Sports Car Market May 2020

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Republic Auctions, Dallas, TX, November 22–23, 2019

Worldwide, Riyadh, SAU, November 23, 2019

Bonhams, MPH Bicester, U.K., November 26, 2019

Bonhams, London, U.K., December 7, 2019

Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, January 1–12, 2020

RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, February 5, 2020

Bonhams, Paris, FRA, February 6, 2020

Artcurial, Paris, FRA, February 7, 2020

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Follow us on Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends May 2020 . Volume 32 . Number 5 This Month’s Market Movers Up Close FERRARI by Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH by Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 1984 Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo $69,298 / Artcurial 1931 Invicta 4½-Litre S-Type Low-Chassis Sports “Scout” $1,771,483 / Bonhams 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport $5,061,380 / Bonhams 62 64 66 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 163 Vehicles Rated at Eight Sales 84 88 98 110 122 132 GERMAN by Pierre Hedary AMERICAN by B. Mitchell Carlson RACE 14 by Thor Thorson NEXT GEN by Nick Jaynes 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300CE AMG 3.4 $124,229 / RM Sotheby’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible $246,400 / Gooding & Company 1955 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Barchetta $177,470 / RM Sotheby’s 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO $154,322 / RM Sotheby’s 68 70 72 74 Cover: A Mercedes Benz 300SL spreads its gullwings at RM Sotheby’s Rétromobile auction in Paris, France • Photo by Chester Allen Sports Car Market MARKET OVERVIEW Overall Paris sales were down by 31%, mostly due to a lack of star power — Chad Tyson MECUM Kissimmee, FL: Best-ever $94.7m result on 2,015 of 2,946 cars sold in Central Florida — John Hoshstrasser ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA: $24.5m from 117 of 165 lots selling at the official Rétromobile auction — Pierre Hedary BONHAMS Paris, FRA: With 101 cars offered, Bonhams sold 65 of them for $22.3m — Leo Van Hoorick RM SOTHEBY’S Paris, FRA: Of 78 cars on offer, 57 sold for a total of over $18.2m on the first night of Paris sales — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Bonhams MPH in Bicester, U.K.; Republic Auctions in Dallas, TX; Worldwide Auctioneers in Riyadh, SAU; and Bonhams in London, U.K. acebook and watch for updates and offers!


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56 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Classic COLUMNS 22 Shifting Gears It’s an automatic decision when the clutch leg is out of sorts Keith Martin 42 Affordable Classic The Jaguar XJ-S has its flaws, but it’s still a fast 1970s thoroughbred Paul Hardiman 44 Legal Files If your broker won’t tell you all the details of a deal, walk away and get another broker John Draneas 46 Unconventional Wisdom “Incredible India” is not just a marketing slogan Donald Osborne 162 eWatch David Hockney’s “The Splash” sells for blue-chip Ferrari money Carl Bomstead FEATURES 48 The SCM Interview: Ray Shaffer of Porsche Cars NA — Chester Allen 50 Rétromobile 2020: Ten ways to love Paris — Chester Allen 54 Rétromobile 2020: Ken Gross Illuminates the City of Light 16 56 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Classic: Exploring the desert Southwest in German comfort — Carl Bomstead DEPARTMENTS 28 Crossing the Block 30 Concours and Events: Greenwich Concours celebrates 25 years, New England 1000, The Quail Motorcycle Gathering adds cars, a quarter-century of Keels & Wheels 32 Contributors: Get to know SCM staffers and writers 34 You Write, We Read: Ford GTs and color, Miles’ mana, staying on the road, MG anorak update 36 Display Advertisers Index 38 Neat Stuff: A case for your phone, a trailer for your Porsche 38 Speaking Volumes: Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best 76 Next Gen Market Moment: 1978 Volkswagen Combi Type 2 Campmobile 78 Rising Sun: 1976 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX, 1991 Nissan Figaro, 1975 Honda Civic CVCC hatchback 86 Buy/Sell/Hold: Pierre Hedary’s picks for spring 2020 94 Market Moment: 1974 AMC Gremlin X 114 On the Radar: 1995 Ruf CTR2, 1995 BMW Alpina B12 5.7 (E38), 1995 Audi Ur-S6 Plus 146 Mystery Photo: “But Keith, you promised no more, and now you’ve drug home two basket cases” 148 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 154 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Sports Car Market William Brewster, willbrewster.com


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Changing Times at the SCM Garage The SCM Collection is getting new blood — in the form of vintage cars with automatic transmissions The addition of an automatic 1971 Jaguar S3 V12 E-type marks a dramatic shift in the contents of the SCM garage T he SCM Collection will get a slightly different look over the next year. It will change as a result of my physical challenges — and because the world of collecting is evolving in new, exciting directions. I have tried for the past 14 months to operate the manual 5-speed transmissions in my Alfas. I have installed smaller steering wheels for more leg clearance. I have explored adding a dead pedal to the left of the clutch pedal, so I could slide my foot onto the clutch instead of having to pick it up from the floorboard. I have made progress — but not enough. At this time, I cannot oper- ate a clutch in a safe and efficient manner. Consequently, I have not been able to drive my vintage cars. For someone who has spent 50 years enjoying slick-shifting Alfa Romeo 5-speeds, it’s been quite frustrating. This is when I have to get real with myself. It’s not unlikely that 10 years from now, when I am nearly 80, there will be other obstacles to my driving a stick. In a sense, my stroke simply fast-forwarded my aging process when it came to driving a manual. I also am mindful every day that I have been gifted a second chance at life after my stroke. If my new life doesn’t include driving a manual, well, there are worse disabilities. We are all approaching a moment of reckoning with our collections and our driving. At some point we will have fewer cars. From 150 to 50 to 25 to five, our collections will shrink to the cars we can physically drive and that we enjoy the most. There’s a simple solution to my driving dilemma. I’m buying vin- tage automatics and enjoying them. The 1965 Volvo 122S with the BorgWarner 3-speed has been a perfect car for me and my son Bradley on our day trips. Right now, my agenda for the 122 is a 1,000-mile road trip with Bradley over spring break, watching the massive bird migration at eastern Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and sharing soft drinks 22 in the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City, NV. Being in a classic will make this a memorable trip for both of us. In the same two-pedal vein, a 1971 Jaguar S3 V12 E-type is coming to us from Georgia. It’s a true 22k-mile car, purchased by the 96-yearold owner when he was 80. Due to a hip replacement, he could no longer drive a stick. This will be the perfect ride for this year’s British-themed SCM 1000. I look forward to being back on the road with no matter how many — or how few — pedals I have. If you are having trouble shifting or steering (there’s a reason power-steering kits are becoming ever more popular for vintage cars), be prepared to let a car go and replace it with something you can operate. Enjoy your cars while you can, and say goodbye when your time with them is done. Enter the Japanese There is growing interest in vintage cars from Japan. Many of them are also offered with automatics. Brian Baker, whose column “Rising Sun” appears in SCM each month (you can find this month’s edition on p. 80), has offered to curate our entry into this world. His first suggestions were a Mazda Miata, a Datsun 510, a Datsun 240Z, and eventually an Acura NSX. In a sense, the first three are the Bugeye Sprites and Triumph TR6s for Millennials. They are perfect first sports cars for a new generation of enthusiasts. Brian felt they would be easy to live with and affordably priced when equipped with an automatic. They will open the door to the Japanese-car experience. I’ll be trading drum brakes for discs, carburetors for fuel injection and lap belts for airbags. I will expect consistent reliability instead of impending chaos. We’re in no hurry; over the next few months, Brian will be on the lookout for the right car, at the right price, to put in our garage. ♦ Sports Car Market Courtesy of Mark Campbell


