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199 COLLECTOR CARS EVALUATED FIRST-HAND BY OUR EXPERTS Keith Martin's '65 FERRARI F1 For someone very short and very rich Sports CarMarket $1.1m The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values and Trends Brock Yates 30 Years of Collecting March 2006 MARTIN RATING 100 Collectible Cars Under $50,000

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values and Trends 38 Perfect for Everything but Cavallino A Supersized 166 42 A Big Honkin' Rolls March 2006 .Volume 18. Number 3 COLLECTOR CAR PROFILES 38 1952 Ferrari 166/340 MM Touring Barchetta Recreation ”F” stands for fake, but also for fun. John Apen 42 1925 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost A Scaphandrier-style rebody haunts this 1925 Ghost. Diane Brandon 46 1901 Panhard et Levassor Rear-Entrance Tonneau $220,000 for a return ticket to Brighton? Carl Bomstead 48 1960 Volkswagen Split-Window Pickup Why a $15,000 VW pickup is a good buy. Paul Duchene 52 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable Buying the ultimate '50s gimmick. B. Mitchell Carlson 56 1965 Ferrari 1512 Sure it's fast, just don't drive it. Thor Thorson 199 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS 60 Kruse International, Auburn, IN More than $20min sales during this bread-and-butter auction. Dave Kinney 68 Palm Springs Auctions, Palm Springs, CA The bidders repsond to Keith McCormick's 39th. Carl Bomstead 76 Kruse International, Las Vegas, NV A pricey Escort in Sin City, and we mean the car. B. Mitchell Carlson 84 RM Auctions, Toronto, CAN With no Yanks in sight, Canucks carry this $2.8m sale. Norm Mort 90 Kensington, Uncasville, CT Logistical issues make for poor results at this first-ever event. Donald Osborne 94 Christie's, London, UK Barn-find Bentleys steal the show at the Jack Barclay. Dave Kinney 98 The Hershey Auction, Hershey, PA $6.3m in sales, abysmal weather and all. Dave Kinney 104 Bonham's and Butterfields, Los Angeles, CA The Petersen plays host to another successful all-bike sale. Paul Duchene Cover photograph: Winston Goodfellow 108 eBay Motors How's that song go? If I had a million dollars... Geoff Archer

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40 Please Don't Disturb 32 Mr. Cannonball COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic The Opel GT: “Honey, I shrunk the Corvette.” Rob Sass 28 Legal Files Say bad things about someone, get sued. John Draneas 40 Sheehan Speaks Beware Ferrari “sleeping beauties.” Michael Sheehan 44 English Patient Three lies about classicMinis. Gary Anderson 50 Porsche Gespräch Is the 959 the next 904? Jim Schrager 54 Domestic Affairs Nine sleeper muscle car collectibles. Colin Comer 114 Motobilia Poster children for good and bad buys at Her Carl Bomstead 116 Bike Buys $15,400 Ferrarimotorcycle heralds a new colle Paul Duchene 130 eWatch The second Schalebaum sale nets $13.5 millio Carl Bomstead FEATURES 30 SCM Tucker Museum Tour: A Trip Through Time 32 Brock Yates on Collecting: 30 Years and Counting 36 Amelia Island Preview:Where to Be in Florida DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 18 You Write, We Read 20 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Our Cars: 1964 Jaguar Mk II, 1969 Lamborghini Islero, 1962 Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans Coupe 27 20 Year Picture 82 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Jeep Commander Limited, 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 103 Alfa Bits 109 FreshMeat: 2006 Ferrari FXX, 2006 M-B R350, 2006 Chevrolet HHR LT 110 Automotive Investor:Martin Rating System 118 Mystery Photo 40 Please 40 Please ase Don't Disturb 32 Mr. Cannonball COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 26 Affordable Please Don't Disturb 32 Mr. Cannonball COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic The Opel GT: “Honey, I shrunk the Corvette.” Rob Sass 28 Legal Files Say bad things about someone, get sued. John Draneas 40 Sheehan Speaks Beware Ferrari “sleeping beauties.” Michael Sheehan 44 English Patient Three lies about classicMinis. Gary Anderson 50 Porsche Gespräch Is the 959 the next 904? Jim Schrager 54 Domestic Affairs Nine sleeper muscle car collectibles. Colin Comer 114 Motobilia Poster children for good and bad buys at Her Carl Bomstead 116 Bike Buys $15,400 Ferrarimotorcycle heralds a new colle Paul Duchene 130 eWatch The second Schalebaum sale nets $13.5 millio Carl Bomstead FEATURES 30 SCM Tucker Museum Tour: A Trip Through Time 32 Brock Yates on Collecting: 30 Years and Counting 36 Amelia Island Preview:Where to Be in Florida DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 18 You Write, We Read 20 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Our Cars: 1964 Jaguar Mk II, 1969 Lamborghini Islero, 1962 Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans Coupe 27 20 Year Picture 82 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Jeep Commander Limited, 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0T 103 Alfa Bits 109 FreshMeat: 2006 Ferrari FXX, 2006 M-B R350, 2006 Chevrolet HHR LT 110 Automotive Investor:Martin Rating System 118 Mystery Photo I'm I'm buoyed by this sail result as this was no Mickey Mouse job. And the price likely won't ruffle any feathers.—Dave Kinney's report on the Kruse Auburn sale begins on p. 60

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Year of the Car T he 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit heralded the return of the car. As gas prices soar, customers are looking for—and manufacturers are competing to offer—products that are decidedly European in flavor. Compact size, styling, affordability, efficiency, and performance all seemed equal parts of the equation, and were a welcome respite from the unending deluge of supersized SUVs we enthusiasts have endured for the past decade. Ford debuted the Reflex, its first no- table new model in years. A small 2+1, it has aggressive styling and shows some promise that Ford is capable of doing more than just recycling old ideas. While the Reflex powertrain was a trendy tri-power diesel, electric, and solar hybrid, I say put something conventional under the hood and get the car into production. Although Carroll Shelby rode onto the Cobo Arena stage in the new Shelby GT500 Mustang, he was briskly and embarrassingly shuffled off into the wings with little more than a cursory wave to the thousands of assembled journalists. Some kind of endorsement of the car would have been appropriate, but quickly sweeping him off the stage created the impression that he wasn't behind the project, and had just exchanged his name for a check. The four-door Aston Martin Rapide proved that a clever designer can make a striking four-door saloon. According to insiders at Aston, there are no significant challenges to prevent the Rapide from going into production, and it would take just 36 months from green light to showroom floor. Porsche brass circled the Rapide with concern, as it is that very same four-door, high-speed sedan market Stuttgart is after with the Panamera. Maserati should be nervous as well. Its Quattroporte has had this market all to itself, but that time is coming to an end. (We're not overlooking the Mercedes CLS, but its svelte styling comes at the expense of reasonable rear-seat comfort.) Jaguar's booth stood next to that of Aston, and the contrast was stark. Once a paragon of style, Jag has floundered during the past decade. While the modern S-type was a visual success, the XK8 was innocuous at best, and its auto-only transmission proved a turnoff to enthusiasts. And the XJ6 was just an archaic design that reeked, unimaginatively, of days gone by. For me, the new XK is a disappointment. Rather than presenting an alluring, evocative statement for the Leaping Ford Reflex—finally a better idea Cat, the car takes the lines of the XK8 and simply expands them in all directions. It's no secret Jaguar has struggled in the marketplace. Though Ford ownership has made the cars reliable, the challenge remains to make them sexy and desirable once again. Clearly their next-door neighbors at Aston need to send over a dollop of visual excitement. Though the Bugatti Veyron was conspicuous by its absence, another made-up brand, Maybach, had a only slight presence in Detroit. Whereas the Maybach was once heralded as the second coming of something, its nondescript styling and lack of true heritage have led to a sales disaster. Thus a sole high-po 57 S sat forlornly off to the side of the main Mercedes display. Meanwhile, the Maybach's direct competitor, the Rolls Phantom, looks better each year. While I was not initially a fan of its “in-your-face” grille, it wears well with age. Though the Maybach may be a better machine, the Rolls offers what those spending $320,000 for a car are most looking for—an immediately recognizable statement of personal success. The Chrysler Imperial show car is a stroke of brilliance. It's also a near-direct copy of the Rolls Phantom, complete with suicide doors and its own massive grille, in what would clearly be a much less expensive version. If the green light is given, how many seconds will it take before a Rolls-Royce grille conversion kit is made available? DaimlerChrysler's CEO Dieter Zetsche, properly regarded as a magician for his turnaround at Chrysler, squandered a big piece of his built-up goodwill by lecturing the assembled journalists on the virtues of diesel engines. Like BMW, Mercedes is an aspirational brand. But like retreads and airhorns, Americans will forever associate diesels with truck stops, not high-performance luxury cars from Germany. BMW's Z4 coupe is gorgeous, at the very least because its hatchback removes the un- necessary and awkward Bangle Butt that plagues the convertible. BMW should take care. While it blunders about substituting dubious style for performance, and ill-conceived, ineffective ergonomic interfaces for simple controls, Audi is on a roll. Despite the contrived, Joe Camel, overhung nose now common to all Audis, the cars share a crisp, no-nonsense appearance with class-leading performance to match. Perhaps now that parent company VW has stopped squandering resources on the ill-conceived Phaeton, it will actually have the funds to promote Audi in the U.S. Dodge has made the mistake of styling its new Challenger concept with a slavish ad- herence to the lines of the original. As a result, it is not nearly as inspired or as interesting as Chevrolet's new Camaro concept car. The Camaro is edgy, aggressive, and thoroughly a car of today. And it's exactly the kind of product Chevy needs on the street to attract new buyers to the fold. For those who want an SUV with the bulk and presence of a Hummer H3, but not the earth-killing reputation it exudes, Toyota offered up the Land Cruiser FJ. A clever interpretation of the iconic, everlasting FJ40, it should do very well. For enthusiasts, this turned out to be the best Detroit show ever. It seemed like the manufacturers have realized that the era of mega-trucks is coming to an end. Consumers want cars, sexy cars, and the manufacturers clearly have their ears to the ground. Offering buyers what they want shouldn't be a complicated equation.u Aston Rapide—four doors with style 10 Dodge Challenger. Yawn. Chevy Camaro drives to the future Sports Car Market

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Crossing the Block to please any discerning collector. Among the more interesting cars will be a tattered, Polish-built 1958 FSO Warszawa M20, the late Pope John Paul II's very first car. At the other end of the spectrum is a 1952 Jaguar XK C-type, ex-Ecurie Ecosse, and piloted by Ian Stewart to great success throughout the U.K. during the 1952 and 1953 seasons. The car failed to sell at $1.9m at the firm's London sale in June 2005, so perhaps this venue will see it change hands. Estimates put it at $1.5m–$2.2m. ex-Ecurie Ecosse 1954 XK C-type at Christie's Retromobile auction, Paris Barons—Classic Collectors and Historic Cars Where: Surrey, U.K. When: February 6–7 More:www.barons-auctions.com Barons begins its sales year with a strong contingent of cars, many of which come from the estate of a private collector. Featured will be a 1956 Bentley S1, an early model in sound, usable shape, and with an extensive history. Also look for a 1954 Sunbeam Alpine roadster, a car made famous by Grace Kelly in “To Catch a Thief.” Though not original, it has benefited from a recent freshening. RM Auctions—Boca Raton Collector Car Auction Where: Boca Raton, FL When: February 10–12 More: www.rmauctions.com Hot on the heels of its big Arizona sale, RM heads to Florida with an impressive consignment list. Expect heavy bidding on four different Cobras, as well as a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Experimental Motorama town car. Discovered in a junkyard in the 1980s, it has been expertly restored, returning it to the decadent showpiece it once was. Artcurial—Rétromobile 2006 Where: Paris When: February 10–12 More: www.artcurial.com 12 Last year Artcurial presented a stunning array of race and road equipment, and this year's consignments look just as promising. Shown at Rétromobile 2003, the 1954 Renault Étoile Filante, or Shooting Star, is a record-setting, turbine-powered car. Producing 270 hp at 28,000 rpm, the frantic motor propelled it across the Bonneville Salt Flats at 192 mph in 1956, setting three records along the way. Its swoopy curves and twin fins will be hard to miss. Christie's—Rétromobile 2006 Where: Paris, FR When: February 11 More:www.christies.com Christie's returns to Rétromobile this year with a varied and extensive catalog, sure H & H Classic Auctions—Fine Historic Motor Cars Where: Cheltenham, U.K. When: February 21 More:www.classic-auctions.co.uk Of the many cars that will cross the block at this sale, none is as significant as this 1963 AC Cobra, S/N CSX2131. With assistance from Carroll Shelby, the car was built by AC Cars specifically for Le Mans. Entered as a factory works racer, it was driven by Ninian Sanderson and Peter Bolton to 7th overall and 1st in class, the best-ever result for a Cobra roadster at the June race. With a string of subsequent international victories both in class The Shooting Star, presented by Artcurial Sports Car Market

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and overall, S/N 2131 is certainly one of the most storied Cobras in the Cobra story, and is estimated at $1.2m–$1.4m. G. Potter King—Atlantic City Collector Car Event Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 23–27 More: www.acclassiccars.com G. Potter King once again teams up with Kruse, and this year they've got more muscle cars than during the last few years combined. The event also celebrates hot rodder extraordinaire Boyd Coddington, who will be on hand to sign autographs. Once you've got his signature, check out the 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird, known as “The Phoenix Superbird,” offered for sale for the first time after 35 years with its original owner. Leake Auctions—Oklahoma Collector Car Auction Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 24–25 More:www.leakecarauction.com Richard Sevenoaks and his Leake Auction Company pair up with Kruse to present this 22nd Annual OKC sale. Expect to see more than 400 cars, including a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, as well as a nicely restored 1969 Mustang BOSS 429. With its early (Feb. '69) build date, this one features the stronger, more potent NASCAR-type connecting rods and valve covers. Bonhams—Important Collectors' Motor Cars Where: Warwickshire, U.K. When: February 25 More: www.bonhams.com This central England sale will feature a well-presented and largely original Porsche 962. Constructed in 1988 as a customer car for the Kremer Brothers, S/N CK6-88 won its first two races at Budapest and Hockenheim in the European Interserie and finished 9th overall at Le Mans. Later campaigned by Mario and Michael Andretti, this potent machine retains both its Kremer livery as well as the Bridge Group Andretti decals. Get it for $300k– $350k. XJ 220 at Palm Springs McCormick—40th Palm Springs Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 25–26 More: www.classic-carauction.com Expect big things from Keith McCormick, as more than 400 cars will cross the block at the Spa Resort Casino, and a clean 1993 Jaguar XJ 220 tops the list. Number 54 of just 281 built, it 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. E-mail auction info to: stefan@sportscarmarket.com FEBRUARY Florida – Feb. 3 KRUSE – Sarasota Oregon – Feb. 4 PETERSEN – Salem England – Feb. 6-7 BARONS – Surrey Florida – Feb. 10 RM – Boca Raton France – Feb. 10 ARTCURIAL – Paris France – Feb. 11 CHRISTIE'S – Paris Washington – Feb. 11-12 SILVER – Puyallup England – Feb. 20-21 H&H – Cheltenham New Jersey – Feb. 23-26 KRUSE – Atlantic City Oklahoma – Feb. 24 LEAKE – Oklahoma City England – Feb. 25 BONHAMS – Warwickshire California – Feb. 25-26 MCCORMICK – Palm Springs February 2006 13 MARCH Arkansas – Mar. 10-11 KRUSE – Hot Springs Florida – Mar. 11 RM – Amelia Island England – Mar. 13-14 BARONS – Surrey Washington – Mar. 18 PETERSEN – Ridgefield Texas – Mar. 24 KRUSE – Fredericksburg Florida – Mar. 29-Apr. 6 BARRETT-JACKSON – Palm Beach Tennessee – Mar. 31 KRUSE – Nashville Minnesota – Mar. 31 MIDAMERICA – St. Paul APRIL Minnesota – Apr. 1 MIDAMERICA – St. Paul Nevada – Apr. 7 KRUSE – Las Vegas Canada – Apr. 7-9 RM – Toronto England – Apr. 11-12 H&H – Buxton Pennsylvania – Apr. 21-22 Carlisle – Carlisle Missouri – Apr. 21-23 COX – Branson England – Apr. 24 BONHAMS – Hendon England – Apr. 24-25 BARONS – Surrey Indiana – Apr. 28 KRUSE – Auburn Missouri – Apr. 28-29 MECUM – Kansas City Michigan – Apr. 28-30 RM – Novi MAY Massachusetts – May 6 BONHAMS – Brookline Texas – May 6 WORLDWIDE – Houston California – May 11-14 RM – Los Angeles Minnesota – May 12 MIDAMERICA – Minneapolis England – May 13 BONHAMS – Newport Pagnell Indiana – May 18-21 KRUSE – Auburn Monaco – May 20 BONHAMS – Monte Carlo Massachusetts – May 20 KRUSE – Topsfield Illinois – May 25-29 MECUM – Belvidere was recently EPA/DOT certified and is U.S.-legal. With only 2,600 miles and a recent full service, expect this one to attract plenty of bidders.u

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The Inside Line News n Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours and noted automotive photographer and journalist, has joined the steering committee of the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, WA. Said LeMay executive director David Madeira, “Bill brings us years of creative and practical experience, and he knows how to build something from the ground up—as he did with the Amelia Island Concours. We are pleased that he has become a part of our team.” n The first publicly announced Bugatti Veyron sale occurred at the L.A. Autoshow, when publishing magnate, museum founder, and long-time friend of SCM Bob Petersen purchased the very car on display. “Since the car has been used by Bugatti for development, it's got about 10,000 miles on it, which is perfect for us, since we intend to drive it,” said Dick Messer, executive director of the Petersen Museum. According to Messer, the approximately $1.2m purchase price of the Veyron was wired to the manufacturer the same day Petersen decided to buy the car. n VintageAutoPosters.com has announced its completely revised and updated Web site. As the largest dealer of original vintage automotive posters, the company has included a complete inventory of color images with descriptions. www .vintageautoposters.com n Shigenori Maeda, a design student from the College for 412.824.2297, www.pvgp.org. (PA) n MidAmerica Motorworks presents the “Get Your Parts Before Summer Starts” swapmeet April 1 at company HQ in Effingham, IL. Car guys will be selling everything from Corvette hoods and Porsche seats to buckets of VW Beetle bolts, plus owner's manuals, how-to books, and media press kits. There will also be a “Car for Sale Corral” and a MidAmerica Motorworks scratch-n-dent sale. 800.500.1500, www.mamotorworks.com. (IL) n Join 60 of the world's Shigenori Maeda with his prize-winning “612 Lafayette” Creative Studies in Detroit, has been given the award for Excellence in Design for Aluminum by Alcoa. His model of a “612 Lafayette” Ferrari was designed for the international “Ferrari: New Concepts of the Myth” competition, which was organized by Ferrari in cooperation with Pininfarina. www.alcoa .com. n The lawsuit brought by Denise Halicki against Carroll Shelby for copyright and trademark infringement has been dismissed. As we reported in the February 2005 issue of SCM on page 10, Halicki claimed that she, and not Shelby, owned the trademark for Eleanor, the 1971 Ford Mustang fastback in the film “Gone in 60 Seconds.” The judge in the case stated that none SCM Happenings n Join contributing editor Donald Osborne and Sports Car Market for our sixth annual Retromobile Reception on February 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Cafe du Jambon at the rear of the main hall. This year, Retromobile will feature 100 years of automotive advertising, from posters to promotional films. This is a great opportunity to meet members of the SCM family from around the world. Please contact Osborne for further information, dosborne@sportscarmarket. com. (FR) n Visit Keith Martin, fresh from serving on the faculty of the Collier symposium on collecting the previous week, in the Sports Car Market booth at the Amelia Island Concours, March 10–12. Editor Martin will also be a judge at the Concours, which this year features the cars of Stanley Motor Carriage Company, including the Stanley Steamer's land-speed record of 1906. www.ameliaconcours.org. (FL) 16 of Ms. Halicki's claims was supported by the evidence. n The Collectors Foundation, successor to the Hagerty Fund, awarded over $400,000 in scholarships and grants in 2005, its first official year. Upgrades to automotive teaching labs, educational outreach, library and museum preservation systems received funds from the Foundation, as well as 19 students preparing for careers in automotive or boat restoration, design, and customizing. www .collectorsfoundation.org Events The 2006 Chicago Auto Show, held February 10–19, has introduced five new award categories: Best All-New Vehicle, Best Concept, Best Exhibit, Best Chicago “World Introduction,” and Vehicle You Most Want to See in Your Driveway. Ten finalists will be chosen by a panel of industry and media experts in the first four categories, while the last allows candidates to write in their vote. Voting will be conducted online at www.drivechicago.com. (IL) n The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association will have a “pit lane” display area February 11–19 on the second floor of the 2006 Pittsburgh Auto Show. Race cars from the PVGPA event will be featured, including their Marque of the Year, Jaguar. Barber Motorsports Races – Apr. 6-9 www.svra.com 1000 Km Istanbul – Apr. 7-9 www.lmes.net Sports Car Market finest automobiles on 1,000 miles through Arizona and Utah on the sixteenth annual Copperstate 1000, held April 22–26. Sports, racing, and grand touring cars built before 1973 are eligible; organized by the Men's Arts Council; proceeds benefit the Phoenix Art Museum. 602.643.2417, www.copperstate1000.com. (AZ) n The circuits in Dijon, Ledenon, and the Paul Ricard will be featured in this year's Tour Auto Lissac, April 24–29, as part of a new route through Southeast France. There are two entry levels, competition or regularity. Cars that participated in the Tour de France Automobile between 1951 and 1973 are eligible.+, www .tour-auto.com. (FR)u Calendar of Events Chicago Auto Show – Feb. 10-19 www.chicagoautoshow.com Pittsburgh Auto Show – Feb. 11-19 www.pittsburghauto.org 12 Hours of Sebring – Mar. 15-18 www.svra.com APRIL MARCH FEBRUARY

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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com EMBRACE THE SCM CHALLENGE Dear SCM: I bought the 1987 Fiat X1/9 at the August Kruse auction in Seaside, CA. After reading the Clinard brothers' opinion of this car in the November issue (“Exterior shows some wear, worn leather, interior tired”), which resulted in the 3+ condition grade, I resisted the urge to be a typical, defensive, whining victim owner. Instead, I embraced the challenge to have my acquisition detailed and improved: Interior and leather seats are now Lexoled to good effect and paint chips are all touched up. The amazingly low mileage of 1,800 is actual (there were a few unsold for years due to the exit of Fiat from the U.S.). Since the cleaning, the car has been exhibited at the Alameda All-Italian Car Show and gone over by the boys at Sid Colberg's Lunch Bunch monthly meeting. Almost everyone kept referring to it as “new” and said for the price of $9,250 (though high for an X1/9), it was a very cool mid-engine Italian sports car. I have found it to be a fantastic-handling car in the curves and surprisingly comfortable on long stretches. All that being said, I'm not going to ask you for the unobtainable SCMRCU (Sports Car Market Retroactive Condition Upgrade). Instead, I just want to thank the Clinard brothers for resisting the opportunity to accuse me of being a victim of the bidder's bar.— Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA DE TOUR Dear SCM: I just finished read- ing Carl Bomstead's “eWatch” on Delaware tags in the December 2005 issue, page 146. Delaware plates are more unique than you realize. The history prior to 1942 is complex and, for this discussion, unnecessary. Back in 1942, Delaware issued black and white porcelain plates called “diamond tags” because a diamond was used as a comma to separate the thousands place from the hundreds. The diamond was also a metaphor for one of Delaware's nicknames, “The Diamond State.” Black and white tags were is- 18 Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN General Manager DAVID SLAMA V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Senior Editor PAUL DUCHENE Editorial Manager KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER Auction Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Copy Editor BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS Auction Analysts JOHN APEN B. MITCHELL CARLSON DANIEL GRUNWALD I resisted the urge to be a typical, defensive, whining victim owner sued up to 1946, when they were replaced with stainless steel. For something with such a short span of issuance, they sure have been a popular fixture in Delaware lore. Blue and gold tags, a color combo used back in the '20s and '30s, returned in 1958. From 1958 to the late 1960s, the tags used riveted numbers (this made repair in the DMV offices fast and easy—as fast and easy as DMV offices can ever be). Next up is the current silk-screened tag. There were several small changes in font and the addition of a logo over the years, but nothing earthshattering (don't ask about the last font change, though; that was ugly). What makes Delaware unique is that the DMV has authorized companies to make retro porcelain black and white tags, as long as the number is below 86,999, is a commercial or dealer tag below 9,999 (C9*999, D9*999, where the * represents a diamond), and has a valid registration to go with it. No other plates are allowed, but I think ham radio call letters are okay. Expect to pay upwards of $100 for a retro tag. What this has created is a pseudo-black market on five-digit tags. I moved to California last year and when I left, I had several friends ask if they could have my registration. It was under 50,000, and as such was legal to be made into a retro black and white tag. The only problem: I needed it in California for a little while longer. Officially, #1 is for the governor (however, for security purposes, it isn't used much), #2 is for the lieutenant governor, and #3 is for the secretary of state. After that, it's a free-for-all. A friend had #9, I think it was, on their Rolls-Royce. Several years ago, the Delaware Lottery wanted #57 for a promotion—they were giving away a 57 Chevy Bel Air convertible, and wanted that tag for it—and they ended up paying something like $75k for the privilege. For the longest time, the state did not encourage the sale of registrations and required the sale to be accompanied by a car; however, that seems to have been relaxed. It was funny to see 1973 Dodge Darts in the paper back in the '80s with asking prices of $5,000 just because the tag had only two digits. I hope this explains the neuroses that Delaware has for its plates. P.S.: According to an article I just read at www.doverpost.com, the value of four-digit tags is astounding—low five figures. Some are selling in the $12,000 to $17,000 range, and one three-digit tag is for sale with an asking price of $125,000. It's nuts. Check out this site for more prices: www .lowdigittags.com. —Andy Bogus, Torrance, CA Contributing Editor Carl Bomstead responds: Andy, thanks for the background info. Just goes to show that the Brits are not the only ones who will pay silly money for an interesting vanity plate. 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A PAIR OF PORTLAND PORSCHE LETTERS Dear SCM: I was delighted to finally see some acknowledgment of the red-hot “long hood” 911 market in the November issue. This was of particular interest to me as I simultaneously received a disturbing notice from my insurance agent. Apparently the underwriters are only willing to provide coverage of $21k on a particularly lovely '67 911S coupe I purchased back in April for $40k. Ironically, my cutebut-pedestrian Triumph TR2 rates $23,600. If that wasn't enough, the agent mentioned I should check out the NADA guide, as she'd had a customer secure $150k coverage on a ‘69 Hemi Road Runner based on their numbers. I suspect all of these guides are so far off the mark on the early 911 because the truly great cars are traded among the faithful. I confirmed this utilizing my trusty SCM Gold membership. I found only two pre-'74 S models sold at auction in the last two years, one of which had a V8 in it. Anyway, you can't buy an exceptional pre'74 911S for $25k any more; you'll more likely pay at least $50k. Now that this is off my chest, I must congratulate you guys on a great publication. The now-ritual tearing of the plastic wrapper once a month reminds me of the anticipation and excitement I felt opening a similarly packaged magazine back in college.—Tom Fender, Portland, OR Dear SCM: I am enclosing a picture of a '73 911 RS in Gulf Blue that a friend of mine who lives in the Bay area is thinking of buying. He doesn't know the history yet; with the headlamp grouping I'm sure it must have some road-race history. I've never seen one like it before, but I'm not a Porsche expert. Can you tell me what it is, and what its value range should be?—D.B., Portland, OR Contributing Editor Jim Schrager responds: They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one generates a thousand questions. The car is noted as a 1974 911 Carrera, but there are two very different versions of this model. If it is the U.S. version, it has the 2.7-liter flat six with a Bosch CIS fuel injection system tuned for gas mileage and emission controls. If a European model, it has the high-revving 2.7-engine March 2006 the Prowler is depreciating at a rate similar to Enron stock a few years ago. This might have been the case when the “got to have it first” crowd paid outlandish money for these cars when they first debuted. After production started in earnest, it is no surprise that these people ended up losing their shorts. However, in the past few years I have found that values have remained stable or, dare I say, increased a bit. After reading Bomstead's col- The Gulf Blue paint on the Fuchs alloys was not standard, but sure makes the car look racy from the legendary 1973 Carrera RS, complete with mechanical fuel injection, sporty S cams, horrible fuel economy, and gobs of power. The lights on the hood are a period Rally option that don't improve the aerodynamics at all and were not meant for street cars. The Gulf Blue paint on the Fuchs alloys was not standard, but sure makes the car look racy. The car looks very clean and well cared for, but without the serial number and an understanding of what's under the engine grille, we won't be able to guess the value. In general, I'd say about $20k for the U.S. version if it is in near-perfect condition; double that for the Euro car, as long as it has the original engine in good nick (as the Brits would say). THE BACK STORY Dear SCM: SCM is the maga- zine I look forward to each month, and each month's edition is better than the last. But nobody's perfect. Which brings me to the auction report on page 93 of the January issue and your report on the sale of a clapped-out 1941 Series 61 Cadillac 4-door. Unless the eyes deceive, this is actually a Series 63, which had a slight notch in the rear at the belt line and was described as a “semi-fastback sedan” and is rarer than the regular 61 sedan, which probably accounts for the buyer's willingness to pay. The 63 was conceived as a LaSalle and a companion to the Cadillac 60 Special. When LaSalle was dumped at the last minute, the car became a Cadillac. I don't have the production figures handy, but the serial number in your report confirms the car is a Series 63. This old American iron can confuse, but we old Americans are out here watching your every move. Keep up the good work.—Arthur Einstein, Stamford, CT umn I checked eBay and found the lowest posted “buy it now price” on all Prowlers listed at $30,000. The DuPont Registry currently has Prowlers listed from $32,900 to $48,900. In March of 2002, a month after production ended, I paid approximately $26,500 for a '99 with 10,000 miles. I believe that the Prowler was at its lowest value around the time I purchased mine. When I was looking for one in early 2002, a local Cadillac dealership had a low-mileage '99 sitting in its used car lot for $29,000. Today this same dealership has a '00 with 9,000 miles for $33,644 in the new-car showroom perched next to two XLRs. There were 11,578 Prowlers Senior Editor Paul Duchene responds: You are correct. Good eye on spotting the notchback Model 63 Cadillac sedan, since the rear of the car is facing the other way in the photograph. The 63 was to have been the '41 LaSalle, which was canceled after a couple of homely prototypes. It is significantly rarer than the fastback Model 61 sedan, with only 5,050 sold in '41 and just 1,750 in the shortened '42 season before Pearl Harbor. In contrast, there were 29,250 six-window fastback Model 61 sedans in 1941 alone. The six-window notchback sedan, Style 6319, was the only model in the 63 series, though it shared its 126-inch wheelbase with the Models 61, 62, and 60 Special. Other distinguishing features are concealed running boards, fender skirts, and two vertical dividers in the rear window. It cost $1,695 new. ON THE PROWL Dear SCM: I am curious where Carl Bomstead got the information that caused him to write that built from 1997 to 2002, so obviously it will never be a top-tier collectible. On the other hand, it is an out-of-the-ordinary, reliable cruiser that is affordable, and contrary to what Carl Bomstead claims, is not a horrendous investment either.—Andrew Raicevich, Lakewood, CO Contributing Editor Carl Bomstead responds: Andrew, we would have a hard time convincing my pal Ron that the Prowler he paid $7,500 over list for was a decent investment. He recently spent a couple of months attempting to sell it for $32,000 before accepting a lesser offer. He did attach some value to the admiration and attention he received from the valets at the country club and local restaurants; however, that wore thin after the second visit. On the other hand, I would certainly agree that if you can find a decent one for under $30k, you can have a lot of fun in an open car and not get too beat up when you tire of the dated styling. IF ONLY THEY WERE ALL THIS EASY Dear SCM: Jim Haynes' article in the November issue on his ex19

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I was looking for a '63 Avanti, and his expensive lesson in not believing everything you read reminded me to take my time to find a good car. A few weeks later I found a red '63 (non-supercharged but with factory air, power windows, a good original interior but with newer paint) in very solid 2+ condition for sale in Indiana. Without the pressure of an auction, it was simple to arrange an expert inspection. Thanks to the Internet I was able to ask Mike Baker, president of the Indiana Chapter of the Avanti Owners Association International, for an inspection referral (Baker is now president of the AOAI). As luck would have it, he was planning to visit the city where the car was located and was able to inspect and drive it. His recommendation gave me the confidence to buy the car long distance at a cost well below what I was willing to pay. I have a good idea of the areas I may want to address and have mentally (and financially) budgeted for them. The car's accommodating low-pressure owner and Baker's generous offer to look at the car again proved that there are still great people in the hobby. Jim, thanks for your hard-earned lesson. If we ever meet, lunch is on me.—John Boyle, Spokane, WA THE NEXT GENERATION Dear SCM: Thanks to you, my seven-year-old son has started a Gullwing account. On mystery reader day when Bryce was in kin- dergarten, I attended to educate the class on collectible cars. Needless to say, Daddy lost control of the entire class and they pilfered my Tootsie Pop rewards and destroyed many of my props. It was a great time. Bryce also goes through every issue cover to cover multiple times. His collectible car knowledge is scary. He does have great taste. Each night, we pick an issue of SCMto go through and we each pick out the car we want (speed is important) because whoever picks first gets the car they pick and the other cannot pick it too. We do this just before prayers and lights out. Our money pits: 1971 Mercedes 300SEL 6.3 with 78 original miles; 1971 BMW 2800 CS bought from original owner; 1971 MGB roadster with two tops and 63 original miles; 1977 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9; and a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible (plus a few more parts cars).—Bill Pope, Canton, GA TRANSITIONAL SPIDERS Dear SCM: Your price guide- lines for Alfa Giulietta/Giulia Spiders has been behind the curve for at least a year now and I am glad you took the time to update them. I congratulate you on reporting on what a great little car the 1600 Giulia Spider Veloce really is. For a while it was very much underappreciated, given all the mechanical improvements since the 750 series, plus the additional engine displacement that makes it a ball to drive. However, your price guidelines for the 101 1300 Giulietta Spider Veloces now border on embarrassing for guys with a Snake and Cross imprimatur on your foreheads. I have written previously suggesting that you break out the transitional period spiders ('59-'60) since they have been rivaling or even sometimes slightly surpassing '58-'59 750 spiders (blasphemy!). About ten months ago, a transitional '60 Spider Veloce sold on eBay for $40k, then a couple of months ago a transitional Spider Normale sold for $39k. There have been other examples going back more than a year, but I only recall an instance where a transitional 101 Veloce outsold a 750 Veloce on eBay with the auction listings less than a week apart (both available for bidding at the same time). There are mechanical reasons for this perceived desirability ranging from not needing to doubleclutch a tunnel transmission to increased horsepower. Another explanation is that the transitional-period Veloce Spiders have suffered for years at the hands of Fusi's important but incomplete tables, and have now come into their own with Tabucchi's publication, which makes their identification much easier. I found this quite surprising, having had the 750 Spider Veloce mantra drummed in my head for years. I thought SCM would have picked up on this interesting trend. Certainly SCM does not seem too shy about debunking myths or reversing position as necessary, which is the honesty in reporting that makes SCM entertaining to read. I am hoping that was some kind of omission during the last update process.—Al Patnaude, Amherst, NH Al, one or two sales do not a market make. In our opinion, the transition cars, with their awkward rear taillights and vent-window doors, will never have the same ultimate market value as the earlier, pure 750 Veloces. Yes, the tunnel case trannys are challenging, but they can be mastered. As with many collectible cars, a mechanically “better” car does not necessarily equate a more valuable one. SCM continues to maintain that the 750 Veloces are the most valuable of the Giulietta Spiders, the 1600 Giulia Veloces second, and the “transition” and 101 Veloces in last place. However, as you point out, values of all three models have been climbing rapidly.—ED.u Sports Car Market

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SCM Our Cars Two New Toys and an Old Favorite I've doubled the total number of cylinders in my garage in one fell swoop 1969 LAMBORGHINI ISLERO Owner:Donald Osborne, Contributing Editor, Branding & Events Purchase date and price: December 2005, $58,000 Mileage since purchase: 10 Recent work: none After running my '52 Lancia Ardea on the 2004 New England 1000 and my 1966 Lancia Fulvia on the 2005 Mountain Mille, I realized that what I needed for these thousand-mile events was 325 hp and massive torque. Of course, 12 cylinders, 4 cams, and pigskin leather wouldn't hurt, either. The answer came in the form of a 1969 Lamborghini Islero. In buying the car, I've doubled the total number of cylinders in my old-car garage in one fell swoop. The 400GT Islero has fascinated me for a long time—the clean, elegant, conservative lines are very much to my taste and I think it's better looking than the 350/400GT which preceded it. It was also apparently Ferruccio Lamborghini's favorite, designed to appeal to the fast-driving businessman as opposed to playboys and athletes. The car is a pleasure to drive—smooth, steady, and powerful. During my test drive, the car pulled effortlessly up to 160 kph (99.4 mph) on the freeway and handled an uphill decreasing-radius freeway ramp like a car many years younger. Although rare, with only 125 first series and 100 second series built, they have had a good survival rate. Mechanical parts are readily available since the basic engine was used in many Lamborghinis for years. There is also a very good support network including the Lamborghini Owner's Club and a superb Internet group, The Vintage Lamborghini Garage on Yahoo! Groups. As of press time, I'm looking forward to the end of winter and getting out on the road for some great driving. 1962 SUNBEAM HARRINGTON LE MANS COUPE Owner:Norm Mort, Contributor Purchase price and date: December 2005; $4,000 Canadian ($3,428) Mileage since purchase: About 300 on a trailer Recent work: Cleaned out 30 years of barnfind detritus from car Being a follower of Jim Schrager's “barn find” philosophy (December SCM), I find that old cars that have been stored for 30 years conjure idyllic images of the past while the vehicle itself seems to say, “Thank God you found me—please help!” This Harrington was being restored nearly 30 years ago by its former owner, a doctor from Pennsylvania, who had a cottage and garage near the north shore of Lake Erie. Trips to the cottage eventually became few and far between, and the Harrington languished for decades. The owner made sure all the new parts, original badges, and trim were delivered to his neighbor in Fort Erie before his death. A reader of the Toronto Sun/Sun Media and the neighbor's son-in-law contacted me regarding the Sunbeam. Only 250 Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans coupes were built between October 1961 and September 1962, and here was a marginally rusty example complete with a spare George Hartwell Ltd.converted 1,592-cc engine and overdrive unit, NOS front clip and fenders, and a very rusty Alpine parts car. The Alpine was a loss, but the Harrington had potential and, although costly, could be restored. After 600 miles in ten hours, I'd seen the Harrington, and it took me a day to decide if the Sunbeam was worth selling some of my other cars and projects. Because the Harrington was coachbuilt, the Type B Le Mans model was the most unique in appearance, and none of the trim and badges was missing, I once again decided to take on a task that will consume any spare time I have in the next two years. 24 1964 JAGUAR MK II Owner: Gary Anderson, Contributing Editor Purchase price and date: April 1999; $50,000 Mileage since purchase: 8,500 Recent work: Bearings in air conditioner compressor I've wanted to own a Jaguar Mark 2 for years. The graceful lines, the work of art doubling as an engine under the huge Leaper on the bonnet, the marvelous wood trim in the cabin, the detailing of the chrome handles, and the lovely little tea trays in the front-seat backs put this car in a class of its own. My opportunity came in 1999 when I spotted this pale ivory example with red Italian leather interior and immaculate wood being sold by a Jaguar collector to make space for a freshly restored XK. I knew that if I didn't buy it, I would never own a Mark 2. I would never find another one to measure up to this beauty, remanufactured by McLaren Motorsports in New Zealand in 1991. With modern upgrades, including a five-speed Vicarage transmission, XJ6 power steering rack, audio system, and competition front suspension surrounding the rebuilt original 220-hp engine, the car has no trouble holding its own in modern traffic, and it frequently pushes Ferraris and Astons to the sidelines at the front of fancy restaurants. To justify paying the high asking price, we use it as our weekend driver, especially when transporting other couples for evenings out, we show it once or twice a year (it won Best of Show at a recent local Jaguar club popular choice show), and we have driven it on annual Jaguar tours all over the West from our home in Los Altos, California.u Sports Car Market

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Affordable Classic 1969–73 Opel GT Over 70,000 GTs were peddled in the U.S. from 1968 to 1973, no small achievement given that GM deemed Buick division the official Opel outlet by Rob Sass T he history of captive imports is a tale of ill-starred orphans. If you recall the Plymouth Cricket (née Hillman Avenger), Plymouth Fire Arrow, (aka Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste), or the Ford Sierra sold here as the Merkur XR4ti (complete with pronunciation guide), you need to get out more. Captive imports were usually marketed in the U.S. until a competing domestic product came along, demand slackened, or the exchange rate shifted. Then they disappeared —along with parts and dealer support. So it was with GM's Opel GT, done in by the excellent Datsun 240Z and the weakening U.S. dollar. The GT started out in a promis- ing enough fashion with renowned designers such as Clare McKichan (think '55 Chevy) and Chuck Jordan involved. Like most sports cars of the day, it was based on a prosaic sedan—in this case, the Opel Kadett. Utterly conventional, with a live rear axle located by trailing arms and a Panhard rod, sprung by coils, and sporting adequate disc/drum brakes, the GT at least had decent rack-and-pinion steering and a relatively modern “high-cam” 1.9-liter, almost SOHC engine making a modest 90 bhp. A diminutive 1.1-liter version was built but not sold in the U.S., though a few sneaked in from Canada. GM farmed out production of the bodies to Brissonneau et Lotz of France. B&L had been around as a carrosserie for some time and the GT bodies were decently finished, although just as rust-prone as anything else of the era. Most observers liken the GT to a 2/3 scale C3 Corvette. There are a lot of common cues, with the Opel's four round tail lamps, hidden headlights, and swooping fender lines. But its resemblance to the 1964 Pontiac Banshee concept car is even more pronounced, down to the ovoid headlamp covers. Unfortunately, unlike the 'Vette, the Opel was offered only as a closed coupe—and with no outside trunk access. The Corvette resemblance carried over into the interior with a generally similar layout to the gauges although the Opel sported a cool row of rocker switches that the 'Vette did not. As if to emphasize the comic aspect of a shrunken DETAILS Years produced: 1968–73 Number produced: 103,373 Original list price: $3,306 (1971) SCM Valuation: $3,000–$5,500 Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis #: Plate on firewall Engine #: Stamped on flange on the driver's side of engine block Club: Opel Motorsports Club, 3824 Franklin St., La Crescenta, CA 91214 More: www.opelclub.com Alternatives: 1967–74 Triumph GT6; 1970–73 Datsun 240Z; 1966–74 MGB GT SCM Investment Grade: D Corvette, a GT was selected as Maxwell Smart's ride during the final season of the classic sitcom “Get Smart.” The cone of silence evidently descended on what GM had to pay for this piece of product placement, as no source mentions it. With a 2,100–pound curb weight and modest power, one doesn't expect much from the GT. Performance, however, is a cut above the MGB-GT level. Many attribute this to the fact that McKichan and crew had access to the University of Stuttgart wind tunnel. The GT was reputed to be the most aerodynamic GM car of the era, boasting 0-60 in under eleven seconds. Handling was deemed to be “mostly harmless,” though right and left slalom Gs vary significantly with only the driver in place. Over 70,000 GTs were peddled in the U.S. from 1968 to 1973—no small achievement given that the geniuses at GM deemed the Buick division to be the official Opel outlet. Sales trailed off markedly after 1970. A mass extinction of mediocre sporty coupes was underway, precipitated by the excellent Datsun 240Z. The Opel GT expired along with the MGB–GT, Triumph GT6, and Fiat 124 coupe, though the B–GT had to endure “dodgem car” bumpers first. The fact that the Opel GT wouldn't have met the 1974 bumper standards was a moot point. It was priced close to a 240Z and, then as now, one wonders why anyone would pay nearly the same money for the novelty Opel when a real sports car is available in the 240Z. Or for that matter, when a '74-'77 Corvette can still be had for under ten grand, why mess with the four-cylinder one? At least the GT is easy to live with. Aside from rust and the usual deferred maintenance that 30-plus-year-old disposable cars always suffer from, there are few inherent problems. However, the sump holds only about three quarts of oil and the stock Solex 32/32 carburetor is best replaced with a Weber DGV 32/36. An electronic ignition conversion is advisable, as the cars have a reputation for eating points. Finally, check to see that the headlight wiring has been replaced as this was known to cause GTs to ignite. I am continually amazed at how many obscure or- phans seem to have at least one patron saint in the parts department. With the GT, that happens to be the aptly 26 Sports Car Market H & H Classic Auctions

