Want to read this issue? To get started, subscribe here, or sign in!

Search This Issue

Page 8

Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s JOIN US The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe! May 2014 . Volume 26 . Number 5 FERRARI This Month’s Market Movers Up Close by Thor Thorson 50 ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why by Reid Trummel 52 201 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales ARTCURIAL 68 Paris, FRA: Artcurial sells 160 out of 191 cars for $38m — Paris’ biggest collector-car auction to date — Donald Osborne 84 RM 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder $2,623,832 / RM Great history, but too many missing bits ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 54 1955 MG TF 1500 Roadster $70,576 / Bonhams Elegance and originality bring top dollar GERMAN by Gary Anderson 58 106 112 122 1969 Mazda Cosmo L10B Coupe $75,281 / Bonhams The price isn’t in outer space — yet AMERICAN 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 6-door Pullman $719,680 / RM It will need an ultra-expensive restoration Miles Collier 60 RACE by Jeff Zurschmeide 62 96 Paris, FRA: RM’s first Paris venture sees 41 of 52 cars sell for $23.6m — John Lyons BONHAMS Paris, FRA: Multiple record prices push totals to $21.8m, and 105 out of 149 cars change hands — Paul Hardiman MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA: McCormick’s best sale ever sees 409 of 561 cars sell for $7.5m — Carl Bomstead SILVERSTONE Warwickshire, U.K.: 66 of 105 cars total $3m, but race cars are always a hard sell — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Leake Oklahoma City, Mecum Kissimmee and Petersen Salem — Lester Neidell, Dale Novak, Jack Tockston 1951 Cunningham C-3 Coupe $550,000 / Gooding & Company A relative bargain for a rare period GT car 10 1980 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 $542,037 / Artcurial Fantastic — but not too much — rally history Cover photo: 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder; Tom Wood ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions Sports Car Market

Page 10

42 Rétromobile COLUMNS 14 Shifting Gears If the gaps, panels and general lines of the body are suspect, I walk away Keith Martin 36 Affordable Classic Once properly set up, and if regularly driven, an XJ-S does not have to be expensive to run Donald Osborne 38 Legal Files Another historic Corvette, another historic legal battle John Draneas 40 Simon Says The lingering traces of the only Italian Bugatti Simon Kidston 56 The Cumberford Perspective The Mazda Cosmo is attractive to Western eyes, but it is clearly Japanese Robert Cumberford 146 eWatch Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series watch is out of the park at $717,000 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 42 Rétromobile 2014: Fabulous cars in Paris 46 SCM Insider’s Seminar at Scottsdale: Blue-chip selections, tax advice and a trophy winner 60 Collecting Thoughts: Miles Collier on the ins and outs of the Cunningham C-3 12 56 Sports Car Market DEPARTMENTS 16 Auction Calendar 16 Crossing the Block 20 The Inside Line: Revs Institute, Concours d’Elegance of Texas, Indy and Laguna Seca 22 Contributors: Get to know our writers 26 You Write: Bond Bugs, Z cars and F40 snark 28 Display Advertisers Index 30 Time Pieces: Do you need a watch winder? 30 Neat Stuff: Gulf Oil on your wrist and a gearbox for your vintage Ferrari 32 In Miniature: 1938 Bugatti Type 57 SC Corsica Roadster 32 Book Review: Art of the Le Mans Race Car 103 Glovebox Notes: 2014 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4 SUV, 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4x4 SUV 110 Fresh Meat: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, 2013 Ferrari 458 Spyder, 2013 Jaguar XKR convertible 126 Rising Sun: Recent sales of Japanese collector cars 134 Mystery Photo: “Which came first, the chicken or the Olds?” 134 Comments with Your Renewal: “Pithy humor appreciated” 136 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 140 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Keith Martin

Page 12

Shifting Gears Keith Martin Acceptable Imperfection? Make sure you can live with a car’s foibles — and that it has correct bones — before you buy has never been rusty or hit. Some of the cars I have looked at have exquisite paint — but questionable door, hood and trunk alignment. On Duettos, the shape of the little bump on the nose above the grille can reveal volumes. I have almost never seen one that has been properly repaired, and that feature has become a key factor in deciding which cars make the final cut. It doesn’t matter what kind of car I’m looking at; if the gaps and general lines of the body are suspect, I walk away. Do the numbers match? Mechanical correctness is a completely different issue, and it’s a personal matter. As I am an Alfa fanatic, it is very important to me that the Duetto I am looking for have its original 1,600-cc engine. With 15,047 Duettos built, they are not nearly as rare as Not exactly what I’m looking for M any years ago, I was considering buying a Mercedes 230SL and called Mercedes guru, SCM contributor and collector Alex Dearborn to ask for his advice. I told him the car was straight enough, a little scruffy in and out, would need a torn swing-axle boot replaced, had a 4-speed and both tops. At that time, the price of $18,000 was about right. Alex was direct in his response. “How much imperfection can you stand?” he said. “You’ll need to fix anything mechanical that creates safety problems, but after that it’s all up to you.” I decided that if the car were mine, I’d be unhappy with the state of the upholstery and the paint, and I didn’t want another restoration project. So I passed. I’ve thought about that many times, and especially the past few weeks as I’ve been in the hunt to fill the spaces in the SCM/ACC garage after the ’64 Nova wagon and Isetta went away. I’ve been through a fair number of cars in the past few years — some bought thoughtfully after much consideration and consultation with marque experts, and others acquired thoughtlessly from online listings after one too many glasses of wine. If a computer could speak, it would say, “Just one more keystroke and this car can be yours!” I’ve looked at a few Alfa Duettos, Morgans, Healey 3000s, Bugeyes and MGAs. In my weekly SCM newsletter blog, I’ve discussed why I’ve considered each of these cars, and I have appreciated your fervent and thoughtful responses. In the end, I’ve found there are two primary factors to consider when buying a collector car: First, follow Alex’s mantra of just how imperfect a car can you live with. Second, how correct are the bones of the car you are considering? You can’t bring back a wrong car In the budget range we are talking about here — $15,000 to $50,000, depending on the car — you don’t have the latitude to pay too much for a car with massive needs without instantly going so far underwater that you’d quickly pass Captain Nemo and the Nautilus on your way down. Above all, a car has to have good panel fit. In a perfect world, it 14 their predecessor, the Giulia Spider Veloce, of which only 1,091 were constructed. So there are always a few to choose from, and I can be picky. I want a car that is stock and complete, even if disheveled and unloved. With an MGA or a Bugeye, it’s a different matter when it comes to originality of the drivetrain. I’m interested in these models as my first car was a Bugeye, and my second an MGA. As I don’t have the same degree of affection for either of these English cars as I do Alfas, it can be a plus for me if they’ve been nicely upgraded to a later, larger engine. Would I be terrified to open the hood at an MGA gathering if I had a B engine in it, coupled to a transplanted 5-speed? I don’t think so. The B engine is a direct descendant of the A and the looks are similar. With the Bugeye, I haven’t found anyone who objects to replacing the 948-cc engine with a 1,275-cc unit — or upgrading the front brakes to discs. There simply doesn’t seem to be the purist factor at work here that there is in more expensive cars. Cheap and cheerful The large numbers of these cars built (48,987 for the Sprite and nearly 100,000 for the MG in all variants) means that there will always be plenty of cars to choose from — and that they will never become ultra-expensive. Further, there will always be “correct” examples available, so if someone is a fanatic about originality, they will be able to find an example that suits their needs. The decision So, every day I sift through emails with pictures and descriptions, and weigh each car according to my requirements, its condition and price. I’ve also come to realize that I can’t buy a car that has been color changed, or with bad panel fit or rust issues — even if it is attractively priced. Every time I go into the garage I will kick myself and wonder how much it will take to make the car right. That amount will always be too much, given the underlying value of the car. So I’ve decided on the degree of imperfection I can stand. Keep these things in mind when you go on your hunt. Decide just how perfect or imperfect a car you need, and only buy something solid with no stories. No matter what kind of car you are looking at, if you follow these parameters, you have a good chance of ending up with a car that makes you smile. You don’t want one that makes you wish you hadn’t had that last glass of wine before your final bid. Trust me, I know. ♦ Sports Car Market Ben Piff

Page 14

Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies 1959 Aston Martin DB3, a 1934 Auburn Twelve Salon cabriolet (offered at no reserve), a oneowner 1955 Buick Roadmaster convertible, a 1931 Cadillac V12 7-passenger phaeton, and an ex-Bill Harrah 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 with rare sunroof. In the past, prices here have averaged about $70k. 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage” at Motostalgia in Seabrook, TX Vicari — Cruisin’ Nocona Where: Nocona, TX When: May 1–3 More: www.vicariauction.com Last year: 95/115 cars sold / $2.6m For 2014, the Cruisin’ Nocona event has been extended to three days. Events include a Classic Car Poker Cruise, daily car shows and Vicari’s two-day collector-car sale. The featured early consignment is a frame-off restored 1971 Chevrolet Corvette coupe in Brands Hatch Green with matching-numbers 454/425 LS6, power windows, tilt/telescopic steering column, power steering, power brakes, AM/ FM push-button radio and Rally wheels. Motostalgia Auctions d’Elegance — Seabrook 2014 Where: Seabrook, TX When: May 2 More: www.motostalgia.com Motostalgia is the official auction house of the Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance. Their sale takes place at the Lakewood Yacht Club on the Houston coast. The featured cars include a 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 “Birdcage,” a 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Club coupe, a 1965 Shelby GT350 factory competition car and a 1955 Porsche 356 “Pre-A” cabriolet. Worldwide Auctioneers — The Houston Classic Auction Where: Montgomery, TX When: May 3 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 101/113 cars sold / $7.2m The star cars at this Houston- area sale, held in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, are a “garage find” 16 Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. APRIL MAY 4–6—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Toronto, ON, CAN 10–12—MECUM Houston, TX 11–12—BRANSON Branson, MO 11–12—SILVER Portland, OR 11–13—BARRETTJACKSON Palm Beach, FL 11–13—ELECTRIC GARAGE Edmonton, AB, CAN 12—SILVERSTONE Birmingham, U.K. 13—MECUM Houston, TX 24—H&H Duxford, U.K. 24–26—MECUM Kansas City, MO 25–26—LEAKE Dallas, TX 26—COYS Ascot, U.K. 26—SPECIALTY AUTO Brighton, CO 27—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 28—BONHAMS Hendon, U.K. 29—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 1–3—VICARI Nocona, TX 2—SMITH’S Springfield, MO 2—MOTOSTALGIA Houston, TX 3—WORLDWIDE Montgomery, TX 5—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 7—SILVER Spokane, WA 8–10—AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN 9—COYS Monte Carlo, MCO 9–10—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 10—RM Monte Carlo, MCO 10—VANDERBRINK Sioux Falls, SD 13–18—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 14—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 17—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, U.K. 18—BONHAMS Brussels, BEL 24—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 26—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 31—VANDERBRINK Murdo, SD 31—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Odessa, TX JUNE 1—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 6–8—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 7—BONHAMS Oxford, U.K. 7—VANDERBRINK Enid, OK 13–14—MECUM Seattle, WA 14—COYS Athens, GRC 14—VANDERBRINK West Fargo, ND 14—SILVER Coeur d’Alene, ID 19–21—RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA 20–21—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 20–21—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 21—H&H Rockingham, U.K. 21—SPECIALTY AUTO Greeley, CO 24—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 27—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. Silver Auctions — Spokane 2014 Where: Spokane, WA When: May 7 More: www.silverauctions.com You can always count on Silver to deliver a mix of cool classics from across the collector-car spectrum at a range of affordable prices. Their Spokane sale is sure to include a heaping helping of restored and original muscle cars, customs, Corvettes and pickups, plus plenty of European and Japanese sports cars. Auctions America — Auburn Spring Where: Auburn, IN When: May 8–10 Web: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 240/431 cars sold / $5.6m Auctions America will offer the 450-car, no-reserve John Scotti Collection at Auburn Spring. The Scotti Collection ranges from Model Ts and 1950s American convertibles to ’60s and ’70s muscle cars and late-model exotics. AA will send more than 900 collector cars across the block. Look forward to a swapmeet, car corral and AACA’s Special Spring Meet. Coys — “Legende et Passion” Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: May 9 More: www.coys.co.uk. 2012 results: 32/69 cars sold / $6.1m Prices averaged nearly $200k per car at this sale in 2012, with top honors going to a 1936 RollsRoyce Phantom III drophead coupe at $1.5m. Expect a very good selection of European collector cars, from Porsche and Mercedes to Lancia and Maserati to Astons and Rolls. RM — Monaco 2014 Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: May 10 More: www.rmauctions.com 2012 results: 69/94 cars sold / $42m This biennial sale coincides Sports Car Market

Page 16

Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 Group C Sports-Prototype at RM Monaco with Le Grand Prix Historique de Monaco weekend and is RM’s highest-grossing European auction. 2012 saw sales totals of $42m among just 69 cars. That averages out to more than $600k per car. Heavy hitters this time around include a 1974 Hesketh F1 racer (RM estimate: $555k–$900k), a 1966 Ferrari Dino 206 S Spider ($1.9m–2.2m), a 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona ($1.5m–$1.9m), a 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 Group C sports-prototype ($1m– $1.4m) and a matching-numbers 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400S ($660k–$800k). Mecum Auctions — Original Spring Classic Where: Indianapolis, IN When: May 13–18 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,142/1,713 cars sold / $48m More than 2,000 collector cars will line up at this weeklong Heartland event. The headliners are a 1966 Chevrolet Nova L79, one owner since new with mostly original paint; a 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra — an early rack-and-pinion demonstrator; an unrestored, one-owner 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda; a 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T; and a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 convertible. Bonhams — Aston Martin Works Service Where: Newport Pagnell, U.K. When: May 17 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 47/47 cars sold / $15.3m Bonhams’ 15th annual all- Aston sale will feature examples from all points along the marque’s long history. Among the featured early consignments of note are a 1970 DB6 Mk II (Bonhams estimate: $250k–$335k), a 1965 DB5 ($570k–$640k) and the exSir David Brown, -Peter Collins and -Simon Draper 1953 DB2/4, with coachwork by Mulliners ($400k–$470k). Bonhams hit a perfect 100% sell-through rate at this sale last year. Bonhams — The Spa Classic Sale Where: Brussels, BEL When: May 18 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 28/53 cars sold / $4.5m A 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage sports saloon headlines this second annual sale. The car features original left-hand drive and 5-speed (Bonhams estimate: $210k–$250k). Bonhams will also offer a private single-owner collection of 34 post-war motorcars, including a 1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider, a 1999 Aston Martin DB7 convertible, a 1972 Bentley Corniche convertible, a 1960 Jaguar XK 150 roadster, a 1971 Jaguar E-type Series II roadster, a 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera, a 1977 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible, a 1962 Sunbeam Alpine Mk II and a 1965 Triumph TR4 roadster. Dan Kruse Classics — MidlandOdessa Classic Car Auction Where: Midland, TX When: May 31 More: www.dankruseclassics.com The featured early star cars at this new Texas sale from Dan Kruse are a 502-powered 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle restomod and an R-code 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 fastback. Count on lots more ground-pounding American muscle, hot rods and pickups, plus a mix of foreign sports cars and luxury cruisers. ♦ 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II at Bonhams Newport Pagnell 18 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage sports saloon at Bonhams Spa Sports Car Market Courtesy of Paul Field

Page 18

Inside Line Alex Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. The Revs Institute — now you can have a chance to see it in person Industry News ■ The Collier Collection — the creation of SCM contributor Miles Collier — closed to the public more than 20 years ago. However, the museum in Naples, FL, kept growing and is one of the best collections of cars, automotive books and documents in the world. It’s now known as the Revs Institute — and, yes, Collier is still involved. The museum is now open to the public on a limited basis on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The number of visitors is limited and appointments are required, so booking ahead is a must. For more information, visit www. revsinstitute.org. Events ■ The Concours d’Elegance of Texas rolls into the spectacular La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa from May 2 to 4. The weekend begins with the Texas Tour d’Elegance on May 2. This scenic motoring tour will showcase the beauty of East Texas and includes a real Texas barbecue. Worldwide Auctioneers will present the Houston Classic Auction on May 3. The Concours d’Elegance will conclude the weekend on May 4. Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars are featured marques. Admission is $20 in advance and 20 $25 at the door. www.concoursoftexas.org (TX) ■ Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will host the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship from May 2 to 4. There will be two species of beasts racing on the famous Corkscrew — Prototype and Grand Touring. Other races and events are scheduled for the big weekend, including the Lamborghini Super Trofeo. Buy your tickets in advance to get a three-day pass for $75. www. mazdaraceway.com ■ If you like your classic cars served with a side of vintage wooden boats, then the 19th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is the perfect entrée. The Lakewood Yacht Club will be commandeered for the weekend of May 3–4. Publisher Martin can’t stay away from this great event and will return as the Master of Ceremonies. New this year is the presence of Motostalgia, Auctions d’Elegance, which will take place on May 2. The vintageboat concours takes place on May 3, with the automotive portion of the concours following on May 4. General admission is $25 if purchased online in advance and $35 at the gate. Kids 10 and younger get in free. www.keels-wheels. com (TX) ■ Everyone needs a reason to spend a weekend in Monaco, which makes attending the 9th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique a must. This famous biennial event takes place May 9–11, two weeks before Formula One comes to town. Cars from 50 years of motor racing will shriek around the legendary Monaco circuit. For more information, visit www.acm.mc (EU) ■ The fourth annual Cel- ebration of Automobiles at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway brings historic and vintage cars to the famous track on May 10. This year, the spotlight will shine on cars built in Indiana. Al Unser is the honorary judge. For more information and ticket packages, visit www.celebrationofautomobiles.com (IN) ■ The 22nd Annual New The Concours d’Elegance of Texas England 1000 will tour 1,000 miles on Maine’s picturesque coastal back roads during May 18–23. There will be pit stops of all kinds, including the Maine Maritime Museum, Owls Head, Mount Desert Island and Pemaquid Point. The tour also includes a Windjammer Cruise out of Camden Harbor and a whalewatching trip from Boothbay Harbor. Qualifying cars are 1975 or earlier sports, racing, or GT cars. There is also a class for exotics. Registration information can be found at www.vintagerallies. com (NY) ♦ Sports Car Market Courtesy of the Revs Institute

Page 20

Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auctions Editor / Photographer Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Associate Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Simon Kidston Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Dale Novak Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts John Clucas (Australia), Daniel Grunwald, Jérôme Hardy (Europe), Norm Mort (Canada), Phil Skinner, Michael Leven, John Lyons, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Robert Cumberford (Design), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Jack Tockston CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2014 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE, SCM Contributor, is a lifelong automobile enthusiast with a penchant for sports and racing cars. He has raced SCCA, local circle track and stage rally as a co-driver. He makes his living as a freelance automotive journalist and is the author of six books on automotive topics. As a rule, he practices catch-and-release fishing when it comes to collectible automobiles, and he tries to leave each one in better condition than he found it. Enduring passions include his MGA, Austin Mini and his 1969 Corvette. He recently purchased a 1920 Ford Model T Touring because “you just have to have one of these once in your life.” Turn to p. 62 for his profile of a 1980 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 rally car. GARY ANDERSON, SCM Contributor, also is Editor in Chief of The Star, which is the magazine for the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. He has been active for many years in the Austin-Healey Club USA, and is co-author of MBI’s best-selling Austin-Healey Restoration Guide, as well as editor of the Austin-Healey Magazine. An avid vintage race driver, he ran his 1960 MGA in three Monterey Historics, four Wine Country Classics, and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. He is the author of Motoring: Getting the Maximum from Your New Mini, a comprehensive guide to the new MINI Cooper, available through Amazon.com. He picks through the dusty bones of a barn-find Mercedes-Benz 600 6-door Pullman Landaulet on p. 58. JOHN LYONS, SCM Auction Analyst, would sneak outside at age 3 to watch cars driving in the middle of the night. The automobile obsession hasn’t waned since. He specializes in ACD automobiles and 1930s–60s Mercedes, and his personal collection includes a factory NASCAR-spec 1961 Chrysler 300G code-281 coupe and a 1930 Cord L-29. When John left the corporate world in 2004, antique cars became his official day job. He now resides in Connecticut with his wife, Jessica, and three children, serves on the advisory board for LeMay — America’s Car Museum, and manages collections for several private clients. John has traveled the world to buy, sell and report on collector cars as an SCM Auction Analyst. In this issue, his coverage of RM’s Paris Auction starts on p. 84. 22 DIGITAL AND BUSINESS Lead Web Developer Marc Emerson marc.emerson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 212 Information Technology Brian Baker brian.baker@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 SEO Consultant Michael Cottam me@michaelcottam.com; 503.283.0177 Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox cheryl.francisco@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Print / Promotions Manager Wendie Martin wmartin@enthusiastmediagroup.com; 206.427.1652 Intern / Blogger Alex Martin-Banzer Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams roger_williams@earthlink.net ADVERTISING Display Advertising Account Executives Randy Zussman randy.zussman@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 213 Steve Kittrell steve.kittrell@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 211 Advertising / Events Manager Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 Classified Advertising classifieds@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Manager Rich Coparanis rich.coparanis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 217 Assistant Subscriptions Manager Cassie Sellman cassie.sellman@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 219 To order new subscriptions or for questions about current subscriptions 877.219.2605, x 1; service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 M–F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST @SportsCarMarket www.sportscarmarket.com

Page 24

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 The Bond was the less dangerous of the two, mainly because it was able to overcome inertia only after a prolonged struggle with its own transmission… Bond’s less-dangerous trike To the Editor: Your correspondent at the Branson auction in October, B. Mitchell Carlson, explains the 1963 Bond Bug 3-wheel wagon (March 2014, p. 94) thus: “Lighter road taxes create the incentive for three-wheelers in Britain, but things are slower to catch on Stateside.” One aspect of driving that was slower to catch on in the U.K. was allowing children to drive, as they do in this country. The Bond Minicar was the vehicle by which the U.K. caught up. To drive a car, one had to be 17. But the Bond, with its reverse gear disconnected, was classified as a motorized tricycle, which meant that 16-year-olds could 26 drive them. And they did. In the early days, no insurance was required, either. So the Bond was not entirely about road taxes. The Bonds were made of fiberglass, and they collapsed when hit, earning the moniker “Coffins on Castors” — or, more precisely, borrowing it from the BMC Mini, to which it properly belonged. The two vehicles employed different approaches to coffinism. In the Bond, the occupants would be squashed flat. In the Mini, the Issigonis Harpoon, which doubled as the steering wheel, did the job. The Bond was the less dangerous of the two, mainly because it was able to overcome inertia only after a prolonged struggle with its own transmission. If I can be of further assis- tance, you can reach me in 1964. Great mag! Keep it up! — Tony Waters, Waldport, OR We do Z best we can To The Editor: Like many SCMers, I have a favorite marque: the Datsun and Nissan Z cars, which are enthusiast-identified by their generations. I was so pleased that you chose to devote the March 2014 “Affordable Classic” column (p. 28) to Jeff Zurschmeide’s wellwritten, accurate review and market accounting of the “Z-31” generation, the 1984–89 300ZX. Your timing seems good for including the Z-31. This generation Z car, now becoming a very affordable Sports/GT classic, attracts new participants to dedicated Z car clubs. Owners also find pleasure showing these qualifying cars on antiqueautomobile-club fields. Several special editions do exist to collect: namely, the 1984 50th Anniversary Edition and the 1988 Shiro cars. As a mass-produced enthusiast car with a claim of heritage dating to the evermore-closely market-followed 1970 Datsun 240Z, the Z-31’s easy maintenance, acceptable performance, wide availability of low-mileage, cared-for original cars, and GT comfort help make this car a good entry point. New Z-31 owners in our clubs gain awareness of earlier cars, perhaps enjoying the thrill of the hunt for an earlier appreciating example Datsun Z car. Over time, this supports values as well Sports Car Market B. Mitchell Carlson

Page 26

You Write We Read Ad Index Adamson Industries ................................... 139 Alan Taylor Company, Inc ......................... 131 American Car Collector ............................. 135 Aston Martin of New England ................... 119 Auctions America ................................... 23, 25 Auto Kennel ............................................... 129 Automobilia Monterey ............................... 143 Automotive Restorations Inc. .................... 123 Autosport Designs Inc ................................ 107 B R M North America .................................... 6 Bald Head Garage ...................................... 117 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 21 Bennett Law Office .................................... 120 Beverly Hills Car Club ............................... 139 Black Horse Garage ................................... 109 Bonhams / SF ......................................... 5, 7, 9 Canepa ........................................................ 103 Carlisle Events ............................................. 97 Centerline Alfa Parts .................................... 82 Chequered Flag International ..................... 121 Chubb Personal Insurance ............................ 29 Classic Showcase ......................................... 91 Collector Car Price Tracker ....................... 135 Concours d’Elegance at the Wood ............. 107 Copley Motorcars ....................................... 133 Dealer Accelerate ......................................... 71 Don Mackey ................................................. 79 Driversource Houston LLC .................. 99, 105 E-Types USA................................................ 37 European Collectibles ................................ 125 Exclusive Motorcars .................................. 133 Exotic Classics ............................................. 94 Fantasy Junction ........................................... 73 FCA-MAR ................................................. 125 Florian Seidl Industrieberatungen ................ 83 Fourintune Garage Inc ............................... 143 Gooding & Company ..................................2-3 Greenwich Concours D’Elegance ................ 35 Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance ... 87 Grundy Worldwide ..................................... 113 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ......................... 129 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 69 Hamann Classic Cars ............................. 77, 93 Heritage Auctions ......................................... 33 Heritage Classics .......................................... 41 Hyman, LTD .................................. 47, 89, 109 Intercity Lines .............................................. 39 James G. Murphy Co. ................................ 105 JC Taylor ...................................................... 85 Jeff Brynan ................................................. 143 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 137 Kevin Kay Restorations ............................. 117 Kidston ......................................................... 11 L.A. Prep ...................................................... 88 Le Belle Macchine d’Italia ............................. 8 Leake Auction Company .............................. 65 Legendary Motorcar Company .................... 48 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ................... 101 Luxury Brokers International ....................... 93 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ............. 64 Maserati North America ............................. 148 Mercedes Classic Center .............................. 27 Mershon’s World Of Cars .......................... 127 Mil Millas..................................................... 34 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ........................ 88 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. .......... 143 Motostalgia .................................................. 31 Newco Products Inc. .................................. 143 Passport Transport .............................. 136, 138 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 113 Peak to Peak Ralley ................................... 115 Pebble Beach RetroAuto ................................ 4 Pinehurst Concours D’ Elegance.................. 24 Premier Financial Services ........................ 147 Putnam Leasing ............................................ 13 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. ........................... 81 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 67 RM Auctions ................................................ 17 Road Scholars .............................................. 45 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 131 Ronald McDonald House at Stanford ........ 121 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 95 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 115 Sports Car Market ........................................ 83 Steve Austin’s Great Vacations ...................111 Symbolic Motor Car Co ............................... 15 The Auto Collections ................................... 75 The Stable, Ltd. ............................................ 57 Vicari Auctions ............................................. 49 Vintage Rallies ........................................... 119 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................ 139 Watchworks ................................................ 143 Worldwide Group ......................................... 19 28 You Write We Read My wife and I loved his straight-shooting, slightly tart presentation. So, it was no surprise that we thoroughly enjoyed the article about the F40… as our many civic organizations devoted to all our classic and collectible motor vehicles. It is delightful to see your coverage of this Japanese Z car line. — Dan Banks, Ellicott City, MD Not Lagonda owners or “Fast N’ Loud” fans To the Editor: I met Stephen Serio in the small group that met after the roundtable discussion at Gooding in Monterey. My wife and I loved his straight-shooting, slightly tart presentation. So it was no surprise that we thoroughly enjoyed the article about the F40 in the latest SCM (April 2014, “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 48). In fact, it was the first article I turned to. Keep up the good work. 330 GTC — with transaxle on the bench. Daytona — nice car that runs well and is a pleasure to drive and own, now that it’s fully sorted. Daytona Spyder, conver- sion — nice car, and would be really nice if Mike Pierce and I can ever get the Webers to stop dribbling gas from the pump jets. — Steve and Barbara Meltzer, via email Stephen Serio replies: Thank you ever so much for the kind words. Because I work in a vacuum most days, I never, ever think that anyone reads anything I’ve written after I push “send” from my computer when the deadline is due. I love the way you signed off, so I’m inspired to sign off in kind: Siata 208S — because of the winter, have yet to drive it. 365GTC — started out as an engine detail, seems that the top end is now apart. 356A hot-rod Speedster — finishing up total restoration, second interior now fitted after the first shop seemingly lost their way, and the third windshield now fitted without cracking. 912 coupe — see above winter comments. 911 Sport Classic — at the EPA/DOT lab. Maybe will see light of day in 120 days... jeesh. Wife’s 912 coupe — engine now in a disturbing amount of bags and boxes while the plug with the bad helio-coil gets repaired. 275GTS — now fully sorted. ♦ Sports Car Market Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Page 28

Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg At least once a week, customers ask The Pros and Cons of a Watch Winder me whether automatic watch winders are beneficial to the health and welfare of their valuable time pieces. So why not take this opportunity to share my thoughts with all of you? First a bit of background: Self-winding watches, commonly referred to as “automatic,” require an active and healthy lifestyle — daily use — to operate properly. Automatic movements are typically equipped with a swinging weight that gives a slight bit of rotation to the mainspring arbor, so the mainspring is being wound with each subtle flick of the wrist or swing of the arm. As arm motion and positio constantly shift during the day, the weight fa towards the center of the earth due to gravity the cumulative effect should be more than e to have the watch working properly well in lowing day. Most automatic watches have a stationary run time of roughly 40 hours given a full prior winding, so assuming daily use, average activity and proper mechanical condition, an automatic watch should perform splendidly. But what if you own more than one watch and like to swap them occasionally? Or, in the case of some collectors, you own dozens of watches? A winding device (or group of devices) could ensure your collection is ready to wear at all times without fuss. Without a doubt, having your watches on a winder might be conve- nient (and possibly a terrific way to store and display them while not in use). However, to use an automotive analogy, is it beneficial to leave your cars running 24/7? Aren’t there similar wear-and-tear factors at play inside an automotive engine as there are inside a watch: friction, breakdown of lubricants, metal fatigue and so on? On the other hand, most gearheads would Web Resources www.wolfdesigns.com www.orbita.com www.underwood-london.com Pictured: Sienna 2 Executive by Orbita say regularly driving a vehicle is generally beneficial to the good health of a car. Regular road trips keep the lubrication moving and prevent hoses and belts from drying and cracking. A mechanical watch is no different. Regardless of the winder question, weekly Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Racing Style BRM builds on their partnership with motorsports icon Gulf Oil with the new limited-edition BT1246. The watch features a 46-mm titanium case, crystal sapphire front and back, and the traditional Gulf colors. One hundred numbered time pieces available. $4,950 for the automatic version and $9,150 for the chrono. Learn more at www.brmamericas. com. 30 atch — or at least winding it and , worn or not — is typically better g it sit. w that I have made enemies of s of watch-winder makers, let me st a number of good reason to buy mploy watch winders. irst, they make terrific gifts for e who collect watches. Watch ders are, as stated above, great es to house a collection where the tents are both safely stored and ccounted for, and it is somewhat mesmerizing to see them slowly twirl. Most importantly, however, allow highly that watch winders complicated might watches include features which display the phase of the moon, date, day, year, leap year, and/ or various equations of time to stay running, rather than risk stoppage of a device that might require an astrophysicist to reset. Here are the essentials to know: Budget winders tend to quickly fail and are generally disposable. Check the warranty. Winders that have AC and DC options are handy, as they can run well on battery power inside a safe. Winders with a single preset program will not efficiently operate all watch models. Winders that have many functions need to be set properly to the make and model of the watch. Orbita.com has a terrific database that offers recommendations for most watches. Is your collection growing? Extra capacity or a modular system will avoid space limitations. Consider winders from Wolf (budget level with an excellent war- ranty), Orbita (mid-range to extremely elaborate) and Underwood (tending towards upper end). As far as I am concerned, the single most important factor in opting for a winder is that left out in a study, bedroom or office, a winder full of fine timepieces is indeed mesmerizing. This also applies to contractors, staff, friends and criminals who may be unable to resist. Be careful and insure your collection. The Parts You Need Classic Ferrari experts GTO Engineering maintain a huge inventory of new, NOS and used parts for discerning clients all over the world. Their 5-speed conversion kit ($11,390) is a premium-quality replacement for the gearbox in your 250 series car, or use it to upgrade your existing 4-speed with no other modification to the driveline or trim. Made in England. Learn more at www.gtoengineering.com. © Sports Car Market

Page 30

In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1938 Bugatti Type 57 SC Corsica Roadster This one-off Corsica-bodied roadster is on my list of all-time favorite cars. As classic vintage automobiles go, it ticks all the right boxes. The stunning coachwork was designed by Eric Giles, brother of first owner Col. Godfrey Giles, and British-based coachbuilder Corsica built the body. Treated to a complete restoration in the late 1990s by its current custodian, and although deviating somewhat from when originally built, this well-known Type 57 went on to win Best of Show at the 1998 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. I often prefer original to restored versions, but in this instance, it is difficult to argue with the results. This wonderful Bugatti has been produced before in 1:43 scale (too small), and then in 1:8 scale (too big), but now, finally... we have one that is just the right size in 1:18 scale, and far more detailed than any before. Thank you, CMC Classical Models. To gather all necessary dimensions and photograph this beauty, the engi- neers at CMC traveled to the fabulous collection of John Mozart, with whom the car resides. As one might expect, the body shape has been perfectly and most accurately replicated along with numerous details. Some small bits are missing, but you have to be rather obsessive — like me — to notice. The smooth, high-gloss Midnight Blue paint has been hand-polished to a level befitting any Pebble Beach winner. The fit and finish is excellent, and working Model Details Production date: 2014 Quantity: Estimated 5,000 to 10,000 SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: ½ Overall value: Web: www.minichamps.de features are plentiful, but perhaps too much so, as some work better than others. I could do without the steering, which barely works, but am very happy that the hinged seat backs tilt forward and allow the hinged trunk lid to fully open. There is a treasure trove of hidden Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Art of the Le Mans Race Car By Stuart Codling, Photography by James Mann, Motorworks, 240 pages, $60 Here’s the deal: If I walked up to you on the street and took money out of your wallet, forcing you to spend that money on something you couldn’t eat or wear, I could expect, as Nick Danger once said, “the hot kiss at the end of a wet fist.” But that is exactly where we are. This review will make you part with your hardearned cash. You want this book. It will make you happier than dinner. Let’s face it, there are lots of books about cars with “The Art of…” in the title. Usually they are simply photo books with text as an afterthought. They fill coffee tables, shop waiting rooms and remainder bins. But Art of the Le Mans Race Car is a cut above. The text is as strong as the stunning images of unbearably beautiful race cars — Le Mans racers going back nearly a century. James Mann is the man behind the lens, and he brings a long career of dazzling photography in the automotive world to the book. His staging of the cars — as pieces of art on display in a gallery — is uniformly beautiful. The images are framed with a sense of drama, and they work both as stand-alone images and as groups telling a story. Each photo is an aesthetic delight and packed with accessible data for the fan. (One nice touch is the Audi R8 and Audi R18, photographed dirty and scarred from their events.) Author Stuart Codling brings his words — and reporting and writing 32 skills honed covering Formula One — to bear on 90 years of Le Mans history and some important race cars. Broken into four periods (1920s–30s, 1940s–60s, 1970s–80s and 1990s to today), the chapters use a single car to give a smart, readable history of the sweep of Le Mans. Cars were left out, and readers will argue about why a car missed the cut while another car gets the full treatment. (Note to the Corvette crowd: Gentlemen, Start Your Whining!) But it’s less about what’s missing than what is there. You will just have to buy the book and go hun- gry for a few days. Provenance: Codling has the experience and tools to do more than collect facts in the manner of too many motorsports book authors. His clear, simple style shows a professional at work, easy to read and rich in data. Fit and finish: Designer Chris Fayers has done a super job of getting out of the way of Mann’s stunning images. The design is crisp and barely adorned, the reproduction flawless. Drivability: Some days I have to sneak up on a review book. It didn’t take long with this book to know I was in the hands of a writer who would take care of me. Pair that with the skills of the photographer, and you have in your hands a winner. Art of the Le Mans Race Car is the best way to appreciate what is arguably the world’s greatest race. ♦ Sports Car Market detail to discover in the trunk. For example, the spare tire, along with all the tools, is neatly tied down in place — just as on the real car. Continuing on the quest for more detail, you will be very satisfied when opening either side of the double- hinged hood and find great engine detailing. While writing this re- view I sat with this model on my desk for a while, and just stared at it, enjoying every eye-straining minute. Overall, CMC has done a superb job of replicating this car, but it is not without a few frustrating faults. Keep in mind that this model is supposed to replicate the car as restored today — not how it might have once been. Why is the mesh screen in the radiator shell the wrong color? It should be black, not silver, and the installation is a bit crooked. The wire wheels, stunning as they are, really should be chromeplated — not this dull, machined finish. The most noticeable misstep is with the interior material, which doesn’t replicate the crocodile upholstery — and is also the wrong color. I understand that replicating crocodile in miniature is a big challenge, but at the very least, the leather used should have been the right color. More puzzling is why CMC chose not to use the same leather as was on their previously released Atlantic, which also happens to be a great color match for the Corsica roadster’s interior. Apart from those few issues, you still get a great model at a good price. Priced at $471.

