Sports Car Market March 2020

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RAND, Luxury Roslyn, NY, October 12, 2019

SG Auction, Winona, MN, October 18–19, 2019

Artcurial, Paris, FRA, October 27, 2019

GAA, Greensboro, NC, November 7–9, 2019

Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., November 9–10, 2019

Bonhams, Hendon, U.K., November 21, 2019

McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, November 22–24, 2019

Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, December 5–7, 2019

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Sports Car Market SELLING FAST Mods Matter 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series I Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Schumacher’s Ferrari F2002 $6.6m $305k March 2020 www.sportscarmarket.com The SCM Interview Bring a Trailer’s Founder on How a Hobby Became a Phenomenon


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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 2020 . Volume 32 . Number 3 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim 2001 Ferrari 550 GTZ by Zagato $755,337 / Bonhams 58 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 150 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales 80 84 94 104 114 ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Pierre Hedary AMERICAN by B. Mitchell Carlson RACE 16 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Philip Richter 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT “Lightweight” $3,109,362 / Bonhams 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series I $305,000 / RM Sotheby’s 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible $89,456 / Bonhams 1943 White M16 MGMC Half-Track $48,200 / RM Sotheby’s 2002 Ferrari F2002 $6,643,750 / RM Sotheby’s 1991 BMW 325i Sport $65,555 / Silverstone 60 62 64 66 68 70 Cover: 2002 Ferrari F2002 Remi Dargegen ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sports Car Market 124 MARKET OVERVIEW Looking ahead to Amelia Island — Chad Tyson MECUM Kansas City, MO: East of the Missouri River, 392 of 579 cars changed owners for a $8,479,350 sale — Brett Hatfield BONHAMS Hendon, U.K.: After a fouryear absence, Bonhams sells 41 of 75 automotive lots in the Hendon RAF Museum for $2.5m — Paul Hardiman McCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA: 517 cars crossed the block in Palm Springs, with 327 selling for a $5.7m total — Carl Bomstead ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA: Of 74 lots on offer, 38 sold at Artcurial’s last sale of 2019 for a total of $2.1m — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from SG Auction in Winona, MN; GAA in Greensboro, NC; Silverstone in Birmingham, U.K.; and RAND Luxury in Roslyn, NY acebook and watch for updates and offers!


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54 Inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance COLUMNS 24 Shifting Gears Electric cars and autonomous cars are here to stay, but so are our old internal-combustion cars Keith Martin 42 Affordable Classic Most of them aren’t yet collector cars, but it’s time to buy a Subaru WRX or STI Max Schrager 46 Legal Files Unjustifiable buyer expectations are one peril of selling your car online John Draneas 48 Unconventional Wisdom A trip to South America reveals new sights, new thoughts and some welcome surprises Donald Osborne 154 eWatch Babe Ruth’s bat hits a cool million at auction Carl Bomstead FEATURES 52 The SCM Interview: Randy Nonnenberg of Bring a Trailer — Chester Allen 54 Concours Spotlight: Great stories at the first-ever Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance — Daren Kloes 18 Sports Car Market DEPARTMENTS 28 Crossing the Block 30 Concours and Events: Amelia Island Concours, Sebring Vintage Classic, Avignon Motor Festival 32 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 34 You Write, We Read: Toly chimes in, a Calypso Red BMW 850 CSi, Richard Arlen was somebody, saying goodbye, and the Maserati Coupe Cambiocorsa 36 Display Advertisers Index 40 Neat Stuff: A weight off your wheel and a clear view of the road 40 Speaking Volumes: Lotus 72: 1970–75 (Formula I Greats) 72 Next Gen Market Moment: 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo 74 Rising Sun: 1996 Nissan 240SX SE, 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser, 1994 Nissan Skyline GTS-25t Type M 82 Buy/Sell/Hold: B. Mitchell Carlson’s picks for 2020 120 On the Radar: 1974–82 Innocenti Mini 90/120, 1978 Leyland Mini 1275LS, 1969–71 Morris Mini K 138 Market Moment: 1962 TVR Grantura Mark IIA coupe 140 Mystery Photo: “Just when I thought my worst fear was the tin worm” 140 Comments With Your Renewals: “Keith gave me a six-month subscription in ’08 when I complimented his work in AutoWeek. Been with you ever since.” 142 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 146 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Daren Kloes


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin A New Year’s Day Ritual Thinking about the electric-car future while cruising along in a 53-year-old Alfa Romeo on the first day of 2020 We were celebrating 2020 by driving vintage cars through a rural countryside that had changed little over the past 50 years. The future is coming It’s a time of uncertainty for old-car lovers. The role of the car in our society is rapidly changing. While the most visible shifts to electric propulsion (or EV, for electric vehicles) and autonomous (SD, for self-driving) apply to new cars, our old cars will surely get caught up in the wake the new-car changes leave behind. Thinking only of safety and convenience, the changes in new cars are all positive. While I am cognizant of the environmental challenges posed by producing enough electricity to charge millions of cars, electrically-propelled automobiles will be almost childishly simple to build and maintain. And the environment will benefit. Autonomous cars are a step forward as well. Pedestrian deaths by car have been rising; a recent study attributed that to the massive increase in the size of the trucks and SUVs that populate our highways. I would much rather place my faith in a self-driving computer sys- Old Volvos launching into a new year O n January 1, vintage-car tribes gather in the early morning darkness. From snow-covered Montana to sunny San Diego, old-car lovers prepare to “start the new year right” with a cruise in a classic. For more than two decades, the local “Round-Fender Volvo Club” has hosted a New Year’s Day run. Organized by longtime SCMer Dean Koehler, the club caters specifically to the 444/544/1800/122 models of Volvos. “Bricks” (the square-fendered 142/144 series that followed) and later Volvos are not allowed. As you would expect from a former naval aviator, Dean rules with an iron hand. Although I have belonged to the club for many years, with a 544, two 122s, an 1800S and an 1800ES, when I asked Dean if I could be a member emeritus for the tour, he said no. However, when I told him I was in the process of buying another 122 (watch Facebook for developments), he offered to accept our 1967 Alfa Giulia Super on an interim basis. We had to run at the back of the pack, of course. My pilot was SCMer Chris Bright, who also has a Super. Popping and snorting in the cold — it was a balmy 38 degrees in Portland — the Super’s half-century-old engine came to life. The Weber-carbureted engine never needs any choke to start. The best way to warm a car up is to put the engine under load. We pushed in the clutch, eased the shifter into first and were underway. If kept in proper nick, the heaters on these old cars work well. After all, when new, these were four-season cars. In most cases, they were the only cars that a family had, so they had to do many things well. There were more than a dozen vintage Swedish cars gathered at the embarkation point, a parking lot in Hillsboro, about 15 miles from downtown Portland. Bradley was the navigator, and I was the back-seat “team supervisor.” We set out on a 50-mile route skirting Oregon’s wine county. We followed undulating two-lane roads with names like Helvetia, which sounds Swedish but is a symbolic female national personification of Switzerland. As we motored along, I reflected that it was the first year of a new decade. 24 tem than in a distracted driver in a three-ton pickup truck. While there will be inevitable mishaps, there is no argument that traffic injuries and fatalities should decrease dramatically when a computer takes over guidance and braking. Further, there is little joy in most daily driving today. For the Volvo club to find a route to exercise our cars, we had to travel 30 minutes from downtown Portland. And that’s not very far. Many enthusiasts in crowded urban areas have to travel an hour or more just to get to a place where an old car can be enjoyed. I’d much rather be in a self-driving car for a one-hour morning com- mute than driving it myself. What will 2030 bring? For old-car enthusiasts, not much that is dif- ferent. While the focus of the media will continue to be on EV and SD, as of 2017, there were 272 million cars and trucks in the United States. As of September 2019, just 1.3 million of them were EV. Even though sales of EVs will increase dramatically, it will be a long while before EVs make up a significant part of the on-road fleet. The road is even longer for SD cars. Due to safety considerations, the path to full adoption of self-driving cars could be a decade or more away. I don’t see that melding our old cars (or non-SD cars) with SD will be difficult. I envision a simple aircraft-style transponder app on your phone that will let SD cars know your car exists, that it has no guidance capabilities — and that they should react to it accordingly. Our challenge will be to make sure old cars don’t suffer from the unintended consequences of legislation designed for modern cars. A decade from now there will still be gas stations. Repair shops might be the more crucial issue, as we are not grooming enough mechanics schooled in old cars to replace the ones who are retiring. More of the same ahead Soon enough, we arrived at the end of the tour. We had lunch at the Trask Mountain Outpost in Yamhill. All of the round-fendered Volvos (and the square-shouldered Super) made it to lunch and home again with no surprises or roadside failures. Just think. One hundred miles in an old car with a heater that worked, gauges that functioned and brakes that braked. Getting into the SCM time machine and going forward to 2030, I see a similar gathering of similar cars at similar place for a similar tour. The world of new cars will change dramatically, but the role of our classics in our culture is secure. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III coupe at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, auction Shannons Where: Melbourne, AUS When: March 2 Web: www.shannons.com.au Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: March 4 Web: www.brightwells.com Russo and Steele Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 4–6 Web: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 38/137 cars sold / $3.5m Bonhams Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 5 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 92/108 cars sold / $15.9m Featured cars: • 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS • 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup • 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC Gooding & Co. Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 6 Web: www.gooding.com Last year: 78/89 cars sold / $22m RM Sotheby’s Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 6–7 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 117/141 cars sold / $38.1m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III coupe • 1925 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model tourer • 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC AMG 6.0 Wide-Body Mecum Where: Glendale, AZ When: March 11–14 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 731/1,256 cars sold / $30.9m 28 EG Auctions Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: March 13–15 Web: www.theelectricgarage.com H&H Where: Duxford, U.K. When: March 18 Web: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 77/103 cars sold / $3.6m Featured cars: • 1939 Lagonda V12 drophead coupe • 1933 Hillman Aero Minx • 1993 MG RV8 RM Auctions Where: Palm Beach, FL When: March 20–21 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 274/368 cars sold / $23.1m Premier Auction Group Where: Punta Gorda, FL When: March 20–21 Web: www.premierauctiongroup.com Bonhams MPH Where: Bicester, U.K. When: March 22 Web: www.bonhams.com Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. MARCH 2—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 4—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 4–6—RUSSO AND STEELE Amelia Island, FL 5—BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL 6—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 6–7—RM SOTHEBY’S Amelia Island, FL 11–14—MECUM Glendale, AZ 13–15—EG AUCTIONS Red Deer, AB, CAN 18—H&H Duxford, U.K. 20–21—RM AUCTIONS Palm Beach, FL 20–21—PREMIER AUCTION GROUP Punta Gorda, FL 21—BONHAMS MPH Bicester, U.K. 25–28—MECUM Davenport, IA 27—RM SOTHEBY’S Essen, DEU 28—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 28–29—CCA Birmingham, U.K. 29—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. Mecum Where: Davenport, IA When: March 25–28 Web: www.mecum.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Essen, DEU When: March 27 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 185/212 cars sold / $21m Featured cars: • 1976 Lancia Beta Montecarlo • 2000 Ferrari 456M GT • 1976 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: March 28 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com CCA Where: Birmingham, U.K. When: March 28–29 Web: www.classiccarauctions.co.uk Bonhams Where: Chichester, U.K. When: March 29 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 74/104 cars sold / $8m ♦ Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance always celebrates race cars and drivers. This year, the concours is honoring legendary racer, race-team owner, entrepreneur and car collector Roger Penske from March 5 to 8 at the Ritz-Carlton. The Porsche Driving Experience starts at 7 a.m. on March 6. A seminar, “Penske Perfect: Effort = Results,” starts at 3 p.m. in the Ritz-Carlton’s Talbot Ballroom. 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. Cars & Coffee will celebrate 50 years of the Datsun 240Z. The “Team Penske — The Early Years” seminar starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Ritz-Carlton’s Talbot Ballroom. RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Auction starts at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Ritz-Carlton’s Grand Ballroom. Sunday, March 8, is dedicated to the concours d’elegance, which starts at 9:30 a.m. on the 10th and 18th fairways. A field of 225 amazing cars will delight at this world-class concours. The Cars of Harley Earl is a special class, and Publisher Keith Martin returns as a judge. For more information on other events taking place at the Ritz-Carlton during the weekend and for tickets, please visit www.ameliaconcours.org. (FL) Motorcar Heaven in the South of France A trip to the south of France is 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 20–22, you can walk around the 400 exhibitors’ booths and enjoy the 2,600 classic cars on display. For ticket and registration information, visit www.avignonmotor-festival.com (FRA) 30 2020 Sebring Vintage Classic Going to the Amelia Island Concours? Head to Florida a little early for the 2020 Sebring Vintage Classic from February 27 through March 1 at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, FL. www.svra.com (FL) Sports Car Market MARCH CALENDAR 5–8 60th Good Vibrations Bakersfield March Meet, Bakersfield, CA; www.famosoraceway. com 18–21 68th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring, FL; www.sebringraceway.com Chad Taylor Courtesy of Avignon Motor Festival


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Associate Publisher Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director 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 Associate Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, John Hoshstrasser, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Daren Kloes, Brett Hatfield Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Robert Cumberford (Design), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Bill Rothermel, Simon Kidston, Reid Trummel, Elana Scherr, Alexandra Martin-Banzer CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 Connect with SCM on The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2020 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors PHILIP RICHTER, SCM Contributor, writes the weekly blog “Turtle Garage: Cars and Motorcycles With Stories.” He still owns the Honda 50 that sparked his love of nimble, motorized things. He collects vintage BMW motorcycles and German cars. He is treasurer of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and president of Hollow Brook Wealth Management LLC, a New York Citybased private investment firm. He also serves on several boards, including the Malcolm Pray Achievement Center, where he advises on the educational program and car collection. Please turn to p. 70 for his Next Gen profile of a 1991 BMW 325i Sport. DAREN KLOES, SCM Auction Analyst, developed an interest in vintage cars early in life after “helping” his dad restore a ’41 Cadillac convertible when he was just 10 years old. He bought and sold his first flipper — a ’66 T-bird — before he could drive. He proceeded to re-invest the proceeds from buying and selling muscle cars and 1950s American iron — until finally settling on English and German sports cars. He traded more than 50 cars before he was 30, and has many “If I still had that car today …” stories. His day job is in commercial banking, but his alter ego is purely vintage cars. He remains an automotive historian and has written articles for print and online publications, including his own blog about investing in vintage cars. Turn to p. 54 for his report on the inaugural Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance. 32 PIERRE HEDARY, SCM Auction Analyst, is a Mercedes-Benz uber-enthusiast. When Pierre is not turning wrenches on vintage M-Bs at his eponymous repair shop, he enjoys driving his own Mercedes classics. These include (but are not limited to) a 1972 280SE 4.5, a 1970 280SL and a 1985 300CD. Pierre also serves as a technical adviser to the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. 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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 1994 BMW 850 CSi in Diamantschwarz Metallic, which SCM’s Philip Richter called “arguably the best BMW color ever” An equally desirable color, as mine is, is Calypso Red, of which I believe only five were imported into the U.S., three in 1994 and two in 1995. Toly Chimes In To the Editor: Through decades of reading about old-vehicle acquisitions, I decided I’m an outlier. I’ve bought over a dozen cars sight unseen, and never had one overheat. Happy New Year! — Toly Arutunoff, via email 34 The Allure of Calypso Red To the Editor: I was delighted to read Philip Richter’s report of the RM Sotheby’s October auction in London, where a 1994 BMW 850 CSi brought an astounding price (February 2020, “Next Gen Market Moment,” p. 88). I’m delighted, as I have a 1995 with only 18,000 miles, and though that is far more than the car described, in the world of 850 CSis, that is really quite low. But I differ with Mr. Richter in that an equally desirable color, as mine is, is Calypso Red, of which I believe only five were imported into the U.S., three in 1994 and two in 1995. — Ken Swanstrom Richard Arlen Was a Star To the Editor: As you have seen by the outpouring of support for Publisher Sports Car Market Tom Wood ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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You WriAd Indexte We Read Aerovault ...........................................................119 Amelia Island Concours ......................................50 Aston Martin of New England ..........................103 Authentic Classics, LLC ...................................131 Automobiles Etcetera ..........................................87 Automobilia Monterey ......................................137 Automotive Restorations Inc.............................125 Autosport Designs Inc .........................................19 Avant Garde Collection .......................................90 Barrett-Jackson ....................................................45 Bennett Law Office .............................................92 Beverly Hills Car Club ......................................135 Bonhams / UK ...................................................4–5 CarCapsule USA..................................................38 Cars Yeah ...........................................................153 Cars, Inc. ..............................................................41 Centerline Alfa Parts ...........................................93 Chequered Flag International ............................105 Classic Car Capital ..............................................33 Classic Showcase ..............................................101 Cooper Technica, Inc. ..........................................26 Copley Motorcars ................................................85 D. L. George Coachworks ...................................95 Dobson Motorsport............................................112 Drive Toward a Cure ...........................................76 Driversource Houston LLC ...........................10–11 European Collectibles........................................115 European Motor Studio, LLC ...........................102 F40 Motorsports ..................................................39 Fantasy Junction ............................................22–23 Fourintune Garage Inc .......................................137 Gaswerks Garage ...............................................131 Girardo & Co .......................................................29 Gooding & Company ....................................13, 15 Grand Prix Classics - La Jolla CA ....................109 Greensboro Auto Auction ....................................77 Grundy Insurance ................................................73 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ................................137 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .................................55 Heacock Classic ................................................155 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..................................123 Hyman, LTD ........................................................14 Intercity Lines ......................................................47 JC Taylor ............................................................ 111 JJ Best Banc & Co .............................................143 Kevin Kay Restorations ......................................12 Kidston .................................................................17 Legendary Motorcar Company .........................131 Luxury Brokers International ........................20–21 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ...............................27 Manns Restoration ...............................................31 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ...........................35 Metron Garage .....................................................89 MM Garage .........................................................51 Mouse Motors, LLC ..........................................133 New England Auto Auction ..............................113 Northwest European ..........................................127 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ......................75 Passport Transport ...............................................99 Paul Russell and Company................................119 Prince Vintage, LTD. ...........................................97 Private Garage. L.C. ............................................49 Putnam Leasing .................................................156 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd..................................117 Reliable Carriers ..................................................81 RM Sotheby’s ....................................................6–7 RMD bvba ...........................................................43 Russo and Steele LLC .......................................8–9 Scott Grundfor Company ..................................108 Sheila Smith Real Estate ...................................107 Streetworks Exotics .............................................44 Symbolic International ........................................25 The SCM Podcast ..............................................135 The Stable, Ltd. ...................................................91 The Werk Shop ..................................................132 Tony Labella Classic Cars .................................110 Torque Classic Cars .............................................37 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...............................121 Vintage Rallies ...................................................123 Weathertech .........................................................83 West Coast Classics, LLC .................................127 White Post Restorations ....................................139 Worldwide Group ..............................................2–3 36 Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel “Lot 137 is by Jackson Pollock, all original except for one respray.” Martin’s recovery, us SCMers are a benevolent group who are interested in each other as well as our cars. That is why I read, with dismay, Jeff Trepel’s “whoever he was” comment about Richard Arlen, who is believed to be the first owner of the 1930 Cadillac 452A sport phaeton, while reviewing the RM Auction at Hershey (February 2020, RM Auctions Hershey 2019, on p. 154). By the way, I live close enough to attend this auction annually, along with the AACA swapmeet. I am far from a movie buff, but I do enjoy classic movies as well as classic cars, and I know who Mr. Arlen was. He was, in fact, a noted actor from the 1920s on and starred in the 1927 silent movie “Wings,” which was the recipient of the very first Academy Award for Best Picture — and which I have seen on TCM. He was also a skilled pilot who took time off from acting to serve as a flight instructor during World War II. Towards the end of his career, he played himself on an episode of “Petticoat Junction,” as a pilot. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jeff Trepel could have easily found this information, as I did, on Wikipedia. It is sad that in the pages of SCM, he chose instead to diss this interesting man — and the first owner of such a magnificent car. — Dom DiCocco, Philadelphia, PA When It’s Time to Say Goodbye To the Editor: I enjoyed reading Publisher Martin’s piece, “Culling the Collection,” on p. 32 of the February 2020 SCM. As the owner of numerous wonderful cars over the years — and a confirmed lover of just about any different or unique automobile — I’ve often fallen prey to the “gotta have it” bug. However, sometimes a mis- take is made, or as Keith said, it’s just time to move on. I recently got rid of my 1963 VW Double cab. I loved how it looked, and that was the main impetus for buying it. The “cool factor” was also undeniable. However, it drove and handled like a lame goat. It was slow, drafty, cold, noisy, got blown all over the road — and was generally no fun to drive when compared to one of my It’s a Coupe Cambiocorsa To the Editor: I would like to correct an error regarding the 2005 Maserati (4200) coupe nomenclature in the coverage of the Bonhams Chéserex auction (January 2020, p. 98). Maserati, over the course of the coupe/ spyder production, labeled the cars as Cambiocorsa, or GT. Cambiocorsa denoted an F1-type paddle transmission, and GT denoted a standard manual transmission (stick shift). Thus, the car described is not a “GT coupe,” but, instead, it is a Coupe Cambiocorsa. This is perhaps a subtle but rather important distinction. — James Feig, Helotes, TX ♦ Sports Car Market air-cooled Porsche 911s. So it sat, often admired but rarely driven. Sold. — Greg James, Mercer Island, WA


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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Lotus 72: 1970–75 (Formula 1 Greats) by Pete Lyons, 320 pages, Evro Publishing, $48.49 (Amazon) The years in the title are not an error. The Lotus 72, all eight or nine tubs, depending on how you count them, raced through SIX seasons of Formula One. That’s a ridiculous length of time, even back then. Nowadays if you aren’t bringing wholesale changes to your car several times a year, you are going backward. But Colin Chapman and designer Maurice Philippe created a car that was a breakthrough in thinking for the 1970 season, won Manufacturers titles three times (’70, ’72 and ’73), and took Jochen Rindt to a posthumous championship in 1970 and Emerson Fittipaldi to a World Championship in 1972. Pete Lyons, the longtime chronicler of the F1 circus, takes a look at the history of the Lotus 72 in the first of a series of books for Evro. Like any tale of racing, it was filled with innova- tion, success and despair, with all-nighters by exhausted mechanics followed by racing at the edge. Dubbed the “flying doorstop” when it came out, the Lotus 72 was an aerodynamic wedge, with a flat nose and canard front wings, the body sloping back and up to a large rear wing made up of one to three elements. The design actually started with the Lotus 56 4-wheel-drive STP turbine car that came this close to winning the Indy 500 in 1968 in the hands of Joe Leonard. The 72 featured a wheelbase listed as 100 inches, but that actually changed in early cars as “anti-dive” and “anti-squat” suspension designs took the dive out by slightly changing the length. For comparison, the Mercedes W10 that took Lewis Hamilton to a title in 2019 had a 147-inch wheelbase. Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering See Clearly Cleaning the 1985–92 BMW M3 setup Helping Hand Does your classic suffer from heavy slow-speed steering effort? EPAS Performance has a solution you might want to consider. Their electric-assist steering kits are available for a variety of both foreign and domestic specialinterest cars. These kits install under the dash and use an electric motor to lessen steering effort when needed, controlled by a remote-mount knob. Save your arms when dealing with slow-speed maneuvers and keep the car’s original feel the rest of the time. Kits range in price, with a Ferrari Testarossa setup listed at $1,450. Check them out at www.epasperformance.com. 40 outside of your w shield and backl is easy enough, b getting the insid surfaces clean — a ing them that wa quite so simple. O plastics and othe components can l film buildup on t of your glass, an the sun hits it jus you’ll see streak Weathertech’s TechCare Interio Glass Cleaner w Anti Fog does a good job of solving this problem as it both cleans your glass as well as helps eliminate film — and temperature related fog — fr building up in th first place. Get it a www.weathertech.com for $7.99. ♦ Sports Car Market Lotus 72 features a huge trove of previously unpublished or rarely seen images, most in color, as well as the insights and wit of Lyons, who was there for most every race of the Lotus 72’s rise and fall. It’s a great beginning to a series — and a fitting tribute to a historic car. Provenance: Pete Lyons covered F1 for Autoweek and Britain’s Autosport, both behind the typewriter and the camera — and was there for almost the entire racing career of the Lotus 72. Emerson Fittipaldi’s introduction is an added bonus. Fit and finish: The book is quite handsome, and the spare design is a lovely showcase for the images, all executed with quality printing. Drivability: Lotus 72 needs you to adjust your ex- pectations. It isn’t a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the car, the personalities or running of the team during those seasons. Instead, it stands as an exceptional race-by-race history of the cars throughout six seasons. Each year starts off with an introductory scene-setter, and then proceeds race by race, using expansive captions for the beautiful, detail-filled photos to do the real heavy lifting of telling the story of each season. You learn, race by race, of the success and failures (it’s racing; there are soooo many failures) of the cars and drivers at each race. Along the way, the captions hold a wealth of detailed information, from the personal stories to technical details. It’s a delightful journey. ♦


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Affordable Classic Subaru WRX and STI It’s Time to Buy a WRX or STI Buy one of these amazing Subarus now — before everyone else discovers them by Max Schrager In the foreground, the author with a 2004 Subaru STI in World Rally Blue. Behind it, a 2012 STI in Plasma Blue Pearl S ubaru WRX and STI models offer the unique combination of genuine World Rally Championship heritage, outstanding performance and excellent reliability in an all-wheel-drive, 4-door sedan or wagon. Other than the Mitsubishi (with the Evo), no other manufacturer offers a 300-horsepower sports sedan with high safety ratings for under $35k. These Subarus offer the classic “Q-ship” mix of a basic Japanese commuter car with a high-performance sports car. Buy a future collectible now Starting in 2002, Subaru offered the 227-hp WRX (World Rally eXperimental) in the United States, while the cars had been available in Japan since 1994. The 300-hp STI (which stands for Subaru Technica International) came to the U.S. in 2004 for those needing even more power, although most who drive the WRX find it a very quick car. All WRX and STI models are great to drive. Most enthusiasts agree the manual transmission adds value, as we have seen across many different makes and models (the WRX was also available with an automatic). The surprising quality when behind the wheel is the lightness of the controls and brisk acceleration. These are very responsive cars, nothing like the beast you might expect from a small car with so much power — unless the car is heavily modified. Subaru has made many different special edition WRX/STI cars. Look for a stock car Longevity is a controversial topic with these cars. If the car is left in stock condition and thoughtfully maintained, the 42 turbocharged flat-4 engine runs a long time. Problems generally arise when the cars are modded. A “catback” ex- haust doesn’t hurt reliability and can add that distinctive deep booming baritone many enthusiasts crave. Suspension mods are common but will significantly degrade ride quality. When larger turbos, trick intakes, whistling blow-off valves and aftermarket tuning are added, things get complicated fast. If you insist on modifications, find a top ECU tuner and keep your fingers crossed. Otherwise, leave it stock. Regular, easy maintenance While the earliest models of these cars are getting old, it is still sur- prisingly easy to keep them running well. Think about new spark plugs every 60k miles. Coil packs should last 10 years or 120k miles and are not expensive to replace. Vacuum lines can get brittle and allow for small intake track leaks but are easy to replace. Most cars with good maintenance and stock parts can go 200k miles without major failure, but emission changes starting in 2008 often cause problems for the 2008–10 models. All require new timing belts with associated pulleys and tensioner every 100k miles. If the car you are looking at needs one, budget to get it done right away. Plan on spending $1,200 for parts and labor. For the 2.5-liter engines (starting in 2004 for the STI, 2006 in the WRX), compression and leak-down tests help diagnose if piston lands and rings are good, as mods or abuse can cause early failure. Rust on the underbody or extensive rust in the rear quarters is hard to repair and dangerous, so best avoid these except as parts cars. Sports Car Market


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Bugeyes, Blobeyes and bargains The 2002–03 cars are nicknamed “Bugeyes” for the round headlights, while the 2004–05 cars are called “Blobeye” or “Peanut Eye” for the elongated headlight style. For U.S. cars, there are no STI Bugeyes, only WRX models, while Blobeyes came in both WRX and STI models. There are real bargains in the early WRX models (2002–05), which can be found in decent shape for $6k to $9k. Newer STIs (2004–07) run from $14k to $24k, depending on miles and mods — the fewer of both, the better. JDM cars Japanese Domestic Market — aka JDM — STI and WRX models and engines are of special interest in the Subaru world. These cars have a unique 2.0-liter engine that never came to the U.S. These JDM cars don’t have the larger-displacement piston longevity issues found in U.S. market STIs. Grabbing a JDM driveline and installing it in a 2002–05 WRX results in a highly desirable driver’s car and can improve resale value if the chassis is clean enough. Once we can import 2002–03 JDM STIs in 2026, the novelty of these swaps may wear thin. But for now, the STI JDM swap is way cool in the Subie world. Most are still used cars Only very low-mileage early STIs (2004–07) are beginning to ap- preciate. Early 2002–03 WRXs with low miles are good buys if they have not been modified. Prices for these cars will increase as they become scarcer. My guess is the 2004–05 STI and 2002–03 WRX models will be the best collector cars. Looking at future values, one of the limiting factors is the large num- ber of cars built. There have been about 80,000 WRXs sold in the U.S. from 2002 to ’05, and 25,000 STIs (2004–07), with cars outside of these years too new to be collectible. That’s the bad news. The good news is that many are being smashed, crashed, crushed and rusted off the road as you read this article. In addition, some good cars suffer brainless owners, such as one car I recently bought. The previous owner toasted the perfectly good engine If the car is left in stock condition and thoughtfully maintained, the turbocharged flat-4 engine runs a long time. Problems generally arise when the cars are modded. — which I had installed — by doing parking-lot doughnuts, causing oil starvation. Many owners mod their engines into an early grave. Every time I see that, I acknowledge there is one less Subie on the road — which increases the values of mine. Buy low — right now My dad — longtime SCM Porsche guru Jim Schrager — was buy- ing early Porsche 911 cars (1965–73) in the 1990s, well before almost everyone else discovered these wonderful cars. The prices skyrocketed once people caught on to the joys of these Porsches — and started buying them. For anyone wanting to get in before these amazing Subarus slip out of sight, the WRX and STI cars offer an amazing performance bargain. Buy one today when they are just “used cars,” before the rest of the world catches on. ♦ Max Schrager is a mechanical engineer working in R&D for a major au- tomaker and a serious gearhead who has taken apart and put back together more Subarus than he can count. His favorites are two early “Bugeye” WRXs, a 2002 JDM STI swap and his 2003 STI S202 swap. March 2020 43


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Legal Files John Draneas The Perils of Selling Online If you sell a car on the Internet, be wary of buyers’ unjustified expectations tions about the condition of the car. The car is 47 years old, and the accident was over 40 years ago. There was no structural damage to the car (only front and rear fender). I am not sure how relevant this is on a car that is not presented as “numbers matching, all original.” Should I pay him any money? — Concerned Seller First off, let’s be clear about one thing: Bring a Trailer is not a bad actor here. It appears they made an unintentional mistake in the auction listing, and they rectified it to the buyer’s satisfaction. The auction The auction listing was very well done — and made very clear that the car had a replacement engine and some other modifications. There was no grandiose language about condition, and nothing even remotely close to “accident-free” can be found. There were over 100 photographs and a nice video. The Porsche looked fantastic. As is often the case with BaT auctions, there were many comments posted by a variety of “expert” commentators who, it seemed, knew everything. When the opening bid of $61,000 was placed, the L commentators became a cheering section, proclaiming the car to be worth over $70,000 and that anything under ast month’s “Legal Files” made a number of suggestions for sellers of collector cars. The printer’s ink wasn’t even dry when an inquiry arrived from an SCMer who presented a perfect example about how online sales can be troublesome: Dear Legal Files: I recently sold my 1972 Porsche 911 Targa on Bring a Trailer, and ran into an unexpected situation. I was the second owner of the car and bought it from a fellow PCA member after it had sat in his garage for 17 years. I proceeded to do a mechanical restoration (the body and interior were in good condition) and enjoyed the car for over 10 years. I knew that the car had been in an accident at a DE event in the late 1970s and had been repaired by the best shop in Vancouver. The car needed a new front fender and had some damage to the rear fender as well. However, there was no structural damage. The car was then stripped and totally repainted. When I listed the car on BaT, I declared that the car had been in an accident, but BaT did not include this in their description of the car. I assumed they had seen the information and did not consider it important to include. The buyer lives in Europe. When the car got there, the shop that was modifying the car to TUV standards reported to the buyer that the car had been in a serious accident. No definition of “serious,” but they did find that a panel had been welded into the back fender (unbeknown to me) as well as the replaced front fender. The buyer was then feeling that he had been misled about the condition of the car. We communicated, and I shared the documentation sent to BaT. I also helped him draft a letter to BaT saying that he felt it was a material omission not to have declared the accident. BaT refunded 50% of the buyer’s fee, which is in line with our ask in the letter. The buyer still thinks I should refund some money to him. I am con- sidering this, but don’t feel that I am at fault in this situation, for two reasons: The car was on BaT for six days and the buyer did not ask any ques- 46 that amount was a “stone-cold bargain.” The winning bid of $66,000 resulted in a string of congratulations from the chorus. As “Concerned Seller” told us, there were no posts that asked any questions about the condition of the car. Unjustifiable expectations This buyer, not unlike an astonishing number of online buyers, suc- cumbed to unjustifiable expectations. The car looked fantastic in the over 100 photos and the video, but online photos are so low in resolution and small in size that almost anything can appear to be perfect. Buyer interpretation: It looks great, so it must be in great condition. The auction listing mentioned that the car had been repainted and that there were some minor touch-ups and stone chips. No mention was made of any accidents or structural damage. Buyer interpretation: The car must be accident-free. Of course, the buyer has absolutely no justification for making any such assumptions. The car could have been crashed and repaired six times, flooded and restored twice, the paint could be off the correct shade and look good only from 20 feet, and you would never suspect any of that from the over 100 little photos. And, in any of those cases, nothing in the auction listing would be incorrect. Perhaps incomplete, yes, but no untrue statements made. Duty to disclose Did Concerned Seller have any duty to disclose the accident history of the car? As a general rule, a seller has no duty to disclose any defects about a car — at least when they are not safety issues. We still have big vestiges of the “buyer beware” legal approach. But that may not be the rule in every jurisdiction. And the rules may differ based upon whether the seller is a private party or a dealer. We also have the complicated question of which jurisdiction’s law applies. In this situation, the seller is in Canada and the buyer is in Europe. BaT is headquartered in California, but its website is available Sports Car Market