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named Opel GT Source of Sonora, California (www .opelgtsource.com). They can supply most mechanical parts as well as some unusual trim items that they reproduce, such as the unique lenses found on the car. If you've wondered about the potential of the Opel GT, check out Virgilio Conrero's record with racing GTs in Europe. His 1,300-cc and 1,600-cc Alfas had dominated their classes when GM asked him to tackle the Opel GT. Conrero punched out the engine to near two liters, bumped compression to 11:1, and added 45 DCOE Weber carbs. With free-flowing exhaust, power jumped to 190 bhp, the 0-60 time dropped to six seconds, and the quarter mile took 15 seconds at 150 mph. By the time he'd finished with the chassis and suspension, the baby Corvette won its class in the Targa Florio and came in ninth overall. As a collectible, the GT will never rise above a cu- riosity, but the rise in old car values has not missed the Opel GT entirely. Nice cars trade on eBay in the $5,000$6,000 range. Given its relatively modest performance and general obscurity, don't expect a huge return during your ownership. If the idea of a mini-Corvette appeals to you and you can handle witless “Honey, I shrunk the Corvette” jokes, you could do worse for the money.u ROB SASS is SCM's new Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel, and has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was sixteen. 20-Year Picture 1970-74 MGB GT $6,000 $8,000 $10,000 $4,000 $2,000 1967-73 Triumph GT6 1969-73 Opel GT Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. March 2006 27 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005

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Legal Files John Draneas Talking Trash Can Land You in the Dumpster While you might think someone is a rat, can you really prove that he burrows through your walls and eats your electrical wiring? The restorer was forced to resign from writing his regular column for a collector car magazine. As word spread, the restorer's business fell apart and he wound up, according to his wife, “a broken man with nothing to live for.” But the restorer did find something to live for—he sued the car owner for defamation. At the end of the litigation, the jury sided with the restorer, and awarded him $2.9 million in damages. THE LAW OF DEFAMATION Defamation is a tort, or civil claim for damages that arise when one makes untrue statements that injure another person's reputation. Historically, defamation has been composed of libel, where the defamation is made by written statements, and slander, where the defamation is made by oral statements. Because of the permanence of written statements, libel has traditionally carried larger damages. But these days, libel and slander are combined under a single defamation label. Badmouthing the restorer cost the owner $2.9m L egal Files has previously addressed restorations gone bad. This month, we start with one that seemed to go very well according to everyone—except the owner. And things went from bad to worse when the lawsuit was filed. In 1992, a noted collector gave his 1911 Mercedes- Benz “Skiff” to a noted restorer for a complete, show-quality restoration. Two years and $500,000 later, the Skiff was completed and immediately hit the show circuit. In quick succession, the Veteran Car Club of America named it the Restoration of the Year, the car was invited to the Essen Motor Show in Germany, it was shown at the Retromobile Show in Paris, it became widely recognized throughout Europe, and it was appraised at $1.5 million. Still, the collector wasn't satisfied and returned the car to the restorer numerous times for repairs and adjustments. When he didn't get the satisfaction he was looking for, the collector started making disparaging comments about the restorer to others in classic car collector circles. Some of the comments were that the restorer “was nuts,” “loses parts to the cars he restores,” “pads his bills,” and “cannot make cars run.” The disparaging comments took their toll. A second collector had planned to hire the restorer to restore three Duesenbergs at an estimated cost of $1 million. After hearing the first collector's comments at a car show, he gave the work to someone else. 28 IT HURTS TO BE FAMOUS Public figures, even minor ones, get less legal protection. Here is an example. A columnist for 'Vette magazine reported on a restoration that went bad. The story was that the owner of a '59 Corvette had taken it to a well-known restorer, who advised that the engine was a poor restamp and the transmission was also incorrect. The restorer replaced both components with period-correct replacements, at a cost of $15,000. The columnist reported that the owner had been victimized because the ultimate irony was that the Corvette had its original engine and transmission all along. The columnist did not identify the restorer by name, but clearly used an alias. However, he did describe him as a Bloomington Gold judge, an NCRS judge, and a restorer who had been written up in a number of magazine articles touting him as the “restorer of the decade.” That description turned out to be enough for most everyone to know exactly who he was, and the restorer sued for defamation. The jury found that the charges made in the column were totally untrue and defama- tory, and that they injured the restorer's reputation. Still, the restorer lost the lawsuit and wasn't awarded any damages because he was considered to be a public figure within the Corvette community. He had been a regular technical columnist in another Corvette magazine for many years and had written over 50 articles that were published in other Corvette magazines. As a public figure, he could only win if he could prove that the columnist had written the column with actual malice—intentionally, deliberately, and with actual knowledge of the falsity of the accusations, or with reckless disregard for the truth. LOOK FOR THE TRUTH One of the elements of defamation is that the disparaging comments must be untrue. Thus, it is commonly said that truth is a complete defense to a charge of defamation. While that is technically true, the difference between truth and falsehood can be very elusive and very subtle. In the Corvette case, the columnist associated the restorer with a group Sports Car Market Dennis Cohen / Concours d'Elegance at Ault Park

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is in written form and constitutes libel; it is widely broadcast and potentially reaches millions of readers; it can be directly damaging to the target's business reputation; the target is unlikely to be considered a public figure; and it is hard to tell how many states the writer could get sued in. All of that adds up to very large damage claims and puts a whole lot of pressure on the old “truth is a complete defense” concept. I have learned two important things in my 28 years of law practice. One is that there are always two sides to every story. The other is that the truth is usually somewhere in between. It is not enough in these cases that you honestly believe The columnist claimed the restorer yanked out the original drivetrain, and installed a period-correct replacement one he called “vermin.” While you might think someone is a rat, can you really prove that he burrows through your walls and eats your electrical wiring? It's not quite that bad. The courts are pretty consistent that every little detail doesn't have to be technically accurate and that the truth of the overall content of the defamatory statements is what matters. But consider the statements made in both of our cases. In the Skiff case, the owner was unable to prove the truthfulness of his negative state- ments because they were very broad descriptions of the restorer and his character and described more than his own experiences with him. In the Corvette case, the columnist had relied upon what he had been told by the Corvette owner and others, who turned out to be wrong about the facts. DEFAMATORY BLOGS I have recently seen several incidences of unhappy collector car owners publishing the details of their dissatisfaction on the Internet. This is very dangerous conduct because it in the truth of what you have said about the other person. You must be able to prove that what you said was actually true. In cases of conflicts about cars, it's easy to be partially wrong in what we perceive about a situation, especially when dealing with the thoughts and intentions of others. Telling everyone in the world your side of the story may make you feel good, or may make you think you will pressure the “culprit” to treat you better. But before you flame someone in your blog, just ask yourself how you'd feel if you wind up on the losing end of a multi-milliondollar lawsuit. That could really ruin your day.u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments here are general in nature and not a substitute for a consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com. March 2006 29

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Event Tucker Museum Tour A Dedicated Collection The latest addition to the collection is thousands of actual Tucker Corporation blueprints by Dave Kinney T he first-ever SCM After Thanksgiving Tucker Tour was a success. Organized and hosted by SCM's own senior auction analyst Dave Kinney, the group met for lunch at Five Guys, a well-known Old Town Alexandria institution. Everyone who had sworn just two days earlier to never eat again found themselves chowing on burgers and fries in preparation for the almost 100-yard walk to Dave Cammack's impressive display of everything Tucker. SCMers from as far away as central Pennsylvania and as close as walking distance came for their first viewing of Cammack's three restored Tuckers, as well as hundreds of thousands of pieces of memorabilia, two rolling chassis, and ten Tucker engines. The privately owned collection provides an unparalleled look not only at Tucker the car, but Preston Tucker the man—and no admission fee. The Tucker collection makes an impression on everyone who visits. Cammack's SCMers on a tour of Dave Cammack's collection knowledge of the Tucker as well as his passion for collecting have created one of America's great automotive history museums. His collection includes the usual Tucker memorabilia—car radios, seat covers, and brochures—but also thousands of unique pieces, from employee applications with work history and photos all the way to personal effects from Preston Tucker's office. He also has files showing contemporary news clippings from around the world concerning the Tucker Corporation. Cammack's latest addition to the collection is thousands of actual Tucker One of ten Tucker engines at the privately owned museum Corporation blueprints, perhaps history's best record of how the Tucker was built as well as what went into making a car in the immediate post-war era. The collection is housed in a nondescript building near Old Town Alexandria. It looks for all the world like any other building—no markings on the outside, no windows, and only one garage door. Cammack first saw the Tucker when it came to Washington, D.C., on a Tucker road show. He was a young man, but he remembers being fascinated by the car's radical styling and shape. He bought his first Tucker in the early 1970s, then bought two more. All three cars are restored and are on display next to each other in his museum. The spectacular failure of Tucker has become the stuff of legends over the years, and this museum offers a behind-the-scenes opportunity to look at all the nuts and bolts, as it were, that went into producing this ill-fated motorcar.u DAVE KINNEY is head of USAppraisal, located in the Washington, D.C., area, as well as a longtime contributor to SCM. 30 Sports Car Market

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Collecting Thoughts Brock Yates 30 Years of Collecting No American race car collection would be complete without an Indy car— mine is a 1959 Offy-powered roadster built by Californian Edgar Elder by Brock Yates Yates with his 1959 Elder roadster, an entrant in the 1962 Indy 500 L 32 ike many of us, I suppose the penchant for wasting my life around automobiles was in my genes. My father loved cars, so I grew up in a household that had an MG TD in the garage, which became my first ride. My days at Hobart College in Geneva, New York—at the north end of Seneca Lake, which is anchored by Watkins Glen in the south—were spent behind the wheel of the family's Jaguar XK 120. Through the grace of God and dumb luck, I somehow managed not to kill myself in that car despite several witless attempts. My first go at twisting a wrench on behalf of the sport involved build- ing a '32 B Ford five-window coupe street rod, an incomplete project when I joined the Navy following graduation from Hobart. But once I got out of the Navy, the world of sports cars again consumed my passion. While I struggled to create a writing career, a Triumph TR3 became the family car, which led to racing in Sadler and Taraschi Formula Juniors and in the Trans-Am series in a Camaro and a factory-prepared Dodge Dart. Meanwhile, my scribblings in Road & Track, Competition Press (now AutoWeek), and a lifelong involvement with Car and Driver led to such assaults on civilization as the Cannonball Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. A FIREPLACE FOR EVERY CAR Because of my initial exposure to motor racing at Buffalo's Civic Stadium, where midget superstars like “Bronco Bill” Schindler and Ted Tappet (real name Phil Walters, Briggs Cunningham's number-one driver) raced each week, and at Watkins Glen, where my dad took me as a small boy to sit on the hillside of the original road course, my enthusiasm for the sport involved both oval and road racing. While my garage has always housed a sports car of one kind or an- other, my efforts to accumulate what might be described as a collection began only after remodeling the carriage house at our wonderful, historic “Farmstead” home in the tiny village of Wyoming, New York. Once the center of a 1,000-acre estate, the marvelous old home, with its eight fireplaces and elegant two-story center hall with sweeping staircase, almost demanded that it become the center of a small car collection. With sufficient room to begin a collection of my own, both road Sports Car Market Steve Rossini

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1972 Charger with an oversized tank for Cannonballing racing and oval machinery are in place. The star of my little flock is Duffy Livingstone' Eliminator. Now totally restored, it has raced with the SVRA on numerous occa sions. Better yet, it has draped on its cowl blue ribbon won at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours and a first-place trophy garnered at the Amelia Island Concours. Livingstone remains a close friend, and he recently sold me his second car, a 1927 Model T also powered by a small block V8. The car lacks the history of the original Eliminator (chronicled in my book Hot Rod, published by MotorBooks International), but links a pair of Livingstone's creations that deserve to live out their lives together. A third Eliminator, constructed by Riter Restoration in Rochester, New York, is a Viper V10-powered replica that, when tested by Car and Driver, ran 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and pulled nearly one g on the skid pad. It was sold at the August 2005 Kruse auction in Seaside, California, for $97,200, proving once again the strong market for properly executed street rods. The cornerstone of my collection is the 1972 Dodge Challenger that competed twice in the aforementioned Cannonballs. This old muscle car was prepared for the races by famed NASCAR stock car driver and builder Cotton Owens in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and carries an extra 22-gallon fuel cell for long-range driving and engine mods that give it a top speed of 155 mph. March 2006 Yates' first race, driving a Sadler Formula Junior, Dunkirk, NY, May 1960 Co-owners Chuck Krueger and Ernie Donnan look on 33 Brock Yates Collection

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The Farmstead's carriage house, stuffed to the gills with Yates' collection OFFIES AND THEIR FRIENDS While my love and loyalties are split between American and European machines, I must admit my carriage house is currently filled with domestic iron. This is based in part on my boyhood love of midget racing, which prompted my obtaining the Snook-Offenhauser Kurtis Kraft chassis 272. This little brute, campaigned from 1947 to 1961 by a number of owners but primarily by Charlotte, Texas, trucker Louis Snook, won hundreds of races in the hands of such superstars as Johnny Rutherford, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Tolan, and Don Edmunds. It will be among the featured cars at the 2006 Amelia Island Concours when “J.R.” is the honored guest. My other Kurtis Kraft is one of the rare and potent KK 500S sports cars built by Frank Kurtis and his son Arlen for road racing competition in the mid-1950s. My car, powered by a small block Chevy, was one of the last built and sadly has no racing provenance, but will compete in future SVRA vintage events. No American race car collection would be complete without an Indy car of some type, and mine is a 1959 Offy-powered roadster built by Californian Edgar Elder. A fine midget driver on the West Coast who became a top-tier mechanic and crew chief at the Indy 500, Elder built three roadsters, mine being the twin of another owned by Texas collector Bruce Revenaugh. My car was owned and campaigned primarily by California supermarket mogul Ray Crawford, who, with sponsorship from Meguiar's Mirror Glaze, ran numerous USAC races with considerable success. In 1962, driven by Bob Veith, it qualified 19th for the 500 at 146.157 mph, but finished 33rd after its engine broke on the twelfth lap. The car is unique in its extensive use of titanium, making it one of the lightest roadsters ever built. It was restored in its 1962 livery by craftsman Joe Fiore of Southbury, Connecticut, and will appear at various shows and concours in the future. I own another midget, a 1979 Edmunds with potent VW power, that is eligible for SVRA open-wheel competition. With four-wheel disc brakes, 300 hp on methanol, and weighing just over 900 pounds, it may surprise a few vintage Formula cars—much as Rodger Ward did at the famed 1959 Lime Rock USAC race when he dominated a field of excellent sports cars with an eleven-year-old KK Offy midget. This is not to say that I'm locked into the world of American race cars. I am looking for an XK 120M coupe for my wife Pamela and me to use in vintage rallies and tours, or perhaps a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso—one of which I purchased from old friend Kirk F. White in the late 1960s and sold several years later for $6,500. I have a feeling that my next Lusso purchase, if there is one, will involve considerably more cash. Like the rest of the lunatics hooked on vintage machines, my tiny collection is special to me, though I enjoy and respect those of others. There was a time not so long ago that old cars were just that—“old cars,” regardless of their make or provenance. Thankfully those days are gone and the urge to preserve automotive heritage of all types is alive and well.u 34 Sports Car Market Steve Rossini

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Preview Amelia Island Events March Madness in Amelia The SCMinsider's guide to the spring auction and Florida getaway by Kathleen Donohue Buy Stuff to Strut Later RM Auctions. While the concours and other events are held on the golf course, the auction takes place behind the Ritz-Carlton on the spectacular oceanfront lawn. Among the collectibles scheduled to cross the block are 15 cars from the Smoky Mountain Car Museum, all offered without reserve. Also, bidders will have a chance to vie for a 1922 Stanley Steamer 5-passenger touring car and a 1931 Bentley 8-Liter coupe with coachwork by Gurney Nutting. RM Auction Preview Party: Friday, March 10, 7:00-9:00 PM. By invitation only. Auction: Saturday, March 11. Sale starts at noon. Cost: Catalog purchase ($60) admits two. Contact: 800.211.4371; www .rmauctions.com Post-Strut Sleeping CanAm marks its 40th anniversary at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance T he Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance weekend has become the third prong in the trident of great American collector car events, along with Scottsdale and Monterey, and is gaining renown with each passing year. The tropical location on Florida's northernmost island provides an opportunity to satisfy your yen for glorious cars while enjoying one of the most historic and naturally beautiful places on earth (Fernandina Beach is the only place in the country over which eight national flags have flown). We've compiled the important events, as well as our picks for sleep, food, and fun. Strut Your Stuff Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. This elegant event is located among the palms of the Ritz-Carlton and the lush green of a world-class golf course. What sets Amelia apart is its focus on the racing heritage of the hobby; it's the only concours to offer a Best in Show specifically for race cars—the Concours de Sport Award. Three-time Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford (the Texas Tornado) is this year's honoree and will speak at the MercedesBenz Gala Friday night. 2006 marks the 40th anniversary of the CanAm series, a no-holds-barred 36 chase where, according to one of its champions, George Drolsom, “wretched excess was never enough.” He'll be on hand for GM's “Legends of CanAm” seminar along with fellow champs Brian Redman, Vic Elford, Sam Posey, Hurley Haywood, and the last CanAm champion, Jackie Oliver. Featured marques for 2006 are Jaguar and Stanley Steamer. Alternative fuel will be a hot topic, as GM presents a seminar on the development of alternative power. Says Concours Chairman Bill Warner, “I think it's important that a concours not only have pretty cars on the field, but also have some relevance to what's going on in the world. We're not the newest concours, we're not the biggest, but we'd like to think we're the most innovative.” Date: Sunday, March 12, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM Location: Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach (adjacent to Ritz-Carlton); 4750 Amelia Island Parkway Cost: $40 adults in advance, $45 day of the show, $20 students, under 12 free. Contact: 904.636.0027; www .ameliaconcours.org Florida House Inn. Located in the heart of the Fernandina Beach Historic District, this is the oldest surviving hotel in Florida, a favorite of Rockefellers and Carnegies—and Laurel and Hardy. Pet friendly. Beautifully appointed rooms and suites are $199-$239 per night; free scooter rental with stay. 20-22 South Third Street; 800.258.3301; www.floridahouseinn.com Post-Strut Stuffing The Surf. Last year, SCM ad man Tad Dinsmore spotted the sign, “Sunday Lobster Special, $5.” We were skeptical, but humored him. Boy, did we. Though the price has gone up to $5.95, the lobsters are a delicious pound and a half. Great outdoor spot, lively music. 3199 South Fletcher Avenue; 904.261.5711 The Crab Trap. For the history alone, a visit to the Crab Trap in its circa–1877 “Brick Block” building would be a worthy stop (it's housed everything from steamship agents to a newspaper). Then there's the food. Sports Car Market

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Try the crab soup ($5.95 a bowl), seafood casserole ($14.95), or roasted oyster bucket ($16.95, 2-3 dozen). 31 North Second Street; 904.261.4749 LuLu's Bra & Grill. No, that's not a misprint, but a fitting name for this saucy spot. Great Latin-inspired food: Cuban sandwiches, fish tacos, and homemade Sangria. Just a few tables inside, where you'll be surrounded by colorful lingerie; you may prefer to “bust” a move outside for the courtyard. 11B Cup South Seventh Street; 904.261.7123 The Palace Saloon. The last bar in America to close on the eve of Prohibition; the take for the day was over $60,000. Over 120 beers—16 on tap—guaranteed to be the coldest in town. Live music every night. SCMers, bring in this article and pay half price for the Pirate's Punch. 117 Centre Street; 904.491.3332 If Cars Are Not Enough The Amelia Island Museum of History. Hopefully, this is the closest you'll get to landing in prison. The museum, housed in the former Nassau County jail, is the perfect place to soak up the local lore. Knowledgeable docents will lead you on walking tours; the Friday evening Ghost Tour starts at the cemetery. $5 to $10. 233 South Third Street; 904.261.7378 Discover Flyfishing Adventures. You're surrounded by water in one of the greatest fishing spots in the world, so why not cast your line? Learn the ropes with Captain Russell Tharin, an Orvis Fly Fishing Guide of the Year. Light tackle, photography, and eco-tours also available. $50 to $500. 904.491.4799; www.flyfishingameliaisland.com Not So Far from the Maddening Crowds St. Marys, Georgia. So you waited until March to book on Amelia, and there's no room at the inn? We've found a beautiful—and less expensive—alternative to the island. Just over the Florida border is the little Georgia town of St. Marys, filled with historic homes, quaint shops, and restaurants. This “Gateway to the Cumberland Island National Seashore” is just 25 miles away from the action at Amelia. Goodbread House. The hosts of this circa 1870 home, Mardja Grey and Barbara Ryan, work overtime to welcome you into their home. Formerly the haven of steamboat captain Walton Goodbread; comfortably overstuffed rooms with names like Scarlett and Rhett, Gable and Lombard, and Lucy and Ricky. The large upstairs veranda is the perfect place for a glass of wine before turning in (evening cocktails and dessert are complimentary). Rooms range from $124 to $134 per night. 209 Osborne Street; 912.882.7490 The Riverview Hotel. St. Marys is full of beautifully restored B&Bs; this isn't one of them. Think of it as an older, all-original car, brimming with history and character. Rooms are on the shabby side, but clean and not without charm. Large windows let in the breeze and the sounds of the harbor. And at $55 to $80, it's a bargain. Seagle's Saloon, the local hangout, is just across the lobby. Prepare yourself for some barmaid abuse at the hands of Cindy Deen; her “tender lovin' trash talk” is said to be so tough (and so blue) she makes men eager to go home to their wives. 105 Osborne Street; 912.882.3242 Riverside Cafe. Right on the waterfront, a lovely spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Gyros ($4.95), sandwiches, and homemade soups. Genial owner Constantine Liapis may stop at your table to show you how to spell your name using the Greek alphabet. 106 St. Marys Street; 912.882.3466 The French Quarter. Donna Boyette offers the unusual to patrons of her shop, a gathering spot for the local Red Hat Society. Elegant fun, lots of jewelry, exotic Faberge-style egg purses; local artist Janice Kirkland's gnomes and Georgia clay birdhouses are always in demand. Donna loves SCMers; mention this article to receive a 10% discount. 122 C Osbourne Street; 912.882.8899 Cumberland Island National Seashore. This largely undeveloped barrier island, accessible only by boat or ferry, is home to myriad wildlife (including horses, armadillos, and Loggerhead turtles) and its sublime blonde beaches are among USA Today's top ten. Call for ferry reservations. 888.817.3421; www.nps .gov/cuis/u Amelia Events There's a lot going on at Amelia besides the concours and auction. Here are a few notable events. Unless otherwise noted, for reservations, visit www .ameliaconcours.org/shop and click “tickets” or call 904.636.0027. Thursday, March 9, 2006 6:30 PM Ritz-Carlton Wine Maker's Dinner. Call 904.277.1028 for prices, featured wines, and menu. Friday, March 10, 2006 8:00 AM Porsche Road Tour. From the Fernandina Beach Airport to the Mayport Naval Station. Mayport tour and barbecue included. If you're brave enough, Hurley Haywood will take you for a spin (buckle up). $150 per car. 8:00 AM Alcoa White Oak Road Tour. From Fernandina Beach Airport to White Oak Plantation, the winter home of the NYC Ballet and African wildlife sanctuary (watch for rhinos). $150 per car. 9:00–11:00 AM BASF Automotive Restoration Seminar. Golf Club Fireplace Room. Restoration experts share their secrets. Reservations required. Free. 9:30 AM FedEx Marque Car Road Tour. The Ritz-Carlton to downtown Fernandina Beach. Pick a good spot downtown and watch this caravan of Stanley Steamers chug through town. Free. 10:00 AM–3:00 PM Chrysler Test Drive. Stop at the Chrysler booth on the golf course and take something new out for a spin. Free. 4:00–5:30 PM General Motors presents “The History of Alternate Fuel/Alternate Power”. Grand Ballroom. Reservations required. Free. Saturday, March 11, 2006 10:00 AM–3:00 PM Chrysler Test Drive. Stop at the Chrysler booth on the golf course and take something new out for a spin. Free. 10:00 AM–noon GM Presents “The Legends of CanAm”. Grand Ballroom. Tickets $25 per person. Reservations required. 6:30 PM Mercedes-Benz Gala. Grand Ballroom. Cocktail reception 6:30–7:15 pm, dinner 7:30 pm. Tickets $250. Reservations required. 1931 Bentley 8-Liter coupe with coachwork by Gurney Nutting March 2006 37

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Ferrari Profile 1952 166/330 MM Touring Barchetta Recreation These rebodies are selling far below construction costs and will deliver miles of smiles. But don't go near Pebble Beach, and don't expect to make money by John Apen DETAILS Years produced: 1948–53 Number produced: 35 approx. (Touring Barchettas) SCM Valuation:166 MM Barchetta (25) $1,100,000-$1,600,000 Tune up/major service: $2,000 Distributor cap: $400, two required Original list price: Touring Barchetta replica $195,000 Chassis #: Front frame tube Engine #: Engine rear mount Club: Ferrari Club of America, Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1962–64 250 GTO, 1960–63 250 SWB or 1957–63 California Spyder replicas COMPS Chassis number: 6395 Engine number: 6395 C arrozzeria Touring's 1949–53 Barchetta is considered one of Ferrari's classic models. Only about 35 Touring Barchettas (literally translated as “little boat”) were produced using Touring's patented Superleggera or super light construction, which wrapped the aluminum body panels on a lightweight steel tubing sub-frame. Most were intended for competition, but a few “Lusso” or luxury versions were fitted with leather interiors and a leather covering surrounding the cockpit area. This beautiful alloy-bodied recreation is built as a Lusso version utilizing a left-hand-drive 330 2+2 chassis and driveline. Dominic Scaduto at his Scuderia Carrozzeria Italia in San Marcos, California, constructed it in the late 1980s. Scaduto worked for Touring in the 1960s before im- migrating to the U.S. in 1986. He built three of these Barchettas in the late 1980s utilizing Ferrari parts from a 212, 250 and in this case a 330 2+2 donor car. He shortened the chassis and fabricated the Superleggera sub-frame using slightly larger tubing than the original. Aluminum sections were cut, then shaped over a wooden body buck and welded to form the panels. The whole process absorbed more than 2,000 hours. The finished chassis/body was trucked to a specialist shop to receive the rebuilt 4-liter, 330 2+2 300-hp engine and 38 running gear. The “Lusso” interior gives it a charming dual capability for high-speed competition and open road events as well as being a satisfying and comfortable Gran Turismo. Correct outside laced Borranis with Dunlop racing tires complete the replica. Except for the 330 Veglia gauges substituted for the original Jaeger ones, the recreation could pass for a 1952 original. The SCM Analysis: The replica sold for $105,500 at RM's Arizona auction in January 2005. There are several ways to modify an existing Ferrari to make it into a more desirable model. The easiest modifications are the “cut” cars, Daytona coupes made into Spyders. But to recreate the ambience of the great models by building a replica Ferrari from scratch, using authentic vintage Ferrari parts from “mundane” donor Ferrari, takes a lot of knowledge and skill. Building these replicas became a cottage industry 1966 Ferrari 330 GT Lot #233, S/N 8485 Condition: 3+ Sold at $60,500 during the late-1980s Ferrari bull market, when this car was constructed. In fact, so profitable was the turning of $100,000 250 GTEs into “lost-but-now-found” $1,000,000 SWBs that in 1993 Italian authorities discovered a large vintage Ferrari counterfeiting operation. Ten fake Ferraris in various stages of reincarnation were found in workshops near Modena run by ex-Ferrari employees. Many Ferrari conversions are facilitated by the similarities between the components RM, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2004 SCM ID# 34871 of the high-performance or rare models and the mass-production (for Ferrari, anyway) touring versions. The chassis and suspension of a California Spyder are not greatly differ- Sports Car Market 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Lot #57, S/N 0054M Condition: 2 Sold at $1,760,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/2005 SCM ID# 37545 RM Auctions

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ent from a 250 GTE 2+2. Authentic looking, driving, and sounding replicas were built by talented panel beaters around the world. The only man to ever show a Ferrari 2+2 (a 250 GTE) at Pebble Beach, Len Miller spent a decade running down the whereabouts of all 955 250 GTE 2+2s. By 1993, his comprehensive 250 GTE register identified 117 that had been “transformed.” The majority became GTOs or Testa Rossas with a smattering of California replicas. (And after a decade he still had not discovered the whereabouts of 235 missing 250 2+2s. Many of these cars probably were donors for additional replicas, so these fakes are fairly common.) Mike Sheehan (see January, p. 50) tracks over 200 different 250 replicas. So the fact that our subject car is a replica is not unusual. And in what is in an odd way refreshing, the creator of the car didn't waste any time or effort worrying about authenticity. (That it was represented as a 166MM replica at this sale is odd, because previously it had always been promoted as a 212 replica. Presumably, this was because Scaduto developed the body buck for an actual 212 that he built a new body for, although which 212 he rebodied is unknown.) The 330 engine and gearbox used in this car are wildly different from the 166/212, and any Ferrari aficionado could immediately tell that this car was a replica by looking under the hood. Also, the car just looks wrong. The rear of this reconstruction seems a little more bulbous than the early 166s. This car has a more rounded grille similar to those used on late 212s or the 340 America Barchettas. Since 166/212 Barchettas were intended for racing, few received the opulent Lusso interior this repop boasts. And all 166s were built as RHD models, while just a few 212s were LHD. The wheelbase of this car, at 2,260 mm, is close to that of the 212E, at 2,250. The 166 MM, at just 2,200 mm, was significantly shorter. But make no mistake, this is one fast fake. This car has a claimed weight of 1,750 lbs, and with 300 hp has about 5.8 pounds per horsepower. By comparison, the new Corvette Z06 carries about 6.2 pounds per horsepower. Of course the Barchetta has no a/c, power windows, or XM satellite radio with multiple speakers, so you'll just have to listen to the glorious V12 when, as one previous owner said, “you are going faster than you ever wanted to go.” He described the performance of this recreation as “crazy, strong, handles great, brakes fairly good.” And he is a vintage racer (and long-time SCMer) with experience in a number of fast cars. Top speed is enhanced by the overdrive of the 330 four-speed transmission. The last owner took this car on many 1,000-mile retrospectives through California, Texas, and Utah with no problems. Which brings us to the most important point about buying a rebodied Ferrari. Just as a collector is advised to consider what he is going to do with a car before buying a car or beginning a restoration, this is even more critical when buying a Ferrari rebody. These are not cars for the lawn at Pebble Beach. For now, neither the Ferrari clubs nor the major concours have any tolerance for rebodied Ferraris. However, if your passion is to drive rather than polish, and you want to go on 1,000-mile retrospectives or vintage race in second-tier events, this 166/212/330 Barchetta would be accepted and thrill fans and organizers alike. And don't forget that rebodies on other older makes are sometimes acceptable. Many early Silver Ghost chassis have been resurrected and enjoy some respectability if they use correct materials and period bodies. Similarly, there are far more open Duesenbergs now than were ever produced, and some of these “new” dual-cowl phaetons are bringing big prices at auction. With current prices between $150,000 and $200,000, these rebodies are selling far below construction costs. No March 2006 Seat Time high-quality rebodies have been done in the past decade as there has been no way to build one and make money (at least, not without trying to pass the car off as real). So in terms of build costs, this car was a bargain. But the downside is investment value. When this car was first offered around March 1991, asking price was $325,000. By April 1992 it was $195,000. In January 2005, at $115,500, it must be considered downright cheap if bought for the right reasons, but it is doubtful that it, or any transformed cars, will appreciate significantly. Hopefully the new owner will enjoy miles of trouble- free motoring and will stay away from marque purists and clubs. If it were mine, I'd consider springing for a set of repro Jaeger gauges to make the dash look a little more authentic. u JOHN APEN once owned and drove a 212 Inter, S/N 0189, a Ghia-bodied 2+2 originally bought by King Farouk, and is a long-time contributor to SCM. Sutterfeld in S/N 0342M Gerry Sutterfield, Lake Park, FL: I owned S/N 0342M, a Vignale Spider Corsa (12th of the 13 cars built), and S/N 0346M, a Pininfarina berlinetta (and the last 166 MM/53 built). I had S/N 0346M for more than 20 years as a disassembled project car that I was going to finish “someday.” I sold it in 2001 to a customer of DK Engineering in England, who has completed the restoration. S/N 0342M is a different story. I bought it in 1967 as a project car ($1,200 plus shipping). The restoration was finished in 1974, just in time to take it to the annual meeting of the Ferrari Club of America in Atlanta, Georgia. It won its class in the concours, then was awarded Judges' Choice, which at the time was the highest award. I also received the Ladies' Choice award and won the race car class in the time trial at Road Atlanta. I later took it to Watkins Glen as an entry in the VSCCA races and finished mid-pack. I continued to vintage race the car, including the very first vintage race at Sebring in 1977 and twice in the Monterey Historics. We also used it in the Colorado Grand and the Highlands Classic. I feel like we put the old girl to good use. S/N 0342M wasn't the greatest Ferrari racing car built. It had power, as I was usually able to slightly outpull the earlier 166 Barchettas with the extra power from the three four-barrel Webers. Cornering was another story. The four barrels had a bad tendency to flood out in corners and would leave you without power when you needed it most. I also found the brakes to be a bit less than needed. If you don't tell the Ferrari crowd, I'll tell you that I was five seconds a lap faster at Road Atlanta in my 1949 Veritas BMW. The Veritas doesn't have the power of the Ferrari but brakes better and handles substantially better. After the 2000 Colorado Grand, my wife and I decided that we needed to use somewhat more civilized cars in the touring events. Since vintage racing had gotten so crazy, I had dropped out, and S/N 0342M was retired to the occasional Sunday drive. 39

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan “Barn Find” Ferraris Can Die in Their Sleep Don't expect the raising of Lazarus—more like the curse of the mummy This '74 365 BB could need $55,000 to be a car again—before paint and interior I 40 get frequent calls from potential Daytona buyers looking for an ultra-low mileage example with the mistaken belief that they will be getting a “new” timecapsule Ferrari. Unfortunately, what usually happens in such cases is not the raising of Lazarus—it's more like the curse of the mummy. A hypothetical 5,000-mile 1969–74 Daytona attracts a group of Ferraristi with odometer fetishes, but it's a whole lot cheaper just to buy a low-mileage odometer for your desk. The good news, if you find such a car, is that the books, tools, and documentation will probably be there and good for a lot of one-upmanship. The bad news is that only a handful of ultra-low- mileage Daytona-era Ferraris have been preserved properly and serviced as needed over the years. Any Ferrari that's 30-plus years old with low miles has probably sat untouched for years, and that typically destroys the engine from the inside out. The car was probably pulled into the garage, shut off, and the owner closed the garage door and walked away. The battery died, the fuel turned to varnish, rust formed on the cylinder walls, and the rings froze to the cylinders. Then rust attacked the valve faces and seats so that when sleeping beauty is brought back to life, she's ugly to the bone. DYING A SLOW DEATH As engines suffer a slow death from sitting, so do carburetors and transmissions, transaxles, suspension components, brakes, a/c and heating and defroster systems. Heater control cables freeze and heater valves seize solid. The a/c lines deteriorate and the brake reservoirs vent to the air, initiating death by freezing the brake calipers. Every shop has horror stories of transaxles and differentials in which the lower part of the gear set or ring and pinion was immersed in oil while the upper half was exposed to air vented into the casing. Such improper storage leads to condensation and death by rust. Regardless of whether a Daytona had 5,000 miles or 50,000 miles, rust never sleeps: If door skins haven't been replaced, they will need to be. Rust also attacks the inner panels of the rockers, rear wheel wells, and the trunk floor. Time is hard on rubber, so suspension fittings and bushings, seals, and gaskets will be shrunken, cracked, or hard. Cadmium suspension platings will be well past their due date, regardless of miles. Sports Car Market Harold Pace

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WHY DAYTONAS AGE FAST While a Daytona is probably good for 100,000 miles, they never get there and almost always require rebuilds because of old age. Just one example of the time and age problems is the large 20-quart dry-sump system, which hardly ever gets hot. There are multiple ingredients in gasoline and the boiling point of gasoline starts somewhere north of 168 degrees. Carburetors and cold engines dump raw fuel past the rings into the oil system, and unless the oil is heated to well over 168 degrees for an extended period of time, fuel contaminants will not boil out of the oil; condensation, acids and other corruptors will shorten engine life. So before you pay $150,000 for a sleeping-beauty Daytona, instead of $225,000 for a well-maintained car or $275,000 for an older restoration, consider the following: It will cost at least $25,000 to overhaul the engine, $5,000-plus for the brakes, $5,000 to $10,000 for the suspension, and at least $10,000 for those underhood nightmares waiting to bite you. And never mind $35,000 for paint and $10,000 for an interior. Expect the same issues with a 365 BB or 512 BB and BBi (1974–84)—plus the dreaded every-five-year belt replacements. In addition, poor federalization work to meet EPA and DOT standards must often be redone properly. SOLVING THE PROBLEM If “pickled” properly with a good lubricant in the cylinders, an engine can sit for years, but even so, gaskets dry up and deteriorate, while rubber seals harden and valve springs lose their tension. Engines should be turned over monthly to cycle the valve springs and move the rings. A short-term solution comes from NAPA auto part stores which offer a fogging motor storage oil designed for construction, farm, and lawn-maintenance equipment. The oil is sprayed directly into the carburetor or fuel injection system while the engine is running. Thanks to a high “cling” factor, the heavy oil coats the cylinder walls and valves, but fouls the plugs. As the engine slows down from fouled plugs and oil buildup, it can be shut off for a protected winter's sleep. Remember to leave the battery on a long-term trickle charger, clean the plugs, and periodically start your sleeping beauty. The car should be driven at least 30 miles or 45 minutes every three months so that fluids get up to temperature and all moving parts are exercised and lubricated. Dry, humidity-controlled storage in a state such as California or Arizona is best. Last but not least, if the car has drivability problems during its once-every-three months exercise program, it needs to go in for service, just as if it were driven regularly. Dad's Buick would go 150,000 plus miles with minimal service and little attention because it was driven almost every day. The seals never dried out and the rings never stuck from sitting. And Dad's Buick never had to go through starting up cold and being taken out for a hard run—treatment that almost every Daytona suffers throughout its life. Regardless of whether your prospective Daytona, 512 BB, or a 550 has 5,000 miles or 50,000 miles, before you pull out your checkbook make a detailed pre-purchase inspection with a compression and leak-down check. It's the cheapest way to trouble-free driving. Appearance, noises, smells, service records, and log books are meaningless without such an inspection and you won't get that at auction as cars run by every few minutes. It's not the miles that count, it's the condition.u MICHAEL SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari dealer for 30 years, as well as a race car driver and exotic car broker. March 2006 41

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English Profile 1925 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Scaphandrier-style tourer Looking at the clumsy double tops I wonder: What were they thinking? by Diane Brandon DETAILS Number produced: 6,173 Years produced: 1907–25 U.K.; 1920–26 U.S. Original list price: ₤1,850 ($9,250); chassis only SCM Valuation: $80,000–$220,000, depending on coachwork Tune-up/major service: $2,500–$3,500 Distributor cap: $225 Chassis #: Aluminum plate on firewall Engine #: Engine block on right side Club: Rolls-Royce Owners' Club 191, Hempt Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 More: www.rroc.org Alternatives: 1917–23 Packard Twin Six; 1922–32 Hispano-Suiza H60; 1919–33 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8 COMPS Chassis number: 104 EU W hen electrical engineer F. H. Royce joined forces with well-known motoring sportsman the Hon. C. S. Rolls to form Rolls-Royce Motors in 1905, it took them two years to hit their stride with the 40/50 HP model, now commonly called the “Silver Ghost.” Rolls promoted the marque in trials and road races, while Royce, a mechanical genius, developed the 10 HP twin, then the 15, the 20 and 30 HP models, and finally the 40/50, introduced in 1907. The heart of the Silver Ghost was its magnificent en- gine, a 7,036-cc (later 7,428-cc) side-valve six equipped with seven-bearing crankshaft and pressure lubrication. A sturdy chassis comprised of channel section side members and tubular cross members was suspended on semi-elliptic leaf springs at the front and a “platform” leaf spring arrangement at the rear, though that was soon revised. The transmission was soon changed too, a three-speed with direct top replacing the original four-speed and overdrive in 1909. In the course of its 20 years in production, there would be countless other improvements, one of the most important being servo-assisted, four-wheel brakes toward the end of 1923. Dating from the final year of Silver Ghost production, chassis number 104 EU was originally bodied by Hooper & Co. as a saloon/limousine and delivered to first owner W.G. Player of Player's Cigarettes (think R.J. Reynolds). Other owners in the accompanying file included Paddon Brothers in 1927, Mrs. Lloyd-Thomas in 1938 and Johnson Matthey of London's Hatton Garden jewelry center in 1940. During WWII, the car was converted into a wrecker 42 and subsequently restored in the 1960s by the nowdefunct firm of Williamson and Inchley of Englefield Green, Surrey, who rebodied it in the style of a Hispano-Suiza Scaphandrier four-door tourer. Acquired by its late owner in 1977 it has been fastidiously maintained and comes with a complete service record with 28 years of tax discs. “104 EU” is well known in Ghost circles, having participated in the Alpine Trial, 20 Ghost Club Tour of Japan, and Silver Ghost Association tours of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $164,680, including buyer's premium, September 10, 2005, at the Bonhams sale at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in the U.K. Among the pre-World War II Rolls-Royce cars, the 40/50 HP Silver Ghost is arguably the one to have, but of the many variants, which one do you want? Silver Ghosts were built from 1907 to 1925 in 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Lot #634, S/N 47AG Condition: 3Sold at $103,500 Bonhams and Butterfields, Brookline, MA, 4/30/2005 SCM ID# 37998 1922 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Lot #170, S/N 43JG Condition: 2Sold at $218,050 the U.K. and from 1920 to 1926 in Springfield, Massachusetts. One easy way to distinguish between the U.K.-built cars and the Springfield cars is the wheels. Hub centers on U.S.-built cars have an indentation for the wheel spanner; U.K.built wheel hubs are flat. Regardless of the coachwork, you can instantly tell if the chassis is British or American. Rolls-Royce coachwork is a complex subject. All of it was custom made and many Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 9/3/2004 SCM ID# 35035 Silver Ghosts had more than one body—a formal design as well as an open design, or perhaps a semi-open car. They were changed to suit the occasion or the season. The chassis was more robust than the bodies and many of these original bodies did not survive, so a Silver Ghost with an original body will bring all the money when it comes up for sale. Many Hooper-bodied 40/50 hp cars—as this one was—have remained on their original chassis because they were so well made. So it's rather sad that this car doesn't carry its Sports Car Market Bonhams

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original coachwork. If it did, even with this car's original boxy design, it might have brought more money—a 1922 barrel-sided Ghost tourer brought $218,050 at Bonhams' Goodwood sale in 2004 (SCM #35035). The clumsy double tops make me wonder: What were they thinking? Why choose this ungainly body? And why copy a body designed for a French car, a Hispano-Suiza? The long and low engine compartment of the Ghost presented an opportunity to have the car rebodied as a sleek, open, touring car. The aluminum bonnet line is good, and the wooden barrel-sided coachwork, reminiscent of many skiff-type designs, is well suited to the chassis. But to my eye, the thoughtful design ends there. Replacement bodies on these cars are a thorn in the side of purists. A car with a modern body will rarely have been built to the same standards as the original. It's all in the details, and a functional replica body may carry crude brightwork and lines seldom as elegant as the real thing. Most replica bodies are open tourers because they require less skill to make and are cheaper to build. The informed buyer will try to avoid these cars or buy them for the chassis value alone. But at least S/N 104 EU has been used. The important thing to Rolls-Royce enthusiasts is to preserve and enjoy the car. These cars do best when they are frequently exercised. As evidenced by the tidy row of touring badges displayed alongside its frame rails, this car has been driven. There is nothing creakier, crankier to operate, tougher to steer, or less reliable than a car that lives in a museum. A car like this may show a bit of grease, but it starts instantly and idles silently, often at less than 100 rpm. I imagine this particular car is a superb runner, judging from its well-traveled history. Was it well bought? I'd have to say it's at the top of the price range, but the owner should get years of enjoyment. If you have the itch to add a Rolls-Royce to your collection, first become well- informed. Attend high-level concours like Pebble Beach and Meadow Brook. Talk to owners and car handlers and don't be afraid to ask questions (though not while the car is being judged). I've never had a conversation with a Rolls-Royce owner who wasn't thrilled to tell me about his or her car in detail. Study books on the marque and join one of the clubs as an associate member. Choose either the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club in the U.S. or the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club in the U.K. Ask questions, make notes, and read, read, read. You'll learn to see past the radiator and Flying Lady mascot to really appreciate the car. The Silver Ghost is very reliable and can be driven almost anywhere with confidence, assuming you have one day each week to devote to its maintenance. As long as the many oiling points are kept lubricated, the grease cups are kept filled and then turned onequarter every 50 miles or so, and the mechanical adjustments are kept to standard, the cars have long lives. Even the youngest are 80 years old. If you can afford it and seek the best, look for a pre-WWI Rolls-Royce with documented original coachwork. Ask to see copies of the original works chassis cards for validation. For the $400,000–$600,000 you're going to spend, they should be available. An example of Silver Ghost road manners was evidenced in the summer of 2004 (the 100th anniversary of Rolls-Royce) when my old friend, Mermie Karger, drove her 1913 Silver Ghost Saoutchik Tourer 2442 from her home in Pennsylvania to Pebble Beach and back—over 5,000 miles without incident.u DIANE BRANDON was the Rolls-Royce Owners Club U.S. National Director for eight years and has been a Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance judge for Rolls-Royce and Bentley since 1984. March 2006 43