Page 34

Affordable Classic Jaguar XJ-S and XJS A Luxury Cat with Claws It pays to buy the best you can find, with a known ownership and ideal service history by Donald Osborne 244-hp V12 seems, and is, incredibly exotic. The XJ-S could reach 143 mph, and it had a 7.6-sec- ond 0–60 mph time, while cosseting you in a superbly formed Connolly leather bucket seat. At the same time, you enjoyed the tunes from the standard 8-track stereo as the suspension soaked up the road bumps. However, that performance came with frightening fuel consumption, and in a bold move, rather than canceling the car or dropping the engine, Jaguar instead produced a new HE, or High Efficiency, version in 1981. Amazingly, alongside better mileage came increased horsepower. The period appeal of the early cars does come with- 1990 Jaguar XJ-S V12, sold for $9,180 at Branson, MO, in 2012 W hile it is common today to think that the introduction of Jaguar’s new “sporting” model in 1975 was greeted with jeers, the truth is rather different. Certainly the XJ-S (the name carried a hyphen until 1991, when it became the XJS) was a notable departure from the XKE. The nomenclature clearly indicated that it was the top of the XJ sedan line rather than the latest in a line of XK sports cars. Nevertheless, the XJ-S was very much the successor to the XK 150 FHC, a com- fortable grand touring coupe that could even be had with an automatic transmission. Following the same pattern, the XKE’s final iterations were also more cruiser than bruiser, and it can be successfully argued that the 1975 XJ-S fulfilled its brief rather better than the XKE 2+2 coupe, which always seemed the most un-cat-like of Jaguars. A touch of Ford The new XJ-S was a thoroughly modern shape, the first designed without the direct input of founder Sir William Lyons. That the styling was right became proven in a remarkable 21-year production run. With only minor massaging, the XJS looked as good in the Clinton Administration as it did under President Ford, and an astonishing 115,000 coupes and cabriolets of several types were built. Speaking of Ford, FoMoCo had a large role in not only saving Jaguar Cars dur- ing this period, but it was also directly responsible for the development that made it possible to end the old necessity of “buying two new Jaguars at once, so one could be driven while the other’s in the shop.” Although the car was launched in some of the darkest days of British Leyland U.K., Ltd, it must be said that the work force at Brown’s Lane for the most part did the best to imitate the French Resistance and work against the worst of management to build the cars the best they could. Details Years produced: 1975–96 Price range: $5,000–$28,000 Number built: 115,413 Pros: Sleek, elegant styling, power, ride comfort, usability Cons: Fuel consumption of early cars, somewhat cramped interior, cost of OEM replacement parts, random electrical issues, cooling Best place to drive one: On a fast, sweeping road A typical owner is: A very cool cat 36 Speed, looks and luxury With the XJ-S, the enthusiast has a wide range of choices, and each has a very specific appeal. The early V12 cars have a very 1970s period feel, with lots of pebbled black vinyl and brushed aluminum bright trim, and of course, those great drum-style instruments. There is nothing like the sound and response of the 5343-cc engine, and when you consider what was happening elsewhere in the automotive world in the mid-1970s, a out the uprated transmissions and improved brakes of the 1991–96 run. If you want a factory-built full convertible, you’ll have to go to 1989 and later. The targa top SC in 1983 was dropped at that time, although there were also approximately 900 fully open cars converted by Hess and Eisenhardt sold in the U.S. from 1986 to ’88. 1983 also saw the choice of an excellent 3.6-liter inline 6-cylinder engine added to the line, but the U.S. market would wait until 1991 and the introduction of a 4.0L version to have the option. Look for a well-cooled cat Whether you choose a 6- or 12-cylinder model, look out for cars that had overheating problems. The V12 is a masterful heat generator, and underhood temperatures could probably melt diamonds. A well-maintained cooling system is key to its health — and not shutting it off immediately after a long, hard run helps as well. From 1977 onward, the GM Turbo Hydramatic 400 transmission replaced the Borg Warner unit, and this might be something to look for, but frankly it’s more important to find a well-maintained example with records rather than a specific gearbox. Once properly set up, and if regularly driven, an XJ-S does not have to be expensive to run. While you can find examples from $5,000, it pays to buy the best you can find, with a known ownership and ideal service history. Prices for the late convertibles and the best early coupes have gone into the $20,000 range for well-maintained, low-mileage examples, but expect to pay at least in the low teens for a good car of any sort. ♦ 1986 Jaguar XJ-S, sold for $3,348 in 2012 by Silver Auctions Sports Car Market

Page 36

Legal Files John Draneas Same Plaintiff, Different Corvette The “Real McCoy” Corvette is mired in a really complicated legal battle Mecum moved the car to one of its storage facilities outside the state of Florida. When it learned of the lawsuit, Mecum declined to move forward with the purchase and returned the car to Ungurean. It remains stored in Ohio, pending resolution of the lawsuit. Motion to dismiss Ungurean has filed a mo- 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR W e recently reported on the status of a lawsuit involving the Briggs Cunningham Corvette, which is ongoing (December 2013, p. 40 and January 2014, p. 42). Domenico M. Idoni, one of the plaintiffs in that case, is now the plain- tiff in another lawsuit involving another Corvette, the “Real McCoy.” That’s either bad luck or quite an appetite for litigation! The story is taken from the parties’ court filings. The Real McCoy is a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR prototype that Chevrolet built to race. John Fitch ran it in the 1956 12 Hours of Sebring, finishing 1st in class and 9th overall. That victory cemented the Corvette’s position as a high-performance car worthy of racing — and encouraged Chevrolet to continue building the model. The Real McCoy was owned and restored by John Baldwin, sold to Harry Yeaggy in 2004, and sold again to Chuck Ungurean in 2011. Ungurean recently decided to sell it at auction, and it was featured at the January 25, 2014, Mecum auction in Kissimmee, FL. According to his complaint, in 1997, Idoni purchased two ZF transmissions, engines, gas tanks, wheels, carburetors, tires, manifolds, brakes and other prototype parts that were created for the car by Chevrolet in 1955/6. The parts came into the possession of Baldwin (how is unexplained), who wrongfully incorporated them into the Real McCoy before selling it to Yeaggy. On December 16, 2013, Idoni met with Ungurean and his counsel to explain the situation and demand the return of his parts. Ungurean refused, claiming, among other things, that Idoni’s action was barred by the statute of limitations. Just before the auction, Idoni filed suit in U.S. District Court in Orlando, FL, to stop the sale and to order that his parts be returned to him. For unknown reasons, Idoni failed to bring Ungurean into court in time to stop the sale, and the auction proceeded without interruption. Ungurean claims that Idoni, who is well known in the Corvette hobby because of his extensive collection of historic Corvette documents and his involvement in other litigation (the Briggs Cunningham Corvette case), told others about his claims prior to the auction. When the auction started, bidding proceeded slowly. A couple of bidders who had earlier expressed interest in the car decided not to bid. Hoping to spur bidding, Mecum urged Ungurean to drop his $3 million reserve and agreed they would buy the car for $2.3 million if a higher bid was not received. No bids were forthcoming, and Mecum declared the car sold at $2.3 million. Ungurean went back home to Ohio, and 38 tion to dismiss the lawsuit on the basis that the court lacks jurisdiction over the case because the car is no longer in Florida. Federal court jurisdiction is based upon diversity of citizenship between the parties and a controversy exceeding $75,000. Those requirements are met, as Idoni and Ungurean are residents of Maryland and Ohio, respectively, and Idoni claims the value of the parts exceeds $75,000. However, as neither Idoni nor Ungurean are residents of Florida, the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court in Florida is based solely upon the presence of the Real McCoy in Florida. The car was there when the lawsuit was filed, but it left the state before Ungurean was served or otherwise made aware of the lawsuit. Of course, a defendant in such a case cannot defeat jurisdiction by simply moving the car out of state, but Ungurean claims that happened in the ordinary course of business before anyone knew about the lawsuit. It is hard to predict what the court will do with this motion. A dismissal would not end the matter, but would only require that Idoni refile the lawsuit in the proper jurisdiction, most likely Ohio. Courts are generally reluctant to make people jump through such hoops. Another result could be that the lawsuit is not dismissed but the venue, or the place of trial, is moved to Ohio, where the car is now located. Identification of the parts Idoni’s complaint is accompanied by a copy of his purchase con- tract. The contract states that Idoni is purchasing a 1956 Corvette and a number of unspecified parts in the seller’s possession for $150,000. The parts are not identified in any way, other than that they are stored in a specified garage and in two trunks stored at another specified location. We can expect that Ungurean will question whether the parts Idoni claims to own are actually the parts he purchased. That is a pretty obvious question, so we can only expect that Idoni is prepared to prove through other evidence that the Real McCoy parts are actually the ones he purchased under this contract. Statute of limitations As a general proposition under U.S. law, the owner of stolen property remains its owner and can defeat the claims of an innocent purchaser. This is because U.S. law follows the principle that a thief cannot pass good title. Since the legitimate owner’s title is not defeated, there is generally no applicable statute of limitations, and the owner can recover the property when it is discovered — even many years after the loss. Sports Car Market David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions

Page 37

This case presents an interesting twist on that principle. Ungurean claims that Idoni told him that he had seen the Real McCoy in 2005 when it was owned by Yeaggy and that he then believed that some of his parts had been incorporated into the car. If that is true, then the statute of limitations could have begun to run at that time, and could have run out before he filed his lawsuit in 2014. While that makes sense as a legal argument, there are several prob- lems. Note that Ungurean is choosing his words carefully here. “Some” of the parts is not the same as all of them, so the statute of limitations might apply only to some of the parts. “Believed” is not the same as “knew.” To start the statute running, Idoni would have had to either know his parts were in the car or have sufficient knowledge that he should have realized they were. Of course, all this is based upon what Ungurean claims Idoni told him, so we shouldn’t be surprised if Idoni denies saying any of that. All of those problems mean that this issue will not lead to a quick resolution of the lawsuit — it will be a factual issue for the jury to decide at the end of a very expensive trial. Where is Baldwin? The relationship between Idoni and Baldwin is certainly a key issue here. Ungurean claims that Idoni told him that he borrowed the money to buy the parts from Baldwin, who wrongfully took possession of them and used them in the car. We don’t yet know what Baldwin will say about that. If Idoni vol- untarily gave possession of the parts to Baldwin, and if Baldwin is deemed to be a dealer, then Baldwin would have passed good title to the parts to Yeaggy — a sale by a dealer is the notable exception that cuts off the rights of the legitimate owner to recover the stolen property. If Idoni prevails, Ungurean would pass the buck to Yeaggy, who would in turn pass it back to Baldwin. Fortunately in this case, there are only a few steps back to the original point of dispute, and everyone could be brought into the case quite easily. That would seem to be the easiest approach. Since it all falls back to Baldwin, bringing him and Yeaggy into the case would force Baldwin to carry the heaviest part of the litigation load. Authenticity issues Unfortunately, the allegations in this case create uncertainty about the authenticity of the Real McCoy. Idoni’s complaint suggests that Baldwin had a second Corvette body and might have installed it on the Real McCoy chassis, which would make it a less-valuable rebody. The parts Idoni claims to own include engines and transmissions, among other things. If they are now installed in the Real McCoy, rather than the original parts from 1956, further authenticity issues are raised. No doubt, that uncertainty will have an adverse effect on value unless and until matters are cleared up. There is unquestionably more to come here. Stay tuned. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. May 2014 39

Page 38

Simon Says Simon Kidston The Only Italian Bugatti A 1992 party in London starts a journey that ends at an abandoned Campogalliano factory in 2014 to blind ambition and broken dreams, redolent of the mysterious Mary Celeste and Chernobyl after nuclear meltdown. Like most car guys, I’d largely forgotten the story. Sure, we’ve come across a few of the handful of Bugattis built during the company’s 1990s resurrection by Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli, but not much had been written about them, hardly anyone knew how they drove, and even how many existed was an enigma. Their styling is a matter of taste, parts availability a concern, and frankly, will you be welcome anywhere with one? And yet, as we all know, there’s something irresistible about scratching a motoring itch... A dead factory, a living car Pay attention closely when driving along the They’re not DeLoreans, but they did time-travel to 1992 J ust a few miles from the northern Italian town of Modena — celebrated for its sweet balsamic vinegar, sparkling Lambrusco red wine, industrial ceramics, and, of course, an almost indecent share of niche automakers — is a smaller suburb named Campogalliano. Sound familiar? Cast your mind back and it might. It was here, two decades ago, that one of the most audacious, quixotic and ultimately ill-fated motoring revivals played out. Young twentysomethings learning their craft in the cramped and often chaotic car departments of London’s venerable auction houses tend to get out as often as possible to visit clients and attend events, but none of us had ever experienced anything on this scale. It was 1992, and a thick, embossed card had arrived in the post a few weeks ear- lier inviting us to a glitzy black-tie gala dinner at one of the capital’s finest hotels on Park Lane. We arrived to find almost a thousand fellow guests mingling and admiring dozens of beautiful vintage cars parked outside, their aged coachwork — French Blue seemed to be a favorite hue — stained by the dust and oil of their journeys here from across Europe. The center of attention was a trio of altogether more purposeful, sleek and avant- garde machines that rumbled slowly through the crowd to enthusiastic applause. After half a century dormant like a fairytale princess, Bugatti was back and proud to let the world know it. A sudden end How times change. The silence and stillness here today are eerie. I’ve been wander- ing from abandoned office to office, assembly hall to parts store, reception to design studio, with no sign of life other than the oversized hares that roam undisturbed through the now-tangled mass of vegetation where once there were carefully landscaped grounds. Open a cupboard, and there are still neatly labeled files inside, while vintage com- puters and factory drawings are strewn across the floor. Automotive magazines left around the client waiting area excitedly announce the novelties of October 1995, the calendars adorning the walls showing the same date when the bankruptcy judge arrived to seal the premises. The secretary’s appointment book lies open, revealing the names and telephone numbers of long-overdue visitors. The “H” marking out the nearby helipad is faded and weed-covered, the windsock that flew next to it now hanging limp and threadbare. Tree roots — like arthritis — have deformed the track that circled the factory, the red lights that warned employees not to stray outside during testing now broken and coated with moss. The white marble outdoor walkways have disappeared under nature’s green onslaught. This is the old Bugatti factory at Campogalliano in 2014, a sad, neglected industrial ruin, testament 40 Autostrada past Modena — not easy with a combative Fiat driver on your back bumper — and you’ll recognize the shape of the adjoining factory from countless car-magazine photos of the period. Blue, of course, with distinctive curved white air ducts sprouting from its roof like those of an old ship (they actually served as outlets for exhaust gases). The names of partner firms still adorn the outside walls — Elf, Aérospatiale, Michelin — but the large oval bearing the company’s own name has been obscured at the demand of the brand’s modern custodian, the mighty VW Group. I must have driven past dozens of times without stopping. This time I did. Once you’ve found the entrance — not easy, as it’s hidden within a cul-de-sac on an industrial estate — you’re captivated. “Bugatti Automobili” proclaim the once-proud blue letters — now peeling and missing the EB monogram, which someone has stolen. There’s a tatty piece of paper taped to the gate, giving the caretaker’s contact number. A few days and a little polite persuasion later, I’m inside (grazie, Ezio) with a camera crew to make one of our short website films. And as a I write this, I’m a newly converted Bugatti EB110 owner, too late to repay Mr. Artioli’s hospitality in London all those years ago, but hopefully still in time to help record the all-too-brief flowering of the only Italian Bugatti before all visible traces of its passage disappear. ♦ From greatness to ghost town Sports Car Market Photos by Pietro Bianchi

Page 40

Feature Rétromobile 2014 Alluring Automotive Jewels in the City of Light If you’re going to kick tires, why not do it in high style in a stunning setting? by Alex Martin-Banzer auctions, tire kicking and meeting old friends — and making new ones — carried that special glow found only in Paris, France. Rétromobile’s exhibits are in the huge Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, but other R 42 events, such RM’s Paris Auction and Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais auction, required fun trips around the city. étromobile is a massive Parisian automotive event with no true line between vintage and the present. Booths with parts and trinkets from decades-old cars were as prominent as the ones featuring the debuts of new cars. Yet the entire week of Riding the shuttle bus from Rétromobile to RM’s Paris Auction, located near Les Invalides and Napoleon’s Tomb, provided a different view of the city. Motoring through streets that have not changed in size for hundreds of years showed why European cars are compact. With almost perfect timing, a Citroën 2CV turned a sharp corner onto a tiny side street, causing walking Parisians to yell and aggressively wave their baguettes. The lights of the Eiffel Tower sparkled while I lis- tened in on the story of RM’s 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder, which was found in a Fort Worth, TX, barn in 1994. The finder’s wife said, “A cow sat on the right front headlight. We had to pound that back out.” It’s the little things that aren’t mentioned in the cata- log that count. See ALLURING, p. 44 Sports Car Market Alex Martin-Banzer

Page 41

1959 Renault 900 — or is it a Pushmepullyou? Everything Old is New Again Familiarity and surprise keep prominent collectors coming back each year by Donald Osborne T he Rétromobile show in Paris attracts visitors from around the world to share in the glory and wonder that is vintage motoring — in the most beautiful city in the world. How can a car event hold your attention when Paris itself beckons outside the doors? It must be something fairly compelling that draws people in and keeps them inside the Porte de Versailles Convention and Exposition Centre — and makes them return year after year. We decided to take an unscientific sampling of three 2014 visitors to discover what drew them to Rétromobile, what they enjoyed most and why they keep coming back. Our testimony comes from Bill Warner, the founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Amelia Island, FL, one of the world’s most important concours events; Peter Mullin, Board Chairman of one of the leading automotive museums — The Petersen of Los Angeles, CA — and founder/owner of another, the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA; and one of the world’s most esteemed collectors, Corrado Lopresto, who has assembled a unique trove of masterpieces in Milan, Italy. Why do they come? “It’s the best show of its kind in the world,” Warner said. He gives great credit to François Melcion, director of the event. “What we have here is an indoor concours, with great art, automobilia, models and parts thrown in to make it even more fun, and now three auctions to help you spend even more money in Paris.” While there are cars here from around the world, it is clearly the opportunity to see cars not usually seen outside of France, such as the quirky Corrado Lopresto’s Isotta Fraschini is maneuvered into place May 2014 See SURPRISE, p. 44 43 Donald Osborne Donald Osborne

Page 42

Feature Rétromobile 2014 SURPRISE, continued from p. 43 1959 Renault 900, a cab-forward, two-box, rear-engined vehicle that appears to be able to be operated in either direction that appeals to Warner. “Come on, where else are you going to see something like that except here?” Warner said. “It’s a real treat!” Warner has come to Rétromobile 10 times, missing only one year in the past 11. While he also enjoys Techno Classica Essen in Germany, he wryly observed, “That’s a great event, but Essen isn’t Paris, is it?” French masterpieces That this show is indeed in Paris is certainly key to its appeal to Peter Mullin, whose passion for great French coachbuilt cars of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s has been well documented not only in his museum in Oxnard, CA, but on concours lawns and in fine-art museums around the world. The nation of France returned some of the passion this year, awarding Mullin the prestigious Chevalier des Arts in recognition of his efforts to promote French automotive design and history. Mullin was invited to display a number of masterpieces from his collection at last year’s show, and this year he brought a 1938 Delahaye 135 with Figoni et Falaschi coachwork as part of the “Cars of the Maharajahs’’ display. Mullin took some time off from the preparations Peter Mullin for the major exhibition “The Art of Bugatti,” which opened at the Mullin Museum on March 20. The exhibition, which runs until December 30, showcases not only the masterpiece Bugatti cars from the collection, but also such rarities as a Bugatti rail-car engine, materials from never-beforeseen family archives, and the Bugatti “Royale” Kellner coupe. A year ago in Paris, we spoke with Mullin about his newly realized interest in the cars of Citroën. “Last year I was motivated by the impressive display by Lukas Hüni of the DS and the many wonderful examples of Citroën cars around the show,” Mullin said. “Since then, I have purchased a pre-war Traction Avant, an early-production DS and an SM. I’m very pleased I could get all the cars I drooled over in 2013!” Mullin always looks forward to what the show has to offer in discoveries — no matter how many times he’s come, there’s always something completely new to be seen. One-offs, prototypes and firsts Corrado Lopresto is an architect from Milan, Italy. He has assembled one of the world’s most fascinating and compelling collections, with a very specific focus. All of his cars are one-off examples, prototypes or the first production chassis of a model. Further defining this focus is their origin — they are all of Italian manufacture. His cars have been seen and won top prizes at leading concours events ALLURING, continued from p. 42 A worthy venue In 1897, the French knew they needed a magnificent venue for their magnifi- cent city. So they built the Grand Palais. Now, 114 years after it opened, the Grand Palais welcomed Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais auction. This building even had room for a few rogue pigeons, causing a few nervous glances from dealers. While kicking tires at the Grand Palais, we ran into an SCM couple. They had just bought a car, accidentally. “He was on the phone, waving to his friend. I told him to stop it since they thought he was bidding,” the wife said. “Of course, he didn’t listen to me. Now we own that!” That was a 1932 Rolls Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II tourer pointe bateau. I don’t believe that was her idea of shopping near Champs-Élysées. Alors, then there was Sports Car Market’s annual Rétromobile reception, open to Fright Pig detectors from all over the world. Each year, the number of attendees rises, which surely has no correlation with how freely the wine flows. Publisher Martin — aka Dad — and I had our own Rétromobile adventure on Saturday afternoon at Artcurial’s Solo Alfa auction. A 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce dressed up in French Racing Blue growled to the auction 44 block. All I had to do was hold the bidding card straight up and the Lightweight would be mine. When the price hit $180,000, Publisher Martin real- ized I had thrown caution out the French bay windows, and there was no turning back. That’s when the card mysteriously disappeared out of my grip. Don’t worry — I brought home an Alfa, although it was in 1:43 scale. My week in the City of Light, surrounded by the most Details Plan ahead: Rétromobile 2015 is scheduled for February 1–5 Where: Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris Daily admission: $20 More: en.retromobile.com beautiful vintage automobiles, was coming to an end. The key to the romance of Paris is the mixture of culture, history — and the present day. Rétromobile, the intermingling of the classics and the future of the automotive industry, reflects that with a style seldom surpassed. ♦ Sports Car Market Bill Warner on multiple continents and participated in some of the most legendary driving and touring events. So why would he find himself in Paris for this show? “Rétromobile is one of the finest shows in the world — the stands are amazing and so well prepared,” Lopresto said. “I’ve been many times with my wife or my sons, but my daughters are always the most interested because Paris is a great destination for shopping!” It is not only Lopresto’s daughters who find new trea- sures on a visit to the city. While certainly Rétromobile is centered on French vehicles, Lopresto’s fondest memory of the show concerns a discovery made for one of his Italian cars. “It was a great day for me when I found a couple of carburetors for my Isotta Fraschini,” Lopresto said. He was very impressed with the special exhibition of Lancias by Lukas Hüni, as an island of Italy in the midst of the sea of France. “There is always a kind of competition with our French cousins, and I’m proud to have been invited to show some of my cars here next year,” Lopresto said. “It is the same pride I felt when they moved the Bugatti Royale at Mulhouse for my Isotta, something never before done for a private collector.” All three collectors were impressed with Rétromobile’s new home in Hall 2 at the Exposition Center, which allowed the show to spread out in a single level in the vast building. Consensus was that it made seeing the cars easier on the larger stands, and the single hall made it harder to miss any of the exhibits. Those polled were 100% certain that they looked forward to Rétromobile 2015 and the wonders it will undoubtedly reveal for us all. ♦

Page 44

Feature 2014 Scottsdale Seminar Inaugural SCM Scottsdale Seminar Cars and taxes, blue-chip collectibles and a trophy for Simon Kidston Story by Carl Bomstead / Photos by Tony Piff SCM extended the popularity of its Insider’s Seminar from Monterey, CA, to a first-time presentation in Scottsdale, AZ T he Gooding & Company auction tent was the site of the 2014 SCM Insider’s Seminar at Scottsdale. This was the first-ever SCM Insider’s Seminar in Scottsdale, and it followed the same general format of SCM’s popular Monterey seminar series. Seminar sponsors were Gooding, Chubb Insurance and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. As is the case with the Monterey seminars, the Scottsdale event was standing-room-only. John Draneas, who writes the popular SCM column “Legal Files,” made an informative presentation titled “The Tax Man and Your Collector Cars: How Do You Keep Them Apart?” Draneas discussed several tax-saving strategies, such as doing a 1031 exchange when selling an expensive collector car and possibly avoiding sales tax by titling your car with a Montana LLC. He also mentioned the pitfalls of having dealer status. Keith Martin took the group “Legal Files” columnist John Draneas offers tax tips to the crowd 46 through the historical perspective of the cars we have been following over the past 90 months. Panelists Simon Kidston, Donald Osborne, Steve Serio and yours truly then presented our opinions on what makes a “blue-chip” collectible. The common thread was that today’s blue-chip cars were notable when new and continue to be rare and unusual. Elegance was also a common theme. The panelists then presented their fantasy “Won the Lottery” collection, with selections up to $50,000, $250,000, $1,000,000 and $10,000,000. It was stipulated that Ferraris, Maseratis and Cobras could not be included. The audience voted on their favorite collection. With only mild protests from the other panelists, Simon Kidston took home the Chubb Trophy for the best fantasy collection. Kidston’s cars were a late 1960s Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider, a late 1980s Aston Martin V8 Vantage, an Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona and a Jaguar D-type. Nice cars — and a fun morning in the desert. Join us next January! ♦ Stephen Serio (right) weighs in with SCM’s gang of experts, who included (from left) Keith Martin, Simon Kidston, Carl Bomstead and Donald Osborne Sports Car Market

Page 48

Ferrari Profile 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder This is a real — and excellent — car, but it didn’t have the credentials to make huge money by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1954–55 Number produced: 31 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $1,750,000– $2,300,000 Cost per hour to race: $1,500 Engine #: Crankcase under exhaust port Chassis #: Center of front cross member Club: Ferrari Owners Club More: www.ferrariownersclub.com Alternatives: 1955–58 Maserati 300S, 1953–55 Jaguar D-type, 1953–56 Aston Martin DB3S Comps Chassis number: 0498M T his car is equipped with a 260-hp, 2,999-cc DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine with two Weber 45 DCO/ A3 carburetors, a 5-speed manual transaxle, independent front suspension with transverse leaf springs, De Dion rear axle with parallel trailing arms and semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes, and a tubular steel frame. This car finished 5th overall at the 1955 12 Hours of Sebring. It raced to multiple 1st-place finishes in other races. Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby raced the car. Marcel Massini documented the history of the car. This car is an early example of Ferrari’s 3-liter, 4-cylinder customer sports/racing cars. It was recently restored to authentic Monza livery. Chassis 0498M, approximately the eighth car built, was one of the earliest Monzas sold to the United States, and it was acquired new by Chinetti Motors in early 1955. The Ferrari was discovered as a Texas barnyard find in 1994 by Rick Grape of Fort Worth. It was subsequently purchased and sold to collector Terrence Healy of Brisbane, Australia, in November 1998. Mr. Healy commenced a full restoration, which continued when the car was sold in 2004 to the consignor. As the original body had suffered significant corro- sion from three decades of exposure to the elements, the consignor decided to commission the fabrication of new coachwork in the Scaglietti Spyder style. Measurements were taken from the original coachwork, as it still retained its original shape. A correct 3-liter, 4-cylinder Lampredi motor — engine number 006 (from a 625 monoposto grand prix car) — was acquired from Tom Wheatcroft, the rescuer and owner of British circuit Donington Park. 50 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 27, sold for $2,623,832, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Paris sale on February 5, 2014. I think the best way to start this profile is with an over- view to show how the Monza and its brethren fit into the pantheon of Ferrari racers over the years. From the beginning until at least the mid-1960s, there are four more or less distinct generations of Ferrari racers. The early cars used a simple ladder-frame chassis with transverse leaf springs, conventional transmissions, live axles, and, for the most part, crazy horsepower. They have been described as trucks with huge engines. Although they were fast, they were also difficult — and not very comfortable — to drive. The classic examples of this generation were the 340 and 375 MMs of 1953–55. The competition, particularly Jaguar, Aston Martin, and Maserati, were producing much more sophisticated, supple and effective alternatives by then, and Ferrari found it necessary to up their game. Enter the Mondial and Monza The resulting second generation has sometimes been called Ferrari’s experimental period, and it includes the Mondial and Monza. Ferrari largely abandoned the traditional V12 engine in favor of the much simpler, lighter and more torque-oriented straight 4-cylinder engine. Ferrari engineers adopted a transaxle layout with De Dion IRS to achieve better balance. Ferrari actually started thinking about building slippery bodywork (thus moving away from Enzo’s famous dictum: “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines”). These cars were very successful for a few years and led to the third generation, where the V12 with conventional 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder Corsa Lot 525, s/n 0492M Condition 2- Sold at $1,107,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/18/06 SCM# 42651 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Lot 146, s/n 0530M Condition 2+ Sold at $4,070,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/13 SCM# 227325 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Lot 229, s/n 0492M Condition 1- Sold at $2,530,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183100 Sports Car Market Tom Wood ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions

Page 49

transmission/live axle layout was reintroduced with much more advanced chassis design, eventually producing the iconic Testa Rossas, SWBs, and the GTO (the factory team racing cars retained the IRS transaxle layout). As an interesting aside, although everything evolved, it has been pointed out that except for moving from transverse leaf springs to coils and from lever shocks to tubular ones, the front suspension remained essentially unchanged through this entire period: forged A-arms with absolutely no adjustability. In the early 1960s, Ferrari began the move to mid-engined racers, and these can be thought of as the fourth generation. The start of a colossus The Mondials and Monzas, then, were Ferrari’s first step toward what we now consider to be the greatest of the front-engined racers. Handling, aerodynamics, and driver comfort began to share the platform with sheer horsepower. Weight became more important, and the feeling of balance and lightness — particularly in the way the cars responded to steering and throttle in the corners — started to match what the competition was offering. To Ferrari enthusiasts fixated on the idea that all real Ferraris had V12 engines, the straight 4-cylinder engines (and a few straight sixes) seem to be an anachronism, but they proved to be very effective at winning races in their day. The original idea came along in Formula 2 racing. Although the V12 Ferraris did very well, it was apparent that the lighter, 4-cylinder cars with superior torque from English competitor HWM had an advantage on tight circuits. So Ferrari directed chief engineer Lampredi to come up with a matching design. This proved to be a very successful decision, with Ferrari winning the GP championship in 1952 and 1953 using the 4-cylinder engine. When designing the more or less clean-sheet-of-paper “small” Mondial and Monza racers (remember the 375s were 4.5-liter cars), using the 4-cylinder engine was a logical approach, and in 1954 both were introduced. Torque on the twisties The 750 Monza was used both as a team racer and as a customer car, and with 31 built (plus four V12 250 Monzas), is the highest-production sports racing Ferrari ever. Its glory years were 1955 and 1956, although they remained competitive for several years after that. They were particularly strong on the tight, twisty venues, and not just because of the abundant torque. Discussing the big 4-cylinder engines in comparison with the V12 variants, Juan Fangio observed that he preferred them because once the brakes went away, as they invariably did, at least there was engine braking available with the 4-cylinder cars. Once a thrashed racer Collectors and enthusiasts for the past 30 years or more have thought of Ferrari race cars as treasured possessions, exciting, drivable artifacts of a glorious — and in many ways innocent — time of brave drivers racing for glory more than money. More recently, these cars became symbols of wealth and accomplishment. All this said, we frequently lose track of the fact that these cars were once just disposable weapons. The collector’s ideal of a car with completely original everything — pristine in its originality — pretty much requires a car that never really ever did anything in its day. The real warriors were bashed, crashed, bent, blown up, and jury-rigged back to- gether to make the next race — over and over until they were more or less thrown away. There are exceptions, of course, but it is generally true that the more history a car has, the more compromised it is — or was. That is certainly true of our subject car. As an American racer, its competition résumé is hard to match, with famous drivers (Piero Taruffi, Phil Hill, Paul O’Shea and Carroll Shelby) and excellent results over a number of years. The down side is that when they were done, there was virtually nothing left of the car. Stripped and abandoned Having suffered the ignominy of having its engine and transaxle lost and replaced with a V8 engine, transmission and live axle, this car got to sit outside of a Texas barn for 30 years before being found again. It then went to Australia, where it got a new body (the remains of the old one stayed with it, which is good) and a thorough mechanical restoration. Its engine is composed of an original crankcase (welded up where a rod went through it) and otherwise all new components apparently created in New Zealand. I have no idea where the transaxle came from, although it is possible the original was found and reunited. The bottom line is that in a Classiche-worshipping, matching-numbers- and originality-obsessed world, this was about as compromised a 750 Monza as you are likely to find, and the sales price in Paris reflected just that. I would expect a good 750 Monza to bring around $3.5 million in today’s market, with a great one well above that. This Ferrari is a real car, and I believe it is an excellent driver and racer. It just didn’t have the credentials that make the big-money bidders raise their paddles. As such, candidly, it sold cheaply. It is still a great Ferrari with great history, and its investment potential mirrors the expensive examples. In 2004, a good Monza was worth $1 million at auction, and this one would have probably made $750k–$800k. Both cars have gone up by a factor of 3.5, so who’s to argue? I’m told that enough of the original body remains that it could be restored as original if somebody wanted to make the investment in time and money, and Ferrari could probably be persuaded to supply a Classicheacceptable, factory-numbered replacement engine. So it is not implausible to remove the asterisks and make this into a top-level car (with a number of very desirable spares left to sell to help finance the project). As such, the buyer could have it either way. I would say that this car was very well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) May 2014 51

