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Rich Penn Toledo, IA September 24, 2016

GAA Greensboro, NC October 27, 2016

Mecum Dallas, TX November 2–5, 2016

Silverstone Birmingham, U.K. November 12–13, 2016

Leake Dallas, TX November 18, 2016

McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA November 18–20, 2016

RM Sotheby’s Milan, ITA November 25–27, 2016

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“Like” us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends March 2017 . Volume 29 . Number 3 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI ENGLISH by Steve Ahlgrim by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI GERMAN by Donald Osborne by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona $925,317 / RM Sotheby’s 2004 Noble M12 GTO 2.5 $38,453 / Silverstone 1968 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder $675,358 / Bonhams 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster $104,500 / Mecum Auctions 1918 Stutz Bearcat $270,220 / Bonhams 68 70 72 76 78 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 197 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales 88 92 100 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales and best buys, and RM Sotheby’s cooks up a massive feast of collector cars in Italy — Garrett Long RM SOTHEBY’S Milan, ITA: A massive, scandal-sparked auction hits a 100% sell-through, gaining $53m on 423 lots — Massimo Delbo MECUM Dallas, TX: American lots steal the show as 740 of 1,019 vehicles trade hands at this $25m sale — Cody Tayloe 110 GAA 124 138 150 156 RACE 16 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Brian Baker 1987 Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione $355,891 / RM Sotheby’s 1977 Datsun 280Z $44,000 / Mecum Auctions 80 82 Greensboro, NC: $7m auction hits a 60% sell-through on 333 of 555 lots sold — Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz MECUM Kansas City, MO: Corvettes generate six of the top 10 sales as 360 of 592 lots raise $8m — B. Mitchell Carlson LEAKE Dallas, TX: The election sends ripples through the event, but 318 of 524 cars sell for $7m — B. Mitchell Carlson McCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA: 305 of 510 lots change hands to the tune of $6m — Carl Bomstead ROUNDUP Highlights from Rich Penn Auctions in Toledo, IA; and Silverstone in Birmingham, U.K. — B. Mitchell Carlson and Paul Hardiman acebook and look for updates and offers! Cover photo: 1987 Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione IMSA “Ufficiale”; Tom Wood ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market


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60 Paul Quealy’s Porsche 906 at the Art in Motion Concours COLUMNS 20 Shifting Gears The 1958 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce was built to drive in all weather, so it should not fear a freezing night outside Keith Martin 48 Affordable Classic Newer is better with an Audi TT Jeff Zurschmeide 52 Legal Files In the weeks leading up to the Duemila Ruote auction, there was much speculation of “bargains galore.” Just about everyone was wrong about that Martin Emmison 56 Unconventional Wisdom Don’t worry too much about the destination — with old cars, it’s the journey that matters Donald Osborne 74 The Cumberford Perspective The Maserati Mistral was a breakthrough design Robert Cumberford 178 eWatch The oldest surviving Nikon camera sells for $407,000 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 60 2016 Art in Motion Concours: Sports and racing cars at a private racetrack — Bill Rothermel 62 2016 ArtCenter Car Classic: Amazing cars — all built by hand — Michael Daly 18 Sports Car Market DEPARTMENTS 26 Auction Calendar 26 Crossing the Block 30 Concours and Events: Amelia Island Concours, Amelia Island Vintage Grand Prix, Avignon Motor Festival 32 Art on Wheels: Keith Haring at the Petersen Museum, Golden Age of Sports Cars at the Gilmore 36 Contributors: Get to know our longest-serving writer 38 You Write, We Read: Valet Parking, VanDerBrink and B. Mitchell, More on Bjarne, Keith needs a 356 40 Display Advertisers Index 42 Time Pieces: Rolex Cream Explorer II 42 Neat Stuff: An original Porsche poster and a laser-cut prancing horse 44 In Miniature: 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder 44 Speaking Volumes: Ferrari 70 Years 106 Rising Sun: 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO, 1993 Nissan 240SX, 1993 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 116 Fresh Meat: 2017 Acura NSX, 2016 Ferrari California T, 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S 142 On the Radar: 1991 MTX Tatra V8, 1968–85 Zastava 750/850, 1984–2003 VAZ-2108 Sputnik 162 Mystery Photo: “Sure, your mother can ride with us — if we take the Volvo” 164 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 170 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Monticello Motorsports


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Cool Runnings The 1958 Alfa Romeo Sprint started in 30-degree weather when it was new in Switzerland, so why not on an icy day in Carlton, OR? Michael Pierce applies warm water to help thaw out the ’58 Sprint Veloce, which had acquired a layer of ice overnight W e do these things to ourselves. On purpose. It’s part of our old-car madness. When American Car Collector contributor Michael Pierce and his wife, Linda, invited me to spend Christmas Day night with them, it became an excuse to give an old car some exercise. They live in Carlton, OR, a bucolic town in the heart of Oregon’s Pinot Noir region. It’s about 44 miles from Portland on the main roads. But why take a four-lane highway when there are back roads to be explored? Never mind that it was Christmas Day and cold — but clear and above freezing. I hadn’t driven the 1958 Sprint Veloce since September. I checked the fluids and added a little air to the tires. It fired right up, although the Marelli starter was slow to turn over the engine at first. (“They’re all like that,” I’ve been told.). The high-compression 1,422-cc pistons don’t make the puny little starter motor’s job any easier. My Sprint, chassis 1493.06524, with engine 1315.31015, was built on April 3, 1958, and sold to a dealer in Lugano, Switzerland, on April 8. It is a Confortevole, essentially a lightweight Sprint without the aluminum hood, doors and trunk — but with identical performance equipment. Some say there were 199 built; I have seen three others. SCM subscriber Santo Spadaro races one. Once on the way, I was reminded of how pathetic the heaters in 750 and 101 Series Alfas are in weather below 40 degrees. The later 105 cars, by comparison, are equipped with blast furnaces. Twenty miles into the trip, I realized I still had the fresh-air intake open. I closed it, and the interior temperature improved immediately, although wearing a heavy sweater was still a good idea. I took Interstate 5 south from Portland to Highway 99W. I was pleased at how easily the Sprint cruised at 70 mph. Part of my requirement for a vintage car is it must easily keep up with modern expressway traffic. From 99W, Michael’s secret back route includes taking Bell Road, which leads under a picturesque railway trestle. From there, it’s a straight shot to Newberg, where you pick up Highway 240, which then takes you to Carlton. Michael is a lifelong Corvette guy, and a senior NCRS judge for mid-year (Sting Ray) cars. However, since he has become part of the ACC and SCM gang, we have corrupted him — at least in the view of his Corvette friends. We at SCM have enhanced his vehicular appreciation with an introduction to the world of Porsches. His stable now includes a 993 cabriolet as well as the ex-SCM 996 Turbo. 20 After a spirited evening discussion about the merits of 427/435- hp Corvettes (he has one) versus 500-hp Turbos (he chipped his), we turned in early. While I had checked to make sure the forecast was for sunny weather, I hadn’t paid any attention to the temperature. It dropped into the high 20-degree range overnight. The Sprint was parked outside. When I came out to it at 8 a.m., the temperature was 30 degrees. The car was covered with a sheet of ice. This was probably the first time in 50 years it has been outside overnight in these temperatures. It was time to start the car. I hadn’t brought jumper cables or starter fluid. After all, I was only going to Carlton, so why would I possibly need them? I inserted the key and heard the reassuring clicks of the electric fuel pump. However, when I twisted the key, the starter motor barely turned the engine over. Michael was sure it would never start, but I had more faith. After a minute or so, the engine fired and the throaty sound of the dual Weber DC03s reverberated through the neighborhood. Michael poured a pitcher of warm water over the windows to melt the ice. A few minutes later, I was headed home. I avoided some of the back- roads, as they were quite icy. I saw more than one modern AWD SUV off the road in a ditch. The drivers had made the common mistake of confusing electronic nanny-aids with actual driving skills. With the fresh-air vent closed, once the water temperature got near 180 degrees the car was quite comfortable. The drive home was uneventful. The total distance for the round trip was around 100 miles. The Sprint got some exercise, and I was reminded why I am so fond of this car. In addition to the Klaus Menzel-rebuilt tunnel-case gearbox, the Sprint has period-typical performance modifications, including a Denny Pillar-built engine, a Jon Norman-refurbished 4.10 limited-slip rear end, and a complete Rugh suspension. Consequently, the car offers a driving experience nearly identical to what a “boy-racer” Sprint would have provided nearly six decades ago. These were remarkable cars, far ahead of their time when new, and they are still superior vintage automobiles today. As far as the starting issue, it’s time to have our guru Nasko address it and leave behind the “all Marelli starters are like this” philosophy. He’ll check the battery first, and probably replace it. After that I will suggest he pull the starter and have it rebuilt. I don’t intend to have the Sprint spend nights outside in below- freezing weather on a regular basis. But chances are it started just fine in those conditions when it was delivered new in Switzerland in 1958. There’s no reason it shouldn’t start just as well today. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Garrett Long Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1911 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Touring at Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: March 2–4 More: www.greensboroaa.com Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: March 8 More: www.brightwells.com Bonhams Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9 More: www.bonhams.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1911 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Touring • 1927 Bentley 4½ Litre Sports Tourer by Vanden Plas • 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Roadster prototype • 1978 Rolls-Royce Camargue, ex-Sammy Davis Jr. Gooding & Company Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10 More: www.goodingco.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion • 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage • 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 • 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo S Leichtbau Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com. FEBRUARY 4—PETERSEN Salem, OR 6—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 8—RM SOTHEBY’S Paris, FRA 9—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 10—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 10–12—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 11—THE FINEST Boca Raton, FL 17–18—MECUM Los Angeles, CA 18—COYS London, U.K. 23—H&H Derbyshire, U.K. 24–26—SILVERSTONE Stoneleigh Park, U.K. 26 24–26—MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 24–26—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 27—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 28—BARONS Surrey, U.K. MARCH 2–4—GAA Greensboro, NC 8—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 9—BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL 10—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 10–11—RM SOTHEBY’S Amelia Island, FL 10–12—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS Amelia Island, FL 11—MOTOSTALGIA Amelia Island, FL 17–19—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 17–19—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 19—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 24–25—MECUM Kansas City, MO 24–26—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX 25—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 29—H&H Duxford, U.K. 31–APR 2—AUCTIONS AMERICA Fort Lauderdale, FL APRIL 1–2—CCA Birmingham, U.K. 5—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 6–8—BARRETT-JACKSON West Palm Beach, FL 6–8—MECUM Houston, TX 8—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 20—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 21–22—BRANSON Branson, MO 21–22—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Arlington, TX 21–23—ELECTRIC GARAGE Edmonton, AB, CAN 21–23—LEAKE Dallas, TX 22—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 22—SILVER Vancouver, WA 29—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Garrett Long Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction RM Sotheby’s Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10–11 More: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB berlinetta • 1937 Bugatti Type 57S cabriolet • 1928 Bentley 4½ Litre Le Mans Sport “Bobtail” Hollywood Wheels Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10–12 More: www.hollywoodwheels.com Motostalgia Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 11 More: www.motostalgia.com Electric Garage Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: March 17–19 More: www.theelectricgarage.com Silver Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: March 17–19 More: www.silverauctions.com Bonhams Where: Chichester, U.K. When: March 19 More: www.bonhams.com Mecum Where: Kansas City, MO When: 24–25 More: www.mecum.com Dan Kruse Classics Where: San Antonio, TX When: March 24–26 More: www.dankruseclassics.com Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: March 24 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com H&H Where: Duxford, U.K. When: March 29 More: www.handh.co.uk Auctions America Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: March 31–April 2 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1955 Porsche 356 1600 Speedster • 1992 Lamborghini Diablo More: www.auctionsamerica.com ♦ Star Car: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB berlinetta at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 28 Star Car: 1955 Porsche 356 1600 Speedster at Auctions America in Fort Lauderdale, FL Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Amelia Concours Will Hit the Bricks This Year The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is taking a trip to the Brickyard in 2017, as it is honoring legendary Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Sr. from March 10 to 12 at the Ritz-Carlton. The Porsche Driving Experience starts at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 10. A seminar, “Japanese Racing — The Men Behind the Victories,” brings together the legendary racers, including Peter Brock, John Morton and Sam Posey, who drove Japanese cars to victory, at 3 p.m. in the Ritz-Carlton. On Saturday, the “Legends of the Leaping Car” seminar starts at 10:30 a.m., and famous Jaguar drivers, including Hurley Haywood, David Hobbs and Brian Redman, will have plenty of interesting things to say. RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Auction starts at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom. Sunday, March 12, is dedicated to the Concours d’Elegance, which starts at 9:30 a.m. on the 10th and 18th fairways. A field of 225 amazing cars will delight at this world-class concours. Publisher Keith Martin returns as a judge. For more information on other events taking place at the Ritz- Carlton during the weekend and for tickets, visit www.ameliaconcours. org (FL) Go for the Concours, Stay for the Racing If you’re going to the Amelia Island Concours, why not stick around another four days and head to the Amelia Island Vintage Grand Prix at the Fernandina Beach Airport for four days of vintage racing on a 2.1-mile airport road course? The fun starts on March 16 and racing continues through March 19. Cars invited include pre-war race cars, sports cars and road-racing specials built before 1981. www.svra.com (FL) What Better Place to View Cars Than Southern France? No one needs an excuse for a trip to the south of France — especially in March — but the Avignon Motor Festival is a great reason to jump on an airliner. During the weekend of March 24–26, you can walk around the 400 exhibitors’ booths and enjoy the view of the 2,000 classic cars on display. For ticket and registration information, visit www.avignonmotor-festival.com (FR) 30 MARCH CALENDAR 2–5 2017 Sebring Vintage Classic, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL; www.svra.com 2–5 59th Good Vibrations Bakersfield March Meet, Bakersfield, CA; www.famosoraceway.com 16–19 65th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Sebring, FL; www.sebringraceway. com Sports Car Market Courtesy of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association


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Art on Wheels Museum Openings and Exhibits Send announcements to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Keith Haring at the Petersen Keith Haring, the famous pop artist who lit up the world from 1982 to 1990, put his art on just about everything — including four cars and one motorcycle now on display at the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum. The artworks were created during Haring’s artist-inresidence gigs at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Haring’s trademark dancing figures decorate the surfaces of each car in the “Unconventional Canvases” exhibit. www.petersen.org (CA) Golden Age at the Gilmore “The Golden Age of Sports Cars: 1949– 1967” brings Nicolas Cage’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, a Shelby Cobra 427 and a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing to the Gilmore Car Museum through April 2017. All told, almost two dozen exceptional sports cars will be on display at the museum in Hickory Corners, MI. www.gilmorecarmuseum.org (MI) A Private Collection of Historic Autos in The Hague Every car collector should visit the Louwman Museum, which dates to 1934 and houses more than 250 exceptional cars in the Michael n The Hague, Netherlands. This private collection, the work of two generations of the man family, covers the start of motoring 886 and runs to modern rac The museum is closed on Mondays and is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.louw- 1924 AC Racing Special 32 manmuseum.nl (NLD) ♦ 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona coupe Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Garrett Long garrett.long@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Data Specialist Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2017 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors Editor’s note: In the magazine world, nothing is permanent. Writers, photographers — and editors — come and go. So do many — if not most — magazines. Sports Car Market is lucky to have many loyal subscribers, and I suspect we have lots of loyal subscribers because we have great writers. Carl Bomstead has written for SCM for the past 20 years, and he hasn’t missed an issue. He’s also a close friend to all at SCM World Headquarters. I recently asked him to share some of his memories — and why he’s stuck around for so long. — Chester Allen, Executive Editor CARL BOMSTEAD, SCM Senior Auction Analyst and Columnist: In February of 1997, my first article appeared in Sports Car Market, and 400 to 500 more have followed — with something in every issue since. I am often asked how I got involved with writing. I reply that I was in the computer industry in its infancy, and I quickly confess writing was not a strong skill during my career. When I submitted my first article to SCM, which was about Lalique glass hood ornaments, I think Keith Martin agreed that writing was not my strong point. I was paid the lofty sum of $25, and by the time Keith had me rewrite the story to his satisfaction, I most likely earned a dollar an hour. I must have learned something, as the rewrite requests dimin- ished — until the fateful day I submitted an article and misspelled Alfa Romeo. There was/is no greater cardinal sin at SCM. Over time, I redeemed myself. I became more involved with covering auctions and writing about concours. I also started writing car profiles, and eWatch still continues to appear on the back page of each issue. 36 A favorite experience? It’s hard to forget the Steve McQueen auction at the Petersen Museum. The guy I was standing next to paid $80,000 for a pair of blue Persol sunglasses that, as the auction description stated, “McQueen may or may not have worn in ‘The Thomas Crown Affair.’” The guy seemed happy. Covering RM Sotheby’s auctions at Monterey, Phoenix and Amelia Island has been a treat. How else can you climb around multi-million dollar cars that you could never afford? You have to do this to find the interesting tidbits for the auction report. It’s tough work — not. A big plus of being part of SCM is associating with the bright, energetic young people whom Publisher Martin has the insight to attract. Many have gone on to other pastures, but others have stayed and attained positions that defy their age. That excitement keeps me young. Okay, not as old. I won’t be doing this in another 20 years, but until they take my keyboard away, I can’t imagine starting the day — after coffee and the newspaper — without spending an hour or so on eWatch or some other SCM/ACC assignment.


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com I have to tell you that I really, really enjoyed reading B. Mitchell Carlson’s analysis. All of it. B. Mitchell Carlson Knows How to Entertain To the Editor: I just now got to my September issue and to the auction analysis of the Baus Collection consigned to VanDerBrink (September 2016, p. 186). I have to tell you that I really, really enjoyed reading B. Mitchell Carlson’s analysis. All of it. I was laughing at just about every car review. What a fun way to get good information. It also reminds me more of the writing I used to see in SCM many years ago. — Joel Weyhe, Central Point, OR 38 More on Keith and Bjarne To the Editor: In Keith Martin’s column “Shifting Gears,” (January 2017, p. 20), at least he tried to make up for bad judgment. And maybe his column will help others avoid the same mistake. It never fails how our hobbies and passions often take over when plain common sense should have ruled otherwise. I follow racing and collecting classic cars, but I have too much going on, so I mostly use the Internet to keep up vs. publications like SCM. I would have missed this gripping outcome had I not grabbed a copy of SCM given out at the Christmas meeting of the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society. You can be sure I will pass it along to my friends. Part of Bryan Herta’s talk at the meeting was his relationship with his 16-year-old son, who aspires to follow his footsteps as a racing driver. Herta is grabbing these fleeting moments while he can. That and also how his team managed Alexander Rossi’s emotional win at the 100th Indy 500 last June. See it at www.youtube. com/watch?v=5HzCNMnCgz0. — Jan Hyde, via email Time for Keith to Buy a 356 To the Editor: Got your latest issue, and as one of those 356 owners (and having restored a couple), I thought I’d put my two cents in regarding your choice of prospective purchases (February 2017, “Shifting Gears,” p. 20). Given your history of Alfa ownership, I think you need a change of pace entirely; new sensations, new experiences, and a greater appreciation of what Alfa does right — and wrong. They all have their pros and cons. I’ve never owned an Alfa, Sports Car Market


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Ad Index Aerovault ....................................................................109 Alfa9 Supply ...............................................................154 Amelia Island Concours ............................................... 46 American Car Collector .....................................122, 151 Aston Martin of New England ..................................... 51 Auctions America ......................................................... 31 Auto Kennel ................................................................141 Automotive Restorations Inc...................................... 117 Autosport Designs Inc ................................................125 Autosport Groups .......................................................123 Barrett-Jackson ............................................................. 19 Bennett Law Office ....................................................136 Beverly Hills Car Club ...............................................139 Bonhams / UK .............................................................. 25 Branson Collector Car Auction .................................... 29 Canepa ........................................................................149 Cars, Inc. ....................................................................... 55 Centerline Alfa Parts...................................................158 Central Classic Cars ...................................................145 Charles Prince Classic Cars.......................................... 93 Chequered Flag International .....................................127 Classic Showcase.......................................................... 34 Copley Motorcars .......................................................137 D. L. George Coachworks ............................................ 97 Dobson Motorsport.....................................................122 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ................................... 14 Driversource Houston LLC ........................................8–9 Duncan Imports & Classic Cars .................................129 Eaton Peabody ............................................................ 118 European Collectibles................................................. 113 Exotic Classics ............................................................128 Fantasy Junction ........................................................... 65 Ferrari Market Letter ..................................................169 Festivals of Speed ......................................................... 12 Fiskens ........................................................................187 FitzSimons Engineering Corp. ...................................131 Flexborrow.................................................................... 47 Fourintune Garage Inc ................................................147 G. Potter King, Inc......................................................101 Girardo & Co ................................................................ 23 Glenmoor Country Club ............................................... 95 Gooding & Company ................................................. 2, 3 Greensboro Auto Auction ............................................. 33 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance................... 64 Grundy Insurance ......................................................... 75 Gullwing Group ..........................................................155 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .........................................137 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................................... 91 Hamann Classic Cars ................................................... 45 Heggen Law Office, P.C. ............................................159 Heritage Classics .......................................................... 61 Hoffman’s Auto ..........................................................149 Hollywood Wheels Inc ................................................. 13 Holt Motorsports Inc ..................................................154 Hyman, LTD ............................................................... 119 Intercity Lines ............................................................... 53 JC Taylor .....................................................................107 JJ Best Banc & Co ......................................................173 Keels and Wheels Concours ......................................... 84 Kevin Kay Restorations ............................................... 63 Kidston .......................................................................... 17 Kurt Tanner Motorcars ...............................................135 Leake Auction Company .............................................. 41 Legendary Motorcar Company ..................................175 Lory Lockwood ...........................................................111 Luxury Brokers International .....................................139 McCollister’s Auto Transport ....................................... 57 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center .................................... 39 Mercedes-Benz Museum GmbH ...............................104 Mershon’s World Of Cars...........................................147 Mid-Century Motoring ...............................................169 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ......................................135 New England Auto Auction .......................................133 Northwest European ...................................................160 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ............................... 35 Park Place LTD ............................................................. 85 Passport Transport ........................................................ 43 Paul Russell And Company .......................................... 49 Porsche 356 Registry ..................................................168 Portland Swap Meet ................................................... 115 Premier Auction Group ................................................ 22 Premier Financial Services ........................................... 27 Premier Sports Cars ....................................................143 Putnam Leasing ..........................................................188 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd............................................. 99 Race Ramps .................................................................. 59 Rally du Soleil ............................................................147 Reliable Carriers ........................................................... 89 Rennstall Classic Cars/High Mtn Classics.................145 RM Sotheby’s .............................................................6–7 Robert Glover LTD.....................................................131 Speed Digital ................................................................ 37 Sports Car Classics - SL Klassics .............................121 Sports Car Market...............................................162, 177 Sports Car Shop ..........................................................133 Symbolic International ................................................. 21 The Finest Automobile Auctions.................................4-5 The Stable, Ltd. ..........................................................103 The Werk Shop ...........................................................169 Tony Labella Classic Cars ............................................ 96 Velocity Channel .......................................................... 58 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ........................................105 Vintage Rallies ............................................................125 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................................141 Watchworks ................................................................169 WeatherTech ................................................................. 24 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. ...............................................127 West Coast Classics, LLC ..........................................155 White Post Restorations .............................................149 Worldwide Group ......................................................... 15 40 You Write We Read I checked my car into the San Ramon Marriott Courtyard, only to be given the attached card although I’ve come close on a couple of occasions with early 1970s GTVs, and I’ve kicked myself for not doing it. But I did experience an Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III, which is not too far from what you are looking at, and I thought it was wonderfully smooth but a bit ponderous. The Laverda of cars, I suppose, with great power and comfortable at turnpike speeds, but it’s not something I’d want to turn to for a spin on the Tail of the Dragon. The 356, on the other hand, is a car which I’ve had a good deal of experience with. I’m amused when you say that you’ve heard 356s can run out of breath at 70 mph; they can run all day at whatever speed you choose, and the run from Pasadena to Monterey is a yearly event that lets the 356 stretch its legs. Top end is roughly 110–115 mph, should you be so inclined. You have gotten good advice regarding a driver; get a B with a 912 engine, and you’ll wonder where those 70-mph comments came from. The cars are light, so a stiff wind can move you around a bit, but if you have the car in top tune, you’ll never wonder why they got so popular again. Popular modifications are a stiffer front sway bar from John Willhoit, and a camber regulator from Vic Skirmants. Combine those with new bushings all around, and the car is a delight. I don’t know who the 356 guru is in your neck of the woods, but here in Los Angeles, Larry Markham is a longtime resource. If you have need to drive one, I’d be happy to let you try my B cabriolet S90, which won its class at the 356 Club of Southern California’s annual Dana Point Concours (the largest 356-only concours in the world). It runs as-new, and I appreciate the engineering that has gone into it now that I’ve helped on a few other cars. There are a lot of resources to help you look for the right car, starting with the 356 Registry. The important part about choice is starting out with “good bones,” and in the case of the 356, it means no rust. That is the most important thing to remember, so that means limiting your geographic search point to the California/Arizona/New Mexico/ Texas areas — maybe Nevada and Utah as well. That’s the best bet for finding a car that doesn’t need a new floor, which opens up the “money pit.” — Jim Nelson, via email Draneas’ Word Gets Out Fast! To the Editor: As a loyal reader of SCM, and as a member of a family full of lawyers dating back to the early 1700s, I always enjoy John Draneas’ column. I read the latest one on hotel valet parking (January 2017, “Legal Files,” p. 50) while flying to California last week. I then checked my rental car into the San Ramon Marriott Courtyard, only to be given the attached card. The coincidence amused me enough to want to share it with you. — Tobey Ross, Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance President ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg If there is one thing that The Famous Flaw in the Rolex Cream Explorer II titillates col- lectors, it is controversy. As controversial objects garner attention, experts seem to enjoy weighing in on origin, authenticity and desirability. In the genre of time pieces, Rolex steel sport models are some of the most collected, discussed, queried and objectified of all time. Rolex is highly conservative — some models are unchanged for years of production. Yet, as with many watch companies, Rolex occasionally relies on vendors to provide components. Of course, sometimes Rolex purposely makes changes to improve the product or the aesthetic to heighten sales. In the case of the “Cream Explorer II,” watch experts argue whether Rolex produced it purposely — it is what might be called an error. The Rolex Explorer was introduced just after the alleged wearing of a Rolex watch by Sir Edmund Hillary (or his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay) during the first successful summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Some question if either was wearing a Rolex at all. Capitalizing on the fame of summiting the highest peak on Earth, Rolex came up with the Explorer watch. The original Explorers were simple, three-hand automatic steel watches with bold indices and numerals at 3, 6 and 9. Following the success of the original Explorer, in 1971, Rolex introduced the Explorer II to attract a broader audience of extreme sportsmen and spelunkers who, on long ascents into the dark, might benefit from a watch with a 24-hour indicator to help discern day from night. The original Explorer II had a Details Production date: 1986 Best place to wear one: A perfect watch for exploring the crypts and catacombs of Rome Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: is best): dial that was challenging to read, and it was updated in 1985 in multiple ways. This watch was unsuccessful on launch, but it is highly desirable now. Sparse production fuels the market on these watches. The models that followed the not-so-popular, not-so-legible ExNeat Stuff by Jim Pickering 1957 Porsche Factory Commemorative Poster This factory com- memorative poster highlights Porsche’s successes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Hugus/Count de Beaufort and the 12 Hours of Reims with Storez, Bonnier, Von Frankenberg and Barth. Erich Strenger, Porsche’s in-house designer for over 25 years, was known for his creativity and imagination. His artwork here shows a speeding 550 spyder ahead of a 356 coupe. Own an original. $3,275, professionally archival linen mounted. Learn more at VintageAutoPosters.com 42 plorer II had sapphire crystals, improved movements, more-robust bracelets and clearer indices and bezels for much better legibility. The first iteration of the new Explorer II was short-lived, with only a four-year production run. The watch was offered with an off-white or black dial. Today, the offwhite dials would be considered cream. The controversy is whether the watch dials were intended to be white, off-white or cream — and to what degree aging caused some or all of the dials to fail. The cream-dialed Explorer II differed from later models in numerous ways. Most importantly, the luminous plots for the hour markers are surrounded by white gold bezels, and the hands were white gold as well, as opposed to the black-surrounded hands and plots of the later model. The font engraved on the bezel also differs, with much more closed curves on the numerals rather than the open numbers of the later iteration. Both models feature a black paint filling in the bezel, which, sadly, is rather easy to chip (see photo). This is rather difficult to repair without sending it to Rolex for replacement. There are subtle differences among the cream-dial Explorer II watches. Most watch experts agree a true Cream Explorer II should have what is known as a railroad dial. The words “Superlative Chronometer” and “Officially Certified” should be center justified, so that the two lines gap at the same place in the center (see photo). However, some correct Explorer II watches do not have this feature. With regard to valuation, the 16550 early-model Explorer II is typically only more valuable in the cream-dial variant, as opposed to the black-dial version. The railroad-dial variant is far more expected, and therefore, sought after, and the original closed-font bezel (which Rolex can no longer supply) is far better — even in rough condition — than the open-font replacement. For decent examples, prices start around $9,000, and superb examples with box and papers can top $17,000. To put all of this into perspective, a truly perfect white-dial later version, with box and papers, should fetch under $7,000. ♦ Italian Style for Your Desk Nero Cavallo offers a collection of artistically created desk accessories and automobilia inspired by Ferrari motorsports history. If you’re a Ferrari lover, this laser-engraved crystal Rampante Shield paperweight is perfect for your workspace. It accurately represents the size, scale and design of the original Ferrari enamel emblem. Set it on your desk to remind you of what waits in the garage — or why you’re working so hard. $40 at NeroCavallo.com ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck Model Details Production date: 2015–16 Quantity: Metallic red, 72; red, 54; blue, 200; Avio Metallic Blue, 36; burgundy, 149; yellow, 124; black, 18; metallic blue “Steve McQueen,” 300; metallic green, 36; pale yellow, 54; white, 10 SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.bbrmodels.com 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder This 1:18-scale model replicates Chassis 11057 as shown at the 2001 Ferrari Owners Club Concours at Broughton Castle in the U.K. Chassis 11057 was the last of the 10 NART Spyders built. Made in Italy by BBR, this is one of 11 different color versions they have produced to date, adding up to a total production of 1,053 models — so far. Some have wire wheels, while others do not. Each comes attached to a very attractive display base, and, depending on the version, it may have an acrylic cover. The version shown here is supposedly from an edition of 36 pieces. BBR actually doubled the run! Overall, this model perfectly captures the car. There is a great amount of detail, and the fit and finish are excellent. The paint is among the best that Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Ferrari 70 Years by Dennis Adler, 310 pages, Quarto, $40 (Amazon) Post-war Italy in 1946 was a place of privation. The raw materials needed for the production of most everything were in short supply. It was also a time of contrasts. While Europe was rebuilding, the United States was flying high. Returning soldiers wanted to go racing, and their time in Europe had brought them in contact with sleek, fast and nimble motorcars that were unlike the big sedans of their country. A market was born. Luigi Chinetti, having fled to America before the war, returned to Italy for a meeting with the former manager of Alfa Romeo’s racing team — one Enzo Ferrari. Chinetti wanted Ferrari to create a factory to build road and racing cars that he could sell back in the United States. Both men were racers at heart, so the road cars were a way to pay for racing. Let’s just say it all worked out pretty well. Dennis Adler, author and photographer, takes you through the history of Ferrari, from inception to today. Along the way, he showcases the most beautiful and important examples from the home of the Cavallino Rampante. Heavily weighted toward the early cars, this history of the Ferrari marque is fast-paced, with plenty of background on the designs, the mechanicals and 44 the famous coachbuilders. They are all there, from the Tipo 125 (described at the time in an Italian newspaper as “small, red, and ugly”) through the 2016 GTC4Lusso. Ferrari never thought of himself as a great designer or engineer, but rather as a motivating leader who surrounded himself with the best people. Thankfully, one of those was Chinetti, who helped Ferrari become one of the most important car companies in history. Provenance: Dennis Adler is a well- recognized automotive writer and photographer, and his passion for Ferrari has led him to write several books on the marque. Fit and finish: Adler is also a talented photographer, and his images fill the 300-page history, with beautiful color on every page. Drivability: Ferrari 70 Years is a lovely overview of the production cars from Ferrari. It is not an exhaustive history or insider story of Enzo Ferrari. But it’s a delightful read — and a beautiful synopsis of the cars that made Ferrari the mostrecognized Italian word in the world. ♦ Sports Car Market you will find on any production model. The etched-metal spokes on the wheels are correctly thin, and you’ll find separate valve stems on the polished alloy rims along with knockoff spinners that have the Borrani logos. The interior is very highly detailed. The only misses are the glaringly wrong silver-painted pedals — and lack of silver color on the prominent door-panel screw heads. Outside, the only flaws are the incorrect tinting of the reverse light lens in red and not hanging the exhausts low enough. Prices range from $390 to over $600 depending on the version and the seller. ♦ ½


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Affordable Classic Audi TT Spend a Little More — Get a Lot More For about $10,000, you get into the standard second-generation cars — with all the upgrades and better reliability by Jeff Zurschmeide 2003 Audi TT, sold for $6,500 at Mecum Kansas City in 2015 I 48 f you want to put an all-wheel-drive sports car into your collection, but you don’t want to pay the ticket price for an exotic and you don’t want the boy-racer styling of a sport compact, there aren’t a lot of options. Fortunately, the obvious choice is also a good one. The Audi TT is a car you can drive every day, and it is likely to age well in your collection. The TT badge recalls the Tourist Trophy races, where Audi had a grand history. Audi developed the TT in the late 1990s, and it went on sale in the United States for the 2000 model year. The car press heralded the arrival of the TT, including a spot on Car & Driver’s 10 Best list and a nomination for North American Car of the Year. The awards were legit, as the little Audi was sure-footed and offered solid performance in a fun, attractive package. The TT Mk1 The coupe was initially offered only with a 5-speed manual trans- mission, and it used VW’s well-developed 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, rated either at 180 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque or 225 horsepower and 206 pound-feet. The difference between the two engines was mainly in the size of the turbo and five pounds of maximum boost pressure. The long block was the same in both cases. In the 2,910-pound TT coupe, the basic 180-horse engine delivered a 0–60 mph time of about seven seconds, which was about what you got from a 2.8-liter BMW Z3 roadster of the same era. Not super-fast, but it was no boulevard cruiser, either. The 225-horse variant took that 0–60 mph time down to 6.3 seconds. Top speed is governed to about 143 mph with either engine. The Quattro AWD system used in the TT Mk1 is a Haldex LSC unit, designed to be almost entirely front-drive unless slip is detected. If the front wheels are slipping, up to 100% of torque can be sent to the rear wheels until grip is restored. Because of the common chassis shared with the VW Golf/Jetta line, the TT engine is mounted transversely at the front of the car, with a driveshaft extending rearward from the transmission. A clutch mounted forward of the rear axle was used to deliver power to the rear wheels when needed. A convertible TT joined the coupe partway through the 2000 model year. A twin-clutch DSG two-pedal transmission and a 3.2-liter V6 engine were added to the option list for 2003, along with a light facelift to the entire line. Sports Car Market


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Reliability issues Audi products of the early 2000s generally have a poor reputation for reliability — especially compared with their Asian competitors. After a series of high-speed crashes involving loss of control, earlymodel-year 2000 TT models were recalled to have electronic stability control installed, along with replacement sway bars, suspension control arms and stiffer shocks. Updated cars also received a rear spoiler to reduce lift. Later on, the TT developed a reputation for premature timing-belt failures. Audi had another recall for corrosion on certain suspension bushings. Audi products of this era also suffered from electrical troubles, specifically failures of the instrument cluster that led to a class-action lawsuit. So if you’re considering any TT, be sure to get a thorough pre- purchase inspection at an expert Audi shop. If the seller can’t give you an exact mileage and date when the timing belt was last replaced, plan on doing that right away. Details Years produced: 2000–17 Price when new: $30,500 Number produced: 275,339 (Mk1, coupe and convertible) Current SCM Median Valuation: $7,600 (2000–06) Pros: An AWD sports car with respectable performance, and it’s comfortable once you get in Cons: Spotty reliability record, high repair costs and taller drivers may have issues Best place to drive one: A winding mountain road or a track day Worst place to drive one: Any grocery store parking lot A typical owner: Is recently divorced and back on the market The second generation By the mid-2000s, TT quality issues were substantially improved, and the Mk2 TT debuted for the 2008 model year as a dramatically better vehicle. The new TT was bigger, but a bit lighter, owing to increased use of aluminum. This TT generation offered a 2.0-liter turbo engine at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet, or the 3.2-liter V6 at 250 horsepower and 237 pound-feet. In the TT Mk2, you have a choice of a 6-speed manual or the S-tronic twin-clutch transmission, with FWD or Quattro. This generation of the TT was also improved with the addition of a magnetic ride suspension on all models. As a final goodie, the new TT came with an automatic-lifting rear spoiler. It’s like mooning the guy behind you on the freeway. The hot rod TTS model was also brought out in 2008, with the 2.0- liter turbo engine boosted up to 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque — and then mated to a special close-ratio 6-speed transmission or the S-tronic box. In 2012, the TT RS joined the lineup with 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine. Then the TT RS Plus dialed that engine up to 355 horsepower and 343 pound-feet with 0–60 mph time down to 4.1 seconds and top speed raised to 174 mph. Keeping it affordable If you can find a TT RS, you can probably buy it for about $30,000– $40,000. TTS models are only a little bit less. But the average transaction price on an ordinary first- or second-generation TT is much lower. From this point onwards, let us speak only of Quattro models, be- cause without that you might as well just buy a Beetle. Further, remember that any Audi TT is just trading as a used car, not as a collectible, so depreciation is still a thing. Good-condition 2000–02 TT models should sell at around $5,000, and the remainder of the Mk1 series through 2006 should be only a little higher. If you’re shopping for a first-gen Audi TT, focus on 2003–06, as they had the bugs mostly worked out by then. But for just about $10,000, you can take your pick of the standard second-generation cars with all the upgrades and better reliability. What you’ll get for your money is a truly modern sports car with great performance, a nifty AWD system, and your choice of coupe or ragtop. It’s not like the early cars have anything special that will become more collectible with age — there are no “pre-smog” or “chrome bumper” years for the Audi TT. With these cars, newer really is better. ♦ March 2017 49


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Collecting Thoughts Kids and Old Cars Driving With Kid Gloves It’s your choice whether to savor your old car on that twisty road, but maybe you should leave the children at home by Todd K. Warren (truthfully) that she just wasn’t old enough yet to ride in the Morgan. She had ridden in the back of my Porsche 993 in her car seat. I wondered if that moment was a turning point. I went for the ride myself, and I couldn’t help thinking about the idea of taking my kids in the Morgan. I love that car. I love my kids much more. Another warning sign A few weeks later, just as I had for many years, I packed up the Morgan and drove it several hours to a big vintage-car event. During the weekend, a friend was involved in a serious accident in his old British sports car. While he was enjoying the car The Morgan was beloved, but the kids had to come first worth, I’ll tell you how I worked through it. First, a little background: As a kid growing up in the 1970s and K 1980s, I was fortunate that my family had vintage cars, mainly 1920s, 1930s and 1940s American cars. We went all over the place in them, and I loved every minute of it. My father installed seat belts in the front of these cars, but there weren’t any in the back. When I was in my early 20s, I bought a car I’d wanted since I was 8 years old — an early Morgan Plus 8. Since then, I’ve been lucky to also have other vintage cars, including a Jaguar XK 140 and a Series III E-type. I drove them everywhere. I love these cars. Reducing the risk Clearly, we can’t remove all of life’s risks, but we can remove and/ or reduce many of them. When it comes to my kids, I want to remove or reduce as many as possible — while still allowing them to really enjoy life. It’s a balancing act — and a very delicate one. In the summer of 2009, I was in my driveway about to take the Morgan for a drive. My daughter, for the first time, asked if she could come. She was 5. I was thrilled that she wanted to come for a ride, but I also immediately felt uneasy. I’d been thinking more about the risks of driving the Morgan since my kids were born, but this was the first time it got real. I looked at my beautiful little girl. I looked at my beautiful, 1,900- pound Morgan — and its doors, which are only about one inch thick. I looked down the road to the corner and its stop sign — one of many around here that, to my continuing amazement, people routinely ignore. And I thought, I can’t do it. As she was 5, it was easy for me to tell her 50 eith Martin’s blog post “Taking Kids in Unsafe Old Cars” from the November 14 SCM email newsletter really struck a chord, as it’s something I struggle with as well. Obviously, this is a very personal issue, but, for what it’s on a two-lane back road, someone blew a stop sign right in front of him. He had no place to go, so he hit the brakes, and slammed into the side of the modern mid-size sedan. His early 1970s sports car was very badly damaged, but it was just new enough to have 3-point belts and — crucially — a collapsible steering column. My friend was back at the hotel later that day, bruised, sore and more than a little annoyed — but basically unhurt. There was a lot of discussion about this. Some noted that the small and lightweight old car had done a good job keeping its occupant intact — unexpectedly so. Its front end hit the side of a modern mid-size sedan. The front structure collapsed and left the passenger’s compartment intact, surprisingly like a modern car with crumple zones. However, if he had arrived at that intersection a tiny fraction of a second earlier, the sedan’s front end would have T-boned the driver’s side of the old sports car —and the story would have a very different ending. My friend was unlucky to have the accident, but he was exceedingly lucky to have the specific type of crash that he had. Shortly thereafter, my wife and kids arrived at the event. I spent the rest of that weekend thinking a lot. As I drove home by myself in the Morgan, I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I got home, I knew I was going to sell my beloved Morgan. I decided I wanted a car that I would really enjoy and that would be safe enough to bring my kids along. I’ve been a fan of Aston Martins since I was about 5 years old (I still ache for a DB4). It had been a long time since a new car had made me lust for it, but the V8 Vantage did just that. Falling in love with a modern sports car I sold the Morgan (still miss it) and bought a brand-new 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. It’s wonderful. It’s an old-school new car, one that in my opinion should appeal to vintage-car people. It’s a truly great drive, an “analog” car that really requires the driver to drive it. The manual gearbox is fantastic, and the steering feel is superb. The car Sports Car Market


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is fast and beautifully balanced, and it is genuinely engaging to drive at — crucially — sane speeds. Finally, if the worst were to happen, it is extremely well equipped to protect its occupants. The V8 Vantage is a different experience from a vintage car, of course, but it’s a very special experience (so much more of an “event” than recent Porsches, in my opinion) — and one that I am completely comfortable sharing with my kids. In the seven-plus years since, I’ve continued to think about this, and I’m comfortable that I made the right decision — for me. Last year, when I decided to buy another car, I was so tempted to get something old, but ultimately I bought another modern(ish) Aston — a 2005 Vanquish S. I have always liked these cars, and they’re a real event to drive. They also have genuine collectibility potential (I think) down the road. Again, I happily take my kids with me. Interstates, survivors and texting Some further thoughts on your blog and the reader comments: • Interstates and other limited-access highways are the safest roads by far per mile driven, even though the speeds are the highest. There are barriers between you and oncoming traffic. There are no intersections and no driveways. Country two-lane roads are easily the most fun, but they are much more dangerous. They are full of limited sightlines, driveways, side streets, oncoming traffic — and nothing separates you from oncoming traffic but a line of paint (if that). • “We survived growing up when cars were more dangerous.” Yes, we did. But what about all of those people who did not? Many people who were killed in a car crash when we were kids would survive that same crash (or worse) today in a more modern car. That we survived then has absolutely nothing to do with whether our kids will now — and that’s what matters. • Modern cars are bigger, heavier and structurally stronger than ever before, so they’ll do more damage to an old car in a crash today A 2005 Vanquish S allows a thrilling sports car experience as well as safety than would have been the case even a few years ago. There are far more SUVs on the roads today than in years past. Old cars haven’t changed, so they are comparatively even less safe than they used to be. • Driving standards have declined to a level where they are truly abysmal, and they continue to decline at an alarming rate (now proven by the fatality rate shooting up for the first time in 50 years). Texting (and similar stupidity) is absolutely lethal and frighteningly prevalent. My daily commute is 110 miles round trip, and every day I see (I actually can see them doing it) between a halfdozen to a dozen drivers texting. This foolish behavior happens at all speeds and in all traffic conditions. I see many more who I’m quite sure are texting — they look drunk — but I can’t actually see them doing it. There are no right or wrong answers to this, but thanks for raising the subject in your blog. I think it’s an important one. ♦ March 2017 51