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English Patient Gary Anderson Minis Lie About Their Age, Too If a fraud is detected, customs officials can impound the car and force you to pay to ship it back or have it crushed R ising tides lift all boats—and all Minis too, apparently. The enthusiastic reception accorded the new BMW variety has increased interest in the classic shoeboxes as well. If you've toyed with the idea of buying one of these, be careful. There are old Minis on the market that aren't what they claim to be. GOOD THINGS NEVER LAST Classic Minis were imported into the United States for only seven years until 1967, when British Leyland couldn't meet emissions and safety regulations. Fewer than 50,000 were sold here. However, production overseas continued until 2000, when the assembly line was shut down for the BMW Mini. The last car off the line was number 5,387,862, making the classic Mini one of the most-produced automobiles. Import regulations have been re- laxed and any foreign car more than 25 years old can be brought into the U.S. without meeting federal safety or emissions rules. A flourishing trade is emerging in pre-1980 Minis originally sold in other parts of the world. More cars are available, keeping prices reasonable, but there are ways to be cheated. The original Austin Se7en (yes, that's a seven in place of the v) and Morris Mini Not a new Mini, but is it really an original? Minor were designed by Alec Issigonis in 1957 in response to the Suez Canal oil crisis. Introduced in August 1959, they differed only in badges and grilles and were powered by 848-cc BMC A-series engines designed for economy and efficiency. To maximize space, the wheels were pushed out to the corners and the four-cylinder engine mounted transversely, driving the front wheels through a transmission in the sump. Instead of springs, the suspension relied on rubber cones, with tiny ten-inch wheels. The base car sold for £497 ($1,242), making it one of the cheapest cars in Britain and the U.S. (A 1960 VW Beetle cost $1,565 and a Chevrolet Corvair coupe, $2,270). By 1962, all cars were called “Minis” though they continued to carry Morris or Austin badges and grilles. In 1964 the rubber cones were replaced by a “Hydrolastic” suspension system that had fluid flowing from corner to corner for balance, but the rubber cones returned in 1969. In 1967, the Mark II was introduced, with changes to the body to correct small annoyances such as footwells that flooded on rainy days. These basic cars are not the stuff of which collections are made, although you can find decent basic Minis for $7,500 or so. The main collectibles are the original Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S models: upgraded, limited-production cars. THE COLLECTIBLE COOPERS Due to their light weight and nimble handling, Minis could outperform larger and higher-powered cars. By 1961, John Cooper's 997-cc version was making a name in rallying. The 998-cc engine followed in 1963 and the more powerful Cooper S models—using 44 1,071-cc and 970-cc engines—were produced briefly in 1963 and 1964. Finally, in 1964 the 1,275-cc Cooper S was launched. All told, 64,224 Coopers were built between 1961 and 1967, and 19,307 Cooper S models produced between 1963 and 1967. From 1967 to 1969, the 998-cc Cooper and 1,275-cc Cooper S became the two standard high-performance models of the Mini Mark II. In all, 16,396 Mk II Coopers were produced, along with 6,329 Cooper Ss, though they were never legally exported to the U.S. in period. In 1970 and 1971, the Cooper and Cooper S modifica- tions were briefly applied to the Mark III Minis, though probably fewer than 2,000 were made. The Cooper nameplate wasn't used again until 1991, but when BMW released the new Minis in 2001, the Cooper name was a part of the trademark. THREE POSSIBLE PITFALLS With few Minis originally imported into the United States, and an even smaller number of Coopers and Cooper Ss, here are three lies to catch the unwary. “This Mini has been completely restored.” Be careful when importing a restored Mini. With the large number of Minis in the U.K., an unscrupulous dealer can buy a Mini that has failed its Ministry of Transport safety test due to rust or other structural problems, patch it up, Sports Car Market

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and sell the car overseas. The only sure way to avoid this is to inspect the car personally. If you decide to import a restored car, deal only with a reputable company. Check references, and if someone in England can examine the car, so much the better. “The VIN plate proves it will be legal.” If you import a Mini from abroad, be sure it can be legally registered. To qualify as a classic car, it must have been built more than 25 years ago. Several states, such as California, require that every car built after 1975 pass emissions tests. With so many unrestorable Minis in English junkyards, it's easy to take the VIN plate off a legal car and install it on a later model. A large number of left-hand-drive Minis have migrated across the border from Canada, where they were sold new until 2000. There were no “special editions” until later years and no factory convertibles. At a regional concours last year, we judged a “1966” Mini that had roll-up windows, which weren't introduced until 1967, a Mini emblem that was first used by Rover in 1990, and a polished wood dash with gauges directly in front of the driver that Rover introduced in 1992. Yet the owner insisted that the car had been built in 1966, and showed us the VIN plate and registration to prove it. Customs inspectors are now more savvy in spotting illegal cars, and in states like California, DMV inspectors know the differences between pre-'75 and post-'75 Minis. If you should import a car with a VIN number that doesn't match the characteristics of the claimed production year, you could find that it can't be registered. If the fraud is detected, customs officials can impound the car and force you to pay to ship it back or have it crushed. In Portland, Oregon, some years ago, an Australian Mini-Moke was crushed while the new owner watched. “Of course it's a real Cooper.” If you just want the looks and performance of a Mini Cooper S, you can upgrade a standard model. However, a documented Mini Cooper or Cooper S is worth considerably more. A true Mini Cooper S can command upwards of $25,000, while an upgraded Mini can be bought or built for under $15,000. A common swap is to fit a 1,275-cc engine from an Austin America, a late '60s flop. There are many unique Cooper features, from extra studs on the head to two-tone upholstery. Know the difference and get an expert to check out the car with you or for you. If you want a real Cooper or S, validate its provenance. A real car will have a VIN and engine number that can be matched with a production certificate from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. The cost is about $60. The Web site is www.heritage-motor-centre.co.uk. If you're combing British magazines, you'll also find Mini variations like Jeep-like Mokes, pickups, vans, and station wagons, with and without wood trim, fancy Wolseley Hornets, and Riley Elfs. Go shopping with $10,000–$15,000 and try to find one already in the U.S. You'll also discover Radford customs, beloved of Peter Sellers and The Beatles, and performance versions like the cutdown Sprint and rebodied Marcos, Ogle, and Jem sports cars, though they'll command upwards of $20,000. If you buy a classic Mini that's been properly re- stored and can be legally registered, you'll join the cult of enthusiasts who know that there's nothing like a Mini and have the grins to prove it.u GARY ANDERSON is editor ofMC2 for Mini owners, www.mc2magazine.com. , the new magazine March 2006 45

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1901 Panhard et Levassor Rear-Entrance Tonneau The first stop would be the annual London-to-Brighton Commemorative Run by Carl Bomstead DETAILS Years produced: 1900–03 Number produced: 1,000 approx. (15 competed in 2005 London-Brighton Run) Original list price: ₤650 in 1901 ($3,250) —$65,000 in today's dollars SCM Valuation: $100,000–$220,000 Tune-up/major service: Do it yourself or find a 100-year-old mechanic Distributor cap: N/A Chassis #: Cast plate on frame rail Engine #: Side of crankcase Club: perso.wanadoo.fr/site.panhard/; www.club-panhard-france.com/sommaire.html; www.panhard-acplc.com/ Alternatives: 1900–04 De Dion Bouton, 1903–04 Renault, 1904 Darracq SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1907 Panhard et Levassor Lot #53, S/N 15206 Condition: 4+ Sold at $148,500 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/15/2004 SCM ID# 34657 Chassis number: 213 Engine number: 2881 T 46 he first Panhard rolled out in 1891, and in 1892 this pioneer firm created the mechanical layout nearly all other successful manufacturers would follow: front engine, midships transmission, and driven rear wheels. Called “La Systeme Panhard,” it was the beginning of many innovations this company would bring to automotive development, such as wheel steering and standard pneumatic tires in 1898. By 1894 they had become prominent competitors in the early city-to-city races, and in 1898 a Panhard won the Paris–Rouen Trial, the Marseilles–Nice, and the Paris–Amsterdam–Paris races. Victory in the grueling Paris–Bordeaux event capped that successful year. The firm took first place in the first Gordon Bennett race in 1900. They finished their year in international competition in 1904 by winning the Gordon Bennett Circuit des Ardennes race in Belgium and the first Vanderbilt Cup Race on Long Island, New York. This Panhard et Levassor is a rare survivor which has enjoyed its 104 years without any major modifications or alterations. Factory records indicate that its original owner was Michel Plancard of Toulouse, who took delivery on June 5, 1901. Indeed, it still carries its license plate of “11-T,” indicating it was the eleventh car registered in that district of France. Stored for decades, it was discovered in the base- 1902 Panhard et Levassor Lot #1063, S/N 5359 Condition: 2Sold at $150,156 Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/1/2003 SCM ID# 1063 ment of a castle in Carcassonne and in the 1990s it made its way to the United States. The present owner fully restored the car except for the rear tonneau upholstery, which remains as-delivered in 1901. The car successfully participated in the 100th anniversary of the London-to-Brighton Commemorative Veteran Car Run in 1996, along with 650 of 850 known surviving cars made before 1905. The owner reported the car able to carry four people at 25–30 mph. The factory build sheet indicates this Panhard was originally ordered with spark plug ignition rather than the primitive and less reliable “hot tube” ignition. A magneto supplies the spark and a later-model carburetor is installed. This is a handsome example Sports Car Market Photos: Gooding & Company

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of what is generally acknowledged to be the best of early French automobiles produced at a time when France led the world in automotive sophistication and excellence. The SCM Analysis: This 1901 Panhard etLevassor sold for $220,000 at the Gooding and Company Pebble Beach auction on August 21, 2005. Panhard once claimed they were “la marque la plus ancienne du monde,” the oldest make of car in the world. Mercedes-Benz made the same claim but over time the two firms were able to resolve this discrepancy. Panhard and Mercedes were initially intertwined, as Panhard was a manufacturer of woodworking equipment and would have not gone into automobile manufacturing if the Daimler engine had not been available. So both manufacturers get “first car” bragging rights. Panhard's friend Armand Peugeot also used Daimler engines, and friendly competition improved both marques. Panhard was absorbed by Citroën in the 1960s and Peugeot bought Citroën a decade later. Emile Levassor and Rene Panhard met as students in the 1860s and years later formed Panhard et Levassor with a contract to manufacture, under license, Daimler engines. They built their first automobile in 1890 and their first four-cylinder automobile in 1896, and by 1900 Panhard et Levassor was one of the world's largest automobile manufacturers. Their plant, one of the most modern factories of the era, employed 800 workers who turned out about 75 cars a month. This, however, did not keep up with demand and deliveries were often 18 months out. In 1897 Emile Levassor had a serious racing accident and subsequently died of his injuries. He was replaced by Arthur Krebs, who developed several important innovations for the Panhard, including a variable-speed carburetor and coil and battery ignition. He also developed the first true Panhard engine, the Centaure, with the 1.7-liter, two-cylinder version appearing in the A2 model in 1901 (some sources say 1900). The four-cylinder version displaced 15,435 cc and produced 100 hp. The 1901 Panhard offered by Gooding and Company was the smaller two-cylinder, wood-bodied, rear-entrance tonneau with the Krebs-designed Centaure engine. It sold for $220,000, a figure that a few years ago would have been thought ludicrously high. Pundits declared that brass cars had one foot in the grave and Full Classics were not far behind. Their logic was simple: people collect the cars they coveted in their youth and those aspiring to own 100-year-old relics were maturing themselves out of existence. But to paraphrase a well-known quotation, the reports of their demise were greatly exaggerated. The flaw in this logic is the increasing sophistication of collectors, and their growing understanding of the importance and appeal of cars that are historically significant—and can be driven as well. Where do you take a 1901 Panhard? First stop would be the annual London-to- Brighton Commemorative Run that takes place the first Sunday in November. An average of 500 vintage automobiles built prior to January of 1905 brave the elements and depart Hyde Park in London for the 60-mile run on the A23 highway to the Sussex seaside resort of Brighton. The Run celebrates the 1896 repeal of the “Locomotive Act” and the raising of the speed limit from 4 to 14 miles per hour. The number of participants has been increasing annually and they come from around the world, with over a million spectators along the route. U.S. buyers take note: Early car tours are far more prevalent in England, which seems to have a lock on quaint two-lane roads that wind through the countryside from March 2006 47 pub to pub. Driving on the shoulder of I-84 to Eastern Oregon with semi-trucks and Dodge Ram pickups flying by doesn't have the same appeal. Was the price paid here out of line? In March 2000, Christie's, at its Nine Elms London auction, sold a virtually identical 1902 Panhard for $116,070 (SCM Gold database #20686) and got double the money for a 1903 four-cylinder model, which brought $215,763 (SCM #5600). In London in 2003, Bonhams sold another 1902 two-cylinder car (same owner since 1905) for $150,156, (SCM #31808). So can we tack on $100,000 in appreciation in a five- year span? Yes. When we consider the current market conditions and that this is a well-documented, sorted example of a significant vintage automobile, we have to say this should be considered well bought. And likely to keep going up in value as well.u CARL BOMSTEAD customized his first car, a 1948 Plymouth, when he was 15. He can't remember all the cars that have passed through his garage since, but it numbers close to 100.

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German Profile 1960 Volkswagen Split-Window Pickup Volkswagen pickups were worked to death and their lifespan was shorter than that of a Roman slave by Paul Duchene DETAILS Years produced: 1952–67 Number produced: 414,479 approx. Original list price: $1,895 (1960) SCM Valuation: $2,500–$15,000 Tune-up/major service: $100–$150 Distributor cap: $7.50 Chassis #: Right side front bulkhead behind seat Engine #: At generator support flange Club: S.O.T.O. (Society of Transporter Owners), PO Box 3507, Chico, CA, 95927; Vintage Volkswagen Club of America More: www.vvwca.com Alternatives: 1956–65 forward control Jeep pickup; 1961–64 Chevrolet Corvair pickup; 1971–present, Pinzgauer SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis number: 619614 U nquestionably among the most innovative designs of its day, the Volkswagen “dropside” pickup stretched the definition of full-service utility vehicles. Production of the pickup was started in 1952, and it borrowed the cab from the front of the popular Transporter Type 2. The “dropside” ability meant that the truck's five-by nine-foot bed could be exposed by dropping the side and tailgates. That made it easy to load large objects, which could be accessed from either side. Over a million split-window Transporters were made but the pickups are increasingly rare, and a limited number remain. The pickup on offer appears to be in very presentable overall condition and benefitted from a thorough and professional restoration when it was in the care of the Blackhawk Collection. Having a few owners since, this example has enjoyed limited mileage and fastidious care. Most recently, it received a full engine rebuild by Volkswagen expert Bob Donald at Boston Engine Company. The VW dropside pickup is a well-planned design, unlike today's market in which as trucks grows bigger, bed size and usable space diminish. In the late '60s a VW pickup could carry a mattress, ten hippies, and a bongo drum—or possibly even a Formula One racer with the nose removed. This truck deserves attention for its rarity, 48 lovely overall condition, and unlimited use potential. The SCM analysis: This truck sold for $15,275 at Christie's auction in Monterey on August 18, 2005. Periodic attempts to build a “world car” have been made by numerous manufacturers, but actually there's already been one since 1950. It's the Volkswagen Type 2 Transporter, which can be found all over the globe, from Katmandu, Nepal, to Valparaiso, Chile. The Transporter's excellent ground clearance and ability to run economically and indefinitely on near-kerosene in all climates more than made up for its modest power output and low top speed. Dutch importer Ben Pon's original 1947 notebook sketch of the Type 2 led to over 6.5 million “bullis” (as they were called in Germany) being produced in aircooled and water-cooled variations before the arrival of the front-engine Eurovan in 1993. The first generation, or “split-window,” Transporter, 1963 Volkswagen Deluxe Bus Lot #303, S/N 1003302 Condition: 2 Sold at $13,780 Cox Auctions, Branson, MO, 4/15/2005 SCM ID# 37844 1967 Volkswagen Kombi Lot #33, S/N 235150074K4813 Condition: 3 Sold at $14,615 Shannons, Melbourne, Australia, 3/14/2005 SCM ID# 37691 named for its two-piece windshield, was made from 1950 to 1967. While the best-known models were the Kombi and Samba people-movers, with seating for up to nine passengers and as many as 23 windows, there was a dizzying selection of commercial variations. Volkswagen “buses,” as they are more popularly known, served as ambulances, police cars, hearses, crane trucks, fire trucks, campers, and even railroad speeders. Doors could be ordered on either or both sides. The pickup arrived in 1952 and, while only about one third as many trucks were sold as buses, they proved enormously versatile. The 18-inch space between the original bus Sports Car Market Christie's

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floor and the pickup bed proved to be an excellent lockable storage place for equipment. Crew-cab pickups appeared in 1957 accompa- nied by a shorter five-foot bed, and full synchromesh transmission was fitted from 1959. In 1960, when our subject truck was sold, VW made its four-millionth Beetle; it would continue to produce more than a million a year for the next decade. The one-millionth Transporter was sold in 1962. Christie's price is a record for a VW pickup but far from the Microbus record of $99,000 realized by Gooding for a 1966 Westfalia Campmobile at Pebble Beach in August 2005 (SCM# 38911). However, pickups are much rarer than buses, as their lifespan was shorter than that of a Roman slave. It can only be a matter of time before we see the first $20,000 crew cab for perhaps one of the rare early survivors from 1952. The current fad for specialist commercial vehicles also plays into the Transporter market—so perhaps a pickup with a tilt (canvas cover) and unusual markings will appear. There's also a rare oversize bed option—a foot wider than the pickup cab. Portlander and SCMer Brian Ross has restored a number of pickups and microbuses—including a lowered crew-cab pickup he sold at Barrett-Jackson a few years ago for $13,000. “It took me six years to build it; I got carried away. It was the lowest one on the planet,” he says ruefully, as he realized what the project cost. Ross says mechanical parts are no problem for split-window pickups and many smart upgrades are easy, including fitting a larger engine, later disc brakes, and independent rear suspension from a post-1967 “bay window” Series 2. That later rear end eliminates swing-axle handling and also does away with the torque-multiplying, and top-speed reducing, reduction gears (which allowed feeble early buses to haul heavy loads slowly with their 25-horsepower engines). Series 2 buses can cruise easily at 65–70 mph—15 mph faster than reduction-gear vehicles. Lowering buses and pickups transforms the handling. The problems in restoring VW pickups are all to do with bodywork, says Ross. Beds tend to sag between the support rails, though reproductions can be found. Good original tailgates and sides are unheard of, he says, and nearly every restoration uses repops. “The side pieces are long and always bowed, and the sides and tailgate are singleskin, so anything that slides around dents them.” The same applies to the rear of the cab, he says. “Even if you fill the outside, the dents are visible inside.” The biggest enemy is rust. Sides and tailgates rust out along the bottom, which means the hinges have nothing to attach to. When items in the bed hit the back of the cab, the impact breaks the rear seal and allows water to leak down into the storage compartment. “And then it leaks into the back of the seat box and rots that out,” Ross says. Other leaks can begin at screws that go into wood strips under the floor. Rear fenders can fill up with mud and rust out, and Ross warns they aren't the same as bus fenders, so restorers can wind up making new ones from scratch—and they can't overlook that they have to be sound enough to carry the battery. The front valance behind the bumper is also famous for rusting out, and the double skin of the front panel makes dent repair difficult. Few pickups have come to auction, but Ross thinks it's because the market is waiting for them to cross the $20,000 mark, as a full restoration can cost that much and nobody wants to sell at a loss. Ross says marginal running pickups can be bought for $2,500–$3,000, “but you'd have to be a real craftsman to save one of those.” Starting price for one worth fixing is about $7,000. He reckons it's worth buying the best you can find and waiting for the market to catch up. “I don't see how you can restore one for what they're bringing now,” he says. Which makes this handsome example well bought.u PAUL DUCHENE once spent a day bouncing across high meadows at Jackson Hole, filling a '65 Microbus with “Wyoming Green” until discovering that rather than acting as a cannabis substitute, it just gave you a severe throat infection. March 2006 49

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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager What's The Next 904 The idea of actually driving your 904 wasn't much of an option, unless you could combine tremendous patience and limitless resources O ne of the most frequent questions I'm asked by SCMers and Porsche people is, “What will be the next 904? What Porsche can I buy today for $10,000 or so that I can enjoy while its value grows to $350,000 in 30 years?” It's not a bad question, but there are plenty of bad answers. To find some good answers, let's go back in time and see what it felt like to buy a 904 when they were available and cheap. What kind of person made the no more than the price of a new 911. That will keep our investment down to allow plenty of room for increased value. Of course, we will buy a Porsche built in very low quantities, as high prices are the result of the intersection of high demand and low supply. We should try to find a car that is hard to maintain and that we see on the road very rarely. And we need to realize that we probably won't be driving this car much. A car like the 959 comes to mind. plunge back in the mid-'70s to buy a 904? How much, in contemporary dollars, did they spend? In the early '70s $10,000 bought a new Porsche 911, so the 904 buyer was choosing an old car with all its challenges rather than the state-of-the-art new Porsche with a promise of relatively trouble-free ownership. Most 904s had the final version of the Carrera four- A 13% per annum return over 30 years, not counting maintenance. Limited production, race background, exotic performance, maintained in Europe only by the factory. It qualifies on many counts, but is out of our price range, at $400–$500k once federalized. How much would it matter if we had paid $40,000 (instead of $10,000) for our 904 way back when, assuming it was still worth about $350,000 30 years hence? It would drop the rate of return to a Treasury–bond-like 6%. cam, four-cylinder engine, with its legendarily expensive maintenance and rebuild costs. The idea of actually driving your 904 wasn't much of an option, unless you could combine tremendous patience and limitless resources. Parts were mostly unavailable, skilled mechanics as scarce as genuine RS lightweights, and a complete engine rebuild cost about twice what you paid for the car. AND DID I SAY UNCOMFORTABLE? The 904 isn't too comfortable on the street either, as it has a cramped, mid-engine two-seater cockpit, lacks rolldown windows or air conditioning, isn't happy idling at stoplights, and is noisy with a harsh ride. It's a race car, which demands concessions. To make matters worse, the hardy 904 owner often faced serious structural challenges. The chassis is built with critical metal-to-fiberglass joints where rust works wanton destruction, seriously compromising the car's structural integrity. The only fix is a complete disassembly of the chassis at a cost that was far above the car's value in the first 20 or so years of ownership. Your reward for this punishing ownership experience? A 30-year return of about 13% per year (before storage, interest, registration, maintenance, and insurance). And even that return wasn't guaranteed when you entered into the deal. Applying enthusiast-misted 20/20 hindsight, history now reports a 904 purchase as one of pure brilliance, a venture-capital-type, 35-times return on your investment (even though it's really only a modest 13%). But in period, buying a 904 appeared to be an act of blind faith, an almost silly gesture, justified only by passion. WHAT TO BUY TODAY So now we have some rules to guide our search for the next 904, the next “brilliant investment” for a Porsche lover. For starters, we'll limit the price we pay today to 50 DUST-COLLECTING ARTIFACT Our return numbers work if the 959 becomes worth $16 million in 30 years. If you are willing to bet this will happen—and not to say it won't—now's the time to act. But it's hard to pass up the automotive equivalent of five or six brand-new 911s for one dust-collecting artifact, isn't it? How about a Carrera GT? High initial price and large build quantities (1,250 copies made) take this out of the range of a 904, and there is no race history to sear this model into our memories. A 911 GT1? They're already past $800,000—equal to about ten standard new 911s. So where to find the next 904? It's easy to take the lesson of history and look backward at the return and be plenty impressed. Far more helpful to realize—once again—what purchasers of 904s went through when they bought their cars 30-odd years ago. DOWN TO HARDSHIP It still comes down to hardship, not driving the car much, and spending the price of a new 911 on a car that will sit in storage collecting dust while you run the risk it will self-destruct. That's what it took to end up with the big return of the 904. Change any of the inputs, and you may not get the same output. So what is the next 904? Perhaps the Carrera Cup race cars, now mostly used up, selling for about the price of a new 911. Limited quantities, genuine race history, hard to drive on the street, lots of decals—these may someday fondly remind us of the glory days of the Carrera Cup series when the factory supported a race program for gentleman drivers. But on the other hand, these cars are really based on 911s, unlike the 904s, which were completely custom built. The reality is that there simply isn't a 904 equivalent being built today. And if there were, they wouldn't be cheap, as the world of collectors has gotten far more sophisticated and assigns value far more quickly than it did in the past, especially to limited-production cars. If it's a sensory-driven driving sensation you're after, a Porsche should be at the top of your list. But if you're thinking pure return on investment, I don't think a Porsche should even be on your list. Frankly, your best bet is to think passion rather than investment. Profit often follows passion in business and, it seems, in cars as well. Those who bought and endured 904s 30 years ago did it because they had an irresistible attraction to the cars, not because they thought they would be worth a lot of dough in 2006.u JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for The 356 Registry magazine. Sports Car Market

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American Profile 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Retractable Even if the Commies had beaten us in space exploration, we had both the hideaway hard top and the Edsel By B. Mitchell Carlson DETAILS Years produced: 1957–59 Number produced: 48,446 (20,766 for 1957) Original list price: $2,942 SCM Valuation: $13,500 - $35,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $8 Chassis #: data plate on the forward driver's door frame Engine #: pad on upper forward portion of the motor, near the timing cover Club: International Ford Retractable Club (IFRC), P.O. Box 157, Spring Park, MN 55384 More: www.skyliner.org Alternatives: 1957–59 Ford Fairlane 500 Sunliner 2-door convertible; 1958–66 Ford T-Bird 2-door convertible, 1961–67 Lincoln Continental 4-door convertible SCM Investment Grade: C Chassis number: D7FW275613 T he Ford Fairlane Skyliner can claim to be America's first production convertible to feature a retractable hard top. Introduced as Ford's top-ofthe-range model in 1955, the Fairlane was rival to Chevrolet's successful Bel Air and came in six different body styles with a choice of six-cylinder or V8 engines. The range was restyled for 1957, gaining new, lower bodies adorned with the latest styling fad—tail fins—and the Fairlane 500 introduced as the ultimate trim level. 1957 was also notable as the year of the Skyliner's introduction. Considerably more expensive than the conventional Sunliner convertible, the Skyliner featured a hard top that at the touch of a button automatically retracted into the boot. For its last year of production in 1959, the Skyliner was both re-engineered and restyled, becoming part of the new range-topping Galaxie lineup, though continuing to be badged as a Fairlane 500. This rare and historic example of Detroit's engineer- ing exuberance is finished in cream with green and cream vinyl interior—the latter preserved in excellent, apparently original condition. Restored (at date unknown) and presented in generally good condition, the vehicle starts and runs very well while the hood mechanism functions correctly. Left-hand drive and equipped with automatic trans- mission, the car is offered with current road fund license, MoT to October 2006 and Swansea V5 registration document. A great rarity in the U.K., the Skyliner rivals the classic early Thunderbird for the title of “most collectible Ford of the 1950s.” The SCM Analysis: This car sold for sold for $21,736 52 including buyer's premium at Bonhams' Harrogate sale in the U.K. on November 22, 2005. While the mass-produced retractable hard top was the brainchild of Ford engineer Gil Spear, the idea was first tried in 1930s Europe, most notably by Peugeot. Ford may have developed the 1950s version, but it was almost debuted by the new Lincoln Continental Mark II. When the Mark II program got the green light, the concept of a retracting steel roof was transferred to the new Continental Division as a dynamic innovation for America's most exclusive car. The program was quite well along when cost overruns (and a $10k sticker price for the base car in 1956) put the project back into the Ford Division's lap. Due to the extensive redesign of the 1957 Ford line, the Skyliner made its appearance mid-year on April 10, 1957, with much fanfare. All retractables were finished on a separate line at five of Ford's assembly plants across the country (this car was built at River Rouge) and to keep assembly as basic as possible were initially only painted in single-tone colors of all black or all white. Not until two months later were two-color COMPS 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Lot #418, S/N D7EW25901 Condition: 4Sold at $13,500 Kruse, Seaside, CA, 8/19/2005 SCM ID# 39129 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Lot #SP40, S/N D7RW196195 Condition: 2 Sold at $27,753 RM, Toronto, Canada, 10/22/2004 SCM ID# 36770 Styletones offered. Indeed, the earliest PR photos of two-tone Skyliners are in what could be called reversed Styletone, with the base color (i.e. white) on the lower body and top, instead of the production method. Just like the Sunliner soft top convertible, the Skyliner was also available with any V8 engine offered by Ford for 1957, including the 300-hp Paxton-supercharged 312-ci top-of-the-line “F code” motor. Also available were all choices in transmissions, all three-speeds: manual, manual with overdrive, and Fordomatic. Even though the base price of $2,942 made it the most expensive Ford for '57, most Skyliners were ordered Sports Car Market Bonhams

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with plenty of options, and the automatic is far more prevalent than the stick-shift. While the first abbreviated year looked pretty good at 20,766 cars built, the car tanked in 1958. The recession of late 1957 hit all car sales, but luxury cars in particular took a beating. There was also a perception that America should re-align its priorities, since the Soviet Union had just launched Sputnik. But hey, even if the Commies had beaten us in space exploration, we had both the hideaway hard top and the Edsel. While it seems comical now, there were several of these comparisons at the time, and not in Detroit's favor. It didn't help that the '58s were clumsily restyled and cluttered compared to the sleeker '57s and only 14,713 were built for the Skyliner's middle year. By 1959 Ford had dialed in the styling, especially in the cumbersome trunk area. The previous two years of Skyliners came off as too boxy in the rear, as they had to fully enclose the top. But '59 was boxy from stem to stern, so the trunk design generally came off well with the “shotgun” fins as a final flourish. Then again, 1959 can best be described as a freak show for Detroit designs in general. However, sales slumped to 12,967 units. A new low-slung platform for 1960 meant it would be impossible to fit the lowered hard top into the trunk, and that sealed the fate of the Skyliner. Retractables disappeared for nearly 40 years, until Mitsubishi and Mercedes-Benz revived the concept of solid folding roofs. Cadillac re-entered the fray with the XLR in 2004. The original setup, when properly adjusted, is more or less reliable in terms of opera- tion. However, it is so fussy about being on a level surface that most Skyliners will only cycle on a billiard-table-flat parking surface. With the equivalent of a moving Heathkit catalog in the trunk, it goes without saying that a full-blown restoration is beyond the mechanically challenged, electrically ignorant, and financially weak. But one strong point is that Skyliners were built to a better quality than garden variety '57 Fords, which were noted for shoddy workmanship—even in an era when quality wasn't exactly Job One. Due to specialized fitting of components and extra assembly steps, retractables were completed on the side assembly line at each plant so they wouldn't slow down the flow of regular Fords. The luxury of more time made sure they were more sorted. Our example was described to me as being a “bargain” at $22k. I would take issue with that statement, in that it seems to have been fully priced, at least in North America. Described in the auction company promotional drivel as both excellently preserved and restored—with only a period separating the two phrases—the car is neither. Reconditioned as necessary would best describe the car (the same as the vast majority on the market due to the previously mentioned complexity of the top mechanism), thus resulting in about #3 condition. Any price guide out there has a #3 condition '57 Skyliner within two bids of $20,000. Three years ago, I nearly bought a 1958 Skyliner in similar condition for $14,500, but another big chunk of Dearborn iron caught my eye and my wallet instead. 2005 auction results for Skyliners range from $35,310 for a #2 condition 1959 model by RM in September (SCM #39461) to $13,500 for a #4 condition 1957 model by Kruse in August (SCM #30129). All in all, the nicest Skyliner (except perhaps a 1957 with the Paxton blower) will still cost you less than a concours-condition 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hard top. While the latter might be the most recognizable car from the '50s, the former represents the better buy as the ultimate gimmick car of the ultimate gimmick decade.u B.MITCHELL CARLSON collects damn near anything that can be titled. He went disco and bought a '78 Lincoln Mark V instead of a Skyliner, but the meds are working. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. March 2006 53

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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Nine Muscle Car Sleepers You won't see your twin at every show, and you won't believe the performance of these jokers 1970 AMX: Getting a foothold in collector-car circles D 54 uring the past couple of years, muscle-car prices have accelerated as fast as the cars themselves. Boomers are flapping paddles (or waving 64-oz tubs of Coors) at six- and sometimes seven-figure amounts when choice pieces of Detroit Iron cross the block. Rather than telling me (again) about how you'd like to have back the '69 Z/28 you sold for $1,500 in 1980 to finance your wedding reception at the Olive Garden, let's look at where the clever buys are in today's muscle-car market. You can get style, power, nostalgia, and fun by venturing off the beaten path. These overlooked cars offer great value. They won't get you crowned King of Cruise Night at the local drive-in, but some are better packages than their expensive stablemates. Here are my picks under $40,000. 1970 AMX 360 ($24,000–$28,000) From dearly departed American Motors, I have a few favorites. The two-seat 1968–70 AMX is finally gaining respect and value. Having the 390-ci 4-speed car with the factory “Go Pack” option puts you at the top of the (admittedly small) AMC pecking order, but lesser models could still be your admission ticket to the muscle-car world. Early cars also came with 290 and 343 V8s, and in 1970 the new 360 was available. I'll take the 1970 Ram Air 360, with 4-speed, and dealer-installed Sidewinder side pipes. Ram Air was standard for 1970 and the front suspension was much improved. Be warned: the short-wheelbase AMX can be nearly as tricky as an early Porsche 930 Turbo in inexperienced hands. Each AMX has a numbered dash plaque, but in true AMC style, Sports Car Market

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there are gaps in the sequence and cars with duplicate number plates are known to have been built by the factory. 1971–74 JAVELIN AMX ($18,000–$24,000) monster. Contemporary road tests pegged these cars at six seconds for 0-60, not bad even by today's standards. Built on the convertible chassis with a boxed frame, heavy-duty suspension and brakes, and quick steering, this solid Buick ride combines great styling and respectable handling. This is a poor man's Chevelle Z16, for $200,000 less. The 1968– 69 GS400 ($20,000–$25,000) is more of the same, with similar performance in a restyled body. The styling of the bulbous second-generation Javelin AMX continues to grow on me; as an added bonus, there's a back seat for kids, dogs, or spare parts. The optional 401-ci V8 was the ultimate AMC ground-pounder—and was even crammed into Pacer and Gremlin dragsters. 1971 HORNET SC/360 ($15,000–$20,000) 1966–67 OLDSMOBILE 442 ($20,000–$25,000) Next choice is the 1968–69 This is my top AMC choice. There were only 794 of these stodgy-looking two-door sedans built, but with a big factory hood scoop, stripe package, and Rally wheels put onto the Hornet, it looks macho. Well, a little macho, anyway. Don't take anything but a correct car with a 4-speed. You won't see your twin at every show, and the guys you race against at the vintage drags won't believe the performance of these little jokers. Plus, you can pick up parts cars for nothing. 1967 BUICK SKYLARK GS400 ($17,000–$22,000) In a similar vein, the 1966–67 Oldsmobile 442 is a great alternative to better-known later versions. A 350-hp, 400-ci engine lives under the hood, and delivered high-14 second 1/4-mile times when new. Referred to as a “civilized supercar” at the time, it's very capable with a solid feel. Avoid the 1966 two-speed automatic. The 1967 is preferred by the 442 faithful as it had a Turbo 400 three-speed and was gussied up with a washboard hood and other details to separate it from a base Cutlass. Pick of the litter would be a 360-hp, tri-power '66, but you won't find a real one (clones, as with most muscle cars, are only a parts catalog away) in this price range unless you are really lucky. 1967 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE GTX/ DODGE CORONET R/T ($30,000–$35,000) Dodge Dart GTS, the Nova Fighter. With clean styling penned by Elwood Engel, this is a potent 3,000-pound package with bulletproof 340-ci small block or available 383-ci big block motivation (but you'll have to add an extra $10,000 to the numbers above). As a car that can actually be fun to drive, I recommend a good 340 GTS with a 4-speed. In contrast, the 383- and 440-powered Darts are nose-heavy and brakingimpaired (there was no room for power brakes in the crowded engine compartment). 1967–69 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA FORMULA S ($20,000–$25,000) The 1963–65 Ford Falcon Sprint with 260 ci or 289 ci and a 4-speed is overlooked and underappreciated. Ford relied heavily on these Falcon Sprints to fly the “Ford Total Performance” banner in 1960s international rallies, and they put on a great show in the Monte Carlo Rally. This chassis was the basis for the Mustang and 1965–66 Shelby GT 350 cars so you know it can be made to work well. Few domestic V8s are as free-revving or durable as a Ford small block. A 1965 289ci 4-speed Falcon Sprint hard top with a set of MiniLite wheels is a performance package that looks better with each passing year. How cool is that? With any car, I recommend buying the best you can find and making sure you get the real deal. Check the numbers, verify the tags, study the documentation. A great car is a solid investment, a shoddy one is a guaranteed disappointment. Of course, if you've got the Plymouth smoothed out the Barracuda nicely for the second generation, and the 1967–69 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S is one of the most attractive muscle cars. Engine choices include 273ci, 340-ci, and 383-ci V8s, and the same comments apply as with the Dart GTS. Both fastback and coupe body styles were available for Plymouth's fast fish. But a Over at Camp Mopar, top picks This was the first year of the 400-ci engine with semi-wedge heads. It's a legendary torque are the 1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX or her plain-Jane sister, the Dodge Coronet R/T. With a stan- COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles, as well as an avid collector and enthusiast. loose cash, go ahead and buy that '69 GTO Judge RA IV or '70 Chevelle LS6 454. However, by taking a slightly different approach and doing some homework, you can put a relatively rare muscle car in your own garage for a surprisingly small amount of money. And guess what—if you take proper care of it, it will never go down in value.u dard 375-hp 440-ci engine, great styling, more scoops than a box of Raisin Bran, competent Mopar torsion bar suspension, and nonoffensive (i.e. bland) styling, both of these cars offer tremendous power and, when properly set up, great road manners. 1968–69 DODGE DART GTS ($22,000–$28,000) Barracuda isn't a 'Cuda; that was a late-1969 option package introduced with the 440-ci-equipped Barracuda and the high-performance package on the new-body 1970–74 Barracudas. 1963–65 FORD FALCON SPRINT ($18,000–$22,000) March 2006 55

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Race Car Profile 1965 Ferrari 1512 Ferrari built three of these cars 40 years ago and never used the engine again. If you blew it up, it would be a very long walk home By Thor Thorson DETAILS Years Produced: 1964 (1), 1965 (2) Number produced: 3 Original list price: never for sale SCM Valuation: $1,000,000–$1,200,000 Cost per hour to race: $5,000 Distributor cap: $600 (needs 4) Chassis #: Stamped on front bulkhead Engine #: Stamped on case Club: Historic Grand Prix Cars Association 10 Gifford St., London, U.K. More: www.hgpca.net Alternatives: 1963 Lotus 25, 1964 BRM P261, 1965 Honda RA272 SCM Investment grade: A COMPS Chassis number: 0008 I n an attempt to curb the ever-increasing speeds of Formula One, engine regulations were changed in 1961 to a maximum capacity of 1.5 liters. By the time more generous three-liter rules were established for 1966, manufacturers had designed some wonderful and potent small-capacity engines, which were mated to incredibly nimble chassis. Ferrari's 1512 is regarded as technically without com- pare. It was the first flat-12 engine produced by Ferrari's engineer Mauro Fogheiri, an incredible exotic with 24 spark plugs, four distributors, four ignition coils, and fuel injection. Whilst power initially was not immense, the flat twelve had an incredibly low center of gravity, which made for significantly improved handling. As the Coventry-Climax V8s of Jim Clark and others were gaining in horsepower over the 1964–65 seasons, what the 1512 really needed was more power. By the Grand Prix at Monza in September 1965, Ferrari introduced a significantly improved 1512 engine. New cylinder heads were made with altered port angles, and intake stacks were now angled slightly outwards instead of vertically. John Surtees put his upgraded 1512 on the front row and enthused over the improvements. This car, chassis 0008, was piloted by Lorenzo Bandini, who came home in fourth place. Only three 1512s were ever constructed, and with no application following the 1965 season, they never 56 evolved into other racing cars. Following withdrawal from service, S/N 0008 was purchased by Luigi Chinetti and was restored in Italy with the livery that NART had run at the end of 1964. It remained unused in Chinetti's collection until the early 1990s when bought by the current owner, who has preserved the car in an unused state since. This wonderful 1512 is eligible for numerous his- toric racing events and is sure to attract the attention it warrants wherever it goes. In our opinion, it is one of the most significant Ferrari Formula One cars of all time. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $1,115,000 at Christie's Monterey auction, August 18, 2005. I'm going to be really direct about this. I hope I'm wrong, but whoever bought this car didn't buy it to drive. For all the beautiful, significant, and historic aspects that give this car value, viability as a vintage race car is not one of them. Most likely it's going to sit in a collection, loved but undriven, admired for what it was, not what it is. The other possibility is that somewhere out there is a scrawny, quixotic little true believer with a huge checkbook and no aversion to risk. I'm not suggesting that it is less than a great car or collectible, it's just not something a normal person could expect to drive. Let's start by talking about what it was and how it fits into racing history. The period spanned by the 1.5-liter formula (1961–65) was one of tremendous technical innovation and epic battles between Ferrari and the various British manufacturers, on the drawing boards as much as on the track. In 1961, Ferrari was utterly dominant, mostly because it had far and away the strongest engine. The Brits had not thought very far ahead Sports Car Market 1969 Ferrari 312 Lot #59, S/N 017 Condition: 2+ Sold at $1,320,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/2005 SCM ID# 38949 2000 Ferrari F1/2000 Lot #272, S/N 205 Condition: 1- Sold at $1,703,513 Bonhams, Fontvieille, Monaco, 5/15/2004 SCM ID# 34155 Photos: Winston Goodfellow

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and were stuck with a 1.5-liter variant on the Climax FPF four, while Ferrari had its Dino V6. In 1962, though, the Brits had two new V8s (Climax and BRM) to power the far more sophisticated chassis they had developed while dealing with poor horsepower. Faced with this new competition, the Ferraris suddenly looked oldfashioned, overweight, underpowered, and inadequate. They were all those things. It was time for a change, and Ferrari got it in spades. Carlo Chiti and most of the racing top brass had departed to form ATS in late 1961, and Mauro Forghieri was given the racing department. He and his team started working on two new engines, a V8 (unusual for Ferrari, candidly chosen because the Brits were doing so well with them) and a flat twelve (after all, it was Ferrari). The final piece came together when John Surtees was hired to drive for 1963. More than an excellent driver, Surtees had a deep understanding of what his countrymen at Lotus, Cooper, and BRM had learned about chassis design. What emerged from the collaboration in the next three years was a series of very British-looking Ferrari F1 cars, the 156, 158, and 1512. The 156 was an interim car for 1963 and was developed into the 158 for 1964. Aside from minor changes to accommodate the different engines, the 158 and 1512 chassis were the same and were entered interchangeably after the twelve was introduced in October of 1964. The twelve made more horsepower, but it did it all between 9,000 and 12,000 rpm, so it was more difficult to drive than the V8. Surtees preferred the V8, Bandini the twelve. Surtees won the world championship in 1964 in a 158 (admittedly because Bandini took out Graham Hill in the final race), while the 1512 was never really competitive until the last few races of 1965. Okay, so we agree that it's a cool car, beautiful, interesting, and significant. Why don't I expect to ever see it run? There are a number of reasons. First, from the catalogue it's apparent that the car hasn't run in 40 years. The engine is an example of Italian watch-making technology (a dozen 125-cc cylinders, two-inch stroke, four cam—we're talking delicate) and sitting for that long won't have done it any favors. I'd expect to spend at least $100,000 to get the car running again. Second, somebody would have to drive it, and these cars were shrink-wrapped around 5'8”, 135-pound drivers. If you could afford this car, your wallet bulge alone would keep you from fitting in the cockpit. Looking past those issues, though, the real problem is how to keep it running. The basic rule is that things go bang on race cars—it's inevitable—and when something breaks, where are you going to find parts? Ferrari built three of these cars 40 years ago and never used the engine again. If you blew it up, it would be a very long walk home. It would be welcome to run anywhere, though. Ferrari F1 cars from that era are as rare as hen's teeth because Ferrari routinely destroyed everything after the season ended. Though he was originally willing to sell old F1 cars, Ferrari had been fiercely criticized in the Italian press and had even come under pressure from the Vatican because of the number of people hurt driving them. Being very unsentimental, Ferrari resolved the issue by scrapping everything. The three 1512s were completely obsolete because of the new 3-liter formula and were spared. Though it could be a revered entry in vintage racing, I think it's best to think of the 1512 as a sort of Fabergé egg. Its value is in its beauty, intricate construction, rarity, and inaccessibility, not in any practical, go-play-with-it sense. It's not a race car any more; it's a piece of art.u THOR THORSON has been hooked on race cars since the late '50s and actively involved with racing since the late '70s. Historical and descriptive information in this profile courtesy of the auction company. March 2006 57

