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Mecum Las Vegas, NV January 23–27, 2018

Bonhams Las Vegas, NV January 25, 2018

RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA February 7, 2018

Bonhams Paris, FRA February 8, 2018

Artcurial Paris, FRA February 9, 2018

Leake Oklahoma City, OK February 23–24, 2018

McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA February 23–25, 2018

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“Like” us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends May 2018 . Volume 30 . Number 5 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman 2006 Ferrari FXX $3,282,291 / Artcurial 1958 Triumph TR3A Works Rally Roadster $227,019 / RM Sotheby’s 70 72 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 185 Vehicles Rated at Seven Sales 90 94 106 118 128 140 ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne GERMAN by Prescott Kelly AMERICAN RACE by Dale Novak by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Pierre Hedary 18 1969 Lamborghini Espada Series I $207,738 / Artcurial 1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300 Coupe $1,097,206 / Artcurial 1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible $226,756 / Artcurial 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder $3,001,485 / Artcurial 1995 Mercedes-Benz AMG E36 Sports Estate $66,222 / Bonhams 74 76 80 82 84 Cover: 2006 Ferrari FXX ; courtesy of Artcurial Sports Car Market 152 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales, best buys, Bugattis and Rétromobile total sales — Chad Tyson ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA: At its signature Paris auction, Artcurial moves 140 of 174 vehicles to the tune of $36m — Pierre Hedary RM SOTHEBY’S Paris, FRA: Record-setting Bugattis lead the way in this $29.3m sale — Leo Van Hoorick McCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA: The 64th Palm Springs Auction tops $6.3m on 346 cars sold — Carl Bomstead BONHAMS Paris, FRA: Grand Palais sale pulls in $18.4m on 102 of 134 cars sold — Paul Hardiman LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK: Of 354 cars offered in OKC, 255 sell, bringing in $6.7m — B. Mitchell Carlson ROUNDUP Motorcycle highlights from Bonhams and Mecum in Las Vegas — Somer Hooker acebook and look for updates and offers! ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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62 Images from Rétromobile: Here, Renault marks 40 years since its 1978 Le Mans win with a lineup of A442/3s and drivers’ helmets COLUMNS 22 Shifting Gears Fifty years ago, I embarked on my own MGA odyssey with a handful of love beads and a can of STP Keith Martin 48 Affordable Classic The CJ-2A was the closest thing to a military-issue Ford GPW or Willys MB jeep that a civilian could buy new B. Mitchell Carlson 50 Legal Files Pay-to-play racetracks are the latest craze, but going fast in a car is always a risk John Draneas 54 Unconventional Wisdom I don’t see how you can be a true car nut without somehow being fascinated with great mechanical devices of all kinds Donald Osborne 56 Drivers Ed There is nothing wrong with having a car that is only partially Images from Rétromobile: Here, Renault marks 40 years sinc Images from Rétromobile: Here, Renault marks 40 years since its 1978 Le Mans win with a lineup of A442/3s and drivers’ helmets COLUMNS 22 Shifting Gears Fifty years ago, I embarked on my own MGA odyssey with a handful of love beads and a can of STP Keith Martin 48 Affordable Classic The CJ-2A was the closest thing to a military-issue Ford GPW or Willys MB jeep that a civilian could buy new B. Mitchell Carlson 50 Legal Files Pay-to-play racetracks are the latest craze, but going fast in a car is always a risk John Draneas 54 Unconventional Wisdom I don’t see how you can be a true car nut without somehow being fascinated with great mechanical devices of all kinds Donald Osborne 56 Drivers Ed There is nothing wrong with having a car that is only partially 28 28 Auction Calendar 28 Crossing the Block 32 Concours and Events: Greystone Concours cancels 2018 event, New England 1000, 10 years of Quail Motorcycles and Keels & Wheels 34 Contributors: Get to know our writers 36 You Write, We Read: Passion before profit, tip that valet!, Porsche 550 Spyder memories and more respect for the 190SL 38 Display Advertisers Index 42 Time Pieces: Why new models of some watches are hard to find 42 Neat Stuff: Tracking your docs and the scoop on tours 44 In Miniature: 1930–32 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Black Prince” 44 Speaking Volumes: Dave MacDonald: Cobra Man the Will to Win 92 Buy/Sell/Hold: Benzes, Countaches and Enzo’s best 110 Fresh Meat: 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 coupe, 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB coupe, 2016 McLaren 570S coupe 114 Market Moment: 2005 Maserati MC12 coupe 126 On the Radar: 1993–96 Ford Falcon XG, 1987–97 Nissan Patrol Y60, 1993–95 Holden Commodore VR SS 78 The Cumberford Perspective The 1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A established the perpetual Porsche shape Robert Cumberford 170 eWatch 2017 New England Patriots Super Bowl ring sells for $337,200 Carl Bomstead 20 146 Rising Sun: 1971 Datsun 510, 1991 Honda CRX Si, 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62 156 Mystery Photo: “Behold! The new flux capacitor!” 156 Comments With Your Renewals: “SCM never disappoints! You are #1.” 158 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 162 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market FEATURES Carl Bomstead 62 Rétromobile 2018: Photos from the Paris celebration — Paul Hardiman 64 Mattioli Automotive Group: The MAG Group buys Italy-based Bacchelli & Villa restoration shop — Massimo Delbò DEPARTMENTS Paul Hardiman


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Siren Song of an MGA Once under way, we discovered that the engine had a bad rear main seal. It was losing a quart of oil every 50 miles After rebuilding the engine, I decided the next step was a road trip to Chicago. Stranded We soon realized that with a hole in the side of the engine, we weren’t going any farther under our own power. This was the era before cellphones. We flagged down a pass- ing car, and the driver agreed to stop at a gas station and arrange for a tow truck to pick us up and take us to Twin Falls. We found a used engine in Salt Lake City for $250, and we arranged to have it shipped to us. Three days later, we were on the road again. Once under way, we discovered that the engine had a bad rear main seal. It was losing a quart of oil every 50 miles. I learned to watch the oil pressure gauge; when it started to swing wildly from side to side due to cavitation in the sump, it was time to add three quarts. We decided to abandon Chicago as a destination and head south. In Roosevelt, UT, the water pump failed and the wobbling fan started to nick the radiator. We replaced the pump and decided to turn towards home. We got as far as Kremmling, CO, when the pulley on the What’s a road trip without a little excitement? I was about 30 miles south of Twin Falls, ID, when a connecting rod broke and exploded through the side of the engine block. I coasted silently to the side of the road in the late-afternoon sun. I was on State Highway 93 — right in the middle of nowhere. Although this happened 50 years ago, my memory is as clear as if it occurred this morning. I opened the hood of my 1958 MGA roadster and saw a hole the size of my fist in the block. It was 1968. I was 17 years old, and a high-school friend and I had decided that we would drive my MG from San Francisco to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago to join our rebellious cohorts. We had long hair, were wearing peace symbols and had brought strings of love beads for the chicks we were sure to meet along the way. We were hippies from the City of Love. Should I buy another? For the past two decades, I’ve been kicking around the idea of buy- ing another MGA and driving the same route. My first car was a 1960 Bugeye Sprite. The day I turned 16, I got my driver’s license at 8 a.m. At 8:30, I bought the Bugeye for $30. It was overpriced. My second car was an MGA. I found it in a wrecking yard near Hunter’s Point in San Francisco. For $250 it was mine, and I drove it home. It was silver and had been painted with a house-painter’s brush. The grille was missing, and you could measure the thickness of the Bondo flaking off the grille opening with a yardstick. But it was mine. With its 1,500-cc engine, it should have been faster than the Bugeye, but the rod knock under acceleration was so loud that I couldn’t really tell. Before I rebuilt the engine, I was putting pure 90-weight gear oil into the crankcase to quiet it down. 22 generator shattered. A local repair shop modified a pulley from a T-series Ford, and we were back on the road. There were a few glorious moments. I recall hitting 80 mph across the desert, top down and sun shining. We had brought along a batterypowered 33-rpm record player, and sang “People Are Strange” along with Jim Morrison as we motored along. The fact that the needle skipped every time we hit a bump didn’t bother us. As we passed through Reno, I notice a pink-and-black 1958 Rambler station wagon ahead of us on Interstate 80. It was my high-school girlfriend Penny Hanks and her family, returning from a family vacation. Calculate the odds of that happening. We happily tucked in behind them, like a dinghy following the Queen Mary. As we neared Sacramento, just 87 miles from home, the generator puked its guts. It turned out that the fabricated pulley was not in perfect alignment with the crank or the water pump. We parked the car at a filling station, hopped into the Rambler and rode home in comfort. Three days later, with a replacement generator in hand, I returned to the gas station, installed the part and we finished the journey. Duckling imprint I have a hankering to own another MGA. I could have my own “My History With Sports Cars” diorama in the garage. I figure $20,000 should be enough for a decent one. But then I ask myself, to what end? If I wanted to drive a convertible, the MGA would be competing with our Lotus Elise, Alfa Duetto, Giulia Spider Veloce and the Bugeye. Given those options, how often would you choose the MG? Owning a car I don’t drive doesn’t appeal to me. But then I think about setting out on the trip to Chicago half a cen- tury ago. Heading across the Nevada desert, embarking on my own odyssey with a handful of love beads and a can of STP. Creating memories that are still vibrant today. I’m conflicted. And I’m ready to hear your thoughts. Or maybe buy your MGA. Write me at Keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1952 Jaguar XK 120 SE coupe at RM Auctions in Auburn, IN Vicari Where: Nocona, TX When: May 3–5 Web: www.vicariauction.com RM Auctions Where: Auburn, IN When: May 10–12 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 237/343 cars sold / $9m Featured cars: • 1941 Lincoln Zephyr 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 5–7—MECUM Houston, TX 6–7—RM AUCTIONS Fort Lauderdale, FL 7—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX 8—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 11—BRIGHTWELLS Bicester, U.K. 12–14—LEAKE Dallas, TX 12–15—BARRETTJACKSON West Palm Beach, FL 13–15—ELECTRIC GARAGE Edmonton, AB, CAN 28 14—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 14—SILVER Vancouver, WA 19–21—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 20–21—BRANSON Branson, MO 21—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 21—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Arlington, TX 21—VANDERBRINK Longview, TX 21–22—BONHAMS Stafford, U.K. 24—COYS London, U.K. 25—H&H Buxton, U.K. 28—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 30—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS MAY 3–5—VICARI Nocona, TX 10–12—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN 11—BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MCO 12—RM SOTHEBY’S Monte Carlo, MCO 12—COYS Monte Carlo, MCO 12—SILVER Missoula, MT 12–13—LUCKY Tacoma, WA 15–19—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 16—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 18–19—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 19—VANDERBRINK Stillwater, OK 26—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Midland, TX 27—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS JUNE 1–2—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 1–3—COLLECTOR CAR PRODUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 2—BONHAMS Reading, U.K. 2—CCA Leamington Spa, U.K. 3—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 5—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 5—H&H Surrey, U.K. 8–9—MECUM Denver, CO 8–10—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 8–10—RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA 9—VANDERBRINK Mansfield, SD 16—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 16—VANDERBRINK Basehor, KS 16—SILVER Coeur d’Alene, ID 20–23—BARRETTJACKSON Uncasville, CT 22–23—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 22–23—MECUM Portland, OR 23—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 30—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN Sports Car Market • Star Car: 1952 Jaguar XK 120 SE coupe • 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible Bonhams Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: May 11 Web: www.bonhams.com Featured cars: • Star Car: 1953 Ferrari 625 TF • 1993 McLaren MP4/8A • 1928 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model tourer RM Sotheby’s Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: May 12 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • 1950 Ferrari 195 Inter coupe • Star Car: 1934 Lancia Augusta coupe • 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1953 Ferrari 625 TF at Bonhams in Monte Carlo, MCO Coys Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: May 12 Web: www.coys.co.uk Silver Where: Missoula, MT When: May 12 Web: www.silverauctions.com Lucky Old Car Where: Tacoma, WA When: May 12–13 Web: www.luckyoldcar.com Last year: 98/185 cars sold / $1.1m Featured cars: • 1916 Paige Ardmore roadster • 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500SL • 1962 Morgan 4/4 Mecum Where: Indianapolis, IN When: May 15–19 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,218/1,671 cars sold / $364k Featured cars: • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 • 1970 Buick Skylark GS Stage 1 convertible • 2006 Ford GT Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: May 16 Web: www.brightwells.com Last year: 87/106 cars sold / $1.1m Silverstone Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: May 18–19 Web: www.silverstone.com Last year: 54/74 cars sold / $4.7m VanDerBrink Where: Stillwater, OK When: May 19 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Dan Kruse Classics Where: Midland, TX When: May 26 Web: www.dankruseclassics.com Last year: 67/138 cars sold / $1.3m Shannons Where: Sidney, AUS When: May 27 Web: www.shannons.com.au ♦ Star Car: 1934 Lancia Augusta coupe at RM Sotheby’s in Monte Carlo, MCO 30 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance Canceled for 2018 The Greystone Mansion Concours, an increasingly important event in the collector-car year, will not take place in 2018. The Greystone website has a notice that the concours, originally scheduled for May 6, will not happen because of “unforeseen circumstances.” This would have been the 9th Annual Greystone Mansion Concours at the Doheny Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills, CA. www.beverlyhills.org One Thousand Miles — and a Sail Aboard “Columbia” Picture grand hotels, gourmet restaurants and 1,000 miles of back roads. Throw in a reunion for the Cars of Briggs Cunningham. The 26th Annual New England 1000 rally looks really special. The rally rumbles to life on May 20, and the wheels keep turning through May 25. Starting at the famous Mohonk Mountain House near New Paltz, NY, the tour will explore scenic Catskill and Berkshire mountain roads. Participants also get a sailing expedition aboard “Columbia,” Briggs Cunningham’s America’s Cup-winning yacht. 1990 or earlier Sports, Racing or GT cars are invited to participate. There is also a class for exotics. Registration information can be found at www.vintagerallies.com (NY) cours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance Canceled for 2018 The Greystone Mansion Concours, an increasingly important event in the collector-car year, will not take place in 2018. The Greystone website has a notice that the concours, originally scheduled for May 6, will not happen because of “unforeseen circumstances.” This would have been the 9th Annual Greystone Mansion Concours at the Doheny Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills, CA. www.beverlyhills.org One Thousand Miles — and a Sail Aboard “Columbia” Picture grand hotels, gourmet restaurants and 1,000 miles of back roads. Throw in a reunion for the Cars of Briggs Cunningham. The 26th Annual New England 1000 rally looks really special. The rally rumbles to life on May 20, and the wheels keep turning through May 25. Starting at the famous Mohonk Mountain House near New Paltz, NY, the tour will explore scenic Catskill and Berkshire mountain roads. Participants also get a sailing expedition aboard “Columbia,” Briggs Cunningham’s America’s Cup-winning yacht. 1990 or earlier Sports, Racing or GT cars are invited to participate. There is also a class for exotics. Registration information can be found at www.vintagerallies.com (NY) Ten Ten Years of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering World-class motorcycles — from all over the world — take over the manicured fairways of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club on May 5. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will celebrate its 10th year in 2018, and the event always brings 3,000 motorcycle lovers and 300 bikes together in Carmel, CA. This is one of the best motorcycle events of the ar. This year’s Gathering rs Café Racers, Electric otorcycles and the Arlen Ness vate Collection’s motorcycles. e day includes a delicious becue lunch. Admission is 5 if you buy ahead of time, and 5 on the day of the show. ww.quaillodgetickets.com. A) MAY CALENDAR Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance Concours Concours urs and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarke ncours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance Canceled for 2018 The Greystone Mansion Concours, an increasingly important event in the collector-car year, will not take place in 2018. The Greystone website has a notice that the concours, originally scheduled for May 6, will not happen because of “unforeseen circumstances.” This would have been the 9th Annual Greystone Mansion Concours at the Doheny Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills, CA. www.beverlyhills.org One Thousand Miles — and a Sail Aboard “Columbia” Picture grand hotels, gourmet restaurants and 1,000 miles of back roads. Throw in a reunion for the Cars of Briggs Cunningham. The 26th Annual New England 1000 rally looks really special. The rally rumbles to life on May 20, and the wheels keep turning through May 25. Starting at the famous Mohonk Mountain House near New Paltz, NY, the tour will explore scenic Catskill and Berkshire mountain roads. Participants also get a sailing expedition aboard “Columbia,” Briggs Cunningham’s America’s Cup-winning yacht. 1990 or earlier Sports, Racing or GT cars are invited to participate. There is also a class for exotics. Registration information can be found at www.vintagerallies.com (NY) Ten Years of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering World-class motorcycles — from all over the world — take over the manicured fairways of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club on May 5. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will celebrate its 10th year in 2018, and the event always brings 3,000 motorcycle lovers and 300 bikes together in Carmel, CA. This is one of the best motorcycle events of the ar. This year’s Gathering rs Café Racers, Electric otorcycles and the Arlen Ness vate Collection’s motorcycles. e day includes a delicious becue lunch. Admission is 5 if you buy ahead of time, and 5 on the day of the show. ww.quaillodgetickets.com. A) MAY CALENDAR Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance in in Seabrook, TX. This year’s concours is set for May 5–6, and the stars are Ferrari, Pierce-Arrow and Supercars. More than 14,000 people are expected at one of the most popular events on the collector-car — and collector-boat — calendars. www.keels-wheels.com. (TX) 32 4–6 Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance, White Sulphur Springs, WV; www.greenbrierconcours. com 18–20 Carlisle Import Performance Nationals, Carlisle, PA; www.carlisleevents.com Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Deputy Data Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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His first car was a dead 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 R/T, acquired for the princely sum of $500. He got it roadworthy in short order — and soon discovered that Challengers aren’t meant to go airborne and that police response time is remarkably fast. He’s been buying, selling, restoring, collecting and otherwise obsessing over classic cars ever since. He serves as the voice of Auctions America — and for Tom Mack and Carlisle Auctions — where he describes a wide variety of cars as they roll across the auction block. He also serves as a Contributor and Senior Auction Analyst for SCM and ACC. Turn to p. 80 for his American Profile on a 1966 Ford Mustang GT convertible. 34 B. MITCHELL CARLSON, SCM Senior Auction Analyst, wrote his first auction report for Old Cars Weekly in 1990 and has contributed his colorful commentary to Sports Car Market since 1998. His work appears regularly in Kelley Blue Book, and also in a handful of marque-specific publications. Carlson shuns what he calls “single-marque tunnel vision” and takes great pride in his “vehicular diversity,” which basically means Corvairs, Packard Eights, BMW 2800s, and a Whizzer motorbike. He attends about two dozen auctions a year. Check out his “Affordable Classic” piece on the Jeep CJ2 on p. 48. PAUL HAGEMAN, SCM Columnist and Contributor, can trace his car collecting back to an Army Jeep at the age of 9 — followed at age 14 with a Land Rover that he later restored himself. In 2010, he joined the team at Gooding & Company and spent more than five years learning the ins and outs of the global collector car market. At age 25, Paul became the youngest-ever judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY, and works with collectors around the world sourcing and selling historically important automobiles. His favorite car in his collection is still that Land Rover he acquired when he was 14. Turn to p. 56 for his SCM column, “Drivers Ed.”


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Passion Rather Than Profit To the Editor: In Paul Hageman’s fine column, “Drivers Ed,” in the November 2017 issue (p. 60), he speaks to a trend away from a marketplace dominated by people “buying just to buy” and toward a climate where investors are “buying because that car is the example they want.” In the evidence of the circus-tented extravaganzas hosted by BarrettJackson and Mecum, and Russo and Steele’s theater-in-the-round spectacles, it has become obvious that a disproportionate number of bidders are car dealers and deep-pocketed flippers whose interest is far more focused upon profit than possessing any real passion for the vehicle. The sale of a 1962 Sabra at Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction in January 2018 may serve to illustrate this point (April 2018, p. 140). Less than a week after the Bonhams sale, the same car resurfaced on the website of a high-end classic-car dealer in Missouri. The Sabra purchased during the Bonhams auction for $40,700 was listed the following week with the Missouri dealer for $69,900. In contrast to those among us who cherish the craftsmanship, design, elegance, simplicity, euphoria and increasing exclusivity of classic-car ownership, the underlying interest of the burgeoning crowd on the other side of the aisle is systematically removing from our pocketbooks the likelihood of enjoying such pastime. Price escalation is relegating the Alfa Romeo Giulietta/Giulia Spider Veloce, Austin-Healey 100M/S, Porsche 356, Jaguar E-type, Morgan 4/4 and their ilk to private collections, museums and speculators hoping to realize a 60% or greater appreciation, as witnessed in the recent sale of the 1962 Sabra. While I would agree with Mr. Hageman that there has been a softening among investors “to buy things on the way up,” some of that “rational decisionmaking” is more a function of the moneyed elite shifting their investment focus away from tangible assets and into the 36 The Sabra purchased during the Bonhams auction for $40,700 was listed the following week with the Missouri dealer for $69,900. irrational exuberance that has characterized Wall Street securities in more recent time. Clearly, there is no easy solution to creating a level playing field, where devotees of the classic car hobby and bottom-line, profit-driven dealers and investors can fairly compete in the auction venue. Inevitably, the wellspring of financial capital that underwrites the dealers and deep-pocketed investor/flipper will drown the resources of the individual bidder/buyer. Inasmuch as a majority of the Baby Boom generation interested in the classic collector-car hobby does not view the econobox rally compacts of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s with the same enthusiasm as do Millennials, defaulting to that segment has considerably less appeal than possessing the cars of our youth and generational experience. Waiting for the tidal wave of price appreciation to subside to a point where the automotive jewels of our life are, once again, attainable may not come until after the final digit has been etched upon our memo- rial markers. Here’s hoping Mr. Hageman’s suggestion that investor “impulse or reactionary participation was down” at the Monterey auctions is an accurate read. In these otherwise unsettled times, many of us would openly embrace such a mindset, hoping it will continue as the norm and return a re-stabilizing temperament to the marketplace. — J. Christopher Gemmell, Knox, PA Slip ’em $20 for Peace of Mind To the Editor: The “Legal Files” piece by John Draneas in the April 2018 Sports Car Market (p. 50) caught my attention. I’ve owned several late-model Ferraris for well over a decade now, and I regularly drive them out to restaurants or business meetings at hotels. I never allow valets to park the cars, and I don’t leave the keys with them. Instead, my modus operandi is to give them a crisp $20 (instead of the usual $7–$10 valet charge) to allow me to self-park in front of the hotel or restaurant. It works every time, and at least here in Seattle, it’s pretty easy to figure out which businesses have valet services that allow selfpark in front. In my many years of Ferrari ownership, I’ve never had a problem or run into a valet who doesn’t “get” the $20 deal, and I’m happy to pay a bit more than the usual charge for peace of mind and a nice door-dingfree location where the car is being watched. — Greg James, Mercer Island, WA A 550 Porsche Spyder Memory To the Editor: Your article, “The New Normal for Porsche Spyders” (April 2018, p. 86) brings to mind my 550 Spyder experience when I was a teenager back in the mid-1950s. My Sacramento neighbor was a race-car driver by the name of Eldon Beagle. I remember being awakened some Saturday mornings by the sound of Beagle fine-tuning his 550 Spyder. He raced mostly in Northern California (Pebble Sports Car Market


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You WriAd Indexte We Read Aerovault ................................................................. 49 American Car Collector ........................................ 145 Arkonik .................................................................. 109 Aston Martin of New England ................................ 65 Auto Kennel ........................................................... 135 Automobilia Monterey .......................................... 143 Automotive Restorations Inc................................. 150 Autosport Designs Inc ........................................... 129 Avant Garde Collection ......................................... 145 Barrett-Jackson ........................................................ 25 Beverly Hills Car Club .......................................... 137 Bonhams / UK ............................................... 4–5, 6–7 Branson Collector Car Auction ............................... 41 Cars, Inc. .................................................................. 45 Centerline Alfa Parts.............................................. 147 Central Classic Cars .............................................. 104 Champion Motors .................................................. 123 Charles Prince Classic Cars..................................... 67 Chequered Flag International .................................. 60 Chubb Personal Risk Services ................................ 35 Classic Showcase .................................................... 66 Copley Motorcars .................................................... 63 Dobson Motorsport................................................ 151 Driversource Houston LLC ................................... 8–9 European Collectibles.............................................. 24 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. .................................... 33 Fantasy Junction .................................................... 101 Finarte ...................................................................... 31 Foreign Cars Charlotte ............................................ 26 Fourintune Garage Inc ........................................... 121 Garage Graphics .................................................... 147 Gooding & Company .............................................. 13 Greenwich Concours D’Elegance ........................... 39 Grundy Insurance .................................................... 79 Gullwing Group ......................................................117 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. .................................... 133 Hamann Classic Cars .............................................. 57 Heritage Classics ..................................................... 93 High Mountain Classics ........................................ 149 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ...................................... 133 Hyman, LTD ............................................................ 95 Intercity Lines .......................................................... 51 JC Taylor .................................................................. 40 JJ Best Banc & Co ................................................. 159 Kevin Kay Restorations .......................................... 53 Kidston ..................................................................... 19 Leake Auction Company ....................................... 105 Legendary Motorcar Company ............................. 139 LicensePlates.tv ..................................................... 124 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ................................. 58 Luxury Brokers International .................................. 12 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ................................... 59 Matt Euson ............................................................... 61 Mattioli Automotive Group ..................................... 29 MBP Motorcars ..................................................... 125 McCollister’s Auto Transport .................................. 55 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ............................... 37 Mershon’s World Of Cars...................................... 143 Morris & Welford, LLC .......................................... 43 Motorcar Classics ............................................ 47, 115 New England Auto Auction .................................... 46 Northwest European .............................................. 144 P21S Auto Care Products ..................................... 135 Park Place LTD ...................................................... 107 Passport Transport ................................................... 97 Paul Russell and Company.....................................117 Pebble Beach Concours ........................................... 14 Pendine .................................................................. 131 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix .............................. 139 Porsche Classic Workshop - Porsche NA ............... 21 Portland Art Museum .............................................. 16 Putnam Leasing ..................................................... 172 Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club ............................ 99 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd........................................ 52 Raleigh Classic Car Auctions ............................ 10–11 Reliable Carriers ...................................................... 91 RM Sotheby’s .................................................... 15, 17 Russo and Steele LLC ....................................... 27, 87 SCM Anniversary Tour ........................................... 86 Sports Car Market ................................................. 141 Symbolic International ............................................ 23 The Cultivated Collector ....................................... 171 The Stable, Ltd. ......................................................119 The Werk Shop ...................................................... 148 Tony Labella Classic Cars ..................................... 149 Vintage Motor Cars USA ...................................... 160 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ....................................111 Vintage Rallies ....................................................... 121 Vintage Underground LLC ................................... 125 Watchworks ........................................................... 149 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. .......................................... 131 West Coast Classics, LLC ..................................... 127 White Post Restorations ........................................ 139 Worldwide Group .................................................. 2–3 38 ’The New Normal For Porsche Spyders’ (April 2018, p. 86) brings to mind my 550 Spyder experience when I was a teenager back in the mid-1950s. Beach and Laguna Seca). One morning he said to me, “Hop in,” and I had a ride I’ll never forget! The first photo is of Beagle at Pebble Beach in 1956. Note that the second driver is Pete Lovely in a Cooper-Porsche. Lovely finished in 4th place after driving his car by reaching back to manually control his rpm because of a broken linkage rod (second photo). — Jack Strong, Long Beach, CA The 190SL Deserves More Respect To the Editor: As a longtime subscriber to SCM — and a collector of primarily German cars for the past 40 years — I was surprised at Gary Anderson’s somewhat misinformed appraisal of the Mercedes-Benz 190SL model in the “Sell” category of your March 2018 “Buy/Sell/Hold” (p. 88). I would have expected more from Gary given his history with the Mercedes-Benz brand. I have grown tired of the very common “talking points” attributed to specific models. I can often write a review on a specific model from memory based on past clichés. I recall when the Porsche 930, which I have owned and learned to respect, was routinely referred to as a “ticking time bomb” and a “hand grenade” in every review, but the car currently receives realistic praise based on use and condition due to its increased value. I never had a moment’s problem with my 930 despite extensive modifications, and driving it in anger at Mid-Ohio and Nelson Ledges many times. If the 190SL were not forever compared to the 300SL, then perhaps it could be considered in a more objective appraisal. The 190SL is an excellent car that is built to very high standards. Perhaps my 190SL is just tuned correctly, but it will run effortlessly at 80 mph all day long without overheating or undue strain, which calls into question Gary’s reference that it “isn’t really capable of sustaining highway cruising speeds.” My car will operate at highway speeds effortlessly. The top speed is 112 mph, according to the literature, and I do not doubt it. The car handles superbly, and it can oversteer a bit in the corners at will, but of course, you have to know how to drive it, much like the Porsche Speedster. Let’s compare the 1958 Alfa Romeo 2000 with a 0–100-km/h time of 14.4 seconds vs. the 190SL with a 0–100 km/h of 12.7 seconds. The Alfa has a top speed of 99 mph. The 1956 Porsche 356 had a 0–100 km/h time of 16.8 seconds and a top speed of 90 mph. The 190SL compares very favorably to those two icons of the 1950s, yet no one laments their inability to “sustain highway speed.” The cruising speed of the 190SL is one of those prepackaged negative “talking points” I referred to earlier. No doubt rust is an issue with many collector cars, and rust developing within a 190SL can be an issue, but what is a rustfree example then worth? My car is a West Coast example with 32,000 original miles and no sign of rust anywhere. Again, like Porsche Speedsters, which also had “rust issues,” there are good cars out there. The 190SL needs to be properly considered, driven and appraised as a car in its own right with no comparisons, no clichés — just honesty, like any other car from the 1950s. I believe it will stand quite nicely on its own quality, drive, and merits and then, finally, be appreciated. — John Buckingham, Mansfield, OH ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg High Demand and Low Supply Boost Watch Prices For those tuned into the market dynamics of the fine-watch industry, there are now some factors that are causing product shortages. This, in turn, has created an up- ward trend in price. Larger, sportier and stainless-steel models are so popular that jewelers cannot keep adequate stock, and manufacturers cannot — or in some cases, choose to not — produce enough time pieces to keep the market in a state of equilibrium. I will focus on Rolex here, but tion in 1944, shortly after the death of Wilsdorf’s wife. Upon Wilsdorf’s death in 1960, the foundation and its five trustees gained control of all of the equity and stock of Rolex S.A. — including all of their subsidiaries and holdings. Exactly how the foundation spends its income is unclear. Swiss law does not require privately held corporations and charities to disclose their earnings or their distributions. The fact that Rolex is directed there are models from many other premium brands that fall into the same category. The Submariner, Sea-Dweller, Daytona, GMT Master, Yacht- Photo illustration by Dave Tomaro Master and Sky-Dweller are some of the Rolex models that are now hard to find. Some of these watches have become so limited that they now trade well over retail price for new — and used — examples. If you are lucky enough to find any of the “nicknamed” Rolex watches such as the Batman, Hulk, James Cameron and so on, you can sell them immediately to an impatient collector for a profit. If you found a new stainless-steel Daytona at retail, the profit would be even more substantial. New Daytonas are trading for roughly $6,000 over the retail price. So why doesn’t Rolex simply make enough watches to satisfy the demand for their product? Or, on the flip side, why doesn’t Rolex raise their prices to manage market demand by weeding out the price-sensitive consumer and balance the equation from the other direction? The answers, as I see them, are complex. Some of them link to the legacy of Rolex’s founder, Hans Wilsdorf. One clue is that Rolex’s corporate structure is not modeled after a typical for-profit company. Rolex doesn’t answer to equity shareholders or investors. The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation was structured as a charitable organiza- Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering as a charitable foundation does not necessarily imply that they are a nonprofit business. In addition, they have demonstrated through the years that controlling the flow of product, spare parts and service is key to their strategy of maintaining the “mystique” of the brand. Manufacturers have long used their clout as a cudgel to ensure maximum cooperation from their vendors. But few watchmakers have used their powers more effectively than Rolex, which has been called the 800-pound gorilla of the watch market. Jewelers, hoping to stay in Rolex’s favor, have yielded to the watchmaker’s demands for retail counter space, grandiose store remodeling requirements — and to the company’s stock levels and product-mix recommendations. Although this article focuses on Rolex, quite a few other watch manufacturers have the luxury of employing similar practices with similar results. Finding particular Patek Philippe models, for instance, can be just as difficult as finding some Rolex watches. Shortages of new watches have forced the price of almost all comparable used pieces to climb. Gone are the days of drastic differences between new and used. The benefit is that these key models are proving to be an even safer place to park money with little risk. As it is unlikely that major watchmakers will flood the market, my recommendation is to consider the sports-watch market on buy/hold, rather than sell. The Allure of Tours Grundy Organize and Preserve Those Docs If you read SCM often, you already know how important documentation is when it comes to the value of your classic car. So how do you intend to keep those important docs safe? RideCache is an ad-free software tool and service that digitally organizes and preserves your car’s paper trail. It also helps you track maintenance, repairs, restorations and more. It’s a slick solution to documentation and collection management. Prices start at $50 per year, and the company can digitize your files for you for an additional fee. Learn more at ridecache.com/SCM. 42 Insurance’s The Allure of Rallies and Tours is a book that’s focused on where you can drive your classic car, offering good background on the differences between rallies and tours and info on how to properly prepare for them. If you’re looking for the right event for your car and your lifestyle, you’ll find it listed here, along with details on all the other best-known national, international, club and specialty tours. Copies are available at grundy.com for $20. ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1930–32 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Black Prince” Roadster very good models cranked out in Asian factories, the “rarity” aspect is not so easy. There are still a number of specialist artisan companies in Europe — and only one or two in the United States. But if you look, you can also find some wonderful, rare, previously produced pieces such as the beauty pictured here. This 1:16-scale model is from a hand-built lim- ited edition produced over 30 years ago by Carlo Brianza in his workshop in Italy. The edition was commissioned by a group of automobile enthusiasts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz in 1986. The planned run was for 999 pieces, but as best-laid plans often go, fewer than 100 were ever made. While it is not the most perfectly accurate or ex- tensively detailed model ever made, it does tick all the boxes and then some for overall aesthetics. This is art. The specs: metal body, chassis and most components. Hand-laced brass wire wheels. The engine detail can be seen from both sides via the double-hinged hood. Well-detailed, leather-trimmed The model shown is of this car as it was in the 1980s, when it was in the collection of the late Thomas J. Perkins — and before Ralph Lauren bought the car. My recommendation with models is, first buy what you like, then go for quality and seek out rarity. These days, with the vast selection of Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Dave MacDonald: Cobra Man the WILL to WIN by Phil Henny, 161 pages, Editions Cotty, $75 (Amazon) Dave MacDonald, by all accounts, was an electric presence in a race car. A racer from the womb, his career started on the drag strip, winning and winning and winning behind the wheel of a stock 1955 Corvette he prepared himself. His success led to an offer to road-race a Corvette, and success there quickly led to him driving for Carroll Shelby. Like a shooting star, he was breathtaking, he was fast, and he was gone in an instant. After only four years behind the wheel of a sports car, Dave MacDonald died at Indianapolis trying to wrestle Mickey Thompson’s ill-handling radical new chassis in a crash that also claimed Eddie Sachs. It was the tragic end to what promised to be a legendary career. Author Phil Henny was also a mechanic and driver for Shelby, and this book under his own imprint is one of four on Shelby, Phil Remington and the Cobra. In Dave MacDonald, Henny has brought together a collection of old im- ages, remembrances from the racing famous and a history of MacDonald’s time behind the wheel. And what a time it was. Shelby hired him after MacDonald’s first three seasons of road racing, where he surprised everyone with his skills in the SCCA behind the wheel of a series of Corvettes. MacDonald started for Shelby at the start of the 1963 season, winning 17 races. Those races, with MacDonald behind the wheel, included maiden wins for the Cobra roadster, the King Cobra and the Cobra Daytona coupe. 44 He regularly beat teammate Ken Miles. It was quite a start for the newcomer. The busy year also included, in addition to the Shelby drives, several races with NASCAR. With 37 starts, 17 wins and six podiums, the world was MacDonald’s to conquer. But 1964 wound up being only 12 races long, and it ended in May for MacDonald. His crash at Indianapolis meant racing lost a universally recognized talent — before he had the time to mature as a driver. Provenance: With plenty of input from MacDonald’s family and big names in the racing community, this is as much a memory book as a biography. Fit and finish: Self-publishing can be a dangerous thing. The design and typography are amateurish, the editing seriously sub-par and the pre-production quality control of images is all over the map. Drivability: There is a wonderful, well-researched, detailed and en- lightening biography to be done on Dave MacDonald. This, sadly, isn’t it. It’s a pastiche of quotes and anecdotes, with some memories, some statistics and old photos. It constantly repeats facts and stories, and it fails to give us much about MacDonald that isn’t available with a quick computer search. It’s an unsatisfying introduction to a man who many in racing believe was destined to be as important as Dan Gurney or Mario Andretti. It’s a shallow take on a driver who was always on the limit, whose skill was undeniable. Sadly, in his inexperience, MacDonald made a terrible choice to drive the Thompson car, thinking his skills could solve any on-track problem — and it cost him his life. This is a highlight reel without any depth, and Dave MacDonald deserves so much more. ♦ Sports Car Market interior with carpeting. This model is 11 inches long and weighs in at over five pounds! Expect to pay in the range of $2,500 to $3,000. Happy hunting. ♦ Model Details Production date: 1986–87 Quantity: Less than 100 SCM rating: ( is best) Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: ½ ½


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Affordable Classic Jeep CJ-2A The First Civilian Jeeps Are Still a Rugged Deal The Jeep CJ-2A is one step above a farm tractor in the mechanical ble Classic Jeep CJ-2A The First Civilian Jeeps Are Still a Rugged Deal The Jeep CJ-2A is one step above a farm tracto rdable Classic Jeep CJ-2A The First Civilian Jeeps Are Still a Rugged Deal The Jeep CJ-2A is one step above a farm tractor in the mechanical 1946 1946 Willys CJ-2A utility, sold for $14,580 at Silver Auctions Arizona in January I Affordabl Affordabl ble Classic Jeep CJ-2A The First Civilian Jeeps Are Still a Rugged Deal The Jeep CJ-2A is one ordable Classic Jeep CJ-2A The First Civilian Jeeps Are Still a Rugged Deal The Jeep CJ-2A is one step above a farm tractor in the mechanical 1946 Willys CJ-2A utility, sold for $14,580 at Silver Auctions Arizona in January I for for when the war would be over. Willys began experimenting with a post-war civilian Jeep in secret — as much from the government as the industry — as early as 1944. Prototypes were the CJ-1 (CJ means Civilian Jeep), which evolved into CJ-2 AgriJeep (which went over better with the government, as having overtones for augmenting the civilian tractor fleet for wartime food production). Luckily for Willys, Ford signaled — late in the war and afterwards — that once their contract for GPWs was done, they wanted nothing more to do with them and intended to get back to their regularly scheduled products So Willys aggressively pursued the legal rights to “Jeep” and all its trappings. Enter the Jeep CJ-2A The CJ-2A was the closest thing to a military-issue Ford GPW or Willys MB jeep that a civilian could buy new. Indeed, we were still fighting the Empire of Japan when the first civilian Jeep rolled off the line in Toledo, OH, on July 17, 1945. The CJ-2A is simplicity by definition. With a 134-ci flathead “Go-Devil” 4-cylinder engine that churned out 60 horsepower through a 3-speed transmission and 2-speed transfer case, it is one step above a farm tractor in the mechanical food chain. This is not bad, since just about anyone who knows which end of a screwdriver to hold can work on this Jeep. The initial production run had a steering-column shifter for the main transmission. Unreliability with offroad use made this a short-lived feature. Willys went back to a floor-shift transmission by early 1946 (after serial number 38,221). Having driven a column shift CJ-2A that a friend of mine has, I agree that it was a bad idea. Not only do you have to be very precise and not cut corners while shifting (never good for something that’s supposed to bound across hill and dale), it just plain doesn’t feel right in a Jeep. However, the column shifter 48 Details Years produced: 1945-49 Current price range: $9,000–$16,000 Pros: Simple, good parts supply, iconic looks Cons: Tub rust. Limited speed due to gearing, wheelbase and sense of self preservation Best place to drive one: On your ranch, checking fence posts Worst place to drive one: The interstate A typical owner is: A pragmatic DIYer with acreage and military service history Classic Jeep CJ-2A The First Civilian Jeeps Are Still a Rugged Deal The Jeep CJ-2A is one step above a farm tractor in the mechanica rdable Classic Jeep CJ-2A The First Civilian Jeeps Are Still a Rugged Deal The Jeep CJ-2A is one step above a farm tractor in the mechanical 1946 Willys CJ-2A utility, sold for $14,580 at Silver Auctions Arizona in January I for when the war would be over. Willys began experimenting with a post-war civilian Jeep in secret — as much from the government as the industry — as early as 1944. Prototypes were the CJ-1 (CJ means Civilian Jeep), which evolved into CJ-2 AgriJeep (which went over better with the gov- ernment, as having overtones for augmenting the civilian tractor fleet for wartime food production). Luckily for Willys, Ford signaled — late in the war and afterwards — that once their contract for GPWs was done, they wanted nothing more to do with them and intended to get back to their regularly scheduled products So Willys aggressively pursued the legal rights to “Jeep” and all its trappings. Enter the Jeep CJ-2A The CJ-2A was the closest thing to a military-issue Ford GPW or Willys MB jeep that a civilian could buy new. Indeed, we were still fighting the Empire of Japan when the first civilian Jeep rolled off the line in Toledo, OH, on July 17, 1945. The CJ-2A is simplicity by definition. With a 134-ci flathead “Go-Devil” 4-cylinder engine that churned out 60 horsepower through a 3-speed transmission and 2-speed transfer case, it is one step above a farm tractor in the mechanical food chain. This is not bad, since just about anyone who knows which end of a screwdriver to hold can work on this Jeep. The initial production run had a steering-column shifter for the main transmission. Unreliability with off- road use made this a short-lived feature. Willys went back to a floor-shift transmission by early 1946 (after serial number 38,221). Having driven a column shift CJ-2A that a friend of mine has, I agree that it was a bad idea. Not only do you have to be very precise and not cut corners while shifting (never good for something that’s supposed to bound across hill and dale), it just plain doesn’t feel right in a Jeep. However, the column shifter 48 Details Years produced: 1945-49 Current price range: $9,000–$16,000 Pros: Simple, good parts supply, iconic looks Cons: Tub rust. Limited speed due to gearing, wheelbase and sense of self preservation Best place to drive one: On your ranch, checking fence posts Worst place to drive one: The interstate A typical owner is: A pragmatic DIYer with acreage and military service history over over a decade later — in both cases, they were two-wheel-drive Jeeps. Beware of the rust monster The body tub was slightly refined for civilian use — with the biggest differences from wartime production being the addition of a tailgate and moving the fuel filler from under the driver’s seat to the driver’s side of the tub. While they are simple, time has proven that the tubs have a propensity to rust, and there are many reasons why this happens. Moisture finds lots of hiding places in structural supports, the vehicles got no rust prevention, and all Jeeps are intended for use in the outdoors in all kinds of wet weather. At least the modern aftermarket industry has a good supply of domestic and foreign replacement body parts — and even whole tubs. Lots of engines out there As far as parts hunting goes, these early civilian Jeeps are a credit-card restoration if you choose to go that route. An unlikely source for a stock-looking engine upgrade is the 4-cylinder Henry J. While there are different logos cast on the cylinder head, it is all but identical to the later CJ-3A’s engine. The main difference between a CJ-2A and a CJ-3A engine is the CJ-3A engine used a gear-driven camshaft over the CJ-2A’s earlier chain drive. As Kaiser-Frazer had a close working relationship with Willys-Overland (to the point of combining to become Kaiser-Willys by 1953), there was a considerable amount of parts sharing between the companies. 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the original motor that he yanked out to make room for his ProStreet Gasser Henry J. project, take him up on it. Off-roading is born Off-roading — both recreational and vocational — was what the Jeep CJ-2A was designed and built to do. The early CJs truly did chart new ground as an off-road recreational vehicle, as the only previous off-roaders were oriented towards work rather than play. With nothing else to judge them against, in the day they were the best way to go off-roading using an internalcombustion engine. Time and technology advances have produced more-capable vehicles, but the early CJs were the initial yardstick of the 4x4. If you want to trail ride with a CJ-2A, go for it. However, you’ll be better off with one that is already modified to some extent. It seems like all the ones still driving are modified. Bone-stock CJs are few and far between. If serious mud bogging and rock hopping is your thing, you may be happier in the long run with more-modern equipment. Now, “modern” is a relative description that can cover a 1960s International Scout to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL. Still time to get them cheap While vintage pickups and SUVs — such as Land Cruisers, Broncos and Scouts — have really taken off in value in the past few years, early “flat-fender” CJ series Willys Jeeps are still very affordable. Yet pricing is slowly moving up. Even compared with their military-spec brethren in OD green — which saw roller-coaster values over the past decade — CJ-2As have been generally constant. A possible explanation for that is Leake sold this 1946 Willys for $5,610 in February that they are more of a local-use vehicle — if not a tractor with a tub body on it — rather than more utilitarian closed-bodied 4x4 vehicles. If you want to drive a stock restored CJ-2A — and not turn it into a trailer-queen show truck and garage ornament — local secondary road or street use is perhaps best for it in an urban/suburban environment. The Jeep CJ-2A is not freeway capable, as the gearing and short wheelbase makes anything over 55 mph a suicide mission. A trip into town or to the Dairy Queen down the street for cruise night is fair exercise for it. Those with a farm or acreage with light trails have the best-case scenario for a CJ-2A. ♦ May 2018 49


