RM AUCTIONS INC.
IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE SALE OF
THE COLLECTION OF MR. RICHARD FRESHMAN
THE EX-LOUIS MEYER
1936 INDIANAPOLIS WINNING 1934 MILLER RACE CAR
THE MILLERS FROM THE COLLECTION ARE OFFERED BY PRIVATE TREATY ONLY.
THIS IMPORTANT AUCTION WILL INCLUDE THE SALE OF OVER
20 VEHICLES FROM THE COLLECTION AND 200 LOTS OF FERRARI,
PORSCHE AND JAGUAR SPARES, ENGINES AND EPHEMERA
(OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE).
ONLINE AND TELEPHONE BIDDING AVAILABLE
SATURDAY MAY 25, 2002
THE BARKER HANGAR AT THE SANTA MONICA AIRPORT, CALIFORNIA
HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FERRARI CLUB OF NORTH AMERICA
RM AUCTIONS INC.
PROPERTY OF MARSHALL FIELD
1992 FERRARI F40
FERRARI 250GTE 128F
ENGINE NO. 4169
ORIGINAL JAGUAR D-TYPE WHEELS
AS FOUND FITTED TO A BOANO WITH
ITALIAN STYLE HUBS, A88 D-TYPE
CYLINDER HEAD WITH NEW
COSWORTH WIDE ANGLE PISTONS
STILL IN THE BOX
FERRARI 250GT SWB
ENGINE NO. 3615
CATALOGS & BIDDER REGISTRATION
800.211.4371 OR www.rmauctions.com
9300 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, SUITE 550,
BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212
TEL: 310.246.9880 FAX: 310.246.9744
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SPORTS & RACING CAR SPECIALIST:
JACK C. BOXSTROM
May 2002 / Vol. 14, #5
SPORTS CAR MARKET
Keith Martin, Editor and Publisher
ON-SITE MARKET REPORTS
13 Russo and Steele
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Palm Springs, CA
38 1970 Alfa Romeo
GTAm - Cheap, but more
42 1989 Ferrari
Testarossa Berlinetta -
Only 13,000 miles and already
47 1966 Lamborghini 400
GT 2+2 - Just say yes to
50 1950 Allard J2 Roadster -
The Blacksmith's Revenge.
540K Special Roadster -
They say it was reasonable at
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
LS6 Convertible - $4,500
when new, $172k now.
6 Shifting Gears
8 The Inside Line
40 Ask The X-perts
The BMW 850CS1 -
Does anyone care?
by SCM Analysts
Get a discount on a
by Michael Sheehan
Notes From Europe
The Maserati hits the
by Giuseppe Tomasetti
1961-73 Volvo P1800/
by Steve Dorsey
The English Patient
How about that $20k
by Gary Anderson
Buy for $1,480, sell for
by Carl Bomstead
Big Flares and Big Bores
by Jim Schrager
58 Bike Buys
'69 BSA Rocket 3
by Bengt Halvorson
An Honest SM
by Carl Bomstead
11 Auction Calendar
12 You Write, We Read
61 Vintage Rally Calendar
62 Mystery Photo
62 Mystery Photo Answers
63 Twenty Year Picture
65 Comments With Your
69 Display Advertisers
39 Alfa Romeo
61 Vintage Race Cars
68 Resource Directory
7 -/ Showcase Gallery
Boomerang - "Sold to a
prominent French collection.
Too much at $628k? Who's to
1972 Porsche 912
Targa - -Think 'survivor'
more than 'restored' and the
$16,900 makes sense."
Even with wrong engine,' 55 Ferrari Monza
makes $536k at Bonhams/Olympia
1959 MGA Police AClass
Roadster - "$22,800
for a genuine ex-cops car with
all the goodies."
Sports Car Market
INTERNATIONAL MOTOR CARS
The Property of Mr. Paul Newman
1987 Newman-Sharp Racing Nissan
300ZX 2+2 Turbo Trans-Am IMSA GTO Race Car
1957 BMW 507 Roadster
1957 Dual Ghia Convertible
The Last Prowler Produced, offerd by Daimler Chrysler
2002 Chrysler Plymouth Prowler
Proceeds to benefit charity
Christie's Collectors' Car Exhibition and Auction
at Rockefeller Center
18 May, 2pm
Tel: 1 (212) 636 2277
Tel: 1 (310) 385 2699
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York 10020
US: 1 (212) 636 2500
Worldwide: 44 (0)20 7389 2820
Photo credit: Jay Hirsch and Tony Baker of Classic Et Spor t Car.
Shifting Gears / Keith Martin
A Thousand Here, A Thousand There
n Oregon, May 1 is the official beginning of our sports car season. Our
garage is soon filled with the chirping of a half-dozen vehicles, each,
like a hungry baby bird, crying out for hundred-dollar bills to be tossed
under its hood in an annual rite of spring awakening.
Cindy's 1978 Alfa Spider was first out of the gate, with a quick trip to
Alfa-meister Nasko for a retorqueing of its head, the final step in the valve
job performed last year. As it is impossible to put an old sports car up on a
lift without discovering something else that needs to be done, Nasko found
that the motor and transmission mounts, original to the car, had become
impregnated with oil and gone soft, allowing the sump guard to
strike the front crossmember. That, and replacing the rusted
exhaust system, would cost somewhere in the $780 range.
We'll wait to have the work done until we can find a few more
items to push the estimate over $1,000, which we have come
to view as an entry-level repair bill for our cars.
We've already made our obligatory $1,000 tithe to the
1984 Mondial Cabriolet, by having Gerry Follett at Ron
Tonkin Gran Turismo replace the alternator and waterpump
belts and address a variety of minor electrical issues.
While I was prepared for that expense, I was not ready
for becoming the subject of so many snide SCM'ers' comments.
At our Amelia Island seminars, one participant applauded
me for my "collection of trailer-park exotics, including the Japanese
Isuzu/Lotus and the celery green with peanut butter interior Ferrari."
Another loyal reader cautioned me against driving the Mondial in Los
Angeles, as everyone would ask why I was using the gardener's car.
Nonetheless, I've put 2,000 miles on the Mondial in the past 60
days, including several 200-mile roundtrips to our beach house in
Neskowin, on the Oregon Coast. The car continues to delight. It starts
instantly, has yet to use a drop of oil, the heater and A/C work, and
even the top goes up easily so long as you have a crew of five stevedores
to help get it latched. And while in Los Angeles or Scottsdale it
may be the Corolla of Ferraris, in our little village of Portland it attracts
a great deal of attention with its raucous exhaust and striking (okay,
The shortcoming of the Mondial compared to the 330 America we formerly
owned is that the Mondial is almost too much of a "real" car. With the
330,1 was always so amazed that it did things like start, shift and go around
turns, that I never really thought much about how well it performed those
things. When I once hit 110 mph on a stretch of
mountain road, engine bellowing through nearly
straight exhaust pipes, mosquitoes perishing on
both sides of the road as the straight 40-weight
oil went through the mister—a.k.a. the V12 engine—the
thrill of the ride was equaled by the
terror of the experience.
Our time with the '91 Lotus Elan is nearly
up. We've had it six months and it's been a pleasure,
even though from many angles it looks like
a Geo Metro convertible on steroids. And we do
get a bit tired of the waves and honks from
aspirational Isuzu Trooper owners.
The Elan is part of our program to own
two or three different affordable sports cars a
year. We have only one slip in the garage dedi-
great Saab 96 Monte Carlo has appeal. If you have any thoughts on this,
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org , 503/261-0333.
Speaking of Ms. Banzer, it appears she is finally ready to part with her
trusty 1982 Mercedes 300 turbodiesel. After 13 years and 125,000 miles,
she's got her eye on an E320, which we have always felt was one of the truly
great serial-production sedans, even if David E. Davis doesn't agree. We're
told $18,000 is the right number for a 1996 320 with 60,000 miles and no
surprises; coincidentally, that is exactly what we paid for her turbodiesel in
1989 and, by any measurement, the E320 is a far superior car.
As for the rest of the fleet, our 1986 Toyota 4x4 pickup
(the dirt bike hauler) is glorying in its reupholstered front
seats with inflatable lumbar support, crafted by interior wizard
Guy Recordon of Guy's Restorations here in Portland. A
used power-steering unit has been installed, a $250 add-on
that has kept parallel parking from resembling a session with
a Soloflex machine. And our trusty '91 GMC Suburban seems
only to want its oil changed. As it got a new transmission and
limited-slip differential last year, maybe it's decided to wait
out 2002 and go for something really big in 2003.
You'll notice a fresh look to Sports Car Market this
month. Working with our former art director, Scott Abts, our new art
director, Tyler Roy-Hart, is bringing a uniform look to the magazine
while maintaining its commitment to the efficient delivery of information.
Like a race car making its first outings, we'll be fine tuning it for
awhile. We welcome your reactions and suggestions; please send them
to email@example.com .
It's back to Modena this May, where I will be joining our European
correspondent Joe Tomasetti in the third annual 1,000-km Modena
Cento Ore Classic, driving his freshly prepared Alfa GTA. Joe and I
participated in the inaugural Cento Ore in 2000, and found that eventcreator
Mauro Bompani had created a tasty mix of hillclimbs, circuit
racing, touring through the countryside and terrific food and wine.
Among other SCM'ers, the preliminary entry list includes Carlo Vogele
in his '63 250 GTO and Bruce McCaw in his '53 375 MM Barchetta.
The event runs from May 11-14. For more information, visit
www. modenacentooreclas sic . it.
On the Cover
English artist James Dugdale depicts Tazio
Nuvolari driving a V12 Ferrari 166 Spider
Corsa in the 1948 Mille Miglia on our cover.
The hood and left front fender of the 166 are
missing, due to damage suffered in the race,
while mechanic Andrea Scapinelli holds on
for dear life as his seat has broken loose. Despite
building up a 29-minute lead over eventual
winner Clemente Biondetti, Nuvolari was
forced to retire near the finish.
Timed hi//climb on the Cento Ore Classic.
cated to this project, so for something new to come in, what's there has
to go. Good thing, actually, or pretty soon we'd be overrun with collector
cars, the advantages of which Ms. Banzer and I sometimes have a
difference of opinion about.
We have "invested" about $15,000 in the Elan, and will sell it for that,
while also looking for interesting trades or buys up, down or sideways.
Anything from a big Healey to a TR-3 to a perfect BMW 2002 or even a
Artist Dugdale was born in Rossendale,
Lancashire, England. He worked as a package
designer and then a freelance illustrator before
becoming a full-time automotive artist. His work
has been exhibited in England recently at the Silverstone Historic Festival
and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, as well as at the Monterey Historic
Races in California.
Additional examples of Dugdale's work can be found on Fart et
l'automobile's Web site (www.arteauto.com ). Alternatively, the artist may
be contacted at 550 New Church Rd., Higher Cloughford, Rossendale,
Lancashire BB4 7Th, England.•
Sports Car Market
Incorporating Brooks Auctioneers
Museum of Transportation, Brookline
4 May 2002
A Sale of Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles
Catalogues Now Available
Bonham's very first Boston area sale will be held on
May 4, 2002 in the elegant 19th century carriage house
which for over 100 years has been home to the Larz and
Isabel Anderson collection of pioneer motorcars.
Some of the finest classic and collector automobiles and
motorcycles available will be offered from this lovely
suburban Boston location along with a selection of
For more information about bidding or consigning a
vehicle, please contact Mark Osborne at Bonhams
San Francisco office on Tel: 415/391-4000
Fax: 415/391-4040 or email: mosborneebonhams.com
or contact one of the following representatives:
Jonathan A. Stein (Automobiles) Tel: 610/779-9710
Fax: 610/779-3705 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike FitzSimons (Motorcycles) Tel: 203/622-6093
or e-mail: fitengenetscape.net
To order a catalogue and for further information,
please contact Jacquie Klose 415/391-4000 or
email@example.com. Catalogue purchases of
$35.00 admits two.
*1904 Cadillac Model B Fixed Top Touring Car -
*1905 Franklin Touring Car - Without Reserve
*1909 Sears Motor Buggy - Without Reserve
*1910 Vermorel - Without Reserve
*1911 Flanders Model 20 Touring Car -
*1919 Dodge Brothers Model 30 Roadster -
*1925 Hupmobile Series R Three-Door Sedan -
*1929 Cadillac 341 B Pheaton - Without Reserve
*1941 Lincoln-Continental Coupe - Without Reserve
*1924 Ford Model T Touring Car - Without Reserve
1955 Lincoln Capri Convertible
1939 Packard Model 1703 Touring Sedan
1979 March F2
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
1982 Ferrari 512 GT4/BBi
*1954 Plymouth Plaza Convertible - Without Reserve
1974 Ferrari 365GT4/BB
1969 ISO Griffo
1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk
1927 Pierce Arrow Landau Coupe
1921 Packard 833 Dual Cowl Phaeton
1957 Porsche Cabriolet Speedster
*1956 Ford Thunderbird - Without Reserve
1959 Heinkel Micro Car
1954 Kurtis 500 Sports Racing Car
1933 Alvis Speed 20 SB
1959 Bentley S2 Standard Steel Saloon
1960 Bentley S2 Continental Convertible
1956 Osca MT4
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle
c. 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina MK1
1964 Austin "Mini" Cooper S
1973 Lotus 7 54
1957 Lincoln-Continental Mark IV Convertible
1932 Bugatti Type 49 Coupe, Coachbuilder Henri
Labordette - Without Reserve
1965 Buick Skylark Grand Sport
1932 "Windy City Special"
1914 Douglas Flat Twin 500cc, 2 Speed -
1920 Zenith Gradua JAP, 1000cc V-Twin -
1928 Henderson Deluxe 1300cc, Four Cylinder,
1929 Sunbeam 350cc, Single Cylinder -
1932 Coventry Eagle 500cc, Single Cylinder -
1934 Scott Flying Squirrel, 500cc - Without Reserve
1934 BSA D-18 250cc OHV, Older Restoration
1934 Norton International 500cc Overhead Cam,
Single Cylinder - Without Reserve
1938 Rudge Ulster 4 Valve Bronze Head 500cc, S
ingle Cylinder - Without Reserve
1947 Indian Chief 74ci V-Twin, Sidecar, Bob
1951 Vincent Rapide 1000cc V-Twin, Restored
1964 Harley Davidson FLH 74ci V-Twin, 28 Miles, Original
1969 Norton Commando 750cc Twin "Fastback", Restored
1969 Harley Davidson XLH 74ci V-Twin, 4155 Miles, Original
1975 Norton Commando 850cc Twin Electric Start, Original
1984 HarleyDavidson XR-
4000 Miles, Original
500 Slitter Street
+1 (415) 391 4000
+1 (415) 391 4040 (fax)
London, SW7 1HH,
+44 (0) 20 7393 3900
+44 (0) 20 7393 3915 (fax)
Bonhams Europe S.A.
10 Rue Blavignac
+41 (0) 22 300 3160
+41 (0) 22 300 3035 (fax)
Inside Line / Cindy Banzer
SCM Events ez News
VBeaulieu AutoJumble visit added! Participants
in the SCM ten-day 2002 Goodwood
Motorhead's Dream Tour to England, presented
by Steve Austin's Great Vacations, will visit the
famous Beaulieu swap meet in addition to the
Goodwood races. Special pricing for SCM subscribers.
Only five spots remain. Departs 9/4,
returns 9/13/02. Contact: 800/452-8434,
www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com . (OR)
I/To kick off the California
Mille in San Francisco, there will
be two days of motoring festivities,
5/11-12/02. Saturday will feature
a "Century of San Francisco
Style," showing 50 cars of the last
100 years in which people arrived
at the Fairmont Hotel. On Sunday,
the participant cars in the 2002
California Mille will be featured.
Mario Andretti will welcome the
drivers and Andretti Winery will supply the
wine. For more information, call 415/561-8401,
fax 415/561-8422. (CA)
V This year's Hamptons Concours
d'Elegance, 5/26/02, will benefit the Carol M.
Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Alec
Baldwin is this year's honorary chiefjudge. 631/
329-0050, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
The 2002 Bloomington Gold Corvette
show is moving to a new venue. This 50th anniversary
event, 6/13-16/02, will take place at the
Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL.
815/568-1960, www.bloomingtongold.com. (IL)
VOn Saturday, 6/29/02, the Canton, Ohio,
Italian-American Festival will be hosting an
"Italian Car Show." Motorcycles are welcome
as well. For information, call Lee, 330/478-0950,
or e-mail email@example.com . (OH)
I/The Double 500 will have a new format
this year. Starting from San Francisco Toyota
on 6/29/02, approximately 25 cars will now be
available to rent, provided the renter makes a
$500 donation to Volunteers ofAmerica and provides
a copy of his insurance coverage. Personal
sub-$500 cars can be entered with a donation of
$250. Prizes will be awarded to the most decorated
or themed cars. Call 415/561-8401, fax
I/Mercedes-Benz and Girard-Perregaux will
sponsor the 2002 Colorado Grand. Set for
9/9-14/02, entry applications are now being accepted
for pre-1960 sports and racing cars.
970/926-7810, www.coloradogrand.org . (CO)
VThe inaugural Targa Newfoundland will
take place 9/13-22/02. Organizers expect 200
cars with crew to participate this year. 709/7222413,
wwvv.targanewfoundland.com. (NF, CANADA)
I/The Squad 51 Dodge paramedic truck
from the TV show "Emergency" has been added
to the Petersen Automotive Museum's collection
for the next year.
VNorthshore Sportscars of Lake Bluff,
IL, has been appointed as new car sales agent
for Morgan Motor Company of England.
Northshore will also provide service and parts
for Morgans of all ages. 847/247-0447, fax
847/247-0446, www.northshoresportscars.com .
VXKs Unlimited will now distribute
Arden Automobiles, GmbH's line of performance
and accessory parts for current-model
catalogs are now available. 800/4445247,
VA 1947 hot rod called the
Weinberg roadster, built for Bob
Weinberg of "Blue Crown Special"
Indy car fame, has turned up in
Texas. Built by Bill Edwards, Emil
Deidt and Lujie Lesovsky, it had a
4:71 blower mounted behind its
Mercury flathead motor. In order
for it to be brought back to its
original configuration, additional research information
is requested of the ever-so-knowledgeable
SCM readership. If you have info or
guidance regarding this car, please call Matt
Jones at 281/807-1744. (TX)
VProTeam Corvette is now offering a
money-back guarantee for all shop-from-home customers.
Mail-order purchases can be returned
within 48 hours, and their new policy allows for a
full recension should buyers not be satisfied with
the purchase for any reason. 419/592-5086, fax
419/592-4242,www.proteam-corvette.com . (OH)
VCaribou Imports has completely redesigned
their Alfa Romeo Web site,
www.warp9.to/alfa, which features many new
product additions and a wider selection of color
and style choices on existing products. 949/7703136,
fax 949/770-0815. (CA)
I/The Lamborghini Murcielago established
three international speed records for series-production
cars: the one-hour international
speed record, with 22 laps completed in an hour
averaging 198.7 mph; the 100-km speed record,
with 100 km completed in 18:44.9 minutes at an
average speed of 198.953 mph; the 100-mile
speed record, with 100 miles completed in only
30:09 minutes at an average speed of 198.996
VMercedes-Benz is now crafting replicas
of its No. 1 Patent Motor Car, reckoned to be
the first incarnation of the automobile. More
than 30 US Mercedes-Benz dealers have acquired
the vehicle for their showrooms and heritage activities.
The car has a suggested retail price of
VA 1933 Bugatti Type 51, a 1960 works
Austin-Healey and a 1925 Hispano-Suiza will
be offered at the Coys of Kensington/BarrettJackson
Monaco sale, 5/17/02. For more information
on available consignments, call
480/421-6694, fax 480/421-6697, www.barrettjackson.com.
I/The Bonhams Monaco sale, 5/18/02, will
feature the Matra MS650 Barquette, SN MS65001,
that finished fourth in the 1969 Le Mans 24Hours.
Also on offer is the 1956 Jaguar D-type,
S/N XKD545, that George Constantine drove in
the 1956 Watkins Glen Grand Prix. 415/391-4000,
fax 415/391-4040, www.bonhams.com . (CA)
VChristie's annual East Coast motor car
sale will be held in New York's Rockefeller
Center, 5/18/02. The auction will feature approximately
50 cars. 212/636-2277,
www.cliristies.com . (NY)
I/In addition to a varied selection of cars,
RM's Santa Monica auction, 5/23-26/02, will
include a250 GT SWB engine, a275 GTB engine,
and a D-type cylinder head. RM is also currently
offering two historic Miller-powered Indy winners
by private treaty. Both cars are from the Richard
Freshman collection. 310/246-9880, fax 310/
246-9744, www.rmauctions.com. (CA)
VKensington Motor Group will host their
annual Bridgehampton, NY, auction on 5/25/02,
as part of The Hamptons Auto Classic. For a
docket, call 631/537-1868, fax 631/537-2641, email
I/Boyd Coddington's 1957 Chevrolet Bel
Air hot rod, "Chezoom," will join a 1948 Tucker
and 200 other cars and motorcycles at BarrettJackson's
Petersen Museum sale in Los Angeles,
6/14-15/02. 480/421-6694, www.barrettjackson.com.
I/Wally Parks, the founding father of the
National Hot Rod Association, has been selected
as the first recipient of the Robert E. Petersen
Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring his
contributions to the business and sport of hot
rodding and restoration.
I/Jim Carrey drives SCAT er Bob Silver's
1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A into a
river in the new movie, "The Majestic." Silver's
first 1952 220 Cab A is also appearing in Bob
Wise's "Driving Topless," which will air on the
History Channel later this year.
Ray Brock, former tech editor of Hot Rod
magazine and founder of Brock Publishing
Company, succumbed to a heart attack on
April 2. In his memory, Brock's family requests
that donations be sent in his name to
the NHRA Motorsports Museum, (P.O. Box
2345, Pomona, CA 91769) or the Petersen Automotive
Museum (6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los
Angeles, CA 90036).
Sports Car Market
JUNE 18c 2, 2002
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A FESTIVAL OF
SPEED AND STYLE
11, r( eiles Benz
SATURDAY, JUNE 1 - CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE
Classic & Collectible Cars 1890s to 1980s
SUNDAY, JUNE 2 - CONCOURS EUROPA
Post-WWII European Sports, Touring, Competition
Place: Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, Connecticut
Time (both days): 10AM - 5PM
Awards Ceremonies 3 - 5PM
Tickets: Adults $20 (one day), $30 (both days) - Children 12 and under, free with adult
Directions: 1-95 to Exit 3-100 Arch Street, in Greenwich, CT, or Metro North train to Greenwich Station, 2 blocks south to site
Additional Info: Phone/Fax 203-618-0460 or www.greenwichconcours.com
SCM and Car Clubs
This summer, SCM will be involved
in the following national car
I/Oregon Region of the
Porsche Club of America, Haifa
Mille Miglia tour, 5/30-6/2/02.
SCM hosts a wine-tasting of several
premier Washington wines,
poured at the historic Marcus
Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla,
Washington. This 500-mile event
is open to any sports car or sports
sedan. Cost is $300, lodging not
expert John Wilson has provided
an original 1965 BJ8 for Editor
Martin and Cindy Banzer to drive
in the caravan, www.healeyclub.org .
V Alfa Romeo Owner's
Club National Convention,
Alfiesta, held in Costa Mesa,
CA, 7/4-7/02. SCM sponsors the
Sports Car Market Art Show
& Model Concours, along with
the caravan driving from Oregon,
Clinkinbeard at drcbikegaol.com ,
phone 503/356-1764, www.oregon
VFerrari Club of America,
International Meet, Los Angeles,
CA, 5/22-26/02. Visit the SCM
booth. Information available at
V 50th Anniversary AustinHealey
Open Roads 2002, 6/23-28/02, at
Lake Tahoe. SCM is sponsoring a
caravan of Healeys from the Pacific
Northwest and Canada that
will be motoring to the event. More
than 70 cars are expected from the
Oregon, Washington and Canadian
clubs. Noted Healey restoration
410 North Circle Drive
Oaks, PA 19456
1966 Jaguar XKE Convertible
white/tan leather, very well restored, numbers match,
excellent and just serviced -•
1956 Austin-l4ealey 100/6
4,000 original mks, well restored, excellent throughout,
red/black, ex.-Pres Healey Club $35,000
1962 Bentley S11 Continental S/N B78LCZ, convertible, LHD, auto, factory A/C, power steering, black/black $55,000
1965 Lamborghini GT 350
fully restored, 3-seat version, alloy,
1 of 21, outstanding example
1950 Bugatti Type 101 Coupe by Van Antem, 1-off, extraordinary coachwork, 14,000 original miles, interesting history Inquire
1964 Ferrari Lusso/LMB well-known car, alloy body, 250 GTO full race-spec motor, vintage race success story, inquire $375,000
1954 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster blue, needs restoration completed, motor done, paint and body done $16,500
1971 Maserati Ghibli Coupe 4.9 SS, black/tan, outstanding restoration, Borranis, auto, A/C, not one better anywhere $47,500
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster lovely older resto, maroon/tan, well kept and freshly serviced, luggage $225,000
1966 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Cabriolet 35k miles, CA car, rare 4-speed, $9,000 recent service, red/black, zebra wood $31,000
1961 MGA Roadster completely restored, red/black leather with red piping, all weather equipment, runs well $17,900
1980 MGB Roadster 30k mks, outstanding concition, Victory Red, books, tools, tonneau, new top $13,500
1987 Rolls-Royce Limousine lankel coachwork, all amenities, 6-passenger seating to the rear, 10,000 1-owner miles, new
1989 Rolls-Royce Corniche II magnolia/magnoka with tan piping, 25,000 miles, one owner, fresh wood, as new throughout
American C _
1960 Chevrolet Impala documented, 960 out of 1,000 points, red/red-white, WWW tires, 348, 4-bbl, ps, pb, great $39,900
1973 Camaro Z/28 IT 2-owner CA car, 350, 4-spd, A/C, pdb, tilt, deluxe int, fact spoilers, receipts, deep blue/black $17,900
1932 Ford Roadster all stock, nice older resto, taupe/black fenders, runs very well, wind wings, WWW tires $39,900
1957 Ford Thunderbird 2 tops, bronze/tan, nice older resto, WVVW tires, engine dress up, ps, pb, A/C pw $14,500
1962 Ford Thunderbird factory roadster, 27k miles, 2 owners, Kelsey-Hayes, tonneau, restored, jewelry, numbers match $39,300
1966 Shelby Cobra ERA red/black, orig 427 side-oiler, 2x4s, Jag rear, top loader, col springs, 3,300 miles since built $47,500
1971 Mercedes-Benz 3.5 Cabrio
CA car, brown/tan, very nice older rest°,
zero rust, A/C, center-shift, books $48,500
www.pamotor.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports Car Market
VPorsche Club of America,
Porsche Parade, Boise, ID, 7/288/3/02.
