimmed bucket seats, wood dash, electric windows and air-conditioning. Just 41 examples of the Pantera Si were built during the model’s three-year production run. Only 38 were sold to the public. The Pantera’s first owner, C.A.D. Dijkhuis, purchased the car in November 1994. He drove it sparingly over the next two decades, add- ing just a few hundred kilometers before placing the car in static storage, where it remained until his death. The current owner, a U.S.-based collector, acquired the 90 Si from the estate of the original owner in 2019 and has since detailed it to concours-quality standards. Still in exceptional, time-capsule condition, the DeTomaso showed less than 500 km (310 miles). SCM Analysis This car, Lot 32, sold for $357,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, FL, sale on March 6, 2020. The impact on the automotive world that Alejandro DeTomaso has had is quite a bit larger than the total output of all the cars for which he was responsible. And that’s saying quite a bit, as it was thanks to him that Maserati became a truly mass-market company — for better or worse — with the launch of the Biturbo coupe in 1981. So, in addition to being a niche sports-car builder, DeTomaso also had a vision of global marketing not often found among the dreamers who start car companies. By the time Ford pulled the plug on the Pantera cooperative market- ing venture in the U.S. market, DeTomaso had already set his sights on Maserati, and he took over the ailing company in 1975. As he had a large company like Maserati to sate his greater ambi- tions, DeTomaso was free to keep tinkering with the Pantera after it had ceased being a volume product. This accounts for the extraordinary 22-year run of the car, despite ever-declining production numbers. Through those decades, however, the Pantera was hardly a static object. So, today as a collectible, there are Panteras, Panteras and then there are Panteras. Different versions The first Panteras are the Ford-marketed launch cars, especially those with the delicate chrome bumpers and mechanicals as close to as-delivered stock as possible. A subset of those are the later rubber- 58 Sports Car Market


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bumper models, which may or may not have been uprated and modified to deliver much more performance than they did in the 1970s. Next are the private-import or period “gray market” imports of the Pantera developments DeTomaso sold after the cars left the U.S. market. These cars, largely the GT5 and GT5-S, have also often been modified by their original or subsequent European owners to suit their tastes, preferences and pocketbooks. In addition, there are the early cars which have been made into clones of the GT5. Finally comes the swan song, the Si. Unlike the ear- lier models, the Si is a much more dramatic departure from the Tom Tjaarda-designed original of 1971. The Pantera Si The Pantera Si is quite different from the earlier versions — and not simply in design. Marcello Gandini did a very fine job of transforming the Pantera of 1971, which I love, into a thoroughly modern and much more aggressive machine. The integration of the somewhat Ferrari F40-like rear wing into the body is quite brilliant, and the overall effect is miles ahead of the “bolton flares” look of the GT5 or the somewhat “Countach Anniversary” look of the GT5-S. All this makes the Si a very different animal indeed from its earlier brethren — and a very special piece of the DeTomaso story. As Pantera production went on, and yearly production numbers diminished, the cars became steadily more hand-made and more packed with the creature comforts and finish details expected in a limited-production car. This was also due to the fact that the prices rose dra- matically from the Lincoln-Mercury dealer’s $10,000 MSRP to the $71,000 of the GT5-S. Originality counts in a rare car So, we’ve established that all the post-Lincoln-Mer- cury Panteras are rare and were expensive when new. The collector-car market today generally — and that’s important — rewards the original and punishes the modified. There are exceptions, but they are usually to be found in mass-production classics of the 1950s and 1960s, where, in recent auctions, average restored original cars have sold for less than well-done restomods. But we’re dealing with rarity here. And when it’s rare, originality counts. The Pantera Si is such a rare car, so it’s interesting that in a very short time we’ve seen two come up for major land-auction sale. In August 2019, RM Sotheby’s sold a 26,000-mile Pantera Si for $240,800 in Monterey. Seven months later, we have our subject car selling at $357,000. The extremely low mileage of our subject car is what makes the difference between the two sales. As described in the catalog and observed by me in the auction preview, the car presented as basically new. Especially with a white leather interior and Quattroporte III-type burled-wood interior accents, which were almost unblemished — plus unused tools, all books, the works. For the collector who prefers their automotive objects unexercised, a more compelling example could not be imagined. I, for one, would like to drive this very car, but it’s unlikely to see the open road in the near future. Nevertheless, it sold appropriately for the object that it is. Out subject car is also a world record for a Pantera. Perhaps it’s surprising that it was not much higher than the previous record of $319,000 for a Pantera GT5-S at Gooding & Company in January 2018. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) Donald Osborne, ASA, is the CEO of Audrain LLC and oversees the Audrain Automobile Museum and the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. An historian and consultant, he stars on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. 1979 DeTomaso Pantera GTS Lot 40, s/n THPNUD09137 Condition 25-speed manual Sold at $136,120 Bonhams, Zoute, BEL, 10/11/2019 SCM# 6911725 Details Years produced: 1990–93 Original list price: $80,000 (approximately) Current SCM Median Valuation: $290,000 Transmission: 5-speed manual Tune-up cost: $350 Chassis # location: Top edge of dashboard Club: Pantera International Web: www.panterainternational.org Alternatives: 1991 Ferrari Testarossa, 1991 Lamborghini Diablo, 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1972 DeTomaso Pantera Lot 8043, s/n THPNMD04162 Condition 25-speed manual Sold at $96,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2019 SCM# 6908581 1984 DeTomaso Pantera GT5 coupe Lot 117, s/n THPNCU09342 Condition 25-speed manual Sold at $164,689 RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/12/2018 SCM# 6869820 June 2020 59


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German Profile Photos by Josh Hway, ©2020 Courtesy of Gooding and Company 1976 Porsche 934 This car’s racing history qualifies it for almost every prestigious vintage race — including the Le Mans Classic by Prescott Kelly Chassis number: 9306700151 SCM Condition for this car: 2 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 67, sold for $1,380,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 6, 2020. We recently overviewed the development of the Porsche 930 Turbo (German Profile, October 2019, p. 94). Briefly recapping, Ernst Fuhrmann, legendary Porsche engineer and company chairman as of 1972, had long had an interest in turbocharging. The Porsche firm had been in that arena since Professor Porsche designed the supercharged Auto Union Silver Arrows Grand Prix race cars in the 1930s. The turbo skill set peaked with the Can-Am and Interserie 917/10s and 917/30s of 1972–73. Simultaneously, on the street-car side, after two aborted 2.0-liter examples in 1970, Fuhrmann had a 2.7-liter turbocharged 911 built for his personal use in 1972. That led directly to a hand-made prototype 930 shown at the October 1973 Frankfurt show — and then a fully operational prototype shown at the Paris show in October 1974. Production and sales began in 1975, with the first examples sold in the United States in 1976. Porsche takes to “profile” 911 racing The company was under financial duress, so Porsche forsook the high-spending Ferdinand Piech fiberglass/tube-frame prototypes — 906, 910, 907, 908, 909, 917K and LH, 917/10, and 917/30 — and moved to production-based race cars. The 1973 RSR 2.8-liter and 1974–75 RSR 3.0-liter brought to the fore “profile” race cars, with numerous victories and championships. But those normally aspirated Porsches were under pressure as soon as engineers demonstrated that a turbocharged engine could fit in the rear engine bay of a 911. In 1974, Porsche built four Group 5 “Baby Turbos,” with 2,142-cc engines to qualify under the FIA’s 1.4 formula for turbos — i.e. 2,142 cc times 1.4 was just under the 3,000-cc engine limit. Those cars were factory-team, Martini-sponsored prototypes, radically designed to come in at 1,810 pounds and stressed to the max. They were difficult to drive quickly — and thus never sold to privateers. Porsche achieved some success with the “babies,” including a 2nd at Le Mans, but had no interest in continuing that herculean effort into 1975 — leaving the field to other marques and Porsche RSRs. That changed for 1976, after the 930 sold in sufficient quantities to homologate derivative race cars. Enter the 934 (nee 930/4) for Group 4, the 935 for Group 5, and the 936 Spyder for Group 6. For Group 4, the car had to be close to the production model. Group 5 cars could be pretty radical, and all rules were off for Group 6, except for the engine-displacement limits of 3,000 cc for normally aspirated and 2,143 cc for turbocharged engines. 60 Sports Car Market


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Built off a production 930 Turbo The 934 was based on the 930 because the homolo- gated weight was a hefty 2,470 pounds — just 45 pounds below the production weight of a Euro 930 (without a/c). Thus, 934s had galvanized tubs, full door panels with electric windows and armrests, and heavyweight bumpers. The primary items eliminated were sound deadening, rear seats and carpets. An aluminum roll cage was fitted, and the car had one lightweight driver’s seat. That accomplished, the car weighed in at 2,380 pounds, allowing 90 pounds of tactical ballasting. The 934’s base suspension also was from a 930. Torsion bars were kept but with adjustable Bilstein coil-overs added. Ball joints and Delrin bushings were swapped in. Sway bars were adjustable. Wheel bearings were stock, but with five-pin, center-lock wheels — now supplied by BBS. The brakes were moved forward from the RSR 3.0- liter, born as 908/917 units. The 16-inch wheels were 10.5 inches wide in front and 12.5 inches wide in the rear. Stock bodywork used bolt-on fiberglass flares that gave the 934 a unique, racy look. The tub was stock 930 with some added reinforcements to known stress points, such as shock towers and torsion-bar attachments. Porsche also added an X-brace to the front trunk to supplement the shock-tower strut. The real news was a turbocharged engine Porsche rated the turbocharged 934 engine at 485 horsepower, but it always produced in excess of 500 on the dynamometer. It utilized a flat fan on top of the motor, which was adapted from the later prototype race cars and the Baby Turbos. The cars got the new Bosch K-Jetronic (CIS) fuel injection. Some 934s later moved back to mechanical fuel injection, especially in IMSA. A bigger advance was the water-fed intercooler because of the intense heat generated in the tight rear compartment. A sufficiently large air-to-air intercooler could not be made to fit. Rules required predominantly stock 930 engine bits (making rebuilds pretty simple), with only special pistons, camshafts and enlarged ports (not valves) in the heads. Rules also required single ignition. The compressor was a much larger-than-stock KKK unit, and, of course, there was just one — no twin turbos yet. The gearbox was a stock 930 4-speed, by rules limited to two optional gear sets. Porsche added an oil pump/ sprayer to the end plate, connected to a small cooler in the 934’s tail. The car also got a ZF 80% locking limitedslip differential. The 934 was challenging to drive quickly With the water intercooler, the 934 engine weighed in at about 500 pounds. Given the high homologation weight, that was not a rules problem, but the weight distribution front to rear was a troublesome 30:70, before ballasting. The large single KKK turbocharger spooled up with a very significant lag, which made the car tough to drive at speed. To put it bluntly, drivers hated racing the 934. They talked incessantly about planning to accelerate well in advance of their normal point in a corner, waiting for the power to come on, and hoping they were straight by then. Too late and they bogged down coming out of the corner. Too early and they lifted, totally giving away track position, or they spun, with a worse result. Drivers also complained that they’d concentrate so hard on when to apply the power that they’d fail at other aspects of race awareness, sometimes to their embarrassment. Europa GT and Trans-Am Championships Those problems aside, in January 1976, Manfred Schurti recorded a Nürburgring lap time 15 seconds better than the best by an RSR 3.0-liter. That sealed it, and orders rolled in from the teams that wanted to race in Group 4, Trans-Am, or later, IMSA. Ultimately, 31 cars were built, plus one prototype. The cars had many successes on the track. Led by Georg Loos’ Gelo Racing and the Kremer Brothers, 934s secured the Europa GT Championship. In the Trans-Am championship, George Follmer barely bested Hurley Haywood, both in Vasek Polak 934s. At Le Mans in June 1976, Gelo Racing’s 934 dominated GT (Group 4) before a very long stop for a broken gearbox sent it down to 2nd place. The Kremer brothers took 4th in GT, and an uprated 934 took 5th in Group 5 against 935s and modified RSRs. 1976 Porsche 934/935 Lot S64, s/n 9306700171 Condition 3+ 4-speed manual Not sold at $775,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2017 SCM# 6846335 Details Years produced: 1976–77 Number produced: 1976, 31 plus one prototype; 1977, 10 934/5s Original list price: $43,000 (DM 97,000) Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,380,000 Transmission: 4-speed manual Tune-up cost: $5,000 with valve adjustment and belts; turbo rebuild $4,000 Chassis # location: On boss above gas tank under hood; aluminum plate on inside fender left front. No production number under dash — section cut out on a 934 Engine # location: On boss on top of engine Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1976–81 Porsche 935, 1971–75 BMW CSL 3.0/3.5, 1967–69 Corvette L88 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1976 Porsche 934 Lot 51, s/n 930670 Condition 2+ 5-speed manual Sold at $891,000 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/2012 SCM# 196893 1976 Porsche 934 RSR Lot 32, s/n 9306700166 Condition 2 4-speed manual Sold at $464,700 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/19/07 SCM# 44568 June 2020 61


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German Profile Overshadowed by the 935 Privateer-only 934s were the Group 4 little brother to the factory- team, Martini-sponsored radical 935s that famously dominated Group 5. Most of the press coverage and most of Porsche’s racing victory posters featured the winning 935s. Racer and collector interest followed. In almost all of today’s big-time vintage-race events, the 934s, 934/5s (934s with 935 bodywork and uprated engine) and 935s raced together with the predictable result that the 935s run up front. Some 934s were updated in period to 935 Group 5 specs and run as 935s today. Valuing Porsche race cars is complicated Buying a Porsche race car is a complicated undertaking. Starting in the 1970s, a European race team would sell their used race car to an unsuspecting foreigner. They’d keep the Wagenpass — the German title. Then they’d build a replica and use the Wagenpass to sell it to a European. Bob Akin was one American buyer who always demanded the Wagenpass. A famous German team owner told Bob that he hated to sell him a race car because he lost the second sale. There is still a vibrant business in making replicas of “lost” old Porsche race cars — and then selling them as “restored.” The courts have yet to jail anyone for it because they see a blurry line between an often-wrecked and repaired race car versus a replica, unless there are two cars with the same serial number and the more original car can be unquestionably determined. As buyers, we must carefully analyze Porsche race cars for all the original details, such as steering wheels, seats and rails, instruments, fuel-injection pumps, engine piece casting numbers, and such. We analyze weld patterns, especially in places where spot welds can only be faked on the top sides. We also look for factory-applied reinforcements on shock towers, on torsion-bar reinforcements and in other places. Inthe-know buyers also look for instrument dates, paint-color overspray in small places where repaints typically don’t go, magnetic-resonance tests of stamped serial numbers and chassis build numbers (they are different), engine-number stampings — and more. Fakes abound During the past five years, our team has analyzed more than 20 1968 911Rs, 1973–74 RSs and RSRs, 934s, and 935s — and found more fakes than real cars. Sometimes, all we require is a real tub, from front shock towers to rear shock towers — and we’ll restore the rest. One RSR we wanted had a full front clip, a full rear clip, and a roof clip. A 1973 RSR and two 1974 RS 3.0s were recently built, cleverly replicated on street-car tubs. The point is that you should not buy a Porsche race car without a thorough inspection. 62 Sports Car Market At Amelia Island Our subject auction car was the first production 934. After serving as the factory press demonstration car, it soon was sold to Juergen Kannacher, a Porsche parts dealer from Krefeld, Germany. Kannacher drove and rented out seats in his 934, so it was on the track a lot, running 16 races between March and October of 1976. It recorded five podiums in Group 4. The second half of the ’76 season saw Hartwig Bertrams, the 1975 Europa Cup Champion in a RSR, almost exclusively in the car. For the 1977 season, the car was sold to Louis Krages, a very suc- cessful Bremen wood importer, who raced as “John Winter” to protect his business and family interests. In eight races, Krages garnered three 2nds and four 3rds in class, earning his way into drives with Joest and Kremer. The car’s last race was the 1979 Le Mans, where after a 3.5-hour gearbox change, the car placed 3rd in Group 4 and 19th overall. That result is important now, as it qualifies the car for entry into almost any prestigious vintage race, including the biennial July Le Mans Classic. Thereafter 934 #0151 had a sedentary life — passing through an owner in South Africa, then to a Brit in Scotland, on to Skip Gunnell in Florida in 1982, and finally in 2003 to Lloyd Hawkins in New Orleans. Hawkins also had his capable shop fully restore the car. At auction, it presented very well. The car had the benefit of a known provenance and a desirable race history. Although it was missing its original engine and gearbox, these are not value dings on a car with a long race history. Many 934 engines and gearboxes failed. The car also did not have its Wagenpass, but none of our race-car resources in the U.S. or Europe know of another car claiming to be 0151, so we’ll assume that the title was legitimately lost decades ago. Without careful inspection, we assume that the tub was deemed to be original, and that the important details were largely present and correct. Prior public sales included chassis #0162, the light yellow Meccarillos car, ex-Jim Torres and ex-Lloyd Hawkins, that Gooding sold at Amelia in March 2018 for $1,320,000. A private sale last year of an excellent restored and famous 934 brought $1,500,000. All that said, the final price for 0151 of $1,380,000 was a good result in today’s softening market, after adding a small bump for 0151 being the first production example, and a larger bump for the Le Mans podium in class. ♦ Prescott Kelly, SCM’s expert on all things Porsche, started writing for us in 2010.


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American Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1967–68 Con-Ferr Meyers Manx A Meyers Manx dune buggy is a popular car, but it’s not worth half a million bucks unless it was Steve McQueen’s dune buggy by Jeff Zurschmeide Chassis number: 117358054 SCM Condition for this car: 1- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 119, sold for $456,000, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 5, 2020. The traditional dune buggy has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years, and there are certainly plenty of them out there. Bruce Meyers’ inspired design smashed the orthodoxy of off-road racing and spawned a host of copycats. The audacious dune buggy even got its own anthropomorphic after-school animated TV show, and pop stars such as the Monkees routinely appeared in them. Even Elvis made an appearance or two. The Meyers Manx Southern California has always been a breeding ground for custom vehicles, and during the early 1960s, Bruce Meyers was in the heart of that culture. Fiberglass was the material of the day, and companies such as Kellison and Cheetah were producing rebuild kits that were unlike anything going. In that environment, Meyers imagined a new vehicle for beach and desert use, based on hardy and readily available Volkswagen underpinnings. Meyers’ first prototype, finished in 1964, is known as Old Red, and most dune buggies look like that prototype to this day. The idea is fairly simple. Take the floorpan from a VW Beetle and cut 14 inches out of the middle, then weld it back together to make a short-wheelbase platform. Drop a new fiberglass roadster body on it with wildly flared wheelarches. Leave the rear end open to show off the engine and put a simple clamshell nose on it. Perhaps bolt on a windshield to satisfy the DMV. Underneath, it’s all VW, from the torsion-bar-beam front suspen- sion to the swing-arm rear axles and the VW drivetrain. The finished package doesn’t weigh much, so even a stock 40-horsepower engine gives you fun performance. Meyers immediately began breaking desert racing records in his creation. Meyers produced 12 kits to build the Manx in 1964 and 1965. He then began regular series production. From 1965 to 1971, about 6,000 of the Manx buggies were produced at B.F. Meyers & Co. The company went out of business in 1971, in large part due to the massive wave of copies. The copycats The best thing about fiberglass is that just about anyone can repli- cate a part. That’s also the worst thing about fiberglass from a business perspective. Meyers had obtained a patent on his idea, but it was ruled unenforceable when others began producing similar designs. Even sports-car maker Kellison got into the act, and actually sold more buggies than Meyers’ company. EMPI, the aftermarket provider of air-cooled VW parts, also got into the buggy business. Over the years, hundreds of upstart companies riffed on Meyers’ design without paying a penny in royalties. The result is that there are tens of thousands of dune buggies out there in various states of originality and restoration, but only a few thousand are Manx originals. 64 Sports Car Market


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Collecting a Manx Today, collectible buggies come in two types: authen- tic classic Manx and everything else. You can pick up a good-condition buggy for less than $5,000 and enjoy driving it. Retailers are still selling new Manx-style bodies, and Meyers himself is back in business with Meyers Manx Inc. (www.meyersmanx.com), selling new bodies and parts. For decades, Californians have been walking by bug- gies that were left to fill up with rainwater. Now they’re all being cleaned up and offered for sale. Act quickly, though, because prices have been rising across the board. If you are considering a buggy, the first thing to do is check to see if it’s a real Manx. Many uninformed buggy owners assume incorrectly that their vehicle is a Manx. There are websites with detailed information on how to tell a real Meyers Manx from a copycat. Next, have the floorpan closely inspected. If the buggy is a short-wheelbase variety, that pan had to be cut and re-welded. Check those welds and the entire chassis for rust. Then look for the usual indicators of quality in the High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $100,000 1967–68 Meyers Manx $75,000 $50,000 $44,492 $25,000 N/A $0 2015 N/A 2016 $68,750 $56,000 This sale: $456,000 driveline and running gear. The good news is that every piece is available and easy to replace. One note to remember: Some classic-car insurers will insure a dune buggy only if it’s a verified Meyers Manx. Others are less selective. The McQueen Effect strikes again Right now, a tour through SCM’s Platinum Auction Database shows that a good-quality original Meyers Manx can command up to $45,000 at auction (SCM# 6915834). Some have sold for more, while most have sold for less — even under $10,000 — during the past year. With that in mind, it’s obvious that our subject sale can’t even be evaluated in the same class as those buggies. The profile subject car is the one that Steve McQueen drove around in “The Thomas Crown Affair,” with Faye Dunaway riding in the passenger’s seat. Look up the scene — it’s on YouTube. McQueen himself helped spec out this highly customized buggy, with a 6-cylinder Corvair engine and comfortable quilted interior. If the car was in original condition, like the much-ballyhooed “Bullitt” Mustang, it might have brought even more money. However, this buggy had been living in Hawaii, where it had been used hard, repainted, and ultimately left to rot like so many others. The seller invested quite a lot of money to put it back into as-filmed condition before the sale. The auction listing states the VW floor pan had been replaced at least once. But even in restored condition, this was McQueen’s car, and that apparently multiplies the value tenfold. Fair enough, but it would be more apt to compare this car to the “Bullitt” Mustang, which pulled $3.74 million in January. Against that sale, this buggy looks like a bargain. ♦ 2017 2018 2019 Jeff Zurschmeide lives and breathes the car life. SCM Editor Chester Allen covets Zurschmeide’s vintage GMC pickup. Details Years produced: 1964–71 Number produced: About 6,000 Original list price: $985 Current SCM Median Valuation: $25,000 Transmission: 4-speed manual Tune-up cost: $50 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis # location: Under the rear seat Engine # location: Below the generator Club: Manx Club Web: www.manxclub.com Alternatives: Kellison Sandpiper, EMPI Imp, Meyers Tow’d SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1970 Meyers Manx roadster Lot 5452, s/n AZ373467 Condition N/A 4-speed manual Sold at $23,100 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/16/20 SCM# 6924793 2018 Meyers Manx roadster Lot 51.1, s/n FLA103344 Condition N/A 4-speed manual Sold at $9,900 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/20 SCM# 6923968 1970 Meyers Manx roadster Lot 115, s/n 1102980174 Condition 2+ 4-speed manual Sold at $44,492 RM Sotheby’s, Olympia, London, U.K., 10/24/2019 SCM# 6915834 June 2020 65