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Legal Files Martin Emmison www.caldicarphoto.com; Simone Caldirola, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Finding bargains proved difficult, as nearly every lot exceeded its estimate by a large margin. The auction brought a total of €51,263,270 ($54,298,056) Duemila Ruote: From Scandal to Windfall Italy’s stagnant economy and troubled banks had thousands of eager bidders dreaming of bargains L 52 uigi Compiano is an Italian businessman who inherited a substantial security company from his father, Arnaldo. Based in Treviso in the northeastern corner of Italy, North East Services was founded in 1929 by Mr. Compiano’s grand- father. Arnaldo Compiano developed this small business into one of the market leaders in the secure handling and movement of cash and valuables by armored trucks. He died at age 79 in 2010, by which time he was known not only as a successful businessman but also as the benefactor of many charities — and as a collector of paintings and other works of art. On the death of his father, Luigi Compiano became the head of the business, and in contrast, was known in the Veneto not so much as a businessman but as a high-rolling collector of big boy’s toys. He accumulated many hundreds of collector and racing cars — plus many more racing speedboats, motorbikes, bicycles and automobilia. Luigi also collected fountain pens and was rumored to have as- sembled the world’s biggest collection of Montblanc pens — and a sizeable collection of pornographic videos. A total of 2,187 adult DVDs were sold by auction in September 2014 — not, we hasten to add, by RM Sotheby’s. Fraud, tax evasion and seizure In a pending criminal case against Luigi Compiano, it is alleged that many millions of euros were stolen from North East Services, which was declared bankrupt by the Court of Treviso in October 2013. The court ordered the seizure, and subsequently, the sale by auc- tion, of the entire collection of cars, automobilia, boats, motorbikes and cycles. In February 2016, the same court found Luigi Compiano guilty of tax evasion to the tune of 17 million euros. The court-appointed receiver of his assets chose RM Sotheby’s to conduct the auction. A German auction house appealed that choice, and when that appeal was finally dismissed, some three years after this process began, the way was clear Sports Car Market


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A Giant Outlier of a Sale T he concept of “outlier” works for auctions too. As far as I know, the oft-used phrase “perfect storm” has never been coupled with “illogical madness” in any literary form, so here’s a first. What do you get when you fill an auction room with 4,000 bidders, 83% of them new to this game and 40% of them registered Italian voters? You get, of course, “the perfect storm for illogical madness.” Bravo! You also get an unrepeatable moment in the car-selling world that has zero effect on the real market, as we know it day to day. Zero! Nada! Zilch! Dealers are not suddenly raising prices on similar (probably bet- ter) offerings, and auction houses are not guaranteeing higher bids in London, Arizona or Paris. My grounds for supporting the “illogical madness” are simple. In the real world, buyers want very well-maintained cars that are rare or desirable — and always come with copious amounts of worthy and complete service/history files. Apparently, in a Milan warehouse, none of that matters. Most of the cars were not running, had zero paperwork — including proper titles — and could not be mechanically inspected or test driven. What could go wrong? Well, if you’re the Italian government or RM Sotheby’s, NOTHING. But, if you’re the average rube looking for a deal, plenty went wrong. You just overpaid by a lot — not 10%, mind you, but in some cases by 200%. Now, many buyers have a “fill in the blank” that is very needy, very undocumented and very common as mud. My paisanos must have lost it in translation. They obviously figured A fantastic auction, to be sure, just don’t expect it to upend the market that “no reserve” equaled “SUCH A BARGAIN!” There were a few jewels hiding in the offerings — if you did your advance homework, but 90% of what was sold was not unique, rare or unrepeatable. The auction results were the only thing unrepeatable, and everyone has a theory as to what happened. Not one theory or conversation within the trade about the results included anything more than this: “Well, this isn’t a bad result for the car community. It just doesn’t translate or matter beyond this event.” Hats off to RM Sotheby’s for finding the logistical solutions, pulling this event off and bringing the fantastic results. ♦ — Stephen Serio March 2017 53 www.caldicarphoto.com; Simone Caldirola


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Legal Files Martin Emmison More than 4,000 bidders vied for a shot at 817 no-reserve lots of cars, motorcycles, boats and automobilia www.caldicarphoto.com; Simone Caldirola, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s for RM Sotheby’s to start this mammoth auction task. The sale was cleverly organized to coincide with Milan’s annual AutoClassica Show in late November, and the RM Sotheby’s team worked hard in the time available to photograph and catalog the 817 lots. Their job was made harder, as there was a total absence of history files for the cars — let alone most of the legal documents (libretto and foglio complementare are required for each car that was registered in Italy). Having disputed the seizure and sale orders, Luigi Compiano ap- pears to have withheld many of the original documents. While this lack of paperwork was unnerving for some prospective buyers, RM Sotheby’s managed in the days before the auction to apply for duplicate official documents. At the time of the sale, many of the cars were still subject to the court’s seizure order, but the Treviso Court should cancel the seizure within weeks of RM Sotheby’s receiving each buyer’s payment. Thousands of bidders, all dreaming of bargains In the weeks leading up to the auction there was much speculation of “bargains galore” — not least because all lots were to be sold without reserve, and RM Sotheby’s estimates were either low or very low — except for some modern and well-recognized models. After all, new homes were needed for some 420 cars, many appar- ently untouched for maybe 10 years — and none having turned a wheel in anger for at least three years. There were no history files, no ownership documents, and no opportunity of inspection until the day before the auction. With the Italian economy stagnant and many of its banks thought to be in trouble, there was a fair chance that the local collectors would stay at home — perhaps leaving the field open for the rest of us to sneak in and steal a cheap prize. The vast hall in Milan’s Fiera on the Thursday viewing day was impressive, not only in the seemingly endless rows of Porsches, Jaguars and Italian collectibles, but in the huge numbers of people. How many opportunist buyers were there, I wondered, as the throng of private and trade buyers weaved their way through the ranks of dusty cars and struggled with the lengthy queues to collect their bidding paddles. 54 RM Sotheby’s answer was astonishing. More than 4,000 bidders registered to bid in the room and another 1,000 chimed in by phone or online, which must be some kind of record. Yes, I was one of the hopeful. As a long-term Morgan owner, I had previously spotted a very tired-looking 4/4 Ford-engined 2-seater. Hidden away in the far left corner, it was all there and restorable — but it needed everything. Estimated at 5,000 to 7,000 euros, my target would be almost the last car under the hammer late on the first evening. Surely by then, I figured, everyone will have sloped off for dinner, and I can steal the Morgan for a song. I could not have been more wrong. Waving paddles and high prices Once the bidding began on Friday, it was feverish from the start. There were multiple bidders for most of the cars and many hands in the air vying with for the auctioneer’s eye. Almost every lot was exceeding its estimate by a huge margin. Paying 28,000 euros, including premium, the buyer of the Morgan must either be an ace restorer or have a very rosy view of its future value. With instructions to bid on a Porsche 993 Carrera RS, my cunning plan had been to swoop in at the last knockings as the “new money.” As the bidding opened, I barely managed to raise my paddle, let alone be noticed by the auctioneer, before the price raced to more than twice my client’s limit. You could describe the bidding as frenzied, if not downright crazy, but this was the perfect mood for a successful auction. Huge numbers of bidders, many new to the game, were each determined to go home with something. The statistics of the sale will be reported elsewhere, but my overall impression, having expected chaos and aggravation, was an atmosphere of excitement and success and a job really well done by RM Sotheby’s. My thanks also for the Italian background to my Milan car lawyer colleague and good friend Riccardo Roversi. ♦ Martin Emmison is a lawyer in London specializing in collector car matters. He can be reached at memmison@gdlaw.co.uk. Sports Car Market


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Joy Versus Investment Your memory bank is what matters, so fill it with wonderful car memories since the U.S. dollar has continued its climb against the euro and British pound. At the time I’m writing this, the euro is trading at $1.06, lower than it’s been in 14 years. In conversation with my great friend and client David Word, he observed that had he bought his 1957 Lancia Aurelia B24 convertible in December 2016, rather than in 2012 when he did, the car would have cost him between $50,000–$60,000 less than he paid. While that’s certainly a substantial amount of money, he looked at it in a very different way. The mathematics of fun Rather than consider the money he could have kept in the bank, he recalls that since 2012 he has completed almost a dozen 1,000-mile vintage rallies in the car. They’ve given him great memories and wonderful experiences behind the wheel of the Lancia. He has shared the car with the public and friends, and with each mile, he absorbs a bit more of “la Dolce Vita.” Other examples abound. The cost of doing an event, such as the Mille Miglia, often comes up in conversation. There are various routes into the event. You can buy a car that actually ran in the original event — that’s likely to set you back six figures. However there are cars on the eligible list that sell for as little as $20,000. Of course, you have to pay the entry fee of approximately $8,400. If your car isn’t already in Italy, you have to pay to transport it there. The trip alone will certainly add $7,000 for two for the week, with airfare, hotels, food, wine and some shopping. It’s not about what such an adventure costs in dollars (or euros), but what it leaves with you. A suite on a 12-day Mediterranean cruise goes for $8,700 for two, but as fond as I am of sea travel, it doesn’t come near the thrill of thousands of onlookers feverishly waving flags and cheering you on through historic towns and along spectacular country roads. It is no surprise that David and I have done two Mille Miglias to- Sure, you could go with a rental car, but would it be as memorable? ing — that has almost no relation to what that car does, will do or has done for your heart, mind and soul. It’s so often tempting to focus more on the destination than the jour- Y ney. As someone who spends an inordinate amount of time on airplanes and cars traveling to and from work, I know I have failed to live truly “in the present” as I might want to. When I discover myself about to whine because I have to “spend 17½ hours flying from California to Italy,” it takes only a moment to reflect that, in 1952, the S.S. United States, the fastest transatlantic liner ever built, took three days and 12 hours to travel from New York to Southampton. I can also be certain that those three days were a lot more interesting than the 17 hours I spent in the air. And how ecstatic I would be while savoring sea air, the sky, light and stars rather than checking the clock to see how many hours were left until we landed. But that’s a literal example of misplaced focus. I have been reminded of a subtler — but no less powerful — manifestation of this idea several times recently. I do a good deal of business in Italy locating cars and supervising restorations for clients. Things have picked up considerably 56 ou’re most likely reading this magazine because you need to know — or would like to know — what might be the value of a particular car you own or would like to buy or sell. That is a number — no matter how gratifying or frighten- gether — and plan more. Publisher Martin has been loudly musing in public and private about the “investment” he’s been making in his Alfa fleet, most recently his Giulia Spider and Sprint Speciale. I have told him — and will continue to tell him — that as long as he has a roof over his head, can clothe, feed and entertain his son and take his daughter to Rétromobile while paying the hard-working staff at SCM World Headquarters, it doesn’t matter what the cars cost. They’re not his retirement fund, and the power they have to evoke great memories of Alfas past in his life and to make brand-new Alfa memories has a value far in excess of the repair invoices. A collector — not a dealer I have been fortunate enough in my life of collecting cars, art and furniture to have made a considerable profit on some items I’ve sold when it was time to move on. However, I can also state that I can never recall making money on an object I didn’t care about — or purchased only for appreciated resale. It’s why I’m a collector, not a dealer, even though I may not keep everything I buy for years. But I can look at the walls of my office and see images of some of the cars I’ve enjoyed — and realize that I’ve filled the bank with memories. Instead of concentrating on the destination, live in the journey. As my friend David told me, “I buy the cars to drive and enjoy. Let my heirs worry about what the market might bring when they sell them.” ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2016 Art in Motion Concours A New Concours Runs Fast Participants were encouraged to drive their cars on the track during the concours by Bill Rothermel the Arts — with the assistance of auctioneer David Gooding of Gooding & Co. More than 700 guests attended, despite chilly temperatures Sunday. Best in Show — Race Car was Bruce Canepa’s 1969 Porsche 917, the first 917 to finish a race in June 1969 with Frank Gardner and David Piper driving to an 8th-place finish. Best in Show — Concours went to Roy Brod’s gorgeous 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta “Tour de France.” In the German category, Tony Labella’s 1971 280SL received Best Mercedes-Benz in Class honors, and Chris Robins’ 1974 Alpine 110 was presented similar honors in the French category. Alan Rosenblum’s 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Deluxe by Bertone was awarded Best in Class — American, and Rob Adams’ 1956 Cooper T 39 Bobtail, a Cooper factory race car and the first race car to move the engine to the rear, was Great Britain’s Best in Class winner. In the Porsche, Marque of the Year 9-Series Best in Class (French) winner — Chris Robins’ 1974 Alpine 110 A nother concours has been added to the annual collector car calendar. While concours may come and go, this one is a keeper and will no doubt be around for many years to come. Mark my words. This one is different. Paul Queally, co-founder of the Monticello Motor Club, best de- scribes the new Art in Motion event: “Unlike any other concours, we celebrate the speed and sounds of these stunning works of moving art by utilizing Monticello Motorsports Club’s private 4.1-mile racetrack comprised of 22 turns and 450 feet of elevation changes,” Queally said. Monticello Motor Club is a private country club in New York’s pic- turesque Catskill Mountains (less than two hours north of New York City). It was designed and built for people who love to drive and race their cars. The club played host to the invitation-only concours on October 8–9, 2016. The showfield consisted of nearly 100 sports and racing cars. The goals of the show’s founders are lofty — “Goodwood” was frequently heard — but until the concours’ major sponsor, Montreign Resort Casino, is completed in 2018 (addressing the lack of hotel accommodations), big changes will be held to a minimum. Monticello Motor Club partners with Jaguar and Land Rover. Jaguar uses the track for schools, and Land Rover has an off-road course nearby. Wayne Carini of Velocity TV’s “Chasing Classic Cars,” and Danny Sullivan, former Indy 500 winner, served as guest judges, and Sullivan ran in the Celebrity Miata Race Demonstration following Sunday’s concours. Porsche was the featured marque, Details Plan ahead: The Second Annual Art in Motion at Monticello Motor Club is scheduled for October 5–8, 2017 Where: The Monticello Motor Club, Monticello, NY Web: www.artinmotionmmc.com 60 and cars were categorized and judged in sports/racing and country of origin classes. Participants were invited to drive their car on the track during Sunday’s concours. More than $220,000 was raised for the benefiting charity — Bethel Woods Center for (1965–77) class, Steven Midgett’s 1973 911 Carrera RSH 2.7 took the Best in Class trophy, and Nicolas Clemence’s 1955 550/1500RS Spyder received top honors in the Porsche 356 Era 1951–64 category. Peter Brotman’s 1962 OSCA 1600 GTS by Zagato, one of two pro- duced and with just 5,000 kilometers from new, was presented with Best in Class — Italy. The Driehaus Collection’s 1926 Miller Locomobile Junior 8 Special was top dog in the Race and Competition (Early) class, and Michael Connell’s 1970 Chrysler Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, which was originally imported into France, was honored in the Race and Competition (Late) class. To the delight of the crowd, Connell smoked the tires after receiving his award. Michael Rich’s Cadillac-powered 1952 Allard J2X received the Founders Award; Jim Taylor’s 1952 Chrysler-powered Cunningham C3 coupe by Vignale was presented with the Judge’s Choice Award, and Stephen Bruno’s 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Ghia Aigle won Finest GT. It’s worth repeating. This one’s a keeper, and it was quite remarkable for a first-year event. Mark my words. This concours is here to stay and deservedly so. ♦ Winner of the Race and Competition (Early) class — the Driehaus Collection’s 1926 Miller Locomobile Junior 8 Special Sports Car Market Monticello Motorsports Monticello Motorsports


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Feature 2016 ArtCenter Car Classic Built by Hand The school of Larry Shinoda, J. Mays and Ken Okuyama celebrates cars that never rode an assembly line Story and photos by Michael Daly Sam and Emily Mann’s 1938 Delage D8-120 SS Aerodynamic Coupé F ew American transportation design institutions have achieved more prominence than the ArtCenter College of Design in Southern California. Nestled in the hills of Pasadena overlooking the Rose Bowl, ArtCenter has churned out automotive styl- ing luminaries over the years such as Larry Shinoda, J Mays, Chris Bangle and Ken Okuyama. So when it was announced that the theme for the Car Classic 2016 was “Built by Hand,” there was no doubt the college would assemble some of the world’s most sensational hand-built saloons, sports cars, and hot rods on October 23, 2016. A judging panel including alumni Frank Saucedo (GM) and Franz von Holzhausen (Tesla) picked two winners per class from a field that included original, high-provenance classics and a host of faithful recreations and resto-mods. The Pourtout-bodied 1938 Delage D8-120 SS Aerodynamic Coupé owned by four-time Pebble Beach Best-in-Show winners Sam and Emily Mann figured prominently, as its streamlined coachwork was a fabulous contrast to the angularity of contemporaneous Voisins presented by Peter Mullin. The Delage, which won Pebble in 2005 and just completed an exhi- bition stint at the Petersen Automotive Museum, took home an award for Classic Design. Marc Shaw’s modern re-creation of the 1958 Meister Bräu Scarab, built by an outfit in Kansas called Scarab Motorsports, was a dead ringer for the original. It easily recalled the Lance Reventlow-financed product of American road-racing specialists Dick Troutman and Tom Barnes (fresh off a stint on the Kurtis build line). It even featured the Details Plan ahead: The 2017 ArtCenter College of Design Car Classic 2017 will take place in October 2017 Where: The Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., Pasadena, CA Admission: $40 at the gate. Students are admitted for $20 Web: www.artcenter.edu Scott Boses’ 1953 Fiat 1100 62 Corrado Lopresto’s 1957 Alfa Romeo SS prototype Sports Car Market Marc Shaw’s modern re-creation of the 1958 Meister Bräu Scarab name of noted team driver and champion Augie Pabst. Similar recent builds with inspiration in the past included Peter Giacobbi’s matte-finished Ferrari Testa Rossa re-creation, complete with a red-headed Colombo V12, and Mike Jahns’ 2016 Randy Grubb Falconer Dodici, which won the Built by Hand award. Richard Spratling’s 2009 RS Design Corsa Spyder took a different path to a similar endpoint, as it integrated classic Porsche and Ferrari cues into a modern sports-racer. It won a nod in the Exotics class. The 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Special Bertone Prototipo drew the Student’s Choice award, which was arguably the purest accolade of the day (as it is absent of any professional courtesies). Staged next to the Sprint Speciale model for which it served as a prototype, the red Giulietta — with exaggerated pontoon fenders, a bumper-free egg-crate grille, and a more nuanced canopy — was a study in contrasts to the Sprint Speciale. This prototype was the first production design taken on by the leg- endary Franco Scaglione after his famed BAT concept cars, and the influence is unmistakable. Yet despite all the French Curves, 1950s road racers and modern exot- ics — including a Pagani Huayra — on campus, I was most smitten with Scott Boses’ 1953 Fiat 1100, bodied by Vignale to a Michelotti design. This 1100 displayed a number of features the designer was concur- rently using on higher-grade Ferraris, including the two-tone roof/body paint treatments of the 212 models, protruding fenders reminiscent of the 340 Mexico, and a unique front fascia. The 1100 showed with a subtlety and coachbuilt elegance that epitomized the theme of “Built by Hand.” ♦


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FERRARI: 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta “Plexi,” p. 68 ENGLISH: 2004 Noble M12 GTO 2.5, p. 70 ETCETERINI: 1968 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder by Frua, p. 72 GERMAN: 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster, p. 76 AMERICAN: 1918 Stutz Bearcat Rumble-Seat Roadster, p. 78 RACE: 1987 Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione IMSA “Ufficiale,” p. 80 NEXT GEN: 1977 Datsun 280Z, p. 82 1918 Stutz Bearcat Rumble-Seat Roadster; courtesy of Bonhams


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Ferrari Profile 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta “Plexi” This car was sold at an above-market price, but the market will catch up soon by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1968–73 Number produced: 1,279 coupes Original list price: $19,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $772,800 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor cap: $195 for a reproduction; $450 for original factory equipment Chassis # location: On frame above right front spring mount Engine # location: Below head on rear passenger’s side of block Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1971–72 Maserati Ghibli SS, 1969–70 Aston Martin DB6, 1971–72 Lamborghini Miura SV, 1973 Porsche Carrera RS SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 12905 Engine number: B196 R epresenting a paradigm shift in Ferrari’s design language, the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta, later nicknamed the “Daytona,” was first introduced to the world at the 1968 Paris Motor Show. An early European-specification example with Plexiglas headlight covers, this Daytona was originally finished in Blu Dino over a Nero interior. Completed by the factory in September of 1969, it was immediately shipped to Maranello Concessionaires in England. It is believed that when new, this car was likely used personally by Colonel Ronnie Hoare of Maranello Concessionaires before being sold new to its first private owner. The Daytona then passed through another British owner and was repainted gray with a black stripe. Later, refinished in red, it returned to its native Italy, where its most recent owner acquired it in 2006. Confirmed as a matching-numbers example, this would be a wonderful Daytona to drive and enjoy as an example of one of Ferrari’s most celebrated road cars. Chassis number 12905 is indeed a highlight of the Duemila Ruote collection and would continue to hold pride of place at any Ferrari gathering. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 876, sold for $925,317, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote sale on November 27, 2016. If you think a real Ferrari has to have two seats and a front-mounted, carbureted V12 engine, you’re in luck with a Daytona. 68 The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona embodies every- thing great Ferraris are known for. It has a front engine, it is fast, and Pininfarina designed the body with a classic Ferrari silhouette. Topping the cake, it has a proud racing heritage. The Daytona’s 352-hp, 4.4-liter 12-cylinder engine is highlighted with a row of six 2-barrel Weber carburetors and shows off some of the most perfect alloy casting to ever come out of Italy. Driving a Daytona is a sensual experience of sight, smell and touch. The aural delights originate up front, where a pur- poseful-sounding starter motor turns the engine, igniting whirling chains, spinning gears, and the whoosh of air being gulped through huge carburetors. The mechanical pandemonium is slightly muted when a tap of the throttle sends thunder through the exhaust. No fuel-injected, rubber-timing-belt engine comes close to producing the sound of a Daytona. Gasoline and leather provide fragrance for the car. Despite devices designed to capture any fuel fumes, a little evaporated fuel escapes the carburetors. A light hint of gas slightly lingers in the trunk, which is the home of the gas tanks. When mixed with the smell of Connolly leather, the light petroleum overtone enhances the Daytona experience. Daytonas were designed to drive rock steady at 180 mph, so the controls feel a little heavy at lower speeds. The steering is famously stiff, the brakes need a good Sports Car Market 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Lot 33, s/n 14203 Condition 2 Not sold at $520,000 Bonhams, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/18/16 SCM# 6804002 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Lot 113, s/n 15305 Condition 1Sold at $742,500 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/18/16 SCM# 680144 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Lot 90, s/n 14335 Condition 2 Sold at $748,000 Bonhams, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/13/15 SCM# 266113 Tim Scott ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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push, and the shifter takes some effort to move. If you want easy, buy a Mercedes. If you want a drive you’ll remember weeks after your journey, a Daytona fits the bill. Visually, the Daytona silhouette starts with an impossibly long hood and ends with a graceful fastback rear end. There are curves everywhere. The seats are serious buckets that are so stylish that variations of them are still offered on most new Ferraris. The dash, the wheels and the bumpers are timeless Ferrari icons. Money moving into the market There has been a slide in many collector car values, and Daytonas have not been immune to the trend. They have, however, proven to be resilient, and this is probably a good time to buy one. Despite any negative reports on the economy, the number of people with big money keeps going up. In 1987, Forbes estimated there were 140 billionaires on the planet. Today they estimate the number is 1,810. In 1980, $125,000 a year put you in the top 1% of U.S. house- Daytonas aren’t quite A-grade collectibles, but they aren’t far off. ... While a Daytona is not a cornerstone of a Ferrari collection, a Daytona is a pillar that every significant collection should have. holds. Today that number is over $450,000. Over 10.4 million U.S. households have a $1,000,000-plus net worth. That’s a lot of wealth and it will continue to grow. A percentage of that money will get spent on classic cars, and that pool is also getting bigger. Money chases the best cars — or at least what they believe to be the best cars. If your lust is focused on a TR6, you’re pretty safe. But if you’re chasing a major classic, you’ll need to work harder in the future. A-grade collectible cars will continue to be collected with more and more money chasing them. Wealthy collectors will always lust for a 300SL Mercedes, a 507 BMW and great Ferraris. Trends are fickle, and investing in a trendy car is more of a gamble. Paying a premium for a fiberglass 308 or rare 6-speed version of a modern model is sensible, but when just the premium exceeds the value of the standard model, you’re buying bragging rights — not a sound investment. Daytonas aren’t quite A-grade collectibles, but they aren’t far off. They tick all the boxes for a great car, but there are a few too many of them to push them over a B grade. While a Daytona is not a cornerstone of a Ferrari collection, a Daytona is a pillar that every significant collection should have. I can’t imagine a scenario where Daytonas don’t continue to ap- preciate. March 2017 An interesting car — and an interesting sale RM Sotheby’s Daytona chassis 12905 is an interesting car. It is probably the first Daytona that was sent to the U.K., and the U.K. Ferrari distributor probably evaluated the car before RHD U.K. models were built. It has a wood steering wheel — as normally found on early Daytonas. The fixed headlights have Plexiglas covers rather than the pop-up headlights found on later cars, and what appear to be wide rear wheels. The car looks to be in very good cosmetic condition, and the leather has a bit of patina. If you don’t know the details of the Duemila Ruote auction, you re- ally should look them up. The sheer size and circumstances of the sale are fascinating. The details are well covered in this month’s “Legal Files” column on p. 52. The basic story is this: A man skims other people’s money to build a huge collection of toys. The Italian government catches him and takes his toys away. The auction of the toys nearly doubles estimates. Exuberance and inexperience The Duemila Ruote auction was a feeding frenzy of new buyers who paid way too much for incredibly interesting — but mostly marginal — cars. When the sale was over, an astonishing number of buyers were buried so deep in their new purchases that they will never see the light of day. Our subject Daytona was the fourth-highest sale of the weekend, and like most of the cars at the sale, it sold for an unrealistically high number. Unlike many of the other cars, the Daytona was in very presentable condition. An argument can be made that the bidders were paying a premium for the Plexi nose and the U.K. history. I think the high price was a clear case of auction fever. The buyer got a good car that he or she will hopefully enjoy. It will take a while for the market to catch up, but the chances are good that it will get there. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,155,000 $400,000 $600,000 $800,000 $1,000,000 $200,000 $0 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona $770,000 $514,274 $940,774 $1,155,000 This Sale: $925,317 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 69


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English Profile 2004 Noble M12 GTO 2.5 Dynamically superior to contemporary Ferraris and Porsches for much less money, these are the thinking man’s way to go fast by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 2000–08 Number produced: 100 Current SCM Median Valuation: $38,453 (this car) Chassis # location: On chassis rail under right of driver’s seat, under carpet Club: Noble Owners Club Web: nobleownersclub.com Alternatives 2000–16 Lotus Exige, 2000–06 Saleen S7, 1993–97 Dauer 962 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1992 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE Lot 218, s/n SCC082910NHA60175 Condition 2+ Sold at $64,267 Silverstone, Woodstock, U.K., 1/9/16 SCM# 6804852 Chassis number: SA9M12R1M1G113017 Ascari, Noble quickly established his company’s commitment to designing and manufacturing high-performance sports cars with a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. As chief designer, he oversaw the evolution of the company’s first model, the M10, into the M12, which was first produced in 2000. This soon became a benchmark for its incredibly compliant ride, pin-sharp handling and impressive power delivery, receiving almost universal praise from the press. Lee Noble sold the company in August 2006 to Peter B 70 Dyson, and he moved on to work on other ventures in 2008. As well as being a knowledgeable collector of exotic cars and a successful business entrepreneur, Dyson was an M12 owner and a huge admirer of both Noble Automotive and the M12’s attributes. Dyson has taken Noble Automotive forward, with new high-tech premises in Leicestershire, and their current model, the M600, is a highly regarded supercar ritish entrepreneur, car designer and engineer Lee Noble founded Noble Automotive Ltd. in 1999. Using experience from his time spent at and a serious competitor to many more established and revered marques. The M12 was produced in four versions (GTO 2.5, GTO-3 3.0, GTO-3R 3.0, with the M400 being the ultimate variant), all being powered by a sympathetically tuned twin-turbocharged Ford Duratec V6 engine. The basic structure is a steel tub with a full steel roll cage and GRP composite clamshell body parts. At launch, the M12 had 310 bhp with the help of its pair of Garrett T25 turbos, giving a top speed of 165 mph and a 0–60 mph time of 4.1 seconds. With its quasi-racer feel, heightened by the very visible, Alcantara-trimmed roll cage and no-nonsense instruments, this really is a driver’s car. There was no ABS, no traction control and no ESP, just real engineering integrity and a brilliant design. These special cars were able to compete dynamically with the best junior supercars of the day. The car offered here is a 2001 M12 GTO 2.5. Rarely for a Noble, we are informed that this car has only ever been used on the road, and its fantastic condition and originality would strongly support this. Sports Car Market 2006 Saleen S7 Lot 158, s/n 1S9SB18106S000073 Condition 2+ Sold at $632,500 RM Sotheby’s, Plymouth, MI, 6/29/16 SCM# 6804370 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo Lot 108, s/n WP0ZZZ93ZJS20067 Condition 1- Not sold at $136,176 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/12/16 SCM# 6799961 Courtesy of Silverstone


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SCM Analysis This car, Lot 303, sold for £30,875 ($38,600), including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone’s NEC Classics Motor Show Sale auction in Birmingham, U.K., on November 12, 2016. Although there’s something of the Lotus Elise or Vauxhall VX220 about the M12 that turns mass-manufacturer smoke-and-mirrors on its head and manages to make quality materials look cheap, these cars are well screwed together — and are a fantastically accomplished package. The main structures were built at Hi-Tech Automotive in the same factory in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, that made the Superformance cars, continuation (replica) GT40 and Shelby Cobra. Once the chassis and bodies were completed, the cars were shipped to the U.K. for the engines, sourced from Ford, and 5-speed drivelines to be added. Brakes are off-the-shelf items from AP Racing, and Mondeo owners will spot various engine ancillaries plus Mk1 taillights (but that’s okay — the Caterham 21 used them, too). There are even some Nobles in the United States: 220 GTO3Rs and M400s were imported in period. However, from February 2007, 1G Racing in Ohio (now Rossion Automotive) has held the U.S. production rights. Rossion later released its own including a balanced crankshaft, forge-decompressed rods, cylinderbore oil-spray jets and turbo oil feeds built into the heads — plus ST220 camshafts and a new MBE engine management system. Lighter, cheaper and more nimble The whole plot weighs 980 kg (2,160 pounds) — or about the same as an RS 2.7 Lightweight. The result is a car that will outrun a Ferrari F360 (395 bhp, 1,495 kg (3,295 pounds), 4.5 seconds 0–60 mph) and Porsche 911 Turbo (420 bhp, 1,615 kg (3,560 pounds), 4.4 seconds 0–60 mph) — and run rings around them in corners. Currently in the U.K. you pay in the £40ks ($48k to $54k) for a nice 996 Turbo, and £55k-plus ($67k) for an F360, perhaps more with this low mileage. For a device with such elevated dynamics and available relatively It’s rather what Colin Chapman might have arrived at had he been doing a Europa for the 1990s — except that these are easy to live with and everything works. The styling is a little schoolboy-sketch, but inside, they wear better than a TVR. improved Q1, based on the M400, currently offering 450 bhp from its turbocharged 3-liter Ford V6. Salica Cars in Bristol, England, built its own version of the M12, which included the open-topped GTC. All Nobles since the prototype M10 had been hard tops. It burns and turns — and everything works Nobles are light and stiff, but what comes as a surprise given their excellent handling, accessibly nuanced by confidence-inspiring feedback, is that they also offer a relatively supple ride, partly as a result of not running anti-roll bars on their double-double-wishbone suspension, although the M400 wears one at the front. It’s rather what Colin Chapman might have arrived at had he been doing a Europa for the 1990s — except that these are easy to live with and everything works. The styling is a little schoolboy-sketch, but inside, they wear better than a TVR. Functionality is the byword here, with clear, easy-to-read instru- ments and no distractions apart from the twin horn buttons on the steering wheel spokes, which irritate drivers, according to Noble Internet forums. The sparkling performance is courtesy of a humble Ford Duratec, as found in the Mondeo ST220 — with the addition of a pair of turbos. This aluminum V6 is made to survive with some extensive reworking, cheaply, Nobles are obvious and popular track-day weapons, and inevitably, owners modify — okay, fiddle with — them to optimize circuit performance. As ever, the better you make a car for the track, the less nice it becomes on the road. Unusually, this one appears completely standard, and it’s claimed it’s never been on a racetrack. It has covered just over 15,700 miles, backed up by old MoT (annual roadworthiness test) certificates and bills, which must make it one of the freshest examples currently available. Our subject car, in Chrysler GTS Blue, sold near the middle of the £27k–£32k estimate range, which makes it somewhat cheaper than when Silverstone last sold it, at their February 2016 Race Retro sale, with 15,540 miles, for £33,750 ($41,221). Deals are everywhere A trawl through the U.K. classifieds reveals M12s in various states of tune asking £30–£40k (with a £29,995 373-bhp modified M12 2.5 and a 38k-miles stock 2.5 at £30k ($36,642), from the same dealer, both sold). None had mileage as low as this, but all are well behind their new price of £44,950. So given that there looks to be a little left in it for a retail profit, and when you consider what catastrophe of a 911 3.2 Carrera you could secure for the same money (needy, and a needy 911 quickly turns expensive), then this looks well bought — especially compared with last year. If you can’t import this car to the U.S., very-low-mileage Rossion Q1s can be had from $65k, with Noble M400s occasionally popping up for a little less. Thinking outside the box turns up all sorts of exciting possibilities. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Silverstone Auctions.) March 2017 71


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1968 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder by Frua The time has finally come for Maserati’s timeless spyders — and not a moment too soon by Donald Osborne Details Number produced: 37 (4.0-liter spyders) Original list price: $13,600 Current SCM Median Valuation: $696,900 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Engine compartment on firewall Engine # location: Stamped on side of block Web: www.maseratinet.com Alternatives: 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante, 1968 AC 428 convertible, 1968 Lancia Flaminia GT convertible SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: AM109SA1707 A n original, matching-numbers example, chassis 707 boasts a totally original interior. The leather seats display a light patina commensurate with the limited mileage covered. Incredibly, all carpets, including the boot, are original to the car, as are the Maserati-embossed floor mats, and under-bonnet and boot lid quilting. There are 26,103 miles on the odometer. The hood and hood cover are original, and the car also comes with an additional new hood cover for everyday use to avoid possible damage to the original. The original tool rolls are present, as is the original jack and some original tools. Chassis 707 also retains its original and correct Lucas fuel-injection system with Lucas “Bomb” fuel pump. Other noteworthy features of this astonishingly original car include the original windscreen wiper arms, Carello lights and trims, dated windscreen and all other glass, and the Maserati fuel-filler cap. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 20, sold for $675,358 (£535,000 £1=$1.26), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ The Bond Street Sale auction in London, England, on December 4, 2016. Following the production history of Maserati in the early 1960s can be rather confusing. Much like the situation at Lancia, linear product marketing was not a key attribute of management. This is not, by the way, meant in any way as a criticism. We enthusiasts today can be quite thankful that “logical” standards didn’t apply — as that situation gave us an embarrassment of riches to enjoy today. Maserati’s road car lineage Maserati’s first road car was the A61500. A thor- oughly capable machine, it nevertheless cannot be 72 considered an exciting drive — even by the standards of the day when compared to the company’s competition machines. I still love them, and once you accept what they can do, they can deliver much satisfaction on the road. I was fortunate to drive one in the Mille Miglia Storica with a friend and client a few years ago. They don’t have nearly the power of a comparable Ferrari, but they are miles ahead in refinement. This characteristic continued throughout the devel- opment of the Maserati GT and defined the expression of the marque. After 61 A61500 cars were built, the A6G brought more power and flexibility with a 2-liter engine, and a handful were built until real performance arrived with the DOHC A6G/54. A further 60 were made of these before Maserati’s first real production car — the 3500 Seat Time Will and Pam Burkland, Ligonier, PA: I own a ’68 Mistral spyder. I purchased it sight unseen in Europe and had a restoration shop near Venice pick up the car and redo some minor cosmetic anomalies. My wife and I drove it to the Villa D’Este concours, and it was a little stressful finding out how to run the lights, heater, vents, choke system and wipers in a pouring rain on the Italian motorways. At one point, my wife pulled her phone charger out of the dash cigar lighter so hard that the wires supplying power to the lighter pulled loose and started shorting out, sparking, smoking, sizzling, etc. Ultimately, however, the Mistral has proven to be very reliable. One of the few improvements I made was replacing the Prince of Darkness fuel pump with a proper Bosch unit, and the fuel-injection unit has never grumbled since. It is really a delightful car, capable, plenty fast, roomy enough for my wife and has brought us many happy memories. 1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0 Spyder Lot 136, s/n AM109SA1657 Condition 2Sold at $990,528 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 9/6/16 SCM# 6804545 1965 Maserati Mistral 3.7 Spyder Lot 209, s/n AM109S099 Condition 2Sold at $412,500 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/18/16 SCM# 6804200 1966 Maserati Mistral 4000 coupe Lot 342, s/n AM109A11260 Sold at $148,995 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/5/14 SCM# 232484 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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GT — arrived in 1957. From introduction until 1964, almost 2,000 were built, which was a massive number, considering the history of the company. The coupes were nominal 2+2 models, and the open spyder is a 2-seater. Enter the Mistral The Sebring arrived in 1962, with the Mistral launched the same year as a more aggressive sporting GT. It featured a 3.7-liter DOHC 6-cylinder engine, which surprisingly produced only 10 additional horsepower. But the car’s lines were decisively more dramatic. Carrozzeria Frua gave the Mistral flat sides, a deep windshield and delicate details, which were closely matched in the groundbreaking Quattroporte, the first 4-door luxury GT from Italy. However, the Mistral was the last of the 6-cylinder Maseratis, as the Quattroporte carried a 4.1-liter V8 and was intended as the successor to the spectac- Five or so years back, the best-in-the-world 4-liter Mistral spyder might be found for just under $300,000. Today, that same car, spectacularly preserved or expertly restored and ready to score top honors at the international concours level, would be nearer to $800,000. ular 5000 GT at the top of the company’s offerings. The Quattroporte led the way for the V8s that would power Maseratis for decades to come. It’s interesting to note that while a familiar face can consistently grab headlines, other lesser-known personalities are getting the job done more quietly. Ask 10 people what the most valuable open GT Maseratis might be, and most would quickly reply “Ghibli SS.” While they would be correct, what’s really interesting is that there is a very small difference between the prices of the Ghibli spyder and those of the 3500GT spyder and of our subject, the Mistral spyder. A market mover Five or so years back, the best-in-the-world 4-liter Mistral spyder might be found for just under $300,000. Today, that same car, spectacularly preserved or expertly restored and ready to score top honors at the international concours level, would be nearer to $800,000. During the same period, the much-better-known Ghibli spyder, in market-ultimate 4.9L SS form, went from about $350,000 to just under $900,000. Slotting neatly in the middle is the 3500 spyder, having moved from about $275,000 to about $875,000. And during that time, the prices have remained fairly relative to each other throughout, but the Ghibli drew the headlines, as they more often March 2017 changed hands at public auction. Right now, you can choose your Maserati spyder based on the aes- thetic and driving experience rather than price. While the 3500 certainly ushered Maserati into the realm of volume production, it still has the feel of the A6G 2000, which is to say a truly marvelous, very 1950s expression of Italian motoring. It is alive and direct in a way Maseratis would never again be — yet it is also solid. The Mistral feels much smoother, as it is more the fast boulevardier than the sister of a race car — it had been two years since the company went racing. The Ghibli delivers tremendous performance in a thoroughly Yankee V8 fashion. All the power you need is under your right foot, but it delivers it in a totally unhurried and unfussy way. If you want to slowly cruise around town, no problem. If you want to leave all the traffic behind in your mirrors, just ask. Maserati spyders come into their own Our subject car offers an interesting observation of the market. From the photos and description, it’s clearly not a concours example, as the car shows clear evidence of aging, use and wear under the hood — and some small panel and trim fit issues. However, the provenance, as stated, is excellent, and the car has covered very low mileage from new. It even retains the Lucas fuel injection. Once despised, the Lucas system can be made to work quite well, as the parts to maintain the proper vacuum and metering are now available. Depending on your driving preferences, any of the Maserati spyders would make a delightful companion on the road. And, with collectors seeking to actually use their cars today, it’s vital that usability be the determination of purchase. Many have long called these cars undervalued. I think their time has come — and not a moment too soon. I hope this car is now driven as it deserves to be. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) $400,000 $600,000 $800,000 $1,000,000 $200,000 $0 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1968 Maserati Mistral 4000 Spyder $990,528 This Sale: $675,358 $545,793 $368,756 N/A 2012 2013 N/A 2014 2015 2016 73


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Etceterini & Friends Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Maserati Mistral marks a turning point in car design By Robert Cumberford M aserati’s Mistral was a breakthrough design, as it was the first car to have a recognizable radiator grille — as opposed to a simple air inlet — entirely below the bumper. It also made use of a curved A-pillar in conjunction with a flat-wrapped windshield to give the illusion of a compound-curved shape. This concept was used in almost all the cars Pietro Frua made after this one. The car was first displayed at the 1962 Geneva show in drawing form on the stand of the Swiss annual Automobile Year as one of the entries in its 10th anniversary design contest. It didn’t win, only placing sixth. But the design attracted the eye (and Minox “spy camera”) of Frua, who immediately began construction of a prototype, first seen at the 1963 Torino show. I know about the sixth-place finish because a polite postcard from the organizers concerning my contest entry confirmed it. I used the Maserati 3500 chassis only because it was the sole choice for which dimensions were available in Mexico City when I first heard of the competition — just five days before the deadline. First prize was 10,000 Swiss francs — and having Pininfarina build the winning design. I’ve often wondered if I might have won with this design had I used the Austin Healey chassis, as did the winning team. ♦ 74 3 2 6 4 5 1 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Key to the design was putting a distinct grille shape below the bumper, which was part of an effort to conceal the towering inline six engine. Frua’s hood bump helped with this. 2 The headlamps were spe- cifically intended not to be set behind plastic fairings, thus being suitable for the U.S. market. 3 This strong character line was derived from a single plane carried through the entire body, but it was diluted in the spyder variant, which was the work of Giovanni Michelotti — not Frua. 4 A second significant innovation was the curved A-pillar intersecting a flatwrapped windshield surface, 9 later used on Frua’s AC 427 GT and a Glas-BMW coupe. 5 The squarish wheel open- ings were intentional — and are a sort of time-stamp for the early 1960s — but the front one was not intended to touch the perimeter character line, as seen here. 6 The blocky rear section has very little to do with either the original conception or the fastback coupe shape Frua applied to it. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The rear bumper tries to unify the body sides and the flat, cut-off rear fascia, but it does not really succeed because the corner is a stiff 90-degree bend. 8 There is a slight effort to frame the flat rear section by introducing a rounded upper-perimeter lip. 9 The pronounced rise over the rear wheel was diminished on Frua’s execution of the original design. Michelotti then flattened it further for the Spyder. 10 Vent windows provided additional airflow control for an open car, and are a handsome piece of body hardware rarely seen in modern cars, which is rather a pity. 11 On this particular car, the bumper ends are severely misaligned, pointing upward at their tips. Normally the Mistral’s bumper is parallel to the ground plane over its full length. 12 The original design had curved sills, so the basic 10 body form was analogous to an organic whole, with top and bottom separated by the full perimeter character line. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) A proper lockable glove- box, and pleated seats with soft, conformable padding — unlike the harder surfaces preferred by the Germans — but without the club-like atmosphere of typical British GT cars, makes this cockpit an expression of pure Italian GT classicism. With multiple small instruments flanked by speedometer and tach, smoking equipment in the center between the seats, and the whole lavishly trimmed in luxurious leather, it is inviting and impressive at the same time. 8 7 12 Sports Car Market 11


