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Sports CarMarket Unrestored DB4 World Record at $465k 211 Cars Rated Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Type 101 Brings $269k Last Tango in Paris— Microcars at Microprices in Ft. Lauderdale “When I Got It Home It Was Rusty” 250 GTE at $137k— The First Family Ferrari May 2008 www.sportscarmarket.com

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 46 GTE: the vacationer's Ferrari 64 Bring on the Alps May 2008 .Volume 20 . Number 5 IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI 46 1962 250 GTE 2+2 $137K—Big money for the family car. John Apen ENGLISH 50 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III Coupe Sold at $465k, but they're only original once. Stephen Serio ETCETERINI 54 1951 Bugatti Type 101 Guilloré Coupe A tired guest in a rented tux. Donald Osborne GERMAN 56 1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type Saoutchik Roadster $3.6m in '06. $3.4m in '08. It's a bluechip, so what's the deal? Simon Kidston AMERICAN 60 Cushman, Crosley, Custer, and King Midget Microcars at microprices, and one even comes with ice cream. Paul Duchene RACE 64 1968 Alpine Renault A110 Coupe Despite questions, it's ready for the blizzards, and only $138k. Thor Thorson Cover photograph: Bonhams GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 211 Cars Examined and Rated at Eight Sales ARTCURIAL 68 Paris, FRA: $757k Voisin leads at the Palais des Congrès. Paul Hardiman BONHAMS 76 Paris, FRA: Inaugural Rétromobile sale soars to $14m. Donald Osborne AUCTIONS AMERICA 84 Raleigh, NC: Decent drivers fill the ranks at this $3.9m sale. Chip Lamb MECUM 94 Kansas City, MO: Sales climb to $5.2m in the Kemper Arena. B. Mitchell Carlson KRUSE 104 Ft. Lauderdale, FL: The Southeast staple hits $7.6m. Dave Kinney MECUM 110 Kissimmee, FL: $15m at the Osceola Heritage Park. Chip Lamb KRUSE 120 Phoenix, AZ: 1904 Thomas Model 27 steals the show at $1.8m. Lance Raber EBAY MOTORS 126 If it's a race car you want, look no further. Geoff Archer

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48 42 New money wants new Ferraris Paul Frère, 1971–2008 COLUMNS 12 Shifting Gears The four-lane to the future Keith Martin 38 Affordable Classic Fixing the Fiero fiasco Rob Sass 40 Legal Files The statute of limitations on unseen problems John Draneas 48 Sheehan Speaks No country for old Ferraris Michael Sheehan 52 English Patient Morgan values then and now—not much has changed Gary Anderson 58 Porsche Gespräch How to succeed as a Porsche flipper Jim Schrager 62 Domestic Affairs A few bright moments in Detroit's dark days Colin Comer 134 Motobilia Vintange pumps and new neon in Ft. Lauderdale Carl Bomstead 136 Bike Buys Nimbus, a great Dane you can afford Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Bigger garages need bigger signs Carl Bomstead FEATURES 42 Paul Frère: The racer and writer remembered 44 Collecting Thoughts: Hot Wheels turns 40 DEPARTMENTS 14 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 18 Contributors 20 You Write, We Read 22 Display Advertisers Index 28 Neat Stuff 30 In Miniature: 1930 Cadillac V16 32 Icons: Kit cars before Cobras 34 Our Cars: 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S Coupe, 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 750F Spider Veloce, 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Le Mans Commemorative Coupe 39 20 Year Picture 71 Glovebox Notes: 2008 BMW 135i Coupe, 2008 BMW M3 Coupe 75 Alfa Bits 83 Race Track Spotlight: Monticello Motor Club 127 FreshMeat: 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 #43, 2006 Ferrari F430 F1 128 Automotive Investor: Alfa 105 Series 132 Book Reviews: A great race, a great man, a great yarn 138 Mystery Photo 139 Comments with Your Renewal 139 SCM Garage 140 Showcase Gallery 142 Resource Directory Eddy Pareit Road&Track-KurtWorner

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Future as History A s I look at these pictures of my children, Alexandra and Bradley, taken 16 years apart, I wonder what kind of automotive world they will inherit. We Baby Boomers are the last generation to experience raw, unregulated cars as daily drivers; those built from 1955 through 1974 represent a golden age of motoring. Engineers and stylists answered only to their own whims and the marketplace, with no concerns about government safety and environmental regulations. Egg-shell bumpers on a 1967 Duetto? No problem. Gas-guzzling Hemi engine in a 1966 Dodge Coronet? Why not. The cars from that era had an ebullient sense about them that these were the best of times, with the best cars for the best roads. And perhaps they were. What now? Although their era has passed, through use they can continue to create memories for us and our children. Whether by watching vintage races, participating in rallies, or just a taking a run to the deli on a Sunday afternoon in a diminutive Bugeye, we can create new shared experiences. If your children have the old car spark, you can bring the tinder. You can teach them to shift a manual gearbox, and send them to a performance driving school. You can explain chokes, carburetors and oil temperature gauges, along with terms like lugging and backfire. But the real reason to expose your children to cranky old cars is to create an opportunity to bond with them. Everything meaningful about growing up, and growing old, involves common experiences. In a world increasingly full of attractive electronic nuisances, the two of you bundling up in warm clothes before dawn, putting down the top, and heading off on a road moves beyond being a special experience. It becomes a trip into another dimension, where you and your children can find new things to discover together, and to reminisce about later. Alex still talks about the first time she actually pushed a car, our now-gone 1978 Triumph Spitfire, so that we could pop the clutch and start it despite a dead battery. It seemed like magic to her. Or the first time she drove the Alfa Giulia Spider Veloce—across the soaring Fremont Bridge in Portland, top down in the sun—and commented that this was the best theme park ride she had ever been on. Old car events also give your kids a chance to meet other gearheads and their kids, and to discover their dad isn't the only one on the block who thinks going to a swap meet in the rain is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. And old car users are generally pretty interesting people, who have interesting stories to tell, about interesting lives—it's today's equivalent of sitting around a campfire and listening to the elders spin 12 their tales of things that happened long ago. A modern day retelling of the Odyssey, if you will. What's to come The automotive world in which Alex is growing up is not so different from the one you and I experienced, except that new cars are much better than our old ones, and roads are more crowded. For most old cars, there are no more restrictions on their use now than there were 16 years ago. However, the increase in both the number and the size of vehicles on the road means that old cars are increasingly unsuitable for daily transportation; they are best used for trips into the countryside, where they can be exercised without having to worry about being crushed under the 22˝ bling of a Navigator. Bradley may not have the same privi- Alex, age 10 months, circa 1992 leges. While the cost of gasoline will be essentially irrelevant to the infrequent pleasure use of an old car, the sheer changing of societal mores may restrict his choices. In a decade, will our heavily-polluting old cars be banned from the road? Will there be a cultural backlash against old cars? You won't see a horse in a parade today without someone running along behind it with a shovel; will the visible pollutants emitted by old cars be treated any differently? A prediction I think the chances of the automo- Bradley, 10 months, 2008 tive world of 2024 being comprised of freeways clogged by whirring golf carts are slim. Barring a complete shutdown of imported oil, we have an economy that is too intertwined with petroleum products for it to change its face completely in only 16 years. But the generation of collectors born along with Bradley will encounter old cars as an increasingly obtuse learned taste, not an embedded one. Mastering a manual shift that is slower and balkier than the electronic paddle-shifted 7-speed gearbox in a Kia will be like learning to shoot a rabbit with an arrow from a compound bow; it's interesting but no longer necessary to put dinner on the table. So I think Bradley, 16 years from now, will be able to jump into the Alfa, pump the throttle a few times, turn the key and hear the engine come to life. He'll get used to waiting until the Dentax in the gearbox is warmed up before trying to shift quickly into second, and know that there will always be a little water dripping into the car from the front windshield pillar during a rainstorm. He will learn all these things through his immersion in my world as he grows up, not through his exposure to the car world of kids his own age. But he will be an “old car kid” and have the best of both worlds, the sophistication of the new and the elegant grittiness of the old. As for his children, when they come of driving age in year 2050, I'm not placing any bets. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Crossing the Block Brendan Floyd Column Author the sale will feature 1,000 cars. Five muscle cars from the David Christenholz Collection will be offered, including a 1969 Yenko Chevelle, a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, a 1970 GTO Judge convertible, a 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1, and a 1970 Ford Ranchero 500 SCJ. Live coverage focusing on 140 cars will air on HD Theater. Bonhams—Aston Martin Lagonda Limited Works Service Where: Newport Pagnell, U.K. When: May 17 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 25/29 cars sold / $4.1m This 9th annual event will Al Capone's Packard at Worldwide's Houston Classic sale in Texas Bonhams & Butterfields— Legend of the Motorcycle Where: Half Moon Bay, CA When: May 3 More: www.legendofthemotorcycle.com Last year: 31/42 bikes sold / $800k Held on concours day, this year's auction expects to see 30 motorcycles cross the block at a total pre-sale estimate of $850,000. Highlights include a 1929 Indian-Crocker 45-ci OHV conversion, a 1906 Indian “Camelback” Single, a 1933 Crocker Speedway Racer Replica, and a 1940 Indian 45-ci Scout formerly owned by Steve McQueen. The Worldwide Group— The Houston Classic Auction Where: Seabrook, TX When: May 3 More: www.wwgauctions.com Last year: 95/113 cars sold / $7.9m Presented in conjunction with the Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance, this fourth annual auction will feature an eclectic mix of around 115 classics. Among the European highlights will be a rare 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato Spyder, a 1934 Bugatti T59 Supercharged 3.3-liter Grand Prix, and a 1928 Bugatti T37A Grand Prix. American classics present will 14 include Ronald Reagan's 1952 Model M-38A1 Army Jeep, Al Capone's 1934 Packard Twelve Sedan, and several historic Mopar muscle cars. Shannons— Sydney Autumn Classic Auction Where: Sydney, Australia When: May 5 More: www.shannons.com.au Last year: 21/24 cars sold / $750k A variety of consignments and price ranges are typical of this smaller Australian auction. Last year's high sale honors went to a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT coupe at $182,325, but nearly half of the lots changed hands for $20,000 or less. This year's list includes a restored 1969 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Series II convertible, which is expected to bring between $66,000 and $80,000, as well as a mixture of Australian, European, and American classics and automobilia. Bonhams— Les Grandes Marques à Monaco Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: May 10 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 64/77 cars sold / $8.1m Held at the auto museum of the late Prince Rainier, the 18th edition of this sale will feature primarily European 1958 Aston DB2/4 drophead at Bonhams Monaco Sports Car Market cars and automobilia. Star cars include a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTS (s/n 12269), number 8 of 20 cars built, which is expected to bring between $775k and $1.2m. Also featured this year will be a 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II DHC that's estimated to sell at between $230k and $310k. Mecum— Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction Where: Indianapolis, IN When: May 15–18 More: www.mecumauction.com Last year: 552/1,179 cars sold / $26.5m Mecum leaves its traditional springtime home in Belvidere, Illinois, for the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Now called the 21st Original Spring Classic Auction, feature only Aston Martin and Lagonda cars and automobilia. Planned lots include a 1976 Lagonda V8 estimated between $285k and $365k, a 1961 DB4 Series II estimated between $160k and $205k, a 1964 DB5 estimated between $285k and $325k, and a one-owner 1984 V8 Vantage Volante with 5,100 miles estimated between $160k and $200k. Silver—Reno Showcase Auction Where: Reno, NV When: May 17 More: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 35/85 cars sold / $587k Expect to see a number of solid entry-level collectibles at this annual Reno Showcase auction, which is being held in conjunction with Reno Hot August Nights Spring Fever Celebration at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa. Star cars include a fully documented, two-owner 1965 Pontiac GTO, a restored 1970 LS6 Chevelle, and a 1933 Ford Coupe.

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One of two California Spyders at RM's sale in Maranello, Italy RM Auctions— Ferrari Leggenda e Passione Where: Maranello, ITA When: May 18 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 32/33 cars sold / $45.1m This second annual all- Ferrari auction is one of RM's most anticipated sales of the year. Highlighting the event will be two Ferrari 250 California Spyders—a 1958 LWB coveredheadlamp version (s/n 0923GT) finished in classic Rosso Corsa, and a 1961 SWB (s/n 2377GT) finished in original Nero Black. Pre-sale estimates for each range between $4m and $6m. Prancing Horse fans will also get the chance to bid on a group of later-model examples, including a 2004 Enzo. Kruse International— 17th Annual Spring Auburn Motorfair Where: Auburn, IN When: May 29–June 1 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 259/611 cars sold / $6.2m The Spring Auburn Motorfair is one of Kruse's most successful annual sales. This year's edition will again feature a swap meet and car corral, as well as over 1,000 consignments. Expect to see a wide range of American and European classics rounding out the consignment list. ♦ May 2008 Auction Calendar April 4-6—RM Ontario, CAN 4-5—TOM MACK Concord, NC 5—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 5—SILVER Spokane, WA 11-12—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 11-12—KRUSE Charleston, SC 12—LUZZAGO Rome, ITA 12—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 12—POTTS Rock Springs, GA 12—SILVER Portland, OR 13—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 15-16—H&H Harrogate, UK 18—MOTLEY'S Richmond, VA 18-19—COX Branson, MO 18-19—ICA Tucson, AZ 18-20—SILVER Dallas, TX 19—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 19—RM Dallas, TX 19-20—KRUSE Tampa, FL 20—SHANNONS Brisbane, AUS 21—BONHAMS Hendon, UK 25-26—KRUSE Salt Lake City, UT 25-26—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 26—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 26-27—RM Novi, MI 27—BONHAMS Staffordshire, UK May 2-3—KRUSE Modesto, CA 3—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Half Moon Bay, CA 3—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 3—WORLDWIDE Seabrook, TX 5—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 9-10— MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 10—BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MCO 10—COYS Monte Carlo, MCO 15-18—MECUM Indianapolis, IN All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. 28-29—BARONS Surrey, UK 30—SILVER Spokane, WA 17—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, UK 17—LUZZAGO Brescia, ITA 17—KRUSE Lake Placid, NY 17—SILVER Reno, NV 18—RM Maranello, ITA 24—KRUSE Paso Robles, CA 25—COYS Kent, UK 29-June 1—KRUSE Auburn, IN June 2—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 6-8—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 7—SILVER Bellevue, WA 14—ICA Hyannis, MA 14—RM Tustin, CA 14—SILVER Coeur d'Alene, ID 15—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Sydney, AUS 16-17—BARONS Surrey, UK 20-21—MECUM St. Paul, MN 21—BONHAMS Northhamptonshire, UK 21—KRUSE Topsfield, MA 22—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Auckland, NZL 27-28—MECUM St. Charles, IL 28—LUZZAGO Civitanova Marche, ITA 27-29—RM Anaheim, CA 15

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Inside Line Brendan Floyd Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. All British, all the time in Vancouver, BC News ■ Rolls-Royce and Bentley enthusiasts have founded the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Club, Inc., a new organization dedicated to capturing the spirit of touring while preserving the marques and enjoying the company of like-minded owners. The club will focus on the use and enjoyment of the cars, as well as the exchange of historical and technical information, and all Featured Event people, or more interesting cars than those run by SCMers Rich and Jean Taylor of Vintage Rallies. They recently completed their company's 15th anniversary season of events with a fully subscribed Mountain Mille through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia in October, followed by the 10th edition of their November run through the Texas Hill Country, the Texas 1000. The original and signature event of Vintage Rallies is the New We at SCM have long been fans of, and participants in, vintage rallies. It is our opinion that there are few better ways to use your collector car than to drive it every day for a week, putting a thousand or so miles on it the way it was meant to be used. It's so much more fun than sitting behind it on a lawn chair answering silly questions from people who think “barchetta” is that great dish with tomatoes on bread at the Olive Garden. Few rallies are better organized, have better routes, greater 16 England 1000, which is scheduled this year for May 18 to 23. Each spring, it follows an ever-changing route chosen from some of the most beautiful and challenging country roads in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Eastern New York, and parts of Eastern Canada. I've run the NE 1000 many times and never tire of the roads, camaraderie, or the thrill of keeping whatever car I bring running well from start to finish. With this year's itinerary planned for Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York, it should be as unforgettable as ever. Cost is $4,995. www.vintagerallies.com (NY)—Donald Osborne Sports Car Market club activities will be managed by club member volunteers. All membership dues or event fees collected will be used exclusively for operational expenses. Visit www.rrbmc.org for more event dates and information. ■ Russo and Steele has an- nounced that it will change its future auction format to all-reserve sales. Says company CEO Drew Alcazar, “A no-reserve sale frequently ends up with negative results because no auction house can guarantee having the “right” two bidders on any block all the time.” The policy was enacted at Russo's first Hollywood, Florida, sale in March, and will apply to its future Monterey and Scottsdale sales. Events ■ For the second year, SCM Executive Editor Paul Duchene will serve as a judge at the third annual Legend of the Motorcycle International Concours D'Elegance on May 3. The event will take place at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, California, and will feature quality examples of pre-1978 motorcycles from around the world. Also included will be a designated marquee and displays of contemporary custom racing and concept bikes. Tickets are $50 before May 1 and $65 the

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day of the event. Children under twelve get in free with an adult. www.legendofthemotorcycle .com. (CA) ■ The 13th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance, held May 3 and 4 in conjunction with Worldwide Group's Houston Classic Car Auction, will feature over 200 classic automobiles and around 100 vintage wooden boats. Tickets are $24 in advance and $30 at the gate. www.keelswheels.com (TX) ■ From 1927 until Alfonso de Portago's tragic crash in 1957 (minus the war years), theMille Miglia was the fastest way to circumnavigate Italy. Today it is one of the country's greatest historic rallies, with participants paying tribute to the original race in cars that competed up to 1957. The five-day event begins May 14 with a public presentation, followed by three days of trekking through Ferrara to Rome and back to Brescia, and concludes with an awards ceremony. www.1000miglia.eu (ITA) ■With close to 600 cars on display, the annual Vancouver All-British Field Meet is the largest British car celebration in western Canada. This year's May 17 event will be the 23rd edition and more than 50 classes will be featured, including British bikes, with first, second, and third place awards given in each class. Car registration is $25 for one car and $20 for any additional car, and $12 for motorcycles. www .westerndriver.com. (CAN) ■ The eighth annualMotogiro d'Italia is scheduled for May 19 to 24 and will take riders from Rome to the edges of Puglia and back. This event is open to all makes of bikes that meet the Highway Code, and competitors are divided into four classes—the Historical Commemorative, Taglioni Memorial, Tourist Class, and Touring Super Sport. Prices vary depending on class registration and optional accommodations. Spectators can watch for free along the route. www .motogiroditalia.com. (ITA) Transitions ■ Hot Rod building legend Boyd Coddington died on February 27, in Whittier, California at the age of 63. Coddington started building cars as a teenager and became an icon in hot rod circles for his creativity and superior workmanship. He received national exposure from his television show “American Hot Rod,” which first aired in 2004 and featured full construction of $500,000 hot rods. He twice won the DaimlerChrysler Design Excellence Award and is also a member of the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, the National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame, and the Route 66 Wall of Fame. ■ Longtime automobile journalist and Le Mans winner Paul Frère died on February 23, in Nice, France at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne. For more about Frère's life, please see p. 42. ♦ Event Calendar April 27-May 1 California Mille (CA) www.californiamille.com 1-4 The Mitty '08 Speedfest (GA) www.hsrrace.com 1-4 VSCD Spring Brake Drivers School & Races (MI) www.vscda.org 2-3 7th Annual Hershey Vintage Hillclimb & Motor Show (PA) www.svvscc.org 3 Legend of the Motorcycle (CA) www.legendofthemotorcycle.com 3-4 Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance (TX) www.keels-wheels.com 3-4 VARA British Extravaganza (CA) www.vararacing.com 4 Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance Italiano (CA) www.hsf.org 8 Cars & Stars Gala (CA) www.petersen.org 9-11 Carlisle Performance & Style (PA) www.carsatcarlisle.com 14-18 Mille Miglia (ITA) www.1000miglia.eu 16-18 CSRG's Rolling Thunder (CA) www.csrgracing.org 17 Nevada City Adventure for Mini Coopers (NV) www.minimania.com 17 Vancouver All British Field Meet (CAN) www.westerndriver.com 18-23 16th Annual New England 1000 (VT) www.vintagerallies.com 19-24 Motogiro d'Italia (ITA) www.motogiroditalia.com 25 Indianapolis 500 (IN) www.indy500.com 25-26 Newport Concours (RI) www.newportconcours.com 29-31 Ferrari Cup Challenge (NC) www.ferraricup.net 31 23rd Legend of the Motorcycle, Half Moon Bay, CA May 2008 17 Annual Huntington Beach Concours (CA) www.hbconcours.org

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SCM Contributors NORM MORT is a lifelong car enthusiast with a particular affinity for small, odd things. His first microcar was a 1957 Berkeley S328, and he currently owns a 1935 Morgan F2, 1958 FriskySport, and 1967 Reliant Regal. For over two decades his columns and features on collector cars have appeared in magazines, newspapers, and web sites across North America and Britain. Mort has written two books on collector vehicles, with the latest entitled Micro Trucks, to be published this July. He has owned and operated an independent collector vehicle appraisal company since 1992. He recently helped to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hot Wheels, and you'll find his story on p. 44. Mort lives in Wellington, Ontario. Sports CarMarket Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass rob.sass@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 214 Art Director Kirsten Onoday kirsten.onoday@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Paul Duchene paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Managing Editor Stefan Lombard stefan.lombard@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Auction Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Kristen Hall-Geisler, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead Auction Analysts Richard Hudson-Evans (Europe), Daniel Grunwald, John Clucas (Australia), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada), Paul Hardiman (Europe), Jérôme Hardy (Europe) JIM SCHRAGER is a regular contributor to the 356 Registry, Porsche Panorama (the magazine of the Porsche Club of America), and SCM, and has written for Excellence and the Porsche Market Letter. He has written two books on vintage Porsches—Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Early Porsche 911. He owns about 20 vintage Porsches, which he attempts to keep on the road through all kinds of weather. He is a Clinical Professor at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he teaches a popular course on strategy. His column, “Porsche Gespräch,” has been a monthly part of SCM for more than a decade and appears in this issue on p. 58. Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Kathy Donohue, Martin Emmison, Paul Hardiman, Simon Kidston, Raymond Milo, Steve Serio Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolfe@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Controller Jimmy Carter jimmy.carter@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Editorial Assistant Brendan Floyd brendan.floyd@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 220 Administrative Assistant Emily Hill CARL BOMSTEAD is partial to Full Classics but cannot ignore a good European sports car, '50s American classic, or well-built street rod. His vintage automobilia collection includes hundreds of porcelain signs, mascots, oil cans, automotive displays, and several display cases full of automotive memora- bilia. Bomstead has judged at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the last 13 years and served as Chief Judge at the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance for its first three years. His articles have appeared in every issue of SCM issue for the past nine years, and his regular “Motobilia” and “eWatch” columns appear this month on pages 134 and 146, respectively. He splits his time between Redmond, Washington, and Palm Desert, California. JÁNOS WIMPFFEN is a recognized expert in the history of sports car racing, and is the author of the encyclopedic Time and Two Seats, as well as the photographic essays, Open Roads and Front Engines, Winged Sports Cars and Enduring Innovation, and Spyders and Silhouettes. Wimpffen also writes on current sports car racing for the web site www.DailySportsCar.com and consults on historic matters for institutions such as the Collier Museum and Vintage Racing Motors. He can become a bit maniacal about racing statistics. His tribute to the racing and writing life of Paul Frere appears this month on p. 42. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com 914: handle with care Thanks for the article on the Porsche 914 (March, “Affordable Classic,” p. 34). I had three “back in the day,” two stateside and one in Germany. They were delightful cars. In addition to Mr. Sass's cautionary notes, there are a few other areas potential owners should be aware of. The battery acid that corrodes the battery box and suspension points also dripped on the right-hand fuel injector lines. It is a sobering moment to open the access hatch and find your engine soaked in gasoline. For everyday drivers using a sealed battery this may not be a problem, but everyone else should find a battery case. The pre-1973 914s came with a “rolled” pan that curved toward the front of the car. When the springs sagged (and they did), the pan turned into an impromptu road grader blade for every large piece of debris on the street. Semi-truck tire chunks were particularly effective at straightening out Karmann's sheet metal. I don't remember the last early 914 I saw with a rear pan. Finally, remember that all four sides of the metal-bumper cars are shaped like cookie sheets. They do not suffer door dings and other indignities gladly.—Gordon Bennett, Evansville, IN A toaster it ain't A couple of comments are in order regarding Rob Sass's article on the Porsche 914. First, the Gugelot design connection is a common story, but apparently an oversold one. Heinrich Klie of Porsche has more recently been fingered as the father of the 914's lines. There is an excellent thread on 914club.com that contains several scans of period publications that contradict the Gugelot tale. This matters because it estab- lishes that the 914 really does belong to the Porsche constellation of cars and wasn't just farmed out to some designer of toasters and clock radios. Looking at certain parts of the 914, such as the doors 20 TheGugelot design connection is a common story, but apparently anoversold one.Heinrich Klie of Porsche has more recently been fingered as the father of the 914's lines and the front fenders, I think the 911 connection is clear. Second, the 2-liter motor became available in 1973, not '74, and you stated its power output as 95, but that was a DIN figure. SAE horsepower was 91. At any rate, after years of seeing the 914 dissed, sometimes subtly and sometimes not so, and even sometimes in your own magazine, it's nice to see this car finally getting its due. Thanks.—Dalton M. Jones, Delaware, OH Tired In the March “Neat Stuff” on p. 26, you highlight a “rare inventory of Pirelli CN36 tires that turned up in a warehouse in Milan.” They are described as having been produced in 1999 and then subsequently misplaced. Isn't it now common knowledge that even if not driven on, tires are not safe after seven to ten years?—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Paul Duchene responds: We made a call to Garth Ankeny of A&T Tire in Portland, Oregon (Garth is a 20-year rally driver). He responded: “The tires will probably be safe enough to drive on, but they won't perform well. Tires get hard with age, and hard rubber compromises performance. For display purposes, they will be just fine. But for anything else, get something modern. Tire technology has come a long way, even in nine years.” Enough with the chauvinism already Like many other SCMers, I eagerly await my monthly issue to spend an hour dreaming of my fantasy car collection. The March issue looked even juicier, with its cover graced by one of my all-time favorites, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4. That's why the buzzkill of Steve Ahlgrim's p. 46 profile was nothing short of stopping the Ferrari in its tracks. Why use such a dated metaphor as Patrick McNally's “attractive woman who is aware that once she is mastered completely, there is a possibility that her admirer may lose interest, so she always keeps something in reserve”? I am a woman who has spent plenty of time around beautiful cars, and while riding in a 275 GTB/4, not once did “mastered woman” come to mind. Only the delicate balance of beauty, raw power, and good road manners. Let's bring back the late 1960s through cars and leave the dated prose back where it belongs.—Kathryn Gregorio, New York, NY I-287 Rendezvous Steve Ahlgrim's Profile of the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 reminded me of my own “rendezvous” with a 275 GTB. Several years ago, while living in Northern New Jersey, I took my 911SC out for a Sunday morning tour. I drove on I-287

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Morris & Welford, llc INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS & BROKERS 1961 Cooper-Monaco MkIII T61 Buick Chassis Number CM/3/61has a rich competition history having been extensively campaigned in a variety of events across the USA from 1961-1965 Initially by Bruce McLaren, then by the famous Briggs-Cunningham Team with their star driver Walt Hansgen. More recently returned to the UK, it has been subjected to a thorough, ground-up professional rebuild to exacting standards and thus is ideally ready for the forthcoming race season. OTHER CARS AVAILABLE 1911 Stanley Steamer 10hp Model 63 Touring 1924 Bentley 3 Litre Red Label Speed Model 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Zagato 1954 Jaguar XK120 roadster 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Lightweight 1961 Lola-OSCA Mk I 1968 Ford GT40 Mk III 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Please Contact Miles Morris Connecticut Tel: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Mark Donaldson Hampshire, UK Tel: 01252 845818 Fax: 01252 845974 Mobile: 07901 712255 E-mail: mark@morrisandwelford.co.uk www.morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford California Tel: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com

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Ad Index Aston Martin of New England ..............101 Automobilia Monterey ..........................125 Autosport Designs .................................111 Bart Holland BV Restoration Co. ...........97 BB One Exports ....................................123 Bonhams & Butterfields ....................19, 25 Branson Collector Car Auction ...............87 Canepa .....................................................31 Carlisle Events ........................................81 Cars International ....................................99 Chequered Flag Int'l .............................119 Classic Showcase ..................................125 Classy Chassis .........................................29 Copley Motorcars Corp. ........................121 Corvette Market ....................................115 Cosdel ...................................................137 County Corvette ....................................137 Davidoff Zino Platinum ........................137 Digit Motorsport ...................................111 Doc's Jags .............................................133 Driver's Houston Auto Works .................23 Exotic Car Transport .............................145 Family Classic Cars ................................85 Fantasy Junction ......................................63 Fourintune Garage Inc ..........................137 GM ..........................................................36 Gooding & Company ................................2 Greenwich Concours D'Elegance ...........77 Griot's Garage .........................................27 Grundy Worldwide ..................................49 Hagerty Insurance. ..................................13 Heacock Classic ...................................121 Ingolf Müller .........................................113 Intercity ...................................................41 JC Taylor .................................................89 JJ Best Banc & Co ................................131 Le Belle Macchine D'Italia .....................93 Los Angeles Concours D'Elegance ......133 Macneil Automotive ................................69 Maserati ..................................................11 Maserati Club International ..................123 Mecum Auction .......................................73 Miller's Incorporated ............................145 Monticello Motor Club ...........................35 Morris & Welford, LLC ..........................21 Motley's Auction Realty Group ............119 Motorcar Portfolio ................................103 Only Oldies LLC .....................................53 Park Place LTD .......................................33 Paul Russell and Company ...................107 Poff Transportation ...............................133 Premier Financial Services ...................147 Putnam Leasing .......................................59 RM Auctions .....................................4, 5, 9 Ron Tonkin ............................................107 RPM Motorbooks .................................137 Silver Auctions ........................................91 Sports Car Shop ....................................117 Symbolic Motor Car Co ............................3 Ulysse Nardin Watches .........................148 US Appraisal .........................................145 Vintage Rallies ......................................117 VintageAutoPosters.com .......................145 Voice Factor ..........................................123 Web Steel Sales, Inc. .............................133 Worldwide Group ......................................6 22 Of course I took the bait, downshifted, and tried to reel in the silver GTB/4, butall I caught was a whiff of exhaust as the Ferrari disappeared south from Morristown to Somerset, maybe 15 miles, to warm the fluids and check for troopers, then headed back north for an 80 mph run. The weather was overcast and brisk as I climbed the hill at Bedminster, and then I saw it coming up fast in my rear view mirror—a 275 GTB. It passed me at speed, and I could easily hear the quad exhaust howl over the wind noise. Of course I took the bait, downshifted, and tried to reel in the silver coupe, knowing full well that the “rich Wall Street guy” I imagined at the wheel would have none of that. And indeed he didn't, as all I caught was a whiff of exhaust as he and the Ferrari disappeared. I'm still a Porsche guy, but if I ever win the lottery…—John S. Patterson, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Crazy-scary-stupid fast I enjoyed Colin Comer's “Domestic Affairs” column on the various iterations of the Cobra replica market (March, “Is Your Snake a Replicant?” p. 62). All good info, except that Shelby's aluminum continuation car bodies and chassis are actually supplied by Kirkham and not AC Cars as stated. My understanding is the current version of AC Cars is trying to build a carbon fiber-bodied “Cobraesque” thingamabob on the Isle of Malta. Additionally, the SAAC has recently invited Kirkhams into the Cobra Registry, as they are so close to the originals they want to keep track of them to avoid them from “morphing” into CSX air cars in the future. Several CSX2000 and 3000 Cobras have been restored with Kirkhams as donors. Mine? KMP216 Street 427. No hood scoop, no roll bar, no sidepipes, no rear fender lip, a small gas cap, and, with its period-correct 428 police interceptor, it provides a Cobra driving experience very close to the original. Crazy-scary-stupid fast.—Kurt Anderson, Topanga, CA Hissing match I found Colin Comer's March article very entertaining, and he did an excellent job in hitting some of the high notes of this particular genre. It was well balanced, and for someone who proclaims himself a “snob,” I really didn't see much evidence of that in his article. I spent better than six years on the most prolific Internet site dedicated to the Cobra and all its plastic brethren—Club Cobra. I was one of a handful of members/contributors who owned both an original (CSX2189) and a replica. In the early days (circa 1999), there were constant internecine battles among members as to who made the most “original-looking” car. At last count, there were 146 Cobra replica manufacturers worldwide and, as Comer so accurately points out, all manufacturers constructed their bodies based on their own interpretations, even after splashing molds off of original bodies. This period was, for the most part, pre-Kirkham, and after they arrived on the scene, the argument regarding who made the most authentic Cobra died a quick death. When Shelby started produc- ing his CSX4000 aluminum series cars, which were nothing more than a Kirkham chassis/body with a Shelby badge (costing upwards of $20,000 for the right to a CSX VIN plate), a different type of range war erupted. Karl Marx would have delighted in watching the emergence of this “class struggle,” where the “new” Shelby became the supposed link to the glorious past. Instantly, two classes of replica were formed: Shelby and

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You Write We Read wonder why my quality-built, well-handling BMW is ignored by the market.—John Kirkman, Munster, IN Rob Sass responds: Thanks In the replica hierarchy, 4000-series Cobras are generally the car to own, but in the eyes of original owners, they'll always be something between an imitation and a complete fraud everyone else. This new fraternity hoped their newly-minted CSX badge—bestowed upon their cars by ol' Shel himself—would give them the needed “street cred” to hobnob with the Cobra cognoscenti. No such luck. At SAAC conventions, where group photo shots of original cars were taken, CSX4000 owners who tried to be included were summarily chased away by the “blue bloods.” In the replica hierarchy, they were, by some accounts, the car to own, but in the eyes of original owners, they would always be something between an imitation and a complete fraud. Club Cobra members united when Shelby went on a legal rampage in an attempt to sue the replica manufacturers into oblivion. He eventually lost, but you could have heard the screaming from Jupiter. Perhaps I am wrong, but I don't know of a case in automotive history where the marque is so coveted, but its creator is so disliked. It is interesting, too, that replica owners are the ones who have kept the interest in this marque alive. In fact, the major SAAC meets are attended by throngs of replica junkies. Now that Shelby has 24 officially terminated his relationship with SAAC, he has served to alienate the only two groups who ever gave him support. Comer is dead on when he says that you can have 60% of the fun for 10% of the price. Judging from my years as an observer on the forum, I would say that the fun figure is closer to 90%. And these people do drive their cars, unlike many owners of originals. In fact, my Cobra currently sits in the corner of my basement. The seat, where the legendary Bob Johnson once sat, now serves as warehouse space for a box of picture frames and tennis racquets left over from the Ken Rosewall era. The escalation of value always comes with a price.—Dan Hampton, Galesville, WI And what about the 6-Series? I have a question about my 1989 BMW 635 CSi. This 6-Series coupe run of about 50,000 cars from the late 1970s to the late '80s was admired by many but is virtually unknown now outside of those of us who own one and I wonder why? I see relatively prosaic vehicles going for astonishing prices and for your letter, John. I have to confess that a large number of the Craigslist postings that get circulated among our staff are for 6-Series BMWs. There are a lot of nice cars out there with low asking prices. The elegant Paul Bracq styling, performance, and quality, are a strong draw, as you mention. M6s are especially interesting. Alas, they are probably destined to remain affordable for a while for several reasons. First is the fact that with the exception of the 507 and M1, few post-war BMWs have really caught fire with collectors. Even the very pretty E9 coupes (2800 and 3.0CS) are still relatively cheap. We would think that before you see movement on the 6-Series cars, these would have to become firmly established in the market. When people get priced out of the E9 market, you might see them going after 6-Series cars. Another reason they are still cheap is the fact that they are just not that old yet. They haven't made the transition from used car to collectible. Production numbers were large, and there are still a lot of survivors around in varying states of preservation. Also, the first-generation 6-Series was offered only as a coupe. People tend to want the top to go down on their collector cars. Finally, right or wrong, I think the perception in the market is that they are quite expensive to keep. Although not unreliable, you have to admit, when something goes wrong, it's not generally cheap. That was certainly my experience with my 2800CS. In any event, keep and enjoy the car. It's a testament to your good taste and for now, the market be damned. A view to pass Being that the market has become more global, and as such new enthusiasts are entering the market while the U.S. dollar has declined about 24% in the last year, I have some questions specific to the selling of my right-hand drive automobile. I've been an SCMer since the British Car Market Letter days. Watching the evolution of both Keith Martin's magazine and the collector car market has been equally enjoyable. I purchased a RHD 1959 XK 150S OTS 23 years ago from a gentleman in Vancouver, British Columbia, who himself purchased the car in Hertford, England, the previous year. At that time the car was restored to a driver standard with no major mechanical or body issues. It's equipped with the 3.4-liter and overdrive. The apparent production for RHD OTS cars numbered 93 in 1959. These last 23 years, I have kept the car in good condition, which has made the driving experience that much more carefree and fun on the open roads of our north central Washington back roads. I know I'm probably in the minority (dare I say quirky), but I've always enjoyed the right-hand driving position. I find the placement has always added enjoyment and a sense of risk to the drive, and I look forward to using those specialized jockeying skills for a view to pass. And the double-takes we get when my obviously-tooyoung-to-drive daughter is with me in the left seat are priceless. In the right moments, it all adds to the authenticity of its Mother country. After following the SCM articles and auction results all these years it may be counter-intuitive to undertake a total restoration, but that is exactly what I have done. Call me the irrational enthusiast, but the refurbishment is nut and bolt, body-off, with photo documentation by a reputable British restorer. Year's end is a possible completion date. It will be returned to the original exterior color of Pearl Grey as stated on the Heritage Certificate, and the interior will change from the Light Blue to New Blue with a blue top. As to the right-hand drive and any other issues, I would like to get your opinions concerning the value and saleability in the U.S.

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You Write We Read Or is it a non-issue considering the mobility of today's buyers? Living in Washington State makes a West Coast auction more feasible. Reading and living vicariously through SCM over the years, I would love to experience one of the venues in Monterey, for example. Or should I convince my wife a trip to England is in our future?— Dale Peterson, Manson, WA Donald Osborne responds: Dale, your observations on the global nature of the collector car market are absolutely correct. For most cars, there is a “world price,” although specific national preferences are still an important factor in values. I, too, have no problem driving right-hand-drive cars here in the U.S., and with the rise in electronic toll-taking, that former challenge is largely gone. Nevertheless, there are still fewer people in the U.S. who are willing or able to shift with their left hand while wondering what is really on the other side of the road when following a tractor at 20 mph. If you have a RHD car that has been restored to a very high level, you might indeed maximize your return by selling it in a market where it would have a much larger natural pool of buyers. The Monterey sales attract many U.K. buyers, but they're usually looking for bargains and seldom step up for U.S.-style concours restorations. I would check into the costs of shipping the car to the U.K. for sale (and combining it with a vacation), or perhaps consigning it to one of the better broker/dealers here in the U.S. who have an international clientele. Plenty of room in the newer cars In Mike Sheehan's March column (“Where Are Ferrari's Future Classics?” p. 48), he discusses Ferrari values. I don't quarrel with his credentials. Though he has never been a franchised Ferrari dealer, he has a lengthy history of selling used Ferraris and special interest cars. He has a great deal of both experience and knowledge; however, what he expresses is his opinion. 26 $700,000 in Gstaad, Switzerland, last December. The market has expanded, and there are buyers for well-cared-for cars at ever increasing prices. Though prices for used vehicles will depreciate while the car remains in production, prices tend to escalate a few years after production ceases. Also, as has been the case recently, some models command a premium over their suggested list prices. No one can actually foretell The double-takes we get when my obviously-too-young-to-drive daughter is with me in the left seatare priceless My own opinion differs somewhat from Sheehan's, as do my credentials. I am the oldest franchised Ferrari dealer in the United States and quite possibly the world. The only franchised Ferrari dealers in the world prior to the appointment of U.S. dealers were in Europe. The few that existed before I became a franchised Ferrari dealer in 1966 have either closed, sold, or passed on to another generation. I guess that makes me “the last man standing.” I enjoyed meeting with Enzo Ferrari on several occasions in the 1970s and used to meet with Amerigo Manicardi, worldwide Ferrari Sales Manager, to order my cars at the factory during those heady days. The fantastic experiences and memories are things I will cherish as long as I live. But I digress…. My bone of contention with the Sheehan article is with his opinion of the collectibility and value of the production cars beyond, say, the Lusso period. He says—with the exception of a few special models built primarily for racing events—the value in these newer cars lies in having their books and records and very low mileage. Certainly these are contributing values to the worth of the more modern cars, but it goes way beyond that. In the earlier days it is true that very few cars were manufactured. It is also true that the Ferrari market itself was small and limited to a few aficionados. Over the years that market has expanded greatly. More people became interested in Ferrari. Fathers passed their interest and passion to their children. Ferrari expanded from Europe to the United States and then, as the world interest in Ferrari expanded, so did the market. Today, Ferraris are being sold in Japan, China, India, Russia, the Middle East, and other far-flung parts of the world. Also, what used to be an almost exclusive “men's club” of buyers has changed, so that we now see an increasingly larger number of women purchasing Ferraris. Still, with all that, total model production remains limited to about 6,000. My point is that today millions of people around the world know about Ferrari, yet there are few cars to go around. That is why a Daytona Spyder, originally about $24,000, brought $2,000,000 at auction in Monterey last August; why a 1966 275 GTB/2, originally about $13,500, brought over $1,000,000; why a 1965 275 GTS, originally about $14,000, brought nearly the future, but I might hazard a guess. I think one might find a nice 12-cylinder 365 GTC/4 today for perhaps under $100,000. My guess is that in 20 years that car, if well tended, would be worth considerably more than $100,000 sitting in an interest-bearing savings account and a whale of a lot more fun.— Ron B. Tonkin, Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo, Portland, OR Errata On p. 49 of the April “English Patient,” we incorrectly identified the top-selling AustinHealey in Arizona as being a Kurt Tanner restoration. The car was a 1966 3000 Mk III restored by John Wilson of Oregon's Healey Lane Restorations, and it sold for $105,000 at BarrettJackson. Regarding our April “Icons” headline (p. 28), “Phares Jaune, Deux Chevaux, et les Deesses,” if the noun (Phares) is plural, the adjective (Jaunes) must also be plural. SCM regrette l'erreur. In our coverage of the Gooding & Company Scottsdale sale in the April issue, we would like to clarify the description of lot 42, the 1936 Duesenberg Model J “Clear-Vision” sedan. The body of the car is the only one this chassis has worn. It was built and had been mounted on an earlier chassis, but was removed and fitted to the current chassis by the original owner. ♦

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Stuff Neat by Brendan Floyd McQueen on a budget Whether it's his Ferrari Lusso or Persol sunglasses, anything that iconic film star Steve McQueen so much as sneezed on seems to be bringing big bucks. The quintessential car guy has become a hot commodity over 25 year after his death. These reproduction racing jackets, made famous by McQueen in the 1971 film “Le Mans,” don't contain any of his sweat stains, but they are 100% water resistant, with a cotton twill shell and 100% cotton poplin lining. The natural fiber body cover usually qualifies as safe apparel for time trials, autocross competitions, and parade laps, or you can just throw it over your work clothes and let your imagination loose on your morning commute. You'll find it at www.speedgear.com, and prices range from $110 to $144 depending on size. That's likely less than the cost of a used piece of McQueen bubble gum. WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Hasta la vista… water spots Tired of your car-washing efforts being mocked by those unsightly water spots? If you live in an area with hard water, you've fought this battle, and now you can arm yourself with the ultimate weapon from Griot's Garage—the In-Line Water Softener. No more wiping off those pesky blemishes, as this in-line ionic water filter de-mineralizes tap water, leaving behind a thin layer of water with no spots. It's a lot easier to install than those 150-pound exchange tanks; simply attach it to your hose spigot and when the green crystals change to purple, it's time to change the filter. No more looking like an amateur—go to www.griotsgarage.com. The softener with fittings costs $129.99, and a replacement filter is $109.99. Worth the paper it's printed on There's no question, extensive documentation can mean a difference of thousands, even millions, of dollars between otherwise identical classics. Illegible, oil-smeared notes or receipts don't exactly instill you with the confidence that you're buying what's advertised. Classic Car Systems.com is now offering DocQment-it, software that can organize, manage, and instantly share online your complete vehicle information. By keeping track of relevant data, users can generate detailed reports and reproduce original documents on demand. Whether it's an engine overhaul that took place in 1969, or the need to reference head-bolt specifications on last year's restoration, DocQment-it is flexible and can be adapted to your specific needs. The system is based on the technology used by the Orange County Sheriff's Department for their criminal database, and DocQment-it can help you get top dollar for your car while assuring potential buyers the vehicle is as stated. Check out www.classiccarsystems.com. Packages start at $395. 28 Sports Car Market

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In Miniature Marshall Buck Danbury Mint's Standard of the World I had heard about this piece and I was expecting a great model, but this far exceeds my expectations 1930 Cadillac V16 Roadster I'm the first to admit that I Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: am a somewhat jaded collector and model maker. As the saying goes, been there, done that and got the T-shirt—or in my case, the model car. Simply put, this 1:12-scale Cadillac V16 is one of the finest models I have seen. Is it flawless? No, but damn close. Judging on my 100-point system, it would rank 97. The model is brought to us by the team of enthusiasts at the Danbury Mint. I had heard about this piece many months ago, and having seen their previous releases of a few other 1:12-scale 1950s and 1960s American cars, I was expecting a great model, but this far exceeds my expectations. It is a gem, and I do mean that. As the text on their mailers for it says: “The World's Finest Die-Cast Replica... Ever!” I couldn't agree more. The scope of work involved to produce a model like this is staggering, not to mention the development costs of over $350,000. It is clear DM did extremely thorough research and looked at practically every nut and bolt on one of the real cars, though it's not clear why they won't say which car they used for research. I was told they wanted to offer a model that would show off a lot of special details and features. I think we'll give them an A+ on that. Measuring just over 18 inches long, this is a most impressive display piece and absolutely stunning in two-tone metallic green, with perfectly applied gold pinstriping. The build quality is exceptional, the paint finish is far better than many so-called restored 1:1 vehicles I've seen, and overall finish throughout the model is flawless—not one imperfection. That in itself is quite a feat. The individually spoked wire wheels are each a lesson to any model manufacturer on how to do it right. After being shipped and handled by a number of people before arriving on my doorstep, everything is still intact and working well, which is a testament to how sturdily built it is. And that's not to say there aren't any delicate parts, as there certainly are—everywhere. Yes, the convertible top not only looks great, with in-scale fab- ric and beautifully simulated wood bows, but it is fully functional too, as are an amazing 24 other features. Aside from the obvious, here are several that are somewhat hidden: Covers for the battery and tool storage above the running boards open, the bench seat slides fore and aft, and there's an adjustable foot rest for rumble seat passengers. Not only does the windshield frame pivot with adjustable wind wings, but the windshield itself (which happens to be made of real glass) also pivots. Need more ventilation? How about the working cowl vent or the footwell side vents? The precisely fitting hood also features ten stainless steel side vents (five per side), which can be individually opened and closed via little spring-loaded latches. I couldn't stop playing with them. There's much more, including a surprisingly comprehensive lighting system operated by several switches on the dash and steering wheel. Oh, and those Pilot-Ray auxiliary lights also pivot with the steering and front wheels, just as on the real car. There's always room for improvement. The wind wings show marks where they were clipped from molding sprues. In a compromise for reliability over pure accuracy, all the lights up front were sprayed on the inside with something in an attempt to dull down and reduce the look of the powerful LEDs that illuminate them. Though it's a serial-numbered edition, Danbury won't say how many will be made, which for me this time around doesn't matter, since this V16 model is a very affordable equivalent to certain scratch-built models. They even throw in a wood display base, batteries and a miniature set of golf clubs to go inside the “golf-storage” door. All for only $495. How the heck did they do that? I've placed my order for one and strongly suggest you do the same before they are all gone. Available from the Danbury Mint, 800.243.4664; www.danbury- mint.com. ♦ 30 Sports Car Market