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Legal Files John Draneas The Peril of Pay-to-Play At an increasing number of racetracks, you can live the high-speed dream in a modern high-performance exotic car — until things go wrong Shortly after, a second lawsuit was filed by Francisco Durban, another SpeedVegas instructor. Durban claimed that the SpeedVegas operations were dangerous because: • The design of the racetrack was faulty because there were inadequate run-off areas and the concrete walls were too close to the track. • The cars were not properly maintained. • Drivers with inadequate experience were encouraged to drive. Durban claimed that he narrowly avoided crash- ing when a brake pad fell off a Ferrari he was driving — an occurrence which happened more than once. He also claimed that the Aventador’s brakes were being worked on shortly before the crash, and that less-expensive replacement brakes were routinely substituted for the OEM brakes. He blamed such unsafe practices for causing five crashes at the track. Brake issues SpeedVegas acknowledged that it did replace the A customer and driving instructor were killed in a Lamborghini crash last year at SpeedVegas I t seems to be the latest craze. If you’ve ever dreamed of driving an exotic car the way it was built to perform, if you’ve ever had delusions that you could compete with a Formula One driver, or if you just think it would be a kick in the pants — you can do it affordably. At an increasing number of racetracks around the country, you can live that high-speed dream in a Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Aventador, a Porsche GT3 RS or many other modern high-performance exotic cars. To assure your safety, you are paired up with a professional instruc- tor who will guide you around the track. Did I mention affordable? That is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but the going rate seems to be about $50–$100 per lap, based upon the car and location. Those of us who race or track cars know that, in this corner of the universe, that really is amazingly affordable. This “extreme experience” is touted as the ultimate thrill ride, a team-building exercise, a kick-ass vacation experience to remember and a way to live your wildest dreams. All you need is a valid driver’s license, comfortable clothing, closed- toe shoes, and desire for an adventure. Helmets and insurance are provided. After 15 minutes or so of orientation, your assigned instructor takes you out on the track, and you’re living large. What’s not to like about that? Bad things can happen Craig Sherwood, 37, a Canadian real-estate broker, was vacation- ing in Las Vegas last year when he decided to give this thrill a try at SpeedVegas. SpeedVegas had opened for business almost a year previously at their brand-new private racetrack just south of Las Vegas. Sherwood chose the Lamborghini Aventador, and he was assigned 59-year-old Gil Ben-Kely as his instructor. For reasons unknown, the Aventador left the track at speed coming off the straightaway, crashed hard into the Turn 1 tire wall and erupted into flames. Both men died, their bodies burned beyond recognition. Ben-Kely’s estate filed suit against SpeedVegas, the entity that owns the racetrack, the developer who built it, the track designers, and Automobili Lamborghini America. The lawsuit claimed negligence in the design and operation of the track, cars and program. 50 factory carbon-ceramic brakes on the Aventador, replacing them with an aftermarket two-piece alu- minum and cast-iron brake rotor assembly manufactured by Girodisc. The explanation given was that the Girodisc brakes were better than the stock brakes in the continuous high-speed braking environment presented at the track. No one seems to have responded to the claim about brake pads fall- ing off the cars. I can’t say that’s impossible, but in all my years of driving and racing, I’ve never heard of that happening. OSHA investigates Since an employee died, the crash triggered an OSHA investigation. OSHA fined SpeedVegas for several safety violations, such as failure to provide adequate training to the fire-safety personnel, inadequacy of fire extinguishers and the lack of adequate written safety policies. However, the OSHA report made clear that none of the violations was believed to have contributed to the crash or the deaths. The report also made clear that the OSHA investigators really didn’t know anything about automotive brake systems. Moreover, there were no state or federal policies that governed brake systems, so there was nothing for them to evaluate with respect to compliance. Everyone jumps in Exotics Racing is the largest SpeedVegas competitor in the Las Vegas area. Its founder, Romain Thievin, appeared on local television to criticize the SpeedVegas safety issues caused by inadequate run-off areas. Thievin was filmed at his racetrack, where he pointed out its large gravel run-off areas. Not knowing the background, we assume Thievin was protecting his own company from adverse publicity and not trying to kick SpeedVegas while it was down. In a surprising development, three SpeedVegas creditors filed an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition against SpeedVegas, alleging they were owed money and were not being paid. The creditors were the previous owner of the Aventador, the owner of the land the racetrack is built upon and the construction company that built the track. SpeedVegas responded to the petition by agreeing to convert it to a voluntary bankruptcy. A Chapter 11 bankruptcy is commonly referred to as a “reorganization” bankruptcy. The debtor company’s debts are reorganized, mean- Sports Car Market www.speedvegas.com


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ing they are preserved, compromised, discharged, or a combination thereof — as necessary to keep the company in business. Creditors can force the bankruptcy in certain conditions, and a trustee is appointed to manage the process. In a voluntary filing, the debtor company remains in control of its business operations and proposes the debt reorganization plan. Generally, maintaining control is greatly preferable for the company and its owners. I don’t want to get deep into the bankruptcy rules and process, but in a very general sense, a company’s debts are divided between secured and unsecured debts. The secured creditors get the benefit of their security. The unsecured creditors generally share what assets remain — in proportion to the amounts of their claims. Those priorities are then blended into a “reorganization plan,” which usually involves the company making payments over time, spread among the various creditors based upon their priorities. This procedure may have given SpeedVegas a negotiation ad- vantage. When faced with the prospect of the company going out of business, creditors often negotiate settlements that allow the company to remain in business. But sometimes they don’t, and the Chapter 11 bankruptcy is converted to a Chapter 7 — liquidation — bankruptcy. In the Chapter 7 process, all company assets are sold off, the pro- ceeds spread among the creditors, and that’s the end of the story. Faced with that potential outcome, a Chapter 11 debtor often has strong negotiating leverage over creditors. Whether that was how it worked here or not, SpeedVegas may have turned the corner. Both the Ben-Kely and Durban lawsuits have been settled on undisclosed terms. There is no news about a lawsuit being filed by the Sherwood estate. SpeedVegas is in full operating mode. However, the bankruptcy proceeding is still under way as, once started, these things can take a lot of time. Déjà vu? This case bears some similarity to the Legal File reported several years ago, when a Porsche Carrera GT crashed at California Motor Speedway. However, there are some striking legal differences. The Carrera GT crash occurred at a track day, where all participants gave releases to the organizers and other participants. The participants are all experienced to some degree, they are on their own, and they knowingly assume the risk of a highly dangerous activity. The SpeedVegas case is quite a bit different, as the track operator is engaged in the business of providing these rides for its customers — such as Sherwood. That puts the burden on the operator to make the activity as safe as possible. The track design, coaching, car condition and so on are all the responsibility of the track operator. It seems doubtful that a customer, especially an inexperienced one, can give a legally effective release. The track is also a place of employment for the instructor. As an employee, Ben-Kely was entitled to be provided a safe working environment. Employees cannot bargain away those rights under the law, no mat- ter how much they may be willing to do so. Of course, the employer does not have to make working at the track as safe as working in an office — the nature of the work activity clearly factors in. A good idea? As for the wisdom of the whole thing, that’s hard to say. It may well be that the majority of customers at these “experiences” have no business being on a racetrack in these cars. But, to be realistic, these customers may not go fast enough to over- come the amazing, state-of-the-art safety systems in these supercars. Those systems, together with the instructors, may do the trick for the inexperienced drivers. But when the more-experienced drivers go so fast that errors can overcome these driving aids, all sorts of bad things can happen. ♦ 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 2018 51


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Pleasures by Land, Sea and Air Being on 800,000 pounds of metal, glass and plastic carrying hundreds of passengers across the sky is incredible e of the better small ships available. story of ocean travel — the miracle e engineers and shipbuilders who s once life-risking routine, reliable and nconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Pleasures by Land, Sea and Air Being on 800,000 pounds of metal, glass and plastic carrying hundreds of passengers across the sky is incredible e of the better small ships available. story of ocean travel — the miracle e engineers and shipbuilders who s once life-risking routine, reliable and t t age of ocean travel, spanning the 20th century through the early 1960s, lly excites me. One of my most treasessions is an original deluxe souveprinted by the Compagnie Générale ntique in 1935 on the occasion of uction of their masterpiece, the SS ie. age opposite a photo of the gleamce hall, the text reads: “Partons W YORK… Par la porte ouverte dans us pénétrons dans le navire et nous s dans un palais.” “We leave for New he open door on the side, we enter the selves in a palace.” And they weren’t nventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Pleasures by Land, Sea and Air Being on 800,000 pounds of metal, glass and plastic carrying hundreds of passengers across the sky is incredible e of the better small ships available. story of ocean travel — the miracle e engineers and shipbuilders who s once life-risking routine, reliable and t age of ocean travel, spanning the 20th century through the early 1960s, lly excites me. One of my most trea- sessions is an original deluxe souve- printed by the Compagnie Générale ntique in 1935 on the occasion of uction of their masterpiece, the SS ie. age opposite a photo of the gleam- ce hall, the text reads: “Partons W YORK… Par la porte ouverte dans us pénétrons dans le navire et nous s dans un palais.” “We leave for New he open door on the side, we enter the selves in a palace.” And they weren’t “Fly “Fly me to the E.U., and let me play among the cars...” T o forestall any possible confusion, before you read further, know that I do understand that the name of the magazine you’re holding is “Sports Car Market.” Nowhere in that title does it imply that you want to read about aircraft, ocean liners or express trains. Yet that’s exactly what I am writing about this month. Two recent events caused me to think about this, and I want to share it with more people. In January I made a quick four-day business trip to Italy. Part of it involved going down to Rome from my base in Bergamo, near Milan, for a day. Of course, I love cars and spending time behind the wheel, especially in Italy. However, spending 13 hours on the road in a single day — when not participating in the Mille Miglia — is not the way to spend a productive workday. The alternative I chose was to take the train. After an early morning 45-minute commuter train from Bergamo to Milano Centrale, I boarded a sleek Frecciarossa high-speed train for the three-hour sprint to Rome. Reaching a maximum speed en route of 300 km/h, or 186 mph, I was able to sit comfortably in my Executive Class seat while enjoying a light breakfast and working on my computer as I traveled to my appointment in Rome. I arrived in Rome by mid-morning. I spent a good five hours working and departed for Milan on a 6:30 p.m. Frecciarossa back north and another connection to the commuter train to Bergamo. While I returned home late and more than a bit tired from the long day, it can’t com- pare to what I might have faced with a round-trip drive. That the Frecciarossa is named “Red Arrow” after the famous sign of the Mille Miglia doesn’t hurt either. Dreams from childhood I’ve always loved fast long-distance trains. As a kid, I could hang out at Pennsylvania Station or Grand Central Terminal in New York just looking at the departure boards and dreaming of travel on the Broadway Limited, Silver Meteor or 20th Century Limited. I couldn’t even imagine what it might be like to ride on the Santa Fe Super Chief. Those fantasies of extraordinary travel also extended to the oceans. Once again, growing up in New York City, one of my favorite pastimes was to visit the great ocean liners that docked on the Hudson River. In the long ago days before terrorists made it all too necessary to ban visitors, the best way to promote your line was to invite the public to tour your ships at the dock while they were being prepared for the next sailing. While I never sailed on the SS France, QE2, Leonardo da Vinci or the SS United States, I still think of them when I have the opportunity to take a transatlantic or trans- 54 The magic of flight l feeling, perhaps even greater, rises an airplane that particularly inspires e are “Ford” or “Chevy” or perhaps “Porsche” or “Alfa” guys, I’ve always been a “Boeing” guy. I took my first flight on an Eastern Airlines 727 from Hartford, CT, to Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 1975. I thought it magical — and I was immediately connected to the amazing — but tragically stillborn — Boeing 7207 SSTs I had read about years earlier. The 747 is still one of the greatest airliners ever conceived and flown. That they are slowly disappearing from service makes me ever more grateful to have flown thousands of miles on them. They were, and remain, a reminder of the grandeur of air travel and the wonder of it. While I have a basic understanding of the principles of flight, no explanation of the interaction of lift, gravity force, thrust and drag can prepare my mind and my eye for the sight and feel of a fully loaded 747 gracefully taking to the air. Being on 800,000 pounds of metal, glass and plastic carrying hundreds of passengers through the sky is incredible. This all came to mind when I posted on social media about my Italian train trip, and I received a response from a car enthusiast friend who is also passionate about highspeed trains. He lamented that most of the auto enthusiasts he encountered were completely uninterested in any form of mass transit, and some considered it an affront to their personal liberty. I was surprised, but then I considered how catholic my interests are when it comes to all things that combine engineering, design and history. I don’t see how you can be a true car nut without somehow being fascinated and drawn to great mechanical devices of all kinds — especially those involving transportation. Feel free to join me in the celebration. I guarantee it will lift your love of cars even higher. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Drivers Ed Paul Hageman An Original Thought Preservation isn’t easy, and an original car can be a real pain in the ass. It requires a level of care and a particular mindset “Barn find” doesn’t always mean originality Spotting originality — or confirming it — can also be very difficult. A common example that seems to fool many is the barn find. A barn find is not always an original car. If the car is a diamond in the rough, it certainly deserves to sell for a premium, but most barn finds are really examples of neglect. Why should we care? First, and you’ve heard this from me before, from a drivability standpoint I will argue that no restored car can compare to a low-mileage original. Second, I firmly believe there are finishes and methods that cannot be replicated today. Whether it’s single-stage paint, the type of sheen or grain of the leather — or the stuffing of the upholstery itself — many very talented and capable individuals simply don’t have the resources to properly replicate original specification. Finally — and most importantly — Paul and his father judging Preservation Class at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance I t’s no secret by now that I’m an original-car guy. Unrestored cars are undoubtedly my favorite, and when it comes to the cars I personally own, originality is a must. Preservation, fortunately, is more prevalent today than ever. Major concours events have preservation classes, as do many marque-specific clubs. At auction, we see huge premiums paid for highly original examples of particular cars. From a business perspective, I see more and more people prioritizing originality in the cars they’re collecting. Perhaps it’s simply a way to further differentiate cars on the spectrum of collectibility. Regardless, the hobby’s embrace of originality is long overdue! Restoration can be a detraction for other collectibles My father, whose background is in antiques, will point out that cars are one of the few collectibles for which significant restoration is not a big negative. Consider watches — an old Rolex is most valued if it has all of its original com- ponents and a particular patina. As for furniture, the world’s most collectible antiques lose most of their value if they’ve been refinished. Watch out for the dangling thread So why is there so much restoration in collector cars? The only argument I can understand is that they’re large, mechanical things that we use to propel ourselves down the road at a relatively high speed. So, from the standpoint of safety, yes the technical aspects do need to — and should be — tended to. Yet in a restoration, we strive to replace or refinish every single component, cosmetic or mechanical. Sadly, often the best original car was the most sought-after example to restore. There are also so many partially original cars. Performing cosmetic work on these cars can be a slippery slope. Often, a repaint can lead to rechroming and so on — and on and on and on. It’s pulling on the proverbial thread. Yet there is nothing wrong with having a car that is only partially original — it can be done. Just because a car has been painted doesn’t mean it needs to be upholstered. 56 collector cars are artifacts, and we have a duty to preserve them. An interesting observation I’ve made through the years is that some of the best-known restorers themselves collect original, unrestored cars. Perhaps it’s their proximity to the materials and the process. A great restorer is simply trying to replicate as best they can what the manufacturer originally did — imperfections and all. So in some ways, there is no one better to appreciate the unrestored examples. And please don’t mistake my passion for originality as negative sentiment toward restoration. Cars do exist which are in need of refurbishment, and a proper restoration can often be to the betterment of a collector car. I also believe that a better understanding of originality allows you to more readily spot quality restoration work — or a lack thereof. A greater challenge Having said all that, preservation isn’t easy, and an original car can be a real pain in the ass. It requires a level of care and a particular mindset. It’s frustrating when you don’t feel you can drive your own car. Fear of the other motorists — or worse yet, parking lots — is understandable. To me, the reward of an unrestored car is well worth the added effort. But I’m also a fan of patina, so I welcome imperfection. I feel we have a duty to preserve collector cars, just as we have a duty to use them. That presents a unique challenge. Originality isn’t for everyone. But there are plenty of restored cars out there, so if you can’t live with an original, please just don’t mess one up! ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature Images of Rétromobile 2018 Photos by Paul Hardiman It’s not actually a ’61, but who’s counting? Art, some of it wild and crazy, always features strongly at Rétromobile 4CV on Renault’s large stand, one of several manufacturers to support the show Musée des 24 Heures du Mans’ Tracta and Amilcar marked 90 years since the 1928 race Rétromobile patrons enjoy a taste of hospitality at the SCM reception The Daytona barn find on Ferrari of Beverly Hills’ stand 62 Sports Car Market


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Feature The MAG Group From Beverly Hills to Bastiglia A California-based Ferrari dealer makes a big Italian connection Story and photos by Massimo Delbò Bacchelli & Villa have restored 49 Ferrari 275 GTBs T he Mattioli Automotive Group is going back to its Italian roots with the purchase of the world-famous Bacchelli & Villa restoration shop in Bastiglia, near Maranello, Italy. Mattioli is known for amazing Ferrari dealerships in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley in California. The company is now positioned to restore Ferraris in the birthplace of Ferraris. Franco Bacchelli, who founded Bacchelli & Villa with his now-deceased cousin Roberto Villa in 1972, said Mattioli is committed to local craftsmen and their tradition of excellence. “People are magic, and here they have a unique gift,” Bacchelli said. “That is the love they put in everything they do.” You can always train a new worker to be good, but it’s far better to train someone who knows and lives the local passion for work well done, Bacchelli said. “This is why, in this shop, the job interview is in the local dialect,” Bacchelli said. “And we ask whether the tortellini are hand made at home.” Bacchelli started working on top-notch Italian sports cars in 1958. “I turned 14 and, with my dad, took the bus to go to Modena to look for a job for me,” Bacchelli said. “The first place we entered — it was the closest to the bus stop — was Piero Drogo’s shop. I remained, and learned my work until 1972, when, after military service, I decided to open my shop.” Eventually, Bacchelli & Villa teamed up with Ferrari to repair and build cars, including the Ferrari 512 BB Le Mans cars. In 1995, Bacchelli & Villa entered the restoration business. Soon, cars that needed a new life started flowing into the shop. Ferrari collectors such as Jacques Swaters and Charles Pozzi were the first to send their cars to the shop for restoration. Col. Ronnie O’Hare, 64 Luigi Chinetti and Paul Pappalardo also sent cars. Bacchelli & Villa have restored 49 Ferrari 275 GTB cars, and they hope to soon start bringing the 50th back to life. A connection with Mattioli Automotive Group’s Ferrari dealerships in California — the largest Ferrari market in the world — ensures that business in Bastiglia will be brisk. “Now, with the new organization offered with MAG, Hand-formed metal, just like in the old days Sports Car Market


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we can imagine an even better and more successful future, and I’m absolutely thrilled for my workers,” Bacchelli said. “Many of the second generation is working here, and I’ve been able offer them a safe future with Giacomo Mattioli and the Mattioli Automotive Group.” In return, American Ferrari owners will get top- notch restorations from technicians who grew up building and repairing Ferrari cars, said Marco Arrighi, who is the new director at Bacchelli & Villa. Arrighi is taking over the shop after almost 39 years at Ferrari, and he plans to maintain and expand the already high level of craftsmanship. “The project was too beautiful and interesting to say no,” he said. “We use the same materials of the past, the same tools, and sometimes, the hands of the son of the man who did the car back in period.” American restorers are considered some of the best in the world, so how does an old-school shop near Modena, Italy, attract business from the United States and around the world? “When I first started working here, one of the first things Franco Bacchelli shared with me was the deep emotion he felt when Paul Russell, one of the most capable and renowned American restoration shops, visited this shop and congratulated him for the quality of the work,” Arrighi said. “We know the cars from when they were new and how they were made.” Still, quality standards have increased over the de- cades, and Bacchelli & Villa has improved with the times. “If we repaint a car as was done in 1960, with the same lack of attention to detail, we would be out of business in a very short time,” Arrighi said. Many of the shop’s workers are locals and/or second-generation restorers “The cars we restore are absolutely original, in every single detail, but they have a finish quality that is definitely better than original.” The shop’s goal is to work closely with the California-based Ferrari dealerships — and offer fantastic restorations to world-class cars and demanding customers. “We’d love to have a 250 GTO in the restoration shop, as so far we have done only one, a 1964 car,” Arrighi said. “And we’d like to have some SWBs — the most beautiful car ever.” Arrighi has a personal connection with lots of Ferrari cars, but he’s eager to see one model in particular enter the shop. “I have a special relationship with the 288 GTO because I was the one in charge of the preparation and the start of its production line,” Arrighi said. ♦ May 2018 65


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Sports Car Market PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 2006 Ferrari FXX, p. 70 ENGLISH: 1958 Triumph TR3A Works Rally Roadster, p. 72 ETCETERINI: 1969 Lamborghini Espada Series I, p. 74 GERMAN: 1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300, p. 76 AMERICAN: 1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible, p. 80 RACE: 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder, p. 82 NEXT GEN: 1995 Mercedes-Benz AMG E36 Sports Estate, p. 84 68 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 2006 Ferrari FXX Coupe The buyer can always make more money, but finding another unused FXX may not happen again in his lifetime Profile 2006 Ferrari FXX Coupe The buyer can always make more money, but finding another unused FXX may not happen again in his lifetime Details Details Years produced: 2005–06 Number produced: 30, plus prototypes Original list price: $1,800,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,554,000 Tune-up cost: Starts at $3,000 and can go up dramatically from there Chassis # location: Front compartment over the steering column near the windshield Engine # location: In the V between heads Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1993 Ferrari 333 SP, 2004–05 Maserati MC12 Versione Corse, 2002–03 Ferrari Enzo SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: ZFFHX62X000145764 T he Ferrari FXX was special for being sold as part of a development program, and it was not registered for road use. Buyers were hand-picked to participate in the car’s development. They became test drivers, and as such, had exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the most prestigious sports car manufacturer in the world. The car was based on the Ferrari Enzo, but it incor- porated significant developments. The Enzo’s 5-liter V12 engine was bumped to 6,262 cc. The output was 800 hp — some 100 hp more than the Enzo. The gearbox incorporated the latest developments from Ferrari’s F1 program. The car had carbon-ceramic brakes, and telemetry was employed to help the driver improve their performance — and provide technicians with valuable data. This FXX was delivered new in Germany. The owner was conscious of the historical value of the car and decided not to participate in the FXX program. It has been kept in running condition, having only covered 97 km (60.2 miles) since new and only one kilometer (0.62 miles) in 5th gear. Sixth gear has never been used! SCM Analysis This car, Lot 91, sold for $3,282,291, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Rétromobile auction in Paris, France, on February 9, 2018. When former Ferrari CEO Luca di Montezemolo took over Ferrari in 1991, he saw great opportunities in making Ferrari ownership a participatory experience. He 70 figured that if the Ferrari experience was more than just owning a Ferrari, the clients would pay handsomely to be included. Back to the track One of Montezemolo’s priorities was getting Ferrari back into racing. A quick kick in the butt got the Formula One effort on track to their 2000 World Championship and subsequent Michael Schumacher dominance. Next came GT racing — a proud-but-neglected Ferrari tradition. By 1993, Ferrari had the 348 GT race car, the highly successful 333 SP sports prototype race car, and a 348 Challenge race car to run in the newly initiated 348 Challenge race series. The F1 success, the 348 GT, and the 333 SP gave Ferrari enthusiasts cars to cheer and dream about driving. The Challenge series gave anyone with a big enough checkbook a way to go racing with Ferrari — in a Ferrari. Support for the race cars soon became big business, and Ferrari GT Sporting Activities was founded to manage customer racing needs. GT Sporting Activities oversees Competizioni GT, Ferrari’s professional GT racing program. It also supervises Corse Clienti, which provides support for client-owned Ferrari Formula One race cars, and Corso Pilota, Ferrari’s high-performance driving school. GT Sporting Activities also manages the Ferrari Challenge and Ferrari’s XX Programme. 2005 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione coupe Lot 59, s/n ZFFHX62X000145369 Condition 1- Not sold at $1,900,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/13 SCM# 227453 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione coupe Lot 251, s/n ZFFHX62X000146359 Condition 2 Sold at $1,485,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/14 SCM# 245022 2006 Ferrari FXX Evoluzione coupe Lot 58, s/n ZFFHX62X000146357 Condition 2- Sold at $2,090,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/21/11 SCM# 168689 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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Paying to play The XX Programme is unique in the racing world. Through the program, Ferrari sells clients ultra-high-performance, track-only supercars that are driven at Ferrari Racing Days. The racing days are high-end events held at some of the most pres- tigious racetracks on several continents. For a significant fee, Ferrari provides arrive-and-drive logistics. They take care of storing the cars, shipping the cars, hospitality and mechanical support at the track and at home base. XX owners are called Client Test Drivers. The XX cars are wired to a telemetry bank that records every aspect of the car’s movement. The company line is that the client’s data will help in designing fu- ture Ferraris. The conventional wisdom is that the program is just an excuse to play with expensive cars. The multimillionaire clients stay at the best hotels, eat at the best restaurants and rub elbows with other multimillionaires from around the world. This is an expensive program and it takes participation to spread the expenses. The social experience is what makes the XX Programme fun. It also takes participation to make the social experience work. Car flippers not welcome Ferrari is not keen on selling XX cars to people who are not going to participate in the Programme activities. It is very unusual to come across an XX car that hasn’t seen at least some track time. The FXX was the first car built for the XX program. The highly modi- ounded magnificent. They were an instant ing to play The XX Programme is unique in the racing world. Through to play The XX Programme is unique in the racing world. Through the program, Ferrari sells clients ultra-high-performance, track-only supercars that are driven at Ferrari Racing Days. The racing days are high-end events held at some of the most pres- tigious racetracks on several continents. For a significant fee, Ferrari provides arrive-and-drive logistics. They take care of storing the cars, shipping the cars, hospitality and mechanical support at the track and at home base. XX owners are called Client Test Drivers. The XX cars are wired to a telemetry bank that records every aspect of the car’s movement. The company line is that the client’s data will help in designing fu- ture Ferraris. The conventional wisdom is that the program is just an excuse to play with expensive cars. The multimillionaire clients stay at the best hotels, eat at the best restaurants and rub elbows with other multimillionaires from around the world. This is an expensive program and it takes participation to spread the expenses. The social experience is what makes the XX Programme fun. It also takes participation to make the social experience work. Car flippers not welcome Ferrari is not keen on selling XX cars to people who are not going to participate in the Programme activities. It is very unusual to come across an XX car that hasn’t seen at least some track time. The FXX was the first car built for the XX program. The highly modi- ounded magnificent. They were an instant latinum latinum Auction Database e owners. I could only find one currently shows only . Surprisingly, only four of the seven were The low rate of offerings can be partially e original FXX owners being handpicked ors. were not welcome, so many FXXs remain l owners. s percentage has more to do with the nature n the pricing. The sole purpose of the FXX d at Ferrari Racing Days with support by Ferrari Corse Clienti technicians. The cars were not legal in any competition series, and they are too complicated to be casually brought out for club weekends. As the FXX program evolved to the 599XX ying to play The XX Programme is unique in the racing world. Through the program, Ferrari sells clients ultra-high-performance, track-only supercars that are driven at Ferrari Racing Days. The racing days are high-end events held at some of the most pres- tigious racetracks on several continents. For a significant fee, Ferrari provides arrive-and-drive logistics. They take care of storing the cars, shipping the cars, hospitality and mechanical support at the track and at home base. XX owners are called Client Test Drivers. The XX cars are wired to a telemetry bank that records every aspect of the car’s movement. The company line is that the client’s data will help in designing fu- ture Ferraris. The conventional wisdom is that the program is just an excuse to play with expensive cars. The multimillionaire clients stay at the best hotels, eat at the best restaurants and rub elbows with other multimillionaires from around the world. This is an expensive program and it takes participation to spread the expenses. The social experience is what makes the XX Programme fun. It also takes participation to make the social experience work. Car flippers not welcome Ferrari is not keen on selling XX cars to people who are not going to participate in the Programme activities. It is very unusual to come across an XX car that hasn’t seen at least some track time. The FXX was the first car built for the XX program. The highly modi- ounded magnificent. They were an instant latinum Auction Database e owners. I could only find one currently shows only . Surprisingly, only four of the seven were The low rate of offerings can be partially e original FXX owners being handpicked ors. were not welcome, so many FXXs remain l owners. s percentage has more to do with the nature n the pricing. The sole purpose of the FXX d at Ferrari Racing Days with support by Ferrari Corse Clienti technicians. The cars were not legal in any competition series, and they are too com- plicated to be casually brought out for club weekends. As the FXX program evolved to the 599XX 71 71 and FXX K program, the original FXX is no longer a useful tool for collecting data. Corse Clienti will still support an FXX at a Racing Day, but most cars have been retired to garage jewelry. Lack of use as a selling point Artcurial’s FXX was a particularly interesting car. You would normally market an FXX based on who the original owner was, any celebrity guest drivers — or maybe which track they used for racing. The Artcurial car’s claim to fame was that sixth gear had never been used, which is hardly a normal selling point for a race car. There was no history of significance attached to the FXX. Fortunately, the previous owners were careful to have kept the important accessories with the car, so it was presented in as-delivered condition. The FXX was the Super Enzo, the T-Rex of its time. This example has been neutered to a historical artifact rather than a fire-breathing dragon. The catalog description noted that it has been kept in running condition, but does that really matter? This car will forever be a static display. This FXX was the ultimate trophy for a supercar collector. It’s un- likely a more-complete, less-used example will ever come to market. The very optimistic low estimate was nearly twice the going rate for a driven example. The sale just barely broke that threshold. The seller should be delighted with the sale. There’s a thin market for a car that will never be driven — even if they are way cool. This car could have easily gone home unsold. The buyer got a unicorn — and paid too much for an FXX. That said, the new owner wanted this FXX. In the multimillion-dollar club, availability trumps price. The buyer can always make more money, but finding another unused FXX may not happen again in his lifetime. Everyone should have gone home happy. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.)


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English Profile 1958 Triumph TR3A Works Rally Roadster This was a lot of money for a Works TR3 with limited rally history, but try to find another one by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1957–62 Number produced: 58,236 Original list price: $2,625 Current SCM Median Valuation: $24,500 (non-Works cars) Chassis # location: Plate on scuttle Engine # location: Stamped into block at left rear Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap £18 ($25) Club: TR Register Web: www.tr-register.co.uk Alternatives: 1954–55 Swallow Doretti, 1955–62 MGA 1600, 1959–60 Sunbeam Alpine Series 1 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: TS23870O Engine number: TS24229E S tandard-Triumph entered four Triumph TR3As for the 1958 Monte Carlo Rally. The cars carried near-sequential registration numbers: VRW 220 for Paddy Hopkirk/Jack Scott, VRW 221 for John Waddington/Mike Wood, VRW 223 for Maurice Gatsonides/Marcel Becquart and VRW 219 for Annie Soisbault/Tish Ozanne. Poor weather delayed Waddington in VRW 221 — this car — and he was excluded from the event before reaching Lyon. However, excluded parties could continue to Monte Carlo to compete in the Driving Tests on the promenade at the end of the rally. This detour was rendered worthwhile when the Waddington/Wood car finished 3rd in the standalone event. In April, VRW 221 was driven in the Circuit of Ireland Rally by former Works Jaguar and Ecurie Ecosse driver Desmond Titterington. Brian McCaldin was the co-driver. Titterington secured 2nd behind fellow Ulsterman Hopkirk, ensuring a welcome 1-2 finish for Standard-Triumph. Later that month, Ron Gouldborn assumed driving duties of VRW 221 for the Tulip Rally and — ably assisted by Stuart Turner — scored a class win and 10th overall. In the Rallye des Alpes, VRW 221 finished 8th over- all and 3rd in class. The car’s final Works outing was the Tour de France, driven by Australians David McKay and David Lewin. The car ran strongly throughout, and was running 15th overall on the final night before brake problems caused them to crash into retirement on the final day. 72 Sold by the Works in 1959 to former driver Ron Goldbourn, a succession of owners ensued before VRW 221 entered long-term ownership with Martyn King, who sensitively restored the car, taking great care to preserve as many original components as possible. VRW 221 remains a highly significant car. Thought to be the only one of the ’58 Monte Carlo cars surviving, it retains its original engine and period rally spotlights, and is eminently eligible for the myriad historic rallies and tours currently operating worldwide. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 130, sold for $227,019, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris, France, on February 7, 2018. The Triumph Works pensioned off this car after the 1958 season for the simple reason that it was worn out. Rallies such as the Monte Carlo in the 1950s and 1960s involved long run-ins from far-flung start points such as Glasgow and Oslo before the routes converged and the rallying got technical — on ever-tighter time limits — as the competition approached the Alps. Picture the washboard hairpins of Mont Ventoux on the Coupe des Alpes — some of the roads would be little more than single-track, with long drops waiting for the unlucky. A short, hard-knock life There were no roll cages and no harnesses in those days. The grip from the cross-ply tires was much less Sports Car Market 1959 Triumph TR3A roadster Lot 60, s/n TS39531L Condition 3+ Sold at $30,010 H&H, Worcestershire, U.K., 12/7/16 SCM# 6816942 1958 Triumph TR3A roadster Lot W181, s/n TS25523L Condition 2Sold at $26,950 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, 5/16/17 SCM# 6836023 1958 Triumph TR3A roadster Lot 34, s/n TS25218L Condition 2Sold at $45,944 Artcurial, Monaco, MCO 7/22/13 SCM# 227076 ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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than we enjoy from our front-wheel-drive shopping appliances of today, and if you fell off an unfenced hairpin, it could be a long way down. The attrition rate was always high — there were 265 retirements and only 38 finishers on the 1958 Monte Carlo. The pressure to keep up the pace never went away because arriving at a time control more than 30 minutes late generally meant exclusion from the rally. This is why Waddington pressed on regardless to Monaco to take part in the Driving Tests. A picture from the event shows our subject car bumperless and with the left front wing slightly bent/ wrapped under, so it obviously had a coming-together with some obstacle. Footage of the time shows drivers gamely continuing with their mounts sometimes missing doors and parts of wings. Less amusingly, there were occasional fatalities. On the ’58 Tour de France, a 5,935-km event where only 37 of 133 starters reached the finish, Works Jaguar driver and former Le Mans winner Peter Whitehead died after the Jaguar Mk 2 he was sharing with his halfbrother Graham — who was at the wheel at the time — plunged off the road near Lasalle and 30 feet down a ravine. Modern historic events are a little kinder on timing, in that if you go OTL — Over Time Limit — you’re generally only excluded for the day (with a maximum points penalty) and can join in the following morning. So it was a tough environment for cars and drivers. Not a lot of special bits Unlike the Austin-Healey competition, with their triple carburetors, raised side exhausts and special aluminum bodies, Triumph rally cars of that time were basically standard — save for the addition of a pair of spot lights, a hard top and perhaps a light sump guard. Although we think of separate-chassis TRs as tough old birds, rally- ing could age them fast. Triumph TR specialist Neil Revington recently completed a historic rally in Portugal with 4 VC, one of the batch of TR4s that followed the TR3s, and he found that he was going through front brake pads in a day and a half. Although the TR3 had been the first production car to use disc brakes as standard, it was a brake problem that caused the crew of our car (the first Australians to enter the event, by the way) to crash out of the 1958 Tour de France. Their car, numbered 156, was 15th at the time, but former tennis champ Annie Soisbault, navigated by Michèle Cancre, finished 14th in another TR3A, numbered 155, with Ferrari 250 GTs in 5th, 7th and 8th places. Footage of our subject car on the 1958 Alpine Rally — the first time the Works cars used 2,138-cc engines — shows its front brakes smoking hard at a service stop. Soisbault later crashed her TR3A on a hairpin. The RM Sotheby’s auction catalog included a charming black-and- white shot of our car on the ’58 Tour de France starting ramp on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice — before it got bent. There was no mention of the extent of the damage, but presumably it was straightened out at the Works before the car was sold into private hands the following year. Now shiny and restored At some point, our subject car was restored to a high level. The body remains straight, and the door fit is pretty good, although there’s a slight step in the front wing-to-sill alignment, which isn’t unusual on these. The paint is still shiny. The interior leather looks almost unused — although it is lightly wrinkled on the cockpit edgings. The car retains its original factory hard top. Sensibly, a roll bar has been fitted, as it has been used on historic rallies. The roof-mounted spotlight it usually wore has been refitted, instead of the blanking plate it had for the ’58 Tour. I couldn’t see a sump shield/skid plate in the pictures, so it may have been lost, although it wouldn’t be needed on the gentle type of historic rallies and tours that May 2018 it’s been entered on in the present ownership. The engine was stated to be the original, but the catalog writer may have meant “the one it had when Triumph sold it,” as they ran at 2,088 cc or 2,138 cc, depending on the event rules. The car appears to have had several keepers — a total of eight by 1990 — when it was pictured on the front cover of Classic Cars. It was filmed at Castle Combe in 2012 and appeared at a Belgian concours in 2013 — all the while in good cosmetic order. Around this time it passed through the hands of a couple of dealers. A lot of money for a little competition history As to values, we don’t see as many Triumph TRs as Healeys at auc- tion, so there’s not much to gauge it by. Still, this felt a lot for a lesser Works car with relatively limited factory competition history. Fender Broad asked £120k for it in 2013 (then $185k, now $170k). In 2014 it was with JD Classics and you can be sure the price wouldn’t have gone down. There it fetched €183,000, or £163,000 ($250,000). A nice, stock TR3A (which this basically is, remember) sets you back about £25k–£27k ($36k–$39k) in its home country right now. As a comparison, “6 VC,” one of the four mechanically similar TR4s that Triumph ran between 1962 and 1964, is insured for £200k ($280k today), and owner Revington reckons that even if he rolled it into a ball he’d struggle to spend more than £150k ($210k) building a new one to slide under the original chassis plate. VRW 221 fetched more than that this time, so we’ll call it well sold. But as a real Works car, even with limited factory rally team history, its value is unlikely to go down. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $60,000 1958 Triumph TR3A $50,000 $40,000 $41,800 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000 $0 $36,300 $35,027 $45,944 $45,080 This sale: $227,019 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 73