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German Profile Column Author 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster Of the four variants of Porsche Speedsters offered from 1954 to 2011, the 1994 version may be the least desired by Prescott Kelly Details Year produced: 1994 Number produced: 936 Original list price: Base $75,073 Current SCM Median Valuation: $207,500 Tune-up/major service cost: $1,500 with plugs and valve adjustment; $5,500–$6,000 for major service, adds wires, rebuilt distributors, coils, plus brakes and gearbox flush Chassis # location: Base of windshield, driver’s side B-pillar, aluminum tag in trunk on passenger’s side inner front fender, paper sticker on bottom side of hood Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1995–99 Ferrari F355 Spider, 1986–92 Toyota Supra Turbo, 1994–96 BMW 850CSi SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: WP0CB2967RS465385 • 57,890 miles • Matching-numbers 3.6L flat 6-cylinder engine • 5-speed manual transmission • Rear-wheel drive • Grand Prix White with Black leather interior • Velour floor mats • White wheels with Porsche crests • Limited-slip differential • Headlight washers • AM/FM four-speaker radio with cassette deck and remote CD player • Sport seat with electric height adjustment • Air conditioning with climate control • On-board computer • Original MSRP and service history dating back to 1995 • Clean CARFAX and Autocheck SCM Analysis This car, Lot S90.1, sold for $104,500, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Anaheim, CA, auction on November 19, 2016. Porsche 964s have proven to be a cautionary tale for Porsche hobbyists who once enjoyed defaming these cars — along with 1974–77 CIS 2.7-liter 911s — as the least desirable models of 911s to buy and own. The 964s were model years 1990–94 plus 1989 for the advance-release C4s (all-wheel drive). As recently as six to 76 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster Lot 4601780324, s/n WPOCB2962RS465357 Condition 2 Sold at $58,500 eBay, 10/1/06 SCM# 42978 Sports Car Market seven years ago, you could buy a decent 964 coupe in either two- or all-wheel drive for under $15,000. For a decade, they were the donors of choice for building almost any Porsche Club race car, street hot rods, and C4-based winter commuter rats. 964 cars on the rise That all ended a few years back. Today, a good-con- dition, good-provenance C2 or C4 with 50,000–60,000 miles will fetch $40,000 or more. What happened? In part, the 964s followed the increasing values of their successor model, the 993 — and to a lesser extent their predecessor model, the Carrera 3.2 of 1984–89. In fact, the 964 has always been a very capable, easy-to-maintain, long-lived variant of the 911. Its coil-over suspension, which replaced the decades-old torsion bars and trailing arms, power steering, ABS brakes, and strong a/c all contributed. The engine was bulletproof. As those facts came to be more widely appreciated, so did the cars. 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster Lot 552, s/n WPOCB2964RS455411 Condition 2+ Sold at $51,840 Branson, Branson, MO, 10/18/07 SCM# 47505 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster Lot 2068, s/n WPOCB2969RS465260 Condition 1- Not sold at $155,000 Auctions America, Santa Monica, CA, 7/17/15 SCM# 266571 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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expat Max Hoffman, who was then Porsche’s United States distributor based in New York City. The Speedster was widely considered to be a warm-climate car — and the base for a capable lightweight race car. The best source (who cataloged the build cards) indicates that Porsche built 4,145 Type 356 Speedsters. In the Carrera 3.2 era of 1984–89, the Speedster name was resuscitated for a 1989 911 model built 2,103 strong. Those units were predominantly wide-body (aka Turbo-Look) with Turbo suspension and brakes — but fitted with a normally aspirated 247-hp Carrera engine. They also featured a 356-like cut-down windshield and added a contoured fiberglass rear tonneau. Europe got 171 narrow-bodied Carrera 3.2 Speedsters that are prized today because they are rare and different. The third-generation Speedster on a new platform The 1994 964 Speedster was a reprise on that 1989 model for the 964 Porsche special models in 1992–94 During most of the 964 years, Porsche was financially challenged. Special models with higher price tags helped the money crunch. So the 964 era saw a lot of specials, including: Year/Model 1992 Carrera RS 3.6 Basic Touring NGT 1993 Carrera RS 3.8 (RSR homologation car) 1992–93 America roadster 1993–94 30-Year Jubilee C4 coupe 1993–94 RS America 1994 Turbo S Flachbau (all four variants) 1994 Speedster Number Built North America? 1,910 No 76 290 55 250 896* 701** 1993 Turbo S Leichtbau 86 93*** 936**** No No No Yes No Yes No Yes for two variants Yes * 911 examples were scheduled for production, but the run reportedly came up short ** There were 84 1994s with back seats; different VIN ranges for three production runs *** 10 Japan X83s, 27 Rest of World X84s, 39 North American X85s and 17 slant-delete “package cars” **** Includes 20 Exclusive Department-built wide-body cars All of these cars are collectible today, although the America roadster, Jubliee edition and RS America are sometimes viewed as marketingdepartment specials — albeit with some impactful engineering upgrades. The America roadster was a cabriolet with Turbo body, wheels, suspension and brakes. The Jubi was a wide body with some of the Turbo underpinnings. The RS America was a slightly decontented C2 (minus 77 pounds) with the M030 sports suspension, larger-than-stock wheels, a manual steering rack and fixed whale tail. Porsche introduced the “stripper” 356 Speedster in ’54 Porsche Speedsters harken back to 1954–58, when Porsche produced the Type 356 Speedster. The original Speedster was a “stripper” model designed to meet a price point in America of $2,995 (tachometer and spare tire/wheel “optional but mandatory”) to help Porsche compete against the less-expensive English offerings from Austin-Healey, Triumph and even MG. As is well known, the car was developed to the specification of Austrian March 2017 platform, but it was predominantly available in the usual narrow body, without Turbo underpinnings, flares or wide wheels. At the end of the production run, there were 20 wide-bodies built through the Exclusive Department. Of course, they are more prized now. To close the circle, there was a 2010–11 Type 997 Speedster, built in just 356 examples. Serial number 356 in Pure Blue with almost 1,900 miles will be at auction on Amelia Island in March, estimated at $300,000–$350,000. Watch SCM for how it fares. The 997 Speedsters seem to carry higher prices today than the 1989 or 1994 cars. Of course they were also much more expensive new, and there are far fewer of them. Does the market prefer 1989s or 1994s? Porsche aficionados split in preference between the 1989 vs. 1994 Speedsters. Some prefer the muscular wide-body and Turbo suspension and brakes; some prefer the 964 coil-overs, ABS, power steering and updated integrated bumpers. Both models have proven to be collectible, with appreciating values, although the larger production numbers limit them to what our esteemed Publisher and TV show host Keith Martin would call a “B in collectibility.” Market values tend to be similar for 1989 and 1994 Speedsters. More of the 1994s seem to have been “collected” — stored with minimal mileage. Given similar conditions and mileages, the 1994s are probably the least expensive of all Speedsters. A very good buy, if you wanted a different “driver” Our subject 964 Speedster at Mecum’s Anaheim auction was not a collector car because it had high miles — almost 58,000. As a potential fun driver, it looked like a good choice. Grand Prix White is a middleof-the-market color choice, but it is still eminently acceptable. The car was equipped with sport seats, a/c, limited-slip differential and colormatched wheels. The car had its window sticker, service records back to 1995 — and a clean CARFAX. This Speedster was a very good buy at $104,500, if it was accident- free and showed no unusual wear, even more so if it had mostly original paint. If you wanted a great-looking, unusual 964 to drive, this Speedster was the ticket. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $300,000 $350,000 $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $250,000 $50,000 $0 N/A 2012 N/A 2013 2014 2015 2016 77 1994 Porsche 911 Speedster $225,500 $181,500 $209,598 This Sale: $104,500


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American Profile 1918 Stutz Bearcat Rumble-Seat Roadster This car, at almost 100 years old, is ready to drive, and it is eligible for Classic Car Club of America events by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1912–24 Number produced: 1,564 1918 Stutz Bearcats were built Original cost: $2,550 Current SCM Median Valuation: $275,000 Tune-up cost: $1,500 Chassis # location: On the right frame rail Engine # location: On case by distributor Club: Antique Automobile Club of America, The Stutz Club Web: www.forums.aaca.org/forum/27stutz, www.stutzclub.com Alternatives: 1918 Mercer Model 22-73 Raceabout, 1922–25 Bentley 3 Litre, 1922–25 Alfa Romeo RL SCM Investment Grade: C+ Comps 1912 Stutz Bearcat Lot 133, s/n A730 Condition 3 Sold at $770,000 RM Auctions, New York, NY, 11/20/13 SCM# 231777 Chassis number: S1833 Ideal Motor Car Company to manufacture the Stutz. The first production models were closely based on B the successful Indianapolis car and featured proprietary Wisconsin engines and Stutz’s own rear 3-speed transaxle. The Bearcat remained a fixture of the range until the end of the 1924 season, when the installation of Frederick E. Moskovics as company president marked a change of emphasis: From now on, Stutz cars would be aimed at the luxury end of the market. This car was completed in 1918 at the Stutz factory in Indianapolis, IN, before delivery to the first owner, who is believed by the Stutz Club to be Harry Stutz’s first cousin, Charles Elsworth Stutz. The rare dickey seat and engine-mounting modifications to the crankcase were, reportedly, made after his racing successes with the “Special Bearcat.” The Stutz comes with a good history file containing sundry restoration invoices, copies of the handbook and technical papers, a V5C document and Stutz Club correspondence. This is a wonderful, powerful, and imposing vintage automobile — and it is ready to use. 78 uilt in just five weeks, Harry Clayton Stutz’s first car did sufficiently well at the 1911 Indianapolis 500, finishing 11th, despite numerous stops for fresh tires, to prompt its creator to set up the SCM Analysis This car, Lot 370, sold for $270,220, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ The December Sale in London on December 7, 2016. “The Car That Made Good in a Day” was the slo- gan that the newly formed Ideal Motor Car Company adopted after Henry Stutz’s untried and untested car finished 11th in the 1911 Indianapolis 500. Henry Stayton Stutz, at the age of 35, had an extensive background in the early automotive industry, having worked for U.S. Tire, the Wheeler-Schebler Carburetor Company, the American Motor Car Company and the Marion Motor Car Company. In the middle of all this, in 1910, he designed and patented a transaxle that he sold through the Stutz Auto Parts Company. Stutz’s dream, however, was manufacturing his own automobile, and he had the insight to recognize a market niche for a quality sports car — similar to the Mercer — that would be priced at about $2,000. To achieve this objective, Stutz had to get many of the car’s parts from other manufacturers, and this is where his prior background came into play. In a shop in Indianapolis — with a small crew — he built his first car in just five weeks, and it was destined for the first Indianapolis 500-mile race, which was Sports Car Market 1920 Stutz Bearcat Lot 602, s/n 6425 Condition 2Sold at $260,000 Bonhams, Port Townsend, WA, 5/20/11 SCM# 179283 1914 Stutz Bearcat Lot 45, s/n 2177 Condition 3 Sold at $1,375,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/12/08 SCM# 117598 Courtesy of Bonhams


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scheduled for Declaration Day — now known as Memorial Day — in 1911. Entered under the name of the Stutz Auto Parts Company, it remarkably finished the grueling race with nothing more than a few tire changes. It bested proven, more-powerful cars. Not a win, but good enough to sell cars The Ideal Motor Car Company began production soon after the Indianapolis 500 race, and the car, the Model A, used the same chassis and engine that ran in the race. Stutz automobiles enjoyed sales success and continued to be impres- sive at the racetrack. The 2-passenger speedster was added to the Model A line in 1912 as the Bear Cat, later changed to one word. The Series S was introduced in 1917, and it had Stutz’s own 16-valve, T-head 4-cylinder engine. The Bearcat was restyled with cut-down sides and a bench seat. The gear shifter and hand brake were outside the body. The Series S was only offered for two years, as the Series G replaced it in 1919. An unusual Bearcat Our subject 1918 Bearcat is unusual in that it is fitted with a dickey, or rumble, seat. It is thought to have been first delivered to Charles Stutz, Henry Stutz’s first cousin. The car’s ownership history is completely known. It wears an older restoration, as it was last refreshed in the late 1990s. The Bonhams catalog listed the chassis number as S18333, but the Series S used a range from 1 to 2396, so the correct number is most likely S1833. The 1918 Stutz Bearcat gained fame as it appeared in an early epi- sode of “Jay Leno’s Garage.” Leno said he had owned it for 20 years, and he spoke glowingly of the car. Leno also said it took 10 years to get his Bearcat properly sorted out. It certainly performed properly on the show. An approved Classic The Classic Car Club of America recently expanded their list of Full Classics to include cars manufactured after 1915, which is the beginning of the Classic Era. All Stutz cars, except the HCS, are now ac- Our subject 1918 Bearcat is unusual in that it is fitted with a dickey, or rumble, seat. It is thought to have been first delivered to Charles Stutz, Henry Stutz’s first cousin. The car’s ownership history is completely known. cepted, which makes them eligible for CARavans and other activities. This enhances the value of the cars. Early Stutz Bearcats have sold for well into seven figures, but the later ones don’t seem to have the magic. It has been a number of years since an authentic Series S Bearcat has been offered at public sale, so actual comparables are not readily available. However, Gooding & Company is offering a 1920 Stutz Series H Bearcat at Scottsdale with an estimate of $400k–$500k. With this car, however, the new owner can proudly state that Jay Leno also has one, and that alone has to be worth the price paid. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) $700,000 $800,000 $200,000 $300,000 $400,000 $500,000 $600,000 $100,000 $0 March 2017 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $770,000 1918 Stutz Bearcat $577,500 $341,000 This Sale: $270,220 $139,000 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 79 $594,000


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Race Car Profile 1987 Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione IMSA “Ufficiale” An uncompetitive Alfa Romeo factory racer finds traction at auction by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1987 Number produced: Six (factory racers) Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $359,520 (this car) Chassis # location: Tag on right front underhood Engine # location: Boss on right front of block Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club Web: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1987 BMW M3, 1987 Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth, 1987 Toyota Supra Turbo SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Lot 124, s/n AR613311 Condition 4 Sold for $494,053 Chassis number: ST31 • Alfa Corse Works car • Presented in correct Works livery • Highly competitive historic racing candidate SCM Analysis This car, Lot 296, sold for $355,891, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote sale on November 25–27, 2016. Alfa Romeo and automobile racing have always been inseparable. Starting in 1911, going as fast as possible — and faster than the competition — has been the soul of the company. Enzo Ferrari learned the racing business working for Alfa Romeo before World War II, as did many of the best engine designers and racing technicians of the 20th century. Through the 1920s and 1930s and into the early post- World War II years, Alfa Romeo considered itself to be the de facto Italian national racing team. Although Ferrari adopted that mantle for Formula One and purpose-built sports racing cars in the mid-1950s, Alfa never stopped racing. They found their niche in production-based racing, starting with the Giulietta Sprint and Berlina of the mid-1950s. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday By the late 1950s, there was a well-established set of national championships for “saloons” (sporting sedans). 80 Over the years, this evolved into what became called Touring Car Championships. These were very successful race series, which provided excellent competition and crowd appeal with relative affordability for participants — and “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” marketing for the participating manufacturers. Alfa was in the middle of it all. Starting in the 1960s, the primary venue for this kind of racing was the European Touring Car Championship — a continent-wide series that pitted the best drivers, teams and manufacturers against one another on the best tracks of Europe before huge crowds. Alfa caught its stride in the late 1960s with the legend- ary Giulia GTA, an aluminum-skinned, fire-breathing variant of the Giulia Sprint GT (GTV). Alfa won the Division 2 (1,600 cc) in 1966, 1967 and 1969. This was followed with Alfa’s upgraded GT variant, the 1750 GTAm, which won the driver’s title in 1970 and the manufacturer’s championship in 1971 and 1972. By now the front-engine, live-axle GTA concept was getting seriously dated, so Alfa came up with an entirely new design for all their cars. It was called the “Alfetta” in honor of the legendary Alfa Grand Prix car of the early post-World War II years. Alfa Romeo engineers moved the clutch and transaxle to the back as a unit, and they introduced de Dion rear suspension and inboard rear brakes in a new and much Sports Car Market Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/4/16 SCM# 270818 1988 Ford Sierra Cosworth Group N Lot 623, s/n SABTVRO03218025001 Condition 2 Sold at $38,361 Silverstone, Warwickshire, U.K., 2/21/14 SCM# 23914 1988 BMW M3 Lot 761, s/n M3106907 Condition 3 Sold at $45,900 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/02 SCM# 26945 Tom Wood ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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stiffer chassis design with near-perfect front/rear weight distribution. Introduced in 1974, the Alfetta GT was the sporting 2-door hatchback version that was appropriate for touring car competition, but it utilized the old Giulia engine in 1.8- and 2-liter formats that didn’t make adequate power to be competitive. Alfa resolved this by homologating a turbocharged version of the 2-liter that won its class in 1976 and 1977. In 1980, Alfa squeezed the 2.5-liter V6 from its luxury sedan into the Alfetta GT (now called the GTV6), and in that form, won four consecutive championships from 1982 through 1985. Are we starting to see a pattern here? The automotive world moves forever forward, however, and by the early 1980s the Alfetta GT and 4-door Giulietta were showing their age and, frankly, not selling very well. Enter the 75 Alfa had its own set of financial and managerial issues at the time and really didn’t have the resources to develop a whole new model. So Alfa Romeo decided to perform a major restyle and upgrade on the existing Alfetta platform. It was called the Alfa 75 in honor of Alfa’s 75th year in business, and it was marketed in the United States as the Milano. Designed in house by Ermanno Cressoni, the new car was aggressively sharp-edged and wedge shaped in keeping with the zeitgeist of Italian style of the time. But Alfa also made some concessions, such as using the same doors as the previous Alfetta Giulietta sedan to save money. The 75 sold impressively in Europe and the United States, and along with the by-then-almost-antique 1966 Duetto-based Spider sports car, it kept Alfa’s doors open for a crucial number of years. Due to marketing — or more likely financial — constraints, Alfa abandoned the 2-door GT concept in 1985, and thus had only the 75 to race. From the stock 75 to the Turbo Evoluzione Racing the new Alfa 75 posed some challenges, mostly because the 4-door Berlina was a substantially larger car than the GTV6. The 75 had almost six inches more wheelbase, a heavier body and more frontal area to push through the air. Alfa had been getting 280 horsepower from the 2.5-liter V6, but that was about all they were going to find, and it wasn’t a lightweight, so On the negative side, it is relatively obscure and was uncompetitive in its day. ... On the other hand, it is a true Alfa Romeo factory team racer — and extremely rare to boot. A serious Alfa Romeo collection needs one to be complete. the turbocharged 4-cylinder approach seemed more promising. Alfa was already selling the 75 with a turbocharged 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine (same horsepower as the 2.5-liter V6, but cheaper in Europe for tax reasons), so that was the logical place to start. To have a legal production car that could be turned into a proper rac- ing vehicle, Alfa created the “75 Turbo Evoluzione.” It was a 500-car run of very special turbos that had all of the air dams, rear spoilers, wide wheels and flares, suspension modifications, strengthened block and head and other modifications that were needed for competition. The engine was sleeved down to 1,762 cc, which didn’t change street power — but got it just inside the turbo equivalency rule as an FIA 3-liter. The resulting package was distinct from the normal turbo, and it has become a minor collectible in Europe. This model was never imported into the United States. The next step was to create a proper racing car, which was a job for the Alfa Corse racing department. They built six cars: two for the factory team and four for closely as- sociated “independent” teams. Although documentation on our subject car was either unavailable or nonexistent, it appears that this car was one of the two factory cars March 2017 for the 1987 campaign. This is why the formal description of the car is “Turbo Evoluzione IMSA Ufficiale” — the latter term suggests that it is a factory car. I have absolutely no idea what the “IMSA” was supposed to denote. IMSA is a U.S. race-sanctioning body, but the cars never raced in the United States, and IMSA never operated in Europe, so it remains a mystery. At any rate, Alfa and its associates fielded six cars for the series (that year called the “World Touring Car Championship,” with the last third of the series run in Australia and New Zealand). Not a big winner The cars quickly proved uncompetitive. They won the first race on a technicality (the six cars in front of them were all disqualified) and then settled into mid-pack obscurity. There were multiple problems, the biggest of which was that BMW had introduced the E30 M3, a design that was newer and faster than the 13-year-old Alfetta concept. Horsepower was also an issue, as the cars seemed to be stuck at around 280, down at least 30 from BMW’s new engine. Although nobody appears willing to discuss it in print, there was ap- parently classically Italian political chaos in team operations as well. The head of Alfa Corse shut everything down just after mid-season and walked away. A couple of cars soldiered on privately, but it was over. Fiat bought Alfa. Alfa then returned to its winning ways a few years later with a different platform, but this was the end for the old Alfetta design. In the end, big money for a very rare Alfa So what are we to make of our subject car? On the negative side, it is relatively obscure and was uncompetitive in its day. Unless you are a diehard Alfisti, you are unlikely to know or care that it exists. Although the car is welcome at appropriate historic racing events, it is unlikely to win, place or show, which limits its value. On the other hand, it is a true Alfa Romeo factory team racer — and extremely rare to boot. A serious Alfa Romeo collection needs one to be complete. They are reportedly a joy to drive and relatively easy to maintain. Also, consider the options: A street GTA sold at the same auction for the same money. A team GTA or GTAM would be at least $50k to $75k more. Any BMW E 30 M3 with international racing history will be substantially more as well. The sale price seems like a lot of money, and the car went for way above estimate, but it is a very cool, rare and important bit of Alfa racing history. I’d say it was fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 81


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Next Gen Profile 1977 Datsun 280Z Every time I drive my 280Z, guys in their 40s and 50s tell me about their old Z car — and how much they miss it by Brian Baker Details Years produced: 1975–78 Number produced: 203,275 Original list price: $6,359 Current SCM Median Valuation: $11,900 Tune-up cost: $65 Distributor caps: $20 Chassis # location: Driver’s side of firewall Engine # Location: Right side inner fender on ID plate and on the side of the block Club: Z Car Club Association Web: www.zcca.org Alternatives: 1967–72 Mazda Cosmo, 1965–72 Porsche 911, 1970–77 Toyota Celica SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: HLS30374200 • Original paint • Original drivetrain • 5-speed manual transmission • 89,000 actual miles • Original interior with pristine dash • Rust-free • Factory a/c converted to R134A • New tires and recent alignment • Dealer optional rocker-panel trim • Chrome sport mirrors • Two original keys • Original owner’s manual • New fuel, vacuum, brake and coolant hoses • New fuel filter, lines, pump, injectors and fuel injector connectors • New spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor • New battery • Brakes recently serviced and hydraulic systems flushed • Maintained with OEM Nissan parts used wherever possible • Fuel tank removed and cleaned • Matching VINs on firewall, dashboard, door jamb tag, engine compartment tag SCM Analysis This car, Lot F52, sold for $44,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Kansas City Auction in Kansas City, MO, on December 2, 2016. Over the past few years, Z cars have shot up in value at auctions around the world. We saw a 1970 240Z sell for $40,700, a 1973 240Z sell for $32,450 and a 1976 280Z 2+2 sell for $50,050. This isn’t exclusive to rare 82 models or one-off cars. These are the mass-produced Zs. We can’t ignore them anymore. With Z cars selling at these prices, the owners of these cars have divided into three camps: The first group is in disbelief that someone would pay so much for a Z. These guys would never pay over four digits for a car. Another group believes the market is finally adjusting for these classic J-tin cars, and the growing legion of Z fans are driving the recent value increase. Finally, we have starry-eyed owners of mediocre cars listing them at unrealistically high auction prices. No, your automatic 280Z with a cracked dash, rusted floors and mishmash engine isn’t in the same category as the cars selling for $30k and up. Seat Time Andy Reid, SCM Contributor: I had a 1977 280Z 5-speed a/c car in 305 Light Blue Metallic with black interior. The view from behind the wheel always made me think of a 275 GTB on a budget, and the cockpit had that 1960s European sports GT feel more than any other car in its price range. The car handled very well and offered strong performance for the era, especially when compared to my Alfetta GT that it replaced at the time. The one real negative about the car was that the engine did not sound like I felt that it should. These cars desperately need an aftermarket exhaust and an electric fan to sound like a true sports/GT car, which in every other way they are. No classic I owned in this time period as reliable or as trouble-free as that 280Z. Sports Car Market 1976 Datsun 280Z 2+2 Lot 110, s/n GHLS30039610 Condition 1Sold at $50,050 Motostalgia, Indianapolis, IN, 6/11/15 SCM# 265631 1976 Datsun 280Z Lot 25, s/n HLS30299542 Condition 3+ Sold at $12,960 Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 9/9/16 SCM# 6804376 1970 Datsun 240Z Series 1 Lot 107, s/n HLS3006116 Condition 2+ Sold at $40,700 Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/30/14 SCM# 256254 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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From the 240Z to the 280Z The 260Z followed the 240Z in 1974. The 280Z was introduced in 1975. The 280Z was the second update of the original 240Z. The most no- table changes included a 2.8-liter electronic fuel-injection engine, updated interior, bigger gas tank, bigger bumpers and different taillights. Each year, from 1970 to 1978, Datsun Z cars had slight differences — and slightly different parts. The 280Z’s 2.8-liter performance increase compared with the 240Z’s 2.4-liter engine was negligible, as federally mandated safety equipment and emission requirements sucked away power. Of the 420,000 Z cars imported to the United States, 148,115 of them were 240Zs, while 203,275 were 280Z cars — not counting the 2+2 version. The updated interior 280Z is a very nice upgrade over the 240Z, along with the L28 motor. The fuel-injection system is a Bosch Z cars have shot up in value at auctions around the world. We saw a 1970 240Z sell for $40,700, a 1973 240Z sell for $32,450 and a 1976 280Z 2+2 sell for $50,050. This isn’t exclusive to rare models or one-off cars. These are the mass-produced Zs. We can’t ignore them anymore. L-Jetronic system that is also seen on Alfa Romeos, BMWs, Fiats and Lancias. This is a very outdated fuel injection system by today’s standards, but it runs great — as long as every component is operating correctly. The biggest problem with the 280Z is the federally mandated bum- pers, which add 75 pounds on to the car and another foot onto the length. These can be swapped out with 240Z bumpers with custom brackets. A breeding ground for rust I have seen the term “rust-free” thrown around on many Z cars. The sad truth is that no original Z car is free of rust. A car might appear on the surface as perfect, but look underneath, and there will be rust. The floor pans on our subject car look great, and so does the spare- tire well. These are common rust locations. I did not examine the car in person. A careful buyer would also look under the battery tray, in the external air inlet for the a/c, inside the fenders and at the lower rockers (especially towards the back of the car). March 2017 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $10,000 $0 Why so much? This particular 280Z is a true example of a near-perfect Datsun Z car. A few minor fixes would get it to perfection. For example, the lower trim on the sides of the car are bolt-on dealer options. I would stay clear of cars with some of the dealer-option add-ons, as they are not official Datsun parts but third-party parts. One real gremlin that plagues Z cars is the sunroof, which was never installed at the factory. The color on most 280Z cars, like this one, is metallic brown, which really dates the cars to the 1970s. The earlier 240Z colors have aged more gracefully. This car has all of the desirable options, including a/c and the harder-to-find 5-speed transmission. This price for our subject car really shows how hard it is to find a great 280Z. This price is too much for 90% of the surviving Datsun Z cars. This 280Z has the original paint, the original engine, the original factory-option 5-speed transmission, the original keys and the original dash without any cracks. The previous owner even went through the trouble of tuning the car and cleaning the gas tank. 280Z cars like this only come around every so often, and the bidders knew it. Expect to see more of these Z cars at auction. The real value driver is originality, and original cars will usually bring more than restored cars. Our subject car’s real advantage is that so many 280Zs rusted out over the years, and it’s hard to find great drivers. Every time I drive my 280Z, guys in their 40s and 50s tell me about their old Z car — and how much they miss it. I expect these people will want to relive those days as more quality Z cars come to auction. The Datsun 280Z is now a five-digit car. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1977 Datsun 280Z $50,050 $49,500 This Sale: $44,000 $19,250 2012 $14,310 $8,400 2013 2014 2015 2016 83


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Some of the offerings at RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote auction in Milan, Italy; www.caldicarphoto.com; Simone Caldirola, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $53m RM Sotheby’s, Milan, ITA, p. 92 $25m Mecum, Dallas, TX, p. 100 $8m Mecum, Kansas City, MO, p. 124 $7m GAA, Greensboro, NC, p. 110 $7m Leake, Dallas, TX, p. 138 $6m McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, p. 150 Roundup, p. 156