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Icons Kit Cars, Slot Cars, and Accessories The Devin Is in the Details Fiberfab, LaDawrie, Kellison, and Bradley—the (somewhat lumpy) golden age of kit cars by Rob Sass Period Kit Cars The notion of kit cars today conjures up thoughts of Cobra replicas and Lotus Sevens. But if anybody ever bothered to assign a golden age to kit cars, based on the number of ads in the enthusiast magazines, 1958–1970 would have to be it. In addition to the Fiberfabs, LaDawries, Kellisons, and Bradley GTs of the world, companies with successful race histories like Elva, Devin, and Lotus sold cars in kit form—in the case of the Brits, to avoid signifi cant taxes. When British tax laws changed, and as the supply f donor cars like the VW Beetle dried up, kit cars went way for the most part. Today, if there is such thing as a ollectible kit car, it will be one from the more respected makers like Devin or Kellison. The SCM Platinum dataase indicates that the right money for a VW-powered Devin D is around $30,000; ditto for a Kellison Astra. Vilém B. Haan Vilém B. Haan was Scalextric Slot Cars Like the Hula Hoop, Slinky, and the YoYo before it, the slot car craze hit the U.S. with a vengeance in the early 1960s. Bowling alleys, arcades, and amusement parks all added slot car tracks. Scalextric was the gold standard and became one of the pioneers when its parent company Minimodels converted its 1:32-scale windup cars to electricity. Today, the company is owned by the U.K. model train maker Hornby, and although production is now based in China, judging from the accurate Maserati 250F and Vanwall F1 cars that race around my offi ce, they are still capable of providing hours of enjoyment. Sets start at around $150. among the fi rst accessory businesses to cater to the postwar foreign car crowd. Unlike many imitators, Haan had a retail outpost on Santa Monica Boulevard. In a 1972 article on the L.A. car culture, Time magazine called Haan, “a pet shop for cars” and noted that Paul Newman, James Garner, Robert Wagner, and William Holden were all regular customers. Vilém was also well known to L.A. street racers of the day, because his house was a prominent landmark on the Mulholland Drive circuit. Today, Haan exists primarily in the memories of Baby Boomer readers of Road & Track, Sports Car Graphic, and Car and Driver. Nevertheless, a recent eBay Motors search revealed brisk business in old Haan ads (around $6.95 each) and Haan wood steering wheels ($250–$300). 32 Sports Car Market

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SCM Our Cars It Was Time for Something Italian It rides almost luxuriously and handles like the tires are made out of glue—even if the springs are made of marshmallow 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 750F Spider Veloce Owner: Colin Comer, Contributing Editor Purchase date: July 5, 2000 Price: $18,000 Mileage since purchase: 6,000 Recent work: Dusted it off for this photo I found this car advertised in the Texas AROC chapter newsletter and immediately acted. The fellow selling the car had purchased it from the estate of the original owner three years prior. A life-long Texas car imported new by the legendary distributor Max Hoffman, it had been in storage for years, still wearing its original (yet faded) paint. True to Alfa guy fashion, the second owner had the engine “rebuilt” (i.e. a new head gasket and lapped valves) and put on the cheapest paint job he could find. But the car was incredibly solid, rust-free, and original. Eighteen grand was the “ask” and I paid it, fully aware I was overpaying at the time by perhaps $6,000. Why? The originality, history, and SCCA “Carrera Del Norte National Race, Nov. 1, 1959” dash plaque spoke of it being my kind of car. I drove it for a while and then had the engine, transmission, and suspension done properly by Alfa guru Rex Chalmers at Alfa Sport. Later, I stripped and repainted the car in the correct shade of white, fitted a new top, and detailed the chassis. All told, I have spent roughly another $20k since purchase. I am told the market has “caught up” and I am no longer financially buried in the car, but I don't care. It is one of my all-time favorites. It rides almost luxuriously, handles like the tires are made out of glue (even if the springs are made of marshmallow), cruises comfortably at 100 mph, and has one of the best 7,000 rpm exhaust notes I have ever heard. I can't think of any reason to ever sell it. 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S Coupe Owner: David Stewart, Stalwart SCM Friend Purchase date: August 2007 Price: $12,000 Mileage since purchase: 1680 km (1,008 miles) Recent work: Rebuilt starter; ignition and carburetor tuning It was local, fairly priced, and being offered by Bill Woodard, SCM's Strategic Planner (read his “Our Cars” take in February 2007, p. 26). Woodard has a reputation for sorting out his cars, but despite the trifecta for the perfect car-buying situation, I was determined to not exceed my garage space again. However, that didn't stop me from making the phone call and setting out on the journey. When I arrived at Woodard's house that fateful sunny day last August, what Publisher Martin refers to as “red mist” settled in immediately. I had never owned an Italian make, and it was time. What have I been missing? The Lancia is nimble, efficient, comfortable, and fun to drive. The little 4-cylinder revs easily and delivers enough power through the 5-speed transmission to stay ahead of traffic, even on a trip last fall up Oregon's Mt. Hood. The tiny exhaust pipe is deceiving, because the throaty exhaust note just says “push me harder.” Even with its front-wheel-drive layout, the shift mechanism operates cleanly. The green- house styling is reminiscent of a BMW 2002 I once owned. The excellent engineering and finish details throughout the car are typical of Lancia before the Fiat takeover. The Fulvia has been repainted and reupholstered, and appears to have been well main- tained as a car meant to be driven. Everything works except the clock and the windshield washer, not unusual for an early 1970s car. It came complete with a shop manual—unfortunately all in Italian—and some tools. There are certainly more exotic Lancias to own and enjoy, but the Fulvia gives a generous amount of motoring fun for the modest investment. 34 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Le Mans Commemorative Coupe Owner: B. Mitchell Carlson, Senior Auction Analyst Purchase date: November 30, 2007 Price: $29,900 Mileage since purchase: 471 Recent work: Cleared six inches of snow off the driveway when I got home with it from Kansas City. Bought a 2004 Corvette deluxe sales brochure on eBay. My Ford friends have labeled me Benedict Arnold, my GM friends are pleased I “finally figured it out,” and my Corvair buddies all think I'm calling it by the wrong name. I traded in my beloved 2006 Mustang Pony V6 (June 2007, “Our Cars,” p. 26) for this car. Now that I'm doing work for Corvette Market too, how does it look to have a Ford guy regularly doing pieces on a Bowtie car? Through the miracle that is eBay, I found it at Cable-Dahmer Chevrolet in Independence, Missouri, conveniently located on my route to the Mecum sale in Kansas City. It was in great shape, with only 28k miles, and the dealer was hungry to make a deal. All in all, as a trade-in, I did better than expected on the Mustang, which had depreciated 50% over two years. Mine is the last year of the C5 'Vette, and the Commemorative Edition in Le Mans Blue came out of the box with the equipment I wanted and suited my planned use needs just right. At freeway speeds in sixth, the engine rests barely above idle at 1600 rpm, and in a 40 mph headwind between Kansas City and Des Moines, I got 24 mpg. Though I'd considered a Shelby Mustang of some sort, they are fuel pigs. And I'm not real pleased with recent events within Shelby America, so I voted with my wallet. Besides, with our new Corvette Market magazine, NCRS, Bloomington Gold, and literally hundreds of independent clubs globally, I reckon I've gotten myself into something good. And I do love those extra cylinders. Sports Car Market

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Affordable Classic Pontiac Fiero Too Late the Fiero… The transformation was astonishing. The 1988 car had performance, braking, and handling to go with the good looks by Rob Sass GM finally got the Fiero right with the '88 V6-powered GT T he manner in which the Pontiac Fiero was sold to the unimaginative Roger B. Smith-era GM management (now thankfully long gone)—a generation of inbred, know-nothing dullards, who nearly killed GM—speaks volumes about how obtuse they were. One sports car, the Corvette, was enough for Smith's beady-eyed bean counters, so the mid-engine, two-seater “P-car” (as the Fiero was known internally) was billed as an efficient “commuter car.” While the term brings to mind something appliance-like, the resulting Fiero looked quite similar to other mid-engine sports cars of the era, particularly the elusive AC ME3000, a stillborn English design. The sports car similarities ended there, as the de- Details Years produced: 1988 Number produced: 6,849 Original list price: $13,999 SCM Valuation: $4,000–$6,000 Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: $15.95 Chassis #: Driver's A-pillar Engine #: Front of block below right cylinder head Club: Pontiac-Oakland Club International PO Box 539 Victor, NY 14564 More: www.fierofocus.com Alternatives: 1970–76 Porsche 914, 1974–85 Fiat X1/9, 1985–87 Toyota MR2 SCM Investment Grade: D 38 veloped-on-the-cheap “commuter car” shared suspension pieces from lackluster GM cars of the era. Front suspension was initially Chevette-derived. And following the practice of mid-engine cars of the time, the drivetrain was a cleverly relocated front-wheel-drive engine and transaxle from the GM X-car. Needless to say, it didn't make for a very inspired package, especially when mated to the GM “Iron Duke” four-cylinder. It was not unlike the first-generation Mustang—the looks suggested more performance and better handling than the pedestrian underpinnings could deliver, a flaw the magazines were quick to point out. There were other problems, too, including engine compartment fires and GM's casual approach to quality control in the 1980s, things the Falcon-based Mustang didn't suffer from. Somehow, the car guys managed to prevail and per- formance upgrades sneaked into the Fiero line, starting with a Chevy 2.8-liter V6 in 1985 and a Getrag 5-speed in 1987. But it was 1988 when the Fiero finally made the leap from an interesting and moderately appealing car to a real driver's car. The 1988 transformation was astonishing Out went the Chevette and Citation parts and in came a unique Lotus-inspired multi-link suspension. Additionally, Pontiac offered ventilated four-wheel disc brakes and the WS6 handling package, which included six-inch wheels up front and seven-inch in the rear. The genuinely attractive flying buttress rear and new front fascia that had been introduced several years earlier suited the car well and the four-pipe megaphone exhaust made a decent sound. Zero to 60 mph times in the high sevens to low eights were reported. Handling was fairly good with the new multi-link suspension; however, one thing the Fiero was Sports Car Market

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not was lightweight. So, don't expect MR2 Spyder-like reflexes. But the transformation was astonishing. The car now had sparkling performance, shifting, braking, and handling to go with the good looks. The only area that went unaddressed was the interior. Although decently instrumented, it suffered from the excessive use of hard gray plastic and crummy gray switchgear, which was Pontiac's practice until very recently. There was to be no Hollywood happy-face ending for the Fiero, however. In the end, it was bean counters 1, Fiero 0. GM shuttered the Pontiac, Michigan, assembly plant in 1988, and that spelled the sudden end of the Fiero. Just like the Cadillac Allante a few years later, GM killed the car precisely when they had gotten it right. The Fiero GT, along with the Corvair, seems to have crossover appeal to import guys. With the exception of weight, it suffers from few of the excesses or oversights common in domestic product from the era. Similarly, today it presents few problems as a cheap and interesting daily driver. The biggest problem is finding one Engines and transaxles are robust, as engine compartment fires were not com- mon on late GTs, and the plastic bodies don't rust. In fact, most problems seem to be the result of ham-fisted tightwad repairs and the fact that few dealers and shops are familiar with the car. At worst, this can lead to some unfortunate consequences. Incorrectly jacking or lifting a Fiero can result in crushed cooling pipes and some expensive repairs. Also, NOS trim pieces are becoming scarce, although parts cars and mechanical bits are not. The biggest impediment to Fiero GT ownership is finding one. Just 6,849 1988 GTs were built—a pittance by GM standards. They are now 20 years old and still considered used cars rather than collectibles. Wellcared-for originals or cosmetically restored cars are rare. Nevertheless, they are out there and worth seeking out. Since these are modern GM cars, niceties that you won't find in a Porsche 914, like working a/c and heat, are standard. Removable T-top roof panels were even available on the GT, along with a silly rear wing that spoils the car's looks. While it is safe to say the Fiero GT reached the bottom of its depreciation curve some time ago (around 1997), and is now modestly appreciating, real collectibility— where cars are regularly trading for above their original asking prices—is rare. Nevertheless, good Fiero GTs have probably retained nearly as high a percentage of their original prices as a 1988 LT1 Corvette. Right cars probably start in the $6,000–$7,000 range, cheap enough for there to be absolutely no reason to mess with the $2,000 garbage out there. It is difficult to see today's product-centered manage- ment led by car guys like Bob Lutz making the same mistakes that GM made with the Fiero and the Allante. Arguably, the Pontiac Solstice was a more than adequate apology for prematurely whacking the Fiero, a faux sports car that morphed into a very credible performance car. ♦ 20-Year Picture 1985–88 Pontiac Fiero GT $15,000 1980–84 Fiat X/19 1985–88 Toyota MR2 $12,000 $9,000 $6,000 $3,000 1989 1994 1999 2004 Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. 2008 May 2008 39

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Legal Files John Draneas When “As Is” Isn't Enough Just inside the statute of limitations, James was served with a lawsuit claiming fraud, misrepresentation, and breach of warranty H ere's another true story. We've given the subjects fake names, but the story is otherwise accurate. Let's call our dealer this month James. He had been doing quite well selling collector cars in the Northeast. Over 600 cars sold and, he says, “I had never even received a letter from an attorney.” But his luck changed recently. James acquired a real 1968 Camaro Z/28 some time ago. It was freshly painted the correct J-code Rally Green, with a vinyl top and black interior, power steering, power disc brakes, and in-dash tachometer. It had a matching-numbers engine, the rear end was the correct 3.73 ratio, and the transmission was correct, but not original to the car. The only negative was that it came in pieces. Jerry completed the restoration and sold it to a local customer. It changed hands a couple of times over the years, but was still in excellent condition when James reacquired it in early 2006 for $30,000. He listed the Z/28 for sale on eBay. He described it as above, and added that it “looks, runs, and drives strong like you would expect.” “Even nicer than I had thought” A West Coast buyer beat him down to $33,500 over the phone. The buyer wouldn't buy the car on eBay, but came to James's dealership with an expert to inspect the car. At the end of the lengthy inspection, the buyer called his banker and said, “Send the man the money. This car is even nicer than I had thought it would be.” They signed James's short-form written contract and the deal was done. It didn't occur to James to get the “as is” disclosures signed. Buyer's remorse sets in Buyer's remorse didn't take long to set in. A couple weeks later, the buyer called and said he “had a guy look at the car and it had issues.” The buyer mentioned rust under the dash. James pointed out that they all had a little rust there, as the factory didn't paint under the dash. A few days later, the buyer called again. He said that he “had another guy look at the car, he found a lot of poor work, and that '68 Z/28s in similar condition could be purchased for $15,000.” The buyer wanted his money back. Jerry declined, suggested that the buyer just put it up for sale, and that he could even make some money on it. Almost two years went by without another contact. Toward the end of that time, the buyer had cut the roof, trunk and outer wheel housings off the car and found hidden rust. He sent James a demand for $25,000 to correct the “deficiencies,” accompanied by photographs of all the pieces and the hidden rust, plus a written appraisal that said the Camaro was worth only $7,000. Then—just before the statute of limitations expired—James was served with a lawsuit. 40 A 1968 Camaro Z/28 similar to this one is at the heart of the case The lawsuit asserts liability for fraud, misrepresentation and breach of warranty. The source for all of the claims seems to be the eBay listing statement that the Camaro “looks, runs, and drives strong like you would expect.” Oddly enough, there is no mention of the fact that the buyer and his expert in- spected the car before he bought it. It suggests that the car was purchased on eBay and seen for the first time when it arrived at the buyer's home. Lying about unknowns In normal “Legal Files” style, let's take a look at the claims and predict their outcome. To start with the obvious, how is the buyer ever going to prove that James misrep- resented the car or tried to defraud him when he had to cut the car apart to find the rust? That one defies common sense. Fraud requires actual knowledge on James's part. To commit fraud, he would have had to know the car had rust, and conceal it in some manner, which doesn't seem likely. Misrepresentation is lesser conduct than fraud and can occur without actual knowl- edge. But before there can be a misrepresentation, there must first be a representation; in most states, silence is not a representation. The only statements identified are those made in the eBay listing, and none of them has anything to do with rust. “Looks, runs, and drives strong like you would expect” doesn't refer to rust. “All sheet metal work has been done to high standards,” another statement in the listing, might connote that rust would have been repaired, but it misses the mark in two respects—the rust might have existed in areas that were not worked on, and the rust could have developed after the work was completed. Also, a misrepresentation does not automatically create a warranty. A warranty is a specific term in a contract, and there are no facts alleged that the contract—oral or written—contained a warranty. “Legal Files” would expect that motions will be filed to force the buyer to revise the complaint to be more specific about exactly what was represented and how it was inac- Sports Car Market

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curate, and to eliminate the breach of contract claim. The complaint alleges that the buyer had to repair numerous items that had been said to have been restored. This could establish a legitimate claim, as it alleges that something was specifically stated that turned out to be incorrect. But to establish misrepresentation, two added elements must be proven. The buyer must prove that he actually relied on the statements, and that it was reasonable for him to do so. Defendant must know when he can win If you are the defendant in a case like this, and even if you really believe you can win the lawsuit, you have to pay close attention to when in the legal process you can win. That is because the further into the legal process you go, the more it costs you to defend the case. And even if you win, you aren't going to recover your attorney fees. So unless you can win early, you could wind up losing by winning. In this case, it will be important for James to try to knock out the rust claims at the earliest stage with legal motions. If the judge agrees that there is no valid legal claim stated, it can be tossed out right away. James will undoubtedly point out that, since the buyer and his expert inspected the car before he bought it, he could no longer reasonably rely on James's statements. That is an excellent point, and it could be a winner, but it is considered a defense to the claim. The shortcoming of a defense is that the judge can't use it to throw out the case. Only the jury can do that, and that can't happen until the trial at the end of the expensive legal process. Avoiding these problems James is quick to kick himself for not getting the “as is” disclosures signed. That would have helped, but it still might not have been enough. An agreement that a car is sold “as is” just means that no warranty is given. It does not eliminate claims that the seller misrepresented the car. To do that, the seller needs a contract that contains what is referred to as an “integration” clause. Such a provision would simply state that any representations and statements that may have been made about the car are not part of the deal unless they are specifically stated in the written contract. That would have prevented the buyer from making claims based on the eBay listing. As “Legal Files” has said before, your best strategy is a good contract. That works both ways. This buyer is going to have a tough time winning, but both parties are going to spend a lot of money on lawyers. The more clearly the contract establishes what you are entitled to, the less likely it is you will end up in court. This is an interesting case, and “Legal Files” will keep an eye on it as it unfolds, and if the ending turns out to be noteworthy, we'll be sure to update you. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. May 2008 41

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In Memoriam Paul Frère Losing a Link to the Past Anciens pilotes are always welcome and respected at Le Mans, but none more so than Monsieur Frère by János Wimpffen Swaters, recognized Frère's talent, and helped him to secure rides over the years. Frère enjoyed numerous successes in Belgian production racing, including eleven overall wins at Spa. These came with a diverse set of cars, including Dyna-Panhard, Jaguar, and even an Oldsmobile Rocket 88. A non-championship win at the Chimay Grand Prix des Frontières in 1952 with an F2 HWM-Alta resulted in five Grand Epreuve starts with that marque in 1952 and 1953. He was to drive six more F1 races, with three retirements coming in 1954 aboard the troublesome Gordini. After losing a wheel soon after the start of the German Grand Prix, he asked Ferrari for a place on their team. He was given a test after the season and won a part-time drive for 1955 and 1956. This suited Frère well, as he now had a family and a career as a journalist. He ended the F1 portion of his career with a fine second place at his home Belgian Grand Prix in 1956—a race he almost missed. He was at Spa as a journalist and was talked into the car at the last moment. Frère later made a brief return to single-seaters, tak- Frère was never far from the helm A few weeks ago, Tony Rolt died. He was the last surviving participant from the first Formula One Grand Prix, at Silverstone in 1950. Now we have lost Paul Frère, another great link with racing in the 1950s. Paul Frère, who died February 23, aged 91, was an ac- complished racing driver and journalist. Anciens pilotes are always welcome and respected at Le Mans, but none more so than Monsieur Frère. He was a regular presence at the 24 Hours nearly every year since he won in 1960. Frère was unique in being able to bridge the time when he raced to today's prototypes. This was partly due to his great technical acumen, but more because he loved the sport and retirement was inconceivable. Although born in Le Havre (in 1917), Paul Frère was very much a Belgian, even after he moved to the South of France at the end of his racing career. The only reason he was born in France was because his father was a cabinet official with the Belgian government, in exile there during WWI. Frère completed engineering studies in Brussels, a curriculum that would color his career. He was already interested in cars, tinkering with his father's Fiats and Ballots, building working models of them, and accompanying his uncle to races. Frère became a voracious student of the sport, reading every automotive magazine and book he could find. Such study polished his linguistic skills, and he learned to read and write in four languages. But he didn't start racing until he was nearly 30 years old, as most of his youth occurred during WWII. Frere's co-driver recognized his talent After a short stint with motorcycles, including a class win with a Triumph Speed Twin, he turned to cars and finished 15th overall with an elderly MG PB in his first race, the 1948 Spa 24 Hours. His co-driver, Jacques 42 ing first place at the Formula Libre South African Grand Prix in 1960 and placing well at both Syracuse and Brussels in an Equipe Nationale Belge Cooper. Paul Frère's love affair with Le Mans began in 1953. He drove the class-winning Porsche 550, sharing the wheel with another racing journalist, Germany's Richard von Frankenberg. Frère's sports car championship career had actually begun about six weeks earlier, when he took a touring car class victory at the mountainous Mille Miglia in—of all things—a Chrysler Saratoga with an automatic transmission. Frère's penchant for racing all manner of cars was illustrated at subsequent Mille Miglias, once in an Aston Martin DB2/4 and twice in a little Renault Dauphine, ending with another class win in 1957. This adventurous spirit carried him to races and rallies in Africa, and even one of the long Argentine road races. He lost his 1955 ride with Mercedes His class win at Le Mans prompted a call from Alfred Neubauer to test the new Mercedes SLR in late 1953. The car was not ready for the 1954 race, so Frère was recruited by John Wyer to co-drive an Aston Martin DB3S, which crashed during the opening hours. There was a tussle for his services at Le Mans the following year, with Wyer winning out and Frère driving to a somber second overall in a DB3S with Peter Collins. Fatefully, his seat at Mercedes-Benz was taken by Pierre Levegh. Frère won his production car class in a Jaguar in 1956 and began a three-year run at the Reims 12 Hours, finishing second in a Jaguar with Mike Hawthorn and then winning outright in 1957 and '58, sharing a Ferrari 250 TdF with Olivier Gendebien. His Le Mans exploits continued with a pair of Works Jaguar drives, a DNF in 1956, and a fourth place in 1957. Both races were in D-types and there was another DNF at the 1956 Nürburgring 1000 Km, as well as a distant finish at the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours in a little Renault Sports Car Market Road &Track, John Lamm The Klemantaski Collection

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Dauphine—a warm-up to a better run at the Mille Miglia. Then came Works drives in a Porsche RSK, with a 7th place finish at the 1958 Nürburgring 1000 Km and a 4th overall and class win at Le Mans. He again raced at the German enduro in 1959, but only in a Porsche 356—Frère loved to race an endless variety of cars. A month later he came a close second at Le Mans in a factory Aston Martin DBR1, shared with Maurice Trintignant. The pair finished fourth in the same car at the 1959 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood. He signed to drive with Ferrari for 1960 but began badly with an accident during practice at the Targa Florio. He reverted to a privateer Porsche, an RS60, at the Nürburgring 1000 Km, ending third in class. It all came right at Le Mans in 1960, after some anx- ious moments when starting driver and fellow Belgian Olivier Gendebien brought the Ferrari Testa Rossa sputtering into the pits, almost out of gas. The pair managed to lead nearly the remainder of the race. On one of his much later visits to the Le Mans press room I asked him about that day. “We were so far ahead that one would think there wasn't much to worry about. Yet every sound had me wondering if there was something wrong. With an hour to go it seemed that the brakes were failing, but then I realized I was getting so tired that I couldn't press the pedal down hard enough.” The Le Mans victory encouraged him to retire from competitive driving, although he returned in 1963 to drive the unwieldy twin-engined Mini with John Whitmore at the Targa Florio, and then tooled around the Nürburgring 1000 Km in 1966 with a bulky TV camera attached to his Porsche 904. By then, Frère was a respected journalist. He wrote several books on Le Mans and was the European editor for Road & Track. Frère had long had a particular interest in Porsche, and he authored or co-authored several titles on the famed marque. He also wrote a definitive guide to racing driving, Sports Car and Competition Driving. He was sought as a test driver, and was respected for his fair and knowledgeable evaluations, both for the manufacturer and the public. Frère's technical assessments of the starting field were a mainstay in the Le Mans Yearbook series. Paul Frère test-drove well into his 80s, but was badly injured in a crash in a Honda near the Nürburgring in 2006. He recovered well, but on February 23, Paul Frère's endurance race came to end. ♦ Le Mans, 1955: At the wheel, Frère toasts Aston's 2nd overall with David Brown (in cap), teammate Peter Collins (seated), and team manager John Wyer (front) May 2008 43

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Collecting Thoughts Over the Hill Hot Wheels Red Hot and Rolling at 40 Hot Wheels released the 1968 Corvette before GM introduced the real thing, making it an instant collectible by Norm Mort into hot rods, customs, and dragsters thought they were very cool and reflected a future lifestyle that reeked of anti-establishment. There were also more American cars offered; and most importantly, a custom-styled Hot Wheels could easily outrun any heavier, plastic-wheeled Matchbox. It is estimated that over 41 million adults grew up “driving” Hot Wheels. Forty years ago, Eric Handler, co-founder of Mattel, 1968 Corvette—pre-pre-production W ould any country hand over a driver's license to a 16-year-old with well over a thousand accidents on his record—from head-on collisions to rollovers? The answer is yes, if those accidents were the result of thousands of miles on sidewalks, sandboxes, shag carpeting, and linoleum floors. Is there a car enthusiast out there who didn't first experience the joys of driving via Matchbox, Corgi, Dinky, or Hot Wheels diecast cars? There were two collecting camps in the 1950s and early 1960s. Some kids preferred the 1:43-scale Dinky-sized models, while others—most often “driven” by price—went with the smaller 1:64-scale Matchbox. Driving across school desktops The smaller cars were also easier to stuff into your pockets and take to school so you had something to drive during the science lesson on the parts of a flower or whatever. It was far more interesting driving across the desktop and going off-road over erasers, pencils, and books than m These tiny cars and trucks were als got into long, boring conversations. T more driving on different terrain—a jump off a fork, a long drift around the from Dad or the evil eye from Mom. Those of us around 50 now were a b Hot Wheels cars hit the market in 196 driving a four-door Matchbox Vau or Ford Zodiac, these Hot Wheels loo strange. Hot Wheels rolled along on f with no backs, fitted with straight pi axles, and were often painted in br colors no manufacturer would dream offering. Hot rodders saw the “cool” Purists on their way to collecti restored vehicles in adult life shun them, but those who were younger Serious power—1968 Twin Mill 44 Sports Car Market saw an opportunity to market a more creative American toy car. As Mattel was based in California, the original cars—known as the “Sweet 16”—reflected trends in hot rodding and Southern California lifestyles and tastes. Handler hired designers from the real car companies, and each model's exterior, interior, and belly pan were carefully crafted. The design team added California hot rod traits like custom metalflake colors, decals, hood scoops, and side exhausts. Apparently, the name “Hot Wheels” originated when Handler saw a colleague's hot rods and commented, “Those are some hot wheels!” The rest, as they say, is history. A 1968 Corvette was part of the original 16 cars and was actually released before GM introduced the real thing in showrooms, making it an instant hot collectible. Others in the first series included a Cougar, Barracuda, Firebird, Camaro, Mustang, and a Volkswagen bus complete with surfboards. On the wild side there was the Deora (a Ranchero/El Camino-type custom with surf boards), Roth's Beatnik, and the Mako Shark-like dual-engine “Twin Mill.” Three billion manufactured since 1968 They were an instant hit, and the ever-expanding line-up of cars spawned all kinds of accessories. The

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ector's list there are currently 9,340 vehicles listed. y with over 200,000 users, Hotwheelscollectors the largest diecast car collector community on the ernet. Although Hot Wheels are collected by boys and girls, the market is testosterone driven, which makes “pink” and particularly “hot pink” not traditionally popular. In the collector world, some of the largest Hot Wheels collections are valued at over $1m. Deora inspired a full-size version in 2003 in the success story by enabling these little vehicles to race around curves and loops on the popular orange Hot Wheels track sets. Since 1968, over three billion Hot Wheels vehicles have been manufactured, and they now include classic, hot rod, custom, luxury, police, and racing cars, as well as trucks, buses, and motorcycles. They are truly a lifestyle brand, and fans can buy everything from aftermarket parts to licensed apparel and merchandise. More than 800 models and 11,000 variations of Hot Wheels vehicles have been marketed. On the official Hot Individual pieces bring big money he highest price ever achieved for a Hot Wheels colctible was nearly $72,000, paid in 2000 for a pink 969 Volkswagen Beach Bomb, a rear-loading van ith a surfboard poking out the back. Approximately 25 originals are still known to exist. After being issued, Mattel realized the rear-window surfboards made the model top- heavy and unstable. The boards were removed and fitted to the sides. In 2001, the first full-size car based on a Hot Wheels design was unveiled at SEMA. The “Twin Mill” was followed in 2003 by a life-sized Deora II in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Hot Wheels cars. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Hot Wheels, the company has just re- leased a “Since '68” series consisting of four segments and featuring the most popular and sought-after models, including one with muscle cars. It's your chance to buy that Camaro at a price less than the cost of the smallest item on the real thing. Besides, you can always drive it around your desk at work, as Hot Wheels cars roll off partially closed laptops at incredible speeds…. For more information, visit www .hotwheels.com or www.hotwheelscollectors.com. ♦ 1969 VW “Beach Bomb,” rarest of them all May 2008 45

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Ferrari Profile 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 What was meant by “recommissioned in 2007” is anyone's guess. According to Bonhams it runs, although it was pushed onto the stage by John Apen Details Years produced: 1960–63 Number produced: 955 Original list price: $11,000 SCM Valuation: $75,000–$125,000 Tune-up cost: $2,500 Distributor caps: $450 (two required) Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear above motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America, PO Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1969–74 Maserati Indy, 1963–65 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, 1968–78 Lamborghini Espada SCM Investment Grade: C Chassis number: 3395GT T he 250 GTE 2+2 debuted at the 1960 Le Mans 24Hour race, serving as the Course Marshal's car, and had its world premiere later that year at the Paris Salon. There had been four-seater Ferraris before the 250 GTE; Ghia, Touring, and Vignale all produced 2+2 designs in the 1950s that were not entirely successful. Close collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina in the design of Maranello's first series-production four-seater resulted in a very well thought-out, wind-tunnel tested 2+2. The multi-tubular chassis was similar to that of the 250 GT “notch-back” PF coupe and had the same 2,600mm wheelbase of all the LWB Ferraris. No stretched chassis was contemplated, so the engine was moved forward eight inches and the body had a longer rear overhang to make room for the rear seats in a body that, despite its increased length, retained Pininfarina's classical proportions. Independent front suspension, all-round disc brakes, and a four-speed manual/overdrive gearbox completed the basic chassis specification. The compact Colombodesigned engine, Tipo 128E (hence the obscure designation “GTE”), produced 240 hp, ensuring brisk performance despite the inevitable weight gain. Top speed was close to 140 mph. Ferrari works driver Phil Hill accelerated from a standstill to 100 mph and back to rest in 25 seconds, a staggering achievement for a Grand Tourer with three people aboard. Production ceased in 1963, after 955 cars had been sold, making this the most commercially successful Ferrari to date. Chassis number 3395GT was sold new in France via Garage Franco Britannie and acquired by the current owner, only its third from new, in April 2007. Recommissioned in 2007 and presented in generally good condition throughout, 3395GT retains its original beige leather interior, showing signs of wear to the driver's seat, and benefits from the fitting of a new stainless-steel exhaust system. The car is offered with sundry restoration invoices and French registration/roadworthiness papers. 46 SCM Analysis At its first Rétromobile sale in Paris on February 9, Bonhams sold this 2+2 for $136,735. This price is close to the high range of most price guides. While many Ferrari enthusiasts thought real Ferraris should only have two seats, the 250 GTE was a great success. Two years earlier, in 1958, Ford changed the beloved two-seat Thunderbird into the four-seat, ungainly “square bird” and many of us young enthusiasts felt betrayed. But Ford sold almost twice as many square birds as they had 1957 T-Birds in a year when the U.S. was recovering from a major recession, and car sales were down as much as 60% for some makes. Similarly, in 1961, Ferrari's 250 2+2s accounted for 70% of production, and the total of 955 cars in three years was by far the most of a single model produced by Ferrari up to that date. Plus, at the end of the run in 1963, the company put the 4-liter 330 engine in the last 50 body shells and called it the 330 America, so Pininfarina produced a total of over 1,000 of this 2+2 design. Today, with 6,465 Ferraris delivered in 2006, a mere 1,000 seems trivial, but in the early '60s, when production was at best a few hundred a year, the 2+2 changed Ferrari. And most enthusiasts have begrudgingly accepted the idea of a four-place Ferrari, especially since the GTE retained the essence of a sports car. The sentiments of many owners are captured by the comment of Julio Batista of Madrid, owner of a 212, a 246 Dino, and a 330 GTC, who said: “I am having loads of fun with my 250 GTE; it's just a GTE, but that engine... Practicing my heel-and-toeing for when the 212 arrives, I love it…” So begrudging admiration is typical. 500 GTEs survived, but at what price? The founder of the 250 GTE registries, the late Len Miller, determined after 25 years of research that about 500 had survived. By the early 1970s many were in deplorable condition and very cheap. Hence, the car 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Lot# 257, s/n 33181GT Condition 1Sold at $255,172 RM, London, UK, 10/31/2007 SCM# 48041 Comps 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Lot# 124, s/n 3071GT Condition 1Sold at $128,100 Sportscar Auction, Geneva, CHE, 10/6/2007 SCM# 48141 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Lot# 183, s/n 4067GT Condition 1 Sold at $105,540 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/20/2006 SCM# 41930 Sports Car Market Bonhams

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became the entry-level Ferrari. I got involved with Ferraris in the early '70s, when a car-collecting friend in Baltimore gave me a couple copies of Kirk White's ground-breaking newsletters. He had a 250 2+2 available for $1,800, well within my budget. My first ride in a Ferrari was in one advertised in the Baltimore Sun for $2,300. The cautious owner wouldn't let me drive, but I could ride in the back seat. My foot almost went through the rusty floor, which was held together by the carpet. That car typifies what the current buyer may find today when he goes searching for an affordable Ferrari. Lurking underneath the new “restoration” can be a car that has had a very rough life. Many of these cars have had dozens of owners, so bills and records of what was done have long been lost, and the potential buyer is presented with a problem: What you see may not be what you get. At least ALL the pieces were there So what about this car? Good deal or risky business? The catalog is vague about the condition; it mentions some restoration receipts, but no details as to recent work. The only claim is “recommissioned in 2007,” presumably after the third owner bought it in April 2007, but what does recommissioning mean? SCM's Donald Osborne rated the car a #4+ and opined that the recommissioning could have been an oil change, new battery, and the shiny blue paint. But it is a three-owner car and looked pretty nice. Jerome Hardy, SCM's Paris reporter, owns a 250 2+2 and evaluated it thus: “A fresh respray of good quality in the original color over an otherwise tired car. Rubber was partly replaced and the obvious chrome—the bumpers—had been redone. The rest was original and in driver condition. The Borrani wheels were in decent shape. The really bad point was the interior; the leather was dead, the carpeting deteriorated. One good point was that ALL the pieces were there—the bumperettes, the right badges, the jack hole covers, the cigar lighter, etc. Undercarriage was just clean. It was a French car all its life, with three owners, although it was in Belgium at the time of the auction. After the auction I spoke with some Bonhams people. They told me they did not have any invoices to support the statement that the body AND the engine had been redone last year. What was meant by ‘recommissioned in 2007' is anyone's guess. According to them, it runs, although it was pushed onto the stage.” So what can we say about a #4+ car that had to be pushed across the block and brought a bid among the highest in recent memory? Certainly Bonhams did a superb job for the seller. But does this portend a bubble, are pre-'70 Ferrari prices heading higher in 2008? Should editor Martin have hung on to his 330 America? (Well, we actually know the answer to that one—of course he should have.) In my opinion, 250 GTE prices are rising along with the general vintage V12 tide, and given the cost to restore one, the values make sense. But at least in the U.S., it still takes a brilliant example to bring this kind of money. So I would conclude that the market future for 250 GTEs is strong, but also that this car was ahead of the curve. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) May 2008 The Hardy family Seat Time Jérôme Hardy, Paris, France: My 1961 250 GTE, s/n 2827GT, was advertised on eBay in July 2002, supported by only four small pictures. I was living in New York at the time, and the following weekend, I met with the car's owner, Peter J. Curtis, brother of well-known Ferrari restorer Jerry Curtis. The car had a five-year-old rotisserie restoration that still looked excellent, though it had been fitted with a 1965 330 engine. A 250 GTE is the perfect car for the three-kid father, which I happen to be. It fits the purposes of shopping thanks to the large trunk, and it is equally at home on a Saturday-night cruise or the occasional long rally, where I can really let the V12 sing. The car has been absolutely trouble-free for six years and 6,000 miles, aside from the necessity to clean the plugs often, as they tend to foul from the slightly rich mixture necessary to get all twelve cylinders firing. It is spacious inside and also bright, with lots of glass. The 4-speed with overdrive and that 330 engine allow for quiet cruising, though the driving experience has similar “rudimentary” aspects shared with many 1960s sports cars, namely a stiff suspension and a large turning radius with heavy steering, though it does improve at speed. And I do love the flexibility of that engine. When Sergio Scaglietti was asked what he thought were Pininfarina's loveliest Ferraris, he replied, “All of them. The 275 is still absolute top. The Le Mans, too, was spectacular. And then there was the first 250 2+2—just marvelous.” I couldn't agree more. Kevin Fitzgerald, Boston, MA: In 1973, I bought a 1961 250 GTE 2+2 down in Florida and drove it home to Massachusetts. As I approached Lorton, Virginia, the engine began to cut out from time to time, but I couldn't find anything wrong. I stopped for gas at a Shell station and the car would not start. In those days, good foreign car mechanics were few and far between, and when the station owner opened the hood, I had a mild coronary. It took him all of three seconds to spot the dangling tach drive wire, which had swung loose and hit the exhaust manifold, shorting out the engine in the process. Thirty seconds later he had taped it up, and I was on my way. I sold the car six months later to get something I could drive every day and park on the street. In the meantime I'd put about 7,000 miles on it, and other than that one incident, my only problem was finding brake fluid for the natural rubber hoses of the braking system. I lost the brakes once and made sure to keep a quart in the trunk. The car was built like a truck, went like hell, and carried four people with stuff in the trunk. I suppose that's why I drive an M5 today. Martin Emmison, London, England: My first Ferrari was a right-hand-drive 1961 GTE, s/n 2285GT, in metallic dark blue. I bought it 25 years ago from Modena Engineering, where Le Mans racer Richard Bond, aka “Bondini,” was the salesman. Owning this car sealed my enthusiasm for Italian machinery. The Ferrari ran beautifully, setting up a keen resonance between the exhausts and the chassis at 4,000 rpm, which in overdrive top gear was a useful 85 mph. With our three-year-old son Edwin strapped into his child seat, we took the car to a French Ferrari meeting at Pierre Bardinon's circuit at Mas Du Clos. Edwin enjoyed it so much that the following year, when I was setting off with his godfather to the same meeting, he threw a major wobbly until I agreed to take him. By age four he could tell a 275 GTB from a Lusso, and now, aged 26, owns an Alfa Giulia Spider. It pays Spacious cabin of Emmison's 2+2 to catch them young. ♦ 47

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan What Emerging Markets? Punitive import taxes, primitive road systems, and lack of technical support will keep most classic Ferraris where they are T he flow of Ferraris to the U.S. began in October 1948 with Tommy Lee's purchase of 166 MM Barchetta s/n 0002M at the Turin Auto Show, quickly followed by Briggs Cunningham's purchase of 166 Spyder Corsa s/n 016 that November. For the next 60 years, Ferraris have gone back and forth between Europe and the U.S., moved by currency swings, economic booms and busts, smog laws, and ever-growing racing events. Over the last few years, there has been a slow but steady movement of cars toward Europe due to a woefully weak dollar and the popularity of events such as the European Ferrari Historic Challenge, the Tour de France, the Tour d' Espana, ad infinitum. As Ferrari prices have escalated and the dollar has steadily sunk into the sunset, I've had no lack of would-besellers who want us to sell their older Ferraris for ever-higher prices overseas to the new and booming emerging markets such as Russia, China, and the Middle East. While I'm the first to agree that sales of new Ferraris to China, Russia, and several of the oil-rich Middle Eastern countries are booming, I also know that only a handful of pre-Fiat era Ferraris move in those directions. Simply growing up in any major city in America or Europe with a passion for cars meant one grew up exposed to Ferraris. As a peripatetic hippie fresh from the Great White North (Canada), I saw my first Ferrari, Superfast s/n 08253, on the streets of San Francisco in 1969. Ferraris for the very few indeed Three years later, I saw my first Daytona in Garden Grove, California, and I was hooked. I lived the American dream of upward mobility and easy credit, and in two years I owned a Daytona. The same socio-economic environment simply does not exist in the emerging markets. No Russian, Chinese, or Indian business moguls, dignitaries, or movie stars drove Ferraris throughout the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, and the few Middle Easterners who did hid their wealth from the “underclasses.” In countries like Iraq or Iran, only the likes of Saddam Hussein's sons or the Shah drove Ferraris, and only with a bevy of armed guards in tow. Even today in parts of the Middle East, southeast Asia, Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela, driving a Ferrari in the wrong areas is an invitation to be robbed, kidnapped, or assassinated. Today's Chinese entrepreneurs, Russian oligarchs, and Middle Eastern oil millionaires may be seen on the news or at the best hotels and restaurants stepping out of an Enzo, 599, or 430 Spyder, but the old cars are unknown. Taxes that kill markets Additionally, import taxes are punitive and also vary wildly from country to country. Import duty in the U.S. is a modest 2.5%, and all cars built before 1982 are eligible for entry to the U.S. without meeting our insane Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation laws. Import duty into England is 5% for the most collectible Ferraris that are at least 25 years old, with no VAT. Any Ferrari less than 25 years old faces a 10% duty, plus a VAT that ranges from 17.5% to 19.6%, depending on the country. 48 F430 F1 Spyder in Monaco... wearing Dubai plates Germany, France, and Italy are at 19%, so England has become the clearing house for Ferraris on their way to Europe, as the English VAT is European Economic Community-transferable. Go to Brazil, a nation of car lovers, and the import duty is 105%, and no car less than 30 years old can be imported, period. Try Australia, a car-friendly but tiny market, and the import duty on a car less than 30 years old is 10%, plus another 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST) and then another 25% luxury tax on the value over $57,000 Australian. If the car is 30 years old or older, the import duty is free, but you've still got the GST and luxury tax to account for. Want to import a Ferrari into India? Forget it unless you can get an import license, which you probably cannot, regardless of your political or economic connections. If the gods are smiling and you are able to get a license, the duty is a breathtaking 165.72% As for China, if you are willing to pay an 85%, tax you can get anything in. But in the current Chinese culture, anyone with money wouldn't be caught dead in a “used” car. As for Russia, the customs import duty is a rational 15%, with a 20% VAT tacked on. Because Russia is geographically close to and directly connected with Europe, a horde of used Mercedes and American SUVs have made the journey, but, to date, very few classics—mostly Mercedes-Benz 300SLs. London, Spain, and the South of France A few areas with a long history of exotic car own- ership by ultra-wealthy Russians, Hong Kong-based Chinese, Indians, Southeast Asians, and Middle Easterners, have been London, the South of France, and Marbella, Spain. Many who felt the need for speed but Sports Car Market Photos Eddy Pareit

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didn't want to worry about being robbed, kidnapped, or assassinated, bought majestic walled estates in London or along the Côte d'Azur and satisfied their auto ambitions far from the prying eyes of both the common folks and the tax collectors. As for the long range, India will almost certainly never have a sizable exotic car market, be it new or used, because the traffic chaos and lack of highways make Ferrari ownership impractical. China, on the other hand, is building a modern highway system and ring-roads around the major cities. China is also building race tracks, and in a decade there may be enough venues and a broad support base to sustain a collector car market. Russia is moving fast. Cars have quickly become a fashion statement there, and anything that sets you apart is chic, with the current car to have being a new Maybach 62 at a modest €800,000 (about $1.2m), with duty paid. The Middle East has no lack of money, but with 120-degree days in the summer months, big and comfortable is better than small and fast, and so Ferraris are a plaything to own but to use sparingly. The need to build an infrastructure Human nature dictates that Russians, Chinese, and Middle Easterners are more comfortable doing business with their own. So markets will only really develop when Russian or Chinese billionaires add a classic car department to their Shanghai or Moscow Ferrari franchise. Then they'll add knowledgeable technicians, 599 GTB at Fiorano... wearing Russian plates service, and parts, and perhaps organize rallies and tours for local enthusiasts. At the moment, they're too busy selling new cars to worry about old ones. In time, I predict that Russia and China will develop a classic car market, as did Japan, but don't expect a wave of Russian, Indian, or Chinese entrepreneurs to drive up 275 GTB/4 prices anytime soon.♦ May 2008 49

