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Sports Car Market $22m 1956 Ferrari 290 MM Hefty Price, But Why Didn’t It Bring More? Keith Mar The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Depreciation Leaving 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder ™ in the Dust $1.4m March 2019 www.sportscarmarket.com


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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends March 2019 . Volume 31 . Number 3 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Shooting Brake by Vignale $313,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide $337,322 / Bonhams 62 64 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 196 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales 82 86 98 110 120 130 ETCETERINI by Simon Kidston GERMAN by Donald Osborne AMERICAN RACE by Elana Scherr by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Stephen Serio 14 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV $2,205,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1958 BMW 507 3.2 Series II Roadster $3,018,678 / Bonhams 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz $324,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti $22,005,000 / RM Sotheby’s 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder $1,407,500 / RM Sotheby’s 66 68 72 74 76 140 148 MARKET OVERVIEW Customized cars are harder to move, but certain locales make it easier — Chad Tyson RM SOTHEBY’S Los Angeles, CA: A 1956 Ferrari 290 MM racer adds $22m to a $39m auction total — Carl Bomstead GAA Greensboro, NC: 450 of 619 automotive lots sell, generating $11m — Mark Moskowitz, Jeff Trepel MECUM Kansas City, MO: Mecum ends the year with an $8.4m sale in Kansas City — Brett Hatfield BONHAMS London, U.K.: 51 cars bring $3.6m at Bonhams’ last auction of 2018 — Paul Hardiman LEAKE Dallas, TX: 262 of 512 lots change hands for $7.1m — Brett Hatfield McCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA: 518 lots are offered and 332 sell for a $5.6m total at auction number 65 in Palm Springs — Carl Bomstead ROUNDUP Highlights from Dan Kruse Classics in Houston, TX, and Bonhams’ New Bond Street Sale in London, U.K. acebook and watch for updates and offers! Cover: 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder; Karissa Hosek ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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56 2018 Chopard Classic Rally Dubai COLUMNS 20 Shifting Gears Remembering my Ferrari 330 America, and how I almost went $28k underwater in 1999 Keith Martin 44 Affordable Classic A fun British sports car you can get with summer-job money Reid Trummel 46 Legal Files Cunningham Corvette litigation finally ends — and Ford reads “Legal Files” John Draneas 48 Unconventional Wisdom Part One of one man’s lifelong journey with old cars Donald Osborne 50 Drivers Ed Does one own a Ferrari for appreciation of the marque or for appreciation of appreciation? Paul Hageman 70 The Cumberford Perspective The BMW 507 was the best road-sports-car design of the 1950s Robert Cumberford 170 eWatch Special run of The Macallan single-malt whisky was an exceptional investment Carl Bomstead FEATURES 54 The SCM Interview: Tom Papadopoulos got a loan from his grandmother and turned it into a lifetime of high-level cars — Chester Allen 16 56 2018 Chopard Classic Rally Dubai: Steve and Chris Ahlgrim head to the United Arab Emirates to drive sports cars in the desert — Steve Ahlgrim DEPARTMENTS 24 Auction Calendar 24 Crossing the Block 28 Concours and Events: “The Red Grifo,” Amelia Island Concours, Sebring Vintage Classic, Avignon Motor Festival 32 Contributors: Get to know your SCM staffers and writers 34 You Write, We Read: Carl Bomstead strikes again, Donald Osborne’s missed Padova buy, being there is always best… 36 Display Advertisers Index 38 Time Pieces: The New Omega Seamaster Diver 300 38 Neat Stuff: A better dash duster and more octane for your classic 40 In Miniature: 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe 40 Speaking Volumes: Gulf 917 84 Buy/Sell/Hold: Vipers, Corvettes and the 3-series 90 Market Moment 1: 2015 McLaren P1 92 Market Moment 2: 1975 Porsche 914 2.0 96 Rising Sun: 1972 Toyota Celica ST, 1987 Toyota Camry, 1991 Mazda RX-7 102 On the Radar: 1994 Alfa Romeo 145, 1994 Renault Clio Williams 126 Fresh Meat: 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 cabriolet, 2017 Dodge Viper ACR coupe, 2018 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS 156 Mystery Photo: “Alfa dog becomes Alpha dog!” 156 Comments With Your Renewals: “I don’t know what you pay John Draneas, but he is worth it” 158 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 162 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market Chopard Classic Rally Dubai


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Times, They Are Unchanging A look back at the March 1999 “Shifting Gears” shows how prices have changed — but behavior hasn’t E xactly 20 years ago, I wrote this lead to the “Shifting Gears” column for the March 1999 issue of Sports Car Market: Would you have bought it anyway? That’s what we seem to be asked most frequently about our 1964 Ferrari 330 America, pulled from a barn in Butte, MT, last October. As the bills pile up, and the car remains stationary, that’s a fair question. Since taking delivery of s/n 330GT5077, we’ve had Nasko of Nasko’s Imports put in a new voltage regulator ($80), install a new clutch and pressure plate ($1,400) and rebuild the mechanical fuel pump (parts from T. Rutlands in Georgia). Then the car was off to Guy’s Interior Restorations to have the front seats recovered, new carpets fabricated, the door panels tidied up and the electrical system de-spooked ($2,500). New P215/70R Grand Am Radial GT tires were another $300 item, and having the shocks rebuilt by Truechoice Inc. added $850 to the bill. We’re planning on picking up the car next week, having cleverly arranged to keep Guy working on it all winter, thereby solving our storage problem. To our knowledge, the only problem left is the Ferrari’s habit of running its float bowls empty under continued hard acceleration. With partial throttle, it behaves properly. But after coming up a freeway onramp, if the throttle is kept open, after a mile or so it just runs out of gas and coasts silently to the side of the road, restarting after sitting by the road for a couple of minutes. Although the mechanical fuel pump has been rebuilt, the car won’t run on it alone, and the electrical pump has to be continually engaged as well. Postulating that there may be some crud in the gas tank and lines, we may ask Nasko to drop the tank and service it, a prospect which causes him to roll his eyes and ask why we didn’t buy something simple like a Maserati Ghibli. Your suggestions to our dilemma are welcome. The Ferrari smokes at idle, which has caused at least 500 Ferrari experts to offer what seems like 650 solutions, ranging from buying more oil to installing VW Rabbit valve guide seals (the indignity, really) to spending $25,000 for an engine overhaul. However, the car doesn’t seem to smoke under acceleration, and we’re not fouling plugs. So at the moment, our tendency is to just keep enriching the coffers of Valvoline, loan the Ferrari out to mosquito-abatement programs, and otherwise not think about it very much. A subscriber asked whether, knowing what we now know, we would have bought the car anyway. The answer is a simple yes. Once all the little odds and ends are added in, we’ll be in the car around $28,000 (we’ve learned that a Ferrari odd or end is a $500 piece; a Fiat odd or end only $50). There just aren’t many options when it comes to buying 20 12-cylinder Ferraris under $35,000, and this car seems sound enough for the price paid. If we can get it to reliably run and drive, without spending another $5,000, then we will have a decent barn-find car that has gotten back on the road, is road-worn enough to be oblivious to a rock chip here or there, and still makes great sounds as the tach whips around towards redline. The more things change… At first glance, boy, have things changed in 20 years. We can only dream about hav- ing this much work done on any Italian sports car — much less a Ferrari — for a measly $28,000. I bought the car for less than $35,000, so I was pretty close to sinking underwater while clutching the steering wheel back in 1999. Still, I would have done pretty well if I had just hung onto that car — and maybe used it to haul a few more loads from Costco and the hardware store. Ferrari made 50 330 Americas. According to the just-released 2019 SCM Pocket Price Guide, the current median value of that car is $412,500 — which is still a great deal for a 12-cylinder Ferrari. I took a drive into SCM’s Platinum Auction Database, and a Ferrari 330 America sold at $489,383 in May of 2016. This is not life-changing money, but it is a little tap on the shoulder from the past. If you’ve got a car you really, really like right now — and the production run was pretty small — you might be okay going a little underwater to keep that car on the road. The more things remain the same… I couldn’t help noticing — again — that I have a tendency to pour money into cars. This addiction to fixing everything that goes wrong in a car — especially in cars that I buy believing that they will need hardly any work at all — is one of my great failings. It is also one of my great joys. Regular readers know that I’ve been confessing my car sins — com- plete with the wallet-emptying numbers — for more than 20 years now. I’m now resisting the temptation to go back through the past 20 years of SCM and total up how much money I’ve dropped on car repairs and restorations. I’m not going to do that. I’m going to look at photos of cars that have come and gone in my car-happy life, and I’ll remember the fun of making them better. I’ll also remember the sounds, feelings and thrills of driving them on twisty two-lane roads. This is my life, and I wouldn’t change a minute of it. Okay, I’d like to have that 330 America back…. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1956 Cooper-Climax T39 Bobtail racer at Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale 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 2—PETERSEN Salem, OR 6—RM SOTHEBY’S Paris, FRA 7—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 8–10—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 8–10—EG AUCTIONS Indio, CA 8–10—GPK AUCTIONS Atlantic City, NJ 15–17—DAVE RUPP Fort Lauderdale, FL 16—COYS London, U.K. 18—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 22–23—CARLISLE Lakeland, FL 22–23—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 22–24—MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 23–24—SILVERSTONE Stoneleigh Park, U.K. 24 26—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 28–MAR 3—GAA Greensboro, NC MARCH 2—H&H Solihull, U.K. 4—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 6—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 6–8—RUSSO AND STEELE Amelia Island, FL 7—BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL 8—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 8–10—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS Amelia Island, FL 9—BLUECHIPCAR BY MOTOSTALGIA Amelia Island, FL 9—RM SOTHEBY’S Amelia Island, FL 9—SMITH Cape Girardeau, MO 14–16—MECUM Phoenix, AZ 15–16—PREMIER AUCTION GROUP Punta Gorda, FL 20—H&H Duxford, U.K. 22–24—EG AUCTIONS Red Deer, AB, CAN 23—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 23–24—CCA Birmingham, U.K. 29–30—RM AUCTIONS Fort Lauderdale, FL APRIL 4–6—MECUM Houston, TX 5–7—EG AUCTIONS Edmonton, AB, CAN 7—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 10—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 10—H&H Buxton, U.K. 11–12—RM SOTHEBY’S Essen, DEU 11–13—BARRETTJACKSON West Palm Beach, FL 12–13—BRANSON Branson, MO 12–14—CCP AUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 13—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 13—COYS Essen, DEU 13–14—SILVER AZ Peoria, AZ 20—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 25–26—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 27–28—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 29—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 30—BARONS Surrey, U.K. H&H Where: Solihull, U.K. When: March 2 Web: www.handh.co.uk Shannons Where: Melbourne, AUS When: March 4 Web: www.shannons.com.au Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: March 6 Web: www.brightwells.com Russo and Steele Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 6–8 Web: www.russoandsteele.com Bonhams Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 7 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 88/101 cars sold / $13.2m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1956 Cooper-Climax T39 Bobtail racer • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 • 1926 Minerva AF town car Gooding & Company Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8 Web: www.goodingco.com Last year: 82/86 cars sold / $35.8m Featured cars: • Star Car: 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach • 1987 Porsche 962 racer Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted • 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible Premier Auction Group Where: Punta Gorda, FL When: March 14–16 Web: www.premierauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 2008 Dodge Viper ACR coupe • 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible EG Auctions Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: March 22–24 Web: www.theelectricgarage.com H&H Star Car: 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach at Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL • 1965 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2 open 2-seater Hollywood Wheels Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8–10 Web: www.hollywoodwheels.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 87/102 cars sold / $27.6m Featured cars: • 1994 BMW 850 CSi • 1952 Lancia Aurelia B52 coupe by Vignale • 1924 Bentley 3 Litre 2-seater by Chalmer & Hoyer BlueChipCar by Motostalgia Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9 Web: www.carlisleauctions.com Last year: 50/67 cars sold / $2.4m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Spider • 1949 Cisitalia 202 SC cabriolet CCA Smith Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: March 15–16 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com Mecum Where: Phoenix, AZ When: March 14–16 Web: www.mecum.com Featured cars: • 1959 Bonneville Streamliner Super Shaker • 1932 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo berline Where: Birmingham, U.K. When: March 23–24 Web: www.classiccarauctions.co.uk RM Auctions Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: March 29–30 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 241/336 cars sold / $19m Featured cars: • 1937 Packard Graber convertible • 1953 Hudson Hornet sedan • 1953 Buick Skylark convertible ♦ Where: Duxford, U.K. When: March 23 Web: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 92/149 cars sold / $4.2m Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: March 23 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com Star Car: 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Spider at BlueChipCar by Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL 26 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Chad Taylor Porsches Rule at This World-Class Concours The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is again running to the racetrack, as it is honoring legendary Formula One and Le Mans driver Jacques Bernard “Jacky” Ickx from March 7 to 10 at the Ritz-Carlton. The Porsche Driving Experience starts at 7 a.m. on March 8. A seminar, “The Unfair Advantage: Racing Around the Rules,” brings an insider’s view of how the rules of racing were bent over the years. Ray Evernham leads the lively discussion at 3 p.m. in the Ritz-Carlton. On Saturday, Cars & Coffee at the Concours brings more 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 “Porsche 962 Dynasty” seminar starts at 10:30 a.m., and famous drivers, including Hurley Haywood, Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass will have plenty of Concours Concours Concours Concours ours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to rs and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Chad Taylor Porsches Rule at This World-Class Concours The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is again running to the racetrack, as it is honoring legendary Formula One and Le Mans driver Jacques Bernard “Jacky” Ickx from March 7 to 10 at the Ritz-Carlton. The Porsche Driving Experience starts at 7 a.m. on March 8. A seminar, “The Unfair Advantage: Racing Around the Rules,” brings an insider’s view of how the rules of racing were bent over the years. Ray Evernham leads the lively discussion at 3 p.m. in the Ritz-Carlton. On Saturday, Cars & Coffee at the Concours brings more 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 “Porsche 962 Dynasty” seminar starts at 10:30 a.m., and famous drivers, including Hurley Haywood, Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass will have plenty of Seeing Seeing Red in the Best Possible Way “The Red Grifo,” an award-winning film about SCM Advertising Guru Darren Frank’s long, multi-generation adventure with a very special Iso Grifo, is now available for streaming at www.popcornoctane.com/thered-grifo. “What director Guy Smith has created is more than just a story about an obscure Italian sports car and my familial connection to it,” Frank said. “He has successfully captured the essence of my passion for this automobile, and for all that it has represented to my family over the past half century.” Like You Need an Excuse to Visit France A trip to the south of France is Get an Early Start on the Amelia Island Festivities Going to the Amelia Island Concours? Head to Florida a little early for the 2019 Sebring Vintage Classic from February 28 through March 3 at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL. www.svra.com (FL) MARCH CALENDAR 7–10 60th Good Vibrations Bakersfield March Meet, Bakersfield, CA, www.famosoraceway.com 28 13–16 67th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Sebring, FL, www.sebringraceway. com always a great idea — especially in March — but the Avignon Motor Festival is a great reason to jump on an airliner. During the weekend of March 22–24, you can walk around the 400 exhibitors’ booths and enjoy the 2,000 classic cars on display. This year’s show will honor 70 years of Porsche. For ticket and registration information, please visit www. avignon-motor-festival.com (FR) Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor 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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After graduating, she worked as a carbon-fiber fabrica- tor making motorcycle bodywork. Then she jumped into writing, editing and video at Hot Rod magazine and the show “Roadkill.” She currently owns several classic cars — including an Opel GT — and an unreasonable number of minibikes. This is her first American Profile in SCM. She is a popular columnist for our sister magazine, American Car Collector. Turn to p. 72, where she shares her thoughts about the sky-high tailfins on a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz. SIMON KIDSTON, SCM Contributor, is from an old British motor racing family. Simon started his career at Coys, leaving to co-found Bonhams Europe in Geneva. Over the next decade he staged high-profile auctions around the world. He branched out on his own in 2006 to found Kidston SA, a consultancy responsible for some of the larger deals you rarely hear about. Simon also judges at Pebble Beach and is “the voice” of the Villa d’Este Concours and the Mille Miglia. Turn to p. 66 for his expert analysis of a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV. STEPHEN SERIO, SCM Contributor, is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports Inc. in Waltham, MA, although for the most part, vintage European cars are where his heart is. Serio blames his dad for this, because he brought home so many Matchbox and Corgi cars. His need to overindulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include a Porsche 356A Speedster and 356A European coupe, Ferrari 275 GTS and 246GT, BMW 2002 and a Hudson Hornet. Turn to p. 76 for his Next Gen Profile of a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder — complete with thoughts from some very good friends. 32


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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 Bomstead Strikes Again! To the Editor: I recently purchased a Porsche dealership sign on eBay, and wouldn’t you know it, Carl Bomstead reviewed the sale in his “eWatch” column in the December 2018 issue (p. 190). His comments that “it would be spectacular backlit” and “this could be the centerpiece in a garage full of 356s and 911s...” were spot-on. — Dean Mayer, via email Executive editor Chester Allen responds: Dean, thanks for your note. One of the best parts of my job is that I get to read “eWatch” before anyone else on the planet. Just Buy It! To the Editor: In regards to the January 2019 issue of SCM: Padova from Donald Osborne needs a comment (“Unconventional Wisdom,” p. 56). That he missed the Abarth manifold is bad luck. That he managed to find the stand is impressive. I, too, have seen something, done a lengthy tour of the parts, and decided to return to where I first saw the item. Trying to find a stand twice is nearly impossible! Motto: if you find what you want, buy it. If you find another later for a few euros less, shrug your shoulders — it will be peanuts compared with the flight over. Training for the future (“The SCM Interview: Amanda Gutierrez,” p. 60). Bravo for the feature. One of the Italian magazines has recently been doing a series where youngsters are learning hands-on restoration skills. The Alfa Romeo Villa d’Este His comments that ‘it would be spectacular backlit’ and ‘this could be the centerpiece in a garage full of 356s and 911s...’ were spot-on (“Etceterini Profile,” p. 74). On my very first trip abroad (to Sicily) in the ’80s — or perhaps on my return — I was given the attached photo. A photo of a Villa d’Este with no chassis number mentioned. I have always loved the photo, but I could not find out which car it was. MANY years later, I heard that Dieter had found a poor one, in Pisa, I think. Years later still, Dieter sent me some pictures of it in restoration and asked if I knew anything on it. Messages followed and we were able to compare details of damage to both cars. They matched. — Peter Marshall, via email Publisher Martin responds: Peter, thanks for the thoughtful note. I now have the same rule. If I find something at a swapmeet, I just buy it on the spot and don’t look back. Nothing Beats Examining the Car in Person To the Editor: First, congratulations! I have always enjoyed the magazine; the quality of writing is improving all the time — or should I say the quality of what I am reading? Who knows, I never was good at that grammar stuff. Although I have to admit I am missing Serio’s humor of late. In the January 2019 issue, there were some very interesting articles. I loved that young Hageman took on a really tough subject — talk about grabbing a 34 hot potato! (“Driver’s Ed,” p. 58). As a purist myself, I have struggled with exactly this issue in the past. Once it was with a car I chased for years for my collection. A gentleman in Europe owned it. He said he would sell me the car — as long as I bought all his BMW race cars (yes, I went OUCH as well, but he knew he had me by the proverbials.) In this group of cars was the dream he had built, the car he believed BMW would have built if they built an E9 CSL at that time. It was gorgeous, but not for me. As a purist, I struggled. While I was trying to pry this guy’s first-born from his hands, I had to tell him his other favorite — yet flawed — child was beautiful. Yes, I said it was beautiful. I sold my soul to gain the car I wanted. But Paul’s finishing comment about “honesty and genuine passion without regard for financial gain” struck a chord with me. I will always be a purist, but I Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Aerovault ...................................................................131 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ........................................121 Amelia Island Concours ..............................................78 Arkonik ........................................................................33 Aston Martin of New England ..................................131 Auto Kennel ...............................................................137 Automobilia Monterey ..............................................153 Automotive Restorations Inc.....................................129 Autosport Designs Inc .................................................17 Avant Garde Collection .............................................133 Barrett-Jackson ............................................................25 Bennett Law Office ...................................................161 Beverly Hills Car Club ..............................................145 Bonhams / UK .................................................. 4–5, 143 Cars, Inc. ......................................................................41 Centerline Alfa Parts..................................................149 Champion Motors ......................................................139 Chequered Flag International ....................................103 Classic Car Capital ......................................................30 Classic Showcase.......................................................123 Copley Motorcars ......................................................8–9 D. L. George Coachworks ...........................................87 Dobson Motorsport....................................................108 Dr. Beasley’s ..............................................................141 Driversource Houston LLC .................................. 22–23 European Collectibles................................................115 Fantasy Junction ................................................... 42–43 Fourintune Garage Inc ...............................................151 Frank Dale & Stepsons ..............................................101 Gallet Watch Company ...............................................39 Girardo & Co ...............................................................27 Gooding & Company ..................................................13 Greensboro Auto Auction ............................................53 Grundy Insurance ........................................................71 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .........................................51 Heacock Classic ........................................................171 Heritage Classics .........................................................59 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..........................................145 Hyman, LTD ................................................................29 Intercity Lines ..............................................................47 JC Taylor ....................................................................107 JJ Best Banc & Co .....................................................159 Kevin Kay Restorations ..............................................12 Kidston .........................................................................15 Leake Auction Company .............................................79 Legendary Motorcar Company .................................151 LicensePlates.tv .........................................................104 Lory Lockwood .........................................................119 Lupo Motors ................................................................95 Luxury Brokers International ............................... 18–19 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC .......................................57 MBP Motorcars .........................................................141 McCollister’s Auto Transport ......................................49 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ...................................35 Mershon’s World Of Cars..........................................143 MM Garage .................................................................31 Motorcar Classics ........................................................91 New England Auto Auction ......................................109 Northwest European ..................................................153 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ............................105 Park Place LTD ............................................................89 Passport Transport .......................................................99 Paul Russell and Company........................................135 PCarMarket ................................................................117 Premier Auction Group .............................................125 Prince Vintage, LTD. .................................................113 Putnam Leasing .........................................................172 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd..........................................111 Reliable Carriers ..........................................................83 Restore A Tag, LLC ...................................................151 Richard F. Webb Fine Art ..........................................149 RM Sotheby’s ............................................................6–7 RMD bvba ...................................................................45 Russo and Steele LLC ...........................................10–11 SCM 2019 Goodwood Tour ......................................161 Scott Grundfor Company ..........................................114 Sports Car Market 2019 Tour ....................................161 Streetworks Exotics .....................................................52 Symbolic International ................................................21 The Stable, Ltd. ...........................................................97 The Werk Shop ..........................................................155 Tony Labella Classic Cars .........................................152 Torque Classic Cars .....................................................37 TYCTA ......................................................................137 Vermont Barns ...........................................................135 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .......................................119 Vintage Rallies ...........................................................133 Watchworks ...............................................................152 WeatherTech ................................................................85 West Coast Classics, LLC .........................................139 White Post Restorations ............................................153 Worldwide Group ......................................................2–3 36 On paper and in pictures, the price does look appealing, but this was truly a case of the experts knowing exactly what it was: a pig with lipstick on have grown to love the “honesty and passion” of people who make their own special specials. That, though, is not the rea- son for my note. John Draneas wrote a great commonsense article in the same issue on getting an inspection or going to see a car — not relying on pictures — but bring in an expert (“Legal Files,” p. 54). In the same issue (stay with me, aren’t all stories a journey?), Chad Tyson makes a comment about a Batmobile being the best of the best buys in SCM this year (p. 90). I don’t expect any of your writers to be experts on every car, but I do think Draneas’ warning has relevance to Chad’s comment and his colleagues’ puzzlement. Let’s look at the two Batmobiles Chad mentioned. First, the one sold at Worldwide’s 2016 Houston auction: That car was a very good deal at that auction, so I agree with Chad on that. It was a well-known car in the community, far from perfect, but at $242k, a screamer of a deal. That car sold to a well-known U.S. dealer who advertised for a while and then threw it back in auction at the 2017 Bonhams Scottsdale sale, where the very same car sold for $330,000. So, the market spoke, and the car being a deal the year before was confirmed. Describing the Batmobile sold at the Bonhams Zoute sale as the SCM deal of the year means I might humbly recommend a session with John Draneas on the very subject he wrote about in the same issue. The Bonhams car had a rather interesting — yet static — past. Unfortunately, it was in its static state for many years. It was outside in all the wonderful weather my home country of England has to offer. Many people in the U.K. had tried to buy it from the grumpy farmer (yes, it really was one of those farmer stories). There was lots of talk in U.K. BMW world about this Batmobile just left outside, but nobody could shake it loose. Sometime in the 1990s, it was inspected and the claim was “beyond saving,” understanding, of course, they were not worth much then. Eventually the owner became ill, and the car was shaken loose from possibly turning to dust. It was hastily prepared for auction and that was it — none of the well-known structural issues were dealt with. Much of the car had areas to be critical of, but most importantly, if you look at the places obvious in even Bonhams’ pictures, this car was frightening. The overload of seam sealer in the engine bay in places it should not be tells a story, and already the dreaded rust was raising its ugly head through the lick of paint. The covering of the very rust- prone area where the inner and outer wings meet, which should be crisp pieces of metal with spot welds, was completely hidden with filler on the passenger’s side and covered with a flat piece of metal on the driver’s side. This is done only when the metal below is not salvageable. All this would ring alarm bells with anybody who knows these cars. I know I am being a geek on this and I certainly do not criticize Chad Tyson. On paper and in pictures, the price does look appealing, but this was truly a case of the experts knowing exactly what it was — a pig with lipstick on. Allowing for the full restoration it needs, the price actually reflected its value. Apologies for the long letter; as better minds than mine have said often, I did not have time to compose a short one. — Peter Gleeson, via email ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Omega’s New Seamaster Diver 300 Kills the Competition In 2018, Omega debuted a redesign of one of their most successful watch families — the Seamaster Diver 300. Originally introduced in 1957, the product line has seen countless changes and facelifts, but this new iteration features myriad improvements that are not just skin (diver) deep. One of the defining characteristics of the new Diver 300 is the dial. The designers have re-introduced the classic wave pattern that, much to the dismay of many Omega aficionados, had been abandoned on recent models. The new dial Dioxide (ZrO2 ), a ceramic material that is highly color stable and incredibly strong. After bringing the material to a mirror finish, Omega employs a laser to cut in the mattefinish wavy lines, giving a marvelous contrast to the brightly reflective surface. The sparkle emulates the sun on the ocean. Applied to the dial are large, obvious indices and swordstyle hands filled with Super-LumiNova. Another distinctive feature of the Diver 300 is the scalloped unidirectional rotating elapsed-time bezel. Made in either steel (pictured) or yellow or rose 18-karat gold, the colored insert is also made of ceramic with laseretched numerals highlighted in enamel, making it highly legible, highly scratch-resistant and color stable. The new Diver 300 boasts quite Details Production date: Current Best place to display one: At the helm of a Nordhavn 53-foot trawler off the coast of La Paz Ratings for modern version ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Web: www.omegawatches.com Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering Bust the Dust Detailing a car can be a challenge, specifically where interiors are concerned. Dust accumulates everywhere, and there are a lot of little hard-to-get-to areas that need to be cleaned to really make your dash shine like it should. That’s why Griot’s Garage’s microfiber mini duster is such a good idea — it’s small enough to use on your dash, but has long microfibers to clean around knobs and inside vent openings. For $12.99, it’s a no-brainer. Get one at www.griotsgarage.com and get ahead of the dust. 38 Octane Boost Your classic car’s engine was likely designed to run on higher-octane fuel than what’s available at today’s gas stations. Running pump gas in an engine that was designed for better fuel can lead to several issues, including that dreaded ping under load. So what to do? VP Racing Fuels’ Octanium Unleaded octane improver can raise the effective octane level of your pump gas up to seven numbers, and also acts as a lead substitute — just the thing for those of you without hardened valve seats. One bottle treats up to 10 gallons. Keep a few in the trunk on that next tour, in case good fuel is hard to find. A case of eight is $175.60 at vpracingfuels.com. Sports Car Market a few mechanical upgrades. The in-house caliber 8800 movement offers extreme accuracy and reliability, thanks to a combination of proprietary manufacturing tech- niques that include Omega’s famed coaxial escapement. This escapement has set Omega above their competition for 20 years because it allows the precise movement to run while using nearly no lubrication. This removes a potential point of failure, as all lubricants will eventually dry and get gummy. Omega’s newer calibers also use non-ferrous materials, which allows the watch to operate correctly in the presence of strong magnetic fields. The Diver 300 comes with is crafted of Zirconium a steel bracelet, which has the reminiscent complex link pattern of the classic bracelet. Other strap options are alternating matte and polished stripes — or a rubber strap that is stronger and easier to use. The rubber strap has a reinforced keeper system that allows the strap to slide into place more easily. In the case of the bracelet version, users will enjoy the ease at which small wrist-size adjustments can be made on the fly by pushing inward on a tab within the bracelet buckle. Adjustments require no tools. There also is a folded dive extension to allow use on the cuff of a wetsuit. The dial is labeled with “Master Chronometer,” which is Omega-speak for an additional layer of certification and testing that most brands do not offer. Like many luxury time pieces, Master Chronometers go to COSC for independent testing of accuracy in multiple positions — and at three varied temperature ranges for a period of 15 days. Further, after final assembly, Omega has an organization known as METAS retest the watch under similar scrutiny with little tolerance for inaccuracy. The watch also is tested for antimagnetism and water resistance. No other brand I am aware of has such extreme independent oversight. The truly marvelous aspect of Omega’s newly designed dive watches is the price. The new model is $4,850 on bracelet, which is only $450 more than the model that it replaced. When you look at the improved movement, dial, bezel, bracelet, certifications and beauty — well, this watch is a competition killer. By comparison, a Rolex Submariner is $8,550.


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck Both T26 models in the photo are of the 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe same car: Grand Sport chassis 110101. This is the first Grand Sport produced as a complete car. It is also the first of six stunning fastback GS coupes with bodies by Jacques Saoutchik. The version in pale green with brown ac- cents replicates the car as it was first shown to the public at the 1948 Paris Salon as the centerpiece of Saoutchik’s stand. During the late 1970s, chassis 110101 was restored and painted two-tone blue — along with a few other changes. It remains this way in the collection of Peter Mullin. The 1:18-scale models shown are brand- new, very limited editions from Ilario Chiera. As with all of his editions, both are built to extremely high standards. My recommendation is for the original Model Details Production date: Late 2018 Quantity: 60 in green and brown, 60 in two-tone blue SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.ilario.com green version, as that is the most accurate rendition. I was a little surprised to see one thing amiss on the blue version. The blue version has chrome trim pieces running on the tops of the front fenders connecting to the headlights. Those are no longer on the restored car, and should not be on the model. Regardless of the blue misstep, these are su- Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Gulf 917 by Jay Gillotti, 496 pages, Dalton Watson Fine Books, $150 (www.daltonwatson.com) As Yoda would say, “Deep in the weeds, he is.” Gulf 917 by Jay Gillotti has a single-minded focus: Unearth, categorize and publish as much detail as possible, from any source, on the Porsche 917s that ran under the John Wyer Gulf Oil team colors. First, let’s set the stage. Rules for Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship were changing for 1970, and Porsche saw an opportunity to build upon the success of their 906, 907 and 910 race cars — and a 5-liter engine formula — to finally win at Le Mans. To accomplish the goal (which included building 25 cars for homologation), Porsche hired John Wyer and his team to campaign the cars. Wyer, coming off successfully running the GT40s for Ford, took up the challenge, helped with funding from amateur racer and Gulf Oil honcho Grady Davis. Cue massive success — well, success for the car, anyway. At the end of the day, Wyer 917s never won at Le Mans, although 917s prepared by other teams did in 1970 and 1971. In the endurance-racing championship, however, Wyer won seven of 11 races in 1970, and six more in 1971. At the end of that year, the engine formula changed and the car was no longer eligible for the endurance-racing title. Coming out of the box, the 917 was hugely fast and frighteningly unstable, with top drivers actively scuttling into the shadows to avoid driving it. But at a 1969 test, Wyer chief engineer John Horsman, who knew it was an aerodynamic issue, noticed that the bodies of gnats were covering the front of the car, but not the rear wing. A few sheets of aluminum reshaped the rear of the 40 car, and suddenly it was as stable as houses — and faster still. It was that change, regularly modified, that made the car a winner. The book is organized around each Gulf 917 chassis (in- cluding where the numbers were changed, which happened regularly). Gillotti provides chassis by chassis histories, race by race, of each race car, up to and including their current status and ownership where available. It is a tour de force of data gathering. Provenance: Gillotti’s extensive bibliography gives a glimpse of the research he did, and the book is filled with well-attributed information. Adding to that are images of Horsman’s original track data sheets from races. Fit and finish: A quality book, with a simple, elegant design, is enhanced by hundreds of wellprinted images in color and black and white, many from the Porsche archives. Drivability: While deep in the details, Gillotti also has the ability to spin a yarn, re- counting races from nearly 50 years ago in a way that brings them alive, often using (with careful attribution) the work of previous authors to create as complete a picture as possible. It’s now a valuable resource for generations to come of 917 lovers — in particular the cars campaigned by the legendary John Wyer team. ♦ Sports Car Market perb models with flawless, high-gloss paint, excellent chrome and numerous perfectly fitted parts. Interiors have extensive and wonderfully accurate detail — easily seen through waterclear windows. Even the correct simulated gold-plated trim pieces have been faithfully replicated. Of course, all the wood trim is there too, and more…. These models sell for $700 to $800, depending on the dealer. ♦


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Affordable Classic Triumph TR6 An Open Window to Fun For half the money of any Big Healey, enjoy the full vintage British sports-car experience in a body-on-frame roadster by Reid Trummel a perfect blend of art and craft. Did someone function”? “Sabrinas” and so much more Unfortunately, the TR6 came and went at the precise time that American auto regulations were proliferating. It was born soon after the first safety and emissions regulations came into effect in 1968, and the Triumph engineers obviously struggled to adjust to the more and better (that’s “better” in air quotes) car-design ideas of bureaucrats. One of those “better” ideas was to 1972 Triumph TR6 convertible, sold for $15,510 in August 2018 at Lucky Collector Car Auctions in Tacoma, WA N o window of opportunity stays open forever, but in the case of the Triumph TR6, it has been open a long time. Long thought to be undervalued among those who expected it would follow the Big Healey’s valuation path upwards over the past decade and a half, TR6 prices haven’t moved nearly as much. The happy result for the non-investor is a terrific British sports car that’s still available in decent driver condition for summer-job money. But our purpose here is not to analyze the market for this car. Rather, it is to celebrate the affordable opportunity that it represents, and that the window is still open. For about half the money of the least-costly Big Healey, you get the full vintage British sports-car experience with this last-of-an-era body-on-frame British roadster. Chunky — but nearly 92,000 sold Following the TR4 and the transitional model that followed it, the TR250/TR5, the TR6 emerged as a face- and derriere-lifted version of the TR4 while retaining the TR250’s 6-banger. In other words, the transition of body and soul from the earlier TR3 model was complete in the TR6 and Triumph’s new flagship got a cleaned-up body design and more power. It’s little wonder that they sold more than 91,000 of them over the nearly eight-year production run. Yes, the TR6’s looks are somewhat uninspir- ing, and its chunkiness seldom evokes a swoon. Park it next to a TR3 and you wonder if they had forgotten how to stamp a compound curve. On the other hand, its square-jawed, sanding-block persona made for a purposeful, imposing presence. Think of it as being from the Bauhaus school of auto design, with lots of cubes and right angles — 44 Details Years produced: 1969–76 Price when new: $3,500 Number produced: 91,850 Current SCM Median Valuation: 1969–74 (small bumpers) $18,000, 1975–76 (rubber bumpers) $18,000 Pros: Power, torque, presence, the sound, weather-sealing, great support network, and the ease and economy of maintenance Cons: It’s easy to go underwater with repairs, so pay up front for a really good one Best place to drive one: Curvy two-lanes within cell coverage Worst place to drive one: Sturgis, SD, in August — do not ask me how I know this A typical owner is: Surprised at how little money it takes to own one 1972 Triumph TR6, sold for $11,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale in September 2018 Sports Car Market make cars able to withstand front and rear bumps without damage. As a result, over time the TR6 grew a pair of impactabsorbing bumper protrusions on both the front and rear. Those large protrusions on the late-1974 and subsequent TR6 bumpers, nicknamed “Sabrinas” after an English actress of similar specification, serve the unintended purpose of making the earlier TR6s look cleaner and more classic, and as with many classic cars, the earlier examples often command higher prices. Bang for the buck The car has a little more than 100 horsepower, but it feels like much more, as it weighs only 2,400 pounds before you add passengers. The 2.5-liter straight 6 makes all the right sounds and produces enough torque to back it up. Add reasonable weather protection and an impressive list of specs — fully independent suspension, rack-andpinion steering, full instrumentation set in a walnutveneer fascia, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift say “Form follows


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“Affordable” anomaly? This 1975 Triumph TR6 sold for $42,560 at RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum auction in December 2018 knob, adjustable bucket seats — and it gets hard to find a downside. When you go shopping, don’t forget the extras. Some TR6s were equipped with overdrive, and it’s a great bonus. Don’t think of it as a showstopper if you find a great example Oh, sure, the TR6 is subject to rust, and as it’s a vintage British car, you can’t expect Swiss-watch reliability, but you know all of that going in. at the right price without it. The TR6 is geared high enough for freeway travel without it, but it’s a clear tiebreaker between two cars of otherwise equal merits. There was also an attractive steel hard top available. Again, it’s a nice-but-not-essential extra — and a worthy tiebreaker. Rust and repairs Oh, sure, the TR6 is subject to rust, and as it’s a vintage British car, you can’t expect Swiss-watch reliability, but you know all of that going in. You’re going to inspect care- fully for rust and suspension-mount stress cracks — better yet, get a marque specialist shop to do that for you. You’ll also check all of the usual caveats on a test drive — and then budget for 10% (feeling lucky?) to 25% over and above the sale price as a reserve for some unforeseen contingency repairs. Let’s be realistic here. By the way, if you do plan to join the ranks of TR6 owners, the Triumph culture advises that you grasp the importance of Redline tires, reflectorized convertible tops and green hoses. Consult your local Triumph Club chapter or any of the better Triumph parts suppliers, and they can fill you in. We don’t want you embarrassing yourself the first time you show up at Cars & Coffee in your new vintage ride. If you’re hankering for a classic British roadster, the TR6 might be your best chance to buy low while they’re still selling low. No window of opportunity stays open forever. ♦ March 2019 45 David Sirotinsky ©2018 /RM Sotheby’s


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Legal Files John Draneas Corvette Litigation Hits the Finish Line The long-running Cunningham Corvette case is settled, and Ford comes to terms with the John Cena Ford GT who sold it to Carr, thereby ultimately passing good title to Mackay. The Mathis/Idoni/Burelli version was that the car was stolen from Mathis Sr., perhaps by Lehmkuhle, before it went to Carr. That left ownership with Mathis Sr., and ultimately passed to his family when he died. Reconciling or just deciding between those stories was what the lawsuit was all about. The litigation took a number of twists and turns, the first major one being when Mathis Jr. lost his interest in the Corvette by filing bankruptcy. In the course of that proceeding, the bankruptcy trustee sold Mathis Jr.’s interest in the Corvette to Idoni and Burelli for $25,000. The September 2015 edition of “Legal Files” Howard Coombs The Cunningham Corvettes at Le Mans. Number 1 might show up at an auction in the near future A fter five years of “Legal Files” columns about this case (December 2013, p. 40; January 2014, p. 42; September 2015, p. 73), the legal battles over the #1 Cunningham Corvette seem to have come to an end. On December 21, 2018, Porter County Indiana Superior Court Judge Jeffrey W. Clymer appointed Indianapolis attorney William Baten as receiver, directing him to take possession of the Cunningham Corvette and sell it at a no-reserve auction. To refresh your memory, the Corvette we are talking about is the #1 car out of the group of three Corvettes the Briggs Cunningham team took to Le Mans in 1960. The #1 car crashed badly early in the race, and the #2 car failed to finish. The #3 car finished 1st in class and 8th overall, however, making quite an international impression for Chevrolet and the American automobile industry. The #2 and #3 cars had been located and recovered — and became parts of the collections of Bruce Meyer and Chip Miller. But the #1 car was missing until 2012, when it was located and acquired by Chip Miller as a favor for Kevin Mackay, who had restored #2 for him. It was purchased from the estate of Richard Carr, a Florida judge and car collector who had stored the car in his warehouse until his death. Ownership challenges As soon as the discovery was made public, Dan Mathis Jr. popped up and claimed that the Corvette was stolen from his father, Dan Mathis Sr., and that he was the rightful owner. Mathis entered into a partnership with Domenico Idoni, a Corvette historian and no stranger to collector-car litigation, to challenge Mackay’s ownership and acquire the Corvette. Idoni was in turn acting on behalf of his partnership with Gino Burelli, an Indiana automobile dealership owner. Down into the legal rabbit hole The Corvette was once owned by Dan Mathis Sr., who drag-raced it. After that point, the chain of title gets pretty foggy. Mackay’s version was that Mathis Sr. traded it to a John Lehmkuhle, 46 reported that an uneasy settlement had been reached, giving Mackay a 30% interest in the Corvette and 70% to the Idoni/Burelli partnership. Idoni and Burelli had a limited time to acquire Mackay’s 30% interest for $750,000, but they were unable to do so. The odd-couple partners then proceeded to work on selling the Corvette, but made no progress. Another plaintiff Progress toward a sale stalled when Larry Martin filed suit on an unrelated claim that Idoni owed him $250,600. Martin prevailed — and acquired a lien against Idoni’s interest in the Corvette. With interest, the amount of Martin’s lien had grown to about $500,000. When Martin tried to have the Corvette seized and sold to satisfy his judgment, Burelli intervened and stopped the seizure — at least temporarily. Idoni out The next surprise came when Burelli bought Idoni out of the Corvette. According to Burelli, Idoni owed him about $1.4 million — from other dealings between them — and they agreed that Burelli would take Idoni’s interest in the Corvette in satisfaction of that debt. All friendly, of course. Burelli teeters Burelli’s fortunes hit a snag when Key Bank sued him, and his busi- ness partners were sued for defaulting on about $3.6 million of loans secured by their commercial properties. That didn’t affect the Corvette litigation much. Burelli had been given until March 31, 2019, to sell the Corvette, and expectations were that, if it was not sold earlier, it could be auctioned at Amelia Island. But the last nail was hammered into the coffin when NextGear Capital filed suit against Burelli and his dealerships and business partners, claiming it was owed about $28 million. NextGear had floored (financed) automobile inventories for the dealerships — Harbor Chevrolet, Harbor Buick and Top Flight Corvettes — and claimed that they sold cars out of trust to the tune of $28 million and were continuing to do so. “Selling out of trust” is flooring-company lingo for a dealer selling cars and not paying the flooring company the money they had loaned against the cars. The last chapter? That was the last straw, and Martin filed a motion to appoint a re- ceiver to take possession of the Corvette and sell it. The judge agreed, Sports Car Market