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Market Reports Overview Blowing the Doors Off Estimates A crazy Italian auction destroys expectations, and we’re reminded that race cars are for racing Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Garrett Long 1. 2004 Maserati MC12 coupe, $3,203,021—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 98 2. 1992 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,091,400—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 98 3. 1991 Lancia LC2 Group C coupe, $901,591—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 98 4. 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary coupe, $462,659—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 96 5. 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Sprint coupe, $379,617—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 94 6. 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA coupe, $355,891—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 96 7. 1987 Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evoluzione IMSA ‘Ufficiale’ sedan, $355,891—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 96 8. 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Group A hatchback, $355,891— RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 98 9. 1977 Ferrari 512 BB coupe, $349,960—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 96 10. 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS coupe, $320,302—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 96 Best Buys 1979 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, $20,350—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 135 88 timates. The grand total of almost $53m was impressive and, I imagine, a welcome surprise to the government and RM Sotheby’s. A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB 6/C Alloy coupe went for $3.6m and a Maserati MC12 blew the doors off its old high-sales record by over a million dollars, sitting just below the Ferrari at $3.2m. Mecum had solid sales in Dallas, TX, again this year. R Despite almost hitting $25m in total sales with a commendable 75% sales rate, this year was their lowest in total sales by over $5m in their past three Dallas showings. For its later auction in Kansas City, Mecum had a 61% sales rate and an $8m sales total, with a flawless 1967 Chevrolet Corvette taking top spot at $143,000. Leake had an up and down auction, with strong Friday sales making up for weaker Saturday results, but it still hit a 61% sales rate for a grand total of $7m. A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback sold at $212,850 was a big result for a relatively low sales total. McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA, sale swung par for the course, hitting a 60% sales rate and dipping a bit below last year’s total sales. While not hitting 2015 numbers, McCormick’s effort made up for the slightly deflated middle market and still made solid sales. GAA in Greensboro hit that ever-so-popular 60% sales rate but still had a good showing and well-run auction. Rich Penn and Silverstone make it into our Roundup, Silverstone with a sales rate of 81% and Rich Penn selling every lot, although B. Mitchell Carlson said that two of the nine lots were bought back by the family selling the collection. So that 100% sales rate may be 77% depending on the way you look at it. Garrett’s Market Moment: Race cars get tough love in the auction world. Collector cars are already a rare breed to see on the street, and until the government is willing to accept surfboard-sized splitters as part of their pedestrian crumple zones, race cars won’t be gracing Cars & Coffee gatherings anytime soon. That leaves the track as the only place for these animals to stretch their legs, where only a brave few risk their pricey historical racers to love taps and crashes. I know any historical race car bought at auction will most likely sit in a garage set at the perfect temperature and humidity, with even fewer going to a handful of historical races in their lifetime, but I can’t help but fantasize about the Lancia LC2 sold in Milan showing up to a local M Sotheby’s had quite the turnout at its Italian government-backed Milan auction, in quality, quantity and results, selling all 423 lots without a reserve — and exceeding almost all price es- Will the new owner of this Lancia racer stretch its legs on track? Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Rich Penn September 24, 2016 Toledo, IA Greensboro, NC October 27, 2016 November 2–5, 2016 Birmingham, U.K. November 12–13, 2016 November 18, 2016 Palm Springs, CA November 18–20, 2016 November 25–27, 2016 Mecum December 1–3, 2016 $0 Kansas City, MO RM Sotheby’s Milan, ITA $8.1m $10m $20m $30m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts HPDE event and using that extra set of tires for their intended purpose. I understand the dilemma of bringing something better seen as an investment to the track. But I have a compromise for historic race car owners: Instead of entering door-to-door races with beat-up Miatas and Mustangs, hang out in a class more focused on time rather than position. Let the engine rev out somewhere that isn’t your garage and let us track junkies see and experience a race car doing what it was built to do. So join us on cold Saturday mornings—just remember the driver’s meeting is at 8. I’ll bring the coffee. ♦ $40m $50m $60m McCormick’s Dallas, TX Leake Silverstone $7.3m $7.1m $6.1m $52.8m Dallas, TX Mecum GAA $133k $7.6m $24.7m 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000S coupe, $231,000—Mecum Auctions, TX, p. 106 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Freccia d’Oro coupe, $166,083—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 94 1962 Volkswagen Beetle 2-dr sedan, $10,335—GAA, NC, p. 112 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE coupe, $71,178—RM Sotheby’s, ITA, p. 94 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Trending Now Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Pierre Hedary offers his thoughts on what’s hot — and what’s not — in the market today By Pierre Hedary Median Sold Price $40,000 $35,000 $30,000 $25,000 $15,000 $20,000 $10,000 $5,000 $0 $6,825 0% $6,825 $21,060 -38% $18,375 153% $10,403 -51% $6,825 -34% $7,250 6% $33,930 397% $33,837 84% Buy: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE/SEL 4.5 — Have you ever lusted after a vintage car but wanted something that could be driven easily in daily service? Look no further, as the Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 is every bit as modern as a Ford Crown Victoria. With effective air conditioning, four-wheel disc brakes, usefully bright headlights, 230 horsepower, compatibility with low-octane fuels, electronic fuel injection and the ability to run in the left lane all day long, it’s surprising these have not sold for higher prices. Throw in the acres of wood, durable MB-Tex interiors, bright trim for miles and that prominent (almost vulgar) Mercedes grille. One of the main drawbacks is its thirst for fuel (12–15 mpg), and the difficulty of properly sorting one out. They are also maintenanceintensive, requiring regular valve adjustments and suspension lubrication. $7,250 0% 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Number produced: SE, 13,527; SEL, 8,173 Number in SCM Platinum Auction Database: 7 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 1 Average selling price of those cars: $33,837 Current SCM Median Valuation: $18,900 Median Sold Price $30,000 $25,000 $20,000 $15,500 18% $15,000 $10,763 81% $10,000 $5,000 $0 $6,910 61% $5,940 $4,295 -60% 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 $11,119 61% $11,660 5% $13,114 12% $14,300 -8% $24,475 71% Sell: 1983–89 BMW M6/635CSi — I promise you that if you are driving a nice BMW E24, someone out there wants it more than you do. While these are fast cars with great handling, if you are itching for something more durable (such as a Mercedes 560SEC, for example), right now might be a good time to let someone else enjoy your BMW. In the meantime, if you want to buy a good example, you’re going to have to pay upwards of $25,000. An ugly one will still cost you more than $10,000. Number produced: 635CSi, 21,595; M635CSi, 5,803 Number in SCM Platinum Auction Database: 134 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 635CSi, 7; M6/635CSi, 9 Average selling price of those cars: 635CSi, $16,243; M6/M635CSi, $40,643 Current SCM Median Valuation: 635CSi: $7,300 (early), $10,900 (late) M635CSi: $32,750 Median Sold Price $300,000 $350,000 $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 $143,000 33% $119,340 $107,800 -10% $123,200 -14% $137,500 12% $159,500 16% $228,250 43% $314,050 18% $265,782 16% $291,023 -7% Hold: Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet — If you bought one of these in the cowboy market of 2012 to 2015, you might be a little dissatisfied to learn that prices have stalled, with little upward movement. The 3.5 coupes, which were selling for mid-hundreds, have started clocking sales in the eighties and lowhundreds. Cabriolets don’t seem to be changing from the highs of 2015, either. If you bought one of these for investment, you might want to enjoy using it for a few years, until the next bull market arrives. With the surge of wealth in the Middle East and Asia, this market may arrive in the next few years, so enjoy these excellent convertibles for now. Number produced: Cabriolet, 1,232 (chassis numbers higher than this have been recorded) Number in SCM Platinum Auction Database: 31 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 6 Average selling price of those cars: $291,023 Current SCM Median Valuation: $314,100 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 90 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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RM Sotheby’s Milan, ITA RM Sotheby’s — Milan, Italy A one-of-a-kind, over-the-top sale leaves buyers dazzled and bargain hunters disappointed Company RM Sotheby’s Date November 25–27, 2016 Location Milan, Italy Auctioneers Filippo Lotti, Mark Grohl, Maarten ten Holder, Peter Wallman, Alain Squindo Automotive lots sold/offered 423/423 Sales rate 100% Sales total $52,843,408 High sale 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C alloy coupe, sold at $3,618,227 Buyer’s premium 12%, included in sold prices ($1.00=€0.94) An absolutely perfect example, ready to be driven on the Autostrada — 1992 Ferrari F40 coupe, sold at $1,091,400 Report and photos by Massimo Delbo Market opinions in italics R 92 M Sotheby’s hosted the largest European automotive auction, in Milan, Italy, on November 25–27. The auction was a very unusual one, as an court backed it to pay off taxes the former collector owed to the Milan, ITA ment. g the government and thus unfamiliar with running an exotic car auc- asked RM Sotheby’s to put the auction together (on a tight timeline) n it in their stead. The 800 lots, including cars, boats, motorcyles d memorabilia, were all offered without reserve. The lots were all impounded about three years ago from an Italian collector, who managed his family company specializing in stocking and transporting cash in armored cars for banks and department stores. For a more complete background of this auction, go to our “Legal Files” column on p. 52. This auction created quite a stir, both due to the circumstances and because the estimate prices were consistently low compared with their market values, bringing in traders, collectors and speculators, all ready to buy at bargain prices. However, most bargain hunters left disappointed as lots shot well above their current market value, despite the fact that they had spent a few years in a warehouse before the sale. The cars must have felt at home as they were displayed in a venue resembling a Representative of one of the best works of Touring — 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Sprint coupe, sold at $379,617 warehouse, the perfect size for storing a 400-car collection, with large overhead lights and concrete floors. The large open space where the cars were displayed was consistently full of people over the three days of the auction. This auction will be difficult to replicate. The circumstances, quantity and quality of the cars were all quite amazing. ♦ Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Milan, ITA GERMAN BEST BUY #633-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE coupe. S/N 11102610002752. Silver/black leather. Odo: 72,521 km. A sound W111, just in need of some detailing. In a beautiful color combination. Equipped with the desirable sunroof and radio. Interior wood not perfect, but more than acceptable. Panel gaps are standard Mercedes quality. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $308,439. There was a great amount of enthusiasm for an “as-new” 911 Speedster. The car was looking immaculate, with the only non-original component being the radio. But $310k is a lot of money, still more considering the mandatory work to be done on a car parked for 10 years. Although the full black livery would not have been my choice, it is a rare color combination for this model and probably added to the appeal. ITALIAN SOLD AT $71,178. One of the very few Mercedes offered at this auction, this W111 with the 3.5 engine was really tempting. A car like this equipped with the manual transmission and sunroof is not an everyday find. The car was sound, with some minor unoriginal details. It just needed some good maintenance after its long stand-still in storage. I have dreamt of one of these Paul Bracq coupés for a long time. A very smart purchase. #325-1973 PORSCHE 911 2.4 S coupe. S/N 9113300938. Black/tan vinyl. Odo: 35,399 km. Overall good condition, but unused since 2006. Non-original radio. The sunroof adds appeal. Slight bubbling under paint, but appears minor. The quintessential 911 from the 1970s, in its best trim. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $195,740. A sparkling start to the sale of this 911. The auctioneer asked for $47k, received a strong first offer of $105k, and suddenly half of the raised hands dropped. For sure one of the most revered versions of the 911. Perfect for touring, track days and shows, but in need of some work before being fully enjoyed. #307-1989 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WP0ZZZ912KS152181. Eng. # 63K04215. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 18,450 km. Looking new, most likely with the real mileage reported from the odometer, with the only question mark linked to the years of standing still, numbering 10 based on the circulation tax on the windshield. Cond: 2+. 94 SOLD AT $189,809. A very fascinating car, which would be a perfect base for a ground-up restoration. But most thought it would be perfect to prepare for the preservation class, as all the equipment was with the car. The new owner will face an interesting dilemma. Even a car in this condition, it will need more funds and capabilities to be preserved than it would to be restored. Everybody was attracted by it, me included; my raised hand was lost in the dozens of others vying for the next bid. I would love to see the car sometime in the future. #584-1949 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Freccia d’Oro coupe. S/N 916431. Dark green/beige velour. RHD. Odo: 27,209 km. Body and interior in need of a complete restoration, although body appears to BEST BUY SOLD AT $379,617. Pessimistic high estimate of $190k; $230k seemed more reasonable, as the car sat for 22 years. However, what the sellers did not consider was its participation in the Mille Miglia. The car, still with its original number plate, was portrayed in one of the most famous Mille Miglia books (the original one, not the modern re-creation). The discovery that the car was an entrant, most likely in four editions of the race, made the value skyrocket. It was one of the most charming and beautiful cars of the whole sale, perfect representative of one of the best works of Touring. #874-1962 MASERATI 3500 GTI coupe. S/N AM1012310. Dark green metallic/white leather. Odo: 22,531 km. A sound car, restored a few years before being impounded. Some blemishes on the paint and the chrome looked old. Interior a very appealing color and in good condition. Cond: 3+. #631-1935 FIAT 508 S coupe. S/N 508S085284. Blue/beige cloth. Body covered in light rust. Part of interior, transmission and engine on a pallet next to the car. In need of serious work to become driveable. Seats in decent shape compared to rest of car. Cond: 5-. mostly have superficial damage, nothing too serious. The correct velour was covered with green covers, and was impossible to establish if it could have been saved. Mechanicals also in need of a total overhaul. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $166,083. The 6C Alfa Romeo, one of the best possible cars to collect, own, drive and to enjoy, in a deeply neglected form. A car ready to enter a very good restoration shop. It is absolutely complete (except for the original steering wheel) with every usually impossibleto-find detail. Would be interesting to see if the original velour of the banquette seats is still solid or too compromised and if the color is original. This is one car that I’d have happily bought… #303-1953 ALFA ROMEO 1900 C Sprint coupe. S/N AR1900C0126. Dark gray/beige & brown fabric. Odo: 7,198 km. Last circulation tax expired in 1995. Sound car with a nice patina. Complete in every detail, but in need of work after so many years of standing still. Cond: 3+. TOP 10 No. 5 SOLD AT $213,535. A wonderful injected version of the Maserati 3500 GT. Touring did a wonderful job in building this, and today, Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Milan, ITA after more than 50 years, the 3500 still looks wonderful. Complete, sound, in need of a good body shop to fix the paint and rechrome the brightwork. The price soundly left the estimated margins, but still fell below its median price according to the SCM Pocket Price Guide. TOP 10 No. 6 #304-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPRINT GTA coupe. S/N AR613721. Eng. # AR00502 23116. White/black vinyl. Odo: 80,197 km. A real GTA is a very rare car. This, with a documented history, was impounded just after finishing the restoration. Practically perfect in every detail, but unused for four years. Cond: 2+. has been neglected for many years. Exterior looks good and the bumpers are well polished, but car needs some maintenance before it can be enjoyed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $320,302. The most iconic version of the classic Maserati with the 4.9 SS engine. One of the most beautiful cars to stare at, but it was not the bestlooking Ghibli SS sold at this auction. However, it kept its value and got a lot of interest each day. #544-1975 MASERATI KHAMSIN coupe. S/N AM120032. Silver/black leather. Odo: 38,191 miles. Beautiful car. Impeccable condition, but did take some damage in the rear during transportation. Nothing too serious, but it needs a rear respray. Interior perfect. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $349,960. The 512 BB is the typical Ferrari, beautiful to look at and difficult to live with. Hence some up and down on the market value. In recent years it stabilized in the area of $250k. A good purchase for a 512 BB lover, considering that fewer than 1,000 cars were built and that many are by far of a lower condition. The perfect color combination adds a substantial appeal, as did the Daytona seats. Twelve-cylinder boxer, 5 liters, more than 300 hp, and the carburetors carry a warranty for an exhilarating soundtrack. TOP 10 No. 7 SOLD AT $355,891. Bidding went up as quickly as a GTA rev counter: from $64k to $200k in less than 20 seconds. An unmolested Stradale GTA is not an everyday find, even rarer with the original Italian number plate and in such good condition, with all the supposed magnesium parts. Definitely bought too high, but it is the most collectible coupé of the 105 series. #573-1971 MASERATI GHIBLI SS coupe. S/N AM115492130. Silver metallic/ black leather. Odo: 34,612 km. In good condition, but not perfect. Non-original color. Restored some time in the ’80s, but TOP 10 No. 10 #296-1987 ALFA ROMEO 75 Turbo Evoluzione IMSA “Ufficiale” sedan. S/N ACO22. Red & white/black no- SOLD AT $118,630. A problem with the chassis number (chassis number above is believed to be correct) had an impact, as did the transportation damage. Definitely gorgeous to look at, with a perfect color combination and wonderfully preserved interior. The body was perfect until another car bumped into her rear during transportation. The issue of the chassis number froze the enthusiasm of many. Even though buying from the court will guarantee the legal ownership of the car; it didn’t seem to matter. A lost opportunity for this very tempting car. #574-1977 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N 22401. Eng. # 00169. Red & black/Palomino leather. Odo: 141 km. Fresh from a very high-level restoration finished in 2003. When impounded, it only had 141 kilometers on the clock. The 512 BB was one of the few cars sent to a Ferrari specialist to be sorted out before the auction and was ready to be driven with fresh tires, too. The leather of the interior is the original. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 9 mex fabric. Very sound and complete example of a very rare car with a perfect ex-Works heritage. Unused for (at least) eight years, but complete with everything. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $355,891. One of the coolest cars of the auction. Aggressive, even when covered in dust and not whipping around at full throttle. Probably the last (with the 155) real racing Alfa Romeo, looking absolutely gorgeous in her red-and-white ex-Works colors. Proper condition for a car left in a dry warehouse for the past eight or nine years: sad, but very sound. In need of work before being used, but complete with every single detail. A real race car with a good look, not necessarily for concours, because its job was simply meant for fighting on the track. Beautiful paint. Basic interior in good condition. Safety tank expired. Racing tires flat and rock-hard. Most likely the same tires when it was raced at the Giro d’Italia in period. If I could dream of having a classic to race at the next Monterey Historics, she would be my choice. (See profile, p. 80.) TOP 10 No. 4 #589-1989 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N ZA9 C005A0KLA12987. Red/beige leather. Odo: 34,369 km. Original paint and interior, both looking as-new. External left rear mirror broken. Stored for 10 years. 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RM Sotheby’s Milan, ITA modern interior with wider seats. Definitely too much for a good car that was offered after 10 years of storage. It is impossible to know, but easy to imagine, the quantity of work needed to put this Anniversary edition back on the road. The Anniversary has always been the less loved of the Countaches, and the money paid could have bought a very good, ready-to-use 5000 Quattrovalvole instead. One of the many nonsensical purchases of this sale. #599-1991 LANCIA LC2 Group C coupe. S/N 0009. Red & black/black carbon-fiber. RHD. A good looking car, assumed to be complete and with an extra pallet of spares. Unused for at least three years. Cond: 3+. TOP 10 No. 3 example of one of the most iconic rally cars ever built. Important drivers, important races and the excellent design of the Repsol livery to boot. Perfectly preserved, and having avoided disaster during its “working life,” this is a rare car indeed. #877-1992 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000091464. Red/red Nomex. Odo: 26,865 km. A perfect F40, just reconditioned from an official Maranello shop. New exhaust, tires and seals made it absolutely perfect. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 2 the most beautiful Maseratis ever built, with a wonderful shape and the mechanics of the Ferrari Enzo. Hard to ask for something more in a car. To my eyes the MC12 has always been the perfect investment car. Great heritage, great style and technology, with a wonderful brand. Often forgotten, which could be considered as a potential blue chip. Only the future will tell us if it has been a wise investment or a crazy expenditure (a world-record expenditure for an MC12, by the way). In both cases, I would have loved to steal the keys and go for a ride… AMERICAN #342-1948 CADILLAC SERIES 61 Club coupe. S/N 486108854. Maroon/tan cloth. Odo: 58,475 miles. 346-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp manual. Sad-looking but sound example. Complete, but in need of a full overhaul. Interior better than exterior, but that doesn’t mean much, as the paint is in terrible condition. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $901,591. The LC2 was the final Lancia Sport prototype racing car built and is equipped with a twin-turbo Ferrari engine. Chassis 0009 raced at Le Mans, Magny-Cours and Nürburgring. Engineer Tonti, the father of the LC2, once told me that the LC2 is the best car he ever made. It will be important for the new owner to track down all the exact racing history of this chassis, and paint it with the correct livery. A very interesting car indeed, bought at a right price, but it will need expert hands to be put back in working, race-ready order. #594-1992 LANCIA DELTA HF Integrale Group A hatchback. S/N ZLA831A-BO00556754. White w/ Repsol livery/black nomex fabric. A perfectlooking car, assumed to be complete, and with an extra pallet of spares. Unused for at least three years. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $355,891. An ex-Jolly Club car, the racing team who went on racing the Deltas after Lancia decided to retire from competition. A very special car, raced by Sainz/Moya at Monte Carlo 1993, 14th overall, and then used at the Acropolis and Australia rallies. It is a perfect TOP 10 No. 8 98 SOLD AT $1,091,400. I still remember the first F40 I saw, on the highway around the Lago Maggiore in Italy. I could live another 100 years without forgetting that moment. Even more impressive was when I drove one for the first time some years later. Ever since, I have developed a soft spot for this car: the last “mechanical” supercar, almost entirely analog. An absolutely perfect example, ready to be driven on the Autostrada. This is a spare million I wouldn’t miss. #601-2004 MASERATI MC12 coupe. S/N ZAMDF44B000012100. White & blue/blue leather. Odo: 5,930 km. Offered in “as-new” condition, fresh from a deep refurbishing from an official Maserati dealer, ready to be used. One of 50 built. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $3,203,021. The MC12 is one of TOP 10 No. 1 “ SOLD AT $28,471. Not the easiest car to sell in Europe, even less so in this condition, but the magic of the auction brought the price up to a staggering $28k. An American dealer friend of mine was sitting close by. While the bidding was going on, he told me, “You can find one of these in the U.S. at $40k if perfect, but in this condition, you can buy them at $10k.” Its sitting unused since 1998 does not add much hope for an easy restoration. © The MC12 is one of the most beautiful Maseratis ever built, with a wonderful shape and the mechanics of the Ferrari Enzo. Hard to ask for something more in a car. To my eyes the MC12 has always been the perfect investment car. Great heritage, great style and technology, with a wonderful brand. Often forgotten, which could be considered as a potential blue chip. 2004 Maserati MC12 coupe ” Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX Mecum Auctions — Dallas, TX Reserves let Americans steal the show Company Mecum Auctions Date November 2, 2016 Location Dallas, TX Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered 740/1,019 Sales rate 73% Sales total $24,743,873 High sale Discovered in a shipping container in California, stored for over 20 years — 1967 Shelby GT350 fastback, sold at $117,700 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback, sold at $451,000 Buyer’s premium Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics T he Texas market has proven to be a t ing one for Mecum. Single out the three 2015 auctions Mecum hosted in the Lone Star State, which included Houston, Dallas and Austin, an you’re talking about more than $60 millio sales. The enormous auction house decide their Austin, TX, sale from the 2016 roster after a twoyear run in Texas’ capital city. Mecum was not displeased with their results in Austin. I first met David Morton, Mecum’s Manager of Communications and Event Marketing, in 2014, during their inaugural Austin sale. When I caught up with him here in Dallas, he had nothing but positive things to say about the company’s experience in Austin. However, Morton did mention that the venue, not the city, was an impediment each year, as it was not ideal for handling the massive number of consignments the auctions attract. The Austin Convention Center’s bustling downtown location lacks adequate infrastructure for consignment check-ins and plentiful close-proximity big-rig parking for vehicle transporters. Plus, the interior exhibit space there is roughly one-fourth the size of their mainstay in Dallas. This is Mecum’s sixth consecutive year to return to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, a venue with roughly a million square feet of exhibit space within a 2-million-square-foot facility. The number of consignments, sell-through rate and the total-dollar figure sold at each Texas event are fairly consistent throughout the years, with variations in overall results 100 Dallas, TX 10%, included in sold prices among the state’s venues appearing almost negligible. What has changed throughout the years is Mecum’s presentation. Vendor space and commercial display areas have grown while attendance has risen. Many cars now include an auction estimate prefacing the on-vehicle descriptions. First-day attendance and paricipation here now appears to overshadow the “prime time” of the more ctically sized regional auction houses with long Texas histories. This year, those offerings included 1,019 consignments, of which 740 were sold for a 73% sell-through rate, which is strong and typical of Mecum’s Texas results. The four-day event kicked off with several lots from a private collection that saw a sell-through rate of almost 100%. Another private collection, this one of desirable American muscle, crossed the block on Friday, with some of those landing in the top 10. Eight of the top 10 sales were American born. The highest honor of the sale went to Lot S120, a 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback once owned by Reggie Jackson and believed to be one of the first 31 Shelby road cars built, fetching $451,000. The highest no-sale was a 1996 Porsche GT2 Sales Totals EVO at $950k. It was among a total of six that did not meet reserve at offers overshadowing the number-one sale. Of those six not meeting reserve, the only American marque was represented by a 1963 Corvette Z06 with a top offer of $500k. Several of the high-value Europeans offered at this sale have crossed the block recently at other Mecum venues; many of them did not sell in Monterey. Mecum returns to the Lone Star State once again in 2017 with auctions in Houston and Dallas, with the latter moving back to September, when it has traditionally been held. ♦ $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX BELGIAN #F32-2009 VAN HOOL TD925 mo- torhome. S/N YE2DG11B092042419. Metallic gray/black leather. Double Decker entertainment coach. Rear second-story observation L-shaped lounge with seating and thirdstory observation deck. Finishes are high-end throughout. Yacht-like wood floor. Custom wood cabinetry. Custom leather upholstery. Second-level captain’s chairs face forward for a view of the road when traveling. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,100. In the Lotus world, this car is in just above-average condition. Many of these are used on the track and see chin cracks and underside damage, although chin cracks can also occur when pulling up too close to the 7-Eleven. These are also extremely difficult to enter and exit, and while the car is cool, the execution to get in and out can be somewhat embarrassing and rough on the seats. The sale price here was still below wholesale. Well bought. GERMAN #F26-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL NOT SOLD AT $175,000. Constructed more like a yacht than a typical luxury RV or Prevost conversion, this one was certainly unique with its rear observation lounge and rooftop deck. Certainly an ideal vehicle for NASCAR viewing, which is what it was used for. Larger than life, it was definitely out of place among the classic, exotic and specialty-interest cars of Mecum, but it was worth a try given the candidates in the audience with potential cash to burn. The consignor was looking for a number over $700k, and the top bid here wasn’t even in the ballpark and likely wouldn’t even cover the used shell that would be the starting point for the conversion. ENGLISH #T196-2005 LOTUS ELISE convertible. S/N SCCPC11115HL30353. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 21,329 miles. Lowmileage original. Rear appears to have been repainted. Light scratches throughout with a few heavy scratch touch-ups in front of the driver’s position. Soft top sagging in the middle from age. Heavy scuffs inside the driver’s door threshold. Worn seats. Tear in the leather on front driver’s seat. Leather strip missing between the stitching. Power windows. No optional cupholder or floor mats. Raised “Lotus” insignia is missing across the rear and replaced with mirror-finish vinyl. Auxiliary switch mounted on the column in front of the ignition switch. Cond: 3+. custom convertible. S/N 11304212008417. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 4,966 miles. Restoration and build done in 2006 and showing signs of practical use. Brightwork slightly pitted. Paint is average, with some orange peel and fisheyes. Sun fading on the trunk lid. Aftermarket billet wheels are out of place. Large gap at rear of driver’s door. Deep windscreen scratches at the driver’s position that do not appear to have come from the wiper. Interior carpet worn and dirty. Seat upholstery is in good condition. Cond: 3. went through. Type 2 values are all over the board, condition is everything, and they are worth whatever a buyer is willing to pay. Quirky period-correct accoutrements and lots of windows with a factory ragtop, which this one lacked, can aid tremendously. Fair offer for a front-bench-seat-only Type 2. #S112-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N 9114400433. Ice Blue/black leather. Odo: 56,881 miles. Mileage believed to be original. Number 433 of 528 U.S.-spec 1974 Carreras. Factory ducktail spoiler. Sunroof delete. Bursch exhaust. Older restoration holding up well. A few minor prep issues. Hood spray is uneven. Driver’s door does not catch when opening. Rubber is in good condition. Seats have been reupholstered and are in good condition. Door-panel pockets are looking a little tired. Noticeable wear on the carpet at the driver’s threshold. Dash covering looks good, with no cracking. Original factory Blauplunkt radio. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,200. At the Mecum Dallas auction in 2014, there was a 1970 280SL with a 4-bbl GM 350-ci V8 shoehorned under the bonnet (SCM# 245181). The outward appearance down to the color was similar to this example, although the previous one was sporting factory alloys. That one sold for $71,280. This one is equipped with a more modern fuelinjected LS powerplant with “Corvette” written on the engine plastic. The sale price here was a bargain, especially given the likely build cost and similar comp from 2014. Well bought. #F83-1967 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 microbus. S/N 217118531. Green & white/ white & green vinyl. Odo: 63,654 miles. Said to be a frame-off restoration. Exterior paint is decent, with some flaws throughout. Rubber recently replaced. Panel fit is good overall. New upholstery. Manual transmission shifter is bent. Floor coverings have been replaced. Interior paint is new with rear coated with bed-liner material. Period-style roof rack. Oversized oil pan. Recently replaced ignition, alternator, distributor, carburetor, pulleys and belts, new coil, distributor and spark plugs. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Interestingly, eBay shows a sale on this one in late September 2016 with a price of $29,100, but here, a high offer of $45,000 was turned away. Something tells me that even though eBay shows it as “sold,” the sale likely never 102 NOT SOLD AT $85,000. If the offer made was real money, that might be all there is today for this car with these needs. To put into perspective how much the 911 market has risen, just a few years ago with 3,000 fewer miles showing, this same car was offered by a Texas dealer with an asking price of $38,888. Originally, they had the car listed at $45,888 with no takers, which called for a reduction in price. Mecum offered it at their 2016 Monterey sale, where it did not sell for $120k (SCM# 6808767). The catalog estimate has been reined in to a range of $95k to $120k. #S171-1996 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0AC2997TS376230. Midnight Blue/Midnight Blue leather. Odo: 24,758 miles. Mileage believed to be original. Includes original window sticker, manuals, service records, and bill of sale. Porsche cell phone with factory mount. Digital sound package. Heated lumbar seats. Well-preserved factory original. Paint has a few flaws and scuffs Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX from age. Panel alignment is factory correct. Rubber is original and is in good condition. Driver’s seat shows some stress on the leather from use. Door panel pockets are in good condition. Thresholds show very little wear. Carpets are in good condition. Doors open and shut with ease. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. Last seen at Mecum’s Monterey sale in 2016, where bidding stalled at $155k (SCM# 6808794). The 993 marked the last of the hand-built air-cooled 911s, and this one had the right stuff. It was well-optioned Turbo with a 6-speed manual. Recent sales are not out of line with the Monterey offer, which might have been the one to take. Here it didn’t fare as well. Let’s just hope the market is not on the verge of a correction. #S198-2002 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N WBAEJ13442AH61795. Silver/black leather. Odo: 13,897 miles. Mileage said to be original. A little tired for a low-mileage car. Front chin scuffed with a crack in the paint on the top side of the chin. Headlights are slightly cloudy. Rear hard-top corners show damage from being mishandled. Panel alignment is correct. Hard-top headliner is sagging significantly to the point where you have to wear it as a hat. Parking brake is scuffed and scratched, as is the console around it. Otherwise, everything is in average condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $198,000. This is one of those modern-day classics that never really saw any depreciation. Around mid-2014, collectors really began taking notice, and these took off from a steady value and began to soar. It is no longer unusual to see the Z8s passing $200k. Before it was sold here, this same car was advertised online by a private-party seller for $213k. Here, the car was well bought, especially given the low miles. #S114-2008 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN convertible. S/N WDDAK76F28M001809. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 2,075 miles. One of 106 built in 2008. Like-new original with a few imperfections. Some light scratches on the trunk where something may have been placed and slid off. Panel fit is correct. Rubber and glass are all factory correct and appear original. Interior is clean and tidy. Screen printing is all intact. No rub marks or other smudges from operating any of the controls. Top looks as though it has never been stowed. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $325,000. When new, the base price was $500k, and values are beginning to inch closer and closer to the original MSRP. In 2013, a California dealer had this one listed on eBay, where it failed to sell with a top bid of about $280k. It was offered again at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction in 2014, where it sold for $308,130 (SCM# 6722931). This time around, Mecum placed an estimate of $395k to $425k, which is higher than the current market. These were never daily drivers for owners, and super-low mileage is not unusual. Holding out for another day seemed the right call. #S155-2011 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WP0CB2A94BS795626. Carrera White/ black cloth/white & black leather. Odo: 316 miles. Number 243 of 356 produced, with around 100 of those destined for the U.S. market. In brand-new condition as though it had just left the factory. Paint is flawless. No scrapes under the front chin. Numbered threshold strike plate shows only minor scuffs from the door opening and closing. Seats are a little soiled on the white leather of the driver’s seat. Carpets appear to be just like new. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. Last seen at Mecum’s 2016 August Monterey sale, where it did not sell for $335,000 (SCM# 6808810). The starting price for one of these when new was just over $200k, so they have realized rapid market appreciation in a short amount of time. A few private sales as late as 2013 saw examples selling in the upper $100,000 range before the tides turned. All 356 produced were fully equipped and share horsepower with the GTS from that year, with the only option offered being a departure from the Pure Blue to the Carrera White seen here. If momentum keeps up, the consignor should soon find the $350k to $450k noted in the auction estimate. IRISH #S81.1-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T8BD004921. Stainless steel/gray leather. Odo: 50,968 miles. 2,850-cc fuel-injected V6, auto. Lots of dings and creases in the body. Several dings in a row at the top of the left front fender. Heavy rubs on the hood. Front and rear bumpers discolored. Rubber around the driver’s door is split open. 104 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX Body trim around the door is wavy. Interior piece behind the driver’s door is coming loose from the inner wall. Carpets are worn. Driver’s seat has small tears in the seat bottom. Center console is very worn and soiled. Console switches are loose. Side windows front and rear have noticeable scratches. Cond: 3-. and have slowly inched their way down. Values are still high, and this one should certainly be in the club of elites. Not sure why it was unable to get more traction, but the repeated no-sales are not doing the consignor any favors. #S141-1968 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2. S/N SOLD AT $22,000. While curators of the DeLorean do not have typical items to worry about such as paint condition and body rust, great care still must be taken to ensure the stainless steel remains unharmed. Whoever cared for this example in its past life was a little inattentive, as there are many avoidable flaws throughout. Combine that with the lessdesirable automatic transmission, and the appeal becomes limited. That did not stop the bidding. While some of these have fetched prices that are much higher, the price paid is on par; only the condition here is inferior. ITALIAN #S136.1-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 9955. Eng. # 9955. Rosso Corsa/ tan leather. Odo: 45,866 km. Numbers-matching Euro spec. Factory air conditioning and power windows. Borrani wheels. Correct lower fiberglass radiator shroud. Nice older restoration in very good condition. A few light scratches in the clearcoat, but nothing significant. Panel fit is excellent. Brightwork has a few scratches around the driver’s vent window; otherwise, everything looks good. Glass is clean and clear. Interior redone in 2013 in Cuoio leather. Becker Europa radio. Engine clean, but not overly detailed. Window-washer bag absent. Cond: 2+. 11487. Eng. # 245. Silver/beige leather. Odo: 27,377 km. Said to be numbers-matching Euro-spec Ferrari. Massini report. Older restoration showing age. Dent and scratch in hood and just in front of the passenger’s position closest to the window screen. Rubber from passenger’s door is hanging outside the door opening when closed. Light pitting on brightwork. Original Cromodora wheels. Original interior is decent. Front seats have been re-covered, and color is slightly off from original. Back seats are original with cracking. Wood dash has lost its luster. Gauges are clear. Hood will not stay open on its own. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $220,000. These Ferraris were very luxurious when introduced, coming with standard features that included power steering, power windows and self-leveling hydraulic rear suspension, the latter of which is known to be problematic and costly to sort. Initial delivery in Switzerland and exported to the U.S. in 1980. Ten years ago, these were $50k cars, and today, there was nothing out of line with the top bid here. #S104-1972 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 02950. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 15,606 miles. Marcel Massini report. Listed in Matthias Bartz’s Dino Compendium. U.S.-spec left-hand drive. Plenty of flaws in paint, with scratches and touch-ups throughout. Paint bubble on engine compartment seam. Rubber showing age, but still in decent condition. Panels line up nicely. Light scratches evident in some windows. Interior slightly worn. Carpet bunching on bulkhead behind seats. Interior levers for vent windows missing. Leather showing stress, with small opening on driver’s seat bolster seam. Gauges slightly hazy. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $575,000. Offered at two other Mecum auctions in 2016 prior to this one. First it was seen at their Kissimmee Florida sale in January, where it did not sell for $600k (SCM# 6798464), and later offered at Monterey, where, again, it did not sell, this time for $550k (SCM# 6808497). Here it topped out right in the middle but still did not sell. Values have shot up in the past five years March 2017 NOT SOLD AT $300,000. Last seen at Worldwide’s Houston Classic, April 2016, 105


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Rising Sun Recent online sales of Japanese collector cars by Brian Baker (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #112183478118. 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R NISMO. S/N BNR32100301. 27k kilometers (16,777 miles). “One of only 560 ever produced, Modena wheels (stock ones available), Nardi Steering wheel, HKS Electronic Valve Controller (EVC 1), aftermarket oil-catch can” Condition: 2. Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX where it did not sell with a high offer of $290k (SCM# 6799604). The overall market has seen some slight slippage since we last saw this Dino, but prices are still in the stratosphere compared to what they once were. While recent sales indicate a slight adjustment, the low catalog estimate here had moved north since Worldwide’s offering. The top offer was fair and in line with the market. #S125-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- SOLD AT $49,750. We featured an R32 Skyline in April 2016 that sold for $82,500. Building off of that Skyline, the NISMO was originally offered for sale so Nissan could get it into Group A and N1 racing. Of the 560 made, only 500 were sold, as Nissan used the other 60 cars for racing. This car was made in very limited numbers, and I consider this well bought. eBay Motors, 11/5/2016. #2666. 1993 Nissan 240SX coupe. 187k miles. “2.4-L DOHC I4, 5-spd, white/gray cloth, unmodified first gen S13 coupe, MacPherson front struts, rear multilink, passed California smog June 2015, recent service.” Condition: 3. tona coupe. S/N 16109. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 48,843 miles. Numbers matching. “Nutand-bolt restoration” completed in the 1990s with approximately 8,000 post-restoration miles. Recently rebuilt drivetrain. Ferrari Concours Platinum Award winner in 1998. Collector owned since 1999. Borrani wires with three-bar knockoffs. Restoration is holding up very well. Paint has few flaws despite post-restoration miles. Minor paint cracks around rear license-plate screw holes. Interior is well above average. Minor cracking in steering wheel leather. Cond: 2. Carpets show some wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $90,200. This is said to be one of 75 Hall wide-body variants. Hall Pantera is a California company that has been building aftermarket parts and accessories for the Pantera since the ’70s. Since this is said to be one of 75, it is assumed that the aftermarket company did the labor on the car as well. Before the sale here, this one could be found unsold on eBay with top bids around $50k. The wide body neither helped nor hurt, as the price was in line with the current market. #S127.1-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N 06158. Bianco Polo/beige leather. Odo: 12,553 miles. U.S. spec with numbers matching. Engine-out service in 2015. Ferrari Classiche Certification. Older repaint showing age. Panel fit is good. Radio antenna is not retracted all the way. Passenger’s side exterior door handle sticks open when operated. Some scuffing on the paint at the rear from mishandling targa top. Original leather seats are showing stress and age. Gauges are clean and clear. Doors sounds solid when closing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,666. The Nissan 240SX is the 1990s equivalent of a 1970s Datsun 240Z. You have a fairly cheap 2.4-liter car with rear-wheel drive, lots of aftermarket support, and it is very popular with the younger generation. These cars are a popular platform for drifting. That means most 240SXs are modified. Finding an original 240SX is extremely hard, and the car is only 23 years old. There were 251,410 240SX cars made between the two generations — 70,000 fewer than how many Datsun S30Zs were made. Park this one and save it. Well bought. Bring A Trailer, 11/21/2016. #192054379258. 1993 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo coupe. S/N JT2JA82J0P0001884. 155,000 miles. “In good condition, has some wear in paint, and seats need to be rewrapped. Car has never been modified, has all original books, even original targa top tool.” Condition: 4. NOT SOLD AT $700,000. Seen recently at Mecum’s Monterey auction in 2016, where it did not sell for $650k (SCM# 6808499). When restored in the late 1990s, values hovered in the low-to-mid-$100k range. This example has been well looked after and the condition does not reveal the estimated 8,000 miles driven since the restoration. Mecum put the estimate between $650k to $800k, and here it brought more than the top offer in Monterey and within the estimate. A fair price offered, but the consignor decided to hold tight for another day. #S113.1-1973 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNNP05506. White/gray leather. Odo: 66,516 miles. Recent mechanical refreshening. Includes service history. Marti Report. A few prep issues in paint, with small fisheyes dotting the roof and hood. Paint crack in front upper driver’s door. Panel fit is acceptable. Rubber is in good condition. Windshield wipers have been removed and nozzle hoses are peering through the cowl. Driver’s door creaks and sags when open. Leather is in good condition. Some soiling on the outer bolster. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. Two Dinos were offered. Neither one sold. Both had a high bid of exactly $300k. This one has not been seen since 2014, when it was last sold at RM Monterey for $440,000 (SCM# 6710735). There we commented on the continued appreciation with no end in sight. While this may not be the end, both of the Dinos here were $100k lighter than the last time this one sold. Before this Dallas sale, only one GTS this year hit $400k on the block, but it was “chairs and flares” and did not sell. The high bid here still felt a little lacking, but may be where the market is headed. We’ll know for sure when we leave Scottsdale. BEST BUY #F183-1984 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 5000S coupe. S/N ZA9C00500ELA12661. Black/black SOLD AT $28,100. The Mk IV Supra is the last sports car Toyota made. This generation became popular with younger drivers through popular movies and video games. This Supra comes with the most desirable engine — the 2JZ-GTE I6 that cranks out 321 horsepower. As it is a rare unmodified Supra worth saving, I think it was well bought. eBay, 12/22/2016. ♦ 106 leather. Odo: 49,814 miles. Nearly two year restoration completed in September 2015 by Norwood Italia. Respray and cosmetic refreshing said to cost $20k. Recently rebuilt engine, transmission, clutch, gearbox, brakes, alternator, radiator and water pump. All new hoses, belts, gaskets, seals, clamps, fuel injectors and spark plugs. Panel fit is correct. A few light scratches on the windshield. Small pieces of debris inside the front right light housing. Some wear inside of the driver’s threshold. Minor carpet wear. Seat leather is in good condition. Stitching on the outside bolster of driver’s seat are beginning to open. Center console switches show some use. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX was further enhanced with a 5-speed manual donated from a 280ZX. A cool truck for not a lot of money. Fair deal for all. SOLD AT $231,000. After being purchased here, it showed up just a few weeks later at Leake’s 2016 Fall Dallas sale. In 2002, the car was offered on eBay with 28,295 miles. It was listed with a “Buy It Now” price of $71k. Today, it is unusual to find a Countach for less than $300k, especially one such as this where a lot of money was recently spent on maintenance and restoration. By today’s standards, this was the deal of a lifetime as examples in this price range tend to need help. Very well bought. JAPANESE #T16-1978 DATSUN 620 Deluxe pickup. S/N KHL620317719. Burnt Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 69,778 miles. Mileage believed to be original. Restoration is a few years old and holding up well. Factory tachometer. Power windows. Paint is shiny with a few amateur mistakes. Some prep issues. A few scratches here and there, but a good driver. No visible rust. Vinyl bed cover that snaps closed is sagging significantly in the middle. Panel fit is good. Interior is tidy. Original factory radio. Some screen printing rubbing off on the center console. Headliner slightly wavy. Engine compartment is very tidy. Paint rubbed off on inner left front fender. Engine is detailed, with a lot of gloss. Cond: 2-. #S65.1-1982 DATSUN 280ZX coupe. S/N JN1HZ04S2CX435895. Burgundy/red cloth. Odo: 42,416 miles. Said to be unrestored with original miles. Chips on the hood were touched up and are amateur quality. Probably would have been better to just leave them alone or respray the whole hood. Panel fit is factory-correct. Rubber appears to be original and benefits from responsible storage. Interior is like a time capsule. Seats show little wear. Original carpets are in excellent condition. Steering wheel and gearshift show very little handling. Musty interior smell. Interior is average and could use detailing. Cond: 2. compartment with no fluid residue. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. Last seen at RM Auctions’ Hershey sale in 2014, where it sold for $44,000 (SCM# 6711481). These were workhorses in their time, so a restorationworthy example is something of a rarity. The bidding here climbed and settled not too far from the Hershey sale, but failed to meet reserve. SOLD AT $14,300. Known by enthusiasts as the “Series II” 280ZX, these were among the last of the second-generation S130 Z cars before the introduction of the 300ZX. These also benefited by being the most refined in the evolution of the original Z. It seems as though enthusiasts have been waiting forever for Datsun values — which have remained steady for what seems like an eternity — to take off. A few recent sales have been knocking on the door of $20k. If the mileage is original here as stated, well bought. This is where documentation would be helpful. AMERICAN #F135.1-1956 FORD F-100 panel deliv- SOLD AT $8,800. The longer “King Cab” version was released just one year prior to this one and 1978 marked the first year for electronic ignition and disc brakes. This one “ 108 ery. S/N F10V6E40294. Diamond Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 90,956 miles. 272-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Restoration completed a few years ago and shows in “better than new” condition. Deep paint well applied with few flaws. Original body is all steel with original floor boards. New stock running boards, doors, fenders and hood. Emblems have been replaced and rubber is new. Doors sound solid. Interior is just as tidy as the exterior. Reupholstered interior factory-correct. Wood in cargo area replaced and shows very well. Headliner and wood supports are in very good condition. Restored gauges are nearly flawless. Slight pitting on the interior door handles. Restored engine Said to have been discovered in a shipping container in California where it had been stored for over 20 years. The VIN number indicates that this was one of the first GT350s built. 1967 Shelby GT350 fastback SOLD AT $117,700. Said to have been discovered in a shipping container in California where it had been stored for over 20 years. The VIN number indicates that this was one of the first GT350s built. In 2014, Mecum offered it at their Houston sale, where it did not find a buyer with a high bid of $150k (SCM# 6714549). The following year, Mecum offered it again at their Indianapolis sale, where again it was not sold at $135k (SCM# 6798033). After holding out for more than two years, the consignor let it go for a marketcorrect price. #F158-1972 STUTZ BLACKHAWK 2-dr ” hard top. S/N 2K57Y2A103298. Black & orange/tan ostrich leather & black vinyl. Odo: 94,388 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rare “hump-trunk” Blackhawk. Repaint in good condition. Noticeable mask lines with some prep issues on the roof. Rubber appears to be mostly original and decent. Brightwork is av- Sports Car Market #F100-1967 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 67210F3A00117. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 84,275 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Numbers matching. Competition handling package. Deluxe steering wheel. Extra cooling package. Power steering and disc brakes. Original paint with flaws throughout. Windscreen rubber is dry and cracked. Door rubber is original, and in slightly better condition. Unique red marker lights in upper scoop. Panel fit is factory-correct. Brightwork is pitted and cloudy. Interior is average and well preserved. Seats are holding up well. Carpet has some areas of wear. Cond: 3-.


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX erage overall, with some minor pitting and scuffs on the bumpers and trim. Driver’s door is slightly out at the bottom rear. Pitting on the interior door handles and worn finish on the window switches. Carpets are in good condition. Seats show very little wear. Wood on the dash is good overall. Cond: 3+. were touched up. Heavy scrapes under the front chin. Small dents on the top of the trunk lid. Rubber coming apart and pulling away from the windscreen. Chunks missing out of the rubber on top of driver’s door. Car is indoors and top is up, begging the question of “does it work?” Passenger’s door window is down and rear driver’s side window is not up all the way. Front bumper is misaligned. Interior is tired and dirty. Cond: 4+. #F15.1-1991 GMC SYCLONE pickup. S/N 1GDCT14Z3M8802631. Black/black cloth. Odo: 115,032 miles. 4.3-L turbocharged V6, auto. Old repaint with a few prep issues. Paint on rubber around the doors. Fisheyes here and there. Otherwise, decent driver quality. Panel gaps are correct, with the exception of the gap between left rear fender trim and body. Original rubber is decent. Interior is average condition. Upholstery is in good shape. Lots of dirt inside the air vents. Screen printing is beginning to fade. Three-pod accessory gauge cluster on driver’s A-pillar is missing center gauge. Larger aftermarket wheels. Engine belt lying in passenger’s seat begs the question of why? Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. Situated on the main thoroughfare on the visible end of the row, the car was getting a lot of attention from passersby. This car is noted in the Stutz registry, where a member spotted it on eBay in 2008. At that time, the car was in disrepair. Someone put a lot of money into getting this one back on the road. Mecum put a range on this car of $45k to $55k which was achieved on the block, but the reserve remained. The high bid was solid when compared to recent sales. #W3-1991 FORD MUSTANG LX con- vertible. S/N 1FACP44E8MF136407. White/ black canvas/burgundy leather. Odo: 94,011 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Tired original showing plenty of age. Original paint is faded with chips and scratches, a few of which SOLD AT $6,050. Even in the online marketing photos, this car appeared rough and dirty, and in person, it didn’t disappoint. The photos were professionally taken, but it was as though the car was not washed, and it’s not like they’re preserving a barn find here. In person, obvious flaws were everywhere, but the consignor made no attempt to hide them, so at least interested parties could easily see what lies ahead. This was the second lot on the first day of the sale and it was offered at no reserve, a strategy that paid off well for the seller. Selling for almost double the retail value. Very well sold. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. Nearly 3,000 Syclones were produced in 1991. Values can range anywhere from the low teens, as seen here, to upwards of $30k for a non-Marlboro edition. Higher mileage affected the value, and this same one could be found online with an asking price of $16k. The high bid was not too far off from the asking price, but not enough to convince the seller. © March 2017 109


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GAA Greensboro, NC Greensboro Auto Auctions — Greensboro, NC GAA’s staples are American muscle cars, but the number of imports has been steadily increasing over the past few auctions Company GAA Date October 27–29, 2016 Location Greensboro, NC Auctioneers Eli Detweiler, Mike Anderson, Ricky Parks, Ben DeBruhl Automotive lots sold/offered 333/555 Sales rate 60% Sales total $7,640,745 High sale 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce 2-dr sedan, sold at $127,200 Rarity and a no-expense-spared restoration made it a top seller: 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce 2-door sedan, sold at $127,200 Report and photographs by Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz Intro by Jeff Trepel Market opinions in italics T he Greensboro Auto Auction holds three large collector car auctions each year in March, July and October/November. Greensboro, NC GAA personnel offer about 550 cars each auction over Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday. This sweet spot gives potential buyers an opportunity for thorough inspections and time to get every car across the block. Most are displayed inside “The Palace” exhibition hall or in a very large garage-type area, and some are positioned on the asphalt outside. Typically, the most desirable and expensive cars are auctioned on Saturday, along with some of the more prominent Friday lots, which can be previewed in the well-lit, spacious aisles of The Palace. A few of the star cars are displayed next to the auction podium, strategically placed near the GAA café. Walking through the lots, it is apparent that the cars were not just randomly placed, but arranged in a well-organized choreography. This auction’s “café car” and high sale was a rarely- seen 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce LT-1, one of 175 produced, which hammered at $120,000. This was the only lot to achieve six figures, although a 1961 Corvette was a no-sale at $140,000. Among other heavily promoted offerings were two “American Graffiti” “tribute” cars, an authentically re-created 1932 Ford coupe hot rod and a slightly dreary 1955 Chevy street 110 rod, both accompanied by memorabilia from the movie classic. It was clearly stated that these were not the actual cars used in the film; nonetheless, they attracted healthy bidding and both were sold. Another outstanding lot was a beautiful Cortez Silver 1969 Camaro Z/28, one of the nicest ’69 Z/28s I have ever seen. It was a no-sale at $74,000 and might have benefited from more extensive documentation. GAA’s staples are American muscle cars, but the number of imports has been steadily increasing over the past few auctions. This time, four Ferraris were showcased, including two 348tbs, an interesting if somewhat scary 400i automatic with professionally installed twin turbos, and a 355 spider in beautiful Tour De France blue. The latter, at $47,700, seemed like a good deal for the buyer, who was not concerned about driving a show-quality example. Other interesting imports that found new homes included a very nice 1994 Bentley Brooklands, ridiculously inexpensive at $17,490; a 1980 Toyota Celica GT 5-speed in outstanding survivor condition for a mere $7,500; and a 1962 VW Beetle, another survivor (with period custom air-conditioning) for $10,335. Good opportunities all. The number and quality of premium offerings here appeared to be down a bit compared with GAA’s two earlier 2016 auctions. Typically, one or more significant collections are offered at GAA, but there were none this time. This is more likely a seasonal variation rather than reflection of any market trend. There will always be some random variation in consignments. However, the percentage of cars sold at 2016 GAA auctions dropped from a very impressive 72% in March to 65% in July, hitting 60% here. Is that because there are fewer (and perhaps more cautious) bidders, because consignors are still expecting to achieve 2014 prices, or both? All of these percentages are admirably high for a very large auction. The March 2017 auction should reveal whether the quality of consignments and energy level return to the peak level of 2016’s March auction. ♦ Sports Car Market Buyer’s premium 6%, included in sold prices


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GAA Greensboro, NC ENGLISH #FR0209-1933 AUSTIN 7 2-dr sedan. S/N 171088. Dark red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 98,884 miles. Good panel fit, but driver’s door difficult to latch. Paint, chrome and glass all good. Charming trafficators likely a later addon. Inside, instruments and hardware appear to be mostly authentic, but wildly non-original carpeting and other fabrics and finishes are not. Not as cramped to sit in as you might imagine. Under bonnet, looks mostly correct (though with modern plug wires) but utterly filthy, with no attempt to clean. I had to wash my hands as soon as I walked away from it. Cond: 3+. records. Has the steering rack been replaced? How are the brake-pressure accumulators? These are among the unknowns with this car. It has been very well cared for cosmetically, which is encouraging, and has low mileage. However, low-mileage cars can suffer the most from deferred maintenance issues. Criminally cheap and fantastic value for the money—this Brooklands originally stickered for well over $200,000—but new owner should be prepared for potential significant expenditures. And he should drive it more. GERMAN #FR0230-1958 BMW ISETTA 300 mi- crocar. S/N 509479. Red and cream/gray vinyl/white vinyl red piping. Thick red paint with rare inclusion. Some scratches and loss of paint around engine door. Brightwork around windows scratched. Panels are straight. Insulation around windows appears aged but well preserved. Some pitting of ashtray. Sloppy steering-wheel reconditioning. Upholstery appears new. Undercarriage is clean. Engine not seen. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. England’s Model T. I hoped to get through this description without saying “cute as a button,” but I cannot. Cute usually sells, but not this time. I thought the high bid was reasonable, and I’m not sure where a higher bid can be found on this side of the pond. Seller obviously disagrees. #FR0149-1994 BENTLEY BROOK- LANDS sedan. S/N SCBZE02CX54022. Racing Green/tan leather with spruce trim. Odo: 25,699 miles. Attractive, standard-spec Brooklands in excellent colors. Original paint good for year but shows mild aging, staining and polish marks. Typically magnificent Rolls/ Bentley interior, lovely to sit in. Leather very well preserved, with some wear in the usual places. Excellent wood with a few minor flaws; carpet good with some wear on driver’s side. Back seat and trunk like new. Extremely clean underhood. Chrome factory alloys a bit undignified for my taste, but chrome in nice shape. Bridgestone Dueler tires with lots of tread but seem inappropriate for car. In fairness, there is a limited choice of tires in the correct size. Cond: 2. says “Do not restore or modify.” If I bought this car, I might have to restuff the driver’s seat so that it was more usable, but otherwise I would leave the car as-is. Assuming that no significant mechanical issues emerge, the buyer got a good deal on this interesting find. #ST0077-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412000592. Orient Red/tan MB-Tex. Odo: 33,521 miles. Looks like a rust-free (in the usual places), solid example with excellent panel fit. Up close the restoration evidences many shortcuts. Average-quality repaint. Some chrome/ stainless very nice, notably the bumpers and grille surround, but the windshield surround and hard-top trim is poor, typical of many Pagodas. Gas leaking onto rear bumper; needs gas-cap seal. Inside, correct carpet, nice-looking seats which need restuffing, and variable interior chrome. Headliner, instruments and glass all good. Soft top not seen. Incorrect heater slides. Original wheel in trunk, in poor condition. Tidy underhood, not overdone. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,150. I never knew what the fuss was about. A small car with simple appointments and mechanics made for a conceptually easier restoration, but left you with an Isetta. Two years ago these commanded more, and I do not believe gas economy was a factor. Just a coincidence that the price of oil and the price of Isettas have settled. BEST BUY #ST0183-1962 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 5138318. Turquoise/gray vinyl. Odo: 83,445 SOLD AT $17,490. As I own a 1993 Brooklands, I am biased toward them, but like all Rolls-Royce products of the era, they can be maintenance intensive. So if I was in the market, I would like to see at least recent service 112 miles. Neat survivor-quality Beetle which presents as almost 100% original. Body appears very solid, but insides of bumpers and supports are rusty. May have been repainted long ago. Inside, the durable vinyl upholstery is very good, but the seat stuffing is gone. Decent carpet, cracked steering wheel, worn interior chrome. This car’s real claim to fame is the original-looking aftermarket twin nozzle a/c unit under the dash. I’ve never seen a Beetle of this vintage with “original” air, but this unit was obviously custom-made for Beetles years ago. We can presume the a/c doesn’t work. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,335. May be a 1963 model per serial number. Endearing and well-preserved survivor that, like the Toyota Celica (Lot FR0249), needs a sign on it that NOT SOLD AT $75,000. A good Pagoda, but certainly not a great one. Far from a concours winner, but at the right price and with a few easy upgrades, this would be a nice driver that could hold its own at local shows. What is the right price? I guessed this Pagoda would get a high bid of $75,000–$80,000 (slightly higher than the SCM Pocket Price Guide median), which is exactly what happened, but I thought it would sell at that price. Consignor may be able to get a few thousand more at a different venue, but should have seriously considered the solid high bid here. ITALIAN #FR0265-1989 FERRARI 348 TB coupe. S/N ZFFFA35A1K0082643. Rosso Corsa/ black leather. Odo: 26,910 miles. This very same Ferrari was highlighted in SCM December 2016 (a no-sale at Auctions America’s 2016 Auburn event, SCM# 6804653), where we said that the car “may have benefited from Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC a good cleaning.” Apparently they didn’t take SCM’s advice. Now has five more miles than it did on Labor Day weekend. Appears to be a basically sound, low mileage (but not too low) car that has been maintained, but not obsessively so. Likely original Rosso Corsa paint in good shape. Gloomy interior nice overall. Wheels dull and engine compartment used. Said to be accompanied by service records but apparently they were not on file at the time I looked. Cond: 2-. preserved and absolutely stock example of the once-ubiquitous second-generation Celica. Typically good Toyota panel fit. Original paint shiny enough with no significant flaws. Some exterior brightwork and black plastic/rubber trim now dullish. Even the tape stripes here are still in great shape. Inside, the package featured black piping on off-white seats. The seats and door panels show some soiling/wear, again minimal for a 36-year-old car. Dash is excellent and even retains the original radio/ cassette. Very clean underhood. Cond: 2. tained and probably for slightly less than the purchase price. Add the time spent in professional assemblage and one can see the buyer got a bargain. #FR0268-1930 PACKARD EIGHT 726 sedan. S/N 289803. Gray and black/black rubberized fabric/gray fabric. Odo: 51,742 miles. Aged, sub-optimal paint job. Black accents appear not to have been masked well. Gray paint with multiple inclusions, loss of luster and craquelure. Panels straight. Overspray on windows but no delamination. Extensive pitting of brightwork including locks, bumpers and door handles. Interior appears covered with gray velour. Dashboard faux bois is scratched. Much oxidation in the engine compartment. No obvious leaks. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. The 348 isn’t the most inspirational Ferrari ever built, but this appears to be a nicely kept example that just needs a good detailing. Hopefully the service records were somewhere. In Auburn this car was bid to a no-sale at $57,500. Both that bid and the high bid here were very good offers that merited consideration by the consignor. #ST0084-1999 FERRARI 355 Spider. S/N ZFFXR48A1X0114478. Tour de France Blue/ tan leather. Odo: 53,260 miles. Shiny paint with random inclusions on multiple panels and black paint or tar on left front. Panels are straight and gaps excellent. Seat leather is new and different in tint from side panels. Blue leather on upper doors is marred. Floor carpets appear new. Carpet behind doors is discolored. Door sills are dented. Engine compartment clean and neat. Wheels without chips or scratches. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,420. The second-gen Celica isn’t the most exciting Toyota ever built, and perhaps hasn’t developed the following of earlier or later generations, but it was a handsome coupe in its day. Ninety horsepower now seems shockingly low, but remember that the base 1980 Corvette had only 180 horsepower. At least with the 5-speed you can make the most of the power. This survivor garnered much attention at the auction, and I thought it was an absolute steal at $7,500. Hopefully it comes with an instruction sheet that says “Do Not Restore or Customize.” AMERICAN #FR0270-1929 FORD MODEL A road- ster. S/N A1019461. Battleship Gray/red. Odo: 444 miles. Metal Ford Roadster body positioned on a 1929 Packard frame with a Packard VIN. Paint generally well applied with varying thicknesses on lower doors. Engine, wheels, suspension pieces finished in red. Nearly new interior with Stewart Warner gauges and Lokar shifter. Very orderly engine bay containing 1940 Ford flathead with much chromed including Edelbrock heads and intake manifold. Other pieces extensively polished. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,700. Attractive Ferrari spider. It was said to be thoroughly serviced and accompanied by a clean CARFAX. A Farmall tractor at this auction had 347 views, a 1967 Camaro resto-mod had 504, while this Ferrari had 96. If you were a bidder at GAA Classic’s thinnest (of three) sales and looking at some of the less frequently offered (and sought) fare, you might have had the opportunity to make some great buys. JAPANESE #FR0249-1980 TOYOTA CELICA GT Liftback “USGP Limited Edition” coupe. S/N RA42622736. White/white vinyl w/ black piping. Odo: 99,550 miles. Remarkably well- 114 SOLD AT $27,560. Well-proportioned roadster with tremendous eye appeal. The detail and finish topside and underside were fantastic. Parts to duplicate this can be easily ob- NOT SOLD AT $43,000. Re-creation of a ’40s to ’50s hot rod with numerous replica Sports Car Market NOT SOLD AT $19,000. Previously listed on Hemmings website for $39,000 and one of two 726s offered at GAA. On the block Friday and again on Saturday, when it received a lower bid of $17,000. The Packard has value as an entry-level CCCA Classic. Time and money invested in a better presentation might not be recouped. High bid was near market. #ST0101.1-1932 FORD MODEL 18 roadster. S/N 184882551. Black/black fabric/ burgundy. Odo: 1,900 miles. Brookville-bodied roadster with smooth but aged paint. Firewall, grille shell and frame said to be original. Polishing marks and touch-ups around door tops. Excellent chrome. Door gaps and fit excellent. Misalignment of hood and cowl. Welldone interior with white Stewart Warner gauges and numerous chrome appointments. Minimal seat and carpet wear. Neat engine compartment with Strombergs and Ardun head conversions appearing as-new. Block a bit dirty, with some paint loss. Tires and wheels almost new. Cond: 2-.