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted RM Sotheby’s Where: Elkhart, IN When: May 1–2 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • 1952 Ferrari 225 S coupe • 1966 Amphicar 770 • 1924 Bentley 3-4½ Litre tourer SG Auction Where: Winona, MN When: May 1–2 Web: www.sgauction.net Featured cars: • 1912 Cadillac Model 30 tourer • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top • 1970 Plymouth Superbird Vicari Where: Nocona, TX When: May 1–2 Web: www.vicariauction.com Artcurial Where: Gibel, FRA When: May 2 Web: www.artcurial.com Featured cars: • 1962 Rolls-Royce Phantom V James Young limousine • 1960 Facel Vega HK500 • 1967 Lamborghini 400GT Silverstone Where: Donington Park, U.K. When: May 2–3 Web: www.silverstoneauctions.com Bonhams Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: May 8 Web: www.bonhams.com Last time (2018): 41/53 cars sold / $17.1m Featured cars: • 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS • 1979 DeTomaso Pantera GTS “Narrow Body” • 2005 Ferrari 612 Shooting Brake RM Auctions Where: Auburn, IN When: May 8–9 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 185/281 cars sold / $4,689,515 Featured cars: • 1953 Buick Skylark convertible • 1961 Epperly racer • 1956 Kurtis Kraft 500E racer RM Sotheby’s Where: Monte Carlo, MCO When: May 9 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last time (2018): 58/86 cars sold / $27.3m Featured cars: • 2001 Ferrari 550 GTS Prodrive racer • Star Car: 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 • 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB 28 Star Car: 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 at RM Sotheby’s in Monte Carlo, MCO Mecum Where: Indianapolis, IN When: May 12–17 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,127/1,724 cars sold / $63.1m Featured cars: • 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster • 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda convertible • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible Bonhams Where: Surrey, U.K. When: May 17 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 14/33 cars sold / $3.9m Featured cars: • 2011 Aston Martin One-77 Q-series coupe • 1964 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage convertible • 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack Volante Brightwells Where: Leominster, U.K. When: May 20–21 Web: www.brightwells.com Bonhams MPH Where: Bicester, U.K. When: May 30 Web: mph.bonhams.com VanDerBrink Where: Independence, MN When: May 30 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Lucky Collector Car Where: Tacoma, WA When: May 30–31 Web: www.luckyoldcar.com Bonhams Where: Greenwich, CT When: May 31 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 71/99 cars sold / $4.4m ♦ 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. MAY 1–2—RM SOTHEBY’S Elkhart, IN 1–2—SG AUCTION Winona, MN 1–2—VICARI Nocona, TX 1–3—EG AUCTIONS Lethbridge, AB, CAN 2—ARTCURIAL Gibel, FRA 2–3—SILVERSTONE Donington Park, U.K. 8—BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MCO 8—J. WOOD & COMPANY Nashua, NH 8–9—RM AUCTIONS Auburn, IN 9—RM SOTHEBY’S Monte Carlo, MCO Sports Car Market 11—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 12–17—MECUM Indianapolis, IN 17—BONHAMS Surrey, U.K. 20–21—BRIGHTWELLS Leominster, U.K. 22–24—CCP AUCTIONS Mississauga, ON, CAN 25—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 30—BONHAMS MPH Bicester, U.K. 30—VANDERBRINK Independence, MN 30–31—LUCKY Tacoma, WA 31—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com The Best of Road and Water Transport This is the 25th year of Keels & Wheels — the celebration of beautiful cars and gleaming wooden boats at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX. This year’s concours is set for May 2–3, and the stars are Pre-War Packards, 1953–72 Corvettes, 1948–73 Porsches, Vintage Motorcycles, Century Boats and Yellow Jacket Boats. Publisher Martin will host a seminar on collecting. 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) The Quail Motorcycle Gathering — and Cars! World-class motorcycles — from all over the globe — take over the manicured fairways of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club on May 16. The Quail Motorcycle Gathering will celebrate its 12th year in 2020, 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 year. This year’s Gathering celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson XR750, the 50th Anniversary of the MV Agusta 750S, the 50th Anniversary of the BMW/5, as well as Hot Rod and Classic Cars. The day includes a delicious gourmet lunch. Admission is $90 if you buy ahead of time. www.peninsula.com/en/signature-events/ ticketing (CA) Bring Your Passports, Mes Amis… The 28th Annual New England 1000 rally will roll from Vermont over the border into Quebec and then back to Vermont. The rally rumbles to life on May 17, and the wheels keep turning through May 22. Starting at the Lodge of Spruce Peak near Mount Mansfield, VT, the tour will cross the Canadian border and visit Chateau Frontenac above the St. Lawrence River. Other high points include Saguenay Fjord and Mont-Tremblant National Park. 1995-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) 30 Greenwich Concours Celebrates 25 Years The 25th anniversary of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance will bring back cars from the first Greenwich Concours — along with Shelby (Ford) vs. GM, 100 Years of Duesenberg, Lancia, 70 Years of Allard, Vintage SUV/AWD and Right Coast Rods — from May 29 to 31. As usual, the weekend is actually two concours. Saturday will be the Concours de Sport, and Sunday is the Concours d’Elegance. Don’t miss the Concours Waterfront Party on Saturday evening. General admission is $40 for one day or $60 for both days. Visit www.greenwichconcours. com for more information. (CT) MAY CALENDAR 1–3 Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance, White Sulphur Springs, WV; www.greenbrierconcours. com 15–17 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Carlisle, PA; www.carlisleevents.com 22–24 Sandhills Motoring Festival, Pinehurst, NC; www.sandhillsmotoringfestival.com Sports Car Market Taylor-Constantine Carl Bomstead The Quail Bill Rothermel