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1969 Lamborghini Espada Series I Long gone are the days when Espadas were sold for the price of their engines by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1968–78 Number produced: 176 (Series I) Original list price: $21,000 Current SCM Median Valuation: $115,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Engine compartment on firewall plate Engine # location: In center of head on top of block Club: International Lamborghini Registry Web: www.lamborghiniregistry.com Alternatives: 1969 Iso Fidia, 1969 Maserati Quattroporte, 1964 Lagonda Rapide SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 7063 Engine number: 2577 B uilding on the success of the Miura, Lamborghini tackled a new challenge — to produce a 4-seater supercar that would combine sportiness and roominess. The first signal of this intent appeared at the 1967 edition of the Geneva Motor Show with the Marzal, the work of Marcello Gandini, a recent recruit at Bertone. At the Geneva Motor Show of 1968, Lamborghini unveiled the Espada, signed by the same designer. The car boasted very impressive performance, thanks to the extraordinary 3.9-liter V12 that the car shared with the Miura. As confirmed by the specialist Olivier Naméche in a certificate attached to the file, this Espada was sold new in France during December 1968. It featured an Argento (silver) color, black interior and was registered in January 1969. Exceptionally, it is the 20th Espada produced, as can be seen by the body number assigned during its construction at Bertone. It was owned for a long time by an enthusiast from Meurthe-et-Moselle, before an important Lamborghini collector from Paris, in search of a first-series Espada equipped with the famous rear metal grid, acquired the car. Although the car was in a drivable condition, the body was completely restored by Etablissements Martin in Damery to meet the collector’s requirements. A photo folder shows the extent and seriousness of the work done. The car was completely dismantled and stripped, and the sills and the fenders redone. The original black interior, with a beautiful patina, was only 74 cleaned up and processed. It goes perfectly well with the beautiful orange livery that the car sports now. As part of the very first models built, with its rear metal grille, delivered new in France and just out of an extensive restoration, it is an exceptional car, a true space machine, in its purest version, and the closest to the legendary Marzal. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 112, sold for $207,738 (€169,264, €1=$1.22), including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Rétromobile auction in Paris, France, on February 9, 2018. When most people think of high-performance Italian automobiles, fast, capable, dramatic conveyances capable of carrying four adults in comfort don’t spring to mind. Yet the Italians, more than anyone else, have delivered many 4-seat thrills for a family or a quartet of fortunate friends. A little 4-door history While the Facel Vega Excellence of the 1950s was certainly the successor to the marvelous Bugatti Type 57 Galibier sedan, the French had given up on the sector by the time the 1960s hit their stride. Meanwhile, the vastly unappreciated Lagonda Rapide of 1961 provided a new model for truly sporting sedans, and the stunning 1963 Maserati Quattroporte showed the world exactly how marvelous it could be to provide swift transport for a driver and three companions with a great deal of style to accompany the performance. 1969 Lamborghini Espada Series I Lot 78, s/n 7189 Condition 2 Sold at $285,070 Artcurial, Rétromobile Paris, FRA, 2/10/17 SCM# 6817167 1971 Lamborghini Espada Series II Lot 59, s/n 8346 Condition 3Sold at $92,562 Bonhams, Spa, BEL, 5/21/17 SCM# 6835940 1968 Lamborghini Espada Series I Lot 536, s/n 7356 Condition 3 Sold at $70,400 Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 8/3/13 SCM# 227058 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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Enter the spacey Espada When Iso launched the Fidia in 1967, it quickly upped the ante as the world’s fastest sedan. However, the extraordinary fact that the Espada was the Marzal show car come to life trumped even that. As Lamborghini firmly established itself as the company that created cars that looked as outrageous as they performed, the E potent calling c 4-seater that n 2-seater, but w as a racing ca Espada looked l a racing car a imagined on a alien planet. One coul easily pictur Jane in Fon her shi “Barbarella” arriving any with Roger V Espada, mos r the spacey Espada When Iso launched the Fidia in 1967, it quickly upped the ante as the world’s fastest sedan. However, the extraordinary fact that the Espada was the Marzal show car come to life trumped even that. As Lamborghini firmly established itself as the company that created cars that looked as outrageous as they per- formed, the E potent calling c 4-seater that n 2-seater, but w as a racing ca Espada looked l a racing car a imagined on a alien planet. One coul easily pictur Jane in Fon her shi “Barbarella” arriving any with Roger V Espada, mos ably ably accompa Pygar and D in the back seats. It was that rara avis, a street car that looked as improbable as the show car that inspired it — yet it was completely usable. The Espada was always a car that polarized opinion. You either loved the ultra-exotic form — or thought it looked like a squashed bug. I’ve always loved it. The Series I Espadas are the most rare, with 176 leaving Sant’Agata Bolognese. Many, myself included, prefer the front and rear grilles of the early cars to the look of the later models. In addition, with their multi-angled instrument panel, delicate details and center spinner-hub wheels, they scream late mid-century fantasy car and deliver visually. Our subject Espada In Lamborghini World, an invaluable resource is the International Lamborghini Register. Founder Glen Kohut has done a remarkable job over the decades to carefully maintain a very useful and accurate website. The registry listing for chassis 7063 states that in 2004 it was red with a tan leather interior. This would mean that the catalog description of the “original black interior” might be questionable; however, the catalog images show a nicely lived-in environment with slightly baggy leather and dulled brightwork. It’s quite possible that someone submitted an incorrect photo for this listing. The vibrant orange that it currently wears is very period Lamborghini, but in my opinion the Espada looks best in conservative colors. The shape is exotic enough that you don’t need to paint the lily. And especially given its roots in the white Marzal, silver is an ideal May 2018 color for an Espada. I would much prefer this car in that original color than the one in which it was refinished. This Espada sold well, just past the low estimate of €150,000. Long The Espada looked like a racing car as imagined on an alien planet. gone are the days when Espadas were sold for the price of their engines — usually to keep a 400GT 2+2 on the road. Very few spent the money required to restore or even maintain d they lagged far increasing values T and 400GT 2+2 he spacey Espada When Iso launched the Fidia in 1967, it quickly upped the ante as the world’s fastest sedan. However, the extraordinary fact that the Espada was the Marzal show car come to life trumped even that. As Lamborghini firmly established itself as the company that created cars that looked as outrageous as they per- formed, the E potent calling c 4-seater that n 2-seater, but w as a racing ca Espada looked l a racing car a imagined on a alien planet. One coul easily pictur Jane in Fon her shi “Barbarella” arriving any with Roger V Espada, mos ably accompa Pygar and D in the back seats. It was that rara avis, a street car that looked as improbable as the show car that inspired it — yet it was completely usable. The Espada was always a car that polarized opinion. You either loved the ultra-exotic form — or thought it looked like a squashed bug. I’ve always loved it. The Series I Espadas are the most rare, with 176 leaving Sant’Agata Bolognese. Many, myself included, prefer the front and rear grilles of the early cars to the look of the later models. In addition, with their multi-angled instrument panel, delicate details and center spinner-hub wheels, they scream late mid-century fantasy car and deliver visually. Our subject Espada In Lamborghini World, an invaluable resource is the International Lamborghini Register. Founder Glen Kohut has done a remarkable job over the decades to carefully maintain a very useful and accurate web- site. The registry listing for chassis 7063 states that in 2004 it was red with a tan leather interior. This would mean that the catalog descrip- tion of the “original black interior” might be questionable; however, the catalog images show a nicely lived-in environment with slightly baggy leather and dulled brightwork. It’s quite possible that someone submitted an incorrect photo for this listing. The vibrant orange that it currently wears is very period Lamborghini, but in my opinion the Espada looks best in conservative colors. The shape is exotic enough that you don’t need to paint the lily. And especially given its roots in the white Marzal, silver is an ideal May 2018 color for an Espada. I would much prefer this car in that original color than the one in which it was refinished. This Espada sold well, just past the low estimate of €150,000. Long The Espada looked like a racing car as imagined on an alien planet. gone are the days when Espadas were sold for the price of their engines — usually to keep a 400GT 2+2 on the road. Very few spent the money required to restore or even maintain d they lagged far increasing values T and 400GT 2+2 example example for me of cation of the curt. curial sold ada chassis 89 at last year’s romobile sale for 68,200 ($285,070). sale is even more impressive when ou factor in the xchange rate, ebruary 2017 was $1.06. Last year’s han this one. The 2017 car was not a color change, and it was freshly and completely restored. These cars are a delight to drive, and for turning heads when you arrive, there are few less-expensive ways to do it. That is, for now — the day of the Espada has not yet truly arrived, but I’m pretty sure we are just a few steps away from a truly great example coming forward to shock the world. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $300,000 $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 $0 $139,983 $130,502 1969 Lamborghini Espada $214,500 $204,489 This sale: $207,738 $285,070 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 75


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German Profile Column Author 1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300 Coupe Two 1951 Porsche 356 coupes have now broken $1,000,000 at auction. Is it the new normal? by Prescott Kelly Details Year produced: 1951 Number produced: 1,238 Original list price: Approximately $2,750 in Germany Current SCM Median Value: $224,000 Tune-up/major service: About $1,000 with plugs and valve adjustment Chassis # location: Stamping centered below gas tank in trunk, aluminum tag on passenger’s side of gas tank, Reutter tag on driver’s side A-pillar doorpost Engine # location: Upright support for the fan, passenger’s side Club: Porsche 356 Registry Web: www.porsche356registry.org Alternatives: 1951–54 Jaguar XK 120, 1951–58 Lancia Aurelia B20GT, 1951–54 Alfa Romeo 1900 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis #: 11101 Engine #: P21832 A ccording to the Kardex build sheet, this car left the factory at the end of 1951. It was one of the first of its type (the model had been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1949), and still had the split windscreen and the integrated body bumpers. It was delivered new in Germany to a U.S. Army soldier. The Kardex specified that the engine was number 20774, a 1300 Type 506 model. It is now equipped with a 3300 A 506/1 type, which is a more reliable version that was fitted on 356 1300 cars from 1954 on. To improve performance, it has been upgraded to the 1500 55-horsepower aluminum cylinders and pistons without any discernible visual differences. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 105, sold for $1,097,206, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Artcurial’s Rétromobile sale in Paris, France, on February 9, 2018. Early 356s are somewhat primitive cars by Porsche standards, and for years they were largely out of favor. Now more collectors want them, and competitive bidding has raised prices to levels not anticipated. In 1950, Porsche reunited its staff in Stuttgart from their “headquarters-in-exile” in Gmund, Austria, where about half of the almost 600-man firm had been dispatched by the German government to avoid Allied bombing during World War II. Another large contingent had been in northern Germany constructing and managing the new Volkswagen factory, with others at two Porsche homes in Stuttgart and Zell am See (Austria), and a very small group at the firm’s former 76 design headquarters in the Zuffenhausen section of Stuttgart. VW royalties helped create Porsche cars In 1949, VW started paying royalties to the Porsche firm for their design of the “Beetle.” Porsche also received rent from the American occupation forces that had taken over their Stuttgart building for a motor pool. With that money, Porsche decided to build cars. Their first move was to commission 500 sets of 356 chassis and body panels from Reutter Karosserie. Porsche calculated that they could sell 100 cars a year. They rented 5,000-plus square feet of the Reutter plant for engine/gearbox and car assembly. While the new facility was a huge improvement over the sawmill in Gmund, it was still a hand-assembly operation with skilled craftsmen. It was closer to carriage manufacturing than to any modern automobile plant. Furthermore, in those post-war years, raw materials were scarce and metallurgical advances were difficult. An engineering reputation What Porsche had to its advantage was superior engineering — albeit in a quirky design. With the postwar success of Volkswagen, thanks almost entirely to the occupation British Army’s management of the VW plant, Professor Porsche and his firm’s automobile designs were suddenly almost mainstream. VW made about 1,000 cars in 1945, 10,000 in 1946, and reached a cumulative 1,000,000 cars by 1954. Porsche benefited from VW’s public acceptance, the VW dealer network — and from enthusiastic road testers 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A coupe Lot 135B, s/n 60351 Condition 1Sold at $371,250 Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 3/15/15 SCM# 264360 Sports Car Market 1951 Porsche 356 1500 coupe Lot 247, s/n 11111 Condition 1 Sold at $1,017,500 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/18/17 SCM# 6846361 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Continental coupe Lot 373, s/n 53846 Condition 1Sold at $307,395 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/8/17 SCM# 6827605 Courtesy of Artcurial


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the archives. With a detailed text that set a high bar for automotive research and with voluminous photographs from the archives, Porsche’s history came alive.* Interest in all Porsches blossomed — including the very early ones. An eye-popping result — but not the first Now, let’s look at our subject Artcurial auction car. It was serial number 11101, of late 1951 production. The car’s Kardex (factory build card) shows it was delivered to a U.S. serviceman who reportedly took the car home to California. It stayed in the U.S. until about 1994, when it went back to Germany. The car did suffer from numerous incorrect details, which is not unusual, as these early 356s are very idiosyncratic. The car was built with a Type 506 1,286-cc engine, number 20774. That unit died early, which was not uncommon — remember the postwar metallurgical issues — and it was replaced with a later case with 1,488-cc pistons and cylinders to deliver an estimated 55 horsepower. The car was recently repainted in its original Fish Silver Grey color, who found Porsches to be very capable. Porsches were expensive, as they were priced higher than either Jaguar XK 120s or Cadillacs. By 1952, when U.S. Porsche sales began in earnest, a coupe’s base price was $4,200 on the East Coast and $4,350 on the West Coast. Production in Stuttgart of the first steel-bodied 356s began in March 1950. The 52 earlier Gmund-built coupes were hand-shaped aluminum over wooden body bucks. Reutter and Porsche produced 392 cars in 1950, just over 1,200 in 1951 and grew to about 3,000 annually by 1955. VW-based mechanicals — but more fully developed The first 356s were developed off a VW mechanical base — with a more advanced tub and suspension. While performance was leisurely, handling was superior even with the trailing throttle oversteer. The initial 1,086-cc Type 369 engine used a VW case with four main bearings, dual Solex carburetors, Porsche-designed heads with domed pistons for a 7.0:1 compression ratio and 40 horsepower. Porsche also used VW non-synchromesh 4-speed gearboxes, brakes and steering boxes, which were all earlier Porsche designs, of course. For 1951, Porsche resolved some licensing issues with Lockheed and returned to the brakes that they had used in the Gmund-built cars, with two leading-edge brake shoes, now built by Ate in Germany. Porsche also replaced the rear-lever shocks with telescoping tubulars. Later in 1951, Porsche introduced a revised 1,286-cc engine with enlarged bores for the new Mahle cylinders made in finned aluminum — not unribbed steel — and with chromium liners. A new, quieter Eberspächer muffler was also fitted. Race on Sunday and sell ... afterwards Early on Porsche knew the value of competition successes. Porsche always looked for venues where they could be successful, and the company promoted those wins. A win in the 1,100-cc class at Le Mans in 1951 helped, as did class victories in numerous rallies and world records in speed trials. Early 356s in the collector market Gmund-built, aluminum-bodied Porsches and early Stuttgart- built steel-bodied 356s traditionally have been of interest mostly to Europeans. They saw much more of these cars back in the day, of course, having interactions with them through family, neighbors, dealers, races and rallies. Through the 1970s and 1980s, North Americans mostly ignored early 356s, with a few notable exceptions — and some of those were German expats. In 1977, Automobile Quarterly’s iconic owner and publisher, Scott Bailey, published an 886-page, large-format book on Porsche written by a former journalist and automobile executive. Karl Ludvigsen’s Porsche: Excellence Was Expected was a huge hit with Porsche enthusiasts who became conversant with the marque’s history. Ludvigsen was a trained engineer who read and spoke conversa- tional and engineering German. He spent months at the Porsche factory interviewing workers and executives — and he had full access to May 2018 and the crash box was replaced with a later VW unit with synchros on the second through fourth gears. The original gearbox was included in the sale. The car sold at Monterey 2017 was built 10 cars later A well-known and well-shown black 1951 coupe, chassis 11111, sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in August for $1,017,500 — setting a world-record auction result (SCM# 6846361). That car presented very well in black paint over a green interior, and it had a matching-number engine, the desirable 1,488-cc Type 527 unit that was introduced in the fall of 1951. This car also had numerous incorrect details. RM Sotheby’s had estimated the car at $500,000 to $600,000, and the owners had the car on the market for months beforehand for a reported $600,000. At the auction, two determined bidders made history. Another world-record result When this Fish Silver Grey example came to auction, Artcurial esti- mated it at $539,000 to $612,000. Once again, it took a couple of very determined bidders to raise the Monterey world-record result, but that they did — by about $77,000. The winner was reportedly a beloved, semi-retired American comedian with a large Porsche collection. And as he is prone to doing, he plans to drive it — not just pet it. Do two $1 million-plus results make a market standard for 1951s? What will the more rare, more-desirable four-digit-serial-number cars from 1950 do at future auctions? These two huge auction sales results will undoubtedly bring more early 356s to market, so we will have opportunities to watch and learn. I believe that the RM Sotheby’s Monterey and Artcurial Paris results probably were outliers, but I am fully prepared to be wrong. ♦ * The newer edition of Excellence was Expected goes through 2002 in three volumes. It is available from Bentley Publishers and your favorite online bookseller. It’s the one Porsche title to take to your grave. (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $1,200,000 $1,000,000 $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $209,122 $200,000 $0 $203,888 2013 2014 2015 $143,000 2016 2017 77 1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe $742,500 This sale: $1,097,206 $1,017,500


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German Profile The Cumberford Perspective Erwin Komenda got the side glass profile exactly right in this second version, and dozens of Porsche designers have preserved it with sensitivity 3 By Robert Cumberford 2 “T he beautiful body design is a further development of the Auto-Union racing car body, which was chosen only after being proven in months of wind-tunnel tests.” That’s a direct quote from the English-language Maintenance Manual for the 1,100-cc and 1,300-cc Reutter Karosserie-bodied 356 coupes that entered production in Germany in 1950. One was supplied with my 1500 Super made a year or two later. This second iteration of the classical Komenda Porsche shape is considerably less awkward than the Gmund alloy coupes. The two-piece flat glass windshields and curved front-quarter windows are significant features. These later split screens curved at the A-pillars were more elegant than the later, kinked single-piece versions now known as “bent window” models, like mine. Ferry Porsche appar- ently preferred the narrowroof, slim-pillar early cars. These earliest steel cars still had their bumpers at the very bottom of the body at both ends — and wrapping all the way around to the wheel openings. And they sti had very fat body secti extending well outboar of the wheels, which in this specific case are p three-inch-rim-width V items for the 5.00-16 ti not perforated as were later Porsche steel whe Those puffy surfaces a lowed full covers over wheel openings in earl 356 racers. ♦ 78 1 4 5 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 On some of the first Reutter cars there was a fairly hard line outboard of the headlamp shell, but on this car the fender is nicely rounded in plan view. 2 A nice radius flows the hood surface up into the windshield plane, one more good aerodynamic trick seen on many of the slickest cars for decades. 3 I love this little wind split above the central windshield divider. It helps mitigate the inflated-balloon look of the highly crowned roof, without denaturing the round effect of the surfaces. 9 11 8 12 7 4 “The telescoping antenna is mounted normally in the space provided in the left door column… exclusive of an opening in the body itself.” Detail thinking early on. 5 The characteristic round access panel for adjusting the rear torsion bars, part of all 356s from the start. 6 No trim rings and no chrome — just a VW hubcap without the logo stamped in. Very simple and very good. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 It’s hard for us to believe now that these lamps and reflectors were adequate. But there were very few vehicles 10 seen on the road decades back, so they were. 8 Of all the many rear- cooling grilles on hundreds of Porsche variants, this one is still the most elegant and best proportioned. 9 The backlight is surpris- ingly large and provides an excellent rear field of view. But most Porsche drivers still found it useful to add one or more mirrors outside the cabin. 10 In our post-Mangusta, post-Golf world, this roof shape seems nearly spherical, but it suits the size and scale of the Porsche 356 perfectly. 11 Komenda got the side glass profile exactly right in this second version, and dozens of Porsche designers have preserved it with sensitivity since 1949. 12 It’s a long way in from the wheel opening in the fender skin to the skinny wheel and tire, but it seemed just about right in the 1950s — and it still looks pretty nice. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) The cockpit is truly ancient-looking, but at least the designers knew to put the key gauges in front of the driver, not in the middle of the panel — as they were in Volkswagens of this vintage. There is no fuel-level indicator, as in VWs, but there was an oil temperature gauge, which I recall as being vital if you drove your early Porsche really hard. Putting the radio pushbuttons on the driver’s side of the center panel was smart, but what’s really outstanding in these early 356s are the seats, the long-term development of which assured the present existence of the company that built the first 500 steel Porsche bodies — and thousands more from 1950. Sports Car Market


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American Profile 1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Did this car open the 1966 Le Mans course? No one is sure, but we do know that it was Hank the Deuce’s custom French ride by Dale Novak Details Years produced: 1965–66 Number produced: 13,231 (all body styles) Original list price: $3,825 Current SCM Median Valuation: $42,000 Tune-up: $300 Chassis # location: Driver’s side fender apron Engine # location: Front of the block on the passenger’s side — above the oil pan Club: Mustang Club of America Web: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1968 Shelby GT350 convertible, 1967 Shelby GT350, 1968 Shelby GT500 KR SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 6F08K285715 T his Ford Mustang is very special thanks to its finish and history. It was made especially for Henry Ford II, as confirmed by a certificate from Ford France, dated January 3, 1991, which states: “The Ford Mustang serial number 6F08K285715 was the vehicle commissioned by Ford for Henry Ford II during his stays in France. It benefited from a special finish, paint and leather upholstery. This Ford Mustang also served as the course-opening car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1966, driven by Henry Ford, Honorary President of the race for Ford’s first participation in this event.” SCM Analysis This car, Lot 124, sold for $226,756, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s auction in Paris, France, on February 9, 2018. In the world of collectible cars, we see all sorts of machines, and they range from investment grade to casual drivers. There are very special cars with wonderful histories, and there are those with all sorts of warts — and questionable, dubious stories. This is, at least on the surface, one of those cars with a wonderful and very interesting history to tell. Let’s dive in. As an auction analyst for Sports Car Market — and its sister publication, American Car Collector — I am perpetually swimming in cars with questionable provenance, unsubstantiated stories, mystery paperwork and so on. What a car really is, in many cases, is not what it is reported to be. I hope I’ve awakened some curiosity. We all need to be curious when a car’s history has more to do with its value than the actual car itself. 80 “You better win” All eyes were on Ford at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, as Henry Ford II, aka “Hank the Deuce,” was launching an all-out assault on Ferrari. Team Ford — with the bottomless Dearborn coffers, the ingenuity of Carroll Shelby and the direction of Leo Beebe — engineered and assembled a group of eight weapons-grade projectiles known as the Ford GT40 (plus five additional independent Fords) for the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was win or nothing — beat Ferrari at all costs. The race was on. As the story goes, Beebe was given one very simple directive: Put a Ford in the winner’s circle. Leo even kept a card from Henry Ford II. It said: “You better win.” The rest is history. The Ford GT40 not only won at Le Mans — it dominated, taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. For the first time in history, an American car won Le Mans. It’s a magnificent story that optimizes the vigor of the American spirit and the unflappable determination of a few good men — along with a very deep supply of cash. Henry II’s K-code Mustang GT convertible Our subject car was presented as a Ford Mustang GT convertible custom built specifically for Henry Ford II. A certificate from Ford France, dated January 3, 1991, confirms it was Ford’s car. Even better, Mr. Robert Chatet, a Ford subcontractor, discovered the car in France during 1967. Somehow, the astute Mr. Chatet managed to get the 1965 Ford Mustang GT fastback Lot 121, s/n 5R09K211375 Condition 2+ Sold at $68,750 RM Auctions, Sam Pack Collection, Farmers Branch, TX, 11/15/14 SCM# 256055 1966 Ford Mustang GT convertible Lot 184, s/n 6F08A104266 Condition 1- Not sold at $30,000 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/21/14 SCM# 232475 1967 Ford Mustang GT convertible Lot 209, s/n 7T03C283301 Condition 2 Not sold at $27,000 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/24/17 SCM# 6827651 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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Digging a little deeper I did some diligent research on this car. As I poked around, it was amazing to see how one thing can lead to another. Calls are made and returned — and new information is discovered. Based on two reliable sources with personal knowledge of the car, our subject car was actually a custom Mustang — and considered a prototype design. The interior was reported as a Ford Design Center styling cue for the 1968 Mercury Cougar — down to the door panels. You’ll immediately see the similarities. One source said he held notes and paperwork on the car from one of the Ford designers who actually participated in the design. I also spoke with two very kind gentlemen who own custom HFII Mustangs, and the like-kind similarities between their cars and our subject car were very interesting indeed. It was also reported to me that the car did not participate at Le Mans, but may have been on the grounds — so there was some discussion on that subject. Valuing history Chassis 285715 is not only a part of Ford history — it symbolizes the Ford Motor Company to give him the car. As the story goes, the car had been parked at Ford France’s head office at Rueil-Malmaison with 15,000 km (9,320 miles) on the clock, and had simply been sitting there ever since. Chassis 285715 remained in the hands of Mr. Chatet, and it eventually was passed on to his son, who consigned the car to the Artcurial Paris sale. Driven at Le Mans — maybe Are we ready to be curious yet? While I’m not disputing the catalog text from Artcurial, there was one key sentence to notice: “Could be the course-opening vehicle for 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.” Well, is it or isn’t it? As it turns out, and as con munication with Mr. Antoine car specialist for the Musta was also cautious about tha portion of the history. According to the Artcurial research, which was quite thorough, there is a photo that does, indeed, show Henry Fo II in the back seat of a Mus convertible at Le Mans. Th very good, but it’s not airtight Why not? The deflating leak here is that the Mustang in that historic photo- graph is red, not black. And there was no evidence that red paint was evident, even in minute traces, on our subject black car. That’s not so good. Stay tuned. In the grand scheme of things, Mr. Ford’s ownership is very special — and it’s a great story. I’m sort of fussy about these things, so I want proof that I can hang my hat on. Driving history No matter what the hazy Le Mans facts may show, this is indeed a historic car. It has a lot of custom touches that one might expect on a 1966 Mustang that was built specifically for Henry Ford II. Of course, the fact that the Mustang is black (Hank the Deuce loved black cars — as did his grandfather), and adorned with HFII badges and a custom interior, makes it even more special. Adding to that, it’s a 1966 K-code Mustang GT 4-speed convertible in France. That’s a valuable car even without the HFII provenance. Whether or not our subject Mustang was a course-opening car for Le Mans doesn’t factor into the value equation all that much. It was a historic moment for Ford — and the United States, for that matter. It’s safe to say that Hank the Deuce drove the car and used it at Le Mans — and that’s pretty cool. May 2018 American fighting spirit. When you mess with us (insert Ferrari backing out of a deal to sell his company to Ford) — we have a tendency to bite back. The junkyard dog in this case was a muscular car with Ford V8 power called the GT40. In 1966, the Ford GT40 showed Ferrari her taillights, not once, but three times in a row. That’s priceless. The overall condition of the Mustang was a tad weathered and un- winding a bit. As shown in the photos at the Artcurial website, Henry’s old Mustang was showing 66,953 km (41,602 miles) on the clock. The car has obviously been driven, and it shows. That’s okay. You don’t build a custom 289 HiPo 4-speed Mustang GT to park it. Was this car well bought or well sold? The value in this car is the story and the history. All in, she sold pecial Mustangs that e record is a very rare hat rang the bell loud ale for $1.3 million in 13. A few others have sold for numbers north of $500,000. Given that, $266,756 doesn’t sound too bad. Whether our subcar at ject Mustang was the course-opening the 1966 24 d Mustang with ties to Ford’s huge 1966 sweep at Le Mans — and Hank the Deuce himself. Hats off to Mr. Chatet for discovering the car — and to his son for taking great care of it. I suspect that ol’ Hank the Deuce would be pleased. Fairly bought — but with plenty of room to run. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $125,000 $50,000 $75,000 $100,000 $25,000 $0 1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible $75,970 $84,700 $110,000 This sale: $226,756 $77,500 $59,400 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 81


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Race Car Profile 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Spyder When you look at racing-car collector value, it’s hard to get much better than this car by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1953–55 Number produced: 52 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $1,685,000 Chassis # location: Tag welded on front cross member Engine # location: Stamped on head Club: Maserati Owners Club Web: www.maseratiowners.club Alternatives: 1954–55 Ferrari 500 Mondial, 1953–55 Aston Martin DB3S, 1951–53 Jaguar C-type SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I roadster Lot 34, s/n 0434MD Condition 1- Sold at $4,455,000 Chassis number: 2087 Engine number: 2087 I t was in 1953 that the Maserati A6GCS found its perfect form. Having left Maserati for Stanguellini, Alberto Massimino left a space that was filled by Gioacchino Colombo, known for his work at Alfa Romeo, and the designer of the V12 Ferrari engine that took his name. Colombo perfected the development of the twin- cam, twin-ignition 6-cylinder engine adapted for the sports version, and with its lightly modified suspension, this became the A6GCS/53. Marketed as the Maserati Sport 2000, the car was capable of 170 bhp at 7,300 rpm. It received a totally new body — again designed by Fantuzzi and built by Fiandri & Malagoli — that abandoned the “cycle wings” in favor of a more enveloping form that was both aerodynamic and elegant. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 103, sold for $3,001,485, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Artcurial’s Rétromobile Auction in Paris, France, on February 9, 2018. Readers familiar with evolutionary biology may be familiar with a theory referred to as “punctuated equilibrium,” championed by Stephen Jay Gould. The very short-form explanation of this theory is that rather than proceeding in a long, more or less constant process, biological evolution happens in a number of sudden, discrete jumps followed by periods of relative constancy. 82 The veracity of this concept is not the subject of my profile, but I will argue that racing automobiles have evolved in a series of sudden bursts of creativity followed by periods when the new ideas are normalized — followed in turn by another burst. As an example, look at the post-war development of racing cars. The 1940s were a difficult time economically and politically, and the cars of the time were basically variations of pre-war racers in both concept and mechanical components. The first post-war generation of racers arrived in the early 1950s, led by Jaguar’s C-type and Mercedes’ W194 (300SL racing prototype). These racers introduced aircraft-engineering practices to design, construction and aerodynamics in a huge change from the previous practices. The Italians were not exactly leading this parade, but they responded in 1953 and 1954, particularly in the under-2-liter category. This is the context in which we should consider the Maserati A6GCS/53 — it is the first generation of post-war Maserati racers. At the start Let’s open with bit of history. In the beginning, there were four Maserati brothers who trained as automotive engineers and loved racing. Beginning in the mid-1920s, they started building racing cars under their own name and had immediate Sports Car Market Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/18 SCM# 6856479 1954 Maserati A6GCS MM racer Lot S165, s/n 2065 Condition 3+ Not sold at $1,700,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183958 1953 Maserati A6GCS roadster Lot 628, s/n 2053 Condition 2- Not sold at $1,500,000 Bonhams, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/12/10 SCM# 165700 Courtesy of Artcurial


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success, not least because Alfieri, the charismatic lead brother, was an excellent designer and a brilliant driver. Much like modern day Lola or March, Maserati had zero interest in building road cars. Their business was building racing cars to sell to customers. Another interesting detail is that their cars were always supercharged — it was part of the brand. Unfortunately, Alfieri was badly hurt in a racing accident in 1927. Although he returned to the company, his recovery was incomplete. He had surgery to repair some of the damage in 1932, and he died on the operating table, which left the remaining brothers in a difficult position. Brother Ernesto took up the lead and was a brilliant designer, but the mid-1930s were a terrible time for any business, much less a racingcar specialist. So in 1937, the brothers sold the company to the Orsi Group, a very wealthy industrial conglomerate that promised to provide financial and management stability while continuing the company’s traditions. The brothers all signed a 10-year contracts employment and continued to build supercharged racing cars until World War II intervened, and the company turned to making machine tools. Enter the A6G The A6G terminology is interesting. Ernesto spent much of World War II dreaming of — and designing — a nonsupercharged 1,500-cc GT car for a peaceful future. He named the project A for his brother Alfieri and 6 for the number of cylinders. In 1944, he revised his dream to make it a 2-liter single cam and decided to make it with an iron block to save expense, thus the A6 added G, which stood for “Ghisa,” or iron block. After the war, Maserati actually started building the A6G cars, so the nomenclature stuck even after Ernesto and his brothers departed to form OSCA in 1947. Maserati had yet to build a road car, so all of the cars they built were now A6GC (C for Corsa, competition) and either S (Sport) or M (Monoposto). The engines had long since stopped being an iron block in favor of aluminum, even though the G remained in the name. Gioacchino Colombo became chief engineer for Maserati during a classic Italian talent shuffle in 1952. Colombo came from Ferrari, where he had just created the iconic V12 engine before Lampredi replaced him. At Maserati, Columbo proceeded to completely revise the existing A6G design with an eye towards making it competitive in the new generation of competition cars. He changed the engine bore/stroke ratio to make it highly oversquare (big bore, short stroke), with the larger bore allowing for larger valves and a second spark plug per cylinder. The shorter stroke allowed for higher RPM. Colombo abandoned the earlier Sport chassis design in favor of widening the 1952 Monoposto chassis to a 2-seater. He also dropped the earlier cycle-fender body design for a new and more aerodynamic envelope approach. The new car was alternately called the “Maserati Sports 2000” or the more traditional “A6GCS/53.” The car proved a resounding success in its category. Relatively small, with a new-generation chassis and 170 horsepower pushing 1,600 pounds, it had excellent handling and better power to weight than a C-type, but with a 2-liter engine it didn’t have the legs for races like Le Mans. It was really never intended for this purpose. May 2018 If there is such a thing as an entry-level Italian racing collectible, this is probably it. Still a race car builder — not runner It is worth remembering that Maserati at the time was strictly in the business of building and selling racing cars — not of trying to win championships. The FIA World Sports Car Championship was established in 1953, and Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lancia were going hammerand-tongs to win, but they all had road-car sales to support the effort. Winning required at least 3 liters of horsepower. With the exception of a few selected races such as the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio that suited their smaller car, Maserati wisely avoided factory racing and concentrated on selling great cars to privateers. They had a devoted clientele, and many at the time —and even now — consider Maserati to be mechanically superior to Ferrari. Ferrari followed the market niche, and in 1954 introduced the 500 Mondial, which was a 2-liter, 4-cylinder with very similar specifications to the Maserati. The 500 Mondial was Ferrari’s first-ever bespoke racing car actively sold to customers. OSCA marketed their MT4 racer with engines ranging from 1,100 cc to 1,600 cc. Between the three builders, something like 100 racing cars were sold — mostly in Italy. Maserati originally sold 36 of the 52 A6GCS/53 built to Italian buyers. A similar percentage of Italians bought Ferrari. Eventually, a large number of all of these cars migrated to the burgeoning American racing scene, but they were originally intended for the home market. On to road cars The broader significance of the A6GCS/53 is that it provided the eco- nomic success that allowed Maserati to make the transition from a specialty racing car manufacturer to a primarily road-car company. Although most of the A6GCS/53 cars were Corsa Spiders, four were built as berlinettas, including two Pininfarina coupes that qualify as the most heartbreakingly beautiful cars of the entire decade — and showed the way to a production future. In 1954, Maserati introduced the A6G/54, a de-tuned, purely road version of the Corsa and the beginning of the new Maserati. From that point forward, although they continued to build racing cars, Maserati would be in the road-car business as a primary focus. The company had grown up. The best of the best When you look at the various determinants of racing-car collector value, it’s hard to get much better than our subject car. It’s Italian, mechanically exotic, rare, aluminum-bodied, historically significant, relatively user-friendly — and beautiful. On the downside, it is a 1953-design, 2-liter racer, so it is less power- ful and not as quick or comfortable as the second-generation cars that followed. If there is such a thing as an entry-level Italian racing collectible, this is probably it. The sale price of $3 million may seem like a lot of money, but I’m not sure where you are going to find anything even close for less, so I will say fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) 83


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Next Gen Profile 1995 Mercedes-Benz AMG E36 Sports Estate Mercedes-Benz collectors are now favoring analog over digital — and functionality over innovation by Pierre Hedary Details Years produced: 1994–95 Number produced: 171. More conversions were carried out after the fact Original list price: $47,500 (1995 E320 wagon) Current SCM Median Valuation: $67,076 (this car) 30,000-mile service: $900 Engine wiring harness cost: $2,200 Chassis # location: On front firewall in front of battery compartment Engine # location: Rear left side of cylinder block Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America Web: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1989–95 BMW M5 wagon, 1990–92 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, 1990–94 Volvo 940 turbo wagon SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: WDB1240881F310186 T his very rare AMG-converted E36 sports estate was first registered on July 1, 1995, in Germany, and on May 31, 1996, it arrived in Japan (old Japanese registration document on file). The car is finished in Polar White with blue leather interior, and comes fully optioned with sunroof, Becker radio with six speakers, comfortable seating for seven with electric front seats, blue leather and wooden steering wheel, electric steering column. Well documented, the Mercedes has had only three owners, the last since 2002. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 432, sold for $66,222, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Grand Palais sale on February 8, 2018, in Paris, France. This car was not born as an E36. In fact, there was never a factory E36. Let me explain. All Mercedes are designated by a six-digit chassis code. The first three digits represent the platform, and the next three digits designate the specific model. Our subject car’s VIN is 1240881F310186, indicating that when it left the Daimler Benz factory, it was nothing more than a 124088. In layman’s terms, this was a simple, practical W124 E280 station wagon. It is very likely that this car was exported to Japan, where AMG’s Japanese workshop carried out the E36 conversion. Because AMGs converted outside of Germany are perceived as less authentic, this makes the sales price even more baf- 84 fling, even to AMG enthusiasts. Thus, there’s an underlying question we need to ask outselves: Why would anyone pay $66,000 for a 23-year-old Mercedes wagon? The case for an aging Mercedes wagon Modern Mercedes do two things extremely well: They are generally pretty quick, and they protect their occupants (all of them, not just the driver) much better than any other vehicle. For these two reasons, I can’t blame anyone for want- ing to drive one every day. Sadly, just like almost all modern luxury brands, the modern Mercedes is loaded with gimmicks. In fact, if you asked me to pick a disparaging adjective to describe any modern Mercedes, it would be “gimmicky.” Besides performance and safety, they don’t really offer anything else. Because Mercedes-Benz refrained from gimmick- driven marketing for so long in their illustrious past, today’s cars shine a more-positive light on older models. Classic Mercedes are straightforward and engineered with much more clarity. Everything can be diagnosed, repaired and adjusted. These fine automobiles have a dignified presence, an unmistakable identity. All models, from the W100 to the W201, were well thought out and styled with the same distinction throughout the decades. While not perfect — and sometimes quite needy — these older Mercedes have survived so well because of their ease of repair and durability. Our subject car is one 2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 wagon Lot 4583924127, s/n WDBUH76J75A750790 Condition 1 Sold at $69,600 eBay, 11/1/05 SCM# 39803 Sports Car Market 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500SL AMG convertible Lot 421, s/n WDBRA66E2MF033581 Condition 2 Sold at $25,920 Kruse, Phoenix, AZ, 1/26/06 SCM# 40621 1983 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC AMG coupe Lot 23, s/n WDB12604412004784 Condition 2Sold at $144,819 Artcurial, Monte Carlo, MCO, 7/26/12 SCM# 209367 Courtesy of Bonhams


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of the final variants of the last timeless platform — the W124. Perhaps this explains why, as if it were triggered by a universal im- pulse, a surge of recognition has arrived for boxy Mercedes sedans and wagons from the 1980s and early 1990s. The W124 is no longer just a used car. The realization of the overused verse “they aren’t making any more” has finally sunk in. We are entering a period in the timeline of Mercedes collecting where analog is favored over digital — and innovation is eschewed for functionality. And the last shall be first In addition to being the last version of the W124, our subject car is among the last of the AMG models that were developed without Mercedes’ control. After this, with cars like the C36, production techniques were standardized, and Mercedes began to make decisions for AMG. It is also the last Mercedes with an analog key. For those of us with a love for performance station wagons, nitely repairable car, the E36 has a few little problems. The head gaskets on M104 engines have a propensity for oil leaks, and this happens a lot sooner on the 3.6-liter AMG version. Engine fuel-injection harnesses, alternator and starter harnesses and throttle actuator harnesses were eco-friendly failures. Many extremely low-mileage cars suffer from reliability issues because of deteriorating harnesses. While the automatic climate-control systems on these cars worked this was also a first. The E36 was the first mass-produced AMG wagon — if you can call about 170 units mass production. While there were other notorious W124 wagons, such as The Hammer, the E36 was designed as a model with factory support. This was a practical car — designed for daily use and high mileage. From here on, every Mercedes model platform that included a station wagon got an AMG variant. Good but not the best We are currently in a market where the big, important Mercedes-Benz cars have enjoyed dra who want an interes Mercedes ownership h few rocks. The really important W include AMG Hammer the E60 and pristine E cabriolets, have appre dramatically. So natur these lesser-known E variants (coupe, sedan wagon, cabriolet and th W463 G36) have start to attract greater buy interest. Still, buyers need to b careful. Despite the fact it is May 2018 Despite its humble origins as an E280 T, our subject car is more than a parts-bin special. Its AMG documentation accounts for about 80% of its selling price — the rest being that it is a well-preserved W124. well, the a/c evaporators can — and will eventually — fail. Mercedes also deliberately overloaded the reverse piston-release spring on the 1990 and later version of the 722.3 gearbox, making reverse failure possible. For those who want a Mercedes wagon for the sake of owning a Mercedes wagon, buy a W123. They are much more robust and don’t have any of the previously mentioned issues. This E36 fits in better with someone who is building a collection of significant AMG products. Build it yourself The really neat thing about this car is that you can build the E36 AMG wagon yourself. You’ll need a decent E320 Estate and a clapped-out C36 sedan, but the M104 engine was basically the same between the two of them. While the transmission in the E320 is up to the task, some suspension parts and brakes from the 500E can endow the E320 wagon with the driving experience of the E36. Despite its humble origins as an E280 T, our subject car is more than a parts-bin special. Its AMG documentation accounts for about 80% of its s a well-preserved W124. e history (parts for these cars an) suggests it may need some p to make it 100% (show me a m Japan that doesn’t need any use I haven’t seen one yet), it’s nner. ieve me when I say this sale is gn of things to come. This car ightly well sold today, but the chaser will feel good about his ision in a few years, as modn Mercedes depart further and ther from the purposefulness the final variants of the last timeless platform — the W124. Perhaps this explains why, as if it were triggered by a universal im- pulse, a surge of recognition has arrived for boxy Mercedes sedans and wagons from the 1980s and early 1990s. The W124 is no longer just a used car. The realization of the overused verse “they aren’t making any more” has finally sunk in. We are entering a period in the timeline of Mercedes collecting where analog is favored over digital — and innovation is eschewed for func- tionality. And the last shall be first In addition to being the last version of the W124, our subject car is among the last of the AMG models that were developed without Mercedes’ control. After this, with cars like the C36, production techniques were standardized, and Mercedes began to make decisions for AMG. It is also the last Mercedes with an analog key. For those of us with a love for performance station wagons, nitely repairable car, the E36 has a few little problems. The head gaskets on M104 engines have a propensity for oil leaks, and this happens a lot sooner on the 3.6-liter AMG version. Engine fuel-injection harnesses, alternator and starter harnesses and throttle actuator harnesses were eco-friendly failures. Many extremely low-mileage cars suffer from reliability issues because of deteriorating harnesses. While the automatic climate-control systems on these cars worked this was also a first. The E36 was the first mass-produced AMG wagon — if you can call about 170 units mass production. While there were other notorious W124 wagons, such as The Hammer, the E36 was designed as a model with factory support. This was a practical car — designed for daily use and high mileage. From here on, every Mercedes model platform that included a station wagon got an AMG variant. Good but not the best We are currently in a market where the big, important Mercedes-Benz cars have enjoyed dra who want an interes Mercedes ownership h few rocks. The really important W include AMG Hammer the E60 and pristine E cabriolets, have appre dramatically. So natur these lesser-known E variants (coupe, sedan wagon, cabriolet and th W463 G36) have start to attract greater buy interest. Still, buyers need to b careful. Despite the fact it is May 2018 Despite its humble origins as an E280 T, our subject car is more than a parts-bin special. Its AMG documentation accounts for about 80% of its selling price — the rest being that it is a well-preserved W124. well, the a/c evaporators can — and will eventually — fail. Mercedes also deliberately overloaded the reverse piston-release spring on the 1990 and later version of the 722.3 gearbox, making reverse failure pos- sible. For those who want a Mercedes wagon for the sake of owning a Mercedes wagon, buy a W123. They are much more robust and don’t have any of the previously mentioned issues. This E36 fits in better with someone who is build- ing a collection of significant AMG products. Build it yourself The really neat thing about this car is that you can build the E36 AMG wagon yourself. You’ll need a decent E320 Estate and a clapped-out C36 sedan, but the M104 engine was basically the same between the two of them. While the transmission in the E320 is up to the task, some suspension parts and brakes from the 500E can endow the E320 wagon with the driving experience of the E36. Despite its humble origins as an E280 T, our subject car is more than a parts-bin special. Its AMG documentation accounts for about 80% of its s a well-preserved W124. e history (parts for these cars an) suggests it may need some p to make it 100% (show me a m Japan that doesn’t need any use I haven’t seen one yet), it’s nner. ieve me when I say this sale is gn of things to come. 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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ The high seller at Artcurial’s Rétromobile sale in Paris, France, a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante coupe crosses the block, selling for $3.6m. (Image courtesy of Artcurial.) 88 Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $36m Artcurial, Paris, FRA, p. 94 $29.3m RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, p. 106 $18.4m Bonhams, Paris, FRA, p. 128 $6.7m Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, p. 140 $6.3m McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, p. 118 Roundup, p. 152 May 2018 89