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor GAA Greensboro, NC Online sales of contemporary cars 2017 Acura NSX coupe Date sold: 12/17/2016 eBay auction ID: 162322277464 Seller’s eBay ID: tehockenberr_0 Sale type: New car with 6 miles VIN: 19UNC1B06HY000146 Details: White over Saddle leather & black Alcantara; 3.5-L, twin-turbocharged V6 rated at 500 hp and 406 lb-ft, 9-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $177,300, Buy It Now, sf 0 MSRP: $176,000 (as equipped) Other current offering: Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta, in Roswell, GA, asking $189,990 for a Curva Red over Ebony leather 2017 NSX with 436 miles. 2016 Ferrari California T convertible period touches including Halibrand quickchange rear end, wingnut exhaust cutouts, blue-dot taillights and attractive spotlights. Topped off with well-done Ardun conversion and a Lincoln Zephyr transmission. The owner shared that the car had never been to a Goodguys or other major show and felt that fact conferred value. He also said bidding reached $130,000, though high bid recorded as $43,000. A replica roadster with much more investment than low bid, but what is the upside when most items are store bought? #ST0076.1-1932 FORD MODEL B 5-window coupe. S/N 181499094. Yellow/ black vinyl insert/black vinyl. Odo: 892 miles. Over 10-year-old re-creation of John Milner’s “American Graffiti” car. Paint well applied without nicks or flaws. All-metal car including fenders on ’32 frame. Door fit is excellent. Excellent interior with minor wear. Vinyl fit on doors, panels and headliner is excellent. Period Stewart Warner gauges. Updated stereo. Neat engine compartment, with some anti-freeze leak around thermostat housing. Oil leak under car. Stromberg carburetors, valve covers and aluminum accessories could use polishing. Accompanied by autographs and memorabilia from various stars of the movie. Cond: 3+. Date sold: 12/17/2016 eBay auction ID: 282285521878 Seller’s eBay ID: lamborghinila Sale type: Used car with 3,367 miles VIN: ZFF77XJA8G0218421 Details: Corsa Red over Natural leather; 3.9-L, twinturbocharged V8 rated at 553 hp and 557 lb-ft, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $209,951, Buy It Now, sf 0 MSRP: $230,489 (as equipped) Other current offering: In Seattle, WA, Ferrari Maserati of Seattle is offering a 2016 Nero Daytona Metallic over Nero leather California T, with 500 miles for $281,881. 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S coupe restored birch and ash side panels. Excellent chrome. Running boards like new. Optional glass rear windows. Interior excellent. Engine compartment does not measure up to the rest of car; significant oxidation on metal pieces. Block paint appears old. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,200. Though it garnered a paltry 89 views on the website presale, this stunning woodie garnered huge attention at auction. Although woodies have not been auction stars as of late, this Plymouth was unusual and attractive. Bought and sold fairly. #ST0045-1940 WILLYS pickup. S/N 44043413. Regina Gray/black vinyl. Odo: 29,402 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Rarely seen pickup version of the small, light 1937– 42 Willys so beloved of later hot-rodders. 2013 restoration by Willys America of Cazadero, CA. Very nice paint, excellent glass and chrome except that the grille is tarnished and scratched. Doors stiff to open and close. Very inviting inside, with fabrics and finishes appearing to be authentic in the absence of definitive references. Tidy underhood with stock “Go-Devil” 4-cylinder “balanced and blueprinted,” according to the windshield card. A few minor obviously non-authentic items such as the radiator cap and plug wires. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $48,760. Publicity photos were reviewed, and this was an extremely faithful re-creation. This Ford had everything going for it. It was well done, had a metal body and fabulous period pieces. It was represented by a respected agent and had been sparingly used. Though not the real deal, it was as close as one could get and easily recognizable to millions. Well bought. Date sold: 12/14/2016 eBay auction ID: 182372539629 Seller’s eBay ID: tommajer1 Sale type: Used car with 1,598 miles VIN: WDDYJ7JA7GA004640 Details: Designo Magno Iridium Silver over black leather; 4.0-L, twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 503 hp and 479 lb/ft, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $126,990, Buy It Now, sf 63 MSRP: $151,730 (as equipped) Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of South Bay in Torrance, CA, asking $142,180 for a Brilliant Blue over black leather 2017 AMG GT S, 6 miles. ♦ 116 #ST0159-1938 PLYMOUTH WESTCHESTER Suburban 4-dr wagon. S/N S45529W. Black/black composite/tan leather. Odo: 56,096 miles. Eight-passenger Westchester Suburban model. Painted hood and fenders well finished, with no significant inclusions or dings and rare polishing marks. Beautifully NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Delightful, small but usable pickup, supposedly owned by the same family from three years old. Sold for $33,000 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in September 2015 (SCM# 6789081), so the high bid here of $22,000 fell well short. I loved this vehicle, but it didn’t seem to attract as much attention as I thought it would. I agree with seller’s decision to take it home. May be another good vehicle to take to the Hershey Fall Meet, with the hope of locating the Willys pickup enthusiast community. #FR0163-1948 FORD SUPER DELUXE convertible. S/N 899A2201066. Maize Yellow/black cloth/red. Odo: 364 miles. 239ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Nicely presented convertible. Body is excellent with very good quality paint, but a few rough edges starting to show up here and there. Chrome good but starting to fade a bit. First-class LeBaron Bonney interior with lovely seats, door panels, dash, steering wheel and hardware. Very tidy and authentic underhood. Well-optioned with radio and heater, clock, foglights and replica Firestone Deluxe Champion whitewalls. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. Usually I’m not Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC Beautifully applied paint with no orange peel. Some chrome, like the windshield frame, a bit dullish. Light soiling to the seats and armrests. Excellent under the hood, neat and not overchromed. Well-optioned with 283 Power Pack, Powerglide, tinted glass, courtesy lights, bullet bumper guards and more. Mercifully free of fender skirts and Continental spare-tire kit. A good restoration indeed, but gradually unwinding. Cond: 2. fond of the lumpy design of the “fat fendered” 1941–48 Fords, but this is one of the most attractive examples I’ve seen. Sold from John O’Quinn’s estate at RM’s March 2010 Fort Lauderdale auction (SCM# 1682608) for an astounding $88,000. Then it was purchased at RM Sotheby’s October 2015 Hershey auction for a dramatically lower price of $44,000 (SCM# 6793778), which is exactly the high bid it received here. One could say that the market has spoken, but that bid seems light to me. #ST0076.2-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr sedan. S/N VB55N031384. Black/ black and white vinyl. Odo: 69,503 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Re-creation of Harrison Ford’s car from “American Graffiti.” Heavy black paint with runs and inclusions around roof. Panels are straight, but driver’s door and trunk fit obviously off. Nicely done radiused and rolled rear fenders. Minimal body chrome is pitted. Delamination of windshield and vent glass. Upholstery is simple and neat. Aged dash shows significant wear. Paint loss and oxidation on window sills. Engine compartment neat but not restored. No obvious leaks. Aftermarket intake valve covers and air cleaner like new. Chrome reverse rims without flaw. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $42,400. At last, a ’57 Bel Air that is not red or black. No longer a show winner, but still sharp. Sales price just at the SCM median, for a car much better than the median. Well bought for now, but the market for these is not going up in the long run, so future appreciation in doubt. #ST0053-1960 FORD F-250 pickup. S/N F25COG21532. Red & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 41,219 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp manual. Formidable-looking pickup, though condition not quite as impressive under close inspection. Fresh, shiny repaint shows mild orange peel and inclusions, but probably better than the 1960 factory paint. Nice chrome bumpers, but grille stamping is quite tarnished. Excellent glass. Inside, mostly clean and fresh, but again with many inclusions in the dashboard paint. Interesting circular radio dial. Looks good underhood with Holley carb, but aged chrome headers stand out by comparison. Heavy-duty transfer case and shift-on-the-fly capability. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,510. Accompanied by “American Graffiti” stars’ autographs and memorabilia and displayed next to a very well-done replica of the Ford coupe from the same movie. Perhaps it was intended, but this offering seemed more a rat rod than street racer. It effectively “rode the coattails” of the preceding movie replica. Extremely well sold. #FR0176-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57B264075. Adobe Beige & Sierra Gold/Adobe Beige & Sierra Gold black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 2,283 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Yes, you’ve seen thousands of them, but the distinguishing feature of this Bel Air is its lovely and rarely seen color combination of Adobe Beige over Sierra Gold. Claimed three-year body-off restoration but I could not determine where or when. March 2017 NOT SOLD AT $30,000. In 1959 Ford started building its own 4x4 pickups, rather than farming them out to Marmon-Herrington and others. 1960 was the last year of the thirdgeneration F-series before Ford introduced the short-lived unibody pickup. This truck had it all, being a 4x4, a Styleside and a Custom Cab. This truck could be considered the spiritual forerunner of the huge, jacked-up HD trucks of today. 1957–60 Ford 4x4s are rarely seen for sale in any condition. Despite a few minor issues, this appeared to be a quality truck and the high bid seemed a bit light. 117


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GAA Greensboro, NC #FR0100-1960 PONTIAC CATALINA 2-dr hard top. S/N 2160P76611. Tan & mahogany/dark red cloth & Morrokide. Odo: 69,203 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Attractive driver-quality example of a stylish Catalina 2-door. Door gaps quite uneven, but hood and trunk fit well. Nice repaint has moderate orange peel here and there. Chrome good. Some delamination on huge back window. Inside, very nice dash with paint lifting in one spot. Interior chrome varies, with some pieces pitted. Very nice seats, carpet and door panels. Neat, clean and authentic engine compartment. Auctioneer’s description tried to promote the car as highly optioned with a/c and the famous eight-lug aluminum wheels, but the a/c was clearly aftermarket and the wheels were added later, as documented by the copy of the original invoice from Langer Motor Co. of Wisconsin displayed on the dash. Cond: 2-. exterior. Door jambs unpainted, scratched and faded. Overspray on window trim. Pinstripe incomplete. Driver’s door and trunk fit flawed. Side trim dented and chrome loss on rear bumper. Front bumper appears new. Windshield delaminated. Interior has signs of mildew. Excellent seat and panel covers. Interior chrome pitted. Transmission visible through console. Aftermarket tachometer held on the steering column with a radiator clamp. Engine compartment clean. Excessively long sparkplug wires. Fuel lines appear to have been replumbed. Throttle linkage obviously nonstock with radius rod ends. Accompanied by factory build sheet. Cond: 4. lation pad and a bit of add-on chrome, but no harm done. Handsome Chevrolet mag wheel covers. Interior is excellent, a nice steering wheel, original factory AM/FM, and typically sparse GM instrumentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,800. This appealing cruiser was bid to $28,500 on the block, which I thought was a more-than-respectable bid for a non-convertible Catalina. Owner did not agree and it was initially a no-sale, but he was proven correct as it was later reported sold by “The Deal Doctor” at $30,000 plus premium. Extremely well sold. #ST0061-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 237375B110047. Mayfair Maize/black vinyl. Odo: 81,818 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Average-quality resprayed SOLD AT $36,570. Iconic Tri-Power model looked great from 20 feet, though it sat much higher off the ground than stock. Auction prices of average models much less than high bid. Well sold. #FR0202-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. S/N 164675F240595. Mist Blue/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 16,803 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice Impala convertible in a rare drivetrain configuration—327 4-barrel and 4-speed. In same family since new but has been restored. Panel fit excellent, very nice paint in a rather bland but original color, good soft top in white with glass rear window. Chrome fine, but not show-quality. Underhood there’s a non-authentic hood insu- SOLD AT $36,040. To me, the sleek and clean 1965 model was the best-looking Impala of the ’60s, as well as one of the best-looking cars from anywhere in 1965, and this was a pleasing one-family-owner example. How many 4-speed Impala convertibles do you see that haven’t been messed with? Although restored, this Impala had a vibe of having been loved its entire life. Sold at a substantial price for the model, but that history as well as the unusual drivetrain configuration make for a good value for the buyer. #ST0066-1966 LINCOLN CONTINEN- TAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 6Y86G436138. Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 59,924 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Appears to be an older repaint. Finish well applied with some inclusions. Now multiple touch-ups around door jambs and trunk edge. Panels are straight. Trunk fit is poor and passenger’s side doors resist opening. Convertible top seams excessively stretched. Aged leather appears in excellent shape as-is dashboard. No pitting of interior chrome. Engine compartment shows age but no obvious leaks or flaws. Displayed without power, thus no opportunity to see if window lowered when door opened. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. The fourth-generation open-top Lincoln is an icon. It dredges up the sad memories of the death of a popular president and the freewheeling fun of the TV series “Entourage.” The 1966 convertible model was impressive in length, 220 inches, and low in production, 3,180 units. It’s a collectible rising in value. A ’63 and a ’66 convertible sold the day before for less than this car’s high bid. With unresolved fit issues, the high bid might not resurface. #ST0083-1967 FORD MUSTANG fast- back. S/N 7F02C192718. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 23,148 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 118 Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC Excellent paint with some some polishing marks. Driver’s door fit slightly off, remainder of panels fit well. “Mustangs to Fear” Shelbystyle central headlight grille. Brightwork excellent including around doors and windows. Rolled fenders professionally done to accommodate wider wheels. Neat interior re-covered with 1967 upholstery with slight wrinkles. Interior chrome excellent. Shelby steering wheel. Worn ’68 console cover. Clean, orderly engine compartment with multiple polished aluminum pieces and aftermarket bracing (Monte Carlo bar). Factory power steering and disc brakes. Coys wheels and tires like new. Cond: 2-. Rally wheels with trim rings. No a/c. Odometer “exceeds limits” per window card, so likely has 111,000 miles. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. For the few who still wanted an ultra-high-performance full-size car in 1967, checking RPO Z24 would turn your normal Impala SS into a fire-breathing 427 with the L36 engine, domed hood and heavy-duty suspension. Microscopic production for a Chevy, with only 2,124 units built. This rare bird (or more correctly, rare antelope) presents a dilemma. It’s been repainted, but really needs to be painted again. The somewhat dirty original interior is admirably preserved but clashes with the new paint and chrome. Maybe potential bidders found this confusing. The high bid of $34,000 seemed low considering the rarity, but high enough for the compromised condition. #ST0124-1967 CHEVROLET COR- SOLD AT $51,940. No-bones restoration, renovation of a 1967 Mustang, arguably the most popular pony-car body style. Changes were sympathetic and done to a high standard. Car well-represented by owner and assistant standing nearby. The care and money expended were obvious. A good deal for both bidder and seller. #ST0136-1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 1688772101729. Tahoe Turquoise/white vinyl. Odo: 11,521 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good panel fit and excellent chrome. Paint in beautiful Tahoe Turquoise looks great from 10 feet, but up close this car has more inclusions than I have ever seen on a car. Dust in paint everywhere. Off-white seats and door panels stained—no harm, but dingy looking. Console dented, pedals worn. On the other hand, the dash and headliner are good, and the car sports the optional full gauge package and a handsome teak-rimmed steering wheel. Chevrolet VETTE convertible. S/N 194677S113811. Ermine White w/Marina Blue stinger/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 97,818 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful L71 convertible oddly lacking in documentation for the model that needs it the most. Better-thannew panel fit. Chrome mostly good except for windshield surround. Inside, very nice fabrics, but some hardware looks aged. Desirable options include teak wheel, tinted glass, AM/FM. Sits properly on handsome cast aluminum wheels and reproduction Redlines. Spotless underhood, appears correct and not overdone. Cond: 2+. consignor should be able to garner far higher bids with more supporting documentation. #ST0134-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N550943. Eng. # “Correct DZ Suffix.” Cortez Silver/black & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 52,269 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration, although few details given. Near flawless; one of the finest 1969 Z/28s I have ever seen. Panel fit and paint far better than Chevrolet did in 1969. Deluxe houndstooth interior beautiful in every respect. Several desirable options include rosewood steering wheel. Unlike many firstgeneration Camaros, sits correctly on properwidth Chevrolet Rally wheels and reproduction Goodyear Polyglas tires. The engine may not be original to this car but is correct. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $74,000. The 1969 Z/28 has attained near-immortal status but is not extremely rare, with about 20,000 built. This car ranks as an especially handsome, almost elegant with its restrained silver and black livery, Rally Sport package and Deluxe interior. I would have liked to have known more about what packages and options were on the car originally and the age and source of the restoration, but nonetheless the car presents beautifully. The $74,000 high bid here was far too light for a near-concours car. Z/28 values have not been trending up, but the seller here is well justified in looking for closer to $100,000 or higher. #ST0100.1-1970 CHEVROLET NOVA NOT SOLD AT $77,000. This was an exceptionally handsome 427, but when I looked at the car there was no documentation available other than a statement that it was “matching numbers” and another statement attributed to NCRS that the car was delivered new to Joseph Chevrolet in Cincinnati. Where was the underlying NCRS or similar documentation? The high bid here was ludicrously low for the quality of the car, and I speculate that potential bidders hesitated because they were unsure about what they were getting. The “ 120 After building about 38 fearsome Yenko 427 Novas, Don Yenko recognized a potential market for a less-expensive, easier to insure, gassaving “mini-muscle car” with a factory warranty, so he conceived the late 1970 Yenko Deuce. 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce 2-door sedan Yenko Deuce 2-dr sedan. S/N 114270W370883. Fathom Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 32,574 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rare Yenko Nova with LT-1 350 engine. One of 175 produced. In Yenko Registry and welldocumented, with claim of “no expense spared on restoration.” Nicely restored indeed with little to fault, but not quite flawless. Paint too thick in places. 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GAA Greensboro, NC SOLD AT $127,200. Fascinating take on the limited-production muscle car. After building about 38 fearsome Yenko 427 Novas, Don Yenko recognized a potential market for a less expensive, easier to insure, gas saving (it’s all relative) “mini-muscle car” with a factory warranty, so he conceived the late 1970 Yenko Deuce in which the base 350 V8 was replaced by the LT-1. Numerous mods such as a hoodmounted tach and Positraction accompanied the LT-1. One of the premier cars of the auction; well sold, but the buyer now has a wellrestored example of one of the most collectible of all muscle cars. #FR0240-1978 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87Z8N187337. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 69,375 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. As a 4-speed car, this Trans Am has the 220-hp W72 engine rather than the 180-hp L78 (assuming no replacements). At first glance this car looked completely dismal, but after examining it more closely, I concluded that it was a decent car waiting to escape from a bad paint job. Truly awful old repaint with much orange peel and many inclusions. Limited exterior brightwork not bright at all. Electric blue vinyl seats are excellent, and the dash and headliner are both quite nice. However, interior hardware (pedals, window cranks, etc.) looks aged. Surprisingly clean engine compartment presents as original and well maintained. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. A dingy and depressing Trans Am on the outside, but with a lot of potential. After a deep cleaning it may not appear to need a whole lot of expensive work other than a total paint job. (I know, I know, “Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”) I did not hear the car run and would have liked to have listened to the engine. The high bid of $17,000 seemed light; however, I was disappointed that “The Deal Doctor” couldn’t put together a bid of about two or three thousand more, which should have been accepted had it materialized. #ST0047-2009 DODGE CHALLENGER Superbird replica coupe. S/N 2B3LJ74W49H632950. Electric Blue/black. Odo: 15,589 miles. 426-ci supercharged V8, 6-sp. Richard Petty tribute car. Panels straight, with excellent fit. Graphics including Plymouth label are excellent. Poorly sprayed Superbird nose has several pits and inclusions. All else is excellent. Some seat wrinkling, but otherwise interior is excellent, with classic blue highlights on console, dash and shifter. Kenne Bell Mammoth polished aluminum-finish supercharger. Twenty-two-inch wheels. Cond: 2. and gorgeous engine compartment. Not sold at Leake Oklahoma this past February for a bid of $51,000 (SCM# 6802513). Expensive for a 2009 Challenger and I believe well sold. While there are legions of fans of the 500 race winner, I doubt there are legions willing to spend $50,000-plus for a ride so distinctive. That being said, I am looking for a Jim Clarklivery green Lotus with yellow highlights! #ST0140-2010 FORD MUSTANG Shelby GT500 convertible. S/N 1ZVBP8KS 1A5124927. Torch Red/black canvas/ black. Odo: 14,974 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Excellent paint with rare polishing marks and no dings or chips. Panels straight; gaps excellent. Slight creases in seat, but otherwise no significant interior wear seen. Engine compartment flawless. Said to be always garage kept, and presentation suggests this is true. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,240. Said to be conversion number seven by Heide Performance Products of Michigan, at an estimated $47,000 for the hardware. Mismatch of nose and remainder suggests minor damage in the past. Lots of performance goodies with a tasteful interior NOT SOLD AT $30,000. A Shelby actually built by the Ford Special Vehicle team and not the rare mount of that year, the Super Snake. The premium for low mileage in a late-model collectible dissipates rapidly once the odometer registers five figures. The price was a bit light for an excellent example, but not by much. © CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN SUBSCRIBE TO ACC ™ 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com 122 Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Mecum — Kansas City Winter 2016 Corvettes rule, accounting for six of the top 10 sales Company Mecum Auctions Date December 1–3, 2016 Location Kansas City, MO Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Matt Moravec, Bobby McGlothlen Automotive lots sold/offered 360/592 Sales rate 61% Sales total $8,135,545 High sale 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, for $143,000 Buyer’s premium Low miles, power windows, two tops and 340 horsepower — 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $82,500 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics M ecum was back at Bartle Hall in the heart of downtown Kansas City’s Convention Center for their fall/winter auction over the first weekend in December. If one sentence can sum it up, it was all about the Corvette. For the second time in a row at this venue, the top sale was not the Ford GT that was consigned. The all-red 2006 failed to sell against a quartermillion-dollar final bid, further confirming what we’ve seen this year that with new GTs on the cusp of being in the hands of the few selected owners, that Kansas City, MO bus has left the terminal. Instead, the top sale was a 1967 Corvette coupe, in Sunfire Yellow with a 400-hp big block under the hood. The impeccably well-restored coupe had strong bidding up to when the hammer fell at $130,000. And the Corvettes just kept coming, with six of the top 10 sales being first- and second-generation Corvettes. Behind the six Corvettes, as the eighth-highest sale, was the highest-selling muscle car — a 1976 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition 50th Anniversary package, powered by a 455 with a 4-speed. Echoing some serious market activity as of late on late 1970s Special Editions, this sold for an eye-opening $77,000. With last spring’s top sale going for twice as much as this year’s top Corvette, the weather wasn’t the only thing that was a bit cool this weekend. Compared with last spring, the sales numbers were a bit off. This with 20 more cars consigned here. However, with an 11% drop in sales rate, translating into $2 million less grossed, it parallels what I’ve seen in several areas of collecting — especially collector cars — since the presidential election, with sales being generally tepid. Essentially the auction that closes the calen- 1976 Pontiac Trans Am coupe, sold at $77,000 124 dar year, Mecum’s December Kansas City sale remains a significant venue for them, and by the looks of this year’s results, will continue to maintain this role in the future. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 10%, included in sold prices NO SALE NO SALE NO SALE


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO JAPANESE #F197.1-1970 DATSUN 1600 convertible. S/N SPL31127898. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 82,327 miles. Older trim-off repaint doesn’t look too bad on the outside; but has a few nicks, masking errors on the windshield seal, plus minimal prep work on the door jambs and under the hood. Nicely replated bumpers and headlight trim, lightly pitted mirrors and door handles. Newer door glass seals. Somehow, I don’t think two nonmatching small green cargo straps were the original battery holders. Lots of gouges on the top-to-windshield-frame seal and trim. Okay older top, which seems to be about the same age and condition as the seats. Replacement or reconditioned dashboard covering. Splitting vinyl on the center console. 1970s-era cassette deck mounted below the glovebox, so a passenger with kneecaps may opt to ride in the back seat of a modern Mustang instead. Box speakers sitting loose behind the seats. Fitted with period-accessory aluminum wheels shod with older radial tires. Cond: 3. exceptionally well since it’s a money pit from here on out. It’s too weak to show, too decent or cost effective to gut-out and restore, and too mechanically questionable to tour. #T42-1946 INTERNATIONAL K-1 cus- SOLD AT $8,250. The 1978–94 BRAT “Bidrive Recreational All-terrain Transporter” (even for me, that’s more than a stretch) is one of those vehicles that you really can’t take too seriously, even though President Reagan had one at his ranch. It’s more like “Beat-up Ratty Attempted Truck” if you ask me. At least after 1985, they could be taken a bit more seriously, once the amusement-car-ride seats were no longer fitted in the back and it could be a proper coupe express (or Ute, as some were made in Aussieland). With plenty of interest in quirky 1970s cars and trucks in the market, this was well bought for one of the quirkiest. AMERICAN #S125-1926 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL SOLD AT $12,100. This didn’t change one iota (including the odometer, which is odd considering that there’s almost a mile of car jockeying just here) since it was last seen at the Leake Dallas auction two weekends earlier. There it was a no-sale at $17,000 (SCM# 6810470). Here it took another no-sale (on Thursday as Lot T67 at $13k) to get it sold—at markedly less than all previous bids. Hopefully, the consignor learned a lesson for the missed $5k-plus (since it didn’t get from Dallas to Kansas City for free) and two additional weeks of hassle—that your first shot at selling will generally be your best. #F53-1979 SUBARU BRAT pickup. S/N A69L031716. Red w/white graphics/tan vinyl. Odo: 69,255 miles. Aftermarket roll bar, front brush bar, and steel spoke wheels—all painted matching white. Good trim-off repaint and replacement graphics. Good door and tailgate gaps, slightly off for the hood. Light UV damage to the bumper ends. Said bumpers are a bit dull, but don’t overly clash with the repaint. Rear bumper is discolored where it had a decal affixed for quite some time. Rear “Subaru” emblem looks to have been painted aluminum silver, but done well. Reupholstered seats and redyed dashboard. Aftermarket steering wheel. Cleaned off under the hood and generally tidy—to include the spare tire (a distinction that it also shares with Corvairs, the spare being mounted slightly over the engine). Period aftermarket mud flaps. Cond: 3+. 126 80 roadster. S/N 8013647. Tan & brown/ black cloth soft top/brown leather. Odo: 70,445 miles. Restored several decades ago, but still generally presentable. The repaint has several chips on the tan, especially on the hood hinges, cowl (thanks to the butterfly hood) and panel edges. That’s not to say that the brown is defect-free. Original headlight lenses have turned a light violet. Chip in the glass on the driver’s side accessory wind wing. All plating is starting to lose its luster, to include the added Archer hood ornament. Engine bay is generally tidy and somewhat clean, with the alloy head incorrectly mirror polished, yet the powertrain is marking its territory with several petroleum leaks beneath the car. Interior leather is not very pliable. Newer top. Heavier chipping on the chassis paint, but the undercarriage was washed off recently. Cond: 3. tom pickup. S/N 28652. Electric Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 11,503 miles. 355-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Serial number is on a homemade tag pop-riveted to the door frame, so a Mecum “Non-conforming VIN statement” sticker is on the windshield. Nova front subframe was fitted, with a Chevy small block now under the hood. Nothing above the block came from GM. Brass radiator tank was polished, and is easily the cleanest thing under the hood. Monochrome paint was done long enough ago where there’s plenty of chipping along the hood and door edges. Older generic graphics, with stick-on bullet holes added over a few paint chips. Custom tapered running boards, with diamond-tread aluminum overlay. Clamp-on door frame mirrors. Custom interior upholstery work on the seat, headliner, visors, and fabricated door panels. Complete Pontiac Trans Am tilt steering column. Custom gauges. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,460. The frame number on all Cornbinders of this era is on the left rail between the bumper-bracket and the forwardmost driver’s side front-spring shackle. Which was cut off to allow for the subframe to be mounted. Maybe that has a VIN number hidden under the layers of paint? Might as well use that and call this a ’73 Nova on the title, since if this sells to someone in a state that actually gives a hoot about VIN numbers, they will have plenty of explaining to try to do. As such, this was no bargain, even if it’s less than the sum of the parts. SOLD AT $66,000. Although it’s one of the most notable styling cues from Buffalo, NY’s premier auto maker, the Archer radiator-cap ornament was actually pretty late to the party. It wasn’t even made when this car was built, having premiered on the Series 81 in 1928. Considering how sickly this not-so-Fierce Sparrow was, if it was a real-deal sale, it sold #F207-1955 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N H55S013465. Southwestern Bell Bluegreen/black vinyl. Odo: 13,309 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Fully restored circa 2004–06 by the company that originally built the Bell System-spec installer body, and used until recently by them as a promotional tool. Done up as a Southwestern Bell lineman’s truck, with correct one-off vinyl graphics and painted in their unique shade of gray blue. Door and hood fit are about as good as can be. Bell System wood ladder and cross-arm in the ladder rack. 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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO cally detailed during the restoration, but now (after some use) has various amounts of soiling and light surface rust. Cond: 2-. why the consignor feels it’s worth $50k—but it was fully priced before the bidding ended. If it had one of the more potent tunes of 348 V8 under the hood—or especially the 409 from the last half of the model year—this would be closer to the market. #S88.1-1962 CHEVROLET COR- NOT SOLD AT $24,500. Hands down my favorite vehicle here—and maybe at any auction I was at this year—mostly because my dad started work for Northwestern Bell in 1955 driving trucks like this. However, just because I liked it and appreciated the authenticity doesn’t mean that anyone else here did. The consignor was beside himself at how little he felt it brought; but since I’m also in the telecom industry to pay rent, I intimately know how irrelevant most folks feel landline telephones are today. With any vintage commercial vehicle that’s restored, once you get past the specific industry it’s intended for, its appeal gets very thin. While it should be worth more, that’s in a razor-thin market, and I’m more surprised it got bid as far as it did. #S64.1-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N 11837B202042. Fawn Beige/Fawn vinyl & nylon. Odo: 6,963 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with power steering, but was likely added post original production. Engine bay is rather clean and tidy, although I wouldn’t call it well detailed. Excellent older exterior repaint. Light chips on a few upper-body character lines, touched up with a detailing brush. Excellent door fit. Older bumper replating and select trim replacement. Older Vintage Chevy Club senior award badge mounted to the grille. Fitted with twin rear antennas and four bumper guards out back. Modern replacement tinted windshield. Seats and carpeting show light congruent wear, although the latter has some moderate soiling in places. Door-panel vinyl has some wrinkles and fitment gaps from lesser workmanship. Fitted with reproduction color-keyed seat belts. Cond: 2-. VETTE convertible. S/N 20867S102395. Sateen Silver/silver hard top, black vinyl soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 35,419 miles. 327-ci 340hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Options include the 340-hp motor, 4-speed, Wonder Bar radio, power windows, and both types of tops. Received a frame-off restoration approximately a decade ago, and driven occasionally since. Good body prep and paint application. Doors stick out slightly from the body, but gaps are decent— as are fuel-filler door, trunk and hood gaps. Replated bumpers and select trim. Rear window on the hard top is rather hazy, and has a county of Ventura, CA, decal affixed to it. All reproduction interior soft trim, with glossier finish on the seats than any other vinyl surface. Aftermarket carpeted floor mats. Slight yellowing on the shift knob. Dull, almost scuffed finish on the stock air cleaner. Heavier soiling and fuel stains in the crevasses of the intake manifold and heads. Light surface rust on the engine-stamping pad. Correctly restored undercarriage, but has seen enough use where surface rust has now taken over all bare-metal components, and everything is quite dusty. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,500. The 340-horse engine was the most robust carbureted engine in the inaugural year of the fabled 327-ci small block. A large legion of solid-axle Corvette fans favor the ’62s simply because of the 327—regardless of state of tune and lack of two-tone color combinations. One of the reasons why the selling price here, while on the high side, is not at all out of line. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. The optional 230-hp motor in this car was also the entry-level Corvette engine for this year. It’s also the most potent small block in the full-sized body, as fuel injection was made Corvette-exclusive beginning this year. I find it doubtful why that made some think it was worth this bid—and 128 #F71-1965 GMC 1500 Custom pickup. S/N 1502PF11395B. Candy Green Metallic & white/green & white vinyl. Odo: 78,463 miles. 305-ci V6, 2-bbl, auto. Transitional production, with the earlier rounded “G” logo in the grille and the squared-off “G” embossed into the tailgate, which changed during 1965. Light repaint in a non-stock green and white with a light pearl. Masking around the glass and twotone break wasn’t especially well done. Good original door jamb and cab interior paint. The clear-coat has some areas of heavier orange peel—such as hood recesses. New bed wood. Brake system converted to power-assisted Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO front discs with dual master cylinder. Extremely heavy steering-wheel paint wear. Light yellowing of the gauge bezels. Modern electronic stock-fit in-dash AM/FM/cassette stereo, with speakers mounted onto the kick panels. Good, non-stock seat re-covering work. Motor is bone-stock and was spray-can repainted when it was out for rebuilding. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,050. During the 1965 model year, the GMC logo changed from having a rounded G to a squared-off G—which is still in use today. The ’65 1500 Custom pickup (Lot F71) that was also at this venue has some of both styles of emblems on it, as it was phased into production as fresh parts were added to the assembly line. While more a case of making a nondescript old work van into a fantasy man-cave toy, rather than an authentic restoration of a vocational vehicle like the 1955 Chevy telephone truck that was also at this venue (Lot F207), it certainly got enough eyeball. Which is all the new owner will likely want out of it anyway. Sold well. #F97.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR SOLD AT $9,350. When this Jimmy was repainted, another aspect that wasn’t stock was the two-tone. On a Custom package, the upper section of the pickup box sides (above the belt moldings) was painted the same white as the roof. However, I can’t complain too much because they also bumped heads with the usual train of thought and kept the original V6 under the hood. As the non-stock dual exhaust system denotes, it can sound just as good as any small-block Chevy—if not more robust. Not a good price for a good truck, but a decent price for a decent truck. #F117-1965 GMC G1000 van. S/N G1001PE8853A. White, red accents & graphics/tan & red leather. Odo: 60,144 miles. Earlymodel-year production, with all rounded “G” GMC logos. Done up in a Coca-Cola motif; leaning towards a correct color and graphics scheme for a bottler’s field-service truck, but doubtful that this was one in real life. Generally good repaint, with a few areas of light overspray or masking miscues. Red paint on the bumpers doesn’t match the red accents on the body. Radio antenna added to the driver’s side of the front bumper. Embellished with modern clamp-on door-frame mirrors, red plastic visors over the headlights and reproduction Rally wheels shod with radials. Allnew door and glass seals. Generally good door fit all around. Interior incorrectly trimmed in leather, including interior panels and a rather crude job of covering the steering wheel. Modern DIN-mount sound system cut into the dashboard. Period-accessory gauges below the dashboard. Non-stock dual-outlet exhaust system. Various bits of vintage plus modern replica Coke ephemera in the back. Cond: 3+. Corsa 2-dr hard top. S/N 107376W113409. Burnt Orange Metallic/dark orange vinyl. Odo: 10,154 miles. 164-ci H6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. Mediocre repaint done at least a decade ago in a non-stock color. Aftermarket twin rear antennas out back. Plus-1 size rims and tires give it an odd 4x4 stance, with negative camber up front and positive camber in the back. Dull original plating on the bumpers and emblems, scuffed-up trim. Corsa badges on the left side, none on the right. Doors rattle a bit. DINmount stereo cut into the dash and mounted above the stock radio, aftermarket speakers cut into the rear parcel shelf. Modern triplegauge pod mounted below the center of the dash. Original faded red plastic kick panels. Aftermarket shag carpet. Seats redone in thick non-stock vinyl. Brush-painted undercarriage with cobbled-together dual exhaust system. Scruffy cobbled-up engine bay. Broken sheath on the speedometer cable, so its days are numbered. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,225. Now I know that I’ve been around Corvairs too long, since I last saw this one at a small-town car show in Central Minnesota two years ago. Turns out that the dealer consigning it here is originally from the area and bought it while up there visiting. It’s not too surprising that it was offered at no reserve, as it’s a bit scruffy compared to his usual inventory. I just hope the new owner takes enough interest in Corvairs to have a specialist sort out the suspension—or really enough interest to take it upon themselves. #S166.1-1967 BUICK SKYLARK 2-dr hard top. S/N 444177Z113048. Champagne Mist/gold vinyl & nylon. Odo: 95,988 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Has a few touched-up panels, but is mostly original paint with a recent topical layer of clear over it. Light scuffing on the windshield frame, more congruent with windshield-wiper contact more than anything else. The balance of the stainless trim has been expertly polished. Replated bumpers March 2017 129