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Associate Publisher Erin Olson erin.olson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 218 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Associate Editor Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editor at Large Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, Michael Leven, Cody Tayloe, Kevin Coakley, Adam Blumenthal, Joe Seminetta, Leo Van Hoorick, Jeremy Da Rosa, Pierre Hedary, Andy Staugaard, Mark Moskowitz, Gary West, Jon Georgiadis, Bill Cash, Pat Campion, John Boyle, John Hoshstrasser, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Daren Kloes, Brett Hatfield Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), John Draneas (Legal), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Dale Novak, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Jay Harden, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Ed Milich, Stephen Serio, John L. Stein, Bill Rothermel, Simon Kidston, Reid Trummel, Elana Scherr, Alexandra Martin-Banzer CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 Connect with SCM on The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2020 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors LEO VAN HOORICK, SCM Contributor, is a publisher, automotive journalist and car historian in Brussels, Belgium. He is chief editor of Historicar, a magazine devoted to Belgian automotive history, and is currently working on a book about Belgian racing driver and journalist Paul Frère. Leo serves as a board member of the Brussels-based Autoworld museum and Circuit des Ardennes commemorative rally, and is a judge at concours. Several Lancia Aurelias are in his garage. Turn to p. 110 for his Market Report on Bonhams’ Paris Auction. 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, as well as a handful of marque-specific publications. Carlson shuns what he calls “singlemarque 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 American Profile on a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible on p. 70. CARL BOMSTEAD, SCM Senior Auction Analyst, spent his lawn-mowing money on a 1948 Plymouth when he was 14, and since then an unknown number of unique cars have passed through his garage. He’s partial to Full Classics but can’t ignore an interesting sports car, ’50s car or a hot rod. His vintage automobilia collection includes hundreds of porcelain signs, mascots, license plates, oil cans and a dozen or so display cases full of other related memorabilia. He has judged at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years. He has written for Sports Car Market for decades. His regular column, “eWatch,” is on p. 162. Turn to p. 56 for his report on the 300SL Tour. 32 General P.O. 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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 Should I have been surprised at the much-higher auction result for a Heritage Edition with 2,355 miles more on it than a “standard” model? True Colors To the Editor: I was fortunate a few years back to find an issue of SCM at the recycling center with my daughter, now a Canadian, who ended up buying me my first subscription. I’ve been renewing ever since. I love it, and continued good thoughts/prayers for Keith. Someday when I grow up, I’ll build a bigger garage, buy a great car to work on, and hopefully drive it a bunch too. Regarding the April 2020 issue, the Barrett-Jackson auction Lot 1353, a 2006 Ford GT with 29 miles and red/black colors, sold for $381,700 (p. 100). Then Lot 1353.1, a 2006 with 2,384 miles and original Gulf-inspired colors, sold for $440,000 — a premium of $58k. Both were in 2+ condition. Should I have been surprised at 34 the much-higher auction result for a Heritage Edition with 2,355 miles more on it than a “standard” model? — Neophyte Tim, Brookfield, MA Managing Editor Jim Pickering responds: In short, no. The Heritage Edition cars sold at a premium when new, and that premium has only grown as the cars have appreciated. Of the 4,038 built, only 343 were Heritage Edition cars with paint designed as a throwback to the JW Automotive/Gulf Oil Le Mans-winning GT40. The premium for that package was $13,000 in 2006 — and as of our most recent SCM Pocket Price Guide, the median price is $462,500 for a Heritage car compared to $302,500 for a standard GT. Low mileage is always a value driver, but here the limited-edition package is king. It’s the best of the best when it comes to these cars. That premium seems like a lot for paint, doesn’t it? Well, it is, but I think of it like this: The original GT40 cars had one goal — to beat Ferrari, and Ford did it on the world stage. Ford’s GT program in ’05 had a similar goal, only this time the target was the Ferrari 360 Modena. That was the benchmark to beat for Ford’s supercar, and following along a wave of nostalgia stirred up by the new Mustang, the company did it again. It would be crass to roll up to a Ferrari gathering in a GT, get out, and start boasting about Le Mans. With a Heritage Edition car, you don’t have to. That orange-over-blue scheme does it for you. “Hey, remember Le Mans ’68? Remember what happened there? That was great. It was great, wasn’t it?” Miles’ Mana To the Editor: Miles Collier certainly has some serious mana. His article on the McQueen Bullet Mustang (April 2020, p. 46) was one of the most poetic, thought-provoking and insightful articles I have ever read on a motor vehicle. The scope of knowledge required to organize and write a review like this could only be done by a true master. Every paragraph, sentence, and word seems to have been drawn from a pool of knowledge only acquired through a lifetime of obsessive study and understanding. Mr. Collier employed philoso- phy, facts, strategy, and being a master of the English language Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index Aston Martin of New England ....................29, 127 Authentic Classics, LLC ...................................130 Automobiles Etcetera ........................................123 Automobilia Monterey ......................................139 Automotive Restorations Inc.............................129 Autosport Designs Inc .........................................17 Avant Garde Collection .....................................140 Barrett-Jackson ....................................................41 Bennett Law Office ...........................................136 Beverly Hills Car Club ......................................127 Bonhams / UK .....................................................21 Branson Collector Car Auction ...........................25 Cars Yeah ...........................................................145 Cars, Inc. ..............................................................39 Centerline Alfa Parts .........................................121 Charles Prince Classic Cars............................... 111 Chequered Flag International ..............................91 Classic Auto Mall ..............................................6–7 Classic Car Capital ..............................................33 Classic Showcase ................................................26 Concorso Italiano.................................................80 Copley Motorcars ................................................93 Dobson Motorsport............................................142 Driversource Houston LLC ................................8-9 European Collectibles........................................117 Fantasy Junction ............................................18–19 Finarte ..................................................................55 Fourintune Garage Inc .......................................142 Gaswerks Garage ...............................................139 Gooding & Company ..........................................13 Greenwich Concours Ad .....................................53 Grundy Insurance ................................................77 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ................................145 Hamann Classic Cars, LLC .................................99 Heacock Classic ................................................163 Huntingridge Motors Inc. ..................................125 Hyman, LTD ........................................................20 Intercity Lines ......................................................45 JC Taylor ............................................................119 JJ Best Banc & Co .............................................149 Joel Shapiro .......................................................108 Kevin Kay Restorations ......................................12 Kidston .................................................................15 Leake Auction Company .....................................81 Legendary Motorcar Company .........................143 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ...........................113 Luxury Brokers International ........................10–11 Luxury Lease Partners, LLC ...............................57 MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd .....................89 Manns Restoration ...............................................31 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center ...........................35 Metron Garage ...................................................103 Mouse Motors, LLC ..........................................137 New England Auto Auction ................................95 Northwest European ..........................................139 Passport Transport .............................................107 Paul Russell and Company................................131 Pebble Beach Concours .......................................58 Putnam Leasing .................................................164 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd..................................101 Rayco Eurospec Motorcars .................................97 Reliable Carriers ..................................................85 RM Sotheby’s ....................................................4–5 RMD bvba ...........................................................43 Ronald McDonald House ..................................135 Russo and Steele LLC .........................................27 SCM Buy Sell Hold Podcast .............................153 Scott Grundfor Company ..................................133 Streetworks Exotics .............................................24 Superformance .....................................................40 Symbolic International ........................................23 Texas Timber Frames ..........................................79 The Old Racing Car Company, Inc. ....................59 The Stable, Ltd. .................................................109 The Werk Shop ..................................................144 Tony Labella Classic Cars .................................120 Torque Classic Cars .............................................37 Trucks & Auto Auctions ......................................87 Undici HP srl .....................................................141 Vintage Car Works...............................................47 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...............................115 Vintage Rallies ...................................................125 West Coast Classics, LLC .................................151 White Post Restorations ....................................145 Worldwide Group ..............................................2–3 36 Light-Hand Drive by Larry Trepel to arrange words that need to be read multiple times to fully grasp their true depth of meaning. If there were an award for the best automotive article of the year, Collier’s story would be my first nominee. In Hawaii we know all about mana, and as far as I’m concerned, Mr. Collier has acquired a great deal of it. Keep on blessing us with your insightful thoughts and observations, Miles. — Gregg Blue, Maui, Hawaii Staying on the Road To the Editor: I have been following Keith Martin’s recovery. I wish him well (April 2020, “Shifting Gears,” p. 24). I am a 74-year-old car fanatic. In 2011, I had a spinal stroke and it put me in a walker. My legs will not move well enough to safely brake. I must drive with hand controls. My love for cars and my friendships with my car buddies keep me going. To drive my antique cars, I found very simple hand controls on Amazon. These controls can be installed in 10 minutes. I have multiple sets. My antique cars are automat- ics. They include a 1965 Corvette convertible — and coupe, a 1957 Chevy wagon (great for taking my electric scooter to car shows), a 1954 Corvette (I got my first Sports Car Market Junior at Hershey last year), a 1967 Shelby GT350 and a 1955 MG TF with a C4 automatic transmission. I can drive all of these automatic cars and continue to enjoy the car hobby. My daily driver is a 2014 AMG E63. Other cars I have are a 2017 Z06, a 2012 BMW M3 coupe with competition package, a Porsche Cayman GTS and a Chevy SSR pickup. For me, the car must be automatic and have room for my walker. Keith, any car you choose that will allow you to enjoy the hobby is the correct choice. — A.C. Buck, via email MG Anorak Update To the Editor: At the risk of obsessive ped- antry, the grille-bar color for MG TDs is the same as the interior hue. The chrome grille slats were only for the rare (1,710 built ) TD Mk II, which I once owned. These cars were marked by enameled badges on the bonnet sides, and a bulge on one side, as well as different XPAG engine serial numbers. They also had larger carburetors, two fuel pumps, Andrex shocks, and a throbbing 57 horsepower, among the subtle differences. Anoraks, please note. — Bob Mitchell, Weston, CT ♦