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and directed each of the parties to name their receiver choices. The judge selected William Baten, who had been nominated by Martin, and he was appointed on December 21, 2018. Baten seems to be an excellent choice. A very experienced Indianapolis attorney, he now works only as a mediator and arbitrator. The best part is that he’s a car guy and racer. He has been actively and successfully racing a Camaro in the SCCA Trans-Am class, and is a former Corvette collector. Baten told “Legal Files” that he hasn’t gotten very far yet, as he just got appointed. He sees this as a “really fun” assignment, and is determined to “do his homework” and his best to “get the highest price possible for the car.” “In a way, this is a very serendipitous assignment,” Baten said. “My longtime racing dream has been to race a Corvette at Le Mans.” Although the judge ordered him to sell the Corvette at a no-reserve auction, Baten is open to other approaches to the sale of the car — if they appear likely to bring a higher sales price. Meanwhile, he’s been getting emails from auction companies willing to help. This may do the trick. The court order binds all the parties who claim an interest in the Corvette, so whoever buys it will take it free and clear of all of their claims. Look for the #1 Cunningham Corvette at an upcoming auction. Ford GT update As previously reported in “Legal Files” (February 2018, p. 62; August 2018, p. 54; December 2018, p. 58), Ford’s new supercar seems to be spending more time in the courts than on the street. Ford sued pro wrestler and TV personality John Cena for breaching his agreement not to resell his GT for at least 24 months. Ford also sued the dealership that later resold Cena’s GT. Both cases have been settled. “Legal Files” has been critical about the underlying business model adopted by Ford, Porsche and other manufacturers. These companies build very desirable “halo” models, build too few of them, are overly finicky about who buys them — and then get bent out of shape when the buyers resell them for big profits. “Legal Files” has also been critical of Ford’s legal approach, sug- gesting that it is technically ineffective and works only by legal intimidation. Now Ford seems to be changing its tack. The latest version of the Ford GT order confirmation form contains this new provision: “By signing this Order Confirmation Form you are verifying…you agree that you…will not sell the vehicle within the first 24 months of delivery. For value received and as security for the…performance of all obligations…including the agreement to not sell the vehicle…you hereby grant Ford a continuing security interest for 24 months in the Ford GT…You authorize Ford and its dealers to note liens on the documents of title and you will execute and deliver any documents necessary for these purposes.” Whether the underlying business plan is a good one or not, this ap- proach should be legally and practically effective. It now contains a specific promise not to resell the GT for 24 months, given as a condition of the sale of the car to the buyer. It creates a lien on the GT to secure performance of that promise. Those two differences should make this legally enforceable. And, by noting the lien on the title, it makes it impossible to transfer clear title to a buyer without a sign-off from Ford, which would never be given during the 24 months. It’s great to know that someone at Ford reads SCM! ♦ 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 2019 47


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Making Friends and Diving into Adventures Come along for the first part of Donald Osborne’s life with old, fun cars course, with AROC there were still lots of social events, and I finally got the urge to attend a national convention that was near where I lived. It was at that convention, in Hunt Valley, MD, in 1993, that I met Publisher Martin. You may know how that story turned out — look for it in a future column. New adventures, new friends In any case, it was in the Alfa club that I ventured tentatively into the world of concours. My first entry was with my 1963 Alfa 2600 Sprint. The judges occasionally favored the car, and I came away with a minor recognition here and there. It was gratifying, but I had the feeling early on that it wasn’t really my focus. Around that time I also discovered the strange and wonderful world The 1965 Mercedes-Benz Fintail sedan that started your correspondent down a long and happy road of car-club membership F or many people, one of the key reasons for buying a car is the community of fellow owners and enthusiasts that you officially — or unofficially — join when you purchase a particular car. Let’s not necessarily think of the group you join with the pur- chase of a Ferrari 250 GTO. It’s rather easy to imagine your response to your invitation to blast from chateau to chateau with a track or two in between for a week’s entertainment. You either really crave that level of involvement or you don’t — the $50 million minimum initiation fee notwithstanding. My introduction to “classic” cars came years ago, as perhaps it did for many of you, when the interesting used cars I preferred driving gradually became of collectible interest. It was through marque clubs that I was first initiated into car-group experiences. Even then, many of the cars that club members drove were late models. Starting out with Mercedes The first club I joined was the Mercedes-Benz Club of North America. I had bought a 1965 190 Fintail sedan when I was in college. Then, it was a gently used 12-year-old car, but I was welcomed into the fold of the MBCNA alongside members with 300SLs, Ponton sedans and cabriolets and all other manner of Three-Pointed-Star cars. There were all sorts of activities: drives, dinners, tech sessions, swapmeets and the annual highlight, a visit to the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz North America in New Jersey for a concours in the parking lot and a presentation from management. The club was very much equally focused on the social and the technical. Many, if not most, members did much of their own basic mainte- nance. I’m not now, nor was I then, a mechanically inclined sort, but I found technical sessions useful for learning the questions I needed to ask the mechanics who worked on my car. That 190 was followed by a 230SL and a series of 220 and 250 sedans. I enjoyed driving them as everyday transport and for fun club outings. I was never a contender at concours events. On to Alfa Romeo Next, I joined the Alfa Romeo Owners Club. That corresponded with my sale of the 230SL to pay off my college student loan. In a testament to how inexpensive higher education was at one time, after I paid off my loan in full I used the balance left over to buy a 1973 Alfa 2000 Spider. By the way, I sold my 230SL at a considerable profit at $17,500. AROC was more focused on active driving. There were lots of tours, rallies, gymkhanas — and more tech sessions to make sure you could fix your car after the tours and gymkhanas. That Spider was the gateway drug to decades of Alfa Madness. Of 48 of vintage racing. I had a booth in a group antiques shop in Lambertville, NJ, in the 1980s, and on one Saturday morning I was doing desk duty. To pass the time between customers, I was reading the latest copy of Hemmings Motor News. A fellow came in and commented on it. We began a conversation about old cars and before long became fast friends. By the end of the next week, Frank Allocca had agreed to be my sponsor for membership in the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, the VSCCA. The next VSCCA event I attended was the unfortunately short-lived Philadelphia Vintage Grand Prix, where a 1959 Fiat-Abarth 750GT captivated me. Shortly thereafter, I bought it, and I was at once an active vintage racer. Never mind that I had taken my VSCCA certification drive in a Mazda Miata. Hello, Hotshot I spent quite a few years as a corner worker and in race control. I then took to the track in earnest when I bought a neat, one-off, quite historic special based on a Crosley Hotshot. The Crosley-Gardner Special was my ride for a complete immersion in the world of vintage racing. I was completely captivated. The intersection of cars, history and immersive enjoyment sur- passed anything I’d experienced before. I was not the fastest driver in the fastest car, but the thrill of challenging myself to drive a smoother, quicker lap in a one-off car alongside other interesting historic cars on a beautiful track was heaven on earth. On to rallies My appraisal business developed, and a rapidly filling work calen- dar spelled the end of my vintage racing, so I began to participate in vintage rally events. Through the VSCCA, I met Rich and Jean Taylor, whose company, Vintage Rallies Inc., was one of the pioneers of such events in the United States. I entered my 1952 Peugeot 203 Darl’Mat sedan in the 2004 New England 1000 Rally. Unfortunately, the Peugeot, which I had bought at auction in Scottsdale in January of that year, was unable to participate, thanks to a blown engine. I quickly substituted my 1952 Lancia Ardea Berlina, and my vintage rally career was off and running. While the Ardea didn’t complete the event, thanks to a pair of failed brake wheel cylinders, the appeal of living with your vintage car for a week through beautiful scenery on great roads while enjoying historic hotels and sharing it with like-minded souls had me hooked. I knew that I would return to the rally and tour experience again. But there was more to follow. I was more certain than ever that “hands-on” was how I wanted to experience my classic-car passion. How I found my entry point to concours competition will follow in next month’s issue. Watch this space! ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman Brand-Name Appreciation There are tried-and-tested collectibles and there are those that succumb to the more reactionary trends of a market decade. Just consider Rolex and the vintage-watch market. But what do we value today in a car brand? Brand value is built by much more than just market performance. Ferrari’s crowning achievements are in motorsport — not at auction. The predicament, however, is determining which record-breaking results collectors are enamored with. Does one own a Ferrari for appreciation of the marque or for appreciation of appreciation? Likely it’s both, but not all Ferraris are created equal. “Resale material” denotes a category separate of “proven master.” Within a brand, this is likely a simple exercise. To continue with the example of Ferrari, the 250 TR or GTO is the proven master, while, say, the 250 Series II PF cabriolet is the “resale material.” Buying the best is a good investment In 2018 we saw the resale material trend down in price, while both public and private results of the proven masters were markedly up. Whether we’re considering condition, originality, quality of example Perhaps unsurprisingly, the price drew far more attention than the car I started 2019 off with a lot of reading — from the yearly outlook of major financial firms to 2018 art and car market recaps. Reviewing last year’s world record for a work by a living artist — David Hockney’s “Portrait of an Artist” (which sold for $90.3 million at Christie’s November 15 auction, obliterating the 2013 record of $58.4m), I stumbled on an interesting 2017 article on artnet.com by Julia Halperin and Eileen Kinsella. To quote: “Just 25 artists are responsible for almost half of all post-war and contemporary art auction sales, according to joint analysis by artnet Analytics and artnet News. In the first six months of 2017, work by this small group of elite artists sold for a combined $1.2 billion — 44.6% of the $2.7 billion total generated by all contemporary public auction sales worldwide. “Our findings quantify what many market-watchers have long ob- served: As increasingly wealthy buyers compete for a shrinking supply of name-brand artists, the art market has become highly concentrated at the top. Nevertheless, the reality — that the work of just 25 artists generated almost as much money at auction as the work of thousands of other artists combined — may be even more extreme than some realized.” After the market crashes of 2000 and 2008, “you saw a more substantial shift to resale material and proven masters,” says Allan Schwartzman, the co-founder of Art Agency Partners and chairman of global fine arts at Sotheby’s.” Sound familiar? Names mean a lot A quick glance at collector-car auction results for 2018 paints a similar portrait. A Ferrari set the new world record for a motorcar sold at auction. Ferraris took the first two spots on RM Sotheby’s top 10 list, and accounted for four of Gooding & Company’s top 10 results. The remainder of high-value sales from the year were shared mostly among Porsche, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin and Bugatti. While art and cars differ in more ways than they compare, the paral- lel here is name-brand value. In the past several years trying to summarize the market, I couldn’t have summarized it so plainly myself. My takeaway — “resale material” and “proven masters” will certainly be joining my vocabulary. Brand-name value in collectibles has grown substantially in the past 50 or how the example fits within the production of a particular marque or particular era, there are tried-and-tested collectibles and then those that succumb to the more reactionary trends of a market. In my opinion, a Ferrari 290 MM bringing over $20m should have more of an effect on the value of a Maserati 300S or Aston DB3S than it should on a production Ferrari of the era. Generally we have more in common with our friends than we do our family, right? We’d like to think that (by now) the speculators have left the car Ferraris again seem to be the big-ticket items among the houses, and why not — Christie’s wouldn’t say no to a Warhol. But as buyers, we should be looking past the badge on the front at the individual merits of an automobile. market, but in all fairness, we’re all liable to speculate ourselves. My worry is that the brand-name habit will be the hardest to break. With continued uncertainty in domestic and international politics, financial markets, real estate, and so on, we’re still trying to find our footing in the car market as well. Perhaps unknowingly, we’re all trying to differentiate the resale material from the proven masters. Arizona Auction Week reveals trends The years ahead may still warrant confusion, but I think there are great advantages to be had by those with a more fine-tuned approach. While the art market has proven that brand names are safe, trends in collector cars should be looked at more closely. With financial firms suggesting strategies that favor commodities, perhaps collector cars will again gain strength as stocks, bonds and the like continue to show their volatility. By the time you read this, the Arizona Auction Week will have come and gone. As usual, the week remains a great indicator of what the market has in store for the coming year. Ferraris again seem to be the big-ticket items among the houses, and why not — Christie’s wouldn’t say no to a Warhol. But as buyers, we should be looking past the badge on the front at the individual merits of an automobile. The settling of “resale material” is not over, and the “proven masters” have a track record that’s hard to argue with. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature The SCM Interview / Tom Papadopoulos Fast, Fun — and Clean — Times with Tom Tom Papadopoulos got a loan from his grandmother and turned it into a lifetime of driving, restoring and dealing in high-level cars by Chester Allen ter corners to carry speed properly while exiting. I was driving a VW Golf GTi and started to do a few track events with various clubs, mostly at Lime Rock, which is my home track. One day, I ran into Bruce McGuiness, who happened to be the head instructor for Skip Barber. By coincidence, Bruce grew up directly across the street from the home where I grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, NY. Bruce, who was older than me, knew my entire fam- ily and would always wander over to my garage to see what my dad may have had and what he may have been working on. Bruce was impressed with the times I was doing with Tom Papadopoulos at the 2016 Mille Miglia with “Chitty Chitty,” his 1934 Aston Martin 1.5-liter short chassis T om Papadopoulos has immersed himself in cars for almost all of his 52 years. He grew up in Queens, NY — the son of a surgeon and car guy. He’s been a racer, a car dealer and car restorer for decades, and he’s found notable success in all endeavors. His Long Island, NY, restoration shop, Autosport Designs Inc., was born in 1989 to service and repair cars. The business grew to include restoration and sales of collector cars. Papadopoulos has found success and friendships on the track, in his shop and on the concours field. He’s this month’s SCM Interview. Which role do you like best? Without a doubt, my love is as a collector-car dealer. I love the bonding with my You are well known as a racer, collector car dealer and restorer. clients and friends who share the same passion. Few people get to enjoy what they do every day. It is the same at the dealership, during everyday business, as it is when I am at events throughout the world. I am with those who share the same passion. Over the years, I have seen many mediocre automobiles, lipstick on a pig and au- tomobiles tarted up for sale. Knowing the difference between good cars and bad cars has made me a specialist in my field. This allowed me to morph into the purchase and sale of automobiles simply because clients wanted us to do that. As a restorer/mechanic, I was constantly being sent to inspect automobiles that clients were interested in purchasing. After many years and the building of a wonderful service business and trusting clientele, it was at my clients’ request to source and purchase the cars they required. It grew organically into sales because of this trust. We have always treated the collector with several automobiles exactly the same as our client-collectors who may have only one special automobile in their garage. Regardless of net worth, the automobile passion has a price segment for all. What is your earliest car memory? I have many from a shared enthusiasm for the automobile passion with my father. I cannot mention just one, as there are several that pointed me in my dedicated direction. How did you get started in the car business? I always knew what I wanted to do. I held apprentice jobs at various sports-car shops — where I was welcomed because of my passion to be the next generation. I started working with a friend as a mechanic. He was a great mechanic — but not very good at the business side. We ended up building what is Autosport Designs Inc. and remained partners for 19 years prior to going our separate ways due to differences of professional opinions. How did you get started in racing? I was always into automobiles and loved going fast. Even better was trying to mas- 54 We have always treated the collector with several automobiles exactly the same as our clientcollectors who may have only one special automobile in their garage. Regardless of net worth, the automobile passion has a price segment for all. Sports Car Market the GTi and prompted me to take the Formula Ford racing school. I loved it and continued to do a few races when time and money would allow. That was the start. From there, we have many cool stories from racing Porsches, Ferraris and Astons in all types of sanctioned events. The last race car I drove was an ORECA Le Mans Prototype Challenge car at Daytona, where we finished 2nd in class in the 24 Hours of Daytona. It was unfortunate, as we were leading until the last 10 minutes of the race, and we had a tire puncture necessitating a pit stop. Thus, we gave up the lead on the last lap — that’s how close racing has become — 24 hours and we’re on the same lap! What can you say? That’s racing. Did your family worry about your racing? My mother and father always worried and only came to the track on a few occasions. They preferred to watch


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Do you have a favorite car? I have several in my personal collection. I have an Aston Martin V8 Vantage that was my father’s. He sold it, but I kept tabs on where it was. I purchased it seven years after he sold it. It is now restored to as-new condition. By the way, I dropped my bicycle on the passenger door the day he brought it home, and I ran like hell! This Aston is known as “Grandpa” — even to my youngest children, who never got to meet my dad. I have a 356C cabriolet, which is also family, and my wife and kids love that car. I drove the hell out of it for many years and only recently performed a threeyear restoration to bring it back to as-new. It is a family keeper. I have a 1934 Aston Martin 1.5-litre short chassis. This is affectionately known as “Chitty-Chitty” by my kids and is also part of the family. I have enjoyed it on the Mille Miglia, the Colorado Grand and for seasonal use here in Long Island. I have an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato — rare Tom with his son Miles at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2017 from afar, but enjoyed hearing when I won and watching on TV. My wife of 20 years traveled with me to many of the races (even before we were married). She was always calm. She could even read a book while sitting in the paddock with race cars on the track as well as being worked on just a few feet away. She always said she didn’t worry because I was good at what I did, and the teams always told her so as well. I think this gave her comfort. I was very lucky to not have many bad shunts or accidents during my years of racing. She — as did I — loved the team camaraderie on almost every team I was ever involved with. We were always a racing family on the road, in the paddock and on the track through the radio system. I always said racing was safer than the highways of America. No racing driver wants to crash, and the cars are prepared for the worst. Strong rumor has it that your auto restoration shop is cleaner and neater than a hospital operating room. Is this true? If not, just how clean and neat are you? What can I say? My father was a vascular surgeon, and when I saw his operating room and the cleanliness of the tools/equipment, I compared it to the first wonderfully clean workshops I had worked in — and the cleanest of race-team shops. The quality of the workmanship that came out of those locations — and the camaraderie — was always second to none. It was ingrained in me that the workplace and the colleagues must share the same vision. No client wants their car worked on only to see it come out of the workshop more dirty or aged than when it came in. When working on concours cars, you always have to keep the level of the car to its standard — even when repairing it. With race cars, they are always taken apart between races for inspection prior to being prepared for the next race, and cleaning everything is paramount during preparation. done this on the fly? I would say it was the master plan, but I didn’t really know how to get it started until I borrowed money from my grandmother and took the plunge. Since then, I have never looked back other than to acknowledge where I came from. What was/is your best moment in the car world? I cannot name one, although I did enjoy winning the 355 Ferrari Challenge Championship for two years in succession. My present wife was beside me, and we loved every minute of racing with Italian flair. I have been blessed to have won races, won on the lawn at Pebble Beach and vari- ous other concours venues — and to travel the world to enjoy automobile events like the Mille Miglia. It has always been wonderful to meet those you know and who you have done business with at different locations around the world. It shows you how close knit the automobile world really is. At this point in your career/life, what do you want to achieve now? I enjoy exactly what I have and those around me. It is as if I have finally made it, and 30 years of time have acknowledged my and my company’s existence as a trusted staple within the industry. I would not change a thing. Few people get to do what they love and work with those they respect. March 2019 Was there a master plan behind your career in cars, or have you and not to everyone’s liking, but both my son and I absolutely love it. It is red — not my favorite — but that is fitting for an English automobile bodied by Italians. It has also been the subject of several magazine articles. Last, but not least, my son loves it because it is RHD and one of only 50 original manufactured. Many have not survived due to unfortunate circumstances — and the car is certainly not the norm here in the United States. This is the 100-year anniversary of Zagato, so I am sure we will take it to several events. What should every car collector know when they’re buying a car that will need a lot of work — or even a full restoration? The pre-purchase inspection is paramount. You want to know exactly what you are in for, so have a seasoned professional in the field inspect and advise on the car. It is initial money well spent — even if the purchase does not take place. It will save you in the long run to move ahead and find the automobile of your choice, one that is best suited to your ultimate needs and wants. belongings? Some of them are cherished belongings that mark a Are your cars investments or cherished moment in my life and my family’s life. That said, I do think all my cars have sentimental value, and they are assets that I would prefer to never sell, unless the family — as a whole — decides we need a change. Let’s not forget that I have at most times approxi- mately 50 automobiles in inventory that I can use at any time. I also have many automobiles that I am road testing constantly to and from home to diagnose their needs — or to confirm the service or project at hand has been prepared for final delivery to the client. Have any members of your family followed you into the car world? I am not sure what the future will hold. I have a 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old girl and boy twins. All are automobile enthusiasts by default. I also have a wonderful and loyal workforce that I consider my work family. What is the smartest move you ever made? Marrying my wife, Farelle, and starting a family. She knows the man she married, understands my passion and tolerates my craziness. I am very lucky to be so happy at home and to have my family share in all my passions. ♦ 55


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Feature 2018 Chopard Classic Rally Dubai Chopard Offers the Time of Your Life Fabulous classic cars, the stunning city of Dubai and the beauty of the desert. What’s not to love? Story by Steve Ahlgrim Photos courtesy of Chopard Classic Rally Dubai There’s no escaping the sands of time — or TSD in this case — no matter how fast your Porsche is C hopard, the famous watchmaker and jeweler, has a long history with motorsports. Karl-Freidrich Scheufele is the CEO of Chopard — and a hardcore car guy. Since 1988, Chopard has been the main sponsor and Official Timekeeper of the Mille Miglia Classic Car Rally in Italy. In 2002 they became the Official Timekeeper for the Monaco Historic Races. Chopard — with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons and Emaar Properties — produced the first Chopard Classic Rally Dubai in 2017. The rally was the first automobile regularity rally in the United Arab Emirates. This year, SCM was invited to the rally. My wife, Chris, traveled with me on one of the great adventures of our lives. From pearling village to global landmark The United Arab Emirates is a country made up of seven emirates, each governed by a sheikh. The country was formed in 1971 to provide a united front and plan the economic development of the region. Viewing Dubai’s astonishing array of high-concept skyscrapers, it is nearly impos- sible to grasp that the city was once just a pearling village on the edge of a desert — or that the first tall building is now less than 40 years old. Dubai is a city that is about now and the future. There is little sentiment for the past. Supercars everywhere The automobile culture in Dubai is a mirror of its architectural culture. “New and flashy” rules the day. Luxury and high-performance dealerships line the main highway’s access road. Even the police department has an exotic-car collection — with a Bugatti Veyron, an Aston One-77 and a Ferrari FF as just a taste of what’s in their fleet. Tomini Classics — longtime SCMers — is one company that is bucking the new- car trend. They’ve stocked a world-class selection of vintage exotics. Grown from an E-type Jaguar casually purchased at auction, Tomini now stocks 70-plus exotics serving an international clientele from an impressive, purpose-built showroom. Their inventory ranges from a custom Zagato-bodied Ferrari 599 GTZ and a rare Bugatti EB 56 The author and his wife in Dubai with their supplied ride — an impreccably prepared Ferrari 308 (note the SCM sticker on the windshield) Sports Car Market


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Chopard chooses 30 classic cars from the applicants to participate in the rally 110 to a Lotus Elan and a great selection of mid-range collector cars. Miguel Llorente, Tomini’s assistant manager, was our host in Dubai and loaned us a dry-sump fiberglass 308 GTB for the Rally. The car was impeccably prepared and performed flawlessly. The Dubai Chopard Rally headquarters was the luxurious Armani Hotel at the Burj Khalifa. Chopard could not have chosen a more impressive place. The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, and it is adjacent to the largest mall in the world. The pair is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. The road through the desert Chopard chose 30 cars from applicants to participate in the rally. All the cars were classics and were as varied as a vintage Cadillac and a Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet. The rally started and ended at the Burj Khalifa and meandered through the Dubai desert to the mountains. Lunch was hosted by a resort hotel in about the only serious spot of civilization seen in over seven hours of crossing the desert. We excitedly shared with the table a story of seeing a pair of camels grazing next to the road. The unimpressed locals’ expressions communicated that that seeing a camel in the UAE is equivalent to seeing a cow in the U.S. The rally was a regularity rally, or what is also known as a TSD — time, speed, distance — rally. A route book was given to the participants that detailed the route to follow — and the expected times of arrival at different checkpoints along the way. Following the route was relatively easy. However, the time calculations were difficult, as they resembled a “one train leaves Chicago at noon and another leaves Denver at 1 p.m.” high-school math problem. Chris was the navigator, and she kept us mostly on course. We were not prepared for the math. So we decided that driving a civil speed and concentrating on enjoying the drive was the best way to stay married. As the day progressed, we got pretty good at making our marks — until a missed turn blew all hope of a decent finish. Chopard hosted a glamorous award banquet in the evening following the rally. The winning team got top of-the-line, limited-edition watches from Chopard’s L.U.C. collection. We did not get the watch, but we have memories that will last a lifetime. There is no announcement of a 2019 rally, but based on the response to this year’s event, there’s sure to be one. Watch Chopard.com/events or TominiClassics.com for event information. ♦ You’ll want to make sure your a/c is in good working order on the desert trek 58 The rally concludes with an elegant awards banquet Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Shooting Brake by Vignale, p. 62 ENGLISH: 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide, p. 64 ETCETERINI: 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV, p. 66 GERMAN: 1958 BMW 507 3.2 Series II Roadster, p. 68 AMERICAN: 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, p. 72 RACE: 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti, p. 74 NEXT GEN: 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, p. 76 March 2019 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV; Karissa Hosek ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 61


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Ferrari Profile 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Shooting Brake by Vignale While the styling is controversial, this car will get invited to shows that a similarly priced 330 2+2 couldn’t dream of entering by Steve Ahlgrim Details Year produced: 1965 Number produced: One was enough Original list price: About $20,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $273,000 for a stock Series II 330 GT 2+2 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor caps: $450 each Chassis # location: Front frame tube Engine # location: On boss on right rear of engine Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 shooting brake, 1965 Aston Martin DB5 shooting brake, 1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25 shooting brake SCM Investment Grade: C Fun Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 07963 Engine number: 9269 SCM Condition for this car: 2 T his special one-off Ferrari left Ferrari’s Maranello factory in 1965 as a 330 GT Series II with Pininfarina coachwork. In 1967, the car returned to Chinetti Motors, at which time Luigi Chinetti Jr. decided to have the car rebodied in a unique shootingbrake design. Chinetti Jr. collaborated with American illustrator Bob Peak to pen the new coachwork. The car was then professionally rebodied by the experts at Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale in Turin, Italy. The one-off station wagon accommodates four passengers, each with their own bucket seat, with the added benefit of a cavernous luggage space. At this time, it was noted that the car was fitted with engine 09269. Vignale proudly displayed their work on their stand at the 50th Annual Torino Motor Show. The car was returned to Chinetti Jr., who enjoyed the car for several years before it passed through several important owners. In 2011 the unique Ferrari was purchased by Grammy Award-winning Jamiroquai front man and noted Ferrari collector “Jay Kay” Jason Cheetham. Kay displayed the car at the third Kop Hill Climb Commemoration, the 2012 Salon Privé Concours and the 2015 Cartier Style et Luxe Concours. A 300-bhp, 3,967-cc SOHC V12 engine with three Weber carburetors powers the car. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The interior is completed in tan leather. The wood dashboard houses Veglia Borletti instrumentation and features a black leather dashpad. A wood-rimmed steering wheel and Blaupunkt radio complete the interior. Power features include windows, 62 steering and brakes. The car is accompanied by hazard triangles, jack and knockoff hammer and is documented by marque specialist Marcel Massini. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 235, sold for $313,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum auction on December 8, 2018. Shooting brakes are an oddity of the auto world. Originally, a brake was a horse-drawn wagon that was used to train horses for pulling duty. The same type of wagon was sometimes used to transport wealthy hunters and their shotguns to a bird hunt, so they came to be called shooting brakes. As horse-drawn shooting brakes gave way to motor- ized versions, aristocratic landowners commissioned vehicles with an area specially constructed to carry hunters and their gear. In a game of one-upmanship, the creations often became more opulent than functional. What makes a car a shooting brake? Defining a shooting brake is more subjective than science. It’s a given that a shooting brake will have two doors and a station wagon-like rear area with side windows. That covers a lot of cars that aren’t shooting brakes — such as a Chevy Nomad. A shooting brake has a dose of drama. You see one and think, “I can’t believe they made a station wagon out of that car.” The defining factor is exclusivity. They are 1965 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage shooting brake Lot 333, s/n DB62387LNK Condition 3 Not sold at $470,000 Bonhams, Boca Raton, FL, 2/23/13 SCM# 215418 Sports Car Market 1986 Aston Martin Lagonda Series III shooting brake Lot 237, s/n 13511 Condition 2 Not sold at $247,666 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/21/16 SCM# 6803485 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 shooting brake (subject car) Lot 173, s/n 07963 Condition 2- Not sold at $475,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/19/17 SCM# 6844646 Erik Fuller ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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one-offs or part of very small production runs. In Ferrari World, there are only a few shooting brakes. Two exam- ples, our subject 330-based Vignale shooting brake and a 365 GTB/4 Daytona shooting brake, are one-offs. The Sultan of Brunei commissioned Pininfarina to build a 456GT- based shooting brake. His car was dubbed a “Venice.” The car was very attractive, so the sultan ordered a few additional examples. Start with a beater Here’s a little tip on customized, converted, and rebodied cars: Few people start a project with a great car. Projects usually start with a wrecked or run-down example, and that’s what happened with our subject car, which started life as a regular 330 GT 2+2. Early in its existence, the car was involved in some kind of trauma that necessitated major body repair and a new engine. Enter Bob Peak. Peak was an illustrator of the first order. He’s known as the father of Valuing the car is not easy. There aren’t many comps, and the market for such a car is quite thin. Gooding & Company estimated it at $700,000 to $900,000 at Pebble Beach in 2017, and they didn’t get close. RM Sotheby’s backed down their estimate to $550,000 to $750,000, but the former owner ultimately had to settle for an anemic $313,000. the modern movie poster after producing the poster for “West Side Story” and then a succession of posters for top-budget movies. He’s also known for illustrating the Marlboro Man. Peak lived near Luigi Chinetti’s Ferrari dealership and was a Ferrari enthusiast. He became friends with Luigi Chinetti Jr., and they formed Chinetti/Peak Design. The company was formed to design restaurants, but passion intervened, and custom cars crept into their portfolio. Turning chassis 07963 into a shooting brake was one of their designs. The wrecked car and some sketches were shipped to famed Italian coachbuilder Alfredo Vignale, where the sketches were turned into coachwork. Vignale was known for bold and detailed work, and the project fit his talents well. Upon completion, the Ferrari was shown at the Turin Auto Show, where it surely brought admiration for its styling — and just as surely sparked confusion about why someone would make a station wagon out of a Ferrari. The car turned out to be Vignale’s last work, as he was killed in a car crash not long after the shooting brake was completed. This car gets around I first encountered chassis 07963 in 1980 or so. It was in a dark cor- ner of a shop in Virginia. It immediately fascinated me with its juxtaposition of exotic styling, Ferrari performance and station-wagon utility. Many years later, I came across the car again in a Houston shop. The car had migrated to Texas oilman John Mecom’s collection of one-offs. Mecom also owned the Daytona Shooting Brake at the same time. The car later made its way to France, where it again was stabled with the Daytona shooting brake. Oddly, it’s an icon Like it or not, chassis 07963 is an iconic Ferrari. It is one of the few cars on the planet that is readily identified by its name alone. It has been shown at the Torino Auto Show, the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours, the Luis Vuitton Concours d’Elégance at Bagatelle, the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elégance, and The Quail. A picture of the car can be found in many serious Ferrari books. It has been a feature car in Octane magazine and a feature and cover car in Maranello World magazine. It has had celebrity ownership including a couple of Forbes List men and a famous musician. If all this history is not enough to earn respect, I can’t imagine what would. Famous — but not extremely valuable Unfortunately, when it comes to value, our subject car gets no re- spect. RM Sotheby’s sale of chassis 07963 in Los Angeles follows an unsuc- cessful offering of the car at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge sale in 2008 and at Bonhams’ Dubai sale in 2010. Gooding & Company tried their luck with the car at Pebble Beach in 2017 — with no takers. RM Sotheby’s finally got the job done at the Petersen Museum — but at a bitterly disappointing number. Valuing the car is not easy. There aren’t many comps, and the mar- ket for such a car is quite thin. Gooding & Company estimated it at $700,000 to $900,000 at Pebble Beach in 2017, and they didn’t get close. RM Sotheby’s backed down their estimate to $550,000 to $750,000, but the former owner ultimately had to settle for an anemic $313,000. While the styling is controversial, this car will get invited to shows that a similarly priced 330 2+2 couldn’t dream of entering. The seller had to leave the auction wondering why this car didn’t sell for more. The buyer left the auction basking in good fortune. Ferrari collectors in the room during the RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum sale will see the car at future shows — and then question why they didn’t hold up their hands. This was a great purchase for the buyer. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) March 2019 63


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English Profile 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide This rare roadster appears almost like a new one — because a lot of it is. That likely hurt its value a little by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1953–59 Number produced: 142 Original list price: $4,245 (Bolide) Current SCM Median Value: $425,500 Chassis # location: Plate riveted to left of firewall Engine # location: Stamped in left front of cylinder head; on plate on right rocker cover Club: Bristol Owners’ Club Web: https://boc.net/s/ More information: Bristol Cars, Kensington High Street, London W14 8NL, https:// bristolcars.co.uk Alternatives: 1954 Arnolt MG TD, 1957 Jaguar XK 150 by Bertone, 1953–55 Alfa Romeo BAT SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 404X3065 SCM Condition for this car: 2 H aving made his fortune during World War II, Chicago-based industrialist Stanley Harold “Wacky” Arnolt II was able to indulge his lifelong love of automobiles, and by 1952 was a regional BMC distributor and U.S. distributor for Bristol cars. In 1952, a visit to Carrozzeria Bertone led to Arnolt buying a stake in the Italian company and arranging manufacture of Bertone-bodied Arnolt MGs. Bertone’s elegant coupe and cabriolet on the MG TD chassis had been first exhibited at the 1951 Geneva Salon. These cars were enthusiastically received by Arnolt, who saw the Bertone-bodied TD as meeting the U.S. market’s requirement for a luxury MG: a car possessing that all-important octagon badge yet blessed with something above the spartan level of equipment usually associated with the Abingdon marque’s sports cars. Two hundred cars were ordered, though production eventually totaled 65 coupés and 37 cabriolets. Arnolt’s next venture made use of the Bristol con- nection, the U.K. manufacturer’s 404 chassis getting the Bertone treatment in 1953 courtesy of newly arrived stylist, Franco Scaglione. The Bristol possessed one of the finest chassis of its day. Its 1,971-cc 6-cylinder engine was based on that of the pre-war BMW 328, which featured an ingenious cylinder head, designed by Rudolf Schleicher, that incorporated hemispherical combustion chambers and inclined valves without recourse to overhead or twin camshafts. 64 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 16, sold for $337,322, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ New Bond Street sale in London, U.K., on December 1, 2018. The Arnolt-Bristol wasn’t quite Stanley’s “next” ven- ture. Before that came a small batch of Arnolt-Astons based on DB2/4s, although Aston Martin stamped out further sales after the first three were built. Then there was the Arnolt Bentley, built by Bertone on a 1953 R-type Continental chassis for Arnolt’s personal use. It looked like a larger version of the Arnolt-MG, as it was also styled by Michelotti. Lots of choices for lots of money Arnolt-Bristols, built on a shortened 404 chassis with 403 running gear, were available in four body styles: • The Competition, which was a stripped road racer. • The Bolide, which was slightly better appointed — with a proper windshield. • The Deluxe, which got side windows, convertible top, outside door handles, instruments mounted in a housing in front of the driver and a glovebox in the dash. • The Coupe, with pop-up headlights. Six were built; Hollywood star Lee Marvin owned one of them. Prices as per a 1956 factory letter were $3,995 for the competition model, $4,245 for the Bolide, $4,995 for the Deluxe ($1,800 more than a Corvette) and $5,995 for the coupe. 1954 Arnolt-Bristol “prototype” Lot 150, s/n 404X3000 Condition 2 Sold at $324,500 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/17 SCM# 6827705 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Lot 24, s/n 404X3033 Condition 1Sold at $449,885 Bonhams, Zoute, BEL, 10/4/18 SCM# 6880073 1957 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Lot 169, s/n 404X3074 l Condition 3+ Sold at $286,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 10/12/16 SCM# 271659 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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Arnolt’s advertising of the time — “Always ready for action” — boasted that the car could go from the supermarket to the start line without even a plug change. Ads also said the cars had finished 1st, 2nd and 4th in the 2-liter class for the second year in a row at the 1956 12 Hours of Sebring, and crowbarred in a sneaky plug for Sandoz, which made the dye for the sophisticated-looking model’s bright yellow sweater. Despite the racing successes, the cars did not sell well, and the last, fitted with four headlights, wasn’t sold until 1968. A total of 142 were built, although 12 were destroyed in a warehouse fire. About 85 are thought to still exist. No history and lots of new bits Our subject car was presented as an effectively new car. There wasn’t any vintage history offered with chassis 404X3065. When the car’s known history began, it had a small-block Chevy, as was the fate of several other Bolides. Our subject car also sported flared arches under bright red paint, which covered wide chrome wheels with raised-white-letter BFGs. The nose had been rather chopped about, with altered headlight mountings. According to the Bristol Cars owners and enthusiasts’ forum, in 2010 our subject car was in the hands of Jim Dahl in California. Later it was acquired by Bristol, presumably to restore for its own collection, but the company’s fortunes have always fluctuated, and in 2014 it was sold on. Much of the originality is gone Starting in 2016, the car was restored at Adam Redding Classic Cars in Buckinghamshire, with all-new nose and front wings in steel by Gary Pitney at GP Panelcraft. It needed new floors (the tunnel is original), dash panel and a new honeycomb-aluminum bulkhead/toeboard. Most of the rear bodywork is original, as are the doors, sills and aluminum trunk lid. Traces of the original paint were found, and the car was repainted to match. The grille is a replica, bought from a man who had 10, as he planned to build a series of re-creations. The NOS Bristol hubcaps were found on eBay for £26 a pop, although the replica enamel badges for their centers cost rather more. The front brakes are from a Jaguar XK 120, using Bristol’s own drums. Incredibly, new drums were found in Bristol’s stores for £17.50 each — the price hadn’t been updated for decades, according to John Simister’s article in Octane (February 2018) that detailed the car’s restoration. The engine is the correct B2 three-carb type, although it is not original to the car. It was sourced from the small ads, having been in a Cooper-Bristol GP car, rebuilt by Bristol veteran Mike Robinson to correct 130-bhp spec. The car wears a beautifully crafted six-branch manifold that’s rather more freeform than the straight-rigged original pair of triples. The car also has an aluminum foam-filled competition fuel tank March 2019 65 (with original filler cap welded over the FIA-approved inner cap), an aluminum radiator and an oil cooler, so it’s suitable for historic events, including the Mille Miglia — for which it is eligible. Prior to the sale it was advertised by Abbeyfield Sports & Classics Limited of Chertsey, west of London. An uphill battle against Brexit This was one of only 11 sellers out of 29 cars offered at this auction (there’s a physical limit of about 35 cars inside Bonhams’ flagship Deco headquarters in Mayfair, and getting them in and out during the West End shopping season is a logistical headache). What cars did sell at New Bond Street went for good money, and many of those that did not sell were frankly over-estimated in today’s market — although that’s not Bonhams’ fault. The catalog was finalized several weeks before the sale, during which time all U.K. markets took another downturn amid the disintegrating Brexit negotiations. Therefore, the lower estimate, close to where the reserve usually lies, probably would have been nearer the £230k ($295k) top bid that was accepted had the catalog been produced the day before the sale, rather than the published £250k ($320k) decided several weeks earlier. It’s worth bearing in mind that £250k at 2016 (pre-Brexit vote) prices would have been $360k, not $320k. Fairly sold at this price This car sold for the right money because: • They’re rare, and don’t come to market often. • It is potentially Mille Miglia eligible, although the event is tougher to get into every year. • It was cheaper than the Zoute car (s/n 3033, see Comps) because, while that was rusty and flaking before restoration, it was very original rather than having been chopped about. Everyone should have come away happy from this deal; it’s likely that nobody got burnt, and the buyer now has — at a reasonable price — a rare sports car with super handling that is eligible for all the best events. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV It looks the part, but an SV needs to tick more boxes to get more bucks by Simon Kidston Details Years produced: 1971–72 Number produced: 148 Current SCM Median Valuation: $2,358,000 Tune-up cost: $3k-plus Chassis # location: Front chassis cross-member Engine # location: In between heads, centered on block Alternatives: 1969–73 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, 1974–78 Lamborghini LP400 Countach, 1969–71 Lamborghini Miura S SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Lot 134, s/n 4920 Condition 1- Chassis number: 4912 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ U.S.A. Notably, it was the only Miura SV to be finished C in that color. It is one of 11 single-sump Miura SVs to be fitted from new by the factory with optional air conditioning and one of just five examples equipped as such delivered stateside. Since returning from many years in Japan, it has been the recipient of a full cosmetic restoration to original colors by Bodie Stroud, and mechanical work was done by the owner’s personal shop, which services many street and race cars. During this time, the engine was reported to have strong compression, so only top-end work was carried out. All electronics were looked after, and even a correct SV steering column was sourced. Since completion, it has been shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the San Marino Motor Classic, and the Father’s Day show on Rodeo Drive. When shown, it was only for display and not judged. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 200, sold for $2,205,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Petersen Museum Sale in Los Angeles, CA, on December 8, 2018. To a new generation of collectors, understanding the market is a numbers game. How much is it worth? How much will it be worth tomorrow? To help predict that, how many were made? And if it’s modern, how little has 66 ompleted on October 29, 1971, this P400 SV, chassis no. 4912, was originally finished in Bleu Medio over a Pelle Bleu interior and was shipped new to the U.S. through Modena Car it been used? The auction catalog tells us that this Miura SV is one of only 11 of this sub-variant made, of which five were delivered to the United States. It also suggests it’s the only one originally painted this color. Lots of numbers to consider. Fast, nimble and rare Let’s start at the beginning. Most enthusiasts know the SV was the final Miura incarnation, and it addressed many of the model’s shortcomings. The chassis is stiffer, the rear track and wheels are wider, the nose-down attitude makes it more stable at speed, and the factory claimed a few extra horses. From an owner/driver’s perspective, it certainly feels more planted than earlier cars, especially around Sold at $2,177,500 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/24/18 SCM# 6877305 Red (original), matching numbers, Euro-spec (U.S. indicators added later), single sump, a/c. Older restoration not wearing well 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Lot 75, s/n 5050 Condition 1 Sold at $2,388,400 ($2,538,630 on the day) Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/10/17 SCM# 6817164 Non-original red (was desirable Luci del Bosco, metallic brown), matching numbers, Euro-spec, split sump, limited-slip differential, a/c, European taxes paid. Tired — with that spec, deserves a total Italian restoration 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV (same car and notations as first Comp above) Lot 22, s/n 4920 Condition 2 Sold at $2,255,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA. 8/20/16 SCM# 6804243 Sports Car Market Karissa Hosek ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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corners. In over 20 years and 40,000 km (24,854 miles) with mine, the backside has always behaved itself even on flat-out journeys. Any power increase is debatable, as it was easier to reprint a brochure than blueprint an engine. Whatever the practical benefits, the market prizes the looks and rarity (148 made) of the SV, and it’s worth roughly double a P400 or S model. Now for the details. A less-valuable U.S.-spec car The SV was the only Miura built under the U.S. government’s tough new safety and emissions regime. That meant cars headed stateside were built to a different spec — and it wasn’t one of the original designers’ choosing. The added rectangular sidelights, octagonal wheel nuts shorn of eared spinners, and environment-friendly exhaust did nothing to enhance power or aesthetics — just as Ferrari’s Daytona suffered the same emasculation. Our subject car was originally U.S. spec, but subsequent owners have modified it to look like a Euro-spec SV, removing the sidelights, fitting a km/h speedometer, etc. Nobody ever does the opposite, as Euro-spec versions of most classics are more desirable than the U.S. market equivalent. What the catalog doesn’t mention is that after the first 54 SVs, Lamborghini separated the engine and gearbox sumps to allow different oils to be used. The last 96 SVs built are known as split-sump models, and this detail, although of little practical value in modern use, adds value. Air conditioning is an option that divides opinion. This car has it, and U.S. buyers liked it. Such cars make do with a single, 12-point engine distributor rather than twin six-point units to make space for the a/c compressor. However, to get air, it relies on a single condenser set in the tiny left sill vent, and then exits via three vents on the right of the dashboard, so any cooling effect is limited. I prefer non-a/c cars, but it’s very personal. Old Lamborghini records weren’t kept in the “German style” of today, so it’s understandable the author thought this was the only SV originally painted Bleu Medio (medium blue). However, the same paint Our subject car was originally U.S. spec, but subsequent owners have modified it to look like a Euro-spec SV, removing the sidelights, fitting a km/h speedometer, etc. Nobody ever does the opposite, as Euro-spec versions of most classics are more desirable than the U.S. market equivalent. code (2-446-013) was actually used on three SVs, even though the name it was given varied: Bleu Medio, Blue Acrilico and Bleu Miura. Some missing bits Last but not least, condition. Miuras haven’t been multi-million- dollar cars for as long as some rival Ferraris, so the network of experts able to restore them hasn’t had time to thrive in the same way. In my experience, there is nothing to beat a car restored in its home country, preferably by people who have worked upon them all their lives (and who, take note, are seldom employed at the original factory any longer). The subject car took a lot of cosmetic poetic license, and an owner’s shop inevitably doesn’t have the level of model familiarity that a one-make specialist does. Why, in passing, didn’t our subject have its correct steering column before? I’m sure it drives well, but you need to tick all the boxes — not just some — to get all the money. Fairly bought, fairly sold, with financial room for improvement although it’ll always be a decent-spec SV rather than “the” SV. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $3,000,000 $2,500,000 $2,000,000 $2,090,000 $1,500,000 $1,469,272 $1,000,000 $500,000 $0 March 2019 2013 2014 2015 2016 N/A 2017 67 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV $2,475,000 $2,255,000 This sale: $2,205,000


