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H&H, Cambridgeshire, U.K., November 15, 2017

McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, November 17–19, 2017

Dan Kruse, Houston, TX, November 25, 2017

Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, Nov 30–Dec 2, 2017

Bonhams-Bond Street, London, U.K., December 2, 2017

Bonhams-Olympia, London, U.K., December 6, 2017

RM Sotheby’s, New York, NY, December 6, 2017

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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 2018 . Volume 30 . Number 3 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione $17,990,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 $1,814,818 / Bonhams 66 68 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 195 Vehicles Rated at Seven Sales 86 90 104 116 128 138 ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN RACE by B. Mitchell Carlson by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Simon Kidston 16 1974 DeTomaso Pantera L $145,600 / RM Sotheby’s 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT $58,360 / Artcurial 1943 International Harvester M5 Half-Track $177,778 / H&H 1952 Jaguar C-Type $5,285,000 / RM Sotheby’s 2018 Bugatti Chiron $3,772,500 / RM Sotheby’s 70 72 74 76 80 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys and how to stage an auction — Chad Tyson RM SOTHEBY’S New York, NY: $44.8m total sales on 25 cars at RM Sotheby’s “Icons” — Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel and Mark Moskowitz BONHAMS London, U.K.: A few big sales nearly double last year’s total to $11.6m — Paul Hardiman McCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA: McCormick’s 63rd collector car auction brings $6m in sales — Carl Bomstead H&H Duxford, U.K.: H&H boosts year-end totals by selling 90 of 130 lots for a total of more than $3m — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Dan Kruse Classics in Houston, TX; Mecum in Kansas City, MO; and Bonhams in London, U.K. — Cody Tayloe, Brett Hatfield and Paul Hardiman acebook and look for updates and offers! Cover: 2018 Bugatti Chiron; Patrick Ernzen ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market


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56 The Best of Show-winning 1930 Daimler-Benz 710 Rennsport at The Masterpieces Concours d’Elegance COLUMNS 20 Shifting Gears The McLaren 570S Spider’s desire to have its superpowers unleashed ripples through the carbon-fiber chassis and beneath the aluminum skin of the car Keith Martin 44 Affordable Classic The Triumph GT6 is a sleeper car — if you fit into it Reid Trummel 46 Collecting Thoughts A conversation with Amelia Island Concours founder Bill Warner Chester Allen and Bill Warner 48 Legal Files Collectors say farewell to 1031 exchanges in the new tax law John Draneas 50 Unconventional Wisdom A book from the 1970s feels very different from one from the 1940s, 1920s or 1990 Donald Osborne 52 Drivers Ed Effectively presenting a car for sale takes a lot of work and a lot of knowledge Paul Hageman 78 The Cumberford Perspective The Jaguar C-type is the essence of what sports cars once were — and still should be Robert Cumberford 170 eWatch Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers game jersey brings $2m at auction FEATURES 18 Carl Bomstead 56 The Masterpieces Concours d’Elegance: Poring over every detail at this young German event — Mark Moskowitz 60 Can-Do Spirit: Nys Hervé created a human sculpture out of red jerry cans, and artist John Ransom Phillips riffs on the creation, which sold for $43,200 at RM Sotheby’s “Icons” auction DEPARTMENTS 26 Auction Calendar 26 Crossing the Block 28 Concours and Events: Tucker Club joins the AACA Museum, Amelia Island Concours, Sebring Vintage Classic 30 Contributors: Get to know our writers 32 You Write, We Read: More Internet phishing, a disappointed “40 Under 40” reader, the Ultimate GTV is NOT a 911, an eagle-eyed reader 34 Display Advertisers Index 38 Time Pieces: The Panerai “Titanio” watch 38 Neat Stuff: Trucks as art, and a quick catalog opener 40 In Miniature: 1955 Aston Martin DB3S 40 Speaking Volumes: Rule Britannia: When British Sports Cars Saved a Nation 88 Buy/Sell/Hold: Gary Anderson’s picks of three Benzes to buy, sell and hold in today’s market 94 Market Moment: 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 “Goldie” roadster 95 Market Moment: 1960 Volkswagen 23-Window “Samba” Microbus 110 Fresh Meat: 2017 Lamborghini Aventador SV coupe, 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon coupe, 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe 114 On the Radar: 1993 Lancia Delta, 1993 SEAT Ibiza Mk2 GTI, 1993 Fiat Punto 136 Rising Sun: 1995 Toyota Supra, 1993 Nissan 240SX, 1984 Honda CRX 156 Mystery Photo: We know that pigs can’t fly. Well, neither can this Bug 156 Comments With Your Renewals: “How can anyone understand the classic car market, trends, prices and insider tips without good old SCM!” 158 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 162 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Mark Moskowitz


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Rhapsody in Blue The officer was not impressed when I explained that the 570S at 150 mph was probably safer than his Ford Explorer at 60 among all the hypercars I have driven, speaks its own alluring language. Its desire to have its superpowers unleashed ripples through the carbon-fiber chassis and beneath the aluminum skin of the car. The steering of all McLarens is sublimely responsive; that of the 750S was the best of all. The trademark dihedral (scissor) doors open easily and reveal a purposeful cockpit. The seveninch touchscreen is a nod to the way all interiors will be equipped in the future. The ingenious folding convertible hard top of the Spider was extremely effective. In just 15 seconds it condensed into a small package that tucked neatly behind the seats. The car is equally handsome top up or down. The driver has the typical choices of Normal, Sport and Track for the suspension and the gearbox. I left it in Sport — when I’m driving someone else’s $250,740 car, I want all the nanny-aids I can get. The Spider had a light, aggressive feel to it — the car wanted Cool as ice — the McLaren 570S Spider T he McLaren 570S Spider left a swirling vortex of freshly fallen snow in its wake. I was piloting the 562-hp supercar through Government Camp as I crossed Oregon’s Mount Hood on Highway 26. The road was dry, and the snow wasn’t sticking. I felt confident pushing the Curacao Blue car just a little harder. This was the third modern McLaren I’ve had the chance to drive. Three years ago, it was the SV650 on the Northwest Passage Tour. Last year I drove the 570GT to the Oregon Festival of Cars. McLarens, like all great automobiles, have their own style and pa- nache. They define a singular approach to a modern supercar. On this early winter trip, I’d just put several hundred miles on the McLaren, cruising up the Columbia Gorge and then heading to Oregon’s High Desert by way of Maupin. The performance from the Spider is predictably startling. It will exceed every U.S. speed limit it its first two gears, with five more to follow. Top speed is listed at 204 mph, and 0–60 mph arrives in 3 seconds. The race-bred suspension of the McLaren causes the car to grip the road like a Chaparral 2F — without the two snowmobile motors in the rear creating downforce. The harder the Spider is pushed, the more it sticks to the road. This breeds an enormous sense of confidence as speeds increase. The essence of artistry My destination was the Keller Auditorium in downtown Portland. The Oregon Ballet Theatre was presenting the world premiere of “Rhapsody in Blue,” created by resident choreographer Nicola Fonte and danced to the two-piano version of George Gershwin’s masterpiece. The pianists were Thomas M. Lauderdale and Hunter Noack. The McLaren got me to Portland in time for the opening curtain. The choreography and performance of “Rhapsody” were stunning; the standing ovation it received was well deserved. I’m privileged to serve on the board of directors of the Oregon Ballet Theatre, and I have enjoyed watching it mature and develop its own unique style. The finest example of a “purpose-built dance company” is the New York City Ballet. Its founder, George Balanchine, trained dancers to move with an unmistakable style of petit allegro and elegant upperbody carriage. It’s no different with a modern supercar. The McLaren, unique 20 to be pushed. I found that going through a set of high-speed sweeping turns coming into the town of Maupin, the Spider didn’t become nervous as I fed more throttle to the twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8. It whispered in my ear, “How fast you want to go is up to you; I won’t let you down.” Step out of the car, please During my drive through Oregon, I woke up a sleeping Wasco County deputy sheriff outside the small town of Dufur (population 632). I was passing a string of cars on a long uphill stretch of two-lane highway. The posted limit may have been 55 mph — I only recall the sound of the V8 reaching towards redline in third and fourth gears. The car was wearing New York plates, and I had left the registration and insurance documents for the car at SCM World Headquarters in Portland. The officer was not impressed when I explained that the 570S at 150 mph (not that I would have gone that fast) was probably safer than his Ford Explorer at 60. As he asked me to get out of the car, visions of the McLaren going away on a flatbed while I took up residence in the local jail danced through my eyes. Then the officer smiled and said, “Aren’t you the guy on ‘What’s My Car Worth?’ I’ve got pictures of my Impala, would you like to see them? How much do you think I could get for it at auction?” We became best friends. As I left, he gave me his card and said, “If anyone else stops you, just have them call me and I’ll vouch for you.” Sometimes the planets just align in your favor. A car that needs a driver Our automotive world is bifurcating. Self-driving, mindless Google Cars are surely a part of our future. For those who need that type of car, driving skills will be irrelevant, as will road feel, handling and acceleration. These autonomous cars will be mobile Rubbermaid storage containers, designed to keep you fresh while you go from Point A to Point B. At the other end of the spectrum, the McLaren will always be a definitive sports car. It’s built for the driver who savors finding just the right line through a turn. Like a dancer executing multiple pirouettes and finishing with a flourish, the McLaren invites its driver to sink into the cockpit and experience a driver’s machine like no other. This 570S Spider was a ballet unto itself, a four-wheeled rendition of a “Rhapsody in Blue.” ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: March 1–3 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 423/533 cars sold / $13.7m Bonhams Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 73/86 cars sold / $10.5m Featured cars: • 1919 Pierce-Arrow Series 51 tourer • 2001 BMW Z8 • 1939 Bentley 4¼ Litre tourer Gooding & Co. Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9 Web: www.goodingco.com Last year: 69/88 cars sold / $30.6m Featured cars: • 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster When: March 10 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 134/150 cars sold / $70.8m Featured cars: When: March 16–17 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 309/496 cars sold / $7.4m Electric Garage Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: March 16–18 Web: www.theelectricgarage.com • Star Car: 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 • 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV • 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Speciale by Frua Motostalgia Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10 Web: www.motostalgia.com Last year: 46/88 cars sold / $4.6m Smith Auctions Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: March 10 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com • Star Car: 1967 Ford GT Mk IV • 2015 Porsche 918 Hollywood Wheels Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9–10 Web: www.hollywoodwheels.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Amelia Island, FL Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. FEBRUARY 3—PETERSEN Salem, OR 7—RM SOTHEBY’S Paris, FRA 8—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 9—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 9–11—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 16–17—MECUM Los Angeles, CA 17—COYS London, U.K. 19—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 23–26—SILVERSTONE Stoneleigh Park, U.K. 23–25—McCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 23–24—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 27—BARONS Surrey, U.K. MARCH 1–3—GAA Greensboro, NC 8—BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL 9—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 9–10—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS Amelia Island, FL 10—RM SOTHEBY’S Amelia Island, FL 10—SMITH Cape Girardeau, MO 11—MOTOSTALGIA Amelia Island, FL 12—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 15–17—SILVER AZ Fort McDowell, AZ 16–17—MECUM Kansas City, MO 26 16–18—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 18—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 21—H&H Duxford, U.K. 22–24—GAA Greensboro, NC 24—COYS Essen, DEU 24—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 24–25—CCA Birmingham, U.K. APRIL 5–7—MECUM Houston, TX 6–7—RM AUCTIONS Fort Lauderdale, FL 7—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX 11—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 12–14—BARRETTJACKSON West Palm Beach, FL 13–15—ELECTRIC GARAGE Edmonton, AB, CAN 13–14—LEAKE Dallas, TX 14—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 14—SILVER Vancouver, WA 20–21—BRANSON Branson, MO 21—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 21—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Arlington, TX 25—H&H Buxton, U.K. 28—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN Shannons Where: Sydney, AUS When: March 12 Web: www.shannons.com.au Silver AZ Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: March 15–17 Web: www.silverauctionsaz.com Mecum Where: Kansas City, MO Bonhams Where: Chichester, U.K. When: March 18 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 66/83 cars sold / $6.9m H&H Where: Duxford, U.K. When: March 21 Web: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 78/120 cars sold / $5.6m GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: March 22–24 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Coys Where: Essen, DEU When: March 24 Web: www.coys.co.uk Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: March 24 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com CCA Where: Birmingham, U.K. When: March 24–25 Web: www.classiccarauctions.co.uk Last year: 155/198 cars sold / $3.1m ♦ Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Tuckers Join the AACA The Tucker Automobile Club of America is now part of the AACA Museum. The Tucker Automobile Club is now a membership category at the AACA Museum. All of the club’s resources, including archives and artifacts, will become part of the AACA Museum. Tuckers will also be a featured class at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Tucker Automobile Club was founded in 1973 and quickly became a valuable resource for Tucker owners and enthusiasts. The move to the AACA Museum consolidates and strengthens the knowledge base for Tucker cars and history. The AACA Museum, located in Hershey, PA, already houses the David Cammack Tucker Collection. “The synergies between our organizations were immediately apparent,” said Eric Breslow, Tucker Automobile Club president. “This merger gives the TACA a much larger, long-term platform to accurately share one of the greatest stories in automotive history.” www.aacamuseum.org. (PA) Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is once again taking a trip to the racetrack, as it is honoring legendary Formula One and Indianapolis 500 racer Emerson Fittipaldi from March 9 to 11 at the Ritz-Carlton. The Porsche Driving Experience starts at 7 a.m. on Friday, March 9. A seminar, “Watts Next … Design Challenges of the Electric Car,” brings legendary designers together for a lively discussion at 3 p.m. in the Ritz-Carlton. On Saturday, Cars & Coffee at the Concours brings more Chad Tyson than 400 cars from local clubs to the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The “Drivers of the IMSA Prototypes” seminar starts at 10:30 a.m., and famous Jaguar drivers, including Hurley Haywood, Davy Jones, Tommy Kendall, Chip Robinson 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 11, 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 about other events taking place at the Ritz-Carlton during the weekend and for tickets, please visit www.ameliaconcours.org (FL) Avignon Motor Festival 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 2,000 classic cars on display. For ticket and registration information, visit www.avignon-motor-festival.com (FRA) 28 2018 Sebring Vintage Classic If you’re going to the Amelia Island Concours, head to Florida a week early for the 2018 Sebring Vintage Classics from March 1 to 4 at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL. Cars invited include International GT Series cars and Trans-Am Series cars. www.svra. com (FL) MARCH CALENDAR 1–4 60th Good Vibrations Bakersfield March Meet, Bakersfield, CA; www.famosoraceway. com 14–17 66th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Sebring, FL; www.sebringraceway. com Sports Car Market Phil Greatorex ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Deputy Data Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors CODY TAYLOE, SCM Auction Analyst, joined the team in 2013, and his clean, timely copy quickly endeared him to the editorial staff. As a member of Generation X, he SIMON KIDSTON, SCM Contributor, is from an old British motor racing family. He grew up in Tuscany and began his career in the 1980s London auction world, eventually founding Brooks (later Bonhams) Europe in Geneva. In 2006 he left to found Kidston SA, devoted to private sales and advice for high-end collectors. Simon is “The Voice” of the Villa d’Este concours, judges at Pebble Beach and admits to passions for good food, James Bond movies and ’80s New Wave music. Turn to p. 80 for his take on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron that sold at RM Sotheby’s “Icons” sale in New York City. 30 represents the fast-growing segment of car collectors whose interest in vehicles doesn’t stop at 1972. Highlights of his collection include a 1983 Porsche 911 SC and a 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD wagon. Tayloe worked as a disc jockey, television writer and producer before spending a decade trading commodities in the building-products industry. He recently entered the car business full time and now has one of the fastest-growing independent dealerships in East Texas. He continues to represent vehicles and clients at collector car auctions. Tayloe is a native of East Texas. Read his take on cars from the Dan Kruse Houston sale beginning on p. 138. REID TRUMMEL, SCM Contributor, is also editor-publisher of Healey Marque magazine, the official publication of the Austin-Healey Club of America (www.healeyclub.org). His interest in cars began when he taught himself to drive a stick in a hand-me-down 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. Wanting more power than the Alfa’s 1300 could provide, he bought a Healey 3000 and fell down that slippery slope of affection for British cars. His affliction also includes non-British dalliances from Italy, Germany and Japan. He is also chairman of the Classic Motor Rally (www.ClassicMotorRally.org). Check out his “Affordable Classic” piece on the Triumph GT6 on p. 44 and his Market Moment on the famous 1959 AustinHealey 100-6 “Goldie” on p. 94.


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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 Another Phishing Expedition To the Editor: After reading Mark Wigginton’s article about the Internet scam Morgan (February 2018, p. 78), I felt compelled to offer my own experiences. Last year I sold an Italian vehicle on eBay. Shortly after the sale, I received an email bringing to my attention that my pictures and ad were now appearing on Craigslist. Never mind that I never advertised on Craigslist. Sure enough, the pictures from my eBay ad and my ad copy were scattered on Craigslist ads in cities across America from coast to coast. Over 50 listings! Naturally the listings were attached to someone else’s contact information. So began my quest to email the Craigslist scams site providing them with the ad numbers and an explanation as to why these ads were a fraud. Still, it took over a month — and a ton of searching and emailing on my part — to comb through and eradicate them all. Sometimes Craigslist would pull them and they’d be relisted a day later. Sometimes it took multiple emails from me to get one ad taken down. I wouldn’t exactly describe Craigslist’s ability to deal with scams as robust. I have only sold two vehicles on eBay — many years apart. Both times were successful sales and both times my ads were copied and relisted by crooks. First time was on eBay itself and the second on the aforementioned Craigslist. Either I am unlucky or I create ads that crooks find worthy of stealing. Regardless, I find it rather disheartening that this sort of thing is so prevalent and the countermeasures are so weak. Buyer beware indeed. — Gary Koch, Avon Lake, OH “40 Under 40” Disappointment To the Editor: Disappointed... that’s how I’ve felt recently about SCM — which has been my favorite magazine of the last 10-plus years. Without exception, your “40 Under 40” article (October 2017, p. 68) featured people who were 32 punctuation errors, and/or syntax errors in my response. I am still awaiting the large lottery win that will allow me to make best use of what I learn from your magazine. For now I shall be content with the occasional twit note sent to you fine folks. This is the third — you published that last two! — David Preston, Bothell, WA Publisher Keith Martin responds: Thanks for the thoughtful comments. Sharpeyed readers such as you help us improve every issue of SCM. Keith Martin, GTVs and 911s To the Editor: I felt alarmed and surprised to I have only sold two vehicles on eBay — many years apart. Both times were successful sales and both times my ads were copied and relisted by crooks already in car-related industries: auction houses, restorers, brokers... but no “outsiders,” such as computer engineers, medical professionals or small-business owners. It confirmed my belief that the circle of enthusiasts is shrinking: Younger people are not coming in. Lastly, it seems that every tour, from the SCM 30th Anniversary tour, Monte Shelton, etc., is so exclusionary in which cars will be allowed, and the costs are so high. I feel someone like myself — an engineer and a homeowner with two sports cars — cannot possibly participate, much less so for those less affluent than myself. For those of us with 1980s or later cars, we are always excluded. — Dawud Jarjuura Dheeb, via email Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mr. Dheeb, thanks for your note. We’re sorry that we’ve disappointed you. The vast majority of the nominees were involved in the car business, and that gave them a lot of influence in the hobby. We are planning future features on collectors of note and other people in the hobby. We didn’t set out to make anyone feel unwanted. Instead, we wanted to celebrate younger collectors who are making an impact on a daily basis. Putting on tours is very, very expensive, and that is why entry fees are not cheap. In addition, many tours celebrate cars from particular makers or eras. There are many lesser-known tours or drives that are not expensive, and I promise we’ll highlight them in a future issue. The Eye of the Eagle To the Editor: Page 63 of the January 2018 issue of SCM has the following sentences: “Eagle-eye readers also point out our biggest SCM typo ever: ‘Ferrari’ is spelled wrong on the cover.” 1. It should be: “Ferrari” is spelled incorrectly on the cover. “Wrong” is an adjective, and as “spelled” is a verb, it requires an adverb such as” incorrectly.” 2. Surely not the “biggest” typo. How about “most egregious”? 3. Shouldn’t it be “eagle- eyed”? Or do careful readers only have one eye? Apologies for any typos, have read Keith Martin’s column in the December 2017 Sports Car Market magazine (“Shifting Gears,” p. 20). Not because it appears you have left the Alfa camp in favor of the vaunted Porsche mark, rather your reticence in the use and enjoyment of older sports cars, in this case, your GTV. Certainly your point is well-founded regarding modern automobiles as being very large, generally well-built and driven by persons who should be paying better attention to the driving task than what text has arrived on their cell phone. And certainly a shunt between the Alfa GTV and a Chevy Suburban will favor the Chevy. But I would argue that probably the same result would occur with the Chevy Suburban and the 911. However, I also think that in general American automobiles and pickup trucks of the 1960s and 1970s had a considerable weight advantage favoring the U.S. vehicle, so this situation has existed for decades. To successfully drive our small sports cars in a safe manner requires vigilance and anticipation while navigating through traffic. Your comment on having to get the car up above 3,500 rpm was particularly galling. Isn’t that the whole idea of driving a small-displacement, high-revving sports automobile? There are few things more pleasurable than putting the loud pedal down and listening to the beautiful song of the motor, gears, intake and exhaust as we are propelled Sports Car Market


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You WriAd Indexte We Read 30-Year Anniversary SCM Cover Posters .................161 Arkonik ......................................................................... 35 Aston Martin of New England ..................................... 45 Auto Kennel ................................................................133 Automotive Restorations Inc........................................ 99 Autosport Designs Inc ................................................125 Avant Garde Collection ..............................................135 Barrett-Jackson ............................................................. 19 Beverly Hills Car Club ...............................................135 Bonhams / UK .............................................................4-5 Branson Collector Car Auction .................................... 27 Cars, Inc. ....................................................................... 39 Centerline Alfa Parts...................................................148 Central Classic Cars ...................................................161 Champion Motors .......................................................139 Charles Prince Classic Cars.......................................... 93 Chequered Flag International .....................................109 Chubb Personal Risk Services ..................................... 17 Classic Showcase........................................................ 115 Copley Motorcars ......................................................... 91 D. L. George Coachworks ..........................................101 deGarmo Ltd., Classic Motorcars ..............................143 Diecasm LLC /Automodello ......................................141 Dobson Motorsport.....................................................155 Dragone Classic Motorcars Inc. ................................... 36 Drive Toward a Cure .................................................... 82 Driversource Houston LLC .....................................24-25 European Collectibles................................................. 113 Fantasy Junction ........................................................... 97 Ferrari Market Letter ..................................................161 Fourintune Garage Inc ................................................143 Frazier Motorcar Company ........................................ 112 G. Potter King, Inc...................................................... 117 Garage Graphics .........................................................137 Gooding & Company ..................................................... 9 Greensboro Auto Auction .......................................14, 15 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance................... 54 Grundy Insurance ......................................................... 79 GT Motor Cars LLC ...................................................133 Gullwing Group ..........................................................147 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .........................................147 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................................... 61 Hamann Classic Cars ................................................... 53 Heritage Classics .......................................................... 59 Hollywood Wheels Inc ............................................22-23 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ...........................................141 Hyman, LTD ...............................................................103 Intercity Lines ............................................................... 49 JC Taylor ..................................................................... 119 JJ Best Banc & Co ......................................................159 Juniper Wind Designs .................................................121 Keels and Wheels Concours ......................................... 42 Kevin Kay Restorations ............................................... 41 Kidston .........................................................................6-7 La Jolla Concours D’ Elegance ..................................131 LBI Limited .................................................................... 8 Leake Auction Company .............................................. 55 Legendary Motorcar Company ..................................143 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ........................................ 29 McCollister’s Auto Transport ....................................... 51 Mercedes Classic Center .............................................. 33 Mershon’s World Of Cars...........................................151 Metron Garage ............................................................129 Morris & Welford, LLC ............................................... 31 Motorcar Classics .......................................................149 New England Auto Auction ........................................111 Northwest European ................................................... 118 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ............................... 43 Passport Transport ......................................................105 Paul Russell and Company.........................................129 Pendine .......................................................................131 Putnam Leasing ..........................................................172 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd...........................................107 Rare Classics Restorations LLC .................................. 10 Reliable Carriers ........................................................... 87 RM Sotheby’s ......................................................... 11, 13 Scott Grundfor Company ...........................................155 Speed Digital ................................................................ 12 Sports Car Market Anniversary Tour .........................169 Swisstrax Corporation .................................................. 83 Symbolic International ................................................. 21 The Cultivated Collector ............................................171 The Stable, Ltd. ............................................................ 89 The Werk Shop ...........................................................102 Tony Labella Classic Cars ..........................................155 TYCTA .......................................................................126 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ........................................154 Vintage Rallies .............................................................. 37 Vintage Underground LLC.........................................127 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................................125 Watchworks ................................................................151 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. ...............................................127 West Coast Classics, LLC ..........................................123 White Post Restorations .............................................151 Worldwide Group ........................................................2-3 34 There are few things more pleasurable than putting the loud pedal down and listening to the beautiful song of the motor, gears, intake and exhaust as we are propelled forward forward. You seemed concerned that the performance wasn’t up to modern automotive standards. In some respects, it’s not. A new Honda Civic will probably out-accelerate a GTV — and possibly have better brake performance. It may outperform it on a skid pad. But the reality is very few people who drive these sorts of automobiles are driving hard or fast. I am passing them — not the other way around. I am constantly frustrated to find myself at the merging end of a freeway on-ramp having hit a whole 45 mph because the driver in front thinks it’s dangerous to be going any faster when they try to merge. Or perhaps they are trying to be fuel-efficient and shouldn’t accelerate to a safe merge speed? Perhaps this is a thread for another time. I recently spent a week in California on business and rented a Ford Fusion, which got great gas mileage. But the chassis dynamics were a fright: Pitch, yaw, dive and roll — it had it all. I could actually lock the rear (maybe the front?) wheels during the panic stops on the five-lane freeways when everyone — for no reason — would decide to slam on their brakes. That is another topic for discussion, too. What is up with you California freeway drivers? Long story short, the dive was so pronounced that the weight shift would cause (I’m assuming) the rear wheels to lock up. Maybe it was the fronts. Either way, this is on a modern vehicle with antilock brakes. I’ll take my GTV-6 any day. My first sports car was a GTV 2000. It was a very fun car, but it didn’t fit my 6-foot, 3-inch frame very well. In 1988, it was traded towards a GTV-6, which I still have today. I doubt the GTV-6 is much faster or handles any better than a well-set-up GTV, but what a fantastic-sounding engine. And what a pleasure it is when the gearshift and clutch (nestled back in the transaxle) are mastered. For the past 17 years, I have also had the pleasure of owning a Jaguar E-type. It is a sweet 1967 FHC (that’s Fixed-Head Coupe, for you Porsche owners) with a 4.2-liter straight-six engine, dual overhead cams, Hemi head and three easy-to-tune SU carbs. Now this is the vintage car to own if you are having problems keeping up with traffic. You will have no worries in the acceleration department. Disc brakes all around allow for great stopping power. Yes, it is a little alarming to be at a stoplight and look out the window and see directly into the wheelarch of the full-sized pickup truck next to you, but once again, it is a situation where vigilance and anticipation govern how to navigate the roads we all travel. I have no arguments that our vintage cars stop being fun when driven in stop-and-go traffic. But otherwise, they are a pleasure to experience. And, by the way, the new GTV is not a 911. It is the Mini. While you opted for the 2003 Porsche, I picked up a 2003 Mini. My idea was to provide my kids a manual-transmission car they could learn to drive before I turned them loose on any of our vintage cars. After I fitted a free-flow ex- haust, my wife got a hold of the car and has rediscovered the joys of driving a manual-transmission automobile. You can’t help but smile while ripping through the gears. Yes, you have to drive it hard to keep up with, or ahead of, traffic. But isn’t that the idea? She has kept it as her “new” car, and the kids have yet to touch it. Now summer and fall have gone, and winter in Wisconsin means salt on the roads and the vintage cars get put away for winter slumber. So in the spring, I have to take away my wife’s new fun toy (“Not,” as she would say) or buy something else with a manual transmission that the kids can learn on. Keep up the good work at Sports Car Market. It is my favorite magazine, one I look forward to receiving every month. — Tom Heinrich, Milwaukee, WI ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg One of the joys of my time-pieces busi- The Earthy, Comfortable Panerai “Titanio” Watch ness is the spontaneous way opportunities present themselves. This week, I agreed to buy a Panerai model that I was unfamiliar with. This model has similarities to decades of Panerai design ideals — and some interesting improvements. The PAM 619, nicknamed “Titanio” for its titanium case construction, was introduced in 2014 as part of Panerai’s Radiomir 1940 series. Panerai’s roots can be traced back to a small watch and clock boutique in Florence, Italy. Giovanni Panerai founded the company in 1860. In the early years of Panerai’s develop- ment, connections were formed with the Italian Royal Navy, which occasionally required instruments including clocks, watches and compasses made to specific standards. One of those requirements was lumi- nosity and visibility under extreme conditions. Italian Navy Frogmen used Panerai watches when they would swim alongside torpedoes to get them lined up on a target before swimming away to safety. The origin of the featured Panerai model can be traced back to 1916, when Panerai applied for a patent on a luminous paint compound they called “Radiomir.” The compound was laden with radium to allow their dial to glow brightly and be quite visible in dark underwater environs. Upon approval of the patent and subsequent design work, 10 prototypes of the “Radiomir” watches were completed in 1936. The original series of Radiomir Details Production date: 2015 Best place to wear one: While wearing my favorite buffalo belt and brown suede boots Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.panerai.com watches employed an archaic system of joining the strap to the Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Art of the Truck Classic trucks tend to carry with them the scars and wrinkles of a working life. As a photographer, Nancy Weezy Forman has found inspiration in documenting these vintage workhorses wherever she finds them. The result is a group of high-quality artistic shots full of character and color, perfectly suited as wall art for any garage or shop — or car-guy living room. Check out her numerous shots, printed on canvas in various sizes and offered at a variety of price points, at nancyweezyforman.com. 38 Quick Opener SMRT Gadget’s Nano Blade measures in at just 1.6 inches in diameter, which makes it small enough to fit in the palm of your hand — perfect for everyday carry. It’s a keychain, so it’ll always be handy, and it’ll also open bottles. Best of all, you can flip out the blade to open . No ir get. me Pieces by Alex Hofberg One of the joys of my time-pieces busi- The Earthy, Comfortable Panerai “Titanio” Watch ness is the spontaneous way opportunities present themselves. This week, I agreed to buy a Panerai model that I was unfamiliar with. This model has similarities to de- cades of Panerai design ideals — and some interesting improvements. The PAM 619, nicknamed “Titanio” for its titanium case construction, was intro- duced in 2014 as part of Panerai’s Radiomir 1940 series. Panerai’s roots can be traced back to a small watch and clock boutique in Florence, Italy. Giovanni Panerai founded the company in 1860. In the early years of Panerai’s develop- ment, connections were formed with the Italian Royal Navy, which occasionally required instruments including clocks, watches and compasses made to specific standards. One of those requirements was lumi- nosity and visibility under extreme condi- tions. Italian Navy Frogmen used Panerai watches when they would swim alongside torpedoes to get them lined up on a target before swimming away to safety. The origin of the featured Panerai model can be traced back to 1916, when Panerai applied for a patent on a luminous paint com- pound they called “Radiomir.” The compound was laden with radium to allow their dial to glow brightly and be quite visible in dark underwater environs. Upon approval of the pat- ent and subsequent design work, 10 prototypes of the “Radiomir” watches were completed in 1936. The original series of Radiomir Details Production date: 2015 Best place to wear one: While wearing my favorite buffalo belt and brown suede boots Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.panerai.com watches employed an archaic system of joining the strap to the Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Art of the Truck Classic trucks tend to carry with them the scars and wrinkles of a working life. As a photographer, Nancy Weezy Forman has found inspiration in documenting these vintage workhorses wherever she finds them. The result is a group of high-quality artistic shots full of character and color, perfectly suited as wall art for any garage or shop — or car-guy living room. Check out her numerous shots, printed on canvas in various sizes and offered at a variety of price points, at nancyweezyforman.com. 38 Quick Opener SMRT Gadget’s Nano Blade measures in at just 1.6 inches in diameter, which makes it small enough to fit in the palm of your hand — perfect for everyday carry. It’s a keychain, so it’ll always be handy, and it’ll also open bot- tles. Best of all, you can flip out the blade to open . No ir get. is is best): case by welding a broad, U-shaped wire to the top and bottom of the watch — in the same manner that pocket watches were converted for wrist use. When Radiomir was reintroduced decades later, the wire lugs were retained as homage to the original design, but they were removable from the case through the use of a hidden setscrew. This allowed easier strap installation. The new model abandons the wire lug in favor of a much cleaner and sturdier integrated lug design, with even greater ease of strap change. The magic of the Titanio is the in-house P4000 self-winding movement with threeday power reserve that, through the use of an inset micro rotor, is far slimmer in profile than previous designs. The combination of slimness on the wrist and lightweight titanium case makes this Panerai the most comfortable I have ever worn. The Radiomir series does not have the large crown-protecting bridge seen on the Luminor and 1950 cases. These bridges have a tendency to rub the back of one’s hand. Comfort is not the only measure of a watch’s appeal. Although it is probably difficult to see in the photograph, the sides of this watch case have a gentle bevel, or knife edge, running along the left and right sides. This is a feature found on no other Panerai. The deep brown “sandwich” dial (the indications are cut, which gives it an altered effect) complements the natural buffalo-hide strap. The dial and strap play perfectly off of the titanium case, which is made of two different grades of metal, giving subtle contrast between the case body (Grade 2), and the bezel and crown (Grade 5). I find my wardrobe slowly shifting toward earth tones, and this watch is a lovely combination of earth and technical competency. It could be my body telling me that my return to the earth is inevitable. In the meantime, I may keep this one for a while. With an MSRP of $10,900, this watch is well worth considering. Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1955 Aston Martin DB3S This is a brand-new, 1:18-scale release from Tecnomodel, which continues to crank out models at a rapid pace. They offer four different DB3S race versions. I chose the version shown here, which is of DB3S/8, the 1955 Spa GP winner driven by Paul Frère. The choice was easy, as this is the only race winner they are making. It is also doubtful that any other 1955 DB3Ss will ever be made in 1:18 or larger scale. The good news about this model: It is bigger than 1:43 scale! Overall fit and finish is near perfect, and the very fine metallic, high-gloss paint is great, although I highly doubt the shade of green is correct. Reminiscent of old promotional models, this is a very simple piece with no real detail to speak of, but it is instantly recognizable as a DB3S, and it’s a true limited-edition model. The fellows at Tecnomodel Model Details Production date: Late 2017 Quantity: 90 of the Spa-winning car, plus 80 each of three other versions SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: ½ Overall value: ½ Web: www.tecnomodelcar.com Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Rule Britannia: When British Sports Cars Saved A Nation by John Nikas, 304 pages, Coachbuilt Press, $89.00 (Amazon) When the boss asks for a review of a particular book, my reaction is pretty much a headshake and a mumbled, “You don’t buy a dog and then bark for it.” Happily, Rule Britannia is, in form and focus, a book that would have gone to the top of my review list without a word from He Who Must Be Obeyed. And rather than bury the lede, it’s a winner. John Nikas tells the story of a British car industry reeling from the second world war in a generation. World War I and World War II ravaged the economy and every aspect of life in Great Britain. As World War II came to a close, shortages didn’t, leaving car companies who had become arms companies for the war effort to struggle and compete for resources. These companies fought first for survival — and then success. More than anything, England was facing a dire financial situation, and the government had one solution: export or die. British car builders rose to the challenge. The next two decades were the pinnacle of British automobile design and production, creating sports cars and sports sedans that defined enthusiastic motoring for the world. The story Nikas tells of eight marques (AC, Aston Martin, Austin- Healey, Jaguar, MG, Mini, Morgan and Triumph) is entertaining, informed and lively. He describes the pre-war vehicles and directions of the companies, and the post-war successes that followed. Beautiful Michael Furman 40 images complete the package. It’s a fascinating story of struggle and unexpected suc- cess. The companies profiled opened the American market to cars that actually cornered — cars you could enjoy driving rather than endure. And in doing so, they helped save, in no small measure, the English economy, while creating some of the iconic automobiles of the period. It’s a ripping yarn. Provenance: Nikas’ research was clearly a labor of love from someone with the skills of a detective and the soul of a historian. Fit and finish: A simple, elegant design — and beautiful printing of historic as well as Furman’s studio images, make Rule Britannia a winner. Drivability: I have to admit that this book felt like it was written for me. My high-school days were filled with Big Healeys, Sprites, TR3s, MGAs and Minis driven by my posse (we were the laughable antithesis of the muscle-car gang who ruled the roost). So reading Nikas’ detailed, easy-to-read prose about the cars I knew in my very soul were the center of automobile culture, was simple joy. ♦ Sports Car Market must be allergic to doing research, which is apparent with most of their models. The body shape is pretty good, but the nose is a little too long. The exhaust pipes are the wrong color and have misshaped tips. The simple wire wheels are completely wrong for any DB3S, and tire sidewalls are not tall enough. The mesh grille screen should be recessed. The number 22 font on the left side is wrong — it should be completely different. The seats are the wrong color. Priced in the range of $225–$280. The Tecnomodel website is not great, but the models are available on eBay, and many model dealers have them as well. ♦


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Affordable Classic 1966–73 Triumph GT6 coupe Fun With the Poor Man’s XKE To live happily with a GT6, you must appreciate the sounds, smells and feel of vintage machinery by Reid Trummel aren’t we all? — swaps from the Stromberg carbs to HS6 SUs are not uncommon, and opening up the inlet manifold works a treat. Full disclosure also requires that we mention cabin heat. These cars — especially the early ones — are 4-speed toaster ovens in summer. Rolling down the windows only postpones heat stroke. We must not forget to mention what is perhaps the most serious weak point, and that is the gearbox. A lot will depend on the driving technique of previous owners. If the seller has a large case full of autocross trophies, you’ve been warned. That swing axle… Then there’s Courtesy of Bonhams 1972 Triumph GT6 coupe, sold by Bonhams for $15,210 in December 2017 T here aren’t many sleepers in the collector car world with the endearing qualities of the Triumph GT6. It’s a British child of the Swingin’ Sixties, it’s rarely seen, it’s a crowd-pleaser and it’s just a plain hoot to drive. If you fit in it. Produced for just seven years through Mark I, Mark II and Mark III variants, the GT6 combined the Giovanni Michelotti-designed Spitfire body in coupe form with a sweet little 2-liter six-banger. Looking something like an E-type drawn by Mort Drucker for a MAD magazine parody, it quickly acquired the moniker “poor-man’s XKE.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Owners appreciate the simplicity of the model and ease of maintenance, complete with the ability to sit on one of the front tires to work on the engine with that large clamshell bonnet tilted forward. That said, to live happily with a GT6, you must appreciate the sensory experience of vintage machinery. It was never intended to isolate the driver from the sounds, smells and feel of internal-combustion propulsion. Details Years produced: 1966–73 Current price range: $7,000–$10,000 Pros: Small. Quintessentially British. Not a 4-cylinder engine. Good-looking. Cons: Small. Quintessentially British. Cockpit heat. Weak gearboxes. Early examples had a treacherous swing-axle rear suspension. Best place to drive one: Through a tunnel so you can listen to the exhaust note reverberating off the walls Worst place to drive one: Summer rush hour in Phoenix A typical owner is: Into the exhaust song of a British car that is pushing hard and making you pay attention to everything 44 Small cars, tight fits And they’re small cars. An even six-foot height for a potential driver seems to be the critical dimension. Less than that, and you’re probably fine. Above that and a lot depends on how you’re proportioned and articulated. Like so many vintage British cars, it’s all part of testing your temperament. Whether you regard the cramped cabin as charming or, well, just plain cramped, you’d do well to try one on before pulling the trigger on a purchase. For those in search of more power — and Sports Car Market handling. The Mark I sported a “swing axle” rear suspension. Just the sound of that should give you pause. If you go into a corner a little hot and inadvisably lift in mid-corner, the transition from understeer to oversteer happens in milliseconds. It’s really exciting if you’ve never experienced it. Plus it’s only worse yet if the rear tire pressures are low. Some have posited that the designers of the front and rear suspension never met each other, so your best hope is to use a “slow-in, fast-out” cornering technique to reduce the chances of tucking a rear wheel under the car. If you buy one of these models, search “camber compensator” for some valuable modification advice — and don’t say you weren’t warned. The Mark I cars were made from 1966 to 1968. The Mark II was known as the GT6+ stateside, al- though since it had less horsepower than the Mark I, some have suggested that it should have been called the GT6–. On the bright side, the Mark II cars, built 1969–70,


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The GT6 was simply overmatched. Triumph made about 41,000 GT6s over their seven-year run that ended in 1973, while over 168,000 240Z models were produced over the years 1970–73. The GT6 still is a great entry into vintage British car ownership. Ease of maintenance with a good-looking GT form, a great-sounding engine and all of the sensory stimulation you could want combine to make the GT6 a satisfying car to drive. Even now, more than 40 years since the last GT6 was produced, just about any part you could want is available, so they are easy to keep on the road. The usual blanket warning about rust applies here as well, but if you’re shopping for a vintage British car and you haven’t been automatically checking for rust, you’re in need of an intervention. Call me. I’m here for you. ♦ have a significantly re-engineered rear suspension with reversed lower wishbones and Rotoflex driveshaft couplings that are the outer articulation point on the half shafts. Therefore, they don’t have the camber problems of the swing axle on the Mark I. However, “Rotoflex” is British for “big rubber donut,” and you’ll not want these to be the original items — or even too vintage — as rubber deteriorates over time. Would you want to drive on 45-year-old tires? Finally, the Mark III rear suspension incorporated a lower wishbone and U-joint instead of the Rotoflex, so never let it be said that the Triumph Motor Company didn’t learn from experience. Enough warranty claims and even they made adjustments. Mark III cars rolled off the line from 1970 to ’73. Datsun killed the GT6 So what happened to the GT6? Datsun, mostly. Most agree that the introduction of the 240Z, with its coupe body, 6-cylinder motor and impressive performance resulted in lowered demand for the GT6 — as well as other British sports cars of the era. March 2018 45