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everywhere. Which jurisdiction’s laws will apply? The related question is where any legal action would take place. When you sue someone, you usually have to file the lawsuit in either the jurisdiction where the defendant is located or where the alleged wrongful conduct occurred. In this case, that would seem to have to be Canada. If this case were to be presented in a Canadian court, it would be highly likely that Canadian law would be applied to determine if there is any liability. But there are always added details that can come into play, so the online seller cannot simply assume that his jurisdiction’s laws are going to measure his conduct. What to disclose Even if a seller is required to disclose defects, there is no way that “Concerned Seller” could be held liable for not disclosing the rearfender repair — he didn’t even know about it. Any duty to disclose extends only to known defects. The gray area includes things you may not have actually known about — but should have known about. For example, if you see a puddle of gasoline in your garage, you should know your car has a fuel leak. Not looking for it is no defense. “Concerned Seller” knew about the front fender repair and he tried, unsuccessfully, to actually disclose it. Would that count? Again, there first has to be some disclosure obligation to make the question relevant. But if there is one, the effort is likely not enough. The attempt would certainly negate intentional fraud, but it would still be, at the least, a negligent failure. Recall, “Concerned Seller” noticed that BaT did not make the disclosure but did not bring the omission to their attention. Should the seller pay? As the story has been told, it doesn’t seem very likely that the buyer has a winnable case. Nothing in the listing was untruthful. BaT cautions its buyers to have cars inspected before they purchase. The buyer didn’t do that, or even ask for any details about the condition of the Porsche. It’s also hard to see how the prior damage significantly affects the value of the car. This car is not a pristine, all-original example. It has been repainted, it has a replacement engine, and it has a number of modifications. There is no allegation that the repair work was faulty, so at best it is a diminished-value claim. Given the lack of originality of the car, any diminished value would likely be minimal, and certainly not enough to justify retaining counsel to pursue a claim. “Concerned Seller” should be able to politely remind the buyer he got a great deal on a great car, decline to refund any part of the sales price and never hear anything further. But, there is no way to stop the buyer from pursuing a legal claim, even a weak one. If he does, the defense costs will quickly turn this into a bad deal for Concerned Seller. Advice for sellers Sellers should think long and hard about online sales. Many buyers simply have unjustifiable expectations and blame the seller when the car fails to meet them. If an online sale is the way to go, the savvy seller will go the extra mile to disclose every significant issue with the car. It is also best to mention in the listing that you are happy to make the car available for inspection before the auction ends — and even set some specific-butreasonable requirements about timing. It’s also a good idea to include an appropriate disclaimer that the car is sold as-is, although that won’t save you if you misrepresent the car. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. March 2020 47


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Expectation and Discovery Seeing Juan Manuel Fangio’s life in a treasure trove of photographs was the beginning of a spectacular trip Unexpected rewards I had long wanted to see this place, as Fangio is one of the true leg- ends of motorsport. His accomplishments, in a time when racing was a truly dangerous sport, tower above those who came later. In addition, he drove some of the most capable and legendary cars — all of which fill my soul with joy when I encounter one. So how was the experience? Not quite what I expected, but in all ways, so much more than I could have imagined. Yes, there are amazing vehicles in the museum, but a number of them are replicas or similar cars to the ones he drove, as many of his actual cars reside in factory collections or other major museum or private collections. What the museum does possess in abundance are his trophies, along Fangio Museum — the cars are interesting but not the totality of the story A s I am writing this column, a 21-day trip to South America is nearing its end. While it was planned as a vacation, I rarely have the self-care and discipline required to actually spend any extended amount of time occupied with anything that does not involve my work. In fact, this trip centered on a 16-day cruise from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to San Antonio, Chile. With all the travel around the world I have been fortunate enough to make, I had only touched South America once — a brief day’s stop in Cartagena, Colombia, two years ago. The historical romance of the trip around Cape Horn Island reso- nated deeply in me, especially as it was a point of reference I often turned to when I found myself on the verge of complaining about the rigors of yet another long transcontinental flight from New York to California. Reminding myself of what travelers had to endure until the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 — a very long and dangerous trip around the southern tip of South America lasting months — brought me back to the reality of the convenience of modern air travel, for which I am quite grateful. Fangio pilgrimage From the time the trip was planned almost a year ago, I knew that I would certainly make the effort to travel to Balcarce to visit the Juan Manuel Fangio Museum. Balcarce is the city of Fangio’s birth and is located in Buenos Aires Province, so I figured it would be easy to incorporate into my plans. What I fell into was the trap frequently encountered by European visitors to the United States, who, on a two-week visit, think they can see New York City, Miami, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Buenos Aires Province covers nearly 119,000 square miles, and Balcarce is 256 miles from the city of Buenos Aires. On the available highways, that’s an almost five-hour drive each way — rendering a day trip by car a bit inconvenient. The good news is that you can fly from the domestic airport in Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata, which is only 30 or so miles away. The flight takes an hour and is very reasonable, about $65 round- trip. A car service from Mar del Plata was $20 round-trip, with a scheduled pickup at the airport and museum at the end of the day. But my aim in this piece is less travel advice and more about expectation and discovery. 48 with magazines, race programs and tons of period photographs. They include those not only of Fangio but many of his Argentine friends, colleagues and rivals. Together they paint a portrait of who Fangio was, where he came from, how he developed, why he found the success he did and how he never stopped being directly connected to this dusty colonial town far from the bright lights and sophistication of world capitals. His spirit was very much alive in the building, and it animated all the displays in a way I had not felt in many more elegant, modern museums, whether automotive, scientific or fine art. The day spent in this shrine to adventure, danger, greatness and history was not what I thought it would be, but it was so much better in so many ways. On the cruise, a shore excursion in Punta del Este, Uruguay, prom- ised a visit to the local classic-car museum, the website of which showed a small collection ranging from a 1909 Ford to a 1980s Ferrari 308. I was looking forward to it, to compare and contrast with the Fangio Maseratis and Chevrolet racing specials, Senna McLaren MP4 and the aforementioned memorabilia in Balcarce. The vagaries of summer weather in the Southern Hemisphere meant that our ship was unable to stop at Punta del Este for tender transfers due to high seas. So I never got to visit the museum. I therefore presumed that the automotive portion of my trip had ended. Making new friends, seeing new things However, in another example of discovery triumphing over expecta- tion, I had not counted on another obvious fact. I’ve often stated that there are more auto enthusiasts about in the world than most people realize, and so it proved to be on our cruise. It was not long before I began to meet fellow passengers — and members of the international crew — who followed my work in the pages of SCM and on “Jay Leno’s Garage.” While sailing through the waters of the South Atlantic, around the Horn, through the Straits of Magellan, along Chilean fjords and into the Pacific Ocean, I found myself engaged in wide-ranging and interesting conversations about all things near and dear to automotive enthusiasts. What was a common denominator in all these exchanges was a level of true, passionate engagement and a curiosity-driven openness to ways in which we could all expand our automotive knowledge and interests. It’s not coincidental that this particular itinerary, which took us through some of the most beautiful, remote and dramatic scenery on Earth, was one that would naturally attract people with an interest in exploration and personal growth. Whether it’s in the appreciation of the blue-white radiance of a gla- cier, the otherworldly glow of sunset on the South Pacific at 10:45 p.m., bathing in volcanically heated thermal baths on the edge of a lake or the fender line of a Lancia D24, the brutal simplicity of a 1940 Chevrolet TC coupe or the drama of Fangio’s bronze and alabaster trophy for the fastest lap of the 1950 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, a trip to the other end of the world can bring enthusiasts together in unexpected ways. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature The SCM Interview / Randy Nonnenberg Randy Nonnenberg with his father and a 1956 Chrysler 300B on the Going to the Sun Rally in September A Place to Meet, Talk and Trade Randy Nonnenberg likes driving Bring a Trailer, which started as a hobby. It’s so much more now … by Chester Allen W ay back in 2007, a new website called Bring a Trailer appeared — one of millions in the still-developing phenomenon called the Internet. It was a labor of love for college pals Randy Nonnenberg and Gentry Underwood. Unlike millions of other websites, BaT quickly found an audience — and remarkably, a business model that roared to life. Now, 13 years on, Nonnenberg and Underwood oversee a website that is changing how the old-car world talks — and trades — cars. Nonnenberg, 42, promises new developments in the near future. Right now, he’s this month’s SCM Interview. I think BaT started back in early 2007, but it seems like it’s been around forever. Did you have any idea that you were creating some- for me to keep all my Internet listing links in one place. I would find a cool car and email it to some friends, but it would basically be lost or forgotten after that. The site let me put them in a permanent place that also happened to be public and available for discussion. I started forwarding BaT links to friends instead of just listing links that would expire. We also created the BaT Daily Email that went to subscribers every morning. That encouraged me to post at least one story per day. There was no business component at all back then. It was just a fun way to focus on my hobby/obsession and a cool excuse for my co-founder and I to hang out weekly and build something together. I think we made $2,000 or so that first year from Google ads, and we thought we hit the Internet jackpot. In the second year, the BaT community was rapidly growing and started to comment heavily. A business model was born when they started asking to have their cars featured on BaT. 52 thing with real staying power? Yes, we turned it on in January of 2007. At the beginning, it was just a basic blog BaT? The variety of cars and the no-nonsense descriptions and commentary have really resonated with all types of car fans. There is something for everyone and every budget, and from our early days through today, we have always shown that a $10k car can be just as cool and interesting as a $200k car. Smart people are also really tired of flowery or vague listings for cars, be those on Craigslist or in glossy auction catalogs. Our approach has always been about presenting facts and letting the commenters supplement with hands-on knowledge and expertise. It works. did you come up with the idea? I worked for BMW and Audi in engineering and knew I always wanted to work around cars. German car companies were more stable than the racing industry, where I also wanted to work after college, and both industries seemed to have way more career options than my passion of vintage cars. But even while in the corporate world, I still always followed classified listings and eBay sales and SCM and more. It was an obsession for me and still is, whether Sports Car Market What were you doing before BaT, and how Why do so many gearheads get addicted to


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or not I am in the market for a particular model. I’ve always loved the treasure-hunting component of looking for cars for sale. After chasing down a couple cars together, a friend and I decided that my dream job was to discover and discuss interesting cars for sale. So we brainstormed a name and turned on a website. it a self-policing deal? In the early days, I read all the comments on BaT myself and re- sponded where necessary. Thankfully, at our current scale we now have a skilled team that does that over all the auctions and editorial stories. We have a set of commenting rules to keep the discussion construc- tive and have built digital tools to root out any bad apples. The BaT community also does a great job of protecting the discussion and alerting our team of any issues. The broader Internet does not police itself, as you can easily tell on many other websites, but we have optimized our system over the years, and the result is a generally high-quality discussion. People remark all the time on how they really enjoy the tone of the conversation on BaT. centage of cars makes it onto your site? We have a curation team that analyzes every submission that comes How do you select the cars for auctions, and what per- in via our simple online form on the website. For each submission, we size up the desirability of the vehicle, the trustworthiness of the seller and the appropriateness of the asking price. All three need to be compelling. We often follow up with questions to suss out necessary details. In the end we accept about 40% of the cars submitted. In many ways, BaT is as much a gathering spot for the tribe as it is about cars. What is it like being the camp counselor? I love getting to know the members of the BaT community as much as I can. There are so many fascinating people, from big-time collectors to experts with decades spent focused on particular models to new enthusiasts who are intrigued by our fan base and mix of models. In 2019 we hosted BaT Alumni Gathering events at race tracks around the country as well as the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. Those gave us a chance to meet our virtual community in person, and that was very “Now that BaT is a visible success, we get many phone calls from investors who want to be involved. Some of them have been tempting — just like cash offers on your favorite car can be. But, as of now, we are still in the driver’s seat with both hands on our own steering wheel.” Nonnenberg at the Porsche Museum in 1989 rewarding. In one sense, BaT is like your local Cars & Coffee, but it happens every day, the cars are always different, and all 250-plus of them are for sale. you plan to expand offerings? Our peak was this last fall at 275 cars in a week. We’ll go well past How many cars are auctioned on BaT each week? Do that volume in 2020 given the demand trend. It is exciting to see so many sellers want to use our platform. There are so many exciting ways to expand the offering while keeping it approachable and special. We just sold a set of Ferrari 288 GTO wheels on the site for $66k, so special parts are an increased area of focus. As volume grows, we’ll also specialize the vehicle categories and bring new features for users that make buying and selling on BaT even more compelling. Stay tuned! tempted? Just like with your favorite car, if it is performing well, people will want to buy it. Now that BaT is a visible success, we get many phone calls from investors who want to be involved. Some of them have been tempting — just like cash offers on your favorite car can be. But, as of now, we are still in the driver’s seat with both hands on our own steering wheel. What are your goals for BaT going forward? There is so much work to do. There are still many people who buy and sell special cars in old-fashioned and costly ways because they are not aware that we offer a better model. We are excited to reach them and offer everyone excellent customer service. We’re also excited to invest in the BaT community in fun new ways this year, since so many have been vocal fans and contributors for the last decade. In addition to those, we will roll out new services to make buying and selling on BaT the obvious first choice for every enthusiast. Last year some of those were our Premium Listings and $249 Pro Photo packages that have both been very successful. ally want but is still out of reach? As a kid, my absolute dream car was a Porsche 959. I have a photo What is your favorite car, and what is the car you re- of me with the first one I ever saw in person. Those may stay out of reach because I really tend to dream about $35k at a time. ... If by some miracle I spend a million dollars on cars, it would likely be on about 25 cars, trucks, roadsters, rally cars, vintage racers, ATCs, projects, hot rods, etc., etc. … I really like variety, and it isn’t about a high price tag. Nonnenberg shares a laugh at a BaT alumni gathering March 2020 would you go and who is your co-pilot? This changes every week for me, but right now a Lotus Cortina in the Swiss Alps with my dad as my navigator sounds pretty great. ♦ 53 You’ve got a week. What car would you drive, where Has anyone tried to buy you out? If so, were you Do you moderate the comments on auction cars, or is


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Concours Spotlight Las Vegas Concours Once Upon a Time in Las Vegas ... The inaugural Las Vegas Concours show field of 140 cars was full of great stories — if you were ready to listen Story and photos by Daren Kloes Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.” Shortly after relinquishing own- ership in 2010, Vetri (now Victoria Rathgeb) was convicted of shooting her husband, reportedly with a gun given to her by none other than Roman Polanski. Now 75 years old and charming as ever, she posed proudly with a mile-wide grin next to the trademark of her youth. Star cars everywhere Even the Pre-War Best of Show The Nethercutt Collection’s 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 convertible phaeton by LeBaron I n Las Vegas, everybody has a story. Stories of fortunes won and lost. Vintage stories of mobsters, easily influenced politicians and back-alley tales of worldfamous entertainers. In a city built on the premise that one bet and a bit of luck can change your life forever, Vegas may have spawned more salacious stories than any other city in America. So when I attended the inaugural Las Vegas Concours on October 16, 2019, I won- dered what kind of stories its cars could tell. As I walked onto a fairway at the DragonRidge Country Club, I met a rare, one-of- five Packard 1108 Sport Phaeton in a striking red, burnt-orange metallic color with a vanity plate reading, “Hussy.” A nearby show-goer told this tale: Several years ago, J.B. Nethercutt, head honcho of the Merle Norman cosmetics company, desperately wanted to purchase a Packard 1108 Sport Phaeton from fellow collector John Hussey. Despite Nethercutt’s persistence, Hussey wouldn’t sell his for any price. As luck would have it, Nethercutt found another example, splashed it in red, and named it after his tenacious rival. The beautiful, almost outrageous color found its way into a Merle Norman lipstick line with the name of “hussy.” Nethercutt died a few years ago. Later at the show, his widow, the lovely Helen Nethercutt, confirmed, “Yes, I’m wearing the shade now.” Pretty in pink Further down the fairway was a striking 1969 American Motors AMX decked out in factory-applied Playboy Pink. Talk about stories. The AMX was awarded to 1968 Playmate of the Year Angela Dorian — aka Victoria Vetri — who accompanied the car on the show field. “I was attracting so much attention driving this car that I had it painted brown,” she said. Vetri kept the car through a rise to stardom, appearing in such films as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “When 54 Details Plan ahead: The 2020 Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for October 23–25. Where: DragonRidge Country Club, Henderson, NV Number of cars: 140 Web: www.lasvegasconcours.com Victoria Vetri’s Playboy Pink 1969 AMC AMX Sports Car Market winner had a few stories. The diminutive and drop-dead-gorgeous Type 51 Bugatti was born with a Grand Prix-style body, but was subsequently fitted with three different additional bodies over its lifetime before current owner Jack Nethercutt reunited the chassis with its road-going second body that placed second overall in the 1937 Bagatelle Concours d’Elegance. There was a Duesenberg that sold for more than $17,000 in 1935. The original owner was Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the famous dancer who starred opposite Shirley Temple in the 1930s. The Bunkie Knudsen 1963 Corvette with its Mako Shark-inspired sidemounted external exhaust was there. Standing by itself on an adjacent hill was the Phantom Corsair, a one-off Art Deco-inspired “Car of Tomorrow” as exhibited at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Even the Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra’s 1962 Dual Ghia was on the field — in Vegas! The concours weekend also included a Tour d’Elegance down the Las Vegas Strip, a golf tournament and a gala. Proceeds went to the LVCE/ArtCenter Scholarship Fund. In Las Vegas, it seems that around every corner there’s a story. Founder Stuart Sobek thoughtfully assembled a rolling anthology of 140 cars with terrific stories, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store next year. ♦


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 2001 Ferrari 550 GTZ by Zagato p. 58 ENGLISH: 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT “Lightweight” p. 60 ETCETERINI: 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series I p. 62 GERMAN: 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible p. 64 AMERICAN: 1943 White M16 MGMC Half-Track p. 66 RACE: 2002 Ferrari F2002 p. 68 NEXT GEN: 1991 BMW 325i Sport p. 70 March 2020 57


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Ferrari Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 2001 Ferrari 550 GTZ by Zagato The limited-edition, coachbuilt Ferrari GTZ makes a big gain the second time around by Steve Ahlgrim Ferrari chassis number: ZFFZR52C000124138 Zagato chassis number: N9 SCM Condition for this car: 1- T he completion of the three Ferrari 550 GTZ barchetta sports cars bodied by Carrozzeria Zagato successfully concluded the so-called Zero Project. The project was instigated when Zagato received a request from Japanese collector Yoshiyuki Hayashi asking if it would be possible to create a body for his Ferrari 575M, in the style of the famous 250 GTZ berlinetta of 1956. That started the rebodying of six Ferrari 575 GTs and three Ferrari 550 Barchettas. These nine very special Zero Project cars were delivered to selected private owners around the world. When Zagato informed Ferrari of the project, they considered it an ideal opportunity to celebrate the 250 GTZ’s 50th anniversary. The Ferrari 575 GTZ appeared in the Annuario Ferrari, confirming Maranello’s support for the project, and it was not long before other wealthy collectors began inquiring about the possibility of obtaining one of their own. Commissioned by the original, titled owner in consultation with Zagato, this right-hand-drive barchetta Zagato is the last of the series. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Zagato, invoices for Zagato’s work and a photographic record of the project. The current mileage total stands at circa 2,700. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 21, sold for $755,337, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Bond Street Sale in London, U.K., on December 7, 2019. Ugo Zagato founded Carrozzeria Zagato in Milan, Italy, in 1919. Zagato had worked in the aeronautics industry during World War I, where he learned the lightweight construction used in building airplanes. He would transfer that skill to automobiles by building lightweight bodies from a steel framework covered with aluminum panels. The technique was highly successful in competition use and was soon 58 Sports Car Market in demand for Grand Touring cars. Prior to series production, most automobile bodies were hand built, and requesting one built to individual taste was not unusual. As bodies became series produced, it was not economical to deviate from the standard. Additionally, safety and emission standards made one-off designs impractical to attempt. Zagato’s Zero Project revived the tradition wherein well-heeled clients would commission a body builder to construct a bespoke body for a production chassis. Bespoke Ferraris The Zero Project worked in part because Zagato started with a pro- duction vehicle to build the GTZs. The Ferrari 575M and 550 Barchetta had been designed to meet international safety and emission standards. The car did not require expensive certification to meet most standards. The 550 Barchetta was picked as the basis for the GTZ barchetta be


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cause it would not require additional engineering to be built as an open model. Ferrari was developing a “One to One” project about the time the GTZs were being built. The One to One project was a special program in which Ferrari clients could have production Ferraris trimmed to their individual taste. Ferrari saw the potential in being able to expand their offerings to include bespoke bodywork and readily approved the GTZ project. Ferrari’s One to One program evolved into the Atelier program, in which Ferrari works directly with a client to build a bespoke car limited only by imagination and pocketbooks. Zagato is an official coachbuilder for the Atelier program. Now if a client wants a Zagato special, they work directly with Ferrari and Ferrari subcontracts to Zagato. New Zagato projects will run in the $2,000,000 to $3,000,000 range. Another trip to market We’ve seen GTZ Zagato #9 before. Nearly nine years ago to the day, Bonhams offered the car at their London sale, where it sold for $552,177. At the time, the build was only months old and the market was just starting a climb. SCM’s auction reporter offered this opinion: “Very rare and desirable, even with ’58 ’Vette clone rear styling and a front that looks like a goldfish. Bought by The Zagato 550/575 GTZs will probably never be upper-echelon Ferraris. They will, however, continue to have a following. a U.K. enthusiast collector who will no doubt enjoy a climb in value.” I wrote an SCM Ferrari Profile on the sale (March 2011, p. 34), where I noted, “The sale netted the seller roughly $480,000, which means he took a hit of over $550,000.” I also made these comments: “It appears there weren’t two people in the room to fight over the car, and someone stole it. “I don’t think there will be another one of the GTZs on the market anytime soon, and if there is, I suspect it will be a very discreet sale for a lot more money. “The buyer of Number Nine got membership to a very exclusive club for half price. “It will always be one of the million-dollar Zagatos, despite being bought for much less. “The buyer is flying in a private jet for the price of a coach ticket.” A flashy car Following my profile, SCM ran a Robert Cumberford design analysis of the car (March 2011, p. 36). I think Cumberford disliked everything but the tires. The car is a bit exaggerated and flamboyant in pictures, but that’s Zagato. If the buyer wanted conservative, he could have stayed with the original, 100% safe for all audiences Pininfarina barchetta design. I’ve seen a couple of the 550/575 GTZs at shows and Tomini Classics’ 6-speed 599 GTZ in Dubai. I find the cars exciting. Yes, they are a bit gimmicky, but that’s the point. These cars are automotive art. Wealthy patrons commis- March 2020 Details Year produced: Zero Project Zagato GTZs were produced 2006–10 Number produced: Nine total, including six 575 GTZ coupes and three 550 GTZ barchettas sioned these Ferraris. Like all art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think Zagato’s goal was accomplished. Second dance brings romance Financially, the GTZs have not been great invest- ments. RM Sotheby’s offered a 575 GTZ coupe at Monaco in 2014 that was a no-sale. This is the second time #9 has been to market, and for the second time it has sold for under its build cost. The 2010 sale of #9 was a bit of a distress sale. The seller was reportedly reorganizing his business and needed the asset gone. It sold for $552,000, which was far less than I thought it was worth. This time, the car sold for $755,000, which is roughly $200,000 more than the previous sale — and not too much less than its build cost. It is the price in pounds that tells an interesting story. The 2010 sale was £352,200. The recent sale was £575,000. While the increase in dollars was 35%, the increase in pounds was 63%! The sale was the thirdhighest sale of the auction. Considering that the British economy is still unsettled as Brexit talks continue — and the Ferrari market is soft — the result was quite impressive. The Zagato 550/575 GTZs will probably never be upper-echelon Ferraris. They will, however, continue to have a following. They are real Ferraris that will be invited to the best shows and always draw a crowd. I don’t see much upside from $750,000 for the 550 GTZ, but they are a great value in that range. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Steve Ahlgrim served as general manager and vice presi- dent of Ferrari dealer FAF Motorcars, has been a concours judge for over 25 years, and is a member of the IAC/PFA — an international committee that oversees high-level Ferrari concours judging. 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Lot 310, s/n ZFFZR520000124178 Condition 2+ Not sold at $364,256 Silverstone, Ferrari Owners’ Club Sale, Northamptonshire, U.K., 5/17/2018 SCM# 6872347 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Lot 10, s/n ZFFZR52B000124413 Condition 2+ Sold at $301,065 Bonhams, Chéserex, CHE, 9/29/2019 SCM# 6913833 Original list price: Donor cars valued at $175,000–$275,000. Zagato conversion starts at $850,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: N/A Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor cap: N/A, individual coils used Chassis # location: Frame rail, passenger’s side of engine compartment Engine # location: Passenger’s side of engine in front, under where the head meets block Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale, 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato, 2000 Ferrari 550 Barchetta SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Lot 140, s/n ZFFZR52B000124364 Condition 2 Sold at $353,175 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/7/18 SCM# 6858263 59


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English Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT “Lightweight” This car, showing the patina of decades, sold amid shifting political winds in Great Britain by Paul Hardiman Chassis number: DB4GT0169R SCM Condition for this car: 3+ T he sixth-from-last Aston Martin DB4GT, chassis number 0169R, is one of only nine cars completed to lightweight specification by the factory, as evidenced by the accompanying copy guarantee form, which lists the body type as Saloon (Lightweight). Despite its tremendous rarity and value, the DB4GT remains a popular entrant at major historic racing events such as the Goodwood Revival and the numerous (and highly competitive) Aston Martin Owners Club Championship race meetings in the U.K. The DB4GT was designed for competition, and 0169R offers a rare opportunity to acquire an original right-hand-drive lightweight capable of competing with distinction in a variety of historic motoring events. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 9, sold for $3,109,362, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ New Bond Street sale in London, U.K., on December 7, 2019. It’s a timeworn old thing, but it wears its dings and ripples with the pride of age. The wheelarch lips are wrong, but they’ve been there for most of the car’s life. It runs a ZF 5-speed instead of the original 4-speed, and the motor’s been enlarged from 3.7 to 4.2 liters. This capacity increase, more commonplace on DB5s, never appears to affect the value of an Aston either way, probably because the external appearance remains unchanged. Aston Martin built only 75 DB4GTs, of which nine were to lightweight specification, plus 19 Zagato-bodied variants, one Bertone-bodied special, and five team or Development Project cars. Of the 75, 45 were supplied in right-hand drive and 30 were left-hand drive. Aston expert Stephen Archer inspected the car before the sale, and his findings appeared in the catalog, describing the body as “well used 60 Sports Car Market but of great integrity. It is very rare to see a 1960s Aston in this condition,” he said. “For it to be a GT is very special and it is a truly unique lightweight DB4GT; there is no other like it. There have never been any major repairs or restoration carried out and the car’s three owners have cherished it in a very particular way. With light recommissioning, it can be used as it is. The interior can be preserved and the next owner drive a piece of history that is still an Aston Martin as built by the Works.” Wiping away history To restore or not represents a dilemma to many collectors. This car has been this way for half a century, so who’s to deny those lips and wrinkles their existence? To remove them would in any case mean painting it, and making it “new” wipes out its history — it’s suddenly not the car it was.


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Stephen Archer was on the side of preservation, summarizing by saying: “It would be easy to jump to the conclusion that this car needs a restoration of some magnitude. In truth, this car is an extraordinary example of originality that has been well enough preserved to be mostly retained.” Looking around the car on the day, and absorbing all its patina, I hoped it would be sympathetically recommissioned, while leaving the body, paint and interior to silently attest their history. The original Borrani wheels remain with the car and were included in the sale. But the trade is less sentimental. A leading Aston Martin specialist dealer told me, “It’ll be restored. If you’re paying that much money for a car, you want it right, and it’s not original with the wheelarch lips, the Cobra wheels and the 5-speed. That’s going to cost £350k–£400k on top of the purchase price, so you’ve then got a £2.7m car.” For once when handling a very rare piece, auctioneer James Knight didn’t quip: “It’s the only one I’ve got today,” but he could have. To be able to buy an unre- Well-known Aston Martin restorer and dealer Desmond Smail bought the car for an American client, who confirmed that it’s going to be “sympathetically” restored to “bring it back to as standard as possible.” stored DB4GT is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because these cars just don’t come to market very often. Expensive work ahead Well-known Aston Martin restorer and dealer Desmond Smail bought the car for an American client, who confirmed that it’s going to be “sympathetically” restored to “bring it back to as standard as possible.” Restoring our car would put it at a final figure of about $3.6m, a little way over its supposed current market value given that the last DB4GT at auction changed hands immediately before Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale in September for a price believed around the lower estimate of $2.7m. But if the owner’s investing that much, presumably they are in it for the long game. A good time to buy? There’s another aspect to the price paid. It’s sad if the collector-car world has become tainted by politics, but this was the high spot of a fairly dire auction by sellthrough standards, with only 43% of the lots sold. However, the timing was significant. Bonhams’ annual season-ender of high-value cars at Details Years produced: 1959–60 Number produced: 75 (nine lightweights) Original price: £4,534 Current SCM Median Value: $3,413,500 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Distributor cap $81 (two needed) Chassis # location: Plate on right side of scuttle Engine # location: On left of cylinder block next to dynamo Club: Aston Martin Owners Club Web: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1951–58 Pegaso Z-102, 1959–61 Ferrari 250 GT berlinetta SWB, 1989–91 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II SCM Investment Grade: A its New Bond Street flagship premises in London came just before the U.K.’s latest general election, at a time when Brexit gloom had hit a new low. A week before voting, a Labour-controlled govern- ment looked a real possibility, our Labour Party being rather to the left of the Democratic Party in the United States. Rightly or wrongly, financial markets dislike a Labour government, and that tends to stifle investment and depress the pound. When the election turned into a decisive Conservative victory, the pound immediately rallied, and high-end property started selling again, buyers having sat on their hands for the previous months. One much-reported real-estate deal was of a £65m sale near Buckingham Palace going through just hours after the news of the result. Although there hasn’t been a noticeable shift in the British collector-car market yet (there were no more high-end auctions in 2019), the market may rebound. This means our buyer pounced at a low spot in the market, in which case the extra investment in restoration looks justified. We’ll only really know by the time 0169R is reborn. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Paul Hardiman has written for SCM since 2007. He’s our go-to guy for British and European auction coverage — and many car profiles. 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Lot 33, s/n DB4GT0130L Condition 1- Sold at $3,600,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/2019 SCM# 6906997 Comps 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Lot 241, s/n DB4GT0161R Condition 3+ Sold at $2,700,000 (estimated) Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, Chichester, U.K., 9/14/2019 SCM# 6911620 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Lot 165, s/n DB4GT0157R Condition 2- Not sold at $3,397,872 RM Sotheby’s London, U.K., 9/5/2018 SCM# 6878896 March 2020 61


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Etceterini & Friends Profile Ahmed Qadri ©2019, courtesy of RM Auctions 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series I Day Two modifications made this car a tough sell — but it should be a fun driver by Donald Osborne Chassis number: 1121078 SCM Condition for this car: 3 T his 1979 Countach is a Series I LP400 S, and it is noteworthy for its optional V-shaped rear wing and its engine upgrades. Lamborghini had experienced reliability issues with early Countach prototypes, and the original intention to launch the car with a 5.0-liter version of the V12 was scrapped in favor of using the same 3.9-liter V12 as used in the Miura. However, due to the packaging requirements of the engine bay, the downdraft Webers were changed for side-draft Weber 45 DCOE carburetors, and peak power output was slightly lower than that of a Miura SV as a result. This obviously mattered to Heinz Steber, a former owner of this particular car in the 1980s, who also owned a Miura, as he chose to have the engine fettled by a specialist in Luxembourg to have the same downdraft 40 IDL Webers as used in the Miura. The car retains this unique configuration today. It has spent the majority of its life in Germany and Switzerland before being purchased by its current owner in 2014, when it had just had a new clutch fitted and had its engine thoroughly overhauled by Lamborghini specialist Rene Ruch. Soon after the sale, the car was sent to KP Performance in Bahrain, where it was given a full respray in original colors. It has been lightly used since but always looked after, and it benefits most recently from having a comprehensive service, during which the fuel lines were replaced and carburetors tuned. It presents very well indeed, its paintwork blemish-free, and its original navy blue interior is a testament to a life of care and attention. Just 50 Series I LP400s were produced, and few are likely to be as tidy as this example, or have such an interesting history. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 106, sold for $305,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi, UAE, auction on November 30, 2019. 62 Sports Car Market This month’s subject car brings up a couple of very interesting as- pects of the collector-car world. The first is the reality that all vehicles have a moment of passing from an intended use as transportation of some kind to an object of more abstract appreciation. Even a supercar — meant to be a sunnyday occasional plaything — was built to be driven. How each owner approached that can be revealed in a car’s history. Day Two It is common in the American collector-car arena to speak of “Day Two.” If you’re not familiar with the term, it refers to the modifications the first owner made shortly after taking delivery in order to personalize the car. In many cases, those alterations, cosmetic or mechanical, can still be found on the car years later, as it enters “collectible” status. I can personally recount my actions back in 1986 when I took delivery


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of my brand-new 1987 Alfa Romeo Milano. In my first month of ownership, I replaced the factory wheels with aftermarket alloys and had an accessory wood-rim steering wheel and gearshift knob installed to replace the factory leather items. Did I keep the originals? Of course not! Who had room to store them in New York City, where I lived, and besides, what would be the point? Although I was certainly aware of, interested in and had owned collector cars at that point, the idea that 30 years later someone might actually care that the factory wheels, steering wheel and shift knob had been replaced and that it might lower the value of the car was ludicrous. None of the changes I had made negatively affected the look or driving dynamics of the car — but they increased my aesthetic appreciation. In the case of the Countach here, an early owner decided that he was unhappy with the decision of the Lamborghini engineering and design team to sacrifice maximum horsepower through the use of side-draft carburetors rather than downdraft carburetors. This factory move “robbed” the LP400 S of 10 hp compared to the Miura SV, which preceded the original LP400 Countach. Despite the fact that the LP400 S featured an increase in torque — the more-usable performance metric, to 285 from 266 ft-lb over the LP400 — it wasn’t enough for him. Therefore, he decided to have the Miura carburetors installed in his Countach, which, of course, necessitated modifying the engine cover to provide clearance. What that did for the already slightly suspect aerodynamics of the car cannot be said, but also during his ownership the car gained a body kit, rear wing and custom wheels. The last were eventually swapped out for factory items during a fairly recent refurbishment. Not original and not factory As per the catalog description, the car has not been restored. The interior is stated to remain original after an exterior respray in the original color. So the second aspect of collectible choice becomes what, exactly, would potential bidders be seeking when considering this particular car? It’s not original, and unlike many vintage Lamborghinis, which regularly saw their specification updated by the factory when returned for service, the carburetor swap and body modifications are not the work of Sant’Agata. It’s also not a fully restored example either, mean- ing that it’s not the car to bring to an international concours d’elegance for carting home trophies. It’s a driver — and in 2019, when the car will be used for general amusement as opposed to 1985, when it would have been pushed to its maximum capability, can anyone actually feel, or more realistically use, any difference in performance that the carburetor change might give? The answer to both our aspects is that in the end, it’s likely that our subject’s appeal proved limited due to its history and circumstances. Here, the Day Two modifications did not add value, and as has been the case in most live auction transactions of the past four years, this particular channel does not reward cars that March 2020 Details Years produced: 1978–79 Number produced: 50 (LP 400 S Series I) Original list price: $41,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $368,000 Tune-up cost: $4,500 Chassis # location: Engine compartment on firewall plate Engine # location: In center of head on top of block sit between “barn find” — or “perfectly preserved” — and “freshly, brilliantly restored.” It is worth noting that this was something of a “local” car, having been consigned from Middle Eastern ownership to the Abu Dhabi sale. It is quite likely that many potential bidders would have been familiar with the car from its area residency, or the Europeans in attendance on F1 weekend might recall the car from its prior life in Germany and Switzerland. As few Countaches have been built, the community knows most of them quite well, and it’s unlikely someone new to the model would have sought out such a modified example. Not a $1 million car When Countach values rose not many years ago to meet those of the Miura, many saw it as a sign of generational shift. I’ve long been a non-believer in this theory, preferring to look to the constant expansion of the collecting field, which simultaneously is continuously self-editing for quality and importance. There are still $1 million Lamborghini Countaches abroad in the world. This wasn’t one of them — neither the model nor the example. Selling as it did below the SCM Price Guide Median Valuation and well below the last auction sales of similar vehicles, I would consider it appropriately traded. The new owner has a car for fun driving — even if it has to be explained every time it is parked. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Donald Osborne, ASA, is the CEO of Audrain LLC and oversees the Audrain Automobile Museum and the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. An historian and consultant, he stars on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. $1,000,000 $1,200,000 $800,000 $600,000 $577,453 $400,000 $200,000 $0 2015 2016 2017 2018 $429,000 $516,500 This sale: $305,000 $305,000 2019 63 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S $962,500 Web: www.lamborghiniregistry.com Alternatives: 1979 Ferrari 512 BB, 1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 1971 DeTomaso Mangusta SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio Lot 95, s/n 1120062 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,145,951 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/7/18 SCM# 6874813 1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopio Lot 366, s/n LP4001120016 Condition 2 Sold at $781,984 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/8/2018 SCM# 6858219 1978 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S Series I Lot 219, s/n 1121028 Condition 3+ Sold at $577,453 RM Sotheby’s, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/14/2016 SCM# 6799811