SCM will also be sponsoring
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Dear SCM: I enjoyed David
Swig's article on the Subaru SVX
(April 2002, page 60). It was a fair
evaluation of the car. There were a
couple of misconceptions, however,
and they deserve to be corrected.
I have just sold my 1992 SVX
with Touring Package and I'm
suffering severe seller's remorse.
80,000 miles of pure driving
pleasure and just as bulletproof as
the Supra that it replaced. I did not
have any transmission problems,
although I drove the car hard, and
that is probably because I learned
that the four-speed automatic
doesn't have a manual override, as
you indicate. The manual setting
on the A/T is a lockout system for
starting on ice; i.e., press the
manual button and set the selector
to first and first gear is locked out
and you start in second, and so on.
I believe that the transmission
problems are directly related to
abuse from the "manual override."
Also, tire and wheel shops have
a penchant for putting the wheels
on backwards because they look
more correct that way.—Tom Stark,
Dear SCM: Regarding
Giuseppe Tomasetti's "Golden
Rules of a Restoration" (April
2002, page 14), I would like to
propose another rule.
Rule 11: There are no rules! If
it weren't for the presence of rocks
like us in the box, the world would
be devoid of the thousands of
wonderful businesses dealing in
world-class restorations, obscure
parts, service of Magneti MareIli
metal valve seats, etc. I dream of
someday being hopelessly
financially inside-out on a pre1958
Giulietta Sprint, and to have
my checks help keep the lights on
for some obscure wizard of
The best use of money is to
plow it back into the support of
those who love what we love; there
are no budgets (there aren't many
guys out there who actually set
out to screw you—the pathway
to hell being paved with good
intentions); on time is when it's
done. The watchwords of fiscal
sanity are: Enjoy the ride.—David
Soares, via e
Dear SCM: Golden Rule
Number 11: Restoring old cars is
not an investment. Our hobby
makes the Enron 401K plan look
like a get-rich-quick scheme!
P.S. My tax return should arrive
any day. E-mail photos of the Alfa
Dear SCM: Knowing that
Michael Sheehan has—over
many years—dismantled and
restored probably as many
Daytonas as anyone on this
planet, I was astonished to read
his response to D. Miller of Tokyo
concerning Daytona seats.
"The seats on the coupes...
recline completely" is his advice.
Neat trick in a Daytona, except
as we both know those chairs are
in no way articulated. Their fixed
profile can be slightly set at one
of three angles by means of the
levers under the driver's or
passenger's legs, and that's it! Of
course, I could have missed the
full reclining feature as I've only
owned my '72 for some 17 years.
It's just that I hate to think of
replacing the torn leather should I
decide to place my seats in the
full recline attitude you suggest.
And the steering wheel height
needs to be adjusted by a mechanic?
What kind of people intend to have
a Daytona today? How helpless?
What state has this sport fallen into?
Guys (or gals) needing full reclining
seats—and a mechanic to change
steering wheel height—clearly
should wait for Porsche's new SUV.
After all, its steering will be servoassisted,
its seats will have electric
reclining—not that silly mechanical
stuff—and serious load capacity.
And D. Miller will fit easily. Forget
the Daytona... values are in a funk,
so there's simply no good reason
to own one, is there?
No disrespect to Porsche, by
the way. They still make the most
beautifully built, genuinely usable
sports cars in the world.—David
Berelson, via e
The word "completely" was
added, in error, during
Dear SCM: I have often stated
that I believe the "best" XI( model
to be entirely a matter of
contemplated use and individual
Your notes (Profile, March 2002,
page 21) however raise an
interesting new point as they touch
on the term "sports car." While that
term has been used very loosely
over time by marketing
departments, the original defmition
meant a dual-purpose car that was
capable of being used on the road in
sporting events. Examples would
include circuit events and rallies.
There is no doubt that an XK
150 was a sports car. It was
certainly used, when new, in
contemporary sporting events,
by any number of people. The
point that I believe Gary
Anderson is trying to make
concerns the positioning of the
150 against its competitors.
While the 150 may have been
faster and had better brakes, it
was still outclassed by other
sports cars in its own time.
The 120 when new was
revolutionary, ahead of its time and
the competition. It was able to be
raced successfully at Le Mans in
nearly standard trim. This is just
one example of its sporting
successes. Automotive technology,
however, moved forward faster
than the development between the
120 and the 150.
Therefore the 150, although
mechanically improved, was a less
competitive sports car. It never had,
nor could have had the sporting
success of the 120. Jaguar must have
known this as they also changed the
design of the 150 OTS to include
roll-up windows, etc.
The car was really repositioned
as more of a Grand Routier (Grand
Tourer), and there is nothing wrong
with this at all.—Christian
Hueber, via e-mail
In the February issue, Lot #432
of the McCormick auction (page
34) should have been listed as a
1951 Studebaker Commander.
In the April issue, Lot #635
from the Barrett-Jackson
Scottsdale auction (page 41), a
1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV
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SCM WINTER MARKET REPORT EIVEMEMEME........
Sales Th is Issue
After the auction, a source at Christie's told
us that they had placed the extraordinarily high
estimates on the cars because doing so "made the
consignor happy to see his cars valued so well."
But ultimately, what sense does that make?
One would assume that the difference between
the unrealistic estimates and the final results
would only lead to an unhappy seller, who
will end up with far fewer shekels in his pocket
than he expected.
SCM has long been a supporter of cataloged
sales, especially for high-end cars, as
when properly written and researched, catalogs
can provide an enormous amount of information
to a prospective buyer.
(As an aside, we've never understood why
some major auction companies go to the trouble
of producing lavish catalogs and then don't include
chassis or serial numbers in their descriptions.
What's the point? Even eBay Motors now
has a field for VINs in their listings.)
Realistic estimates provide a guide for bidders.
If the Christie's estimates had been in line
with the market, everyone at the event would
have felt it was a great sale. Instead, we were
left to wonder why the cars seemed to be selling
At the recent Christie's auction
at Retromobile, a large collection was
offered without reserve. However, the estimates
given in the catalog were wildly optimistic.
For instance, a 1925 Mercedes 24/100/
140PS roadster with a top estimate of $348,000
sold for $158,993, including premium. A 1930
Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster replica,
estimated to bring as much as $452,400, was
hammered down at just $235,553.
This wild disparity between the values in
the catalog and the sale prices ended up creating
a feeling that somehow the auction was failing.
In fact, nearly every car sold brought a price,
when condition was considered, that was in line
or above the current market.
atalogs do matter. And what goes into
them matters as well.
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: A non-running car in wretched physical condition
that is probably only good for parts.
1. 1932 Bugatti Type 51 GP Roadster, $867,173, C
2. 1972 Maserati Boomerang GT coupe, $627,923, C
3, 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Roadster, $536,334, B
4. 1930 Bentley Speed Six DHC, $439,490, B
5. 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C1750 Roadster, $392,630, B
5. 1955 Maserati A6G2000 coupe, $392,630, B
7. 1930 Cadillac V16 Convertible Sedan, $369,533, C
8. 1931 Cadillac V16 Roadster, $283,403, C
9. 1907 Mercedes Roi de Beiges Tourer, $273,833, C
10. 1930 Duesenberg J Tourster, $235,553, C
Russo and Steele
January 18-19, 2002
Auctioneers: Dennis Wisbey, David Woods
Number of automotive lots: 130
Number of automotive lots sold: 89
Sale rate: 68.5%
Sale total: $3,800,000
High: Lot #1240, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ad,
sold for $123,120, including buyer's premium
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 8%
Report by Gary Hoisington and
Market opinions in italics by Keith Martin
Three years ago, RM Auctions claimed their
piece of the Scottsdale action, and last year
Russo and Steele joined in. To make things even
more geographically exciting, eBay/Kruse
moved their Phoenix auction to Rawhide Wild
West Town, just a few miles down the road
annual sale, held just a carburetor's throw away
from the Barrett-Jackson extravaganza in
The night before the auction, SCM came
across auction co-owner Drew Alcazar as he
personally drove a water truck for a final wetdown
of the dusty parking lot. While the bumpy
dirt road that provided access to the auction
wasn't exactly to Autobahn standards, once inside
the tent, bidders and lookers were treated
to an entertaining and unusual auction in the
round, while their palates were tantalized by the
complimentary offerings of gourmet caterer and
auction co-owner Josephine Alcazar. To succeed
in crowded Scottsdale, you have to offer
something a little different; winning bidders were
provided with immediate insurance binders at
no cost by Grundy Worldwide, and complimentary
shipping to anywhere in the US courtesy of
Russo and Steele sold 89 out of 130 cars, and
took in $3.8m, nearly double the previous year's
$2.3m. This was especially noteworthy as every
one of the cars was offered with a reserve,
unlike the no-reserve orgy going on down the
street at B-J.
The end result of all of this? Increased sales
Top sales included a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
ZL1 that went for $123,120 and a 1969 Ford
Mustang Boss 429 that sold for $73,980 to Bill
ne might say that a rising tide lifts
all boats and collector car auctions.
Nowhere was that more evident
than at Russo and Steele's second
paint with only a few dirt spots. Rechromed
bumpers, fresh interior in original material.
Good dash. Aftermarket radio. Excellent engine
compartment detail. Pitting chrome on right
taillamp trim. Cloth top showing age. New rubber
all around. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,000.
The right price for a nice, but not concours,
3.8-liter E-type. Two years ago this would have
been a $35,000 car—but it doubul that cars
in this condition will go up much more in price
in the foreseeable future.
ible. S/N SAJNV4844KC1542. Anthracite gray/
dark red leather. LHD. Odo: 18,275 miles.
#1232-1989 JAGUAR XJS V12 Convert-
Elliott. Although the declared focus of Russo
and Steele is high-end American muscle, they
also hammered down a 1966 Jaguar XJ13 recreation
for $108,000 and a 1960 Ferrari 250
GT PF coupe for $72,360.
Overall, this sale was a huge improvement
over that of last year. Assuming it is able to
continue its momentum, Russo and Steele is well
on its way to carving out a spot for itself in the
ever-more-crowded Scottsdale collector car
Note: the sale total and high sale figures do
not include Lot #1239, a 1967L88 Corvette that
Russo and Steele declared a post-block sale, as
they declined to provide an exact sales figure.
#1298-1962 JAGUAR XICE SI 3.8 Roadster.
S/N 876987. British Racing Green/biscuit
leather. LHD. Odo: 38,453 miles. Very nice
Automatic Wide and variable panel fit nrohr
ably as per factory. Good paint with minor
scratches. Driver's door repainted under side
pinstripe. Excellent chrome. Unmarked seats
and carpets, reflecting mileage. Clean engine.
Dash wood good. A one-owner car. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $17,820. Only in need of a strong
detail to shine. Fair price. Let's hope the new
owner buys an extended mechanical warranty,
or at least self-insures by putting $500 in the
fix-it fund each month.
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#1318-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S
Coupe. SN 180037119509807. Dark gray/burgundy
leather. LHD. Odo: 77,781 miles. No
continue their upward trend in the market. While
ponderous to drive, they have a period Ferrari
look that is distinctive and attractive.
1962 ALFA ROMEO 2000 Spider.
Body by Touring. S/N AR 102 040 2879. Red/
red with black piping. LHD. Odo: 51,869 miles.
wheel arches, touched-in stone chips. Graymarket
car with DOT sticker. An honest driver.
. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. Everyone
wants an injected Boxer with negative miles that
has been completely untouched except for afresh
repaint and totally rebuilt mechanicals. And they
want to pay $50,000. Given that, this bid was
more than generous.
1999 FERRARI 550 MARANELLO
Berlinetta. S/N ZFF2R4913001151. Black/
black leather. LHD. Odo: 2,260 miles. Euro-spec
rust. Poor gaps. Very good paint. Some sanding
marks visible under paint. Beautiful leather upholstery
to seats, although in incorrect grain.
Wood on dash excellent. Door wood of variable
quality—the easy trim parts have been redone.
Modern cassette radio. Cond: 2
. NOT SOLD
AT $23,000. These models aren't as desirable
as the injected (SE) models. Great from a distance,
but details let the car down. Bid was fair.
1971 MERCEDES BENZ 280SL
Roadster. SN 11300412021849. Dark green/
cognac MB tex. LHD. Odo: 98,663 miles. Au-
Redone interior, but not correct. Two-tone seats
with contrasting piping, dash painted body color
instead of black crackle. Excellent glass. Clean
underhood but incorrect, bare brass radiator
header. Good chrome, fine paint. Missing correct
grille badge. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $24,000.
Very attractive presentation with much money
spent. Incorrect detailing spoils the car, though,
and raises doubts about the mechanical work.
Last seen at 2001 RM Monterey, where it soldfor
1971 INTERMECCANICA ITALIA
GFX Roadster. S/N 50420414. Black/black
leather with red piping. LHD. Odo: 48,236
miles. Webers. Borranis, A/C. Good panel fit,
with California title and DOT/EPA releases
Daytona interior in new condition. Repainted
lower front spoiler. Orange peel to rear paint and
slightly misaligned trunk lid indicate that it has
probably had a high-quality repair of a rear
impact collision. Cond: 1
. NOT SOLD AT
$145,000. 550s are quickly falling out of the
flavor-of-the-month club, and you can expect
their prices to plummet. This bidwas high enough,
especially for a Euro car that has had some paint
tomatic. No rust, good panel fit. Star cracks in
trunk lid. Excellent chrome. Wear on driver's
seat cushion. Original trunk mat. Underhood is
road clean. "300" style chrome wheel arch trim.
Kenwood cassette with speakers cut into convertible
boot floor. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT
$23,000. The colors were attractive, but there
are just too many 280SLs around to choose from
for an average car like this to bring more. Could
have been sold without regret.
#1248-1960 FERRARI 250 GT PF Coupe.
Body by Pininfarina. SN N/A. White/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 29,308 miles. Nicely fin-
#1247-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD Convertible.
S/N N/A. White/red vinyl. LHD. Odo:
41,489 miles. Automatic. Chrome wires. Hard
no rust. Very clean underhood. Excellent bumpers;
grille surround and taillamp slightly ripply. Paint
good, with only some polish swirl marks showing.
Delamination in right corner of windshield.
Incorrect seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,000.
Post-block deal. The ex-Miles Davis car that last
appeared in Scottsdale at the 2001 Barrett-Jackson
event, where it sold for $48,600. Italias and
Apollos both continue to rise. See Profile by
SCM's Intermeccanica specialist, John Apen
(June 2001, page 27).
1983 FERRARI 512 BBi Coupe. S/N
ZFFJA09B0000453. Red and black/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 47,348 miles. Uneven gaps
ished repaint with all new window, trunk, door
and hood rubber. Cracks at bottom of roof pillars.
Nice chrome and stainless. Clean, nicely
detailed engine bay. Good panel fit. Nice glass.
Redone interior. Left door only opens from the
inside. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $72,360. PF coupes
top only. Has appearance of a quick reconditioning
for the sale. Good repaint, but dents showing
on right fender. Paint chips around headlights.
Paint crack on left front fender. Rust bubbles on
left rear quarter panel. Good panel fit. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $29,160. This was strong money for
an unexceptional car. T-Bird enthusiasts looking
for average cars are in a buyer's market, as there
are so many to choose from. It generally takes a
truly exceptional car, with dual four-barrels or a
supercharger, to bring huge money.
1965 FORD SHELBY GT 350 Fast-
in doors, and rear and front hood. Rust bubbles
in inside lower door jambs. Paint peeling on
engine cover louvers, polish burn-through on rear
back. SN SFM55472. White with blue stripes/
black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 36,004 miles. 289-c.i.
V8. Frame-on restored. Nice paint and bumpers.
Poor finish of roof gutters, but no other paint
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miles factored in.
flaws. Windshield stainless needs a polishing.
Excellent engine compartment detail. FourWeber
intake. Good panel and door fit. Nice
original interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,200.
A well-done, properly documented 1965 GT 350
can bring this kind of money all day long. Whenever
a GT 350 sells for much less, there's usually
a story lurking somewhere in the background
#1384-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z128
Coupe. S/N 124379M657274. Black with white
stripes/white vinyl. LHD. Odo: 7 miles.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
January 4-7, 2002
Auctioneers: Daniel Kruse, Dean Kruse,
Number of automotive lots: 377
Number of automotive lots sold: 174
Sale rate: 46.2%
Sale total: $3,075,749
High: Lot #453, 1953 Jaguar XK 120
roadster, sold for $66,780, including buyer's
Buyer's premium included on sold lots: 6%
Report by Dave Kinney
Market opinions in italics
Rallye wheels. Floor-shift four speed. Frame-off
restoration. Excellent paint and body very correct
in every way. The only flaws evident are a
paint run on the driver's doorjamb, some dash
vinyl curling up by the heater controls and poor
plating on the left door handle. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $42,120. Top dollar for a Z/28—they are
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t the start of the new year, when
northern climes are blanketed with
snow, the appeal of mild Florida
weather is easy to understand. Combine
the sunshine with an auction, and drawing
a decent crowd to the Fort Lauderdale auction
becomes a no-brainer. It's the same formula
used successfully by the Scottsdale auctions on
the other side of the country.
As recently as two years ago, it seemed there
was a Kruse event in Florida every other weekend
throughout the winter. The net result was
that each auction was pirating sales from the
next. Now, with fewer auctions, the number,
type and quality of cars has been notched up an
The new eBay/Kruse strategy of concentrating
on a smaller number of auctions with a
greater number of cars has had a strong effect
on the Fort Lauderdale sale. When I attended
four years ago, the auction was a lackluster event
with an audience comprised of a relatively meager
mix of local car dealers, local residents and
snowbirds. While the constituency hasn't
changed, the large increase in numbers of enduser
bidders and size of auction inventory means
that the car dealers are no longer faced with the
prospect of merely changing sets of car keys
with other dealers.
Variety? You bet. If your dream car is a nottoo-nice
Beatles-era London cab in yellow and
black livery with "007" painted on the side, you
could have been a lucky new owner for just
$4,134. A decent 1977 Panther J72 roadster
found anew home for a fair $17,384. More mainstream
cars changing hands included a 1975
Chevrolet Caprice Classic convertible, with just
nine miles showing, for $32,542 and an older
frame-off-restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird with
hard top that went for just $19,080. A 1978
Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible, Ft.
Lauderdale's official upscale beach car, sold for
$33,390—a bit of a bargain even with its 90,000
The poster child for ungainly coachwork. And
those are the good things. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT
$16,960. Now what? Cut the back off and make
it into a pickup? Turn it into a "shooting brake"
or an "estate car"? (Recall, wagons are hot.)
Keep it as is and start a vintage hearse rental
business? For vintage funerals? A fruit truck? A
chuck wagon? It boggles the mind
#258-1951 DAIMLER DB18 Convertible.
Body by Barker. S/N 53861. Burgundy over
creme/saddle leather. LHD. Odo: 45,878 miles.
Local event organizer/auction promoter Dave
Rupp, himself a classic car dealer, lamented the
fact that with the growth of the event some longtime
consignors can no longer get the choice auction
times they had grown accustomed to. "I
can't make all the cars run at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,"
Rupp said on the Monday after the sale.
Perhaps not, but with the type of growth and
success seen this past January, perhaps he
doesn't need to.—D.K.
#409 1937 ROLLS ROYCE 25130HP
Hearse. Body by Alpe and Saunders. S/N
GGR6. Black/saddle leather. RHD. Odo: 37,719
miles. Weak wood, cracked leather, weak paint.
Wilson preselective transmission. Side-facing
single rear seat. Original interior, with driver's
seat now cracking, has gone past patina. Some
dings on trunk. Good, older chrome. Aged wood
still holding up. Plenty to pick apart, but not a
bad example. Cond: 4, NOT SOLD AT $17,500.
Great, but who wants it? A Daimler is a car you
have to explain to most Americans, as they were
only brought in by private import or in small
numbers. Worth more in England, or on the
Continent. Tough sale here.
1952 BENTLEY Mk VI Drophead
Coupe. Body by Park Ward. S/N B499LN4.
Dark brown over gold/saddle leather. LHD. Odo:
56,836 miles. Automatic. Power steering, A/C.
Top has a split running 12 inches horizontally.
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#242-1966 AUSTIN LONDON Taxi Cab.
S/N FX4D8560. Black and yellow/black, gray
and brown vinyl and leather. LHD. Odo: 8,501
miles. Ford motor installed. Has original taxi
Older paint chipping at the edges. Carpets dirty,
wood incorrectly finished. Leather has good
patina. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Very
pleasing coachwork, and the steering wheel is on
the correct side. It's probably worth more, but
will be a tough sale as lots of other choices exist
in this price range.
#535-1962 MGA Roadster. S/N
GHNL2107519. Red/black leather. LHD. Odo:
37,214 miles. Painted wires. An older restora-
tion now with some age-related problems.
Cracked gaskets, faded fender welting. Paint has
some bubbles, cracking and fish eye. Chrome
faded, with scratches. Better in person than it
sounds on paper. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $13,356.
Was run through the sale earlier and was a no-
meter. Rusty body and chrome. Redyed, replaced
and refitted interior bits. Hard to imagine
a worse condition on a running car. Car card
listed it as an Austin-Healey. Cond: 5-. SOLD
AT $4,134. I get a phone call about twice a year
asking what an old London taxi is worth, and I
get a visual image of taxi as storage shed in
backyards around America. Now we know—on
this day, this nasty taxi brought just a shade over
$4k, which was more than! thought it would.
#499-1969 JAGUAR XKE SII Convertible.
S/N 1R10416. Blue/dark blue. LHD. Odo:
58,065 miles. Two tops. Very clean with aftermarket
AM/FM cassette. Wood steering wheel,
Redline tires. Very good chrome. Paint shows
some color differences between panels. Quiet
motor. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. A
light blue XKE that escaped becoming a red XKE
in the late '80s is a rare sight indeed, and gets
bonus points just for wearing its original colors.
That said, it' s worth a bit more than the bid price.
#317-1973 JAGUAR XKE SIII V12 Road-
ster. S/N 1S21293BW. Red/black leather. LHD.
Odo: 37,494 miles. Automatic. Fresh repaint,
plenty of details have been overlooked. Horrible
trunk gaps, bad door gaps, some paint drips in
hard-to-see spots. Trunk channel shows some
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1960 PORSCHE 356B Convertible.
S/N 153606. Red/black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 50,298
miles. Reutter body, Optima AM/FM
original. They have the patina ofyears ofuse,and
most sellers just don't know the difference. Solid
#247 1967 MERCEDES BENZ 280SL
Roadster. S/N 11304210016887. Red/black
leather. LHD. Odo: 57,130 miles. Two tops.
shield glass delaminating on driver's side. Cond:
3+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Renewed interest
in the GT 40 design has to boost the price for the
replicas a bit higher, but it takes a special buyer
to appreciate (or fit in) what remains a race car
tribute. Still, can be bought far below replacement
#231 1955 MERCEDES BENZ 300D Lim-
ousine. SIN 4500557. White/red velour. LHD.
Odo: 39,487 miles. Split bench. Factory steel
wheels. Full sunroof, Becker Mexico AM/SW
radio. Last seen at eBay/Kruse Scottsdale, Janu-
cassette, Nardi wood wheel. Left front fender
shows signs of sectioning. Some high spots on
fender. 1600 Super 90 motor. Restored recently,
but will not be a show contender. Cond: 3-.
NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Plenty here for the
Porsche Club crowd to pick apart, but at least it
is a cosmetically complete and decent-looking
example. Very nice B convertibles can bring
twice this bid As a driver, this one should have
brought at least $3k or $4k more.
1963 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS-
PORTER Pickup. S/N 1121939. Blue and
white/blue and white vinyl. LHD. Odo: 1,195
Rock-hard leather, wood trim peeling back from
windshield. Paint has bubbles, orange peel, fish
eye, dings and some scratches. Most chrome has
pitting or scratches. Multiple taillights out. Bad
gaps on hood. Exhaust sounds deeper than stock.
Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $13,250. When good cars
go bad: film at eleven. Is it really a 250 with 280
badging, or is it the wrong year? No matter, the
new owner is going to have more to worry about
than that. Now, repeat after me: "Buy a nice one;
save more in the long run."
1968 PORSCHE 912 Targa. S/N
12871043. Red/black. LHD. Odo: 66,589 miles.
ary 2001, declared a no-sale at $16,500. $3,500
spent on cleanup since, still not a very nice car.
Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,102. When last seen, this
car was listed as being in #5+ condition. It's
made it all the way to #4 now, but the next few
steps on that ladder are going to cost the owner.
Lots and lots. And let 'snot discuss the origins of
the former high bid
1957 MERCEDES BENZ 220S Se-
dan. SIN A1800107506424. Dark green/red
leather. LHD. Odo: 83,399 miles. Original
miles. No rae lo, missing passenger side mirror.
Speedometer face painted in same colors as
exterior, a nice custom touch. Dirty carpets.
Much wear for 1,200 miles since restoration.
Diamond plate on rear deck lid. The perfect
hauler for your $30,000 Fiat Jolly. Cond: 3+.
NOT SOLD AT $9,200. This style is the most
limiting of the Bus bodies—no room for your
friends inside, and only aflat swfacefor hauling.
Unless your vintage go-kart or motorcycles fit on
the bed, it's more for show than for use. Bid far
below restoration costs.
1964 PORSCHE 356C Cabriolet.
S/N 160310. Black/tan leather. LHD. Odo:
29,588 miles. Nardi wood wheel, Blaupunkt
Rare removable rear window section. AM/FM
Blaupunkt, wood wheel. Fresh repaint. All the
usual wear to trim pieces, but a garaged and wellcared-for
example. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,960.
What just happened here? Think "survivor"
more than "restored" and your mental image of
this car becomes clearer. Money was way over
the top, but likely a savvy purchase. Skeptical?