Page 50

English Profile 1955 MG TF 1500 Roadster A very original car overcomes a grubby engine and poor presentation to bring strong money in Paris by Reid Trummel Details Years produced: 1954–55 (for the TF 1500) Number produced: 3,400 (for the TF 1500) Original list price: $1,995 Current SCM Valuation: $35,000–$45,000 Tune-up cost: $300–$400 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Both the chassis number and engine number are stamped on the aluminum “maker’s guarantee plate” affixed to the left side of the firewall. The chassis number is also stamped on the left frame extension, which is the piece of the frame to which the front bumper is bolted. Engine #: Stamped on an octagonal brass plate that is riveted to the right side of the engine block. Club: New England MG ‘T’ Register More: www.nemgtr.org Alternatives: 1953–56 Austin-Healey 100, 1953–55 Triumph TR2, 1954–68 Morgan Plus Four SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: HDB467472 Engine number: XPEG1357 A s popular now among enthusiasts of traditional British sports cars as it was in its heyday, the TF was mechanically little different from the outgoing TD II. The TF kept its predecessor’s body center section, while featuring a changed front end with shortened, sloping, radiator grille and headlamps faired into the wings — plus an improved interior with separately adjustable seats. The TD’s 1,250-cc XPAG engine was retained at first, but the need for more power prompted the swift introduction — in November 1954 — of the TF 1500 (with 1,466-cc XPEG engine), which accounted for more than half of total production. With the larger engine, top speed improved by some 8 kilometers per hour (4.3 mph) and was now within a whisker of 145km/h (90 mph), with 100km/h (62 mph) coming up in around 16 seconds, more than two seconds quicker than the 1250. Last in a noble line of traditionally styled MG sports cars, the TF sold well, and 9,600 were produced between October 1953 and May 1955. Imported from the United States, this TF 1500 Midget was repainted in its rare factory gray livery in 2012. Most importantly, it retains its original red leather interior — preserved in magnificent condition. The original leather-trimmed dashboard is particularly worthy of note. Described as in generally excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition, the car is offered with French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique. 52 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 333, sold for $70,576, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais sale in Paris, France, on February 6, 2014. The MG TF is often considered an iconic car, but it is an ironic one as well. The TF is ironic in that it was thrust onto the market as a freshened version of its predecessor, and it was meant to serve as a stopgap model to fill North American demand until the MGA went into production in 1955. Yet it became the best of the long line of T Series MGs in terms of power and comfort, although given the levels of power and comfort of its predecessors, the bar was set pretty low. Folklore holds that to have followed the TF’s prede- cessor, the MG TD, with the MGA in 1953 — as could have occurred — would have diminished sales of the then-new Austin-Healey 100. Leonard Lord, chairman of the fledging British Motor Corporation, came from the Austin side of the new organization, and so MG was relegated to producing an updated TD that would not challenge Healey sales at the time of its launch. Introduced later in the same year as the Austin- Healey 100 and the Triumph TR2, it would be easy to conclude that the TF would fail to excite, given its comparatively anemic 57.5 horsepower (at this level we count even half of a horsepower) compared to 90 horsepower for the Healey and Triumph. The up-engined TF 1500, introduced in 1954, had increased power at 63 hp, 1955 MG TF 1500 Lot 29, s/n HDB467472 Condition 2- Not sold at $54,300 Bonhams, Knokke-Heist, BEL, 10/11/13 SCM# 228329 1954 MG TF 1500 Lot 789, s/n HDA464090 Condition 1Sold at $29,700 Lucky, Tacoma, WA, 8/31/13 SCM# 227635 1955 MG TF 1500 Lot 313, s/n HDB369907 Condition 1Sold at $40,700 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 6/2/13 SCM# 216546 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams

Page 51

but the Healey and the Triumph could each exceed 100 mph — quite a feat in the day — while the TF 1500 reached its highest speed at around 85 mph. Reputation and a bargain price So why did this car succeed, given its antiquated pre-war styling, anemic performance and status as a gap-filler while awaiting introduction of the MGA? The answer to that question may be the immense loyalty that MG built up in North America with the TC and TD processor models — plus simple economics. The MG cost far less than the Healey, and while the Healey and Triumph were new on the American scene, the MG already had a large and devoted following. To the uninitiated, the TF may look very similar to its predecessor model, the TD. However, it incorporated some important modifications that make it significantly different. For the first time in the T Series, the headlamps were faired into the fenders, giving the car a much smoother, less spindly look. It also had a sloping grille and a new pressurized cooling system. The external radiator cap is a fake, as the real one is concealed in the engine compartment. Additionally, the TF was three inches lower than the TD. However, tradition dies hard, and while the TF gained some styling updates, its octagonal gauges were pure throwback to earlier MGs, and the lack of a fuel gauge speaks of an era that was already bygone even when the TF was in production. Plenty of originality This particular example is painted the lovely and original Birch Gray, with the correct red interior. This is a refreshing break from red with black, and it presents an understated elegance. The dashboard and the brackets on the seat backs are correctly painted to match the interior color, and in fact, the paint looks as though it is original. The center dash panel is the correct bronze color and also appears to have its original paint. Wire wheels were a popular option on the TF. This example has 60-spoke wheels, while the originals were 48-spoke wheels. Modern radials have replaced the original, narrow bias-ply tires, but the stronger wheels and radial tires are forgivable upgrades for the sake of increased safety and performance. A grubby engine and all the money The sale price of €51,750 ($70,576) of our subject car fell within Bonhams’ pre-auction estimate of €45,000–€65,000 (about $62,000– $90,000), but it is far above the SCM Pocket Price Guide range of $35,000–$45,000. And this money came despite the careless presentation of the car, with oily grime covering portions of the engine compartment — including the distributor cap. The car also carried a thick layer of dust on the air filter canisters, fuel-stained float bowls and the uninspired choice of a common parts-store battery in an otherwise vintage engine compart- ment. However, someone apparently saw through those issues, and there cannot be many TFs in this original — albeit grubby — condition. And despite a recent external repaint, the “survivor factor” also appears to be in play here. Nevertheless, I call this TF well sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) May 2014 53

Page 52

Etceterini & Friends Profile 1969 Mazda Cosmo L10B Coupe Savvy collectors are getting these rare, hand-built Japanese sports cars on the cheap — for now by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1967–72 Number produced: 1,519 Original list price: $4,390 SCM Valuation: $70,000–$85,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor caps: $50 Chassis #: Data plate on center of sheet-metal cross bar at front under hood (Series II); stamped into firewall under hood on left footwell (both SI and SII) Engine #: Underneath alternator Club: International Cosmo Sport Car Owners Club More: www.mazdacosmosport.com Alternatives: 1967–70 Toyota 2000GT, 1968 Prince Skyline 2000 GT, 1968–71 Jaguar E-type SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: L10B10546 Engine number: 10A1708 A lthough founded in the 1920s, the company that would become Mazda Motor Corporation did not commence series production of passenger cars until 1960. Only four years later, the Japanese firm exhibited its first rotary-engined prototype, having acquired the rights to produce NSU’s Wankel-designed engines. In 1966, Mazda launched its first rotary engine, the Cosmo L10A, which went into production the following year. Mazda’s flagship model, the Cosmo, was powered by a twin-rotor engine displacing 982 cc and producing 110 horsepower, which was enough to endow the pretty two-seater coupé with a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph). In July 1968, a more powerful and faster (128 hp, 120 mph) L10B version on a longer wheelbase was introduced. Production was limited, and when the Cosmo was phased out in 1972, only 1,519 had been made, 1,176 of which were the L10B version. This Cosmo has belonged to the Belgian Mazda importer since the early 1990s. In 1992, it was exhibited at the Brussels Motor Show at Autoworld. Currently displaying a total of 51,093 kilometers (31,747 miles) on the odometer, the car is described as in very good driving order, benefiting from overhauled steering, a new starter motor, carburetor rebuild and overhauled rear brakes. The interior is said to be in good condition, while the only notified fault is slight corrosion beneath the front wings. This rare and historic Mazda rotary is offered with Belgian registration papers and a magazine featuring the Cosmo. 54 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 533, sold for $75,281 (€55,200), including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques au Grand Palais sale in Paris on February 6, 2014. (€1.00=$1.363) I think it is time to end the argument that Japanese vehicles are not interesting enough to enter the collecting mainstream. Even if you put $1m Toyota 2000GTs aside, many of the cars from the fertile imaginations of Japanese auto engineers and the brilliance of the management and marketers — they basically built an industry from the ashes of World War II — are worthy of celebration. None are more deserving than the groundbreaking and brilliant rotary cars of Mazda. No other company leapt with such bold determination into the brave new world of Dr. Felix Wankel’s fascinating invention. While GM, Daimler-Benz and other big firms played at development and concepts, Mazda was building and selling rotary-powered cars from the top to the bottom of their line. Rotary with style Mazda quickly licensed the rotary from NSU in the late 1950s, and then solved important technical issues related to extreme wear in the engine. Then Mazda produced the first two-rotor engine. By 1964, the two-rotor engine had been tested, and the first car to feature it, the Cosmo Sport, arrived in 1967. That Mazda introduced a full line of rotarypowered cars in 1968 is nothing short of incredible. 1967 Toyota 2000GT Lot 135, s/n MF1010093 Condition 2Sold at $968,000 RM Auctions, New York, NY, 11/21/13 SCM# 231788 1969 Mazda Cosmo Lot 33, s/n L10B10837 Condition 1- Not sold at $83,740 Shannons, Melbourne, AUS, 3/12/07 SCM# 44677 1967 Toyota 2000GT Lot 234, s/n MF1010103 Condition 1 Sold at $140,000 Bonhams & Brooks, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/18/01 SCM# 23245 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams

Page 53

To make the impact of this new engine as dramatic as possible, the Cosmo was clothed in sleek bodywork that managed to recall both Italian sports cars and the Ford Thunderbird — without being a copy of anything. It still looks stunning today. When you see one for the first time, you may not be prepared for its size. It is a small, sleek, low missile, ready to rocket forward even when at rest. When launched, it was a bit too small, especially for its target market of Western drivers. After 343 cars were built, a Series II arrived with a longer wheelbase for increased legroom and enhanced ride quality. Leno loves his Cosmo The Series II would see an additional 1,519 cars built before the end of production in 1972. These hand-built cars featured a 5-speed gearbox and put out 128 horsepower. They give a driving experience quite unlike any other sports car. In the words of the old Packard ads, here it pays to “ask the man who owns one.” In this case, we’ve asked two. Jay Leno collects cars for very specific reasons — and one of the most important reasons is that he wants to drive them. Another reason is that the car has a technology story to tell. The Cosmo scores on both counts. “The Mazda Cosmo was so ahead of its time, a technologically supe- rior product,” Leno said. “The Wankel was the first new powerplant of the 20th century, and here it is in a clean-sheet, beautiful, hand-built sports car!” Leno also loves the style of the car, which he de- scribes as a “uniquely Japanese way of looking at the West, capturing the spirit of Beatle haircuts and moon rockets.” Why wasn’t the Cosmo more of a success? Leno puts it down to the natural proclivity to be suspicious of new technology, which to win the heart has to win the wallet. “It’s got to be better and cheaper — the Cosmo was far too expensive,” Leno said. At $4,390 in 1968, the Cosmo certainly was too costly. But it also delivered the goods when it came to performance. Another Cosmo Sport owner is RM Auctions’ Don Rose. Also the owner of a Toyota 2000GT, Rose found his Cosmo in a Ferrari Market Letter ad. Rose compares the driving experience to that of a small-displacement Alfa Romeo, where you want to keep the revs high to extract the most from the car. “Below 4,000 rpm there’s not a lot happening, but from there on up, it’s great fun!” Rose said. He also describes the “really smooth, spaceship sounds” the rotary makes while at work. May 2014 55 As Mazda continued development of the twin-rotor engine, it is pos- sible to swap the original Cosmo 10a engine with a later RX-7 12a unit for added power and a wider torque band. This is what Leno has done, and he says the difference is dramatic. Leno kept the original engine in case any future owner should want to return it to stock configuration. Cosmos not skyrocketing With the prices of the Toyota 2000GT having passed the $1m mark, why is the Cosmo still so cheap? First, the 2000GT was sold in much greater numbers in the United States when new. Second, Toyota supported a competition program that showcased the car for a performance-hungry audience. Very few Cosmo Sports found their way to the U.S., and by all ac- counts the car was raced only once by Mazda. We also have not yet seen a superb Cosmo Sport come up for public sale. Our subject car is a nice example, but it is a bit tired. There was some bubbling in the sills, the interior was a bit worn and it had an overall air of fatigue, which is not surprising in a car that has largely been on static display. There is no doubt that the Cosmo Sport is a very important car and one that will be discovered by a larger audience sooner rather than later, as it truly deserves. The new owner bought this car quite well. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)

Page 54

Etceterini & Friends Profile The Cumberford Perspective Long, lanky, likable … and uniquely Japanese By Robert Cumberford 1 2 3 T he rare Cosmo, of which I’ve seen only a few examples — always static, usually in museums — is one of the few early Japanese cars that are curiously attractive to Western eyes. There are aspects to the composition that are clearly American- and European-inspired, but I can’t imagine anyone seeing it for the first time and not recognizing its Japanese origin. And I mean that in a good way; it’s not one of those dreaded “Japanese FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The entire upper structure cop- ies” so often excoriated in the automotive press. It remains one of the very few pre-1970s Japanese cars that I’d really like to drive. And I have to say, ad- miringly, that its overall design perfectly communicates the intended purpose of the lithe, lean machine. It’s a Grand Touring car — not a super sports car — intended for and well-suited to longdistance travel for two, with plenty of luggage space and good creature comforts, such as reclining seats, large doors and ample wheel travel. Combined with the inherent smoothness of the Wankel rota Cosmo cou been a volu price had b cessible — a self better k to the pu Cosmo w a “world car” before its time, but the wo didn’t know i 12 56 Sports Car Market is a marvel, beautifully shaped and totally separate from the lower body, as though it could simply be lifted off to leave the roadster that never was. 2 This “speed streak” is a design cliché, but here it works really well, framing the side-marker lamp and side vents above the long side rib below it. 3 Covered lamps are very Italian, but the fender profile is emphatically not, as it is almost as straight as the first Thunderbird and very American in its emphasis of “long and low.” 4 Full-width above-grille bumper owes something to earlier Maserati Mistral and has a very nice point dead center. 5 For what is in fact a super GT, these matter-of-fact, steel economy-car wheels are a surprise, yet they look absolutely right on this wellcomposed design. 6 The really long rear over- hang is another pointer to American styling habits, and it gives the Cosmo its unique proportions — and a nice, big trunk for golf clubs. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Notice that headlamp bezels actually stand above the fender profile, a curiosity that helps the at-a-glance feel that the Cosmo is a decidedly 8 9 7 10 different entity among cars. 8 If there could be said to exist any out-and-out styling mistake on the Cosmo GT, it would be these tacked-on cabin air outlets dead center of the wide C-pillars. Pity. 9 Subtle modeling of the elegant roof allows very straight windshield header and beautifully curved backlight, filling the cabin with light — unlike today’s typical coupes. 10 A very American inspiration are the over-and-under taillights, which are very nicely integrated into the extended body form, as is the license-plate-mounting surface. 11 The rear bumper is an elaborate sculpture, following the plan view of the protruding fenders and the recessed rear body face. 12 Dead straight — and actually rather vulnerable to parking damage — this distinct longitudinal rib is the datum line for the whole profile, abruptly cutting off the rear-wheel opening. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) A serious cabin, ready for action with rally clocks in front of the passenger-navigator, big legible dials for the driver, classic Nardi steering wheel and elegant checked cloth for the welcoming — but inadequately bolstered — cushions. Altogether a wonderful ambiance. 5 6 4 11

Page 56

German Profile Column Author 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 6-door Pullman Landaulet Why pay such a high price when a $1m restoration is needed before it can be used or displayed? by Gary Anderson Details Years produced: All 600s: 1963–81 (Landaulets available from 1965) Number produced: Pullmans, 487; Pullman Landaulets, 59; 6-door Pullman Landaulets, 26 Original list price: Pullman (FOB West Coast): $29,617 (Landaulet price as quoted) Current SCM Valuation: $65,000–$130,000 (standard version) Tune-up cost: $2,500 Distributor cap: $127 Chassis #: Plate on upper cross-member in front of radiator next to hood latch Engine #: Upper left side of engine block Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America More: www.mbca.org Chassis number: 10001512001861 Engine number: 10098012001943 T his Mercedes-Benz 600 is powered by the distinctive M100 6,332-cc overhead-valve V8 engine developed specifically for the Grand 600s. The engine produces 245 horsepower. The car is equipped with a 4-speed automatic transmission; double-wishbone air-spring independent front suspension; swing-axle rear suspension with air springs; and four-wheel, power-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. The car is built on the 600 Pullman wheelbase of 3,900 mm (153.5 inches). The Landaulet Pullmans are considered the “holy grail” for collectors. Making this one even rarer, it is a 6-door model, one of only 26 ever built. This example is being offered for sale publicly for the first time ever, from only its second owner. It has been hidden away for over three decades and is completely original and unrestored in “barn-find” condition. As such, it represents an exceedingly rare and special opportunity for the right buyer. The world’s most important people were driven in Mercedes-Benz 600s, and for those who were not only important but who also ruled the world, the top choice of the 600s was the Pullman Landaulet. This imposing custom-built car of state featured a folding convertible top over the rear seat, allowing its passengers to stand before their public during parades and other ceremonial occasions. It was such an exclusive example that it was never actually included in the 600 catalog or price listing. Each 600 was individually handcrafted to order, matching the rather unique specifications of its original owner with a cost and level of labor intensity that was usually more often associated with private aircraft. 58 Offered here is one of very few Pullman Landaulets that have an interesting and unique early history and currently remain in private hands. It was one of a mere 26 produced with six doors, and it was specially ordered with the most state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment available in 1971, including a 23-cm (nine-inch) Sony television with all the ancillary equipment required, including an antenna on the rear deck; a Becker Grand Prix radio system with no fewer than eight interior speakers; and even a telephone. All of this was surrounded by the comfort of optional armrests, the security of seatbelts, and the privacy of curtained windows. This Pullman Landaulet is a remarkably complete, ideal restoration project that is being offered from its second owner, and it is the only 6-door variant presently available for sale. It marks a rare chance for a dedicated Mercedes-Benz enthusiast to acquire what is truly the ultimate 600, and it is perhaps the most important “car of state” of the modern era. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 16, sold for €537,600 ($719,680 including buyer’s pre- mium) at RM Auctions’ Paris sale on February 5, 2014. For a barn-find example of the Grand 600 like this, which will require substantial restoration to even be put on the road, the result is unprecedented. No one can argue with the collectibility or signifi- cance of an automobile that was one of the fewer than 2,700 units of the “Grand 600” limousines that were produced during the 18 years they were at the top of the Mercedes-Benz pantheon. Collectors who are fascinated by these vehicles often 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Lot 193, s/n 10001412001177 Condition 4 Sold at $18,045 RM Auctions, London, 10/31/12 SCM# 213950 Alternatives: Rolls-Royce Royal state limousine, 1969 Lincoln Continental presidential limousine, 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood presidential limousine SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1973 Mercedes-Benz 600 6-door Pullman Lot 224, s/n 10001612002274 Condition 2 Sold at $130,732 RM Auctions, London, 10/26/11 SCM# 187733 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Lot 223, s/n 10001412001126 Condition 6 Sold at $40,572 RM Auctions, London, 10/26/11 SCM# 187732 Sports Car Market Tim Scott ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions

Page 57

refer to them as M100 limousines for the high-powered (434 poundfeet of torque) V8 engine that was designed specifically to handle the weight of the vehicle, which could be as much as three tons. Beyond the standard engine, common body lines and interior designed specifically to be chauffeur-driven, each 600 was distinctive and tailored to the purposes for which it alone would be used. Making it the rarest of the rare, this example was built to order on the long-wheelbase “Pullman” version of the 600 chassis, with six doors and seating for seven, in the landaulet body style. This body style was intended for the primary purpose of conveying a member of royalty or a head of state in parades. For example, one was commissioned by the Vatican in 1965 for the public processions of Pope Paul VI, and that car has been displayed in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart since 1985. Many more checks ahead The cost of a nut-and-bolt restoration of any Pullman today is esti- mated by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center to be approximately 1 million euros ($1,373,000). The condition of this example definitely pushes the cost to the top of that range, which begs the obvious question: Why pay such a high price for this car when so much more will have to be spent before it can be used or displayed? There are a number of reasons to wonder. First, the description is notably silent on the identity of the dignitary for whom this car was built. However, the small number of such cars built, its short ownership, and the completeness of records — including apparently the build sheet — would suggest that information must be available. We can only conclude that the seller believed the celebrity value of the first owner might negatively affect that car’s value. Second, though the description presents the car as “remarkably complete,” a quick examination of the photos of the engine compart- ment and interior suggests this car has been cannibalized for the parts unique to the 600, including, significantly, the hydraulic pressure pump that drives the adjustable suspension and the Comfort hydraulic systems. These systems not only allowed the driver to adjust the suspension for desired ride quality — regardless of passenger and cargo load — but also silently raised and lowered the windows, adjusted the seats, and operated the door and trunk latches. All of these operations are integral to the character of the 600. In the past, poor operation of these systems, much less their complete absence (as appears to be the case here), would be a deal-breaker for any 600 buyer. Looking further at the images, all of the standard interior trim and custom equipment that once would have made this car a rolling combination of office and living room is missing. Replacing those components would add an enormous cost to the restoration, as the 50 or more pieces of interior wood — and the period electronic components — would have to be reconstructed or sourced. It seems unlikely that this car can ever be restored to the specifications of its unusual build sheet. It’s interesting to note that two of the three most recent comparable sales of 600 Pullmans in the SCM Platinum Auction Database were dusty, dilapidated cars. None of these cars were Landaulets. Then again, find another one The only possible answer to whether the price was justified is that the buyer might be calculating that this will be the last privately owned 600 Pullman Landaulet that will ever come on the market. That might make this car a reasonable investment — even if the buyer has no intention of actually investing in the restoration. On the other hand, this purchase might be one of the first symptoms of an incipient speculative bubble in prices being paid for one-of-akind collectibles. Your crystal ball is as good as ours. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) May 2014 59

Page 58

American Profile / Collecting Thoughts A Rare Cunningham on the Rise Short of another Cunningham Reunion, odds are that you won’t see a car like this at the local show-and-shine by Miles Collier Details Years produced: 1952–54 Number produced: 27 Original list price: $8,000–$11,000, depending on options and body style Current SCM Valuation: $350,000– $450,000 Alternatives: 1951–58 Pegaso Z-102, 1951–52 Ferrari 212, 1952 Ferrari 225 road, 1948 Kurtis Sport Car SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1952 Cunningham C-3 Coupe C unningham C-3s have picked up a bit of a tail wind recently, as seen during the Gooding sale at Pebble Beach in 2012, where a yellow coupe sold for $341,000 with commissions. Our subject car, a 1952 Cunningham C-3 Vignale coupe, s/n 5210, sold at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auction on January 17, 2014, for $550,000, including buyer’s commission. This tidy appreciation perhaps reflects the car’s role as one alternative to increasingly unaffordable top line collectibles: Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche and the like. With the Cunningham C-3 Reunion held at Lime Rock last Labor Day weekend — and the simultaneous release of Richard Harman’s monumental two-volume book, Cunningham: The Passion, The Cars, The Legacy — more attention has been brought to these unusual, and, given the Cunningham backstory, rather romantic machines. Cunningham history All told, Cunningham produced 27 C-3s between 1952 and 1954. There were 20 Vignale-built coupes and five Vignale-built convertibles, two more of wholly domestic origin, and perhaps seven or eight unbodied chassis sold in 1956 during the winding up of operations in West Palm Beach, FL. The C-3 reflected Briggs’ recognition that his original design, the C-2, which was conceived as a dual-purpose sports car capable of winning Le Mans in racing trim, and slinky arrivals at Palm Beach’s Everglades Club in street tune, was a non-starter given the rapid advance of long-distance racing car designs embodied in the C-type Jaguar and the 300SL Mercedes. 60 Cunningham therefore bifurcated his production into exotic, not-for-sale, pure racing C-4Rs (“R” for racing), and his road-going C-3 luxury GTs. No doubt his flutter in road-car manufacturing was further impelled by the vain hope, as it turned out, that road-car profits would offset some of the racing expenses. Furthermore, by building a road car for sale to the public, his manufacturer’s status guaranteed race entries from Le Mans organizers. After building the first C-3 wholly in West Palm Beach, Briggs recognized that he needed to outsource the expensive coachwork design and fabrication of his eponymous machine. A $9,000 selling price had to be achieved. By contracting the coachwork design and fabrication to Giovanni Michelotti for the former and Vignale for the latter, Cunningham ensured that his GT would be both on budget and sufficiently chic. Conveniently, at the time of the deal with Vignale, Michelotti had a “ready-to-wear” design for a coupe that had already clothed at least one 212 Ferrari. As with Ghia’s Supersonic design, the Michelotti number could be sized up or down, stretched or tweaked to fit a variety of chassis and wheelbases. Even so, the new C-3 would cost more than twice the price of a Cadillac. Yet despite building a top-of-the-line GT that at- tracted acclaim for having “as much power as Niagara Falls,” “European handling” and powerful drum brakes, business was slow, and the originally anticipated 50 units were never completed. With the liquidation of the Cunningham Motor Car Company at the end of 1955, Briggs moved on to campaigning Works Jaguars in America for the Coventry factory. Sports Car Market 1952 Cunningham C-3 Lot 509, s/n IND201044 Condition 4 Sold at $407,000 Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 8/3/13 SCM# 227048 1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Lot 119, s/n 5211 Condition 2+ Sold at $341,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/12 SCM# 209479 1952 Cunningham C-3 West Palm Beach Lot 240, s/n 5206X Condition 2 Not sold at $550,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183131 Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company

Page 59

Cunningham C-3 cars Forward to the present, let’s take a quick look at Cunningham C-3 ins and outs. The C-3 has the advantage of being an extremely exclusive collectible built by an American sporting icon, Briggs Cunningham. Short of another Cunningham Reunion, odds are that you won’t see another car like this at the local show-and-shine. Regrettably, since “exclusive” here also means “obscure,” no one will know (or much care) what it is. That said, a German tourist in Ouray, CO, identified my C-3 as my wife and I parked it at a meter. Aesthetically, the C-3 has every bit the style and panache of contempo- rary Michelotti-designed Ferraris for quite a bit less cash. Unremarkably, then, at least one C-3 was made over into a Ferrari 212 lookalike in the ’70s by fitting it with an egg-crate grille and Prancing Horse emblems. The performance of these cars is similarly a “good news, bad news” kind of thing. Expect lots of approbation for the 331-ci Hemi powerplant; something less than that when your audience finds that its 220 Cunningham-enhanced horsepower propels its 3,500 pounds to 60 mph in a leisurely nine-plus seconds. I know contemporary road tests state 0–60 mph in seven seconds, but do the math. They had speedy stopwatches in those days. Forward progress is further not helped by the Chrysler Fluid Torque transmission that was fitted to most C-3s when built, and the La Salle 3-speed on-the-tree option wasn’t all that much better. This is nothing that a Borg-Warner T-10 or Tremec 5 speed can’t fix, but the integral bell housing cast as part of the block on early 331 Hemis makes the installation a project. All this brings us to the topic of originality. The Cunningham car- collecting community seems to be fairly relaxed about the minutiae of originality. I think this is due to the lack of detailed documentation, as minor running changes in period appear to be legion. As for major changes, a quick look at photos of C-3s in Cunningha Cunningha Cunningha Cunningha Cunningha -3 cars Forward to the present, let’s take a quick look at Cunningham C-3 ins and outs. The C-3 has the advantage of being an extremely exclusive collectible built by an American sporting icon, ham C-3 cars Forward to the present, let’s take a quick look at Cunningham C-3 ins and outs. The C-3 has the advantage of being an extremely exclusive collectible built by an American sporting icon, Briggs Cunningham. Short of another Cunningham Reunion, odds are that you won’t see another car like this at the local show-and-shine. Regrettably, since “exclusive” here also means “obscure,” no one will know (or much care) what it is. That said, a German tourist in Ouray, CO, identified my C-3 as my wife and I parked it at a meter. Aesthetically, the C-3 has every bit the style and panache of contempo- rary Michelotti-designed Ferraris for quite a bit less cash. Unremarkably, then, at least one C-3 was made over into a Ferrari 212 lookalike in the ’70s by fitting it with an egg-crate grille and Prancing Horse emblems. The performance of these cars is similarly a “good news, bad news” kind of thing. Expect lots of approbation for the 331-ci Hemi powerplant; something less than that when your audience finds that its 220 Cunningham-enhanced horsepower propels its 3,500 pounds to 60 mph in a leisurely nine-plus seconds. I know contemporary road tests state 0–60 mph in seven seconds, but do the math. They had speedy stopwatches in those days. Forward progress is further not helped by the Chrysler Fluid Torque transmission that was fitted to most C-3s when built, and the La Salle 3-speed on-the-tree option wasn’t all that much better. This is nothing that a Borg-Warner T-10 or Tremec 5 speed can’t fix, but the integral bell housing cast as part of the block on early 331 Hemis makes the installation a project. All this brings us to the topic of originality. The Cunningham car- collecting community seems to be fairly relaxed about the minutiae of originality. I think this is due to the lack of detailed documenta- tion, as minor running changes in period appear to be legion. As for major changes, a quick look at photos of C-3s in Italian Italian cars of the period, C-3s are swathed and festooned in intricately engraved bright trim, decked out with elaborate leather interiors and have other labor-intensive features which make meticulous restoration very costly. Until recently, these cars have just been too cheap to justify a full-tilt restoration. Consequently, “good enough” has been good enough in Cunningham circles, although we can expect that relaxed standard to change. Judicious hot-rodding The performance of the C-3 can be easily increased. A hundred extra horsepower or front-wheel disc brakes are simple improvements. The installation of a 4-speed, floor-shift transmission results in much improved drivability and performance. Consequently, the tendency to fettle and tune follows logically, and few C-3s have escaped some judicious hot-rodding. It’s not that the C-3 experience isn’t enjoyable, for the cars are every bit as capable as their contemporaries. It’s that vehicle dynamics have come a long way since the early 1950s. A good buy Our subject C-3, 5210, is a solid C-3 restored to the concours- winning end of the quality range of 10 years ago. Like so many of its fellows, it has been restored without its handsome bumpers. The selling owner, who drives his cars vigorously, sold the car be- cause he was disappointed in its cornering behavior on the Colorado Grand, a tour that places a premium on cornering grip and power. Happy with the car’s grunt and braking, he felt the 800-pound engine atop the front axle combined with period-typical roll-induced toe steering made the car more a boulevardier than a mountain-pass assaulter. The new buyer may disagree. The car was fairly bought and sold in today’s market. This will be a good buy in the future. ♦

Page 60

Race Car Profile 1980 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 The car appears to have been rallied only on tarmac, saving it the abuse of unpaved roads and jumps by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 1980–82 Number produced: 400 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $375,000– $475,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $18 Club: Renault Turbo Owners Club, Renault 5 Turbo Facebook Group More: www.rtoc.org; www.facebook. com/pages/Renault-5-TURBOClub/299756880042994 Alternatives: 1984–86 Ford RS200, 1980–84 Audi Quattro, 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: B000036 I n 1979, the modest Renault Sport division, responsible for the R5 Turbo rally program led by engineers François Bernard and Michel Têtu, only had the Group 5 prototype that had appeared on the Tour of Italy, the famous “Black” R5, assembled from specific Renault and Alpine parts. Gérard Larrousse and his team had to wait for 400 examples of the production series to be built for homologation in Group 4 that would allow the R5 Turbo to compete in major international competitions. This was done before the summer of 1980. And so the car presented here was born, bearing the chassis number B000036 and registered 126 TZ 91 on September 8, 1980. This was the first R5 Turbo to be homologated in Group 4, and as a racing car, its exceptionally well-conserved condition is nothing short of a miracle. “Coco” Prié, the mechanic well-known for his time at Alpine during the successful 1973 world championship era, and who moved to Renault as head of the rally support team, remembers assembling this R5 Turbo not at Viry Châtillon but at the F1 department at Antony, alongside Prost’s single-seater. The 1,400-cc turbocharged engine of this car was therefore prepared by the F1 workshop, and is the one and only R5T engine to have benefited from this treatment, as the others were built first at Viry and later by the Bozian brothers near Lyon. The first campaign for B000036 was the famous Tour de France Automobile in 1980, which took place at the end of September. The car was given to factory driver Jean Ragnotti, with co-driver Jean Marc Andrié. The Ragnotti-R5T tandem caused great excitement and did not disappoint the spectators. Andrié declared, “The mechanics presented us with a magnificent car — the 62 best-looking rally car I’ve ever seen.” It must be said that Coco Prié’s team worked through the night before the start to get the car ready. The rally unfurled in an atmosphere of excitement, marked by a scratch win for the R5 on the first special stage. The R5T B000036 went on to win six of the following special stages. Unfortunately, the R5T’s first outing didn’t end in victory. An off-road excursion in the Col de Perty lost them five minutes, and they were forced to retire six stages before the end with an ignition problem. However, the R5 Calberson had won over a lot of fans and made a big impression. The spectators knew that a victory wasn’t far away. B000036 and Jean Ragnotti were eagerly anticipated at the next event: the Tour de Corse. This splendid trial attracted the biggest names: Andruet, Thérier, Darniche, Frequelin, Rohrl, Ragnotti, Saby, Mouton …. Jean Ragnotti was the clear favorite given the Tour Auto results. The team engineer Philippe Chasselut had worked to reduce the turbo’s response time and the R5 was the overall winner of the first four stages. A puncture on the following stage relegated them to 4th place, but they quickly regained the lead in front of Darniche and his Fiat 131 Abarth. The second section played into the Renault driver’s hands, thanks to the terrible weather. In Castagniccia, Ragnotti’s talent, together with the R5T’s good handling in the wet conditions despite the power of the turbo, increased his lead. However, just before the Col Saint-Roch, the alternator belt broke and the car stopped. It meant a retirement even though the event had effectively been won, and it was a huge disappointment for the team. This Renault 5 Turbo is in exceptionally original condition for a car that has raced at this level. It is in 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale Group 4 Lot 216, s/n 829AR0001008 Condition 3+ Sold at $158,019 Bonhams, Sydney, AUS, 12/6/09 SCM# 153280 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Group 4 Lot 53, s/n 818540002268 Condition 2 Sold at $193,324 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/12/06 SCM# 41078 1974 DeTomaso Pantera Group 4 Competition Lot 224, s/n not available Condition 3 Sold at $264,116 RM Auctions, London, U.K., 10/28/09 SCM# 152185 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars

Page 61

the period Calberson livery, and has retained its running gear, which can be checked against the substantial photo album from the Tour de France Auto and Tour de Corse (Renault Sport 4 piston calipers replaced the two rear pistons). Mechanically, the car remains strictly original, with its large and specific Tour de Corse-type turbo. It still has its rare magnesium Minilite wheels, and the interior also retains a period feel, with the original carpets, and the rare onboard computer. A close look at period photos show that the smallest details down to the bonnet catches have been kept. This car created a sensation at the last Tour de Corse Historique, being highly original among so many re-creations of period cars. It is certainly one of the most important R5 Turbo factory cars. Although not a race winner, it is the one and only R5 Group 4 car in Calberson colors. B000036 is a spectacular, high-performance car, with a beauty that takes the breath away. It made its mark in rallies during the 1980s, setting new standards in major competitions, and took part in two of the most prestigious events for historic cars: the Tour de France Auto and the Tour de Corse. This is a truly exceptional car, eligible for all VHC events, and it has a Passport Technique National. This is a genuine competition car and not a modern replica. The car has been signed by Jean Ragnotti on the bonnet, and its authenticity has been recognized by figures involved at the time including the famous “Coco” Prié, who was present on the Tour de Corse Historique. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 424, sold for $542,037, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Rétromobile auction in Paris, France, on February 7, 2014. One challenge to buying an ex-competition car is figuring out whether the car is going to be roadworthy — or better left as a museum piece. Frederico Kroymans’ legendary mishap at the 2004 Monterey Historic Races is instructive. Kroymans spun and took a light hit to the front of an ex-Works 1993 Ferrari F399 Formula One car. The impact broke the monocoque in half. Reliable information is scant about the history of this car, but it clearly was not fit to be on course at speed. The situation with rally cars is even more risky. Rally cars routinely take a beating that track cars rarely suffer, and many rally cars are retired when the chassis is simply worn out. Even the best FIA world rally cars are still built on production chassis, and all those great pictures of flying rally cars come at a price. All this is what makes this particular rally car such a smart buy. A careful read- through of its résumé shows verifiable competition use — but not too much. The car appears to have been rallied only on tarmac, saving it the abuse of unpaved roads and jumps. Plus, its tarmac career was mercifully short and devoid of reported crashes. The car’s short history was heavy on glory — even though it never won any rallies — and it appears to be straight, clean, and almost original to its Group 4 specifications. Not your ordinary Le Car Group 4 cars were defined by FIA as “Special Grand Touring Cars” until the group was replaced with the legendary Group B cars in 1983. A minimum production run of 400 cars over 24 months was required before a model could be homologated into the group. Renault achieved this early in the production run of the R5 Turbo – using lightweight aluminum doors, roof and tailgate to build the first 400, then switching to more prosaic steel components for the R5 Turbo 2 that made up the balance of the 3,576-unit production run. The R5 Turbo differs from a standard Renault 5 (aka “Le Car” in America) in almost every way except the basic box design. Where the R5 is a low-powered frontwheel-drive economy car, the R5 Turbo is a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive handful. It’s not clear which version of the R5 Turbo engine currently resides in this car, but it’s a safe bet that it’s not the 350-horsepower version that was used in the R5 Maxi Turbo driven by Jean Ragnotti in 1985. The listing states that the car is as it was raced in the Tour de Corse, which would put the output closer to 207 horsepower — which is still plenty for a car over 30 years old running in Historic Rally! The small items that are not original to the car’s pro- fessional competition history are to be expected. A turbocharger boost gauge is a smart add-on for a vintage racer, and the upgraded rear roll structure components are likely required for vintage racing, and shouldn’t affect the value of the car. Huge money for history and fun Which brings us to what the car brought at auction — a stunning $542,037 in Paris. The only comparable auction in the SCM Platinum Auction Database was in 2002 for an ex-Group B car (SCM# 29314) that failed to sell with a high bid of $12,610. Another Group 4 R5 Turbo (SCM# 206582) failed to sell at Bonhams in 2012. So, comparable values are difficult to assess — yet it seems this buyer knew what he was doing. This car comes with a verifiably glorious racing his- tory and without obvious flaws, and is ready to compete in Europe’s active Historic Rally series. The price paid sets a new high-water mark for these cars. I’d call this one fairly bought and well sold. ♦ (Introductory description Motorcars.) May 2014 63 courtesy of Artcurial