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Race Car Profile Ryan Merrill ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1978 Jaguar XJ-S Trans-Am Racer This monster one-off Jaguar ruled Trans-Am in its day, so why isn’t it worth more? by Thor Thorson Chassis number: 7844 SCM Condition for this car: 3SCM Analysis This car, Lot 255, sold for $207,200, A fast look at Trans-Am racing Before we get into the car itself, there are a couple of parallel including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 7, 2020. One of the most fun parts about writing the race car profiles for SCM is the variety of cars I get to talk about. Last month it was a tiny red 1955 Moretti 750 racer, and one of my main points was that though tiny and delicate, it was a serious racer. Nobody will need such assurances for this month’s Jaguar. Simply put, this car is a monster — a one-off, purpose-built Trans-Am racer that spent the 1978 racing season running away from big-block Corvettes. It was so fast in its day that only the tech inspectors and protest committees (of which there were plenty) believed it was legal. It even had an (unconnected) toggle switch labeled “NOX” just to drive people nuts. histories that should be mentioned for the sake of background. Starting in 1966, SCCA introduced a professional race series for the new and wildly popular “Pony Car” sedans such as Mustangs, Camaros and AMC Javelins. It was a huge success with drivers and spectators, and it became the backbone of SCCA professional racing for many decades to come. Enter Bob Tullius Trans-Am evolved over the years, particularly as it competed with the rival IMSA series. By 1978, Trans-Am had two classes: TA1 for SCCA-prepared cars — mostly Corvettes and this Jag — and TA2 for more highly modified FIA Group 4 and Group 5 cars such as Porsche 935s. Bob Tullius was a talented amateur racer. In the mid-1960s, he decided to make a living in the business. With some partners, he formed Group 44, a company that prepared cars for customers, fielded a professional racing team associated with British Leyland (Triumph, MG, Jaguar), and ran a sponsorship and marketing operation. A long-running sponsorship agreement with Quaker State established the iconic green-and-white livery of the team cars. Group 44 was prominent in American sports car racing (and several Le Mans entries) from the late 1960s though 1990, and it was renowned for the professionalism and immaculate presentation of their racing operations. Jaguar introduced the XJ-S in the fall of 1975 as the replacement for the aging V12 XKE. While both cars were far more luxurious touring cars than racers, the performance image remained essential. Tullius had won the 1975 SCCA Championship in a V12 XKE, so it was logical to see what he could accomplish with the new model. For the 1977 season, Jaguar supplied him with a new XJ-S that his team modified into a racer. Tullius did well enough that the potential was obvious, but it was also clear that more was needed. 66 Sports Car Market


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Back in the light In late 2007, Jaguar collector Gary Bartlett heard that Tullius was considering selling, so he got on the phone and made a deal to buy the car as it sat. Bartlett then had his team rebuild the car mechanically, leaving the original paint, peeling decals and rock chips exactly as they had been when the car was put away. In this form he took it to track days, shows and the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the next five years. He told me that though it was a bit of a tank compared to his C- and D-types, it was great fun to drive: insanely fast but intimidating. It became more fun after the spool rear end was Creating a monster For the 1978 season, Jaguar took a “white” chassis and body off the production line and proceeded to aciddip it to reduce weight as far as possible. Jaguar then shipped the bare components to Group 44’s shop in Sebring, FL, where Tullius’ mechanics used them as the basis for a pure, bespoke racing car that could pass for being a Jaguar XJ-S. They started by building effectively a tube frame inside the now-veryflimsy unibody and attached a heavily strengthened Jaguar suspension. The fenders were flared to cover huge tires on ultra-lightweight Jongbloed racing wheels, and the original Jag disc brakes were replaced with NASCAR-specification units. The engines (they built three and changed them between every race) used the 5.3-liter Jaguar V12 block, heads and castings, but everything inside was as trick as possible. Weaver dry-sump oiling and Weber carburetors replaced Jaguar’s emission-compliant fuel injection. I don’t know for sure, but they had to have spun the engine to at least 8,000 rpm, possibly more. The transmission was a standard Jaguar 4-speed manual, and the third member was Jag — but with a locked differential and an amazing range of final drive ratios. The resulting race car, with Tullius driving, proved to be a formidable competitor. Corvettes won the first three races (with this car 2nd at Westwood and 3rd at Portland). Tullius then ran the table, winning all the final seven races to win the TA1 championship with almost twice the points of the 2nd-place finisher. With the championship won, Group 44 raced it one last time at an IMSA race at Daytona, then trucked it to Sebring and stuck it in the back corner of a hangar. It sat untouched for the next 29 years. replaced by a limited-slip, making it easier to turn. Having had his fun with it, Gary sold it to a French collector in 2013 for roughly $200,000. I don’t know how much intervening use the car has gotten, but the fact that it acquired FIA HTP certification suggests that it has seen European competition. However, the car’s retention of original paint and patina suggests that use has been gentle. It sold this time for essentially the same amount as seven years before. What the market said The conundrum here is that this is an important and successful racing Jaguar that has been stuck at weapons-grade market value — roughly one-twentieth of a C-type or a D-type — for its entire life. Intuitively, you would expect it to have more collector value than the market’s latest verdict. My best guess why this car is stuck at weapons-grade value comes as two points: First, the car is extreme enough that it could never be used on the road; it is strictly a track toy. Second, its success was purely in American racing, beating Corvettes. Collectors tend to put higher value on European racing success. If this car had run Le Mans, it would be far more desirable. It is a lot of car for the money, though. I’d be hard pressed to come up with a more cost-effective racing option from that time period — particularly if you want something more exotic than an American V8. Then and now, $200k is apparently what the market says it’s worth. I’d say fairly bought. ♦ Thor Thorson wrote his first Race Profile for SCM way back in 2003. He has owned this part of the magazine ever since, much to the delight of all. 1977 Porsche 935 Factory Competition coupe Lot 175, s/n 1072387 Condition 36-speed manual Sold at $1,440,871 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/9/16 SCM# 6803806 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile coupe Lot 50, s/n 2275537 Condition 3 4-speed manual Sold at $205,090 Bonhams, Zoute, BEL, 10/5/2018 SCM# 6881084 Details Year produced: 1978 Number produced: One Original cost: N/A SCM Current Median Valuation: 207,200 Cost per hour to race: $1,000 Chassis # location: Unknown Engine # location: Unknown Transmission: 4-speed manual Club: Jaguar Clubs of North America Web: www.jcna.com Alternatives: 1978 Chevrolet Corvette 454, 1978 Chevrolet Monza Mirage 350, 1978 Chevrolet Camaro 350 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1974 Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood racer Lot 1056, s/n 002 Condition 34-speed manual Sold at $566,000 Bonhams, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/19/2005 SCM# 39020 June 2020 67


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Next Gen Profile Photos by Ben Bertucci, ©2020 Courtesy of Gooding & Company 1988 BMW 535i SCM’s underage curmudgeon reluctantly admits that a 1980s 4-door has just the right touch of evil — barely by Nick Jaynes Chassis number: WBADC7400J1717891 SCM Condition for this car: 1- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 6, sold for $38,080, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 6, 2020. I have felt incredibly curmudgeonly during the past 10 months or so. I have repeatedly griped about cars from the “Youngtimer Collection” that have recently fetched astronomical sums. I have used words such as “demoralizing” and “dreary” to describe them. Honestly, my own crass outlook has weighed heavy on my psyche. With the realization that I was teetering on becoming a full-time collector-car sourpuss, I determined to find some positivity in my next assignment. Then Executive Editor Chester Allen sent me the auction results from Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction. There, a beige 84,773mile 1988 BMW 535i fetched $38,080. After seeing that number, I began to vibrate with negativity. But I clenched my fist and jaw — and tamped it down. “It’s fine. It’s fine. You got this,” I told myself. So, here goes. A little 535i history The BMW E28 was the second gen of the 5 Series cars, and it started in 1981. However, the BMW 535i didn’t make its U.S. debut until 1984. The E28 was designed during the 1970s. Although the E28 closely resembled its predecessor, the E12, it included many upgrades and improvements underneath its steel skin. While the E28 engineering team was hard at work developing the car, BMW owned one computer. One, uno, ein — a single computer. I’m not being hyperbolic, it’s true. In the 1970s, BMW’s sole computer was used for spare-parts lo- gistics — and sometimes payroll. The E28 design team had to ask for permission to use it to finish engineering part of the car’s drivetrain. Although it is often overshadowed by the M1-powered E28 M5, the 535i was no slouch. The inline 6-cylinder M30 engine under the hood of the E28 535i cranked out 182 horsepower and 214 foot-pounds of torque. Even with a restrictive catalytic converter in its exhaust system, the engine propelled the 535i to 60 mph from a standstill in just under eight seconds — not bad for a 3,500-pound family sedan in the 1980s. In addition to a new drivetrain, one of the biggest upgrades the E28 received was an optional anti-lock brake system. In early development, the ABS system caused the suspension geom- etry to go haywire. When activated, the ABS system shook the wheels so hard that the windows nearly shattered. So engineers reworked the 68 Sports Car Market


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Details front track arm and connecting-rod design to create a single pivot point centered behind the brake disc. A reliable runner The E28 chassis is well regarded both inside and outside the Bimmer-enthusiast world. It was impressively taut for its day, which allowed BMW to fit E28s with a forgiving suspension — one that didn’t sacrifice handling or ride quality. Despite the car’s low-tech beginnings, the E28 has proved itself a reliable runner during the past 39 years. The inline-6 engines can run hot and are tightly wedged into the chassis. These cramped and high-heat quarters can wreak havoc on electrical systems. Nevertheless, parts are still widely available through BMW and some aftermarket companies, so the cars remain reasonably affordable to maintain. With that baseline established, let’s inspect the Bronze Beige Metallic ’88 535i that fetched $38,080 on Amelia Island. The right touch of evil It is said to be a heavily documented multiple-con- cours award winner featured in Bimmer magazine. It is also reported to have lived in California until 2014. Since then, it’s lived in both Ohio and Georgia, where it was owned by a pair of BMW CCA members. Four-door cars have never been quite as collectible as coupes, which I never quite understood. So I am glad to see that a 4-door anything piqued the interest of enthusiasts. It’s clearly a nice example with an M steering wheel, European bumpers that incorporate the M5 front valence and chin spoiler, and European headlights complete with headlight wipers — an option of which I am especially fond. I’ve compelled myself to conclude that even the car of choice of mean stepfathers (the kind of guy I have always pictured owning an E28) in the 1980s can become a desirable collector car. Even in beige, this 535i looks a bit wicked, in a cool and calculating way. It’s not as diabolic as, say, a Lamborghini. But the E28 definitely has a touch of evil. I can respect it for that. But is it worth $38,080? Despite its lackluster color, I am forced to say yes. I’m making myself say yes. ♦ Nick Jaynes started writing for SCM a couple of years ago. His passion for cars and adventure shows through in all of his stories. Years produced: 1985–88 Number produced: 10,252 (U.S. market 535i) Original list price: $36,900 Current SCM Median Valuation: $38,080 (this car) Transmission: 5-speed manual Chassis # location: On left-hand side of dash near windshield Engine # location: On block next to left-hand engine mount Club: BMW Car Club of America Web: www.bmwcca.org Alternatives: 1986–87 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16, 1983–86 Audi Quattro, 1985–89 Merkur XR4TI SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1987 BMW M6 coupe Lot 190, s/n WBAEE1408H560546 Condition 2+ 5-speed manual Sold at $82,397 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/5/2020 SCM# 6925465 Even in beige, this 535i looks a bit wicked, in a cool and calculating way. It’s not as diabolic as, say, a Lamborghini. But the E28 definitely has a touch of evil. I can respect it for that. 1988 BMW M6 coupe Lot 3040, s/n WBAEE1417J2560911 Condition 2+ 5-speed automatic Sold at $45,100 RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/29/2019 SCM# 6897950 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth 2.5-16 Lot 16, s/n WDBZ010361F6112472 Condition 3+ 5-speed manual Sold at $71,238 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 10/15/2017 SCM# 6852298 June 2020 69