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Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best by Neal Bascomb, 368 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28 (Amazon) In the world of automotive books, the familiar topics are often done and redone. The focus is on basic history, such as how a car or a company came together, and they tend to be data driven, with the human stories subservient to the useful facts. In other words, they tend toward blood- less recounting of engineering and process, written for the fan, collector or enthusiast, aimed at a niche market. But once in a while, along comes a liter- ary history aimed at the general market. Faster tells the story of an unlikely trio of driver, designer and financier in preWorld War II Europe, coming together to battle the German racing juggernaut — the Silver Arrows from Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union. René Dreyfus is a well-known name in the racing world. In period, his skills behind the wheel put him in fast company with Rudi Caracciola, Hans Stuck, Bernd Rosemeyer, Hermann Lang and Juan Manuel Fangio. Dreyfus won 36 races, and was a soughtafter talent, but there was a problem. It was the 1930s in Europe, and being Jewish cost him the option of driving for top teams (Mercedes, Maserati and Alfa Romeo). At the time, American heiress Lucy Schell, a groundbreaking woman rally driver, looked to a French carmaker, Delahaye, to build her a Monte Carlo Rally winner. That turned into her commissioning a car to compete with the Silver Arrows, a shot at the nose of the rising Nazis. She hired Dreyfus, who was suffering from a shattered psyche after a crash in a Bugatti destroyed his confidence. Author Neal Bascomb, with extensive research of period journalism (unlike today, auto racing was front-page news, with breathless, extensive daily Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering coverage), weaves the tale of how the underdogs Dreyfus and the Delahaye 145 beat the German cars. The win was a situation-specific victory — on a tight circuit that blunted the Mercedes’ horsepower advantage, coupled with the Delahaye’s better fuel mileage — at Pau in 1938. But it was briefly more than one victory — it was a much larger political statement in a world headed for war with Germany by a French team, an American backer and a Jewish driver. Provenance: Fifty pages of notes and sources take up the end of Faster, which shows the depth of research Bascomb brought to the project. It helps him create a rich, detailed re-creation of the people and fascinating pre-war Europe racing scene. Fit and finish: So many automotive books are gorgeous coffee-table books that it would be easy to dismiss Faster as somehow visually lacking. Oh, it is, with a small number of low-quality period images, but don’t worry, the beauty is in the text and the images they create in your mind. Drivability: About 20 pages into Faster, I thought to myself, “This is the Seabiscuit of pre-war grand prix racing.” Seabiscuit was the book that popularized the famous racehorse that started his career as an underachiever but went on to become the top-winning horse of his era. In the book’s notes, Bascomb thanks Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand for being an inspiration in structuring Faster. Both books are standout histories. It’s a quality read, meticulously detailed, as it re-creates the deadly world of racing in the 1930s. Bascomb, who quite admittedly came to the book knowing little about cars or racing, occasionally creates a fingernail-on-chalkboard mistake in his descriptions of racing, but that won’t get in the way of your enjoyment as you take a deep dive into an unlikely David taking an improbable win from Goliath. ♦ Hold the Phone Smartphones are just part of our reality now, but there’s Speaking olumes by Mark Wigginton Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best by Neal Bascomb, 368 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28 (Amazon) In the world of olumes by Mark Wigginton Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best by Neal Bascomb, 368 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28 (Amazon) In the world of automotive books, the familiar topics are often done and redone. The focus is on basic history, such as how a car or a company came together, and they tend to be data driven, with the human stories subservient to the useful facts. In other words, they tend toward blood- less recounting of engineering and process, written for the fan, collector or enthusiast, aimed at a niche market. But once in a while, along comes a liter- ary history aimed at the general market. Faster tells the story of an unlikely trio of driver, designer and financier in pre- World War II Europe, coming together to battle the German racing juggernaut — the Silver Arrows from Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union. René Dreyfus is a well-known name in the racing world. In period, his skills behind the wheel put him in fast company with Rudi Caracciola, Hans Stuck, Bernd Rosemeyer, Hermann Lang and Juan Manuel Fangio. Dreyfus won 36 races, and was a sought- after talent, but there was a problem. It was the 1930s in Europe, and being Jewish cost him the option of driving for top teams (Mercedes, Maserati and Alfa Romeo). At the time, American heiress Lucy Schell, a groundbreaking woman rally driver, looked to a French carmaker, Delahaye, to build her a Monte Carlo Rally winner. That turned into her commissioning a car to compete with the Silver Arrows, a shot at the nose of the rising Nazis. She hired Dreyfus, who was suffering from a shattered psyche after a crash in a Bugatti destroyed his confidence. Author Neal Bascomb, with extensive research of period journalism (un- like today, auto racing was front-page news, with breathless, extensive daily Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering coverage), weaves the tale of how the underdogs Dreyfus and the Delahaye 145 beat the German cars. The win was a situation-specific victory — on a tight circuit that blunted the Mercedes’ horsepower advantage, coupled with the Delahaye’s better fuel mileage — at Pau in 1938. But it was briefly more than one victory — it was a much larger political statement in a world headed for war with Germany by a French team, an American backer and a Jewish driver. Provenance: Fifty pages of notes and sources take up the end of Faster, which shows the depth of research Bascomb brought to the project. It helps him create a rich, de- tailed re-creation of the people and fascinating pre-war Europe racing scene. Fit and finish: So many automotive books are gorgeous coffee-table books that it would be easy to dismiss Faster as some- how visually lacking. Oh, it is, with a small number of low-quality period images, but don’t worry, the beauty is in the text and the images they create in your mind. Drivability: About 20 pages into Faster, I thought to myself, “This is the Seabiscuit of pre-war grand prix racing.” Seabiscuit was the book that popularized the famous racehorse that started his career as an underachiever but went on to become the top-winning horse of his era. In the book’s notes, Bascomb thanks Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand for being an inspiration in struc- turing Faster. Both books are standout histories. It’s a quality read, meticulously detailed, as it re-creates the deadly world of racing in the 1930s. Bascomb, who quite admittedly came to the book knowing little about cars or racing, occasionally creates a fingernail-on-chalkboard mistake in his descriptions of racing, but that won’t get in the way of your enjoyment as you take a deep dive into an unlikely David taking an improbable win from Goliath. ♦ Hold the Phone Smartphones are just part of our reality now, but there’s Industries Industries designs and builds state-of-the-art trailers and transporters for a variety of industries — including motorsports. 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Affordable Classic 1976–96 Jaguar XJ-S Big, Smooth Cat Claws Its Way Up Jaguar’s big coupe cruiser has come of age, despite its flaws by Paul Hardiman An example on the higher end of affordable: 1994 Jaguar XJ-S convertible, sold for $27,538 at Silverstone’s Heythrop Classic Car Sale in 2019 T he Jaguar XJ-S was not a popular replacement for the E-type when it appeared in 1975. Although the XJ-S shared generic Jaguar mechanicals — including Bill Heynes’ clever, compact independent rear suspension and that silky-smooth V12 — its lardy appearance won it few friends. In demeanor, the XJ-S pretended to be even more of a 2-door XJ12 than the S3 E-type, which, let’s be fair, had become a parody of itself by 1975. As a 12-year-old, I remember being appalled by the size and slabbi- ness of the thing — and its clumsy British Leyland-era detailing, even though it turned out that the Jag was ahead of its time — composite bumpers and massive sculpted headlamps are all normal now. And if 7.6 seconds to 60 mph and a 143-mph top speed sounded okay, the original 3.8 E-type coupe was (allegedly) faster. A different world now How times have changed, as everything has inflated, even in Europe, where it’s now hard to tell a 3-Series BMW from a fiver. Encounter an XJ-S on the road today and it appears quite dinky, if not actually petite like a Mazda Miata, and the indelicate detail has softened somewhat, as years of cars with goatees have inured us somewhat to bloaters. Those flying buttresses have become a demure 1970s signature, even though the German authorities refused type approval, meaning each car registered there had to be individually approved. It’s no Caterham Seven, but the Jaguar’s light steering takes on a new nuance of hydraulic tactility when compared with today’s numbly assisted electric systems. After all, you’re only turning 205-section tires here. Ironically, it’s those early cars that have become the most sought-after and valuable — ironically because those are the most expensive to run because they are gas-guzzlers, although that bothers us more in Europe — where we pay around $7.50 per Imperial gallon of 95 octane unleaded — than it does in the United States. Changes over time Things improved — relatively — in 1981, with the introduction of the V12 HE, for “high efficiency,” from a new Fireball cylinder head design to maximize mixture swirl, which, combined with a taller final- 42 drive ratio, gave an XJ-S a chance of cracking 20 mpg on a decent run. Realistically, you’re still looking at about 15 mpg, or 12 mpg in the U.S. Let’s not even get into the reliability issues, except to say that any car still running today should have had its bugs ironed out by now. Still, bear in mind that the U.S.-market cars produced about 40 hp less than the Euro-spec 285 hp. No XJ-S is truly parsimonious, but we had to wait until the introduc- tion of the straight-6 cars in 1983 (bonnet bulge, lattice alloys, which soon carried through to all cars) to have any chance of nearing 30 mpg. HEs have five-spoke “starfish” alloys, and U.S.-market cars have four round headlights. A 1991 facelift came under Ford’s ownership, which included a smoothing of the lines and a full-width wraparound rear light/reflector. The name also was streamlined to XJS, which saw out the car until end of production in 1996. The AJ6 (AJ16 from 1994) was enlarged to 4 liters, V12s were 6 li- ters/300 bhp from May 1992, and bigger bumpers arrived in ’93. By this time, the rear brakes had moved outboard. Details Years produced: 1976–96 Price when new: $19,000 in 1976; $82,500 in 1996. Number produced: 115,413 from 1975 to 1981 — and many more through 1996 Current SCM Median Valuation: $9,000 for 1976–81 cars Pros: A fast, comfortable 1970s thoroughbred cruiser Cons: The rust demon always lurks, plus this is a thirsty car Best place to drive one: On interesting, two-lane mountain roads on the way to a deluxe resort hotel Worst place to drive one: Into a European filling station A typical owner is: Hoping their big cat is finally, completely fettled First is best As ever, earliest is the purest, and European collectors want the pre-HE V12, dating the car to before 1981. These cars also have the signature spoke/slotted alloys and black-painted rear panel (changed to body color with the HE), along with the quirky Citroënesque revolving-drum minor instruments that lasted until ’91. These early cars will all be hard tops, as the cabrio conversion didn’t appear until 1983 — and the full drop-top appeared in 1988. Don’t be too tall, though, or you’ll struggle to get in, as the XJ-S has the same overhanging dog-leg door Sports Car Market


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opening that’s strangely reminiscent of the outgoing E-type. Well, they had to maintain some sort of continuity. Be like Templar (second version) With the early car you can channel your inner Simon Templar — the remake of “The Saint,” starring Ian Ogilvy. The new version ditched the young Roger Moore’s P1800 and put our hero in a white example of Browns Lane’s latest. These have been misunderstood since birth as being sports cars. Thanks to a very rigid body shell with decent aerodynamics, these cars are very refined and comfortable cruisers capable of putting lots of relaxed miles into a day — as long as you don’t mind a few fuel stops. Personally, on the V12 cars, I’d forgo some of the early detail and look for an early HE — you could always try to find a set of the earlier wheels — but the best all-rounder is a 4-liter, 6-cylinder car — with 220 bhp. They are almost all autos. Early cars have the ancient BorgWarner Model 12 3-speeder, which was replaced in 1977 with the much-better GM TH400. A 4-speed ZF arrived on the 6-cylinder cars in 1987. Manuals are quite rare. The first cars had the option of the clunky 4-speed left over from the E-type, but only 353 were built before the option was quietly dropped in 1979. The 5-speed Getrag didn’t arrive until 1983, and it was fitted only on the 6-cylinder cars. Signs of danger What to look for? Overheating, which can mean gasket trouble within the all-alloy V12. XJ-S cars still suffered from the Series 3 E-type problem of expiring when they got hot in traffic. This happened because some designer had the bright idea of homing the Lumenition module in the vee, where it cooked, but they can be moved. Watch for play in the rear hubs/suspension. It’s a very clever design, which uses the driveshafts as the top links, so there are no upper wishbones. However, the bearings need setting up with just the right amount of preload — you’ll always feel a little play at the wheel rims with the car jacked up — and any wear means it all starts to feel sloppy. This problem probably first manifests itself as a clunk after changing from reverse to forward. Plus, if the diff oil seals leak, the inboard rear discs get coated, meaning your rear brakes don’t work — and the pads are a pain to change. Of course, there is rust. At the nadir of the XJ-S, you could buy a shed for £500 and run it until it rotted out — unless bankruptcy from filling it up came first. Thirty and even 20 years ago, values were so low that these cars just weren’t worth repairing. However, most of the stock on the market is better now. The really rough ones have done the decent thing and donated their organs, and the better ones have been saved — or even upgraded by outfits such as KWE in England. Just check the usual worry spots: bulkheads, rear valances and sills, plus around the windscreen (if it’s bubbling here, walk away). Also check near the back of the sills, where the trailing arms mount to the floorpan. Correct Dunlop and Michelin XWX rubber is once again available. What to pay? Generally, don’t bother with any early cars under $15k these days. The nicest early V12s are approaching $40k in Europe, and good facelift cars are in early $20ks. You’ll pay more, up to £50k/$65k, if you can find one of the rare Lynx Eventer estate-car versions, of which 67 were converted between 1982 and 2002 by the same outfit that fettled and made perfect copies of D-types. Remember, this is a 1970s front-engined, V12 thoroughbred — and still cheaper than anything that came out of Maranello. ♦ May 2020 43