Check this space in five years. Good 912s continue
to surprise in the market.
1986 PORSCHE 928S Coupe. S/N
WP0JB09296S8626. Black/black leather. LHD.
Odo: 50,275 miles. Sunroof, Blaupunkt AM/
leather, very good wood. Rubber flooring is
complete but fading. Carpeting to rear compartment
only. Redone chrome, rubber gaskets are
dry-rotted. Becker Europa Hi-Fi AM radio.
Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,370. 220S coupe price
for a sedan. A very nice 10-footer, but not a fully
restored example. The seller didvely well; do not
expect this to be the start of an upward trend in
four-door Benz sedans.
AM/FM cassette. All tools and books, one
owner for the past 20 years. Large wave in hood
paint. Owner states original leather, but most
likely from a restoration 20 plus years ago. Very
nice chrome. Miles said to be actual. Cond: 3+.
SOLD AT $31,800. Time to be aware ofa trend
that I often see with carsfrom the 1960s—the 20and
30-year-old resto bits being represented as
FM cassette. Leather shows early signs of drying
out, but still mostly supple. Total repaint is of
good quality, but has some orange peel. Shows
signs of continuous maintenance. Discolored
mags. Michelin Pilot Sport radials. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $12,985. "Well maintained" is the
key here. If the owner gets away with no maintenance
costs for the next year, this 928S might be
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the only one in the world that's a good buy. Better
put a rabbit's foot key chain and some four-leaf
clovers in the console just in case.
1989 MERCEDES BENZ 560SL Con-
vertible. S/N WDBBA48D8KA9280. Dark
green/tan leather. L1-[D. Odo: 18,138 miles. Very
clean interior, good console wood. Some recent
1993 TOYOTA SUPRA Coupe. S/N
JT2JA82JXP00030. Black/tan leather. LHD.
Odo: 70,135 miles. Twin turbo, Epic chrome
of the restoration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,140.
Shine and show, yes. National show, no. Generous
price, but classic pickups in general remain
hot. The 1940 Ford pickups have a real following,
and remain popular in a market that continues
to ignore many other prewar cars and trucks.
#428-1940 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD
Town Car. Body by Fleetwood. S/N 6323716.
Dark green/green leather and cloth. LHD. Odo:
8,447 miles. A true Town Car, 60 Special chas-
paint work to driver's door. Front clip reveals
that this car started life in red. Owner states miles
are actual. Engine bay clean, but not detailed.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $28,250. Repainted by
an owner who paints all of his Benzes the same
color (see Lot #282). Very tough to figure where
this car will bring higher dollars. Even with the
low miles, it a repaint, and the marketjust hates
1992 MERCEDES BENZ 600SEL
Sedan. S/N WDB6A57E6NA0283. Dark blue/
palomino leather. LHD. Odo: 80,330 miles.
wheels, "basket handle" rear spoiler. Lots of
wear to driver's seat bolster, some wear to both
seats. Well-detailed throughout. Excellent paint,
except clear coat is coming off of front bumper.
Removable roof panel. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD
AT $22,000. Sometimes bringing a "used car"
to a collector car auction is a good idea. If
someone is looking for a driver or some cheap
transportation, it can work out. No help here,
though; the seller should have taken this quitegenerous
1940 BANTAM PICKUP Truck. SN
65548. Yellow and brown/brown leather. LHD.
Odo: 31,461 miles. Wood pickup bed, very
sis. Good chrome, paint, leather and cloth. Presented
dirty, in need of heavy refreshing and
major detailing. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT
$26,000. The town car body style, with an open
driver's compartment, was well out of fashion
after WWII. This is a rare car, but one only a
museum, a classic limo rental company or town
car collector Clive Cussler can use. But he may
already have one.
1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUN-
TRY Convertible. S/N 7404-773. Tan/red and
tan leather and cloth. LHD. Odo: 41,116 miles.
V12. Sunroof, AM/FM cassette, M-B mags,
automatic. Sold new for $154,873.50. Dealer
owner says it needs an air-flow sensor and a
transmission adjustment. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD
AT $25,000. In 1992, the 600SEL was the top dog
in the Benz lineup, with a retail cost that sounds
steep even ten years later. Now the fear of expensive
parts and repairs seems to keep buyers away
in droves. Good ones are a great buy, though.
1996 BMW 840Ci Coupe. S/N
leather. LHD. Odo: 44,180 miles. Steptronic
well restored (ifoverly so) and well detailed. AM
radio, wood graining on dash. Owner had to push
it to get it started. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,734.
Without a doubt, sold way below the cost of
restoration. But with a hauling capacity limited to
lint or bubble wrap, it isn't much use down on the
farm. Paint your business name on the side, park
it on a busy street, sell it in ten years for $15k.
1940 FORD PICKUP Truck. S/N
185776957. Dark green/green vinyl. LHD. Odo:
11,482 miles. A well-restored example with
. SOLD AT $56,180. Part ofa collection being
sold by a Wisconsin dentist. This was no PebbleBeach-ready
example like some other recent
sales, and was at the end of the line for condition,
pricewise. The seller did well here, but the buyer
will be okay, too.
Tired, weak chrome. Some wood warped, but
solid otherwise. A much older (early '60s?)
restoration. Now in need of a full redo. Cracked
vent window, seats and carpets good. Cond:
1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER Convert-
ible. S/N 10235. Red/black vinyl. LHD. Odo:
8,705 miles. Full side curtains. Some paint chips
filled in with touch-up. Handmade wooden door
panels. Ready to roll as a beach car. Cond: 3-.
Manumatic transmission, three-way sunroof.
Aftermarket "titanium" tinted windows. Rear
spoiler, custom orthopedic seats, six-CD changer.
Dressed in full Florida colors. Very good paint,
some wear to driver seat bolsters. Good gaps.
Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,500. Owner is
lookingfor a price of$34,900. Not unreasonable,
but even a stock 840Ci coupe isn't exactly in the
flavor-of-the-month club, and a customized one
has an even smaller audience.
some miles and usage. Wood side rails, rubber bed
mat. Firestone wide whites on full trim wheels.
Some paint bubbles, drop-out. Cream trim was
hand painted and looks poor relative to the rest
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SOLD AT $12,932. Even with the cute colors,
this was all the moneyfor one oftheseformer dual
work/play units. Stay away from the interstates,
keep to the right lane and enjoy.
1951 WILLYS M 38 Jeep. S/N
M3810074. Olive drab green/green. LHD. Odo:
303 miles. Complete enough to open your own
Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $52,000.A tadpricey,
but not a bad deal for an end user. 30 years ago
the 1958 was theforgottenpariah of '50s Chevys,
its one-year body style an outcast. Time has
healed that wound, and the '58s now top the list
Coupe. S/N 1943755114133. Red/red vinyl.
LHD. 327/350 V8, four-speed, knock-off
1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
$26,500. A no-reserve sale. If this is a true Pace
Car, then it represents a good buy. It's also
dressed in RS/SS regalia, so a little disclosure on
the car card would have been a big help.
1967 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE
Wagon. S/N 7D7471 18795. Baby blue and
wood/two-tone blue. LHD. Odo: 98,705 miles.
surplus store. Machine guns, helmets, paper
items, period era cigarette packs, even a display
anchored down with six-packs of M*A*S*H
beer. Better than as-new condition. No visible
flaws noted. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $30,500.
This is a Korean War-era Jeep, not a morecollectible
WWII. Much more than all the toys, a
complete grown-up kids ' play set. Pick your own
price on this one; cheap as a ready-to-go museum
display, lots of money for in-the-mud fun.
vertible. S/N D7FHI50026. Red/red and white
vinyl. LHD. Odo: 61,106 miles. Auto. Hard top
1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD Con-
w ee s. NCRS Top F ight 97.9 points. Si se
exhaust, AM/FM, wood wheel, tinted glass.
Recent resto. All date codes. Assembly paint
traces and chalk marks that drive the 'Vette folks
wild. Air filter signed by Duntov. Cond: 1-. NOT
SOLD AT $35,500. Right at the top of what the
guide books say for an excellent 1965 coupe, but
I think the recent Top Flight award boosts the car
perhaps another $3,000 or $4,000.
Coupe+Florida+no A/C=St. Louis sauna, however.
vertible. S/N YM27J63108468. Champagne
gold/black leather. LHD. Odo: 9,246 miles.
#545 1966 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL Con-
Center-facing rear seats. A/C, power brakes and
steering. Very good paint just starting to fade.
Incorrect wood siding looks good from a short
distance, surrounding trim painted a lighter shade
than stock. Bumpers good. Most brightwork
faded and pitted. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $8,745.
Wagons, ho! Lots of money for what is in reality
a 10-footer. Wagons are a hot market segment,
and not a lot of survivors made it past the Nehru
jacket and beads era. Fully priced, but fun for
the amount spent.
1968 SHELBY MUSTANG GT500
KR Convertible. SN 8TO3R2041680247. Red/
black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 40,409 miles. Well
only. Town & Country radio, roll-up windows,
manual seat. Some wear to seat vinyl. Underhood
dress-up kit. New shocks and brakes. Was formerly
a frame-off resto, now with lots of time
passed. Would clean up to be a better car cosmetically.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,080. Just the way
you want tofind 'em, afewyears offa high-dollar
restoration. Original soft tops are tough to find,
but there 's enoughfinancial wiggle room left here
tofit one and still come out okay. Good buy, good
#270-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA Convertible.
S/N F8B210482. Rio Red/silver, orange
and black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 45,550 miles.
Power steering and brakes. Automatic. AACA
Grand National first, VCCA first. Some discoloration
to vinyl top, otherwise difficult to see
any flaws. Excellent chrome, paint and interior.
Power windows (including vents), tele wheel,
A/C, parade boot, AM/FM signal-seeking radio,
power seats, trunk release. Dash pad weak,
leather hard. Decent chrome, and lots of it. Paint
has dings and scratches in places, but still a
likeable color and car. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD
AT $9,000. Documentation showing this was
one of 21 cars in these colors ordered by the
Shriners for use as both personal transportation
and parade use. One ofjust 514 Imperials built
in 1966. Worth $2k to $3k more than the price bid.
CAR Convertible. S/N 124677N155815 .
White/blue vinyl. LHD. Odo: 27,037 miles.
1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO PACE
detailed, with the correct Shelby bits in the
correct spots. Excellent paint, chrome, vinyl and
wood trim. Not perfect, but close to the condition
it left the factory in. Hurst shifter and
incorrect A/C compressor, but owner has all
original units. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT
$56,000. Here is a Shelby that has it all, convertible
with A/C, four-speed and the requisite red
color. It's worth more than the bid price, but it
might take a larger venue or hand selling to get
Coupe. S/N RM23M9A276125. Green/black
vinyl. LHD. Odo: 32,184 miles. Price new was
1969 PLYMOUTH ROADRUNNER
Redline tires, rear spoiler. Taillight trim has
pitting, balance of chrome decent. Nice interior,
decent paint. Recent restoration is far from
perfect, but good overall. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$4,126.90, including 440 Six-Pack, console, Sure
Grip differential, AM radio, vinyl roof, accent
stripes and G70x15 tires. Very complete and
well detailed with very good chrome. Complete
interior. Paint wavy, but not hatefully so. Cond:
2+. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. Still for sale at
$34,500. Now that more 440 Six-Pack cars
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appear to be on the market than were built new,
do your homework before you sign on the dotted
line. High bid should have been enough to get the
#217-1969 MERCURY COUGAR Convert-
i b le. S/N 9F92H532906. Burgundy/white
leather and vinyl. LHD. Odo: 78,669 miles. A
first owner drag raced cars for a living, does it
follow that this car was only used for low-speed
trips to the grocery store? High reserve for
condition, however celebrity ownership history
might pile on some extra bonus dollars.
#353-1970 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE Convertible.
S/N 242670Z124539. White/red vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 1,445 miles. 400 Ram Air,
Coupe. SN 128789S413771. White/tan leather.
LHD. Odo: 51,503 miles. Auto, JVC AM/FM
used car. Owner states A/C unit is not functional.
Plenty of cosmetic flaws, including thick
paint. Engine bay detailed with spray can more
than once. Sun-induced fade to interior. Shows
well from ten feet. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT
$9,900. All the money offered for this beastie.
Excessive doses of "detailed for sale" spray
and shine chemicals abound on this cat, and
only serve to hide the fact that this car is looking
good through the magic ofchemistry—which will
#329-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS
Coupe. S/N 124379N594512. Green/black vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 8,443 miles. 396/325 V8, four-
hood-mounted tach. Automatic, A/C, power
steering, power brakes. Has factory build sheet.
Five-time Pontiac show winner. Very crisp,
interior smells fresh. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT
$55,000. 1 of 168 built. Owner looking for sale
price of $57,500. This was about the best 1970
GTO 1 have seen in years. But worth nearly
$60,000? Not yet. And probably not for a while.
#215-1975 CHEVROLET CAPRICE
CLASSIC Convertible. S/N 1N67Y5S174754.
Red/white. LHD. Odo: 9 miles. Price new
cassette, A/C. Power locks, windows, brakes.
Fresh interior. Lots of fresh prepping and detail
work, most of which was incorrectly done.
Overspray everywhere, poor fit on new leather
seats. Factory mags are dull and discolored.
Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $9,250. If done right,
the work would have paid a dividend As it was
done, it was no help. A summer's worth ofdriving
and sorting out the flaws will make this car
right—ifthe owner is willing to redo the bits that
need help. Correctly priced for condition.
#261-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL TTop
Coupe. S/N 1G4GJ1177HP4585. Black/
black and gray cloth. LHD. Odo: 97,280 miles.
speed. Rallve II wheels. A/C. Power brakes and
steering. Owner claims over $50k resto. Illfitting
front bumper. Interior tired, with sagging
seats, scratched console, sun-damaged window
crank knobs. Some dings in driprail chrome.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,000. Once again, let 's
hope all the paperwork is in order to prove that
this car was born with all the equipment it
currently carries. If so, even for condition, not
a poor buy. If not, draw your own conclusions.
#211-1970 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA
Coupe. S/N BP23N0B130403. Red/white vinyl.
LHD. Odo: 16,294 miles. 426-c.i. Hemi,
$7,382.80. As new, on MSO. Factory check
stamp and window stickers still on window. All
plastic still on the seats, in trunk area and on
spare. An actual time machine. No wear evident.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,542. Even though this
proved to be a better investment than Global
Crossing stock, do the math and you might have
found a better usefor your money during the past
27 years. Now what? Drive 10,000 miles, lose
#137-1978 PONTIAC FIREBIRD ESPRIT
Coupe. S/N 2T87U8L127249. Baby blue/blue
velour. LHD. Odo: 4,082 miles. "Sky Bird"
Automatic. Turbocharged 3.8-liter V8. Lots of
visible paint flaws, including dust and miscellaneous
dings in the hood. AM/FM cassette, dash
cover. A used car that will have a tough condition
battle to fight to become collectible. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $9,646. Sold at a market-correct
price. Really nice 1987 Grand Nationals can
bring as much as the extreme high teens. This car,
flaws and all, has plenty of miles left as a driver
with a little flair.
#518-2001 PLYMOUTH PROWLER Convertible.
S/N 1C3EW65G91V7024. Blue/gray.
LHD. Odo: 1,234 miles. Still under factory
automatic. First owner Ronnie Sox of Sox &
Martin Racing. Original broadcast sheet, warranty
card and "Auto File" in same name. Rallye
dash cluster. Some stainless trim in need of
polish. Paintwork good, but some light overspray.
Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. When the
edition. Owner states actual miles. Lots of sun
fade—front bumper many shades of body color.
Right rear spoiler has bubbles in obvious repaint.
Interior trim fading. Sold on MSO. Much detail
work awaits. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $10,500.
A still-new car, but one that appears to have spent
some time outside and was put away wet. Will
cleanup well, but a "Sky Bird" edition is no Trans
Am. As a matter offact, it may just be the antiTrans
Am Firebird Worth the bid price.
warranty. Mulholland edition, which is the only
Prowler package with matching soft top and
paint color. 20-inch wheels, six-CD changer,
keyless entry, A/C, alarm. As-new condition.
Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Still for
sale, asking $40,000. A perfect example of the
triumph of hope over reality, lots offolks bought
these "instant collectibles" only to find no chair
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17 May 2002
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1962 Ferr;ri S
1931 Alfa Rome
1933 Bugatti Type 51
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when the music stopped Chrysler pulled the plug,
so maybe hope is on the (Plymouth?) horizon.
vertible. SN 1FAHP60A02Y1007. Yellow/yellow
and black. LHD. Odo: 1,179 miles. A
2002 FORD THUNDERBIRD Con-
#000 Paris, France
February 12, 2002
Auctioneer: Francois de Ricqles
Number of automotive lots: 36
Number of automotive lots sold: 28
Sale rate: 77.7%
Sale total: $4,866,060
High sale: 1932 Bugatti Type 51 Grand
Prix sold for $867,173
Buyer 's premium on sold lots: 20.93% on
first $80,000, 11.96% on further balance
fresh, brand-new car with low miles. Available,
with an ever-shortening waiting list, at a Ford
dealer near you. In your choice of colors. With a
full warranty. For less money. Get the hint?
Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $46,000. Down in
price from the $55,000 plus "investors" were
hoping for just a few months back. Heading fast
to list price soon, used ones will be back of list.
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Exotic Car Transport
Open and Enclosed
Report by Dave Brownell
Market opinions in italics by Keith Martin
It wasn't a matter of Christie's being reluctant
to sell cars there before, but rather France's
restrictive auction laws that required French
auctions to be conducted in all aspects by, well,
the French. This has made for a cozy and lucrative
monopoly for several hundred years, but
with the advent of the European Union this arrangement
had to go and go it did, with Christie's
being first past the post in the automotive realm,
hammer in hand.
n February 12 a bit of vintage car
auction history occurred when
Christie's became the first nonFrench
auction house to sell collector
cars in France.
Not that the Brits completely had their own
way. Dermot Chichester, the very able Christie's
automotive auctioneer, couldn't call the sale
because he hadn't graduated from a three-year
French auction school and was therefore unqualified
in the eyes of the French bureaucracy.
At least Christie's was able to print the catalog
in English as well as French.
41/2-litre engine at some point. Very neat installation
and desirable combo for vintage boy racers.
Some upholstery wear. Paint going dull, some
scratches and general deterioration. The sort of
patina some Bentley drivers adore. No reserve.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $139,853. There are any
number of vintage Bentley owners—and dealers—who
would love to get this kind of price for
their real 41/2-litre cars, let alone the high estimate
Derby Tourer. Body by Brewster. S/N S144PM.
Eng.# 21446. Black/red leather. LHD. Odo:
6,413 miles. Older restoration with some swirl
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Highlighted by a no-reserve Swiss collection
that included a good cross-section of European
and American Classics, top money of the night
was garnered by a Type 51 Bugatti GP car that
sold for a whisker under $1 million, including
premium. The Swiss collection had been mainly
assembled in the late 1980s and early '90s, apparently
put together as a "portfolio" and little
used or exhibited thereafter. Consequently the
cars began to unrestore themselves over the passing
years and we'd wager that the consignor
took a hard whack on the total sales results.
Cars, unlike coins or stamps or paintings, do
require regular care even when stored away.
In terms of sheer audience appeal, the
Giugiaro-designed 1971 Maserati Boomerang
show car attracted more attention than any of
the older cars except perhaps for the Model J
Duesenberg, which was a new and wondrous
experience for many Europeans attending
Retromobile. Viewing of the cars was a chore as
they were jammed nearly fender to fender in a
corner of the vast Parc des Expositions hall and
open to inspection by the throngs attending the
Retro show. Christie's security people quite legitimately
worried about belt buckles, shopping
bags and light fingers doing damage to the cars,
but the consignments all seem to have survived
without scratches, dents, scrapes or losses.
1927 ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM I
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The auction itself was held in the large dining
area next to Retro, with photos of the cars projected
on TV screens. This didn't seem to affect
the audience's ardor at all, as 36 cars were offered
in two hours of efficient auctioneering in
French, resulting in 28 cars sold for a 78% sales
rate. Based on the success of this inaugural event,
it would appear that an annual Christie's auction
at Retromobile will be a feature of that splendid
show in the years to come.—D.B.
#30-1926 BENTLEY 3-4% LITRE Tourer.
Body by Vanden Plas. S/N LM1329. Eng.#
PM3267. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo:
86,096 miles. Originally a 3-litre converted to a
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marks in paint, badly worn front carpet, slight
upholstery wear up front. Derby body mounted
at Brewster in 1933; car originally had Brewster
Lonsdale limousine coachwork. Generally quite
okay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $158,993. Put in a
new carpet, do some detailing and you're ready
to enjoy this good-looking Roller on the road or
at show and concours events. A fair buy.
Regent Convertible. Body by Brewster. S/N
S185PM. Eng.# 17662. Two-tone beige/beige
1928 ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM I
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AT THE PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
AN EXCITING AUCTION OF AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN, CLASSIC AND SPORTS CARS, FIFTIES, MUSCLE CARS AND HOT RODS.
Number seven of only fifty-one produced, this
excellent example was restored to exacting
1957 Chevy "Chezoom"
The most famous 57 Chevy ever. Built by Boyd
Coddington. Internationally recognized for timeless
design and originality.
Vin# P 700838
1962 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet
90 hp engine, twin grilles etc., mark this as a late
example. From the famous Sigaloff Collection.
1961 Porsche Beck 550A Spyder
A splendid recreation of an earlier Porsche 550
Spyder. These are now considered collectable in their
STEVE DAVIS, VALLEY OAK AUTO
CALIFORNIA DEALER LICENSE NUMBER 19395
1916 Excelsior Board Track Racer
Formerly owned by Al Evans, this machine has been
restored at "The Shop" in Ventura to a high standard.
1937 Ford Coupe
Unique chopped coupe. Powered by the mindbending
Mathon V-16 Alloy, 800 coin, engine.
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
LOS ANGELES, CA
1957 PLYMOUTH FURY
The famous Al Scheib car. It is powered by a '71
Hemi V-8 transplanted from the Parnelli Jones' Vels
Plymouth Cuda funny car.
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leather. LHD. Hood stripped to bare aluminum.
Whole car needs a good paint job. Door panels
missing, carpeting torn. Engine said to be freshly
rebuilt. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT
$61,335. Potentially a nice car, but rather scruffii
presently. Price paid was quite enough.
1929 ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM I
Convertible Sedan. Body by Brewster. S/N
S399LR. Eng.# 21596. Two-tone blue/black
scarce. Appreciative price was paid for a car
with scary and expensive cylinder head problems.
Convertible. Body by Fleetwood. S/N S317LR.
Eng.# 21179. Black/red leather. LHD. Odo:
3,393 miles. Originally a Brewster Lonsdale
#45 1929 ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM I
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#49 1990 ROLLS ROYCE CORNICHE ifi
Convertible. Body by Mulliner Park Ward.
S/N SCAZDO2LCX30097. Eng.# 30097. Black
metallic/tan leather. LHD. Odo: 36,487 kms.
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leather. LH.D. Odo: 106,967 miles. A somewhat
tired, older restoration that is ready for some
remedial work. Paint chips, scratches, swirl
marks. Front bumper missing. Interior decent.
Not running at time of auction. Offered at no
reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,890. One of
67 Newmarket convertible sedans built at RollsRoyce
's Springfield, Massachusetts plant. Price
was enough, considering the investment needed
to bring the car back to show standards.
1929 ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM I
Sport Phaeton. Body by Murphy. S/N S287FP.
Eng.# 22877. Black/red leather. LHD. Odo:
106,017 miles. Older restoration beginning to
show age. Some wear in upholstery, paint cracks,
chips, blisters, some pitting on chrome. Not running
prior to auction. In touring rather than show
condition, but still a handsome devil. Sold at no
reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,558. Second
Murphy body on this car. Another bargain
snagged from the Swiss collection, with lots of
room to improve the car and still come out ahead
1929 ROLLS ROYCE PHANTOM I
Ascot Tourer. Body by Brewster. S/N S203KR.
Black/olive leather. LFID. Odo: 25,754 miles.
A few paint chips and scratches but otherwise
looked very good, as did the plating and engine
bay. Cylinder head observed to be leaking—bad
news on a PI and costing mucho dinero to sort
out. Sold at no reserve. A matching-numbers
Ascot. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $149,423. Real,
matching-numbers, unmessed-with Ascots are
Tinted windows, whitewalls, cassette radio.
Tools and handbook. Header tank leaking, otherwise
looked like quite an honest car with a
very good older restoration still showing well.
Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,779.
Full and fair money for this flashy Jag. In general,
European sports cars have harder lives
than their American counterparts—which means
they are generally a bit off cosmetically, but are
often spot-on mechanically as they have been
Carried replica Strasbourg bodywork; originally
fitted with racing two-seater body with bolster
tank. Still wearing its original fenders. Very confusing
history, but catalog claimed it now has
"an impeccable provenance." An older restoration.
Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $167,475. Provenance
apparently wasn 't impeccable enoughfor
the Bugatti bidders. Contrast this bid to the
$424,000 paid for the '22 Bugatti Type 29/30
French GP/23 Indy car that sold at Christie's'
Pebble sale in 2001.
1927 BUGATTI TYPE 37 Roadster.
S/N 37292. Eng.# 238. Blue/black leather. RHD.
Fresh resto by Bugatti specialists. Engine
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lifting on interior woodwork, leather a bit tired
but still acceptable to those who like their cars
with patina. Aftermarket air conditioning very
nicely installed. Older exterior restoration. Originally
delivered in Switzerland. No reserve. Cond:
2-. SOLD AT $47,024. Christie 's estimates of
$63,000 to $90,000 were quite puzzling. This
was a nice old Bentley, but not nearly nice enough
to crack $50k High bid without premium was a
1966 JAGUAR XI(E SI 4.2 Roadster.
S/N 1E 12891. White/red leather. LHD. Odo:
20,109 miles. Equipped with factory hard top.
delivery, this car is Customer Order #250. In
fine condition throughout, which is consistent
with the low mileage shown. Comes with factory
tool kit, service and handbook. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $168,563. Aside from Elton John's
$330k XJ220, most have languished unsold with
bids in the $130k range. At least according to
our records, this is a strong price.