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO and good original emblem chrome. Superb original seats and door panels. Steering-wheel hub shows some heavier cracks at the hub. Moderate carpet soiling. Engine detailed a few years ago, and is still presentable after a recent wash. All correct, down to the smog pump and plumbing, although off-the-shelf service parts—rather than GM—were used throughout under the hood. Cond: 3+. one hand, this meant potentially more stuff to work loose in the door for rattles, on the other hand they made for a more stable mounting of the door glass than later years, which can really flop around on a 2-door hard top or convertible. This example was more of a paycheck-to-paycheck refurbishment than a dedicated stripped-to-bare-bolts and body restoration. As such, it still has its share of rattles, and was not particularly underbid. #S52.1-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO NOT SOLD AT $16,000. A rather nice Grandmamobile, although enough has been done to keep it looking sharp. With the most powerful engine this side of a GS, this will also move out well enough for any car show, cruise night or drive around the park. Yet at that, this was still bid at the lowest end of being market-acceptable because, well, it is the type of car your grandmother (or great-grandmother) would drive. #F241-1968 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242378K112895. Red metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 32,365 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Base/clear repaint in recent years, with more layers of clear on the outside than in door and trunk jambs—where definitive masking lines are easily seen. Masking lines and light overspray on the roof perimeter trim. Redyed roof vinyl. Modern non-OEM replacement windshield, with some cement slop on the inside of the frame. Most chrome is replated or reproduction. All-new door and trunk seals. Generic screen cut and mounted over the cowl vents under the hood. Engine repainted a few seasons ago, now with light fluid seeping between gaskets and light surface rust on uncoated metal. Factory-optional a/c, but the compressor doesn’t have a belt on it and is locked up solid. Fresh reproduction seats, door panels, dashpad and carpeting. New gas tank and welded stock-style exhaust system. Rally II wheels shod with newer radials. Cond: 3+. RS/SS coupe. S/N 124378L328594. Le Mans Blue w/ black stripe/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 64,161 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Options include power steering, power-front disc brakes, quick-ratio steering, tinted glass, gauge package, center console, AM/FM radio and a wood-rim steering wheel. Old repaint in base/clear, coming off as having slightly more magenta than the original Le Mans Blue. Door-stop bumpers are etching into the clear. Good door fit. Replacement windshield and roof vinyl, both well installed. ISCA and American Legion decals on the rear glass. Residue of a decal on the older replated bumper. Reproduction seats show light wear from limited use. Door buzzer connected and works very well. Dashpad and center console redyed, but at different times, since the latter has a duller and darker finish. Very clean and authentic presentation under the hood, down to a repop battery. Retains all emissions equipment. Very clean undercarriage. Despite having chambered mufflers, it has a reasonably close-to-stock exhaust note. Cond: 2-. duction interior soft trim. Seats look like they haven’t been sat in, while the carpeting shows light wear and soiling. Engine bay components show light soiling and heat-cycle discoloration. Aftermarket brake booster and air cleaner, but the rest of the components look to be correct. Washed-off undercarriage, with newer welded exhaust system that has the bottoms of the mufflers painted flat black. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,200. Rather sparsely equipped, even by 1968 standards. However, that L79 small block and a competent older redo were enough to keep them bidding on this one, with the reserve met at $31k. Slightly better deal for the consignor than the buyer, but they didn’t get screwed on it, either. #F185-1969 FORD TORINO 2-dr hard NOT SOLD AT $45,000. I’d guess that this was restored at least two decades ago but has been at least cosmetically kept up with. Likely it was recently fluffed up under the body and the hood to prep it for market here. While it was bid to a reasonable offer, the consignor was looking to get about $50k for it, so back home it goes. NOT SOLD AT $21,500. The new-for-1968 GM A-bodies were unique in that they were the only year to have vent windows. While on 130 #S58-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S404316. Ermine White/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 97,106 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with L-79 V8, M-20 4-speed, power steering, power brakes and color-keyed seat belts. Frame-off restoration within the decade. Better-quality prep and repaint. Front wheelwell lips trimmed to clear the tires on full lock turns. Better-than-original door gaps, but they are fussy to operate. Heavier chipping on the chrome top pin guides, heavier scratching on the windshield frame trim. Replated bumpers. Modern replacement windshield. All-repro- top. S/N 9A45Q255003. Wimbledon White/ black vinyl. Odo: 40,874 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti Report shows the car was originally built at the Atlanta Assembly Plant with optional power front-disc brakes, whitewall tires, AM radio and driver’s side remotecontrol mirror. Oh, and a 428 Cobra Jet, close-ratio 4-speed, and 3.50:1-ratio TractionLoc differential. Now the tires are modern mud- and snow-rated radials and the radio is a retro-look AM/FM/cassette deck, but otherwise is true to original form. Better-quality bare-body repaint. Trunk gaps a little uneven, but the car was likely built new that way. Replated bumpers. Alloy trim looks to have been polished to some extent, but was dull enough before that it didn’t take well, and is now cloudy. Interior soft trim is in very good condition, with little wear. Gauges are somewhat faded, weak chrome on the turn-signal stalk. Modern Hurst shifter and small tachometer clamped to the steering column. Older detailing under the hood, but starting to get lightly soiled with flash rust on bare metal. New brake lines. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. While some may call this a sleeper or a narc car, it looks more to me like it was a tool of the trade for a rumrunner. No need for power steering for highspeed driving, but power front-disc brakes to make it stop if it’s overloaded. Either that, or a Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO NASCAR wannabe. The restoration may be starting to get a bit long in the tooth, but I can’t blame the consignor for not cutting it loose for this. #T138-1970 DODGE POWER WAGON 100 custom pickup. S/N E14AJ0S133782. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 37,058 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older, presentable repaint with various light chips and scuffs. Original brightwork has some light pitting and the trim is somewhat dull. Front bumper is a period aftermarket unit made to fit the front-mounted winch. Also fitted with period spotlights, West Coast mirrors, and grab handles. Poor door fit—also not out of character. Steel plate welded in for the cargo-box floor, with a goose-neck hitch ball dead center over the rear axle. Modern aftermarket roll bar, sliding rear window, and wheels fitted with 35x12.5 R15 mudder tires. Also has three inches of suspension-lift blocks to accommodate the tires. Engine repainted when it was rebuilt in recent years. Aftermarket induction, with chrome open-element air cleaner and valve covers. An additional modern 12-volt battery is connected in parallel. Stock-style reupholstery work. Cond: 3. shield installed with sloppy glue residue along the base of the dashboard and interior A-pillars. Seat reupholstered with newer textured cloth, now with notable sun fade. Good reproduction all-vinyl door panels. Modern stock-fit electronic AM/FM sound system with auxilary input on the faceplate. Triple gauge pack mounted below the dashboard, plus a matching replacement fuel gauge. Redyed dashboard. Non-stock dual exhaust system and selective rattle-can black paint on the undercarriage. Cond: 3. copper example with a white stripe and roof is one of those “the one that got away” cars for me (for $3,500 in 1983). Needless to say, 10 times that won’t get it done in 2016, yet this offer really should have—with seller stating while it rolled off the block that it was going to take at least $50k. #S91.1-1970 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 0F02R482436. Black Jade w/white graphics/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 80,000 miles. 428ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with C-6 automatic, a/c, Sport Deck rear seat and power windows. Pretty good base/clear trim-off repaint. SAAC and MCA decals on the windshield. Good original brightwork. Acceptable door fit, typical iffy hood fit. Under that hood is a rather clean and generally well-detailed motor. Seats show more soiling in the pleats than wear. Modern DIN-mount CD sound system cut into the stock radio location. Generally clean undercarriage. Converted to rear-wheel disc brakes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,050. The Super Sport packages paralleled the Chevelles for 1970. The SS396 came in two flavors of horsepower ratings, and the SS454 had both the LS5 and even the LS6 available. 1971 was the start of a generic SS package with a small block. Not all that bad of a driver-grade 4-speed El Cow that sold new in arid Tucson, AZ, yielding a decent deal for what it really is. #F184.1-1970 DODGE CHARGER R/T NOT SOLD AT $14,000. How do you know that you have a “real” truck? Answer: It has a manual throttle control that works independently of the gas pedal—like this truck has. That, combined with how it’s kitted out and the statement that the consignor bought it in 1978 with 8k miles on it, leads me to believe that this may have originally been a fire truck of some sort. Regardless, 1961–71 Dodge Wseries 4x4 pickups rarely surface at auctions (not to be confused with 1946–68 Power Wagons, which were the truck du jour a few years ago). Final bid would seem to be about right, but in another way I can see why the owner didn’t cut it loose, either. #F74-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 136800L148763. Gold w/ black striping/black vinyl/tan cloth. Odo: 63,351 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Copy of the original build sheet shows it to have been a non-SS equipped with an L48 V8, M20 4-speed, power steering, power front disc brakes, a/c, tinted glass, Rally wheels and vinyl roof. Average base/clear repaint in recent years. Cowl-induction-like hood added, along with SS-style hood stripes under the clearcoat, with stainless trim at the cowl not wanting to stay attached. Bumper chrome showing a lot of scratches. Modern non-OEM wind- 132 2-dr hard top. S/N XS29U0G128120. Yellow/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 83,104 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, power steering and AM/FM radio. New aftermarket 17-inch alloy wheels on radials. Highly presentable base/clear repaint on the outside, but no clear-coat was applied in the door jambs. Doors rattle to some extent, but have modest gaps, which is the opposite of the trunk lid. Older replacement windshield. Presentable original stainless trim, good older bumper rechroming. Older engine-bay detailing, now showing moderate soiling from use. Light corrosion on all bare metal. Non-stock chambered dual-exhaust system, giving off a healthy yet non-obnoxious burble. Dashboard top sprayed with a textured coloring, to include the VIN tag. Most gauges have yellowed faces. Simulated wood appliqués have different levels of fade and brightness. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. One for the You Need To Pay Attention Department. There was a Marti Report and copy of a window sticker displayed with the car. While it was for a Black Jade, Cobra Jet fastback, it was a 1969 Mach 1 built in Metuchen with a black interior and a 4-speed. And, no, it wasn’t the carryover 1969 VIN—different assembly plant and unit sequence number, plus it doesn’t jive with the SAAC registry. Just because there’s some documentation displayed with a car, don’t assume that it’s for that car, or shows that it started out as something else, or even if it’s forged. As Bluto in “Animal House” found out, just because you easily found the answers to the test, don’t assume that they didn’t change the test. The Midwest Nice in me wants to think that it was a simple mix-up (since it’s for a lesser car), but the seasoned veteran auction-goer in me tends to think it more likely was intentional. Final bid was right anyway, even if there wasn’t so much as a scrap of paper in the car. #F175-1972 STUTZ BLACKHAWK NOT SOLD AT $47,500. The fakey-doo rearfacing scoop on the doors of the ’70 R/T Charger really doesn’t do much for me. However, a coupe. S/N 2K57Y2A103298. Back metallic & orange metallic/tan ostrich leather & black vinyl. Odo: 94,388 miles. Redone in recent years, because I rather doubt that it was originally painted Harley-Davison black and orange. However, the faux-ostrich-leather interior likely is. And, yes, most of the interior is done up in it—including the interior of the glovebox. Chintzy steering wheel looks like its previous application was on a pontoon boat. Dashboard tag with the original owner’s name on it fell off and is lying on the floor (all I’ve gotta say it that Sal may be disappointed). Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Several paint scratches on the roof and power moon-roof panel. Doors rattle. Selective rechroming. Generally cleaned up under the hood. Modern 1-wire alternator. Chromed dual-snorkel air cleaner, clamped to a pair of dryer hoses going across the front-wheel aprons to mountings behind the radiator-support brackets; may be the first application of Glam Air induction. Dayton chrome wire wheels. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $23,500. Last seen at Mecum Dallas, where it didn’t sell for $47k (see p. 109). I was on the fence about reporting on this car (having never written up one of these Pontiac Grand Prixes in drag until now), but when I saw that it had the prerequisite purple hat, I just had to write up the perfect car for managing horizontal-entertainment contractors at Sturgis. Stated while rolling off the block that it was going to take $50k to buy it—and probably signed off by the KCPD Vice Squad along with a good-taste waiver to get it out of the building during daylight hours. #S90-1972 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. S/N WH23P2A146412. Hemi Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 43,623 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with period-style Cragar SS wheels on radial tires. Originally powered by a High-Performance 400. Options include power steering, power brakes, AM/FM radio and vinyl roof. The latter is covering up quite a few sins, especially around the backlight. In addition to rust blisters, there are voids—either from horrible bodywork or rust blisters that have broken through. The repaint is pretty good, at least on the outside. New door and trunk seals. Replated bumpers and most trim is buffed out. Decent door fit. 2007 NSRA safety-check sticker on the right-rear quarter window. Reupholstered seats, reproduction door panels, and newer carpeting. Original steering-wheel center trim is heavily scratched. Newer engine repaint. Aftermarket aluminum radiator. Several generations of chassis undercoating, most on the aftermarket air shocks. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. The Charger was one of “ 134 the last real muscle cars from the late 1960s into the 1970s. While it got bloated with the 1971 “Coke bottle” body, moderately neutered 440s continued to be available through 1974, and castrated 400s after its 1975 redesign into a personal-luxury car. That roof is going to need attention, and likely the evil brown corrosion has permeated much further. Between that and the engine swap, more than enough was bid. #F123-1973 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr hard top. S/N JH23H3B425230. Black w/white graphics/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 93,963 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Optional Rallye package, power front-disc brakes, center console, chrome racing mirrors, inside hood release and solid-state AM radio. Six Pack induction added on top of the original 340 small block. Other deviations from stock under the hood are a set of cast-aluminum valve covers, battery-disconnect blade switch, and electric pusher fan ahead of the radiator. Also has new battery cables, installed just as unprofessionally as the other strands of wire added over the decades. Sanding scratches evident near body contours below the rather average color-change repaint from dark silver metallic. Hood sits high at the cowl, but well aligned to the front fascia. R/T badge added to the trunk lid. Reproduction front seat covers, well fitted and showing minimal wear. Redyed door panels, with aftermarket speakers cut into them. Aftermarket tach clamped to the steering column and oil-pressure gauge below the stock AM radio. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,600. The assigned driver for this one liked it because it shook, stumbled, and bucked. I rather thought the damn thing needed a tune-up. Hopefully, the new owner either should have plans to set it up to be efficient—hence perform better—or is pleased as-is with his Frankenstein phantom R/T, as he certainly paid enough for it. #S57.1-1975 CHEVROLET COR- VETTE convertible. S/N 1Z67J5S433258. Dark red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 11,809 miles. 350-ci 165-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional power brakes, power steering, interior décor group with leather seats and AM/ FM stereo. Retains the original build sheet. Aftermarket T-pad on top for the center console armrest. Stated to be unrestored and that the 11,809 miles are actual. Older replacement tires have seen minimal use. Light surface rust in the seams of the original Rally wheels. Good original paint, with typical light orange peel, plus a few light nose chips. Engine may have had a rattle-can paint touch-up a few years back. Hoses and clamps have been changed out with discount rack parts. Smog pump was removed, with the tubing plugged and rerouted. Old undercoating on the chassis, recent black spray paint on the exhaust system. Light wear, wrinkling and soiling on the seats. Light yellowing of the control knobs. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. This final year of the C3 drop-top has an interesting mix of the few options it has. Interior décor group, but no a/c, power windows, or even sport mirrors. Since it was well known that 1975 was going to be the last year for a drop-top Corvette, quite a few were bought as “future collectibles” and kept pickled or used very little. This example is more the latter than the former, with the smogpumpectomy. The bidding opened here at $10k, and bidders didn’t pounce on it by leaps and bounds. Since lowmile ’75 converts are not all that hard to find, this one was appropriately bid. #S132.1-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM I was on the fence about reporting on this car (having never written up one of these Pontiac Grand Prixes in drag until now), but when I saw that it had the prerequisite purple hat, I just had to write up the perfect car for managing horizontal-entertainment contractors at Sturgis. 1972 Stutz Blackhawk coupe ” coupe. S/N 2W87W6N601918. Black w/gold accents/black vinyl. Odo: 29,624 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation confirms the car’s configuration. Stated by the consignor that the 29,624 indicated miles are original. Also that apart from a repaint with new graphics and general service components, it is generally original from new. As part of the graphics restoration, installation also repeated the factory error of the anniversary emblem decal being mounted upside down on the driver’s side front fender. 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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO the rest of the interior original and in excellent condition. Light edge wear on the gold-tone steering-wheel spokes. Well-detailed engine compartment. Heavily optioned, to include a/c, Performance Package, tilt steering column, AM/FM stereo, power locks, rear window defroster, and Custom Trim Group. Cond: 2+. Personally, I prefer these to the previous 1973–76s—which get a little too curvy in odd ways for my taste, but I do like cars styled like cinder blocks. However, this 351 was the biggest mill in the final gens, while the bulletproof 460 V8 was available until 1976. Few turn up at auction in any condition, even as worker-bees like this one, yet final bid is fairly realistic in today’s active truck market. #F132.1-1979 CADILLAC SEVILLE SOLD AT $77,000. 1976 was the final year of the 455 being fitted into the Big ’Bird, and was only available in one 200-hp flavor. The “Performance Package” pretty much got you the 455 with a close-ratio 4-speed, a 3.25 ratio open diff (hey, it beats the standard 2.41 loafing gear), and dual exhaust—without a change in horsepower rating. The 50th Anniversary edition was the first of the Special Edition packages, which in recent years have really taken off in value—as the really strong price here confirms. #T38-1977 FORD RANCHERO pickup. S/N 7A47H145736. White & blue metallic/ blue velour. Odo: 63,212 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, cruise control, and AM/FM/8-track. Fitted with sliding rear window and reproduction Magnum 500 wheels with newer radial tires. Presentable yet on-the-cheap repaint of the blue and white on the front fenders. Balance of paint is original, with plenty of nicks both inside and outside the cargo box. Serviceable bumpers, the rears with plenty of scratches. Period bumpermounted ball hitch. Body side trim is acceptable, but the cargo-box perimeter trim is pretty scuffed up—even with clear protective plastic film on most of it. Period non-OEM replacement windshield. Driver’s door rear-viewmirror lens held in place with lots of clear RTV. Scruffy under the hood. Newer seat upholstery, redone in stock pleats and ornamentation. Door panels show moderate wear and fade. Very heavy wear and fading to the seat belts. Cond: 3-. sedan. S/N 6S69B99490847. Dark Gunmetal Metallic/black leather. Odo: 44,885 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Optional cruise control, Twilight Sentinel headlights, electronic AM/FM/cassette sound system and real wire wheels—now shod with Vogue radials. Lesser-quality prep work for an average repaint. Alloy trim is rather dull, lightly scuffed original bumpers. Modern replacement windshield. Turn-signal lenses have some sun fade and yellowing, questionable headlight alignment. Door alignment isn’t much better. Dingy and unkempt under the hood. Air cleaner is heavily surface-rusted. Light wrinkling in the seating surfaces. Top layer of fake wood film near the radio has peeled off, probably after something was stuck onto it and later removed. Runs out with no apparent issues. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,700. The standard engine in a ’79 Seville is an Oldsmobile 350 fitted with throttle-body fuel injection. On one hand, I had always been keen on fitting one of these to a ’91 Olds Custom Cruiser wagon I used to own, replacing the original Chevy 305-ci small block with proper Oldsmobile power. On the other hand, being early-generation fuel injection, the system did have its quirks, not the least of which is the occasional engine fire. Needless to say, the other engine choice for ’79 was right out of the question—also Olds 350 based, but the diesel. The world’s fanciest Nova has had something of a cult following for decades, and with ’70s cars of all stripes seeing greater interest, what this one brought is now about right for the middling example it is. BEST BUY SOLD AT $5,775. While billed as being leaner and meaner for better fuel economy, in reality, it was all but the same platform, trimmed down slightly and more squared off. March 2017 #S62.1-1979 CHEVROLET SILVERADO pickup. S/N CKL349B175059. Midnight Black/tan cloth. Odo: 96,138 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional locking rear differential, power steering, power front disc brakes, a/c, dual fuel tanks, dual exhaust system, tilt steering column, AM/FM/cassette and full gauges with tachometer. Aftermarket 16-inch alloy wheels and locking front hubs. Restored in 2009 to better driver-grade standards. Good body prep 135


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO and paint application. Good door fit up front, while the rears need a bit of a shove to latch properly. Alloy trim and door-handle chrome are somewhat dull. Older replacement windshield. Original interior inside. Both sets of seats have seam splits. Generally stock under the hood. Good engine repaint, but minimal to no detailing on the ancillaries. Consignor reports that it drove to the auction from Arkansas with no issues. Cond: 3+. for the selling dealer. It seems to have worked, with splendid, well-cared-for original paint, yet with yellowing original graphics on it. Good solid door fit, and nary a scratch on the side glass. Superb original interior, which even has a slight hint of new-car smell. More cleaned up than detailed under the hood. Cond: 2. sory carpeted floor mats. Driver’s seat bolsters and forward seat bottom cushion shows more of a change in cloth grain than actual wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,350. Knowing these trucks when they were new and rife in the early 1980s used-car market—when I owned a 1975 Chevy K-20 single cab with this same powertrain—you’d occasionally see a crew-cab GM like this, but rarely the no-back-seat example. The fact that it’s a one-ton with 4WD and single rear wheels is more rare than the crew cab, as 2WD 4-door dualies were what I saw in farm country. And since mine also had the dual tanks, I can attest that you really needed them on these thirsty beasts (at best, I got 12 mpg). Today, any crew cab 1973–80 pickup is a hot commodity, the usual one-ton deduction in value not a factor. The reserve easily passed at $17k, and a few more bids beyond that on this nice driver—that’s proof positive. #S53-1980 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87WAN104203. White w/blue graphics/blue velour. Odo: 6,434 miles. 301-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Photocopy of the original window sticker shows factory-optional a/c, power windows, limited-slip differential, rearwindow defroster, blue seat belts, Custom interior group, tilt steering column and AM/FM stereo. Stated that the 6,434 indicated miles were actual, and that it’s original with the exception of belts, R134a a/c fittings, battery and fluids. Warranty registration displayed with the car for the original paint sealant applied in it NOT SOLD AT $22,000. The Trans Am’s base engine from 1979 to 1980 lost 99 cubic inches and 65 horsepower with the adoption of the 301 V8. While a member of the same basic Pontiac engine family, it was an economized variation that is unilaterally recognized as being a dog of a motor. Even fitting it with the optional turbocharger, while making a rated 210 hp, made it a fire hazard. At least you don’t have to feel like you’re missing a lot keeping it in the garage, between the motor and 37-year-old tires I wouldn’t trust past 10 mph. If this car was fitted with a different, more potent motor, then it would’ve been bid to significantly more. As it was, it may have been under the money, but not by much. #S70-1988 PONTIAC FIERO Formula coupe. S/N 1G2PE1199JP219801. Yellow/ gray cloth. Odo: 12,798 miles. 2.8-L fuel-injected V6, auto. The 12,798 miles indicated are actual and the car is original from new. Factory-optional flip-open sunroof (which is why the 29-year-old headliner hasn’t sunk down to the seats), cruise control and AM/FM/ cassette deck. Aftermarket 17-inch wheels and tires, which protrude past the body. Superb, nick-free original body-panel paint, with several heavier nicks touched up on the leading edges of the mirrors. One recall-campaign sticker on the underside of the hood. Clean and stock engine, with minimal flash rust on the engine-mount bolts and strut studs. Heaviest wear and soiling inside is the dealer-acces- NOT SOLD AT $9,000. If one had to scratch a Fiero itch, this is the year—if not the car—to get. Despite its own all-new suspension for 1988 (no longer sharing the front end of a Chevette), along with improvements to the 2.8-L V6 and 5-speed manual in lieu of the earlier 4-speed gearbox—GM decided to kill it off. As such, quite a few Fieros were also set aside as Instant Collectibles, so they’re not as rare as some would think. Personally, I’d put those goofy aftermarket wheels on Craigslist a nanosecond after I got a set of stock alloys, but otherwise, this Formula would be a keeper. As the Corvair of the 1980s, they will always seem relatively cheap, so this was bid about right for the market. #S68.1-2007 FORD MUSTANG GT500 coupe. S/N 1ZVHT88S375219706. White w/ blue stripe/black leather. Odo: 803 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. All original, with a touch over 800 miles since new. The only two options are the premier trim package and Shaker 1000 audio system. All original inspection marks and tag placed after being prepped at the dealer, are still on it. Recently cleaned up, bone-stock engine bay. More cobwebs than corrosion on the undercarriage. Rear tires are at about three-quarters thread depth. Essentially a brand-new car inside, still somewhat fragrant of leather, with light wrinkling only on the driver’s seat bottom. No discernible paint flaws or damage. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. It must suck to try and sell one of these for top money, when brand-new GT350s that outrun it and handle vastly better are now to the point of being available on dealer lots at sticker, if you shop around. This one continues what we’ve seen both at live auctions and out in the world of the interweb on all solid-axle 21st century GT500s—they don’t sell unless it’s at a firesale price. © 136 Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX Leake — Dallas, TX The U.S. presidential election unsettles the market in Texas Company Leake Auctions Date November 18–19, 2016 Location Dallas, TX Auctioneers Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Bobby D. Elhert, Dillon Hall Automotive lots sold/offered 318/524 Sales rate 61% Sales total $7,064,145 High sale A post-block deal makes this the top seller — 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, sold at $212,850 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics T raditionally, the end-of-the-year wrap Leake Auctions is their fall Dallas au conducted at the city’s Market Center a week out from Thanksgiving, the collector car market starts to go on hold until the spate of Arizona auctions midJanuary, so it’s usually hard to get a grasp of any market trends. This year, it was a li different. As one of the first collector car auction ducted after the 2016 presidential election, there was some wondering about how — or if — the market was going to react. If this event is any indication, the market did, and it’s unsettled. Auction company President 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, sold at $212,850 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices oaks told SCM after the Saturday segment, “As we’ve seen lately in the commodities market — and when it gets down to it, collector cars are a commodity — they are uncertain right now. Yesterday (Friday), we knocked ’em out of the park, but today (Saturday) it was tough going.” Another trend along the same theme was that we might have gone past attaining Porsche 911 price stability, as they may have started cooling off. Two examples here — a generally stock 1968 and a modid 1974 wannabe Carrera — both sold for less than what would’ve been cted just a few months earlier at Monterey or Auburn. Not a loud pop Dallas, TX from the bubble bursting, but more like the hiss of losing air. With all this, Leake still did a pretty respectable job of getting cars sold. It may have taken a post-block deal to get it done, but the top sale of the weekend was a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, finding a new home for $212,850. This was more than double the next highest sale — and top on-the-block sale — at $96,800 for another performance Ford, a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR. European cars completed the top five, with a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL and a 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena Spider F1 each garnering $84,150, then a 2005 Maybach 62 sedan changed hands at $82,500. As usual with a Leake sale, there was a Sales Totals $10m good selection of whatever kind of vehicular vice interests you — be it CCCA Full Classic, street rod, post-war luxo-barge, muscle, modern performance, imported luxury or the perennial Texas favorite of pickup trucks. Their two-ring format made for a hopping two days on Friday and Saturday. Leake returns to the Dallas Market Center 1968 Porsche 911 Targa, sold at $56,100 138 next spring, on April 21–23 — hopefully to a more sorted-out market. ♦ $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 NO SALE


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Leake Dallas, TX ENGLISH #163-1966 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA 88-inch pickup. S/N 774999990833054. Beige/black vinyl. Five-window half-cab with central sliding rear window. Titled to an assigned VIN, rather than the original serial number of 24419792B. Sold new in the North American market. Older repaint, good enough for a workaday truck. Various dings and ripples in the bodywork—especially on the back half of the truck. Some overspray onto the garbage-can-grade galvanized trim, especially the fuel filler. Rattle-can gold paint on the bumpers. Par-for-the-course abysmal door fit. Reupholstered seats, both in the cab and on the rear wheelwells. Engine washed off not all that long ago, but not within the past week. Various added wiring done under the hood and below the dashboard to circumvent the Prince of Darkness. Cond: 3-. strip trim. Door fit isn’t great. Dull alloy grille frame, but decent chrome on the bumpers. Older Morris badge added crookedly to the hood. Replacement door panels and seat coverings, with the driver’s side already starting to show wear. Hood latch proved to be uncooperative. Exhaust note was a bit harsh, akin to a lawnmower on meth. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. As this is old enough to qualify for the rolling 25-year EPA/DOT waiver, at least consignors are rarely lying that their Minis are 1967 models. Reran on Sunday as Lot 808, ending with a no-sale bid of $7k, likely making the consignor wish that they’d taken the reasonable-and-change offer on Friday. GERMAN SOLD AT $17,600. For the Chevy pickup boys making fun of the aluminum F-150 (hey, beer cans also used to be made of steel—until they evolved with better technology), this is a reminder that Ford wasn’t the first to build light-duty pickups out of the alloy. If one thinks of a Landie as being more closely related to a David Brown tractor than a Jaguar, they make more sense as the work tool they are rather than a perceived status symbol. Which makes the selling price more sensible. #138-1980 AUSTIN MINI custom 2-dr sedan. S/N XL2S1N10751948. Resale Red/tan vinyl. RHD. Odo: 36,504 miles. U.K.market car, retaining right-hook steering, rear parking light, and its original set of number plates. Aftermarket Minilite/Panasport alloy wheels, steering wheel, DIN-mount CD sound system, headlight screens, plus a quadrant of driving lights are trying their best to hide the front bumper. Repainted a few years ago, with a hint of overspray on the seat belts. Sunbaked windshield and back-light seal locking #472-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL convertible. S/N 113044310003579. Nissan Blue/ blue hard top/dark blue cloth soft top/dark gray leather. Odo: 28,461 miles. Europeanspecification car, with headlight covers and metric gauges. Body-tag is attached with screws instead of rivets, but the VIN on it matches the body stamping. Factory-optional 5-speed manual transmission and both types of tops. Restoration completed earlier this year. Superbly authentic repaint on the body, but the hard top could’ve used some better prep work. It has some waviness and two spots where it looks like the roof was leaned up against while the paint hadn’t fully set. Light orange peel on the repainted dash. Authentic sheen on the fully replated brightwork. Good door gaps, with light bowing of the trunk lid. Concoursquality authentic detailing under the hood. New radial tires with period-style tread. Exceptionally clean undercarriage, even if most of it is painted semi-gloss black. Minimal wrinkling on the new aromatic leather seats. Cond: 2. Stated that it has a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity issued for its provenance, but a copy was not displayed with the car. Stated to have accrued around 100 miles since it was restored. Fitted with an aftermarket oil cooler, which left the occasional drip under the car. Repaint has a stock sheen to it. Light to moderate pitting on the grilles next to the front turn signals, but otherwise has good brightwork. Glass seals and removable roof-panel vinyl show some light sun fade. Fuchs alloy wheels shod with newer Vredestein Classic radials. Authentically reupholstered interior, with refinished wood-rim steering wheel. Period authentic Becker AM/FM radio. Tidy engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,100. First year for the glass back window, over the previous zip-out soft plastic piece. Left the auction turntable with a $55k no-sale final bid, but this result is reflected in the post-event data provided by the auction company. This is either a terrific purchase well below general values, or the beginning of significant price recession in early 911 cars. Time will tell which is the case. ITALIAN NOT SOLD AT $105,000. One of 112 Pagoda tops to be fitted with the ZF-sourced 5-speed in 1967. Being pre-smog and preDOT/EPA—let alone being way past the rolling import waiver in age—this was a pretty decent car for those of us who prefer the look of the fully covered Pyrex headlights (really, who likes the made-to-work adapter housings for U.S.-spec sealed beams…anyone…anyone…?). Bid about right, if not a tad generous, as it’s close, but not quite on the button for MBCA judging. #464-1968 PORSCHE 911 Targa. S/N 11880182. Irish Green/black vinyl/black vinyl with houndstooth cloth. Odo: 51,572 miles. 140 #420-1988 VOLVO 780 coupe. S/N YV1HA6925JD006050. Silver/two-tone gray leather. Odo: 37,440 miles. Newer Michelin radials on the unblemished stock alloy wheels. Stated that the 37,440 indicated miles are correct from new and that the car is significantly original from new. Superbly maintained original paint. Sun-baked alarm decal on the rear quarter glass is the only notable UV damage. Even the body rubber and plastic is in good condition, showing more aging than wear. Excellent original brightwork. Generally good detailing and original under the hood, but some components were clear-coated when done. Runs out fine. Light soiling and minimal wear is evident on the seat bottoms. Slight eroding of the ultra-light factory undercoating aft of the rear wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,660. Assembled by Bertone in Italy rather than Sweden. I always liked the looks of these Swedish-Italian Coupe DeVilles, Sports Car Market


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On the Radar It’s been more than 25 years since the Eastern Bloc nations tore down the Iron Curtain. Here’s Glasnost Era cars now available for import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1991 MTX Tatra V8 Leake Dallas, TX Pros: The only known exotic supercar ever made in Eastern Europe. Only four ever made, so you will never find another occupying your space at Cars & Coffee. Powered by a 3.9-liter V8 with 300 horsepower, the car once made an appearance in a Kanye West video. Cons: Parts are nonexistent, that styling looks like the designer briefly saw a child’s rendering of a Ferrari F40, and the car once made an appearance in a Kanye West video. Price range: Hard to say, plus import costs. 1968–85 Zastava 750/850 coming off to me at least as a squared-off BMW E24 6-series of the same era, including ripped-off Hofmeister kink in the rear windows (then again, Robert Cumberford has no reason to fear me taking over his column). Granted, I’d take the Bimmer any day, as even an L6 with 200k miles on bald tires and a slipping automatic transmission would out-handle and outrun it (having the same PRV engine as a DeLorean, but hauling more weight). If it’s any consolation, the Swede will usurp said Coupe DeVille on all counts—especially residual value. As far as those values, while it would seem fully priced here, a major collector car dealer was on it, until he got it bought. #2471-1993 FERRARI 512 TR coupe. S/N ZFFLG40A3P0095268. White/black vinyl. Odo: 33,925 miles. Well-cared-for original paint. If there are rock chips—even on the front fascia—they are at the microscopic level. Forward door gaps and front compartment gaps seem a touch wide. Tires are getting to the point where they are still legal, but one track day will change that. Alpine remote sound system, with an otherwise bone-stock interior, which shows light commensurate wear to the indicated 33,925 miles. Also shows commensurate light road grime and flash rust on the undercarriage for said miles. Tidy enough engine bay. Service history—or possible lack thereof—not mentioned. Cond: 2-. ding, but not over-baked. Aftermarket rear window louvers are sitting in the back. Newer KYB shock absorbers. Cleaned-off and generally original engine bay, but hardly detailed. Notable staining on the seating surfaces. Carpet appears to be newer than the rest of the interior soft trim. Top inch of of the door panels is yellowed, but the rest of it is fine. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,050. Z-car fans turned their noses up on the 280ZX when it debuted in 1979, calling it “a Japanese T-bird” among other derogatory things due to the larger size and more luxury amenities. Even with the passing years, it still takes second fiddle to the original Z-cars by a country mile. As such, not many were saved. While this one is pretty much a driver, it wasn’t all that bad of a deal, if you are keen on them. AMERICAN Pros: Fiat 600 built under license until 1985 in Yugoslavia. It is slightly larger than the 600 for better Russian fit. There is excellent parts availability. It is more rare than the Fiat version, and it is a super-fun little car at a bargain price. Cons: Fiat quality was rarely improved at subsidiary production facilities, and this car is likely to have serious rust issues. Price range: $2k–$3k, plus import costs. 1984–2003 VAZ-2108 Sputnik NOT SOLD AT $155,000. I know that I don’t speak for all here, but I prefer the more thought-out look of the 512TR—with integral styling cues matching its lesser 348 brethren— over the screaming 1980s “Miami Vice” Testarossa. And inside, with its conservative luxury car interior rather than period garish, it’s no match. Even if both cars have the same legroom as a Chevy Astro van of the same era (although the latter doesn’t have a dead pedal). This could’ve sold at this bid if the consignor needed to cut it loose, but most likely seeing the continued strong market for 1980s and ’90s “poster cars” he or she is going to cash in another day. JAPANESE Pros: Another Fiat knock-off, so parts should be available. This car has a classic rally history in Europe, and it is not bad-looking at all. Many were exported to the U.K., and it is hard to find a cooler name than “VAZ Sputnik.” Cons: Russian build quality, and the 1.1-liter to 1.5-liter engines made low horsepower. The 0–60 mph time is 16 languorous seconds. It is also known as the Lada Samara, and it is hard to find a less-cool name. Price range: $1k–$3k, plus import costs. ♦ 142 #759-1979 DATSUN 280ZX coupe. S/N HS130129377. Blue metallic & silver/blue cloth. Odo: 59,708 miles. The consignor is of the opinion that the 59,708 indicated miles are the first time around. Factory-optional a/c, plus power steering, power brakes, cruise control and power windows. Modern DIN CD sound system. Pretty decent original paint that is heavily buffed out. Solid door fit. Heavily faded original “OK” inspection sticker in the rear quarter window. Dull plastic body clad- #173-1936 FORD DELUXE 4-dr sedan. S/N 2281717. Washington Blue/brown mohair. Odo: 84,306 miles. Notchback trunk bodywork. Fitted with dealer-accessory stainlesssteel wheel-trim discs, grille guard, greyhound hood ornament, door hinge mirrors, rear-viewmirror-mounted clock and AM radio. Periodaccessory heater, front fender guide trim, and driving lights. Front and rear turn signals integrated into smaller versions of the driving lights. Good older repaint, with selective rechroming since. Decent door and panel fit. Older interior redo from a pre-made kit, but now has some edge wear with seam splitting and pinchweld molding coming loose. Wiring for the turn-signal quadrant on the steering column not especially well tucked in. Not especially tidy under the hood. Downright unkempt chassis, to include an old mismatched spare tire. Tires on the ground are repop wide whites that are starting to turn yellow. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,600. To correct the auction listing: No, this is not a “Mole Hair” interior. No rodents were harmed in the course of making this interior (barring mousetraps in the Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX seat padding). Then again, if one thought they picked this up cheap enough (despite selling fully priced), they could redo the worn threads in Mole Hair—but they’d be better off with an off-the-rack kit in mohair cloth. #488-1940 CADILLAC SERIES 60 Spe- cial sedan. S/N 6323234. Two-tone green/ gray cloth. Odo: 77,592 miles. Period-accessory Trippe driving lights, latter-day turn-signals added. Older restoration, which is getting rough around the edges. Less-than-attentive masking at the two-tone borders. Paint is flaking between the grille bars on the outer catwalks. Chrome is getting dull, lightly pitted, and in some instances (front bumper) is flaking off. Delaminating door and backlight glass, the latter displaying a WWII A-ration and Rotary Club member sticker. Broken right taillight lens glued back together. Hood is a bit fussy to open, but can be accessed after some effort. As such, there’s a lack of cleanliness to match the lack of easy access. Electrical cutoff switch mounted on firewall under glovebox door. Light crazing on the steering-wheel rim. Well-reupholstered seats, showing minimal wear and fading. Cond: 3-. oration, easily duller than the modern carpeted floor mats. Silver spray-painted exhaust system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $73,700. This spent quite a bit of time on the block. It was all but written off as a no-sale as it was being rolled off the block, when the consignor agreed to let it go for the final bid—shaving off a grand from his reserve, which was a wise decision. #109-1967 FORD F-100 Custom Cab SOLD AT $18,700. While it was a lower-rung Cadillac, when the Series 60 Special was introduced in 1938, it was a styling sensation. It also has had something of a cult following almost since “day two,” with its clean upright look and non-bulbous physique. As such, it was accorded CCCA Full Classic status early in the club’s history. However, this older restoration is getting scruffy enough to where the flying lady on the hood requested that I don’t use her real name, so it sold well enough. #1173-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 19467S115007. Tuxedo Black/tan vinyl soft top/black painted hard top/Saddle leather. Odo: 86,019 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated that it retains its original Protect-o-Plate, build sheet and bill of sale, although none were displayed with the car. Fitted with knockoff wheels, both types of tops and AM/FM radio. Slight reinforcing in the right front wheelwell. Older repaint with a recent buff-out job, missing a few areas on the cowl. Recent professionally replaced soft top. Slight fogginess to the original backlight on the hard top. OEM grade replating of the bumpers and replacement trim. Good older detailing under the hood, but has seen some use since. Heavier fuel staining on the intake manifold, light corrosion pitting on the alternator bracket and case. Seats show light wear, more akin to broken-in patina. Slight carpet discol- March 2017 pickup. S/N F10ADA70809. Tan/tan & beige vinyl. Odo: 55,038 miles. 240-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Originally equipped with a “three on the tree” manual, now has a four-on-the-floor, with the steering column linkage still in place. Average to pushing on-the-cheap older repaint, now with a few nicks on the hood. Thick masking lines around the windshield trim. Heavier windshield edge delamination. 1970s-era wheel covers—with centers painted to match the body—and new radial tires. Newer brake master cylinder, starter and battery. Grille and bumpers painted the same silver with clear coat, now flaking with some battle damage. Old replacement dashpad, now with UV damage and warping. Older economy seat reupholsterey work, done in modern cloth, in which seams are now splitting. Black electrical tape wrapped around all three steering-wheel spokes at the rim and around the shift lever. Older AM/FM/cassette deck sort of fits in the dashboard. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,300. Definitely not investment grade, but this was still one of my favorite vehicles here (maybe that’s why it’s my favorite). While there was some Rube Goldberg engineering, it is usurped by a rock-solid, rust-free body. Overall, a nice little errand truck that you can use with work clothes on, upgrade as you use it, or at this cheap price, gut it and restore fullbore if you like. With pickup pricing still doing good, this was well bought. #1197-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 124378N351878. Bright green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 16,473 miles. 327- 143


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Leake Dallas, TX ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Has an undisturbed Van Nuys body tag but a Norwood VIN. Unable to fully discern the engine stamping. Stated that a “period-correct body-off restoration was performed in 2014.” Better-quality base/clear repaint, with the nose stripe in the clear coat. Lurking underneath that pretty paint are rust blisters in the rear of the passenger’s door sill. Door fit is off. Windshield washer nozzles not connected to anything and are bent down into the cowl. Lightly detailed motor, two years ago, but not authentically—with black-painted valve covers, modern clamps and a new alternator with a barcode sticker still on it. Optional interior décor group, with newer carpet, seats, and dashpad. Door panels have vintage speakers cut into them. Heavier wear on the center console armrest lid and shift knob. Rattle-can glossy black undercarriage, with nonstock chambered mufflers showing overspray. Cond: 3. Lightly detailed engine bay, with a few parts that still have Ford licensing decals on them. Rear leaf springs have a light overall coat of rust, but most of the undercarriage metal has light corrosion where paint has worn off. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $212,850. Originally was a no-sale across the block at $145k, but a deal was struck before the end of the weekend, making it the top sale at this venue. Seller should be happy enough, as he was overheard, after it crossed the block, saying that he was into the car for $30k. Sure, that was decent cake three decades ago for a Boss 9, but it beats the crap out of inflation. Or any passbook savings account. #499-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $22,825. Good thing I was sitting down when I compared the body tag to the VIN and found them to be from factories that were separated by two time zones. I’m stunned that a first-gen Camaro isn’t numbers matching (NOT!). This coupled with the restoration that kind of is, but mostly isn’t. It sold for plenty— hopefully to someone who’s cognizant of this and is willingly taking the risk, but I doubt it. #2468-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z198746. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 54,187 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Kar Kraft number 1846. Deluxe Marti Report confirms the car was restored to its original configuration. Sold new by Canyon Ford of Phoenix with optional center console, deluxe interior décor group, Visibility group and AM radio. Having owned the car for three decades, consignor states that the 54,187 indicated miles are actual. Also stated that it was repainted quite some time ago, now starting to come off as slightly yellowed. Door gaps slightly wider as they go upwards on the body. Good original brightwork. Seats show some moderate soiling and light wear. Aftermarket Cobra wood shift knob and Boss 429 badge in the dashpad. coupe. S/N 194371S107376. Mulsanne Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 38,284 miles. 350-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with a/c, power steering, power brakes, cruise control, full tinted glass, and AM/FM radio. Fitted with Rally wheels shod with radials. Repainted in recent years, with good prep work. Front wheelwells have cuts made for lock-to-lock tire clearance. Driver’s side door gaps and fit is very good; passenger’s side not so much. Minimal perceived wear on the interior soft trim, most of which is reproduction. Aftermarket T-pad on the center console, which gets in the way of the E-brake handle when fully deployed. Really bad repaint on the valve covers; they are either heavily rust pitted or someone really doesn’t know how to operate a rattle can, or both. Lacking in several other authenticity details—newer generation alternator and hose clamps among others—but at least it’s generally clean. All-black undercarriage. Cond: 3+. sette deck. Modern reproduction Magnum 500 wheels on radials. Repainted a few years ago on the cheap over the original paint, showing cracks and some orange peel. Heavier paint cracking on the plastic front bumper. Side stripes re-created with paint that was poorly masked. Doors rattle. Valve covers and air cleaner cleaned up, but the rest of the engine bay is pretty grimy and shows on-the-fly minimal maintenance. Presentable original interior, but not without showing age and wear. Some wiring is dropping below the passenger’s side of the dashboard. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,375. This car was built in April 1973, when it was very apparent that its hyped-up replacement for 1974 (the Mustang II) was not going to be offered as a convertible. As such, the majority of ’73 convertible production was during this time-frame, in essence becoming one of the first “instant collectibles.” As this example is more along the line of a tenured beater than an “instant collectible,” it was very well sold. #1153-1976 DODGE TRADESMAN 200 SOLD AT $24,750. This is one case where the new owner is justified in stopping by Pep Boys on the way home for a new set of valve covers. Chrome, cast aluminum, or even steal them off a rusted-out pickup truck on the side of the road—just get rid of those nasty ones on the car. Needless to say, they don’t telegraph any sort of warm fuzzy on an otherwise decent car. Sold well enough. #131-1973 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 3F03H196357. Dark blue metallic with Argent stripes/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 4,396 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Marti Report displayed with the car confirms it was generally built as presented. Factory options include power top, power windows, power steering, power front disc brakes, center console, Mach 1-style side stripes, full tinted glass and AM/FM stereo radio. The last item has been replaced by an electronic stereo cas- 144 Sports Car Market van. S/N B21BE6X089844. Orange & black/ brown vinyl with tan cloth inserts. Odo: 44,305 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory a/c. Day two conversion, given to the consignor when new as a high-school graduation present. As such, maybe a search for DNA should be given to the original orange and black shag carpeting—and the pink fake-fur futon cover. Dodge-applied paint is still in very good condition, although the wheelarches, chin spoiler and roof spoiler added in the 1980s show more weathering and aging. Fitted with chrome Moon rims shod with newer radials, with a set of period, painted-tomatch Cragar SS wheels included. Steering wheel and DIN-mount stereo were added in recent years. Front bucket seats look to have been reupholstered—either 40 years ago or last year. Remains of a 1980s South Dakota inspection sticker on the windshield. Generally well kept under the stubby hood and engine doghouse. Aftermarket horn mounted