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German Profile Column Author 1958 BMW 507 3.2 Series II Roadster A rather large premium was paid to own Albrecht Graf von Goertz’s personal BMW 507 by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1956–59 Number produced: 253 Original list price: About $11,000 Current SCM Median Valuation $2,750,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Plate on the firewall, stamping on the chassis near right front suspension pickup point Engine # location: On the right side of the block, about the middle Club: BMW Car Club of America Web: bmwcca.org Alternatives: 1957–63 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, 1954–55 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America, 1956 Maserati A6G spider SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 70100 SCM Condition for this car: 2- in a letter from BMW Group Classic. On February 10, 1958, the BMW was registered to Kommerzienrat Fritz Quester, Vienna. The original exterior color was silvergray. No records exist for the succeeding decade or so. By mid-June 1971, the BMW was owned by no G less a person than its designer, Count Albrecht Graf von Goertz, as recorded in documents issued by the Customs Office, Koblenz, on June 16, 1971. Not long after its acquisition (in August 1972) the car was fitted with a replacement engine at Autohaus Martini, as evidenced by their letter to one Klaus Schubert of Berlin, acting for Goertz. BMW’s guarantee for the new engine is on file also. The next owner (from May 15, 1985) is documented, the last licensing stamp in the relevant Fahrzeugbrief being dated October 1990. It is understood that the BMW was then extensively restored in the 1990s before passing on April 19, 2000, to a new owner. Described by the vendor as in good, restored condi- tion, chassis 70100 represents a rare opportunity to own one of these exclusive BMW sports cars — rarer than a Mercedes-Benz 300SL. 68 lamorous and ultra-rare, this beautiful Series II example was delivered new on January 27, 1958, to the BMW agent Wolfgang Denzel in Vienna, Austria — as confirmed SCM Analysis This car, Lot 28, sold for $3,018,678 (£2,367,000 at £1=$1.28) at Bonhams’ Bond Street Sale in London, U.K., on December 1, 2018. “Schon gesehen” is German for “déjà vu.” I’ve got that feeling as I write this. Twice before, I have contributed profiles to SCM about sales of BMW 507s, in the February 2008 (p. 58) and June 2014 (p. 74) issues. The latter was, in fact, a dual profile, comparing and contrasting the sale of two 507s at Amelia Island 2014, one at Gooding & Company and the other at RM Auctions. I rambled on in both previous columns about the at- tributes of value that come together to make the 507 a desirable collecting object. I concentrated on the most important one up until recently, which is its beauty. That is directly tied to the prime mover in any purchase decision — emotion. In my most humble opinion, he or she who cannot be stirred by a beautiful object certainly shouldn’t own it. Provenance is critical Looking through the SCM Platinum Auction Database, it’s quickly apparent that the 507 has hovered around the million-dollar mark from the time RM Auctions broke the threshold with a rather tired — but Sports Car Market 1958 BMW 507 Series II convertible Lot 134, s/n 70127 Condition 3 Sold at $2,192,308 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/7/18 SCM# 6858259 1957 BMW 507 convertible (Surtees car) Lot 330, s/n 70067 Condition 2- Sold at $5,012,433 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 7/13/18 SCM# 6874843 1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster Lot 152, s/n 70156 Condition 1- Sold at $2,420,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/14 SCM# 239145 Courtesy of Bonhams


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original — example at their Villa Erba sale in Italy in May 2011. Prices escalated from there to the $2 million range by 2014, and we began to look for particular “breakout” examples to come to market. So what constitutes the criteria for a breakout car in a batch of only 253? Condition alone is unlikely to be a determining factor. So many of these cars have been restored to a spectacular level, some beyond that of their original build. The last two auction sales of this model have brought to the fore What constitutes the criteria for a breakout car in a batch of only 253? Condition alone is unlikely to be a determining factor. ... The last two auction sales of this model have brought to the fore another attribute, one which carries considerable weight in any collectible market. That is provenance. another attribute, one which carries considerable weight in any collectible market. That is provenance. Far beyond a simple continuous history of ownership, noted or ce- lebrity ownership of a car can often create its own market level. Just think of Steve McQueen. For the BMW 507, perhaps only the BMW Classic-owned Elvis Presley car might come close to the most prized example of all — that delivered new to John Surtees. The car was a partial gift from Count Agusta, for whom Surtees had won the World Championship of Motorcycles, and the soon-to-be Formula One champion would keep his 1957 BMW until his death in 2017. Quite expectedly, it set an all-time record for a BMW at auction, selling for $5,012,433 (£3,809,500), nearly double the low estimate at Bonhams’ Goodwood sale in July 2018. So we now know the market for the ultimate one-famous-owner- from-new 507. Another famous owner Where does it go from here? Our subject car sold for nearly $3 mil- lion, which is not much higher than the Surtees-inflated SCM Pocket Price Guide median value. In the Bonhams catalog, the key selling point for chassis 70100 was Albrecht Graf Goertz’s past ownership — the extra “Count” in the catalog description is curious. Without a doubt, the 507 he designed for BMW at the urging of Max Hoffman not only became his calling card, but his masterpiece. So what is the delta for owning Goertz’s own 507? Apparently a great deal more than I would have suspected. Our subject car’s story When we look at the details of this car, the following emerges: It was a color change from the original — and rather attractive — silver gray to red. It has had an engine replacement when it was 16 years old, but it was a BMW factory-supplied unit. Goertz seems to have waited until he was 57 years old to buy a 507, which seems curious. He kept the car for 14 years and sold it when he was 71, so it’s safe to say he must have enjoyed it. He did live until he was 92, however. There are apparently no records of ownership in the 13 years between the time it was sold new and Goertz’s purchase, and after it was sold on, the last restoration was done in the 1990s. In the catalog photos, the car seems to present well, with the excep- tion of the white interior upholstery, which appeared a bit worn, saggy and soiled. So a sharp, concours-ready example it was not. It might be quite us- able for tours and rallies, but it mostly seemed to be offered as a conversational piece. And by the conventional rules of collecting and value, a rather large premium may have been paid for those chatting rights. In comparison, the buyer of the Surtees 507 got quite the bargain. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) $5,000,000 $6,000,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1958 BMW 507 Roadster $3,000,000 $4,000,000 $2,420,000 $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 March 2019 2014 $1,815,000 $2,229,989 $2,750,000 $5,012,433 This sale: $3,018,678 2015 2016 2017 2018 69


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German Profile The Cumberford Perspective The BMW 507 was designed with low production costs in mind. The result was spectacular 3 2 By Robert Cumberford 1 I was employed as a sports-car designer when the enchanting BMW 507 appeared It embodied all the characteristics I wanted to se in non-racing 2-seaters. I simply overwhelmed all other production sports cars of the time. It was exceptionally svelte, clean and lean. I loved it then and still do. To claim it a German or European design is simply wrong. Albrecht Graf Goertz escaped Nazi Germany for America in 1935 and had been deeply immersed in American hot rod and custom-car concepts for 20 years — even running a custom shop on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive. With wheels at the outer edge of the volume, the BMW 507 shape is the antithesis of Germany’s then-extant sports cars, products of the fat, flat-bottomed “cow pie” school of design, their wheels tucked far inside inflated skins. At the end of the 1950s, I worked for Goertz in Manhattan. Walking into his office each morning and seeing the magnificent, red quarter-scale 507 model that set the tone of our workspace was a joy. I’d hoped he would obtain another car contract, but after a year or so I’d had enough of designing kitchen equipment and left his employ. We remained lifelong friends. Although he did other good cars, none equaled this extraordinary masterpiece. ♦ 70 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Transforming the tradi- tional two-part BMW grille from vertical to horizontal was the most significant stylistic departure of the 507 — and all later BMWs. 2 Leaning the grille back at the bottom allowed a much longer hood profile, and it cut down the lower body’s volume by increasing ground clearance beneath. 3 A fairly vertical wind- shield angle accomplished the same purpose — a much longer hood. 4 The rear fenders are significantly higher than the central body. 5 The front side outlets are an important bit of body jewelry on an otherwise completely unadorned body side. 6 Simple steel wheels were required by the intended $3,995 selling price Max Hoffman asked Goertz to achieve. But knockoff hubs increased the cost. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The extremely simple bumper was another aspect of intended cost cutting. The body below the bumper was greatly diminished for the same reason. 8 Taillights were sym- metrical in the interest of reducing tooling costs. 9 The sun visors are half- round in section to fit tightly around the windshield frame — an elegant and practical alternative to tradition. 10 The “speed streaks” stamped into the sheet metal also reduce costs, requiring no hardware and no additional tooling. 11 The front fenders were strongly pointed, giving a linear thrust to the body, quite different to the Porsche and Mercedes-Benz sports cars of the time. 12 Having the lower fender profile far above the ground plane was quite radical for the period, and it made for the lean, spare impression that characterizes the 507. 9 10 INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The bare, almost austere aspect of the nearly flat instrument panel is very much part of the effort to keep the retail price at a relatively low level. The instrument cluster was intended to be usable for right-hand-drive models. The molded plastic steering wheel with its abbreviated two-part horn ring was part of the same cost-cutting effort that controlled the 507’s design. It was quite comfortable and spacious for a mid-1950s touring sports car. The sharp edges of the low central scoop — with its two-part grille — provide directionality to the view forward. 4 5 6 11 8 12 7 Sports Car Market


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American Profile 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz This car passed the Mink Test and the test of time — and rode its once-derided fenders to a huge price by Elana Scherr Details Year produced: 1959 Number produced: 1,320 Original list price: $7,400 Current SCM Median Valuation: $165,000 Tune-up cost: $175 Chassis # location: Frame (right-hand side), door pillar (left-hand side, center) Engine # location: On left-hand side of the block Club: Cadillac LaSalle Club Web: www.59-60cadillacs.com, http:// forums.cadillaclasalleclub.org Alternatives: 1959 Chrysler 300E, 1959 Chrysler Imperial, 1959 Lincoln Continental SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 59E091727 SCM Condition for this car: 2 • One of 1,320 produced • Height of the era’s design • Striking black-and-red color combo • 345-hp Tri-Power 390-ci V8 • High-tech features styling of Harley Earl. While the 1959 Eldorado was controversial and misunderstood in its heyday, the collectors and critics of today agree that it possesses an unmatched combination of power, presence and extravagance. B 72 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 187, sold for $324,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum Auction in Los Angeles, CA, on December 8, 2018. Imagine for a moment driving on a road along a coastline. The wind is in your hair, the car floats over the bumps like a yacht on calm waters, and you are, or are with, someone fabulously wealthy with taste to match. This is the line Cadillac has always sold, and it still applies — at least to Cadillac models like our subject, the 1959 Eldorado Biarritz. y the late 1950s, Cadillac reigned supreme over the full-sized luxury-car market in North America with exciting products that featured advanced engineering and the leading-edge If you have even the slightest doubt that Cadillacs were meant for people of means, allow me to remind you that one of the quality-assessment tests done in designing a Caddy was called “The Mink Test.” The test involved rubbing expensive weasel pelts across the interior to make sure that the fur coats that the owner and passenger would surely be wearing wouldn’t snag on any seat trim. While it won’t catch on your clothes, a classic Cadillac will definitely catch the eye. The height of fins and flashiness was the 1959 Eldorado Biarritz. Cadillac purists may prefer the earlier years of Harley Earl’s design reign, with their delicate window pillars, streamlined fenders and V16 engines, but for a car that epitomizes the American optimism and enthusiasm of the post-war era, collectors can’t resist the chrome and rockets of 1959. Fins forever During World War II, U.S. auto manufacturers didn’t design or build new cars, but that doesn’t mean that the design teams weren’t thinking about them. When the war ended in 1945, designers went to work with heads full of fighter planes, which manifested in the cars they penned. The first automotive tailfins were inspired by a trip 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Lot S63, s/n 58E034885 Condition 3- Not sold at $70,000 SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/12/18 SCM# 6882271 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Lot 36, s/n 59E101397 Condition 2 Sold at $165,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/17 SCM# 6816882 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Lot 491, s/n 59E093086 Condition 1Sold at $189,750 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/27/15 SCM# 264829 Sports Car Market ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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to see Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning. The sleek plane’s tails showed up as rounded protrusions on the 1948 Cadillac. Although fins would later become a Harley Earl signature, it’s said that his initial response to the ’48 was to demand their removal. The designers resisted, Earl forgave, and the rest is sky-high hi Fins became so popular that aftermarket companies offered we reproductions so owners of pathetic, finless machines could ge classy Caddy look. By the mid-1950s, there was a full-on fin war It’s a little startling to realize that our subject Caddy’s fins were considered garish and excessive for decades, but now they’re a symbol of a time and place in American life. We will never see fins like these on a moder car, but they’re special on this car. And they help make this car very collectible. stylists expanding the rear fenders to cloud-cutting heights. The fin frenzy culminated in the undisputed finner winner — the Eldorado. The peak of this massive fin, adorned with glowing taillights, was 42 inches above the pavement. Eldorado with everything The Eldorado wasn’t just a pretty pair of fenders. It was packed with cutting-edge technology for the time. Items such as cruise control, automatic signal-seeking radio, power windows and multi-way climate control were all available, and in most cases, standard. Our subject Caddy also came with the stylish-for-its-time Autronic Eye automatic headlight dimmer. If you think all the chrome and wiring made for a heavy machine, you’re right. The ’59 Caddy will swing the needle to 5,000 pounds and then some. Despite its weight, the Eldorado got good reviews for performance, thanks to a 390-ci V8 and three 2-barrel carburetors to feed it. Since shifting oneself was for the working class, Cadillac had stopped offering a manual transmission in the early ‘50s. It was a 3-speed HydraMatic transmission or nothing for Eldorado owners. All this luxury wasn’t cheap. A brand-new Eldorado Biarritz cost $7,401, and while Cadillac produced more than 138,000 Cadillacs in 1959, only 1,320 of them were drop-top Eldorados, making not just the car, but also the parts to restore one, quite rare. Well sold Even if you divide it by fin — $162,000 per side — this Eldorado sold for a high price. It is a nicely restored car, in a desirable black-with-red interior color combo, but it’s a bench-seat car, rather than the rarer bucket option, which means a bucket-seat car could expect to sell for even more. RM Sotheby’s Chief Marketing Officer Ian Kelleher explained the car’s performance on the block by pointing out that there were several March 2019 $100,000 $0 e Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning. The sleek plane’s tails showed up as rounded protrusions on the 1948 Ca see Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning. The sleek plane’s tails showed up as rounded protrusions on the 1948 Cadillac. Although fins would later become a Harley Earl signature, it’s said that his initial response to the ’48 was to demand their removal. The designers resisted, Earl forgave, and the rest is sky-high hi Fins became so popular that aftermarket companies offered we reproductions so owners of pathetic, finless machines could ge classy Caddy look. By the mid-1950s, there was a full-on fin war It’s a little startling to realize that our subject Caddy’s fins were considered garish and excessive for decades, but now they’re a symbol of a time and place in American life. We will never see fins like these on a moder car, but they’re special on this car. And they help make this car very collectible. stylists expanding the rear fenders to cloud-cutting heights. The fin frenzy culminated in the undisputed finner winner — the Eldorado. The peak of this massive fin, adorned with glowing taillights, was 42 inches above the pavement. Eldorado with everything The Eldorado wasn’t just a pretty pair of fenders. It was packed with cutting-edge technology for the time. Items such as cruise control, auto- matic signal-seeking radio, power windows and multi-way climate con- trol were all available, and in most cases, standard. Our subject Caddy also came with the stylish-for-its-time Autronic Eye automatic headlight dimmer. If you think all the chrome and wiring made for a heavy machine, you’re right. The ’59 Caddy will swing the needle to 5,000 pounds and then some. Despite its weight, the Eldorado got good reviews for perfor- mance, thanks to a 390-ci V8 and three 2-barrel carburetors to feed it. Since shifting oneself was for the working class, Cadillac had stopped offering a manual transmission in the early ‘50s. It was a 3-speed Hydra- Matic transmission or nothing for Eldorado owners. All this luxury wasn’t cheap. A brand-new Eldorado Biarritz cost $7,401, and while Cadillac produced more than 138,000 Cadillacs in 1959, only 1,320 of them were drop-top Eldorados, making not just the car, but also the parts to restore one, quite rare. Well sold Even if you divide it by fin — $162,000 per side — this Eldorado sold for a high price. It is a nicely restored car, in a desirable black-with-red interior color combo, but it’s a bench-seat car, rather than the rarer bucket option, which means a bucket-seat car could expect to sell for even more. RM Sotheby’s Chief Marketing Officer Ian Kelleher explained the car’s performance on the block by pointing out that there were several March 2019 $100,000 $0 was was the black-over-red color combination. When you find an example in this kind of condition — you buy it.” It’s a little startling to realize that our subject Caddy’s fins were considered garish and excessive for decades, but now they’re a symbol of a time and place in American life. We will never see fins like these on a modern car, but they’re special on this car. And they help make this car very collectible. Well done by the seller, but the new owner did well too. The new drivers have a car they know can be used in comfort — even while driving in fur coats — and they will never fail to be the center of attention. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) $400,000 $300,000 $255,750 $200,000 $220,000 $220,000 $220,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $390,500 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible This sale: $324,000 interested parties bidding on the convertible. Kelleher said the car’s combination of late-1950s glamour and re- cent appearance on the market added to its appeal, but in his opinion, o see Lockheed’s P-38 ee Lockheed’s P-38 Lightning. The sleek plane’s tails showed up as rounded protrusions on the 1948 Cadillac. Although fins would later become a Harley Earl signature, it’s said that his initial response to the ’48 was to demand their removal. The designers resisted, Earl forgave, and the rest is sky-high hi Fins became so popular that aftermarket companies offered we reproductions so owners of pathetic, finless machines could ge classy Caddy look. By the mid-1950s, there was a full-on fin war It’s a little startling to realize that our subject Caddy’s fins were considered garish and excessive for decades, but now they’re a symbol of a time and place in American life. We will never see fins like these on a moder car, but they’re special on this car. And they help make this car very collectible. stylists expanding the rear fenders to cloud-cutting heights. The fin frenzy culminated in the undisputed finner winner — the Eldorado. The peak of this massive fin, adorned with glowing taillights, was 42 inches above the pavement. Eldorado with everything The Eldorado wasn’t just a pretty pair of fenders. It was packed with cutting-edge technology for the time. Items such as cruise control, auto- matic signal-seeking radio, power windows and multi-way climate con- trol were all available, and in most cases, standard. Our subject Caddy also came with the stylish-for-its-time Autronic Eye automatic headlight dimmer. If you think all the chrome and wiring made for a heavy machine, you’re right. The ’59 Caddy will swing the needle to 5,000 pounds and then some. Despite its weight, the Eldorado got good reviews for perfor- mance, thanks to a 390-ci V8 and three 2-barrel carburetors to feed it. Since shifting oneself was for the working class, Cadillac had stopped offering a manual transmission in the early ‘50s. It was a 3-speed Hydra- Matic transmission or nothing for Eldorado owners. All this luxury wasn’t cheap. A brand-new Eldorado Biarritz cost $7,401, and while Cadillac produced more than 138,000 Cadillacs in 1959, only 1,320 of them were drop-top Eldorados, making not just the car, but also the parts to restore one, quite rare. Well sold Even if you divide it by fin — $162,000 per side — this Eldorado sold for a high price. It is a nicely restored car, in a desirable black-with-red interior color combo, but it’s a bench-seat car, rather than the rarer bucket option, which means a bucket-seat car could expect to sell for even more. RM Sotheby’s Chief Marketing Officer Ian Kelleher explained the car’s performance on the block by pointing out that there were several March 2019 $100,000 $0 was the black-over-red color combina- tion. When you find an example in this kind of condition — you buy it.” It’s a little startling to realize that our subject Caddy’s fins were considered garish and excessive for decades, but now they’re a symbol of a time and place in American life. We will never see fins like these on a modern car, but they’re special on this car. And they help make this car very collectible. Well done by the seller, but the new owner did well too. The new drivers have a car they know can be used in comfort — even while driv- ing in fur coats — and they will never fail to be the center of attention. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) $400,000 $300,000 $255,750 $200,000 $220,000 $220,000 $220,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $390,500 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible This sale: $324,000 interested parties bidding on the convertible. Kelleher said the car’s combination of late-1950s glamour and re- cent appearance on the market added to its appeal, but in his opinion, 2013 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 73


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Race Car Profile 1956 Ferrari 290 MM by Scaglietti This car sold for a relatively short amount of money for a truly important and exciting example by Thor Thorson Details Year built: 1956 Number built: Four Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $25 million Engine # location: Right rear of block Chassis # location: Front left frame tube Club: Ferrari Owners Club More: www.ferrariownersclub.org Alternatives: 1955–56 Maserati 300S, 1957 Maserati 450S, 1956 Ferrari 860 Monza SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 0628 Engine number: 0628 SCM Condition for this car: 2 W ithin the hierarchy of Enzo-era Ferraris, the sports racing barchettas of the mid-1950s are amongst the most significant cars to wear the Cavallino Rampante. The Works- campaigned examples are especially significant, as they often finished at the front of the pack at the most grueling races, piloted by the most talented drivers. Chassis 0628 is no exception to the rule. It boasts an enviable racing history on three continents with many of the greatest drivers of its decade. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 241, sold for $22,005,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum sale on December 8, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. Let’s start by stating the basic conundrum: Yeah, $22 million is one heck of a lot of money, but it is not even close to what a mediocre 250 Testa Rossa would be expected to bring, and the Ferrari 290 MM is far rarer, more exotic and has better racing history than all but the best of the TRs. What is going on here? Is this 290 MM really worth less than the newer, sim- pler cars, or is something else going on? Is the market for “crown jewels” starting to soften — or are we looking at the wrong things? I think that there are reasonable answers to these 74 questions, but making sense is going to involve getting familiar with the various evolutionary paths that sports racing Ferraris followed through the 1950s. It all starts with the engines As a point of beginning, it is useful to understand Ferrari’s engines in this period. Although the variations seem almost infinite, there were four basic ones: a small and a large V12 and the same for inline 4s. The small V12 is generally referred to as the Colombo 250 engine after the designer and its displacement per cylinder, and it is limited by its design to 3 liters. The large V12 is referred to as the Lampredi V12, and it is a very different engine. It is a monobloc design (cylinders and heads in a single casting) instead of the conventional block with removable heads of the Colombo. This engine was built anywhere from 3 to well over 4 liters. These shared a chain-driven SOHC valvetrain approach, which made them suitable for road or competition use, although some of the last Lampredi racing engines were 4-cams. The 4-cylinder engines were Lampredi designs, also small and large, with the small either 2 or 2.5 liter (500 and 625) and the large being mostly 3 liter (750) with a few 3.4 liter (860). They shared a twin-cam architecture and used a gear-tower cam drive, which made them unsuitable for road use. Sports Car Market 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport roadster Lot 37, s/n 0592CM Condition 1- Sold at $23,000,000 Rick Cole Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/14 SCM# 244979 1957 Ferrari 335 S racer Lot 170, s/n 0674 Condition 1- Sold at $35,930,639 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/5/16 SCM# 270833 1956 Ferrari 290 MM racer Lot 221, s/n 0626 Condition 3+ Sold at $28,050,000 RM Sotheby’s, New York, NY, 12/10/15 SCM# 270245 Remi Dargegen ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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They were light, high torque, and relatively powerful units that an- chored much of Ferrari’s Formula car and sports racing efforts into 1956. Ferrari attempted a 6-cylinder version of the big four in 1955, but it proved unreliable and was abandoned. Three generations The sports racing Ferraris of the 1950s can be thought of as three distinct generations. The first generation was not fundamentally different than the road cars. They had ladder frames with live rear axles and essentially the same bodywork as the street versions. They were exclusively V12 powered. Starting in 1954, the pure racers began to diverge from the street cars, with the racers getting more-sophisticated frame designs, transaxles, de Dion rear suspensions, ultra-lightweight bodies without provision for weather protection or normal road use, and primarily 4-cylinder engines. This lasted until what I call the Italian horsepower wars got serious beginning in 1956. Into 1957 both Ferrari and Maserati built bigger and more-powerful engines until Alfonso de Portago’s fateful accident at the 1957 Mille Miglia brought it all to a screeching halt. I refer to this group of cars as the second generation of Ferrari racers, and it is our primary focus today. The Mille Miglia accident, which killed de Portago, his co-driver, and nine spectators, marked the end of an era as well as the Mille Miglia. Both the Italian government and the FIA outlawed racing en- I think that the basic deal is that the second-generation V12 cars are much more difficult to sell than Testa Rossas. There are only a few of each second-gen V12 car, so they are harder to understand (or explain to your buddies), and generally aren’t quite as pretty. gines over 3 liters starting in 1958, which marked the end of the secondgeneration Ferrari racers. Forced to return to 3-liter horsepower, they chose to abandon the transaxle complexity of the Monza/Sport series and tried putting a 250 Colombo engine into one of the smaller, live axle, 2-liter 500 TRC chassis that were designed primarily for privateer use. Thus the 250 Testa Rossa was born, and with it the third generation of racing Ferraris. The Horsepower Wars To understand our subject 290 MM, we need to go back and spend more time with the Horsepower Wars. Ferrari entered the 1955 season committed to the 750 Monza as its mainstay, with the new 6-cylinder 121 LM for fast tracks such as Le Mans. The 6-cylinder engine had lots of power, but it never really worked and was quickly abandoned, leaving Ferrari stuck for a big gun. They responded by developing the 3.4-liter 860 Monza late in the season, which was an excellent engine, but was as big as any 4-cylinder design could possibly get. Mercedes-Benz withdrew from racing at the end of 1955. With Jaguar only interested in Le Mans, that left Ferrari and Maserati as the only serious contenders for the 1956 championship, and both companies took it very seriously. Maserati had the excellent 300S and were known to be developing a 4.5-liter V8, so Ferrari had to rethink its approach to keep up with the horsepower race. The 860 Monza had the horsepower for the time being, but it couldn’t get any bigger, so the new chief engineer Vittorio Jano revised the Lampredi V12 to twin ignition for greater efficiency and installed it into the 860 Monza chassis to create the 290 MM. Aside from the engine (and some hood bumps), the cars were identi- cal. March 2019 Our subject car — chassis 0628 — spent the 1956 season as an 860 Monza and did very well, taking 2nd to Castellotti’s 290 MM at the Mille Miglia, but the Horsepower Wars continued to rage. Jano further revised the Lampredi V12 to twin cams and larger dis- placement to counter Maserati’s 450S with the 315 and 335 Sport, and chassis 0628 served as a test bed for the 315 engine before getting a 290 MM engine for the 1957 season. Then it was all over, as de Portago’s crash of a 335 Sport was the end of the second-generation Ferraris. Starting in 1958, the third-generation Testa Rossas (and GTOs) are what captured the world’s imagination, even though they are mechanically nowhere near as exotic — and few have the factory team histories of the earlier cars. Markets are markets, though, and everybody wants a TR. I don’t think you could hope to find a 1958 TR for less than probably $35 million, and the 1959 and 1960 cars would be well above that if any could be bought. Why are 290 MM cars cheaper than Testa Rossas? All this makes $22 million for this 290 MM seem pretty cheap. Why? I think that the basic deal is that the second-generation V12 cars are much more difficult to sell than Testa Rossas. There are only a few of each second-gen V12 car, so they are harder to understand (or explain to your buddies), and generally aren’t quite as pretty. However, a sister 290 MM sold for $28 million in December 2015, and the wildly exotic 335 S variant sold for $35.9 million in February 2016, so something still seems to be amiss. It is tempting to note that this car started out as an 860 Monza, which as a 4-cylinder car would be worth maybe half of the V12 car, but I doubt this is much of an issue. Our subject car had great history as an 860, and was converted to and raced by the factory as a 290 MM, so there are no provenance issues. A long time on the market I am sure that it didn’t help that this car had been more or less ac- tively on the market for at least two years — with an asking price far higher than was realistic. This means that most any serious buyer for the car had already considered it and said no. Putting a heavily exposed car into an auction generally signals that the seller has given up, which doesn’t bode well for high expectations at the sale. To complicate things, the asterisk in the catalog description saying that the consignor had been guaranteed a minimum price effectively meant that RM or a backer had already bought the car. The question was whether an outside buyer thought it was worth more than the guarantee when the bidding stopped. In the end, the car sold for a relatively short — although probably reasonable — amount of money for a truly important and exciting car. I would suggest that this car is well bought, probably as a financial play rather than a long-term collector hold. We’ll see if it shows up again in a few years. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 75


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Next Gen Profile 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder This looks like a ton of cash for a nearly new car. It will look like a bargain in five years by Stephen Serio Details Years produced: December 2013 through June 2015 Number produced: 918 Original list price: $845,000, plus options Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,630,000 Tune up/major service: $4,905 oil, plugs, all filters Chassis # location: Bottom of left side under windshield Engine # location: No one could tell me and there’s no reference in the owner’s manual Club: Porsche Club of America Web: www.pca.org Alternative: 2014–16 McLaren P1, 2013–15 Ferrari LaFerrari, 2015–16 Aston Martin Vulcan SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: WP0CA2A18FS800796 SCM Condition for this car: 1 ning Liquid Metal Chrome Blue paintwork, a $65,000 option itself, the interior is trimmed in Black leather with Acid Green highlights, including matching stitching on the steering wheel and sun visors. Keen eyes will further note that the car’s carbon- B fiber interior trim is in a matte finish, as opposed to the traditional gloss finish, and that all the “918 Spyder” and “e-Hybrid” badging has been deleted from the exterior, making for a slightly stealthy and streamlined look. Included on file is the Porsche CXX document that summarizes the custom tailoring options specified by the owner. Weissach editions aside, this example is the most expensive 918 Spyder delivered. Further options include the front-end lifter, fire extinguisher, Burmester stereo system, mirror covers in visible carbon fiber, rear spoiler in visible carbon fiber, vehicle tracking system, Acid Green seat belts, and wheels painted platinum silver. Purchased by a California-based Porsche collector who has maintained the car since new, it has accumulated less than 225 miles and presents in new condition throughout. The car has been recently serviced, and the owner has also taken care of any outstanding recalls. Furthermore, the car includes all of its original delivery accessories, 76 uilt for the 2015 model year, this 918 Spyder boasts a fascinating and tasteful specification. Today it remains with its first and only owner. Finished in the highly desirable and truly stun- such as the factory photo book, motorsports six-point harnesses and collection of owner’s manuals, booklets and accompanying literature. Of the hybrid hypercar trio, the 918 Spyder is undoubtedly the most usable, as it beautifully combines its otherworldly performance with comfort, convenience and the joy of open-top motoring. Without question the most technologically thrilling Porsche to date, the 918 Spyder stands proudly with the likes of the 959. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 185, sold at $1,407,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction in Atlanta, GA, on October 27, 2018. Countless articles containing thousands of effusive words have been written about the Porsche 918 Spyder and what a technological marvel it is. Videos available online show how they were manu- factured — giving you a hint at how NASA-esque the process was. Often mentioned alongside the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari as a member of that holy trinity of hypercars, it is nothing short of breathtaking, transcendent and peerless within the Porsche and exotic-car worlds. Even though that dead-silent ignition still takes some getting used to (I can’t be alone in not enjoying or accepting this hybrid quiet start), the automotive world seems to be in total agreement about how much of a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Lot 750, s/n WP0CA2A1XFS800184 Condition 1 Sold at $1,760,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/19/17 SCM# 6852467 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (subject car) Lot 185, s/n WP0CA2A18FS800796 Condition 1 Sold at $1,407,500 RM Sotheby’s, Atlanta, GA, 10/27/18 SCM# 6882328 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Lot 749, s/n WP0CA2A19FS800449 Condition 1 Sold at $1,760,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/27/18 SCM# 6878973 Sports Car Market Karissa Hosek ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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“holy wow” this car is. So why was it such a hard halo car to sell initially? The only time this car was ever slow The 918 was a slow burn and hard decision for even the most ardent Porschephile. Many were slow to step forward and order when this car was announced in 2013. The original uptake was so — dare I say this — disappointing. Porsche had to conjure up the 918 Circle to entice potential buyers to pony up their $845k to $1 million-plus and order one. This program promised new 918 owners the option to be “first in the queue” when new limited-edition cars were announced — and you instantly became a VIP for various Porsche events. This was nothing short of genius. Now, not only are you the clever bugger who actually got a 918, you also had the opportunity to own a 911R, GT2RS, Cayman GT4, etc. as stablemates to the Spyder. Nifty — unless, of course, you’re on the outside looking in as a true Porsche fanatic and non-918 owner. (Insert angry-face, sour-grapes emojis here.) We all have friends who were none too happy to be locked out of ordering new limited-edition cars because of this program, but I suspect Porsche would do it exactly like that again, as there’s nothing like being told, “Sorry, you can’t have one” to drive up sales. And drive up sales of these short-run cars they did. But I digress… No risk, no fun My explanation for the slow initial uptake is simple. The 918 was a risk, the same way the Porsche 356 Speedster, Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato and McLaren F1 were risks. None of those cars sold quickly or easily in period. Yes, they were revolutionary and gorgeous — but they were different. They were unique, expensive and not without detractors and haters. Every automotive generation has examples of great cars that were received with a thud or a shrug. However, with the passage of time comes better appreciation, perhaps race success or wisdom, that feeds understanding and desire — which drives the psyche into a different state. In the case of the 918, it didn’t take years before a great many souls kicked in wanting one. The mindset simply turned when the allotment quietly sold out. The slow burn became Dante’s Inferno overnight. There are lots of scorched souls who didn’t act — right, Zuck? In the end, 297 Spyders were sold in the United States. Worldwide, 918 were delivered as promised. Allegedly, the original U.S. owners still have 220 of the cars. What owners say about the car Now let’s have a sampling from a few of the clever buggers who understood how to step up and have retained their rides, all four of which are very unique examples of this Spyder: “ ...a perfectly balanced ride in all driving conditions, as only a mid- engined sports car can be. Driving is effortless, and the sound of the exhaust, head high and two feet behind the cockpit, is an inspiration! Finally, having your butt five inches off the ground makes you feel as though you’re glued to the road.” — Ed A. “The supercar built for the track that could be your daily driver. Drop-dead gorgeous, over-the-top performance, superb handling and My explanation for the slow initial uptake is simple. The 918 was a risk, the same way the Porsche 356 Speedster, Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato and McLaren F1 were risks. None of those cars sold quickly or easily in period. Yes, they were revolutionary and gorgeous — but they were different. yet so easy to drive. Here’s a three-car garage that has a Porsche for every mood and every occasion: a 356 Speedster, a 918 and a 911R.” — Bob “Pablo” L. “As a 918 owner who is also fortunate to own both a 959 and Carrera GT, I find the 918 the easiest of these three iconic Porsches to drive. I marvel at its technology, incredible acceleration, and at the same time, its civility. I find the Carrera GT more exciting and the 959 the most complex — particularly when it comes to maintenance. “I really am pleased with my choice of Viola Metallic for our 918, as it accents the lines of the car. I believe that the 918 will always be an important milestone in Porsche history as the halo model that began the transition to hybrid powertrains.” — Bob I. “The value of any sports car is how well the technology involved transfers to the fun of using it. “The immense amount of tech in a 918 does translate beautifully into an incredibly versatile driving experience. “I’ll draw you a picture: “I had a long, not-great day. “I needed a drive and some air. “I pulled the top off the 918, got out onto an empty high-speed high- way, turned off the engine, turned up the music — and felt like I was in an 80-mph America’s Cup racing yacht. “A unique, silent speed experience. 918 possible only.” — J.S. You should have bought one So sure, the $1,407,500 is market correct on Lot 185. It may seem really cheap in five years — especially if you’re lucky enough to be driving the car. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) oly wow” this car is. So why was it such a hard halo car to sell initially? The only time this car was ever slow The 918 was a slow burn and hard decision for even the most ardent Porschephile. Many were slow to step forward and order when this car was announced in 2013. The original uptake was so — dare I say this — disappointing. Porsche had to conjure up the 918 Circle to entice potential buyers to pony up their $845k to $1 million-plus and order one. This program promised new 918 owners the option to be “first in the queue” when new limited-edition cars were announced — and you instantly became a VIP for various Porsche events. This was nothing short of genius. Now, not only are you the clever bugger who actually got a 918, you also had the opportunity to own a 911R, GT2RS, Cayman GT4, etc. as stablemates to the Spyder. Nifty — unless, of course, you’re on the outside looking in as a true Porsche fanatic and non-918 owner. (Insert angry-face, sour-grapes emojis here.) We all have friends who were none too happy to be locked out of ordering new limited-edition cars because of this program, but I sus- pect Porsche would do it exactly like that again, as there’s nothing like being told, “Sorry, you can’t have one” to drive up sales. And drive up sales of these short-run cars they did. But I digress… No risk, no fun My explanation for the slow initial uptake is simple. The 918 was a risk, the same way the Porsche 356 Speedster, Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato and McLaren F1 were risks. None of those cars sold quickly or easily in period. Yes, they were revolutionary and gorgeous — but they were different. They were unique, expensive and not without detractors and haters. Every automotive generation has examples of great cars that were received with a thud or a shrug. However, with the passage of time comes better appreciation, perhaps race success or wisdom, that feeds under- standing and desire — which drives the psyche into a different state. In the case of the 918, it didn’t take years before a great many souls kicked in wanting one. The mindset simply turned when the allotment quietly sold out. The slow burn became Dante’s Inferno overnight. There are lots of scorched souls who didn’t act — right, Zuck? In the end, 297 Spyders were sold in the United States. Worldwide, 918 were delivered as promised. Allegedly, the original U.S. owners still have 220 of the cars. What owners say about the car Now let’s have a sampling from a few of the clever buggers who understood how to step up and have retained their rides, all four of which are very unique examples of this Spyder: “ ...a perfectly balanced ride in all driving conditions, as only a mid- engined sports car can be. Driving is effortless, and the sound of the exhaust, head high and two feet behind the cockpit, is an inspiration! Finally, having your butt five inches off the ground makes you feel as though you’re glued to the road.” — Ed A. “The supercar built for the track that could be your daily driver. Drop-dead gorgeous, over-the-top performance, superb handling and My explanation for the slow initial uptake is simple. The 918 was a risk, the same way the Porsche 356 Speedster, Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato and McLaren F1 were risks. None of those cars sold quickly or easily in period. Yes, they were revolutionary and gorgeous — but they were different. yet so easy to drive. Here’s a three-car garage that has a Porsche for every mood and every occasion: a 356 Speedster, a 918 and a 911R.” — Bob “Pablo” L. “As a 918 owner who is also fortunate to own both a 959 and Carrera GT, I find the 918 the easiest of these three iconic Porsches to drive. I marvel at its technology, incredible acceleration, and at the same time, its civility. I find the Carrera GT more exciting and the 959 the most complex — particularly when it comes to maintenance. “I really am pleased with my choice of Viola Metallic for our 918, as it accents the lines of the car. I believe that the 918 will always be an important milestone in Porsche history as the halo model that began the transition to hybrid powertrains.” — Bob I. “The value of any sports car is how well the technology involved transfers to the fun of using it. “The immense amount of tech in a 918 does translate beautifully into an incredibly versatile driving experience. “I’ll draw you a picture: “I had a long, not-great day. “I needed a drive and some air. “I pulled the top off the 918, got out onto an empty high-speed high- way, turned off the engine, turned up the music — and felt like I was in an 80-mph America’s Cup racing yacht. “A unique, silent speed experience. 918 possible only.” — J.S. You should have bought one So sure, the $1,407,500 is market correct on Lot 185. It may seem really cheap in five years — especially if you’re lucky enough to be driving the car. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 77 77