1922 BUGA'TTI 23/30 Roadster. S/N
4008. Eng.# 4003. Dark blue/black leather. RHD.
limo, body was swapped for a Cadillac
Fleetwood convertible early in its career. CCCA
National First winner. Overdone with chromed
radiator shell, wide whites and plated wire
wheels, along with red fender welting. Cond: 2.
NOT SOLD AT $72,319. A nice
on a top-quality chassis, but likely a bit over the
top for European collectors 'tastes. Would bring
stronger money in America.
1950 BENTLEY Mk VI Coupe. Body
by Park Ward. S/N B4 10 LFV. Sand and sable/
tan leather. LHD. Odo: 17,651 miles. Veneer
Cassette radio. Manuals and tool kit. Originally
delivered in Belgium, then sold to a French customer.
Appeared very well maintained throughout
and road-ready. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT
$45,675. Bid was fair, estimates ($81k to $99k)
1997 JAGUAR XJ220 Coupe. S/N
SAJJEAEX8AX2207. Blue/gray leather. LHD.
Odo: 13,227 kms. Originally a Spanish
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switched from another Type 37. Non-matching
number components; not a surprise with competition
type Bugs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$230,768. Market-correct price for a Type 37. A
supercharger would have added to the allure
and the selling price.
1929 HISPANO SUIZA H6C Open-
Drive Landaulette. Body by Kellner. S/N
12131. Eng.# 320260. Cream over black/tan cloth
and black leather. RHD. Odo: 85,610 kms.
Voisins do have their devotees, but evidently not
enough of them were in attendance at this sale.
1948 DELAHAYE 180 Limousine.
Body by Henri Chapron. S/N 825007. Black/
black leather. RHD. Odo: 992 Ions. Armor-plated
fender shape incorrect. Sold at no reserve. Cond.
2+. SOLD AT $273,833. A good deal? Maybe.
One prominent US collector was kicking himself
after the auction for not keeping his paddle waving
a bit longer
1925 MERCEDES 24/100/140 PS Road-
ster. Body by Murphy. S/N 1295*2. Eng.#
46901. Dark blue/red leather. LHD. Odo: 42 kms.
Leather cracking in chauffeur compartment. Fair
paint. Some wear showing on top fabric. All
excusable faults since the car is in substantially
original condition throughout. Formerly owned
by late Pebble Beach co-chair Lorin Tryon.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $76,125. Okay,
maybe it 's not the most exciting design ever on a
Hispano, but the car deserves much more based
solely on the quality of the chassis 's engineering.
H6 series Hispanos are quite possibly the finest
cars of their time.
1932 BUGATTI TYPE 51 GRAND
PRIX Roadster. S/N 51150. Eng.# 651. Gray/
black leather. LHD. Believed to be Achille Varzi's
for French Communist Party president Maurice
Thorez. Ten-year-old resto recently completed,
but they forgot some replating and the paintwork
was second rate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,601.
Not terribly attractive and likely turtle-slow with
all that armor to haul around. Interesting for a
French collection, but little international appeal.
1948 TALBOT LAGO RECORD Con-
vertible. Body by Henri Chapron. SN 100060.
Eng.# 26153. Cream over burgundy/tan leather.
RM. Odo: 28,643 kms. Older cosmetics combined
with very recent full mechanical rebuild.
Car not running at auction time. Another older
resto that needed a good detailing to bring out its
best points. Handsome Murphy body, but
wooden wheels made the car appear a bit clunky.
Supercharged engine for extra thrills and bragging
rights. No reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT
$158,993. //Mercedes had designed a Cadillac
in 1925, it would have looked a lot like this car
Impressive and with great potential forfast touring
as well as concours events. If mechanically
sound, it might turn out to be a terrific buy.
Cabriolet B. Body by Sindelfingen. S/N 113693.
Eng.# 408340. Red/tan leather. LHD. Odo: 56
kms. Twelve-year-old resto still looked very
1936 MERCEDES BENZ 500K
1933 works race car. Later raced successfully
by British amateur Lindsay Eccles. Recent resto
by Bugatti specialist, who replaced the engine
block. Period factory replacement crankcase.
Supercharged. Original coachwork. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $867,173. Its hard to find a virgin
Bugatti of any sort, and this one—with a racing
history—was as close to right as you're likely to
find. The epitome of '30s Bugatti design and
performance. Fully priced, but very fair for a
piece of history.
1936 VOISIN C28 Sedan. S/N 53038.
Eng.# 53031. Two-tone green/plaid. RHD. Odo:
355 kms. Jaeger instruments, sliding sunroof.
Paint showing some blisters, plating going away
on radiator shell, straight body. Excellent, if somewhat
bizarre, interior treatment. Cond: 2-. NOT
SOLD AT $98,963. The quirky, individualistic
Top a bit soiled, excellent door and panel fit.
Rather flamboyant design for the usually conservative
House of Chapron. Cond: 2. NOT
SOLD AT $66,990. Car might do better at a
Pebble Beach or Monterey auction than on its
native soil. Just as with the funky ex-pat Corvette
that brought top dollar here (Lot #15),
Americans seem to love swoopy Talbots more
than the French.
#25 1907 MERCEDES 45 PS Roi des
Belges Tourer. S/N 6933. Eng.# 9664. Claret/
red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,797 kms. Originally
delivered in 1910 with two-seater racing body.
Tourer body a modern-day replacement in the
style of 1907. Currently not running. Front
sharp and show-ready. Original 500 engine replaced
with 540K engine. A good-looking Benz,
but not the most exciting open body style on
these cars. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $225,983. One ofthe few cars from the Swiss
collector to get within shouting distance of its
low estimate of $260,000, counting the premium.
The engine swap hurt the collector appeal, and
the Cab B body hurt the eye appeal.
1956 MERCEDES BENZ 300Sc
Cabriolet A. S/N 188 013 65 000. Eng.# 199
980 65 000. Dark gray/light gray leather. LHD.
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This beautifully restored black three-position convertible
Mark VI Bentley, built for the 1947 Paris Auto Show,
features custom coachwork by Franay of Paris.
1947 Bentley Mark VI
Voted "Best of Show" at the prestigious Hurlingham CA' mcours,
this outstanding Bentley is considered the most unique
and valuable post-WWII Bentley in the world.
The Bentley Royale was introduced to the automotive world at
the prestigious Essen Motor Show in Germany in 1997 md then
went on Special Display at the Pebble Beach Concours
d'Elegance where it was received with great acclaim.
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. NOT SOLD AT $137,025. Bid was on the
low side by about $45k These are grand cars
for European tours, where they can still make
100 mph with reasonable comfort.
Odo: 81,445 kms. Avery well-restored example
with fuel injection and column gear shift. Still
looks very fresh and competitive. Took second
in Essen Motor Show Concours in 2001. Cond:
#38-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TZ
Coupe. Body by Zagato. S/N 750030. Eng.#
44. Red/black vinyl. LHD. Badly crashed and
compression 10:1 pistons, alloy oil sump, lowered
suspension, flared arches. Removable hard
roof cover, Nardi wheel. Restored in 1996 to a
good vintage racing-car standard. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $13,289. Poorly built to begin with
and with no rust protection to speak of most
Abarths have simply rotted into the earth. This
was a fair price for a nicely done racer
Coupe. Body by Italdesign. S/N 081. Eng.# 902.
Metallic gray/maroon leather. LHD. Stunning,
Brakes locked up. No reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD
AT $40,890. Estimates of $72k to $110k were
completely offthe rails. A Pebble-Beach-winning
example of this car would have problems making
Christie 's low number All the dough was
1972 MASERATI BOOMERANG GT
1930 PACKARD 740 Roadster. S/N
183667. Yellow over black/brown leather. LHD.
Odo: 42,403 miles. An older restoration that is
caught fire in a 1967 Italian hill climb. Subsequently
carefully and fully restored. Registered
for vintage racing in Europe. Looked sharp and
ready for road or track. One of 101 TZs built.
Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $98,963. Crash and
fire history may have seared off some bidders.
No-stories TZs are now approaching $175,000,
but "badly crashed and caught fire" aren't exactly
reassuring words for a potential buyer
#50-1967 FERRARI 330 GTC Coupe. Body
by Pininfarina. S/N 11007. Eng.# 11007. Silver/
black leather. LHD. Odo: 70,219 kms. Excellent
radical Giugiaro-designed show car. Not a
pushmobile; uses 4.7-liter Maser power. All
sharp creases and angles. Certainly the inspiration
for Giugiaro's successful Lotus Esprit design.
Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $627,923. Sold to a
prominent French collection. Too much? Not
enough? Hard to say, but an actual road-legal
show car is a rare beastie anywhere. The new
owner should have fun startling Ferrari drivers
on the Riviera.
1986 DALLARA 386 F3 Single Seat
Race Car. S/N 008. Yellow/black. Ex-Jean Alesi.
Still looks good, but catalog cautions engine
still in quite presentable order with a very good
interior. A clean car throughout, with good door
fit. Looks ready for the road. Sold at no reserve.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $61,335. We wouldn't have
been surprised if the selling price with premium
had approached the low estimate of $110,000.
One of the true buys of the auction. You pay a
good $35k more in the US for the same car
1930 CADILLAC V16 SERIES 452
Convertible Sedan. Body by Fleetwood. S/N
701561. Green over black/light green leather.
LHD. Odo: 282 miles. An older restoration still
1970 FIAT ABARTH 595 SS Coupe.
S/N 105-2816. White/black. LHD. Tuner car of
the 1970s based on the Fiat 500, with engine
displacement expanded to 594 cc. High-
recent repaint to factory standards and fine interior.
New tires and exhausts. Fitted with A/C. A
good-looking 330 that was generally hard to fault.
All maintenance files go with car. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $92,003. Fully pricedfor a nice but
not brilliant GTC. We see them advertised from
$75k to $150k—and the higher-priced one isn't
necessarily twice the car of the cheaper one. This
car seemed quite honest, and hence well-bought.
should be overhauled. Two-liter Nova-Alfa
power. Still in Camel sponsor colors and lettering.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,223. There's nothing
as obsolete as an obsolete race car Potentially
valuable as a vintage racer in qualified
hands, right now it's a very expensive planter
1926 CADILLAC 314 Roadster. S/N
N/A. Eng.# 147504. Maroon over black/tan
leather. RHD. Another older restoration from
the Swiss collection. Ready for fresh paint and
some replating. Front seat a bit worn but could
be used as-is for touring purposes. Engine area
needs tidying. Not running at time of auction.
ready for major shows after a good detailing,
except for damage to trunk and some paint problems
on the left rear fender. Still, a sharp example
of Cadillac's finest. Sold at no reserve.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $135,068. The cheapest
open Classics of any marque today are the convertible
sedans, as the selling price on this car
demonstrates. They are simply overshadowed
by sportier roadsters and phaetons, leaving
beautiful cars available at bargain levels.
1930 CADILLAC V16 SERIES 452
Sport Phaeton. Body by Fleetwood. S/N
702425. Eng.# 702425. Black over silver/red
leather. LHD. Odo: 6,419 miles. Multiple CCCA
Senior award winner still ready to take a few
prizes on the show circuit. Stunning car with a
few minor paint chips, but that's about it. Sister
car to Lot #27 and had been sold together to
Swiss consignor. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $369,533.
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#27 1931 CADILLAC V16 SERIES 452A
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Roadster. Body by Fleetwood. S/N 703165.
Eng.# 703165. Sable over brown/dark tan leather.
LHD. Odo: 1,032 miles. Older restoration still
COAST TO COAST
Worth every penny of the bid and premium. A
fabulous car in all respects.
1930 DUESENBERG J Tourster. S/N
2335. Eng.# J441. Red/tan leather. LHD. Odo:
50,513 miles. Originally a LeBaron limo. Engine
from another J-Berg. All combined into a restored
Derham-style Tourster in the mid-'80s
that was acquired by the consignor at the recent
Lassiter auction in Florida. Shows very well,
except for paint chips around doors and hood.
No reserve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $235,553. Authenticity
counts for a lot among big-time US
classics. If this had been one of the eight real
Derham Toursters, it could easily have exceeded
twice the selling figure.
showing very well, with a few minor paint chips
on the outside. Needs detailing to bring up to
snuff, but not much else. Sold at no reserve.
Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $283,403. If you're going
to have a 1930-31 V16, this is one of the body
styles to have. Brought twice the money and then
some compared to the V16 convertible sedan
sold earlier in the auction (Lot #21).
by Derham. SN MB-PC-1002. Coral red/maroon
leather. LHD. Odo: 86,884 miles. Garish
paint going dull—perhaps a blessing to the eyes.
Chipped, too. Some brightwork needs replating.
Rear brakes seized. Power steering added at some
point in its life. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $86,891. This bid could get a DV-32,
which was a much more sophisticated car than
the SV-16. An astonishingly high price, espe-
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$284,000 four-year restoration. The car is still
absolutely mint, and pulled $439,490 from a
fortunate new owner. The late top car dealer's
quirky-looking 1926 Scales caravan with ye olde
leaded windows, in which he set up an old-timer
event-appropriate field office at such sales opportunities
as the Beaulieu Autojumble, also
went to a new home for $11,431.
cially considering the fact that the red-on-red
paint and upholstery combo was simply repulsive.
Roadster. S/N J5851100382. Yellow and black/
black vinyl. LHD. Odo: 5,306 miles. Over-thetop
restoration by famed Carrosserie Lecoq.
#15 1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Olympia, London, UK
December 12, 2001
Auctioneers: Robert Brooks and
Number of automotive lots: 112
Number of automotive lots sold: 83
Sale rate: 74%
Sale total: $4,895,575
High: Lot #701, 1955 Ferrari Tipo 750
3.0 V12 Monza sports racer; sold at
$536,334, including buyer's premium
Buyer's' premium on sold lots included:
15% on the first $42,600, 10% thereafter
Paint scheme totally wrong. A plethora of
chrome goodies under the hood. Well done, but
in a garish rather than correct manner. 245-hp
engine, four-speed gearbox. Cond: 2. SOLDAT
$42,935. Surprisingly strong number for an incorrect
car. Maybe France is the new market for
high-priced 'Vettes. Or, like Americans oohing
and aahing over a colorful but incorrect
Delahaye, maybe they just didn't know any better
and liked the colors.•
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Market comments in italics
ith their final 2001 UK auction
boosted by the consignment of
serious stock from four deceased
collectors' estates, Bonhams not
only shifted plenty of metal, but grossed a mighty
$4,895,575 ($5,325,000 with automobilia and toy
autos included). This number marked by far the
highest sale total of 2001 on this side of the pond,
beating the Bonhams Gstaad sale's markof$4.38m.
The stable contents of the late Paul Kunkel,
who was a London-based lawyer's son from
Cincinnati, raised huge prices with his exEquipe
National Belge 1953 Ferrari T750
sports racer making $536,334. Originally with
a four-cylinder motor, the Paul Grist-restored
masterpiece had been fitted with a three-liter
V12 and had been successfully exercised in
four Mille Miglia retros as well as at the 1998
Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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$220,810 was invested in a 1949 OSCA MT4
Siluro Spider. The car had plenty of 1950-63
period race provenance, and the same valuation
was put on the 1930 London Motor Show
Hispano-Suiza H6B with Cabriolet coachwork
by Million-Guiet, another Louis Vuitton winner
in the Parc de Bagatelle in 1998.
The top-priced seller from the extraordinary
Clive Sherwood Collection—the late Chartered
Patent Agent being one of the most acquisitive
squirrels at auction of 1920s Rollers, early
Lanchesters and interesting Edwardians—was
his 1922 R-R 40/50hp. Known in RREC circles
as the "Brownsea Island Car" from having been
garaged in new and unused rolling chassis form
on a UK South Coast island from 1922-56, then
bodied with Pall Mall tourer coachwork post1956
Ghost, made the desired $158,330.
However, by far the most bullish performances
at this very well-attended event were put
in by London-to-Brighton-Run eligible vets for
which there were plenty of players. Top dog
was an 1896 Arnold 1.5hp, which had come to
auction directly from the estate of the late Miss
Virginia Arnold and which more than doubled expectations
to sell for $177,074—surely top dollar
for any early primitive. But then, in the warmup
automobilia session earlier in the day,
$42,458—thrice more than guide price—was invested
in an F. Gordon Crosby watercolor depicting
Charles Jarrot and a riding mechanic in
their Panhard winning the 1902 Circuit Ardennes.
This was certainly a bull market day, airtight
with stacks of old money in the room wanting to
spend rather than bank their cash!—R.H-E.
NOTE: Many of the older vets and
Edwardians were never fitted with odometers,
while newer lots had been locked up by the auctioneers.
Their mileages could not therefore be
recorded during the limited pre-sale viewing time
available to your correspondent.
Kunkel's 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran
Sport with body beautifully done by Carrozzeria
Touring of Milan, again skillfully patinated during
restoration by Grist, deservedly sold for
$392,630. Even more extraordinary, the same
money—and twice the auctioneers' estimate—
was forthcoming from Maserati family member
Dottore Adolfo Orsi on behalf of an American
collector for an unfinished 1955 Maserati A6G2000
in mid-restoration. In fact, this project
turned out to be the 1955 Turin Show exhibit,
and the very first such Berlinetta to have been
crafted in the Zagato workshops. An even more
component-form 1962 AC Ace-Ford, paintstripped
down to bare aluminum with a dismantled
Raymond Mays-headed Zephyr 2.6liter
six out of the car, was taken on for
$44,091—$13,000 over the top forecast.
The other serious-money motor was the exTerry
Cohn 1930 Bentley 6 1/2-litre Speed Six H
J Mulliner-bodied drophead, which won the 1993
Louis Vuitton Concours in Paris following a
#751-1896 ARNOLD 1.5HP Dog Cart. S/N
1. Green and black with red/black. Really early
with period candle carriage lamps and four warning
bells. Wheels renewed. Paint cracks on rear
mudguards. Leather very distressed on seat
squab. Super continuous history file from
Sports Car Market
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Arnold family. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $177,074.
More than twice the top estimate was forthcoming
for this historically significant Victorian,
which is known in VCC circles as "Adam" and
successfully completed the very first 1896 Emancipation
Run to Brighton.
1901 PICK 41W Voiturette. Body by
Jack Pick. S/N GT 174. Yellow/black leather.
of brass to polish—acetylene headlights, oil
sidelamps and quadruple brass horns. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $35,926. Low estimate was virtually
achieved. With only six such examples of this
charismatic Edwardian registered with VCC,
possibly worth a mite more.
1913 SUNBEAM 12/16HP Tourer.
S/N 6424. White over red/tan. RHD. Last re-
frame wood finishers and running boards. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $158,330. Despite provenance—
US owners have included Jack Frost, William
Lassiter, Rick Carroll and Dan Sargent—and
condition, this Rolls only just made the desired
minimum. Has to be worth more.
#758-1928 WILLYS OVERLAND
CROSSLEY MANCHESTER Roadster. S/N
S4389. Unpainted aluminum/red. RHD. Took
RHD. Fully restored in recent years and a regular
London-to-Brighton Runner. Passenger-side
front mudguard repaired. Some buttons missing
from leather. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,724. Top
estimate money was paid for the oldest surviving
Pick Given the popularity of London-toBrighton,
$45k isn't a lot of money to have a
1910 LANCHESTER 20HP
Landaulette. S/N 771. Green with black fenders/black
leather. RHD. Original bodywork, albeit
reunited with chassis in 1943. Side pillars
painted by Alpine Eagle more than ten years
ago and still sharp. Nickel fittings. Nice Auster
windshield for rear passengers. Much rallied all
over Europe in recent years. Cond: 1-. SOLD
AT $61,486. Racey looker, quick for an
Edwardian, practical to own. Hence, $16,000
over the top estimate by the new owner
#743-1921 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/5011P SILVER
GHOST Double Cabriolet. Body by
Barker. S/N 4OUG. Apple green over black/dark
six years to complete "The Monster," so called
because of 1950s R-R Meteor B 27-liter V12 Centurion
tank motor. Not pretty and with only average
cosmetics, this wacky special had been freshly
tested and, amazingly, was fully street legal. Cond:
2-. SOLD AT $26,128. Winning bidder was the
UK West Country Haynes Motor Museum. Midestimate
money achieved was appropriate.
Drophead Coupe. Body by H J Mulliner. S/N
LR2776. Black/red. RHD. Subject to four-year
1930 BENTLEY 61/2 SPEED SIX
fold behind front seats and glass division drops
down to convert into tourer four. Distinctive
Lanchester leather windshield. Museum exhibit
cosmetics. Seats cracked and shabby. Cond: 2-.
SOLD AT $55,238. Sold to the trade near its
low estimate. I suppose we'll see it again, after a
quick freshening, and at a much higher price.
1910 LANCHESTER 2011P Torpedo
Phaeton. S/N 1002. Green with yellow stripes/
green. RI-ID. Stored in Harrods Depository from
1931 to the early 1960s. Following restoration,
RREC Concours winner in 1964. Oklahoma resident
from 1971 to the 1980s. Nice patina now,
though with some shrinkage cracks to paint.
Cracked leather in front, good in rear. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $97,412. Near top estimate was paid
for this Barker-bodied double Cab, which was
state-of-the-art stuff in the early 1920s.
1922 ROLLS ROYCE 40/50HP SIL-
VER GHOST Tourer. SiN 77AG. Silver metallic/black.
RHD. Period-correct coachwork
restoration costing dealer/collector Terry Cohn
$284,000. Winner of 1993 Louis Vuitton Concours
in Paris. Despite much high-profile exercise
since, still 100% mint. Cond: I. SOLD AT
$439,490. Sensational car and condition, hence
just over the top estimate result. They don't come
much better than this. Given the performance of
the Speed Sixes, they should be considered bargains
in their current price range.
#705-1931 ASTON MARTIN INTERNATIONAL
Roadster Replica. S/N J1115. Green/
dark green. RHD. Former sedan rebodied.
green. RHD. Minor chips to complicated Ranj it
Singh paint job in mainly good condition. Lots
from another Ghost fitted post-1956 discovery
of unused rolling chassis. Repainted in early
1990s, only very minor blemishes now. Super
engine presentation. Heavily varnished roof-
Upward-opening windshield. 21-inch wheels.
Bumpy panels. Flat paint with chips. Cracked,
albeit original-looking leather in front and back.
Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,552. Sensibly reserved
to sell, which it did for the top estimate. $7,000
or so too cheap for an all-correct International,
but about right for this replica.
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#736-1931 SUNBEAM 25HP Enclosed Lim-
ousine. Body by Weymann's Motor Bodies.
S/N 1173M. Gray/dark brown. RHD.
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1955 AC ACE Roadster. SN AE91.
Pale green metallic/beige. RHD. Original righthand
drive car that was last restored in the late
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Extraordinary "Sleeping Beauty" that remained
inactive in Berkshire garage showroom and workshop
for several decades. Very original. Dull paint
with repair chips. Dusty interior. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $17,147. Apart from recomissioning
to make it run, most probably worth conserving
as is cosmetically. A good buy, as I thought it
might have made close to $20,000.
Sports Sedan. Body by Thrupp & Maberly.
S/N GLZ1. Gray/gray. RHD. Gifted by Ecurie
1933 ROLLS ROYCE 20/25HP
1970s. Exuding patina in all departments. Period
Phillips radio. Wood rim steering wheel.
From late Terry Cohn collection rather than
stock list. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,559. Really
deserved $5,000 more, I thought, although ACengined
cars are reckoned by model aficionados
to be less desirable than those with Bristol
or Ford lumps.
1958 ASTON MARTIN DB Mk III
Coupe. S/N AM300/3/1529. Burgundy/gray.
RHD. Extensively and apparently well restored
and tires. Raymond Mays-headed Ford Zephyr
motor out of car and dismantled. Much to do.
Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,091. A crazy $13,000
over the top estimate was paid for this incomplete
project. Granted, it is the non-Cobra version
of Ace to have.
#762 1901 GEORGES RICHARD MODEL
E 8HP Tonneau. S/N E70. Varnished wood/
brown. LHD. Swing seats. Unpainted varnish
Ecosse race team owners to mechanic Wilkie
Wilkinson, who ran it for the past 40 years.
Cylinder head replaced. Crash repair to driver's
door hinge. Brush-painted fenders. Very cracked
leather apart from retrimmed seat squab. Cond:
3-. SOLD AT $19,596. Onlyjust scraped home,
and no wonder Nice provenance, but tatty. Still,
if it just keeps running for a couple of years
without major attention, it will be lots offun for
not much money.
1934 HILLMAN 9.8HP AERO
Coupe. S/N AM205. Coffee over cream over
coffee/beige. RHD. Very well presented follow-
with very good repaint, brightwork and retrim-all
very fresh. Nicely presented engine bay.
Cond: 1. SOLD AT $29,394. Only just making
desired reserve, this Feltham Aston—Mk III
being by far the most desirable with non-floppy
bodywork, disc brakes and overdrive/extra
gear—was a bargain. South African restoration
and rather dull color combo may have depressed
ster. S/N GHN 70453. White/red. RHD. Genuine
ex-cops MGA (1600 Deluxe/Twin Cam
spec). Authentic goodies all added during total
looks rather dull. Very worn fabric trim claimed
to be original. Desirable twin-cylinder motor (really
two engines). Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,800.
This car 's surviving originality, multi-cylinder
feature and early date of manufacture ensuring
early London-to-Brighton start number were
probably worth more than the minimum lowestimate
1903 RICHARD BRASIER MODEL
H 12HP Tonneau. S/N 17. Maroon and black/
black. RHD. Huge pairs of Lucas brass
1959 MGA POLICE A CLASS Road-
ing a careful older restoration, albeit in quite a
distinctive livery. Art deco style sunburst door
trims rather fun. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $14,697.
Just above top estimate was rightly paid for this
Kestrel look-alike. Result was hardly surprising
as, like Riley, it was also built in prewar
Coventry. Certainly rare.
restoration completed in 1998. Still near concours
condition, though not quite there. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $22,862. Top-estimate valuation
by buyer Sister car in black, from same source
and in much the same condition, made $27,761
later in the sale.
headlamps to polish. Magneto and carb nonoriginal.
Subjected to older restoration, though
still in very nice cosmetic order and, judging
from participation in four recent London-toBrightons,
mechanically okay, too. Cond: 1-.