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Collecting Thoughts A Conversation With Bill Warner Race cars are a frequent focal point of the Amelia Island Concours, owing in part to Bill Warner’s background as a racer A Lifelong Passion for Cars and Car People “I look on the two fairways at Amelia as my canvas, and every year I have to paint a new portrait wrapped in creative ideas with an historic perspective.” by Chester Allen and Bill Warner Photos courtesy of Bill Warner M ost of us know Bill Warner, 74, as the guy who dreamed up the Amelia d’Elegance — and quickly guided it into world-class status. We also know him as the guy who happily sprays the Amelia Island winners with top-notch Champagne. All of this is cool beyond words, but the man himself, in his own words, has always been all about cars and car people. When did you get into cars, and how have they influenced your life? Cars have been my passion my whole life. My mother told me my first word was “Chevrolet.” Cars have not so much influenced as dominated my life. What was your first car, and how old were you when you got it? It was a 1961 Buick LeSabre 2-door hard top. Hand-me-down car. I used to drag race it at the Walterboro, South Carolina, airport on Saturday nights. My first new car was a 1966 Ford 2-door hard top. It was silver with a black vinyl top. Bill Warner founded the Amelia Island Concours 23 years ago and has shepherded it to world-class status What is your favorite moment with cars or car people? I’d have to say racing or being among my racing friends and heroes. Sir Stirling Moss (my lifetime hero), Hurley Haywood, Dan Gurney, Derek Bell, Brian Redman, David Hobbs, Jochen Mass, Hans Stuck... I 46 could go on, but those are a few of my friends I always enjoy being with. Island Concours What gave you the idea for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance? Originally, the Jacksonville mayor’s office asked me to help them get a street race for the city. It could have been done, but the ugly face of politics entered the picture. The PR lady for the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Patti Joyce, called to ask if I’d put together a concours. I am not really a concours guy, but more of a race guy (and it reflects in the program on Amelia), and I said I would — providing the proceeds went to local charities. I am proud that we are the largest yearly contributor to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, the Mayport Navy and Marine Corps Relief Fund, and Spina Bifida Jacksonville. In addition, we support the Shop with Cops for underprivileged children. In all, we’ve given away over $3.25 million to local charities. For that I am very proud. Going in, what was your initial goal for the Amelia Island Concours? The initial goal to get through the first year was to be financially successful and to set new standards and themes for the show to follow. We want to be cutting-edge and creative. We are not the biggest or oldest, but we want to be creative and have fun doing it. Sports Car Market


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Warner with his 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, which he laments isn’t doing so well from a market perspective What has been your biggest surprise in connection with Amelia Island? Many questioned the Jacksonville area as the site of a world-class concours, but Northeast Florida is great. It is home of the Player Championship at Sawgrass, the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team, Historic Fernandina and the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine. We’ve got Daytona International Speedway, Gator Nationals… it’s just a terrific area for enthusiasts. Great golf courses (I don’t play golf), fishing (I don’t fish, either), beaches, outdoor life, rivers. The weather is fairly stable. It was no surprise to me — but was to others — that we are successful. Where do you see the concours world heading? Concours are starting to embrace post-war and more contemporary cars. That is thin ice. Initially (back in the early 1900s), a concours was as much about women’s fashions as it was about the latest carriages. Last year, we celebrated Japanese racing heritage from Richie Ginther’s 1965 Mexican GP Honda up through all the Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans winners. I believe it is safe to say we were the first concours to embrace Japanese cars, and we plan to do that more. Our audience grew up with Hondas, Datsuns and Toyotas. I grew up with Chevys, Fords and Plymouths. You have to understand your audience — but not cross that line that separates you from being just another car show. It is difficult. You don’t want to alienate your traditional audience and participants, but you must embrace changes. Do it with style and a sense of history. I look on the two fairways at Amelia as my canvas, and every year I have to paint a new portrait wrapped in creative ideas with an historic perspective. Where do you see the collector car world heading? The collector car world now has younger buyers looking for more contemporary cars. Some cars I’ve bought have decreased in value over the past three years, and some have increased. Ferraris are the gold standard. I have a 1971 Daytona, which I love and, from a value standpoint, has done well. My 1957 Eldorado Biarritz, on the other hand, has dropped 30% in value in the last couple of years. Last year, at the RM A circa 1978 image of Warner piloting a Brabham BT8 at Sebring Sotheby’s auction in Paris, I saw a Daytona hammer at $700k, which is a reasonable number, but a Porsche 930 Turbo S Cab for over $1.2 million? I did not understand that... simply ludicrous. We are seeing new, younger buyers for zoomier, newer cars. Do you have a favorite car? My favorite? I don’t have a favorite. The favorites I own are my 1971 Porsche 911T I ran in the 1975 Cannonball, my 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, a 2005 Ford GT, and my 2009 Mercedes 6.3 AMG. I sold my favorite race car recently — the 1971 Triumph TR6 (ex-Group 44/ Paul Newman). My favorites, if I had unlimited resources, are: Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 cabriolet (THE most beautiful Ferrari ever), a Porsche RS 60 Spyder, a Ford GT40, and a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Lungo. I have great taste far beyond my means. Why did you start spraying Champagne all over Amelia winners? The Champagne was a Dan Gurney thing. He started it at the 1967 Le Mans win and carried it to Amelia. I feel honored that he soaked me from head to tail. It culminates the celebration at Amelia and is easier to clean up than confetti. What is your favorite car event aside from Amelia Island? Amelia is work. The best show in the world is the Goodwood Revival. Lord March, the Duke of Richmond, has a real feel for nostalgia, and the Goodwood Revival is more than cars — it’s theater. Everyone dresses up and plays a part — it’s like going back in time 50 or 60 years. Theater at its best. More fun than you can imagine. Do you dress up for the Goodwood Revival? I wear my 1966 U.S. Air Force uniform. I go as Major Warner (laughter). It’s a lot of fun. Amelia Island is now considered one of the world’s top concours — and certainly among the most pleasant to attend. Where do you want Amelia to be in five years? I want it to always to be fun, entertaining and cutting-edge. My biggest goal is to avoid the Bill Warner Memorial Trophy. ♦ Visiting the Biltmore House with a BMW M1 March 2018 Bill and Jane Warner with fellow racer Dan Gurney 47


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Legal Files John Draneas The New Tax Landscape for Collectors The massive new tax law forces collectors to take another look at managing their collections and their estates The taxable gain is the $1,350,000 sales price less your basis in Car 3. “Basis” is the tax law’s term for your “investment” in the car. Although you actually paid $950,000 for Car 3 when you bought it, that isn’t your basis for tax purposes. You have to reduce your investment by the amount of untaxed gains from the previous exchanges. The simple math is to look at how 1031 Exchanges much you’ve invested over the years out of your personal bank account. That is only $350,000: the original $50,000 investment in Car 1, the $100,000 you kicked in when you bought Car 2, and the $200,000 you kicked in when you bought Car 3. Your $350,000 basis in Car 3 means the $1,350,000 sale produces a taxable capital gain of $1 million. Although ordinary income-tax rates have T he Republican Party’s Christmas present to all of us was a new tax law. It made good on several promises, the most notable being President Trump’s promise to get it done before Christmas. Ballyhooed as the most significant tax reform measure since 1986 — that it definitely is, although reasonable minds can differ about whether that is a good thing or not — it became law without a single Democrat voting for it. There are many publications that explain the new law for us, but they all try to cover the full landscape. Let’s take a more focused look at what the new tax law might mean for car collectors. 1031 exchanges disappear Pardon me in advance for expressing a personal opinion, but I’m not all that happy with the Republicans. They said they were going to lower my taxes, not my revenue! Our firm had a nice little business going handling 1031 exchanges for car collectors, and all of a sudden, they’re gone! Now, 1031 exchanges are available only for real estate. Aside from my personal financial problems, this effect is a real game-changer for many car collectors who have used 1031 exchanges to move up the collector car ladder without having to send any part of their gains to the U.S. Treasury. The abrupt end to this fun ride is going to be very expensive indeed. Let’s say you started with a car you bought for $50,000 — back when collector cars weren’t a big thing. You sold it for $250,000, but were clever enough to run the sale through a 1031 exchange and used that $250,000 plus another $100,000 to purchase Car 2. A few years later, you sold Car 2 for $750,000 and used another 1031 exchange to buy Car 3 with the $750,000 and another $200,000. Car 3 is now worth $1,350,000, and you’re thinking about taking another step up by trading it toward a $2 million collector car. Nice thought, but your bank account is going to get crunched pretty hard. Without the availability of a 1031 exchange, the sale of Car 3 becomes fully taxable. How much could that possibly come out to? 48 come down slightly, the top rate on capital gains stays at 20%. Also, the net investment income tax has survived, so add another 3.8% to the federal tax. State income taxes are unaffected, so add another 13.3% if you live in California — our highest-tax state. Finally, note that the new tax law limits your state and local tax deduction to $10,000, so you can’t reduce the state tax effect by deducting it on your federal return any more. All in, you’re looking at up to a 37.1% combined tax rate: Federal capital-gains tax ........................................20% Federal net investment income tax ......................3.8% State income tax ..................................................13.3% Total .................................................................... 37.1% That is $371,000 of taxes due, leaving you only $979,000 to reinvest in Car 4. You’ve got to think this is going to persuade a lot of collectors to hold onto whatever they own. That will reduce the market’s available inventory, thereby putting upward pressure on values. But a lot of buyers need to sell what they own to buy something else. When they sell their existing cars, they lose more money to income taxes. That leaves them less cash to spend, which will put downward pressure on values. How those opposing forces balance out is a question for an econo- mist, not a legal columnist. But consider one other little quirk in the collector psychology: Sometimes, the need to sell one car in order to buy another is not driven by financial need, but by available space. So maybe there will be some uptick in sales of car lifts and new garage construction to accommodate growing collections. Capital-gains rate Legal Files has explained many times that collector cars are not considered “collectibles” under the tax law, so they are not subject to the higher 28% capital-gains rate for collectibles such as art. Fortunately, nothing in the new tax law affects that definition, and the 20% top rate still applies. However, the persistent confusion about the applicable rate remains, and many tax preparers still balk at using the 20% rate. If you are being taxed on a substantial collector car capital gain, it is still a useful safeguard to get a qualified legal opinion on the applicable rate. While a legal opinion won’t guarantee the favorable rate, it should be helpful Sports Car Market


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in an audit and should insulate you and your tax preparer from any potential penalties. Basis step-up at death A key estate planning strategy has been the so-called basis step-up at death. The theory goes that, since your assets are being subjected to an estate tax at your death, double tax is avoided by changing their basis to their date-of-death values. By raising the basis to value, your family can sell assets right after your death without incurring any income tax. There was considerable concern that the proposed total repeal of the estate tax would result in the elimination of the basis step-up at death. As it turned out, the estate tax did not get repealed, so the basis step-up at death is still with us. The basis step-up at death remains the best way to get out of the capital-gains tax. That will motivate many collectors to hold onto their cars for their lifetimes, letting their families sell them afterward without income tax cost. That should reduce the market’s available inventory, thereby putting upward pressure on values. Increased exemptions Although the estate tax did not get repealed, the exemptions were doubled. The exact amounts are unknown because the inflation adjustment is being changed retroactively to 2011 to use the Chained CPI rate, and no one has seen the official math. Estimates are that the 2018 exemption will be just a shade under $11.2 million. Married couples still get to double that, so families won’t see any federal estate tax until their estates exceed $22.4 million. If your estate is well over those amounts, then it’s estate planning as usual for you. But doubling the exemption brings more estates under the estate tax threshold, making it more attractive to hold cars until death in order to get the basis step-up. But remember that nothing ever seems to be permanent in this part of the world. Not one Democrat voted for this bill, so it became law because of the Republican majority. Under Senate rules, tax permanence requires a 60-vote majority. To pass tax legislation with a 51-vote majority, the tax changes cannot have deficit effect beyond 10 years. To fit within this straitjacket, the doubled exemptions sunset at the end of 2025 — and revert to their current levels as adjusted for inflation. If you’re over the roughly $11 million estate level, that raises questions about the basis step-up strategy. If your car becomes subject to estate tax, that will be a higher rate (40% federal, plus, say, 10% state) than the 36.8% maximum income tax rate. Valuation discounts Many collectors have formed family partnerships and LLCs for their car collections in order to be able to discount their values for gift and estate tax purposes. This strategy makes great sense if your estate is taxable, as your estate tax rate is higher than the income tax rate your family will pay when they sell the cars. However, this is counter-productive when your estate is not subject to estate tax. Essentially, you give up the basis stepup without any offsetting estate tax savings. With the doubled exemptions, fewer collectors will want to use these entities. However, if the doubled exemptions sunset before your death, they make more sense. You either need a sharp crystal ball, or some very creative entity design that allows you to toggle the valuation discounts on and off. Finally, remember the talk about simplifying taxes so much you could file on a postcard? Don’t even go there! ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. March 2018 49


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Books Then, Books Now, Books Forever Not everything that existed before the early ’90s has been digitized and posted for instant retrieval on Google book a dozen times in the past. Some new fact will pop out — sometimes before I realize I actually need it. It’s not all online The Internet is a vast and amazing ocean of data. But its very immensity hides the reality that there is so much that has been written which was created before the World Wide Web was conceived. Astonishing as it may seem to some young folks, not everything that existed before the early ’90s has been digitized and posted for instant retrieval on Google. I may search through a 1953 copy of Road & Track or Auto Italiana and find the feature article I was seeking, but I often actually learn something new, exciting and more useful from an advertisement or a comment on an article published in a past issue that leads me to something else. Plus, there’s no better way to get a sense of the zeit- geist than by taking in the entire experience of a book. The paper, the typeface, the binding, the color repro- duction of the images can be very closely related to the time it was created. A book from the 1970s feels very different from one from the 1940s, 1920s or 1990. Knowing the context in which an object was made, Books allow you to lay your hands on history M any of my most treasured memories of childhood are of hours and hours reading books. Although it probably would have been beneficial for me to have spent more time outside playing with friends, I have no doubt that time in the pages of books is at the core of who I am today. I was reminded of this a few days ago, when a great friend arrived at my home for a brunch carrying two large tote bags. Inside was a complete set of “The World of Automobiles,” the 1974 22-volume encyclopedia — a massive compendium of all things motoring. I was thrilled to receive the gift. Books live on It has often been stated that printed books are dead — if not totally so, on their way there. The rise of the Internet, and at the very least digital reading programs, are said to have rendered the bound-paper book obsolete. I couldn’t disagree more strongly. This column is, after all, called “Unconventional Wisdom,” and I shall now state my case for the physical book — preferably hard cover. I own books on digital files and enjoy them very much for very specific reasons. If I want to read on one of my all-too-numerous airplane journeys, a tablet loaded with a few dozen digital books is quite handy. However, automotive history is both a passion of mine as well as an important part of my business, and my needs there are quite different. For me nothing beats the tactile and emotional thrill of turning the pages of a book and discovering the obscure bit of information that either answers that nagging question, or even better, sends me further onwards in search of more knowledge. The library I’ve built over decades, housed in my office and my home, is far more than solely a reference source. Even when I’m not working on a particular project, I can be suddenly drawn to take a book from the shelf as I pass by it, pulled to it by a force I don’t understand at all. It’s most often a book at which I’ve not looked for a while, sometimes years. When it happens, I often discover information I’ve never noticed before, even if I’ve read the 50 sold and used can inform me about it in a way much like learning to speak Italian in Hartford, CT, is quite different from speaking it on a daily basis in Milan, Italy. Absence makes the heart grow fonder While on a recent, long-needed vacation cruise through the Panama Canal, I received a message from a client asking if I would write a piece on Alfa Romeo. It would be due in four days. I politely replied that it would be impossible — I was not only on vacation, but I was thousands of miles from my library. After they implored me to reconsider and length- ened the deadline, I relented and accepted. After all, I did have satellite Internet access on board, and it was a subject with which I was quite familiar. In the end, it was far more difficult than it might have been with my trusty books at my elbow. Any time a reference is found online, due diligence requires I triple check and verify the source, as useless circular references, often incorrect, abound. Did I ever miss my library in those moments! There also remains the physical aspect of actual book reading. As I mentioned before, the sensations of lifting a page, and especially for an old and delicate book, handling an object that others have used, is a direct connection to the history I’m researching. The demise of radio was predicted first at the rise of television — then certified with the coming of the Internet — but it’s still around. Sure, the interactive experience might be different than it was in the 1930s, but it’s recognizable nonetheless. I will boldly state here that I fully expect to be turning pages of a hardbound book reading about the birth of autonomous electric/hydrogen cars 20 years from now. And I can’t wait. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman The Hard Sell Quick fixes aimed at increasing a car’s salability have ruined a lot of wonderful originality If you’re planning to sell it, photograph the hell out of it I n today’s market, even great cars can grow stagnant. With the ease of information and countless mediums through which we expose ourselves to collector cars, it is easy to overexpose an automobile. If something is for sale for too long, one starts to wonder what’s wrong with it — and that’s not always fair. Presenting a car for sale can be a tricky job, but with some attention to detail and a little prep, it can be well worth the effort. The more photos, the better One of the single biggest things a potential seller can do is properly photograph the car. This is eerily similar to online dating. When I’m offered a car, the first thing I do is look at the photos — if I like what I see, then I’ll bother to read about it. If you don’t yet have good photos of the car, don’t offer it for sale. The auction houses hire professional photographers for good reason, and in more recent years, I’m sure we’ve all noticed that the number of pictures per car has multiplied. When I photograph a car of my own for sale, I often have well over 100 images to choose from — overall shots right down to some of the smallest details and flaws. After having prepped the car, taken it out and spent some time photographing it, the absolute worst feeling is having missed something, so I always take too many. And you should always be sure to take a picture of all the identifying numbers on the car. (They also come in handy when the car is in winter storage and you don’t remember the chassis number.) Prepping the car Getting the car ready for photography is also critical, as a lot can be achieved by doing a few small things. But please don’t take the following to be catch-all suggestions, as there are many variations of car and condition. Many aftermarket items/accessories should be removed, as should decals or event placards. A car’s correct period appearance is the goal, 52 and one of the biggest detractions can be modern tires. A wide tire with too low a profile can make even the best cars look horribly wrong. Now, surprisingly, I would argue that you don’t always see a re- turn on money spent prepping a car. A $100,000 car is a $100,000 car whether the clock works or not. So while you may not need to have the time piece sent out, do consider the items you’ve been meaning to fix. Potential buyers hate to worry about neglect, particularly when it’s a case of “what else haven’t they done?” Now, there are exceptions to the rule. If the car you’re looking to sell falls more into the barn find, inoperable category, you’re likely better off leaving it as it sits. Quick fixes aimed at increasing a car’s salability have ruined a lot of wonderful originality. What’s your number? It’s also important to have a good sense of pricing and relevant mar- ket comparables. A price guide is simply that, a guide — suggested pricing based on very basic data points. Throwing out a lofty number and backing it up with “Bonhams sold one in Monterey for X...” doesn’t really work. And more so than ever, unrealistic expectations quickly — and irreversibly — turn off buyers. Which brings me to my last point — a little blatant self-promotion here — use a professional. Few people trade stocks, sell a house, pay taxes, or even buy a bottle of wine without the input of an expert. There’s a lot to know — market comps, potential buyers, tax implications — OR simply just how, when, and where to sell. As long as we stay fair and honest, car dealers, brokers, and auction houses are worth the fee. With the value of collector cars today, selling one is an important process, and for many of us, doing it right makes a big difference. I sell collectors cars for a living, and I’ll be the first to admit it isn’t easy. Seek aid and advice where needed, and regardless of how you choose to sell it, best of luck! ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature Masterpieces Concours d’Elegance Masterpieces on Wheels This young German concours puts a small field through three days of very thorough judging A trio of racers on the grounds of Castle Dyck cars and more than 50,000 fans for three days starting on August 4, 2017. Three years ago, the event spun off a concours. The Masterpieces Concours C d’Elegance is a serious event with well-juried cars and a judging process that spans three days. All this is very exclusive. Appointments are luxurious, formally clad string quar- tets play at day and night events, white linen is everywhere and vehicles are displayed to take advantage of the best water, stone and gravel backdrops. Arrival day had surprises. Solid metal upright transporters were rare. More com- mon were single trailers with thin fiberglass clamshells or coated fabric sides on a lightweight frame. A Porsche 928 towed a Porsche 904. A Lister Jaguar appeared behind a custom 1959 Jaguar XK 150 shooting brake. Cars lined up for inspection. A team of judges swarmed over them for their first review and unique numbers verification. Classics then passed through an ancient greenhouse for professional portraits lassic Days is Germany’s biggest collector car event. For more than a decade, crowds have arrived at Castle Dyck on an August weekend to celebrate everything automotive. The 175 acres of castle grounds teemed with manufacturers, exhibitors, at an ancient gate, by a fountain and in front of blond castle walls. Then the cars moved to covered parking for preparation and additional scrutiny. Half the field was given scheduled 30-minute slots for judging on Saturday morning. Teams of three and four judges had ample time to interview owners, study documents, and give the cars a thorough look. In all, 42 jurists from four continents brought their expertise. After stationary judging, cars drove past the assem- bled jury and a small audience of guests. Participants gathered that evening for a black-tie event at Museum Insel Hombroich, a converted NATO missile base and now a park and art museum. A single award, “The Design Masterpiece,” was given to a 1968 Rame Metallico (copper) Maserati Ghibli by Giugiaro. Honorary Judge Johann Tomforde, famed Mercedes designer whose credits included the R129 SL and the Smart Car, explained the choice: “Whenever Details Plan ahead: The next Masterpieces Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for June 28–30, 2018. Where: Dyck Castle, Jüchen, Germany Number of entries: 65 by invitation Judging system: ICJAG (with multiple evaluations of each car) Admission: Check the website for the limited number of guest tickets that are available. Web: www.masterpieces.de 1958 Jaguar XK 150 shooting brake 56 I ask my students to draw a GT car, it’s the silhouette of the Ghibli. It was trendsetting at the time, and although the design is 50 years old, it is still today considered a modern design.” On Sunday, Saturday’s choices were again reviewed and the remainder of the field judged. All 65 cars paraded in front of Sports Car Market Story and photos by Mark Moskowitz


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Big winners (from left): 1952 Ferrari 250 Sport Coupe Vignale, Best of Show Post-War; 1929 Packard 645 phaeton, Most Pristine Masterpiece; 1930 Daimler-Benz 710 Rennsport, Best of Show the judge’s stand and perhaps 200 shaded viewers. Awards went to many, and there seemed to be a surprising dominance of cars with a race history. Jürgen Barth, 1977 Le Mans winner, drove the Race Car — Race Heroes class- winning Attwood Hermann Porsche 908/3 with a flourish and a spray of gravel. “It was my favorite car, perhaps the best handling,” Barth said. “I raced one over 25 times. Still today I’m dreaming of driving this car.” On Friday the Porsche had appeared with a misspelled “Atwood” on the cockpit. The decal soon disappeared. That gaffe and another were recognized: In this chassis’ sole race outing, the Nürburgring 1000 in 1970, there were no driver names on the car. Only class winners could be considered for Best of Show. Judges voted the 1952 Ferrari 250 Sport Coupe Vignale the best of the post-war cars. It had won the 1952 Mille Miglia with Giovanni Bracco at the wheel — and was claimed to be the first-ever car with Ferrari’s legendary 250 engine. The Most Pristine Masterpiece was not a racer but a magnificently preserved, Dietrich-bodied 1929 Packard 645 phaeton. It sported its original canvas top. Owner Axel Schuette felt vindicated. “I saw it in Seattle, fell in love and had to bring it to Germany,” he said. “Packards are an amazing value. I can’t think of a classic that offers more car for the money spent.” An Adler that had competed at Le Mans on three occasions and a DKW Stromlinie coupe were among the rarely seen cars that filled the ranks of “Noble Dreams of Streamline.” A Tatra T77 was judged best in class. Best of Show was the regularly rallied 1930 Daimler-Benz 710 Rennsport that had A Tatra T77 was a Best in Class winner been built for Malcolm Campbell. When not driving the storied Bluebird to land-speed records at Daytona Beach, Campbell had used this car for British hillclimbs and time trials at Brooklands. His ownership was shortened. A journal accompanying the car had a 1931 entry in German. Translated, it read: “After ennoblement by the English king, Mr. Campbell only drives English producers.” As the concours closed, organizer Marcus Herfort celebrated the field, the process and the conditions. “After two years, I was wondering if we could do this in dry weather,” Herfort said. “If you talk to the owners, they are amazed because they (the judges) take such a long time judging,” Herfort said. “It’s not about see and be seen, it’s really about the passion of the people.” Herfort and Chief Judge Chris Kramer have put to- gether a serious and quickly respected event known for its commitment to honoring originality and attracting legendary vehicles. The backdrop is spectacular, and the demeanor is “The Design Masterpiece” winner: 1968 Maserati Ghibli March 2018 relaxed. Repeatedly echoed by all who attended was the thoroughness and quality of the judging. All appreciated the three-day process and felt it lent credence and greater value to the prizes given. All hoped to be invited back next year. ♦ 57


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Feature Judging The Masterpieces Concours Setting the Standards Questions raised can be researched and discussed with other judges who may be experts in a marque. There is time for a second look and even a third Story and photos by Mark Moskowitz Judges for The Masterpieces Concours take their positions on the review stand T wo years ago, a cadre of chief judges met with a goal of establishing standards that would allow greater consistency and fairness in concours judging. It’s been a process of continuous improvement. The International Chief Judge Advisory Group’s 100-point form has been widely circulated. The form is divided into 20 major categories, and it emphasizes originality, authenticity, condition and function. In the event of a tie, up to three additional points can be awarded for historical importance, rarity and elegance. During the past year, a laminated supplementary form has been added. Suggested point deductions for variances in more than 200 subcategories have been listed. For example, incorrect stitching on a soft top might lead to a half-point deduction, while an engine that does not start costs five points. Prior to multiple concours, ICJAG senior members have been giving two-hour, no-cost seminars to judges at all levels to better acquaint them with the process and to update them on changes. Chris Kramer, an ICJAG member and frequent judge on both the East and West Coasts of the United States, questioned the validity, accuracy and reproducibility of an inspection that is typically performed over a period of two to three hours on up to 10 cars. Chris is chief judge at the Masterpieces Concours at Castle Dyck on the outskirts of Dusseldorf. It’s a private event and limited to 65 carefully selected cars. Here the judging process takes three days and is described as follows: As cars arrive on the Friday of Masterpieces weekend, they undergo inspection. Chassis numbers, engine numbers and identification plate data are recorded. Judges photograph the identifiers and the cars. Owners or handlers accompany the car during the process. After formal photos are taken for the benefit of the event, cars are accessible in open-sided tents, where judges can continue to evaluate the cars. By late Friday, team groupings are revealed, and all judges attend an ICJAG semi- nar. The field is divided among 15 imaginative classes. Most classes have four cars. Teams of three or four class judges examine the cars, taking responsibility for one class on Saturday and one on Sunday. Owners and handlers are given predetermined times for inspections. Formal judging takes place over 30 minutes. Engines are started and lights and gauges are inspected for function. Judging sheets are handed in on Saturday but may be revised if new information is revealed. Cars are paraded for guests and judges during Saturday afternoon. The remaining 58 A Tatra undergoes initial inspection Sports Car Market classes are formally judged on Sunday. Scoring sheets are tallied and class winners determined. All judges but the six junior judges vote the best pre- and post-war classics and choose one of these as Best of Show. Honorary judges and the chief judges determine the best preservation piece and other special awards. While it seems ponderous and prolonged, the system has distinct advantages. Judges do not have to make the snap decisions forced on them during a typical 12-to15-minute session. Questions raised can be researched and discussed with other judges who may be experts in a marque. There is time for a second look and even a third. Judges have an opportunity to study the whole field and make unhurried decisions about Best of Show. Judges and owners praise the process. Nigel Matthews, chief judge at three major North American concours and a chief class judge at the Masterpieces, summed it up: “In my opinion, it’s the most seriously judged concours in Europe and this has a positive effect on the type of vehicles that are attracted to the Masterpieces event…. and it’s led to greater appreciation of the awards given.” ♦


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Feature Reflecting on a Sculpture’s Sale Riffing on Jerry An eight-foot-tall sculpture of jerry cans in human form prompts some verbal jazz by John Ransom Phillips Editor’s note: Art has a unique impact o and what some see is not what others see. I case of Jerry, a piece of art from Nys Herv that sold at RM Sotheby’s “Icons” sale, this is what New York-based artist and writer John Ransom Phillips sees — and feels. B ruised and battered — but not broken — the human body has weathered many climates of pillage and outrage. We scratched images of ourselves in caves to further our existence and to gain advantage in the hunt. We have exaggerated the symbols of our sexuality to find nourishment in the eyes of others. Who can blame us for taking our bodies apart to rearrange them and to recall our relative existence in time and space? When we navigate our inventions — called “cars” — who has not identified with the secrets of the motor, the mystery of the glove compartment or the cool of the trunk? If we accelerate, all of nature be- comes a blur, especially people and, less so, traffic cops. Our bodies are submerge that are designed to hold us in thrall to wh going. On the open road, we are dependent but our identity with the car and its speed — w does not have to take us anywhere in parti And there is gas. Yes, we have inven that is essential now to our identity. A m paraffins, naphthenes and olefins. Why not perceive the human body in i Thick red gas cans are stacked in me human proportion. The parts are greate whole because as you build our images building blocks of technology that define the gentle softness of our flesh, heart and n We are larger than life because we are m of gas cans — deep red ones. Until we no longer need gas. Until we n need its cans. But you always knew that. ♦ 60 Sports Car Market ©2017 courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Sports Car Market PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market 64 Sports Car Market


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FERRARI: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione, p. 66 ENGLISH: 1964 Aston Martin DB5, p. 68 ETCETERINI: 1974 DeTomaso Pantera L, p. 70 GERMAN: 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT, p. 72 AMERICAN: 1943 International Harvester M5 half-track, p. 74 RACE: 1952 Jaguar C-type, p. 76 NEXT GEN: 2018 Bugatti Chiron, p. 80 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione; Cymon Taylor ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s March 2018 65


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Ferrari Profile 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione This car is the most important LWB California — and one of the stars of the Ferrari world by Steve Ahlgrim Details Number produced: 41 steel-bodied LWB cars and nine aluminum LWB examples. In addition, 51 steelbodied SWB and three aluminum SWB examples were built. Original list price: $12,000 Current SCM Median Value: $18,070,000 Tune-up cost: $4,000 Distributor caps: $450 Chassis number location: Left frame member by steering box Engine number location: Right rear motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org SCM Investment Grade: A Alternatives: 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider, 1959 Ferrari 250 TdF, 1953–55 Jaguar D-type Comps Chassis number: 1451GT Engine number: 1451GT T he late 1950s and early 1960s was the golden era of sports car racing. Every weekend, privateers and manufacturers alike would take to racetracks around the world, racing everything from home- built specials to the latest and greatest in handcrafted, exotic Italian sports cars. One of the major players in the sports car racing scene in the United States was Luigi Chinetti. Chinetti was a highly successful racing driver — having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans outright in 1932, 1934 and 1949. He was also the Ferrari distributor for the United States and the man behind the fabled North American Racing Team. NART entered a trio of cars for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959. They included 250 GT LWB California Spyder chassis 1451 GT — the car presented here. This car finished 5th overall and 3rd in class, making 1451 GT one of the most significant Ferraris in existence, a high point for NART’s career, and one of the more important cars from the most celebrated eras in motorsport. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 141, sold for $17,990,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s “Icons” Auction in New York City, NY, on December 6, 2017. Not all Ferrari 250 Gran Turismo Spyder Californias were created equal. In fact, a critical review of individual models shows the production was really more a series of one-off cars 66 than a series production of the same model. Most casual Ferrari enthusiasts know the model evolved from a long-wheelbase model to a short-wheelbase model. Some Californias had elegant recessed headlamps with Plexiglass covers, while others had conventional open headlamps. However, fewer enthusiasts realize the depth of individuality in the model — or how different configurations relate to a car’s value. There were at least five different engines used during the California’s production — all variants of Gioacchino Colombo’s legendary 250 design. The series of engines evolved from the original 260-hp “inside plug” — with spark plugs inside the V unit — to a 280-hp “outside plug” with spark plugs outside the V unit. A single distributor evolved to twin distributors. Then came tweaks to carburetors, engine internals and even air cleaners. Some examples were pushing much more horsepower than their factory ratings. Other important mechanical updates included a switch from drum to disc brakes. Different bodies — and elite aluminum cars California bodies were also built in many variations. Every punter can tell an open- vs. covered-headlight example, but an expert can often tell the chassis number of the car just by looking at the body. The short-wheelbase model’s body was, not surprisingly, shorter than the LWB models. The stubbier body 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder (covered headlamps) Lot 125, s/n 1503GT Condition 2 Sold at $9,473,130 RM Sotheby’s “Leggenda e Passione,” Maranello, ITA, 9/9/17 SCM# 6846437 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione (covered headlamps) Lot 33, s/n 1603GT Condition 1 Sold at $18,150,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/16 SCM# 6804248 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Lot 59, s/n 2935GT Condition 4- Sold at $18,644,874 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/6/15 SCM# 257236 Sports Car Market Cymon Taylor ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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gave the SWB a more aggressive look than the LWB. Other treats, such as different rear-end styling, taillamps, bumpers, gas fillers, dashes and front fender vents added spice to the series. Nine LWB and three SWB Californias were built in aluminum; the balance were built in steel. These 12 aluminum cars were built in varying degrees of competition trim. It is assumed that all 12 were intended to find employment on the racetrack, but not all did. Two Competizione California Spyders stand above the rest. Our subject car, chassis 1451, is one of the two. RM Sotheby’s auction catalog is spot-on in the description of chassis 1451. It is the most important LWB California — and one of the stars of the Ferrari world. A rich history Finishing 5th overall at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans puts it in rari- fied air, but that was just the start of many wins and impressive finishes. Having been owned and driven by legendary exotic-car dealer and RM offered the car at their 2007 Monterey auction. I covered the sale for SCM. The car sold for $4,950,000 — an astonishing number at the time. The sale was well above any known sale of a California. I noted, “If you could ever justify paying too much money for a car, this was the car.” racer Bob Grossman adds to the tally. After Grossman retired the car, 1451 went through a couple of East Coast owners before landing in Jon Masterson’s West Coast garage. Through the years, Masterson’s stable included a couple other retired thoroughbreds, including a 250 GT Tour de France — basically a closed-top California — a 312 P and a 512 BB LM. After purchase, Masterson treated chassis 1451 to a top-notch res- toration, preserving all the competition candy. Over the next 26 years, Masterson campaigned chassis 1451 on both the concours field and the vintage-race circuit, thrilling those who saw it. RM offered the car at their 2007 Monterey auction. I covered the sale for SCM. The car sold for $4,950,000 — an astonishing number at the time. The sale was well above any known sale of a California. I noted, “If you could ever justify paying too much money for a car, this was the car.” Headlamp covers matter — most of the time Interestingly, later during that same 2007 Monterey weekend, an- other California sold across town for $4,455,000. It was a non-comp, steel-body example with an inside-plug engine. There’s no way that it March 2018 67 should have sold that close to chassis 1451, but there was a difference that tipped the scale. That car had covered headlights, and chassis 1451 is an open-headlamp example. Covered-headlamp Californias are one of the most beautiful cars on earth. Many California buyers will only consider a covered-headlamp example. This time, the headlamps didn’t matter. Chassis 1451 was recognized for what it is — not what it looks like. It is a true icon of the Ferrari world. This car is a Classiche-certified, purpose-built race car, bodied in lightweight material, with a competition-prepared engine. It is uniquely configured with outside fuel filler, cloth seats and a Plexiglas deflector across the hood that moves track debris over the car’s low windshield. This California Spyder has been predominantly featured in nearly every story written about California Spyders — and in most articles covering Ferrari racing accomplishments. The estimate on chassis 1451 was $14 million to $17 million. The number seemed to be a bit conservative, considering that lesser cars have sold for more. However, a strong stock market, rising interest rates and other investment opportunities have siphoned off some of the money that has been chasing Ferraris, so RM Sotheby’s caution was justified. The sale completed at $17,990,000, including buyer’s commission. That was not a record for a California Spyder, but it was a record for an open-headlamp example. The car will be staying in the United States and sharing space with several other top-tier Ferraris and a few Picassos. The purchaser has a liking for red Ferraris over historically correct ones. I suspect the Le Mans livery will soon be covered in red. The seller made more than $10 million on his investment, so he can’t be disappointed. The buyer got a trophy Ferrari for less than what a barn-find, steel-body street California Spyder sold for in Paris on February 6, 2015. I don’t see a windfall profit this time around, but if there’s profit to be made, this is the right car. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.)