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Market Reports Overview From Duesies to Broughs and Back Again I The money shelled out to secure the late Pope's Escort GL makes the $1.3m spent on his Enzo seem a downright bargain Bonhams & Butterfields (B) n the March 2005 issue, SCM set its own record for the number of sales we covered. These were SCM's pre-eBay auction reporting days, mind you, and those eight sales have Los Angeles, CA, p. 104 Palm Springs Auctions (PS) Palm Springs, CA, p. 68 stood solidly over the last twelve months. But this issue we set a new high with nine sales. Their results, chronicled in the following pages, represent some of the best and most established events on the auction calendar. As always, Dave Kinney put himself in the thick of it, and here he checks in from Auburn and Hershey, where classic American cars ruled the day. Then he headed off for a delightful long weekend in London for the traditional Christie's sale at the Jack Barclay Showroom, where he witnessed some strong prices on a few old Bentleys. Automobilia man Carl Bomstead is nearly as recogniz- able around Palm Springs as Keith McCormick is, and during his most recent visit, he stopped in on McCormick's 39th Annual Palm Springs sale. Balmy weather and great variety made for a notable result. B. Mitchell Carlson happened to be in Sin City when Dan and Dean Kruse held their annual sale, and this year produced a big-ticket item in the form of a 1975 Ford Escort once owned by the late Pope John Paul II. The money shelled out to secure it makes the $1.3m spent on his Enzo seem a downright bargain. Our correspondent to the north, Norm Mort, roamed the aisles at RM's hometown Toronto sale, where the lack of American bidders (and dollars) sparked something of a buying spree among the Canadians. The final tally bodes well, as it reflects a strong willingness to buy in those north of the border. To accompany the inaugural New England Fall Classic, Peter Mole and his Kensington crew hosted an auction at the Mohegan Sun Resort. Donald Osborne attended, and despite a poor sales rate, he assures us that Mole and many of the 40 consignors are committed to another go-around next year. Senior Editor Paul Duchene makes his market debut this month. As a longtime two- wheeler fanatic, it seemed only fair to dispatch him to Bonhams' all-bike sale at the Petersen Automotive Museum. It was a mixed bag, he says, with everything from piles of Harley bits to rare Brough stunners. Finally, Geoff Archer checks in with the exclusive and the exotic. Sure, the Matra 530 fits that bill, and for $8,100 it's a screaming deal. But a 550 Maranello in General Lee livery for just $99,000, now that's something you don't see everyday. Thankfully. Add to these nine sales and two hundred cars another two hun- $6m $12m $18m $24m Auburn, IN March 2006 Kruse dred cars entered into our SCM Gold database, and it's easy to see how SCM has developed the world's largest on-line collector car database. If you're not a Gold subscriber, you should be. If you already are, then you're enjoying the information that makes you a smarter collector.—Stefan Lombardu $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m Hershey, PA Kruse RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Los Angeles, CA Bonhams & Butterfields Uncasville, CT Kensington London, UK Christie's Palm Springs, CA Palm Springs Auction Las Vegas, NV Kruse 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Kruse International (KLV) Las Vegas, NV, p. 76 Kruse International (KA) Auburn, IN, p. 60 RM Auctions (RM) Toronto, CAN, p. 84 Kensington Uncasville, CT, p. 90 The Hershey Auction (KH) Hershey, PA, p. 98 United Kingdom Christie's (Ch) London, UK, p. 94 Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1975 Ford Escort GL, $734,400—KLV, p. 78 2. 1930 Duesenberg J LaGrande, $698,500—KH, p. 101 3. 1936 Duesenberg J Rollston, $594,000—KA, p. 64 4. 2004 Bentley Arnage T, $189,000—KA, p. 62 5. 1927 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model, $184,005—Ch, p. 85 6. 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Six-Light, $184,005—Ch, p. 96 7. 1897 Panhard-Levassor Type M2F, $157,427—Ch, p. 96 8. 1961 Chevrolet Corvette, $142,000—KH, p. 102 9. 1937 Brough Superior SS-100, $137,000—B, p. 105 10. 1939 Vincent Series A Rapide—B, p. 106 SCM1-6 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 1. 1923 Buick Victoria, $7,155—Ch, p. 97 2. 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner, $37,046—RM, p. 88 3. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6, $87,646—RM, p. 89 4. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, $106,920—KA, p. 66 5. 1936 Duesenberg J Rollston town car, $594,000—KA, p. 64 59 Best Buys

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Column Author Kruse International Auburn, IN Fall Auburn It's the ultimate “run what ya brung” auction, and it's not unusual to see a custom VW Beetle next to an expertly restored Cord 812 Company Kruse International Date August 31–September 6, 2005 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneers Dean Kruse, Daniel Kruse, Matthew Kruse, Mitchell Kruse, Stuart Kruse, Jim Richie, Bill Sheridan, and Frank Stapleton Automotive lots sold / offered 671 / 1329 Sales rate 50% Sales total $20,563,281 High sale “Pimp Daddy” Kinney Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics Auburn, IN H ere in the land of the Supersize, we like to do our auctions like almost everything else—BIG. In fact, no single collector car auction gets as big as the one held each fall in northeast Indiana. The Kruse Auburn Fall Auction is held the week preceding Labor Day. Auburn is the ancestral home of three iconic American makes—Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg—and the sale is held in conjunction with the annual ACD festival, which itself is no small gathering. But most of us have known this for years, for not only is Auburn big, it is also the granddaddy of collector car auctions, with a history dating back to the 1970s. It's also the ultimate “run what ya brung” auction, and it's not unusual to see a full custom VW Beetle next to an expertly restored Cord 812, or a 1950s wooden boat following a 13-year-old Lincoln with 18 miles. There's something for everyone at Auburn, and that's a big part of the fun. This year's expansion to a third auction ring inside the huge Auburn Auction Center didn't seem to meet with the attendee enthusiasm Kruse might have liked, as many auction goers took to calling the event a three-ring circus. In all, 671 out of 1,329 cars sold for a 50% sales rate. This equated to a grand and rather sizable total 60 1930 Duesenberg Model J LaGrande dual cowl phaeton, sold at $712,800 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) of $20,563,281. The high sale of the week was a 1930 Duesenberg J, with phaeton bodywork by La Grande. It hammered sold for $712,800. Other Duesies did well also, with another Model J, a Rollston town car, selling for $594,000. There was a nice 1948 Tucker 48 on hand as well, which brought $378,000, and will head to a quiet, heated space in a Tennessee museum. Kruse required a lengthy rebuilding and reorganization process when Dean Kruse bought the company back from eBay in 2002. In many ways, the company is still caught up in this process, and some aspects of its events suffer as a result. From all of my angles—attendee, bidder, buyer, and member of the media—it would seem Kruse lacks heavily in the arena of customer service. As buyers and sellers have become more auction savvy, most companies have raised the bar to work with them and to meet or exceed expectations. Kruse must concentrate on providing this kind of client focus, or the bottom line is likely to suffer. There are few other reasons to be in Auburn on Labor Day weekend, and car people have flocked here for decades. The goose is still doing her thing and laying her golden eggs, but the chances she might soon run out of shiny orbs are greater than ever. The competition is getting stronger, and the message is clear.u Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Auburn, IN ENGLISH #2857-1961 JAGUAR MK II Custom sa- loon. S/N P212598BW. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 6,192 miles. A Jag 4-door hot rod, or a resto-mod from across the pond. Well done with excellent paint and chrome. The front end jewelry is all frenched in and looks clean. Excellent wood, good seats, and the gauges are recent vintage hot rod. Underhood is fully detailed to the highest American rod standards. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,240. Sticking an American V8 into almost Let's call this one well bought. It's a driver and to re-restore it to make it a show car would be a mistake. There are plenty of fun miles left in this car as is, and perhaps some potential for appreciation as well. #256-1969 LOTUS ELAN S4 convert- ible. S/N 4586311. Eng. # G18074P. White/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 71,981 miles. Surprisingly nice. In a Lotus sort of way, that is. The paint is nothing to brag about, but also good enough that it won't soon warrant a repaint. The trim is good and includes most brightwork. The top is still serviceable. Good glass, although the anything that moves is a tradition with a 50plus-year history. I've seen plenty of conversions centered upon dropping a Chevy small block into a variety of automobiles, but this just happened to be one of the best jobs yet seen. You're paying for the quality of the workmanship here, just as if it were a '32 Chevy. Well done and well bought, but an extremely thin market. #2434-1966 JAGUAR XKE SI convertible. S/N 1E11970. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 47,150 miles. A good job with some chips at the edge of the hood, but otherwise quite nice. The chrome is good, with some holes drilled for a badge bar in the front and horizontal guards in the rear. Very good cloth top, though the chrome edge guard by the window is scarred and shows windshield gasket has lifted out enough that you can place a finger between the windshield and the body. Excellent interior. The tires are very aggressive—almost slicks. Clean underhood and in the trunk. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,960. The seller should be sore from patting himself on the back by now. In this condition, I would consider the price full retail plus 20%. Interestingly, this was a very likeable car, in a lost puppydog sort of way. You almost have to love a car where panel gaps can be bridged using a finger instead of a fingernail. #297-1974 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. overspray—an easy fix. Some wear items to the otherwise nice interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,180. Everything I've seen this summer would lead me to believe that this was a great buy, a ready-to-go driver with an appealing color. It was by no means perfect, but it also didn't have any serious needs. The Series I, II, and III cars are all moving up in value, and I agree with Jag owners that it's about time. #2703-1966 JAGUAR MK II saloon. S/N 224565BW. Black and burgundy/black leather. Odo: 68,858 miles. Good paint to driver standards. The chrome has light scratches, and the glass is good except for scratches in the windshield. The chrome wire wheels will clean up, so no complaints. The interior shows well with great leather, good wood, and carpets. Michelin Redline tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,900. March 2006 soft top appears brand new. Good glass and gaskets. Inside shows original carpets and very good seats. Underhood is clean but not detailed. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,560. Worth the high bid and perhaps a bit more. I've seen a lot of upward movement in TR6s this year, and I expect 61 S/N CF20683U. Green/black vinyl/saddle vinyl. Odo: 73,358 miles. Repainted to a nonoriginal color. While not horrible for a driver, it's nowhere near show quality. The chrome is scratched in places, though some is good. The

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Kruse International Auburn, IN Column Author to see more. With a 6-cylinder motor, combined with the classic British roadster look, any decent example should bring $10k or better. #265-1979 MGB Mk IV convertible. S/N GHN5UL486653G. British Racing Green/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 64,070 miles. The shiny repaint is just a bit off the factory color. It's good but not great, with some light orange peel. Good glass, though the windshield gasket is cracking. to warn them of the tread separation issue, as a blowout at speed would never be any kind of fun. Regardless, someone paid up for this car, so I hope by now a commercial swirl remover has been applied. GERMAN #503-1976 BMW 2002 coupe. S/N 2376433. I've got no complaints about the unremarkable interior. Clean underhood and mostly original; the altenator looks brand new. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,130. Bookmark this one as an absolute correct price for the end of summer, 2005. $500 less would have been a touch too cheap, while $500 more would have been a tad too much. Happy buyer, happy seller, end of story. #819-1983 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE convertible. S/N SCAZD42A7DCX07584. Red/tan everflex/saddle leather. Odo: 80,271 miles. Good paint, but it looks like it is fresher in some places than in others. The front bumper rub strip has two kinks, and some rubber is showing its age. There is one small star in the windshield. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 24,231 miles. Sunroof, some rally equipment, wood dash. Overall, the paint is good or better, and all brightwork except the bumpers is now painted black or powder-coated. Added rear spoiler. Interior shows good seats but weak carpets. Cond: 3-. picked up between our fine covers. With early 911s out of reach for some collectors, mid-70s models seem to be catching on, and prices may be catching up to reflect that. #1403-1980 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N 32A0810539. Bright yellow/black leather. Odo: 77,568 miles. As a bonus of the industrial-quality respray, the paint was also generously applied to the stone-dry gaskets for that “I paid $299.99” look. The car appears to sit high—perhaps it's the profile of those Grand Sport brand radials? The sunroof and all glass appear good. Inside, there is a lot of wear to the dry—but not quite arid—leather. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,940. Also was a no-sale as lot 3418 at $3,000. Other than entering this in the world's fastest school bus competition, I can't think of too many other appropriate uses for this crudely painted and unlovely 928. The sold price was a gift to the seller. I suggest he play the number 928 in the lottery for the rest of his life. #1020-1985 PORSCHE 928 S coupe. S/N SOLD AT $4,428. This wasn't the most desirable year for the 2002. I speak from experience, having once tried to sell one that I owned. The price achieved was a tad better than market, but no harm done. Always spend more to get the rust-free example of the year that you want with the equipment that suits your needs. The sunroof and the 4-speed are a good start. #517-1977 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N Inside, the wood has some cracks but the leather is good. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $56,160. More than I would have paid by about $10k. Red with saddle is a great color combination, if you're into being seen. Otherwise, this is not the car to be discreet with. When shopping for a Corniche, start with the left and right coast—there are more of them there, and they tend to be cheaper than here in the Heartland. #3023-2004 BENTLEY ARNAGE T saloon. S/N SCBLF94CX09917. Eng. # LF409917. Black/black leather. Cost new was $267,154, including sunroof, lumbar support, electric blind to the rear window, the kitchen sink, and other valuable equipment. The original paint now has more swirls in it than a Mr. Softie cone. The right front tire has a visible bump in it denoting sidewall separation. Quilted leather is a nice look to the good interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $189,000. The T plays second fiddle to the RL, but is an upgrade over the standard R. I tried to find an owner or his/her representative on site 62 9117201329. Black/red leather. Odo: 125,823 miles. Sunroof, AM/FM cassette, SC bodywork to a 1980 body style. Same owner (an SCMer) for the past nine years. He says the car was black from the factory. Nice paint throughout, and very good black trim, with one scratched area on driver's door. All glass except the windshield WPOJB0928FS861796. Silver/Oxblood vinyl. Odo: 123,171 miles. Excellent paint, and all of the blackout trim appears very good, except around the keyhole area on both doors—an easy fix. No dents or dings, and clean, scratch-free glass. The interior looks like it came from a 23,000-mile car rather than one with 100,000 more. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,016. This one has the look of a well-taken-care-of car, not easily found in 928s. Much more than full retail here when the mileage is factored in. This seller must have gone home happy, with money in his pocket and a potential money pit eliminated. #554-1992 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2 cab- has heavy black tint and etched serial numbers. The clean interior shows good leather with an older re-dye. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,360. I would have pegged this car at perhaps $2,000 less, so I'll say that our subscriber did well. Let's hope it was all the valuable information he riolet. S/N WP0CB296NS460120. White/black cloth/gray and black leather. Odo: 88,588 miles. Good paintwork, with no flaws noted. Also, good gaps, gaskets, and glass. The top is nice, though the rear window is slightly dirty and scratched. The seat coverings look to be refitted, as they bunch up in the wrong places. Underhood is nice but not exceptional, and the rear lenses are discolored. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,300. This is the current going rate, but I would have Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Auburn, IN Column Author Missing parts inside include the driver's door handle and gearshift knob. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $8,640. Though listed on the sale sheet as a Ferrari Dino, a Ferrari it was not. At this bid, it's worth it just for parts. If this car drives and runs well it would be worth restoring, as an exceptional example can still bring into the high $30k range. #3439-1984 FERRARI 308 GTSi QV looked for one with fewer problems, or perhaps in a more exciting color. However, my Porsche friends tell me these cars are reliable and fun for the low bucks this price represents. If you can stay away from the shop, I agree with their assessment. ITALIAN #2547-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPRINT SPECIALE coupe. S/N 871756. Red/black vinyl and cloth. Odo: 2,539 miles. Decent older paint with a few dings and one rust bubble. The gaps could be much better in the trunk, but are otherwise good. The glass shows a decent but dirty look, though it's rather honest. The interior is too nice to fix but nowhere near perfect. Lots of pre-auction interest. Cond: 4+. targa. S/N ZFFLA13B000050421. Red/black/ cream leather. Odo: 41,650 miles. Very good paint overall, with a couple rough spots, including the very dinged front spoiler. Good trim all around, and the bumpers and headlight lenses look good. Scratch-free glass, and the top is unscarred. Inside, the seats show wear, along with the console. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,484. A market-correct price. Had the cosmetics been no quacking. “Sea themed” fenders front and rear create a cresting wave motif with a wood boat-style body. Well built and looks good, with an appropriate interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,100. I'm buoyed by this sail result, as this is no Mickey Mouse job. I checked for other Donald Duck accessories on the Web, but nothing quite fit the bill. With all the hoopla going on, this price likely won't ruffle any feathers. #1072-1936 DUESENBERG J town car. S/N 2603. Eng. # J-576. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,670 miles. Very original and unrestored. Weak older paint with some chips. The chrome is poor and needs attention, but is all there. The driver's compartment shows original leather, older wood, and original gauges. The better, it might have had some chance of making it into the $30k range. With plenty of red Ferrari 308s out there to choose from, buyers can generally have their pick of the litter. This one was no runt, but it wasn't the alpha either, and so was a fair deal. JAPANESE #2825-1996 ACURA NSX targa. S/N SOLD AT $25,920. An SCMer asked me what I thought this car would sell for before it crossed the block. I think he thought I was kidding when I said $25k, but that's exactly where the car ended up. If you think about it, $25,920 doesn't represent a major investment in an automobile any more. For most buyers and sellers, it's a small price for entry into Italian quasi-exotic ownership. #257-1967 FIAT DINO spider. S/N 135A80000619. Blue/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 5,088 km. Well-worn paint, with ominous black paint under the front turn signals. Lots of scratches, with plenty of bubbling areas and some cracks. Wiper scratches on the windshield, but other glass is good. Though some side trim is missing, most brightwork is good. Yes, it has Ferrari badges front and rear. Some fade to the top, but it's still good. The seats appear to have original vinyl, with some cracks and holes. is well detailed. Wear to the driver's seat, but the balance of the interior is good. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $34,560. Other than the drag races, I don't know where this car would look appropriate. It's low dollar for a first year NSX targa, but not low enough for either the condition or the title issues. Someone stepped up, but I think he might have stepped in it as well. AMERICAN #3071-1926 FORD MODEL T Disney Parade Car. S/N 14113761. Sea Blue with faux wood/blue and tan vinyl. Odo: 128 miles. Disney Studios-built special for Donald Duck. Nicely done coachwork is still good with 64 The interior appears original and shows wear to the front seat, but the back and middle seats are good. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $81,000. Sports Car Market JH4NA1187T000267. Red/tan leather. Odo: 54,600 miles. Theft recovery with a rebuilt title. Those quick-release hood pins are a nice look, no? Carbon-fiber style dash, lots of boy racer stuff. Very good paint, trim, and glass. Underhood passenger compartment cloth is good. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $594,000. It's my understanding that this car still has its original Rollston body, and that it could best be described as a survivor at this point. If this is true, then I would put it in the very-well-bought column. I hope we are beyond the age where this car will be re-restored with a roadster or torpedo body, and that it will be kept as-is, with only sympathetic work to keep it with us. #2457-1947 FORD DELUXE Woody sta- tion wagon. S/N 799A1595445. Deep red with wood/black vinyl/saddle lather. 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PALM SPRINGS 244 N INDIAN CANYON DRIVE, PALM SPRINGS LAST SALE WAS 63% SOLD OF ALL CARS ENTERED The McCormick family is once again organizing this auction in their usual friendly and courteous manner. Ask for Keith, Jason or Desley to answer your questions. Sponsored by THE OLDIES STATION PHONE FOR CONSIGNMENT NUMBERS. ASK FOR ENTRY FORMS, BIDDER APPLICATIONS, AND GET ON OUR MAILING LIST... NOW! 760-320-3290 RESERVE YOUR POSITION NOW! ENTRY FEES: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY $250. Add $100 for prime time replacement - only 80 cars. No numbers will be reserved without consignment fee being paid in full in advance. VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Positions will be filled on first=come first-served basis. To reserve the position you desire, send your check covering the entry fee or phone in your credit card number. You may specify the cars you're entering at a later date. Entry fees are Refundable less $25 handling fee if you notify us in writing 14 days prior to the auction. Color photographs may be included in our exclusive color brochure. We strictly limit the number of positions available in this two-day event of 350 cars. COMMISSION STRUCTURE: FLAT 5% OF SALES PRICE (one of the lowest in the business). WE SOLD OUT OF LOT NUMBERS PREVIOUS SALE SO BOOK EARLY. New Enlarged Event: This event will now include a car show on Saturday the 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Trophies, entertainment, parties, food and auto vendors. $20.00 per car. Vendor booths $200.00. Entry forms on web site or call numbers below. Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. (760) 320-3290 244 N, INDIAN CANYON DRIVE PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA 92262 U.S.A Web site - http://www.classic-carauction.com LOCAL HOST HOTEL: We recommend Spa Resort & Casino Telephone: 760-325-1461 or 800-854-1279 www.sparesortcasino.com And mention Auction for special rate of $199 check out these websites: www.palm-springs.org (Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism) www.PalmSprings.USA.com (Palm Springs Desert Resorts) Sponsored by Keith McCormick presents the 40th Collector Car Show & Auction SATURDAY and SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25th & 26th, 2006 AUCTION OF 350 ANTIQUE, CLASSIC, SPORTS, AND SPECIAL INTEREST AUTOS HELD AT THE LOCATED AT: REAR OF OUR OFFICE/SHOWROOM Check our web site: on line virtual showroom on line classifieds www.classic-carauction.com

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Column Author Kruse International Auburn, IN If every vehicle with wood in it continues to be as hot next year as it was this year, expect to see lumber trucks coming up for auction. In this condition, I'm very surprised by the high bid. In fact, I don't see where the owner of this Ford could do any better. #1047-1952 PACKARD PININ FARINA fastback coupe. S/N 257PF001. Frost Green/ green leather. Odo: 555 miles. Excellent paint, with only one crack to the trunk area. The shapely bodywork is well executed and well built. Good glass and chrome, and the aggressive tires look great. The nice leather out, and red inside and out, it's a combination that's tough to beat. If the car checks out with matching numbers, and the engine proves to be a factory-built 427, this was a good deal. #754-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO 2- of lumpy bodywork. Some paint drips as well, though the chrome is good, including some of the hard-to-replace stuff. New top. Good vinyl and console, but the carpets are weak. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $13,500. The 6-cylinder Mustangs are still at the low end of the food chain. Doing a less-than-perfect job on your restoration is no help either. Although this car had visual appeal from 20 feet away, the bidders who participated made a wise choice. Well bought, but only as a Sunday driver. looks period correct and is fitted well. The only sour note is the console, which could look better. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $950,000. An interesting tale here. A noted Packard collector found a set of plans at Retromobile for a never-built Pinin Farina-bodied Packard and commissioned a California firm to build the car for the first time in the 1990s. Or at least that's the story put out for public consumption. Let's get real, folks, it's a replica of a never-built car that might have been. I could build you a pair for that high bid and still have enough left over for some beachfront property. #1051-1965 FORD MUSTANG Custom station wagon. S/N 5F07A275624. Red/tan leather. Odo: 93,231 miles. Recent conversion from a coupe to a wagon. 1991 Mustang 5.0-liter with 5-sp transmission. Vintage Air disc brakes. Very good to excellent paint, with nice chrome not without its own imperfections as well. Overall, a very nice look with a tidy interior and a fully detailed engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,800. Convertible money for a coupe. I didn't fall in love with this car as much as the bidders did. While it was nice, it was also far from perfect. I assume that this excitement was all about the style—Furys have that in spades. #444-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE and stainless brightwork. All original glass was used, with wagon windows cut down from a 1978 LTD wagon. The excellent interior is basically stock, with some nice custom touches, including a stereo hidden in the console. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,840. Ran earlier in the weekend as lot 765, with a no-sale result. There was a lot of interest among the spectators in this custom wagon;it honestly looked like a period-correct conversion. As a resto-mod, this car was bought cheap—I would assume below the cost of the build. Even the Mustang fans in the crowd liked it, a cool conversion for casual cash. #3011-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5F08T755919. Buckskin Tan/tan/ Buckskin vinyl. Odo: 82,108 miles. Looks to be a decent home garage restoration, though the list of flaws includes weak gaps and lots 66 FM. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $106,920. None of the mid-year Corvettes is any hotter than the final year, 1967, and everyone still seems to want a 427. With 435-hp and the 4-speed manual lay- convertible. S/N 194677S111228. Red/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 6,742 miles. 427/435, 4sp. Claimed to be matching numbers. Excellent paint with one two-inch-long scratch on the rear deck. Chrome, too, is excellent, and the top appears new. Side exhaust, power steering and brakes, bolt-on wheels with Redline tires; AM/ car is a major letdown, with velour seat inserts and dirty instrument glass, visible overspray and dirty door panels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,140. I think that most price guides tend to be way low on values of Mercury Cougars in general, and Eliminators in particular. That said, this particular Eliminator was overpriced for the condition. The interior is a relatively easy fix, but someone's just going to have to live with the bad gaps until the next restoration. #1122-1972 LINCOLN BUGAZZI Custom coupe. S/N 2Y89A810458. Pearl white/brown vinyl/tan and brown vinyl. Odo: 45,086 miles. A Lincoln Mark IV customized when new with a design by George Barris, King of the Kustomizers. Outrageous and over-the-top extended front end with custom grille, stand-alone headlights, sculpted fenders front and rear, faux side exhaust pipes, and acres of vinyl coating to the top. Inside, marble door panels and dash, even the expected TV set mounted for the front Sports Car Market #534-1960 PLYMOUTH FURY coupe. S/N 3307107552. White/gold/white and gold vinyl. Odo: 54,894 miles. Very good older paint, with only a few flaws if you look hard enough. Chrome and brightwork are very good also, but door hardtop. S/N 124379N535094. Orange/ black. Odo: 73,436 miles. 350-ci V8, 300-hp, 4-sp. Cowl induction hood. Vendor states this car is a real Super Sport, with an X-11 code transmission. Very good paint, and the chrome is excellent. Good windshield, but the metal leading edge of the dash is nasty. Otherwise, a nice interior with no other issues. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,600. Taking the time to pop the windshield out, sand and then paint the metal portion of the dashboard would take someone with skills less than a full day. It should be done soon, as it stands out like a pimple on your nose, grabbing attention away from the rest of an allaround good car. With that work completed, this price starts to make sense. #862-1970 MERCURY COUGAR Eliminator 2-door hardtop. S/N 0F91M534942. Competition Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 60,163 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-sp. Excellent paint over bad gaps and panel fit—possibly even worse than the factory standard. Show-detailed underhood. The interior, however, is where this

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seat passenger, and a bar in the rear compartment. This car was recently restored with a good-quality pearlescent white paint job, and all the chrome under the hood is excellent and fully polished. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,388. Pimp my ride? Too late, as George Barris has already been there and done that. If you're wondering what kind of collector is the target demographic here, look no further, as that would be me. I saw it as a chance to fulfill two lifelong ambitions— owning a Barris car, and owning a pimpmobile from the 1970s. Worth all the money. #1094-1994 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY22P4R5106803. Green/saddle leather. Odo: 60,748 miles. Unremarkable and the key chain still in the wrapper. The driver's seat shows major wear, scarring, and kinks to the leather, though the dash and carpets are excellent. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,820. Without all the wear in the driver's seat, this car could have easily been a #2-. I assume that this car has been carefully used, but even a careful user can wear a seat out. All the money and then some, but this deal could be easily duplicated.u 1970 Ferrari Daytona Spyder Originally supplied as a right hand drive coupe, during a no expense spared restoration in the 1990's the car was converted to Spyder form by Graypaul. With only seven original right hand drive Spyder's produced there are very limited opportunities to purchase an original. In fabulous condition having covered less than 40,000 miles since new, this Daytona offers all the Spyder fun for a fraction of the price! paint with some surface scratches. Good glass, though some gaskets are getting dry. The seat leather is original but dry and cracked in places. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,880. The favorable colors help here, and putting new seat covers in a Corvette is not among the tougher jobs in automobile land. I'd have to call this a retail sale—good car, good price, good deal. #538-1999 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS T- top 2-door hardtop. S/N 2G1FP2260X2119468. Orange and white/T-tops/white leather. Very good paint and trim, with excellent glass. The seller has all the “goodies” that came with this limited-production special, like the floor mats GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. 1952 Ferrari 212 Vignale Coupe ‘The Bumblebee' Chassis # 0197EL perfectly embodied the styling genius of Vignale. Originally finished in the flamboyant colour scheme of pale yellow and black with a matching interior of black seating with yellow piping, 0197 was a show stopper! Sold new in 1952 to a wealthy Frenchman, 0197 was latterly exported to the States until subsequently being bought by one of the foremost Ferrari collectors who entrusted DK Engineering to carry out a very extensive and painstaking restoration. Since then 0197 has been shown at Pebble Beach and is one of the most stunning 212's that we have seen. CARS IN STOCK 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II Works Car 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental 1965 Bizzarrini 5300GT (7 litre engine) 1964 Brabham BT8 1952 Ferrari 340 America 1952 Ferrari 212 Coupé 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1970 Ferrari Daytona Spider 1968 Porsche 910 1985 Porsche 962C 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com March 2006 www.gregorfisken.com 67

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Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Palm Springs, CA Column Author Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction Where else can you pick up a beater Dart for $1,000 and a few hours later a new Ford GT for $178,500? Company Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Date November 19–20, 2005 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneers Gene Radcliffe Automotive lots sold / offered 235 / 371 Sales rate 63% Sales total $4,002,016 High sale 2005 Ford GT, sold at $178,500 Buyer's premium 5% (included in sold prices) Better weather made for happier bidders this year Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics K Palm Springs, CA 68 eith McCormick, his family, and crew continue to make their semi-annual Palm Springs Exotic Car Auction a favorite West Coast destination. But what a difference a year makes. Last year a freak storm rolled in Saturday evening and the temperatures plummeted. Snow actually touched down in surrounding areas, which had an adverse effect on both attendance and bidding. This year the weatherman had a problem finding enough adjectives to describe the perfect weather, but a simple “clear blue skies and 80 degrees” was all the snowbirds needed to hear. They could bask by the pool, play some golf, and buy a new collector car, all without leaving the confines of the Spa Resort Casino. And buy cars they did. Revenue was up almost $700,000 over last November, and 235 cars hammered sold, compared to 202 at last year's auction. Sell-through and total volume were also up from the February sale, so the growth was consistent across the board. Such increases may be due to the variety one always finds at a Palm Springs sale. Where else can you pick up a beater 1975 Dodge Dart for $1,000 and a few hours later buy a new Ford GT for a bargain $178,500? And how about a 2000 IRL single-seater for less than ten grand? For about a third of that, one starry-eyed bidder bought a 1955 Bel Air sedan with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Hopefully it's an expensive parts car and not a restoration project. A nice touch that other auction companies should emulate was that the daily auction sheet provided the approximate time each car would be offered. So it was possible to duck out to the casino across the street without missing the car you lusted after. And if the casino wasn't your thing, McCormick also sponsored a Saturday car show with hundreds of gleaming classics vying for various awards. Keith McCormick's 40th auction will take place on the last weekend of February 2006. If your cars are tucked away and you are tired of the cold rain and snow of winter, head south to Palm Springs, where sunshine and collector cars are all but guaranteed. You may just find something you can't live without.u Sports Car Market

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Column Author Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Palm Springs, CA ENGLISH #296-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N WS9358. Eng. # 672827. Black/black fabric/ black vinyl. Odo: 53,901 miles. Body panel fit is acceptable, though most paint is cracked and chipped, and all brightwork is oxidized. Window rubber is cracked, and spats are missing. The interior is redone with vinyl. Two huge, weird respray, with the hood in primer. No hubcaps. Window nets and competition belts. The engine has not seen a clean rag since Oaxaca. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,625. One can find most anything at a McCormick auction, and this was one of the more unusual oddities. If it weren't for the singular race history, this car would be on its way to the boneyard. Now the question becomes, what is the new owner going to do with it, and why? ITALIAN #113-1959 FIAT JOLLY convertible. S/N horns in the engine compartment. Needs just about everything. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $45,150. Decent examples have been pushing six figures, but this one has a long way to go to get close to that. If the buyer can get the paint, interior, and chrome done for 20 grand or so, there just may be a reasonable return on investment here. #170-1978 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE convertible. S/N DRG31288. Tan/tan/cream leather. Odo: 45,241 miles. Between 1977 and 1983, 1,361 were manufactured, each taking over five months to build, at a cost of $109,800. The paint is showing its age, and there is a this was by far the cutest car in the auction. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,900. Talk about the perfect Palm Springs car. Use it to go to the club in your gated community, or to venture out to the local restaurant and cause a stir when you pull up. The seller wanted $22k, but lowered his sights when the bidding stalled at $18,000. Well bought, considering these have gone as high as $30,000 at high-profile auctions. #381-1987 FERRARI MONDIAL 3.2 cab- poor repair to the top. The interior is similarly aged. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,275. If the seller bought this new, then the cost of ownership was a touch over $200 a month, plus maintenance, for nearly 30 years. Not many cars are that cheap. There are more of these in this valley than in any other place in the country, so no respect is given here on resturant row when an “old” Roller arrives. Strong money given the condition. GERMAN #120-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 180 sedan. S/N 1002284. White and primer/gray. Odo: 11,095 miles. A participant in the 1995 running of La Carrera Pan Americana, and still wearing the dents and bruises to prove it. Horrible riolet. S/N H0073241. Red/tan leather. Odo: 63,585 miles. State-assigned VIN. Straight body and decent paint, with just a couple nicks and scratches. The tan bucket seats show wear, as do the carpets. The engine bay is clean, but 176159. Red/wicker. Odo: 11,593 miles. Same local owner 30 years. The body is straight, with no evidence of rust or rot. Older respray, with lots of overspray, and a few minor chips and scratches. Dented hubcaps. The wicker seats are in decent condition. The hard top comes in a box. Slightly faster than a riding lawn mower, average respray, with plenty of minor faults. The grille is dented amd all window rubber is shot. The bench seat is in good condition, as is the rest of the spartan interior, normal for the era. Some gauges and speakers have been added. Engine compartment is clean, with no major issues. Nothing special, but a decent early pickup. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,138. Let's see here: A ‘46 Chevy pickup fails to sell at $18,500 at this auction, but a comparable ‘49 Dodge does sell, and for a whole lot less. Value per dollar, the Dodge is clearly the better buy. #375-1951 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN Deluxe Catalina convertible. S/N P8UH111209. Red/ black fabric/red and white. Odo: 78,275 miles. The Catalina became its own series in 1959, but fell under Chieftain guise until then. Striking paint and excellent brightwork. Accessory front bumper guard. Door fit is off a bit. Very nice interior with no issues. Strong overall presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,250. Restored in the right colors, and sure to win a prize or two at the local show ‘n' shine. If anything, the price paid was a touch under the market for a sorted-out early '50s convertible. The buyer got himself a nice ride home. #218-1951 BUICK SUPER convertible. S/N 16188633. Maroon/tan Haartz/maroon vinyl. Odo: 20,564 miles. Optional Dynaflow transmission. Three portholes, rather than the four found on the Roadmaster. Power windows and aftermarket radio. Nice paint and body, for a few leaks and streaks. Nothing special here. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. Asking prices and selling prices on these have a wide disparity. A nice example sold last year at Russo and Steele in AZ for the low $30s, but sellers are often lookng for $50k+. Considering its average condition and the VIN questions, the price bid was not that far from market value. AMERICAN #284-1949 DODGE pickup. S/N 82141956. Dark blue/brown vinyl. Odo: 87,986 miles. An 70 and a good overall interior. No real issues here. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,750. Both '51 Buick and Pontiac convertibles were offered here, and both were strong cars. But the Buick sold for a third again as much as the Pontiac. Neither price was out of line, however. On this day in Palm Springs the market just favored the Buick. Sports Car Market

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Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Palm Springs, CA #240-1951 CHEVROLET Conversion pickup. S/N JBA540306. Green and black/ black vinyl. Odo: 19,999 miles. Restored as a period Bell Telephone Company truck, with all the logos and equipment bins. The paint is done to period standards, with orange peel and runs, and the grille is pitted. Decent interior, and AT $11,655. Cars are purchased for different reasons. Perhaps this buyer has a thing for orphans, which caused him to spend so much on one with so many needs. #244-1953 KAISER MANHATTAN sedan. the engine is not detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,560. So you want to be in the movies? Well, your new phone company truck just might make it as a prop. And with luck you can even drive it. Other than that, I have no idea what you would do with this. Although that never enters into the decision-making process when it comes to buying cars. #137-1951 NASH STATESMAN Series 40 sedan. S/N K457516. Pea Green and dark green/green tweed. Odo: 37,381 miles. Miles stated to be original. Resprayed to marginal standards, with orange peel and runs, and the “electric shaver” grille is pitted. New front seat, with the original rear, though the fabrics don't match. Filthy engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD done to a nice look, though the speedo plastic is cracked. The trailer is well restored and authentic to period. It might just be the best part of the package. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $26,500. The Manhattan should be worth about ten grand, S/N K532001546. Maroon/red fabric. Odo: 56,767 miles. Comes with a Hansen Lovebug trailer in tow. Decent paint on the car, but the trim shows wear. The interior was recently re- The engine compartment is the same condition as the rest of the car, awful. As a plus, it did get into the auction tent under its own power. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $3,885. If this were not a ‘55 Bel Air it would have been on its way to the recycler long ago. Hard to find any redeeming value here except as a parts car. Even so, the final price paid is twice what I expected. If it is a restoration project then we have to admire the ambition. #194-1955 CHEVROLET CAMEO 1/2 ton pickup. S/N H255K119461. White/red fabric. Odo: 65,185 miles. Strong presentation, with so does this mean the trailer is worth more than sixteen? On this day, the owner seemed to think that, so he drove it back home. #268-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR sedan. S/N VC55K065565. Tan and rust. Odo: 35,004 miles. Rust-through in both upper fenders, and more surface rust than there is paint. The paint that is there is badly worn. The dash is sun faded as well, and the upholstery is shot, with the many holes covered by a blanket.

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Column Author Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Palm Springs, CA worth? Going out on a limb, I suggest the bloom is slightly off the rose and the price bid here is not that out of line. The sellers disagreed, however, and are waiting for a better day. #200-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N D7FH257270. Red/white hard top/red and white. Odo: 1,171 miles. First year for the restyling. A few issues with the respray, including overspray and runs. The interior is in an excellent respray and new wood in the bed. Deep luster in the chrome. The red fabric interior shows minimal wear. The injected 350-ci V8 with 4-on-floor was added. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,900. Mark this one in the well-bought column. A couple others that were offered at a lot more than was bid here were not as presentable. There just might be a few more dollars on the table if the new owner is looking for a quick turn. Otherwise, he's got himself a handsome, well-kept classic with a hint of custom. #431-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N VC57T154671. Matador Red/ white vinyl/red with silver inserts. Odo: 379 miles. Fresh restoration to the highest standards, with all chrome, glass, and paintwork excellent. Continental kit, dual aerials. Power top and with a Town & Country radio, with an aftermarket one also installed. The engine compartment is decent. All in all, an average car. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. Not a lot of pizzazz here. These tend to appeal to a limited market that is not known for overpaying. The price bid was a touch low, but it will take some serious effort to get $5k more. #287-1960 BUICK INVICTA Series 4600 2-door hard top. S/N 6G2019478. White/rust and white. Odo: 85,030 miles. Claimed to have a 445-ci V8, but according to the Standard Catalog of American Cars that was not offered on the Invicta. Decent repaint, with some orange peel. New fabric on the driver's bucket seat, but good order, with an aftermarket radio and FordO-Matic transmission. No real issues, but nothing really jumps out either. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,450. There are always lots of '50s T-birds to choose from here. The price paid was not out of line, but not a screaming deal either. For not much more money, the buyer could have bought a much better example. #203-1958 BUICK ROADMASTER 75C convertible. S/N 7E2005760. White/blue fabric/light blue leather. Odo: 1,958 miles. The body is straight and solid, with good panel fit. High-quality respray, but they forgot the door jambs. The top shows a fairly recent cigarette burn, and the interior is in wonderful condition steering. Flawless interior, complete with a tissue dispenser. Stated to have 283-ci V8, but that was only offered with FI. Nothing to fault here. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Here's the question: What is a perfect '57 Bel Air worth? I'm under the impression they have been a little soft of late, so perhaps the owner was looking to reverse a trend. Considering the quality of this car, I can't blame him for holding out for a bit more. #202-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N N/A. White/white/red and silver. Odo: 3,014 miles. Displayed in the choice location. Claimed to be a numbers-matching car, with factory a/c, Continental kit, dual aerials, and gravel guards. The paint sparkles in the desert sun, and the interior is excellent. Complete the rest is the original leather. Wires hanging under the dash. Quick engine detail. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,700. No problem with the price paid here. A little detailing and a correct front seat will make this a handsome Saturday night cruiser, sure to please for a long time. #341-1960 DODGE DART Pioneer 2-door hard top. S/N 5202112664. Silver blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 53,995 miles. Acceptable paint on a decent body, with some minor chips, but no luster. Interior vinyl has been redyed and is now cracking in places. Torqueflite push button transmission. Astro Supreme wheels, with overall. Wonderbar radio and Autronic eye. Clean engine and bay, with no issues. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $97,650. A dealer from the Northwest said he had a $110k reserve on the car but changed his mind when the smell of real money was in the air. A few years ago this would have been silly money, but late '50s convertibles have taken a serious leap forward of late. #285-1959 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk IV convertible. S/N H9YC408819. Gold/ gold leather. Odo: 91,325 miles. Panel fit is acceptable, but the paint has a few minor dings and nicks, and the passenger door is scratched. Inside, the dash gauge glass is cracked. Fitted the originals in the trunk. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,050. The Pioneer was the intermediate trim–level Dart, while the Phoenix was the top of the line. This was top-of-the-line money, generally reserved for Phoenix droptops. At about four times the going rate, either someone got carried away or the guides are way off. How about a little of both? #180-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. Sateen Silver/white/gold vinyl. Odo: 33,800 miles. 283/315, FI, 4-sp. This seller continues to bring high-quality Corvettes to Palm Springs. Less than 300 miles on a total engine with books and papers. Nothing to fault here. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Two excellent '57 Bel Airs were offered here and neither sold. They were not fuel injected, which would have pushed them over $100k. So what are they 72 Sports Car Market

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rebuild. Excellent body, with panel fit better than new. No issues with the excellent paint. Interior is very sharp and shows no flaws. Wonderbar radio. Great engine detail, and a strong presentation overall. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This engine was a $484 option in 1961. These days, it adds at least 15 grand to the value of a 'Vette. The better presented that 'Vette is, the higher the premium. The price bid was adult money, but quality Corvettes like this are easily worth six figures, so seller was correct to wait. #245-1964 BUICK RIVIERA 2-door hard top. S/N 7K1025294. Black/white vinyl. Odo: 19,446 miles. 465-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Classic Riviera styling, with a straight body and striking black paint. The wood interior trim is good, as are the bucket seats, though the driver's arm Nicely detailed engine and a strong presentation overall. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $21,500. I doubt if an anemic six would have been ordered with the GT package. The price bid was more than fair for a made-up car. Maybe the seller was looking for less knowledgeable buyers. #283-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 6F08T332646. Blue metallic/white/tan vinyl. Odo: 33,960 miles. Pitted chrome and poor door fit, though the non-original metallic paint is well applied. The bucket seats are recently redone, and the carpet is now an odd shade of light blue. The steering wheel is cracked, and rest is cracked. Aftermarket a/c. Black widow graphics on rear window. Engine replacement. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,963. 1963–65 Rivieras are an American automotive icon. White vinyl is probably not the interior of choice for a black car, and there was no explanation offered on the engine change. Still, the car sold for stronger money than I would have expected given its flaws. #185A-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 5R09T148917. Metallic blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 46,808 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The VIN shows the original engine to be a 200-ci six. GT package, loaded with options. Solid body and paint, with only minor imperfections. Pony interior with bucket seats shows minimal wear. there are lots of wires hanging down under the dash. The engine bay is not detailed, but also there are no noticeable leaks or puddles. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,070. This car needs help that will cost about five large, and it will still just have a 6-cylinder. The buyer might have been better off in the long run to spend a bit more for a car with fewer needs. But the seller sure was pleased to see this one go down the road. March 2006 73