SOLD AT $83,354. $9,000 less than the lower
estimate was accepted. All of these early cars
trade in a very thin market, and nearly every
sale redefines the current market valuation. This
seemed fair to me.
1962 AC ACE Roadster. S/N
5247767E. Unpainted aluminum/untrimmed.
RHD. Paint-stripped body with flared wheel
arches to accommodate wider race-width wires
1903 DARRAQ 8HP MODEL Ton-
neau. S/N 4187. Green/green. RHD. Yellow
wheels, rear entrance. Splendid center-mounted
Salisbury Bleriot headlamp and oil sidelamps.
Dull paint nearly in need of refresh-
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ment. Buttoned Connolly hide trim sound.
Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,114. New owner clearly
liked it enough to pay just over the top estimate,
which was plenty.
#801-1908 UNIC C9 Taxi. SN 11640. White
with black coachlining/black. RHD. Said to have
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $56,800. French dealer
won a long bidding battle, although he did have
to pay $8,500 over the top estimate. An
1930 HISPANO SUIZA H6B
Cabriolet. Body by Million-Guiet. S/N 11477.
Black/tan. RHD. Rumble seat. Exhibited in 1930
coming. Correctly valued by all concerned. Might
have brought another $25,000 in the US.
1973 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 2.7
RS TOURING Coupe. SN 911 360 0347. Primrose/black.
LHD. Last restored more than ten
been last restored seven years ago pre-purchase
from Imperial Palace collection in mid-1990s.
Cosmetically going off here and there, but still
with plenty of wedding hire potential. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $26,945. Knocked down for
$3,000 less than the low estimate to a UK dealer
who presumably could foresee a profit.
1908 LORRAINE DIETRICH 20HP
CJ Landaulette. Body by Pingret, Guion and
Breteau. S/N CGF12604. Dark blue with black
fenders/black to front, brocade to rear. RHD.
London Motor Show with unusual features such
as hexagonal section bumpers, polished metal
restraining straps for side-mounted spares, and
door release handles in door centers. Restored
in mid-1990s. Louis Vuitton winner in 1998.
Cond: 1. SOLD AT $220,810. Absolutely stunning.
A great car in great condition and worth
the $36,000 over the conservative top estimate
#790-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S Road-
ster. S/N 18801200266. Red/gray. LHD. Whitewalls.
Returned to Europe from Venezuela in
years ago when lightweight doors, fenders and
seats were fitted. Paint and interior slightly soiled
and worn. Chassis, engine and gearbox numbers
all matching. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $48,990. Top
result for a retail-ready example of the Touring
version of the 2.7 RS. As the years pass, the
continued strength of the RS models in the marketplace
is a testimony to what brilliant machines
they were when new, and how well they still perform
#702-1933 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 GRAN
SPORT Roadster. Body by Touring. S/N
121215050. Red/brown. RHD. Following a rollover
accident in the US some years ago,
Said to have been carefully laid up for 70 years
in Argentina until 1988, when shipped to UK
for repaint. Front leather original. Cloth with
brocade trimmed Landaulette compartment more
boudoir than auto. Ducellier acetylene
headlamps. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,114. UK
dealer thought it worth paying just over the top
estimate so, with trade mark-up, at least he
thought the real market value should be more—
1913 RENAULT DO 2211P Landaulefte
deVille. SN 40594. Black with green coachlining/
black to front, beige to rear. RHD. Singer Sewing
Machine president's wedding present to daughter.
Maintained by family chauffeur until 1980.
Said to have been driven less than 10,000 miles
from new. Dull paint claimed to be original. Rear
compartment musty, but absolutely untouched.
the mid-1990s for a total restoration, with most
recent detailing by Bart Holland completed in
2000. Without fault. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$134,900. This mid-estimate valuation was
about right for one of the most sought-after
1955 MERCEDES BENZ 300SL
GULLWING Coupe. SN 5500202. Silver metallic/red.
LHD. Bodily last refurbished in early1990s
in Netherlands. Super paint, brightwork and interior.
Fitted luggage and factory tool roll present.
Cond: 1. SOLD AT $179,950. Nicely presented
example for which top estimate money was forth-
1949 OSCA MT4 Racing Roadster.
S/N 1112. Red/black. LHD. 13 years of period
provenance in Italy and US. No-expense-spared
restoration taking ten years and only completed
in 2000. Three concours awards won in 2001.
Absolutely mint, and in far better cosmetic condition
than when new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$220,810. Owner appeared downcast with this
extensive restoration by Paul Grist was recently
completed. Cleverly, Old Master patinated with
slightly dulled finish. Floor unpainted. Leather
actually new, but didn't look the part. Cond:
1-. SOLD AT $392,630. Mid-estimate result was
thoroughly deserved. While 1750s aren't showing
the price appreciation of a few years back,
they seem to be solidly in the $350,000 to
Market Reports continued on page 70.
Alfa Romeo Profile
1970 Alfa Romeo GTAin
Chassis number: 1531231
he GTAm models are derived from
Alfa's 1750 Veloce coupe. The Am
suffix is a shortened version of
"America," and refers to the US
model, which required fuel injection for emission
reasons. With full development, the
GTAm engine brought twice the brake horsepower
available from a standard carbureted
car. The bodywork featured fiberglass doors,
hood and dashboard and riveted fiberglass
fenders. It featured the typical Autodelta
sliding-block rear suspension to lower the
car's roll center, thereby improving handling.
The cars ran on 13-inch Campagnolo wheels
and had ventilated disc brakes. A new dual-plug cylinder head was used, and
the engines were available with either 1779-cc or 1985-cc displacements.
Autodelta, Alfa Romeo's competition arm, prepared the GTAm for the
European Touring Car Championships. In 1970, the works won six of nine
races, and the Dutch driver Toine Hezemans secured the European Driver's
Championship. In 1971, the class was divided and a new minimum weight
introduced, but Hezemans was able to retain the Championship.
Figures suggest that there were 40 GTAms built, although the confirmed
number is closer to half that. Fifteen cars were supplied directly to
Autodelta for their own use—the recorded works cars. A handful of cars
were sold to privateers who commissioned Autodelta to upgrade them to
GTAm specification. Three were exported to America and Angola, one to
the Jolly Club in Italy, and this car, 1531231, to Luigi Cecchini of Lucca,
on May 26, 1970, as confirmed by Alfa Romeo Autodelta. The remainder
of the 40 or so produced is accounted for by privateers who bought parts
from Autodelta and carried out conversions themselves.
This car debuted in the hands of Cecchini in the Copa della Collina in
June, 1970. It suffered a minor incident, and there appears to be no
racing history after this event. The Alfa then went to Spain and was
eventually bought by the present owner in Sicily in 1986. It was subsequently
restored over a period of four years to its original condition and
features full Autodelta specs, being fitted with correct 2-liter fuel injection
and twin-spark head. On completion of the restoration, the car was
used in various historic competition events, including the Alfa day at
Monza in 1990. It has been featured in a number of Italian publications
in April, 1992, and December, 1996. The car was driven by Teodoro
Zeccoli, an original works driver who wrote to the owner thanking him,
and confirming the car was as it was when it originally raced and is
Use since restoration has been limited to 60
miles and the car is reported to be in excellent
condition. The car is eligible for the Tour Auto,
Youngtimer series and a number of track events. It
is offered for sale with a file containing a letter
from Alfa Romeo, copy for the specification for
the model, various photographs and the magazine
articles the car was featured in.
SCM gave this car a #3+ rating when it sold for
$50,055, including buyer 's premium, at Christie 's
London sale on December 4, 2001. That is a sur-
SCM Investment Grade
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prisingly low condition rating for a freshly restored car; and may in part
explain the reason the car sold for such a low price.
The Alfa GTAm is a car that stirs the boy racer in all of us. Based on a
standard production chassis, it represents what every GTV owner wishes
his car were. The GTAm was a serious effort by Autodelta at a time that
Alfa was also developing the Type 33 cars and trying to stay afloat financially.
The TZ and TZ2 models had been cancelled in favor of the Type 33,
and it is quite likely that the GTAm could have been developed further,
given added resources. Even so, it was a very successful racer, both in
Europe and the US. Many GTAms offered alloy panels instead of plastic,
and the shapes of the flares varied between cars.
GTAm engines developed 220 horsepower at 7,200 rpm, compared to
118 hp of the stock 1750 engine. There is no mention made by the auction
catalog whether this GTAm is fitted with either a Bosch or SPICA slidingplate
throttle-body injection system, or a competition-use-only narrowangle
There are more questions here. The chassis number 1531231 is listed
in Tony Adriaensens 's book, Alleggerita, as a GrAm, but without any other
information. This makes the chassis number ripe for a variety of creative
interpretations. The fact that the only documentation that comes with this
car is a letter from Alfa Romeo, a copy of the general specifications of the
GTAm model, and recent magazine articles, is enough to give one pause.
By the way, Adriaensens also prefers "America" as an interpretation of
the Am in GTAm; the other reading is "Alleggerita maggiorata" (lightweight
mod(ied), but he thinks that is inappropriate, as the GTAm was much
more than a modification of the GTA. There never was an "official" factory
name other than GTAm.
Intake side of the engine,
near the front
AROC, 10 Raskin Road,
Morristown, NJ 07960
Alfa TZ, Porsche 911 RS
Recent Offerings of Note
1970 Alfa Romeo GTAm
Lot #52, S/N 1531231 (same)
Christie's, London, UK, March 26, 2001
Not sold for $57,200
1970 Alfa Romeo GTAm
Lot #158, S/N 135847
Brooks, Narburgring, Aug. 6, 1999
Sold for $82,348
Sports Car Market
The sale price is at least $25,000 below SCM's Price Guide, but this
does not necessarily mean that it was well bought.
Since its restoration appears to be old and deteriorating,
even though declared to be fresh, this GTAm
needs a thorough going over before being raced, or
a complete restoration if it is to be shown. In either
case, more money will be required before the car
satisfies its new owner's fantasies.
Given the condition of this car; and the lack of
documentation of its provenance, the price paid
should be viewed as market correct.—Pat Braden
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction
Sheehan Speaks / Michael Sheehan
If It Sounds Too Good to Be True...
uropean model F50 S/N 103794 was the 37th F50 built, in silver
metallic with a black interior and yellow seats. It was delivered new
n November 28, 1995, in Austria to Jean-Robert Grellet. It was
resold by Grellet on December 19, 1998, for 608,500 Swiss francs
(about $445,000) at the Brooks Auction in Gstaad, Switzerland, to French
dealer Francois Degand. Degand then sold the car to England.
On June 8, 2001, this F50, now repainted in red, was shown at the
Bond Street Association-sponsored FOC UK meeting by its third owner,
John Hunt, a British property manager. In October, 2001, Hunt drove the
car to Italy for a vacation. According to police reports, the F50 was stolen
from a supposedly highly secured hotel parking lot in Lake Como during
the early morning hours of Sunday, October 21. At the time, its odometer
showed 20,000 miles.
Less than 60 days later, in early January of this year, the same F50 was
offered by a well-known broker. The car now showed only 4,000 miles,
and was being offered for $420,000, which is about 5% below the going
rate. The hard top and case, the owner's manual and other books, and the
service records were all missing.
Following my inquiry about the car, 17 quality photos were supplied
by e-mail, showing the chassis number on the frame and steering column,
and the assembly number under the hood. There was no question this was
the same stolen F50, priced slightly below market, but not "under-market"
enough to arouse suspicions. The car was with a large exotic car dealer
in central Japan. When I mentioned that I believed this to be a stolen car,
the price was dropped to $300,000.
In the US, one might expect a swarm of law-enforcement agencies to
descend upon the dealership, with the car returning to its rightful owner and
the perpetrators being hauled off to the slammer. The rules in Japan, in my
Where's Carfax when you need it?
experience, are different.
Getting a stolen car imported into Japan is relatively easy, as Japanese
customs officials don't check serial numbers on imported cars against
Interpol records. Once in Japan, a foreign car can be registered with virtually
any kind of paperwork, so local registration is another exercise in
Should a car be determined to be stolen, the local police are reluctant to
do anything to aid in its recovery. And there are no laws in Japan requiring
that a car stolen internationally be exported back to its rightful owner. So,
once in Japan, a stolen Ferrari is virtually unrecoverable.
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Additionally, in my experience dealers there are masters at simply
ignoring a problem in the hope it will go away. If a dealer finds he unknowingly,
or otherwise, has ended up with a stolen car, he simply puts it into
a warehouse for a few years and waits for whatever token police investigation
might occur to die a quiet death. He then brings the car back into the
light of day and sells it without fanfare.
One of the local collectors commented to us, "Getting this issue resolved
here is virtually impossible. Everybody (with their hands in someone
else's pocket) keeps at least one eye closed... The only hope is to get
an American lawyer who may be familiar with the way things are dealt
with here. But to be frank, even if anything should materialize from this,
the process will take a very, very long time."
The process of trying to recover this F50 has begun. The Japanese dealer
network has been advised that the car is stolen, thereby making it more difficult
to sell; the Japanese police have been notified, if for no other reason than
to put some token pressure on the dealer who has the car; and a Japanese law
firm has been engaged, to put pressure on the police and the local DMV and
auto dealer licensing agency. Obviously, the company that originally insured
the F50 when it was stolen has a great interest in this process.
Consequently, if offered a car by a dealer outside the US, exercise due
diligence before sending your money. It wouldn't be much fun to spend
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Getting "Organized" for the 2002 Race Season
pring is in the air along the Po River. The
first buds and sprouts are popping up
and the mailman has been jamming my
postal box full of invitations to every
conceivable European car event. It is time to get
organized for the 2002 old-car race season.
A number of readers have asked exactly how to
go about deciding which events to do, given the
rich and varied selection available in Europe. As
you probably have figured out, we go about this
with the same precision we use in reporting auction
results. Let me share with you the parameters
of my careful scientific event-selection formula.
The first parameter is dictated by how much
disposable income one has for the coming year.
Usually, I carefully calculate the cost of car preparation,
transportation to and from the track,
trackside mechanical assistance, fuel, tires and
other consumables, such as Barolo. I then add up
these costs and immediately conclude that I
should sell everything I own to finance my season
of racing. Instead, I dispense with this parameter
as not really counting—pun intended.
Without financial constraints, I am now free
to choose from a much broader selection of
events. After carefully reading all 106 brochures,
thoroughly checking Web sites, and chatting with
fellow competitors, I conclude I should do all
106 events. However, at around $3,000 per
event, I will need to come up with roughly
$318,000 just to send in the applications.
At this point I cheerfully go out and buy a
lot of lottery tickers. Shortly thereafter, I become
depressed. This, in turn, is followed by
the real organization and planning. Based on the
Tomasetti (left), in his 150S, and P Lacksweert in his Ferrari 375 Plus, warm up for another season.
limits of time, money, and the demands of my
international law practice, I figure I can do four
events this year.
My over-riding objective during the past five
years has been to race on every historic track in
Europe. To date there are only three left to visit.
One is Monte Carlo—excluding the time I
"raced" around the street course in a Fiat Panda,
at 6:00 in the morning, pretending I was Fangio
driving to victory against Ferrari. So, for 2002
the first application was sent to the Third Grand
Prix Historique Monaco, in nearby Monte Carlo,
scheduled for May 18-19. If accepted, my 1955
Maserati 150S would race in Serie 5, Class 3,
five, drum brake sport racers, 1955-58.
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I have raced on the modern Le Mans track,
but never on the "real" one. This year, on
September 21-22, Patrick Peter, for the first
time, is organizing a historic revocation of this
great classic for cars that participated from
the 1920s through 1972. Besides my strong
desire to race the long course, my 150S finished
ninth in the 1956 event. Coupling an
opportunity to race for the first-time event
on this historic track, with the fact that my
car placed well there in 1956 is too good to be
true. That makes sending in my application
nearly obligatory, don't you think?
After turning our low-budget Alfa into a
tree ornament last season (January 2002,
"Notes From Europe," page 68), I had to decide
whether to rebuild it or buy another car.
(The thought of not replacing it never crossed
my mind, by the way.) So I bought an
Autodelta-prepared GTA, formerly belonging
to Scuderia 88 of Mantova. The Cento
Ore Classic remains one of SCM's favorite
events because of its great mix of scenic roads
and a high concentration of racing. The
Modena-based four-day event is again on our
calendar for May 11-12, and will be our first
competition outing for the GTA. Editor Martin
has agreed to be my co-pilota, although he
did mumble something about getting out and
walking during the hillclimb sections.
This leaves space for one final event on my
schedule. I will make my choice between the
Eiffel-Klassik, in October on the legendary
Niirburgring, or the legendary rally Liege-RomeLiege.
The former race would be well suited to
the GTA, and frankly, a good way to close out
the 2002 race season. Liege does not fit my
schedule very well, but the five-day event is an
endurance rally in the true sense of the word, as
the competitors wind their way down from
Belgium through the Alps to Cortina, Tuscany,
and finally Rome.
I'll keep you posted as the season unfolds.•
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1966 Lamborghini 400 GT 2 + 2
Chassis number: 0520
n 1964, Ferruccio Lamborghini unveiled
his V12 competitor to Ferrari,
the 350 GT, at the Geneva
Auto Show. The car, which featured
a four-cam, 3.5-liter V12 engine
designed by Giotto Bizzarini, a tubular
steel chassis, four-wheel independent
suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and
a ZF gearbox, was Lamborghini's first
serial-production GT. The automotive
world loved it.
In 1966 the engine was increased to
3.9 liters and the ZF transmission was
replaced with a gearbox built by Lamborghini itself.
The differential was also replaced with one of
Lamborghini's own. These modifications were
slipped under a Touring-designed steel body that
had been slightly raised to allow three passengers
to accompany the lucky driver. Similar in appearance
to the 350 GT, this new car also had lowered
floor pans, four round Hella headlamps and a single
fuel tank instead of twin tanks. Thus was born the
400 GT 2+2.
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
Tune up/major service
Debuting at the 1966 Geneva Auto Show,
Lamborghini's showpiece was once again warmly received.
The new model's horsepower increased from
280 horsepower to 320, and top speed to 155 miles
per hour. Zero to 60 times were in the low sevensecond
range. The engine, in fact, was worthy enough to be used in the
Miura and Countach until 1982—a testament to its design and output.
The car is often pointed to as the one automobile closest to Ferruccio
Lamborghini's original aim: elegance, durability, practicality and performance.
As such, it should come as no surprise that the 400 GT 2+2
outsold the 350 GT nearly two to one.
confident high-speed touring, and is a perfect example of a state-of-the-art
Italian supercar of the '60s.
A superb car in every sense of the word, the 400 GT 2+2 allows for
The car pictured here sold for $75,600, including buyer's premium, at
Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction, held January 20th, 2002. The car was
in solid #2- condition, only showing minor wear on a recent restoration.
All of a sudden, back seats are big news. After years of the market
shunning exotic cars that had more seats than doors, I have noticed a
small but growing desire to have a car that is both interesting and modestly
useful. "Betty and Barney want to join us for dinner. Um, okay, let's take
their car because our Moretti only has two seats, and you'll probably like
their new Saturn wagon anyway." Blech.
By no stretch do I mean that 2+2s are becoming more desirable
than pure two-seaters. But it's certainly easier to justi:b; parting with a
pile of benjamins fyou can at least picture putting the kids, the dog, the
luggage, some golf clubs or whatever, into the back seat. Porsche own-
eBay/Kruse, Auburn, IN, August 31, 2001
Sold at $36,835
Condition: 2 Lot #693, S/N 0838 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2
Plate welded on right frame rail
Middle of Von block
Lamborghini Club of America,
One Northwood Drive, Suite 7,
Orinda, CA 94563
Ferrari 250 GTE, Aston Martin
DB6, Jaguar XKE 2+2, Iso Crrifo
ers have been getting away with this for years.
And now even our editor pretends that having a
back seat was part of the reason for buying his
Forward march to the car at hand, the
Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2. This Lambo has always
trailed the Miura, Countach and 350 GT for
collectibility. In many instances it has enjoyed the
same motor, perhaps a better gearbox and transwde,
and it is slightly less expensive to restore because of
its steel body (versus aluminum) and larger production
volume. But, and this is the "but" in question,
it has always suffered disparaging comments
like, "It has a backseat, so why consider it?"
I hear the same babbling about the Ferrari 250
GTE and 330 GT, the Aston Martin DB6, the Jaguar XKE 2+2 and countless
other cousins of proper two-seaters. But anyone who has driven a
standard-cab pickup truck knows exactly how constricted the cabin is in a
246 GTS, and how once you've got a body in each seat, the thermos bottle
is going to have to go into the trunk
Two years ago, $75k would have been an earth-shaking price for a
Lambo 400 GT. But not today. And this is a car that is surely worth $75k
Few 2+2s are as exciting to drive, and possess as wonderful a V12 pedigree
as this car
I've known two collectors who have put strong daily mileage on their 400
GTs. Bothfolks have owned cars that were considerably more exotic, but both
found the 400 GT to have a near-peifect balance ofexotic appeal and usability.
The usual caveats apply to this transaction. If the engine and transmission
are strong, if the notoriously edgy electricals are sorted, and if
the metal below that red (yawn) paint is solid, then, although this car was
bought at the top of today's market, it should still be considered a fair
There are many families involved in this hobby and the desire to be
together when that rare disposable time becomes available makes for a
pretty solid argument for ye olde back seat. Of course, traveling in two
cars with just two seats each, say a pair of Countachs or Miuras, will
always remain a good Plan B.—Steve Seri°•
Recent Sales of Note
1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2
Lot #200, S/N 1156
Brooks, Monaco, May 26, 2000
Sold at $58,877
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history $24,900. 860-455-9030. CT
76 URRACO P300, 32k mi, outstanding
cond, new tires, exhaust, tune, cold A/C, some
doc, all manuals $29,900. 519-896-2810.
84 5000S, 1,799 miles. Original owner.
Black with cream interior and black wheels.
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87 QV 5000 COUNTACH, fuel inj, 14k,
pearl white/red leather int, factory wing, all
orig, new tires, clutch and service $78,950
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94 DIABLO VT, 8k mi, white/red int w/white
piping, 100 miles since a total photo-documented
rebuild and service, all nec upgrades
included, extra 18" roadster wheels, cosmetically
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60 APPIA, unfinished project, nearly completed,
lots of spare parts from second car
$2,500 nego. 908-595-9520. Fax 908-5959307.
65 FULVIA COUPE, show paint in perfect
cond, runs great, full restoration of eng, trans,
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66 FLAMINIA 3C, 2.8 Spyder, white w/red
int, exc orig cond, 68k mi, boxes ofNOS parts
plus a 1961 Flaminia touring coupe parts car
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79 BETA COUPE, 5-spd, stereo, ps, pb,
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79 ZAGATO, mechanically sound, needs
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61 3500 GT, all bodywork completed, car
needs assembly, have all available parts $6,000
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67 GHIBLI COUPE, car had interior and
engine fire, pictures available $6,000. Ben,
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69 GHIBLI, 22,790 miles. Celeste blue
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73 INDY, rare, 4.9L, needs cosmetics $5,600
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75 BORA, 975 miles. Red with white interior.
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1961-73 Volvo P1800/S/E/ES
he Volvo P1800 has always been a bit
of an odd duck in the sports car world.
With its chrome-tipped rear wings and
high belt-line, its looks were futuristic
when introduced. By the 1970s they were dated,
but now, 30 years later, they are pleasingly classic.
Over the lifespan of the 1800, its engine grew
from 1780 cc to 1986 cc, induction changed from
twin SU to Zenith-Stromberg carburetors to
Bosch K-Jetronic injection, and horsepower
went from 100 to 130. To non-1800 fanatics, all
of the variants of the two-seat coupes look more
or less alike, with the 1972-73 sport wagon having
a distinctive appearance all its own.
As one would expect from a car built by
Volvo, the basic design was robust. The P1800
may have the best heater of any sports car ever
built, but that's hardly the kind of performance
that can make a car collectible.
Not a tire-smoker at the stoplight drags,
the P1800's long legs make it a premier highway
cruiser. The electric overdrive is a must,
and allows the car to purr along at a leisurely
2,800 to 3,000 rpm at 70 mph. By now, many
owners have installed an upgraded cam to enhance
Once dated and old fashioned, now classic.
Settling into a P1800 is like stepping back in
time. The interior looks and feels vintage, with
an array of chrome-rimmed gauges and push/
pull switches. While not particularly quiet, the
engine of the P1800 makes a satisfying sound.
Most mechanical parts are readily available and
there is a great support network to help keep a
P1800 on the road. Sheet metal is expensive and
some of the trim can be costly to replace.
Like any old car, rust is the enemy of the
1800. The first 6,000 P1800s were assembled
by Jensen in England, and hence have corrosion
as an inherent part of their sheetmetal
DNA. Carefully inspect the jacking points
and the area where the frame goes into the
engine compartment. Also, check the sills for
repair work, along with the areas behind the
rear wheels, which tend to collect debris and
Because these cars have been worth so little,
most have been badly bodged over the years.
Finding a well-preserved original car is nearly
impossible; a properly restored car is almost as
difficult to come by. When buying a coupe,
condition is far more important than year of
production or model variant. The drivetrain is
Grey or black interior, manual or automatic transmission, performance, appearance and comfort options available, 6 month/6,000 mile warranty from $29,500
SCM Investment Grade
Original list price
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easier to repair than the cosmetics; a nice, complete,
correct car that needs a valve job is a
much better buy than a rusty beater with a
fresh engine. Pay $5,000 to $6,000 for solid
coupes in #3 condition ($7,000 to $8,000 for
1800ES sport wagons), and up to $12,000 for
A properly done 1800 is a reliable, lowmaintenance,
inexpensive car to own. And if
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1800s of any flavor that have been through a
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English Car Profile
1950 Allard 12 Roadster
Chassis number: 99J1571
n excellent example ofa successful AngloAmerican
hybrid, the J2 Allard offered
incredible performance for the period at
a moderate cost. As a result, they were
very popular in US and European racing and their list
of competition successes is most impressive, including
first-place finishes at Sebring, Bridgehampton and
other race courses throughout America.
During the production run of 1950-51 a total
of 99 examples were built. Ideal for the nowpopular
runs and rallies throughout this country
and Europe, a well-turned-out J2 is equally at home on the show field.