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English Profile 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Paul McCartney’s old DB5 fetches a vast price — but it’s unlikely he’d recognize the car now by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1964–66 Number produced: 886 coupes (plus 123 convertibles and 12 station wagons) Original list price: £4,175 ($12,775) Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $81 Chassis # location: Plate on right side of scuttle Engine # location: On left of cylinder block next to generator Club: Aston Martin Owners Club Web: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1960–64 Maserati 3500 GTi, 1961–64 Jaguar E-type 3.8, 1954–57 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: DB51653R the time. McCartney ordered the car prior to his departure for C the Beatles’ world tour in the summer of 1964. The DB5 was subsequently registered in the musician’s name. Accompanying paperwork shows the price was £3,800 10s 0d plus purchase tax of £793 6s 8d. The BMIHT certificate on file shows that the Aston was originally finished in Sierra Blue with black interior, registered BYY 379B (subsequently CLX 654B). Factory options listed include Armstrong Selectaride rear shock absorbers, Motorola radio, powered aerial, two Marchal fog lamps, chrome road wheels, heated rear window, two Britax safety belts, three-ear hubcaps and detachable headrests. Unusually, the car was also supplied with a Philips Auto-Mignon record player and, reportedly, the original interior leather featured musical-note-styled patterns in the stitching. Presented in truly immaculate condition, 1653R comes with copy guarantee form, a V5C registration document, current MoT; invoices relating to its recent restoration, and the BMIHT certificate. The full story of its life, celebrity owners, and restoration is also detailed in a beautifully presented full-color 141-page book by Bespoke Photobooks. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 132, sold for $1,814,818, including buyer’s pre- 68 hassis 1653R was completed at Newport Pagnell on July 3, 1964, and delivered on September 22, 1964, to Bryce, Hamer & Isherwood, Paul McCartney’s accountants at mium, at Bonhams’ New Bond Street Sale in London, U.K., on December 2, 2017. I last saw this car at RM’s Battersea, London, sale on October 21, 2012, after it had been cosmetically restored in its original blue, with 8,742 miles recorded. It sold for $554,875/£344k, which was then about market price for a tidy DB5. I wrote: “Recently restored in France and Italy. Excellent all around, with new leather and paint. Original under-dash Philips record player is included with the car but stored loose in the footwell.” And I went on to opine: “Originally supplied to Paul McCartney. But that didn’t appear to count for much here, selling for decent DB5 market value. Offered but not sold at H&H’s September 2011 Duxford auction at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 187591), so the seller was probably glad to take the money.” Life with a Beatle McCartney owned this DB5 for six years. Although his subsequent DB6 LLO 840D got more press, this was probably his first Aston. It was ordered at a high point, just weeks after the Beatles’ famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and the completion of filming “A Hard Day’s Night,” their first film. In a September 1967 profile of Paul McCartney, Time magazine wrote: “Bachelor Paul, 25 (his favorite “bird” is 21-year old actress Jane Asher) is a movie addict, loves ‘the look of London’ and tools around town in a spiffy blue Aston Martin DB5.” That was then. Now the car looks somewhat differ- 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (subject car) Lot 166, s/n DB51653R Condition 1Sold at $554,875 RM Auctions, London, U.K., 10/31/12 SCM# 214035 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 26, s/n DB51612L Condition 2 Sold at $880,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/17 SCM# 6811969 1965 Aston Martin DB5 (4.2 liter) Lot 271, s/n DB52098R Condition 1 Sold at $990,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/17 SCM# 6828955 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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ent — including changed colors in and out, and a slightly altered spec. If after another massive restoration the aim was to create the best DB5 in the world, the restorers have just about succeeded here. But the car is now nearly all new, and I would have thought it more important to keep a car considered of historical importance as original as possible. Baby, it’s a new car Even Chris Evans, who repainted his entire Ferrari collection white with blue trim a few years ago, kept this DB5 in its factory color when he had it freshened up six years ago, although he added the “64 MAC” plate. The need for the “Baby, you can drive my car” inscription it now wears inside the glovebox lid underlines how far this car misses the point: There’s no part of it, save perhaps the gearknob, that might have been touched by the hand of McCartney. Three restorations don’t leave much of the original character of a hand-built car. So, let’s be clear. Not much of McCartney’s DB5 remains here. The car’s signature feature, the Philips record player mounted under the glovebox, which was still present in 2012 though not fitted, loose in the footwell, was nowhere to be seen during viewing. The original leather trim with musical motif, if it ever existed, was lost two re-trims ago. One has to ask why Evans climbed out of it, although in this period he was buying and selling quite a few high-end cars. Perhaps it became apparent that after the cosmetic resto, more work was needed under the skin. Something like 75% of the body is new. To be fair, it sounded as if it needed a lot of structural steelwork, as Alan Smith Motors replaced sills, outriggers, wheelarches, inner fenders, radius arm mounts, doorframes and hinge pins in the course of the extensive four-year restoration completed in 2017. To reach some of those frame parts, you have to peel back the alumi- num skin, which then gets wrinkled at the edges and generally spoilt. So it’s neater to replace with new. Re-skinning does, however, wipe away history by reducing the content of the car that left the factory. Even the mechanical specs have changed, although the changes are near invisible. As well as motor enlarged to 4.2 liters, there’s power steering and an electric cooling fan. One might surmise that with so much changed, there was no sense in keeping it original — which makes the trying-too-hard glovebox inscription a bit of an enigma. It could be put back to original, of course. RM’s 2012 catalog de- scription said that an authentic sample of the original interior material remains with the car, in case a future owner wished to re-create the car in its original livery. But that would mean that the DB5 as McCartney knew it becomes another stage removed: three restorations don’t leave much of the original character of a hand-built car. So, let’s be clear. Not much of McCartney’s DB5 remains here. An outlier price I thought this was an overpriced trinket. It is unlikely to ever sell again for such an inflated price. It’ll probably appeal to Beatles fans somewhere who don’t “get” cars. I suspect its next home may be in a museum. Interestingly, in the same sale was a beautifully original left-hand- drive DB5. It was not as sparkly as our subject car, but it wore its history as testament of a cherished life in Portugal. That car sold for a much more realistic $1.14 million, and I know which one I would have had. Let’s call this correctly valued at about £800k for a beautifully restored DB5, plus £500k for the McCartney connection, which was lacking from the price paid last time. Further on the Beatles theme, the last lot of the sale was the ex-Ringo Starr custom Mini hatchback, although looking slightly different than when he had it, which sold for a huge $137,353 — to ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, who was there en famille with her husband, Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner. There’s no business like show business… ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $2,000,000 $1,600,000 $1,200,000 $800,000 $748,000 $400,000 $0 March 2018 $792,000 $969,044 $781,000 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe $1,650,000 This sale: $1,814,818 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 69


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1974 DeTomaso Pantera L A very original, low-mileage Pantera crosses the block in the right room and brings all the money by Donald Osborne Details Number produced: 5,629 Years produced: 1971–74 Original list price: $10,295 Current SCM Median Value: $68,900 Tune-up cost: $350 Chassis # location: Top edge of dashboard Engine # location: Rear of block near cylinder head Club: Pantera International Web: panterainternational.org Alternatives: 1973 Ferrari 308 GT4, 1973 Lamborghini Urraco, 1973 Chevrolet Corvette L82, 1973 Porsche 911S SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: THPNNR05756 F ord Motor Company president Lee Iacocca was a man who fostered bold new ideas and had the clout to turn them into reality. Among his wildest notions was that of a mid-engine supercar that could be sold by a Ford dealer, cooked into being with his great friend and former Argentinean racing driver Alejandro DeTomaso, in a storied collaboration with noted sports car designer Tom Tjaarda on behalf of respected Italian coachbuilder Ghia. The resulting DeTomaso Pantera was built in Italy but sold largely through Lincoln-Mercury dealers in the United States with a full factory warranty. It combined the dead-reliable 351-ci Cleveland V8 engine and American-style comforts — including power windows and air conditioning — with such European performance features as a ZF transaxle, power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes, and rack-and-pinion steering. Simply put, it was the best of all possible sports car worlds and it cost considerably less than a comparable Ferrari or Lamborghini. Several different variations of the Pantera were produced over the years. The one that Americans instantly recognize is the second-generation Pantera L, or Lusso (“Luxury”), which incorporated several detail changes for the U.S. market. Most notably, the Pantera L was significantly better built than earlier examples, a fact recognized and lauded by the automotive press of the time. This car was found to be remarkably and impres- sively original, including its Pantera Orange finish, the factory interior down to the carpets (protected since new by sisal mats), and even the four original Goodyear Arriva tires. 70 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 132, sold for $145,600, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s “Icons” auction in New York City on December 6, 2017. Alejandro DeTomaso was a character in all the best ways — and in some not-so-positive ways. One aspect everyone might agree on is that DeTomaso made things happen. He seemed to have a great knack for being in the right place at the right time. After a brief and fairly unimpressive stint as a race car driver, he married quite well to an American socialite and started his auto company, which would go on to guarantee his immortality. Moving in the circles of the legendary wealthy play- boys of the late 1950s and 1960s didn’t hurt. When the once-great coachbuilding firm of Ghia needed a new owner in 1967, he was able to buy it from his pal Ramfis Trujillo, the ne’er-do-well son of the notorious dictator of the Dominican Republic. Ghia would, along with his subsequent acquisition of Carrozzeria Vignale, prove quite useful to DeTomaso’s future ambitions. Ford and DeTomaso The relationship between Ford and DeTomaso was one that had great promise, and it is quite unfortunate that it didn’t work out in the long term. The progression from the Vallelunga, a small, beauti- ful, elegant, lightweight sports car, to the Mangusta, an equally lovely but muscular and almost brutish GT, to the Pantera can be described in Goldilocks terms: from small, to big, to just right. I am an unabashed admirer of DeTomaso’s creations, starting with his first, the Vallelunga and continuing onto the Maserati Quattroporte III, despite the fact that Sports Car Market 1973 DeTomaso Pantera Lot S71, s/n THPNNB05658 Condition 1Sold at $93,500 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 3/24/17 SCM# 6829740 1972 DeTomaso Pantera Lot 493, s/n THPNMB02477 Condition 2Sold at $86,350 Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/17/17 SCM# 68533742 1974 DeTomaso Pantera Lot 117, s/n THPNPU07338 Condition 3+ Sold at $90,200 Worldwide, Arlington, TX, 4/21/17 SCM# 6832733 Patrick Ernzen ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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those two cars could not be more disparate in appeal. After ceding the sports-car field to Chevrolet’s Corvette in 1958 — when the Thunderbird gained its back seats — various ideas popped up at Ford for a way back into the arena. Many thought it would come when the Mustang I was unveiled at Watkins Glen in 1962. Mid-engined and thoroughly modern in concept, it could have been an exciting addition to the U.S. automotive scene. Alas, market research showed a limited market for such a small, basic two-seater, and the project faded from probability. It’s widely accepted in the collector car arena that the highest value is found in vehicles with the fewest modifications from original specification. ... However, given the reality that the Pantera was so woefully underdeveloped when new, modifications are not only tolerated — they are now almost demanded for the cars to be usable. But the idea of having an exotic sports car in the Ford lineup didn’t go away — both Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca shared an enthusiasm for sporty cars and for Italy — and after thrashing Ferrari with the GT40, the thought of a Ferrari-beater for the showroom with a more refined pedigree than the Corvette had much appeal for both strongwilled men. Enter Alejandro DeTomaso. He had demonstrated with the Vallelunga and Mangusta that he liked working with Ford power. With Ghia and Vignale in his control, DeTomaso had the small-series production capacity needed for a project such as this. A tough start — but now a collectible The Pantera made a big splash at first, but the perfect storm of rushed development, concomitant initial quality problems, a sales channel that barely understood it, U.S. regulations for impact absorption and emissions, and the first fuel crisis doomed the car. Despite that, DeTomaso’s concept and Tom Tjaarda’s basic shape lasted in production for over 20 years. It still looks fresh today, and it is now established as a very desirable collector car. It’s widely accepted in the collector car arena that the highest value is found in vehicles with the fewest modifications from original specification. This doctrine has long held down the classic BMW market, which like the 1960s–70s Alfa market, was well populated with cars that their enthusiast owners had given various “updates” and “improvements.” However, given the reality that the Pantera was so woefully under- developed when new, modifications are not only tolerated — they are now almost demanded for the cars to be usable. However, the types and character of the mods buyers seek have changed. It is now acknowledged that it is possible to give a Pantera the reliability it deserves without straying into the areas of universal chroming, fender flaring and dropping in 427-ci engines with nitrous injection. A very original Pantera Our subject car was admirably original, thanks to a four-owner his- tory and very low mileage. It was stated that the first owner was a Ford executive, and the car may have been used in factory testing. The seller had the required cooling mods done and it was finished in a very appealing color. The only cavil I can state is that the front rubber bumper appeared a bit wavy in the catalog images. The idea of retrofitting the car with the European GT5’s small black front bumpers might have appeal, or at the very least, a better full-black rubber unit should be installed. The price realized was certainly at the highest level imaginable for a Lusso. Contributing factors were no doubt the low mileage, originality and venue. Given the still-underappreciated nature of these cars, prices in this range for well-sorted, original examples will not be unusual — even as the spread widens between this car and a resto-mod example. Appropriately bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $180,000 $210,000 $150,000 $120,000 $90,000 $60,000 $30,000 $0 March 2018 $84,530 $66,354 $86,400 1973 DeTomaso Pantera L Coupe $135,000 $198,000 This sale: $145,600 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 71


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German Profile Column Author 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT An inexpensive Porsche homologation special that is a lark to drive by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 1980 for GT, 1976–85 for the original 924, 1986–88 for the 924S Number produced: 406 Carrera GTs, 121,300 924s, 11,600 924 Turbos, 16,700 924Ss and about 101 race car specials Original list price: Approximately $26,000 Current SCM Median Value: $71,934 Tune-up/major service: About $2,000 because of double injectors; $5,000 major service with belts Chassis # location: Stamping on vertical engine compartment bulkhead, passenger’s side, in front of water bottle; aluminum tag on horizontal bulkhead next to water bottle, passenger’s side Engine # location: Stamped on engine block where bellhousing bolts in, below ignition-coil mount Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1975–78 Datsun 280Z; 1975–83 BMW 320; MGB; 1976 Capri II SCM Investment Grade: C Chassis number: WPOZZZ93ZBN700257 • Very rare homologation model • With service logbook and regularly maintained • Only 406 made • No reserve T his desirable and rare Porsche 924 Carrera GT is one of just 406 units produced, and is now one of the most sought-after models from the Porsche range. The car has hardly been used for the past few years and is in good condition both inside and outside. This Carrera GT has participated in sporting events and rallies, and it is equipped with a roll cage, harnesses and original seat belts. It also has an FIA Passport issued in 2014. The service folder delivered with the car includes invoices for services, most of which were carried out in the Porsche network. Its interior is in imitation leather, with the seats in black and red velvet. The carpets are in good condition. It is also equipped with its spare wheel and its toolkit and jack. The 924 Carrera GT, with 210 bhp on tap in a par- tially lightened body, offered brilliant performance. This very rare example will surely seduce any Porsche enthusiast. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 66, sold for $58,360 including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Paris, France, auction on November 5, 2017. The Porsche 924 GT is an underappreciated, at- tractively priced collector car, and it has an interesting development history that included some of Porsche’s best engineers. It is also relatively scarce — especially 72 in the U.S. — and a solid performer. For 1977, the 924 was Porsche’s new entry-level car, replacing the 914/4 and the one-year-only 912E. In those days of reoccurring financial duress, Porsche looked to joint ventures with cousin companies for their entry-level cars. Volkswagen manufactured the 914. For the 924, Audi provided the engine and gearbox and VW did the stamping and assembly. That downscale association with Audi and VW al- ways hurt the public perception of these models. The 911 crowd never accepted the cars as “real” Porsches, although they developed their own fan bases. Almost 116,000 914/4s and almost 133,000 924s were built — not bad for orphans. Enthusiasm for both the 914 and 924 emanated from the cars’ enhanced drivability, as both offered better balance than rear-engined 911s, with their inherent trailing-throttle oversteer. Cheaper interior materials, a “tinny” feel, and non- Porsche engines were the primary detractions. In the case of the 924, the Audi 1,984-cc inline 4-cyl- inder powerplant, even with a Porsche-designed cylinder head, compared favorably only with most tractor engines. The Bosch K-Jetronic-fed unit developed 125 horsepower in Euro spec — but only 95 in U.S. trim. Horsepower was raised to 110 when the initial U.S. smog equipment became obsolete. The Audi 4-speed gearbox also was perceived to be a step backwards, as was the combination of front disc and rear drum brakes. A 5-speed gearbox option was introduced for 1979. However, because of the handling advantages of a 48% front, 52% rear weight distribution, Porsche un- 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Lot 229, s/n WP0ZZZ93ZBN700414 Condition 3+ Sold at $49,696 Silverstone, The Porsche Sale, Northamptonshire, U.K., 10/20/17 SCM# 6853690 Comps 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Lot 252, s/n WP0ZZZ93ZBN700337 Condition 3+ Sold at $74,173 Silverstone, The Porsche Sale, Northamptonshire, U.K., 10/20/17 SCM# 6852458 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Lot 123, s/n WP0ZZZ93ZBN700218 Condition 3+ Sold at $97,947 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/8/17 SCM# 6817204 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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dertook 924 development projects. One project led to the 924 DP — built 16 strong — a U.S. kit-car race car designed for the SCCA D Production Class. In Al Holbert’s car, Doc Bundy won the National Championship in 1980. Another project created the 924 Turbo with power bumped to 170–177 horsepower (only 143–149 in the U.S.). Road testers loved it and buyers followed. The base for a race car The Carrera GT development program was undertaken to prepare the 924 to race in FIA Group 4, IMSA GTO and SCCA C Production Class. Homologation rules called for building 400 base cars in one year. The prototype 924 GT was shown at the 1979 Frankfurt Auto Show to gauge public reception. Engineers cut its weight by 330 pounds vs. the 924 Turbo. The car weighed about 2,460 pounds, growing to 2,590 pounds in the production version. The visual changes included wide polyurethane front fenders, big tacked-on rear flares, aluminum hood and aluminum door skins (fiberglass in production cars), stripped interior, front air dam and a bigger rear-lip spoiler. Underneath one found uprated Bilstein shocks and coil-overs, larger four-wheel disc brakes and tires, and a more developed M51/30 engine that delivered 210 horsepower and 203 foot-pounds of torque from a new crankshaft, new pistons, an intercooler, and a head that featured an 8.5:1 (unboosted) compression ratio. The 5-speed G51 gearbox was standard. Press and pubic reactions were favorable, and the 924 Carrera GT was introduced to Europe in June 1980 at a price equivalent to about $26,000. The car was not sold in North America. The GT hit 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph. Porsche built 406 examples by December 1980, although it took another year to sell them all. The Carrera GT homologated some very special cars To fully appreciate the Carrera GT, it helps to review the street and race cars that it spawned: the GTS, the GTS Club Sport, and ultimately, the GTR and GTP. The next step in the homologation process was the GTS, which re- quired 50 examples. It was a streetable performance car, not too far up the food chain from the Carrera GT. It developed 245 horsepower and 247 foot-pounds of torque, delivered a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) time of 6.2 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph. The suspension was refined, and 911 Turbo brakes were used. Special seats were installed in an even more stripped interior. The car’s weight was back down to 2,470 pounds. The price was about $56,000. The GTS Club Sport accounted for about 15 of the 59 units. It had a full Matter aluminum roll cage, 935 “lollipop” racing seats, often no rugs at all, plexiglass windows with fore and aft sliders for the doors and some suspension and engine-tuning tweaks. Four cylinders, two liters and 375 horsepower Then came the 17–18 GTRs and four GTPs – specifically outfitted for race and rally. They were stripped down to about 2,100 pounds, or 2,200 pounds in Le Mans endurance-racing trim. The rally-spec engine delivered 280 horsepower, while the road-race version twisted as February 2018 high as 375, with 300 foot-pounds of torque. That one delivered 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds and a 180-mph top speed. That level of performance would set you back about $86,000. The four Le Mans versions, built by Porsche Racing chief engineer Norbert Singer, were called GTPs, and they were even more radical. They had 14-point welded roll cages designed specifically to overcome every weakness in the GTS’s torsional rigidity, and 935-derived suspensions. Porsche entered three teams for Le Mans in 1980. The healthy car of Jürgen Barth and Manfred Schurti finished 6th overall while the other two, both down a cylinder, came in 12th and 13th. Just to bring the circle complete, we should mention the seven Dave Klym — aka Fabcar-built — U.S.-raced GTRs. They were purposebuilt racers and successful for a short time in SCCA, IMSA, and Trans-Am. Those custom-made, very tightly wound cars had about four real Porsche parts on them — roof, windshield, hood decal, and valve cover embossed with “Porsche.” They were bullet-fast but required a full-time, highly skilled mechanic just to keep them idling. A homologation special for under $60,000 Now, let’s get back to the silver 1981 924 Carrera GT at Artcurial’s auction. It was first registered in December 1981 out of the Lausanne, Switzerland, dealer. It had a complete maintenance book supporting 110,000 km, about 68,200 miles, with some regional competition in rallies and hillclimbs. A roll bar and competition belts had been added. The car looks to have been fully repainted and the interior showed use. It was not reported to have had a wreck, but only an inspection would have told us with certainty. Artcurial presented the car with no reserve. It sold for $58,360 in- cluding the buyer’s premium. Assuming there were no hidden issues, you had a presentable Porsche homologation special that would be a lark to drive for under $60,000. A 924 GTS would cost you about $300,000 — and a Club Sport would run up to $400,000. A GTR is a lot more and a Le Mans GTP might approach $1,000,000. The value-per-hour of wide grins highly favors the Carrera GT. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $120,000 $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 $49,904 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT Coupe $101,424 $70,461 This sale: $58,360 N/A 2012 2013 N/A 2014 2015 2016 73


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American Profile 1943 International Harvester M5 Half-Track You are the Big Dog if you drive this into the International Harvester Collectors Club’s Red Power Roundup by B. Mitchell Carlson Details Years produced: 1942–44 Number produced: 4,625 Original list price: $8,013.42 (with un-ditching roller) Current SCM Median Valuation: $177,778 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis # location: Plate on the dashboard — and near the left front tire on the left frame rail Engine # location: Pad on the upper driver’s side of the engine block Clubs: Military Vehicle Preservation Association Web: www.mvpa.org, www.halftrackinfo. com, nationalihcollectors.com/ Alternatives: 1942–45 White/Autocar/ Diamond T M2/M3 Half-Track, 1942–45 International M9A1 Half-Track, 1940–49 International K-8 through K-11 / KB-8 through KB-11 trucks SCM Investment Grade: BComps • Used during the Allied liberation of Europe, most likely with the Polish forces • Subsequently seconded to the French Army, which stationed it in French Guyana, South America, for decades • Brought back to France during the 1980s and sold to Belgian collector and Supreme Court Judge Mr. Louis Amerijckx, who stored it in the grounds of his chateau • Acquired from Mr. Amerijckx by Ivo Rigter in 1987 and treated to a 2,500-hour, chassis-up restoration over the next 27 years • Correct-type engine was overhauled by the Bugatti Works during the 1960s (and again as part of the refurbishment). Genuine parts were used wherever possible and sourced from all over the globe • Vehicle is liveried in the markings of the Polish 10th Regiment Dragonders and as a tribute to the famous Polish SOE Agent Maria “Krystyna” Janina Skarbek. Surviving World War II, she became a British citizen and took the name Christine Granville. Half-Track was also considerably easier to drive than a C 74 onceived as a high-mobility infantry vehicle capable of resisting small-arms fire and shell/ mortar splinters while carrying a dozen troops at speeds in excess of 40 mph, the M3 full-track machine. Despite the best efforts of the White, Autocar and Diamond T Motor Companies, demand was still outstripping supply by mid-1941. Approached by the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department, the International Harvester Company of Chicago, IL, designed its own version. Utilizing 5/16inch homogenous armored plate (as opposed to 1/4-inch face-hardened steel), the resultant M5 was heavier than the M3 but compensated by featuring a strengthened chassis and hull, tougher “banjo” axles and a more powerful International Harvester RED-450B straight-six OHV engine. SCM Analysis This vehicle, Lot er’s premium, at 58, sold for £135,000 ($177,778), including buythe H&H Imperial War Museum Duxford Motor Car Auction on November 15, 2017. The United States was fighting in World War II by 1942, and one of the new technologies that proved itself was the half-track. The standardized M2 Half-Track Personnel Carrier and M3 Half-Track Car — built at White, Diamond T, and Autocar — were good combat vehicles, yet deficiencies surfaced. U.S. Army Ordnance wanted enhancements in the de- sign and engineering, so bringing in a fourth manufacturer would keep production humming along at White, 1942 White M3A1 Armored Scout Car Lot 144, s/n 262164 Condition 3 Not sold at $39,000 Worldwide, Auburn, IN, 9/1/12 SCM# 213451 Sports Car Market 1943 International M9A1 Half-Track Lot 1083, s/n M9A11735 Condition 4+ Sold at $31,625 Auctions America, Portola Valley, CA, 7/12/14 SCM# 244532 1943 White M16 MGMC Half-Track Lot 1049, s/n 231188 Condition 3 Sold at $201,250 Auctions America, Portola Valley, CA, 7/12/14 SCM# 244515 Courtesy of H&H


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Diamond T and Autocar. In addition, our allies were also requesting more half-tracks, under Lend-Lease. The U.S. Army deemed that it made sense to add a fourth manufacturer. Enter International Harvester The U.S. government halted civilian truck production during March 1942, which put International Harvester in a bit of a lurch, as they had only smaller defense sub-contracts at that time. So IH went all in on getting a contact as the fourth half-track builder. The changes made on IH-production half-tracks were enough to warrant new designators. The M3 type was named the M5 when made at International Harvester. The M2 was, in essence, the M9, although all M9 production was actually the M9A1 (the A1 indicating for all builders and half-track types the use of a ring mount at the front passenger’s position for a .50-caliber M2 machine gun). There are two easy ways to distinguish an IHC half-track from the other three builders. The front fenders are of a simpler design and construction, and the crew compartment armor has curved corners. The curved corners were for crew safety. Armor on the M2 and M3 made at the three original manufacturers was bolted together in the corners. While this made the half-track quicker and easier to build, the bolts tended to sheer off and become shrapnel inside the crew compartment when the armor plate caught a direct hit from heavier-caliber shells. A bigger engine The International Harvester M5 Half-Track also has a larger engine. Even before the use of the heavier curved armor, the Army wanted a more-powerful engine, as they were considering the use of all-steel tracks (due to wartime rubber shortages). The IH Half-Tracks were built with their heavy-duty-truck 143-hp Red Diamond 450 inline 6-cylinder engine instead of the 386-ci, 127-hp White 160AX engine that the three original builders installed. After all the back and forth between International Harvester and the Army Ordnance board over the design changes and supply spares contracts, the first production M5 Half-Track was finally built in November 1942. IH-produced half-tracks were almost exclusively for Lend-Lease distribution to our allies. This decision eased supply problems for the U.S. Army in the field. Only a handful of IH M5 Half-Tracks remained in the U.S. for training use. While the Soviets were not particularly interested in the IH M5 Half- Track (they wanted trucks), the British and French used the vast majority of them. Our example is described as having been part of the Free Polish forces. After World War II, France and Israel were the biggest users. The Big Dog among IH aficionados Few IH M5 Half-Tracks are in the U.S., but it is possible to maintain them today with stock International truck powertrain components. The Red Diamond 450 engine was used in larger semi trucks, such as the K-8 through K-11 (and the post-war KB-8 through KB-11 with minimal changes). The examples that remain in Europe are easier to maintain and re- store, as the original service parts were shipped over during the war with the whole half-tracks. Still, some half-track-specific components are made out of Unobtainium, so modern owners tend to be cozy with their local machine shop. A decade ago, an IH-made M5 Half-Track commanded a slight pre- mium over a standardized Autocar/Diamond T/White in the Historic Military Vehicle market. The IH model is now easily worth a premium over the others. Being “Substitute Standard” for the U.S. Army meant that no M5s were officially brought back to the U.S. after World War II. Yet the M2 and M3 variants remained in U.S. service into the Korean War era — and even later with National Guard units. A few U.S. companies specialized in converting surplus half-tracks into civilian trucks. These days, U.S. collectors are very interested in the International Harvester M5 Half-Track. In fact, IH enthusiasts are really into them. If you show up with one at the annual International Harvester Collectors Club’s Red Power Roundup, you are the Big Dog on campus. The same guys who like and own 1911–14 IHC Mogul through 1982–84 model 7488 tractors have taken a shine to the half-tracks, and they have the ability to handle and care for a 15,000-pound armored vehicle. And, they can pay for one. The selling price is quite dear on our featured unit (even compared to the generous auction-house estimate), but I didn’t find myself flabbergasted. While the restoration was done a few years back, it’s still an outstand- ing unit that gets exercised regularly and comes from a well-known European collection that specializes in historic military vehicles. I’ll call this a case of getting what you pay for — while stepping up quite a bit to get it. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of H&H.) March 2018 75


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Race Car Profile 1952 Jaguar C-Type International racing success is a key part of a top-level C-type. This car didn’t run those races by Thor Thorson Details Years built: 1951–53 Number built: 53 Original list price: $6,500 ($60,000 in 2017 dollars) Current SCM Median Valuation: $5,736,000 Chassis # location: Top of left front suspension Engine # location: On head between cams Club: Jaguar Club of North America Web: www.jcna.com Comps: 1953 Ferrari 340 MM, 1951–53 Maserati A6GCS, 1953–56 Aston Martin DB3S SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: XKC007 Engine number: E10098 T his stunning C-type is just the seventh example of 53 cars in the chassis number sequence, and it wears the ninth body constructed. Chassis number XKC007 also claims important SCCA racing his- tory in the hands of the legendary Phil Hill. The Jaguar debuted as number 41 at Elkhart Lake in early September of 1952. As his son Derek recalls, Phil Hill actually drove the Jaguar himself from California to Wisconsin for the race. There, Hill won the Sheldon Cup race outright and finished 4th in the main event. The Sheldon Cup victory was the first win by a C-type in the United States. Having driven the car to the race, Hill then drove it back to Los Angeles! Piloted by the illustrious Phil Hill to the first-ever win by a C-type in the United States, this important Coventry sports-racer is undoubtedly one of the most historically significant privateer examples of the celebrated model. As Hill later recalled, “I was just in awe of the C-type when I first stepped into it. When I look back on it now, it makes me smile. The steering was light — almost scary light. It was the first car I ever drove that had a really precise feel about it — it really felt like a racing car.” SCM Analysis This car, Lot 131, sold for $5,285,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s New York “Icons” sale on December 6, 2017. It’s easy to get confused — and possibly way too casual — when considering seriously big-number collector cars. To the vast majority of those of us who follow the market for these things, $5,285,000 seems like all the 76 money in the world for a racing Jag, but I’m pretty sure that this result was a serious disappointment to both the consignor and the auction company. Understanding why this might be will require some consideration of the various distinctions that exist at the high end of the collector car market — and the way the market is willing to value them. The first modern post-war racing car First we should talk about the car. Regular readers of my profiles will know that I have written multiple discussions of the various 1950s racing Jaguars and have visited the backstory too many times already, so I will dispense with that part. Suffice it to say that the C-type Jaguar took the world by storm as fundamentally the first truly modern racing car to appear after the war. In a racing world dominated with ladder frames, rela- tively primitive suspensions, late-1930s concept engines and body designs more clumsy than efficient, the new Jaguar sparkled with new thinking. Aerodynamicists and aircraft engineers who had learned their trade building warplanes conceived and designed the C-type. The frame was a multi-tubular “space frame” that was both light and amazingly rigid. It even incorporated the beginnings of the monocoque construction techniques that have carried to present auto structures. The stiff frame allowed the suspension to be both supple and precise, which kept the tires attached to the road for better cornering and steering control. Malcolm Sayer designed the body under the direction that it look similar to the production XK 120 but be 1952 Jaguar XK C-type Ecurie Ecosse racer Lot 5, s/n XKC042 Condition 3 Sold at $4,774,182 Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/1/2013 SCM# 231851 Sports Car Market 1953 Jaguar C-type Lightweight racer Lot 235, s/n XKC052 Condition 2 Sold for $13,200,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/15/15 SCM# 266148 1953 Jaguar C-type racer Lot 114, s/n XKC011 Condition 3- Sold at $8,221,626 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/13/16 SCM# 6799966 Ryan Merrill ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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lighter and more slippery. His new design had the same frontal area as the XK 120, but it had 22% lower aerodynamic drag and was far lighter. By today’s standards the engine seems antique, but at the time it was a revelation in performance and reliability. It was conceived and built as a fully post-war design (although admittedly having stolen its concept from the pre-war Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 engine). It was arguably the first all-new British engine after World War II. The C-type was dominant from its first time out, won the 1951 Le Mans race by nine laps — and set the standards by which all future racing cars would be judged. It was the first post-war paradigm shift in auto racing, was stunningly beautiful even by contemporary standards, and was (still is) a joy to drive, both at the track and on the open road. The C-type ticks all the boxes for a serious racing-car collection. Crown Jewels and Gems When it comes time to understand the market for the top collector cars, I believe that it is necessary to differentiate between multiple sub-categories. It is intuitively obvious that not every collector car is equally desir- able, and I feel it is useful to identify groupings with a specific understanding that certain cars — more importantly, certain examples of a given car — can be perceived as belonging to one or another group depending on highly subjective criteria. How a given car is perceived can seriously affect its market value. For the sake of this discussion, I will set the categories as Crown Jewels and Gems. Crown Jewels are the absolute top, the cars that are so incredibly special and rare that, to those who can afford to play in that game, having them is more important than what you had to pay to get them. Possibly, in a Veblen Good kind of way, paying a lot is important. The market value of these cars appears more a function of the quan- tity of acquisitive rich guys with money than anything else, and it seems likely to continue to grow for the reasonable future. Ferrari GTOs and Testa Rossas are classic examples of this group. If a Crown Jewel car becomes available, the only question is who has the deepest pockets and/or financial pain tolerance to win the fight to own it. Gems sit immediately below Crown Jewels. Gems are cars that could be Crown Jewels, but they are available in such quantity that buyers can pick, choose and maybe wait for the next one before writing the check. This means Gems are less valuable and more subject to market whim (which for the past several years has been flat). The C-type, with 54 built, fits in the Gems category, as does the Ferrari 250 SWB. The important point here is that certain Gem cars, by dint of racing history or exceptional specialness of some sort, become perceived as Crown Jewels. Factory lightweight C-types and those with Le Mans success or storied ownership like Ecurie Ecosse make this jump, which can mean a 60% to 100% increase in perceived value over “ordinary” ones. Why — and what could have been Our challenge today is to consider not just what our subject car sold for, but what it maybe could have sold for, and why. March 2018 First, as to condition and correctness, I spoke with one of the top American anoraks of 1950s racing Jaguars, a man who had owned this car for years. He confirmed that this car was and is extremely correct and original. It was beautifully restored and maintained. It is as good a C-type as you are going to find. History, though, is a bit more of an issue. This car was the first C-type in the United States, and it was raced for a few events (very successfully) by Phil Hill before ending up as an undistinguished California club racer — and eventually a street ride. The problem is that racing Jags all made their reputation in European competition, so excellent international successes are essential to one being perceived as a Crown Jewel. This car doesn’t have those crucial European race wins. The current market Let’s accept that this was an excellent Gem C-type. Where is the market now? My specialist contacts all feel that £4.7 million to £4.9 million ($6.3 million to $6.6 million, as racing Jags are always valued in pound sterling) was a reasonable expectation. So this car came up seriously short. Why? One conjecture has to do with venue. Certain cars seem to sell better in certain locations, and putting this 1952 C-type into a New York “Predators’ Ball” event focusing on Crown Jewels may have been exposing it to the wrong market. Goodwood, London, or another European sale might have gotten a stronger response. Also, although the condition was undoubtedly necessary for New York, the car seemed way too polished. The best C-types and D-types are always a bit scruffy and race worn in their presentation — it gives them an honest feel. It is also distinctly possible that the market for Gem cars is softening, and this is the new fair market. My sources are unconvinced of this, but even if so, the successful bidder got an excellent car for his money. I think this sale was an outlier and the buyer should be pleased; I consider it to have been very well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) $15,000,000 $12,500,000 $10,000,000 $7,500,000 $5,000,000 $4,774,182 $2,500,000 $0 $3,725,000 2012 2013 N/A 2014 2015 2016 77 $8,221,626 This sale: $5,285,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1952 Jaguar C-Type Roadster $13,200,000


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Race Car Profile The Cumberford Perspective These cars are so practical that they were routinely driven great distances to and from race circuits in the day 3 By Robert Cumberford I don’t remember who or what won the airport “road races” in Madera, CA, in November of 1952, but I do have a clear memory of watching Phil Hill drive this very Jaguar C-type to 2nd place. The car was gorgeously graceful, and I fell in love with the generous, English-wheel-shaped alloy curves of the XK 120 C, as it was then officially named. The shape has worn well for nearly seven decades. Sighting a C-type in convoy with other British Le Mans cars on a narrow road in France’s Périgord region some years ago was as thrilling as that first sight in 1952. The car was meant for such roads. C-types are at once purpose-built racing cars and reasonable road-going sports cars. They are so genuinely practical that they were routinely driven great distances to and from circuits in the day — something unthinkable with the grotesque machines racing today. I had a ride in the Jaguar Heritage Trust’s example, and found it comfortable enough for extended touring. It’s no coincidence that more replicas have been turned out — in both left- and right-hand-drive variants — than Jaguar made in the 1950s. This car is, to me, the quintessence of what sports cars once were — and should be still. ♦ 1 6 2 4 5 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Only one door, with antiquated external hinges — but they’re aerodynamically shaped. 2 Gigantic fuel filler placed directly above the tank, as on generations of typically British sports cars. 3 Louvers. One can’t have a British sports car without them. At least you couldn’t 67 years ago, when the C-type first appeared at Le Mans. 4 The very tall hood bulge above the fenders was necessary to clear the extremely tall twin-cam engine, resulting in a truly voluptuous, Rubenesque body shape. 5 A superb — and totally inadequate — radiator grille. Overheating was a frequent problem with C-types outside of rarely hot England. 6 Having part of the rounded fenders executed in transparent material for the headlamps was innovative at the time — and quite beautiful to boot. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Generously rounded leading surfaces of the front fenders assured minimum loss from aerodynamic drag. 8 The fender profile lines, front to rear, were classical — and magnificent. 9 A long way from the typically British little folding windscreen, this plastic fairing protects the rear-view mirror as well as the driver. 10 It’s hard to imagine that these tiny taillights were adequate, but they were legal in Britain — and acceptable to Le Mans scrutineers. Remember, these very real cars were driven to Le Mans, not trailered or trucked. 11 The body is not as aerodynamic as it looks. Beneath the elegant skin, there is a lot of chassis apparent to both the eye and the air, increasing drag. 12 The visible “silencer” may not be terribly efficient, 9 8 10 7 but it does look serious and sporty. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) All business, the C-type cockpit is a reminder of the Le Mans rule that all consumables had to be on board the racers at the start. Presumably the driver was expected to change spark plugs if that was required, so they were kept close at hand. But where was the plug wrench? Visible chassis tubes are neatly closed off with flat panels for a very workmanlike ambiance. The lap belts are an anachronism. 11 12 78 Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Profile 2018 Bugatti Chiron Was paying a $500k premium to retail a farsighted investment or “drive-it-now” indulgence? by Simon Kidston Details Years produced: 2016–present Number produced: Only 500 cars will be built Original list price: €2,400,000 ($2,700,000 at the August 2016 exchange rate) plus tax Current SCM Median Valuation: $3,772,500 (this car) Chassis # location: Bottom of windshield on driver’s side and under driver’s footwell carpet Tune-up cost: If you have to ask... Club: Bugatti International Owners Club Web: www.bugattiowners.club SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: VR9SP3V3XJM795069 T his Chiron is the first U.S.-specification example ordered and is presented unregistered and in asnew condition. Finished in black with red highlights inside and out, as well as red brake calipers, this is a truly sinister-looking Chiron. As a brand-new car, it is still accompanied by its factory extended warranty. The car includes a number of accessories and gifts for the first owner, including a 1:8-scale Amalgam model of this car, a U.S.-specification rear bumper (the car is currently fitted with a slimmer R.O.W. version), a quick owner’s reference guide, and aluminum Bugatti crate containing a leather box with an extra key, speed key, flash drive, owner’s manuals, car cover and trickle charger. The opportunity to acquire this Chiron marks the very first occasion that one has been offered at auction and represents a tantalizing opportunity. The successful buyer of this Chiron will be treated to a personalized visit of the Bugatti factory in Molsheim, France. This includes lunch, a factory tour, and a test drive with a noted driver. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 137, sold for $3,772,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s “Icons” Sale in New York City, NY, on December 6, 2017. Once upon a time there was the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900, the fastest and most expensive car in the universe. Fast forward a World War, and a new kid from seemingly 80 The new owner gets a 1:8-scale model of the car as well Sports Car Market another galaxy appeared on the block: the gullwingdoored Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which swept all before it in GT racing and the showroom, where they probably wouldn’t have even given you a trade-in value for that quaint old Alfa. “Classic”? Nobody had thought of that yet. From here, both the pace and price tag escalation gain momentum. The following decade’s Lamborghini Miura can claim to be the first “supercar,” existing solely to excite rather than boasting any practical purpose. Its successor, the Countach, dominated the 1970s and served the same hedonistic role, especially late in its spoiler-laden life. Ferrari’s F40 finally reaffirmed the Prancing Horse as the supercar to beat in the 1980s — until McLaren’s single-minded F1 kicked it back to the Stone Age in the 1990s. 1995 McLaren F1 Lot 73, s/n Sa9AB5AC5S1048044 Condition 1 Sold at $15,620,000 Bonhams, Quail Lodge Sale, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/18/17 SCM# 6844521 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta Lot 154, s/n TBA Condition: Not yet built Sold at $10,009,800 (charity sale) RM Sotheby’s, Maranello, ITA, 9/9/17 SCM# N/A 2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse “Le Ciel Californien” Lot 133, s/n VF9SV2C24DM795020 Condition 1- Sold at $2,420,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/14 SCM# 245021 Patrick Ernzen ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s From the 1930s until the end of the 20th century, every decade had its automotive icon — an unattainable and otherworldly creation we could only read about or admire from afar. They are always rakish, powerful, lottery-win expensive and light-aircraft fast, with the power to inspire awe and dreams. Who’s the Daddy now? The love child of VW’s financial sledgehammer and Ettore Bugatti’s long-lost legacy, the Veyron assumed that mantle even before its longgestated birth in 2005. The Veyron’s uneasy crown With horsepower that blitzed anything seen before on the road, and performance figures that pipped even the F1 to the post, on paper and social media, the Veyron earned its crown. Pundits and collectors, though, are still divided. Its mixed parentage (Lexus LFA owners will sympathize) and mind-blowing maintenance As a Veyron owner, I’m not sure about the Chiron yet. It looks a bit Manga cartoon for my tastes, and the price takes it into serious-car territory, where you can buy Ferrari 275 GTB/4s, Miura SVs and plenty else besides with a proven track record, no mileage sensitivity, low ownership costs and not a whiff of crocodile driving shoes or male jewelry. costs have held the Veyron back in the marketplace. That said, I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t think the Veyron offers value compared to most of the offerings from the Modena area. Look underneath a Veyron and an Enzo and it’s like comparing a private jet to a school project. Perfectly rational people, though, aren’t usually the ones who collect things in the first place. A refreshed king At the 2016 Geneva Motor show, the long-serving Veyron was replaced by the Chiron, named like its predecessor after a pre-war Bugatti driver. It’s not a clean-sweep design like, say, the Countach after the Miura, but rather a refresh. Think of the Aston V8 giving way to the Virage. The silhouette and basic mechanical architecture are finessed but familiar, with power, acceleration and top speed increased to keep other pretenders at bay for another few years. The price has progressed too: From the Veyron’s initial €1 million plus tax, the Chiron now sells for €2.4 million plus tax and before options (which typically tack on another €300,000). March 2018 81 What of the market? The Chiron, then, is today’s gold standard of supercars. But what does our subject car’s auction result tell us about its market? Time to pull in some industry favors… My first call is to a well-known supercar dealer who specializes in offering “the unobtainable” to his celebrity clients. “I think the NYC auction result was strong. Bugatti have priced this car very aggressively, and although there’s a waiting list, I’m sure there will be cancellations,” he said. “Let’s see if the next one can repeat that price, but it makes the Veyron look good value.” For the opposing view, I managed to reach a company insider on his skiing holiday. “The color scheme was very personal, but I felt the NYC Chiron wasn’t expensive if you compare it to what, say, the last-ever LaFerrari Aperta made at auction in Maranello,” he said. “Admittedly, those are no longer available, and that sale was for charity, but the Ferrari sold for four times its list price. You’d have to wait over two years to buy a new Chiron, and yet this one was just $500k over retail.” More sales ahead It won’t take us long to find out how the result compares to the broader picture, as two more Chirons will have come to auction by the time you read this — one car with 1,000 km (621 miles) in Paris and the other with delivery miles in Florida. There are a few for sale on the Internet, but the usual caveats apply: Cyberspace is full of ambitious Walter Mittys offering cars they don’t own — or that don’t exist. As a Veyron owner, I’m not sure about the Chiron yet. It looks a bit Manga cartoon for my tastes, and the price takes it into serious-car territory, where you can buy Ferrari 275 GTB/4s, Miura SVs and plenty else besides with a proven track record, no mileage sensitivity, low ownership costs and not a whiff of crocodile driving shoes or male jewelry. For now at least I’d call this a fair deal all round — but for discre- tionary road hooligan fun, not investment. Isn’t that how we all started in the first place? ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.)