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Patrons peruse the wares at Bonhams’ Olympia sale, whose west London exhibition space featured cast-iron arches that mimic the style of Paris’ Grand Palais; Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams 80 Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $39m RM Sotheby’s, Los Angeles, CA, p. 86 $11m GAA, Greensboro, NC, p. 98 $8.4m Mecum, Kansas City, MO, p. 110 $7.1m Leake, Dallas, TX, p. 130 $5.6m McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, p. 140 $3.6m Bonhams, London, U.K., p. 120 Roundup, p. 148 March 2019 81


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Market Reports Overview Stock Versus Customized Where you buy and sell makes a difference in the bottom line Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson A 1. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM racer, $22,005,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 93 2. 1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster, $3,018,678—Bonhams, New Bond Street, U.K., p. 152 3. 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV coupe, $2,205,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 94 4. 1989 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,545,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 95 5. 2015 Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder, $1,534,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 93 6. 2015 McLaren P1 coupe, $1,435,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 88 7. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,270,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 90 8. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2 coupe, $947,561—Bonhams, New Bond Street, U.K., p. 150 9. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT coupe, $775,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 93 10. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, $775,000—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 94 Best Buys 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur sedan, $46,200—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 112 82 s I write this, we’re only a week out from the Arizona auctions. However, since this is the March issue, we’re also looking ahead to those sales in northeast Florida. There’s a strong contrast to draw between Amelia Island and Arizona sales — and it’s not just the disparity between ocean and desert. You can’t walk 100 feet at Barrett-Jackson and not see a customized Jeep, pickup or SUV. In Amelia Island, good luck not fawning over the dozens (and dozens) of Porsches offered there every year. (Did you hear there’s another collection on offer this year?) Imagine a bell curve of automotive interest, and on one end is pure, unadulterated stock — as it came from the factory in Maranello, Stuttgart, Van Nuys or wherever — and on the other end are one-off creations from the likes of Barris, Men In Sheds or some reality TV car celebrity. Few of us are at either end completely. Even a Richard Rawlings-type (probably) has enough sense to leave a Ferrari 250 GTO as it sits. I’d love to hear about a huge collection where the owner never dabbled in customizing at least a few of the cars. The human urge to individualize is strong — almost primal. There’s plenty of fair-minded quibbling over day-two pinstripes and even a color-changed interior, if originalstyle materials are used. How many “acceptable upgrades” are on your car? Brakes, cooling system, handling bits, wheels and tires? I don’t have any hard data, no scientific study or survey, but the middle of this bell curve surely consists of folks that feel, “Sure, go hog wild on that plastic-fantastic T-Bucket,” while simultaneously thinking, “No, flames — realistic or classic — don’t belong on a Bugatti Atalante.” But there’s much less ambiguity when a small-block Chevy is tossed between the fenders of a Hudson or Bentley. The car has moved much further to one end of our bell curve, and away from the bulk of buyers in the middle. It matters little in the end whether a decision to change a car is motivated by monetary gain or personal tastes; the car is changed. The Amelia Island and Arizona sales obviously aren’t so cut and dried, or on opposing ends of the bell curve. However, it’s much easier to run into something without its stock engine at WestWorld than the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Where I get intrigued is when seller and buyer meet at auction. Most of the time, it seems the seller wants to recoup the cost of modifications and the buyer may agree or, more likely, not agree. A restoration back to stock style has far fewer qualms with which to deal. It won’t take much reading in Carl Bomstead’s RM Sotheby’s or McCormick’s coverage in the following pages to see something along the lines of “you’ll not often get your money back on modifications.” On the other hand, since maximizing the price is usu- ally the aim when selling, purchasing for the lowest price is the goal of buyers. A Camaro with the latest LSX and plenty of chrome might breach $100k in Arizona, but perhaps only garners $60k or $80k in bids in northeast Florida. As a buyer, you tell me which deal you’d be more inclined to take. And this thought calculation doesn’t even get into the seller’s reserve or the like. None of this is to say definitively that one auction is THE auction to sell or buy a certain type of car, but it is very much shaded one way or the other. But tell me — is there a better place and time to sell a 250 GTO at auction other than Monterey Car Week? Didn’t think so. ♦ Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue GAA November 1–3, 2018 November 15–17, 2018 Dallas, TX November 15–17, 2018 Palm Springs, CA November 24, 2018 December 1, 2018 Bonhams December 3, 2018 December 6–8, 2018 London, U.K. Mecum Kansas City, MO Los Angeles, CA December 8, 2018 RM Sotheby’s $0 $10m $20m London, U.K. Dan Kruse Houston, TX Bonhams McCormick’s Leake Greensboro, NC $11m $7.1m $5.6m $962k $7.1m $3.6m $8.4m $39.3m $30m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts $40m $50m 1964 Messerschmitt KR200 roadster, $57,120—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 91 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe, $263,200—RM Sotheby’s, CA, p. 94 1961 Jaguar E-type Series I 3.8 convertible, $94,274—Bonhams, Olympia, U.K., p. 126 1962 Volkswagen Beetle 2-dr sedan, $7,350—McCormick’s, CA, p. 144 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Jim Pickering looks at what to buy — and what to pass up on — in the fresh 2019 market by Jim Pickering Buy: 1980s BMW 3-series Cars from the 1980s are coming on strong in 2019, as evidenced by the numbers of them showing up at high-profile auctions — RM Sotheby’s “Youngtimers” collection is a great example. With a clearer market focus on the decade now than ever before, it’s smart to look into some of the era’s relatively cheap buys. The first place I’d suggest? 3-series BMWs. These boxy little drivers have that ohso-tennis-club look, and they were everywhere in the decade. Good ones have become a lot harder to find, and I think prices will move up as buyers look around and realize that most of the ones they see today are either stanced down into the weeds or are on their last legs. That nice 318 or 325 you buy for $5k may be worth a bit more in the coming months. Sell: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Unless you have one of the rare non-white versions built in ’54, I don’t see much upside for the ’54 in the coming months. This is the middle child of the early Corvette — not the first (that was 1953), and not the first V8 (that was 1955). With the standard (only) 6-cylinder powerplant and automatic transmission, driving one isn’t particularly thrilling, and while it does have an iconic early-Corvette look, the demographic buying these cars is more involved in selling than buying right now. Might be a good time to move it out, before prices adjust downward beyond the 1% drop we saw from fourth-quarter 2018 to now. Hold: 1996–2002 Dodge Viper GTS I’ve been bullish on Vipers for a couple of years now, but the numbers have not yet peaked the way I expected them to. Still, these cars remain icons for a certain generation, and they’re great drivers despite having a bad reputation for injuring lead-footed American dentists and chiropractors. I drove SCM’s ACR all the way to Reno and back and loved every minute of it, and not just because I had a Viper poster on my wall in the 1990s. It offered good visibility, a comfortable seating position and lots of arm room. Plus, that V10 makes mountains of torque, and the 6-speed is fantastic. The interest in these cars will be there — we’re just going to need to wait a little bit longer. In the meantime, go drive yours. 84 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles, CA The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction The star of the show — the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM — realized $22,005,000, making it one of the top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction Company RM Sotheby’s Date December 8, 2018 Location Los Angeles, CA Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 54/68 Sales rate 79% Sales total $39,273,680 High sale 1956 Ferrari 290 MM racer, sold at $22,005,000 Buyer’s premium Impressive racing history and driven by the finest drivers of the era — 1956 Ferrari 290 MM racer, sold at $22,005,000 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics L os Angeles, the most car-centric city in the world, for some inexplicable reason has never generated a great deal of traction for collector-car auctions. Many have entered the fray, but success has been flee ing. RM Sotheby’s partnered with the dynam Petersen Automotive Museum to conduct a one event that featured selections of American European legends, Kustom Kulture, City Com and others. The grand finale was a one-of-fo Ferrari 290 MM. The creative auction catalog was in the style of Robert E. Petersen’s famous publication, Hot Rod magazine. It captured the look and feel of the famed California car culture. The star of the show was the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM that finished 2nd at the 1956 Mille Miglia. It has a welldocumented racing history and had been driven by Peter Collins, Juan Fangio and Phil Hill, among other notable drivers of the era. It realized $22,005,000, and was one of the top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction. Consignors brought five period hot rods, with three finding new homes. The re-creation of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth’s “Mysterion” realized $246,400. The original was destroyed, but this one — with two big-block Fords — 86 Los Angeles, CA s with one of the engines. The cycloptic pod-mounted headlight makes it ive. The well-known Lloyd Bakan Ford “Deuce” Ford coupe failed to d to $360,000, but the Peter Stengel 1941 Mercury Custom did when it t at $252,000. well-restored 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible sold for 324,000, which was above the high estimate. It was the height of extravagance in the era with its lofty rear fins, but is considered rather campy today by some. The Cadillac was displayed near a 1975 Dodge Coronet station wagon that Ginger Rogers purchased new. As a contrast to the spectacle of the sale, that Dodge sold for all of $5,600, which is the least-expensive car that I can recall RM selling at auction. Eleven Ferraris were also offered, with a 1972 365 GTB/4 Daytona cashing in at $775,000. It was finished in the unusual shade of Rosso Cordoba and was very original, with fewer than 11,000 miles showing, and came with a tool roll. It’s easy to keep miles that low when it’s been stored for 30 years. A handful of “City Commuters” were offered, including an unusual 1960 Renault Jolly with body by Ghia. We normally see these with the smaller Fiat engine and chassis, but about 50 of these Renaults were constructed. It sold for $106,400, a justified premium over the Fiat 500. A couple of other oddities, including a 1954 Mocher and a 1956 Paul Vallée Chantecler, both of which spent time in the famed Bruce Weiner Collection, changed hands. This was not the $100 million mega event we see RM Sotheby’s presenting at Phoenix or Monterey, but it was a respectable first outing. With the Petersen Museum — a destination venue — as a partner, I look forward to future successful RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles auctions. ♦ Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles, CA ENGLISH #206-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk II coupe. S/N: AM3001114. Blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 64,289 miles. A delightful restoration of the rare Mk II variant of the DB2/4. One of only 199 produced. Came with the larger 3.0-liter motor and slightly more headroom. Fitted with Lucas driving lights and bumper overriders. A very attractive, wellrestored Aston Martin in the right livery. Cond: 1-. a respray of questionable quality at unspecified time, with orange peel and swirls noted. Fitted with Maxtel fog lights. Wood dash and framing. Leather seating in good order. Powered by Triumph motor. Brightwork a bit dull. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $423,000. Built by the respected firm of Lynx Engineering, which also built D-types based on production E-types. Price paid was as expected, and it’s ready for the track or tours and rallies. #203-2003 ASTON MARTIN DB AR1 NOT SOLD AT $290,000. This Aston Martin sold at RM Sotheby’s August 2018 sale at Monterey for $318,500 (SCM# 6878495). Seller was not willing to take a hit, so passed on the bid here. Wonder what seller was looking for, as a quick turn was not in the cards. Flipping cars is not always easy. #210-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M Le Mans kit roadster. S/N: BN2L230571. English White & black/white vinyl. Odo: 17,737 miles. Was delivered with heater, mph speedometer and with left-hand drive for export. Refinished in English White and black, with knockoff wires. Fitted with Le Mans modification kit that may have been installed by selling dealer. Interior restored and seating properly fitted. Has BMIHT certificate and matchingnumbers motor. Paint with a couple bruises and nicks but decent. Attractive offering. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,120. Previously at RM’s Hershey sale in October 2018, where it sold for $35,750 (SCM# 6883946). The catalog indicated the auction company had an interest in this Morgan, so I have to wonder if Hershey sale flipped and they ended up with the car. If so, they took a small loss and moved on. New owner has an iconic Morgan at an under-themarket price. Well bought. #205-1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N: 1E10698. Black/black canvas, black hard top/black leather. Odo: 44,445 miles. A desirable Series I with larger 4.2-liter motor. Fitted with upgraded Wilwood front disc brakes. Includes seldom-seen optional hard top, which is missing some moldings. Options include radio, bumper guards and racing mirror. Chrome-wire knockoffs and covered headlamps. Has JDHT certificate. Cond: 2. roadster. S/N: SCFAE62303K800016. Tungsten Silver/white leather. Odo: 97 miles. Built for the American market with 99 produced. The AR stands for American Racing, and this example has been driven only 97 miles. Finished in Tungsten Silver with red brake calipers. Has two matching umbrellas, navigation system and five-spoke alloy wheels. For all intents and purposes, it’s a new car. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $270,000. RM Sotheby’s, at their January 2017 Arizona sale, sold a DB AR1—with 800 miles showing—for $379,000, so no reason to take $100k less here. An amazing, low-production car that has been driven less than 100 miles. TOP 10 No. 6 #208-2015 MCLAREN P1 coupe. S/N: SBM12ABA0FW0002133. Kilo Grey/ black Alcantara. Odo: 330 miles. Pow- SOLD AT $81,200. This was last offered by RM Sotheby’s at their August 2018 Auburn sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $70,000 (SCM# 6881450). Did a touch better here. If this were one of the original 640 100Ms, the car would have been worth $200kplus. The price paid was still a little light, but this is the second time around this year, so they let it go. Wise move. #204-1961 MORGAN PLUS 4 roadster. S/N: 4572. Carnation Red/red vinyl/black leather. Odo: 63,289 miles. A U.S.-spec, lefthand-drive Morgan with disc brakes. Received 88 SOLD AT $109,200. This was last seen at this year’s RM Sotheby’s Hershey sale, where it failed to sell at a top bid of $120,000 (SCM# 6883923). RM had an interest in this E-type, so even the big boys make an occasional mistake. The Series I is the one to own, so buyer ended up with a desirable E-type with rare hard top. #209-1969 JAGUAR XKSS replica road- ster. S/N: P1R42421. Green/red leather. RHD. Odo: 6,907 miles. One of nine Lynx-built XKSS re-creations. A special order with 3.8-liter dry-sump engine and larger cockpit. Has been driven fewer than 7k miles from new, and maintained in very original condition. Only 18 original XKSSs produced, with Steve McQueen acquiring one in 1958. Cond: 2-. ered by a 3.8-liter V8 with twin-turbochargers. It’s mated to an electric motor that generates an additional 176 hp for a total of 903. Transmission is 7-speed dual clutch. Top speed of 217 and body is carbon fiber. Ordered with numerous MSP special features including Kilo Grey livery and special seating trim. Low miles are original. Number 233 of 375 produced. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,435,000. These were sold out shortly after introduction, with many buyers waiting several years for delivery. This example is as-new, with few miles driven. Goes Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles, CA theby’s Los Angeles, CA 0–200 0–200 km/h in 6.8 seconds and 0–300 km/h in 16.5. Price paid was as expected, but I don’t see how new owner can keep miles down. Temptation would be far too great. FRENCH #178-1954 MOCHET CM-125 Luxe roadster. S/N: 3520. Yellow/black cloth/black vinyl. Restored by Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum in yellow and black. Powered by 125-cc Zurcher motor. Simple to construct and maintain. A barn find pulled from storage after six decades. Cond: 2+. Motorcar Studios ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2015 McLaren P1 Sold at $1,435,000 RM Sotheby’s, Los Angeles, CA, December 8, Lot 208 Chassis number: SBM12ABA0FW000233 sidered the scariest hybrid hypercar in its class, which includes the Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari. That might be why this P1 has fewer A than 350 miles on the odometer. The P1 is said to be exceptionally petrifying because the combined 903 horsepower generated in its mid-mounted V8 and electric motor is routed solely to the rear wheels. As you can imagine, this makes it mighty tail happy at full throttle. That said, there’s something delightfully old school about a British sports car that is about as wieldy as a rocket launcher. The market for the trio of hybrid hypercars from this era is rather interesting. The P1, 918 and LaFerrari all boasted virtually the same asking price in 2015 — around $1.5 million. While the P1 and 918 have held their value, the much-less-rare LaFerrari — 499 were built — has rocketed upward, nearly doubling. In the past year and a half, two LaFerraris fetched around $3.3 million at auction. Why is that? What’s sending the LaFerrari’s values on an upward swing while its German and British contemporaries remain virtually stagnant? Best guess: The Prancing Horse on the hood makes all the difference. Less simply, though, the LaFerrari is more in keeping with the breed lineage. After all, Porsche isn’t famous for mid-engine halo supercars. And there’s essentially only been one famous McLaren, the F1. So while the LaFerrari is just the latest fanciful Ferrari to join the stable, the 918 and P1 are virtual outliers for their brands. How does that saying go? “A prancing horse lifts all stable mates”? As for this P1, the original owner separated from your run-of-the-mill P1 by specifying it with a handful of tasteful optional extras from McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) department. These elective additions include the car’s Kilo Grey paint scheme, which was intentionally omitted from the bottom side of the car’s large rear carbon-fiber spoiler, leaving it naked. The owner also selected MSO Orange accents to be also dotted throughout the car, including on brake calipers, P1 logos on the engine cover and headrests, as well as the interior accent stitching. And if you have to ask how much those bespoke extras add to the $1.5 million price tag … well, you know the rest. Regardless of the widowmaker driving dynamics of the P1, and the rather drearily Teutonic paint scheme on this one, it was well bought. Certainly, the McLaren F1’s meteoric rise in value is not a wholly representative model for the future asking prices of the P1, the latest halo McLaren hypercar. Still, there’s good evidence to reason this is the bottom of the P1 market. — Nick Jaynes 90 mongst those brave — or fortunate — enough to pilot one of the 375 McLaren P1s ever built, it’s widely con- SOLD AT $25,200. A very basic car that was produced for five years. Did not require a license to operate in France. This was sold by the Bruce Weiner Collection in then-unrestored condition for $6,900 in 2013 (SCM# 6739011). Must have cost at least $30k for restoration, so someone is likely upside-down. This was not a lot of money for a cute little microcar that would be a hoot to drive around quiet streets. Sold for well under the low estimate, so I will call this well bought. #185-1956 PAUL VALLÉE CHANTE- CLER roadster. S/N: 1203. Eng. # 43511. French Racing Blue/tan fabric/blue vinyl. Odo: 6,904 miles. A three-wheeled car built in France after the war by the founder of the French Grand Prix racing team. Features a fiberglass body with tapered tail. Restored by Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum. One of about 200 constructed, with few remaining. A most unusual microcar. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,200. Price paid seemed a bit aggressive for a little fiberglass car that will transport very few. At least two bidders were after it, so what can we say—it seems very well sold. GERMAN #199-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N: 1980405500695. Light green metallic/red leather. Odo: 65,071 miles. Refinished in original TOP 10 No. 7 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles, CA Light Green Metallic with red leather: a stunning and unusual combination. Equipped with radio and fitted luggage. Original factory data card, spare wheel and jack. Original motor that has been properly maintained and serviced. Nothing to fault here. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $28,000. Price paid was as expected, but I doubt if you could restore one to this level for what was paid here. The sunroof and other options make this even more desirable. A fun Beetle for a fair price. All happy here. SOLD AT $1,270,000. This was last seen at RM’s November NYC 2013 sale, where it realized $1,265,000 (SCM# 6604533). Driven only 15 miles since. No real appreciation since that sale, but was noted that RM Sotheby’s had a financial interest in the car. The striking livery and exceptional condition makes this a worthwhile acquisition. Well bought and properly sold. #195-1957 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Speed- ster. S/N: 82759. Signal Red/black canvas, white hard top/black leatherette. Odo: 3,518 miles. A well-documented 1600 Speedster with factory Kardex and Porsche Production Specifications certificate. Sports a rare aftermarket hard top that’s a bit battered and tattered. U.S.-spec bumpers and sealed-beam headlamps. An older cosmetic restoration that was in long-term storage. Paint a bit worn, as would be expected considering the age. Trim pitted and oxidized, but overall it has a wellpreserved look. Cond: 2. #237-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N: 12104010025444. Tunis Beige/black canvas, black hard top/black leather. Odo: 189 miles. A newish, impressive restoration performed by marque expert. Finished in hue that is stunning and set off by black leather seating. Clock missing from dash, but in place in catalog photographs. Includes both tops, luggage and tool roll. Engine compartment sparkles. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $190,000. Smaller sibling to the 300SL but lacking the performance. I watched this cross the block at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island March 2017 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $170,000 (SCM# 6831923). It did a little better this time out, but still not enough to motivate the seller to let it go. The bloom is off the 190SL rose, so seller is facing an uphill fight. SOLD AT $357,000. The 356 Speedster market continues to impress, and the values for desirable examples are strong. That was the case here, with the interesting and rare hard top a plus—although it was not all that attractive. For this unmolested example, with no noted rust issues, this is the new market pricing. #182-1959 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N: 2409294. Mignonette Green/ cream & aqua leatherette. Odo: 3,874 miles. Recent restoration for this two-owner Beetle. A long list of desirable options including sunroof and roof rack; also leatherette seating, radio, mirrors and visor. Original documentation including receipt for cash purchase. Finished in delightful shade of green. Cond: 1-. March 2019 91 #179-1964 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 roadster. S/N: 80286. Red/ black canvas/black snakeskin. MHD. The second-to-last Messerschmitt produced and the last one known. Limited production with black faux-snakeskin interior. Was born with KR200 data tag, but now wears KR211 special trim. Newish respray from white to BEST BUY


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RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles, CA Market Moment red. Nut-and-bolt restoration to high standard. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,120. Last seen at RM’s Bruce Weiner Collection sale in February 2013, where, in unrestored condition, it realized $46,000 (SCM# 5791940). Someone spent a whole lot of money and sold the car for around $5k more, which went away and then some with fees and commissions. A true KR201 is close to six figures, so this went for a song. On the other hand, the new owner has a well-restored and rare roadster for no money. Very well bought. #197-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 Theodore W. Pieper ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1975 Porsche 914/4 2.0-Liter Convertible Sold at $78,400 RM Sotheby’s Peterson Automotive Museum Auction, Los Angeles, CA, December 8, 2018, Lot 231 Chassis number: 4752907927 P orsche/Volkswagen 914s have caught on. For decades they were orphans, especially the 914/4 that many derided. A few fans recognized that the relatively lightweight, mid-engined, Targa-topped, Porsche-designed sportsters were excellent driving cars with low upkeep costs — as long as you kept the tin worm at bay. During the past several years, interest in the model has increased. After values of the 1964–73 “Long-hood” 911s took off, followed by 964s and 993s — and then virtually all 911s — buyers looking to augment their Porsche lineups and those looking for relative bargains sought out 914s. The 3,300 Porsche-assembled, Porsche-powered 914/6s always had a place, if subdued, in the collector firmament. Those cars carried Porsche AG data plates but never a Porsche badge on the hood — per strictures of the Porsche-VW agreement. The 112,000 Volkswagen-assembled and Volkswagen-powered 914/4s were widely ignored. Those cars all had Volkswagenwerk AG data tags. In the United States, Porsche dealers sold all 914s. Elsewhere, Porsche dealers sold only 914/6s while VW dealers sold the 914/4s, all of which were badged “Volkswagen-Porsche” on their rear decks. (For a brief history of 914 development and specs, see SCM October 2018, German Profile, pages 86–88). Suddenly, 914s were viewed differ- ently. At RM Sotheby’s Porsche-only auction in Atlanta in late October, two 914/6s sold for strong money. Lot 204 was a Green Metallic 914/6 with 72,500 miles in street restored condition that sold for $95,200, including buyer’s premium. Lot 168 was a Willow Green example with just 20,000 miles, also street restored but with lots of mechanical modifications that brought $145,600 (February 2019, p. 114.) SCM’s Daren Kloes attributed that price spread to the rare Willow Green paint. The other, but very original, Willow Green example sold at a private sale for over $200,000 in Germany. At Monterey 2018, RM Sotheby’s had a rare color, Ice Green Metallic, on a 1974 914/4 with about 74,000 miles, well optioned and likewise street restored, that sold for $61,600. All this brings us to our Los Angeles car — a well-preserved, not-perfect 1975 914/4 with less than 1,200 miles and in a good paint color: Nepal Orange. It was also well optioned with desirable goodies, and it had its original books, tools, and touch-up paint. Sold new in Albuquerque, NM, in August 1975, the car was parked four months later, never moved until its original owner unpacked it in early 2018. Thoroughly recommissioned, the car literally was a time capsule. Because of the New Mexico climate, it was in excellent overall condition, with even the original tires included in the sale. The interior was stellar. The car could benefit from compassionate cosmetic reconditioning to the paint — and for the discoloration on black plastic and rubber body and engine parts. Admittedly your reporter is heavily biased toward all-original Porsches. So, no surprise, I think the $78,400 paid for this 914/4 was a fair deal all around. As a buddy likes to say, “Go buy the other one.” — Prescott Kelly 92 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $335,000. The Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman was mounted on a 153.5-inch wheelbase and powered by a then-new dry-sump V8 producing 245 horsepower. It had a large “conversation pit” rear compartment with facing seats. What better place to sell an overthe-top limousine than in Los Angeles. Your whip tells it all, and to arrive in this would be a statement. At least two bidders thought so, as it sold for a bit of a premium, but if you have the change, it isn’t much of a concern. #230-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N: 11304410003897. Red/tan leather. Odo: 47,734 miles. This 280SL has benefited from a restoration a few years back and is offered with soft top and tall “Pagoda” removable hard top. It is equipped with air, Becker radio and power steering/brakes. Also has 4-speed manual transmission. Finished in red livery that is in very good condition, with a few minor non-offensive scratches and swirls. Attractive tan leather seating. One of 8,047 produced in 1969. A very attractive offering. Cond: 2+. LWB Pullman limousine. S/N: 10001445004546. Dark blue/red leather. Odo: 14,394 miles. This example has been well maintained, with a few paint blems and swirls. The interior shows wear on the driver’s bolster. The hydraulics are stated to be fully functional. The ultimate luxury limousine. Cond: 2.


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RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles, CA SOLD AT $64,400. This was last seen at RM’s 2018 Auburn auction, where it failed to sell when bid to $50,000 (SCM# 6881889). Average price for these is in the mid-$50k range, so the price paid here reflects the well-restored-and-cared-for condition. The seller’s wait paid off with a fair price for a very nice Pagoda Mercedes. #231-1975 PORSCHE 914 convertible. S/N: 4752907927. Nepal Orange/black fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 1,197 miles. Stored in late 1975 and recently brought to life. Powered by desirable 2.0-L motor, and recently serviced with recommissioned fuel lines and new tires. Has list of options including tinted glass, appearance group and gauges. Paint, interior and engine compartment in remarkable, unmolested condition. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 9 #222-2005 PORSCHE CARRERA GT coupe. S/N: WP0CA29855L001164. Basalt Black/Terracotta leather. Odo: 8,757 miles. A well-optioned Carrera GT and the only example with these specific extras. Has original seven-piece matching-luggage set. Built between 2003 and 2007, with 1,270 produced. Low miles are documented, and car has been maintained by Porsche North America maintenance program. An exceptional example that has received recent service. Cond: 1-. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 1 #241-1956 FERRARI 290 MM racer. S/N: 0628. Eng. # 0628. Red/red leather. RHD. Raced as an official Scu- deria Ferrari Works car for 1956 and 1957 seasons. Born with 4-cylinder 860 Monza engine and upgraded to 290 S specification in early 1957 and 290 MM later that year. Developed to compete in Mille Miglia, thus the MM designation. Impressive racing history with podium finishes at Mille Miglia and 1000 KM of Buenos Aires as Ferrari team car. Driven by finest drivers of the era. Owned by Chinetti family for three decades. Restored by Ferrari Classiche to 1957 livery. Matching numbers all around. Original pontoon-style front end with car. One of four 290 MMs constructed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $78,400. A joint development between VW and Porsche. A true “find” that has stood the test of time. Price paid was more than expected, but low miles carried the day. Question is, what to do with it now? Driving takes away from the value, but no fun just looking at it. I’d drive the heck out of it! #198-1987 PORSCHE 959 Komfort coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ95ZHS900037. Black/ tri-tone gray. Odo: 40,874 miles. At the time the world’s fastest street-legal automobile. Federalized and registered in California. Powered by rear-engine, two-stage twin-turbo V6. Received a respray when imported in early 2000. Seats are sagging a bit and show some cracking. Paint good but showing age. Complete with books and records. Has CARFAX and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $775,000. Another low-mileage performance car. Seen previously at Bonhams’ 2017 Amelia Island sale, not sold at $520k (SCM# 6827696). The desire to at least put a few hot laps on the car should be too much to resist. Owners must be content to spend time in the garage just admiring their cars. This one sold for a market-correct price, so all is well here. Worth the wait to sell. Wonder if the new owner will actually drive this one. #227-2015 PORSCHE 918 Weissach Spyder. S/N: WP0CA2A16FS800652. Matte black/black leather. Odo: 279 miles. Has hybrid powertrain with 127 bhp electric motor mounted at front axle. Produces total of 887 horsepower. Factory matte-black wrap with Martini logos. One of just 918 produced. Fitted with Weissach package, which offers lightweight interior and magnesium center-lock wheels. Number of other options including cup holder. Only 227 miles from new. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 5 SOLD AT $22,005,000. All the boxes were checked as to what makes an important, valuable Ferrari. Motor changes were common in the era and not a deterrent. Price paid was well within expectations considering U.S. buyer subject to 2.5% duty. Came down to three determined phone bidders. Fairly acquired and properly sold. One of the top 10 Ferraris ever sold (price or provenance) at public auction. (See profile, p. 74.) #183-1960 RENAULT 4CV Jolly roadster. S/N: 3607749. Red/striped fabric/wicker. Odo: 21,358 miles. A rare Renault version of the iconic Jolly beach car. Most Ghia Jollies were built on Fiat chassis, but about 50 were built using Renault 4CV. As such, slightly larger than the Fiat and with more powerful motor. Recently restored with wicker seating and striped fabric top. One of about 20 thought to still remain. Nothing to fault here. The perfect estate car or just fun grocery-getter. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $870,000. Can’t say that the condition of this 959 deserved much more money. The low miles—okay, the kilometers— must have been hard, as the car looks a bit tired, especially the interior. The bid should have been close to getting the job done. March 2019 SOLD AT $1,534,000. Previously sold at RM Sotheby’s New York sale in 2017 at $1,732,000 (SCM# 6853716). A surprising number of these are currently being offered, and the prices start at about $1.4m. Price paid here, even with the desirable Weissach package, is about right. Seems they all have low miles, and I can’t see why anyone would have one of these in the garage and not drive it once in a while. SOLD AT $106,400. Sold for a premium over the Fiat Jolly, and rightfully so. The slightly bigger chassis and motor more than justify the price difference. A fun, properly restored Jolly—Italian for “joker”—at a realistic price. 93


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RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles, CA #236-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SZ-1 coupe. S/N: AR1012600034. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 18,047 km. Raced by Alfa distributer Karl Foitek. Wears an older respray that has a few chips and nicks. Glass is crazed, and trim worn and pitted. Has rounded first-series “Coda Tonda” rounded tail. One of only 169 built. A long list of needs or ready for vintage racing. Cond: 3-. ceived a quality respray last year. Questionable livery. Attractive seating that has a little cracking and patina. Has replacement motor, with whereabouts of original unknown. Shown at a number of venues as automotive oddity. Trim pitted and worn, but still maintains a decent shine. Radio and black leather dash. Styling only a mother could love. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $775,000. This was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s January 2013 sale, where it realized $495,000 (SCM# 6777898). Times have changed and the Daytona maintains its popularity, with prices holding steady in the range we see here. They have proven to be a wise investment, all the while being an exciting road car. NOT SOLD AT $540,000. The SZ has a rounded Zagato body mated with shorter Giulietta chassis. Dual carburetors increased horsepower by 12 to 103. Bidding fell short of expectations, but hard to believe that it is worth much more considering the deteriorating condition. Respray had the look of a quickie, with little done on body prep. A rare and desirable Alfa Romeo but at a stiff price. Better luck next go-around. #234-1965 LAMBORGHINI 350GT coupe. S/N: 0232. Eng. # 0229. Black/Cognac leather. Odo: 59,811 km. The first Lamborghini production car built, from May of 1964 until 1966. Only 120 produced. This is a very original example that’s been preserved and maintained. Under the artificial lights the paint sparkles but shows a major blemish on hood. Leather seating slightly cracking, carpet soiled. Engine clean and tidy, with no leaks or streaks. Low miles stated to be original. Graceful Italian styling. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $313,000. This was last seen at Gooding’s August 2017 Pebble Beach sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $475,000 (SCM# 6844646). A little over a year later, seller has a change of heart and takes his licks. Guess he was as tired of looking at it, as we were. Unattractive styling that is finished in a less-than-flattering shade of bronze. (See profile, p. 62.) #200-1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 SV coupe. S/N: 4912. Eng. # 30673. Bleu Medio/Pelle Bleu leather. Odo: 28,489 km. Powered by V12 mounted transversely behind passenger’s compartment, fed by four 3-bbl carburetors. Equipped with air. Only Miura SV delivered in Bleu Medio. Recent cosmetic restoration sparkles. The SV had larger carburetors and different cam timing that made it more user friendly. Gold alloy wheels. One of 764 produced. An attractive offering. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 3 #232-1972 INTERMECCANICA ITA- LIA Spyder. S/N: 50421414. Burgundy/tan canvas/tan & burgundy leather. Odo: 64,524 miles. Powered by Ford 351 Cleveland V8, although earlier versions used the 289 Hi-Po V8. Recently restored, with respray and attractive but non-original interior. Equipped with power windows and a/c. Aftermarket, covered headlamps not ever a factory option. Fewer than 300 Spyders were produced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $123,200. Built in Italy by Frank Reisner, who also built the Apollo GT and the Omega. The restoration took a few liberties that may have had an effect on the price paid. These are undervalued and a treat to drive. I still miss mine; selling was a big mistake. The new owner has an exciting car that has Italian styling with parts at the local NAPA store. Well bought. SOLD AT $555,000. Last seen at RM Sotheby’s March 2017 sale at Amelia Island, where it failed to sell when bid to $550,000 (SCM# 6831918). Here it sold for five grand more, which was quickly eaten up in transportation, commissions and fees. The first bid is often the best bid, but hard to sometimes accept. A desirable car at the current market pricing. #235-1965 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 shoot- ing brake. S/N: 07963. Eng. # 9269. Bronze metallic/bronze leather. Odo: 13,782 miles. A one-off design by Luigi Chinetti Jr., and thought to be the last Ferrari with Vignale coachwork. Restored in the 1990s and re- 94 SOLD AT $2,205,000. The first of the “supercars.” Among the most desirable of the Miura variations, with the SV produced between 1971–72. Price paid here is a touch on the light side, as the SCM Pocket Price Guide places the median value at $2,358,000. This one is a bit better than that, so well bought indeed. (See profile, p. 66.) TOP 10 No. 10 #196-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N: 14999. Rosso Cordoba/tan & black leather. Odo: 11,180 miles. A very original example with fewer than 12k miles from new. Respray in original color of Rosso Cordoba, one of only five so finished. Reportedly in storage for approximately 30 years. Has received a number of awards since restoration. Complete with tool roll and records. A strong presentation. Cond: 1-. Sports Car Market #239-1972 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N: 04396. Silver/gray leather. Odo: 67,824 miles. A very original example that was in the same family for 30 years. Was ordered with a/c, power windows and Campagnolo wheels. Interior and dash mouse hair in acceptable, original condition. Paint has been well maintained and, BEST BUY


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RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles, CA while no longer fresh, still very presentable with a few swirls and scratches. A delightful Dino. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $263,200. Prices on these have been sliding of late, with the SCM Pocket Price Guide showing a median value of $376,500. Many shot up rather quickly to over $500k, and the prices are now adjusting. It ends up being musical chairs, so don’t be the last seller riding the downward curve. Still, the price paid here was well below market; it’d be a long slide before this ends up being a bad deal. #240-1974 DETOMASO PANTERA L coupe. S/N: THPNPU07346. Red/black leather. Odo: 4,819 miles. Has received cosmetic restoration with original paint and interior. Low miles are from new and has had single-family ownership for 40 years. This is the desirable Pantera L, or Lusso. Front rubber bumper shows signs of a mild encounter, and right window does not go all the way up. Exceptional original condition. Cond: 2+. for what occurred here, but the ownership and windows made a difference. Almost 30 years old but will still draw a crowd. No issue with price paid. #221-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N: ZFFSG17A0K00079683. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 13,886 miles. A U.S.delivery example with fewer than 14k actual miles. Has fitted Schedoni luggage, as well as records and tool roll. Recent paintwork to hood and fender. Top speed of 180 mph and 0–60 in under 5.8 seconds. Tan leather seating sagging a bit and bolster slightly worn. Has had recent service including belts. One of 7,177 produced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $134,400. Built in Italy with Ford Cleveland 351 motor. Sold through LincolnMercury dealers with full factory warranty. The best of both worlds with Italian styling, Ford running gear and parts just around the corner. Price paid here was about right for a very original example that’s been properly maintained and looked after. A fun road car, so I hope the new owner takes advantage. #201-1989 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N: FFGJ34B000080161. Eng. # 15321. Red/red cloth. Odo: 4,371 km. Delivered to second husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, who was killed in powerboat race. Powered by twin-turbo V8 with lightweight Plexiglas windows. Properly maintained with four owners from new, and only a touch over 4,000 km from new. Ferrari Classiche certified. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 No. 4 NOT SOLD AT $105,000. These have been following an interesting pricing curve. Sported a premium when new, then went to just-usedcar level, and now climbing back up—just not as far up as owner was looking for, as bidding was far short of $130k low estimate. Worth a bit more, so wait and catch the wave. #220-1992 FERRARI 512 TR coupe. S/N: ZFFLG40A4N0093221. Black/maroon leather. Odo: 9,986 miles. This example has a number of upgrades including security and premium sound systems. Even has four-inch TV with tuner. Only 2,261 produced over two years. With tool set and books and records. A striking example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $173,600. The 512 TR was an update to the Testarossa and provided 38 additional horsepower along with an improved interior. Last seen at last year’s RM Sotheby’s January sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $200,000 (SCM# 6858834). Seller seemed to have a change of heart and took a lesser offer here. As is so often the case, the first offer is the best offer. I bet seller is still questioning his January judgment. SOLD AT $1,545,000. Ferrari built the F40 between 1987 and 1992, with 1,311 produced. These appear with some regularity and are not as rare as other “supercars.” They tend to sell March 2019 #224-1996 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N: ZFFXR48A8TO106114. Verde Ingles/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 6,985 miles. Very low-mileage example with engine-out service 95