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Leake Dallas, TX below the brake master cylinder. Dusty undercarriage indicative of life on a dirt road. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,950. Quite the period piece, but what kind of parent buys their son a Shaggin’ Wagon as a high school graduation present? “Don’t fret, dear, he just wants it to haul stuff.” Right... Originally crossed the block as a no-sale at $12,500, but by the end of the weekend a post-block deal was done on it. #900-1977 PONTIAC TRANS AM Spe- cial Edition T-top coupe. S/N 2W87Z7N136809. Black with gold accents/smoked glass panels/black vinyl. Odo: 39 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. PHS documentation verifies it was originally equipped as restored; with optional Y82 Special Edition package, a/c, power windows, power locks, cruise control, light group, and remote trunk release. Two-year restoration from Gas Monkey Garage back to factory stock condition. After completion, signed on the dashboard by Burt Reynolds. Excellent paint and graphics application. Good door and panel fit. Replacement door glass, as there are no scratches on either piece. Generally brought back to stock and clean under the hood, but not show-ready. Paint flaked off and stained below the coolant intake neck and non-OEM belts fitted. Reproduction interior soft trim, well fitted. Clean undercarriage, generally authentically detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,400. This particular example was actually declared as sold twice: first as Lot 177 on Friday at $13,200, and then the next day as Lot 525 for $15,400. If it actually changed hands once, twice, or not at all (which is what actually happens more often than not) is one of those things that makes things frustrating in auction-land. Regardless of the case, any of the above represented more than enough for the car. #1142-1980 CHEVROLET CAMARO SOLD AT $60,500. The 1977 Special Edition is the Holy Grail of Trans Am fans as well as the car used in “Smokey and the Bandit.” Nicely done but not stunning, yet being a realdeal Y82 coupled with the “Gas Monkey Garage” TV connection meant that—price guides be damned—silly money was all but guaranteed. #525-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87K9N139273. Silver, black & maroon graphics/maroon vinyl. Odo: 13,173 miles. 403-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Olds 403 V8. Reproduction Snowflake alloy wheels. Base/ clear repaint and replacement graphics done a few years ago, with some obvious masking lines on door and glass seals. Doors sag slightly, making proper latching a challenge. Heavier scratching of the door glass and windshield. Recent upper engine repaint and underhood cleanup. Good seat vinyl, but shows some compaction of the padding. Both front seat-belt guide loops on the seat backs are baked and broken off. Sun fade on the tops of the door panels. Aftermarket Dual DINmount CD sound system has displaced the stock radio, and older speakers were cut into the rear package shelf. Newer exhaust system 146 NOT SOLD AT $12,000. Since I got my driver’s license in 1980, this is how I remember Camaros in the real world. Sure, a lot of folks talked big about wanting a Z/28, but when it came time to plunk down their money (or, more correctly, the bank’s money), this is what followed them home. I’ve also seen several other low-mile original Camaros from this era that have the same problem with the rear-seat armrest panel. Chalk it up to GM using an inferior plastic they figured wouldn’t need to last for decades. Despite it not being a Z/28, this was still bid way under where it should’ve been, and I can’t blame the SCM/ACC subscriber consignor for holding fast to his reserve. coupe. S/N 1P87HAL547127. Silver/Oyster Gray cloth. Odo: 20,532 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated that the 20,532 indicated miles are actual, and that the car is essentially all original. Retains all original documentation from when it was sold new by Jameson Chevy-Olds of Weatherford, OK—right down to the fuel economy sticker (17 mpg combined). Original window sticker confirms optional power brakes, power steering, a/c, Performance rear axle, cruise control, full tinted glass, tilt steering column, and AM/FM radio. Good original paint, or at least as good as GM applied it in 1980. Aside from rear-seat armrest panels yellowing heavily and some etching of the door jamb paint from the door seals, the interior is in very good condition. Clean under hood, without being detailed over-the-top. Cond: 3+. with non-stock dual chambered mufflers. Cond: 3. #1155-1984 MERCURY CAPRI 5.0 SC ASC McLaren convertible. S/N 1MHBP79M8EF620023. White/dark blue cloth/dark blue leather. Odo: 48,995 miles. 5.0-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Number 45 of 50 ASC McLarens built this year, at least per the tag on the dashboard trim. Presentable paintwork, with moderate-to-heavier dings and nicks on the front bumper cladding and air dam. Notable rock chip on the windshield dead ahead of the top of the steering wheel. Clear plastic over the headlights, light smoked plastic over the taillights. Doors rattle a little bit but could be much worse. Light surface rust starting to leach out from under the convertible top base trim. Top is in decent shape, even if the three backlights are starting to yellow. Washed-off engine bay is a long way from detailed, but is generally stock. Modern radial tires on the stock basketweave alloy rims. Aftermarket exhaust system hangs a bit low. Original leather on the Recaro seats is getting a bit stiff and shows some soiling. Same also applies to the ASC modified door panel armrests. Mismatched simulated wood trim on the dashboard. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,180. The ASC McLaren conversions started out as a notchback coupe, as the Fox-platform Capris of 1979–86 were never built as convertibles by Ford. It’s pretty easy to tell that they were eyeing buyers of Mercedes SL convertibles as their prime market— or those who wanted an SL yet couldn’t quite afford one. “Quite” is the key word here, as the McLaren conversion cost almost as much as the Benz when all was said and done. Little wonder that few were built. With Fox Mustangs catching on in the market, this one was actually a pretty decent buy, even if it’s a middling car. #168-1985 FORD F-150 XLT pickup. S/N 1FTDF15N8FNA45063. Brown & tan/ brown cloth. Odo: 63,815 miles. 5.0-L V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power locks, tilt steering column, cruise control, swing-out mirrors, tachometer and steel-spoke wheels. Stated that the original MSO is still with the truck but is titled, and that the indicated miles are correct from new. Original paint, but is lightly faded and heavily scratched. Also has damage on the wheelwell trim and body side moldings in that area. Dull alloy windshield moldings. Lots of brushtouched-up rock chips on the leading edge of the hood. Cargo box has its share of scratches and dings, but isn’t beat up like a rock hauler. Original interior, but with fading and discolor- Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX ation to varying degrees evident on the seats and fake wood trim. Recently washed-off engine bay and replacement master cylinder. Truck runs fine—once the weak battery gets a jump. Cond: 4+. It’s proof that nobody else was really getting the warm fuzzies from it, either. #147-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $4,070. It may still retain the original MSO, but it’s far from a well-preserved minty virgin. Looks more to have been used hard in short spurts then parked for longer spurts over three decades. Reserve passed at $3,500, getting a couple more bids. Sold well enough for a 31-year-old used pickup, either to keep using like a tool after doing some basic maintenance (new battery), or especially if one has visions of a fluff and buff on the cheap to flip. #1146-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23JXL5802533. Red w/ black stripe/red leather. Odo: 45,047 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Base/ clear repaint in recent years, not done especially well, and with a boy-racer stripe across the top to boot. Nose-to-body fit not great. Replacement tires look to be a size smaller than OEM fitment, giving the impression they were stretched to fit. Reproduction seats and carpeting, the latter fitted better than the former. Glossy wear on the steering-wheel rim and shifter. Lightly cleaned engine bay. Rattlecan black coating on the undercarriage, to include the mufflers. Pushed onto the auction carousel after repeated attempts to start—being dismissed as a “dead battery.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,200. As one of 1,381 convertibles, it’s one of the more obscure, limitededition C4s, but all of them have actually seen an uptick in values to some point. These far less than others like the Grand Sports, but this other package from ’96 also should continue to increase in value, even if it looks rather mundane. With the reserve passed at $12k, it was a good buy. Even just to detail out and flip, but especially if it’s a keeper for the long term. #756-2002 LINCOLN BLACKWOOD pickup. S/N 5LTEW05A32KJ00135. Black/ black leather. Odo: 153,701 miles. 5.4-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Optional navigation. Dealeraccessory mudguards, aftermarket smoked-plastic window shades. Light nicks and scuffing on the buffed-out original paint. Right headlight pod is original and cloudy yellow, while the replacement on the left is still clear. Cargo-box wood siding is in excellent condition. Inner box stainless-steel liner has multiple light dings—especially towards the front. Consigning dealer’s decal on the left SOLD AT $15,400. The consignor may have called it a “Grand Sport” stripe, I call it hokey. The ZR-1 was the top-shelf Corvette at the time, costing nearly double the price of the entrylevel coupe, with a host of subtle but very effective tweaks, as well as being the Ferrari of small-block Chevys. Adding striping clashes with that panache and gives one an idea that it was used and abused more than cared for. This lower-than-usual selling price is no bargain. 148 Collectors Series convertible. S/N 1G1YY32P8T5101116. Silver/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 22,661 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Dealer-accessory front mud guards. Stated by consignor that it was purchased from original owner in 2003 and that it is all original, except for battery and newer Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Also stated that the top was never put down until the auction catalog photos were taken and that the floor mats are still unused in the plastic. Excellent original paint. Retains the original protective film between the top and the body. Light driver’s seat wear, along with the steering-wheel rim. Clean and original engine bay. Undercarriage and wheelwells show heavier dust accumulation than expected for the miles, so a few dirt roads may have been in its past. Cond: 2-. side cargo-box Dutch door. Interior leather and carpeting show congruent wear for over 150k miles of daily-driver use. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,975. As much as people like to hate on these (egged on initially by the Greenie Weenies), I guarantee that I can walk out to any parking lot in North America and find pickups that have never had anything larger, heavier, or dirtier than a bag of groceries in the bed...if even that much. As such, you can’t fault Lincoln for trying to tap a market they knew existed. What they didn’t expect is that the luxury pickup market is driven by those who don’t want to look like they spent $75k on a new pickup—but just did (Platinum and Denali owners, you still can’t hide). One thing for certain is that Blackwoods certainly get a lot of action at collector car auctions. At least this one looks to have earned its keep as a truck. No stock 2002 F-150, 2WD SuperCrew in this condition with 150k miles would come close to bringing this much money. #146-2004 CADILLAC XLR convert- ible. S/N 1G6YV34A445600461. Black/tan leather. Odo: 77,944 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Original paint, but with its share of light nicks and scrapes, and buffed out to within an inch of its life. Yellowed headlights, lightly crazed taillights. Good door fit and functioning top, but top functionality got fussy when it was up on the auction carousel. Usedcar-lot-grade clean-up under the hood. Unkempt undercarriage. Economy-grade tires are over half used. Clear coat on the alloy wheels is yellowed and has light chipping. While the dashboard, center console and steering wheel show minimal wear or fade, the bottoms of the seats are baked and splitting. Starts, runs and drives with no apparent issues. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. The first year of the only car up to this point that that wasn’t a Corvette that was built at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Indeed, the 4,387 examples built in this inaugural year actually had a year up on the C5s built at the same time, as they carried the C6 platform (nice of Cadillac to work the first-year Chevy bugs out for a change). Time will tell if future collectors actually take to these, but at this point, a decade-plus out, they are leaps and bounds better than the Allante on any subject you can name, even ratty used examples like this. Fully bid. © Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA McCormick’s 61st Palm Springs Collector Car Auction Domestics in the desert brought consistent results in a relaxed atmosphere Company McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auctions Date November 18–20, 2016 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneers Frank Bizzarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Gary Dehler Automotive lots sold/offered 305/510 Sales rate 60% Sales total $6,059,380 High sale Tied for top-sale honors — 1954 Buick Skylark convertible, sold at $152,250 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics T he 61st McCormick’s auction was again held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and they are settling in nicely at their new location after 15 years at th nearby casino parking lot. The larger area allows f as many as 580 cars while providing ample roo inspect them, without being cramped or crowded The results from this event were off slightly f past years, but they are dealing with two stark re McCormick’s sweet spot, the mid-range American market, is a bit soft and Mecum was conducting an auction a few hours away in Anaheim. As such, they did a yeoman’s job, selling 60% of their offerings and obtaining the results they did. McCormick’s have made a concerted effort to upgrade their offerings and the positive results were evident. That is not to say that there were not some bottom-feeder bargains. How about a 1994 Camaro Z/28 for $2,415 or a 1990 Cadillac Allante for $3,150? They’re priced as used cars now but might become desirable in a few years. On the other side of the coin, a very-well restored 1954 Buick Skylark convertible sold for a respectable $152,250. The car had failed to sell earlier in the year at a Monterey auction, when it was bid to $126,500 and the seller wisely brought it to the desert. They are amazing cars with recognizable styling and loaded with pizzazz. 150 edibly expensive to restore—I have first-hand experience—but have ff their 2015 high. This was, in fact, one of the better Skylark sales of 8 Shelby GT500 KR fastback sold for the same amount, so the money here for the right cars. Friday was free admission day and people came out in droves. It’s Palm Springs, CA always interesting to overhear comments that “knowledgeable” guys make attempting to impress their girlfriends. No, that 1956 Thunderbird did not win the Indianapolis 500. A couple of Chevy products were favorites. A 1953 Bel Air convertible was restored to the nines with only two miles showing. The livery may have been off a shade or two, but everything else was spot-on. They announced a reserve of $60,000 and the bidding stalled well short, but the floor crew did their job and put a deal together at $52,500. A very nice and unusual ’65 Corvair Corsa convertible was finished in a striking shade of Evening Orchid which was a one-year-only color. Pontiac, however, used the same formula, calling it Iris Mist. The Corsa was loaded with options and sold for $17,850, which seemed a bit of a bargain. McCormick’s next auction is scheduled for Sales Totals $6m $7m $5m February 24–26, 2017 at their new home at the Palm Springs Convention Center. If you are looking for a little desert sunshine and some interesting cars presented in a relaxed atmosphere, it is not too early to make your plans to attend. I promise you’ll enjoy it. ♦ $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback and 1954 Buick Skylark convertible, both sold at $152,250 Buyer’s premium 5%, included in sold prices Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA GERMAN #240-1957 PORSCHE 356 replica Speedster. S/N 5233992. Guards Red/tan fabric/tan vinyl. Odo: 3,740 miles. This was made by Vintage Speedsters in Southern California. They utilize a reinforced VW chassis with a fiberglass body and offer a long list of options. They state they have made about 3,300. This example has been well maintained and has received limited use. A couple of minor issues but nothing serious. A well-made replica. Cond: 1-. there may be gremlins lurking about. Rebuild was done to high standard, with no visual evidence of prior damage. New leather interior. Body straight with uniform seams. Cond: 1-. but were in truck. The engine compartment is clean but not highly detailed. I have to think it would have presented better if finished in blue or black. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,910. Failed to sell when crossing the block, but they went to work and put a deal together. Price paid was most reasonable and would be cool with some graphics advertising a real or fantasy business. SOLD AT $55,650. These continue to have a following and have been selling well into six figures. This one would have too without the title issue. Buyer took a chance and just has to hope it works out. SOLD AT $23,363. Considering the current exploding values of 356s, this is a reasonable alternative. The price paid was far less than what Vintage Speedsters charged, so seller took a bit of a hit. Good deal for the buyer but these are just used cars and often tough to resell, as noted by the price. Vintage Speedsters is one of the manufacturers with a good reputation for making a quality product. #359-1964 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 100441. Fjord Green/white/yellow & white vinyl. Odo: 1,541 miles. The 770 stands for 70 mph and 7 knots on water, but doubt that could be achieved with this example. Seals look old and dried out. Paint worn and tired. Hubcaps pitted and other brightwork lacking luster. Top dirty. Does not look seaworthy. Does not have any of the nautical accessories usually presented with these. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. I’m sure the seller had a bunch in this, but does that mean it is worth more than was bid here? This is a tough sell, and I doubt if there is a whole lot more money out there for such an unusual build. #209-1947 INTERNATIONAL KB-1 NOT SOLD AT $44,000. This was last seen at Russo and Steele’s 2014 Las Vegas auction (SCM# 6711737), where it failed to sell at the same $44,000 as was offered here. Prior to that it sold at Russo and Steele’s 2008 Hollywood, FL, sale for $49,500 (SCM# 1640125). Seller has not realized the ship has sailed on these and he should lick his wounds and move on. #303-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 011985. Blue/blue fabric/ blue leather. Odo: 65,668 miles. Offered with a salvage title, which indicates it may have been totaled and rebuilt. Usually a red flag that 152 Sedan Delivery. S/N 52858. Brown & tan/ black fabric. Odo: 15,662 miles. 213-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. The KB was a new series for International in 1947 and was a 1/2-ton model. This is a well-restored Panel with a few paint issues. The wheels are a bit worn, but the interior is well done. Hubcaps were not installed AMERICAN #203-1931 AMERICAN AUSTIN custom coupe. S/N AA0030171. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 378 miles. Built as an “old school” street rod, but the first we’ve ever seen on an American Austin. Powered by ’51 Ford flathead. Front and rear axles are ’39 Ford. Interior is ’49 Ford dash with DeSoto speedo. Roll-down windows and removable steering wheel. A most unusual presentation. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $31,500. Quality tells the tale here as condition and the deluxe cab make the difference. Bid was close, so seller is rolling the dice in turning down the offer. #307-1955 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN Custom wagon. S/N U5LX120870. Diamond Blue & Colonial White/blue vinyl. Odo: 30,455 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. The Country Sedan was the intermediate trim level for Ford wagons for 1955. This one is loaded with options, with big fuel-injected motor under the hood. Two-tone paint attractive, but some orange peel noted. A few dings in the trim. Equipped with roof rack, curb feelers and fender skirts. Also air and power seats. A very cool wagon. Cond: 2+. #095-1952 FORD F-1 Deluxe pickup. S/N F1R2KC19416. Tan/red vinyl. Odo: 61,650 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Powered by the 283 “Rouge” V8 that was different from what was used in the Courier series. Three spears on hood indicated the Deluxe series. The F1 1/2-ton pickup was mounted on a 114-inch wheelbase chassis. This was a very clean example with attractive paint and excellent brightwork. Equipped with Five-Star cab that had a long list of goodies. A very desirable pickup. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $27,825. 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MARK II 2-dr hard top. S/N C5613268. White/black & white leather. Odo: 63,387 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The first year for the $10,000 luxury Lincoln-Continental MK II. Only option was a/c, which was offered here. Window starting to delaminate and grille has a few chips and signs of rust. Paint scratched here and there. Only 2,550 were produced, and it was claimed they lost money for each and every one. Cond: 2-. issues, the price bid here was a bit light, especially with the 312 motor. Another $5k–$8k would not have been out of line. Should do better next time out. #080-1957 CHRYSLER WINDSOR 2-dr NOT SOLD AT $23,000. These are starting to receive the recognition they are due, but they need to be much better than this example to bring serious money. They are expensive to restore, so will not be easy to bring this up a notch or two. Even so, price bid was light by a bunch. #247-1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 convert- ible. S/N 579M30982. Banff Blue/white fabric/white & blue vinyl & blue fabric. Odo: 88,944 miles. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The 98 was the top of the line for Oldsmobile and was also called the Starfire 98. Power windows and the Jetaway Hydra-Matic were standard. Equipped with optional deluxe spinner wheel covers and Autronic Eye. Attractive Morocceen and fabric interior that was in excellent condition. Excellent paint, but white top soiled. Only 8,278 98 convertibles produced in 1957. Cond: 2+. hard top. S/N W5723300. Turquoise & white/ white/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 7,291 miles. 354-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The second year of the Forward Look with optional “Flight Sweep” panel on rear fender. Highway Hi-Fi Phonograph was an option, but not ordered here. Dual headlamps were standard. Bold color combination. Paint with a couple of minor dings. Brightwork pitted in a couple areas. Interior very attractive. Cond: 2+. McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA #255-1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N H9YH147628. Casino Cream/ white vinyl/black & white leather. MHD. Odo: 96,109 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A wellpresented example of a fairly common Tbird—almost 60,000 produced. Fitted with a/c, power windows and 352-ci Thunderbird Special V8. Recent restoration to acceptable standard, but a bit of overspray on rubber moldings. Wing windows starting to delaminate. Equipped with power windows and seats. Factory engine dress-up package. Engine clean and tidy. Kelsey-Hayes wires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,050. A reasonable price for a reasonable Thunderbird. A fun Saturday night cruiser that might even win an award or two at the local car show. Big engine and a/c are a major plus. #385-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR convert- SOLD AT $29,925. Price paid was spot-on for a Chrysler Windsor in this condition. Bold livery in this case added to the package. All should be happy here. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. The big deal for the ’57 Oldsmobile was the J-2 option, which provided 3x2-bbl carburation. A mere $83 option at the time, it adds thousands to value today. It was not optioned here. The price bid here was light considering the above-average condition. Seller made the right choice to wait for another day. #196-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N D7FH335953. Flame Red/black fabric/black & white vinyl. Odo: 13,629 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The third and final year for the two-seater T-bird. Spare tire moved to trunk. Powered by the optional D-code Thunderbird V8 which produced an additional 33 horsepower. An older restoration that is showing its age. Buffing swirls in paint and window trim scratched. Bumpers also scratched. Steering-wheel hub worn. Interior in good order. One of 21,000 produced. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Even with the noted March 2017 #103-1958 EDSEL CITATION coupe. S/N X8WW700143. Black & white/black & tan. Odo: 63,456 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Citation was the top of the line for Edsel’s first year. Teletouch 3-speed was standard and buttons were in steering-wheel hub. DialTemp heater. Road-rash on nose and paint worn and tired. Tail light plastic cracked. Unique round speedo. Cond: 2-. ible. S/N B9UR735287. Turquoise & white/ white fabric/turquoise & white. Odo: 920 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The Corsair was essentially a Ranger with a larger motor. They did have a one-third/two-thirds front seat with multiple trim and color combinations. Fitted with optional Mile-O-Matic automatic transmission. Recent respray, but they forgot the door jambs, which are filthy. Dash is sun damaged. A few minor scratches. Only 1,343 Corsair convertibles produced in 1959. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,400. Even with the listed needs, this sold for under the money. At one time these were scorned, but that is not the case of late. Could have brought another $5k– $10k or so without question. #238-1964 FORD FALCON Sprint con- SOLD AT $20,475. There were two Edsels to choose from, and the convertible (Lot 385) did a bit better as expected. Price paid here was stronger than expected considering the needs. After years of being the brunt of talk-showhost jokes, maybe they are getting some respect. vertible. S/N 4H15F148146. Bronze/white/ bronze vinyl. Odo: 14,474 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A very solid example of a top-ofthe-line Falcon Futura. A comprehensive restoration with some minor trim pitting the only flaw noted. Fitted with the Sprint 260 V8 and upgraded C4 automatic transmission. Power steering and disc brakes. Power top and modern stereo hidden under dash. Only 4,278 1964 Sprint convertibles produced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,575. A quality car at a fair and reasonable price. Could have easily sold for $5k more and still have been considered 153


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA #237-1971 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 494871H932987. Copper Mist/tan fabric. Odo: 45,685 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. First year for the boattail styling on the Riviera. Lasted for three years. Equipped with “Speed-Minder,” factory a/c, power windows and seats. Also has tape cassette deck. A few minor touch-ups and pitting on brightwork. Turbo 400 transmission. Big 20-inch chrome rims that must have cost a ton. Cond: 2+. reasonable. As such, I’ll call this well bought indeed. #236-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa convertible. S/N 107675W277023. Evening Orchid/black fabric/Evening Orchid vinyl. Odo: 153 miles. 164-ci I6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. The Corsa was the top-line model for 1965 and was fitted with four 1-barrel carburetors with progressive linkage. Presented in rare Evening Orchid. Loaded with goodies such as luggage rack, tinted glass and power top. Clock and tach were offered as standard equipment. Excellent paint and brightwork. An exceptional presentation. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $16,013. Sold for about $1,500 less than the ’72 Riviera (Lot 253) even though it had the expensive aftermarket wheels. Then again, maybe that’s the reason it sold for less. The long list of options should have added something to the package. As such, I’ll call this one well bought. #451-1971 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUN- SOLD AT $17,850. Price paid was well under the money for an unusual Corvair Corsa in this condition. Could have easily sold for $25k and still been considered reasonable. Buyer should be all smiles on this one. #197-1966 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N E6116842. White/white fabric/red leather. Odo: 44,954 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Last year for the conventional rear-wheel drive, as 1967 introduced the frontwheel drive. This example equipped with a/c and power windows and doors. The closer you looked, the more issues were discovered. Numerous touch-ups and trim pitted. Passenger door fit off. Cost almost $7,000 when new. Only 2,250 produced. Cond: 3+. NER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23N1G113185. Green/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 52,666 miles. 452-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. A real Road Runner, based on VIN, but born with 383 Ncode motor, not 440 Six-Pack Air Grabber hood. Four-on-the-floor with Hurst shifter. Paint in good order, with a few minor swirls and small scratches. Interior shows minor wear and use, with aftermarket gauges. Fitted with optional hood pins—a $15 option. A strong presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,425. Price paid here was about right for a 383/300 Road Runner, but about half-price if it were a real 440 Six-Pack. The new owner just better hope he does not get asked too many questions #253-1972 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard SOLD AT $33,338. A middle-of-the-road price for a middle-of-the-road car. Addressing the issues will be expensive and won’t add much to the upside, so might as well put the top down and drive and enjoy. 154 top. S/N 4Y87U2H925812. Burnished Bronze/black vinyl. Odo: 11,275 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Buick continued the Riviera “boattail” for 1972 with some minor restyling. They eliminated the unattractive Full-Flo louvers offered in 1971 and offered a new grille. Equipped with factory air, center console and 455-ci V8. Power seats and windows. Recent respray to professional standard, with no serious flaws noted. Interior in good order. Buick Road Wheels. An attractive presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,500. The Buick Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA Offered with trailer, which was a $5,000 dealer item. Chrome wheels and a/c. Only issue noted was scuff on front bumper. Cond: 2+. Riviera “boattail” was offered for three years, and when it was dropped in 1974, sales fell off by almost 50%. Factory air a big plus. A loveit-or-hate-it design that is gaining some traction. This may prove to be a wise purchase in years to come as these are fully appreciated. #230-1999 PLYMOUTH PROWLER roadster with trailer. S/N 1P3EW65G1XV - 504129. Prowler Red/black leather. Odo: 19,225 miles. 3.5-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Introduced in 1997 and horsepower increased to 253 in 1999. MSRP close to $40,000 with 11,700 produced in the entire production run. “ March 2017 SOLD AT $25,200. Any number of these seem to be available at any time, and this seems to be the number. The trailer is a big add as the trunk will hold a small briefcase. Seller was eager to get away from this, and as such, left a few thousand on the table. Seller needed out, so all should be happy. © Price paid was well under the money for an unusual Corvair Corsa in this condition. Could have easily sold for $25k and still been considered reasonable. 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa convertible ” 155


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #662-1950 LAND ROVER SERIES I 80-inch utility. S/N R06105044. Green/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 6,249 miles. Late “lightsbehind-grille” S1. Just out of extensive restoration on original chassis and bulkhead. New front wings and tailgate, lots of NOS parts; even the underside of the fuel tank is shiny. No proper leaks, just a couple of tiny trickles across the back of the transmission brake, so I suspect it’s hardly been driven (all Landies “mark their spot” with oil), for which I have deducted half a condition point. Was originally Bronze Green, but this early lighter shade is popular since the end of Land Rover production and the rising interest in “heritage.” Cond: 2. 1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II sedan, sold for $152,389 at Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K. SILVERSTONE NEC Classic Motor Show Sale Location: Birmingham, U.K. Date: November 12–13, 2016 Auctioneer: Jonathon Humbert Automotive lots sold/ offered: 101/124 Sales rate: 81% Sales total: $7,316,821 High sale: 1957 Porsche 356A T1 speedster, sold at $388,093 Buyer’s premium: 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1= £0.79) Report and photographs by Paul Hardiman RICH PENN AUCTIONS Location: Toledo, IA Date: September 24, 2016 Auctioneer: Tom Milby Automotive lots sold/ offered: 9/9 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $133,320 High sale: 1953 Packard Caribbean convertible, sold at $41,800 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photographs by B. Mitchell Carlson SOLD AT $50,559. It has taken a couple of concours wins since completion, but this looks like very strong money compared with the $35k or so that we were seeing for shinily restored S1s a couple of years ago. Since the end of Defender production, all classic Landies have gently inflated in value—plus Land Rover Heritage has just started knocking our restored S1s at $85k, so sellers must feel they have a bit more breathing space. It still feels like an awful lot of money (about twice the price of the best Willys MB, let’s not forget), but might look cheap in 12 months. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #342-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 drophead coupe. S/N 677643. Eng. # W91718. Green/ black cloth/green leather. RHD. Restored and right-hand-drive converted in 2011. Fair door fit (a little out at the rear/bottom corners, which is common), decent paint and chrome, leather hardly worn, excellent timber and veneers, new wood-rim wheel. Now with fourpot front calipers and 5-speed ’box, plus add-on power-steering, plus electric fan and a large aluminium radiator. Cond: 2-. Well bought — 1954 Packard Clipper Panama 2-dr hard top, sold for $7,350 at Rich Penn Auctions in Iowa 156 Sports Car Market


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Roundup SOLD AT $91,148. Originally delivered in the U.S. and now with all the convenient features the modern buyer demands. RHD conversion doesn’t look so clever now that the pound is so weak, making English cars attractive to foreign buyers. But for all that, quite a decent price given that dropheads should always fetch a bit less than roadsters, and this is a little removed from original. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #309-1958 LOTUS ELITE Series I coupe. S/N MYH1009P. Green/black vinyl. RHD. First customer Elite, having been an 1958 Earls Court Motor Show car (apparently displayed alongside the final prototype, 1008), recently restored and raced at the 2016 Silverstone Classic. Very good order for a racer, almost like new, because that’s what it effectively is. Pre-production shell, likely the original, from door hinges back, new front added at restoration to replace Costin-type nose it wore as found. Recent Glyn Peacock engine, Tillett B6F Carbon-GRP racing seat, TRS belts and Moto-Lita steering wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $216,477. Far exceeded its estimate of £95k–£110k ($120k–$140k), but all the details were right, and that matters more and more to an increasingly knowledgeable market. A healthy price. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #603-1965 JAGUAR XKE Series 1 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E1080. Silver/red leather. RHD. Older (1999) restoration, still attractive and holding up well with nice detail, seams still visible under rear pan. Leather just settling in nicely, though radio sits in slightly unusual aftermarket under-dash console. Cond: 3+. #355-1972 FORD CAPRI Broadspeed Bullit Turbo 2-dr sedan. S/N BBECMT26725. Blue & silver/beige vinyl. RHD. Odo: 31,000 km. Broadspeed was a tuner most active in the ’70s, notably running the XJ12C race program for Jaguar. It’s also where Samuri (Lot 630) creator Spike Anderson honed his trade. This facelift Mk1 is one of 15 Turbos built. Good order all round, left-handdrive converted when almost new after appearing at the 1973 Barcelona Motor Show, back to the U.K. and restored in 2008. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $185,145. Sold for a little less than the other S1 roadster (Lot 635) because it’s a few years farther away from its restoration and it’s a 4.2—better to drive, but the earlier cars command the most money. Well sold, against a $114k–$140k estimate. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #315-1969 ASTON MARTIN DBS SOLD AT $153,813. Original car was the Chris Barber race car (class winner in the 1963 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood) thought lost for many years and, as ever with finds of this kind, there’s plenty of speculation whether this is the real car. My sources say it is. A very strong price, especially for a racer, but all new components will have come at a significant cost, and the provenance helps boost value. For all that, well sold. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #635-1962 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 850522. White/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 13,006 miles. Restored right-hand-drive car and correct in every detail: spot weld-dimples still visible in rear pan, body-color subframe, gray hood frame, even correct Dunlop SP tires. Original Moss ’box replaced with later all-synchro unit, but is retained with the car so it can be matching numbers. Mileage is since restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $220,750. Apparently sold in the TV program in 2015 for almost exactly the same sum as it raised here—but the new owner (the vendor) then spent a further £78k ($99k) with Aston specialist Oselli on final sorting and tidying up after a small underbonnet fire. Claimed to be a record price for a DBS... but wasn’t that the Bahama Yellow car from “The Persuaders” TV show that sold for $897k at auction in May 2014? Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. March 2017 coupe. S/N DBS5436RAC. Eng. # 4004246S. Green/red leather. RHD. Restored by Ant Anstead of Evanta (and “For The Love of Cars” TV show) who also did the Lotus Elite (Lot 309). Straight and shiny, now in Vantage spec with triple Webers and 5-speed Tremec manual replacing original autobox. Wheels are new. Leather is newish and just starting to settle in, dash and carpets in good order. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $24,686. Sold for much the same money that Silverstone regularly gets for nice V6 Mk3 Capris—and much less than the last Bullit, a normally aspirated car, fetched at auction at ACA in April 2016 (SCM# 6799657) for $70,940. Offered, but not sold at H&H Chateau Impney in July 2016 (SCM# 6807548). Hard to value such a niche car, as turbocharging was a little-explored phenomenon when it was built, so originally declared sold price, in line with estimate parameters, is probably right for a period oddity. Slightly confusingly, it briefly showed as sold on Silverstone’s website immediately post-sale at $34,212, but was later declared unsold at a high bid of $24,686. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #330-1973 ROLLS-ROYCE COR- NICHE convertible. S/N DRH14275. Nugget Gold/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 26,000 miles. Very well-kept steel-bumper car with comprehensive history. Paint and chrome good, leather showing very little wear, veneers excellent, wood-door cappings recently repolished. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,056. In one-family ownership from new until earlier in 2016. Historically, the later cars have always fetched more, but the early examples are far more elegant, even if they’re a bit vague in the steering department. This ticked all the boxes and went on to justify what looked like a high $114k–$140k 157


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Roundup catalog estimate. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #303-2001 NOBLE M12 GTO coupe. S/N SA9M12R1M1G113017. Blue/charcoal alcantara. Odo: 15,700 miles. What Colin Chapman might have come up with if he’d been doing a Europa for the ’90s, using turboed Ford Duratec power in a steel space frame. This is the least powerful M12, with the 3-liter variants making over 350 bhp. Standard and unmodified, low mileage, tidy and unscuffed. Claimed to never have been on a track. Cond: 2-. of sense. Priced right here for mileage and condition; average ones at retail are under $25k. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. (See profile, p. 70.) GERMAN #310-1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II sedan. S/N WDB2010361F735498. Black/black leather. Odo: 41,000 miles. Silverstone finds yet another Evo II... this is car 28 of 500 in black (plus two silver). Good and unscuffed, leather lightly creased and worn, all commensurate with lowish mileage. Three stamps in service book. Cond: 2-. and not-so-sharp condition. But very well sold against the equivalent BMW M3, which would have to be factory mint and unused to command this sort of money. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. ITALIAN #327-1972 FIAT 500L 2-dr sedan. S/N 110F2880194. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 15,000 miles. From the “Jewels in the Crown” collection of former royal/celebrity cars. Straight and tidy short-top model, restored 2010. Floors solid. Seat vinyl and carpets unworn. Low mileage claimed to be genuine. Touted as a Prime Ministerial car; bought by then up-and-coming British politician David Cameron for his wife, though sold to a local taxi driver for £1,000 in 2005, before he became PM and it could be spotted derelict in their driveway. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,453. These keep up with—and handle better than—Ferraris and Porsches at around half the price, and have a surprisingly supple ride. Niche market suppresses the price, but for the thinking petrolhead who’s happy to run outside the herd, they make a lot SOLD AT $152,389. Sold for a lot less then the two high-number ($269k at Salon Privé and $409k at Stoneleigh Park) very low-mileage cars Silverstone sold in the past 12 months, and that was down to more mileage SOLD AT $26,348. As ever, “sleb” ownership multiplies the price, here by a factor of about four compared with the average 500L earlier in the sale (Lot 301 at £5,850). Mrs. Cameron is surely very fragrant, as one English judge had it when describing another politician’s wife, but her tenure-ship was brief and distant. Well sold. Last seen in SCM’s database November 17, 2012 (SCM# 5503184), when it sold at Silverstone Birmingham for $29k—but the pound was stronger against the dollar then. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #331-1978 MASERATI MERAK SS coupe. S/N AM122A1718AM122A1718. Eng. # 610173. Red/blue/black velour. Odo: 15,298 miles. Second notable restoration project. Tired and faded but doesn’t appear too rotten. Seat bolsters are torn and distressed though center inserts are okay, dust everywhere thanks to long-term storage. Door cards retain their original protective plastic film. Motor was apparently fired up recently, which was rather brave. Cond: 3-. 158 Sports Car Market


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Roundup SOLD AT $46,287. Has been in Japan, presumably where it was originally supplied. Sold a little way over the $30k high estimate. A project like this is always going to have a certain amount of cost on the basis that most of it will have to come apart to refurbish it, but the total is a gamble depending on how many horrors you find in the process. As this looks like a structurally sound starting point, it might be that the vendor can get it on the road for only a little more than it’s worth as a finished car. Either way, new owner is likely underwater already. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #304-1993 LANCIA DELTA Integrale Evo II hatchback. S/N ZLA831AB000583064. Red/buff suede. Odo: 41,000 km. Evo II has 16-inch wheels and a little more power than Evo. Clean and original. No obvious rot around windscreen or tailgate, where rust is common on these. Alloys unscuffed, and not too much wear to Alcantara seats—interiors don’t last well on Integrales. Cond: 3+. guess its history just by looking. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $119,211. 26th car built, kept back by the factory to set records at the Nardò Ring: the international one-hour speed record for production cars with a non-turbo 6,000-plus-cc engine at 189.543 mph, plus two standing-start records—100 km at an average of 198.853 mph and 100 miles at an average of 198.996 mph—before being sold to an Italian collector. Last sold by RM Sotheby’s at Battersea September 7, 2015, with 117,500 km for $146,290. As at that sale, sold a smidge under the lower estimate... but you can forgive buyers for assuming it’s had a hard life. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. JAPANESE #630-1973 DATSUN 240Z Super Samuri SOLD AT $55,544. Has been in Japan. Sold well over the £32k–£38k ($40k–$48k) estimate, but these should always fetch a bit more than their contemporary the Escort RS Cosworth, which they beat on both road and rally, with a little extra finesse that’s beyond the Ford. Only two years until you can import it into the U.S. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. #652-2001 LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO pre-series coupe. S/N ZA9BC10E02LA12026. Yellow/gray leather. Odo: 118,200 miles. The “3-record” pre-production car. Good order all around, so you’d never coupe. S/N HS30100376. Red & gold/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 6,627 miles. Samuris are hopped-up Zs built by ex-Broadspeed man Spike Anderson. This one’s been well-restored by the Z Farm and further “enhanced” by various shiny bits on the motor, plus a flock dash. Good all around, on bigger Minilites than it would have ridden in period, though only two-pot calipers on the front where I expected four-pots. Painted-on stripes, stick-on Samuri logo, originally painted by hand. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $61,240. Spike didn’t keep exact records, but 75 were built in period (plus a couple more recently) and this is apparently one of the early ones. The car lined up next to the Bullit Capri Turbo (Lot 355) from Broadspeed, where Spike had worked before going solo. Laid up for many years before discovery and restoration. Zero miles since. Sold where expected and in line with rare sightings of Samuris at auction. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16. AMERICAN #53-1950 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N 21HPC5950. White/maroon vinyl. Odo: 611 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, manual. Period aftermarket Unity spotlight and modern oak sideboards. Uneven front wheelwell openings, akin to it being patched. Decent masked-off repaint, with obvious masking lines on the window and windshield gaskets. All exterior body rubber is dry rotted to some extent. Replated front bumper, added rear chrome bumper. Tailgate and sides have modern reflectors bolted on. Thick repaint over the original crazed paint on the taillamp housings. Modern spare-tire carrier added below the box. Original cream white paint on the cowl. Older engine repaint, with surface rust forming more on the driver’s side. Newer fuel pump. Good plain seat upholstery, lighter than the original door-panel vinyl. Wrinkled headliner. Stated that the only thing the truck needed was a wheel cylinder to make it drivable, but flooded out when it came time to sell it. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,600. This has to be the first time in ages that I’ve seen an original, white Advance Design pickup at auction. Unlike today, with white being the most common color for all vehicles, you rarely saw white on trucks back in the day. Sold to the same bidder as the Caribbean, so this figure represents what it was bid to since it really didn’t sell in the open market. However, this is in the realm of the open market for the bid. Yes, they should’ve let it sell. Rich Penn, Toledo, IA, 09/16. #48-1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN con- vertible. S/N 26782368. Red/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 93,711 miles. 327-ci I8, 4-bbl, auto. Serial number tag is missing, reported VIN is what’s on the title. Repainted approximately four decades ago. Masking lines around the vent window glass. Replated March 2017 159


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Roundup bumpers, with some flaking on the top of the rear bumper guard. Holes in the bumper filler panel from a previous installation of some sort. Very light pitting on the grille. Old engine repaint, which is now flaking off and dingy. Old gummy gas deposits on the outside of the carburetor. Wiring harness on the fender aprons still has masking tape over a few junctions from when it was painted black. Nonauthentic fuzzy carpeting, with heavier soiling around the brake pedal. Older seat and door panel upholstery work, with the seat backs starting to separate. Runs and stops well. Cond: 3-. #18-1954 PACKARD CLIPPER Panama 2-dr hard top. S/N 54673280. Red/black paint/black vinyl. Odo: 93,446 miles. 327-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Fitted with a set of Caribbean wheels. Optional Ultramatic transmission, Easamatic power brakes and AM radio. Older repaint. Has orange peel plus sloppy masking inside the door jambs and around the vent windows. Vent-window glass beginning to delaminate. Crack on the driver’s side of the windshield. Seats appear to have dealer-installed vinyl covers over the original upholstery. Good original door panels, moderate carpet wear and fade. All stock under the hood, with the possible exception of sedimentbowl fuel filter at the input of the carburetor. Motor starts right up, and after a little warmup, runs as smooth as butter. Cond: 3. is still a good driver that you can either use as-is (as Ken did for years) or do the cosmetics a la carte. Since hard tops were rare from Packard before 1955, this also helps it to be well bought. Rich Penn, Toledo, IA, 09/16. #36-1956 PACKARD EXECUTIVE 2-dr SOLD AT $41,800. The statement that “it is complete” is about as accurate as the later statement of “it’ll cost $30,000 to restore.” That figure might get it repainted—if you put sweat equity into it. Well, I suppose you could consider it complete if you can find the framenumber stamping, but the serial-number tag is still MIA. Don’t get too worked up over what this was bid to. Notice that I said bid rather than sold, since despite it being declared sold, the final bidder was a member of the family, and I overheard them after the sale saying how they were going to try to continue marketing the car. As such, the last bid before this where the underbidder quit more accurately tells the value. Rich Penn, Toledo, IA, 09/16. hard top. S/N 5677A1373. White and dark green/green vinyl & nylon. Odo: 49,662 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power front seat and signal-seeking AM radio. Fitted with replica wire wheel covers. Restored approximately two decades ago, and attended the Packard centennial event in Warren, OH, in 1999. Since then, has been kept up and presents well. The car starts and drives well. Rather good trim-off repaint, holding up well. Chrome replated and stainless trim buffed out at that time. Decent door fit, even if the door top trim doesn’t complete snap back down into place once the door is shut. Door panel vinyl is coming loose below the beltline trim. Authentic seat reupholstery work, and showing minimal wear. Seatback frame emblems are loose and sitting on the front seat. Well-detailed under the hood, but starting to soil from light use. Glossy black paint on the undercarriage, with rusty economy-grade stock exhaust pipes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,700. 1954 was both the last year of Packard production at the original East Grand Boulevard plant, as 1955–56 production was at the former Briggs & Chrysler facility at Conner Avenue. It was also the first year that designer Richard Teague began to clean and freshen up the lines of a platform that was introduced in 1951 but with the bones going back to 1948. As such, some enthusiasts consider this the last year of a real, true, quality-built Packard. While not a show queen, this SOLD AT $18,700. The Executive series was only made for the last half year of Packard production in Detroit. Slotted between the entry-level Clipper and top-shelf Packards, this is essentially a dolled-up version of the Clipper Custom Constellation 2-door hard top with different trim (even with the same engine) that cost $396 more. On the other hand, at $3,560, it was $630 cheaper than the Packard 400 or $1,935 less than a full-tilt also oneyear-only Caribbean hard top. Easily the nicest car here for condition, it was a pretty decent buy for a pretty rare car, bought by a man who’s already in the Packard fold. Rich Penn, Toledo, IA, 09/16. #42-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. S/N 40967W123450. Tuxedo Black/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 41,617 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Engine turns over, hasn’t run in at least a decade. Old rotten fuel ruined the gas tank, so is sold with a replacement tank that is in transit. 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Roundup tory production fit and finish. Good door fit. Door panels have turned yellow in the pleats. Non-authentic replacement carpet, poorly fitted. Correct reproduction seats, expertly installed. Paint on the “turkey roaster” fan shroud is heavily chipped and rusty. Newer spark-plug wires and distributor cap. Greasy, grimy undercarriage, with undercoating on the valve covers. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,260. While Monzas and Corsas are the usual fare for late-model Corvairs, everyone forgets the entry-level 500. This was the only series that was available with a bench seat and no wheelwell moldings, so the car has a very clean look to it. I used to own a ’66 500 that was a dead ringer for this car—except the original owner side-swiped a guard rail in 1982 with it and left it in her garage for the next 14 years, giving it to me just to get rid of it. Needless to say, nobody is giving away late-model Corvairs anymore—especially ones that run well. It started low enough for me to twitch at $2,500, but beyond $5k, it was a heated two-way race on site until it ended at a reasonable price. Rich Penn, Toledo, IA, 09/16. #12-1966 FORD MUSTANG convert- SOLD AT $8,800. Paperwork with the car indicates that is was sold new less than 100 miles from here at Munson Chevrolet of Story City, IA. Ken found it advertised in a national publication about two decades ago, and since it was still in the Story City area, bought it. Maybe I’ve been around needy Corvairs entirely too long, but this sold exceptionally well for a needy Corvair. Even considering the drop-top. When this car gets running, what this brought will still be close to what it’s worth in the real world. Rich Penn, Toledo, IA, 09/16. #24-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 101375W217579. Azure Aqua/aqua vinyl. Odo: 52,076 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Optional Powerglide automatic, full wheel covers, and push-button AM radio. The indicated miles are believed to be actual. Older but pretty good repaint, with some light overspray on the door glass seals, trunk seals, and vent window frames. Good masking and blending at the door jambs, showing good original paint in them. Good exterior brightwork, lightly pitted inside. Excellent door fit, trunk gap lines are a little uneven. Good original interior, with light floor-mat wear and more yellowing from age on the seats than wear. Near-mint door panels. Cleaned-up engine compartment, with mostly original finishes. Retains the original spare tire and batter-vent tubes. New battery and muffler. Surface rust on the undercarriage—and the original spiral-case shock absorbers—but no structural rot. Starts and runs well with two kicks of the gas pedal. Cond: 3+. ible. S/N 6R08A220280. Springtime Yellow/ black vinyl/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 81,927 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional Deluxe “pony” interior with center console, remote-control mirror, power steering, power brakes and power top. Post-factory a/c, with a non-FoMoCo under-dash unit. Older cosmetic restoration, with a decent repaint that’s still presentable. Masking in the doors and under the hood was pretty rudimentary. While the trim was taken off, the original seals and gaskets were reused. First-generation reproduction seats, dashpad, and door panels, which show light wear. A bit more wear to the replacement carpeting. Door-trim panels have screws put through them where it felt necessary to hold them in regardless of authenticity. Decal on the radiator support from an a/c shop in Arizona. Old engine repaint, with the stock air cleaner painted at a different time than the motor. Since then, cleaning it up a little is the extent of detailing. Old-stock-style exhaust system. Cond: 3. Arizona years ago—where even by the 1970s, it was almost a no-brainer to add it to cars that didn’t come with it new, like this one. The bigger deal was that it’s an A-code 4-barrel car. That alone makes this a decent buy on a solid but mediocre driver-grade Mustang. Rich Penn, Toledo, IA, 09/16. #6-1995 CHRYSLER LEBARON GTC convertible. S/N 1C3EU4537SF616688. Red/ white vinyl/gray cloth. Odo: 87,525 miles. 3.0-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Optional tilt steering column, cruise control, rear defroster. Original paint, with cracking on the rear bumper covers. Paint scrapes on the left front bumper corner, over the left front wheel, and on the right rear side of the trunk lid. Rear quarter-window seals are hard and cracked. Yellowed headlight lenses. Stock wheel covers and newer radials on the stock steel wheels. Less seat wear than expected for 87k miles and 21 years. Heavier wear and fading on the aftermarket floor mats. Shift-lever cover or boot is broken off and missing. Aftermarket wrapped steering-wheel cover. Used-car engine compartment that was washed off. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,050. While they made a big deal of it having a/c, Ken bought the car in SOLD AT $3,410. I seem to recall Ken buying this at a Silver auction in Fort McDowell, AZ, during Scottsdale auction week, which he attended religiously. He tended toward fancy inexpensive later-model convertibles like this to either flip or to sell cheap to grandkids. He must have taken a liking to this one—or couldn’t find a taker, so he kept it. Last time I checked, these final-year iterations of a K-car convertible are not becoming hot collectibles (although these are a better car than the Sebrings that followed, if you can wrap your head around that concept), since if it wasn’t for the folding top, it would be Chinese fence posts by now. Sold well enough for a minty cream-puff, which this isn’t. 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Mystery Photo Answers Those crazy Swedes — they’ll do it anywhere! — Dave “The Svenska Flyer” Brenny This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: February 25, 2017 RUNNER-UP: How Swede it is (to be loved by you). — Sam Mak, Vancouver, Canada The little-known “VolvAAB” (“Salvo” was rejected for being too militaristic) was a Swedish design collaboration between Volvo and Saab, targeting (pun intended) “Basketball Moms.” It was rejected (shot down seems too obvious) by parent companies (General Motors and Ford) for lack of brand recognition and shortage of available donor vehicles. — Mark Franusich, Crescent City, CA When Big Ole needs a little more headroom, he makes it for himself. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA Volvo is attempting to keep pace with AMG. They’ve just introduced the Vista View sedan. Not sure there is a niche there. — Phil Stevens, via email When the moment is right, why pause to pitch a tent? The new VOLVAAB — available at dealerships now. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Shooting Brake with Flying Bridge coupe? I’m sure the staff in Marketing will figure it out. — Steve Slebioda, via email When his attempt to buy a 1954 Greyhound Observation Bus failed, Bud took drastic steps. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Ah, those kinky Swedes! — Gary Fluke, Snohomish, WA Since its 2014 acquisition by Geely, Volvo has introduced the secret attic option, which is a haven for hiding unauthorized kiddies should China reinstate Keith Martin’s Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. the One Child Policy. — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA It’s evident that not everyone thinks of a Gurney bubble in the same way. — Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI The great Swedish switcheroo — the Saalvo. — Connie and Dean Merrell, via email Ah yes, the very-rare Vista Dome option. — Michael Staines, Delray Beach, FL This was what happened when GM and Ford owned too many brands. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA Sure, your mother can ride with us — if we take the Volvo. — Layne Buckley, via email Dave “The Svenska Flyer” Brenny wins a double-decker SCM hat because, in fact, the Swedes will do it anywhere — and anyone with “The Svenska Flyer” as a nickname deserves to win something. © Sports Car Market The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SUBSCRIBE TO SCM 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe 162 Sports Car Market ™ Terry Ballard