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $49m RM Sotheby’s, New York, NY, p. 90 $12m Bonhams, London, U.K., p. 104 $6m McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, p. 116 $3m H&H, Duxford, U.K., p. 128 Roundup, p. 138 orts Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $49m RM Sotheby’s, New York, NY, p. 90 $12m Bonhams, London, U.K., p. 104 $6m McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, p. 116 $3m H&H, Duxford, U.K., p. 128 Roundup, p. 138 RM RM Sotheby’s “Icons” display in New York City, NY; courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Market Reports Overview Supercars Drive End-of-Year Sales Vintage racers from the heyday of Ferrari and Jaguar and modern hypercars boost year-end totals Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson fell from $72.5m two years ago to $44.8m now, the sale was nothing less than a rousing success. The 250 GT LWB Spyder California Competizione high seller exceeded its pre-sale estimate by nearly $1m. Bonhams’ New Bond Street Sale nearly R 1. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione, $17,990,000—RM Sotheby’s, NY, p. 98 2. 1952 Jaguar C-type roadster, $5,285,000—RM Sotheby’s, NY, p. 92 3. 2018 Bugatti Chiron coupe, $3,772,000—RM Sotheby’s, NY, p. 94 4. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 convertible, $2,700,000—RM Sotheby’s, NY, p. 92 5. 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe, $2,540,251—Bonhams, U.K., p. 114 6. 2014 Pagani Huayra coupe, $1,850,000—RM Sotheby’s, NY, p. 100 7. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $1,814,818—Bonhams, U.K., p. 108 8. 2018 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder, $1,732,000—RM Sotheby’s, NY, p. 98 9. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,407,500—RM Sotheby’s, NY, p. 95 10. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,352,500—RM Sotheby’s, NY, p. 95 Best Buys 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe, $18,150—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 145 86 doubled last year’s $6.4m total by selling 21 cars for $11.6m. The intimate setting caps out at 30-some cars, so Bonhams tends to pack in some of the best cars available. Top sale was a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO at $2.5m, but an Enzo came close at $2.2m while not selling. H&H’s fall auction from the Imperial War Museum M Sotheby’s held their third New York City sale, dubbed “Icons,” this time, from Sotheby’s Manhattan headquarters. While the automobile totals A Phil Hill-driven 1952 Jaguar C-type roadster, sold for $5,285,000 at RM Sotheby’s “Icons” New York City auction had no supercars to speak of but featured a number of important Jaguars finding new homes. However, it was several collections that brought in oddballs such as a World War II Ford GPW, Hotchkiss M201 and an International M5 half-track that really piqued reporter Paul Hardiman’s interest. Every year, we bring you coverage of McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car auctions. This year’s fall sale beat last year’s numbers in the two most important areas — cars sold (321 vs. 305) and dollars brought in ($6,121,028 vs. $6,059,380). Surely, Keith McCormick also counts it a win that the sell-through rate also increased over last year’s number from 60% to 64%. Our Roundup Market Report fills you in on high- lighted lots from Bonhams’ Olympia, U.K., sale, Dan Kruse Classics’ Houston auction and Mecum’s year-ender at Kansas City. Chad’s Market Moment: RM Sotheby’s is on to some- thing. Sure, every auction company wants to sell Ferraris, Mercedes-Benzes and Jaguars from the 1950s. But how many are able to consign them, then stage those cars for auction under Old Master paintings? And then add in some of the most desirable modern hypercars — LaFerrari, F12 tdf, 918 Weissach Spyder and the first chance on U.S. soil to own a Bugatti Chiron — to ensure no million-dollar bidder wants for any particular type of car. I’ve heard plenty of high-end car market observers from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach compare a certain class of cars to art — and it’s eventually likely the cars in that realm will end up in museums, public or private, for a long time. One sale, even three versions of it, doesn’t make much of a trend, but it can be how they start. Cambridgeshire, U.K. November 15, 2017 Palm Springs, CA November 17–19, 2017 Dan Kruse November 25, 2017 Nov 30–Dec 2, 2017 Bonhams-Bond Street London, U.K. December 2, 2017 Bonhams-Olympia London, U.K. December 6, 2017 $0 $10m $20m 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 Bonhams could possibly pull off the same setup, given the breadth of their entire company. Gooding & Co. could manage it as well, with their historic Christie’s connection the likely tie-in. Eleven million-dollar cars is a rare feat. It doesn’t take a long memory to call back when whole car-auction weeks totaled 11 cars topping a million dollars, and $44m took days to reach — not just an evening on the Upper East Side. ♦ New York, NY December 6, 2017 RM Sotheby’s Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Houston, TX McCormick’s Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue H&H $3m $6.1m $919k $8.2m $11.6m $4.4m $30m $44.8m $40m $50m 1999 Ferrari 355 Spider, $53,025—McCormick’s, CA, p. 118 1986 TVR 280i convertible, $7,425—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 142 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Riviera town car, $307,500—RM Sotheby’s, NY, p. 92 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 coupe, $27,500—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 146 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Gary Anderson shares his picks of what’s hot — and what’s not — in today’s Mercedes market by Gary Anderson Buy: Classic Mercedes coupes For enthusiasts who want to enjoy the timeless style, reliability and parts availability of Mercedes-Benz classics, my buy recommendation is simple: any classic coupe. The company’s tradition has been to produce sedans at all price lev- els and in large numbers, but then design and build halo-model coupes and cabriolets using the same powertrains in much smaller numbers, regardless of profitability. The cabriolets at all levels have long since grown in value, but the counterpart coupes offer the same styling and performance satisfaction at much lower prices and with greater potential for appreciation. Four of my favorites are the 6-cylinder W128 220SE coupe, pro- duced from 1958 to ’60, with a median value of $80,000; the 6-cylinder W111 280SE, produced 1968–71, valued around $50,000; the 280SE 3.5, produced with a V8 engine in 1970 and 1971, with a median value of $102,000; and the 6-cylinder W114 280CE produced 1970–76, with a median value around $15,000. Sell: 1954–63 Mercedes-Benz 190SL If you’ve still got an unrestored 190SL sitting in your garage, I would recommend that you seriously consider selling it rather than restoring it. This little brother to the 300SL is now getting a lot more attention in the marketplace as Gullwing, and now Roadster, prices have broken through the million-dollar barrier with no sign of slowing momentum. Unfortunately, intended to be affordable when new, the 190SL offers only 120 horsepower and really isn’t capable of sustaining highway cruising speeds. Unrestored examples often are abysmally rusted due to moisture that collected between the inner and outer body panels. The only investors who are going to be making money on show- quality restorations will be dealer/brokers who can afford to ship their cars to Eastern European countries where labor costs are still low and classic restoration skills are still available. Hold: 1963–71 Mercedes-Benz 230SL, 250SL and 280SL On the other hand, if you are fortunate enough to own the successor model, the W113 230SL, 250SL or 280SL, built between 1963 and 1971, in at least good drivable condition, you would be better off holding on as you watch prices continue to appreciate. In the meantime, except for their rear-end gearing making them buzzy at highway cruising speed, these two-seaters are attractive, comfortable and totally competent for long trips. With the weatherproof factory-equipment hard tops that gave them the Pagoda nickname, they’re also good year-round for weekend events in most parts of the country. That combination of attributes indicates that these most prolific of collectible Mercedes-Benz automobiles can be expected to continue to hold their value in the future. If you missed your chance to acquire a W113, the successor R107s are fantastic buys too if carefully selected, and can offer as much enjoyment for considerably less money. 88 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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RM Sotheby’s New York, NY RM Sotheby’s — Icons of Motoring Auction star 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione, Le Mans success and one of eight in aluminum, sold for $17,990,000 Company RM Sotheby’s Date December 6, 2017 Location New York, NY Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 25/32 Sales rate 78% Sales total $44,846,900 High sale 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione, sold at $17,990,000 Buyer’s premium No doubt a thrill to own — 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione, sold at $17,990,000 Report and photos by Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel and Mark Moskowitz Intro by Jeff Trepel Market opinions in italics T he third edition of their biennial December New York sale, entitled “Icons,” confirmed that the com- 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices bination of RM and Sotheby’s can conduct a successful highlevel car auction in the literal home of elite art auctions — the upper floors of Sotheby’s headquarters on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The sale almost could have been dubbed “Modern New York, NY A superb Aston Martin DB5 convertible realized $2.7 million — a record for a DB5 convertible at auction. Fifteen cars had low estimates over $1 million, and 11 sold. Three of the four that did not sell were Ferraris, including an exquisite 1961 250 GT Series II cabriolet, the final prototype 365 GTB/4 Daytona and the aforementioned LaFerrari. There were seven no-sales at the auction in total, all of which were Ferraris or Porsches. The sample size at this exclusive auction may have been small, but the upper end of the market appears to be quite healthy. Although modern cars were prominent in this auction, there were also superb Icons” as five of the 32 cars artfully displayed in Sotheby’s galleries were 2014-or-newer supercars, including a 2016 Ferrari F12tdf, a 2014 LaFerrari, a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder and a 2014 Pagani Huayra. The newest was a 2018 Bugatti, the first Chiron to come to the U.S. All sold except the LaFerrari, which garnered a high bid well short of its $3,250,000 low estimate. Eight additional cars were 1989 or newer, including a 2000 BMW Z8 famously owned by Apple icon Steve Jobs. The auction’s star was a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione: a successful Le Mans participant and one of eight in aluminum, surely one of the world’s most desirable cars. It did not disappoint, selling at $17,990,000 (including premium), $1 million beyond its high estimate. Another high-value racer was the 1952 Jaguar C-type, XKC007, with U.S-only racing history including drives by Phil Hill. XKC007 did not reach its low estimate, but sold for a healthy $5,285,000. 90 older cars, including only two pre-war cars: a lovely 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost with a later Brewster Town Car body, and a graceful 1932 Marmon Sixteen LeBaron convertible. Breathtaking designs from the 1950s included a 1954 Bentley R-type Continental, one of five bodied by Franay, and 1952 Chrysler d’Elegance, an historic collaboration between Virgil Exner and Ghia’s Mario Boano. These four cars were appropriately displayed beneath valuable Old Master paintings from an upcoming Sotheby’s auction. One automobilia lot rather overshadowed Sales Totals all the others: an original racing suit and helmet worn by Steve McQueen in the movie “Le Mans.” As a teenager in 1971, the consignor’s late husband won the suit as second prize in a contest conducted by a German magazine; he was disappointed not to win the first prize, a Porsche 914. The suit and helmet were offered here at no reserve and sold for $336,000, below the auction estimate and two similar sales, but exceeding the prices of one-third of the automobile lots in the auction. And how much do you think that 1971 Porsche 914 is worth today? ♦ $70m $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 Sports Car Market NO AUCTION NO AUCTION


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RM Sotheby’s New York, NY ENGLISH #135-1923 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST Riviera town car. S/N: 390XH. Eng. # 21215. Black & dark blue/black leather/black leather & embroidered gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 20,141 miles. British right-hand-drive Silver Ghost chassis with American Brewster Riviera body commissioned in 1929. The other nine Rivieras were on later Phantom I chassis. Catalog states that 390XH has never been restored, rather repainted once “several years ago” and otherwise preserved by a series of high-profile owners. Incredibly solid and precise door shut for an 88-year-old car, and the repaint is beautiful. Elegant (rear) interior with beautiful wood inlays and unique embroidered wool upholstery. No provision for weather protection for the poor chauffeur, and his plain black leather seat shows aging, perhaps appropriately. Slight tarnishing and pitting on radiator grille. Cond: 2+. BEST BUY Car has ridden a tide raised by a 2015 sale of a C-type with Le Mans history for $13.2m (SCM# 786216) and of a Le Mans-winning D-type which brought $21.8m last year (SCM# 6809484). I suspect present price represents the norm for rare important racing Jaguars without an international racing history. (See profile, p. 76.) #123-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE Conti- SOLD AT $307,500. One of three British noreserve entries (along with the ’66 E-type roadster and the Austin-Healey “Goldie”) to fall far short of expectations. The hammer price here was barely half of the $500k low estimate. The car is simply magnificent—Cole Porter was right when he wrote, “You’re the top, you’re a Brewster body”—and I had a hard time discerning why the car fell flat. I showed this car to a couple of Rolls-Royce aficionados who felt there was a slight style mismatch between the older upright chassis and the relatively sleek Riviera body; perhaps that played a role. In any case, a fantastic deal for the lucky buyer. #131-1952 JAGUAR C-TYPE roadster. S/N: XKC007. Eng. # E10098. British Racing Green/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,277 miles. Driven by a young future F1 World Champion Phil Hill in five 1952 competitions, four of which are best described as club races. Obviously restored but not recently. Application of paint appears without flaw. Numerous polishing marks. No obvious dents. Panels are very straight. Some loss of paint and oxidation on external exhaust. Wheels are excellent. Interior paint on floor and door panels scratched. Leather has some creasing, with no rips. Chronometer of later vintage below dash. Phil Hill’s signature adorns back panel. Engine compartment excellent. Modern electric fan. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $5,285,000. Sold at RM’s Monterey sale in 2009 for $2.53m (SCM# 1664894). One of 53 C-type Jaguars and in outstanding condition. TOP 10 No. 2 92 nental coupe. S/N: BC51LC. Eng. # BCC50. Black/tan leather. Odo: 25,627 miles. Has the most desirable specs: left-hand drive, 4-speed center gear shift and lightweight seats. Welldocumented example benefiting from a mechanical refresh by Vantage Motorworks prior to 2012 appearance at Amelia Island. Since then, the car has been “customized” with a late S1 cylinder head and a modified carburetor setup, with the original parts available to the purchaser. Shows very well, with excellent— but slightly aged—paint and minor mottling to some of the brightwork. Magnificent interior with lovely wood inlays and special Franay touches, showing just the right hint of patina. A motorcar of tremendous presence. Cond: 2+. 26DUH66988. Cream/tan canvas/tan suede & beige mink. RHD. Odo: 39,121 miles. Eccentric Big Healey was 1958 Earls Court show car, randomly awarded to a show-goer by The Daily Express newspaper. In addition to 24k gold-plated near-everything, equipped with Connolly leather interior and Champagne mink seat inserts, re-created during restoration. Fitted from new with 4-wheel power disc brakes. Restored in the mid–1980s with overdrive added, followed by a refresh in 2014. Very little to quibble about condition-wise, but with inevitable slight tarnishing to the gold bumpers and other hardware. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $179,200. Another British car offered at no reserve that did not fare well. The $350k–$550k estimate seemed very aggressive compared to most estimates at this sale, but even with the buyer’s premium included, this car could barely achieve half of the low estimate. Ably represented by a marque expert, Goldie was presented in the very back of the Sotheby’s gallery behind the immense Saoutchik Cadillac, but I’m sure anyone who was really interested found it. I’ll speculate that the poor result arose from lack of usability, with the gold trim and the mink seat inserts, plus irrelevance to American Healey enthusiasts. Wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up again for sale in the U.K. in the future. TOP 10 No. 4 #130-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 convertible. S/N: DB5C1923L. Eng. # 4002075. Midnight Blue/blue fabric/ SOLD AT $1,083,000. A great majority of the R-type Continentals were bodied at H.J. Mulliner, but five were bodied at Franay— three in this near-copy of the familiar Mulliner fastback design. When examining the car closely, there are many subtle differences from the Mulliner, but Mulliner should have sued Franay for copyright violation. This is a gorgeous and hugely desirable car, and the Franay variation would certainly gain points among the Bentley cognoscenti. RM sold this car at their 2014 Monte Carlo sale for $963,000 (SCM# 6709742), so only modest appreciation since. Sold here at a healthy price just above the low estimate—but in the same range as many Mulliner fastbacks. Apparently there was little premium for the Franay body. #143-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 “Goldie” roadster. S/N: BN62260. Eng. # Sports Car Market fawn leather. Odo: 24,116 miles. Product of a multiyear restoration now at least eight years old. Some polishing marks and a 12-cm area of darkened paint on the right side of the hood. No other obvious paint flaw. Some scratches and wear of trim around windshield and wipers. No dents here. Other chrome is excellent. Panels are straight and gaps better than new. Broken convertible-top snap. Interior leather is excellent, with some creasing of driver’s seat. Engine compartment is immaculate. Some oil on display stand in vicinity of rear main seal. Factory air. Numerous concours awards. Cond: 2+.


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RM Sotheby’s New York, NY Market Moment SOLD AT $2,700,000. This Aston stood on its own merits. Produced late in the three-year run, the DB5 sported a 5-speed gearbox. It was one of 123 convertibles, of which fewer than 40 were left-hand drive. Bidders recognized the quality of the Steel Wings restoration and the car’s importance. An auction record was no surprise. Pepper Yandell ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1958 Austin-Healey 100-6 “Goldie” Roadster Sold at $179,200 RM Sotheby’s “Icons,” New York, NY, December 6, 2017, Lot 143 Chassis number: 26DUH66988 D onald M. Healey may be better remembered as a car builder, but it’s just as accurate to call him a car sales promoter. Even before the production line of the new Austin-Healey 100 started in 1953, Healey’s small company was busily building prototypes to enter that year’s Mille Miglia and Le Mans race to build publicity for the new model. Then there were the record-setting campaigns. Shortly after the production line started, Healey and company were on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats setting speed and endurance records to gain more publicity for the Austin-Healey 100. Racing, rallying and record setting all figured prominently in Donald Healey’s promotion efforts. Then there is this car, which a complete departure from Healey’s promotions paradigm. This 100-6 is known as “Goldie,” as all the parts that were usually chromed were gold-plated. There were mink inserts on the kid-leather seats. There was ivory on the steering wheel and shift knob and dash switches. Yes, it was gaudy as hell, and no, it was not Healey’s idea. Ken Gregory, the Donald Healey Motor Company public-relations manager, dreamed up Goldie as the ultimate attention-getter for the Healey stand at the 1958 London Motor Show at Earls Court. Healey was reluctant and insisted that the project could go ahead only if the car could be pre-sold at a fixed price to cover the cost. Gregory found such a buyer in the Daily Express newspaper, and after the show they awarded it as a prize in a contest. Goldie was little more than an out-of-character footnote in Austin-Healey history until 1983, when Bruce and Inan Phillips — of Healey Surgeons, the highly respected Takoma Park, MDbased Healey specialty shop, found and bought the car. A multi-year restoration (is there any other kind?) followed — including several breathtaking invoices for gold plating and mink and kid-leather upholstery. Bruce and Inan owned the car for about 30 years and showed the car occasionally at some of the annual Austin-Healey club meetings. They finally sold it to the consignor several years ago. Goldie has now recently sold again — this time at auction and far below the estimate. The new owner has an interesting conundrum: What to do with it? It’s difficult to picture this car in classic rallies. It was not designed for rallying, and it never trod a rally course back in the day. Vintage racing should be out of the question. The car could pull duty as a weekender — if secure parking is assured — and the concours circuit is certainly a natural. However, perhaps most likely of all we’ll see it back at auction sooner rather than later. They say that gold prices could go through the roof at any moment. — Reid Trummel SOLD AT $235,200. This Jaguar shows off a stunning restoration, and is finished in its original all-black. Ownership thread believed to verify odometer mileage of just over 14,000. Little use since restoration. Consignor paid $319k for it post-restoration at RM Sotheby’s Monterey in 2015 (SCM# 6796740). Counting in fees and transport, this was a significant drop in price after just two years—and not much driving. A 1966 E-type is simply a bit less desirable than an early model. Well bought and painfully sold. FRENCH #137-2018 BUGATTI CHIRON coupe. S/N: VF9SP3V3XJM795069. Black & red/black & red leather. Odo: 250 miles. First U.S.-market Chiron, with 250 test miles. Has 1,500 horsepower (300 more than the most powerful Veyron) and an electronically limited top speed of 261 mph. If operated at that top speed, the fuel tank would run dry in seven minutes (five minutes faster than said Veyron). Surprisingly minimalist interior design. Tiguan exterior door handles? RM Sotheby’s announced from the podium that the successful bidder would be treated to a visit to the Bugatti works in Molsheim, including lunch, a tour and a test drive. (Does he have to pay his own airfare?). Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 3 #147-1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series 1 convertible. S/N: 1E13575. Eng. # 7E103779. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 14,985 miles. Exquisitely restored several years ago. Paint, body panel fit, interior, chrome, undercarriage and engine compartment all meet high-level concours standards. Hard top installed, and rubber gasket fit a bit off. A spectacular car. Cond: 1. 94 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s New York, NY SOLD AT $3,772,500. The Chiron list price is just under $3m, and there are always options. Sold mid-estimate, likely consistent with actual dealer transaction prices if there were any. Fair price for all, but brilliant marketing by RM Sotheby’s and Bugatti to raise the profile of the Chiron by giving the very wealthy the opportunity to compete for the first U.S. car. (See profile, p. 80.) GERMAN TOP 10 No. 10 #134-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N: 19804055-00593. Eng. # 198 9805500631. Fire Bri- gade Red/tan leather. Odo: 21,273 miles. Older full restoration, finished early 1990s, in non-original color scheme. Holding up well and appears to have been driven sparingly since. Massachusetts inspection sticker on windshield dated 1993. Paint shows minor wear from certain angles and visible cracks at front fender and trunk. Chrome perfect everywhere; rubber gaskets holding up well. One rubber stop on door sill missing—a very minor but in-your-face flaw. Seats and dash look nearly perfect, supporting little use since restoration. Undercarriage appears clean and unused. Fitted luggage created during restoration, probably still awaiting its first journey. Cond: 2+. Market Moment David Bush ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1960 Volkswagen 23-Window “Samba” Microbus Sold at $207,200 RM Sotheby’s “Icons,” New York, NY, December 6, 2017, Lot 121 Chassis number: 686862 high-water mark for 23-window (1951–63) and 21-Window (1964–67) VW vans. Join me on a trip to the SCM Platinum Auction Database, which is rich in premium Samba sales. In April of 2017, a 1961 23-window Deluxe microbus sold for $291,500 at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm T SOLD AT $1,352,500. This iconic collector car is beautiful, but it shows some signs of age that leave it in uncharted concours territory. In my view, these minor flaws make it a perfect candidate to start driving it again. Gullwings have stabilized in price during the past few years and they are arguably now the gold standard of high-level collector cars. Moderately well sold. #126-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N: 1980427500649. Eng. # 198 0427500672. Silver gray metallic/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 13,238 miles. Smoothly applied silver metallic paint with shiny clearcoat. Overspray of trunk finish on right trunk edge and masking marks on left edge of hood. Panels are straight and fit is better than new. Trunk elevated on rubber gasket. Euro-spec lights on American-market car noted in auction write-up. Chrome on right front bumper is damaged or peeling. Seats show minimal creasing but less shine than expected and quite visible bulges where edges secured. Dashboard chrome excellent but topmechanism chrome is pitted. Engine compartment is immaculate. Tool roll, Becker Mexico radio, fitted red leather luggage. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 9 March 2018 Beach auction (SCM# 6834225). During Barrett-Jackson’s 2017 Scottsdale Auction, a 1965 21-window resto-mod bus sold for $302,500 (SCM# 6826646). As far back as 2011, a 1963 Samba brought $217,800 at Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County auction (SCM# 182248). So big money for a Samba is not exactly a recent trend. In all, the SCM Platinum Database lists 46 Samba transporters selling for at least $100,000 since 2010. Here’s the thing: Samba vans aren’t all that rare. VW made over 100,000 of them between 1950 and 1967. Admittedly, most of those were slowly transformed into iron oxide decades ago, but there are still enough on the road that 22 Sambas crossed auction blocks in 2017. This particular sale is, if anything, probably a little disappointing for the seller. This van has been perfectly restored. The engine is entirely correct, the paint is gorgeous, and it’s even got the folding ladder to help you lug stuff up onto the optional roof rack. The van is said to have won all the awards it’s possible to win in California, and that’s not even subject to quibble. If any Samba was going to set a new high-water mark, this should have been the one. But that’s not what happened. It’s not likely that the VW Transporter has peaked in popularity. It’s probably just the age-old rule of auction sales: A big price on any given day depends on having enough bidders who are excited about this particular vehicle. — Jeff Zurschmeide 95 his 1960 Volkswagen Type 241 23-window “Samba” Transporter, restored to absolute factory perfection, sold for $207,200. SCM’s 2018 Pocket Price Guide has the 1950–67 Samba Transporter bus at a median price of $90,000. But while this was not even close to a median-price vehicle, the sale fell far short of the


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RM Sotheby’s New York, NY rechromed. Interior may have had some elements redone at some point, as seats, dash, and wood appear younger than 51 years old. Rust on underbody looks serious enough to give one pause. Cond: 3+. on front fascia around grille and spoiler. Remainder of paint looks good. Panels are straight; no obvious damage. Some scoring of the leather on the driver’s side bolster and some wrinkles here. Polished metal on floorboards and kick panel has scratches. Two different types of valve stems and one missing. No rim damage. All seemed aware that they were buying this not for the condition but for its history. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,407,500. The restoration of this Mercedes appeared fresh and it showed well. The restorer, Rudi & Company, is well respected. There was interest in the room and from at least four phone bidders. It was a quick trip to the top bid. Prices have retreated from their highs over the past two years, and this sale seemed to be a bit above the present market. #121-1960 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Deluxe 23-window “Samba” microbus. S/N: 686862. Eng. # 5925263. Orange & white/gray cloth sunroof/light gray leather. Odo: 71,511 miles. Excellent, complete restoration completed several years ago. Engine purportedly rebuilt again. Body, paint and trim done with care and mostly to factory standards. Interior beautifully restored, alhough leather seats may irk some purists. Glass, lenses, gauges, badges all appear new or perfectly redone. Tire whitewalls starting to yellow; roof-rack pot-metal frame finish a bit off. Underbody immaculate, showing little-to-no road use. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. 1965 911s are in big demand and have remained strong as prices of other early 911s have cooled off. This 911 exists somewhere in the land between originality and restoration, with some significant elements redone. Whatever its history, this car appears to be a fine-looking older 911 to own and drive. However, some rust-damaged underbody pieces might have made buyers reluctant without further inspection. Consignor should have perhaps accepted the $200k high bid. Where will this car go now that will bring in a significantly higher bid? #139-1996 PORSCHE 911 GT2 coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ99ZTS392127. White/black & gray leather. Odo: 11,480 km. Immaculate Porsche that was driven sparingly. Flawless body, paint and interior all appear almost new. Non-original Clubsport steering wheel and radio installed. Clean underbody and suspension in accordance with rest of car. Catalog notes that odometer was removed for repair and temporarily replaced with alternative. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $329,500. Two exceptional lowmileage Z8 sales averaged $400,000 recently. The typical car in this condition commands half that. What price celebrity? Previous ownership by actors who race, actors known for automotive passion, racers, automotive designers and automotive industrialists has added to value in the past. Non-automotive industry moguls and other major players may have been among those who could afford the greatest cars, but their presence in the provenance rarely contributes to value. The new owner paid above retail for this BMW but owns the car during an era when a car’s past provides instant recognition. And he or she could substantially lower out-of-pocket costs with the auction of Jobs’ own BMW-spec Motorola phone, which came with the car (and which Jobs reportedly hated). #145-2004 PORSCHE CARRERA GT coupe. S/N: WP0CA29814L001158. Silver/ dark gray leather. Odo: 695 miles. Showroom new with even newer (2014) tires still with vent spews or rubber hairs. Two-owner car, immaculate in every way. No obvious signs of wear. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $207,200. This was a lot of fun to pore over, as it was as immaculate a VW Bus as any out there. The 23-window Samba model is the most worshipped in VW windowland. This bus has been barely driven since restoration, so it raises the question: If it’s too risky to drive a restored VW Bus, what will we have left to drive soon? Fairly bought and sold considering the work involved. #150-1966 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N: 302596. Eng. # 902429. Light ivory/black leather. Odo: 88,864 miles. Cataloged as a 1966, s/n production date is 1965. Clean-looking early 911. Body has no dents, respray done in 1975 still holding up well. Catalog states that it had 95k miles on it at that time; odometer now reading about 88k miles, so the car may have total of 183k. Some glass appears replaced, with fresh gaskets. Delamination starting in corners. Front bumper deco strip showing age, passenger’s window chrome piece bent outward. Wheels appear recently 96 NOT SOLD AT $950,000. Likely one of the lowest-mileage 993 GT2s examples in existence, but the odometer issue might have turned away some bidders. The car’s condition appeared to match current odometer reading of just over 7,000 miles, but at this price level, absolute certainty can be worth many dollars. Consignor may have had RM Sotheby’s 2016 London sale of a GT2 at about $2.6m on his mind and kept the reserve on. For now, the London sale remains an outlier. #124-2000 BMW Z8 roadster. S/N: WBAEJ1340YAH60085. Titanium/black canvas and titanium/black leather. Odo: 15,199 miles. Originally owned by Steve Jobs. Yellowing of clear plastic bra. Some stone chips NOT SOLD AT $700,000. As perfect an example as you might find. These were easily valued at $150k more two years ago and $200k less than the bid four years ago. For the present, this is close to the right price. If there were only a handful made, it might have been wise for the seller to hold on. 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RM Sotheby’s New York, NY #138-2018 PORSCHE 918 Weissach Spyder. S/N: WP0CA2A16FS800652. Matte Black Martini/Onyx Black Alcantara. Odo: 270 miles. Basically new. Ordered with Weissach package, saving 100 pounds, but also ordered with a/c, so the car gained back much of the weight. Package includes the Martini wrap on top of the Oryx White paint. Signs of human hands touching the matte black wrap, reminiscent of what DeLorean owners had to put up with. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 8 blue cloth. Odo: 36,666 km. Very rare aluminum-bodied factory competition 250 GT California Spyder. First restored in the 1980s, with revised elements in body and interior, such as change to Rosso Corsa paint and tan leather seats. A second restoration, completed seven years ago, took it back to original race configuration, with silver paint, race numbers and blue cloth seats. No paint cracks or signs of wear at all. Impeccable and stunning to view, rightly displayed as the star of the auction. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,732,000. The original owner wisely ordered a/c, as it makes no sense to drive a million-dollar modern car while suffering from heat prostration. Of course, this assumes it is ever driven, which is an open question. With an original sticker price of under $1m, this was a wise investment if the consignor was the original owner. Weissach editions have reportedly sold for over $2m, but the craze may be cooling off a touch. This one sold within the RM Sotheby’s estimate of $1.7m to $1.9m. The car sold at almost exactly the same price as another one at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in 2017 (SCM# 6852467). With 918 built, I’d call it very well sold. ITALIAN #151-1953 PIAGGIO APE Calessino scooter. S/N: ABIT9401. Eng. # AB1M9949. Green/tan fabric/tan vinyl. MHD. Nicely restored, with much love, care and money invested. Wood body, delightful little 150-cc engine and intricate mechanicals. Appears little used since restoration an undetermined number of years ago. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,300,000. U.S.-market “outside plug” 250 GT originally sold by Luigi Chinetti. No mention of Ferrari Classiche certification. The fly in the ointment here came just before the auction, when RM Sotheby’s announced that 03009GT “is equipped with a correct-type motor and rear end from a different car” and that “…the motor has been stamped to match the car’s VIN.” Prior to the auction, I had seen an RM Sotheby’s specialist spending a lot of time looking into the recesses of the engine compartment with a flashlight, and kudos to RM Sotheby’s for full disclosure. While an engine change is hardly unheard of, the unfortunate timing of the announcement may have raised doubts. Nonetheless, the high bid was reasonable and not far from the low estimate or price-guide values, which show a recent market-value retreat of about 10%. Yes, the car is exquisite, but I think the consignor should have considered the high bid. #133-1969 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- SOLD AT $17,990,000. Last seen painted red at RM Auctions’ Monterey sale in August 2007, where it sold for $4.95m (SCM# 1570517). While its first race was at Le Mans (3rd in class), the rest of its one-year racing career was in the U.S. and Nassau, with Bob Grossman behind the wheel—and the checkbook. Grossman is a more storied figure in the U.S. than in Europe, so it made sense to auction it on this side of the Atlantic. It was especially fitting to sell it in New York, since this was Grossman’s home, where he owned various exotic-car dealerships years ago (they seemed much more exotic to me back in 1969). With two restorations and zero race-car patina, I wondered if it might not draw the few buyers who can afford cars at this level. Apparently, its significant history was enough to tip the scales. Fairly bought and sold. This is a most exciting car to view—and no doubt a thrill to own. (See profile, p. 66.) #136-1961 FERRARI 250 GT Series II cabriolet. S/N: 3009GT. Grigio Ortello/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 657 miles. Breathtaking restoration by FastCars Ltd. some 600 miles ago. Supremely elegant in Grigio Ortello with tan leather. Perfect panel fit, paint and chrome, and near-perfect interior with wrinkled sun visors the only flaw. Magnificent underhood as well, with Baroclem repro battery. Repro tools and reprint owner’s manual. Rather sparsely equipped with no radio (I’d rather listen to the engine) and not even a side mirror. Visually, one of the finest 250 GTs I have ever seen. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $45,600. The perfect vehicle for those who wish to stand out at any event. The restoration was quite well done, and even with the 20% buyer’s fee, I would call it fairly well bought. Holiday gifts in photo not included. Probably more fun to drive than a ‘53 Ferrari. TOP 10 No. 1 98 #141-1959 FERRARI 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione. S/N: 1451GT. Eng. # 1451GT. Silver/ NOT SOLD AT $1,250,000. Fastidious restoration, but as an historical artifact, some collectors might have valued this Daytona higher in decent original condition. Bid went to $1.25m, not that far off the low estimate of $1.4m. I was a little surprised that the bidder and seller did not strike a post-block deal. Perhaps the owner felt it will someday bring substantially more, which is certainly possible. RM Sotheby’s catalog photos of this car at primitive 1969 New York Auto Show illustrate how far we have come in producing car-show extravaganzas. #132-1973 DETOMASO PANTERA L coupe. S/N: THPNNR05756. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 12,145 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Said to have been a FoMoCo factory test car, subsequently sold to an executive “out the back door.” Aged paint with scratches and small cracks around window trim. Catalog acknowledged respray of front trunk, though paint mismatch is obvious; gaps off here. Panels are straight. Window trim showing age, Sports Car Market tona coupe. S/N: 12301. Eng. # B88. Yellow/ black leather. Odo: 31,872 miles. The very first 365 GTB/4. It was used as New York and L.A. show car and subsequently badged as the first production car. Some elements, including a number of body panels and interior pieces, are prototype one-offs—and slightly different than production cars. Several U.S. collectors have owned the car over the years. Full restoration completed in 2009. Appears to have seen little road use since; still has dirt-free underbody and suspension and impeccable body and interior. Cond: 1.


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RM Sotheby’s New York, NY with polishing marks but no obvious dents. Interior vinyl is well preserved. Engine compartment detailed and clean; substitute carb and manifold. Some loss of paint on rims but no dents or dings. Cond: 3+. nine years and 235 miles later at Ferrari Fort Lauderdale. Obsessively treated as a time capsule and indistinguishable from new. The seats appear to have been occupied a few times, but there are no other signs of use. Ferrari Classiche certified. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $145,600. Panteras have been long ignored by the collector market. Early examples were plagued by rust and quality issues. The L was a marked improvement. The combination of Italian style and an American V8 has appeal, and it is no surprise that Pantera Ls have more than doubled in value over the past five years. Much of this car seemed original and unsullied. The price paid, though high for condition, seemed appropriate, and the buy may prove to have been prescient. (See profile, p. 70.) #140-1974 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO “chairs & flares” coupe. S/N: 08500. Bianco Polo/red & black leather. Odo: 20,943 miles. Fifth from last Dino built. Equipped with a/c, power windows and original radio. Outstanding “chairs & flares” example with documented 2013 restoration. $100,000 more spent recently for a major service by Patrick Ottis including overhauling brakes, cooling system and a/c, and upgrade to concours standard. Ferrari Classiche certification. Red and black Daytona seats complement the Bianco Polo exterior beautifully. No visible flaws. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $246,400. Can it have been 34 years since the Testarossa debuted? Some considered it slightly vulgar when new, but the design has aged very well, and the flat 12 remains one of the all-time great engines. This example has never been seen before at public auction, but it was offered here at no reserve. I’m not sure why people want a 1989 car driven only 585 miles, but this worked well for the consignor. Well sold just below what I regarded as an ambitious $250k low estimate, and at least $80,000 higher than dealer asking prices for mere low-mileage examples. TRs have been a bit flat in the past year or two; will this sale call for a re-evaluation? #149-1989 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N: ZA9CA05A2KLA12608. White/white leather. Odo: 15,708 km. Aged white paint with a few scratches near license-plate holder. No obvious dents. Door seals appear new. Seat leather appears darkened and wrinkled, as are the white leather door sills. Chrome finish on door buttons is irregular. Lamborghini badge is the only other exterior chrome. Wheels are not scuffed. Engine compartment shows age. Silver finish on air intake cracked. Scattered dirt. Retrofitted with Euro front bumper and carbon-fiber clutch. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $480,000. One of several Ferraris in the auction which failed to meet reserve. Do consignors have unrealistic expectations? On one hand, this is undoubtedly one of the finest Dinos in the world and it deserves a premium over mere very nice examples. On the other hand, the high bid was less than 5% below the $500k low estimate and near the high end of the Dino price spectrum. At this bid, the price with the premium would have been well over the low estimate, so I am surprised that the consignor and high bidder could not reach a compromise post-sale. #120-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N: ZFFSG17A3K0080908. Eng. # 17045. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 585 miles. This must be one of the lowest-mileage Testarossas extant, with 585 miles on the clock. Considering the low mileage, this car gets around. The infamous belt service was performed at Cauley Ferrari in Michigan in 2006 at 350 miles, and it was performed again March 2018 SOLD AT $268,800. The bidding on the Lamborghini went quickly and seemed to be among the most spirited of the evening. The 25th Anniversary edition was redesigned by Horacio Pagani and, though garish, is considered the ultimate 1980s combination of supercar and poster car. More than 2,000 Countaches were produced over a 16-year period; roughly onethird were 25th Anniversary cars. Like so many others that are not the rarest of the species, 99