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English Profile 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III I truly believe there is no price guide for something that has few peers with regard to originality by Stephen Serio Details Years produced: 1958–63 (Five Series) Number produced: 1,110, (165 Series III) including 70 convertibles Original list price: $10,500 SCM Valuation: $125,000–$275,000 Tune-up cost: $1,200 / $2,400 Distributor cap: $95 Chassis #: Plate in engine compartment, right side near firewall; more forward on earlier Series cars; stamped in chassis, lower left hand side, near bottom of front suspension wishbone Engine #: Top of block, front left, originally marked with red paint Club: AMOC, 645 Fifth Avenue, Suite 900, NY, NY 10022 More: www.amoc-na.org Alternatives: 1960–63 Ferrari 250 GTE; 1957–65 Maserati 3500, 1966–68 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: DB4621L T he car offered here is a DB4 Series III Aston Martin, which differs from the previous two series due to a better oil cooling system, including a bigger sump. The car condition is as exceptional as its history. On September 30, 1958, its future and sole owner, Mr. Claude Rouzaud, was invited by David Brown and Marcel Blondeau (the French importer) to the introduction of the new DB4 at the Garage Mirabeau, 71 Avenue de Versailles, in Paris. On that very day, Claude Rouzaud was convinced by what he had seen and driven. While testing a DB4 belonging to the Garage Mirabeau, he found a four-leaf clover, which he carefully kept in a small envelope that is still clamped in the owner's manual. Recognizing the qualities of the car, he ordered from the Garage Mirabeau a black DB4 with beige leather interior. This car, DB4621L, was delivered on March 28, 1961, and registered 6010 KZ 75 on April 7. More than 47 years later, this car is still the property of Mr. and Mrs. Rouzaud. An Aston Martin is in any case a splendid automo- bile. The fact that this is a first-hand car with a welldocumented history makes it highly desirable. What more can be said about a car that adds to these features an exceptional original and almost-new condition? The finish, the chrome-plated parts, and the light patina of the leatherwork are all proof of the good life enjoyed by the car, which shows a fresh condition that even many newly restored cars are lacking. This DB4 had been overhauled recently, with new brakes and new stainless steel exhaust. It works very well, does not overheat, and shows good oil pressure. The steering wheel and gearshift show no wear. It will be delivered with its owner's manual, tool set, 50 and spare wheel, along with some documents, many of them coming from Aston Martin and signed by David Brown. This is a rare opportunity to acquire such a superb Aston Martin and perhaps a unique one. SCM Analysis This car sold for $464,963 on February 9, 2008, at Artcurial's annual Paris sale. Visiting Rétromobile and the two coinciding auctions to perhaps gather some inventory was ultimately just a pipe dream. The nights were better spent dining out than in trying to buy an Aston Martin, as it turns out. Hoping to score this car, lot 21, at the Artcurial auction was a real schooling in today's collector car climate. The combination of a weak dollar and rabid interest in original one-owner cars worldwide meant the car was completely unattainable at a price that would enable any dealer to remarket it. It set a record by a significant margin and blew the roof off the catalog estimate. Nevertheless, I say it was well bought. The DB4 seemed unremarkable at first Upon first inspection, this Series III DB4 seemed unremarkable on every level. I also admit that I hadn't yet read the catalog description (even with its quirky English translation), so I really didn't know what to expect, and I didn't know it was a one-owner car. The car had very little visual “pop,” plus the auction room was crammed with inventory; these cars were not displayed with any great forethought. Upon cursory inspection I noticed just the negative side. The original paint was dull, the steering wheel was from a DB2/4 Mk III (I'd have to see the build sheet to know if it was 1961 Aston Martin DB4 SIII Lot# 154, s/n DB4701L Condition 1Sold at $244,350 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/21/2007 SCM# 45736 1960 Aston Martin DB4 SII Lot# 210, s/n DB4533R Condition: 4+ Sold at $107,514 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK, 5/12/2007 SCM# 45658 1961 Aston Martin DB4 SIII Lot# 124, s/n DB4641R Condition 4+ Sold at $148,451 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK, 5/13/2006 SCM# 41952 Sports Car Market Artcurial

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ordered as such), somehow DB5 Selectaride (just a bad idea) was added, two nasty non-original chrome strips were fitted to the rockers below the doors, the bumpers were pitted, two dings pocked the passenger door, and the whole thing needed detailing. And what's with the little hand-painted triangle on the doors? But like a little kid in a toy store, I was hooked. With Tom Papadopoulos from Autosport Designs as my wingman, we both agreed on one thing—it looked like an honest car. More a quiet golf clap than resounding approval. Being a Series III car, it is arguably the red-headed stepchild of the five DB4 Series; it's neither fish nor fowl for looks. In 22 years, no one has ever asked me for a Series III car specifically. To me, that signifies something in the Aston Martin world. Series I and II cars are in many ways purer looking, and the later Series IV and V cars benefit from covered headlights or triple carb set-ups, or simply from being the much cooler Vantage version. The Series III is a bit of a yawn in my view, but nonetheless something kept grabbing me about the car. I slowed down and took a long, hard look I think it was my third pass when I slowed down and had a long, quiet look. It finally struck me that the whole ride was really original and unrestored (I blame jet lag for not picking up on this). The nose was perfect, the chassis unmolested, and the interior possessed that glorious old Connolly leather smell that cannot be replicated. The underside of the rear seat had the original chalk marks, the engine retained the original red paint around Seat Time Verna and Fraser's Series III Laurie Fraser, Langley, British Columbia, Canada: My husband and I own a left-hand-drive 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III, s/n DB4654L. It is white with a red interior. What's interesting about this DB4 is that we are only the second owners, and the car is pretty much in original condition except for mechanical and exhaust upgrades. The old hides are worn and have the most wonderful scent of old leather. The old gentleman who bought it new was a pilot and treated it with great care, as we have. We drive it occasionally and love the throaty exhaust and power of the car. It is a true driving classic. Nick Candee, Waltham, MA: I have a bit of track time in a friend's DB4 Series III, but I've come to know my own Series II DB4, s/n DB4537L, even better. Aston Martins are all about grand touring, and none are grander for their combination of raw power and cosseted pleasant cabin than a DB4. The DB4 is in its element on the back roads of the Berkshire mountain range; with tons of torque available, the Aston joyfully surges up steep grades that will have drivers of less torquey sports cars downshifting to keep up. Candee at Turn 5 May 2008 I race my DB4 Series II, and nowhere is it more fun than at Road America. Several corners there define the exhilaration of racing an Aston, or at least driving it to the limit of my skill level. The approach on Moraine Sweep—the downhill straight to Turn Five—with massive braking and downshifting to make that 90-degree left-hand turn, is the moment for which I race. Heavy braking from 125 mph and rowing the gear lever down to second while taking the best line for a heavy car is exquisite. Out of Station 14 and up the Start-Finish straight— the mother of all hills in American road racing (thanks BS Levy for that descriptor)—that torque allows you to repass those annoying Bugeye Sprites that gleefully got by your huge Aston in the twisty bits. That is the joy of the Aston—a smooth, balanced drive. And tough. Andy Williams, Stamford, CT: I bought my 1962 Series IV DB4, s/n DB4835R, over twelve years ago from my close friend, Ralph. When he bought the car in 1985, it was a totally original, 21,000-mile car with only two previous owners. In 1989, he had Frank Cooke at the Vintage Garage restore the interior, paint, and chrome to a high standard. Other than that, the car is very original and retains its Lucas Le Mans headlights, Talbot mirrors, and radio. These are wonderful cars to drive. They are fast, beauti- the serial number, the tools were all there, the manual was like new, it had warranty paperwork, the Avon Turbospeeds looked 30 years old, there was Indian jute under the carpet and trunk mat, and so on and so forth. Nice. So mental midgets Tom and I happily concluded that it “could be” a $300,000 car back home. Hmmmm… let's try to buy it. What a laugh that turned out to be. I came, I nodded, I left empty handed, mon ami. Suffice to say that the French auction arena that night may as well have been the bar scene from “Star Wars” compared to anything we were used to back home. The crowd was lifeless, the auctioneer incomprehensible, the auditorium was 98 degrees and getting warmer, and we weren't witnessing any real crazy numbers on the lots that were selling (we were foolishly lulled into thinking the French weren't paying attention). And what about the bidding? What really puzzled us was how folks were bidding. It was beyond subtle. A guide dog, night-vision goggles, and a Black Beret sniper would sure have been helpful. Okay, here comes lot 21. How do we get the auctioneer's attention? No need… this was a spirited lot and the bidding exceeded by 50% any number we thought was sensible. $463,000! Sacre bleu! A minute later it was over, except for our slack-jawed reaction. Our previously mentioned red-headed stepchild was the darling of the evening. However, this one sale does not constitute the re-jiggering of price guides. This anomaly can be explained easily. Savvy collectors are willing to chase down and pay for the car that is original only once. In my (occasionally) humble opinion, I truly believe there is no price guide for something that has few or no peers with regard to originality. If originality appeals to you—and the trend has gotten a lot stronger for that—you have to pay up, as someone is right there bidding with you and waiting for you to hiccup. Your other option is to go find another one at the used car factory. Good luck with that. The DB4 that struck me as incredibly unremarkable was in fact “amazingly re- markable.” To the new owner, I say well done. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) #835 on the lawn ful, and comfortable; what more could anyone want in a classic GT? I've driven mine on the New England 1000 and the Mountain Mille in West Virginia, and in my 27,000 miles of driving, the Aston hasn't skipped a beat. DB5s may be the hot ticket these days, but I like the shorter length of the DB4, and the open headlights look better. Plus, lighter weight and lack of the extra DB5 mufflers make for a sportier drive and sound. The addition of a Steel Wings handling kit has tightened up the suspension while retaining the original ride and feel. Some people complain about the rifle bolt-action of the David Brown gearbox, but it suits me just fine. It shifts well and with precision. Maybe you can't speed shift, but who wants to do that in a 46- year-old car anyway? Currently, the Aston Martin is the centerpiece of my small but growing collection, and if I want to cover a lot of ground in a hurry, with passengers and luggage, the DB4 is my first choice every time. ♦ 51

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English Patient Gary Anderson The Mystery of Morgan Prices Big Healeys that cost $25,000 in 2000 are selling for $50,000 today; even pristine MG As, TR4s and TR6s cost more than Morgans by Gary Anderson I n January 2000, a “good, clean example” of a 1966 Morgan Plus 4 sold for $26,620, and the SCM commentator remarked “Sold for quite good money. Is this the signal for an uptick in Plus 4 prices, or is it Barrett-Jackson fever?” Seven years later, Morgan fans are still waiting for that uptick. At Russo and Steele in August 2007, a 1955 Morgan Plus 4 described as “brightwork and chrome very nice; a clean, open sport-touring car” sold for $24,200. Meanwhile, at Barrett-Jackson in January 2008, a #3+ quality 1959 school bus yellow Plus 4 sold for $30,800. That's better, you say? Not so fast. This same car actually dropped from $38,500 at B-J's Palm Beach auction in March 2007. To rub salt in the wound, a #2+ quality 1960 Plus 4 crept away for only $17,600 at that same auction (though there might have been a penalty attached to the Union Jack top). The news is equally grim for the 1968-onward V8- powered Plus 8 models, which generally realize about $25,000, too. However, they rarely appear for sale in the U.S. and were imported intermittently as propane conversions with bizarre bumpers. Looking at SCM's record of Morgan sales, one could be forgiven for wondering if Morgan owners still exist in a universe where decent sports cars with classic styling can be found for about $25,000—give or take for a nice color scheme or tatty interior trim. In the Big Healey world, cars that cost $25,000 in 2000 are selling for $50,000 today, and even pristine MG As, TR4s and TR6s are fetching prices higher than Morgans in similar condition. So how do we explain the existence of these parallel universes without invoking string theory or quantum mechanics? Here are some theories for you to consider. Theory #1: Used cars and unpopular updates The Morgan roadster is still being produced, so rather than being collectible and rare, the classic car market thinks of Morgans as just used cars, and Morgan owners like it that way. In other parts of the world not so burdened with crash tests and smog restrictions on limited-production cars, the Morgan Plus 4 can still be bought directly from the factory, thank you. Guinness recognizes the basic Morgan as the longest continuously produced model ever manufactured. Want some fun in England? Rent a newer Morgan Plus 4 with a Ford Duratec 2-liter engine and you can have all the fun of quintessential British top-down driving, with leaky side curtains, wind in your face, limited luggage room, inadequate heat, and the squeak of hand-shaped body panels tacked to an ash frame—plus modern reliability. It's not that the Morgans haven't tried updates. But 52 1959 Plus 4—show me your goggles and maybe I'll sell it to you every time a new generation attempts to modernize the appeal of the marque, the Morgan community throws it off. Witness the mere 26 fiberglass Plus-Four-Plus coupes from Peter Morgan from 1963 to '66, or the rarely seen cross-eyed Aeros from his son Charles in 2000. Theory #2: They're just old Triumphs for masochists The 1950s and 1960s Morgans we can buy in the U.S. are nothing more than old Triumphs with quirky styling and even worse suspension. Through most of the period that Morgans could be legally imported into the United States in any numbers (1948–67), the Plus 4s were equipped with 2-liter 4-cylinder Triumph engines (the English Ford-powered 1.5-liter 4/4 is really too slow). This might make engine rebuilds easier than a Daimler SP250 or Jowett Jupiter, but for many buyers, the body styling is still an acquired taste. Some might argue that the only reason the Morgan look is iconic is because the company stubbornly refused to update it over the past 60 years. The last major change took place in 1954, when the flat-front radiator was replaced by the slightly curved version that has been used ever since. (The aforementioned Aero V8 and Aeromax coupe attempted to morph it into a six-figure cost bracket with limited success). The Morgan's handling and ride quality are even more challenging. The styling is modern by comparison with the sliding-pillar independent front suspension designed by former railway engineer (designer, not driver) H.F.S. Morgan in 1909. Morgan purists argue that the design provides better handling, but lesser mortals mostly notice it provides nearly no isolation from potholes. Theory #3: Dammit, sir, it's not about money! Morgan owners aren't just some demographic market segment attracted to the focus group-defined features of a car brand; they are a selective fraternity, perhaps even a cult, which isn't interested in making money from their cars. Voice the criticisms listed above regarding power, style, or ride comfort to any Morgan owner, after he or she has pulled off the flying goggles, leather helmet, and worn sheepskin-lined jacket that seem to be issued with each car, and they will simply Sports Car Market

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smile and nod. These owners take pride in being iconoclastic, not iconic. For them, the quirks and challenges of Morgan own- ership are just proof that their sense of style, tolerance for discomfort, and appreciation for fine old British traditions puts them into a class of their own. By convincing the rest of the world that owning a Morgan is only for an elite—or benighted—few, Morgan owners have managed to keep their cars out of the investment side of the collector car market altogether. Actually, I suspect that the prices of Morgans sold at public auctions have little or nothing to do with general values. Skim the auction database, and you'll note how few Morgans cross the block every year. RM can move more Jaguars in one day than there are Morgans sold in a year. The few that do sell are likely to come from unexpected demises or unhappy divorces. I suspect that if you fancy buying a Morgan, you have to go through some form of arcane ritual and acceptance that makes becoming a member of the Scottish Rite seem straightforward by comparison. Based on what I can learn from members of the cult, the currency required to purchase a Morgan isn't measured in dollars or euros, but rather in proving you are worthy. Then, when a car becomes available for sale because an owner has been forced, on doctor's orders, to replace it with a wheelchair, you'll be permitted to buy it for a price based on its intrinsic worth, not its trendy desirability. On a few occasions, I have been permitted to drive one of these throwbacks in the company of Morgan owners. I can attest to the satisfaction that comes from 1970 Plus 8, no updates necessary mastering the handling, I admire the performance that still leads certain vintage classes, and I appreciate the tight-knit comradeship. But from this experience I've learned two things. First, I'm not iconoclastic or masochistic enough to be a Morgan owner. Second, I have to admire how the Malvern Link fraternity has kept dollars and cents out of the ownership equation. More power to them. Which, in the end, means that if you fit the Morgan mold, you might have the oppor- tunity to buy a true vintage car at an affordable number; the unique nature of the Morgan itself is, oddly enough, being replicated by the unique nature of its flat value curve. ♦ May 2008 53

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1951 Bugatti Type 101 Guilloré Coupe There are quite a few Delahaye 135M chassis with this body, which makes the car seem like a guest at the Ascot Races wearing a rented tux by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1951–56 Number produced: 7 or 8 Original list price: N/A SCM Valuation: $269,265, on this date Tune-up cost: $950 Distributor cap: $400 Chassis #: Firewall brass plate, and on left rear engine leg Engine #: Left rear engine leg Club: American Bugatti Club, 4484 Howe Hill Road, Camden, ME 04843 More: www.americanbugatticlub.org Alternatives: 1946–53 Delahaye 135M, 1939–53 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS, 1953–54 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 101502 E ttore Bugatti never recovered from the tragic death of his 29-year-old son Jean, shortly before WWII in 1939. Neither did his company. The war and its aftermath left the Molsheim factory devastated, and then on August 21, 1947, Ettore Bugatti died, leaving six heirs to the estate. In September 1949, the Bugatti factory manufac- tured a batch of 16 further examples of its pre-war Type 57/57C model, but evidently only three were completed. For a time the company concentrated on sub-contracted engineering work, before Roland Bugatti made an attempt to re-launch the marque in 1951 using an improved Type 57 chassis as the basis for the new Type 101. These improvements included a down-draft Weber carburetor to replace the obsolete prewar Stromberg, an electric Cotal gearbox and 17-inch instead of 18-inch road wheels, while many components still in stock were utilized in its construction. As with the Type 57, two versions were offered, in this case Types 101 and 101C, the latter being equipped with a supercharger. But Bugatti's other interests took precedence over the revived road car project, and only a handful of Type 101s were completed between 1951 and 1956, making it one of this most celebrated manufacturer's rarest models. Seven cars were produced in total and allocated chassis numbers 101500 to 101506 inclusive, possibly missing out chassis number 101505. The prototype, chassis number 101500, was a factory-built four-door saloon with coachwork in the modern, full-width, post- 54 war style, whereas chassis number 101502, the car offered here, was a coach (a two-door saloon) by Guilloré of Courbevoie and the only Type 101 to feature separate front and rear fenders. According to Barrie Price's Album Bugatti 57, this body is believed to have been designed for a Delahaye. All seven 101s have survived to the present day, three in the French National Motor Museum at Mulhouse, and all except 101502 are listed in Hugh Conway's 1962 Register & Data of Bugatti Automobiles. Rudolfo Brignore owned 101502 in Tunis from 1956 onwards. In 1964, he sold the car to a Bugatti trader in Brussels, Belgium, Jean De Dobbeleer, who in turn sold it to Georges Marquet Delina, the heir to a chain of luxury hotels (Les Grandes Hotels Belges) in Brussels and Madrid. Delina owned the Palace Hotel and the Ritz in Madrid, and was a staunch Bugatti collector; he bought 28 Bugattis from De Dobbeleer, which he kept stored at various locations around Brussels. A downturn in his business fortunes in the 1970s forced Delina to dispose of his collection, and 101502 was sold at Christie's auction on March 22, 1973 to wellknown collector Michel Roquet, of Founex, Switzerland. (SCM record #9464 shows this car also sold at Christie's Geneva on March 20, 1969 for $6,923). Roquet put the car up for sale in May 1975, when it was bought by Pim Hascher, who kept it until his death in 2007. Hascher had the Type 101 restored in 2005, after which it was presented at the Paleis Het Loo Concours 1951 Bugatti Type 101 Van Antem coupe Lot# 2254, s/n 101504 Condition 1 Sold at $990,000 RM, Marshall, TX, 4/20/2007 SCM# 44876 1949 Delahaye 135M Van Antem cabriolet Lot# 309, s/n 800980 Condition 3 Sold at $230,888 Christie's, Paris, FRA, 2/16/2007 SCM# 44232 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Lot# 13, s/n 916218 Condition 3Sold at $82,716 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/19/2007 SCM# 44552 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams

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d'Elegance in September that same year. Remarkably, a photograph of 101502 has never appeared in Bugantics, the quarterly journal of the Bugatti Owners' Club. Archive photographs exist of the car in Tunisia in the 1950s and '60s, where it is depicted it in apparently very nice condition on whitewall tires. SCM Analysis This car sold for $269,265 including premium, at the Bonhams Rétromobile auction in Paris held February 9, 2008. One of the most tantalizing “what ifs” in the auto world is the question of where Bugatti might have gone in the post-WWII period had Ettore Bugatti's son Jean lived to take over the company. Working with his headstrong father, he had already managed to bring the marque kicking and screaming into the late 1930s with marque firsts such as independent suspension. His keen sense of design, seen in the stunning factory bodies for the Type 57 Stelvio, Ventoux, and Atalante also proved his aesthetic bona fides. As his father gradually withdrew from cars to concentrate on aircraft and rail projects, Jean almost certainly would have continued to work during the war on progressive chassis ideas for the successor to the Type 64, a 4.5-liter replacement for the Type 57. A prototype had been completed in 1939 prior to the accident that took Jean's life. The sleek coupe body bore a remarkable resemblance to the postwar “Panoramica” cars built by Zagato. As it happened, of course, not only did Bugatti not have Jean's talent to draw upon, but with the death in 1947 of a very dispirited Ettore, there was painfully little new for the company to offer in the postwar years. The 101 showed that Bugatti had not kept up While the world's car makers restarted production with warmed-over 1930s de- signs, most had also begun the next step forward. Roland Bugatti was lucky to unveil a “new” car at the 1951 Paris Show, though the new pontoon body of the Type 101 on display hid a chassis with few changes from the prewar Type 57, except for the adoption of dual-circuit hydraulic brakes and a modern Weber carburetor. It quickly became apparent that not only had the game marched on in the high-performance car market, but that the punitive French taxation on upper-end, large-displacement cars would not allow Bugatti the breathing room it desperately needed. The company built its last Type 101 in 1956, but the last chassis wasn't sold until 1965, when it was clothed by Ghia to a retro design by Virgil Exner. Noted Bugattiste Hugh Conway states that seven chassis were built, but other sources indicate the number may have been eight. While my eminent colleague, Editor Duchene, thinks this Guilloré-bodied coupe is the best-looking Type 101, I consider it to be more of a “lost” Delahaye. There are quite a few Delahaye 135M chassis around with this exact body, which makes this car feel a bit like a guest at the Ascot Races wearing a rented tux. I much prefer the pontoon-bodied models, and my favorite of all is a wonderful sedan on chassis 101500, which resides in the French National Automobile (Schlumpf) collection, with a neat front end featuring free-standing headlights under fenders coming from either side of the horse collar grille. Whatever your opinion of Type 101 styles, there's little doubt Jean would have come up with something rather more spectacular. Restored to a European driving standard The concours-level pontoon-bodied coupe by Van Antem featured in the April 2007 RM sale in Marshall, Texas sold for $990,000 (SCM# 44876). While the price may have been indicative of the quality of the work, a fairly “starry” provenance, and the greater desirability of the style, it still seems a bit anomalous. Chassis 101502 was one of the best cars from the William “Pim” Hascher collection, which was sold at the Bonhams event. It had been restored to a typical casual European driving standard a number of years back and as such had decent, but far from perfect, paint with a largely original interior showing a thorough patina. While it had been displayed at the Het Loo concours, it was not what anyone would consider a “show car.” Rather, it had to me the very appealing look of a terrific vintage rally car and would be a sure entrant to just about any event the owner might choose to enter. The price paid here was in line with the less desirable models of the Type 57 and seems to be market correct. While certainly rare, the Type 101 is unfortunately regarded by many as only a sad reminder of what might have been. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) May 2008 55

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German Profile 1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type Saoutchik Roadster The underbidders stopped bidding when they thought the car wasn't selling—bad luck, as it was by Simon Kidston Details Years produced: 1927–30 Number produced: Probably 7–12 (Saoutchik-bodied) Original list price: 28,500 Reichsmarks ($6,800) for chassis only SCM Valuation: $3m–$4m Tune-up cost: $6,000 (three days of a good mechanic's time) Distributor cap: $25,000 (complete magneto) or $2,000 (remade cap) Chassis #: Front left chassis rail and top of main cross-member (under driver) Engine #: Left-hand engine mount Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America, 1907 Lelaray Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909 More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1928–30 Bentley Speed Six, 1928–31 Bentley 4½-Liter Blower, 1931–34 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 SCM Investment Grade: A Chassis number: 40156 T he 6.8-liter S-type was produced in four series from 1927 to 1930, with a total output of some 170 cars. This car is from the original 1927–28 series, of which just 26 were built. It was ordered new from Mercedes-Benz Inc. in New York by Mrs. Charles Levine, believed to be the wife of the millionaire Charles A. Levine, backer (and passenger) of aviator Clarence Chamberlain, who flew the Atlantic in 1927 shortly after Lindbergh had made his successful solo crossing. Mrs. Levine opted not to have the standard factory bodywork on her car, choosing instead a daringly lowslung “Torpedo Roadster” body by Saoutchik of Paris, France's most fashionable coachbuilder. The Mercedes was fitted with one of Jacques Saoutchik's finest creations, whose long bonnet and short rear deck make the most of the dramatic proportions of the chassis. Subtle chrome (actually nickel) spears accent the sweeping curves of the fenders, while a daring break with tradition was the lack of running boards. Nevertheless, when the Mercedes arrived in New York, Mrs. Levine failed to take delivery, apparently because the style and color of the car did not appeal to her “irascible, pompous, difficult” husband. Whatever the reason, the S-type remained in the New York MercedesBenz showroom until an enterprising salesman persuaded an existing Mercedes owner, Frederick Henry Bedford Jr., a director of the Standard Oil Company, to buy the car. It remained with his family until 2006, when it was purchased by the current owner. Romance was in the air for Frederick Bedford, too: when he drove his S-type to Pittsburgh, he met a young lady named Margaret Stewart at a party at the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier. She abandoned her date, accepted Frederick Bedford's offer of a ride home in his Mercedes-Benz that evening, and they subsequently 56 married. Perhaps because of its romantic associations, Bedford never sold his Mercedes; he kept it until his untimely death in 1952, after which it was laid up in the family garage. It remained there for almost 30 years until 1980, when his widow was about to celebrate her 75th birthday. Her granddaughter baked a special cake shaped in the image of the Mercedes, which was delivered along with a poem about the car. This inspired Margaret Bedford to commission a restoration by Gus and Rich Reuter, who had been maintaining exotic European automobiles since 1929. After two years, the S-type emerged from the Reuter shop, carefully restored in its original livery of cream with dark red frame and suspension, red leather interior, and tan cloth top. The only departures from the original specification were the substitution of leather upholstery for the original reptile skin and the omission of the discs that had covered the original wire wheels. SCM Analysis This car sold at the Bonhams Rétromobile auction in Paris on February 9, 2008, for $3,360,375, including premium, which was less than the $3,300,000–$4,700,000 catalog estimate, before premium. There's rather more to this sale than meets the eye from the catalog text, so let's do what SCM does best and give you the inside track. Special coachwork, special buyer First of all, the catalog rightly states that Jacques Saoutchik wasFrance's most fashionable coachbuilder at the time. Before Paris-based Italians Figoni and Falaschi pooled their talents to produce “Phoney and Flashy” bodies (as rival Brits nicknamed them) in the mid-1930s, 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK/SWB Lot# 144, s/n 36045 Condition 3 Sold at $7,443,070 Bonhams, Sussex, UK, 9/3/2004 SCM# 35065 Sports Car Market 1930 Mercedes-Benz 38/250/SS Lot# 288, s/n 36260 Condition 2+ Sold at $2,394,000 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/16/2005 SCM# 38537 Comps 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250/SS Lot# 689, s/n 14034 Condition 1 Sold at $2,243,610 Bonhams, London, UK, 12/6/2004 SCM# 36706 Photos: Bonhams

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Russian-born Saoutchik was probably your man if you wanted rakish individual design to clothe your luxury chassis and had deep enough pockets to match. Most Mercedes-Benz clients shied away from such flamboyance—even those bold enough to purchase a 6.7-liter sports car with a six-foot-long hood and chrome exhausts protruding from the side. Nobody is certain how many of these high-performance chassis left Saoutchik's atelier, but estimates range from seven to twelve for the S-type, plus around six of the evolutionary SS model, and it's unlikely that any two cars were identical. Other coachbuilders penned body styles on the chassis, of course, and the factory offered a handsome offener tourenwagen (open tourer), which is popular with collectors, especially if it's one of the most prized lightweight rennsport versions intended for racing. In short, today as then, there are probably more buyers out there for a factory- bodied open tourer than a special-bodied car, which one might associate more closely with concours d'elegance rather than driving events of the type so popular in Europe (think Mille Miglia, et al). But that shouldn't take away from the fact that a handsome, custom-bodied S-type clothed by one of the finest coachbuilders of the era should, to the right man, be worth more than the equivalent factory-bodied car. The correct Saoutchik name for this body, incidentally, is a Cabriolet d'Avant Garde. Buyers don't like frequent flyers Christie's now defunct car department offered this Mercedes as the star lot at its 2006 Monterey sale, where I watched it sell for $3.6 million to a telephone bidder who was shortly afterwards identified as a respected U.S. collector and philanthropist. The catalog description described its availability as a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” but unless you're in a particularly hazardous line of work, you probably expected a lifetime to be longer than 18 months. I have no doubt there is a perfectly good reason why the 2006 buyer decided to resell having put barely a mile on the odometer. From the presale estimate, profit clearly wasn't his motive (I suspect an even bigger purchase was). But a prominent car returning to the market so soon after a high-profile sale is never easy to explain to other buyers and rarely sees the previous price exceeded by much, if at all. Secondly, and this was very obvious when cars bought at the 2001 Elton John sale were later resold by buyers at far lower prices (despite a rising market), it's one thing for a buyer to proudly announce, “I bought it from the original owner,” but it's not quite as exciting when you have to explain “I bought it from the man who bought it from…” Ideally, this car would be original In an ideal world, this car never would have been touched and would still be original down to its tired 1928 paintwork and reptile skin upholstery (a Saoutchik favorite—Greenpeace hadn't yet been founded). But of course, in the flashy 1980s, when the original family decided to freshen up grandfather's old car, tastes in most things were very different from today. The pale yellow livery and red leather with matching wire wheels may seem rather Gatsby-esque, but they do it no favors today and mask the fact that underneath this is a largely untouched car with probably just 31,500 genuine miles. Although Bonhams published stun- ning studio shots of the Mercedes in the catalog, one more photo would have been very helpful—a period shot of it proving to any whispering doubters (and I heard a couple) that the ultra-low windshield of this car was original. I know such a shot exists, as I'm looking at it in Christie's 2006 catalog. Know your clients The French like to do things differently. Although the European Union has existed for well over a decade, France did not implement until recently the free trade law that would allow foreign auction houses May 2008 57 to do business there; the government was still haggling over compensation terms with French auction houses who saw their centuries-old monopoly under threat from “les Roast Beef.” A hangover from this legislation is that only French- licensed auctioneers who have gone though the national system can wield the gavel in a French saleroom, and this meant that for this event, Parisian newcomers Bonhams found themselves obliged at the last moment to employ a local auctioneer. She was a charming lady with plenty of experience, as it happened, but anyone in the business knows there is no substitute for recognizing your buyers in the room, knowing when to encourage them if a price is low, and above all, making it clear to hesitant bidders that the object of their desire really is selling and they're not just bidding against an over-ambitious reserve. In this case, I watched as the underbidders, a pair of English-speaking dealers, kept their hands in their pockets thinking that the reserve had not been reached and they could strike a better deal later. Unfortunately for them, the unseen rival bidder was very real indeed, and as madame's gavel sealed the deal, the consensus among many experts present was that this was the buy of the auction. Okay, so now add the buyer's premium, 5% import taxes into Europe and, if you're a perfectionist (as the new owner is), allow a further $500,000–$1,000,000 for an “as it left the showroom” restoration in the original elephant gray livery, and you won't be left with much change from $5 million. But when the finished car is unveiled at Pebble Beach in 2010, where, to paraphrase Jay Leno, “mere millionaires get a chance to play against billionaires and win,” I expect its new owner will be feeling rather smug. Lucky him. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)

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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Ten Rules for Porsche Flippers Never fix anything. A true flippopath will risk his newly acquired bounty and even his life to make a flip by Jim Schrager L Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager ast month, this column offered ten rules for Porsche collectors, people who are much better at buying than at selling, and who plan to keep their cars forever. Or at least until another one they “have to have” comes along and they run out of garage space. This month, we have advice for those collectors who get married every Saturday night and divorced on Sunday; those of us who are looking for Miss Right Now, as opposed to Miss Right. Not everyone can make it as a successful Porsche flipper. It takes a blend of emotional control, knowledge, and temperament to grab good deals and flip them back into the market for a profit. Here are ten tips on how to maximize your chances. 1 Timing is everything. The best time to buy is when there is a buying frenzy and prices are ris- ing. This requires lots of up-to-the-minute knowledge on fast-moving markets and belief that what happened yesterday will continue forever (or last as long as it takes you to flip what you just bought). 2 Buy anything that sells. Don't worry if you have no use for the car, or don't know a thing about it. The point is that you can sell it, and fast, at a profit. This requires that you cater to what less informed folks want to buy. You probably won't sell much merchandise to those who are true Porsche collectors; you need new folks who want to play the game but know even less about what they are doing than you. 3 Spend no money on what you buy. Buy it as a beater and leave it as a beater. That way, no one will expect you to fix anything. “Keep your wallet in your pants after purchase” is the mantra of successful flippers. “It is what it is” is their watchword. I once bought an unusual 356 replica from a friend (who I later realized is a dedicated flipper). He drove it about a hundred miles from where he bought it to his house. The tires were ancient and had deep, dry-rotted cracks, the brakes were metal on metal, the engine had missing cooling shrouds, the lights didn't work, the transmission found first and reverse in the same spot at random, and the muffler blew exhaust directly into the bumper guards, making the fiberglass bumper a genuine fire hazard. This was a dangerous wreck on wheels. You gotta ad- mire his dedication—he personifies the true flippopath, willing to go to any lengths, including risking his newly acquired bounty and even his life, to make a flip. But never, ever fix anything. 4 Get cheap/free warehouse space. Park the cars outside, next to your garage. In theory, you won't have cars around too long anyway. Use the side lawn next to the driveway for parking in inclement weather; it makes an inspection by an anxious buyer that much harder. 58 “Needs little to be a stunner” 5 Don't get the family involved. What if they like a car you need to flip? Just tell them it's another lousy car and you'll make it go away. This is especially true if you have teenagers, who stick their noses into everything, and might just like something you bring home. They can nag you to death to let them drive one of your gems. Who needs that kind of trouble? 6 Don't worry about being an expert. You are buying cars from people who don't know the market and selling to people who don't know the market. All you need to do is talk a good game. In many cases, the less you know, the better, so don't look too closely into anything you buy. 7 Actively search, all the time. You only win if you are the first caller on a car that hits the market underpriced. This doesn't happen often, and depending on your geography—such as the entire state of California—you will have loads of other flippopaths hastily beating a path to the door of the seller. To be first, you must constantly scan all local classifieds, including the latest and greatest of these, Craigslist.com. You'll need access to Craigslist at all hours of the day and night, as you never know when a fresh entry will hit the electronic galleys. Plan on plenty of time in front of the flickering screen, and realize that no matter what else is happening in your life, you'll need to stay wired to the wireless web. And don't forget data feeds to your mobile phone. Just don't think you can teach your kids to have good mobile phone manners when you are busy texting that Carrera RS seller during a dinner out or at a movie. Thinking about eBay? That's so yesterday. Most cars are for sale for a week or so—way too much time. The only play on eBay is to make up a silly excuse why you need the car tomorrow (“I'm getting married and always wanted to drive away with my new bride in your insert car make and type here.”) and get the hapless seller to end the auction early. But most sellers are hip to this trick and want to let their auctions run, reaching prices that make the cars unflippable. Dedicated flippers have left eBay behind as a place to buy. 8 Knowing nothing is a virtue. Assuming that you will try to be somewhat honest—although most flippers aren't—it is in your favor to know as little as possible about the cars you flip. Describe the obvious flaws, so people will believe you are being straight with them, but if you don't know that 911SC has broken head studs, all the better. 9 Realize that flipping is like gambling. You might “strike it rich,” so do as many deals as possible, always hoping for the Big Kahuna. 10 Don't do favors for other collectors. They are neither sellers nor buyers for you; them and their clubs and their tech sessions and their books full of silly trivia and their fancy car shows. This is not what you need. There is nothing wrong with being a flipper. Just be honest—with yourself, at least—and understand what game you are playing. Some of you will graduate from flipping to become full-time used car dealers, and others will be unable to resist the allure of the cars and will settle down to be collectors. There is no right or wrong to this, just a decision as to which path you are headed down. ♦ Sports Car Market they exist only to make others interested in buying. Best for you to steer clear of Dan Walkowski

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American Profile Who's a Mister Softee, Then? At first glance I'd have to say very well sold indeed, but what price can you put on fun? Maybe it's a bargain by Paul Duchene Comps 1966 King Midget Lot# S137, s/n K660554A Condition 3+ Sold at $3,570 Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 10/5/2007 SCM# 47124 1979 Cushman Truckster Lot# 739, s/n N/A Condition 4 Sold at $4,428 Kruse, Tulsa OK, 6/11/2004 SCM# 34290 1941 Crosley True 6+1 seating T 60 his month's “American Profile” is going to take a tiptoe amongst the automotive daisies, the puff and fluff of the market. Along with the heavy hitters at RM's February 15–17 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, auction—like the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL for $495,000, the 1938 Brunn-bodied Packard for $187,000, and even the 1966 Batmobile for $134,000—there was a positive flurry of microcars. And for a change, it was American microcars that held center stage, rather than the usual Fiat Jolly, Messerschmitt KR200, and Isetta 300, which were there as well. 1951 Cushman Ice Cream Cart The daffiest microcar to be seen was a (literally) tastefully constructed 1951 Cushman Ice Cream Cart, daringly offered without reserve after a full mechanical restoration and complete with a candy stripe umbrella. Powered by a 9-horsepower, single-cylinder, Lot# S136, s/n 39031746 Condition 3 Sold at $6,720 Cushman Eagle scooter engine, the tricycle cart sported six stools for diners around a centrally mounted stainless steel freezer-cum-countertop, more or less under the umbrella (which mostly protects the driver). Donnie Gould of Ft. Lauderdale built the cart. It's his second and he's planning to Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA, 10/5/2007 SCM# 47123 make more. “This one's better than the first, and I'll take it up another notch for the next one,” he said. “I sold the first one at another RM auction and I gave away 1,300 popsicles.” Capable of 15 mph, the cart was also advertised as being able to double as “The Margaritaville Express”—presumably once the sun is over the yard arm. SCM Analysis This Cushman Ice Cream Cart sold for $30,800 at RM's sale, surely a record for an ice cream truck. Cushman scooters and their utilitarian three- and four-wheeled companions were built in Lincoln, Nebraska, from 1935 to 1977. They have a dedicated fan base, and Cushman scooters routinely trade in the $4,500–$6,500 range, even with sidecars. Even the Trucksters and Servi-cars driven by meter maids, the Post Office Mailsters, or golf cars seldom bring much more. Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions

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'32 Custer hot rod, $5,775 The only concern I'd have is being on one of those bar stools when the Cushman cart is in motion. I'd say very well sold indeed, but what price can you put on fun? Maybe it's a bargain. Ice cream has a worldwide appeal anyway. My old friend John Clements drove a 1971 Bedford “Creamy Treats” ice cream truck on a rally from Plymouth in England to Banjul, Gambia, in West Africa in 2005. It was raffled for $3,000 for charity on its arrival and “it was at work on the beach the next day,” he recalled. 1932 Custer 3-Wheel Cart Levitt Custer was a Dayton, Ohio, inventor whose ideas ranged from a statoscope (to measure rise and fall of aircraft) to the floating Custer paddlewheel cycle familiar in fairgrounds. This Custer cart also evolved from a fairground ride and was recently rebuilt with a modern Honda engine and electric start. It also has a headlight, taillights, and horn. SCM Analysis This Custer Cart sold for $5,775, at RM's sale. These cars were devel- oped from a 1925 amusement park ride and available with electric power or gasoline engines. If there's such a thing as a microcar hot rod, this would be it, and with modern Honda power you should be able to smoke the other residents of Sun City—on or off the golf course. No harm at this price and a good conversation piece. It looks as though the controls might not be intuitive, but the turning circle must be better than a London taxi's. 1967 King Midget Roadster From 1946 to 1970, Midget Motors produced “The World's Most Exciting Small Car,” essentially without change for a quarter century. Powered by a 12-horsepower Kohler engine, this roadster runs and drives like new, thanks to a complete mechanical restoration. The upholstery, cardboard dashboard, and weather equipment are all original, and with just 10,300 miles from new, this King Midget remains in remarkable condition. SCM Analysis This King Midget sold for $6,600 at RM's sale. That's top money, from recent auction reports. This car benefits from the upgraded 12-horsepower Kohler engine introduced in 1966, so it's good for about 50 mph. The engine drives one rear wheel, obviating May 2008 '47 Crosley, ready for parades, $4,180 61 '67 King Midget, big seller at $6,600 the need for a differential. The King Midget cost about $500 in the mid-'50s and was intended to be the cheapest car you could buy in the U.S. It certainly succeeded, being quite as crude as its European equivalents. What is curious is that it survived so long in the U.S., while microcars elsewhere were buried by the Mini, the Citroën 2CV, Renault 4L, and other relatively sophisticated offerings. The mileage may be low, but it would certainly SEEM like you'd traveled a long way…. I'd say very well sold. 1947 Crosley 90 CN One-of-a-kind, custom-built parade car styled to resemble a 1920s roadster. Fully restored and fitted with rumble seat, trunk, and rear-mounted spare. SCM Analysis This car sold for $4,180 at RM's sale. I don't know exactly how much of a real Crosley lurked under- neath this fakey-doo body beyond the motor, but Powell Crosley must be rotating in his grave. As a creative, original thinker, what would he think of this cross between a Tupperware Shay Model A and a Rolls-Royce golf cart? The puffy quilted interior appears to have been ripped from the back of some poor homeless person. Perfect for Shriners' parades and probably where it's headed. Either that or somebody with a blown-up Hot Shot can't believe his luck. Meanwhile from Europe At this event, the American microcars were a bargain. A 1961 Fiat Jolly made $70,400, a 1958 Isetta $39,600, a 1957 Messerschmitt KR200 $28,050, a 1928 Austin Chummy $24,750, and a 1951 Fiat Topolino $15,750. Only a 1954 Reliant Regal 3wheeler seemed like a buy at $7,700, and you'd be driving all available spares, at that. So at least on this day, in this place, if you had to have a microcar, “buying American” seemed the shrewd way to go. ♦

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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer The Lost Generation Pontiac Firebird SD, Buick Grand National GNX, Mustang 5.0—highlights of the muscle flexed in '70s and '80s Detroit of the best performing cars to roll out of Detroit at the time. Factor in very low production numbers (252 total cars in '73; 943 in '74) and these are highly collectible. Figure $100,000 or so for a nice '73, and $60,000 or so for a nice '74. Add 50% for a 4-speed car in either year. GNX was an instant classic The next big news out of GM for modern muscle has 1974 Pontiac SD-455 Trans Am T he American collectible car contingent has long argued over when the “real” cars stopped rolling out of Detroit. Collectible prices indicate Detroit's muscle atrophied with astonishing speed after 1971. What followed was a period of wheezy darkness that included 165-hp Corvettes, and it didn't fully recover until the horsepower wars of the 1990s. Things were so bad by the late 1980s, that pavement-pounding '60s muscle cars were sought by the younger crowd, which was my generation. But time marches on, and much to my chagrin, I am no longer part of the younger crowd. So what will Gen X be looking for if they aren't nostalgic about true (pre-1972) muscle cars? Slim pickings in post-'71 performance The same forces that caused the demise of the muscle car also make for very slim pickings in post-1971 performance. Emissions and safety standards, insurance regulations, and the like all led to widespread dumbing down of any kind of performance cars. That being said, here are a few notable exceptions that are indeed becoming collectible as time marches on. This is not a comprehensive list, just some highlights: The last hurrah in traditional muscle has to be con- sidered the 1973–74 Pontiac Super Duty 455 Firebird Formula and Trans Am cars. The Super Duty (SD) engine package is an incredibly stout and understressed unit with a conservative 290-hp SAE net rating. Everything from the block to the carburetor was SD-specific. I'd argue the point that these were the best-developed performance car with a carburetor of the emissions era. Not until electronic engine controls were brought into play did anybody have this kind of performance again. Net horsepower ratings aside, true output was much higher, and these were great performing cars. Want proof? SD cars could run mid-13-second quarter-mile times at over 100 mph right off the showroom floor. Those are numbers not even GM's own Corvette could better for almost two decades. Combined with standard radial tires, a very compe- tent suspension, decent brakes, and GM's seven years of F-Body chassis development, the SD Firebirds were one 62 1987 Buick GNX Sports Car Market to be the advent of the Buick Turbos. Starting in 1978, the lowly Buick Regal was fitted with a turbocharger, to limited effect, much like the Pontiac Turbo Trans Ams of a few years later. Despite terrible reviews, Buick kept at it, and by 1984, the turbo Regal got serious with the introduction of the Grand National. This 3.8-liter V6 with its big turbo became the definitive 1980's GM muscle car. By 1986, with the addition of an intercooler and much refinement, GNs had 235 hp and could run 0–60 mph in under seven seconds. Slow by today's standards, but certainly serious stuff in the mid-1980s. Nineteen eighty-seven saw the introduction of the limited-production GNX, an $11,000 option package on the base GN and by far the most collectible GN of all. With just 547 produced, it was an “instant classic,” with people fighting to pay over MSRP when new. Zero to 60 mph fell in the mid-five-second range, and the GNX delivered quarter-mile times in the mid-13s, equal to the best muscle cars of the '60s. This was earth-shattering performance in 1987, when even a new Corvette couldn't touch these numbers. Today, “in the wrapper” low-mileage examples still surface, but beware of formerly abused examples with rolled-back odometers, modifications, or their special GNX-specific parts long since harvested and sold off. Though $29,900 when new, average examples with miles on them now trade for $50,000 or so, and I've seen flawless, undriven, mothballed cars sell for $100,000. Don't care for a GNX? Look for the best original '86–'87 GN you can find in the $35,000–$55,000 range.