Page 64

Market Reports Overview Towering Totals in Paris Artcurial sales totaled $34m — the biggest total of any Paris collector-car auction to date, and more than $15m above last year’s number By Tony Piff http://bit.ly/ZOf8zr Scan this code with your smartphone for complete results of each auction covered in this issue, or go to URL listed (left) N ot only did Artcurial and Bonhams both shatter their previous Paris auction totals this February by a combined $22m — RM joined the fray with their first Paris sale and sold 41 cars for a whop- ping $24m. That brings the overall Rétromobile week totals for February 2014 to $79m. Artcurial sales totaled $38m — the biggest total of any Paris collector-car auction to date, and more than $19m above last year’s number. That’s growth of 103%. Of 191 consignments, 160 sold (84%), and sold price averaged $214k. Ten cars sold above $1m, including a 1953 Oblin-bodied Ferrari 166 MM at $3.6m. A 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Gurney-Nutting coupe followed at $3m, and a 1924 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A cabriolet rounded out the podium at $1.75m. Bonhams also had its biggest Paris sale ever. Sales leapt to $21.9m from $14.9m last year — an impressive 46% increase. Top honors here went to a 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 at $3m, a 1929 Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix at $2.2m and a 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Series IV coupe at $1.6m. Bonhams sold 105 out of 149 cars (70%), with an average price of $208k. The average sold price at RM’s debut Paris auction was a remarkable $575k. RM sold 41 out of 52 lots (79%), for $24m total, including the most expensive car of the week: a 1955 Jaguar D-type, at $4.9m. Next highest were a 1982 Porsche 956 Group C Sports prototype at $3.1m and a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder at $2.6m. A few weeks after Rétromobile, Silverstone held its annual Race Retro sale in Warwickshire, U.K. The most expensive race car at this race-heavy sale was a 2000 Ford Mondeo Super Tourer at $173k. Ahead of that were a 1959 Sales Totals Mecum, Kissimmee, FL Artcurial, Paris, FRA RM Auctions, Paris, FRA Bonhams, Paris, FRA McCormick, Palm Springs, CA Leake, Oklahoma, OK Silverstone, Warwickshire, U.K. Petersen, Salem, OR $62,729,499 $37,611,772 $23,571,761 $397,516 $2,975,356 $6,430,353 $7,471,316 $21,817,656 Jaguar XK 150 at $207k and a 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante at $280k. Silverstone consigned and sold a few more cars than usual (66 sold out of 105, 63%), and sales totals increased to nearly $3m from $2.4m last year. Average sold price held flat at $45k. Stateside, McCormick’s hit a new record total at its twice-annual sale in Palm Springs, CA. 409 cars sold out of 461 (73%), totaling $7.47m, up a notch from last year’s $7.46m. A 1960 Chrysler 300F managed to break the six-digit mark at $105k, followed by a 1968 Shelby GT350 fastback at $79k and a 1968 Jaguar XKE convertible at $71k. Average price per car held fast at $18k. In this issue we have highlights from three more American sales in the Roundup: Leake in Oklahoma City, OK; Mecum in Kissimmee, FL; and Petersen in Salem, OR. ♦ SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts 66 Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1955 Jaguar D-type racer, $4,947,798—RM, p. 86 2. 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, $3,461,370— Art, p. 74 3. 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe, $3,025,362— Bon, p. 102 4. 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder, $2,623,832— RM, p. 90 5. 1929 Bugatti Type 35B roadster, $2,195,718— Bon, p. 99 6. 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS coupe, $1,724,233—RM, p. 88 7. 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV coupe, $1,615,421—Bon, p. 98 8. 1947 Delage D-6 3-liter Grand Prix roadster, $1,489,951—Bon, p. 99 9. 1936 Delahaye 135 Special racer, $1,349,400—RM, p. 88 10. 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ coupe, $1,296,914—Art, p. 80 1. 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport cabriolet, $374,833—RM, p. 90 2. 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 York roadster, $306,855—Bon, p. 98 3. 1948 Delahaye 135M coupe, $158,566—Art, p. 70 4. 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-dr hard top, $16,800—McC, p. 110 5. 1923 Ford Model T T-bucket, $15,120—Pet, p. 126 Sports Car Market Best Buys

Page 66

Artcurial Paris, FRA Artcurial Motorcars — Rétromobile 2014 A 1953 Oblin-bodied Ferrari 166 MM began life as a touring berlinetta, was rebodied in the early ’50s as a unique barchetta, and sold here for $3.6m Company Artcurial Date February 7, 2014 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 160/191 Sales rate 84% Sales total $37,611,772 High sale 1953 Oblin-bodied Ferrari 166 MM, sold at $3,645,192 Buyer’s premium 1953 Ferrari 166 MM barchetta, sold at $3,645,192 Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics A rtcurial’s annual fixture at the Rétromobile show in Paris is always a production. Managing Director Matthieu Lamoure, a keen performer himself, ensur that the sale starts off in a musically distinc manner. This year, a four-piece band accom nied a beautiful young woman with a love voice as she made a spirited dash through a s of French pop songs of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, with a bit of the Great American Songbook and some tap dancing thrown in. All of this was the prelude to not one, but two days of cars. In addition Paris, FRA to the 148 assorted lots sold on Friday, a Saturday session was devoted entirely to Alfa Romeo, with 44 lots on offer. It all turned out rather well for the Paris-based company, which achieved the highest-ever sales volume for a collector-car sale held in Paris and sent 84% of the cars on to new homes. The Rétromobile show itself was relocated to the spacious and open Hall 2 at the Porte de Versailles exposition center, to Artcurial’s considerable benefit. For the first time, they were able to preview all the lots and hold the sale in the same space. The venue also allowed for a drive-through sale — still rare in Europe — although not all of the lots were driven. The large contingent of U.S. bidders made clear that American collectors have stopped waiting for the dollar to recover. They were there with consignments and bidding paddles. Among the highlights of the sale was the 1953 Oblin-bodied Ferrari 166 MM. This car began life as a touring berlinetta and was rebodied in the early ’50s as a unique barchetta. Finished in a dramatic satin black, it failed to meet reserve on the block, but the high bid was later converted into the biggest sale of the auction at $3.6m. From the Alfa Collection, a 1965 TZ set a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS coupe, sold at $461,136 68 world record at $1.3m. Publisher Martin took a shot at a Giulietta Sprint Veloce Lightweight in totally tired condition but could not seal the deal. It sold for $243k and will need a full restoration. ♦ Sales Totals $30m $35m $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 16% up to $814,440; 12% from $814,441 to $1,357,400; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.74) Sports Car Market

Page 68

Artcurial Paris, FRA ENGLISH #392-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 MK II coupe. S/N AM30031520. Eng. # DBA1226. British Racing Green/black leather. Odo: 44,732 km. Very good panel fit. Paint is presentable but shows various stress cracks, touched-in chips and polish scratches. Goodto-fair bright trim showing some pitting in areas. Modern racing sport seats fitted, along with Halda and GT1 rally clocks, contemporary thick-rimmed Nardi wheel. Rear roll cage with CD player mounted. Rooftop driving preferred for its improved build quality, 4-wheel disc brakes and ZF gearbox. This car had lots of eyeball and was priced just a bit high. light. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $234,613. Vintagerally-restored Aston for a fairly serious competitor—a down-and-dirty tool ready for use. While DB4, 5 and 6 prices have skyrocketed, the earlier Feltham-built cars have lagged. The rather different, more involved driving experience requires familiarity. Nevertheless, values have risen, and this price would have bought a concours-stock example not long ago. Well sold. #332-1961 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N 875232. Eng. # R13579. Metallic gray/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 1,274 miles. Very good panel fit and bright trim. Nice paint shows light polish scratches. Very good interior shows light wear on sides of seats, excellent steering wheel, very good gauges. Becker Mexico radio. Cond: 2-. #334-1963 LAGONDA RAPIDE sedan. S/N LR128L. Eng. # 400128. Green/magnolia leather. Odo: 77,491 km. Very good panel fit, right front door hard to close. Shiny paint shows some prep flaws, with sinkage, some drips, a bit of rippling and some microblistering. Generally very good chrome. Interior is very soiled, carpets shrunk, good dash wood shows some split veneer. Motorola 2-band microblistering and chips at corners. Bright trim is fair to good. Very good upholstery appears more recently done than paint. Very good gauges, faded steering wheel, chipped steering column. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,607. Charming Fiat-based pre-war sedan, very characterful. An amusing note on the name Simca “8” was that the car actually had a “fiscal horsepower” rating of 6, but Fiat thought it would be better if people thought it more powerful. This is an example of a great “starter” classic, well bought for its new owner. #363-1941 PIERRE FAURE TYPE PFA electric microcar. S/N 016. Red & black/ brown vinyl. Architect-designed pre-war electric car, launched in 1940. Door fit is not bad. Faded and worn paint, melted headlight cover. Dusty, moldy, faded and worn interior. Modern alloy wheels fitted. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $69,575. Has a range of 75 km from the radio. Said to be one of six LHD examples. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $262,119. Aston Martin’s four-door models have always been polarizing. I love the Lagonda Rapide and kick myself for not buying one at auction in 2006 for $18k when the engine alone was worth that amount. Now, the world has discovered the charms of this four-door DB4, and prices have adjusted accordingly. This was well bought for a factory LHD car. FRENCH SOLD AT $218,433. Outside-hood-latch model. Well restored many years ago in very attractive colors and beautifully maintained. Sold by Bonhams in Monaco 2011 for $128k (SCM# 179370). Driven 544 miles since, and a tidy profit realized for the seller. Upper market price—maybe $250k for fresh cars is not ridiculous. Or maybe it is. #396-1961 LOTUS ELITE coupe. S/N 1205. Eng. # 8163. Orange/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,371 miles. Variable panel fit, as per build. Very good paint. Good chrome. Lovely interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $102,348. Terrific color combination for this elegant, lightweight sports car. The Series 2 is 70 #323-1939 SIMCA 8 1100 sedan. S/N 814818. Dark red/gray cloth. Odo: 91,347 km. Very good panel fit. Good paint shows light polish scratches, some signs of aging, with 72-volt/100-amp motor, driving the rear wheels with chain drive. Six batteries could be charged overnight. Approximately 20 built. Styled sort of like a boot, it has a certain Art Deco, collaborationist appeal. Fascinating, but not sure how you’d actually restore it. Well sold. BEST BUY #411-1948 DELAHAYE 135M coupe. S/N 800990. Dark metallic blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 96,825 km. Very good panel fit, some gaps a bit wide. Good paint shows some polish scratches. Generally very good chrome and alloy trim. Very good interior, well finished, very good bright trim inside. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $158,566. Believed one of two built in this style. Very handsome post-war example of the legendary pre-war 135M needs a bit to compete in top concours, but as presented will make a lovely tour car. Well bought. Sports Car Market

Page 70

Artcurial Paris, FRA #379-1948 TALBOT-LAGO T26 coach “Surprofile.” S/N 3305. Eng. # 26305. Ivory/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 65,744 km. Very good panel fit, paint, and bright trim. Nice interior, well upholstered. Very well painted dash decoration, good gauges. Cond: 2-. good Moto-Lita wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $177,982. Competition-prepared and ready. These kings of the Index of Performance are delightful race cars with an excellent and storied history. This example was offered not long ago at Gooding’s 2013 Pebble Beach sale in August and failed to sell at a $100k bid (SCM# 227476). After transport and fees, it might have been close for the seller, but the more naturally receptive French venue got the job done. SOLD AT $101,935. The Talbot T26 Record is a potent performance grand-touring car and offers great value in the category, especially in the less-sexy styles, such as this coupe. Very well presented and usable in countless events, it sold well. Soon this price will seem quite a bargain. #324-1952 CITROËN 2CV Type A sedan. S/N 25790. Silver gray/gray cloth. Odo: 77,717 km. Excellent panel fit, as per build. Very good paint, a bit too shiny perhaps. Very good seat covers and instrument binnacle. Cond: 2. good. With a/c. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $493,496. Terrific color combination in this desirable late Facel. Produced in much lower numbers than the HK500, the Facellia engine disaster did the company in before many of these could be sold. Values have soared recently, but this car does need a restoration before hitting the show circuit. As such, the price paid is a market-leading one, and this must be considered well sold. SOLD AT $24,270. The last of the early 2CVs, with evocative ribbed hood panel in perfect silver gray. These are very slow, but the journey is the prize. Very well presented, and the price was fair for seller and buyer alike. #404-1953 DEUTSCH-BONNET LM 53 roadster. S/N HBR789. French Racing Blue/ red leather. Very good panel fit, as per build. Good paint shows a few rubs and polish scratches. Seats are very good, showing almost no wear, instruments slightly faded. Very #327-1973 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N SBSD008D1562. Eng. # 105651. Silver/gray velour. Odo: 51,272 km. Good panel fit, very good paint. Chrome is good, showing some wear and scratches. Appealing interior shows light wear, with two small punctures in driv- cracked, but supple, seats. Very dry dashboard wood. Original Becker Mexico radio. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $153,712. This descendant of the massive pre-war luxury Mercedes presented very well as an honest car with an older repaint. The price realized was high for condition, but at least the buyer knew what he was getting. Well sold. er’s seat. A very nicely presented SM driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,596. Nice to see one of these with velour interior. An average car, an average price. A spectacular example will bring twice this number. Market-correct. #326-1975 CITROËN SM Mylord cab- riolet. S/N 00SC2789. Byzantine Gold/black canvas/terracotta leather. Odo: 79,299 km. 72 #373-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980406500 192. Eng. # 1989806500202. Silver/red leather. Odo: 88,465 miles. Very good panel fit. Otherwise excellent paint shows very small touched-in stone chips on nose, small dings on right door and clearcoat abrasions from old event stickers. Very good chrome shows only some light scratches. Larger diameter exhaust pipe fitted. Good interior, modern Becker radio. Repro fitted luggage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,248,808. Well Sports Car Market #317-1965 FACEL II coupe. S/N HK2A190. Metallic blue/beige leather. Odo: 36,536 miles. Somewhat variable panel fit, good paint shows some polish scratches, some touched-in chips and a few nicks. Generally good bright trim. Interior is good, showing some soiling, slight shrinkage in carpets. Handpainted dashboard “wood” trim very Absolutely wonderful custom-bodied SM, one of five built. Very good panel fit, some gaps a bit variable. Very good paint shows some light polish scratches, a bit of microblistering on trunk, a few small touched-in chips on hood. Good bright trim. Nicely patinated interior with wear on left side of driver’s seat. Blaupunkt radio. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $744,290. The conversion to open car loses none of the style of the closed model and in fact works quite well visually. Although not the sharpest in details, rarity trumps condition in this case, as you will wait a long time for another. A huge price to be sure (a world record for an SM, by far). But what a car. Well sold, but equally well bought. GERMAN #369-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300B cabriolet. S/N 5500515. Eng. # 5500537. Ivory/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 65,976 miles. Excellent panel fit. Very presentable older paint shows rubs, touch-ins, microblistering. Generally good chrome shows light pitting. Interior is very patinated, with heavily

Page 72

Artcurial Paris, FRA restored, then clearly well used and maintained, this Gullwing is attractive and consistent. The price was on the low side for condition, but in the current market range. Properly sold, and a bit well bought. #418-1968 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 355214. Eng. # P606193. White/black vinyl. Odo: 38,453 miles. Variable panel fit, with right door difficult to close. Presentable paint shows some areas of blow-in, some bubbling on bottom of right door, random panel edge chips. Bright trim is fair, with much pitting and scratching. Interior has been retrimmed and generally shows well, but upholstery is somewhat wrinkled, as is dashboard top. Some loose rubber, fading and staining on headliner, polish scratches and chips, the signs of a wellenjoyed car. Fair bright trim shows scratches and light pitting. Modern Sparco racing seats, small-diameter Momo wheel, roll bar fitted. A touring model set up for track work. Factory replacement engine fitted in the late ’70s. Extensive privateer rally history. Ex-Bernard Dulcy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $461,136. A nicely prepared RS with a top-event competition history, including in Monte Carlo, Acropolis, Portugal and East Africa. Previously sold by Bonhams in Paris ’08 for $426k, rated a 2- (SCM# 55665). 10,000 km later and driven down to 3-, it’s barely budged in price. Not a great investment for the seller, but market value in today’s world. ITALIAN #365-1929 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1750 SS Supercharged roadster. S/N 0312901. Black/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 54,026 km. Excellent paint shows some light polish scratches. Excellent bright trim and interior, showing just a few scuff marks on bare metal floor. Very good instruments in superb engine-turned dashboard. Attractive body of unknown origin. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,220,824. Superbly presented 6C 1750 SS. History starts from coupe, campaigned in Europe, then South America. In mid-1954, it returned to Europe, where it was rebodied in this unique style by Oblin, shown at the 1955 Geneva Salon, and its competition career continued until 1957. Not the most attractive open early Ferrari, but has a certain distinctive style. A no-sale when it crossed the block; a deal was later done for this same number all-in. Fair price for a one-off with comp history. missing sun visors. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $32,360. The mania for early 901-series cars has lit interest in the heretofore lightly loved 912. The cars have their adherents, however and offer a special, albeit less vigorous, driving experience. Sold by Artcurial in February 2011 in Paris for $37k (SCM# 168922). The condition remains the same, and the odometer hasn’t moved. It seems likely to have gone into storage immediately and stayed there until this sale. Not expensive, but may prove costly. #419-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS coupe. S/N 9113601115. Eng. # AT6630900. White & red/black cloth. Odo: 97,224 km. Very good panel fit. Paint is good, showing 1936 onwards, period competition record largely anecdotal. Offered at Bonhams Greenwich in June 2009 and a no-sale at $680k (SCM# 120867), re-offered in August 2009 at Russo and Steele Monterey, no-sale at $875k (SCM# 141952). Comprehensively restored with a color change to black. This time around, it no-saled on the block again, but the deal came together a few days later at the high bid, including commissions. The parts alone should be worth this number. #402-1950 SIATA AMICA convertible. S/N ST145. Dark green/black canvas/beige leather. Odo: 8,601 km. Very good panel fit, older paint still presentable but shows lots of #398-1957 LANCIA AURELIA B20 coupe. S/N 1276. Eng. # 4608. Burgundy/ burgundy & gray leather. Odo: 67,552 km. Very good panel fit. Generally good paint shows a few small touch-ins and light scratches. Very good chrome trim, good alloy trim. Interior is very well finished, albeit in incorrect materials. Sixth Series wheels. Condor radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $145,622. The polish scratches. Minimal bright trim is good. Very good interior, fully carpeted which is most likely incorrect. Somewhat faded instruments, very good steering wheel. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $36,215. Driver-level restoration of a charming 500 variant with elegant little envelope body designed by Count Revelli de Beaumont—just the thing for a very slow Mille Miglia Storico or a quickish run for gelato. (I was sorely tempted to bid...) Market priced. #321-1953 FERRARI 166 MM barchetta. S/N 0300M. Eng. # 0300. Matte black & red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 5,983 km. Excellent panel fit for comp car. Paint surface is even, excellent chrome (perhaps a bit bright). Very well-trimmed interior shows no traces of use. Excellent instruments. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $3,645,192. This Ferrari 166 MM was originally a Vignale TOP 10 No. 2 Aurelia B20 is one of the most complete GT cars from the ’50s, fully usable in all conditions of today’s traffic. The 4th Series and earlier cars are eligible for all the big events, the 5th and 6th Series for fewer, but still a great drive. At the moment the differential in value between the B20 and the B24 Spider and convertible is more than the presumed open/ 74 Sports Car Market

Page 74

Artcurial Paris, FRA closed equation. Not for long. This is the market for an average car today. #338-1958 FERRARI 250 GT Series 1 coupe. S/N 0997GT. Eng. # 0997. Dark red/ beige leather. Odo: 30,589 miles. Very good panel fit, except trunk is off in top left corner. Good paint. Very good chrome and alloy trim. Modern windshield wiper blades. Interior shows nice patina, some carpet fit issues. with two previous owners from new, known and well regarded by famed Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. Cars with known history and that have never been apart will always appeal, and this one, while certainly far from perfect cosmetically, did. The price was what you’d pay for a 2+ car, so it must be called well sold. But find another... Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $533,947. When you realize how many of these cars were sacrificed as donors for 250 replicas, it boggles the mind. Simple, clean, elegant, with great mechanicals, the quintessential Pininfarina shape and an entertaining, if not thrilling, drive. This was a big price for nice driver. Well sold. #320-1965 ASA 1000 GT coupe. S/N ASA 10001180. Eng. # 173115. Dark green/tan leather. Odo: 90,071 km. Very good panel fit. Good paint shows aging, with microblistering and light scratches throughout. Very good chrome. Interior is generally good, showing various scratches, rubs and light staining. Excellent gauges, modern radio fitted. Cond: 3+. Period Blaupunkt radio, aftermarket steering wheel, floppy sunvisors. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $1,017,398. The Ghibli Spyder is rare and ultra-desirable, even fairly tired and casually refurbished examples such as this one. They are firmly in the million-dollar club, and still a bargain against comparable Astons and Ferraris. Market priced. #426-1972 FIAT SHELLETTE beach SOLD AT $129,442. “Ferrarina”—the smallcar project of Enzo Ferrari which became one of the most expensive 1-liters ever marketed. Much better appreciated now than when new. I’ve always loved small-displacement cars, and these are jewels. That said, the price paid for this one was once the realm of #1 concours examples. Well sold. #360-1969 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400S coupe. S/N 4377. Eng. # 30426. Orange/beige leather. Odo: 35,212 km. Good panel fit, with engine cover slightly askew, left door hard to close. Good paint shows some microblistering, polish scratches and badly touched-in chip on right door. Interior very good, with some soiling on seats and console. Period steering-column-mounted anti-theft lock installed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,095,042. Remarkably original Miura S, 76 car. S/N 100GB1593183. Yellow/wicker. Odo: 2,847 km. Very good paint. Mostly good chrome shows some light pitting. Interior shows nicely varnished seats. Very good instruments, Nardi wheel. Some chipping on #328-1969 MASERATI GHIBLI Spyder. S/N AM115S1005. Eng. # AM1151005. Yellow/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 22,453 miles. Somewhat variable panel fit. Good paint. Bright trim is variable, with good bumpers, pitting on door handles, good ventwindow surrounds. Interior is good, with partially re-trimmed seats in non-matching grain. seat bolster. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $875,349. Driven, enjoyed, maintained, this F40 appears in fine shape. Ex-Pierluigi Martini, F1 and sports car driver. The F40 is the modern Ferrari supercar to have. This sale was in the current market range, appropriate for mileage. The Pierluigi Martini provenance appeared to have little effect on the value. SPANISH #389-1954 PEGASO Z-102 Series II roadster. S/N 01021530136. Eng. # 0102017136. Light aqua/two-tone blue leather. RHD. Odo: 38,337 km. Very good panel fit. Right door slightly out at rear edge. Excellent paint, chrome and alloy bright trim. Superb interior appears unused, spectacular dashboard. Becker Mexico radio. One of 86 Z-102 cars built. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $970,812. Dra- Giovanni Michelotti and is the direct descendant of the 500/600 Jolly. Fabulously stylish and much rarer than the earlier cars. I would much rather have one of these, and the Philippe Starck connection is cool. Well bought and sold. #358-1991 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000089889. Eng. # 27564. Red/red cloth. Odo: 29,957 km. Excellent panel fit, very good paint shows only light polish scratches. Excellent black trim. Good interior. Seat covers a bit baggy with light wear on left radio speakers. Said to be one of about 80 produced. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $56,631. ExPhilippe Starck, designer. The Shellette, built on the base of a Fiat 850, was drawn by matic Saoutchik-bodied Pegaso roadster, one of my favorites of the model. Pegaso is a wonderful cul-de-sac in the post-war sports-car story, from a truck manufacturer looking to train engineers in advanced thinking led by ex-Alfa Romeo technical director Wilfredo Ricart, a fascist exile. This car wore blue paint the last time it was offered at auction, at RM Amelia Island 2013, where it no-saled at $700k (SCM# 215648). Resprayed a paler gray and retrimmed, it found a new home here. A bit of a bargain. © Sports Car Market

Page 76

Artcurial Paris, FRA — Alfa Romeo Sale Solo Alfa Collection Alfas from A to Zagato Company: Artcurial Motorcars Location: Paris, FRA Date: February 8, 2014 Auctioneer: Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered: 40/44 Sales rate: 91% Sales total: $3,421,053 High sale: 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ, sold at $1,296,914 Buyer’s premium: 16% up to $814,440; 12% from $814,441 to $1,357,400; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.74) Report and photos by Donald Osborne #506-1953 ALFA ROMEO 1900 Berlina. S/N AR190006186. Brown/dark beige cloth. Odo: 37,034 km. Very good panel fit. Paint is very good, showing only light polish scratches. Very good bright trim. Interior is very good, although front seat cushion is a bit baggy, and some minor insect damage in rear. without doubt among the most desirable ’50s Alfas. Eligible for everything and tremendously entertaining to drive. This car was pretty original and pretty used up as well. It was not a preservation car, but rather a great restoration candidate. The price paid was not terribly out of line considering the cost of the work to be done. Slightly well sold. #501-1959 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA TI Berlina. S/N AR146813109. Eng. # 151593026. White/brown check cloth. Odo: 20,039 km. Variable panel fit; both front doors tough to close. Good paint, good bright trim except for waviness and light pitting under plating on bumpers. Seats show some bagging and soil- shows some light pitting under some new plating, small rust-through on rear bumper, correct dished hubcaps. Interior is good, probably redone at some point. Baggy sunvisors, dashboard shows some wear. Correct floor mats, Voxson radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,506. Rare surviving example of this very TransAtlantic sedan. The chrome trim and fins, wide bench seat and dash layout scream “America!” But very few were ever sold here. I love these cars and once again was sorely tempted. I resisted, and it sold exactly where I would have expected. #522-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Spider Veloce. S/N AR168058. Red/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 9,011 km. Very good panel fit except trunk high on right. Good paint shows some small areas of microblistering and orange peel in tight spots. Good bright trim shows some pitting under plating on door handles and windshield-surround. Slightly Instrument face a bit cloudy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,472. Perhaps one of the cheapest Mille Miglia-eligible cars I’ve seen in a long time. And one with a lot of character as well. I semi-lusted for this car but chickened out at the last minute. My loss. Well bought. #504-1956 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Veloce Lightweight. S/N AR149302258. Eng. # AR131559056. Blue/beige leather. Odo: 9,076 km. Older paint is thick with orange peel, rubs and scratches. Panel fit approximate, with both doors out at rear edge and trunk fit poor. Bright trim generally oxidized, with stress cracking on left window frame. Interior appears original with some small tears, soiling, rubs. Dull instruments. Blocks welded into floor for now-missing four-point roll cage. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $242,703. The lightweight Sprint Veloce is 78 ing. Carpets show wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,506. The “hot” version of the Giulietta Berlina, rarely seen in the U.S. This collector assembled one example of each variant of the Giulietta and Giulia sedans, in a bewildering array. This was an okay used car which sold for an okay used-car price. #510-1960 ALFA ROMEO 2000 Berlina. S/N AR1020001613. Eng. # 0020001610. Gray/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 10,478 km. Very good panel fit, but front right door gap a bit wide. Very good paint shows a bit of orange peel. Extensive bright trim is good but overstuffed seats are in an incorrect pattern. Correct Fergat wheels. Replaced un-numbered block, converted to 5-speed gearbox. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $76,047. For a very long time, engine and gearbox replacements made relatively little difference in Alfa values. Now that the prices are getting serious, they do. A discount was taken here for the changes, and appropriately so. #531-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint coupe. S/N AR149321118. Eng. # AR1315011788. Light blue/gray & blue leather. Odo: 30,114 miles. Very good panel fit. Very good paint has light polish scratches. Good bright trim with light pitting on door handles. Interior is good with some bagging and a bit of wear on driver’s seat. Incorrect engine-turned door trim panel. Five-speed gearbox, front disc brakes fitted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $65,530. Overall nicely presented Sprint, once again with driving modifications, Sports Car Market

Page 78

Artcurial Paris, FRA — Alfa Romeo Sale that no doubt make it a more pleasant modern motorway companion but which may in the future negatively affect value. On this day, the price was right. #516-1961 RENAULT ONDINE Alfa Romeo Berline sedan. S/N R1084922. White/ red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 9,037 km. Renault Dauphine built in Italy by Alfa under shortlived cooperative agreement between the companies. It is all Dauphine, with different side. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $203,871. Although it was certainly a very used car, this GTA had a good long-term owner history and was very original and complete. A real indication of the increased interest in genuine GTAs—the bidders looked past the obvious to obtain an artifact that showed its life in its surfaces. A bit well sold for a street car needing quite a bit of work. badges. Very good panel fit. Good, somewhat thick paint shows orange peel and some light chips. Original-appearing interior shows some fading, a few holes and tears in cushions. Instrument is a bit cloudy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,416. A curiosity for the Alfa collector who has it all. Market-priced. #514-1964 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Sprint coupe. S/N AR824960. White/black vinyl. Odo: 51,120 miles. Very good panel fit. Paint is very good, showing minor stress cracking. Generally good chrome, with light pitting and scratches in places. Good interior has slightly incorrect pattern on seats. Dashboard lacking correct French stitching. Fitted with Borrani wire wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,193. Alfa’s big 6-cylinder gran turismo is a satisfying car to drive, smooth and capable. This example was well presented, but the details didn’t deliver. This price was well above recent sales. We will see if this is where the market is heading. For now, very well sold. #505-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Sprint GTA coupe. S/N AR613311. Eng. # AR00502A19211. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 8,638 km. Generally good panel fit with trunk slightly off. Old paint shows crazing, alligatoring, bubbling, chips, rubs, scrapes throughout, mild crash damage on front left corner. Bright trim is presentable but scratched. Very worn alloy wheels. Interior shows surprisingly little wear, open seams. Correct Autodelta steering wheel fitted. Rust hole in floor-pan on right 80 AT $1,296,914. Very well-presented example of this ultra-desirable sports racing Alfa. Delivered new in France, never raced. History is good, with a few “stories,” but none of which is a dealbreaker. The need to confirm authenticity with these cars cannot be overstated, and cars with real questions come at substantial discounts. This is the new current market price for a car with little to hide. #525-1966 ALFA ROMEO QUATTRORUOTE Gran Sport roadster. S/N 393025. Silver & black/black canvas/gray vinyl. Odo: 33,361 km. Very good panel fit. #515-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TZ coupe. S/N AR750042. Eng. # AR0051100089. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 22,823 km. Generally good panel fit, doors slightly out at rear bottom. Very good paint and bright trim. Very good interior, very good dashboard, excellent gauges. Cond: 1-. SOLD TOP 10 No. 10 Older paint, possibly original, shows a few rubs, a few touched-in chips and polish scratches. Good bright trim, except for heavy pitting on rear deck chrome. Much crazing on perspex wind wings. Good seats with stitching beginning to open on driver’s seat. Aftermarket steering wheel. Good instruments. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $76,047. Commissioned by Italian magazine “Quattroruote” to commemorate the anniversary of the legendary 6C 1750 Zagato, with Giulia mechanicals. Seems strange today, but they’re actually quite fun and very well executed. Not many are seen in good condition, so this one has to be considered market-priced. #508-1968 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Super Sprint sedan. S/N AR872016. Eng. # AR005660040. Burgundy/tan vinyl. Odo: 77,857 km. Very good panel fit and paint, with light scratches. Good bright trim. Very good interior has good gauges. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,541. A very handsome sedan that has been awarded the ASI “Targa d’Oro” for correctness in preservation or restoration. In the same ownership for 40 years. A great car to drive, this example was also finished in terrific colors. Well sold and well bought. #526-1970 ALFA ROMEO 1750 GTAM coupe. S/N AR1530938. Eng. # D211266461004. Mustard/black cloth. Variable panel fit. Very good paint and alloy and chrome trim. Six-point roll bar. Stripped interior has modern race seats, electronic tach and auxiliary gauge cluster. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $446,574. Factory Autodelta car with period major event participation, extensive documentation and continuous history. Beautifully presented, but prepared for contemporary competition events. When you want the real deal, you pay Sports Car Market

Page 80

Artcurial Paris, FRA — Alfa Romeo Sale for it. Market-correct, but could have gone higher if period-restored. #530-1971 ALFA ROMEO 1300 GTA Junior coupe. S/N AR776047. Eng. # AR0055900850. Red & white/black cloth. Good panel fit, with both doors slightly out of line. Very good paint shows minor traces of use. Good bright trim. Interior is stripped, with modern racing seat and heat insulation pad- #528-1973 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV coupe. S/N AR2438206. Eng. # AR0051263700. Silver/brown leather. Odo: 12,247 km. Generally good panel fit, with doors out slightly at rear edges. Good paint shows some microblistering and settling, general signs of aging. Good bright trim. Interior is good with slightly off, left front door slightly out at bottom edge. Very good paint, with rear panel surprisingly clean for a diesel car. Generally good bright trim, good bumpers. Interior good, ding on transmission tunnel and floor boards. Electronic fuel gauge fitted in place of speedometer, Momo wheel. 60-liter fuel tank. SOLD AT $194,162. Very well restored for modern vintage events, this car has a known amateur period racing history in Italy. Lovely to look at. Price was right on the mark; a car with major driver history would have done quite a bit more. nicely broken-in seats, with some separated seams on driver’s seat. Clean dashboard. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,596. A lovely color combination, and the original and rare optional leather seats are a treat. Very well bought, as the defects can be reasonably addressed to make a much sharper car. #541-1977 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Nuova Super diesel Berlina. S/N AR132210. Eng. # PC011121419. Ivory/black vinyl. Odo: 51,986 km. Very good panel fit except trunk with some loose stitching on seats. Good dash and instruments. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,326. Slow and low-revving Perkins diesel not very well suited to a sports sedan, so unsurprisingly it was slow leaving showrooms as well. Once again, a well-conserved survivor brings an above-the-odds but correct price. #532-1978 ALFA ROMEO ALFASUD Super 1.8 hatchback. S/N AS52423009010. Eng. # S30102133598. Red/blue cloth. Odo: 18,532 km. Very good panel fit, as per build. Good paint, most likely original, shows polish scratches as well as heavy road rash and small dents along front edge of hood. Good bright trim. Interior is slightly dirty, with a good dash. No rips or tears. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,854. The little Alfa that firmly delivered the company into Fiat/VW territory and occasioned the deletion of “Milano” from the Alfa badge, as these were built near Naples. The flat-4-powered Alfasud has a great reputation as a driver’s car, and once they are sorted (and kept maintained), can be a delight. It’s a shame we never got them here in the U.S. Market price. #518-1979 ALFA ROMEO 2000 GTV Turbodelta coupe. S/N AR116360022770. Eng. # 0059285. Red/gray velour. Odo: 6,983 km. Panel fit is very good, with expected wide gaps at hood. Good paint. Generally good bright trim except very pitted mirror base, fading on black trim. Interior shows slight bagging. Missing radio, good gauges. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $50,159. It is rare to see one of these turbocharged specials that hasn’t been completely used up and tossed to die. Only 400 homologation cars were built for a shortlived Alfa rally program. This car was obviously adult-driven and cared for. Considering 82 Sports Car Market