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RM Sotheby’s New York, NY these Lamborghinis have retreated in value over the past two years. This was a great example of the car, and as an icon, it will always have value. Fairly bought and sold. #148-1990 LAMBORGHINI LM002 SUV. S/N: ZA9LU45A2LLA12186. Nero/ black leather. Odo: 19,157 km. Full restoration purportedly done over a period of five years. Everything appears showroom fresh. Black paint is scratch-free. Wheels, trim and glass are all perfect. Interior nicely restored, with switches, wood, dash padding all very well done. Stereo updated to modern Alpine unit. Engine air intake a bit off. Restoration a challenging task given the modern complexity of any 1990 vehicle, and even more so when it’s a Lamborghini. Cond: 1-. sire to restrict mileage or the lack of creature comforts kept this one’s odometer below 10k miles. As an era’s expression of the ultimate in Ferrari street cars, it holds great appeal. Previous sales suggest incrementally lower mileage can bring dramatically higher prices and visa versa. This sale seemed just right for the present market. #129-1992 LANCIA DELTA HF Inte- grale Evoluzione “Giallo Ferrari” sedan. S/N: ZLA831AB000576428. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 6,511 km. True time-capsule 1990s Delta Integrale. Paint, body panels, undercarriage, interior and engine compartment all support claim of only 4,000 miles since new. No evidence of bodywork. Stock and unmodified inside and out, which raises its appeal. Recent Hankook tires are the only cost-cutting negative. Why not just go all Italian? Cond: 1. as a no-sale at $1.8m (versus a low estimate of $1.9m), but was later listed as sold at $1,850,000 including buyer’s premium. Hard to know exactly what happened in between, but given the extreme rarity of the car, I would say the price is fair to both parties. #144-2014 FERRARI LAFERRARI coupe. S/N: ZFF76ZFA3E0204687. Rosso Corsa/Nero Alcantara. Odo: 53 miles. Ferrari’s 2014 version of a hybrid with an F1-developed KERS system augmenting the 789-hp V12. With 53 miles on the odometer, this car is new and looks it. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $467,000. My first thought was admiration for the painstaking work to restore this modern behemoth. But why do it? More of an oddity than an icon in Lamborghini history, I predicted this SUV would go for well below the RM Sotheby’s estimate of $400k to $500k. I also figured the consignor would lose a large chunk of the $325k spent to restore it. Wrong again. The bidding went up rapidly and crossed the $400k line without much prodding. It will be by far the most interesting SUV at the new owner’s golf club. Very well sold. #146-1990 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N: ZFFMN34AXL0087144. Rosso Corsa/red leather. RHD. Odo: 8,308 miles. Presented with tools, cover, books and records, which document belt service at 7,977 miles. Some chips on the front fascia, but otherwise fine paint with very few polishing scratches. Interior appears excellent, with recently reupholstered seats. Floorboard and pedals show minimal wear. Engine compartment has a few paint chips on various black surfaces but is quite clean. Wheels show no signs of wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $190,400. This car is a remarkable low-mileage example—probably the finest Delta Integrale in the world. Styling and interior design are still striking—and without period excesses. While 210 horsepower seems economy-car level now, back then it made for quite an entertaining, high-revving, 2-liter toy. New owner faced with classic time-capsule dilemma: drive it often and as fast as intended, or lock it up and keep it as a museum piece? Fairly bought and sold; these Lancias may have peaked. Still, I could imagine values skyrocketing as younger collectors go after their icons. SOLD AT $1,242,500. The F40 is a brutish car for the street—it’s hard to know if the de- 100 #142-2014 PAGANI HUAYRA coupe. S/N: ZA9H11UA3ESF76078. Silver/black leather & Alcantara. Odo: 4,943 miles. Number 78 of 100 Huayras (named after the Andean god of wind). Mercedes AMG V12 with twin turbos produces 720 horsepower, just under the Ferrari TdF, but less than half of the Bugatti Chiron (everything is relative). Endlessly fascinating car with literally hundreds of interesting details when the gullwing doors and front and rear clamshells are opened. Unlike the Bugatti Chiron, has a very busy and mechanism-intense cockpit. Quite an achievement for an upstart builder. Sold new by Pagani of San Francisco and actually driven but remains in perfect condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,850,000. I located six dealers who are, or claim to be, Pagani dealers, but I could find only one car on the ground. It was also a 2014, with under 700 miles, but “call for price.” The list price for a new Huayra appears to be about $2m. On the auction block, this lot was announced TOP 10 No. 6 NOT SOLD AT $2,700,000. One of four cars offered that might still be under a new-car warranty. A recent sale of a black LaFerrari with 4,000 miles for $3.4m at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2017 auction (SCM# 6844671) and the sale of an open-topped version of same for $10m should have propelled this nearly new example to at least its $3.25m estimate. Five hundred of the original closed LaFerraris were produced. They listed for $1.4m. More and more “exclusive” alternatives exist, and that may be putting a damper on sales. #125-2016 FERRARI F12TDF coupe. S/N: ZFF81BFA0G0219337. Rosso Dino & gunmetal/Nero Alcantara w/Rosso highlights. Odo: 398 miles. The first of five essentially new cars in the auction, this F12tdf has barely been driven. The tdf has 769 hp (without turbos)—39 more than the F12, with less weight due primarily to carbon-fiber components. Runs from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. Interesting livery of Rosso Dino (red-orange) with gunmetal highlights ensures it won’t be confused with your neighbor’s commonplace Rosso Corsa F12. Factory warranty and Ferrari Maintenance Program apply. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,105,000. 799 F12tdfs were built worldwide. Ferrari is coy about its sticker prices, but it is thought that the base price is around $450,000, with options bringing it to easily over $600,000. This is academic, as dealer Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s New York, NY asking prices for very low-mileage cars seem to be uniformly around $1,200,000. Actual transaction prices may be slightly lower. This unique-liveried example with only break-in mileage is consistent, perhaps even a minor bargain. If you missed this tdf, RM Sotheby’s has one on deck for its January Scottsdale auction, and Mecum has two listed for Kissimmee 2018. AMERICAN #122-1932 MARMON SIXTEEN con- vertible. S/N: 16144859. Eng. # 16855. Teal green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 1,286 miles. 490-ci V16, 3-sp. Coachwork by LeBaron. Well-known ex-Bill Harrah and William Lyon example. Harrah restored it in the 1960s, and it was refreshed more recently. Smooth, deep paint shows slight age, as does the quality cloth top. Several nits can be picked, such as a floppy passenger’s side door handle, a torn windshield gasket, and some mottling to the grille surface. All can be resolved easily. Engine compartment clean but happily shows signs of use. Retains the aura of a precision machine, carefully restored. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $962,000. With an aluminum OHV engine designed by Walter Dorwin Teague Jr. and bodies by LeBaron, Howard Marmon’s magnificent swan song debuted in late 1931—well after the Duesenberg J and Cadillac V16. By then the ultra-luxury market had greatly contracted under the weight of the Great Depression. Fewer than 400 were built, and 76 are thought to exist, including only eight LeBaron convertibles. Sold slightly under the $1m low estimate—but above price-guide values. RM Sotheby’s sold a more-recently restored Marmon Sixteen convertible for $1.32m at their 2015 Andrews Collection sale (SCM# 6784106), so this is not the high point of Sixteen sales. The Marmon Sixteen has been underappreciated compared with rivals, but market recognition has been building. The buyer acquired an immortal example of automotive art at a reasonable price. #127-1948 CADILLAC SERIES 62 cab- riolet. S/N: 486237307. Eng. # 486237307. Black & purple/black fabric/black & purple leather. Odo: 29,782 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. High-gloss paint. Polishing marks in the rear. Outstanding chrome seems carefully kept. Delamination of vent windows. Creases on seat coverings, especially driver’s side. No pitting of interior chrome. Accumulation of gum-like debris inside of Marchal lights. Significant bowing out of lower doors. Hood latch could not be released at the auction. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $857,500. Over-the-top creation by Saoutchik. This Cadillac is massive. Bumpers had been temporarily removed to allow elevator transport. Though the car seemed too big for the room in which it was displayed, the Art Deco curves and chrome fender tops, European-style lights and retention of the space-age, though stock, instrument cluster were fabulous touches that could be appreciated. The purple and black livery came in the 1980s and is a matter of taste. Auctioned for $649,000 at RM’s Monterey sale in 2006 (SCM# 1567313). The car seems appropriately bought and sold, but for that money, I would rather have puchased the Chrysler d’Elegance that immediately followed. #128-1952 CHRYSLER D’ELEGANCE coupe. S/N: 321953. Dark red metallic/black & ivory leather. Odo: 62,918 miles. 354-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One-off Chrysler-Ghia collaboration in beautiful condition. Built on a shortened 1952 New Yorker chassis and later fitted with a 1956 Chrysler Hemi by second owner, who used it as an everyday driver for years (hence the high mileage). Wine-red metallic paint is smooth, deep and lustrous. Bubbling at bottom of driver’s door needs to be investigated and rectified. Slight mottling to some chrome hardware evident under the RM Sotheby’s gallery spotlighting. Luxurious fitted luggage. Flat, uncomfortable-looking seats in excellent condition; some scratches on center armrest, but otherwise the interior is nearflawless. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $885,000. Important Chrysler Ghia “idea car.” Compare to the bloated and baroque designs most U.S. manufacturers were producing in 1952. Forward-looking design by Virgil Exner, with input from Ghia’s Mario Boano, heavily influenced later Chryslers, and Ghia reproduced the rear fender and sidewindow design in the VW Karmann-Ghia coupe. You can even see similar fender and window shapes in the current Bentley Continental GT coupe. Last sold at auction at RM Monterey 2011 for $946,000 (SCM# 3656900). Assuming the 2011 buyers are the consignors here, they took a bit of a hit. According to the catalog, Virgil Exner Jr. said the d’Elegance was one of his dad’s favorite cars. As such, it should always be a blue-chip collectible with ultimate upside potential for today’s buyer. © 102 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. Bonhams — The Bond Street Sale Two DB5s provided an interesting snapshot of the collector psyche Company Bonhams Date December 2, 2017 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 21/35 Sales rate 60% Sales total $11,588,353 High sale 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO coupe, sold at $2,540,251 Buyer’s premium First owned by Paul McCartney from 1965 to 1970 — 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, sold at $1,814,818 15% on first $67,440; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.74) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics W ith the air of a Christmas gathering — heavy hitters in the auction room and champagne flowing freely — this was a respectable sale total, grossing nearly twice that of last year. Analyze the figures and you see what a different story it might have been. Two lots, the 288 GTO and the ex-Paul McCartney DB5 (Lot 132), made up almost 40% of the total, which was bolstered by another $631k from a post-sale deal on the Daytona. Had the Ferrari Enzo sold, it would have boosted the total by $2m-plus. The two DB5s provided an interesting snapshot of the collector psyche. Originality has come to be prized in recent years, and none was more original than a fantastically patinated left-hander that had been in Portugal all its life, still wearing some original paint and with the same interior that left Newport Pagnell 52 years before. Lot 107 fetched $1,119,914, or about the price of a freshly restored car — unless that restored car had some special provenance, as was the case of the 1964 DB5 first owned by Paul McCartney. Thing was, any McCartney-ness had been ironed out of it in a massive restoration since we last saw it five years ago, when it was still in its original color. Now, bright as a new pin and with approximately 75% of the body less than two years old, it sold for $1.8m to a phone bidder — the price of a freshly restored car, plus £500k ($675k) for 104 celebrity weighting. Still on the show-business front, a Mini Cooper S first owned by the other London, U.K. surviving Beatle, Ringo (soon to be Sir Ringo) Starr, and with hatchback conversion by Radford so he could carry his drum kit, sold for a massive $137,983. It looked a little different from when Ringo had it, but that didn’t deter the buyer, former Spice Girl Geri Horner (née Halliwell), bidding in the room with her husband, Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner. Given that it had been a competition car before being put back to road trim (but still apparently with a mighty 600-hp engine), $379,689 from a bidder in the room looked very strong money for a Ford RS200 Evolution, well over its pre-sale estimate. A 1947 Alvis 4.3-Liter Short Chassis with elegant Vanden Plas tourer body made a new world auction record at $681,821, and a 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre with replica Le Mans Tourer body realized a healthy $757,355. That $631k Daytona had been realistically estimated at £500k–£600k ($675k–$810k), but opportunities for additional post-sale deals were limited. Bonhams had to quickly pack up and look forward to its following sale just four days later at Olympia, West London, which can accommodate far more lots than the New Bond Street headquarters’ 35-car limit — a limit that left even the Enzo out back in Haunch of Venison Yard, drawing a constant stream of admirers. ♦ Sales Totals $30m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. ENGLISH #131-1937 ALVIS 4.3 LITER short-chas- sis tourer. S/N: 14328. Black & silver/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 34,035 miles. Coachwork by Vanden Plas. Ultimate development of the Speed 20/Speed 25 series. 1993 restoration, originally black and red and was once converted to a two-seater. Still with good-ish paint, although shows something slightly strange going on along the right hood hinge and painted-over rear body beadings. Good chrome. Leather lightly creased, newish carpets. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $188,833. One of 73 RHD 140 roadsters. Originally supplied in Australia, back to the U.K. in 2014, when it was bought by the vendor. Bid somewhat close to the £150k ($202k) lower estimate, near where the reserve usually lies, but no cigar. #119-1956 BENTLEY S1 Continental SOLD AT $681,821. The most desirable prewar Alvis, with the most desirable body: 95 4.3s of the 198 built are known to survive as per the Alvis Owner Club. Competed in 1938 and 1939 RAC Rallies. Once registered ALV 15. Sold here at strong money right in the middle of the estimate range, for rightly more than a 4¼ Bentley or V12 Lagonda. #126-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 drophead coupe. S/N: S807077DN. Blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 22,131 miles. Older restoration, shiny paint, good door fit, good chrome. Leather just creasing in nicely. Timber and veneers still appealing in spite of an odd crack beginning to appear, though steering wheel is getting a bit tatty. New tires, new top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $494,561. Elton John owned this from 1976, when it got power steering and a/c. It was then sold to Sir (now Lord) Alan Sugar in 2001. Sold by Bonhams at its Olympia sale in December 2007 with 20,874 miles for $297,670 (SCM# 1572192), which was 50% over estimate and $100k clear of two other similar cars in the same sale. This time sold in a post-sale deal £35k ($47k) under the lower estimate, at roughly “regular” S1 Conti money. NOT SOLD AT $114,649. The pre-sale estimate of £100k ($135k) looked a little greedy here, and top bid of £85k should have been enough to buy it. #121-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 roadster. S/N: 800065DN. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 402 miles. Restored in 2013. Repainted over body beads, with finish showing a few small bubbles at back of driver’s door. Fairly good door fit. Good rechrome including slightly rippled rear light plinths. New leather, Moto-Lita wheel. Mileage is since restoration. Cond: 2-. 106 #115-1959 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD I drophead coupe. S/N: SKG31. Dark blue/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 84,183 miles. Restoration dates to 1992 but is still very good all around: Panels dead-straight, excellent chrome, leather lightly creased, liftup rear seat with fitted luggage. Power steering, power top, power windows, still with complete toolkit. Harvey Bailey handling kit. Modern stereo. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $674,403. First owner was broadcaster Pete Murray. Later used for the wedding of Madonna and Guy Ritchie when owned by Peter de Savary and kept at Skibo Castle. Nowhere SOLD AT $251,283. One of 115 RHD models. In Austria for the past two decades. Sold at the high end of the estimate range, but that looked a bit conservative. #111-1960 BENTLEY S2 Flying Spur coupe. S/N: BC86AR. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 65,060 miles. Ex-Elton John. A Spur is a 4-door Continental. Older restoration. Straight body, very clean underneath. Okay chrome, slightly blooming and polished through on radiator shell. Very good dash, instruments and timber. Lightly creased leather needs a feed. Becker Mexico radio. Cond: 3+. 2-dr sedan. S/N: BC1BG. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 26,040 miles. Formerly owned by Elton John. Older restoration, straight with decent paint and chrome, driver’s door fit a little tight at top rear. Engine bay not quite as good. New fuel pump underneath. Dash timber excellent, top slightly faded though still shiny. Leather lightly creased. Modern stereo appears held in by gravity. Cond: 3+. near enough was forthcoming to buy this—so it was no surprise to see it advertised later with a well-known dealer at £825k ($1.12m). #116-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 S 3.8 coupe. S/N: T825242DN. Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 51,858 miles. With overdrive. Shiny paint, good chrome, unusually good door fit for an XK. Leather just starting to wear in. Loops for seat belts and cable drive for Halda tripmeter, so may have been used for rallying. Moto-Lita wheel. ’70s Motorola. New 72-spoke wheels and Blockley tires. Mileage believed to be correct from new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $243,729. One of 71 right-hand drivers, owned in ’70s by Elton John, who Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. commissioned its restoration and addition of a/c. Sold by him in 2001, with French ownership since. Sold mid-estimate and didn’t look pricey. #110-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 SE drop- head coupe. S/N: S827639BW. White/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 6,843 miles. Older restoration, very straight and with excellent door fit. New paint and chrome, new carpets. Period His Master’s Voice radio. Now with manual choke and electronic ignition. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,132,997. Looking for a million quid ($1.34m), which would have been fair, and it didn’t happen. SOLD AT $190,856. Last in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database in June 2012, when it sold for $142,160 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction (SCM# 6747674). This time it sold mid-estimate, with unsporting dashslider auto the only thing holding it back. #129-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series V Vantage coupe. S/N: DB41119R. Red/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 56,984 miles. Last stop before the DB5. Claimed unrestored and last painted 1978. Very straight and clean, with good panel gaps. Good rechrome, save for a few polish marks that the plating couldn’t cover. Lightly worn, shiny and creased leather. Period radio. Cond: 2. #118-1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 coupe. S/N: DB41034R. Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 97,857 miles. Restored and massively upgraded in 2005 by marque specialist RS Williams with 4.2 motor, hidden modern stereo, tinted glass, etc. Still in excellent order all around. Tan leather unworn, fitted with modern Recaro driver’s seat. Flip-top to shift knob isn’t for ejector-seat button, but turns on satnav and music systems. Cond: 2. Philips Mignon record player specced by Paul McCartney is still with the car but not fitted. Dash lid inscription “Baby you can drive my car” is rather laboring the point, but is maybe needed given how far it is from the car McCartney knew. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,814,818. Owned by Paul from 1965 to 1970. Last seen at RM’s 2012 Battersea sale, when it was still blue, with 8,742 miles and sold for a market-correct $554,875 (SCM# 5204689). Mileage now is since restoration. Since then, any remaining wrinkles of originality have been restored out of it, and it sold where expected for almost three times DB5 market value, of which at least £500k ($675k) must be for the McCartney connection—not that he’d recognize it. (See profile, p. 68.) #107-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 Van- tage coupe. S/N: DB52214L. Blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 51,231 km. Fantastically original with excellent (factory) door fit. Understructure mostly good, although some small braze repairs show to front of right sill. Paint is 30 years old and now showing signs of age, with some microblistering and touch-ups. Leather well creased and baggy, carpets good. Period radio, slightly less-period cassette player, which has had the door cards cut for speakers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $441,734. I drove this a couple of years back (passengered by RSW himself) and discovered it has an immensely tall rear-end ratio—enabling it to pull 90 mph at something like 2,500 rpm, like a modern car, thanks to the increased torque of the big motor. Sold under the £350k ($472k) lower estimate, making it cheaper than a stock example. SOLD AT $696,928. In the U.S. by 1985, returned to the U.K. in 1989. Sold mid-estimate for the price of a slightly shabby DB5, but much more rare and special—the original “Goldfinger” Bond car was one of these and not a DB5, as the new model wasn’t ready. #125-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV convertible. S/N: DB4C1077R. Silver/ black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 64,965 miles. Originally Shadow Grey. Restored and looks straight and shiny, although profile of rear wheelarches is uneven. Now with motor punched out to 4.2 liters and Vantage-spec triple carbs, plus 4-speed auto (original 4-speed manual gearbox included). Nice alloyrim Borranis replace original chrome wires. Leather creased and slightly baggy. Cond: 2-. 108 #132-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N: DB51653R. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,727 miles. First owned by Paul McCartney. Massively restored—a lot of the body is new and it’s been color-changed to James Bond Silver from its original Sierra Blue, but three-ear wheelnuts survive. New red leather, was previously black. Motor has the obligatory overbore from 3,995 cc. 64 MAC registration added by previous owner Chris Evans. Original under-dash TOP 10 No. 7 SOLD AT $1,119,914. This spent all its life in Portugal in the Caramulo Museum from 1985 to 2000. Sold at the high end of the estimate range for more than the going market rate— but quite rightly for such an original car. Now all we have to hope is that the new owner leaves it alone. #136-1966 AUSTIN MINI Cooper S 2-dr sedan. S/N: CA2S7799541. Maroon & silver/ black velour & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 40,805 miles. Extensively modified in period by both Radford and Hooper with rear hatch so that Ringo Starr could carry his drum kit. Deseamed body and different tail and side lights from VW Beetle and (probably) Wolseley. Inside, Huntmaster reclining seats and custom dash. Since the car’s days with Ringo, it has grown flared wheelarches over Manx alloys, hood louvers, and two-tone paint with silver top. Cassette player is at least a decade later than the car. All in fair order, restored by Naylor Brothers in 1991, although with no side trim, the wheelarch and sill edge lips look a bit rough and unfinished. Seat velour unworn, but there are a couple of stains. Presented full of drums to copy Ringo’s set—kits were a bit smaller then, even for the biggest band in the world. Cond: 3. Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Online sales of contemporary cars 2017 Lamborghini Aventador SV coupe Bonhams London, U.K. Date sold: 12/28/2017 eBay auction ID: 232610054347 Seller’s eBay ID: atlexotics Sale type: Used car with 356 miles VIN: ZHWUF3ZD0HLA06375 Details: Grigio Titans over black leather/Alcantara; 6.5-L V12 rated at 740 hp and 507 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $529,995, Buy It Now, sf 153 MSRP: $547,575 (as equipped) Other current offering: Lamborghini Newport Beach of Los Angeles, CA, asking $549,880 for a 2017 Blu Nethuns over Nero Cosmos Alcantara Aventador SV coupe. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon coupe SOLD AT $137,983. Originally registered to Beatles manager Brian Epstein, then officially Ringo Starr’s from June 1967 to December 1968—interestingly, registration number is in the same sequence as a DB6 that Paul McCartney owned: LLO 840D, as they would have been ordered by the same company. In this family ownership for 40 years, although the last tax disc expired in 2002. Bought by ex-Spice Girl Geri Horner (nee Halliwell), who was present en famille, for a mid-estimate price, although any Mini fetching over £100k has to be considered a bit special. #112-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 4.2 Date sold: 12/05/2017 eBay auction ID: 182945823285 Seller’s eBay ID: kyl.grot Sale type: New car with 11 miles VIN: 1C3CCCAB6FN738956 Details: B5 Blue over black leather; 6.2-L supercharged V8 rated at 808 hp and 717 ft-lb, 8-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $126,999, Buy It Now, sf 32 MSRP: $83,295 (base) Other current offering: In Sandy, UT, Larry H. Miller Dodge offering a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon coupe in Redline Red Tricoat Pearl over black leather for $119,852, with 1 mile. 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe Date sold: 12/12/2017 eBay auction ID: 192387958263 Seller’s eBay ID: formulaonemiami Sale type: Used car with 1,190 miles VIN: WP0AD2A99HS166969 Details: Guards Red over black leather; 3.8-L twinturbocharged H6 rated at 540 hp and 486 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $162,800, Buy It Now, sf 406 MSRP: $181,380 (as equipped) Other current offering: Porsche of South Shore in New York, NY, selling a 2018 Jet Black Metallic over tan leather 911 Turbo coupe with 433 miles, for $176,960. ♦ 110 NOT SOLD AT $256,273. Was an auto, originally Dubonnet with black leather. One of those cars where a good dose of leaving it alone (after the powertrain swap) would have paid dividends. Top bid at least £25k ($34k) behind the reserve. #133-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE coupe. S/N: 1E21620. Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 65,244 miles. Originally an open-headlight car restored to earlier style, although the interior gives it away. Straight, shiny and with new leather. Clean underneath, and spotweld dimples lightly visible under rear pan. Now with 5-speed manual and Coopercraft brakes. Original 4-speed included in the deal. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $118,021. Sold in a post-sale deal coupe. S/N: DB62592R. Blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 8,712 miles. Excellent appearance, solid and straight. Added sunroof, as was fashionable in the ’60s. Delivered with three-ear hub nuts. Motor swapped by AM in 1967, and manual gearbox came with it. Restoration in 1991 added Mk II wheelarch flares. Power steering added 1995, custom center console fitted during 1998 retrim. Leather to seat bases is now going a little baggy. Motor punched out to 4.2 liters (at cost of £14k) in 2002. Cond: 2. after an £85k ($115k) top bid was rejected... which could mean that Bonhams cut their own margin to get this deal done. However it happened, this was slightly well bought. #103-1970 BRISTOL 411 Series 1 2-dr sedan. S/N: 4117515. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 77,665 miles. Very straight, good recent paint, a few polish marks in chrome. Leather just starting to wear in nicely. Wears wider 6-inch wheels like the later cars, plus Holley 4-barrel carburetor. Recently serviced by Bristol Cars. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $70,138. Not sold in the room after the initial £50k ($67k) commission bid. That was still about £10k ($13k) under the reserve, if the realistic-looking £60k ($81k) lower estimate was anything to go by. The distance between buyer and seller was obviously too great. #123-1973 ASTON MARTIN DBS Van- tage coupe. S/N: AM6065RA. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 48,000 miles. Late DBS, now with Tremec T5 5-speed replacing original automatic. Sills and jacking points okay, couple of stone chips at hood edges. Good chrome. Window rubber perished. Newish red leather only lightly worn. One of 70. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $121,393. Originally gold. Like so many cars here, the top bid was tantalizingly close to the lower estimate, the gap in this case being $13k. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. #128-1986 FORD RS200 Evolution coupe. S/N: SFACXXBJ2CGL00215. White/ gray velour. Odo: 220 km. In good order, although previously heavily modified for racing and put back to near standard, apart from 600hp engine (standard was 250 hp, Evos were said to be 550-plus). No carpets. Competitiontype transmission with torque split selectable from cockpit—most road cars were fixed. Norwegian registered. Cond: 3+. tin leather jacket, numbered model and two sets of keys. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $175,345. Second U.K.-supplied 911 and thought to be the oldest-surviving U.K. customer-delivered car. Bid to £130k, which I thought should have bought it, as the £170k ($230k) lower estimate looked too high. ITALIAN #124-1955 LANCIA AURELIA B24 Spi- SOLD AT $485,435. One of 99 made; this is number 13. Sold mid-estimate for a marketcorrect price. Although there were quite a few no-sales on the day, the estimate appeared spot-on and not as optimistic as British auction catalogs generally have been over the past two years. GERMAN SOLD AT $379,689. One of 24 “Evolution” cars. Used for hillclimbs and rallycross in period, but they’re worth more as road cars, so this won’t be the only one that has been converted back. This one was done in 2000 and then road registered in Sweden. Sold at the high end of the estimate range, and I’m surprised that a modified car did this much. Still, tons cheaper than a 288 GTO, which it will eat for breakfast. #127-2004 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Za- gato coupe. S/N: SCFAE12333K700013. Mercury Grey/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 8,889 miles. Almost like new with under 9,000 miles, although rear window seal is a bit freehand and wrinkled, as usual. With optional Metallic Pack, red calipers and power fold mirrors, plus all the extras that came with it: owner’s hardback book containing A4 photographs and paint/leather samples, Aston Mar- #135-1965 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N: 301930. Light Ivory/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 6,238 miles. Looks good, but unfortunately, closer up has the hallmarks of a quick resto. It’s been apart to be painted, but there are some small bubbles in the finish. Seat vinyl is baggy, dash top is getting a bit tired, windscreen is scratched, left horn grille doesn’t line up. Exhausts are rusty but the motor is dry underneath and there are new Nylocs. Gearbox bearings noted to be noisy. Cond: 3. der America roadster. S/N: B241047. Red/ gray leather. Odo: 32,940 km. Straight, older repaint, nice chrome. Leather lightly creased and baggy. Sits right on alloy-rim Borranis shod with Cinturatos. New/repro rubber floor mats. Twin carbs on Nardi manifold added in this ownership. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $876,724. In Italy until 2008. I remember when these didn’t cost a million dollars. This one didn’t get near that sum, being at least $135k behind the lower estimate. Last in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database in October 2008, when it sold with H&H at the Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, with 30,811 km for $420,750 (SCM# 1642046), soon after RM had got $550k for a similar car in the U.S. #109-1966 FERRARI 330 GT Series 2 2+2 coupe. S/N: 9071. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 16,874 miles. Originally Blu Sera with gray leather. Restored in the ’80s with engine rebuild at that time. Body straight with one or two character dings; paint still quite good although done with the windscreen in. Okay chrome, newish (2010) leather. Tidy and original under the hood with no leaks from engine or trans. Borrani wheels. Modern stereo. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $249,529. 1966 Earl’s Court Motor Show car, in New Zealand from 1977 to 2002, bought by the vendor from Talacrest in 2013. Last in SCM’s database in September 2008 (SCM# 1641741), when we said: “Previously sold for $81,378 at Bonhams’ Hendon sale in April 2008 (SCM# 1640445), since 112 Sports Car Market


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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1993 Lancia Delta Bonhams London, U.K. then it has covered five miles and cost its owner £5,000 in commissions alone. To break even, this car needed a hammer price of at least $83k, meaning the total would have been $94,337, and that wasn’t forthcoming.” This time, top bid was about £35k ($47k) light against an estimate of £220k–£280k ($297k– $378k). #122-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- Pros: The venerable Lancia Delta was redesigned for the 1993 model year and called the Nuova Delta. The 2.0-liter HF turbo engine produced 183 intercooled horsepower, delivered to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox. Features include ABS, stiffer springs, electronic adjustable dampers and a limited-slip diff. Cons: Comparatively heavy at 2,500-plus pounds, overshadowed by the HF Integrale AWD models, hard to find in good condition. Price Range: $15k–$20k, plus import costs. 1993 SEAT Ibiza Mk2 GTi SOLD AT $630,567. While unsold on the block, Bonhams got this one away in a postsale deal at a realistic price for condition and market. TOP 10 No. 5 Pros: As the first SEAT produced entirely under VW’s ownership, the Ibiza got a full redesign for 1993. With 150 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque from a 2.0-liter 16-valve engine on the subcompact Polo platform, the Ibiza GTi is considered one of Europe’s top hot hatches of the 1990s. 0–60 mph times in the mid-7-second range. Cons: It’s tough to find a good one, as most were run long and hard. Price Range: $1.5k–$3k, plus import costs. 1993 Fiat Punto #117-1985 FERRARI 288 GTO coupe. S/N: ZFFPA16B000056207. Red/red & black leather. Odo: 14,777 miles. With a/c and power windows. Body and paint all good, dash top very good. Red leather seat inserts lightly faded but not unduly worn, black leather bolsters lightly patinated. Speedo was changed at 7,992 km, making a total 22,769. Belts last changed August 2016 by Hoyle-Fox. Ferrari Classiche certified. Cond: 2-. tona coupe. S/N: 16331. Silver/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 66,058 miles. Last painted 1993. Good rechrome with a few light speckles in right rear bumper. Still on 7½-inch rear wheels. Decent and recent fabricated exhaust. Mouse fur to dash top lightly mottled, faded and water stained. Leather lightly creased. Has jack and tool roll. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $134,881. This spent some time in Denmark. Top bid was £10k ($13k) behind the lower estimate, with nothing more forthcoming. And as the estimates at this sale were more realistic than they have tended to be at U.K. auctions in the past two years, that didn’t give the seller any room to maneuver. #130-2002 FERRARI 575M coupe. S/N: ZFFBT55C000128284. Red/black leather & red carpet. RHD. Odo: 30,000 miles. Nice paint, good dash top, lightly baggy leather. Wtih Ferrari carbon-fiber racing seats and Tubi exhaust. Full service history. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $213,516. One of 69 in RHD. Sold on the money, with a breath left in it for retail. As a rare manual-shift car, I’m surprised it didn’t go for more, but perhaps the market has become used to its supercars being autos. #134-2004 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N: ZFFCZ56B000136740. Red/black leather. Odo: 7,753 km. Clean and tidy, barely worn. FXX wheels, larger-than-standard seats with red stitching, all books and tools, plus Ferrari Classiche certification. Cond: 1-. Pros: 1993 was the first year of the new subcompact Punto, available with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine good for 134 horsepower, 153 torque, and 0–60 mph in 7.9 seconds. Top speed over 120 mph. The Giorgetto Giugiaro design was available as a 3-door, 5-door or 2-door cabriolet. With more than 8.5 million produced, they’re easy to find. Cons: Fiat quality in the era was still not all it could be. Unprepossessing looks. Price Range: $1.5k–$3k, plus import costs. ♦ 114 SOLD AT $2,540,251. One of 20 U.K.-supplied cars of 278 built, bought from Bonhams, March 2003 Geneva sale; in this vendor’s hands since 2016. Sold under estimate in a post-sale deal after a $2.43m bid in the room was rejected, but I’d suggest this was the right money. #114-1999 FERRARI 550 Maranello coupe. S/N: 115006. Red/Crema leather & red carpet. RHD. Odo: 18,900 miles. Overall tidy and obviously well kept, with very little wear showing throughout. Comes with full service history and with all its original books. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $2,158,090. Delivered new in France, imported to the U.K. in 2007, then on to Switzerland. Back to the U.K. by 2016. Displayed in Haunch of Venison Yard out back of Bonhams, where it pulled a constant stream of admirers off Brook Street. Unsold in the room, at about £250k ($340k) short of what was needed. © Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA, McCormick’s — Palm Springs Collector Car Sale When was the last time you have seen a 1976 Cadillac wagon and a 1962 Thunderbird wagon at the same event? Company McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auctions Date November 17–19, 2017 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneers Frank Bizzarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Gary Dahler Automotive lots sold/offered 321/503 Sales rate 64% Sales total $6,121,028 High sale One of 28 built and with reputed Charlie Chaplin ownership history — 1936 Packard Twelve all-weather phaeton, sold at $89,250 1929 Packard Eight Model 645 phaeton, sold at $154,875 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics M cCormick’s held their 63rd auction on November 17, 18 and 19, again at the Palm Springs Convention Center. They are settling in at their new location, having spent the past dozen years o so at the nearby casino parking lot. The results a certainly on the upswing, with a strong sell-thr rate and sales total that was well ahead of last y fall event. Having covered at least half of their auction describe them with one word: consistent. The buyer’s premium has been 5% since day one, and they reliably sell well over half their offerings. Another consistency is that they always offer a couple of quirky cars. When was the last time you have seen a 1976 Cadillac station wagon and a 1962 Thunderbird station wagon at the same event? Packards were a hit, with a 1936 LeBaron Twelve Model 1470 — that just might have been once owned by Charlie Chapman — selling for $89,250. It’ll take a needs-everything restoration to return to former glory, so some effort awaits the new owner. A rare 1949 Packard Victoria convertible failed to sell when bid to $75,000, but a 1929 Eight phaeton was the star of the show, realizing $154,875. In between the higher-dollar offerings, there always seems to be the opportunity to pick up an inexpensive, fun weekend driver. A 1995 Mercedes-Benz SL500 116 Buyer’s premium 5%, included in sold prices s for only $2,940, and that was $2k less than was bid on a golf cart. ain was a 2005 BMW 325i that sold for a most reasonable $3,360. e of mine at this auction was a delightful 1954 Mercury Sun Valley that Palm Springs, CA ubject to a body-off restoration at a documented cost of over $100,000. s a labor of love, but unfortunately the owner passed away just two eeks prior to the auction. The car sold for $59,850, an above-market bid but a justifiable price, and the widow bid it a tearful farewell. As usual, several Corvettes were offered. In this market, they need to be exceptional to garner any reasonable attention. The 1956 Onyx Black convertible was indeed exceptional: It was an NCRS Top Flight winner and was powered by the dual-quad 225-horsepower motor, with a long list of desirable options. It sold for a most respectable $80,850 — an excellent car at a market-correct price. If you wanted to impress the neighbors in Sales Totals your gated community, then the 1987 RollsRoyce Corniche II convertible that was offered was just the ticket. It was finished in Parchment, with a tan leather interior, and realized $49,350. Now, these were near $200k when new, so you could be styling and profiling for a fraction of the price. Keith McCormick mentioned the contracts had been signed and they were good to go for the February 23–25, 2018, auction that will again be at the Convention Center. As usual, it will be a treat, so dig out your shorts and golf clubs and plan on visiting the desert for exciting cars and sunshine. ♦ $6m $7m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA, ENGLISH #287-1934 MORRIS MINOR roadster. S/N: 34MS42310. Tan/brown/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 62,471 miles. Hillclimbs or trials have always been very popular in the U.K., and this Morris Minor was modified for that purpose. Now a bit worn with no top and a weak two-tone paint job. Interior worn and trim just okay. An unusual car that you don’t see every day. Cond: 3. ITALIAN BEST BUY #282-1999 FERRARI 355 Spider. S/N: ZFFXR48A6X0113102. Argento Nürburgring/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 16,617 miles. This was the last year for the 355. Appears to be a well-maintained car with no noted issues. Silver paint and interior in good order. Cond: 1-. style for a fair price—as long as all is well under the bonnet. There was no mention of service history, and a full-blown service can run well into five figures, so that information would be nice to know. If all is well, this was a solid purchase. GERMAN SOLD AT $9,450. The car didn’t cost a lot of money, but what do you do with it? Not many hillclimbs in Southern California, but if you are a Brit and a bit homesick, then this will be a fun weekend ride. #278-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE COR- NICHE II convertible. S/N: SCAZD02A2HCX20936. Parchment/tan/tan leather. In the 1980s, the Corniche coupe was dropped and the convertible was the only offering. The price rose to $205,000 toward the end of the decade. The tan leather has the usual cracks and creases, and the paint on the nose—oops, bonnet—is cracked. Interior woodwork recently refurbished. About 1,400 Corniche convertibles were produced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,350. The new owner will be driving in #243-1976 PORSCHE 930 Turbo coupe. S/N: 9306800211. Brown/white. Odo: 51,443 miles. One of about 1,400 Turbo Carreras produced in 1976. Powered by turbocharged nonintercooled 3.0-liter flat-6 with fuel injection. Had a top speed of about 156 mph. Was possibly the fastest car in the U.S. at the time. Flared wheelarches and whale tail. Air and leather standard. Fitted with optional sunroof. Brown livery in good order with a few minor imperfections. Mild signs of use and wear on interior. Wicked quick. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,025. These were about $140,000 when new, so finding one that has been properly maintained and cared for is a treat. The new owner gets the experience at a fraction of the price when new. Assuming this has been properly serviced, it was a very nice buy. AMERICAN #228-1929 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT Model 640 coupe. S/N: 172371. Black/black vinyl/gray fabric. Odo: 6 miles. The wheelbase was extended an inch for the sixth series. The trim was all chrome rather than painted, and disc wheels were standard—although wires were an option. The 640 was the Custom and the 645 was the Deluxe. This limo has Landau irons and sidemounts, which were an option. Paint is in good order, as is the trim. Fitted with Trippe driving lights. An attractive Packard. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. Bid was way off the money on this Porsche. It would have taken close to $150k to get the job done. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. The bid was a bit light, considering the condition, but limos appeal to a limited market. The seller will most likely do better next time out. #349-1936 PACKARD TWELVE all- weather phaeton. S/N: 188648. Black & green/green leather & fabric. Odo: 11,057 miles. This car was sold years ago at the “Cars of the Stars” Movieworld auction, where it was billed with Charlie Chaplin ownership history. The car has ridden a long downhill slide ever since. Trippe lights and sidemounts. Trim badly pitted and trunk handle missing. Interior in need of expensive attention. Engine has not seen a clean rag in years. Paint chipped and cracked. Miles stated to be original. One of 28 built. A needs-everything major project—but it remains a desirable Packard at the end of that line. Cond: 5. 118 Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA, pensive examples of a 1946 Lincoln Continental we have seen for a while, but there is not much upside. #317-1947 FORD SUPER DELUXE SOLD AT $89,250. This Packard is a math problem. Can you do all that’s needed here for $150k or so? If you can, then this is a respectable buy. Document the touted Charlie Chaplin ownership, and then it’s a different story. I’m surprised it sold as well as it did. I hope the new owner can get it done and bring this car back to life. #055-1938 FORD MODEL 78 custom convertible. S/N: 184807892. Black/white fabric/black & white vinyl. A Deluxe Eight with curved grille and side hood louvers. Hot rodded with 350-ci V8 and 650 Holley carb. 1957 Cadillac wheel covers. Ford nine-inch rear end. Modern gauges. Attractive paint and trim sparkles. Interior with signs of use. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $59,000. Bidding for this car was well off the mark. There was just no interest in the room, and the bidding stalled. This car is worth close to twice what was offered here, so the seller made the right decision to take the car back home. This Ford Super Deluxe is an attractive offering that will likely do better next time out. #284-1949 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT SOLD AT $31,500. Price paid was at the sweet spot for a quality resto-mod. With the big engine, this car is a hoot to drive and will get attention off the line. #219-1946 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL coupe. S/N: H14432. Gray/red leather/tan fabric. Odo: 84,236 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A luxurious boulevard cruiser. There is a great deal of hand lead work on this car, especially in trunk area. Continental kit, power windows and push-button door handles. A V12 under the hood. Pace car at the Indy 500. Paint scratched and rubber trim worn. Buffer marks on trim. A bit tired. A CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 3+. Victoria convertible. S/N: 225993482. Maroon/ tan leather & fabric. Odo: 39,577 miles. 365-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A seldom-seen 1949 Packard Victoria with a dual windshield. Equipped with fog lights and power seats, windows and top. Powered by 356 L-head straight 8 with 3-speed manual and overdrive. Also has Select-O-Matic spring seat cushions and large Goddess of Speed hood ornament. Interior showing minor wear from use and paint with a few scratches and swirls. Brightwork very presentable. All in all, a solid presentation of a rare Packard. Only 671 produced. Cond: 2. wagon. S/N: 71A1495096. Maroon & wood/ black leatherette/tan leatherette. Odo: 64,596 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Still has the original flathead V8, which has been rebuilt. Wood stated to be original and has been well maintained. Wind-wing window delaminating. Has third-row rear seat. Also equipped with radio, driving lights and bumper guards. Sun visor and bumper tips. Interior in good order. Paint, wood and chrome very acceptable with no major issues. VIN indicates it’s a 1947 car, but it has 1946 taillights and trim. A solid example loaded with options. Cond: 2+. #262-1952 CROSLEY SUPER SPORT convertible. S/N: VC40318. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 52,613 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. This Crosley was advertised as America’s mostneeded car, but production ended by the middle of 1952. Paint faded and worn, but vinyl replacement seating in good order. Spare tire mounted on trunk. A modified 1951 Super Sport actually entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,288. Powel Crosley made his fortune selling radios and appliances. The Super Sport had a horizontal bodyside molding, a larger bird ornament and a more massive Crosley medallion. All of this for only an extra $77. This car was last seen at McCormick’s November 2013 auction, where it was a no-sale after a high bid of $9,800. After fees and cost of ownership for four years, the seller just about breaks even. An automotive oddity that the new owner can enjoy without a huge investment. #277-1952 CADILLAC SERIES 62 coupe. S/N: 526242121. Maroon/maroon/tan fabric. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This was Cadillac’s 50th anniversary year, and the hood and deck emblems were done with gold castings. It also had the new through-the-bumper exhaust. This is a fairly basic example with decent paint but trim badly pitted in several areas. Replaced interior is not correct. A decent driver starter car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,425. This was all the money for a rather basic closed Caddy. Spend more money on the trim and interior, and the car still won’t be worth much more than the price paid here. I hope the new owner has some fun with it, as I don’t think it’s much of an investment. #245-1954 MERCURY MONTEREY SOLD AT $19,950. This car is an inexpensive entry into the world of Full Classics. This one needs a bit of care, but the new owner can’t get too carried away, as these have been in a slump for several years. One of the least-ex- 120 NOT SOLD AT $75,000. A solid bid for an unusual Packard, which should have gotten the job done. Seller is taking a chance if he walked away from real money here. Sun Valley coupe. S/N: 54LA24974M. Arctic White/light green & white vinyl. Odo: 2,503 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Documented restoration completed in 2014, with a documented cost of over $100,000. Converted to a 12-volt electrical system with aftermarket air added. Equipped with power seats and windows. Custom liner to keep the inside a bit Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA, cooler in Palm Springs heat. An optional zipin liner was a factory option. Exceptional paint, trim and fit. Interior to same standard. Engine bay sparkles, but the 292-ci engine was installed in 1955 Mercurys—not in 1954 cars. The 256-ci engine would have been correct here. This is an exceptional car with only 2,400 miles since restoration. Cond: 1-. ing. One of only 2,550 produced. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,000. A search of the SCM Platinum Auction Database shows this car sold at the 1992 Kruse Scottsdale auction for $40,000 (SCM# 1538638). The car didn’t make much upward movement over the years, but the owner had 15 years of enjoyment at minimal cost. I just hope the new owner has a similar experience. #285-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Exceptional examples have been pushing $200k, but they are much better than what was presented here. Still, this was a decent MK II and worth at least $40k or so. The seller not willing to let it go for far less than wholesale, and I don’t blame him. #164-1956 CHRYSLER WINDSOR con- SOLD AT $59,850. The owner built this knowing he was upside-down. He unfortunately passed away two weeks prior to the auction, and his widow sold the car in tears. New owner has a treasure at a price, but this car is well worth the premium. My favorite car at this auction. #258-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N: VC56L046947. Matador Red & Adobe Beige/red vinyl/beige pattern cloth. Odo: 69,032 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The Adobe Beige paint is a respray, but the red needs attention—especially on the rear sections. Rear window trim badly pitted. Equipped with Vintage Air aftermarket a/c and blackwall tires. Replacement interior in good order. Equipped with power windows, seats and brakes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,550. If 1958 Impalas are your thing, then this was the one. Offered with the Super Turbo-Thrust engine and a long list of options. The condition was there, and the price, while not a bargain, was spot-on. The new owner should still be smiling, and the seller should be just as pleased. Solid transaction all the way around. SOLD AT $59,850. The “100 Million Dollar Look” continued for 1956, with the grille redesigned to look like Flight Sweep I show car. This car was last seen at Mecum’s February 2, 2017, Pomona, CA, sale (SCM# 6830008), where it realized $84,700. Nine months later, the seller took a $25k bath. There must be an interesting backstory on this one. The buyer did just fine, while the seller is licking his wounds. #250-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 con- SOLD AT $40,425. An attractive package that received a great deal of attention. The price paid here was just about right. The median value in the SCM Pocket Price Guide is $55,000, and this one fell a bit short, probably because of the paint issues on the rear of the car. The new owner has room to upgrade and still be on the right side of the ledger. #499-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II coupe. S/N: C56B2090. White/ gray & white leather. Odo: 76,462 miles. 368ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to have received a frame-off restoration in 2012, but it must have been done by a shade-tree restorer. Paint overspray on rubber moldings. Trim pitted in numerous areas. Equipped with factory air, which was the only option offered. Everything else was included in $10,000 price tag. Leather interior has the look of quick freshen- 122 vertible. S/N: E7DC188819. Red/white vinyl/ red & white vinyl. Odo: 66,489 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. The Thunderbird Special E-code engine with dual 4-barrel carbs is under the hood. Equipped with Continental kit, wires and skirts. Also with Town & Country radio, power seats and power windows. There is an issue with left rear window. Paint sparkles, with a few minor scratches and blemishes. The brightwork is acceptable—but with a few dings. The Skyliner with retractable hard top was the ticket in 1957. This model, however, was an attractive alternative. Cond: 2+. #235-1958 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF coupe. S/N: C858H3476. Light blue/light blue vinyl. 370-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Light blue livery is in decent condition, but the trim is dented. Equipped with radio. About 14k produced. Cond: 2-. vertible. S/N: W5613682. Geranium Red/ white vinyl/red vinyl. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Powered by optional Spitfire V8 engine with 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust. Only real issue is convertible top fit, which looks like it has shrunk a bit. PowerFlite push-button transmission. A striking car. Cond: 1-. vertible. S/N: F58J148094. Rio Red/white vinyl/red vinyl/gray, black & red fabric. Odo: 62,324 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A well-restored example of a highly optioned Impala. Powered by Super Turbo Thrust V8 with three 2-barrel carbs. Continental kit and dual rear aerials. Equipped with air and power windows and seats. Seat knob badly pitted. Rio Red livery sparkls and brightwork in good order. An exceptional example. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. For 1958, Pontiac received all-new styling, with quad headlamps and concave rear fender panels. The Star Chief had four stars in the recessed rear fender panel, taillamp trim rings and funnelshaped scoops at the front of the insert panels. Light blue is not a color that appeals to all, so that may have held things back a bit. All things considered, the price bid should have gotten the job done. A stronger livery would bring more, but the cost of a quality respray will put you upside-down in a hurry. I don’t see where there’s more money for this one. #255-1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N: H9YH117252. Raven Black/ red/black vinyl. Odo: 44,869 miles. 352-ci V8, Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA, 4-bbl, auto. A well-optioned example with Magic Aire, radio, Cruise-O-Matic and fender skirts. Raven Black livery in good order. There are a few swirls and minor scratches, but nothing offensive. The trim is not perfect, but it’s fine for a driver. A rather basic starter Thunderbird to use and enjoy. Cond: 2+. cracked in places. The interior is original and very presentable. Equipped with AM radio and optional Powerglide transmission. One of 109,945 produced in 1961. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $7,500. The Monza 900 Series was the top offering for the Corvair. Price bid was a little light, but these are heading nowhere, so there is limited interest. With a jillion to choose from, they need to be more interesting than what was presented here to bring any money. #187-1963 STUDEBAKER GRAN TUR- SOLD AT $22,313. The price paid was about right. This is a very presentable and fun go-todinner car. This T-bird won’t win any awards, but the cost of ownership will be negligible when it’s time to move on down the road. #246-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: J59S101351. Tuxedo Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 5 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. An exceptional example of a stated numbers-matching example. The Tuxedo Black livery sparkles. Offered with both tops. Trim fit around headlamps better than most. Black paint well maintained and well presented. A strong example. Cond: 1. ISMO HAWK coupe. S/N: 63V14306. Gold/ black/white vinyl. Odo: 94,908 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint is a little tired. There is an extra hole in the upper driver’s door from, perhaps, a different mirror. The interior is useable, but a replacement is needed in the near future. Cond: 3+. able story in that an early owner found it on his paper route and was later able to acquire it. Stored for 35 years and driven only 400 miles, so miles showing are actual. In very decent condition with respray and other freshening. Patch on driver’s door where remote mirror control would be. A rather basic 289 Mustang with an interesting story. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,213. How much is the “story” worth? In this case, a couple grand, as this Mustang sold for a bit of a premium. The car is worth the price paid, as it presents well and will be a fun Sunday driver. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. The Gran Turismo came standard with the 289-ci V8. Only minor trim changes from 1962 for 1963. A long list of options were offered, but nothing exciting was installed on this one. There were a bunch of Studebakers to choose from at this auction, and this was not the best one. This is not a very exciting car, and the bidders expressed little interest. The seller should have considered the high bid. I doubt whether a future auction would put more money on the table. #041-1963 STUDEBAKER GRAN TUR- SOLD AT $67,725. Little changed for the 1959 Corvette, although the twin chrome strips on the trunk were eliminated. This was the first year a black interior was offered in the Corvette. One of only 496 examples produced in Tuxedo Black with silver coves. This was the buy of the auction. A high-point example at a price far below the cost of restoration. Equipped with the desirable 469 Option dual 4-barrel carburetor. Well bought. #211-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza coupe. S/N: 10927W245135. Tan/gold vinyl. Odo: 23,309 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. This Corvair Monza has only 23,000 miles on the clock, which is remarkable. The car is in very original condition. However, it got a respray a few years back that is now SOLD AT $14,700. One of several GT Hawks to choose from, but this one had the Chevy 350 under the hood. A fun driver. I don’t think it will lose too much in value. Maintain this car and have some fun. Fair deal all around. #253-1966 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N: 6R07C171319. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 39,952 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Remark- 124 ISMO HAWK coupe. S/N: 63V28348. Maroon/ gray vinyl. Odo: 79,409 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This car is tricked up with a Chevy 350-ci engine and automatic transmission. Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor. American Racing wheels. Attractive paint with minor swirls in finish. Recently replated bumpers. Aerial in middle of trunk. Interior in good order. Engine bay sparkles. Cond: 2. #257-1966 PONTIAC CATALINA 2+2 convertible. S/N: 254676R131940. Black/ maroon vinyl. Odo: 35,822 miles. 421-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Equipped with the 421-ci Super Duty engine with Tri-Power. There are “421” badges on front fenders and “2+2” on rear deck. Simulated louvers on front fenders. Turbo 400 transmission. Redline tires with Torq Thrust wheels. Aftermarket stereo. Paint very presentable and interior in good order. Seat covers are not properly matched to side panels and carpet. A strong presentation from a long-term McCormick’s consignor. A desirable Super Duty Pontiac that was known as the executive’s hot rod in period. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. This car was last seen a few months ago at the MAG Hot August Nights Reno auction in August 2017. It sold for $43,000 that time (SCM# 6844484), and a $9k hit was not in the cards at this auction. The mismatched interior created some questions, but the bid was still a bit light for a very unusual Super Duty Pontiac. #289-1966 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE convertible. S/N: RP27G61143111. Yellow/ white vinyl/cream vinyl. Odo: 43,671 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Powered with Commando V8 engine as verified by “G” in VIN. The car came with bucket seats, wheel covers and rocker-panel moldings. The top fit is off a bit, and the carpet is worn. Trunk fit also off. Vinyl buckets need cleaning. Paint attractive, with mild scratches and touch-up. A fun topdown driver. Cond: 3+. Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA, Redline tires and reproduction cast aluminum wheels. A base-level 1967 Corvette. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $58,275. This buy was fair value for a fun driver. This car is not a ribbon winner at an NCRS event, but it is a fun Saturdaynight-go-to-dinner car. This Corvette can easily be brought up a notch or so. The new owner should be able to get his money back when it’s time to move on. SOLD AT $20,738. The price paid was reasonable for a convertible with a big engine under the hood. This car will not win any beauty contests, but it is a fun weekend cruiser. A solid purchase. #468-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 194677S121500. Rally Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 59,218 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. An older restoration that is starting to unwind and will require attention in the near future. Has sidemount exhaust. Trim pitted but fit is acceptable. Paint chips on door and a few nicks and bruises. Black vinyl interior is a decent aftermarket replacement. #267-1968 MERCURY COUGAR coupe. S/N: 8R91C517090. Yellow/black vinyl/gold vinyl. Odo: 99,562 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. A quickie respray with door sills neglected and worn. Ding in right rear fender. Black-tape striping worn. Interior in decent condition. Minor pitting on brightwork. This Cougar has a neglected look and needs some TLC. Cond: 3+. new owner his money back when it’s time to move on. #186-1980 CADILLAC ELDORADO Paris coupe. S/N: 6L578AE612031. Brown & tan/brown vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 66,320 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. A couple hundred of these were made at American Custom Coachworks of Beverly Hills, CA, which was in business from 1953 to 2003. Their primary business was producing limousines. This was the last year the Paris was produced, and they were popular in the Texas oil patch during boom times. The hood was extended 18 inches, landau irons added and fake sidemount spares added. Has seen better days. The trim is worn, and the paint a bit edgy. Gold chains not included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,375. This car sold for more than the current median value in the price guide. Considering the neglected condition of this Cougar, I’d say the seller won the day. The new owner can use and enjoy this car. However, it needs to go up a notch or two in condition to have any chance of getting the NOT SOLD AT $18,500. This modified Cadillac appeals to a deep and narrow market. If bling and questionable taste are your thing, then this was the ticket. I can’t see where it was worth much more than the high bid here. This is my personal opinion, as I’ve never cared for these cars. For the owner’s sake, I hope it does better next time out. © 126 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. H&H — The Imperial War Museum The only LHD 4.2 2+2 E-type that Jaguar ever built, in 1970, sold for $106,667 Company H&H Date November 15, 2017 Location Duxford, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 90/130 Sales rate 69% Sales total $3,035,808 High sale 1966 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2 convertible, sold at $200,000 Buyer’s premium 1970 Jaguar E-type 4.2 Series III 2+2 sold at $106,667 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.76) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics H &H had a slightly better outing at its final 2017 visit to Duxford than has been the typical showing by U.K. auction companies this year, with two-thirds of the large lot list selling. As well as a refreshed look to both catalog and website, managing director Dominic Lyncker has departed, once again leaving co-founder Simon Hope in sole charge as the company enters its 25th year of trading. Headlining were two E-type roadsters: Duxford, U.K. as a parts car, 1955 300B sedan made just $5,979, with a complete 1956 300C saloon at $22,222. All nine cars entered from a private Irish collection sold, including a 1968 Hillman Imp Californian, with only 82 miles recorded from new, which fetched a recordbreaking $27,259 — three times its estimate. The eight cars consigned from the Old Hall Collection all found new homes too, headed by a 1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Park Ward saloon at $35,556. Most impressive lot for size, weight and presentation was the beautifully restored International M5 half-track that had seen World War II service in Poland, artfully posed outside with Duxford’s Spitfire mock-up, that sold for $178k. The The ’66 4.2 had some notoriety, being linked to a 1967 gangland killing that inspired the original “Get Carter” movie. It sold at $200k, almost twice the money as the not-quite-as-nice ’62 3.8 next to it. Meanwhile, the only LHD 4.2 2+2 E-type that Jaguar ever built, in 1970, sold for $106,667. The 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S 3.4 roadster was possibly the first S version built and thought to be only the seventh right-hand driver to leave the factory. Now with a 3.8 block, it sold for $177,778. Two Mercedes Adenauer 300 “barn finds” made very different money. One was a 1954 cabrio, just one of seven right-handers built. Largely complete and restorable, it sold for $137,508, more than twice its lower estimate, while the slightly less complete, but still useful 128 same seller was also disposing of two Jeeps, a Ford ($19,259) and Hotchkiss ($14,815), a 1969 Mustang Bud Moore Trans-Am tribute race car ($43,704) and a 1955 Guy Otter truck. That lot didn’t sell, but it served its purpose by bringing the Mustang to the auction, resourcefully lifted off by one of the RAF’s 8x8 DROPS trucks when it transpired that no ramps were available. Top prize for weirdness went to the Alesso single-seater Formula Libre racer. Constructed in Argentina in 1950, allegedly with the help of Juan Manuel Fangio, this packs an enormous 7-liter 4-cam flat-12. It didn’t sell, but wouldn’t it be fabulous to see it resurrected and thundering up the Goodwood hillclimb? ♦ Sales Totals $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 NO DATA