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Market Reports Overview Three Paris Sales Total $83.7m In France, Bugattis are king; motorcycles run the table in Vegas Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) By Chad Tyson A 1. 2017 Bugatti Chiron coupe, $4,100,843—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 108 2. 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante coupe, $3,563,097—Artcurial, FRA, p. 98 3. 2006 Ferrari FXX coupe, $3,282,291—Artcurial, FRA, p. 104 4. 2005 Maserati MC12 coupe, $2,469,913—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 116 5. 1964 Porsche 904 GTS coupe, $2,299,469—Artcurial, FRA, p. 100 6. 1958 BMW 507 Series II convertible, $2,192,308—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 111 7. 1993 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport Prototype coupe, $1,421,955—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 108 8. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,421,545—Artcurial, FRA, p. 100 9. 1992 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,151,290—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 116 10. 1951 Vincent Black Lightning Australian Land Speed Record motorcycle, $929,000—Bonhams, NV, p. 152 Best Buys 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena Challenge coupe, $53,900—Leake, OK, p. 146 90 ny time is a great time to head to Paris, but early February brings Rétromobile — the collector-car event in a city increasingly hostile to vintage cars. But neither the ban on gas- powered cars by 2030 nor the occasional smog-related traffic restrictions dampened buyers’ enthusiasm in 2018. RM Sotheby’s returned to Paris for their fifth year in a row, bringing with them the most cars they’ve ever offered here. Of those 83 cars, 69 sold for an 83% sell-through rate — all best-ever numbers for RM Sotheby’s. The $29.3m total was helped along by some record-setting Bugattis: a $4.1m Chiron and a prototype EB110 SS that reached $1.4m. Bonhams followed suit on February 8, selling 102 of 134 automobiles. The $18.4m in sales represents the thirdbest sale Bonhams has ever held in Paris. Two lots tied for highest-selling price — the ex-Earl Howe 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Torpedo Trophy roadster and a 1904 Fiat Type 24/32 rear-entrance tonneau both sold at $873,568 apiece. Artcurial, the auction officially associated with Rétromobile, topped last year’s total sales, $39m vs. $35.7m. A Bugatti Type 57C Atalante coupe fetched high-sale honors, with $3,563,097 all-in. Two collections added hundreds of lots to the procedings. The Guélon Collection consisted of 76 motorcycles, while the Broual Collection was French-only cars ranging from a 1900 Société Parisienne Victoria combination to a 1968 Gerca Formule France. Paris wasn’t the only place to buy a car in February, however. Market reports from McCormick’s Palm Springs twice-a-year sale — which saw growth year over year, as well as from last November — and Leake’s annual Oklahoma City event, their first sale under new ownership, join our coverage. The Roundup section focuses on the motocycle sales in Las Vegas in late January. Bonhams sold 66 bikes for $2.8m — an impressive $42,658 average per motorcycle. Mecum’s four-day sale saw 1,271 cross the block, bringing in a remarkable $13.2m. Chad’s Market Moment: Each of the three Rétromobile-week auctions featured at least three Bugattis. RM Sotheby’s and Bonhams sold each of their trios, while Artcurial sold three of their four offered. The total for the nine selling Bugattis? That would be $12,022,844. The 27 Ferraris finding new owners that week added up to $11,716,666. Paris is the time and place to sell a Bugatti, vintage or modern. Several models set records for the marque. The $4,100,843 Chiron at RM Sotheby’s topped the $3.8m RM Sotheby’s set a record selling this 1993 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport prototype coupe at their Paris auction for $1,421,955 Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Mecum January 23–27, 2018 Bonhams January 25, 2018 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV February 7, 2018 Bonhams February 8, 2018 Artcurial RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA Paris, FRA Oklahoma City, OK February 23–24, 2018 Palm Springs, CA February 23–25, 2018 $0 McCormick’s February 9, 2018 Leake Paris, FRA $6.7m $6.4m $10m $20m 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 they pulled last December in New York City. The EB110 SS prototype garnered a $1,421,955 selling price, which is almost $400k more than the previously most expensive one to sell at auction. Artcurial’s Type 57C Atalante wasn’t a record setter. Nor was it the highest-selling car of the week at $3.6m, but it was easily the most gorgeous of the offerings. The aluminum-bodied coupe came with known history since its debut at the 1938 Geneva Motor Show. Compared with past sales prices for Type 57 (and Type 57C) Atalantes, this falls short by half. Somehow, in the middle of Paris during Rétromobile, someone stole that car. ♦ $30m $40m $18.4m $39m $2.8m $29.3m $13.2m 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer coupe, $248,302—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 108 1999 Sbarro GT1 coupe, $117,035—Artcurial, FRA, p. 104 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina coupe, $163,170—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 115 2001 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage coupe, $37,950—Leake, OK, p. 142 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold SCM’s Steve Ahlgrim looks at what to buy — and what to pass on — in today’s market by Steve Ahlgrim Buy: 1986–89 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Known in Mercedes-speak as the R107, the 1986–89 560SLs were built like battleships. The 227-hp, 5.5-liter V8 was equally stout, needing little more than oil changes to go well over 200,000 miles. The styling of the 560SL is hardly inspirational, but it’s not dated, either. Expect thumbs-up at stoplights and neighbors commenting on how much they like your car. 560SLs have picked up steam over the past few years. Excellent low- mileage examples sell well into the $30,000 range. Top-end examples can bring double that. It doesn’t take much looking to find a great example with original paint and interior. Most 560s were not owned by enthusiasts, so there’s a chance to find one at under current value. Also pay attention to 1997–2013 Maybachs. As flagship Daimler- Benz models, these were built to be the best of the best. Very few were produced, and great examples should be in demand in the future. Sell: Lamborghini Countach “Countach” is an Italian expression of awe. The word doesn’t really translate to English well, but the feeling does. I remember the first Countach that I saw in person; my reaction had to match the Italian expression. 2014 was the high-water mark for the model. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows three sales of LP400 Countaches that year at an average price of around $1,600,000. Today our SCM Pocket Price Guide values those same models at $1,200,000. I received an email blast recently offering a Countach LP400 at $749,500. That car did not have a matching-numbers engine, but the same dealer had a matching-numbers example for $1,095,000. The Anniversary Edition Countaches have not fared any better. They hit a high mark of a little over $400,000 and now regularly sell for under $300,000. I don’t see the market dropping much further, but if I had a Countach in my garage, I’d consider letting it go. Hold: Enzo-era Ferraris It’s no secret that sub-$1,000,000 classic Ferraris have been in a slump. They had a meteoric rise in value starting about 10 years ago that peaked maybe two years back. As top 330 GTCs and Daytonas edged over the million-dollar mark, the economy started to get better and speculators migrated to other investments, stalling the charge. There’s a saying in the Ferrari world that you can’t pay too much, you can only buy too soon. That’s an outrageous statement that I wouldn’t bet the farm on, but from my perspective it’s been true. Ferrari built about 12,700 Enzo-era Ferraris. Several Ferraris from this era hold the very top spots on the most-valuable-cars list. Every Enzo-era Ferrari is a target on some collector’s list. Investors who have moved from Ferraris to real estate or stocks will be buying Ferraris from their profits. And as Ferrari adds new customers every day, inevitably some of them will want a classic Ferrari in their garage, too. Enzo-era Ferraris are blue chip. If you have one, hold it. You will be glad you did. 92 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Artcurial — Rétromobile 2018 Blue chip black-and-red 1938 Bugatti Atalante reaches $3,563,097 Company Artcurial Date February 9–10, 2018 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 216/250 Sales rate 86% Sales total $39,025,064 High sale Top seller at Artcurial’s 2018 Paris auction — 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante coupe, sold at $3,563,097 Report & photos by Pierre Hedary & Elaine Spiller Market opinions in italics A rtcurial has a gift for selling cars — but not just any cars. Here, original examples or older, partially restored European Paris, FRA classics are available in abundance. This yea Rétromobile, a significant selection of pre-w Vanvooren-bodied sedans and coupes was o fered, as well as a large set of motorcycles fro the collection of Pierre Guélon and a collection of pre-war, small-displacement French sports cars from the catacombs of a Mr. Maurice Broual. The big news this year involved Pierre Bardinon’s Ferrari 250/275P, which was supposed to be offered 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante coupe, sold at $3,563,097 Buyer’s premium 16% up to $1,104,570; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.81) as Lot 87. However, the day before the auction, said lot was officially withdrawn. The 250/275P wasn’t seen at the auction, and was expunged from all auction documents — even the online catalog — after the sale. Artcurial never disclosed a pre-sale estimate, but the staff did refer to it as “the most important car ever sold at auction.” Following this situation, no breakout stars were present, but Artcurial still had a great year, with $39,025,064 in sales this year. Compare that to last year’s total of $35,725,205. These steady results have continuously reinforced Artcurial’s dominance in France’s classic-car market. While 2015 and 2016 were exceptional years for Artcurial, in the past two years the company has done a better job of sourcing unusual and highly original examples for its past two sales. Of the 250 lots offered this year, 216 found new owners. The resulting 86% sales rate was helped thanks to the no-reserve Guélon and Broual collections — although these were not major contributors to the auction’s bottom line. The auction’s high sale was Lot 29, a 1938 Bugatti Atalante for $3,563,097, but most lots were priced far below that. With an average selling price of $180,672 per lot, the market for midrange classics continues to hold steady. Highlight of the sale for me was a three-pointed-star-badged Sbarro GT1. It’s a one-off Swiss supercar and sold for an eminently reasonable $117,035. Artcurial continues to succeed thanks to its 1999 Sbarro GT1 coupe, sold at $117,035 94 ability to supply cars to the French market that are culturally and historically significant, which makes attendance a pleasure every year. ♦ Sales Totals $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA FRENCH #23-1926 BUGATTI TYPE 40 Grand Sport roadster. S/N: 40131. Eng. # 31. French Racing Blue/black leather. RHD. Bitsa Bugatti, looking like a little wooden horse with its jumpy, high and purposeful proportions. Paint pretty with even application and only minor swirl. Good gaps for a car made of diverse parts. Very clean engine. Functional interior leaves little room for error. Basic canvas top with good fit. Other mechanical parts such as rear axle dry and clean. Frame painted older dark red color. No odometer present. Cond: 2. later Voisins), but at the same time, I commend whoever bought this for seeing the good in this car. #17-1928 VOISIN C11 sedan. S/N: 26956. Black/gray velvet. RHD. Odo: 2,007 km. Paint is peeling off of all-steel body. Very little chrome trim, and all chrome and brass is very dull, but complete and undamaged. Likewise, exterior panel fit quite good with the exception of hood, which on cars like this never seems to fit well. Interior likely redone, and in exceptional condition, but dashboard and interior veneers likely restored in very distant past. Cooling system leaking badly, but is said to run. Cond: 4-. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $35,111. From the collection of Michel Broual, who inherited most of his father Maurice’s highly original examples of early French marques. Easily one of the more salvageable cars from this collection. While Broual’s lots are reminiscent of the Baillon Collection, these cars were in much better condition, and as a result, sold for much lower prices. A great example being this unusual 6-cylinder Renault, which only brought midestimate. Other examples in this collection did eventually smash their high estimates, but not as handily as the Baillon group did. #16-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57 cabriolet. S/N: 2940. Blue & black/black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 16,785 km. Likely an older restoration on this Bugatti. Paintwork holding up well with time, only minor swirl marks present. Chrome a mix of unrestored and restored pieces. Aging radiator shell likely not reworked with restoration. Gaps very good—indicating excellent craftsmanship. Leather and veneers also done in recent past. An exceptionally solid example, but there is some expensive work to do. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $277,959. For the price of this bitsa you could have had a Pur Sang replica, but they all get valued the same way—the sum of the parts equals the price of the car. Either way, this is what appears to be a mechanically sorted car, and for those of us who prefer prewar analog versus modern digital, this Type 40 Grand Sport provides access to a world that is usually priced well into the six figures. #27-1927 VOISIN C11 Lumineuse sedan. S/N: 26049. Eng. # 26067. Black & brown/ gray vinyl/tan cloth. RHD. Odo: 11,464 km. Extremely straight but evidently unused example of the C11. Paint certainly older and with numerous swirl marks, but no serious damage visible. Alloy trim in good physical condition, but very dull. Some additional paint cracking on front cowl. Interior smells like gasoline, but appears in decent condition considering that the car hasn’t had any cleaning inside for a long time. Wood in dry, preserved state. Items such as suspension have not been lubricated in ages. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $168,238. Another vehicle that could have been left for dead but is actually complete mechanically. According to Artcurial, 40 C11s are extant, making this a rare, early Voisin. While not as prestigious as a C28, it is still a solid, innovative and somewhat stylish entry into the world of old cars that need a lot of maintenance. If the engine is healthy and the body is as solid as it looks, the pain and suffering might be easier to bear. #305-1933 RENAULT PRIMASTELLA PG8 cabriolet. S/N: 576966. Dark Royal Blue & black/natural canvas/beige leather. Odo: 45,675 km. Paint is very tired and thick, with varying degrees of deterioration. Giant scratch in trunk, but no filler present underneath. Swirl marks everywhere. Exterior sheet metal straight, with some rust issues in running boards. Panel fit poor but better than most of the other cars from this collection. Likely later reupholstery, and rubber mats also likely replaced at this time. Dash tidy but very dirty. Mechanically probably not operational. Equipped with rumble seat. Top appears to be in good enough condition to use as a pattern and might even keep most of the water out. NOT SOLD AT $675,015. This is how I like them—solid and borderline operational. The work needed on this Bugatti was obvious, and held it back. While it approached the low estimate, the high bid was reflective of the work it needed, which can’t be ignored as restoration costs rise. #10-1938 DELAGE D8-120 cabriolet. S/N: 51631. Gold & maroon/red canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 17,767 km. Exceptionally straight body, with a newer paint-job match. No rust seen anywhere. Underhood, the majority of finishes are original, but recent battery and clean engine suggest that this may have been running at some point. Catalog states that engine is tired, but no blow-by or oil leaks present. Original cloth wiring harness still intact. Chrome work cloudy but undamaged. Convertible top draws a lot of attention because it’s the original one. Interior similar, with one singular hole in rear bench seat. Wood on dash appears to have been restored. Carpeting also original, as is glass. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $365,735. More crown jewels from France—in this case another 6-cylinder Voisin. Not quite as nice as the Vanvooren car, but still in very good condition. I have a hard time understanding the strong market for these early Voisins (there’s no question about the 96 Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA SOLD AT $658,324. Definitely a preservation-quality car, despite the auction house saying it needs to be restored. While owners of similar cars are scratching their heads, trying to discern whether we are in a falling market, the French continue to raise their paddles for national treasures. On the auction block, it ran and drove well. Part of the issue in the U.S. is that many cars come to auction that are either restored to the point of sterilization, or they are simply repainted and hiding a plethora of problems. The cars Artcurial sells tend to be extremely honest, well preserved and beautifully aged, which helps them maintain their leading position. #29-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Atalante coupe. S/N: 57624. Eng. # 448. Dark red & black/light brown leather. RHD. Odo: 6,509 km. Stunning example of one of the rarest of the Type 57s. Supercharger added by factory in 1952. Very straight body with characteristic high-quality factory gaps. Paint starting to show its age, with some lifting on deck lid and on front cowl. Paint also cracking on A-pillars, and bright trim has faded over the years. Obviously not used on a regular basis for many years. Glass slightly cloudy. Leather aged beautifully, but may not be original. Interior wood has almost certainly never been refinished or was refinished a long time ago. Wheels also have had little attention over time. Cond: 3. TOP 10 No. 2 surprisingly good condition, with a few rips only on buttresses. Interior in fantastic condition, with loose stitching but no serious leather damage. Period carpets and wood in similar aged condition, but with no serious deterioration. Engine not available for inspection, but said to be complete. Said to be running as late as 1973, and in Norway for most of its life. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $351,106. The only post-war car in the Volante Collection, and one of the more intriguing. Compared to the stale examples at the Baillon sale, this was a better deal, as no major restoration work is needed, and the coachwork is attractive enough to ensure that it should at least maintain its value. #8-1974 CITROËN DS23 Pallas IE se- dan. S/N: 02FG5422. Silver/black leather. Odo: 112,869 km. Air conditioning and sunroof, as well as leather upholstery, which is original and in fantastic condition. Automatic transmission also present. Older paint application, with a lot of marks and crazing. One area of missing paint by rear right signal on roof. Chrome and stainless steel slightly tired after what appears to be excessive polishing. Gaps as good as new. Exterior lenses in very good condition, and on this one the lights also turn with the steering. Leather has excessive creasing, which does not take away from its excellent appearance. Dashboard and appointments excellent. Sunroof tray in excellent condition and sunroof is fully operational. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $775,359. One of the few real alternatives to the Mercedes 500 and 540K, this Horch was still not quite good enough to preserve. Only a few examples likely remain in such an untouched, original state, and this likely pushed the price up. Sold at the bottom of the estimate, it will likely take another $300k to take it to a concours level. As values have not found their market position yet, this may end up being a labor of love. #21-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 170V SOLD AT $3,563,097. Sold back at Gooding’s 2008 Monterey sale for $880,000 (SCM# 1641559). Fascinating history, not so much due to any success on the show circuit, but rather the fact this Bugatti survived in spite of the fact it suffered so much. Finally resurrected in 1958 at the hands of a Swiss college student, it went on to become part of the collection of Milton Roth in 1962. Valued mostly for its looks, the Atalante is more impervious to market indecision than most other cars, and will always be a blue-chip automobile. #18-1950 DELAHAYE TYPE 135 M coupe. S/N: 801621. Eng. # 801621. Gray metallic/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 72,347 km. Striking dull gray metallic paint, with excellent application throughout. Some minor swirl marks here and there, but otherwise quite clean and straight. Surprisingly good panel gaps. Chrome likely refurbished ages ago—if at all—with a certain attractive dullness setting in. Interior is impressive, with original red leather and proper original finish on veneers. Instrumentation clear and in order, with no broken or misinstalled switches. Carpet somewhat hard and dry—indicating it is original, but looks great too. Mechanically in order, and claimed to be operational. Cond: 3. 98 SOLD AT $65,832. The most desirable DS23 that you can get. The French are rediscovering their automotive roots, as the price of DS sedans keeps climbing. While modern French cars are weird, efficient and versatile, this was the car that set the trend. Still more interesting and comfortable than most anything you can purchase today, the DS remains a joy to drive, and a solid place to stash some extra euros as the market for these cars grows. The automatic gearbox likely held this car back, but the D-Jetronic injected engine really makes the car perform. GERMAN #13-1937 HORCH TYPE 853 Sport con- vertible. S/N: 853493. Eng. # 851071. Black/ natural canvas/dark red leather. Odo: 19,233 km. Mesmerizing Horch, with possibly original paint, lifting in most places. Some paint has even come off by cowl. Two holes present in right fender. Scrape on left rear fender. All chrome presents, but heavily oxidized. Top in Cabriolet B. S/N: 198682. Dark green & light green/green canvas/light green cloth. Odo: 6,762 km. Recent restoration from the Netherlands. Very high-quality paintwork in what appears to be two-stage base clear. Top looks a little bit older and has worn in well. Chrome work acceptable and in keeping with the austere look of the period. Structural wood appears to be in good order, semaphore turn signals still fitted. Exceptional work on dashboard, but seats are not quite right. Said to run and drive well, in keeping with what we would expect from the Dutch. One single area of paint loss on right front top latch. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $78,999. While the 170V is one of the better-known pre-war Mercedes, it is a relative bargain compared to the large-displacement straight-eight cars. Extremely comfortable—but also under-powered—the 4-cylinder M136 engine is simple and reliable, and will cruise all day at 80 km/h. If the structural woodwork is as good as it seems, then well bought. The outfit that supplies most of the structural parts, Kirschinger und Sohn in Karlsruhe, Germany, has reported a signifi- Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA cant increase in requests for wooden structural components for these cars, indicating more of them are being restored the proper way. In keeping with today’s market, this was a great deal. #25-1938 BMW 328 Autenrieth cabrio- let. S/N: 85200. Eng. # 85424. Dark blue & ivory/blue canvas/light gray leather. Odo: 27,690 km. Charming 328 in candy colors. Paint application has stood the test of time well, and with a little bit of work it should look amazing. Chrome slightly cloudy, but again, no damage noted. Some weathering on door hinges, but that’s all. Top appears to be older and in great condition. Seats possibly newer than the rest of the restoration and look very good. Some yellowing of speedometer and other gauges. Restoration completed in SOLD AT $1,421,545. Originally 274 Light Green Metallic with delivery to the United States. Barely used by its Andorran owner, who put less than 500 kilometers on it in 14 years. Such a nice example of the 300SL, but alas...the color change! Why on earth would someone swap extremely rare light green metallic for generic 180 Silver? This was an extremely well-restored car, but again, it proves my theory that most 300SLs get restored and are barely used following their restorations. For the price, it was a little strong, considering the changes. So much was right, but damn it, this whole car needs to be stripped, painted green metallic and reupholstered. Individual tastes be damned—rare color combinations should be preserved above personal whims. #37-1959 PORSCHE 356A Carrera 1600 2004, with overdrive added. Test driven and sorted, this 328 seems ready for summer rallies. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $614,435. As much as I like the design of the 328 and its innovative hemispherical combustion chambers, it’s no new thing that the majority of BMWs are overrated—starting with the 328. Its top speed of 92 mph was excellent for the time, and its 75-hp engine was almost unheard of in a 2-liter capacity. While there’s nothing wrong with it per se, better cars exist for the money. Just like the majority of 328s, this was well sold, but this is a better use of $600k than any new BMW. TOP 10 No. 8 #44-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N: 1980405500696. Silver/ red leather. Odo: 61,818 km. Ex- ceptionally clean 300SL with high-quality paintwork in authentic Mercedes 180 silver. Upholstery work also hard to fault, with leather just starting to settle in nicely. Rudge knockoff wheels also included. Engine bay restored at some point with unsightly blue spark-plug wires, but otherwise good details and no excessive restoration work done to aluminum parts. Modern Norma hose clamps fitted for simplicity of removal and installation, which I don’t have a problem with. New rubber installed when paintwork was carried out. Tags fitted from Andorra. Restored by Kienle about 15 years ago. Cond: 1. GS cabriolet. S/N: 151584. Eng. # 93009. White/black canvas/dark red leather. Odo: 60,839 miles. Extremely clean and unusual Carrera Cabriolet. Older paintwork, but has held up well with only a few little paint issues where the top fits to the body. Leather interior in excellent condition with some years behind it. May even be original. Unusually equipped with head rests, which are in excellent condition. No radio present, which is also very cool. Carpet seems to be older replacement or original. Some orange peel. Top looks like it’s newer than the rest of the car. Monaco tags. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $760,926. After the 904, this should have sold more readily, but the 356 market is not the exciting one at the moment, with all 356s—except maybe exceptional PreA versions—suffering from market stagnation. While $760k seems like a lot of money for a plain ol’ 2-liter Carrera, the real number was closer to $850k, which seems a little lofty to me. #35-1964 PORSCHE 904 GTS coupe. S/N: 904104. Eng. # 99057. Ruby Red/black cloth. Odo: 30,242 km. Street version with some interesting bumps in its history. Non-original motor, but original included in sale. Body extremely straight with good panel fit for the type of car that it is. Fingerprints everywhere, indicating it may have been worked on just before bringing to the sale. Paint decent and surprisingly good for a fiberglass car. Interior purely functional and shows no wear or damage. What little exterior trim exists is also in A+ condition. Lots of road rash noted all over the nose, which is encouraging. Fitted with 6-cylinder engine, recently serviced at Porsche and from the collection of Jean-Claude Miloé. Cond: 2. TOP 10 No. 5 NOT SOLD AT $638,196. A nasty, temperamental little foe when it’s not running right, and a menace when it is—however, the likelihood of this Carrera cab getting any real use at all is very low. Ambition persists among sellers of roller-bearing-engined Porsches, despite the fact that the buying public has always been wary of these—especially in the million-dollar range. At this price point, you’re no longer choosing between one 356 and another. The choices among Ferraris, Mercedes 300SLs and Aston Martins start to become a possibility. Higher bids come for more usable cars—and with all the work that has to be done to keep one of these going, it’s little surprise that bidders held back. #36-1963 PORSCHE 356B Carrera 2 GT coupe. S/N: 124071. Eng. # 98023. Signal Red/black vinyl. Odo: 14,328 miles. Sweet, solid 356 with 2.0 Carrera engine. Paint application good, with no serious or noticeable errors. Interior functional with no issues. Runs well with recent engine work. Rear right quarter window glass cracked. Panel fit healthy. Cond: 3+. 100 SOLD AT $2,299,469. This 904-6, if I can call it that, was not so much an original car as it was a car that lived—and still lives—a very full and exciting life. While it has a past with numerous rallies and short-term driving events, the fact it was recently overhauled and sorted causes buyers to purchase at higher prices, since no waiting is required—even if the car isn’t exactly correct in every detail. Hard to call it well bought, but if you know how hard restoring the fiberglass body of a 904 is, this seems like a great deal. #42-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N: 11304210012879. Papyrus White/brown canvas/Bamboo leather. Odo: 62,298 km. Paint with numerous errors present including dirt in the paint, fisheyes and subsurface prep flaws. Some damage to top cover compartment. Trunk lid sits high on rear right. Fake spot welds simulated on inside of fenders. Under ill-fitting hood are more disappoint- Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ments. Paintwork in engine bay was never done. Engine bay assembly subpar, with crankcase breather hose routed to atmosphere and blocked off on intake. Numerous incorrect hose clamps used, which were plated in yellow zinc with the rest of the hardware. Dash and seats surprisingly nice, with newer carpets. Shifter bushings worn out. Cond: 3+. cedes product again. While the majority of these cars need a cash injection of $20k–$30k to be made whole, this one came with few needs. The finishes alone justify the expenditure, as they would be impossible to replicate today. Throw in the higher-output engine and you have a winner. Easily the best version of the SEC, as the 300-hp engine really uses the potential of the M117 power unit. I think the buyer did extremely well. SOLD AT $87,776. If you read my German Profile on the ZF Pagoda in the January 2018 SCM issue, I mentioned the fact that most 280SLs will sell in the $90k range. Somehow, this buyer managed to spend nice 280SL money on a rough 230SL. The two details to focus on are the misrouted breather hose (the Swiss are likely waiting with angry faces) and the fact someone plated generic auto-partsstore worm clamps. It’ll likely take another 30k–$40k to make this a decent car—and that doesn’t include a paint job. The good news is that it can be done, but sometimes we just pay too much for the wrong things. #39-1986 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SEC coupe. S/N: WDB1260451A311261. Smoke Silver/black leather. Odo: 22,116 km. Unusually well-preserved example of the European version of the 560SEC, equipped with option code 822, signifying high-compression engine with 300 hp. Excellent original Smoke Silver paint with no signs of ever having been in an accident or in the sun. Leather totally original and unworn. Door fit excellent. Underhood dirty, but still with halo items such as original plug wires and even factory belts. Underside of car needs to be cleaned as well, but beneath the dirt, the finishes are perfect. Special headers fitted for 300-horsepower specification. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $131,665. This 1985 500SL with 1986 wheels was handily passed off as a real face-lifted R107—and it worked. It’d be such a shame if the buyer thought they were getting the rare and highly coveted ’86 model, with KE-Jetronic injection, switchable ignition, bolstered seats and updated front suspension. Hopefully the buyer bought this car based on condition rather than specification. That being said, this was an excellent car, despite the non-original wheels and the butchered antenna. I just hope the new owner knew what he was getting before he bought this very expensive first-generation 500SL. ITALIAN #61-1946 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Pinin SOLD AT $49,828. The 126 coupe is enjoying a breakout period, where enthusiastic 30-somethings are starting to understand that there will likely never be such a pure Mer- 102 Farina Speciale cabriolet. S/N: 915169. Gold/Caramel leather. Odo: 44 km. Stunning presentation of painstaking restoration of this 6C. Paintwork exceptionally good, but with some color difference between doors and cowl. Right door fit out at rear. Left door fit is better. Chrome work excellent, with no flaws. Interior probably redone at the same time as paint. Engine-turned dash is beautiful with exquisite work on instruments and crystal knobs. Long history in the United States, then #43-1986 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N: WDB1070461A031677. Eng. # 006144. Smoke Silver/black canvas/ Brazil Brown leather. Odo: 10,108 miles. Striking 500SL in exceptional condition. In a fantastic state of preservation, with the only odd obvious thing being a subpar aftermarket manual antenna. As suspected, originally supplied with power antenna because wiring is present in the rear left quarter panel. Seats, walnut veneer and dash in impeccable condition, with correct chrome blade holders. Engine in great condition, but a surprise is waiting—a warm-up regulator, generation-one distributor and early coolant tank are present. Further inspection shows it has the ’85 interior as well, making this...an ’85! Could benefit from some cleaning. On Belgian title, but out of Holland. Cond: 1. restored by the Guild of Automotive Restorers. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $1,080,024. Beautiful car with sterile restoration. Low estimate of one million euros seemed fair, but the French seemingly would prefer to have five musty Voisins that smell like gasoline and camembert. I can understand why old and slightly tatty is more exciting than shiny and antiseptic. #49-1956 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SV Alleggerita coupe. S/N: 149302258. Blue/ cream & black vinyl. Odo: 9,076 km. Incredibly cute little Giulietta Sprint Veloce. Paint has aged nicely over the years, with some small flaws but no major detractors. Interior has a few small issues but looks very much together overall. Has that old Italian car smell that I recall from several Alfas when I was growing up. Fitted with aging Michelin tires. Some paint damage on trunk. Engine extremely clean and suggests that it is ready to drive. Registered until December of 2019. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $263,329. From the collection of a Parisian enthusiast (yes, they still exist), with little done to the exterior, but all mechanical needs addressed. One of the lovely things about Alfa Romeos is that they were frequently maintained—rather than restored—unlike many bigger, more expensive Italian cars. Truly a celebration of why original, authentic cars are so much fun to drive and look at. Sold a little strong, but it’s hard to put a price on passion. #78-1961 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N: AM101276. Silver/red leather. Odo: 60,240 km. An unrestored, three-owner 3500. Some orange peel still in paint, but overall condition of silver is very good. Some polishing marks and small fisheyes here and there, but these are only visible from a couple of feet. Chrome bumpers a little bit cloudy, but the rest of the chrome trim and lenses in quite good condition. Leather likely original and in rather good condition, as are carpets. From the Reinders Citroën Collection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $263,329. The 3500 still lags behind everything, from Aston Martins to Ferrari 250 GTCs, and for no good reason, either. This Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA frontal accident because sheet-metal distortion can be seen there. All bright trim present, but most of it is cloudy and pitted. No glass is broken. Said to run and drive. French car from new. Cond: 4-. one was even more charming thanks to its original state, but the catalog did not discuss its mechanical condition in great detail. Some of the Reinders cars were perfect, and some needed a lot of help...this one was likely in the middle. Buyer paid up for the originality. #57-1962 ALFA ROMEO 2600 Spider. S/N: AR191349. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 19,547 km. Cosmetically nice example of the big Alfa. Paintwork to high standard, with no serious flaws other than bunches of fingerprints here and there. Interior work is acceptable but not exceptional. Seats are extremely bunchy and seemed like they were put together in a hurry. Bright trim excellent with nothing to fault. Encouraging engine bay, with all three Solex PHH44s gleaming. High-quality mechanical work certainly evident, and when driven on to the block it idled smoothly and started easily—always a good sign. Cond: 2. Old paint cracking on the trunk lid and peeling on the doors and on the nose. Trunk-lid color seems different than the rest of the car. Leather interior impeccable, with some signs of creasing but nothing major. Certainly replacement, as it was born with black leather. Dash top a little bit wrinkly, but not bad. Bright trim extremely tired and cloudy. Rust beginning underneath, especially up towards the front wings. Mechanically functional and said to run and drive well. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $150,683. A solid base for restoration despite the underlying questions. The appeal of this car lies in its long-term ownership, the most recent owner having acquired it in 1985. Somehow, following work to the fuel tank, carbs and ignition, it fired up and ran. While Artcurial mentions a recent test drive, I don’t think the route was much farther than a few paces, as it still needs extensive mechanical sorting. #52-1965 DETOMASO VALLELUNGA coupe. S/N: VLD1611. Yellow/black vinyl. Paint application pretty good, with some orange peel. Some waviness in fiberglass at base of windshield. Massive plexiglass rear hatch full of scratches and cloudy. Recent weatherstripping present. What bright trim there is is cloudy. Interior excellent, with very nice leather fitment. Restoration carried out at the beginning of the new millennium, but car has had no track use. Panel fit great for an old race car. Doors shut about as well as one would expect for such a vehicle. Lotus Ford Kent engine looks extremely clean, as does transaxle. Recently sorted to the tune of about $9k. No odometer present. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $106,775. Sold just under low estimate, but still a very encouraging result for what was a $25k car less than a decade ago. From an objective point of view, there is really nothing to disparage about the 2600, as it is attractive, well made, and has performance that you don’t have to work very hard to extract. As the market for these keeps climbing, it’s hard to call this well bought or well sold, but we’ll know in a few years. #94-1963 LANCIA FLAMINIA 3C Tour- ing cabriolet. S/N: 2242. Silver/black canvas & gray hard top/dark red leather. Odo: 74,569 km. Borderline barn-find Lancia. Underhood complete mechanically with no missing parts and no obvious signs of an engine failure that may have caused its long slumber. Numerous paint scars towards front of car including several scrapes on hood. Paint basically dead in most places except for on the hard top. Original leather in salvageable condition, but carpets are soiled and may not be usable. Dash seems to be in good shape, but most weatherstripping rotten. May have been involved in May 2018 SOLD AT $98,017. GTC values have steadily and slowly climbed over the past five years. With only 1,000 produced over a three-year period, this is a formula for success. However, this specific example sold for a very strong price relative to its condition, as it needed cosmetics yesterday. The words “French registered from new” always help at Artcurial, which could explain the slight premium paid for this example. While not a great deal, there’s a chance that the new owner might end up breaking even in a few years. #48-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO coupe. S/N: 05530. Eng. # 10996. Plum/tan leather. Odo: 38,168 miles. Straight Dino in well-preserved condition. Certainly repainted at some point in the past, but now with the numerous swirl marks and other blemishes in the paint that may clean up with a good polish. Fisheyes also present. Bright trim has fared somewhat better, but still not perfect. Leather original and slightly soiled, with “chairs and flares” option. Dashboard in great shape. Alloys also unblemished, with very old Michelin tires. No signs of previous accident damage, however. Rubber seals are in surprisingly good shape. No corrosion noted anywhere. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $358,421. One of the more unusual cars at this sale—but believe me, there were some that were even stranger. Vallelungas have an established market presence, and during the sale, there were at least three people who really had to have this car. Sold for a little over high estimate, which still seems like a fair deal, but with no mention of competition history, it seems well sold. However, the optional Lotus Ford Kent engine and 5-speed helped sell it. #56-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA GTC convertible. S/N: AR755208. Silver/black canvas/dark red leather. Odo: 57,528 km. Cosmetically tired Giulia with numerous flaws. SOLD AT $424,253. Owned by model Laetitia Casta since 2006, this Dino was partially restored but never driven in the past 11 years— as Ms. Casta had no driver’s license. 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Artcurial Paris, FRA #91-2006 FERRARI FXX coupe. S/N: ZFFHX62X000145764. Red/ black cloth. Odo: 97 km. Clean FXX with no signs of being crashed or repainted, since it was never tracked. All of the necessary items are here with it including the Ferrari racing-support cases. Appears to be a totally stock, lightly used example. As such, wheels, paint and panel fit are nearly perfect, and interior is clean and unworn. Cond: 1. TOP 10 No. 3 nice, silver has somewhat excessive metallic tint. Bright trim shows only a few polishing marks, but otherwise in outstanding condition. Interior woodwork outstanding, as is upholstery work. Engine extremely clean and looks like it should operate with no issues. Note unusual routing of spark-plug wires through engine blocks and the presence of two spark plugs per cylinder. No leaks noted otherwise. Recently restored in Prague. Cond: 2. with sliding steel sunroof. Veneers in wonderful condition, as are instruments. Carpet seems to be newer as well. Chrome work certainly restored when the car was painted. Mechanically said to be in very good condition, with no usability issues. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,282,291. Likely bought to squirrel away until values came up, or the owner just didn’t want to pay Ferrari for racing support. This is a great lesson on how to make money on a rare Ferrari—buy the rarest example you can, and then don’t use it for its intended purpose. Just keep the miles off of it, let it sit, and watch as the market dips and then recovers. The owner probably saved quite a bit by not racing it, and despite upkeep fees may have turned a profit on the car. (See profile, p. 70.) SPANISH #28-1937 HISPANO-SUIZA J12 Gurney Nutting sedan. S/N: 13510. Eng. # 321133. Black & silver/red velour & black leather. RHD. Odo: 177 km. Massive H-S, and extremely rare. Paintwork recent and surprisingly uniform on this huge car. While black is SOLD AT $789,988. Originally owned by Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar II. An amazing example of the J12, now with higher compression and 30 extra horsepower. This struggled somewhat on the block, obviously because its size limits the place it can be stored, and finding a use for this car will be difficult, but the technical profile—and the sheer presence—are simply awe inspiring. Well bought, as I am sure the purchase price and restoration cost was well over a mil. #15-1937 HISPANO-SUIZA K6 sedan. S/N: 15114. Black/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 47,033 km. Paintwork probably two or three decades old. Leather interior is partially original. Front seat bottoms and rear seat bottom may have been replaced. Unusually fitted SOLD AT $351,106. Yet another example of a car that you’d be hard pressed to see at an auction in the U.S. One of the most usable examples from the Volante Collection, a collection of unique Vanvooren-bodied pre-war luxury cars. This Hispano was not quite ready to use, but it was close. While my knowledge of these exotics is lacking to some degree, it is obvious that the build quality of the Hispano is on par with a Mercedes-Benz or Bentley, and quality goes a long way in the marketplace. SWISS #81-1999 SBARRO GT1 coupe. S/N: GT199. Dark gray/red & gray cloth. Odo: 1,311 km. Stunning. Also the only GT1 built. Equipped with ferocious mechanically injected Mercedes M100 300SEL 7.4-liter engine. Extensive performance modifications done including headers and a unique intake-manifold casting. Structurally, this car is built like a truck—with two separate frames joined by multilink geometry. Paint wavy. Seats unworn. Panel fit secondary to what’s underneath. Supposedly capable of 325 km/h (202 mph). Cond: 3-. BEST BUY SOLD AT $117,035. My favorite from this sale. Franco Sbarro only made unique cars, and despite the normal objection from Mercedes, this carries a three-pointed star on its nose, which could have caused some issues. Sbarro is a man after my own heart, choosing Mercedes powerplants for his creations. However, I can’t get past the funny-looking wheels or the wavy fiberglass panels. Indeed, at this price, there is still room for finishing work, and I am certain it was well bought. © 104 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA RM Sotheby’s — Paris 2018 An immaculate 1993 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport prototype achieved a record price at $1,421,955 Company RM Sotheby’s Date February 7, 2018 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 69/83 Sales rate 83% Sales total $29,296,859 High sale 2017 Bugatti Chiron, sold at $4,100,843 Buyer’s premium One of the most significant EB110s built in the Artioli era — 1993 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport prototype coupe, sold at $1,421,955 15% on first $246,760; 12.5% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.81) Report and photos by Leo Van Hoorick Market opinions in italics tendance for the show, but clearly didn’t affect t sales. The gross sale total of $29,296,859 nea beats last year’s top result, and is the second-be ever result for RM’s Paris sale. It might even have been considerably higher, but R there were some notable no-sales taking a big chunk out of the expected gross. The late French rock star Johnny Hallyday’s Iso Grifo was stranded at $2,436,755 against a low estimate of $3,112,500. The potentially most expensive lot of the evening was the Ferrari 166 MM Spider with a probably factory-built body, which failed to sell at $4,256,610 against a low estimate of $4,606,500. Another potential million-dollar sale was the nearly brand-new gray-over-red McLaren P1, bid to $1,867,500 with a reserve set at $2,116,500. High sale was another new car: a French Racing Blue over Atlantic Blue Bugatti Chiron, with not much more than test miles, sold for a record $4,100,843. Incidentally, this was also the highest sale of the Rétromobile week. The second-highest sale was a 2005 Maserati MC12 street-legal race car at nearly $2.5m. A highlight in the post-war blue-chip classics was a two-owner and very original BMW 507 Series II that came in third with a very 106 M Sotheby’s held the first of the three major sales in snow-clad Paris during Rétromobile. The bad weather conditions had a negative effect on the a Paris, FRA strong $2,192,308. An immaculate 1993 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport prototype achieved a record price for this model at $1,421,955. The over-one-million-dollar sales concluded with a no-reserve Ferrari F40 selling close to its low estimate for $1,151,290. As always, Ferrari and Porsche were the best-represented marques with 37% of the total lots. The balance was in favor of those Italians, with 17 entries against 13 for the Germans — or 14 if we include the 911-based RUF CTR. Two Porsches with needs achieved unexpected high prices: A 1971 S 2.2 restoration project sold for $117k, and a poor barn-find 912 from 1966 realized $113,510 after the auctioneer revealed that it was bought new by the Dutch Queen Beatrix for her husband, Prince Claus, provoking a bidding frenzy among the many Dutchmen in the room. The highest-selling Porsche was one of the 14 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolets from 1995, and sold for $838,984. Last year, a similar example brought a remarkable $1,433,376. Significant prices were among others achieved a Sales Totals $30m $25m by 1995 Lancia Delta Integrale Dealers Collection hatchback at nearly $200k and a 1958 Works Triumph TR3A rally car at $227,019 — by far the most valuable TR3 ever sold at auction. My picks of this sale would be the very con- vincing, partially original bitsa Bugatti Type 35 for under half a million, the very nice and rare no-reserve 1968 Bizzarrini 1900 Europa for $265,500, and the charming, original SplitWindow Corvette at $82k. ♦ $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA ENGLISH BEST BUY #106-1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Tourer coupe. S/N: 82OR. Yellow & polished aluminum/black canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 791 miles. A former factory test car, which retains its original chassis, engine and body. Variable panel fit. Very good paint shows some small stress cracks, polished panels very shiny. Wheel discs straight and shiny, too. High-level restoration at the end of the ’90s, still holding up very well. Grass-green leather interior still looking new, as are carpets. Fold-away windscreen in the back. Engine clean, dry and near concours. Just one question: Is green trunk correct, or was it originally black? Cond: 2-. with nice track record for the 1958 season. Was sold to a privateer for the ’59 season. Competed in recent years in several historic rallies. There were at least two Triumph aficionados in the room, because this significant car sold over its high estimate of $224k, making it the most expensive TR3—and Triumph— ever, per the SCM Platinum Auction Database. (See profile, p. 72.) FRENCH #149-1925 BUGATTI TYPE 35 Grand Prix roadster. S/N: 4394. Blue/black leather. RHD. Lots of patina and charm. Some dents in radiator shell. Chips and scratches on the body. Overall looking very sound. Metal parts such as front suspension arms discolored and a bit speckled. Bugatti alloys with stains and oxidation marks. Rubber bands over central wheelnuts look suspicious. Somewhat oily footwell, nicely patinated leather seats. Wellcared-for engine bay. Fairly new Blockleys. Mechanically prepared by Laurent Rondoni’s famous Ventoux Moteurs. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $248,302. One of three built by Rolls-Royce in 1927–29, retained by the factory until the end of 1930. Quite elegant and sporty. Winner of the Lucius Beebe Trophy at Pebble Beach 1999. RM sold this car in May 2013 at Villa Erba for $349,440 (SCM# 6385340). Donald Osborne then called it a bargain. It now went for over $100k less. A real bargain again, or the fate of pre-war cars in general? #130-1958 TRIUMPH TR3A Works rally car roadster. S/N: TS238700. Apple Green/Apple Green hard top/brown/vinyl. RHD. Odo: 41,399 miles. Matching-numbers car retaining its original engine. Sensitively restored with great care taken to preserve as many of the original components as possible. Unusual “competition” hard top with searchlight. Paint looks new, but several chrome components pitted or dull. Original Lucas high-beams. Vinyl upholstery brand new. Roll bar and harnesses installed, making it ready for historic rallying. Engine bay clean. Power probably higher than factory 101 hp. British V5. FIA HTP Card and FIVA Identity Pass. Cond: 2. steering wheel. Halda tripmaster and roll cage. Top of dash badly cracked. Engine bay average. Older Michelin XAS rubbers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $170,264. Rather unusual color for an Alpine—most are metallic blue. The A110 is the most illustrious of the Alpine range, and the S 1600 one of the most powerful variants. It was a very successful rally car at the end of the 1960s. This one seems ready for vintage racing, with FIA HTP papers, although it felt very much like a second-hand car to me. Sold close to its high estimate of $174k, which is way above the SCM median price. Very well sold. TOP 10 No. 7 #150-1993 BUGATTI EB110 Super Sport prototype coupe. S/N: ZA9BBU2E0PCD39006. Silver metallic/ black leather. Odo: 3,324 km. One of the 36 Super Sports built. Used as a test bed by the factory. Originally 2WD, now 4WD. Concours condition and with very low mileage. Two details: some delamination of the windshield and the door handle on the driver’s side hangs a bit loose. Impressive engine bay. Recently fully serviced. U.K. registered. Comes with original books and tools. Known history from new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $478,097. Initially, reserve was set at around $850k, which seems logical for an early 35. But then stories grew and doubts set in. Apparently, the car was discovered in a Kent scrap yard long ago and subsequently restored. Now it’s believed that the chassis is a replacement. Front axle, shock absorbers, radiator and a portion of the bodywork independently identified as original by two trustworthy sources. Engine built by Rondoni with correct parts, and many of the components are Bugatti sourced. RM Sotheby’s first lowered the reserve to $620k and then decided to offer it at no reserve. Bidding started reluctantly at $310k. It was hammered down close to $500k. No harm done here; I’d even call this very well bought for a convincing bitsa Bugatti. SOLD AT $227,019. Sole survivor of the three TR3 Works cars entered in the 1958 Monte, 108 #112-1974 ALPINE A110 1600 S coupe. S/N: 18351. White/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 40,302 km. Started its career as a private entrant in the 1975 Targa Florio, where it finished an exceptional 23rd overall and 3rd in the 1,600-cc class. It was sold shortly after, and was put away some 25 years. Brought back to life in 2000 through a complete overhaul of engine, clutch, gearbox and brakes. Only used sparingly since. Some minor cracks in body and stone chips at the front. Correct Delta Mic wheels old and soiled. Glass missing in rear-view mirror. Bucket seats with Sabelt harnesses baggy. Alcantara Momo racing SOLD AT $1,421,955. Ultra-rare SS prototype with unique factory modifications. One of the most significant EB110s built in the Artioli era. The EB110 SS is valued at $1,048,000 in the SCM Pocket Price Guide, but this was not an ordinary SS, and it was in factory-fresh condition. Hard to value this car accurately. Some fireworks were expected, and it didn’t disappoint. Sold well above high estimate, but nevertheless a solid investment, in my opinion. TOP 10 No. 1 #151-2017 BUGATTI CHIRON coupe. S/N: VF9SP3V39HM795042. French Racing Blue & Atlantic Blue/ Cognac leather. Odo: 900 km. One of the first 20 produced. Attractive colors referring to the Bugatti heritage. Factory-delivered originality and with not much more than delivery miles. Brown leather with contrasting quilt-stitched interior. Optional carbon-fiber steering wheel and Maritime Blue brake calipers. A jet fighter for the road. VAT (20%) due on the complete selling price. Cond: 1. Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat by Chad Taylor Online sales of contemporary cars 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Coupe RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA Date sold: 02/07/2018 eBay auction ID: 202214948532 Seller’s eBay ID: porscherhny Sale type: Used car with 95 miles VIN: WP0AC2A91JS174170 Details: Chalk White over black leather/Alcantara; 4.0-L H6 rated at 500 hp and 339 ft-lb; 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $207,900, Buy It Now, sf 34 MSRP: $143,600 (base) Other current offering: Rusnak Porsche of Pasadena, CA, asking $206,520 for a 2018 GT Silver Metallic over black leather/Alcantara 911 GT3 coupe with 11 miles. 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB Coupe SOLD AT $4,100,843. The importer confirmed to me that the lead time now is around 36 months. Production is limited to 500 and production rate is evaluated around 70 per annum. Standard new price in Europe is just over $3 million. Bugatti does all it can to prevent sales like this, but to little avail. The first Chiron was sold in December 2017 by RM Sotheby’s in New York for close to $3.8 million. This one shattered that result by almost $350k. The colors were more conservative, that’s for sure, but that doesn’t explain the premium of more than $1m over retail. Good investment? I truly doubt it. I guess some people just can’t wait. GERMAN #104-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 290 Cab- Date sold: 02/13/2018 eBay auction ID: 122959896184 Seller’s eBay ID: ferrarisanfrancisco Sale type: Used car with 1,077 miles VIN: ZFF79ALA9H0226212 Details: Rosso Corsa over Beige Tradizione; 3.9-L twin-turbocharged V8 rated at 660 hp and 560 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $288,888, Buy It Now, sf 26 MSRP: $252,800 (base) Other current offering: In Fort Lauderdale, FL, Ferrari Maserati of Fort Lauderdale offering a 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB in Grigio Silverstone over Cuoio leather with 691 miles, for $309,900. 2016 McLaren 570S Coupe riolet A. S/N: 121584. Black & red/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 58,098 km. Looks like an attractive older restoration. Straight panels and good shut lines. Very good paint with only some minor bubbling around rear spare wheel. Minimal chrome trim in very nice condition. Little dent in left headlight. Extra non-period Hella lights on front bumper. Chromed wire wheels with impressive whitewalls. Black vinyl interior showing hardly any wear. Third seat crosswise. Restored fascia with original discolored gauges. Canvas top with pram irons in excellent condition. Clean engine bay with modern wiring, tubing and hosing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $286,550. The D designation stands for 4-door cabriolet. Great-looking car; a pity that no more effort was put in the restoration of the interior. Sold at the RM Sotheby’s London sale of September 2013 for $183,202 (SCM #227588). Same odo reading, so stored since. Sold well over high estimate at a huge profit of over 55%. Very well sold indeed. #101-1942 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 Cab- Date sold: 02/21/2018 eBay auction ID: 122946931869 Seller’s eBay ID: lamborghinidallas Sale type: Used car with 3,232 miles VIN: SBM13DAA6GW000304 Details: Silver over Saddle leather; 3.8-L twinturbocharged V8 rated at 562 hp and 443 ft-lb, 7-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $164,999, Buy It Now, sf 193 MSRP: $184,900 (base) Other current offering: McLaren Newport Beach in Newport Beach, CA, asking $210,450 for a 2017 McLaren 570S coupe in Standard Blue over Carbon Black leather with 42 miles. ♦ 110 SOLD AT $383,712. A prominent tag on the cowl indicates this car was rebodied in 2004 by Jahn Bahr Karosserie of Germany. It has many of the better, sought-after M-B styling cues. This includes a steep raked windshield, full fenders and rear-mounted spare. Sold at RM’s sale in London in September 2013 for $401,299 (SCM# 227599). A slight loss here, but still strong money for a rebodied car, in my opinion. #103-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 Cab- riolet D. S/N: 407841. Blue & beige/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 87,720 km. Nice SOLD AT $198,642. One of the last proSports Car Market riolet F. S/N: 1420420541. Bordeaux Red/ black canvas/red leather. Odo: 136,950 km. Older restoration but still presenting well. Not the original color; in those days it was a bit like in the days of the Model T: you could order such a Merc in any color, as long as it was Feldgrau or black. Non-original bumpers, very rounded at the rear. Paint and chrome good. Left rear door handle hanging down. Rubber running boards and general austere look due to lack of materials back then. Huge canvas top and pram irons in excellent condition. Headlight reflectors yellowish. Fairly new carpeting and leather upholstery. Discolored dials. Divider window and jump seats. Engine bay clean. Firestone tires still looking good. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. restoration with attractive color scheme. Typical wedge-shaped front screen gives a sporty look. Excellent paint and lots of chrome overall in good condition, albeit with some speckles. Both headlights with small dent. New painted wires with some corrosion marks underneath. Very straight panels with good gaps and door fit. New canvas top with pram irons. Nice accessories, including spare-mounted mirrors, searchlight, dual horns and accessory driving light. Spotless leather interior looking too new, with incorrect pattern and wrong color—should have been blue or black. New carpeting. Slightly discolored gauges in new finished dash. Engine not original to chassis. Overall clean engine bay, but not as spotless as rest of car. Good Firestone tires. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2-.