Page 81

Artcurial Paris, FRA — Alfa Romeo Sale one of the finest survivors of this glorious failure. In superb condition with an amazing interior, this rather anodyne yet quietly impressive sedan was a marvel to behold. Intended for the U.S. market, complete with energy-absorbing bumpers, it was never seen here. Well bought—find another like this. #520-1986 ALFA ROMEO 75 1.8 IE the rarity and condition, I’d say this was well bought. #513-1979 ALFA ROMEO ALFETTA GTV 2000 coupe. S/N AR116360036920. Eng. # AR01655034192. Black/orange velour. Odo: 12,259 km. Very good panel fit. Paint is very good, showing some polish scratches, a few small rubs and some small areas of sink- Turbo Evoluzione sedan. S/N AR162B1000059110. Red/black & white cloth. Odo: 69,204 km. Very good panel fit. Good paint shows polish scratches, some small touched-in chips on nose and bumper. Generally good black trim. Some curb rash on wheels. Excel- age. Good bright trim. Good bumpers. Very good dash and instruments, excellent seats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,069. Very well-preserved Alfetta 2-liter in stunning color combination. It was swarmed over in preview, and the resulting bidding was not surprising. Well bought for condition. #507-1983 ALFA ROMEO ALFA 6 se- dan. S/N ZAR11940000005176. Dark blue/ beige velour. Odo: 1,541 km. Very good panel fit. Very good paint, black trim shows some wear and fading. Bright trim quite good. Interior is very good with minor bagging on driver’s cushion, some light wear on carpets. lent interior. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,832. The street-going version of the touring car racer, the 75 was marketed as the Milano in the U.S. It was Alfa’s last rear-wheel-drive sedan, and despite the strange trunk, a wonderful car to drive in all guises. Hard to find in this condition, so call it fairly sold and bought. #519-1996 ALFA ROMEO 164S 3.0 24V 4WD sedan. S/N ZAR164000006328449. Metallic red/beige leather. Very good panel fit. Paint shows only light polish scratches and tiny chips on panel ends. Very good interior Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,416. Undoubtedly Keith Martin’s has almost no wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,360. The ultimate 164S, with 4-wheel drive and an aggressive, attractive body kit. It’s a shame that Alfa was gone from North America by the time this piece of kit came along—another example of how they managed to wrest defeat from the jaws of victory. Well bought. © Sports Car Market SUBSCRIBE TO SCM The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe May 2014 83 ™

Page 82

RM Auctions Paris, FRA RM Paris Top-sale honors went to a 1955 Jaguar D-type that sold for a world-record $5m to an enthusiastic cheer Company RM Auctions Date February 5, 2014 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 41/52 Sales rate 79% Sales total $23,571,761 High sale 1955 Jaguar D-type, sold at $4,947,798 Buyer’s premium 12%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.75) 1955 Jaguar D-type, sold at $4,947,798 Report and photos by John Lyons Market opinions in italics thing in between. With RM’s first foray i this market, it was my first trip to Rétromob as well. I was captivated by the number of i credible cars on display at the show. Just about every major marque club was represented, and there was truly something for everyone (if you had the requisite number of euros in your pocket). C 84 ollectors and dealers alike make the annual pilgrimage to Rétromobile in Paris for the exposition of art, cars and ever Paris, FRA RM’s sale kicked off at the fabulous Place Vauban, the namesake of the famed French engineer. There were 52 automobile lots offered, with 41 selling, for a sales rate of 79%. Nearly $24m worth of cars traded hands over the course of the four-hour sale. The auction was the first of three sales that week — Rétromobile grows and grows, with enthusiasts now devoting an entire week to the events in Paris. Auctioneer Max Girardo handled the auction block in his usual light and relaxed manner. Switching between several languages, he was able to wring every last bid from the overflowing room. Top-sale honors went to the 1955 Jaguar D-type that sold for a world-record $5m to an enthusiastic cheer. Porsche also earned bragging rights with a world record of its own: a 1982 956 Group C prototype sold over $3.1m. In the Ferrari column was a 1955 Ferrari Monza Spider presented with both the reproduction Scaglietti coachwork and the incredibly well-maintained original body as well. Buyers quickly recognized the importance of having the original body with the car, and bid the car right to high estimate with a final price of nearly $2.6m (see the profile, p. 50). It looks like RM has found a new home in Paris. 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder with original preserved body, sold at $2,623,832 If the first year is any indication, I think it’s a winning formula for both the auction house and for Rétromobile. ♦ Sports Car Market

Page 84

RM Auctions Paris, FRA ENGLISH #22-1938 LAGONDA V12 drophead coupe. S/N 14050. Blue/blue cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 29,214 km. Very well-sorted and -maintained car. Very old cosmetic restoration with flaws in the paint everywhere. A few areas of touch-up poorly prepped as well. Interior nice older restored, with correct and clean instruments and controls. Engine bay tidy and proper. Piles of documentation and receipts from an obviously caring and enthusiastic trim. Dirty stained grille. Poor panel and hood fit. Interior as poorly done, including poorly fitting seat covers, stained carpets and older types go, this is among the best available. Sold under the $5.6m low estimate but still a record for a D-type. owner. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $337,350. There are things that just translate anywhere in the car hobby. I was inspecting this car, and a woman, obviously car-savvy and from a distant part of the world, looked at me and said, “Honest car.” Indeed, she chose the perfect words. While nowhere near show-condition, this represented a great and honest opportunity for someone. The mechanicals were perfect, as supported by 77,000 euros’ worth of receipts. Very well bought. Hopefully, new owner is driving the car as I write this. #25-1950 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML5013. Blue/black cloth. Odo: 16,983 miles. Really nice presentation of an incredibly sporty car. Very good paint with just a few stone chips up front. Very nice panel alignment. Interior appears fresh. Spotless engine #31-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 SE coupe. S/N S814488. Green/red leather. Odo: 9,192 km. Presentable with some use and wear. Average door gaps. Paint looking a bit wavy in spots. Interior, while remarkably well preserved, appears a bit dated. Instruments and controls all still excellent. Engine bay sports instrumentation. Dirty engine bay with rust stains visible and lots of other fluid stains. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $48,728. It was tragic to think about the money spent on this restoration, all of which still needs to be redone. Auctioneer Max Girardo had to work extra hard to get traction from bidders on this car. Very well sold. FRENCH #19-1921 TH. SCHNEIDER 4.5-LITER an older show detail. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $157,430. Last seen many years ago at Christie’s 1998 Pebble Beach auction, where it sold for a then-likely-world-record price of $63k (SCM# 15992). It sold very strongly again here, although I think a higher quality car could be found for less money. #18-1957 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 MK III coupe. S/N 3A1358. Golden brown/tan leather. Odo: 87,158 km. Outstanding older restoration with lots of use and enjoyment. Interesting color combination. Excellent door fit and paint prep work. Engine bay clean older detailed. Clean undercarriage. Tires a bit threadbare. Good factory options including bay with a high-level-show detail. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $487,283. Last seen in Monterey 2012, where it sold for an all-in price of $308k (SCM# 212779). Fair deal for all, and it seems the owner pocketed a nice profit. #30-1955 JAGUAR D-TYPE racer. S/N XKD520. Green/brown leather. Odo: 28,721 miles. Very original car. Said to be one of 54 customer cars built by Jaguar. FIA passport, known race and ownership history. Very good paint and graphics. Spotless correct engine bay. Very well-restored interior with new leather seats and restored instrumentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $4,947,798. This car drew more than its fair share of attention during the week of the auction. There were a couple of minor blips in its history, including a non-original hood and some minor early accident history, but as D- TOP 10 No. 1 86 front disc brakes. Build sheet and FIVA paperwork, so lots of European event eligibility. Also eligible for the Mille Miglia. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $277,377. In a segment that seems to be getting more and more popular by the month, this Aston had lots going for it. Owner apparently agrees, with the worn tires obviously indicating a lot of enjoyment prior to selling. Well bought and sold. #7-1957 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN4 roadster. S/N 36204. Red & black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 20,450 miles. Claimed to be recently restored. Average to poor paint and Sports Car Market be functional. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $82,463. Maintenance is the key here, as restoring one of these French treasures would be astronomically expensive if not impossible. Very few transactions in the SCM Platinum Auction Database. The last sale was in 2003, when a 1913 car sold at $34k at Christie’s in London (SCM# 31402). Another 1913 no-saled at $81k at Christie’s London sale in 2004 (SCM# 36740). “Market value” is whatever it sells for, and I have to say this looks fair. #20-1930 BUGATTI TYPE 40 roadster. S/N 40868. Red/black cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 2,308 km. Diminutive car with original coachwork, chassis and mildly up- tourer. S/N 2120128. Blue/black vinyl/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 19,619 miles. Unusual and scarce early French-built car, with rich and well-known history. One of approximately 25 surviving today. Well preserved from original with restoration as needed. Aluminum coachwork from Domain coachbuilders of Melbourne. Solid undercarriage. Interior very dated with materials from the 1960s or earlier. Engine appears to be original and reported to

Page 86

RM Auctions Paris, FRA graded engine. Very old restoration in rather loud livery. Matching two-tone interior also a little dated and garish. Overall restoration quality average. Clean older detailed engine. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $337,350. Kind of a plain design, with only its cut windscreen giving it a sporty look. Auctioneer had to work hard with this car, eventually finding common ground just under the $340k–$435k estimate. Well sold. TOP 10 No. 9 #37-1936 DELAHAYE 135 SPECIAL racer. S/N 47187. Blue/black leather. RHD. Originally a two-seater sport body, raced in period with good history; rebodied into a roadster in 1937; rebodied into a cabriolet in 1947; rebodied into a ’50s style berlinetta in 1952; and restored to 1937 spec in 2005. Fitted with Type 235 block. Very tidy and ready to be raced or shown. Continuous ownership history known. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,349,400. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows this car wearing its previous red berlinetta coachwork when it failed to sell at Christie’s London in 2004 at a high bid of $466k (SCM# 36742). It looks cool and correct now, but considering the non-original coachwork and non-original block, this was exceptionally well sold. GERMAN #36-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S cab- riolet. S/N 01200301. Silver/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 32,537 km. Restored by the same respected shop that restored Lot 32, the 300SL Roadster. Done to perfection with no paint issues. Perfect fit of doors and all panels. Beautiful leather seats with only a slight indication of use on the driver’s side. Carpets and instruments also as-new. Spotless engine bay loose driver’s seat my biggest nit to pick there. Detailed engine with some minor inaccuracies, but nothing that couldn’t be corrected quickly and fairly inexpensively. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,102,010. This car had a boatload of looks and if not for the paint mismatch (perhaps indicating a possible front-end accident of some sort), I would have expected a slightly bigger price. As it sat, the car sold slightly strong. #23-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 10017417. Black/black cloth/green leather. Odo: 14,467 km. Excellent color combination from the factory. Well-restored car with some buffing marks and other minor paint issues. Good door and panel fit. Very nice interior with green leather—a bit unusual, but tasteful. Rare factory Grundig #32-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980427500236. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 4,715 km. Factory black car. Well restored but with many modifications, including disc brakes, Euro headlights and a replacement rear axle. Mismatched paint in places, indicating some sort of problem since the restoration. Beautiful interior, with a radio. Clean engine bay. Factory fitted luggage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $146,185. These have exploded over the past three years. If you’re going to buy, buy the right one. This one certainly ticked a lot of the boxes, with luggage, tools, factory black, rare radio, etc. Sold below low estimate by a smidge. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. and undercarriage round out a very good car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $599,733. The RM specialist who consigned both this car and the 300SL for this sale told anyone who would listen that this was likely the sleeper of the sale. I think he was dead-on right. In the end, it sold for market-correct pricing; it is a nearly perfect example, and the new owner can be proud. 88 #28-1964 PORSCHE 904 Carrera GTS coupe. S/N 904045. Green/black leather. Odo: 41,421 miles. Fabulously well-restored and documented 904 Porsche. Very unusual color scheme reported to be a one-of-one build. Very chic ’60s design, while maintaining many typical period Porsche cues. Excellent paint. Very good door and panel fit. Well-detailed engine bay with a hint of use since. Well-known race history early in its life, with no wrecks or blown motor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,724,233. One of about 104 4-cyl TOP 10 No. 6 Sports Car Market

Page 88

RM Auctions Paris, FRA 904s built, and with the racing of the period, probably one of only a handful that has not been wrecked or had its engine replaced. I think this is an incredibly important car, and time will recognize its importance and place in collectible Porsches. The car is incredibly good looking and rare. Price paid today was smack in the middle of the $1.5m–$2m estimate; fairly bought in today’s market, which values race provenance over condition. #16-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 6-dr Pullman landaulet. S/N 1000151200 1861. Black/red leather. The rarest of the 600 Pullmans, in barn-find condition. Needs virtually everything. Rust in floors, missing engine components, interior looks as if it hosted raccoon fights. Engine bay an absolute fright-fest, with signs of long-term water exposure. Said Fully numbers-matching. Well-maintained older restoration. Average paint and trim indicative of a decades-old restoration. Interior similarly aging but still quite usable. Ideal car for touring or display. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $397,323. There were a lot of pre-sale inspections of this car. With such rare coachwork, it drew no shortage of interest from respected collectors. Once a fussy little secondary ignition switch was figured out, the car was started and run for numerous potential buyers. In the end, a phone bidder got the car. Well bought. #51-1947 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Sport cabriolet. S/N 915303. Blue/ navy blue cloth/green leather. RHD. Odo: 7,830 km. Beautifully restored Pininfarina coachbuilt post-war Alfa. Wonderful body lines and meticulous attention to detail. Beautiful paint and trim. Interior carefully restored as well and lovely throughout. Engine BEST BUY more touch-up if going to a major concours. Outstanding minimalist Touring design. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $262,383. This is a great-looking car in a fantastic color scheme. Very good show history and ready for more with only a bit of effort and expense. Well bought, right at the $260k low estimate. to be a two-owner car with current ownership for decades. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $719,680. Marketed as an original “barn find,” but this car was more like a “junkyard find,” with rust and missing components. Some experts there estimated restoration cost at close to $1m. I can’t imagine the condition in which this car has been kept; a leaky barn would have been better. An incredible bidding war broke out between two very determined bidders, driving the final price paid to nearly five times the $160k high estimate. Very well sold. (See profile p. 58.) ITALIAN #46-1939 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 cab- riolet. S/N 913014. Gray/white cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 2,103 km. Rare one-off custom coachwork by Tüscher of Zurich. Unique design both attractive and functional. cours-detailed engine bay. Fully detailed underside. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $479,787. This car drew rave reviews and serious interest. Correct right down to the Plexiglas rear window, the car was a testament to Touring’s workmanship. The restoration was as dead-on accurate as could be delivered, and the result right at mid-estimate was, in my opinion, a bit of a deal for the buyer. 90 Sports Car Market bay detailed to concours level; undercarriage also very well detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $374,833. The cost of restoration was probably not too far below the price paid here. This is somewhat of an overlooked model in a segment that is very strong right now. Probably one of the deals of the sale. #38-1948 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Super Sport coupe. S/N 915681. Eng. # Touring. Blue/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 62 km. Exceptionally well-restored and correct Super Sport with rare factory sunroof option. Excellent colors and spectacular attention to detail. Interior just as well restored, with only slight hazing of a couple of instruments taking away from an otherwise perfect execution. Con- #27-1955 FERRARI 750 MONZA Spyder. S/N 0498M. Red/tan leather. RHD. Very well-known racing history. Original chassis and original preserved body included with the car. Carrying engine 0857M currently. Spectacular restoration of a storied 4-cylinder race Ferrari. Owned and/or raced by a who’s-who of racing legends in the day, including Phil Hill. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT TOP 10 No. 4 #17-1952 ALFA ROMEO 1900 Sprint coupe. S/N 01020. Ice Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 9,296 km. Very handsomely restored car. Excellent paint and panel fit. Beautiful grille and other trim bits. Spotless interior with only slight leather wear to the driver’s seat. Clean detailed engine bay, which could use a little $2,623,832. This car just got better and better as I learned more about it. I give huge credit to RM for underselling the fact that the original body is with the car. They very cautiously referred to it as the “remnants,” but there is no doubt the body is very much complete, and with today’s technology, could be restored and reunited with the frame. Car sold just within estimate and struck me as a very good deal for the buyer. (See the profile, p. 50.) #6-1956 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA berlina. S/N 148801694. Blue/tan cloth. Odo: 22,686 km. Rarely seen “garden variety” Alfa in very clean condition. Excellent paint, trim bits and gaps. Minor trim issues around windows and door edges. Very nice original interior, with newer seats and carpeting. Minor wear on driver’s side of seat. Otherwise spic

Page 90

RM Auctions Paris, FRA and span throughout. Original, clean little DOHC 4-cylinder completely out of place in such a dowdy sedan. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,487. I absolutely fell in love with this ugly little Alfa. All in, the car surpassed $25k high estimate and found a new home. Well bought, but that is my bias talking a bit. #35-1956 FIAT 600 2-dr sedan. S/N 100144735. Gray/gray & white cloth. Odo: 58,612 km. Cosmetically maintained original with newer paint. Original chrome and windlacing showing age. Original glass. Good door fit. Nice original interior with seat covers the only change from original. Original instru- only minor driver’s seat use showing. Engine 02114. Green/black leather. Odo: 17,624 km. Very sharp Zagato coachwork. Original car with cosmetic upkeep including newer paint. Average door and panel fit, new tires. Original interior with black leather seats and factory carpeting. Original instruments slightly hazy. Clean and correct engine bay. Original undercarriage with no detailing done. Mechanicals bay nicely restored and carefully detailed. Original radiator with some road scars the only detraction. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $412,317. These have terrific little powerplants and amazing handling, and the price tag is justifiable, but they still play second fiddle to the now-legendary Spider Americas, which are selling in the $1m range. Market-correct price here. ments showing their age a bit. Engine bay tidy but not show-detailed. Minor fluid stains and surface rust on manifold. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,742. Of the three little Fiats on offer, this was the weakest and the least expensive, but in no way was it a bad car. Sold market-correct. #53-1957 FIAT 600 Multipla limousine. S/N 100108008524. Teal & white/blue cloth. Odo: 10,699 km. Outstanding and expensive restoration. All body panels better than new. Excellent paint and trim. Very good panel fit. Interior also well restored, but door panels seem incredibly fragile—like high-quality paper towels. All else spot-on and attractive. Clean engine bay with hints of occasional use #4-1960 LANCIA APPIA cabriolet. S/N 812014499. White/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 14,650 miles. Incredible one-owner car from new. Said to be one of fewer than 1,600 ever built. Restored by original owner earlier this decade. Paint and trim all excellent. Very minor door gap issue on passenger’s side and driver’s leading door edge. Impeccably re- reported to be freshly restored and ready for break-in. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $269,880. I know I called it a #3 and was rather harsh on it, but I actually loved this cool Lancia. It was honest, with obvious careful maintenance and use since new. It was nothing too extraordinary in the era, but it is aging incredibly well, and the collector market is recognizing this fact. Just a great ’60s look to it, like something you would see in a spy movie driven by the villain. A fair deal for buyer and seller. #8-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 12861. White/black leather. Odo: 36,943 km. Average paint and trim. Poor gaps, including leading edge of passenger’s door and gascap filler door. Factory spinner-style wheels. Clean original interior. Engine bay nicely stored interior with beautiful materials throughout. Freakishly unusual engine bay with V4 configuration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $67,470. This was one of several attractive Italian coachbuilt cars from this era, virtually all of them becoming more and more appealing by the day, it seems. Sold just at the $65k low estimate and seemed reasonable to me. #3-1966 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Super replica police car. S/N 337918. Green/red vinyl. Odo: 8,115 km. Restored to correct police specifications for the period. Very well done and with all of the needed accessories. Good paint, trim and graphics. Nice interior. cleaned prior to sale. Chassis tag appears to be a possible reproduction with obvious attempts at removal. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $157,430. This car was uninspiring both for what it is and for its presentation... but the Ferrari segment is hot right now. Well sold. #33-1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA only. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,980. The final car of the sale. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows two other Multiplas selling above $45k: at Gooding’s 2007 Pebble Beach sale ($46,200, SCM# 46526) and at RM’s 2010 Monterey sale ($46,750, SCM# 165631). The restoration costs were probably far greater than the price paid here, so no harm done. Well bought and sold. #9-1957 LANCIA AURELIA B24S con- vertible. S/N 1333. Grigio/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 17,083 miles. Worthy of showing at just about any event. Very nice paint and overall presentation. Spotless interior with 92 P400 SV coupe. S/N 4863. Purple/black leather. RHD. Odo: 26,724 km. Stunningly brilliant. Very good attention to detail virtually everywhere. Perfect paint and trim bits. Spotless and fresh interior. Show-detailed engine and undercarriage. Needs nothing. Cond: 1-. Very clean and incredibly accurate engine bay. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,483. This was a clone, but bidders loved it, as the robust price shows. A fair deal for buyer and seller. #43-1966 LANCIA FLAMINIA Super Sport 2.8 3C Zagato coupe. S/N 8262320- SOLD AT $697,190. Factory SV car and well-known history combined with a superlative restoration, and the car sells not far short Sports Car Market

Page 92

RM Auctions Paris, FRA of what you’d expect for an LHD car. Fair deal given the quality of the merchandise. #12-1974 FERRARI 365 GT4 BB coupe. S/N 18159. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 29,571 miles. Nice original car with stated original miles. Average paint with lots of buffing and other blemishes. No shrinkage or fabulous 40th anniversary car. Reported to be entirely original. Poor door fit and average paint with some possible blending noted on passenger’s side. Interior original and very nice with scuffs on floor the only major complaint. Clean engine and undercarriage. Ferrari factory certification reportedly in progress. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $689,683. My eyebrows were raised at this car’s poor door fit, which had me wondering about an accident repair or maybe incompetent handling on a garage lift. If it turns out to be nothing, then all is fine, but I say well sold, above the $680k high estimate. warping of plastic bits. Good original interior with factory leather and carpeting from new. Right-hand drive is the only serious demerit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $251,138. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that this car sold in 1985 for $251k at Coys’ December sale (SCM# 6287). This was a nice, honest original. The Ferraris of this era are finally coming into their own and rightfully so. This car had factory books, manuals, tools and jack. It also had a feature I never imagined on a Ferrari before: ashtrays on the door sills— and they appeared to have been used! Ahh, the 1970s. Well sold. #41-1980 ALFA ROMEO TIPO 179B F1 racer. S/N 179B04. Orange & white/black vinyl. MHD. An early example from Alfa’s return to F1 racing. Known and respected competition history. Original frame and much of the original body. Retired in 1980 but used in vintage events since. Eligible in many #47-1992 LANCIA DELTA HF Integrale Evoluzione hatchback. S/N ZLA831AB000576639. Black/tan leather. Odo: 71,740 km. Very chic ’90s European sports car with lots of performance options from the factory. Outstanding restoration with mild use since. Very correctly presented, including wheels, front air dam, badges and even tires. I can’t wait until these are legal to import to the U.S. A really great car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $97,457. These great European cars, which were never offered Stateside, are now starting to become collector items. This Lancia still looks great and is a tremendous performer even by today’s standards. This will seem like a bargain in a few years. Very well bought. AMERICAN events as well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $224,900. There were several race cars at this sale. Most did not sell, reflecting the limited market for this genre. This one not only sold, but sold over the very reasonable $120k–$175k estimate. A fair deal for buyer and seller. #45-1990 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000082727. Red/red leather. Odo: 54,251 km. European version of Ferrari’s recent mechanical restoration with break-in mileage only. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $89,960. With all the modifications and little notable race history, I thought it was a 30-grander at best. Boy, did I miss the boat. The French love of Mustangs apparently includes the modified market. Well sold. © 94 Sports Car Market #50-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5F07C602557. White/black cloth. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Heavily modified for racing with competition engine upgrades, gutted interior with race seat and instruments only. Very good fit and finish. Great sound to the engine. Full

Page 94

Bonhams Paris, FRA Bonhams — Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais In the spectacular cast-iron birdcage of the Grand Palais, records duly fell Company Bonhams Date February 6, 2014 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneers Malcolm Barber, James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 105/149 Sales rate 70% Sales total $21,817,656 High sale 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, sold at $3,025,362 Buyer’s premium The elegant Grand Palais is an impressive auction venue Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics auction venue, showcasing the cars bea fully (even if it doesn’t hold the heat in v well). Bonhams learned from its previous v its to fill out this vast greenhouse to prevent P aris in February is freezing, but it’s spectacular, and the elegant cast-iron birdcage of the Grand Palais is a heck of an Paris, FRA it looking a bit windy around the edges. A massive 149-car entry helped with that, requiring two auctioneers. Against this spectacular setting, records duly fell. After the unprecedented $335k for the Pope’s Harley (followed by the matching jacket to a different bidder for $80k), there was a new high of over $3m for a recently restored Ferrari 275 GTB/4, and $2.2m for a 1929 GP Bugatti. That car was first owned as a Type 37 by “Bug Royalty” Jack Lemon Burton; now a 35B, it went to a Far East bidder who traveled to Paris just to secure it. Even further down, prices floated off into fairytale land to match the ethereal building: $423k for a Porsche 911 Speedster with only 638 km on the clock, three times its normal market price; $251k for a derelict 1925 10/40/65 HP Mercedes 2.6-liter tourer that was expected to do no better than $60k; and $212k for a 1962 Facel Vega II that had been rusting in U.S. storage for 40 years. The top French car was the 1947 Delage D-6 3-liter believed to be raced in period by Maurice Trintignant — and for nearly $1.5m, it’s staying in Europe. This was Rétromobile week, so there were al- Sales Totals $25m ways going to be some weirdies too: a Greek-built 1967 Attica 200 microcar was the first Bonhams had ever offered, fetching $19k. Auctioneer James Knight later said, “The 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe, sold at $3,025,362 96 Paris sale goes from strength to strength, and this year’s total was our highest yet. 2014 looks like being every bit as successful as our recordbreaking 2013 season and follows on from the hugely successful Scottsdale, USA auction.” ♦ $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.73)

Page 96

Bonhams Paris, FRA ENGLISH #328-1925 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM 1 York roadster. S/N 25HC. Bronze/beige cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 6,778 miles. Straight and well proportioned, with excellent paint, lovely nickel plating to radiator shell, plus straight Easiclean discs (a recurring theme in this sale). Leather is lightly creased, motor very clean and tidy and only slightly over-enthusiastically polished. Missouri title. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY carpets worn through, faded timber needs refinishing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $235,255. Only six are reckoned to have been built like this, out of 70 Derby Bentleys bodied by James Young. High price for a Derby, where the unusual design might have hampered rather than helped, so well sold. SOLD AT $306,855. Originally intended to be bodied by stuffy old Hooper, it got this more attractive Brewster-style roadster body instead—but not until the ’80s, having been left as a rolling chassis following the original owner’s death. Not sold at €160k ($220k) in the room, but declared sold post-auction at this higher price, so it seems like someone came forward with new money. Well bought. #441-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I shooting brake. S/N 84FH. Eng. # SK95. Gray/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 74,563 miles. Splendid old thing with timber all in pretty good shape and maker’s plate still attached. Water marks in radiator shell would probably polish out. Nicely patinated leather on front #393-1961 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 876188. Eng. # R26789. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 36,797 miles. Another restored red E-type, really sharp with attention to the details that are usually missed. Spot welds in rear pan are as factory-level; finishes perfect everywhere. Looks just put cracked original leather, pickled chrome on dinged rear bumper. New York plates. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,058,649. Sold for big money and never mind the cosmetics, with left-hand drive probably helping the price. At this price, a full restoration isn’t viable, but it’ll probably get it anyway. back together, and even sits on the right, original-type Dunlop SP tires. Bravo! Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $266,622. Correctly, it made strong money, but I’d call it wisely bought. Improving a poorly restored car would put you under for more than this. It’s a flat-floor, too, which (although it makes the car less practical) is what collectors want. bench, newer in rear, bottles still in place in dash holder. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $180,021. No-saled here two years ago at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 197322). Originally a sixlight saloon by Knibbs, bodied like this during WWII for RAF service duties, then resident at Aintree race course; front bodywork subsequently modified by Hooper. Sold a tad under lower estimate. #381-1937 BENTLEY 4¼ LITRE paral- lel-door sedanca. S/N B28KT. Blue & black/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 49,519 miles. Unusual parallel-door design actually works well, and no drop in the hinges. Older paint, good plating, unworn but lightly creased leather, 98 used and usable with slightly orange-peeled paint and a touch of rust on the wheel spokes. Leather is lightly creased but not worn. Pre- #371-1962 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series IV coupe. S/N DB4886L. Eng. # 3700209GT. Green/green leather. Odo: 49,171 miles. DB4 originally supplied with GT engine and dash. Restored in 2005 about 1,000 miles ago. Good, clean and straight with even panel gaps. Looks nicely TOP 10 No. 7 Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,051. Offered at no reserve and sold quite high, but the rather nice buyer’s story explains it. Bought by a French dealer of modern Discos and Rangies to use as a courtesy vehicle. He reckons it’ll give his customers an insight into the Land Rover legend, “and it’s half the price of an Evoque.” #380-1986 FORD RS200 S coupe. S/N SFACXXBJ2CGL000137. White/gray & red velour. Odo: 3,890 km. Good, unscuffed and Sports Car Market #346-1968 LAND ROVER SERIES IIA 88-inch utility. S/N 32300558D. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 18,661 km. Excellently restored and very straight top and bottom. Desirable options include freewheel front hubs, safari top and a “fug stirrer” (circular in-cab Clayton heater). Extra lights are vulnerable up front. sented bumperless and now on 16-inch Borranis with Dunlop racers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,615,421. Said to be one of only three built like this, plus two right-handers, resulting in a long, drawn-out sale that ended some ways north of estimate. Practically as good as a DB4GT, but for around half the money and with the nicer open-headlight front end; I thought this was a canny buy—even at this inflated price. #340-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB52043L. Silver/red leather. Odo: 78,204 miles. Okay at 10 paces but rather disappointing close up, with tired paint cracked around the tailfins and slightly drooping doors. Some surface rust on floors, but structurally looks okay. Distressed and

Page 97

Bonhams Paris, FRA unworn. Couple of small cracks in left C-pillar. Sits on new wheels, and seats are replacement orange Recaros (the originals would have been gray velour buckets). Luxembourg engine from a Type 43; now running a modern copy, as so many of them are. Well presented in a curiously modern shade of its original silver and with T35-type alloy wheels rather than original wires. Very usable on road and track—and has been, with FIA papers and lots of VSCC scrutineering stickers on the inner registration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $188,204. Originally supplied to Germany, although not until 1990 (Ford couldn’t get rid of them), then sold to Luxembourg two weeks later and still with the same owner. Sold right for a noncompetition collector’s piece. Right now the market doesn’t appear to differentiate between a stock 250-hp car and the Evo cars with 100 hp more and cockpit-adjustable torque split like this one. FRENCH #321-1926 DELAGE D-1 14-hp cabrio- let. S/N D118266. Eng. # 5240. Yellow & black/ black leather/black leather. RHD. Odo: 94,045 miles. Paint flaking off straight (English) body but lovely, with charming doubleopening windscreen and straight Easiclean discs. All functional, though, with newer leather and tidy motor. Interior mahogany cappings are slightly faded, and leather top a bit tired, but both are perfectly in keeping with body side. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,195,718. Originally owned by Bugatti Owners’ Club founder Jack Lemon Burton, and with multifaceted, fully documented history since. Offered by the Estes family but not sold in 1998 at $425k at The Auction Las Vegas (SCM# 13933), although changed hands afterwards. So many Bugs are bitsas that there’s no stigma attached in replacement parts, but had it been an original matching-numbers car, we might have seen twice this money. It was let go well under lower estimate, and probably fairly. #379-1930 VOISIN C23 four-light sedan. S/N 47001. Maroon & black/patterned velour. RHD. Odo: 1 miles. As the sale room notice had it, “Although of characteristically generous fenestration, this is not actually a Lumineuse as described.” Jolly nice, though, in good restored order, with excellent lights and deadstraight Easiclean discs. Excellent interior (copied from the original) is a rather more the rest of the car. One to wipe over with an oily rag and use, rain or shine, preferably while wearing a long, battered leather coat to match. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $55,506. U.K.supplied car, then Guernsey, and then Belgium from 2010. VSCC badges plus flashing indicators (and that extensive patina) suggest it’s been a regular driver. Sold at lower estimate, and a good deal for someone who wants a charming driver. TOP 10 No. 5 #385-1929 BUGATTI TYPE 35B roadster. S/N 37371. Eng. # 43239112. Silver/ black leather. RHD. Was originally a Type 37 (4-cylinder, 1,500-cc engine, narrow radiator), but made into a 35B in period with larger supercharged straight-8 May 2014 somber houndstooth affair, rather than the usual Voisin schizoid Art Deco wackiness. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $392,092. Was in England at some stage and may have been owned by Prince Bira of Siam. Well bought and sold, a little ways under estimate. TOP 10 No. 8 #362-1947 DELAGE D-6 3-liter Grand Prix roadster. S/N 880003. Blue/blue leather. RHD. Rebuilt old racer, one of five D-6 70s built post-war and campaigned as a “factory” car driven by French heroes Étancelin, Trintignant and 99

Page 98

Bonhams Paris, FRA Charles Pozzi. Has been in various forms, although allegedly still with the original body, now with shiny paint chipped at edges; very patinated paint-chipped dash looks older, seat leather newer. Cotal electric shift and no only three built in ’66. Straight and restored/ repainted (Italy, 2005–06) green-fluid car with new leather. All original finishes under hood, with new or repro factory stickers. Four-speed semi-auto (no clutch, but you have to shift the lever yourself). Italian registration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $423,459. There were a bunch of DSs offered at this sale, and this was the most interesting and the most expensive. Sold slightly high, at twice what a normal Chapron convertible would fetch. GERMAN #395-1925 MERCEDES-BENZ 10/40/65 odometer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,489,951. Although the original seven D-6 3-liters achieved far more pre-war, and this car’s actual race history appeared a little indistinct, this was the local star entry, warranting 14 pages in the catalog. It hammered at €150k ($205k) under the lower estimate, near where the reserve usually lurks. I should think all parties were quietly relieved. #327-1962 FACEL VEGA FVII coupe. S/N HK2A154. Eng. # TY8712175. Metallic blue/gray leather. Odo: 31,152 miles. Massively deteriorated thanks to 40 years of barn storage in the U.S., and still on Minnesota plates. Holes in rockers, although everything’s there, including most of interior. Wearing a “do not clean car” sign, just in case anyone HP 2.6-liter tourer. S/N 27522. Eng. # 55983. Multi-colored primer. RHD. Most of it still present. Interior and most of instruments are missing. All original matching-number major components still fitted and look serviceable or effectively the 540Ks of their day, hand-made in tiny numbers (203) and with effectively a Gullwing dry-sump engine. This was right on the money. #374-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980428500075. Red/red hard top/beige leather. Odo: 47,132 km. Repainted in original color, with ripply rechromed bumpers and cracked original leather. Lightly overpolished inlet tracts. Factory hard top. Aging gracefully, rather than straight out of a modern ruthless face-peel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $972,389. Delivered new to Switzerland. Last owner (from 1972) had it restored immediately upon taking delivery. Sold here fairly for its condition in the current market, but won’t appeal to those who want better-thannew perfection. I liked it... restorable, including small front-mounted supercharger. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $250,939. Delivered new to Portugal, then sold to the fire brigade, which modified the bodywork. Pored over protectively all day by a British enthusiast collector of such things, and sold three times over estimate. #324-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S missed the point. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $211,729. Originally supplied by Hoffmann of New York. Brought to the sale from the U.S. by St. Louis dealer Mark Hyman and, although most commentators felt the price was high, look at the $550k the pristine ex-Ringo Starr example achieved in London in December (SCM# 231861). As auctioneer Jamie Knight said, “It’s a rust-free car. The rust is free.” #392-1966 CITROËN DS21 Le Caddy convertible. S/N 4350010. Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 13,053 km. Said to be one of only 34 Le Caddys built 1959–68 and one of Cabriolet A. S/N 1880104500024. Eng. # 1869205500578. Brown/beige cloth/brown leather. Odo: 51,430 km. Straight, shiny, repainted—and all that hand-made brass side trim lines up, which isn’t always the case. Radiator shell shows some polish marks and one tiny ding in top. Leather is lightly creased and could be original. New beige cloth top and Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,504. Sold at lower estimate and fair for a work in progress that can be enjoyed in the meantime. These are so rare, and this one is so fundamentally solid, that it was probably worth taking on to do properly—see the prices that the ASA coupes of similar looks and appeal made at Artcurial’s Paris sale this time last year ($71k– $300k, SCM#s 225867, 225866, 225869, 225868). chrome irons in good shape. Servo brakes retrofitted by the factory at end of 1954. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $407,776. Originally supplied to the Haribo company. Recently offered but not sold at $353k at Bonhams’ October 2013 sale in Knokke-Heist, Belgium (SCM# 228325). You have to remember how special these are: 100 #339-1989 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WP0ZZZ91ZKS152438. Silver/magnolia leather. Odo: 638 km. Rare (171-off out of 2,065 911 Speedsters) narrow-body version of 1989-only model. Very low mileage and almost like new. No scuffs in body; leather is pristine. With handbooks, toolkit and Swedish Sports Car Market #448-1968 BMW 1600 GT coupe. S/N W331667. Eng. # W001667. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 33,451 km. Rebadged Glas GT; BMW acquired the company in 1966 and reengined the pretty coupe with its own SOHC inline 4 and semi-trailing arm rear end. Partrestored 2006–13: basically good body with a couple of bubbles in paint; repairs to rockers are wavy, as is front chrome trim. Inside, vinyl is all good, but it smells strongly of solvent.