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Next Gen Market Moment 2002 BMW M5 Former owners of this analog car are now in the market looking for an encore experience Photos by Ben Bertucci, ©2020 Courtesy of Gooding & Company Sold at $62,720 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL March 6, 2020, Lot 26 Chassis number: WBSDE93402CF91563 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ O ver the past several years, we have seen BMW E39 M5 cars steadily rising in value. The price increase is valid and justified for many reasons — these are great cars to own, drive and enjoy. The E39 represents the end of an era and the dawn of a new day. At the turn of the millennium, these V8 cars made plenty of power, had a 6-speed manual transmission and offered a very modern driving experience. Today, the E39 M5 represents BMW’s zenith of modern analog super sedans. Our subject car The BMW M5 at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island Auction had plenty going for it. This M5 was a one-owner, European-delivery car that lived most of its life in Miami. It was lightly used, showing fewer than 22,000 miles. The fastidious BMW experts at Enthusiast Auto Group in Ohio fully sorted the car before the auction. A sample of the long punch list of work included a comprehensive mechanical baseline reset, several common E39 M5 age-related component updates, new tires, and paint correction with ceramic coating. In summary, Gooding Lot 26 was a high-quality one-owner car in 2+ condition. 2002 cars are the sweet spot BMW E39 M5 production ceased in May of 2003, with total North American production reaching 9,992 cars. Fewer than 4,000 examples were made for the U.S. market in model years 2002 and 2003. Later-production 2002 models have mechanical advantages over the 2000 and 2001 vintages. The 2002 models have important engine upgrades, which equate to better reliability and lower cost of ownership. The early-2000s production M5s had low-friction piston rings that gave the engine more horsepower but increased oil blow-by, causing more carbon buildup. Earlier-series cars also had variable valve-timing-system issues, which were later updated. The 2002 and 2003 models are technically 70 superior cars with desirable engine improvements. For these reasons, most enthusiasts “in the know” gravitate towards later-series cars. Color counts with a BMW Our subject car is painted in Titanium Silver with black leather. This color combination is attractive, but it is also the most common E39 M5 color. While the paint on this example is desirable, almost one-quarter of total E39 M5 production wore Titanium Silver livery. Interestingly, more than 60% of E39 M5 production left the factory in Titanium Silver, Jet Black or Carbon Black. Recent auction and private-sale data suggest that desirable and low- production colors such as Imola Red, Chiaretto Red or LeMans Blue tend to bring a hefty premium of up to 20%. What is attractive about this particular car is that it has high enough mileage that it can be driven and enjoyed — yet the mileage was low enough to appeal to many buyers. A fun drive Eric Keller, founder of Enthusiast Auto Group, said, “The E39 M5 is the most drivable performance M-car of its era. With four doors, it’s truly the Swiss Army knife of M-cars. The E39 M5 is the best blend of an analog experience along with modern performance — in sedan form. The car provides a tangible driving experience that is highly rewarding for the driver, and when properly vetted, is a reliable car. It’s also the last BMW performance sedan that utilizes a traditional metal ignition key and an oil dipstick.” Keller also said the majority of current E39 M5 buyers are previous owners of this coveted model. These individuals either turned their M5 in when the lease expired back in the day or they sold the car after a few years. Now they are back for more. Today, supply of investment-grade examples is limited, and values are trending up. Even Kenn Sparks, the retired head of U.S. Corporate Communications and spokesperson for BMW North America, has an Enthusiast Auto Group-sourced E39 M5 in his garage. This is quite a statement about the M5’s desirability and historical significance given that Kenn can fit only two cars in his garage. Gooding’s Lot 26 was a market-correct outcome. In Imola Red or LeMans Blue, our subject car would have easily broken $70,000. Ironically, as of this writing, Lot 26 is currently listed on eBay for $79,888. We will eagerly follow the result of that online auction. — Philip Richter Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Rising Sun Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars That are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles by Brian Baker 1971 Datsun 240Z #29039. S/N HLS3028680. 62k indicated miles. “Replacement 2.4-liter inline 6, 4-speed manual transmission, dark green over black vinyl, reupholstered seats, 15-inch Konig wheels, MSA exhaust system, adjustable coil-overs.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $21,500. Bring a Trailer, 3/16/2020. Brian’s take: The developing coronavirus pandemic could well push down prices of mass-produced collectible cars. Datsun built a LOT of 240Z cars. This 240Z is a great driver. It has a fresh repaint and rust repair, adjustable coil-overs and an aftermarket exhaust. The car has some perfectly fine upgrades while also being in very nice shape. So why did it fall short of $30k–$40k? The coronavirus probably knocked down much of the demand for this car. The auction ended on the day we hit almost 5,000 cases in the United States. Had this been a few weeks earlier, it could have brought more, so the buyer got a good deal here. Well bought. 1996 Honda Civic del Sol VTEC #29332. S/N JHMEG2171TS000136. 126,000 miles. “1.6-liter DOHC inline 4, 5-speed manual transmission, green over black cloth, Photos courtesy of Bringatrailor.com removable roof panel, power rear window.” Condition: 2+. SOLD AT $8,000. Bring a Trailer, 3/23/2020. Brian’s take: The Honda Civic del Sol is a 2-seater convertible that was only offered in the Civic’s fifth generation. It is actually considered a third-gen CRX in other parts of the world, but I think renaming the car in the U.S. market fits the transformation to the convertible. Within Honda circles, the del Sol is, well, okay, but it is not as desir- able as a hatchback or coupe of the same generation. This car has the best features the del Sol offered. The higher trim level VTEC in this year came with the B16A3 DOHC VTEC engine, producing 160 hp and 118 ft-lb of torque. While these are not very exciting numbers to most people, in the Honda world it beats the base-model D15B7 with 102 hp and 98 ft-lb of torque. I still feel like EG (fifth-generation) Civics will become collectible someday soon, and this is one of the best Civic del Sols you could get. This car is well sold and bought for now. 1995 Toyota Supra #29147. S/N JT2JA82J8S0023799. 15,000 miles. “Twin- turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6, 6-speed manual transmission, limitedslip differential, black over black leather, timing belt replaced in February 2020, factory 17-inch wheels, removable Sport Roof panel.” Condition: 1. SOLD AT $126,000. Bring a Trailer, 3/18/2020. Brian’s take: Even a fast-moving global pandemic can’t crush en- thusiasm when a desirable car — in very rare condition — comes to auction. While this sale didn’t set a new record for an MK4 Supra, it does confirm that good examples of this car are top-notch collectibles. This sale also affirms that mileage, transmission and originality play a big role in price. A similar car (Lot 29108) — but with a 4-speed automatic, 86k miles and some aftermarket parts — sold a day earlier for $37,000. If you are looking for a driver, look for a cheaper car with higher mileage. Our subject car, with great equipment and low, low miles, is solidly a collector. I consider it well sold. ♦ 72 Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $35.7m RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL p. 100 $21.6m Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL p. 80 $20.8m Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL p. 120 A trio of rare Bugattis awaits new homes at Bonhams’ auction on Amelia Island, FL Photo by Chad Taylor 74 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview A Last Weekend of Normalcy Amelia Island took place, but it’s anybody’s guess when we’ll get back to big auctions before an audience of bidders Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) by Chad Tyson W 1. 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport roadster, $7,100,000— Bonhams, FL, p. 90 2. 1907 Renault Type AI roadster, $3,332,500—Bonhams, FL, p. 88 3. 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe, $2,782,500—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 108 4. 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost Torpédo phaeton, $2,205,000 —Gooding & Co., FL, p. 122 5. 1938 Bugatti Type 57 cabriolet, $1,655,000—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 102 6. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/Lusso coupe, $1,600,000—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 108 7. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder, $1,475,000—Bonhams, FL, p. 95 8. 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S coupe, $1,435,000—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 132 9. 1976 Porsche 934 coupe, $1,380,000—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 126 10. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II cabriolet, $1,352,500—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 106 Best Buys e know what happened after everyone left Amelia Island, FL. Over the next week, the country began shutting down in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. If things had broken one week earlier, we might have very little to discuss in these pages — certainly nothing on the level of consignments from Amelia Island. However, the timing worked out for the sales and concours on Florida’s northernmost barrier island. Crowds arrived, checkbooks opened and cars sat parked on grass. It was an overall drop of 2%, $79,479,588 in 2019 to $78,099,320 this year, with Bonhams, Gooding & Company and RM Sotheby’s setting up shop this year. Not bad after losing 25% of the sales from the previous year. A funny little aside in all of this? Each one of these three auctions reported an increase from last year — a moderate and respectable 3% increase. Remember, Russo and Steele canceled their 2020 Amelia Island auction. Each of the sales had highs and lows, but none of the auctioneers can say they had a bad day on the block. Bonhams topped all the sales with a Jean Bugattidesigned Type 55 Super Sport roadster that sold at $7.1m — and probably offset any hard feelings about their 81% sell-through rate. Gooding and RM Sotheby’s both had sell rates of 93%. A general trend I noted was the relative affordability of the lots — the aforementioned Type 55 notwithstanding — and a heavy emphasis on “relative.” Part of that is chalked up to more no-reserve offerings, to be certain, but I also think that the auction companies are moving towards cars that people are going to drive and enjoy. Gooding’s average car price came in at $250k — it’s never been that affordable on the Island, as the closest was a $255k average in 2011. RM Sotheby’s averaged $262k, which was their lowest since $221k in 2012. Bonhams, now six years in on their Amelia sales, saw their sold cars averaging $230k. Sure, each company still sold numerous low-mile concours lawn ornaments, but instead of about 30 bluechippers for each sale, it was 30 between them. I feel that extra emphasis was put on bringing in cars that can be used as intended — and not as concours queens. Where we go from here is anyone’s best guess. Although this is the June issue, I’m writing this in early April. Based on the current news and cancellations of sports, concerts and other large public gatherings through June and July, I’m doubtful we’ll be back to any sense of normal for a while longer. Whatever happens next, as long as you’re still out there buying and selling collector cars, we’ll still bring you all the auction action — and more — from around the world. ♦ Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Bonhams Amelia Island, FL March 5, 2020 Amelia Island, FL March 6–7, 2020 Gooding & Company Amelia Island, FL March 6, 2020 $0 $10m $20m $20.8m $30m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts RM Sotheby’s $21.6m $35.7m $40m 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500k Cabriolet A, $362,500—Bonhams, FL, p. 90 76 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE cabriolet, $103,600—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 123 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I open two-seater, $89,600—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 102 1937 Talbot-Lago T23 cabriolet, $250,000—RM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 102 1971 BMW Bavaria sedan, $11,200—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 124 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold Buy Mercedes-Benz cars from factory tuners, sell what you don’t love and hold what you love dearly by Paul Hardiman Buy: W126/W124 and later tuner Mercedes-Benz cars, especially “factory” cars, such as AMG As esteemed SCMer Pierre Hedary has recently noted, these fast- but-practical classics are looking too cheap for their collector value, although that might be because the market has been slightly flooded from RM Sotheby’s sale of the Youngtimer Collection. In the six months up to February, the handful that went through auction looked cheap compared with where they are likely heading, such as the 1991 300CE AMG 3.4 at $124k profiled last month. Mr. Hedary’s prediction that they are due a rise may be put on hold by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, and that has likely extended the window of flat inflation, which is good for buyers, if not sellers. See also E85 BMW Z4 cars (2003–08), which have a wide range of variants. Some of those variants, such as the pre-M Alpina Roadster S, are looking underpriced. Sell: Everything you can — if you fear a long, worldwide recession Cars to sell are Vintage (pre-1931) and Post-Vintage thoroughbred cars, which become less fashionable as their demographic of mostly older owners fall off their perches. “WO” Bentleys stay in the hands of their keepers for long terms, so most owners are unbothered by fluctuations in the market, but if you need to get out of one, do it soon, especially as the weather turns fair. Even nice 3 Litres have dipped below £200k/$250k, 4½s are passing £300k/$350k (downwards), and pretty soon it’s going to be a buyer’s market. Alvis, Lagonda and Frazer Nash cars, marques that tend to stay in long-term ownership, are softening. We have — for at least a few months — been denied the opportunity to see what some of the world’s most collectible Bugattis would fetch with the postponing of Gooding & Company’s first London sale on April 1. Hold: Hang onto cars you cherish, including yardstick classics Daytonas and Dinos wax and wane with the seasons, just as they al- ways have, and both have been in one of their periodic downward slides anyway, so any further losses over the next year or so will eventually be recouped if you can just hang on to them for long enough. Long-hood Porsche 911s will take longer to recover, as they’ve been overpriced for too many years: Twice the price of a Dino for an RS 2.7 does not rationally compute. “Pagoda” Mercedes appear to have softened slightly. With mostly the smaller-engined 250s at auction recently, no-sale cars have been more the norm than low sales, so perhaps owners of more-desirable later 280s (and early manual 230s) are already deciding to hold for a while. There’s always an outlier and, notably, DB5 prices are looking remarkably resilient — but just about all other Astons have shifted down a notch. ♦ 78 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL The Amelia Island Sale It took a while to sell, but the $7.1m Type 55 Bugatti topped all Amelia Island sales this year Company Bonhams Date March 5, 2020 Location Amelia Island, FL Auctioneers Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered 94/116 Sales rate 81% Sales total $21,587,740 High sale 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport roadster, sold at $7,100,000 Buyer’s premium Sales king of the island: 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport roadster, sold for $7,100,000 12% on first $250k; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz, Larry Trepel and Jeff Trepel Intro by Mark Moskowitz Market opinions in italics S ome might have referred to the character of the annual Bonhams auction at Amelia as that of a lesser player on the North Florida scene. It occupies a Wednesday–Thursday space taking place well before the full complement of Amelia Concours attendees have arrived. And it might have been termed a survivor, as three Amelia auctions have fallen by the wayside; the most recent was was Russo and Steele, who took this year off but vows to return in 2021. This year, Bonhams emerged from the March auction fest on solid ground, as the best single-day totals from the three major houses were nearly the same. It seemed a classic Bonhams sale. British motorcars were in abundance. There was a smattering of interesting racers, and pre-war cars occupied one-third of the car-auction slots. And nearly a third of those were built during or prior to 1910. A fabulous 1907 Renault, one of an estimated 11 prepared for William K. Vanderbilt in racer trim, sold for $3,332,500. It now resides in the Audrain Museum in Rhode Island. Executive Director Dave de Muzio, aware that no available evidence confirmed a race history, was proud of the purchase, sharing that the Renault “was part of the Willie K legacy and thus important to Newport and to the Audrain Museum, which records its history.” 80 Despite great hype, a well-preserved and -presented C-type Jaguar failed to sell despite a bid of $5.4 million. It had neither the racing provenance nor the history of famed chauffeurs that had driven other examples to loftier bids. It was bittersweet to see an important part of the Dean Edmonds legacy cross the $10m $15m $20m $25m $5m $0 auction block. A classic car guy, an SCCA racer and incidentally my college physics professor, Edmonds claimed that the importance of his given name, “Dean,” in a university setting was only a coincidence. Dr. Edmonds had a great eye and had amassed a fabulous collection. His Aston Martin DB4, stunning in Sage Green and outfitted from the factory as a sleeper with GT performance parts but not the GT’s lightweight body, seemed a favorable buy at $725,500. The real star car was Edmonds’ Bugatti Sales Totals 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Type 55, an extremely well-documented car originally ordered by Victor Rothschild, and presently considered one of the best examples of the 14 Jean Bugatti-designed roadsters. Offers came in from around the globe. The bidding was slow but ever upward. As the pauses lengthened and the tension rose, auctioneer Rupert Banner injected humor: “We’ve got the tent ’til Sunday.” The final sale price was $7,100,000. Bonhams’ auction totals have steadily risen over the past four years. I suspect they’ll keep their time slot. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH #127-1931 INVICTA 4½ LITRE S-type Low-Chassis Sports tourer. S/N S102. Eng. # 12371. Green/tan canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 1,652 miles. This Vanden Plas-bodied open sports tourer has been in the Edmonds Collection since 1982. Last restored from 1991 to ’94, it was a class winner at Pebble. Excellent paint, but a bit shiny for my taste. Some wear on polished fender guards. Finish of windshield trim shows some deterioration. Interior looks fairly fresh, although there are a few seat wrinkles and preserved gauges. Restored engine compartment is tidy and proper. Cond: 2. to drophead coupe if desired. Candidate for expensive full restoration, but still an elegant driver-quality Phantom II to enjoy on the road as-is. Just find some wheel covers, and make it a drophead again. #133-1948 JAGUAR MK IV drophead coupe. S/N 611056. Black/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 4,419 miles. 3.5-L I6, 4-sp. One of only 12 Mk IVs with non-factory coachbuilt bodies. Beautiful deep black paint and equally nice plating, outstanding door shut. Magnificent Lucas headlamps, but turn signals look like a recent (and smart) add-on. Inside, the dash wood is superb, and the gorgeous tan leather has just a couple of small stains here and there. Convertible top also has a few random grease stains. Almost perfect underhood. Despite a blemish here and there, a truly stunning vehicle. Cond: 1-. leather suspension straps, etc. The top is gone and the windscreens delaminated. I would call this an average hot rod rather than a preserved or pampered period piece, and thus sold appropriately for a discounted price. SOLD AT $852,000. These luxury and performance tourers were among the classier cars of their day. Most carried coachwork by Carbodies, which makes this one rare. Tattier examples have been sold for $100k–$600k more. Its glossy paint made it look less “classic” and more modern, but I doubt that would hold back knowledgeable buyers. Well bought. #147-1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental drophead coupe. S/N 67GX. Eng. # FF15. White/blue cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 35,502 miles. Coachwork by Carlton Carriage Co. Restoration done in the 1960s, shown at Pebble Beach in 1971. After 50 years, still holding up well. Paint retains luster, but some crackling and wear, as one would expect. Driver’s door fit off. Chrome wire wheels all fine. Interior still inviting; some wear in the seats, wood and dash. Steering wheel a bit rough. Engine compartment still appears good, very tidy overall. Underbody shows some use; exhaust system has corrosion. Full toolkit and lovely trunk carrier. Cond: 3. #142-1952 JAGUAR C-TYPE roadster. S/N XKC014. Eng. # E-1014-8. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 6,358 km. 3.4-L I6, 4-sp. Early in the run of 54 racing C-types, one of which conquered Le Mans in its 1951 debut. This one once exceeded 134 mph on the sands of Daytona Beach but had no significant competition history. Well presented, with few chips in smooth paint. Interior proper, with mild wear of leather seats and proper instrumentation. Loss of finish on exhaust and a few other engine-bay parts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $196,000. Prior to WWII, Swiss coachbuilder Langenthal was licensed to build bodies using the Kellner cabriolet-top design. They built a few more such cars after the war, and are still in business today building truck bodies. In 1948, Langenthal built at least two Jaguar Mk IV DHCs, this car and another with a pontoon-fendered body and a complex, Bristol-like front end. The convertible top folds into a typically Germanic giant stack, which looks comical today. A unique and fascinating car, but perhaps too obscure to be on the radar of most collectors. Just offered at Bonhams Scottsdale 2020, where it was a nosale at $220,000 (SCM# 6919260). Reruns prove unsuccessful as usual, as the hammer price here was $45,000 lower (not including the premium). A spectacular deal for the buyer. #146-1951 ALLARD K2 roadster. S/N SOLD AT $201,600. First owned by several Brits, then imported to U.S. in the ’60s; originally had wheel covers and no bumpers—more dashing, in my view. Long ago, the full convertible top was altered to keep rear section rigid; converted from drophead coupe to sedanca. All the rear linkage still in place but blocked off, so could easily be converted back 82 K1845. White/burgundy leather. Odo: 51,787 miles. 303-ci V8, auto. Shiny white paint with some cracks and chips on left side. Polished aluminum trim shows age. No bumpers, just vertical bumperettes. Chromed instead of polished aluminum hood vents. Marchal lights in front; ribbed taillights. Burgundy seats display pleasant patina, and dashboard and gauges are appropriate. Cracked Bluemels wheel. No top. Olds V8 carried by unique front support and topped by air cleaner with fender badge. Leather suspension-retention straps cut off. Zip ties on wires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $73,920. Neither the description nor a check with the register can prove the originality of the Oldsmobile or Hydra-Matic transmission. Along the way, a number of shortcuts have been taken, including placement of rubber spring inserts, use of bumperettes, trimming of NOT SOLD AT $5,400,000. This car changed hands in 2006 for $1,512,500 (SCM# 1565389). A lightweight C-type built specifically to tackle Le Mans in 1953 sold for $13.2 million in 2015; it finished 4th. A club racer driven by Phil Hill changed hands for $5.3 million in 2017. Another C-type with Le Mans provenance changed hands in Monaco for $8.1 million in 2016. Bonhams estimated $6.5 to $7.5 million. I can only narrow the worth of this one to be between $5m–$8m. It is a discretionary purchase, and one can find rarer, more important cars for less. #163-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN1 custom roadster. S/N BN1L222089. Black/black leather. Odo: 24,803 miles. 215-ci V8, 5-sp. Long-term modified restoration. Original aluminum body, carefully repainted in black. Bumpers removed, lowered, modified suspension with disc brakes, Halibrandstyle wheels. Interior kept fairly original, with race-style seats and belts, matching door panels. Dash has a few modern instruments mixed with original speedo/odo. Buick-Rover 215-ci Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL aluminum V8 with dual carbs and sidepipes, putting out 350 hp. Appears to have been driven, not just stored. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,400. I feel many resto-mods are overdone, but here the consignor did a brilliant job of combining major mechanical and subtle styling changes. Lowered, perfect color, simple sidepipes, one trunk badge left intact, standard chrome grille stands out. Interior kept simple and stock-looking. No high headrests, big center console, CD-stereo or digital instruments. My only nitpick is the chromed alternator. Likely drives as good as it looks; if so, then well bought. #111-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-4 BN2 Le Mans-Spec roadster. S/N BN2L230869. Eng. # 1B230869. Healey Blue/blue leather. Odo: 6,249 km. 2.7-L I4, 4-sp. This BN2 “may have been modified (to Le Mans spec) by the Donald Healey Works.” Never fully disassembled; in 2019 it received “a mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment.” Paint is faded, cracked and blistered. Multiple small scratches and dents on side. Trim heavily scratched, including chrome around passenger’s compartment. Replaced Speedster-like seats and nice carpet; dangling ammeter. Top frame sans top. Appears to be restored radiator, but rest of engine bay and block peeling; mostly correct bits. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $75,040. Owned for many years by Hollywood actor Richard Anderson (“The Six Million Dollar Man” as Oscar Goldman, etc.), who apparently drove it almost daily, which is good. I suppose this once-magnificent Bentley could be preserved and maintained as an original driver, but to me it has passed patina and is on the road to decrepit. But could be a rewarding project. Offered at Bonhams 2019 Quail Lodge auction with a reserve, but was a no-sale at $110,000 versus a wildly optimistic estimate of $150k–$200k (SCM# 6908800). That bid looks good now. Offered here at no reserve and sold at $50k below the revised low estimate. I think this price was appropriate for the condition. NOT SOLD AT $69,000. The Heritage Trust Certificate which accompanied this car is typically issued by the British Motor Museum and does not require inspection. Long and short, this BN2 at some point was converted to Le Mans spec. While I believe this represents original color, I am not certain whether all paint is original. I am not sure where to draw the line between patina, preservation and ignored deterioration. A Condition 2 Le Mans spec can command more than twice this bid; a 3- BN2 deserves less than this bid. #107-1958 BENTLEY S1 Continental Flying Spur sedan. S/N BC22LEL. Velvet Green/black leather. Odo: 82,999 miles. 4.9-L I6, auto. Likely original Flying Spur with expensive needs. Foremost is the paint that is cracking and bubbling all over; also heavily water-spotted, probably permanently. Right front door reluctant to latch. Most seals perished or previously gooped. Chrome mostly tarnished including wheel covers. Inside, leather is thoroughly cracked. An optimist might say it could be reconditioned. Wood probably could be rubbed down and varnished. Correct factory air; no word on whether it (or anything else) works. Engine compartment not seen, but appears like a well-used car in catalog photo. Cond: 4+. 84 NOT SOLD AT $295,000. An amendment to the catalog description noted that the optional and desirable Bristol engine (based on the pre-war BMW 328 engine) was period correct but not numbers matching. Kudos to Bonhams for that disclosure. This car also appeared at Mecum Monterey 2019, where it garnered a high bid of $300,000 (SCM# 6909078), falling short of reserve. When you’ve taken your car to both Monterey and Amelia Island and the high bids were within $5,000 of each other, then the market may be telling you something. #160-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 coupe. S/N S847017. Eng. # VA2162-8. Cotswold Blue/gray leather. Odo: 5 miles. 3.8-L I6, 4-sp. #149-1958 AC ACE Bristol roadster. S/N BEX1019. Princess Blue Metallic/blue leather. Odo: 10 miles. 2.0-L I6, 4-sp. Exciting AC beautifully restored in 2017 by British Auto Restorations of Roanoke, VA. Hard to find a flaw anywhere; paint and interior probably better than new. Caps on body behind driver’s seat suggest that a roll bar was fitted at one time, and indeed a roll bar comes with the car, along with competition seat belts, a factoryoptional racing radiator cowl, original toolkit, tonneau cover and more. No competition history presented, however. Avon tires presumably accompanied the restoration. Fitted with overdrive. Cond: 1. Lovely XK 150 restored since 2017. Very little to quibble with here. Right door seems reluctant to latch, probably because of new gaskets. But the driver’s door gasket is falling off. Otherwise, panel fit, paint, glass and chrome all done to an admirably high standard. Chrome wire wheels fitted, but comes with original painted wires, which, as a former XK 150 owner, I might prefer. Near-flawless interior, with mild tarnishing to the spokes of the Moto-Lita wheel (original wheel also included). Engine compartment and undercarriage look almost new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $79,520. Well-documented and characterful XK 150 3.8 coupe completed at Coventry in October 1960, toward the end of XK 150 production. Speedometer evidently reset to zero upon restoration, a practice I have never understood (unless it is broken). No one is going to think the car really has five miles on it, so why erase its history? Sold just at the low estimate, $15k above the SCM Pocket Price Guide median. Well deserved for the quality of the car. #110-1961 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS78909L. Silverstone Grey/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 33,304 miles. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Was, according to catalog, “reconditioned” at some unspecified point in “more recent times.” This appears to have included exhaust, brake and clutch work, plus new leather seat covers and carpeting. Older Silverstone Grey paint with rough spots; older chrome with some hazing. Dark red leather seats indeed do look newer and are inviting. Dash leather obviously older, with nice patina. Clear instruments. Engine compartment and convertible top not inspected, but tonneau cover could be original. A nice driver. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,160. Here, one of the lowest-priced cars in a nice neighborhood. Sold for the amazingly low price of $9,900 at Bonhams Greenwich 2017 (SCM# 6839971), so I tend to think the reconditioning took place Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL subsequent to that sale. The TR3A is the only Triumph to show a meaningful increase in median value in the SCM price guide. This car sold for at least $5k less than I expected. I might have designated it a “Best Buy” candidate, except that I think the trajectory of most Triumphs will continue to be flat to down. For now, well bought and fun. #129-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV coupe. S/N DB4836L. Eng. # 370203GT. Sage Green/Fawn leather. Odo: 48,395 miles. 3.7-L I6, 4-sp. An unusual Aston Martin—a DB4 non-lightweight body with the performance upgrades of a GT, including the Weber twin-spark engine. Numerous special options including overdrive, Marchal fog lamps, GT instrument panel and more. Very nice paint; upper door fit hampered by ill-fitting rubber. Seats show use. Loss of finish on wire looms, and some of engine-bay paint worn away. Cond: 2-. #113-1965 LOTUS SEVEN S2 roadster. S/N SB2088. Green/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 41,525 miles. 1.5-L I4, 4-sp. Raced and damaged during the ’60s, this Seven was restored over a nine-year period and has been campaigned in vintage events over the past 25 years. Shiny green paint with a few chips and scratches but no cracks. Frame in front of right firewall has all-important stamp. Suspension appropriate, and no leaks from articulation point affixed to differential; no obvious stress cracks. Engine compartment clean and neat, as is interior. Multiple participation plates on dash. Wobblies. Cond: 2-. Driven only 7,235 miles. Partially restored under Edmonds’ ownership in 2004 with mechanical renovations, new top and carpet and a full repaint in original Opalescent Maroon. Some observers feel that the paint is “too metallic.” Perhaps, but I think it looks great. Edmonds left the original seats as-is, which results in a slight condition mismatch with the other restored components. Fitted with a Nardi steering wheel. With JDHT certificate, of SOLD AT $29,120. This one-owner Lotus seemed to have been well maintained and kept in the spirit of its 1965 origins. It carried a pre-crossflow Kent four with dual sidedraft Webers, thus fitting the definition of a Super Seven. Never a high-dollar car, the Seven has been appreciating as of late, and this one was well bought. SOLD AT $725,500. A gently used—not abused—Aston Martin priced much higher than a standard DB4 coupe and lower than a GT. Apparently seven left-hand-drive versions of this sleeper were delivered. Rarity and performance in a stunning motorcar. The buyer should be pleased. #124-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I open two-seater. S/N 1E15634. Eng. # 7E13500-9. Opalescent Maroon/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 7,235 miles. 4.2-L I6, 4-sp. Purchased new by Dean Edmonds, who picked it up at the port personally and drove it to his dealer for delivery prep. Try that today! course. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $146,720. Apparently one of the first open-headlight as well as one of the last triple-carb E-types. Sold just below low estimate. Given that this was a onedevoted-owner car with very low mileage, in splendid condition and with a great livery, I thought this beautiful E-type might bring another $20k–$30k. The E-type market is down a bit, but well bought nonetheless. #203-1968 MCLAREN M6B racer. S/N M6B50. Eng. # LG500-271. Orange/black cloth. RHD. Fuel-injected 6.0-L V8, 5-sp. This McLaren was built from a spare tub, the remains of a wrecked race car and assorted period parts. Well presented in McLaren Orange, with rare chips in paint and signs of careful use. Cockpit and engine compartment neat and updated for vintage racing. Multiple stickers and documentation suggest recent vintage-race use and the expectation that it is ready for further competition. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. Although painted in team colors, this Papaya Orange McLaren was never a team car. M6Bs were customer cars. Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme achieved success with M6As but had moved on to M8As when these were offered. They were field fillers, and this one, though it had parts from a period racer, is best described as a bitsa. Though this was a legendary era, its backfield cars do not commonly sell over $200k. The $250k–$300k estimate was too high. #156-1968 MARCOS 1500GT coupe. S/N 5134. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 25,387 miles. 1.5-L I4, 4-sp. Complete restoration at one time. Body panels good, but disappointing metallic silver paintwork with abundant overspray (including on tires) and inconsistency. Glass and rear plexiglass in good shape with fresh gaskets, and all lenses and hood badge appear good. Interior very nice; excel- 86 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL lent wood showing just a few minor flaws, sporty Lotus Europa-style fixed seats with adjustable pedals. Engine bay largely impressive, but a few small, rusty hardware pieces. and near-new Bentley coupe at this auction, with under 12,000 miles. One apparent touchup on the front bumper, and the hood appears to be a little up at the left front—probably requires only an adjustment. Slight visible wear to the driver’s seat bolsters. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. If you associate the name “Brooklands” with a series of boxy-butelegant Bentley saloons of the ’90s, this series FRENCH Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,600. Rarely seen ’60s British sports car with wooden frame and fiberglass body. Appears very good at first, but hard to account for careless paintwork. Sale price put this at upper end of market value, but I consider almost any Marcos a bit underpriced. Has earlier 85-hp, 1.5-L engine and not the later 3.0-L V6, but does have a wooden frame, adding some panache compared to later conventional steel frames. Beautiful and rare, sold well below $50k–$60k estimate, so I’ll call it well bought. #112-2000 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R Mulliner Wide-Body coupe. S/N SCBZB26E8YCX63302. Silver Tempest/Portland leather. Odo: 41,451 miles. Turbocharged 6.8-L V8, auto. Striking Continental R in wellpreserved, although not perfect, condition. Both doors out a little, curiously. Very nice paint overall, with mild evidence of paintwork near the junction of the left front fender and left door. Indeed, the extensive history file confirms body and paintwork in that area in 2018, apparently resulting from a minor fender bender. Good-looking leather, possibly recently treated. Excellent wood, especially on the dash. Some hand wear to steering wheel and shifter. Wheels are free of curb rash. #159-1907 RENAULT TYPE AI roadster. S/N 8938. Eng. # 225. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 17,284 miles. Coachwork by Renault Frères. Owned by the Indianapolis Speedway Museum for 60 years, acquired a few years ago by consignor, then underwent complete restoration. Superbly done, likely the original platform, and many original components still intact. Body, engine, instruments, controls, all appear impeccable. Tires show actual use at Pebble Beach rally event. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,332,500. This Vanderbilt racer was one of perhaps 11 cars ordered by Willie K. Vanderbilt for fellow enthusiasts with names such as Guggenheim, TOP 10 No. 2 is a very exclusive, less well-known coupe version of the Bentley Arnage. About 550 units were produced from late 2007 into 2011 (about the same number as the perhaps spiritually similar Rolls-Royce Camargue). While the exterior design is a bit Cruella DeVille for me, it is no doubt a very impressive automobile, and its interior is beyond sublime. I found two low-mileage equivalents priced at exactly the high bid here, and one higher-mileage car for about $20,000 less. I think the consignor should have considered this bid, rather than taking it to another auction. #189-2014 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT3-R coupe. S/N SCBFS8Z83F-C048102. Glacier White/black & green leather. Odo: 12,594 miles. Turbocharged 4.0-L V8, auto. Almost a new car, with the tiniest of blemishes outside such as slight discoloration on the rear spoiler and one chip up front. “Comfort”-spec multi-adjustable seats in the pristine black interior, with slightly edgy green leather accents. Green brake calipers complete the package. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $152,320. The “R” Whitney and Dodge. Unlike the 13-liter Renault AK race car (first Grand Prix winner in 1906), the smaller AI engine was more suitable for both street use and the many Northeast race events starting at this time. Five examples remain, and four of them, including our subject car, appeared together at Pebble Beach in 2017. Last one sold publicly was at Gooding’s Otis Chandler auction in 2006, for $1.1m. This Vanderbilt racer was highly anticipated, and after much suspense was sold to the Audrain Museum in Newport, RI, a fitting home because of Newport’s connection to Willie K. Vanderbilt. #137-1925 BUGATTI TYPE 30 Sports Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,120. Only 131 “Wide Body” cars (flared fenders) built. A Bentley factory show car (Frankfurt, Pebble Beach and Vancouver) built during the waning days of pre-VW ownership. Moderate mileage shows that it has been driven sufficiently, yet it appears in fine condition. Offered at no reserve and sold for about $18k below low estimate, but about $12k above the price-guide median. Better than a median car, so buyer received a good value with potential for future appreciation. #193-2009 BENTLEY BROOKLANDS coupe. S/N SCBCC41NX9CX13797. Blue Sapphire/Saddle leather. Odo: 11,995 miles. Turbocharged 6.8-L V8, auto. Another rare 88 in GT3-R stands for “road.” Supposedly, this is Bentley’s road version of its successful Blancpain Racing Series GT3 racer. Of course, there are vast differences between any contemporary race car and its road-going equivalent, but with 592 horsepower, the GT3R is more than fierce enough. This car is number 54 of 99 for the U.S.(and about 300 for the world). Owned in California and New Jersey. Sold close to high estimate. In my view, Bentley hasn’t built anything this exciting since the Blue Train. If the new owner can restrain himself and keep the mileage moderate, I think the collectibility of the GT3-R can only increase. tourer. S/N 4725. Eng. # 418. Yellow/black cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 11,576 km. Mix of dated and recent—or perhaps just littleused—restoration work. Paint appearance mixed: no crackling, nicely done in some areas, but sloppy in others. Fender paint appears fine, but black wheels poorly done. Tires have moderate cracking. Interior door wood and dash are nicely done, with some appealing patina. Seats and door linings redone but mediocre; steering wheel refinished. Recent top cloth, wood frame may be original and appears in good condition. Engine compartment acceptable, engine is a work of art in itself. Underbody shows little use, with rough paint on some components. Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL NOT SOLD AT $320,000. While not the most legendary Bugatti model, the Type 30 is quite striking in person, more so than in photographs. Too much of a mix in restoration quality to be a top concours contender, but would be a fine candidate to drive without stone-chip fear. Apparently not driven much in recent years, as it has just a few more kilometers than it did at RM Sotheby’s in Amelia 2016. A nosale then at $400k (SCM# 6799362), and here unsold with lower high bid. #125-1928 BUGATTI TYPE 44 cabrio- let. S/N 44857. Yellow & black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 58,440 km. Coachwork by F. Gerber. Smooth paint apparently redone more recently; I found a photo dated 1998 in which the car is olive green (and an undated photo during William Harrah’s ownership appeared in auction catalog). Body in excellent shape overall. Brightwork including radiator, headlights and windshield frame quite dull or tarnished, but okay for a driver. Inside, seat appears to also have been redone recently. Dash components have more patina. Engine is classic Ettore Bugatti. Upon lifting the hood, there was a noticeable eau du varnish. The car drove across the block under its own power, but attention to the fuel system might be in order. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,100,000. Long-term ownership, the coveted original coachwork, a careful restoration and lots of documentation characterized this prize. All it lacked was a serious competition history. The oft-referenced auction-record Type 55, sold for $10,400,000 in 2016 (SCM# 6804286), had been chauffeured by Achille Varzi in the 1932 Mille Miglia. A Figoni-bodied 55 recently sold for $5,061,380 in Paris, and Gooding recorded a $4,070,000 sale at Scottsdale in 2018. Bonhams gave a wide target with a $6.5m–$9.5m range. Although it spent a long time on the block, the Type 55 had no problem hitting it and sold appropriately. GERMAN BEST BUY #185-1934 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K Cabriolet A. S/N 123689. Eng. # 123689. British Racing Green/tan SOLD AT $335,000. Dean Edmonds’ “other” Bugatti, one he drove extensively. Originally bodied by Graber, but no photos are known of it in that form. Rebodied in this form by obscure Geneva coachbuilder F. Gerber in the mid-1930s. Described as a cabriolet rather than a roadster, I suppose because the top folds down under a rather advanced hard tonneau. At first, I thought the body was too plain or rudimentary, but the more I looked at it, the more I appreciated its simplicity as a touring sports car. However, no one would describe it as gorgeous. Sold just above the low estimate. The price appeared to be as expected, and represented a savings of $6.8 million compared to Edmonds’ more glamorous Type 55. #123-1932 BUGATTI TYPE 55 Super Sport roadster. S/N 55220. Eng. # 21. Red & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,720 km. Supercharged 2.3-L I8, 4-sp. One of 14 Type 55s sporting the roadster coachwork of Jean Bugatti and offered from the estate of Dean Edmonds. The professor had long sought the model, and learning of this example late, he canceled classes, boarded the Concorde and inspected and bought the car at auction in 1985. This car was reviewed by a recognized Bugatti restorer and expert and TOP 10 No. 1 90 leather. RHD. Odo: 7,134 miles. Coachwork by Mayfair Carriage Works. A mix of older restoration and more recent respray and perhaps some rechroming. Paintwork very good but not exceptional, with chrome windshield surround aging in spots; grille has coolant stains. Inside, seats dirty but not worn, steering wheel dull in spots, dash wood has two noticeable cracks. Engine condition good, some components showing rust, oil stains on chrome exhaust-pipe shields that exit hood. Underbody fairly clean. Matching, original-numbers chassis and engine. said to be highly original. Some of the alloy parts show mild effects of age, but all else was in excellent order. Excellent paint, an original interior and shiny engine compartment, with a bit of expected oil leakage. Cond: 2+. (SCM# 6891017), but later changed to a nosale. Now hammered here for just $325k, about half the low estimate. Even if it has some serious issues, an excellent deal for the buyer, and likely a painful loss for the consignor. #182-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 230N Cabriolet B. S/N 139756. Eng. # 171115. Black & claret/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 55,991 miles. Midrange Mercedes in Cabriolet B form (4-passenger and rear quarter windows). Magnificent, concours-level restoration by Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, so you know no expense was spared. Only flaw visible is a large scrape on the passenger’s side sill plate, possibly from door bottom rubbing against it, although door seems to open and close properly. Otherwise, perfection. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $168,000. A rare model anywhere, but ultra-rare in the U.S., bordering on unknown. As such, difficult to value, but Bonhams estimate of $160k–$200k turned out to be spot-on. In my opinion, well worth the price for the exceptional quality of the car and its restoration. One of the finest cars I saw at any of the Amelia Island auctions this year. #167-1944 VOLKSWAGEN KÜBELWA- GEN Type 82 utility. S/N 2029544. Sand/tan cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 2,365 miles. 1.1-L I4, 4-sp. From the Gerhard Schnuerer Collection. Well restored to condition suitable for WWII military vehicle. Body and paintwork holding up, authentic-looking markings. Some sheetmetal repair in rear corners evident. Lights, lenses, cloth top and frame all good. Interior has basic seat cushions; gauges and controls are a mix of conditions, but no work needed. Engine appears freshly restored. Wheels and unusual tires in fine shape. Tools such as shovels and pumps in place. Cond: 3+. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $362,500. Rare 500K, purportedly shipped to England as a rolling chassis; current Mayfair aluminum and steel body installed short time later. According to SCM Platinum Auction Database, purchased at RM Sotheby’s Monterey in 2014 for $825k (SCM# 6719997). Then a no-sale at Bonhams Amelia in 2015 with high bid of $850k (SCM# 6773297). Then initially reported sold for $830k at Bonhams Scottsdale in January 2019 SOLD AT $58,240. Sobering to look at, the Kübelwagen was the inspiration for the VW 181, known of course as the Thing in the U.S. Originally built as a military transporter for West Germany, became a fun ride for Americans in the ’70s, something that always Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL seemed a bit odd to me. Excellent Things now sell into the $30k range (with an “Acapulco Edition” recently going for $50k at Gooding), so I thought the $30k–$40k estimate was modest, as this was the genuine item. Sold with commission at almost double the low estimate. Fairly bought and sold, but not a fun toy to take to the beach. #176-1945 NSU KETTENKRAD SD.KFZ.2 utility. S/N 118033. Sand/black leather. MHD. Odo: 2,996 miles. 1.5-L I4, 3-sp. From the Gerhard Schnuerer Collection. Complete and running, with headlight housing and rear seat the only noticeable replacement parts. Repainted at one time, but Schnuerer then stripped the paint to original finish as now displayed. Much surface corrosion, but not really a rostlaube (rustbucket). Top speed stated as 50 mph. With a large turn of the handlebars, the track brakes join in, same method as in a tank. Twin large gas tanks on each side of driver—surely not comforting in wartime, or anytime, for that matter. Cond: 4-. in leather. Seats and interior superb overall, heavy-duty seat belts installed. Engine and transmission stated as rebuilt in 2015, along with new wiring harness. Original Euro headlights much more stylish than American sealed beams. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,028,000. An auction staple, 300SL convertibles are now as desirable as Gullwings. Values fairly steady in past few years. This was the most valuable lot in the Gerhard Schnuerer Collection. The excellent restoration is starting to see just a touch of aging, and I struggled over whether it deserved a 2+ or 1-. With just a few easily remedied flaws, I decided that taken as a whole its concours-worthy condition deserves more than a 2+. Fairly bought and sold. #135-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412019017. Eng. # 13098312012474. Grey Beige/Grey Beige hard top/Chocolate MB-Tex. Odo: 2,970 miles. Fuel-injected 2.8-L I6, auto. Excellent panel fit, except trunk lid a bit high on right, probably accounting for small amount of water in trunk under the mat (no rust, though). Swage lines between grille and headlights present, as are the barely visible underhood rivets. Outstanding paint and nice chrome. Light scratches on windshield surround, which seems common on Pagodas, including a 230SL I owned, and I have never understood why. Interior excellent overall; damage to passenger’s side window crank finish one of very few flaws. Neat and clean underhood, although cam cover is over-polished. Hankook whitewalls have lots of tread. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $168,000. Quite amazing piece of history to watch blitzing around the auction site. Distinctive German design made this a unique WWII transporter, and patina works well here to lend it authenticity. Bidding went on to the bitter end, neither side wanting to surrender. Bonhams and Mecum have sold three of these Kettenkrads in the past few years, with prices ranging from $63k to $99k. But this example displayed much more originality, and sold for over twice the amount of the high estimate. #180-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980428500284. Eng. # 1989808500283. Fire Brigade Red/cream cloth/tan leather. Odo: 52,223 km. Fuel-injected 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Top-tier restoration done in early 2000s. Holding up as well as one would expect, with some mild signs of age. A bit of swirl marks in paint, chip below door, mark on windshield chrome, and a small tear rebuilt. Condition supports 11k on odometer as accurate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $96,320. I looked carefully for flaws, or evidence of bodywork or respray, and came up emptyhanded. Amazing in all respects. Porsche 911s from 1976 are not highly sought after by collectors, due to first impact bumpers, modest 165 hp, and ubiquitous engine problems. But the bumpers, heresy in ’76, appear more acceptable now, and recent engine work likely addressed problems. Sold well above high estimate. Other examples with more mileage and wear have sold in the $50k–$70k range. Call it a fair deal. #115-1988 PORSCHE 944 Turbo Cup racer. S/N WP0AA0050JN165082. Yellow, white & blue/black cloth. Odo: 8,369 miles. Turbocharged 2.5-L I4, 5-sp. Raced in Canadian Rothmans Porsche Turbo Cup series in 1988–89. Factory modifications include fiberglass hood, roll cage, steering ratio, brakes, boosted turbo and other upgrades. Passed to next owner and entered in a race series with different livery. Sold again in the mid-’90s, restored back to original Rothmans colors. Typical flaws from race use, but also aging present, with some surface rust on engine components and magnesium wheels pitted. Interior fairly stock and in very good condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $89,600. Paul Bracq’s timeless lines look especially elegant in DB726 Grey Beige. An appealing, restored, driver-quality, U.S.-market 280SL and a class winner at a 2018 Mercedes Club meet. Sold just below low estimate; might have brought a few thousand more two or three years ago. Indeed, it sold for $100,000 at The Finest 2017 Boca Raton auction (SCM# 6827613). Then, three months later, it inexplicably sold for a mere $71,500 at Bonhams Greenwich 2017 (SCM # 6839960). Back to normal here, with a price fair to both parties. #157-1976 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 9116201094. Black/black leather. Odo: 11,562 miles. Fuel-injected 2.7-L H6, 5-sp. Stunning time-capsule appearance. Paint, bodywork and trim all appear devoid of wear, scuffs and aging. New Fuchs wheels with tires. Interior in matching as-new condition, with minor evidence that someone sat in the driver’s seat. Engine just removed and serviced, but not 92 SOLD AT $52,640. Unusual semi-historic Porsche 944. Condition displayed good and bad points. The older repaint was very well done and faithful to original, but some might have preferred actual battle-scarred original paint that was lost. Appeared to run well, but bidders may have feared much work might be needed to take to next level. Prime attraction was a true race car with history that is also fully street legal. You can’t drive your 917 to a PCA event but can hop in this factory-prepared 944 Turbo and drive it there flat-out. Fairly bought and sold. #109-1994 BMW 850 CSI coupe. S/N WBSEG932XRCD00140. Orient Blue/black leather. Odo: 71,935 miles. Fuel-injected 5.4-L V12, 6-sp. Gleaming, superb appearance. Body flawless, paint excellent. Some repair Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL work on front end, appears very well done. Interior mostly excellent and well detailed, minor flaws on console wood and slight wear on driver’s seat. Underbody excellent and clean, better than expected considering mileage. Cond: 1-. #183-2007 MERCEDES-BENZ E320 Bluetec Rally Car sedan. S/N WDBUF22XX7B035258. Georgian Silver/gray leather. Odo: 31,066 miles. Turbocharged 3.0-L V6, auto. One of 36 Mercedes E-class diesels that participated in five-stage Paris-toBeijing promotional rally. Only a few were Bluetecs. The wrap, which bears the label of Team USA, displays well on the sides but has deteriorated on trunk and hood. Scratches on headlight lenses. Scrape on right front fender, but panels including lightweight hood, trunk and front fenders are straight. Curb damage on front wheels. Woodgrain finish on interior not scratched. Driver’s left bolster worn. Dirty radiator. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $68,320. Long one of BMW’s leastdesirable coupes, both when released and as a collectible, the wonderfully styled E31 has come back from the bargain-basement price level. Still a very affordable classic, but repairs can be shockingly unaffordable. The 850 CSi sits above all other E31 8-series, both for rarity and higher performance level. The MSport V12 engine badge adds to its cachet, putting out a still-respectable 377 hp. This was a fine example but does not have timecapsule low mileage. I saw many younger collectors inspecting this 850 CSi, and while it hammered well below the $90k–$130k estimate, it still seems an impressive amount of money for an E31, so I’d call it fairly bought and sold. #188-2001 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N WBAEJ13451AH60573. Silver/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 2,329 miles. Fuelinjected 4.9-L V8, 6-sp. Low-mileage Z8 in most common Titanium Silver color. Panels and especially hood lines are straight. Paint seems more thick on right front fender. Front headlight covers clear. Rear neons not tested. Interior pristine, with leather appliqué on dash adherent and unscathed seat frames. Clean engine compartment. Strut towers seem undamaged. No Performance Package (struttower support) added. Shod with Bridgestones. Complete with all factory accessories including coffee-table book and hard top. Cond: 1-. simple, this Siata can easily brought to #1 condition. Add a full windscreen, a top frame and canvas, and you have an all-purpose tourer with a great history. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 7 #153-1967 FERRARI 330 GTS Spyder. S/N 9791. Eng. # 9791. Oro Chiaro/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 50,959 miles. 4.0-L V12, 5-sp. Spectacular 330 GTS ready for the concours field or some very memorable drives. Paint, chrome, leather, rubber and everything else is of superb quality and workmanship, as befits a Cavallino Classic Platinum award winner (2013). Ferrari Classiche certified (2012). The only minor flaw I can find on this car is that the glovebox door appears to be out of alignment. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $12,320. Mercedes claimed the only mods were to the ride height. An Internet search of 2007 Bluetecs revealed 26 for sale for four figures, but all had six-figure mileages. A few thousand dollars more brought this bidder a bit of a story and the expectation of lots of trouble-free miles. Not much upside for sure, but well bought just the same. ITALIAN #154-1952 SIATA 300BC Spider. S/N 427BC. Red/black leather. Odo: 9,870 miles. 1.1-L I4, 4-sp. Once the property of Walter Kern and believed to be the car raced in 1954 Northeastern SCCA events, this Siata was restored 30 years ago, then raced, and then converted to street use. Original Cisitalia has been replaced with a similarly sized Fiat engine. Older paint thin enough to be a bare-metal respray covers most of the body. Paint is thicker on the supposedly original scooped hood. Interior and engine compartment show signs of careful use. Seat leather excellent. Fuel cell in rear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,475,000. A very rare Ferrari even by 1967 standards, with only 100 built, compared to 600 330 GTCs. Original U.S. delivery. RM Sotheby’s sold s/n 9781 for $1,710,000 at Arizona in January. That 330 GTS had a slightly newer restoration, similar mileage and both had excellent colors. This car has been at least three colors. In my view, the current Oro Chiaro complements the car beautifully, but just the fact of two color changes perhaps suppressed bidding a bit. Both of these Condition 1- cars sold for hundreds of thousands less than the 2020 priceguide median of $2,012,500, so I can only conclude that the market is continuing to gradually decline and that no longer is the median. #150-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 13989. Eng. # 13989GT. Red/tan. Odo: 15,675 miles. 4.4-L V12, 5-sp. Some cracks in paint, with excess putty in left rear swage line. Seemingly reupholstered, non-headrest seats are heavily worn, with loss of finish. Interior chrome heavily pitted; aged wood has separated. Five-star wheels have curb rash. Possibly original green paint seen in engine compartment. Crackle finish on engine covers seems SOLD AT $181,000. There’s a divide among buyers: Would you like your car driven regularly during the two decades prior to purchase or used sparingly? With their proclivity to bend their aluminum frames, one feels a bit safer with a low-mileage example of a Z8. One can purchase the strut-tower supports and use soft tires if the damage has not been done. This one appeared well cared for and right, and a wise buyer snapped it up at a fair price for both bidder and seller. 94 SOLD AT $170,000. One oddity was the placement of the carburetors with their soft, narrow air cleaners nearly flush with hood and eccentric to air flow. Siatas powered by smaller Crosley powerplants have sold for over $300,000. While all but the greatest Italians have retreated, there is still room for appreciation here. Small and mechanically atypical. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $172,480. Excellent examples of these larger and relatively comfortable 4-seaters sell routinely in $200k– $300k dollar range. There’s been a retreat, but not by this much. This tired car had needs and was appropriately, if not well, sold. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL #117-1971 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNLMO2259. White/black vinyl. Odo: 29,977 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-sp. Very original example with mostly original paint, but some respray in front trunk area. Rear bumper pitted, front bumper fine, so I assume it was replaced or rechromed. Small dents and paint chips here and there. Some corrosion on lower seams and underneath. Minimal chrome trim, all in decent condition. Wheels appear fairly good. Inside, seats show no tears, dash has a few spots of warpage, and door covers are a bit worn. Steering-wheel center cover damaged. Engine recently out for head work, new clutch and coolant pipes. The iconic upswept rear exhaust has some surface corrosion. 1984 Massachusetts inspection #212-1990 FERRARI MONDIAL T cab- riolet. S/N ZFFFK33A1L0086306. White/black canvas/white leather. Odo: 17,927 miles. Fuel-injected 3.4-L V8, 5-sp. No obvious dents, and gaps okay, but rear vent fins broken. Paint drips on right rear and a few paint scrapes. Shrunken rubber trim between windows on right has left a gap. Exterior top fabric satisfactory, with single stain causing fade; top liner has deteriorated dramatically. Heavily worn white leather with loss of finish. Switches not sticky. Carpets aged. Engine compartment more neat and preserved than rest of car. Cond: 3. #187-1907 AMERICAN 50HP Under- slung roadster. S/N 1402. Eng. # 1402. Red/black leather. RHD. miles. Remarkably advanced, early American “sport car” fully restored in the 1960s. Significant mechanical work done and restoration refreshed since about 2013. Paint starting to chap on hood and fenders. Radiator, headlamps and other brass parts just patinated enough. The trunk is an actual trunk. Electric start added. Modern reproduction wheels added for more reliable and comfortable touring; original wheels come with car. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,200,000. Well-known car used by American Underslung sticker on windshield is a nice touch. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $62,720. Many Panteras have been restored without focus on originality, and an unmolested original one is rare indeed. Despite low mileage, this example appeared tired in some respects, evidently enough to have lost some appeal, as bidders brought it up to a fair but not outstanding price. #197-1974 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N 07658. Red/black vinyl hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 45,729 km. 2.4-L V6, 5-sp. Repaint and interior work done in early 2000s. No major flaws, but not as immaculate as we’ve come to expect of Ferraris, even Dinos. Vent-window catch missing, stereo speaker wires showing on floor, wrong hose clamps, incorrect-color dash top, and sloppy trim gaskets here and there. Seats redone, good but not outstanding. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,880. The rarity of white on white did not help this Mondial, perhaps the least-expensive Ferrari convertible out there. While the T cabriolet was the most evolved of the Mondials, they are not terribly fun to drive at speed. As of late, sub-$40k exchanges are the norm. This went in the mid-$20k zone. I cannot blame its late-in-the-day appearance, nor can I say there were not a great number of Ferraristi in the audience—there were. Presentation doomed this car. AMERICAN #161-1904 KNOX 16/18HP Tudor 5-passenger tourer. S/N 312. Green/black fabric/black leather. Stately, large, well-powered Veteran car with a history of at least five appearances in the London to Brighton run. I have inspected this car at two previous auctions, and it seems a bit better each time. Shiny green paint with a few cracks. Excellent brass and presentable leather. Wood top needs restoration, but canvas top complements the enthusiast F.C. Deemer and his wife on their 1908 honeymoon, as documented by sensational period photos in the catalog. During the honeymoon, it was parked in a barn that caught fire, so Deemer rushed to Indianapolis to buy another one. He eventually bought four Americans including the honeymoon car, all of which he stored and were “discovered” by early motoring enthusiast Walter Seeley in the 1960s. Seeley presented Deemer’s son with the restored honeymoon car at the 1968 AACA Hershey Meet. Last sold at the 2014 Bonhams’ Simeone Museum sale for $1.43m (SCM# 6711823). In this case I think the consignor is right to hold out for a higher price for this superb artifact. #213-1929 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 125 coupe. S/N 2005556. Eng. # A7301. Mint green & black/black leather/beige cloth. Odo: 14 miles. Older restoration, showing some age, but still in attractive condition overall. Paint has luster and no crackling, while chrome mostly fine. Paint on wheels a bit flat; hubcaps have some dents and peeling paint. SOLD AT $268,800. One of eight cars from the Oldenburg Collection, under their ownership since 2006. Zero records were available for inspection, surely not helpful when selling a Ferrari. Not the Dino for someone looking for a Cavallino Classic Award, but if mechanically sorted, a great driver to thrill the masses at Cars & Coffee, where incorrect hose clamps matter less. Of course, that is a big “but if.” Still, somewhat well bought. 96 presentation. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $230,000. Eighty years ago, this car powered farm implements. Multiple improvements have powered it through seven auction appearances in the SCM Platinum Auction Database. Certainly a great car with the power (16 hp) and reliability to make its sixth appearance in the London to Brighton run a pleasure. The Knox sold for $292,600 in 2017 (SCM# 6827727) and $252,000 in 2019 (SCM# 6897366). On both occasions, concern about the unlikelihood of upside was expressed. No-sale this time at $230,000. Windshield has cracked chrome surround. Some outside screws and fasteners rusted. Front bumper has a minor flaw. Interior still quite nice—dash, door panels and wood all appear good. Engine appearance not up to level of the rest of the car. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Appealing PierceArrow needs mostly minor work to take care of visible flaws. Sold at RM Hershey in 2013 for $72,250 (SCM# 6540402), showing 87,000 miles on the aging odometer. Sold again at RM Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Amelia Island, FL Auctions Ft. Lauderdale in 2018 for $63,250 (SCM# 6869745), with new odometer but appears no other items addressed. Only 14 miles on odometer, so very little use since. Owner should consider attending to the minor flaws, as it is a buyer’s market for cars of this era, and minor items can make a difference. #134-1931 CADILLAC 452A convert- ible. S/N 72921. Eng. # 702807. Gray & black/tan cloth/light beige cloth & gray leather. Odo: 53,877 miles. Excellent recent restoration. Numbers-matching chassis and engine, with largely original “Coach Sill” Fleetwood body, a style that features a curved carriage-style line in the body above the running boards. Flawless on the inside as well, with wonderfully detailed interior. Striking, well-detailed V16 engine, and matching quality underneath. Cond: 1. and Chrysler Imperials of the same vintage. The livery is oh-so-1970s. I would like to see it in a more appealing authentic color combination. Yes, the high bid here was rather light, but the clientele for these is dwindling, and I foresee only a limited chance of materially improving on that bid. #144-1937 LINCOLN MODEL K road- ster. S/N K8193. Burgundy/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 93,104 miles. Coachwork by LeBaron. Preservation piece that appears stately from a distance. Paint is heavily chipped and cracked. Bubbling on trunk. Door fit off on both sides. Bumpers appear to have been refurbished. Grille is straight. Dashboard heavily chipped. Gauges show age. Modern heat shield below carpet. Leather seat seams separated. Rips in rumble seat. Engine compartment a bit dirty. Cond: 3-. plants. Even with a market retreat, this was nowhere near the right price for this convertible. The owner was wise to wait for another day. #216-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S103012. Eng. # 4103012 F0927RE. Riverside Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 57,459 miles. 327-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. L76 or 4-bbl, not fuel injection; model was subjected to a frame-off restoration at an unspecified date. Shiny lacquer paint with rare chips and some overspray on windshield trim. Rechromed bumper has small dents. New wheels. Vinyl top with clear rear window; small rip in webbing. Seats creased but not ripped or heavily worn. Some loss of finish on console, cracked vinyl in front of shifter on dash. Gauge edges chipped. Neat and appropriate engine bay. Aftermarket discs. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,360. This ’Vette, NOT SOLD AT $580,000. In 2019, Bonhams’ highest Amelia sale was a 1930 Cadillac 452A roadster, hammered at $1,075,000, almost twice the high bid as this year’s 452A. Very similar cars in body, mechanicals, and condition, but the roadster, with just 10 made, is more rare than the convertible. Conversely, there were considerably fewer 452As produced in 1931 than in 1930, so in this case modeltype rarity far outweighs model-year rarity in dollar value. With an estimate of $700k– $900k, it may have been close to selling, but consignor decided it was worth another try. #143-1931 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 42 Dual-Cowl Sport phaeton. S/N 1025047. Tan & claret/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 64,369 miles. A well-maintained restoration dating back to the dark ages, 1974, when it also was an AACA National First Prize Winner. Time marches on, so there is a bit of paint bubbling at the cowl, some pitting of the pot-metal parts and some dull cast parts. Inside, the leather seats are nicely settled in, and the steering wheel, dash and carpet are all fine. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. A mid-range Pierce in a relatively exotic open-body style, although still a bit staid compared to Cadillacs, Cords NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Most likely the LeBaron coachwork came at the request of the manufacturer rather than an individual, and thus is one of 15 rather than one of one. A CCCA-eligible convertible with a coachbuilt body was once a sure bet. As the population and the cars age, average and slightly above examples are valued less. It was sold at Dragone (SCM# 6787188) in 2015 for $99,000. Although preservation is “in,” this car has needs, putting an appropriate bid somewhere between the above number and that of 2015. #140-1957 DUAL-GHIA CONVERT- IBLE. S/N 150. Blue/blue canvas/blue & white leather. Odo: 11,045 miles. 3,670-cc I6, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely restored with a television heritage, as it was in the ’92 mini-series “Sinatra.” Great paint. Chrome on door discolored. Top very good. Very mild interior leather wear. Seat rocks a little. Mild pitting interior chrome. Power windows. Detailed, clean restored engine bay. Dual four-barrels. Atypical dark blue paint with some drips and runs on firewall. Upgraded disc brakes. Cond: 2. the second-to-last auction offering, presented better than description suggests. The changes from stock are appropriate. An SCM B-grade collectible, these cars are accessible, as are their parts. Prices, while gradually rising as of late, are not subject to wild swings. Fairly bought and sold with little downside risk. #119-1967 MEYERS MANX roadster. S/N 117358054. Eng. # T0629RB. Orange/ black vinyl. RHD. 2.7-L H6, 4-sp. The Steve McQueen “Thomas Crown Affair” dune buggy comes with a complete post-movie history, and retains its customized body and many of its original parts. The floor pan and the Corvair engine have been replaced. The latter now sports aluminum heads and appears covered with chrome, as was the original. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $220,000. This Dual-Ghia presents well and seems to have been used sparingly. Not sold at Mecum Phoenix (SCM# 6904765) in 2019 at a bid of $300,000. Among the “it” cars are those with Italian styling and big, easy-to-maintain American V8 power- 98 SOLD AT $456,000. Obviously, we are not pricing a totally restored, customized dune buggy, but a piece of movie history. It is not only associated with Steve McQueen, whose legend may or may not be waning, but is a star in its own right, having climbed the dunes of Cape Cod, with Faye Dunaway in the right seat, in a memorable movie moment. One of multiple Herbie the Love Bugs received $129k at auction. This is at least 3.5 times as cool. (See profile, p. 64.) © Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL Amelia Island 2020 A 1,700-mile 2003 Ferrari Enzo from the Lingenfelter Collection topped the sales chart at $2,782,500 Company RM Sotheby’s Date March 6–7, 2020 Location Amelia Island, FL Auctioneers Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered 136/146 Sales rate 93% Sales total $35,726,500 High sale 2003 Ferrari Enzo, sold at $2,782,500 Buyer’s premium 12% on first $250k; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices The star of the show and the top seller — 2003 Ferrari Enzo coupe, sold at $2,782,500 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics cloud of uncertainty, as recent auctions have not been robust and there was a degree of concern regarding the coronavirus scare. Bidders cast all this aside, as RM Sotheby’s had the strongest results of any auction house during the week, with 93% of the cars offered finding new homes. The explanation was rather straightforward: They R had varied and robust offerings with realistic reserves that appealed to a wide variety of interests. The vehicles ranged from a well-restored 1904 Creators Popcorn wagon, which sold for a surprising $156,800, to a 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. It had never been raced and was the 82nd of only 200 produced. In as-delivered condition, it realized $527,500. The Ferrari Enzo was not only the highest-selling car, but also the highest expected bid. At $2,782,500, it was well sold, but undoubtedly worth the premium for its mileage and condition. There were, of course, several surprises on both sides of the ledger, as auctions are never totally predictable. Cute little wicker-seat Fiat Jollies frequently appear at 100 M Sotheby’s returned to the Ritz Carlton at Amelia Island for their 22nd annual sale in conjunction with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The auction took place under a auction and predictably sell for around $70,000. The one offered here blew the doors off of the price-guide estimates, selling for an amazing $151,200. Now, I doubt if we will see that figure again anytime soon, but owners can dream. On the other hand, a very well-presented 1947 Town & Country sedan that was fin- $20m $30m $40m $50m $60m $70m $10m $0 ished in Sumac Red and fitted with some unusual options could only garner $67,200. Two years ago, it sold for a touch over $100k, and in 2011, it had changed hands for $140,000. A 1948 Town & Country convertible in a rather unpleasant shade of Noel Green also sold for $67,200, so this segment of the market is not faring well. American CCCA Full Classics were out in Sales Totals 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 force, with 18 crossing the block. All but one found a new home. Included were two special Duesenbergs. The 1930 Model J convertible coupe was once owned by underworld figure Jake “The Barber” Factor. It went on to more respectable ownership, spending years in the S. Ray Miller Collection. The other, a Model J with coachwork by Rollston, spent five decades with the Atwell family in Texas. Both were properly sold for over a million dollars. The cars RM Sotheby’s offered covered the waterfront, and the auction house was rewarded with a most successful sale in rather difficult times. Here’s hoping the trend continues. ♦ Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH #267-1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP Silver Ghost torpedo phaeton. S/N 2018. Eng. # 15G. Black/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,067 km. Rebodied in 1991 in the style of Barker; based on original design drawings. Also upgraded engine with new pistons and larger carburetor. Power steering added. With wicker trunk and unusual horn on front fender. Red leather seating in good order. An elegant presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $58,800. The 20HP Rolls-Royce is not known for on-the-road performance but as a fun around-town driver. Attractive styling that is well known in Rolls-Royce circles. Acquired for a reasonable price. SOLD AT $582,500. In the Rolls-Royce world, a rebody is not an issue as it is in some other circles. This was well done and has been well maintained. Price paid was about right, so all should be pleased. The Silver Ghost group is active, so there is lots to do, if so inclined. #226-1925 BENTLEY 3 LITRE Speed Model tourer. S/N 1108. Green/tan leather. RHD. Coachwork by Vanden Plas. An authentic Speed Model with original chassis and coachwork. Part of Nagler Collection since 1975. The Speed Model wore a distinctive red radiator badge. Restored shortly after acquisition and properly maintained since. Leather seating in good order and paint with a few minor issues as a result of extensive use. Offered with complete history file. Cond: 3+. #134-1952 ALLARD J2X roadster. S/N J2X3062. Red/tan leather. Odo: 41,511 miles. 331-ci V8, 3-sp. The brainchild of Sydney Allard, who combined a lightweight British body with American power under the bonnet. This example powered by Cadillac V8 with six Stromberg 97s. Stated to produce at least 255 horsepower. Has Lincoln-Zephyr transmission. Recently updated with tan leather seating. Respray in 2010 that is still very presentable. Cond: 2+. since. Received new leather interior in 1985. A very respectable driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $89,600. Boy, this slipped through the cracks and sold for a song. Seller must be having a fit, but every transaction makes someone happy and this time it’s the buyer. Very well bought at 50 cents on the dollar. FRENCH #251-1927 BUGATTI TYPE 38A Grand Sport roadster. S/N 38470. Eng. # 209. Red/tan leather. RHD. One of only 39 factory supercharged Type 38 models produced. Body shortened in 1930s and engine replaced. Restored while part of John Rich Collection, with body returned to original configuration. Current owner installed reproduction blower and 12-volt plug under dash. Also electric fan and expansion tank. A reliable tour car. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $320,000. This was last seen at The Finest auction held in June 2016 in Hershey, PA, where it sold for $440,000 (SCM# 6800097). Seller not willing to settle for $100k less, but, with storied past, I wonder where he will get his number. SOLD AT $335,000. Allards are the Shelby Cobras of a decade earlier, and available at a fraction of the price. They’re becoming recognized for their prowess, and the values have been on the rise. Price paid here was well within reason, and all should be pleased. BEST BUY SOLD AT $335,000. A delightful 3 Litre Bentley that will be welcome at any and all RROC and Bentley Club events. Price paid was in line, so all should walk away pleased. Mrs. Nagler bid a tearful farewell to a 45-year companion. #227-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP cab- riolet. S/N GAJ37. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 74,962 km. Coachwork by Seegers et Sohn. A rather rare Rolls-Royce with German coachwork. Part of Nagler Collection since 1963 and has participated in numerous tours and other events. A very accurate restoration completed in mid-’60s. Used and maintained 102 #256-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I open two-seater. S/N 1E13832. Primrose/black canvas/beige leather. Odo: 91,267 miles. 4.2-L I6, 4-sp. Restored between 2006 and 2010 with a respray in the factory-correct shade of Primrose. Also new Dayton wires and new top. Participated in several events, with Best in Class at Santa Fe Concours. Body straight and solid with presentable paintwork. A very strong presentation. Cond: 2+. #237-1937 TALBOT-LAGO T23 cabriolet. S/N 93408. Midnight Blue/blue canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 33,400 km. Elegant coachwork designed by Figoni. Referred to as a “Baby Talbot” due to short wheelbase. Has Wilson pre-select transmission. An older restoration by Lecoq, with updated Figoni nose and bumpers. Appears well maintained. Paint retains good luster, and red leather seating is supple and crisp. Very nice wood trim. Cond: 1-. BEST BUY SOLD AT $250,000. This was last seen at the Dragone June 2016 auction, where it sold for $676,500 (SCM# 6803298). A far different story here, so seller either paid way too much in 2016 or buyer has a killer deal here. I think it’s a combination of both. Still, it is very well bought, and seller is still likely licking his wounds. TOP 10 No. 5 #241-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 cabriolet. S/N 57589. Maroon & black/black fabric/black leather. RHD. Odo: 79,476 km. The only three-seater built Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL by D’Ieteren. Has been altered over the years but retains original engine, chassis and body. Received a recent refurbishing that included a retrimmed top and interior. A respray in maroon and black. Has appeared at several major Interior woodwork a bit weak. One of the last attractive Delahaye designs prior to their departure from the business. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $240,800. Price paid was well below expectations and can be attributed to the unusual green—a bit of an acquired taste. Delightful automobiles to drive and triple carburetors a big plus. If the unusual livery is not an issue to the purchaser, and one assumes it isn’t, then call it very well bought. GERMAN concours. A striking Bugatti Type 57. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,655,000. Was sold at Bonhams’ Chantilly, FRA, September 2014 sale for $1,425,402 (SCM# 6786696). In a rather questionable market, this Bugatti sold for a strong but reasonable price. An exciting example that was properly sold and bought. #260-1939 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Stelvio cabriolet. S/N 57834. Black/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 22,425 km. Stelvio body with coachwork by Gangloff with supercharged 8-cylinder motor. A quality restoration performed in 2006 by Brian Joseph that has been properly maintained. Awards at major concours followed. Red leather seating with mild patina, and engine clean and tidy. A stunning presentation. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $290,000. This was last seen at Bonhams’ August 2018 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $520,000 (SCM# 6877323). Prior to that it sold for $707,957 at Bonhams’ September 2016 Chantilly sale (SCM# 6812307). A delightful German luxury motorcar, but it’s trending the wrong way. Seller facing an unattractive financial decision. #253-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL SOLD AT $797,000. A very desirable body style with potent supercharged motor. This Type 57C sold for today’s market-correct figure. No concerns here. #222-1949 DELAHAYE 135 M cabriolet. S/N 801355. Green/black fabric/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 61,872 km. 3.6-L I6, 3-sp. Coachwork by Chapron. A recent cosmetic restoration in 2016 with interior work and new plating. Equipped with desirable triple carbs, Cotel pre-select transmission and radio. Older respray in unusual light green shade. Roadster. S/N 1980427500397. Fire Engine Red/black fabric/tan leather. Odo: 4,822 miles. Fuel-injected 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. A U.S.-spec Roadster that won its class at Pebble in 1985. A recent respray to Fire Engine (Resale) Red and later rebuilt motor. Interior showing a bit of patina. Livery and brightwork in good order. The engine bay sparkles. A very limiteduse example. Cond: 2+. #275-1934 HORCH 780 B sport cabriolet. S/N 78380. Royal Blue/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 245 km. Coachwork by Gläser. One of only 83 780 Bs produced, but body lost along the way and sport cabriolet body attached. Also modern 5-speed Getrag installed. Gray leather seats with embroidered Horch logo. Elegant styling with stellar paint and brightwork. Driven few miles since restoration. Cond: 1-. hit. The bold livery and engine swap did not help. A decent buy, if you can get past the Fire Engine Red exterior. #242-1957 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Speed- ster. S/N 83301. Red/black canvas/black leatherette. Odo: 54,472 miles. 1.6-L I4, 4-sp. A recent comprehensive restoration that included a bare-metal respray and new, correct interior. Delivered with optional coupe seats rather than those intended for Speedster. Matching-numbers motor and gearbox. Engine highly detailed. As good as it gets. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $335,000. This was last seen at RM Auctions’ 2012 Monterey sale, where it realized $205,700 (SCM# 6744677). The market for quality Speedsters has heated up a bit in the past few years, and this is now the new market-correct pricing. Seller had his fun and ends up with some extra dollars when all is said and done. #283-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104210015341. Black/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 46,671 miles. 1.9-L I4, 4-sp. A comprehensive restoration of a low-miles, numbers-matching 190SL. Delivered to Paris with U.S. specs. Has seen limited use since restoration. Attractive black livery and tan seating in as-new condition. A very pleasing example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $106,400. This was last seen at Bonhams’ August 2018 Quail auction, where it realized $131,600 (SCM# 6878631). For a period, these were the flavor of the month, but the market has moved on and prices have returned to previous levels. What rapidly goes up comes down just as fast. New owner should be just fine and has a delightful 190SL. #272-1962 PORSCHE 356B 1600 Super SOLD AT $758,500. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2016 Hershey auction, where it realized $825,000 (SCM# 6804704), which was less than was expected. Driven a little over 700 miles since and the seller took a bit of a 104 roadster. S/N 89753. Black/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 71,223 miles. 1.6-L I4, 4-sp. Refurbished in mid-2000s with color-change respray. Was originally Oslo Blue over gray leather. One of only 248 twin-grilles produced. Retains the original 1600 S motor and optional reclining seats. Documented with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. A striking example. Cond: 1-. Sports Car Market