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA duced, certainly destined for high-ranking officers of the Third Reich. Sold at the London RM auction in September 2013 for $159,511 (SCM# 227576) and has covered only a few kms since. Engine was probably cleaned and fuel lines and carburetor fixed since, as it was reported to be dirty and smelling of gasoline back then. Nice little profit, but probably worth more if it had been presented in its original livery. #116-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S roadster. S/N: 1880120024453. Medium brown/beige canvas/cream leather. Odo: 5,088 km. Recent restoration to very high standard. The interior has been retrimmed, matching the original fittings and handles. Matching new carpets. Walnut dashboard excellently restored. Some concessions were made to upgrade the car to today’s comfort standards. A discreet third braking light fitted on top of the trunk. Front seats fitted with head restraints and three-point automatic safety belts. New purpose-built bench seat in the back. Standard column shift replaced by a floor shift. Modern a/c and state-of-the-art sound system hidden under the dash. If you can live with that, hard to fault both inside and out. Cond: 1. to the Merc and other contemporary sports cars, the 507 is slightly underpowered. Inner space is rather confined too. But they are rare—253 built—and beautiful, and they have achieved blue-chip status as a collectible automobile. They don’t come on the market often, but when they do, they almost inevitably set new price records. This one sold $120k over the price-guide median. The most expensive yet in the SCM database was sold by Gooding in Pebble Beach 2017 for $2,750,000 (SCM# 6806617). Considering its general state, well sold. #114-1965 PORSCHE 356C cabriolet. S/N: 161146. Signal Red/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 24,135 km. Recent restoration in original color scheme. Matching numbers. Red of rear quarters was not applied at the same time as the front, hence a subtle color difference. Restoration was carried out with abundant use of filler. Front indicators pitted. Chrome wheels and Koni shocks. Interior and canvas top new. Blaupunkt radio. Immaculate engine bay. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $797,343. One of the most exclusive and expensive cars of its time. Power came from the old 3-liter of the saloon, here with three carburetors; Gullwing fuel injection was adopted later. Conservative but very usable touring car, especially with the modern upgrades. These tourers fetch high prices, especially the fuel-injected ones, introduced in 1955. This one sold almost for the price of these later models. Well sold, even if it was just over low estimate. TOP 10 No. 6 #134-1958 BMW 507 Series II convertible. S/N: 70127. White/black canvas/white & black vinyl. Odo: 56,789 km. Two owners from new; first kept it for over 40 years. Early in its life, disc brakes were fitted. New owner fitted new carpets, new canvas top and a set of Rudge wheels. The seats were re-covered in their original pattern. Door panels still original. New layer of paint applied too. Overall presenting well. Straight panels, shut lines not perfect. Most rubber hard and dry. Some delamination on front windscreen. Steering wheel very worn. Door panels dirty and worn. Engine bay could do with some freshening up. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,192,308. 507s were built as a competitor to the Gullwing, in a period when the Munich brand was not doing well. In comparison May 2018 SOLD AT $180,196. Delivered new in the U.S. and imported into Europe in 2007. Attractive from a distance, shiny and finished in bright colors. It didn’t inspire confidence in me, though. I have the impression that interest in these little cabriolets is slowing down in Europe. This one sold just under low estimate; still a generous offer, in my opinion. #133-1966 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N: 351684. Gray/black /vinyl. Odo: 50,137 km. Early specimen of the entry-level version of the then-new Porsche, succeeding the 356. Rusty and dusty barn-find condition. Patches of rust on the roof at the left side. Brightwork corroded, as are Fuchs rims. Rubber old and hardened. Rubber strip on rear bumper missing. Side-view mirrors gone, with the base of one on the right door remaining. There is a hole where the antenna once sat. Body looks sound; it seems that the four fenders were replaced in the ’80s. Interior soiled and dusty. 111


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA Chrome rings around dials corroded. Blaupunkt radio/cassette player. Wood-rimmed steering wheel. Improper S-type front bumper. Low mileage believed original. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4+. spec. Spent most of its life in Japan. High mileage, but still in remarkable condition. All opening parts in aluminum, fiberglass front and rear bumpers. Shaved rain gutters to reduce drag. Speedline rims shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires in good condition. Clean, spartan interior. RUF steering wheel, drilled pedals, racing buckets with Sabelt harnesses. Aluminum roll cage. Engine bay clean. Gearbox and twin turbochargers recently overhauled. Cond: 3+. #119-2001 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N: WBAEJ11030AF79633. Silver metallic/black canvas, silver hard top/red & black leather. Odo: 28,500 km. Low-mileage car, as is mostly the case when Z8s come to auction. Metallic gray paint has no blemishes, red-andblack leather upholstery in good condition, dashboard in impeccable state. Clean alloys and good tires. Engine compartment well cared for. Comes with factory hard top and stand. Full service history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $113,510. One wonders how the auction houses succeed in keeping them so dirty and untouched. Surprise: Just before the auction started, Dutch auctioneer Maarten ten Holder revealed that the first owner of the car was no other than Prince Claus from the Netherlands (late husband of Queen Beatrix). This was the start of some spirited bidding among the Dutch in the audience, and there were plenty. Extraordinary price for a mediocre 912. #131-1970 PORSCHE 914/6 GT racer. S/N: 9140432505. Blue metallic/black fiberglass/ black & white cloth. Odo: 292 km. A special version of the mid-engined Porsche 914, with a tuned 2-liter 6-cylinder and in period upgraded to GT specification. Competed successfully in the Deutsche Rallye Meisterschaft of 1971 and ’72. Nice track record. Restored in 2017 to original specification. FIA-certified roll cage, detachable fiberglass panels, aluminum brake calipers, etc. Some cracking at the front. Bucket seats with Repa four-point harnesses. Michelin TB semi-slicks. FIA HTP homologation. Race ready. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $429,516. The RUF Porsches are among the fastest production cars in the world and were in their heyday regarded as the ultimate incarnations of Stuttgart’s finest products. It was rumored that this car crashed not so long ago, with damage to the right front, but I found no confirmation for this. Sold well over its high estimate, notwithstanding its relatively high mileage. Well sold. #137-1995 PORSCHE 911 Turbo cabrio- let. S/N: WP0ZZZ799ZSS338509. Black/Wine canvas/black leather. Odo: 32,212 km. One of 14 built-to-order for Kaspar Haberl’s MAHAG Porsche dealership in Munich by Porsche Exclusive. Excellent original condition both inside and out. Options include carbon-fiber trim on steering wheel, instrument panel, gear stick and door cards. Nice maroon canvas top. Special gearbox with no clutch sourced from RUF, but installed by Porsche Exclusive. Becker radio-CD player. New Michelin Pilot Sport tires. German TüV. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $241,208. Every auction has its Z8, it seems. Mostly they are silver metallic with red upholstery. Other color combos tend to bring some extra dollars. A perfect roadster, with the right amount of nostalgia built in. There were only 5,703 built, so they are quite rare and collectible. Even when new, demand outstripped supply. Good ones never sell under $200k anymore. This sold just under midestimate. Fair for both parties. #132-2008 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN roadster. S/N: WDDAK76F78M001546. Black metallic/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 3,730 miles. Two-owner car delivered new in Manhattan. Imported into the U.K. two years ago by a known collector and converted to European spec. Presented in asnew condition. Full service history. Perfect body with striking flecked black/gray convertible top. Black leather interior with red stitching in new condition. U.K. V5. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $297,654. The 914 was launched as the “Volks-Porsche,” which means the Porsche for the common man, literally. Not the most brilliant idea. Originally with an underpowered 4-cylinder Volkswagen engine. Then came the 2-liter six, which really was a handful. Not many were used in competition, so there not really any comps available. This ready-to-enjoy specimen sold mid-estimate, which looks fair. #108-1989 PORSCHE 911 RUF CTR Clubsport coupe. S/N: WP0ZZZ91ZKS101210. Mint green/black cloth. Odo: 197,375 km. Started life as a Guards Red 3.2 Carrera. After some 40,000 km, the German owner delivered it to RUF for conversion to CTR 112 SOLD AT $838,984. These custom-built Porsches were extremely expensive when new. This particular car is believed to have been ordered new by Willi Weber, Michael Schumacher’s longtime manager. At the RM Sotheby’s Paris sale of last year, a low-mile example of this rare Turbo cabriolet sold for a stunning $1,433,376 (SCM# 6817223), almost 35% over its high estimate. This nice specimen didn’t reach its high estimate but still achieved a very strong price. SOLD AT $408,696. The roadster was the last product of collaboration between Mercedes and McLaren. A true supercar and deemed to be a future classic. Normal SLR convertibles sell between $350k and $400k according to the SCM database. This factory-fresh specimen sold mid-estimate. Fair both ways. ITALIAN #144-1951 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 S sedan. S/N: 917122. Dark red/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 7,273 km. A rare Pinin Farinapenned saloon, thought to be one of 17 extant. Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA Beautifully restored in period color scheme. Recent invoices amount to over $22k. Straight and perfect panel fit. Impeccable aluminum brightwork with nice soft glow. Massive 6.50x700x17 Michelin tires. Sculpted headlight covers as on early Aurelias. New interior in correct gray cloth. Rather Spartan dash with added temperature gauge under dash. Engine bay not shiny, with some clumsy wiring. Could do with some attention to bring it to the level of the rest of the car. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2-. quality and lacking FIA papers, sold at Artcurial Le Mans in 2016 for $29,030. This one had it all and looked really well prepared. Sold just over high estimate of $49,500. Not a bargain, but ready to enjoy. #115-1962 FERRARI 250 GTE Series III coupe. S/N: 4189. Silver metallic/red leather. Odo: 185 km. Just coming out of a five-year meticulous restoration by Autofficina Bonini Carlo in Reggio Emilia, Italy, costing over $360k with invoices on file. Hard to fault both inside and out. Period Autovox radio. Engine bay in concours condition. New Pirelli Cinturato rubbers. Some original documentation comes with the car, which has recently been granted Ferrari Classiche certification. Odometer zeroed with restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $177,358. The Alfa 6C 2500 exists in many variants; this is the first saloon I ever saw. Most berlinas were probably converted into ‘real’ replicas of sportier models; this is a rare survivor. Hammer price stayed below estimation, but still a lot of money for a saloon…. Rareness pays in such legendary makes, and the engine in itself is worth a lot of money, of course. #117-1957 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA TI sedan. S/N: AR146801035. Light blue/ black cloth. Prepared for racing in the 1990s. Bought in 2004 by Renault F1 Sporting Director Jean Sage, who had engine and gearbox rebuilt by marque specialist Autofficina Omega. Invoices over $18k. Paint in period Alfa hue good. Brightwork fairly new. Plexi rear and side windows, which scratch easily, as apparent here. Nice Campagnolo alloys shod with Avon racing tires. Spartan interior with Sparco bucket seats and harnesses at the front, roll bar, some rubber carpeting. No rear seat. Abarth racing steering wheel, rare floor change. Engine bay clean. FIA homologation. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $2,714,360. One of the star cars of this sale. Previously sold by RM at their 2014 Monterey sale at $3,382,500 (SCM# 6710677). Spent most of its life in the U.S., of which 40 years were with the same owner, who bought it second-hand in 1974 for $6,700, with 31,000 km on the clock. Mileage has doubled since, while expected price was almost 450 times higher! Bidding stalled some $100k below the SCM price guide’s median of $2,812,200. Can’t blame the seller for taking it back home. SOLD AT $637,720. Sold new to a Danish captain in Rome. Later put on exhibition in a Danish museum before it was sold to the Aalholm Automobil Museum of Nysted in 1995, where it stayed till 2012. Sold in 2012 at the RM-organized museum sale in Aalholm for $239,879 (SCM# 4774865), three times its high estimate, then deemed realistic. The SCM reporter called it “one of the most frightening lots,” because it had been standing still for many years. It seems dozens of bidders came for this car only, and there were over 20 on the phone. If we add restoration cost to purchase price, this was really not a positive move for the seller, even if this perfect car went 10% over its high estimate. Advantage clearly to the buyer. #120-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB Alloy coupe. S/N: 08069. Argento Metallizzato/ black leather. Odo: 62,204 km. Matching numbers, long-nose alloy version, the most desirable configuration for this iconic GT. During its ground-up restoration in 2014, it was repainted in its original Argento Metallizzato. A perfect job rewarded with a class win at Salon Privé in 2015. Still in concours condition today both inside and out. Very shiny Borrani wires. Ferrari Classiche Certification. Described as one of the finest ’60s Ferraris in existence. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $51,079. These Giuliettas were competent and pleasant little racers in their day. The TI had a higher compression ratio and a twin-choke carburetor, resulting in 12 extra horses. I found only two comparable saloons in the SCM database: a ’56 standard model sold by RM in 2014 for $28,487, and a ’57 race-prepared example of much lesser May 2018 “ #142-1965 ISO GRIFO A3/C coupe. S/N: B0209. Red/black leather. Odo: 1,577 km. One of the 10 riveted Grifos, made by Piero Drogo’s Carrozzeria Sports Cars. Originally dark red. Older restoration, with brightwork in excellent condition. Alloy rims old and dirty. Leather interior shiny with much patina. Wooden Nardi steering wheel worn, with not much varnish left. Engine bay in line with rest of car. Believed to have covered less than 27k km. Continuous history. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $2,436,755. The poster car of this sale, as it belonged to Johnny Hallyday, the most important French rock star ever, who died at the end of 2017. He bought it new, but only kept it until he crashed into a tree not much later. Around 2009, Swiss dealer Grohe offered this car to a friend for €520k ($647k). For most people not living in France, the only distinctive factor is that it’s one of the ultrarare lightweight versions, engineered by Bizzarrini. Seller was speculating that the star connection would make a big difference (at this year’s Rétromobile, several cars were as- The poster car of this sale, as it belonged to Johnny Hallyday, the most important French rock star ever, who died at the end of 2017. He bought it new but only kept it until he crashed into a tree not much later. 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C coupe ” 113


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA Market Moment sociated with the late French rock star). It clearly didn’t, and the final bid was absolutely correct in my opinion, even if it was $500k under low estimation. #128-1967 MASERATI MISTRAL 4.0 Peter Singhof ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2005 Maserati MC12 Coupe Sold at $2,469,913 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, February 7, 2018, Lot 124 Chassis number: ZAMDF44B000012085 I t’s big. It’s loud. And it’s very pearlescent white. It’s not your average Commendatore’s Maserati. In fact, if the truth be told, it’s a Ferrari Enzo in drag. The official story is that the Fiat Group — owners of Ferrari and Maserati — wanted a car to race in the GT1 World Championship Series, and cross-fertilization of technology amongst allied brands is nothing new. A cynic, however, might conclude that it was a way of maximizing revenue, given that Ferrari had promised its loyal customers it would only build 400 Enzos, and demand was so high that all were sold before the first one was built. A sister car with a different badge? That got around the limit quite neatly… Although only 25 road cars needed to be built for homologation, Maserati built 50. You can’t be too careful, right? It was much bigger than the Enzo, with an anteater nose, Targa roof and colossal whale-tail rear spoiler straight out of a 1980s tuning-kit catalog. Mechanically there’s not much different between the two siblings, although the Enzo has a slightly higher top speed. When it came out in 2004, I remember a debonair Italian friend describing it as “the most beautiful racing car I’ve ever seen,” although he is the owner of the country’s largest FerrariMaserati dealership. Another friend, a collector and skilled driver of everything from a McLaren F1 to an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, rated his highly. He later gave us the MC12 to sell — and still has his Enzo. On the track, the racing version whipped the competition, although not without controversy, as most of its rivals looked like David squaring up to Goliath. MC12 prices have been more volatile than the Enzo, but broadly speaking, the two aren’t far apart: the Ferrari’s flashier badge is offset by the Maserati’s greater rarity. Fellow owners of the “white whale” celebrated when RM Sotheby’s sold one at their Duemila Ruote no-reserve extravaganza for a whopping €3 million ($3.2 million) in November 2016, barely three months after selling an identical example in Monterey for less than half that, but most prices at the Milan bankruptcy sale owed more to a euphoric feeding frenzy than any logic or precedent. The Paris result sets a realistic tone for what a good MC12 is worth. The underbidding dealer breathed an inward sigh of relief when someone else raised a hand, but the buyer should also be content to have paid fair retail. Good luck parking it. 114 — Simon Kidston SOLD AT $198,642. Most Espadas tend to sell just over $100k. This was a very original specimen with low mileage believed genuine. And it is a Series II, reputedly the one to have. Sports Car Market Spyder. S/N: AM1095A1627. Oro/black canvas/white leather. Odo: 3,778 km. Perfectly restored in original colors. Matching-numbers example, with excellent chrome. Very straight with perfect panel fit. New white leather interior. Nice wood-rimmed steering wheel, period Blaupunkt radio. Perfect engine bay with Lucas injection still in place. Borrani wires shod with new rubber. Complete file including service book, parts catalog, etc. Maserati Classiche Certificate confirming this is one of the 125 original Mistral Spyders, and one of the 37 with 4.0 inline-6 engine. Austrian title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $908,385. This stunning Mistral with sought-after 4-liter engine ticks all the boxes. The seldom-seen color combination makes it an eye-catcher, although it might not be to everyone’s liking. Estimate looked very high to me. Not surprisingly, low estimate was not reached. Seller was right to let go. #126-1970 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA Series II coupe. S/N: 7725. White/blue leather. Odo: 56,706 km. Two-owner car; the first owner kept it for over 40 years. As it had been sitting still for quite some time, the second owner decided to have it restored, but with originality in mind. Mechanically in asnew condition. Body straight with good shut lines. Paint new. Front bumper dull and scratched. Door handles pitted. Campagnolo rims in good condition, shod with good Michelin XWXs. Original interior with lovely patina retained. Only seat cushioning is said to have been replaced, but driver’s seat a bit baggy. Original Italian Libretto, rare owner’s manual and tools. German registration. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+.


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA All these elements commanded some extra dollars. Low estimate of $199k was high for an Espada but proved realistic. Fair deal. #129-1970 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.7 Spyder. S/N: AM115S1233. Black/black canvas/cream leather. Odo: 52,629 km. Originally delivered to the U.S. in Verde Gemma, recently refinished in black. Very straight body, excellent panel fit and shut lines. Brightwork original and generally good. Original Borrani wires shod with Michelin XWXs. Leather interior believed original, with gentle wear. Gray carpet replacement. Period Becker Mexico radio. Boot reupholstered. Engine bay well kept. Original automatic transmission replaced by sportier 5-speed manual transmission. Cond: 3+. giaro designs and arguably the most desirable DeTomaso built. Only 401 built, 150 of which were delivered to Europe. A fine, well-kept example that went swiftly well over its high estimate. With a median value of $290k in the latest SCM price guide, I’d call this well sold. #111-1976 FERRARI 308 GTB Vetroresina coupe. S/N: 19751. Azzurro Metallizzato/black leather. Odo: 36,738 km. Delivered new in the U.S., but imported into the Netherlands in 1988. U.S.spec sidemarkers removed and the American bumpers replaced with the more elegant European ones. Original color. Body seems sound with no visible cracks and good shut lines. Leather interior in average condition with minor cracks in leather. Dashboard and carpets good. Optional factory a/c. Engine bay dusty. Correct Michelin XWX tires in fair condition. Well documented, original tool roll. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY SOLD AT $873,685. A Giugiaro masterpiece from his time with Ghia. Of the 125 Spyders produced, 100 had the 4.7-liter V8, while the others had the more powerful 4.9. This 4.7 model has a $696,500 median estimation in the SCM price guide, making the low estimate of $871k by RM Sotheby’s look optimistic. Nevertheless, it was reached without much difficulty. Well sold. #110-1972 DETOMASO MANGUSTA coupe. S/N: 8MA998. Eng. # CP007. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 5,736 km. One of the last European Mangustas delivered. Four-headlight nose. Originally blue, but painted red during comprehensive restoration in 1997. Paint and brightwork still good. Straight panels with good gaps. Rain gutters uneven. Rare heated rear windows. Interior clean, with optional bucket seats and a/c. Ferrero wood and leather steering wheel. Clarion radio-cassette. Engine bay dirty. One of the air hoses cracked. Holley carb, electronic ignition and lightweight flywheel retrofitted. Drilled disk brakes. Campagnolo spare wheel with very old tire. Owner’s manual, sales brochure and parts catalog. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $163,170. The early 308 GTBs had a fiberglass body which was light and not prone to corrosion. 712 of these Vetroresinas were built before Ferrari switched to steel. Normally they command a considerably higher price than the later models. This was not the case here. The low estimate of $186k was close to the SCM median price, but bidding stopped much earlier. Pity for the seller. He’ll probably think twice next time he offers a car at no reserve. #121-1981 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N: 36775. Red/black leather. Odo: 40,860 km. Well-used carbureted version. Restored bodily and mechanically in 2002, but original interior was preserved. Straight body, good paintwork and panel fit. Interior now in used condition, with driver’s seat slightly baggy. Maintained by same German Ferrari dealership for its entire life. Engine bay well cared for. Recently fully serviced at a cost of $6,700 SOLD AT $353,175. One of the early GiuMay 2018 115


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA and ready to be enjoyed. Comes with its original service book, as well as various invoices and documentation regarding its restoration. Toolkit missing. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $290,714. For several years, prices for these beautiful Pininfarina-designed berlinettas stayed in the $100k region. But that is history now. In the past few years BB prices have picked up rapidly. The red-over-black color combination is not the most attractive, which might have played a role in that it sold just under its realistic low estimate of $299k. Fair both ways. #135-1991 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N: ZA9C005AOKLA12017. White mother-of-pearl/ red leather. Odo: 3,486 miles. Low-mileage example with full history and only three previous owners. Showroom condition throughout. Mother-of-pearl paint and red leather interior make it kind of a pimp-mobile. Covered only 21 km since its penultimate owner-change, so some expensive maintenance might be in order. Cond: 2+. #124-2005 MASERATI MC12 coupe. S/N: ZAMDF44B000012085. White motherof-pearl & blue/white mother-of-pearl hard top/blue leather & cloth. Odo: 12,500 km. One of 50 produced. Built on the platform and with the internals of a Ferrari Enzo. Three-owner car, but still factory fresh. Straight and with excellent fit and finish. Mother-of-pearl paint adds to glamour. Discreetly fitted with aftermarket reversing camera under the massive rear spoiler. FIA GT homologation. Last serviced one year ago. Cond: 1-. a bit closer to the $1 million mark, as did this one. It sold close to its high estimate of $1,182,750. Fair both ways. TOP 10 No. 4 #140-2001 FERRARI 550 Barchetta. S/N: ZFFZR52B000124364. Silver metallic/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 11,864 km. Delivered new in Germany. Second owner bought it with some 10k km on the clock. Still very low mileage. Original paint in as-new condition. Aftermarket folding roof by Pavesi of Milan, with electric motor under rear deck and mechanics from the 360 Spider. Gray leather interior with black carpets and lots of carbon-fiber details perfect. Manual transmission. Two-piece alloy wheels unscathed, with good Bridgestones. Engine bay very well cared for. Recent appraisal confirms excellent condition. Original books and toolkit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,469,913. One of the star cars of the sale that actually sold, achieving the second-highest result of the evening. There are six MC12s in the SCM Platinum Auction Database; the last one sold at auction (RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2016) went for $1,430,000 (SCM# 6809494); the most expensive one went for $2,090,000 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in 2015 (SCM# 6796752). The result is now largely beaten by this MC12, although expectations were even higher, as it sold just under low estimate. SOLD AT $408,696. This version was produced to celebrate 25 years of the Lamborghini brand. It is also the last evolution of the Countach, updated by Horacio Pagani himself. The Countach is an absolute icon of the 1980s for many, but to others it looks like an expensive kit car. At the turn of the century, such cars were extremely difficult to sell. Now they are hot property, as is once again confirmed by a solid hammer price. Well sold. #123-1992 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N: ZFFGJ34B000093. Red/red cloth. Odo: 37,695 km. European-spec, lateproduction example. Fitted with catalytic converter and adjustable suspension. Repainted once but still reported to be very original. Excellent state both inside and out. Belt service carried out in May 2016. Fuel tanks and catalytic converters replaced last year. Comes with desirable luggage set, owner’s manuals, toolkit and other documents. Ferrari Classiche documents under way. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,151,290. One of the star cars of the sale and one of the ultimate Millennial dream cars. Its median value in the most recent price guide is rated at $1,238,000, and it gets an “A” Investment Grade. The ones I saw passing the block recently achieved prices TOP 10 No. 9 116 #125-2009 FERRARI 599 GTB coupe. S/N: ZFFFD60B000167984. Red/black leather. Odo: 36,500 km. Well kept and with very low mileage. Hardly any usage marks except some minor soiling of the rocker panels. Most common color combination of Rosso SOLD AT $353,175. Much-improved folding roof makes it so much more usable and unique. A showroom-fresh example, number 386 of 448 built. Originally designed as a front-engined barchetta in its purest form. A same-year 550 Barchetta sold at last year’s RM Sotheby’s sale in Paris for $406,123 (SCM# 6828255). It boasted matching helmets but no folding roof. Originality wins over usability here. I honestly expected the opposite in this case. Well sold. “ Unique selling point is the stick-shift transmission. Only 30 of these were ever delivered, 10 of which went to Europe. This is a model that had collectors excited, and if we look at the SCM price guide, its median value is more than double that of the GTB Fiorano with sequential transmission. 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB coupe ” Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA Corsa with black leather. Full maintenance history with all service invoices and receipts, as well as books and tools. Last serviced one year ago. German title. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $450,337. Unique selling point is the stick-shift transmission. Only 30 of these were ever delivered, 10 of which went to Europe. This is a model that had collectors excited, and if we look at the SCM price guide, its median value is more than double that of the GTB Fiorano with sequential transmission: $196,500 against $491,000. This one didn’t disappoint, selling slightly over high estimate but under SCM’s median price. It is expected to remain desirable in years to come, so we’ll call this well bought. #136-2009 ALFA ROMEO 8C Com- petizione coupe. S/N: ZAR92000000044572. Alfa Red/black leather. Odo: 7,900 km. One of the 500 coupes built, most of which were finished in this Alfa Red metallic. One-owner car delivered new in Germany. Low mileage and minimal wear. Some stone chips at the front and some scratches on the door sill at the driver’s side. Offered at no reserve. VAT due on hammer price. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $283,774. Nearly 1,500 orders were placed before this Alfa super sports car, with Ferrari-derived 4.7-liter, debuted in Paris 2006. Total production of 1,000 was evenly split between coupe and spider. They only seldom come to auction, as there are only seven entries in the SCM database, four of which were sold between 2016 and now, with hammer prices between $320k and $390k. All these sales took place in the U.S. Relative low price here probably influenced by European VAT of 20% due. © FOLLOW SCM May 2018 117


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA McCormick’s Collector Car Auction Number 64 An extremely rare 1950 Packard Custom Eight convertible — one of 85 — sold for $51,975 Company McCormick’s Auctions Date February 23–25, 2018 Location Palm Springs, CA Auctioneers Frank Bizzarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Gary Dahler Automotive lots sold/offered 346/529 Sales rate 65% Sales total $6,370,035 High sale Most expensive car in Packard’s 1950 model year — 1950 Packard Custom Eight convertible, sold at $51,975 1957 Porsche 356A cabriolet, sold at $180,600 Buyer’s premium 5%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics some sort of record for an auction company. T prove their longevity was no fluke, shortly afte conclusion of their 64th auction, Keith and his Delsey, celebrated their 50th wedding annivers The auction, held February 23 through 25 K year, was exceptional. The offerings were greatly enhanced, and as a result, the revenue was up by $538,746 over last February’s event, and up by $249,007 over this past November’s sale. This is an accomplishment as the Arizona auctions, as a general statement, were off, so the increase in revenue goes against current trends. Top sale was a 1957 Porsche 356A cabriolet that realized $180,600. It was a very respectable example and was well worth the money in today’s market that favors quality Porsches. Now, that is not to say that McCormick’s did not have a few quirky, inexpensive items cross the block. Two well-restored tractors, a 1939 John Deere and a 1940 Farmall, sold for $4,515 and $3,570, respectively. When was the last time you had an opportunity to acquire a King Midget? It sold for $5,250, and I doubt the new owner will get in any trouble with it, as a 9-horsepower motor powers it. 118 eith McCormick and family have been producing their semi-annual collector-car auction in Palm Springs, CA, for 32 years, which has to be s were the order of the day, with six being offered. They ranged from a Palm Springs, CA own Car that failed to sell when bid to $50,000, to a 1958 Hawk that rd’s swan song. It also failed to sell when bid to only $22,000, but many s just a Studebaker with a guppy nose. An extremely rare 1950 Custom ght convertible sold for $51,975. It was one of only 85 produced, and they rarely change hands. Sellers brought back several cars that failed to sell at prior auctions for a second go-around, and almost without exception the final bid was less than what had been refused before. For example, a very nice, but not show-quality nice, 1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 54 coupe was bid to $75,000, whereas a year ago the final bid was $85,000. There is an adage that the first offer is most likely the best offer, and that was true in many cases here. If you want to be entertained, then you Sales Totals should arrive a little early for Friday’s auction as the auctioneers, led by Jeff Stokes, warm up the audience. For example, he’ll ask how many people are from out of town, and when they raise their hands, he counts it as a bid. A little corny, sure, but worth the price of admission, which on Friday is free. McCormick’s 65th auction will be on their traditional weekend before Thanksgiving and, as in the past, will bring out some interesting and desirable collector cars, with a few other quirky items thrown in. It’ll be well worth the visit. ♦ $6m $7m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA ENGLISH #393-1966 TRIUMPH TR4 roadster. S/N: CTC62730L0. Powder blue/white vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 17,906 miles. Rack-andpinion steering and wraparound bumpers. This example has a trunk rack and is very presentable. A minor tear on the driver’s seat and a nick on the hood were noted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $53,550. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2017 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $74,000 (SCM# 6856607). A few short months later the seller accepts $20k less. The first offer is usually the best, as again proven here. The new owner has a luxury ride at a fraction of the price when new. Just hope the service has been kept up to date. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. The TR4 was Triumph’s next-generation “full-size” sports car. It was produced from 1962 until 1966, but the TR4A continued into 1967. Price bid was well off the mark. Another six or seven grand would not have been out of line for a TR4 in this condition. Seller will likely get his number next time out. #52-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N: HBJ8L35602. Silver Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 58,624 miles. A well-presented example with quality paint and good interior. Fitted with fog lamps and rear trunk. Brightwork with no major issues. Not a show winner, but a solid driver. Cond: 2. GERMAN #485-1969 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER double-cab pickup. S/N: 269163630. Light blue & gray/tan vinyl. Odo: 31,194 miles. Roof rack, canvas cover for the cargo area. In very respectable condition, with recent paint that was reported to cost $8k. Mechanical restoration said to cost $7k. Decent interior. Won’t win many awards, but a definite conversation piece. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,525. The Thing—Model 181— was powered by the Beetle air-cooled 4-cylinder motor. They became available in the U.S. after production moved to Mexico. The blueand-white Acapulco Edition became well known as the car used at the famed resort destination. About 400 were built during a threemonth period in 1974. There are far more Acapulco Things around now than were ever built in 1974. There is a website that documents these and that will tell the tale. Regardless, a fun, quirky car. AMERICAN #272-1929 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT Model 640 sedan limousine. S/N: 172371. Black/black leather, tan fabric. Odo: 6 miles. Fitted with sidemounts and rear trunk. Whitewall tires stained and horn button missing. Has Junior Trippe lights, which are incorrect for this model Packard. Paint in good order, but trim a bit dull. Has an odd look. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,375. The BJ8 had a more luxurious interior and was the quickest of all the 3000s, with a top speed of 120 mph. A very nice example that sold for a most reasonable price. Solid examples can sell in the $60k range, and this was not that far off conditionwise, so a good buy. Well bought indeed. #481-2003 BENTLEY AZURE Mulliner Edition convertible. S/N: SCBZK25E03CX01158. Antique Gold/black canvas/black leather. Pure luxury with all the bells and whistles. Mulliner-bodied with 18-inch chrome wheels and Pioneer stereo. Paint in exceptional condition and interior flawless. Loaded with options such as aluminum pedals. Appears to have been well cared for. MSRP when new $369,000–$379,000. Cond: 1-. 120 NOT SOLD AT $31,000. A Type 2 Volkswagen that is better known as the Microbus. Very popular in Europe for moving pieces and parts, as common Beetle components were easily available. This was last seen at Mecum’s June 2017 Portland sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $26,000 (SCM# 6839474). Did better here, but seller was looking for more. Time will tell the wisdom of his decision. #326-1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING Acapulco Edition convertible. S/N: 1845842863. Blue & white/blue & white vinyl/ blue & white vinyl. Odo: 82,608 miles. This example was in decent condition, with acceptable paint and decent but worn interior. Owner stated paint is original, same with the body panels. Minor dents in fender. Cute as heck and a hoot to drive around in the Palm Springs resort community. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. The Custom Eight for 1929 was presented on a 140.5-inch wheelbase and was offered with a number of different body styles. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2017 sale, where it was bid to the same $50,000 (SCM# 6856184), and the seller also refused the offer. Car has questions that would take a bit of time to unravel, and that just may have held back the bidding. #267-1932 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 54 coupe. S/N: 1050743. Tan/brown leather. Odo: 35,355 miles. One of only four known Model 54 coupes remaining. An older restoration with a newer leather interior. Paint has lost a bit of its luster and brightwork a little dull. Has golf-club door and trunk rack. Redpainted wires. Would call it a decent driverquality Full Classic. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA here, but if the new owner maintains the car in its present condition, they should be just fine down the road. All’s square all around. #486-1950 PACKARD CUSTOM NOT SOLD AT $75,000. This was last seen at McCormick’s February 2017 sale, where it was bid to $85,000 (SCM# 6827953), which did not interest the seller. A year later he turns down a lesser offer. I don’t think the first offer was out of line, and he may just wish he could go back in time. #218-1941 PLYMOUTH P12 Special Deluxe woodie wagon. S/N: 11190584. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 97,437 miles. An attractive Plymouth woodie, complete with a wood travel trailer. A well-maintained, very original example that had once been used as an estate wagon. Wood is good, with the estate wording almost legible. Plastic steering wheel cracked, and it has a few minor nicks and scratches. An attractive package. Cond: 2-. EIGHT convertible. S/N: H600707. Light blue/tan fabric/red leather, tan fabric. Odo: 60,732 miles. 356-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. One of only 85 Custom Eights produced in 1950. Most expensive car in their lineup at $4,520. Fitted with twin spotlights and Ultramatic Drive transmission. Also vacuum tube radio. Finished in unusual shade of light blue. Paint and trim in good order. Interior very presentable. A solid car. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. The all-new 24th Series introduced more contemporary styling with three separate series. The 300 was the middle offering. A number of Packards to choose from here, and while this was well done, it was not very exciting. Might be worth a touch more, and time will tell. The transmission conversion may have been an issue. #246-1953 CADILLAC SERIES 62 se- SOLD AT $51,975. These seldom come up for public sale, so there are few, if any, comps. But considering how rare they are, the value is what someone is willing to pay. This will be a smash at the next Packard Club outing and a treat to drive. A solid investment. #484-1950 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT NOT SOLD AT $6,750. The bid here was totally without reason. There was no interest, as the package was worth at least $40k or more, in my estimation. Will do better at next outing, as it can’t do much worse. #276-1950 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN con- vertible. S/N: P8TH81859. Cream/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 46,201 miles. 268-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Powered by the Silver Streak 8, as noted on the fender side badge. This example has the optional 4-speed Hydra-Matic and the No-Mar gas-filler-cap trim. Plastic Indian hood ornament badly crazed, as is plastic horn button. Paint very presentable, same with red vinyl interior. A solid presentation. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Not much going on here except the unusual paint that does not appear to be factory-correct. I have no idea why seller did not take the offer and run. Can’t see where he will get a better offer. SOLD AT $32,550. Price paid here was spoton. Doubt if there is a whole lot of upside 122 #44-1951 PACKARD 300 sedan. S/N: 247214906. Light green/dark green/gray fabric. Odo: 38,025 miles. 327-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Originally equipped with Ultramatic, but was converted to 3-speed manual with overdrive. Paint in good order, with only minor blem- Sports Car Market 2-dr sedan. S/N: 2395510161. Light blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 65,484 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A rather basic example of the middle series for the 1950 Packard. First year for the R-11 overdrive that was stated to provide three additional miles per gallon of gas. Light blue livery does not appear on any Packard paintchip books. Has been properly applied, however. Brightwork with a few scratches and a bit dull in areas. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,375. The Series 62 was on a chassis that was five inches shorter than other styles. A reasonable price for a fun Sunday cruiser that won’t win any awards, but who cares? New owner can pick away at this and be just fine when it’s time to move on. A solid transaction. #232-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. S/N: VC55J146831. Gypsy Red & white/tan vinyl/red & tan vinyl. Odo: 3,050 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. An exceptional example of the first of the Tri-Five Chevys. dan. S/N: 536270192. Pastoral Blue/Forest Green/green fabric. Odo: 42,865 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. First year for the production wrap-around windshield for Cadillac. Fitted with power steering and etched front vent windows. Trim button missing on driver’s seat and gold V tarnished. Trim pitted here and there. A list of minor needs. Cond: 2-. ishes noted. Interior plush and well done. Radio, heater/defroster, power antenna and fog lights. Cond: 2+.