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. ENGLISH #132-1931 MG F-TYPE Magna tourer. S/N: F0668. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Older restoration, still good order. New top, leather quite well creased and just beginning to crack. Speedo dulled, rev counter better. Motor clean and tidy; not the original but of the correct type. Car now has full-flow oil filter and external water pipes plus large-capacity fuel tank. Cond: 3. well, nickel plate to radiator shell mellowing nicely. Perfectly replicated instruments. Preselector gearbox. New fuel pipes. No odometer. Works-type JB registration number but DVLA-issued chassis number is a bit of a disappointment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,037. One of three known survivors with coachwork by Jarvis of Wimbledon. This car was orrectly priced for condition. #131-1932 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP Special roadster. S/N: GUA24. Blue/blue/ blue leather. RHD. Unusual special in very French livery and complete with tricolor on the sides, originally white. Hispano-Suiza plate on dash and vaguely Hispano-like radiator shell with decent plating. Motor is later 4-liter FB60 (as found in Austin Princess 4-litre R), with autobox. Good order all around. New leather and recently repainted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $124,554. The last K3 from Peter Gregory, built for his own use. Sadly, he didn’t get to enjoy it. Sold for a little less than the vendor had hoped, but it was still around a quarter of the price of the real thing, from which it is practically indistinguishable. #64-1932 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP se- dan. S/N: GBT25. Eng. # J6Z. Maroon & black/brown leather. RHD. Tidy and straight Four-Light saloon. Repainted in the 1990s. Nice plating, although slightly ripply radiator shell. Good leather and okay timber. Vinyl top intact with no cracks. Front axle rebuilt in 2007. One of five cars offered from the Old Hall Collection, where it has resided since 2005. Christened “Lady Mary.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $59,259. Known as the Boucheron Bentley, as it was first supplied to Jean Paul Boucheron of the jewelry dynasty. In the vendor’s hands since 2000. Last in the SCM Platinum Auction Database (SCM# 6804766) when it failed to sell at $49k at Bonhams’ 2016 Beaulieu sale at the same £60–£80k ($80k– $105k) estimate. This time it was bid to a little more, which was just enough to sell. #13-1938 MG TA roadster. S/N: TA2215. Red/black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Older restoration just settling back nicely. Body is all straight, paint and chrome okay, dash and instruments very good. Scuttle toolbox still fully stocked. Interior leather is mellowing beautifully. Top okay, sidescreens look newer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,556. Sold at the high end of the estimate range, but still a fair price for a nice driver in just-right condition. #126-1958 JENSEN 541 Deluxe 2-dr se- SOLD AT $37,037. Created for the 1983 film “Sahara,” which explains the auto, as the heroine Brooke Shields, “taking part” in the film’s central desert auto race, no doubt couldn’t cope with stirring her own. Sold for about the same price as an original-but-crumbling 20/25 saloon or limo—or indeed the charming 20/25 pickup we profiled a few issues ago (July 2017, “Affordable Classic,” p. 44). As ever, the most cost-effective way into a special or a race car is to buy in after somebody else has done the hard graft. #81-1932 MG K3 Evocation roadster. S/N: SABTVR0366A277261. Green/green leather. RHD. MG guru Peter Gregory built this car in 2010. Gregory, who has since passed on, specialized in restoring K3s and making replicas of same. Paint holding up 130 SOLD AT $35,556. This sale confirms that 20/25 prices haven’t shifted much since we last looked. This car was slightly well bought, having been offered at no reserve. It sold at not much more than the low–£20,000 ($26k) range starting price of a crumbling old pile of a 20/25—or a car that’s already been made into a special. This was much nicer than either, and it looks to have no immediate needs. I’ll call it a good risk. #101-1936 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE Pillarless saloon. S/N: B244GA. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 10,719 miles. With ski rack and lightweight seats, Marchal headlights and Projecteur center spotlight. Straight and sharp. Older paint, nice plating. Leather newish, now lightly creased. High-ratio back axle added in 1938. Doors rehung since last time I saw this car. Cond: 3+. dan. S/N: 5412113848. Red/mustard leather. RHD. Odo: 3,295 miles. Fiberglass-bodied Jensen predating the C-V8, restored 2012–14. Paint still very sharp and shiny. No stars or cracks in glass. New leather, new wood dashboard. Period radio. Mileage is since restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,786. Won the Jensen Owners’ Club’s Best in Class Cup in 2015/2016. Just beats the previous high-water mark for a 541 Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. in the U.K., $56,789 for a 1960 S at Silverstone Blenheim during September 2016. We are just about into Interceptor money with this sale. #57-1963 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N: 877233. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,207 miles. Restored and converted to right-hand drive from 1990 to 1995. Holding up well, with only light scratching to center aluminium trim. Leather lightly creased, newish top. Spotweld dimples sill visible under rear pan—plus lots of stone-chip coating. White hood frame. Original block; cylinder head is a replacement. Mileage is likely since restoration. Cond: 3+. and stone-chip-coated rear pan. Baggy leather may be original. Period radio. On slightly wider wires than standard, and ER70VR15 Dunlop SPs are XJ6 size. Coopercraft front brakes, LSD. With JDHT Production Trace Certificate. From history and length of time it spent off the road, mileage could be real. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $115,556. Fair price for history, RHD conversion and condition. However, inevitably, the seller had hoped for a little more. #125-1966 AUSTIN GIPSY Series IV wagon. S/N: G4M15SE20519. Blue/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 4,952 miles. Austin’s LandRover. By the time the Series IV rolled around, it had leaf springs instead of the earlier versions’ mad Flexitor (rubber springs, trailing arms) suspension. Good original order in and out. Irish registered, even though it wears its original English plates. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $200,000. First owner was Vince Lander, who was at that time associated with London villains the Kray Twins and said to be the inspiration for the original “Get Carter” film. Back on the road in 2008—only 700 miles ago. Sold right for model and condition, and the interesting history just adds to the deal. #45-1968 LOTUS ELAN S3 drophead coupe. S/N: 457771. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 44,982 miles. You forget how tiny these are, but it was parked next to a Sprite to bring it into perspective. They’re about the same size. Lightly microblistered paint, but no nibbles or chips out of fiberglass body. Tatty inside, but should clean up. Some cracks in dash, modern stereo. Spyder chassis fitted in 1988, CV driveshafts instead of original rubber-donut type. Original airbox. In storage for the past four years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,259. Bidding on this car was extraordinary—and just kept going to three times over the £6,000–£8,000 ($7,903– $10,537) estimate. Phone bidder kept coming back with £100 ($131.72) and £200 ($263.44) increments, but the room bidder wasn’t having any of it and stood firm until it was his. An amazing—and unrepeatable—price for any of the Imp family. #119-1969 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW MPW 2-dr sedan. S/N: CRH6788. Regal Red/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 75,800 miles. Straight, clean and with nice paint and good plating. Converted to Bentley look 30 years ago. Sits square. Leather only lightly creased. Good veneers and carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,519. One of 606 made before the 2-door Shadow became the Corniche in 1971. Money is right here, and the wrong grille hasn’t hurt it because the Bentley version is more rare—and more elegant. #76-1971 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III SOLD AT $8,889. Bought new by Hampshire Police, but it was kept as a reserve vehicle, so it was barely used. Sold off in 1996. The vendor bought it at H&H’s October 2010 auction for $11,495 (when that was £7,242). Rather unfashionable—maybe why it was cheaper than last time—but looks like great value against a Series II Landie, which would be seriously rough at this money. #87-1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N: 1E1482. Red/black cloth/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 49,016 miles. Shiny, straight and restored. A slight crazing to paint on bonnet bulge. Gray hood frame, new top. Spot-weld dimples still visible in slightly tatty 132 SOLD AT $25,185. About as cheap as you’ll buy any decent, running Elan—and under £20k ($26,344) is usually hard-top money. It’s been in storage, so recommissioning could swallow a couple of thousand, but I’d still say fairly priced for condition. The replacement chassis has no bearing on value. In fact, the presence of the original steel backbone has been known to block a sale. #23-1968 HILLMAN CALIFORNIAN 2-dr sedan. S/N: B401006507HCO. Green/ green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 82 miles. The Californian is the fastback coupe version of the Imp, They are all 2-door cars with a rear-mounted. all-aluminum slant-four engine—a bit like a baby Corvair. Excellent delivery-mileage, preserved condition. This car was never registered. Cond: 2. Sports Car Market 4.2 2+2 coupe. S/N: 1W70001. Gray/red leather. Odo: 53,807 miles. One-of-one experimental car, the only left-hand-drive 4.2 2+2 S3 Jaguar built. In fair driver condition. Repainted, prep/finish a bit rough around the taillights, older retrim. Always a manual, apparently, even though Production Trace-quoted chassis number (ending BW) suggests it may originally have been an auto. Cond: 3.


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. SOLD AT $106,667. This car was conceived as a possible cut-price S3 (which were all V12s). Originally sent to New York for emissions testing, it was privately owned in the U.S. for some time after that. Record producer Pete Waterman owned the car for the past 30 years. Offered at no reserve, with no idea whether it would sell for S2 2+2 4.2 or driver S3 money—or much more, given that it’s even more rare than a Lightweight. In the end, the car just about split the difference between the high and low possibilities. This Jaguar is a bit of a unicorn, but it is not as bad as it sounds. I drove it a couple of months ago and it has a sportier character than the V12. #54-1974 FORD CAPRI RS 3100 coupe. S/N: BBECND10798. Orange/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 60,741 miles. Restored, although sill joints a bit bent and wavy. Good dash and vinyl. Two small holes in driver’s seat and paint coming off dash rocker switches. This is pretty good condition for one of these cars. Cond: 3+. #31-1990 FORD SIERRA SAPPHIRE Cosworth 4-dr sedan. S/N: WF0FXXGBBFLY26325. White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 15,843 miles. Very good all around, no scuffs or scrapes. Leather only lightly worn and creased. Low mileage and claimed two owners. Cond: 3+. would be an Ulster, and this sold (slightly under estimate) for a comparable price. #112-1962 HOTCHKISS M201 Jeep SOLD AT $46,667. This car started life as a demonstrator with a Ford dealership. Then it went on display at another dealership before being sold into private hands in 1990. These cars look very boring, but they have the same guts as the original wild-looking 3-door with biplane spoiler—plus the security of all-wheel drive. Apparently, this model was once Britain’s most-stolen car, too. Given the huge money other British auction houses have been getting for these, I’d call this quite reasonably bought—even if it was at the high end of the estimate range. #122-2001 ROVER MINI Cooper Sport SOLD AT $60,741. We’ve definitely seen this car at auction before. Sold for $17,933 (described as a Spa Special) at the Autosport show in January 2007. Last one at auction (BBECND26249) sold at £51,750 ($68,160) in July 2016, and before that BBECND10799 hit £48,375 ($73,293) in November 2015. This one sold a bit lighter, but it wasn’t quite as sharp underneath as the other two. #67-1979 FORD CAPRI 3.0 S 3-dr hatch. S/N: GAECWK02460. White/brown vinyl/check cloth. RHD. Odo: 69,580 miles. Straight and tidy. No apparent rot thanks to having been Ziebarted from new. Super-clean underneath, with repainted petrol tank. Carla interior wearing well. With fishnet Recaros. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,741. Sold where expected. If it had been one of the “really last” 500, it might have tipped over £20k ($26,344). FRENCH #16-1924 PEUGEOT 172 BS Gran Sport SOLD AT $29,259. Ticks all the boxes (except perhaps for color) and therefore hit the right money. Although for a shell this clean there’s always a danger that it’ll be made into a racer. It’s eligible for HSCC ’70s Road Sports, alhough it’s up against lighter TVRs with the same motor—and quicker Datsun 240Zs. 134 roadster. Blue. Clean and sharp, with lovely brass radiator shell and headlight rims. Decent paint. Engine-turned dash, newish leather. Electronic ignition hidden within original magneto casing, so it looks stock. Electric fan and, to power it all, an alternator driven off the prop shaft. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,605. France’s Austin Seven, and one of the rarest variants—catalog says one of 100 made. Latterly in Belgium. Nearest equivalent to this 2-dr sedan. S/N: SAXXNPAZEYD185807. Anthracite/silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,233 miles. All original; small mileage (1,233 miles from new) means it still has original sills, floors and under-floor jig brackets. Leather lightly creased. Irish registered. Cond: 2+. utility. S/N: 13491. Green/khaki canvas/black vinyl. Hotchkiss-built Jeep in fair order; appears to retain all its original components, plus shovel. New carb fitted, but original is included. Seat vinyl intact and canvas top is in good order. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,815. The French Army used these right up until the 1980s. Being sold by the owner of the half-track and the Bud Moore tribute Mustang. Priced right for a Hotchkiss, which is worth about 50% under the price of a Willys or Ford in comparable condition. GERMAN #71-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300B Ad- enauer cabriolet. S/N: 1860143501850. Blue/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 76,296 miles. Restoration project, originally red. Rough but not unduly rotten. Everything appears to be there, which is very important with these largely hand-built cars. Leather appears intact. If the registration number is included (the catalog didn’t say it wasn’t), that’s worth a few quid too. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $137,508. Claimed to be one of seven RHD 300B cabs. Originally registered to Mercedes-Benz U.K., where it remained Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent online sales of Japanese collector cars by Brian Baker (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #222759655495. 1995 Toyota Supra. S/N JT2JA82J2S0028206. 34,350 miles. “Twin Turbo, 6-speed, Targa top Renaissance Red, clean CARFAX, ’98 headlights/taillights/turn signals/ wheels, upgraded shocks/struts/springs, mild intake/ downpipe/exhaust.” Condition: 1.5. H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. until 1965. In the vendor’s hands since 1971. Protracted bidding between room, phone and Internet finally got the job done—at 20% over estimate. Well sold. #113-1967 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER Camper van. S/N: 227071084. Green & white/green leather. RHD. Restored and completely stock apart from dropped ride height and K&N air filter on rebuilt original motor. Super-clean underneath. New leather, rock-n-roll bed, cooker, fridge and sink—plus period roof rack. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,800. The Supra was the pinnacle of performance for Toyota in the 1990s—and maybe even now. These have been desirable cars since they came out, and have become more distinguished with time with the help of video games and “The Fast and the Furious” movie series. This one has the desirable 6-speed manual and twin-turbo setup. I would have rated this car’s condition higher if it had the correct lights and wheels, but at least they are still factory. I expect these to continue going up, but well sold for now. eBay Motors, 12/22/2017. #322889684050. 1993 Nissan 240SX SE. S/N JH4DA9366NS01474. 75,000 miles. “2.4-liter, 4-cylinder DOHC with ECCS KA24DE, 75,500 original miles, 4-speed automatic transmission, 100% stock, rust-free, one owner for 24 years.” Condition: 1.5. SOLD AT $32,963. Didn’t fetch the crazy money of a 21- or 23-window because it’s not a Samba. But at less than half the money, this camper van looks like pretty good value. It must have cost more than the purchase price to restore. #28-2002 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 SOLD AT $9,500. I always forget that 240SXs started out nice—like this one. I am usually around ones built for drifting or other motorsports. Stock versions are a rarity. The only downside to this car is the automatic, but I can overlook that. Consider the 240SX as the 240Z of the younger generation, and we are already starting to see where that market is going. Well bought—try finding another one in original shape. eBay Motors, 11/24/2017. #222676804090. 1984 Honda CRX. S/N JHMAF5332ES015485. 65k miles. “5-speed transmission, carbureted, radiator has been rebuilt, clean title, zero rust, no rips or cracks on the interior.” Condition: 1. coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ99Z25608195. Blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 129,526 miles. Good, tidy and unscuffed. Paint-code stickers still in place. Mileage fair for age, with seat leather slightly baggy on driver’s side. Well specced. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,861. Sold where expected. Dealers are asking almost twice this for mint Evo IIs, but highish mileage and chipped motor will be holding down the value somewhat here. Still a very nice thing to have, and buyer likely won’t lose money on it. JAPANESE #102-1969 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N: FJ4070492. Blue/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 17,999 miles. Sharply—and recently—restored. Seat vinyl okay, although rear bench is missing. Nothing appears broken, apart from central dash light, which looks a bit chewed. New rubber checker mat on floor. Odo reads 1799, but last digit is missing. Sits on wide, slotted steels. Cond: 3+. plastics intact. Sabelt steering wheel. Irish registered. Motor chipped up from 210 to 300 hp in 2004 and quickshifter added. Stainless exhaust. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,333. Imported from Australia in 2015. Interest in these is picking up in the U.K., possibly after the meteoric rise of S1 and S2 Landies. This Land Cruiser sold at top estimate. SOLD AT $15,556. Appears an honest old thing. Included to illustrate where the bottom of the 911 market is now. Okay, it is a Tiptronic, which can hurt the value a little in the U.K., and purists reckon the 2WD version is more tactile to drive, but you wouldn’t get a running aircooled 911 for this. Surely 996s cannot stay this cheap for much longer. Buy now while stocks last... SOLD AT $4,050. The first-gen CRX is a great car, but considering that the second gen exists, I don’t see first-gen prices climbing very high. This car is in great shape and has low mileage, but it barely broke $4k. It would be a nice car to have in a collection, but not as an investment. Well sold. eBay Motors, 10/19/2017. ♦ 136 ITALIAN #95-1992 LANCIA DELTA Integrale Evolution hatchback. S/N: ZLA831AB000569172. Red/black leather. Odo: 99,746 km. Sharp and apparently rust-free. Rare leather interior wears better than Alcantara, looks unused in back, slightly worn in front. All dash Sports Car Market AMERICAN #27-1938 INTERNATIONAL D-2 pickup. Green/red/green vinyl. Restored in


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H&H Auctioneers Duxford, U.K. the U.K. during 1998. Timber on load floor. Interior fair. “L&M Automobiles” script with what looks like a U.S. number on doors. Now runs 12-volt electrics and an alternator. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,185. Imported to the U.K. in 1997. Last July, one of these in similar condition was bid to $26,500, unsold at Mecum Auctions at Harrisburg, PA, so looks as though the buyer got something of a bargain. #53-1943 FORD GPW utility. S/N: 112537. Green/khaki canvas/khaki canvas. Odo: 41,300 miles. 2,199-cc I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. All Ford apart from the replacement Kaiser Supersonic engine (catalog points to hole from bullet, which was apparently responsible for the original engine’s demise, in inner fender). Four out of five combat wheels (the other is later one-piece). Proper 1942-type embossed air-filter housing. New carburetor. Cond: 3. change rates skew the story a bit, it sold for around half that—or a little less than a nice Pilot would fetch. That’s an expensive 374 miles. #68-1957 CHEVROLET 3100 Stepside pickup. S/N: V3A57L124551. Blue & white/ blue/white leather. Odo: 1,579 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Resto-mod, excellent paint, wide steels with chrome caps. 350-ci engine with TH400R4 automatic transmission, Camaro rear axle and stubs, disc brakes, power steering. New leather. Billet shifter. Elaborately lined load bed has never seen work. Cond: 2-. would be expected to fetch. The buyer’s got a nice truck, but financially it can’t have been worth the effort to the seller—unless the crate motor came for free. #60-1969 FORD MUSTANG Bud Moore Trans-Am replica coupe. Red & black/black vinyl. 351-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Tribute car, straight and tidy, period bucket seats. No specs on engine other than it’s a 351-ci mill and wears two 4-barrel carburetors. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,259. In the hands of the Norwegian Army for decades. From the same seller as the International half-track and the Bud Moore tribute Mustang. Sold well behind estimate. This was a very good deal for a real World War II Jeep in today’s market. #79-1949 FORD F-1 Woodie wagon. S/N: 98RCF118605. Green/timber/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 9,023 miles. This is a “Bonus Built” truck locally bodied in Ireland for the U.S. Consul General’s bodyguard. In good order. It is in restored condition, with decent timber, paint and seat vinyl. Interior timber a bit dull. Two rows of seats in rear. Engine rather grubby. Irish owned since 2013, previously U.K.-registered MSU 202. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,593. Modified cars—and pickup trucks—never get their money back in the U.K., and this sold for just a little more than a standard example in similar condition SOLD AT $43,704. What was quite fun was that the owner brought it to the sale on the back of his Leyland Otter flatbed (Lot 59, which didn’t sell) but there were no ramps to unload it. Handily, Duxford being an RAF base, there was an 8x8 DROPS wagon knocking about, so the Mustang was picked up on that and placed on the floor. Sold lighter than hoped, but there’s a limited market for this kind of thing in the U.K., as there’s not much you can do with it apart from touring events— until Goodwood decides to hold a Trans-Am tribute at the Members’ Meeting. © SOLD AT $20,741. This truck was used as hotel transport before selling to Ireland at Bonhams’ 2013 Beaulieu auction with 8,649 miles for $43,788 (SCM# 6535934). The price paid in 2013 was more than a U.K.-built V8 Pilot would fetch. This time, although ex- March 2018 137


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ARGENTINIAN #268-1998 BUGATTI TYPE 55 replica roadster. S/N BC146. Red & black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 1,401 miles. Perfect copy of a Type 55, with chassis and body made in Argentina, but engine and running gear—including axles, steering and brakes—made in the U.K. by Crosthwaite & Gardiner. They made the new Silver Arrows for Audi a few years back. Very good order all around, with lovely nickel and nice paint. Leather hardly worn. German TÜV approved, and with U.K. V5C registration document. Cond: 2-. 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster, sold for $99,000 at Dan Kruse Classics, Houston DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Location: Houston, TX Date: November 25, 2017 Auctioneers: Automotive lots sold/offered: 62/147 Sales rate: 42% Sales total: $919,160 High sale: 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL roadster, sold at $99,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe MECUM AUCTIONS Location: Kansas City, MO Date: November 30–December 2, 2017 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered: 389/589 Sales rate: 66% Sales total: $8,220,833 High sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $291,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, minimum $500, included in sold prices Report and photos by Brett Hatfield BONHAMS Location: London, U.K. Date: December 6, 2017 Auctioneer: James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered: 53/88 Sales rate: 60% Sales total: $4,366,697 High sale: 1998 Bugatti Type 55 replica roadster, sold at $286,679 Buyer’s premium: 15% on first $66,887; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.75) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman SOLD AT $286,679. First registered (in Argentina) in 2001, and the only one that South Trading built. Given that a real 55 is in the millions, and a tool-room copy Birdcage or Testa Rossa is about $500k, this looks like a good value at this mid-estimate price. Although, of course, there’s a bit less to replicate on this than a ’50s sports racer. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. CANADIAN #S146-1975 BRICKLIN SV-1 coupe. S/N 0031BX5S001753. Safety Suntan/tan cloth. Odo: 2,231 miles. Mediocre panel fit from the factory. Good paint considering it is original. Fiberglass appears a little wavy. Glass and weatherstrip are both in good condition. The interior shows little to indicate its age, with no real wear present. Engine compartment clean, the factory wheels are damage-free, and it is still wearing the original raised-white-letter bias-ply tires. Cond: 2+. 2004 Ferrari 575M HGTC coupe, sold for $166,817 at Bonhams, London, Olympia sale 138 NOT SOLD AT $20,000. The Bricklin SV-1 was meant to be a Corvette competitor, with an eye toward safety (the SV stood for Safety Vehicle). It had similar performance to the mid-1970s Corvette. Of the five colors available, the Safety Suntan had the lowest production number, with only 191 going out the door Sports Car Market


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Roundup in 1975. It wasn’t a terribly flattering color, but it was the rarest. Combined with only 2,231 miles covered from new, this may have been the rarest of all the surviving Bricklins. Bidding stopped at $20k, but this is far from the top price for a Bricklin in the SCM Platinum Auction Database. The seller was smart to hold out for more. For an in-depth examination of the SV-1, see “Affordable Classic,” January 2018, p. 50–51. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. ENGLISH #262-1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II drophead coupe. S/N 63GY. White/black cloth/red leather. RHD. This body added in late ’30s. Still good and straight with no cracks, decent paint and chrome, lightly worn leather. Unused for at least two years, so will require at least some recommissioning. Cond: 2-. sadly, this one’s not as elegant as the Vanden Plas dropheads or even the Charlesworth saloons. That must hurt the value somewhat— see the other end of the scale: a Vanden Plas-bodied 4.3-liter that Bonhams sold a few days earlier for just over £505,500 ($681,821; SCM# 6856382). Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #273-1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III limousine. S/N 3AZ186. Green & black/ green leather. RHD. Excellent restored order, with good paint, plating and carpets. Leather is pleasingly patinated. Timber veneers more so, with dulling and scratching in places, but in character with the rest of it. Full toolkit— which includes spare valve springs. New carb, new exhaust. Overdrive recently added. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $172,810. Originally a Weymann limousine and thought to be one of only two Ranalah-bodied Phantom II DHCs, offered along with seven other cars from a deceased estate. In the U.S. until around the turn of the century, then in Sweden for 12 years before returning to the U.K. in 2012. Sold just over high estimate—attractiveness of body no doubt saw to that. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #220-1934 ALVIS SPEED 20 SC drop- head coupe. S/N 11959. Maroon/beige vinyl. RHD. Odo: 35,573 miles. SC has independent front suspension, all-synchro box and 2.8-liter motor. Restored in 1980s, repainted again 2000. Finish still good, as is plating to radiator shell and headlights. Dash and instruments very good. Leather relaxing nicely into middle age. Recent new cylinder head fitted by Red Triangle. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $192,301. Splendid history, having been first owned by the head of the Talbot Motor Company. Then requisitioned in WWII as the transport of “Monty,” General Bernard Montgomery, who masterminded the U.K.’s fight in the Middle East. After that, used by General Carl Spaatz, chief of the USAAF, in whose custody it was damaged when a fuel tanker reversed into it. Subsequently in Malaya. Sold in a post-sale deal for a total including premium that was a few thousand under the £150k ($200k) lower estimate. Both parties were realistic here. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #241-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN6 modified roadster. S/N BN61306. Blue/ blue cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 33,115 miles. Restored and with much money spent on re-skin in aluminum and hopping-up motor—both essentially to rally spec, with side exhaust. Door/sill/front wing fit pretty good. 100S-type seats, Moto-Lita steering wheel, Monit rally tripmeter, Willans harnesses. New soft top in blue mohair, plus Works-type hard top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $112,879. Fifty-seven of these were bodied as DHCs by various coachbuilders, but March 2018 139