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Legal Files John Draneas Double-Dealing Brokers A broker has to tell you everything about a deal, whether it’s for fine art or blue-chip collector cars thought — buying the stuff had been pretty easy, but Bouvier was having trouble selling any of it. The trigger point was a chance encounter at a lunch on St. Barts. A mutual friend had invited Rybolovlev and the art consultant who had worked with the seller of the Modigliani. This was the first time Rybolovlev had met any of his sellers, and for some reason, he asked the art consultant the selling price of the Modigliani. When he learned that Bouvier had purchased it for $93.5 million and immediately flipped it to Rybolovlev for $118 million, Rybolovlev went straight to his lawyers. That resulted in Bouvier’s arrest for fraud. Civil suits were filed against him in Singapore and Hong Kong. The lawsuits allege that Bouvier caused Rybolovlev to overpay on the art by over $1 billion. If you’re interested in more details about this fas- cinating story, Internet-search “Bouvier Affair,” and you will find an excellent New Yorker article written by Sam Knight (which is our source) as well as a book written by Alexandra Bregman. S What’s the connection? As interesting as this story may be, you are prob- wiss art shipper Yves Bouvier had a great idea. He was already doing well operating the family business out of the Geneva Freeport — a storage facility that served as a tax-free haven for art and other objects moving from country to country. Wealthy investors would park their valuables in the Freeport ware- houses indefinitely to avoid paying taxes on their importation. But the connections he made led Bouvier to decide he could make much more money by buying and selling the art. Soon after hatching that thought, he met Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian oligarch who, in his late 30s, was worth about $1 billion. Rybolovlev and his wife had purchased a mansion in Geneva that came with an extensive system of picture lighting. Rybolovlev thought he would just buy a bunch of art to put under the existing lights. The men met when Rybolovlev purchased a painting that came through the Freeport. Bouvier agreed to provide one-stop shopping for Rybolovlev. Bouvier would advise him about how to amass a collection, locate artworks and purchase them for Rybolovlev. Rybolovlev understood that Bouvier would be paid a reasonable commission on each piece he acquired or sold. The association was a busy one. It got even busier when Rybolovlev and his wife separated. He was under intense pressure from her and her lawyers, looking over his shoulder on his business dealings and finances. Rybolovlev asked Bouvier to step up the art purchases, thinking this would be a good way to stash money in more “mobile” assets. Bouvier was happy to oblige. A troublesome $1 billion The deal that upended Bouvier was a Modigliani nude, “Nu Couché au Coussin Bleu,” which was owned by a U.S. hedge-fund manager. Rybolovlev wanted a Modigliani nude, and this was one of the best ones. Bouvier negotiated the purchase and flipped it to Rybolovlev. But by then, Rybolovlev had purchased so much art through Bouvier that he thought it was time to sell some — and buy other pieces. Of course, he expected to realize some profits in the process. Funny, he 44 ably wondering, “Isn’t this a car magazine? What’s art got to do with it?” Well, much the same scenario is currently playing out in high-stakes litigation involving a car. We won’t identify the parties or the car, as the litigation is in its early stages and “Legal Files” does not want to affect their case or damage the parties’ reputations. According to the seller, here is what happened: The seller retained the broker to sell a high-dollar car, with an up-front agreement on a specific dollar amount commission. After a time, the broker came to the seller with an offer that was significantly below the seller’s asking price and that he claimed was “all that he could get out of the buyer.” The seller accepted the deal. When it came time to sign a contract, the broker explained that the buyer was insisting on complete secrecy and did not want to be identified. To accommodate that, the sales contract was signed by the broker on behalf of an unidentified buyer, and the deal was consummated. After the fact, the seller discovered that the broker had actually flipped the car to the buyer in a separate sale transaction. This technique — buying the car and then selling it in two separate transactions — is referred to as “back-to-back contracts.” The profit on the flip was about five times the agreed commission. This transaction is now in litigation. What’s the difference? When you retain a broker to sell a car on your behalf, the law treats the broker as your agent. You are considered the agent’s principal. Under general agency law, the agent has fiduciary duties to the prin- cipal — the primary one being a duty of loyalty. The agent is prohibited from keeping secrets from the principal — and from profiting at the principal’s expense. If the broker is going to document the transaction with back-to-back contracts, for whatever reason, everything has to be disclosed to the principal. Keeping the transactions separate would seem to be a clear breach of the agent’s duties. You may wonder, isn’t this what car dealers always do? What’s wrong with buying low and selling high? Sports Car Market iStock


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The difference lies in the word “buying.” When you trade in your car at a dealer, the dealer is actually buying your car with his money. You know that, and you are free to negotiate over the trade-in value. In the case we are dealing with, just as in the Bouvier Affair, the “purchase” was made with the ultimate buyer’s money, not the agent’s money. In fact, the agent would not commit to buying the car until the ultimate purchase had been committed. Similar cases These two cases have very strong similarities. In the Bouvier Affair, Bouvier insists that he was always acting as a seller, and not as Rybolovlev’s agent. That makes all the difference, of course, as there are no fiduciary duties imposed when you are acting as a party to a transaction. Same thing in the car case. However, the insistence on being a party acting for yourself runs head-on into the fact that, in both cases, the purchase could never have been completed without the ultimate purchaser’s money. Bouvier needed Rybolovlev’s money to buy the art. The car broker needed the buyer’s money to pay the seller. If you are always working with the other guy’s money, it’s hard to show that you are acting for yourself. Part of our collector-car broker’s defense is that the seller received exactly the amount he wanted for the car, so what’s the problem? The seller has a lot to say about that. The broker is essentially claiming that he had an open option to buy the car if he found someone to buy it from him for more. The seller insists he would never have agreed to that without some compensation. He also counters that it isn’t appropriate for the broker to lock him into the lowest price he will take and then see how much more he can get for the car. The same argument applies in reverse in the Bouvier Affair. Bouvier claims that Rybolovlev was happy with the purchase prices. Of course, he might not have been so happy with them if he had known how much the seller was actually willing to take for the art. Similarly, our car seller’s happiness with the sales price would have been affected by knowledge of how much the ultimate buyer was willing to give. In both cases, trust was betrayed. If one knows that the broker is acting for himself, one would likely negotiate an altogether different deal. The law is clear The law takes a much simpler approach to these philosophical analyses. If an agency was created, the principal is entitled to know exactly what the agent is earning for his work. With that knowledge, the principal can decide for himself whether he is satisfied with the deal or not. Full disclosure, and nothing less, is required so that any consent can be an informed consent. And if the agent profits without such disclosure, the penalty is usually giving up the full profit to the principal. Protecting yourself The collector-car broker is also defending on the basis that “this is how the business works.” To some degree, that is unfortunately true. Consignments often turn into back-to-back contracts, with any number of explanations given as to why. Don’t believe it. Once you consign your car to a broker, you are entitled to know who the purchaser is — and how much was paid for the car. You are absolutely entitled to know exactly how much money the broker is making on the deal. If there is going to be a trade of some sort, you are entitled to know about it and how the values were established. If you can’t get that level of disclosure from your broker, get another one. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. May 2020 45