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA Loaded with goodies including Continental kit, wires, skirts and front bumper guards. Paint in good order, and interior as-new. Only issue noted is pitting on horn ring. The right color combination. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2017 sale, where it received no interest with a bid of $6,000 (seriously, SCM# 6853785). Bid here was more realistic, and in my opinion market-correct. Seller thought otherwise and will take his chances. A case can be made that peak Tri-Five market has passed, but time will tell. #336-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N: P6FH283403. White/red & white vinyl. Odo: 70,264 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repowered with a 350 Chevy and Vintage Air added. Dash badly faded and passenger’s window cracked. A quick-and-dirty respray that needs help. Would not know where to start with this one. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Packard’s last gasp and essentially a Studebaker Golden Hawk with Packard fiberglass nose and modified deck. Fastest Packard ever built, however. One of 558 built. Car had a few issues, but price bid was well off the mark. Have seen these advertised for over $100k, with $40k being more realistic for this example. Better luck next time out. #259-1959 CHEVROLET APACHE 32 pickup. S/N: 3B59014860. White/black houndstooth. Odo: 31,108 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A mild custom with tubbed frame. Powered by small-block Chevy 400 with Turbo 350 transmission. Fitted with Vintage Air, power steering and power brakes. Attractive black houndstooth interior. Engine bay clean and tidy with lots of bling. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $21,525. An amazing price for a T-bird that is not much more than a parts car, but you don’t have any real drivetrain parts. Would hate to even think about the cost of bringing this back to a respectable Thunderbird. Just hope the new owner knows what was under that hood. #464-1958 PACKARD HAWK coupe. S/N: 58LS1395. White/tan leather. Odo: 1,574 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Trunk with spare-tire imprint. Fins with metallic PET film. Gas door does not close properly and paint a bit edgy. Interior shows some wear, but nothing too serious. Love-it-or-hate-it styling with catfish nose. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,500. One attractive truck. Doubt if you could build this for the price paid. The mods were not so out there that the truck lost its market appeal. The new owner has a fun toy at a very fair price. Well bought and sold. #343-1960 KING MIDGET MODEL II roadster. S/N: 5602580. Black/black vinyl. miles. 23-ci single-cylinder, 1-bbl, auto. Very original, but with a 9.5-horsepower Wisconsin engine, I doubt it will get out of its own way. A conversation piece. Cond: 3. “ May 2018 First introduced in 1947 and advertised as the “World’s Lowest Priced Car.” The last King Midget was made in 1969, with total production of about 5,000 cars in three different series. Willing to bet the new owner has the only King Midget in his neighborhood. 1960 King Midget Model II roadster ” 123


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA SOLD AT $5,250. First introduced in 1947 and advertised as the “World’s Lowest Priced Car.” The last King Midget was made in 1969, with total production of about 5,000 cars in three different series. Willing to bet the new owner has the only King Midget in his neighborhood. Cool grocery-getter that will raise a few eyebrows along the way. Sure to be invited to the next Fourth of July parade. Fun toy for cheap. #266-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 10867S102662. Honduras Maroon/tan vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 22,282 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. A well-restored example with excellent trim fit. Finished in attractive Honduras Maroon with white coves. Has tan top but only black or white were offered. Powered by RPO 469 283/270 engine with 2x4-barrel carburetors that were recently rebuilt. First year for four taillights, now a Corvette trademark. A desirable piece. Cond: 1-. white/ black leather. Odo: 87,926 miles. 390ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cruise-O-Matic, power steering and brakes standard equipment. Paint an unusual, bold shade of blue. Trunk fit a bit off and two holes in rear bumper. Equipped with power windows and tilt-away steering wheel. Cond: 2-. the U.S. market, but an option elsewhere. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2017 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $18,000 (SCM# 6853799). I noted that the seller may regret not accepting that offer, and we now find that was the case. Often the first offer is the best you will do. #244-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 coupe. S/N: 63R2833A. Gold/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 52,877 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Disc brakes standard equipment. Paint on hood badly crazed and extensive road rash on the grille. Bumper worn, with the rubber tip coming loose. A cult car, with a solid following, that was discontinued in 1964. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,750. First year after the old “square-bird” styling, with over 60,000 hard tops produced for 1961. A fun starter car that gets you into the hobby for not a lot of money. Drive and enjoy and move up when the time comes. A fair price. #53-1962 STUDEBAKER GRAN TUR- ISMO HAWK coupe. S/N: 62V15388. Red/ red & white vinyl. Odo: 51,550 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. This example was equipped with aftermarket air. Paint was attractive, but a few noticeable chips on the nose. Repainted in 2002, according to owner’s statement. One of about 9,000 produced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $63,000. This was the last year for contrasting coves. If you are looking for major trophies, this is not the one, but it’ll turn heads at the local shows. A striking Corvette with the high-horse carbureted motor. The Corvette market is a bit softer than years past, but solid examples still bring the money. This was market correct in today’s world. #277-1961 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N: 14712127271. Bright blue & SOLD AT $15,225. The 289 was standard in SOLD AT $35,175. This was the first year for the Avanti, Studebaker’s fiberglass-bodied sport coupe. The body was mounted on a modified Lark Daytona chassis. The supercharger was a $210 option for the R2. These continue to raise interest and at one point were selling for close to six figures. Times have changed, and considering the needs here, the price paid was market-correct. All’s square with the world here. #223-1964 OLDSMOBILE VISTA CRUISER custom wagon. S/N: 824M179650. Gold/white vinyl. Odo: 41,992 miles. 330-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A mild custom slammed on the ground and has some unusual pinstriping. Elevated roof over the cargo area with roof windows. Paint is acceptable, with interesting graphics on the hood. Baby-moon hubcaps. Only about 3,400 produced. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,500. The Vista Cruiser is considered an F-85, but is on a five-inch-longer chassis. An unusual wagon that will be a fun weekend outing car. The mild custom tweaks are not offensive and the graphics are fun. Fair price for a wagon that will always draw attention. #446-1964 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N: 7K1106917. Desert Beige/brown vinyl. Odo: 20,334 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, 124 Sports Car Market


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On the Radar A whole new crop of world cars is now legal to import into the United States. If you’re not familiar with the rules, you can find info at www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import. by Jeff Zurschmeide 1993–96 Ford Falcon XG McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA auto. A timeless design that was little changed from the previous year. Powered by the 425 V8, and with padded front and rear buckets. Turbo 400 transmission. Recent respray in Desert Beige that’s eminently presentable. Rides on Buick Rally wheels and has Deluxe Interior Package. Cond: 2+. buff. Interior in good order. First year for locking seat backs. Cond: 2. Pros: Extremely rare in North America, this ute or panel van offers passenger-car handling with pickup or van capability. Powered with Ford’s 4.0-liter Australian-exclusive inline 6 with a healthy 198 horsepower. Available with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Cons: No 4WD option, and not much to look at. Some might think you chopped up a Mustang — or mistake it for a Dodge Rampage. Price range: $1k–$3k, plus import costs. 1987–97 Nissan Patrol Y60 SOLD AT $23,363. Price paid here for a Buick Riviera in this condition will prove to be an absolute bargain. In the meantime, use, maintain in this condition, and the new owner will be well ahead of the game. Well bought. #254-1967 PONTIAC CATALINA wagon. S/N: 252357C130085. Red & white/red vinyl. Odo: 82,494 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to be a very original example that had been well maintained. Complete with the original order form and window sticker. Equipped with radio and air. Rear trim pitted. An exceptional wagon. Cond: 2. Pros: The real competitor to the Land Rover Defender and the Toyota Land Cruiser. Sold all over the world except in North America. Straight-6 gas and diesel engine options in 3 liters or 4 liters, with a turbo-diesel option. Horsepower from 115 to 185, depending on engine choice. Cons: Very few to speak of. These vehicles are considered bulletproof the world over. They are especially popular in Australia, Asia and Africa. Price range: $5k–$15k, plus import costs. 1993–95 Holden Commodore VR SS SOLD AT $16,538. Powered by the smaller 289-ci engine, but this Mustang will still move out. Not a lot of money for a decent driver with a little eyeball. Price paid was marketcorrect, and this will be a fun driver. #261-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu 2-dr hard top. S/N: 136379Z321536. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 44,835 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A very attractive Chevelle powered by the L48 350/300 motor. Tuxedo Black livery sparkled in the Palm Springs sunshine. A few swirls noted, but all in all, very striking. Fitted with Strato Bucket seats and optional accent striping. Interior in good order and brightwork acceptable, with a few minor scratches. Optional Super Sport wheel covers. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. The 1967 Catalina featured integral bumper grilles and “wasp waist” styling. Price bid here was off the mark by a bunch. Wagons continue to be popular, but this one slid by. No reason to take less than wholesale for a piece in this condition. Will do better next time out. Pros: Hot-rod ancestor of the U.S. market’s Pontiac GTO and Chevrolet SS of modern times. Completely redesigned for the 1993 model year, these cars had available independent rear suspension and anti-lock brakes. The SS option delivered a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 248 horsepower and a 5-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic was optional. Cons: Looks like a Lumina or worse — a 1993 Olds Cutlass Supreme. Performance won’t turn any heads in the modern era. Price range: $3k–$13k, plus import costs. ♦ 126 #253-1968 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N: 8R01C146005. Wimbledon White/red vinyl. Odo: 10,266 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Equipped with optional Sprint option, which includes side stripes, pop-open gas cap, GT fog lamps and stylized wheels. Recent respray with red “C” stripes. Overspray on window rubber. Paint in need of wet sand and “ SOLD AT $30,713. This was extremely well done, and in the right colors. The price paid was a bit of a premium, but nothing to worry about. Use and maintain and the money will be there when it’s time to move on. Well sold and well bought. #274-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 convert- ible. S/N: 344670Z111844. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 82,941 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with special hood, rear spoiler and striping. Striking black paint with red accent. Power windows, steering and brakes. Seller states rebuilt drivetrain, but no timeline given. One of fewer than 3,000 produced. Cond: 2+. This was extremely well done, and in the right colors. The price paid was a bit of a premium, but nothing to worry about. Use and maintain and the money will be there when it’s time to move on. 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu 2-door hard top ” Sports Car Market


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McCormick’s Palm Springs, CA NOT SOLD AT $47,000. The 442 was the performance leader for Oldsmobile, and was a separate series from Cutlass by this point. The W-30 engine was the hot ticket, but was also a $600 option. The price offered here was a bit under the money as the SCM Median Value is stated to be $55,000, and this example just might be a bit better than that. Seller made a difficult, but correct, decision by walking away. Should do better next time, as this was a striking 442. #342-1970 FORD TORINO GT convert- ible. S/N: 0H37H130370. Tan/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 6,812 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A respectable example in questionable livery. Sport version of the Torino and offered hood scoop, padded seats and special emblems. Chrome a bit foggy and paint lacking luster. In need of a fluff-and-buff. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,475. An aggressive price for a car with needs. Spiffy up a bit and the value should be there, however. Just not a fan of brown cars, so my opinion is jaded. #341-1978 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz coupe. S/N: 6L47S8Q269888. Cotillion White/white leather. Odo: 48,876 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Loaded with fourwheel disc brakes, front-wheel drive, six-way power seats and a whole lot more. This was a well-maintained example with Cotillion White paint and Sierra grain-contour white leather seating. Engine bay clean and tidy. Well over $10k when new. A solid presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,550. These have never really caught on with the collector market. Guess you can say that if you held on to one from new, you would not have lost any money. Well, at least not out of pocket. This should be a fun driver, and the new owner is Cadillac’n for not a lot of money. © CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 May 2018 127 Keith Martin’s


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Bonhams Paris, FRA Bonhams at The Grand Palais A 1907 Minerva, sold new from the Salon de L’Automobile 111 years before, achieved $739,715 Company Bonhams Date February 8, 2018 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneers Malcolm Barber, James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 102/134 Sales rate 76% Sales total $18,422,463 High sale 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Torpedo Tourist Trophy roadster, sold at $873,568, and 1904 Fiat Type 24/32 rear-entrance tonneau, sold at $873,568 Buyer’s premium Exhibited when new at this very location 111 years ago — 1907 Minerva Type K 40-hp transformable limousine, sold at $739,715 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics that it had consigned 2 VEV, the b known of the 19 original Aston Mar DB4GT Zagatos, which, when it sells Goodwood later in the summer, will a most certainly become the most expensive British car sold at auction in Europe. It couldn’t offer anything quite that special here B during a marathon sale at its seventh visit to the Grand Palais: The two top lots — an RS 2.7 and a Lamborghini Countach — failed to sell, but there was plenty more on offer. One of the cars, a 1907 Minerva from a 19car Belgian collection, sold new from the Salon de L’Automobile 111 years before. Vintage and Veteran cars were the top performers throughout the seven hours of proceedings, with both the ex-Earl Howe and Pierre Levegh 1935 Bugatti Type 57 TT and the 1904 Fiat Type 24/32 rear-entrance tonneau selling for just over $873k apiece. A former Pebble Beach class-award-winning 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Red Label Speed Model tourer hit an auction world record when it sold on the phone for $859,478. A 1928 Bugatti Type 40 128 onhams kicked off their Rétromobile sale — and its European season — with the proud announcemen Paris, FRA Grand Sport sold for a strong $648,131, exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $365k– $485k, while the rare 1936 Alta 2-Liter Sports, a well-known historic racer, went to a bidder in the room for $422,694. Those 19 cars were offered from the estate of the late European collector Jacques Vander Stappen, and all sold. The very well-preserved 1907 Minerva Type K 40-hp with convertible torpedo/limousine bodywork achieved $739,715 — well over its estimate. Two 1934 Type AL 40CVs, a unique coupe sport and an Imperial cabriolet, sold for $479,053 and $380,425, respectively. Although neither the Miura nor the very sharp 400GT sold, the 1974 Countach LP400 Periscopio took $781,984, and a 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 3-liter cabriolet went to a buyer in the room for $479,053. Weirdies — Bonhams always manages to bring a couple to this sale, and it is Rétromobile week, after all — came in the shape of a 1953 Inter 175-cc tandem microcar and a rare 4x4 Renault 4, both of which fetched strong money. The 1934 Chauviere Rafale V racing hydroplane looked fantastic with its 36-liter Hispano V12 aero motor, although it didn’t sell. However, if you’re planning a group outing to next year’s show with accommodation sorted, the ex-Scuderia Ferrari 2001 Iveco Domino coach, converted into a luxury motor home, was just the ticket at $126,808. ♦ Sales Totals $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.82)


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Bonhams Paris, FRA BELGIAN #317-1907 MINERVA TYPE K 40-hp transformable limousine. S/N: 2072. Red/ brown leather. RHD. Magnificently imposing and very original. Top of limousine coachwork lifts off to become a tourer for the summer, hence leather rather than cord upholstery, now beautifully patinated like the rest of it. Bench seat plus extra jump seat in rear. Excellent brass, too, and mellowing older paint has a pleasing authority. Motor tidy, exhaust manifold recently refinished. Still with supplying dealer’s plates, matched by similar branding on the sidelights, on the car from new. Cond: 3+. survived well, but wearing thin and faded, and seat tops, dash and controls dusty and beginning to deteriorate. Plating all okay, with Willocq-Bottin headlights. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $479,053. Bought by Jacques Vander Stappen in 1998, and a former stablemate of the D’Ieteren car (Lot 322). Sold mid-estimate, and, although this could do with a bit of interior titivation, both were relative bargains compared with the prices AL convertibles fetched in the U.S. in 2015. #322-1934 MINERVA AL 40CV Imperial cabriolet. S/N: 80163. Maroon & black/ Magnolia leather. RHD. Rather magnificent...looks like an older restoration, although barely used since. Was a lighter color, with wheel discs. Straight and still shiny. Seat leather only lightly worn; timbers, cappings and inlays all good, chrome excellent, top was probably new at restoration. Motor very clean and tidy, with lovely badge on the inlet manifold showing the firing order. Willocq-Bottin headlights, Paul Cousin trunk to rear. Slightly nicer order than the coupe (Lot 328), but said to need recommissioning through lack of use. Cond: 2-. to spend to make one this good (£500k; $700k) is frightening, and it’s debatable whether it was the right thing to do, but an interesting exercise nonetheless. It certainly impressed enough bidders to reach what must be a record for a 3 Litre. #308-1936 ALTA 2 LITER Sports racer. S/N: 64S. Blue/red leather. Odo: 13,571 miles. Well-known, post-Vintage thoroughbred racer resurrected by John Ruston in the ’80s. Good all around for racer, some paint blistered by exhaust. Distressed leather. Wilson pre-selector gearbox. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $739,715. Star of the 20-car collection of mostly Minervas entered by the estate of late Belgian collector Jacques Vander Stappen. Stored from the onset of WWI in 1914 until 1966. Vander Stappen acquired it in 1996, and just before his death in 2017, he met the original owner’s granddaughter, who presented him with a history file on the car, which was exhibited for sale when new right here at the Grand Palais 111 years ago. An unrepeatable story around an unrepeatable car, and no wonder it sold approximately a third over its upper estimate of €450k ($551k), though still a relative bargain compared with a similar-era Silver Ghost, with which it is broadly equivalent. Well done all around. #328-1934 MINERVA AL 40CV coupe. S/N: 80187. Maroon & black/black leather/red velour. Only 50 of these are thought to have been built, this one with unique Dens slidingsunroof faux convertible coupe coachwork— most have more staid bodies like Lot 322. Restored (1980s), straight and shiny. Ornate brocade interior dating from the same time has SOLD AT $380,425. From the Vander Stappen Collection, probably the first AL he acquired. Hammered just under the lower estimate of €300k ($368k), comparing very well to the $660k achieved for a 1931 Rollston-bodied convertible (RM) and the $1,150,000 not sold for a 1930 Van Den Plas three-position cabrio (Gooding), both in the U.S. in 2015. ENGLISH #337-1926 BENTLEY 3 LITRE Red La- bel Speed Model tourer. S/N: LM1342. Eng. # LM1348. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 62,156 miles. Probably the most immaculate, straight and shiny Bentley I’ve seen. Which means it’s probably better than when it came out of Cricklewood and therefore a bit of science fiction, so I’ve deducted it half a point for being too sharp. It ticks all the other boxes too: original aluminum—and therefore very rare—body, and retains all its original major components. Pretty much the holy grail for 3 Litre fanciers. With full weather kit, and still center throttle too. And it’s not green... Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $859,478. A very serious motor, a perfect (too perfect?) example of the most desirable model, and a 2015 Pebble Beach second-in-class winner. Quite what you have 130 SOLD AT $422,694. One of four left of the five 2-liter supercharged cars produced and the only left-hander, originally supplied to Germany. In the vendor’s hands since 2002, and raced (very successfully) up to 2017. Sold at the high end of the estimate range, and much cheaper than an ERA or a Type 35B Bugatti, although twice the price of a Riley Treen. #365-1954 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 con- vertible. S/N: LML710. Gunmetal/red leather. RHD. Odo: 70,657 miles. New paint, very original leather, and still with ancient originaltype extinguisher mounted on transmission tunnel. Originally a 2.6, with 3-liter motor believed fitted at the same time that it was converted from left- to right-hand drive during Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA restoration in England in 1991, then made back into a left-hooker in Germany in 1994. That’s one way to even out the seat wear.... Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $479,053. Delivered new to France, then in Germany from 1994. Luckily, most of left-to-right changes (and back) are nut-and-bolt reversible on these, so shouldn’t affect value too much. Sold near the top estimate at strong money, and as much as these were fetching in 2015. #430-1983 MG METRO Turbo hatch- back. S/N: SAXXBZND2BD688589. Black/ gray cloth. Odo: 87,035 km. All there and original, although body is fairly horrid, with dinged panels and scrapes in fairly nasty repaint. Interior is better, just slightly discolored, and baggy on the seat bolsters. With Heritage Certificate. Oxfordshire registration plates are a bit of a mystery, as they don’t look age-related (would probably start ABW), but can’t be original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $648,131. Sold new in France, but not delivered until 1930, or registered until 1933, and, with few owners, history is known and unbroken. Estimate of €300k–€400k ($368k–$490k) was comfortably exceeded as a result. #309-1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Torpedo Tourist Trophy roadster. S/N: 57264. Blue/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 453 miles. Restored back to original spec (after extensive changes over the years), with many original parts including crankcase, gearbox, chassis and axles, completed in 2010. Nice plating, newish leather, good instruments, but—with grubby and chipped satin-finish paint—it’s trying a little hard on the instant-patina front. Was chassis 57222, but allocated this new number by the Works in 1936. Warranted a massive 10 pages in the full-size catalog (which weighed a ton). Cond: 3. sorted at the vendor’s expense. Anorak fact: front wheels fold up, reducing the track to 135 cm, meaning you can store one in your shed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,586. Token piece of madness, which Bonhams always manages to bring to this sale, although there was a Hispano-Suiza powerboat, too. Thought to be one of 38 left, there’s something of the Dan Dare about it, and these are far rarer then the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller. Sold at just under the €50k ($61k) lower estimate, or more than double the price of a mint KR200 cabrio. #363-1958 FACEL VEGA HK500 coupe. S/N: HK6A6. Red/black leather. Odo: 38,642 miles. Sixth HK500 produced, specced with power-assisted steering, Rudge wheels and a Radiomobile. Restored 2011–14 from original Dove Gray. Still very sharp all around, with leather only lightly worn, painted dash all good, side trim strips and sill finishers still mostly straight. U.S.-style taillights. A hint of paint bubbling beginning at the backs of the doors, though. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,272. British Leyland’s attempt at a performance version of the well-meaning Metro. Delivered new to Strasbourg, where it had only one owner until returning to the U.K. in 2017. Offered at no reserve with a fairly ambitious €15k–€20k ($18k–$25k) expectation. It sold for about half that, but I was amazed it made this much. Well sold. FRENCH #336-1928 BUGATTI TYPE 40 Grand Sport roadster. S/N: 40717. Blue/black leather. RHD. Dulled, chipping paint, nicely subdued radiator shell. Mildly distressed leather. New Dutton cylinder block (due to a crack between valve seats) and connecting rods in 2006, now unleaded compatible. Electric fuel pump, but Autovac still in place. No odo. Dutch title. Original block included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $873,568. Driven in period by Earl Howe, most famously to 3rd in the 1935 Ulster (Ards) TT, then in 1937 bought by Pierre Levegh for his racing debut. Arrived in England, where it was seen at Brooklands already modified with large fuel tank, then in 1939 went to Australia—where it was progressively much more modified including chassis chop (which must have made sense at the time, as these are quite big and ungainly for racers). Rebuild to original spec started in 1973. Hammered a little behind the lower €700k ($858k) estimate; not quite sure how anyone imagined it might have made the €1.2m ($1.47m) upper aspiration. #350-1953 INTER 175A microcar. S/N: 1041. White/red leather. MHD. Odo: 5,238 miles. Restored. New paint and seat leather. Original lubricants sticker in back window. Noted to have an ignition problem, to be SOLD AT $214,165. Delivered new in Rome for the American movie star Tony Franciosa, then filming “The Naked Maja” (there was a charming period pic in the catalog with him and Ava Gardner, also an HK500 owner, in costume just off the set, showing the car in the background). Later went to America, where it received U.S.-style lights, then to a Belgian collector in 2011. Offered at no reserve, and sold near the €180k ($220k) high estimate. #392-1975 CITROËN CX2200 hatch- back. S/N: MAMC01MC803. Bronze/orange velour. RHD. Odo: 73,202 miles. Fairly amazing condition for an early one of these. Good and original with decent repaint, still complete with early moon-disc wheel trims. Fragile velour inside quite good, with one small repair to driver’s seat. Dash plastics all good. Period wind deflector. Finnish registered. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,045. French supplied, in the 132 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA U.K. from 1999, then to Finland in 2014. Offered at no reserve and only estimated to do €9k–€11k, which looked low considering that the fairly horrible MG Metro turbo next to it (Lot 430) was asking more. But it sold for only half that, looking an absolute bargain, either to a lucky collector, or to an astute dealer with whom it will retail for more, or ultimately both, of course. Either way, well bought. For now.... #396-1986 RENAULT 4 Sinpar 4x4 hatchback. S/N: VF111280000550039. Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 43,615 miles. Rare Renault with Sinpar all-terrain conversion (a simple propshaft runs underneath from the frontmounted transmission, driving the rear wheels—which remain on the original trailing arms—and there are two floor levers controlling the transmission as well as the original dash-mounted umbrella-handle shifter). Repainted, new top, good seat vinyl, but modern face-off stereo. Complete with police advertising billboard featuring this actual car, which may have been created later (see below). Cond: 2-. looks almost unworn. Volvo gearbox fitted (like many of BMW’s classic 3-series cars), but original 315 box comes with it. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $324,065. All well done with neatly fabricated aluminum, by Andries Jans from Apeldoorn, a well-respected BMW and Veritas collector and restorer. Finally got it away! I think this is the third time I’ve seen this here. #371-1956 PORSCHE 356A 1600 Speed- ster. S/N: 82474. Black/red leather. Odo: 58,169 miles. Restored (2014) and still near perfect, straight and sharp with nice deep paint, still with U.S.-style overriders. New carpets, new repro rubber floor mat, new top. New leather to (factory-fitted) coupe-type Rallye seats looks unused. Fitted luggage in trunk. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. U.K. registered. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $774,939. Finished 11th out of 67 finishers (from 92 starters) and first in its class in the ’97 Carrera, with no support vehicle, and has historic-raced in Europe since. Last appeared at Bonhams’ Chantilly September 2017 sale (SCM# 6850375), unsold against a €1.5m–€2.5m ($1.8m–$3.1m) estimate. This time the seller was more realistic, dropping the ask to €900k–€1.2m ($1.1m–$1.4m), with no reserve. Sold for just over two-thirds of that lower estimate, or about five-eighths of the market price for a nice, stock Roadster. #377-1957 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N: 83832. Blue/red leather. Odo: 13,472 miles. New paint in original Meissen Blue, new leather, new top, new repro floor mat. Still with 1980-dated California plate. Motor is now a Super (with appropriate badging) instead of 60-hp original, and electrics are 12 volt. U.S.-spec overriders deleted. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $415,649. Delivered new in Frankfurt but built to U.S. spec, presumably for armed services personnel who subsequently took it home. Sold in the U.K. in 2015 postrestoration. Sold just on the lower estimate, more expensive than the 1957 car (Lot 377), but with more originality. Fair market value for such a nice example in fine condition. SOLD AT $42,269. Built in-house by Renault, which took over the manufacturing from 1980, and said to have been used by the specialist PGHM (Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne) in the Southern French Alps, although this is a mountain rescue unit rather than conventional police. Offered at no reserve and sold in the middle of the estimate. This is huge money for an R4, but there’s nothing else like it. And it’s half the price of a 2CV Sahara. GERMAN #349-1935 BMW 315 Veritas RS road- ster. S/N: 48904. Silver/black leather. Rebodied in the style of a Veritas RS in 2006, although it had a Dutch-built roadster body by the late ’50s or early ’60s, by which time it already had a 2-liter engine. Seat leather #367-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL SLS replica roadster. S/N: 1980427500220. Silver/blue velour. Odo: 185 km. Inspired by Paul O’Shea’s 1957 SLS racer, built up for the 1997 Carrera Panamericana with aluminum body, front disc brakes and Getrag 5-speed, steel wheels from something like a W124. Generally worn and faded paint and graphics. Seat velour still bright and unworn under protective covers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $359,290. Supplied new in the U.S., to Belgium recently, where it was refurbished. Although it’s probably easier to live with than the 1956 example (Lot 371), that car’s originality won out in pricing. If you didn’t mind that, this was a relative deal—in Speedster terms, at least. #385-1967 PORSCHE 911S SWB coupe. S/N: 307205S. Sand Beige/black leather & vinyl. Odo: 1,163 miles. German-market car. Shiny older repaint with a couple of marks, “ 134 Finished 11th out of 67 finishers (from 92 starters) and first in its class in the ’97 Carrera, with no support vehicle, and has historic-raced in Europe since. Sold for just over two-thirds of that lower estimate, or about five-eighths of the market price for a nice, stock Roadster. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL SLS replica roadster ” Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA one star/bubble coming through on right rear fender. Motor grubby, but newish rear silencer. Interior tidy, front seats redone in leather, new door seals. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $176,123. One of three small-bumper 911s from the same collection, all in roughly the same condition. Sold for more than the following lot, a ’68 SWB in ostensibly slightly better-restored condition, but you’re paying for originality here as historic rallying, which has a class cut-off date of 1968, has depleted the numbers of unmolested SWB cars. #386-1968 PORSCHE 911S SWB coupe. S/N: 11800539. Polo Red/black vinyl. Odo: 62,087 km. Optioned with sports seats and fog lights (now missing). Repainted in Signal Red from original Polo Red, some stone chips in front, but wears slightly flared-arch front fender from following model, and fiberglass S-type spoiler. Original vinyl inside. Motor a bit oily underneath, but with new pipes and exchangers. U.K. registered. Cond: 3+. din Aga Khan, the son of the 48th Aga Khan and a noted collector of Islamic art, who died in 2003. Not sold at a high bid of €550,000— which would have been a snip two years ago, and still €100k ($123k) less than what was needed to buy it today. Normally I’d say take the money, but for an example this perfect, it’s probably worth holding out for the full whack. #411-1988 FORD SIERRA Cosworth hatchback. S/N: WFOEXXGBBEGG36522. Zandvoort Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 29,339 miles. Original big-fender Cossie. Appears well looked after with probably original paint. Seat velour isn’t as baggy as they usually get. Locked, so I couldn’t open the bonnet (hood) to check for original number stampings on front fenders and slam panel, though they are shown in the catalog. Cond: 2-. its €30k ($37k) lower estimate to sell at much the same price as the Clio V6 from the same collection, which is about right for rare cars made in relatively small (7k or so) numbers. #432-1995 MERCEDES-BENZ E36 AMG wagon. S/N: WDB1240881F310186. White/blue leather. Odo: 58,458 km. One of 171 of these fast W124 wagons built. Wood steering wheel. Original rear silencer. Full M-B service history, three owners and the last since 2002. German title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $119,763. Cosmetically slightly nicer than the previous lot, the 1967 S. Originally supplied in the U.S., and to the U.K. in 2009. Second 911S SWB from same small collection of long-hood cars (others were Lots 385 and 387). Sold for quite a bit less than the earlier car, and under the lower €100k ($122k) estimate, but wrong details will count against it. #361-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring coupe. S/N: 9113600738. White/ black velour. Odo: 9,941 km. A 472 optioned with headrests, sport seats and an electric sliding roof. Massively restored with lots of NOS. New pipes, etc. Thick, rubberized stone-chip spray on underneath to protect floorpans. Geneva registered. Came from factory in Light Ivory over Pepita (pumpkin) and black interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,451. Delivered new in France; three owners, the last in Belgium since 2016. Offered at no reserve against a €40k–€60k ($49k–$74k) estimate, which it missed by almost €10k ($12k). About the right money, although possibly would have made more in the U.K., where they are currently hot property (literally at one time, as these were once the most stolen cars in England). #414-1994 FORD ESCORT RS Cosworth Motorsport hatchback. S/N: WFOBXXGKABRS94871. Ash Black/Raven velour. Odo: 9,609 km. Large-turbo Cossie, number 019 of limited-edition Italian-market Motorsport cars—broadly equivalent to Monte Carlo edition sold in other markets, with OZ wheels, a/c and electric windows, but without leather or sunroof. Original paint, although bizarrely, seat cloth baggier on passenger’s side than driver’s. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,222. First registered in Germany, then to Japan in 1996, appears to have come back to Germany 2002. Offered at no reserve but sold where expected, almost reaching the lower estimate, and at this money looking like a realistic alternative to an E500 (which wasn’t available as a wagon). (See profile, p. 84.) ITALIAN #347-1904 FIAT TYPE 24/32 rear-en- trance tonneau tourer. S/N: 745. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. One of five known survivors. Older (1990s) restoration with replica body, still good overall order and a regular on the Brighton Run. Good paint, excellent brass, leather taking on a nice patina, drive chains in good nick. No odo, but nice 1,500rpm rev counter on dash. With VCC dating certificate. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $673,860. Originally owned (but only for its first year) by Prince Sadrud- 136 SOLD AT $56,359. Delivered new in Italy and in the Nespoli Collection all its life. Ash Black is the rarest color. Motorsport means something different in the U.K.—a basic shell supplied for customers to build up their own rally cars. Offered at no reserve but exceeded SOLD AT $873,568. Originally supplied in the U.S., discovered derelict and bodiless buried in Cape Cod in 1942. From the collection of the late Jan Bruijn, founder of the Deventer Automuseum and the Concours Paleis Het Loo, who died in January 2017, and owned this car for the last 10 years of his life. This was one of the faster cars on the run, therefore one of the last starters, but once rolled in only five secs behind starter number one.... Sold right where expected, a little behind the €750k Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA ($919k) lower estimate. You can get a basic Brighton runner for a lot less, but this is in line with the prices of the larger, faster and more sophisticated (i.e. more comfortable, as you’re not out in the cold for so long) cars. #401-1959 VESPA 400 microcar. S/N: 16250. Yellow/gray & green vinyl. Odo: 43,764 km. Suicide-door microcar, clean and repainted a rather sudden color during restoration by a previous owner, but no history. Probably originally a gray or green to match the interior. Seat vinyl okay. Fabric roof in good order, so probably redone too. Bumper, side repeaters and hubcaps badges all intact, although headlight rims painted black. Lower lip of rear valance a bit wavy, though. This is an oil-tank car, meaning you don’t have to pre-mix the fuel, though fully automatic pumped lubrication didn’t appear until 1959. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,499. Sold where expected, at about the price of a decent Isetta bubblecar. A nice Fiat 500 is about the same price and is arguably more practical, as it’s a four-stroke and seats four (just!) but with the same 13/14 hp as the Vespa. Have you ever tried driving one fully loaded? #370-1970 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Con- version Spyder. S/N: 13865. Gray/tan & black leather. Odo: 31,806 km. Early Plexi Daytona converted to Spyder by Straman in 1990, changed to later flip-up lights and finished in black. Repainted/retrimmed in 2008. Good all around, with a few imperfections in paint; leather still looks new save a bit of wear on the driver’s seat. Trunk-lid fit appears to have improved since last time we saw it. Borranis (nine-inch rears) fitted at time of conversion have a few marks in rims. New clamps to ANSA exhaust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $634,041. Supplied new in Italy, to the U.S. in 1988, to Germany in 2008, and to the U.K. in 2015. Last seen at Coy’s 2009 Padua, Italy, sale, when we said, “Cut Daytona, very well executed by unconfirmed hands. Lovely colors were a change from the red & black this car was seen in at RM’s Amelia Island sale in March ’07, where it sold for $198k in #3- condition (SCM# 44697). Crossed the block again at RM Phoenix in January ’08, where it did an impressive $264k in #4 condition (SCM# 48685). Now resprayed and retrimmed, it does $400k.” This time sold under the €500k–€600k ($613k–$735k) estimate and, although Daytonas have deflated quite a bit in the past three years, might have fetched more unchopped as it was about $100k under the price of a decent intact coupe. As a guide, in the weeks after the sale Mark Hyman offered 1971 Straman conversion 13933, restored and still with its Plexi front, for sale at $675k. #366-1974 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH LP400 Periscopio coupe. S/N: LP4001120016. Eng. # 112 0018. Red/mustard leather. Odo: 28,218 miles. Good all around. Repainted, originally black, no rot in usual May 2018 137