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appeared in 1995, this time with a 5.8-liter V8 and just 250 produced. The most specialized of all the Mustang “specials” came in 2000, again called the Cobra R. Three-hundred of these barely street-legal race cars were hand-built by Ford with a 5.4-liter DOHC engine, 6-speed transmission, special suspension and brakes, and body modifications. As with other Cobra R variants, the 2000 edition also was bereft of any sound deadening, rear seat, radio, or air conditioning. I've seen prices from $20,000 for nice 1993 Cobra Rs 1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 5-liter Mustang a lot of bang for the buck Probably the best-known—and the highest-production—late-model collectible is the ubiquitous 5-liter Fox-bodied Mustang of 1982–1993. Starting with the return of the GT package in 1982, by '83 Ford was offering a four-barrel “High Output” version with a 5-speed. In 1985, they raised the bar higher, with a new roller cam-equipped HO in the last year of engines with carburetors. Ford introduced the fuel-injected 5.0 in 1986, and it came with higher compression and even more grunt. For around $10,000 new, a 5-liter Mustang GT was a lot of bang for the buck. Special editions for this generation included the 1984 GT-350, available in white with red stripes, but it offered performance in looks only. There was also the 1993 Cobra R, which saw just 107 examples built—all with GT40 cylinder heads, tweaked suspension and brakes, and deleted a/c, stereo, and back seat. The next generation of Mustangs, 1994–2004, brought more limited-edition versions. Another Cobra R to $80,000 for a “brand new” 2000 Cobra R. Personally, as a child of the '80s who actually helped dealer-prep a brand new GT-350 at the local Ford dealer in 1984, I have often looked for a time-capsule '84–'87 5-liter stickshift car to just shove in the corner. With great examples struggling to bring $15,000, I predict we will someday look back at these cars as the GTO of the 1980s. The 5-liter Mustangs made performance available to just about anybody with a job, and in the process, became the poster child for a new age of the pony car wars. Will we ever be able to restore these computer con- trolled, plastic laden cars that were long in the tooth even when new? Most likely not. But there is no harm in finding a really great example and keeping it healthy for future generations. People enjoying today's horsepower renaissance have cars like the Pontiac SD Firebird, Buick GN, and Mustang 5.0 to thank for keeping the flame alive during some dark years in Detroit. ♦ Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1951 Nash-Healey. Nicely restored racer with Panel Craft aluminum body. 331 Cadillac engine as installed in 1953. Varied, interesting period history. Turn key entry large capacity vintage racing. $88,500 1957 Arnolt Bristol, s/n 404/X/3046. Dedicated Arnolt factory team car with 1961 Sebring 12 Hour history. Bristol disc brakes fitted by factory in period. Ideal entry ready for track and tours. $285,000 1962 Porsche 356B Cabriolet. Beautifully restored, matching number example. Correct detailing with excellent panel fit. Great car for week-end get aways and tours. $98,500 1954 Maserati A6GCS, S/N 2053. Desirable and competitive car. $200,000 in Epifani Restorations receipts. Eligible for all events. FIA Historical Technical Passport. Includes spare engine # 2167. $1,950,000 May 2008 63

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Race Car Profile 1968 Alpine Renault A110 Coupe To be welcome, even invited, to drive flat out over an alpine pass in a raging blizzard at night—that's priceless by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1962–74 Number produced: 8,000 approx. Works Rally Cars: 20 approx. Original list price: N/A (team car) SCM Valuation: $138,198 on this date Cost per hour to rally: $250 Chassis #: On frame in engine compartment Engine #: Side of block under carburetors Club: Club Alpine Renault More: www.clubalpinerenault.org.uk Alternatives: 1965–72 Lancia Fulvia, 1965–72 Porsche 911, 1963–67 Austin Mini Cooper SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 10603 T his ex-Works car, fitted with a Mignotet-built and -tuned engine, started its racing career in the 1968 Tour de Corse driven by Jean-Francois Piot. The rally was won by Jean-Claude Andruet in a sis- ter car. Next year “our car” won the Rallye des Routes du Nord with Jean Vinatier and Marcel Callewaert on snow-covered roads—one of only twelve finishers out of 65 starters. Two weeks later, Vinatier was second at the Neige et Glace rally on dry and sunny roads behind the powerful Larousse Porsche 911R. If the Porsche had been uncatchable on the fastest stages, Vinatier was supreme on the snow-covered climbing road of the Revard. In good form since the beginning of the season, Vinatier won the Lyon-Charbonniéres rally with the same car in front of Chassault (911T) and Andruet (Alpine 1440). With the introduction of the new 1600S models, the 1440s were retired and stored away. In the late 1970s, Alain Bernardet, future editor of Sport Auto magazine, often visited Marc Mignotet's workshop, where he went through a course of instruction. Mignotet offered him one of the four complete 1440 engines remaining, which were no longer competitive for top-level racing. At the same time, Bernard Pierangeli—the Alpine sales manager and head of the Centre Alpine at Boulogne—offered an ex-Works A110, which could be fitted with this engine. It is important to note that at that time Alpine used to sell its racing cars fitted with stock engines in order to fund other projects. The 1440 engine was installed in the car still registered 4842GG76, which 64 corresponded with its racing condition in the 1968 and 1969 seasons. Never restored, the car now shows 46,000 kilome- ters (28,500 miles) on the clock. The engine, stamped 1440CCN4M (M for Mignotet), is still in the car, like the specific 5-speed transmission. The interior is still absolutely original, including the bucket seats and the Moto-Lita wheel. The lightweight body shows some scars from the racing events in which it participated. This is a very important car not only in the Alpine story but in the history of French motorsport in the late 1960s. Few racing Alpine A110s are in such original condition and without modifications, and even fewer can boast such an important race record. These two factors make it one of the most sought-after Alpine 110s we have ever offered and without a doubt a Holy Grail for the keen Alpiniste. SCM Analysis This car sold for $138,198 at the Artcurial “Automobiles de Collection” auction in Paris on February 9, 2008. Had everything been as it seemed, this was a fair enough deal with no questions. But just before the sale, there was a bit of a flap as the auction company discovered the subject car most likely was not the car with the history described in the catalog (and above). It appears actually to have been a late 1967 A110 1300 that was probably an ex-factory team car (with unknown history) when Bernardet purchased it and installed the 1440 engine. Artcurial printed a letter and attached it to the windshield (in French, of course) 1969 Alpine Renault A110 Lot# 46, s/n A1101300VC15591 Condition 3+ Sold at $30,800 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2001 SCM# 23157 1968 Alpine A110 Dinalpin Lot# 4614813002, s/n 00167 Condition 3+ Sold at $22,509 eBay Motors, 6/1/2006 SCM# 42084 1967 Alpine Renault A210 Lot# 20, s/n 1726 Condition 2Sold at $314,974 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/12/2006 SCM# 41060 Sports Car Market Artcurial

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explaining the problem to potential bidders. At issue here is whether you're buying a true piece of history or a really cool and correct bitsa vintage rally car, and how much it really matters. We'll discuss this more later. Jean Rédélé, a garage proprietor from the English Channel port of Dieppe, started racing Renault 4CVs in the early '50s. Though the 4CV was not very impressive as a sporting vehicle, as it was basically a French variant on the VW Beetle concept, Rédélé enjoyed significant success. He gained class wins at the Mille Miglia and the Coupe des Alpes, among others. In the process, he devised many performance modifications for the car, particu- larly a 5-speed transmission to replace the stock 3-speed. To improve performance further, he built some aluminum bodies for the 4CV chassis and raced them at Le Mans and Sebring, again with strong class showings. In 1955, he formed the auto company Alpine, named in honor of his success in the Coupe des Alpes (and blissfully ignorant that across the channel, Sunbeam had claimed the same name). He would produce sporting cars using Renault engines and drivetrains. Fiberglass was just arriving as a viable body construction material, so Rédélé built the first Alpine, the A106, as a fiberglass coupe based on the 4CV platform. Relatively light and aerodynamic, if pitifully underpowered, they achieved enough success in 1956 and '57 for Rédélé to consider a successor car based on Dauphine mechanicals. This time he went to Italian designer Michelotti for a stylish cabriolet body and designed the very stiff tubular backbone chassis with fiberglass body that was to characterize Alpine cars for the next 15 years. The cabriolet was quickly followed by a 2+2 coupe variation on the Michelotti design that became the A108 and was produced between 1958 and 1963. Alpine became Renault's performance division By the early 1960s, Alpine was very closely associated with the Renault factory. When Renault introduced the new R8 saloon in 1962, Alpine was already redesigning the 108 to accommodate the new, larger mechanical package, and in 1963, the A110 was introduced. The A110 proved by far to be Alpine's most successful car, with roughly 8,000 produced between 1963 and 1974. There were, of course, substantial mechanical changes over the years as Renault produced newer, bigger, and more sophisticated components, but the basic look of the A110 remained constant. Alpine also became Renault's de facto performance and competition department, with 100% of Renault's competition budget going to Alpine by the late 1960s. French pride required a strong showing in endurance racing, primarily at Le Mans, so Alpine created a series of purpose-built road racers (A210, A220), but the primary marketing focus was on European rallying, particularly winter rallies like Coupe de Alpes and Monte Carlo. There, Alpine carried the flag against Germany's Porsche 911, Italy's Lancia Fulvia, England's Minis and Cortinas, and the Mustangs and Falcons from the U.S. In the mountains and snow, the A110s were formidable competitors. Light, small, and wonderfully balanced (though still underpowered), the Alpines were at their best when the conditions were awful. If the sun came out they were doomed, but winter mountain rallies didn't see much of that. (Think about it, have you ever seen a period photograph of a winter rally that didn't show blowing snow and drifts?) This car is where the glory years started The glory years for the A110s were between 1968 and 1972, and started when Marc Mignotet tackled the horsepower problem. He took the R8 Gordini engine from the 1300 and stretched it out to 1,440 cc, basically as big as you could make the iron-block R8 and have it live, so that it made about 140 horsepower. Combined with the A110's light weight of about 1,350 lb, this put the car in a league with the 911s when it came to sheer hill climbing ability, and though a rear-engined, iron-block, swing-axle design doesn't inspire confidence, they were apparently sweet to drive. In late 1969, the 1440 engines were replaced by the new, R16-based alloy-block 1600TS engines, and the resulting A110 1600 was a dominant rally force until Lancia launched the Stratos at the end of 1972. The car described in the catalog was pretty much where the glory years started for Alpine, and as such, would be very important if you're into that kind of thing. The car actually presented probably didn't have the history described, but was at worst a wonderful and accurate representation of the era and quite probably a 1967–68 team car fitted with a correct team engine, just with unknown history. The issue is how much value gets assigned to history versus the “go play with it” value of a cool and highly acceptable vintage rally car. My take is that, assuming the buyer understood May 2008 the situation, the market for these cars is more in useable fun than in specific history. Unrestored and un-run for many years, this car probably needs about $25,000 thrown at it before anyone sits on the starting line at the Historic Monte Carlo Rally, so we're talking about $165,000 or so in true sales value here. A quick browse through the SCM database suggests that if you want a significant team rally car of that era, that's pretty much what you're going to have to spend to own it, with or without history. To be welcome, even invited, to drive flat out over an alpine pass in a raging blizzard at night, though, that's priceless. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) Seat Time Charles Moseley, Weston, CT: The Alpine Renault is one of my all-time favorites. I don't currently own one, but I do have a story. The Alpine factory is in the Channel port town of Dieppe. My family has owned a small cottage on the Normandy coast not far from Dieppe for over 50 years, and I can still remember driving by that factory in the 1960s and '70s when I was a young boy. There were often Alpines and Gordinis of all kinds driving down the back roads—A108s, convertibles, R4s and R8s, and weird-looking fiberglass shapes I had never seen before or since. There were often various 110s in the factory lot, and I always asked my mother to stop so I could get out and look. One day, while I was peering through the fence, a man came out and offered to let me in to take a closer look. My French wasn't very good, but my mom said it was okay, and she went off to go shopping, leaving me with my tour guide. His English wasn't even as good as my French, but we communicated as best we could. After walking around a few production street cars, he began to tell me something about Monte Carlo, but he spoke quickly and I wasn't quite sure what he meant. So he took me to a large garage door and opened it to reveal a rally car. Headlights everywhere. Huge wheelarches with fat, fat tires. Decals and graphics. The coolest thing I had ever seen. We walked over to the driver's side window and looked in. He spoke quickly and pointed to various levers and switches, but I couldn't follow what he was saying. Suddenly he picked me up and put me in the car through the window. I sat on the seat, which actually fit me quite well; I could reach the pedals and see over the small steering wheel. The man continued to point at things and talk very fast, and I still had no idea what he was saying. Then he leaned into the car, reached past me, and started it up! He kept saying one thing I did understand, “Ne touche pas rien!” Don't touch anything! But he was laughing and smiling as I sat there with the loud clatter of the engine behind me. He made a motion with his hand toward my feet to push the pedals, so I gingerly pushed the first one—what a roar! Scared me to death, which he thought was doubly hilarious. He reached in again and shut off the motor and pulled me out. I never found out who the man was or what car I was in. But since that day an Alpine A110 1600 has been on the list of Top 5 Cars I Must Own. I only have two concerns: 1) I am now a foot taller and 125 pounds heavier than I was at the age of ten, when the car fit me perfectly. 2) Exchange rates aren't nearly as favorable as they used to be. 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Market Reports Overview Rétromobile Classics and American Muscle Total $56m Sales in Paris and the U.S. saw some impressive numbers, with totals up almost everywhere by Jim Pickering C hristie's auction was the big news at last year's Rétromobile sale in Paris, with notoriety caused by the consignment and then withdrawal of a rare 1939 Auto Union D-type Grand Prix racer—from what turned out to be the company's last Parisian automotive event. The closure of Christie's automotive department might have left a void in the Rétromobile lineup this year, but the spot was gladly filled by Bonhams. Contributing Editor Donald Osborne Sales Totals Bonhams, Paris, FRA Artcurial, Paris, FRA Mecum, Kissimmee, FL Kruse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Mecum, Kansas City, MO Auctions America, Raleigh, NC Kruse, Phoenix, AZ made the trip to Paris for the first-time Bonhams event, noting that the company sold $14m worth of cars—a new Rétromobile auction record—and nearly $5m more than Christie's $9.2m total from '07. This year's high sale honors went to a 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S-type roadster at $3.4m—a car profiled in this issue on page 56. Another Mercedes-Benz, this one a 1936 500K belonging to French abstract painter Georges Mathieu, brought $1.3m. In the absence of Christie's, Artcurial also made some changes to its event this year, including moving up the traditional Sunday date of its sale to compete with Bonhams on the other side of town. In fact, both sales $14,103,643 $5,641,187 $15,090,107 $7,607,143 $4,911,570 $3,940,352 took place at roughly the same time on Saturday, forcing bidders to choose one auction house over another. Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman was present for Artcurial's event, where he noted 77% sell-through for a final total of $5.6m—also showing comfortable growth from last year's $4.5m take. The high sale here went to a rare 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne at $757k, likely one of the best examples extant. Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson made his way to Kansas City for Mecum's annual early December sale, where 272 cars sold at a final total of $5.2m. In 2006, only 165 cars sold for a total of $3.6m, which shows the market for muscle in the Midwest may be seeing some improvement. The weekend after Mecum's sale, Auction Analyst Chip Lamb traveled to North Total Sales Percentages 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 $5,222,517 Bonhams Paris, FRA Artcurial Paris, FRA Mecum Kissimmee, FL Kruse Ft. Lauderdale, FL Mecum Kansas City, MO Kruse Phoenix, AZ Auctions America Raleigh, NC 66 Sports Car Market

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Kruse (K), Phoenix, AZ, p. 120 Mecum, (MKC), Kansas City, MO, p. 94 Kruse (KFL) Ft. Lauderdale, FL Mecum (MK), Kissimmee, FL, p. 110 Carolina for Auctions America's Raleigh Classic sale, where 153 cars brought a solid $3.9m. Most of the cars on offer here sold at under $100k, and Lamb noted that most of those available fell into the category of good drivers or better. The first few days of 2008 saw Kruse host a sale in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, and SCM was there as 236 cars totaled $7.6m. Everything from Ferraris to Opels were available, with a large number of Corvettes also crossing the block. Fewer cars were offered this year, but numbers were up by over $1.2m from last year's $6.4m total, suggesting the quality of those cars as a whole had improved. The numbers at Mecum's annual Kissimmee event were not as promising, as final totals dropped by $5m, to $15m, from the $20m realized last year. A large part of this could have been due to poor weather, but Auction Analyst Chip Lamb noted that there was still plenty of fevered bidding, with a 1953 Corvette roadster bringing the highest Auctions America (AA) Raleigh, NC, p. 84 Artcurial (A), Paris, FRA, p. 68 Bonhams (B), Paris, FRA, p. 76 price of the weekend at $249,900. Kruse's annual Arizona event in January again took place the weekend after B-J and the other high-profile auctions in the area, and this year, the company saw the same trend that appeared in Ft. Lauderdale earlier in the month: fewer cars offered bringing a higher final total. Here the numbers grew by $774k from the $4.1m realized last year, although with only 153 cars sold compared to last year's 177. Finally, Geoff Archer's report on recent eBay sales focused on race cars, and whether your victory drink is champagne, milk, or beer, he's got you covered. ♦ SCM1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S-type roadster, $3,360,375—B, p. 79 2. 1929 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport roadster, $1,924,875—B, p. 78 3. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A, $1,286,875—B, p. 80 4. 1904 Thomas Model 27 racer, $1,188,000—K, p. 122 5. 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne, $757,178—A, p. 72 6. 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso coupe, $521,575—B, p.82 7. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $489,375—B, p.80 8. 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III coupe, $464,983—A, p.70 9. 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio cabriolet, $464,963—A, p.74 10. 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S coupe, $464,963—A, p. 75 May 2008 1. 1952 Mercedes-Benz 170S Cabriolet, $103,649—A, p. 74 2. 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S-type roadster, $3,360,375—B, p. 79 3. 1972 MG B GT, $5,400—AA, p. 86 4. 1968 AMC AMX, $26,250—MKC, p.100 5. 1967 Chrysler Imperial convertible, $16,470—KFL, p. 109 67 Best Buys

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Artcurial Paris, FRA Column Author Classic & Racing Cars The best Voisin Aerodyne in the world sold for over $750,000 to a hushed auditorium on Rétromobile weekend Company Artcurial Date February 9, 2008 Location Paris, France Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold / offered 34 / 44 Sales rate 77% Sales total $5,641,187 High sale 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aerodyne, sold at $757,178 Buyer's premium Avions Voisin C25, not many left and priced accordingly at $757k Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics T Paris, FRA hey take their auctions seriously in Paris. Though the viewing hall on the first floor of the modern Palais des Congrès exhibition center was never still, at ten minutes to the appointed hour of 8 pm, a massive and sudden horde swept through the room, packing into the lifts and filling the upstairs Amphitheatre Bleu, where bidding commenced before a screen displaying the cars. By the second Panhard & Levassor, it was standing room only. As hubbub fell to hush for the star turn, the Voisin C25 Aerodyne—resplendent on a stand on the other side of Paris, at the Rétromobile show—there were about 100 bodies packed in the aisles. Only a small proportion were bidding; but seeing who is spending money appears to make a great Parisian night out. Prices were buoyant. Bidding was in euros, meaning that prices appeared skewed to the high side for stateside enthusiasts due to aberrant exchange rates between the U.S. and Europe. France's premier old-car auction house had decided on an American-style sale for this night. Two spotters roamed with remote mics, shouting rapid-fire bids over auctioneer Hervé Poulain's exhortations. It was confusing to listen to (even for the poor guy manning the LED display, who couldn't keep up) but it worked, driving bids well past $5.5m on just 34 cars sold. 68 Star lots included probably the best and most original Citroën DS21 cabriolet in the world at a staggering $205,216, and that Voisin, which fetched $757,178. A Mercedes 300SL Gullwing finally went for the right price of $567,000 after the auction house managed to make the sale post-block. National pride was only slightly dented when it transpired that one of the most awaited lots, a beautifully authentic example of France's best rally car, the Alpine A110S, wasn't quite the Holy Grail it first appeared to be (see profile, p. 64). It was still an ex-Works car fitted with a superior engine, and both buyer and seller should be happy with the deal that was struck, pegging it at $138,198, about the price of an ex-Works Escort or Mini. Three collections were on sale here: two Panhards and a rare Derby from Pierre Veniard; veteran and vintage cars assembled over the years by Le Mans museum founder Henry Browne de Kilmaine; and a selection of contemporary classics belonging to keen rally participant Thierry Dehaeck. Other notables included a one-ownerfrom-new Aston Martin DB4 (see profile, p. 50), which was introduced by a passionate note from its already-grieving owner, M. Claude Rouzaud. You could have heard a pin drop in the room as the car blew its estimate by double to sell for almost $464,963. The mint Prost F1 car was a bargain by comparison at only $253,918, but remember to add at least the same again should you wish to actually operate it. Grand theater indeed. ♦ Sales Totals $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m $12m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 16% up to $145,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (€1 = $1.45) Sports Car Market

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Artcurial Paris, FRA Column Author BELGIAN #11-1924 MINERVA ZZ Torpedo tourer. S/N 31021. Eng. # 31030. Black & silver/black canvas/red & brown leather. Odo: 98,843 km. Only two owners, the second for 50 years and both in Portugal. Could be completely original, although deep paint must have been redone at some point. Good order, extra jump seats sale, and this one had a much purer look. That said, the later car had useful upgrades making it easier to drive. A decent deal for both buyer and seller. #16-1959 JAGUAR XK 150S 3.4 still functioning, lights and radiator excellent. Recently overhauled and said to run well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $103,649. Top estimate money, and about right for such an original car. This was on a par with a possible alternative, a decent Lancia Lambda, but this would be the way to go if you wanted something a little rarer. ENGLISH #18-1926 MORGAN STANDARD Popular runabout. S/N B575. Eng. # KTYT65016. Green/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Restored, with good paint over a smooth and straight body, clean motor, and nice minimalist interior. Original Lucas lights, 6-volt electrics. drophead coupe. S/N T838517DN. Eng. # B5006608. Black/black alpaca/red leather. Odo: 53,562 km. Restored a couple of years ago with 3.8 motor, alternator, electric fan, and power steering. Straight panels and deep paint still nice even after having done a rally. folding picnic tables. With original toolkit. From the Thierry Dehaeck Collection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $302,621. As one of only 107 built, this was a rarity, and that keeps values up alongside the eye-watering cost of restoration. Sold at way over the pre-sale high estimate of $222k, even with disappointing paint job. #26-1962 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II LWB saloon. S/N LLDC20. Cream/beige leather. Odo: 48,365 miles. Coachwork by James Young. One of the last of 299 LWB Cloud IIs built, originally supplied to New York. Power glass division, separate a/c for front and rear. Fair appearance, but lead melted Interior retrim doesn't look very old, modern face-off stereo and trashcan-sized Le Mans fuel filler look slightly out of place. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $138,198. All the mods done meant you could drive this anywhere, and the owner proved it. Top money for a 150, but it couldn't be replicated to this standard for the price. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 8 #21-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series III coupe. S/N DB4621L. Eng. # 370617. Black/beige leather. Odo: 83,767 km. One-owner for the last 47 years and completely original. Recent new brakes and exhaust. Original owner's manual, tool kit, and various paperwork, some signed by David Brown. JAP V-twin. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,914. A Morgan three-wheeler might make sense in the land of the strange cyclecar, although the meaty JAP up front means it's not underpowered. It sold over its $37k estimate... but you've got to want one. #24-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 roadster. S/N S811655. Eng. # G50328S. Red/beige leather. Odo: 82,515 miles. Looks like it was restored some time ago and kept that way. Body, paint, and interior as-new, engine bay not overdone. Desirable C-type head. Only chrome wires look slightly out of place. May well have spent some time in the U.S. From the Thierry Dehaeck Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $107,103. This one brought slightly over its $96k estimate, but it was still cheaper than the 150S in the same 70 Good overall, with some stone-chipping to front. Leather nicely worn in. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $464,983. You could hear a pin drop as this sailed past its $371k estimate, but this lot was unrepeatable. As DB5s hit the stratosphere, the arguably more elegant DB4s aren't far behind—and this one was very special. This could prove to be a very good buy. See “English Profile,” p. 50. Sports Car Market out of right hand front fender before painting. Timber and leather good, carpets poor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $77,736. Rare and in overall good order, this Rolls sold at almost $20k over the top estimate of $58k. You don't expect flawed body and paint at a price like this, but new carpets will improve it on the cheap. Still, this can be considered well sold. #37-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III Phase 1 BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L29983. #23-1962 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II drophead coupe. S/N LSZD67. Cream/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 43,131 miles. Almost concours but for a few disappointing flaws in the paint, including dust marks and a small run. Inside timber excellent, including

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Green/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 50,050 miles. Ten-year-old body and paint not as good as the rest of the car. Interior and dash good, chrome new, floors replaced, chassis rails not hit much. No leaks from axle or trans, three owners from new. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $65,644. Although we all love the purity of the early cars, late ones like this are easiest to live with and command strong prices. However, this was surprisingly expensive for a car with only fair paint at auction. Well sold. #41-1965 JAGUAR XKE SI 4.2 convert- ible. S/N 1E11203. Eng. # 7E25109. White/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 59,673 km. Underwent a complete $50k restoration in 2003, at which time it was sensitively upgraded as is well, chrome unmarked, and interior leather is cracking in nicely. Rear self leveling system fitted, and if it still works, it's a bonus. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,895. Marginally over estimate and top money for an old Shudder, though this was a low-mileage example and better than the usual wedding-car fodder. These can be bought for well under $20k, so the seller should be well satisfied—but it should make the new owner happy as well. becoming the norm with Euro XKEs: forged pistons, oil cooler, Kenlowe fan, Coopercraft calipers, etc. Tidy panel fit, concours engine bay, very good interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $103,649. The slightly above estimate winning bid shows that reworked and usable E-types are still growers. Well bought and sold. #43-1965 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III Standard Steel saloon. S/N SKP423. Eng. # S429. White/red leather. Odo: 23,522 km. Sold new in Italy to one of the Olivetti family, owned by the seller since 1983, since repainted. Door fit OK, though some overspray is apparent in jambs. Rear #27-1975 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE cabriolet. S/N DRD20608. White/ivory cloth/ red leather. Odo: 57,888 miles. Paint shows a bit of orange peel but is otherwise nice. Chrome and trim good, wood decent, red leather shows wear. Overcarpets fitted. Sold with original Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2008 BMW 135i Coupe Price as tested: $36,675 Likes: Compact package crams in 300-horsepower, twin-turbo engine, delivers 0–60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Nice looks, great handling (with $1,000 sport package), good build quality, and reasonable price. Convertible version pretty. Gripes: Feels heavy. Rear seat as tight as Mini Clubman. Tacky metal dashboard trim, rubbery gearshift action. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: Who needs the BMW 3-Series? Perfect track-day alternative to Mitsu Evo with less attention from cops and more comfort as a daily driver.—Gary Anderson 2008 BMW M3 Coupe owner's manual and EU papers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $77,736. First supplied to Rallye Motors in New York, this cabriolet was nothing more than average throughout. Against a high estimate of $67k, this was very strong money. Well sold. #30-1982 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE cabriolet. S/N SCAYD42A5CCX04791. Silver/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 45,698 miles. First delivered to Arkansas. Good overall, with repaint now showing a few marks. Chrome good, timber and dash nice and still fitted with a pushbutton cassette player. Blue arches rust-free, one rear overrider lightly dinged. Chassis good, leather excellent, timber refurbished. Comes with toolkit, maintenance book, and cover. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $82,918. This was on the high side for a “typical” Cloud III wearing unflattering paint. It'll certainly get some attention wherever it goes, but it can be considered well sold at this price. #32-1969 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW saloon. S/N SRH7239. Blue & silver/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 21,162 miles. Originally supplied to London. Some visible flaking inside right rear wheelarch, but this isn't the usual rustbucket. Repaint holding up May 2008 leather could do with a feed, but is not heavily worn. Fitted with a lockable mini bar in the driver's door. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $77,736. This Rolls sold right in the middle of its presale estimate range, and even though it was Price as tested: $60,525 Likes: New high-revving V8 engine, variable engine response setting, steering feel, suspension damping, and stability controls. Crisp track performance, but switch off MDrive and it's as comfortable on the street as a luxury coupe. Gripes: $3,250 technology package very complicated. Hire a track coach, a tuning specialist and an IT instructor to get the most out of this car. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: Perhaps the best all-rounder on the market, but most likely to be used to impress buddies at the 19th hole.—GA ♦ 71

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Artcurial Paris, FRA Column Author in decent condition, there isn't a whole lot of upside here. Let's hope that mini bar came stocked. FRENCH #4-1904 BROUHOT D1 Two-Seater tourer. S/N 755. Green & black/black leather. RHD. The first lot from the collection of Henry Browne de Kilmaine. Body good. Broken floorboards and cracked leather to bucket seats give excellent patina. Brass radiator and headlights good. Rear brakes only. A veteran of taillights, Dynastart, and more recent carburetor. Original maker's plate still on scuttle. 18,000 miles under its belt in present 50-year ownership. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $161,716. This sale price was double its estimate, and the result brought much applause in the sales room. Even though this might seem expensive, compare it to prices of London-Brighton-eligible cars and it doesn't look out of order. Well bought and sold. #6-1912 LORRAINE-DIETRICH 16hp the London to Brighton Run as well as other vintage rallies. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $120,388. Another double-estimate final figure. This is what London-Brighton-eligible cars fetch these days, and this one was eminently usable, with many long-distance rallies already under its belt. #5-1906 PEUGEOT BB LION VA Two- Seater tourer. S/N 962. White/black leather. RHD. In good working order, last used in ACF Grand Prix centennial celebrations in 2006. Body and interior show nice patina, brasswork good. Used in the TV series “Les Gens de Mogador,” spent many years in the Musée Type VHH Series 6 tourer. S/N 17262. Red/ tan canvas/black leather. RHD. Same owner for the last 60 years. Original body refurbished some time ago, timber scuttle and side toolbox in fresh varnish look newer than rest of car. Still with original-type top and fittings. RHD. Ordered by the French army, bodied first as coupe de ville, then bus, now a rakish tourer. Restored over the past 40 years. Body, interior, top and mechanicals all in good order, Lucidus headlamps. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $43,187. A breath under bottom estimate. Not expensive for an elegant, usable grand tourer when the equivalent Bentley is five times as much. OK, it's been rebodied, but so have most of the “Le Mans” type Bentleys. #9-1932 AVIONS VOISIN C14 Wicker Body tourer. S/N 28677. Eng. # 28752. Black & wicker/red leather. RHD. Odo: 36,545 km. Amazing wicker body replicated by Panelcraft of London makes this stand out. Found derelict in Switzerland in 1968, bought by Art Leibermann who then had it restored. Still on Indiana plates. Recent $10k overhaul, in very good order throughout. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,462. Last seen at Christie's Le Mans sale in July '06, where it failed to sell at $76,800 (SCM# 42365). This price just scraped past the upper estimate of $59k. Undoubtedly there's nothing else quite like it, but how stable is a wicker body? #1-1933 DERBY L8 Boattail roadster. S/N Brass radiator surround good, few small dings to acetylene headlights. From the Henry Browne de Kilmaine Collection. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,874. This brought mid-estimate money, so both the buyer and seller can be happy. Like all cars from this collection, it was up and running and ready for more events. de l'Automobile de la Sarth. From the Henry Browne de Kilmaine Collection. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $62,889. Not being London to Brighton eligible kept the price down here, but it still sold well over its $52k high estimate. Could the punters really remember its appearance on French TV 35 years ago? #2-1910 PANHARD & LEVASSOR TYPE X limousine. S/N 17881. Black/black leather & gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 8,363 km. Coachwork by Kellner. Imposing and in good order. Restored in the '50s with some aging to body now looking delightfully original. Fully stocked with brass instruments, gray cloth interior fair. Excellent BRC brass lights with electric conversion, modern electric 72 #3-1923 PANHARD & LEVASSOR TYPE X Torpedo sports tourer. S/N 58030. Blue & black/black canvas/black leather. instruments. In running order with Carte Grise, but cosmetically poor. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $103,649. This started at $30k and sold just a few moments later considerably past its upper estimate of $74k. This oddity could be seen as a folly, but it was sold before a fiercely patriotic audience... and where are you going to find another? TOP 10 No. 5 #8-1935 AVIONS VOISIN C25 Aerodyne 4-dr sedan. S/N 50023. Eng. # M255001. Black/green leather. RHD. Odo: 860 km. Probably the most Sports Car Market 803. Red & white/white canvas/black leather. Odo: 526 km. Coachwork by Duval. Elegant boattail roadster found and restored by a famous French collector, then in the same ownership for more than 40 years. The only known survivor of eleven cars. Complete, including all

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Artcurial Paris, FRA Column Author complete and authentic Aerodyne in the world, though sliding top is now fixed and vacuum actuator is missing from trunk. Straight shiny body repainted, original interior with right amount of wear. All trim, fixtures, and fittings present and correct, although headlamps do not look original. Has not been run recently but engine is not seized. From the Henry Browne de Kilmaine Collection. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $757,178. This was the one everyone at the sale had been waiting for. Bidding started at $116k and rushed to this final number to much applause. Of only seven built, this is probably the best left in the world, and as such, the seller could probably have named his price. A decent deal. TOP 10 No. 9 #12-1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Stelvio cabriolet. S/N 57314. Eng. # 162. Brown & cream/black canvas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 13,859 km. Coachwork by Pichon-Parat. Uses a Type 101 engine and hydraulic brakes, and at one stage wore a 101type front end before receiving a 57 front in the lamps. Desirable early front end, green-fluid car means fewer hydraulic issues. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $129,560. Just about on the money for a nice cabrio, though the pre-sale estimate pegged it as high as $163k. A good price for a rare car that needed nothing. #42-1967 ALPINE RENAULT A110 1300S racer. S/N 10603. Eng. # 1440CCN4M. Blue/ black. Odo: 46,181 km. An ex-Works example of France's best rally car with later engine fitted. Lightweight body and interior well-used, but it has been taken care of mechanically. Riding on tatty Gotti wheels, comes with set late '80s. Excellent order, well looked after and regularly used. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $464,963. This sold right in the middle of the pre-sale estimate range. Any worries about it being a hybrid were canceled out by it being a nicer driver with better brakes... after all, who really wants cables? Think of it as a T57 lightly rodded by the factory, and suddenly any doubts evaporate. #34-1961 DEUTSCH-BONNET HBR5 coupe. S/N 1089. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: of Delta Mics. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $138,198. There was huge interest in this one, although the winning bid fell some way short of expected, as this turned out not to be the car it first appeared to be. Even with uncertain history, it was a former Works car, and auction valuation quite rightly puts it near a Mini or Escort with similar provenance. See “Race Profile,” p. 64. #40-1968 CITROËN DS21 convertible. S/N 4609560. Eng. # 318008561. Silver/ black alpaca/black leather. Odo: 61,333 km. 74 Sports Car Market of '99 season, unused since. Complete with motor, gearbox, and engine management unit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $253,918. Running this on the track won't be cheap, but with recent F1 Ferraris at $1m, this looked like a bargain and would be just as thrilling to mere mortals. GERMAN #10-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 170S cabriolet. S/N 1360436723. Maroon/ tan canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 5 km. Superbly restored to as good as or better than new. Correct in every detail, with the addition of bumper-mounted orange indicators. Nice paint, chrome, glass, interior, and chassis. All independent suspension. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $103,649. This brought well over estimate, but even small 49,353 miles. One of last of under 500 produced. Some minor scuffing to body, dull paint, nasty black vinyl seats, and blue kitchen carpet... about par for the course. Originally supplied to the U.S, with km numbers stuck over mph speedo... but there's a nice Nardi wheel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $65,644. The restoration was a while ago, but this car had some race history in the U.S. Luckily someone was prepared to give this rarity some love, and that person also gave the seller mid-estimate money to own it. #20-1967 CITROËN DS21 convert- ible. S/N 4603271. Eng. # DX20578006604. Metallic blue/black alpaca/tan leather. Odo: 31,000 km. One family owned since 1985, recently restored. Very clean and looked after, concours engine bay. One paint blemish by filler flap. Correct XAS tires, Carrera driving Completely original and with interesting and comprehensive history. Lines perfect, paint good, dash excellent with Continental Edison radio. Two owners, with the first retaining ownership until 2000. As good as they get, even on its second time around the clock. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $205,216. Unrepeatable, and in this condition, it was no surprise the price paid soared past the top estimate of $193k. Well bought and sold. #46-1999 PROST-PEUGEOT F1 APO2 F1 racer. S/N 5. Eng. # A18. Blue/black cloth. As-new F1 car from the 1999 season. Took 7th in Monaco with Jarno Trulli, 6th in Germany with Olivier Panis, presented to Panis at end

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Alfa Bits Mercedes-Benzes cost a mint to restore properly, so it makes sense to buy at the top after the money's already been spent. Even at this price, if you want the best, the economics stack up. Shrewdly bought. #35-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210426502075. Silver/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 100 km. Beautifully restored 100 km ago and probably better than new. All details correct, aside from overpolished motor castings and modern radio. Excellent throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,918. Last seen at Bonhams Nurburgring beige leather. Odo: 59,479 miles. Originally supplied to the U.S. Mostly good condition, but paint is beginning to bubble on trunk lid and timber is splitting over instrument binnacle. Becker Europa radio, owner's manuals. One of 702. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $86,374. This was over estimate and strong money for an early-series car that was a little off perfect, and it had air suspension as well, which might cause problems down the road. That said, these are very rare and hard to find even in this condition. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 10 #39-1969 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400S coupe. S/N 4124. Eng. # 2266. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 53,133 km. Excellent restored condition using new panels, upgraded water pump, and correct rubber, but quickly-painted alloy wheels let it down. Only sale in August '03, where it sold at $46,000 in red and black (SCM# 35934). This final price was just over the top estimate of $81,600, and that was not a bad deal considering it couldn't be restored for the money spent. As the big sister 300SL clears $500k in Europe, the 190 has become an excellent value. #28-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 1980428500314. White/black alpaca/gray MB-Tex. Odo: 51,463 miles. From first year of 300SL roadster production, first supplied to America, now fitted with Tripmaster and used on rallies. Body straight three owners, with claimed 6,000 real miles from new and 50 since restoration. Original odometer defective and replaced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $464,963. Like all '70s supercars, Miuras have rocketed up in value over the past two years. Even approaching $500k, cars like this still have a bit more room to breathe. #38-1971 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N AM1151932. Eng. # 18427365. Bronze metallic/red & brown leather. Odo: 341 km. Fair older restoration shows a few dust marks in paint and dirty alloy wheels. Leather good, no leaks or obvious nasties in motor. Noted and tidy, trim good, interior excellent. Exhaust fitted with fishtail in the rear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $464,963. With a good look overall, this car appeared ready for touring or more rallies. Near top estimate and on the money. Well bought and sold. #25-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE convertible. S/N 11202312008511. Brown/beige/ as having been static for some time, so some mechanical recommissioning will be needed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $86,374. This brought just under its top estimate of $90k, and even allowing for a little recommissioning, this was only a quarter of the price of a comparable Daytona. Still, it was near the top of the market for an example in this condition. Well bought and sold. ♦ May 2008 this car also. You can sell the extra parts and save on the restoration. The only rust I can find is some slight just starting on the bottom of the sills. There appears to be no bondo, no accident damage anywhere.” 24 bids, sf 57, bf private. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $15,100. Cue the “Sanford and Son” theme song. The extra parts and the rare hard top almost explain the high bid for a big project... but why would you pay double market for 1.5 cars in a great big heap? Well sold. #330214182367- 1967 ALFA ROMEO 2600 SPRINT coupe. S/N AR825773. Red/black. Odo: 112,000 miles. 24 Photos. Strasburg, CO. “All original with possibly the exception of the wheels. There is some rusting on the body below the doors. There are a few spots on the body that contain body IN CALIFORNIA,... 75% COMPLETE, VERY SOLID, SOME RUST IN TRUNK SPARE TIRE WELL,...EXCELLENT(FOR THEIR AGE) FLOOR BOARDS AND OUTER SHEET METAL.” Has side grilles, “CORRECT GAUGES, TOP FRAME AND CHROME/ STAILESS IS COMPLETE.” 1 bid, sf 845, bf 1. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,996. Fair price for a ferrous piece. Hmm... now if I only knew where I could find a trailer full of spare parts... #170192577427- 1961 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000 roadster. S/N AR102040072. White/white hard top/black. 15 Photos. Oklahoma City, OK. “Excellent cadidate for a full restoration... Very rust free car stored since 1974 when restoration work stalled... many extra parts... Basically another car was stripped to the body shell and those parts are with Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #150217371287- 1959 ALFA ROMEO 2000 SPIDER roadster. S/N AR1020400112. Primer gray & red/shredded black cloth/black. Odo: 79,000 miles. 24 Photos. Cape Ann, MA. The 112th Touring Spider built. “EXCELLENT PROJECT FOR RESTORATION, COMING FROM LONG TERM STORAGE filler...” Faded, matte, and peeling red paint over original black really looks like a Ralph Lauren distressed-leather wall treatment. “It runs and drives great.” 1 bid, sf 51, bf 37. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,500. A fair price for this funky project... although I am not saying that I recommend such an undertaking. Seller believes “It deserves a total, no holes barred restoration.” Some eBay typos are awesomely Freudian. ♦ 75

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Bonhams Paris, FRA Column Author Automobiles d'Exception à Rétromobile Several “star lots” went unsold, but Bonhams scored three over $1m, on the way to a $14m total, with a 68% sale rate Company Bonhams Date February 9, 2008 Location Paris, France Auctioneer Marielle Digard Automotive lots sold / offered 47 / 69 Sales rate 68% Sales total $14,103,643 High sale High sale in Paris—1928 Saoutchik-bodied Mercedes brought $3.36m Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics T he reality of the closing of Christie's Motorcar Department was brought home at the Rétromobile show in Paris, when newcomer Bonhams took over. French red tape took some untangling, and Bonhams acknowledged it was a challenge not to be able to advertise or market the sale in their customary fashion. Adding to the situation was the French Artcurial auction house, which moved its Sunday sale forward to compete for the same audience. The move had little effect, and Bonhams reported the highest volume sale in both dollars and numbers ever held at the show. Although several “star lots” failed to sell, Bonhams achieved three sales over $1m, on the way to a $14m day, with a 68% sale rate. In another change from years past, the sale was divided between two separate buildings, which enabled cars to be driven across the block—believed to be a first in Paris. A standing-room-only crowd greeted charming auctioneer Marielle Digard, who was a late substitution for Jean-Christophe Giuseppe. After a few lots of automobilia, the sale began briskly with a barn-find 1920s Cottin-Desgouttes touring car, which had been used as the chase car for a French fire department. Even though the car actually ran, bidding stalled at $40,600. The next two lots were little more than Bugatti parts in open boxes for a Type 51 and a Type 57. However, they were from the estate of the late John Gardiner, of U.K. vintage car restorers Crosthwaite & Gardiner, and they soared to $68,368 and $133,400, respectively. The highest price achieved on the ramp was the $1.9m 76 Paris, FRA paid by a resident of the Netherlands for the delightfully scruffy 1929 Bugatti 1928 Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 S-type roadster, sold at $3,360,375 Buyer's premium 15% up to $217,500, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (€1 = $1.45) Type 43 Grand Sport from the collection of Dutchman Willem “Pim” Hascher. The 1928 Supercharged Mercedes-Benz S-type with coachwork from the Parisian atelier of Saoutchik was the widely anticipated top-dollar lot of the sale. After spending its entire life in the hands of only two U.S. owners, it returned to the Continent for $3.36m. The sale was concluded post- block, after it stalled short of low estimate. (See profile, p. 56.) The “star” lot was another Mercedes, the 1936 500K Cabriolet A being sold by noted French abstract painter Georges Mathieu, finally giving up his daily driver at age 87. He purchased the car at a French government auction 50 years ago and delighted in driving a reminder of the late unpleasantness. The imposing black convertible arrived on the stage accompanied by a video shot years ago on the rain-slicked streets of Paris at night. It got the locals to their feet and the car went to the U.S. for $1.3m. Other notable sales included a 1964 Ferrari Lusso, sold at $521,275, a driver-level 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster that brought $489,375, and a 1973 Porsche 2.7 Carrera RS classwinning rally car that sold at $425,575. Among the cars that failed to sell was the stun- ning 1921 Farman A6B Super Sport Torpedo built for a maharajah, which stalled at $710,500. In spite of being driven across the block by Jean-Louis Schlesser and Jochen Mass, the 1989 championship winning Sauber-Mercedes C9 was the highest bid no-sale at $1.8m. Motor Car Department head James Knight ac- knowledged some of the challenges, but noted cheerfully that the sale was the best—by 40% in terms of dollar volume—ever held at Rétromobile. ♦ Christie's / Bonhams Paris Sales Totals $3m $6m $9m $12m $15m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Paris, FRA Column Author ENGLISH #124-1937 JAGUAR SS 100 2½-Liter roadster. S/N 18076. Eng. # 251308. Aluminum & primer/red vinyl/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 64,899 miles. Body roughly put together to approximate shape. Fenders in bare alloy, body in black primer. Interior appears complete but not fully assembled. Engine replaced in 1958. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $313,925. The SS 100 was the first real sports car from Jaguar, and it has become an icon of pre-war British motoring. This one was a project for the brave, and given the work needed, the price paid was certainly quite high. If the new owner holds on to it for five years after it's finished, this may prove to have been a fair buy. #136-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N DB4467L. Navy blue/tan leather. Good panel fit, aside from uneven gaps on the bottom and rear edges of both doors. Shiny paint shows orange peel, chips on rear edge of left door, stress cracks, and some bubbling on nose. Dent in right door. Waviness and pitting under plating at front bumper, losses on left door window frame trim, scratches and pitting on door handles. Partially retrimmed by Graber. Superb panel fit and paint, very good chrome let down only by very light polish scratches. Excellent interior has some pilling on left front carpeting. Stated to have a competition engine fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $297,975. Ex-Bahre and Jerome Sauls Collections. One of 32, shown at Pebble Beach in 2000. Seen at Christie's Tarrytown, NY, sale in April '01, where it sold at $170k (SCM# 23869). Listed then in #1 condition, the highlevel restoration of this elegant Swiss-bodied Talbot-Lago has been well maintained and was here just a hair away from being in show-winning condition. A stunning car, and it has to be considered very well bought at the price. TOP 10 No. 2 #125-1925 BUGATTI TYPE 30 tourer. S/N 4637. Eng. # 532. Light blue/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 6,970 km. Variable panel fit, but as there are only two panels, it's not a problem. Older paint shows chips and stress cracking in spots, as well as some microblistering and fading. Clean interior good, with wear appropriate to seats, loose door panels. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $282,025. The Series II cars have some useful features, such as overdrive, which make them better drivers than their earlier siblings. This car carried Historic Monte Carlo Rally stickers and had clearly been used hard, but that's not a bad thing, for if it's sorted it will be more fun than a perfect trailer-queen DB. These have seen a remarkable rise in value of late, as this used to be the price for a show winner. Very well sold. FRENCH #109-1950 TALBOT-LAGO T26 RECORD Grand Sport convertible. S/N 102028. Eng. # 26531. Silver/gray canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 38,890 km. Coachwork 78 overall condition of the car. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $449,500. An example of the first 8-cylinder Bugatti, this one with a tourer body believed to be English. This had very good history, and a high-level restoration had been completed in the mid-'80s. Sold at Coys London April '84 for $102k (SCM# 9496), when it was described as “restored.” Here it looked well used, but it had a great feel, lovely looks, and was likely ready to tackle any vintage rally. Well bought and sold. #106-1926 AVIONS VOISIN C4 Boattail roadster. S/N 18533. Bare aluminum & dark blue fabric/black leather. RHD. Odo: 36,488 km. Very good panel fit. Nice paint on fenders, Weymann-style fabric body well-fitted except for some puckering near left door hinges. Bright metal trim complete but a bit dull. Relatively bare interior, with wood body framing visible inside in sound condition. Originally carried a 4/5 seat limousine body. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $58,363. Ex-Rosso Bianco Collection. The Sports Car Market with a factory Grand Sport body. From the Pim Hascher Collection. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $1,924,875. A car with stories, but this time they're fascinating. This car was well known in the Netherlands since the mid-'30s, and it had long-term ownership by noted Bugattiste Guillaume Prick. Clearly never restored and very well used. The Dutch were determined to bring it back home, and so they did. A huge price for an irreplaceable artifact. #171-1936 PEUGEOT 601 D-TM Grand Sport torpedo. S/N 712006. Yellow/beige canvas/yellow leather. Coachwork by Meulemeester. Good panel fit and chrome, paint has some areas of orange peel. Seats show some soiling and lumpiness on the side of the right front seat, other interior fittings still nice. Excellent dash wood with inlay detail, replica boattail body was a bit ill-proportioned on the long sedan chassis, but it was nevertheless dramatic, as you'd expect a Voisin to be. Priced right for the body fitted. #120-1929 BUGATTI TYPE 43 Grand Sport roadster. S/N 43303. Eng. # 130. French Blue/black leather. RHD. 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Bonhams Paris, FRA jewel-like instrument cluster. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $141,738. This upper-middle class pre-war Peugeot had slightly ungainly, almost Englishlooking coachwork, and the colors also did it no favors. One must presume that this is the current market price for the model. #150-1937 CITROËN 7C Traction coupe. S/N AG2220. Burgundy & black/taupe wool. Odo: 4,283 km. Very good panel fit. Older paint has areas of bubbling and scratches, chrome faded in places. Interior has good seats and a very soiled steering wheel. Modern shoulder belts fitted. Twin carburetors, 12-volt electrics, a bit thick-looking in my opinion, but it was still very well done. Last seen at the May '98 Coys sale at Chiswick House, where as a #2- it failed to sell at $166,811 (SCM# 948). Ten years later, with no apparent use or improvement, it appreciated a whopping 20%—not the best investment strategy. A fair price. #119-1951 BUGATTI TYPE 101 2-dr sa- Koni shocks. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $86,710. A gorgeous, very rare, and almost dashing Traction coupe. Its 1978 restoration was quite mellowed, and mechanical modifications including seat belts indicated the car was clearly intended for driving and clearly had been used. A good buy for both buyer and seller. #135-1938 CITROËN 11 Normale road- ster. S/N 131399. Dark gray/black canvas/dark red leather. Odo: 4,592 km. Excellent panel fit, very nice paint has some light polish marks. Very good to excellent chrome, alloy bright trim is a bit dull. Clean interior let down only by glue spray on seat top chrome handle. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $183,425. The 11 Normale was built on a long wheelbase platform, and it's much rarer than its shorter 11 Légère sibling. This was well presented, and it just needed a little attention to be excellent. A big price, but worth it. #108-1946 DELAHAYE 135M Figoni et Falaschi Replica convertible. S/N 48715. Two-tone blue/black canvas/light blue leather. RHD. Odo: 500 km. Figoni et Falaschi replica coachwork fitted. Very good panel fit, decent paint has some areas of orange peel on door tops. Superb chrome, good interior shows some soiling on seats as well as somewhat clumsily handled dashboard wood trim. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $200,100. A former museum car. This was May 2008 The last of the Bugattis, the Type 101 was a slightly warmed-over Type 57. This car was not listed in the 1962 Conway Bugatti register, but it has something of a known history. It sold for $6,923 at Christie's Geneva sale in March '69 (SCM# 9464). The catalog stated that the coachwork was “conceived for a Delahaye,” and indeed it looks exactly like a 135M with a horseshoe grille. Nicely worn, it looked to be a great tourer. A high price, but it was still within market range for such a rare car. See “Etceterini Profile,” p. 54. #151-1955 CITROËN 15CV 6H Traction 4-dr sedan. S/N OHA12026. Dark blue/blue velour. Odo: 42,816 km. Excellent panel fit. Older paint shows many small imperfections. Good bright trim except for missing left front door handle. Clean interior, speakers cut into front door panels, homemade wood steering wheel hub. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $35,851. The last of the Tractions, fitted with Citroën's top-of-the-line big 6 and a preview of the DS's hydraulic suspension mounted on the rear. This one appeared to be an older amateur restoration to driving standards, with big overstuffed velour seats reminiscent of the long-range trains of the SNCF. Sold for more than I would desirable of the drop-top DS Citroëns, but the automatic gearbox is not universally admired. This one carried a FIVA certificate proving it was the geniune article, not a later chop job. Just when you think the market has peaked, you're corrected. This was the right car in the right place, and it brought a big price. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 1 #155-1928 MERCEDESBENZ 26/120/180 Torpedo S-type roadster. S/N 40156. Cream/red leather. Coachwork by Saoutchik. Excellent panel fit, superb paint has one small chip on rear edge of left door and one on fuel filler cap. Very good bright trim aside from some light pitting and fading on radiator shell. Excellent interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $3,360,375. The star of the sale. Sold out of long-term one-family ownership at Christie's Monterey sale in August '06 for $3.65m (SCM# 42537). The buyer then tidied the car up loon. S/N 101502. Dark blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 63,730 km. Coachwork by A. Guilloré. Very good panel fit aside from raised trunk lid, nice older paint shows areas of microblistering and polish scratches. Most bright trim shows fading, light pitting, and areas of loss. Interior has a nice patina, with faded faux grain painting on door caps and dash top rail. Very good dash wood. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $269,265. have expected, but I don't feel the same pull that the locals do. #152-1969 CITROËN DS21 convertible. S/N DS214627096. Silver/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 66,375 km. Very good panel fit, as per factory. Paint nice with no issues noted. Chrome shows some light scratches at bumpers, trim still sound. Very good interior with seats covered in non-original grained leather. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $196,765. The DS21 is the most 79