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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) #14963. 1972 Toyota Celica ST coupe. S/N RA21038822. 247,000 miles. “2.2-L 20R inline-4, 5-speed manual gearbox, repainted in 1992, upgraded suspension, Rota wheels, handwritten service log.” Cond: 2. RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles, CA in 2014 after only 4,600 miles. Exceptional beige leather interior. Recent new top. A very desirable F355 and one of 11,273 produced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $13,750. First-gen Toyota Celicas were the Japanese first-gen Ford Mustang. The liftback version even draws styling cues from the Mustang. While this generation doesn’t look very sporty, later versions merged into an affordable sports car. This car has been heavily “touched” with new paint, replacement door, re-upholstered interior, 20R motor swap from the 18C, Weber carb, manual trans swap and other parts during its 247k-miles life. Lower-mileage, original, and GT cars would probably sell for more, but there aren’t enough at market to determine that. Well sold. Bring-A-Trailer, 12/18/2018. #14944. 1987 Toyota Camry sedan. S/N JT2SV21E9H3166066. 39,100 miles. “2.0-L inline-four, 4-speed automatic, white over gray fabric, one previous owner reported.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT $114,800. Introduced in Monaco in 1995 and incorporated the latest Formula One technology. These were priced at $137,000 when new, so depreciation has not been onerous. Delightful condition with documented low miles. I have to wonder why it needed expensive engine work and new top with such limited use. #229-2008 FERRARI F430 Scuderia coupe. S/N: ZFFW64A380161467. Nero/Nero Alcantara. Odo: 5,944 miles. Ordered with yellow brake calipers, carbon-fiber steering wheel and stereo, nav and Bluetooth. The low miles since new are actual. A well-maintained example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $511,000. Designed by Raymond Loewy for Yamaha, and first intended for Nissan, but ended up being a Toyota product. It was priced at $7,000, which was more than a Jaguar E-type. I watched this 2000GT fail to sell at RM Sotheby’s January 2016 sale, when it was bid to $675,000 (SCM# 6798582). These have been sliding down the charts ever since one sold for seven figures some years back. Seller’s decision to hold on to this at the 2016 sale was a costly one indeed, but, on the other hand, the buyer here is happy. AMERICAN #168-1962 ED ROTH MYSTERION replica coupe. S/N: NA. Gold Murano Candy/silver vinyl & fur. MHD. A re-creation of the famed Ed “Big Daddy” Roth Mysterion that no longer exists. Powered by dual Ford big blocks, but with only one functional. Has an oblong grille with large pod-mounted headlamp. Hydraulically operated bubble top. Painted in Gold Murano Candy over pearl white. A faithful re-creation of one of Ed Roth’s “far out” creations. Includes trailer and production mold. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $4,650. This generation of Camry isn’t a collectible, but it helped establish Toyotas as affordable and reliable used cars. Jump on your local Craigslist and you can find at least five of these for sale at $1,000 that still run and drive. Camrys from this generation are the poster child for a modern teenager’s first car. Well sold. Bring-A-Trailer, 11/29/2018. #15055. 1991 Mazda RX-7 convertible. S/N JM1FC3523M0902788. 36,000 miles. “1.3-liter 13B Rotary engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, multi-configuration convertible top, newer battery and tires.” Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $180,000. Ferrari introduced the 430 Scuderia, presented by Michael Schumacher at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, as the road-going variant of the F430. It featured a faster-shifting gearbox and improved aerodynamics. Bid was close but not close enough. A number of these are currently being offered for about what was bid here, but low miles just might make the difference. JAPANESE #238-1967 TOYOTA 2000GT coupe. S/N: MF1010158. Pegasus White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 87,921 km. One of only 351 produced. Older respray that is decent, but with a few issues. Interior in good order, but carpets worn. Very original condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,375. This might seem the cheaper side of the market for FC RX-7s, and that is because it is. This car sold short because of the large dent on the front fender, and the convertible roof. The convertibles just don’t hold the same value. This might be due to the increased body flex with the roof down. Either way, the buyer will be happy at the price paid. Well bought. Bring-ATrailer, 10/30/2018. ♦ 96 “ SOLD AT $246,400. Sold on bill of sale. This re-creation actually runs on one of the Ford motors and is drivable, unlike the original, which was static. Built from a Revell scale model created from the first one. Will be an attention-getter and cool as heck to drive. If you need it, then the price was more than fair. © These have been sliding down the charts ever since one sold for seven figures some years back. Seller’s decision to hold on to this at the 2016 sale was a costly one indeed, but on the other hand, the buyer here is happy. 1967 Toyota 2000GT coupe ” Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC Fall 2018 in Greensboro Not concours ready, but a 1950 Mercedes-Benz 170S sells for $133,750 Company GAA Classic Cars Date November 1–3, 2018 Location Greensboro, NC Auctioneers Eli Detweiler, Ben DeBruhl, Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson Automotive lots sold/offered 450/619 Sales rate 73% Sales total $10,957,228 High sale The 170 is considered by many to be a pleasant driver — 1950 Mercedes-Benz 170S cabriolet, sold at $133,750 Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz and Jeff Trepel Intro by Mark Moskowitz Market opinions in italics A number of factors might have threatened GAA’s late fall classic-car auction. The auction house is situated where two locales, each within 80 miles, have a much longer tradition and host multiple collector-car auctions each year. This year GAA forged ahead and added a fourth 2018 sale, one of two in the spring. And they added hours, too, pushing their typical Thursday night start to midday. And they added cars: about 75 more per threeday event and more lots of memorabilia. In addition, the November sale is historically their smallest in terms of total sales dollars. Big collections are usually found at the March or July events. Last fall at GAA was unique: The single sale of a Shelby prototype added $882,750 to the auction’s totals. This year the highest sale was a Ferrari 430 hammering at $149,800. Despite the increase in capacity, GAA filled their slots with 619 vehicles and 91 lots of big-ticket memorabilia. Auction totals increased by 6%. No small part of this was a healthy 73% sales rate. That’s a 10% jump over last year’s fall event. More than a third of the cars sold for less than $15,000. Among them were multiple Beetle convertibles, four Corvair convertibles, MGBs, Datsun Zs, a low-mileage Pontiac Solstice GXP and a Panther Kallista. All represented easy access to the collector-car hobby. Thirty-six Corvettes crossed the block. The most unusual was a 2015 3LT Z51 decked out in Lamborghini Pearl Green paint and Z06 bodywork, which sold for 98 Greensboro, NC 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider, sold at $149,800 Buyer’s premium 7%, included in sold prices $65,270. An aftermarket supercharger had been installed, and, while the add-ons netted a premium over stock, their costs were not close to being recouped. As per usual, C1s and C2s brought more than double and often triple that of their later counterparts. A most presentable 1968 Corvette convertible with air, a 4-speed, power steering and power brakes hammered at $24,075. Three small-block C2s in comparable condition sold for an average of $59,028. Four Porsches were available. Bids seemed light, and only a heavily and expen- sively modified 2001 911 Turbo sold. Price was an appropriate $44,940. Only five of the 18 Mercedes offered predated 1987. One 450SL sold for under $7,300. Another failed to sell at a bid of $6,000, as did two 190SLs bid to $80,000 and $95,000 respectively. Among the auction top sales was a 1950 170S convertible. Despite body and paint issues, it achieved a sale at $133,750. Another significant sale was a 1970 Hemi Dodge Challenger. Interior finish issues seem to have held the sale price down to $133,750. To see the other sales above $100,000 you had to “watch the Fords go by” as a Shelby Super Snake F-150 with 755 hp, a fully restored 1969 Candy Apple Red Shelby GT500 and a stunning 1962 Ford Galaxie convertible, with a 406-cubic-inch powerplant, all brought six figures. No small part of GAA’s success has to do with warmth and hospitality. Many of the 500plus bidders are constants. Camaraderie ensues. Buyers and sellers become comfortable at the facility and look forward to their encounters with friends. GAA staffers seem more than happy to facilitate lodging and car transport. All of that, and a 7% commission, should ensure continued growth. ♦ $12m $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2018 2017 2016


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GAA Greensboro, NC ENGLISH #ST0126-1949 BENTLEY MK VI sa- loon. S/N: B16LFV. Silver & black/black leather. Odo: 55,668 miles. An unusual configuration, as left drive means it has a 4-speedon-the-column shifter rather than a floor shifter, and a single Stromberg carb rather than twin SUs. I don’t have anything more to say about the condition since it is the same as it was at Greenwich, i.e., not concours but more than nice enough for a driver. A great tour car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,195. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, October 2016, where it sold for $57,200 (SCM# 6811572). If that buyer is this consignor, he took a major bath. We have no way of knowing what his motivations for selling are. Offered at no reserve, so one could speculate that the car was in an estate. I am always a little wary of cars where the paint is the best attribute, so caveat emptor, but at this price, this handsome Rolls-Royce seems like a very favorable deal for the buyer. Bills for interior enhancements are coming, though. #FR0093-1963 TRIUMPH TR4 convert- SOLD AT $39,590. Solid and attractive Mk VI, driven 11 miles since I reviewed the very same car at Bonhams Greenwich five months prior (sold for $43,680, SCM# 6869835). Assuming that the Greenwich buyer is this auction’s consignor, it is a mystery why he decided to sell it here for about $4,000 less than he paid for it, not even counting auction fees and transportation. Maybe it was an unsuccessful flip (but then why not hold onto it and try again?), or maybe he just didn’t like driving the car. Would be interesting to know the backstory. If an end user bought the car here, he has a lovely Bentley at a very fair price. #ST0167-1961 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II saloon. S/N: LSXC63. Sable & Golden Sand/beige leather. Odo: 92,484 miles. Recent, nice paint in good colors—okay for a driver but not up to Rolls-Royce quality, with light orange peel here and there. Very good panel fit. Exterior chrome good but not newlooking; bumpers may have been rechromed more recently. Gasket under windshield surround cracking. Interior a mixed bag with generally nice leather, but driver’s seat is cracking and needs to be re-stuffed. Correct carpet with some wear and holes; nice headliner. Copious interior wood intact, but finish mostly dull or rough. Factory a/c and unfortunate Kenwood cassette player. Beautiful original factory handbook in glovebox, but it’s for a 6-cylinder Silver Cloud I, not a V8 Silver Cloud II. Old and crusty engine compartment. Cond: 3+. ible. S/N: CT13078L. Light blue/white vinyl/ tan leather. Odo: 88,107 miles. Somewhat uneven TR4, which has undergone ad hoc restoration efforts, with some portions nicely done, others ignored. Powder Blue paint done July 2018. Smooth and shiny, if a little thick in places. Both doors difficult to shut. Maybe gaskets need to be broken in, but fit isn’t good either. Convertible top collapsing at front. Inside, seats and door panels very nicely done, but my sources indicate that the handsome shade of tan was not available in 1962–63; rather, the leather likely would have been dark blue. Old steering-wheel cover held on by tie-backs. Carpeting of questionable authenticity but looks fresh. Clear instruments but rest of dash just okay. Ancient engine compartment with some scary mods. Minator wheels on newish Pirellis a good look. Cond: 3. out dings or scrapes. Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate documents different top and interior colors. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $88,000. Last at auction at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast 2018 sale, where it sold for $84,700 (SCM# 6875782). This appeared to be a solid, well-cared-for Jaguar. Engine improvements and a/c augment utility, but, for many buyers, may discourage a higher bid. The SCM Pocket Price Guide reveals values of Series II E-types to be half that of their Series I counterparts. On paper, the bid was right, but the enhancements were the ones an end user might seek and make the car worth a higher bid. GERMAN #ST0106-1950 MERCEDES-BENZ 170S NOT SOLD AT $17,500. Documented with BMIHT certificate. The paint, seats, wheels and tires on this TR4 are excellent, but everything else is mediocre or a mixed bag. I guess the consignor understandably wanted more credit for the good parts, but overall the car screams caution to prospective bidders. The high bid here may have been slightly light, but I’m not sure the consignor can expect a great deal more. #ST0142-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 4.2 convertible. S/N: 1R10086. Signal Red/ tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 34,136 miles. Nice gaps and panel fit. Older excellent repaint with some polishing scratches. No significant dents or scratches in older chrome. Dashboard shows age with leather separation around gauges and chips in plastic. Older carpet and seat leather with a mismatch of tan between right and left seats. Under-dash a/c. Engine compartment has been repainted, and is clean and neat. Triple carburetors, high-flow aluminum radiator and electronic ignition are among the improvements. Wire wheels with- 100 cabriolet. S/N: 13604211649. Brown/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 91,325 km. An older restoration, which looks great from a distance. Some bubbling of paint below headlight on the right. Similar appearance above left door handle, and a significant amount of bubbling at base of left door. Chipped heavy paint at junction of right front fender and bumper tray. Orange peel on left front fender, deep scratch on trunk. Chrome not perfect, but in excellent shape—except for top external hinges, which show some pitting, and faded trunk hinges. Interior leather showing age, but there are no rips or cracks. Varying wood finishes. Irregularities of chrome bezels around gauges. Becker radio. No problem with canvas top. Engine compartment dirty; surfaces heavily oxidized and much loss of black paint. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $133,750. The oldest of 18 Mercedes at the auction. A post-war continuation model, albeit with improvements; the 1949–51 cabriolets are said by many to be a pleasant driver. M-B produced 2,433 open-top 170s (S and B models) during the period. Prices of these have not soared like those of other openair Mercedes. The amount paid was close to the average sale price of a Condition 2 car. I 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 1994 Alfa Romeo 145 GAA Greensboro, NC suspect rust will be an issue here. The purchase made sense for a Mercedes restorer or a foreign buyer with access to an inexpensive labor force. Most other buyers are destined to be underwater. #ST0108-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ Pros: Alfa’s new hatchback family car arrived late in 1994, and it carried a range of horizontal boxer engines up to 127 horsepower. However, the 145 you really want is the 1995 Quadrifoglio. This model carries a more-powerful 2.0-liter twin-spark engine at 148 horsepower as well as sport suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, direct steering, and more meat in the wheelwells. This model was praised for its tight handling and responsive steering, and parts are still readily available. Cons: Even with the hottest engine, this Alfa only manages a 0–62 mph time of 8.4 seconds, and the best boxer engine takes 9.8 seconds. Many were cannibalized to put the hotter engines in earlier Alfasud cars. Could be mistaken for a Daihatsu. Price range: $4k–$6k, plus import costs. 1994 Renault Clio Williams — Homologation Model 190SL convertible. S/N: 12104210017299. Cream/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 71,257 miles. Nice, driver-quality 190SL has older repaint in interesting color (which may be DB630 yellow), but with excessive orange peel. Hubcap centers should be painted body color. Older chrome, but fine for a driver. No hard top. Convertible top very nice on outside, but strangely dirty inside. Distinctive red leather shows slight wear, but no work needed. Correct square-weave carpet, ivory steering wheel, dash and dashpad all more than satisfactory. Paint on inside A-pillars very thin. Again, some interior chrome pieces look older. Original radio a plus. Clean underhood with over-polished intake and cam cover, but no harm. Undercarriage surprisingly dirty with surface rust. No apparent structural rust, but exhaust pipe probably near end of its life. Cond: 3+. years. I could guess that the owner prized and priced this one on the basis of low mileage, but most exhibit low mileage and the wear is usually elsewhere. A fair price offered and refused. #TH0015-1988 BMW M6 coupe. S/N: WBAEE1415J2561099. Black/gray leather. Odo: 157,432 miles. High-mileage M6—far from mint but not neglected. Presentable original paint with numerous minor flaws. Chrome drip rails painted black to achieve some sort of stealth look, but now that paint is wearing off, they look sloppy. Dark-tinted glass also part of that look—not my favorite, but well applied. Rear spoiler lip, which always deteriorates on these, apparently has been redone. Inside, seats are very nice; must have been re-covered as armrests show much more wear. One large crack on right side of dashpad. Engine compartment in good, used condition. Huge plus is 2017 engine rebuild by recognized North Carolina BMW shop at 154k miles. Front and rear a/c units also rebuilt in 2017. Cond: 3+. Pros: To celebrate their many victories in F1 with Williams, Renault produced this tribute/ homologation model. Over 12,000 were made, so it’s never going to be rare, but the 2.0-liter engine makes 145 horsepower. The Williams also is equipped with a wider front track than the usual Clio, box flares, Speedline alloy wheels, 5-speed gearbox, unique exhaust manifold, sport suspension, and a few visual cues that distinguish the hot rod. Group N and Group A competition versions were made that are even hotter. Cons: Many Clio Williams models were converted to racing and rally purposes and led very hard lives. Check provenance carefully, as some ordinary Clio bodies were used to replace race-damaged Williams bodies over the years. Price range: $10k–$20k, plus import costs. ♦ NOT SOLD AT $80,000. This was an appealing 190SL let down by an inferior paint job. A new owner could just repaint it, but would be tempted to upgrade the chrome and it might creep into a full restoration. Apparently, this was a German-market car until it was shipped to the U.S. in 1990. Has speedo in mph, however. Appears to have been a local car since at least 2000 based on North Carolina inspection receipts. High bid here was light, but not by that much, and seller may have trouble realizing a much higher figure. #ST0129-1966 AMPHICAR 770 convert- ible. S/N: 10652130. Beach Sand White/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 2,946 miles. Older, relatively smooth repaint with some orange peel around left rear window and inclusions on right rear fender. Some pitting on hood as well. Older paint in door jambs. Interior vinyl seats stained with ink in back; there are no rips and fit is good. Crinkle finish on dash and steering wheel unblemished. Tidy top and top mechanism. Much paint loss on engine compartment floor; little care has been applied here. Valve cover appears to be repainted. Muffler heavily oxidized. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $59,000. The 770 stands for 7 knots on the water and 70 mph on the highway. They attract attention, and prices have been relatively consistent over the past five 102 SOLD AT $26,750. The Shark was the second-most-expensive BMW in 1988, behind only the 750iL, and certainly among the fastest and most desirable cars of its era. The M6 had a big jump in value in 2016–17, but, like many cars, has leveled off this year. For the condition and mileage, this was a fair price for both parties, perhaps a bit of a bargain for the buyer. If the consignor here paid for the 2017 engine and a/c rebuilds, he is likely quite a bit underwater. #ST0113-2016 MERCEDES-BENZ AMG GT S coupe. S/N: WDDYJ7JA5GA002014. Selenite Gray Metallic/carbon fiber/ black leather & Alcantara. Odo: 128 miles. Driven only 128 miles, this is essentially a new exotic car. I could not discern any wear to any part of this car, inside or out. The tires were a little dirty. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. Exciting to sit in and imagine you are piloting the Formula One pace car. To me the Alcantara steering wheel cover feels a little Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC JAPANESE #TH0171-1984 NISSAN 300ZX 2+2 alien, however. This is an even more exclusive “Edition 1” with various trim enhancements. Considering this is essentially a new car, the bid was a bit light, but just a bit. I found a few examples for sale with slightly higher mileage and slightly higher prices, but they came with the benefits of being Mercedes Certified PreOwned cars. Independent dealers would not want to pay the consignor more than this high bid. ITALIAN #ST0055-1998 FERRARI 355 coupe. S/N: ZFFXR41A1W0110956. Red/tan leather. Odo: 27,674 miles. Presented with a single line in the website description: “3.5L F1 Transmission.” The day before the auction there was no paperwork available. Car appears straight and presentable. Irregularity of surface of the front end noted. I’m not sure if this is overspray or another phenomenon. Some weathering of the remainder of paint. Interior review reveals some creases, but otherwise leather appears to be extremely well cared for. Carpets are excellent and remainder of surfaces are excellent. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,150. The lack of interior deterioration suggests care or at least protection from the elements. Only the later Mondial models have shown depreciation and a flat valuation curve similar to the 355. Earlier 308s and TRs have rebounded. Is the 355 next? This one was sold at a market-correct or even optimistic price considering the unknowns. #ST0116-2006 FERRARI F430 Spider. S/N: ZFENW59A560149866. Rosso Corsa/ black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 2,265 miles. Flawless red paint without a chip discernible. Few very minor polishing scratches. Perfect panel fit. Diffusers are not scratched. Canvas top and interior excellent. Minimal wrinkling of Daytona-type seats. Single scratch in left door-sill plate. Pristine engine compartment. No curb rash on wheels, and tires still feathered. Records unavailable the day before auction. Cond: 1-. coupe. S/N: JN1HZ16S4EX018963. White/ tan leather. Odo: 54,732 miles. Outstanding low-mileage, surviving 300ZX 2+2 5-speed. Paint probably original, but if repainted it was very well done. Now with light micro-scratching. Excellent panel fit per factory. Chrome mostly very good, less so around windshield. Has both Datsun and Nissan badges above taillight panel (by 1985 it was a Nissan only). Unmarked factory wheels on nearly new Michelins. Inside, early digital dash was once faintly ridiculous, now has cachet. Interior in spectacular condition overall, despite excessive application of air freshener. Only flaw I can find is missing bezel and cover over dome light. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $149,800. New-appearing F430 with a multitude of pricey options including carbon-ceramic brakes and electric, Daytonastyle seats. When new, the F1 transmission option cost more than the manual. Bought well above the median price, but options and condition appropriately moved the needle. SOLD AT $9,095. By 1984, Datsun’s beloved Z had morphed into a porky highway cruiser, especially in 2+2 form with T-tops. The luxurious interior was almost worthy of a ’70s Cadillac, gathered leather and all. It was a big seller, but I would have dismissed it as a pretender compared to real Japanese sports cars like the Toyota Supra or Mazda RX-7. As a collector car, it now has a certain appeal as a sporty “personal car,” perhaps as a competitor to a contemporary Thunderbird or Camaro. This great first-year example, with a 5-speed no less, was presented at no reserve without even the slightest history, except for the High Point (NC) Datsun dealer sticker on the rear. The price here reflects some price-guide estimates, and is higher than others, but I thought it was an absolute steal for the condition. For $9,000 you can’t buy anything on the used-car market nearly as desirable as this ZX. AMERICAN #FR0228-1951 CHEVROLET 5100 COE custom pickup. S/N: 1UPA1078. Brandy Wine Metallic/brown leather. Odo: 81,282 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Chevrolet cabover, snub-nose 5100 body actually built over a late-model GM 4500 dually. Smooth paint with a few inclusions on the doors and occasional chips and polishing marks. Neat but not opulent wooden rear bed. Gold trim. Fit is proper and craftsmanship of conversion seems excellent. Near-new brown leather interior with padded, custom steering wheel. Philips screw affixing gauge and heater-control mounts less attractive than rest of interior fittings. I did not flip cab to see powerplant, but website pics suggest neat, although not concours, conversion. Cond: 2. 104 Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC flawless. The paint, to take one example, is deep, rich and smooth—far better than Ford painted it new. Not much else to say about condition, except, “Bravo!” No Marti Report, surprisingly. No power steering or brakes, so work on those forearms and calves before you drive it. Cond: 1. “frame-off restoration” at unspecified date raises questions. I did not see any documentation supporting the claim, and the condition of the paint and chrome raises questions about the claim and when the alleged restoration occurred. And what’s with the headlights? I think these unanswered questions suppressed bids and hurt the value of this car. It was last seen at auction at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2012, where it sold for $23,650 (SCM# 4778440). If the car is good mechanically, the buyer here received very good value. #FR0108-1964 CHEVROLET COR- SOLD AT $41,730. Truck resto-mods offer utility, and the scale of this one makes a statement, whether it is towing your custom or racer to a venue or standing alone in a parking lot. Wood and interior materials were attractive but seemed not top line, and not likely to influence discerning judges at a major rod show. A search revealed multiple listings in this range; the sale seemed fair to buyer and seller. #FR0200-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N: 21847B267351. Roman Red/black cloth and vinyl. Odo: 29,678 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claim of restoration performed “over ten years ago” not very helpful, but work generally well done. Wellapplied smooth paint. Bumpers and other brightwork, especially appliqué around taillights, showing age. Similar appliqué in side trim better. Inside, seats, door panels, carpet and headliner all quite nice. Console a bit banged up; non-original Hurst shifter looks good. Again, interior chrome (whether metal or just plastic) shows age. Very clean and correct under the hood. Sits properly on correctlooking whitewalls. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $115,025. The B-code in the VIN means this car was born with a 406 4-barrel, which gave 385 hp (SAE gross, of course). It now has a period dealer-installed 3x2 barrel option (G-code) which upped the ante to, conveniently, 406 hp, but the original 4-barrel carburetor also comes with it. I could not determine how many ’62 XL convertibles were built with this engine, but it cannot have been many. The sleep-inducing, bland styling of the ’62 Galaxie might hold back the price a bit, but the rarity and quality of this car are killer. The price was very substantial for a 1962 Ford, but the car could not be duplicated for anywhere near the price, so throw away the price guides. Very well bought. #ST0085-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI SOLD AT $29,425. Attractive Super Sport with good specification. Starting in 1962, the SS was a trim package for the Impala with bucket seats, console and some interior and exterior trim differences. This particular car added some real “super” and “sport” into the equation with a 327 4-barrel and a 4-speed. Nice enough to drive as-is, but some undoubtedly pricey attention to the brightwork could make it into a show car as well as a nice driver. Sale price was very close to priceguide median; both parties should be pleased. #ST0062-1962 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL convertible. S/N: 2G69B178646. Rangoon Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 7 miles. 406ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Breathtaking restoration by Donald Allen of Clarksville, GA, completed about a month before the auction and driven seven miles since. Car is absolutely 106 coupe. S/N: 63R2497. Avanti Red/black vinyl. Odo: 52,041 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent panel fit and door shut (for a 1963 fiberglass body), though hood may be up slightly on driver’s side. Paint applied well at one time, but now shows micro-scratching and staining. 1963 serial number but car has 1964 square headlight covers. My sources state that some early 1964 cars had the 1963 round headlights without the square covers, but there was no indication that any 1963 cars had the 1964 glass covers. So, did this switch occur during the frame-off restoration? Exterior chrome highly stained in several places (for once, though, the windshield surround is better). Inside, the “leather” interior looks and feels like vinyl to me, but is in excellent condition; door panels and dashpad also very nice. Most interior chrome is dingy. Seat belts front and rear. Aftermarket a/c neatly integrated into console. Aftermarket wire wheels on Daytona blackwalls stick out slightly, and are not a good look on this car. Cond: 3+. VAIR convertible. S/N: 40967W221951. Palomar Red/black vinyl. Odo: 94,600 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Tired “Burgandy” paint, as listed in the descriptor. Overspray on molding. Body straight. Windshield scratched. Older vinyl not cracked, but seats have lost support. Old carpet. Engine and wiring need detailing. Car accompanied by a 2016 appraisal valuing the car at $12,500. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,885. The 1964 Corvair carried an anti-roll bar and other suspension modifications to overcome previously identified handling hazards. With a stickshift and a convertible, it’s a great entry-level collector car. This car had needs everywhere, and might have garnered a higher bid with better preparation. A fully restored 4-sp 1964 Monza sold five lots later for $13,910—more than double the price paid here; it was the better buy. #FR0141-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Z10 Indianapolis Pace Car coupe. S/N: 124379N636993. Dover White/black vinyl. Odo: 67,215 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rare Camaro, a bit down-atthe-heels but basically solid with great potential. Well optioned including a/c. No restoration history given. White repaint good enough for a driver; some minor flaws and orange peel here and there. Rust appearing between upper edge of grille and front of hood. Brightwork in need of attention: front bumper scratched, rocker panel chrome and drip rails worn and dented, most small pieces pitted. Sits appropriately on very nice Rally wheels. Interior mostly original and well SOLD AT $17,655. Reasonably nice 4-speed, non-supercharged Avanti, but vague claim of Sports Car Market


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GAA Greensboro, NC maintained, but has musty aroma combined with a strong bouquet of Armor All. Paint on metal portion of dash beneath windshield heavily cracked. Clean and tidy under hood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,100. Everyone has seen the 1969 Z11 convertible Indy Pace Car Edition with its spectacular orange houndstooth interior, but have you ever seen a Z10 coupe? This one is a first for me. Sources vary on exact number, but only a few hundred were built of the Pace Car replicas, as fewer than 10% were coupes, all with black vinyl Deluxe interiors. This car, along with the Bentley Mk VI (Lot ST0126), were auction mysteries that sold for slightly lower prices than they sold for just a few months ago at other auctions. This car sold for $35,200 at the Barrett-Jackson Connecticut auction in June (SCM# 6872609). If that buyer is flipping it here, why did they sell it for $3,000 less? Considering the Z10’s extreme rarity, I think this car was well bought, but since it is going in the wrong direction, I might be mistaken. #ST0150-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS custom convertible. S/N: 12467N613862. Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 79,081 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent rotisserie restoration with spectacular black paint and white SS graphics. All panel fit is excellent. Top is excellent. Interior appears stock, with exception of accessory gauges on console. Even kick panels are unmarred. Carpet is excellent. All look brand new. Engine compart- “ 108 ment is showpiece-beautiful, with fitted Vintage Air. There is very close approximation of third header and steering box. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $73,830. A very attractive and sought-after body style, a convertible top, a powerful modernized V8, Vintage Air and a 4-speed—hard to find a better combination. This Camaro was absolutely gorgeous and looked like a lot of fun. The price paid was typical and appropriate for a “pro touring” with the modifications done. If it were mine, I’d bolt in a Fat Man front end with rerouted rack-and-pinion steering and apply stockappearing wheels. The combination might net six figures in January, or, better yet, bring more joy to my driveway. #ST0105-1976 CADILLAC ELDO- RADO Bicentennial Edition convertible. S/N: 5L67S6Q26219. White/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 24,581 miles. 500-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Number 78 of 200 Eldorado Bicentennial Editions. Most paint is smooth Everyone has seen the 1969 Z11 convertible Indy Pace Car Edition with its spectacular orange houndstooth interior, but have you ever seen a Z10 coupe? 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Z10 Indianapolis Pace Car coupe and well preserved, as is pinstriping. Upper left rear fender paint near top is pitted. Trunk gap larger on left, with large gap adjacent to plastic taillight housing. Whether this represents previous damage or fiberglass shrinkage or both is unknown. Other panels are straight and fit is good. Seat leather shows obvious care and nice patina. Dashboard surface is excellent. Carpet showing age. Oil splatter on engine compartment fenderwell surface as well as on a/c and radiator hoses. Causation unknown, but could be power-steering pump or valve-cover gasket, both of which seem to have leaks. Underhood insulation showing age. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,520. Cadillac’s last convertible, at least for a while, and a true collectible. Bicentennial Editions were triple white and heavily optioned; they carried a gold ID plate. They make great AACA tour and parade cars. Their convertible tops are a bit finicky, but all else is easily repaired. Most high-dollar sales come from cars with four-digit mileage. While multiple recent repairs were detailed in Web write up, engine-compartment and rear body issues raised a question. Even if these had not been present, it was still extremely well sold. #ST0098-2015 CHEVROLET COR” VETTE custom coupe. S/N: 1G1LY2D78F5119853. Pearl Green/black leather. Odo: 2,497 miles. 6.2-L 540-hp supercharged V8, 7-sp. Striking and flawless Lamborghini Ithaca Verde paint. Excellent interior. Carpet appears perfect; even kick panels are scratch-frree. Engine compartment and wheels match rest of condition. Owner states $43,000 in custom upgrades including complete Weapon X Carbon Fiber Aero body kit. Performance enhancements include a ProCharger supercharger, cold-air intake and Borla Exhaust system. Dyno tests have confirmed 540 hp. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $65,270. Striking Corvette. Paint color is unusual and, for this observer, out of place and out of taste. Certainly it will limit its market come sale time. The car sold for above what a four-year-old 3LT Z51 would bring even with the low mileage. The options and craftsmanship are well worth the premium, if you can deal with the color. © Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Mecum Kansas City 2018 A Ford GT with none of the four factory options led the pack at $308,000 Company Mecum Auctions Date December 6–8, 2018 Location Kansas City, MO Auctioneers Jimmy Landis, Mark Delzel Automotive lots sold/offered 394/635 Sales rate 62% Sales total $8,370,615 High sale 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $308,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices No options for you! 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $308,000 Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics M ecum Auctions threw open the doors of the Kansas City Convention Center over the weekend of December 6–8, for their second KC auction of the year. Mecum is Kansas City’s only major collector-car auction, and as such, it draws a considerable crowd. The auction had over 630 lots on offer. American classics and muscle cars usually comprise the bulk of cars for sale. Hot rods, customs, trucks, European sports, luxury and exotic cars wrap up the rest of the selling field. Many of those found new homes, with a sell-through rate of 62%, yielding a total take of $8,370,615. Mecum Auctions never fails to feature an impres- sive group of dream-worthy collector cars, and the gathering this December was no exception. The high sale for the weekend was an 870-mile Mark II Black Clearcoat 2006 Ford GT — a stripper model, with none of the four available options — that found a new home for $308,000. While that GT was the only car to sell for over six figures, there were several stunning restorations that didn’t meet reserve but were amazing to see. A 1960 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, black with red leather interior, had been the subject of a nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration. A 1966 Corvette Sting Ray convertible had received a similar treatment, and was resplendent 110 Kansas City, MO in Tuxedo Black with black leather. A 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-code was also fresh from a body-off resto. In all three cases, the owner (or restorer) was present, and all three were eager to answer questions about their individual histories and restorations. Unfortunately, none of the three managed to sell for their six-figure reserve prices. Along with finding the best build, restoration or highest- performance examples in the sale field, Mecum always manages to bring excitement to the sale, with loud rock music to punctuate the auction opening each day, and NBC Sports televising the goings on. As with many col- lector-car auctions, the venue was cacophonous and the excitement palpable. The Kansas City auction continues to draw large crowds from across the country’s mid-section, with big attendance numbers throughout the sale. The multitude of quality lots on offer each time Mecum comes to town is impressive. The sale each December marks the end of the collector-car season in the Midwest. Next year, there will be only one sale in KC, as Mecum has chosen to forego the spring sale they have held in the past. It begs the question, will a single Kansas City event result in more lots and larger turnout? We will have to wait until next December to get an answer. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 NO SALE


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO ENGLISH #F54-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N: CF53089U. Topaz Yellow/black cloth/ black vinyl. Odo: 48,336 miles. Paint appears to have had been well applied, but looks like it was shot over the rust that pervades the seams between the fender and rear deck lid on both sides. The soft top that has been fitted looks smart, better than the factory vinyl. Seats mashed flat at lumbar area on both sides, as if persons of larger carriage have been riding in the car. Engine bay is presentable, with signs of light use. A period aftermarket cassette player resides in the dash, and the steering wheel has vintage steering-wheel wrap around it. Cond: 3-. BEST BUY #S74.1-2008 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL Flying Spur sedan. S/N: SCBBR93W28C051855. Barnato Green/Beluga leather. Odo: 34,766 miles. Glossy paint shows almost no evidence of having been driven, with only a few minuscule pepper marks around the grille. Glass is clear, trim is bright. Beluga leather interior is holding up nicely, with minor creases on the bolsters. The rear seats look as if they have never seen an occupant. Wood trim throughout is glossy. Clean engine bay is home to a massive twin-turbo W12. Cond: 2+. Hood paint shows very little sign of having been driven. Light scratches present on chin spoiler. Scratches on the driver’s side seat bolster as if from a button on slacks or sharp object in a back pocket. Books and window sticker are with the car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,550. Good from afar, but far from good. This had potential, but only after a few items were addressed. It could have been used as a sunny-day toy whilst awaiting cosmetic resto. With the uptick in prices of the past several years, the price paid was a bit of a bargain, but it needed to be given the necessary work. Possibly well bought. #F12-1995 JAGUAR XJS convertible. S/N: SAJNX2743SC195262. Sapphire Metallic/ dark blue canvas/cream leather. Odo: 30,621 miles. Metallic paint presents very well, with minor buffer swirl in the right light. Chrome and stainless show similarly, with only light towel marks. Cream leather has light signs of ingress/egress on driver’s seat bolster, but there are sizable rips on back side of the rear seats at seat-belt anchors. Wood inlays are not cracked, as is so often the case. Dark blue canvas top appears to have been kept in the up position, preventing fold creases. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,200. This could be the ultimate long-trip car, wrapping its passengers in stunning luxury. The sale price here was the deal of the day, with the car changing hands for more than $20k off clean retail. Very well bought indeed. #S80-2010 JAGUAR XK Portfolio coupe. S/N: SAJWA4FB8ALB37053. Vapour Gray Metallic/black leather. Odo: 62,000 miles. Beautifully polished, with only a few tiny pockmarks on the nose. Panel gaps are consistent throughout. Wheels are free from any curb rash. Glass and weatherstrip are both in good condition, with no undue signs of age. Engine bay is in fine nick. Driver’s side seat bolster shows a bit of wear, with a small leather scuff. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. This was a full-price bid for the topless cat, but less than half of sticker price. A fresh design for the 2013 model year, based on a shortened version of the Jaguar XF sedan. As luxury cars do, the price has dropped precipitously, and will likely continue to do so. To have this car at this time, the money bid was simply the price of admission. GERMAN #F131-1978 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N: 10704412045054. Astro Silver Metallic/dark blue cloth, silver hard top/blue leather. Odo: 48,476 miles. Shiny paint shows only minor buffer swirl. Painted hard top has been properly maintained, and shows it. Chrome, “bundt” wheels are free from curb rash. Chrome bumpers show patina and brush marks, particularly in rear. Stainless in good nick. Dark blue leather interior is holding up well, with only minor creasing showing on the seat bolsters. An aftermarket stereo has been fitted, and aftermarket speakers are in matching carpet-covered speaker boxes on the rear parcel shelf. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. The money offered was somewhat below book value, likely held back by the tears in the upholstery and the tricky fix required. Aside from that, this was a striking package with plentiful curb appeal. The rest of the car appeared to have had careful treatment. Repairing the rips would likely bring the seller a far better offer. 112 SOLD AT $19,250. High bid offered was just a bit shy of clean retail, and was appropriate for the overall condition of the car. Wear on the seat bolster could be fixed with a minimum of effort or outlay, so the difference between purchase price and retail was spot-on. Given the level of performance and refinement of these Leapers, this seems a bit of a bargain. #S84.1-2014 JAGUAR F-TYPE S con- vertible. S/N: SAJWA6FC7E8K02162. Salsa Red/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 7,345 miles. Salsa Red over red leather is quite attractive. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. Last seen at the Branson Fall 2018 auction, where it failed to find new ownership at $22,500 (SCM# 6886237). These R107-series (1971–89) convertibles have seen a bit of an uptick in recent years. SCM Pocket Price Guide shows median value for this example at $8,500, but nicer examples have sold for more. The owner may not have been out of line holding out for more, but it may take a different venue to realize a dream price. Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO #S20.1-1983 PORSCHE 911SC Targa. S/N: WP0EA0917DS161017. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 77,125 miles. Paint shows a host of defects, with poor touch-ups and scuffs throughout. The original Porsche Black paint might be able to be revived with a defect-correcting detail, but that would not repair the touch-ups. Targa top looks to have been re-covered, but leading edge is lumpy, uneven. Black leather seats look dry, cracked, and show wear on bolsters. Carpets are dirty. Surprisingly, the dash shows no cracks. Comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Low miles, but they look to have been rough ones. Cond: 3-. Brabus wheels show rash on all four corners. There is a deep scratch—looks almost like a crack—on the driver’s side front fender at hood. Panel gaps are what one would expect from Mercedes. Underhood, the engine bay is mysteriously in far better shape than rest of the car. The normally resilient Mercedes leather has had the color worn off at driver’s seat bolster piping, on door pull and atop door card. It’s a bit rough around the edges. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,400. This first year of the redesigned retractable hard top was well received by the public. However, when in the down position, the hardtop greatly reduced the usable cargo space in the trunk. This was an attractive color combination, but needed some light reconditioning. The price paid was full retail value. Well sold. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Although G-body 911s (1978–89) enjoyed a rocket-like rise in values a few years ago, they’ve seen a correction in price thereafter. During the last quarter of this year, G-bodies have seen a gentle uptick, with values settling about where the high bid was on this example. Given the condition, and the distinct possibility of deferred maintenance, the seller should have grabbed the cash and counted himself lucky. #F27-2001 MERCEDES-BENZ CL500 coupe. S/N: WDBPJ75J61A015098. Brilliant Silver Metallic/Ash leather. Odo: 104,314 miles. Decent looking at first blush, but a closer look reveals a lifetime of indelicate use. SOLD AT $9,350. While this showed some miles and haphazard care, it still sold for above book value. In Brilliant Silver, this was a good-looking car, and the CL500 is seldom seen in comparison to its 4-door S-class brethren. This one will need some reconditioning, but likely has much life left in it. Well sold. #S150-2003 MERCEDES-BENZ SL500 convertible. S/N: WDBSK75F33F043286. Alabaster White/Stone leather. Odo: 48,836 miles. Signs of use on hood in the form of light road pepper. Windshield shows the same. Headlight covers beginning to show signs of clouding. Interior is a bit worse for wear, as the seat bolsters have creasing and frayed stitching from entry and exit. Steering wheel also shows signs of wear. There is a small tear on the upholstered portion of the rear deck. Cond: 3. #F214-2007 MERCEDES-BENZ SL55 AMG convertible. S/N: WDBSK72F27F124404. Obsidian Black Metallic/black leather. Black paint has been neglected, with ample brush marks, light scrapes, road rash and other miscellaneous offenses present. Wheels are dirty, and the passenger’s side rear tire is the victim of a large gouge. Door sills show heavy heel scuffs, and seat bolsters are worn. Carpets are dirty. This one has been used and abused. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,600. This thing looked like it had been ridden hard and put away sopping wet. The lack of care given cosmetically would (should) lead one to assume it had deferred maintenance mechanically—the very thing that could turn your dream Mercedes into a nightmare. The seller should count himself lucky getting this one sold. #T130-2008 PORSCHE CAYMAN coupe. S/N: WP0AA29818U762103. Arctic Silver Metallic/black leather. Odo: 62,092 miles. Rock chips and road rash on the hood, and overspray over the entirety of the car. Windshield also shows light peppering. Driver’s seat outer bolster shows creases and wear. Factory alloy wheels have been chromed, and seem an odd look for a Porsche. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. The high bid here was every bit of clean retail, despite the 114 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO tailing and reconditioning. As it was, it looked like a used car that someone had grown tired of. With clean retail price at $17,200, the seller did well—probably better than they should have. ITALIAN Tiptronic automatic and chrome wheels. The seller should have accepted it as the gift it was. #F40.1-2009 BMW 135I convertible. S/N: WBAUN93579VK41002. Crimson Red/ black cloth/black leather. Scratches, water spots and pepper present on the nose mar the Crimson Red finish. Windshield also shows road pepper, consistent with daily use. Seat bolster has creasing, wear from entry and exit. Gouge or nick on the interior of driver’s side B-pillar. Wheels have no damage. Cond: 3. #S15-1994 FERRARI 348 Spider. S/N: ZFFRG43AXR0097186. Black/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 26,969 miles. Plenty of road pepper adorns the nose of this less-thanclean 348. Leather interior looks dry, with wrinkles and rub marks on driver’s seat. Weatherstrip is also dry and hard in spots. Carpets need to be vacuumed, dash and rear deck inside top need to be dusted. Engine bay is also dusty. Cond: 3. #F150-2006 MASERATI QUATTRO- PORTE sedan. S/N: ZAMCE39A360021165. Blu Sebring Metallic/beige leather. Odo: 33,756 miles. Dark blue metallic paint presents well, with minimal buffer swirl. Wheels in good condition, free from damage. Glass is what one would expect from a 33k-mile car. Tan leather interior has tears and snags on driver’s side B-pillar and outer seat bolster, as if someone has been getting in and out with sharp objects in their back pocket. The balance of the interior appears relatively unused. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The exterior appearance of this Ferrari ragtop indicated either haphazard care or total lack of care. This would have lent itself to the idea there was plenty of deferred maintenance throughout the rest of the car—a real killer when it comes to Ferraris. It is little wonder this one didn’t sell. SOLD AT $11,000. Price paid was right at clean book value. Given the light reconditioning needed, the seller probably got a little more than they deserved. Well sold. #S70-2010 AUDI S5 Quattro Prestige convertible. S/N: WAUVGAFH3AN021155. Ibis White/black cloth/Tuscan Brown leather. Odo: 80,974 miles. Not as clean as it could have been, this all-wheel-drive ragtop showed a fair bit of chips and pepper on hood and windshield. Driver’s side seat bolster shows plenty of creasing, and the door sill has abundant heel scuffs. The interior appears to have faded from top-down sun exposure. Cond: 3. #S57-1996 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N: ZFFXR48A3T0105369. Rosso Corsa/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 14,589 miles. Traditional red paint still shiny, with some light buff marks and water spots present. Some creasing and minor wear is present on the driver’s side seat bolster, with light wrinkling on seat bottom. Otherwise the seats look very good, possibly re-covered. Black canvas top shows well, with few of the telltale wrinkles that so often attend tops that spend most of their time folded away. Engine bay is slightly dusty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,600. Despite a little bit of wear and damage to the interior, this traded hands for well below book value. Far from collectible, this is little more than a used luxury sedan. That said, the price paid was a real steal for someone, and likely leaves enough room for reconditioning and resale. Well bought. #S45-2007 LAMBORGHINI GAL- LARDO coupe. S/N: ZHWGU12T17LA04819. Nero Noctis/Nero Perseus leather. Odo: 21,172 miles. The beneficiary of an onsite detail, this Gallardo still shows a large horizontal scratch on the front bumper. It’s a shame, as the rest of the finish is glossy, with stunning reflection. Heel scuffs adorn the door sills, and driver’s side seat bolster shows requisite wear from ingress/egress. Wheels are free from any curb rash, glass is clean and clear, and the engine bay presents well beneath the glass cover. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. This Audi could have been so much better with some time spent de- 116 NOT SOLD AT $50,000. As Tyler Hoover (of Hoovie’s Garage fame) was spotted at this sale, one is left to wonder if he saw this example. High bid offered here was considerably below book value. Even with the minor wear present, this car presented quite well. The owner did the smart thing by holding out for a better offer. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. It was good to see that someone was enjoying their exotic car, rather than having it languish in a garage, not fulfilling its intended purpose. However, the car still needs to be maintained. I saw this Lambo prior to the detail, and it was disappointing. The cleanup did much for the appearance, but it still led one to wonder what kind of treatment the car got on a daily basis. Given the wear present, the high bid should have taken this Gallardo to a new, and hopefully more sympathetic, owner. Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO SWEDISH #T19-1973 VOLVO 1800ES wagon. S/N: 1836363005814. Sun Yellow/black vinyl & gray tweed. Paint has some orange peel, some tiny bubbles. Chrome on bumpers is original but well maintained. Stainless could stand to be polished. Glass is good, weatherstrip fair. Steering wheel looks like it was stolen from a ’90s arcade game, and the shift ball looks like the one-ball from a pool table. Seats re-covered in black vinyl with tweed inserts. Engine bay is presentable enough. Cond: 3. with panoramic wrap-around rear window, dual spotlights, driving lights, sunshade eyebrow, rear skirts and wide whites. Nocturne Blue paint done to a high standard. Chrome, which is plentiful, looks fresh. Gray cloth bench-seat interior is tidy, if a bit plain. All gauges look to have been restored, with crystal-clear lenses in place. Engine compartment is highly original and quite clean. Cond: 2. and some stitching in seatback pulled out. Original carpet shows very little wear, and color has not faded. Engine compartment is nicely squared away, with a modern a/c compressor fitted. Driver’s side door pull has an off-color finger scoop. Continental kit rounds out a very attractive package. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,750. These little shootingbrake Volvos have a cult following, with one of them made famous for piling up over 3.2 million miles under Irv Gordon’s ownership. This example, resplendent in Sun Yellow, had some personal customizing touches that may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Not restored, but decently maintained, it sold for a few thousand under median book value. Fairly sold and bought. AMERICAN #F3-1952 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER State coupe. S/N: 8230096. Nocturne Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 90 miles. A well-executed frame-off restoration, equipped NOT SOLD AT $15,000. Sold previously at Barrett-Jackson’s 2015 Las Vegas sale for $29,700 (SCM# 6789050). These Commander State coupes are seldom seen, and as such, likely unfamiliar to some bidders. This one had been very well restored, probably the best I have encountered. The top bid wasn’t but a fraction of what had been invested. The seller was correct to hold out for a better offer. #S129-1956 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N: L856H12539. Blue & white/white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 64,901 miles. 316-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Wellprepped and applied paint marred only by what appears to be an egg-sized light burn mark on passenger’s side front fender top near hood. Balance of the paintwork is glossy. Chrome bumpers replated, stainless polished. Original interior shows wear on driver’s side of bench seat, with a spot worn through piping NOT SOLD AT $50,000. This Pontiac ragtop oozed style, with a striking color combo and loads of curb appeal. The original interior was in much better condition than one would think, with the exception of the wear on the driver’s side of front bench. Obvious care and pride had been invested here. The top bid was well south of book. Popularity of the mid-’50s blue-chip offerings seems to be on the wane. Despite this, the seller was wise to hold out for more. #S65-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 194676S121683. Nassau Blue/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 93,130 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An ugly scratch—poorly touched up—mars a pretty fair Nassau Blue paint job. Some small inclusions can be found with close inspection, but nothing here is glaring. Knockoff wheels, factory side exhaust, Goldline tires and a hard top all add to the appeal. Black leather interior shows some creasing, but nothing excessive. Glass, stainless and chrome are all presentable. Not concours ready, but a solid weekend cruiser. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. This price was probably fair for a low-horsepower, smallblock Corvette with some cosmetic issues. This was the penultimate year for the Sting Ray body style, with the 1967 considered a cleaner look with small but noticeable improvements. This was a good-looking Corvette that could be driven whilst working on the small issues present. High bid was spot-on. #S55-1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N: 124870N574125. Mulsanne Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 24,635 118 Sports Car Market