The long-nosed competition-style J2 featured Allard's well-known split
I-beam axle on the front end, attached to coil springs and telescopic shock
absorbers. A three-section track rod and two idler arms were attached to
the back of the split axle, while radius arms located the axle beams. At the
back, a de Dion axle assembly was attached to coils and telescopic shocks.
Power was delivered by a Ford-sourced torque tube.
The first J2s were powered by hopped-up Mercury flathead V8s, but
as their racing successes grew so did the racer's need for speed. Before
production ended, these cars were carrying not only Ardun OHV-equipped
flatheads, but fire-breathing V8 Cadillacs and Chrysler's new powerhouse
Hemi V8s as well.
The J2 chassis had exceptionally deep side members connected by
four large-diameter tubes. Besides these tubes, the transmission had
additional bracing. The bodies on J2s were made of lightweight aluminum
attached by quick-release fasteners and small bolts, making it
very easy to strip the car for mechanical work or testing purposes.
Some models meant for strict competition work with big V8s were
delivered with 40-gallon fuel tanks. It's easy to tell a large-tank car as
the spare tire is mounted between the front fender and the cockpit
rather than at the tail.
This car was delivered to Moss Motors in California on April 24, 1950. It
is equipped with a 331-cubic-inch Cadillac V8 developing 300 bhp, thanks in
part to a high-performance camshaft and triple two-barrel carburetors. Polished
stainless steel side pipes complete the mechanical picture of this car,
which was fully restored in 1998 as a road-going sports
car rather than an out-and-out racing car. It is in superb
condition and was a prize winner at Pebble Beach in
Original list price
This car sold for $97,200, including buyer 's premium,
at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale, held
January 20, 2002.
Take a good, close look at an Allard, especially
the J-series cars like this one and the even hairier
J2X models, and you'll see why they've earned the
nickname of "The Blacksmith's Revenge."
1950 Allard J2 roadster
Lot #155, S/N 99J1571
Tune up/major service
Depending more on the hot rodder 's approach of sheer horsepower
derived from cubic inches rather than sophisticated tweaking
of smaller-displacement powerplants, the Allard Js, like the Cobras
to follow, owe more to American than European influence in their
startling performance abilities.
The handling of these cars has always been controversial, like that of
early Porsches. It's said that once you learn the quirks of the split-axle front
end, you can make an Allard perform around curves and corners as well
as any serious competitor And even ([you can't lead through the corner,
you're dead certain to nip the other guy down the straight, thanks to the
Allard's' stupendous power-to-weight ratio.
Indeed, until the arrival of more powerful and sophisticated machinery
from Jaguar, Ferrari and Maserati, the Allard J2s and J2Xs were the cars
to beat. They offered more bang for the racer's buck than any other big
sports/racing car of the time—and at a price that wasn't nearly as dear in
terms of purchase and maintenance of the aforementioned exotica.
Today, Allard J2s enjoy a steady demand among vintage sports car
racers and collectors. A few years ago, when Allard was the featured
marque at the Monterey Historics, the cars went through a dramatic price
spike. Now market levels have eased to more rational positions.
This car appeared to be, as the description said, a road-ready
example that's also competitive on the show circuit. It could also be
turned into a pretty nasty vintage racer with a minimum of work, if
that's your thing.
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Recent Sales of Note
1950 Allard J2 roadster
Lot #430, S/N 99J1575
RM, Monterey, CA, August 18, 2000
Sold at $110,000
RM, Monterey, CA, August 26, 1999
Sold at $67,100
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The price Barrett-Jackson fetched for this car was fair and indeed
looks rather cheap when compared to contemporary
1950s rivals wearing prancing horses or
tridents on their badges. One thing's nearly as
certain as taxes. When one of those Italian beauties,
with its gorgeous shape and high-strung engine,
pulls up beside an Allard at a traffic light or
a start line, the old cycle-fendered beast from suburban
London with its American heart will smoke
it without even having to break into a mechanical
(Photo courtesy of auction company)
ear Mr. Anderson: Afriend ofmine
sold his TR6 at Barrett-Jackson in
Januaryfor $20,000. I was stunned.
Infact, I did not believe him and went
to their site. Lo and behold, there it was. This must
be a record for what I consider a plain TR6. Is
this sale unusual, or is it the beginning ofa new
Dennis Barr, Medford, Oregon
We also saw a Triumph TR3 break the
$20,000 barrier at Barrett-Jackson. While two
sales don't necessarily make a trend, and there
aren't yet enough Triumphs selling at auction
to get a good sampling of prices at any given
sale, these results are certainly interesting. Before
we talk about general trends, it should be
pointed out that both of these cars were excellent
examples of the marque, having recently
benefited from high-quality restorations.
We've said often enough that, condition of
cars being equal, value is influenced by style,
rarity and performance. However, it's also worth
noting that values can be influenced by the
changes in values of other marques that fall in
the same general category. In the case of the
Triumph TR2s through TR6s, the most comparable
marque in terms of price and performance
when they were new was Austin-Healey,
and that tends to be true today as well.
Triumphs on the Move?
The English Patient
by Gary Anderson
In the classic car market,
the Healey has had the
advantage of the Triumph
in terms of value, with
Healeys of the same year
and condition always selling
for a bit more than the
Triumphs. Healey owners
would argue that this is justified
by the cars' relative
styling. But then there are
many Triumph owners who
would vehemently disagree.
The TR3A that made $23,220 at B-J this year
Healeys recently have had a strong pricemove
upward, and now the category is actually
overlapping Jaguar XKs and E-types in value.
As a result, it can be supposed that enthusiasts
who simply want to get into a good-performing
classic British car, and don't have the $30,000
or $40,000 it takes to buy a nice Healey today
are starting to look hard at the Triumphs.
In the short term, we can expect to see pretty
strong Triumph prices. This will be true especially
of the top-flight restorations. But before
you start to think of a TR3 with its cut-down
doors, or a TR6 with its Italianate styling as a
potential investment opportunity, remember
that, unless you are a dealer, the driving force
behind buying a vintage sports car should be the
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way it talks to you when you are behind the wheel.
So if you're attracted to a TR3 or TR6, I
would think this is a pretty good time to buy
one, as there will most likely be a 20% to 30%
bump in prices for concours-quality cars in the
next year or so. With perfect E-types crossing
the $100,000 barrier, and big Healeys hitting
above $50,000 with some regularity, it makes
$25,000 for a great TR3 seem pretty reasonable,
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76 COUPE, V8, red, blk leather, 36k mi, auto,
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86 VOLANTE CONVERTIBLE, orig
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60 3000 Mk I BT7, 50k mi, blue polyurethane
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63 3000 BJ7, recent complete pro restoration
to orig specs, BRG lacquer, blk leather,
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67 3000 Mk III, 25k orig mi, 1 of the very
few never apart rust-free originals left
$38,500. 860-824-7252. CT
54 YCK 120 DHC, blk/red hides, 19k ong rrn,
same owner 24 yrs, never in rain, needs nothing
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57 XK 140 ROADSTER, new red paint w/blk
top, spec C-head w/wires and dual exhaust, all
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cond $33,000. 859-229-4988. KY
61 3.8 Mk II, white/blk int, 4-spd, o/d,
chrome wire wheels, minor rust in door bottoms,
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carbs, needs cosmetics $10,950. 210497-8623.
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65 XICE COUPE, 36k orig mi, same family
from new, very nice cond, never rusted or
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int, radio, tools, books, documentation, first
time offered $23,500. 719-633-4767. CO
67 XKE COUPE SI, blk/blk, wire wheels,
76k pampered mi, rust-free CA car, very nice
$28,500. 650-854-5008. CA
69 XICE CONVERTIBLE, mostly original,
red, 49k mi, exc shape, new top, new stain-
less steel exhaust, tri-carbs $22,000. 770760-0417.
60 ELITE TYPE 14, totally restored to pristine
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62 ELITE, Coventry Climax Eng, blue w/
blk int, excellent throughout, runs well, like
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head and gearbox rebuilt, 5k mi $25,000. Jay
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66 SEVEN S2 COSWORTH, 1500, frameup
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90 ESPRIT SE, blk/gray, 46k mi, T-belt w/
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TD, show winner, midnight blue ext,
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59 MGA ROADSTER, 2year
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n January of this year alone, over 32 million unique visitors logged on
to at least one of the top ten Internet auction sites. EBay, of course,
is the big dog with almost 90% of the action. Yahoo! Auctions is a
distant second, with the rest of the pups sleeping under the porch
and scrapping over the meager leftovers.
Especially for buyers and sellers of rare or easily faked goods, on-line
auctions can be fraught with danger. This means that regular "land auctions"
continue to occupy an important niche in the automobilia marketplace.
With a traditional auction company, buyers and sellers both benefit
from the individualized, personal attention from auction company specialists
who have extensive expertise in their own unique areas.
At the same time, online auctions, for the fourth year in a row, again
topped the Internet Fraud Watch list of Top Ten Net scams with an
average loss of $478.
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by Carl Bomstead
Object: Raleigh Motorcycles Porcelain Sign—Lot #297
Auction: Autopia Advertising Auctions
Sale price: $4,180, including 10% buyers premium
companies can produce, given their massive user base. According to the
results of the March Autopia auction, the answer is yes. A 1940s license
plate attachment with American flags and the statement "Remember Pearl
Harbor" closed at a huge $850, including commission, against a pre-sale
estimate of $100 to $200. The only explanation I've been able to come up
with for the result is the current patriotic fever.
There may be a pattern emerging here, as on-line and traditional auction
houses claim their various parts of the market. Just as Christie's, RM and
Bonhams can get absolute top dollar for a special car, due in large part to
their careful presentation and courting of qualified bidders, it appears that
highly focused traditional auction houses dedicated to automobilia can attract
the select bidders who are willing to pay top dollar for unique pieces. •
The real shocker was a Raleigh Motorcycles porcelain sign. We reported
the sale of this sign for $1,481 on eBay in the September 2001 issue
of SCM (page 76), and commented that the buyer had made a wise purchase.
Autopia sold that very same sign for $4,180, nearly three times the
earlier amount, at their March auction.
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1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
Chassis number: 154151
cial aristocracy; the 540K was the culmination
of its pre-World War II highperformance,
After the merger of Daimler and Benz in
1926, the new company's commercial success
depended upon bread-and-butter
models like the mass-market 170 series and
the middle-market 290 and 320. In 1935
Mercedes-Benz introduced the first massproduction
diesel passenger car, the 260D. During
the same period the 460 and 500 Niirburg, with sidevalve
engines and chassis that still reflected premerger
Mercedes designs, met the demands of the
upper middle-class German market.
ercedes-Benz always commanded
a place as the premier
supplier of fine cars to the
political, artistic and commer-
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Yet, while Mercedes-Benz maintained its factories
with small- and medium-sized cars, it catered to
the market's most demanding clientele with a limited
offering of the finest motor cars ever built. Based
on a strong and rigid chassis, these pioneering automobiles
introduced coil-spring four-wheel independent
suspension. These massive high-speed automobiles
owed little to the S, SS and SSK machines of the 1920s, except for
one glorious attribute: each was fitted with Mercedes-Benz's drivercontrolled
supercharger that boosted engine output by about 60% in short,
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The first of the series, the 380K, was introduced at the Berlin Motor
Show in 1933 and was replaced by the 500K in 1934. The 500K, in turn,
was succeeded during 1936 by the ultimate motor car of the '30s, the 540K.
Each car was individually constructed to the finest German standards,
using only the most enduring materials and the finest craftsmen. Mercedes
created almost all the body designs for its premier models in-house and
built them in their own Sindelfingen Werk.
The ultimate Mercedes-Benz 540K was the Special Roadster. Exceptional
at the time, the 540K Special Roadster has subsequently established
itself at the pinnacle of classic cars. The 540K Special Roadster is an aweinspiring
blend of size, performance and style, possessed of a presence
that is immediately arresting in any surrounding.
next month. It has won numerous other best in class and best in show awards
including the Dallas Concours, Amelia Island and Bay Harbor, Michigan.
This most beautiful, powerful and imposing automobile of the classic
era still has the grandeur to stop traffic by looks alone—then leave it far
behind as the howl of its supercharger fades into the distance.
This car sold for $3,630,000, including buyer 's premium, at RM's Arizona
Biltmore sale, held January 18, 2002.
Of the 26540K Special Roadsters, only six were created in the long-tail
style with a cover over the single spare tire recessed into the rear deck, one
of which is the car pictured here. Bought from the Mercedes-Benz stand at
the 1937 Berlin Motor Show by Warner Brothers Studio for its impresario
Jack Warner, it was specially prepared for delivery in the United States
with a speedometer calibrated in miles and a "Made in Germany" plaque.
Jack Warner retained his 540K for more than ten years. In 1949 it was
acquired by a Connecticut collector and remained untouched in his garage
until 1993, when it was bought by the present owner who then commissioned
its restoration by renowned Mercedes-Benz experts Paul Russell
and Company in Essex, Massachusetts.
Following restoration the car took first in class as well as the MercedesBenz
Trophy at the 1995 Pebble Beach Concours, followed by first in class
and best in show at the VSCCA Castle Hill Concours in Massachusetts the
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A
Lot #52, S/N 154084
Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, Aug. 19, 2001
Sold at $1,051,000
This long-tail 540K Special Roadster is, hands down, the most beautiful
Mercedes to emerge from the Sindelfingen coachworks during the 1930s
and, arguably, the most beautiful example of the marque ever created.
Some 540Ks, while possessing impressive mechanical features, have a
somewhat heavy, lumpen appearance. Not this car It could have been the
creation of the most talented Italian coachbuilders and manages to combine
flamboyant style with elegant lines—a rare combination in any car
With a blackfinish that you could literally look down into, complemented
with gray leather, this graceful and voluptuous M-B was still in superb
restored condition throughout and appeared ready to win some more awards
for its new owner, who we understand is an SCM subscriberfrom the Pacific
Northwest. It has covered 615 miles since its flawless Paul Russell restoration,
which is higher than I would have expected—evidence that it has done
more driving than simply going in and out of enclosed trailers.
Was it worth the money? Yes. In fact, some seasoned auction observers
thought it went for a relatively gentle price, including the consignor himself
And while it may be difficult for most of us to think of a three-millionplus
dollar purchase as a "good buy," the mark of a top-level collectible—
be it a car a painting, or an item of furniture or jewelry—is its ability to
command big-dollar prices whenever it comes up for sale. This car as a
visually stunning, ultra-rare, perfectly restored, high-performance piece
of automotive history, should only go up in value.—Dave Brownell
(Historic data and photos courtesy of auction company)•
Recent Sales of Note
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster
Lot #61, S/N 123772
RM Amelia Island, FL, March 10, 2001
Sold at $2,970,000
Sports Car Market
Big Flares and Big Bores
by Jim Schrager
ear Mr. Schrager: I have found an unusual 1985 911, a rare
factory US-delivery wide-body car built with the Turbo bodywork
and the standard 3.2-liter Carrera engine. Black on black, it's
immaculate, and has covered only 28k miles. I paid $32,000, and
felt good about writing the check Because of the rarity and beauty of these
cars, plus the lower maintenance costs relative to areal Turbo, I would guess
these will be appreciating very quickly. What will my car be worth in five to
ten years?—J. J., Riverview, MI
The factory "Turbo-look" cars were a response to the elimination of
the 911 Turbo from the US market between 1980 and 1985. The Turbo
was unable to meet smog rules during this period, and Porsche US made a
lot of noise about the 1979 930 being the "last Turbo" ever made for the
US market. Oops, it didn't turn out that way. The Turbo reappeared in
1986 and has been for sale off and on since then.
Dear J. J.: I don't have good news for you. Although the cars are
somewhat rare, they are not destined to be on anyone's collector car top ten
list in the foreseeable future. Generally, everyone who wants a car that looks
like a Turbo also wants the thrill of a Turbo engine to go with it.
The "Turbo look" Carreras are heavier than the standard 3.2 Carrera,
slower, and have a harsher ride. They look great with their bulging fenders,
are cheaper than a Turbo to buy and less costly to maintain, but collectors
want the real thing.
My advice is to realize that your car probably won't ever be worth
much more than it is today. If you are looking for appreciation, you'll need
to look elsewhere.
Having a Turbo-look Carrera is a bit like having a 356 Speedster replica.
The first question everyone asks is, "Is it is the real thing?" It's no fun
to admit it isn't.
Turbo look-alikes can walk the walk.
Is Mr. Comfier a Big Bore?
Dear Mr. Schrager: In the March issue, SCM published a letter from
Robert Coucher (page 11), a British automotive journalist who owns and
drives a 356. Obviously a fan of big-bore kits, he was critical of your
advice to be wary of 356 engines with oversized pistons and cylinders.
Who 's right, you or Coucher?-1K .1. R, Grand Rapids, MI
Dear W. J. R.: I agree with Coucher that it is possible to make a bigbore
engine run well. But it is far from a sure thing. Great care is
required if the big-bore engine is expected to have the performance or
durability of the original.
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Coucher is an experienced, long-term 356 owner who, I would assume, has
developed a pretty good b.s. detector over the years when it comes to wild
claims for Porsche mods. It appears that to install a big-bore kit in his 356, he
carefully selected an experienced mechanic, whom he believes knows all the
right things to do to make a big-bore kit work. Further, by having a professional
do the work, it follows that Coucher will have a warranty of some sort
to fall back on if things go wrong.
1974-75 European Carreras are not noted as "Carrera RS" cars (June
2001, page 65), even though they may have the same engine as the 1973
Carrera RS cars. They are noted officially as "Carrera," as are the US
Carrera cars. In 1974-75 the US and European cars have entirely different
engines but are both officially called "Carrera."
Now what will happen to this 356 with the lunched piston? Will it
just have another piston slapped in, and go back into the classifieds,
advertised as having "a rebuilt engine with a big-bore kit"? Or will it get
a proper rebuild, with all four pistons and cylinders checked for potential
problems, and the compression ratio set to a correct level? We'll
I know of a sweet-driving 356B coupe, recently purchased partly
because of its rebuilt motor "with big-bore kit" installed. Midway through
a cross-country drive, it lost compression in one cylinder. Upon teardown
of the "rebuilt" motor, it was evident that part of the top of a piston
had broken off. The culprit? The big-bore kit was installed without carefully
setting the compression ratio.
Done right, your car can run well with a big-bore kit. But there are
many, many more ways for a kit to go wrong than right. For myself, I'd
much rather buy a car with stock pistons and bores. If! really needed to go
a lot faster, I'd just buy a 911.
How High is High?
In the November 2001 issue (page 71) I profiled a 1973 911S sunroof
coupe, black on red, prepared to full concours standards. Previously it had
won several top concours prizes at the Porsche Club of America's annual
event known as the Porsche Parade. The asking price was $62,500. The
car recently was sold at $59,000 in a private transaction.
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56 ISETTA 300, bubble window, 2-tone
with Z molding, runs and drives well, no
rust $9,500. 973-366-1410. NJ
71 3.0 CS COUPE, diamond blue, 80k verifiable
CA miles, stick shift, wood, blk leather
$98,000 obo. 310-793-8989. CA
72 BAVARIA 3.0, 115k orig mi, zero miles
on completely rebuilt eng, $2,000. 619-2813737.
79 635 CSi COUPE, Euro model, 5-spd,
silver w/navy blue leather, 80k miles,
loaded, exc orig cond $6,950 obo. Steve, 610291-7801.
85 635 COUPE, auto, new red paint, beige
leather, 87k mi, orig owner, new exhaust and
catalyst, shocks, excellent $7,500. Harris,
60 GOGGOMOBIL, dead storage since
'65, orig and virtually complete $1,800 firm.
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61 GOGGOMOB1L, European coupe,
250cc, no rust, runs fine, fresh from Germany,
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52 220 CABRIOLET A, restoration
project, body done, ready for paint, new structural
wood, rockers, floors, side rails, excellent
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$42,500 obo. 210-349-9520. TX
53 300S, 2001 First Meadowbrook, calendar
car and featured car in Star mag, show car
that is totally sorted for touring the world
$220,000. 215-968-5599. PA
56 190SL, Judson supercharger, made for the
190SL, runs well, body, chrome, soft top
(only), very good, also have '58 220S eng
$16,500 make offer. 845-783-7670. NY
57 300SC CABRIOLET A, original
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59 220SE CABRIOLET, nice car, new top
$22,500. 708-387-9934. 708-288-2588.IL
61 300SL ROADSTER, black/red, wonderful
body-off restoration to highest level, radio,
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65 600, SWB, CA car in excel cond, sunroof,
maroon w/blk int $40,000. 831-234-6035.
69 280SL, dark brown, tan/brown int, both
tops, auto, A/C, AM/FM, 90k new shocks
and pipes $16,500. 330-837-9225. OH
70 280SL, CA Edition, hard top only, with
back seat, new pewter two-stage paint w/
very nice blk leather int, auto, A/C, Becker
radio, looks and runs fantastic, rust-free, CA
car $16,900 obo. 231-882-0426. MI
71 2805E CONVERTIBLE, #1 cond, gold
w/blk, perfect collector car $45,000. 225383-0194.
83 300TD WAGON, 107k miles, blk/tan,
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58 D CONVERTIBLE, red, full tan leather,
78k orig mi, runs great, restored $43,900.
60 35611 CABRIOLET, reci/blk int, runs
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63 356B, sunroof coupe, older rest, good
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64 CABRIOLET C, matching #s car, silver
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rest, bodywork, new paint, int, top and
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65 356C COUPE, slate gray/red, 46k mi,
excellent superb panel fit, $19,000. 570-2238691
69 911T, showroom cond, black w/black, 5spd,
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83 944, 4-cyl eng, 5-spd trans, custom factory
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1969 BSA A75 Rocket 3
ith its rakish riding profile and
flashy bodywork, the three-cylinder
BSA Rocket 3 epitomized the
sexy, flamboyant look of the late
The 740-cc engine made 58 horsepower at
7,250 rpm and, due to its counterweighted crank,
was quite smooth. The Rocket 3 achieved quarter-mile
times in the low 13s and a top speed of
about 120 mph. It performed well on the track,
too. The Rocket 3 quickly made a name for
itself, with Dick Mann setting a 104.737-mph
speed record at the Daytona 200 in 1971.
Just as the racing victories were paying off
in name recognition, the Rocket 3 saw an untimely
death in 1971 as all BSA operations were
shuttered. Trident production continued at an
uncertain pace until 1977.
'60s. Even today, more than 30 years later, its
triple chromed "ray-gun" exhaust outlets make
the bike easily identifiable from a distance.
The Rocket 3, and its near-twin, the Triumph
Trident, was a typically British penurious
attempt to remain competitive with the
emerging Japanese manufacturers. To create a
triple, the company simply added a cylinder to
its existing 493-cc twin engine.
While major mechanical weaknesses are few,
there are typical period British design shortcomings.
The drum brakes are barely adequate
for a sporting bike. Fitted with Amal Concentric
carburetors, the triple proved especially
thirsty; and the carbs tended to clog with an-
"Ray-gun" exhaust makes triples ecisr to spot.
When shopping for a good Rocket 3, be aware
that this was the "sport bike" of the lineup, and
many of them were ridden hard and put away
wet. Leisure riders and commuters at the time
bought the twin.
noying regularity. Minor repairs tend to keep
mechanics busy, though much of the need for
mechanical attention is usually the result of neglect.
The Lucas electrics are hit-and-miss. And
though the engine will run to 8,500 rpm, revving
above 7,000 rpm is an open invitation for expensive
a meager three-year production run have helped
well-cared-for Rocket 3s hold their value.
The Rocket 3 isn't a good low-speed motorcycle,
due to its rather high center of mass, but
the extra weight does make it a competent highway
cruiser. Perhaps their most memorable feature
is their distinctive sound, from an offbeat
burble at idle to a spine-tingling wail at high
revs. For today's vintage bike enthusiasts,
Rocket 3 ownership is a way to experience one
of the final products of the British superbike
740-cc, air-cooled inline triple
Cost of full service/tune
The triples never sold well against the competition,
which included the more refined, though
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CB750. Low sales numbers, a loyal fan base, and
Perfect Rocket 3 owner:
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American Car Profile
1970Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 Convertible
Chassis number: 136670B143203
he 1970s were the glory years for American muscle.
Gas was cheap, and insurance companies hadn't yet
realized just how different an LS6 Chevelle was
from a 350-cubic-inch commuter special.
The 454-cubic-inch, 450-horsepower LS6 engine was
put together, along with the car it rode in, at Chevrolet's
big-block V8 production plant in Tonawanda, New York.
Specially built from air cleaner to oil pan, with tiremelting
performance in mind, it is thought that just 17
LS6 convertibles equipped with an M-22 four-speed
manual transmission left the factory.
This example is a numbers-matching, fully optioned car that has a
known history from new. The first owner sold the car in 1989 to noted
muscle car collector Dick Bridges. A fully documented restoration,
complete with photographs, was then performed by Scott Tiemann.
The car comes with its original build sheet, window sticker and sales
contract. Mr. Bridges owned the car until late 2001, when it was sold
to the current owner.
A noted automotive journalist said of the LS6, "driving (one) is like
being the guy who's in charge of triggering atom bomb tests. You have
the power, you know you have the power, and you know that if you
use that power, bad things may happen." This car puts that awesome
power in your hands.
This car sold at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale, Arizona auction, held
January 17-20, 2002, for $172,800, including the buyer's premium.
Imagine it is 1970 and you're walking into your local Chevrolet dealership
to order your new Chevelle SS. At the last minute you decide to
spend an extra $263—then about two house payments—for the LS6 package.
Just 4,475 people made that powertrain package decision, and fewer
than 20 cars went out the door as convertibles with four speeds.
The base-level Chevelle in 1970 sold for $2,700, but the added cost
of the Super Sport option with the LS6 package pushed the price up to
$4,500. In the engine compartment, what you got for your money was a
monstrous 454-cubic-inch motor producing 450 horsepower and 500
foot-pounds of torque, solid lifters with a high-lift cam, an 11.25:1
compression ratio, closed chamber heads, an aluminum intake manifold
and a giant 750-cfm Holley carburetor.
In terms of horses per dollar, it was money well
spent, as the LS6 had huge performance numbers
even by today's standards. Think quarter-mile times
in the mid-13 second range with a trap speed of 108
miles per hour, which is even more impressive when
you consider the as-delivered weight of 3,700
pounds and the factory-installed Polyglas G70x14
tires that are now skinny-looking.