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German Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible How does a $35k car in the United States sell for almost three times that much in the U.K.? by Pierre Hedary Chassis number: 11304222015736 SCM Condition for this car: 3+ T he 230SL offered here was delivered new in the U.K. and is a rare original right-hand-drive model. Noteworthy features include power-assisted steering and a factory third seat. LWY 43D has had only two previous keepers, and there is a 2013 letter on file from the second — a Dr. Firth — testifying to the “very little mileage.” The odometer reads 24,878 miles, which we cannot confirm but believe to be genuine. Restored in 2012, the car is described by the vendor as in good condition throughout. Offered with a V5C document. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 217, sold for $89,456, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Hendon, U.K., auction on November 21, 2019. This sale is a wonderful example of the differences between the American Mercedes market and the British Mercedes market. Entry into the Pagoda market is much cheaper in the United States than it is in the U.K. The cheapest Pagoda you can buy I frequently counsel Pagoda owners who are looking at these cars but are unclear about where the market stands. Often discouraged by the high prices of subpar 280SLs, these indi- viduals approach me looking at other options. If you absolutely have to have a W113 — but don’t have $85,000 burning a hole in your pocket — you can opt for a 230SL. In fact, there is even a $30,000 option. This is usually a 230SL or 250SL, frequently an automatic and usually in somewhat tatty but 64 usable condition. Often, they are European-market cars with poorly repaired rust, but that hardly matters when you’re humming along at 4,000 rpm. That sounds a lot more exciting than spending two and a half times that much on a 280SL, doesn’t it? But Americans are picky. To most of us, it’s the 280SL — or no Pagoda at all. It’s all the same to the British Our friends in the British Isles are not as picky. The model distinc- tions are less important, and a Pagoda is simply a Pagoda. The American ideal — a 1971 manual-transmission 280SL — doesn’t matter as much as whether the car is a factory right-hand-drive specimen. While the 280SL will always be preferable to some degree, the British market will readily pay a significant premium for a right-handdrive car. In fact, if I were to offer a correctly restored, U.S.-market 1971 manual 280SL at an auction in the U.K. and a sorted, but humble, right-hand-drive automatic 230SL alongside it, the 230SL would likely outperform the LHD example. But if you’re looking at the W113 as your next purchase, the 230SL and 250SL are worthy of consideration. Are the British on to something? The German Alfa Romeo My friend Rob Bird, who is in the same line of work as I am, has nicknamed the 230SL the “German Alfa.” This title lauds the purity and simplicity of the original incarnation of the W113. Sports Car Market


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With its free-revving, five-main- bearing engine and spartan interior, even the automatic 230SL feels like a sports car. European-market versions of the 230 and 250 with manual gearboxes also featured a 3.75:1 rear-axle ratio, making them somewhat nicer to drive on the highway than a typical 280SL with 4.08:1 or 3.92:1 gearing, especially with their free-revving M127 engine. Many enthusiasts who have a total understanding of what the Pagoda is harbor clandestine biases towards the 230 and 250SL — and might actually turn their nose up if offered a 280SL. U.S. Pagoda market wants 280SLs quently We Americans, however, freeschew purity for status, performance for comfort, subtle excellence for bragging rights and good value for potential profit. Unsurprisingly, the 280SL dominates the U.S. Pagoda market, particularly the 1970 and ’71 models. This is the ultimate aspiration of the American Pagoda buyer, and it is usually followed by dozens of questions when a reasonable specimen is found. To compound this, even the cars priced at the top of the market have considerable needs, such as worn differential mounts, leaking a/c systems, sloppy enginebay errors and numerous liberties taken with structural repairs. This differs heavily from what European buyers want, particularly when dealing with examples such as our subject car. Usually, less attention is paid to the model type. Instead, the car’s overall fit and finish is scrutinized first. Here’s a summary of the two markets under scrutiny: U.S. market: “We want 1970–71 280SLs, preferably with a/c, all of the spot welds and no brown or red cars.” U.K. market: “We want solid Pagodas, but they must be right-hand drive.” Status in the U.S. In the U.S. market, the pecking order is as follows: The top-tier Pagoda is a ’71 280SL produced in January or February of 1971. A manual gearbox and a/c are added bonuses. Next would be a ’71 produced in late 1970. And, of course, after that, any 1970 model (produced from August of 1969 and later). 1968 and ’69 280SLs are lumped into the same category, with manuals being slightly more desirable. American-market cars are preferred over Europeanmarket cars as well. A good deal for true Pagoda fans As a result of this market hierarchy, many dollars are flushed away on W113s that might be newer and better equipped — but are fraught with mechanical and cosmetic errors that go unnoticed because American buyers will shell out significantly more money for what they perceive to be a more-desirable car. Like it or not, the 1970–71 280SL still drives the mar- ket. The only more valuable Pagoda is the 280SL with the ZF 5-speed, which was discussed in SCM’s January March 2020 2018 issue (German Profile, p. 82). In the U.S., 230 and 250SLs are relegated to the bot- tom of the totem pole, along with early (1968) automatic Euro-market 280SLs. This hierarchy makes them a good deal for someone who appreciates the Pagoda for what it is, and not for what wanna-be owners think. Not a shocking sale in the U.K. While our subject car might seem like an expensive Pagoda to U.S. buyers, in the U.K. this is market-correct for a right-hand-drive, solid, low-mileage 230SL. If our subject car were offered in the U.S., $35k would have been all the money. If it had been a left-handdrive car, maybe $49k would be possible. With falling Pagoda prices around the globe, this car had to be a high-quality example to sell for what it did. The most logical explanation for its selling price is that the interested bidders inspected this example in person and found it to be an exceptional car with a superb restoration. I can’t say for sure, as engine-bay photos were not displayed on Bonhams’ website. Outside of the U.K., this car would have been well sold. But in the insular British market, where labor rates are extremely high, solid RHD specimens are rare and subtlety is a virtue. This car was fairly bought and sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Pierre Hedary, who owns and operates a Mercedes- Benz repair and restoration shop in Titusville, FL, lives and breathes vintage Mercedes.. $250,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $247,500 $209,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 $187,000 $126,500 $125,213 This sale: $89,456 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Convertible 2015 2016 2017 2018 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible Lot S151.1, s/n 11304212018285 Condition 2 Sold at $32,100 Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 6/22/2019 SCM# 6906905 2019 65 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible Lot 447, s/n 11304212016426 Condition 3+ Sold at $43,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/3/2019 SCM# 6911614 Details Years produced: 1963–67 Number produced: 19,831 Original list price: $7,500–$7,900 in 1964 Current SCM Median Valuation: $56,500 Chassis # location: On right side of firewall Engine # location: On driver’s side of engine block, below number 5 and 6 spark plug Cost to service: $970 (automatic version) Club: International Pagoda SL Group Website: www.sl113.org Alternatives: 1962–68 Alfa Romeo 2600, 1964½–66 Ford Mustang, 1961–66 Fiat 1500/1600 cabriolet SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible Lot 39, s/n 11304210005627 Condition 2Sold at $74,250 Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 8/15/2019 SCM# 6908702


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American Profile Peter Seabrook ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1943 White M16 MGMC Half-Track This seems like a great deal, but sometimes the cheapest thing you can do with a semi-tracked and fully-armored retired military vehicle is buy it by B. Mitchell Carlson Engine number: 282663 SCM Condition for this car: 3 SCM Analysis This half-track, Lot 193, sold for $48,200, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s London, U.K., auction on October 24, 2019. Before the United States marched into World War II, the Scout Car was the go-to light-armored battlefield workhorse. Built by White Motors, the M2 and M3 were the furthest development of wheeled Scout Car before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Yet all-wheeled vehicles had their shortcomings on a muddy, shell- cratered battlefield. The U.S. Army took an M2A1 Scout Car and added tracks to the rear, creating the T7. Almost an instant success, the T7 changed little before entering production as the M2 half-track. Autocar got the first contract to build the M2, but with more production capacity needed, White and Diamond T were brought in. As an anti-aircraft platform, half-tracks started with independently mounted, manually operated .30- and .50-caliber Browning machine guns attached to pedestals or ring mounts. The system was soon upgraded to electrically powered gun mounts with a single gunner operating up to four .50-cal machine guns. The highest evolution of this system was the Maxson M45 quad M2 .50-caliber machine-gun mount added to an M3 half-track built with hinged side armor — called the M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage. Our subject half-track is one of these vehicles. As such, the M16 MGMC has generally been the top rung of collectibility for half-track types among historic-military-vehicle fans. 66 Sports Car Market A changing market In July 2014, during the Littlefield Collection auction of historic military vehicles, a very comparable M16 MGMC sold for a spectacular $201,250. Our subject vehicle sold for $48,200 less than six years later. Has the military-vehicle collector market taken that bad of a hit? Or was that 2014 sale a once-in-a-lifetime moon shot? Or did someone get


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a smoking-hot deal in London? There are elements of the truth in all three scenarios. The right time and place The sale of the Littlefield Collection was a landmark event in the world of historic military vehicles. The Littlefield Collection’s size and esoteric offerings made it a magnet for collectors. Bidders attempted to get a special vehicle, but they also had Plan B and even Plan C vehicles. Such was the case with the Littlefield Collection’s M16 MGMC. The eventual high bidder came there to buy THAT half-track, while the under-bidder eventually settled for at least one of the others at the auction. The Littlefield Collection auction set the record sale of an M16 MGMC. While that sale got the attention of most military-vehicle collectors, it didn’t spark price increases. A buyer’s market Since 2014, the market for collectible military ve- hicles has softened. More estate collections have entered the market, and existing collectors are being more selective. The market is especially soft for common and at- tainable military vehicles (mainly G503 WWII jeeps). However, prices are stagnant or falling for more esoteric pieces, such as our subject M16 MGMC. Too posh a venue? Our featured half-track was offered at a high-end collector-car auction, so it was something of an outlier on the docket. There wasn’t the mosh-pit atmosphere that is often seen when an auction caters to one specific type of vehicle. While our half-track was offered as road-ready and legal in the U.K. — including the four dummy .50-caliber machine guns — being offered at a posh venue in London didn’t help. The European vintage-military-vehicle community isn’t as interwoven into the general collector-car community as in the American market. A web of regulations One has to be well acquainted with national and international law when buying a retired military vehicle in a foreign country. While there’ll be minimal issues registering this in EU countries (Brexit or not), bringing it back to the U.S. is a tricky affair. The U.S. State Department considers this a “weapon of war.” As such, the U.S. government requires rolls of red tape to proceed. This is a task for specialists who’ve been there before. Even for them, at this price point, it may not pencil out to bring this one back to the U.S. Condition counts While our half-track was sent to a specialist “who spared no expense in March 2020 67 returning it to running condition,” that does not equate to being an authentic, comprehensive restoration. This work was also done at least a decade ago, and it’s starting to see some cosmetic unwinding. Half-tracks are high-maintenance beasts. Yet France and Israel kept using these well after World War II, so specialty parts availability is not too bad — provided you know with whom to deal and open up your checkbook. At least this one had all the correct data plates with serial numbers on it — something the Littlefield M16 didn’t. Still, not a bad sale For the market as a whole, this half-track was some- what well bought. This is especially true if the new owner is a British or European collector enthusiast who’s had an M16 MGMC “on the radar” for some time. Also, if the buyer has the means to care for this — and feed it (high-priced European petrol rather than cheaper American gasoline.) For almost anyone else in Europe or the U.K., this half-track is too much of a stretch — regardless of the auction price. If it had tracks and tires on the ground in the United States, it would’ve been very well bought — but it didn’t, and it wasn’t. ♦ B. Mitchell Carlson, a Senior Auction Analyst, is our resident expert for historic military vehicles, and when not busy with auctions or profile deadlines, might even have a chance to work on his 1942 Ford GPW military jeep. 1943 Ford GPA “Seep” amphibious military truck Lot 6, s/n GPA86771 Condition 1 Sold at $160,000 Aumann Auctions, Iola, WI, 8/14/2010 SCM# 165643 1943 White M16 MGMC half-track Lot 1049, s/n 231188 Condition 3 Sold at $201,250 Auctions America, Portola Valley, CA, 7/12/2014 SCM# 244515 Details Years produced: 1943–44 Number produced: 2,877 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $50,000–$120,000 Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis # location: Data plate on the dashboard, also alongside of the left front tire on the left frame rail Engine # location: Pad on the driver’s side of the engine block; lower front corner, below the water pump to engine-block hose, next to the generator Club: Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) Web: www.mvpa.org, www.halftrackinfo. com, www.g503.com Alternatives: 1942–45 White/Autocar/ Diamond T M2/M3 half track, 1942–45 International M5/M9A1 half track, 1940–44 White M3A1 Scout Car SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1945 NSU Kettenkrad SdKfz 2 half-track motorcycle Lot 318, s/n N/A Condition 3 Sold at $123,525 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/19/2008 SCM# 117783


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Race Car Profile Remi Dargegen ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2002 Ferrari F2002 A Michael Schumacher race-winning car appeals to a very small, very competitive market by Thor Thorson Chassis number: 219 SCM Condition for this car: 3+ SCM Analysis This car, Lot 117, sold for $6,643,750, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi, UAE, sale on November 30, 2019. In all of the car-collecting world, I doubt that there is a market as widely ranging, complex, vexing, and often just plain arbitrary as Formula One racers. Fabulous, exciting, dependable and competitive vintage racers can be found for well under a million dollars, while similar ones can sell for 10 times that. Even within Ferraris — a far more collectible marque than, for example, Benetton or even Lotus — a 1994 412T2 can struggle to find a buyer at $1.54 million, while within a few months of that, our subject Ferrari 2002 brought over $6.6 million. The 412T2 is just as red, just as swoopy, within the constraints of who is driving it just as fast, and one heck of a lot more user-friendly than the F2002. What gives? There are probably reasonable answers to this, but making sense will require a review of what buyers seem to be looking for in old Formula One cars and a quick wander through roughly 50 years of Ferrari backstory. Who buys a Formula One car? The basic motivations of people who buy Formula One cars are simple enough: fun, glory and ego. Fun is the desire to participate in the thrill and adrenaline rush of actually driving cars that were in their respective times the absolute pinnacle of the racing experience. This is the “weapons grade” side of the hobby and by far the easiest and least 68 Sports Car Market expensive to fulfill: There are literally hundreds of 10- to 50-year-old Formula One cars out there, any one of which is far more capable of going fast and delivering excitement than 95% of the people who aspire to drive them can even think about. Glory winnows the field substantially insofar as it refers to those cars that actually won Championship races over the years. In an earlier F1 profile, I noted, “An interesting factor is history: The most iconic Formula One car is not considered particularly collectible unless it has won at least one GP (and, of course, the more wins the better), a weird but almost inviolable constraint.” As we shall see, this rule has a particular impact on Ferrari F1 values.


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Ego is a more complicated issue, but it can have an inordinate effect on prices, particularly when the topic is Ferrari, clearly the highest-status marque in the automotive world. Economist Thorstein Veblen observed that, for certain extremely wealthy people, the normal cost/ benefit tradeoff gets reversed and higher price actually increases desirability. The current snark term for this is “Veblen goods,” but it is a very real and important component of the pricing structure for high-status and very rare racers like our subject. Ferrari domination? It’s time to talk about Ferrari. The image of the “Cavallino Rampante” sundering all who dare to challenge it in the racing world is wonderful fantasy, but the reality is that in Formula One over the past 50 years, Ferrari was only occasionally even a major competitor, much less the dominant force that mythology demands. There really weren’t that many winning seasons. There are lots of reasons for this, many intertwined with the very character that makes Ferrari so iconic. Between the monomaniacal ego and drive of Enzo Ferrari and the national expectations of being “Italy’s team,” Ferrari could never do it the easy way. As a complete manufacturer, they felt obligated to conceive, design and build every component internally. Design was frequently based more on romantic ideals (Ferraris should be 12-cylinder) than on cleareyed pragmatism. They were also, certainly before the merger with Fiat and the introduction of major outside sponsorship in the 1970s, chronically underfunded and technically overcommitted. Their competition through most of the late 20th century took a different path. Cosworth created a fantastic racing engine in their DFV and were happy to sell it to anyone, while Hewland built a series of excellent transaxles that were also easily available. The result was a series of English “Garagiste” racing teams that could spend their resources on innovative chassis, suspension and aerodynamics rather than engines. Though Ferrari sneered at these upstarts, the reality was that it was at a huge disadvantage and podium finishes were sparse. Collectible Formula One Ferraris For all the hype and excitement about Ferrari Formula One, there are really only three series that meet the serious collectibility criteria. The “Spaghetti Exhaust” 3-liter V12 cars of the late 1960s really weren’t all that successful, but they are so gorgeous and exotically complex that they override lesser considerations. Plus, if you want to be top dog at the Monaco Historic GP, that’s what you need to have. In the mid-to-late 1970s, Ferrari managed to really get its act together with the flat-12 312T series of racers. Combined with Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni’s sensational talents, Ferrari managed a hat trick of three successive championship seasons, and those cars have become immensely valuable. There is a rumor that the best of these cars might be available for €10 million. An excellent one sold at Monterey this summer for $6 million. These cars have the advantage of being easy to drive, maintain and race. You don’t need Ferrari’s help to run them. The third group of highly collectible F1 Ferraris is the 3-liter V10 cars of the Schumacher era. In his 10 years at Ferrari (1996–2006), Michael Schumacher became the most successful driver in the history of the sport, winning five consecutive world championships for Ferrari, and every car that he drove Ferrari built about eight cars a year for the 10 years of the era, so there are roughly 80 suitable racers out there, and they don’t come available often. has become an object of veneration for a particular group of collectors. Interestingly, the core of these collectors are from Asia, mostly Japanese with some Chinese, immensely wealthy, and unafraid (even proud) of big numbers. Mike Sheehan tells me that there are probably not more than 10 or 15 of them, but they are intensely involved and they both create and drive the market. Ferrari built about eight cars a year for the 10 years of the era, so there are roughly 80 suitable racers out there, and they don’t come available often. This is a narrow, niche market When these Ferrari racers do hit the market, it creates a bit of a feeding frenzy among those who care. The important thing to remember is that this is a very specific niche market and doesn’t represent anything in the larger collector-car market, or even in the Ferrari F1 category. This was a very special example of a car which is very important to a very few, very wealthy players and sold accordingly. It’s an ego piece that will grace somebody’s automotive plumage. It can be driven, but only for a few laps at great expense by someone who is a far better driver than most. The players here make their own market. I’ll have to assume fairly bought. ♦ Thor Thorson wrote his first Race Profile for SCM way back in 2003. He has owned this part of the magazine ever since, much to the delight of all. 1994 Ferrari 412 T1 racer Lot 133, s/n 149 Condition 2 Not sold at $1,547,562 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 10/24/19 SCM# 6915874 Details Year produced: 2002 Number produced: Eight Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $6.6 million (this car) Chassis # location: Inside cockpit on left side Engine # location: Back of block Club: Ferrari Owners Club Web: www.ferrariownersclub.org Alternatives: 1976 Ferrari 312T2, 1992 Williams FW14B, 1994 Ferrari 412T2 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1975 Ferrari 312T racer Lot 31, s/n 022 Condition 1- Sold at $6,000,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/2019 SCM# 6906996 1992 Williams FW14B Red 5 F1 racer Lot 345, s/n FW1408 Condition 2+ Sold at $3,392,949 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 7/5/19 SCM# 6906860 March 2020 69


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Next Gen Profile Rich Pearce, courtesy of Silverstone Auctions 1991 BMW 325i Sport The rise of the BMW E30: Madness is the new normal by Philip Richter Chassis number: WBAAA12030EG23149 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ SCM Analysis This car, Lot 204, sold for $65,555, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone’s Birmingham, U.K., auction on November 9, 2019. Collector-car publications here and abroad are abuzz over the “patently absurd” sale of a “pedestrian” BMW E30 in Birmingham, England. Our subject car set a new non-M-spec E30 auction record and sold for a seemingly astounding $65,555. Has Mad Cow Disease taken over Birmingham, or is this a correct market outcome? Are we poised to see more sales like this one in the future? After much research, consideration and deliberation, the evidence suggests that the winning bidder should not check into an asylum. An exceptional example Let’s first contemplate our subject car. It’s perfect and pristine in every way. This E30 has no paintwork, no stories, and has had very limited use. For almost 30 years, fastidious enthusiasts lovingly maintained this E30. This two-owner example has only 6,814 verifiable miles and is 70 Sports Car Market


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painted in fantastic, special-order BMW Granite Silver Metallic. As I have advocated on the pages of SCM many times before, a vehicle’s mileage, condition, rarity and color play a decisive role in outlier modern-classic auction outcomes. Further contributing to this record sale is a tasteful combination of rare M-Tech options, including a factory body kit, rear spoiler, special headliner and factory suspension upgrades. While our subject car is not the highly desirable, bespoke and flared iconic M3 — it’s not exactly a humdrum, plain-Jane E30 either. Whoever originally ordered this car had taste and style — and he or she knew exactly what they wanted in this car. Hagerty’s valuation editor, Andrew Newton, recently opined on this sale, stating, “Five years ago, that much money would have bought you pretty much the best E30 M3 in the world. It’s a staggering price for this car today. But E30s, in general, have come a long way, and it seems to have bought a pretty special car.” Eric Keller, founder of Ohio-based M-car expert Enthusiast Auto Group, also chimed in on the car: “This sale result is yet another clear indication of the growing divide between #1-condition survivor examples of the BMW analog All-Stars and the lion’s share of “used cars” that populate the market today. The great drivers’ cars, like E30s, were all so much fun to pilot and enjoy that they all have lots of miles, use and risk associated with their purchase today, now 30 years removed from new. The U.K.-only model, 325i Sport, is basically the equivalent of a North American-spec 325is with the optional M-Tech body kit, an Original BMW Accessory. The previous high-water mark sale for an NA 325is coupe was a 1987 one-owner example with 13k miles EAG sold in 2014 for $39,990.” An emerging icon Almost 30 years on, the aesthetics of this particular BMW artifact are uniquely appealing. E30s of this Details Years produced: 1985–93 Number produced: More than 100,000 325i coupes Original list price: $26,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $28,455 Major service: $700 Chassis # location: Engraved into the front of the firewall in the engine compartment, center of the windscreen Engine # location: On driver’s side of engine block Club: BMW Car Club of America Web: www.bmwcca.org vintage and caliber will quietly grow into this valuation range during the coming years. The E30 is emerging as an analog, manual-shift, rear-drive BWM icon. Its styling represents the zenith of BMW design, and it is still powerful enough to be enjoyed on modern roads. This particular E30’s overall persona is more attrac- tive than average, and it certainly raised eyebrows and paddles at Silverstone. There is a large and growing demographic that is in- terested in stunningly crisp and tight E30s — especially in the right color and equipped with special factory options and a desirable three-pedal manual gearbox. Serious bidders at Silverstone who were genuinely in the market for an investment-grade E30 had to ask themselves a tough question: Where on earth could they find another? Given the result here, clearly, more than one bidder did not want this one to get away. ♦ Philip Richter is SCM’s go-to guy for Next Gen BMWs. He’s also the publisher of the “Turtle Garage” blog at www. turtlegarage.com.. 1991 BMW M3 Lot 111, s/n WBSAK05090AE42207 Condition 2 Sold at $74,154 RM Sotheby’s, London, U.K., 10/24/2019 SCM# 6916386 Alternatives: 1991 BMW M3 coupe, 1988 BMW M6 coupe, 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1988 BMW 325i convertible Lot 740, s/n WBABB2309J1045144 Condition 1 Sold at $14,250 Saratoga Auto Auction, Saratoga Springs, NY, 9/20/2019 SCM# 6909725 1988 BMW M3 Lot 334.1, s/n WBSAK0309J2197324 Condition 2+ Sold at $38,500 Almost 30 years on, the aesthetics of this particular BMW artifact are uniquely appealing. E30s of this vintage and caliber will quietly grow into this valuation range during the coming years. March 2020 Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, 6/20/2018 SCM# 6872608 71


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Next Gen Market Moment Courtesy of GAA 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo All the low-cost 1990s rad in the world for the RADwood Era Sold at $31,030 GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC November 8, 2019, Lot FR0112 Chassis number: JN1CZ24A7LX003624 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ T 72 he 1989–96 “Z32” Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo is a compelling sports car that is just now starting to be properly appreciated. Overall, 300ZX sales have languished at Craigslist-level prices until recently. Perhaps the 2019 sales of several ultra-low- miles examples at RM Sotheby’s Youngtimer Collection at $66,000 (SCM# 6897920), $53,200 (SCM# 6899268), and $44,000 (SCM# 6901358) paved the way for a fresh evaluation of this neo-classic? When it was new, the $34,175 sticker price on the 1990 300ZX Twin Turbo was about the same as a base Corvette, or about half the price of a Porsche 911. In stock form, the turbo ZX boasted 300 horsepower and 283 ft-lb of torque. With the manual gearbox, that’s good for 0–60 mph times of about 5.5 seconds, which is pretty rad for the RADwood era. Even the naturally aspirated base 300ZX offered a respectable 222 horsepower and a mid-6-second 0–60 mph time. Here’s another data point: According to a March 2019 report on Hagerty.com, Millennials make up about 40% of requests to quote insurance on this generation of the 300ZX. This car appeals to the next generation of collectors, especially since the base 300ZX of this era usually trades around the $10,000 mark. Further, Nissan sold 80,000 units of the Z32 300ZX, so there are plenty to be found. Prices — and parts — are likely to remain stable for some time. According to the SCM Pocket Price Guide, this well-kept, one- owner example sold right on median money at $31,030. That’s a fair price for a low-miles twin-turbo model with the desirable 5-speed transmission and sexy red paint. This is a classic you can drive or show with equal pride. This same car (within two miles of the odometer reading) failed to sell on a bid of $24,500 (SCM# 6874918) at the GAA Classic Car Auction in July of 2018. If the seller thought they’d get a lot more money the second time across the block, they were wrong. Still, getting back most of your original purchase price after 30 years of ownership makes the 300ZX a pretty good investment. — Jeff Zurschmeide ♦ Sports Car Market


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Next Gen Rising Sun Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars That Are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles by Brian Baker 1996 Nissan 240SX SE #26455. S/N JN1AS44D9TW052914. 66,000 miles. “2.4-liter in- line 4, 5-speed manual gearbox, Ultra Red over gray cloth, manufacturer’s literature, oil change in August 2019.” Condition: 2-. SOLD AT $12,000. Bring a Trailer 12/24/2019. Brian’s take: The 240SX is no stranger to the world of modified Japanese cars. The S14 (chassis code for this model) is normally seen ripping it around the track sideways, as it is a popular base for drift cars. This car is also popular on the dragstrip. Because of this, it is nearly impossible to find them in this non-modified condition. This car has lots of sun-fading in the roof and rear bumper. A respray would do wonders, unless you prefer the originality. Either way, this one should probably be preserved and unmodified — or we will forget how these cars originally looked. Modified and well-used examples currently fetch around $3k–$6k, so I consider this car well bought. Courtesy of Bringatrailer.com 1991 Toyota Land Cruiser #26434. S/N HDJ810011429. 175k kilometers (109k miles). “4.2-L turbodiesel inline 6, 4-speed automatic transmission, 2-speed transfer case, triple-locking differentials, white w/period racing graphics, three “Lift over 35” tires, aftermarket steel bumpers, roof basket and box, Smittybilt winch, ARB snorkel, custom storage drawers /sleeping platform, tools and camping gear included.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. Bring a Trailer, 12/24/2019. Brian’s take: Log on to social media, and you’ll find a lot of peo- Courtesy of Bringatrailer.com ple living adventurous lives. There are accounts showing modified vans and off-road-capable SUVs/trucks used for adventure camping. This truck is a perfect example of that visual aesthetic. It sports big tires, lift, bolt-in roll cage, lights, snorkel and camping gear. Just add some diesel fuel, some food and a destination in your GPS, and you are on an adventure. On top of all of that, it is an imported Japanese model with the 4.2 Turbo diesel engine we never got in the U.S. Some of the graphics are a nice throwback to 1980s Toyota aesthetics, but they can easily be removed if it isn’t your thing. Well bought. 1994 Nissan Skyline GTS-25t Type M #f370078533. S/N 888 (Last 3). 121,634 km (75,579 miles). “2.0-L RB20DET I6 turbocharged, 5-speed MT, Rays 17-inch aluminum wheels, TEIN harmonic-drive suspension, Bride bucket seat, Nardi steering wheel, front aero bumper.” Condition: 3+. SOLD AT ¥1,058,400 ($9,750). Yahoo Auction Japan 9/16/2019. Brian’s take: It’s now 2020, which means more Japanese cars are legal for import. We haven’t quite reached the point where we can import the very popular R34 Skyline, but we do have the very round R33 Skyline available now. In Japan, cars are stamped and sold by the year and month they were created. Cars that are stamped as January 1995 are now legal to import without any issues. The R33 Skyline has been available since 2018, but there isn’t as much interest in them as the R32 or R34 cars. There have been two R33 Skyline GTS cars on Bring a Trailer, but they didn’t meet the reserve, 74 Courtesy of Yahoo Auction Japan bidding to $12k and $13k. GTS cars now sell in Japan for about $10k. The R33 GT-Rs on Yahoo Auctions have been selling for $15k–$20k for a modified one, but I don’t think the American market is ready to spend that kind of money — plus dealer fees — for a car we aren’t used to seeing on the big screen like the R34. ♦ Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $8m Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, p. 84 $5.7m McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, p. 104 $2.5m Bonhams, Hendon, U.K., p. 94 $2.1m Artcurial, Paris, FRA, p. 114 Roundup, p. 124 78 Sports Car Market


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A 1967 Jaguar E-type Series 1½ 4.2 open two-seater competes for eyeballs with a Hawker Tempest at the RAF Museum during Bonhams’ sale in Hendon, U.K. The Jaguar went on to a new home at $125k. Photo by Paul Hardiman March 2020 79


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Market Reports Overview Selling the Island Amelia Island auction totals reflect the larger market movement, just in chic, coastal style Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) by Chad Tyson A 1. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $792,415—Silverstone, U.K., p. 126 2. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $778,007—Silverstone, U.K., p. 126 3. 1993 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe, $464,644—Silverstone, U.K., p. 128 4. 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe, $253,459—Bonhams, U.K., p. 103 5. 2005 Ford GT coupe, $247,500—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 93 6. 1934 Bentley 3½ Litre open tourer, $207,240—Bonhams, U.K., p. 96 7. 1984 Aston Martin V8 Series IV coupe, $198,824—Silverstone, U.K., p. 128 8. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $181,500—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 90 9. 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Owen Sedanca drophead coupe, $178,912—Bonhams, U.K., p. 96 10. 1980 Porsche 911SC backdate coupe, $158,875—Artcurial, FRA, p. 118 Best Buys 1935 Riley Kestrel 9HP sedan, $15,655—Bonhams, U.K., p. 96 80 decade ago, way back in 2009, the now-nearlyweeklong car celebration that is Amelia Island consisted of a wonderful concours with a car auction alongside it. Just six years ago, that car-loving weekend filled out to two auctions and the big concours. Fast-forward to 2020. Events and auctions have come and gone, but there is more to do (and buy) than ever on the 13-mile-long island. The total of the RM and Gooding & Co. sales in 2014 was $66.9m on 166 of 179 cars selling — an average of $403k per car. In 2015, Bonhams and Hollywood Wheels set up shop, so now the formerly three-day collection of events was starting earlier in the week. With those additional auctions, the week’s total grew to $116m by selling 354 of 408 lots. The gathering of sales peaked in 2016, with five auc- tions totaling $139.7m on 333 of 458 lots sold. After that acme, overall sales the next year dropped 17%, then 32%, but turned around and ended up 1% in 2019. A look at the total sales of all the auctions on Amelia Island from last decade reflects the general rapid growth and not-as-sudden slide of collector-car values as a whole: way up in the years following the Great Recession, a peak in 2016 and then dropping totals, but not nearly as fast or as far as the previous gains. I’m not saying there is any leveling off going on in the market — it’s as volatile and chaotic as ever, overall. Within that volatility, however, there’s some balance. In 2019, Gooding’s total sales dropped 38% from the year prior. RM Sotheby’s increased by 38%. It wasn’t the same dollar amount, but you see what I mean by balance in the chaos. Consignors brought the most cars ever (475) to Amelia Island in 2019. What followed was the worst overall sellthrough percentage since SCM started tracking Amelia Island sales (68%) and the worst average per car since 2010. For 2020, I expect fewer cars this year, but not by much, and more no-reserve offerings to help the balance sheets when the majority of million-dollar offerings end up not selling. What could throw off our frenetic balance is the wider world intruding on our little corner. Anybody want to go through 2008–10 again? It’s not going to be the housing market tipping anything over this time, but this world is run by enough crazy people to deliver something from somewhere. One last thing about the events of Amelia Island: Without the concours, none of us are going there. Sure, the Ritz-Carlton is nice, but there is very likely one much Chad Taylor Take in the Amelia Island auctions, and don’t skip out on the concours closer to where you live than the far northeast corner of Florida. This year the concours is honoring Roger Penske and highlighting the cars of Harley Earl. If you’ve shown up at all for any of the sales on the island, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you aren’t going to the concours too. It’s always one of the best gatherings of cars in the world, with collections and classes you won’t see anywhere else. ♦ Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue $2.2m October 12, 2019 SG Auction October 18–19, 2019 Artcurial Winona, MN November 7–9, 2019 Silverstone Birmingham, U.K. November 9–10, 2019 Bonhams November 21, 2019 McCormick’s Hendon, U.K. Palm Springs, CA November 22–24, 2019 December 5–7, 2019 Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO $0 $3m $6m 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 $2.5m $5.7m $8.5m $9m $12m $15m Greensboro, NC October 27, 2019 GAA $7.4m Paris, FRA RAND Luxury Roslyn, NY $1.9m $2.1m $12.3m 2005 Maserati Quattroporte sedan, $15,400—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 88 1975 Porsche 911S 2.7 coupe, $35,782—Bonhams, U.K., p. 102 2005 Ford GT coupe, $247,500— Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 93 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Phase 2 convertible—Artcurial, FRA, p. 116 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold The time is now to buy a first-gen Mazda Miata — but sell that first-gen Ford GT by B. Mitchell Carlson Buy: 1990–98 Mazda Miata The first-gen Miata has been on my radar since they were introduced in 1989. At first, I was rather cool to them, but it didn’t take long for me to see them filling up the paddock and track at Road America during SCCA events. My sister — not a huge gearhead — bought a ’96 Miata a little over a decade ago. She still has it, and she feels like the $3,500 paid was a deal. Thing is, a lot of people bought Miatas early on, still have them, and think they’ve depreciated like a rental-fleet Mustang convertible. I profiled the sale of a ’92 Miata with 34k miles on the clock at the SG Auction Winona, MN, sale. The car sold before it crossed the block, as the pre-bidding online had easily surpassed the $2,500 reserve (the consignor was reportedly uncertain that it would achieve that). I’m not one to advocate stealing from widows and the chronically uninformed, but I’ve seen a good number of Miatas with asking prices below the $5,400 that the SG car brought. This won’t last forever. Buy one now. Right now. Sell: 2004–07 Ford GT With 2017 model-year Ford GTs now loose and selling — and adjusting downwards a bit — that makes it difficult to justify spending over-the-top money for a minty 2004–07 version. On top of that, when C8 Corvettes start filling dealerships in February, those $60k to $90k cars with better handling and a factory warranty will be fighting in the market against the few higher-mile first-gen Ford GTs. If you bought a new 2004–07 Ford GT as an “instant collectible,” you might not have missed the bus to capitalize on it, but the route is changing. Move it out or start using it to justify its existence. Hold: Ferrari 308 GTS Since 2010, median Ferrari 308 pricing has gone from the $25k they were mired in for decades to nearly $100k — and then back down to around $40k to $50k. Even if you won a 308 in a raffle (don’t laugh — one of my telecom- equipment providers from The Day Job a decade ago had one as the first-place award for a drawing), don’t think you have to kick it to the curb before it plummets back down to $25k. This, too, shall pass. Why? TV notoriety. Yes, I’ll breach it now and call these “Magnum, P.I.” Ferraris. And they are still known as that today — and will be for years to come. Get over it. As such, the tide is bound to come back on them, and it’s not going to be the stereotypical Ferrari fans chasing them. It’s going to be folks in their late 50s and early 60s. And a good number of them are going to be women who thought Tom Selleck was quite the hunk when they were watching “Magnum, P.I.” with their sorority sisters. ♦ 82 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Mecum Kansas City 2019 A 15k-mile, four-option Ford GT led the sales sheet at $247,500 Company Mecum Auctions Date December 5–7, 2019 Location Kansas City, MO Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec, Russ Conklin Automotive lots sold/offered 392/579 Sales rate 68% Sales total $8,479,350 High sale 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $247,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Not the prettiest, most exclusive, or lowest-mile example, but that’s what made it so great — 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $247,500 Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics A 84 s the only major collector-car auction in the Kansas City area, Mecum never fails to draw throngs of buyers, sellers and car fanatics. The sale has an obvious Midwest feel, as the lots offered are comprised largely of American classics, muscle cars and hot rods. The number of cars offered was down this year, with consigned lots numbering 579 cars compared to 635 in December 2018. Despite this, the number of lots sold was nearly identical, with 392 sold here compared to 394. Higher overall prices, combined with an improved sell-through rate of 68%, yielded a larger total take of $8,479,350, versus $8,429,395 last December. The Mecum auction always brings a collection of impressive, beautiful and occasionally surprising collector cars. A 15,000-mile Mark II Black 2005 Ford GT (seldom seen with so many miles), with all four available options, changed hands for $247,500. A 1969 Ford Kansas City, MO Mustang Boss 429 sold right on the money, going to a new home for $231,000, and a tidy little 2002 Porsche Boxster, in better-than-average condition, traded hands for just $11k. There were some offerings that didn’t sell but were exciting to see, nonetheless. A 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, one of only 343 ever produced, showing only 562 miles, was bid to $400,000, but still fell short of reserve. A remarkably clean 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet, resplendent in triple black and showing a scant 26k miles on the clock, bid to $110k, was another no-sale. The Kansas City auction continues to be successful for Mecum, bringing in large crowds and enthusiastic bidders. With the quality of offerings Mecum brings each time they’re here, they should expect the sale to grow with coming generations of automotive aficionados. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 NO SALE