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Market Moment Ettore Bugatti’s Personal Pasta Machine Sold at $37,575 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, March 5, 2020, Lot 16 SOLD AT $280,000. This was last seen at Bonhams’ 2011 Carmel sale, where it realized $172,000 (SCM# 6765792). Prior to that it sold for $140,800 at Gooding’s 2004 Pebble Beach sale (SCM# 1567171). The Porsche market shows signs of slowing, but seller did just fine, as solid examples like this one still garner the attention and dollars. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 10 #243-1961 FERRARI 250 GT Series II cabriolet. S/N 2587. Grigio Fumo/tan leather. Odo: 56,308 miles. Courtesy of Bonhams T he Google machine tells me there are approximately 350 different types of pasta — with about four times as many names, because nationalism. That’s a lot of dough. Which brings me to the Bonhams Amelia Island sale, Lot 16, titled Ettore Bugatti’s Personal Pasta Machine. It sold for a cool $37,575, which, simply for the sake of symmetry, is also a lot of dough. We know Bugatti was a car designer at the top of his game, creat- ing elegant vehicles with beautiful machine work — and everything finished to a high level. Even the safety wire on the bolts was done with an artistic flourish. It turns out he was as meticulous at home, designing his own flat- ware, as well as being quite the gourmand. Legend has it this one-ofa-kind pasta machine was his solution to a crisis: His chef informed Bugatti the kitchen pasta machine was rotto, and it would be weeks before a replacement could get to his Alsace home. Bugatti did what anyone would do if they owned a high-quality manufacturing operation: He roughly designed his own replacement, then sent it off to the factory where his craftsmen executed it. They probably skipped lunch. As designs go, it’s not exactly groundbreaking, since all it does is squeeze dough through holes in the three available discs, but it does have the nice touch of a Bugatti Type 46 steering wheel to turn rather than some pedestrian crank. While you can now get a perfectly fine pasta press (with FIVE different discs!) for less than $20 delivered to your door, they lack the history, provenance and panache of ol’ Ettore’s, which fetched a somewhat higher price. And while you could buy a truckload of the $20 ver- sions for this kind of money, the Bugatti pasta press is the only one. It’s the Holy Grail of pasta. And being built by craftsmen at a high standard, it never broke, so Bugatti never made another one. So, while the rest of us on COVID-19 lockdown muddle along with our hand-cut noodles, or even, ugh, store-bought spaghetti, there is a lucky buyer in his peasant-proof car bunker cranking out three types of pasta the Bugatti way. Good on ya. But still, that’s a lot of dough. — Mark Wigginton 106 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $1,352,500. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2018 Monterey sale, where it realized $1,792,500 (SCM# 6878518). Seller realized the market has changed, took his licks and the money offered. On the other hand, the buyer has an amazing 250 GT at a now-market-correct price. #285-1962 FIAT JOLLY 600 roadster. S/N 100D1207724. Coral/coral & white canvas/wicker. Odo: 5,068 miles. 767-cc I4, 4-sp. First designed to be carried aboard a yacht and lowered over the side for local transportation. Wicker seats and surrey fringed top. Properly restored in attractive shade of coral. The perfect beach car or just fun running around town. Cond: 2+. 3.0-L V12, 4-sp. An exceptional restoration in original livery. One of only 200 Series II cabriolets produced. Equipped with overdrive transmission and complete tool roll. Recent work includes new top and exhaust. Offered with Ferrari Classiche certification. Numerous awards at national events including Pebble Beach and Cavallino. Cond: 1-.