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Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Palm Springs, CA Column Author #164-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT convert- ible. S/N 6T08A74264. Dark blue/blue. Odo: 49,885 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Striking paint, with excellent brightwork as well. Rare two-tone bench seat in a clean, tidy interior, with no damage or cracks to the dash. Luggage rack. then good luck finding more. I'm surprised the seller did not provide documentation, and that the buyer did not demand it. #325-1967 DODGE DART GT convert- ible. S/N LP27B72277391. Red/red fabric. Odo: 17,570 miles. The new paint is just okay, and the panel fit is acceptable. Most window trim is dented and scratched. The new, non-authentic fabric on the buckets looks out of place. The engine compartment is clean also, and in good order. Unable to verify the GT package. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,995. This was a nicely presented Mustang, and if it is a true GT, then it sold for a bit of a bargain. Either way, no one should be too disappointed here, as quality Mustangs continue to inch up in value. #156-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO convertible. S/N 124677L129330. Red/black fabric/red vinyl. Odo: 34,216 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The body is straight and solid, with good door, hood, and trunk fit. Minor door dings. The interior is clean and crisp, and the bucket seats show minimal wear. AM/FM radio. Center console. Engine compartment is Clean engine, but nothing special here. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,980. Hard to argue with the price paid here. The car was not all that exciting, but where can you get a decent convertible for under ten grand? I say drive the wheels off of it and have fun with the top down. #178-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO convertible. S/N 123678L342374. Blue Teal Metallic/black fabric/black. Odo: 99,724 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. The metallic paint is good, but a little out of place. Good chrome, but supplied VIN and Texas truck plates. Decent resale red paint with black stripe. Good panel fit; driver's door handle is loose. The brightwork is well done. Very nice interior, with a GT Grant wheel and added gauges. Cowl induction hood on this striking car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,700. The SS option was available on any V8 for 1972. Without the original VIN and a lot of digging, it will be difficult to determine what this car was born with, but I doubt it was a 454. If the buyer can live with the questions, this was well bought. #290-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 Clone 2-door hard top. S/N 1D37J2K604376. Cranberry Red/black vinyl. Odo: 82,195 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl. This one left the factory with a 350. Striking paint on a neat and tidy, and the whole package is well presented overall. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,500. The ‘67 Camaro was Chevrolet's response to the Ford Mustang, and many felt it offered a more streamlined appearance. It was also the Indy Pace Car for 1967. These have been solid investments of late, with the RPO Z28 special performance package now worth about $10k over the base model. Fair price paid here. #173-1967 PONTIAC TEMPEST GTO convertible. S/N 242677Z127976. Tyrol Blue Metallic/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 96,218 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Hurst Dual Gate shifter. Turbo Hydro-Matic. Straight and solid body, with uniform seams and gaps. The very nice paint shows some small imperfections. No the stainless trim is scratched. Very nice interior with little wear to the buckets or carpets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,450. A very nice Camaro that sold for the going rate. The minor issues here are easily corrected. I'd call this deal fair to both buyer and seller. #161-1969 PONTIAC GTO 2-door hard- top. S/N 242379B166685. Maroon/ivory vinyl. Odo: 21,394 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Solid panels and good gaps, with no paint issues. Enduro front bumper. Very nice interior, with straight and solid body. Nice interior, with minimal signs of wear on the seats or carpet, though the package tray is badly worn. GT Grant wheel. Texas plates. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,000. In today's heated market this was a lot of car for the money. Too bad the new owner will have to spend his time explaining that the car is a clone. #226-1993 FORD THUNDERBIRD Custom coupe. S/N 1FAPP64R3PH220403. Black/black leather. Odo: 107,030 miles. Your basic '93 T-bird with a 1950 Ford conversion body. Unusual but tastefully completed. The body is straight, with no obvious problems, and issue with the interior, which has only minor wear. The engine is clean and well detailed. Strong presentation. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. The money here is under the hood, but I was unable to verify if this had an XP engine block code. If the engine goodies check out then there is more money here than was bid. If not, 74 minimal wear, a/c, and aftermarket stereo. A copy of the original invoice is included. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $21,250. This Goat was nicely done and raised no questions, so the price bid was close but no cigar. I'd say another five grand would have done it. #280-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu SS 2-door hard top. S/N 13537NLDZ00040. Cranberry Red/black vinyl. Odo: 68,110 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl. Texas- only a few minor paint issues. The black leather seats are in good condition. Added supercharger and center console shift. Interesting wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,875. This was a new one for me. Done to a high standard, but now showing its age. The seller had a bunch in the car but sold it for about the price of a normal T-bird. Park it in front of the local hot spot and take bets to see if people can tell what it is. That would pay for the car in a week.u Sports Car Market

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Column Author Kruse International Las Vegas, NV 32nd Annual Las Vegas Auction Facing financial difficulties and a federal court order to sell it, the owner had the Pope's Escort displayed in a shrine of soft lights and cotton-ball clouds Company Kruse International Date October 28–29, 2005 Location Las Vegas, NV Auctioneers Dan Kruse and Dean Kruse Automotive lots sold / offered 74 / 142 Sales rate 52% Sales total $2,432,268 High sale 1975 Ford Escort GL, sold at $734,400 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) Sitting at heaven's gate Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics C Las Vegas, NV hanging venues once again, Kruse International's Las Vegas Auction took place in one of the convention halls of the Hilton. Situated next to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the sale served as a perfect primer for those who planned to attend the Specialty Equipment Market Association show two days later. With 142 lots, the Las Vegas sale represents one of Kruse's smaller auctions, yet it offered a good selection of cars, primarily in the everyman range of $10k to $30k, and total sales eclipsed $2.4m. Without question, the big money car was a European-spec 1975 Ford Escort GL sedan once owned by the late Pope John Paul II. Kruse originally sold it for a previous owner ten years ago for $102,000, and now, facing some financial difficulties and a federal court order to sell it, the new owner had it displayed in a shrine of soft lights and cotton-ball clouds. When finally it crossed the block on Saturday after- noon, Dean Kruse pontificated for 20 minutes on the former papal commuter. But when all was said and done, it seemed most fitting that collector John O'Quinn was the winning bidder; since he began his recent 600-plus car-buying spree, one might consider him the patron saint of Kruse International. While the Friday segment moved right along, Saturday seem to drag on a bit. Automobilia took longer than expected, so it was noon before the first car, a 76 1953 Stude, crossed the block. Reggie Jackson provided some impromptu auction commentary for about half dozen lots, which livened things up nicely. With over 30 years in the collector car hobby, he is certainly more than qualified, and his remarks reflected his knowledge and enthusiasm. At three o'clock, the hotel's portable eatery had closed up shop, and two hours later, even the bar had closed. By nightfall, with plenty of lots still to come, Dean Kruse began telling the crowd he had ordered 100 pizzas and that they would be arriving at any time. On the Kruse greatest quips list, I put that one between “If the top goes down, the price goes up,” and “It's the buy of a lifetime.” But with a dozen lots remaining, in came the Domino's by the armload, delivered to a spot near the stage. As I happened to be in the vicinity, I embraced the credo held dear within the automotive media: Eat free or die. Everyone else seemed keyed into it as well. Las Vegas continues to be one of the regular stops on the busy Kruse calendar that works well. Though little more than half the lots sold, the event's placement just prior to SEMA means that it attracts a good gearhead crowd. And this year the Kruse gang was quick on its collective feet, working to make things comfortable for those who stayed, and the lip-smacking response was one of thanks.u Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Las Vegas, NV ENGLISH #735-1956 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD Series I saloon. S/N LSXA 101. Silver and gunmetal/gray leather. Odo: 9,723 miles. European specification. Thick, older repaint with several chips. Decent older bumper rechrome, but all original trim is battle-worn. New side mirrors. New front and rear hides, but the original leather on the rear seat armrests is worn and cracked. Generally good interior woodwork. Cleanly restored engine bay, but not to concours standards. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,460. “Not an overly bad car,” said Correspondent Kinney. Series III money for a Series I car, though one might argue that the cost of the herd of cattle now stretched across the upholstery could make up the difference. No one really lost here, but the seller may have the edge. #726-1971 MGB modified convertible. S/N GHN5UB222477G. Orange and black/tan vinyl. Odo: 36,555 miles. Recent Moss Motors supercharger conversion, with a roll bar, trunk rack, and Talbot mirrors. No top or top bows included. Recently applied expert repaint, with custom rally stripe. Straight body, with good brightwork. The seats show some heavier wear, along with the carpeting, but all is still intact. Generally clean under the hood, but hardly detailed. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. Unless you like constant engine retuning and eventual engine rebuilding, give aftermarket blowers a wide berth. This was also rerun as the last car of the auction on Saturday night, with Dean threatening to not end the sale until it was sold. As I had to get to SEMA by Tuesday, I left the building, along with everyone else who might have been interested in the car, and that was at the $8,500 point. #725-1982 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE convertible. S/N SCAZD42A1 CCX05554. Eng. # CCX05554. Light gold metallic/light tan vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 19,877 miles. Claimed original miles by the original owner/ consignor. A good repaint, though it is obvious. No wrinkles, but some light soiling on the top. Both doors rattle. Some light wear on the outboard side of the driver's seat, but otherwise a like-new interior. Generally clean and maintained engine bay. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $51,500. Senior Field Scribe David Kinney was actually quite interested in this car, if the price was right. No such luck. As Corniches are hardly ever road-trip material, or even commuter-car material, lower mileage examples are not that difficult to locate, and not with two layers of paint on them either. The final bid should have sealed the deal. #741-1988 BENTLEY MULSANNE S sedan. S/N SCBZS02B4JCX22848. Dark gunmetal/black leather. Odo: 78,647 miles. Very nice original paint, with almost no blemishes. Very minimal patina to the interior, mostly on the driver's seat and center console. Otherwise, just a nice, original, lightly used car that runs out exceptionally quiet. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,840. Being a fan of large cars with cinder March 2006 77

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Column Author Kruse International Las Vegas, NV block styling, I've always liked the 1982–96 era sedans from Crewe. Fancying myself more of a driver than the one driven, my tastes run more toward the Bentleys, and this one came off as unassuming as these cars can get. Bought toward the high side of the market by car gatherer Phil Maloof, who seemed to be buying up most of the luxury sedans that crossed the block here. #744-1988 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPIRIT sedan. S/N SCAZS02B8 JCX22033. Eng. # JCX22033. Pastel blue/cream leather. Odo: 39,425 miles. Claimed original mileage. Excellent original paint, with only some light cracking in places. No model name badge attached to the trunk lid. Carpeted dashboard pad cover, but virtually no wear in the interior. vinyl. Odo: 25,443 km. Purchased as a used car in the 1970s by Karol Wojtyla, and sold in the 1990s after he became Pope John Paul II. Continental European specification car, built by Ford of Germany. Plenty of body filler on just about the entire lower half of the car. Piecemeal repaint with horrible masking and peel. All trim is original and bad. All seats are covered and the dash sports a medallion of St. Goretty. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $734,400. “It's an emotional experience just to touch it,” said Dean Kruse, enticing bidders. I don't know about all that, but I can say that while Karol Wojtyla might have known theology, he wasn't much for choosing cars. Bidding started at $150k, and was strong through the hammer. Generally clean engine bay that shows some signs of regular maintenance. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,890. This one failed to sell on the block for $26,250, but did sell minutes after it rolled off. A few people I talked to at the sale thought this was an odd color for a Roller. I reminded them that perhaps they'd prefer one of the Bhagwan cars in psychedelic colors instead. This was a similar car, in similar condition, selling for similar money, to the same buyer as lot 741. GERMAN #775-1965 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 155104733. Mint green/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 17,137 miles. Good body and older repaint, but for a dent in the left rear fender with corresponding cracked paint. Light pitting on the vent glass frames, but all other brightwork is excellent. The interior is reupholstered in the stock pattern, and has an in-dash #458-1980 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N WDB10704412062540. White/white hard top/tan MB Tex. Odo: 121,027 miles. Little-old-lady car, with exceptionally nice original paint and interior, both of which have far less wear than cars with half the indicated miles and an eighth of the years. Under the dealer at the Silver Fountain Hills, AZ, sale in January 2001, then sold at last 2004's Kruse auction here in Vegas. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,440. While it moves from place to place, it is still increasing in value, selling for $12,500 in 2001 and $16,740 a year ago. When I mentioned to the Midwest dealer who had owned it earlier that it was back on the auction circuit, he said that he should never have sold it, as it was a good-driving truck. Chances are good he may get the opportunity again. #821-1948 LINCOLN 876H coupe. S/N hood there is every indication of regular maintenance, but no cleaning or detailing. All in all, just a nice used car. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $9,700. We've seen the last of this generation of SLs start to really increase in value, but mostly on the 560s. Even if it is a darn nice used car, this was all the money in the world for a highermileage 450SL. SWEDISH #813-1965 VOLVO P1800 S coupe. AM/FM/cassette stereo, plus leather-wrapped steering wheel. Most of the engine compartment is stock and clean. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,200. Vintage Beetle ragtop prices can throw you for a loop once in a while. Both David Kinney and I thought that this was anywhere from $6k to $8k too much. This is especially true in light of the body damage. Then again, strange things can happen when mid-'60s VWs cross the block. Sold very well. #765-1975 FORD ESCORT GL sedan. S/N GCAFSB26773. Light blue metallic/black 78 S/N 14012. White/red leather. Odo: 1,476 km. The tired old repaint is shedding layers like a snake. Heavily baked window seals, and the windshield is starting to delaminate. All original chrome and trim is crazing and pitted. Very tired leather seats, with duct tape on the driver's door panel top. New ball joints are the cleanest part of the undercarriage. Big shock here—no reserve. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $4,968. Although 8H177431. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 52,872 miles. Ancient repaint, and decent overall, with some poorly applied touch-ups on the trunk. Most of the chrome is original, with plenty of scratches and pitting, but some pieces have been replaced and replated. The rear quarter window glass is yellowing and delaminating heavily. The interior was most likely reupholstered when the the motor seemed to run out fine, and didn't smoke everyone out of the building, this is still a car that really needs to be taken apart and redone from a bare body shell. Even if bought as a street rat, the price paid was way too much. The same might be said as a starting point for a restoration. AMERICAN #795-1941 FORD 11C 1/2-ton pickup. S/N 186488267. Metallic blue with black fenders/blue vinyl. Odo: 50,401 miles. A good older restoration, with some 21st-century amenities. Mildly modified with a flathead Mercury V8 and a 1939 transmission, plus a variety of speed parts. Lack of use shows some deterioration of materials. Purchased from a prominent Midwest car was repainted—with vinyl instead of the original broadcloth—to a mediocre standard. Dirty underhood. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,280. To those moderately educated on the subject of Lincolns, this would have been called a Zephyr, rather than a Continental, as many might suspect. 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Kruse International Las Vegas, NV #796-1949 PACKARD DELUXE 8 Series 22 fastback. S/N 2265 914892. Brown metallic and beige/beige fuzzy cloth. Odo: 99,714 miles. An older, “make it look pretty” cosmetic re-do. The incorrect paint scheme is done to a good standard, but now starting to chip in places. The chrome is a mix of scuffed original and good replate. Saggy driver's door, and almost all seals are ragged. The upholstery is the wrong type of cloth, but generally stitched in a correct pattern, to include the door panels. All original interior wood, although the panel on the driver's door top is worn away. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $16,600. Aside from the ragtop, the 2-door fastback is the only body style that looks decent on the 22nd and 23rd series “pregnant elephant” Packards from 1948–50. Even in the higher series cars, only Packard die-hards generally have any interest in these, and selling prices only tend to be strong on convertibles. Thus, the amount bid could be considered most proper, if not generous. #703-1953 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER Land Cruiser sedan. S/N V239258. Seafoam Green/gray cloth. Odo: 70,177 miles. Consignor claims this to be an alloriginal car, and and I'm inclined to believe it. Very old repaint to the front clip, likely from its “used car” days. Solid door fit. Pitting on some chrome, though most is good overall. Loose hood emblem. Both seats show water stains, but otherwise all is well, including the nice original wheel. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,020. The poster car for orphans everywhere. This probably sold for more than it should have, but it's hard to knock mildly used original cars. Land Cruisers were the longest of the Commander Series, and among other amenities, they featured rear door vent windows, which the Deluxe and Regal models did not have. Don't expect this to be a quick turn investment, but most Stude folks are in it for the long term anyway, and that's where this car will do well. #797-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Seville 2-door hard top. S/N 58H020081. White/white vinyl/aqua leather. Odo: 11,122 miles. Autronic eye, plus all the other full-boat options of an Eldo. Older, average repaint, plus some light overall soiling of the vinyl roof. Chrome is a mix of dull, scratched original and newly replated. Replacement halogen headlights. Inside, the re-dyed leather is rock hard, but all carpet is freshly replaced. Otherwise, the remainder is original and moderately well used. The engine bay is unspectacular and hasn't been cleaned in a long time. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $30,780. Looks to be a “paycheck” car, in that with each paycheck, the owner did something else to it, giving it a somewhat piecemeal look. It was bid to $28,500, and later declared as a post-block sale. This was plenty for a car with many needs. #808-1958 PLYMOUTH CUSTOM Suburban station wagon. S/N LD2-130888. March 2006 79

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Column Author Kruse International Las Vegas, NV Light blue and white/white paint/blue vinyl. Odo: 67,994 miles. Claimed to be “virtually rust-free.” Power steering, power brakes, air conditioning. Good body prep along with a good repaint, though there is a fair amount of overspray on the weatherstrips. Rechromed bumpers and polished stainless trim look very good. Fake vinyl wood flooring in the cargo area is a hardware store special. Both bench seats have been professionally reupholstered to the stock pattern. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,280. After the deal went down on the block, the consignor said that he “gave the car away.” Being from the Salt Belt, I know that there is no such thing as a “virtually rust free” car. It will eventually come back, and with a vengeance. Still, this is a rarely seen car in any condition, as the only other one I've come across was at the 2005 Kucera Corvair auction in Nebraska, and that car was a rotting roadkill parts donor. #435-1960 DODGE POLARA convertible. S/N 6302135973. Black/white vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 70 miles. Recent repaint to a good standard, but a few places show dimples. All chrome is replated, with the grille emblem missing. The older replacement top has some sunburn, and inside, the original door panels are worn, though #753-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S113340. White/beige ST/red leather. Odo: 1,990 miles. 427/400, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory sidepipes and AM/FM. “Factory-type” a/c added, although it was not available with this engine. Replacement engine block from the same model year. A strong restoration was completed about five years ago, with the block, but sold quickly afterward. While this would look pretty sitting in someone's garage stall, this one will likely need the carburetor rebuilt before it can hit the street again. Since the shine is now off of the restoration, you might as well drive it, or spend some time dealing with the corrosion issues. Either way, continuing to sit as is isn't a prudent option, so the change in ownership could be a change for the better. #766-1968 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-door hard minimal signs of wear. Excellent repaint and bodywork, with a replacement front clip. Good chrome overall. All new replacement interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $72,360. The consignor let the reserve go when the bidding started to stall at $61k, then it picked up again and ended here, making it the third highest sale of the weekend. With its non-original block and aftermarket air, this proved to be a good sale, as this is generally the kind of money reserved for more desirable ‘Vettes. #773-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S108234. Red with black stinger/red vinyl. Odo: 52,227 miles. 427/400, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Rallye wheels with Redlines, sidepipes. Recent professional restoration. Body prep is better than production, with smooth panels and good fit. Excellent paint and brightwork, the seats are reupholstered. Badly faded dash, and a crazed, cracked, and faded steering wheel. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,160. Unlike sedans, convertibles tend to be kept around a long time, dressed and redressed to keep up appearances. And not always to good effect. Such is the case here, as plenty was paid for a tired old ragtop that's been gussied up. #768-1964 CHEVROLET CHEVY II Nova Pro-Street Dragster 2-door hard top. S/N 40411N217456. Limetime Green/black vinyl. Built by Barry's Speed Shop and powered by a big-block Chevrolet with a 6-71 style supercharger and fuel injection. Body and paint are far better than average for a drag car, or even a Pro-Street. Full competition interior with roll top. S/N RS23L8A234680. Red and black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 93,070 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Thick, acceptable repaint, with a little orange peel on various panels. Most chrome is original and it shows. Unsquare trunk lid alignment, but decent door fit. Hard water stains on the base of the dashboard at the bottom of the windshield. Unimpressive desert car undercarriage with non-stock dual exhausts. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. With a $40k reserve, the seller was living in fantasy land, or forgot that 440s bring far less than a Hemi car would. This bid was plenty generous, and it should've sold. #439-1969 BUICK SKYLARK GS 400 2-door hard top. S/N 446379H344304. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,519 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include a/c, ps, pb, pw, power seats and locks, speed minder, tilt, and AM/FM radio. Very good repaint with some touch-ups. So-so panel fit, and the brightwork is a mix of repro replacement, rechrome, and original, with some light with some waves in the bumpers. The new, reproduction upholstery is well fitted. No indications of wear or usage throughout. Clean engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $92,500. This was a big-block done right, but the bid was light by at least $10k. The seller was right to keep it. #759-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS convertible. S/N 124678N429726. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 12,564 miles. 396ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older restoration that has begun to falter. Correct paint, replacement vinyl soft top, and reproduction console interior show cage, racing seat, and fire suppression system. Clean engine and undercarriage. Very little signs of wear or use, and no signs of abuse. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,660. Despite its concessions to the 21st century, this was still basically an “Old School” drag car. It was last seen at Silver Portland in October 2005, where it failed to sell at $45k. Here, it seems to have been a fair deal for all involved. 80 pits. Reproduction interior with no indications of wear. Good undercoating. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,500. Heavily optioned Buicks seem to be the rule rather than the exception, even for a muscle-type car. Once again, the other “Motors” in GM's fleet of muscle cars always seem to bring less money than equivalent Chevys. This Buick can easily show its taillights to most Chevelles, yet sells for half the money. Bought right? Absolutely. #789-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO virtually no signs of wear or usage. Corrosion has formed on the exhaust manifolds and other bare-metal hardware and fasteners under the hood. Runs rough. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $54,000. Hammered to a $50,500 no-sale bid on RS 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N586902. Medium blue metallic/white vinyl/white deluxe houndstooth. Odo: 20,940 miles. 307-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. 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Kruse International Las Vegas, NV the miles indicated. Generally clean, but not detailed undercarriage, and underhood is largely original, but for a 1970s vintage a/c compressor. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. Another frequent flyer in search of a home. The final bid seems fair enough for a 307-powered car (the mid-year change from the 327 as the base level V8) with a column shift Powerslide. But the cost of having it shopped around is probably cutting into any profits. #734-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 Clone 2-door hard top. S/N 136379Z316170. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,979 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shows a decent, shiny repaint, but lacks in the details of masking and prep. Both doors are floppy and loose, but all trim looks brand new. Fresh top vinyl and interior vinyl. Inside, the vent controls don't work, the plastic kick panels are loose, and the dash has an ill-conceived rectangular hole cut into it. Nothing real spectacular under the hood. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,090. The graphics on the car indicated that it was to be a give-away prize at a casino in Arizona, but the date is in the future. Go figure, as the car's future is just as unclear as its past. More than enough paid here. #761-1969 FORD MUSTANG custom fast- back. S/N 9F02H187518. Red and black/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 92,658 miles. 351-ci V8, FI, auto. A “Super Muscle Car” built by Barry's Speed Shop for The Learning Channel series, “Wrecks to Riches.” Completely rebuilt from a bare body shell, with most sheetmetal replaced. As-new reproduction interior. The powertrain is Speed Shop cars have been making the rounds this auction season, generally selling well and garnering much attention from the gathered crowds. It's apples to oranges to compare it to a Mach 1, and the price reflects that, but it was still cheaper than to do this yourself, so I'd call it well bought. #799-1969 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242678Z117986. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 22,981 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Decent newer repaint, though the nose is mistmatched. Trunk fit is way off, and all emblems are missing. Also missing are most of the door seals and gaskets. The top seals are rock hard. All seats are reupholstered with a reproduction kit to a decent standard. Several interior trim pieces are pitted, and the console is loosely fitted. The cans of black spray paint in a box on the back seat sum up how the engine and the chassis were detailed. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $20,520. The auctioneer spent an inordinate amount of time working the crowd to get this one sold. Let's face it, this was just a tired, a John Barrett-built 351 Windsor with RetroTek fuel injection, a C4 automatic transmission with Smart Shift floor shifter, and a Currie Ford 9-inch rear end with 3.50:1 ratio. Custom suspension and Baer 3-piston disc brakes. Superb custom all around. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $61,020. About as fully custom as a Mustang can get. Barry's March 2006 81

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Glovebox Notes Column Author A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHH is best 2006 JEEP COMMANDER LIMITED old, baked desert car tarted up with Resale Red paint, so it needed all the help it could get. The seller should be pleased to have schlepped it off for this much. #760-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER modi- Price as tested: $42,896 Likes: Iconic Jeep profile mixes Cherokee, Wagoneer, and Mercedes G-Wagen. With 330hp Hemi, most powerful three-seat SUV; 5speed auto. Rack-and-pinion steering precise; quiet ride; compliant suspension is capable off-road. “Cab forward” windshield creates spacious cockpit with intuitive controls. Gripes: Frightening gas mileage (11-13 mpg), third seat for children or contortionists. Maximum cargo space 68.9 cubic feet—only 1.5 more than Grand Cherokee and with high cargo floor. No luggage space behind third seat. Vertical windshield may have short life. Fun to drive HHH Fun to look at HHHH Overall experience HHH Verdict: Legitimate alternative to Chevy Suburban, Ford Expedition or sluggish Hummers; 5,000 sold already. Good basis for reviving full-size J10/J20 Honcho pickup.— Paul Duchene 2006 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 2.0T fied T/A 2-door hard top. S/N JH23G0E126101. Sublime and black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 37,028 miles. 472-ci crate Hemi, 2x4-bbl, auto. Consignor claims original mileage, and that this was originally ordered as a T/A with a 318 instead of the usual 340 Six Pack. The fender tag is missing, so it's his word alone. Very good repaint, but the homemade fender lettering can go. Most chrome is very good. The interior reflects the low-mileage claim, with some moderate wear and yellowing in places. Plenty of shiny bits in the bay. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Consignor claims of “low mileage” and “specially ordered with…” just become background noise when you actually look at a modified car. If it was such a unique car, why not restore it to that configuration, instead of exercising the Mopar Performance catalog? Unfortunately, the market seems to crave Hemis, so fake cars it is. For that reason alone, I, for one, hope the Hemi E-body bubble bursts soon. #803-1978 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MKV Diamond Jubilee Custom 2-door hard top. S/N 8Y89A892366. Black/black 1/2 top/black leather. Odo: 4,995 miles. Factory AM/FM Quadrasonic 8-track stereo. Consignor claims the indicated miles are original. Excellent original paint, but for a few swirl marks. The vinyl half-top was installed post factory over the original porthole rear quarter window, and now Price as tested: $24,205 Likes: Significantly larger—only one cubic foot smaller than last Passat. Snappy performer with 200-hp turbo, 6-speed transmission; precise electro-mechanical steering; intuitive controls, including sunroof. Six air bags, reactive headrests, “smart” brake and traction controls. Large 16-cubic-foot trunk. Heated seats win friends, gas mileage better than expected (about 25 in town). Gripes: Audi “hanging insect abdomen” family grille definitely acquired taste. Gas station attendant thought car was cheaper Toyota Corolla, probably not what VW had in mind. Fun to drive HHHH Fun to look at HHH Overall experience HHH Verdict: Volkswagen bounces back with nicely finished Jetta that's market-correct. This is VW's bread-and-butter car—it has to be right. Sales are up slightly; perhaps the Phaeton nightmare is over and VW will focus on the product that actually makes it money.—P.D.u 82 of the cockpit. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,770. In this view, it looks a bit like a 1969 Cadillac Eldorado. While not most people's cup of tea, Quick Silvers were the most restrained (I hesitate to use the word tasteful) of the Neo-Classics, as well as one of the best modifiers of the Fiero. Our prerequisite tacky Las Vegas car, and the best money one of these will ever see, especially since it's a Sin City commuter car. #745-1996 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS has poor seals. “Diamond Jubilee” emblems are actually metal plates that were awkwardly attached behind the standard Mk V emblems and engraved at the local trophy shop. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,360. Consignor claimed this to be a Diamond Jubilee edition, but it's only a dealer-customized special. They were never done in black, and the only real Diamond Jubilee part on the whole car is the hood ornament. Despite the consignor's grumblings after the sale, this was spectacular money for an otherwise plainJane Mk V. Another Phil Maloof purchase, to go with the rest of his all-black cars. #721-1982 JEEP CJ-7 Jamboree 4x4. S/N IJCCN87E3CT051315. Dark gold metallic/black HT/black vinyl and gold. Odo: 48,153 miles. 30th Anniversary Edition. Front-mounted Ramsey winch, aftermarket Warn fog lamps, sedan. S/N 1G1B152P2TR116249. Black/gray leather. Odo: 215 miles. A barely used new car with mileage as indicated and no indications of wear. All is as-new. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Let's see. Kelley Blue Book puts high average retail at $12,300 before factoring for class-III receiver hitch, CB radio. Good repaint and relettering, but with mediocre masking. Some blistering at rear quarter panel. The seats are in good condition, and seem to be average for a vehicle with this mileage. Clean engine, but with several aftermarket and off-the-shelf parts. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,560. Sold postblock. CJ-series Jeeps were notorious for rusting out almost immediately after they left the dealer's lot, so many are long gone. But with its throwback colors and CB radio, this piece of Americana fits well in the trucker/Smokey & The Bandit/Dukes of Hazzard thing. The price was fair. #447-1987 ZIMMER QUICK SILVER coupe. S/N 1G2PF1198HP222082. Red/tan leather and vinyl. Odo: 90,773 miles. Pontiac Fiero GT-based, but a regular production car rather than a kit. Very good original paintwork. Aftermarket alarm system. Mild wear inside, but generally concentrated at the driver's side mileage (or lack thereof). If we figure a 50% bump, that gives us $18,450. MSRP for this car was $24,995. With a bid of $26k, this is about as good as it could get for the consignor, as anything else from 1996 will have lost money. While I predict that these will be one of the hot future collectibles of the 1990s, that time isn't now. I'd have taken the bid and run.u Sports Car Market

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Column Author RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Toronto International Fall Classic Canadian buyers—known for their tight fists—thought the lack of American bidders a blessing Company RM Auctions Date October 21–23, 2005 Location Toronto, Ontario Auctioneers Paul Behr, Brent Earlywine, and Ben Rose Automotive lots sold / offered 176 / 377 Sales rate 47% Sales total $2,808,097 High sale 1970 Chevelle SS LS6, sold at $87,646 Model Ts sold well in Toronto, including this runabout, which brought $18,975 Report and photos by Norm Mort Market opinions in italics R Toronto, Ontario, CAN M's annual hometown sale attracted a large crowd of enthusiasts to view the 377 collector cars and trucks on offer. Many American collectors from distant states normally buy here, as the event is held at Toronto's International Centre, a stone's throw from Pearson International Airport. This fall, however, American bidders were conspicuous by their absence. Any number of factors might be to blame, including the strong Canadian dollar and resulting lower exchange rate, as well as the devastating storms that caused many to focus their attentions on more pressing concerns. Whatever the cause, the Canadian buyers—known for their tight fists— thought the lack of American bidding a blessing, as prices were generally lower, resulting in plenty of good bargains. On the other hand, many consignors just weren't willing to let their vehicles go at a lower-than-expected price, which made for a lower-than-expected sales rate. Before the onset of another long, cold winter in the Great White North, several consignors hoped to turn cars they had purchased at the Novi, Michigan, sale the previous month. And in the closing hours of the weekend, plenty of others tried to get their earlier no-sales through for one last try. American cars and trucks once again dominated the auction block. Front and center was a pristine, matchingnumbers 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am with Ram Air III. Restored by Moviestar Muscle Cars, it came complete with all documentation and certification. A finer example would be hard to find, but in the end if failed to sell at $120,000. 84 Star of the show, however, was a mint, red and black 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 hard top that earned top sale honors at $87,646. A scruffy but interesting 1967 Ford Country Squire got plenty of attention as well. Powered by a Z-code, 390-ci V8, the ten-passenger wagon surprisingly didn't sell, although the bid seemed a reasonable $15,000. Rarely does this auction attract many antique cars, but there were plenty to go around, particularly Model A and Model T Fords. Five Ts came from the Tony Darrigo estate, and all sold well at no reserve. Also in attendance were quite a few British cars, with Rolls-Royce and Bentley well represented. One exceptional Roller was a stately 1958 Silver Wraith that sold for $63,249. And a 1953 Hooper-bodied Mk VI R-type Bentley went for a bargain $5,692, as long as the mechanicals prove to be decent. Another rarity was a Rover P5 sedan, a very handsome car with the high waistline and broad grille of the current crop of Chryslers. Trevor Creed did confess there was some inspiration there. Fully restored, it was an excellent buy at $6,506. Surprise of the sale must go to the vendor who turned down $30,000 for his 1991 Buick Reatta convertible. Excellent examples rarely bring over $20k, so this money was simply astronomical. Despite the lack of American bidders, the sales total remained strong, at just over $2.8m. This was a good indication not only of the strength of the consignments, but perhaps also of a collective loosening of the Canadian fist, which should suit RM—and the hobby—well in future sales.u Sports Car Market Buyer's premium 7% (included in sold prices)

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN ENGLISH #SP34-1951 MG-TD roadster. S/N XPAGTD218323. Cream/beige cloth/green vinyl. Odo: 6,083 miles. The older cream paint is worn, with many scrapes and band-aids. The beige cloth top is scruffy and soiled, but fits well and looks solid, relatively. The original chrome is dinged and scuffed, but the green vinyl interior has held up well. The engine compartment could use a good detail and repaint. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,478. This car has been driven weekly for the past five years and it shows. To restore it—though most of that will be cosmetic—will exceed the cost of a showy #2 TD readily available. On the other hand, if he just wanted a weekly driver with a top that worked, relatively, then this could turn out nicely. #464-1958 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH S limousine. S/N LGLW26. Claret over Sable/Caramel leather. Odo: 90,701 miles. The original chrome and older paintwork on this Mulliner alloy body suffer from polishing scratches only. The leather is supple, and shows just one small hole in the driver's seat. There is some minor starring in the windshield, and the rear dividing glass has been blacked out, with a telephone added. Overall, an excellent patina. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,249. This classy Roller sold well above the estimate, and for good reason. It's a rarer LHD version that has been kept largely original, and with great care. I drove it several years ago, and enjoyed its silky atmosphere. I'd have to argue it has only improved. Well worth the money despite any minor grievances. #SP51-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY BUGEYE SPRITE roadster. S/N AN5L46998. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 45,449 miles. Chrome luggage rack and painted headlamp stone guards. Older maroon paint with minor imperfections, new top and side curtains. Solid, rust-free, rebuilt body with overly tight door fit. Fresh chrome, new black interior with correct white piping on the black vinyl seats. Aftermarket radio cut into dash. The engine and compartment are painted with basic detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,975. A rebuilt Sprite, but not close to show standards. The door fit frightened me, as did the sale price. This was well over market price for a Bugeye in this condition, and the seller did well. #SP73-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N BJ8L38130. White and red/black vinyl/black with white piping. Odo: 50,739 miles. Fully restored. Some minor touch-ups on door edges, but otherwise the paint is excellent. Good door, trunk, and hood gaps. Fresh seats and panels, proper carpet kit and black vinyl top. Good detailing and paint under hood. Dayton 72-spoke chrome wheels, luggage rack, badge bar and badges, fog and driving lamps and wooden steering wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,239. By far the nicer of the two Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1960 Porsche 356B Outlaw Custom Coupe by Dink Farmer. Fully shaved, filled gutters and chopped top. Engine by the Maestro, sun roof, 17” Boxster wheels and full custom leather interior. $68,500. 1955 Thunderbird. Correct 292 engine with rare 3-speed manual transmission and overdrive. Two tops, skirts, pb, ps, pw and four-way power seats. Straight and rust free. $29,500. 1966 Cobra, s/n CSX4036. Chassis built and numbered at Shelby's Las Vegas shop. Over 1000 hours of meticulous workmanship. Highest quality and correct materials throughout. Aluminum body. 500 hp 427. $138,500. March 2006 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider. 3,600 mile example in stunning color combination. 6-speed, electric Daytona seats, Challenge grille, CD changer, books, tools and small spare wheel kit. $162,500. 85

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author respray in a popular '70s mustard shade with more prep problems than I could count. The body looked attractive at 20 feet, much less so at two feet. Too many faults to mention, but the seller should have taken this bid. Healey 3000s offered, this example was dressed to the 9s. Unusual two-tone paint scheme for a Mk III, but very attractive and bought at a price the new owner should never regret. #405-1967 ROVER P5 Mk III sedan. S/N 80300075A. White/red leather. Odo: 94,161 miles. Black ice detector, slide-out picnic table, champagne holder. The older respray and blow-ins don't quite match. Also plenty of touch-ups, chips, and sanding marks. Fresh chrome. Appears to be the original interior that carpets. Soiled, original engine and dirty bay. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $9,250. Rode hard and put away wet. The highest bidder should be thankful he didn't win, as a restoration would well exceed market value when finished. In fact, for this car, in this condition, anything over $5,000 was gift, so I question the seller's logic in not letting this one go. AMERICAN #SP26-1911 FORD MODEL T runabout. has aged well, but for a small hole in the rear armrest. The professionally rebuilt engine and transmission have a basic detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,506. The claims of an extensive restoration must refer to mechanicals only. Still, this Rover looked very acceptable inside and out. Rovers are perhaps not the hottest cars in British circles, but this one was appealing and unique. I heard rumors it had previously sold for $12k. Even if that isn't the case, today it was well bought and below market value. ITALIAN #SP57-1971 ALFA ROMEO GTV 1750 coupe. S/N AR1532651. Mustard/black vinyl. Odo: 72,698 miles. Resprayed in its original color, but with poor prep and dirt in paint. Poor door fit, worn chrome and trim, wrong electric start requires re-detailing, but not a lot. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,975. Another one of the five Ford Ts from the estate sale, and by far the most sought after by bidders. In this condition, with some cosmetic issues to attend to, but no major issues, I'd say both buyer and seller did fine. #SP137-1933 FORD DELUXE 5-window badging, and crooked script. Dings and dents in the handsome Bertone bodywork. Fresh seats and carpeting. Original underhood detailing and factory wheels and caps. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $14,500. This was a quick 86 coupe. S/N 18376687. Brown and black/brown cloth. Odo: 426 miles. A solid, straight, previously restored rumble seat coupe with older paint showing minimal wear. The chrome isn't flawless, but it still shines. Painted cream wire wheels and pinstripe add extra style. LeBaron Bonney cloth interior is in excellent condition. Flathead and chassis painted and detailed. Cond: stainless trim. New red cloth Hampton interior and carpeting. Nicely finished under the hood. Cracked driver's window. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,361. Recently restored frame-on to a high standard, this solid Southern Studebaker was an Sports Car Market S/N 68706. brown vinyl. Older restoration of a typical period T runabout. Aging paint with a nice patina. Brass radiator needs a good clean. Vinyl interior shows minimal wear. The older top is still in good condition. The engine with Fresh motor, Ford 9” rear end, 3.55 Richmond gears, 700R4 transmission with B&M shifter, Fatman chassis, and Mustang II front end. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,275. Professionally built show car, and after only 6,600 miles, it still looked spotless. You couldn't come close to building your own for this money, so well bought. #422-1941 STUDEBAKER PRESIDENT sedan. S/N 7139277. Red/red cloth. Odo: 59,553 miles. Bumper guards, trim rings, wide whitewalls, driving lights, overdrive transmission, fender skirts, radio and heater. Not a concours restoration, but the paint suffers from minor flaws only. Fresh chrome and polished #SP44-1987 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000 convertible. S/N ZARBA5646H1046084. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 109,219 km. Resprayed red with dirt and poor prep. Delamination on the windscreen. The older cloth top shows wear. Factory-installed interior with ripped driver's seat and faded, worn 2+. SOLD AT $33,884. If you were looking for a '33 5-window coupe, you found it. Restoration was extensive and there was little to be concerned about. A turn-key sporty coupe bought at an excellent price. #SP99-1938 FORD DELUXE custom coupe. S/N 2F326789. Turquoise/black leather. Odo: 7,151 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-sp, tilt steering, remote trunk, suicide doors, LeCarra steering wheel, Vintage Air, power steering and brakes. All-steel body, shaved and dechromed, with excellent show-condition paint. Great interior with bucket fronts and a custom-crafted rear seat.