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers How to connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com Hills Yeah: This is me at the wheel of an Isotta Fraschini GP car and my daughter Cecilia at the wheel of her Bugatti Brescia when she was 12. The photo was taken at the Castle Hill Hillclimb circa 2000. She drove that car up the hill, to the astonishment of the spectators and against the wishes of the organizers (as she was underage). — Jeffrey Vogel, SCMer since 2003 Top o’ the World: My grandson Mac Costanzo on my 1981 RollsRoyce Corniche — Klaus Reichardt, SCMer since 2011 Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your hi-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. SCM Poll: Picking Keith’s Next Sports Car Keith Martin’s Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/ keith-martin) • Bradley’s Bugeye, a Giant Lego • Don’t Buy a Project Car • New Year’s Resolution for Your Classic Cars • The Spider Veloce is Finished! Guides and Resources (View or downlad at www.sportscarmarket.com/guides-supplements) • 2017 Guide to Concours (new) • 2017 Guide to the Arizona Auctions and Concours • 2016 Guide to Restoration Shops For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • All-new 2017 Price Guide • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato 32% Austin-Healey BT7 24% Porsche 356B coupe 44% NOTABLE qUOTE: Keith, you date cars; you don’t marry them. This car will go down the road sooner or later, so even if you go for the Healey and you don’t like it, there could be a 356 in your future. But I will say Bradley is too big to go in the back of a 356, especially if he brings his buddy and all their stuff. The 1.3 Junior might be a Zagato, but Zagato didn’t make cars drive better. The Healey is the only car with an event attached beckoning you, and since cars are substantially about the people with the cars, I’d do the Healey. — Michelle Rand, SCMer since 2008 March 2017 Platinum Deluxe Users View 500,000 auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history! 163


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1930 Brough Superior SS-100 motorcycle 1963 Jaguar E-type fixed-head coupe Yellow/back. 4-spd manual. Ken Walker’s “The Flying Shoebox.” This Cooper S was raced and became a champion in 1998 HSR Rolex Endurance. In addition, this Cooper raced at Watkins Glen (2:24 min.), Sebring (2:49 min.) and Road Atlanta (1:53 min.) Engine is built by Bill Crosby, CDA Machine Rochester, NY. Great historic little car to both show and race. This car is an as-is. Please inquire about spares and parts. $26,999 OBO. MINI of San Francisco. Contact Henry, Ph: 415.551.4297, email: harciniega@bmwsf.com. (CA) 1966 Sunbeam Tiger convertible S/N VG2J52140BW. Silver/black. 44,784 miles. Inline 6, 3-spd automatic. Exceptionally preserved California XJ6C with single long-term ownership and low original miles. Preserved in storage since 1998, it was recently freshened up inside and out, with the addition of a new battery, tires, hoses, steering rack boots, front brake pads, turned rotors, front sway-bar bushings, down-link bushings and engine mounts. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/527. (CA) 1984 Aston Martin Volante convertible 1964 Austin MINI Cooper S 2-dr sedan 1976 Jaguar XJ6C Sports coupe Matching numbers, total restoration. FitzSimons Engineering. Contact Michael, email: brough@ fiteng. Website: www.waltzerphoto.com/Brough/ Brough.html. (CT) 1956 Austin-Healey BN2 100-4 roadster Untouched, all factory-original paint, chrome and interior. 34,000 total miles since new. All records since new. Heritage certificate. 99.85 concours winner. Simply a “time-warp” marvel. Partial trade considered. $169,000 OBO. Contact John, Ph: 503.538.8096. Email: jlp120xk@hotmail.com (OR) 1963 Jaguar E-type Series 1 convertible S/N B9472507. Red/black. 4,374 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. 260 V8, auto., nice interior, black hard top, runs and drives well, has been raced. Purchased from Florida museum, fun car to drive. $47,500 OBO. Contact Gary, Ph: 315.395.6441, email: goob@twcny.rr.com. (NY) 1967 Jaguar E-type Series 1 convertible Brilliant Red/Cinnamon leather. 48,096 miles. Low-mileage example equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows, burlwood fascia and door accents, European bumpers, tan canvas soft top and Cinnamon leather tonneau boot. A very well-maintained and crisp car in excellent condition throughout, runs and drives beautifully. $138,500 OBO. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. (CA) French 1971 Peugeot 504 cabriolet S/N BN2L231546. Red/black w/red piping. 3,500 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd automatic. 2009 restoration. 3,500 miles, M upgrade, perfect sheet metal and paint, leather seats, overdrive, windows, top and tonneau as-new. 60-spoke wire wheels (five). Never wet, garaged in climate-controlled garage, everything in working order. Car is fully sorted and can be driven anywhere. Reliable as new. $105,000 OBO. Contact Raymond, Ph: 847.251.0597. Email: rykoenig1@aol.com (IL) 1957 Jaguar XK 140 SE fixed-head coupe S/N 879320. White/red. I6 (inline 6), 4-spd manual. Matching-numbers car, professionally restored with over $200k worth of documented work. Recently, the trimmers at Classic Showcase crafted a customtailored interior using correct and proper materials. Includes a set of concours-quality tools, knockoff hammer, jack, owner’s manual and complete documentation and receipts of restoration work performed. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/538. (CA) 1963 Jaguar E-type Series 1 convertible S/N 1E15000. Carmen Red/beige with black top. 78,064 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Highly original, numbers-matching, California black-plate E-type that was professionally restored by Jaguar professionals. Striking color combo, new Vredestein tires, recent servicing, includes receipts dating back to the late ’70s. Complete and ready to be shown, driven and enjoyed today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/490. (CA) 1969 Austin-Healey Sprite convertible S/N 1283755. Blue/black. 59,000 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Ran well when driven into dry storage 32 years ago. Good body and paint, heavily rusted floor pans; comes with a hard top. $7,500 OBO. Contact Ed, Ph: 510.581.4911. Email: karened4@ att.net (CA) German 1959 Porsche 356A convertible D S/N S815898. Antique White/black. 84,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Completely restored. Electric cooling fan, complete brake-system renewal 10/2016. First Junior award, Hershey 2016 AACA Fall Meet. E-type full-synchro gearbox. Period fitted luggage, original “Jaguar minor replacement outfit.” $89,000 OBO. Contact Henry, Ph: 410.357.9419, email: henrycvv@gmail.com. (MD) S/N 876751. British Racing Green/Biscuit. 1,872 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Original California black-plate car in a desirable color combo with black top. Professionally restored with under 2,000 miles driven since. Options include a centered-exit dual exhaust, chrome wire wheels, driver’s mirror, Smiths gauges, cigar lighter, map light, leather shift boot and wooden steering wheel. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100. Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/541 (CA) Green/black. 65,000 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Survivor. Runs and drives, ready to be enjoyed. Chassis and floors original and rust-free. Interior is tidy for its age. Recent services include rear brakes, lube and oil filter, exhaust sealed, chassis greased, paint touched up, generator replaced and voltage regulator adjusted. Past services include hydraulics system overhauled (brakes and clutch), brake lines replaced with copper/nickel lines, front brakes replaced (pads/rotors/grease seals), cooling system flushed and new hoses added, new front shocks and new upper trunion bushings. $5,500 OBO. Contact Gary, Ph: 603.357.2484, email: info@grautoworks. com. (NH) 164 Silver/black. 62,000 miles. An incredible find: One California owner from 1959 until 2016. Matching numbers, original colors, all books and tools and meticulously documented from the day it was new. Exceptional condition throughout, runs and drives beautifully. $275,000 OBO. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670. Email: mattcars@aol.com (CT) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible top 1967 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE sunroof coupe 1976 Porsche 914 2 convertible Black/red. Factory hard top only with hardware, cart and cover. Restored and in excellent condition. Contact Norbert, Ph: 847.732.3001, email: nbries1@gmail.com. 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster S/N 11102410001227. White/Cognac & tan. 46,500 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This is a very lowmileage, Euro-delivery sunroof coupe. The sides and front were just painted. The interior has a nice patina; leather, wood dash and carpets all in excellent condition. Original wheels and caps and special 15-inch Bundts with near-new Michelin Pilots. Ready to drive anywhere. $44,900 OBO. Contact Mike, Ph: 303.947.7788, email: jmfuchs@comcast. net. (CO) 1973 Porsche 911 T coupe 4-spd automatic. Stunning condition, three-owner car, well maintained. Everything works as it should, runs and drives excellent, no rust. Recent baremetal respray. Please contact me for MANY more photos and info. $18,000 OBO. AutoArcheologist. com. Contact David, Ph: 860.398.1732, email: Dave@AutoArcheologist.com. Website: www. AutoArcheologist.com. (CT) Red/53,500 miles. Inline 6, Totally restored example. Concours-quality body, paint and chrome, beautiful tan leather interior, low miles, tan soft top and hard top. Matching-numbers engine. Runs and drives very well. $159,900 Central Classic Cars. Contact Chuck, Ph: 419.618.3855, email: chuckputsch@hotmail. com. (OH) 1967 Mercedes Benz 250SE cabriolet S/N 9113102214. Dalmatian Blue/Black. 79,800 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. This lovely numbersmatching Southern California survivor was owned by one local PCA enthusiast for over 30 years. It has been well cared for and always serviced. Engine and gearbox have been fully rebuilt. Original color (rare). Recent full inspection. Ready for shows or vintage touring events. Our website has over 80 detailed photos and complete history. Auto Kennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@ autokennel.com. Website: www.autokennel.com. (CA) 1976 Porsche Turbo Carrera coupe S/N 4752403994. Summer Yellow/Cinnamon. 41,425 miles. H4, 5-spd manual. Two-owner, low-mileage, matching-numbers, fuel-injected 2.0-liter, with original paint, drivetrain, interior, etc. Porsche CoA. Two sets of wheels; black aftermarket Type II with brand-new Michelins (shown) and set of BBS honeycombs (not shown). Straight body with minor chips but retains original paint. Tub and battery box are rust-free, original unused correct spare. Engine, transmission, CVs are recently serviced. Car runs well. New brakes (rotors, rebuilt calipers, pads) on all four corners. Non-original Blaupunkt CD/stereo with amp and speakers without any holes cut to return car back to stock (original stereo not available). Full details and additional images available on Web link. $19,500. OBO. Contact Steve, Ph: 503.887.8894. Email: sportracer@earthlink.net Web: https://flic. kr/s/aHsjZ7Zy2f (OR) 1985 Porsche 944 coupe 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible Pearl Gray (DB122)/gray leather. 85,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Rare and desirable color scheme, new brakes including calipers, crack-free dashpad. Last year R107. Great driver. $19,500 OBO. Contact Ann, Ph: 914.912.4245. Email: amfre@optonline. net (CT) 1991 BMW M5 4-dr sedan Aubergine/burgundy. 15,000 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. 2.5-L engine, recent timing belt/ water pump, new crank and reference sensors. Power windows and sunroof, touchscreen sound system, leather sunroof bag. Nice condition. $3,699 OBO. Contact Brian, Ph: 630.988.8090. Email: porscheguy71@yahoo.com (IL) 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL convertible Light Blue (DB334)/tan leather. 88,316 miles. Tan canvas soft top with matching tan leather tonneau boot and restored burlwood fascia, lovely original California car with proven miles, equipped with a column-shift automatic transmission, Becker Europa radio, a very well-preserved example in a beautiful color combination. $89,500 OBO. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. (CA) S/N 9306800364. Ice Green Metallic/black. 11,230 miles. 4-spd manual. All original, two-owner car in excellent condition. CoA, sunroof. Built on St. Patrick’s Day 1976. Blaupunkt Berlin electronic radio. People’s Choice Award 2015, Des Moines Concours d’Elegance. $234,000 OBO. Contact Douglas, Email: dlschulte@live.com (IA) S/N WBSHD91060BK04695. Black/black. 82,000 miles. I6 (inline 6), 5-spd manual. JDM-spec, 40-plus pages of maintenance history. Very good original black paint and leather upholstery. Winter stored and rust-free. 3.6-liter S38 with Getrag 280 5-speed. Selling due to arthritis in my clutch foot. $17,500 OBO. Contact Peter, Ph: 416.409.7009, email: proston@sympatico.ca. (ON) 1991 BMW M5 sedan Champagne/Brazil Brown leather. 135,000 miles. V8, It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.SportsCarMarket.com/classifieds/place-ad 166 Blue/black. Other, 3-spd manual. Solid floors, chassis, trunk pan. Glass, seat frames, convertible top frame are all intact. Non-original engine. Solid car ready for restoration. $120,000 OBO. Contact Jo, Ph: 775.217.5823. Email: blu88v12@aol.com (NV) 1972 DeTomaso Pantera coupe Red/black leather. 93,000 miles. Preservation car, never damaged, as-new throughout. 5-speed, 315 hp. Mille Miglia style wheels with fresh Continentals: front 235/45 ZR17, rear 255/40 ZR17. $19,900 OBO. Contact Pete, Ph: 707.568.3379. Email: vincraft1@ comcast.net (CA) Italian 1965–67 Fiat 1200 Vetture Speciale cabriolet S/N 3589. Pantera Yellow/black. 28,200 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. This very low mileage pre-L Pantera won third place at Monterey’s Concorso Sports Car Market


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Italiano in 2015. Originally owned by the wife of a California-based Lincoln, Mercury, Pantera dealer, and only driven 27,900 miles by her before she passed away. Then sold to an Arizona resident who exhibited it in Monterey just after a complete and total restoration about 150 miles ago, keeping it largely original, except for known Pantera issues; replacing the front and rear radiators with Fluidine all-aluminum, oversized units. The entire rust-free body was repainted to concours level, and interior refurbished properly with new seat skins, carpets, seat foam and headliner. It is a radio-delete option car. Original matching-numbers 351C, and 5-speed ZF transmission. Comes with eight original 15-inch magnesium Campagnolo rims, four of which have original Goodyear Arriva Tires (for show only, as they are 45 years old—yet not cracked) and four new Avon tires. Flawless in every respect, inside and out. The proper ANSA exhaust is entirely new, with ceramic-coated headers. Stored in Santa Fe, NM, part of a multi-car collection in climate-controlled garage. Come out and view it; top, bottom (car lift on premises), inside and out. One of the top five Panteras in the world and would make a nocompromise addition to a car collector’s garage. $165,000 OBO. Kalenian Coffee Consulting. Contact Paul, Ph: 505.699.8608. Email: paul@kalenian. com (NM) 1973 DeTomaso Pantera L coupe 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello coupe 6,384 miles. Very low original miles, beautiful Rosso Corsa over beige leather, 5.5-L V12 with 479 hp, 6-speed gated manual transmission. Major service less than 300 miles ago. $179,900 OBO. Legendary Motorcar. Contact Kyle, Ph: 905.875.4700. Email: kyle@legendarymotorcar.com Web: www. legendarymotorcar.com/inventory/2000-ferrari-550marenello-1606.aspx 2013 Ferrari 458 spider White (Bianco Avus)/black. 7,500 miles. V8, Perfect condition, as it still is under warranty. $270,000 OBO. Contact Randy, email: rreiss@aol.com (CA) Japanese 1967 Toyota 2000GT coupe S/N 5062. Yellow/black. 57,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Very original car with one recent highquality repaint in original yellow. Numbers-matching with new-appearing original interior, including factory glass. Everything works as original, including the a/c. Mechanicals fully operational; a very strong runner. $90,000 OBO. Contact Gary, Ph: 480.892.6195, email: garychendrickson@cox. net. (AZ) 1991 Ferrari Testarossa coupe S/N MF1010128. Red/black. Inline 6, 5-spd automatic. The most significant Japanese model of all time and forerunner to modern Japanese sports cars, known ownership from new. One of three examples imported to Mozambique during production. Right-hand-drive example, fully documented concours restoration, recent major service completed with extensive records on file. An absolute thrill to drive and show. Listed on p. 38 of Toyota 2000GT: The Complete History of Japan’s First Supercar. DriverSource. Contact Jose, Ph: 281.497.1000. Email: sales@driversource.com Web: www.driversource.com/(Texas) 1993 Acura NSX coupe S/N ZFFSG17A9M0086750. Red/tan & chocolate leather. 16,300 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Completed in September of 1990, this stunning Testarossa was sold new through Miller Motorcar of Greenwich, CT. Iconic Ferrari color combination, which remains in beautifully preserved original condition with very low miles. Retains all factory identification decals, plaques, trim, glass, upholstery and comes complete with original manuals in original leather folio, tool roll, emergency roll with jack and fuse/bulb holder, emergency light and supplemental floor mats. Also benefits from meticulous servicing and care, providing an incredible driving experience and display. 30k-mile major service was performed in April-May 2016; including all belts, gaskets, O-rings, seals, tensioner bearings, oil lines, fluids, filters, alternator, coil and ignition equipment, spark plugs, hoses, clutch assembly and tires—with over $22,000 in invoices recorded in its service file. Additionally, previous servicing and registration records accompany the vehicle, along with clean CARFAX and AutoCheck reports. A premium example of the iconic Ferrari Testarossa for the discerning modern classic and supercar connoisseur—now available for worldwide purchase and delivery. $134,500 OBO. DriverSource. Contact Jose, Ph: 281.497.1000, email: sales@driversource.com. Website: https:// www.driversource.com. (TX) S/N JH4NA1155PT000571. Red/black. 29,500 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. Remarkably pristine and original NSX with low mileage. Cosmetically outstanding condition from top to bottom, including original paint, upholstery, undercarriage and wheels. Only very light use is visible upon a close inspection, but by no means appears its age as a 23-year-old vehicle. The front compartment and engine bay even look to have never seen a wet road. All body and window decals are in faultless condition, with factory paint pen markings throughout the car. Car comes complete with its original window sticker, owner’s manual/booklet, service manual, front bra and pouch, untouched spare tire, jack, wrench and air compressor, records, car cover and clean CARFAX/ AutoCheck history reports. The car’s last major belt service on record was performed in December 2008, or 7,500 miles ago (timing belt, water pump, adjust valves, filters, etc.) with upkeep and regular state inspections over the years following. A recent 100-point inspection was commissioned to excellent results. Engine compression numbers are a healthy 225 psi all around. We can say with certainty that this is one of absolute cleanest NSXs we have ever seen. $72,500 OBO. DriverSource. Contact Jose, Ph: 281.497.1000, email: sales@driversource.com. Website: https://www.driversource.com. (TX) March 2017 167


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SCM Showcase Gallery American 1948 Buick Super 8 convertible package, but this ’55 Chevy actually backs that talk up. The stout big block has surprisingly good manners, and paired with the car’s smooth-shifting automatic and custom leather interior, serves as the basis for one of the most comfortable resto-mods we’ve seen. Buy it for the Bowtie, buy it for the build quality; whatever you do, just make sure to buy it quickly because quality customs like this don’t have a habit of sticking around. $109,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@ rkmotors.com (NC) Sea Foam Green/tan leather. Stunning body-off restoration, equipped with 3-speed transmission, power seats, power windows and power top, original AM radio, complete with handbook and manual. Runs and drives beautifully. $79,500 OBO. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. (CA) 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible Blue. Parts car. Bill of sale. I’ll sell parts separately if requested. $1,500 OBO. Jag Connection. Contact Geoffrey, Ph: 610.776.7661. Email: geoffrey@ jagconnection.com (PA) 1949 Chrysler Town & Country convertible V8, automatic. Two owners, with last ownership from 1971. 260 V8, rebuilt a few years back, power top, power steering. New radiator, heater core, water pump, gas tank, updated to new dual master cylinder, new brake lines, rebuilt power steering valve and slave, all original interior, original generator car, new battery. This car is a nice driver and retains a lot of originality. $24,500 OBO. Tom Miller Sports Cars. Contact Thomas, Ph: 908.693.5723, email: tom@millersportscars. com. (NJ) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 1964 Ford Mustang convertible automatic. Show-quality custom with modern 430-hp LS3 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. All new systems including electrical, brake, cooling, fuel and exhaust. Power seats, windows, brakes and steering. New leather and vinyl upholstery. Listed on Craigslist, Fresno, CA, for additional photos, description and pricing. Contact Jim, Ph: 559.353.4637, email: jim_ish@yahoo.com. (CA) 1967 Ford Mustang GT fastback 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster S/N 135511. Lamborghini Reventon Gray/black. 273 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Sometimes the best cars are the ones that speak softly. No blower sticking through the hood, no stall-inducing idle and no wild graphics. Just a clean, solid, well-constructed classic that was purpose-built to look great and kick asphalt. With its timeless style, excellent performance and modern athleticism, this slick pro-tourer is an absolute blast to drive and is instantly admired wherever it goes. Don’t miss your chance to own a powerful, well-sorted performer that’s as cool today as it was 48 years ago! $149,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@ rkmotors.com (NC) 1970 Shelby GT350 fastback S/N 135087. Viper Red/black & gray. 493 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. If you haven’t driven a Viper, prepare for a mind-altering experience! This RT/10 accelerates like an experimental rocket sled. Yet despite the car’s brute power, it’s easy to drive, comfortable and relatively docile if you can manage to keep your right foot away from the floorboard. Rest assured, putting something like this in your garage is about the most fun you can have when it comes to four wheels! $49,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@ rkmotors.com (NC) 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 coupe Pepper Red (61)/tan leather. 41,526 miles. Tan canvas soft top and tonneau cover, 323-ci straighteight engine with column shift, original AM radio, twin spotlights and side mirrors and wide whitewall tires. One of only 993 ever produced. An iconic American classic in a gorgeous color scheme, runs and drives great. $88,500 OBO. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. (CA) 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr sedan S/N 135609. Red/red. 629 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. A lot of hot rods claim to be the total S/N 124377L109731. BMW Glacier Silver Pearl/black & gray leather & vinyl. 240 miles. V8, 6-spd Beautiful nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration, rare and desirable factory Drag Pack Boss. Unique factory Detroit Locker differential, numbersmatching Boss 302 engine, factory Shaker hood scoop, fully documented. $95,000 OBO. Legendary Motorcar. Contact Kyle, Ph: 905.875.4700. Email: kyle@legendarymotorcar.com Web: www. legendarymotorcar.com/inventory/1970-fordmustang-boss-302-1612.aspx 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 2-dr hard top S/N 1G1YT2D67F5600281. Red/tan & black. 3,914 miles. V8, manual. Z06 Corvette with the Z07 performance options. New Michelin Sport Cup tires. $84,000 OBO. Contact Bob, Ph: 979.743.0179. Email: bhuette@southwestrail.com (TX) Race 1960 BMW 700 coupe S/N 194676S118937. Sebring Silver/silver leather. 27,588 miles. V8, 2-spd automatic. 327/300 hp “CE”, black top. Options: headrests, AM/FM, power antenna, telescopic column, side exhaust, knockoffs, Goldline radials. 1991 stunning body-off restoration and 2012 show-quality repaint. Everything works properly and the car is a delight to drive and show. $64,900 OBO. Contact Greg, Ph: 317.490.3418, email: greg@esmindy.com. (IN) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS coupe S/N 0F02M482967. White/dark red. V8, automatic. PS, PB, very nice and correct car with one very good repaint, rare dark red interior. One of 32 with this great-looking combination, Marti Report. $65,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 330.759.5224. Email: jbenzr@aol.com (OH) 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback S/N 1G1YR26R195800499. Cyber Gray Metallic/Dark Titanium. 7,340 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Incredible supercar in showroom condition. Features LS9 6.2-liter, supercharged V8. Includes all options; carbon-fiber throughout, heated seats, in-dash CD, DVD navigation, OnStar system, Bluetooth, steering-wheel-mounted controls, Bose 7-speaker stereo system, memory package, remote, luggage shade, climate control and head-up display. Includes original documents and accessories. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100. Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com Web: www.classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/397(CA) 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe S/N 135572. Viking Blue/black. 17,039 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Tired of the same old Chevelles and GTOs you can find anywhere, anytime? Then take a close look at this killer 442. Numbers matching and highly correct, it’s a super-cool muscle car that’s poised to gain value by the year. Whether you’re an emphatic Oldsmobile collector or a serious muscle car fan who wants something that’ a little different, this exclusive A-body is the perfect choice. $109,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors.com (NC) 168 S/N 165517. Yellow/black leather. 4-spd manual. This car was originally owned by Vasek Polak, the first Porsche dealer and BMW dealer of Hermosa Beach, CA, and race car enthusiast. Two-cylinder BMW air-cooled motorcycle engine. Runs great! Spare set of stock wheels included. $15,000 OBO. Contact Henry, Ph: 415.551.4297, email: harciniega@bmwsf.com. (CA) Sports Car Market


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1960s Indianapolis rear-engine racer Blue/black. V8, Believed to be a early ’60ss rearengine Indy car. Has small-block Chevrolet engine, 2-speed Halibrand H-2210 gearbox, Hilborm fuel injection and NHRA blast-prop bell housing, Vertex magneto and Weaver Bros dry-sump oiling system and period wheels. Engine does run. $69,500 OBO. Contact Phil, Ph: 317.432.0414, email: rockg930@ gmail.com. (IN) 2006 Ferrari F430 Challenge coupe S/N ZFFEX63X000146549. Silver/black. V8, automatic. Full Aero Package with front canards, Capristo headers and exhaust, Girodisc steel rotor conversion with Raybestos racing pads, spare brake pads, new clutch. All suspension bushings are tight, with most of them recently replaced, all saftey equipment including the fire system is up to date, fuel cells have been replaced. Spare sway bars and springs, complete set of all optional Challenge components, four sets of wheels, brand-new rains are only a couple months old, other wheels have slicks with 1 to 4 heat cycles. Plenty of good rubber to go testing and even racing through your first event. Purchased midway through this race season and was only run for three events, the current owner is switching to a different-model car. This is a race-winning car that’s ready to go, needs nothing. $125,000 OBO. Norwood Auto Italia. Contact Chris, Ph: 972.831.8111, email: chris@norwoodautoitalia. com. Website: www.norwoodautoitalia.com. (TX) © March 2017 169


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Gooding & Company. Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists who offer 190 years’ combined experience, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. Dan and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Rick Cole Auctions . Over thirty Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) GAA Classic Cars. 1.855.862.2257. The Southeast’s Premier Classic Car Auction. Located in Greensboro, NC, GAA offers 550 vehicles three times a year from a permanent facilty that allows for vehicles to be out of the weather and easily viewable no matter the weather conditions. With 30+ years in the auction business, the team at GAA Classic Cars knows that building strong relationships with our buyes and sellers is crucial. Not only is customer care our business it is our passion. www.gaaclassiccars.com (NC A premier international collector car auction house offering the rarest and finest automobiles on the world market. Motostalgia publishes a full photographic catalog presenting and documenting professional descriptions and provenance. Motostalgia’s diverse automotive experts offer bidders and consigners alike an accurate understanding of the global automotive market. With venues that parallel the most exciting automotive events such as the U.S. Grand Prix and Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, Motostalgia offers an upscale experience that not only showcases the most collectible cars, but also provides a unique and exciting social environment that is befitting of the rarest and finest automobiles. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia years ago, Rick Cole conducted the first Monterey auction, his annual events forever changing the historic week dynamic. Rick Cole Auctions provides upscale clientele a boutique and silent auction atmosphere proven to offer the finest cars available, and achieving one of the top 10 multi-million-dollar sales of all time. August 17–19. Marriott Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. info@ rickcole.com www.rickcole.com (CA) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. Dan Kruse Classics is a family- owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972, with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan personally has over 170 Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Sports Car Market Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for nostalgic and collector cars. 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Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Automobilia Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based driversroad.com 513.490.5621. Large portfolio of automotive art prints, new and old, street or race, four wheels or two! Any car you had, have or desire! Custom commissions and commercial work accepted. Steve Petrosky, driversroad, 8711 Reading Road E1 Cincinnati, Ohio 45215 (OH) Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Appraisals Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. Imag- ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. Canepa of Scotts Valley. 831.430.9940. Offering fine investmentgrade collectable road cars and racecars for sale. Our 70,000-square-foot facility houses world-class, on-premises restoration and motorsports facilities where automotive artisans ensure every detail of our inventoried vehicles meet the highest levels of refinement and preparation. Canepa is interested in purchasing exceptional, original and restored automobiles. sales@canepa.com www. canepa.com (CA) Classic Assets Motor Sports CenExotic Mosaics. 805.544.4093. Unique and original mosaic hand-crafted wall hangings of automotive subjects by mosaic artist Jim Valentine. Made with glazed ceramic tile with aluminum frame and hanging wire. Can create custom mosaics of your automobile. Email: exoticmosaics@sbcglobal.net. exoticmosaics.com. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Celebrate your ownership experiMotostalgia. 512.813.0636. A premier international collector car auction house and professional appraisal company. Motostalgia’s diverse and multilingual automotive experts offer collectors and investors alike an accurate understanding of the global and domestic automotive market. Motostalgia’s international offices have the capability of appraising collector cars around the globe. With decades of global collector car market knowledge, our experts can accurately value your most prized automobiles, ranging from a single pre-purchase appraisal to full collection valuations. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia March 2017 ence! Automotive designer and illustrator Steve Anderson is a specialist in the creation of owner-specified, fineart illustrations. Each original piece is hand crafted to portray the exact specification of individual automobiles and collections. All marques and eras, concours and racers. Ferrari- and Porsche-licensed illustrator. For image samples, additional information or to discuss your project, please call us at 818.822.3063 or visit www.saillustrations.com (CA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. ter. 760-452-6609 or 858-554-0331. A first-rate used-car dealership specializing in vintage rally-eligible vehicles as well as an eclectic private collection of investment-grade automobiles including classic cars, vintage rally cars and supercars. Our business is buying and selling classic, collectible motorcars. We are considered to be the go-to resource for collector cars in San Diego. We are constantly seeking new additions. Top quality, collectible trades always considered. We are available to assist buyers and sellers with all aspects regarding classic cars including import and export. www.ca-motorsportscenter. com. (CA) Classic Car Dashes. Sales@ClassicCarDashes.com. Specializing in reproduction and replacement dash pads for many of your favorite cars, trucks and SUVs. Each pad is manufactured as close as possible to original specs. All dash pads offer quality in both fit and appearance and are manufactured in the U.S. www.ClassicCarDashes.com (PA) Classic Investments Inc. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) 171


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Legendary Motorcar Company. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award-winning, show-quality restorations. Our 55,000-square-foot facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Luxury Brokers International. Heritage Classics Motorcar ComCopley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Mid-Century Motoring. 914.402.5799. Importer, exporter and broker of classic cars, specializing in European marques. We provide clients with unparalleled access to the international classic car market, as well as a full suite of consignment and brokerage services from our showroom in Westchester County, NY. Contact us for more information about the company, the cars, or to schedule a visit. www.midcenturymotoring.com (NY) Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com Mohr Imports, Classic and Sports Car Brokers. 831.373.3131. Mohr Imports Inc. of Monterey, CA, pleased to be serving the collector car community for the past 30 years. Our goal is to present and represent your car in the very best way possible. We specialize in European classics. Visit us at www. MohrImports.com. (CA) Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Paul Russell and Company. Kurt Tanner Motorcars. Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com 172 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site www.motorcarportfolio.com (OH) 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the preservation and sales of European classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) www.SignificantCars.com. 800.837.9902. 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has a proven track record for realizing top dollar for their seller clients. Run by Enthusiasts for Enthusiasts, Significant Cars has put the power of the dealer or Auction House into the hands of Collectors. Give us a call for a confidential analysis of your car’s true value—not what we want to buy it for. premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. use the restoration shop of your choice for covered repairs. Special pricing is also available for large collections. For more information, call 1-866-227-9648 or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com. www.allardj2x.com • info@allardj2x. com • 877-J2X-1953 • facebook.com/ allardj2x.com Aston Martin of New England. Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. Ray Zuder. 860.830.6104. Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) Classic Car Transport Single Car / Enclosed / Air-Ride Transport Dedicated to Extreme Personal Level, Drama Free, Best-inClass Service * Auctions * Concours/Shows * Door to Door * Races/Rallies * Security Provided at All Times * There When You Need Us Over 15 years of “not-even-a-scratch experience.” www.rkzmotorcar.com Grundy Worldwide offers agreed-value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. Reliable Carriers Inc. 877.744.7889. Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collector Car Insurance J.C. Taylor Insurance. McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the March 2017 a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648. With Chubb, you’ll have flexibility and control with worldclass coverage and claim service. There are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed Value” is included, and you’re free to 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British ,arques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Allard Motor Works LLC. The Allard Motor Works J2X is a hand-crafted version of the famed British competition roadster that stirred the crowds in Europe and the Americas in the early 1950s. Our modern J2X MkIII, recognized by the Allard Register, integrates the latest technology into the original design, to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle without compromising performance. JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). 173


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Riverside Military Academy Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Champions and Heroes. 404.237.2633. June 2–4, 2017. A 3-day Time Trial, a Concours, a Rally plus more from the Carmel Concours on the Avenue producer. info@rmachampionsandheroes.com www.rmachampionsandheroes.com. (GA) that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. brake upgrades, interior trim and suspension. No part is too small. We are a God-owned family business serving the Porsche community for over 25 years. www.dcauto.com 252.955.0110 (text) 252.977.1430 international Woodside Credit. When financing The Elegance at Hershey. Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows Veterans Fire Protection. The Arizona Concours d’Elegance opens Arizona’s Classic Car Week every January with a celebration of automotive engineering and design. The event benefits Make-A-Wish™ Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, please go to: www.ArizonaConcours.com. The quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 28–November 6, 2016 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. Finance The BMW CCA is the world’s largJ.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 67 chapters nationwide, with more than 70,000 members. As BMW’s most active and vibrant enthusiast organization, the club represents a lifestyle of passion and performance. Join the Club today at bmwcca.org or by calling 800.878.9292. Cosdel International Transportation. dC Automotive. 800-549-2410. Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 8-10, 2016. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) 174 Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company We have the largest indoor Recycling Facility for Porsches in the U.S. We specialize in used rebuilt and new parts for Porsche cars, including all models of the 911, 912, Carrera and Turbo, 944 16-valve S, 924S, 951, 944 Turbo, 914-4, 914-6 Boxster, 968, Cayenne, 928, 928S and 928 S4. Vintage parts a specialty. We have an extensive inventory including used Porsche engines, transmissions, Fuchs wheels, seats, Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) 484.635.4661/4670. We understand your passion and the investment you have made in your classic or sports car, and that is why we offer a wide selection of Fire Extinguishers for your consideration. Please give us call and we can assist you in the selection of the extinguisher for your automobile or shop and recommend the best solution to suit your application. Fax 484.895.7223. www.veteransfire.com (PA) German Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. (1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Import/Export 717.534.1910. A celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/10 to 6/12/16 commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum, and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information, visit www.theeleganceathershey.com, call 717.534.1910 or email don@theelganceathershey.com. (PA) your classic or collector car, Woodside Credit is all about performance. We offer THE LOWEST PAYMENTS IN AMERICA! and provide our clients with fast, friendly and professional service. For over a decade, Woodside has been recognized as the leading lender in the classic and collector car market and is exclusively endorsed by Barrett-Jackson. Apply online at woodsidecredit.com or call 888-354-3982. Fire Protection European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Italian Museums Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you. com Leasing Barber Vintage Motorsports MuPremier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) seum. 205.281.3519. When looking for a new home for your vintage car why not consider The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum? Home to over 100 cars and 1,500 motorcycles. The Museum, a Not-for-Profit 501(c)3 foundation, is dedicated to the preservation of cars like yours, and it could help future generations understand why we all love cars. An outright donation or a bargain sale can both offer generous tax advantages. For more information please call or email, Lee Clark,Senior Manager of Restoration and Conservation LClark@Barbermuseum.org www.Barbermuseum.org (AL) quickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. deliver an award-winning shine and unmatched ease of application, while P21S Bodyworks Shampoo protects against premature removal of that fresh wax job. No matter where your car was made, you’ll want to learn about the complete line of P21S Auto Care Products. More info at www.p21s.com. (CT) Racing Services Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General Race Ramps. 866.464.2788. LeMay—America’s Car Museum Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since Evans Waterless Coolant is the Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) FOLLOW SCM solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. 1930, the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non-abrasive system consists of a prewax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also worldwide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti and Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www.swissvax.us WeatherTech® Automotive AcP21S Auto Care Products. Since 1984, P21S Auto Care Products have been the favorite of auto enthusiasts throughout North America. Representing factory-approved German car care at its finest, P21S wheel care products’ “safe cleaning” approach has saved thousands of expensive alloy wheels from the surface damage that harsh cleaners can cause. P21S paste waxes March 2017 cessories. 800.441.8527. MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd., providing automotive accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high-quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from all-weather floor mats, extreme-duty floor liners, cargo/trunk liners, side-window deflectors, no-drill mudflaps, many different options of license-plate frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to www.WeatherTech.com. Lighter. Safer. Stronger. Offering the ultimate way to display and work on collector cars — including detailing, restyling and general maintenance. Race Ramps provides solutions even for low clearance cars. Complete line includes Trailer Ramps, Service Ramps, Rack and Lift Ramps, and the best-selling FlatStoppers to prevent tires from flat spotting during long periods of storage. www.raceramps.com. (MI) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com Berlinetta Motorcars Ltd. 631.423.1010, 631.549.6700. Professional Ferrari, Porsche and vintage car specialists since 1958. Mechanical engineer, master coachbuilders and fabricators. Pebble Beach-winning restorations. Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche Club of America: Best of Show, People’s Choice Awards. Cars selected for “American Gangster” and more. Servicing, repairing, customizing, engine overhauls, race, track, street and show cars. Locating and importing classic and vintage cars internationally since 1984. BerlinettaMotorcars@gmail.com. www.BerlinettaMotorcars.com (NY) Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682. Authorized Morgan Motor Company Dealer, warranty and repair, and expert service facility for your collector car. Privately owned, we are conveniently located in North Phoenix. We offer a unique collection of 175


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Morgan cars, The Morgan Three Wheeler and special interest European vehicles and motorcycles. www.BrightonMotorsports.com or info@brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: doug@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com The Guild of Automotive RestorClassic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Hahn-Vorbach & Associates D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) LLC. 724.452.4329. Specializes in the investment-grade restoration and preservation of European and American collectible antique and classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and vintage race cars. Our services include full and partial restorations, bespoke builds, repairs, show prep, sales and procurement assistance, as well as a full array of do-it-yourself assistance services. Recognized experts in the restoration of Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters. Concours-level, national award-winning quality. Find examples of our craftsmanship and the wide range of past projects on our website. We would be happy to discuss your project. www.hahnvorbach.com ers. 905.775.0499. Whether your car is headed to a concours or open road, we are the sensible choice. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch The Oldest Nikon is a Pretty Picture at Auction A 1948 Nikon outpaced this month’s automobilia sales, but you can buy a lot of old oil cans, toys and signs for $407k Thought Carl’s WestLicht Photograhica Auctions recently sold the oldest surviving Nikon camera for an astounding $407,000. It was manufactured in 1948 and was the third Nikon One produced. Nikon made fewer than 1,000 of the cameras, and they are impractical today, as they used non- standard film. For the money, think I’ll stick with my little Canon. Here are a few other interesting items from Wm Morford’s recent Investment Grade Collectibles at Auction sale that closed on December 10, 2016. The prices include the 15% buyer’s premium. LOT 3 — STAR SHOES TIN TOY RACE CAR. SOLD AT: $1,955. This tin litho die-cut race car was 8.25 inches in length and had the same enticing image on both sides. It was found in unused condition with only minor storage wear. These show up from time to time — but never in this condition. This is a cool display piece and at a below-market price, considering the condition. $2,990. This is the third one of these rare cans to show up at auction this year. The other two sold for over $5,000, so the seller was attempting to catch the wave. A quality can that was in acceptable condition, but they have lost the love. derful counter display piece had slots on the top for two handy oilers. It was complete with the original packaging and was in like-new condition. It was still in its original protective paper. Problem is, only one of the early handy oilers is present, and it will be difficult and expensive to find the other. Good luck! LOT 90 — JAYHAWK ONEqUART OIL CAN. SOLD AT: $2,990. This rare and desirable one-quart tin litho Jayhawk can was from the Kent Oil Company in Salina, KS. It was an early can, as it had a solder seam and was in wonderful condition. Quality quart cans are back on top of their game, and the price paid here was not unreasonable. LOT 61 — BOYCE “RADIO” MOTO METER. SOLD AT: $4,600. In the 1920s, radio was the rage, and the name was associated with everything from children’s wagons to the Art Deco Moto Meter offered here. It was mounted on an elaborate accessory radiator cap, and both were in exceptional condition. This is a case where the whole is valued at far more than the sum of the parts, as the Moto Meter is about a grand and the base a bit less. Two bidders had to have it, so logic went out the window. LOT 194 — HOOD TIRES LARGE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $14,950. Condition tells the tale, and this sign had it in spades. It was large — 62 inches long and 20 inches high — and there was not a mark on it. The Hood logo is catchy, and this was the early version, as the Hood man was wearing a bowtie. The colors were bright and vibrant, and it retained its original bright sheen. As we have seen over the years, condition brings the money, and that was certainly the case on this one. This was an exceptional piece. LOT 113 — PALOMINO ONEqUART OIL CAN. SOLD AT: LOT 137 — GULF HANDY OILER COUNTER DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $4,025. This won- paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 178 SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage LOT 176 — FISK TIRES TUBES SERVICE STATION WOOD SIGN. SOLD AT: $4,485. This early wood painted sign had the famous Fisk “Time to Retire” logo on both sides. It measured 47 inches by 30.5 inches. It had a weathered, early country folk-art look. It is amazing that it was in this condition after all these years. It was in the original wood frame with metal scrollwork at the bottom. It had it all. I was surprised it did not sell for a touch more. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market