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL SOLD AT $151,200. Wow, two bidders had to have this and blew the top off the record book. Sold for almost twice the high estimate. Any number of Jolly owners are now calling the auction companies to book a spot and catch the wave. I think this is an outlier sale and all will return to reason. TOP 10 No. 6 #236-1963 FERRARI 250 GT/L Lusso coupe. S/N 5183. Blue/beige leather. Odo: 22,057 km. 3.0-L V12, 5-sp. A recent two-year restoration by marque specialist. A two-time Platinum Cavallino Classic winner. Powered by Colombo V12 with outside plugs and four-wheel disc brakes. Over four decades of single ownership. Several restorations over the years. Low miles (km) are original. Complete with toolkit and manuals. A stunning example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $500,000. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s March 2017 Amelia sale, where it realized $264,400 (SCM# 6831908). Has received a comprehensive restoration since then at a considerable expensive, so doubt if there was much left on the table. New owner has a no-questions Iso that will be welcome most anywhere. A solid transaction. #249-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- SOLD AT $1,600,000. Price paid was a slight premium but limited use and spectacular quality of restoration make it all worthwhile. A most elegant design. A solid transaction that was fair to all. (See profile, p. 54.) #206-1968 FERVES RANGER utility. S/N FVS0428. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 24,673 km. 499-cc 2-cylinder, 4-sp. An Italian oddity that was designed by Carlo Ferrari. Engine from Fiat 500 and suspension from the 600. It was conceived as an off-road vehicle and about 600 were produced. Has a fold-down windscreen and is street legal. Yellow paint in acceptable condition. Cond: 2-. tona coupe. S/N 16109. Giallo Fly/black leather. Odo: 48,985 miles. 4.4-L V12, 5-sp. An older restoration (1990s) that has held up well. Received Platinum Award in 1998. A hint of orange peel to note on the side panels. Mouse hair on dash in good order. Delivered with air and power windows. Engine compartment clean and tidy. Complete with tool roll. A wonderful tour car. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,000,000. While few of these entered the U.S., they seem to show up with regularity and sell for a touch more than was offered here. Has the F40 market cooled? We won’t know until the next major auction. We will see if seller made a mistake in passing on the offer here or made a wise decision. Stay tuned. TOP 10 No. 3 #146-2003 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCW56A530132654. Red/red leather. Odo: 1,688 miles. Turbo- charged 6.0-L V12, 6-sp. One of only 399 produced, and upgraded with Tubi Extreme exhaust. Largest motor built by Ferrari since Can-Am cars of the ’70s. Body made up of carbon fiber and Kevlar panels. Driven fewer than 1,700 miles since new. Complete with tools, books/records and charger. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,782,500. Offered from the Ken Lingenfelter Collection. Was well sold at $250k over the SCM Pocket Price Guide market median, but also fairly bought, as it was in exceptional condition and had been properly maintained. The star of the show. SPANISH SOLD AT $500,000. This was last seen at Mecum’s Phoenix March 2019 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $575,000 (SCM# 6897909). Prior to that it was a Mecum frequent flier, with nine trips across the block, all with the same no-sale result. Seller accepted less here and—after fees, transportation, etc.—would have been far better off to have come to reason much earlier. Can you say “shopworn”? SOLD AT $42,000. Thought to be about 50 remaining. The perfect estate wagon or create some excitement at the next local show. Seems like a bunch for a weird automotive oddity, but two bidders thought otherwise. #254-1970 ISO GRIFO GL Series II coupe. S/N GL050336. Gray/tan leather. Odo: 67,560 km. 350-ci V8, 5-sp. The 1970 Turin Motor Show car. One of only 27 equipped with 5-speed ZF gearbox. Powered by Chevy 350. First Grifo to be equipped with covered headlamps. A long-nose Series II. Personal car of Piero Rivolta. Rides on Campagnolo alloys and has Becker Mexico radio. Cond: 1-. 108 #141-1992 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFMN34A3N0092978. Red/red Nomex. Odo: 12,759 miles. Turbocharged 2.9-L V8, 5-sp. One of only 22 examples that were built in 1992 and one of only 213 of all produced that were delivered to North America. Has air and catalytic converter. Equipped with twin HI turbochargers and Behr intercoolers. Has been well maintained with minimal signs of use. An early supercar. Cond: 1-. #221-1921 HISPANO-SUIZA H6B tourer. S/N 10150. Black/black leatherette/black leather. RHD. Odo: 45,942 km. First owned by Horace Dodge of Dodge brothers fame. Still has H.E.D. initials on door. Only three owners from new and mileage is original. Well preserved, with cracked and split seating. Paint as expected on unmolested motorcar. Award at Pebble in 2006. A wonderful surviving example. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $257,600. A delightful HispanoSuiza that sold for a market-correct number, even if it was more than $40k below the low estimate. Just hope the new owner leaves it as-is. An example of elegance from another era. AMERICAN #276-1912 OLDSMOBILE DEFENDER tourer. S/N 80155. Two-tone gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 21,978 miles. One of few known Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL survivors of the Oldsmobile Defender. Only 325 produced in 1912. The younger sibling to the 6-cylinder Limited and large 4-cylinder Autocrat. Received complete restoration in 2013 and has participated in numerous tours and events since. Wonderful tufted-leather seating and brightwork sparkles. Some signs of use, but very well maintained. Cond: 2. An older restoration from the Keith Crain Collection. Elaborate rear passenger’s compartment. Once in Otis Chandler’s collection. Has been well maintained, but paint has a few minor issues and leather seating not tight. An elegant design. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $802,500. Those who claim that the Full Classics are dead need to take a second look, as all is still well. Not as strong as 10 years back, but still lots of interest. This is a desirable design and has a strong following. Price paid was well within reason. Fairly well bought. SOLD AT $150,000. In an evolving market, the price paid here is the new market-correct price. A few years back and it’s a different story, but fair money all around today. Well bought and properly sold—although I doubt if the seller agrees, as it was let go $50k under low estimate. #261-1930 CADILLAC 452 sport pha- SOLD AT $140,000. A rather rare, “smaller” Oldsmobile that sold for a fair price. Will be a fun tour car and sure to attract attention when out and about. Fairly bought and properly sold. #229-1929 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT Series 645 sport phaeton. S/N 169917. Light blue/dark blue/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 63,664 miles. An iconic Packard with coachwork by Dietrich. Body is on 145-inch wheelbase with sidemounts, rear folding windshield and Pilot Rays. Very well-presented leather seating, with rear trunk. Restored almost 20 years back but still winning awards. Engine bay sparkles. Chrome sidemount covers a bit much. Delightful Packard from another era. Cond: 2. eton. S/N 702515. Bottle Green/tan canvas/green leather. Odo: 575 miles. Coachwork by Fleetwood. First year for the innovative V16-styled engine. Sport phaeton is essentially a dual cowl without the rear cowl and windshield. One of 85 built in 1930–31. #263-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J convertible. S/N 2167. Green/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 273 miles. Coachwork by Murphy. An older restoration that has held up rather well. Once owned by underworld figure Jake “the Barber” Factor. Motor from J-174 installed but retained the original bellhousing. Once part of S. Ray Miller Collection, where it won numerous awards. Known history from new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,132,500. This was last seen at the RM Auctions sale of the S. Ray Miller Collection in October of 2004, where it was sold to Keith Crain for $880,000 (SCM# 1560686). Sold here for a bit less than expected, but still a positive return for the seller. The Jake the Barber connection will provide many entertaining stories. A fair transaction. #238-1931 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT Series 845 convertible Victoria. S/N 84551. Maroon/black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 43,332 miles. One of two surviving 845 Deluxe Eights with convertible Victoria coachwork by Waterhouse. Only one with 1932 factory updates. The factory “kit” included radiator shell, bumpers and headlamps. Restored in 1993 by Don Sears, followed by Otis Chandler ownership. Numerous awards. Finished in unusual shade of Aubergine. Reunited with original fitted trunk luggage in 2004. Older restoration that still shows well. Cond: 2. 110 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL SOLD AT $401,000. This was last seen at Gooding’s sale of the Otis Chandler Collection in October 2006, where it realized $660,000 (SCM# 1568009), which was twice the high estimate. Sale here is more in line with market—although could have brought another $25k without question. A delightful Packard had for a reasonable price. #250-1932 DUESENBERG MODEL J Victoria coupe. S/N 2505. Eng. # J-490. Taupe & brown/brown leatherette/brown leather. Odo: 37,872 miles. A one-off Duesenberg with coachwork by Rollston. In the Atwell family for five decades. A recently installed top and pleated brown leather interior. Delightful wood trim on doors. Engine rebuilt by Brian Joseph. An elegant design with fixed-top Victoria styling. An unmolested example. Cond: 1-. Sports a majestic Lalique hood ornament, Pilot Ray driving lights and luggage-rack bumper. Delightful interior wood. Engine bay in good order. Has held up well, with strong presence. A wonderful Packard. Cond: 1-. ornament. Thought to be one of 12 remaining. An older restoration that still stands strong. Once owned by television star Ken Kercheval. Equipped with dual sidemounts, fog lights and rear trunk. Also golf-club compartment. The ultimate Packard for a CCCA CARavan. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $103,600. This was last seen at Auctions America’s December 2008 Raleigh, NC, auction, where, for some strange reason, it failed to sell when bid to $162,500 (SCM# 1642827). Price paid here was market correct, but the cool hood ornament pushes it into the good-buy category. #264-1940 PACKARD 180 convertible SOLD AT $280,000. The new owner should be more than pleased, as price paid was well within reason. An exciting body style that looks better with the top up, as it’s rather bulky with it down. Chalk this one up for the buyer. Well bought. #233-1938 LINCOLN ZEPHYR con- SOLD AT $1,325,000. Price paid was as expected. Duesenberg pricing has been a bit soft of late, but this bucked the trend. The unique coachwork and unaltered condition made the difference, and shows that quality still has a strong market. Well bought and properly sold. #246-1934 PACKARD TWELVE Series 1108 sport phaeton. S/N 13405229011. Blue/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 472 miles. A re-creation of the legendary LeBaron sport phaeton design—one of Packard’s finest creations. Four were built at a cost of $8,000, which was twice the price of a standard 1934 Packard. The design featured a taller radiator, false longer hood and sculptured pontoon fenders. Built by Fran Roxas in 1987 to extremely high standard. Maintained to high standard. Cond: 2+. vertible sedan. S/N 86H62727. Beetle Green/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 33,228 miles. A rather rare convertible sedan, as only 461 were produced. A V12 under the hood that can be troublesome if not properly cared for. An older restoration by famed Hibernia Restoration. Finished in Beetle Green, a one-yearonly color. Cycloptic dash. No obvious concerning issues to note. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $250,000. A very desirable senior Packard that is starting to unwind. Older restoration has held up for over 20 years, but time and use are taking their toll. Even so, price bid was light by at least 10%. Too desirable a car to let go for under the money. #282-1947 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- SOLD AT $50,400. This was last seen at RM Auctions’ 2012 Amelia Island sale, where it realized $110,000 (SCM# 4778098), which was well below the estimates. Eight years later it sells for less than half that figure. Illustrates the changing market, as interest in Lincoln Zephyrs has waned. Seller took a hit, but the price paid is the new reality. #245-1939 PACKARD TWELVE Series SOLD AT $373,500. Acquired for a fraction of the price of the real thing. Question is, what do you do with it? Not welcome at many major concours and tough to take on a tour. I doubt if you could build this today for what was paid here. If you have a place for it, well bought. #259-1934 PACKARD TWELVE Series 1107 convertible Victoria. S/N 74747. Blue/black cloth/Dove Grey leather. Odo: 311 miles. The 1934 Packard Convertible Victoria rides on a 147-inch wheelbase and is one of the most desirable body styles. Restored some years back, with numerous awards following. 112 SOLD AT $75,600. Cadillac produced over 6,500 convertibles for 1947, so finding one is not an issue. Expensive to restore, which makes finding one good to go a plus. Price Sports Car Market 1707 coupe. S/N 12382008. Green/tan cloth. Odo: 17,912 miles. A delightful Packard Twelve with the very rare radio-antenna hood vertible. S/N 8456799. Madeira Maroon/tan canvas/tan cloth, maroon leather. Odo: 57,469 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. An older restoration that is holding up well. Acceptable Madeira Maroon paint and leather seating without issue. Dual backup lights rather than single as delivered. Lacking chrome trim on top. Optional Hydra-Matic transmission which was on most all ’47s. Power windows and top standard, as were the “sombrero” wheel covers. A solid example. Cond: 2+. Victoria. S/N 18062043. Black/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 45,265 miles. The last year that the Packard Darrin was built by Dutch Darrin prior to Packard taking over production. Also last year for suicide doors. Restoration by Gene Perkins in late 1990s. Has been on several long-distance CCCA CARavans and now starting to show signs of use. Distinctive “Darrin Dip” on doors. Cond: 2-.