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Roundup SOLD AT $53,844. 100-6 is your cheapest way into a Big Healey, and modified cars always go cheap, generally failing to recoup their expenditure. So if you didn’t mind the lack of originality, this is every bit as good as a 3000, and ideal as it sits for road rallies and tours. Well bought. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #217-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I BN7 roadster. S/N HBN7L6501. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 114 miles. BN7 is the pure two-seater rather than more numerous 2+2 BT7. Older restoration, repainted and refurbished again, and converted to right-hand drive, also wears the Mk II’s triple SUs. Excellent door and panel fit, with quite good paint. Chassis rails straight, only lightly dinged. Red-piped seat leather newish and little worn. Cond: 2. asking £295k–£400k ($395k–$535k) for similar cars in December. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #216-1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 flat-floor convertible. S/N 875202. Opalescent Light Maroon/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 335 miles. Shiny paint (in a slightly odd color for an E-type) and good chrome point to a fresh restoration. As does smooth rear pan with welds and seams filled, but it was done 1997–2000 and included a swap to right-hand drive. Still newish-looking leather already going baggy after just 335 miles. Magnolia leather trim extends to dash and gear knob. Hood frame painted cream to match. Rides on six-inch (wide) rims. With Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. Cond: 3+. times there are no roads. Sold for less money than either the very original DB4 Series V Vantage or the even more original Portugueseregistered DB5 at the New Bond Street sale four days earlier (and less than a third of the price of the over-restored “McCartney” DB5 at the same sale; see English profile, p. 68). But I loved it: a post-apocalyptic Aston that waves two fingers at the concours scene. Any attempt at restoration makes it well over a million-dollar car, so hopefully it’ll stay this way a bit longer. They’re only original once.... Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #263-1966 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA 109-inch recovery pickup. S/N 25109566C. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 69,116 miles. Friendly-looking old thing, with lovely sign writing. Condition just settling back from full restoration on new galvanized chassis, still with winch in rear. Motor slightly less good, SOLD AT $60,767. Originally supplied in California when new, then to Italy in 1998 and to the U.K. in 2016, where it underwent refreshment. On the money, and would stand a bit more at retail. Bonhams, London, U.K., Olympia , 12/17. #253-1960 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II drophead coupe. S/N STB190. White/white canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 30,246 miles. Slightly older (2010) refurbishment, lately gone though by Frank Dale & Stepsons’ Hong Kong branch. Seat belts fitted 2005. Decent paint and plating, coachlines nice and straight. Leather shiny, baggy and lightly creased. Veneers very good, although modern Alpine stereo spoils the effect somewhat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $199,779. Supplied new to Canada in Opalescent Green with tan leather. Drystored after restoration until recommissioning earlier in 2017. It might not be top notch, but it is an outside-lock, welded-louver flat-floor, and therefore collectible. The poor resto can be undone—at a price. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #282-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51529R. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,445 miles. Fabulous used, worn and battered condition, although mechanically up to snuff. Engine rebuilt/upgraded in 2006, when it was punched out to 4.2 liters, with 9.2:1 pistons and spikier cams, plus uprated cooling system. Original front seat leather so distressed it’s coming apart at the seams—rear is better. Luke harnesses. No bumpers, with wrinkled rear pan. Trunk-lid fit and door gaps variable. A proper old beater owned by someone who wasn’t afraid to use it and, as the catalog observed, probably one of the fastest road-going DB5s out there. Cond: 3-. with slightly rusty fan and air-filter housing— and hood detached, suggesting someone had been at it with the Cold Start spray. With Clayton “fug-stirrer” heater, and locker instead of center seat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,615. Sold where expected. Very fair money for a nice LWB Series IIa—SWB 88-inch versions always seem to fetch a bit more. Winch probably devalues it here, but it’s been on there from new, so it’d be a shame to change it. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #204-1973 TRIUMPH GT6 Mk III coupe. S/N KE211150. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Cataloged as a 1972, although chassis number says 1973. Recent repaint, otherwise quite good and original. Sits slightly high at the rear (which you don’t want on any swingaxle Triumph, but it’s less of an issue on swing-spring cars like this) on very period slot mags. Decent dash timber and interior vinyl. With original handbook and British Leyland Passport to Service book. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $204,274. One of 107 Cloud II 2-door dropheads by HJ Mulliner, ordered with power windows, power top and radio loudspeakers in the rear-seat armrests. In this ownership 30 years, during which it’s claimed to have covered only 6k miles, and sold on the money. Though it’s unfortunately in “wedding white,” will retail for more, with the trade 140 SOLD AT $619,297. In this family ownership 49 years, and has been used for long-distance road rallies—although on these events some- Sports Car Market


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Roundup SOLD AT $15,230. Those slot mags must have swung its appearance on timeshifting U.K. TV police drama “Life on Mars,” which flipped between 1973 and the present day—in which it wore an “L” registration to make it appear older, although M runs August ’73–August ’74. Hammered sold at just about the £10k ($13k) lower estimate, but it wasn’t so long since you could get a driver-quality TR6 for this. Mk III has the least successful of GT6 rear suspensions, by the way, lacking the Mk II’s lower link, and could be prone to Corvairlike unpleasantness if you lifted mid-corner. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #T34-1980 MGB Limited Edition con- vertible. S/N GVVDJ2AG508176. Black/ black vinyl/tan vinyl. The paint, which is shiny from a distance, reveals its age upon closer inspection. It is original, to be sure, but it looks like 37-year-old paint that has been kept inside, but not necessarily loved. Finish is beginning to let go on the front fenders. Luggage rack on trunk lid is beginning to show its age, as the stainless could stand to be polished and the chrome is starting to pit. Taillights are exceptionally clear, and the black vinyl soft top is in quite good nick. Weatherstrip at the base of the windshield is just beginning to show minor cracks. Wheels show no damage of any kind. All the vinyl in the interior has aged well, as there are no cracks in the dash, nor is there any significant wear on seats. Pad for the center armrest has begun to curl slightly at the leading edge. Cond: 3. pillars has come undone, and looks to have been shoddily re-glued. Black cloth top looks to be in fair condition, with some fraying present at B-pillars. Tan leather interior in good nick, although it may benefit from some leather conditioner. Wood trim on dash and console still shiny, showing none of the cracks so often present on these convertibles. Comes with factory books and manuals. Cond: 3+. beautiful classic convertible. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #256-1996 JAGUAR XJS 4.0 Celebra- tion Edition convertible. S/N SAJJNAFD3EJ225831. Metallic red/Parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 16,500 miles. Very late XJS, hence final run “Celebration” edition, as production ended April 1996 to make way for the XK8. (The platform lived on under the DB7, of course.) Clean and tidy, commensurate with low mileage. No rot in rear arches and leather is unmarked, veneers all good. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,425. This little TVR checked a number of important boxes for car-geek nirvana: low-production exclusivity, hand-built, bright red, tan leather, nicely appointed, comfortable, 4-speed manual, convertible, and reasonably reliable courtesy of the Ford Cologne V6. The TVR was one of a handful in the U.S., but carried a very affordable entry price. With low miles and better-than-decent finishes, this price tag made it even more appealing. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. SOLD AT $9,900. This MG was a super-lowmile example of a Limited Edition (500 units) special for the U.S. market. I imagine it would be tough to find another example this original with fewer miles. It was beginning to show its age, but could easily be used as an example for restoration reference, or enjoyed as a weekend cruiser. Money paid was reflective of condition and miles. Both well bought and well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #T38-1986 TVR 280I convertible. S/N SA9DH28P0GB019622. Red/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 45,019 miles. Paint shiny from a few feet away, but closer inspection reveals some buffer swirl. Panel gaps fairly uniform, suggesting factory fit and finish. Factory silver snowlfake-style mesh alloys are shod in recent rubber. Weatherstrip shows minor signs of wear, but nothing out of line for the age of the car. Adhesive for velcro strips at the base of convertible top B- BEST BUY 142 #F27-1990 JAGUAR XJS convertible. S/N SAJNW4848LC170016. Bright red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 77,000 miles. Goodcondition paint, with some light overspray visible in the right light. Chrome and stainless are both shiny, with only a few light buff marks present. The chrome wire wheels are in fantastic condition, having either been recently rechromed or replaced. Soft top appears to spend most of its time in the down position, as indicated by creases and lack of fading. It’s also possible this has been recently replaced. Leather interior shows signs of age, with a noticeable wear mark on driver’s side seat bolster. Seats show wrinkles and could stand to be cleaned. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,922. One of eight cars offered from a deceased estate. Sold twice over estimate, but that’ll be the almost unrepeatable low mileage, along with heightened interest (and prices) of the early cars pulling the later one along behind them. XK8 is better and cheaper, but hasn’t attained the same classic status yet. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. GERMAN #HOU17-055-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 6503694. Silver/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 75,335 km. Sold on a bonded title. Original bill of sale with extensive ownership record. Mileage believed to be original. Factory aluminum hard top included. Restoration completed in 2016 with color change from white to silver. Respray is high quality with good prep. Lackluster body trim with questionable fit just ahead of the rear wheelwells. License-plate illumination lenses are cracked. Rubber is dry and cracked. Back glass on hard top is slightly cloudy. Bumpers have been rechromed. Refreshed interior done to a high standard. Driver’s footwell shows wear from pedal operation. Interior hardware is in good order. Original Becker Europa radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,800. A striking color combo; this Jaguar had lots of eye appeal. This car was local to Kansas City, and claimed to have had most of its service work performed by the local Jaguar dealer. It has aged well and appeared to have been loved and cared for. These haven’t started to appreciate greatly in value but seem poised to do so. In the interim, someone has found themselves a bargain in a SOLD AT $99,000. The auctioneer worked the crowd pretty hard, but the car failed to sell on the block with a high bid of $90k. A deal was put together post-sale and the seller accepted the high bid amount. This is the third time this car changed hands this year. It was Sports Car Market


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Roundup first offered at Leake’s April Dallas sale, where it sold for $82,500 (SCM# 6835258). Two months later, Leake sold it again at their Tulsa sale for $93,500 (SCM# 6839119) after that owner enjoyed it for six kilometers. Fair price for buyer and seller. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-155-1962 VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER pickup. S/N 914601. Blue/ blue. Odo: 10,311 miles. Recently rebuilt motor. Wilwood brakes. New transaxle. Stainless exhaust. Paint appears to be original and is in poor condition. Has the popular patina look. Some of the rust is eating through the body. Filler on left rear quarter-panel. New canvas top and support hardware over bed compartment. Knockoff Fuchs wheels are mismatched and losing paint. Pop-out front windshield. Rubber is older but in decent condition. Probably has been replaced during its lifetime. Updated upholstery. Rubber floor mat is worn. Center speedometer gauge is very dirty on the gate face behind the glass. Exposed holes once housed a radio. Dash pull knobs are faded. Door panels have recently been reupholstered. Cond: 4+. mal exposure to the elements, as the odometer indicates. Engine bay features a true 1963 Porsche 356 mill, with freshly tuned carbs. The black vinyl seats appear to be a tad overstuffed but do not show any undue wear. Paint on both the shift lever and hand brake is scratched. Dash sports Porsche-style VDO gauges that are clear and sharp. Cond: 2-. soft top/dark brown leather. Odo: 74,091 miles. Paint redone to a high standard that is indicative of great prep. Chrome looks as if it’s original that’s been well cared for, as it’s just beginning to show light pitting—same with the bumpers. Glass and weatherstrip both in good condition. Engine compartment is tidy and looks to have been well maintained. Interior wood trim appears refinished or replaced, as there are no signs of cracks. The dark brown leather shows only the lightest wear, with the driver’s side seat showing a very slight separation at a seam, and the passenger’s side showing only a small bit of fading. Carpet seems to be in good nick, showing very light, if any, wear. No dash cracks, gauges are clear and legible, but there is an aftermarket stereo in place of the original. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. This little Porsche replica had been through the auction wringer before it made it to Mecum’s Fall KC auction. It was bid up to $20,000 but did not sell at the Leake Tulsa auction in June of 2017, after having been through several unsuccessful eBay offerings last spring. Built by Classic Motor Carriages with a genuine Porsche 356 motor, this Speedster replica was titled as a 1969 VW and came complete with a convertible top, a tonneau cover and a binder full of documentation. I am guessing that for the price of having numerous readers drive a Bradley GT from Miami to Monterey (I was one of those), and all the attendant repairs required for that trip, you could have had a cool little Speedster replica. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #252-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 se- NOT SOLD AT $12,000. In this day and age, patina has become desirable, but rustedthrough panels have not. Not only is there rust, but also rusted-out deep scratches throughout which have been left that way on purpose. In really good condition, these can bring a fair amount of money, but the double cab is the more desirable model. This one was more of a “restoration candidate,” as the rusted-through panels are not worth keeping the paint original. There is a lot of support in the Volkswagen community, and this one benefits from an existing engine rebuild and a few upgrades. Spend a little more money and it’ll bring mid-$20,000. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #S35.1-1963 PORSCHE 356 Classic Mo- tor Carriages replica Speedster. S/N 119025670. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 177 miles. Red paint on this 356 replica is shiny, in good condition, but with noticeable buffer marks throughout. Fenders are flared in a widebody, outlaw style. Chrome trim and headlight surrounds in good condition, with remaining stainless trim shiny. Aftermarket wheels clean and without any curb rash. Weatherstrip appears recent, or has had mini- 144 dan. S/N 10001222001901. Blue/blue cloth. RHD. Odo: 49,902 miles. Basic SWB W100. Fair condition all round; sits nice and straight on air suspension with chrome all good, though dash-top timber getting tired. Seat velour unworn. No real known history, except first registered in the U.K. 1978 (but wears a 1972/3 registration). Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $59,000. These very collectible MB convertibles have seen a steady march upward in values over the past several years. This example was in quite good condition, with few needs. As such, the seller was wise to hold out for an offer closer to the median price in the mid-$70k neighborhood. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #S9-1985 PORSCHE 944 coupe. S/N WP0AA298X8U760687. Black/black leather. Odo: 76,910 miles. Paint is shiny from a distance, but a closer examination shows numerous flaws, scratches, nicks and dings present throughout. Weatherstrip has begun to separate from the windshield and rear-hatch glass. The rear-hatch glass is also delaminating, a fault common to 944s that have been exposed to the elements. Windshield is cracked and scratched. The seats are cracked and worn, but the driver’s side seat bolster doesn’t show quite as much wear as you would expect. The dash has multiple vertical cracks running across the top. Dirty and wrinkled carpets. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $91,903. With 2,190 made 1963– 81, and 2,025 of those being 1971s, I’m guessing this is a 1970 or ’71, which would tie up with the plate. “ERL” looks like an age-related number to me. Anyhow, sold mid-estimate and feels a fair price for such an unknown quantity. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #S140.1-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412021708. Sand Beige/Sand Beige hard top/black cloth SOLD AT $4,500. This poor thing had been ridden hard and put away wet. Its appearance made it look as though it had easily covered twice as many miles as shown. I can only think Sports Car Market


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Roundup of four reasons why someone would have bought this car: 1) They were desperate to own a Porsche and had limited funds. 2) They thought they could make a buck parting it out. 3) They lost a bet. 4) Somebody bought the last Bradley GT in Miami, and you still have a longing for a German 4-cylinder. The seller was lucky to get the $4,500. Well sold, indeed. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #265-1989 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2 coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ96ZLS400360. Linen metallic/blue velour. RHD. Odo: 63,479 miles. Very tidy, clean and well kept and, although cloth interior rather than leather comes as a surprise, it’s unworn. Still with supplying dealer number plates, rear window sticker and period stereo radio cassette. Options: 16-inch alloy wheels, electric seats, electric sunroof, front fog lights, heated mirrors and power steering. Cond: 2-. exhibits none of the cracking that usually accompanies Mercedes of this era. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. These R107 SLs have reached their low-ebb in price and have begun to appreciate. Ultra-clean examples like this one are already commanding a healthy premium. The high bid of $31k was well above book value, and may not be in line yet, but it will soon be. The seller would be wise to wait for the market to catch up. Chances are these will never be any cheaper. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #290-1990 BMW Z1 roadster. S/N WBABA91070AL03633. Red/black cloth/gray & green leather. Odo: 44,465 miles. Clean and tidy on the outside. Repainted, with no cracks around door locks. Door inner panels unscuffed, “camouflage” leather seats wrinkled and baggy, as usual. Motor clean and tidy. Cond: 3+. Prior to both sales, it could be found online with an asking price of $13,995, which was later reduced to $12,995. It was the second lot of the sale both here in Houston and when offered in Austin. This time, now on its second lap on the auction circuit, the dealer took less than the last high bid. Well above wholesale, the price was still fair considering the rise in popularity of the R129 and relatively low mileage. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. SOLD AT $69,228. This was Porsche GB’s original launch car and was stored from 2003 to ’13, which has no doubt helped limit the mileage. Although the 964 was the least-popular 911 for a while, values are now higher than 996s, and this sold for decent 3.2 Carrera money—but it is the purist’s choice with twowheel drive and a manual gearshift. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #S81-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D9KA096081. Anthracite Gray Metallic/Anthracite Gray hard top & black cloth soft top/Dove Gray leather. Odo: 20,743 miles. Paint on this finalyear R107 in excellent condition, with few chips or nicks of any kind. Light buff marks in chrome trim, but they’re few and far between. A couple of small voids in pinstripes on rear passenger’s side, but overall body in excellent condition. Factory alloy wheels in great shape, with no curb rash or other defects. Little wear apparent on leather, as is so often the case with these Mercedes. Only item of note is a slight area of lighter color on the driver’s side seat bolster piping. Dash and console wood SOLD AT $49,229. Fair money for a fairly average Z1. Interiors don’t last well on these, especially the camo leather, so this worn condition is typical. Might retail for a little more. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #HOU17-002-1991 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N WDBFA66E5MF014443. Red/tan leather. Odo: 68,215 miles. Mileage stated to be original. Soft top and hard top included. Original paint showing age; good overall, but starting to lose its luster. Faded areas on the hood and trunk lid. Deep scratches on the hood down to the bare metal. Incorrect W220 wheels. Panel alignment is good. Rubber is original and average. Original carpets are showing age and dirty. Surprisingly, not much wear on the driver’s bolster, but the seat-base plastic is cracked at the seatbelt access opening. Wood veneers are scratched and losing luster. Dash is in good order. Gauges are clean and clear. Cond: 3. #T101-1999 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N WP0AA2992XS626095. Arctic Silver/black leather. Odo: 52,973 miles. Panel fit as good as expected from Porsche. Paint shows light road pepper on the nose commensurate with over 50,000 miles. Racquetball-sized discoloration on engine cover, left of the Carrera emblem. Headlights updated to the all-clear, post-2002 style, but they’re beginning to show the haze that accompanies acrylic headlights as they age. Weatherstrip and glass appear in good condition. Some flaking of paint on passenger’s side rear wheel. Two small covers for roof-rack mounts do not fully return to their flush position. Stock but dusty engine compartment. Interior in decent shape, but leather looks in need of conditioning. Driver’s side seat showing bolster wear that is common in these. Carpet still shows well, and dash is free of cracks. Cond: 3. BEST BUY SOLD AT $8,800. Last seen at Dan Kruse’s 2017 Austin sale, where it failed to sell with a high bid of $9,000 (SCM# 6847514). At that sale, the consignor stated that it had been driven to the auction venue and 100 miles have been added since it was last offered. March 2018 SOLD AT $18,150. First year of Porsche’s all-new, liquid-cooled 911. Offering horsepower that was only available in the top-ofthe-line turbo variants just a few years before, the new model was a leap forward in comfort and performance. These 996 Carreras are approaching their nadir, now trading hands in the $10k–$25k neighborhood. Not yet collectible, they represent a genuine bargain in terms of performance with everyday drivability. This example was in good condition, but not so nice that one would be afraid to drive it frequently. As it’s been floating around the auction circuit the past year without finding a new owner (this was its fourth go-around since late March), the seller may have been more motivated than usual. Without diving in to the quagmire of the IMS-bearing discussion, this Carrera looks to have been well bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #HOU17-097-2002 PORSCHE 911 Car- rera 4 convertible. S/N WP0CA29932S653338. Gray/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 145


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Roundup 80,811 miles. Appears to be well looked after. Clean CARFAX and AutoCheck with 20 service records reported. Paint appears original, with no obvious signs of prior paint. Mileage is stated to be original. Light clearcoat scratches throughout. Slight damage under the front chin from parking-stop scrapes. Hard top in contrasting color. Panel alignment is factory correct. Rubber is original. Wiper streaks and sand pitting on front windscreen. Driver’s seat bolster and bottom cushion are significantly worn. Screen printing is beginning to rub off in places. Gear selector is heavily worn. Gauges are clean and clear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. This Cayman was a clean, little-used Porsche, but nothing more. Porsches by their very nature engender a feeling of exclusivity, but this was just a clean used car, not yet old enough to be collectible, and not rare enough to command any sort of premium. Nicely equipped, reasonably low miles, and a fun sports car, this sold on the money. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #S106.1-2015 AUDI R8 V10 coupe. S/N WUAENAFG6FN000634. Ibis White/black nappa leather. Odo: 3,328 miles. No visible nicks or chips in paint on this nearly new R8. Front bumper does not appear to have any signs of use. Glass and the weatherstrip look just as flawless as the Ibis White paint. The interior is similarly unworn, but looks to have glossy carbon fiber on almost every non-upholstered surface. With fewer than 3,500 miles on the clock, this Audi is as close as you can get to new, without the full-price premium. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $15,250. The exterior presented well, but the interior was more in tune with the mileage. Bidding was pretty light. Most enthusiasts are after the manual transmission. The 996 era of the 911 is also among the least desirable for purists, but often a great starting point into the Porsche universe as there are values to be had. It’s important to know the service histories on these cars, as the IMS bearing failure hits close to 10%. There is a retrofit solution, but it must be done before failure. It’s unknown if any preventative measures have been taken with this example. The high bid came in just over dealer-only wholesale value and it should fare better in the retail market, which can be a little crowded. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #F40.1-2008 PORSCHE CAYMAN coupe. S/N WP0AA298X8U760687. Red/ black leather. Odo: 60,851 miles. Clear bra over the nose of this red Cayman has saved the paint from a bit of road rash, rock chips and highway pepper. Balance of paint in good condition, showing only some light buffer swirl. Panel gaps are precisely what you would expect on a modern-era Porsche, with excellent quality control throughout. Windshield shows light wear from road debris, but nothing major. Interior in good shape, with only the driver’s side seat bolster showing minor wear. Also, driver’s side door sill shows some light heel scuffs. Cond: 2-. compartment is tidy, but the belts look old. Seats are cracked and dry, and look to have been the victims of sun exposure. The leatherwrapped steering wheel is faded and somewhat worn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. Having grown up in the 1980s, and also having been lucky enough to ride in a DeLorean when they were new, I wanted this one to be better than it was. From 20 feet away, it looked fairly shiny, but closer inspection revealed the wear and age present from poor upkeep. The miles were low, as is common with these cars, but the condition didn’t show it. The seller was both wise and fortunate to part with this example, as it will likely be needy in the not-so-distant future. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. BEST BUY #S27.1-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T0BD005965. Stainless steel/gray leather. Odo: 23,236 miles. The stainless steel on this DMC12 is bright, shiny and free from any dings. Painted nose and tail caps look as they did when new. Glass, weatherstrip and exterior trim all present as new. The gray leather interior seats are freshly re-covered, and carpet looks to have been recently replaced. There are few signs of wear anywhere in the interior. Engine bay is clean, and has the appearance of being well maintained. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. This auction was not the venue for Lamborghinis or cars powered by Lamborghini engines. This V10-powered R8 garnered a high bid of $110,000, well below the 2015 sticker price of $176k and change, and still well below the going rate. The seller was wise to hang on to the car. Perhaps a different venue would better serve. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. IRISH #F130.1-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T8BD002215. Stainless steel/black leather. Odo: 15,770 miles. Only paint present is on the soft nose and tail, and it looks to be have been repainted a lighter shade of silver than what came from the factory. Panel gaps are uniform. Stainless steel looks to be in decent shape, if a little hazy in places from what I assume is an attempt to polish it. Painted louver over the rear window shows a little fading. Clear glass, but weatherstrip beginning to show signs of age. Engine SOLD AT $27,500. Reported to have been the recipient of recent reconditioning at the DeLorean factory in Houston, this example looked to be nearly new. The seats, seals, engine bay and painted louvers all appeared to have been given great attention. Very low miles combined with exceptional condition made this a great buy at several thousand dollars below market median value. Very well bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO , 11/17. ITALIAN #207A-1978 FERRARI 308 GT4 DINO coupe. S/N F106ALA13882. Red/black vinyl/ velour. RHD. Odo: 29,595 miles. Series II car—sharp inside and out. Velour seat inserts 146 Sports Car Market


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Roundup unworn. Motor a bit grubby by comparison. Space-saver spare unused. Good all around, with stainless-steel rear silencer ... and Ferrari script and badge. With books and tools, plus spare keys. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,306. Dry-stored since 2006, when they were worth about £10k ($20k), so sitting on it for a while made sense. Even though it’ll need a fluids and belt change at least, well bought when the retail ask is around $65k or more. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #S158-1985 FERRARI 308 GTSI Quat- trovalvole Spider. S/N ZFFUA13A4F0052881. Grigio Gray/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 34,816 miles. Panel gaps are even and uniform. Paint is in excellent condition, and has either had fantastic care or has been very well repainted. There is a Scuderia Ferrari sticker on the front fender just behind the wheelarch. The 18-inch wheels are from a Ferrari 360. Interior freshly updated, with new seat covers, carpet, custom stereo and rather odd-looking, gold-tinted carbon-fiber inserts. The Scuderia Ferrari logo has been stitched into the headrests. There are large speakers in door cards, and what appears to be a subwoofer at rear of center console. Forward of the console, there has been added a custom console filler that houses two switches, a gauge and a radar detector. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,800. This was a really pretty 308, but had been modified to a very specific taste. The wheels, although they came from another Ferrari, looked off. Gold-tone, pseudo-carbon-fiber inserts throughout the interior looked rather odd. Speakers, extra console section, and other custom touches made this thoroughbred rather garish. On the positive side, the car had been the recipient of a number of performance updates, was accompanied by books and a binder full of service receipts, and the 30k-mile, engine-out service had been performed at Norwood Performance in Dallas. At that time, the engine was fully rebuilt, and the car had been driven fewer than 5k miles since. Despite the strange customization, this 308 managed to find a new home for over $50k. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #S86-1986 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSA17A3G0060845. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 35,840 miles. Despite having relatively high miles for a Testarossa, this example’s Rosso Corsa finish is quite glossy, with very minor swirl, and little indica- March 2018 147


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Roundup tion of having been driven. Panel gaps are all uniform. Factory alloy wheels are free from rash or damage of any kind, and are shod with the correct Michelin TRX tires. The glass is without defect. The tan leather interior shows little wear, with only light creasing on the bottom of the driver’s seat to indicate anyone has spent time in the cabin. With just under 36k miles, the car is accompanied by full documentation including books, manuals, recent major service history, a full set of tools, jack and a cover. Cond: 2+. #272-2002 FERRARI 360 Spider. S/N ZFFYT53C000126499. Silver/black cloth/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,607 miles. One owner from new. Appears to have no road rash anywhere. Leather only lightly sat in. Stored since 2011 with only running-in miles, with full service history, books and tools. Cond: 2. of 90 with said package worldwide). Lowish mileage, well kept, full history (recent cam belts), with books and tools. New battery. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $96,250. The was everything you would want in a classic Ferrari: correct color combo, extensive service records with the major 30,000-mile service recently done by Ferrari of Denver, a really thorough detailing, and all of the attendant factory equipment present. The second owner has had the car for the past 20 years, and claims it has never seen rain. Maybe I missed something, as this one sold for well under book at $96,250. Unless there is some unforeseen detail here, this was very well bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. SOLD AT $133,855. Being sold from a deceased estate, which could explain the very low mileage. Sold at the high end of the estimate range at retail price—but pretty much a retailer’s dream, even though we all know it does no car any good to stand. Last service was four miles and six years ago, so, after budgeting a little more for recommissioning, the margin on this one is going to be tight. Well sold. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #224-2004 FERRARI 575M HGTC coupe. S/N ZFFBT55C000138466. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 23,500 miles. With F1 paddle shift and Handling GTC package (one SOLD AT $166,817. Said to be one of six cars with the HGTC package for the U.K. Bonhams sold a manual-shift, non-HGTC example four days before at New Bond Street with more miles for £158,300 ($212,516; SCM# 6856383), so I would have expected this to do a little more. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #S93.1-2006 LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO LP640 coupe. S/N ZHWBU37S08LA02857. Blue Hera Metallic/Avorio Lilium leather. Odo: 11,180 miles. The blue metallic paint on this Murcielago shows even less wear than one would expect from an 11,000-mile car. Only flaws to be found in paint are minor traces of bug strikes on front fascia. Weatherstrip and glass both present as new. Interior in good condition, with only minor wear on the driver’s side seat bolster and light creasing in driver’s seat bottom. It’s clear this car has been kept inside and has been well cared for. It comes complete with a recent major service completed at Black Horse Motorwerks of Bucyrus, KS. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. Resplendent in a striking Blue Hera Metallic over cream (Avorio Lilium) leather, this Lamborghini had all the eyeball you would ever want. It was a striking and unusual combination, sure to garner attention at any gathering or gas pump. Low miles are common on Lamborghinis, as they do not readily lend themselves to daily use. Averaging only 1,000 miles a year, and with a major recent service complete, there wasn’t much to scare a potential owner away. This was just the wrong venue for a Murcielago, as the high bid was only two-thirds of the median price. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. AMERICAN #HOU17-042-1932 PACKARD EIGHT Model 902 roadster. S/N 509272. Yellow/tan 148 Sports Car Market


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Roundup canvas/black leather. Odo: 75,559 miles. CCCA Full Classic. Three-speed synchromesh. High-quality restoration holding up well. Paint shows a few imperfections and appears to be well cared for. Grille, front and brightwork are in very good condition, with a few minor scratches here and there. Period-correct golf clubs included. Canvas top appears to have been recently replaced. Panel alignment is good. Rubber replaced. Interior is nicely restored. Leather appears original but in very good condition while showing some use. Carpet has been replaced, with wear around the foot pedals. Gauges are clean and clear. Interior woodwork is in nice condition. Cond: 2+. odometer. Aftermarket billet steering wheel. Vintage air. Cassette player points to age of customizations. Headliner is in good condition. Interior door hardware is lightly pitted. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Refreshing to see a host of Ford parts on a Ford—351-ci Windsor, Ford rear end, Mustang II front end—as many hot-rodders opt for a GMsourced 350-ci small block. This one could use a good refreshening, but no fault for making it a regular driver, as it still has the right look from 20 feet away. The pre-war hot-rod market remains cold, and the big bucks are reserved for the over-the-top builds which seem to be more and more common, thanks in part to reality automotive television. The high bid was correct here considering some updating is in order, and it seems unlikely that additional money could be squeezed out of this one as it sits. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-020-1954 MERCURY MON- NOT SOLD AT $170,000. Offered just a few months earlier at Dan Kruse’s Austin sale, where it did not sell with a high bid of $235,000 (SCM# 6847566). It was refreshing to see over 800 miles added to the odometer in just over two months. This one has been driven. It was noted in our commentary after the last offering that the bid there was within range of record territory for a 1932 Packard 902. The high bid here was still above the current market but closer in line. The seller decided to hold out for a bigger payday, but it is unlikely the offer will exceed what was passed up in September. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-033-1942 FORD SUPER DE- LUXE 2-dr sedan. S/N 186754818. Black/ gray leather. Older repaint with early signs of crazing on the hood. Black is unforgiving, with scratches throughout. Some scratching on the paint at the top of the doors. Brightwork shows pitting, some heavy in places such as the front turn-signal indicators. Other trim is lightly pitted but free of any major damage. Panels lined up well. Lowered stance on oversized wheels. Rubber is in good condition, having been replaced. Interior is mostly custom. Carpets show wear with some heavy in places. Finish rubbed smooth on some of the seat base trim. Heavy pitting on the seat track. Aftermarket gauges with digital TEREY Sun Valley coupe. S/N 54SL67705M. Yosemite Yellow/green & ivory vinyl. Odo: 80,429 miles. 256-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Continental kit with fender skirts. Older repaint, with prep issues throughout. Paint is thick in some places with occasional dry spray. Brightwork is noticeably faded, with light scratches. Plexi top has amateur tubeapplied gaskets. Rubber is dry and hard, with exception of the door vent windows, which appear fresh. Panel alignment is good. Rust bubbles on unexposed edges of hood. Large paint chip directly in center of hood below the hood ornament. Engine paint is showing age. Stains on headliner with some sagging. Missing interior illumination lenses. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,150. Last seen at McCormick’s 2016 fall Palm Springs auction, where it changed hands for $23,838 (SCM# 6810563). Since then, it has been enjoyed for a mere four miles. The market has softened quite a bit since 2011, when Sun Valley values were at an all-time high, with an average selling price of almost $86,000. Sales over the past year or so are in line with the sale price here. This one was well sold. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-068-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57N126170. Red/ black & red vinyl. Odo: 92,659 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Looks good from 50 feet away; smells like urine inside. Up close this thing is a mess. Panels are very wavy. Paint coagulated around trim. Poor alignment on hood, also sits high. Paint shiny but application is amateur at best—plenty of fisheyes and imperfection. Some chips are painted over. March 2018 149


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Roundup Exposed screw holes at the driver’s door mirror. Brightwork is consistent with everything else, lackluster and heavily scratched. Chunks missing out of the rubber on the front windshield surround. Rear glass trim is misaligned with the window, leaving a nice big pocket at the base to collect rain. Poor rubber. Upholstery appears to be recent. Carpets are incorrect and showing wear. Trim missing from steering wheel. Original steering column with a large hole from where the shifter used to be mounted. B&M floor shifter with missing trim. Very faded brightwork on dash. Headliner has stains but is holding up well. Cond: 4. “single family owned.” Between that sale and the sale here, it could be found online offered by a dealer with an asking price of $34,000. Given past sales at auction, both the asking price and the last price it sold for at Leake’s auction were not out of line. Here, it was a lot of car for the money. One has to wonder if there are any costly gremlins lurking about that make the loss attractive for the assumed dealer. It would likely be something that a bunch of money couldn’t fix. Very well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-070-1959 PONTIAC BONN- NOT SOLD AT $21,000. I was selling a 1961 Ford F-100 Unibody pickup with natural patina on eBay about a year ago, and I had a stalker who kept messaging me to criticize the condition of the truck and the asking price. He kept calling it an “old crate,” a term commonly used by WWI pilots for an old, slow and unreliable airplane. The condition of this car was pretty dismal, despite the refreshed interior and slick paint, and all I could think was “old crate.” There were issues galore, and one would really need to start over for this one to make the grade. It was offered at Dan Kruse’s Austin sale in 2017, but for whatever reason, did not cross the block. It has also been offered on eBay no less than five times with bids of similar money without meeting reserve. The seller must be in pretty deep, as all the money has been bid and the market has spoken. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-025-1959 FORD GALAXIE Sunliner convertible. S/N B9FC295757. Turquoise & white/white vinyl/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 69,409 miles. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Continental kit with fender skirts. Optional two-tone paint. Early signs of crazing in the paint, especially along left front hood corner. Some trash in the paint from older respray. Brightwork shows light pitting but is all there. Chip in driver’s door along the rear edge. Panels line up nicely. Large touch-up to the left of the spare on the Continental kit. A few minor dings in the trim. Front grille shows age, with rubs and scratches. Stains on center of front bench seat. Upholstery shows light wear. Soiling on driver’s door stainless and upholstery. Gauge face paint is fading on the temperature and fuel displays. Light pitting on dash. A few minor cracks in the steering wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Last sold at Leake’s Tulsa sale in 2017 for $32,400 (SCM# 6840414). At the time of that sale, it was stated to be 150 EVILLE convertible. S/N 859P16978. White/white vinyl/blue/navy blue/white leather. Odo: 14,169 miles. 389-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Nice older restoration holding up well. Finish and trim do show some age. Light pitting on trim with small occasional dings. Paint is good overall, with a few age flaws. Mask lines around the cowl. Cracked driver’s door vent glass. Rear Bonneville insignia has heavy pitting. Montana license plates. Interior is in good condition overall. Dirty seat-belt webbing. Dash covering is good. Carpets have been replaced. Instruments are original with finish wear on the gauge recess tunnels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,275. This car was offered online by a private seller with an asking price of $97,000. In the online ad, which has since expired, there is even a dead link where the car must have had its own website. There was not much on this one that had not been massaged, and the money had been spent. At the end of the day, it is only worth what someone will pay. Offered at no reserve. I imagine the seller was disappointed if his expectations were close to the $100k mark. For all the money spent, very well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-057-1961 FORD GALAXIE NOT SOLD AT $40,000. This is the secondgeneration Bonneville, which was produced as a stand-alone in 1959 and 1960. The first gen was a one-year car for 1958. The nameplate was actually first used in 1957 as a luxury well-appointed convertible trim model of the Star Chief. This one is said to have a restoration, but documentation and time frame were not mentioned or made available. A recent comparable example was sold by Auctions America at their fall Auburn sale in 2017. It was a 1960 in similar condition and within $2,000 of the high bid here before commissions (SCM# 6846512), selling all-in for $46,000. The high bid here was fair and reflective of the market. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-051-1960 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N TEX113925. Red/tan leather. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. LS1 powerplant. Airbag suspension. Paint profession- Sports Car Market Starliner 2-dr hard top. S/N 1J53X147345. Daytona Orange Sunset/white leather. Odo: 6 miles. 351-ci, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Power disc brakes. Vintage Air heat and air. Power rack-and-pinion steering. Older paint with a few prep issues, but nothing major. Overall it is well applied. A few chips around the hood. Debadged and shaved. Brightwork is lustrous and polished throughout, with some light pitting in a few pieces. Bumper is a little lackluster by comparison. Rubber alignment is uneven around the doors. Large back glass is mostly free of any scratches. Passenger’s door is out at the rear. Light wiper marks on the windscreen. Windshield gasket has been replaced. Interior is tidy. Light-colored seat upholstery does show some minor soiling. Billet panel behind 1956 Ford gauge cluster. Mustangsourced 5-speed on the floor. Dash paint ally applied and high quality but showing some age. Shaved door handles. Panel alignment is very good. Some light scratches in the clearcoat, with a few imperfections in the brightwork. Heavy scratch on rear bumper. Frenched Ford taillights. Modern gas filler moved into the interior wall of the truck bed. Beautiful mesquite in truck bed. Some scratches in rear glass. Rubber has all been replaced. Wheels are dull and could benefit from a polish. Diamond-stitched interior seats. Modern gauge package. Automatic shifter sits very high. Power windows. Custom center console in wood tones is very well done. Carpets are in good condition. Tilt steering column. Vintage air. Cond: 2.