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Column Author RM Auctions Toronto, CAN excellent example of the marque. The price paid was well below the cost of doing it yourself. Well bought. #453-1942 PLYMOUTH SPECIAL DELUXE P14C convertible coupe. S/N 11473526. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 29,282 miles. Recently fully restored/refurbished, and now a solid convertible coupe. miles. Rare, Canadian-built and powered flathead V8. Wide whitewall tires, Continental kit and 28,500 original miles. Beautiful paint and chrome. Roof glass is clean and scratch-free. Excellent color-matched interior. Underhood is a fully detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,046. Apart from requiring a small hood fit adjustment, it was hard to find fault with this rare glass-top Skyliner. Great period colors and vitually no wear since its ‘02 restoration made this an excellent buy. #SP100-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Straight body, except for the driver's door fit. White vinyl top is soiled and scruffy. Excellent chrome. Replacement interior is well fitted, though the driver's seat is wrinkled. Painted engine and compartment with basic detailing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,947. This one had a few faults, mostly on the scale of small details. The hood fasteners, for instance, were attached by Canadian square-headed Robinson screws. Hardly original, but secure. If this and the other niggling things don't matter so much, the buyer got a stylish and relatively rare open cruiser for reasonable money. #SP139-1949 LINCOLN COSMOPOLITAN convertible. S/N 9EH039309. Yellow/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 8,557 miles. Attractive in bright yellow with a black cloth top trimmed in red. Super straight body with excellent door fit. Older chrome shows minor wear only. The 2-door hard top. S/N VC550023097. Orange and cream/orange and cream. Odo: 14,372 miles. A documented frame-off resto/refit. It's not to concours standards, but is good, with new chrome and great two-tone paint. New carpets to match the exterior, and nice cloth and vinyl seats and fresh dash. Upgraded 350 V8, disc brakes, dual exhaust, AM/FM cassette, and stock wheels with slightly increased rubber. Cond: 2+. SOLD 348-ci V8, Tri-Power, 4-sp. Wide whitewalls, spinner hubcaps, twin rear antennas, bumper guards, dual mirrors and exhaust, original factory paint stampings and markings. Very straight after a rotisserie resto. Excellent paint, with a fully painted and detailed chassis, floors and subframe. The new interior is accented by the original trim repainted in the same color. Underhood detailing is show standard, and the bay is accurate, with all correct bits. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,401. Pretty big money for a pretty big car, but it can't get much better—or correct—than with this example. This Impala was everything you'd ever want in a ‘59 hard top. It's ready for shows with nothing to do but enjoy. This was a fair deal all around. #SP127-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S101359. Red and white/black ST/black cloth. 283/245, 2-sp auto. Well-restored, with fresh red and white paint, new chrome and stainless, Haartz top, tires, and muffler. New red vinyl interior is in excellent AT $40,660. Refitted for long cruises, this mild custom was completely rebuilt with all receipts available. The price seemed high, but the quality of workmanship means no breakdowns halfway to Bowling Green. Well bought as a turn-key hard top to be enjoyed. #SP92-1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N H8YG427544. Turquoise blue/white/black and white vinyl. Odo: 62,807 miles. Wide whitewalls, Continental kit. Fresh, rather gaudy turquoise paint with orange peel. New but poor-fitting white vinyl top. Some new chrome, but most is pitted. Newer black and interior has only a few small cracks. Metalflakepainted dash and chrome show some wear. Fully detailed underhood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,138. This was a stunning car with its lively paintwork, stark top, and red accents all around. Well bought, and something to be proud of as you cruise. #SP141-1954 FORD CRESTLINE Skyliner 2-door hard top. S/N 460FK54155148. White and coral/white and coral vinyl. Odo: 28,580 white vinyl interior with pitted chrome fittings and bezels. New rubber, tires, and stainless exhaust. Engine is not detailed but looks original. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,330. More refurbished than restored. Of the two Lincolns offered here, this was the poorer. This also was not the most complimentary of colors on an already awkward-looking body. Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but come on. #SP129-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-door hard top. S/N E59K169453. White/ turquoise cloth and vinyl. Odo: 79,700 miles. 88 Sports Car Market condition. The motor was rebuilt as well, and nicely detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,249. About the only flaw was the underhood detailing not being at “concours” quality. Otherwise this was a lovely example. Considering current demand for 'Vettes, the price was very reasonable--almost a bargain, in fact. #SP98-1966 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 6T09C146665. White and blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 68,238 miles. 289-ci V8, auto. Rust-free, former California car with fresher paint spoiled only by prep and sanding marks. Excellent bumpers, trim, and door handles, but the original aluminum window moldings are dinged. New rubber, blue carpet, and matching vinyl

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN seats. Aftermarket console and new Torq Thrust wheels added. New brakes and rebuilt 289 with Edelbrock air cleaner and valve covers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,460. This one looked better underneath, under the hood, and inside than it did outside. The paint was its greatest flaw. Still, in its sporty blue and white color scheme, this fastback drew a lot of attention, looking much faster than it was. This was a decent car at a fair price. #425-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. S/N 124678N365954. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 16,604 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh, clean paintwork looks very good. Front plastic spoiler added. Combination of new and original chrome and stainless. New interior and carpets are clean. Numbers- Cond: 1. SOLD AT $87,646. One of the stars of the show. This highly collectible muscle car took years to restore, came with full verification, original build sheet, and all color correct codes. It deserved big bucks and got them, though this bolt restoration, with flawless paint. Inside and out, top to bottom, it was hard to spot much worth noting. Govier letter states this as one of only three built to this spec. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $57,828. The loud orange paint will help light up the track almost as much as that special AAR motor. This was a great car, done right, and bought for a great price. But will it ever get driven?u matching engine with a Hurst shifter fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,592. This clean, straight SS may have had a few changes made to it recently, but overall it was a nice example that deserved this price. #SP135-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 2-door hard top. S/N 136370A132305. Red and black/black vinyl. Odo: 77,803 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent full rotisserie restoration shows excellent paint, chrome, interior, and detailing. Original big block and tranny. could have fetched another $10k–$20k without much fuss. Everyone should be happy. #SP123-1970 PLYMOUTH AAR 'CUDA 2-door hard top. S/N BS23J0B306984. Orange and black/black vinyl. Odo: 72,242 miles. 340ci V8, Six-Pack, auto. Rallye wheels, ps, pb, instrument package. Recent rotisserie, nut and March 2006 89

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Kensington Motor Group Uncasville, CT Column Author The New England Fall Classic The key ingredients of location, venue, and potential audience were all there, but this year it didn't quite go over Company Kensington Motor Group Date November 5, 2005 Location Uncasville, CT Auctioneer David Johnson Automotive lots sold / offered 5 / 40 Sales rate 13% Sales total $90,970 High sale 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6, sold at $26,400 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) The Lemon Twist on the red carpet Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics K Uncasville, CT ensington Motor Group recently held its first sale in Connecticut, at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville. The event was really two auctions— one of automobilia on Friday evening, and one of collector cars on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, the results are a story of good intentions unrealized. Peter Mole and his team did their usual good job of gathering an interesting assortment of cars, ranging from a 1936 Cadillac Sixty Special Sedan to a 2003 Superformance Cobra Mk III replica, a smattering of muscle cars, and the best-preserved Jaguar XJS I've ever seen. What didn't seem to be there were buyers. Although the casino and hotel were packed with guests, the auctions didn't seem to have much presence amid the din of slot machines and shouts of joy from the blackjack tables. Adding to the challenge, the automobile auction was held in a garage and tent some distance from the casino, reachable only by shuttle bus. Nevertheless, at the start of the auction a good crowd gathered in the tent to watch auctioneer David Johnson strut his stuff. But the operative word here was “watch.” It turned out that most there were consignors and their guests, who proved immune to the lure of Johnson's banter. The apparent high sale on the day of the auction was a 1961 Chrysler 300G coupe, consigned by an SCMer. A very nice driver, it was hammered down at $42,000. In the end, the sale went south when the bidder turned out to have a bogus paddle and no registration. That left the top automotive sale as a 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 in the terrific 90 '50s “ice cream” colors of Florida Green with white side panels. It sold for $26,400. The other notable sale was that Jaguar XJS. A 1986 in the ideal combination of British Racing Green and beige, it had covered less than 11,000 miles and was really a new car. Still fragrant with a genuine new-car smell, it was the best of these big tourers seen for years. The $18,700 price it fetched was certainly more than a coupe of its age ever brings (unless previously owned by Frank Sinatra), but probably impossible to find again in this condition. Promoter Mole was disappointed but also hopeful for the future of the event, with additional direct support from Mohegan Sun management. A number of consignors whose cars failed to sell also said that they would give it another chance. Sadly, some of the more disappointed consignors made the unethical choice to attempt to “curbstone” their cars in the lot afterwards, catching up with high bidders seemingly without regard for Kensington's efforts. Whatever the case, it's never a proper thing to do under any circumstances—after all, the auction company has gone to the expense to bring buyer and seller together, and deserves to be paid for its efforts. Frankly, long ago in its feisty youth, SCM advocated a policy of public flogging of curbstoners. I thought it was a good idea then, and still do today. The key ingredients of location, venue, and potential audience were all there, but this year it didn't quite go over. If Peter Mole has anything to say about it, that won't be the case next year.u Sports Car Market

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Column Author Kensington Motor Group Uncasville, CT ENGLISH #217-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN4 convertible. S/N BN4LS49611. Florida Green and ivory/beige vinyl/beige and green leather. Odo: 42,643 miles. Fair panel fit, and the older paint is good, but for a few minor flaws. Very good chrome and an excellent interior. seats. The wood trim is in good shape, but the dashtop speaker grille is warped. Air conditioned. Yellow headlight bulbs. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. This was a handsome example of a “low grille” V8 convertible. Although wearing U.S. side marker lights and a speedo in miles, the yellow headlight bulbs do raise a question of history. Did it once live in France? These cars are very well regarded and the bid was certainly $10k–$15k light. ITALIAN #208-1972 INTERMECCANICA ITALIA Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,400. A late BN4 with an uprated 117-hp engine. Sold by an SCMer, the car was very attractive in its unusual and very '50s colors. It is that same color scheme, plus the disc wheels, that definitely take it out of the “hairy-chested sportster” realm. Strangely appealing, however, and a very good buy at the price. #228-1986 JAGUAR XJS coupe. S/N SAJNV5845GC129311. British Racing Green/ beige leather. Odo: 10,669 miles. Very good original chrome and paint, with some light polish scratches. The superb interior looks as-new, period AM/FM cassette radio. All is well beneath the hood. Consigned by an SCMer. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. One of the legion of Italo-American hybrids, Italias have stunning looks to match their grunt. However, none of the very capable half-breeds has much market clout. As nice as this super-low-mileage car is, I think the bid was very close to fair. #208A-1985 LAMBORGHINI JALPA P complete with that Jaguar new-car smell. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,700. A capable long-legged grand tourer, with styling that has grown on us over the years. It's a hard-to-fault survivor, but not many love the XJS coupe enough to appreciate it. A win for the seller, but the buyer would have a hard time finding another so nice, so everybody did well here. GERMAN #210-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 cabriolet. S/N 111027120014447. Light blue metallic/navy canvas/dark blue leather. Odo: 35,524 miles. A very good quality repaint, with excellent panel fit and nice chrome. Excellent blackout trim, and a clean engine compartment. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. These are an '80s style statement, for better or worse, depending on your point of view. Consigned by an SCMer, it's a handsome example of a rarely seen Lambo. At the moment, however, they aren't exactly “investment grade,” and the high bid was market plus. AMERICAN #225-1958 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Impala Custom convertible. S/N F58A133945. Candy Oriental Blue/white vinyl/blue and white 92 350 targa. S/N ZA9J00000ELA12137. White/ red leather. Odo: 28,872 km. Very good paint, with some shrinkage in the door sills, and as well on the door handles. The interior is better than the low mileage would indicate. Very good spider. S/N 50423414. Silver/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 8,538 miles. Cleveland 351-ci V8. Very good paint, with a few small drips and sinkholes on the nose. Panel fit is variable, as per factory, and the taillamps are a bit melted (from bulb heat?). The interior is excellent, with leather. Odo: 9,792 miles. Flawless paint, chrome, and interior, along with a show-detailed engine compartment. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Carlisle Grand National Champion in 2005, scoring 987 out of 1000 points. A very attractive mild custom, with great attention to detail. Worth every penny bid, and a bit more, but this was the wrong venue. #220-1961 CHRYSLER 300G coupe. S/N 8413190917. Black/gold cloth. Odo: 10,642 miles. Good panel fit. Some flaws on the hood and roof, but otherwise the paintwork is deep and shiny. Excellent chrome, and a nice interior, with some loose sections on the door trim and fading on the seats. Power steering, brakes, seats, windows, and antenna. Stated as numbers matching. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. One of the last true performance letter cars. Great presence on this high-level driver offered by an SCMer. It was knocked down sold on the block, but the buyer turned out to be a flake. The bid was appropriate, however. #211-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1946755122190. Red/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,004 miles. 327/350, 4-sp. Very good chrome, panel fit, and paint, but for a few chips in the black sill trim. The interior is clean, though the bright trim on the glovebox door is scratched. The dash re-spray is well done. Reproduction turbine wheels, Firestone Deluxe Champion thin bias-ply tires. Stated as numbers matching. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. A desirable spec in the C2 'Vette, with an attractive color scheme to match. It felt like a clean driver and made all the right sounds. The bid was appropriate. #207A-1966 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER sedan. S/N CH42J66150601. Dark blue/blue Sports Car Market

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Kensington Motor Group Uncasville, CT rally gauges, pistol grip shifter, and 8-track stereo. Very clean engine compartment. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. This was a nice original car with a recent repaint in the factory color. A high-level driver, and consigned by an SCMer. With the Hemi coupes pushing and even exceeding the quarter-million mark, an honest, clean, and capable 340 should be worth mid$50s. The seller was wise to hold on. cloth brocade. Odo: 79,889 miles. Remarkably straight body and good panel fit. Thick repaint with traces of poor masking. All the chrome is accounted for, and in decent shape. The original back seat upholstery is in very good condition, but the front seat has non-matching fabric, sewn over the original tufted seat. Power windows and seat. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $2,970. This Chrysler was a grand and imposing car; not quite a survivor but not restored either. The market for a sedan like this is small—with something like a childhood connection to rides in grandma's to really stir the bidding. The result was appropriate. #221-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-door hard top. S/N JS23V0B24242. Lemon Twist/black vinyl/black vinyl and leather. Odo: 77,346 miles. 440-ci V8, Six Pack, 4-sp. Very good paint and panel fit, with nice chrome all around. Some scratches in the side windows. The interior is clean and shows well, with leather front seats. Claimed to be spec coded by Galen Govier. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. car. There are also light scratches and polish burn marks in the paint. Very good chrome, however, with a clean interior. Power steering and brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,900. A big block mini-hauler. Handsomely presented, and with a great performance spec. Fast, fun, and fair.u #231-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO The non-Hemi big block. Although it was an attractive and no doubt usable car, the money sought certainly seemed plenty to me. It should have sold, with fireworks to accompany. #209-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-door hard top. S/N BS23H0E1215. Plum Crazy/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 52,435 miles. 340ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Great chrome and paint, with only light polish scratches on excellent panels. A nice interior, with power steering and brakes, SS 454 pickup. S/N 136800B2084. White and black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 5,494 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-sp. Variable panel fit, with a color mismatch between the hood and the rest of the 1964 Alfa Romeo Guilia SS 1934 Packard 12 Custom Dietrich 1939 Lincoln K LeBaron 1936 Cord 810 1956 Talbot-Lago T14 1956 Mercedes Benz 300SC 1963 Jaguar XKE 1947 Cadillac 1938 Packard Super 8 1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 1927 Essex Speedabout 1939 Bugatti Type 57C March 2006 93

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Column Author Christie's London, UK Exceptional Motor Cars at the Jack Barclay Showroom Its post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas timing make it the perfect long weekend for anyone looking for delightful cars and chummy atmosphere Company Christie's Date December 6, 2005 Location London, U.K. Auctioneers Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold / offered 12 / 17 Sales rate 71% Sales total $1,010,799 High sale 1927 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model, sold at $184,005 Buyer's premium On non-auction days, the showroom is a used-car outlet, albeit a tony one Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics C London, UK hristie's once again held its December sale at the Jack Barclay Showroom in Nine Elms, close to the site of New Covent Gardens, in a largely industrial part of London. With the Barclay organization's recent move into a new space in the fashionable Berkeley Square, the Jack Barclay Showroom will now serve as a used-car sales outlet for the group, as new Bentleys will henceforth be sold out of the flagship store. With only 17 lots to sell, the auction was neither hur- ried nor laggard, as each car was given adequate time to find a new home. Twelve cars did go to new owners, for a modest total of just over $1m. A few lots sold for a good bit more than their catalog estimates. Notable in that group was a 1927 Bentley 3-Liter Speed Model in delightfully cruddy condition, a barn find that will really only require a light reconditioning to be roadworthy. In fact, when compared to a few of the other restoration candidates on offer, it seemed like weekend project. Selling for $184,005, it brought close to $100k above its pre-auction high estimate of $89,000, a stunning result no matter how you cut it, and a testament to the determina- 94 tion of the serious bidders in attendance. Another barn find Bentley, this one a 1935 3 ½-Liter with drophead coupe coachwork by Park Ward, brought home a quite respectable $50,089 bid against its pre-auction high estimate of $27k. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was a hand- somely presented 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL. When the dust settled, it hammered sold for $61,335, an amount that would have been notable even if it had been a later and more desirable 280SL. Not everything busted its estimates, however. One particularly nice bargain was a 1956 Rover P4 90 saloon with a good combination of original and recently replaced and polished bits. It changed hands for $4,089, and will make for a very solid driver. The December Christie's auction is one of the most pleasurable events on my regular auction calendar. Even the weather decided to cooperate this year, as the rains and intense cold stayed away. Its post-Thanksgiving, preChristmas timing make it a perfect long weekend getaway for anyone looking for delightful cars and chummy atmosphere in the old country.u Sports Car Market 17.5% on the first $174,000, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices)

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Christie's London, UK ENGLISH #72-1907 WOLSELEY-SIDDELEY 18 HP Roi-des-Belges tourer. S/N 2061. Eng. # 37518. Yellow and burgundy/black cloth/burgundy leather. RHD. An older restoration with plenty of use wear. The older paintwork shows its age, and the brass and chrome are good but lightly scratched. The side-mounted spare has dry rot, and the dash wood and windscreen sur- round show their age. The leather just might be original, with plenty of wear, or perhaps extra patina, depending on where you sit. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $96,092. Extremely extensive history, and in the same ownership for 50 years. It is said to be one of two surviving 18-hp Wolseley-Siddeleys. It was not cheap, but it is likely worth this kind of money. #69-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 20 HP dual cowl phaeton. S/N GYK68. Mint green/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,512 miles. Mostly a survivor, it shows plenty of evidence of being knocked around, with a few scrapes, dents, and dings. Worn chrome as well, and one cracked glass on the rear windscreen. The interior wood is cracked and worn, and carpets show much wear. Most leather is good, but the cloth top is poor. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $56,223. Probably on its third body. According to the catalog, all were fitted early in this chassis' life. The color of this car can only be described as institutional green. It sold well over the estimate, as this car was the subject of much interest and speculation before the sale. #63-1927 BENTLEY 3-LITER Speed Model. S/N DN1731. Eng. # BL1605. Black and green/gray cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,663 miles. A barn find with lots of good bits left, and ready for light to heavy restoration. Originally a Vanden Plas body, crashed in the 1930s, when the chassis was shortened and this body was fitted. Delightfully scruffy, it could be vintage raced with some light refitting work. For the show set, it could use a full restoration, as the paint, chrome, and trim all have needs. An advanced bitsa. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $184,005. This hot rod Bentley was a crowd favorite, not just among the bidders but among the spectators as well. The high bid represents another spectacular result, into the realm of matching numbers #2 cars. It would seem that this crowd was primed to go home with a vintage Bentley. Well done. #62A-1928 HUMBER 9/20 4-door. S/N L5539. Red primer/unpainted/black leather. RHD. A very rough barn find, in need of almost everything. Missing the vinyl roof, it is now a fully open four-door. It is painted in primer in places, and left unpainted in other places. Most of the interior is there but quite rough, with no gauges found. Cond: 5 -. SOLD AT $2,862. In reality, this is a build-it-yourself Humber kit. I don't know if it is all there, but I suspect most March 2006 95

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Column Author Christie's London, UK 3-. SOLD AT $65,424. Atalanta production ran from 1937 to 1939, when it was interrupted by WWII, and this was one of just 23 cars built during that time. Said to have been fitted with a Lincoln V12 from new. Handsome, but not strikingly so in these 1970s vintage colors. One can only imagine it in burgundy and black. Worth the high bid; it's good this orphan has found a new home. of it is. It's not a difficult project to put back together, but I doubt it would be easy to get your money back when you're done. #62-1935 BENTLEY 3 1/2-LITER drophead coupe. S/N B100FB. Eng. # L6BU. Bare metal/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 92,062 miles. Barn-find condition. It looks as if most of the bits and pieces are all there; boxes of stuff both sit in and surround the car. Much more pre-sale interest than I might have expected, so perhaps this car attracted a good number of restorers and dreamers. Subjected to a partial restoration in carpets, with some wear to the leather on the driver's side. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,202. Formerly owned by Prince Abdullah ben Saud; the present owner bought it from Jack Barclay's in the mid 1970s. Imposing and handsome, it's hard to think of this example as well bought. However, replacing it with one just as nice would be difficult. the 1970s, the chassis, motor compartment, and some chrome were refurbished, and it appears the body was stripped as well. Possibly not as daunting as it looks, still not a job for the easily scared. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $50,089. I fully expected this car to sell at close to and possibly a bit over the high estimate. In the end it sold for over 2.5 times the low estimate, and close to twice the high estimate, with spirited bidding throughout. It appears that a number of people wanted to call this one their own, and when it's finished, this will be a handsome example. #75-1939 ATALANTA 4.4 LITER drophead coupe. S/N L1010. Light blue and dark blue/blue cloth/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 5,434 miles. Good-quality paint and body prepwork. No chance of winning a show, but not embarassing either. A few chips and scars to the paint, and the chrome is mostly good. Very nicely trimmed leather, but the wood is not veneered and suffers from an amateur job. Cond: Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $184,005. It's been quite some time since I have seen a Wraith restored to this standard,. This one appeared ready to take first prize in a Silver Wraith–only show, it's that nice. I had thought the pre-sale estimate to be a bit high; I guess I was wrong. #61-1956 ROVER P4 90 sedan. S/N 350600359. Eng. # BA74219267199. Black/ burgundy. RHD. Odo: 56,523 miles. Good older repaint, and the chrome is mostly all good or better. The interior is original, with a great patina, and the rear seats still retain a waterproof overcover, a kind of pull-down tarp to protect the leather. A bit too nice to restore, but not a show example either. A survivor. Cond: 96 Excellent leather, excellent top and trim, excellent brass. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $157,427. You wouldn't want to refer to it as handsome, but it is a stylish and imposing motorcar. Delivered new in Paris, it resurfaced in France in the 1970s. Restored in the U.K. with the addition Sports Car Market #66-1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH Six Light saloon. S/N DLW30. Eng. # L29D. Light blue over dark blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 72,114 miles. Restored to a high standard and nicely presented. Unmarked and excellent paintwork, and the chrome is as new. Very nice interior wood. The leather is a softer style than when new, but excellent. #74-1952 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH touring limousine. S/N WOL52. Eng. # W51F. Burgundy/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 13,704 miles. Very good paint, and the chrome is at least as good, perhaps better. Some use wear—it is light but not too hard to find. Inside shows good wood and very nice 3. SOLD AT $4,089. Said to have been driven to London from its home in Scotland. Well presented and looks to be ready for another long trip. Not too much interest in the salesroom, but a bit of a bargain at the cheap number it reached. #78-1975 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE fixed head coupe. S/N CRH18786. Eng. # 18786. Gray and gold/gray/saddle leather. RHD. Odo: 74,914 miles. Very straight sides, with good gaps. One dent in the passenger side fender. Good chrome, except at the rear bumper, and the original leather has a very good patina. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,356. Recent $8,000 body repairs to the “lower wings.” Gee, I wonder what that was for? I personally believe there is a lot of room left in the value of Corniche coupes. These are largely handbuilt cars in the coachwork tradition and are presently undervalued in the marketplace. FRENCH #65-1897 PANHARD-LEVASSOR TYPE M2F single phaeton. S/N 1066. Black/black leather. RHD. A very nice older restoration, now with some cracking to the wood and body. 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Christie's London, UK of a new wooden chassis; the body is said to be from another automobile of the same era. Described in the catalog as a winter project, let's hope we see it in next year's London to Brighton. GERMAN #71-1899 OPEL 3.5 HP horseless carriage. Eng. # 1656. Dark green/dark leather/brown leather. Older sympathetic restoration, with plenty of things left less than perfect, but the look is quite nice. The paint is good, with some light brush strokes seen, and the top is possibly original, with some repairs to the leather. The interior shows very well, and underhood is clean and polished in places. It needs a good clean-up, but not anything close to a restoration. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $76,560. When this car was discovered in Germany, it was thought to be a Benz. The British Veterans Car Services Dating Panel has identified it as an Opel from 1899. This car ran London-toBrighton in 2004 it did not finish because of a timing gear malfunction. It is arguably worth more than the high bid, but getting it might be a bit tough. An interesting early car, and I'm sure more research will continue to shed light on its past. ITALIAN #67-1930 FIAT 514 MM roadster. S/N 226945. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 78,107 miles. Quite pleasing proportions in person, but not a car that photographs well. Very good paint and excellent chrome. A clean owned by Fiat and kept in Italy. The sales price was not a shocker, but a bit of a wake-up call. I heard quite a few people speculate they thought they could buy this car for around the low bid or less. AMERICAN #77-1923 BUICK 2-DOOR Victoria sedan. S/N 904095. Eng. # 923384. Cream and black/black vinyl/green cloth. Odo: 15,335 miles. An older restoration, and not done to the highest quality. Plenty of poor repairs to the body are evident on the hood and cowl, with some cracking to the paint on the doors. Not a particularly well-loved example, it is said to have been imported from the U.S. in 1990. and tidy interior with a touch of patina. Nicely detailed and not overdone under the hood. A deceivingly simple, small Fiat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $94,047. Christie's said this was one of two cars remaining, and the other was Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,155. This body style is known as a Victoria Coach and was rather upscale both for Buick and for its time. Absolutely no harm done at this low price, where you can afford to fix it and drive it at the same time.u March 2006 97

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Column Author Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA The Hershey Auction There was no letup in the showers on Friday or Saturday; they simply shifted from drizzle to downpour and back again Company Hershey Auction, LLC Date October 5–8, 2005 Location Hershey, PA Auctioneers Dean Kruse and Daniel Kruse Automotive lots sold / offered 154 / 227 Sales rate 68% Sales total $6,320,058 High sale 1930 Duesenberg J LaGrande, sold at $698,500 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) The Giant Center venue meant more space for bidders—and refugees from the rain Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics R Hershey, PA ain. No stranger to Hershey, this year's rain was more pervasive toward the end of the week than any year in memory. After a dry August and September—with virtually no measurable pre- cipitation—Thursday saw both the start of the auction and the onset of the deluge. There was no letup in the showers on Friday or Saturday; they simply shifted from drizzle to downpour and back again. Even the old-timers were impressed, if that's what you call it. Many Hershey AACA meet attendees pulled out on Thursday and did not return. This is the fifth year that Don Williams and Richie Clyne have held the annual auction at Hershey. It has seen steady growth, however, and not just in the number and types of consignments, but in the number and variety of bidders as well. This year the auction was held inside the Giant Center, a hockey arena that serves as a multi-purpose venue for the surrounding community. The bigger space worked for two reasons. First, it easily accommodated the growth of the sale. Second, admission for viewing from the stands was free, which meant that many folks used it as a place to escape the weather. While this made it hard to tell how many people were there for the auction and how many were using it as a place to stay dry, it didn't matter, as the bidders and sellers had more of an audience than usual, which helped to create an enthusiastic atmosphere. In all, 154 of 227 cars sold, for a 68% sales rate and a grand total of $6,320,058. Notable lots included two 1930 Duesenberg Model Js, one a LaGrande-bodied dual cowl phaeton that earned $698,500, and the other a Murphybodied LWB town car that failed to sell at $660,000. On the other side of the sales spectrum, what just might be the world's best remaining original Volkswagen Dasher went to a new home for $2,100, while a very nice 1970 VW Beetle sold for a healthy $15,750. Maybe the folks at Hershey are on to something. As the farmers in the area are likely aware, the only way to break a drought with total certainty is to schedule the Fall AACA Meet. Even in light of the wet weather, and perhaps partially because of it, this year's Hershey auction was a very good one. Let's hope for more of the same forecast next year. u 98 Sports Car Market

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Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA ENGLISH #471-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY BUGEYE SPRITE roadster. S/N AN5L35906. White/ white hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 93,622 miles. Very good paint to a solid-appearing and quite straight example. The window gaskets look fresh, and the brightwork is excellent. The interior is not quite as nice, with some orange peel, and the uncarpeted transmission tunnel looks unfinished. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,050. I'll admit to nearly falling over when I saw the price achieved here. It's not out of line with the top end of the market, however. The new owner will likely fix any remnants of the orange peel and tidy up the interior—easy fixes both. A fair price. #213-1973 JAGUAR XKE convertbile. S/N UD1S22678. Dark green/tan cloth/Biscuit leather. Odo: 43,101 miles. Good to very good older paint, and all gaps are even throughout. Very nice brightwork, with some pitting on the windshield surround trim. The rubber gaskets are showing slight age, but have plenty of life left in them. The interior is not as well fitted as expected, but still good enough. A nice driver, but not show condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $43,450. Loved the colors, loved the year, loved the car. Instead of getting involved in a food fight over which model year E-type is the best, let's just all take a deep breath and realize that the early E-types, the mid-year E-types and the late E-types all attract a different kind of buyer and for different reasons. Purchased at a market-correct price. #441-1974 TRIUMPH TR6 roadster. S/N CF19793U. Dark blue/black vinyl/light blue vinyl. Odo: 32,848 miles. The vendor says the miles are original. Good presentation. Very good paint, with a few light prep issues. Clean brightwork, but some delamination to the windshield. Excellent fit to the original style interior. Underhood is not well done at all. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,975. This is big money for a TR6 in driver condition. It wasn't that long ago that this would buy you one of the nicer examples on the planet. Looks like a mild case of auction fever here. FRENCH #432-1923 DELAGE D-1 Series II dual windshield phaeton. Green/black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 142 miles. This older restoration still shows decent paint. Most plating good but could use a polish. Includes weather equipment/side curtains and three spare tires. Nice interior, with excellent leather and very good March 2006 99

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Column Author Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA wood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $43,000. Despite some protestations by some of the older car fans in the crowd, I think this Delage was well bought. No argument that it was not a bargain, but it is a quite substantial car for very little coin. I would advise not getting in a race with anything more powerful than a Model T Ford, however. GERMAN #498-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 217767. Gray/black leather. Odo: 544 miles. AACA Junior First in 2002, Senior in 2003. Quite good to excellent throughout, but betrayed by its less than exciting color and lack of “pop.” The paint shows much less than fresh, but the brightwork is good, with no noted flaws. The mismatch. Good trim and glass. Inside, the leather is starting to dry out, but is still good overall, and the dash is in good shape. Very stock inside and out. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,960. If this car doesn't contain any hidden sins, and all the news since the auction has been good news, then this was a minor bargain. More likely, after a few miles the new owner discovered a few flaws that needed fixing. But because it was bought at a touch below retail, there's room to make those fixes. AMERICAN #218-1903 CADILLAC MODEL A Rear rubber trim on the front bumper is loose, and the windshield is scored from too many wiper passes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,300. Even though this car was an AACA Senior First car, it would likely be laughed off the show field at a PCA or 356 meet. Lots of minor problems here, perhaps a few major ones too. Not too appealing and not too cheap; this seller did well. #474-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL hard top convertible. S/N 11304310004255. Silver/black MB Tex. Odo: 1,992 miles. 1998 Junior AACA first. Two tops. The paint has some flaws, including foreign objects, and rear seats and coachwork do not match the front. Could be a hodge-podge of early parts. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $38,500. Had this been a 1905 model, I would have expected to see about half of this price achieved. But London-to-Brighton eligibility always adds a bunch to prices achieved at auction, and 1904 and earlier models are the only ones acceptable. #475-1906 BUICK TURTLE DECK light flip flop. Euro-style lights, with very good chrome and glass. The interior shows very well, with great wood, vinyl, and carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,250. A little bit too expensive for the condition, and that even includes the bump for having both tops and the desirable 4-speed transmission. Wait a few months and this is likely to be a minor bargain, so let's call this price no harm done. #732-1984 PORSCHE 911 Carrera targa. S/N WP0EB0911E5160413. Gunmetal Gray/ blue. Odo: 108,101 miles. Looks to be mostly factory paint, with stone chips in the front and a chipped, faded headlight surround. Some 100 roadster. S/N 837. Burgundy with black fenders/burgundy leather. RHD. Excellent restoration to a very handsome car. The paint is well applied and has no real issues, save for a small dent to the rear deck. Very nice brass, exterior, it's still nice but not fresh. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $660,000. I've now come to believe that even a decent rebody Duesey should bring north of half a million dollars. The days of running, driving, and acceptable-looking J-models for around $350k have passed us by. Seemed a fair price for a car that will never fail to impress simply because of its size and name. #462-1930 DUESENBERG J dual cowl pha- eton. S/N 2296. Eng. # J276. Red and black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 5 miles. Excellent paint Sports Car Market Entrance Tonneau. S/N 1136. Orange and black. RHD. Restored at some point in the distant past, perhaps 40 or 50 years ago. Tired paint, and the wood body shows some separation. The brass is there, but dull and with some dents. The is painted black. The sidecar leather is excellent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $64,800. Apparently the story checks out, and this was indeed a Von Dutch job done for McQueen. Good museum fodder, and you could explain to all the teenage girls and boys wearing Von Dutch logo shirts and hats just who he was should anyone care to listen. Expensive, but McQueen had a real motorcycle connection, so that makes this bike worth the bid. #440-1930 DUESENBERG J LWB town car. S/N 2401. Eng. # J381. Burgundy and silver/black/gray leather and cloth. Odo: 21,037 miles. A very good older restoration, though the paint and chrome are no longer fresh and some light scratches are visible. Age wear to the whitewalls, and they are showing some yellow now. The interior has light wear; as with the with good polish and fit, and matched Gray & Davis lights. Excellent leather. Neat adjustable steering column. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,600. Easily the best buy of the auction. I could build a case for this car being worth darn near twice this bid. The restoration was not only of excellent quality, it also appeared to be fresh as well. An unusual yet appealing car. #442-1923 INDIAN BIG CHIEF mo- torcycle. S/N 91V997. Burgundy/black seat. Complete with princess sidecar. A nice older restoration done for Steve McQueen by Von Dutch, or so states the vendor. Good to very good paintwork on both bike and sidecar, and the brightwork is excellent, though much trim

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Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA and chrome, as the restoration appears quite fresh. Both top and glass are superb as well. The interior shows no wear ar all, and appears very well sorted. The vendor says that this car has had two bodies all along, switched back and forth on the same chassis for the “committed” owner. Thus, the sale includes a Willoughby Berline five-window closed body. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $698,500. This car was the high sale at Kruse Fall Auburn 2005, where it went for $712,800. Very well bought here. There was a time when owners would switch bodies back and forth seasonally, but very few cars exist with two bodies today. If you have the room to store it in your carriage house, hey, why not? #457-1947 MERCURY 79M Woody sta- tion wagon. S/N 799A2022976. Burgundy and wood/black vinyl/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 2,269 miles. Shows an older repaint, but ill cared for since. The wood appears good, but some discoloration mars the look. The chrome is complete, but pitted and in need of attention. The vinyl top has some cracks. Replacement vinyl to the interior, but the dash is original. gaskets are all as-new, with excellent glass. Clean, full leather interior and excellent dash. Fully detailed underhood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,900. An appealing '51 Ford convertible, this is a car where a replacement block should not make a bit of difference in value, except perhaps good, though some is pitted. Tinted glass. Good interior except the dash, which needs rechroming in areas. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,150. This car was a bargain with a capital B. The '51 Roadmasters have more wood adornment than actual wood bodies. However, they are still officially a Woody. Yes, it's in need of a $60k restoration to be a $100k car. Despite that, it also appears to be a usable Woody that can be driven for quite some time to come. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $57,200. One of 3,558 built; the Mercury wagons came standard with leather upholstery. Almost any 8-cylinder Woody--in this condition, in this market--has to be worth $50k. Let's place this one in with the good deals of the weekend. #422-1951 BUICK ROADMASTER Woody station wagon. S/N N/A. Burgundy and wood/tan vinyl. Odo: 41,181 km. Lots of paint and wood issues, with spots on the hood, and plenty of wear areas. The wood has some filled cracks, but is mostly solid. Most chrome is #408-1951 FORD CUSTOM convert- ible. S/N B1LU117128. Red/red leather. Odo: 69,204 miles. Full restoration in 2003, it has a $3,000 replacement block with Offenhauser heads. Excellent paint and chrome. The rubber March 2006 101

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Column Author Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA to raise it. A good-looking driver with possible show potential. Not cheap, but well bought for the condition. #214-1952 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER convertible. S/N 8246739. Light blue/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 65,383 miles. Good quality paint, with some chips at hood edge. The whole car would benefit from some buffing. Most chrome is very good, but for a few dings noted. The cloth top appears to Odo: 1,613 miles. Formerly owned by Howard Hughes. Good paint, and the brightwork shows nicely as well. Very complete, but not fresh. Fitted with air conditioning, as well as a trunksized air filtration unit. The original-style cloth interior is well fitted. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $600,000. Not exactly the twin to the Buick that sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach last spring, but this car had many of the same attributes, as well as value features. An interesting case study here, too. Similar cars from different manufacturers; one sells at more than twice as much, and the other barely gets off the ground. Perhaps the aviator's time has come and gone. #436-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N VC578169428. Dusk Pearl/white vinyl/silver and white vinyl. Odo: 258 miles. A nice older restoration now showing some age, but still with very good paint and only a few need stretching, but is well done. The interior shows well, with good dash and carpets. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,775. This was an appealing Stude. It might not sound like it, but red leather on the inside and light blue on the outside is a color combination that works on this car. It's unlikely you could find another one this nice for under $20k, so well bought. #425-1953 NASH HEALEY LE MANS coupe. S/N 13520. Burgundy/burgundy leather. Odo: 67,388 miles. Excellent paint, and most brightwork is good, though some wear shows. Some pitting to the windshield, and rubber gaskets are weak. Very nice interior, though, with great leather and carpets, and a good dash. Underhood shows wear, but is not bad overall. touch-up areas. Unmarked chrome, and a wellfitted and well-executed top. The good interior has excellent fit and finish. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,000. The owner of this car did a nice job of explaining it and the restoration process. He was also proud of the fact that this car was shown just as it left the factory and without the tissue dipensers or extra chrome that many have gained through the years or through restoration. His perseverance paid off—this is top money for a ‘57 Bel Air convertible in this condition. #415-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- Cond: 3. SOLD AT $62,700. One of 62 built. Had this been a roadster, I would have called it expensive for the condition. For a coupe, I'm about at a loss of words. There were a number of jaws that needed to be picked up off the floor after this sale. One dealer told me how happy he was when he got $15k for a similar car just two years ago. Expensive for a roadster, but way over the top for a coupe. #444-1954 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER sedan. S/N C542834503. Light blue/blue cloth. good seats and carpets, but the custom dash vinyl looks poor. Underhood is clean and well detailed, but aged. Yellowed whitewall tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,825. Not a bad buy for a driver ‘61 Chevy convertible. It will clean up easily and look better, and a number of the problems can be addressed over time. The dash should be redone by an expert, but most of the balance is work any interested owner could undertake in his home garage. 102 vertible. S/N 11867B196362. Red/white/red and white vinyl. Odo: 84,721 miles. An older restoration with good to very good paint. The chrome is just fair, with scratches and some wear. The windshield is scratched, and there is plenty of wiper blade wear. The interior shows Duntov Award. Excellent throughout; very nicely restored, with no exterior or interior flaws worth noting. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $142,000. Expensive even for a 315-hp car. I would have expected it to top out in the $130k range. These big-brake cars are the current big dog in early ‘Vettes, so expect to see more of them come to market soon. #464-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. S/N 31867F224186. White/black/ black vinyl. Odo: 41,843 miles. 327-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Very good gaps and paint, excellent chrome, and a crisp top. Excellent glass and #737-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Fuelie convertible. S/N 10867S109167. Honduras Maroon/black vinyl. 283/315, 4-sp. A big-brake Fuelie. Dog dish hubcaps, radio and heater delete, NCRS regional and national Top Flight, Performance Verified (PV) and gaskets, and all are well fitted. The interior looks clean and well fitted, with a near flawless console and excellent dash. Very clean underhood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,450. Nicely bought, as an SS in this condition might actually be worth a touch more. Not so nice that you can't drive it, but good enough to show. If you were looking for only one convertible from the '60s, this would have been a great choice. #450-1966 DODGE CORONET Hemi 2- door hard top. S/N WH23H67243663. Black/ cream vinyl. Odo: 18,859 miles. 426-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some scratches in the older paint, and some of it is thick at the seams. The brightwork is complete, but tired and in need of a polish or replating in places. The windshield is pitted, but other glass is good. The interior follows the general look of the car, with some sagging seams and wear. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $55,550. If this is a legit 426 Hemi car with no stories, I Sports Car Market

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expect that it will be puffed and buffed and seen at some other auction sometime soon. Here, the price achieved was fair for the condition. In the right crowd, a #2+ car could bring twice this bid without hesitation. #257-1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO coupe. S/N 396876M514553. Orange/tan leather. Odo: 2,346 miles. Excellent presentation overall; this is the best Toro I've ever seen at auction. Near-perfect paint, with just one or two pinhole flaws on the trunk. Excellent chrome and glass, and the interior is as-new, with no wear noted. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $106,000. Okay guys, reality check. You read the shift, four-speed manual, bucket seats, a 383, and sporting retail red inside and out, this car could do a full $10k more with a proper clean up and some minor repairs. The windshield has to be removed to paint the dash area, and the brightwork bits will be difficult to find, though they are out there. #411-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE above, now here's the real story. I don't believe the color to be an original option, and that nice, soft, buttery tan leather was definitely not of the grade supplied by Oldsmobile. There was no action on this car at anywhere close to the high bid. Rather, this was a feel-good exercise for the owners, who now sadly think their Toro is worth $100k plus. It's not, so don't plan on selling this as a means to pad your retirement plan. #424-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR convertible. S/N 105676W145817. Yellow/ white/tan vinyl. Odo: 85,768 miles. Comes with the claim of a $100k restoration. For that kind of money, I might insist on a paint match from the fender to the hood. Very good paint otherwise, with bright and shiny chrome, and uninspired console shows some wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,275. Unfortunately, I've caught the Corvette bug and a 1969 in Riverside Gold is my current desire. I would prefer a coupe for some reason, but finding the right convertible would hardly mean that I'd settled for less. Even though I'm seeing all ‘69 Corvettes through the red mist right now, this one needed more help than the price might indicate, and so I had no problem passing when the bid exceeded $20k. #716-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE no issues to note. Well-fitted top, and excellent glass. The original-style interior is very nicely executed. This is the best Corvair I've seen in years. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,300. Fully $10k more than I would have expected to see here. I'm sure this car set some sort of auction record for any non-Yenko car. It had appealing colors, though it did seem a bit overdone in places. Don't expect this to start a run on Corvairs in your area, however. #419-1968 DODGE CHARGER 2-door hard top. S/N XP29G8B203316. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 40,902 miles. 383-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint, though the chrome has some issues, including a bent window frame on the rear side window. Good glass, and most gaskets are excellent. The windshield area under the glass at the dashboard is dirty, ugly, and discolored. The rest of the interior is clean and in the original style. Underhood is clean, but not detailed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,900. With a floor March 2006 The factory mag wheels and Goodyear radials show dirt and road grime. Some gap issues on the passenger door. Stock interior, right down to the semi-shag carpet, and some light wear to the seats. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,475. A very good heavy detail job will make this car look much better. This appears to be the rare case where a #3- can become a #2- without too much effort. Well bought by the new dealer/owner. u coupe. S/N 128748S435727. Silver/white leather. Odo: 5,812 miles. 350/220, 4-sp. Some repaint work to what appears to be an honest presentation, even without a clean-up or detailing. #4592750754-1971 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N AR1425855. Burgundy/black. Odo: 54,100 km. 24 photos. Marietta, GA. Orginally white. The burgundy paint is chipped in places, and rust is starting to bubble up below the rear vents. The seat seams are splitting. Water pump failure prompted a recent total engine rebuild (including heads). New tires, clutch, suspension and taillights. Rebuilt fuel system, radiator, calipers, and vacuum lines. 6 bids, sf 1, bf 35. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,850. Hard to give this car an overall rating that paints a true picture. The mechanicals are great, a high #2. The exterior is low, almost a #4. Calling that average a 3+ doesn't explain this price, which shouldn't be pushing the top of the range, and still with another $8k–$10k in paint and cosmetic needs outstanding. convertbile. S/N 194679S731732. Riverside Gold/brown and gold leather. Odo: 27,267 miles. 350/300, auto. The paint is very good— close to show quality with no major flaws noted. The chromed windshield wiper door vent is not original, but looks okay in person. Some chrome needs attention, with the rear bumpers the worst. The interior is a letdown, with decent seats in a non-matching brown to the interior's gold. The Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay. by Geoff Archer #4585767938-1965 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Spider convert- ible. S/N 15868. Red/black/gray. Odo: 43,445 miles. 24 photos. Lancaster, PA. One-owner. Sold by an eBay listing business as part of an estate sale. Evidence of older paintwork on the front fender. A couple of dings and scratches. Minor smoke at startup. Runs great otherwise. 38 bids, sf 4457. bf 2. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,225. Unless the listing business erred with an overly conservative description, there are probably nicer cars out there for this same money. It looks to me like this car shouldn't have seen more than $30 large. #4593500313-1979 ALFA ROMEO ALFETTA sedan. S/N AR11658003291. Cream (Avorio)/brown velour. Odo: 25,400 miles. 24 photos. Bensalem, PA. 3rd owner. “Show car.” European cams and air cleaners yield a “sporting growl.” Factory a/c updated with cold R134a. Extra wheels, all original parts, and many enthusiast books included. 11 bids, sf 105, bf 0. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $14,000. An exceptional, low-mileage example of any vehicle can defy a price guide (no matter how bland, gutless, anonymous or bare that model may be). Most guides intend to help you value a car between condition #2 and #4. At the extremes prices can be unpredictable. Still, we wouldn't usually expect such a fine specimen to do more than double or triple the top of the guide price. But septuple? This is quite surprising, I must say. 103

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Column Author Bonhams and Butterfields Los Angeles, CA Collectors' Motorcycles and Memorobilia A furious phone battle between two Australian buyers sent the bike Down Under for $120,500, leading Barber to wonder if the two knew each other Company Bonhams and Butterfields Date November 12, 2005 Location Los Angeles, CA Auctioneers Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 183 / 211 Sales rate 86.7% Sales total $1,053,832 High sale 1937 Brough Superior SS-100, sold at $137,000 Buyer's premium 15% (included in sold prices) The Petersen's second all-bike event broke the million-dollar mark Report and photos by Paul Duchene Market opinions in italics B Los Angeles, CA onhams broke the magic million-dollar mark for overall sale results at its recent Los Angeles sale, the second held at the Petersen Automotive Museum. The all-bike event attracted not only some high-profile consignments, but some big motorcycle folks as well, including Peter Fonda, Willie G. Davidson, and legendary stuntman Bud Ekins. Of the 211 lots, two significant groups of bikes led to some big buys, as well as a few bargains. Five very respectable Brough Superiors came from the estate of parts guru Bob Schanz, while several Vincents were part of a large collection recently exhumed from a barn in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The Brough Superiors included a fine 1937 Matchless- powered SS-100, which topped the sale at $137,000. Such strong money reflected its sound condition, and brought it to within $10k of what Bonhams got for George Brough's own machine last year. Another strong result came from an uncommon Brough Superior Black Alpine. Complete with the correct front mudguard and some ugly legshields, it sold for $43,700. The South African collection arrived in a much more dilapidated state than many had anticipated. Hard riding on dirty, dusty roads coupled with long-term storage made for plenty of grungy old Vincents. Among them was an equally nasty and incomplete 1939 Series A Rapide, one of just 50 known survivors from the 78 built. A furious and protracted phone battle between two Australian buyers sent the bike Down Under for $120,500, leading auction- 104 eer Barber to wonder if the two didn't know each other. Elsewhere, a barn-fresh 1913 Flying Merkel V-twin failed on the block at $100,000, which was $15k more than a 1911 Merkel fetched post auction last January in Las Vegas. And despite extensive history and considerable documentation, including what BMW believes to be Isle of Man TT provenance, a 1938 BMW R51SS race bike also failed to sell, this one at $85,000. Steve McQueen proved a huge factor in the sale of his 1933 Matchless Silver Hawk. His name accounted for about half of the $46,000 sale price, which was driven by rapid telephone action. The fragile V4s are justifiably rare, and an astute buyer snapped up two bitsas for a much more reasonable $11,960. While rare bikes set the pace here, plenty of cobbled- together machines also did well on the block, including scores of British bits from the South African barn, which sold without reserve for between $500 and $2,000. And 20 Harley-Davidsons—mostly flathead WL and U models in bike-sized piles—brought anywhere from $2,500 to $9,000, leading one to speculate that we may see a number of retro customs in the future. On the strength of the big-ticket motorcycles that changed hands this weekend—even when one considers the sub-par condition of many—I think it is safe to say that the collector bike market is alive and well. And as rare machines like SS-100s and Rapides are brought out for sale, wallets of enthusiastic collectors will continue to open. Sports Car Market