Page 100

Bonhams Paris, FRA leather, Nardi wheel. Nice new Borranis and sits right on tall Michelins. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $196,046. Delivered new in France, originally black, painted twice since. I’d say the right money for a really proper 1900 SS—and way cheaper than the 1953 that Bonhams sold at Beaulieu late last year for an unexpectedly high $247k (SCM# 227911). #397-1963 FIAT 1100 T3 tow truck. S/N registration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $423,459. This one just kept going, right up to normal market price—and then some, to arrive at twice what even Bonhams expected. Astonishing price that is hard to make any sense of no matter how you try to explain it. So we won’t even try. GREEK #331-1967 ATTICA 200 voiturette. S/N 33179. White & turquoise/white & turquoise leather. Odo: 8,551 km. Rare Greek-built (under license) Fuldamobil with weird sequential gearshift. As auctioneer Jamie Knight said, in 30 years in the business he’d never encountered one before. In good restored order with fresh paint and leather. One knob broken off 050946. White & orange/brown vinyl. A repainted solid original truck, rather than fully restored. Still with functional winch and even carrying a spare pair of wheels with snow chains already mounted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,565. Originally run by a Fiat dealer in 454. Eng. # AR0052618015. White/red vinyl. Odo: 5,787 km. Restored in 2003, driven 8,000 miles since, still straight and sharp, and rot-free. Somehow, Appliance White doesn’t seem to damage the appeal of these. Good documentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,799. Sold mid-estimate. This was at the far end of the hall, so Publisher Martin must have missed it; otherwise it would surely be on its way to Portland right now. #342-1966 MASERATI MISTRAL 4000 coupe. S/N AM109A11260. Ruby metallic/ beige leather. Odo: 46,272 km. Restored in France 2010–12. New paint still superb, although leather now lightly creased. Sits well on spoked Borranis; Lucas fuel injection has been replaced by a trio of Webers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $148,995. Sold pre-restoration in 2009 for $54k at Bonhams’ Reims auction Perugia. Just scraped over bottom estimate for what seems a fair price. Interesting to compare this with the film-prop Renault van used by Ferrari in 2013’s “Rush” that didn’t sell at Silverstone’s CarFest South sale last year (SCM# 228534). #394-1965 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 Series I coupe. S/N 7059. Eng. # 7059. Silver/dark blue leather. Odo: 31,625 miles. Matchingnumbers interim car (hanging pedal, 5-speed). Good repaint in 2000. Newish black leather. dashboard probably won’t make any difference to its performance. Still with original Heinkel 4-stroke single. Greek registration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,820. Offered at no reserve, and find another. Bargain price some ways south of the estimate. Worth it just for the hilarity that will ensue. Only slightly bigger than a Peel P50—you could almost take it as hand luggage. ITALIAN #389-1956 ALFA ROMEO 1900 Super Sprint coupe. S/N AR1900C10078. Maroon/ tan leather. Odo: 6,917 km. Said to be one of 600 built. Good appearance following very recent restoration with good brightwork, some dust and swirl marks in paint, lightly creased Better than it looks. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $219,571. Originally supplied to the U.S., restored in Italy. Sold lower than expected, but I’d call this the right money. #438-1966 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Super Bollo d’Oro sedan. S/N 10526AR330- finishes. With tools—and Ferrari Classiche papers, of course. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $3,025,362. First supplied to Italy, then to the U.S. in 1979, and Germany in 1990, when it was painted red. Much-publicized new world record for the model, pretty much as predicted. #337-1972 DETOMASO PANTERA Group 3 racer. S/N 1070. Silver & black/ black velour. Odo: 72,517 km. Prototype 102 Sports Car Market (SCM# 142897). These have risen gently in the past five years, but even with the 4000 being the most expensive, still look like a great value at a quarter of the price of the DB5, of similar configuration and numbers. Probably would have got a bit more if it still had fuel injection (it can be made to work) but probably also left the seller underwater, so in every respect, well bought. #367-1968 FERRARI 275 GTB/4 coupe. S/N 10905. Eng. # 10905. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 46,681 km. Matching-numbers car in perfect condition, following massive $300k Bob Houghton restoration (although rev counter is stuck at 500 rpm). New interior, leak-free motor in factory TOP 10 No. 3

Page 101

Glovebox Notes 2014 Jeep Compass Latitude 4x4 SUV A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. Price as tested: $27,505 Equipment: 2.4-liter DOHC I4, CVT with off-road crawl ratio, Security and Cargo Convenience Group, Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group, ParkView backup camera EPA mileage: 20/23 Likes: Feels light, nimble and competent for an SUV. I like small cars, so I guess it makes sense that I like small SUVs. Decent mileage for its size. Audio controls on back of steering wheel are great. Dislikes: Cheap plastic everywhere, lackluster performance and handling. Styling seems about a decade old. Touch-screen display feels like a cheap tablet stuck on the dashboard. Some information not visible at crucial times, such as which radio station you’re on while you’re searching for a station. Heated seats don’t get hot enough. Fun to drive: HH Fun to look at: HH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: If the idea of a basic little SUV appeals to you, then the Jeep Compass is worth a look. If you’re offended by cheap finishes and wheezy powertrains, you should probably stay away. I wouldn’t call this a car for an automotive enthusiast, but it’s an honest enough commuter at a reasonable price. — Tony Piff 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport 4x4 SUV Price as tested: $36,050 Equipment: 3.6-liter V6, 24-valve VVT engine, 5-speed automatic, Sport S Package, Connectivity Group, 32-inch tires, slush mats, Freedom Top, side steps, Uconnect CD/ DVD/MP3, Alpine Premium Audio EPA mileage: 16/20 Likes: Goes anywhere, no pavement needed. Rugged, off-road ability is balanced with high-quality interior touches. Roomy, boxy and airy inside. Lift-off roof and doors complement iconic Jeep styling. Dislikes: Substantial road noise and truck-like handling, not that you should be surprised. Disappointing sound from the “Premium” audio system: tinny highs, warbly lows. Seems kind of expensive, considering that you don’t get heated seats or a backup camera. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall experience: HHHHH Verdict: This is the vehicle that convinced me I need 4wd in my life. As the editorial staff was putting the final touches on the post-Arizona issues of SCM and ACC, the worst winter storm front in years descended on Portland. From the office, I watched commuters flee at noon. By rush hour, the city was empty. But magazine production rolled on without a hitch, and I never stressed about making it home, making it to the grocery store or picking up the kids. The next morning, the roads were empty and icy, and I enjoyed crunching my way back into town. Do I need 32-inch wheels and 4x4 capability for three days of mild snow every three years? Maybe I do... — Tony Piff May 2014 103

Page 102

Bonhams Paris, FRA Group 3 racer, was black, restored 1997, body still straight and undinged. All those miles must have been accumulated racing, but motor recently rebuilt, in very tidy engine bay with new MSD ignition. Some cracks in paint at windshield pillar bases. Original Cromodora wheels refurbished. Mostly original interior, body sides and crudely tacked-in replacement floorpans that need finishing. Speedo missing; no odo. Driver’s seat has been re-covered but seems to have lost its padding. Other three perches are original and just about pass muster. Rusty water stains around radiator. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,252. Offered at no reserve and bought by a couple of Germans who seemed surprised that it’s technically Mille Miglia-eligible. Wonder what the chances are of it a) getting an entry and b) completing the course? They felt it was fairly bought; I reckon it was well sold. but that couldn’t help it past only a mid-estimate price. with later seats and steering wheel. Still on Italian plates. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $141,153. In Belgium since 2005. No-saled a year ago at Bonhams’ May 2013 sale in Belgium, bid to $104k (SCM# 221981). Claimed to be the most-raced Pantera, starting with Italian sports car series in 1974. Offered at no reserve and sold right where expected for double what a decent standard road-going car makes in the U.K. A fair deal both ways for an appealing old warhorse. #376-1972 MASERATI BORA coupe. S/N AM117270. Yellow/stainless steel/black leather. Odo: 71,720 km. Nice and tidy early car. Rot-free and good paint (was silver), with a hint of yellow overspray on driver’s door handle. Mild, shallow ding in corner of chrome. Patterned seat velour is unworn. Believed original motor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $75,281. One of 1,176 L10Bs made, in the hands of the Belgian Mazda importer since 1990. My, how these have gathered pace in a decade, but still look like an incredible value behind that other ’60s Japanese collector’s piece, the inexplicably stellar Toyota 2000GT. (See the profile, p. 54.) brushed stainless roof panel. Leather lightly creased. French registered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $123,901. Although the color is attractive, it’s not original, and the overspray worries me. The market, of course, wants the 4.9. Still a lot less money than a Boxer, though. #408-1984 FERRARI 126C4 M racer. S/N 072. Red/black racing bucket. MHD. One of the first all-composite Ferraris from the turbo era. Good and tidy, and sold with a quantity of spares. Unusually for an old F1 racer, this is complete and ready to go, as most are shells for display only. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $658,715. Ex-Michele Alboreto (only raced in F1 three times). Ferrari sold it in 1986, and it has run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as well as other demos. This is one you can actually run without a team of factory technicians, SWEDISH #351-1957 SAAB 93 sedan. S/N 31575. Blue/check velour. Looks okay, but is more a case of just holding up well, with plop-filled JAPANESE #353-1969 MAZDA COSMO L10B coupe. S/N L10B10546. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 51,094 km. Second-series car with slightly longer wheelbase. Overall looks good with good panel fitment. But there’s a scrape in the driver’s door, various bubbles in the fender bottoms and scratches and dings in the AMERICAN #404-1930 CORD L-29 phaeton. S/N L2900185. Yellow & green/black leather/ yellow leather. Odo: 70,765 miles. Good and straight overall, last restored about 1990. Some touched-in chips and scrapes in paint. New coarse leather on bench seat. Some details a bit messy, such as chassis plate half painted-over and a few minor dribbles from motor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $141,153. Has been in a Spanish collection, still Spanish titled. Offered but not sold by Bonhams in Monte Carlo 2006 for $159k (SCM# 41933). Well bought and sold today. #303-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 59F043341. Eng. # 58J116042. Pink/white vinyl/black & white leather. Odo: 52,906 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fair paint and chrome, but a bit pickled in places. Some stitching coming out of seats. Passenger’s window crank handle missing. New top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $84,691. One of the first car lots of the sale after the excitement of the Pope’s Harley selling for mega-money. Used in the 1989 Clint Eastwood film “Pink Cadillac,” having been repainted from white, but it’s obviously deteriorated since. But offered at no reserve, it did well to reach this money. © 104 Sports Car Market

Page 104

McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA McCormick’s 56th Palm Springs Collector Car Auction McCormick and company sold a commendable 73% of the cars that crossed the block, and the $7,471,316 sales total was a house record Company McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auctions Date February 21–23, 2014 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneers Frank Bizarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Ross Automotive lots sold/offered 409/561 Sales rate 73% Sales total $7,471,316 High sale ick’s Palm Springs, CA McCormick’s 56th Palm Springs Collector Car Auction McCormick and company sold a commendable 73% of the cars that crossed the block, and the $7,471,316 sales total was a house record Company McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auctions Date February 21–23, 2014 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneers Frank Bizarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Ross Automotive lots sold/offered 409/561 Sales rate 73% Sales total $7,471,316 High sale Report Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics T The McCormick family continued their tradition of low-key, entertaining auctions in late February. Their long-term relationship with The Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs makes for a consistent and predictable venue that continues to move ever forward. The February event, which sold out well in advance, presented a wide selection. The offerings ranged from high-end European classics to a pocketchange 1991 Mercury Capri that sold for $1,500. Keith McCormick and company sold a commendable 73% of the cars that crossed the block, and the $7,471,316 sales total was a house record. The McCormick’s auction always seems to find some rather quirky offerings, and this sale was no exception. Perhaps the most unusual car offered was a 1993 Vector W8 coupe. Vector Automotive built these cars using what they termed “Aeromotive Engineering,” which utilized modern airplane technology in the manufacturing process. During the firm’s short existence, it produced a total of 18 W8s, which had a list price of $448k. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that another W8 no-saled at Russo and Steele’s 2009 Scottsdale auction against a high bid of $425k. While I questioned the widespread rumor of one selling for $1.4m, the car on 106 1960 Chrysler 300F, sold at $105,000 Buyer’s premium 5%, included in sold prices Palm Springs, CA offer here was bid to $925k, and I confirmed that it was real money. The seller must have been looking for the bigger number, but I have to think that he may look back and regret the decision. The top seller at the auction was also my favorite car. The stunning 1960 Chrysler 300F had been offered recently at the November 2013 McCormick’s sale and failed to meet the seller’s expectations there when bidding stopped at $78k. The seller wisely tried again, and the $105k paid here was more in line with the current market. It was a rare car (964 produced) with all the goodies, power swivel buckets and the very desirable crossram dual carburetion. To my eye, a fair transaction all around. A striking 1968 Jaguar Series 1½ XKE sold for a reasonable $71k, while the later 1974 Series III with V12 realized $61k. Looking into my SCM crystal ball, I predict that both transactions will prove wise investments while offering all kinds of top-down fun. Auction buyers and sellers appreciate McCormick’s no-nonsense style, and demand for lot numbers continues to increase. They are negotiating with their host for additional parking space. If successful, they will expand the auction to 600 cars for their November 21–23, 2014 event. For car collectors living in the colder climes, what’s better than escaping to Palm Springs for three days of sunshine and interesting cars? ♦ $6m $7m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sales Totals 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Sports Car Market

Page 106

McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA ENGLISH #152-1949 MG TC roadster. S/N TC8136. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 821 km. First introduced in late 1945 and very popular with returning GIs as Detroit offered nothing similar. All were right-hand drive and did not have radio or heater. About 10,000 produced. This example finished in traditional red with tan with expected wear and tear. Silver painted wires and blackwalls complete the look. Older respray has a few minor issues. One of only 3,400 produced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,400. This was a very presentable car that sold under the money. Another $5k or more would not have been unrealistic, so hats off to the buyer. #46-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I BT7 roadster. S/N HBT7L9524. Tan/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 65,656 miles. First introduced in the Spring of 1959 with “Big Healey” motor. Equipped with front disc brakes. Offered as a BJ7 Mk I, but they were not introduced until 1962 as a Mark II. Has Royce convertible that appears to have been properly maintained, although no service records presented. Equipped with a/c, power windows and door locks, cruise control. Paint very attractive with no issues noted, and the leather interior is luxurious. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,425. The Corniche was introduced in 1971 and by the late ’80s was priced at over $150k. At this price, we are talking stylin’ for not a lot of money. Rolls-Royce luxury at the price of a Chevy. All well and good, until the complete service comes due—then it won’t feel like such a bargain. Until then, enjoy. GERMAN #182-1967 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- leather seating (torn). Door fit off a bit, but that’s rather normal. Grille slightly dented. Cute as heck. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. Price bid was light by about $7,500, so I can’t fault the seller for taking it back home. These have a following, and I doubt the seller will have a problem getting his money. #253-1954 NASH METROPOLITAN coupe. S/N E8934. Canyon Red/Mist Gray/ leather/Bedford cord. Odo: 71,034 miles. Made by the Austin Motors company and powered by the Austin A40 motor. Also sold as a Hudson when Nash and Hudson merged in 1954. A nicely restored hard top with lug- PORTER 11-window minibus. S/N 227105181. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 62,580 miles. An older restoration that is still very presentable. Equipped with a roof rack and modern radio. Interior in good order with seating showing minimal wear. Two-tone paint HBT7 3000 Mk I VIN. Body straight with no issues noted. Tan livery does not exactly pop but very presentable. Interior in good order. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,025. Price paid was about right for a middle-of-the-road car, and this was a touch better than that. The identity question may have bothered the buyers, but it will all get settled. #445-1974 JAGUAR XKE Series III V12 convertible. S/N UE1524426. Blue/cream leather. Odo: 33,558 miles. Recent restoration with quality respray. No flaws noted in finish. Brightwork to good standard. Automatic transmission. Cream leather seating with blue piping. Modern radio. Large rubber bumpers. very attractive. Not nearly as desirable as the 19- and 21- window versions. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. This was a long way from the six-figure buses that make the big headlines. Lot 181, the ’58 microbus, was bid to $99k and also failed to sell, so this was not the day for VW buses. The sun, moon and stars have to align just right to hit the big money. gage rack from a 1954 MG. Canyon Red paint in good order. Nice interior. Priced at $1,445 when new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $13,650. As the micro market appreciates, these have been following along. This was a well-presented example and sold for a market-correct price. Fair all around here. #172-1955 MG TF 1500 roadster. S/N HOC468152. Red/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 65,660 miles. The TF was only produced 1953–55. Considered by some to be the most desirable T-series MG. Equipped with 4-wheel disc brakes. Original seats and door panels AMERICAN #325-1938 AMERICAN BANTAM Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,900. A well-presented Series III that not all appreciate, due to the bumpers. The price paid here was in the ballpark but does not come close to what a comparable Series I would bring. A lot of topdown fun for a fair price. #395-1985 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE convertible. S/N SCAZND42A2FCX09522. Silver/light blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 46,207 miles. A very elegant Rolls- pickup. S/N 60983. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 42,484 miles. Made under license from Austin. Produced from 1930 until 1934 and then brought back in 1937. Designed by Alexis de Sakhnoffsky with bodies built by Hayes. This example restored by past president of Pacific Bantam Austin Club. Recent respray to high standard with properly fitted interior. Cute as heck (but terribly underpowered). Cond: 2+. 108 Sports Car Market

Page 108

Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA Online sales of contemporary cars 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster SOLD AT $33,600. Boy, this was a surprise. Full-size pickup money for one that was onethird the size. Well restored, but seems like all the money from here. #204-1940 PACKARD 120 Model 1801 sedan. S/N C301202. Wild Berry/gray fabric. Odo: 17,694 miles. Documented restoration costs of over $51k. Low miles thought to be original. Equipped with fog lights and bumper guards. Very nice gray wool interior. Missing Date sold: 02/27/2014 eBay auction ID: 191077063778 Seller’s eBay ID: bocamotors Sale type: Used car with 961 miles VIN: WDDRK7HA5CA006937 Details: Le Mans Red over Porcelain Designo White leather; 6.3-liter V8 rated at 591 hp, 7-sp auto-shift manual, RWD Sale result: $189,000, 9 bids, sf 93 MSRP: $228,000 (as equipped) Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach in Costa Mesa, CA, asking $219,893 for a 9-mile silver over black/red leather SLS AMG. 2013 Ferrari 458 Spyder Odo: 26,262 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A striking restoration with interesting tack shop graphics. Equipped with flathead V8; engine bay clean and tidy. Body straight and solid; minor issue with right door fit. Interior in good order but not equipped with radio. Door rubber loose on driver’s side. Attractive panel truck. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,200. With the current interest in trucks, this was well bought. The graphics were cool, and if you were into horses and all, this was the ticket. Could have sold for a bit more without issue. #179-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr sedan. S/N 506294194. Dark blue/tan & blue fabric. Odo: 51,053 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A recent respray on a car that has a neglected look. Trim pitted and windshield wipers missing. Vent wing windows delaminating, vent window crank missing. Steering wheel cracked. Hood ornament altered and hood trim rear window knob. Body straight and solid with quality respray. A Junior model 120, so not a CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,425. The Packard 120 has been coming into its own of late, so price paid is not out of line. To my eye, for a few dollars more, a 160 Full Classic is money better spent, but to each his own. #161-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 60 SPE- Date sold: 03/02/2014 eBay auction ID: 281271734981 Seller’s eBay ID: globalimportcars Sale type: Used car with 3,993 miles VIN: ZFF68NHAXD0189373 Details: Nero over Nero leather; 4.5-liter V8 rated at 570 hp, 7-sp auto-shift manual, RWD Sale result: $359,599, 1 bid, sf 107 MSRP: $313,648 (as equipped) Other current offering: Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley in Redwood City, CA, offering a Canna Di Fucile over Cioccolato leather 458 Spider with 1,980 miles for $379,999. 2013 Jaguar XKR convertible Date sold: 02/28/2014 eBay auction ID: 310881884906 Seller’s eBay ID: lasvegasmotorcars Sale type: Used car with 14,627 miles VIN: SAJWA4EC5DMB49816 Details: Indigo blue metallic over Navy leather; 5.0-liter supercharged V8 rated at 510 hp; 6-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $72,998, Buy It Now, sf 560 MSRP: $103,500 (base) Other current offering: Desert European Motorsports in Rancho Mirage, CA, asking $74,991 for a 2013 Polaris White over ivory/charcoal leather example with 7,487 miles. ♦ 110 well-known punk-rock group Green Day. Is a CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,738. It would not take much to bring this up a bit, and it would be money well spent. A wonderful tour car with room for the whole family. Looks like the celebrity connection did not have an effect here. Well bought. #218-1949 FORD F-1 panel truck. S/N 98RC367305CH. Black/black leatherette. tive example has very nice paint. Interior with Frontier Homespun fabric with grained vinyl. Brightwork in good order, engine bay clean and tidy. Attractive package. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. The price bid may have been market-correct, but the seller had other ideas—and based on the strong condition of his car, he just may be right. #205-1960 CHRYSLER 300F 2-dr hard top. S/N 8403146818. Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 37,277 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. The sixth edition of the Chrysler letter car. Equipped with dual-carburetion Ram Induc- Sports Car Market CIAL sedan. S/N 8350999. Rose/tan fabric. Odo: 87,562 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Wears an AACA senior badge from 1987, but car is now far from show glory. Interior is worn, tires are yellowing with age. Grille now a bit tarnished. Painted an unusual shade of Rose. Offered by Billie Joe Armstrong from missing. Body appears reasonably solid with no rust noted. Just a used Cadillac. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. Considering the long list of needs here, the price bid should have gotten the job done. Seller can go spend $15k to spruce up his car and not get his money back or take the hit and move on. Made the wrong choice. #265-1958 DESOTO FIREDOME Sportsman 2-dr hard top. S/N LS28886. Red/white/silver vinyl. Odo: 67,375 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The two-door Firedome Sportsman had a list price of $3,178, and only 4,325 were produced. By 1962, DeSoto was a historical footnote. This attrac

Page 109

McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA tion, which produced 25 additional horsepower. Fitted with power swivel buckets and Golden Touch radio. Excellent fit and finish with minor gap on hood. Attractive interior side-down at this number. It was a solid car that had been properly restored and will be a fun desert cruiser. When it’s time to move on, the money will be there. Well bought. #184-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT con- vertible. S/N 6F08A104266. Candy Apple red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 87,667 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with GT equipment group, which was a $152 option. Equipped with Cruise-O-Matic transmission, Pony interior, rear deck luggage rack. that shows minimal wear. One of only 964 produced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $105,000. This car failed to sell at McCormick’s November 2013 sale when bid to $78k (SCM# 231775). At the time, I stated that I thought it was worth at least $10k more. It sold for $27k more today, so it all worked out for the seller. A wonderful example, so buyer did well also. #329-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa 2-dr hard top. S/N 107375W195133. Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 57,495 miles. 164-ci I6, 4x1-bbl, auto. The Corsa was the top of the line for Corvair in 1965. It featured special interior trim, gauges and a flat six with four single-barrel Rochester carburetors. This ex- #201-1993 VECTOR W8 coupe. S/N 1V9VW262OPWO4016. Silver/black & silver leather. Odo: 2,100 miles. 350-ci turbocharged V8, auto. An American “supercar” that was built from 1990 until 1993. Only 18 produced. Powered by twin turbocharged Chevy V8. Aero styling with no welds and 5000 aircraft rivets. Top speed of 220-plus. Aircraft-style Paint applied to high standard and no issues with interior. An attractive package with all the goodies. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. The only thing missing here was documentation of the desirable add-ons. If born as a GT, the money was light. If not, then good luck finding more elsewhere. dash. Push-button transmission located on floor next to driver’s seat. One-owner car in as-new condition. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $925,000. These rare cars change hands infrequently, but the SCM Price Guide gives a range of $275k–$375k. The last W8 offered at auction was at Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2009, a no-sale at $425k (SCM# 119213). Price bid here was real money but was well below seller’s expectations. © ample painted a bold shade of blue with chrome wires. Driver’s seat split, but otherwise interior in good order. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,710. The Monza convertibles and the Yenko Stinger are the Corvairs of most mainstream interest. Beyond that, it’s a pretty niche market. Price paid here was about right considering the condition, so all is square with the world here. #226-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 16637SL186024. Ermine White & Willow Green/ white vinyl. Odo: 35,753 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in 2013 with very pleasing color combo. New interior with white buckets. Steering wheel with slight pitting. Engine clean with Edlebrock intake manifold BEST BUY and carb. Body straight and solid. Brightwork sparkles. Attractive package. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $16,800. Have to think the seller was up- May 2014 111

Page 110

Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. Silverstone — Race Retro A near-perfect Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante made a strong $280k, and a 2000 Ford Mondeo British Touring Car set a world auction record at $173k Company Silverstone Date February 22–23, 2014 Location Warwickshire, U.K. Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered 66/105 Sales rate 63% Sales total $2,975,356 High sale 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante, sold at $280,034 Buyer’s premium 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante X-Pack convertible, sold at $280,034 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics I t’s that time of year again when the incumbent auctioneer discovers that competition cars are a hard sell in public — even when held in conjunction with the U.K.’s best (and only) historic-racing show, Race Retro. It’s held in what’s effectively a huge cattle market, the National Agricultural Centre in Warwickshire, but that makes room for a live rally stage outside, and this year the start of the Winter Challenge rally to Monte Carlo. Both H&H and Bonhams have dipped a toe in the water here, found it too tepid and moved on, and for the past two years it’s been relative newcomer Silverstone’s turn at bat. There was nothing wrong with the stock — including a fleet of hot Escorts, both road- and rally-configured — but most of the interesting iron didn’t sell, including the best, most expensively created Mk2 Escort rally car in the world. In Stobart livery and having been driven by three McRaes, it would have been a bargain at its estimated $108k–$140k, the lower figure being less than half its build cost. But there were no takers, and neither were there for a gaggle of usable and very much cheaper Mk1 rally cars. One competition car that did do well was the Ford Mondeo from Warwickshire, U.K. the 2000 British Touring Car season. It set a new world auction record at $173k. Raced in period by Rickard Rydell, it’s one of three survivors from four of these Prodrive-built Super Tourers, which are effectively silhouette racers with little more than the original car’s body shell being used. It came with a vast spares package, so there should be no huge costs for the time being, unless the new owner bends it badly. Road cars fared generally better. The high points were a near-perfect Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante with desirable X-pack making a strong $280k, and the restored 1959 Jaguar XK 150 drophead formerly owned by Dr. Stephen Ward, at the center of the 1963 Profumo scandal, which leapt away for a twice-the-expected $207k. A few post-auction deals raised the sell- 2000 Ford Mondeo Super Tourer racer, sold at $172,624 112 through rate to a respectable number — but it must be immensely frustrating to stand on the rostrum and watch punters pass on desirable machines. ♦ Sales Totals $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.60)

Page 112

Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. ENGLISH #621-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 3.4 drophead coupe. S/N S8272299DN. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,672 miles. Restored and then dry-stored. Good all round, with door fit better than average for an XK. Leather lightly 2000. Superb value for a car with which you can go right out and run Spa again, at a fraction of its build/replacement costs. #342-1964 LOTUS CORTINA 2-dr se- dan. S/N 424391. Eng. # 424391. White/black leather. RHD. Odo: 75,822 miles. Super condition, beautifully presented and rare in that it retains its A-frame rear suspension; most racers went to less troublesome leaf springs. “All the right bits,” including Nick Stagg engine. with some cracks in paint. Roxwell Racing engine, Perspex windows, presented full of spare wheels with a window-full of scrutineering stickers. Wrong chassis number quoted in catalog; should start BA74. FIA HTP papers. Not as sharp as the other LoCort offered here, creased. Rear light plinths rechromed, not repops. Recorded mileage is since resto. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $207,149. One of the star lots of the sale. This sold for twice the expected money, at the price of a top 3.8 S... which it wasn’t. #636-1960 AUSTIN MINI Se7en 2-dr sedan. S/N AA2S726756. Gray/red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 97,376 miles. Early 1960 car (shell still has 1959 windshield-surround), nicely restored with solid floors, decent sub- Has run in U2TC and last ran at the 2012 Silverstone Classic. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $88,397. Originally supplied to the Duke of Bedford, made into a racer in 2008. More historically interesting and sharper than the other Lotus Cortina here (Lot 333, $75k), and sold for commensurately more. #301-1965 AUSTIN GIPSY utility. S/N 16125. Eng. # 3393. Green/buff canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,132 miles. Gipsy is a lower-volume Landie rival and civilian Champ successor, with Flexitor rubber/trailing link suspension (and Hooke’s joints in the front driveshafts, with hilarious results on full lock). This one’s in nice order, still with original “Property of the Home Office” signwriting and complete with fire pump trailer. New can- frames and a repro interior. Rockers have no drain holes, which I think is correct for year. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,715. Finally, a more realistic price for an early Mini. A year makes such a difference. #631-1962 TRIUMPH TR4 racer. S/N N/A. Red/red fiberglass hard top/racing seat. RHD. Odo: 46,828 miles. Very typical HSCC/ Equipe GTS racer. Straight body, stripped interior, hard top, recent $25k engine, dog box, four spare wheels, recent seat and belts. Spa vas tilt top fitted, but that’s all it needed. Very low mileage and lovely. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,385. Supplied to the Home Office, then stored and maintained with the Civil Defence for 30 years before being disposed of via Duncan Hamilton and kept as a fire unit in the U.S. but never used; repatriated in 2012. Offered at no reserve and sold fairly, but just think what a comparable time-warp S1 Landie would have made in this unmolested low-mileage condition. #333-1966 LOTUS CORTINA 2-dr se- Six Hours stickers. With FIA HTP papers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,443. Spent first three years in Cyprus, made into a racer around 114 dan. S/N BA74EG59584. White/black velour. RHD. Odo: 2,767 miles. FIA-spec leaf-sprung racer built 2008. Clean and tidy but well used, 3+. SOLD AT $36,059. A lot more exciting and period-looking than an RV8 or a decent stock C roadster and not a lot more money... but you’re taking a gamble on easily reselling this modsports car for the road. With its hybrid spec and plastic fenders, you might not find it easy to sell after you’re done with it. As ever, modified cars don’t get their money back. #303-1969 FORD CORTINA LOTUS Mk II 2-dr sedan. S/N BA91JC17680. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 41,518 miles. Cortina Lotus, as opposed to the other way around—Lotus built the Mk Is, and Ford built the Mk IIs, after quality-control issues. Solid and repainted older restoration with a few swirl and dust marks in paint. Brightwork all straight and interior all good with no splits, suggesting mileage may be genuine. Sits on Sports Car Market Lot 342. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $75,187. ...But given the difference between them, the price gap looks justified. The bigger picture is that FIA race-spec (and pristine original roadgoing) Lotus Cortinas have inflated in price by about a third over five years—and are still much less money than a proper Alfa 105. This car was recently offered but failed to sell at an undisclosed high bid at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale in September (SCM# 233504). #615-1968 MG C V8 convertible. S/N GCN1515. Green/green fiberglass hard top/ black vinyl. RHD. C roadster converted to V8 by Big Healey guru John Chatham for author, photographer and bon vivant Chris Harvey in ’70, then later re-acquired by Chatham. Good order all round, with flared fiberglass fenders and Works hard top. Now with 3.9 V8 and 5-speed. Wide wires are a nice touch. Cond:

Page 114

Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. the price of a cheapish road car, which it could still be. A fair deal at almost certainly less than the cost of purchase and modification. #313-1972 LOTUS ELAN Sprint con- vertible. S/N 72100806G. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 79,250 miles. Excellent condition with fantastic history: one owner from new, originally supplied by Roger Clarke Cars; new Lotus chassis fitted by Paul Minilite alloys instead of of original steels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,072. Sold well over top estimate—but in fast-Ford circles, still half the price of a nice roadgoing Mk I, and comparable with decent Escort Mexico money. It’s not quite as exciting or wieldy as either, but these square-rigged GTs have their own charm. Slightly well sold but will probably look a relative bargain in a year’s time. #334-1969 FORD ESCORT Twin Cam 2-dr sedan. S/N BB49JA39389. White/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 47,489 miles. Well restored to original, although paint is a bit heavyhanded in heater plenum area. Interior vinyl excellent. Panhard rod fitted. All original in- Matty Sportscars. Unscuffed, sharp in detail and just lovely. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,009. The highest price we’ve seen for a Sprint, but completely in keeping with provenance and condition. Find another like it... #626-1973 GINETTA G15 coupe. S/N 0675. Red/black velour. RHD. Odo: 4,718 miles. Tiny and featherweight Imp-engined sportster is tidy, although with a few dust marks in the paint. Ran in Ginetta OC Speed Championship AT $28,387. This was Twin Cam money not long ago when Escorts were cheap and cheerful, but now it seems any AVO Escort is knocking on the door of £20k ($33k). Market-correct in this mad world. #650-1977 TVR 3000M coupe. S/N 3753FM. Eng. # D698617. Blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 27,748 miles. Built for HSCC ’70s Road Sports, which means road-legal but with safety equipment such as roll cage and electrical cut-offs. TVRs of this era are often pretty rough, but as a racer this is even rougher, with a few small cracks in fiberglass, rear window that fits where it touches and front held on with rubber straps. Race mods include multiple holes drilled to drain air pressure from front wheelarches, plus cold-air trunking to carburetor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,344. Unused for seven years but recently recommissioned, this represents about the cheapest way of getting into circuit racing, and certainly very much less than it would cost to start from scratch. take trunking. Couple of wheels a bit dinged and repainted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,172. One of 883, recently restored back to original spec, so may have been a rally car—like DB4s, these are becoming worth more in standard form than as competition cars. #622-1970 LOTUS ELAN Plus 2S coupe. S/N 502523. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 64,979 miles. Good, sound order all round. Recently converted for competition with extensive, elaborate roll cage, plus lots of appealing bits, including stroked motor plus 26R driveshafts and other parts. New belts, seat, #312-1979 FORD CAPRI 3.0S coupe. S/N GAECWL157330. Red/tartan velour & black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 14,000 miles. Restored in 2000 and re-titivated in 2012. Almost like new with very low mileage. Interior unworn, no scrapes or scuffs, good history, con- 1998. Recorded mileage is since rebuild on new chassis and freshened engine. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,015. Offered at no reserve and sold at the same money as a fair MG Midget, which it will run rings around. #309-1974 FORD ESCORT Mexico 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATPT00260. Green/black vinyl/black velour & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 26,956 miles. Restored sunroof car now with tweaked-up motor and 5-speed. Sundym glass from factory. With 8-track player still said to be working, although modern speakers cut firmed mileage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,715. Not your usual collectible, but low mileage makes this one almost unique and sold for about the same as the very best run-out model, the 280 Brooklands. Probably a bit mischievous to suggest that’s it’s eligible for the HSCC ’70s Road Sports series as well as the forthcoming Willhire 24 Hour revival in October. #605-1981 FORD CAPRI 3.0S coupe. tank, etc. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,564. Sold slightly over top estimate, but it’s all there, ready to go with nothing left to do. Ideal for hillclimbing, although ready for racing with a massive full-width interior mirror. And all for 116 into door trims detract a bit. Cond: 2+. SOLD S/N WFOCXXGAECBA12435. Yellow/tartan velour & brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 12,972 miles. Good, straight and rot-free, but not as good as the low-mileage example in the front tent (Lot 312). A few unfortunate tarty bits Sports Car Market

Page 116

Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. inside and under the hood, but could be swapped out easily enough. Mileage is plus 100,000. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,480. And correspondingly got only a third of the price. If you didn’t mind the higher mileage, there wasn’t a huge chasm between the two 3.0s except in cosmetics, so this looked like a much better value—especially if you wanted it as the basis for a racer. #336-1987 ASTON MARTIN V8 Van- tage Volante X-Pack convertible. S/N SCFCV81V2HTR15595. Cumberland Grey/ mushroom leather. Odo: 72,500 miles. Excellent unscuffed and well-looked-after condition; restored in 2008 just 2,300 miles ago. Polished rims, leather only lightly creased and not worn, tidy leak-free motor with factory finishes. Full A-M history with 20 stamps. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $280,034. Originally supplied to the Burton retail group. X-pack is crashed and rebuilt, now straight and unscuffed. Campaigned in Spain by Carlos Sainz, among others. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,361. On Q plate from new, which means age is uncertain and usually devalues a car as it carries the stigma of “kit car,” and it can’t be swapped later for a “private” plate. But I think in this case the owner did it so as not to tie himself into any particular period of emissions regulations. Sold a few thousand under lower estimate. Just falls outside even the newly extended British Historic Rally Championship structure, so not a lot you can do with it. #640-2000 FORD MONDEO Super Tourer racer. S/N 004. Yellow & blue/blue paint & black velour. Prodrive-built racer, one of three that dominated the 2000 Supertouring season. Usual poor panels for a racer with a few scuffs and scrapes, as it’s been raced in historics. Massive spares package includes a so far but would be eminently suitable. The right money for a live-axle/crossflow car that can probably keep up with its more sophisticated K-series engined brethren. A fair deal. #339-2006 JAGUAR C-TYPE Proteus replica roadster. S/N P1F7423DN. Eng. # 8L56035. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 11,500 miles. Built 2006 but 1968 identity from XJ6 donor, which gave up the 4.2 motor and independent rear suspension. Proteus Cs are slightly larger than the real thing, with different taillight treatment and digital odometer, but from most angles this aluminum rep- the one everyone (especially the trade) wants, and the price is consistent with gentle inflation over the past five years since the best examples breached the £150k ($250k) mark—especially with that full service history and little extra expenditure likely needed soon. Last sold for $145k at Bonhams’ Aston Martin sale in May 2013, when we described it as “slightly well bought” (SCM# 222616). Not the case this time, so someone’s made a tidy profit in less than a year. #623-1988 FORD SIERRA Cosworth Group N rally car. S/N SABTVRO03218025001. White/black velour. Odo: 19,554 km. Group N is “production” or near stock. Once Q plate to allow it to use any engine and sidestep emissions tests. Tidy and unscuffed condition, with weather gear and heater. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,976. Not used in competition 118 system rebuilt, new brake calipers all around. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,238. As small-bumper 911s go stratospheric and the best 3.2 Carreras harden, the market always looks to see which next-best-thing is still affordable, and here we find the SC, which is enjoying something of an upsurge in interest and value (as we’ve been predicting for some time). This sold for the price of a decent 3.2 Carrera, but put that down to the excellent, extensively restored condition—the buyer was obviously one in favor of Sports Car Market fresh motor (Mazda V6; makers could use any from within the group) and three sets of the body panels that most get damaged. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $172,624. Budget to build and race the original four cars (one was wrecked) was allegedly £12m—so even though this must be the most expensive Mondeo ever to appear at auction, it looks a relative bargain. Running it might be another matter once those spares are used up... #302-2005 CATERHAM SUPER SEVEN Sprint roadster. S/N SDKRLKANS 10010233. Eng. # JAM17000US80875. Green & aluminum/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Caterham built up in the style and spec of earlier Lotus Seven S3, of which it’s a continuation. So crossflow Ford, twin Webers, live axle, 4-speed, and intentionally registered on a licar is very convincing—especially with a large pair of sand-cast carbs as per the original cars, and Avon ZZs look just right for it. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $118,919. Sold on the money for a used Proteus rep—although they’re only a little more (about $15k more) to buy as an almost-new ex-demonstrator. This one has worthwhile upgrades and has settled in enough not to look brand new. GERMAN #641-1978 PORSCHE 911SC coupe. S/N 9118300714. Eng. # 8361202. Lindgrun/tartan velour & brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 92,000 miles. Super old thing. Color is alarming but very period original, polarizing opinions at the sale. Massively restored with needed metalwork done in all the usual places—rockers and kidney bowls, jacking points and front fenders, plus new front fenders—followed by a windows-out repaint. All mechanicals and injection

Page 118

Silverstone Warwickshire, U.K. the color. So far this sort of work hasn’t been viable on SCs, but that’s changing. The knowledgeable 911 buyer always prefers a car that isn’t full of rust repairs. Well sold. #318-1988 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N WPOZZZ91ZJS102420. Red/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 95,848 miles. Obsessively owned and in perfect condition, with leather effectively unworn despite the mileage. Motor rebuilt 250 miles ago with finishes asfactory, polished wheel rims and—following underbody refinish while the motor was out— (gray or camo pattern being the norm). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,689. Sold at lower end of estimate range. Z1s continue to hold annoyingly steady... #319-1995 FORD ESCORT Cosworth Group N rally car. S/N SABTVR03657017527. Eng. # OT5077. White/black velour. Odo: 12,085 km. Group N is close to showroom spec. (Yeah, right.) Built in Germany. Into the U.K. in 1997, recommissioned for car, certainly in the U.S. by 1990, restored 1990, into the U.K. 2012. The 2.4-liter Spider is the most desirable setup, with the 2-liter coupe at the cheapie end of the range. This was a strong price, probably $5k over market value, although it probably still leaves the seller underwater. #624-1973 FIAT 500R 2-dr sedan. S/N 110F6152582. Eng. # 126A50000159208. White/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 14,820 km. R is last of the 500s and contemporaneous with its 126 replacement. Straight and tidy, restored in Italy before import to the U.K., and the most sharply defined rear anti-roll bar mounts I’ve ever seen at auction. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $54,664. Although the best 3.2 Carreras have been hardening in the past two years, this is very strong money for the model. This would have gotten you a small-bumper car only a couple of years ago. The price reflects its better-than-new condition. #643-1990 BMW Z1 roadster. S/N WBABA91050AL0170A. Green/white leather. Odo: 35,000 miles. Good order, unscuffed and with good history over relatively small mileage. Unusual white leather interior is not one of the original options, so it must be a retrim that has survived well with just a few creases rallying in 2011 and belts and seats still in date. Straight and unscuffed, although some graphics getting tired. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,607. Considering the huge amount of money poured into it, this cost little more than a tidy road car. Such is the nature of competition. ITALIAN #305-1967 FIAT DINO coupe. S/N 125AC0002873. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 83,103 km. Restored, originally white. Straight, good paint and trim, factory alloys. Motor rebuilt twice in the past 15 years, which is a slight worry, but the smaller-engined cars may have survived better than the 2.4s, many of which were in the past robbed for their engines for Dino rebuilds or even Stratos kits. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,059. Probably Italian-market re-engined with larger 126 unit replacing the original 594. Seat vinyl is either new or has lasted very well; carpets are new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,715. Offered at £12k retail (about $20k) before the sale by Middle Barton Garage. A strong price, but the rust-free condition stands it up. JAPANESE #617-1981 TOYOTA COROLLA rally car. S/N TE7100421765. White & red/black racing buckets. RHD. Odo: 38,858 miles. Straight and tidy for a rally car, even though it’s been one all its life, and doesn’t look as if it’s been hit. Safety kit upgraded over the years and last competed in 2012. Comes with big spares package, including complete engine/gearbox and four wheels. Only two of these rally in Britain. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,413. There is now a historic-rally category in Europe for the twin-cam AE86 Corolla encompassing the years up to 1986, although this pushrod car fits into the earlier Historic Category 3 (up to end of 1981) that’s dominated by Group 4 Escorts, against which it stands no chance. But it’s a usable car at beginner money that maybe could keep up with a 1600 Escort, sold just behind lower estimate. © 120 Sports Car Market

Page 120

Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights CANADIAN #F121-1952 CHEVROLET 1300 pickup. S/N 2131421910. Maroon/gray vinyl. Odo: 18,758 miles. I6 of unspecified displacement, 3-sp manual. Rare Canadian-built Chevrolet truck. Body and paint remain excellent. Very straight with well-applied paint. Nice wood deck with hand lettering on back gate and wood stake railing. Engine bay looks like a home garage restoration but is still presentable. Interior shows well. The gauges are near 1974 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 SUV, sold at $26,400 Oklahoma City 2014 Company: Leake Auction Company Location: Oklahoma City, OK Date: February 21–22, 2014 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Tony Langdon, Bob Ehlert, Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/offered: 305/393 Sales rate: 78% Sales total: $6,430,353 High sale: 1968 Shelby GT500, sold at $128,700 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Lester Neidell perfect and look great. A very nice high-quality driver. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,880. Not likely rare in Canada, but to find one in the States is unusual. Trucks were used for work, and the fact that so many have survived is a testimony to how stout they were back in the day. There wasn’t much here to pick on, and it would certainly be a conversation piece at the local car show with the “1300” nomenclature. Well bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #72-1968 PONTIAC PARISIENNE con- vertible. S/N 8110875276867. Blue metallic/ ivory vinyl/silver & black vinyl. Odo: 176 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Wavy left rear and most of right side panels. GM gaps, bumpers rechromed, dual exhaust, chrome wire wheels, white mudflaps. Optional and rare 2+2 trim package includes custom bucket seats and badging. Power convertible top and windows, aftermarket 3-gauge panel by driver’s right knee and tach screwed to dash below radio. Balanced 327 (300-hp claimed), 4-bbl carb, 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top, sold at $604,800 Kissimmee 2014 Company: Mecum Auctions Location: Kissimmee, FL Date: January 17–26, 2014 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Bobby McGlothlen, Matt Moravec, Mike Hagerman, Steve Holt, Russ Conklen, Kevin McGlothen Automotive lots sold/offered: 1,759/2,576 Sales rate: 68% Sales total: $62,729,499 High sale: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, sold at $604,800 Buyer’s premium: 8%, 10% for motorcycles and boats, $500 minimum, included in sold prices Report by Dale Novak and Craig Gussert Photos by Dale Novak 122 1964 Chevrolet Impala 2-door hard top, sold at $11,340 Salem 2014 Company: Petersen Collector Cars Location: Salem, OR Date: February 1, 2014 Auctioneers: Fred Bewley, Chris Leach Automotive lots sold/offered: 37/93 Sales rate: 40% Sales total: $397,516 High sale: 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS, sold at $34,020 Buyer’s premium: 8%, $250 minimum, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston jet-coated headers, braided hoses, Edelbrock valve covers and air cleaner. Driver-quality. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $9,200. What’s a Pontiac “Parisienne 2+2”? It was Canada’s smaller version of our Bonneville with a Chevy hidden underneath. This one had a well-used vibe, so it could be enjoyed without show-car paranoia. The final bid seemed generous for condition, but seller didn’t take the money. Petersen, Salem, OR, 02/14. Sports Car Market

Page 121

Roundup ENGLISH #S180.1-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 SE roadster. S/N S676116. Maroon/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 5,214 miles. A wellworn driver that still shows well. Paint shows some use and wear, with small chips and scratches. Interior is well worn, leather seats show plenty of use. Chrome is pitted in most regards and of driver quality. Engine bay is a bit scruffy. Tach cable is twisted into a ball of #411-1958 MORRIS MINOR 1000 sa- loon. S/N FBB431573513. Gray/red & white vinyl. Odo: 45,387 miles. Claimed ground-up restoration in 2008, and hasn’t done many miles since then. Paint shows much orange peel; overspray on chassis. Hood high at front, both sides. New door rubbers, rack on trunk with wicker basket. Incorrect tires. Interior looks unused. Engine compartment tidy. Cond: steel. Body appears to be reasonably straight and looks good from 10 feet. Card states that the car was formerly shown at Pebble Beach, which obviously was many years ago. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $70,200. The XK roadsters are more stylish, elegant and expensive than the drophead coupes. Price generally reflects condition, and the final selling price here may have been a bit heavy. Given the scruffy condition, I’d call this one well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #S138-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 BN1 roadster. S/N BN1L220856. Red/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 68,053 miles. An older restoration that presents as a fine driver. Gaps are good overall, trunk is out slightly, passenger’s door in. Interior shows use and enjoyment, with light creases on the seats. Dash in good shape overall. Top looks older and well worn. Rear plastic window is hazed over. Paint looks good until close inspection reveals 3+. SOLD AT $9,900. One wonders where this car has been since 2008. Virtually unused, the mechanicals will now likely require some reconditioning. The paint could easily be tidied with just a few hours of buffing to bring it to #2 condition. Likewise, just an hour or so underneath would remove much of the overspray. Price slightly favors buyer. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. #W199-1966 SUNBEAM TIGER con- vertible. S/N B382000189LRXFE. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 73,618 miles. A rough example of the Sunbeam Tiger. Lots of body putty in the lower rockers. Paint is showing plenty of issues and is rough overall. Chrome is well pitted and void of any sort of luster. Engine bay looks mostly correct but shows plenty of wear and use. Interior is of driver quality. The chassis is splattered with microblisters, orange peel, dry spray and other issues. Chassis has a lot of undercoating and does not present well. Hood closed, engine bay not inspected. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $81,000. A genuine BN1 roadster with lots of nice documentation, including certificate of authenticity from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. This will be a fine car for driving enjoyment and club use but not much else. Given the condition, this was a great deal for the seller. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. May 2014 heavy undercoating. A 20-footer. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $35,640. Sunbeam Tigers seem to be roaring to life lately, with the world’s best examples fetching north of $100k. With that comes a flock of lesser cars hitting the market, hopeful for a nice payday. This car needed just about everything. It was certified as a genuine Tiger, so that helped make the numbers crunch. It must have looked good under the bright stage lights. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. GERMAN #F206-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 8500963. Red/red hard top/ black vinyl soft top/black leather. Odo: 3,626 miles. Very nice example of a 190SL roadster. 123

Page 122

Roundup Interior shows moderate wear and very light use. Some brightwork is showing light scratches. Steering wheel shows light use; gauges are somewhat faded. Paint is excellent throughout; orange peel on A-pillar. Very nice rior has a nice patina, especially on the gauges. Seats seem newer and are in good condition overall. Paint and body still show well. Chassis is clean and appears original and untouched. Engine bay could be detailed and hard top. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $124,200. Just about anything vintage with the Mercedes hood emblem on it is doing very well in the current market, especially when the top goes down. This very nice 190SL presented well, even under close scrutiny. With the 300s fetching far more every day, they are pulling up the 190s with them. Red is not as desirable on a 190SL as perhaps a silver or ivory might be, so that may have held things back a bit. Nice car and perhaps a bit of a bargain. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #460-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210407502387. Black/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 65,249 miles. Extensively restored. Hard to fault and with many nice extras. Converted to 12-volt electrics. Gauges refinished, new wiring harness, original Becker radio serviced. With toolkit example. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,840. Even as a muscle car guy, I’m oddly drawn to these cars. They were built as economical fuel sippers for use around Europe’s tight alleys and streets. If you’re a “green car” enthusiast, here’s one of the very first ever built. Neat car. No harm done at this price for a good example. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #30-1977 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412041418. Silver/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 138,592 miles. Clearly not a garage queen; shows use and age. Older ecomony repaint containing dust now has dings, bubbles and chips. Silverpainted factory alloys, aftermarket stainless fender lips on all four corners. Rag-top retracted, not seen. Matching hard top later found in good condition. Red interior shows use; nice sheep skins hide leather seating, trashed and crumbled beyond saving. rise at least one grade. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $51,840. This car had great bones and could easily be massaged to a higher conditional grade. Previously no-saled at Mecum Chicago in October at $56k, when we described it as “honest and reliable” (SCM# 228269), and before that at Mecum Monterey at $85k (SCM# 227487). Now offered without reserve, and I think it did quite well on the auction block. Bidding was spirited and the results surprising, given that this is mainly an American iron sale. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #U105.1-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A0K0081689. Silver/ light gray leather. Odo: 15,392 miles. A gift from Ferrari to actor Don Johnson. Paint presents as-original, with numerous chips and scratches throughout. Engine bay shows plenty of use, wear and lack of attention to detail. Interior shows wear and use, more so than the mileage indicated. Car appears to have been driven as a daily driver. Cond: 3. and jack. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. Purchased by consignor at Russo and Steele’s Las Vegas auction in September 2013 for $113k, which we called a good buy with room for appreciation (SCM# 231465). Current owner claims hard top received new headliner since. No miles added. High bid was a touch low for the current market. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. #F14-1963 GOGGOMOBIL 250 micro- car. S/N 2219369. Red & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 3,236 km. Nice presentation overall. Good paint over a solid body. Some light pitting on chrome and brightwork. Interior is nice and shows only modest wear. Very nice combination of original and restored parts for a great overall presentation. Many of the hardto-find bits are in excellent condition on this 124 Brightwork shows age, use and dents. Dirty engine compartment is all original, no leaks. Unsurprisingly offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,508. 450SLs are an auction staple worldwide, so finding two here was no surprise. The other (Lot 31) was a fixed-roof 450SLC in much better condition. With an investment grade of D, this example would require a major restoration effort and big checks well beyond market value. Conversely, one could park it anywhere without paranoia, and maybe that’s what the buyer had in mind, obtaining title at half the $10k low estimate. Petersen, Salem, OR, 02/14. ITALIAN #T129.1-1963 ALFA ROMEO GI- ULIETTA Spider. S/N AR170259. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 21,775 miles. An older restoration that is holding up well but starting to show its age. Chrome and brightwork still show very well with only light scratches. Inte- JAPANESE #160-1974 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40182175. Green/gray vinyl. Odo: 59,150 miles. Paint well applied but Sports Car Market SOLD AT $81,000. Even with the Ferrari market as hot as it is, the magic has yet to make it to the Testarossas. This example was driven hard and put away wet, in far worse condition than expected for the miles. Initially no-saled at a high bid of $50k as Lot F286 against an estimate of $90k–$110k, but listed sold in final results. Looks like bidder and seller split the difference, so call it fair. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14.

Page 124

Rising Sun Recent sales of Japanese collector cars by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #191083993244-1985 HONDA CRX Si. S/N JHMAF5334FS041684. 24,100 miles. California doctor’s car since new. Obsessively maintained. Always garaged. No rust. All original. Paint and interior in good shape. Original spare, jack and tools. 1.6-L Si engine is extremely strong, manual transmission shifts smoothly. Condition: 2 Roundup thick. No runs except lower door. Minor chipping on both door edges. Lift kit with fresh BFG all-terrain tires. Nice interior, dash especially clean. Most switch lettering very white. New rubber except vent windows. Engine compartment stock looking, superficially it would be absolutely unique and an invitation to vintage racing everywhere. One more plus—it could also be street-licensed. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. BEST BUY #23-1923 FORD T-BUCKET. S/N OR66300. Copper metallic/off-white cloth/copper & white vinyl. Odo: 24,470 miles. All-steel T-bucket with doors welded, seams filled. Excellent copper metallic paint, white cloth top. Wide Weld wheels rear, skinny chrome spokes front, 4-wheel disc brakes. Minimalist interior has copper and white vinyl, B&M shifter for 350 Turbo trans. Stewart Warner gauges, tach and oil pressure gauges on front cowl. 355-ci Chevy has 4-71 Cragar blower, dual carbs, chrome headers. SOLD AT $12,500. Remarkable to see one with the paint still matching on the fiberglass front clip (this gen only). Enthusiasts care less about these earliest cars, but the Si gets respect. Combine that with originality and very low miles, and you get this price. Leading the market. eBay Motors, 3/1/2014. #121258912611-1970 DATSUN 240Z. S/N HLS3008551. 102,737 miles. All original, matching numbers. Stored since 1983. Engine does turn over and start, but hydraulics will need to be inspected. Body is straight. No rust problems. 5-speed. California blue plates. Interior good, dash uncracked. Condition: 3- clean. Undercarriage not detailed. Not a show car, but seems like a good-quality driver. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,400. Very stock-looking except for the lift kit, which I don’t like because it destroys the handling dynamics. I occasionally deal in these, and it’s difficult to find one as clean as this. Of the four FJs I inspected, this was the nicest. The only real nitpick was the black stuff slathered on the undercarriage. A fair deal to buyer and seller. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. AMERICAN #451-1921 MERCURY SPEEDSTER. SOLD AT $10,100. Very desirable first-year Z in great colors with manual transmission. An exceptionally solid starting place for a restoration, or maybe even a “preservation” car. Very well bought. eBay Motors, 1/30/2014. #201046075356-1981 TOYOTA SR5 4x4 pickup. S/N JT4RN48D9B0000833. 40,000 miles. Restored two years ago to original condition. Rustfree Idaho truck. Runs and drives great. 40,000 miles on rebuilt motor and transmission. Not abused or taken off road. Body is straight, paint looks amazing. Condition: 2 SOLD AT $8,600. Toyota’s iconic Hilux (known Stateside simply as “pickup”), the unkillable 4x4 of choice for countless African warlords, presented here in fine Marty McFly style. It wasn’t quite as stock as claimed, with aftermarket steering wheel, tach, etc., and who knows how many miles are on the body — but if there’s no rust, then those questions are kind of irrelevant. Market-correct price for a very clean driver. eBay Motors, 3/9/2014. ♦ 126 carbs (but nothing else) to Indy driver Duke Nalon. Claimed registered with Antique Auto Racing Association. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $32,175. Rajo replacement heads are currently available, and this looked suspiciously like the one featured on the Rajo Racing website. My gut feeling was that this has been on static display for many years. My son and I are into vintage racing, and we initially wanted this car. Close examination deterred us, however, as it would require a complete rebuild. (We already have too many cars in this state.) But Sports Car Market S/N 224. Yellow/red vinyl. Odo: 11,033 miles. One of the auction’s feature cars, claimed to be a documented, truly historical vehicle, but no racing history displayed, and build date unknown. Yellow paint nice, no cracks or runs. Step plates corroded, old Firestone tires badly cracked. Rajo engine bored 0.040 over with overhead valves, aluminum pistons, Winfield SR carburetors, Model A crank. Featured in 1998 Model T Times. Display also ties the IRS rear (’74 Corvette), transverse leaf springs fore and aft, Bell axle with 4-inch drop in front. $20k spent on chrome plating. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $15,120. This was a nicely done hot rod with lots of attention to detail and tradition. Although the focal point is always the chromed engine display, the rest of the car was similarly eye-popping. Whether you’re into this style rod or not, the quality of the build had to be admired, as there’s no place to hide the shoddy. With token demerits for road dust, it still rated near condition 1. Selling for 75% of its chrome plating bill, buyer scored an exceptionally sound investment. Petersen, Salem, OR, 02/14. #438-1928 FORD MODEL A roadster pickup. S/N A489425. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 273 miles. Paint very good, oak bows, oak rear frame, oak bed unmarked, except that some unmatched filler shows. Wind wings, horn, excellent bumpers. Wheels show a surprising amount of wear. Interior unmarked, chassis clean. No evidence of side curtains. Engine compartment not up to rest of car. Dirty hoses, rusty water (leaking head gasket?). Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,400. Very

Page 125

Roundup nice car let down by engine compartment. No mention of when restoration was completed. The rust stains on the block are very scary—I wouldn’t expect that on a 273-mile car. One wonders what else lurks. If everything’s okay, then good deal for buyer. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. #77-1933 FORD MODEL B Victoria coupe. S/N N0077934. Yellow/tan vinyl. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fiberglass body, windows-in yellow paint of decent quality, heavy suicide doors click shut, classic pin-striping. Custom tan vinyl on bucket seats and panels, full set of AutoMeter white-faced gauges (digital odometer, miles unknown), Vintage Air, tilt wheel, power windows. New crate Chevy 350 V8 (330 hp), 400 Turbo trans, Mustang II SOLD AT $70,000. A 1934 steel-body Ford is just about the holy grail for Ford guys (other than perhaps the ’32s). Rodders loved them back in the day and built some wicked street machines with the platform. This was a nice example, rarer in that it hadn’t been modified or turned into a street rod. It showed plenty of needs, but the old flathead V8 still powered it down the road—and you simply can’t beat a drop-top ’34 with rumble seat out back. Cool car, but the offer was more than fair given the condition. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #119-1947 FRAZER MANHATTAN se- dan. S/N FC47C1013511. Gray metallic/blue velour. Odo: 46,650 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Wonderful barn-find survivor, likely with one repaint. Original interior. Missing front turn signals, vent windows delaminating, driver’s vent window cracked. Missing “R” on front suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, 4-wheel disc brakes, 3.27 rear. Clean with California-assigned VIN. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Staunch purists may object, but this glass ’33 shell came already chopped and won’t rust. Build quality of finished catalog kits varies, but this one came off looking pro-built. Maybe bidders were purists this day, or maybe yellow wasn’t their thing. Offers petered out short of build cost and unknown reserve, so seller correctly took it home. Petersen, Salem, OR, 02/14. #S100-1934 FORD DELUXE roadster. S/N 18937768. Black/white cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 31,536 miles. Likely an older restoration that is now unwinding in areas. The body is in good shape, as is the chassis. The paint is beginning to age and degrade in areas, showing bubbling, scratches and blisters. Interior shows well with only minor wear, but only as a driver. Plenty of items to note and pick on but it’s still a rare 1934 Ford Deluxe roadster with a solid body and chassis. Cond: 4+. NOT trunk. Driver’s door out at bottom. All rubber bad. Not especially rusty underneath. Ancient Goodrich Silvertown tires. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,060. What to do with it? Not especially valuable and quickly underwater if restored. At this price, a good deal for buyer. Hope engine runs out fine, and just have fun. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. #172-1951 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE coupe. S/N B1DA161660. Crystal Red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 26,532 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint, some chipping around front badge, polish marks. Door handles shaved, custom grille, nicely frenched headlights and taillights, dual spotlights. ’57 Cadillac hubcaps. Most trim well polished, but some scratches. Interior and trunk very clean, showing little wear. Engine compartment nicely detailed with correct Autolite battery; ’57 Cadillac air cleaner a nice touch. Mustang II front suspension, power steering, disc May 2014 127

Page 126

Roundup brakes. 289 V8 of unspecified origin. Oldschool rod now a few years past its prime. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,400. This was a cared-for rod now starting to show its age. Curiously, no a/c. If it were mine I would connect the lake pipes, correct some of the minor issues and just have fun. It would be a great cruiser and might still win local shows. Wish there was more info about the engine, though. Slight nod to buyer here, especially if engine is as good as rest of car. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. #64-1952 OLDSMOBILE 88 2-dr sedan. S/N 528K4675. Dark red/gray cloth. Odo: 891 miles. 303-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Average paint, contrasting blue and gray pin striping. Excellent panels. Nosed and decked. Original brightwork, save freshly rechromed rear bumper, full-length lake pipes, chrome-reverse wheels with baby moons. Right door out at bottom (closes fine), no-draft windows delaminating. Recent economy gray cloth interior, flat and unadorned door panels match. Factory AM radio, MiniPro tach on column, sirable cars, but finding a nice one is not easy. The allure of these cars, beyond the rarity, is the union of American and British design, elegantly integrated with Italian body lines by Pininfarina. They are truly gorgeous cars in person, but this one had plenty of needs—just about everything. The high bid looked like more than enough to get the job done. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #F149-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N E58J176576. Red & white/tri-color vinyl. Odo: 59,678 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Engine bay recently refreshed to driver standards. Body putty in C-pillar and other small spots. Paint looks old and tired, with plenty of sanding scratches. Interior shows wear. A nice boulevard cruiser, fit raised at front, both doors out at rear. Bed very rough, stainless trim at top of bed dented and scratched. Custom tube grille, shaved handles. Interior much better, with custom gauges, shows little wear. Tilt power steering, AM/FM cassette. Engine compartment not detailed. An older restoration that’s coming apart. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,200. Claimed body-off restoration, but the AM/FM cassette radio gives it away as likely a project at least 10 years old. Likely stored somewhere and now brought to auction. Wouldn’t take much to clean it up— polish the front fenders, refinish bed and buff stainless. But the scratches on the hood make one wonder about its running condition, and the lack of detailing is troublesome. I’m sure seller was happy, but buyer got a nice truck for not much money. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. #S97.1-1958 PACKARD HAWK 2-dr hard top. S/N 58LS1413. Red/tan leather. Odo: 17,279 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Rare 1958 Packard Hawk. Engine bay is over-restored, super glossy and total eye candy. Paint and body are near flawless with only minor blemishes such as light scratches and some swirls from buffing, but otherwise a show-quality presentation. Interior as-new. The only ding is the chassis, which shows as original with some undercoating sprayed and four-pack of gauges under center dash. Clean engine bay. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $8,200. As a period-correct mild custom, this one took me back to the parking lot at suburban Chicago’s Riverside-Brookfield High, Class of 1960. This is what guys built themselves, funded by after-school jobs pumping gas or bagging at Safeway for a buck and a quarter an hour. There was nostalgia in the room as some bidders yearning for lost youth considered this Olds for their next reunion. Alas, it didn’t sell, even with a seemingly market-correct final hammer. Petersen, Salem, OR, 02/14. #S208.1-1954 NASH-HEALEY LE MANS coupe. S/N 3082. White/red leather. Odo: 61,532 miles. 252-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, manual. One of 150 produced. European styling in a U.S.-manufactured automobile. Body shows plenty of issues with lots of filler in lower portions. Interior shows well as an original but well worn. Dash, gauges and any brightwork are pitted and dull. Likely an older restoration that was not done to high standards back when it was first completed. Overall, car needs work just about everywhere you look. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Last seen in March 2013 at Hollywood Wheels’ West Palm Beach sale, where it went unsold at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 215842). These are very de- 128 ready for use. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $48,600. This example showed well as a nice driver with various needs. These are popular cars with a good pool of seasoned buyers, and I’ve noticed strong appreciation in the past few months. These might be a case of get-onewhile-you-can or the next Chevrolet to peak in value as the baby boomers snatch them up. Time will tell. Given the condition, this one was slightly well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #161-1958 FORD RANCHERO restomod pickup. S/N A7FF292242. Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 3,670 miles. 302-ci V8, 4 bbl, auto. Nice paint from five feet, but close up shows scratches on fender tops, as if fender pad not used when working on engine. Hood looks like an old used car. Plenty of NOM trim items added. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Last seen at Silver’s 2011 sale in Carson City, NV, selling for $29k (SCM #184521). Back at that sale, a well-worn driver rated to be in #3- condition. That said, my gut reaction to this car was that it was fluffed to be sold at auction. Still, the Packard market for a nice Hawk is strong and seems to be climbing. The high bid was generous for the total presentation. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #F179-1959 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN NAPCO SUV. S/N 3A59N123761. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 59,986 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Nice presentation overall. Some issues in paint and prepwork. Couple of spots showing lack of prep with dull spray, but otherwise nice paint. Steering wheel is a bit rough. Some small touch-ups noted. Overall a nice driver. Averages out to a #3 example with some portions in very nice condition and other portions showing age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $63,720. A NAPCO-fitted Suburban, which is most certainly a rare offering. Nice condition overall with some needs present upon closer inspection. NAPCOs were built as heavy-duty Sports Car Market

Page 128

Roundup 4x4 trucks built to work—not to drive to the country club. Most price guides do not include the NAPCO option, but guys who want one know what they are worth. This was a fair deal, with the advantage going to the seller. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #63-1961 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE 2-dr sedan. S/N 11611L171087. Red/black cloth. Odo: 64,224 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Base-model Biscayne with waveless flat panels, factory gaps; very good red finish includes bumpers. Lowered, nosed, decked, shaved handles with electric release, pin stripes. Polished American five-spoke mags, BFG white letter tires, blue dot tail lights, dual exhaust. Newer interior. Stock dash has SunPro gauges, JVC CD head unit. Engine area micro-blisters that detract. Long panels are wave-free, gaps per GM. Recent tires on polished mags. Original bumpers lightly scratched commensurate with age, minor chips in windshield. Black vinyl interior clean, stock, huge trunk tidy, spare tire and jack missing. Clean underhood, engine looks stock, may be original. Better-than-average driver quality. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,340. In a sea of modern jelly beans, this barge would stand out. Its two bench seats could haul a six-pack of full-sized tailgaters to any game, plus a trunk-full of libations and Doritos. Obtained for $2k under low estimate for a well bought result. Petersen, Salem, OR, 02/14. #458-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 41447L155321. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 1,121 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Body-off restoration 2013, photodocumented. High-quality paint but numerous polish scratches. Trim and hubcaps scratched. Interior immaculate and striking with white seats and red carpet. Correct Delco battery. Matching numbers: L80 high performance and excellent, coupled with some older parts. Given that this was a nice street car and nothing more, the price paid shows the power of an eye-catching color and ready-to-use condition. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #S58.1-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. S/N 5F07A260959. Bronze/taupe vinyl/taupe vinyl. Odo: 2,918 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Over-the-top restoration of the engine bay is too glossy but looks great regardless. Very straight body with well-applied paint. Not much to pick on other than small scratches and very light cracks. Interior shows well but has some small areas where the finish is peeling. Chassis is a bit of a letdown, as it engine, factory dual 4-barrel carbs. Muncie M21 4-speed, 4:11 Positraction. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $56,650. This car even smelled new. Said to be one of only 1,997 built in 1964. Overall well done to stock spec. But with all the attention to original details, why fit Michelin radial tires that look like they came from Costco? Sale slightly favors seller. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. clean, 350 V8 of unspecified origin has the usual chrome bits. Nice presentation. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,584. Per VIN, this base 2-door post Biscayne (a model not known for custom treatment) left GM’s Los Angeles plant with a straight-six engine. Since then, it evolved into an attention-getting mild custom with V8 grunt for the street. This was the right venue for such a ride, and it sold fairly (for less than the envisioned build cost). Well bought. Petersen, Salem, OR, 02/14. #41-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N 418471182857. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 44,650 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One respray in original pale yellow with #F129-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 5F09C603666. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 54,394 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unusual orange color with black interior. Paint shows well with only minor blemishes. Used-car chassis with sprayed areas hiding imperfections. The engine bay has been recently refreshed; you can still smell the spray paint. Interior shows modest issues such as a wavy dash (quite common on these). Some exterior trim shows light dents and scratches. Cond: appears to have just been sprayed with undercoating. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,780. Mustang coupes are generally ignored by most collectors since they are so plentiful. This one was an exception to that statement, as it was extremely well restored, done right by most standards and presented as well as any fastback I’ve seen. Nice (and unusual) colors and the higher-horsepower 289 helped get the job done. Sold well, but about as good as you’ll ever find. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #F108.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S117781. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 2 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely presented L79 convertible in the desirable color combination of Nassau Blue over somewhat rare blue-and-white interior. Some pitting on chrome and trim. New top. Interior looks fresh other than perhaps the seats. Engine bay is 3+. SOLD AT $43,200. Finished in an unusual color and fitted with a 302 rather than a 289, this was a very nice driver that showed well and stood out from the crowd due to the electrifying paint. A combination of very nice 130 freshly restored, and done to high standards. Hood appears to be a replacement. Grille is pitted but hard to see. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $62,640. L79 Corvettes are desirable machines due to the spunky small block that puts out a noticeable 350 horses. One of Chevrolet’s most sought-after engines, as they seem to run forever and are simple to tune. This was a Sports Car Market