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Roundup matches the exterior. Carpets are color matched as well. Power trunk. Dodge hubcaps on wide whites. Cadillac air cleaner painted to match. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,800. The Starliner was the top-trim Galaxie and was only available as a fastback. A two-year car produced in 1960 and 1961, this one was quite a departure from the original, but tastefully done. Fewer than 30,000 were produced for 1961. A lot of time and effort was put in, with a long list of upgrades from various vintage donors, with a few parts coming from the aftermarket. Poking around online, there seems to be a recurring theme where several examples can be found in similar colors, modified to a similar appearance. What has crossed the block in recent years is a mixture of originals and customs which sold for similar money with a few overthe-top outliers. This was a fair deal for buyer and seller. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-082-1964 FORD THUNDER- BIRD convertible. S/N 4Y85Z156120. White/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 17,143 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint in average condition. A few flaws consistent with age. Large scratch on rear deck ahead of trunk lid. Light pitting on the brightwork. Paint chips along trunk trailing edge from opening. Passenger’s side rear glass does not retract all the way into the body cavity. Some door gaps are too tight ahead of the driver’s door and the right front corner of the hood. Pitting at base of antenna, with loose antenna mast. Windshield-frame trim is slightly faded, with scratches from top. White interior soiling throughout. Dash is crack-free. Carpets have been replaced at some point and show minimal wear. Reupholstered tonneau cover displays incorrect fabric and stitching. Cond: 3. #HOU17-076-1964 MERCURY MON- TEREY Marauder 2-dr hard top. S/N 4Z47Y528241. Satin Black & Pearl White wrap/white & black vinyl. Odo: 63,139 miles. 390-ci, 2-bbl, auto. Airbag suspension. Oversized wheels. No body prep prior to vinyl wrap. Trash under vinyl with bubbling in places. Holes where antenna, emblems and mirrors were removed without explanation. Body damage on front fender and front of passenger’s door right behind the front tire. Trim is in decent condition but not restored. Windshield surround very worn, with some dents. Rubber throughout is average. Interior has foul odor but appears reupholstered. Amateur dash paint with little prep. Amateur-wrapped white steering wheel leather showing yellowing and discoloration. Gauges are dingy and cloudy. Engine is filthy. Cond: 4+. disc brakes and power steering. Sits on fivespoke Cragars. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,769. Cheaper (about half the price) alternative to a Mustang, with which it shares running gear, for likely less than it cost to get it like this. Or, put another way, cheaper than a V6 Capri at today’s rates. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #250-1968 IMPERIAL CROWN Mobile Director 2-dr hard top. S/N YM23K8C243090. Blue/blue vinyl. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight, repainted and tidy, except for some slight surface rust inside wheelarches, a hint of a bruise in the driver’s door and some tired paint around the door handles. Still with mobile office equipment including foldaway table with typewriter and rotating front passenger’s seat, plus a/c. Seat vinyl all good. All brightwork (and there’s a lot of it) appears present and correct, save for a couple of tiny dings in lower side trim. Minor electrical issues noted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,450. For all the paint chips and exposed body holes visible through the vinyl wrap, there’s no telling what’s lurking underneath. It can’t be good, and the paint underneath is said to be “original.” It did look good from a distance and attracted a fair amount of spectator attention, but closer inspection revealed many faults. Bare-bones history on this car could be found on an online Marauder club with a registry; it lists the car with 63,000 miles and located in California. If this was a dry West Coast car, that could be its saving grace. It crossed the block at Mecum’s 2017 Houston sale, where it achieved a high no-sale bid of $9,000 (SCM# 6833584). The market has spoken; similar money here with a successful sale. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. By 1964, the Thunderbird had been produced for nine years, but this was the first year of the fourth generation. The fourth gen was also the last generation before a major design change in an attempt to take the nameplate “upmarket” and out of competition with the recently launched Mustang. As with the Lincolns of the same era, many bidders can be turned off by the troublesome features of this car that are difficult to sort. For buyers who are in the market, fourthgeneration examples are not especially hard to find; 68 had been offered in 2017 alone, with an average selling price of nearly $19,000. This one wasn’t too far off the mark, but not enough for the seller to let it go. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. 152 #278-1967 MERCURY COUGAR coupe. S/N 7F91C526881. White/cream leather. Odo: 3,525 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Straight and tidy. Headlight covers don’t quite line up, as usual. Repainted, retrimmed, added center console with cupholders, small aftermarket steering wheel on chrome tilt column. Motor wears Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, dressed up with Ford Racing rocker covers. New a/c compressor and aluminum radiator. Now with NOT SOLD AT $9,364. Just to prove there is one in the U.K., imported from Texas in 2014. It didn’t sell, predictably, even against a lowish estimate of £12k ($16k) but this tiny island, with an increasing suspicion of things big, brash and American (post-Trump), isn’t the ideal market. Bonhams, Olympia, London, U.K., 12/17. #HOU17-031-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370K143865. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. 383ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent repaint with some prep issues. Trash in the paint. Clearcoat scratches. Unevenness around the door trim and A-pillars. Light paint dimples with a few occasional fisheyes. Some chips around the hood. Paint too thick across the nose. Panels lined up well. Stainless is average, with some scratches throughout. Heavy wiper streaks on front glass, with scratches visible in rear glass. Rubber is starting to show age. Front of dash exposed through from the windscreen and is messy. Carpets have been replaced. Faux-carbon-fiber dash trim with new gauge package showing only three miles. Door panels are in Sports Car Market


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Roundup good condition. Dash is not cracked and is good overall with the exception of what can be seen through the front windscreen. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. The seller stated three miles on the restoration, but it was offered at Leake’s Dallas sale in April 2017—with the exact same mileage down to the tenths. At the Leake sale, it sold for $31,000 (SCM# 6836548). The bench seat and the columnmounted shifter did not seem to turn bidders away. While you could not build it for the sale price, it was well sold both here and at the Leake sale. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-118-1970 CADILLAC DEV- ILLE coupe. S/N J0204933. Metallic green/ Gold Dynasty cloth. Odo: 56,423 miles. 472ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Signs point to an older respray. Trash in the paint and some occasional prep issues. Mask lines on the antenna mast on the front left fender. Sun-faded areas on the hood and trunk lid. Brightwork is average and appears to be original and all there. Rubber is dry and hard. Panels lined up nicely. Interior is average. Some bubbling under the dashpad near the passenger’s seat. Headliner in good condition. Original cloth seats are good overall. Gauge cages are clean and clear. Some fading on the climate-control buttons and the signal-seeking radio buttons. Steering wheel is a slighly worn on the leather, but nothing significant. Cond: 3. top of the doors. Brightwork is acceptable but nothing worthy of concours quality. Some pitting on the grille. Panel alignment is good. Windshield frame has some light pitting, but glass is without flaws. Interior is clean. No fault with the gauges. Seats and upholstery show very little wear. Carpets are slightly worn. Tiny, flashy steering wheel compared to the real thing. Center console has generic appearance but allows you to bring your Big Gulp. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. Maybe a shade darker than the Wagon Queen Family Truckster finished in “metallic pea” from the original National Lampoon’s “Vacation” film. This car was consigned by a dealer who had it advertised online with an asking price of $15,000. Third-generation DeVille convertibles are bringing about double their coupe counterparts at auction. A more desirable color could add more appeal. The high bid here was fair, but a little lower than what has been reflected in recent sales, but not too far off. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-062-1981 AUBURN BOAT- TAIL SPEEDSTER roadster. S/N 2CSP0000000000001. Burgundy/black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 20,673 miles. Boattail Speedster re-creation. Serial number “1” created by Prototype Research and Development of Ontario, Canada, with over $150,000 invested. Handbuilt coachwork with GM running gear. Power steering and brakes. Fair amount of imperfections in the paint. Trash throughout on front fenders. Touch-ups and dimples on body throughout. Paint cracks on March 2018 NOT SOLD AT $47,500. This re-creation was said to have been constructed for Canadian billionaire Edward S. Rogers Jr., the onetime fifth-wealthiest person in Canada. Possibly for a collector with the real thing, this one would be a must-have. It has enough provenance as a serial #1 re-creation prototype to make for a good conversation piece, but with reliability and drivability without damaging the value of the real-deal tucked away in the stable. It is doubtful it would be turned away from an ACD event, as it is strikingly similar to the real thing, unlike some of the odd-looking Cord fakes. The wheels, a glance under the hood and the interior give this one away. Mecum offered this example at their 2017 Houston sale, where it failed to find a buyer with a top offer of $55,000 (SCM# 6832933), which was a stone’s throw from the offer here. What’s it really worth? Only what someone is willing to pay. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-094-1987 JEEP GRAND WAG- ONEER SUV. S/N 1JCNJ15U9HT091976. White/camouflage cloth. Odo: 157,542 miles. 5.9-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Lift kit with oversized tires. Wood appliqué on side panels heavily faded. Paint likely original, with chipping throughout and in poor condition. Attachment on front bumper for saltwater fishing rods. Rear glass is scratched. Side glass also shows age. Panel alignment too tight in some places. Rubber is showing age but not yet brittle. Trim and brightwork is original and heavily faded. Missing screw in windshield frame. Interior door panels, seats, and headliner have all been refinished in camouflage. Headliner is sagging throughout, only held up by the interior lights. Gauges are very dirty. Switches show significant wear. Carpets need to be replaced and are filthy. No attempt made to clean it before bringing it to the auction. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,950. The offshore rod-andreel holder attached to the front bumper indicate this one has spent considerable time on the coast. Not the best climate for preservation or longevity, which is reflected in this tired example. The dealership marketing decals still on the front windshield indicate a dealer consignment. There were plenty of obvious visible flaws, but interest for Grand Wagoneers is increasing and there are outfits that specialize in the restoration and marketing of these models. The assumed dealership that had this one for sale prior to the auction had it advertised online with an asking price of $2,575. Mark this one as very well sold. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-019-1992 PONTIAC FIRE- BIRD Custom coupe. S/N 1G2FW23F1NL218723. Gold & blue/blue & orange vinyl. Odo: 102,643 miles. 400-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Budget paint job with mask lines throughout. Paint is chipped and peeling off in places. Spray is uneven throughout, with tiger striping and trash throughout. Screaming Chicken and graphics paint is thick. Lamborghini-style scissor doors do not line up well. Heavy scratches down to bare metal above driver’s door handle. Brightwork has all been painted. Rubber is in decent condition. T-top roof. Interior is tired. Driver’s seat bottom foam is nearly collapsed. Steering wheel leather is worn down to plastic underneath. Gauge faces are cloudy. Missing trim plate on the passenger’s side dash. Interior paint coming off and exposing the original factory color underneath. Carpets are original and dirty. Missing fasteners throughout the interior trim. The headliner is coming unglued at the corners. Filthy engine compartment. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $3,750. Came from the factory with a 305-ci engine, but seller stated 400 ci in this example. The colorful paint scheme, oversized wheels which likely required heavy alterations to the suspension, and the “Lambo”-style doors limit the market. 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Roundup Most with bold candy paint and designer inspired “patterned” interiors.” This one fits the bill and was not the only “donk” at the sale. Just a week before being offered here, Leake sold it at their Dallas auction at no reserve for $4,600. Well sold there, but a no-sale here. Today, it can be found online with an asking price of $12,000. Good luck. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-123-1994 CHEVROLET BLAZER K5 SUV. S/N 1GNEK18K5RJ325379. Red/tan cloth. Odo: 170,311 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Budget respray that is said to be new. Lots of trash in the paint. Bodywork not addressed prior to painting. Dings and painted-over chips on the body. Paint runs on the back sides of painted mirrors. Door trim and molding removed. Door rubber with improper fit. Glass scratched throughout. Window trim, cowl and exterior plastic sun-faded. Heavy wiper streaks on rear glass. Crack along bottom window screen has been there so long it is delaminating. Bumpers have been painted but were pretty beat up to begin with. Exterior lamps are faded. Interior is tired and below average. Carpets are stained. Seats are stained and worn. Plastic touch points are soiled. Original stereo. Gauge faces are dirty behind the acrylic. Filthy engine compartment. Cond: 3-. Upgraded modern ZR-1 wheels. Rough texture on lower front bumper fiberglass pieces. A few touch-ups on the skirting. Touch-up from deep scratch on hood. Matching hard top. Glass is in good condition. Rubber is original, with no visible flaws. Original windscreen is defect-free. Interior in very good condition. Some bunching on the leather, but probably factory specs. Faux-carbon fiber along the dash. Aftermarket A-pillar auxiliary gauges. Screen printing is all intact. Gauges are clean and clear. Tidy and clean engine compartment. Shows little use. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. I remember seeing a C4 Greenwood Corvette being impounded during a traffic stop along Interstate 10 just west of the Alabama-Georgia border in the early 1990s. That was the first Greenwood I recall seeing, and I remember how cool it was. Luckily these get a nice horsepower bump to compensate for the additional weight of the fiberglass body kit. This example was said to have been built for the 1997 SEMA show at a cost of nearly $80,000. These rarely come up at auction. When they do, they’re not bringing the money of a Callaway or Lingenfelter. A San Antonio dealer had this one listed online for $20,000. It will take a special buyer who knows the car. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. SOLD AT $3,300. The last of the 2-door Blazers before becoming the Tahoe. These have developed quite a following, and low-mileage examples are rare and hard to come by. If one is in the market, a good donor is relatively inexpensive to bring up to spec with plenty of factory and aftermarket support. This one is pretty tired. A budget paint job was applied, which masks who knows what on this highmileage example. Leake offered one at their Dallas sale one week before this sale. That example was a 1992 also with fresh paint but with 215k on the clock, and sold for $3,800 (Leake Lot 724). This one was not too far off the mark from that one, and even a budget paint job would have cost one-third to onehalf of the selling price here. Fair deal for buyer and seller. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. #HOU17-116-1996 CHEVROLET COR- VETTE Grand Sport Greenwood convertible. S/N 1G1YY3255T5119958. Green/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 18,192 miles. 5.7-L 500-hp turbocharged V8, 6-sp. Original Greenwood in well-preserved condition. Some scratches in the clearcoat, but nothing major. 154 #S91-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S55Y401599. Centennial White/black leather. Odo: 3,600 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Sporting all four available options (McIntosh sound system, forged alloy wheels, painted brake calipers and body stripes), this Ford GT is essentially as-new. With only 3,600 miles, it shows no signs of road pepper or rash, no wheel rash, and no damage to the exterior of the car. Glass is clear. The weatherstrip presents as new. No wear on interior. Comes with the window sticker, cover, Certificate of Authenticity, both keys, books and manual. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $291,500. There are a number of Ford GTs in the world with ultra-low mileage Sports Car Market


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on them. In fact, this seems to be the rule more than the exception. Most of the people who bought the 2005–06 model run socked them away, hoping for collector status to drive the price, and it has. This example has covered very little ground, was clearly kept in climatecontrolled storage, and the condition was indicative of it. With the collector car market softening of late, the prices on some of the GTs have come down from the stratosphere, and this one sold for a bit less than it probably would have a year ago. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/17. #HOU17-111-2006 DODGE RAM SRT 10 pickup. S/N 3D7HA18H66G269128. Black/gray/black leather. Odo: 11,926 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, auto. One of 400 “Night Runner” editions produced only for 2006. Low mileage and well kept. Paint appears to be original, with no noticeable flaws or prior paint. Everything is factory-correct and within factory specs. Tires appear to be original and show some wear. Headlights,which are notorious for becoming sun-faded and cloudy, are in good condition, indicating proper indoor storage. Rubber is in good condition, with no noticeable flaws. Glass is clean and clear. Mat over the dash to protect it. Hardly any wear inside. Carpets are in good condition. Aftermarket steering-wheel cover, likely used to preserve the factory leather. Clean and clear gauges. Factory sunroof. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,600. This turned out to be one of the most exciting lots offered in the sale. Bidding started in the low $20,000s, and the seller lifted the reserve at $30,000. There was a room bidder vying against a phone bidder represented by Tiffany Kruse at the back of the room. Bidding soldiered on in $250 increments, with relatively long pauses in between to make sure all bids were counted. Tiffany’s phone bidder was victorious, as the hammer dropped at $36k. I followed a recent sale of a single-cab Ram SRT-10 VCA edition with less than 3,000 miles and a rare manual transmission just six weeks prior to this offering. It sold for $55,000 at Motostalgia’s sale of the McPherson Collection (SCM# 6851052). Dealer auction average wholesale, adjusted for mileage, is around $22,500, but this is Texas. These are pickup trucks. Interest is high. Well sold here. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/17. © March 2018 155


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Mystery Photo Answers Luftwagon — Norm Brown, Fair Oaks, CA So, Jay says to me, “Bernard, what if we took that engine we got out an old ME 109 and put it in the back of an old VW Beetle? I bet that would be HILARIOUS.” — Jim Austin, via email The original plan called for a surplus World War II Messerschmitt Me 262 jet engine, but mounting the air intake proved problematic. — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY The VW Valkyrie was one of a small number of the company’s unsuccessful prototypes. — Doug Knight, Haddonfield, NJ The VW marketing departRUNNER-UP: This early V2 prototype was shelved due to a BUG in the project. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT We know that pigs can’t fly. Well, neither can this bug. — Phil Stevens, via email The consignor indicates that the Luftwaffe insignia may not be original to the car. — Roy Fine, Neenah, WI Despite its impressive power- to-weight ratio, the Beetle Mach 1 never really took off. — Art McDonald, Durham, NC When I suggested putting a rotary engine in a Volkswagen, this is NOT what I meant! — Nathan Maddox, Springfield, IL The rare prop variant of the V-1 buzz bomb scared the renowned German test pilot Hanna Reitsch, who test flew the pulse-jet V-1 that was used in World War II and was the world’s first cruise missile. — Scott Ferguson, La Selva Beach, CA Low power and air-cooling problems solved, Earl tackles that dang rear overhang issue! — Bob Weakly, via email I said Messerschmitt, not mess o’ sh**!! — Gordon Miller, via email Another example of the thought processes that led to the fall of the Third Reich — Mark Franusich, Crescent City, CA Long before Dieselgate, VW faced the lesser-known but equally cunning “Luftwaffe top speed cheating scandal” — Luke Kowalski, via email Heinze traded the wings from his Focke-Wulf Fw 190 for wheels and then moved to California. — Nick Soprano, via email Comments With Your Renewals My favorite magazine! (You can never have too much Porsche coverage.) — Dean Mayer, Los Gatos, CA (SCMer since 2003) How can anyone understand the classic car market, trends, prices and insider tips without 156 ment just wasn’t sure what to name it. MesserWagen or VolksSchmitt? — Billy Hufnagel, Placentia, CA VW’s rumored acquisition of Cessna would give it performance products, like this stealth prototype, to compete with AMG Mercedes. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA Breaking News: VW’s gas mileage estimates on the new Blow Bug are found to be inaccurate! — Stan Colona, Plano, TX The last known prototype of Ferdinand Porsche’s 1945 KdF Volkssturmpanzer. Development was halted due to injuries sustained by supporting infantry troops during testing — and Hitler’s preference for the competing Opel Kamaro SS. — Chris Attias, Felton, CA Norm Brown wins his first- ever SCM hat for finding the perfect name for a prop-driven bug. This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: February 25, 2018 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sports-carmarket. 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. good old SCM! — Tim O’Shea, Carmel Valley, CA (2011) If your wife lets you get only one magazine, SCM is it! — Peter Degolia, Santa Rosa, CA (2003) Great mag. Keep up the great work. I like the variety old/new/ muscle/exotic. — Todd Butler, Lake Havasu City, AZ (2005) Thank you for over 30 years of entertainment plus the knowledge and timely information! Glad to see you grow and prosper. — Richard Darnell, More Than Just Cars, Upland, CA (1995) Keith, I’ll be celebrating my 20th year with Sports Car Market. I’ve enjoyed every year! — HR Herrmann, Tulsa, OK (1998) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Submitted by 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 SCM Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- Start ’em Young: Here is my son Chad just before we reinstalled our rebuilt, matching-number 283/270-hp engine back into our ’61 Corvette, which is under the blue cover in the backround. Chad was 11 years old at the time and currently is 35, and he has the car bug in his bones. He recently purchased a 1984 Porsche 944, all origional, with 41,000 miles. By the way, we still have the ’61 Corvette. — Harvey Gessin 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. March SCM Cover Poll Results martin) • Getting a Restoration Right • New Year’s Resolutions for Car Collectors • The 12 Cars of Christmas, Parts 1 and 2 Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscarmarket. com/guides-supplements) • 2018 Insider’s Guide to Concours d’Elegance • 2018 Price Guide • 2018 Insider’s Guide to Amelia Island and the Spring Auctions For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Cal Spyder Competizione 35% (202 votes) 1952 Jaguar C-type 52% (299 votes) 2018 Bugatti Chiron 12% (69 votes) NOTABLE QUOTE: Even though I’m not voting for the Ferrari, it’s the car my dear friend Bob Grossman bought from Enzo in Modena, drove to Le Mans and finished 5th overall in his first of nine races there — a feat utterly incomprehensible in today’s $$$-dominated environment. — Peter Mole To participate in the next poll, subscribe to the SCM newsletter at www.sportscarmarket.com March 2018 157 Platinum Deluxe Users View 297,000-plus auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history!


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1952 Jaguar XK 120 fixed-head coupe 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S roadster S/N P218990BW. British Racing Green/Tan. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Beautifully restored Mark II example by Classic Showcase, with an attractive BRG over Tan color combo, 5-speed trans and chrome wire wheels. This iconic Jaguar model is as an excellent choice for those seeking a worthy contender for competition or to simply drive and enjoy today. Includes JDHT COA. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760-758-6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/453. (California) 1967 Morgan 4 roadster 1962 Jaguar Mark II sedan Pennine Grey paintwork. Black Mach 5 alloy wheels with BFGoodrich tires. Front Runner roof rack and full black leather interior. $135,000. ARKONIK Ltd. Contact Nathan, Ph: 1.800.984.3355, email: sales@ arkonik.com. Website: www.arkonik.com. (NJ) FRENCH 1962 Facel Vega Facel II 2-dr hard top Tudor Grey Metallic/black leather. 111,839 miles. V8, automatic. Number 42 of only 180 ever produced, with only 111,839 original miles. In California and under the same ownership for many years, this magnificent example is equipped with a Chrysler 383 Wedge engine, TorqueFlite automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, Borrani wheels, power windows and HMV radio. A truly rare opportunity to acquire the ultimate model ever created by the prestigious French marque. $345,000. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: www. heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1334-facelvega-facel-ii.html. (CA) S/N 680326. Jaguar Dark Blue/Grey. 36,349 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Magnificently styled XK 120 with great lines and spectacular color combination. Since its comprehensive restoration, it has won several awards in concours events, has always been well-maintained and includes numerous mechanical improvements to enhance the driveability. With a recent servicing, it is ready for your favorite road or highway. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760-758-6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/543. (CA) 1952 MG TD replica roadster The best-driving DB4 ever in our inventory. Three documented owners from new, with detailed service receipts spanning decades. Matching numbers, original LHD car, factory sunroof, original owner’s manual. Too many wonderful details to list. Please call or email. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol. com. Website: degarmoltd.com. (CT) 1961 Jaguar E-type fixed-head coupe Red/red. 16,700 miles. Four-spd manual. Good, factory-built replica with clean title and low miles. Currently California registered, license 7YAH170. Smog-exempt, no accidents, two owners. $4,990. Contact William, Ph: 323.467.5606, email: 2974wl@sbcglobal.net. (CA) 1955 MG TF 1500 roadster S/N HDC467276. MG Red/tan. 704 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Last and best of the T-series MG cars. Just 704 miles since restoration. Runs and drives better than new. Canvas top, side curtains and tonneau cover. Reliable as a brick. Drive it home! $35,000. Contact David, Ph: 520.663.1896, email: bluebird1a@hotmail.com. (AZ) 158 S/N 885041. Opalescent Gunmetal/red. I6 (inline 6), 4-spd manual. Incredible first-gen XKE that has undergone a comprehensive rotisserie restoration to the highest possible standards, with the goal of achieving show-level authenticity and condition. Car #885041 benefited from a daunting two-plus-year restoration, and has achieved six 100-point-score awards, becoming a National Champion in Jaguar competition. A truly exceptional example. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/576. (CA) This spectacular XK 150 S is a beautifully and correctly restored gem. Matching numbers, of course, and fully sorted for real driving. Original Royal Maroon, Biscuit leather, turn-key and ready for concours or touring. $215,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. Website: degarmoltd.com. (CT) 1961 Aston Martin DB4 SII coupe Orange/black. 6,969 miles. I4, 4-sp manual. Nardi wood steering wheel, hood scoop, 72-spoke knockoff wire wheels, side curtains, soft top, spare tire and pride of ownership. This superb example runs like a dream. $38,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics. com/inventory/detail/1482-morgan-4-roadster. html. (CA) 1987 Jaguar XJ-SC cabriolet GERMAN 1963 Porsche 356B T-6 coupe S/N 213849. Ruby Red/red & black. 64,500 miles. H4 (flat 4), 4-spd manual. Outlaw mods include: 912 motor, Webers, 356C brakes, wide wheels, wide rear fenders, bumper guard delete and special exhaust. Very solid car with documented mileage. Original color Champagne Yellow with green interior. Original engine included. $69,000 OBO. Contact Mike, Ph: 303.947.7788, email: jmfuchs@comcast. net. (CO) S/N SAJNV3842HC135508. Bordeaux Red/Doeskin. 17,734 miles. V12, 3-spd automatic. Spectacular XJ-SC cabriolet with limited ownership. Gorgeous Bordeaux Red over Doeskin color combo. Recent pro servicing. Includes top that offers both Targa or convertible configuration, and includes service records, owner’s portfolio/books, factory floor mats, original keys, factory trunk tools, convertible boot/ storage bag, bag for roof panels, and the Intro tape cassette and cleaner kit. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760758-6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/555. (California) 1991 Land Rover Defender 90 SUV 1969 Porsche 911 T coupe Tangerine/black. 112,937 miles. H6, 5-spd manual. Factory alloy Fuchs wheels, 3-band Blaupunkt radio, driving lights, tools, handbook, pouch, CoA. Recent top-end motor rebuild, matching numbers, exceptional example. $79,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: www. heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1486-porsche911-t-coupe.html. (CA) 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible Pennine Grey/black leather. 350 miles. I4 (inline 4), 5-spd manual. An extremely rare opportunity to beat the 16-month waiting list. A restored, betterthan-new Arkonik 4x4 Defender 90. In New Jersey from 18th December. 200TDi fully refurbished engine with 5-speed manual transmission. Pristine Red/Cognac. Absolute concours condition inside and out and underneath. Matching numbers, two tops, Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery all books and tools, original radio, factory automatic with a/c. Doesn’t get much better. $115,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. Website: degarmoltd.com. (CT) 1970 Porsche 914-6 convertible Irish Green/black. 53,800 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. This factory 914-6 is numbers-matching and an excellent low-mile original example. All original, unrestored interior. Recent $50k refurbishment including full drivetrain by Callas Rennsport. Excellent example for vintage touring events. Very straight and dry. We have the full history and over 100 detailed photos available on our website. Auto Kennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: www.autokennel. com. (CA) 1975 Porsche Carrera RS replica coupe Chiffon White/brown. 54,678 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Only 88k original miles, backdated to 1973 Carrera RS, based on superb original accident-andrust-free low-mileage 3.0 SC car. $57,500. Contact Jack, Ph: 310.927.3193, email: jack@73rs.com. (CA) 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 sedan Maroon/tan. Maybe the best original GTC we’ve ever seen. A California car from new, fully documented and matching numbers, low mileage. One Bill DeCar repaint, otherwise all original and fantastic. Too much to list, call or email for complete details. $725,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol. com. Website: degarmoltd.com. (CT) 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe S/N JH4NA1185ST000332. Black/black. 48,000 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. 3.0-L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine. Beautifully presented and exceptionally wellcared-for example. Removable targa roof. Fantastic leather interior. Great paint and body. Runs and drives spectacularly. Fully equipped with optional features. Just serviced and ready to enjoy. Offers/ trades invited. $59,900 OBO. Central Classic Cars. Contact Mark, Ph: 419.517.1795, email: sales@ centralclassiccars.com. (OH) 1999 Acura NSX T coupe S/N WP0CA29924S651003. Blue/tan. 42,000 miles. H6 (flat 6), 6-spd manual. Two owners. Manual trans. Good, in original condition, heated seats, new tires, new clutch, original drivetrain. Minor scrape back in 2005. Some maintenance records. Second owner. Very nice driver. $33,800 OBO. Contact Lorenzo, Ph: 915.345.0320, email: lplplp3@icloud. com. (TX) ITALIAN 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC coupe S/N ZFFFF60LX70153986. Gray/red. 22,711 miles. V12, 6-spd automatic. Very well maintained. Leather is in excellent condition, smells like new. This is a full-option vehicle with all the exclusive features including the carbon-fiber interior, GPS, Bluetooth, factory custom-made interior, premium wheels and red brake calibers. Tires and brakes are in very good condition. $136,999. Speed Luxury Group. Contact Bruno, Ph: 786.470.6020, email: bruno@speedluxurygroup.com. Website: www. speedautosales.us/ferrari-599-gtb-fiorano-coupeused-doral-fl_vid_7179203.html. (FL) JAPANESE 1995 Acura NSX coupe 2004 Porsche Carrera 4S cabriolet 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano coupe AMERICAN 1964 Ford Mustang convertible Caspian Blue/blue & white. 102,532 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Well equipped example in a great color combination. White hard window convertible top. D-code V8, automatic transmission, air-conditioning, power brakes, power top, AM-FM radio, styled steel wheels. $38,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. Website: www.heritageclassics. com/inventory/detail/1488-ford-mustangconvertible.html. (CA) 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible Safari Yellow/18,525 miles. Black interior and black soft top, very original matching-numbers, blackplate example equipped with Tri-Power 400-hp, 427-ci V8 engine, 4-speed transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, AM-FM radio, tinted glass, dual side mirrors and starburst alloy wheels, complete with handbook and manual in original pouch and original steering wheel, a very well equipped example in a great Corvette color combination. $59,500 OBO. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: http://www. heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1439-chevroletcorvette-427-roadster.html. (CA) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS-6 2-dr hard top S/N 11603600000000. Silver/black. 97,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Gone through over the past two years. Drives and looks great. New accumulators, tires, battery, radiator, brake pads, drivers seat recovered others redone, flushed fuel tank, a/c recharged and all new fluids. $19,500. Contact Howard, Ph: 216.561.6100, email: tqg4ply@aol. com. (OH) 1990 Porsche 944 S2 convertible 25,000 miles. A spectacular and very original car. Was in the private collection of Tom Shelton of Shelton Ferrari in Florida, now a California car. In meticulous condition throughout, original books and tools. Low original miles. $735,000. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: mattcars@aol.com. (CT) 1988 Alfa Romeo “Graduate” spider Silver/26,000 miles. V6, 6-spd manual. Rare silver with 6-speed. Low miles. All scheduled services performed. New timing belt. Pampered car with clean CARFAX. San Francisco area. $70,000. Contact William, Ph: 707.939.8173, email: billyoung1228@ aol.com. (CA) S/N 136370R221144. Black/black. 39,591 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Real, documented w/original window S/N WP0CB2942LN481207. Red/black. 30,000 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Immaculate condition, freshly serviced. Belts and water pump replaced by previous owner, inspected and in good condition. New tires, drives great, tons of torque. Possibly one of the best available. Drive anywhere without concern. $32,750. Contact Howard, Ph: 216.212.4955, email: tqg4ply@aol.com. (FL) 160 S/N ZARBA5643J1062779. Red/black. 112,000 miles. I4 (inline 4), 5-spd manual. Classic Pininfarina body, manual trans., many new parts: brakes and brake line hoses, rear bushing, battery, shocks and Goodyear tires. Recent tune-up. ANSA exhaust system, tonneau cover and luggage rack, chrome trim rings are included on stock Alfa wheels. Quality new paint job and new windshield. Runs great and very peppy, burns no oil, pretty amazing for a 30-year-old classic. Clean CARFAX, accident-free, no rust. Interior very clean, including dash; no tear in seats, needs nothing. $9,995 OBO. Contact Peter, Ph: 407.376.6713, email: plevine@statealarm.us. (FL) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery sticker. Arlington, Texas-built, LS-6 with M-22, 4.10 rear, black bucket seats. 2017 MCACN Concours Gold Certified award winner. Scored 978 out of 1,000 points the first time out. Recent, complete, frame-off 14-year restoration. A VERY RARE beautiful car. $200,000 OBO. Bill’s Village Marathon. Contact William, Ph: 847.254.7047, email: wspc5vet@aol. com. (IL) 1995 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car replica convertible 1,109 miles. V8, Low original miles. One of 20 Pace Car replicas built for export. Like new! Contact Doug, Ph: 207.667.3637, email: anndoug@roadrunner. com. (ME) 1996 Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster S/N 1B3BR65E6TV100098. White w/ blue stripes/black & blue. 18,000 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Original owner, low miles, 100% original. No paintwork, still looks new. Cold a/c. Hard top and tonneau included. Naples, FL. $48,000. Contact Lou, Ph: 239.597.4427, (FL) RACE 1964 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite roadster Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s SCM 30th Anniversary Posters & Prints Our unique art covers celebrating our milestone anniversary are now available online. Choose from four available posters or a limited, signed & numbered print. www.sportscarmarket.com/posters Alfa GTZ — “Bella Figura” poster S/N ABL026458. Gray/tan. 67,000 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Old race car. This is a great fatherand-son project. Price not important. Just needs a good home. $5,000 OBO. Race Car Fabrication. Contact Jim, Ph: 925.963.0570, email: galluccijim@ aol.com. (CA) 1960s Indy prototype racer Posters: $20 each (plus shipping) ™ Ferrari GTO — “Cavallo Verde” poster V8, 2-spd automatic. This car thought to be a shopbuilt, early-’60s Indy Car prototype. Features a rear-mounted Chevy small-block V8 connected to a 2-speed Hildebrand H2210 gearbox and Lobro half shafts. This car also has Hildebrand fuel injection, NHRA blast-proof transmission, Vertex magneto and Weaver Brothers dry sump. Has an HRS sticker on the windshield indicating some historical racing. Sold on a bill of sale. $31,500. Tom Lange. Contact Boyd, Ph: 954.562.3247, email: bgumpert@tomlange. com. (IN) © March 2018 All Three Combined Limited-Edition Archival Print Signed and Numbered $150 (plus shipping) All Three Combined poster McLaren F1 — “Macca Papaya” poster 161


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A Premier Classic, Antique and Unique Vehicle Auction Experience. Offering 550 vehicles three times a year — March, July and November. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Worldwide Auctioneers. Rick Cole Auctions . Over thirty Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors 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) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, 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) 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 staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for nostalgic and collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Centerline International. (888) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) Russo and Steele Collector AutoPalm 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) 162 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) 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 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) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 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 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Automobilia Canepa of Scotts Valley. Automotive Restorations. Automodello. 877.343.2276. Auto- modello™ hand-built limited edition Resin Art™ in 1:24, 1:43, and F1 in 1:12 scale. Automodello is the exclusive licensed builder for premium quality curbside 1:24 with 1970s Lincoln Continental, 1965 Buick Riviera GS, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin and pre-war one-offs from Delage, Delahaye, Cord, Duesenberg and Packard. In 1:12, 1967 Lotus 49, and in 2018 the 1967 Eagle GuneyWeslake Spa winner. In 1:43, 1981 Gurney Eagle Challenger hand-signed by Dan Gurney (his favorite racer) and 1934 Packard V12 Dietrich. Free worldwide shipping on orders over $149, 10% discount to SCM readers: ONE24SCM on Automodello.com Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. 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 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) Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. Autosport Groups. 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) 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) 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) Daniel Schmitt & Co. Classic Investments Inc. Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the 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 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) 314.291.7000. A family tradition for over 50 years, Daniel Schmitt & Co. provides sophisticated collectors, investors and enthusiasts throughout the world with high-quality classic motorcars. Located in historic St. Louis, Missouri, our classic car gallery spans four acres; boasts two recently renovated showrooms, a state-of-the-art service department and a world-class restoration facility. www.schmitt.com info@schmitt.com (MO) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. California Car Cover Company. 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) March 2018 More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. 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 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. 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 163


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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 Kurt Tanner Motorcars. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) Milestone Motorcars. 561.509.7251. We are passionate about classic performance automobiles. A lifetime of experience has given us the ability to help those who share our enthusiasm, whether our clients are experienced collectors or just starting down the road. Let us share with you the passion we feel every day. SALES ~ SERVICE ~ SUPPORT ~ PARTS ~ COMPETITION www.milestonemotorcarsllc.com Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the preservation and sales of European classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Morris and Welford. 949.679.4999. Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. 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) Morris and Welford, a JD Classics company, are established, fine collector car dealers based in Newport Beach, California. We have a 14,800 sq ft showroom with cars for sale, cars on consignment, collection management, appraisal services and more. www.morrisandwelford.com Email: pat@morrisandwelford.com 4040 Campus Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Pendine. 0044 (0)7770 762751. Pen- dine specializes in the sale of historic cars for road and track. While focusing specifically on British cars from the immediate post-war period to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers to the supercars of the 1990s. Please call us at 0044 (0)7770 762751, or email james@pendine.co and check out our website www.pendine.co (U.K.) Luxury Brokers International. 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 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Mustang America. 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) Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Paramount Automotive Group/ Capital Gains Taxes? We Can Help. Ideal Classic Cars. 855.324.0394. Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars.net (FL) 164 Magellan Planning Group. 800.377.1332. We use a simple, proven strategy to defer taxes on the sale of highly appreciated assets. We call it the Capital Gains Deferral Trust and it has helped individuals just like you maximize their profit and minimize their tax burden. Call for a free brochure today. www.magellanplanning.com Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 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 Sports Car Market 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) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www. WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage 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 Collector Car Insurance English Aston Martin of New England. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport CAR LIFTS PLUS.COM 203.509.5353. Need a Lift? Need Service on your current Car Lifts? Sales, service and guaranteed installations. Residential and commercial car lifts. We are a well-established car lift company and an authorized dealer for all major brands, with hundreds of happy customers throughout the Northeast. Personal service offering on-site measuring and preconstruction layout advice for new projects. Our experienced 5-star technicians provide full-service professional installation, from delivery to safety training. Fully insured with offices and warehousing in CT and NJ to better serve our clientele. WHAT’S IN YOUR GARAGE? More cars of course, when you call 203.509.5353! www.CarLiftsPlus.com Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a Classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Reliable Carriers Inc. 877.744.7889. CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy – hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 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) 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) RideCache Your documentation 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 March 2018 represents 5% or more of your vehicle’s value – yet it is fading away in folders and binders susceptible to loss or damage. Let our professionals take those binders and turn them into organized, protected, transferable digital resources – all for less than the cost of a high-end detailing service. Learn more at ridecache.com/SCM RideCache—Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) 165


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 6-8, 2018. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) The 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) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Finance The BMW CCA is the world’s larg- 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. 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) Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas. 855.903.7532. Gaudin Porsche boasts 42,000 square feet, making it one of the largest Porsche dealerships in the U.S. It is also the first Certified Porsche Classic Partner in the country, encompassing highly-skilled service technicians specializing in classics, original parts and a variety of available models, all under one roof. Owned by the Gaudin Motor Company, a family-owned automotive dealer since 1922. For more information visit www.GaudinClassic. com (NV) Concours d’Elegance of America. 2018 marks the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America, July 27th–29th, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. We continue to be one of the most recognized automotive events in the world. A weekend filled with over 15 events for automobile enthusiasts of all ages. Sunday’s field will host 300 spectacular automobiles from around the world. www.concoursusa.org (MI) Mercedes-Benz Classic Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 27–November 5, 2017 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. German DC Automotive. 1.877.287.6749. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 166 (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #:1.602.397.5300 Rob and the team at DC Automotive are Porsche fanatics. They eat, sleep and breathe Porsche – sometimes to the dismay of their spouses. But they know that finding new, used and rebuilt 1965 to 2013 Porsche parts can be overwhelming. That’s why they’re committed to having your back – plus front, engine, interior, body, wheels, electrical, everything – for 911s, Cayennes, Boxsters, Caymans, 944s, 968s, 914s and 928s. Call us today at 1-877-287- 6749. http://dcautocatalog.com Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. (1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Scott Grundfor Company. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Import/Export car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) 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. CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com 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 P21S Auto Care Products. Since 1984, P21S Auto Care Products have been the favorite of auto enthusiasts throughout North America. Representing factory-approved German car care at its finest, P21S wheel care products’ “safe cleaning” approach has saved thousands of expensive alloy wheels from the surface damage that harsh cleaners can cause. P21S paste waxes deliver an award-winning shine and unmatched ease of application, while P21S Bodyworks Shampoo protects against premature removal of that fresh wax job. No matter where your car was made, you’ll want to learn about the complete line of P21S Auto Care Products. More info at www.p21s.com. (CT) 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 Academy of Art University. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Museums LeMay—America’s Car Museum 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 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 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. 800.544.2787. Take the wheel and bring the past to life. Academy of Art University provides aspiring artists and designers the education they need to launch their careers. Our Automotive Restoration program prepares passionate people to be the next generation of automobile restorers. The program, led by legendary designer Tom Matano, explores the techniques, processes and historical studies necessary to restore classic cars. Contact us and get started on your artistic journey! 79 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA. www.academyart.edu/AutoR TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 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 Racing Services Premier 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 March 2018 Evans Waterless Coolant is the 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 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 +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com www.aeristo.com Alan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house 167


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) 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 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 Exotic Auto Recycling. Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Bright- works has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) 916.638.8000, 855.638.8878. Exotic Auto Recycling is a Central California-based auto parts supplier that specializes in used and new replacement parts for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. We believe that this specialized approach allows us to be more knowledgeable of our products. Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini is not just our business, it’s also our passion. For a 10% discount on used parts use discount code SCM10 at the time of purchase. sales@exoticautorecycling.com www.exoticautorecycling.com (CA) The Creative Workshop. The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) On the Road Again Classics. Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer Keith Martin’s 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com. 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com ports Car Market The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SUBSCRIBE TO SCM 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe 168 Sports Car Market ™ Vintage Underground. 541.510.5296. Vintage Underground is a full service facility located in Eugene, Oregon. We harness a collection of old-school skills and tools. We work to restore, repair and preserve historical machines. We have full-restoration build and assembly facilities on-site. We also offer a full complement of services including; panel beating, body and paint, trim & interior, engine building, machining, research and full chassis system building and service. www.vintageunderground.us (OR) © RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson No current Major League Baseball player wears number 42, and no future player will ever be 42 Thought Carl’s Jackie Robinson immortalized number 42 when he became the first African-American Major League Baseba player with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. He went on to lead his team to the World Series, which they lost in seven games to the New York Yankees. He was also named Rookie of the Year. Heritage, at their November 1 2017, “The Heroes of Sport Auction,” sold his game-worn wool jersey from the 1947 season for $2,050,000. It was well documented and photo-matched. His widow, Rachel, who had retained possession since the end of the 194 World Series, offered the jersey for sale. Major League Baseball has retired Number 42 for all teams in honor of Robinso It was estimated to sell for $3,000,000, so I guess this was a bargain for one of the most remarkable — and important — pieces of sports memorabilia in the world. “picture” quart can was in good condition. If anything, it sold for a bit under the money. ies. About 8,500 cars were produced, and this 12-foot stainlesssteel dealership sign speaks to that era. It received a great deal of interest and sold for a realistic amount. EBAY #312008334867— FERRARI 250 GT GRANTURISMO CHINETTI MOTORS PARTS MANUAL. Number of bids: 32. SOLD AT: $1,151. Date: 12/1/2017. This softcover manual was produced for Luigi Chinetti, the famed U.S.based Ferrari distributor. It was in Italian and English and contained 29 tables and diagrams — as well as specifications, performance data and lubrication instructions. There was also a parts list that was in Italian. If you are fortunate enough to have the car in the garage, then this was a nobrainer at a bargain price. EBAY #352142921792— GREEN BAY PACKERS LICENSE-PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of bids: 11. SOLD AT: $481.99. Date: 9/19/2017. The Green Bay Packers are a way of life in that part of the world, and they are the only nonprofit, community-owned major-league sports franchise in the United States. With so many rabid Packer fans, I am surprised that this did not sell for a heck of a lot more. A very cool piece! Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $4,300. Date: 9/22/2017. Prior to 1922, the four Hawaiian counties had their own system of issuing license plates, and this one was from the county of Hawaii. It had a very amateur repaint and would have been worth more if it had just been left alone. EBAY #263150165384—MOHAWK ONE-QUART OIL CAN. Number of bids: 6. SOLD AT: $2,700. Date: 8/28/2017. Mohawk was a California producer and retailer, but their history is a bit limited. Anything with their distinctive Indian logo is, however, very collectible. This EBAY #322886326832—DELORAN DEALERSHIP SIGN. Number of bids: 25. SOLD AT: $4,050. Date: 11/22/2017. The saga of John DeLorean is well documented, as he went from an exalted position at General Motors to being arrested for drug trafficking as he attempted to keep DeLorean Motor Company afloat. The stainless-steel DMC12 was noted for its gullwing doors as well as being the star car of the “Back to the Future” mov- EBAY #182876193323—1911 HASSALL “THE AVIATOR” AUTOMOTIVE MASCOT. Number of bids: 7. SOLD AT: $47,901. Date: 11/06/2017. This sale is bogus, as the same piece was listed as being sold for $673 several days later. The seller had 50 negative postings during the past few months, as he was selling pieces that he did not own and, of course, were not delivered. In the end, eBay’s Buyer Protection program covered the buyers, but why eBay let this crook keep his scam going defies explanation. It helps to check the buyer’s feedback on a seller’s listing page before making a bid with your hard-earned money. EBAY #1827883047240—1918 HAWAII LICENSE PLATE. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 170 EBAY #282726862221—2009 HOT WHEELS EMPLOYEE HOLIDAY CAR. Number of bids: 41. SOLD AT: $10,001. Date: 11/15/2017. From 1989 until 2010, Hot Wheels, with a couple of exceptions, produced a Holiday limited edition that was presented to employees at company events. Most were in editions of fewer than 500, but this Volkswagen Drag Bus, designed by Phil Riehlman, was produced in an edition of 2,000. Most that we found sold for a premium, but none of them were close to this astronomical number. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market