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Bonhams and Butterfields Los Angeles, CA ENGLISH #300-1931 BROUGH SUPERIOR BLACK ALPINE 680 motorcycle. S/N 1055. Eng. # 10009. Black. The 680 was Brough's “miniature SS-100,” and the Black Alpine was the hot one, with the sprung Draper frame and the eggshell finish. The older restoration shows a nice patina and overall sense of integrity. Its history suggests it has been well cared for. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,700. An uncommon Brough and a good conversation piece. The correct front fender is included. Too bad about the legshields, even if they are appropriate. The money seemed right. #290-1933 MATCHLESS SILVER HAWK motorcycle. Eng. # 33B1927. Black. Developed from the narrow-angle twin Silver Arrow of 1932, the V4 Silver Hawk was complicated and fragile, with a bevel-gear, overhead camshaft. A decent older restoration on this one. Now the bike shows a great overall patina, but it's nothing more than a driver. Or is it rider? Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,000. A charming rat, the way Steve McQueen liked his bikes. His name attracted four phone bidders, who pushed it to about double the going value. Hopefully it's headed for a museum. I looked at a rebuilt crank on one of the other Hawks in the sale (two bitsas for $11,000) and I'd give it the life span of a butterfly unless the oil passages can be drilled. Show it or fix it, but don't plan on jumping any fences with it. #293-1936 NORTON INTERNATIONAL motorcycle. Eng. # 66157. Silver. Fresh restoration as a club racer by Domi Racer whiz Jonathan White. As a mix of a 1936 engine and 1939 “garden gate” frame, it was presented cleanly and without any visible deficiencies. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $20,700. The road-going version of the famous racing Manx, the overhead-cam “Inter” was made from 1932 to 1958. This one saw heavy bidding from four phone bidders and a few in the room. By contrast, two other Inter bitsas struggled to make $4,600 and $5,750, and a truly scary '52 Manx beater was a no-sale at $14,000. To reinforce the point, a well-done #2, 1956 Inter in street trim brought $16,100. This was a big price, but correct for the condition. #298-1937 BROUGH SUPERIOR SS-100 motorcycle. S/N 1788. Eng. # 1029. Black. Odo: 29,802 miles. A sympathetic, older restoration that holds up well, with very good paint, and supple, clean leather. Most brightwork is excellent, with some discoloration on the pipes, as well light scuffing to the aluminum bits. March 2006 105

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Column Author Bonhams and Butterfields Los Angeles, CA Cond: 2. SOLD AT $137,000. Championed by Lawrence of Arabia (who died on one in 1935), Brough Superiors were legendary superbikes between WWI and WWII. They came with a 100-mph written guarantee, and Lawrence once outran a Bristol fighter biplane on one. Brough adopted a Matchless V-twin engine for SS-100s in 1936, after reliability issues with JAP engines. But only 102 Matchless SS-100s were made, so this is both rare and desirable. Thorough provenance, good bike, well bought. #367-1939 VINCENT-HRD RAPIDE Series A motorcycle. S/N DV1735. Eng. # V1069. Black and silver. Missing its speedometer, exhaust, gas tank, ignition, valve springs and retainers, and looks as though other parts have been pilfered. The original Vincent “plumber's nightmare” was introduced in 1936 but only 78 were made before WWII, of which 50 survive. Though incomplete, this was a matching numbers bike. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $120,500. Perhaps all those parts ended up on the other four Vincents from the same vendor? But furious phone bidding suggested that somebody else already had the necessary parts. I had to wonder why it was ever parked. South Africa's climate may be dry but dirt roads are hell on equipment, and here they took their toll. All the money. #375-1939 BSA SILVER STAR motorcy- cle. S/N KB24312. Eng. # KB24154. Silver and black. Val Page redesigned the BSA range in 1937 with dry sump lubrication, rear-mounted magneto, and that distinctive timing cover. For 1939 the Empire Star models were renamed Silver Star—the Gold Star models were to achieve fame after WWII. As a one-year model, a lengthy dry storage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,900. An admitted bitsa, this had the frame of a Series C and the engine of a B, rounded up in Rhodesia and South Africa. It looks to be complete, and I'd venture that this is the bike that benefitted from the other three Vincent basket cases. Who knows how good it is at heart, but the new owner will get to ride it and find out. Worth the risk, I'd say. #373-1954 AJS 7R motorcycle. S/N 1764. Eng. # 547R1057. Black. This looks like somebody's leftover racing bitsa, stripped of all that makes it a motorcycle. The vendor describes this as “complete except for a missing swingarm, rear wheel rim, piston, roller rockers and spindles, valve collets, and one valve spring retainer.” Wouldn't it just be quicker to say what IS there? Cond: 5. SOLD AT $17,250. Built from 1948 to 1963, the AJS “boy racer” was one of poor finish. Good chrome and beautiful pinstriping, though the lacquer has peeled off the front brake. One of only 260 built. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,900. Not for sissies. Tall, with a huge engine, and a bear at low speeds or on hot days. A determined German buyer stayed up very late to get it. Maybe he can figure how to hang on at 140 mph on the autobahn? This price is market correct. this is a rare BSA indeed. It is also a rough one, a victim of long storage and in need of everything. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $1,035. Worse than others but better than some, this BSA was typical of the South African collection to be sold this weekend, where about 20 Nortons, Triumphs, BSAs, and even some Vincents looked to have been dumped in a dusty lean-to for 40 years. “Better” is relative here, only in that it was mostly complete. Much easier to rebuild this in 106 the most successful over-the-counter racebikes. It had a Teledraulic front fork and duplex frame, and the engine was continually improved, eventually cranking out 41 hp. Buyers seemed confident they could come up with all those missing parts. Indeed, Bud Ekins bought it. The NADA book reckons this much money should buy a complete #2 or #3 condition 7R, but what do they know? #297-1970 TRIUMPH FOUR motorcycle. S/N H28403. Blue and white. This doubleengined Triumph Daytona was built by Rod Coates, who was Triumph of Baltimore Service Manager. Constructed from a 1962 Daytona and two 500cc motors, it shows some dirt and grime, but appears to have had little use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,200. A classic case of “just AMERICAN #321-1913 FLYING MERKEL V-TWIN motorcycle. Eng. # 8001. Yellow. A wonderful patina and all appears totally correct, with the exception of what looks like a homemade chain guard and add-on electric lights, which couldn't have been lit by the magneto. It retains its original finish and the New York registration number is still visible on the rear fender. New tires, plug wires and chain, but otherwise a super original. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Recently discovered after 70 years in storage, this ancient sportbike dates from the zenith of Flying Merkel, when the company was winning national races. This timepiece was bid fast to $100k and then stopped dead. Bid further than the 1911 singlecylinder that sold for $85k post-sale in January, Sports Car Market England, but the Internet makes it possible here and the price was certainly right. #368-1949 VINCENT-HRD BLACK SHADOW Series B/C motorcycle. S/N RC4307B. Eng. # F10AB11773. Black and silver. Odo: 4 miles. A complete bike that is described as restored. A poor description, as this one is in need of much refurbishment after because you can doesn't mean you should.” It makes the factory's four-cylinder Quadrant look brilliant. The rear pipes will fry twin batteries, so pray the SIBA Dynastart doesn't quit or you'll have to try and kick-start it. Good luck with that. Best bet here is to display it in a museum beside a two-headed calf and hope admissions recover your money. GERMAN #304-1969 MUNCH 1200 TTS Mammoth motorcycle. S/N TT0017. Eng. # TT0017. Red and black. Odo: 9,848 miles. Painted and pinstriped by California iconoclast Von Dutch, and formerly owned by Otis Chandler. 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Bonhams and Butterfields Los Angeles, CA “pocket-valve” V-twin Harley-Davidson was a mainstay from 1911 to 1929. By the time this bike was built, it had a 3-speed transmission. Correct money for a good bike, but there are plenty of questions to address. #316-1928 INDIAN 101 SCOUT motor- but the $125k–$150k sought was very ambitious. I can't see the price climbing to that level any time soon, so I'd have taken it. #306-1928 HARLEY-DAVIDSON J sidecar motorcycle. Eng. # 29J8268. Khaki green. Enthusiastically redone in correct colors but not to show standards. The mechanical cycle. Eng. # DGP4247. Faded red. The 101 Scout was new for 1928 and featured a revised engine and longer wheelbase. This bike was purchased new in Daytona Beach and comes this was bought to ride; the buyer will certainly hear some great stories. #312-1941 INDIAN SCOUT Bobber motorcycle. Eng. # GDA32229. Silver/. Odo: 50,151 miles. The term “Bobber” originated with shortened fenders, but has been broadened to any period customized motorcycle. This bike was restored by Jim Crocker and features an Indian 741 frame and engine case, Chief flywheels, and Indian Sport Scout 45-ci heads. condition is unknown, but the superficial condition is encouraging. The bullet sidecar is unlikely to be a Swallow, as suggested, and rides strangely high. Front brake and pumped lubrication. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,750. The with a 1968 title in the original family name. Believed to have covered under 1000 miles, and includes the windshield frame, original tires, tool kits, and spares. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,750. Compared to the Model J Harley, this is a classic example of when to leave well enough alone. This is a #1 King Rat bike, unthinkable to restore. General condition suggests it works as well as it looks, and the checkered paint job could only be duplicated if you have 75 years to leave a bike lying around. Let's hope It also has 741 military tanks, Chief rear fender, Chief bars with risers, and Kelsey Hayes wheels. All of which look fantastic, with only a few marks and dings appropriate for the age and usage. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $18,400. Fast phone bidding on this delightful bike. Not only was the finish work excellent, the concept was crisp and clearly nailed its period exactly. If the right buyer got this, he's going to have it for a long, long time, and he'll always have offers to buy. Well built and well bought.u March 2006 107

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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics L uxury exotics. Long the stuff of rap videos and video games, with a million bucks or so, you could have your pick. Let's see...Matra or McLaren? Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. Note: sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #4584367257-2003 ASTON MARTIN DB AR1 Zagato roadster. S/N SCFAE62323K800079. Gray/black. Odo: 5,301 miles. 35 photos. San Luis Obispo, CA. #79 of 99. HRE 19” wheels. Suede seat inserts, navigation system, carbon fiber interior, and painted calipers. MSRP of $255k. 32 bids, sf 113, bf 0. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $136,301. #4574282084-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N 9114400061. Bahama Blue/black. Odo: 54,807 miles. 18 photos. A real '74 Carrera, one of 498. Unique paint-tosample Bahama Blue. Sunroof delete, LSD, polished Fuchs 7s and 8s. 3.0-liter RS motor from a '76 Carrera worked to produce 240 hp. 5,000 miles on the drivetrain. Looks fantastic. all of them sell in the $440k–$455k range, right around MSRP. At 10% off, this is the first great deal. #4579050719-1976 DE TOMASO LONGCHAMP coupe. S/N THLCPS02395. Red/white leather and cloth. Odo: 47,000 miles. 8 photos. Evansville, IN. Bare metal respray 10 years ago. Rear wing added for “cosmetic reasons only.” Some Bondo in the doors from DOT import disassembly damage. Interior, though very Liberace (white leather with red velvet inserts), looks to be in very nice condition. The power windows are inoperable. 500 miles on the rebuilt original engine and transmission (Ford 351C w/C6 auto). 32 bids, sf 4, bf 25. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,699. Lose some weight, and it might do well in a drifting contest—certainly in the “Italian” category. The winning bid seemed a couple grand high for a chunky, undesirable GT car with a disgusting interior, questionable bodywork, and a hokey, extraneous wing. #4585161492-1995 FERRARI F50 road- ster. S/N ZFFTG46A1S0104064. Red/black. Odo: 7,265 miles. 9 photos. San Diego, CA. One of 349 built. “Described as the nicest F50 on the market.” 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 203 mph. Recently underwent a $100k These don't sell very often, and the rumor is that they didn't all sell very quickly when new. Still, the sports racer coachwork looks great, it goes better than a contemporary DB7, and low production numbers suggest long-run collectibility. This price is a value, either in comparison to a similar, used DB7, or the original MSRP of $250,000. #4582290865-1971 MATRA 530 LX coupe. S/N 7941. Yellow/black. 5 photos. Lehigh Acres, FL. Florida title. One of 9,609 mid-engined 530s made, with 16-piece fiberglass, targa-style bodies. Claimed one of two in the U.S. and 90% restored. Painted in Germany. Ford V4 engine, as later found in Los Angeles, CA. 24 bids, sf 109, bf 7. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,701. Though prices of '74 Carreras are on the rise, their values still pale in comparison to pre-accordion bumper '73s. Thus having an incorrect, uprated motor just means more fun, without any real corresponding detriment to value. Could have paid up to 20% more, so this was a sweet deal on a sweet 911. #4596334461-2005 MERCEDES- BENZ SLR McLaren coupe. S/N WDDAJ76F15M000424. Crystal Laurite Silver/red. Odo: 178 miles. 10 photos. Edison, NJ. Crystal Laurite Silver over “Silver Arrow 300SL” red leather. Barely used, with only service, including new tires, fuel cell and Tubi exhaust. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $725,000. This is top dollar. The buyer is an exotic car dealership on the other side of the country. If they are paying top dollar, either this F50 must be as nice as described or they have a customer who really really wants one, and who doesn't know how to use eBay. #4595850282-1996 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO SVR coupe. S/N ZA9DE22A0TLA12589. Stars & Stripes/black. Odo: 9,286 miles. 16 photos. Charleston, SC. #24 of 32 built for a European one-make series. This was the only American entry in that series. U.S. title and tags. 0-60 under 3 Saab Sonetts. 21 bids, sf 160, bf 65. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,100. Matra Djets are better looking and only slightly less hard to find. This is a serious orphan, one whose rear 3/4 view looks like a Buick Reatta with very short overhangs. (That's not a compliment.) Still, this is a fair price to pay to never see another one like it at your local cruise night. 108 178 miles on the odomoter. Probably a dealer demonstrator, though that is not mentioned. 2 bids, sf 20, bf 7. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $395,000. There have been at least a dozen of these on eBay at all times for several months now. Almost Sports Car Market

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seconds. Mechanical and cosmetic condition aren't mentioned. 4 bids, sf 81, bf 87. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $89,000. Higher mileage indicates that this car is enjoyed often. This is a very rare car with a patriotic paint scheme that would boost anyone's roadside business. The winning bid valued this car at a 25% discount to a standard Diablo. Though used Ferrari Challenge cars are also cheaper than street cars, this Lambo would be a great deal as a business PR machine and write-off. #4587287509-1999 FERRARI 550 MARANELLO LM coupe. S/N 33732. Orange/black. RHD. Odo: 30,401 miles. 21 photos. Exeter, UK. One of four 550LM cars built, each costing over a quarter-million pounds. Build-up was featured in October 2004 EVO magazine. Carbon-fiber bodywork, including flares, splitter, and LeMans-style remains. 1 bid, sf 87, bf 73. Cond: 1. SOLDAT $285,888. Two of these cars recently sold on eBay. This was far and away the best deal, by about $50k. The seller is in Seattle, but the car is in San Francisco. The images (alternating between dimly lit auto show and dusty warehouse) are so bad and the description so terse that something just doesn't seem right. Great price if it was a real transaction. If. #4582177440-1998 TOYOTA SUPRA Turbo coupe. S/N JT2DD82A0W1001980. Dark silver/black. Odo: 47,313 miles. 35 photos. Denton, TX. Final year of production. Claimed to be the only twin-turbo, six-speed roof vent painted in “Dukes of Hazzard” livery. Lead car in the 2005 Gumball 3000 Rally. 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 205 mph. 78 bids, sf 1619, bf 36. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. We all know that the international playboys who enjoy an all-out, illegal, transcontinental high-speed orgy aren't cleaning the dash vents with Q-Tips or parking in a bubble each (or any) night. This time we say, “Who cares?” This car looks awesome, and the soonto-be-very-cool buyer ought to be able to afford any deferred maintenance. Price is not out of line, particularly in the U.K. #4591696455-2003 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCW56A830131319. Fly Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 5,456 miles. 24 photos. Greensboro, NC. One of two yellow/tan Fresh Meat 2006 FERRARI FXX “SUPER ENZO” Online sales of recent production cars. Date sold: 12/3/2005 Sale location: eBay Motors #4594663055 Details: 1 of 20, 6.2-liter V12, 800 hp at 8,500 rpm, F1 transmission with 100-ms shifts. Sale result: $3,000,100, 2 bids Seller's feedback: 33 Buyer's feedback: 87 MSRP: $1,800,000 Other current offering: None 2006 MERCEDES-BENZ R350 coupe built in “Wuicksilver.” Greddy, Tein, and Blitz upgrades yielding 460 hp and 508 lb-ft of torque. 22 bids, sf 24, bf private. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,100. Though we are not going to say these are collectible, this last-generation Supra represents the end of an era—a winged, bigbang-for-the-buck legend from Mt. Fuji to Pikes Peak. The price exceeded anyone's estimate, but that doesn't mean it wasn't appropriate. #4581599108-1952 FRANCESCO BERNARDI SPORT roadster. S/N RPA348147. Red/black. Odo: 32,569 miles. 9 photos. Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Described as a one-off car built in Argentina out of polyester and aluminum. The photos are oblique, but the condition looks very nice. 1 bid, sf 15, Enzos built, and the other one is Schumi's. Car & Driver feature car. Valve spring malfunction caused an engine replacement. One-year warranty on new engine. 3 bids, sf 23, bf2. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $900,000. At first glance the price seems low. In fact, it is correct. 5k in two years is very high mileage on an uber exotic, and engine swaps—even OEM or warranty work—are always going to hack away at valuation. #4595860157-2005 LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO roadster. S/N ZHWBU26M85LA01559. Pearl orange/black and orange. Odo: 1,988 miles. 10 photos. San Francisco, CA. 3M clear bra. All options except nav. Terrible photographs. OEM warranty March 2006 Date sold: 12/3/2005 Sale location: eBay Motors #4592961404 Details: Rear a/c, navigation, moonroof, AWD, xenon lights, stability control. Sale result: $46,275, 1 bid Seller's feedback: 6 Buyer's feedback: 10 MSRP: $48,775 Other current offering: EuroMotorcars Bethesda, Bethesda, MD, www.euromotorcarsbethesda .com; $54,865 for a new car. 2006 CHEVROLET HHR LT bf 17. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,000. What is it? Transmission and displacement suggest that the mechanicals are GM. It looks like Goodwood Revival material, but maybe it's just a wacky special that was created too recently to be allowed into any genuine events. Given the slushbox and the price, that's probably the case. People spend a lot more on me-too Cobra kits. This is a fine price to pay to be (something completely) different.u Date sold: 12/2/2005 Sale location: eBay Motors #4592478120 Details: 100% of proceeds benefit the 4Sho4Kids Foundation, XM Radio, MP3 player. Sale result: $19,100, 31 bids Seller's feedback: 0 Buyer's feedback: 0 MSRP: $16,425 Other current offering: Wilton Motors, Wilton, CT, www.wiltonmotors.com. Asking $22,900 for a new car.u 109

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Automotive Investor Martin Guide Rating System for Collectible Cars H ere's a sneak preview of the Martin Rating System for Collectible Cars. We've picked 100 cars, each under $50,000, and rated them on a 1–100 point scale, in five categories of 20 points each. Over 2,000 collectible cars will be rated in the upcoming book, The Martin Guide to Collectible Cars. Year Marque 54-63 AC 62-65 Alfa Romeo 72-75 Alfa Romeo 81-86 Alfa Romeo 67-72 Aston Martin 74-79 Aston Martin 55-56 Austin-Healey 58-61 Austin-Healey 83-84 Bitter 71-72 BMW 68-70 Datsun 67-71 De Tomaso 59-61 Facel Vega 65-68 Ferrari 80-84 Ferrari 64-68 Gordon-Keeble 67-70 Honda 67-72 Intermeccanica 63-70 Iso 58-61 Jaguar 74-76 Jensen 72-76 Jensen-Healey 67-70 Lamborghini 72-74 Lotus 65-73 Lancia 64-70 Maserati 65-66 Maserati 72-76 Maserati 79 Mazda Model Aceca 2600 Spider Montreal GTV6 DBS AM V8 S2/3 100-4 BN2 Bugeye Sprite SC coupe 3.0CSL 2000 roadster Mangusta HK500 330 GT 2+2 single hdlt. 400i GK-1 coupe S800 Italia conv. Rivolta XK 150 fhc (3.4) Interceptor III dhc conv. Islero 400GT Europa TC Fulvia cpe. Mistral cpe. Sebring SII Merak RX7 R B P H F MR IG 17 19 14 15 14 79 16 17 14 15 14 76 15 18 16 15 10 74 13 16 15 12 C C C 9 65 D 16 15 15 11 12 69 D 16 16 17 14 15 78 C 16 19 15 19 16 85 B 13 16 14 19 18 80 B 14 15 13 8 9 59 16 19 17 15 12 79 13 15 15 15 13 71 F C C 17 19 18 16 11 81 B 17 17 16 15 16 81 B 16 16 17 14 16 79 B 16 15 15 12 11 69 D 18 15 17 9 10 69 D 14 15 14 15 11 69 D 17 18 17 12 16 80 B 16 15 17 12 14 74 C 14 17 16 15 15 77 16 17 15 12 11 71 14 15 16 11 18 16 18 8 9 9 C C 65 D 69 D 14 15 18 19 14 80 B 13 17 16 17 14 77 16 17 17 13 14 77 16 16 16 13 14 75 16 16 15 14 13 16 15 17 8 8 C C C 69 D 69 D Low $35,000 $25,000 $14,000 $4,500 $35,000 $30,000 $25,000 $11,000 $8,000 $19,000 $6,500 $35,000 $27,000 $40,000 $18,000 $15,000 $6,500 $28,000 $16,000 $35,000 $17,000 $5,000 $30,000 $12,000 $7,000 $30,000 $30,000 $15,000 $3,500 100 Cars Under $50k Rating Key R = Rarity B = Physical Beauty P = Performance in Its Era H = Historical and Technological Significance High Comments $45,000 $35,000 $20,000 $7,500 $55,000 $55,000 $40,000 $20,000 $12,000 $28,000 $10,000 $50,000 $46,000 $50,000 $26,000 $25,000 $10,500 $38,000 $20,000 $50,000 $23,000 $8,000 $55,000 $15,000 $15,000 $40,000 $40,000 $23,000 $5,500 Thoroughly lovely coupe version of the Ace lacks the performance and parts support of comparable Astons. Attractive, large open Alfa is clumsy and doesn't enjoy the sparkling performance that its looks and heritage suggest. Striking concept car looks let down by unsophisticated chassis. T33 racer-derived engine complex and pricey to fix. Bl and Bertone effort; a decent performer hobbled by a miserable shift linkage and usual Alfa rust and reliability issues. Understated big Aston is a relatively sedate performer. No surprise as it was designed for an eight but powered by a six. William Towns-styled V8 comes off as a Brutish British Mustang. A fine '70s GT. The first big Healey is the prettiest, with luscious curves and a folding windshield. Agricultural engine and gearbox are the lows. Any time any car anywhere is referred to as cute, Donald Healey should get a royalty check. An SCCA fixture for over 40 years. A coachbuilt Opel that looks like a Ferrari 400i but unfortunately goes like a 450SL. Supporters say it's BMW's 2.7 Carerra RS. Detractors note that this supposed lightweight wasn't much faster than a 3.0CSi. Nondescript looks hide a really decent performer. Ghastly rust issues and indifferent parts support hurt. Forgotten by all but a few. Makes a Miura look user-friendly. Does its best to reinforce every low-production exotic stereotype. But oh, so pretty. Beautifully built Chrysler-powered French GT. Stirling Moss spent his own coin to own one. Underrated but likely to stay that way. Single headlight car is a handsome large GT; however, Ferrari 2+2s will never be top-tier collectibles. Understated looks that some perceive as bland plus high running costs will forever make these the entry-level V12 Ferraris. Plain looks (although a Giugiaro design) and total obscurity outside U.K. doom a pleasant GT in spite of sparkling performance. Technically interesting 800-cc rev-monster is too tiny for all but denizens of the Yellow Brick Road. Spares nearly extinct. Beautiful Ford-powered Italian-American hybrid will forever suffer because of a lack of pedigree. An Italian Gordon-Keeble. Slightly handsomer, slightly less obsure, and slightly more desirable. Also Corvette-powered. End of the line for the series that began with the brilliant XK 120. Portly and past its prime but still pleasant and reasonably reliable. A credible Aston V8 Volante alternative. Lack of pedigree will deny it the upside of an Aston; however, Mopar power ensures serviceability. Should have been a world-beater. Relatively modern British sports car let down by nondescript looks and poor quality. A cleaned-up 350GT, the Islero was completely overshadowed by the spectacular Miura. A brilliant handler with bizarre looks. First middie for the masses. Typical Lotus fragility. A jewel-like little GT. Pre-Fiat cars put together the best. Never officially imported into the U.S. and therefore less recognized than they should be. Pretty Frua body and a decent performer in spite of rev-adverse long-stroke six. Parts prices are punishing. Slightly less lovely and potent than a Mistral. Suffers from the same lazy powerplant and parts issues as a Mistral. Lackluster first-generation middie. Modest performance, high upkeep. Citroen cars a real headache. First production Wankel sports car suffers from derivative styling and short-lived rotary apex seals. F = The Fun Factor (Drivability, Spares, Ease of Maintenance, Event Eligibility) MR = Martin Rating IG = Investment Grade 110 Sports Car Market

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Year Marque 71-72 Mercedes 70-71 Mercedes 58-60 MG 68-90 Morgan 69-71 Porsche 731/2 Porsche 70-72 Porsche 58-62 Saab 60-67 Sunbeam 53-54 Triumph 80-81 Triumph 71-73 Triumph 62-67 Triumph 72-77 TVR 84-87 TVR 72-74 Volvo 68-70 AMC 54-59 Arnolt-Bristol 65-67 Buick 68 Chevrolet 65-83 Avanti 68 Triumph 75-86 Rolls-Royce 71-76 Rolls-Royce 78-82 Porsche 62-65 Alfa Romeo 67-73 AC 61-71 Austin-Healey 77-80 Bentley 75-78 Datsun Model 350SL 280SE 3.5 Cpe. A twincam rdstr. Plus 8 911T cpe. 911T cpe. CIS 914/6 GT-750 Alpine TR2 long door TR8 conv. Stag Spitfire MK I/II 2500M 280i 1800ES Javelin SST DeLuxe Roadster Skylark GS 400 Corvette Coupe 327/300 II cpe. TR250 Camargue Corniche S2 conv. 928 2600 coupe 428 cpe. Sprite Corniche cpe. 280Z R B P H F MR IG 13 16 13 12 13 67 D 15 18 13 12 13 71 C 16 18 17 18 16 85 B 16 17 17 15 12 77 C 14 17 16 17 16 80 B 14 17 17 18 18 84 B 15 16 17 17 18 83 B 17 14 13 15 14 73 13 17 14 13 13 70 14 16 16 18 18 82 16 16 17 18 10 77 13 16 15 10 9 63 13 18 14 15 13 73 16 16 16 10 12 70 16 15 15 8 8 C C C C C C C 14 17 15 12 14 72 13 18 16 15 12 74 62 D C C 18 17 17 15 15 82 B 13 16 16 14 16 75 14 18 17 17 13 79 16 17 15 14 12 74 C C C 15 16 15 17 17 80 B 17 14 13 15 12 71 16 17 13 18 16 80 B C 13 14 18 16 8 69 D 14 16 14 13 11 68 D 18 17 19 9 11 74 D 13 16 14 15 14 72 16 15 13 15 13 72 C C 13 16 16 13 11 69 D Low $11,000 $30,000 $25,000 $22,000 $12,000 $14,000 $12,000 $8,000 $7,000 $23,000 $7,500 $7,000 $5,500 $6,500 $7,000 $9,500 $10,000 $40,000 $12,000 $18,000 $12,000 $17,500 $23,000 $33,000 $6,000 $10,000 $30,000 $5,000 $25,000 $3,000 High Comments $16,000 $40,000 $35,000 $42,000 $16,000 $18,000 $16,000 $14,000 $10,500 $30,000 $11,000 $10,500 $8,000 $10,000 $10,500 $14,500 $15,000 $55,000 $16,000 $28,000 $16,000 $22,000 $45,000 $45,000 $8,000 $15,000 $42,000 $7,000 $37,000 $5,500 Quintessential trophy wife's trophy car. Little to interest drivers. Relatively modest performer, expensive to restore but truly lovely to look at. As pretty as almost any '50s sports car, could have been the British Alfa Giulietta but reliability issues (since solved) killed it. A rolling archeological find that is nonetheless great (albeit demanding) fun. Early narrow-body Moss-box cars the most pure. Among the most practical early 911s. Lowest horsepower but tractable and lacking troublesome mechanical fuel injection of later cars. Arguably the best all-around pre-1974 911. A grown-up 911 in nearly all respects. Lacks only a fully galvanized shell and reliable chain tensioners. Proto-Boxster with the heart of a 911T. Difficult to understand for some, but the market values this all-Porsche middie the same as a 911T. The zenith of Saab two-sroke performance with some genuine period rally provenance. Still, too slow and too homely to generate much excitement. Stylish well-made MGB alternative. Leisurely performance, a bit soft, and Rootes parts more of a challenge than BMC parts. First real post-war Triumph sports car. Miles better than its T-series MG competition. Usual British quality issues aside, it's a decent car. In open top form looks have aged well. The last Triumph sports car. Could have been a better 450SL. Typical poor British execution, and Triumph's insistence on using their own suspect V8 sank it. Michelotti-styled Spit is nearly as pretty as an MGA. Modest performance and tricky swing-axle handling are the downside. 2500M is less homemade than earlier TVRs and is almost attractive. No better performer than a TR6, from which mechanicals come. Passé dart-like plastic body over a capable tube chassis. TVR hitched its wagon to the wedge look ten years late. Geneuinely pretty sport-wagon is tough and practical. AMC's answer to the Mustang is a clean and very handsome design. Parts much more problematic than Big Three muscle cars. You have to love any car built by someone named “Wacky.” Great performer, interesting story. Bertone looks polarizing, though. Hard to imagine today, but Buick was involved in the muscle-car craze. Skylark GS 400 a first and fairly average effort. First year a bit of a lemon. Would be repeated in 1984. Still, significant as the first of the long-lived C3 series and gets progressively handsomer every year. A unique story of the passion of a few refusing to accept a car's demise. Doesn't translate into passion by the market. Newman-Altman cars the best. One-year-sonly model combines vintage Michelotti style with the smooth Triumph straight six. The real alternative to a big Healey. A rare stylistic flop from Pininfarina. Few compelling reasons to seek out one of the few good ones out there. The quintessential rich-guy ride. Always in style, from Beverly Hills to San Tropez. Porsche's flagship. Bucked the air-cooled rear engine paradigm. A German Corvette to the cynics. Parts and service now difficult and expensive. Editor Martin still maintains these to be Alfa's finest entry into the light-truck segment. Unwieldy, not especially pretty, and a parts hassle. Handsome Frua Maserati Mistral clone has blistering big-block Ford performance. Body spares extinct and nearly forgotten even when still in production. Along with the Midget, was the inexpensive sports car for a generation. One of the most popular entry-level vintage racers. Big coupe is less ostentatious than a Roller. Little to compel ownership. Many survivors out of a huge production run, national origin, and massive unattractive bumpers weigh against collectibility. March 2006 111

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Automotive Investor Martin Guide Rating System for Collectible Cars Year Marque 76-81 Triumph 77-82 Porsche 76-77 Porsche 72-73 Porsche 67-69 MG 84-87 Maserati 69-74 Maserati 71-80 Maserati 51-58 Lancia 70-76 Lamborghini 69-74 Iso 76 Chevrolet 64-65 Plymouth 49-53 MG 79-86 Maserati 74-79 Ferrari 74-90 Fiat 68-85 Fiat 81-82 Ferrari 62-64 Facel Vega 55-62 BMW 58-62 Alfa Romeo 66-67 Jaguar 65-68 Maserati 72-76 Lamborghini 62-64 Jaguar 66-74 MG 70-73 Pontiac 75-81 Alfa Romeo 75-79 Alfa Romeo 72-82 Maserati 79-83 Datsun 83-85 Ferrari 90-92 Ferrari 74-80 Lotus 112 Model TR7 cpe. 924 930 911S cpe. 2.4 C conv. Biturbo cpe. Indy Bora Aurelia B20 cpe. Jarama Lele Corvette Coupe Barracuda TD Quatroporte II 308GT4 2+2 X/19 124/2000 Spider Mondial 8 cpe. Facel III Isetta 101 1300 Sprint Speciale XKE Series I 2+2 Mexico Urraco P250 MK X/420G Midget Firebird Formula Spider 2000 Alfetta GT Kyalami 280ZX 308GTSi QV 348ts Elite S1 R B P H F MR IG 13 12 14 13 13 15 14 11 7 6 59 59 F F 16 17 18 19 14 84 B 15 18 18 17 18 86 B 15 16 16 16 17 80 B 14 14 17 8 5 58 16 17 17 14 10 74 F C 16 18 18 17 13 82 B 15 20 17 20 16 88 B 17 14 18 10 17 13 17 5 8 7 67 D 59 13 16 16 14 14 73 F C 13 14 16 16 14 73 13 16 13 18 18 78 B C 16 15 16 15 8 70 16 15 16 13 12 72 13 15 13 12 6 59 13 17 15 15 11 71 16 14 16 10 8 16 17 15 11 11 70 13 12 10 19 18 72 C C F C 64 D C C 16 18 16 18 17 85 B 15 16 17 15 13 76 17 15 17 12 11 72 17 17 15 12 13 13 15 10 8 8 C C 69 D 59 13 16 14 15 14 72 13 18 17 14 15 77 13 16 15 13 11 68 D 13 15 15 10 F C C 6 59 18 16 16 10 10 70 13 15 15 10 10 63 D F C 15 17 17 18 12 79 15 15 17 13 10 70 16 11 15 9 6 57 C C F Low $4,000 $3,200 $18,000 $22,000 $9,000 $3,000 $16,000 $33,000 $40,000 $20,000 $10,000 $9,600 $9,500 $17,000 $7,500 $19,000 $1,750 $4,000 $15,000 $12,000 $11,000 $25,000 $17,000 $16,000 $13,000 $8,000 $4,000 $15,000 $5,000 $2,500 $14,000 $2,500 $28,000 $45,000 $5,500 High Comments $6,000 $4,500 $32,000 $28,000 $15,000 $5,500 $24,000 $45,000 $55,000 $30,000 $13,500 $16,500 $13,000 $25,000 $11,000 $40,000 $3,500 $6,000 $25,000 $20,000 $17,000 $32,000 $25,000 $21,000 $22,500 $11,500 $6,500 $22,000 $7,500 $4,000 $22,000 $5,000 $45,000 $55,000 $9,000 The doorstop look is jarring with the coupe's notchback. Abysmal quality and reliability are part of the reason why storied marque is no more. Miserable ride, suspect Audi build quality, expensive parts, indifferent performance—the list goes on. An icon. Diabolical handling part of the mystique. May hold the record for killing the most professional athletes. Unsatisfying to drive around town. Road & Track put it best: “Performance on the order of an American supercar without the stigma of low cost.” Or nonexistent braking, handling, or build quality. Unfairly maligned when new as clumsy, the C shaves two seconds off the B's 0-60 time and is a pleasant tourer. Difficult to know where to begin. Plain looks, appalling quality, a grenade waiting for the pin to fall out. Best forgotten. A much more attractive 2+2 than an Espada. Suffers from long-stroke V8 and scarce and expensive parts. Maserati's first mid-engined production car. It's no Miura in looks but it is handsome and a credible performer even with a V8 rather than a V12. The category-defining GT. Advanced engineering and peerless good looks. Slightly less controversial looks than an Espada, still overshadowed even by the Islero. Too big and too heavy. Punishing upkeep expenses. A Bertone misfire. Bizarre looks. Unpopular models from obscure manufacturers rarely appreciate. Reasonable go courtesy of Ford or Chevy V8. Nothing offensive; emission controls meant a generally mediocre year for the Corvette. Already past its prime in ‘76 , it would be around another seven years. The Mopar boys' first attempt at a Mustang-style pony car. Really not a bad effort; its worst sin is that it's homely. A slightly updated TC now available in LHD. Always charming, simple, and popular. Potent sedan was a symbol of ‘80s excess. Sly Stallone and Mike Tyson owned one. Enough said. Usual crippling Maserati parts issues. The realities of fuel costs, taxes, safety, and emissions issues were not kind to exotics. Cars like this and the Maserati Merak were the result. Clever repackaging of the Fiat 128 drivetrain. Nimble and modern. Modest performance and typical Fiat reliability and rust issues shout “run away.” Italian MGB is better in many ways but lacks the robustness of the MG and the inexpensive and accessible parts. Silly squashed-cheese-grater looks, a pain to maintain, and no reward for your suffering. Alfa 2600 competitor significant as the car that sank Facel. Warranty claims from miserable Facel engines did the deed. Volvo- and BMC-powered cars quite nice. Isetta saved BMW from bankruptcy and put a generation of war-weary Germans back on the road. A historical curio or just plain cute. Arresting looks; one of the first production cars to give serious thought to aerodynamics. A bit too heavy to be a serious competition device. Body spares gone. The addition of space sacrifices the grace. Still, the covered headlights make up somewhat for the hunchback. Bland big Maser totally overshadowed by its own stablemates. The usual Maserati parts and expense issues. Appealing looks but disappointing performance and crippling maintenance costs. Cartoonlike proportions; this ponderous pachyderm runs counter to everything Jag stood for in the '60s. Appealing entry-level sports car. The '72–74 “round-arch” cars are actually quite pretty. The market will always find the T/A more desirable. A pity. The twin-hood scoop Formula is the real looker. Pleasant sunny-day car let down by diabolical Spica injection, lack of rarity, and rust. 2000 GTV a tough act to follow. Alfa did themselves no favors here. Still Spica-injected. A Latin Mercedes 450SL that you can't get parts for. Little reason to seek out one of the 150 built. The first of many insults to the Z. A bloated two-tone disco-mobile compared to the original 240. Forever associated with a popular TV show and a pretty decent car by the time of the four-valve injected models. Dated styling and reliability issues make this one of the least popular Ferraris of recent years. Inexcusable looks, miserable quality. General Manager David Slama can attest that free may be too expensive. Sports Car Market

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Year Marque 54-68 Morgan 77-80 Rolls-Royce 83-86 Renault 88-91 BMW 77 BMW 77-80 BMW Model Plus Four Silver Shadow II R5 Turbo M3 cpe. 630CSi cpe. 320i cpe. R B P H F MR IG 16 17 15 17 17 82 B 15 15 13 14 12 69 D 15 14 18 16 6 69 D 13 16 18 17 12 76 13 17 16 14 13 15 14 18 9 9 C 69 D 69 D Low $22,000 $18,000 $13,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 High Comments $30,000 $27,000 $18,000 $13,000 $6,500 $3,750 Prettier, rarer, better performing than an MG TF 1500. Lacks only the name recognition of the MG. These stately upper-crust sedans are a maintenance black hole. Enormously entertaining. The hottest of '80s hot hatches. Comes at a price. Le Hand Grenade. The first applicaton of Motorsport magic to the 3-series. An edgy, rough performer with real street cred. Revered by many. Lovely Paul Bracq-designed coupe is for the time being just a used car. Hated by many just because it replaced the 2002. Hated by more because with this model BMWs became a fashion accessory.u March 2006 113

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Voisin Book Will Get Boost from Pebble Never—and I mean never—buy damaged glass mascots for more than 30 cents on the dollar 1 3 1 YOU CAN TELL BOOK (AND FRIEND) BY COVER… I stumbled across this book at a local garage sale and could not pass it up since they only wanted $25 for it. I offered $20 and they said fine. It is titled Automobiles Voisin 1919–1958 and has a unique polished aluminum cover that appears to be screwed on. The book is in French but the pictures and drawings are terrific. It is a limited edition of 3,000 and mine is number 2,589. My buddy, who is a local vin- tage European car dealer, thinks I should sell it to him as he speaks French and claims he could use it in his business. He has offered me $100, which would be a nice return on my investment. I like the book but I don't want to upset my friend. Any thoughts? —Roy Mercer, Kirkland, WA You have made a wonderful garage sale find. Gabriel Voisin was an airplane manufacturer who made a limited number of deco-styled automobiles best known for the arms that went from the top of the radiator to the tops of the fenders. Your book, which covers the history of the company, was published in 1991 and is very difficult to find. The books that are numbered 2,000–3,000, as yours is, are Exclusive Editions 114 and include a slipcase, which I hope you have. As to value, I think your friend's offer is a bit light, especially since Voisin will be featured this year at Pebble Beach. I would suggest that he add at least four more Franklins to the pile; $500 is what it should cost him to own the book. PACKARD OIL CAN SLICK BUY My wife was antiquing with some girlfriends in Bakersfield, California, and found this unusual Packard oil can which she bought for me. As you can tell from the photograph, it is covered with polka dots and states it is “Refined Exclusively for Earle C. Anthony Inc.” It mentions Los Angeles and San Francisco with copyright dates of 1916–1938. I have a few oil cans displayed in my race car shop as my main interest is racing dragsters. I don't know a lot about Packards and my wife said she paid $6 for the can, which seems like a good deal. Yes?—Steve Carlson, Santa Rosa, CA You are to be commended for finding a spouse who will go off junking and return with a fabulous, rare oil can for your collection. We should all be so lucky. Earle C. Anthony was the best-known Packard dealer in the country and ended up wi eral agencies in California. The volume of Packards that he sold and serviced justified his own brand of oil, but yours is only the second example I am aware of— interestingly enough, the other lives in your area. Packard guys get silly when offered the rare and unusual, so your wife did just fine. The minor dings and nicks are not distracting and I would not be surprised to see your can sell for close to $1,000 to the right buyers. Your wife made the kind of buy that most of us only fantasize about. If I were you, I'd send her out on your behalf more often. 3 YOU GOT SOAKED AT HERSHEY I went to the big swap meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this past October and unfortunately arrived on Friday just as the torrential rains started. Most of the vendors were packing up or closed due to the weather. After driving nine hours to get there I braved the elements and shopped the fields for most of the day. The only thing I found to buy was this Lalique hood ornament. The vendor told me he bought it at an ilia Carl Bomstead Voisin Book Will Get Boost from Pebble Never—and I mean never—buy damaged glass mascots for more than 30 cents on the dollar 1 3 1 YOU CAN TELL BOOK (AND FRIEND) BY COVER… I stumbled across this book at a local garage sale and could not pass it up since they only wanted $25 for it. I offered $20 and they said fine. It is titled Automobiles Voisin 1919–1958 and has a unique polished aluminum cover that appears to be screwed on. The book is in French but the pictures and drawings are terrific. It is a limited edition of 3,000 and mine is number 2,589. My buddy, who is a local vin- tage European car dealer, thinks I should sell it to him as he speaks French and claims he could use it in his business. He has offered me $100, which would be a nice return on my investment. I like the book but I don't want to upset my friend. Any thoughts? —Roy Mercer, Kirkland, WA You have made a wonderful garage sale find. Gabriel Voisin was an airplane manufacturer who made a limited number of deco-styled automobiles best known for the arms that went from the top of the radiator to the tops of the fenders. Your book, which covers the history of the company, was published in 1991 and is very difficult to find. The books that are numbered 2,000–3,000, as yours is, are Exclusive Editions 114 and include a slipcase, which I hope you have. As to value, I think your friend's offer is a bit light, espe- cially since Voisin will be featured this year at Pebble Beach. I would suggest that he add at least four more Franklins to the pile; $500 is what it should cost him to own the book. PACKARD OIL CAN SLICK BUY My wife was antiquing with some girlfriends in Bakersfield, California, and found this unusual Packard oil can which she bought for me. As you can tell from the photograph, it is covered with polka dots and states it is “Refined Exclusively for Earle C. Anthony Inc.” It mentions Los Angeles and San Francisco with copyright dates of 1916–1938. I have a few oil cans displayed in my race car shop as my main interest is racing dragsters. I don't know a lot about Packards and my wife said she paid $6 for the can, which seems like a good deal. Yes?—Steve Carlson, Santa Rosa, CA You are to be commended for finding a spouse who will go off junking and return with a fabu- lous, rare oil can for your collec- tion. We should all be so lucky. Earle C. Anthony was the best-known Packard dealer in the country and ended up wi eral agencies in California. The volume of Packards that he sold and serviced justified his own brand of oil, but yours is only the second example I am aware of— interestingly enough, the other lives in your area. Packard guys get silly when offered the rare and unusual, so your wife did just fine. The minor dings and nicks are not distracting and I would not be surprised to see your can sell for close to $1,000 to the right buy- ers. Your wife made the kind of buy that most of us only fantasize about. If I were you, I'd send her out on your behalf more often. 3 YOU GOT SOAKED AT HERSHEY I went to the big swap meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this past October and unfortunately arrived on Friday just as the torrential rains started. Most of the vendors were packing up or closed due to the weather. After driving nine hours to get there I braved the elements and shopped the fields for most of the day. The only thing I found to buy was this Lalique hood ornament. The vendor told me he bought it at an owner owner bought it in the early '30s. It has a little damage but I only paid $2,500 for it. These usually sell for about $4,000 I was told, so I think I did pretty good. Do you agree? —Bill Baxter, Novi, Michigan My first thought is that you should have gotten out of the weather a bit sooner; your senses were dulled by hypothermia. In any case, an estate sale means somebody died, so how does your vendor know when or how the deceased bought the item? Secondly never, and I repeat never, buy damaged glass hood ornaments, especially at the price you are talking about. Damaged R. Lalique mascots are worth about 30 cents on the dollar, so while your vendor was correct on the selling price of an excellent example, you, unfortunately, paid about twice as much as you should have for this damaged one; $1,200 was all the money. Send your questions to:motobi- lia@sportscarmarket.com. Digital photos, the larger the better, must accompany your queries. Due to the volume of mail we receive, not all questions can be answered.u CARL BOMSTEAD is a decades-long automobilia expert who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Sports Car Market