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Bonhams Paris, FRA Column Author considerably, without losing the great feel of the older restoration. Unfortunately, after shipping it to Europe and selling it at the low estimate, it's hard to think this is what he had in mind. It's certainly worth more, so this was a great deal. See “German Profile,” p. 56. #107-1935 ADLER TRUMPF Junior Sport 30PS roadster. S/N 86084. Eng. # 206170. Yellow/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 43,974 km. Variable panel fit. Good paint is chipped on door hinges, rear fenders and skirts a bit ripply. Interior has very clean seats, faded steering wheel, and cracked instrument face glass. several pieces, other chrome still nice. Interior somewhat soiled, with wear on steering wheel and poor installation of dash top pad at corners. Period Blaupunkt radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $98,383. Great colors on a potent 1600-cc A cabriolet. It would need a complete re-do to bring it to the highest standard, but it was a great-looking driver as it was. This price was a bit on the high side, but not by much. TOP 10 No. 7 Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $68,368. Ex-Rosso Bianco Collection. A very rare sport roadster from the firm best known, if at all, for the Flash Gordonlike LeMans streamliner, the Rennlimousin cars. A neat alternative to a pre-war BMW, just not as nice or as fast. It was casually presented, and the price here seemed generous. TOP 10 No. 3 #162-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K Cabriolet A. S/N 105383. Black/black canvas/burgundy leather. Odo: 52,699 km. Coachwork by Sindelfingen. Excellent panel fit. Very good older paint shows some star cracks, areas of microblistering, and polish scratches. Nice chrome shows light polish scratches, excellent interior with superb mother- of-pearl dash panel very crisp. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,286,875. Owned for 50 years by noted French abstract painter Georges Mathieu, who was on hand to see his prized former daily driver pass to its next owner. One of 33 built, the 500K doesn't have the ultimate appeal of the 540K, but there's still a reason the word “imposing” has so often been used to describe this car. Quite wonderful, and at a price below the low estimate of $1.39m, a bargain for the buyer. Well done. #169-1956 PORSCHE 356A T1 cabriolet. S/N 61465. Eng. # 63654. Dark metallic green/ beige canvas/beige vinyl. Very good panel fit aside from wide gap at rear edge of left door. Paint shows some areas of microblistering on front lid. Somewhat faded chrome plating on 80 Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $489,375. This car had an older restoration that was still holding up well. Bought by the consignor for $234,990 at the Bonhams Monte Carlo sale in May '05 (SCM# 38540), this clearly demonstrated the remarkable appreciation in this model over the past few years. This consignor drove the car over 3,000 kms, and even though the car showed some wear since its last appearance, he still got a nice return on his investment. A good deal on both sides. #158-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010023695. Metallic blue/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 32,534 some wear to dash top at speaker panel. Engine replaced at the factory in the late '70s. A classwinning rally car from '75-'79. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $425,575. Ex-Bernard Dulcy. A very wellpresented RS with excellent competition history, including events in Monte Carlo, Acropolis, Portugal, and East Africa. A market-correct price for a documented competition car. ITALIAN #123-1948 CISITALIA 202 Nuvolari Mille Miglia spyder. S/N 017. Eng. # 092. Red/black Sports Car Market #170-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 19804210002512. Silver/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 5,951 km. Somewhat variable panel fit. Very good paint with some small chips on convertible top boot. Unmarked chrome and trim, sound interior except for wear on left side seat bolster. With hard top. Added three-pointed star emblem on front fenders a strange touch. a nice patina, with somewhat dry dash wood. Veneer split on dash top rail wood trim near instrument cluster. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $66,700. A great color combination on a later 6-cylinder cabriolet. These have continued to rise in value in lockstep with the more desirable V8 models, and this one was a bit of a bargain at this price. Well bought. #131-1973 PORSCHE 911 2.7 Carrera RS coupe. S/N 9113601115. Eng. # AT6630900. White & red/black cloth. Odo: 87,393 km. Very good panel fit. Decent paint shows rubs, small scratches, touched-in chips, and small stress cracks. Good bright trim. Clean interior shows miles. Very good panel fit. Well-applied paint in what appears to be a non-original metallic color with rather too much metalflake. Very good chrome aside from some waviness at one front bumper section. Mostly well-presented interior shows some soiling on inside face of seat backs. Original Becker Europa radio. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,718. A well-restored 190 in an attractive if not correct color. 190s have occasionally hit this price level, but recently they've been coming close quite often. The model may be breaking through to a new level. #166-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SE convertible. S/N 11102310087835. Light blue metallic/navy canvas/navy leather. Odo: 14,878 km. Very good panel fit aside from wide trunk gap at top edge, decent paint has a few minor blemishes. Chrome is good to fair, with much small pitting on window belt trim. 300 wheelarch trim fitted. Interior is clean and showing

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Bonhams Paris, FRA Column Author #116-1967 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 11627. Eng. # 11627. Dark red/black leather. Odo: 36,349 km. Very good panel fit, except left door out at rear and bottom edge. Paint shows some small areas of bubbling and many polish scratches. Interior has just moved leather. RHD. Odo: 80,392 km. Very good panel fit. Shiny paint shows some bubbling on right front wheelarch, small chips, and many polish swirl marks. Interior clean, but carpets are worn. Incorrect grille, steering wheel, and dashboard. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $313,925. ExRosso Bianco Collection. Clearly a car that's been in storage a while. It was a real one, but it will require much corrective work to bring it back to the proper condition. At the price paid, there's still room for the new owner to do it and not be upside-down. Well bought. #141-1952 LANCIA B20 SII coupe. S/N B202149. Cream/beige wool. RHD. Odo: 34,116 km. Excellent panel fit. Paint has some areas of microblistering, shrinkage on hood, and polish scratches throughout. Good to very good chrome and alloy trim have some areas of loss on door handles. Some rubber trim perished. Very good interior has some light soiling on seat cushion and one small moth hole $24,000 sale (SCM# 46266). I was surprised to see it here with an estimate in Euros matching the one it had in dollars a few months before, and my surprise turned to shock as the hammer fell at double that of the August sale. #144-1962 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 coupe. S/N 3395. Dark blue/beige leather. Odo: 32,012 km. Variable panel fit. Paint appears recent and generally well applied, but now shows a few small stress cracks as well as some microblistering and polish marks. Good chrome and trim. Seats show a nice patina, with several tears to driver's side. Worn and soiled carpets, window past patina, with deep creases and a tear on the driver's side seat. Dry, somewhat faded dash wood. From the Pim Hescher Collection. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $75,038. A very well-used car with an air of neglect. Hopefully it will recondition easily and without emptying the new owner's wallet. For its condition, this car's price was a bit high. #175-1968 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N AM115640. Black/black leather. Odo: 25,076 km. Very good panel fit aside from raised hood at rear edge. Older paint still shiny but shows some bubbling at rear corners of hood as well as a few small stress cracks and many polish scratches. Fair chrome is pitted on door handles, faded on front bumper, and crank trim and door pocket handles missing. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $136,735. Appears to be a well-worn car with a recent quick repaint. One can only wonder what lies beneath. Prices for the 250 GTE and 330 2+2 have been rising steadily, but even so, this car would have to be considered very well sold. See “Ferrari Profile,” p. 46. on right seat backrest. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $133,400. A very handsome early B20 in great period colors, and it had been done correctly down to horsehair stuffing in seats. The earlier cars are more highly prized in Europe than the U.S. and are eligible for every top event. Values have been steadily rising, and this was a lovely example. A market-correct price. #139-1959 MORETTI TOUR DE MONDE coupe. S/N 2833. Cream & dark red/dark red vinyl. Good panel fit throughout. Nice paint shows some small nicks, evidence of putty in sills, and some areas of bubbling on the lower right side. Superb chrome and trim, nice glass. Clean interior has been done to a price, with very casual finishing. Nardi wheel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $51,693. This car and I had previously met in January '02 at RM Phoenix, where it sold for $8,800 (SCM# 27008). I saw it again at Russo and Steele's January '05 Scottsdale sale, where it brought $9,745 (SCM# 37022). In August '07, it appeared again at Bonhams in Carmel, where I was an underbidder on the 82 TOP 10 No. 6 #143-1964 FERRARI 250 GTL Lusso coupe. S/N 5525. Silver/red leather. Odo: 652 km. Nice panel fit aside from doors being slightly out at rear edges. Very good paint has some microblistering on trunk lid. Chrome shows well except for some light wavy under new plating on rear. Interior clean but slightly tired, with water staining on dash top at windshield base. Windshield shows wiper scratches. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $63,365. A tired but honest Ghibli. Prices have been quickly rising on these cars, but even in the current market an ordinary car will bring an ordinary price. Market correct. #146-1969 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona scratches on front bumper. Very good interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $521,275. A nicely-presented Lusso, and although this one's paint was not to top quality, it was still attractive. At the current prices, $500k buys a high-level driver, but nothing more. Market correct. spyder conversion. S/N 12779. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 91,931 km. Very good panel fit. Nice paint shows some small chips on doors, microblistering on hood, and stress cracks at front corners of hood. Good chrome, clean interior shows wear appropriate to the indicated mileage. Modern cassette stereo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $313,925. Full Perspex headlight cover model, converted by an exScaglietti employee. Seen at Coys Monaco in May '04, where it was a no-sale at $190,270 (SCM# 34184). It appeared again at Bonhams Gstaad in December '06, this time selling at Sports Car Market

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bers, lack of competition history, and Europeonly sales. This car, like the others from this collection, showed evidence of poor storage, but this one seemed honest enough. If you want a Junior Z, the 1600 is the one to have. Market priced. AMERICAN $267,565 (SCM# 43811). At least this time the Belgian owner (who also owned the Dino, lot 145 in this sale) drove it almost 600 km before cutting it loose. Cut cars are now going for a discount compared to coupes, which is as it should be. A market-correct price. #145-1972 FERRARI 246 GTS Dino spyder. S/N 03902. Red/black leather. Odo: 47,931 km. Very good panel fit aside from front lid sitting high at rear edge. Good paint shows some microblistering and small bubbles on right side of cowl near windshield. Good chrome and trim, nice glass. Clean interior fitted with removable faceplate cassette stereo Club house T and custom-made center console. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $183,425. A good-looking 2.4 Dino with full ownership history and stated to have an engine uprated to 240 hp by the Ferrari factory in 2003. Sold at Bonhams Gstaad in December '06 for $147,473 (SCM# 43818), and it had been driven a grand total of 44 km since. Very well sold. #117-1973 ALFA ROMEO 1600 JUNIOR ZAGATO coupe. S/N AR3060308. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 36,880 km. Good panel fit. Paint shows some microblistering, bubbling on doors, and polish scratches throughout. Fair chrome, Plexi headlight/grille cover cracked on scratches and soiling on metal door trim, incorrect color steering wheel, and primer overspray in door sills. Fitted with power windows, power seat, aftermarket a/c, and later cassette stereo. With hard top. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $63,365. Great colors on first year 'Bird with aftermarket wire wheels. Stated restored in U.S. in 2002, but it was not done to a very high level. The price paid would buy a much nicer car in the U.S, but they're not thick on the ground in Europe. #104-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S105338. Red/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 73,197 km. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Decent panel fit as per factory. Good paint is a bit dull and shows a few touched-in chips and polish swirl marks. Good chrome and trim. Clean interior has a somewhat strange faded yellow carpet and pitting on steering wheel boss. Cond: 3+. he day may soon arrive when automobile country clubs with race tracks spring up around the U.S. like golf courses have. Instead of links designed by Robert Trent Jones, we'll have circuits designed by the likes of Brian Redman. In any event, the Monticello Motor Club (MMC) seems to be at the forefront of this emerging adrenalin trend, and membership has its privileges. The centerpiece of the MMC will be a 3.7-mile grand prix-type course. Designed with input from Le Mans star Brian Redman and inspired by some of the great road courses he has raced around the world, the 650 acres in the Catskills can double for the Eifel Mountains and fulfill the Nürburgring fantasies of the average well-heeled Walter Mitty. Where Monticello, New York, located in Sullivan County, about 90 miles from New York City. The Sullivan County airport is ten minutes from the track and can accommodate most business jets. There is also a trackside helipad for those inclined to take a half-hour helicopter ride from Manhattan. When Opening this summer; exact dates to be announced. Amenities, current and planned: In addition to the road course, the MMC will offer a world-class clubhouse, vehicle storage, maintenance facilities, skid pad, spa, and restaurants. Driving instruction with in-car video and telemetrics is also available. Membership Fee $100,000 initiation fee and $7,500 annual dues. both sides. Interior has a damp smell, with visible mold on right seat and door panels. Large area of central dash covered in black electrical tape. From the Pim Hascher Collection. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $23,345. The Junior Z is a neat car, but lightly loved due to production num- May 2008 SOLD AT $91,713. Ex-Rosso Bianco collection. The most potent spec '62 'Vette with mechanical fuel injection. A typical museum car: good looking from a distance, tired and soft around the edges up close. Even if it can be mechanically recommissioned easily, this was still a pretty rich price considering the light cosmetic work needed. ♦ Benefits: Virtually unlimited use of the road course on weekends and four weekdays plus twelve guest passes each year, or up to 220 days of track use during planned nine-month operating schedule. More Monticello Motor Club 548 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701 www.monticellomotorclub♦ 83 #161-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH187158. Metallic gray/ white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 64,894 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Variable panel fit. Shiny paint is a bit too metallic and shows a number of touched-in chips and some polish scratches. Good chrome shows some scratches on bumpers and rust on rear wheel hubs. Interior has some puckering on driver's side seat cushion, Race Track Spotlight Monticello Motor Club Monticello, NY by Rob Sass

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Auctions America Raleigh, NC Column Author Auctions America Raleigh Classic Many consignments at this year's event were driver-quality or better, with what seemed like more #2-range cars than those rated #3 and below Company Auctions America Date December 7–8, 2007 Location Raleigh, North Carolina Auctioneer Brent Earlywine, Jimmy Landis, James Pendleton Automotive lots sold / offered 153 / 230 Sales rate $3,940,352 Sales total 67% High sale 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, sold at $110,700 Buyer's premium 1977 MG B sold at $6,272 in Raleigh Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics O nce again closing out the East Coast auction calendar for 2007, collector Michael Leith hosted the Raleigh Classic in North Carolina's capital during the second weekend in December. Carlisle most closely resembles the makeup of this sale in terms of cars, setting, and the people involved. Leith has been a friend to the Carlisle Events folks in Pennsylvania, and he has witnessed their growth with the tagline “Real Cars at Real Prices.” In comparison with this past Fall Carlisle sale (January, p. 86), Auctions America has reduced the number of less-than-appealing dealer consignments. Much of this can be attributed to Leith himself, who has been in the new and used car business for almost 40 years. A truncated catalog for this event accompanied Hemmings Motor News copies the month prior, including a statement from Leith, pointing out that he had worked hard to make sure that mechanical and cosmetic conditions of cars “equaled or exceeded” expectations. Furthermore, he committed to reducing the number of, in his words, “toads” sent across the block by unrealistic sellers. In fact, many of the consignments available at this 84 Raleigh, NC year's event were driver-quality or better, with more #2-range cars than #3 and below. While Leith's own cars were well-represented at the sale (his private collection runs to about 400 vehicles), prices on his cars ran right down the middle, from mild deals to only slightly unrealistic reserves—similar to the range exhibited by private consignors. Small fleets brought by regional dealers also sold through at an impressive rate, but the bal- ance of cars were mostly from private consignors. While this sale features middle-of-the-road cars, a few small records were set. Notably spendy was a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere convertible that raked in a surprising $65,880. On the other side, a 1972 MG B GT in impressive driver condition raked in a mere $5,400, possibly the best buy of the sale. A 1932 Rockne Model 75 that brought $9,900 at RM's sale of the Al Wiseman Collection the week before sold here at $12,360, while a 1968 Camaro Z/28 in better-than-driver condition brought $58,320. One of the more interesting sales of the weekend belonged to a 440-powered 1970 Plymouth GTX 2-door hard top that brought $80,000—a decent deal for the seller in an unstable market. Notable no-sales included a 1956 Corvette fitted with a 225-hp 265-ci V8. Finished in blue and gray, it featured a driver's seat that had been remounted significantly forward of its original position, and there were evidently no bidders in the room willing to contort themselves behind the wheel at over the $92,500 bid. A final sales rate of 67% was good news for Auctions America, and with Leith's attention to customer service frequently mentioned at the sale by consignors, bidders, and general attendees as the key to this and prior Raleigh Classic events, it's clear the company is on the right track for success. ♦ Sports Car Market 8% (included in sold prices)

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Auctions America Raleigh, NC ENGLISH Column Author interior work down the road, and with that in mind, this leans toward being well sold. #132-1972 MG B GT coupe. S/N GHD5UC268197G. Blue/brown cloth. Odo: 4,341 miles. Apparent glass-out repaint well-executed save for orange peel and some prep work missed in gutters and in door jambs. Chrome bumpers good, original anodizing on brightwork a bit chalky with age. Dash and interior well-kept originals. Ancient Kleber radials clean, undetailed painted knockoff wire wheels. Engine bay lightly grubby but appears well-maintained and recently serviced. #214-1977 MG B convertible. S/N GHN5UH439204G. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,212 miles. Very ripply and incorrect bright red paint over original orange most evident in door jambs where the red has flaked away. Weatherstripping cracking throughout, with small pieces missing at window sweeps. Newer vinyl top amateurly fitted, interior largely original and in far better condition. Bumper fit issues restricted to front judging by their apparent lack of desirability, I could not have competed except at the lower tiers. Slightly well bought. #107-1974 MERCEDES-BENZ 280 sedan. S/N 11406012108414. Maple Yellow/ brown MB-Tex. Odo: 15,042 miles. Claimed to be an all-original barn find with mechanical recommissioning carried out by a local M-B dealership. Yellow paint thin, faded, and lifting from excessive buffing around right front cowl and trailing edge of front fender. Anodized trim weak from long imperfect storage, chrome not as bad excepting slightly pitted diecast. Interior Books and pictorial history included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,400. A very tidy driver-condition B GT, and arguably the buy of the sale if not only the cheap-wheels deal against the other low-tier cars. Bidding kicked off at $2,000 and was slow to $4,500, where the reserve came off, and it then got lively again in $100 intervals to the end. Well bought, as the paintwork alone is worth this today. There was little to no rust or corrosion history evident, and it ran very well with no unusual noises or smoke leaking from the infamous wiring. #394.1-1974 JAGUAR XKE SIII convert- ible. S/N UE1525598. British Racing Green/ black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 72,498 miles. Older BRG paint shows chips, rust bubbles, blisters, and crazing in various locations throughout body. Numerous swirl marks and finish delamination also detract from paint. Older black vinyl top may be original, brightwork and chrome bumpers well-preserved given mileage. Interior original aside from modern of car, license plate lamps missing. Engine bay in driver condition but exhibiting some fright-pig wiring additions to the usual hornet's nest by the carburetor. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,272. One of several hastily-done red cars at this auction; Leith claimed that it was once the property of his nephew prior to his going away to school and that his wife drove it back from Spartanburg, SC, recently. This was made slightly more believable with the optional overdrive, which was likely the only reason that bidding went as high as it did. Well sold. GERMAN #213-1965 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 115445086. Tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 85,625 miles. Recent-appearing restoration completed to a high standard. Paint near flawless, welting and runningboards curiously painted to match body. Interior nice, including carpet in rear stowage area. Chrome and brightwork well-executed, back window lightly scratched. Engine bay nicely but not overly detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,448. Since this nearly as-new down to still-supportive seat spring pads. Engine bay very original, with much work appearing to be well done. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,880. If Leith was involved with this car's recommissioning prior to auction, he might have used his M-B Classic connections through his dealership to improve the anodized trim, since most of it is surprisingly still available. However, even without the trim being done, the price achieved was still rather remarkable. Well sold by a bit. ITALIAN #102-1977 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000 Iniezione convertible. S/N AR3051199. Green/ black vinyl hard & soft tops/brown vinyl. Odo: 38,747 miles. Older repaint shows small lacquer bubbling, sanding scratches, and swirl marks. Slight pitting to pot metal, rear bumper corners cracking off and flopping, front bumper better. Older vinyl hard top is original equipment, but vinyl covering scuffed. All glass original with matching insignias. Original interior weathered Alpine stereo, leather lightly faded with use patina evident. Engine bay very clean and shows conscientious maintenance. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,960. The owner of this example left a collection of service receipts totaling $7,715. I haven't yet determined whether big repair bills on a car's dashboard at a sale help or hurt the car's chances, but in this case this car went along to a new home a little higher than I might have thought. There's some body and paint and 86 was the more drivable of the two nice Beetles at the sale, it's fitting that it was the only one that sold. Frankly, I'm surprised there hasn't been a slight bubble for Beetles in this kind of condition and that the dealer consignor cut this one loose at the top bid. I had considered bringing a nice Beetle to this sale myself, but slightly but with uniform fading, wood steering wheel a nice touch. Engine bay unrestored but serviceable. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,370. Bidding kicked off at $1,500 with the top down and the hard top sitting next to the stage, but it was later carried up to sit next to the car. While slightly well bought, there's no upside in resto- Sports Car Market

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Auctions America Raleigh, NC Column Author ration any time this decade, so hopefully it is useful enough as a fun beater until something goes wrong. AMERICAN #136-1932 ROCKNE MODEL 75 coupe. S/N 1501667. Orange & black/black vinyl/gray cloth. Odo: 88,312 miles. Older paint shows orange peel, fisheyes, and surface imperfections worse in orange body than black fenders. Weatherstripping petrified and painted-over around windshield. Radiator and bumpers rechromed, mascot not restored and heavily pitted. Headlamps unrestored or from a prior restoration, lightly pitted. Clean engine spray- show car showing signs of touring use is exactly what one expects to find in even the better 1970s- and 1980s-quality restorations of cars like this. While the light lacquer bubbling on the side of the hood was a minor red flag, this was still slightly well bought. #139-1941 LINCOLN ZEPHYR lim- ousine. S/N H110135. Black/black leather & gray cloth. Odo: 26,353 miles. Older restoration thoroughly executed to a period high standard. Laser-straight body down both sides apart from a few minor dings. Finish has swirl marks but no lacquer rot or pitting underneath. Some lightly-pitted diecast evident, brightwork nicely redone overall. Lightly petrified trim rubber and painted fender welting detract. Nice original interior shows well, especially near-faultless rear cloth compartment. Nice or early 1970s sympathetic restoration still had enough shine to attract, and it outpriced the Zephyr in lot# 139. Personally, I liked the Zephyr more given its higher degree of preservation, but likely the extra four cylinders gave some bidders pause against the relatively bulletproof Buick Eight in this car. Still slightly well bought provided your garage is long and tall enough to accommodate this behemoth. #175-1954 FORD CRESTLINE SKYLINER 2-dr hard top. S/N U4GF114287. Coral/black/Coral & white vinyl. Odo: 18,377 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Lower body color much smoother than black and glass roof, which exhibits prep issues and a lack of wetsanding around edges. Brightwork original or older restoration, with overbuffed bumpers and some trim. Front seats do not match rears at tops. Slight cracking to steering wheel at painted John Deere Green is agricultural-looking even without the distinct tractor color. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,360. Last seen the previous Saturday at RM's Wiseman sale, where it sold at $9,900. While about this cheap at Wiseman, it was an odd orphan with no documentation or good catalog description here. It was declared a no-sale across the block and then languished on post-sale, and the guy in charge of the whiteboard did the car no favors by spelling it “Rocky.” Still, it found another home, bringing the seller a nice profit. Well sold. #186-1935 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 845 limousine. S/N 2590105. Burgundy/black vinyl/tan cloth. Odo: 1,665 miles. Minor paint and age-related flaws beginning to pop up in older high-quality restoration, with small dings and lacquer bubbling the worst issues noted. Door gaps quite good for a car of this vintage, but full vinyl top is a little troubling. Brightwork and chrome bumpers to high standard with very few flaws, older wide whitewall bias-ply tires slightly yellowed. Tan cloth and woodwork done to near-concours standards. Engine compartment dusty, engine hastily repainted and showing light signs of use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,520. A long-decommissioned older engine bay detailing shows level of care usually only given to soft-top cars. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,380. This car's mileage may well have been accurate, and my guess is that it once did very short-haul funeral limo service followed by many years in a museum. It's rare to find one of these anywhere that hasn't had pounds of Bondo added to its girth. This was very nearly a barn-find car in currently usable condition and would make for an ideally simple restoration. Against the 1941 Buick Series 90 (lot# 172) here, I call this the superior car, and since it brought over $5k less, it was slightly well bought to boot. #172-1941 BUICK LIMITED Series 90 limousine. S/N 94120496. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 73,201 miles. Older deep black paint exhibits light swirl marks and very minor defects. Panel gaps seem very good, with little to detract. Brightwork and bumpers lightly overbuffed, letter T missing from script on leading edge of hood. Vent window and door glass beginning to delaminate around the edges. Interior very nicely preserved aside from dry dash top and front seatback wood trim. Steering wheel and gearshift knob yellowed. Engine bay appears serviceable but unrestored. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,540. What appeared to be a late 1960s spokes. Engine bay exhibits older comprehensive detailing, carburetor leaks slightly on intake manifold. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,700. These turned into ovens when left in the sun. Perhaps this explains the front seat fading and steering wheel cracks on what still presented well as a low-miles example. Those in the know did not miss the glass within the deep black roof, but some might have given that it was very neatly hidden in this car's unusual paint scheme. A decent deal for all parties involved. #382-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S001931. Light blue & gray/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 267 miles. 265-ci 225-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Ten-footer restoration throughout. Beautiful paint with numerous gap, fit, and latch issues. Seat mountings moved severely forward, with neither seat fitting correctly within the rear body. Overly wavy bumpers detract but other brightwork seems to have been well executed. Interior otherwise appears OK aside from dirty seats. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $92,500. 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Auctions America Raleigh, NC Column Author them in the knee and the steering wheel gets them in the gut and/or legs. While Ford made most Model As that way, Chevy did not go that far with the 'Vette, but there were evidently no short bidders willing to pay over the top money for this worked-over example. #158-1957 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE convertible. S/N 22435015. Ivory & green/ white vinyl/ivory & gold vinyl. Odo: 49,054 miles. 318-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint done to a high standard, door gaps tight at rear quarters, passenger door fat at bottom. Rocker panels exhibit some metal and Bondo patchwork repairs. Older chrome buffed through in areas and shows slight scratching throughout. Brightwork all original with only minor diecast pitting and light scuffing to stainless. Very nice original dashboard and interior covered than wood, this combination explains much of the low miles this car traveled. Strange story of original moonshining owner from a nearby backwoods county as well as a prime parking spot just inside the door of the auction hall led to an above average sale, since the trailer was obviously not anywhere near the same vintage as the car. Well packaged and well sold. #393-1959 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N H9RW116571. Rose & white/Coral & white vinyl. Odo: 7,035 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High-quality older restoration showing signs of age, with minor peripheral flaws in and under paint throughout. Driver door alignment off, sticky latch makes shutting it nearly impossible. Chrome and brightwork appear polished but are still a little dull. Original interior under plastic and probably not exposed tally upwards from there. The seller pulled the reserve at the top bid, and that bid was right on the money for this car's current cruise-in-night condition. Convertibles tend to do well at auctions no matter what the season, but this day was unseasonably brisk for North Carolina, so nobody got hurt. #145-1963 CHEVROLET NOVA SS COPO 2-dr hard top. S/N 304370141309. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 33,514 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed rotisserie restoration shows to a very high standard. Panel fit and paint quality excellent, bumpers somewhat overbuffed, other brightwork to a very high standard. Seats appear lightly overstuffed, dash lightly orange peeled against near-perfect body paint. Reproduction modern radio in dash. ostensibly from new by clear plastic covers. Aftermarket a/c under dash, engine bay clean but not overly detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $65,880. The Tulsarama car wasn't a convertible, but at one time this might have been just as rusty as the car from the bottom of the underground courthouse vault last summer. While more or less sympathetically repaired and restored during a period when these cars were almost the bottom of the barrel, it's no modern-day show-quality example, and yet it sold well out of the ballpark. Very well sold, and perhaps the best result for the seller of any car at the auction against today's guide price. #320-1958 RAMBLER CROSS COUNTRY wagon. S/N D452802. Pink & black/pink vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 9,699 miles. Possibly original pink paint, black detailing may have been added or redone at one time given masking lines. Tight doors at front fenders, other gaps OK. Chrome bumpers well preserved, brightwork also original but pot metal has pitted somewhat. Well-preserved interior reflects mileage. Engine bay sports small six-cylinder engine without any evidence of restoration or detailing. Matching travel trailer of unknown origin, which has been painted hastily and put back together with incorrect hardware, accompanies car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,320. Unless that trailer is more aluminum since new. Air cleaner and valve covers redone, light detailing underneath. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,000. Initially unsold across the block, it took a mere ten minutes or so to get this deal done at the top bid post-block. On display in the main auction room during the entire preview, the top was lowered part-way to display that it worked, but the seller didn't repeat the feat on stage, which might have actually gotten the job done ten minutes sooner. A fair deal for buyer and seller alike. #117-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 convertible. S/N 3E69C172984. Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 957 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Heavy black repaint is heavy on light imperfections, including dust and dirt. Sanding scratches evident most noticeably on rear deck. Door gaps tight to rear body, right side worse than driver's door. Floorpans replaced with fiberglass patch panels. Bumpers Engine bay correct aside from battery. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $32,440. An unusual first-year Nova SS with a broadcast sheet. A complete numbers-matching COPO car might have done better a year or two ago, but this seller was probably happy to get even this much for it. This was rare, but a small-block with a Powerglide is no mean machine except in a straight line, and then who do you race against? Perhaps slightly well bought, but if the current decline gets much lower, the new owner may regret this decision. #216-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5F08C455265. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 16,025 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older bright red paint shows numerous flaws throughout, including sagging, orange peel, and overspray. Overbuffed and scratched original or older replacement bumpers and brightwork detract further. Newer black vinyl top shows well, rear bumper better but not show quality. Driver door fit issue may indicate hasty bodywork, numerous cracks in dash, incorrect seat vinyl fitted. Miscellaneous box of spare parts in passenger's footwell. Engine compartment clean but not detailed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,520. With an engine that sounded smooth and even, the bidding quickly exceeded the $11,000 reserve and kept going another $3k. This car's cosmetics needed a redone, anodized trim not too bad. Restored seats and interior done to a high standard, older off-white vinyl top nicely preserved. Engine bay lightly detailed, air cleaner and valve covers appear freshly repainted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,980. Last seen at Worldwide's Hilton Head sale in November '07, where it sold at $17,050. Bidding was quick to $15,000, but it stalled slightly above this and inched incremen- 90 Sports Car Market

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Auctions America Raleigh, NC Column Author lot to get further, but some shrewd classic car hawker with a good shop out back ought to be able to open a few catalogs and put some of this right. This price was a little high for condition, but it was still cheap as early V8 Mustangs go, so this was more or less a fair deal all around. #391-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S104647. Eng. # 6104647. Black/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 57,555 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed body-off restoration exhibits more than usual number of shortcuts throughout. Both door gaps off, driver door barely shuts without a slam. Black paint lustrous without many flaws, chrome and brightwork appear original or older replacements with no issues. Black top and tan interior appear to predate paint. Steering wheel a small-block '67 Vette coupe with a non-original motor, this was an outstanding price due in part to his dedication in helping the car get sold. Well done for him, yet still not too terrible for the buyer. #336-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124378L343659. LeMans Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 32,312 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Newer respray of a low-miles example carried out to a high standard. Very light prep issues and some lack of wet-sanding in hard-to-reach areas evident. Panel fit to factory or better quality, bumpers and brightwork look original with only very minor scratching. Small interior abrasions on door caps and center console detract from otherwise spotless black vinyl. Engine bay lightly while I'm sure this seller must wish he had taken this car out to a big Western auction a year or two ago for a high return, he did quite well here considering the current muscle market. #333-1970 BUICK GS 455 Stage I 2-dr hard top. S/N 446370H222168. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 44,999 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be a low-miles original car. Appears to have been repainted in places, with heavy chipping to front end, small touch-ups, blisters, scratches, and swirls throughout. Black vinyl top appears correct and may be original. Interior definitely original, with a light split on driver's seat at bolster. somewhat crackly. Reproduction knockoff alloys shod with modern BFG radials that look odd compared to better-executed cars. Driverquality engine bay clean. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $89,100. I didn't understand the number of shortcuts taken with the otherwise high degree of quality restoration evident here. A uniform restoration always has obvious and evident appeal over those cars that seem to be more tarted up than anything else. The reserve was lifted at the high bid which then sold the car, and hopefully some corrective repairs and improvements will be made to get this car further up the scale in value. #380-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S119745. Rally Red/black leather. Odo: 70,333 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 15-year-old restoration holding up better than most. Panel gaps not overdone, but still factory or better with very slight misalignments. A few small blisters evident underneath paint. Wood steering wheel and faultless leather seats likely appear as when car restored, with light rust on exhaust manifolds. Original-type battery, cables and hold-down present. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $58,320. The M-21 transmission and Positraction rear end are two of the more desirable options on the solid-lifter Z/28 Camaro from 1968, and this one's appearance seemed to match the mechanical fortitude down to the Redline tires on original steel wheels. Owned last by a friend of Leith's who had one as a kid, it went to a nearby collector car dealer who felt he got a slightly good deal. I couldn't agree more, as it had a very honest feel to it all the way through. Slightly well bought. #331-1970 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23V0G247102. Blue & black/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 34,518 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Claimed to be the only 1970 GTX with a 440 6-pack and the Super Track-Pak rear. Nearly original paint throughout shows surface pitting, scrapes, and small blemishes mostly in the front. Factory panel gaps or better. Bumpers lightly scratched, brightwork very nice with light polish marks evident. Excellent original interior, Engine bay clean but not overly detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $53,900. Another claim of “almost” original paint from the seller accompanied this car across the block, but it should have more paintwork done before too long to correct the sandblasting of the front of the hood and fenders. Reserve pulled off at just over $48,000, and spurt bidding followed in hundred-dollar increments up to the high bid. Slightly well sold—with a column shift and bench seat, I think it was a tad much. #171-1978 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz coupe. S/N 6L47S8Q165899. Colonial Yellow/yellow vinyl/yellow leather. Odo: 20,568 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High-quality respray slightly off in hue due to modern materials. Blemish on hood along left side near fender, difficult pattern tape pinstripes close but not perfect. American Sunroof Corp. T-top conversion likely done by the dealer. Slightly dry original leather redyed at one time. Dashboard and steering wheel original and was restored. Engine bay requires minor detail work before hitting the the show circuit. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $72,360. The attentive seller brought chairs, trophies, and info sheets as if he were going to a regional car show, not an auction. His enthusiasm was infectious, and for 92 engine bay exceptionally-well preserved but not detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $80,000. Here's one of the rare cases of a top-flight muscle car preserved almost as well as can be, given original build and material quality. The consignor claimed 95% original paint, which explains the shinier decklid. This car's originality precludes use, and near-mint. Typical light scratching to original chrome and brightwork. Headlamp adjusters broken, with lamps pointing all over the place. Engine bay original and in excellent condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,660. Another lowmiles example. Only the very few prototype versions of the T-top Biarritz self-retracted, and this was not one of those examples. For the record, I once owned a similar example of this yellow Eldo with perhaps another 100,000 miles and an ASC Astroroof and I enjoyed the ride, so let's hope the new owner pops out the glass and goes for a spin now and again.♦ Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author Kansas City High Performance Auction The most unusual facet of the event was the Sunday morning sale of an estate collection of ten 1960s Lincoln Continental convertibles Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date November 30–December 2, 2007 Location Kansas City, Missouri Auctioneers Mike Haggerman, Mark Delzell, Jim Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 272 / 433 Sales rate 63% Sales total $5,222,517 High sale 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda 2-dr hard top, sold at $100,000. 1967 Mustang GT sold for $46,463 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics I n 2006, Mecum's High Performance Auction was held at the Metropolitan Community College on the northwest edge of Kansas City, and winter was an unwelcome guest. A sudden snowstorm meant brushing snow off and thawing out cars before they could cross the block. The problem was thankfully moot in Buyer's premium $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 5% thereafter one wants that kind of fun, and there's no profit. Perhaps the most interesting facet of the event was the Sunday morning sale Kansas City, MO November 2007, as the entire auction was held inside the vast expanses of the American Royal Center/Kemper Arena, near both downtown Kansas Cities. This was a slamdunk improvement over the previous venue. The only complaint one could make was that you actually had to drive to your hotel, instead of just walking or staggering across the parking lot. And continuing the meteorological trend, it was a cold, wet, and rainy weekend. Still, the sales rate for the event was a respectable 63%. A 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda with its original 440-ci Six Pack engine was the top sale at $100,000, which seems on track with the flattening of values on these cars. Replica muscle cars continue to fall on their replica faces, and the two best examples here were a couple of 1969 Camaros. One was fitted with a ZL1 427—a true example clone since it was an exact duplicate of COPO 9560. It failed to sell at the “final bid” of $82,500. The other, a replica Yenko SC, found a new owner at $49,875, most likely what it cost to build. The building of fakeydoo muscle cars no longer involves fun and profit—no 94 of an estate collection of ten 1960s Lincoln Continental convertibles. All were offered at no reserve, and ranged from needy to crushable. Since they were the first consignments of the day, and since the four that actually ran filled the arena with oil smoke and a cacophony of crusty exhaust systems, the auctioneers “walked the line” to sell them instead of doing a push-pulldrag sale. What ensued was a land yacht feeding frenzy, with each of them selling for way-over-the-top prices. The odd thing was that it was almost exclusively dealers who bought them. Having been a Lincoln Club member for 15 years, I have a good handle on what these cars need and what they fetch both in and out of the auction ring. Generally speaking, these sold for double my estimates, so collector car dealers should beware of suicide-door drop tops limping in as trades. This leads me to another aspect I noted—in- Sales Totals tense dealer activity. Quite frankly, they were moving cars. One higher-volume dealer from the region not only sold quite a few cars, but filled his car haulers right back up with fresh cars, telling me, “The market is adjusting. You need to adjust with it and keep going.” There were a few dealers who might as well have left consignments on their trucks, but overall a lot of trailers went home empty or with new cars on them. Perhaps the “duck and cover” mentality of the past year is subsiding, and we're going to see renewed market velocity, but at an “adjusted” pricing level.♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO ENGLISH #F118-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF35286U. British Racing Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 81,054 miles. Fitted with accessory trunk rack and steering wheel cover. Old repaint chipping at various points, especially on door tops, lower windshield edge, and door edges. Horrid orange peel on rear cowl area. Older replaced soft top affixed, accessory tonneau folded in trunk, claimed to be included hard top missing. Spotty corrosion on #S19-1967 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 117813999. Dark pale green/ cream vinyl. Odo: 11,644 miles. Declared on the auction block to be “formally titled as a non-running vehicle.” Since then restored to respectable standards. Bare body repaint to factory specifications, body and glass seals and weatherstrips new. Good quality replacement bumpers, some pitting on cast trim. Generally cleaned-up engine bay shows some rattle can restoration. Decent refinish job on dash wood, reupholstered seats look amateur, door panels rippled. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $9,500. Sure, I'll admit that TR6 values are inarguably going up, but for crying out loud, does that have to include used-up, ham-fisted attempts like this? Sold well, as Moss Motors and the local Brit parts provider Victoria British are the only ones who stand to make a profit here. GERMAN #S169-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N 510624. Red/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 11,512 miles. Fitted with a period rear luggage rack. Recent restoration, far better than original bodywork and paint. Trim is a mixture of replated, reproduction, and mostly good original pieces. Reupholstered seat was redone in nonstock pleated material with woven vinyl inserts in a possible attempt to look like a modern seats have minimal wear, rear section done up in a white and red vinyl Coca-Cola motif along with all of the original Campmobile components. Good canvas, side door tent missing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,425. The first-generation Type II “Westies” have pretty much peaked in value, and these second-generation models (1968 through 1980) are starting to see some value away from a Grateful Dead groupie compound. A wise dealer cut this one loose when the music stopped. Mercedes or BMW. Good quality sunroof cloth top redo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,538. Once most folks get past the “cute little car” thing, the reality is that these are not at all practical. It seems that most everyone moved on from the microcar thing about a decade ago, as they tend to be relatively stagnant in the market, apart from a couple rather silly high-end sales. Sold quickly across the block without much fanfare. Well bought and sold. May 2008 ITALIAN #F92-1937 FIAT TOPOLINO coupe. S/N 500108013. Gunmetal metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 42,253 km. Mediocre repaint both inside and out with rather vague masking techniques. All trim tarnished, corroded, or pitted. Window felt pretty much threadbare. Tilting front end reveals an engine that was probably trim and replated bumpers. Engine rebuilt to 1600-cc specs, yet looks bone stock from the outside. All new stock-style interior expertly installed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,500. Not unlike Porsches from this year, 1967s are somewhat unusual and are held in higher regard than examples from surrounding years. The final bid here topped the reserve, so while some could call it market pricing, others can call it well bought. #S95-1970 VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER Campmobile microbus. S/N 2302219102. White/tan canvas/parchment, red, & white vinyl. Odo: 22,387 miles. Faded California blue plates, 2007 tags. OK glossy repaint shows mediocre masking around side glass. Dull aluminum side window screen door frames, left taillight lens substantially cracked. Door and vent window seals rock hard. Somewhat newer vinyl front bucket paint-detailed in the 1960s, with surface rust staring to overtake the finish. Gauges missing their lenses, rusty speedometer is missing its needle. Older seat reupholstery job in generic black vinyl. Despite having a couple of cracks, the Bakelite steering wheel is in pretty good shape. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $7,100. This was definitely not everyone's shot of espresso (except for Duchene), as it made an American Bantam look like a Pierce-Arrow. Bought by a Midwest dealer who is into odd sorts of vehicles, so it stands a good shot at not being turned into the ultimate cradle for a big-block Chevy drag car. Well sold. AMERICAN #F1-1949 FARMALL CUB International Harvester tractor. S/N 69447. Harvester Red/ red & white vinyl. Restored within the last two years. High quality repaint shows poor masking around serial number plate, draw bar incorrectly painted black. Reproduction headlights and rear work light. Vinyl adhesive decals fitted in lieu of original-style water transfers, recast steering wheel rim, rubber shift knob, generator & water temperature gauges, battery box, and seat cover. Correct new replacement electrical components not coated with IH red like what is usually done on lesser refurbishments. Seems to run out quite well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,300. This was a smokin' hot deal, and it was bought so well I'd say that it was the bargain of the weekend. This was at least $500 under the market. I know these tractors pretty well, since my dad had a Cub engine set up as a pump motor for lawn irrigation back home, and it was usually my job as a gearhead teenager to start it—usually involving careful choking, lots of spinning of the crank, and a few F-words. I would have bought it, but I couldn't tow it behind my Corvette, and it was way too slow to drive home. 95