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Bonhams Paris, FRA spots, although windscreen seal is a bit rustic (as in an amalgamation of “rough” and “mastic”), as usual. Original leather a little worn on beadings. Wears later, wider 400S wheels, newly refurbed Campagnolos already looking a bit bubbly. Swiss title. Cond: 2. Inside, rear interior velour is good, with nice mahogany door cappings and retaining original bone handles. In front, chauffeur’s seat leather is cracked through in places. Bleriot dipping headlamps, large Cicca brass-trumpeted tenor electric horn on left running board. English reg plates; English tax disc on dash expired 2009. Cond: 2-. quality order, although missing its front doors and cowl, replaced by a single sheet of timber. Older paint is tatty and leather falling apart, but brass is lovely. Nice dash-mounted clock too, alongside older U.S. car-club-meet plaques. No frame numbers on pre-’26 Ts, so engine number is used, but no way of telling if it’s the original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,908. From the mostly-Minerva collection of Jacques Vander Stappen, who paid a strong $9,500 for it in 1979. Price here was marketcorrect—if it had been complete. Although it sold behind the €18k ($22k) lower estimate, buyer’s done well here given that you still need to find it some doors. SOLD AT $781,984. Two owners, the second since 1994, both in Switzerland. Sold just on the lower estimate, market correct for a periscope car—even with those wheels. #409-1975 FIAT-ABARTH 124 Group 4 racer. S/N: 00922695. Black & yellow/black. Rare real ex-Works car with 16v injected motor. Fair order all around for a used rally car. Tour Auto, etc. stickers. Seats and belts just out of date. No odo but has Twinmaster tripmeter. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $408,604. In France until 2007/8, restored by Alain Balleret, founder of the Hispano-Suiza Club of France, but in the ’30s head of the factory’s experimental department. Catalog said it was bought by the vendor at Bonhams’ December 2008 Olympia sale (Lot 682: no price listed, so we assume a post-sale deal, against an estimate of $280k–$420k), although also declared sold by Gooding at Pebble Beach 2009 for $407,000 (Lot 155). Previously offered and declared sold by Kidston of Geneva. This time sold just a little way behind the €350k estimate. Like everything else, it’s dropped back a little. AMERICAN #333-1912 FORD MODEL T tourer. S/N: 142001. Eng. # 142001. Black/black leather. Last of the Brass Era Ts, in driver- #352-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 10867S101165. Roman Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 99,099 miles. 283ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Tired older paint, seat vinyl probably original, rushed prep on brushed finish to dash, but all instruments and switches present and correct. Just a typical older resto, driver-quality ’Vette, but unique in that the dashboard is signed by various Hollywood figures, from Affleck to Witherspoon. U.S. registered but EU taxes paid. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $98,629. Bought by the vendor for €400,000 at a 2015 charity auction organized in Saint Tropez by Leonardo DiCaprio for his wildlife foundation. Offered at no reserve, and sold this time for a quarter of that. Still approximately twice market value, but it’s the previous owner who should be feeling the most selfless and worthy. © SOLD AT $213,388. From a small collection of competition cars including two real Integrale rally cars, neither of which sold. SPANISH #312-1925 HISPANO-SUIZA H6B Coupe De Ville. S/N: 11038. Black/black leather/tan velour. RHD. Odo: 19,697 km. Restored in ’60s and ’70s. Very formal body by Kellner of Paris still in good shape, newish paint and nice nickel plating to radiator shell. “ 138 Bought by the vendor for 400,000 euros at a 2015 charity auction organized in Saint Tropez by Leonardo DiCaprio for his wildlife foundation. Offered at no reserve, and sold this time for a quarter of that. 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible ” Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com Sports Car Market Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK Leake — Oklahoma City 2018 The sale of the Rolland Collection marks the third year in a row that this auction featured a major no-reserve collection Company Leake Auction Company Date February 23–24, 2018 Location Oklahoma City, OK Auctioneers Jim Richie, Dillon Hall, Clint Cunningham Automotive lots sold/offered 256/354 Sales rate 72% Sales total $6,738,710 High sale 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren convertible, sold at $308,000 Buyer’s premium Overall top seller and from the Rolland Collection — 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren convertible, sold at $308,000 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics L eake Auction Company’s annual Oklahoma City event in February was the under new ownership by in Oklahoma City, OK equipment auction company Ritchie Leake’s president Richard Sevenoaks hadn’t mentioned that, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference, as they continued to operate in the same general manner and with most of the previous staff (although some longtime auctioneers, ringmen, and announcers, who work with other auction houses, were no longer here). However, they made a point of reminding us that they now had a bigger online presence due to the change. In Leake’s second year at the Bennett Event Center, within the OKC Fairgrounds on the western edge of Oklahoma City, all consignments were now under one roof for each day’s lots. This was a darn good thing, as it was rather cool and wet for the better part of the auction. Indeed, icy roads in the region were a major problem on set-up Thursday (and to think I left Minnesota for this), along with some consignments not making it here at all. It also meant that some of the Saturday lots didn’t make it in the building until after the last car was sold on Friday. The only other observation I’ll make along these lines is that most of the lots were packed in fairly tight. I’d be fine with having only one day’s worth of cars in the main hall if I 140 can at least open the doors on a 1976 Cadillac Eldorado without the danger of it touching the car on either side of it. Also helping aid the inside logistics was Leake going to a single- auction-podium format over the previous two rings, along with foregoing a Sunday edition. The other big news here was the no-reserve sale of the Rolland Collection of performance and race cars. It was originally scheduled for a stand-alone event on December 9, in California, but due to the wildfires in close proximity at that time, was relocated here. It was also the third year in a row in which this sale featured a major no-reserve collection. A 2008 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR con- vertible, from the Rolland Collection, sold at $308,000. This led the other 255 sold cars to bring in $6.7 million in gross sales. Not too bad. Still, there were fewer cars compared to last year, and that’s been a trend here for the last three years, yet at least the ones consigned have been bringing consistent money. While Oklahoma City may be off of some folks’ radar for a collector-car hotbed, Leake has made this a significant venue for what would otherwise be a drab winter month between the Arizona and Amelia Island sales. I’d say that it’s icing on the cake, but that’s too slick of a line for me. Suffice to say, this isn’t an event that one should glaze over. ♦ Sales Totals $12m $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 Sports Car Market


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK ENGLISH #587-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE roadster. S/N: 24459. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,111 miles. High-quality restoration completed in recent years. Superb paint quality—technologically impossible when car was new. Black plug for (lack of) antenna hole and the jacking holes. Door fit and shut lines becoming wider at the top compared to last time I saw the car. Somewhat dull windshield frame, with minimal scratching. Good bumper chrome, original and lightly pitted interior chrome. Correct Lucas sealed-beam headlights. Well detailed under the bonnet, aside from part of ventilation hose being collapsed and original plastic reservoir bottles being yellowed. Tidy total interior redo; with allnew vinyl. New top stowed behind the seats. Squeaky-clean undercarriage, with lighter body-paint application, yet good coverage in black on suspension bits. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,950. Dog DB7s as over-priced Jaguars if you like, but the Ford-era cars definitely saved the marque. By and large, the depreciation curve on DB7s—especially the V12 Vantages with a stick shift—seems to have bottomed out, and they are on the upswing. Not to say that this was a good deal, not only were six bidders on site chasing this at $30k, but I’m kicking myself for not getting a bidder’s number. This could’ve tempted me as a replacement for my C5 auction-road-trip car. And if this tightwad feels he could’ve bought it without getting hurt, it was probably the best buy here. GERMAN #481-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N: 221444. Black/black leather. Odo: 23,174 miles. Porsche CoA issued to car, confirming its configuration. Recent better-quality, trimoff, glass left-in base/clear repaint. Authentically replated exterior chrome. New door seals, so doors take a little more effort to latch properly. Stated that original engine recently rebuilt to SC specifications. Back in the car, it’s clean and tidy top to bottom—aside from dull and dingy air cleaners for dual downdraft Webers. New white plastic fuse block cover in trunk, along with original tool roll and a painted steel wheel shod with an older radial tire. Chromed rims with new radials on ground. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $18,750. Last seen at the previous Leake auction, in Dallas in November 2017, there a no-sale at $16k (SCM# 6853708). Although it’s getting a bit shopworn being trucked around the region, it is getting bid more, but I don’t see that trend going into the next auction it will be at (since it’s dealer inventory, I’m quite certain that it’ll be shopped more). BEST BUY #464-2001 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Vantage coupe. S/N: SCFAB223X1K301383. Silver/tan & brown leather. Odo: 10,369 miles. Specially built car from new for consignor, with 10,369 actual miles. Retains the original three-ring binder owner’s manual. Well-cared-for, all-original car, with exception of tires, battery and fluids. All electrical systems work spot-on, including original Alpine sound system and self-lowering door glass. Only appreciable interior wear is carpeting around pedal box, along with stitching on leather shift knob starting to soil and fray. Clean engine bay shows yellowing of washer-fluid jug. Undercarriage has some light road spray from limited use on gravel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,100. For those of you tuned into this car, it was last seen at the most recent Leake sale (Dallas, November 2017), there declared sold at $60,500 (SCM# 6853737). There I said this sold market-correct; here, offered at no reserve, we’ll just say that it’s still within the range of the market, but was a better deal for the seller that made it worth his effort for the flip—if at a razor-thin margin. #280-1969 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER microbus. S/N: 229131155. Light pastel blue/white paint/black vinyl. Odo: 35,016 miles. Good news: It wears original 142 “ paint. Bad news: It also wears plenty of surface rust and scratches. Buffed out about as well as possible at this point. Most body brightwork original and, at best, serviceable yet needing some level of reconditioning. Modern black windshield-wiper assemblies over foggy and delaminating windshield with a 1986 OK inspection sticker affixed. All rubber seals are shot. Suspension obviously leans towards the left (just like most owners). New front seats, with decent original second- and third-row bench seats. Original door panels coming loose on edges. Hole in dash where stock radio was, but bezel still in place. Scabby original headliner. Same for engine bay. Reproduction hubcaps and new radial tires on repainted wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,460. At least this is a case of “barn-find” original that got washed up and made presentable without the danger of coming down with Hantavirus or needing a tetanus shot if you’re within 20 feet of it (although it wouldn’t hurt if you were current on your shots). The reserve was dropped with the bidding dried up, for a sale that should be cool for everyone, dude. #224-1978 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N: 10704412045790. Yellow/ brown cloth, yellow hard top/Parchment leather. Odo: 81,269 miles. Retains original window sticker, from when it was sold new by Ralph Bolen Imports of OKC, showing optional leather seating and Becker Mexico AM/ FM/cassette stereo. A/C recently updated to R134a. Excellent older repaint, at least on the front clip, which shows overspray on the radiator support bracket. Decent-to-serviceable original brightwork. Older M-B replacement windshield. Some light surface rust on bottom of hard top. Well-fitting cloth soft top. Newer Michelin all-season tires on original alloy wheels. Good original interior, with some moderate soiling on dashpad at base of windshield. Although there are new brake hoses and accumulator, the rest of the undercarriage shows somewhat frequent gravel-road use. Cond: 3+. At least this is a case of “barn-find” original that got washed up and made presentable without the danger of coming down with Hantavirus. 1969 Volkswagen Transporter microbus ” Sports Car Market


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Claimed by consignor to have $15k into it. Why, I don’t know, since with over 80k miles on it, that’s pipedream money on it. These had depreciated to less than that while Carter was still president, bottoming out at around $5k and staying there for five administrations since. Should’ve taken the bid. #476-1980 PORSCHE 911SC coupe. S/N: 91A0142074. Bitter Chocolate/beige leather. Odo: 35,788 miles. Stated that indicated miles actual since new. Porsche CoA confirms optional a/c, power sunroof, cruise control and Fuchs wheels as being original to car. However, wheel centers painted to match bodywork at a later date—likely when it got a better-quality topical respray. PCA decal in windshield. Good original interior, with lightto-moderate carpet traffic and light seat wrinkling. Period Kenwood in-dash sound system, with graphic equalizer below dashboard. Engine bay generally original and clean, but could really stand to be detailed. Paint heavily flaked on inside edges of engine lid. Typical used-car undercarriage. Seems to run out well without any obvious issues. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,600. This is actually the second time that the consignor has owned the car, having previously been the second owner. While the color may not be to everyone’s taste (even if it is Bitter Chocolate), this definitely has enough of an original vibe to be a good ride to take to Luftgekühlt. As such, I felt it should’ve done better than what it finally did—yet reserve was lifted when the bidding dried up, signaling perhaps that the silly money on air-cooled 911s may be drying up also. #491-2008 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR MCLAREN convertible. S/N: WDDAK76F58M001741. Silver/wine cloth/red leather. Odo: 6,705 miles. Miles from new, and all original. Optional turbine wheels and carbon-fiber interior-trim package. Superb factory-applied paint, with no flaws or chipping from use detected. Engine bay shows slight discoloration on some metal-foil heat shields from use, but otherwise looks like new underhood. Undercarriage shows more road spray than expected for lack of miles and balance of car’s condition. Interior has some light wear and soiling on carpeted floor mats and steering wheel rim, the balance being like new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $308,000. While assembled in the U.K. by McLaren, these SLRs have a German VIN prefix (W, dating back to when it was West Germany when the current 17-character VIN standard was implemented in 1981). To me, at least (not that I’m in the market for one), these look a lot better than the Gullwing coupe. As a drop-top with Lambo doors—even bonestock—it looks like a prop for a hip-hop video. It also looks to me that this sold within the range of today’s market, although a bit on the low side factoring the limited miles. Yet this proved to be the top sale of the weekend here. ITALIAN #477-1990 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N: ZFFSG17A1L0087289. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: 11,918 miles. U.S.spec car from new and is essentially original. Stated recently serviced, but newest invoice on pile displayed with car dates to 2015. Excellent, well-cared-for original paint, although a few places on drip rails where the buffer burned through the blackened trim. Consignor could’ve done a better job of cleaning below rear bumper, on fascia—if they actually did at all. Light road spray on undercarriage. Newer BFGoodrich Radial T/As. Topical engine bay cleanup (not to be confused with being detailed) shows that it has seen regular maintenance over the years. Items with heaviest wear on interior are carpeted floor mats and steering-wheel rim, yet far from being worn out. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $121,000. Of all the cars here, including the McLaren SLR Benz, this one was the Gamer Magnet. Then again, the SLR was secured and watched, unlike the Testarossa that was parked with the rest of the lots and left unlocked—I’m rather surprised that things like the lighter and shift knob weren’t purloined. Millennials were taking selfies with it, in it, on in, and around the car all weekend. Too bad they didn’t have enough nickels between all of them to actually buy it. For those who do have enough nickels, these seem to have moderated somewhat in price lately, so that’s likely another reason that consignor let it go after the bids dried up. #505-1997 DALLARA TYPE IR7 IRL- spec racer. S/N: 017. Black/black carbon fiber. MHD. USAC/IRL serial number 7097. Stated history was that it was originally purchased by A.J. Foyt, then sold to Greg Ray for his rookie year in IRL for 1998, being used next year by Robby McGehee in Indy in 1999, where they came in 5th. In essentially as-raced 144 Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent online sales of Japanese collector cars by Brian Baker (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #7947. 1971 Datsun 510 2-dr sedan. S/N PL510175962. Unknown miles. “Rebuilt L20B inline 4, 280Z 5-speed manual gearbox, R200 limited-slip differential, recent refurbishment, Weber carburetors, repainted in white, Wilwood disc brakes, modified suspension, 15-inch VTO wheels, BMW Sport seats, new headliner and Dynamat.” Condition: 2. Leake Oklahoma City, OK condition for ’99 season and turn-key ready for vintage racing, although it wasn’t started at this venue. Powered then and now by Olds Aurora V8 IRL-spec engine—at a reported 700-hp tune. Paint has some cracking and crazing in vicinity of exhaust pipes. Cockpit has basic carbon-fiber seat form without driver-specific Nomex cushions. Generally clean engine, with heavier paint flaking on right-side valve cover than left. Original wheels shod with Hoosier racing slicks. Cond: 3. 2003–04 season of the Ferrari Challenge Series of North America. If your wife wants to ride along on track day, who’s going to argue? Besides, this is also ready to roll for driving schools that require equal safety equipment for driver and passenger (such as BMW, CCA and PCA). Sold on a bill of sale only, yet has a 17-digit standard VIN and stated that it’s subject to state sale tax. That no-title/not-streetlegal thing puts a crimp on the market for it, but still you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal on a turn-key-ready track-day warrior at this level. AMERICAN #524-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM SOLD AT $36,800. The huge numbers of 240Z/ 260Z/280Z cars coming to market are hiding the great 510s up at auction. It is harder to find a nice 510 than S30 Z car. This car had a beautiful restoration, which also made it an inconspicuous resto-mod. The car now has comforts, such as nicer seats, stereo and 5-speed — along with disc brakes and upgraded suspension for safety. Well sold. Bring-A-Trailer, 2/2/2018. #332545031477. 1991 Honda CRX Si. S/N JHMED9368MS001114. 69,500 miles. “Second owner, garaged most of its life, new tires, brakes, fluids, general maintenance. Sunroof replaced with a working black one. No rust. Unmodified.” Condition: 1-. SOLD AT $53,900. Fared well during the CART vs. IRL pissing match of the late 1990s, where nobody really emerged as a winner—if anything, it damaged Indy Car racing to where it really isn’t fixed two decades later. In 1997, Greg Ray qualified on the front row at Indy with it, and, in ’98, Robby McGehee’s 5th-place finish driving this very car helped him earn Rookie of the Year. Unlike the other IRL-era Indy cars here from the Rolland Collection, this was the only one with an engine in it—let alone turn-key ready. This may not be your father’s race car, but with the Aurora being one of the spec engines for the series, parts support should exist if you are in the right circles. Selling at no reserve, final price seems about right, all things considered. SOLD AT $6,193. A second-generation CRX in good shape is hard to find. While this is a popular platform for modifying, this one is untouched. These have a lot of room left for rising value. These lateryear (1990–91) cars are the ones to buy, especially in the Si trim level. eBay Motors, 2/12/2018. #292410083522. 1990 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ62. S/N JT3FJ62GXL1116068. 132,890 miles. “4.0-L 6-cylinder EFI 4-speed automatic 4x4, two owners, original condition, heavily documented from day one, spent its entire life in Southern California.” Condition: 1-. #492-2001 FERRARI 360 Modena Challenge coupe. S/N: ZFFYR51B000123526. Yellow/red Nomex. F1 6-speed paddle-shift transmission. For track use, has quick-disconnect steering wheel, race display module and simplified controls over stock instrumentation, and fixtures, roll cage and fire suppression systems. A matching OMP racing seat and harnesses were added for consignor’s wife, with moderate wear and fading on outside bolsters of each one. Rattlecan touch-up inside around pedal boxes, with overspray on pedals. Minimal track rash on paint, but some light nicks and scratches regardless. Retains tech-inspection decals from at least three races. Rather tidy and clean in engine bay for a race car. Race slicks on stock BBS wheels. Cond: 3. BEST BUY I Harwick sedan. S/N: S83PM. Black/black formal leatherette/gray broadcloth. Odo: 61,615 miles. Old enamel repaint presents well and has an appropriate sheen to it. Plating starting to thin on a few pieces. Battery-box cover sits high enough that it now contacts bottom of front passenger’s side door when opened. Padded roof in good shape. All six wire wheels likely repainted when the Lester tires were replaced decades ago. Engine bay getting a bit dingy, but stated that it had an in-frame overhaul, rebuilt head, addition of a modern full-flow oil filter and new open-element air filter. Door panels look to be redone in vinyl about half a century ago. Seats, headliner and rear-window shades in good condition. Carpet could stand to be cleaned. Rather greasy undercarriage. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $68,000. This was a very early-production Springfield Phantom I, with some late Silver Ghost characteristics. Stated that a former owner was Oklahoma City mayor George Shirk. Consigned by the longterm owner’s son; we both were of the opinion that this by rights should be a $100k car — or in spitting distance of that — in the right market. He was keen on giving the locals a chance at buying it first, but wasn’t going to fire-sale it, so it may appear elsewhere in a venue more attuned to it than consigned between a latemodel used Corvette and a late-model used Jaguar. SOLD AT $ $25,100. This is a beautiful example of a Japanese collectible car. It is well documented, in original condition and in great shape. 1990 was the last year for this body style. While this example is stunning, others have sold for more. Well bought. eBay Motors, 1/20/2018. ♦ 146 SOLD AT $53,900. Offered at no reserve from the Rolland Collection. Raced during the #465-1930 LASALLE 340 convertible. S/N: 612520. Maroon & black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 81 miles. Equipped with dual sidemounts and trunk rack with Cadillac-LaSalle accessory trunk. Restored in the mid-tolate 1980s, attaining an AACA National First Place award in 1989. Since then, it seems to have mostly been a garage queen, with 81 miles since the redo. Light polishing scratches Sports Car Market


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK on some paint, especially dashboard. Chrome still resplendent. Seat upholstery shows minimal wear, although padding seems to have settled as the leather has a looser fit (although the rumble seat looks like it was done recently). Recent cleanup underhood of good older detailing. Undercarriage paint still in a high gloss and generally clean, but inboard rear tires show some lubricant dripping on sidewalls. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $78,100. Cadillac’s companion car for 1930 was just as fine of a car as its larger sibling, although it still wasn’t a real cheap date at $2,590 for the first full year of the Great Depression. With an opening bid of $50k, it took two full rotations on the automotive Lazy Susan to get bid to where it got hammered sold. Still not a cheap date, but well worth what was spent. #468-1931 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT Series 840 convertible. S/N: 47982. Red & dark maroon/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 3 miles. Period-accessory Pilot Ray turning driving lamps, which look like they are aimed at 10 feet in front of the car. Restored several years ago, still quite presentable. Better-quality repaint, to include chassis and undercarriage done in same dark red as fenders. Most brightwork replated and presents well. Decent door fit and shut lines, considering 87-year-old wood body structure. Older engine bay detailing clean, yet most fasteners and bare iron show light surface rust. Well-fitted seat upholstery, up front and in rumble seat. Good dashboard woodgraining. Whitewalls turning yellow and sidewalls rather soiled on inboard sides. Runs out very well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. Not a minty-fresh restoration for top-tier concours events, but this one is still a rather nice car. While there’s been a lot of talk in relevant circles (especially in the CCCA) about the stability of values for Full Classics like this in today’s younger marketplace, better-condition open-bodied cars in good colors in the right venues seem to be hanging on. Granted, 20 years ago, this car May 2018 147


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK would’ve likely sold for similar money. Bidding here started at $50k, and took awhile before they hammered this no-reserve car from the Oliver Collection as sold. #487-1932 PACKARD EIGHT Series 902 convertible. S/N: 509272. Cream & tan/ tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 75,639 miles. Body tag reattached to cowl with modern poprivets after car was comprehensively repainted several years back. Base paint has some light chipping on panel edges. Good masking for accent paint. Driver’s door handle points to 6 o’clock. Gold-painted wire wheels look dull and dingy, shod with older straight-tread biasply tires. Clean and well-sorted engine, but no longer a show queen. Well-fitted upholstery, but starting to show some light wrinkling— both on seats and door panels. One gauge face heavily faded, while gas-gauge bezel frame worn down to all brass and no chrome. Good dashboard wood graining, with a few spots of touch-up. Wood ball shift knob. Heavier coating of chassis road grime. Cond: 3+. Silver Auctions Arizona, where it failed to sell at $146k (SCM# 6858032). Proof that once again, this dealer should have taken the first auction offer, as it would’ve saved several grand in shipping it all over the Southwest. #402-1946 WILLYS CJ-2A Jeep open 4x4 MPV. S/N: 16392. Kelly Green/black vinyl. Odo: 5,414 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Larger-than-stock tires from a later M38A1 military Jeep. Also fitted with turn signals, overriders welded to the front bumper as a grille guard, a set of Sears branded front lockout hubs, and somewhat crude hitch. Also somewhat crude is the repaint; sprayed over minimal prep work and light dings—at least it wasn’t brushed on. Some chipping on cowl shows that it had red paint. Iron plate welded onto floor in rear cargo area, then painted black. Converted to a 12-volt with Pertronix ignition. Newer front leaf springs (part number stenciled onto them). Mix-master collection of gauges, from original to last week at the parts store. Ran intermittently in staging lane, but pushed onto the block. Cond: 4+. Universal Jeep had an opening bid of $1,200, yet being no-reserve, had no problem getting bid to $5k. Since essentially all parts are at a ’69 Camaro level of availability (to include whole new bodies), this was a reasonable deal for a work tool today, restored collectible tomorrow (see “Affordable Classic,” p. 48). #474-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N: P6FH281163. Peacock Blue/ white vinyl/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 1,096 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Soft top only, but included loose with car and not installed. Older restoration, with some recent detailing. Good older, easy trim-off repaint, with some light paint flaking around door-vent window frames. Said frames have heavy chrome wear and frosty pitting, along with top-mounting pads. Still some Peacock Blue overspray on dirty undercarriage. Doors and fender skirts don’t fit all that well. Recent detailing touchup underhood, primarily repainting minor brackets, as older engine repaint still pretty good. Older reproduction seats, door panels and dashpad still quite good but show some light use. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $170,500. Per the body tag, sold new on June 24, 1932, by Packard Ontario Motor Co. Ltd. of Toronto. Shopped heavily this winter, as it was at Dan Kruse auctions of Houston in November, there a no-sale at $170k (SCM# 6854058), and I saw it last at SOLD AT $5,610. This is the second auction in a row where I’ve had a 1946 CJ-2A on the docket, although this one is more of a work tool than a collectible. As such, this no-reserve SOLD AT $36,300. In essence, it’s equipped as standard, as far as tops are concerned, since both hard top and soft top were extracost options (which makes one wonder how it was delivered new from River Rouge, MI, in the winter). So in theory, you could order a car without a top, but in the reality of preMonroney-sticker era, sometimes features assumed to be standard were listed as extra-cost options. Reserve surpassed at $32k, garnering two more bids before hammering sold. Maybe there’s something to the verbiage that consignor had with car’s informational placard, stating that “these baby Birds have been on a rapid rise in value,” as it was well sold by a couple of grand. Although I think it was more a case of the consignor setting the hook on at least one bidder. #114-1963 STUDEBAKER CHAMP pickup. S/N: E5139408. Light blue metallic/ aqua vinyl & blue cloth. Odo: 42,445 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Heavily weathered paint; some of it naturally occurring, most of it exacerbated, with heavy surface rust. Doors and cargo box sides recently labeled with a fictional “Studey’s Speed Shop.” All of this clear-coated over. Minimal structural rust, essentially at the base of front fenders ahead of doors. They did put some work into shining up a few pieces of trim. Lousy door and hood 148 Sports Car Market


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fit. Crusty door seals, with old paint overspray on them. Styled steel wheels circa 1975–85 painted a blue-and-green candy metal flake, intentionally shod with old weather-checked bias-ply tires (who says style and safety have to go together?). Decent job of reupholstering seat and door panels. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $5,500. My sister, whose knowledge of cars is essentially that you don’t buy rusty BMW E9 coupes and that her firstgen Miata that replaced it is fun, asked me while she was on a photo shoot at the Back To The 50’s street-rod event, “What’s the deal with the hokey clear coat over the fake patina?” To which I could only reply, “I agree.” Real trucks don’t have fake patina. And they damn sure don’t have clear coat over their battle scars, either. Are they afraid it’s going to rust out further? Well, it’ll continue under the clear that you spent about a grand on. This is one trend that can die off last week, right up there with “barn find.” Sufficiently bid for the second-to-last-year Stude pickup, either ready to work today or waiting to be released by a restoration from its embarrassing cocoon. #271-1964 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2-dr hard top. S/N: 894A8070. Burgundy metallic/maroon & white vinyl. Odo: 23,645 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally equipped with a/c, but system redone with modern components, to include addition of interior vents. Close but not stock masked-off repaint, as this is more of a modern candy-type metallic in base/clear. Original, somewhat dull trim, with heavier dings on backlight frame. Newer reproduction seats. Bezels for power windows poorly refitted after door panels were redone. Aftermarket tachometer clamped to steering column at 12 o’clock position. Somewhat clean underhood, but wiring leaves a lot to be desired. Some wires cut out of original harness, and a lot of wiring added haphazardly throughout engine bay. Recent engine repaint and HEI-type ignition. Cond: 3. May 2018 149


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK SOLD AT $19,250. Granted, I was a bit disappointed that the 1964 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 which was originally on the docket on line didn’t make it here (likely due to the weather), so I grabbed this Grand Prix to fill my 1960s full-size BOP 2-dr hard top requirement instead. So when the years pass and high school kids (or those who still act like they are high school kids) think they can make them better by modifying them, the cars tend to suffer. In this case, the first thing I’d do is mount a fire extinguisher inside, in case the wiring goes into smoke mode. The mods don’t really do this one any favors, even if it did fare well across the block. #149-1966 FORD F-100 Custom Cab pickup. S/N: F10YN816023. Black/red & white vinyl. Odo: 8,681 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Nice body prep and paint application. New bumper chrome, plus select new trim and emblems. From there, things got cheap. They tried to polish the original alloy grille and bodyside trim, with limited success. They didn’t even bother with the taillight housings. Windshield foggy from delamination. Decent door fit, but latches stick. New generic-fit seat covering, with correct new door-panel inserts and custom-made black dashpad. All vacuum-plated plastic trim heavily worn. Original motor has a masked-off spray-can repaint plus newer aftermarket 4-bbl intake, carburetor, and open-element air cleaner. Universal-fit flex radiator hoses. More rattle-can work on the fender aprons, cowl and radiator support. Cond: 3. Setting Ticket, optional 196-ci slant four, T44 4-speed, dual fuel tanks and rear seat. Dealerinstalled AM/FM radio and antenna. Copy of original dealer worksheet shows original owner specially ordered it this way. Stated to have been retained by him until 2012. Since then, repainted in original colors and seats authentically reupholstered. Original brightwork good, but repaint accentuates minor flaws. Original floor mats have given way to modern carpeting. Generally clean underhood, but not especially well detailed. Fresh-air hose missing. Homemade battery clamp. Motor runs out well, but marks its territory when parked. Quickie black paint job on chassis. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. Standard Scout engine was 152-ci slant four, based on the right bank of IH’s 304 V8. Rather anemic even in the small Scout, early power upgrades began with adding a turbocharger in 1965, then making a 196-ci version of the slant four in 1966. This was based on the big truck 392 V8. However, the best power upgrades started in 1967, when the 266-ci V8 was optional, with a V8 always on the option sheet until the end of Scout production in 1980. The biggest thing that made it stick out from other Scouts is what it didn’t have—four-wheel drive. As such, its appeal is far more limited (at least by those who didn’t assume that Scout equals 4x4), so this final bid should’ve been sufficient to have made it change hands. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. During this generation of Ford trucks (1961–66), pickups made a drastic transition from utilitarian work tool to becoming a second car. While the Custom Cab package predated this generation, each year saw more amenities added to it—to the point that some base-model cars weren’t as well equipped. On top of that, Ford added the Ranger package for 1966, which included bucket seats from the Bronco (another case of trucks catering to a car world), plus a center console. Fifty-two years later, F-series pickups have now become Ford’s full-size car. This example was as becoming as initial glances would make some suppose, and despite the strong vintage-truck market, still wasn’t worth this bid. #157-1969 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 800 SUV. S/N: 711908G321336. Light aqua metallic & white/beige vinyl. Odo: 74,901 miles. 196-ci I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Per original Line 150 #264-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N: 1Z67J4S426560. Red/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 44,860 miles. 350-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory options include ps, pb, tilt-tele steering column, and rear-window defroster. Originally painted Classic White, with some still visible at places where the average repaint could’ve been masked off better. Still, door gaps sprayed quite well (in some cases, better than on the outside). Newer paint, top, and seat vinyl still degassing. Crossed-flags emblem missing from gas-filler flap. Interior has new door panels and dashpad, yet steering column and center cap on steering wheel are pretty ragged. Cracked center console aft of handbrake lever. Recent fluff-and-buff under the hood includes an engine repaint (with more degassing). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,875. With all the fear and loathing of 1974 cars (back then and now), this was the last year before catalytic converters, so it also means that ’74 was the final year that any Corvette had a true dualexhaust system. Even if it was from an Sports Car Market


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Leake Oklahoma City, OK emaciated small block or big block (which was also in its final year in a ’Vette for ’74). Not what I’d call an NCRS-quality restoration (and neither would they, if this graced one of their show fields), but good for a cruise-night special; if you were from the class of 1974, this would be a good ’nuff way to keep on truckin’. Slightly better deal for the seller than the buyer, even if they don’t realize it. #176-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N: 2W87W5N575914. Cameo White/white vinyl. Odo: 35,400 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation confirms car sold new by Bill Munday Pontiac of Austin, TX, as presented here. Factory options include 455 HO engine package, a/c, full tinted glass, power windows, power door locks, tilt steering column, center console, Custom Trim Group, Light Group, and Honeycomb wheels. Rather nicely executed trim-off repaint a few years back. Good repro graphics application. Front plastic beak to steel body fit is about as good as you can expect from the era. Halogen headlights. Seats in good condition, with more of a yellow hue than rest of interior. Redyed dash and console don’t quite match up well, but at least it retains stock shift linkage. Cond: 2-. white vinyl/Dove Gray leather. Odo: 319 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original invoice still attached to driver’s side rear quarter glass, showing optional Dual Comfort power front seats, AM/FM/8-track tape, tilt-tele steering column, remote trunk release, floor and trunk mats, cruise control, Twilight Sentinel lights, illuminated entry system, remote-control mirrors, and automatic door locks. Original except for a new clamped muffler, non-OEM battery, and 1975 Texas DPS sticker on windshield. Door seals starting to stain and etch paint in door jambs. One door-stop bumper on driver’s side missing. X-top mechanism needs to be supervised when operating, as one side is slower than the other. Undercarriage dusty from sitting rather than road spray. Fuel tank still has a shiny galvanized finish. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ SOLD AT $38,500. Stated that the 319 indicated miles are actual, and that the car is original. Out of the 14,000 ’76 Eldo convertibles made for this “final year,” it seems like at least 13k have been kept as future collectibles. As such, low-milers are relatively common. This one was offered at no reserve from the Oliver Collection portion of the auction on Saturday, so it was going to do what it was going to do. And even considering the miles, it did quite well. © Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com NOT SOLD AT $30,000. By 1975, High Output was a relative term. Granted, the 455 HO Package got you essentially the same 200-horse 455 that was optional in any big Pontiac, with a 4-speed manual, 3.35 differential, low back-pressure mufflers (behind the inaugural-year catalytic converter), and metallic brake pads. This certainly isn’t High Output compared to the SD-455s from a few years before, as this 455 is basically a Bonneville with a sexy body. Reran again late on Saturday as Lot 595, again a no-sale but at $26k. In either case, it should’ve traded hands. #463-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N: 6L67S6Q118631. White/ May 2018 151


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Motorcycle Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report The Las Vegas Motorcycle Sales ENGLISH #168-1939 BROUGH SUPERIOR SS80 motorcycle. S/N 2071. Eng. # BSX4761. Black/black leather. A very presentable riderquality bike. Vendor said he had just done 150 miles; however, the odo is zeroed out. Fitted with a Smiths eight-day clock. Exhaust pipes show evidence of use (always a good sign). Plating showing some wear on caps. Good paint with some evidence of wear. Headlight the correct eight-inch Lucas unit, with the peaked rim. Appropriate Lycette seat was installed. The pillion pad was a 1950s–’60s period bobber style—a major style disconnect. Also excessive plating on components such as the Magneto cover and voltage regulator. Both should be enameled. Engine the later AMC (Matchless) version. Far more reliable but not as pretty. Cond: 3+. 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, sold for $929,000 at Bonhams’ Vegas motorcycle auction Report and photos by Somer Hooker Market opinions in italics L as Vegas in January is to collectible motorcycles as Scottsdale is to collector-car auctions. Proven formula: January produces cabin fever and dreams of spring in a new (to you) vehicle. This year, Mecum stretched their sale to five days at the South Point Casino, filling that time with a total of 1,271 motorcycles. The gambit ran from salvage piles to immaculately restored early American motorcycles selling for six figures. Top sale was a 1911 Harley-Davidson Twin for $154,000. Their final sell-through rate was 90%, with a total of over $13.2 million. They will return and host another Las Vegas sale in June 2018. Across town, Bonhams held their sale at the Rio Casino on January 25. While only offering 92 motorcycle lots (and additional motomobilia), they did manage to set a world motorcycle auction record with the sale of the 1951 Vincent Black Lightning for $929,000. The 72% sales rate — in line with their recent efforts here — helped push their total to $2.8m. 27TH ANNUAL LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION Company: Mecum Auctions Location: Las Vegas, NV Date: January 23–27, 2018 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec Motorcycle lots sold/offered: 1,146/1,271 Sales rate: 90% Sales total: $13,249,887 High sale: 1911 Harley-Davidson Twin, sold at $154,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 152 THE LAS VEGAS MOTORCYCLE AUCTION Company: Bonhams Location: Las Vegas, NV Date: January 25, 2018 Auctioneer: James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered: 66/92 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $2,815,440 High sale: 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, sold at $929,000 Buyer’s premium: 15% on first $100,000; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices SOLD AT $120,500. The SS80 has always been considered the entry-level Brough. The 80 means it was capable of 80 mph‚ quite an accomplishment in the 1930s. This bike had all of the correct bits. Also evidence that it was a runner. It sold for $120,500 out the door, and it is nice to know you should be able to ride it out the door. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #131-1951 VINCENT BLACK LIGHTNING Australian land-speedrecord motorcycle. S/N RC9205. Eng. # F10AB/1C/7305. Black/black leather. Odo: 8,587 km. A tired-looking warrior. Enamel on cases flaking, but this still has much of its original stove enameling intact on the rest of crankcases, frame and tank. Original Electron brakes front and rear. Proper alloy rims. Bike has 2-inch pipes in present iteration. Some prior pictures showed 1⅝ inch. Present pipes showed some dents. Large Amal 10TT9 carburetors. Included are the original sidecar, fairing and tail cowling—all sharing the same patina. OEM rear-set pegs and controls. Radium-face Smiths jeweled instruments. Correct Lightning seat. Cond: 4. TOP 10 No. 10 SOLD AT $929,000. The scars are the stars. Vincent built about 33 Lightning Specials. Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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Motorcycle Roundup Designed primarily to customer specification, they were intended for record attempts. The most famous try was Rollie Free, who set a record of 150 mph on the John Edgar Lightning. This was the kind of sale that an auction company loves. Bidding opened at $300,000 and went straight up to $800,000 as an American collector and an Australian squared off. At $800k it became 5/10 poker until the bike was repatriated to Australia for $840,000 hammer ($929,000 with premium). Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #102-1955 VINCENT FIREFLY cy- clemotor. S/N TM145. Burgundy/gray leather. An aged bicycle with a cyclemotor attached— a 49-cc two-stroke Vincent Firefly motor. Bicycle still has its original paint and transfers (decals). An electric light and taillight have been installed. Chromium is perishing. Paint deteriorating on lights. Front registration plate missing, with rear present. Tank has some minor dents, but good original paint. Green sparkle hand grips are kind of a disconnect. Sold on bill of sale. Cond: 4+. tage of pressed-steel components. This was well bought as an excellent restoration on a bike with limited appeal. Price reflects current market. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #106-1970 TRIUMPH TROPHY T100C motorcycle. S/N HD56310T100C. Eng. # HD56 310T100C. Jacaranda Purple/black leather. Odo: 7,235 miles. Basically a survivor. Tank may be an older repaint. Some chips. Exhaust was in excellent condition and still has the barbecue grille, as they were known. These were to keep the rider’s left leg off of the pipes and typically the first thing discarded. Stainless fenders in good shape. Fitted with the later-style (and correct) taillight. Also have the DOT-mandated reflectors. Some minor rust issues on the hardware—typical for the cadmium plating common for the era. Twin high pipes in good shape. Cond: 2. have a good survival rate in Europe. Doubtful that any were exported to the U.S. then. I guess this was fair to both parties. Seller was looking for $50k and it hammered at $52k. Buyer got bragging rights to being the only one on the block. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #F31-1964 DKW HUMMEL 115 moped. S/N 1151003642. Red/cream vinyl. Odo: 5,619 miles. This is a good eight-footer. Closer inspection reveals a lot of orange peel in the paint. Alloy engine covers are a bit wavy. They also could have been cleaned and shined more. Exhaust header pock-marked from rust and then a light coat of paint. One flat tire from sitting. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,100. This goes back to a time when you commuted about your village and wanted to save some money on gas. Sold as a kit typically, they could be installed on any bike. A rather focused collector went head-tohead with another collector, and the value soared threefold. Well sold. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #101-1959 ARIEL ARROW motorcycle. S/N T10334S. Eng. # T103163. Red & cream/ black vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. Seat well executed—much nicer than original. Correct twostroke exhaust, with removable baffles. Pressed-steel frame and forks very well executed. Nice, lavish paint job on what many would consider a pedestrian vehicle or city bike. Cond: 1-. GERMAN #S91-1938 ZUNDAPP K800 motorcycle. S/N 194711. Eng. # 194711. Black/black leather. Odo: 3,844 km. Massive opposed-twin 4-cylinder. Chrome tank and panels are lavish. Has a pressed-steel frame. Metal and rest of chrome of a high finish. Enameling is perfect. It even has the proper pre-war nail key. Reverse levers that were typical of pre-war bikes are proper. Only area of debate would be the finish on the hardware. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $8,050. Manufacturers in the late ’60s subscribed to the idea that to make a dirt bike, you just raise the pipes and it is off-road ready. The Japanese came along and defined dual sport for them with application-specific frames. Triumph’s 500 parallel twin was one of the finest out of G.B. The engine was the basis for their racers, and even the vehicle for an around-the-world trip. They liked this look so much that they reintroduced this exhaust system on their new bikes. This was a nice original for a won’t-go-wrong price. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. SOLD AT $8,250. These always do well. Kind of a George Jetson commuter bike. Originally they were just sold as an open motorcycle. Later the bodywork was added and their popularity took off. This sold for about the right amount at $8,250. They don’t turn up often. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #111-1974 BMW R90S motorcycle. S/N 4950388. Black & gray/black leather. Odo: 22,926 miles. One repaint on tank. Paint may be a little too black. Proper alloy turn-signal housings. Correct seat cover and kick-start transmission for 1974. An upgrade fitted, with a ride-off stand. Shocks are aftermarket units. Front engine cover and valve covers painted black. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,625. This goes down in the deal column, as it was a very nice example and sold at the low end of the spectrum. Later this week a later version in orange in 3- condition sold for more. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. SOLD AT $5,405. Art Deco styling still in the ’50s. Nicely presented bike. Vendor had done a complete restoration from a basket case. I certainly hope he enjoyed doing it, as there was no financial reward with this bike. Ariel, along with Honda and NSU, saw the advan- May 2018 ITALIAN #113-1975 MV AGUSTA 750S AMER- SOLD AT $58,300. These rarely pop up for sale. Pre-war German motorcycles did not ICA motorcycle. S/N 221009. Eng. # 221012. Red & silver. Odo: 5,109 miles. Very nice example of the famous America bike. Top triple tree nicely polished. Original Scarab master cylinder and brakes working (small 153