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Join Keith Martin at the SCM/Steve Austin's Great Vacations Car Collector's Dream Tour to the GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED July 2-10, 2006 Formula One Teams Bonhams Auction Aston and Porsche Restoration Shops Museums Celebrity Speakers The London Times described The Goodwood Festival of Speed as “the Garden Party of the Gods,” while the Telegraph has called it “the Greatest Show on Earth.” It is the biggest celebration of motorsports in the world. It embraces cars from the very earliest steam carriages to the latest in Formula One. Racing cars and bikes come from all over the world, and this is the only event outside the Grand Prix circuit attended by many of the current Formula One teams. Our hospitality arrangements for The Festival provide a unique and mesmerizing mix of close-up motorsport action and exceptional personal service. Nowhere else in the world can the shattering performance of Formula One cars and the nostalgia and heroism of the full spectrum of motor racing past and present be experienced so intimately. The SCM tour mixes some of the most beautiful English countryside with some of the most important factories, museums, auto restorers and collector car auctions. Guest celebrities such as Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, John Surtees, and Alain de Cadenet make for entertaining evenings and valuable professional input for the related events and venues. (View the tentative itinerary online at www.sportscarmarket.com) Tour Price: $4,735 per person twin occupancy; $1,100 single supplement. $1,000 reservation required to secure your position. Tour size strictly limited. Call or e-mail today: Steve Austin's Great Vacations 1-800-452-8434 Email: steveaustin@colton.com Photo: Alistair Walker

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 1953 Ferrari 125cc Motorcycle Ferrari and Maserati lightweights have only shirttail ties, and loose-fitting ones at that, to car companies T he sale of a Ferrari 125cc motorcycle at RM's Monterey auction last August 19—and the non-sale of a Maserati L/160/ T4 motorcycle at the same event—bring to light a whole category of collectibles that's just being kick-started. Many Italian motorcycles under 250 cc have serious racing provenance, and with names like Ducati, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Rumi, Morini and Gilera make worthwhile additions to any collector's garage. These beautifully made superbikes in miniature also make a grade-A pit bike for historic car races. Barn hunters are scouring Italian farms and collections as we speak. A little history: In the 1950s and early 1960s the Italian market produced a dizzying number of lightweight motorcycles. Fifty separate manufacturers competed in the 1954 Motogiro d'Italia and Milan-Taranto road races and brightly colored race replicas became the dream of Italian teenagers. The Motogiro d'Italia was run from 1914 to 1957, the year when all road racing was Ferrari 125cc cancelled after de Portago's crash in the Mille Miglia resulted in twelve deaths, including five children. Italian authorities finally figured out that having cars and bikes racing 1,000 miles on twisting roads, through tiny villages packed with spectators, wasn't the smartest of ideas. The Motogiro d'Italia was revived in 2001, and entries have increased steadily from 120 in the first year to 400 in 2005. There are three classes; the Vintage class is for pre1957 bikes under 175 cc (though “of a type” models made later are allowed); the Tagilioni class (named for Ducati's Desmo genius) is for bikes 250 cc and over, made from 1968 to 1978, and a noncompetitive tourist class is for modern bikes. A number of Americans make the trip to compete and have led the event on occasion, wearing the prized red/white/ green leader's jersey. The winner gets a red/white/green Ducati motorcycle—the sponsor of the revived event. So you have a Mille Miglia-class event in your future, Perfect Ferrari Owner owner: Uses it to troll the pits when racing his TR 250. “This old thing? Why yes, I do have a Ferrari race car…over there” Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HH Ease of maintenance: H Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HHHHH (at least) Years produced: 1951–54 Number produced: Likely to be under 2,000 Original list price: $350–$400 SCM valuation: $10,000–$15,000 Tune-up/major service: Good luck finding anything more than a spark plug Engine: 125cc single, about 10 hp Transmission: 2-speed Weight: 160 lbs approx Engine number: 11873 Frame number: 11948/S Colors: Rosso of corso Alternatives: Electric razor scooter, gas-assisted pogo stick, motorized bar stool 116 if you fall for an Italian lightweight. But what should you buy? HEY, JUST CALL ME MR. FERRARI Let's look at the Ferrari and Maserati at auction this summer. Both have shirttail connections to the car companies but their credentials are suspect. The Ferrari was made by two brothers who happened to have Enzo's last name and traded on it with their Parilla knockoff, introduced in 1951. Enzo sued and the brothers backed down in 1954. The Maserati story is even odder. The Orsi family acquired the Maserati concern in 1937, and after WWII, the spark plug division was given to the Orsi sister Ida. Marcello got the foundry and Adolfo kept the car company. But somehow Ida had rights to the trident logo and, wanting to trade on the name, bought bike builder Italmoto and changed the name to Maserati. Attractive but unexceptional bikes were built from 1954 to 1959. GO OR SHOW? Buyers of Italian lightweights have several basic decisions to make. Firstly, how are you planning to use this bike? Is it going to be ridden, or will you just hang it on the wall in your garage, family room—or even a restaurant like Café Veloce in Seattle? Many of the real light- weights, 50 cc–100 cc, fit into the display-only category: Bianchi, Capriolo, Ferrari, F.B. Mondial, Guazzoni, Itom, Maserati, Motobi, Parilla, even the tiny Ducati Cucciolo, which was really a bicycle with a 49-cc motor added. All show and no go would be a safe plan for a lot of the obscure 2-strokes, which have the lifespan of a butterfly. Perhaps you'll use your new toy as a pit bike at the historic races and spend most of the time sitting on it with your pudding basin helmet and goggles, while people ask you questions? In this case, bragging rights will be enhanced by the choice of manufacturer. MV Agusta, Ducati, Parilla, Benelli, F.B. Mondial and Rumi made 50-cc, 100-cc, 125-cc, 175-cc and 250-cc bikes quite suitable for this use. Or do you plan to actually ride it regularly, maybe even compete in the Motogiro d'Italia or similar events in Europe or the U.S.? Regular use raises the question of spares, and this narrows the field sharply for the average mechanic. (If you're going to ride in Italy, the situation improves but you'd be mezzo pazzo to bet on a roadside restoration.) Aermacchi, Ducati, Gilera, Moto Guzzi, and MV Agusta are all reasonable choices. Ducati and MotoGuzzi are still in business, Aermacchis were also sold as HarleyDavidson Sprints, which increases the spares supply (though the Italian bikes are lighter and better-looking), and Gilera provided motors for Montgomery Ward bikes, so there are spares for those too. ALL OR NOTHING Make sure your purchase is complete, warns John Foyston, who ran the Eurosport Ducati/Moto Guzzi motorcycle shop in Tigard, Oregon, for ten years. “Unobtanium includes correct clip-ons, Veglia white- face tachs, factory rearsets with knurled pegs, Ducati tire pumps that clip to the frame, correct kick-starters for rearsets, the numberplate flyscreen that was part of the racekit, and the straight-through megaphone exhaust that's blued like a gun,” he says. Of course the best use for an Italian lightweight is to ride it competitively in its country of origin. To do so, take a look at www.motogiroditalia.com for details on the 2006 Giro. The race runs May 15–20 and begins at Rimini —the Adriatic coast sunspot that's home to Bimota. Ciao bella.u Sports Car Market RM Auctions

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Mystery Photo Answers Few people realize Nissan's sleek and sporty Murano evolved from the '70s concept “Morono.” —Mike Mayor, East Windsor, NJ Runner up: Bubba + J.C. Whitney catalog = 240 Zeep.— Frank Boyle, Jr., Stockton, CA “But officer, the car is high, not me.”—Charles Taylor, Rolling Hills, CA “Honey, does my new ‘plus 2' wheel and tire package make the Datsun look lifted?”—Rami Cerone, Bryan, TX At least you have a chance of exiting the track maintaining a forward momentum.—Mark Desmond, Beverly, MA In the mid-'70s, the Japa- nese had not quite perfected the pickup truck.—Donnie Priest, via e-mail Nissan proudly introduces their latest crossover vehicle, the 240Z4x44WD. Their ad agency proudly proclaims, “240Z4x44WD = FUN!” Meanwhile, company executives are denying claims that the model name was confused with the VIN on the prototype.—Tim Wright, Glendale, AZ Even Barrett-Jackson couldn't sell the ini- tial Murano prototype at no reserve.—William “Chip” Lamb, Richmond, VA You know you are a redneck when your car is as tall as your house.—Steve Thomas, Bronxville, NY Does Bubbasan live here?—David Libby, West Des Moines, IA After the unveiling of their newest concept car, Carlos Ghosn announced the “design teem” has spent too much time in Southern California and must also move to Tennessee immediately.—Steven Slebioda, Escondido, CA A new meaning to “hi-jacked.”—Lisa Wallace, Yorba Linda, CA “Up, up, and awaaay, in my beautiful, my beautiful, Datsuuuun…”—Brent Taylor, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Meanwhile, back at Hillary and Bill Clinton's Arkansas mansion, the locals were nervous to see that Bill finally purchased a car tall enough to knock the satellite dish off their roof.—John Fudge, Manasquan, NJ Get in, fasten your seat belt, and put on your oxygen mask.— Robin Iannotti, Cypress, CA It won't be Datsoon you'll get a girl with a tight skirt in that rig.—John Finley, Boston, MA The first design out of Nis- san's new Tennessee Advanced Styling Studio reveals the subtle influence of Nissan's new rural American surroundings.—Joshua Weiss, Oak Park, IL “Mo” Mohammad enjoys his cruises with the Sports Car Club of Baghdad.—Dennis D'Andrea, Wainscott, NY Mike Mayor is this month's winner of a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1:18-scale model, courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal, for his astute explanation for this backyard behemoth.u USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: February 25, 2005 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; e-mail: mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. E-mail photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 118 Sports Car Market Nate Korn

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Comments With Your Renewal This is an excellent magazine. Well- written but skewed toward European cars. I'd like to see more American muscle cars too.—Neal Wichard, La Jolla, CA Wow! The magazine gets better and better. Professional and polished, it's obvious that you've assembled a topnotch group of designers, copywriters, and correspondents. They do an amazing job representing the collector automobile market from Des Moines to Monaco. Plus, you guys crack me up! Thanks for another year.—Tom Horvat, Sharpsburg, GA Pretty good as-is. Could use more info on cars currently below $100k with potential to appreciate. Your best guess.—Kirk Weaver, Englewood, CO More Triumph cars.—T.M. Gilhooly, Papillion, NE Ferrari, Porsche, and BMW markets are well known; perhaps educating us on the Pantera, Triumph, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Horch market. Just would like to see some different in-depth wonderful analysis that the magazine is known for.—Mark Hoffman Black River Falls, WI More articles on classic Bimmers and Alfas.—William McArdle, Roselle, IL Please list coachbuilders on custom- bodied cars, especially classics.—Bill Longley, Atlanta, GA The best way to make your magazine more useful is to put the powertrain in all of the muscle car auction reviews, and production numbers if available.—David Zussman, Cincinnati, OH Great coverage of Ferrari; more balanced and accurate reviews of Lamborghini. I enjoy both marques.— Mike Maliszewski, Tewksbury, MA. Do you want reviews of Lambos that say they are easy and cheap to maintain, and that Countachs and Diablos are going up in value? We could write that, but our editorial nose would quickly grow.—ED. Great magazine, simply the best there is. Every time I get your magazine in the mail it is like Christmas day.—Ulf Aggeryd, Akers Stycke, Sweden SCM is teaching me—no grade-C cars for me last year (a first)! Can I have a free Ferrari with my subscription? Your loyal student—Richard Cooke Elmwood Park, IL I subscribe to SCM, not Muscle Car Market. I have owned and driven imports and disdained Detroit barges since they were new.—Paul Wooding, Southampton, NJ In many cases your ads are as interesting as your articles—hats off to who- ever does them.—Richard Longeway, Jackson TN I would like to see a full list of each auction of all cars sold, not only the reported sales. It would not consume much space, but give a great overview of the whole auction.—Kurt Tanner, Claremont, CA. Kurt, that's available as a part of the SCM Gold package.—ED. I subscribe to several car magazines, but find your magazine the most informative and useful. The various articles are a wealth of knowledge. Hope to see you all at Barrett-Jackson.—Stephen Judd, Lake Havasu City, AZ As a former Fiat 850 Sport Spider owner, I truly enjoyed “America by Fiat.”—John Piech Geneva IL And thanks to all of you for your comments and renewals.—ED.u

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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. 1955 MG TF 1500 ENGLISH 1937 4 1/2 L Bentley Vanden Plas Tourer Unique Triumph commissioned and Michelotti built proposed steel monocoque TR4 replacement. 6cyl 2 litre all Triumph power train /independant suspension. Collector owned since new , excellent condition. $60000 is required for this unique piece of Triumph history. $60,000.00. Contact trystehouse@hotmail. com(England) 1965 Rolls Royce Cloud III In perfect original condition, white outside, perfect original black leather, carpets and perfect original headliner and wood. Original mileage 72000. No rust or even damage. CA car. $55,000. Victor, 650.796.6909 (CA) 1966 Mini Cooper “S” Chassis rebodied in the '60s in the style of a VDP Tourer by Tony Robinson and refurbished in 2003. Mechanically excellent. $175,000. Ivor Silverstone, 305.365.8846 (UK) 1948 MG TC Back on road after a body off restoration. Rebuilt engine (85 miles), new paint, chrome, tires, interior, top and side curtains. Made to be a driver. Lots of vintage accessories. $21,000. Bill Schmidt, 916.451.7645 (CA) 1952 MG TD Photo-documented nut and bolt restoration. All original numbers, 5 speed Geairag, original Moss gearbox as well. Dry conditions only, original delivery bill, 100% history. $80,000. Contact Markus A. Auer at cmauer@bluewin.ch, (Switzerland) 1959 Jaguar MK1 Saloon 1966 Aston Martin DB6 A real Mini! This Cooper S has been the subject of a complete re-manufacturing process and has covered only 2,800 miles. This includes a complete body shell and later type interior. Mark 1 nose and Tail. Performance options include: Minilite Wheels, flares, Yokohama performance tires, Moto Lita wood steering wheel, 1300 fuel injected Austin/ Rover high performance engine, lowered suspension, disk front brakes, short shifter and driving lamps. An outstanding drive must see. See photos on www.continentalautosports.com $19,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535 (IL) Completely restored California car. Perfect for showing or driving. As nice of an example as to be found. Sure to please the new owner. $38,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 1958 Jaguar XK 150 “S” OTS European-style, American muscle. Exceptionally rare 2-door pillarless hardtop. Distinct. Refurbished. Responsive. Superb conversion to a robust, fuel-injected 305 TPI V-8 engine. 0-60 is brisk. $19,000. Ted Weed, 312.919.9333 (IL) 2000 Jaguar XJR Supercharged Sedan Metallic black/tan, factory chrome wheels, 6 disc CD changer, all options, sheepskins, low mileage, flawless. $29,950. William Spring, 928.203.0430 (AZ) 2002 Jaguar XKR Coupe 20k miles. One owner. Black/tan with navigation system. - 18” chrome wheels - supercharged. $41,999. 630.327.8698 (IL) 2005 Lotus Elise Body off restored every nut and bolt. Red and grey interior. 4 Speed with overdrive. One beautiful TR. Want quality? Call 765.661.0420 $18,500. Sam Widmeyer, 765.661.0420 (IN) 1976 Jaguar XJ Coupe 1965 Triumph Fury (X749) National JCNA Show Winner. Body off restored to better than new. Fully documented. Low original mileage. The best there is. BR Green, biscuit leather. Flawless. $29,500/offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. www.deGarmoLtd.com Matt DeGarmo, 203.852.1670 (CT) 1974 Triumph TR6 Convertible Quality restoration, Racing green, tan leather, new top and side curtains. $17,800. Bert Arndt, 509.767.2027 (WA) 1953 Bentley R-Type Sports Saloon Newer BRG paint. Newer leather interior. 3.4 liter DOHC 6 cylinder w/ Borg-Warner auto. Runs & drives beautifully. Must sell. $14,500. Mark Sigfrinius, 509.773.5664 (WA) 1960 Jaguar MK11 Matching numbers. Fiesta Red with original black leather interior, carpets. Complete mechanical restoration in 2005. 240 miles on fully rebuilt engine. 64,000 miles in total. All books, tools, heritage certificate. Awarded 2005 “Best of Show”. Contact for all details. $125,000. Stephen Ross, 403.231.3356 (Canada) 1973 Jaguar XJ12 Sedan Red with hard top. Touring model, star shield, adult driven. This car has never been on a track. $39,995. Mike Shaw, 770.934.6384 (GA) 2005 Mini Cooper “S” A collector needs one modest, modern day vehicle that exceeds expectations he can appreciate like a “Mini-Miracle.” It's coddled, has 5k miles (cautious break-in), hyper blue, with sport, chrome, and premium packages. No flaws/excuses. $25,500. Dick Richards, 760.943.9941 (CA) Sable over sand w/ biscuit leather. RHD, 4 speed manual transmission, tools & books. Older restoration. Excellent mechanics & paint. This is a rustfree car with good history. $34,950. Charles Crail, 805.568.1934 (CA) 120 Winner of many awards. Driver's seat slight cracking, minor stone chips front. Perfect driver or show. Clifford Price, 404.843.6831 (USA) Sports Car Market

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SCM Showcase Gallery 2005 Aston Martin DB9 German “Sauss Ente” model from Helsinki. 40K miles, Waxoyled from new, always garaged. Super original, 70 mph, 45 mpg. Best one I've owned. $10,900. Paul Duchene, 503.293.6807 (OR) GERMAN 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Pristine. 1,164 original miles with 1,000 service. 6-speed Touchtronic. Lin, polished grille, books, manual. Transferrable warranty to March 2009. $165,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) FRENCH 1953/1985 Citroën Charleston 2CV Very nice condition, fresh paint, new top & interior, very solid reliable 70 mph. Excellent mechanicals, Disc brakes 602cc. Possible partial delivery, 61,000 miles. $11,500. Burt Richmond, 312.951.0031 (IL) 1957 Talbot Lago America Barquette Beautiful Gullwing. Chassis Number 5500229. Engine Number 5500246. Silver/Red. The Odometer reads 21,020 miles. This car has been in the Chicago area since the early 70's and was driven very little. We have had the car for a few months and the car is now ready for a new owner. Extensive cosmetic work just completed by us: New bare metal repaint in the correct silver, new rubber seals installed and re-chroming of the bumpers and trim parts. The striking red interior is original and in excellent condition. Mechanically, we have completed a clean-out and service of the fuel tank and all other fuel system components. We also completed work on the braking system including a master cylinder rebuild and new brake hoses. Additionally, a standard service was performed and all fluids and filters replaced. This Gullwing now drives as it should and is ready to be enjoyed. See photos on www.continentalautosports.com $329,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535 (IL) FIA-Papers, BMW V8, drum brakes, Borranis, very original, race ready. $350,000. Contact Axel Anders at axel_anders@hotmail.com, (Germany) 1987 Citroën 2CV 6 1955 Porsche 550 Beck Spyder 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster. 1600 Normal. Red, tan interior and top; tools, books, Flawlessly restored black plate Calif. car. Runs drives and looks spectacular. Ready to show or drive like the blazes. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Website: www .deGarmoLtd.com $95,000.00. Matt DeGarmo, 203.852.1670 (CT) 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE Coupe Mocha brown exterior—All original two owner car. Current owner last 22 yrs—Arizona car—74k miles. No rust. All maintenance records available. $1,800. William Wyckoff, (602)566-3962 (AZ) 1985 BMW 635 This is likely the finest original 220SE coupe in existence. Only 8,450 miles and it is still fitted with its original tires, Karl Baisch fitted luggage, original headrests, owners documents, all manuals and tools. Four speed Hydrax transmission, a/c. Two owners. Exceptional condition. Charles Crail, 805.568.1934 (CA) 1963 Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster Very nice, well sorted-out, alloy-block, disc-brake car. Full mechanical restoration, new interior, true ‘63. $400,000. G. P. Hill, 314.960.7608 1964 Porsche 356 C A classic and hard to find in great condition. If you're looking to own one, this is it. Robert Hauser, 503.778.0500 (OR) 1996 Mercedes Benz SL500 Total engine rebuild, bare metal repaint, original silver. Rare all leather and factory A/C. Very correct, very rare model. $39,900. Maine Line Exotics, 207.590.0059 (ME) 1980 Porsche 928 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster 1973 Porsche 911S Targa 2.0 L, disc brakes, every option, racing cowl headrest, leather straps, banjo wheel, cost me $32k, will sacrifice. $24,000. Robert Ulbricht, 715.772.3442 (WI) Complete mechanical rebuild, including engine, transmission, suspension, brakes. Numbers matching, 5.5 chrome wheels, original hubcaps, fair body, solid pan, needs battery box. Champagne color with black interior. $19,000. John Foote, 970.728.5594 (CO) 1970 Mercedes Benz 250 Sedan 2.8 liter, 5 Sp, Atlanta blue, tan top & interior, 26,248 summer miles, near showroom condition, new Pirelli P-Zeros, all maintenance records. $19,900. Bob Beebe, 425.376.0202 (WA) 1999 Mercedes Benz E55 AMG Rare floor mount 4 spd., 6 cyl., twin carbs, attractive soft yellow paint, nice dark brown tex, strong runner, new tires, brake system rebuilt, etc., original Becker. Ready for daily use if desired. Think SCM Fiat but with reliability! Crazed Mercedes guy must find this one a good foster home. $4,995.00. Rob Kirkendol, 859.322.4319 (USA) 122 Sports Car Market Triple black. Both tops. CD changer. 62k miles. Meticulously driven and maintained. Excellent condition throughout. $23,500. Thomas Sullivan, 925.962.9433 (CA) 1998 BMW Z3

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34k miles, silver/charcoal. Full records, new tires, and in absolutely original showroom condition. Car kept as part of collection. Serious offers only. $33,500. Andy Tymkiw, 972.740.2598 (TX) 2001 Porsche Boxster 1957 Maserati Tipo 160/T4 28,000 miles. Tiptronic. Stunning seal gray with black. Sport package, heated seats, CD, new tires. Books and records. Superb throughout. $26,500. Dan Woodnorth, 312.209.0699 (USA) 2001 Porsche GT-2 Clubsport Silver, black leather, roll cage, electric kill system, and fire system. Concours condition, 1,500 miles. $132,000. Douglas Brown, 914.345.6670 (NY) 2001 Audi TT 225 Quattro Roadster V6 engine. 2,451cc, transaxle rear end. Good solid car, no rust, fresh engine, new paint. $120,000. Tim Walker, 626.799.3799 (CA) 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Bose stereo, GPS nav., loaded one owner lease, 49,900 miles, powertrain warranty, pics at www .championmotors.net $20,950. Gerard A. LaDamus, 435.864.7513 (UT) 2004 Porsche GT3 Arctic silver/black full leather, Litrontics, red belts and stitching, thicker steering wheel, GT3 seats plus standard sport seats, 5,400 miles, mint. $89,500. Robert DiMeglio, 404.869.6746 (GA) 2005 Mercedes Benz SL65 AMG 12 Cylinder, 612 HP twin turbo, 5,700 miles, owned by senior, never raced. Douglas Goodman, 760.328.4485 (USA) ITLALIAN 1953 Maserati A6GCS Replica Stunning reproduction using Maserati Biturbo components. View the car at www.53Barchetta .com $39,500. David Wright, 61.438.517.232 (Austrailia) 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 C One of five factory produced competition coupes. Beautifully restored with recent brake and fuel system rebuild. 1990 Pebble Beach award winner. $165,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso Beautiful restored Giulietta Spider. California car with no rust. All mechanicals completely rebuilt. A wonderful car to drive. Must see and drive. See photos on www.continentalautosports.com. $34,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535 (IL) 1964 De Tomaso Vallelunga Original unrestored, good running condition. 160cc overhead valve, 4-speed. Original owner's manual. Very rare! Possible trade for collector car. $12,500.00. Fred Puhn, 619.475.1155 (CA) 1957 Lancia Aurelia B24 Convertible All aluminum body by Ghia, 5 speed, dual carbs, good no. 3 car. www.victorycars.com $85,000. JP VandeBundt, 954.525.0600 (FL) March 2006 Same California owner past 30 years. Engine by Bill Rudd. Just out of careful storage with new brakes and much other. Straight and rust free. $325,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 123

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SCM Showcase Gallery 1966 Fiat 1500 Tipo 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS SPANISH 1927 Hispano-Suiza H6B Towncar 35,000 miles. Remarkable condition cosmetically and mechanically. Bay Harbor Concours, 2005. $22,900.00. Sam Haberman, 248.541.5942 (USA) 1955 Pontiac Safari Three owners, 57,132 original miles in 40 years! Recent repaint (this year) using factory color codes (grey), original red and black interior in excellent condition. Correct (matching numbers) 1500 (118k) pushrod engine coupled to a five speed transmission. New black canvas convertible top, wheels, tires, battery and shocks. Shop manuals and extra parts available. Documentation from original window sticker through present. Fine #2 car. $12,500. Mark, 412.299.8581 (PA) 1966 Linguini Tortellini Alfredo Speciale Coupe Limited production 1100cc. Color: alfredo cream white. Interior: marinara red. Runs poorly, but tastes “a very good”. Spoiling fast, email now. $10,500. Jim Rosenthal, (USA) 1969 Ferrari Daytona Spyder Automatic. Black on black. Clean nice car. www. forzamotorsports.com $23,500. Peter, 860.350.1140 (USA) 1986 Ferrari 328GTS Spectacular original Swede. Optional rose quartz color with “Colorado Red” leather, sunroof, nonsmoker. Driven under 6k per year. Cost $22k. Ski in and drive home. $7,800. Deane Fehrman, 303.237.3031 (CO) AMERICAN 1935 Ford Three Window Coupe Conversion #12863, Euro. Thorough mechanical, cosmetic refurbishing -- black paint, top, tan interior, Borranis, Michelins. Much more. Better than new. $250,000. Paul Littell, 203.856.5831 (USA) 1971 Fiat 500L Black/tan, cam belts, clutch done by Ferrari of Long Island in the last 500 miles. New Tubi exhaust and stock exhaust. 39xxx miles. $43,000 obo. Pat Martin, 516.241.8433 (NY) 1988 Alfa Romeo Veloce Quadrifoglio White with red leather. California car its whole life, fresh belts, clutch, and water pump. $26,500.00. George Murtha, 860.693.0303 (CT) 1980 Ferrari 400i 4,000 Hr restoration on origninal 19,000 mile car. Shown at Pebble. 1st owner 24yrs. 2nd owner 48 yrs in museum. Fred Berndt, 414.352.4711 (WI) SWEDISH 1988 Saab 900 Turbo One of 3,760. Last licensed ‘65. 73k miles. Runs like a top. Fresh brakes, fuel system. Automatic, no reverse. Good glass, trim. Tiny rust. $9,000.00. Mike Mendicino, 307.632.0448 (WY) 1959 Cadillac Coupe In superb condition, full frame-up rebuild 30k miles ago, 390cid engine, 325hp, Hydra-Matic 4speed, soft vinyl interior. Photos fredd@isle.net; $25,000. Fred Dorsten, 805.482.4661 (CA)(USA) 1965 Ford Mustang A rare find. Show quality in every detail and fully sorted to drive anywhere, anytime. Classic beige, brown cloth interior, original radio, rumble seat. Mint. $35,000 firm. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. www. deGarmoLtd.com Matt DeGarmo, 203.852.1670 (CT) 1937 Cord Cabriolet In perfect working order and good condition. For further information please contact me. Giorgio Destefanis, maryoz@tiscali.it, 39.333.8430222 (Italy) 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 1989 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce One of only 122 factory built Daytona Spyders. Complete nut and bolt rebuild of all mechanicals including engine, transaxle, suspension and braking system. Bare metal repaint to original specifications. Interior is original and very nice. Drives beautifully. Books, tools and restoration records included. Must see. See photos on www.continentalautosports.com $599,000. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535 (IL) 1974 Lamborghini Jarama S Not a study in deferred maintenance! Recent engine out major service, powder coated cam covers, air cleaner housing, etc. New clutch, rebuild carbs. Very sharp. $39,000.00. Charles Margenthaler, 941.356.7334 (FL) 124 103 Original miles, as new for details call. Nicholas Perakis, 610.692.7777 (PA) 6 Cylinder (200 ci) Triple black, 115k miles from new, a/c, auto. Excellent condition, rust free. $14,800. William S. Pope, 770.751.6814 (GA) Sports Car Market 102k miles. Well maintained by local expert, good condition, interior leather worn, cold a/c, great weekend car! $6,500. 770.590.9813 (GA) 1991 Ferrari 348 TB Perfect show condition in every way; shown at Pebble Beach Concours, AACA national award winner, multiple “People's Choice” awards: California license plate “SAPLING” goes with the car. Not that fast, but unbelievably cute and very rare. Call John at 619-221-1275. $48,000. John T. Kernan, 619.221.1275 (CA) 1951 Frazer Vagabond SN 5S549 Wimbledon white, 4-speed, Cragars, older restoration, runs and looks fantastic, everything works, must sell/offer or trades, very serious. 561.272.1718 (FL) 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible 58,000 original mile unmolested Florida car. All options, everything works perfectly. Hard top, tools, documentation and maintenance records. Drive anywhere. $14,500. Sanford Cohen, 941.379.6014 (FL) Supercharged Sportsman—8 yr total restoration. Ready for Pebble Beach. Rare triple blue car. Meadowbrook and Auburn winner. Expensive. William DiCiurcio, 609.980.1300 (NJ) 1939 American Bantam Woodie One woman owner from new. Low mileage. All documented. Base 6 cyl. motor, 3 speed manual, power top, original manual, jack and spare.. Poppy red, black interior. Cosmetically and mechanically flawless. An incredible time capsule. $22,500 Firm. Website: www.degarmoLtd.com Matt DeGarmo, 203.852.1670 (CT) 1965 Shelby GT350

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Cavallino Crossword 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible � � � �� �� Two tops, 427-425 hp, 4 speed, low miles. Black/ black. Rare? Real? Without doubt! Body-off restoration. 2005 Triple Crown, Top Flight, Bloomington Gold. Documented. Terry Michaelis, 419.392.2701 (USA) 1966 Shelby GT-350H �� �� �� 13k miles new 350 corvette LT1 engine air loaded. Car is as new. Trades possible. $44,500. 941.928.4234 (USA) 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Challenge Race Car # 6S858, rare Ivy Green w/stripe delete, black interior, automatic, James Nance resto, documented! Check it out @ www.investmentmotorcars.net. $149,500. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819 (USA) 1967 Plymouth Belvedere Station wagon. 83k original miles. Original paint and interior. Updated drive train. $7,500.00. Julius, 818.882.2825 (CA) 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 Documented 1 owner car. Always maintained with GM parts. Cold a/c, 6 spd, Z-51 suspension package, matching numbers engine, smoked glass top. $8,200. Gary Schlein, 772.530.4250 (FL) 2005 Ford GT 1 of 50 converted and raced in the series and still driveable. Price open. Ray Thompson, 702.794.3174 (NV) 1990 Chevrolet Corvette �� �� �� �� �� �� A/C Coupe, Silverstone Silver, Gunmetal interior, #s matching big block w/factory a/c & 4 Spd; rare! Check it out @ www.investmentmotorcars.net. $45,000. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819 (USA) 1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite Centennial White/blue stripes, forged wheels, 800 miles, new condition. $157,500. Trades ?? Check it out @ www.investmentmotorcars.net. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819 (USA) WANTED Pre-1992 Honda Civic CRX Si or Civic Si. Looking for an unmolested survivor that has had good care, w/ low miles and no modifications. I'm in CA but will travel for a nice example. Donald Scott, 707.565.3591 (CA) 1953 Corvettes Govier documented. Original build sheet. Numbers matching 383 4-Speed. High quality restoration. 1 of 401 built. 1 of 8 in registry. New York. $39,500. Steve Linden, (NY) 1970 AMC AMX 360 Go-Pak Shadowmask. Factory a/c and leather. Excellent condition, high options: ps, pd, a/c, leather, factory Shadowmask Point. Many detailed photos at www.vaultcars.com $18,995. Steve Snyder, 714.279.0174 (CA) 1953 to 1962 Corvette project cars, barn cars, basket cases, parts inventories. $1,000 finder's fee paid! Fair prices paid. Contact Jay, e-mail jays1953vette@yahoo. com. Jay Peterson, 512.799.8088 (TX) Corvettes A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086 (OH)u Across 1. Ferrari factory locale 8. Ferrari President, di Montezemolo 12. Jedi knight 13. A Ferrari can boost one! 14. Ferrari 1977 5___ BB model 15. Spiritual leader who was given a 2005 Enzo 17. Beautiful Spyder type 18. Heart of the Enzo 19. Roman pot 21. ____ stop 22. Movie where Bond's rival drives a red 355 GTS 26. ___ Mans 27. Sun, in Granada 28. Sell 29. Madonna included this Ferrari in her “Material Girl” video (with 34 across) 32. Ferrari 355 Spider ___ 33. 1999 was the ___ when the film “Ferrari” was made 34. See 29 across 37. Approximate suffix 38. Accountant 39. “Mysteries” on _____&_____ 40. 1989 Ferrari coupe 45. Wish well spiritually 48. “Cool!” 49. Arabic miracle 50. Convertible 52. Edge 53. Ferrari 250 ____ 2+2 54. Ferrari 342 _____ 58. Home of the Italian Grand Prix 59. “All right!” 60. Money involved Down 1. Kimi Raikkonen won this Grand Prix in 2005 2. 16th Pres 3. Wheels 4. “Matrix” character 5. For example 6. Adored 7. Counting up? 9. Revving __ 10. ___ de grace (not be confused with a closed March 2006 125 �� �� �� �� �� �� Mandarin orange metallic, rare color with matching interior. Two owner car 2nd owner 10 years, garage kept, well maintained, mechaniclly perfect, runto drive. $7,500. Steve Myer, 954.600.9594 (FL) 1982 Excaliber Phaeton Series IV Roadster �� �� �� �� � � �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� � � �� � � �� �� �� �� �� �� �� two-door!) 11. 2006 month of decision for Schumacher? 16. Register, as for a race 20. Ciao 22. “_____ in 60 Seconds” 23. Ancient 24. Always 25. Ferrari founder 27. Auctioneer of Michael Schumacher's 2004 Grand Prix Ferrari 29. More, in Madrid 30. A radio is one 31. Track circuits 32. Costs 33. A 246 GT 35. Man or mobile? 36. Final 40. Ferrari 348 __ 41. Plus 42. Coral formation 43. Boat equipment 44. Distinctive speech 46. Bolivian capital 47. What? 49. Ferrari is a beautiful one 51. Peruvian civilization 53. 250 __ that raised $10 million at auction in 1990 55. Boston locale 56. That is 57. Expression from someone seeing a Ferrari! 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Resource Directory Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auc- tion. 800.335.3063, Jim Cox, fax 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www .christies.com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auc- tions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax 815.568.6615, 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, St. Paul, Bloomington Gold, Columbus, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody sells more muscle than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www .rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele. 480.517.4005, fax 480.517.9112. 4117 N. 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016. russoandsteele@qwest.net; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located 126 Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www.campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www.jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal .com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www.usappraisal.com. (VA) INSPECTIONS 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, prewar thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” August 15–16, 2006. 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol .com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) BUY/SELL/GENERAL Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection .com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000-sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading, and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. info@grandprixclassics.com; www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747.World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www.colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Motorcars. 954.646.8819.We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www.investmentmotorcars.net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics.com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www.dragoneclassics.com. (CT) 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the pre-war era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell.com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub.com; www.virgallery .com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport Sports Car Market

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nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel.com; www.cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultraexpedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www.aon-collectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Agencies. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified— J.C. Taylor will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed value coverage in the continental U.S. and Alaska. Drive through time with peace of mind with J.C. Taylor. Parish Heacock Classic Car Insur- ance. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.parishheacock.com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With March 2006 over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices.com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Custom-tailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for BarrettJackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www.putnamleasing.com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Awardwinning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) mobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford .com. (CT) VINTAGE EVENTS Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 14–16. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register visit www.lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928– 71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www.mosesludel.com. 2nd Annual Muscle Car 1000, The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) 949.470.9880. September 25–30, 2006. Five days of exceptional places, people, experiences, and cars from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and back. Reserved for 1964–73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000 .com. (CA) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC AC Owner's Club Limited. Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, 17444 U.S. Rt. 6, Montville, OH 44064. Award-winning paint/body restoration—sports, muscle, vintage. Eight years in business, newly built shop. A short drive from Cleveland or Pittsburgh, five hours from Detroit. We finish your projects! Photos/info: supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere auto- 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosport-designs.com. (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Six-cylinder Aston Martin DBs our specialty, from DB2 through DB6. All Astons welcome, along with other 1950s and 1960s British and European sports and classics. We do it all, from engine overhaul to show-winning paintwork. We buy Astons. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/ sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journalmagazine. www.jcna.com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. 127

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Resource Directory www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www .hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76page catalog. www.international-auto .com. (VA) +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax, 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars.com; www.familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax 128 Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferraris-online.com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors .com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Clas- Sports Car Market sic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County.sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Porsche cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www.greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets. Many unique modules. SS and custom colors available. Many sizes to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets .com. (CA) 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Special- izing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Si- curvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) AMERICAN Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse.com. (CA) TRAVEL Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx .com. (OR)u

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Carl Bomstead Schalebaum Sale Finds 1,000 New Bidders If early automotive bronzes are your thing, this one by S. Bauer would flip all the switches M normal. EBAY # 7196742275— EARLY OILZUM STEAM OIL CAN. Number of Bids: 29. SOLD AT: $2,135. Date Sold: 11/23/2005. Oilzum, the brand name for the White & Bagley Company, provided lubricants for over 100 years before being sold in the 1980s. The “Buck Tooth Kid” was the logo used prior to 1910 and finding an example in this condition is a real treat. The rarity of this can could have easily pushed the price closer to $3,000. The buyer, a well-known collector of early racing memorabilia, did just fine. MASTRONET.COM LOT 394—1920S BRONZE “LOST AT NIGHT” MOTORIST WITH OIL LAMP. Number of Bids: 41. SOLD AT: $14,679. Date Sold: 11/21/2005. This is a delightful, early, highly detailed bronze. The motorist, attired in a large fur coat, goggles, and helmet, has suffered a tire problem and is seeking help with his oil lantern, which is actually electric and working. This bronze attracted a great deal of attention and strong bidding. The price paid seemed light for a significant early motoring bronze. astronet.com offered the second installment of Charlie Schalebaum's extensive collection of automobilia on November 21, 2005. A couple hundred of his items were part of a mammoth three-catalog auction that included early Americana and sports collectibles. If you think automotive stuff gets pricey, how about $92,715 for an unopened package of 1954 Topps baseball cards? The no-reserve auction netted $13,566,444, so this was no local estate sale. The automobilia results from the first sale were a bit soft, so Mastronet .com bumped up the promotion and advertising and claimed over 1,000 new bidders. As a result, bargains were few and far between but the items offered were of a quality and rarity seldom seen on the open market. One of the more unusual finds was a 1954 Mobil nine-foot blimp that was used to promote the opening of a new station. It included the original carrying case and two huge “Pegasus” banners. It sold for $1,115 with 13 bids and would be just the thing to fly over your swap-meet space at Hershey. Here are a few more sales, some a little goofy and some almost MASTRONET.COM LOT 380—“THE SUMMER GIRL” ORIGINAL OIL BY CHARLES RELYEA. Number of Bids: 28. SOLD AT: $10,321. Date Sold: 11/21/2005. This signed painting is by a noted illustrator and artist of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The young lady, one of Relyea's favorite subjects, is sitting in an early-'20s open touring car. She seems lost, as she has an open road map in her lap and a local farmer is attempting to give her directions. The price paid here seems most reasonable for an original, colorful painting with delightful subject matter. MASTRONET.COM LOT 315—CIRCA 1902 BRONZE AUTO WITH LIGHT BY S. BAUER. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $11,166. Date Sold: 11/21/2005. This signed bronze was of a Serpolet steam car with a most unusual front headlight. It was by noted Austrian sculptor S. Bauer. These steam cars were manufactured in the late 1800s and early 1900s and were well known in their era. This rare French bronze is one of three castings; a similar example is displayed in the renowned Musee de l'Automobile Francais near Lyons, France. If early automotive bronzes are your thing, this would flip all the switches. Rare, unusual, and most desirable. Well Bomstead Schalebaum Sale Finds 1,000 New Bidders If early automotive bronzes are your thing, this one by S. Bauer would flip all the switches M normal. EBAY # 7196742275— EARLY OILZUM STEAM OIL CAN. Number of Bids: 29. SOLD AT: $2,135. Date Sold: 11/23/2005. Oilzum, the brand name for the White & Bagley Company, provided lubricants for over 100 years before being sold in the 1980s. The “Buck Tooth Kid” was the logo used prior to 1910 and finding an example in this condition is a real treat. The rarity of this can could have easily pushed the price closer to $3,000. The buyer, a well-known collector of early racing memorabilia, did just fine. MASTRONET.COM LOT 394—1920S BRONZE “LOST AT NIGHT” MOTORIST WITH OIL LAMP. Number of Bids: 41. SOLD AT: $14,679. Date Sold: 11/21/2005. This is a delightful, early, highly detailed bronze. The motorist, attired in a large fur coat, goggles, and helmet, has suffered a tire prob- lem and is seeking help with his oil lantern, which is actually electric and working. This bronze attracted a great deal of attention and strong bidding. The price paid seemed light for a significant early motoring bronze. astronet.com offered the second installment of Charlie Schalebaum's extensive collection of automobilia on November 21, 2005. A couple hundred of his items were part of a mammoth three-catalog auction that included early Americana and sports collectibles. If you think automotive stuff gets pricey, how about $92,715 for an unopened package of 1954 Topps baseball cards? The no-reserve auction netted $13,566,444, so this was no local estate sale. The automobilia results from the first sale were a bit soft, so Mastronet .com bumped up the promotion and advertising and claimed over 1,000 new bidders. As a result, bargains were few and far between but the items offered were of a quality and rarity seldom seen on the open market. One of the more unusual finds was a 1954 Mobil nine-foot blimp that was used to promote the opening of a new station. It included the original carrying case and two huge “Pegasus” banners. It sold for $1,115 with 13 bids and would be just the thing to fly over your swap-meet space at Hershey. Here are a few more sales, some a little goofy and some almost MASTRONET.COM LOT 380—“THE SUMMER GIRL” ORIGINAL OIL BY CHARLES RELYEA. Number of Bids: 28. SOLD AT: $10,321. Date Sold: 11/21/2005. This signed painting is by a noted illustrator and artist of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The young lady, one of Relyea's favorite subjects, is sitting in an early-'20s open touring car. She seems lost, as she has an open road map in her lap and a local farmer is attempting to give her directions. The price paid here seems most reasonable for an original, colorful painting with delightful subject matter. MASTRONET.COM LOT 315—CIRCA 1902 BRONZE AUTO WITH LIGHT BY S. BAUER. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $11,166. Date Sold: 11/21/2005. This signed bronze was of a Serpolet steam car with a most unusual front headlight. It was by noted Austrian sculptor S. Bauer. These steam cars were manufactured in the late 1800s and early 1900s and were well known in their era. This rare French bronze is one of three castings; a similar example is displayed in the renowned Musee de l'Automobile Francais near Lyons, France. If early automo- tive bronzes are your thing, this would flip all the switches. Rare, unusual, and most desirable. Well EBAY EBAY #7199259782—GREEN STREAK 12” GASOLOINE PUMP PLATE. Number of Bids: 25. SOLD AT: $3,277.99. Date Sold: 12/2/2005. Green Streak was the second brand for Shell and these small porcelain pump plates show up from time to time, but rarely in this condition. Condition is a major factor in the value of vintage signs, and this one scored high. The price paid was about right, so both parties should be smiling. MASTRONET.COM LOT 411—1935 OIL PORTRAIT OF THERESE BUGATTI BY CARLO BUGATTI. Number of Bids: 45. SOLD AT: $71,008. Date Sold: 11/21/2005. This 25” x 33” portrait of Therese Bugatti was painted by her husband Carlo and is in the comprehensive book on the Bugatti family, Bugatti: Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore, Jean by Jacques Boulay. The Bugattis were all creative, with Carlo known for exotic furniture designs and his sons Rembrandt and Ettore equally accomplished. Rembrandt, a sculpture of great renown, committed suicide in his early 30s and Ettore, as we know, achieved automotive fame. This signed painting of Ettore's mother attracted serious attention, and while the winning bid was not inexpensive, it was not out of line considering the rich family history. Hopefully it will become a key part of an extensive Bugatti collection. u SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. 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