Page 130

Roundup nice car, but not so nice that you wouldn’t drive it. A fair deal for the buyer and seller. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #142-1966 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE Richard Petty #43 replica 2-dr hard top. S/N RH23B67168589. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 8,600 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint dull with some dirt in it, clearly single stage that has not been rubbed. Hood kept closed, no engine info on poster, but “440” proclaimed on hood in large white letters. VIN decodes as 6-cylinder. Chrome and grille scratched. Gaps okay, even all around. Basic interior but with radio. Firestone Firehawk tires. Claimed to be #S212-1969 DODGE CHARGER 500 SE 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29L9B232018. Orange/ white vinyl. Odo: 5 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A nearly perfect example. Recent first place at Don Garlits Mopar show and also took Best of Show. Gorgeous paint, interior, trunk and engine bay. About as good as you will ever find and way better than built in the factory. A true trailer queen. A rare Mopar and not a car that is often up for grabs. If you 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R1B253238. Orange/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 33,854 miles. 426-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Overall a nice car that shows well. However, under close examination the car shows much age and use, appropriate for a used car back in the 1970s. Nothing wrong with that—it’s still a great car. Paint is showing age with light scratching throughout. Interior shows use on seats, dash, buttons and shifter. Vinyl top is soiled deep into the grain, which could be removed with “The Car Chasers” build. Overall prep only fair. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,150. Previously sold for $12k at Mecum Monterey in August 2013 (SCM# 230947). Consignor was obviously hoping the decals would attract attention. Color was “correct” Richard Petty Blue, but curiously there was no story on the accompanying poster. I would have made sure that everyone knew this was a replica of Richard Petty’s 1966 Daytona 500 car. And with no confirmation of actual engine specs, have to say the seller came out ahead on this one. Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/14. #F102-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR con- vertible. S/N 8T03R205201. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 95,997 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration of a nice Shelby GT500 KR. Small issues noted in paint. Rust trails forming are small at this time but could rapidly get worse. Engine bay appears recently refreshed and looks good. Interior is showing age and use but still very nice overall. Dashpad is slightly wavy. Doors sag slightly. A great one if you want to buy a genu- wanted perfection, this was it. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Another no-sale car, but one that was dialed in and ready for the national stage. #1-rated cars are rare at auction, even at a sale this large. Given the perfection presented and the rarity of a genuine Charger 500 SE, this bid was well south of the value. It appears that the Mopar buyers are back, but for some reason, they missed out on this one. Bid was light by about $20k given the condition. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #45-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS replica 2-dr hard top. S/N 36370A113378. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 11,282 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent red repaint on no-wave panels, black stripes under clearcoat, aftermarket hood. GM gaps, good black vinyl roof, Boss alloys (18s front, 20s rear). Disc/drum brakes, bumpers lightly scratched, per age. Black vinyl bucket seats (driver’s is baggy), new carpet and headliner, Grant steering wheel, AutoMeter gauges, Al- some elbow grease. Engine bay in the same condition: just needs a good cleaning and detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $604,800. Based on the results coming out of Scottsdale this year, the Mopar market seems to be heating up once again. This sale may be an anomaly, or it could be a harbinger of the market to come, but it raised more than a few eyebrows at this sale. The high sale of the auction, and it was reported that the seller wanted far more but wisely took the offer on the table. I’ll call this well sold at this time with a “Get Out of Jail Free” card in my pocket, just in case I’m wrong. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. #4-1974 MERCURY COMET GT fast- back. S/N 4K31F512049. Green metallic/ black vinyl. Odo: 109,953 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Better-than-average repaint in original hue, hood stripes under clearcoat. Panels straight, right door slightly out. Wheels are painted late Mustang five-spokers. Original bumpers show some age, front unit slightly cockeyed. GT interior clean and stock with correct buckets. Engine deep-detailed; “302- ine Shelby to drive. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. The small rust trails should be addressed before they get much worse. That said, nice Shelby overall and well presented. I believe that speculation drove the market higher and the smart owners sold before Shelby passed. This is a good example of that theory. Way under the money for a 1968 King of the Road convertible in #2 condition. Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 01/14. 132 pine CD. Later LS6 big block underhood, welded aluminum valve covers, chrome alternator, body color on splash shields, lightly detailed. Lots of eyeball in Resale Red. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,520. My new ’70 Chevelle was 17 turns lock-to-lock, as I recall... an engineering feature no longer offered 44 years later. This tribute build was a decent-looking street machine, but not quite showroom-fresh. The crowd’s vibe was heavy toward Chevy, and it was no surprise bidding was strong to the final hammer. Let’s call this one well bought and sold, with both parties satisfied. Petersen, Salem, OR, 02/14. #S143-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2V” decal on air cleaner. Good driver-plus presentation of rare model. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,640. Recently no-saled at Silver’s Portland sale in September at a high bid of $10k (SCM# 228038). Ford built Mavericks, Mercury badge-engineered them as Comets, and you rarely see either one today. This Merc was upgraded with a GT styling package muted by nice green paint that almost gives a stealth vibe. It sold for probably the restoration cost, so the car was free. Well bought. Petersen, Salem, OR, 02/14. © Sports Car Market

Page 132

Mystery Photo Answers The good news is that your new job includes a company car. The bad news is that your new job includes a company car. — Mitchell Josephs, Palm Beach, FL Platte City, MO No, we are NOT stopping at Chick-fil-A! — Doug Ehmann, Phoenix, MD Lots of the folks in town had Chicken coupes, but Zeke has the only Chicken sedan. — Ed Pasini, Las Vegas, NV It is believed that the original owner of the recently discovered barn find was a Mr. Big Bird of “Sesame Street” fame. — Frank Koch, Baton Rouge, LA A lot of entries flapped into SCM World Headquarters this month, but Mitchell Josephs wins a company SCM hat for speaking truth to power. © Comments With Your Renewals You are the experts, I trust RUNNER-UP: A chick off the Olds block — Doug Knight, Haddonfield, NJ Did you see that? The chick over there in the yellow car just flipped me the bird! — Patty Hufnagel, Placentia, CA Takes a lickin’ ’n’ keeps on cluckin’ — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Don’t even think about park- ing too clucking close to my car! — Billy Hufnagel, Placentia, CA Which came first, the chicken or the Olds? — Joe Amft, Evanston, IL Look sharp, everyone — the Colonel just pulled up! — Randy Zelin, via email For 1973, Buick’s roomiest sedan was updated with coop styling. — Scot Kelly, San Rafael, CA It looks like a yellow chicken, but this car is a turkey. — Phil Stevens, Lake Oswego, OR Another chick car that men should never drive. — David Kaczmarek, King City, Ontario, CAN Roscoe added a little something extra to his deuce-anda-quarter to help him attract the chicks. — David Dreyfuss, via email 134 This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: April 25, 2014 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sports- carmarket.com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. Historical 1973 Oldsmobile, low miles, new tires. This is the only Ninety-Eight Regency Brougham to ever attract chicks. Won’t last. — Tom Eidsmore, Santa Cruz, CA Delta Royale with Cheese. — Erik Olson, Dublin, CA Although it is a 4-door, the seller assured me that it is a real chick magnet. — Alan Sosnowitz, Stamford, CT The product of an unholy alliance between Colonel Sanders and Big Bird. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT As Bubba aged, he wasn’t attracting the ladies anymore. He needed help. Bingo! He attached his fiberglass yellow chicken to his yellow Love Machine, and the perfect chick magnet was created. Happy days (and nights) are here again! — Phil Schroeder, your judgment what makes the grade to be printed. Thank you. — Richard Freeland, Scottsdale, AZ Would like more engine info on profiled cars. Otherwise, it’s great! — Paul B Wooding, Pemberton, NJ Cover Devins in the price guide. — Richard Haskell, La Grange Park, IL I like the entanglement and legal stories! — Jacob Ruby, Pewaukee, WI More Jim Schrager. — Jody Showrank, Aliquippa, PA Keep up the extraordinary work. Love you guys. — Frank Mattingly, San Clemente, CA Like to see an article about “newly emerging” classic cars… Honda S2k? Mercury Marauder? Both “apex” cars… — W. Grant Eppler, Sacramento, CA Love the “Affordable Classics” column. The milliondollar cars are interesting, but the cars that real people drive are the ones I enjoy reading about the most. — John Chesko, Vancouver, BC Always enjoyable. Pithy humor appreciated. — Joel Bingham, Owego, NY Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market

Page 133

The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 817.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! WHAT’S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT NOW FREE! The world’s largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from . Updated weekly. collectorcarpricetracker.com May 2014 135

Page 134

SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1951 Jaguar XK 120 OTS 1959 MG A 1500 roadster Willow Green/beige. 52,750 miles. I6, 3-spd automatic. 4.2-liter. A spectacular, mint, original CA car. Two owners, original miles. Original paint, trim, chrome, rubber, etc. Beautifully preserved with perfect mechanicals. $49,500 OBO. Contact Kurt, Kurt Tanner Restorations, 909.920.9221, Email: kj.tanner@yahoo.com (CA) German 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 roadster 68,000 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Rare 6-cylinder, four on the floor, Robin Egg Blue with low mileage, in pristine original condition. Last of the fin Mercedes. Runs lovely. Simple elegance. $20,000. Contact Ken, 207.831.6050, Email: Kmn1@maine.rr.com (ME) 1968 Porsche 911 soft window Targa 1968 Jaguar E-type Series 1½ 2+2 coupe 1968 Mercedes-Benz 230S 4-dr sedan S/N 671318. Black/red. 867 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. This striking black on red XK 120 is a numbersmatching car that has received a comprehensive restoration. Features a gorgeous red leather interior, and includes 2 sets of wheels/tires, and a Heritage Certificate of Authenticity. Classic Showcase, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/375 (CA) 1958 MG A Twin-Cam roadster S/N HDL4361954. Light blue/black leather. 37,226 miles. One CA owner from new w/ low documented miles. No rust. Totally original. Complete history file. Original tools, top, side curtains, handbook & tonneau. Factory luggage carrier, leather seats & heater/defroster. If you are looking for a totallyoriginal, low-mile, one-owner car that runs like new, this is it! Contact Charles, Charles Crail Automobiles, 805.568.1934, Email: charlescrail@mac.com Web: www.charlescrail.com (CA) 1961 Morgan Plus 4 roadster Recently rebuilt Super 90 engine. Exceptional condition throughout. European headlights, knockoff-style wheels, headrests, clock, luggage rack, tools, CoA, owner’s manual, current records. $185,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1965 Porsche 356C coupe S/N 11880191. Irish Green/brown leatherette. 42,698 miles. I6, 5-spd manual. Beautiful numbersmatching California 911 with limited ownership. Meticulously cared for and professionally restored by Porsche specialists. Benefiting from a recent full servicing, this highly collectible 911 stands in excellent running & driving condition! Includes owner’s manuals, tools, and documentation. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index. php/inventory/detail/335 (CA) 1968 Volkswagen Beetle coupe Red/black with red piping. 4,257 miles. I4, manual. Beautiful restoration by top MG restorer. Award winner. Restored in 1999. Watch video for more pictures and details. Call 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST $79,900 OBO. Contact Joseph, 847.774.4875, Email: bortzcars@gmail.com Web: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=8AxLWfPxel8 (IL) S/N 4796. Silver/maroon. I4, 4-spd manual. This Morgan is a very rare and desirable example that just completed a meticulous restoration to show/ driver-level. Includes a soft top and side windows, along with a Morgan Certificate of Authenticity. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index. php/inventory/detail/383 (CA) It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.SportsCarMarket.com/classifieds/place-ad Yellow/black. 47,594 miles. H4, 4-spd manual. 47,594 actual miles! Have documents back to original owner, I am the third owner. Exceptional repaint of original color many years ago, then put into storage. Black interior, factory radio, original air plenum under rear lid. Excellent tires. Enough said! “Do you earn too much to afford one?” $12,500. Contact Deane, 303.880.2900, Email: Adf8702@ aol.com (CO) Runs and drives very well. Strong engine and excellent gearbox. Fine structural condition with original floor and longitudinals. Equipped with Golde sunroof. Lukes & Shoreman engine. Tools. Original owner’s manual. $64,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) Green/light beige. 20,500 miles. other. One family owner from new. All original and in excellent condition. Interior still under wrap from day of delivery. Car needs nothing. No drips, ever. No rust anywhere. No paint work. True time capsule. $13,900 OBO. Contact Terry, 724.216.5723, Email: 59am@ comcast.net (PA) 1970 Volkswagen Beetle Type I 2-dr sedan 136 Sports Car Market

Page 136

SCM Showcase Gallery 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.2 4-dr sedan 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SL 1975 Ferrari 365 GT4 spyder 1964 Chevrolet Corvette race car Drive a nice, original 280 SEL, while your 280SL stays in the shade. Car is located on the East Coast. $11,500. Contact James, Email: usafranceauto@ aol.com (WV) 1973 BMW 3.0 CS coupe S/N WDBFA66E3LF005366. Smoke Silver/Pebble. 120 miles. V8, 5-spd automatic. This 500SL roadster is in showroom-new condition after 24 years of indoor, covered storage. Exterior and interior are as-new. Fuel, engine and transmission systems have been serviced. Car has new tires, battery and hood pad. Both tops. All books, records and tools are present. Runs and drives as a new car. M-B car cover. $39,500. Contact George, Performance Analysis Co., 865.482.9175, Email: perfanalysis@comcast. net (TN) S/N 2250517. Polaris Silver/burgundy. I6, 5-spd manual. California E9 coupe from new with original blue plates. No accidents. Very straight with no rust repair. Extremely dry original car with upgraded 5-speed manual. Rebuilt a/c. Power windows. Recently sorted by one of the top restorers in the business. Great survivor/driver for touring events. $44,990 OBO. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@autokennel.com Web: www.autokennel.com (CA) 1986 Opel Kadett 4-dr sedan In storage for years. What a wonderful example of pure originality, original interior, exterior and even tires. In excellent shape top to bottom. A great opportunity to own such an original Fiat. Includes rare English shop manual. $42,500. Contact Doug, 503.287.4070, Email: dougbaldridge61@gmail. com (OR) 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 spider I4, 5-spd manual. Fuel-injected 2.0-liter. Fire Chief car, only 30k original miles. 30–34 mpg, with emergency equipment (blue lights, siren, speaker, radio). Fun and fast. $12,000 OBO. Schennach, 906.265.3475, (MI) 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster Red/black. 105,000 miles. I6, 5-spd manual. 1 of only 2,255 produced. Exceptional cosmetic restoration on a rust-free, accident-free, CA car. Very good mechanicals. Beautiful Italian open tourer. $99,000 OBO. Contact Kurt, Kurt Tanner Restorations, 909.920.9221, Email: kj.tanner@yahoo.com (CA) S/N WP0EB0916K5173668. Guards Red/black. 32,342 miles. 5-spd manual. Highly collectible & all original Speedster, 1 of only 823 to come stateside! With a widened stance and awesome color combo, this car is in great condition and presents a great investment opportunity for the Porsche collector! Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/ index.php/inventory/detail/304 (CA) 1972 DeTomaso Pantera L coupe 7,600 miles from new. Outstanding condition throughout with spotless, unmarked, original interior. Sewn dash, window sticker, owner’s card, manual, tools with bag. $82,500 OBO. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction. com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) Powder blue/blue & silver. 0 miles. V8, 2-spd automatic. Very original car, repainted once. Nice original interior. 283-ci V8, auto., power steering, AM radio. Nice all-around show car. Spares available include 348 tripower motor, complete continental kit and fender skirts. $79,000. Contact Len M., 610.282.0109, Email: tigrlift@ptd.net (PA) Maroon/maroon. 64,183 miles. V8, automatic. 1950 Buick Super Estate Wagon Model 59. Great condition. One of 2,480 built. Dynaflow automatic transmission, under-dash Borg Warner Mk IV a/c unit. The original wood is in outstanding condition. Car runs great and is driven regularly. Period luggage rack. The car is located in Scottsdale. $69,000 OBO. Contact Rhet, 480.759.3374, Email: rhetandrews@ cox.net (AZ) 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible Italian 1949 Fiat Giardinier Topolino wagon S/N 18359. Hand-formed aluminum body. Original Ferrari seats, gauges, switches. Pininfarina engineered convertible top. $165,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) 1977 Maserati Bora coupe Ex-Bill Jobe “Super Nova” Corvette. Texas Region SCCA Solo Champion. During 1969–70, 18 1stplace finishes. Ex-Allen Barker Traco engine and fuel-injection. Three binders of documentation from day one. Extensive race history. $410,000. Contact J.J., 412.486.8175, Email: elainesrodman@gmail. com (PA) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N AM117 49US 1004. Silver/red. 10,934 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Purchased from the estate of the original owner, this car is one of the lowest-mileage Boras left. It is one of the last built. It features the bigger 4.9-liter engine and the late wheels. It has lots of documents including the original purchase order. Recently serviced and a top example of the model. $124,500. Contact Steve, Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, Email: contact@motorcargallery.com Web: www.MotorcarGallery.com (FL) American 1950 Buick Estate woodie wagon Green/tan. V8, 4-spd manual. 350-hp, matching numbers, indicated 55,000 mile car, power steering, repro knock-offs, Teakwood steering wheel. Sell or trade for ’Vette. Contact K.A., 248.626.5500, Email: kal@thepdmgroup.com (MI) WANTED: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette S/N 194377S122800. Marina Blue/blue. TRYING TO LOCATE. I am the original owner of this car and trying to find it to buy it back from the present owner. Past SCM Platinum Auction Database #45260. Last seen at a Mecum auction in 2007 and did not sell. I believe it might now be titled in OK. Anyone with info PLEASE contact me at once via phone or email. Contact John, 321.431.0035, Email: flapropinsp@ earthlink.net (FL) 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible S/N 1G1YC3D79E5111720. Night Race Blue/Kalahari. 101 miles. V8, We were smitten by the 2014 Corvette and had to have one. We were fortunate to have gotten one of the first convertibles. It has exceeded our expectations. Essentially new with just over 100 miles and still on the MSO. It’s heavily optioned with a 7-speed, 2LT package, chrome wheels and the multi-mode exhaust. $69,950. Contact Steve, Motorcar Gallery, 954.522.9900, Email: contact@motorcargallery.com Web: www. MotorcarGallery.com (FL) © 138 Sports Car Market

Page 138

Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056, 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Dan Kruse Classics is a familyAuctions America. 877.906.2437, Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of RM Auctions, the Auctions America by RM team, led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs and vintage motorcycles. Consign With Confidence. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972 with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan has personally has over $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. Dan, and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara, manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) tique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) Russo and Steele Collector AutoMecum Auction Company. Gooding & Company. Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 262.275.5050. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 25 years, now offering more than 12,000 vehicles per year. Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, exotics, vintage motorcycles and road art sales. Auctions are held throughout the United States and broadcast live on Velocity, Discovery Network. For further information, visit www.Mecum.com. 445 South Main Street Walworth, WI 53184. 262.275.5050 (WI) mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele now hosts four record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; Las Vegas in September, and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele. com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach, FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate-controlled, state-of-the-art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com. Where Collectors Collect! See You On Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors The Block! Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics & exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high energy auctions along the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining destination to car collectors, enthusiasts and travelers. The company prides itself on personal service, providing cars for everyone from the avid collector to the first-time buyer. For more information, contact Vicari Auction at 1900 Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call 504.875.3563; or visit www.vicariauction.com. (LA) Rick Cole Auctions . Rick Cole Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced twolane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, an- Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020, Lucky Collector Car 140 conducted the first auction ever held in Monterey. His dozen successive annual events forever changed the landscape of the historic weekend. Next August, Rick Cole and Terry Price combine seventy-plus years of professional client care to present an entirely new type of Monterey Auction experience, conducted at The Marriott Hotel. Limited consignment. Email: rickcole@rickcole. com Web: www.rickcole.com (CA) Worldwide Auctioneers. RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, . With offices and auctions throughout North America and Europe, RM is the largest auction house globally that caters to collectors of high-end vintage automobiles. The RM team of car specialists is the largest in the world, offering services in a numbers of languages and decades of experience in buying, selling, racing, and restoring collector cars. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789, Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogue-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY

Page 139

Alfa Romeo Automobilia Coachbuilt Press. 215-925-4233, Centerline Products. 888.750. ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years — rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Coachbuilt Press creates limited edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA). Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Jon Norman’s Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Appraisals Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man’s opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. Buy/Sell/General Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531 , Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors. com (WA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, Restoration 760.758.6119. Always buying: Offering top dollar for your European classics. Always selling: 3 showrooms with an excellent selection to choose from. Always Restoring: We feature an award-winning, world-class restoration facility, with the expertise to restore you car to any level, including modifications. Super craftsmanship; attention to detail; knowledgeable staff; servicing all of the collector’s needs. Located in San Diego County. Email: sales@classicshowcase.com, www.classicshowcase.com (CA) sics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore visit www.heritageclassics.com Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000, One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymnaltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymnaltd.com Kastner & Partners Garage. From our spectacular Santa Monica location, Kastner & Partners Garage strives to offer some of the finest collector vehicles available, combined with unparalleled service. If we do not currently have that which you are looking for or, if you have a classic that you’re looking to sell, please let us know. 150 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.593.2080 www.kastnerandpartnersgarage.com Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531 , For over a quarter century Cosmopolitan Motors has been at the center of the world for collector cars changing hands. Their unparalleled experience in tracking valuations makes them uniquely capable of valuating the rare and unusual. Estates, settlements, collections, insurance. Let their billion dollars worth of experience supply the results you seek. “We covet the rare and unusual whether pedigreed or proletarian”. www. cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745, Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment & pick up. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Hartek Automotive. 319.337.4140, Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top of the line models to projects cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) May 2014 Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc., one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual’s daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers pre-sale or post-sale inspections. Located in Iowa, we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartek.org (IA) Luxury Brokers International. 215.459.1606, specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment grade classic car. Since 2009 we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts, and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Motor Classic & Competition. 914.997.9133 Since 1979 we have been racing, restoring, servicing, buying and selling high-quality sports, racing and GT cars. Motor Classic & Competition is where enthusiasts find their dream. We specialize in Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lotus, Aston Martin, Ford GT40, Cobras and all European sports and vintage racing cars. www.motorclassiccorp.com Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. 310.657.9699, www.heritageclas- 141

Page 140

Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Collector Car Insurance Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Woodies USA. 949.922.7707, 949.412.8812, We buy and sell great woodies — hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California. www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Chubb Collector Car Insurance. Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. 1.866.CAR.9648, With Chubb you’ll have flexibility and control with worldclass coverage and claim service. There are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed Value” is included and you’re free to use the restoration shop of your choice for covered repairs. Special pricing is also available for large collections. For more information, call 1-866-227-9648 or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com. www.wirewheel.com, 772.299.9788. 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) British Sports and Race Cars BoughtSold-Traded. Located in Beautiful Vero Beach, Florida. In business for over 25 years, specializing in Lotus, TVR, Griffith, Jaguar, Austin Healey, MG, Marcos, Panoz, Lola, and more. Over 50 sports and race cars always in stock. Please check our website for our latest inventory offerings: www.wirewheel.com. (FL) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170, L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high-performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. www.CAROBU.com. Radcliffe Motor Company. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889, As the country’s largest enclosed auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event, or shipping the car of your dreams from 142 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. World class full service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in British, German and Italian classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship; knowledgeable staff; passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 410.517.1681, The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic Italian and fine European automobiles. Having gained the trust of the exotic car community we are known for our proficiency and workmanship. Host of the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian Car Event each May, you are cordially invited to attend. Visit our website for more information about our shop, and see photos of past events. www.RMCCAR.com. a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a Quote, enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 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. (FL) Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876, www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (WI) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English 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) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY

Page 142

Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. German comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) T. Rutlands & T. Rutlands West provides international service from one of the world’s largest Ferrari parts inventories coast to coast. We have more Ferrari parts, more Ferrari parts experience and better Ferrari parts prices than most anyone. Since 1981 T. Rutlands has been building valuable partnerships with the Ferrari industry’s most respected repair shops, professionals and car owners seeking to provide a one-stop shopping experience for Ferrari parts, tools and accessories. Ferrari parts are our only business and we are true product and service specialists in every sense of the word. When you need a comprehensive parts selection for both vintage and contemporary Ferraris, you can count on a single-source leader in the Ferrari parts business…T. Rutlands. Call us Toll Free 800.638.1444, Internationally 770.493.8852. Email: Sales@ trutlands.com. www.trutlands.com Finance Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. World class full-service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in German, British, and Italian classics. Superb fit, attention to detail, great craftsmanship, knowledgeable staff, passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300, with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the '50s & '60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing LeMay Family Collection FoundaPutnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. European Collectibles, Inc. J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as 5 minutes! 949.650.4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than one million dollars, with terms extending up to 84 months contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal Law Offices of Bruce Shaw Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500, As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts — for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Import/Export The SL Market Letter, Premier Financial Services is the nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Cosdel International Transportation. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your 144 612.567.0234 NOT just SLs but all rare and collectible Mercedes! A key resource on Mercedes since 1982. 100s of Mercedes for sale, market news, price analysis & special reports in every issue & website. 1 & 2 yr. subscriptions open the door to one-on-one SLML help finding & selling specific models. Ask about our private sales program. www.slmarket.com (MN) Museums Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 Mercedes-Benz tion at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount. org (WA) Parts and Accessories Baldhead Cabinets. 877.966.2253. The garage is no longer a place to cast off items unwanted. It is a destination in itself. We are a full-service, family owned company that designs and manufactures custom metal cabinets in Bend, OR. Choose from meticulously crafted storage cabinets, TV cabinets, sink cabinets, or our ever popular pull out fastener bin cabinet, just to name a few. www.baldheadcabinets.com Italian galleries, a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet halls, racing simulators and slot car racing. ACM hosts annual events, concerts and even drive-in movies. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students/military and $8 for youth. ACM is free for members and kids five and under. www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Griot’s Garage —Car Care for LeMay—America’s Car Museum spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. The museum rests on a nine-acre campus featuring rotating the Perfectionist! Griot’s Garage celebrates over 22 years as your best source for a full line of quality car care products. We Make It. We Teach It. We Guarantee It. Call today for your free catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website for fast, fun and easy ordering. Our number one goal is to ensure that you always...Have fun in your garage! 800.345.5789 • www.griotsgarage.com www.inmygarage.com. (WA) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY

Page 143

agement and control produce the quality & attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the web at www.automotiverestorations.com Suixtil USA. 888.800.8870, the U.S. distributor of Suixtil clothing. Suixtil, the brand preferred by racing legends of the 1950s and 1960s, encapsulates the spirit, passion and grit of the heroic early days of racing. From the iconic Juan Manuel Fangio to Sir Stirling Moss to Peter Collins, all the great drivers of the day wore the brand. Lost for decades, the original Suixtil line was re-discovered, researched and faithfully re-created in recent years, bringing back to life the spirit of daring, passion and camaraderie of that unforgettable era in motor sport racing. Shop online at www.SuixtilUSA.com sales@suixtilusa.com Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Alan Taylor Company Inc. Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 1930 the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non abrasive system consists of a pre-wax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also world wide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti, Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www. swissvax.us WeatherTech® Automotive Ac- cessories. 800.441.8527, MacNeil Automotive Products Limited providing Automotive Accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high-quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from allweather floor mats, extreme-duty floor liners, cargo/trunk liners, side window deflectors, no-drill mudflaps, many different options of license plate frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to www.WeatherTech.com. Restoration — General Black Horse Garage. 203.330.9604, Established in 1991 by Frank Buonanno, who has spent two decades of his 49-year career specializing in Ferraris, Black Horse Garage is known primarily as a world-class restoration and engine rebuilding shop for V12 Ferraris. Services include routine maintenance, engine building, coach trim, coachwork, woodwork repair, full restoration, Storage, detailing and concourse preparation. Email: Info@ blackhorsegarage.com High Mountain Classics. 970.532.2339, World-class restoration, repair, and maintenance. Many Pebble Beach Class wins and Best of Show evidence our pursuit of restoration excellence. We service and maintain blue-chip collectibles, race cars, and other investment-grade cars, and provide vintage race track support. We have particular excellence with Bugatti and other pre-war marques. www.HighMountainClassics.com JWF Restorations Inc. Special- izing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St. Portland, OR 97225 503-706-8250 Fax 503-646-4009 The world’s largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership is not required. Monthly magazine. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745, Founded in 1978, we are well established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project man- Bob Smith Coachworks Inc. 940.668.8622, 960.665.4657 (fax). Complete exotic and vintage automobile restoration performed by master craftsmen to the highest standards of excellence. Bob Smith Coachworks Inc., 1600 Floral Dr., Gainesville, TX 76240. Email: bsmith@bobsmithcoachworks.com. (TX) 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantaylorcompany.com Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing biweekly detailed billing, we keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our excellent web site for details. Email doug@classicrestodenver.com. www.classicrestodenver.com. (CO) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our web site showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated blog to see what is going on in our busy shop, including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two-car, enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the Northeast a breeze. www.rpmvt.com. Sports and Specialist Cars Inc. 609.466.5305. Sales, service and restoration of vintage racecars, classic and contemporary sports cars. Authorized Lotus Dealer. Founded in 1974 by Rob Burt. Partners with Steel Wings, specializing in parts, service and performance upgrades for vintage Aston Martins. sales@princetonlotus.com Located near Princeton, NJ at 49 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 09525 www.sportsandspecialistcars.com (NJ) The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. No matter whether your car is bound to the concours or for the road we are the sensible choice. We are expert in our craft and we combine this with unimpeachable integrity doing something that we enjoy as much as our clients enjoy the fruits of our labors. Share our passion for your passion. Give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger and Janice Stone Proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Vintage Motor Group F. Roxas Inc. 708.598.1000. Brid- geview, IL. The Only Thing Better Than New is a Fran Roxas Restoration. Recent restorations include Duesenberg, Packard 12, 8-liter Bentley, Cadillac V16, Delahaye, Stutz DV32, Ferrari, 1950s & 60s Concept Cars. We take pride in enhancing our clients’ investments by bringing these truly one-ofa-kind cars back to life, maybe an even better life. The quality of our work has been nationally recognized since 1970 with consistent 1st place winners at concours around the world. (IL) © FOLLOW SCM RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports May 2014 145

Page 144

Carl Bomstead eWatch Babe Ruth’s Watch Brings $717,000 The price for the World Series time piece dwarfs prices for porcelain signs, tin toys and a Packard hood ornament Thought Carl’s Heritage Auctions, at their recent “Sports Platinum Night Auction,” offered Babe Ruth’s 1923 World Series he realized his cancer was terminal, and it had dropped out of sight until just recently. At that kind of money, it makes our stuff look almost reasonable. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 247—JAPANESE FRICTION FLYING SPACEMAN SUPERMAN CYCLE. Estimate: $12,000–$15,000. SOLD AT: $55,200, including 20% buyer’s premium. Date: 2/15/2014. This ultra-rare tin litho cycle with a hard-rubber figure was found in a toy store in Japan. It was complete with the original box that was marked: “Bandai, Made in Japan.” The box had some minor creasing, but the image was bright with bold graphics. The 12-inch toy was in near mint condition and was complete with the Superman shield on the rider’s chest. Stated to possibly be the best known example, and as such, it brought all the money and then some. ful sign that are in this condition, so the lofty price was to be expected. The double-sided sign has great graphics, with only three tiny marks on one side. I recall a friend buying the other excellent example many years ago for $3,500, and he was worried about paying too much. MATTHEWS AUCTIONS LOT 52—CADILLAC LASALLE AUTHORIZED SERVICE TIN SIGN. Estimate: $10,000–$15,000. SOLD AT: $7,200. This unusual, doublesided tin sign was mounted in a metal frame and was hung under a hood that illuminated the sign. It had a few light scratches and scuffs, and the hood and frame had been repainted. It appeared that the sign may have had a light coat of varnish. A striking sign that sold for well under the estimates and was one of the few bargains at the auction. EBAY #271342260537— 1940 PACKARD HOOD ORNAMENT WITH ORIGINAL BOX. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $1,325. Date: 12/13/2013. The 1939–40 Packard hood ornament was designed by Earle C. Anthony and was available for the 17th and 18th Series Packards. The glass wing was either grooved or plain. This example did not appear to have ever been used on a Packard, and the original box was a real plus. All things considered, the price paid was well within reason. SAFELY” LICENSE-PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $585. Date Sold: 12/1/2013. “Crushy,” the Orange Crush mascot, was featured on this cute license-plate attachment. In the 1950s, most soda companies used licenseplate attachments to promote their products, and some are even reproduced today. They are very collectible, and even with some scratches and nicks, this one went for strong money. presentation watch that was thought to have been lost to history. It sold for $717,000, including the 19.5% commission. Ruth had given the 14-karat gold “Gruen Verithin” watch to his friend Charles Schwefel when MATTHEWS AUC- TIONS LOT 45—HARBOR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $40,000–$60,000. SOLD AT: $62,400, including 20% buyer’s premium. Date: 2/28/2014. This is the only known version of this sign that is double sided. It is in exceptional condition, with bright and vibrant colors and only a few minor flea bites on the edge. Price was up there, but Matthews, at their November 2013 sale, sold a single-sided example for $57,500, so this looks like a market-correct price. EBAY #360826122747— MATTHEWS AUCTIONS LOT 48—BRUINOIL BRUIN GASOLINE TIN FLANGE SIGN. Estimate: $15,000– $25,000. SOLD AT: $30,000, including 20% buyer’s premium. Date: 2/28/2014. This is one of only two examples of this color- EBAY #281214397552— ORANGE CRUSH “DRIVE paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $65 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $95 Canada/Mexico, Europe $105, Asia/Africa/Middle East $115. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 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 GUNTHERMANN PRESSED-TIN ANTIQUE TOY PHAETON WITH PASSENGERS. Number of Bids: 71. SOLD AT: $19,775. Date: 1/9/2014. This delightful 9.5-inch tin toy was in exceptional condition, although it appeared that the headlamps had been replaced. It was made by the German toy manufacturer Gunthermann, which was in business from 1871 until 1965. From the photographs, it was difficult to tell if the toy had any repaints, and the brief description was in French. A few years ago, a pristine example, offered from the Donald Kaufman Collection, sold for $62,100, so the replacement headlamps took a huge toll here. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market