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL paid was about right, and the minor issues can be resolved without breaking the bank. A wonderful tour car. Fairly bought. #268-1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY sedan. S/N 71002156. Sumac Red/red leather, tan cloth. Odo: 57,564 miles. 251-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Restored in 2013 and several awards since including Best Pre-War American Classic at Radnor Hunt. Also won Town & Country Class at 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Exceptional wood, but a few paint imperfections noted. Has Jiffy Jet windshield washer and unusual Mopar automatic battery filler. Luggage rack, sun visor and fog lights. A solid presentation. Cond: 2+. 72,234 miles. 323-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A wellrestored T&C that won an AACA Junior award in 2014. The wood is stated to be mostly original and the joints are tight. Has Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission and dual spotlights. Interior finished in tan Bedford cloth and green leather. Brightwork a bit dull in places, along with a few minor scratches. The Noel Green is an acquired taste, but car is very solid. Cond: 2. (SCM# 6836422). Prior to that it sold at RM’s 2012 Amelia Island sale for $52,250 (SCM# 6757211). It’s been on a roller-coaster ride, but the price paid here was market correct today. #289-1953 NASH-HEALEY LE MANS SOLD AT $67,200. The Chrysler Town & Country market is going through a major shakeout. A few years back, six figures was the norm, but that has passed. Price paid was a bargain for a CCCA Full Classic. Well bought. SOLD AT $67,200. This was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2018 Amelia Island sale, where it realized $100,800 (SCM# 6863815), and prior to that it sold at RM Auctions’ 2011 Hershey sale for $145,500 (SCM# 6787030). It’s riding a slippery slope and the prior sellers each took a major hit. Buyer here has a delightful CCCA Full Classic at a most reasonable price—at least for now. #215-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7407372. Noel Green/tan canvas/tan cord, green leather. Odo: #278-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 60 SPE- CIAL sedan. S/N 496081739. Maroon/tan cloth. Odo: 1,644 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The Motor Trend car of the year in 1949. Refurbished in 2012 with power steering added along with a/c and 12-volt. Paint is acceptable, with a few swirls and touch-ups to note. Brightwork with a few minor issues but is acceptable. A great out-to-dinner Cadillac. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,000. This was last seen at Worldwide’s April 2017 Texas Classic sale, where it realized $37,400 coupe. S/N 3004. Black/tan leather. Odo: 3,903 miles. 252-ci I6, auto. One of only 62 Le Mans coupes built in 1953, with only 30 or so left. The original 3-speed manual replaced with floor-shift Hydra-Matic. Restored in 1994, and paint is starting to fail. At this point a decent driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $89,600. Priced at $6,399 when new, almost twice the cost of a Corvette. Price paid now was a bit strong considering the work ahead. Can keep as-is and just drive it, but it’ll be hard to not start picking away at the needs. Delightful car with legs in three countries. #136-1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N 55881033. Black/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 19,516 miles. 352-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. This is thought to be a special order, as it was delivered in triple black rather than tri-color. One owner from new, with fewer than 20k miles on the clock. Paint with a few swirls and touch-ups. Recent engine rebuild along with new rubber on the ground. Original red leather seating shows mild patina. Priced at $5,932 when new. Only 500 were produced. Cond: 2+. 114 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL SOLD AT $56,000. At one time, these were pushing six figures, but times have changed. The triple-black paint is unusual, but I don’t think it adds to the value—in fact just the opposite. Low miles a big plus. A fair price all around. #216-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S001195. Venitian Red/tan vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. 265-ci 225-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Five years ago, this Corvette received a detailed, frame-off restoration. It’s still in concours condition. Well optioned with Turbo-Fire Special V8 with dual quads and 4-speed manual. Also has factory Wonder Bar radio. Engine clean but not highly detailed. A very strong presentation. Cond: 1-. #130-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S104676. Aztec Copper/white vinyl/beige leather. Odo: 2,900 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A four-year restoration completed in 2011. One of only 713 that were ordered with the “57B” 283/283 fuel-injected engine that was an upcharge of $484.20. Has contrasting coves, which was an extra $19, and almost half produced were so equipped. Whitewalls are starting to yellow a bit. A well-restored example. Cond: 2+. #143-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM5S205. Wimbledon White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 65,774 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 1965 Shelby was based on the K-code Mustang, and Shelby American upgraded the suspension and beefed up the motor, adding 35 horsepower. Only 516 street versions were produced. Restored in 1991 and has been maintained in concours condition since. Rides on Shelby Cragar wheels and has three-inch lap belts. Correct-for-’65 blue rocker-panel stripes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $75,600. Offered without a reserve, this Corvette sold for less than expected. Has the desirable Code 469 motor and is in exceptional condition. I think new owner has a solid example at a very reasonable price. Well bought; now please get it out on the open road. SOLD AT $81,200. This Fuelie is no stranger to the auction world, as it was last seen at Mecum’s 2019 October sale in Schaumburg, IL, where it failed to sell at $85,000 (SCM# 6921330). Prior to that it was acquired at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale for $106,700 (SCM# 6779820), and prior to that, and before restoration, at the Kruse Oklahoma City, OK, 2002 auction, it was a no-sale when bid to $47,000 (SCM# 1552633). The rollercoaster Corvette market is at play, and seller took his lumps and went home. Sold for today’s market-correct price. SOLD AT $401,000. Interest in proper Shelbys remains high, and this GT350 continued the trend. An older restoration that is still immaculate. No issue with price paid, and all should be content. Nearly hit the estimate bull’s-eye. #234-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L89 coupe. S/N 194379S733382. Tuxedo Black/tan leather. Odo: 57,462 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Restored to perfection in 2016, with NCRS Duntov certification the following year. Bloomington Gold and Top Flight followed. Only 390 L89 produced, with aluminum heads and at a cost of $832. Has factory 4-speed and side exhaust. Also power windows and Positraction. Documented with tank sticker. One of the very best. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $215,000. Money was a bit short, as the quality of the restoration is evident and it has won it all in the Corvette world. A spectacular example that will bring the money at some point. #280-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 0F02Z134616. Calypso Coral/black vinyl. Odo: 21,406 miles. 429-ci, V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of only 500 produced, and the Z in the VIN confirms it is a true Boss 429. Modified by Kar Kraft in order to shoehorn the motor in the engine bay. Further documented with Deluxe Marti Report. Ordered with optional power front disc brakes, front spoiler and drag pack. Restoration in late 2000s and award winner thereafter. Striking, bold Calypso Coral paint. A strong presentation. Cond: 2+. 116 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL Honors the Gulf-sponsored Ford GTs that won the 1968 and 1969 Le Mans. Has had oil changes and has been started on regular basis but never driven. Has original protective plastic on seats and steering wheel. A new Ford GT, as it reportedly never received a pre-delivery inspection. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $252,000. A well-documented Boss 429 that sold for a strong but still reasonable price. It is one of the best and deserving of the price paid. There are any number of clones out there, but this is the real deal. #258-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S85Y400351. Midnight Blue/Ebony leather. Odo: 414 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Designed to celebrate Ford’s 100th anniversary. Equipped with all four offered options. Powered by aluminum V8 with Lysholm twin-screw supercharger. Has “Gurney Bubble” on driver’s door. One of 217 finished in Midnight Blue with full stripes for 2005. Fewer than 415 miles from new. In asdelivered condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $384,500. Sold for a premium due to “Gurney Bubble” over driver’s door. Low miles are a double-edged sword; use and the premium goes away, but it would be hard not to see what 550 horsepower offers. Wish I had to make that decision. Still, well sold. #137-2006 FORD GT Heritage Edition coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S06Y400779. Heritage Blue & Epic Orange/black leather. Odo: 2 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. One of 343 offered with Gulf Heritage Edition livery in 2006. Offered with only 2.4 actual miles. SOLD AT $533,000. Sold for a well-deserved premium due to limited use. Drive it at all and the premium goes away, but it’s difficult to not want to experience the supercharged horsepower. Call it a fair deal all around for now. © 118 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL The Amelia Island Auction First in Class at Pebble Beach in 2015 leads to first in sales on Amelia Island in 2020 for a stunning 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Company Gooding & Company Date March 6, 2020 Location Amelia Island, FL Auctioneers Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered 83/89 Sales rate 93% Sales total $20,785,080 High sale 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost Torpédo phaeton, sold at $2,205,000 Buyer’s premium 12% on first $250k; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Pricier than a Miura: Gooding’s top seller, 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost, sold at $2,205,000 Report and photos by Pierre Hedary Images by Elaine Spiller Market opinions in italics up the number of BMWs and Volkswagen Beetles available. While the star lot was still a Ferrari, the number of ’80s “youngtimer” classics was steadily on the rise. The stable of air-cooled Porsches was smaller, too, with more of a focus on 914s and pre-1974 911s and less on undriveable racers. The lineup seemed more high-end Bring a Trailer than Gooding circa 2014. Of the 89 lots offered, just six did not sell, one of G which was an optimistically priced Audi ur-Quattro at a high bid of $420k. Joining that was a Ferrari 246 GT Dino, which climbed to $270k before it was released back home — needing a bid above $300k to sell. The star 250 GT Spyder California LWB did not sell at a high bid of $8m against a $9m low estimate. That made this year’s high sale a stunning 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost, which hammered at $2,205,000 with commission. It was closely followed by a 1969 Lamborghini Miura that brought in $1,435,000 after commission. If you wanted something rare but a little less pricey, the last lot, a ’71 BMW Bavaria sedan, sold for $11,200. The average price per car was $250,422, which was remarkable as well. But the real eyebrow-raiser was the 120 ooding persevered with their 2020 Amelia sale on March 6, despite an atmosphere of economic fear and uncertainty. This year’s auction deviated from the norm, ramping 93% sales rate. How, one must ask, was this possible? For this auction, Gooding & Co. took a page out of the Barrett-Jackson handbook by offering roughly half of the lots at no reserve. This is the magic variable in the gross-results-vs.-high-sales-volume model, and it takes some very precise number crunching to figure out just how many no-reserve lots to offer. I would say that whoever plugged the numbers into this formula did a great job. Gooding’s total sales results at this auction show they’re adapting to the new re- $20m $30m $40m $50m $60m $10m $0 alities of the market. This is the result of an enthusiast-driven market, as opposed to the investment-driven market, which peaked in 2015–16, with the Seinfeld Porsche Collection as the Amelia Island inflection point. Totals recovered somewhat in 2018, but last year Gooding began a decisive shift towards drivable cars that people actually want to own. This is an easier market sector to commit to as well, as buyers are generally more easygoing and excited about their purchases, and dealers see some mark-up as well. Gone are the days of Ferraris that show up a half-dozen times in the SCM Platinum Auction Database — for the moment, at least. The moral of the story is that auctions Sales Totals 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 are not about gross totals and year-after-year record-smashing results, but sustainability and continuity. Gooding & Company has managed to remain relevant — even ahead — in the current fickle market, shedding its dependency on the ultra-rare and expensive for cars that are fun to own and easier to sell. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 4 #63-1914 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP Silver Ghost Torpédo phaeton. S/N 67RB. Eng. # 102Y. Black/black leather. RHD. Coachwork by Kellner. Fabulous older Rolls-Royce with older but stillstrong restoration. Beautiful paint with polishing marks only visible under intense scrutiny. Old spare tire aged, with numerous cracks. Better-than-average cowl and door fit. Brass trim impeccable, with just enough glimmer to complement the black paint. Radiator grille shows good workmanship, with no signs of leakage. Interior seems to be aged leather and wood, but still in virtually untouched condition. Instruments professionally restored at some point. Engine does not raise any red flags either, with impeccable detailing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,205,000. Every nook and also united it with its original coachwork. In 2015, it was shown at Pebble Beach, and received First in Class. Considering all the work put into it, it was truly well bought. #27-1935 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE drop- head coupe. S/N B203EJ. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 97,228 miles. Coachwork by Vanden Plas, updated by Derham. Older restoration of a stunning Bentley. Paint has some polishing marks and some variance in luster. Sits on older whitewall tires with slightly dull discs. Chrome polished heavily in certain areas, and other areas look like new. Interior has aged somewhat but looks to have had little use. Chrome on windshield header bar in so-so condition. Old lever on floor says it is not to be used in Great Britain. Wood on dash slightly dull compared to wood on door caps. Cond: 2+. GERMAN #61-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980427500094. Perlgrau/tan hard top/red leather. Odo: 2,133 miles. Fuel-injected 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Extremely early production Roadster set up for rallying, with rally instruments and roll bar fitted. Gear-stick lever shortened as well. Paint on hard top rife with orange peel. Interior has nice original leather, with some splitting on driver’s seat, but otherwise as beautiful as it gets. Engine bay has older presentation with no real areas to nitpick. Mix of older hose clamps and some newer stuff, but nothing in engine bay screams unreliable. Interesting history, with Iranian royal ownership and then ownership by aviation pioneer Thomas F. Hamilton. Cond: 2-. cranny of this giant machine was in perfect order. This example featured a litany of desirable options, including the larger carburetor, a higher-compression engine and upgraded steering. Originally sent to Lisbon, it had a continuous paper trail over the years, culminating in a restoration by Steve Littin, who SOLD AT $302,000. Bodied from new by Vanden Plas; only two years later, its U.S.based buyer commissioned Derham in Philadelphia to turn this Bentley into a drophead. While this might not have been the best decision, it certainly is an elegant result. In the present day, it looks fully serviced and its current registration suggests it might be ready to drive. Sales price ended up close to the high estimate. SOLD AT $995,000. It would have been the perfect 300SL, but then I saw that garish roll bar. As soon as I saw that thing, and some of the other modifications, I knew it wouldn’t cross the million-dollar mark. And it didn’t, but just barely. This was a great deal for someone who wanted a less-expensive 300SL, as it had some originality, and some provenance, but the rally mods were just enough to keep the big dollars away. Still, slightly well sold, as the market for these cars is gently trending downwards. #84-1957 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Sunroof 2-dr sedan. S/N 1495719. Black/tan canvas/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 22 miles. 1.2-L H4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Excellently restored example of the early small-window Type One. Large canvas sunroof. Paint redone to high standard on this right-hand-drive car, with chips noticed on driver’s door. Equipped with radio and factory antenna. Interior restoration at some point in the past to very high level. Some flaws in top of passenger’s door. Semaphore turn 122 Sports Car Market


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signals. Spartan engine compartment detailed heavily, but with some rust on ignition advance box. Incorrect older belts installed. Also may have had new wiring harness at some point in time. Engine extremely dry. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,520. This should have generated a better result, but Americans are averse to buying right-hand-drive cars from this era, no matter how tidy they are. Still, it’s hard to see how this car was outsold by a standard Beetle sedan. New owner did extremely well. We are not done, though, with Beetles from this auction. BEST BUY #18-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE cabriolet. S/N 12803010003194. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 110 miles. Fuel-injected 2.2-L I6, 4-sp. Cosmetically beautiful cab, but car has barely had any use in the past few years. Odometer noted to either not work or car has not been driven in some period of time. Paintwork to concours standard but has aged slightly. Driver’s door out about 4 mm, which is disturbing. Trunk fit significantly better. Hood fit reflective of Mercedes at the time, but seems to be a little tighter on the right than left. Interior also showing its age, but highquality older leather has taken on a nice patina. Most wood looks like new. Underhood detail magnificent, with correct hose clamps and yellow cad plating. Some strange wiring connectors noted, and somebody has left the duct tape on the spark-plug wires. Coolant corrosion evident on hose connectors. Cheap battery installed as well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $395,500. This beautiful—but also likely underpowered—car was gorgeous to my unfamiliar eyes. With another 20 hp, I would have had fewer reservations about it. This, the 914/6 and some other Porsches from the Tommy Trabue Collection, were all exceptional cars, with this one being the most special. One of five 356B Beutlers built, and with continuous ownership from new, justifying the sales price. #41-1965 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 145030270. Sea Sand & ivory/tan vinyl. Odo: 31,075 miles. 1.5-L H4, 4-sp. Highly original KG, with paint shiny from a distance but notably polished on major surfaces. Paint seems like it might be factory, with some color bleed-through in roof gutters. Minimal bright trim in factory-new condition, but rubber seals have aged to the point where they may not keep the wind or the water out 100%. Panel gaps decent, but the front trunk fit is a little bit off on the left and sits too proud in the center. Driver’s door slightly in at top. Rear engine cover fits perfectly. Original glass in good condition. Interior highly original, with some deterioration of driver’s carpet, and the musty smell that comes with age. Cond: 2+. throughout. Most rubber seals similar to new condition. Interior a little bland, but it’s in good and tidy order. No radio, likely because it would add too much extra weight. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $103,600. A great deal for such a rare and beautiful specimen of the W128. While the lack of use might be scary, these are easily serviceable and—barring the presence of rust in the tank—extremely reliable. I would caution the new owner against using it until the fluids have been changed, as it seems like it spent most of the time between 1991 and the present day sitting around. Hopefully it doesn’t continue to be another froufrou, Ponton-cab garage queen, like so many of these are. #56-1960 PORSCHE 356B Super coupe. S/N 13031. White & blue gray/red leather. Odo: 53,126 miles. 1.6-L H4, 4-sp. Special 356 with unique styling. Dimensions of car noticeably expanded from original. Built in Switzerland and believed to be 1960 Geneva Motor Show display car for Carrosserie Beutler. Extremely precise panel gaps with tight fit June 2020 SOLD AT $34,720. Somehow, the highly original blue Beetle that sold at the beginning of the auction beat this one by nearly $8k. However, this still sold for something close to the 2.0-L 914. It might be time to start taking the KG seriously, as so many nice ones still exist. A strong result, but it should lead the way for more sales like this. #16-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410008892. Silver/black leather. Odo: 10,678 km. Fuelinjected 2.8-L I6, 5-sp. Factory 5-speed car with sterile, but somewhat flawed, restoration. 123