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Incredible India Western car collectors can learn a lot from enthusiasts in India From chaos to order The event kicked off with a gathering of cars at the India Gate, the nation’s central war memorial in the heart of New Delhi. The population of metropolitan Delhi is about 30 million. At any time, at least half that number appear to be in an almost unbroken stream of cars, buses, trucks, scooters, small scooter-based taxis — called tuk-tuks — and bicycles. Lane markings are largely suggestions, with all traffic finding its way through any openings — real or imagined. Horns sound almost constantly, but not in anger — simply as notice that a vehicle is near, coming by or making room. Imagine, then, nearly 80 classic cars, ranging from Brass Era through the 1960s, guided serenely and confidently out into the roiling maelstrom of the Delhi streets and motorways, on a half-hour drive out to a sprawling modern golf club in the nearby suburb of Gurgaon, where the concours was held. My fellow judges and I chose cars for the drive out to the show. joined colleagues Mathias Doutreleau and Patrick Dimier of I A typical light-traffic day in India, perfect for exercising your classic I have always connected to the world of cars with a passion and level of enthusiasm that was sometimes embarrassing. I recall occasions as a child when I felt that no one else was moved as deeply as I was when I saw a car that excited me. I recently participated as a judge for the 2020 21 Gun Salute Concours in Delhi, India. The brainchild of Madan Mohan, a very successful entrepreneur and passionate vintage-car collector, this was the ninth edition of the event, which combined a concours d’elegance with a multi-day tour. Madan and I became acquainted several years ago at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where he was instrumental in organizing the “Cars of the Maharajahs” Class. It was the first time that many of these national treasures had been seen outside of India. Those cars were a glimpse into these wealthy and imaginative individuals and families. Madan had invited me to come to his event, but it was only this year, at the urging of chief judge Christian Kramer, that I managed to fit it into my calendar. I was quite happy that I was able to make it, as it was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. Kind and grateful Everyone I have known who has visited India is deeply impressed. The sights, sounds, smells and atmosphere are unique — in the actual, correct use of the word. Photographs and moving images cannot — and did not — prepare me for the sensory overload that I experienced. What I was most taken with was the open kindness of the people. Whether wealthy or indescribably poor, all I encountered were gracious, kind and above all else grateful. Grateful for sharing their country and for our visit. And that was amplified in India’s collector-car community. I’ve always been drawn to those I — admittedly judgmental — feel are truly passionate, engaged enthusiasts. These are the people who own cars because they love, want to use and fully experience them. Most of all, they share them with as many others as they can. The owners I met in India did not treat their cars as sculptures, to be quietly observed while parked in a dimly lit garage. That was strikingly apparent at the first interaction I had with many of them. 46 Switzerland in a lovely 1949 Bentley Mk VI James Young drophead coupe. The owner of the car, a charming man in his 40s, displayed total cool on the drive, unflustered and unflappable in traffic that would have driven the three of us completely around the bend. With occasional taps of the sonorous horn, the elegant, comfortable Bentley glided through the madness effortlessly. During none of the taxi rides I had taken in the city did I feel as relaxed and safe as I did during that drive. I asked how he was so much at ease behind the wheel of such a large, valuable car on such a chaotic road. The owner simply replied, “If you grow up with this, it’s what you’re used to.” I immediately thought of so many classic-car owners I knew in Southern California who would never consider taking their car on a drive across Los Angeles, or in the New York area who think that the signs above the bridges and tunnel entrances to Manhattan say “Here be Dragons.” Never mind those American enthusiasts who shrink from the idea of weeklong vintage rallies and tours. Even weekend trips away in their old car are thought imprudently adventurous. I spoke with entrants in Delhi about the impromptu 2,000-mile trips they take in their old cars with friends — never worrying about what they might encounter on the way. It was part and parcel of that fundamental gratitude that every Indian I encountered so freely expressed. That was even more evident in speaking with the restorers on hand. The scope and breadth of their labor cannot be overstated. The combination of restrictive export and import laws meant that great cars could not be sold out of the country, which was positive — but also meant that many replacement parts and restoration supplies and materials could not find their way into India. The result is a cadre of unbelievably talented and resourceful restor- ers, who take on the most ambitious projects. They expertly, sensitively and accurately restore to pristine condition vehicles we wouldn’t even buy for parts. When they cannot purchase components, they re-create them from scratch. These are not vague approximations of the original part, but a beautifully rendered artisan creation of which the original engineers and designers would heartily approve. We members of the international jury were tasked with assisting Madan and his team in helping to bring Western concours culture to India. In so many ways, chiefly in the artistry of some restorers, the devo- tion to experiential custodianship of the owners, and the gratitude of having historic cars as part of our lives, perhaps it is us in the West who have something to learn from our friends on the Indian subcontinent. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature The SCM Interview / Ray Shaffer Patti Tantillo Ray Shaffer (left) with racing legend Hurley Haywood A Fast Life — and Career — With Porsche How many people can check in on their car restoration every day? Ray Shaffer can — and did by Chester Allen F ew of us get a clear vision of the future when we’re 9 years old, but that happened to Ray Shaffer when he spotted a Porsche 356 in a garage. Porsche has been part of Shaffer’s life for a long time, and now, at age 49, he’s living the dream as Porsche Classic’s market development manager. Shaffer now dreams of owning the Straßenversion of the Porsche 911 GT1. He’s also this month’s SCM Interview: get involved with Porsche? I’ve always been a fan, drawn in by sports car racing in the 1980s. In that time period, I was fortunate to meet with Porsche racer Bob Akin, who became a friend and mentor to me. Some years later, he asked, “Why aren’t you selling Porsche cars?” I was in a Cadillac store at the time. He offered to introduce me to a friend in Florida who turned out to be Bob Snodgrass of Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville — the famous racing dealership. Through 16 wonderful years at Brumos, I would work and learn my way up to becoming the general manager in 2010. We were active in everything from the Amelia Island Concours to racing with a 911 program that brought home the Grand-Am GT Championship in 2011. We also created special editions like the five 911 Carrera GTS B59 models to commemorate Hurley Haywood’s amazing career and record number of wins at Daytona. Porsche has been at the top of the sports-car world for decades —and many models are now very collectible. What makes Porsche special to you? The authenticity of what the company — its people and products — represents 48 Shaffer behind the wheel of a Porsche G93 Sports Car Market Everyone knows you as one of the big Porsche guys. How did you is a major draw for me. I admire the fact that Porsche has remained true to itself for more than 70 years. After working on the retail side of the business, I made the transition to join Porsche Cars North America in 2015. Throughout the company, there is a clear culture to do the right thing for the customer and the brand. I connect with that and think our loyal owners and enthusiasts do as well. Nolan Fingerhut


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What, exactly, does Porsche Classic Division do? Porsche Classic keeps our brand heritage on the road. We serve all owners of cars within the Classic lineup, which today ranges from the 356 models all the way through the Carrera GT super sports car. In short, Porsche Classic focuses on three areas: availability of Genuine Classic parts, expert service at our dealerships and 11 U.S. Porsche Classic Partners and, finally, Porsche Classic Factory Restoration. So whether you’re wrenching at home and looking for a part or planning to do an entire professional restoration, we can help. So, is Porsche now in the car restoration business? Absolutely, and the U.S. is quite unique because our Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta is, in fact, home to the only Classic Factory Restoration workshop outside Germany. It’s the pinnacle of our team’s capabilities, realized with access to factory records and tools. The workshop is actually located right next to my office, and I recently had my 911 Turbo engine restored there. Our master technicians are used to a high level of interest from the owner, but I don’t think they’ve ever experienced a customer checking in on a daily basis before. should the car be preserved in its present state? To me, it’s all about the platform that you have to begin with. For When should an owner restore a Porsche, and when the vehicle to operate and perform as the Porsche engineers originally intended, a solid foundation is a must. If you have this, then keeping the wearable parts maintained and replaced as needed is part of a healthy ownership experience — and responsibility. However, if the structure is not solid or sound in its original state, then it’s time to start over. Communication is really key, and, ultimately, this is a partnership with the customer. Do you have a favorite Porsche? I feel a strong attachment to the Carrera GT. The original concept was presented shortly after I joined Porsche. I went to the new factory in Leipzig to see the production start, and Timo Bernhard gave us demonstration laps on the track — what a car! Three years later it was on the showroom floor at Brumos. Now that it’s a Classic, the Carrera GT has taken on a whole new dimension for me in the form of a unique recommission project. A customer dreamt of what it would be like to have taken delivery Porsche Cars North America Inc. The Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, GA, is home to the only Classic Factory Restoration workshop outside Germany of a new one, and that became the starting point of something truly special. He found a car, which Porsche Classic then completely restored and tailored to his styling preference, including Oak Green Metallic paint, houndstooth interior and golden accents. We unveiled the car here at the Porsche Experience Center, and I got to pull the cover off of it myself. What’s your daily driver? I currently enjoy a Porsche Macan as my daily driver. It’s perfect for living in the heart of the city here in Atlanta. For very special drives, I deploy my Brumos-sourced 1992 911 Turbo 3.3 coupe. I love the swoosh of the turbo and the challenge in timing the boost application to the exit of a corner. Is Porsche now making parts for vintage Porsches? Yes indeed. Porsche Classic currently has over 50,000 parts avail- able, and every year, we add between 200–300 more to our catalog. The U.S. is home to a greater number of Classic Porsche cars than any other market, and we like to see them driven. Genuine parts are key to that mission. These are, of course, used at our Porsche Classic Partners and in authorized Porsche dealerships, but they are also available to customers and independent workshops. Are you comfortable driving a vintage Porsche, say a 356, around town or on the highway? Or should these cars be used on quieter, two-lane highways? Allow me to tell a short story about that. Back in 2006, I was invited to enjoy my friend’s 356C during an annual driving event that he managed. We left his house in Southern California early on a Wednesday morning, traveling north. For about two hours, I inched along in rushhour traffic in that 40-year-old classic machine, and it never missed a beat, never overheated. Once traffic did get moving, we had no issue keeping up. your co-pilot? I actually had such a trip on the calendar, but it didn’t go as planned. Shaffer unveils a customer’s recommissioned Porsche Carrera GT “Porsche Classic exists to keep cars on the road, and from that perspective, things are looking very positive. I see so much passion at all the events I attend, and the community appears to be growing.” May 2020 After Rennsport Reunion VI in California, some enthusiast colleagues and I were going to drive back to Atlanta. During the preparations of my 911 Turbo, however, we discovered a broken head stud in the engine, which then led to the full restoration. Unfortunately, I had to take a rain check on the road trip, but I did get a cool new head-stud keychain. Porsche market? Porsche Classic exists to keep cars on the road, and from that per- spective, things are looking very positive. I see so much passion at all the events I attend, and the community appears to be growing. As a driving enthusiast myself, it’s a case of the more, the merrier. ♦ 49 What, in your opinion, is the future of the vintageYou’ve got 10 days. What is your route, your car and Porsche Cars North America Inc.