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO GERMAN #S125-1959 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER microbus. S/N 11316. Lotus White & gray/white & teal vinyl. Odo: 98,912 miles. Cute from a distance, this little Transporter loses its luster upon closer inspection. Repaint appears to be older, and now shows a plethora of rusty nicks and chips on hard edges, particularly around the windows. Weatherstrip appears more recent. Seats are freshly re-covered, but the rest of the interior panels are original, having aged poorly. Engine bay is pleasantly clean. A fun, drivable project, but not much more. Cond: 3. but some light fading. Black gauge bezels have small chips. Engine bay is fairly clean. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,300. This was a perfect way to get into a collector car for little money. It was cute, in better-than-average condition, with little in the way of work needed to enjoy. An attractive color for a convertible, combined with a convertible top in good condition (arguably one of the most expensive things to replace on these), helped drive the price well above the SCM Pocket Price Guide median value of $9,500. Well sold. #F245-1987 PORSCHE 911 Turbo con- vertible. S/N WP0EB093XHS070067. Black/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 26,498 miles. Black paint is glossy, free from excessive towel swirl. Rear fender flares are not plagued by the usual rock chips. Bumper accordions are in good shape. Windshield is crystal clear. Weatherstrip shows very little age. Engine bay is tidy, but the boot for the intercooler has the typical split on one corner. Convertible top shows virtually no fading, and has obviously been left up for most of its life. Interior is colorfast, and seats show only slight creasing. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The 1959 Volkswagen Type 2 model year saw an improvement in horsepower—up to 40. Even with gearing designed to make the most of those few ponies, the Transporter was slow. However, it was easy to maintain, cheap to run, and just big enough to use as a wheeled house. This example showed plenty of use, with the seats recently refreshed. Even with that, the interior looked as if it wasn’t quite ready for primetime. The high bid here was on the money, maybe even generous considering the needs of this little bus. The seller should have let this one go. #F49-1973 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1532465445. Saturn Yellow/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 93,802 miles. An older restoration beginning to show its age. Shiny paint has swirls, nicks, chips, with a poorly done touch-up atop driver’s side front fender. Panel gaps are consistent. Chrome bumpers are bright, but show buff marks. Rear-view mirrors show small delamination around the edges. Convertible top is in good shape, with only light creasing at fold points. Loose wires hanging out of the driver’s door jamb. Black vinyl interior shows little wear, SOLD AT $19,800. Last seen at the October 2019 SG Auction in Winona, MN, where it found new ownership for $17,550 (SCM# 6917793). The problem with 928s has been twofold: 1) Purists never accepted the frontengine, water-cooled 928, so resale values have always been suppressed, at least until recently; 2) 928s are expensive to maintain, and do require TLC to be their best. In the face of low resale values, many owners neglected to invest what was necessary to preserve these magnificent GTs. As a result, deferred maintenance is quite common. The high bid here was a gift, especially given the automatic transmission. Very well sold, indeed. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. One of my bedroom poster cars while growing up. Getting to see one in this condition was a treat, as it looked closer to two years old than 32. Gbody 911s saw a run-up in values like many other exotics from 2010 to 2015, but have cooled in recent years. That said, the bestcondition Turbo variants still command a premium, and $110k just wasn’t enough for this one to change hands. With median value still around $140k, the seller had little reasonable choice but to hold out for more. #S56.1-1988 PORSCHE 928 S4 coupe. S/N WP0JB0921JS861373. Guards Red/tan leather. Odo: 70,556 miles. Paint has been somewhat dulled by sun. Road pepper on bumper cover and hood. Engine bay has been well detailed, but valve-cover paint has flaked in spots. Interior has numerous concerns. Driver’s seat bolster is worn through. Bottom of seat shows creasing, wear, and looks grimy. Passenger’s seat looks relatively unused, as do both back seats. Driver’s side carpets are worn, stained. Passenger’s side shows little or no use. Dash is surprisingly crack-free, but is beginning to curl at the edges. Almost all of the interior panels show some curling at the edges or are ill-fitting. Someone has stuck a giant Porsche badge on the dash. Cond: 3-. 86 #F92-1995 MERCEDES-BENZ E320 convertible. S/N WDBEA66E0SC266093. Smoke Silver Metallic/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 76,481 miles. Factory Smoke Silver Metallic paint is still shiny, retaining most of its original luster. Minor road rash present on grille surround and hood. Chrome eight-hole Mercedes wheels scream mid-’90s. Black canvas convertible top shows very light fading but has tracks that would indicate it was cleaned with a pressure washer at close range. Driver’s side seat bolster has typical wear, with raw leather showing. Walnut roll-top cover over the center storage console looks to be inoperative. There is some sort of crusted, sticky substance on the console wood overlay. Carpets have minor stains. Claimed to have been owned by a single owner with some service records. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $5,000. The owner had taken the auction sheet off the windshield, handwritten a number of notes about the car, and added a Buy It Now price of $6,000, along with his phone number. These mid-’90s Eclass convertibles seem to have found their stride in recent years, but only for those in good condition with known service histories. Far from super-complicated, these still require a modicum of care. This example appeared to have some needs. Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO #F130-2002 PORSCHE BOXSTER con- vertible. S/N WP0CA298X2U622440. Seal Gray Metallic/black cloth/Graphite Gray leather. Odo: 52,693 miles. Some light nicks on hood and front bumper cover touched up with a paint not quite the same shade. All four wheels are rash-free. Glass is in good condition for miles. Driver’s seat bolster has light wear, with some wrinkling. Carpet is clean, and the mats look recent. A Kenwood aftermarket head unit resides in a tidy dash. Top of steering wheel shows some use. Has had a recent cleaning, and it shows. Overall, a tidy little Porsche. Cond: 3+. with used European luxury cars, the price drops precipitously for two to three decades, then the more interesting or compelling examples tend to go back up in value. This was the case with this Mercedes, which is likely nearing its low ebb. It’s a used car, and showed wear commensurate with the miles on the clock, but it was also fairly modern, with much of the comfort of a newer model for a fraction of the price. In that regard, this was a ton of car for the money. #S38-2011 MERCEDES-BENZ SL550 convertible. S/N WDBSK7BA5BF166871. Diamond White Metallic/Natural Beige leather. Odo: 42,483 miles. White over tan makes for a striking appearance. Very minimal road pepper present, despite lack of a clear bra. No damage on any of the wheels. Outside driver’s side seat bolster has a small wear spot from entry/exit, and stitching is frayed. Balance of the interior is quite clean. Wood inlays and half-wood steering wheel also in good condition. The retractable hard top is in the down position, but could be safely assumed to be as clean as the rest of the car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,100. Introduced in 1996, the first-generation Boxster’s production run lasted until 2004. A small percentage of the Boxster’s M96 water-cooled engines were plagued by intermediate-shaft-bearing failures that proved to be catastrophic. That, coupled with the unpopularity of the front-end styling, has helped to keep prices suppressed on firstgen Boxsters and their 911 big brothers. The Boxster has had an inherent handling advantage over the 911 due to its layout positioning the engine forward of the rear axle as opposed to behind it, creating better balance. As such, these have become a performance bargain. This one, with low miles and sharp looks, was still a good deal a couple grand over market median. #T70-2004 MERCEDES-BENZ SL500 convertible. S/N WDBSK75F94F069070. Black/gray leather. Odo: 99,599 miles. Shiny black paint is marred by ample road rash on the hood and front bumper, much of which has been obviously touched up. Oversize aftermarket wheels are attractive, but the front driver’s side wheel has a divot in its edge. Driver’s outside seat bolster shows plenty of wear from ingress/egress. A decent daily or weekend car, but little more. Cond: 3. dropped farther faster than those other European luxury cars do, selling here for less than 15% of sticker. It wasn’t readily evident why the seller would have let this one go at such a loss, but the new owner stole this one. #F197-2010 MASERATI GRANTUR- ISMO convertible. S/N ZAM45KMA1A0052607. Black/black cloth/Cuoio leather. Odo: 40,621 miles. Shiny finish shows light road pepper on the nose, and towel swirl throughout the finish. A few small chips litter the trailing edge of the driver’s side door. Windshield also has light signs of pepper. Chin spoiler is in fine nick, with no curb scrapes. All four dark gray wheels are as-new. Leather tag has been cut from the driver’s side seat bolster, which shows light wear from ingress/egress. Carpets could stand to be vacuumed. Engine bay is reasonably clean. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,900. Still contemporary in appearance, this Mercedes looked to have had careful ownership. These were not inexpensive cars when new, but like almost every other modern SL, their value drops like a stone. With a price considerably cheaper than a new Camry, this seemed like a ton of car for the money. ITALIAN SOLD AT $10,725. As has long been the case 88 #F237-2005 MASERATI QUATTROPORTE sedan. S/N ZAMCE39A250019857. Bordeaux Pontevecchio Metallic/beige leather. Odo: 19,676 miles. Finish is in good shape, with minimal peppering on the nose, and some light towel swirl. Windshield is clear, no chips present. Wheels are in good nick, free from curb rash. Engine bay is tidy, appears to have been detailed. Driver’s seat bolster has very light creasing. Rear driver’s side door jamb is leather wrapped, and shows marks from entry/ exit, possibly from a car seat. Carpets are clean, stain-free. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,400. Last seen at Mecum’s Phoenix, AZ, sale in March 2019, where it sold for $29,700 (SCM# 6905077). When introduced, the Quattroporte was intended to compete with the full-size sedans from Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar and Audi, and it did so with aplomb. With a base price above $100k, the Maserati has BEST BUY NOT SOLD AT $31,000. Last seen at the March 2018 Mecum Kansas City sale, where it traded hands for $45,100 (SCM# 6867489). Powered by a Ferrari-sourced 4.2-L V8 producing a potent 450 hp, the Maserati GranTurismo convertible put out a distinctive, sumptuous sound. Combined with a well-appointed interior, curvy lines, and the ability to experience it all with the top down, this “four passenger” (you wouldn’t want to subject anyone to the diminutive back seat for long) made for an exotic that could be driven daily. The high bid here was not out of line for the market, but wasn’t enough to take this one home. JAPANESE #T84-1968 DATSUN 2000 convertible. S/N SRL31105113. Pagoda Red/black vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 86,694 miles. Shiny red paint is attractive, but shows some swirl and a few masking lines. Weatherstrip is missing at the top of the driver’s door. Panasport wheels add a sporty look. Windshield shows well enough. Red vinyl interior is in good nick, with little Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO sign of wear. Engine bay is fairly clean. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. Japan’s version of an “MG done right,” the Fairlady roadster was produced by Datsun from 1959 to 1970. The target market was British sports car customers. Datsun bested the Brits with better quality and superior performance from the 2.0-liter engine. Add in better handling and a quality guarantee, and you can see how Datsun was able to sell over 40,000 of these tiny convertibles. This copy traded hands for double market value, a testament to the restoration. #T69-1979 DATSUN 280ZX coupe. S/N HS130146400. Bronze/tan cloth. Odo: 41,415 miles. Fresh paint—applied after metal stripping—appears to have been done to a betterthan-average standard. Aftermarket period honeycomb mags complement it well. Blackrubber safety bumpers are somewhat faded. Engine bay is clean and correct. Seats are nearly new, with only minor wrinkling. Carpet looks quite good. Much of the interior trim looks to have dried out and curled up at the edges, particularly at the rear windows. Back glass is adorned with period aluminum louvers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,000. Early Datsun Z-cars have long since found their stride. With increased demand, production number grew rapidly with the ZX models, as over 600,000 copies were imported to the U.S. from 1979 to ’83. With such numbers, the later years have yet to experience the uptick in price. Market median value on this year was right at $8,500, but it is likely the fresh paint helped carry it beyond that. SWEDISH #T55-1971 VOLVO 1800E coupe. S/N 184363035489. Gold metallic & light brown metallic/dark tan vinyl. Odo: 120,653 miles. Likely from a dry climate, or at least not used in inclement weather, as there are no outward signs of rust. Original paint tiring, with most of the luster surrendered to time. Chrome bumpers show patina, ample scuff marks. Stainless trim could stand to be polished. Weatherstrip is cracked and dry. Engine bay could stand to be cleaned. Power brake booster adorned with a USAA sticker. Interior looks to have aged fairly well, no doubt courtesy of the tan sheepskin seat covers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,150. Debuting in 1961, the Pelle Petterson-designed P1800 was popularized on the TV show “The Saint” starring Roger Moore. Another 1800 became famous for being the highest-mileage non-commercial car, having been driven well over 3 million miles by owner Irv Gordon. This example—in need of some cosmetics but far from awful—sold far below the $23,000 market value, allowing its new owner latitude for refreshening, or a truly cheap classic to be driven without guilt. Well bought. AMERICAN #F54-1965 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N 5Y83Z162629. Wimbledon White/tan cloth. Odo: 82,798 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely equipped with power brakes/windows/seats, a/c and tilt-away steering wheel. Better-than-average paint has minimal orange peel. Chrome bumpers present well, without patina. Stainless is in good nick. Tan cloth seats appear brand new. Driver’s side door panel has seen better days, with the handle discolored and beginning to tear. Carpet is in decent condition with matching embroidered floor mats. Engine bay is somewhat clean, but most of it appears to have been rattle-canned black. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,550. The first year for standard front disc brakes and sequential turn signals. The 1965 T-bird came with either the base 390 V8 pushing out 300 hp, or the optional 428 that would give you 345 ponies, all backed by a Cruise Drive automatic. This T-bird was nice enough to exceed price-guide value by a couple thousand dollars, which still seemed like a ton of car for the money. TOP 10 No. 8 #S111-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S117567. Silver pearl/black vinyl, silver hard top/black leather. Odo: 29,237 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Side exhaust, F41 suspension, teakwood steering wheel, leather interior, and both tops. Recipient of a body-off rotisserie restoration. Paint done to a high standard, with good attention to prep and execution. Faint ring on the rear deck from the hard top. Chrome presents well, obviously replated. Stainless has been well polished. Glass is clear, weatherstrip recent. Engine bay 90 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO is lovely, with a mirror finish on chromed parts. Black leather interior shows no real wear. Gauges are crystal clear. Beautiful example of a solid resto. Cond: 2+. a decent uptick in values over the past decade, while the polyurethane cars have languished. Particularly desirable are the big-block variants. With a/c, book value for this coupe was right at $41k. Someone looked to snag this LS5 out the door for small-block money, as it seemingly sold at $25k, but was listed as not sold at that high bid in the sales results. #S171-1970 MERCURY COUGAR XR- SOLD AT $181,500. Clearly, great pains had been taken restoring this low-mile Corvette. Complemented with popular options, and the final production year of the second generation. ‘67s are considered to be the most desirable of the mid-year ‘Vettes, as they had a cleaner appearance. The mid-years have softened price-wise, and the high bid here was well above market. The owner possibly had more invested in the restoration, but they still took that high bid. #S252-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194370S407097. Monza Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 8,315 miles. 454-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint done to a betterthan-decent standard, and is holding up well. A few nicks around the car have been touched up. Chrome bumpers likely replated. Stainless could benefit from light polishing. Engine bay is correct, with some light marks showing on chrome dress-up bits. Black vinyl interior shows light creasing, but is fade free. Cond: 2-. 7 convertible. S/N 0F94M538480. Competition Orange/black vinyl/Saddle leather. Odo: 9,313 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint in Competition Orange is shiny, but shows orange peel and some small inclusions. Buffer swirl is abundant. Bumpers have begun showing patina and light pitting. Stainless could stand to be polished. Tan leather interior is likely original, and the driver’s side seat shows age and wear. Door sills are dull, neglected. Convertible top in the down position, precluding any assessment. Probably fun to drive, but due for some TLC. Cond: 3. ownership in a private collection. Repaint in Aspen Green Metallic paint is glossy, but some tiny inclusions can be seen. Engine bay is quite clean. Interior is minty, with new door panels and re-covered seats. Carpet may also be recent. Power everything throughout. Dash looks as new as the rest. Odometer shows only 33k miles, believed to be original. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. A more upscale Mustang, the Mercury Cougar gave buyers the sporty feel of Ford’s Pony car, combined with hidden headlights, more-refined looks, and what was touted as a more European appearance. The XR-7 was the luxury variant, complete with competition-style gauges, woodgrain dash and leather seating surfaces. Only 1,977 convertible XR-7s left the factory in 1970, making this a fairly rare car. Although overall condition held it back, the top bid offered was only half of price-guide median value. #F67-1973 OLDSMOBILE TORO- NOT SOLD AT $25,000. The chrome-bumper years of third-generation Corvettes have seen NADO 2-dr hard top. S/N 3Y57W3M710939. Aspen Green Metallic/black vinyl/black cloth. Odo: 33,608 miles. Very nice condition on a car that is more often seen clapped out than loved. Claimed to be from long-term SOLD AT $11,500. Previously seen at Branson’s Fall 2019 sale, where it sold for $8,360 (SCM# 6918930), and prior to that at Mecum’s 2013 Indy sale, when it went away for $9,500 (SCM# 6737541). A massive personal luxury barge, the Olds Toronado boasted flat floors courtesy of its front-wheel-drive platform. It was packed with power options, huge proportions that could easily accommodate six adults, a cavernous trunk, and a rolling acre of hood. This one was in better shape than any I have seen in years. Though the winning bid was spot-on, it seemed like lots of car for little cash. Still well bought this time around, if not as well as back in October. #F106.1-1976 CADILLAC DEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 6D47S6Q305106. Firethorn Metallic/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 1,471 miles. 500-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. A true time capsule that never accumulated enough miles to reach its first oil change. Nearly new in every way. Original window sticker still in back window. Paint still shiny and bright. There are a couple of small discolored spots on the hood, but only visible upon close inspection. All chrome and brightwork looks as it should. Chrome wire wheel covers that tended to rust immediately are as-new. Vinyl roof has a factory sunroof (also vinyl covered). Leather interior shows only some light creasing. Carpet is as-new. Still has a Cadillac delivery 8-track in the stereo. Engine bay has the tiniest bit of dust but is otherwise correct. 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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO above market value, but it absolutely deserved it. #T151-1986 CHRYSLER LEBARON Mark Cross convertible. S/N 1C3BC55E0GG156045. Chrysler Light Ivory Cream/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 62,044 miles. Original paint, interior and convertible top. Originally a California car. R134A conversion to a/c. Paint is in good condition, with some towel swirl present. Wire wheels covers are shiny, rust-free. Driver’s side seat bolster shows wear, mostly on the piping. The Mark Cross Edition boasted a full array of power accessories including steering, brakes, locks, windows, seats and top as well as tilt and cruise. Seller says the right rear window will not operate. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,150. A post-malaise-era offering, this luxury variant of the Chrysler K-car was propelled by a turbocharged 2.2-L 4-banger throwing down a paltry 146 hp. 1986 saw a facelift for the LeBaron, with a slightly more rounded front and in this value range, it may well take a different venue and time to realize this GT’s full potential. TOP 10 No. 5 BEST BUY #S95.1-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S35Y400838. Mark II Black Clearcoat/black leather. MHD. Odo: 15,122 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. All four available options. Quite clean with a bit of towel swirl in the glossy Mark II Black finish. Some bug and rock marks on the nose. Light haze beginning on the headlight covers. Engine compartment is clean. Glass shows signs of light use. Wheels are damage-free. Driver’s side seat bolster shows some creasing from ingress/egress. Cond: 2-. but that is likely due to having been used. That said, the new owner can drive this one without guilt, which makes this a solid bargain. #S83-2018 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT Demon 2-dr hard top. S/N 2C3CZDH97JH100543. Pitch Black Clearcoat/black leather. Odo: 800 miles. 6.2-L supercharged V8, auto. Glossy paint shows no nicks, bug splats, or any indication of use. Engine bay is fresh, perfect. Interior is similarly new. Essentially as it would have been on a showroom floor, less plastic wrap. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,500. The most glorious of the three Ford GTs on offer at this sale. It was not the prettiest, most exclusive, or lowest-mile example, but that’s what made it so great. It had been driven and enjoyed, as cars of this ilk should. With 15k miles on the clock, this is the second-highest-mileage example I’ve encountered. It sold below book value of $302k, rear to improve aerodynamics. Digital dashboards in these tend to lose pixels or blink out altogether, and are costly to repair. This one was in far better shape than most, which are usually pretty hammered. For the cost of a miled-out Camry, someone took home a cute little ragtop with lots of creature comforts. #S95-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S75Y400289. Centennial White Clearcoat/ black leather. Odo: 2,927 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. All four factory options (McIntosh sound system, BBS wheels, painted stripes and painted calipers) present. A few minor marks from very light use, with water spots and a small mark forward of the passenger’s side headlight. No clear bra. Paint is shiny, glossy. Glass is as-new, as well as the weatherstrip. Interior shows only light creasing on the driver’s outside bolster. Wheels are rash-free. Engine bay is tidy. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. These, along with 2005–06 Ford GTs, seem to have been at every major American auction this year. They were snatched up by collectors and others hoping to make a buck on their rarity, and for some time that was the case. It seems some of the novelty has worn off with time. Top money offered on this was well south of book value of $136k. The seller surely had far more than that in the car, and had little choice but to try again elsewhere. © NOT SOLD AT $260,000. It’s little wonder this one failed to change hands, as the top bid landed well below market value. Kansas City has, at times, been a difficult market for cars well over the $100k mark. With sales lagging March 2020 93


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. RAF Museum Sale 2019 Bellwether price in a pre-election, pre-Brexit Britain for a ’26 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Red Label tourer at $373k Company Bonhams Date November 21, 2019 Location Hendon, U.K. Auctioneer Sholto Gilbertson Automotive lots sold/offered 41/75 Sales rate 55% Sales total $2,513,897 High sale 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model Red Label tourer, sold at $372,734 Buyer’s premium A Factory-supplied Super Sport — 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Red Label Speed Model tourer, sold at $372,734 15% on the first $648,233, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.77) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics apart from the relocation of the P-51D Mustang fighter in front of the B-17 Flying Fortress, and a Ju 86 newcomer, but this was the opportunity to bring the auctioneers’ rostrum out of the back room and into the main display area, besi helicopters. That kept up the interest while Sholto Gilbe B worked his way through a catalog of more-afford cars than at Bonhams’ premium season-ender a Mayfair HQ two weeks later, where the results were a mildly depressing 43%. Pre-war Rolls-Royces were again imaginatively displayed under the Merlins of the Lancaster, and the best of the E-types — a restored Series I½ convertible — was parked in front of the Hawker Tempest, its mildly insane Napier Sabre engine displayed alongside. Requirement: a reliable 3,500 hp. So let’s layer two flat-12s one on top of the other, gear the cranks together and complicate it with sleeve valves…. That’s the attraction of Hendon: a marvelous walk through the history of military aviation, though one gets distracted by the hardware, some of it wild and wacky. 94 onhams returned to Hendon after a brea of four years following refurbishme works at the RAF Museum — although l tle has changed within the main buildin slightly chilling to stare up into the massive open bomb bay of a ar Avro Vulcan and ponder how much instant sunshine it could have Hendon, U.K. on a bad day, or marvel at the loonies who strapped themselves into lish Electric Lightning, essentially engines bolted to a chassis (as the L.J.K. Setright once observed of the AC Cobra). The Phantom F4 still prises with its sheer size, and a Messerschmitt Bf 109 has joined the itfires and Hurricanes it fought against in World War II. You have to search around the aircraft to find all the cars. Oh yes, the cars (and five tractors)…. Air-cooled 911s have dipped back under £30k ($40k), with a nicely kept ex-U.S. 1975 2.7S at $35,782. The Dino was cheap at $258k, and the star lot, a Bentley 3 Litre in storage for almost 60 years, sold for $373k (see English Profile, February 2020, p. 76). Bonhams is so far not listing Hendon among its 2020 fixtures; nor Olympia in West London, which it has used for the past three years as its season-ender. The lower/budget end of the market was taken over by its new MPH offshoot, with four dates planned at Bicester Heritage, a former RAF bomber base. I’ve always tried to cram serendipity into a story, and perhaps now is the opportunity. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 Sports Car Market NO SALE NO SALE NO SALE


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. ENGLISH #267-1922 MORRIS OXFORD 11.9-hp light tourer. S/N 12636. Blue/black vinyl/ gray leather. RHD. Odo: 2,949 miles. Britain’s equivalent of the Ford T, using bought-in engines (White & Poppe, then Continental, and finally Hotchkiss from 1919; this is the smaller of two versions available). Nice order, good brass. Dynastart noted to need rewiring. Rear brakes only on this one. Cond: 3+. the estimate range, but this is as nice a 20/25 as you’ll find. An identical 1934 car in a less flattering cream color (chassis GXB15) was asking £7k ($9k) more on the retail market, suggesting the price paid here is about right. TOP 10 No. 6 #244-1934 BENTLEY 3½ LITRE open tourer. S/N B125BL. Black/red leather. RHD. Splendidly original old “Rolls-Bentley.” Originally red, now extremely patinated and verging on tatty, having been laid up for almost 60 years. But it’s all there, fairly straight and the leather might be savable, although seats will need rebuilding. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,764. In the long-term ownership of Brian Moore, who restored it in 1970; it traveled with the Moore family to Australia, Canada (Expo in 1967) and South Africa, but last used in 2004. Very well sold. #264-1930 LAGONDA 2 LITRE low- chassis tourer. S/N OH9479. Black/red leather. RHD. Rebuilt early 2000s with new body (frame and fabric) and interior trim. Still tidy with leather just settling in nicely. Arrow connecting rods and unspecified “special pistons.” Twin Zenith carbs instead of single SU, modern clutch. New wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,655. Bought from Bonhams’ Harrogate sale in 2007 for $14,214 (SCM# 1571855), having been off the road with a broken crank since the ’70s, rebuilt with new parts in 2000 and then not used since 2004. In relative terms today, with engine rebuild taken into account, a bargain. SOLD AT $207,240. Originally supplied in the U.K. and in the U.S. by 1960. Last U.K. tax disc expired at the end of 1956. From a small collection found near Bursville, OH, and entered by a Bentley enthusiast, which included the 3 Litre (Lot 243, profiled last month) and the Rolls-Royce 20HP (Lot 245). This sold for more than a nice, usable 3½ usually costs; put that down to the most marketable body—and the originality. #234-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP SOLD AT $76,783. Raced in VSCC events in the 2000s, driven to the circuits and back. Although estimated slightly higher in this case, these have been £60k (around $80k) for as long as I can remember and are holding up well in a tough market, being much less money than a Bentley 3 Litre. Correctly sold. TOP 10 No. 9 #216-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP Owen Sedanca drophead coupe. S/N GEX38. Black/tan leather. RHD. Very elegant on R-R’s smallest chassis of the time, this one with a slightly longer nose than usual. Paint and top redone. Superb plating. Aluminum Easiclean wheel discs undinged, leather only lightly creased, motor clean and tidy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $178,912. In California for several decades. Sold near the high end of 96 Sedanca coupe. S/N GYD55. Silver/red leather. RHD. Very sharp, just out of restoration. Excellent paint and plating, redone timber, restored instruments, new leather except for original and now well patinated bases that have been kept. Wire wheels behind Easiclean discs. Discreet flashing indicators. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $129,711. In this family ownership since 1955, but owned by senior RAF types all its life (rear of body was later converted so passengers could stand on the trunk to watch horse racing, which sounds rather exhibitionistic even for upper middle-class Brits). Well bought considering there’s another car identically bodied by Carlton, (admittedly in better cosmetic order) in the trade asking £155k ($204k), although that’s a 3½. Sports Car Market #229-1939 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE all- weather cabriolet. S/N B80MR. Green/gray canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 75,520 miles. M-series overdrive “silent sports car” with Windovers “all-weather” body, like a sensible pair of shoes. Sound underneath but cosmetically well-worn, with old paint a little chipped at panel edges. Very baggy leather. Dash timber fading. Top replaced earlier and now a mere 50 years old. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $127,054. Sold post-auction for an all-in price £2k ($2.5k) behind the low estimate...so basically 20% less than expected/ hoped for, which wasn’t unusual in Europe in the back half of 2019. Had it made what was wanted, it would have just about covered the £119k ($156k) restoration bill. #204-1935 RILEY KESTREL 9-hp sedan. S/N 6027175. Green & black/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 2,627 miles. Really appealing small aeroback sedan, and good to drive. Body restored in the 1970s, holding up well with slightly cracking paint and now with a nice used patina to interior leather; good timber dash. Motor rebuilt with a new block by a Riley specialist 200 miles ago; bills for £20k ($26k). Cond: 3+. BEST BUY