Original list price
SCM Price Guide
In addition to the features that came standard
with the LS6 package, most buyers opted for the
F-41 suspension package, a 12-bolt posi rear end
and a set of 4.10 gears to make their car into an
Alternatives 1967 Corvette
427/435 hp, 1970 1-lemi
1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible
Lot #242, S/N 136671B144433
Gas was cheap in 1970, and the LS6 consumed it prodigiously.
Mileage was estimated to be between five and eight miles per gallon,
and the 20-gallon tank was easily drained by an evening of cruising
from burger joint to drive-in.
The $172,000 this car brought represents a combination offactors that
separates the truly collectible muscle cars from the ones that are just old
beaters with big motors. Today's muscle car collectors demand the same
type of documentation that sellers of big-dollar European cars have had to
provide for years. The price made here proves that a rare, desirable
muscle car; properly restored and with unquestionable provenance, can
bring huge money.
Barrett-Jackson has established itself as the premier marketplace
for high-end muscle cars. At this year 's auction, ground-pounders that
broke the $100,000 barrier included a 1967 427/435 Corvette that sold
for $151,200, a 1967 Yenko Camaro SS that sold for $118,800, and a
1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible that sold for $112,320. Yet once the
$200,000 range is reached, activity slows way down. We understand
the seller, a very savvy collector, paid nearly this much for this Chevelle
when he bought it within the past two years. So perhaps his putting it
back on the market is an indication that he believes the market for LS6
Chevelles has peaked. Or maybe he just wanted to make space for
something else in his multi-car garage.
SCM Investment Grade
Tune/up major service
Top left-hand surface of the
Right side of engine block
eo Al McKenzie, Box 68,
Porthill, ID 83853
Nonetheless, this is a nearly irreplaceable car, and one you're not
going to find at your next Chevelle convention. I have to wonder if the guy
who was the underbidder on the car thought he'd dodged the bullet, or
wished he had bid just one more time.
It will be interesting to see if this car surfaces
again, and what it brings the next time around. My
thoughts are that, outside of the Barrett-Jackson
whirlwind, it will be hard to match this price in the
near future. At the same time, those guys who in
1970 couldn't imagine being able to buy a car for
$4,500, and spent their time with noses pressed wistfully
against the Chevrolet showroom windows, are
getting to the point in their lives where cost may be
less of a barrier to having a convertible LS6 than
,finding the right car.—Steve Dorsey
(Historic data and photo courtesy of auction
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McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, Feb. 25, 2000
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 coupe
Lot #460, S/N N/A
RM Toronto, Ontario, April 16, 1999
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54 ROADMAST'ER CONY, extremely nice condition,
yellow w/brown and white int, tan soft
top, power top, power windows/seats, a very
rare car $29,950. Mark, 301-948-7722. MD
60 ELECTRA 225 CONY, black w/maroon
leather and top, orig West Coast car, no rust,
excellent body, absolutely beautiful, ps, pb, no
VC $20,000. Mike, 217-787-5068. IL
47 CONVERTIBLE, coupe, auto, older restoration,
red, 80,145 miles $22,000. 540-8853112.
67 CONVERTIBLE, 350 eng, auto, pw top,
steering and brakes, red int and ext, cruise, spoke
wheels, top condition $22,000. 915-677-4884.
68 RS CONVERTIBLE, 327, auto, w/console,
ps, p/t, Tic-Toc tach and gauges, blue w/white
top, blue int, very nice restoration, drive coast
to coast $17,000. 717-367-9537. PA
69 RS/SS, well documented, #s matching AZ car,
frost green w/deluxe houndstooth int, 350/300
hp, auto, ps, pdb, A/C that works, stock, unmodified,
beautiful, finance and delivery available
$24,000 negotiable. 215-364-0204. PA
64 CONVERTIBLE, 300K, extremely solid, restoration
required $7,500. 480-699-6160. AZ
67 CONVERTIBLE, stunning #2 unrestored
show car, 50k miles, pale yellow w/blk int, ev-
cry option, nice wood, near perfect, museum
quality $19,995. 901-458-6941. TN
55 V8, Polo White, red int, power glide,
Wonderbar radio, exceptional driver with all
its correct and orig parts, excellent body,
paint, interior and frame $43,500. 631-6434190.
59 283-230, 4-spd, restored, red/red, white
top and coves $34,990 or trade. 217-6874200.
61 POWER GLIDE, 350, custom paint, nice
driver $18,000. 315-497-2018. NY
64 CONVERTIBLE, factory air, auto trans,
side exhaust, orig 300-hp eng, silver blue w/
rare white and dark blue int, flawless paint and
rust-free frame $30,000. 952-431-5987. MN
65 COUPE, 327/250, restoration started,
$16,000. 570-363-2470 eve/wIcnds. PA
65 ROADSTER, 300 hp, 4-spd, ps, ph, pw,
teak-tele, top national awards performance
and publications, stunningly beautiful
$38,500. 317-875-7217. IN
66 CONVERTIBLE, 427/390, restoration
started, 31k miles $24,000. 570-363-2470
67 CONVERTIBLE, very rare, (1 of 16),
427/435 L89, Marlboro maroon, black,
black stinger, Top Flight w/impeccable restoration,
factory side exhaust, alum heads,
M2I 4-spd, F41 h/d suspension, K66 TI
ign, posi, AM/FM, doe, motor comp history,
serious buyers only $199,000. 206-3687380.
69 CONVERTIBLE, very rare alum head
435(1 of 390), Top Flight cond, LeMans blue/
blue #s match orig trans rear orig sidepipes,
tilt, pw brakes, and windows, Rallye wheels,
wrl, Protect-o-Plate, tank sticker (partial)
$49,500. 941-561-5328. FL
72 orig owner, auto, 46k mi, white, T-top,
next to orig $20,000. 908-782-8739. NJ
87 CORVETTE Convertible by Callaway.
5,249 miles. Original owner. Black with
graphite interior and black top. Perfect
condition. $40,000. 914-693-5407. NY
69 CHARGER, 440, 727, auto, factory cold
A/C, Tic-Toe tach, ps and pb, Hemi orange
with tan int exceptional cond throughout
$24,900. Mr. Mopar, 412-736-3600. PA
70 CORONET, R/T, 440+6, 4-spd, Hemi
orange, blk int, Carolina car, very solid, 90%
complete, not running $13,500. 440-8647252.
66 MUSTANG GT FASTBACK, Black on
black, 4-spd, "Best of Show" and "Best
Paint" awards. Financing, delivery arranged,
photos at www.
orlandomustang.com. $26,500. 407-6881966.
56 CONVERTIBLE, sunshine yellow,
matching leather int, never any rust, needs
top installed, misc finished, call for details
$37,000. Don, 620-324-5469. KS
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A gracious 1000 mile TSD rally starting at Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe,
Vermont, then heading north. Overnights at Manoir des Sables in Magog,
Chateau Frontenac in Quebec, two nights at Fairmont Mount Tremblant
before returning to Stowe. Time trials at Le Circuit Mt. Tremblant, winding
roads in the Laurentian mountains, spectacular fall foliage, terrific dining and
warm hospitality. Beautiful gifts and prizes!
Open to any Ferrari, any Mercedes SL or any 12-cylinder car of any year.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz USA. $4495. per couple, all-inclusive.
November 3 to 8,2002
A five day/1000 mile TSD rally through the historic and lovely Texas Hill
Country, featuring a Concours on Alamo Plaza, river cruise to Marble Falls
and incredible winding ranch roads. View beautiful canyons, rocky streams,
live oaks, golden pastures and Victorian towns. Enjoy gracious Texas
hospitality and fine dining, plus unique gifts and prizes.
Open to any 1975 or earlier sports, racing or GT car or any Ford
performance car of any year (Jaguar, Aston, Panoz, Shelby, etc.).
Presented by Ford Motor Company. $3995. per couple, all-inclusive.
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NEW ENGLAND 1000: May 18-23, 2003
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60 SUPER 88 CONY, 38k mi, spec, red
$35,088. 419-668-1884. OH
67 CUTLASS CONVERTIBLE, frame-on
rebuilt eng, trans, int, sapphire blue/blue/
white top, 330-c.i., pa, pb, pt, buckets, console,
auto, one owner $17,900. 404-3657201.
67 BARRACUDA CONY, yellow w/white
top, blk buckets w/console int, V8, auto, ps,
Pt, needs restoration $3,000. 717-764-6620.
69 GTX HEMI CONY, matching NOS eng,
museum quality, concours resto using all
NOS parts, only five of these cars were Canadian,
possibly the only one left, Govier documented,
the finest resto B-body in the world
$175,000 quality Hemi trades. 770-3607055.
65 GTO CONVERTIBLE, fully restored to
stock, red w/black power top, blk int, fresh
389, 4-bbl Carter AFB, 4-spd w/Hurst shifter,
rally gauges, Rallye Is. Redlines, wood
wheel, wood dash, PHS documented
$24,500. 330-699-2590. OH
68 FIREBIRD CONVERTIBLE, 350 V8,
blue, excellent cond, extra 400 hood, Rallyes,
new top, runs great $11,500. 617-539-9014.
Vintage Rally Calendar
19. The Ohio Chapter of the New
England MG T Register, in conjunction
with the Detroit Region of the
SCCA, will feature a Time-SpeedDistance
rally. The estimated 150mile
rally will be a full TSD rally,
generally run to SCCA Tour Rally
rules. E-mail: email@example.com.
California Mille, 11-16. Open to
cars appropriate to the original Mille
Miglia (i.e., 1957 vintage or older and
American cars of the same era that
might have run in an American Mille,
had there been one). Limited to 65
cars. Contact Martin Swig, 415/5618401,
fax 415/561-8422. (CA)
Sandusky Valley Vintage Rally,
ington, on the Olympic Peninsula.
All proceeds benefit the College Planning
Network. Contact: 206/3230624;
cars built before 1972. Entry fee is
$2,000 per car. Entry deadline is
August 1, 2002. Contact Martin Swig,
earlier sports, racing or GT cars will
head to Nova Scotia. 50 car limit.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz. Contact
Rich and Jean Taylor, 800/6456069;
Rallye des Princesses, 2-7. The
new route will wind through the heart
of the French Alps. Cars built from
1925-1974 are eligible and teams
must be at least half female. Information
is available from
The 10th Annual BMW Classic
Motorcar Rally, 6-9. This year the
rally heads to Port Townsend, Wash-
11. Sponsored by Monte Shelton,
this 14th annual event will tour western
Oregon. Contact Jim Gunter, 503/
382-4503, fax 503/698-3097. (OR)
Northwest Classic Motor Rally,
Mille Autunno Della Cinque
15. Open to any and all
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ute to the Mexican Road Race of
1950-54. European and American
cars in proper original specification,
1954 and earlier. New this year, posthistoric
1955-65 cars of any model
will be accepted. Martin Swig, 415/
561-8401, fax 415/561-8422. (CA)
The Double 500, 29. Will start at
San Francisco Toyota, 7 a.m. Cars
will be available for rent with a $500
donation. Personal sub-$500 cars will
still be accepted with $250 donations.
Martin Swig, 415/561-8401,
fax 415/561-8422. (CA)
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28. All Austin-Healey Sprites and
Jensen-Healeys, as well as all Healey
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Nevada, at Lake Tahoe's South Shore.
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To Colditz Castle and into Prague. New
route, organized by Dave Whittock. Email:
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44 1235 851292. (UK)
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cars up to 1972 allowed. Starting
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through the Adirondacks, crossing
Lake Champlain by ferry, through
New Hampshire and Maine, then back
to Saratoga Springs. Great fall colors!
Martin Swig, 415/561-8401, or Dan
Radowicz, 415/561-8422. (CA)
Forza Mille, 29
Mille Autunno/New England, 22
The 14th Classic Marathon, 8 14.
for classics, sponsored by Holden
Vintage and Classics, with the World
Cup Trophy for cars up to 1400-cc
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sections from the Monte, the Alpine,
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1235 851292. (UK)
any Ferrari or 12-cylinder of any year.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.
Contact Rich and Jean Taylor, 800/
645-6069; www.vintagerallies.com .
London-Lisbon Classic Rally, 514.
Starting from London's historic
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days driving the roads of France,
Spain and Portugal. For more information,
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The London to Athens World Cup
17. New enlarged category
October 4. Open to
racing or GT cars, or any Ford-powered
(interpreted to be Aston Martin,
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Cobra CSX 4000, among others)
sports car of any year. Presented by
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Forza Amelia, 9-14. 1975 or
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www.vintagerallies.com . (CT)
New England 1000, 18-23.
1975 or earlier sports, racing or GT.
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Texas 1000, 3-8. Pre 1975 sports,
ALL CLASSIFIEDS INCLUDE INTERNET POSTING!
Regular classified only $15 per month.
50 BANDINI, Barchetta Braje, vintage,
Crosley 750 cc, red, ground-up resto, motor
built by Bob Graham, history unclear, not
raced after rebuild $50,000. Don Johnson,
57 CORVETTE, air box fuelie, project, big
brakes, quick steering, h/d suspension, rebuilt
eng, tran, rear end, new chrome, NOS
stainless, new Al Knoch interior, restored,
gauges, race history, needs assembly and
paint $58,000. 801-571-8580. UT
58 ABARTH, Allemano Spider, SCCA vintage,
legal, eligible everywhere, parts, trailer,
call for photo and info $14,900. 386-4544711.
58 AUSTIN-HEALEY, 100-6, 350-c.i.
Chevy, 4-spd, T-10, narrowed, 9-inch rear,
chrome Cobra roll bar, could be rebodied
$14,500. 305-822-1387. FL
59 DETOMASO FORMULA JR, excellent,
Fantuzzi body, only all original existing, full
documentation, fuel cell, fire system, race
ready, Fiat 1100-cc motor, twin Webers,
blood red $36,500. 914-234-6494. Fax 914234-4117.
59 MGA ROADSTER, new 1600 SVRA,
VSCCA log books, full race prep, roll bar,
fuel cell, Accusump, rev limiter, halon, parts
$15,900. Kris, 518-765-4328. NY
64 SUNBEAM ALPINE, Built and raced
by one of the premier shops in Denver. Fresh
1750 engine and red paint. $11,000
www.fazioauto.com . Fazio's, 303-9356336.
64 TRIUMPH TR4, race car, full SCCA EProduction
prepared $7,500 obo. Bob, 760340-0744.
65 CORVETTE COUPE, BP, history from
'60s and '70s w/log books, totally restored
w/best of everything, no flares, still has glass
and door panels, painted correct blue, still
has original dash, SVAA medallion, spares
$67,000 take partial trade. 443-831-0212.
65 LOTUS INDY CAR, built by Eisert, restored
as 1966 Arciero Bros car, Lotus tube
frame, Chevy Enderle FI, dry sump, Hunt mag,
overhead exhaust, Colotti Transaxle, driven
by Ronnie Bucknum $55,000. 559-6882322.
66 DATSUN 1600, "Rising Sun" Wellknown
Colorado racer. Meticulous construction,
condition, and graphics. Spares,
trailer, fresh motor. Wonderful toy.
$13,000 www.fazioauto.com. Fazio's, 303935-6336.
67 CAMARO RS/SS, LS7, 5-spd, all street,
2,700 lbs, 4-link, 4-wdb, r&p, tube frame,
street legal, 9.80-1/4 Silver State, 188 mph,
immaculate $28,500 less m&t $20,000. 435877-1169.
67 LOTUS ELAN, red, restored frame-up,
sump pump, 2 45 Webers, oil cooler, new
Ferrari Maserati Lancia Fiat
Alphen a/d Rijn-Holland
Fax: +31(0)172-240536 E-mail: infoatalparts.com
trans, new clutch, steel hoses, roll cage, race
suspension, sprinkler and more, sorted out
$25,000. 303-485-6923. CO
71 PORSCHE 911S TARGA, signal orange,
full leather blk Recaros, A/C, ground-up rest,
4k mi on eng and trans $23,000 obo. 561287-5306.
72 PORSCHE 911, tube car races SCCA-EP,
GT3 and HSR Vintage, refreshed 2.21, 200
hp, chrome-moly frame, Carillo coilover
shocks, stainless steel oil and fuel lines, alum
12-gal fuel cell, Willow light 4-piston
brakes, Crane fireball ign, new Goodyear
slicks $17,000. 941-458-3184. FL
73 BMW 2002 tii, ground-up resto, new everything,
Alpina diff, 5-spd, adj front camber
plates, Mini-Lites, 195-hp high-compression
engine, this car is an instructor car, too
much to list $31,500 firm. Tom, 888-5337223.
TRIUMPH TR6, SVRA logbook, pro built
and maintained, ATL Aeroquip, Panasports,
adjustable suspension, gas shocks $12,800.
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When confronted by a witness, his
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Sick to death of all those "Small Car Parking
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In Hell, pavement never touches the Devil's
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Lends a whole new meaning to the term, "over
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When Tom told Elaine that he was on top
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Pysched for the Monster Truck Jam, Bob
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Arnold's parking problems vanished when
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Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto
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568-1934, fax 805/568-1533. Santa
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e-mail email@example.com .
Specializing in European collectible autos
and racing cars from the 1920s to the
1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce
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Clients and contacts worldwide with
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Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars. Mark
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Specializing in buying and
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Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206/467-
Grand Prix Classics. 858/459-3512,
fax 619/459-3512. Specialize in the
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and racing cars. Large extensive poster
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art library. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La
Jolla, CA 92037. e-mail: info
@grandprixclassics.com ; www.grand
Putnam Leasing. "Your Best Way
to Lease the Best." Greenwich, CT:
800/278.0071; Scottsdale, AZ: 888/
995.5800. Sole authorized leasing agent
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CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT
Cosdel International. 415/777-
Passport Transport 800/325-4267,
fax 314/878-7295. Classic and specialty
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Special event services, including Pebble
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413/436-9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast to
coast service. Insured, enclosed transport
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specializing in all types: hobby, collector
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Complete service for vintage races,
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TNT, INC. 518/236-4166, fax 518/
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Creative Workshop. 954/920-3303,
fax 954/920-9950. 118 NW Hill St.,
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Antique, exotic and vintage race car
restorations our specialty! Quality at
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224-8657, fax 503/223-6953. Awardwinning
interior restoration. Leather
dyeing and color matching. 431 NW
9th, Portland, OR 97209.
The Colorado Grand. 1,000 mile
tour of western Colorado. Pre-1961
sports cars. Frank Barrett. 970/926-7810,
9435, fax 510/524-3636. Large selection
of parts from 1900 series to Milano.
Efficient, personal service. 1221 Fourth
Street, Berkeley, CA 94710.
Centerline. 303/447-0239, fax 303/
447-0257. Restoration and replacement
parts, Giulietta through 164. Free catalog.
4435, 804/973-0555, fax 804/973-2368.
Huge computerized inventory of Alfa/Fiat/
Lancia parts, 1956 to present. Excellent,
knowledgeable service. Fast! 68-page
catalog. Route 29 North, P.O. Box 9036,
Charlottesville, VA 22906-9036.
Black Bart's Emporium. 800/473-
International Auto Parts. 800/788-
Alfa Ricambi. 626/281-7933, fax
626/281-7931. Comprehensive supply of
parts that puts authorized dealers to
shame! To maintain and restore your
Alfa, vintage or current. 431 S. Raymond
Ave., Unit 101, Alhambra, CA 91803.
Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510/525-
Guy's Interior Restorations. 503/
0078, 219/471-7278, fax 219/471-6359.
2639 Goshen Road, Ft. Wayne, IN
46808. America's largest supply of
badges and emblems for Alfas and other
exotics, plus other interesting special
parts. Complete your restoration.
Performance Motoring Associates
831/338-9703, fax 831/338-2031.
Former Alfa Romeo dealer and 20 time
SCCA racing champion, Al Leake, has
accumulated over 30 years experience and
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restoration shop in Boulder Creek, CA.
Specializing in Giulietta/Guilia. PMA
has an extensive inventory of cars, racing
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and complete restorations now available
at PMA Racing. e-mail Alleake
@aol.com 12895 Highway 9, Boulder
Creek, CA 95006. (CA)
638-7656. Info, 410/426-7524, fax 410/
426-8194. 5928 Belair Rd., Baltimore,
MD 21206. Largest importer of Alfa,
The DiFatta Brothers, LTD. 800/
Sports Car Market
Fiat and Lancia parts on the East Coast.
Decades of experience—we know these
cars, and we know the right parts.
VISA/MC. Orders, www.difatta.com .
Re-Originals. 281/807-1945, fax 281/
807-1946. THE US source for original
upholstery materials, original rubber mats
and gaskets, and original, new European
taillights, headlights, grilles and door
panels for most Italian cars ('47-'78).
Additional distributors wanted. (TX)
Repairs / Restoration
Britalia, Ltd. 510/548-0240, 2210
San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702.
We are SPICA and Bosch fuel-injection
specialists with 25 years experience
servicing Alfa Romeo. We are also
intimate with many Maseratis.
Nasko's Imports. 503/771-1472,
5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206.
Oregon's oldest and most respected Alfa
repair and performance tuning facility.
Milano spoken here! Ask about our used
Alfas for sale. Fast work, fair prices
Italian Performance/GTV City.
Don, 650/508-8178. 565-A Bragato Rd.,
San Carlos, CA 94070. Performance
modifications, service, repair and
restoration for Italian automobiles. Allow
us to do a restoration for you.
Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503/
274-0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland,
OR 97209. More than two decades of
helping Alfa, Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini
owners keep their cars on the
road while not emptying their bank ac-
counts. Other foreign cars serviced as well.
8292. The American magazine for
British car enthusiasts. Classic profiles,
historical articles, club events, technical
information, restoration advice. One year
(six issues) is $22.95.
Repairs / Restorations / Race
Sports and Vintage Cars, Inc. ph/fax
503/254-4012, 4815 NE 97th, Portland,
OR 97220. 36 years of British car repair
to a very high standard. Also prep cars for
vintage racing and rallying. Jags, TRs,
MGs, Healeys, Morgans, Lotus and
oddball orphans like Riley and Singer
welcomed. Call Peter or Sue Price.
International Motor Car Repair,
British Car magazine. 800/520-
Austin-Healey Club USA. 888/
4AHCUSA, fax 503/528-0533. P.O.
Box 6197, San Jose, CA 95150. Oldest
national Austin-Healey club and factory
club heritage. The resource for all
current and future owners. Members
receive Austin-Healey Magazine,
Resource Book, calendar, tech
assistance, book discount. Annual dues
still just $35. Visa/MC accepted. Visit
our Web site: www.healey.org .
AC Owner's Club Limited. 503/
643-3225, fax 503/646-4009. US
Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW
Faircrest St., Portland, OR 972254615
USA. The World's largest
organization of AC owners and
enthusiasts. AC ownership not
required. Monthly magazine.
Rocky Santiago. 405/843-6117, fax
405/843-6251. 7321 N. Classen Blvd.,
Oklahoma City, OK 73116. Specializing
in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions.
Buy/sell/consign. If you are
JWF Restorations, Inc. 503/6433225,
fax 503/646-4009. Jim Feldman,
11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR
97225-4615 USA. AC restoration
specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to
full res-torations done to street or
Inc. ph/fax 845/226-9027, Hopewell
Junction, NY. Specializing in the repair
of all British cars. Factory trained RollsRoyce
and Jaguar technician. Located an
hour and a half from the New York
Metropolitan area. Pick-up and delivery
arranged. Call Jeff Palmero.
Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888/
CLUBJAG, Write: JCNA, Dept. SCM,
9685 McLeod Rd., RR#2, Chilliwack,
BC, CANADA V2P 6H4. Join the
primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts
in US/Canada. 52 local clubs provide
social and other activities. JCNA sponsors
championships in concours, rally, slalom.
Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar
Journal magazine. wwwjcna.com.
Automotive Restorations, Inc.!
Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI/
VRS), 203/377-6745, fax 203/386-0486,
1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614.
Classic, special interest and race cars.
Sales, restoration and transportation.
Automotive Restorations, Inc.!
Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI/
VRS), 203/377-6745, fax 203/3860486,
1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT
06614. Classic, special interest and race
cars. Sales, restoration and transportation.www.VintageRacingServices.com,
Peter Hageman, Vintage Automobiles.
206/954-1961, fax 425/
287-0660. P.O. Box 554, Kirkland,
WA 98033. Prewar European autos,
Bentley and Rolls-Royce, specializing
in vintage Bentleys.
FERRARI / MASERATI /
Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. Sales,
800/547-4455, 503/255-7560. Service and
Parts, 800/94,4-6483, 503/257-9655.
America's oldest and most dedicated
Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars.
Also, huge parts depart-ment with fast, fast
service. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland,
9900, fax 416/535-8152. Also Canada's
largest Ferrari parts inventory. Under new
ownership. Call today with your needs.
Jason Popovich, Canada. (ON)
Brian D. Moore Restorations. 916/
I constantly collect and sell all
Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis.
310/274-7440, fax 310/274-9809,
simonrandy@ aol.com. If I don't have
what you seek, I can usually find it for you
(at low prices). Please, call anytime for
straight advice on the market. Finder's fee
gladly paid. Randy Simon. (CA)
Gentry Lane Lamborghini. 416/535-
2690, fax 949/650-2730. 922 Sunset Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627. Specializing in
sales of Ferrari and other exotics.
Consignments, brokerage services,
references available. Extensive computer
database. Whether buying or selling, call.
ItalParts. Fax +31 172 240536.
Specializing in Italian car parts and pre-war
car parts. 25 years experience in finding all
kinds of parts. Lots of spare parts in stock.
Look on my Internet site: www.italparts
.com. If you don't find the part there, send
us an e-mail: info@ italparts.com. Buy
Italian engines/parts/cars of pre-war period
and '50s and early '60s.
Garry Roberts & Company. 949/650-
buying or selling, please call. Also have
other English cars, including Healeys,
MGs, Triumphs, etc.
technical team ready to deliver the
complete Ferrar ownership experience.
Michael Sheehan. 949/646-6086, fax
949/646-6978. Always looking for cars to
buy, from rare one-offs to serial production
ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus—
call me first or call me last, I'll make you
the best cash offer. Buyers—let me use my
thousand-plus car database to help you
find a car, or verify the history of one you
are looking at. (CA)
Thomas Shaughnessey Consulting.