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Feature Rétromobile 2020 For the Love of Paris — By the Numbers A ride with Ali leads off five days of Rétromobile — and exploring the City of Light by Chester Allen Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R Feature R e Rétromobile 2020 For the Love of Paris — By the Numbers A ride with Ali leads off eature Rétromobile 2020 For the Love of Paris — By the Numbers A ride with Ali leads off five days of Rétromobile — and exploring the City of Light by Chester Allen A A taste of home for €32,500 50 Sports Car Market three areas: availability of Genuine Classic parts, expert service at our dealersh Chester Allen


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Feature Rétromobile 2020 on the handy bench near Renoir’s “Bal au Moulin de la Galette.” This Impressionist masterwork — of working-class Parisians enjoying an outdoor dance party — seems to glow with light flickering through the trees. I always feel that I’m about to tumble into the real world of 1876 Paris when I gaze into this painting. Moments like this are why Paris is special. Stay for a couple of hours and see more masterworks. It’ll cost you about 14 euros, which is the best deal in town. 10 Dix Playing with the big boys now ... 6 Sept 7 H8uit Toys are NOT for Boys I bet there are more toy and model cars at Rétromobile Six than real cars. Booths display elaborate dioramas of model cars, figurines and buildings. Model cars of all scales fill shelves, display cases and tables. Other spots sell massive, elaborate slot-car tracks. At one booth, two intent men raced model Jaguar E-types and Shelby Cobras. Other adults craned their necks to follow the action. I never saw a kid in any of these booths. The kids were hanging out with the hot cars. Special Displays This year’s Rétromobile featured special displays on Tatra cars and 10 Bertone prototypes built between 1969 and 2001. The Ferrari Rainbow, which strongly resembled a Fiat X1/9 — or a splitting wedge — was a crowd favorite. The Tatra display explored the fascinating history of these rear-engine cars. Rétromobile’s special displays are museumquality experiences. Go to an Auction Rétromobile attracts three major auctions. Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais puts amazing cars under the high, intricate glass roof of the legendary Grand Palais. This is the most beautiful carauction site in the world. RM Sotheby’s sets up their tent at Place Vauban, and the historic Les Invalides looms over the clear roof. It’s very special to see collector cars on display at Paris landmarks. The city becomes part of the auction, which, I guess, is the idea. Artcurial’s auction is at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, so it’s easy to reach. Even if you don’t plan to bid, it’s worth visiting all of these auc- tions on their preview days. And you might find yourself arranging a bidding paddle. Neuf 9 52 It’s Not Just About the Cars Paris is one of the wonders of our world, and no one should miss standing in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, walking along the Seine or seeing the reconstruction of the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris. We celebrate automotive art in SCM, so I’m sure many of you would also savor a few hours in the Musée d’Orsay, which is in an airy, reconstructed train station on the Seine. This museum now holds the best Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections on the planet. If you can see just one piece of art in Paris — amid the thousands of masterpieces in this ancient city — go to the Musée d’Orsay and sit Come Back Again If you have the time, forget about cars entirely and get lost in Paris. Pick a neighborhood that seems attractive — and then follow your nose and feet. This is how I found Chez Alain Miam Miam. Getting lost isn’t a big deal — if you have a street map and a Metro map. Just find the nearest Metro station to your location, and you can get home. You can always hail a taxi, but learning the underground part of Paris is part of learning Paris. Paris isn’t all glamour and art and beauty. It’s a teeming city of millions, and many parts are ordinary — at best. Yet just when you think you know Paris, you’ll turn a corner and see a gorgeous vegetable market, where fresh carrots, still carrying bits of farm soil, glow in the afternoon light. You’ll see a young art student sketching on a park bench — or eat- ing a fantastic sandwich. You’ll certainly see cars that will stop your heart — for just a moment. No one can know all of Paris, but that’s why it’s so much fun to go back — perhaps to Rétromobile 2021. If you’re feeling lucky, catch a cab at the Gare du Nord. You might meet Ali. If you do, hang on and know this: “Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix….” ♦ It’s not just about the cars, but you should attend an auction or two Sports Car Market Chester Allen Chester Allen


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Feature Rétromobile 2020 Très Fantastique! Rétromobile never disappoints — beaucoup cars, parts and it’s in Paris! by Ken Gross Photos by Chester Allen If it’s automobile-related, you can find it at Rétromobile E nthusiasts pack the Paris Expo Center at Porte de Versailles every February for Rétromobile, an enormous indoor swapmeet with 600-plus vendors, countless old-car dealers, car clubs and restorers, and an Artcurial auction. RM Sotheby’s holds their auction at Place Vauban. Bonhams fills the glass- topped Grand Palais with even more auction lots. There are hundreds more cars for sale, rides in century-old vehicles, and daily classic-car workshops. You’ve seen ads in SCM for Simon Kidston, Gregor Fisken, Axel Schuette, Christophe Groh and Max Girardo. They try to outdo one another each year in Paris. Fiskens’ Ferrari Fiskens presented the 1967 Geneva Motor Show Ford GT40 P1069, along with a gleaming yellow Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari, s/n 9027275GTB4 Competizione, restored in Maranello by Ferrari Classiche. It finished second in GT Class and 10th overall at Le Mans in 1966. Another Fiskens dazzler was the Squire Works demonstrator, a 1,500-cc roadster with a blown Anzani twin-cam inline 4-cylinder engine. Only in Paris Axel Schuette’s large stand celebrated 100 years of Alfa Romeo. Another historic display featured rare Carrozzeria Bertone concept cars. You’ll find stuff that never turns up at Hershey, Carlisle or Turlock. Czech Republic restorer Ecorra, which does a lot of work with the Tatra and Zlin museums, showcased a dozen rare Tatras. Commemorating a Tatra crossing of the Sahara in 1947, which was part of a 99,420-mile, 44-country tour, the very T87 was displayed mired in desert sand. I counted six Miuras for sale in the various halls and auctions, and even more Facel Vegas. Lamborghini’s in-house restoration department, Polo Storico, joined Ferrari, Aston Martin and Bentley in showcasing factory-certified restoration efforts. Veteran automakers tout their brands’ long histories here. Bugatti presented a model from each of its incarnations — a 1926 Type 35 Grand Prix car, an EB110 (just in time for a new book launch on the marque), and a new Veyron. You’d expect to see rare old-timers from Renault, Citroën and Peugeot here, but Volvo had a massive display, as did Skoda and Porsche. Take your time Horton’s and many other booksellers joined hundreds of smaller vendors hawking all manner of automobilia, petroliana, model cars, parts, posters and radiator mascots. 54 Lamborghini, among other manufacturers, showcased factory-certified restoration efforts Sports Car Market All this makes walking progress slow. Mick Walsh and Julian Balme from Classic & Sportscar were spotted along with David Lillywhite from Magneto magazine. Chester Allen, SCM executive editor, hosted the annual Sports Car Market reception with Artcurial’s Ed Fallon. Everything’s international at Rétromobile. For lunch one day, I ate a crisp baguette filled with freshly cut Jamón Serrano (Iberian ham) and drank a glass of Rioja. I sat at a table with two French enthusiasts and one Spanish gearhead. We didn’t have to speak one another’s languages. Within minutes, we had our phones out and were showing one another our cars. Showgoers smiled, enjoyed the ambience, and eagerly bought everything in sight. 2021’s dates will be up soon at www.retromobile. com. Be sure to put Rétromobile on your must-do list for next year. I already have. ♦