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL Paint quality good, with correct level of metal flake. Headlight notches rubbed in. Fake spot welds on inner fenders. Panel fit is somewhat variable, but nothing too noticeable. Interior redone to a moderate standard, with seats somewhat flatter and less perfect than I would have hoped. Similar for dash. Gear-shift lever installed with bend in the wrong direction. Missing fan shroud, reproduction color tag. Cheap plug wires. Cond: 2-. serious wear on driver’s seat. Orange peel polished out of surfaces on this car, but paint is a perfect match. One singular flaw of shrinkage in area just behind driver’s door. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $123,200. The 914/6 has not caught up to similarly original, period SOLD AT $173,600. The outfit that restored this car did a good job on the cosmetic details, minus some of the fake spot welds. However, there were a lot of small details indicating that those who did much of the work on this car were not well versed in the nuances of the W113. With a $50k budget to correct all of the wrongs, the price paid was sensible, but it’s hard to justify some of the mistakes. #51-1970 PORSCHE 914/6 convertible. S/N 9140431868. Signal Orange/black polyester/black vinyl. Odo: 43,804 miles. 2.0-L H6, 5-sp. Most finishes original, but car may have been repainted at one point due to a little overspray noted on rear engine grille. Stainless steel around top header bar, and front seal for roof panel deteriorating. Interior is like-new with correct smell, and no signs of 911s, but the opportunity to buy one of these and convert it to a 6-cylinder with big power is still interesting. Having seen a 3.2-liter engine shoehorned into a 914, it seems like a tempting proposition to build one’s own 914/6. There is still upward momentum in the 914/6 market, and one day cars like this may overtake similarly nice 1969–73 911S cars, as this price has bypassed the E and T varieties. Buyer ponied up a premium for this, but seems worth it. #91-1971 BMW BAVARIA sedan. S/N 2150658. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 70,108 miles. 2.5-L I6, auto. Wellpreserved 2500 Bavaria, from a dry climate. Car could use a new front windshield seal. Overspray present from older paint job. Proportionally, car seems to line up well, but trunk is not a tight fit. Interior original and driver’s seat bottom springy. Equipped with wheezy 3-speed automatic, but items like dash and headliner are great. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY SOLD AT $11,200. An optimistic low estimate of $25k, coupled with dwindling momentum towards the end of the auction, ensured that this would never get anywhere near that number. However, for what was essentially a used car, in a market overshadowed by the Mercedes W108, the end result was pretty good. Finding another one of these cars would be tough anyway, so the high bid was a good deal. #4-1973 PORSCHE 914 convertible. S/N 4732923664. Delphi Green Metallic/brown vinyl. Odo: 32,744 miles. Fuel-injected 2.0-L H4, 5-sp. Another 914 in unbelievable original condition. One slight flaw in roof header bar. Certainly repainted with great attention to detail. All body gaps factory perfect, if there ever was such a thing. Black vinyl trim in great condition, but chrome pieces on top of roof have weathered somewhat. Carpets show some age along inner rockers, but the interior is basically in like-new condition. Wheels show some age and slight discoloration, slight rust noted on brake rotors. All lenses look like they are new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $47,040. Last seen selling at Gooding’s 2019 Scottsdale auction for $58,240 (SCM# 6893378). The 914 infatuation is astounding, and is readily visible here at Amelia, with droves of PCA members bringing their “brand-new” 914s out—something we never saw five years ago. While the 914 is still slightly cheaper than a G-body 911, it seems everyone has forgotten that they were not much better than a Karmann Ghia when new. But I would still rather have one of these than a Boxster, or even a modern 911. You could not restore one to this level for this much, so it was well bought. #9-1973 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 1132873900. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 1,873 miles. 1.6-L H4, 4-sp. Immaculately preserved 1973 Beetle. Paint still has most orange peel. Panel fit is factory level, 124 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL which is what you would expect. Some small factory blemishes present where front apron fits under trunk. Interior like-new, with just a little bit of discoloration on seat-belt buckles. All rubber seals in fantastic condition. Engine bay looks like new and requires little to no detailing. Cond: 1. quite perfect, but is likely original and has held up well over the years, especially considering that it is a 2002. Some lifting of vinyl in front left corner of dashboard. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $42,560. Gooding somehow figured out that there is a niche in the market for perfectly preserved VW Type Ones. In fact, of any car from this era, it is likely that the easiest one to find in this condition is a Beetle. While it actually broke through its $40k high estimate—a rarity at any auction these days—it seems this result was a surprise. Well sold. #72-1973 BMW 2002 Baur convertible. S/N 2795954. Dark green metallic/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 47,899 km. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. Heavily restored example of the rare Baur cab. Some bumps and surface imperfections in roof-bar area, indicating that rust may be occurring under paint or the paint was not properly applied. Rust noted to be popping out of C-pillar area also. Paint imperfections and panel-fit issues continue throughout car, culminating with door issues in both right and left side. Trunk area shows extensive metal repair done at some point in the past. Interior not SOLD AT $38,080. With rust possibly in some difficult areas to repair, this was still a usable, drivable Baur cab. If the temptation to restore it sets in, this could end up being a $100k project. A friend of mine, who owns one of these cars, looked it over and indicated that whatever issues this car had before it was painted were obviously not repaired correctly the first time. The new owner may get to do it all over again. #67-1976 PORSCHE 934 coupe. S/N 930670151. Red/black cloth. miles. Turbocharged 3.0-L H6, 4-sp. Clearly a high-quality cosmetic restoration was performed on this rare 934. Paint excellent, with no noticeable flaws throughout. Driver’s door pushed in slightly. Glass surprisingly in good order. Stripped interior with one single racing seat inside. Clearly this car has not been raced since restoration. Looks like it might even be street legal. Extensive racing history, culminating with a 19th-place finish in the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was also the first production 934 built. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 9 SOLD AT $1,380,000. With extensive racing history and a rabid Porsche fan base at this auction, the decent sales result was no surprise, with this 934 hitting about $100k above the low estimate. Gooding would have had to sell 31 low-mileage VW Beetle convertibles to make this kind of money, proving that the right kind of air Porsches will always be solid money makers for the catalog sales. (See profile, p. 60.) #17-1979 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL 6.9 sedan. S/N 11603612007242. Black/black leather, gray velour. Odo: 39,860 miles. Fuelinjected 6.8-L V8, auto. Really late production 6.9 (12/79) actually a 1980 model. Original black car with decent paint, minus some swirl marks. Some strange marks notable in roof, like a tree leaf fell into the paint while it was being resprayed. Paint almost certainly redone at some point. Interior a strange conglomeration of cloth and black velour. Antenna might be an aftermarket unit. Extremely dark tint on windshield. Engine bay unmolested, with factory hose clamps, so little to fault. Dashboard uncracked. European headlights with headlight wipers. No word if climate control works. Suspension seems to be sitting at correct height. Delaminating back window glass. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,200. The story of the last batch of 6.9s is interesting. To get around the emissions requirements, 85-mph speedometer and some other odd requirements, M-B built these cars until the last few days of 1979—and called them 1979 models. While the 116 lived on, thanks to the introduction of an oxygen sensor on the 450SEL, and the excellent 300SD, the 6.9 was the last ridiculous Mercedes hot rod until the 500E arrived. With an unrealistic $100k high estimate, it seemed unlikely that this car, with its weird aftermarket seats and radio, as well as its unclear service history, would reach anything above $50k. 126 Sports Car Market


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#89-1979 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEE- TLE convertible. S/N 1592036957. White/white canvas/white vinyl. Odo: 243 miles. Fuel-injected 1.6-L H4, 4-sp. A nearly new Beetle convertible. Doors open and shut flawlessly. Lots of orange peel but no polishing marks. Giant U.S.-spec bumpers in fantastic condition. Engine bay complete with all original parts from condenser to hoses to original drive belt. Engine-compartment lid shuts beautifully. Interior like-new with seats unsoiled. Correct unleaded fuel sticker on fuel door. Top original, fits like a glove. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,560. Despite a $75k high estimate, and many people leaving the auction because it was already late in the day, the high bid seemed appropriate. This is new market territory for Gooding, going from selling tons of air-cooled Porsches and Ferraris to selling fresh-out-of-the box VWs. I wouldn’t bet anytime soon, though, that values of exceptional Beetle convertibles are going to hit $75k, unless it’s a Hebmüller. #40-1986 AUDI QUATTRO Sport SWB coupe. S/N WAUZZZ85ZEA905058. Red/gray cloth & leather. Odo: 34,117 miles. Turbocharged 2.1-L I5, 5-sp. Exceptionally well-preserved ur-Quattro. Paint still has orange peel everywhere. Supposedly, car has participated in an Audi club event with a Pikes Peak hillclimb. Most black trim in good condition, with no age shown. Factory wheels eatoff-of clean, but racing tires fitted. All panel gaps extremely consistent, but back left corner of hood sits a little bit proud, while the right corner sits down too far. Interior has just a little bit of wear on driver’s seat bolster, Audi Club sticker on ashtray lid, but otherwise new car inside. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $420,000. While this Audi had all the right stuff—original paint, perfect underhood and interior—the fact it was titled as an ’84 when it was actually a 1986 model may have raised some eyebrows. It mystifies me that these cars are worth around a half June 2020 127


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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Mille Miglia Edition million, even though they are super rare, because when you compare them to other halfmillion-dollar cars (like a Ferrari 330 GTC, or a Mercedes 300S cabriolet), there just isn’t much substance present. #2-1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL con- Pros: Special edition of the R129 SL500 commemorating Sir Stirling Moss’ 1955 Mille Miglia victory driving the 300SLR. Available as an SL280, 320 or 500. The 500 carried the 5.0-L V8 engine good for 322 hp and 347 ft-lb. 0–60 mph in 6 seconds flat. Interior trimmed in carbon fiber with red/black leather upholstery. Only 600 made, with #1 presented to Stirling Moss. Cons: Available only in silver, all SL500 models equipped with 4-speed automatic transmission. Price range: $30k–$40k, plus import costs. 1995 Porsche 911 GT2 vertible. S/N WDBBA48D7HA061211. White/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 27,672 miles. Fuel-injected 5.6-L V8, auto. Slightly boring colors. Original paint has held up nicely, with no major flaws. No cracks in dash and original leather with some wear and tear on driver’s seat, but nothing that would make me want to replace it. Veneer slightly dull, probably a West Coast car for part of its life. Under hood, car has cheap plug wires and Contitech belts, disappointing for such a lowmileage car. Engine is clean, but not as clean as I would hope. Note that original radio is present and wheels are in nice condition. Also has original windshield. Cond: 2+. Engine looks like it just left the assembly line. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $16,800. Not quite the result I was hoping for, with such a rare-condition E30 bringing what seemed like a low result. However, the fragility of these cars has infamously relegated many of them to the scrap bin, and as such, if this car is taken care of, it will eventually come out further ahead as these cars appreciate during the next decade. Well bought at the start of the coronavirus market. #6-1988 BMW 535I sedan. S/N WBADC7400J1717891. Silver/light tan leather. Odo: 84,780 miles. Fuel-injected 3.5-L I6, 5-sp. Extremely straight and well-preserved 535i. European version—or Euro clone—with skinny bumpers and strange headlight wipers. Paint to extremely high standard for this kind of car, with weatherstripping replaced as well. Some orange peel left, which is factory correct. Interior likely redone at some point in distant past. Dash and other plastic pieces in great shape. Unsurprisingly, the car rides on a set of aftermarket BBS wheels. Cond: 1-. Pros: 3.6-liter twin-turbo engine good for 424 hp and 432 ft-lb — plus a 6-speed manual transmission gives this factory homologation model a 0–60 mph time of 3.9 seconds. Super-lightweight wide-body kit covered meaty tires, while a bigger wing adds plenty of downforce. Old-school aircooled Porsche performance never got better than this. Cons: Just 57 road cars built in this generation, and 13 were right-hand drive. More than 100 racing cars were made, however. They are available, if you’re ready to pay the going price. Price range: $1,000,000–$2,000,000, plus import costs. 1995 BMW M3 GT (Euro Edition) SOLD AT $33,600. Likely the least-exciting 560SL that one would find, this was a little below typical grade for this auction. I was really irritated that the plug wires had been replaced, not to mention the fact that it didn’t have Mercedes belts. Still, the high bidder bought it for a customer of his, indicating that someone felt it was fairly priced—which it was—even if some of the originality was marred. #81-1987 BMW 325I convertible. S/N WBABB2306H1942566. White/black canvas/dark red leather. Odo: 20,501 miles. Fuel-injected 2.5-L I6, 5-sp. Nearly perfect example of a car that you rarely see in even decent condition. Original paint for sure, with missing antenna grommet. Panel fit almost factory new, which was a high standard. Original red leather has just the right amount of creasing. Black plastic parts on dash and steering wheel are in excellent order. Header bar where convertible top latches is also great. Pros: The E36 is as yet undervalued, and U.S- market M3s are affordable. The Euro GT version was a bit hotter, coaxing 295 horsepower out of the 3.0-liter S50B30 engine, besting the U.S.-market model by 55 horses. The GT came with super-lightweight aluminum doors, a functional wing and a factory strut-tower brace. Like all M3 models, the M3 GT came with sport suspension, upgraded brakes and a 5-speed manual transmission. Cons: Only 356 of the M3 GT edition were made in 1995, making them difficult to find. All of the GT-edition cars were painted green. If you can wait a year, the 1996 Euro-spec M3 got a boost to 316 hp. Price range: $65k–$75k, plus import costs. 128 SOLD AT $38,080. First, someone please change the wheels on this car. Atypical of most ’80s BMWs, this one somehow escaped the effects of things like sun, rain, humidity, heat, cold....you know...all of the climatic extremes. And all it needed was a respray and new interior. If you want a well-engineered German sedan from this era, go find a 5-speed Mercedes 300E. Or if you want to spend three times the money on a more fragile, aggressivelooking car that will require a climate-controlled bubble to stay in this condition, you can buy one of these. A great deal, especially if you think your brand-new M3 is a “collectible classic” too. (See profile, p. 68.) #10-1988 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE1414J2561157. Black/gray leather. Odo: 37,968 miles. Fuel-injected 3.5-L I6, 5-sp. Possibly original black paint on this beautiful M6. Excellent panel gaps with no real flaws to speak of, except for sap mark in the roof. Paint devoid of all polishing marks, which for black is miraculous. Interior in likenew condition, with just a little bit of wear on driver’s seat bolster. Back seat does not show any signs of sun damage. Tiny bit of delamination beginning on front windshield right lower quadrant. Bumpers totally unmarked. Lenses clear. Factory wheels are perfectly Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $67,200. M6s continue to be a solid go-to for those of us who can’t touch an M3. The level of preservation here was impressive, indicating this big coupe must have been stored in a carcoon located in Seattle, or possibly in a vault 40 feet below ground, where the temperature is always 65 degrees and no light was present. While this will always be a special car, this example was really one of one in terms of its level of care. #71-1988 BMW M3 coupe. S/N WBSAK0305J2196333. Diamond Black Metallic/black leather. Odo: 17,899 miles. Fuel-injected 2.3-L I4, 5-sp. Stunning original M3 with likely original paint. Finish shows climate-control protection, with no signs of paintwork anywhere. One very slight mark on front right fender and wheel. All rubber seals noted to be in like-new condition. Panel fit also like new. Equipped with sunroof. Leather seats look unused and free of any ultraviolet damage. Even driver’s seat bolster is immaculate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $112,000. The M3 cult continues to expand upwards, with the early versions of these cars still carrying the most value. While there was also a 2002 Turbo present at this auction, which sold for identical money, the M3 was the more sound of the two cars, and deserved this big number. #25-1996 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ99ZTS390508. Eng. # 63S86113. Yellow/black & gray leather. Odo: 22,990 km. Fuel-injected 3.8-L H6, 6-sp. A stunning example of the 993 Carrera RS. Original paint shows that car has been kept out of the elements, with no rock chips or polishing marks to speak of. All black trim and rubber seals like-new. Engine appears to be extremely clean. Windshield and wheels both in factorynew condition. Black-and-gray leather interior shows almost no signs of use. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $362,500. Previously seen selling in October 2018 at RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary sale for $390,000 (SCM# 6882227). One of the few high-dollar lots here to sell within its estimate range, further proving my theory that Porschephiles can’t resist a car this special and perfect, even when everything around them is seemingly crashing and burning. Admittedly, Gooding was a lot lighter this year on rear-engined, air-cooled late 911s, helping to keep the prices of offerings like this car up where they belong. #19-1999 MERCEDES-BENZ G500 SUV. S/N WDBEG420XX7114559. Silver/black & gray leather. Odo: 28,749 miles. Fuel-injected 5.0-L V8, auto. Stunning example of the G500 SWB, and one of just 103. Truck seems like it may have been repainted once, as there is a singular flaw on the driver’s door in the top left corner. Panel fit and gaps fine for this big utility. Interior looks mostly unused. Doors do not shut easily, but this is very common on these trucks. Brabus front and roof spoiler and some other weird modifications. Remains of old badge on front right fender. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $84,000. The reserve and estimate range must have been a challenge to set, as these don’t come up very often. I have heard these trucks are nightmarish electrically, but the tough M113 engine does instill some confidence. Brabus package might have been dealer installed, but overall I feel it detracts from the truck. Without it, hitting the low estimate of $100k might have been possible. ITALIAN #43-1958 FERRARI 250 GT California Spyder LWB. S/N 0937GT. Dark red/tan leather. Odo: 9,821 km. 3.0-L V12, 4-sp. Expertly restored covered-headlight Cal Spyder. Interior probably a little fresher than paint, with leather taking on a nice mustard hue after being stretched in place only a few months ago. Paintwork perfect to a fault, with the only noticeable flaw being too much orange peel on front nose—where a visible tape line indicates that the front of the car has a clear film on it. Chromework—especially on wheels—is excellent. Rear end of car extremely consistent and beautiful. Engine runs extremely well; drives and idles smoothly and quietly. Noticeable impressions in paint where hard top sits on rear tonneau. Cond: 1. 130 Sports Car Market


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Gooding & Co. Amelia Island, FL SOLD AT $44,800. One of the coolest cars at this auction. First-gen Quattroportes are fantastic, well-made grand tourers that offer stunning performance for their time. Sales price was reflective of current market, as it sold at $15k below the bottom estimate. NOT SOLD AT $8,000,000. While the high bid almost got the job done, the reserve obviously was closer to the bottom $9m estimate. While the 250 LWB Spyder is a truly beautiful machine, $9m in this market is a huge ask, and the high bid was fair enough. #37-1966 MASERATI QUATTRO- PORTE Series II sedan. S/N AM1071084. Dark blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 55,421 miles. 4.2-L V8, 5-sp. Spectacularly preserved example of the 4-door Maserati. Doors a little hard to shut. Most rubber starting to go on the outside, but paint—although old—is fairly consistent. One singular bump at base of windshield frame. Some rust beginning in front right fender lip. Fisheyes noted around fuel-filler door. Chrome bumper starting to rust just a little bit. Seats and dash totally original, with most of the dye fading off in the front ones. Equipped with crappy aftermarket radio. Dash seems to be original. Engine inspires confidence. Cond: 3. #34-1969 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 S coupe. S/N 4109. Red/blue leather. Odo: 17,514 miles. 3.7-L V12, 5-sp. Stunning example of the Miura. Possibly original paint with some shrinkage around doors and on roof. Leadwork starting to show underneath. Excellent attention to detail on painted black slats around doors. Panel fit is some of the best I’ve seen on any Miura. Original dark blue leather interior and dash. Black trim and chromework also appear to be original, as do wheels. Well-preserved, three-owner example. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 8 excessive orange peel in beautiful dark paint. Color changed from gold. Notable spotting in chrome window frames, and some polishing marks present on hood and major surfaces. A few bubbles also present in the nose as well. Panel fit is slightly better than similar cars, but trunk too far over on right side and wide on left side. Interior redone recently with somewhat sterile seat leather and later Blaupunkt radio. Some scuffing on top header bar as well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,435,000. While Gooding’s big lot, the $8 million LWB Cal Spyder, did not sell, this lovely Miura found a lot of enthusiastic bids, even up near the low estimate. While it barely sold in the estimate range with buyer’s premium, it’s also the second-most-expensive non-SV Miura we’ve tracked in some years. A true unicorn, if I might say so. #49-1972 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.9 SS Spyder. S/N AM11SS491273. Black/black leather. Odo: 29,712 miles. 4.9-L V8, 5-sp. High-level restoration of rare Spyder, with SOLD AT $753,000. Another great offering at this auction, but with a sales price that fell well below the low estimate. While $750k might seem light, if you juxtapose this with a Daytona Spyder, which is a solid seven-figure car, the sales price seems justifiable. It also did not help that the original colors were gold over brown, meaning that the new owner may choose to undo this bland black paint job. #32-1991 DETOMASO PANTERA 90 Si coupe. S/N ZDT874000MA009634. Dark gray/off-white leather. Odo: 500 miles. Fuelinjected 5.0-L V8, 5-sp. The last of the Panteras, and one of just 41. Certainly original and heavy-metallic dark gray paint. Off-white leather also looks like new. Panel gaps slightly variable because of the hand-built nature of this car. Plastic skirting around windshield nearly flawless. Antenna on roof looks out of place on this car. Carpet nearly perfect. Engine also looks as if new, with some weird little things like an incorrect zip tie. Overall, though, basically a new car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $357,000. The last Panteras aged gracefully, despite the odd rear spoiler that looks as if it is a handle you’d use to pick up the car. The combination of a pushrod V8 and this beautiful interior is a nice alternative to having to pull your engine to change a timing belt while you cram yourself into the front seat. If the buyer is happy, and there’s no reason to think otherwise, I’d call it a fair deal. (See profile, p. 58.) © 132 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Behold, the ultimate Porta Potty! — Paulo L. Teixeira, Memphis, TN Rini, Reno NV Sometimes you just need to haul ass. — Mike Buettell, Balboa Island, CA Porta Potty. — Jack Martin, via email Porta Potty Inc. unveils its newest blockbuster model targeted at the lucrative nudist club/ nudie beach markets. — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA After the military coup that RUNNER-UP: While Jim Bob was standing there grinning from ear to ear, his wife scowled at him and said, “When I told you I wanted a float that would let me dress up like a queen and ride on a throne in the Homecoming parade, this is NOT what I meant!” — Nathan Maddox, Springfield, IL There was speculation among the auction experts that the rare Kids and Cars “Super Doodie” dump-bedoptioned pickup may surprise us all with a stinking large result. — G. Swisher, via email Is this the only throne that Harry can aspire to now that he has escaped from all of the dreadful trappings of royalty? — Frank Koch, Baton Rouge, LA Despite the catchy slogan, “John’s Johns...for People on the Go,” the new Porta Potty business never made it. — Doug Knight, Haddonfield, NJ “I went with a bargain-base- ment port-o-john service for my Hershey spaces. Lesson learned there. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Jack’s dream of his own por- table toilet went down the drain when everybody started stealing his TOILET PAPER! — Michael ousted the king and exiled him to another land — and stripping the ex-king of all his worldly goods, his victors showed pity on him by allowing him to keep his throne. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT The new Acme Porta Potty, with the emphasis on social distancing. — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA Short, sharp, sewage! Brevity and accuracy won Paulo Teixeira a top-notch SCM hat that accidentally spent an afternoon in an auction portable toilet — but it was near the sinks…. ♦ This Month’s Mystery Photo Response deadline: June 25, 2020 Only 15 Years Until It’s Legal: Luca takes the wheel of his grandfather’s 1984 Porsche Targa, one of five cars in the collection. — Rocco Maggiotto, Manchester, VT Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your high-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. Subscription Renewals Comment of the Month SCM is by far the best automotive publication I receive, month after month. Keep up the great work. Keith, we miss you at the events. Keep getting well! — Paul Stinson, State College, PA (SCMer since 2020) “ 134 ” Sports Car Market Mike Buettell