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. #202-1949 ALVIS TA 14 project sedan. S/N 23009. Maroon/tan leather. RHD. Much better than it looks. Body is straight and not rotten, and it appears to be mostly all there, including seat leather that’s eminently savable, plus all instruments. Various small trim items and engine ancillaries not fitted, but they may be stashed inside. Bought as a restoration project at Brooks’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction in June 1995 (Lot 466)...and nothing’s progressed since, except the gathering of more dust and engine is now seized. Cond: 3-. to an R-R-branded item. Couple of small dings and bubbles on trunk lid, but okay around rear window. If mileage is genuine, leather could be original; dash timber okay, although carbuncled by a modern stereo. Carpets newer. Motor now unleaded-tolerant. Cond: 3+. money that would just about get you one of its steel Vignale-bodied replacements. #206-1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I SOLD AT $745. Offered at no reserve and sold incredibly cheap: about a tenth of what was predicted and far less than the sum of its parts. As they say, potentially a “rewarding” project. No, really.... #231-1952 MG TD Midget roadster. S/N TS13030. Sun Bronze/red leather. RHD. Odo: 97,506 miles. Older restoration; straight body finished in a rather warmer hue than original silver, with beauty rings on red metallic-finished wheels. Extra lights and mirrors—whole effect is rather garish. Leather still decent, dash and instruments good. Motor slightly hopped up from standard 54 hp, wears chrome air filters. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,382. In the U.S. 1976–90. Though this isn’t far north of the danger area for Clouds and S-types—below which you should never tread unless you seriously know what you’re doing—it’s a fair price for condition, slightly below lower estimate, although probably destined never to be made truly lovely again. The irony is that as a Bentley it would probably be worth more, given the relative production numbers; more than twice as many Royces were built and there are plenty of tired Clouds out there. #201-1962 MGA Mk II roadster. S/N GHNL2101957. Light blue/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 33,326 miles. Fair order, though has been stored long-term and will need “recommissioning.” Body mostly okay, with decent paint and chrome, but engine bay tatty and surface-corroded. Dash and instruments good, seat leather is dried out and cracked. Retains remote-controlled cold-climate radiator muff. No documents. Cond: 3+. 4.2 2+2 coupe. S/N 1E50536. Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 21,305 miles. Older (1990s) restoration of the “ugly one” (nine inches longer in wheelbase than roadster and coupe, steeper windshield and rather bulbous roof, in order to fit in rear seats for small people), originally Opalescent Silver Blue with dark blue interior. Paint and chrome still presentable. Leather little worn, helps confirm claim of little use in recent years. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $56,656. From a deceased estate. Fetched more than expected (estimate £20k– £30k/$26k–$39k), but E-types, even the slightly awkward-looking 2+2s, are weathering the current market depression better than most. Quite well sold, though, and I wouldn’t like to try it at anymore at retail. #253-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I½ SOLD AT $32,801. Ran in the 1952 RAC International Rally of Great Britain, where it finished 22nd out of 74 in the Class One Open category. Sold to the founder of the MG Octagon Car Club in 1969. Sold here for mid-TD money, which is nice for the buyer, as the reg number is worth something and was included. #211-1956 BENTLEY S1 saloon. S/N B55CM. Metallic blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 38,024 miles. Fair driver-quality large sedan, repainted in a rather un-Crewe-like color presumably during late-’90s restoration, though it’s suffered the fate of many an S-type and been rebranded into a Rolls-Royce with Cloud radiator shell, which sits a bit proud of the Bentley bonnet. Speedo has been changed 98 SOLD AT $16,400. Delivered new to Sweden. Sold mid-estimate, where expected but, er, “great potential” and all.... #263-1964 JENSEN C-V8 Mk II coupe. S/N 1042197. Green/beige leather. RHD. Driver-quality Anglo-American V8 coupe. Serviceable paint and chrome, though rear bumper slightly on the tilt. Fiberglass all good: it’s Corvette C2-thick on these. Body/window seals getting a bit tired. Prop shaft fixings noted to need tightening and fuel gauge is faulty. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $50,692. In this ownership since 2004. Quite well sold at 4.2 open two-seater. S/N 1E1915. Blue/blue cloth/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 59,298 miles. U.K.-market RHD Series I½, still with toggle rather than rocker-switch dash. Older restoration in original colors, last repainted/ retrimmed in 2016, with new top. Brightwork all redone or good originals. New-looking stainless exhaust. Trunk lid wouldn’t latch when I tried it, but someone else managed later—must be all in the wrist action. Sits right on period-style Dunlop Aquajets, although a little high at the tail/low at the front (think people have worked out they handle a bit better that way). Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. SOLD AT $125,239. Nicely displayed in front of a Hawker Tempest at the RAF Museum, which must have stirred a few heartstrings: Its mad 37-liter sleeve-valve H24 Napier Sabre is displayed nearby. Good money for an SI½, though this one is more SI than SII, and it does have rather a lot of recent expenditure behind it. With apparently no needs, go and enjoy! #236-1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 coupe. S/N 1E21548. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 39,031 miles. Home-restored car (between 2004 and 2011) with a bit of character—uneven panel gaps and slightly wavy sills. Spotweld dimples in rear pan filled over. May well have been retrofitted to earlier SI look as by 1967 headlights were open. Leather okay. Sits right on period Dunlop Aquajets. Cond: 3+. thing, if you need this sort of thing. You can buy an old Dennis fire engine for $4k, though. #218-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II 4.2 open two-seater. S/N 1R11311. Metallic red/black canvas/white leather. RHD. Odo: 69,911 miles. Recent and rather hurried-looking repaint (originally silver-gray) has included the front subframe...which included painting over all the nuts, bolt heads and exposed threads. Retrim is older (originally black) and has been painted (okay, re-Connollized) too. A metallic red E-type with white leather isn’t as ghastly as it sounds—though it is quite dark in the RAF museum. Federal spec, so two Strombergs rather than triple SUs. Cond: 3+. #262-1974 CITROËN GS Birotor sedan. S/N N/A. Gold/beige cloth. Odo: 26,000 miles. Prototype rotary, using Comotor (joint NSU/Citroën project) Wankel and cross-pollinated with a lot of CX bits including 3-speed semi-automatic C-Matic box. No chassis number quoted. The nicest one I’ve seen, in original colors and still with original lube stickers in rear window. Interiors don’t last well; not too bad in this case except for seats slightly baggy, but the vendor has offered to reupholster them in the original material as part of the deal. Dash plastics perfect. French registered, and with a French Controle Technique roadworthiness certificate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $57,260. Offered but not sold at Bonhams’ 2019 Goodwood Revival sale (where I must have completely missed it). This time sold well under estimate but fair for a driver, not far behind the federal-spec SII roadster (Lot 218) and only £466 ($605) ahead of the other SI coupe, which was a 2+2 (Lot 206). #214-1969 DENNIS D-TYPE car trans- porter. S/N 11204231. White/black vinyl. RHD. Former fire engine converted to car transporter. Functional condition all around, with Bostrom air seats, 4.2 Jaguar power. Appropriate registration XKK 54. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $61,508. Arrived back in the U.K. in 2018. People get sniffy about the Strombergs, but these still go all right—and nobody drives old cars fast these days anyway. Didn’t reach quite what the vendor had been hoping for, but they were realistic enough to let it go for a sensible offer. And probably quite relieved to be shot of it. FRENCH #274-1910 RENAULT TYPE AX 8-hp tourer. S/N AX24695. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. U.K.-supplied car with a nice patina. Older cracked paint, excellent brass including Ducellier headlights and carriage lamps. Worn and shiny seat leather, with newer bases. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $35,977. Two owners from new. Fewer than 1,000 were made and all were meant to have been destroyed after field trials but a few escaped. This was first owned by a French Citroën dealer who kept it on display in his showroom, and when he died it passed to a friend’s private collection. Had been for sale for a while at Le Riche in Jersey. Sold for the price of a nice DS or exceptional CX but is so much rarer. GERMAN #219-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300B cabriolet. S/N 1860143501890. Black/black cloth/red leather. RHD. 300b cab, said to be one of only seven Mercedes-Benz sold in right-hand drive during 1953–54. Magnificently (and massively) restored. Paint is deep and shiny, although there are marks under the chrome on the rear bumper and number-plate plinth, and taillights are slightly on the slant. Leather, carpets and timber still as-new. Motor looks perfect, with period-style black battery. Only a few braided hoses look non-factory. Suspension appears to have settled and leveled up since last time we saw it. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,801. Originally supplied in New South Wales, Australia, decommissioned in 1999 and converted; came to the U.K. in 2003 to carry an ex-Mike Hawthorn Jaguar D-type. Offered but not sold at Goodwood in the summer against a £35k–£40k ($45k–$52k) estimate, having been a promotional platform for Goodwood Road Racing Club, but this time Bonhams got it away for the right sort of money, having dropped the estimate (and presumably the reserve) to £20k–£30k ($26k– $39k). No intrinsic historical value but just the 100 SOLD AT $59,637. Once in the hands of Veteran Car Club character Louis Holland, bought by his friend Michael Banfield at a Brooks auction in 2000; seller bought it from the Bonhams Banfield Collection dispersal sale in Kent in 2014 for $56,080 (SCM# 6710224). Not a London-Brighton Run eligible car, but well sold for about the price of one. NOT SOLD AT $194,470. Delivered new to London. Offered but not sold by Silverstone at Salon Privé 2017, then not sold at Bonhams’ 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed sale (SCM# Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. 6877064). Offered at RM Sotheby’s Battersea September 2018 at no reserve with 18,422 miles and appeared sold at half the top estimate of £180k ($231k). Originally the quoted sold price with premium was £92k ($117,950); later amended to “sold after auction” (SCM# 6877774). At Silverstone in July apparently bid up to £170k ($211k); not sold on the day, against a £200k ($249k) lower estimate, near where usually lurks the reserve, but later declared sold again at an unspecified price. Here not sold against a £170k–£200k estimate. According to the dealer who has it now, it has never actually sold at auction (owner buyback), and is available for £195k/$256k, though Mercedes World values it at £450k ($590k). It’s a niche market.... #275-1960 PORSCHE TYPE 218 stan- dard tractor. S/N 3158. Red/yellow. Good, just out of restoration (in Slovakia), very sharp all around with excellent dash and instruments. Not sure if chrome side strakes are missing or never fitted. New tires. Only 15½ hours showing on motormeter; could be since resto. Three-point linkage is a factory option. Discreet flashing indicators fitted. Not registered but NOVA (Notification of Vehicle Arrivals) paperwork done. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,600. This is probably a U model, as it has an extra PTO shaft at the rear (“base” model is H, although, confusingly, there’s a simplified V model with 5-speed gearbox and lacking the hydraulic drive coupling). Fetched a little more than the equivalent Lamborghinetta, though interest in these classic small tractors is still growing. #217-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 11304222015736. White/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 24,878 miles. You’re most likely to find a manual box in a Pagoda in a 230, but this is an auto, with power-assisted steering and factory third-seat option (facing sideways in rear), plus leather rather than MB-Tex, which is now slightly baggy and wearing at edge beadings. Restored 2012, although fairly inevitably that means the little inner-headlight swages have been obliterated. Chrome all good. Dash-top timber okay. With hard top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,782. Air-cooled 911 prices finally dip back below £30k ($39k). A slightly forgotten model in recent years (okay, it has the unloved CIS injection, but it works), making this a nice little sleeper. If no major issues, well bought. #273-1979 PORSCHE 911SC 3.0 coupe. SOLD AT $89,456. Slightly unusual for a U.K.-market car, but you buy a W113 on condition, not spec. Sold quite well, just into the estimate range...but it’s not a late 280 in silver with Mexican-hat alloys. (See profile, p. 64.) BEST BUY #215-1975 PORSCHE 911S 2.7 coupe. S/N 9115201218. Sahara Beige/black vinyl & velour. Clean, S/N 9119302484. Red/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 86,500 miles. Slightly unfashionable for a time, hence many being backdated in recent years, but here’s a nicely kept U.K.-market G-series. Looks restored but it isn’t, and paint is remarkably good for age. Mostly in heated storage from 1990, full service history before that, and recommissioned five years ago. Cond: 3+. claimed unrestored. De-federalized in the lights department, so we hope the motor is too, now with hydraulic tensioners. Still wears U.S. rear bumper blocks, though. Interior original and fairly good, only door trim getting a bit tired. Supplied new in Texas, to the Netherlands in 1998, and to the U.K. in 2016. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,746. From a deceased estate. This is the cheapest that air-cooled 911s have been for a while, but I’d call that a fair price and encouraging for buyers like me who always wanted a “proper” 911 but could never quite afford it. ITALIAN #258-1963 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TI Series I sedan. S/N AR420971. Gray/gray cloth. Early car with drum brakes and bench front seat with column change. Very good, restored with shiny paint (apparently €33k spent at an unspecified time) but interior is nicely original; seat cloth only slightly baggy rather than heavily worn. With original books and tools. Still wears Turin plates. Cond: 3+. 102 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. SOLD AT $26,091. Offered but not sold at Bonhams’ February 2017 Grand Palais, Paris, auction. Previously also went through a Coys auction at Fontwell House July 2018. Here sold a little behind the £22k ($28k) lower estimate, which doesn’t even cover the resto costs. It’s a buyer’s market right now.... #209-1972 MASERATI INDY America 4.2 coupe. S/N AM11611646. Metallic blue/ Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 18,567 miles. Very original, older repaint though appears solid underneath. Leather mostly okay, lightly creased and one small tear on driver’s seat base. One owner from new; mileage could be genuine. “Requires recommissioning,” so the water pump and tires, at least. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,946. Owner was a Citroën dealer and, when the French firm got into bed with Maserati, he bought this Indy as a 40th birthday present to himself but recently stopped driving in his 80s. Sold fair for likely work needed. #242-1973 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 06250. Silver/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 38,695 miles. U.K.-market car with older (2008) restoration in original Dino Blu, then repainted again in Grigio Titanium and Campagnolo-style wheels fitted in past five years. Panels gaps okay, boot lid lines up fairly well and bumpers are straight...yet this one for some reason didn’t set my trousers alight. Leather retrim lightly creased, newish carpets, with books and tools. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $253,459. Offered at no reserve and needed to be to see what the market decided a non-original Dino just above driver quality was worth in November. Looks cheap, but that was the state of play in England towards the end of 2019. At least it sold, unlike a TOP 10 No. 4 South African-restored “chairs and flares” car, s/n 07702, two weeks later at New Bond Street. © Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com ™ March 2020 103


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA Palm Springs Auction Number 67 One of the better deals was an award-winning $65k 1969 Jaguar E-type convertible Company McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction Date November 22–24, 2019 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneers Frank Bizzarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Gary Dahler Automotive lots sold/offered 327/517 Sales rate 63% Sales total $5,737,409 High sale 1965 Shelby Cobra Well sorted and ready for additional miles to be added — 1969 Jaguar E-type Series II 4.2 open two-seater, sold at $65,190 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics F or over 30 years running, Keith McCormick and family have conducted their semi-annual collector-car auction in the Palm Springs desert. Their sweet spot is the mid-market, and their successful formula has varied little for 67 auctions. They did, however, raise their fees to 6% — the first change since their inception — which is still a bargain compared to the double-digit commission rate of most other auction companies. It’s no secret that the collector-car market is in a stat of flux. Their sell-through rate remained at a respectabl 63%. For the cars that didn’t sell, it seemed that many of the consignors still had their heads in yesterday’s price guides as they walked away from market-correct offers. fered covered the waterfront — from a low of $1,060 for a 1981 Palm Springs, CA rado Biarritz to a high of $153,700 for a 1966 Shelby Cobra ntinuation car and most everything in between. The Eldorado course, there was no guarantee for how long; however, it was price paid for the parts alone. The Shelby was for all intents urposes a replica, but it was built in the late 1990s at Shelby American. Several exciting offerings failed to sell. A 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC roadster, which was once owned by “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek, reached $100,000, but the seller was rightfully looking for a bit more. It received a frame-off restoration in 1999 and still sparkles. A very well-restored 1964 VW Samba 21-window bus was bid to $110,000 to no avail. A few of these sold for silly money a few years back, and everyone has been trying to ride the rainbow ever since. A favorite of mine was the 1949 Cadillac 62 Series convertible that was finished in an attractive shade of yellow. It received a respray in 2008 and there was little to fault. It realized a market-correct $64,395. The McCormick’s auctions are always fun, 1974 Porsche 914 1.8 convertible, sold at $21,730 104 entertaining and straightforward. The 68th sale is scheduled for February 21–23, 2020, and the cars will be interesting, along with the inviting mid-winter Palm Springs weather. Who knows, you may find something you just have to have. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $7m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 continuation roadster, sold at $153,700 Buyer’s premium 6%, included in sold prices Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA ENGLISH #230-1948 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH Hooper limousine. S/N WCB54. Two-tone blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 1,491 miles. The first post-war Rolls-Royce. Righthand versions had floor shift while left-hand had column shift. Fitted with sunroof and fog lights. Leather seating in good order, but lots of needs elsewhere. Paint chipped and scratched and window rubber badly worn. Rear wood worn and damaged. Panel fit off on doors. Between 1946 and 1959, Rolls rolled out 1,883 Silver Wraiths. Cond: 3+. whitewalls, but otherwise a solid example. Numerous awards and offered with JHC. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $65,190. An excellent driver at a fair price. Seller was looking for at least $60k and received a touch more. Consignor drove the car everywhere, so should be sorted out and ready for new owner to put some additional miles on the clock. Well bought. #270-2012 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL NOT SOLD AT $100,000. A desirable car that had been properly restored and maintained. Final price bid wasn’t enough, and can’t fault the seller for taking it home. Another $10k–$15k should have gotten the job done. #248-1968 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II SOLD AT $24,645. Price paid was all the money considering the long list of needs. Restore this and you are upside-down in a quick hurry. Only reasonable alternative is to get it in good running order to use and enjoy. You just might get most of your money back...or not. #419-1955 MG TF roadster. S/N HDE437418. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 2,582 miles. The last year for the little TF, with a total of 9,600 produced during the production run. This one needs a bit of love as the top is dirty and the carpets are worn. Paint has a few issues. Cost less than $2,000 when new, but wires were an extra $135. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. This was a respectable example. The 2+2, however, is not high on the list of E-type configurations, and—at the price bid—this one should have gone down the line. Don’t know what the seller was looking for, but I think he needs to lower his sights. #259-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II SOLD AT $19,080. These are cute as heck and a hoot to drive. Price seems a bit heavy considering the list of needs. If new owner can spiff it up a bit, he should be all right on the dollars and can spend hours of pleasurable driving for not a lot of money. #447-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 MC road- ster. S/N 811364. White/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 74,128 miles. This XK 140 was first owned by Alex Trebek from the “Jeopardy” TV show prior to his reaching the big time. It was ordered with the MC performance head, which added 20 horsepower at an upcharge of $310. Received a ground-up restoration in 1991, with little to fault today. Paint in good order, with a minor blemish on the bonnet. Attractive red leather seating, and engine bay clean and tidy. Not so sure about the 106 4.2 open two-seater. S/N 1R7468. Opalescent Blue/black canvas/blue leather. Odo: 8,728 miles. One owner since 1970. Engine rebuilt in 1989 and complete restoration shortly thereafter. Two-time national Jaguar Club winner: 1998 and 2004 in class D3—Driven. Numerous other concours awards. Five-speed transmission added. Large touch-up on left front fender. A well-maintained, quality driver. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,960. Seems like a bunch of money for a tired Karmann Ghia. They seem harder to find of late, so perhaps the buyer just had to have one. A little effort and this can be upgraded a bit, so it just may work out. Good luck. #457-1964 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER 21-window Samba microbus. S/N 1194368. Pearl White & Sealing Wax Red/tan buckets. Odo: 67,770 miles. A well-restored Sports Car Market 4.2 2+2 coupe. S/N 1E34654. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 84,246 miles. Trim was pitted here and there and the knockoff wheels had been whacked a few times too hard. Paint was attractive, with a few minor touch-ups. Interior in good order, with minor signs of wear. Back seat with room for young child or a small dog. Cond: 2-. GTC convertible. S/N SCBGR3ZA3CC076139. Black/black leather. Odo: 34,992 miles. Powered by twin-turbo W12 that is capable of rocketing this behemoth 0–60 in 4.4 seconds. Also requires 37-foot turning radius, so plan ahead. Luxury interior with all the creature comforts. Exterior has been well maintained, although there is a nick in one of the expensive wheels. Cost $231k when new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $86,920. If a Bentley Continental GTC is on your list, then this was the one. Apparently well maintained, although records, oddly, were not offered, and with low miles. All the power you might want with exceptional styling. Let the first buyer take the hit. Well bought. GERMAN #284-1964 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA convertible. S/N 5998899. Robin’s Egg Blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 37,335 miles. A very original Karmann Ghia with low miles stated to be actual. Paint dull and faded with numerous chips and scratches. Taillight lens broken. 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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA 21-window Samba. Attractive livery that has no issues to note. Last year for “ice-pick” door handles. Has sunroof and luggage rack. Interior crisp and sharp. A likable presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $21,730. Wow, seller rang the bell here, as the SCM Pocket Price Guide has the median value at $13,500 for the 1.8. This finished closer to the more desirable 2.0 at the final price bid here. A couple of bidders must have had strong memories here to bring this kind of money. Very well sold. ITALIAN #30-1985 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Graduate convertible. S/N ZARBA5408F1020737. Red/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 31,107 miles. A two-owner example in respectable condition with minor paint issues. Interior with no glaring issues. One of 4,500 Alfas sold in U.S. that year. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Third time at auction in the second half of 2019. Previously seen at Mecum’s August 2019 Monterey sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $130,000 (SCM# 6909572). After that it was an $80k no-sale at Mecum’s Las Vegas auction in October (SCM# 6918749). A few months later that Monterey bid looks pretty good, as there is no place to go except down when a vehicle gets shop worn. A few years ago, a few of these pushed $200k, but that was yesterday. Tough to look backwards. #431-1966 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER custom microbus. S/N 246087 869. Blue & white/tan leather. Odo: 7 miles. An electric-powered VW bus has been shortened to 10 feet. Powered by a Nissan Leaf’s motor and transmission. Can travel 75 miles on a charge and produces 120 horsepower. Claimed that it can beat a Mustang GT off the line. A well-done novelty VW that is cute as heck— sure to draw a crowd. A real hoot! Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,400. How do you price a oneoff novelty vehicle such as this? Guess it is whatever the market will bear and call it good. Hope all are happy here. #373-1974 PORSCHE 914 1.8 convert- ible. S/N 4742912243. Signal Orange/black fiberglass/black vinyl. Odo: 87,402 miles. Has the smaller, 1.8-L 4-cylinder motor, where the 2.0 produced an additional 18 horsepower. About 17k were produced and were sold in Europe as Volkswagens. Seemingly well maintained and received a respray in the notso-distant past. Interior with mild wear. Eyecatching Signal Orange livery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,985. Nearly 20 years after Dustin Hoffman drove an Alfa Romeo in “The Graduate,” they came out with a model by that name. It was a lower-price version of the Veloce. It was still rather expensively priced at $13,495. Not a lot of money for a cute little Alfa, but not a lot of car either. A good starter car that will be a lot of fun, and the money should still be there when it’s time to move on down the line. AMERICAN #271-1951 KAISER DELUXE sedan. S/N K512039517. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 78,854 miles. 226-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. First year for a redesign that did not change until Kaiser’s demise in 1955. The K512 Deluxe had chrome trim around the lower body. This example had decent paint and interior. The trim was scratched and pitted in places. An automotive orphan. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,840. Not a whole lot of money, but a rather limited market for a car few can love—well, maybe except for the Dragon, which this isn’t. The Dragon trim level could be identified by padded “Bambu” roof and special vinyl upholstery. Will get lots of attention with people asking what the heck it is. Fairly bought and sold. 108 Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA #257-1952 CHEVROLET STYLELINE 2-dr sedan. S/N KAA684103. Eng. # KAA684103. Light green/tan cloth. Odo: 55,702 miles. A true time capsule with only two owners. Complete with book full of receipts. Original paint is worn through in a couple areas. Interior redone in 1991. Has fender skirts and “egg beater” curb feelers. Has original jack and tool bag. No radio. Low mileage stated to be actual. Titled with engine number, which is why it’s listed as its VIN. Cond: 2-. 6908095). A few short months later and the seller was rewarded for his patience. If seller had replaced missing chrome piece, I think he might have done even better. As it sits, the price paid was a bit aggressive. #206-1954 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER Deluxe sedan. S/N 7274971. Light blue/blue cloth. Odo: 1,084 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Attributed to Howard Hughes, but with no accompanying documentation. The Deluxe was the top-of-the-line New Yorker and used the Hemi V8 with new 4-barrel. Paint well applied but a few scratches. Fitted clock but no radio. Tag on trunk from original Miami dealer. Air-conditioning and air-filtration system in trunk. Installed for Howard Hughes? Who knows, but a good story. Cond: 2+. on trunk. Plastic badges worn and cracked. Brightwork in good order, with minor pitting. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. A rather limited market for these big old boats. Production for the big Packard was 9,147 units. Fun tour car or for taking the gang to dinner, but, considering the condition, the price bid may have been all the money. Tough pill to swallow when the market goes away from you. #254-1955 DODGE CORONET custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 34961603. Black/black leather. Odo: 22,368 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Modified with Hemi motor, automatic transmission and a/c. Airbags on the corners along with disc brakes. Dark film on power windows and Cragar aftermarket mags. Equipped with power windows and seats too. No issue with exceptional paint, but doors locked, so no interior inspection. Stated to have impressive stereo. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $19,610. If original cars are up your alley, then this was the one for you. A true glimpse to the ’50s, as it looks like it just came out of the garage that had not been opened for years and was just cleaned up. All this at a price, however. #134-1953 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr hard top. S/N 536233088. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 18,440 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Has Continental Kit, radio, Autronic Eye and clock. Other gauges added. Paint with a few issues including touch-ups and scratches. Missing large section of chrome trim on right front fender. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,700. At least two bidders were convinced this was Howard Hughes’ car at one time and were willing to pay a premium. The new owner can tell the story, but I still think it needs some documentation to justify the price paid. Very well sold. #423-1955 PACKARD PATRICIAN se- dan. S/N 55825104. Tan/tan & gold fabric. Odo: 86,181 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. First year for the Packard V8, and the Patrician was the 4-door offering for the senior Packards. Decent respray with large scratch NOT SOLD AT $34,000. Don’t see how you expect to sell a car when you lock it up and leave until it crosses the block. Then the seller complains that he didn’t get his price. Even at an auction it takes a little effort to get the money. #255-1959 STUDEBAKER SILVER HAWK coupe. S/N 59V19205. White/black leather. Odo: 36,804 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 5-sp. Powered by Avanti R2 V8 with Paxton supercharger and T5 5-speed. A decent respray, but a few chips on hood and minor cracks. Acceptable panel fit and good window seals. Black bucket seating that is in good order. Equipped with a radio. One of 5,371 Silver Hawks produced in 1959. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,560. This was last seen at Mecum’s June 2019 sale in Portland, where it failed to sell when bid to $20,000 (SCM# SOLD AT $14,575. A reasonable price for an orphan that has a rather limited following. The Avanti R2 supercharger adds some interest and the new owner will have something to show off at the next local gathering. #240-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S120068. Riverside Red/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 67,554 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with optional L75 motor, which was only a $53 upcharge. Close to half the ’64 Corvettes were ordered with this option. Also 110 Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA with M20 4-speed manual. Knockoffs are knock-offs. Driver’s seat split at seam. Brightwork scratched, as is paint. Cond: 2-. and orange peel noted in a few areas. Seating cracked and worn. Both tops, although soft one was stored under the hard one. A solid driver. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,620. The Corvette market has been a little questionable of late, but solid examples still bring the money. The 427 is always desirable, but the question is, what was it born with? If all checks out, a solid buy, but if not, it’s a bit pricey. Pays to do your homework. price not close to the $33k median value stated in the price guide. Best for new owner to use, drive and enjoy. A wonderful ’60s ride. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. A decent driver that could use some work. Amount bid was a touch on the light side and was worth $5k–$8k more. Seller would be ahead of the game if they fixed the obvious before offering it again. #526-1965 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 494475H952674. Tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 54,514 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Last revision of original Riviera body and the most distinctive, with headlamps now behind the grille on the “LaSalle” fenders. Up to chance if they will open or not. Recent, quickie respray with neglected door jambs. New wood trim on console but not close to original. Equipped with a/c. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,140. Price paid was well off the mark and a relative bargain. Condition was a bit iffy, so “ 112 Price paid was well off the mark and a relative bargain. Best for new owner to use, drive and enjoy. A wonderful ’60s ride. 1965 Buick Riviera 2-door hard top ” SOLD AT $35,245. Price was a little on the strong side for a Mustang with the 200-horsepower motor. Will get thumbs-up, and it’s a fun top-down car, so any premium will soon be forgotten after first outing. #243-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 8T03S17958602763. Green metallic/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,633 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shelby production was now under Ford control and took place at the A.O. Smith Company. The GT500 was powered by the 428 Police Interceptor V8 with single 715-cfm Holly. This example needed a bit of attention, as paint is worn and scratched. Trim was pitted and top dirty. Has curb feelers, which you don’t often see on a Shelby. A very original example with fewer than 36k miles and original top, paint and interior. Cond: 3. #454-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S117177. Rally Red/ red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 93,247 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This was the first year for the 427 motor, which received a special hood. This example equipped with a/c and off-road exhaust. A few nicks in the paint, #258-1966 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 6R08C198706. Raven Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 63,256 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. An attractive Mustang with a rather basic C-code motor. Pony interior and fitted with dual-red-band tires, which were only offered with 289 Hi-Po engine. A few minor issues with paint but nothing glaring. Trim scratched in a few areas. Carpets slightly worn. Attractive livery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $127,200. The price guide shows the median value of a GT500 convertible as $123,000, so this was spot-on. The question is the condition, as it had a list of needs, but the original miles may have just trumped the condition issue. © Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Automobiles Sur Les Champs A backdated Porsche, fresh from restoration, led all sales at $158,875 Company Artcurial Date October 27, 2019 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 38/74 Sales rate 51% Sales total $2,086,389 High sale 1980 Porsche 911SC backdate coupe, sold at $158,875 Buyer’s premium Sold for much more than an average G-series 911 — 1980 Porsche 911SC backdate coupe, sold at $158,875 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman, Market opinions in italics T he two big lots — a Fiat 8V and Bugatti Type 23 — failed to sell in Artcurial’s typical, rather theatrical auction (if English auctions are like watching cricket, Artcurial’s style is rather more…American). Neither did the Ferrari 25 GTE or Facel Vega HK500, all of which selling wou have brought the total closer to last year’s $5.1m. But t cheaper lots saved the day to an average sell-through f the back end of 2019. There was a run of unsold 911s near the end of the sale, from a pair of 2.2s to a 993 RS, but a backdate did a respectable $158,875 (how long this phenomenon will last is anybody’s guess) to hit the high spot of the day, while Paris, FRA an ’86 930 mapped new ground for 911 Turbos at $60,902. Later Ferraris and Lambo supercars generally did not sell, except for a “Vetro” 308 GTB at $136,367, but a Mazda Cosmo on the wrong wheels fetched a tidy $98,338. Two small collections included a 1960 Cadillac from Monaco at $83,409 and a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 220SEb cabriolet at $73,439, although the same vendor’s 1970 280SE 3.5 coupe did not sell. On rare coachbuilts: a charming 1950 Simca 8 Sport cabriolet by Facel sold for $32,210, while a 1954 Peugeot 203 coupe didn’t. A nicely stock 205 GTI 1.6 was the right money at $18,535 and a 1981 Renault 5 Turbo 1 with relatively restrained interior but kamikaze engine tune sold strongly at $112,536, while a lovely R8 Gordini R1135 could not find a new owner. Offered at no reserve, a nicely Italian-restored ’71 Corvette LT-1 fetched $39,719. The sale closed with a weirdie — there’s Dry-sump Euro car — 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB coupe, sold at $136,367 114 always a weirdie. This time it was a stretched Citroen CX six-wheeler with an enormous van body by Tissier. Six-wheeler high-cube vans were at one time used for rapid overnight transport of newspapers, but this had been built as a mobile display unit and was taller than anything I’d seen before. Converted to a motorhome, even with the stout 2.5-liter turbodiesel it looked as if it would struggle to get out of its own way, yet still sold for over $10,000. That’s showbiz: Always leave ’em laughing…. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 16% on first $999,630; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.90) NO SALE


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ENGLISH #220-1935 MG PB roadster. S/N PB0330. Two-tone green/buff canvas/green leather. RHD. One of 479, final development of OHC Midget before pushrod T series. Older resto still sharp. Motor rebuilt with PA block, electric fan and water pump. Discreet flashing indicators supplement still-working semaphores. Austrian title. Cond: 2-. with 63,181 km on April 8, 2018 (SCM# 6869929). This time offered at no reserve, and has dropped $4,500—or 35%—in 18 months. BEST BUY SOLD AT $42,367. Sold where expected, though might have fetched a little more in England, or Germany, where there is a strong following for pre-WWII MGs. #231-1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 open two-seater. S/N 1E14128. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 39,107 miles. Federal car (though they still had triple SUs in 1966, so there wasn’t much difference), repainted in near original color (was Carmine, a solid red), still with U.S.-style front nerf bars. Fairly good panels gaps and fit. Airbox missing, substituted by mesh filters. Later alternator, dual twin-outlet ANSA tailpipes, fat tires. Lecarra steering wheel and modern stereo inside. Rev counter noted not to work, as well as one small hole in vinyl top. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,831. Two owners, the second only since 2016. Offered at no reserve and sold near the high estimate. Well sold for a driver-quality car, though originality and being mostly untouched helps here. #257-1981 RENAULT 5 Turbo hatch- SOLD AT $52,958. Had been acquired at a Jack-Philippe Ruellan auction in 2016. Offered here at no reserve and a fair price for a usable Big Healey. Four-cylinder cars are the most elegant, but these are a bit more comfortable, and priced about the same. FRENCH SOLD AT $115,184. No word on when it returned from the U.S. From a seven-car collection entered from Monaco, which included the 1960 Cadillac (Lot 230). Sold at the right sort of money for a clean SI. Slightly bling U.S. finish obviously popular in France, as well as Monaco. #269-1966 AUSTIN MINI Deluxe 2-dr sedan. S/N AA2S7L797619A. Cream & black/gray vinyl. Boggo Mini slightly tarted up with black roof, hood strap and Moto-Lita wheel—original is included. Older resto, still with jig brackets under floors, although there’s some rust on the sills and it seems to have a Mk II (larger) rear window. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,606. Last sold by Artcurial for $13,125 116 #219-1950 SIMCA 8 Sport cabriolet. S/N 868108. Pale blue/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 31,119 km. Pretty little convertible based on Fiat 1100. Older (’80s) restoration now with a few shallow dings in rear panel and grille slats, leather cracked and highly patinated. Soft top good. Engine changed for a Rush Super, an option in the later Aronde. Sits rather high at the rear. Swedish title. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $112,536. Apparently 22 (out of 1,690) made in this color scheme. Mid-estimate price is strong money by U.K. standards, where R5s are hardening slightly against a generally faltering market, but perhaps more acceptable in its home country. I’ll still say well sold at almost “8221” (200-off evolutionspec cars) money. #274-1982 CITROËN CX Fourgon Grand Volume van. S/N HS878294. Blue/ black leather. Odo: 17,073 km. Six-wheeler conversion of CX, which are a bit of an art form in France, also inflicted on SMs, with massive and unique van body. Base vehicle is Sports Car Market back. S/N VF1822000B0000686. Galaxie Grey & Olympe Blue/blue leather & cloth. Odo: 22,522 miles. Dashboard plaque 0736. Good restored order in original colors. Interior not as wild as some—seats redone, carpets original. New TRXs. Allegedly now 220 hp as motor is in Cevennes spec, up from standard 160 hp—and from 1,397 cc. Yikes! Cond: 2+. #271-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 Phase 2 convertible. S/N HBJ8L41974. Blue & white/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 5,765 km. Older restoration. Okay paint over average panel fit, slightly wonky front bumper. Moto-Lita wheel. Quite well-creased driver’s seat leather, top looks newish. Engine bay and running gear is driver quality. Speedo was replaced at 49,330 miles. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,210. Previously offered by Coys in Maastricht in 2017. Not much to compare it to, but cheaper than a Cisitalia, which it resembles, or a Siata. RM Sotheby’s sold a 1951 example, s/n 902034, in Portugal in September 2019 for €69k ($76,107, SCM# 6914092), and this sold well under its €35k–€55k ($39k–$61k) estimate. #270-1972 CITROËN DS21 Automa- tique sedan. S/N 03FA1350. Blue/black leather. Odo: 32,000 km. Original color. Original leather showing lots of creasing. Sill trims straight. Fresh exhaust. Extra indicators hanging below rear bumper. Lots of recent work, with head still in need of tightening down after gasket replacement. Mileage is plus-100,000 km. Cond: 3+.