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miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mulsanne Blue paint has been the recipient of thoughtful prep and application. Panel gaps are consistent, likely better than when this Camaro was new. Engine compartment is clean, occupied by a bone-stock 350. Glass is free from scratches, and the weatherstripping appears new. Interior is as it was when showroom fresh, with only a very small gouge showing low on driver’s side bucket. Rotisserie restoration done to a high standard on a super-low-mile car. Cond: 2+. Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO #S120.1-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N: 1FAFP90S76Y400407. Mark II Black Clearcoat/black leather. Odo: 870 miles. Pristine exterior condition marks this unusual GT. This one wears none of the four available options (McIntosh stereo, BBS wheels, painted calipers or stripes), making it genuinely rare. Cast-aluminum wheels show no curb rash, and glass is clean. Only the driver’s side outer seat bolster shows any signs of use, with some very minor wrinkling present. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,600. This one sold at the top of the market, a clear nod to the quality of the restoration. Thankfully, the restorer didn’t succumb to the urge to transform it into an SS or Z/28 clone. The column shift, lack of console, and basic interior, combined with the white vinyl hard top, were a welcome departure. This unique piece should be preserved as an example of the entry level of second-generation Camaros. Both bought and sold fairly. #S77.1-1971 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N: BS23N1B242257. B5 Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 76,086 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Born a 383 car, this ’Cuda is now propelled by a 440 Six Pack backed by a 3-speed slushbox. B5 Blue Metallic paint shows good prep and application. Panel gaps are consistent. Chrome has been replated, stainless nicely polished. Glass is clear, weatherstrip pliable. Interior shows little sign of wear, with only light creasing on the driver’s bucket. Engine bay is clean, with the transplant appearing as it would have from the factory. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $308,000. Sold earlier in March 2018 at GAA’s Smith Collection sale for $299,600 (SCM# 6863849). The lack of any options on this GT makes it interesting. There has been at least one mid-2000s GT at every major car auction I have covered in the past three years, but this was the first one I have seen with standard equipment. With a fully optioned GT in similar condition with similar miles failing to sell just a few cars after this, it seemed the lack of extras didn’t hurt. Price was right at median value, so nobody got hurt here. #S76.1-2016 SHELBY GT350 R coupe. S/N: 1FATP8JZ0G5525793. Oxford White/ black leather & black Alcantara. Odo: 1,100 miles. 5.2-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. As-new all the way around with the exception of the rather egregious gouge in chin spoiler on driver’s side. Paint, panel gaps, glass, the superbad GT350 R carbon wheels and the interior all present as-new. All books, window sticker and POS materials are present. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $59,400. This restoration/transformation was obviously done to a high standard. That said, the change from original drivetrain to the 440 setup from the original 383 kept bids lower than what they may have been. The winning bid was well below book value for either an original 383 or 440. The buyer got a deal. March 2019 NOT SOLD AT $67,000. The GT350 R with a few options added would have stickered in the $70k-plus neighborhood, not including the dealer markup that so often accompanies exclusive, low-production performance cars. Given that this was a nearly new example with only a single, fixable indication it wasn’t fresh from the wrapper, it is likely the seller had far more in it than the top bid. © 119


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Bonhams Olympia, London, U.K. London Olympia 2018 The buy of the day — and possibly the year — was a nice, early flat-floor E-type roadster for just $94,274 Company Bonhams Date December 3, 2018 Location London, U.K. Auctioneers Sholto Gilbertson, Rob Hubbard Automotive lots sold/offered 51/77 Sales rate 66% Sales total $3,593,254 High sale 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost London-toEdinburgh tourer, sold at $350,828 Bargain of the sale — 1961 Jaguar E-type Series I 3.8 convertible, sold at $94,274 Buyer’s premium 15% on first $635,558; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.79) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics note with its U.K. season-ender. It was just as well, because their prestige-car sale at the New Bond Street headquarters two days before was, all agreed, pretty much a disappointment in which just 11 cars sold out of 29 offered, two of those post-sale. We’ve put those 11 in the Roundup section at the end. It was a much happier story at the west London B exhibition space, with cast-iron arches that mimic the style of Paris’ Grand Palais — the scene of the motoring department’s next European sale, in February. Here, the sell-through rate was back to something like normal, which included the buy of the day — and possibly the year — a flat-floor E-type roadster for just $94,274. There was nothing wrong with the car, but the transaction was one of those auction flukes that happen from time to time. Nobody bid sufficient money on the day, but later someone made a cheekily low offer just to test the water. And that bidder unexpectedly found themselves the owner of a nice early E-type. These things happen sometimes when enough people take their eye off the ball, and it just goes to show there’s no 120 onhams closed another record-breaking year (which included the most valuable British car ever sold at a British auction: the DB4GT Zagato “2 VEV”) on an upbeat harm in asking, as you might get lucky. I doubt it will precipitate a storm of panicked E-type owners desperate to offload their roadsters in a fire sale, though. A 1973 Excalibur phaeton, once the property of Dean Martin and complete with 250-hp 454, took very strong money at $73k, or about three times the price of a rubber C3 ’Vette in the U.K., although back in reality, a restored Series I 80-inch Landie looked a good value at $24k, as did a classic Range Rover at $15k. High spot of the sale after the 246 GTS Dino stalled at $381k London, U.K. was the really sharp Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost with replica London-toEdinburgh body by Alpine Eagle. That looked inexpensive at $351k, a little way behind its lower estimate as has been normal at recent U.K. auctions, whose catalogs have tended to lag slightly behind the downward gravitational pull of the black hole named Brexit. But that’s good news for buyers, as it means bargains are to be had: If you were willing to forgo some elegance and freshness, you could have had an alternative example of “The Best Car in the World,” a 1922 Ghost with bulkier tourer body and front-wheel brakes, at a bit less than half that, or $160,796. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market NO SALE


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Bonhams Olympia, London, U.K. ENGLISH #123-1913 SUNBEAM 12/16HP tourer. S/N: 6525. Gray/black leather. RHD. Older (’80s) restoration beautifully mellowed after the passage of a couple of decades. Nice paint, excellent nickel plating to radiator shell and headlights, plus “Old Bill” mascot and really nice instruments on dash (no odo). Full weather equipment; top in good order, as is buttoned leather. Clean and tidy engine with polished brasswork and factory-fitted Bosch dual ignition. Cond: 2-. estimate like almost everything else these days, but still twice the price of the less-attractive and less-sharp 1922 car (Lot 154). #154-1922 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP Silver Ghost tourer. S/N: 28HG. White & black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 60,440 miles. Originally a Hooper saloon (it must have been quite substantial, as the body weighed half a ton). No word on when this body—with twin sidemount spares and rear jump seats—was fitted, but judging from the creased and cracked leather, especially in front, it was a while ago. Plating and paint still okay, though, with some wear and chipping to door edges. Motor tidy, rebuilt in 2017. Has acquired front brakes—they weren’t standard until the end of 1923. Waltham clock to dash said to still work, discreet flashing indicators fitted. Cond: 3+. tidy build, loosely copying an Ulster. Motor said to have lots of new parts including crank, rods and pistons. Later SU carb fitted. Seat leather and rubber floor mat almost unworn. More-modern Moto-Lita steering wheel cleverly adapted around column-boss-mounted hand throttle and advance-retard controls. Nice hand klaxon on right running board. Clutch problem noted by the vendor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,627. Was a Hackney Carriage (taxi) from 1921. Later, from 1995, in the Coach House Museum Collection, Leicester. Photographed in the same place as the topselling Veteran from Bonhams’ November sale, the 1903 Darracq ($779,116), so may be from the same ownership. Sold just about on the lower estimate, apparently to the same bidder who bought the E-type coupe (Lot 149), the Excalibur (Lot 161), and, right at the end of the sale, a 1938 Daimler EL24 limousine for $8,771 (Lot 177) and a 1924 Wolseley 11/22 drophead with dickey for $17,541 (Lot 178). Not sure why a similar car made only £27k ($35k) at Historics in November, against a not-much-lower estimate. #138-1921 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP Silver Ghost tourer. S/N: 48CE. Gray/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,550 miles. Derby Ghost with replica “London-Edinburgh” tourer body, originally a Town Coupe by Locke. Rebuilt in late 1990s and still looks new, with superb paint, plating, leather and accessories including Elliott speedos. Replacement cylinder block fitted during engine rebuild in 2017, with well-polished coolant pipes to motor. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $160,796. Delivered new to Spain, in the U.S. from 1978–2000. Then in the Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum in Sussex, latterly in German ownership. Hammered £10k ($13k) under the lower estimate, fair in today’s market. Half the price of the other Ghost mostly because that one was so much sharper, in near pristine condition, and so much more attractive. #111-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP Phantom II Sedanca de Ville. S/N: 29GY. Maroon & black/brown leather. RHD. Original and mostly unrestored apart from refurbed top mechanism. Motor rebuilt around new block and head. Older paint doing well. Good radiator shell and headlights. Very patinated original leather, okay carpets, decent headlining. Folding jumpseats in rear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,771. Probably used a saloon for a donor: chassis number puts it at late 1936/ early 1937, although that does mean it’ll have better brakes, synchro on third and fourth, and possibly a center bearing for the crankshaft. This is the cheapest way into an Austin Seven, which has started so many Vintage and PVT ownership careers. It’s cheap because of its status as a built-up car, and it’s not Vintage, but there are still plenty of events you can do with it. As it was hammered £2k (25%, $2,500) behind the lower estimate, a nice buy. #160-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP limousine. S/N: GXB25. Silver gray/black leathercloth/black leather, fawn cloth. RHD. Odo: 84,028 miles. Very original, unrestored and nicely preserved long-chassis car with bonnet three inches longer than standard, and twin sidemount spares. Okay older repaint over a body that’s slightly ripply in places. Plating all good. Very patinated leather probably original, with cloth in rear baggy. Varnish to timber worn in places. Motor “workmanlike” with paint flaking off air filter housing and steering column. “Lightly foxed” sums it up. Delightful. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $350,828. First owned by Mrs. W.K. Vanderbilt in New York, later chopped into a pickup. Restored in the U.K. for a Californian owner, returned to the U.K. in 2008. Sold slightly light, a little behind the lower 122 SOLD AT $97,939. In this ownership 30 years. Hammered sold mid-estimate and, for the amount of car for the money, these are looking very cheap at the moment. #164-1933 AUSTIN SEVEN Special roadster. S/N: 256071. Aluminum/red leather. RHD. Odo: 16,185 miles. Recent (2016) and SOLD AT $36,545. Was in the Totnes Motor Museum. Sold for a few grand more than the average 20/25 at auction, but that’s because it’s in a much healthier state than the usual crumbling old piles that totter along to Duxford and Beaulieu. As the catalog intimated, perfect for the Oily Rag Run, one of the most exclusive motoring events on the European motoring calendar. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Olympia, London, U.K. #124-1935 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III Sedanca de Ville. S/N: 3AX109. White & beige/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 60,192 miles. Nice body and paint, although colors over Gurney Nutting style make it look like a huge cream puff. Plating and chrome all good. Leather lightly baggy and creased. Veneers (and there are a lot of them) all good, very good headlining looks fairly recent. Modern stereo in rear compartment. With almost complete toolkit. Cond: 2-. pared with period fitment, but they look fine today. Nice MX reg number, too. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $255,812. A gift to the vendor, Stirling Moss’ son Elliot, from one-time Aston Martin owner Peter Livanos, after Stirling and Lady Susie ran it in the 1987 Mille Miglia. Has been on display at the Heritage Motor Centre, now the British Motor Museum. Sold at the higher end of the estimate range— mostly because DB2s come on the market so rarely, rather than any added provenance of ownership. #129-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III SOLD AT $207,573. Sold mid-estimate. MXs are the best of the Derby Bentleys, with overdrive from new, so even though it had a replica body it made more than the fairly original 1937 4¼ (Lot 132), which with its wide, allweather style looks rather staid by comparison. This was just a bit more scrumptious. #171-1950 LAND ROVER SERIES I SOLD AT $175,414. U.K.-supplied car, first owned by the Marquess of Queensbury, but in the U.S. for a time, where it was restored in these colors. Hammered £2k ($2,500) below the lower estimate. #132-1937 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE All- Weather tourer. S/N: B1BJY. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 23,351 miles. Derby tourer with unique coachwork four inches wider than the standard design. Post WWII was a station wagon. Restored in ’90s with new tail section and complete new wooden body frame and still very good, with excellent plating to radiator shell and headlights. Really nice timber dash and door cappings, and leather mellowing nicely. With overdrive. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,362. Off the road from the 1960s until 2004. Cheap for a Series I; hammered £5k ($6k) behind the lower estimate of £20k ($25,400), which did not look greedy. Well bought. #119-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 Van- SOLD AT $175,414. In this ownership since 1998; previously belonged to Robin Grant of the Benetton F1 team, who’d already restored two other Derby Bentleys. Sold at high end of estimate range, which is worth remarking upon in the current market, but this is a very, very nice Derby Bentley. #145-1939 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE tourer. S/N: B7MX. Eng. # K9BE. Red & black/gray leather. RHD. Originally a Park Ward saloon, rebodied in ’90s with Vanden Plas-style coachwork. Still with its original engine—and original body is included in the deal. Good and clean all around, with overdrive. Leather has plenty of life, plating excellent, timber dash glows richly. Slightly oversize tires com- 124 tage coupe. S/N: LML50X4. Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 14,977 miles. One of five experimental DB2s from within the regular production run, with Vantage engine from new. Clean, shiny, panel gaps wide but consistent. Clamshell and sills chipped at edges. Now with bucket seats (slightly creased leather) and harnesses. Wears a BRDC sticker in windscreen. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $119,866. In this ownership since 2010. Last in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database when it sold at a Sotheby’s auction in 1984 for $30,000 (SCM# 1540399), at which time we cryptically noted “properly restored.” Consider it evidence that care has been ongoing, which is what you want to see on one of these. Like everything else, sold under the lower estimate as the market re-evaluates itself, so we must call this a fair deal for a nice example in the current climate. Sports Car Market SOLD AT $143,255. If it’s this original, why paint it? Weird. Anyway, sold just on bottom estimate, commensurate with where the preSuperleggera DB Astons have dropped in the past year or so. Fair both ways. Shame about the repaint; might have been worth more left doggy/original, although white wouldn’t have done it any favors. #158-1960 BENTLEY S2 Continental Flying Spur sedan. S/N: BC145AR. Green/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 71,608 miles. Older repaint in original Sage Green still very good. Interior is newer, with excellent timber to dash and door cappings. Leather now nicely creased for a bit of character. Engine last rebuilt in 1997. Cond: 2-. 80-inch utility. S/N: 16101132. Green/green canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Clean, restored on what looks like original chassis, new wiring, new tilt top, new tires and probably new seat vinyl as well. Said to still have original engine. Cond: 3+. coupe. S/N: AM30031612. Black/tan leather. RHD. Shiny paint (originally Desert White with blue/gray interior), though not so good when clamshell’s opened. New brake pipes, full set of tools. Very worn original leather. So, nice driver-quality hiding under a blowover. Last MoT 2012. Cond: 3.


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Online sales of contemporary cars 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet BEST BUY #135-1961 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N: 850164. Metallic blue/black cloth/black Date sold: 12/09/2018 eBay auction ID: 123523359267 Seller’s eBay ID: mr800king Sale type: Used car with 75 miles VIN: WDDXK7KB7HA028325 Details: Zircon Red over white leather; 6.0-L twinturbocharged V12 rated at 621 hp and 738 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $250,000, 25 bids, sf 243 MSRP: $337,625 (as equipped) Other current offering: Cascio Motors of Scottsdale, AZ, offering a 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 cabriolet in Diamond White Metallic over white leather with 315 miles, for $357,950. 2017 Dodge Viper ACR Coupe leather. RHD. Odo: 63,361 miles. The 164th RHD, flat-floor roadster, in good order all round. Originally black with tan leather: older retrim, newer paint. Still super-clean underneath with spotweld dimples still showing under rear pan, though paint is a bit bubbly around the (repro) chassis plate. Hood frame is correct gray, aluminum center console is well scratched. Now with electronic ignition. Cond: 3+. 2,506 miles. Leaf-sprung car, said to be one of the batch of “KPU” Alan Mann racers; may have been KPU 391C as driven by Stewart, Gardner, Bianchi, etc. in 1966. Good repainted order over lots of new panels, and not much of its racing history evident except for twin holes for fuel fillers in rear deck. Decent seat vinyl. Huge “notch” in steering action at center. Not original engine, but you wouldn’t expect that. No prop shaft fitted. Later (yellow not compulsory until 1973, before which they were silver on black) reflective number plate hung on the rear, which would tie in with it being re-registered in the U.K. in 1978. Cond: 3+. Bonhams Olympia, London, U.K. Date sold: 11/15/2018 eBay auction ID: 263894040722 Seller’s eBay ID: thethrottlestopwi Sale type: Used car with 8 miles VIN: 1C3BDEDZ5HV500760 Details: Viper White over Demonic Red leather; 8.4-L V10 rated at 645 hp and 600 ft-lb, 6-sp manual, RWD Sale result: $156,900, Buy It Now, sf 8 MSRP: $118,795 (base) Other current offering: Lamborghini Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, selling a 2017 Viper ACR Snakeskin Edition coupe in Stryker Green over black leather/Alcantara for $188,951, with 99 miles. 2018 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS SOLD AT $94,274. Sold inexplicably cheaply, and bargain of the sale, if not the year. Unsold on the day, but a prospective buyer tried his luck afterwards with a silly offer—which was accepted by the long-term owner, to everyone’s surprise. These flukes do happen occasionally, and sheer opportunism got the buyer the car for around £40k ($51k) under its real value of £110k–£120k ($140k–$153k). As Sholto, who consigned it, said: “There’s one bargain in every sale.” Incredibly well bought. #149-1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 3.8 coupe. S/N: 886967. Green/buff leather. Odo: 6,956 miles. Older (2003–09) resto; was originally Opalescent Silver Blue with maroon interior. Very shiny, clean underneath, good door shuts and chrome all good. New exhaust. Older redone leather over seats converted to high-back, shiny dash top, blingy gearknob. Wears a leather-trimmed center console and glovebox, but new (repro) aluminum trim is included to return to original spec. Four-pot front calipers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $116,943. Sold to Holland in 1967 and later found in an Essex lock-up where it had been since 1978, registered as KPU 388C. Previously withdrawn from Bonhams’ Members’ Meeting sale earlier in 2018. Verified as the old KPU 391C by Mann’s son Henry, who over the past couple of years has been gradually selling off some of the family heirlooms... though it’s slightly complicated by the fact that there’s another car out there claiming this identity, and bearing the number KPU 391C. Sold for 250% of the price of a regular LoCort, but not as much you’d expect for what was effectively a Works car, and wide estimate range of £80k–£120k ($102k–$152k) showed that nobody really knew where it was going to go. #140-1966 FORD LOTUS-CORTINA 2-dr sedan. S/N: BA744362065. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 64,675 miles. Leaf-sprung car rebuilt in 1977 around a new shell, then restored again in 1990. Clean underneath, with good interior vinyl and dash inside. Pancake filters as original airbox is missing. On agerelated plate; was TMP 86S as per ’77 reshell, and wearing a repro Dec ’66 tax disc. Cond: 3+. Date sold: 11/29/2018 eBay auction ID: 113395744911 Seller’s eBay ID: jakesmotorcars Sale type: Used car with 2,036 miles VIN: WP0BB2A9XJS134130 Details: Jet Black Metallic over black leather/Alcantara, 3.0-L twin-turbocharged H6 rated at 450 hp and 405 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $159,888, Buy It Now, sf 350 MSRP: $168,520 (as equipped) Other current offering: In Springfield, IL, Isringhausen Imports asking $132,900 for a Rhodium Silver Metallic over black leather 2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS, with 16,592 miles. ♦ 126 SOLD AT $124,252. Supplied new to Canada, returned 2018. Around the right money, but why this should have fetched more than the 1961 flat-floor roadster (Lot 135) is a mystery that does not compute. Apparently the vendor bought 77 RW, the 1961 Geneva Motor Show Roadster, in 1966 for £400.... #120-1965 FORD LOTUS-CORTINA KPU 388C racer. S/N: BA74EU59035. Eng. # 701M6015. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: SOLD AT $55,548. 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Bonhams Olympia, London, U.K. using a Cortina GT body, which is mildly ridiculous because they’re almost identical. Bought from Silverstone’s Birmingham auction November 2015 (SCM# 6798946), for $77,071 when we (I...) said: “Well sold for a car with such a history.” Again, quite well sold. #108-1966 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR coupe. S/N: 1152517. Red/red leather. RHD. Very early car, originally Charcoal Gray, which is probably a metallic. Very poor resto project with bottom six inches of body mostly missing, and dings and rust holes elsewhere. Much of inner wing sheet metal has returned to its elementary constituents according to the periodic table. Left door tied shut with rope. When they’re this bad it means the integrity of the main two (massive) chassis tubes is uncertain. Original leather split and torn. However, all of the fiddly bits of trim are still there, as is the all-important “goldfish-bowl” rear hatch. Cond: 4. sort of money a really nicely restored, early steel-bumper roadster retails for, so you’re effectively getting the hopped-up motor for free. #172-1971 BENTLEY T1 2-dr sedan. S/N: CBH9242. Dark green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 42,610 miles. Nice old steel-bumper MPW coupe, which would be renamed the Corniche after 1971. Straight, shiny paint, good timber and veneers, nicely patinated original leather. Chrome all good. Motor is clean and tidy. With books, tools and original sales invoice. Nice Crewe registration, like the R-R/Bentley press cars, too. Cond: 3+. miles. Wood & Pickett, formed by two exHooper employees, essentially copied Harold Radford’s luxury Minis. Good order all around, with decent paint and brightwork. Seat leather only lightly worn. Moto-Lita wheel, modern stereo. Red-painted engine block—according to the chassis number this was originally a 998-cc City. Not registered or used until 2013. Belgian registration, where catalog pictures show it on a previous Open Air Rally. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,457. Some time abroad; returned to the U.K. in 1990. Bought by Rejen to restore, but even they must have got scared off. Sold in a post-sale deal for a little less than the lower estimate. Anything is possible, as it’s just a question of time and money, but I’d hazard this isn’t restorable to original within its value. So, possibly destined to become a donor for an “update,” some of which run Chevy LS3s... but those haven’t been selling well of late. #163-1969 MGB Supercharged convert- ible. S/N: GHN4U175501. Green/black leather. RHD. Restored and converted from left- to right-hand drive. Leather only lightly worn, Moto-Lita wheel, modern stereo concealed behind original speaker grille—original radio still fitted and lights up when the remote unit is switched on. Good mohair hood (top), plus hard top. Motor is overbored from 1,798 cc, with added supercharger and slightly bumpier cam. Parabolic leaf springs plus teledampers and still sits a little high at the rear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,618. Cheap for a 3-door, but this was getting near the end of the sale, and having reached £9,700 ($12,300) in hundreds, Hubbard remarked, “Why not? We’ve got the hall all night.” He hammered it sold on the next bid at £10k ($13k), which was £3k ($4k) under the lower estimate. Unless there’s something seriously wrong with it, very well bought, on the phone. #137-1987 MINI MARGRAVE 2-dr se- SOLD AT $24,119. Originally supplied to the U.S., returned in 1997. Sold (online) for the March 2019 dan. S/N: SAXXL2S1020338771. Palsalor/ cream vinyl/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 4,000 SOLD AT $52,624. One of only 79 righthanders, and relative rarity keeps the price slightly higher than the Rolls-Royce versions, of which there were 571. Sold right, hammered 10% under the £40k ($50,845) lower estimate, as is the norm at U.K. sales these days. Last in SCM database when it sold at this sale in December 2016 for $49,303, with 42,160 miles (SCM# 6817052). #174-1980 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER Classic Estate. S/N: LHABV1AA104400. White/beige vinyl. RHD. Repainted, with new repro seats, carpets and door trim. Door-shut rivets correctly unpainted. Dash plastics okay, instrument binnacle a bit grubby. Steering-wheel covering well worn. With overdrive. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,249. May technically be an Austin, as Mini did not become a marque in its own right until 1988. Offered at no reserve with a rather hopeful £20k–£30k ($25k–$38k) estimate. Sold for the same money as an immaculate, final-edition Cooper Sport 500, and curiosity value probably got it this far. #125-1991 GTD 40 coupe. S/N: 23690. Gulf Blue & Orange/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 6,726 miles. GT Developments was one of the first replicators of GT40s, although the company has been through various iterations. Well-made and quite convincing, so much so that one visitor to the sale thought it was a Ford GT.... Nice paint, correct right-hand gear change, authentic-looking dash, leather nicely settling in. Doors modified so tops are removable. In-dash a/c, but requires pump and compressor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $102,325. Quite good money for a replica; slightly over estimate, but consider that it’s about the same price as a Ferrari 308/328... and then ask yourself which is the more exciting. GERMAN #105-1959 MESSERSCHMITT KR201 microcar. S/N: 70335. Silver/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 6,290 miles. Project but in fair order. Body and paint okay, a little surface rust in floorpans and loose wiring. Seat vinyl okay. No top in evidence. Cond: 3. 127


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Bonhams Olympia, London, U.K. floors; inner sills appear solid enough, some small holes in outers. Ripped seat vinyl. Instrument bezels and steering wheel spokes corroded, original radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $87,707. Hammered sold £10k ($13k) under the £70k ($89k) lower estimate. Well sold for a 356B coupe needing quite a bit of work. SOLD AT $24,119. Fair money, rarity canceled out by slightly rough condition. A restored KR200 from the same collection came two lots later at exactly the same estimate, but failed to sell. #153-1961 PORSCHE 356B 1600 coupe. S/N: 118029. Eng. # 607144. Condor Yellow/ black leather. Older (2010) restoration in original color. Still very good; paint nice and good door fit. With original Blaupunkt and new floor mats; seat leather just a little more sat in since last time we saw it. With headrests, deluxe horn ring, luggage straps, driving lights, original tools and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $93,554. One of 500 right-handers (which had the “City Pack” bumpers and more creature comforts than the continental versions, making them almost as heavy as a CSi). Bought by the vendor in 2009 as an unfinished project. Sold on the phone under estimate, but for the correct money. #162-1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 280TE SOLD AT $102,325. Six owners. Second in class at the 2015 Porsche 356 Club Dana Point Concours. Hammered exactly mid-estimate. Bought from this sale in 2016 for $93,688 (SCM# 6827884), when that was £74,300. Offered but not sold at Bonhams’ Goodwood sale three months prior, and has covered only a claimed 1,000 miles since. Price has increased £6k/$10k, but take off the premiums and the owner is down about the same amount. $10k to own a 356 for 1,000 miles.... #116-1962 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 coupe. S/N: 122346. Slate Gray/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 3,308 miles. U.K.-market restoration project: faded, possibly original paint, rusty at edges and door bottoms, crease in right front wing. Some older patching to wagon. S/N: WDB12309322011314. White/ black half-leather. RHD. Odo: 33,798 miles. Biggest-engined TE with all the toys that were available then, including a/c—a rare option. Very good order, no rust (has had sill work) and well looked after. Nardi steering wheel it previously wore replaced by a stock item. Illegal black number plates. Previous speedo change means real mileage is about 38,000. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,780. When was the last time you saw one of these? Theta was the first European car to feature an electric starter. This belonged for more than half a century to VSCC stalwart (and former British Ambassador to Fiji) Arthur Jeddere-Fisher, who bought it in 1950 for his wife, having found it abandoned near Reading. Marcia J-F won various VSCC trophies with it, including the Prescott Edwardian Handicap. Sold to the vendor in 2005. Hammered mid-estimate, with nothing directly to compare it with in the U.K.—there are probably more in the U.S. #148-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N: 07176. Red/black fiberglass/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 51,227 miles. Restored 2013–17, though not quite as concours as the catalog would have it. Very shiny with good panel fit—left corner of engine lid almost lines up. Decent rechrome. Seat vinyl good, with red cloth inserts replaced by black. Very good dash top. With full tool roll and yellow jack. Cond: 2-. #167-1973 BMW 3.0 CSL coupe. S/N: 2285482. Silver/black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 60,865 miles. Restored. Inner wings good (front outers new). Some scratches to window trim. Seat velour unworn, timber trim all good, with correct dull finish. Motor said to have been rebuilt 2k miles ago, in 1989. Cond: 2-. ITALIAN #151-1913 LANCIA THETA 2-dr sedan. S/N: A1810. Green/brown leather. RHD. Beautifully faded old thing and very original; needs nothing more than a wipe-over with an oily rag, which might brighten it up. Was once used as a breakdown truck, with dickey seat removed. Very creased leather, faded paint, subdued plating... and a very upright style almost as phone-box-like as a Ford T sedan. Engine rebuilt in 2000s, wiring loom replaced in 2012, later generator runs off the prop shaft. Should bear a label reading “Do Not Restore.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,811. The W123 model to own today: a 280 wagon with all the extras. Owned by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees for 29 years until 2017. Been hanging around the trade for past couple of years at ever-decreasing prices. I sampled it two years ago when it was at a fashionable dealer asking £14,950 (then about $22k), and had a Nardi steering wheel. Hammered £500 ($635) under the £12k ($15k) lower estimate. This is the right money for the car, but I thought celeb ownership might add 50%. 128 NOT SOLD AT $381,335. In one-family ownership from new. Not sold at £300k, which I thought should have been enough to get the job done in today’s market against a £350k–£400k ($445k–$510k) estimate that seemed rather high. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Olympia, London, U.K. AMERICAN #112-1939 BUICK SERIES 90 Super limousine. S/N: 949333366. Black/black leather, gray velour. RHD. Odo: 93,922 miles. 1940 model. Fair original condition; probably been painted at some point (“they’ve all ’ad paint, guv...”), as interior seems to be a chocolatey maroon. All brightwork appears to be there. Original front seat leather getting rather baggy; gray velour in rear newer and much better. 12V conversion, with flashing indicators added under bumpers, now with manual choke. Cond: 3. ing (from the outside) “Bullitt” rep made from an S-code car with manual and LSD rather than a 390 GT, although converted to righthand drive. Good paint, vinyl, wheels, etc. Repop chrome all good. Big-bore exhausts, traction bars plus unspecified other motor and suspension “upgrades.” Registration number is a nice nod to the original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $90,567. Came to the U.K. in 2008. If you want a perfect “Bullitt” clone, why make it right-hand drive? Sold after auction just within estimate range for about twice what a regular S-code car fetches here. SOLD AT $9,940. In this ownership since 2001 after Bonhams & Brooks offered it at Hendon earlier that year ($12,917, SCM# 1550333). Sold at a third of the pre-sale estimate, and looks an even better value against the ’38 Caddy V16 using the same body that Hyman had in November, asking $125k. Depressingly, a life of wedding hire probably awaits it. #169-1954 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N: 546254579. Red/white vinyl/ white leather. Odo: 70,622 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored, clean and tidy, and all chrome and trim looks present and correct. Dash and instruments all very good. Seat leather unworn. Power top still works, as demonstrated during viewing. Continental kit, with what look like standard valance parts included in trunk. Cond: 2-. #161-1973 EXCALIBUR PHAETON Series II roadster. S/N: 19731214. Cream & maroon/tan leather. Odo: 20,943 miles. O.M.G. Okay, let’s get this over with (we don’t get too many of these abominations in the U.K., and I think even Keith Moon had the grace to leave his in the U.S.). Good order all around, although repaint fairly indiscriminately sprayed over wishbones, seals, et al. Has the 454 rated at a whopping 250 hp. Irish registered. VW Beetle lights make it look a worse pastiche of a Bugatti than a Beetlebased fake Bugatti. The first Brooks Stevens Excaliburs were almost svelte, but it beats me how you can get a car this wrong and still be allowed to market it. With hard top and tools. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $103,787. Imported in 1983 prior to restoration. In storage since 2010. Sold for a healthy mid-estimate figure, with new money coming in at £52k ($66k) to boost the bidding. #118-1967 FORD MUSTANG “Bullitt” replica fastback. S/N: 7R0S106536. Highland Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 5,322 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. “I know! Let’s get a ’67 fastback and paint it Highland Green!”—too many people. Convincing-look- March 2019 SOLD AT $73,089. One of only 22 built in 1973 (okay, there is a god...) and was hoovered up when new by that paragon of style and taste, the “celebrated, all-around entertainer” Dean Martin. Hammered £10k ($13k) below the rather hopeful £60k ($76k) lower estimate. Bought from Mecum in 2017 for $31,900 (SCM# 6854526), dropping from the price it achieved the year before (Mecum Monterey 2016, $38,500, SCM# 6808469). Amazingly well sold, and no surprise it was to someone not actually present in the room. There’s one born every minute. © 129


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Leake Dallas, TX Leake — Dallas 2018 A pair of mid-2000s Ford GTs flanked the entry door, with the red 2006 coupe topping the sale at $319k Company Leake Auctions Date November 15–17, 2018 Location Dallas, TX Auctioneers Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Amy Assiter Automotive lots sold/offered 262/512 Sales rate 51% Sales total $7,092,415 High sale One of two present at Leake’s Dallas auction — 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $319,000 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $319,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics set on big growth have culminated in a ne level of hope and palpable excitement for Oklahoma-based collector-car auction c Earlier this year, IronPlanet, the leading online marketplace for heavy equipment, purchased Leake Auctions. Shortly thereafter, Ritchie Bros., the world’s largest heavy-equipment auctioneers, purchased IronPlanet. That acquisition created the single largest auction company worldwide. The new leadership comes from Gary and Muffy B Bennett. This formidable couple, formerly of BarrettJackson Auctions, came to Leake through the IronPlanet/ Ritchie Bros. acquisition. Muffy Bennett had already left Barrett as Dealership Division Manager when Gary retired after 25 years as the auction company’s Vice President of Consignment. Muffy was approached by IronPlanet to consult about acquiring a collector-car auction company. IronPlanet had already been providing online services for Leake Auctions. She advised IronPlanet to buy a smaller auction company rather than build one from scratch. About a month after Muffy joined, Ritchie Bros. bought IP. Soon, Gary joined his wife and the Leake family. When the Bennetts did, the husband and wife auction team of Tom “Spanky” Assiter and his talented wife, Amy, signed on, as did a number of other members of Barrett-Jackson’s former staff. 130 ig changes marked 2018 for the L Auction Company. New ownership, new leadership, lots of new staff, new structure, and a target The Bennetts are striving to make Leake, one of the oldest Dallas, TX collector-car auction houses, into the premier collector-car auction house. Every day, both were present on the floor, checking on lots to be sold, making sure details had been addressed, and taking valuable time to make sure everyone felt welcome. Their experience and ospitality was undeniable. Their personal touch is rare, and makes m standouts in the collector-car community. The stage now sits at the back of the Dallas Market Hall as opposed to its former location near the entrance. Bidders, guests and attendees now must walk through many of the lots offered to get to the stage, bidder registration, food and merchandise vendors, and the like. Gone is the dual-stage setup of years past, with a more traditional single-stage arrangement across which the cars drive. The auction is live online, with boom cameras, cameramen and a large auctioneer’s booth behind the stage. The arrangement smacks of other larger auctions. The intentions here are obvious. As such, Leake set forth a large and var- Sales Totals ied selection. American muscle, a hallmark of collector-car auctions in the middle of the country, was out in force: Shelbys, Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, GTOs and Mopars were plentiful. Exotics could be had as well, with multiple Ferraris, Maseratis and Aston Martins represented. There was even a pair of mid-2000s Ford GTs on either side of the entry door, one of which (the red 2006) was the high sale at $319k, with fees. Of the 512 lots on hand, 262 sold, marking a 51% sell-through rate, for a total take of $7,092,415. It’ll be intriguing to see where all the changes lead in 2019. ♦ $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 NO SALE


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Leake Dallas, TX ENGLISH #670-1963 BENTLEY S3 sedan. S/N: B290CN. Dark blue metallic/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 4,795 miles. This Bentley S3 is dressed (and billed) as a Silver Cloud III with Rolls hubcaps, emblems, trim and the Spirit of Ecstasy atop the Rolls grille. Sporting dark blue metallic paint that almost appears as if it has a little blue metal-flake in it. Paint has numerous scratches and nicks, with a large scuff on the passenger’s side rear quarter. Chrome shows plenty of buff marks and a bit of patina, especially at the wing windows. Rolls hubcaps are scuffed and hazy. Trafficators on B-pillars have broken lenses, rotting seals. Polished door sills are scuffed. Wood door trim at windows is flaking. Driver’s seat bottom is cracking and worn. Plenty of cracking, patina on dash walnut. Gauges are hazy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $49,500. Sold just under low retail, and it was likely spot-on. The reconditioning that was needed to bring the car back to its former glory was going to take a bit of investment. However, the buyer did leave with a high-end luxury coupe for a fraction of a new one. #715-2009 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage Volante. S/N: SCFBF04CX9GD12685. Jet Black/Cream Truffle leather. Odo: 15,435 miles. Paint is shiny but marred by slight road rash, some of which has been touched up. Engine compartment is quite presentable. Cream Truffle leather interior is an attractive offset to the black exterior. Driver’s side seat bolster shows only minor creasing, with no undue wear present. Wheels show no signs of damage or curb scrapes. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $240,000. I am not typically a Rolls-Royce fan, but this car was gorgeous. One could imagine this at some Eastern Seaboard summer home. The high bid here was fully $25k shy of low retail for a car that was in very good condition. A no-sale was a nobrainer. #760-2018 ASTON MARTIN VAN- NOT SOLD AT $32,000. The high bid here was slightly below SCM Pocket Price Guide median value of either the Bentley S3 (which it is) or Rolls Silver Cloud III (which it isn’t). Thorough investment and time would have been required to do this car justice. Given the condition, $32k was more than the car was worth, and the seller should have let this one go. #412-2007 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT Mulliner Edition coupe. S/N: SCBCR73W87C040706. Silver Tempest Metallic/ Beluga leather. Odo: 20,330 miles. Some minor road pepper, bug impacts visible on nose. Stainless trim around windows shows plenty of buff marks. Exhaust tips are dirty; headlight covers beginning to haze. Wheels without the curb damage so often seen on oversized wheels with low-profile tires. Interior shows quite a bit of wear on the driver’s seat, as the seat bottom almost looks like it has been sanded. Seat bolster shows only minor wear. Doorsills are dull and scuffed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. Though it showed very minor signs of wear, the car overall was in better-than-average condition. The high bid was well below low retail. The owner seemingly had little choice but to hold out for more. #436-2014 JAGUAR F-TYPE S convert- ible. S/N: SAJWA6GL6EMK05446. Black Amethyst Metallic/black cloth/Ivory Leather. Odo: 31,067 miles. Upgrade metallic paint shows quite well, with only a few bug splats to detract. As one would expect with a car of this age, glass and weatherstrip do not yet show signs of age. Wheels are free from curb rash. Driver’s side seat bolster shows more wear than expected, with extensive cracking already present. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. This was a new Aston Martin with only 89 miles on the clock. It was sitting right next to another brand-new Aston. Not sure why two new Astons were here. Sticker on this particular example exceeded $356,000. It is no wonder it didn’t sell. GERMAN NOT SOLD AT $41,000. The money offered here was only slightly below market value for condition and miles. With the thought of already needing some interior reconditioning, the high bid was very close. Only time will tell if the seller will be able to realize a better offer. #761-2016 ROLLS-ROYCE DAWN con- vertible. S/N: SCA666D59GU102330. Midnight Sapphire Metallic/dark blue cloth/ Moccasin & navy blue leather. Odo: 11,560 132 #745-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N: 190SL9501114. Black/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 89,885 miles. Reportedly the subject of a rotisserie restoration and a museum piece for past eight years. Deeply glossy black paint shows some very light marks from dry dusting and a slight ripple in the finish just aft of the passenger’s side headlight. Red leather seats are soft and free from any real wear. Balance of interior features nicely restored dash, gauges and door cards. Carpets are in good nick. Engine compartment is tidy but could use a bit of detailing. There is Sports Car Market QUISH S Volante. S/N: SCFPMCLZ1JGK03648. Onyx Black/black cloth/Obsidian Black leather. Odo: 89 miles. As new. Only 89 miles to detract from anything. Paint, top, interior, wheels, glass, everything was fresh from the wrapper. Gorgeous. Might as well be James Bond’s summer vacation ride. Cond: 1. miles. Stunning metallic paint marred by only a few minor chips on the nose. Rear deck inside the dark blue cloth top is covered in nautical-style teak. Very handsome tan Moccasin leather piped in navy blue shows only subtle wear. Chrome door sills are a beautiful touch. Polished alloy wheels are as they left the factory. One great-looking Rolls. Cond: 2+.