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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author #S9-1952 NASH RAMBLER Cross Country 2-dr hard top. S/N F133023. Red/ white/black & white vinyl. Odo: 67,357 miles. Factory-optional overdrive transmission, period accessory exhaust deflector tip. Recent lowbudget repaint shows a half-hearted attempt at masking and massive amounts of overspray in engine compartment. Older bumper replate job, lots of pitting on original grille bars. Aftermarket chrome mini air cleaner, freshly rebuilt carburetor. Heater core, radiator, and horns suffered rattle-can restoration. Reupholstered seats and door panels done in a stock-looking pattern. Seems to run out quite well, with a muted exhaust note. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,000. As a Nash hard top is a pretty rare critter, it was too bad that someone took the low road to spruce this one up. This price was a bit steep, but it was bought by a dealer who likes the unusual, and he will probably detail it better. There's money left in it. #S220-1957 FORD RANCHERO Custom pickup. S/N C7KF142188. Light Pea Green & white/green & white vinyl. Odo: 18,453 miles. Originally Willow Green over Cumberland Green. AACA Grand National first place car in the mid 1990s, generally well cared for since. Dealer accessory front bumper overrider grille guard and combination spotlight/rear-view mirror. A few nicks touched up on both paint colors. Reupholstered interior holding up without any discernible wear. Doors starting to get out of alignment and showing shut issues, parchment vinyl. Odo: 64,983 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional M-code triple carb engine, a/c, tinted glass, pw, power seats, body side moldings, and Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Older restoration, replacement engine block fitted. Lower body repainted, original roof paint buffed out. Excellent bumper and chrome trim replating, professionally buffed stainless trim. Detailed engine bay near spotless. Reupholstered seats are just starting to show some light soiling and are starting to match up well with original door panels and dashpad. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,300. Last seen at eBay/ Kruse Auburn in May '02, where it didn't sell at $15,000 (SCM# 27358). One of 26 M-code 'Birds built in 1962, this was the third one I've seen apart from those at RM's Capizzi Collection sale last year (SCM, March '07). Even at that, I was rather surprised by the amount of interest in the car, and apparently so were the owners. Their reserve of $18k was passed quickly, and if anything, it kicked the bidding up a notch knowing that it was definitely going to a new home. Well bought and sold. #S168-1962 PONTIAC CATALINA 2-dr hard top. S/N 362D11576. Light blue/blue & aqua vinyl. Odo: 33,638 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with ps, pb, and 8-lug wheels. Recent cosmetic restoration with an Aquamarine repaint over original white roof. Older rechromed bumpers, good original trim, panel fit to factory standards. Clean and moderately well-detailed engine bay. Mostly original interior fitted with a Hurst shifter, an older wrapped steering wheel down position. Ancient repaint faded and peeling, revealing replaced hood and front fenders. Door locks missing, rear antenna mast broken off three inches up from base. The rest of the chrome is either pitted or has light surface rust. Rock-hard leather seating is cracking, splitting, and moldy. One black door panel fitted. Rusty chassis suggests long-term damp storage. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $3,500. Part of the ten-car estate of poorly-stored slab-sided '60s Lincoln convertibles, and this one was toward the lower end of the pile. However, with a fully charged deep-cycle battery, one should be able to cycle the top to see what will need to be done. The key word is should, but I've seen far worse brought to life to do the mechanical top dance. Even as bad as this car was, the selling price was relatively sane compared to the prices its stablemates brought. #F8-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza coupe. S/N 40927W147876. Fawn Metallic/Fawn vinyl. Odo: 64,636 miles. Mileage claimed correct from new. Factory options include the 110-hp engine, 4-speed transmission, oil bath air filter, and push-button AM radio. Paint seems to be circa 1964 Willow Run, but has weathered and aged to a matte finish. No rust-out detected on top, but the undercarriage is rather nasty with surface engine rebuilt and exhaust replaced within the last year. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,050. I've seen this Ranchero at so many sales, I'm beginning to wonder if my name is on the title. We have it tracked to two auctions in 2005: Mecum St. Paul in June, selling for $15,750 (SCM# 15750), and a Kruse auction in Las Vegas in October, where it was a no-sale at $18,600 (SCM# 39774). AACA Grand National first place cars shouldn't have to have their engines rebuilt 1,000 miles after being awarded. The seller probably just squeaked by here, if not lost a little bit. Well bought by an end user. #S15-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD coupe. S/N 2Y83M143715. Sahara Rose/white/ 96 cover, and late 1960s GM seatbelts. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,375. There was some suspicion as to the authenticity of the three deuces set-up, but it was available on a 389-powered Catalina in '62. The reserve was passed at $17k, which is generally where a single-carb Catalina 2-dr hard top in this condition would be. Authenticity issues aside, at this price it's hard to go wrong for what'll be a head turner at the local mall show. Well bought. #U5-1962 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 2Y86H425559. Aqua metallic/aqua leather. Odo: 98,865 miles. 430ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory options include a/c, auto-dimming headlights, and power front seat. Currently does not run and the top is in the rust. Serviceable but dull chrome abounds. Most interior vinyl starting to discolor, some edges yellowing. Heavily chipped paint all over the steering wheel, lots of pitting to interior chrome. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,400. This was a case where originality wasn't necessarily a good thing. This Monza gave me the impression that it was dragged out from the back of the pole shed and had parts stuck on it until it came back to life. Was that lifter tick I heard in the background? $2,400 was plenty to pay. #S228-1964 MERCURY COMET Caliente 2-dr hard top. S/N 4H23K558113. Gold metallic/gold vinyl. Odo: 94,714 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Good quality repaint in original hue. New bumpers and baby moon hubcaps, rest of chrome and trim slightly weathered. All new door, trunk, and glass weatherstripping. Rebuilt front end, rebushed rear suspension, all new brakes. Hi-Po engine needs detailing. Rusty Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author fender mounting bolts reattached over freshlypainted fenders. Reupholstered seats, new door panels, dashpad, and carpet fitted. Vintage Rotunda dealer accessory tach mounted on dash top. Engine hard to start and runs rough. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,500. My nomination for the oddest stock powertrain combo for the auction. This was possible, as the three-on-the-tree was the base transmission for all engines... you just couldn't get an automatic with a Hi-Po. While a lot of stuff was put onto the car, the workmanship was sloppy. Regardless, it did look pretty good from the front few rows of the auction, and had no problem passing the $8,500 reserve. About as cheap as you'll even find any K-code Hi-Po car that can move under its own power, so this was a decent deal. #S90.1-1966 DODGE CORONET 500 2-dr hard top. S/N WP23H61177454. White/ maroon vinyl. Odo: 14,757 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. An original Hemi car, with pb, bucket seats, console, tachometer, and AM radio. Older, good quality repaint shows some nick touch-up on right front fender. Light pitting on vent window frames, heavier pitting on taillight and valance trim. Front bumper shows heavier wear, original glass scratched, slightly low at rear. Older interior restoration, seat back tops somewhat faded and worn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $85,000. First seen at Mecum's Des Moines sale in July '07, where it didn't sell at $61,000 (SCM# 46738). It appeared again at Mecum's St. Charles sale in October '07, where it was unsold again at $60,000 (SCM# 46979). The money here was absolutely out of this world, even if the car was a bit nicer this time around. Very well sold. Replacement soft trim starting to show light wear. Shows a bit of light blue smoke upon startup from the left bank. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,613. This was proof that the 2-dr sedans are the least favorite body style for GTOs (not that a rocket scientist is needed to figure that one out... or even an Oldsmobile fan). The consignor dropped the reserve at the end of bidding, making this a good buy on a TriPower car that was basically ready to run. #U7-1966 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 6Y86G414329. Silver/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,089 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Wears a several-decades-old repaint which looks acceptable at 20 feet but is heavily buffed and pebbly to the touch. Rear parcel shelf panel mismatched to rest of paint. Older paint touch-ups didn't match when originally done and haven't improved with age. Most chrome and trim both usable and lightly pitted or frosted. Redone cleaned-up engine bay shows well. Lightly faded original interior pieces, older replacement seat vinyl still nice. Heavily faded rear package shelf. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $44,625. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Two years ago, this car would've sold for double what it brought here. This was within striking distance of the going rate for a 440 car, and I doubt the Hemi market will erode much past this point. Actually, the '66'67 B-body cars never really got much respect in Hemi circles, so this wasn't too much of a drop. Well bought. #S130-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr sedan. S/N 242706K135225. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 58,015 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation confirms Tri-Power, ps, console, and Rally II wheels. Frame-off restoration completed in 2005. Panel gaps to GM specs, but atypically off at door to cowl area. Good repaint with a few polishing scratches, better bumper replate with mostly reproduction emblems, some light scuffing on door frame and side window trim. Very clean engine bay. 98 seating surfaces slightly sticky with age, dingy and musty original carpet could probably be salvaged if removed and cleaned. Engine runs but has exhaust leaks. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $11,025. A representative example of one of the later models from the no-reserve Continental hoarder's estate. There was absolutely no room for coming out ahead here, as the new owner will get buried in a $20k bill faster than it'll take to cycle the top. Bearing that in mind, we won't even talk about the $20,500 #4 condition 1967... Very well sold. #F94-1967 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242677B112714. Plum Mist/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 60,888 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS-documented original, down to Plum Mist paint. Equipped with ps, pb, pt, and power antenna. Good body prep, decent repaint, older top. Underhood detailed but fitted with a few aftermarket bits. Suspension sits performance ignition fitted. Generally cleaned up undercarriage in black with no serious attempt at detailing. Reproduction seat upholstery, door panels, dashpad, and carpet starting to show minimal wear and aging. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,525. We last saw this car at Mecum's Des Moines auction in July, where it failed to sell at $32,500 (SCM# 46736). Not a Sports Car Market detailed rather than restored. All-original interior has slight seat edge wear and discoloring. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,463. This was one of only 319 Mustangs fitted with the final year 289 Hi-Po engine. It took a little while on the block, but when all was said and done, the husband and wife owners decided to drop the reserve when the bidding ended. Not a concours trailer queen, but bought well as a frozen-in-time example of a babied driver. #F89-1968 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23L8G238182. Black & red/black vinyl. Odo: 13,477 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High quality body prep and paint work, freshly replated bumpers, body-off stainless trim buff-out. Raised rear suspension due to modified spring shackles. Edelbrock high-rise aluminum intake manifold with Carter AFB carburetor, cast aluminum valve covers, and #S149-1967 FORD MUSTANG GT fastback. S/N 7F02K214250. Acapulco Blue & white/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 52,810 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Consigned by the original owners, who claim the mileage to be correct. Elite Marti Report confirms Hi-Po 289, GT package, tinted glass, Sport Deck rear seat, console, deluxe color-keyed seat belts, and AM radio. Buffed-out original paint shows a few nicks on the nose. All-original chrome and trim, engine bay is more cleaned up and

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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author bloody thing had changed with this car, aside from the fact that the owner had apparently gotten tired of shuttling it around and let it go for a lot less money. #S91-1968 AMC AMX coupe. S/N A8M397X300580. Aqua metallic & black/black vinyl. Odo: 66,850 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Go Pack, ps, pb, & AM 8-track radio. Decent repaint shows some overspray on exhaust, front valance, wiring harness, and motor. Some orange peel in a few odd spots including trunk lid edge. Recently replated bumpers, mostly original emblems and trim. All original glass, backlight heavily scratched. Dingy engine bay and undercarriage. Generally well-preserved interior dull, with three cracks in simulated wood wheel and heavier wear to carpet. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,250. The selling price here tracked with what we've seen on AMXs and other AMC muscle car prices as of late: gradual, non-dramatic increases. While not a pristine gem, you'll have to look quite a bit to find a better one than this for less. Well bought. #S183-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S737593. Red/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 19,150 miles. 350-ci 350hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Big-block-style hood, Cragar S/S mags. Fresh repaint done to an acceptable standard but hardly to show specs. Serviceable original chrome, older engine clean-up now obscured by coolant leak dripping on fan. Good older top with limited wear. Aftermarket items fitted inside the car include Hurst shifter and vinyl. Odo: 76,800 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sold new in Clovis, NM, per the original Protect-O-Plate. Factory options include ps, pb, and 12-bolt Positraction rear end. Expert body prep, paint application, and roof reskin, several rust blisters forming at the bases of wheelwells. Both bumpers have been expertly rechromed, all easily removable trim has been replaced with new. Matching carpeted floor mats fitted over newer carpeting. Expertlyinstalled authentic reproduction interior vinyl. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,750. This old boy has been around quite a bit. I last saw it in July '07 at Mecum's Des Moines auction, where it failed to sell at $38,000 (SCM# 46734). Before that we tracked it as a $26,500 no sale at the Kruse/Leake auction in Dallas in 2003 (SCM# 31897). The reserve was cut loose here at $34k, so I hope that it ended up with someone who'll enjoy it for a while. #S63-1969 PONTIAC GTO The Judge 2-dr hard top. S/N 242329B154687. Carousel Red, black, & yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 892 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation and the original build sheet confirm it as one of the first Judges built. Fitted with Ram Air, Positraction, ps, pb, and Rally II wheels. Miles indicated since full bare body restoration. Excellent paint and graphics application, GMspec door and panel fit, mostly replacement quality replacements. Vacuum-plated chrome mostly worn off a/c vents. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,100. This car seemed to run out fine, so this should be a good buy on a cruiser for someone who knows their way around a GM shop manual and a Fisher Body manual. There are no guarantees in terms of future investment potential on cars like this, but at least the new owner can drive this one anywhere and not have to worry too much about it. #S163-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko Replica coupe. S/N 123379N617165. Glacier Blue & white/white vinyl. Odo: 19 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally a bare-bones 6-cylinder Camaro. Equipped with a poorly-fitting RS front end that shows gaps between headlights and fenders. Top-notch re- '70s vintage AM/FM/8-track in-dash stereo. The rest of the interior is original and shows 38 years of moderate use. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $19,163. Even with the coolant leaking issue, this had no problems exceeding the consigning dealer's $17,500 reserve. Without any drivability issues, this bid would've been about right, so I hope that the buyer knows Corvettes and knows what he's getting into, or someone may be in for a bit of a surprise. #F93-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 136379K465362. Butternut Yellow & black/black vinyl/black 100 brightwork. Clean chassis shows a couple of attempts to add reproduction inspection stickers as per original manufacture. Good quality interior restoration with all new vinyl and carpeting. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $64,050. This was bid to an insufficient $60k on the block, but it was a post-block sale by the end of the weekend. It wouldn't take a whole lot to make this into a drop-dead concours car, but the fact that it would have to be made into that means that it sold for top money in this condition. #S70-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. S/N 124379N666140. Cortez Silver & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,092 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Console-shift automatic, a/c, Cowl Induction hood, and Rally wheels. Excellent older repaint and graphics, presentable chrome and trim somewhat dull. Engine bay dusty and used-looking, no belt fitted to a/c compressor. Generally well-preserved original interior, although seats may be older high- paint, new trim, bumpers replated. Rebuilt engine from a 435-hp 1969 Corvette with claimed 585 hp. Radio-delete dashboard with 6,000rpm tach and 140-mph speedo from a Z/28, rosewood steering wheel, and Hurst shifter. Top-shelf reproduction base-level bucket seats and door panels. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $49,875. A generally high-quality build which easily cost as much to make as what it realized across the block. This proved once again that once you go beyond stock, especially on replica wannabes, the sum is only worth the parts. Well sold. #S53-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA AAR 2- dr hard top. S/N BS23J0B303514. In Violet & black/black vinyl. Odo: 48,333 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. 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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author light wear from limited use. Heavier wear noted on simulated wood steering wheel rim. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,500. Only 243 of the 2,724 AAR 'Cudas were done in In Violet. As this was more of an older cosmetic refurbishment than a restoration, the seller wisely dropped the reserve at $49,500. This was today's market price for a top-shelf, driver-grade AAR, but tomorrow, we'll see. #S148-1970 BUICK GS 350 2-dr hard top. S/N 434370H201279. Aqua metallic/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 61,142 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options ps, pb, tinted glass, a/c, tilt wheel, cruise control, tachometer, Speed Minder, rear defroster, and Buick Road Wheels. Very good repaint, good replacement vinyl top with the exception of some wrinkles in rain gutters. Highly buffedout original trim, replated bumpers, pitted mirrors. Cleaned and semi-detailed engine bay, of Boss Mustangs are concerned, but still well bought for being well preserved. #F31-1974 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Hurst/Olds Indy Pace Car Edition coupe. S/N 3G37K4M270575. White, black, & gold/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 24,408 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mileage claimed correct. Generally a mostly original car, to include paint and graphics, both of which are in good condition. Well-preserved chrome and trim commensurate with a 24k-mile, 34-year old car. Interior in very good original condition, with clean white vinyl on swivel bucket seats and dealer-installed plastic film carpet protectors over the minimally the Maverick showed up, several of the “buffs” thought that Ford could do a number on the imports with it. With the benefit of hindsight, it's funny to see how far off the mark they were. Therein lies some of the current popularity of '70s nerd cars. #U31-1976 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom coupe. S/N 1Z37L6S438055. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 91,360 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Fitted with a/c and pw. Excellent quality fiberglass bodywork with aero modifications, good quality repaint. 16inch Weld alloy wheels on fresh performance tires. Original engine rebuilt with '80s-era TPI induction 30k miles ago. Interior replaced with generally well-preserved original interior with period dealer accessory floormats. Modern aftermarket oil pressure gauge added. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,463. A nicely redone GS which might have made the consigning dealer a buck or two, but not much more. Broken record time: break from the pack of buyers heading for the Chevelles and get a 442 or GS instead. You'll have a better car at a better price almost every time. Bought well. #S146-1971 FORD MUSTANG Boss 351 fastback. S/N 1F02R217412. Bright Blue Metallic & Argent/blue vinyl. Odo: 43,765 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Consigned by the original owners, who claim the mileage to be correct. Deluxe Marti Report confirms pb, tinted glass, standard interior with Sport Deck rear seat, console, AM radio with stereo 8-track, and Magnum 500 wheels. Stunning original paint with a few light chips and scuffs, period aftermarket chrome mud flaps behind worn carpeting. Roof vinyl has some light color molting, mostly from age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,250. GM had quite a string of Indy Pace Cars during the '70s. Indeed, they were all GMs from 1972 through 1979. Olds had three of those years—1972, 1974, and 1977—and all three years of commemorative replicas are not well known in the collector car world. Needless to say, the three real pace cars for '74 had beefedup 455s under the hood, not 4-barrel 350s. However, even the 350-powered look-alikes were powerhouses compared to what was about to come, and that explains this car's relative value. Market correct. #F53-1974 FORD MAVERICK 2-dr sedan. S/N 4X91L321629. Ivy Green Metallic/ green vinyl. Odo: 27,057 miles. 250-ci straight 6, 1-bbl, auto. Your classic little old man's car with original miles from new. All paperwork, documents, and receipts present, along with both the Maverick and full-line Ford brochures for '74. No rust. Original chrome and trim nice, but not pristine. Highly buffed-out original paint has only a handful of nicks. Good original interior with only some light seam separations starting on driver's position of front seat. Newer radial tires, dog dish hubcaps, and wheel trim rings. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $4,800. Bought on Friday night by another dealer, who ran it on Sunday to no avail at a $3,900 closing bid. I recently sold some imported car magazines from an estate on eBay, and in some of the issues from mid-1969 where all four wheels. Mildly detailed engine bay, undercarriage has a light coat of recently applied chassis black paint. Slight but noticeable carpet fading on the folded rear Sport Deck. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,550. Bid to an insufficient $51k on the block, but by the end of the weekend it found a home post-block. Once again, call me partial to blue Mustangs, but try to find another unrestored 46k-mile Boss 351 offered by the same folks who bought it new. Not a good deal as far as settling values 102 generally stock components, aside from stereo. Non-stock dual outlet exhaust system a bit loud and raspy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,813. Went for one bid past its $11k reserve. While I'm not much for modified bodywork on a C3—or most any car for that matter—the quality of work on this one almost works. Almost. Then again, with a set of 1978 Pace Car alloy wheels instead of those dated custom Welds, this could almost come off as a '78 to '82 after a couple of beers... which pretty much sums up that market. #F122-2001 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom convertible. S/N 1G1YY32G615120731. Millennium Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 17,500 miles. 5.7-liter 350-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory options include head-up display, dual power sport seats, dual climate a/c, and CD stacker stereo. Heavily customized with “true fire” flame graphics emanating from all body openings over the factory paint, 20-inch bling wheels front and rear, Bassani stainless exhaust system, a plethora of aftermarket exterior chrome trim bits, and yellow leather interior accents. Minimal interior wear, with a decent fit of aftermarket leather. Aftermarket shift knob. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,250. Last seen at Mecum's St. Charles sale in October '07, where it didn't sell at $32,000 (CM# 47096). Having just purchased a C5, I really don't want to see one with flames pouring out if it, even if they are simulated. The owner didn't get too much value out of the mods, as the car fetched low retail for a stock low-mile 2001 convertible. Well sold. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL Column Author Ft. Lauderdale Collector Car Auction Many well-restored cars, used and shown by elderly collectors, seem to find their way to this event Company Kruse Auctions Date January 2–6, 2008 Location Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Auctioneers Dean Kruse, Daniel Kruse, Jim Richie Automotive lots sold / offered 236 / 375 Sales rate 63% Sales total $7,607,142 High sale 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, sold at $135,000 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) Scruffy yet handsome 1934 Packard sold at $52,380 Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics; editing by Jim Pickering, final editing by Keith Martin O f all the quills in the Kruse quiver, Ft. Lauderdale has proven among the most successful on the auction calendar, and this year was no different. With a total sales result of $7,607,142, and 263 of the 375 cars on offer sold, success was theirs. For those who like their auctions with consistency as well as ease of access, Ft. Lauderdale fills that bill. It would be tough to find anyone who remembers this 35th annual event held anywhere but the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale's Holiday Park. It's not beachfront, it's not even upscale, but it's easy to get to and provides plenty of close parking for participants and attendees. Because of the demographics of car collectors mov- ing to South Florida, many well-restored cars, used and shown by elderly collectors, seem to find their way to this event. When downsizing from a three-car garage to a condo, it seems the thing that has to go is often one of the collector cars. Numerous dealers never miss this buying opportunity. The mix of cars was diverse. If you were looking for a Corvette, more than 20 were on offer, ranging in years from 1962 through 1986. If your taste was for something 104 Ft. Lauderdale, FL a little more exotic, there were seven Ferraris. If you were looking for something astonishing, how about a 1959 Opel, a car that achieved an unbelievable 376.59 miles per gallon on vaporized gasoline in 1973? It could have been yours for $10,908. Sure, it needed restoration, but at today's gas prices, it looks better every day. An interesting 1967 MG B GT coupe with a roofrack found new ownership at $11,988, while a 1934 Packard Series 1101 Rumble Seat coupe brought $52,380—a decent price for a car that will be stunning when restored. Perhaps the most interesting no-sale was a 1964 Griffith, a TVR 200 coupe that purported to be the prototype of the model. With a high bid of $37,000, it didn't change Sales Totals hands, despite intense interest in the crowd. It may be a piece of history, but it was also in need of major restoration work. Last year saw 379 cars cross the auction block, with 198 of those selling for a final total of $6.5m. Although fewer cars were offered this time around, more of them sold, bumping results up by just over $1.2m. If I was guessing, I'd say most of the same gang will be back next year, and most of the same types of lots will likely cross the auction block again—and if that's the case, there will likely be even more growth for Kruse in Ft. Lauderdale. ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m $7m $8m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL ENGLISH #768-1958 MG A roadster. S/N HD44347593. Light blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 16,352 miles. Excellent paint, most chrome is very good excepting worn windshield frame. Nice body lines and gaps, excellent glass and gaskets. Interior is well done, throughout. Great gaps, excellent paintwork, chrome as-new. Interior is well-fitted and correct, materials well done. Gear shift knob is scratched, all other wood is very good or better. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,820. Last seen at RM's Meadow Brook sale in August '07, where it failed to sell at $55,000 in #2 condition (SCM# 46004). An exceedingly nice presentation, this car was as good a display as you are likely to see anywhere. 3000-series Austin-Healeys can be found as very respectable drivers for substantially less than this price, and as this one wasn't perfect, it can be considered well sold. #472-1967 MG B GT coupe. S/N with good seats and carpet. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,100. Further signs of strength of the MG A market. No longer a disposable British sports car, collectors are settling in with their choice of years, motors, and body styles. That's not to say that there are not less expensive ones out there, but currently, this was darn close to market-correct. #857-1962 SUNBEAM ALPINE convert- ible. S/N B9117673LRX. White/black vinyl. Odo: 9,082 miles. Riveted patch panels in lower quarters are popping their rivets—not a good sign. Otherwise good paint, chrome is suffering from major scratches. Clean interior, 1G7GHD3L116771. Tan/red leather. Odo: 64,986 miles. Overdrive, sunroof, wood steering wheel, Redline tires. Good or better quality paint, brightwork shows some scratches. Some very dry gaskets, some new and soft. New interior kit is well installed, with white piping standards, but nice enough. Chrome has some rust growing on wire wheel hubs as well as some pitting in places. Underhood clean but not detailed, inside is nice and shows believable wear for the miles. Fitted with factory a/c. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,860. This was the 967th 2+2 off the line in 1969—they made about 5,330 in total from '68 to '70. Cost new for the automatic 2+2 was $6,145 plus options and fees. This was very big money for a 2+2, so perhaps their styling has mellowed over the years... Did the buyer know he was getting a 2+2 and not a coupe? #518-1973 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE coupe. S/N CRB15052. White/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 21,714 miles. Paint is best described as “good enough,” but it's nothing to write home about. No lifting or other problems with vinyl top. Inside shows wear and some dryness to leather. Good dash and door cap wood, contrasting on red leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,988. First seen at Carlisle's Fall sale in October '07, where it didn't sell at $11,000 (SCM# 47125). With just a bit more TLC, this car will be a no-excuses local show contender. This is correct money for a BGT in the current market, and it might sound cheap in a few months. #1067-1967 AUSTIN MINI Moke Panasport-style wheels fitted. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,290. Quite cheap even with its selfdestructing exterior panels taken into consideration. Re-restoration when you already know the parameters of the problem might be a bit less frustrating than finding surprises. With this car, the potential surprises were in plain sight. #769-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L29412. Healey Blue/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 75,814 miles. Sold with two sets of wheels. Excellent still nice. Added AM/FM CD player. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,600. No surprises here in the price department. Restoration work on nonrusty Mokes is not particularly expensive... if you tried to freshen your rundown Moke, it would cost you half of this amount anyway. #1039-1969 JAGUAR XKE SII 2+2 coupe. S/N 1R40968BW. Maroon/black leather. Odo: 47,454 miles. Good quality repaint not to show May 2008 105 roadster. S/N AAB1L817800. Red/white vinyl/saddle vinyl. Odo: 53,631 miles. Lots of recent-appearing restoration work. Fresh paint, new seat vinyl. Top appears a bit older, but lambswool over-carpets nice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,460. It took a very special person to order a Mulliner Park Ward Corniche Coupe when new, and it likely still does today. Very much worth the money for a long-term user/investor, and absolutely market-correct here. #816-1974 JAGUAR XKE SIII convert- ible. S/N UD1522340. Red/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 17,597 miles. Fitted with a/c and chrome wires. Bright and shiny paint not of the best quality. Very good chrome, good top. Interior tired in places, some scrapes to the leather and deflated headrests detract. Overall not hateful. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,580. Last

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL Column Author seen at RM Fort Lauderdale in February '07, where it sold at $38,800 (SCM# 44314). The wire wheels helped, as did the a/c, but the automatic and iffy paint knocked the wind out of this cat's potential big-buck sale. Good money for a Series III slushbox car with needs. #486-1986 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR saloon. S/N SCAZN42A1GCX14483. Mason's Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 110,162 miles. Paint and chrome quite nice, some bubbling is starting under vinyl roof. Some mottling to the wood door caps, cracks to console wood. Dry leather to the front seats, other interior components still nice. Cond: 3-. but it would be a lot more fun to drive than put in a trailer. Well bought and sold. #855-1959 OPEL P1 hard top. S/N 37859. Blue/red fiberglass. Hand painted, lace outlined in gold. Guinness record holder run in 1973 at 376.59 miles per gallon. Runs on vaporized gasoline, not the liquid stuff. Rough all over. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $10,908. There's almost no SOLD AT $17,820. It's not too late to fix the interior problems; a good slathering of rejuvenating oils on the leather might save the day. The wood problems will be a bit more expensive, and let's try to ignore that bubbling under the vinyl top. Oh hell, let's just find another one somewhere. They're out there all day long at this price. Well sold. #1007-1988 BENTLEY MULSANNE sa- loon. S/N SCBZS02B6JCX23256. White/red leather. Odo: 24,596 miles. Sold with a rebuilt title. An overheard conversation with the seller points out it was hit in the front, a quick look confirms. Paintwork good, front wheels look new. Very good leather, good wood. Seller also Odo: 9,844 km. Best paint seen on a Topolino in a few years. Newer top, very nice interior is good throughout. Some details need attention, but they always seem to on cars like this. Nice brightwork, good gaskets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,980. With the exception of Fiat Jollys, it seems that cars that fall into the category of fun and relatively useless are selling at around the $20,000 mark. Personally, I'm hoping that I can move some of my relatively useless cars into that category soon. Well sold. #503-1975 FERRARI 308 GT4 coupe. disputing this is the record holding car from the '70s, and it's likely one of the few Opels from its era in this country. A very cheap display for a museum, or with cosmetic restoration, it might even be a good-looking display. This would appeal to quite a narrow market, but at this price, that market expands. #741-1961 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 3816253. Light blue/white vinyl. Odo: 84,106 miles. Very clean older restoration. Excellent paint, brightwork is all very good or better, with some bits showing rust where the stated to a bystander that the car has a hot start problem, among others that will “straighten themselves out” with more use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,680. A self-healing Bentley? Sign me up! With a salvage title and a front end hit, how much more do you need? This car would have to be some kind of cheap to be worthwhile. Instead, it was some kind of expensive. GERMAN #730-1957 BMW ISETTA convertible. S/N 500509. Red & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 400 miles. Excellent paint and chrome. Seller says the motor and transmission were recently rebuilt by Isettas R US in Georgia. Excellent top, inside is well done. Only some small undone cosmetics keep this car from being a #1-. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,600. One of the better deals seen in recent memory on everyone's favorite rolling egg. There's not too much work left to make this into a show piece, 106 fittings attach. Excellent original style interior, added parcel shelf. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,880. With the exception of the aforementioned parcel shelf, thankfully this was a 1961 Volkswagen that actually looked like they did in the day, with little excess chrome or other catalog-sourced detritus attached. Sadly, that probably means it brought less than it would have with the folderol cranked to 11. ITALIAN #724-1953 FIAT TOPOLINO coupe. S/N 388383. Red & black/black cloth/black vinyl. Sports Car Market lug nuts have rust. Equipped with sunroof. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,820. Likely worth it at this price, as lots of the problems seen could be addressed while you were actually using the car for weekends and fun events. After many years of being neglected, the market is now waking up and considering these viable, lowend alternatives. #505-1986 FERRARI 328 GTS targa. S/N ZFFXA20AXG0001559. White/red leather. Odo: 35,443 miles. Still nice paint with some light scrapes and dings. Black trim shows well, no delamination found in glass. Clean interior shows wear commensurate with miles. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,910. White with red isn't as hateful as it sounds, especially for those of us who would prefer almost anything to another S/N 10418. Red/tan leather. Odo: 44,600 miles. Quite a few dents and dings, some loose trim. Some paint has peeled to reveal bodywork underneath at driver's door. Decent original interior, some curb rash to the original style mags,

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL Column Author red one. There was no information available about this one's last service, and that's the tipping point on whether this was a reasonable or unreasonable buy. AMERICAN #1057-1934 PACKARD SERIES 1101 Rumble Seat coupe. S/N 71889. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 13,641 miles. Barn-find condition. V12 headlights, otherwise incredibly original. Paint looks to have been done by a brush, all chrome is pitted but present. Tired and run down, but a beautiful body style. Cond: 4-. red & white vinyl. Odo: 16,283 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Two tops, Continental kit. Looks to be an older restoration, with lots of age-related wear. Very good paint, some chips around edges. Very good soft top, excellent chrome needs a polish. Clean underhood, but lots of aging seen. Very clean interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,320. Looks to be just about your perfect driver-level two-seat T-Bird. The market for these early cars isn't vibrant nationwide, but they're quite popular in South Florida. Well sold. #774-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N VC55L078827. Orange & white/ white vinyl/orange & white vinyl. Odo: 56,315 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Well done paint, excellent brightwork. Lots of exterior accessories include bumper guards, right hand mirror, and car, but the real story here is a lack of options like power steering or brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,500. Also ran as car #757, a no-sale at $36,000. Imagine ticking the box for SS as well as a 4-speed and ignoring every other option. In the day that wasn't all that unusual, as power goodies and certainly air conditioning were thought of as power-robbing stuff for your dad's or mom's car. Tastes change, and this car with all the power accessories would have done substantially more here. #725-1966 CORD 8/10 Replica convert- SOLD AT $52,380. You might have seen this car on eBay, as it sold there not too terribly long ago for a price not all that dissimilar to this number. It's not a survivor, so restoring it won't be a sin, and when it's restored, this car will be a stunning example. #1050-1951 PACKARD 250 SERIES convertible. S/N 24693158. Burgundy/black vinyl/burgundy & black leather. Odo: 46,071 miles. Best described as in “just a car” condition—nice enough for some to call it a driver, but not much more. Older paint, some trim missing, so-so chrome. Newer top is an unin- more. Much older interior is still nice but not crisp. No complaints overall. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,080. A likable car at a likable price, what's wrong with that? '55s don't hold the same appeal to many as '57s, but I'll take a '58 over either. A good driver-quality car at less than the cost of its restoration, so not a bad deal. #475-1963 STUDEBAKER LARK Regal 2-dr sedan. S/N 63V36548. Light green/green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 30,224 miles. 259-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Good paint and chrome. An original car with a decent repaint. Some dry gaskets, plenty of overspray visible throughout. Underhood is clean, but is also covered ible. S/N CC1441. Cream/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 304 miles. Decent paint, some scratches and pitting to chrome. Older top. Inside has non-original “vintage”-style gauges installed. Steering wheel replaced with a later unit as well. Good leather and carpets, nice spired installation, older interior shows wear and age. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $32,940. There were just too many needs on this one to get too excited about it, and I'd rather spend more and get a better car. If you could just drive it as-is, then the money wasn't too much, but a restoration would cost many times this final bid. #443-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P5FH250492. Red/white vinyl/ glass. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,760. Could this be indicative of some upward movement in the 8/10 market? A car with major needs sold last year for under $10,000, and we likely won't see that figure again soon. I still say this was high for condition, but this is a marque worth checking on in a year. #719-1967 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL convertible. S/N YM27K3257088. Light blue/white vinyl/black leather. in overspray. Nice original interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,072. As the convertible Larks get more expensive, it's no surprise that the twodoors climb the same ladder—but they will always be a few rungs back. A good choice for cruise day. The V8 engine is a help; just order those gaskets, glue them on, and spend a few hours with your detail equipment. #1115-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. S/N 31867J257564. White/tan cloth/saddle vinyl. Odo: 26,424 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint and brightwork, very good trim. Lots of AACA Awards including Junior and Senior Firsts, First and Second Preservation, and two Best of Class. A nice 108 Sports Car Market Odo: 22,983 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A few prep issues visible in otherwise nice paint. Very good top, excellent chrome. Upand-down-condition interior, with nice leather seats showing light use and more wear to console covers. Some trim is weak. The passenger door won't open from the outside,

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Kruse International Ft. Lauderdale, FL which is not the best of signs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,470. Well bought. There is a quite finite supply of Imperial convertibles from the late '60s, as they built quite a few less than you think. After this car is gone through by someone who knows their way around Imperials, it'll be a landmark car for a nonmonumental price. #446-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am Replica coupe. S/N 2233790128784. White & blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 8,120 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good quality paint, some detail issues like overspray could be easily addressed. Hood gap issues are tougher to fix. Very nice chrome front and rear, windshield stainless is scratched. Nice driver-quality interior lacking in but actually this was no-harm-done money for a 350-ci car with a/c. Novas were the ultimate disposable Chevrolet from the '60s and '70s, and they were the car to have if you just couldn't stomach the smaller Vega. Well bought and sold. #850-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1Z67J4S428398. Brown/tan leather. Odo: 66,456 miles. 350-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. No issues with paint, one unusual tear in the hood, good brightwork for what little of it is present. Interior might just be all original, with lots of even wear noted. Aftermarket fuel filler lid, wheels, and steering wheel. Clean underhood, with lots of aftermarket parts added. detail work. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,920. If you work on the theory that this was a plus or minus $20,000 Firebird 400 with $5,000 worth of Trans Am cosmetics added, then you'd be happy with this purchase. Had it been a real Trans Am, even in this shape, it would easily have cost three times the amount. So, let's put this one in the muscle car “look fast for cheap” category. #482-1970 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme convertible. S/N 342670E125595. Light blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 389 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Appears to be a recent restoration, with lots of evidence of dollars spent. Paint nice but not perfect, excellent chrome. Well-fitted top shows minimal Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,280. Last seen at eBay/ Kruse's Sunrise, FL, sale in March '02, where it didn't sell at $10,000 (SCM# 26623). This car brought more money than I expected, as it didn't have a whole lot to recommend it visually. While some of the more expensive Corvettes have trended downward in value of late, it seems that some of the lower-priced cars have drifted upwards. Interesting dichotomy, eh? #1121-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE wear. Interior is all stock save for a few gauges. Excellent seats, carpets, and dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,400. This might seem like it was strong money, but what else can you find in a 1970s American convertible with a big motor for less? Not a show queen, but a usable car with a high fun factor. #827-1970 CHEVROLET NOVA SS Replica 2-dr sedan. S/N 114270W398564. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 89,547 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with a/c, ps, and pb. A clean unit with good paint, good chrome, and well-detailed underhood. Factory style interior has added gauges and speakers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,090. It sounds a bit expensive, May 2008 Indy Pace Car Edition coupe. S/N 128748S901094. Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 34,313 miles. 350-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint appears original, fresh Eagle GT Goodyears on spotless rims. Clean underhood. The interior is as good as expected with this many miles. Light wear to the driver's seat and steering wheel, excellent dash and extension, but the seller has an unpainted replacement in the trunk. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,180. Despite their reputation as less-thanstellar performers and as having some fragile components, at this type of money, these are good enough to consider for a summertime driver. Once the rusty ones fall apart and the ones with maintenance issues become chicken coops, the ones that are left will have to increase in value. ♦ holes where perhaps hot ashes (that's with an “h” by the way) have burned through. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,340. Lots of motor for not too much money. Unfortunately, this was from an era when horsepower was reduced to almost laughable levels as rated from the factory. This price was about right, and the selection of interesting cars in this price range is shrinking. #841-1983 BUICK RIVIERA Indy 500 Pace Car convertible. S/N 1G4AZ67Y00E438014. White/white vinyl/burgundy leather. Odo: 7,313 miles. 307-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good repaint to a car that is driver-quality throughout; decent chrome. Very good top shows some dirt, original interior clean. One cracked fender carpets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,220. Also ran as lot #432, a no-sale at $22,000. Well bought, possibly even a very good buy if the mechanics turn out to be as good as the cosmetics. For those of us who have seen the entire production of these parade across auction blocks in the past 30 years, it's time for us to adjust our thinking. All of them have found permanent non-investor homes, as enthusiasts are the purchasers now. #839-1979 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. S/N 2U87W9N14483. Teal/blue cloth. Odo: 75,046 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. VIN decodes to an original 301-ci V8 car. Fitted with a/c, pw, and pb. Good quality repaint, all exterior trim nice. Factory seat covers have 109

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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Column Author Kissimmee High Performance Auction Bidding was fevered, particularly on Saturday, and the high sale ended up being a well-restored 1953 Corvette for a quite reasonable $249,900 Company Mecum Auctions Date January 24–26, 2008 Location Kissimmee, Florida Auctioneer Mike Hagerman, Mark & Bobby Delzell Automotive lots sold / offered 441 / 769 Sales rate 57% Sales total $15,090,107 High sale 1953 Corvette roadster, sold at $249,900 Buyer's premium Bidders parted with $15m, despite the rain Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics W ith an auction running for three days and preview for two days prior, the auction area hummed with activity as transport trucks and smaller trailers rolled in and out, coming from all over the Southeast and beyond. The threat of rain loomed as consignments rolled through check-in on Tuesday and Wednesday, and that evening's downpour necessitated pumping trucks to clear up the marshy conditions that met bidders and sellers Thursday morning. Doing everything they could to stem the tide, Mecum employees dug drainage ditches, made vehicle ramps, and arranged for mulch trucks to restore the muddy grounds. On the block, bidding was fevered, particularly on Saturday, and the high sale ended up being a well-restored 1953 Corvette—chassis number 112—for a quite reasonable $249,900. Runner-up and a rare Bowtie example of early muscle was a 1965 Chevrolet Malibu Z16 396/375 hard top, which found a new home at a strong $238,875. A 1967 Pontiac GTO from the 1967 Thom McAn Sweepstakes found new ownership at $110,250, while a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible sold at $162,750. One 110 of the nicest Chevelles present was a 1969 SS 396 convertible. Fitted with an L89 aluminum-head big-block, it found a new home at $78,750. Notable no-sales included a Copper Bronze 1969 Dodge Daytona with Kissimmee, FL its original 426/425 Hemi at $410,000, the sale of which might have been advisable here given its cosmetic needs. Another car flying home with its seller was a much more attractive wing car from the Plymouth side—a Petty Blue 1970 Superbird 440 Six Pack whose owner was holding out for more than the $230,000 of- fered. Also rumbling out the exit side of the tent were all four GTO Judges brought to this sale, including the restored Knafel “Tin Indian” Ram Air V 1970 SCCA Production champion. While it brought a high bid of $200,000, the consignor felt it not generous enough. Results fell off a bit this year, with total sales down $5m from 2007 and sell-through down from 62%. In all, only twelve fewer cars sold this year. The pre-sale deluge might have something to do with it, but with a $5m shortfall, it might be safer to say buyers were a bit more discerning, sellers a bit over-realistic, and the compromises just didn't come. ♦ Sales Totals $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 5% thereafter Sports Car Market

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'49 Stanguellini Barchetta Sport 1100 '53 Bandini 750S '62 Lancia Flaminia Coupe Zagato '53 Bandini Maserati '57 Fiat 1200 Grandluce '23 Delage DIS Torpedo LWB '34 MG PA Supercharged '63 Porsche 356B Carrera '56 Facel Vega FV2 '63 Triumph TR4 '33 Fiat Ballila Coppa d'Ora '56 Isetta Velam Soft Top Coming Soon! 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV '63 Maserati 3500 GTi Superleggera '56 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I '46 Delahaye 135 MS Body by Chapron '72 Fiat Dino Spider 2.4 ltr '48 Fiat Gobbone 1100 S 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door SOLD! SOLD!