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Artcurial Paris, FRA a Series 1, the most “spaceshippy” CX with revolving-drum instruments. Modified since by conversion into a motorhome, and turbodiesel 4-banger sports vertical chrome stack exhausts. Tatty, with rusty sills and doors, and seat leather worn and split, although hydraulics evidently still work. Scarily, it’s got a tow hitch. Cond: 3-. rimmed. Original Blaupunkt pushbutton radio. Motor still bone-stock. Semaphore indicators still work, but discreet flashing indicators added under bumpers. Spanish title. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $73,439. From the seven-car Monte Carlo collection, originally supplied in the U.S., bought by the vendor in the Netherlands. Hammered near bottom estimate. Vendor’s 1970 280SE 3.5 sunroof coupe, in similar fine condition, did not sell against a similar estimate. SOLD AT $119,156. Originally delivered in France, went to Madrid in 1959. Sold where expected, at more than a 21-window. SOLD AT $10,592. Less lofty versions of these were used for tasks such as rapid overnight delivery of newspapers, though this was commissioned as a display unit by an agricultural materials company. Offered at no reserve, and no surprise, except that someone has managed to drive it over 10,000 miles: fright pig of the month. #259-1985 PEUGEOT 205 GTI hatch- back. S/N VF3741C66F5773514. Red/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 95,359 km. Early and least powerful version of “Mini Cooper for the ’80s” (115 hp from March ’86: 1.9s have 130 hp). Restored, and pleasingly standard, down to its pepperpot wheels—and no sunroof. Driver’s seat base slightly worn, dash plastics good. A nice survivor. 95,359 km is 59,123 miles. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,859. From the Monte Carlo collection but sourced in Switzerland; offered at no reserve and sold near the high estimate. At around the same money as a 500/560SEC, it’s very usable and friendly classic. #225-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SEB SOLD AT $18,535. Offered at no reserve, hammered a couple of thousand under lower estimate. Really sharp restored cars get more, but they tend to be 1.9s with lower mileage. Lack of sunroof means it’s still in some small danger of being made into a rally car, but there are newer and cheaper alternatives for grassroots motorsport. GERMAN #210-1957 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 2 23-window Samba microbus. S/N 274460. Black & orange/brown vinyl. Repainted but could be mostly original interior, with wellcreased vinyl; some parts of door cards ret- 118 cabriolet. S/N 11102312075262. Gold/brown cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 82,239 miles. Nicely restored, straight and shiny, chrome and brightwork mostly good with a few small dings and blemishes, leather lightly creased, dash timber mostly good, flaking a bit at instrument pod edges. Becker Grand Prix radio. Wears a Mercedes-Benz U.K. replacement engine plate, no. 127952225993. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,451. Supplied new in the U.S., bought by the vendor in the Netherlands, latterly in Monaco; from same collection as the red E-type, Merc 220 cabrio and Ferrari 250 GTE. Offered at no reserve and sold almost twice over estimate. #251-1980 PORSCHE 911SC backdate coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ91ZBS1000053. Dark blue/brown leather. Odo: 848 km. Just out of backdate resto to TOP 10 No. 10 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $86,057. In France all its life. Sold mid-estimate; a fair price for what appears to be a well-used example. #228-1975 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 1303 cabriolet. S/N 1552012032. White/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 59,769 miles. Clean and tidy, probably repainted at some point; stock from the outside but has a 1641 motor, twin Webers and electronic ignition. Interior original, vinyl all okay. New top, plus wind deflector. Nardi steering wheel, wood handbrake grip, aftermarket window winders and oil-temperature gauge, modern stereo. Monaco title. Cond: 2-. #232-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S sedan. S/N 1800108512385. White/check cloth. Odo: 54,000 km. With sunroof. Nicely original and well preserved rather than having been restored. Older paint, with a few knocks and dings, but quite charming. Seat cloth holding up well, and dash timber nicely weathered. CH sticker on tail. Cond: 2-. #258-1974 BMW 2002 Turbo 2-dr sedan. S/N 4290034. Silver/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 5,261 miles. Okay order from a few paces with thick older repaint, but some rust in sills and trunk floor (a favorite rot spot on 02s), though frontal structure and inner wings okay, with big strut brace. Wears four-headlight conversion and later 3-series/Alpina wheels, plus harnesses and rally tripmeters; some wear to dash, and screw holes for various rally fitments. Cond: 3+.


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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 1974–82 Innocenti Mini 90/120 Artcurial Paris, FRA long-hood, with flared S/T-style arches and oversize matte-finish Fuchs replicas. Exact spec unknown from catalog title, but it’s got a sunroof and a/c, plaited leather (even in the front trunk), plus a 3.2 motor (which looks like it originated in a 964) banged out to 3.4: total cost apparently €120k ($133k). French title. Cond: 2. stickers still in place but presented very dusty, or perhaps that was just the gloomy light. Seat leather only lightly worn. With books and tools. Odometer changed at 17,000 km, so real number is about 51,000, or 31,600 miles. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $129,748. Supplied new in France and with two owners in one family from new. Price paid well below the top of the market which was reached in 2015, but a 911 Speedster is still worth a multiple of the price of any other similar 1989 Carrera body style. Pros: Upscale rebodied Mini produced by British Leyland subsidiary Innocenti in Italy. Innocenti had made standard Minis since 1965, but from ’74 made their own bodies using a Bertone design. In this era Innocenti used BMC 998-cc and 1,275-cc engines and standard Mini running gear, improving maintenance prospects. Cons: Could easily be mistaken for a Fiat. Body panels and interior trim likely difficult or impossible to find. Price range: $15k–$30k, plus import costs. 1978 Leyland Mini 1275LS ITALIAN SOLD AT $158,875. Work done by Julia 911 in Barcelona. Sold for much more than an average G-series 911, which are down to £30k ($38k) and below in the U.K...but how long will the backdate fad last? #209-1986 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. S/N WP0JB0937GS050775. Black/black leather. Odo: 5,273 km. Clean and tidy, repainted, optioned with LSD, a/c and sunroof. Leather lightly creased and worn in front. Speedo replaced with metric item at 125,572 miles in 2016, so distance shown is presumably since. Motor said to have been rebuilt at the same time, now with twin-outlet exhaust. French title. Cond: 2-. Pros: Just 810 units of this Australian special edition were made in 1978 to celebrate the end of Mini production Down Under. The LS came with the desirable 1,275-cc engine and a single 1.5-inch SU carburetor, plus oversized 8.4-inch front disc brakes. Cons: Clubman looks are polarizing. Could be mistaken for a Honda 600. Price range: $10k–$20k, plus import costs. 1969–71 Morris Mini K SOLD AT $60,902. U.S. model converted to Euro spec, presumably at time of the engine rebuild, in France by 2016. (U.S. models are only 282 hp.) Yet another sale under $80k confirms the new reality for 930s. #248-1989 PORSCHE 911 3.2 Turbo- Pros: Another Australian Mini – the “K” stands for “kangaroo.” This was the last traditional round-nose Mini made in Australia before changing to the Clubman front end. It carried a 1,098-cc engine and a round cowl sticker showing a kangaroo. Available as a standard sedan with rear side windows or as a very collectible panel van. Cons: Apart from the sticker, it would be hard to tell a Kangaroo from any other base-trim right-hand-drive Mini. Check provenance carefully before paying extra for this model. Price range: $15k–$20k. ♦ 120 Look Speedster. S/N WP0ZZZ91ZKS151960. Green/beige leather. Odo: 34,584 miles. Unusual color for a Speedster; repainted in original Forest Green and all original paint code #244-1953 FIAT 8V Tipo 106 coupe. S/N 106000012. Eng. # 000048. Red/black leather. Odo: 51,410 miles. One of 34 built, third-oldest of 13 surviving of these Rapi-styled Series Is. Restored early ’90s. Quite well used in recent years and presented still wearing Mille Miglia numbers from 2010. U.K. title. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $1,055,165. Came to the U.K. in 1961, then through the hands of Dan Margulies and a young Ivan Dutton, then with the Wood family, better known for Invictas, until 1989. Five Milles Miglia with next owner Roger Earl, two Tours Auto, plus 2006 Le Mans Classic and 2008 Goodwood Revival. This owner, in Germany, from 2009. Not sold against a €1.1m ($1.2m) lower estimate. #229-1961 FERRARI 250 GTE Series I 2+2 coupe. S/N 2339. Silver/red leather. Odo: 30,903 miles. Tidy, older (early 2000s) Italian restoration. Paint still okay, now with a few marks, leather shows a lovely patina in front, hardly used in rear. Dash, instruments, carpets all good, motor very clean. Runs Series II/III taillights. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $288,782. Sold new in the U.S., came to Europe in ’90s, in Italy at time of restoration. Won concours awards in the ’80s in the U.S. in the hands of Don Kinnaird, appeared at the 2017 Techno Classica in Germany with Gallery Aaldering of the Nether- Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA lands asking €457,500 ($485k), subsequently bought by the vendor and offered from his Monaco-based collection. Not sold against a €340k ($377k) lower estimate. Last two GTE sales in Europe, in September (s/n 4473) and October (s/n 2947), have been either side of £400k ($500k). #206-1971 ALFA ROMEO GTV 2000 coupe. S/N AR2420224. Faggio/tan vinyl, beige fabric. Odo: 31,320 km. Nice and straight, repaint in original color of indeterminate age still shiny. Interior tidy, all original except for front seats redone, decent dash timber. Motor still has its airbox. Monte Carlo wheels. Cond: 2. luckily, slightly less of a propensity to rust. Older restoration in two-tone paint scheme by Wood & Pickett in London, still clean and tidy. Although ugly speaker pods hang off insides of doors and some small splits at seat edges/piping. With 12-inch Maifrini rims, which I’ve never seen in this style before, Cooper S exhaust and sump guard. Motor wears K&N filters. French title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,099. Supplied new in Italy, bought by the vendor in Sweden post-restoration. Offered at no reserve, hammered a little behind the slightly ambitious-looking estimate, but sold fair. #205-1972 LANCIA FULVIA 1.3S Series II coupe. S/N 818630018861. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 88,148 km. Clean and tidy, older repaint lightly orange-peeled in places and a few little cracks at rear edge of trunk. Some rot repair needed in the right front floor. Interior original and doing well with good dash timber, and even the grab handle looks intact. Motor tidy, hoses shiny with silicone. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,916. Delivered new in Milan to Mahmoud Reza Pahlavi, half-brother of the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza. Offered at no reserve, sold for about the same as a Rover Cooper...so really it’s just a question of in which flavor you’d like your winding-window Mini. Real Mk I Cooper Ss are still about $40k. #236-1976 FERRARI 308 GTB coupe. S/N 19015. Red/black leather. Odo: 49,000 km. Euro car, therefore dry sump (strangely, Aussie ones were wet sump). Glass is good and uncracked. Seat leather is newish, although lightly baggy, carpets original. Sits right on original-size wheels and tall radials. Last belt service in May 2019. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $136,367. Originally supplied in Italy. From the four-car Ferrari collection of Raymond Jeannot, who bought it 10 years ago. Hammered around lower estimate but quite a tidy price in today’s market. SOLD AT $11,916. Sold new in Italy, to Germany in 2018. Looks as though it was from the same vendor as the Alfa GTV (Lot 206) and also offered at no reserve. Hammered a little behind the lower estimate and, providing the welding is straightforward and doesn’t include painting any of the body, quite a nice little buy. #268-1974 INNOCENTI MINI Cooper 1300 2-dr sedan. S/N B97545361DGM. Eng. # 12H/719X/1353. Black & beige/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 38,137 km. Innocenti is Italianmade Mini with slight added plushness and, March 2020 #243-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFAA17B00078062. Red/black leather. Odo: 34,361 miles. Sold new in France, used in Guadeloupe until 2011 but not since, only recently returned; claimed still in its original paint. Stick-on fender shields, driver’s seat outer bolster well worn, dash a bit grubby. Engine bay filthy, with snails hiding in nooks and crannies of castings. Ferrari’s estimate just to check it over is $30k (not sure if that includes evicting the snails), so presumably hasn’t had a belt change recently.... Artcurial’s staff bravely tried to start it with a 121


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Artcurial Paris, FRA jump pack on the battery, but it wasn’t having any. Tread carefully, children. Cond: 3. straight and shiny. All external trim parts present, correct and screwed on straight. Buttoned leather looks newish, just going slightly baggy. Dash and interior aluminum trim parts all good, likely repro carpets. With steel top cover. Motor tidy. Cond: 2. although I might have expected it to do a little more in France. #211-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SOLD AT $74,141. A “cheap” redhead (there’s no such thing as a cheap Ferrari, though the TR is quite a robust old thing), but what’s notable here is that the estimate was only €20k–€30k ($22k–$35k), under half the current average auction price, and it sold at reasonable driver money. Either it was much better than everyone suspected, or the buyer had very big balls, or it demonstrates that sometimes entering cars at no reserve pays dividends, as everyone thinks they can snap up a bargain. It’s the way forward.... JAPANESE #215-1970 MAZDA COSMO Series II coupe. S/N L10B10706. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 98,613 km. Series II has slightly longer wheelbase, 5-speed and a bit more power. Restored and in good nick all around, with decent door fit and panel gaps, good chrome, seat vinyl a bit baggy. All hinges, catches and fasteners replated. Nardi wheel, stainless exhaust. Shame about the modern alloys, and speaker pods on rear shelf. Russian title (temporary EU import). Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $83,409. Last from the seven-car Monte Carlo collection, hammered near bottom estimate, though probably cheaper in the U.S. These are rare in Europe and less recognized than the ’59s, which usually wind up in ads or doing promotional work, so they tend to either sell high or not at all. #223-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 900 Monza convertible. S/N 20967W313767. Black/black cloth/gray vinyl. Odo: 34,890 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Fairly recent restoration, straight with good paint and top, very good chrome and brightwork. What looks like original vinyl-weave seat coverings holding up well, new carpets. New tires. Cond: 3+. coupe. S/N 194371S105326. War Bonnet Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 12,304 miles. 350-ci 330-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted (in Italy) with hood pinstripes, original interior still good. Decent uncracked fiberglass, rear bumpers almost line up. Sits on period-correct Firestone Wide Ovals. ASI certificate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,719. LT-1 was $483 option, with 1,949 built in 1971. From a collection in the south of France, previously in Italy. Offered at no reserve, hammered at bottom estimate. Fair money for a nicely stock car. #255-1999 SHELBY SERIES 1 convert- SOLD AT $15,887. In California until at least 2014, bought from the Netherlands. Offered at no reserve from a seven-car Monte Carlo collection, which included the 1960 Cadillac, and sold at about half the pre-sale estimate, which felt about right. #254-1968 FORD MUSTANG convert- SOLD AT $98,338. Sold right in the middle of the estimate range—strong money these days. AMERICAN #230-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 60F059392. Black/white vinyl/ red leather. Odo: 85,832 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in original colors, very “ 122 ible. S/N 8T03C221566. White/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 96,335 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Gently titivated back to original condition and spec—newish repro interior and recent repaint. With power steering and front disc brakes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,127. Offered at no reserve, hammered a little behind lower estimate. Market-correct price in Europe for a ’68 in an unfavorable color, A “cheap” redhead (there’s no such thing as a cheap Ferrari, though the TR is quite a robust old thing), but what’s notable here is that the estimate was only €20k–€30k ($22k–$30k). 1988 Ferrari Testarossa coupe ible. S/N 5CXSA1812XL000210. Silver/black & gray leather. Odo: 4,352 miles. 4.0-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. One of 249. CSX5210 plate in door shut. One owner from new, who presumably didn’t drive it much, as it’s not far off as-new condition; even Carroll Shelby script on seat backs isn’t soiled. Ah...Monaco registered. Owner’s manual signed by Shelby. Cond: 2. ” SOLD AT $112,536. Bought by the sole owner from a European distributor, presumably unused, in 2001. Sold mid estimate for somewhere between the price of an AC Cobra Mk IV (a real continuation car, remember) and the later carbon-fiber-bodied CRS. Only one listed with a dealer in the U.S. was asking $99,500, so quite well sold...unless the buyer had forgotten about buyer’s premium, as their high bid would have been near that price. © Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report ENGLISH Global Auction Highlights #TH0138-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N TD16961. Black/tan fabric/tan vinyl. Odo: 79,625 miles. Stated it’s had a ground-up restoration with new ash in tub and doors. Shiny black paint with multiple inclusions and much orange peel covers straight panels. Proper piping placement. New Haartz top is stained and has a few imperfections over front bow. Steering wheel cracked and loose on shaft. Seat covers appear new, while carpet is good. Spitfire engine installed. Twelve-volt system. Engine compartment is not as spiffed-up as the rest of the car. Loose wire seen. New eyebrows on the lights, as well as new fog lights. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,178. I would call this a great 20-footer. Some engine compartment detailing as well as a significantly better paint job would help this car. Probably more money was spent on the restoration than was taken home from the sale, but the price was market correct. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. 1993 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe, sold for $464,644 at Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K. SG AUCTION Location: Winona, MN Date: October 18–19, 2019 Auctioneers: Dave Talberg, Curt Warner Automotive lots sold/offered: 160/275 Sales rate: 58% Sales total: $1,911,152 High sale: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 2-door hard top, sold at $71,280 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson SILVERSTONE Location: Birmingham, U.K. Date: November 9–10, 2019 Auctioneer: Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered: 86/114 Sales rate: 75% Sales total: $7,368,501 High sale: 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, sold at $792,415 Buyer’s premium: 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.78) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman 124 GAA Location: Greensboro, NC Date: November 7–9, 2019 Auctioneer: Eli Detweiler, Ben DeBruhl, Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson Automotive lots sold/offered: 456/646 Sales rate: 71% Sales total: $12,337,396 High sale: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air custom convertible, sold at $112,350 Buyer’s premium: 7%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz and Larry Trepel RAND LUXURY Location: Roslyn, NY Date: October 12, 2019 Auctioneer: Guy Loveridge Automotive lots sold/offered: 12/57 Sales rate: 21% Sales total: $2,197,050 High sale: 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 coupe, sold at $1,303,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal Sports Car Market #101-1954 MG TF 1500 Midget roadster. S/N B5805. Burgundy & pewter/burgundy vinyl top & tonneau/red leather. Odo: 4,534 miles. “Meticulously restored” per the catalog, and—though some of the shine has faded—I agree, as there are only random traces of patina on this senior citizen. Eye-catching, twotone custom paint mostly good. Lots of bubbles on left rear fender. Variable chrome. “The New England MG T Register” and “MG T Greater New York” badges on intact grille. Wind wings. Soft top down, so can’t inspect. Rear-mounted spare with chrome luggage rack. Chrome wire wheels. Marginally patinated seats show crinkling, but still livable. Lovely original wood steering wheel. Engine bay not inspected, but looks clean in catalog pic. Includes tools and docs. Cond: 2.


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Roundup NOT SOLD AT $10,000. The excellent restoration did a lot to improve its presentation, but it’s still not in the top-tier looks department. The $20k–$30k estimate range seemed perfectly reasonable to me given its condition. The high bid didn’t have a chance at succeeding. Seller did right by hanging on to it. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. #ST0170-1957 MGA roadster. S/N HDR4324225. Eng. # BPI5GB25904. Ivory/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 33 miles. Very smooth but thick paint with some orange peel bordering trunk. A light stain mars surface above right rear fender. Piping is excellent. Panels are straight. Chrome around windshield is excellent. Interior is as-new—including excellent seats, carpet and gauges. A single crack in steering wheel. Engine compartment restored; new braided lines for fuel. Everything else including wiring looks appropriate and extremely neat. Excellent painted wire wheels and new tires. Cond: 1-. section in driver’s footwell. Canted gas pedal. Engine bay not inspected, but online catalog pics show it to be highly detailed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. First year of the XK 150. The S variant added oomph to the base XK 150, delivering 60 additional horses. A lovely Jag let down by the body-panel issues and the questions that naturally arise. Sold at Bonhams, Greenwich auction just four months ago at $117,600 (SCM# 6906549). A profitable quick flip failed to materialize, so it looks like the seller at Greenwich had a bit of luck on his side (assuming the same alignment issues existed), while the consignor at this sale may need to address the problems before trying again. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. SOLD AT $32,100. A well-restored car with a few imperfections of paint and a single crack in the steering wheel as its only noted flaws. A review of entries in the SCM Platinum Auction Database confirms the impression that prices have been rising over the past decade. This was bought just under but close enough to market to consider it fair for buyer and seller. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. #123-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 S drophead coupe. S/N T831277DN. Light blue/dark blue canvas/dark blue leather. Odo: 61,906 miles. A recent restoration with gorgeous paint and fresh new interior, but there are flaws. A minor one is bubbling on right rear fender. More unsettling is the dent at left front fender and misalignment both of the seam running across the left side of the car and the passenger’s door. Very good brightwork and glass. Unmarred wire wheels. New interior is flawless save for an open and exposed rectangular box-like SOLD AT $7,560. A lot more needy than some would claim; essentially your best bet is just to hit the reset button and fully restore (or modify) the thing, rather than throw more good money at a ratty car. Even opening with a $5k bid, that was plenty for it—let alone $7k, where the bidding ended—but it was pushed off the block as a no-sale. By the end of the weekend, the second-chance board showed that the consignor got a reality check and let it go as a post-block sale. SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. #117-1965 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I 4.2 open two-seater. S/N 10199. Carmen Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 84,524 miles. Desirable Jag with the 4.2-liter motor. Said to have had a recent mechanical and cosmetic restoration by Cooper Classics. Beautiful paint. Evidence of scuffing on chin. Bright work good, but not concours. Good glass. Black canvas soft top has a snug fit, March 2020 125 #F146-1962 MGA Mk II roadster. S/N GHNL2103986. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 7,349 miles. Stated that the consignor has owned the car since 1972. Electrical system converted to a 12-volt negative-ground system. Car was originally red, with perhaps one same-color repaint and at least two when changed to two shades of green—based on the layers of peeling paint under the hood and in depths of engine bay. Greasy unkempt motor, although it’s believed that it was rebuilt approximately 5k miles ago (when that may have occurred was not mentioned). Also stated that it “runs and drives,” but pushed on and off the block. Lightly scratched exterior paint is 20-foot passable. Any closer you can readily see the cracking paint on the front fender tops. Windshield-tocowl seal is shot. Replacement seats are still in decent shape, but the top is shot. 165R15 tires date to the Carter administration. Cond: 4-.


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Roundup shows a few dirt stains; plastic window’s clumpy. Doors close like a bank vault’s, reminded me of older German cars. Standout wire wheels wrapped in Redline tires. Inviting interior with great seats. Dash excellent, all gauges clear. Optimus radio appears to be aftermarket. Patinated wood wheel. Clean engine bay looks original. Includes JDHT certificate. Cond: 2+. #428-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB52149R. Green/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 2,157 miles. Slightly nicer than the car sold on Saturday (s/n 2249R; Lot 234). Older (2008–11) restoration by Goldsmith & Young, and still very sharp; claimed only 2,000 miles since (presumably odo was zeroed at the time). Very straight and with still-nice paint. Now a 4.2 with aftermarket aluminum radiator, uprated suspension. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 1 #F113-1968 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series I½ 4.2 2+2 coupe. S/N 1E78625. Primrose/black leather. Odo: 54,283 miles. Title delay. Average older repaint, which presents well enough on exterior but has overspray on the A-pillar interior trim. Replacement windshield, but it’s already delaminating on bottom of the passenger’s side. All chrome is very lightly frost pitted; although most of it polishes well, the pits are still there. Heavier surface rust where there’s been panel-edge chipping and trim mounting holes. Original seat leather is in decent shape, front and rear. Loose-fitting replacement rug. Heavier vinyl door-sill wear, loose door seals in places. At best, the engine was washed off recently, but has had catch-asyou-can maintenance for decades. Heavier surface rust on the undercarriage. Ran across the block under its own power. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This must’ve been one of the last restorations Cooper Classics worked on, as their website says they now focus on sales only. I’ve never been a big fan of red E-types, but I couldn’t help but appreciate this one’s beautiful presentation. E-types in good condition—and this was one of them— routinely go for $100k-plus. That this one didn’t was a mystery to me. Maybe the Carmen Red had something to do with it. More likely the right bidders weren’t in the room. In any case, this one deserved more than what was bid here. Seller maintained his sanity and drove it home. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. #234-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB52249R. Silver/red leather. RHD. Repainted in original silver (was blue), still nice and straight with good finish and chrome. Older, could-be-original leather nicely settled in. Solid and clean underneath, with new exhaust. Was once a 4.2, now reunited with its (repaired) original 4-liter block. Cond: 3+. TOP 10 No. 2 SOLD AT $792,415. Sold for a whisker more than the silver car, based on condition, proving once again that having a big engine doesn’t translate into any extra traction come sale time. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/19. #FR0250-1966 MGB convertible. S/N GHN3L71731. Black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 784 miles. Claimed rotisserie restoration 700 miles ago. Black paint done extremely well. While body panels are straight, driver’s door and trunk fit is significantly off. Rechromed or new grille and rear bumper. New side trim. Excellent top. Carpets seem a bit old and hardened. Most of interior trim gauge rings, switches and handles are in excellent condition. Dashboard repainted in black but is scratched in several places. Engine restoration done to a high standard. Wiring and plumbing for the most part is correct. Oil cooler present. Modern insulation under surface of hood. Trunk painted but otherwise unfinished. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,060. This has all the hallmarks of being stuffed into a garage or shed for a couple of decades, to include the “Current family ownership, 20+ years” comment in the description—and the fact that the reserve was off at $17k. On the surface, this looks like a smokin’ hot buy. Yet the Series I to Series II transition cars aren’t too popular, being a 1968 (first year for emissions controls and side marker lights) is no help, and the 2+2 configuration is the least desirable of all Etypes. I even heard a few “boy, that looks funny” comments—although the commenters all were wearing a Chevy Bowtie on them somewhere obvious. Be it a ticking time bomb or a diamond in hiding, this was the biggest gamble of the auction, even more so as the high bidder was online. SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. #155-1968 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA SOLD AT $778,007. The subject of a 2013 postage stamp. Owned for a year at that time by Chris Evans, then sold to the vendor by JD Classics in December 2014. Offered by Silverstone at Heythrop Park, May 2019, but not sold at £610k ($794k, SCM# 6902262). Seller was more realistic this time, taking a few grand less—proper money for a DB5 at last. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/19. 126 SOLD AT $18,190. Part of the diverse Hyde Collection offered at GAA. A well-above-average B sold at market price. If kept well, this chrome-bumper (Mk I) B should offer its owner motoring flair, keep pace with inflation and not overwhelm owner with repair-part costs and other expenses. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. Santana utility. S/N E45808219. Green/tan canvas/tan cloth. Odo: 30,246 miles. Numbers-matching example. Comprehensive bodyoff restoration performed last year, with only 175 miles since completion. Repaint mostly good, but not at concours level. Dual black mirrors on front fenders may be aftermarket. New soft top fits well, unsoiled; plastic windows are marked up. At the rear is a “The FJ Guy” badge just below the NJ license plate; unclear if that shop did the work. Newer Maxxis Bravo tires. Black factory steel wheels look stock. Spartan interior with what looks like new upholstery. Seating for three in front, two benches in back facing each other. Driver’s seat slightly soiled. 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Roundup driver sees a very nice dash with clear instruments and attractive low-gloss veneer. Aftermarket Moto-Lita-type, wood-rim steering wheel very glitzy and clashes with dash. Very nice seats in authentic pattern. Interior door panels intact but quite wavy. “Factory” air (really dealer added) control is right where your right knee wants to be. What are the chances it actually works? Neat and clean underhood with modern NAPA battery. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,900. Over 450k Series IIAs produced between 1961–71. Santana refers to the Spanish firm that built Land Rovers in Spain under license for years. These vehicles were then sold throughout Central and South America. Strong price for a IIA, as the median value in the SCM Pocket Price Guide is $16k. New owner must’ve been wooed by the recent work done and low miles. Well sold. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. #420-1972 FORD ESCORT Twin Cam 2-dr sedan. S/N SYCC2072NB49ML38307S. Orange/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 47,439 miles. Older (2012) restoration still presenting very sharply and full of period extras, possibly from new: Works-style Siamese 1800-cc block, “big wing” wet sump, steel crank, rods, forged pistons, lightweight flywheel, new Quaife 2000E gearbox with long first, straightcut gears and competition paddle clutch, turreted rear dampers. Inside there’s a roll hoop and Boreham split dash; no carpets. Speedo needle has fallen off. Original steel wheels included. Quoted chassis number doesn’t look right. Cond: 2+. #224-1984 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series IV coupe. S/N SCFCV81S3ETR12397. Blue/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 10,443 miles. Clean and tidy “Oscar India” V8, one owner and low mileage. Still nice paint, sharp underneath, leather only lightly worn, excellent veneers. With books, tools and warranty card. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 No. 7 NOT SOLD AT $19,750. Bright and cheerful example of the final-year TR6. A whopping 101 horsepower from a 2.5-L 6 shows how far we have come over the last 44 years. Longterm ownership in nearby Southern Pines, NC, and allegedly restored by previous owner at an unspecified date. While not a show winner, this TR6 seemed very inviting as a driver. I thought it deserved a much higher bid, at least $5,000 higher. Classic British roadsters are hardly driving the market right now, but seller was right to take this car home. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. #210-1983 FORD ESCORT RS1600i hatchback. S/N WFOBXXGCABDS54061. Red/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 34,700 miles. RS1600i was a harder XR3i with better-located suspension, solid tappets and a wilder cam, all in the name of giving racers something better to work with. Incredibly clean and well kept, with limited mileage—claimed fewer than 700 miles in past 16 years. Even the gear linkage underneath still has its anodized shine. Door cards cut for speakers and front seat velour lightly baggy, as was a Ford tendency in the ’80s. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,393. All those mods won’t affect the value either way, the “nice-to-haveness” canceled out by deviation from factory spec (though it’s all very period and most of it is hidden). On the money for a Twin Cam/ RS1600 Mk I. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/19. #TH0183-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convert- ible. S/N CF52235U. Java Green/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 53,771 miles. Panel fit generally good, but driver’s door does not open or close smoothly, so may need work. Otherwise appears to be a decent, turn-key car. Very glossy recent paint with moderate orange peel. Chrome decent for a driver, but bumpers show micro-scratching and slight pitting. Inside, the 128 SOLD AT $38,900. In storage 2004–10. It’s a niche model, but that’s how cars get collectible. Price here exceeds what you’d pay for a half-decent Mk I Mexico, and it’s not too far behind the most expensive FWD “Erica” derivative, the RS Turbo, which is based on this model. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/19. SOLD AT $198,824. Owner (who died in 2018) was chairman of the National Bank of Dubai and kept the car in London. Fair money for such a well-preserved example. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/19. #215-1993 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N SAJJEAEX7AX220834. Spa Silver/charcoal leather. RHD. Odo: 2,047 km. Good all around with small mileage, so interior has survived well, and windscreen/roof seals haven’t come adrift yet. Fuel cell, lines and other “lifed” items last changed by Don Law Racing in 2016. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 3 SOLD AT $464,644. Sill-plate number 116. Delivered new to Sir John Madejski, founder of the Autotrader group, sold to the vendor in 2010. The last three XJ 220s sold in 2019 ranged between $412k and $520k, and the last two Silverstone sold, both at Heythrop Park in May, were $395k (20,844 miles, SCM# 6902259) and $439k (SCM# 6902260), with 702 miles, so this is right in the ballpark. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/19. FRENCH #202-1991 PEUGEOT 205 GTI 1.9 hatchback. S/N YF320CD6224074873. Red/ black leather, tweed cloth. RHD. Odo: 35,283 miles. Clean, tidy, lowish mileage and full service history—recent cam belt. Interior mostly unworn, although driver’s outer seat bolster lightly crushed, as usual. Rear parcel shelf intact. Air-conditioning retrofitted by a previous owner. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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Roundup #116-1964 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SEB SOLD AT $24,493. Silverstone holds the world record on these, having sold the two most expensive 1.9 GTIs at auction, both with smaller mileages. Still strong money here, but they’ve slipped back a little just like their forebear, the Mini Cooper S. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/19. GERMAN #112-1963 PORSCHE 356B coupe. S/N 12399. Silver metallic/red leather. Odo: 86,410 miles. Numbers matching. Repainted in ’94, still looks sharp today, even with a few chips in front, scratches and dings on front bumper, and a scratch on passenger’s door. Seats replaced at the same time of the repaint, and are still comfortable, with only a hint of sag. Owner had seat belts bolted in back to make it easy for his young kids to buckle them. Stock radio doesn’t work, nor are there any speakers. Clean engine bay mostly stock. A 6-volt fuel sender was installed for starting ease and improving performance. Fitted with dual Zenith carbs, which were also rebuilt in ’94. Includes Porsche Technical Manual and an owner’s club “cheat sheet.” Cond: 2-. cabriolet. S/N 11102312053751. Blue/blue canvas/white leather. Odo: 37,005 miles. Older restoration still presents well. Large chip on hood. Surface scratches on front bumper. Hood slightly off. Brownish gunk on driver’s rocker panel; whole surface is mottled. Both wipers have left lasting streaks on windshield. Excellent body panels, doors open/ close with authority. Right rear chrome fender trim blotched in a single spot. Scratches, pockmarks, pitting on rear bumpers. Soft top has a few stains, tear on driver’s side, plastic window bunching. BFG Silvertown tires show wear. Seats hardly worn. Very good wood trim, thin crack on instrument binnacle. Rear storage area dirty. Underside of top lightly soiled. Clean trunk with spare and blue canvas tonneau. Grubby engine compartment looks stock. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. The owner’s wife represented this 280SL at the sale, as he recently passed away. She spoke of his devotion to the car and the enjoyment he got from driving it. It showed. Because, and not in spite of, its cosmetic imperfections, it oozed patina and character. Despite the softening market, these cars continue to creep up. A $100k low estimate isn’t unheard of, but it seemed a stretch. After all, what’s patina to one person could be thought of as tired to another. Another $10k, maybe a little more, wouldn’t have been a surprise. Given the circumstances, too much sentiment surrounding this one for the seller to let it go at this price. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The auction company identified this as a 220SE, but it’s a 220SEb—production of the former ended in 1960. Anyone who currently owns or is contemplating buying one of these might find it helpful to remind a passenger anxious about going along for a ride on modern roads in a 55-year-old car that this model was equipped with safety features such as crumple zones and retractable seat belts. It wasn’t even close to perfect, but at this final bid, you could buy two SE coupes in very good condition for what one cab is worth in today’s market. Not that you want to do that anyway. Seller had no choice but to take this one home. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. NOT SOLD AT $92,500. This 356B was a sweet machine, and talking to the seller, and hearing the passion and love in his voice for his car was definitely infectious. The pre-sale low estimate of $110k was aggressive, considering the SCM price guide pegs the median value at $74.5k. But the owner wasn’t willing to budge too much on the six-figure reserve, so I knew there was no way the high bid here would get the deal done. He wasn’t in a rush to free himself of it anyway, so no regrets about taking it home. Should his priorities change and he desires to sell anytime soon, I think he’ll have to lower his expectations. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. March 2020 #130-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 1304410017747. Tobacco Brown/brown hard top/brown leather. Odo: 7,135 miles. Desirable 4-speed. Stated to be in 44-year ownership. Paint a grade above driver quality, but with a chip on edge of passenger’s door. Brightwork and trim decent. Trunk lid has fisheyes galore. Very good glass. M-B Club of America sticker on windshield. Removable Pagoda hard top displayed with car in excellent condition. As a result, can’t report on the soft top, as it’s not in the catalog pics either. Wheels dull, BFG Lifesaver XLM tires show wear. Well-used interior appears to be original, has been enjoyed, in good shape. Seats heavily creased but have patina. Dash and wood trim atop it excellent. Engine bay looks stock, shows mild use. Factory a/c. First-aid kits, spare and owner’s manual in German in trunk. Cond: 2-. #FR0128-1973 VOLKSWAGEN THING convertible. S/N 1832943962. Red/black vinyl/houndstooth fabric. Odo: 18,234 miles. Texas car with restoration of a recent but uncertain age. Most exterior coverings quite smooth and seem to be professionally applied, though underlying hinge imperfections were not corrected previously. Some overspray onto dashboard grab handles. Panels are straight. Brightwork is excellent. New vinyl top excellent, and displayed with side curtains and a hard top. Unblemished houndstooth interior. Wood slats cover floor. Kenwood radio. Engine compartment has been cleaned but not restored. Chromed steel wheels. Floor pan is undamaged. Undersurface has been repainted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,075. Although popular and with a long run worldwide, Volkswagen 181s, or Things, were offered over only a two-year period in the U.S. They were not considered a sales success and decried as a hazard by Ralph Nader, but have remained popular as a niche vehicle. The houndstooth fabric seemed a less-than-optimal choice, but otherwise the car presented well. A Condition 2 vehicle typically sells in the mid-to-upper teens. The seller should be pleased. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. 129


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Roundup #F75-1975 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412026678. Silver/ dark blue canvas, silver hard top/blue MBTex. Odo: 177,490 miles. Older, exterior-only, topical repaint comes off well. Mercedessourced replacement windshield. Moldings have few scuffs, but could stand to be buffed out. Good door fit and gaps, but the hood-tocowl gap is wider than what would’ve been gut to leave Stuttgart. Body-side moldings lifting at edges. Stock bottle-cap wheels shod with newer economy-grade radials. Carpeted dashboard cover and 1990s-era Yamaha DINmount CD sound system. Stated that it has leather seating, but is really MB-Tex (which, at least, wears like cast iron and is in great condition). Light-to-moderate carpet wear— under newer, carpeted floor mats. Used-car engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $4,500. Talk about a car that nobody wants. These mid-size W123 2-doors break the rule of being more desirable than a 4-door (the 2,031 built versus 20,005 300D sedans for 1983 is typical), since most folks who want a 2-door get an SL. Couple that with this having the 5-cylinder diesel under that hood latch that didn’t want to cooperate and you have a car that’s made out of Kryptonite as far as dealers are concerned. When these turn up at auctions, the ringmen essentially have to beg and plead for bids, and when they sell, it’s for about half of what this one choked at. Opened with a $4k bid from Proxibid, and failed to reach anything much better. The consignor wasn’t going to knock down the reserve, so back home it goes. SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. SOLD AT $3,780. It was somewhat unusual to me that this U.S.-spec 450SL didn’t have wood interior trim. I could understand if it was a Euro-spec 280SL fitted with vinyl fake leather appliqué, but odd on the top-shelf U.S.-spec SL. With 177k on the odometer, it wasn’t too odd that this no-reserve car was only bid to this amount. While under the money, it wasn’t by much. SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. #S32-1983 MERCEDES-BENZ 300CD coupe. S/N WDBAB53A9DB002175. White/ Palamino MB-Tex. Odo: 184,928 miles. Pretty decent masked-off, exterior-only repaint, although the back of the rear wasn’t done as well as from the doors forward. Lightly sprayed-over, chipped original paint on edges of trunk lid, surface rust leeching up from trunk-lid lip molding. Light overspray on mufflers. Tires at about their half-life. Heavily scuffed side-glass trim. Stick-on pinstriping has several gaps where it peeled off. Heavier wrinkling on original door panels, which are lightly faded and worn at top. Seat vinyl also has some light fading, but otherwise in good shape. Cracked wood on center console, with veneer lifting on glovebox lid. Economygrade, DIN-mounted sound system displaces the stock radio. Newer, carpeted floor mats cover carpet wear. Cond: 3. #S37-1985 BMW 635 CSi coupe. S/N WBAEC8401F0611733. Bronzit Beige Metallic/ beige leather. Odo: 198,897 miles. Optional power moonroof. Fitted with later-era 16-inch basket-weave take-off wheels shod with older Dunlops. Good mostly original paint, although hood was resprayed and has some masking issues. Replacement PPG windshield. Doors need something of a hefty slam to latch properly, but when they do the gaps are even. Decent original chrome; alloy trim needs buffing out. Light UV fading on exterior rubber. Light seat-bottom cracking and dashboard pad has a cheap, vacuum-molded cover that neither color matches or fits well. Modern Alpine in-dash, DIN-mount sound system, with speakers cut into the door panels. Rattletrap glovebox. Otherwise, good original interior. Generally stock and maintained underhood, but engine could stand a bath. Runs out well. Cond: 3. years. Paint appears to have held up extremely well. Rubber and plastic exterior trim shows no flaws. Rides on Bridgestone Potenzas with plenty of tread left. Nicely worn-in seats. Headliner torn. Blaupunkt New York radio looks original. Engine bay lightly sooty, but nothing is out of place. Includes Porsche CoA. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $37,500. Looked good from afar and fulfilled its promise up close. An allaround solid 911 that was ready for its next pleasure-seeker to jump in and hit the open road. The consignor turned out to be just that person, as the high bid didn’t get it done. Seemed to be a reasonable offer—a nick shy of the $38,500 median value in the SCM price guide—maybe a little less low given its condition. But when the low estimate is $60k, you’re expecting something richer. Better luck next time, though seller may want to revisit his pricing strategy in the meantime. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. SOLD AT $5,670. Now for a German coupe that people actually like. The E24 6ers have long had a loyal following. Yet while interest has been moving up for them, there generally have been more than enough of them made to keep up with demand (unlike the E9s). While losing the original metric TRX wheels for later OEM is something of a plus (and not replacing them with tacky wheels), the automatic is definitely a minus for most fans of these. It’s not really a bad slushbox…it’s just not a stick shift. Add in nearly 200k on the odometer, and this sold well enough. SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. #153-1985 PORSCHE 911 Carrera cab- riolet. S/N WP0222912F5151319. Guards Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 23,256 miles. Low miles on this good-looking 911 with no mention of any work done in its 34 130 NOT SOLD AT $31,000. This was the first year that BMW officially imported the M6 to the U.S., and it seems like the majority were red. Unlike the OEM BMW alloys that re- Sports Car Market #S68-1987 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE140XH2560502. Zinnoberrot Red/light tan leather. Odo: 69,148 miles. Modern aftermarket smoke-finish 17-inch alloy wheels. Generally good repaint in recent years. Light ding on the right front fender. Good solid door fit. Door-latch gaskets are dry-rotting and show the worst of any paint masking. Light overspray on the undercarriage. Faded M badge and most of finish is flaked off the roundel on the trunk lid. Door-panel components are coming loose and the front seat hinge covers are mostly MIA. Moderate-pushing-heavy leather wear on the outboard seat bolsters, but no tears or seam separations—yet. Dashboard and carpet are good. Recent mechanical work includes a major overhaul of the fuel system. Suspension sits a tad low in the back. Cond: 3.