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Leake Dallas, TX a heavy wiper-blade track on the passenger’s side of the windshield. Cond: 2-. ing also has holes in it. Surprisingly, the carpet and mats look pretty decent, possibly having been replaced. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. Last seen at the June 2018 Leake Tulsa auction, where it traded hands for $77,500 (SCM# 6872437). It seemed as though no additional reconditioning had been done. Perhaps the new owner was trying to recapture some of the early SL craziness that has subsided over the past few years. The high bid was still well below priceguide median value for a car well above median condition. #310-1973 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N: 1532994570. Olympic Blue/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 23,983 miles. A cute little sunny-day car, this is driver-quality clean. Light Volkswagen Olympic Blue paint shows some swirl. Original chrome bumpers show pitting and patina. Stainless could stand to be polished. Black vinyl convertible top shows minor fading. Driver’s side rear-view mirror glass is foggy. Running boards have a little waviness. Vinyl seats a little lumpy, show minor wear. Carpet needs to be tucked back in place. Not ready for shows, but ready for sunny, top-down cruising. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Not sure what the seller was looking for here. True enough, these R107 1971–89 M-B convertibles are on the rise, but this one had some significant needs to go along with significant mileage. High bid here was commensurate with condition, and it should have been sold. #446-1991 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2 cabriolet. S/N: WP0CB2963MS461844. Grand Prix White/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 51,214 miles. White shows well, with a possible repaint on the nose. Good panel gaps all the way around. Dark blue leather interior is fade-free. Front seats appear to have been recently re-covered. Engine bay is clean and correct. Super-low miles, but unfortunately equipped with a Tiptronic auto-manual. Cond: 2. had his fun with the car, but it was time for something new, and he was satisfied with the sale price. The miles were average for the model and vintage, but the condition was well above median. This was very well bought. #641-2010 MERCEDES-BENZ S550 sedan. S/N: WDDNG8GB9AA326291. Diamond White Pearl/Natural leather. Odo: 89,715 miles. This one has had a clear bra on it that is now gone, it has been repainted on the nose, or it has had the most conscientious care ever. The front shows next to no wear, and certainly belies the number on the odometer. Wheels are similarly clean and without any rash. Interior shows only minor creasing on the leather; wood trim is quite nice. Engine bay has a little light dust. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $5,940. The price was appropriate for the car. Inexpensive, stylish convertible with minimal operating costs. Perfect for a younger driver or great for open-top summers. Nobody got hurt here. #475-1986 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N: WDBBA48DXGA046880. Black/black cloth, black hard top/tan leather. Odo: 166,401 miles. Festooned with those wonderful trashy hallmarks of decades ago, chrome fender trim and requisite chromed 1990s AMG five-spokes, this R107 looks dated and tired. Black paint, shiny from a distance, is dusty and in need of detailing. The chrome shows buff marks, but no pitting yet. The seat bolster has heavy wear, having worn through. Vinyl trim around the soft-top open- 134 NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Porsche 964s have seen a bit of cooling after the meteoric run-up to their acme in late 2016, but prices are still well north of where they were a few years before. This cute cabrio was appealing despite the less-than-desirable Tiptronic trans. This one had lots of eyeball, but the top money offered was not quite enough to make the sale in today’s market. #439-2008 MERCEDES-BENZ SL65 AMG convertible. S/N: WDBSK79F18F136227. Obsidian Black Metallic/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 47,000 miles. Shiny metallic paint is only flawed by a few bug marks and light buffer swirl. Panel gaps are what one should expect from Mercedes-Benz. Tidy engine bay is dominated by a massive carbonfiber engine cover. Black leather interior shows very light use, with minor creasing present on the driver’s seat. AMG wheels are as-new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $48,400. Speaking with the owner before this SL crossed the block, he expressed his hopes for a high bid in the upper-$50k range. Afterward he said he SOLD AT $19,250. Winning bid was a couple thousand dollars below clean retail. This was a well-equipped M-B S-class in exceptional condition. Add in the obvious care it had received, and this a bit of a bargain. Well bought. #759-2012 MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG coupe. S/N: WDDRJ7HA3CA008737. Obsidian Black Metallic/black leather. Odo: 6,584 miles. Paint shows very light buffer swirl on the nose, with the balance of the car’s finish very much in line with the odometer mileage. 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Leake Dallas, TX SOLD AT $165,000. The price here was a bit below book, with the car trading hands for around wholesale. The car was in better-thanaverage condition, with very low miles. It was a wonder the seller let it go so cheaply. Well bought. #690-2012 PORSCHE 911 Carrera con- vertible. S/N: WP0CA2A90CS140285. Black/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 24,664 miles. Could use a bit of detailing; black paint on hood needs to be buffed to really shine. Front bumper cover has a couple of small gouges, likely from a garage mishap. Convertible top shows creases from having spent considerable time down. Seat bolster wear is minimal. A few leaves are in the engine-bay air intake. Engine bay has light dust, but is otherwise as it should be. Wheels are clean and damagefree. Cond: 2-. with cream interior was a lovely combination, a welcome departure from traditional Rosso Corsa. Fair deal for everyone. #632-2002 MASERATI CAMBIO- CORSA Spyder. S/N: ZAMBB18A720007662. Giallo Granturismo/black cloth/Nero leather. Odo: 16,013 miles. Clear bra wrapping the nose has done its job well, as there are few rock chips or any other signs of use. Engine bay is very tidy, appearing almost new. Wheels are all in good nick. Driver’s door top weatherstrip is folded under in a couple of places, possibly for drying with age. Driver’s side seat bolster shows a bit of light wear, but nothing excessive. Balance of the interior is free from wear or signs of age. Cond: 2+. in the 10% selling fee, and the take-home hardly seems worth it. The owner was smart to hold out for more. #748-2010 FERRARI 458 Italia coupe. S/N: ZFF67NFA9A0174803. Rosso Corsa/ Rosso & Nero Daytona leather. Odo: 12,755 miles. Glossy paint shows well, with only the faintest signs of having been driven. Massive carbon-fiber wing mounted on the tail. Factory black-painted alloys are free from rash or damage, showcasing yellow painted calipers. Engine bay is clean and presentable beneath its clear cover. Interior is quite attractive, with two-tone Daytona seats—although there is a substantial rub mark on the driver’s side bolster. Heel scuffs present at door sill. The rest of the innards are covered in extensive carbon fiber. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. The high bid here was right at average retail value. As a minimal investment in a decent detail and a bit of touch-up paint would have gone a long way toward improving the overall appearance, the car was worth a good bit more. The seller should prove wise to hold out for more. ITALIAN #722-1999 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N: ZFFXR48A8X0114476. Tour de France Blue/ blue cloth/cream leather. Odo: 36,700 miles. Clear bra on the front end did its job protecting the Tour de France blue paint, but has subsequently dried and cracked. Some scraping is visible on the chin spoiler. Driver’s seat shows moderate wear on the seat bolster. Carbonfiber door sills and interior trim glossy. Both seats could stand to be cleaned and conditioned. Wheels are clean, in good condition. Engine bay looks complete but has light coating of dust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. After a $19,000 no-sale at the April 2018 Leake Dallas auction (SCM# 6870561), this little Spyder was back. These first-year Maserati ragtops never seemed to get the love they likely deserved. This one was quite nice, with not much to fault. Sale price was just over price guide median value of $15,500. Someone got a good deal on a clean little Italian convertible. #743-2008 LAMBORGHINI GAL- LARDO coupe. S/N: ZHWGU12T18LA06104. Giallo Halys Pearl/Nero leather. Odo: 9,984 miles. Screaming yellow paint is bright and shiny, with no signs of road pepper—despite the lack of a clear bra. Wheels are similarly rash-free. Glass and weatherstrip continue the like-new theme. Nero leather interior really pops with contrasting yellow stitching and piping. Driver’s side seat bolster shows light scuffing from ingress/egress. Overall consistent with very low mileage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. From the Milton Verret Collection. Sale price here was below average retail. Condition was decent, save for the wear on the seat and some heel scuffs. The only thing left to fault was a wing large enough to use as an ironing board, which did detract from the car’s crisp, original design. Possibly well bought—if you don’t mind a carbon-fiber surfboard mounted on the haunch of your Prancing Horse. #686-2012 MASERATI GRANTUR- ISMO Sport convertible. S/N: ZAM45MMA2C0061783. Rosso Trionfale Metallic/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 15,246 miles. Paint is very shiny and has received obvious care, with very few marks from road rash; sporting a nice gloss, well polished. Glass free from nicks or chips. Tan leather interior has also been well cared for, with only minor creasing present on the driver’s side outside seat bolster. Engine compartment looks to have been freshly detailed, nicely dressed. All four factory alloy wheels are as-new, damagefree. Clean throughout. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,200. The winning bid was a bit below median book value but indicative of the reconditioning needed to bring this Spider up to snuff. On the positive side, the rare TdF blue 136 NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Sharing the same engine as the Audi R8 V10, the Gallardo is the entry-level Lamborghini (if this level of performance could ever be considered entry level). One of just over 14k Gallardos made over a 10-year run. The high bid here was somewhat above average retail, but so was the condition of this retina-searing Lambo. Factor SOLD AT $51,700. Winning bid was well below retail on this like-new Maserati convertible. The Rosso Trionfale Metallic with Pearl Beige leather interior was quite handsome. Great condition, low miles, Maserati perfor- Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX mance, and a price well under book: Someone stole this Maserati. #758-2015 FERRARI CALIFORNIA T convertible. S/N: ZFF77XJA1F0211888. Nero Daytona/black cloth/red leather, black Alcantara. Odo: 4,200 miles. Very shiny black paint shows light marks on the nose and slight soft-top ring on the deck lid. Flawless factory alloys frame yellow-painted calipers. Interior is striking in brilliant red leather with black Alcantara inserts offset by contrasting white diamond-quilted stitching. Some wear is noted on the driver’s side seat bolster. Carbon fiber liberally applied throughout the interior. Cond: 2+. #485-1991 TOYOTA SUPRA Sport Roof coupe. S/N: JT2MA71N7M0159808. Super Red/gray leather. Odo: 31,660 miles. Original paint still presents quite well, with minimal road pepper on nose. Panel gaps consistent throughout. Glass and weatherstrip both present well. Wheels are free from curb damage, and retain their original finish. Gray leather interior is in very good condition, with only minor creasing on the driver’s side seat and slight wear mark on the steering wheel. An aftermarket touch-screen stereo has replaced the original. Engine compartment is clean and correct; free from modification. Cond: 2-. as so many auction cars do, but upon closer inspection shows plenty of age checking. A two-inch-long scratch on the passenger’s side front fender has been touched up. Chrome bumpers still look quite decent, without any patina. The driver’s side exterior door handle has a note taped to it that says “Do Not Touch—Broken.” Driver’s seat bolster is faded, worn. Wood dash has some small cracks at gauges. Engine bay is clean, but looks like a handful of spaghetti, as it would have when new. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $170,500. The high price here was a slight bit of a bargain, as it was below average retail for a car that was quite a bit above average. The color combo was striking. For a modern, entry-level Ferrari, $170k is still on the cheap side. Fairly bought. JAPANESE #469-1977 DATSUN 280Z coupe. S/N: HLS30358620. Light blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 13,713 miles. Nearly showroom fresh, this ultra-low-mile Z-car is as clean as it gets. Light blue metallic paint is likely original, and presents beautifully. Stainless is good, but light polishing might make it a little better. Chrome shows no patina, glass is clear, weatherstrip is in good shape. Steel wheels wear original wheel covers in great condition. Black vinyl interior has only slight creasing on the driver’s seat bottom. Engine bay is clean and correct. Accompanied by documentation and window sticker. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,700. This Supra was as clean as any I have seen in years. As Toyota’s performance offering, these were often modified, flogged, ridden hard and put away wet. It is unusual to find one bone stock, even more so with very low miles and clearly cared for. The winning bid here was representative of the car’s excellent condition. Likely well bought, as this is a burgeoning segment in the market. #675-1991 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N: JH- 4NA1154MT001951. Formula Red/black leather. Odo: 59,181 miles. In dire need of detailing, the paint shows abundant swirl, water spots, brush marks, dirt, etc. Wheelwells are dirty, too. Wheels are incorrect, not wide enough—likely chromed Acura Legend wheels. Ride height doesn’t look right. Aftermarket exhaust tips look out of place. Driver’s outer seat bolster shows plenty of wear, with creasing and cracking present. Center console has been replaced with an aftermarket unit, housing a replacement touch-screen stereo and carbon-fiber inserts with uneven finish. Interior is dusty. This one isn’t ready for prime time. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. Avanti IIs were the rebirth of the Avanti after Studebaker was shuttered in the 1960s. The manufacturing rights were sold to the Altman brothers and Leo Newman, Indiana Studebaker dealers. Money offered here was close to median value, as was the condition of the car. In a softening market, selling would have made sense. #755-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N: 1FAFP90S86Y400660. Mark IV Red/Ebony leather. Odo: 1,785 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Factory paint is nearly flawless, with only a small smudge and a few waterspots on the passenger’s side of the nose. Glass, weatherstrip and the balance of exterior are without noticeable flaws. Black leather interior shows little sign of use, with very slight rub marks present on the seat-bolster piping. Factory plastic covering is still in place over the steering-wheel-center emblem. Accompanied by all pertinent documentation (including a Deluxe Marti Report), and sporting all four available factory options, this is a nearly new 12-yearold car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,250. The money offered here was far beyond median value, but so was the condition of the car. Everything appeared original; a true time capsule. This was like a step back to a 1977 Datsun showroom. As prices on classic Zs continue to climb, this should soon prove to be a collectible classic. Well bought for the future. 138 NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Not sure what the seller was hoping to get out of this, but $40k was a gift for the condition presented. They should have sold. AMERICAN #621-1983 AVANTI II coupe. S/N: 12AAV1234C1003558. Black/tan leather. Odo: 87,633 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Glossy black paint looks stunning from 20 feet away, SOLD AT $319,000. Rare though they may be, I haven’t been to an auction in the past three years that didn’t feature at least one of the mid-2000s Ford GTs. That is in no way to say they are common, but it does seem as though a good percentage of these American exotics were tucked away rather than driven. 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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA Palm Springs Auction Number 65 A delightful, sparkling 1959 Corvette convertible with the desirable 469-code, dual-quad 283 V8 realized $70,875 Company McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction Date November 16–18, 2018 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneers Frank Bizzarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Gary Dahler Automotive lots sold/offered 332/518 Sales rate 64% Sales total $5,600,540 High sale One of fewer than 10,000 ’59 Corvettes built — 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $70,875 1964 Porsche 356SC coupe, sold at $97,125 Buyer’s premium Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics F or more than 32 remarkable years, Keith McCormick and his family have produced their semi-annual collector-car auction in Palm Springs. Their traditiona pre-Thanksgiving sale attracts car collectors a dealers from the greater Los Angeles area, as we the snowbirds from the rainy, chilly northern c They have created their niche in the under-$200 ket, and have developed a steady, consistent follo Unfortunately, that’s the market segment that has been under pressure of late, and as a result, the sales volume was off a bit from previous years. The 2017 fall sale generated $6.1m. A three-day Mecum event in Las Vegas four hours to the north that overlapped some McCormick’s dates did not help, either. Many of the cars that did not sell were bid to numbers that, considering their condition, should have sent them to new homes, but the sellers were not willing to accept the new market realities. That is not to say that they did not sell some cars. In fact, they sold 332, which was just 12 fewer than changed hands at their successful February sale and nine more than last year’s fall event. These cars, of course, had their smattering of the odd and unusual, which is a hallmark of the McCormick’s auctions. A 1973 American LaFrance fire truck that had “Sparky” the Dalmatian in the passenger’s seat sold for only $3,675. The seller was inviting youngsters to have their picture taken sitting in the driver’s seat with the dog at their side. If the fire truck was in decent running order and the buyer has a place to 140 5%, included in sold prices he will be in high demand come parade time. A 1986 Airstream motor ich may not have been in running order — sold for a pittance at only Chevy 454 powers it, so if the fix proves relatively inexpensive, it may o be a bargain purchase. A group of 962 license plates sold for $2,310, which works out to about Palm Springs, CA $2.40 apiece. Or, for a whole lot less, you could have owned the 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL that realized $630. There are always a few fun things that cross the block at McCormick’s. On the other side of the coin, a delightful 1959 Corvette convertible with the desirable 283-ci, 469-code V8 with dual quads realized $70,875. Offered with both tops, it sparkled. A well-restored 1953 Buick Roadmaster convertible brought $65,100, which may have been a bit of a bargain, and a very nice 1948 Mercury convertible changed hands for $42,000. The high sale was a 1964 Porsche 356SC coupe that went for $97,125. On the close-but-no-cigar side, an old-school 1949 Mercury lead sled with ghosted flames and shaved doors, deck and nose was bid to a respectable $80,000, but the seller would not let it go. A 1963 Corvette Split-Window was bid to $92,500, but the seller held firm. Both seemed close to getting the job done, but the deals just could not get worked out. The 66th McCormick’s auction will take place on February 22–24, 2019, and, with reasonable entry fees and low commission rates, over 500 cars are again expected. The rare and unusual will be presented, and I guarantee you that there will be a few bargains mixed in. That and warm Palm Springs weather will bring a strong field. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $7m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market NO SALE


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA ENGLISH #263-1950 JAGUAR MK V drophead coupe. S/N: T9305. Maroon & black/maroon canvas/tan leather. Odo: 5,359 miles. Heavily modified with supercharged Ford 302 installed. Two-position drophead with landau irons. Tan leather interior with power seats. Two hood ornaments: one the authentic Jaguar and the other Lalique eagle. Lalique stated to have cost $5k, which is a stretch. Attractive livery, but modifications would drive away the purist. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,150. Seller took a hit after paying a bunch to get this repainted and installing new interior. The red stripes are not something that would inspire a purist. Restoring $25k cars is a slippery slope, as you will rarely get your money back. Price paid was spot-on. #460-1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III experimental engine that ran 120 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Price paid was almost on the money, according to the SCM Pocket Price Guide, as they state the median value at $23,500. Might even call this fairly bought, as this might be a touch better than average. Now just hope the new owner has some fun and gets it on the road. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. A tough sell. Modified cars speak to a different market, and most Jaguar buyers are purists. This lost the period look, and changes did not add much. Consignor may soon wish he had not been so quick to walk away. #422-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 replica roadster. S/N: AO18XK120JAG0A18. Green/ brown & tan leather. Odo: 75 miles. A replica of the iconic Jaguar XK 120. Powered by a Ford 302 V8. Body straight and solid and interior in good condition. Not even close to original configuration. Carpet poorly fitted. With top up, proportions are not accurate. Unusual wire wheels. Paint acceptable. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Sold by BarrettJackson not even two months prior at their Las Vegas sale for $23,100 (SCM# 6883356). The price guide lists a median value for these at $18,000. Now, either the price guide is off a bit, or the seller had unrealistic expectations. I suspect a bit of both, given that the SCM median looks at all the cars through a two-year period of auctions, and this was well above average in terms of quality. Come to think of it, this might not have been the best venue for selling a Lotus. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. This had been offered locally for $34,900, so the seller was not going to take a whole lot less and pay a commission. I don’t feel that poorly done replicas are worth a whole lot, as this one did not have the look. All we can do is wish the seller good luck.... #348-1955 MG TF 1500 roadster. S/N: HDC468772. Red/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 74,800 miles. Paint and interior were decent, but dash was worn and steering-wheel chrome was peeling off. And this was after a reportedly documented, $30k restoration. Aerial but no radio. Engine clean, with a couple of noticeable leaks. Always a favorite. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,825. MG installed a newer motor in the TF for 1955. It was based on the 142 #247-1970 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N: CC51308L. White/red leather. Odo: 44,184 miles. Stated to have recently received a $40k restoration. Powered with dual Strombergs, but FI offered in Europe. Engine clean and detailed, but with couple of bolts rusty. Body straight and solid. Interior in good order, with rather plain wood dash. Cond: 1-. #337-1969 LOTUS EUROPA S2 coupe. S/N: 652241. Bahama Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 47,151 miles. The Series 2 used the larger Renault motor for the U.S. market, and cars were priced at $4,295. Recent restoration that included engine rebuild. New dash and windshield installed. Bumpers have been replated. Rides on 15-inch aftermarket alloy wheels with new tires. One of only 865 produced. An unusual offering. Cond: 1-. V12 coupe. S/N: 1573042. Regency Red/ black leather. Odo: 59,985 miles. An older restoration that still presents well. Newish leather interior and brightwork. All in good order. Equipped with a/c and wires. Paint almost 20 years old, but has been well maintained and has no real issues; just a few minor swirls and scratches. Complete with Heritage Certificate. One of 7,297 Series III coupes produced between 1971 and 1974. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. The price bid here should have been close to getting the job done—even if it was a touch light—as the SCM median value is $44,500. Seller seems to have looked at it differently, and will hope to find a better price. #96-1985 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR sedan. S/N: SCAZN42A2FCX12725. Garnet/tan leather. Odo: 60,312 miles. The Silver Spur is the long-wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit. Has 124-inch wheelbase. Does not have division between front and back seat. Could be ordered with flag mast and curtains. Paint checking around gas door. Interior very presentable, with mild cracking on driver’s seat. Priced at $119,000 when new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,755. If all checks out, then this was a decent buy. There was no mention of the service history, and the price paid could easily be equaled if there are issues under the bonnet. If not, then you can have front-row parking for not a lot of money. #191-2006 ASTON MARTIN DB9 Vo- lante. S/N: SCFAD02AX6GB04658. Merlot/ tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 9,242 miles. The DB9 was the first car to be hand-built at the new Aston Martin facility in Gaydon, England. Body panels and hood are aluminum. Swan-wing doors rise at 12-degree angle for easy access, and the fabric top folds under- Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA neath a hard tonneau cover. Low miles stated here are documented, and it has had only two owners. Complete with nav system and parking assist. Rides on 19-inch aluminum wheels. Cond: 1-. for kids or the family dog. A decent 20-footer that, on close inspection, displays road rash on the nose and numerous touch-ups on fuel door. Windows scratched and the dash is worn and tired. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. SWB 1966 912s are special cars, but condition is everything and this one needed work to bring money above what was bid. Owner had a tough call whether to take it or hope for more down the road. 912s have come off their peak values as have other early 911T and 911E cars. SOLD AT $47,250. First time I can recall spouse being mad at me for not buying a car! Price was more than fair, as these have been offered for $10k-plus more than sale price with higher mileage. Well bought—much to my chagrin. GERMAN #218-1962 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N: 4387567. White/red vinyl. Odo: 21,996 miles. The Beetle was little changed for 1962, with slightly larger taillights. Recent engine work on well-maintained example. Equipped with roof rack and radio. Piece of period luggage on top. Interior attractive and properly finished. Top speed of close to 70 mph. One of close to a million VW passenger cars produced for 1962. Cond: 2+. BEST BUY #261-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N: 11304412014779. White/ navy blue canvas, white hard top/blue leather. Odo: 158,890 miles. Restored in 2010 and properly maintained. White livery in good order, with just a couple of scratches noted. Blue leather interior attractive. Becker radio restored and Alpine speakers added. High miles, but does not appear as such. Offered with both tops. A very solid presentation. Cond: 2+. as-is. Just no interest in a car that offers Italian styling and engine parts from the local NAPA store. #28-1980 FIAT 2000 Spider. S/N: 124CS000164058. Red/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 75,221 miles. Powered by twin-cam, 4-cylinder motor. Equipped with optional 3-speed automatic. Electronic tach and quartz clock standard. Fuel injection optional, except in California, where it was standard. Paint acceptable, but trim tarnished. Side mirrors added. Engine compartment not detailed, but nothing serious noted. An attractive offering. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. A bunch of these were manufactured, and they are always popular as an inexpensive sports car. Price bid here was well off the mark, as the bottom feeders were out here. Worth at least another $4k– $5k, so seller made the only smart choice by taking it back home. SOLD AT $56,700. The price guide shows a median value of $70,500, so this being almost $14k under was a deal. An attractive Mercedes that sold for an under-market price. Well bought. ITALIAN #481-1973 DETOMASO PANTERA SOLD AT $7,350. Not a lot of money for a well-presented Beetle. The price guide says the median value is $15,000, which makes this a deal and a half. Well bought indeed. #141-1966 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N: 453212. Polo Red/black leather. Odo: 80,816 miles. First year for the 4-cylinder coupe that joined the 6-cylinder 911. It utilized the same engine that was in the 356SC, but was slightly detuned. It had two small rear seats, suitable NOT SOLD AT $52,000. Ford acquired a major interest in DeTomaso in 1970, and they continued to be sold by Lincoln Mercury dealers. Powered by 351 Cleveland V8s in 1972. Ford claims 6,091 Panteras sold 1971–74. Other sources state a lesser amount. Price bid here was light by a bunch, even with the issues noted. Should be worth close to $75k–$80k 144 SOLD AT $16,013. Seller spent a bunch on the modifications, and did not come close to getting his money back. Would have been better off to have left it alone. Rarely do you get your money back on extensive modifications. #41-1952 FORD F-1 pickup. S/N: F1R2- RH15389. Aqua/blue fabric, tan vinyl. Odo: 92,654 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Heavily modified with wood rails and bumper. Wild paint scheme with flames. Powered by “Rogue Sports Car Market coupe. S/N: THPNMS04879. Red/black leather. Odo: 60,842 miles. Restored some time back, with new upholstery in late ’90s. New tires. Numerous paint chips throughout, with major one by passenger’s door. Driver’s bolster worn. New tires, carb and battery disconnect switch installed recently. Cond: 3+. AMERICAN #431-1950 HUDSON COMMODORE sedan. S/N: 59278343. Black & silver/gray fabric. Odo: 22,514 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Modified with Chevy 350 motor and 5-speed manual transmission. Electric doors and power windows added. Also has a/c, power steering and tilt steering wheel. Finished in black with silver, with dash painted white. Interior shows signs of use: Trim pitted here and there. Paint very respectable. Cond: 2-.


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA V8.” Paint in good condition and trim very acceptable. Two-tone interior with no notable issues. Aftermarket wheels and stereo. One person’s interpretation of what a Ford pickup should look like. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. The Firedome was the entry-level DeSoto, and was powered by the 330 V8. Seville was the hard-top body style. Price bid was close to making it happen, but another $3k–$4k would not have been out of the question, as the livery was striking and eye catching. Now if this had been a Fireflite with the 4-barrel, 225-horsepower motor, it would be a different story. #161-1957 NASH METROPOLITAN SOLD AT $8,085. 1950s pickups are hot property, but not when they have been altered beyond recognition. Modified vehicles are a tough sell, and when they violate common sense, it’s even more difficult. Very costly modifications here. #277-1955 CADILLAC DEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N: 5562115719. Tan & white/tan fabric. Odo: 16,159 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with Continental kit. Trim pitted and oxidized here and there. Paint just okay but presentable. Interior in good order. Gas cap hidden under left rear taillight. Cost close to $4,000 when new. A well-cared-for example that has lost its edge. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,140. Price paid here about right for the hard top, but the convertible would be a lot more fun. About 15,317 produced in 1957. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. Don’t know what the seller was looking for, as the bid should have gotten the job done. The sliding condition did not justify more money, so I don’t know where they go from here. #220-1956 DESOTO FIREDOME Se- ville 2-dr hard top. S/N: 64032109. Black & gold/black & tan leather. Odo: 48,310 miles. 330-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Finished in attractive livery with two-tone color sweep that was in good order, with a few minor scratches and nicks. Trim pitted on several pieces and steering wheel cracked. Push-button transmission with buttons on dash. Highway Hi-Fi record player was an option, but not ordered here. Cond: 2. #249-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: J59S103030. Roman Red/ black vinyl, red hard top/white vinyl. Odo: 1 mile. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. A solid presentation that includes both tops. Powered by optional 469-code 283/245 motor, which was a $150 extra. Equipped with Wonder Bar radio and 4-speed manual. Hard top fits properly, but trunk high on in edge. Scratches on trim as well as hood. One of fewer than 10,000 Corvettes built in 1959. Cond: 2+. hard top. S/N: E23680. Red & white/tan & white houndstooth. Odo: 3,126 miles. 1498-cc I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Marketed by both Nash and Hudson dealers, then by AMC. Bodies were built in Britain and powered by Austin A50 motor. Finished in Coral Red with Snowberry White. Interior improperly done, as should be gray/black with white trim. Trim pitted and worn, as is the bumper. Top speed claimed to be 78 mph, but that would be with strong tailwind. Cond: 2-. #254-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 20867S107617. Ermine White/tan vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 35,531 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Same owner since 1965 and acquired for all of $1,700. Respray in ’70s due to paint splatters but otherwise original. Paint dull, with numerous chips and dings. Engine dirty and grungy. Correct seven-fin, cast-alloy valve covers. One window does not go all the way up. Interior with expected wear. Needs about everything, but it’s all there. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,900. This becomes a math problem. Worth maybe $70k done, so can you do this for $30k? If the new owner can get his hands dirty, it just might work. I think buying one already done makes more sense. #464-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster. S/N: 3Y89Z100065. Burgundy/white vinyl/multi-color fabric. Odo: 17,174 miles. The 89 in the VIN tells us that this is one of 445 Sport Roadsters built in 1963. Sadly, this one has had a difficult life. The interior has been replaced with multicolor velour, and the trim is badly pitted. Gascap lid is broken, and the window seals are about shot. Radio aerial is missing, and the list goes on. No idea if the complicated top is functional. Just about needs everything. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $70,875. This was last seen at the Branson April 2018 auction, where it realized $66,000 (SCM# 6868177). It was stated to have a white vinyl top which is now black. Was also stated to have been powered by 327, which was not available in Corvette until 1962. Now stated to have correct motor. If seller made these changes, he lost his shirt. If all checks out, then price paid was about right. 146 NOT SOLD AT $19,000. This was last seen at Mecum’s November 2017 Las Vegas sale, where it was a no-sale when bid to $14,000 (SCM# 6854669). A year later it did $5k better, but still not enough for seller to let it go. Until he does something about the horrible interior, this is about the best it will do. You just can’t get there from here with this one. #265-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUN- NER convertible. S/N: RM27H9G116119. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 63,556 miles. Powered by the H-code 383, as noted on hood badge. Matte black hood with black vinyl convertible top. Glass cloudy. Poor door fit. Sunfire Yellow paint in good order, Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA with a couple of minor touch-ups. Brightwork just okay. Top fit off a bit. Interior attractive with mild patina. A solid example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,775. This was last seen at Mecum’s November 2013 Anaheim, CA, sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $50,000 (SCM# 6726271). Sold here for a touch less, so you can say it cost the seller less than three grand to own car for an additional five years. Oh, the logic we attempt to use on our spouses. #26-1972 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme convertible. S/N: 3J67K2M224445. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 68,770 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Finished in bold shade of yellow. Newish top fits exceptionally well. Interior in good order. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,525. By 1972 the Cutlass was relegated to being bottom of the line and was offered as a coupe and a sedan. The Cutlass Supreme offered the convertible. Also, last year for true Cutlass convertible (the ’90s ones don’t count). This was last seen at McCormick’s February 2018 sale, where it realized $19,950 (SCM# 6866245). Factoring in commissions, insurance and other fees, the seller most likely lost some pocket change. The world of car-flipping is not a sure road to riches. #270-1972 STUTZ BLACKHAWK 2-dr hard top. S/N: 2K57YZA103421. White/tan leather. Odo: 68,994 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Powered by modified Pontiac V8 with SOLD AT $14,700. Designed in 1965 by Brooks Stevens and based on a 1928 Mercedes-Benz SSK. In this condition these can sell for as much as $20k, but they are an acquired taste—not so easy to find a ready buyer. In this case the seller took his money rather than spend the next few months finding the right guy. Was well bought, if have an Excalibur you must. #490-1974 FORD BRONCO utility. S/N: U15GLT68875. Sandpiper Yellow & white/tan cloth. Odo: 96,444 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. This Bronco was a 4x4, ½-ton wagon that was little changed from the previous year. Fitted with the optional 302 V8 and Cruise-OMatic transmission, along with power steering. Newish respray in good condition, with SOLD AT $5,513. Not a lot of money, but not a lot of car, either. Perhaps the buyer can spiff this up a bit and turn a slight profit, but likely a lot of work for not a lot of return. Price paid was about right for a car this close to being a beater. #282-1996 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Presidential Tribute limousine. S/N: 1G6DW52P6TR707873. White/black vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 4,417 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Constructed from two donor Cadillacs as a replica of President Clinton’s limo. Body straight with even seams. Powered by Fleetwood V8. Paint attractive, with presidential seal and “Slick Willy” on side. Interior with minor wear. Complete with “little blue dress” and cigar. Power everything, as expected. Cond: 2. GM Turbo HydraMatic transmission. This example equipped with sunroof and lots of gold trim. Headlamp lens cracked. Trim scratched and interior leather cracked. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,313. Built from 1970 until 1975. First based on the Pontiac Grand Prix chassis, and, starting in 1972, the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham for the new limousine. Cost about $24k when new. These are an acquired taste, and you either love ’em or hate ’em. They seem to be a bit of period “look at me” car, but then I’m not a great fan. After all these years, they will still attract a crowd. Price fair considering the condition. #438-1972 EXCALIBUR PHAETON Series III roadster. S/N: 797372. Brown & tan/tan vinyl/beige leather. Odo: 40,779 miles. A low-mileage example that has been well maintained. Complete with a/c and tilt steering wheel. Has the hard top. Minor signs of age and use, but all in all a solid example. Cond: 2-. minor swirls. Fabric interior also in good condition. A solid example that has been well maintained. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,450. These have been appreciating of late, and the 302 V8 motor adds about 10% to the package. This example was in good condition, and sold for a market-correct price. Fairly bought and sold. #33-1979 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 coupe. S/N: 9H93H685915. Orange/tan vinyl. Odo: 82,614 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The XR-7 was the personal luxury offering for Mercury. Had aerodynamic front spoiler added for 1979. Finished in bold shade of orange. Equipped with power steering and windows. Trim dented and tarnished. Large dent above left headlamp. Equipped with tape deck. Needs a bit of TLC. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,925. Had to cost a bunch to build but the question, regardless of price paid, is what the heck do you do with it? Sure to offend someone, so you may not get frontrow parking at your favorite restaurant. (Not that it’ll fit anyways.) A bargain price if you can find a practical use for it. © March 2019 147


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #3-1924 VAUXHALL 30/98 OE Velox tourer. S/N OE115. Aluminum/black cloth/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 38,212 miles. The “symmetrical Vauxhall,” with extra, non-functioning handbrake lever on the left and dummy door on the right so both sides match. Very original and excellent all around, with polished aluminum body and leather still supple and hardly worn. Cond: 2-. 1937 Chevrolet Master street rod coupe, sold for $38,500 at Dan Kruse Classics in Houston, TX DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Location: Houston, TX Date: November 24, 2018 Auctioneer: Dan Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered: 66/143 Sales rate: 46% Sales total: $962,170 High sales: 1948 Lincoln Continental convertible and 1957 Chevrolet 210 4-door hard top, each sold at $48,400 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe BONHAMS The New Bond Street Sale Location: London, U.K. Date: December 1, 2018 Auctioneer: James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered: 11/29 Sales rate: 38% Sales total: $7,115,105 High sale: 1958 BMW 507 Series II convertible, sold at $3,018,678 Buyer’s premium: 15% on first $635,558; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Paul Hardiman SOLD AT $557,314. Ordered new by Hari Singh, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, who specified the special features. Was in the U.S. 1956–80, when it returned to the U.K. Owned by Julie Daniels 1991–2005, in the vendor’s hands from 2006. Top bid was near the upper estimate, but this is a very well-known car for which there was always going to be a buyer. Still a bit cheaper than a 4½ Bentley to which it is arguably dynamically superior. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. #16-1954 ARNOLT-BRISTOL BOLIDE. S/N 404X3065. Green/beige leather. Odo: 28,439 miles. Recently restored, painted in its original color and near perfect, although seat leather already a little wrinkled. Motor isn’t original, but it’s been mildly tweaked from original 100-or-so bhp, with oil cooler, large aluminum radiator and big, foam-filled fuel tank. Cond: 2+. Top seller at Bonhams’ New Bond Street Sale — 1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster, sold at $3,018,678 148 SOLD AT $337,322. I dunno; are these American, English or Italian? Let’s go with mostly British as they have British guts, an Italian body and were conceived by a “Wacky” American: 130 were built. Bought from Bristol Cars in London (which had imported it from the U.S.) as a project in 2014 with the intention of being raced. Mods shouldn’t affect value too much, as they make the car more usable and it still looks standard. Hammered £20k ($26k) under the £250k ($319k) lower estimate, which looked like a big ask. Sold fair. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. (See profile, p. 64.) Sports Car Market


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#6-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III drophead coupe. S/N AM30031609. Dark green/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 21,623 miles. Very good panel fit and even shutlines. Shiny new paint. Very creased and original leather. Motor tidy, although blue silicon top hose looks a bit out of place. Now with electric power steering. Belgian registered. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $520,649. One of 85 Mk III dropheads made, offered at no reserve. First bid was from outside the sale room (where the champagne bar was set up). New money at £310k ($395k) gave it a bit of a boost, but it was still let go at a high bid £125k ($159k) under the lower estimate. I’d still call that fairly strong money in today’s market. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. #1-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 S 3.4 coupe. S/N T836271DN. Red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 55,810 miles. Restored with left-to-right conversion. Excellent paint with a few swirl/polish marks. Excellent door action and pretty good fit. Very good chrome including rear light plinths. Now with 5-speed transmission. New carpets, new leather to bucket seats plus Moto-Lita wheel; originals come with car plus original 4-speed gearbox. Sits nicely on very period-looking, tall Michelin Xs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $87,997. Supplied new to New York. Property of McLaren F1’s Jo Ramirez, who bought it from JD Classics in 2014. First lot of the sale and this started off well, with Ramirez on site. It hammered to the online bidder just on the lower estimate. A nice buy. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. #18-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 S 3.8 coupe. S/N T825157DN. Black/red leather. RHD. Rot free with fair door fit—they line up with sills at bottoms, although gaps are variable. Goodlooking older repaint with a few small cracks, and chips at backs of doors. Door seals a bit March 2019 149