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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Column Author ENGLISH #S98-1947 BENTLEY Mk VI saloon. S/N B848K. Shell Gray & maroon/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 20,884 miles. Ancient wavy paint bubbled around the edges. Body gaps OK, doors all feel loose. Chrome bumpers and radiator shell redone at one point or another, remaining brightwork appears to be down to the last layer of nickel. Large crank sunroof duct-taped to roof. Rear window cracked, right trafficator dropped back into body. Interior appears to have been last GERMAN #T90-1967 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 106523181. White/black vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 1,775 miles. Older repaint and cosmetic freshening of a very low-miles example. Body gaps factory, with no gap or fit issues. Black replacement top correct, dashboard and instrumentation original and clean. Engine bay with older detailing. New bilge pump and other water-worthiness work just carried out. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,400. Last seen at RM's sale ITALIAN #F70-1971 DETOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNLY01784. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 38,361 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Older high-quality repaint holding up well without signs of major defects. Brightwork original and buffed through in places. Door handles and other diecast trim pitted, original Cromodoras also show light pitting. Original dash and interior well-preserved, seat belts are ten-year-old 5-point harnesses. Engine redone in the early 1960s with incorrect materials now coming apart. Wood dash intact. Engine bay grubby but to a driver standard, engine runs smoothly despite unknown mechanicals. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,500. The new owner can do one of two things: He can quickly go upside-down trying to restore it, or he can nearly double his money overseas where that sale will seem about as good at pounds for dollars. Slightly well bought, except to restore stateside. #F198-1960 JAGUAR Mk II 3.8 saloon. S/N P212304BW. Black/tan leather. Odo: 58,055 miles. Recent black respray shows light cracking on beltline where filler has popped out over prior rust. Paint appears to have been done properly with trim and glass out. Body gaps better than factory, doors shut well. Leather interior redone, wood appears to have been reused and shows a bit dry. Steering wheel original and lightly cracked. Turn signal stalk no doubt confused for gearshift, as it's broken of the Wiseman Collection in Tarpon Springs in December '07, where it sold at $57,200 (SCM# 47751). This was a well-above-par example compared to others at auction in recent months. Apart from its original documented low mileage, the short-term owner did a fair amount of work to make the car sea-worthy, and he documented that in this car's display. A nice quick profit for his efforts, still a fair deal for the high bidder. #F161.1-1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N WDB1070421A030239. Champagne Metallic/brown cloth, Champagne Metallic hard top/brown leather. Odo: 87,955 miles. Older possibly all-original finish shows light chips and scratches. European bumpers present, U.S. headlights from federalization. Windshield trim missing a corner piece, chrome and brightwork nice without major clouding to anodized trim. Hard top in place uniformly worn, indicating it was on more than bay tidy, with alloy DeTomaso valve covers and Offenhauser intake perhaps from recent major overhaul. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,650. Despite the claims of recent overhaul, the oil pressure gauge did not read above 40 psi at cold and barely rose above 20 psi at warm idle, leading a guy who was checking the car out as I was going over the cosmetics to walk away. Let's hope the eventual buyer of this otherwise nice-looking driver checked it out throughly, or he may be in for a less-than-pleasant surprise. JAPANESE #S55-1991 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N JH4NA115XMT002411. Red/black leather. Odo: 52,014 miles. Original red paint better than most similar-year Ferraris and Porsches. One rock chip in windshield, other glass excellent. Original leather appears a bit dry from an encounter or two with Armor All, very little entry wear apparent. Engine bay very clean, but rear struts no longer hold the hatch up. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,000. My friend off and missing. Engine compartment sports older detailing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,100. The consignor-dealer claimed to have bought this and a few of his other consignments from the Ford Motor Company. With the impending buyout of Jaguar by Tata Motors, I guess they're just trying to limit their daily losses with Jaguar until that day by selling off bits of the collection. This was OK by Britcar homebuilder standards, but not for close-up display. A more-or-less fair deal for both parties, but perhaps just a little over the moon by the new owner. 112 off during this car's life. Original brown leather dry and shows light entry wear, brown carpet just starting to turn green. Nice original wood without major defects. Engine bay not overly detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,000. A nice price for the best weight-balanced SL. Another case of the wrong sale for a decent car, but in this case the consignor cut it loose well below the current market for condition. Gray market cars can be fickle, but in this situation even a few rounds on eBay might get the new owner a small profit. Slightly well bought. (and SCMer) Bob Sinclair looked at a 1991 or 1992 NSX on his retirement from Saab USA's corner office. He drove it against a three-yearold Ferrari 328 GTS with a few thousand miles on it for the same price tag, and then bought the Ferrari. I asked him why, and he replied, “The Acura was just too perfect, it did everything right.” Well, for the guy or gal who needs to have everything right, an NSX isn't a bad deal. Sports Car Market

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Well sold, as the same money can get a newer car with fewer miles on the clock. AMERICAN #S109-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001112. Polo White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 62,754 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Nicely executed example of a 1953 Corvette, paint and bodywork to a high standard. Chrome and brightwork older but well-preserved throughout. Beautiful interior with correct seats, carpet and dashboard. Sill plates scuffed from entry wear. Wide whitewall tires yellowing. Incorrect chrome valve cover and slightly brighter shade of blue on engine detracts from overall correctness. Cond: 2. #F104-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Rampside pickup. S/N 4R124F102867. Green & white/gray, black & white vinyl. Odo: 79,101 miles. Older restoration holding up very nicely. Paint finish appears to be of higher grade than original. Limited brightwork original and wellpreserved, bench seat and painted dash much the same. Engine bay cleaner and without underbody indications of rust in the rear as many SOLD AT $249,900. For the second time in three months, a restored 1953 takes high-sale honors at an East Coast auction. With only 300 produced and not that many left, how often will we be able to make that claim? With the #1 car at Worldwide's Hilton Head sale in November '07 another $150,000 away (SCM# 47636) and a similar #1 car down the road in Tarpon Springs in December '07 doing still $100,000 better than this one (SCM# 47750), I guess that for some light detailing and refreshing work ahead, this was the best deal yet. #S144-1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N 21637J122891. Tuxedo Black/aqua vinyl & cloth. Odo: 28 miles. 409ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration shows minor flaws, dirt, sags, and prep issues mostly in roof and A-pillars. Chrome nice, brightwork shows minor installation damage on roof rails. Reproduction interior correct, but seats overstuffed and minor finish issues to dashboard of these exhibit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,900. I come back to nice Rampsides whenever possible since most of the ones I see have needs. My friends at GM Heritage are all the way in and more after buying two to make one that in the end will not be too much nicer than this example. With only the Lakewood wagon perhaps being rarer than the Greenbrier van-derived Rampside, this was worth the price paid. Well bought and sold. #S112-1965 CHEVROLET MALIBU SS Z16 2-dr hard top. S/N 138375K168758. Regal Red/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 6,791 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 201 Z16s built. Body and paint done to an exceptional standard without evident flaws aside from overly stiff hood hinges. Chrome and brightwork uniform and comprehensively executed. Goldline tires, correct Z16 hubcaps. Interior crisp and fresh, tilt column and wood wheel unusual in an early Malibu. M21 transmission a rare option. visible. Engine bay beautifully done down to wax crayon marks and original tar-top battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $95,550. The windshield of this car read that it was a Meadowbrook Concours Winner—if you consider 3rd place in Best American winning. The amateurish paint was a product of a common body shop, not a restoration facility, but bidding was stiff through the reserve, and the unusual two-door coupe found a new home when the gavel fell. Well sold. May 2008 Engine bay perfect down to overspray on intake manifold, wax crayon marks on inner fenders and firewall, Kleerview windshield washer bottle, and tar top battery. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $238,875. The slightest indicators of mild use are all that kept this from being a perfect #1 car. This was a good example of one of the best of the best of early Chevrolet muscle bringing a price that few would have expected, due to its unrepeatability and unquestioned rarity. Well bought for the person who had to have the best, incredibly well sold even if it counters the theory that all muscle is down. #S148-1965 CHEVROLET MALIBU SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 138375A141795. Regal Red/black vinyl. Odo: 43,411 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed no-expense-spared 113

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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Column Author rotisserie restoration shows excellent body preparation and assembly, paint shows a few chips and sags. Chrome redone, brightwork original with some fit and finish issues around headlamps. Seats egregiously overstuffed, driver's seat bottom pulling away from seatback. Nice walnut steering wheel original. Gauges appear unrestored and cloudy, engine bay tidy aside from aged chrome to air cleaner lid. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,800. One of the first cars to have an L79 350-hp V8, this smallblock Malibu SS looked to have been well-executed in all but a few areas, and these items would be mostly easy to correct. Against the similar Z16 Malibu SS of the same year, this was a bargain, and it was certainly no slouch in the performance department from a powerto-weight perspective. Well bought and sold. #S153-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242076K122492. Starlight Black/red vinyl. Odo: 1,319 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Well-executed full restoration showing only light prep issues around the edges. Slight waviness in doors, panel gaps appear factory. Chrome and brightwork nice, anodized aluminum brightwork clouding slightly, stainless trim lightly brushed. Interior crisp and fresh down to wood dashboard and steering wheel. Engine bay well-detailed but shows light use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,400. The most professionallyrestored of the Tri-Power GTOs at this sale. Documentation and honesty were evident with this car, and the quality of its restoration held up well. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. #S16-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 138177Z153239. Rally Red/black vinyl. Odo: 66,978 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint and body lightly wavy down sides, door fit off. Chrome redone on bumpers, reproduction grille, other brightwork original or older, with some damage to right front roof gutter trim. Blackout trim under deck lid original and aging. Interior fresh, aftermarket Hurst shifter and gauge package under dashboard. Engine bay tidy, HEI distributor, headers, and Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake detract from originality. Cond: 3+. 114 sometime in the 1970s. Factory a/c all intact. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,600. I have to admit I was surprised at the low result here. I love the grandma cars—especially when they hail from that particular grandma in Pasadena. This had just about the most all-original feel of any car at this sale, and when bidding fell flat just north of $30,000, I was looking around the room to see who was going to start it back up again. A neat buy for a muscle guy in this market. #S127-1967 PONTIAC GTO Thom McAn Sweepstakes Car 2-dr hard top. S/N 242177P135564. Tiger Gold Metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 45,117 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High quality paint and body restoration exhibits light driver door alignment issues and minor paint sags. Interior restoration likewise. Bumpers rechromed, brightwork shows light installation damage around windshield, left-front headlamp door shows minor pitting SOLD AT $30,975. Running early on Saturday with a bunch of other consignments from the same dealer, whose cars surrounded the Bidder Registration tent, this was not a particularly special example in a sea of similar muscle cars. A decent deal for the price paid. #S88-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23L71125081. Dark blue metallic/ blue vinyl. Odo: 97,306 miles. 440-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Older repaint lightly mottled, factory gaps suggest the car's never been apart. Likely original chrome and brightwork showing only light pitting to diecast items and light clouding to anodized bits. Driver's seat torn, all original materials in interior down to carpet and door panels. Original 440 tidy but last detailed beneath chrome. Engine bay well-detailed down to correct battery. Chrome valve covers appear aftermarket. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $110,250. The winner of this car in the 1966 sweepstakes was a sweet little older lady who found the GTO a little beyond her taste in automobiles. She traded it in on the same day a Vietnam vet came home, and he bought it and drove it into the ground. The current owner found it, rescued it, identified it, and properly restored it to as-presented condition. The result was a GTO that would have been worth slightly more than half as much without the shoe store connection and advertising documentation. #S159-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible. S/N 124677N155815. Ermine White & blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 29,078 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed recent frame-off restoration shows heavy orange peel and overly thick application in door jambs. Bumpers rechromed but not the carriage bolts. Brightwork lightly scuffed and shows polishing marks. Newer convertible top with what appears to be an incorrect pattern along sail area. Interior redone, but door panels, sill plates, and console could use better reconditioning. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,350. First seen at eBay/Kruse Fort Lauderdale in January '02, where it sold at $26,400 (SCM# 26820). Seen later at Kruse Fort Lauderdale in January '08, where it failed to sell at $58,000 (SCM# 48239). These firstyear examples are not seen as often as their 1969 cousins. It's really too bad that this one had so many corners cut in its recommissioning, but the consignor was apparently aware of this in his low reserve price relative to the '69s on offer here. Not a bad deal if the new owner can fix the issues himself. #S43-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S120604. LeMans Blue & white/blue vinyl & hard top/blue vinyl. Odo: 66,496 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Recent cosmetic restoration features paint and bodywork to a high standard and gaps to factory or better standard. Stinger stripe wider than stock. 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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Column Author Weatherstripping older and lightly petrified. Interior possibly all-original and correct aside from modern radio in dash. Engine bay detailing nice but older and showing signs of use. Recently rebuilt rear end. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $63,000. Another nice driver C2 for sane money. It was likely the early Saturday placement in the sale hurt its result, but unverified numbers may also have played a role. It's getting harder to find driver-quality cars that still look good, and with the cars restored—or built from pieces—during a time when these were all just good driving sports cars for sale on occasion, these can be good opportunities for enjoyment, if not growth. #S151-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convert- ible. S/N 8T03R201759. Highland Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 71,451 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration shows age and some shortcuts in the prep department, with waviness down sides and light gap issues. Antenna bezel missing, antenna sitting loose in rear quarter. Some weatherstripping petrified and lightly cracked, chrome decently redone, brightwork original and dinged up. Older top and interior very presentable down to wood engine bay with near-matching casting dates but no matching numbers. Smog equipment missing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. I spoke with the consignor at length, as did many people, since he attended his car throughout much of the preview and sale. It ran a little late in the rainy Saturday afternoon lineup, yet there was still enough interest here to get this one sold at just over market for condition. #S3-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 124379N504621. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 68,611 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body-on restoration shows light overspray on window trim and other brightwork, but is otherwise done to a high standard. Gaps factory or slightly better. Chrome nice, brightwork original with some light scratches, installation dents, and tweaks. Interior appears original. Engine bay tidy, but may not have been original. Perhaps it was only used in parades and to pace the local dirt track races wherever it lived, but the mileage on the odometer was not entirely believable, nor did the car look like said odometer had seen 99,999 some 2,800 miles ago. Since it was a no-reserve car, it did very well despite the mysteries and lack of documentation present. Slightly well sold. #S120-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N543653. Tuxedo Black & white/black vinyl. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Paint and body to beyond-factory specifications, light prep issues uniform and still superior to assembly line quality. Interior well-executed down to teak steering wheel, seats perfectly stuffed. Engine bay about the best of any here steering wheel and original dash. Very good engine compartment detailing appears to be of later vintage than the rest of the recommissioning. Slight antifreeze leak. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $162,750. As one of four GT500 KR convertibles with factory a/c and the 4-speed manual transmission, this car reflected a decent buy for someone with confidence in the muscle market and the ability to do some recommissioning. Worth it to buy and hold onto at this price, since a 4-speed GT500 KR convertible is arguably the most desirable Mustang out there. #S183-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 8T02S149558. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 62,146 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent respray in original red. Body-on refreshing of an earlier restoration to a high standard. Excellent body gaps, mostly original brightwork looks near uniform to restored chrome. Mostly original interior, new carpet blends well. Nicely detailed modern GM ZZ4 crate engine adds little to this factory a/c-equipped Camaro. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,400. Gifted to Padres pitcher Mark Davis on his receiving the Cy Young award some time ago. This was probably a good running and driving car but had little collectibility aside from a diehard baseball fan who more than likely lives on the opposite coast. That being said, perhaps another go at a Monterey sale might not be all bad. Slightly well bought, hard to duplicate elsewhere. #S81-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 Indy Pace Car convertible. S/N 124679N628142. White & orange/white vinyl/ orange houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 2,790 miles. 396-ci V8 4-bbl, auto. Claimed original paint with light retouching in spots evident. Driver's door out of adjustment. Chrome and brightwork original and well-preserved. Interior nice, but console shows a little more than light wear. Seats near perfect and do not appear to be reproduction, convertible top appears to be newer. Engine detailed, brake booster and master cylinder untouched. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,900. This car was the antithesis of uniformity. Although the exterior finish was nearly that of a restored car, much of it may or down to crayon and wax marks. Very impressive throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $87,150. Black paint does not hide much of anything, and here it was spotless. A very intriguingly well-done car that, unlike many similar vehicles from the dealer tent, did find a new home at the end of the day. This was one case where the rotisserie used in the restoration was designed for a car, and its users were clearly qualified in its use. Well bought and sold. #S167-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. S/N 136679B338949. Medium blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 74,183 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent blue metallic paint and body alignment, one chip at top of driver's door. Chrome and brightwork appear uniform to quality of restoration, with one ding in right A-pillar windshield trim. Correct newer black convertible top has one broken “down” latch on driver's side. Interior correct, but seats slightly overstuffed. Excellent carpet, all-weather mats, and wood steering wheel. Engine bay not overdone. One of 400 built with the L89 aluminum head option. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $78,750. The nicest Chevelle convertible at this sale with the absence of lot S160, a black and white Chevelle SS 454. Surprisingly, this car sold at the reserve price, which would have been a screaming deal a year ago, but today was just on the low end of 116 Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Column Author market. There can't be much more downside to a car like this... or can there? #S161-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible. S/N 124679N628889. Dover White & orange/white vinyl/orange houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 00000.1 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 1992-era rotisserie restoration well-preserved throughout, but doors seem fat at bottoms. Endura front bumper not cracked or crazed. Glass-window convertible top thought to be correct, rest of top lightly dirty but kept up. Chrome and brightwork lightly dinged and scratched around windshield, rear bumper nice without a great deal of waviness. Interior remains crisp, reproduction modern cassette in October '07, where it didn't sell at $127,500 (SCM# 47510). This was parked next to a Hemi Daytona, which perhaps blew a little extra value onto it with its heavy orange respray just a little too bright as a consequence of modern materials. I was surprised when reserve was met and the car was cut loose at this number... I hope tracking down the headlight door leak is as easy. #S114-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194670S405774. Laguna Gray/black vinyl/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 9,179 miles. 350-ci 370-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed all original except for front brake calipers, this LT-1's original paint appears heavily checked, pitted, mottled, and chipped throughout. Finish on passenger door flaking off in small bits. No evidence of retouching or bodywork anywhere. Brightwork and chrome away from this car's fire, but the consignor was realistic and pulled the reserve at the top bid. A fair deal for all parties concerned, given the quality of the restoration. #F52-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194671S106121. War Bonnet Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 66,900 miles. 350-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray shows lack of prep work, orange peel most noticeable in rear deck. Door jambs have peeling paint. Chrome redone, brightwork well-preserved original. Newer black vinyl top fits well if a little tight at header bow. Leather interior new and perfect, console OK, door radio in dash spoils the appearance a bit. Engine bay shows light use but decent uniform preservation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,750. It must be that the odometer was hooked up for just that first tenth of a mile since the consignor claimed in his documentation that the car had been used in parades and taken to shows for all these years. Either that or it's ridden atop a float and taken to shows displayed on an open trailer. I tend to take the first option as a given, but the age of the restoration might have been better balanced had there been some mileage on the clock. Right at reserve, and a fair deal for buyer and seller. #S176-1969 DODGE CHARGER Daytona 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29L9B402964. Coral Red/black vinyl. Odo: 32,073 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 2004 rotisserie restoration shows some prep work shortcuts taken in blocking and sanding. Body sides wavy, panel gaps about factory throughout. Headlights have a vacuum leak and slowly rise up after a few hours' rest. Chrome limited to rear bumper and Magnum steel rims in good order, brightwork appears original. Interior a mix of restoration items and original and shows some needs. Engine bay well-restored, but firewall and inner fenders do not match body color exactly. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $131,250. Last seen at Cox's Branson sale pitted, interior in very good shape, though seat edges are wavy. Engine bay appears to have been underwater, undercarriage similar. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $72,450. Enormous cubic dollars for barn-find condition cars usually requires that the barn have a few more boards intact than the one this jalopy got dragged out of. While it was an LT-1 and was all there, the full restoration this is going to need is not going to improve its value over what was paid here, so the new owner could already be said to be underwater—just like the engine could well have been. Well sold. #S172-1971 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. S/N 344671M151099. Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 392 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh rotisserie restoration and color change from code 43 Lime Green done to a high standard, light panel fit and paint issues around hood. Fresh convertible top nice, interior fitted with a mix of restoration parts and lightly-weathered originals. Dash, panels show an orange tinge as though from another car. Engine bay clean, with chrome dressup items to match chrome rims, but distributor cover is conspicuously absent. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,825. This looked like someone's credit card project car that just never got done the way he or she wanted it to due to lack of funds at the end of each stage. The aftermarket mags did not help this car's looks, but a return to stock is usually a return on your investment, so for the money spent there's some upside here if the numbers are found to be matching. #S140-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport convertible. S/N 1G1YY3257T5600696. Admiral Blue & white/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 629 miles. 350-ci 330-hp fuel-injected LT4 V8, 6sp. An as-new original car. GM-typical orange peel in the finish atrocious for new production, especially on this supercar. Top slightly dry and wrinkled, leather shows slight entry wear from console, and carpets well-executed, engine bay well-detailed. Original red inner fenders a bit much underhood as outside. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,250. Originally a Canadian-market example. The color change, added to the fact that it had an automatic and was one year too late off the line to be a premiere 442 W-30, took 118 display. Engine compartment appears as-new with no pitting or damage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,000. Both this car and another with ten times the mileage and a red interior brought bids of $60,000, but only this one was cut loose. I would have thought that was enough for the other one too, but apparently not. For nearly the price of a new C6 with plenty more power and far fewer gremlins from storage, here's your “new” C4, sir. Best of luck. Slightly well sold. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Phoenix, AZ Column Author 37th Annual Phoenix Collector Car Auction The star of the auction was a 1904 Thomas Model 27 Vanderbilt Cup replica racer that brought $1,188,000 Company Kruse Date January 24–27, 2008 Location Phoenix, Arizona Auctioneers Dean Kruse, Daniel Kruse, Jim Richie, James Dyess Automotive lots sold / offered 153 / 367 Sales rate 42% Sales total $4,911,570 High sale 1904 Thomas Model 27 racer, sold at $1,188,000 Arizona sun eventually shined on plenty of American iron Report and photos by Lance Raber Market opinions in italics T he 37th Kruse auto action, held January 24 to 27, was slightly dampened by rain, but the company's good-natured auctioneers made up for the lack of normal bright Arizona sunshine. The star of the auction was a 1904 Phoenix, AZ Thomas Model 27 racer that sold for $1,188,000. A 6-cylinder, 12.3-liter, 60hp racer was built for the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup race, and production versions were available with a racing body at Thomas dealerships. This yellow machine underwent a complete ground-up restoration in 2007, with detailing appropriate to a period race car, but there were some questions surrounding its history. The bulk of the auction, which was held at the Arizona State Fairgrounds for the second year in a row, was '60s and '70s muscle cars. In all, 153 out of 367 offerings were sold for a total of $4,911,570. Aside from the Thomas, some notable stars of the auction included a 1955 Chevrolet Corvette “bubble top” roadster that sold for a strong $270,000, as well as a 1912 Benz 14/30 PS roadster that brought $216,000. Of the 26 Corvettes offered, ten were sold, ranging from the aforementioned '55 to a low of $9,990 for a 1976 coupe. An extremely bright yellow 1968 Mustang Shelby GT500 KR convertible once owned by tennis 120 star Jimmy Connor was bid to $160,000 but not sold, while a bright blue 1948 Talbot-Lago convertible (previously seen at Silver, where it was bid to $150,000) went to $200,000, but did not find a new home. Other Phoenix auctions are all about bright television lights and large sec- tions of roped-off cars, but at the Kruse event, you could sit in the driver's seat or open the hood to see what lurked inside. One Rolls Silver Shadow I sat in to note the mileage enveloped me in a scent of cigar and leather, bringing to mind the inside of an English pub. This relaxed atmosphere included more than two dozen custom American motorcycles, complete with builders/owners sporting obligatory body art. All the bikes were of course fitted with straight pipes that were heard regularly throughout the auction. I also overheard a teenager telling his father, “Dad, you're going to have to find someplace else to sleep tonight when mom sees this,” but the proud new owner could only hear the song of his (new to him) $46,440 Porsche 959 replica calling him to the road. It was an expensive price to pay for a replica, but if that's his thing, more power to him. Consignment quality was clearly up from last year's event, as although only 153 cars sold at this year's sale compared to last year's 177, the final sales total grew by almost $774k from the $4.1m realized in '07. Even so, there were still plenty of bargains available, and those who came to Arizona to buy had plenty of reasons not to go home empty-handed. ♦ Sales Totals $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) Sports Car Market

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GERMAN #752- 1912 BENZ 14/30 convertible tour- ing. Eng. # 7882. Cream/brown leather. RHD. Originally sold in Berlin. Launched in 1911, with a contemporary slogan of “Benz is the car to fl y.” Purchased from Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990 for $250,000. Two fold-up seats in 1978 Maserati Bora only 2,042 miles, unrestored rear allow entry of rear passengers. Only one other example is known to exist. Well-done restoration throughout. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $216,000. This was certainly unique, and its excellent condition combined with its rarity made it well bought at the fi nal sale price. #788- 1956 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 coupe. S/N 056278. Blue green/clear Plexiglas/ white & yellow vinyl. Claimed to get 87 mpg with its 191-cc single. Cable-operated brakes. Essentially an airplane cockpit on wheels. Ground-up restoration includes new paint to a good standard, nice chrome, and clean interior fi ttings. Books and records included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,680. Microcars aren't as popular in the market as they once were, although at 87 mpg, something like this will be much cheaper to use than a Boss 302 Mustang or Tri-Power GTO. A market-correct result. #724- 1959 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 2443074. Red/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 86,623 miles. Owned by the consignor for the last 20 years. Restored in 1982, with decent paint showing buff marks and some chipping to nose. Engine compartment and interior clean, top well-fi tted with a Giallo Fly, Daytona seats, 50k mi. 1972 246 Dino GTS 1957 Mercedes 300SL roadster unrestored, 40+ years west coast US 1966 Jaguar E-Type roadster Series I 4.2, show quality resto. PARTIAL LISTING: '67 Ferrari 275 GTB . . Giallo Fly, 2 cam, 3 carb, restored. '67 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII BJ8 . . . Healey Blue w/blue '61 Jaguar MkII Vicarage . . . .Dark Blue, 5 speed, 12k mi. '61 MG MGA . . . . Ruby Red w/tan, driver quality, serviced '55 Austin Healey 100/4 BN1 . . . . Florida Green, restored '51 MG TD . . British Racing Green w/tan, older restoration '70 Mercedes Benz 280SE cabriolet low grille, fl oor shift. '56 Mercedes Benz 190SL roadster . . 350 Blue, restored '70 Ford Mustang Boss 302 . . . . .Grabber Blue, 4 speed '65 Ford Mustang convertible . . . . Turquoise, 289 V8, a/t '39 Cadillac Fisher 61 sedan-convertible . . Black w/red '97 Land Rover Defender 90/110……15+ always in-stock Stuart Carpenter 37 Chestnut Street Needham, Massachusetts 02492 Tel. 781.444.4646 Fax: 781.444.4406 www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@aol.com May 2008 121

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Kruse International Phoenix, AZ Column Author Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,188,000. There was some speculation surrounding the race history of this car, and despite its excellent condition throughout, the price paid was a lot to spend for a car with stories. Undoubtedly rare, but well sold. #482-1927 CHRYSLER SERIES 70 road- ster. S/N PR580R. Maroon & black/tan cloth/ maroon leather. Odo: 19,992 miles. A later Series 70 with four lug wheels. Spent the last ten years in a museum. Original motor minder and rumble seat. Body looks to be repainted, lack of wrinkles, suggesting it's spent a lot of time in the up position. Color-matching wheels, whitewall tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,420. Early Beetles make cute drivers, and this one wasn't smothered in aftermarket add-on parts like many others at auction. A lot of fun for not much money. Well bought. #2836-1988 PORSCHE 959 Replica coupe. S/N WPOJB093J5050643. Silver/brown leather. Odo: 31,000 miles. Started life as a 930, converted with a 959 bodykit at a reported cost of $200k. Fitted with a/c, power sunroof, power heated seats, cross-drilled brake rotors, and 17-inch wheels. Description states that of used. Fitted with bumper guards and driving lights. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $21,600. As many of these have lost the battle to period racing and hot rodders, examples like this can be hard to find. Just about everything on this car will need to be addressed, and although that won't be cheap, this was a pretty good start on a restoration. Well bought and sold. #753-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE but chrome looks period. Standard equipment includes Delco Remy ignition, hydraulic brakes, and a one-piece windshield. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,060. I was surprised to see this car sell for as much as it did, as although it was clean, it was no longer fresh. The new owner will likely have the only one on his block. Well sold. #2761-1928 STUTZ BLACKHAWK the 292 originals built, only ten were allowed into the U.S. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,440. This Porsche custom had the look of a 959, but it'll never be the real thing, and the new owner will always be explaining what it is. I doubt he can escape unhurt at this price, as there is rarely an upside for replicas. Well sold. AMERICAN #775-1904 THOMAS MODEL 27 racer. S/N 2735. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Fitted with an amazing amount of brass and all is nearly perfect. Painted wood wheels, white period tires. Detailing is immaculate throughout. No shocks fitted, engine compartment and interior spotless. shows some wear commensurate with light use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,800. These were advertised to go 75 mph in 1935, and this model was said to be favored by moonshine runners because it could outrun the Feds. This car had a great condition for a usable driver, and neither party should have any complaints at this price. #2762-1940 FORD DELUXE coupe. S/N 185377993. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 4,143 miles. Decent paint over straight body, panel gaps appear factory. Rest of car is wanting to be restored, and presents mostly as an unmolested driver. Worn interior, glass delaminating at edges, engine compartment clean but clearly 122 Sports Car Market coupe. S/N 93369. Black/gray cloth. Low production consisted of 20 coupes. Aluminum body; known as the first production car with safety glass. Double spares on running boards, straight-8 engine fitted with 16 spark plugs. Smooth paint, bright trim unmarked. Interior roadster. S/N VE555001658. Red/tan cloth & Plexiglas/tan vinyl. Odo: 39,000 miles. 265-ci 260-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Fitted with a rare black Plexi bubble top made by Model Builders of Chicago. Claimed to be the first showing of this car since having undergone some mechanical work, including an engine rebuild. Owner reports $153k spent in NOS parts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $270,000. The bubble top may not have been the best look for this first-year smallblock car, but it was rare, and the car itself was in very good shape overall. Price paid was big but fair for both parties. #459-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC55B0211. Red & white/white/red & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 14,886 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Claimed by the seller to be the car used by the Franklin Mint for its models. Paint and chrome factory quality, under the hood is period and correct. Claimed to have won numerous awards in the '90s. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,680. I'm not sure

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Kruse International Phoenix, AZ Column Author the Franklin Mint connection added a whole lot of value to this car, but the restoration was well done and the car looked to be completely stock. A decent buy. #789-1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK coupe. S/N 6100911. Gold/gold cloth. Odo: 10,841 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. One of 4,356 made, one-family-owned for 45 years. Fitted with rare factory a/c. Mildly restored, original chrome and trim still decent #2739-1970 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. S/N WM23N06130650. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 86,428 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Laser-straight body, correct white stripes and iconic Super Bee decal, stock Rally wheels shod with white letter radials. 1960 Cadillacs have styling best described as iconic, and an example from either one of those two years will still turn heads today. Like many of the cars at this sale, this one was a decent driver. Lots of car and a decent deal at the price paid. #716-1966 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 6R07C185724. White/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 39,279 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted exterior has a decent shine but shows some issues, AM radio still fitted in original interior. A fair driver complete with a small bees' nest but showing some wear. Factory supercharged, wheels wear a perfect set of rare hubcaps. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,000. Cars like this appeal to a narrow market, and they have interesting styling that you either love or hate. This example had some rare options, and those options helped push its selling price to a top market level. Well sold. #2782-1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N G8KW104490. Black/black & white vinyl. Odo: 18,600 miles. 332-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint buffed thin in a few places, some rattle-can touch-ups evident in places. Body straight, chrome and trim worn but present, Nice paint and chrome, trim shows no real issues. Fitted with disc brakes, factory a/c, and woodgrain dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,120. Red with a white vinyl top is an acquired taste, but this example was well done throughout. Still, with the state of the current market for cars like this, it can be considered well sold at the price achieved. #744-1970 PONTIAC GTO The Judge 2-dr hard top. S/N 242370R133099. Orange/ black vinyl. Odo: 28,447 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some chips and light polish scratching throughout, stainless trim and glass unmarked. Panel gaps to factory specs, on the driver's door hinge. Blue Oregon plates. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,368. Driver-quality Mustangs trade all day long at prices like this, so there was no surprise here, aside from the bees. Well sold. #509-1968 PONTIAC FIREBIRD convertible. S/N 223678L106015. Solar Red/white vinyl/white & black vinyl. Odo: 76 miles. 400ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed ground-up restoration, Turbo 400 transmission fitted with a shift kit and 2,200-rpm stall converter. Well done stock interior, nice convertible top. Body and paint well done, panel gaps as good as original. engine compartment correct but grungy. Top displayed in the half-up position suggesting the components work. Older interior fittings show their age. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $19,980. This was cheap money for a retractable hard top, so as long as the top continues to do the up/down dance without complaint, this could be a decent driver. This was a nice buy if everything works. #778-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr hard top. S/N 60G026468. White/gray cloth. Odo: 58,156 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Claimed to be a low-mile original example, fitted with pb, ps, pw, and power seats. Three owners from new, all from Spokane, WA. Repaint shows well, panels and gaps straight and correct. Nice interior shows some wear. Looks like a lightly-refreshed barn find. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,300. The 1959 and 124 Underhood clean, hood insulation slightly loose at driver's side rear. Tires and ground around them coated in shiny tire dressing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,500. Documentation continues to be the most important aspect to muscle car values, and this one had a nice presentation of early paperwork. This was decent money in this market, so this car can be considered well sold to an end user. Sports Car Market interior and engine compartment to a driver standard. A great example of an unmolested Judge. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,630. Many consider the Judge to be the ultimate GTO, and although this one had its share of needs, it would make an excellent driver for local shows and cruise-ins. Well bought. #755-1973 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2V87Y3N126348. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 96,952. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and factory-style graphics, panel gaps as good as or better than original. Nice chrome and trim, unmarked glass. Plus-sized Pontiac rally-style wheels with low-profile tires, engine compartment relatively clean. Interior shows

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Kruse International Phoenix, AZ some light wear. A two-owner car from new. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,810. Super Duty 455-equipped examples have seen some recent price growth, but as is the case in all American muscle, documentation is just as important as condition. This one was nice, but it was little more than a driver with the standard non-SD 455 for '73. Well sold. #777-1973 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 coupe. S/N 3F05Q249484. Yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 43,578 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with a Q-code 266-hp Cobra Jet engine, ps, pb, and with all paperwork. Claimed original miles from new. Good chrome and paint, appropriate black stripes and logos show well. Interior shows light wear commensurate with mileage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,760. 1973 wasn't a high point in Mustang performance, so the Cobra Jet engine does not really mean as much as it would to an earlier example. An excellent car from the last year of the big Mustang, but the price paid was all the money in this market. Well sold. #417-1987 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 3GCCW80H2HS900340. Maroon metallic/maroon vinyl. Odo: 64,000 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed original paint still holding up quite well, mileage claimed to be correct. Looks to have had little if any body work done, panel gaps appear factory. Fitted with ps, pb, pw, cruise control, tilt wheel, and a/c. Two owners from new, stored for twelve years. Nice interior, aftermarket rims and steering wheel. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,828. The later El Caminos like this one aren't especially collectible, but this example would have made an excellent driver/parts truck for someone at this price. Well bought. #811- 1996 DODGE VIPER coupe. S/N AZ343343. White/black leather. 526-ci fuelinjected V10, 6-sp. Signed by Carroll Shelby, claimed to be able to reach 330 mph. Comes complete with parachute and substantial race modifications. Lift-off hood, Spartan interior with complete safety equipment. Ready to race. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. This was likely unusable anywhere but on the salt flats. The addition of Carroll Shelby's name didn't really add a lot of value here, but at $100k, it would be hard to build one yourself to this level. This was under the money, so the seller was wise to hang on to it. ♦ May 2008 125

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Column Author eBay Motors Online Sales The Need for Speed Bribe the security guard with a 6-pack of Busch, and you could have your very own stock car “experience” in the office parking lot Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics I f the daily grind has you dreaming of blipping throttles, powerslides, and heel-and-toe downshifts, this month's collection of racers should have something to satisfy your high-performance ambitions. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #300190786905- 1937 TRIUMPH SPECIAL 9 Monoposto racer. S/N 20582. British Racing Green/black. 18 Photos. Thomasville, GA. “Restored in 2005 - 2006 in Australia by Frank Cuttell. This machine is in excellent condition and is race ready. It comes with the official CAMS Certificate of Description and CAMS Logbook. A pair of period Brass Headlamps Unspecified Corvette “big block” and Muncie 4-speed “propels it well into Cobra territory!” VSCCA-eligible (unlike later Cobras). 1 “best offer” bid, sf 284, bf 456. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,000. How many of you grew up lusting for one of these? That's what I thought. Well, anyway, in the event that Arnolt-Bristols somehow become the new Nash-Healeys, this Corvette Summer'ed one probably won't be leading the pricing. Wait, maybe these already are the new Nash-Healeys, because this sure is about $10k–$15k more than I expected for a hot rod. #110189682533- 2002 RADICAL SR3 will also be included with the sale.” No mention of races run since restoration. 2 bids, sf 67, bf private. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,100. The buyer was likely European, and I'd bet he had a plan to race it where there are larger fields of similar, small-displacement prewar specials. The car looked gorgeous, but it still seemed a little expensive on these shores. #250169356861- 1954 ARNOLT-BRISTOL BOLIDE . S/N 10. Rosso Red/tan leather. Odo: 7,165 miles. 24 Photos. Wantagh, NY. “This is not a kit car nor is it a replica, it is a genuine Arnolt Bristol.” #10 of 142 built. “Bodied by the Bertone factory in Turin... fitted with the most beautiful and purposeful hand built body designed by Franco Scaglione... most came with hand formed all steel bodies and aluminium skinned hoods and trunks.” Recent flares. WITH LESS THAN 35 HOURS... WITH THE ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION, THIS RADICAL CAN BE RAISED TO GET OVER SPEED BUMPS.” 12 bids, sf 272, bf 200. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $45,800. Do they have more track days in England? More tracks? More weekend days (like in France?) I don't know, but they sure do seem to make more “track day” cars per capita. This one was rare enough to define the market price for many months to come. #280143418835- 2007 AUSTIN MINI Custom racer. Yellow/black vinyl. 16 Photos. London, Ontario, Canada. 120-hp 625-lb custom-made single seat Solo I/II car 126 racer. S/N SR30192. Yellow/carbon fiber. 53 Photos. Glen Ellyn, IL. “BRAND NEW LAMBORGHINI PAINT CODE PAINT JOB. A SPECIAL METALLIC PAINT COLOR THAT HAS A RICH LOOK FROM EVERY ANGLE.” 1000-cc “POWERPLANT CONSISTS OF A STROKED HAYABUSA SUZUKI MOTOR. with removable fiberglass Mini body shell. Adjustable “Independent A-arm suspension on all four wheels... 4-wheel disc brakes (Suzuki aluminum motor cycle calipers)... 617 CC liquid cooled Rotax snowmobile engine.” 0-60 in 4 sec. “Ridiculous power to weight ratio guaranteed to put a smile on your face. :)” 16 bids, sf 154, bf 206. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,000. This had no chance of being street legal in the U.S, but it looked like the kind of thing they would MoT in the U.K. Road or track, this was shifter kart money for a hysterical and very fast car. Well bought. #280146931667- 1972 DATSUN 510 2-dr sedan. S/N PL510374890. White, red, & blue/ gray cloth. 24 Photos. Wadsworth, OH. “Began as Father & Son project that took over 9 years to complete. After many hours of block sanding the car became to nice for its intended purpose and became a show car.” L20B, SSS head, 280ZX 5 speed, 4.37 rear. “'Best Import' at Hyperfest at BeaveRun 2003. ‘Best Engine' and ‘Best Old School' at Pittsburgh Import Fusion 2005,...'Top 12' at Canton Ohio Indoor Car Show,” and cover car of Speed, Style and Sound magazine in August '03. 35 bids, sf 80, bf 14. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,302. Let me guess: The father likes BRE cars and the son likes misplaced giant wings? If a car show called “hyperfest” makes sense to you, then feel free to continue attending. Anybody else buying this car should mount the wing on his tow vehicle to throw air over the trailer for better mileage, beg someone to let them start a new logbook, and take this to the track. In that scenario, it was well bought by $5k or so (sans logbook). Sports Car Market

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Fresh Meat #190175914453- 1919 FORD MODEL T special roadster. S/N N/A. Red/black. 4 Photos. Ripon, CA. “Hillclimber Racecar. 1923 Motor. Raced many vintage races throughout the nation. We've had it comfortably at 65 mph (on Asphalt) with throttle to spare for those long straight away's. It's gets a little scarry on Asphalt. reason, but probably should have been 10% lower... were it not for the “yer dad is tougher than my dad” aspect of things. #140184361821- 1991 PREDATOR P-3 It's definetly more a dirt car. Old owner say's he pushed it to 75-80 (on dirt) ,,,,not me. Starts and runs great everytime.” Very little detail about the car's condition. 18 bids, sf 141, bf 114. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,250. While it might possibly have been made of particle board and painted with a brush, this car just seemed like a steal. Fittingly, the winning bid came “Buy-It-Now” style from someone who agreed. #260183059283- 1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 9F02H197202. Blue metallic/black vinyl. 16 Photos. Milwaukee, WI. Originally a bronze and white 390 with a 4-speed, now has a 472 with a C6 automatic, fuel cell, and roll cage. Sheetmetal all original. “Needs to be refinished with fresh paint and weatherstripping... dash, seats, door panels “engine turns over easily and starts right up. The transmission is a 4 speed manual with reverse.” 21 bids, sf 33, bf 7. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,680. Is this 1/20th the fun of an Ariel Atom? I'd bet it's at least half as much fun. Well bought. Remember to smile big with bugs in your teeth while showing the nice officer your VIN plate and registration. That experience alone might be worth the price. #140197243552- 1991 CHEVROLET and headliner” mint. 6 bids, sf 293, bf private. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,100. What to do? A restoration would be a losing proposition, and the roll bar does not meet current drag racing specs. Although these two avenues are closed, this Mach 1 did seem like a good value for cruising to the local diner, burning up Mickey Thompsons, and disturbing the peace. A market price for a slightly tired and modified pony car. #200170766996- 1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S732364. White/black vinyl. 24 Photos. Nashotah, WI. “This is the fastest, wildest race car that I've driven in my 28 year racing history!” Jim Defenthour-built 427, new master cylinder, new headers, rebuilt transmission. MCSCC and VSCDA log books. “The ‘Vette is way too much car for my Dad to start road racing with at 71. We need to sell the ‘Vette before he gets his competition license and hurts himself!” 11 bids sf 244, bf 3. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,850. Testosterone Psychology 101: I dare you to bid a little bit more for this car, so that you may have a slightly better chance of enjoying the terror and possibly hurting YOURself. This price is within May 2008 not restored. “Reliable 400hp 350 ci ZZ4 Chevy crate engine.” 22 bids, sf 136, bf 321. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,999. Probably worth the bid as garage furniture for the Earnhardt fan. Certainly more of a statement than a Calvin-urinating-ona-Blue Oval decal. Given that some series have now opened up track time for these cars, I think yer looking at a fat bargain: Pop in a Skoal dip, dress yer old lady up in some “daisy duke” shorts and stick-on tats, bribe the security guard with a 6-pack of Busch, and you could have yer very own stock car “experience” in the office parking lot. ♦ Date sold: 01/18/2008 eBay auction ID: 260201356291 Seller: Elite Motors of Coral Gables, FL, www .elitemotorsofcoralgables.com Sale type: Used car, 4,800 miles Details: Fly Yellow over black. F1 transmission. Four months factory warranty remaining Sale result: $222,500, 1 bid, sf 12, bf 6. MSRP: $178,906 (2006 w/o options) Other current offering: Momentum Jaguar Volvo Land Rover, Houston, TX, www.momentumcars.com, asking $217,995 for similar car with 7,238 miles. ♦ 127 LUMINA Busch Grand National racer. S/N N/A. Black/gray vinyl. 14 Photos. Maryland. “Not a display car, but a real BUSCH racer that was retired from active racing in 1997... repainted to emulate Dale Earnhardt's ‘Most Winning' WINSTON CUP car and used as a student car at an East Coast NASCAR driving experience for 10 years.” Recent decals, body Super Vee racer. S/N SCDMV000000525847. White/aluminum. 8 photos. Columbia, SC. Street-legal Formula Vee racecar with “clear South Carolina title... referred to as a 2007 Custom.” Five-point harness, “headlights, parking lights, turn signals, and of course brake lights.” Body sanded for paint. Recently rebuilt Online sales of contemporary cars. (Descriptions exactly as presented by sellers, including non-stop capitalization and creative grammar.) 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR Date sold: 02/17/2008 eBay auction ID: 120222088016 Seller: Fletcher Jones Imports, Las Vegas, NV, www.fletcherjonesimports.com Sale type: New car, in stock Details: “SAX EDITION” Crystal Palladium over black and orange leather Sale result: $547,750, 1 “Buy-It-Now” bid, sf 25, bf 9 MSRP: $542,000 Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of South Bay, Torrance, CA, www.mercedesbenzofsouthbay.com, asking $513,100 for identical car with 49 miles. 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 #43 Date sold: 02/22/2008 eBay auction ID: 260213483739 Seller: Ad agency Kompolt, www.kompolt.com Sale type: New car, delivery by June 30, 2008 Details: 43rd Challenger built, to be painted in B5 Blue, honoring Richard Petty; all proceeds to benefit charity Sale result: $228,143.43, 116 bids, sf 1, bf 1 MSRP: $40,095 (in silver, black and orange) Other current offering: Jack Key Motors, Alamogordo, NM, www.jackkey.com, offering brand new black car to highest bidder. 2006 Ferrari F430 F1

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Automotive Investor 105-Series Alfa Romeos One would think Spiders would have superior handling, but Sprints and Berlinas hold the road rather better by Donald Osborne 1967 Duetto M any admirers of 1950s and 1960s Alfa Romeos don't realize that until World War II, the company only made cars for the very wealthy, and in very small numbers. In fact, in the 42 years between the company's found- ing in 1910 and the last of the 6C 2500 models in the early 1950s, Alfa built a little over 12,000 cars. Legends such as the 6C 2300 and 8C 2900 were made in miniscule numbers and today are bluechip stars of the collector world, effortlessly bringing seven figures. Even the “common” models, such as the postwar 6C 2500, are good for six figures. Alfa entered the world of volume production in 1950 with the 1900, the first step in moving the brand down to the reach of the upper middle class. The second step, which brought their thoroughbred driving experience to a much wider audience, was the Giulietta. Carrying the Alfa model designation “750” (Giulietta) and “101” (early Giulietta/Giulia), the Sprints and Spiders defined for a generation what Italian sports cars were all about. With almost 178,000 of all models, including the sedan (Berlina) built from 1954 to 1965, the transformation of the company was dramatic. The successors to the cars that founded today's Alfa Romeo were the “105” series cars, introduced in 1962 with the Giulia TI sedan. Powered by the same 1,600-cc (actually 1,570 cc) engine used in the last 101-series cars, it had an improved front suspension and four-wheel power disc brakes on a completely new chassis. The Sprint GT was launched in 1963, with the iconic Duetto completing the range in 1966. Engines were steadily enlarged through 1,750 cc (1,779 cc) and then 128 2,000 cc (1,962 cc), at which point the U.S.-delivery models were given the “115” designation, although they remained basically the same cars and will be included here. And while Alfa did not officially import any cars into the U.S. market in 1968 (and 1970), while it grappled with Federal emissions standards, you still may encounter cars titled with those years. They are usually either Canadian or European imports. All 105s offer a terrific driving experience All of the 105 Alfas offer a terrific driving experience but have rather different personalities. It's difficult to say which are “better,” as it is a matter of personal taste. To generalize, the 1600s and 1750s are viewed as having a more free-revving, “sporty” feel, while the 2000s have much better low-end torque and overall drivability. Surprisingly, although most would think that the Spiders would be the best handling models, the reality is that the Sprints and, even more so, the Berlinas hold the road rather better thanks to the additional weight over the rear end, which reduces the axle hop typically induced by the solid rear axle in the middle of a bumpy turn. In reviewing the values of the 105s, let's take a quick run through the eleven regular production and seven special-bodied or limited-production models. The coupes start with the initial 1,600-cc Sprint GT, which is also known as the “step nose” because of the exposed front edge of the hood above the two-headlight nose panel. Some find this treatment fussy; others think its detail is elegant. About $30,000 buys the best of Sports Car Market

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1971 1750 GTV these, and one you wouldn't mind owning that has a few needs might be found for $15,000 if you are diligent and patient in your search. This was followed by the GTV, the Sprint GT with slightly modified trim and instrument panel, which sells in the same price range. Next is the 1750 GTV, which smoothed out the step nose and had a new grille and headlight design, as well as what might possibly be the neatest seats ever fitted to a production car, the famous “flying buttress” front buckets of the 1969 model. Most prefer the 1969 over the 1971, and they bring a slight premium. Many also consider the 1750 motor to have the best balance between revs and torque of the three engines. Expect to find a very good one topping out around $30,000, and decent drivers starting around $15,000. Finally, the (115 series) 2000 GTV came on the scene in 1972 with a further revision of grille and rear lights and a completely new dashboard and seats. Much more luxuriously finished than the earlier cars, they also give a more GT and less overtly sporting driving experience. Prices for these can top $35,000, but the cars must be extraordinary; again, drivers can be found for $15,000. With any of these GT cars, beware the $10,000 rusty fright-pig. Top goes down, price does NOT go up An interesting fact about these Alfas is that they are one of the few exceptions to the standard “top goes down, price goes up” rule. It is much like the now-almost extinct difference once found in the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, with the Gullwing coupes bringing higher prices than the roadsters; the 1750 and 2000 GTVs are valued at least twice as high as their contemporary open variants. Some of that is due to the fact that the Spider remained in production with basically the same shape into the 1990s, while the GTV was almost immediately raised to collector status with the introduction of the very different Alfetta GT in 1975. The open cars begin with the 1600-cc Duetto, star of the film “The Graduate.” The Duetto lost its name along with its rounded tail with the introduction of the 1750 Spider Veloce. The “round tail” car is the pick of the litter here and is the only one of the 105 spiders whose price approaches that of the coupes. To pay $25,000–$35,000 for the best of the Duettos is not unheard of, but good ones can be found in the $15,000–$25,000range with some careful looking. The “Kamm tail” 1750 Spider has all of the driving benefits of the 1750 GTV, but the lack of the drama of the round tail holds down the prices to the mid-teens, at best. The 2-liter engine was fitted into the Spider at the same time as the 2000 GTV, and developments (or decline, depending on your point of view) continued with this engine until the end of the 115-series Spiders in 1995. Prices for the 1971–74 2000 Spider Veloce can go as high as $15,000, but good ones can be found from $8,500–$12,500. The values continue to go down as the Spiders grew slower, higher, and more burdened with rubber decoration, until they come back up for the final years thanks to a long overdue facelift by Pininfarina. Examples of the last of the series from the early 1990s are most often found in the $15,000-range, with best-of-the-best hitting $30,000. Alfa sold more sedans worldwide during this period than coupes or spiders, except in the U.S., and the 105 was no exception. Following May 2008 1967 Super the initial TI (Touring Internazionale) came the hotter TI Super, then 1750 Berlina and 2000 Berlina. The sedans, as homely as the coupes and spiders are gorgeous, are in fact the best drivers of all the 105s and offer tremendous value for Alfisti with families, or those lucky enough to have more than one friend. Sedans are hard to find in the U.S. Since the U.S. market preferred coupes and spiders to sedans, they can be hard to find. If you locate a very good TI expect to pay in the mid-twenties; the TI Super, which had a great competition record, is the pick here. It will provide what I think is arguably the best drive of all the 105 Alfas, and you will be assured that there won't be another at any event in which you participate. A TI Super will set you back $30,000 or more for the best. The 1750 and 2000 Berlinas are Alfas with looks that truly only a mother could love. Because most people can't look beyond the face to see the personality, they are the absolute bargains of the bunch, at maybe $10,000 for a show-winning example. Don't expect to make money on it when you sell—but once you drive it you won't want to, anyway. The offering of special-bodied variants was traditional with Italian manufacturers in the 1960s. Road cars included a four-seat convertible version of the GTV coupe, the GTC, a Zagato-bodied 1300 coupe, the Junior Z, and the wacky Gran Sport Quattroruote, a replica of the prewar 6C 1750 Zagato using modern components and dreamed up by the leading Italian car magazine Quattroruote. It actually began production with the previous Giulia 101 mechanicals, but the later cars were built on the 105 platform. Somewhat reviled when new, opinions have changed and their considerable charms are today much better appreciated. They are great fun to drive and have a level of build quality of which most replicas can only dream. Expect to pay up to $60,000 for a very good example. The Bertone-designed but Touring-built GTC is a very attractive convertible and quite rare, as few have survived. It's vital that you find a good one, as restoration costs are much higher than the coupe and a project is never a viable option. The best trade in the $35,000 area. 1967 GTA with later modified fenders 129