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Roundup placed TRXs on the ’85 635 CSi that was also at this auction, here’s a case of tacky wheels ruining a good car. Well, maybe an acceptable car, as it hasn’t been bedded down on downfilled pillows every night since 1987. Not beat to crap, just used hard. And not worth what was bid, either—especially with no mention made of whether the more esoteric engine issues have been addressed, such as the camchain tensioners. It really should’ve sold, despite the block commentary of “we’re nowhere close to the reserve.” SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. #120-1988 PORSCHE 911 Turbo Flach- bau cabriolet. S/N WP0EB0931JS070500. Black/black canvas/Champagne leather. Odo: 68,779 miles. One of 591 Slantnose cabriolets built In ’88. Two-owner California car. Stated to wear its original paint. Shows a few chips. Original canvas folding top is up and in good condition. Tonneau cover stowed, so not inspected. Clear glass. Shiny Fuchs wheels show no rash. Not much wear to leather seats considering miles driven. Excellent dash, steering wheel, gauges. Blaupunkt Manhattan radio looks original. Unspecified major service stated to be completed. Comes with factory tools and spare-tire pump. Cond: 2. a number of clients requested that the factory create street-legal versions of the 935 Group 5 car under its Special Wishes Program. What came to be known as the Slantnose (or Flachbau in German)would feature a flat, aerodynamic nose with retractable headlights, widened and louvered front fenders, moremuscular rear quarters with air intakes and strakes, reconfigured rocker panels, an additional oil cooler and a rear whale tail. This sold $2,500 short of the low estimate and nearly $30k off the median value in the price guide. For its condition, I’d say well bought. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. #425-2015 VOLKSWAGEN XL1 coupe. S/N WVWZZZ1LZFK000139. White/red, white & black cloth & Alcantara. Odo: 79 miles. Diesel-electric hybrid capable of over 300 mpg. Two-hundred built, of which 27 came to the U.K. Almost like-new with little more than delivery mileage and hardly any evidence it’s even been sat in. Per the catalog pictures, it’s been in a shop window for a time. Cond: 1-. £70k–£80k ($90k–$102k), so we’ll call this valued about right. Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/19. ITALIAN #124-1986 LAMBORGHINI JALPA coupe. S/N ZA9J00000GLA12292. Red/tan leather. Odo: 7,372 miles. Bertone design. Incredibly low miles for its 33 years, and no mention of a restoration. Paint still straight and eye-catching. Red-painted front left air dam heavily scratched. All lamps good. Vitaloni Turbo Racing outside mirrors. Can’tmiss, factory-optional rear wing doubles as a shuffleboard platform. Blotch on passenger’s side of windshield looks as if it can be washed away. Ruote O.Z. wheels shod with newer Pirelli Cinturato tires. Great interior. Seats show minimal wear. Excellent dash, gauges clear. Gated shifter housing pitted. Cloth brown headliner intact. Carpets clean. Multishow winner, although catalog didn’t name the specific venues. Stated to have traveled 50 miles since last full service. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,550. When Porsche brought the 911 Turbo back to the U.S. market in 1986, SOLD AT $90,767. S/N 133, with 1,220 miles, was for sale with H&H earlier in the year and didn’t sell against an estimate range of NOT SOLD AT $85,000. Overshadowed by its older stablemate, the iconic, legendary Countach. Both mid-engine cars, but the V8 in the Jalpa couldn’t compare with the Countach’s V12. And there’s the aura—the Jalpa just could never share in any of that magic stardust. How to make this example more appealing? Lose the ugly rear wing. The low estimate was $105k, but combing through the SCM Platinum Auction Database reveals that these haven’t crossed the $100k mark in years, and only one instance at that. High bid was above market, and its terrific condition warranted it, but I’m not convinced seller will get what he wants. Cross your fingers next time. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. #132-1989 FERRARI 328 GTS Spider. S/N ZFFXA20A1K0080333. Rosso Corsa/ black leather. Odo: 24,230 miles. Two-owner car. An original Ferrari in such pristine condition that noting the small imperfections in the paint is an exercise in mere nitpicking. Radar 132 Sports Car Market


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Roundup on steering wheel. Clean engine bay looks stock. Two-time Platinum award-winner at the Cavallino Classic. Includes service records, original toolkit and jack. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Still one of the cheapest entry points into Ferrari ownership. Prices have crept up though, and while six-figure hammer prices are infrequent, they’re no longer outliers when it comes to the very best— like this one. Final bid was light, and seller had the good sense to take it home. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. #S98-2003 FERRARI 360 Modena Spi- der. S/N ZFFYT53A230132498. Silver/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 8,822 miles. Good original paint, aside from a light scrape on left front corner of bumper cladding and a few bug-splat nicks front dead center. Right front wheelwell lip is slightly deformed, probably from a sturdy piece of road debris kicked into it by the tire while turning. Good, original cloth top, but backlight is prematurely fogged and nearly translucent instead of clear. Heavier tread wear than expected for miles indicated from OE tires. Clean and tidy engine bay. Minimal carpet and seat-bottom wear—more wrinkling than wear on the latter. Light scuffing on bottom of front and rear cladding from real-world use, along with overall light road spray. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $260,000. One of only 559 exiting the factory gate at Maranello. Some might say that’s not such a bad thing, as they’re not as good-looking as many of their legendary stablemates. It probably explains why they sat in dealership showrooms when new. Even so, this bid was way too light given its pristine condition, and so back home it went. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. NOT SOLD AT $77,000. Correctly bid for the current market, yet the consignor wanted more. I’m betting that the resale value on these 360 Modenas is going to plummet like a late-model Cadillac sedan, now that the midengine Corvette is a thing. For $77k, you get essentially the same driving experience but with the C8 there’s a new-car warranty, it can be serviced at the Chevy dealer in Booinewhack, North Dakota, and people are less inclined to assume that you’re a rich douchebag. While styling is subjective, I do prefer the cleaner looks of the 360 over the fighter-jet look of the ’Vette. Still, I’ll take the car with the Bowtie—in Elkhart Lake Blue with a tan interior, please. SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. #119-2005 FERRARI 575 SUPERA- MERICA convertible. S/N ZFFGT61A450142604. Red/tan leather. Odo: 9,212 miles. Uninspiring Pininfarina design. Exceptional, like-new condition with break-in miles. Classic color combo. Push of a button activates the nifty rotating hard top that sits flush with the boot lid. Desirable GTC Handling Package offers up a stiffer suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes, sport exhaust, stickier tires and special alloy wheels. Showroom interior. Paddle- March 2020 133 #ST0033.2-2014 FERRARI FF coupe. S/N ZFF73SKA3E0196886. Bianco Italia/ panoramic glass/black leather. Odo: 25,000 miles. Distinctive all-wheel-drive Ferrari “shooting brake” with relatively high mileage for a 2014 Ferrari (though not high for most cars). Only demerits to condition are typical wear to driver’s seat bolsters and scratches and wear to top of console tray. 2020 New York inspection sticker. Equipped with carbon-fiber Manettino steering wheel (about $4,900 new) and panoramic glass roof (a mere $18,000 new), as well as about $30,000 in other options, for a total sticker price of $357k. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. One of the more obscure (and oddly named) late-model Ferraris, but I love the hatchback design. White with black interior can make even a shifted 6-speed F1 transmission. Nothing major amiss that’s worth noting. Cond: 1. Ferrari disappear in a crowd. Parked in a corner and, along with the two 2020 Toyota Supras, could have been more creatively displayed as a featured car. The high bid was well below the asking prices of comparable FFs I found for sale, the lowest of which was a 2012 model with an asking price of $130k. Most 2014 models had asking prices of $140k–$150k, albeit all with somewhat lower mileage than this car. Massive depreciation prevails, but in any event, consignor will need to find another method to sell. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. #134-2015 FERRARI 458 Speciale Ap- erta convertible. S/N ZFF78VHA7F0210753. White/black Alcantara. Odo: 1,901 miles. Stunning white paint, with U-shaped gray stripe on hood. Dual hockey-stick-like gray stripes continue on engine lid aft of passenger’s compartment. Driven less than 2k miles, and looks it inside and out. Black Alcantara with contrasting gray stitching interior likenew, awash in carbon-fiber trim. Aluminum retractable hard top down. Unscuffed wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Excellent glass, lamps. Only nit is a chip on the hood. 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Roundup as the 458 Speciale A, was one of just 499 produced for the world, of which about 150 made it stateside. It sports the most powerful naturally aspirated road-going V8 ever built by Ferrari, punching out 597 hp versus 570 hp for the standard 458 Italia. Top speed is 199 mph. The consignor failed to unload this one today; the high bid fell far short of expectations given the $650k low estimate and $654.5k median value in the price guide. Possible explanation why the bidding faltered: Why spend all this money when a comparable 488 Spider could be picked up for a lot less? Seller may have to come to grips with that stigma before realizing a better outcome the next time around. Good luck! RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. JAPANESE #FR0234-1972 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 utility. S/N FJ40129135. Mint green/white fiberglass/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 40,762 miles. Probably the best paint job I have ever seen on an FJ40, and better than most cars in this auction. However, they painted a few parts that should be matte silver. Driver’s door is very difficult to latch, and the inside lock is broken off. That window is also difficult to roll up. Windshield card proclaims car has “new factory seat covers” when they clearly have a Cruiser Corps tag and are much more luxurious and in a different (and nicer) color than original. Card also states that it has “factory correct carpet” when rubber floor mats were the order of the day in 1972. These inauthentic textiles make for a pleasant interior, though. Non-Toyota front bumper, however. Spare wheel and tire strangely moved from right side to middle, with gas/water cans on either side festooned with modern Toyota logos. Clean underhood with aluminum radiator fitted. Cond: 2-. restoration at unspecified time and place. Odometer reading of only 40k-plus miles claimed as the actual mileage, which is possible, but as far as I could see, no evidence of same was offered. In any case, it’s a very nicely restored FJ40 that still needs some work to the driver’s door and window to be satisfactory. Apart from this significant aggravation, this was a much-above-average FJ40 that I thought could have brought another $5k or more. FJ40 prices typically seem to be all over the map, but I consider this car to have been well bought. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. #FR0112-1990 NISSAN 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe. S/N JN1CZ24A7LX003624. Red/gray & black cloth. Odo: 33,696 miles. Low-mileage, beautifully maintained and good-looking first-year example of the lastgeneration 300ZX. I reported on this car at its last appearance at GAA, in July 2018. Since then, the car has been driven one mile (which is sort of sad) and shows no deterioration. Extremely nice inside and out. Once again I’ll comment that the consignor could have taken a few minutes to put some wheel and tire gloss on the car. Comes with original price sticker and owner’s manual. Cond: 2+. engineered Japanese sports cars of the early 1990s, less well-known than the Supra, 300ZX or RX-7, but also currently on the rise as a “youngtimer” collectible. The hot ticket was the VR-4 with twin turbos and AWD; this base V6 is much more mild and front-wheel drive, so may fly under the radar for most Millennial collectors. The white pearl paint may not flatter the car, but it could be a fine daily driver and interesting enough to take to Cars & Coffee. I thought it was an absolutely great car for $10,700. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. #F36-1992 MAZDA MIATA MX-5 con- SOLD AT $31,030. When this car could generate a high bid of only $24,500 in 2018 (SCM# 6874918), I commented that with the rising interest in Japanese sports cars, seller might well do better in the future, and that’s exactly what happened (contrary to what usually happens when a car is rerun in a later installment of the same auction). This price seems to me to be fair to both seller and buyer, and there may be room for further appreciation. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19.(See Next Gen Market Moment, p. 72.) #FR0259-1991 MITSUBISHI 3000GT SOLD AT $35,310. Claimed fresh frame-off 134 coupe. S/N JA3XD54B0MY028530. Glacier White Pearl/red & gray cloth. Odo: 34,330 miles. An obviously extremely well-maintained example. Original factory paint shows slight wear and minor chips but better than good enough. Typically Japanese interior of the era in almost new condition; I could not find any flaws. Comfy and supportive twotone cloth and vinyl seats in this base version. Factory alloys ride on somewhat worn Falkens; probably time for new tires. Very neat and clean under hood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $10,700. No-reserve offering from the eclectic Smokey Hyde Collection, comprised of 38 cars and trucks ranging from a ’38 Chevy street rod to a Karmann Ghia. The 3000GT was another one of the extravagantly vertible. S/N JM1NA3510N1318286. Fly Yellow/black vinyl/black cloth. Odo: 34,333 miles. Fitted with aftermarket 17-inch wheels on newer performance radials. Well-kept original paint. A notable door ding is on each door, in generally the same location right along the body character seam, but both have not cracked the paint. Moderate UV fade on windshield-wiper air deflectors, but otherwise good trim. Light shrinkage of rubber rub strips on luggage rack. Original top also has some shrinkage and weathering, but fits well enough. Light wear on the driver’s seat bolsters, steering-wheel rim and carpeting commensurate with miles indicated. Bone-stock engine bay had been cleaned up, but most alloy castings are dull. Undercarriage looks untouched since 1992. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,550. The ownership history of this first-gen pretty much shows what’s driving the market for them—and it’s no longer guys running them in SCCA as track rats (not that that still doesn’t happen on occasion). The lady who owned it from new had it until 10 years ago, only using it as a summer fun car. She sold it to the gal who consigned it here, repeating the limited seasonal use. She actually felt that she’d be lucky to get $2,500 for it, but the market is way beyond that, and has been for a couple of years. In fact, the live auction bidding opened at $4,100 on the thencurrent Proxibid high bid, as her $2,500 reserve was met online over a week before the live auction started. While there was some boots-on-the-ground action, the high bid was on Proxibid, going to Texas. SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. Sports Car Market


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Roundup #FR0121-2020 TOYOTA SUPRA GR Launch Edition coupe. S/N WZ1DB4C03LW023094. Renaissance Red/black leather. New car with Monroney sticker still on windshield. Electronic odometer not read. Looks smaller than in photos, and, in my opinion, much better. The double-bubble roof is the outstanding design feature for me. Too many slots, scoops and vents, but in person the Supra Mk V wears them surprisingly well. Extremely supportive seats (apparently not shared with BMW) may be too racy for some but I thought the car was exciting to sit in. Cond: 1. Pilot Super Sports. Seats are plenty comfortable. All instruments, controls intact. Some standard features include electronically adjustable ride height, carbon-ceramic discs with ABS, climate control, power windows, G sensor and alarm. Top Gear lap record in 2005, speed record in 2006. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,275,000. CCX stands for Competition Coupé X, the X commemorating the 10th anniversary of the first CC prototype test drive in 1996. The CCX was produced between 2006– 10, with a total production of 49 cars, 30 of which were base CCX models. Koenigsegg had been using a Ford Modular engine, but the CCX power unit was developed in-house. This car was impressive in a lot of ways. Two from the passenger’s seat: the multi-step starting process was cool, and wondering if driving it, —I’d get used to the limited view out the front window and live to tell about it. Pinpointing value is tricky, given their rarity. I’ve seen asking prices online for more, so I can’t blame seller for waiting another day. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. There were two new Supras at GAA, this red one and a silver car (Lot ST0032). The factory sticker showed an MSRP just over $58,000. The added dealer sticker had a “Limited Allocation” charge of $20,000 plus other mumbo-jumbo, so the very bottom line was just under $80,000. This car was bid to about $2,000 above the MSRP, and the silver car slightly less. Of course, neither sold. Buyers are usually savvy about the market and what kind of premium to pay. There is no reason for them to pay a larger premium here than they can pay to a Toyota dealer (and remember the 7% buyer’s premium), and they certainly weren’t going to pay $20k above MSRP. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. SWEDISH #135-2008 KOENIGSEGG CCX con- vertible. S/N YT9XC81B98A007066. Silver/ carbon fiber & blue leather. Odo: 1,144 miles. Carbon-fiber and kevlar body and chassis, the latter reinforced with aluminum honeycomb. Twin-supercharged 4.7-liter engine mated to a 6-speed manual. Generates 806 hp, 0–60 in 3.2 seconds, top speed of 245-plus mph. Break-in mileage is per the auction catalog. In excellent condition inside and out, with the glaring exception of body damage on left side of front bumper. Detachable hard top with glass roof. Factory-equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, now wearing less-expensive AMERICAN #S90-1922 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 33 tourer. S/N 333286. Cream & beige/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 46,206 miles. Equipped with Westinghouse shock absorbers, rear-mounted spares, artillery wheels. Boyce MotoMeter with propeller motif base. Restored several decades ago, and generally still presentable, though it’s not up to show standards as presented. Generally good repaint, but now chipping on some panel edges—especially around the body character moldings and window frames. Doors tend to cant out towards bottom of car. Modern plastic trailerlight fixtures added for rear turn signals. While not grungy, engine bay could benefit from cleaning up and at least light detailing. Seat upholstery is quite good. Fitted with a unique crank-down rear seat center armrest. Greasy, grimy undercarriage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $70,620. Cords and especially convertible models of same have been considered important and a significant addition to an American collector’s garage. Prices and interest have fallen off as of late, and parts are tougher to source. This was a well-worn example. Despite the headwinds, a restored or well-preserved example can easily fetch six figures. A great collectible that I believe will stand the test of time. Well bought. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. #FR0129-1954 FORD COURIER sedan delivery. S/N U4KS124689. Dove gray/ brown leather. Odo: 43,840 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Presented as a Coca-Cola delivery van. Paint is excellent. Panels are straight and door fit is good. Grille, door handles and Ford crest all mildly pitted. Applied, not painted, graphics. Dry rotted window rubber. Scratches and unfilled holes on trim surrounding side windows. Seat and door coverings appear almost new. Dashboard and dashboard trim have been well preserved. Block has been painted but is now oil stained. Overspray of black on firewall and heavy oxidation of headers. Trailer hitch. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,260. The Series 33, built from 1921 through 1925, was essentially a slightly restyled Series 32 with minor changes and refinements, such as numbers and placement of hood louvers, plus different door-handle styles. The four-valve-per-cylinder engine continued, using twin ignition. This early example of a Series 33 has twin distributors; later cars used a single 12-position distributor. It is also well known within Pierce-Arrow circles, with plenty of interest both onsite and online. Sell- 136 ing at no reserve from the David Harris Collection, this was also the car that brought the most money being hammered sold across the block (excluding a post-block sale that brought more), to an onsite bidder. SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. #ST0043-1936 CORD 810 phaeton. S/N 8102272H. Ivory/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 85,497 miles. One of only 11 “not hot rod” pre-war cars offered at GAA. Multiple shades of white paint, with the front fender finish appearing the newest, though it is marred by a two-inch-plus touched-up gash on the right. A small hole is in right rear fender. Chrome showing age. Most seals are brittle and cracked. Lovely red leather interior. Preserved gauges. Engine compartment not restored, with peeling paint on inner fenders. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. Although waning in popularity, Coca-Cola collectibles have broad Sports Car Market


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Roundup Market Moment appeal. I am uncertain whether this one had a role in soft-drink history or gained its association by decoration. In either case, it presents well and should reward a buyer with significant attention. A high bid of $17,000 (SCM# 6913107) was rejected at Mecum’s Harrisburg sale earlier this year. The seller turned down $5,500 more at GAA. Bid seemed very fair for a Courier in this condition, but given the present popularity of utility vehicles both modern and classic, and should the car continue its journey southward to, let’s say, Atlanta, Coke’s birthplace, the seller might get lucky. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. Courtesy of H&H Classics 1962 TVR Grantura Mark IIA Coupe Sold at $23,190 H&H, Buxton, U.K., November 11, 2019, Lot 78 Chassis number: 7C119 SCM Condition for this car: 4- with a crackly fiberglass body, anemic performance and an interior only a small submariner would love. Only about 500 were made — about T 100 Series I cars and 400 for Series II. Coming from a small company in Blackpool, England, the Grantura had a tubular chassis and VW Bug suspension. The car had a range of engine options — all small and underpowered — which went nicely with the suspension and brakes. They were built between 1958 and 1962, and being from a small shop, the changes from car to car were constant, ongoing and essentially untrackable. This Grantura, chassis 7C119, claims to be a 1962 Mark IIA, but the chassis number just before it in the sequence was a Mark I licensed in 1959. That car sold for $23,500 at the H&H auction in late November in Buxton, England, despite questions as basic as what year it was made. At least the catalog takes a good shot at explaining the model year discrepancy. The writer weaves a tale of a buyer in India, frustrated for years trying to get the car to pass muster with the customs folks, which means the car sat, sold, for some time at the factory. Various changes suggest this car was a bit of a factory mule and bitsa, with a Mark I body, Mark II interior bits (in the most awful light blue leather) and window frames, either because it was finished later than the sell date, or maybe damaged, or maybe… who knows? The car lacks the front discs and rack-and-pinion steering of a Mark II, and it has a 1,220-cc Coventry-Climax FWE engine, so let’s just call it a Mark I+ and be done with it. Let’s also call it a Condition 4 project car, with lots of visible rust and who knows what else under the repainted fiberglass. The interior is ratty and the gauges pitted, which is not exactly putting its best bumper forward for the auction. What we can’t call it is much of a deal, except maybe for parts. The best of these cars aren’t worth $50,000, so to pay half as much for a version with, uh, complicated provenance — and with mechanical and cosmetic issues — seems a bit dear. A simple search finds a much better car for less money on the TVR Car Club website in England. On the other hand, there aren’t many left, the bones might be good and the buyer might be looking forward to doing all the work himself. That’s what makes a market. Oh, and that engine might be worth a good portion of the purchase price. — Mark Wigginton 138 SOLD AT $80,785. Quite rare from new, with only 675 Imperial convertibles built in a recession year. This car has quite the auction history and has bounced around in value. In 2011 it sold for $86,900 at Russo and Steele Monterey (SCM# 6764777). In 2017 it was a comparative bargain at Russo and Steele Scottsdale at $67,000 (SCM# 6816984), and three months later it crept up to $71,500 at Leake Dallas (SCM# 6835280). It’s slightly disturbing that the mileage reads exactly the same now as it did in those 2017 auctions. Is the odometer broken or has the car not been driven? Neither is a great choice, but if I were the buyer I would hope for a broken odometer. Overall, however, the sale was fair to both buyer and seller. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. #Fr0251-1967 LINCOLN CONTINEN- TAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 7Y86G843026. Huron Blue/white vinyl/silver leather. Odo: 62,145 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repainted in Huron Blue at an unknown date, and said to be one of two in the color scheme. Sports Car Market he TVR Grantura is kinda, sorta handsome, at least from an angle or two. But overall they are a mess — put together from the parts bin, #FR0222-1958 IMPERIAL CROWN convertible. S/N LY16947. Black/black canvas/ red leather. Odo: 93,978 miles. 392-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Quality older restoration holding up well but no longer concours. Body very straight; nice black paint with some orange peel around fins. Excellent tinted glass. Wellfitted, likely more recent convertible top, with correct and clear plastic rear window, and a couple of stains that may be removable. Inside, red leather shows just the right level of patina. Most interior chrome is fine, but some pieces on dash not as good and glovebox door is out of alignment. Better than clean underhood, except for gas stains on carb. Well-equipped with factory air and aftermarket wire wheels, which look fine but are not really correct. First line of starting instructions to auction car jockeys reads, “Push in cigarette lighter.” Cond: 2-.


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Roundup Some polishing marks, but otherwise excellent finish. Bumpers appeared to have been rechromed and have some inclusions. Doorhandle chrome and side-mirror chrome is heavily pitted. White top in excellent condition. Interior said to be original and is well worn, with crack in steering wheel and heavily creased but not torn seat leather. Carpets are very good. Chassis is very clean without rust. Engine shows respray of uppermost pieces, but the remainder looks as old as the car. Some of foam insulation has melted. Factory a/c. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. One of 165 Chargers with a 440/4-speed made in 1972, and one of three of them with the N96 Fresh Air hood. What a big difference a year makes. With no difference in its configuration, the change from gross to net horsepower ratings on the 440 Magnum went from 375 to 280, respectively. In the formative years of the muscle-car market from the early 1980s until the start of the boom in the early 2000s, 1972s and later years were pretty much dismissed as wannabes, yet today they’re much better appreciated. However, this one was still bid well enough that it could’ve sold. SG Auction, Winona, MN, 10/19. SOLD AT $34,240. Mid-’60s Lincolns enjoyed a bit of a run-up that one might attribute to the notoriety associated with the earlier-inour-decade 50th anniversary of the historic events of 1963, as well as the TV series “Entourage.” As have many of the mass-produced, collector-car offerings, Lincoln convertibles have experienced a pullback in their valuations. This one, while a bit worn, seemed a solid offering. Last seen selling for $35,750 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in 2013 (SCM# 6088938). It appears to have had a few improvements since and 2,000 miles added to the odometer, and predictably has changed hands for a bit less. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/19. #S106-1972 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. S/N WH23U2A144876. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with Fresh Air hood and AM/FM radio. Aside from an older respray on rear of rear quarter panels (with sanding scratches visible below it) to cover body repairs, the car wears mostly original, okay paint. Replacement door seals, although they are spliced into original ends. Good, slightly muted original chrome, including bumpers. Despite a repaint of valve covers in recent years, engine bay would benefit from a proper detailing. Fitted with an aftermarket alloy intake manifold, retaining the stock Air Grabber air cleaner and plenums. Driver’s seat bottom replaced, but otherwise the interior is original. Redyed dashpad and door panels. Carpet has heavier fading, and is not well fitted around the shifter. Cond: 3+. #111-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S86Y401100. Black/black leather. Odo: 4,442 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Three-option GT with McIntosh radio, redpainted brake calipers (originally gray), and BBS forged wheels—no racing stripe. In mostly as-new condition inside and out, with the exception of what appears to be permanent streaking on front headlight covers. Clean engine bay. “Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association” on license-plate bracket. Evidently, consignor satisfies his “need for speed” on the ground and high in the sky. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $210,000. Did you really think this would go to a new owner at this price? Maybe seven to 10 years ago, but not today. Although it was one of the centerpiece cars in the auction tent during the cocktail reception the night before the sale, I’m guessing the all-black color combo sans contrasting stripe was a major turnoff. With so many on the market to choose from, bidders have the luxury to pass on a “meh” offering one week and try again the next. RAND Luxury, Roslyn, NY, 10/19. © March 2020 139


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Mystery Photo Answers After being admonished for not giving the old girl a proper burial, the tall, lean stranger in a cowboy hat looked down, spat on the carcass for good measure, and replied, “Buzzards gotta eat.” — Pat Hamlin, Thousand Oaks, CA This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: February 25, 2020 RUNNER-UP: The vulture capitalists have finally discovered the classic-car market. — Bruce Jenett, via email Never take a car loan from Vulture Capital Co. Miss a payment and they don’t just repossess! — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Just when I thought my worst fear was the tin worm. — Al Nelson, Pentwater, MI Someone hacked the website of the National Automotive Dealers Association and replaced the front page with the new Tesla logo. — Luke Kowalski, San Mateo, CA “Vulture” is the common name for a large bird of prey that subsists on weak or dead carrion (Latin caro, meaning “meat”). Vultures actually play a very significant role in ecosystems as scavengers, removing dead animals — and more recently, abandoned cars. Scientists are unable to deter- mine if this is a result of global warming or the adaptive behavior of a species that has now added cars to the list of carrion. — Mike Miller, Manteca, CA This transmission tastes a little differential to me. — Norm Brown, Fair Oaks, CA A true ground-up restora- tion. — Warren D. Blatz Jr., via email The older Burt and Gert get, the harder it is to tell a serpentine belt from some nice big fat worms! — Michael Rini, Reno, NV Comments With Your Renewals Here’s to another year of SCM! — Andrew Raicevich, Lakewood, CO (SCMer since 2003) Good work. Lots of material to read. I like “Buy/Sell/Hold” and last-page eBay collectibles. — Andy Iddison, Sandy, UT, (2010) Still great! First thing I read 140 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. They’ll eat the wiring harness and shocks. Those critters will eat the brake lines — then grab more and swoop down for a meal in that mountain crevasse. — Ray Kroll, Minneapolis, MN You know, the pre-war stuff tasted much better. — David English, Sneads, FL Rotisserie without restoration. — Robert Stein, Franklin, MI Oh, no, I am tasting rust. I think someone just spray-painted the chassis black. — Bill Maloney, via email Tesla in 10 years. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI I like the wiring from this particular car. It tastes like chicken. — David Libby, West Des Moines, IA I think it tastes like chicken! — Lew Rhoden, Bluffton, SC Desperate times call for des- perate measures. — Mark Miller, via email Pat Hamlin’s Darwinian outlook on Condition 4 cars wins an SCM cap that spent much of September gaining patina in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. ♦ on arrival, and I have most of my back issues. — Paul Foley, Carpinteria, CA (2002) Good magazine. Include more Corvette news, and talk about the 2020 Corvette. Thanks. — Karlton Kinzer, Hanover, PA (2003) Keith gave me a six-month subscription in ’08 when I complimented his work in AutoWeek. Been with you ever since. Great mag! The best I get. — Alan Defend, Rockledge, Fl (2008) Please, more coverage of American cars of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. — Marc Zuckerman, Bryn Mawr, PA (2003) Ever since Keith started this magazine, I always felt that he was “right on” with his assess- ment of the sports-car market. Keep it up! — Joseph Alphabet, Newport Beach, CA (1995) Outstanding! In every respect. — William Houston, Denver, CO (2004) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Terry Ballard


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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) • Give Yourself a Winter Drive • Happy New Year! • Cruising Into the Holiday Season Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscarmarket.com/guides-supplements) You Go, Girl: I enjoy letting kids sit in my Ferrari at Cars & Coffee. This girl’s smile says it all! — Greg James, Mercer Island, WA 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. • 2020 Insider’s Guide to Amelia Island and Spring Auctions • 2020 Pocket Price Guide Twenty Years Ago in SCM The cover of the March 2000 issue featured a wa- tercolor by Bill Neale depicting the 1998 Texas 1000 rally. In the painting, a longhorn steer observes the drive-by of an alloy-bodied Mercedes-Benz 300SL, followed by a ’57 Ferrari 250 GT Boano and ’66 Shelby Mustang GT350. The cover also posed the question whether $1.4m for a Ferrari F50 GT was “crazy or clever.” Inside, columnist Michael Sheehan noted that F40s were then selling in the $250k–$300k range, and production F50s in the $600k–$650k range. Welp, that was 20 years ago. Astute SCM readers might note that an F40 graced the cover two issues ago for $1m, and a 1997 F50 convertible failed to sell at Monterey this past year on a bid of $2.4m. They ain’t getting any cheaper, folks. March 2020 For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable Platinum 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! 141