949/366-6211, fax 949/366-6827.
Professional buyer of Ferraris, primarily
'505, '60s and '70s. Also have extensive
Lambo and Maser experience. Additionally
deal in Ferrari engines. Plus—have
more than 350 Ferrari wheels in stock.
Call today for straight talk and honest
advice. San Clemente, CA.
Automotive Restorations, Inc.!
Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (AR!!
VRS), 203/377-6745, fax 203/386-0486,
1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614.
Classic, special interest and race cars.
Sales, restoration and transportation.
2971, fax 818/546-2812. 741 W.
Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204. Ferrari
service, sales and concours-winning
restorations. Enthusiast-owned and
operated with an experienced and friendly
454-1800, fax 619/454-1890. 7440 La Jolla
Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92307. Largest dealer
of exotic Ferraris, Jaguars, Alfas and other
cars in the world. Always a superb array of
important cars on display. In-teresting
trades always considered. By appointment
only, please. www.symbolicmotors.com .
Gran Turismo Motors. 818/546-
635-3559, fax 916/635-5824. 2347 Gold
River Rd., Gold River, CA 95670. Specializing
in restoration and reconstruction of
exotic and vintage racing motorcars.
Appraising service also available.
Symbolic Motor Car Company. 619/
Porsche Market Letter. 888/928-9111,
fax 505/838-1222. Send check or Visa/
MC to PML/SC, P.O. Box 567, Socorro,
NM 87801. Find the Porsche you've been
looking for. Over 1,000 Porsches for sale
in every issue. 1 year, 12 issues only $55.
(Can/Mex $65, overseas $100).
firstname.lastname@example.org; www.pmletter.com .
356 Registry. 356 Registry, 27244
Ryan Road, Warren, MI 48092. A club
for those interested in 356 Porsches. The
Registry Magazine is published six times
a year. 356 ownership not necessary. Dues
$30 annually. Membership information:
Barbara Skirmants.www.356registry.org .
Porsche 356 used parts, 717/865-
1500. 280SLs exclusively. 20 plus 280
SLs in stock for sale in any price range
from above average drivers to show
quality. Not a broker, we own all our
inventory and are aggressively looking to
buy top quality 280SLs. Technical and
restoration advice always just a phone call
away. Locations in New Jersey and
Arizona. www.tonylabella. com .
Automotive Restorations, Inc.!
Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARV
VRS), 203/377-6745, fax 203/386-0486,
1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614.
Classic, special interest and race cars.
Sales, restoration and transportation.
6661, fax 717/865-7172. Mechanical and
body parts, we ship worldwide. 12 Park
Sports Leicht Restoration, Inc. Call
Alex Dearborn in Topsfield, MA. 978/
887-6644, fax 978/887-3889. A vintage
Mercedes full service company, specializing
in the 190SL. I arge database of older
MBs for sale. Free listing for your car.
Gull Wing Group International.
Gary Estep, 530/345-6701. 776 Cessna,
Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the
enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupes and
Roadsters. You do not have to be an
owner to belong. Member benefits
include: twelve monthly magazines per
year plus a national convention that
rotates its location around the country.
Also, reproduction parts and much more.
Mercedes-Benz Club of America. 800/
637-2360. MBCA, 1907 Lelaray St.,
Colorado Springs, CO 80909. World's
largest Mercedes-Benz club, 33,000
members, all models, 1886-onward;
excellent 120-page color magazine, The
Star, with how-to tech articles, history,
new models, racing, hundreds of cars for
sale, ads free to members, much more.
New car raffle, tech assistance, national
events, more; dues $45/yr.www.mbca.org .
Tony LaBella Classic Cars. 856/424-
Drive, Grantville, PA 17028. E-mail;
Shelby American Automobile Club.
860/364-0449, fax 860/364-0769. P.O.
Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000
members, 50 Regions throughout the
world. Dedicated to the care and
preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby
produced. Two national conventions a
year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly
newsletter as well as a registry. •
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generous valuation. The twin-cam engines in
these hot rods are veritable hand grenades, but
when in proper song, they are highly competitive
#701-1955 FERRARI TIPO 750 MONZA
3.0 V12 Racing Roadster. Body by Scaglietti.
S/N 0518M. Red/black. LHD. Period race his-
okayish paint and interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT
$19,596. $1,700 below low estimate was accepted,
which seemed like a lot of supercar for
the money. The only question is how much refurbishment
will have to be accomplished to
make this car road ready? Or as road-ready
as a Mangusta can be?
#718-1904 CADILLAC MODEL B SURREY
Tourer. SN 5 GMO. Green over primrose/black.
RHD. Older restoration shipped in
tory with Equipe National Belge with 3-liter,
four-cylinder engine. "Chevarri-ized" in 1958
in the US. 3-liter 275 GTB-based V12 fitted in
1982 in Switzerland. Exercised in Mille Miglia,
Goodwood and Silverstone from 1984 onwards.
Restored by Grist. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$536,334. Only needs reuniting with elusive
four-cylinder engine to be perfect. The car of
the sale. (Is the fitting of the V12 the European
equivalent of putting a Hemi into a base-level
Challenger, or are we not allowed to ask those
#703-1955 MASERATI A6G-2000 Coupe.
Body by Zagato. S/N 2105. Red/black. LHD.
Former Italian Motor Show car. Windowless
Palm Springs, California
February 23-24, 2002
Auctioneer: Gene Ratcliffe
Number of automotive lots: 351
Number of automotive lots sold: 228
Sale rate: 65%
Sale total: $3,226,886
High: Lot #196, 1991 Ferrari Testarossa
convertible, sold for $68,250, including
Buyer's premium on sold lots included: 5%
Report by Chip Baldoni
Market opinions in italics by Keith Martin
1976 to UK where it competed in the Londonto-Brighton
Run for the past 25 years. Splits to
rear fenders. Some starring around fender stay
bolt holes. Chipped running boards. Cond: 2+.
SOLD AT $39,192. Correctly valued at midestimate.
Probably brought more over here than
it would in the States, due to London-toBrighton
#767-1923 FORD MODEL T SNOW
Roadster. S/N 18885251. Black with red
coachlining/black. LHD. Glossily restored with
body expensively part-restored and ready for
primer and top coats. Engine rebuild ten years
ago by Rex Woodgate. Many bits in boxes.
Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $392,630. Apparently bidding
on behalf of a US buyer; a Maserati family
member (and SCM subscriber) paid
$165,000 over the top estimate. This has to be
the most extraordinary result of the auction. Remember;
the new owner still has to fund completing
#802-1970 DETOMASO MANGUSTA
Coupe. Body by Ghia. S/N N/A. Yellow/black.
LHD. Supplied to US, where it was last restored
in 1989 before being shipped to the UK.
Said to have been stored since. Still
factory option of interchangeable front-axlemounted
snow skis. Cond: 1. SOLD AT
$13,064. Mid-estimate valuation. Could this
talking point Model T claim the title of the
world's oldest surviving snowmobile?•
Sports Car Market
for as little as $15 per month.
See form after page 72 for
nother February, another Palm
Springs Exotic Car Auction. So it
goes in southern California, where
Keith McCormick has been creating
an excuse for snow-bound collectors to head
to desert reaches for the past 16 years in hope of
returning with a summer-time toy.
And like previous sales, this 32nd biannual
event (the other taking place in late November)
sold a high number of cars at reasonable prices
to a varied crowd of enthusiasts, dealers,
newbies and retirees. This February's auction
had slightly more cars on offer than in recent
memory, and the sales total was, consequently,
slightly higher. All in all, though, everything
went with such regularity that you could set
your calendar by the auto swapping in
Riverside county. Another February, another
The average price per car offered was a respectable
$9,193, eclipsing recent marks that
hovered around $7,250, but was right in line
with last February's sale, which averaged
$9,257. A nice selection of cars was available,
per usual, with American and foreign marques
both being well represented.
Sales of note include a nice Fiat Dino coupe
getting a surprising $9,450, a 1997 Porsche 911
Twin Turbo that went for $63,000, a 1951 Jaguar
Mark V drophead that reached $49,350, and
a 1963 fuel-injected Corvette that pulled down
$46,725. Throw in a few rods, a few kit cars, a
few Bentleys, a few exotics and there ended up
being a car for just about everyone.
Moving metal and making both buyers and
sellers happy is how McCormick stays in business.
Their auctions are efficient and well run,
as is evidenced by the stability and predictability
of the sales. Comfort and professionalism
amount to durability, and McCormick certainly
understands that as well as anyone.—Brian
Sports Car Market
SCM MARKET REPORT: MCCORMICK PALM SPRINGS CA
#431 -1958 JAGUAR Mk VIII Sedan. S/N
781625DN. Black/dark tan. LHD. Odo: 66,718
miles. Sunroof. Interior wood fading, door
hp V8. Automatic. California EPA when new.
Original paint and interior is well presented. Car
has always been garaged, which is no surprise
considering it cost $222,000 when new. Transmission
slips slightly when cold—a $2,500 fix.
Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. Aston is another
company that lost its way with these
bloated cars. The new DB7s at least look like
real Astons again
now, can we get James Bond
that attracted many lookers during the weekend.
Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. Plenty of
money for a plastic snake.
#243-1970 TRIUMPH TR6 Convertible.
S/N CC55960L. Red/black. LHD. Odo: 62,345
miles. Dual carbs. Steel wheels. Chrome weak
rubber torn. Pitting on windshield trim. Chrome
is fading and nicked all around. An expensive
car to maintain. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $18,375.
Huge money for the unloved Mark VIII. Fixing
or upgrading anything on this car will cost a
mint, and with a purchase price this high, the
new owner is already at the bottom of the ocean.
#436-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY BUGEYE
SPRITE Race Car. S/N N/A. British Racing
Green/black. LHD. A claimed $60,000 invested.
Sold on bill of sale only. Roll bar, Simpson race
belts, fire extinguisher—all the boy racer goodies.
A typical race-prepped vintage runner, with
nicks decorating the whole of the car. Cond: 3.
SOLD AT $7,770. $60,000? Is that the owner
of the restoration and race-prep shop driving a
new Mercedes S-class? Outlandish claims like
this don't bring any more in bidding, and in fact
may make buyers wonder what the seller has
1962 LOTUS XI REPLICA Sports
Racer. SN GAN3L47710. Green with yellow
stripe/black. LHD. Odo: 58,889 miles. Minor
Original green paint holding up well. A driver
that looks roadworthy, but owner states the
clutch blew out while the car was being driven
to the auction. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,143.
Interesting that this car made more than the
nicer car that had the owner with it all weekend
Still, both were in the right price range for
#357-1991 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE
paint scratches on left door. Body has miscellaneous
scratches throughout. Left fender wavy.
Looks like it is very fun and very fast. Lots of
eye appeal. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $14,000.
Looks like another refugeefi-om the Silver Fountain
Hills sale. Not a real vintage racer; and
not very good as a golf cart. Maybe put a Briggs
& Stratton into it and give it to the kids?
1964 ERA COBRA Roadster Replica.
S/N ERA2063. Blue/black. LHD. Odo: 6,925
miles. Hi-po 351-c.i. engine. Looks like a real
Cobra from five feet away. A fun-looking car
Coupe. S/N SCFCAM2S8MBL500. Black/
brown. LHD. Odo: 42,000 miles. 5.3-liter, 320-
on front and rear bumpers. Engine compartment
could use more detailing. Paint looks good, as
does interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,985. Here
you have it—an owner polishing and waxing
his car, and answering questions at 8:00 a.m.
on Saturday. He wanted to sell it and seemed to
have nothing to hide. All of the above are good
signs and gave bidders some confidence.
1976 TRIUMPH TR6 Convertible.
SN CF53974. Green/black. LHD. Odo: 81,848
miles. Dual Stromberg carbs. No license plates.
out of his BMW and back into one?
#411 -1998 JAGUAR XK8 Convertible.
SN SAJGX224XWC0192. Maroon/tan. LHD.
Odo: 45,000 miles. Automatic. An as-new car.
Nothing wrong with it anywhere, except in the
newspapers there are hundreds of these cars for
sale—and all in the low $30,000 range as well.
Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $31,500. This is just
another NADA/CPI car; bought and sold as a
commodity, not as a collectible. High book value,
retail, is around $40,000, so the bid was just a
#318 1959 VOLKSWAGEN PICKUP
Truck. S/N 119704. Blue/brown. LHD. Odo:
34,553 miles. Body showing many miles of hard
use. A quick paint job with minimal body work.
Still smells wet. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $7,400.
These trucks have their ownfanatic following, but
the VW PU enthusiasts rarely open their wallets
with abandon. And they will never open them for
a vehicle of suspect quality like this.
#148-1968 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN
GHIA Convertible. S/N 148761043. Silver/
black. LHD. Odo: 9,830 miles. Highly detailed
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dual-port 1600-cc engine. Seats and carpet correctly
redone. Driver's door trim not aligned.
Nice gaps, good paint, great top. First year for
front disc brakes. Very cute. Cond: 2. SOLD
AT $13,125. Karmann Ghias seem to plug
along, going up 10% to 15% a year, regular as
clockwork Being VW Bugs mechanically, they
are easy and cheap to repair, and will run forever
Just put on a camber compensator to avoid
playing Karmann Turtle with your car
1970 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
Coupe. S/N 1102498137. Blue/black. LHD.
Odo: 29,471 miles. Original California blue
scratched and faded. Looks like previous body
damage on left door and fender. Hood not
aligned. Dash has been redone. Cond: 4+. NOT
SOLD AT $12,000. A situation where cheap
may not mean inexpensive. If this car 's
mechanicals were babied while its visuals were
slaughtered, the high bid was close. But how
often does that happen?
2000 MERCEDES BENZ 500SL
Convertible. S/N WDBFA68F2YF1953. Maroon/tan.
MD. Odo: 5,505 miles. Automatic.
which we thought was too cheap. This price is
more what a nice coupe should bring. Just don't
enter any beauty contests with it, unless you're
competing against Alfa Montreals.
#407-1968 ISO GRIFO LUSSO Si Coupe.
S/N 2L940271. Yellow/blue. LHD. Odo: 49,864
miles. 427-c.i. V8 with later valve covers, auto-
1976 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N
9116211497. Blue/blue. LHD. Odo: 100,036
miles. Six-inch alloy wheels. Rear decklid dam-
plates, exhaust tips and miles. Straight body, no
rust, nice presentation. A good, clean, fun bug.
Lots of lookers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,300. In
1970 the Beetle engine increased to 1585-cc and
horsepower output increased to 57. This was
the right price for a solid car
No plates. Dusty exterior. Basically a one-yearold
car. Poorly presented. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT
$50,925. NADA's retail used-car price is over
$60,000 for this car; with higher miles. So either
someone got a great buy, the market is falling
faster than the guide represents, or we missed
something looking at the car We prefer the
"great buy" interpretation.
#281-1963 MASERATI 3500 GTi Coupe.
SN AM1012470. Green/maroon leather. LHD.
Odo: 86,800 kms. Torn windshield rubber,
matic. California plates expired in 1998. Borrani
wires. Aftermarket air conditioning. ProMaster
coil. Minor paint chips on front fender. Overall
has a nice patina. Cost $13,750 new. Cond: 3.
NOT SOLD AT $62,000. Grifos have really
taken ajump in the past two years. In 2000, they
were $30,000 cars, a little more for the 427s than
the base 327s. However; $60k plus is still a lot of
money for a Grifo, and it could have been sold
1972 DETOMASO PANTERA
Coupe. S/N THPNLY01591. Red/black. LHD.
Odo: 45,033 miles. P7s on 15-inch aluminum
wheels. California plates, which expired June
. SOLD AT $8,190. The kind of car a savvy
Porsche mechanic would buy and give to you,
knowing that he hadjust put an annuity in effect,
based on repairs, that will let him buy a new
pool, Jacuzzi and deck for his house.
age. Rear quarter panels previously damaged and
poorly fixed. Front hood paint poorly prepped
before repaint. A high-mileage, driver 911. Cond:
1979 PORSCHE 911SC Coupe. S/N
9119200529. Silver/black. LHD. Odo: 86,053
miles. Aftermarket Turbo whale tail is cracked.
Temporary Arizona tags. Aftermarket seats look
very used. Black trim around doors
leather seat old and worn. Michigan plates raise
rust questions. Faded bumpers. Door handles
pitted. Old smell in interior. Webers replacing
injection. Not a pretty car. Cond: 4. SOLD AT
$16,013. A quick check of the SCM GOLD database
revealed three entries for this car: 1991,
no-sale at RM Toronto at $32,680; 1993, nosale
at RM Toronto at $22,360; Silver Fountain
Hills 2002, sold for $24,440. Not an inspiring
trend, but now priced right.
1967 FIAT DINO Coupe. S/N 602.
Red/black. LHD. Odo: 88,342 miles. New seats,
2000. Nice repaint. New rubber around windows.
Early-model bumpers, later-model mirrors
and rims. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT
$27,000. Unusual for a Pantera, this car looks
healthy and unmolested It attracted a very
strong bid, and could easily have been sold
1986 MASERATI BITURBO Spider.
S/N ZAMTL1100GA3305. Red/tan leather.
LHD. Odo: 59,181 miles. Automatic. Seats worn
carpet and headliner. Current California
plates.Door alignment off. Nice paint. Looks
like a well-cared-for car that you can buy and
drive right away. Cond: 2
McCormick sold S/N 605 last year for $5,513,
. SOLD AT $9,450.
and tired, though exterior looks original and clean.
Driver's door fit slightly off. Lower part ofwindshield
misty. This one wasn't prettied up. Cond:
3-. SOLD AT $3,885. Watching BiTurbos destroy
Maserati's reputation in the US wasn't a
pretty sight. Perpetual failures and expensive
repairs were no way to build an auto empire.
Let's hope the new Maser is a real car; not a
Sports Car Market
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will always attract bidders through their combination
ofadequate peiformance and timeless beauty.
This car should bring a few thousand more; a
good engine detail would surely help.
1964 MERCURY COMET
CALIENTE Coupe. S/N 4H23K529191. Red/
fawn and beige. LHD. Odo: 45,005 miles. Automatic,
289-c.i. V8. Neither door closes
. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. This car was at
the last McCormick sale, where it changed hands
for a reported $35,175 (SCM GOLD #24213).
The wheels have been altered since then, but
little else was done.
scratches, dual-action marks and Bondo sanding
under paint. Steel wheels and doughnutsized
hubcaps lend the car a nice look. Cond:
#403-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Coupe. S/N 40837S117115. Satin Silver/silver.
LHD. Odo: 46,219 miles. Four-speed. Front and
correctly. Vinyl dash peeling off. Dealer-installed
air conditioning. No power steering or power
brakes. Engine bay nicely detailed. Cond: 3-.
SOLD AT $5,775. "Every bit as hot as it looks!"
declared '60s ad that was with the car Certainly
a phrase open to many interpretations. Fair
price for a car that wasn't a hot seller when new,
and continues that tradition today.
1970 DODGE CHALLENGER RiT
rear bumper chrome is weak. Engine bay dirty.
Silver/silver combo is great, and rarely seen as well.
Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. Sting Rays
Coupe. S/N J523U0E115846. Plum Crazy/
white. LHD. Odo: 49,022 miles. Automatic. 440/
375 V8. Rallye wheels. California plates. Good
panel fit. Slight wear to interior. No rust. Overall,
a very nice car that can be driven and
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enjoyed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,300. This
car, which was in slightly worse condition,
brought the same price as the '71 Challenger
R/7' that was here in November (SCM GOLD
#24228). The difference? This car has the big
block, which is what collectors really want.•
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at the same car. In the March 2002
111 issue (page 42) of SCM, B. Mitchell
Carlson reported on a 1963 Maserati
3500 GTi coupe, S/N 1012470, at Silver's Fountain
Hills auction. He referred to it as a poor older
restoration, in #3- condition, and it sold for
$24,400. It ran across the block twice more at the
same auction, failing to sell both times with high
bids of $22,000 and $19,000. The car was then
reported sold at McCormick's Palm Springs
auction, February 22, for $16,013 (page 72 of
The boys who trade their pinstripe suits and
740is for Harleys on the weekends were not
willing to spend more than $17,657.03 on eBay
for a large (51/2-feet by 4-feet) double-sided porcelain
Harley-Davidson dealership sign. The
very rare sign, which probably dates from the
'30s, received seven bids at a price that would
come close to a new Heritage, but failed to find
a new home. Hard to believe the seller did not
take the high bid.
Well, guess what car showed up on eBay
Motors a few weeks later as item #1812223603
with a description, reprinted here in part, that
would make a beauty queen blush.
You are bidding on a 1963 Maserati 3500
GT that has undergone a frame-up restoration
in the '90s. In fact, the entire tubular frame has
been powder-coated in red. Even the floors and
the undercarriage have been painted. The car
has been repainted the original pale green metallic.
All exterior chrome was replated at the
time of restoration and the rubbers and felts
were replaced at that time.
Yup, the same 3500 GTi. It was bid to
$20,200 with nine bids, eight of which belonged
to bidders with zeroes as their bid ratings, and
was a no-sale. We'll probably see this car again.
An interesting 1907 California vehicle license
sold on eBay for $366.50. Cars were
required to be registered in California starting
in 1905, but the state did not issue licenses
until 1915. It has a San Francisco vehicle license
stamping on the left side, so perhaps it
was a city-issued item. Regardless, it had a lot
of appeal with nine aggressive bids.
Martin Milner/George Maharis fans must
have been preoccupied elsewhere as a late 1920s
Route 66 highway sign, offered on eBay, only
reached $3,649 with seven bids and was a nosale.
Another, that looked like it had never been
intended for highway use, was also offered on
eBay and was stated to be authentic. It sold for
$113. Maybe it's time for a universally agreedupon
definition of "authentic."
Here, however, is a Harley sign that did sell
and will soon be displayed in its new garage.
EBay #1080323332-1930s HARLEYDAVIDSON
SIGN. First bid: $999.99. Number of bids: 10.
SOLD AT: $3,016.66. Date sold: 3/10/2002. In
the sign world, porcelain has always trumped
painted tin. For older signs that have desirable
graphics and are in excellent condition, though,
such as this example, the delta is narrowing. A
few years ago this would
have been all the money
and then some, but times
change and the buyer
should have no regrets.
SALES AND SERVICE
EBay #1080671070—PORSCHE FACTORY
PORCELAIN SIGN. First bid: $1,000.
Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $6,306. Date
sold: 3/11/2002. This sign
is huge—over five feet tall
and four feet wide—and it
is in wonderful condition.
While not cheap, it would
take star billing on the wall
of any self-respecting
EBay #1072693866-1912 WEED CHAIN
POSTER BY F. EARL CHRISTY. First bid:
$49.95. Number of bids: 11. SOLD AT: $311.
Date sold: 2/14/2002. Early advertising almost
always featured attractive women. However,
pieces like this are rarely
purchased for such modest
amounts. An automotive
motif and the signature
of an artist of some
renown are all major
pluses. With a little careful
freshening and a period
frame, this piece
could easily bring a few
EBay Motors #123456789-1971 DODGE
CHALLENGER CONVERTIBLE. First bid:
$2,000. Number of bids: 46. SOLD AT: $21,100.
Date sold: 3/03/2002. Timeless styling, with clas-
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appears to be a
of a desir-
able model. The description of the car was
equally interesting as it was compared to a Hemi
that sold for a couple of hundred thousand dollars.
At this price, it should be considered a good
buy depending on how much of what was pictured
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EBay #1803702333—TWIN CITY MOTOR
SPEEDWAY RACE PENNANT. First bid:
$14.95. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $898.88.
Date sold: 2/14/2002. There is a devoted following
for early racing memorabilia and a colorful
pennant in excellent condition will attract some
serious money. This track was only in existence
from 1915 to 1919 and was on the site of what is
now the Minneapolis-St.
All the players
on this unique item
and it could have
easily gone for a
EBay Motors #1811069461
CITROEN SM. First bid: $100. Number of
bids: 20. SOLD AT: $2,125. Date sold: 3/06/
2002. A complete, detailed description and
photos were provided, along with the caveat
that the car needed a patient hand. The seller,
who states that he has never seen the car,
posted his conversations with potential buyers
and disclosed that it could require as much
as $16k to get the car back on the road after
its six-year rest. He also mentions that the
Citroen garage where it is stored will not work
on the car as they don't believe it is economi-
cally feasible to restore. They further state
that it does not look as good in person as it
does in the photos. The final posted comment
commends the seller for his honesty but
suggests he is a lousy salesman. How he got
himself into this mess in the first place would
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1969 Jaguar XKE with 45,000 original miles. A
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1950 Alfa 6C 2500 SS. S/N 915.668. Touring
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Gordon at (818) 705-1670 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. (CA) (May)
2002 BMW M-3 SMG Convertible, Topaz blue/
black, 1200 miles, bi-zenon, cold weather pkg,
h-k stereo. Like new. Best offer/$63,500. Call
Doug, (630) 561-3968. (Chicago)
1958 Morris Minor. Wagon. Convertible. Pickup.
Restored. 1275 motor and transmission. Trades
considered. $9,000. Hank, (802) 365-5059.
IT PURRS LIKE A KITTEN.
OR IS THAT YOU?
May 31 - June 2, 2002 I Las Vegas, Nevada
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the same way. Cruise on in Friday, May 31st for a
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1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Iwo owner, less than 30,000 original miles, 283
four speed, with two tops, fully documented
including copy of original title.
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1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
Used in the movie "Arthur" starring Dudley Moore
and Liza Minelli. Bodied by N.J. Mulliner, this
privately owned automobile is a rare left-hand
drive formal limousine with air conditioning.
1933 Willy's Hot Rod Convertible
lhis beautiful 1933 Willy's has !trade the 10 best
Hot Rods in America list 2 years in a row.
1956 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing
One of the most significant and original Gullwings
to be offered in several years. Silver with blue
interior. Five Rudge wheels, including the original
spare tire. Belly pans, NSL motor, sport
suspension. Raced by Paul O'Shea. Current
ownership for nearly thirty years. All original parts
have been retained when service has required
replacement. Never before offered to the public.
1937 Cord 812 Phaeton
Professionally restored. A 98 point car. Manual
front wheel drive, front and rearend stock, stock
wheels with hubcaps, 6-volt battery located under
driver seat cushion, leather interior, stock design.
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