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Automotive Investor able position of being very successful on the track in period and rather uncompetitive and expensive in vintage racing today, unless you cheat. For those reasons, it's best to ask some of the sanctioning organizations about their regulations. A good GTA Junior can be had in the $70,000-range, while its big brother will set you back at least $100,000, considerably more if it has a documented race history. There was one other Alfa with a 105-series designation, thanks to the platform on which it was built. It doesn't have much to do with the other cars here, but it's worth a mention. It's the Montreal, powered by a four-cam V8. This was the supercar atop the Alfa range from 1970 to 1976, but it gets painfully little respect. The Montreal has struggled to find a place in the collector world 1971 Montreal Never sold in the U.S., the Junior Z is a true bargain among Zagato- bodied cars, although there are reasons for that. It doesn't have a competition history, is steel- rather than alloy-bodied, and as with many Zagato designs, its looks are for some an acquired taste (I will confess that I love them). A fair number have been imported now, so they can be found and usually sell for a bit less than a comparable GTV. Competition cars and the Montreal The limited-production models were all competition cars—the GTZ (also known as the TZ-1), GTA, GTA Junior, and the TZ-2. While you may find the occasional TZ-1 or GTA on a vintage rally, they are really more at home on the track. TZ-1s bring $750,000–$850,000, with the ultra-rare TZ-2 worth north of $3 million, if you can find one for sale. The 1,600-cc GTA and 1,300-cc GTA Junior have the unenvi- since the cost of proper engine maintenance or restoration is rarely justified by the value of the car. It's quite a mystery to me and I've long felt they were undervalued. You can find very good examples trading for under $30,000, although owners of the best will want rather more. Although many of the 105 Alfas had been mangled by ham-fisted shade tree mechanic owners, as they've increased in value it's rarer to encounter such examples. Even though Publisher Martin maintains his disdain for the SPICA mechanical fuel injection found on the 2-liter cars, once properly set up and serviced, it gives the 2000s a smooth and even power delivery that well suits the power band of the engine. The Alfa Romeo 105-series cars offer a variety of excellent choices for collectors at all parts of the budget spectrum. All should, if bought correctly and well maintained, return your initial investment when it's time to sell. The competition versions are all top-tier collectibles, and as long as interest in vintage events remains strong, they should continue to appreciate with the leading edge of the market and offer steady value in any market downturn. Maintenance and restoration parts are readily available from a wealth of sources, and the Alfa Romeo Owners Club has active chapters worldwide. ♦ Top 25 105-Series Sales* Rank Year Model 1 1966 1600 GTA Corsa 2 1969 1300 GTA Junior Corsa 3 1967 1600 GTA Corsa 4 1967 1600 GTA Corsa 5 1970 1750 GTAm 6 1970 1300 GTA Junior Stradale 7 1968 4R Zagato 8 1970 1300 GTA Junior Stradale 9 1970 2000 GTAm 10 1966 Gran Sport Quattroruote 11 1972 Montreal Coupe 12 1968 1300 GT Junior 13 1969 Duetto Spider 14 1971 Montreal Coupe 15 1973 1600 Junior Zagato 16 1965 Sprint Speciale 17 1969 1750 GTV 18 1969 Spider 1750 19 1968 Spider 1750 Veloce 20 1971 Spider Convertible 21 1967 Duetto Spider 22 1971 Spider 1750 23 1966 Duetto Spider 24 1966 Duetto Spider 25 1972 Montreal Coupe Sold Price Location $150,380 Bonhams—Olympia, UK $102,766 Coys—Nuremberg, DEU $93,500 Russo and Steele—Monterey, CA, USA $92,957 Bonhams—Monte Carlo, MCO $82,348 Brooks—Nürburgring, DEU $68,367 Coys—Donington Park, UK $63,904 Artcurial—Paris, FRA $56,419 Coys—Birmingham, UK $50,055 Christie's—London, UK $45,112 Coys—Monte Carlo, MCO $30,250 RM—Monterey, CA, USA $28,600 Russo and Steele—Monterey, CA, USA $28,600 RM—Phoenix, AZ, USA $28,600 Gooding—Pebble Beach, CA, USA $23,345 Bonhams—Paris, FRA $23,004 Kruse—Auburn, IN, USA $21,600 Barrett-Jackson—Scottsdale, AZ, USA $19,221 Bonhams & Goodman—Melbourne, AUS $17,620 Barons—Surrey, UK $17,280 Barrett-Jackson—Scottsdale, AZ, USA $16,500 Blackhawk—Hershey, PA, USA $15,675 Russo and Steele—Scottsdale, AZ, USA $15,400 RM—Amelia Island, FL, USA $14,100 Christie's—Greenwich, CT, USA $14,028 Coys—London, UK Date 12/3/07 7/22/06 8/20/05 5/16/05 8/6/99 4/30/06 2/12/06 1/14/06 12/4/01 5/20/06 8/18/07 8/20/05 1/20/06 8/19/07 2/9/08 8/31/02 1/14/06 3/25/07 7/31/07 6/16/03 10/10/03 1/20/08 3/12/05 6/4/06 2/28/06 Lot # 655 214 S174 216 158 205 58 238 72 228 507 S132 201 18 117 4053 1505 32 110 58 S555 S741 109 33 116 *As recorded in the SCM Platinum database. May not reflect all public sales. 130 Sports Car Market

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Book Reviews Mark Wigginton Paul Frere's Grand Tour Before his death this February at 91, Frère mastered most of the automotive arts My Life Full of Cars: Behind the wheel with the world's top motoring journalist by Paul Frère, Haynes Publishing, 256 pages, $26.50, Amazon.com Paul Frère is indisputably the real deal. And he started early, successfully driving his father's 1922 Citroën 5CV without instruction at age ten. That moment foreshadowed a life of automotive accomplishment. Before his death this February at 91, Frère mastered most of the automotive arts. He raced in Formula One (eleven starts, one podium in the '50s), won the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans with Olivier Gendebien in a Ferrari, and helped Honda, Mazda, and many more develop road cars, all while generating passionate, knowledgeable prose for magazines around the world. My Life Full of Cars is a grand tour of that life, broken into quirky episodes as surprising and engaging as the man himself. BRM: A Mechanic's Tale by Dick Salmon, Veloce Publishing, 250 pages, $54.71, Amazon.com Like the perfect garage pass, Dick Salmon takes you deep inside the story of BRM racing through his experiences as a mechanic, from the early '50s through the mid-'60s. It's the days of experimentation, failure, and ultimately a World Championship for the team behind the talents of Graham Hill. Salmon offers a mixture of up-close and personal history of the team blended with driver antics and more than enough anecdotes to keep the smiles coming. Like a friend in the pub, the ratio of information to storytelling is low, but that's the charm of it all. Provenance:  Hard to argue with the guy who was there. A great photo record as well. Fit and finish:  The reproduction is high quality and the mix of black and white and '60s color is well handled. A Mechanic's Tale sits on the dividing line between memoir with photos and photo book with memoir. No matter, every page turned brings another gem. Drivability:  The stories of the drivers and events are often overshadowed by the “mechanic's tales,” which may mean way too many vignettes at roadside cafes rather than race tracks for some readers. But the fresh, straightforward prose makes it worthwhile. Provenance:  When Frère tells you in 1960 he successfully convinced Enzo Ferrari to take aerodynam- ics and fuel injection seriously, long after everyone else already had, it's not a casual boast, it's first-person history. Fit and finish:  Why do the most interesting books plague us with lazy typography and small, badly reproduced photographs? My Life Full of Cars provides no answer, just another example. Drivability:  So few stories from such a long career leaves you wanting more. Peking to Paris: The Ultimate Driving Adventure by Philip Young, Veloce Publishing, 224 pages, $37.77, Amazon.com Five cars took off from Peking in 1907, heading for Paris. There were no roads for the first 5,000 miles. Let's just say it was a grand adventure and nobody died. Hey, I've got an idea—let's do it again! Flash forward 100 years, bring together 134 cars, enough logistical support to keep the cars and competitors all running, fueled, and fed and do it all over again. The 2007 field included everything from a 1907 Itala 40 (the same model entered in the original race by Prince Borghese) to a 1969 Aston Martin DB6. Peking to Paris documents the completely loony journey as the cars retraced the original route through China, Mongolia, Siberia, the Baltic, states and then Poland, Germany, and finally Paris. Let's just call it what it was: a 35-day long Sunday drive for the truly mad. Provenance:  A short recounting of the 1907 event at the beginning of the book will drag you inevi- tably into a delightful, long evening of reading, poring over photos and serious forehead slapping incredulity. Great fun. Fit and finish:  It's full of lovely photos, well reproduced in a large format. Be warned, there are times you might be tempted to wear sand goggles or rain gear as you flip the pages. Drivability:  While the photos are fun, the text can be a bit like reading club notes from someone else's vacation, but take your time and find the nuggets, the amazing stories of breakdowns, repairs, and true grit. 132 Sports Car Market

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Repro Neon Lights the Way Restored gas pumps stall while oil cans, tire signs, and Mickey Mouse posters find new homes R M offered slightly over 100 lots of quality automobilia prior to its collector car auction in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. All the items were offered Friday, February 15, and those that did not reach reserve were run again on Saturday. One sign was bid to $2,200 Friday but failed to meet the seller's expectations. On Saturday it only reached $1,750 but the seller let it go, so looking for the extra bucks cost him $450. About a dozen recently made neon signs sold for surprisingly strong prices. Expensive restored gas pumps did not sell well, but several bids as high as $9,000 were refused. Mind you, I bet the next bid would have owned them. Here are a few items we found of interest, some expensive and others decent buys. other Delco stuff and this will be a very cool piece. Another decent buy, as the restoration cost would be at least what was paid. LOT 6—SET OF SIX SUNOCO ITEMS. SOLD AT: $255. Date: 2/15/2008. This set included five oil cans and a trash can that had been recently painted in Sunoco livery. This attractive set will make a nice display in the new owner's car garage, and at a little over $40 an item, it was a decent buy. THERMOMETER. SOLD AT: $374. Date: 2/16/2008. This thermometer was in acceptable condition, with a couple of minor chips. It was a no-sale on Friday at $250, but more was forthcoming on Saturday. These are fairly common and usually sell for about $300, so buyer paid more than enough here. colors; the same buyer bought all three. LOT 64—SUNOCO OIL LOT 9—TEXACO GREEN HALF GALLON OIL CAN. SOLD AT: $50. Date: 2/16/2008. The early green Texaco cans are very collectible, but when this one was offered as part of a set it did not sell. Later it sold as an individual piece and considering the slightly off condition, the price was about right. LOT 36—MOBIL OIL LUBSTER. SOLD AT: $575. Date: 2/15/2008. This oil lubster was recently restored in Mobil trim. These were used in early service stations to dispense bulk oil and were never in this condition. Nice display piece at less than the cost of restoration. MICKEY MOUSE POSTER. SOLD AT: $1,438. Date: 2/15/2008. This poster dates to 1942 and was in excellent condition. It's part of a series of blotters and posters that Sunoco offered under license to Walt Disney. These are very hard to come by and the condition here was the key. Sought by Disney collectors and gas/oil guys. LOT 8—DELCO BATTERY DISPLAY RACK. SOLD AT: $368. Date: 2/15/2008. This point-of-sale display rack was nicely restored and in as-new condition. Now find some period batteries and 134 LOT 50—FORD GT LOT 20—PRESTONE PORCELAIN DISPLAY CARS. SOLD AT: $2,875. Date: 2/15/2008. These were made from the pedal car molds as “half a car” to be hung on a wall. Offered in three LOT 57—MOHAWK TIRES TIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $460. Date: 2/15/2008. This sign was in very good condition, Sports Car Market

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with only a few minor scratches. Colors were strong and the sign sold for the going rate. was reasonable, but I'd prefer to spend a bit more for the real thing. was looking for, and it was probably worth the asking price. LOT 72—PENZOIL DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN. NO SALE AT: $700. Date: 2/15/2008. This sign was in excellent condition, with bright and vibrant colors. The reserve was about $1,000, which was not out of line considering the quality. LOT 99—TIN MOBIL LOT 77—USED CARS NEON SIGN. SOLD AT: $2,185. Date: 2/15/2008. Another newly manufactured, attractive neon sign. These have their place, but I still think that generally, they are expensive for a new sign of marginal quality. BASEBALL SCOREBOARD. SOLD AT: $2,013. Date: 2/16/2008. This sign was used in Mobil stations, and the score of the local game was posted to attract station traffic. Few of these have survived, and the condition on this one was a bit rough. It was a no-sale the first time through at $2,200, but the seller had a change of heart the following day and let it go. LOT 82—STANDARD LOT 78—CADILLAC LOT 49—RESTORED ECO AIR METER. SOLD AT: $2,189. Date: 2/15/2008. Vintage air meters are most collectible and often finished to match the livery of a brand of gas pump, which makes an attractive set. This one was not very ornate but sold for decent money. NEON SIGN. SOLD AT: $2,760. Date: 2/15/2008. This was a 40˝ sign that was recently manufactured. A real Cadillac sign would sell for about $5,000, so if you just want bright lights, this will do. OIL OF INDIANA POLARINE PORCELAIN THERMOMETER. NOT SOLD AT: $1,600. Date: 2/16/2008. There are five different versions of this 72˝ x 18˝ thermometer, and they all sell for more than was bid here. Last time we watched this version sell, in this condition, it brought $1,500, so the seller was overly optimistic here. LOT 81—CROWN LOT 75—SHELL NEON SIGN. SOLD AT: $1,725. Date: 2/15/2008. This was a newly created sign with a reproduction gas globe lens in the center. Price May 2008 GASOLINE PORCELAIN DOUBLE-SIDED SIGN. NOT SOLD AT: $1,100. Date: 2/16/2008. This early sign had some touch-up on one side, while the other would rate about a 7. Very desirable sign that was worth several hundred dollars more than was bid here. LOT 84—CHRYSLER AIRTEMP PORCELAIN SIGN. NOT SOLD AT: $5,500. Date: 2/16/2008. This unique double-sided sign had the original hanging bracket and was in excellent condition. This very unusual sign is seldom offered for sale. The final bid was about $1,000 light of what the seller LOT 83—GENERAL TIRE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $1,494. Date: 2/15/2008. This six-foot sign was in good condition and displayed well. Price was a bit on the high side, as these usually sell in the $1,000 range. ♦ 135

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene Nimbus—the Prince of Denmark The Nimbus is a fascinating mixture of eccentricities, but with bulletproof reliability, if it's treated kindly by Paul Duchene M ulti-cylinder motorcycles date back more than 100 years, but common engine options have been narrowed today to vertical twins, V-twins, V-fours, cross-frame fours, and horizontally-opposed boxers. Other variations have been tried, includ- ing V8s (Curtiss and Morbidelli); crossframe sixes (Honda CBX and Kawasaki KZ1300), triples (Triumph Trident, Suzuki GT750), even rotary (Suzuki RE5 and Van Veen). Auto-engined projects belong in a different category but include the Chevrolet V8 Boss Hog and the flat-four VW-powered Amazonas. All but the triples were enormous. The most promising configuration to have been abandoned is probably the slim in- line 4-cylinder, which disappeared before WWII. Surviving inline fours are expensive, with early 1900s examples like Peerless and FN as high as $160,000 and pre-WWII Hendersons, Clevelands, and Indians ranging from $40,000 to $75,000. However, a creative collector can sidestep these expensive veterans and find a reliable 4-cylinder that was made almost without change from 1934 to 1959. It's the Nimbus, Denmark's only significant motorcycle, and good ones can be found for $12,000 to $15,000, judging from recent Mid-America Auction results. Nimbus owners join an exclusive club Nimbus owners join a pretty exclusive club in the U.S.; fewer than 100 of the 14,215 manufactured have made it over here. The good news, however, is that two-thirds of Nimbuses made still exist worldwide, and about 4,500 are currently licensed. Factory manuals and 95% of spare parts are available through Internet suppliers—there are five Nimbus dealers in Denmark—though some 1930s electrical parts can be expensive. So what do you get? The Nimbus is a fascinat- Perfect Nimbus owner: Doesn't think a Danish is a breakfast roll Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HH Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HHHH Years produced: 1934–59 Number produced: 12,715 (14,215 all models) Original list price: 2,070 DKK ($517.50) in 1934, 8,600 DKK ($2,150) in 1959 SCM Valuation: $3,000–$15,000 Tune-up: Around $200 DIY, once you line up parts Engine: 746-cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, inline 4-cylinder Transmission: 3-speed Weight: 374 lb Engine #: Left side engine block under carburetor Frame #: 1934–47, round plate by tank; 1947–59, square plate at left rear of frame; 1956–59, also on headstock Colors: Black, red, green blue, ivory, yellow, lavender, gray Club: Danmarks Nimbus Touring, Box 284, 9900 Frederikshavn, DNK; Phone—98 42 66 65. More: www.nimbus.dk; in the U.S. www.nimbusclub.com SCM Investment Grade: C+ 136 ing mixture of eccentricities, but with bulletproof reliability if it's treated kindly, according to Nimbus expert Allan Klǿve Nyborg. Nyborg edits the Nimbus Tidende magazine for the 1,915 members of the largest association. Nimbus was launched in 1919 by Fisker & Nielsen, which began manufacturing electric motors in 1906 and switched to vacuum cleaners in 1910. Peder Fisker thought he could improve on the 4-cylinder Belgian FN, and his son Anders followed in his footsteps. Their ideas were creative and simple—the strip-steel frame was riveted, so pieces could be replaced, and even the handlebars were made of boxed plate. Nimbus developed telescopic forks in 1933 and introduced hydraulic damping in 1939. The rarest Nimbuses are the Models A and B “Stovepipes,” named for the six-inch-diameter backbone spine that also held the fuel. Between 1919 and 1927, just 1,252 were made. About 250 survive, but a good one will set you back $25,000–$28,000. These models had hand-shift gear changes and front and rear springs, but with no shock absorbers, the ride was rather like a mountain goat. The majority of surviving Nimbuses are the Model C, which was made from 1934 to 1959. The engine is an OHC inline 4-cylinder of 746 cc, generating a leisurely 22 hp, and known as a “bumblebee” from its exhaust note. Valve gear was exposed until the very latest models, which is not as messy as you might expect, says Nyborg. It's nothing like a Norton International, which required the rider wear oilcloth pants. A fixture of Danish culture The Nimbus gearshift is a foot-operated 3-speed; final drive is by a shaft leading to the unsprung rear wheel, which meant the shaft drive didn't need a U-joint. By the 1950s, the Nimbus was obsolete, and the motorcycle combination was being replaced as a workhorse by small cars and vans. However, the Danish Army and the Post Office kept ordering bikes. By this time Anders Fisker was paralyzed with mul- tiple sclerosis, but he was still working on several intriguing prototypes, including a rotary-valve model that never went into production. He died in 1964. Nimbus owners have traveled around the world, but most likely in a leisurely manner. Top speed is around 65 mph (55 mph with a sidecar), but the two-bearing crankshaft has white metal poured bearings, so engine abuse is not tolerated for long. However, cranks and rods can be rebuilt in Denmark—a job that costs about $500, plus freight. The Nimbus has been a fixture in Danish culture since before WWII. Nazi troops confiscated Nimbuses and sent them off to service in Norway and Sweden, freeing up the more rugged BMWs and Zundapps for the Eastern Front. Nyborg says anybody returning to Denmark with a Nimbus for one of the huge rallies had better get used to spending a lot of time talking to old men. “The stories will invariably be about the man himself being a dispatch rider in the Danish army,” says Nyborg. “If all these stories are true, the entire male population between 60 and 85 were dispatch riders…” Military models tend to be rode hard and put away wet, says Nyborg, so civilian bikes are a better bet. One red flag to watch for is the substitution of a VW 6-volt relay for the correct Nimbus item. The Nimbus dynamo is 70 watts but the VW is set for a 270-watt dynamo. If the battery fails, the VW regulator constantly charges at the rate of 45 amps instead of the prescribed eleven, and the dynamo melts down. The Holy Grail for Nimbus collectors is probably the MC-100 engine with covered valve gear, a revised chaindriven camshaftm and the dynamo at the front. The engine is supposed to be lost, but Nyborg is hopeful he can find it and fit it in his 1956 prototype, which has rear suspension. From the Danish club's web site, the rallies look to be large jolly affairs with a cast of eccentric characters. Plan to add Copenhagen to your holiday plans if you buy your own “bumblebee.” ♦ Sports Car Market

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Mystery Photo Answers Ran when parked.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA store.—Frank van Riggelen, Mill Valley CA After a rash of “No Parking” sign thefts, the Stockholm Department of Roads came up with an effective and low-cost deterrent to further vandalism.—Jack Boxstrom, Picton, Ontario, CAN Volvo's early attempts at anti-theft systems were less than successful.—Pete Perros, Falls Church, VA Talk about locking the barn door after the horses are gone.— Stephen R. Miller, Muncie, IN Well, at least one lock worked.—Dan Faustman, Elk Grove, CA For the minimalistic way he maximizes the effectiveness of his classifieds, perennial Mystery Photo entrant Norman Vogel wins an official, sure-to-be-collectible someday Sports Car Market cap. ♦ This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: April 25, 2008 RUNNER-UP: Uh-oh. Looks like another disputed auction result in Arizona.—William Hall, Milwaukee, WI Wow, I passed that Volvo like it was chained to a pole.—Chris Riley, Wilton CT Parking brake? We don't need no stinking parking brake.— Kevin Wolford, Westminster, MD Now, who would want to steal a sign post?—Christopher Henry, Michigan City, IN Jeff got sick and tired of chasing scrap metal thieves away, so he chained his new post to the Volvo.—Jim Jenne, Inver Grove Heights, MN Man, that's harsh. Back in Denver all they do is put a “boot” on the wheel.—John Reeder, Greensboro, VT One Hollywood studio was considering a remake of “The Saint” until they checked on the props. I guess the back lot isn't as secure as it used to be.—Ian Bishop, Upland, CA Jimmy parked his car outside of the swap meet then found several Volvo parts for sale that looked eerily familiar.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA FOR SALE: Volvo P1800, P1675, P1178, P952, P324, P217—Paul Chenard, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CAN 138 Classic eBay listing: “P1800 for easy restoration. Ran when parked, paint should buff out, A/C just needs recharging, security system included. All the hard work is done.”—Jay Mackro, San Juan Capistrano, CA Despite its Harry Houdini provenance, this example made only $8 at auction.—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT My wife said the locking lug nuts were a waste of money. She's on the couch tonight.— Greg Brunelle, Woodruff, SC Keith's idea for a Car Parts Sales business based on the Honor System has yet to prove profitable.—Stephen Sperber, West Hills, CA Upon returning to his car after touring the open house, Ralph decided not to buy into the neighborhood.—Rupert Wale, Ipswich, MA The good news is that the chain worked. The bad news…—Philip Rader, Briarcliff, NY You think the car looks bad, you should see the dude who took the gas flap.—Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA After his dear old pit bull died, no other guard dog would do, so Jasper went out and found something just as ugly and scary to chain up in front of the Sports Car Market Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a Sports Car Market cap. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@sportscarm arket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll also get an official SCM cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format.

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SCM Garage Comments With Your Renewal Great magazine. Storage is becoming a problem for you guys? How about a car giveaway once a year?—D. Hinman, Los Angeles, CA With three feet of snow on the ground here in North Idaho, can we see more features on tracked vehicles until at least summer?—C. Smith, Hayden, ID Great magazine. How about more road trips and best roads?—R. Badler, Denver, CO Love you guys; great maga- zine.—B. Feldman, Brick, NJ Your bias toward European cars is almost obnoxious. If that is your intent, fair enough, but it certainly does not appeal to me.—C. Luce, Battle Ground, WA. Are you sure you are renewing the correct magazine?—KM. I enjoy the coverage on all cars, domestic and foreign. Can't we all just get along?—J. Pearse, Libertyville, IL By far the best classic car magazine I have ever subscribed to. Don't change.—M. Auer, Baden, Switzerland Wow. Even an article on my Sunbeam Talbot Alpine. You guys really are without peer.—W. Hockett, Spokane, WA Keep doing what you're doing.—G. Shafer, Somerset, PA I love SCM. Make sure to say why cars sell for what they do, not just report the prices.—C. Feichtmeir, Los Gatos, CA Simply invaluable for informed opinions, in-depth education on numerous marques, and great humor and perspective. Hmm, let's see what else we might ask for.—D. Moore, Covington, LA Simply the best. Thanks, Keith.—M. Butler, Reno, NV Best resource cover-to-cover every month. Keep it up.—J. Remien, Plymouth, MN Your publication is the only automotive magazine worth renewing.—V. Bedirian, Studio City, CA Great magazine and great people to deal with. Keep up the great work.—D. Lewis, Milwaukie, OR And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin ♦ I Martin finally finds an excuse to park cars on his lawn t seems one never hears about the best deals until it's too late, so apologies, SCMers: I bought the magazine's 1978 Porsche 911SC. I wasn't looking for a Porsche, so this one truly found me. It all started when Publisher Martin succumbed to the siren call of a 2000 Boxster S. (“It's for my wife,” he said unconvincingly.) It is a silver/black 6-speed and fully-optioned, including the Sport Package. It's been dealer-serviced, with records spanning its entire 75,000-mile life. $18,000 was the final price, which, if nothing major goes out in the next 24 months, will seem like a bargain. And if something big does break, we'll all remind him that you're generally ahead to pay more for a car with fewer miles. Once the Boxster arrived, Martin decided that having two 6-cylinder Porsches in the SCM collection was one too many (wait, I thought this car was for Wendie…). He mentioned he was thinking of selling the 911, and the rest was history. The SC has been SCM's best car for the past three years, and when no one was watching, I used it as a daily driver. Although it's covered 184,000 miles, it seems to be one of those nearly-immortal SCs that you just can't kill. Pre-SCM, the SC was owned by strategic planner Bill Woodard, who has a reputation of taking meticulous care of his cars. At a friendly price of $11,000, it was a no-brainer. He had Portland Porsche wrenches A&P Specialties bring it up to date in 2005. A three-inch thick wedge of bills accompany it—for work such as a top-end rebuild, including new head studs, Carrera timing chain update, airbox pop-off valve, clutch, brakes, wheel bearings, windshield, a/c, oil cooler, shocks, and alternator. With the arrival of the SC, my 1974 Jensen-Healey has to go. It has 36,580 miles, three owners, always garaged, no rust, recent correct black/black repaint, factory hard top, soft top, and tonneau, new brakes, extra set of “roulette wheel” mags, and every manual/magazine story you could find. $7,500 or best offer will take it away. Email me at paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com. ♦ Call 911: It's a No-Brainer It's been our best car for the past three years— fundamentally bulletproof by Paul Duchene May 2008 139

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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. 1972 Jaguar XKE V8 6.8L Engine with an Automatic Transmission. Only 38K Miles. Loaded with every conceivable option. $49,775. Jared Kelly, 925.383.1981, jared@specialtysales.com, www.specialtysales.com German 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible 42k miles, 4-speed, PB/PS, A/C, mostly original, recent extensive tune up, new top, CA car, no rust, local show winner, runs beautifully. $52,000. 215.262.3247 1974 Triumph TR6 English 1948 MG TC 430ci, Hewland LG500 trans., red/black. Can Am Group 7 Extensively rebuilt and race prepped. Ready for the Lola 50th Anniversary reunions this year. $165,000. Nick, 619.955.7206, ngsmith101@yahoo. com, www.lolat160.com 1969 Jaguar XKE coupe Restored in California in early 90's. Driven summers only and meticulously cared for by two fussy owners since. Teal green, saddle leather. A really lovely car, ready to drive and enjoy. $18,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com The ultimate touring TC. Properly and professionally restored and fully sorted mechanically for spirited and trouble free driving. Yellow, green Connolly leather, all weather equipment, tools. $35,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www. deGarmoLtd.com 1952 MG TD 1985 AC-Autokraft Mk IV Cobra A.C. Power steering, Power brakes. New chrome, tires and brakes. Very good condition. Pleasure to drive. Sable, black interior. $26,000. 450.451.6518 1969 Triumph TR6 Factory built. As original 427 style alloy body, chassis, (rebuilt) suspension, Ford 302, 5 speed, pindrive wheels. Top, sidecurtains, tonneau. New paint, interior. Beautiful. $60,000. John Ratto, 702.454.7929, rattosnake@cox.net (NY) 4 Cyl, 2-sp manual, Gray/Black/Maroon. Nice Little TD with extensive older restoration that shows very well. Excellent running and driving condition, good tires, very nice interior. $19,900. Ron Ragains, 219.363.8101, rragains@dormangarage.com, www.dormangarage.com 1964 Elva Courier Mk III 1989 Bentley 8 Sedan Gaudy money spent on spectacular restoration to way better than new condition. British Racing green, black interior. The best looking and driving TR we've seen in 20 years.$35,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com 1970 Jaguar XKE convertible VIN :SCBZE02BXKCX2460024600, 6.8L automatic. Navy blue/cream, 46,215 miles. 1 of about 131 built that year. 2 owner 46,000 miles. Very nice condition. A Great Going to Dinner Car! $22,995. Robert Obradovich, 262.844.4474, robo .event@gmail.com (WI) The embodiment of the 1960's British light weight sportscar and like all Elvas “she goes”. Show quality restoration of a car which is pure fun to drive. $57,500. Fantasy Junction, management@ fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1968 Lola T160 This roadster is very solid two-owner car with matching numbers and 86,000 original miles. The last owner had it from 1970-2007. The car has been repainted, but to the original color (yellow/black leather). It has both a convertible top and a hard top, which is very unusual. The original manuals and maintenance receipts are included. This is a very original, well-documented car that can be driven anywhere. See more pictures online. $44,500. Ron Ragains, 219.363.8101, rragains@dormangarage .com, www.dormangarage.com 1996 Bentley Turbo RL 4-door sedan. Vin: 5CBZP14C2TCX57016, 6.8L automatic, black/ white, 38,257 miles. Finished in Black over White Leather interior. Powered by its Turbo Charged 3L automatic, white/blue, 107,429 kms. This is a very nice, restored MB 300 SE. It is a European model imported to US. It underwent a complete body and interior restoration in recent years and it looks very presentable! It runs very well and it will be an outstanding driver. More pictures available online. $30,000. Bob Moses, 781.858.2535, juanram@rcn.com, www.mackaysgarage.com/Mercedes/ (MA) VIN: 215629, Black/red. Beautifully restored. Correct to its certificate. Mark Leonard, 858.459.3500, info@grandprixclassics.com, www.grandprixclassics .com (CA) Restored 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300SE 2-door coupe Fantastic driver. Finished in red with tan leather and top. Beautifully installed A/C. 1600 Super motor. Fully sorted mechanically for trouble free touring. $65,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe 4 cyl, 4 speed, white/red, 118 Miles. Beautiful car, drives as well as she looks. 2 tops w/ lots of maint upgrades...brakes, tires, battery, carbs, trans, wheel bearings. Paint near perfect, interior near perfect, NO RUST!!!!! $45,000. Nolan Calvin, 503.666.6759, nolan@nolanstire.com (OR) 1963 Porsche B Cabriolet 140 Sports Car Market

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1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible Patrick Ottis receipts. A lovely car to drive. $159,000. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction. com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1971 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Baja radials on steel Sonett wheels, a Weber 2 bbl carburetor on a Saab sport and rally manifold, a header-length roof exhaust, and a highly desirable Saab sport and rally steering wheel. Great effort has been to emulate the original racer. This car has an absolutely rust-free body. See more pictures online. $5,800. Bob Dorman, 219.363.8277 or 219.363.8101,bdorman@dormangarage.com, www.dormangarage.com (IN) Restored from the ground up by Bob Platz at a cost of $160k, with full documentation. Ultra rare ZF 5-sp eed transmission. Looks, runs, drives as new. Two tops, books, tools. Absolutely flawless throughout. Green, cognac leather. $85,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com 1967 911S Targa Swiss Rare factory SS Coupe. Offered from a private collection, a great car. Immaculate cosmetics, drives beautifully. Finished in dark blue, tan leather. Owned by true enthuiast who drove it carefully and serviced it properly.. $85,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com 1980 Ferrari 308 GTBi AMERICAN 1936 Ford Phaeton Numbers matching. An excellent survivor with 100% of it's original paint and interior. Full service records. 415.205.0716 or steve@carplanet.com. 1968 Porsche 911 Spectacular California car. Restored to the highest standard and fully sorted for spirited V8 driving anywhere, anytime. Finished in dark blue, brown leather, beige top; all weather equipment. Mint condition, 100% correct. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com 1942 Ford Super Deluxe Woody wagon Factory Lightweight Racing Car. Street legal, decals removed, As new condition, 45 miles on 100 point restoration, All numbers match, incredible car/history. $269,000. 631.786.6511, www.Porsport.com Italian 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Sprint Excellent driving car with stunning performance. Solid example of Ferrari's one time flagship model. Well persevered and clean with only 19,000 km. $128,500. Fantasy Junction, management@f antasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1988 Ferrari Mondial convertible Top notch and correct restoration of California car. 1400 Mondial kit and 5-speed fitted by Steve Girswold. Original tools $57,500. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT D4034451, 364 V-8 automatic, red /black/white, 69,725 miles. Very Similar to the Buick Century Wagon that sold at Meadow Brook Hall Auction for over 93K. Very clean inside and out. Looks and drives great! $59,990. Jared Kelly, 925.383.1981, jared@specialtysales.com, www.specialtysales.com Excellent and correct European car with brilliant new paint and great brightwork. Over $30,000 in May 2008 VIN: 532765, 4cyl, 4-spd manual/free-wheel, white/gray/red. This Saab is a replica of rally great Erik Carlssons Baja race car. It has a brush bar, Hella lights, a roof mounted spot light, 5 new Vin: ZFFXC26A6J0075273, 3.2L V8, 5-spd manual, Roso Corsa/tan, 35,131 miles. Brand new top, all service records and receipts. Never driven in the rain. $32,990. Jared Kelly, 925.383.1981, jared@specialtysales.com, www.specialtysales.com Swedish 1969 Saab 96 Rally Car Replica Rare model with superb original wood. Mint condition throughout. Great history. All options including Columbia rear end, original radio, heater. Show quality but fully sorted for real driving. Call for details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com 1958 Buick Century Caballero Yellow/black 6,500 miles. Major service done, records, a totally unmolested and unrepeatable time warp car. $49,900. Jim, 440.460.0161 1983 Ferrari 512 BBi Vauxhall 1949 Zimmerli Vauxhall One-off roadster hand made in Switzerland. Aluminum body over unique tubular chassis with Vauxhall ‘light six' drivetrain. Repaint in 2000 otherwise nicely preserved original with under 2400 km. Well documented history and older FIA documents. Will assist with shipping. Think Villa d'Este! $69,800. 248,723,9592, jwd4cdl@comcast.net(MI) 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Fiberglass Racer This car is an excellent race-winning vintage “B” production Corvette from the glory year of 1969. Originally a Randy Peterson car, it is built for winning vintage B Production racing, with a tall driver at the wheel. The current owner is 6' 9”, but the seat can easily moved forward to accommodate smaller drivers. It has been professionally rebuilt and maintained by one of the top vintage racing shops in the country. Equipped with the best racing equipment and a very strong motor, it is a class-winner in the right hands! The car is ready-to-race in HMSA, SOVREN, and many other Vintage series. It can be inspected in the Seattle, WA area with notice to Dobson Motorsport, LLC. $59,500. Dominic Dobson, 206.660.0399, dominic@dobsonmotorsport.com, www.dobsonmotorsport.com/inventory/021.htm 1971 Hemi 'Cuda convertible Two plus year professional rotisserie restoration by Classic Ventures. Hi-Impace Lemon Twist with a white top, white billboards & white leather interior. Original “G” convertible restored with an Engine Design 425 Hemi, “Shaker Hood”, Dana, Pistol Grip Hurst shifter four speed, Rallye gauges, Rom Blow & Elastomeric front bumper. Appraised at $200k. Contact Gary 817.821.6895 or Bill 815.597.1028/ BLTurner1@aol.com for more info and photos. Calvin-vette 2001 Corvette convertible V8 auto, black/black, 18,499 miles. Best example around, like new, all options. $29,500. Nolan Calvin, 503.666.6759, nolan@nolanstire.com Other Car collectors Dream Home on the Monterey Peninsula. 3,000 sq. ft. contemporary home includes 1,800 sq. ft. of garage/shop space. Holds 7 cars with expansion opportunity. http://www.homesandland.mpsir. com/index.cfm/Property_Detail_2734.htm Wanted Autokraft MK1V Cobra. 508.385.8378, blackflats@aol.com Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini Cash buyer for Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini cars and related items. Please call 860.350.1140, fax 860.350.1140, or email forsamot@aol.com ♦ 141

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(CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA(2532), Call for free catalog, or visit www.centerlinealfa.com for online shopping, color product photos, tech tips, photo galleries and more. Exclusively Alfa for over 25 years, we have hands-on experience with Giulietta through 164. We're constantly adding new parts, accessories, and performance items, so check in often for the latest updates. www.centerlinealfa .com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Effi cient, personal service. 510.525.9435. (CA) American California Dream Cars Apprais- als. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www.caldreamcars.net. (CA) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well qualifi ed to appraise automotive and collectible estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust, or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to help you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.: We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www.legendary-motorcar.com. (ON) Shelby American Automotobile Club. 860.364.0449, 860.364.0769. PO 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. (CT) Antiques Solvang Antique Center. Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers the rarest examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues to its international clientele. Our team of well qualifi ed experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the offi cial auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August and record-setting Scottsdale Auction in January. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com. (UK) 805.688.6222, California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fi ne art and estate jewelry. One of the fi nest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques.com. (CA) Appraisals The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's fi nest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100, Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com www. usappraisal.com. (VA) Automobilia GMP. 800.536.1637, GMP offers Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offi ces located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certifi ed, confi dential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www.gmpdiecast.com. (GA) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the fi nest selec- 142 Sports Car Market

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tion of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” with 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Buy/Sell/General Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, 978.768.3525. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering MercedesBenz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com www.paulrussell.com. (MA) Recreations and carry collector and special interest vehicles of all kinds. 20 years in the business and familyowned; Park Place LTD is driven to excellence. www.ParkPlaceLTD.com. ing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Infl ation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy .com. (PA) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Austin-Healey Club USA. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) The Carcierge. 561.241.6696, 561.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our facility has been designed to provide secure storage at appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We also offer our CarCare program, designed to protect your automobile from the damage that can occur when it is idle. www .thecarcierge.com. (FL) Classic Car Transport Intercity Lines, Inc.. 800.221.3936, Family Classics. 949.496.3000, Our showroom houses some of the world's most prized classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. If we don't have what you want, check backor tel us what you want. We're equipped to fi nd numbers matching 100-point restorations, low-mileage survivors or just beautiful, reliable drivers. www .familyclassiccars.com. 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coastto-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercity.lines.com. (MA) Motor Auto Express, Inc.. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Collector Car Financing J.J. BEST BANC & CO. 800. Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) USA.1965, Call Now or Apply Online. The nation's oldest and largest classic car fi nancing specialist. Low national fi xed rates starting at 6.99%. Five-minute approvals. Terms up to 12 years. Simple interest. Pre-qualify for auctions. Financing for Antique, Classic, Exotic, Hot Rod, Kit, Muscle, Luxury & Sports cars. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) Collector Car Insurance JC Taylor. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modifi ed-J.C. Taylor Insurance will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online. www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specifi c events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. Park Place LTD. 888.531.7926, Park Place LTD is the West Coast's largest luxury, sports and special interest auto dealership. We're an authorized dealer for Aston Martin, Lotus, Spyker, Shelby, Superformance, and Speedster May 2008 Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, With 60 years of experience in servic- 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) T. Rutlands. 800.638.1444, The largest independent Ferrari parts source in the business. Our vast inventory includes new, used and rebuilt parts for vintage and contemporary Ferraris. 143 Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. www.heacockclassic .com. (FL) 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags. com. (AZ) JWF Restorations, Inc.. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually fi nd it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) 800.922.4050, Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost signifi cantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty .com. (MI) 888.4AHCUSA, 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members recieve AustinHealey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www .healey.org. (OR)

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Buy your parts where the Ferrari shops do. Now, shop 24/7 at www.TRutlands. com www.TRutlands.com. (GA) Garage/Tools Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253, Offering a fi ne selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www .baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038, 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservaton of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefi ts include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Restoration - General on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers and sellers throughout the world. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/United Kingdom) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Deltran Battery Tender. 386.736.7900, Our chargers are the most technologically advanced in the world. Microprocessor-controlled fully automatic “smart chip” charging applies the correct logic to extend battery life signifi cantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www.batterytender.com. (FL) 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Inspections Legendary Motorcar Company. Automobile Inspections LLC.. Racehouse Design. 541.330.8766, GARAGE DESIGN PLANS FOR SALE. Racehouse Design has four portfolios of garage designs: “SPEEDCLUB GARAGES”, “COACH QUARTERS”, “CLASSIC GARAGES”, and “CAR COTTAGES”. Each plan is professionally designed by Lawren Duncan, Designer and Race Enthusiast. www.racehousedesign.com. (OR) German Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, 978.887.3889. Topsfi eld, MA> Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializign in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto .com. (MA) The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) 712.944.4940. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refi nishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks. com. (IA) Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.856 2/203.222.3862, We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Parts and Accessories Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COV- ERS (426.8377), World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA www .covercraft.com. (OK) 905.875.4700, You may have seen our award winning, show quality restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www .legendary-motorcar.com. (ON) 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags .com. (AZ) Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, 503.223.3953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Tires Only Oldies Garage. 480.966.9887, Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We fi nish your projects. supercharged@alltel .net. (OH) The Southwests Only Coker Tire Distributor! Contact us for Best Pricing on all Classic Tires. Only Oldies Specializes in all Classic Service from Pre-war - 60's Muscle. We Don't Restore ‘em… We Keep ‘em Running Right. www .onlyoldiesgarage.com. (AZ) Vintage Events The 4th Annual Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, October 5–10, 2008. The most luxurious collector car adventure in America. This six day, all-inclusive, once in a lifetime experience includes exceptional Hotels and Resorts, Gourmet Meals, Fine Wines and Great Friends. Our 2008 participants will enjoy an opening night gala on Alcatraz, the wonders of Yosemite, the tranquil beauty of Lake Tahoe, a private winemakers dinner in Napa Valley, Drag Racing at the Infi neon Raceway, and a magnifi cent awards banquet on the beach at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Reserved for 1964–1973 American Muscle Cars. APPLY NOW-Space is limited to just 40 teams. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) ♦ 144 Sports Car Market

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Carl Bomstead eWatch Big Signs of the Times Dealership neon sparkles, rare SS/SSK brochure scores, early road signs, porcelain license plates firm Thought Carl's Large automotive dealer signs continue to be some of the most desirable and expensive auto- motive collectibles. Not many years ago they were a glut on the market and could be bought by the pound. But times have changed. Car collectors are building bigger garages for their collections and larger signs add a vintage touch—and fill the walls. With this increased interest, sellers are looking to maximize their profits and are turning down bids that a few years ago they would have jumped at. For example, two Chevrolet used car signs were recently offered; one for OK Used Cars and the other a round OK with neon. Both received over 30 bids but neither met the reserve, even though they were both bid to well over $5,000. Are the sellers brilliant forecasters or greedy guys? Here are a few signs that did sell and several at very strong prices: EBAY #140203696196— KAISER FRAZER NEON SIGN. Number of Bids: 17. SOLD AT: $4,947.98. Date Sold: 2/10/2008. This large sign — 43˝ x 90˝— was ouble sided but lacking the neon and nsformer. It was in decent condition, with only a few minor dings. Neon dealer- ship signs of all description are selling for serious money. This sign could be split, but I'd hate to see that happen, as the deco bull nose end pieces would be lost. Very desirable sign and bought for light money. EBAY #290201719440—1928-1930 MERCEDES-BENZ SS/SSK SALES BROCHURE. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT: $1,222. Date Sold: 2/06/2008. This is an original sales brochure in English: It opens to four panels and measures 16.5˝ x 12˝. These brochures are usually found in German, so this one is rare indeed. Paper has been soft of late, but this was so unusual that the price was not out of line. EBAY #190196152958—PACKARD “BRAKES” LIGHT-UP DISPLAY SIGN. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: $605. Date Sold: 2/10/2008. There were any number of these made in the era, including ones for “Lubrication” and “Parts and Service.” The most unusual is displayed at the Baja Cantina restaurant in Carmel Valley and states “Pack Waiting Room.” It's said to be from the Earle C. Anthony Packard agency in Los Angeles. Price paid here was, if anything, a bit on the light side. EBAY #1301936210971—1911 MARYLAND PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATE. Number of Bids: 40. SOLD AT: $871.19. Date Sold: 2/01/2008. Maryland first issued license plates in 1910, but they were tin and not very durable. In 1911, they switched to porcelain, with the numbers starting at 1000. As such, this is a rare plate and even though it had a few chips and dings, it sold for serious money. The level of interest attests to its desirability. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage EBAY LIVE #150207628735—1907 CLEVELAND AUTO SHOW POSTER. Number of Bids: 9. SOLD AT: $600. Date Sold: 1/27/2008. This poster was a chromolithograph on polished paper. It measured 20˝ x 30˝ and had tin hangers on the top and bottom. It was in excellent condition, with bright and vibrant period colors. This was an outright bargain. POSTMASTER paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market EBAY #190194656611— CALIFORNIA STATE HIGHWAY 24 PORCELAIN ROAD SIGN. Number of Bids: 16. SOLD AT: $1,742.17 Date Sold: 2/04/2008. I'd guess that this sign, with its California bear, dates from the ‘30s. Highway signs are hot property—just try buying an original Route 66 from Kansas—and are priced accordingly. I'm not surprised at the price paid here. EBAY #130194876446— FORD NEON SIGN WITH WINGS. Number of Bids: 18. SOLD AT: $7,980. Date Sold: 2/10/2008. This is a very rare sign in excellent condition. It measured 24˝ x 48˝ without the wings, which added about two feet on each side. It was manufactured by the General Neon Products Company. Even though it lacked the can, transformer, and neon, it was double sided and could easily be made into two signs—both worth what was paid here. Bought by a well-known dealer, so we can expect to see it again, but at a substantial markup.