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Motorcycle Roundup miracle). Paint better than new after having a respray at some point. The matte black Imola exhaust is a desirable rarity. If they had been able to start it indoors, the pipe’s retort might have added another $10k to the bidding. Tank autographed by the late John Surtees. Cond: 1-. CYB exhaust pipe. Paint has a few minor chips. Chrome panels are lightly dented, and showing slight evidence of rust deterioration. Handlebars show scratches, as if they had been in a vice perhaps. Cond: 1-. evidence of use, with no bluing of header or darkening at rear noted. Seat is really nice. Alloy could have been hit a little harder by the polisher. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. There were several big MVs at this sale. Everyone seems to want close to $100k these days, but no one seems to want to pay it. About five years ago, a perfect original with under 300 miles on it was sold for under $50k. High bid should have sold it. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #S89-1988 DUCATI 851 Tricolore Kit motorcycle. S/N ZDM851S8500994. Red & white & green/black leather. All of the original bodywork intact. There’s some cracking going on in the fiberglass fairing, but that’s to be expected for 30-year-old bodywork. A few decals put on to individualize it. As is typical, there is no speedo—just a tachometer and a temperature gauge. Upholstery has some marring. Discoloration around the master cylinder from brake fluid, and typical discoloration of the stainless-steel header pipes. A very original example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $4,400. Honda made a lot of speed equipment for their bikes under the banner CYB. This unit was fitted with a lot of it including a 60-cc cylinder. It must have been exciting to roar around your neighborhood on one of these. They also had a high-compression piston for them, but it wasn’t disclosed if one was installed. This was fair for both buyer and seller, but maybe a little more for the buyer. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #F267-1965 HONDA CL72 motorcycle. S/N CL721000590. Eng. # CL721000607. Silver & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 17,283 miles. Rare blue-frame iteration. This unit has many of the early scrambler components. The aluminum fenders were rarely seen this late, and these are in good condition. Still has the louvered chain guard. These typically stresscracked a tab and fell off. Early-style small brake. Taillight was also an early example. Still had early plastic badges with 250 on them. Correct original seat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,000. The ’70s Japanese muscle bikes are really coming into their own. The king bees have always been the Honda CB750 KO series and the first-year Z1. Now it is common to see them breaking the $20k threshold. Many of these were exported back to Japan in the ’90s. They were not sold in the Japanese market. Given that a good number were dragraced, chopped and crashed as well as reexported, these are becoming a rare commodity. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #F34-1985 YAMAHA RZ350 Kenny Roberts edition motorcycle. S/N JYA1EL003FA000886. Yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. It is hard to fault an unridden bike, except to say, why? Only issues with this bike are the ones brought on by humidity. Some of the soft plating deteriorating, but not too much. Excellent, original paint. Kenny Roberts decals intact. The black finish on the cases is still glossy. The bike still has a 1987 California tag on it. This may have been one of those bikes that sat in a dealership for years until Mr. Right came along. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $19,800. Ducati built about 207 of these. It was an instant race bike, but guess what? Some people wanted to ride them on the street. The certificate of origin stated “Off Road Use only.” Each individual was left to their own means to get a tag. Obviously, this owner had been successful. The megaphones on a Ducati send out a rap that could be heard two ZIP codes away. This was very well bought for a production race bike that is, in essence, still original. Not many race bikes can say that after their second day of existence, much less 30 years. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. JAPANESE #T17-1964 HONDA C110 Super Sports motorcycle. S/N C110460942. Red/black vinyl. Pretty good paint on this pressed-frame unit. It has the CYB seat, which was a racing nomenclature used by Honda. Also a split 154 SOLD AT $7,700. It is rare to see a scrambler survive in such nice condition. In fact, it is rare to find a Honda that has survived in condition this nice. Honda was probably using up their early inventory of parts when they built these. The fenders are like hen’s dentures. A very nice surviving example that was well bought. I’ve seen those fenders sell for four figures, and that was over 20 years ago. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #S83-1973 KAWASAKI Z1 motorcycle. S/N Z1F11258. Eng. # Z1E11384. Brown & orange/black vinyl. Odo: 11,135 miles. Good example of the root-beer-brown paint with orange panels. Some hardware has rust. Carburetor straps turning brown. Proper stickers and headstock decal intact. Exhaust shows no SOLD AT $12,100. Wowser! This was a nice original with three miles from new. These had a cult following and their own race series, too. If you ever wanted to ride it, you’d have to completely reseal the engine. Two-strokes and dry seals are not a good mixture. Well sold and well bought. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #W215-1986 HONDA Z50RD mini bike. S/N JH2AB0207GS703256. Chrome/red vinyl. This could have come out of the crate this morning. Chrome as flawless as original chrome can be. Seat was still covered with protective plastic wrapper. Tires still had nipples on them. A virtually new bike. Cond: 1. Sports Car Market


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Motorcycle Roundup spring were triple-chrome-plated. Floorboards, barrels and drums were nickel-plated. Beautiful metallic paint with the Indian head decals cleared over. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,220. Honda would reward good dealers with chrome bikes. This started in the ’60s and continued off and on into the ’80s. These were known as Christmas bikes. They had the nomenclature of Z50RD. The D stood for dealer. These have always attracted a lot of interest. Probably well bought, since this is the most pristine one I’ve ever seen. I’m always gob-smacked when I see one sell for big bucks. The thing is, the next time they seem to only sell for more. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. AMERICAN #150-1939 INDIAN FOUR World’s Fair motorcycle. S/N 439192. Eng. # DCI217B. Red & black/tan leather. Odo: 4 miles. The details were very correct. Detail far exceeds any finish Indian had ever done (they didn’t even use primer then). Chrome is very nice. Motor number pad appears incorrect, and the vendor disclosed the cases may be replacements. If an Indian ran low on oil, a rod usually exited through the bottom. Cond: 1-. factory did on their racers. This has a magnetic tachometer, but a ’62 would have probably had a chronometric unit, as the magnetics didn’t come out for another year. Even with a minimal wiring harness (two wires!), the bike was using some cheap connectors from the local hardware store. Cheap plastic fuel-line connectors and filters also used. Wheels have holes for sheet-metal screws, but no screws. Mixture of carbon-steel and stainless-steel hardware. Exhaust pipes are new, with no evidence of it running. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,850. This was the last year for the open-fender Chief. Beautiful bike, but this is soooo wrong. Looks like it came out of a “Pimp My...” TV series. The entire engine had a mirror finish. Looks nice, but if it ever ran it would be crackling like the day the popcorn factory caught fire. Ironically, a stock and rough one would have likely brought the same amount. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #S111-1953 INDIAN ROADMASTER motorcycle. S/N CS61108. Black/tan leather. Very original bike. Chrome flaking off of the bars. Paint coming off of tank. (Indian did not use primer!) Gas caps are enameled black, which is correct. Correct speedometer for ’53. Fenders has scratches. Seat is a reproduction, but the original is included too. Exhaust system dented and rusted, but the correct unit for ’53. Optional fender rack and crash bars too. Original headlight dipping switch on the floorboard present. Rims show some deterioration of chrome. A nice surviving example. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $42,900. In spite of the five-anddime issues, this was a stunning bike. The KR was the backbone of American dirt tracking. This is a great example and a record price for one that didn’t have famous buns on it. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #186-1962 CUSHMAN SUPER EAGLE scooter. S/N 075985. Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 11,719 miles. Fitted with optional windscreen. Plastic quite good. Engine shroud has good chrome, but starting to show its age. Some of the hardware has striking marks. Nicely accessorized with the windshield, chrome crash bar and pillion seat. Both the rider’s seat and the pillion seat have been rolled and pleated, as was the fad of the era. Superb paint job in a factory blue color. Fitted with a chrome fender guard in the front, too. No evidence of its having been run. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $83,950. This is what you would call a concours Indian. One of the last of the open-fendered fours, as in 1940 they introduced the skirted fenders. In 1938 they had improved crankcases. These cases had been replaced. During an era of registrations being tied to the engine number, options were: 1) deal with city hall or 2) restamp another set of cases. You figure the degree of difficulty on these options. Both parties should be happy on this one. Good sale for a bike with a cloud over the crankcase. Good buy for someone because you could never get this degree of finish for this money anymore. This one blew out the estimates. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #149-1939 INDIAN CHIEF World’s Fair motorcycle. S/N 3391827. Blue & silver/ black vinyl. Odo: 502 miles. Chrome work superb on this bike. Headlight, handlebars and numerous other cycle parts including the front May 2018 NOT SOLD AT $42,000. This is the kind of bike that everyone takes a million pictures of at meets, so they know what the correct details are. The ’53 Indian Roadmasters are much heralded for their large engines and telescopic forks. Upgrades were still too little, too late. Harley had introduced their big twins with OHV engines and were outselling the Indians. This was probably fair money for this survivor. Last at Bonhams’ 2012 Vegas sale, where it sold for $36,270 (SCM# 4775646). No-sale this time around. Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. #F93-1962 HARLEY-DAVIDSON KR750 dirt track racer motorcycle. S/N 62KR2029. Eng. # 62KR2029. Black/black vinyl. Paint and finish far nicer than anything SOLD AT $3,450. In the ’60s, if you showed up at the Dari-Delite on one of these, you were considered the king bee. You’d depart and touch down your heel taps—leaving a trail of sparks. Unfortunately this unit didn’t create too much of a spark in the bidders. This was both well bought and well sold. Well sold because the market for these is diminishing. Well bought as you couldn’t restore one for this kind of money. Winning bid was probably enough to cover the original-paint and -chrome bill. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/18. © 155


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ENGLISH 1955 Jaguar XK 140 roadster Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1962-jaguar-e-type-series-3-8-roadster/. (MO) 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III by HJ Mulliner drophead coupe the Jaguar E-Type Originality Guide. Delivered new in Cannes, France. Believed to be one of the last E-types built with covered headlamps. Numbersmatching 4.2-liter engine. Aluminum radiator. Performance headers. Includes owner’s manual, Jaguar Heritage Certificate, restoration invoices, restoration photos, tool roll, jack and hammer. $289,000. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/inventory/1967-jaguar-etype-series-4-2-roadster/. (MO) 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II Serial #3 convertible 1997 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur IV sedan Red/black leather. 17,819 miles. Black canvas soft top and matching tonneau boot, exceptional matching-numbers example with very low original miles, same owner for the past 40 years, superb original leather interior, equipped with a period dual-band radio, original top, jack, tools, handbook, owner’s manual and Heritage Certificate. Desirable MC model, runs and drives beautifully. $119,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: http://www.heritageclassics.com/inventory/ detail/1445-jaguar-xk-140-mc-drophead-coupe. html. (CA) 1960 Jaguar XK 150 drophead coupe S/N B382100103. Carnival Red/black. 31,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Serial #3 of 536. Perfect original interior and rust-free body. Incredible restoration correct to the smallest detail. Complete history including original tags, registration and photos. Multiple concours winner. Factory hard top, LAT 70 wheels, traction bars, two-inch exhaust and tools. Original engine and all other components. Mechanically excellent. One of the finest Tigers you’ll ever see and a significant serial number. $179,000. Contact Kim, Ph: 443.386.6170, email: 1146kim@ gmail.com. (MD) 1974 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N LSCX437. Burgundy/tan. 32,410 miles. V8, automatic. Extraordinarily rare and all original apart from one repaint, factory LHD with coach built by H.J. Mulliner. California Black Plate. One of only 27 ever built. Beautiful all-original tan Connolly leather interior, low original miles. Equipped with factory power windows, original a/c equipment, rare altimeter and dashboard mounted tachometer. One southern California owner from 1968 to 2010. Original sales and delivery documents, handbooks, boot cover, lambswool rugs, heavy tools and toolbox. $895,000. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: http://www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N S838797. Silver/red with black top. I6 (inline 6), 4-spd manual. Recent completed documented, comprehensive restoration by Classic Showcase and is a great choice for showing and driving. Exceptionally clean throughout, with a tidy engine bay, clean undercarriage and a striking red interior. A pictorial DVD documenting the XK 150’s various restoration processes accompanies the vehicle. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: http://classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/418. (CA) 1962 Jaguar E-type Series I 3.8 convertible S/N UE1S26067. White/tan. 20,113 miles. V12, automatic. White with tan leather and black top. One-family-owned example with low original miles. Beautiful body with what appears to be original paint. No evidence of rust or damage. Numbersmatching 5.3-liter V12 with automatic transmission, a/c and power steering. Runs and drives very well. Fantastic interior with superb gentle patina on the seats consistent with the low mileage, and beautiful, unmarked carpets. Comes with Jaguar Heritage Certificate, records, title copies spanning 34-odd years, original spare, tools, boot cover, etc. $86,500. Chequered Flag International. Contact Neil, Ph: 310.827.8665, email: sales@chequeredflag.com. Website: http://www.chequeredflag.com/1974Jaguar-EType/Used-Convertible/MarinaDelRey-CA/10533539/Details.aspx. (CA) S/N 1E15098. Black/red with black top. 78,803 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This factory blackand-red E-type has limited ownership and is ready for your daily driving pleasure. The team at Classic Showcase have just rebuilt the engine, serviced the transmission and went through all other items, making it a great choice for the spring and summer driving season. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: http://classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/554. (CA) 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N 876751. British Racing Green/Biscuit. 18,759 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. No-expense-spared concours-level restoration. Driven less than 2,000 miles since restoration. 18,759 original miles. California Black Plate car. Numbers-matching 3.8-liter engine. Previous long-term ownership (nearly 20 years). Excellent documentation includes owner’s manual, Jaguar Heritage Certificate, receipts going back to the 1980s and complete restoration photo album. $229,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. 158 1974 Jaguar E-type SIII convertible S/N SCFESBNR7HGS02714. Jet Black/Black Alcantara. 587 miles. V12, manual. One of 100 in the U.S. with dogleg 7-speed manual transmission and V12, one year only combination. One owner, no rain, as-new condition, dealer services and all paperwork. 17 options including Sport-plus, black calipers, meshes, pedals, window surround and tailpipe, Q-order carbon-fiber badging, side strakes, shift surround, glass switches, headrest wings, highline console, umbrella and parking sensors $245,000. Contact Kim, Ph: 443.386.6170, email: kimbarnes.vmm@gmail.com. (NJ) FRENCH 1962 Facel Vega Facel II 2-dr hard top S/N SCAZN19C9VCX60159. Solid Black/tan leather. 8,750 miles. V8, automatic. Stunning and very collectible, originally Southern California ordered and highly dealer optioned. Low original miles in solid black exterior paint with matching Sandstone painted pinstripes. Also virtually completely flawless Sandstone color leather seats with Soft Tan piping, original sheepskin rugs and a matching headliner! The original owner added several dealer-installed luxurious upgrades including rear TV/VCR screens in the headrests, walnut door panels and inlaid picnic tables. Car also has a CD changer and navigation system. $65,000. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: http://www.TheWestCoastClassics. com. (CA) 2017 Aston Martin Vantage S coupe S/N UE1S23383. Green Sand/Olive. 26,000 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Incredibly well preserved original OTS XKE. Only one owner from new, very low original miles. Matching numbers, 4-speed manual, factory a/c, original upholstery and new canvas top. Heritage Certificate included. Call or email Alex for more info. $89,500 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) S/N 1E15966. Black/black. 48,699 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Just released from a prominent collection. Over $318k invested in concours restoration. Previously owned by the co-author of Sports Car Market Tudor Gray/black leather. 111,839 miles. Number 042 of only 180 ever produced, with only 111,839 original miles. In California and under the same ownership for many years, this magnificent example is equipped with a Chrysler 383 Wedge engine, TorqueFlite automatic transmission, four-wheel disc brakes, Borrani wire wheels, power windows and HMV radio. A truly rare opportunity to acquire the ultimate model ever created by the prestigious French marque. $345,000. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: http://www. heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1334-facelvega-facel-ii.html. (CA)


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SCM Showcase Gallery GERMAN 1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1971-mercedes-benz-280sel/. (MO) 1972 Porsche 911ST Kremer Racing replica coupe complete engine rebuild, new clutch, new Pirelli tires and much more. Electric sunroof. U.S.-equipment group. Turbo designation in black. Air conditioning. Documented with its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, original owner’s manual, maintenance booklet and factory tools. $229,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt. com/inventory/ds-1976-porsche-930-turbo-carrera/. (MO) S/N 85720. Ruby Red/light brown. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. This 356 has good ownership history and is a solid example that has been serviced and improved by Classic Showcase. Includes an upgraded rebuilt 356B engine (with original matching cases), a Porsche CoA and receipts. This Convertible D is highly collectible and ready for showing. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: http://classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/556. (CA) 1969 Porsche 911E Targa Viper Green/black. 2,800 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. This re-creation is the most accurate to the original Kremer ST that won the European GT championship in the hands of John Fitzpatrick. Both Fitz and Manfred Kremer have reviewed this build and agreed on its accuracy. 2.5-L twin-plug, high-butterfly MFI system. Tons of original and rare factory parts. Full details of build on our website. AutoKennel Inc. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911, email: paul@autokennel.com. Website: http:// www.autokennel.com. (CA) 1976 Mercedes-Benz 280SE coupe ITALIAN 1960 Maserati 3500 GT coupe 1995 Ferrari 456 GT Pininfarina Speciale coupe S/N FECS19514. Black/black. 26,000 miles. V12, 4spd automatic. Ordered new by the Sultan of Brunei. Sent back to Ferrari and Pininfarina when new and had car painted black by Ferrari and ordered custom interior by Pininfarina. Special-ordered ZF automatic transmission installed at Ferrari. Complete with documentation, service records, books, tools and Ferrari 456 GT luggage. $70,000 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail.com. (CT) S/N 119210741. Viper Green/Black with Houndstooth inserts. 96,095 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. The perfect 911E Targa to drive and enjoy. Spectacular restoration recently completed. Numbers-matching engine upgraded with 911S-spec. carburetors. Numbers-matching gearbox. Full engine rebuild completed by marque specialists less than 1,000 miles ago. Includes owner’s manual, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and over $30k in receipts. $129,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/inventory/1969-porsche911e-targa/. (MO) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL Elvis Presley sedan S/N 11407312107591. Red/black. 63,000 miles. I6, automatic. Beautiful 280SE coupe. Definitely a rare find in the Chicago Land area. Designed by world-renowned designer Paul Bracq. This car is a great consideration for an affordable investment or to be kept in a garage and as a Sunday cruiser. The current market price is $8,900 and is expected to jump to $14,000 within a few years. $8,500. Contact Ramon, email: classicsofchicago@gmail.com. 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera coupe S/N 1.08E+13. Alpha Crystal Blue Metallic/black. 80,312 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Purchased on December 21, 1970, by Elvis Presley. One of very few cars that Elvis was seen driving on a regular basis. Includes copies of original sale and title paperwork, as well as a photo of the vehicle in front of Graceland. Displayed at a museum until earlier this year. $179,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@ S/N 9306800232. Platinum Metallic/Cinnamon. 35,770 miles. Flat 6, 4-spd manual. Only 35,770 actual miles. First year for the U.S.-specification Turbo Carreras. Same meticulous Porsche Club member owner for 30 years. Matching-numbers engine, mechanical refurbishing and servicing by a marque specialist less than 300 miles ago, including S/N 19433. Rosso Chiaro/tan. 16,664 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Rare and desirable early fiberglass 308. Maintained and serviced since the early ‘80s by marque specialists. One of only 100 delivered to North America. Original California car. Only 16,664 miles. Factory air conditioning. Power windows. Includes original owner’s manual, jack, toolkit, seat covers and service record copies. $229,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https:// www.schmitt.com/inventory/1976-ferrari-308gtbvetroresina/. (MO) S/N AM1011038. Dark Rosso Red/black leather. 26,258 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This numbersmatching example is finished in a beautiful color combination and has only been driven 26,258 actual miles. Highly original, one of only 257 produced and one of fewer than 75 examples remaining, making this Maserati one of the rarest in the world. It was recently released from a large prominent collection and then underwent a full service by marque specialists that included a complete fuel system, brake system and lubrication system overhaul. Accompanying this investment-grade 3500 is its Maserati Classiche documentation as well as its owner’s manual. $299,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1960-maserati-3500-gt-coupe-by-touring/. (MO) 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina coupe AMERICAN 1958 Dual-Ghia convertible S/N 197. Midnight Blue/tan. 1,378 miles. V8, automatic. Concours-level restoration by marque specialist. One of approximately 100 produced, one of approximately 30 known to exist. One of the last few built. 2010 Pebble Beach award winner. Previous Ghia collector ownership. Rare optional D-500 260 hp “Red Ram” Hemi V8 engine. Recent service including a full transmission rebuild performed by marque specialist. Documentation includes Pebble Beach paperwork, copies of DualGhia factory papers, marque history, concours photos and more. $499,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1958-dual-ghia-convertible/. (MO) 1960 Chrysler 300F 2-door hard top This is a project car that has the body already block sanded and ready for paint. 413 motor with Cross Ram intake and dual carbs has been completely rebuilt and is like brand new. Complete new interior in boxes ready to install. All parts included. $25,000Ph: 818.571.2446,email: chrisdavidpost@ yahoo.com. (CA) 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 20867S1033S3. Roman Red/black. 50,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Beautifully restored. Original matching-numbers, fuel-injected car. 4-speed manual transmission. Complete with both hard and soft tops. Call or email Alex for more info. $87,500 OBO. Dragone Classic Motorcars. Contact Alex, Ph: 203.218.1903, email: alexdragone1@gmail. com. (CT) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe Mossport Green/green. 55,362 miles. Mossport Green (982) with dark green interior, rare high performance Stingray equipped with a 427/390-hp V8 engine and 4-speed transmission, outfitted with 160 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery many factory options including air conditioning, power steering, power windows, power brakes, teak steering wheel, original AM/FM radio, side exhaust and knockoff wheels. Complete with handbook. A great example of performance American muscle. $89,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: http://www.heritageclassics.com. (CA) 1967 Shelby GT500E “Eleanor” Super Snake fastback White with black interior and matching soft top with boot, four-owner example with low original miles. Equipped with decor bucket seats, power top, 428-ci V8 engine, four-speed transmission, power steering, power front disc brakes, AM radio, complete with Marti Report, original factory invoice, build sheet and original handbook. A beautiful restored American classic with excellent documentation. $149,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@heritageclassics.com. Website: http://www.heritageclassics.com/inventory/ detail/1376-shelby-mustang-gt500-convertible. html. (CA) 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO 2-door hard top S/N 7F02C127606. Dark gray/black. 200 miles. V8, manual. In the Shelby American registry. One of only 43 Continuation Super Snakes produced. Shelby s/n: CSE67431F11SS016, less than 200 miles since completion of build, clean title and ready to sell, Shelby letter of authenticity and Marti Report to accompany sale. 452-ci Shelby Performance aluminum V8, Vortech V-2 S-Trim Supercharger, Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission, Unique Performance suspension, custom leather interior, Old Air Products Hurricane a/c. Total Control power rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel Baer/Touring disc brakes, Currie nine-inch rear axle/Torsen differential and 17-inch American Racing Shelby Cobra wheels. $255,000 OBO. Contact Glen, Ph: 954.920.3303, email: info@ thecreativeworkshop.com. (FL) 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 coupe S/N 9R02R178103. Royal Maroon/black. 0 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. One of one Mach 1, original drivetrain, matching numbers. Complete restoration by Dan Green Restorations, absolutely no shortcuts, zero miles since restoration. Full Marti Report, 428 SCJ. A truly a special car. Call for complete details. $109,500 OBO. Contact Alan, Ph: 858.232.3392, email: along54072@gmail.com. (CA) 1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 SJC fastback featuring a LS9 6.2-liter, supercharged V8. Includes all options: carbon-fiber throughout, heated seats, in-dash CD, DVD navigation, Onstar system, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted controls, Bose seven-speaker stereo system, memory package, remote, luggage shade, climate control and heads-up display. Includes original documents and accessories. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: http://classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/397. (CA) RACE 1957 Alfa Romeo 750 Giulietta Spider Veloce S/N 136379B404108. Fathom Green/green. 42,583 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Multi-show-winning, concours-level restoration. Fully documented and certified. Listed on the COPO registry. Highest option COPO Chevelle known to exist. L72 427ci/425 hp V8 engine. M22 Rock Crusher Muncie 4-speed transmission. 4.10:1 ring & pinion. Chambered exhaust pipes. Full gauges and factory tachometer. $149,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: https://www.schmitt.com/inventory/1969-chevroletchevelle-copo-2-door-hardtop/. (MO) S/N 9R02R178103. Royal Maroon/black. 0 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Unbelievable one-of-one 428 SJC. Completely restored by Dan Green Restorations. Full Marti Report, original engine and drivetrain. Call for more info and pictures. $109,500 OBO. Contact Alan, Ph: 858.232.3392, email: along54072@ gmail.com. (CA) 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 coupe S/N AR149501551. Yellow/black. Inline 4, 5-spd manual. Group 1 or D Production class race car. The most correct, well-prepped ‘57 Veloce racing on the West Coast, if not nationwide. Documented race history dating back to 1970 and is a joy to race. It has all the correct competition parts including 1,300-cc Alfa 750 engine, Carillo rods, JE pistons, dual 40mm Weber DCOE carburetors, Sperry stage-5 Alfa head, racing cams, AccuSump, Alfa 5-speed transmission, Alfin drum brakes and Alfa limited-slip differential. Email for complete history and details. $85,000 OBO. Garage Assassins. Contact Shaun, Ph: 206.409.7400, email: sennaducati79@gmail. com. (WA) © Wimbledon White/black. 52,678 miles. Wimbledon S/N 1G1YR26R195800499. Cyber Grey Metallic/Dark Titanium. 7,340 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Incredible Corvette ZR-1 supercar in showroom condition, 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 May 2018 161 SOLD


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A Premier Classic, Antique and Unique Vehicle Auction Experience. Offering 550 vehicles three times a year — March, July and November. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. Premier Auction Group. Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com 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 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com 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) Wheeler Auction Group. Rick Cole Auctions . Over thirty years ago, Rick Cole conducted the first Monterey auction, his annual events forever changing the historic week dynamic. Rick Cole Auctions provides upscale clientele a boutique and silent auction atmosphere proven to offer the finest cars available, and achieving one of the top 10 multi-million-dollar sales of all time. August 17–19. Marriott Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. info@ rickcole.com www.rickcole.com (CA) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) 833.599.8999 . Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle & exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogbased, 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, Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) 162 Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in 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


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Alfa Romeo Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Appraisals Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. ImagGooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based Automotive Restorations. Automodello. 877.343.2276. Auto- modello™ hand-built limited edition Resin Art™ in 1:24, 1:43, and F1 in 1:12 scale. Automodello is the exclusive licensed builder for premium quality curbside 1:24 with 1970s Lincoln Continental, 1965 Buick Riviera GS, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin and pre-war one-offs from Delage, Delahaye, Cord, Duesenberg and Packard. In 1:12, 1967 Lotus 49, and in 2018 the 1967 Eagle GuneyWeslake Spa winner. In 1:43, 1981 Gurney Eagle Challenger hand-signed by Dan Gurney (his favorite racer) and 1934 Packard V12 Dietrich. Free worldwide shipping on orders over $149, 10% discount to SCM readers: ONE24SCM on Automodello.com Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. May 2018 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 in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) 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. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvette-related products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Autosport Groups. 561.676.1912 or 954.401.4535. Over 42 years experience offering Luxury, Classic, Exotic and Hi-line motorcars worldwide. Autosport Groups is highly respect- ed for our fine selection of preowned luxury, classic, exotic and sports cars, as well as exceptional customer service. We offer easy financing and extended warranties on most cars. Trades accepted. Top cash paid for your classics, exotic or hi-line automobiles. garycg@ aol.com www.autosportgroup.com (FL) Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) Daniel Schmitt & Co. Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) 314.291.7000. A family tradition for over 50 years, Daniel Schmitt & Co. provides sophisticated collectors, investors and enthusiasts throughout the world with high-quality classic motorcars. Located in historic St. Louis, Missouri, our classic car gallery spans four acres; boasts two recently renovated showrooms, a state-of-the-art service department and a world-class restoration facility. www.schmitt.com info@schmitt.com (MO) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn 163


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com Girardo & Co. +44 (0) 203 621 2923. Girardo & Co. provide clients with a specialist service offering expert advice in buying, selling and sourcing classic cars at the very top end of the collector’s market, whilst delivering the best possible service to clients. www.girardo.com info@girardo.com the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars.net (FL) mize their profit and minimize their tax burden. Call for a free brochure today. www.magellanplanning.com selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Milestone Motorcars. Kurt Tanner Motorcars. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 909.241.1051. An exclusive European Sports Car dealer located in Orange County, CA. Over 35 years experience in the classic car business with a distinguished previous reputation for AustinHealey restorations. We accurately and honestly present fine European cars for sale in today’s market. Buy/sell/trade. We purchase and pick up from any U.S. location with quick payment. Please call or visit our website to view current inventory. www.kurttannermotorcars.com (CA) 561.509.7251. We are passionate about classic performance automobiles. A lifetime of experience has given us the ability to help those who share our enthusiasm, whether our clients are experienced collectors or just starting down the road. Let us share with you the passion we feel every day. SALES ~ SERVICE ~ SUPPORT ~ PARTS ~ COMPETITION www.milestonemotorcarsllc.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) Morris and Welford. 949.679.4999. Legendary Motorcar Company. Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award-winning, show-quality restorations. Our 55,000-square-foot facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Mustang America. 844.249.5135. Luxury Brokers International. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com 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) Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Morris and Welford, a JD Classics company, are established, fine collector car dealers based in Newport Beach, California. We have a 14,800 sq ft showroom with cars for sale, cars on consignment, collection management, appraisal services and more. www.morrisandwelford.com Email: pat@morrisandwelford.com 4040 Campus Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Pendine. 0044 (0)7770 762751. Pen- dine specializes in the sale of historic cars for road and track. While focusing specifically on British cars from the immediate post-war period to the 1970s, our experience ranges from Edwardian racers to the supercars of the 1990s. Please call us at 0044 (0)7770 762751, or email james@pendine.co and check out our website www.pendine.co (U.K.) Symbolic International. 858.259.0100. Symbolic International is one of the premier dealers of classic cars and vintage race cars in the world. Our spectacular vehicles are available for purchase and worldwide delivery. Our knowledgeable team, with over 100 years of combined experience, can help you find the perfect car for your collection. www.symbolicinternational.com info@symbolicinternational.com (CA) Paramount Automotive Group/ Foreign Cars Italia. 888.929.7202. Since 1989, we have offered all the exclusive brands that you have ever dreamed about. Offering new and used Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Porsche in Greensboro, NC, Aston Martin, Bentley and Maserati in Charlotte, NC and Porsche in Hickory, NC. We sell, buy and trade. Visit us at www. Paramountauto.com or www.ForeignCarsItalia.com (NC) Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) Capital Gains Taxes? We Can Help. Ideal Classic Cars. 855.324.0394. Our goal as a company is to showcase 164 Magellan Planning Group. 800.377.1332. We use a simple, proven strategy to defer taxes on the sale of highly appreciated assets. We call it the Capital Gains Deferral Trust and it has helped individuals just like you maxi- Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internation- Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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ally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www. WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage Collector Car Insurance English McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport CAR LIFTS PLUS.COM 203.509.5353. Need a Lift? Need Service on your current Car Lifts? Sales, service and guaranteed installations. Residential and commercial car lifts. We are a well-established car lift company and an authorized dealer for all major brands, with hundreds of happy customers throughout the Northeast. Personal service offering on-site measuring and preconstruction layout advice for new projects. Our experienced 5-star technicians provide full-service professional installation, from delivery to safety training. Fully insured with offices and warehousing in CT and NJ to better serve our clientele. WHAT’S IN YOUR GARAGE? More cars of course, when you call 203.509.5353! www.CarLiftsPlus.com Aston Martin of New England. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse 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. 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. 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) 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) Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. CARS are now able to offer secure indoor vehicle storage solutions at its new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Los Angeles. Contact CARS directly to discuss your vehicle storage requirements and find out more about the many services that we offer. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy – hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Classic Car Transport RideCache. 512.751.8450. A profesIntercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com May 2018 sional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at ridecache.com/SCM. RideCache — Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-521-6393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes, and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050. is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty. com. (MI) Fourintune Garage Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British ,arques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) 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. JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) 165


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 6-8, 2018. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) 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) The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Finance The BMW CCA is the world’s larg- est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 67 chapters nationwide, with more than 70,000 members. As BMW’s most active and vibrant enthusiast organization, the club represents a lifestyle of passion and performance. Join the Club today at bmwcca.org or by calling 800.878.9292. and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas. 855.903.7532. Gaudin Porsche boasts 42,000 square feet, making it one of the largest Porsche dealerships in the U.S. It is also the first Certified Porsche Classic Partner in the country, encompassing highly-skilled service technicians specializing in classics, original parts and a variety of available models, all under one roof. Owned by the Gaudin Motor Company, a family-owned automotive dealer since 1922. For more information visit www.GaudinClassic. com (NV) Concours d’Elegance of America. 2018 marks the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America, July 27th–29th, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. We continue to be one of the most recognized automotive events in the world. A weekend filled with over 15 events for automobile enthusiasts of all ages. Sunday’s field will host 300 spectacular automobiles from around the world. www.concoursusa.org (MI) Mercedes-Benz Classic 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. Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 27–November 5, 2017 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. German DC Automotive. 1.877.287.6749. Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 166 (1.800.644.7827). 30 years of expertise in new and hard to find parts, as well as component restoration for all Mercedes from 1931–1971. Servicing owners and restorers worldwide. Star Classics also offers: Sales and Acquisitions of all ’50s and ’60s Mercedes and restoration project management for car owners so they realize the car of their dreams. Contact us today: info@artsstarclassics.com www.artsstarclassics.com International Phone #:1.602.397.5300 Rob and the team at DC Automotive are Porsche fanatics. They eat, sleep and breathe Porsche – sometimes to the dismay of their spouses. But they know that finding new, used and rebuilt 1965 to 2013 Porsche parts can be overwhelming. That’s why they’re committed to having your back – plus front, engine, interior, body, wheels, electrical, everything – for 911s, Cayennes, Boxsters, Caymans, 944s, 968s, 914s and 928s. Call us today at 1-877-287- 6749. http://dcautocatalog.com Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. (1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic MercedesBenz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Scott Grundfor Company. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Import/Export from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Dr Beasley’s. Unimpressed by Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. 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 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) Italian For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal inferior car care products that didn’t meet his standards, Jim Lafeber, owner of renowned detailing facility Simon’s Shine Shop, and Founding Member and past President of the International Detailing Association, turned to his background in chemistry to formulate his own products. By utilizing the safest, highest quality ingredients available, Jim was able to launch Dr. Beasley’s, a line of highly advanced, innovative products perfect for both modern and vintage cars. Dr. Beasley’s products are now used and recommended by some of the biggest OEMs in the automotive industry including BMW, Audi and Kawasaki. Try them for yourself and discover a better way to detail your car. Made in USA. Visit www.drbeasleys.com LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 1930, the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non-abrasive system consists of a prewax 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 worldwide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti and Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www.swissvax.us Racing Services Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. 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 and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing LeMay—America’s Car Museum Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car May 2018 celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Museums P21S Auto Care Products. Since 1984, P21S Auto Care Products have been the favorite of auto enthusiasts throughout North America. Representing factory-approved German car care at its finest, P21S wheel care products’ “safe cleaning” approach has saved thousands of expensive alloy wheels from the surface damage that harsh cleaners can cause. P21S paste waxes deliver an award-winning shine and unmatched ease of application, while P21S Bodyworks Shampoo protects against premature removal of that fresh wax job. No matter where your car was made, you’ll want to learn about the complete line of P21S Auto Care Products. More info at www.p21s.com. (CT) Vintage Racing Services. 203.377.6745. Our full-service shop facility and experienced staff provide all aspects of racecar construction, setup and repair for production-based cars to purpose-built sports racers to formula cars. We can build a racecar from the ground up, restore your historic vintage racer to its former glory or maintain your racecar, all to ensure your maximum enjoyment. Our trackside support, transportation, racecar rental and coaching can round out your experience. Our sister company, Automotive Restorations Inc., offers high-quality upholstery, body and paint and panel fabrication services. www.automotiverestorations.com/vrs/home Restoration — General Academy of Art University. QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction 800.544.2787. Take the wheel and bring the past to life. Academy of Art University provides aspiring artists and designers the education they need to launch their careers. Our Automotive Restoration program prepares passionate people to be the next generation of automobile restorers. The program, led by legendary designer Tom Matano, explores the techniques, processes and historical studies necessary to restore classic cars. Contact us and get started on your artistic journey! 167


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 79 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA. www.academyart.edu/AutoR TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com www.aeristo.com rani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We’re passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Alan Taylor Company Inc. 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.alantay- lorcompany.com For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 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) cles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Speedwell Engineering, Ltd. 770.789.1396. Restoration, sales and service of collectable vehicles. Specializing in Classics, Prewar and European sports cars. Ball Ground, Georgia. www.facebook.com/SpeedwellEngineeringLtd Sport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: doug@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com Exotic Auto Recycling. 916.638.8000, 855.638.8878. Exotic Auto Recycling is a Central California-based auto parts supplier that specializes in used and new replacement parts for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. We believe that this specialized approach allows us to be more knowledgeable of our products. Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini is not just our business, it’s also our passion. For a 10% discount on used parts use discount code SCM10 at the time of purchase. sales@exoticautorecycling.com www.exoticautorecycling.com (CA) On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and have restored over 20 Concours 1st place winners! Our team of 8 craftsmen with over 165 years experience have risen to the top, becoming a Certified Hagerty Expert Collision Repair Facility and in-house Certified Glasurit paint shop. www.ontheroadagainclassics.com. The Creative Workshop. The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. One of the most widely recognized names in the world of collector cars. As seen on Discovery, History and National Geographic TV. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) 954.920.3303. The Creative Workshop is a Pebble Beach award winning fullservice concours restoration shop located in South East Florida. Our 10,000+ sq. ft. facility provides comprehensive, in-house restoration and repair services as well as collection and event support. Creative is a multi-marque workshop, specializing in the forensic restoration of post-war European cars. However, we support our Clients’ diverse collections — and have extensive experience in antique, pre/post war American, muscle and racing vehicles. info@TheCreativeWorkshop.com www.TheCreativeWorkshop.com We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com Vintage Underground. Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Brightworks has partnered with Ruote Bor- 168 Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil de Groot’s Exoticars USA has serviced Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehi- 541.510.5296. Vintage Underground is a full service facility located in Eugene, Oregon. We harness a collection of old-school skills and tools. We work to restore, repair and preserve historical machines. We have full-restoration build and assembly facilities on-site. We also offer a full complement of services including; panel beating, body and paint, trim & interior, engine building, machining, research and full chassis system building and service. www.vintageunderground.us (OR) © Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s SCM 30th Anniversary Posters & Prints Our unique art covers celebrating our milestone anniversary are now available online. Choose from four available posters or a limited, signed & numbered print. www.sportscarmarket.com/posters ™ Alfa GTZ — “Bella Figura” poster Posters: $20 each (plus shipping) All Three Combined Limited-Edition Archival Print Signed and Numbered $150 (plus shipping) Ferrari GTO — “Cavallo Verde” poster All Three Combined poster May 2018 McLaren F1 — “Macca Papaya” poster 169


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Super Bowl Rings Bring the Glitz Imagine if this $337,200 ring had actually been Tom Brady’s Thought Carl’s The owners of Super Bowl-winning teams compete to create the most outlandish a garish rings that they present to the players, coaches and various staff members. The 2017 New England Patriots Super Bowl Championship ring had 283 diamonds along with sapphires and rubies. The ring was 10k white gold. They are rarely offered for resal but Goldin Auctions, at their February 17 Winter Auction sale, sold Tom Brady’s friends-andfamily ring for $337,200. Now, Brady had nothing to do with this ring, and he did not order it f anyone in his circle. I have no idea who did, but it had “Brady” in raised relief on the left shank o the ring. I hate to think what it would have sold for if it were Brady’s actual ring. as their mascot. Their earliest known road map was from the early 1920s. This one was colorful and in decent condition. For a road map, it sold for a well-justified premium. EBAY #253360395692—1941 GEORGIA “FDR” LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 62, SOLD AT: $5,378.85. Date: 1/20/2018. For many years, Warm Springs, GA, was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Southern White House. He went there for the soothing treatments for his paralysis, and he passed away there in 1945. He kept a car at Warm Springs, and this was the actual plate from the car. This was pricey, but it is a piece of history — and a cool plate. CHURE. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $439. Date: 1/20/2018. The Hoffman Porsche Car Corporation published this brochure in April 1955, and it explained the pricing for picking up your new 356 while on vacation in Europe. A convertible with the Super 70 motor for $3,332 seems most reasonable. If only we could go back in time! SS LIGHT-UP DEALER SIGN. Number of bids: 52. SOLD AT: $2,617.67. Date: 12/23/2017. The Chevelle Malibu SS first appeared in 1964 and continued until 1973. This light-up display piece would be just the ticket to complement the car in the garage. Question is, just how real is it? Another was offered a few days later by the same seller, and after 33 bids, it sold for $427. With the proliferation of fakey-doo signs that have been showing up, most everything on the Internet becomes suspect. EBAY #263481995690—ALFA ROMEO P2 CIJ TIN TOY. Number of bids: 5. SOLD AT: $5,865. Date: 2/16/2018. This intricate tin Alfa Romeo toy was made in France between 1927 and 1939, and they were finished in the racing colors of different countries. About six or seven different cars were made. The toy is about 21 inches in length and was complete with the filler cap and crank and handle. This is a waycool toy that sold for market-correct money. Now go find the other variations. EBAY #232612315956—1947 HARBOR REFINING CALIFORNIA ROAD MAP. Number of bids: 7. SOLD AT: $158.49. Date: 1/4/2018. Harbor Refining was located in Long Beach, CA, and was founded in 1922 in Signal Hill. They soon had a number of service stations in Southern California with “Harbie the Seal” EBAY #122873292395—TEXAS ROUTE 66 HIGHWAY SIGN. Number of bids: 35. SOLD AT: $1,552. Date: 12/31/2017. Highway road signs from the “Mother Road” are always in demand and on the pricey side. This was a rather basic one with no reflectors, but it was from Glenrio, the last stop in Texas before Route 66 entered New Mexico. Finding an example from all the states Route 66 traveled through is a monumental and expensive task. Best of luck! EBAY # 132469557139— PORSCHE 356 PRE-A FACTORY-DELIVERY BRO- EBAY #282777574046— CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 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 paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 170 EBAY #183067934986—LICENSE PLATE FROM MUSTANG GT USED IN 1968 MOVIE “BULLITT.” Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $25,000. Date: 2/10/2018. Who can forget the scene with Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) racing through San Francisco in a 1968 Mustang GT? This plate was from the car and was fully documented with a CoA and 10 amateur photographs of the car. It was taken off one of the wrecked Mustangs and given to a fan. It was sold in London by PropShop in 2015 for £10,000 and provided a fine return here. If you must have one, reproductions are offered on Amazon for $19.95. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market