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 50 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½ Litre drophead coupe S/N 877655. British Racing Green/tan. 48,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching rotisserie restoration updated in past two years, with $40K in receipts for mechanical and cosmetic refreshing. Suspension, engine rebuild, new clutch, exhaust, new top, seats and carpet, flawless BRG. Heritage certificate. Call for photos. $159,999 OBO. Hendrickson Law Office. Contact Gary, Ph: 4808926195, email: garychendrickson@cox.net. (AZ) 1965 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N 637222. Black/red. 55,742 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Over $130,000 invested in complete nut-and-bolt, concours-level restoration! One of only 407 produced for export. Numbers-matching 3½ Litre engine. Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic; eligible for events and caravans. Includes service invoices, complete trunk-mounted toolkit and Jaguar Heritage Certificate. $149,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www. schmitt.com/inventory/1948-jaguar-mark-iv-3-5litre-drophead-coupe/. (MO) 1955 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide roadster S/N 1R7969. Light Blue/Black. 39,966 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Single-family ownership from new. Incredible condition with only 39,966 miles! Numbers-matching 4.2-liter engine. Stunning color combination. Documentation includes owner’s manual, jack and related tools and Jaguar Heritage Certificate. The perfect low-mileage Series II E-type roadster to drive and enjoy! $99,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1969-jaguar-e-type-series-2-roadster/. (MO) 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe S/N 60771. Black/green. Flat 4, 4-spd manual. 1955, the only year the Continental was manufactured. Serial number 60771. One of 50 356 Continentals cabrios sold. Exquisitely restored to the highest standards. Black with stunning green leather interior with Telefunken radio. Ownership history documented. Once owned by Disney President Stanley Gold; previous owner purchased the car at Bonhams auction. CoA and Kardex in hand. See our site for full details. $295,000 OBO. Cooper Classic Cars. Contact Elliot, Ph: 212.929.3909, email: sales@ cooperclassiccars.com. Website: https://www.cooperclassiccars.com/1955-porsche-356-continental-cabrio-c-4054.htm. (NY) 1965 Porsche 356C coupe 1969 Jaguar E-type Series II roadster GERMAN 1955 Porsche 356 Continental Pre-A cabriolet S/N 1E10502. Opalescent Silver Blue (with navy blue top)/navy blue. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Fully restored, numbers-matching XKE roadster. Attractive Opalescent Silver Blue over navy blue color combo, includes upgraded Wilwood brakes all around, ceramic headers, alloy radiator with auxiliary fan, electronic ignition, gear-reduction starter, 15-inch steering wheel and digital Bluetooth stereo with phone jack. This high-end driver is ready to drive and enjoy today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: http://classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/609. (CA) S/N 404X3005. Red/black. 0 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Beautiful Franco Scaglione-designed roadster! Sixth Arnolt Bristol made. Race car, campaigned for many years and has lived in California, Texas and Arizona. Exquisite restoration in late 1980s. Original engine had professional rebuild at restoration with zero hours. Has since been driven 3,500 street miles. Full deluxe interior, tailored black carpets, upholstered door interiors and original Italian seats. Retains most original parts as built by factory. Veteran Arizona Copper State 1000! Previous car built by this owner has participated in two Mille Miglia Retros. Available in Tucson, AZ. POA. Contact Walter, Ph: 520.444.3056, email: reds66auto@aol.com. (AZ) 1963 Jaguar E-type Series I roadster 1967 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2-liter roadster S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220618. Le Mans Blue/Charcoal Grey. V6, 4-spd manual. Just released from a private collection. Driven only 1,199 miles (1,929 km) from new! One of only 283 built. Desirable late-production example. Service including fuelcell bladders and timing belt performed by Elite Auto Service in Colorado. Excellent documentation includes original books, original tools, first-aid kit and more. $495,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1994-jaguarxj220-2/. (MO) 2000 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph sedan S/N 220576. Signal Red/black leatherette. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. This 356C recently finished a show-/ driver-level restoration by Classic Showcase. Finished in Signal Red over a black leatherette interior. It has held limited ownership and retains its original numbers-matching and date-stamped wheels, engine and transaxle. Also included is a logbook, receipts from day one, a toolkit and jack and the original keys. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: http:// classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/509. (CA) 1976 Porsche 911S Sunroof coupe S/N 1E13230. Carmen Red/Black. 60,243 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular condition! Numbers-matching 4.2-liter engine. Driven less than 3,000 miles since complete restoration. Maintained by the second owner for more than 30 years! Documentation includes owner’s manual, lubrication chart, Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate copy and more! The perfect restored Series I E-type roadster to drive and enjoy! $169,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt. com/inventory/1967-jaguar-e-type-series-1-4-2roadster/. (MO) S/N SCALA61E9YCX04223. Silver Tempest/gray. 47,500 miles. V8, 5-spd automatic. Truly superb. Mechanically fully recommissioned/serviced, needs nothing. One of 276 made. Looks and drives like brand new, with all repair documents available. Super-clean-running engine (see exhaust picture). Service records available. Paint, chrome, interior, wheels, glass, leather (except for small tear in rear seat upper corner), carpets, headliner and wood trim are all in excellent-to-pristine condition. Avon tires have less than 10k miles on them. Car comes with six-disc CD changer, RR GPS, original tools and spare. Owner’s manual, Mouton rugs and clean CARFAX. Reason for sale: looking to buy Rolls-Royce Corniche. $45,800 OBO. Contact Klaus, Ph: 760.644.7443, email: rrbnut@gmail.com. (CA) S/N 9116201094. Black/Black. 11,571 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Only 11,571 actual miles! A oneowner example from new! Incredible original paint and interior. Major engine-out service just completed by marque specialist. Numbers-matching 2.7-liter engine fitted with upgraded chain tensioners. Special order black-on-black color combination with matte black trim! Highly optioned. Unprecedented documentation. $129,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. 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1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible JAPANESE 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 spider V8, Thomas Special design. Celebrity ownership. Hemi, KLM speedo, Marchal sidelights, leather. Seller owned 40 years. Excellent condition. Serious inquiries only. Alternate phone: 323.327.6110. $750,000. Contact “CJ,” Ph: 818.754.1298, email: akira01@pacbell.net. (CA) 1964 Chevrolet Corvette 327/365 coupe S/N WDB10704412065097. Champagne Metallic/ dark brown. 14,892 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Only 14,892 actual miles! A one-owner example until 2018. Incredibly well preserved from new. Highly desirable 450SL with cast-iron engine block. Gorgeous, seldom-seen factory color combination. Includes folding convertible soft top and removable factory hard top. Incredible documentation includes owner’s manual, original window sticker, and more. $49,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/inventory/1980-mercedesbenz-450sl-roadster/. (MO) 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo Sunroof coupe S/N WDBBA48D3KA094293. Signal Red/Palomino. 17,717 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Only 17,717 documented miles! Numbers-matching 5.6-liter V8 engine. $2,000 service performed by marque specialist in October 2019, less than 400 miles ago. Only two owners from new. Includes dark brown folding soft top and numbers-matching factory hard top. Incredible documentation includes original books and more. $59,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1989-mercedes-benz-560sl-roadster-2/. (MO) ITALIAN 1957 Maserati 450S Reproduction convertible S/N WP0JB0937GS050341. Black/black. 7,158 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular condition. Only 7,158 actual miles! Meticulously maintained from new. Documentation includes original owner’s manual, original service and warranty book with records, Blaupunkt instructions and demonstration cassette, factory touch-up paint and original toolkit! Ideal candidate for Porsche Club of America (PCA) preservation class events. $179,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt. com/inventory/1986-porsche-930-turbo-sunroofcoupe/. (MO) 1987 BMW M6 Sunroof coupe S/N 1.11E+16. Red/Red. 130 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Handmade aluminum body, tubular frame. $300k car for $119k. It has cost me more than that to build it so far. Because of the situation we are having now, I must sell the car. Over three years in building the car—just needs rear trunk. The car needs very little work. With similar-to-original drivetrain, the value is seven figures. See info video: https://youtu.be/RzvdYJXQh7Q $119,000 OBO. Contact Fuad, Ph: 323-767-7753, email: AutomobileTreasures@gmail.com. (CA) 2006 Maserati GranSport Spyder S/N JTHHP5AY8JA001021. Atomic Silver/black. 5,177 miles. V8, automatic. Virtually cannot be told from new! Single, collector-level ownership from new. Only 5,177 miles! Fitted with over $12,000 in factory options. Includes original books, original window sticker and spare key and a clean CarFax report. Full service performed by Lexus less than 2,400 miles ago! Performs like new! $79,900 OBO. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/inventory/2018-lexuslc500-coupe-performance-package/. (MO) AMERICAN 1941 Packard Super Eight 160 Deluxe Convertible Victoria S/N WBAEE1403H2560163. Schwarz Black/Lotus White. 10,111 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Only 10,111 actual miles! Just released from over 20 years of ownership from a California collector. Purchased new by former Philadelphia Phillies thirdbaseman (and MLB Hall of Fame member) Mike Schmidt. Complete $1,200 service performed by BMW specialist in October 2019, less than 75 miles ago! Incredible documentation. $109,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 3142917000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt. com/inventory/1987-bmw-m-6-sunroof-coupe/. (MO) S/N F73A6782331. Shelby Blue/black. 2 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An absolutely stunning and exceptional example. 1965-titled Factory 5 Shelby Cobra replica 302-ci V8 in Shelby Blue with white sports stripes and black interior. $44,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) S/N ZAMEB18A260026106. Pearl White (Bianco Fuji)/black/grey, red piping. 37,157 miles. V8, other. Extremely rare and beautiful car! This is one of 467 produced in 2006. Approximately 50% of these came to the United States, and this is the only one in the fabulous Bianco Fuji (White Pearl) finish. Today, this optional paint finish is published by Maserati as a $10,300 option. Multiple-award-winning car. The engine, gearbox and powertrain were produced by Ferrari and is the same as the Ferrari 360 Modena. 4.2-liter, V8 with 400 HP. Cambiocorsa (F1) Racing Technology transmission with a 6-speed gearbox, electro-hydraulic clutch. Lots of carbon fiber, red brake calipers, and 19-inch ball-polished rims. Black and gray interior with red piping. One owner, 37,000 miles. 100% serviced by Maserati. The car is in immaculate condition. $39,500. Contact William, Ph: 859-806-6562, email: wfdempsey@yahoo.com. (KY) S/N DE14792021. Wilshire Brown/tan. 45,464 miles (TMU). Inline 8, 3-spd manual. One of 99 built, never restored or apart. Delivered by Earle C Anthony, San Francisco. Fresno, CA, from 1941 to 2015, now in Florida. Overdrive, many recent upgrades. Best original award winner, Boca Raton Grand Classic. Call for additional details. $89,500. Contact Chuck, Ph: 914.474.0137, email: emitch7@ aol.com. (FL) 1953 Chrysler Ghia Special Sport coupe Maroon/black. V8, manual. Only three laps on new, well-built 302. Email for complete spec sheet. Great value at this price, from my client who has had and raced Camaros for decades. More details online. $49,900. Race Car Locators. Contact Rick, Ph: 509.868.2034, email: ricksminis1@msn.com. Website: www.RaceCarLocators.com. (WA) © RACE 1967 Chevrolet Camaro racer 42,500 miles. Second owner. All records since day one. Immaculate and spectacular, 4-wheel drive, four-wheel steering. Timing belt replaced 1,000 miles ago, new tires at 36,000 miles. Elderly doctor trimming down collection. $26,500. Contact Robert, Ph: 806.789.8135, email: rjbcarz@aol.com. (TX) 2018 Lexus LC 500 coupe with Performance Package S/N 40837S108800. Silver Blue/blue. 72,272 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Beautifully restored and seemingly accident-free very rare Sting Ray coupe with its original matching-numbers L76 327/365-hp V8 engine and finished in its original and quite stunning Silver Blue factory color paint with its original correct blue (code-STD) vinyl trim interior and added factory options: 327/365-hp L76 V8 engine ($107), 4-speed Muncie close-ratio manual transmission ($188), four-seasons air conditioning ($421), push-button AM/FM radio ($176), Positraction axle 370R ($43), transistor ignition EQ ($75), vacuum power brakes ($43), tinted glass ($16) and back-up lamps ($10). $74,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1965 Shelby Cobra replica roadster June 2020 137


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Fax: 602.252.6260. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, the fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auctions returns September 18 & 19, 2020. Proceeds help to fund the educational programs of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. To consign a vehicle, register to bid, or to learn more about the Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, visit www.saratogamotorcarauction.org Raleigh Classic Car Auctions. New England Auto Auction. Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors 138 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org 919.269.5271 BUY — SELL — SPECTATE We are proud to offer some of the most desirable, low mileage, original and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. Offering 300-plus vehicles twice each year in June and December — all within modern, well ventilated, temperature controlled and very comfortable facilities. The Raleigh Classic Car Auctions offers honesty and unmatched customer service for everyone involved to make the buying or selling process fun and stress-free. WWW.RALEIGHCLASSIC.COM INFO@RALEIGHCLASSIC.COM W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549. W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Automobilia Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com (IN) Alfa Romeo Buy/Sell/General AutoMobilia Resource magazine is a dedicated resource for anyone who collects automobilia — from serious collectors, to the car guy (or girl) who occasionally collects. Each issue provides a wealth of unique editorial content from industry experts, covering most aspects of the often “increasingin-value” automobilia market. PRINT subscriptions (U.S.): 6 issues for $36 or 12 issues for $59. DIGITAL subscription: 1 year for $29 or 1 month for $10. All print subscribers may add digital for only $10/year extra. Call Lynn at 224-558-8955 or go to AutoMobiliaResource.com/subscribe. Or send check to: AutoMobilia Resource, 1217 Cape Coral Pkwy E, #178, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Advertising inquiries; contact Sharon at 954-579-5280 or Sharon. Spurlin@classicads.us Editorial inquiries; contact Marshall at 631-563-2876 or Editor@AutoMobiliaResource.com Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com (CO) Appraisals Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Automodello. 877.343.2276. 1:12 1967 Gurney Spa-winner handsigned by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Cadillac, Delahaye, Delage, Ford, Iso Grifo, Lincoln in 1:24 scale ONE43™ Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, Sunbeam in 1:43 scale Hand-built Limited Edition Resin Art™ 10% SCM Discount — SCM19MP on Automodello.com Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com (CA) Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com BMW Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 135,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Passion for automobiles made visible Created from over 100 components, this highly detailed 3 dimensional artist’s model of the iconic five dials is inspired by the early 911 dash, complete with functioning clock. Each dial is hand crafted and assembled by the artist. Customization is available. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Many more unique motoring gifts available at www.motorology.com Motorology, LLC Williston, VT 617.209.9902 Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1.800.423.5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com (CA) Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Luxury Brokers International. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) Copley Motorcars has been trading in sports and classics for over 20 years out of its suburban Boston showroom, specializing in vintage Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover Defender. And now a second showroom — CopleyWest — has opened in Newport Beach, California. www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@gmail.com (MA) www.copleywest.com pat@copleywest.com (CA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com 314.524.6000. After more than 30 years in business, Hyman Ltd stands proudly as one of the most respected names in the global collector-car trade. Whether your interests focus on concours champions, brass-era powerhouses or newmillennium icons, Hyman Ltd’s unique approach and unrivaled experience helps you navigate a rapidly evolving marketplace. Our highly successful consignment program placed some of the world’s most significant motorcars with new owners, and our showrooms house a diverse inventory of nearly 200 vehicles. If you are buying, selling or exploring your options to manage your collection, choose Hyman Ltd to serve your needs. 2310 Chaffee Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146 314-524-6000. sales@hymanltd.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Paul Russell and Company. Legendary Motorcar Company. Classic Auto Mall — One of the largest Classic Car Facility’s in the world, with nearly eight acres under one roof in a climate controlled, secure, indoor showroom. Over 800 vehicles on display/for sale. The Ultimate Destination for Classic and Specialty Cars, located one hour west of Philadelphia on the Turnpike in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Consignments invited, single car or entire collections. Worldwide marketing coverage. Call 888.227.0914 or visit us at www.ClassicAutoMall.com Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com (MA) Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars of San Diego. 619.515.2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) 140 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Hagerty. 800.922.4050. is not just Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com the world’s largest provider of specialty insurance for enthusiast vehicles: they are all-in on the automotive lifestyle dedicated to the love of driving. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, DriveShare, Car Values, Hagerty magazine and MotorsportReg. Hagerty also helps keep the car culture alive for future generations through youth programs, support for Historic Vehicle Association and the RPM Foundation. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com (MI) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics.com info@ WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage Aston Martin of New England. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com (MA) As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collector Car Insurance J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com English Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. JWF Restorations Inc. SpecializAUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com (NY) ing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Kevin Kay Restorations. Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com June 2020 Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net (CA) 141


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Events—Concours, Car Shows Ferrari Financial Services. Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 30–November 1, 2020 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com SCCA’s San Francisco Region (SFR) Concours Chapter has been sanctioning concours d’elegance since 1952. SCCA provides judges, field crew and scorers at each SCCA-sanctioned concours. To exhibit your motorcar, contact the event organizers listed on each event’s own web page. SCCA SFR Concours d’Elegance Chapter is honored to sanction the following concours: Coyote Creek June 28, 2020 www.coyotecreekconcours.com Hillsborough July 12, 2020 www.hillsboroughconcours.org La Jolla Concours d’Elegance 619.233.5008. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. La Jolla California is excited for the new September dates and is proud to welcome the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty back to the jewel of the West Coast on Saturday September 19th, and Sunday September 20th, 2020 to celebrate its 16th year of automotive excellence. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com Ferndale September 13, 2020 www.ferndaleconcours.org Danville September 20, 2020 www.danville-delegance.org Niello October 4, 2020 www.theconcours.net SFR-SCCA seeks new judges and field crew. Contact Jim Perell at japerell@ icloud.com or 916-765-9739. concourscca.org J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! German Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR WeatherTech Raceway Laguna The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com (CA) Seca. 831.242.8200. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the legendary Corkscrew, which has been the scene of many famous racing memories. The 2019 premier-event season includes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, IMSA, Trans Am, Ferrari Racing Days, World Superbike and IndyCar’s season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. For tickets, camping and hospitality contact www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831.242.8200. Finance (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #: 1.602.397.5300 Scott Grundfor Company. Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com (CA) 201.816.2670. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com (CA) 142 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Import/Export Leasing Multimedia Publications MetroVac. MetroVac’s car vacs CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/ lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@ luxuryleasepartners.com Turtle Garage provides readers Premier Financial Services. Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com (CA) Italian 877.973.7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877.973.7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) with unique insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Museums and car dryers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com National Parts Depot. 800-874- 7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu and El Camino LeMay—America’s Car Museum celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org, www.lemaymuseum.org (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. With more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com Legal The Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com June 2020 Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird 1967–73 Cougar www.nationalpartsdepot.com Original Parts Group Inc. 800AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most sought-after products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com 243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 Dr Beasley’s. Using better products to care for your vehicle can make all the difference in the world. So start with quality products like Dr. Beasley’s. Located in Chicago, IL, Dr. Beasley’s manufactures detailing products that have amazing ease of use and the performance that professional detailers require. All of our products have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, so try them for yourself. Or if you’d rather, hire one of our Authorized Detailers for the ultimate in car care and protection. Visit www.drbeasleys.com or call us at 773.404.1600. Let us know SCM sent you. 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com 143


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Racing Services Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Bright- works has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction.com (CA) Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom Jeff’s Resurrections has been bringing some of the world’s finest cars back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas for almost three decades. Founded in 1990, we are a full-service auto restoration facility specializing in classic, exotic and antique vehicles, whose work has won many awards. With a full-time team of ten skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers, we offer complete mechanical and coachwork services. Our premises encompass 36,000 square feet of historic property that once housed a pre-war Dodge dealership in Taylor, Texas, just a short drive from downtown Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Circuit of the Americas. 512.365.5346. www.jeffsresurrections.com (TX) TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com www.aeristo.com The Guild of Automotive RestorClassic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) On the Road Again Classics. Hahn Auto Restoration. D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic British & American auto restoration & repair shop is an 18,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of craftsman with over 140 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and inhouse Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com Palm Beach Classics. 561.568.5906. Palm Beach Classics has grown over the last decade into a well-respected restoration facility and automotive sales center known around the world. Backed up with a very strong reputation, we provide high-quality restorations on classic Mercedes-Benz. We value our customers through excellence in our work and service. Our parts department is top notch and has a rare variety of hard-to-find original Mercedes-Benz parts. Email: Office@ palmbeachclassics.com www.palmbeachclassics.com (FL) Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. 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The Creative Workshop. Ragtops & Roadsters. Paramount Classic Cars. 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com 215.257.1202. For close to three decades Ragtops & Roadsters has provided maintenance, preservation and restoration services for British, German, Italian and other European marques. We offer a comprehensive array of services, including mechanical repair, engine rebuilding, interior trimming and coachwork; including paint and body repair. Let our talented craftsman put you back in the driver’s seat of your special classic car so you can enjoy it on the road again! info@ragtops.com www.ragtops.com (PA) RM Auto Restoration. 519.352.4575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com Treasured Motorcar Services. 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,500 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com The Paddock Classic Car RestoraParuch Automotive Craftsman- ship. 262.339.0180. We are a small team of passionate craftsmen dedicated to delivering sophisticated automotive metal restoration. Our passion is restoring ’50s–’60s coach-built vehicles; especially Italian marques. Our capabilities include coach-built body restoration, metal shaping, fabrication, trim and exhaust fabrication, muscle car restoration... anything metal. We have been involved with a substantial pedigree of world-class vehicle restorations. For over 10 years, our workmanship has been shown and won awards at concours across the U.S. and Europe. Give us a call to learn more about who we are and how we can help with your next project. 262.339.0180, www.paruchautomotivecraftsmanship. com (WI) Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com tions. 860.224.1888. At The Paddock, our collective passion is the restoration and preservation of fine classic automobiles of any type/era. We strive to provide the highest possible quality in our results and approach every customer relationship with openness, honesty, constant communication, detailed documentation and with the highest ethical standards. Our 18,000 square foot facility is fully equipped and is staffed with highly skilled artisans, allowing us to provide a full array of services to our clients in a single location. Visit us in person at 285 Columbus Boulevard, New Britain, CT 06051, or online at www.ThePaddockCars.com Torque Classic Cars. 561.333.1868. We are your one stop for all your collector car needs. Located in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. We specialize in restorations of European sports cars with a concentration in MercedesBenz and Jaguar. With a diverse team of master craftsmen we bring rolling works of art to life. Our in-house upholstery center and body shop allow us to give every project our undivided attention all under one roof. Storage and Consignments available. 561-333-1868 torqueclassiccars.com Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. The Classic Auto Show. Prueitt Automotive Restoration. Since 1975. Al Prueitt and Sons is a family-owned and -operated Antique and Classic Auto Restoration business located in Glen Rock, PA. Restoring antique, classic and special interest cars. Performing all aspects of car restoration in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility including: upholstery, mechanical, electrical, engine rebuilds, bodywork, custom paint, interior and exterior woodworking and refinishing. Tel: 800.766.0035 or 717.428.1305, email: alprueittandsons@verizon.net 8 Winter Avenue, Glen Rock, PA 17327 June 2020 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) Since 1991, we have been restoring cars back to exacting standards and building custom, one-of-a kind vehicles for customers all over the world. We are your one-stop shop. All restoration and mechanical services are met through our comprehensive shop. Expert body restoration, paint, fabrication, and upholstery. “Precisely Like You Want It. Even If You Want It Precisely Like It Was.” Visit valenticlassics.com to learn more or email inquiry@valenticlassics. com (WI) © 145


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Derek Jeter’s First Jersey Hits a Homer A Hall of Fame career in New York jacks a rookie’s uniform into the seats Thought Carl’s Derek Jeter made his New York Yankee Hall of Fame career debut in May of 1995 and went 0-4. It was a different story the next day, when he collected two hits and scored his first run. He wore the offered jersey for his entire first season. Goldin Auctions, at their February Winter Catalog sale, sold Jeter’s first MLB game-worn jersey for $360,000. The jersey was signed and photo-matched with letters of authenticity. Here are a few very cool pieces we noted at Bonhams’ recent Amelia Island sale. Prices noted include a 27.5% premium on the first $3,000 and 25% thereafter. to race at Indy. The lightweight car was quick — but only qualified once and retired shortly after the start of the race. This piece sold at the May 2014 Heritage Automobilia Auction for around $3,000, so no appreciation here. BONHAMS LOT 6—1960 12 HOURS OF SEBRING ALITALIA CUP. SOLD AT: $6,950. Date sold: 3/5/2020. Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney teamed together in the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring to drive a Maserati Tipo 61. Gurney completed the fastest lap, and for his efforts won the Alitalia Cup. Unfortunately, after 136 laps, the Maserati transmission failed and they were unable to finish the race. This cool cup was offered with a program from the race. Company livery. Ruby qualified 5th in 1967, but the car only lasted three laps before dropping a valve. Ruby had earlier won the 1965 and 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with Ken Miles, driving a Ford GT40. This nose cone was also sold at the May 2014 Heritage Automobilia Auction for about $3,000. GRAND PRIX MONOPOSTO BY TOSCHI. SOLD AT: $4,075. Date sold: 3/5/2020. This die-cast 22-inch-long model was created as a presentation gift to Ferrari team members and dealerships. The upper half of the body was removable and contained a bottle of liqueur which, of course, is long gone. A rare model that dates to 1952 and shows a bit of age wear but is still very desirable. BONHAMS LOT 14—LARGE BUGATTI SIGN. SOLD AT: $10,700. Date sold: 3/5/2020. This large sign was 117 inches by 59 inches and appeared to have been hand-painted. It was stated to have been on a railway shed. Few original Bugatti signs exist, so if this is the real deal, it is rather rare and worth the price paid. BONHAMS LOT 16— ETTORE BUGATTI’S PERSONAL PASTA MACHINE. SOLD AT: $37,575. Date sold: 3/5/2020. Ettore Bugatti’s chef reported that the pasta machine was broken, and it would be some time before a new one would arrive. So Bugatti designed a new one. It was built in the Molsheim factory and used a Type 46 steering wheel rather than a crank. An expensive — but unique — automotive oddity. The only one! BONHAMS LOT 10—THE NOSE CONE FROM JIM HURTUBISE’S 1969 MALLARD-OFFENHAUSER INDY 500 CAR. SOLD AT: $2,020. Date sold: 3/5/2020. This as-raced original aluminum nose cone was in its original Pepsi/Frito-Lay livery. It was from the last front-engined car BONHAMS LOT 15— NOSE CONE FROM 1967 MONGOOSE INDY CAR RACED BY LLOYD RUBY. SOLD AT: $1,912. Date sold: 3/5/2020. This Dave Laycock Mongoose Indy car nose was signed by Lloyd Ruby and was in American Red Transportation BONHAMS LOT 17— LARGE-SCALE DIE-CAST MODEL OF FERRARI “500” SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid BONHAMS LOT 22— ORIGINAL SCORE RECORD FOR “THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR” SIGNED BY STEVE MCQUEEN. SOLD AT: $2,805. Date sold: 3/5/2020. This album slipcover for the score record of “The Thomas Crown Affair” was signed by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway — among others. The movie is known for the song “The Windmills of Your Mind” — and the sultry relationship between McQueen and Faye Dunaway. ♦ POSTMASTER at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market