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 50 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1956 Austin-Healey 100-4 Le Mans modification roadster 2018 and first place in the All British Show in the Chicago area, September 2019, for craftsmanship in the adaptive use of an alternative engine. Contact me for more details and images of the restoration process. $16,500. Contact Burt, Ph: 312.952.3102, email: burt@burtrichmond.com. (IL) 1958 Jaguar XK 150 coupe S/N BN2L229711. Silver/black. Inline 4, manual. West Coast car most of its life. Books and records dating back to the ’70s. A good driver for its age; 4-speed OD works. Newer tires and excellent chrome rims. Lots of work done, including engine rebuild, steel louvered hood and 100M carburetors. Altogether the car has a nice patina and looks old as it should be. Everything works. There is a top frame behind the seats but the cover is bad. Car also has side curtains, some tools and spare parts, spare wheel, books and records. Have original hood and carburetors if you want them instead. $44,500. BMC Classics Inc. Contact Harold, Ph: 386.314.9010, email: bmcar1@aol.com. (FL) 1956 Jaguar D-type replica roadster S/N HBT7L15506. Blue/dark blue. Inline 6, 4spd manual. This 3000 Mark II BT7 4-seater is a wonderful example of this highly versatile breed, presented in highly engaging Works rally car style. The last example to be comprehensively restored by renowned marque experts Randee and the late Tom Rocke. Photographs documenting the restoration work and British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate showing original data accompany the car. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/656. (CA) 1964 Jaguar E-type convertible luggage rack, Moto Lita wood steering wheel, wind wings and sun visors. Four matching Kelly 165R15 tires and Covercraft Evolution all-weather-condition car cover. $17,500. Contact John, Ph: 904.403.6945, email: jchmch@comcast.net. (FL) 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BT7 2+2 roadster 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III drophead coupe S/N LSGT531. Burgundy/tan. 13,149 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely stunning and extraordinarily well-presented Silver Cloud III LHD drophead coupe conversion, recently fully restored with no expense spared. Striking burgundy color repaint with a stunning all-new tan Connolly leather interior and dark piping with beautifully refinished wood and gauges. Equipped with factory power windows, rear folding picnic tables, original sales and delivery documents, handbooks, very rare copies of original R-R build sheets, a matching leather boot cover, spare wheel, heavy tools and small toolbox. Unique opportunity for Rolls-Royce collector/ enthusiast to purchase a superbly built and recently restored LHD example. $295,000 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1967 Jaguar 340 Mk II sedan S/N S834923BW. Maroon/Biscuit. 63,303 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This XK 150 features a matchingnumbers engine and has been professionally restored. Features an upgraded 4-speed manual transmission, fog lights, dual exhaust, two SU carbs and a beautiful Biscuit interior. It has received a full service and detail by Classic Showcase, and is a great model for drivers larger in stature, with plenty of leg room available. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/645. (CA) 1959-60 Austin-Healey Bugeye fiberglass bonnet S/N P56260866JA. Blue/blue. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. This freshly restored fiberglass-bodied D-type re-creation features performance enhancements such as Weber carbs, 5-speed transmission, rack-and-pinion steering, high-torque starter, electronic distributor, alloy radiator, sideexhaust pipes and Dunlop racing wheels. Inside, the D-type features a leather interior, instrumentation and Mota Lita steering wheel. Ready for showing or driving today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/652. (CA) 1957 Berkely SE492 roadster 7,682 miles. Series 1, 10-year restoration, refreshed 2018. $158,000. Contact Kyle, Ph: 614.419.2446, email: kyle.grim@yahoo.com. 1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 RestoMod coupe Silver/Aftermarket fiberglass Bugeye bonnet in great condition. Front hinge type. No cracks, needs new paint. Will put on pallet and take to shipper, buyer pays shipping. $850. Contact James, Ph: 303.946.8548, email: gearhead007@hotmail. com. (CO) 1960 Triumph TR3A roadster Silver/black. V8, manual. LICENSE TO STUN — Award-winning RestoMod. Embrace your inner Bond with a stunning E-type, fully loaded with modern technology. High-performance 302 racing engine, high-performance cam and Edlebrock fuel injection, satellite tracking, hidden weapons/gadgetry, plus many other performance mods you’d expect from Q. See weblink for additional Top Secret photos. Contact Gene, Ph: 612.298.5648, email: gene.berghoff@ gmail.com. Website: www.jaguarguy.wixsite.com/ restomod. (MN) 1965 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N P180755. Black/red. 58,444 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This striking Jaguar 340 has been one-family-owned since February of 1968, and stands in great mechanical condition. This example is one of only 535 left-hand-drive models made, and one of only 10 outfitted with the 3.8-liter engine. With the fitment of the straight-port E-type-like cylinder heads and a lighter body shell, these 340s proved to be faster than their full-blooded Mark 2 equivalents. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/641. (CA) 1967 Jaguar E-type Series 1 coupe The original 3-cylinder, 2-stroke engines have a propensity to seize from the center cylinder not getting enough cooling air. When that happened to the prior owner, he replaced the engine with a 1960s Honda 2-cylinder 400-cc engine. Front-wheel drive. Restored and well fettled to be a reliable more-smiles-per-mile car. In addition to new hand and foot controls, exhaust system and fresh paint, it is wearing four new tires. Great handling. Placed second in the under 1,600-cc South Bend Concours 142 Red/130,200 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Rebuilt and balanced engine in 2001; 4-cylinder, 2,177-cc (1,991-cc standard) w/ 105 hp (95 hp) standard. Nice, tight driver, with overdrive transmission and equipped with oversized radiator and TR6 six-blade cooling fan. Oil cooler, stainless-steel exhaust system and headers, rebuilt front brake calipers with stainless-steel inserts and brake lines and knockoff 60-spoke wire wheels. Includes side curtains, tonneau cover and soft top, spare tire and jack, S/N 1E10502. Opalescent Silver Blue (with navy blue top)/navy blue. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Fully restored, numbers-matching XKE. Attractive color combo; this convertible includes upgraded Wilwood brakes all around, ceramic headers, alloy radiator with auxiliary fan, electronic ignition, gear-reduction starter, 15-inch steering wheel and digital Bluetooth stereo with phone jack. This high-end driver is ready to drive and enjoy today! Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/609. (CA) S/N 1E32342. Prim Rose/black. 67,622 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Matching-numbers solid body, with partial interior restoration and recent engine service. Spent large portion of its life as a California car. Original California black plates included. 1967 employs the best of the Series I cars, high-performance 4.2 engine, synchronized gearbox, more-comfortable interior, etc. See weblink for additional photos. Contact Jeremy, Ph: 612.590.2094, email: jberg1177@gmail.com. Website: www.jaguarguy.wixsite.com/etype. (MN) 1969 Jaguar E-type 2+2 coupe S/N 1R41743. Willow Green/black. 47,718 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Comes with Heritage Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Certificate. Options include power disc brakes, wood steering wheel, telescoping steering column, 72-spoke chrome wire wheels wrapped in 185R15 Michelin X radial Redline tires, single outside mirror, windshield washers, Smiths instrumentation, and a completely polished stainless-steel exhaust system. 4.2-L DOHC inline 6. $50,000. Contact John, Ph: 406.396.0605, email: jerry.senior321@gmail. com. (MT) 1973 Lotus Europa JPS livery coupe exacting direction of manufacturing magnate Louis Delaunay-Belleville, the marque made its debut at the 1904 Paris Salon. The chassis, engineered by former Benz designer Marius Barbarou, featured a distinctive round radiator, patterned after the steam boilers the car’s parent firm had long supplied for naval use. $123,000 OBO. Classicmobilia. Contact Keith, Ph: 44(0)1908270672, email: keith@ classicmobilia.com. Website: www.classicmobilia. com/showroom/9142508-delaunay-belleville-24-cvconvertible/. (Milton Keynes) GERMAN 1959 Porsche 356A Super Convertible D built in 1970. 2.2-liter, 180-horsepower fuel-injected 6-cylinder motor. Southern California car for the past 10 years. Fully restored by Elite Restoration of Paramount, CA, in 2015–17. Further work done by various San Diego Porsche specialists. Beautiful body and paint work in original Conda Green. Complete interior upholstery done in correct materials. Engine rebuilt, wheels refinished. Matching numbers, engine and transmission. An outstanding example of a very rare 911S coupe. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics. com. Website: www.grandprixclassics.com/1970porsche-911s/. (CA) 1973 Porsche 911T coupe S/N 2917R. Black/black. 31,534 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Twin-Cam Special with JPS livery. The ultimate-spec Europa: 5-speed, big-valve head, twin Webers. National award winner. Connolly leather, Wilton carpeting. Same owner for 25 years. Runs perfectly and needs nothing. Get in and drive! An appreciating value. For more photos and details, visit our website. $34,900. Contact Carl, Ph: 828.835.8007, email: focusrsh@arn.net. Website: www.nccollector.com. (NC) 1974 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 convertible dealer inventory since imported. Excellent cosmetic, running and driving condition. $120,000. BMW San Francisco. Contact Henry, Ph: 415.551.4233, email: henryeschmitt@gmail.com. (CA) 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 coupe S/N 86666. Silver metallic/red & tan. 4,095 miles. Flat 4, 4-spd manual. Documented Europeandelivery vehicle. Museum-quality restoration to Kardex/CoA specs. All matching numbers: engine, case, transmission, doors, deck lid and hood. Original toolkit, manuals and four dated original wheels accompany. Comprehensive pictorial scrapbook of over 150 photographs of the entire restoration process from bare metal to completion. $315,000. Contact Lee, Ph: 321.639.1295, email: leempayne@cfl.rr.com. (FL) 1963 Porsche 356B T-6 1600S coupe S/N 9113101187. Gemini Blue/black. 82,683 miles. Inline 6, This 911T has just recently completed a documented, comprehensive restoration by Classic Showcase and is a great choice for showing and driving. A California car since new, this numbersmatching example features a number of Porschespecific items and a set of fully restored Fuchs wheels to complete the look. A pictorial DVD documenting the 911T’s various restoration processes accompanies the vehicle. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/468. (CA) 1986 Porsche 930 coupe S/N UE1S23924. Navy blue/Burgundy. 41,000 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Pristine example from long-standing collector owner. Heavily documented progressive maintenance with mechanical, chassis, cosmetic upgrades commissioned in 2016. Webers, stainless exhaust, new leather, rebushed suspension with adjustable shocks, new brakes, ready for show/ rally. Factory tools, manuals, documents, original components included. Reluctant sale. Reasonable. Perfect E-type. $85,000 OBO. Contact Andrew, Ph: 805.708.4449, email: atymkiw@aol.com. (CA) 1974 Jaguar E-type Series III convertible S/N 213313. Ruby Red Metallic/black. 93,000 miles. This 356B T-6 Karmann coupe was built in March 1963, finished in Ruby Red Metallic over black leatherette. Original Blaupunkt radio still working great. Work performed includes replacing the floor pans, tuning the numbers-matching 1600S flat-4, replacing the clutch and reconditioning the seats with new padding. Great running and driving 356. Porsche CoA included with service history. $80,000 OBO. Contact John, Ph: 520.307.7163, email: bnjgruber@gmail.com. (AZ) 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible S/N WPOAC2965RS480083. Red/beige. 24,168 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. Guards Red/Cashmere leather, U.S.-spec, one of 1,437 built, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. For any inquiries, please contact Kelly Strong. $309,999. Automobiles Etcetera. Contact Kelly, Ph: 514.795.5277, email: kelly.strong@automobilesetcetera.com. Website: www.automobilesetcetera.com/vehicles/1994/ porsche/911t/mont-royal/qc/38718232/?sale_ class=used. (CAN) 1994 Porsche 928 GTS coupe S/N WP0JB0939GS050714. Prussian Blue/black. 80,280 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Beautiful 930 Turbo. Rare color, excellent condition throughout. Original manuals, toolkit, spare and jack. Aftermarket sport exhaust, with original and all emissions equipment included. January 19 service compression test 115-120 all cylinders. Clean CARFAX. $89,000. Contact Andrew, Ph: 480.636.0066, email: andrewcruse59@gmail. com. (AZ) 1988 Porsche 930 Slantnose convertible S/N UE1S23907BW. Black/black. 48,000 miles. V12, 3-spd automatic. Arizona car, perfect body, no rust ever, original interior, perfect new Hartz top. Auto, a/c. $65,000 OBO. Contact David, Ph: 801.699.3928, email: ferrariguyv12@aol.com. (UT) FRENCH 1912 Delaunay-Belleville CV24 open-top saloon S/N WP0AA2923RS820138. Black/tan. 63,021 miles. I8 (inline 8), 3-spd automatic. One of only 139 928 GTS coupes imported to the U.S. in 1994. This twoowner car spent its entire life in Southern California, where it has had a major service performed 2k miles ago; which included installation of a new timing belt and water pump. It is stock, covering less than 64k miles since new. V8 Porsches are well-balanced sports cars, recognized by many as one of Porsche’s all time greats. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/624. (CA) 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe S/N 11304412009666. Off White/navy blue. 83,800 miles. V8, automatic. An extremely rare example of this mostly all-original Southern California 280SL W113 Pagoda roadster, with very desirable original factory and dealer options of automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, outside rear-view mirror, German canvas soft top and original factory hard top. The car still boasts its original Off White factory color paint and navy blue interior and with believed to be an original 83k miles! West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1970 Porsche 911S coupe S/N 4979. Burgundy/black. 1,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. 1906–08 Delaunay-Belleville HB4 Phaeton CV24, chassis number: 4979V coachwork: Phaeton Tourer registration number: MH12 (current Spanish de-registered 2014. ) Engine number: 4979V. The French Delaunay-Belleville was an internationally coveted prestige car in the first decade of the 20th century. Produced under the 144 S/N WP0EB0937JS070114. Black/black. 26,199 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Black/black leather, U.S.-spec, one of 112 built. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, highly documented. For any inquiries, please contact Kelly Strong. $239,999. Automobiles Etcetera. Ph: 514.795.5277, email: kelly. strong@automobilesetcetera.com. Website: www. automobilesetcetera.com/vehicles/1988/porsche/930turbo-slantnose/mont-royal/qc/31488847/?sale_ class=used. (CAN) 1991 BMW Z1 Alpina cabriolet S/N WP0AB29932S686392. Black/black. 52,145 miles. Flat 6, 6-spd manual. This car performs perfectly with zero issues. No fluid leaks. Clean CARFAX report with no accident history. Clear Bra 3M protection film installed. Professional performance upgrades include EVOMS Stage 2 kit, Ultimate Motorwerks Zero Turbos, 1.0 Bar Wastegate boost controller, RPi Intercoolers, lowered ride height with H&R coil-over shocks/springs, RPi custom software—removed EVOMS tune and remapped DME/ECU, RPi carbon-fiber hood, Kinesis custom three-piece wheels (315/30-18 & 235/40-18). $44,995 OBO. Contact Michael, Ph: 972.897.9607, email: summitpowersupply@att.net. (TX) 2008 BMW Z4 coupe S/N 9110300085. Conda Green/black leather. Flat 6, manual. Porsche CoA. Only 1,430 911S coupes were S/N WAPRLE0000C260028. Red/black. 34,692 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Rare Alpina Z1, number 28 of 66, built in 1991. Has had all recent services. Brought to U.S. as show and display only and kept in Inline 6, automatic. Extremely rare, extremely beautiful, extremely desirable. Fairly low miles (approximately 70k), fairly low price for an almost “exotic.” Paddle-shift automatic. Buy my car. I have become way too old for it, but it is difficult to part with. I’ll miss it. Call for any and all details (no voicemails. Call till I pick up. Thanks.) $23,000 OBO. Contact Kent, Ph: 505.639.2442, (NM) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S convertible 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS spider Passes California SMOG. All the fun of yesteryear.... today. Drive home anywhere now! $12,500 OBO. Contact Robert, Ph: 415.346.8486, email: bicpresidio@sbcglobal.net. Website: www.youtube. com/watch?v=riycN146pzo. (CA) 1939 Mercury 99A convertible S/N WP0CD2A92BS773246. Silver/brown. 8,697 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd automatic. Silver/ Mocha leather, U.S.-spec, 7-speed PDK, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. For any inquiries, please contact Kelly Strong. $149,999. Automobiles Etcetera. Ph: 514.795.5277, email: kelly. strong@automobilesetcetera.com. Website: www. automobilesetcetera.com/vehicles/2011/porsche/911/ mont-royal/qc/31489712/?sale_class=used. (CAN) ITALIAN 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce S/N 28065. Rosso Chiaro/black. Originally purchased by Rick Mears in 1979 after his first of four Indianapolis 500 wins. Complete documentation to date, with all books, tools/jack, bags, covers, service records and additional Mears memorabilia. Mario Andretti etched signature steering wheel. Properly maintained and kept in dedicated preservation condition with original paint and interior. $69,000 OBO. Contact Michael, Ph: 701.235.4796, email: haringmp@aol.com. (ND) 1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Callaway prototype coupe 1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 resto-mod coupe S/N 86937. Washington Blue/brown. 25,000 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Never rusted, older restoration. Leather interior with radio, heater, good top and boot, excellent mechanicals, good oil pressure, rebuilt/replaced, starter, generator, fuel pump, carb, distributor, coil, master, wheel cylinders, shocks and tranny. Receipts available, hydraulic brakes, 3.51 rear. Drives like new. Additional photos: www.dropbox.com/sh/63c1odm9xpu9abx/ AADIb8JdrgxFZmKnHdw-zQ27a?dl=0. $45,900. Contact Michael, Ph: 203.256.9800, email: mike@ fiteng.com. Website: www.classiccargallery.com. (CT) S/N AR247703. Red/black. Inline 4, manual. Recent service on engine, all suspension, corners rebuilt. New brakes and shocks. Fuel tank removed and resealed. $2,500 paint detail. Original interior. Wonderful example of very rare step nose. Grand Prix Classics. Contact Mark, Ph: 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: www.grandprixclassics.com/1967-alfa-romeo-giuliasprint-gt-veloce-2/. (CA) 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 coupe 1954 Buick Skylark S/N ZARAA6693F1007091. Red/beige. 79,000 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. Last pre-production prototype (number 5). Actual car tested by Road & Track and Car & Driver in 1985. Former owner claimed Callaway brochure cover car. Original paint and interior; including Recaros. Rebuilt motor. See JAN 2012 Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine. Service records: previous owner’s plus mine. Not a museum piece; beautifully preserved and maintained. Until recently it’s been my daily driver, but at 80-plus-years-old, the driving position no longer suits me. This is a very special car of historical significance. GTV6 Callaways will be featured at 2020 AROC Convention. $65,000. Contact Lester, Ph: 918.430.5968, email: gtvalfa@sbcglobal.net. (OK) S/N 13151. Verde Bahram/beige. 71,000 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Original and unmolested 365GT 2+2 with a high-end repaint in its original Verde Bahram (Emerald Green) color. Interior is all original, looks and drives excellent. Power steering, factory a/c, Borrani wire wheels. Documented long-term ownership. Includes manuals and tools. $195,000. Contact Ivan, Ph: 678.521.7893, email: ivan@thecarnut.com. Website: www.thecarnut.com/ Ferrari365GT.html. (GA) 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 coupe 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS spider Project car on rolling, restored chassis. Body in primer. All major parts and paperwork included. $20,000. Ph: 315.382.3742, (NY) 1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix 2-dr hard top Red/black. 28,750 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Impeccable, accident-free car with virtually perfect black interior. Fully serviced and ready to go. Books, tools and records present. Last model year before the pesky ABS brakes. $95,000 OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385, email: rpm@rpmvt.com. Website: www.rpmvt.com/. (VT) AMERICAN 1929/1981 Ford Model A Shay 2+2 sports roadster S/N AR3024158. White/black. 50,994 miles. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Very original, matching numbers, engine and body never apart, correct lines and gaps. Ingram SPICA rebuild, ignition, fuel pump, mounts, seals, bushings, brake lines, shocks, complete tune and more in last 1k miles. Original toolkit and spare. First place AROC Chicago convention for 115s. Alfa Storico certificate. Car located in Chicago area. Contact Mark, Ph: 708.927.1854, email: alfaromeo74gtv@gmail.com. (IL) S/N 1HWA31AA3AE006400. Cream & black/black. 31,250 miles. Flat 4, 4-spd manual. Factory built, sold new 1981 at California Ford dealership. All original, 31,500 miles, CARFAX verified. 2+2 Sports Roadster with rumble seat. Comfortable at highway speeds, drives excellent. Top, side curtains and trunk included. Always garaged. Recent major service (tires, timing belt, radiator, water and fuel pumps). March 2020 S/N 30837S108028. Daytona Blue/dark blue. V8, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching, very original, iconic one-year-only Split-Window Corvette, finished in arguably the most desirable color combination offered. Beautifully maintained and carefully owned by former exotic-sports-car-service business owner. Complete with original manuals and literature, original-style wheels and original floor mats. See web link for additional photos. Contact Pat, Ph: 952.454.6618, email: pcotter33@gmail.com. Website: www.jaguarguy.wixsite.com/corvette. (MN) S/N 5315112363. Red/red. 20,447 miles. V8, automatic. An exceptionally straight and great daily-driving survivor. Recently comprehensively unibody-up restored. Mostly all original and stock Southern California car with coveted California black plates. 318/230-hp 2-bbl V8 engine matched to its original and optional TorqueFlite push-button automatic transmission, factory power steering, power brakes and air conditioning! $37,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 Split-Window coupe S/N 1F02M195946. Grabber Blue/black. 0 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. A rare and mostly all-original surviving example of this original Southern California car with its original and highly desirable high-performance M-code 351/285-hp Cleveland V8 4-bbl engine matched to its original Hurst unit 4-speed manual shifter. Boasting rare factory options including power windows, power front disc brakes, power steering with and which was born and still boasts its original Grabber Blue factory color paint with all original black all vinyl standard interior, 3.25:1 axle with locking differential, original AM Philco radio, and optional Magnum 500 chrome wheels. $27,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@ aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 2000 Dodge Viper coupe Silver/black. V8, manual. Award-winning restomod. High-performance 302 Ford Racing engine, high-performance cam and Edlebrock fuel injection, hidden weapons/gadgetry, proximity cameras/ alarm, plus many more performance and “007” mods. Experience the unrivaled beauty of an SR-1 E-type with the power, convenience and reliability that comes with modern technology. See weblink for additional photos. Contact Gene, Ph: 612.298.5648, email: gene.berghoff@gmail.com. Website: www.jaguarguy.wixsite.com/restomod. (MN) 1971 Ford Mustang 351 Sportsroof S/N 1B3ER69E0YB603091. 33,000 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Purchased new in Portland, OR. Occasional driver in good condition. Stock, always garaged, never tracked. $47,500. Contact Kim, Ph: 360.468.4390, email: Tanbark97@gmail.com. (WA) RACE 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Alan Fraser racer Blue & white/white. V8, 4-spd manual. The Alan Fraser Tiger 2-door hard-top race car, aka “the Monster.” Autosport class winner 1966, successful in numerous races and hillclimbs in Tenerife and Spain during the ’60s and ’70s. Current owner since 1982. Ran at Monterey Ford Centenary in 2003 and has been racing ever since. Call for full details Contact Chris, Ph: 310.849.5598, email: misssanfrancisco@ aol.com. (CA) © 145


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Advertising/Marketing 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) 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 Petersen Auction Group of Motorwerks Marketing. 480.228.1881. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Advisor Services Gooding & Company. Visions In Vehicles. Your car should be enjoyable. Let us help you keep it that way! We guide clients through their restoration project or car build, or can assist in private collection curation, events and valuation. Please visit our website for full details and service descriptions. Customer focus and satisfaction is our number one goal. If you are just starting down the road or have reached a crossroads, put our 25-plus years of experience to work for you. Contact us today! 205.470.0191, email john@visionsinvehicles.com, website www.visionsinvehicles.com Auction Companies GAA Classic Cars Auction, 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) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. Offering 650-plus vehicles three times per year: spring, summer and fall. 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) 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 146 Palm Springs Auctions Inc. GPK Auctions. 856.573.6969. GPK 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 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) 310.899.1960. 310.526.6594. 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) 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 Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. 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) 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, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly, hassle-free transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. 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 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) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Automobilia inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com BMW W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549 . W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Automodello. 877.343.2276. 1:12 1967 Gurney Spa-winner handsigned by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Cadillac, Delahaye, Delage, Ford, Iso Grifo, Lincoln in 1:24 scale ONE43™ Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, Sunbeam in 1:43 scale Hand-built Limited Edition Resin Art™ 10% SCM Discount — SCM19MP on Automodello.com 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 Automotive Restorations. 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 Passion for automobiles made visible Created from over 100 components, this highly detailed 3 dimensional artist’s model of the iconic five dials is inspired by the early 911 dash, complete with functioning clock. Each dial is hand crafted and assembled by the artist. Customization is available. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Many more unique motoring gifts available at www.motorology.com Motorology, LLC Williston, VT 617.209.9902 Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com (CA) March 2020 Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 135,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy 147 FOLLOW SCM 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 The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. 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) BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) Buy/Sell/General Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) 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. 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 Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA)


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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. Classic Auto Mall — One of the largest Classic Car Facility’s in the world, with nearly eight acres under one roof in a climate controlled, secure, indoor showroom. Over 800 vehicles on display/for sale. The Ultimate Destination for Classic and Specialty Cars, located one hour west of Philadelphia on the Turnpike in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Consignments invited, single car or entire collections. Worldwide marketing coverage. Call 888.227.0914 or visit us at www.ClassicAutoMall.com 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 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) 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 Luxury Brokers International. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com (CA) Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Copley Motorcars has been trading in sports and classics for over 20 years out of its suburban Boston showroom, specializing in vintage Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover Defender. And now a second showroom — CopleyWest — has opened in Newport Beach, California. www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@gmail.com (MA) www.copleywest.com pat@copleywest.com (CA) 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) Saratoga Auto Auction. Sept. 18 and 19, 2020 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 one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Paramount Automotive Group/ Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) 148 314.524.6000. After more than 30 years in business, Hyman Ltd stands proudly as one of the most respected names in the global collector-car trade. Whether your interests focus on concours champions, brass-era powerhouses or newmillennium icons, Hyman Ltd’s unique approach and unrivaled experience helps you navigate a rapidly evolving marketplace. Our highly successful consignment program placed some of the world’s most significant motorcars with new owners, and our showrooms house a diverse inventory of nearly 200 vehicles. If you are buying, selling or exploring your options to manage your collection, choose Hyman Ltd to serve your needs. 2310 Chaffee Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146 314-524-6000. sales@hymanltd.com 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) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com (MA) West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars of San Diego. 619.515.2220. We are West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics.com info@ WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Car Storage Collector Car Insurance Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com English CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse 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. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com (MA) Kevin Kay Restorations. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com (NY) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net (CA) Events—Concours, Car Shows 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) Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 30–November 1, 2020 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. 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 Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com (MI) Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the 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. 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 March 2020 The Quail, A Motorsports GathJ.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 JWF Restorations Inc. Specializ- ing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners 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 inclu- 149 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 17–19, 2020. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA)


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sive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com (CA) Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. German in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com (CA) Italian Hamann Classic Cars. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 831.242.8200. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the legendary Corkscrew, which has been the scene of many famous racing memories. The 2019 premier-event season includes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, IMSA, Trans Am, Ferrari Racing Days, World Superbike and IndyCar’s season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. For tickets, camping and hospitality contact www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831.242.8200. Finance (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #: 1.602.397.5300 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 Scott Grundfor Company. Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) Import/Export 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 CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than European Collectibles Inc. Ferrari Financial Services. 201.816.2670. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. 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) two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com Premier Financial Services. Cosdel International Transportation. 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! 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 150 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) 877.973.7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877.973.7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com Legal 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 CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most sought-after products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com 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 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 Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Multimedia Publications Dr Beasley’s. Dr. Beasley’s pro- 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 Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Bright- works has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) 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 Museums Keith Martin’s National Parts Depot. 800-874- 7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com 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 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) LeMay—America’s Car Museum celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) 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) 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 restorations on classic Mercedes-Benz. We value our customers through excellence in our work and service. Our parts department is top notch and has a rare variety of hard-to-find original Mercedes-Benz parts. Email: Office@ palmbeachclassics.com www.palmbeachclassics.com (FL) tique, classic and special interest cars. Performing all aspects of car restoration in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility including: upholstery, mechanical, electrical, engine rebuilds, bodywork, custom paint, interior and exterior woodworking and refinishing. Tel: 800.766.0035 or 717.428.1305, email: alprueittandsons@verizon.net 8 Winter Avenue, Glen Rock, PA 17327 Ragtops & Roadsters. Paramount Classic Cars. Jeff’s Resurrections has been Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom bringing some of the world’s finest cars back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas for almost three decades. Founded in 1990, we are a full-service auto restoration facility specializing in classic, exotic and antique vehicles, whose work has won many awards. With a full-time team of ten skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers, we offer complete mechanical and coachwork services. Our premises encompass 36,000 square feet of historic property that once housed a pre-war Dodge dealership in Taylor, Texas, just a short drive from downtown Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Circuit of the Americas. 512.365.5346. www.jeffsresurrections.com (TX) 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com 215.257.1202. For close to three decades Ragtops & Roadsters has provided maintenance, preservation and restoration services for British, German, Italian and other European marques. We offer a comprehensive array of services, including mechanical repair, engine rebuilding, interior trimming and coachwork; including paint and body repair. Let our talented craftsman put you back in the driver’s seat of your special classic car so you can enjoy it on the road again! info@ragtops.com www.ragtops.com (PA) RM Auto Restoration. 519.352.4575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com Paruch Automotive CraftsmanThe Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) On the Road Again Classics. Hahn Auto Restoration. 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our 152 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com ship. 262.339.0180. We are a small team of passionate craftsmen dedicated to delivering sophisticated automotive metal restoration. Our passion is restoring ’50s–’60s coach-built vehicles; especially Italian marques. Our capabilities include coach-built body restoration, metal shaping, fabrication, trim and exhaust fabrication, muscle car restoration... anything metal. We have been involved with a substantial pedigree of world-class vehicle restorations. For over 10 years, our workmanship has been shown and won awards at concours across the U.S. and Europe. Give us a call to learn more about who we are and how we can help with your next project. 262.339.0180, www.paruchautomotivecraftsmanship. com (WI) Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com The Classic Auto Show. Palm Beach Classics. 561.568.5906. Palm Beach Classics has grown over the last decade into a well-respected restoration facility and automotive sales center known around the world. Backed up with a very strong reputation, we provide high-quality Prueitt Automotive Restoration. Since 1975. Al Prueitt and Sons is a family-owned and -operated Antique and Classic Auto Restoration business located in Glen Rock, PA. Restoring an- 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 market- Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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place and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com The Creative Workshop. 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 relationship with openness, honesty, constant communication, detailed documentation and with the highest ethical standards. Our 18,000 square foot facility is fully equipped and is staffed with highly skilled artisans, allowing us to provide a full array of services to our clients in a single location. Visit us in person at 285 Columbus Boulevard, New Britain, CT 06051, or online at www.ThePaddockCars.com Treasured Motorcar Services. The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. The Paddock Classic Car Restora- tions. 860.224.1888. At The Paddock, our collective passion is the restoration and preservation of fine classic automobiles of any type/era. We strive to provide the highest possible quality in our results and approach every customer BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,500 sq. ft. facility with our dedicated full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com with a concentration in MercedesBenz and Jaguar. With a diverse team of master craftsmen we bring rolling works of art to life. Our in-house upholstery center and body shop allow us to give every project our undivided attention all under one roof. Storage and Consignments available. 561-333-1868 torqueclassiccars.com Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. Since 1991, we have been restoring cars back to exacting standards and building custom, one-of-a kind vehicles for customers all over the world. We are your one-stop shop. All restoration and mechanical services are met through our comprehensive shop. Expert body restoration, paint, fabrication, and upholstery. “Precisely Like You Want It. Even If You Want It Precisely Like It Was.” Visit valenticlassics.com to learn more or email inquiry@valenticlassics. com (WI) © FOLLOW SCM Torque Classic Cars. 561.333.1868. We are your one stop for all your collector car needs. Located in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. We specialize in restorations of European sports cars March 2020 153


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Carl Bomstead eWatch The Sultan of Swat’s 500th Homer Bat A million bucks for Babe’s bat continues the hot sports memorabilia trend Thought Carl’s Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, hit 714 home runs during his prodigious career, a record that stood until 1974, when Hank Aaron broke the record. On August 11, 1929, Ruth hit his 500th homer, the first Major Leaguer to do so. In the 1940s, he gave the bat that he used to set the record to a friend, and it remained with his family ever since. SCP Auctions recently offered the bat, and it sold for $1,000,080, an impressive amount — but far from a record. Sports memorabilia has been the hot ticket of late, and this continued the trend. Here are a few more items that are not a million bucks but are cool nonetheless: light lenses. The lithographing was a bit faded and dull, and it had a played-with look. In better condition, the price would have doubled, as this is a rare variation of a desirable toy. EBAY #163957157652—INDEPENDENT MOTOR OIL DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of bids: 58. SOLD AT: $8,505. Date: 11/29/2019. The Thunderbird logo represented the Independent Oil Men of America (IOMA). They also used the Red Hat logo, which is even more desirable. This 32-inch porcelain sign had a few minor touch-ups but was in otherwise excellent condition. This is a desirable and collectible sign that sold for a market-correct price. ICA SALES BROCHURE. Number of bids: Best Offer. SOLD AT: $1,395. Date: 11/28/2019. This is an incredibly rare brochure, as only 38 410 Superamericas were built in all three series. They were wickedquick — but at a price that was close to $17k. The brochure was in decent condition and was in English. Considering the rarity, I was surprised it did not go for more. Well bought indeed. EBAY #352847085257—1958 YONEZAWA #58 ATOM JET RACER TIN TOY. Number of bids: 34. SOLD AT: $2,051.67. Date: 11/17/2019. Yonezawa made a number of variations of the Atom Racer, but this was far and away the largest, being 38 inches in length. It had a replaced tail fin, plastic dome and EBAY #352847085257—DUESENBERG OWNER’S INSTRUCTION BOOK. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $1,000. Date: 12/6/2019. This Duesenberg owner’s book was in exceptional condition and had 54 pages, including 13 pages of detailed illustrations. It covered the Model J and SJ. A must if you are an owner — and it is of interest to the literature collector. This is not all that rare, and with only 480 cars produced, we have to assume that Duesenberg produced more instruction books than cars. EBAY #133169490119—CARROLL SHELBY-SIGNED COBRA AIR CLEANER. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $2,021.49. Date: 11/29/2019. This Cobra air cleaner was new in the box and was made by Ford Performance Racing. Carroll Shelby signed it, but what did he not sign? A great display piece — or haul it out at show time for the added touch. The “Ford v Ferrari” movie may have provided a little push here. EBAY #254418309824—1956 FERRARI 410 SUPERAMER- WM. MORFORD AUCTION LOT 15—AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRIC AUTHORIZED TIN SERVICE SIGN. SOLD AT: $5,900. Date: 12/7/2019. This tin sign included 15 hanging attachment signs, which signified the marques the facility was qualified to service. These signs infrequently show up, and they usually do not have as many of the hanger signs. Sold for a bunch and then some, but it is tough to find one with many of the attachments. 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. 154 EBAY #274076616254— JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA #25 PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $1,025. Date: 11/20/2019. The early history of Florida license plates is murky, as counties and the state registered automobiles. Between 1911 and 1915, cars carried two plates — and in a few cases, three, as a few cities also got involved. Jacksonville was one of those cities, and this low-number porcelain plate was from that era.♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market