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Roundup fried. Chrome lightly speckled and pin-marked in places. Nicely creased-in leather. Period Radiomobile. Newish stainless exhaust. Now with power steering, aftermarket brakes and electric fan. Cond: 3+. dow trim dulling, but bumpers in good order. Passenger’s door slightly out at the rear. Front windscreen sand-pitted. Interior is decent, as seats are in good order but carpets are worn, with some tears revealing wiring underneath. Wood veneers delaminating, gauges are cloudy. Outer bolster on passenger’s seat is collapsed without any filling. Hard-top headliner is stained. Cond: 3. enough,” £80k ($102k) under the lower estimate of £250k ($320k), which would have translated to an all-in price of £195,500 ($249,330). Later declared sold at £241,500, equivalent to a bid of £210,000 ($267,822), so the buyer must have upped the offer by £40k ($51k). I really don’t know what these are worth, and the limo market is a limited one, but anything over £150k/$200k for a 40-yearold edifice with an R-R badge would have looked fair to me. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. #2-2004 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Zagato SOLD AT $146,662. One of 115 right-handdrive XK 150 S 3.8-liter fixed-head coupes. On the money for a nicely mellowing older resto with a few sensible mods, whatever the estimate (£130–£150k, $166k–$191k) said. Last year this might have been £150k, as would a roadster version today. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. TOP 10 No. 8 #25-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 4.2 coupe. S/N DB51926R. Goodwood Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 11,208 miles. Older-looking (although claimed recent) repaint in original Goodwood Green (a very dark metallic) still good. Solid enough underneath, nice chrome. Very original leather. Motor bored to 4.2 at some point in past 20 years, and unleaded-compatible. “Various suspension upgrades” alluded to in catalog. Cond: 3+. coupe. S/N SCFAE12303K700081. Silver/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 14,300 miles. Number 81 of 99 produced. Clean and tidy, with driver’s seat leather just starting to take a little shine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,900. At the Houston Autorama, which ran concurrently in the same convention space as the auction, a regional Triumph club had a few Stags on display. I spoke with one of the members, who had done restorations on several Stags over the years but did not know this car or the Houston area owner, and it’s a pretty small community of owners. The gentleman did remark that it is unusual to have a hard top in a contrasting color. In 2017, there were a handful of sales that came in over $15,000. There were also a few below $10,000 and one under $5,000. Condition is important and support is not as widespread as something more common. The price was just under the average here. Slight advantage to the buyer. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. #29-1979 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM SOLD AT $947,561. First owner for 30 years. Needed a plug change to run cleanly enough to get it through Bonhams’ doors. This was all the money for its condition, but originality is fashionable right now, and this car looked as if it had never been fully restored or significantly apart. Very well sold, although the dollar number is slightly inflated because the pound was at an unusually low $1.27 on auction day in the midst of Brexit shenanigans. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. #05-1972 TRIUMPH STAG convertible. S/N LE20399UBW. Green/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 64,817 miles. Factory a/c, power steering and brakes. Hard top and soft top included. Older repaint still has a decent shine. Heavy scratches on the trunk lid almost a foot long, probably from mishandling the hard top. Large chip on rear edge of driver’s door. Win- 150 VI limousine. S/N PGH116. Maroon & black/ red leather & velour. RHD. Odo: 45,796 miles. Last model of the separate-chassis Phantoms (d. 1992), basically a stretched Cloud III and the factory demonstrator. Very shiny with straight (masked) coachlines. Lightly worn and creased leather in front, very good velour in rear. Excellent timber to dash, door tops and rear compartment. Incredibly opulent but rather unwieldy and looks a bit like a Pope’s hat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $322,655. Offered at no reserve, hammered £30k ($38k) behind the lower estimate. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. FRENCH #12-1966 CITROËN DS21 decapotable. S/N 4371577. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 8,550 miles. Rare in right-hand drive and as nature intended with the semi-auto ’box (you have to manually select the gears on the column shifter, but it does the rest for you). Rot free, original and unrestored except for fairly recent-looking paint, which shows some microblistering to the bonnet. Brightwork okay, although rear indicators almost polished through. Well-creased original leather. Now with electronic ignition, bigger alternator, electric fuel pump and converted to green fluid. Citroën Heritage authentication. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $307,989. In factory ownership from new and loaned to the royal household several times. Being sold from the Heritage Collection, which Bonhams offered at Goodwood in September. Second time around, passed on the day at £170k ($217k) as “not SOLD AT $219,992. In Malta for 46 years. The most desirable model (early open-headlight style and with the bigger engine). Sold mid-estimate, although that looked mildly ambitious. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. Sports Car Market


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Roundup GERMAN TOP 10 No. 2 #28-1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster. S/N 70100. Red/Magnolia leather. Odo: 31,343 km. Designer Count Al- brecht Graf von Goertz’s own 507, one of 252. Originally silver-gray, restored in ’90s. Very bright paint including dash. Good but slightly wavy rechrome to bumpers. Seat leather shiny and slightly baggy. Replacement engine fitted early in Goertz’s ownership. Cond: 2-. Becker Grand Prix. Appears to be mostly original. If it has been repainted, it is too old to tell. Slightly sun-faded on flat surfaces. Brightwork is average; showing minor pitting and light scratches throughout. Hard-water stains on front grille and bumper. Glass free of any wiper streaks, but with delamination in corners of windscreen. Rubber seals cracked in places. Panel alignment is excellent and doors shut with an awesome sound. Interior is average. Driver’s seat shows minor wear and is worn smooth. Rear seats also show minor wear. Passenger’s seat appears to be reupholstered and leather grain does not match exactly. Carpets in good, original condition; same with headliner. Tachometer is clear, but speedometer slightly hazy. Wood veneers are free of any cracking. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,018,678. Goertz bought this in 1971 and owned it until 1985. After the John Surtees car (#70067), which Bonhams sold earlier in 2018 for £3,809,500 ($5,012,433), this must be the second-best most provenanced 507 in the world. Sold on the phone for bang-on money. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. (See profile, p. 68.) #69-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 SWB sedan. S/N 10001212001258. Gold/green leather. Odo: 3,724 miles. With rear curtains, console cooler, a/c, sunroof and AM/FM in 2006, where it achieved a high no-sale bid of $55,000 (SCM# 1565370). A no-sale here also, it could be found offered online by a Houston area dealer with an asking price of $79,000. The dealer mentioned having maintenance invoices with recent reconditioning invoices totaling more than $36k. An overwhelming portion of that is dedicated to an overhaul of the car’s complicated hydraulic system. Even at full retail price, the car would still be a good buy, especially given the heavy lifting that has already been done. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. #97-1973 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEE- NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Fewer than 3,000 600s were built between 1963 and 1981, which marked the last of the super-luxury Mercedes until the reincarnation of the Maybach in 2002. Last witnessed this example cross the block at Kruse International’s Scottsdale sale TLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 1332530094. Red/tan & red vinyl. Odo: 27,042 miles. Quality repaint in good overall condition. Deep scratch on driver’s door just behind window. Brightwork all slightly pitted, with a few scratches here and there. Belt-line trim is good. Panels line up well. Weatherstripping replaced. Doors make good sound when closing. Running boards in good condition, glass is clean and clear, and carpets are older and slightly worn. Dash covering is wavy where it meets windshield, but headliner in good order. Some carpet behind rear seat coming loose. Driver’s seat back is loose. Center gauge is crisp, with screen printing intact. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. Situated in the gallery at the end of the row closest to the stage; there appeared to be no shortage of interest thanks to the lustrous red paint and cuteness factor. There were several spectators flocking to it to take a look, and conversations surrounding it involved a trip down memory lane for many who once owned a Beetle. This one appeared to be sorted, and the seller stated that documentation was included, but did not mention the contents of said documentation. The high bid here was fair and in line with comparable recent sales, but the consignor was looking for more. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. ITALIAN #27-2011 FERRARI 599 GTO coupe. S/N ZFF70RDC000181050. Red/satin black/ tan suede. RHD. Odo: 3,600 miles. One of 60 right-hand-drive 599 GTOs built, out of a total of 599. Low mileage and still practically asnew—apart from the clutch, which got very smelly while it was being edged up the ramp and squeezed through Bonhams’ front door— they had to take the doors off to get the XJ220C (unsold) in. With books and tools. Cond: 1-. 152 Sports Car Market


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Roundup SOLD AT $648,286. Offered but not sold at $673,163 at RM Sotheby’s London sale on September 5 (SCM# 6881368). It stalled on the day at £400k ($510k), but later sold in a (very) post-sale deal at what we must assume is somewhere close to market price—otherwise, why not just retail it? That takes the final grand total for this sale up to 11 sold out of 29 offered, or a 38% sell-through rate. Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, U.K., 12/18. AMERICAN #54-1937 CHEVROLET MASTER street rod coupe. S/N SP25234LA. Red/gray cloth. Older build still in good condition. With a/c, ps, pw, four-wheel disc brakes. All steel with fiberglass rear fenders. Older high-end paint job well applied. No fault to panel alignment. Rubber seals a little older and starting to harden, but still usable. Original rear back bumper. Minimal brightwork. Running boards covered with rubber to prevent scratching. Older Corvette LT1 engine. Interior consistent with a build done 20-plus years ago. Tweed and cloth interior. Digital dash. Updated wheels and tires help bring the car up to date. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,050. This example is representative of the first year of the first-generation Thunderbird, which outsold the Corvette by a margin of 23-to-one in the Baby ’Bird’s inaugural year. Not present at the sale was evidence of a hard top being included, nor did the description mention the inclusion of a hard top. Values over the past several years have been steady; minor ups and downs but little variance year over year. This one landed right where it should have, although it would have been better if the hard top was included in the sale. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. #63-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr SOLD AT $38,500. The value would have likely been much softer if this example was sporting 15-inch Cragar wheels, which would have been the standard go-to in the era of this build. The larger wheels and tires helped modernize an otherwise-dated street rod. Don’t get me wrong; the build was completed to a high quality years ago when it was done. The hot rod market has softened over the years, as most of the builds are now older, along with a shrinking demographic desiring these pre-war cars. The money was strong on this one, especially given the age of the build. Well sold. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. #31-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P5FH204713. Black/red vinyl/ 154 hard top. S/N VC56L050603. Sierra Gold & Adobe Beige/gold & beige vinyl. Odo: 15,397 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very nice restoration. A few chips around the doors. Paint well applied and, aside from a few minor scratches, otherwise flawless. Rubber seals replaced, with some rubber wavy around the fender trim. Glass clean and clear. Brightwork is in good order. Interior is excellent: Carpets are correct replacements, and seats are in excellent condition—especially the cording. Steering wheel is original style and free of any cracks. All knobs are in excellent condition. Rear accessory fender skirts. Engine bay is tidy and mostly correct. Factory hubcaps. Cond: 2+. “ red & white leather. Odo: 55,999 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Matching numbers. Equipped with a/c, ps, tach, fender skirts and wire wheels. Older restoration gracefully unwinding. Small bubbles in paint on left front fender. Surface scratches throughout. Rock chips on nose. Both doors are slightly out at rear corners. Driver’s door hard to close. Hood slightly high at driver’s side edge. Brightwork slightly pitted. Front windscreen is in good condition. White interior accents slightly yellowed. Carpet bunched up and uneven at transmission tunnel. Air conditioning mounted under dash, with an auxiliary gauge mounted beneath. Screen printing is in good order. Gauges are easy to read. Dash covering is excellent. Driver’s seat bottom cushion slightly wavy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,800. Very nice restoration that is true to the original. Resto-mods are the flavor of the day for collectors writing big checks on Tri-Fives, and most of the builds that are restored to period correctness seem to go to the convertibles. As this was a hard top, the restoration done on it was refreshing. No mention was made of whether or not this was the original color combination, but again, refreshing to see one in something other than red and/or black. Although there is a lot of support in the aftermarket for Bel Airs of this era, one still could not restore one to this level for the purchase price here. Very well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. #02-1959 EDSEL RANGER 2-dr hard top. S/N C9UG703677. Red & white/white vinyl & black nylon. Odo: 63,905 miles. 292ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint is thick, with poor prep throughout: sand marks here and there, paint faded in places and light crazing beginning to show. Chips throughout. Brightwork is all there—decent considering age. Taillight lenses sun faded. Body seals are cracked, dry and hard. Delamination on vent windows and right rear-quarter glass. Chips around driver’s door. Carpets appear to be original and very worn. Beginning to come up at the edges at the driver’s threshold. Gauges are clear and in very good condition. Steering wheel bezel is pitted. Headliner holding up well. Interior illumination is dim, but working. Brightwork along the dash is in good overall condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,425. The Ranger was the base offering for Edsel and was a step below the more well-appointed Pacer. This example was originally sold out of a private collection in Although there is a lot of support in the aftermarket for Bel Airs of this era, one still could not restore one to this level for the purchase price here. Very well bought. 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top ” Sports Car Market


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Roundup Little Rock by Mecum in 2012 for $14,300 (SCM# 6746959). Mecum offered it at their 2013 Houston sale, where the consignor passed up a high bid of $8,000 (SCM# 6740873). It has taken a break from the market between then and the offering here. This example would benefit from a refreshening, but the money put in may not equal gains when it is time to sell. The price paid was right for someone who wants to drive and enjoy it as-is. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. #33-1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD Lan- dau 2-dr hard top. S/N 6Y87Z156543. Blue/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 39,351 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be two owners from new. Factory a/c and power door locks. Engine rebuilt. Well-applied older repaint, with a few prep issues but nothing significant. Panel alignment is correct. Brightwork slightly pitted. Vinyl top in good condition. Minor wiper marks on front glass. Weatherstrip hardening, beginning to crack at windows. Interior in good condition. Seats original and in very nice condition. Screen printing worn off of speedometer digits. Some pitting on interior brightwork. Console shows some wear. Carpets replaced, do not exactly match originals, and coming loose at center console. Interior illumination is operable. Cracked display for air fan controls. Tilt-Away steering column. Cond: 3. poorly fitted. Seats have been reupholstered with matching-color headliner. Dash wavy from padding added underneath, with adhesive beginning to lose its tack. Gauges slightly faded. Screen printing is all intact. Incorrect steering wheel would look more at home in a pickup. Cond: 3. sprayed. Paint abrasion on driver’s door. Paint thick along several body creases. Mask lines on windshield with overspray. Hard-water stains present on glass. Chips around door openings. Panel alignment is good, but seals are older and cracked. Brightwork is slightly pitted. Vinyl top in good condition. Interior is tidy, with some wear on the driver’s carpet and steering wheel is cracked around the edges. Aftermarket gauges under dash, which is free from cracking. Aftermarket tach attached to steering column. Hurst shifter. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,460. Two doors too many to appeal to the masses, combined with a polarizing paint job and gaudy 22-inch oversized wheels. This one wasn’t for everybody, but the love-it-or-hate-it styling did not seem to put a damper on the bidding. For those collectors who have been looking for something similar, the good news is you could not build one for the price paid here. The sharp paint, oversized wheels and tires, and customer stereo installation would set a builder back more than the price paid. The selling price was right, if not well bought considering the upgrades you are getting, whether you like them or not. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. #09-1970 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr sedan. S/N 114270W240500. Classic White/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 23,115 miles. Born an SS, but engine has been replaced. Poor prep in places: trash in the paint with some bodywork left unfinished before being NOT SOLD AT $23,500. Factory-born 396ci with original, correct badging, although the original engine was replaced with a 454-ci by the previous owner. While this one started life as a Super Sport, in a sea flooded with clones, it is not difficult to replicate this example. It was getting a lot of attention with enthusiasts looking it over and validating correctness. Average Nova Super Sport prices have been on the rise in the past few years, aided by high-priced outliers with thorough documentation and high levels of originality. Remove those outliers from the equation, and the bidding here was very fair. Seller apparently wanted more. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. © SOLD AT $14,300. In 1966, the Landau top was the top seller of the Thunderbird’s configurations, which also included regular hard top and convertible. For 1966, it also received a bump in horsepower from the previous year. Of the fourth-generation Thunderbirds, the convertibles are the ones that will bring the money. Landau and hard-top examples can be bought regularly for under $10,000. This example was offered just prior to the sale on eBay with an ambitious Buy It Now price of $18,900, a price that is rarely achieved on a fourth-generation Landau at auction. The advantage goes to the seller on this one. Well sold. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/18. #17-1968 CHEVROLET IMPALA se- dan. S/N 164698L157052. Black & orange/ ivory cloth. Odo: 4,659 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decently applied paint with air brushing and pinstriping at the belt line between the color transitions. A few areas of dry spray and some minor chipping. Car is dirty. Driver’s door out slightly at the rear. Stainless hardware dull throughout, especially around doors. Light pitting on the brightwork. Rubber seals replaced. Interior carpets incorrect and March 2019 155


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Mystery Photo Answers Some folks look at that and ask, “Why?” But I say, “Why not?” — Billy Hufnagel, Placentia, CA 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 RUNNER-UP: Why yes, Judge, I am aware that the Quadrifoglio badge is not correct as original. — Eric Van Nice, via email Oh no, not another Keith Martin joke… — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY Alfa Romeo was always way ahead of the curve in SUV development. — Robert O’Sullivan, Beverly Hills, CA How the snowplow driver gets to the snowplow — Milano Style. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Seems like everything about old Alfas is going up. — Alan Sosnowitz, Stamford, CT Oh, crap, there goes Bradley’s college fund! — Peter W. Moore, Stevensville, MT I told my mechanic that I kept hitting the oil sump when I pulled in my driveway. — Lew Rhoden, Bluffton, SC Just got the wheels and tires on my Alfa Roadeo. — Warren D. Blatz, via email Spy photo: Designed to compete with the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the new Alfa SUV is caught during winter testing. — Ray Hendricks, Scottsdale, AZ I can still hear Maury’s life- changing words: “Bigfoot… you are the father!” — Frank Boyle, Stockton, CA The Stelvio before the design studio geeks got involved. — Joseph Shubitowski, San Luis Obispo, CA Should Publisher Martin ever visit Michigan’s UP, we’d like him to feel welcome. — Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI Nightmare on Elm Street. — Peter Orgel, via email Alfa dog becomes Alpha dog! — Fred Deutschman, via email Perfect car for dealing with snow drifts. Even better in the Comments With Your Renewals I don’t know what you pay John Draneas, but he is worth it. — Mike Schroedl, Portland, OR (SCMer since 1998) How about a story (in depth) on the “Bullitt” Mustang? — Robert Davis, Avon by the Sea, NJ (2000) 156 My favorite magazine, totally unique and invaluable. Wish I could afford all the cars I lust after in your pages. — Barry Schwimmer, Fairfield, CT (2002) Keep on with up-and-coming classics and Affordable Classics spring and summer for checking the lettuce. — Phil Stevens, via email Real monster trucks are made in America. Accept no substitutes. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI A little blue pill in an Italian’s tank can lift more that his spirit! — Anonymous, via email What can happen when a Beta acquires an Al(ph)a. — Bill Orth, Parker, CO This Jeep-Bertone is the automotive equivalent of gene splicing. Hence, the code of 4x4+GTV. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA Alfa Romeo for sale: Beautiful blue paint, original interior. Upgraded suspension — handles like no other. — James S. Eubanks, Marietta, GA All these Alfa drivers keep complaining about ride height. Frankly, I don’t see a problem. — Jay Barone Milford, CT The shop misunderstood me when I said I wanted to “take it off the road for the winter.” — Roland Aviles, West Orange, NJ Quadrifoglio, Quadra-Trac, same diff. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA Here we see evidence that Publisher Martin is not the only one who is into jacked-up Alfas. — Stan Colona, Plano, TX Billy Hufnagel wins an airbag- equipped SCM 30th Anniversary hat for saying the same thing that Publisher Martin said in his basement 31 years ago. ♦ 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. articles: Alfa Romeo sedan (1960s/70s). — Steven Wood, Bellevue, WA (2008) Wonderful tool to have! — Charles Grose, Seminole, FL (2017) Always a great day when SCM arrives! — Doug Perkins, Sports Car Market Benicia, CA (2011) Thanks for years of a good magazine. — Paul Evans, Ingelwood, CA (1996) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers Connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com SCM Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) • Looking Back and Looking Forward • SCM Executive Editor Chester Allen Remembers Christmas in 1967 • What’s Going on in the SCM Garage? Ready to Roll: My 18-month-old granddaughter Hayden takes the pilot seat in “Papa’s car” — a 1957 Buick Roadmaster. — Andy Pecota Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your high-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscar- market.com/guides-supplements) • 2019 Insider’s Guide to Amelia Island and Spring Auctions • 2019 Insider’s Guide to the Arizona Auctions • 2019 Pocket Price Guide Sixteen Years Ago in SCM SCM’s March 2003 issue celebrated our 15th anniversary and included these headlines: • Ferrari 550 Barchetta — Supercar or Closeout Special? • 1958 AC Roadster — Connoisseurs Only Need Apply • SWB 911s — Finally Getting Some Respect • Revs “R” Us — Alfa GT Junior • Will All the Good Sports Cars Disappear? The issue also featured one of our most famous art covers, “Femme au Volant.” Artist Alain Levesque’s Art Deco-style cover painting beautifully depicted the elegance of a bygone era. March 2019 For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable Platinum Deluxe Users View 297,000-plus auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history! 157


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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 1935 Jaguar SS1 tourer 1954 Jaguar XK 120 3.4 SE OTS 1968 Innocenti Mini T 2-dr woodie estate appraisal available. $230,000 OBO. Contact John, Ph: 402.475.7090, email: johnleflersr@gmail. com. (NE) 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL cabriolet S/N 154339. White/red. 49,000 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Car is in London. Originally sold in Italy, LHD, well maintained car, original 850-cc engine, clean engine bay, extremely clean red interiors. Abarth white Cromodora wheels, wood reconditioned in 2016, would need reconditioning again. Documents include two owner’s manuals, garage manual (green), original Italian registration document, FIVA/ASI Certificato di Interesse Storico (Italy). Recent upgrades ($7,000); installed seat belts front and back, installed battery switch, resprayed in 2016 by U.K. specialist, changed all guides of windows, new tires in summer 2017. $17,000. Contact Marino, email: valensise@btinternet.com. 1973 Jaguar E-type Series III cabriolet S/N 249456. Birch Grey/red with black top. 55,591 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This stunning matching-numbers example is a Best of Show winner at Greenwich Concours 2018 and 2017 JCNA National Champion. It is a recipient of a no-expensespared restoration, and possibly one of the best SS1 examples in the world today. Ready for showing at Pebble Beach 2019. Includes JDHT Certificate of Authenticity. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/612. (CA) 1948 Jaguar Mark IV drophead coupe S/N S674424. Pastel Blue/red leather with dark blue top and tonneau. 30,160 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This beautiful numbers-matching SE has been restored from the ground up to a correct show-level standard, with a great deal of time invested in the body- and paintwork alone. Beautiful red Connolly leather interior. Accompanied by a restoration photo book, restoration invoices, tool roll, sales brochures and Jaguar maintenance handbook. A great example for the serious Jaguar collector. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/514. (CA) 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC drophead coupe Ivory White/black MB-Tex. 53,650 miles. Inline 6, automatic. Black MB-Tex interior with gray carpets and black canvas soft top. Frigiking a/c, Blaupunkt AM-FM, tools and car cover. Presented by HERITAGE CLASSICS, 8980 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069. $79,500. Heritage Classics. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. (CA) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible Azure Blue/Biscuit leather. 39,301 miles. V12, 4-sp manual. Black Everflex soft top, black Factory hard top. A/C, chrome wire wheels, chrome luggage rack, Factory Blaupunkt AM-FM radio, jack, knockoff hammer and handbook. Presented by HERITAGE CLASSICS, located at 8980 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069. $64,500. Heritage Classics. Ph: 310.657.9899, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. (CA) 1986 Panther Kallista roadster S/N 11304412021618. Horizon Blue (#302)/beige. 140,000 miles. V6, automatic. MBZ Preservation Designation, truly an excellent example of a highly authentic survivor. Documented two-owner, rust-free California car. Amazing original paint and patina in a stunning color combination. Correct originality markings; paper fuse insert, original firewall pad, all expected spot welds, headlight notches, perfect wood dash, tool set with color-correct case, Becker Europa AM/FM radio, original beige MB-Tex interior seating, multi-loop carpeting, original keys and books with service stamps. Matching hard top. Recent comprehensive service and rebuilt transmission. Runs and drives perfectly. Concours awards. Lovingly cared for. $159,000. Contact Claudia, Ph: 916.736.3450, email: cbdesign@surewest.net. (CA) 1971 Porsche 911 T coupe S/N 637013. Black & burgundy/red. 63,788 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This elegant Mark IV is a multiple concours award winner and JCNA First Place National Champion. Recipient of a no-expense-spared restoration, this 3.5-liter righthand-drive example is classy and fully documented. Includes JDHT Certificate of Authenticity. Ready to campaign at your favorite concours or event. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/618. (CA) 1952 Vincent motorcycle S/N S818281DN. Battleship Gray/red with black top. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Beautiful, no-expensespared restoration, matching-numbers, multiple concours award winner and JCNA First Place Champion. One of 14 wire-wheel examples with spats. Impeccable bare-metal restoration. Elegant, classy and documented. Includes JDHT Certificate of Authenticity. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/613. (CA) 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II Saloon saloon Gray over white/black. 25,000 miles. Inline 4, automatic. Stunning bespoke colors, auto, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD, parade boot, 2.3-L, luggage rack, alloys, one of only 148, excellent throughout. $25,950. CCSI. Contact Norman, Ph: 770.883.9115, email: cici123@mindspring.com. Website: www.classicinvestmentltd.com. (GA) GERMAN 1967 Porsche 911 coupe Bahia Red/black leather. 43,156 miles. Flat 6, manual. Black leather Interior and gray carpeting. Period Blaupunkt AM-FM radio and polished Fuchs alloys. Rust-free, blue-plate California car. Presented by HERITAGE CLASSICS, 8980 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069 (310) 657-9699. $79,500. Heritage Classics. Ph: 310.657.9899, email: sales@heriatgeclassics. com. (CA) 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC coupe Cover and seven-page feature in Classic Motorcycle. Campaigned in the ’50s on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Recently discovered by original owner and restored to perfection by Harris Vincent Gallery. FitzSimons Engineering. Contact Michael, email: mike@fiteng.com. Website: www. woodwardavenuevincent.com. 158 Sand over Sable/tan. 92,000 miles. V8, automatic. Sand over Sable, auto, ps, pb, pw, rare factory a/c, rear picnic trays, $100k documented restoration, toolkit, handbook. Stunning. $69,950. CCSI. Contact Norman, Ph: 770.883.9115, email: cici123@ mindspring.com. Website: www.classicinvestmentltd. com. (GA) S/N 305190. Light Ivory/black leatherette. 213,955 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. 2016 appraisal for insurance purposes by SCM contributor Donald Osborne at $175,000. Two owners, matching numbers. Majority of interior original, preserved. Sympathetic restoration and engine rebuild completed 2016. Toolkit, manual, original Blaupunkt radio and Fuchs wheels. 1,971 miles since engine rebuild. Pictures, invoices, CoA, purchase order, S/N 10702400000000. Milan Brown Metallic/ Palomino. 83,600 miles. V8, automatic. Two owner 450SLC with only 83k original miles. By far Mercedes’ most expensive model of the legendary Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 450 series, at an original MSRP of $32,590 ($136,777 adjusted for inflation, according to the CPI for 2018) compared to $26,777 for the sameyear 450SL roadster, and this particular example is in absolutely beautiful condition throughout! $19,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1991 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069. $75,000. Heritage Classics. Ph: 310.657.9899, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. (CA) ITALIAN 1952 Siata Daina Stabilimenti Farina convertible Red/tan. 41,895 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Known history from new. Low mileage, meticulously maintained, non-smoker, 100% excellent original paint, so no paintwork or accident ever. Excellent to like-new condition with perfect interior. Originally sold out of Carlsbad/San Diego, CA, Porsche dealership. I have all books, keys, contracts, invoice sale books with dealer stamp and service records. $145,000. Contact Alain, Ph: 805.801.6269, email: opy1b2@aol.com. (CA) 1994 Porsche 928 GTS coupe S/N SL0168. Green metallic/beige leather interior. manual. This 1952 Siata Daina Convertible Stabilimenti Farina is fully in aluminum coachwork (except for the doors). It has been completely restored in 2005–06 by a North-Italian specialist. The car has a Fiat 4-cylinder 1,400-cc engine modified by Siata with a special cylinder head, pistons and twin Weber 32 carburetors generating 72 hp. This Siata has received specific awards for its originality. The aluminium and chrome parts are in extremely nice condition, and the car has very nice chrome wheel caps. The rare badges are all present, which is very unique. The car has very good road behavior. $229,000. Classic Car Service Restorations. Contact Noel, Ph: 475251341, email: noel. deblock@scarlet.be. Website: classic-car-service. be/autos/1952-siata-daina-convertible-stabilimentifarina/. (Antwerp) 1981 Delorean DMC-12 coupe S/N WP0AA2928RS820152. Grand Prix White/Cashmere. 95,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Excellent original condition with over $29,000 in recent mechanical servicing. Needs nothing. Solid, rattle-free, rear a/c. Would trade for other interesting vehicles. $55,000 OBO. Contact Peter, Ph: 520.603.2009, email: peterwilke@gmail.com. (AZ) 1995 BMW E36 M3 coupe Daytona Violet/Dove Gray. 43,600 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Here is a rare, completely original E36. Low miles and the best year for the E36, which are now becoming collectible. One-yearonly Daytona Violet color, with approximately 70 produced, with Dove Gray leather interior and Vader Sports seats. S50 one-year-only motor, OBD1. In like-new condition, no accident or paintwork (100% original paint). All VIN stickers are in place. The interior is pristine with minimal wear to new condition. Email for more info. $45,000 OBO. Contact Alain, Ph: 805.801.6269, email: opy1b2@ aol.com. (CA) 1997 Porsche 993 Carrera cabriolet S/N SCEDT26T3BD003191. Brushed stainless steel/light gray leather. 26,200 miles. V6, manual. Very rare and internationally desirable DMC-12 of an original Southern California car with original matching-numbers engine, and has obviously always been garaged with no history of any accidents or damage. In great daily-driving condition! Four-wheel independent suspension, gullwing doors, factory air conditioning, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, power locks and mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, tinted glass, AM/FM stereo cassette, electric rear defroster, cast alloy wheels, digital clock and the optional 5-speed transmission. $32,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N ZFFLA138000044483. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. 40,380 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Rare European model. Rosso Corsa with soft tan leather. Ferrari Dealer and specialist restoration and services ($40k-plus). Originality and patina preserved. Euro spec: 240 hp, flash-to-pass driving lights, 16-inch space-saver spare, lighter overall weight, rear hatch minus louvers, no catalytics. Robert Tallgren Memorial Trophy and Festivals of Speed Vintage Trophy. 65,025 km (40,380 miles). $92,760 OBO. Contact Stan, Ph: 407.716.5981, email: 575enzo@ gmail.com. (FL) AMERICAN 1961 Buick Electra 225 convertible 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS QV spider V8, 4-spd manual. A mostly all-original early model 1963 roadster with what-appears-to-be its original matching-numbers 327/340 L76 V8 RE-code engine, matched to an M20 Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and a Positraction rear axle! Finished in the car’s original Riverside Red (color code 923) paint with its original black vinyl (trim code STD) interior and a new matching black convertible soft top and with factory steel wheels and hub caps. $59,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1981 Chrysler Imperial coupe S/N 2A3BY62J5BR133791. Daystar Blue Metallic/ blue. 82,929 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. One owner! Garage kept. Original electronic fuel injection (runs poorly). Original paint and interior carpets, like new. $5,000. R&R Country Motors Inc. Contact Ed, Ph: 708.946.2309, email: rrcountrymotors@sbcglobal. net. (IL) RACE 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 coupe S/N 8H2009654. Arctic White/blue. 77,900 miles. V8, automatic. An extremely rare and desirable Electra 225 401/325-hp 4-bbl V8 convertible with its original 410/445 Wildcat engine with believedto-be 77k original miles in original factory code C paint, a new blue power soft top, new matching blue leather interior, all new suspension, tires and brakes. Also included are the original owner’s manuals from the selling dealer of Braley & Graham Buick of Sacramento, CA, from where it was sold and originally delivered to its original Santa Cruz owner, who reportedly later sold the car to an Ohio museum. $39,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 convertible S/N AR3021696. White & red/off-white. Inline 4, 5-spd automatic. SPICA guru Wes Ingram’s race car, “Sharkey.” Log books, receipts and Wes Ingram-designed notebook included. Two-liter engine, transmission rebuilt and recently broken-in. Brakes, MC, fuel pump and tank refreshed/replaced. Panhard rod, Ward & Dean suspension and more. Original vintage race livery. $29,500 OBO. Contact Ronald, Ph: 206.403.3445, email: ron_calkins@ hotmail.com. (WA) © FOLLOW SCM S/N 30867S115164. Riverside Red/black. 60 miles. Black/black leather. 14,324 miles. Flat 6, 6-spd manual. Black canvas soft top with matching canvas tonneau boot, a/c, pw, 6-speed, factory alloy wheels, upgraded Rockford Fosgate sound system, tools, books. Presented by HERITAGE CLASSICS, at 8980 160 Sports Car Market


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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) cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org Russo and Steele Collector AutoGPK Auctions. 856.573.6969. GPK 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 Auctions produces The Atlantic City Auction & Car Show. For over four decades hobbyists, enthusiasts and collectors from across the country have descended on Atlantic City in February to buy and admire the premier collection of automobiles presented by GPK Auctions at the Largest IN-DOOR Auction in the Country. Location: Atlantic City, NJ URL: gpkauctions.com Email: info@gpkauctions.com Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) 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) W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549 . Hollywood Wheels Auctions & 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) 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 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, W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Premier Auction Group. Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 162 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com Wheeler Auction Group. 833.599.8999 . Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle & exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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ONE43™ Sunbeam Tigers. 10% discount to SCM readers: Use code SCM18R on Automodello.com Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Appraisals Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. ImagGooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia Automotive Restorations. Automodello. 877.343.2276. ONE8™ Type 74 Lotus Europa ONE12™ 1967 Gurney Eagle Spa winner hand-signed by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Buick, Cadillac, Delage, Delahaye, Ford, Lincoln, Kaiser. 1:24 hand-built, limited edition Resin Art™. March 2019 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 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) 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 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. 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) Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) 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) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) 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. 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. 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 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) 163


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com Kurt Tanner Motorcars. Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com Legendary Motorcar Company. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 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) (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) Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. Paul Russell and Company. 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 Luxury Brokers International. 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) 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) 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 CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than Saratoga Auto Auction. Sept. 21 and 22, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. To consign, register to bid, or to purchase tickets, visit saratogaautoauction. org. 518-587-1935 x22 / jeff.whiteside@ saratogaautoauction.org 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 164 Symbolic International. Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time Sports Car Market 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 RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com Collector Car Insurance 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) Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 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. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648. With Chubb, you’ll have flexibility and control with worldclass coverage and claim service. There are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed Value” is included, and you’re free to use the restoration shop of your choice for covered repairs. Special pricing is also available for large collections. For more information, call 1-866-227-9648 or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car and vintage race car owner: Agreed Value protection, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and convenient payment options. Heacock Classic also offers classic motorcycle insurance, Car Club & Event Liability, Race Team & Prep Shop Coverage. Visit us at www.heacockclassic.com Frank Dale & Stepsons. The world’s oldest independent Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists, having been established since 1946. With sales, service, restoration and trimming all under one roof, we offer collectors and enthusiasts the complete range of services for their collections. www.frankdale.com (U.K.) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Aston Martin of New England. Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. 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 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) 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) 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) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. RideCache. 512.751.8450. A profes- sional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/SCM. RideCache — Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. March 2019 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 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) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. 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Estate Planning Advisory Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. German 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) Chrome Strategies Management LLC. Trust and Estate/Wealth Advisory Services focuses on meeting the increasingly complex financial planning needs and interests of classic car collectors, investors, trust, estate, wealth professionals, and family offices. We are a completely independent advisory that develops best practice strategies to fit your objectives. Please contact us to discuss our scope of services. www.chromestrategies.com Email to: info@chromestrategies.com Events—Concours, Car Shows Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR 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) Finance 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 26–November 4, 2018 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. Bud’s 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) (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #:1.602.397.5300 Scott Grundfor Company. 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) Import/Export CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 12–14, 2019. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) 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. The Elegance at Hershey. 717.500.5191. The Elegance at Hershey is a celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/7 to 6/9/2019, commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information, visit www. theeleganceathershey.com, or call 717.500.5191. (PA) European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) 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! 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 Cosdel International Transportation. Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its 166 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) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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West Coast Shipping. 510.236.3008. Shipping collector cars around the world is our specialty. We provide turnkey international logistics solutions to get you driving when you want. We collect your car, load it onto a ship or plane, clear local and foreign customs, and provide white-glove delivery to your destination. We’re used by collectors, dealers and auction companies to ship over 8,000 collector cars around the world each year. And with consolidation available from both U.S. coasts to over 40 destinations around the world, we make it affordable. It’s your dream car, let’s bring her home. www.wcshipping.com Italian tion’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Museums QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 LeMay—America’s Car Museum Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. With more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal 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 Vintage Racing Services. Dr Beasley’s. Dr. Beasley’s proVintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. The Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com Leasing 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) Multimedia Publications Evans Waterless Coolant is the Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com Turtle Garage provides readers with unique insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile—including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the na- March 2019 solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. vides you with detailing solutions that have amazing ease of use and performance that is unparalleled. It’s Jim Lafeber’s fanatical passion for quality and improved detailing outcomes that drove him to create Dr. Beasley’s. The goal was to create a unique line of handmade, custom formulated car appearance products that spare no expense on the quality of ingredients and the use of new technologies. The result; nearly 15 years and thousands of hours of real-world testing later, is Dr. Beasley’s — a complete line of solutionbased products that exceed the specs and requirements of even the most discriminating luxury auto brands. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General 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. Racing Services TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com www.aeristo.com Alan Taylor Company Inc. MetroVac’s car vacs and car dry- ers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantay- lorcompany.com Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com. D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) 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) The Classic Auto Show. Paramount Classic Cars. 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com. 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com The Creative Workshop. Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Farland Classic Restoration. 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) 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom 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 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com Treasured Motorcar Services. Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. If your own personal piece of history needs doing for the first time or the second please contact us. www.HjeltnessRestoration.com Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. On the Road Again Classics. 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 168 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 Speedwell Engineering, Ltd. 770.789.1396. Restoration, sales and service of collectable vehicles. Specializing in Classics, Prewar and European sports cars. Ball Ground, Georgia. www.facebook.com/SpeedwellEngineeringLtd 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,000 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. Since 1991, we have been restoring cars back to exacting standards and building custom, one-of-a kind vehicles for customers all over the world. We are your one-stop-stop. All restoration and mechanical services are met through our comprehensive shop. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch When a Wee Dram Brings Big Bucks A bottling of very old single-malt whisky gets the auction market dizzy Thought Carl’s Looking for a liquid investment? Take a look at The Macallan single-malt whisky that has increased in value 14-fold over the past 11 years. Aged in a Spanish oak ex-sherry cask since 1926, it was bottled six decades later. The yield was only 40 bottles. Peter Blake and Valerio Adami each hand-painted 12 bottles. Less known was the one bottle hand-painted by Irish artist Michael Dillon. This exclusive run of ultra-rare whisky in painted bottles has been setting records at every offering. Christie’s, at their London Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits sale on November 28–29, sold the Dillon hand-painted The Macallan bottle for a record price of $1,528,800 — breaking the record set by Bonhams just a month earlier. If $100k for just a “wee dram” of The Macallan is a bit much, then here are a few from William Morford’s December 7 auction that are a bit more reasonable. Prices noted include 18% vig. paid here was a bit aggressive, so I hope the new owner has a prominent place to display it. early buses go to the top of the chart. This one had a few issues with chips and weathered wear throughout, but the colors were strong. It measured 20 inches by 30 inches and was double sided. This was an unusual sign that is seldom seen, so the price paid was about right. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS #93 LOT 1—RED INDIAN MOTOR OILS PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $12,980. This early 24-inch-by-17-inch porcelain sign was in exceptional condition with bright, vibrant colors and just some minor wear on the edges. Red Indian was the brand name for McColl-Frontenac, a Canadian company formed in 1927 and acquired by Texaco in 1941. Considering the condition, the price paid was market correct. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS #93 LOT 6—TRIPLEX SAFETY GLASS PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $7,198. Triplex is a British brand of laminated safety glass, and the company was formed in 1929. This attractive sign, which measures 17 inches by 24 inches, is fairly common, and condition is the determining factor when considering value. It is reproduced with prices starting around $25. Before you shell out seven large for an exceptional example, make sure you are not buying one that is fresh off the boat. HALF-GALLON AUTO OIL CAN. SOLD AT: $6,018. Early Trop-Artic auto oil cans were very graphic — with bold, vibrant colors. The auto oil was sold in half-gallon, gallon and five-gallon cans. There were two versions of the gallon cans. The key to value is in the condition, and the halfgallon can offered here was as good as you will find. Finding the entire set in this condition is an expensive undertaking, but if you need it, just write the check. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS #93 LOT 105—WHIZOIL FIVE-GALLON MOTOR OIL CAN. SOLD AT: $9,440. This very early five-gallon can was in amazing condition, with bold litho graphics of an early car. The Hollingshead Company made hundreds of automotive products under the Whiz name, and finding an early can in this condition is remarkable. So is the price. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS #93 LOT 21—MARX SERVICE STATION TIN TOY. SOLD AT: $1,416. Marx sold the “Sunny Side Service Station” tin toy during the 1930s. The gaspump globes are battery operated, and the toy is complete with all the pieces and parts. Many of the pieces are reproduced, which does not affect the value. Price WM MORFORD AUCTIONS #93 LOT 36—BUCKEYE STAGES SYSTEM PORCELAIN DEPOT SIGN. SOLD AT: $11,328. Period bus depot and stages signs are hot property, and those with images of the WM MORFORD AUCTIONS #93 LOT 72—TROP-ARTIC SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 170 WM MORFORD AUCTIONS #93 LOT 99—OILZUM MOTOR OILS LOLLIPOP PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $22,125. Lollipop signs were placed outside service stations, and they often show the impact of years of exposure to the elements. This one had some professional restoration and was complete with the cast-iron base. Oilzum was an active sponsor of early racing, and anything with the “Oswald” logo is desirable. Price paid was a bit on the high side considering the restoration, but then again, this is a difficult sign to find. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market