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Feature Mercedes-Benz 300SL Classic Moab, Bryce and Zion from a 300SL Photo by William Brewster, willbrewster.com A group of Mercedes-Benz 300SLs traverses the dramatic landscape around Lake Powell, AZ The second Mercedes-Benz 300SL Classic toured the most spectacular desert scenery in the United States by Carl Bomstead N ational parks in southern Utah and northern Arizona offer some of the most dramatic and spectacular scenery in the country — if not the world. The Mercedes-Benz 300SL is, arguably, the most spectacular road-going machine produced in the 1950s and early 1960s. Combine the cars and the scenery, and you are in for an exhilarating experience. The second Mercedes-Benz 300SL Classic Rally did just that on October 29, 2019, when about 40 Gullwing coupes and Roadsters gathered to spend five days touring four national parks and several state parks. The car-and-driver teams traveled 1,192 miles on scenic roads that were designed for spirited driving. The 240-horsepower, fuel-injected 300SL excels on this kind of pavement. The 300SL Classic began in Moab, UT, and eventually circled back to the same spot several days later. At the start of the rally, temperatures were unseasonably chilly, and the support crew from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center had their hands full starting balky machines that had spent the night in sub-freezing weather. Days — and decades — of driving Several of the 300SLs had been on multiple ral- lies, but Michael Branning had recently acquired his Roadster — and had driven it only five miles prior to the event. In fact, the first time his wife, Kelly, had ever seen the car was when it rolled off the trailer. On the other hand, Gull Wing Group President — and my host — John Willott, helped his father buy his Gullwing in 1966, and it has been actively driven ever since. Ann Fagan owned her Gullwing for 33 years and it is an original Rudge-wheel car. Greg Gill has owned his Gullwing for 40 years, and it wears its original interior — and worn, tattered paint. It is, however, mechanically sorted, and in his words, “It’s driven with vigor.” There were two Strawberry — a 1957-only color — 56 Details Plan ahead: The third annual Mercedes-Benz 300SL Classic is scheduled for October 11–16, 2020 Route: Southern Colorado and northern New Mexico Cost: $7,600, which includes all meals, double-occupancy lodging, mechanical support and luggage handling Eligible cars: Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and Roadsters Web: www.300SLclassic.org Roadsters on the rally. Only 29 were produced in that livery, and it was a relatively unpopular color in the era, but I’m willing to bet there are far more on the road today. Sights and sounds The first day was a 300-mile drive to an overnight stay at Lake Powell. Then it was off to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, where you can gaze 21 miles across the canyon to the South Rim. The following day included the stunning Zion and Bryce National Parks, where nature’s gorgeous touch with eroding rock was on display around every turn. The daily morning drivers’ meeting included a presentation by John Willott, who is a professional geologist. He explained how many of the formations were formed hundreds of millions of years ago and how some, such as the arches, were still evolving today. The final day was set aside for exploring the beauty of the Moab area on your own, and most visited the Arches National Park. The final evening banquet included awards — some rather dubious — followed by a lively auction. The auction results allowed for a generous contribution to McPherson College and the Laureus Foundation. Only one car had significant mechanical issues and failed to complete the rally. Also, there were no driving “awards” presented by the authorities — well, at least none were reported! The 300SL Classic was an exciting boutique rally and for the owners and their co-drivers, the event offered spectacular scenery, magnificent motorcars and delightful camaraderie — a most winning combination. ♦ Sports Car Market


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PROFILES IN THIS ISSUE Significant Sales That Provide a Snapshot of the Market FERRARI: 1984 Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo p. 62 ENGLISH: 1931 Invicta 4½-Litre S-Type Low-Chassis Sports “Scout” p. 64 ETCETERINI: 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport p. 66 GERMAN: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300CE AMG 3.4 p. 68 AMERICAN: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible p. 70 RACE: 1955 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Barchetta p. 72 NEXT GEN: 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO p. 74 1955 Moretti 750 Gran Sport barchetta Peter Seabrook ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 60 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile © Loïc Kernen, courtesy of Artcurial 1984 Ferrari 208 GTS Turbo Not many modern Ferraris will draw a crowd like a 208 Turbo by Steve Ahlgrim Chassis number: 49485 SCM Condition for this car: 2 T he 208 Turbo, introduced in 1982, was the first time that Ferrari fitted a turbocharger on a marketed model. The 219-hp Ferrari delivers a performance that lives up to its attractiveness. This specific example is in wonderful, well-preserved condi- tion, with flawless bodywork and original beige leather highlighted by pleasant patina. This 208 GTS Turbo was sold new in Italy and includes a stamped logbook with various services carried out at the time. It’s been in the hands of a collector and racing driver from Lyon for the past four years — and displays a mileage of 85,000 km. A major service was carried out by specialist Caldéroni in November 2019. The 208 Turbo is a rare car. The GTS is even more desirable than the GTB version, thanks to its retractable roof. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 116, sold for $69,298, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Rétromobile sale in Paris, France, on February 7, 2020. The 2016 Paris auto show saw the introduction of a new model from Ferrari. The model was the GTC4 Lusso T. It represented the first time Ferrari put an 8-cylinder engine in their premium 4-passenger model. The model is a sub-model of the 12-cylinder GTC 4 Lusso. The Lusso T fulfilled two purposes. The first issue it solved was pro- viding a less-expensive version of the 12-cylinder car. Perhaps more important, it would be particularly attractive to the Chinese market, where the 12-cylinder cars are more heavily taxed than 8-cylinder models. The tax savings combined with the lower entry price could reduce the cost by as much as $100,000 for a Chinese buyer. The Lusso T was not the first time Ferrari was accommodating to cli- ents interested in reducing the tax ramifications of a Ferrari purchase. Ferrari folklore has a story that in their early years, the automaker helped a couple of international clients by switching the chassis num- 62 Sports Car Market ber of the client’s new Ferrari with their trade-in Ferrari. This allowed the owner to import their new car to their home country as their old car with no custom duty charged. A less nefarious scheme came about with the introduction of the 308 GT4 in 1974. At the time, Italian residents were charged a 20% tax on cars with an under-2-liter engine and a 35% tax on cars with an over2-liter engine. The 308 GT4 featured a 3-liter engine, ticking the box for the highest tax. Ferrari’s engineers found they could easily reduce the displacement of the engine to 1,991 cc by simply replacing the cylinder liners with thicker ones. The horsepower was reduced from 255 to 170, but that was still enough to give the 2+2 a respectable 137-mph top speed. The Ferrari 208 1980 saw the introduction of the 208 GTS and 208 GTB. The 2-liter version of the popular 2-passenger model received a 155-horsepower


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version of the 1,991-cc V8. In this configuration, the GTS and GTB would top out at 133 mph, slightly slower than the 208 GT4 version. The 208 models were low on taxes — but also low on thrills. The driving experience was similar to the 3-liter cars, but the performance was so disappointing that Ferrari didn’t even publish a 0–60 mph time. In 1982, the 208 got a new shot at life. The new 208 Turbo saw the addition of a KKK turbocharger — the first time a turbocharger was used on a production Ferrari. Complementing the new power was an aggressive cosmetic update. A cool NACA duct in the lower left rear fender provided increased intake air. A long chin spoiler was standard. New cooling grilles and a roof spoiler borrowed from the Boxer appeared on the 208 Turbo before trickling down to other models. Suddenly, the econo-Ferrari was a contender. The new 2-valve, fuel-injected, turbo engine produced 220 horsepower, breaking the elusive 100 horsepowerper-liter mark with a very impressive 111-horsepowerper-liter output. The contemporary 308 Quattrovalvole Not many modern Ferraris will draw a crowd at a car event like a 208 Turbo. Everyone will want to look it over and ask about how it drives. That won’t happen if you drive up in a generic Quattrovalvole. models boasted a few more horses at 240 hp, but just 82 hp/liter. Top speed jumped to 150 mph — nearly up to the 4-valve’s 158 mph. Zero to 60-mph times still weren’t published. Ferrari had one more trick up their sleeves for their 2-liter model. 1986 saw the introduction of the GTS Turbo and GTB Turbo. The introduction coincided with the introduction of the 328 series. The new 208 Turbos were 2-liter versions of the 3.2-liter 328 models. The twist was the addition of an intercooler. The intercooler bumped the performance of the mod- els to near-328 specifications. Zero to 60 mph came in 6.3 seconds, a 10th of a second faster than the 3.2-liter car. The quarter-mile time was identical. The top speed was down slightly at 157 mph versus 163 mph for the 328. The intercooled 2-liter produced 127 hp per liter versus 84 hp per liter in the 328. Put in perspective, the turbocharged engine in Ferrari’s current 488 line produces 170 hp per liter. Details Years produced:1983–85 Number produced: 250 GTS models, 437 GTB models Current SCM Median Valuation: $49,000 Transmission: 5-speed manual Major service cost: $3,500 Chassis # location: Top frame rail, right side of engine compartment Our subject 208 The 208 at the Artcurial sale was a 1984 208 GTS Turbo, the non-intercooled model of the 2-liter turbo series. While the styling of this model is quite impressive, the turbo engine is no match for its non-aspirated 3-liter counterpart. The Quattrovalvole power is nearly linear, with good torque at all rpm. The turbo performance is nonexistent at under 4,000 rpm. Coming on boost, the turbo gives a bit of a rush, but the experience doesn’t make up for the low-end vacancy. The 208 Turbo wasn’t supposed to be a performance model. It was produced specifically for the Italian market to reduce the tax burden of Ferrari ownership. Details of the tax proved elusive. I was not able to track down if the tax was a one-time or an annual tax. I also could not confirm if the tax is still in force today. Drop us a line if you have the answer. A rare, cult car Only 250 Ferrari 208 GTS Turbos were built. They tend to be a cult car rather than the flavor of the month. Owners tend to be passionate about them, valuing them for their novelty over other attributes. Long-term ownership is the norm, and few of them come to market. There are no recent auction sales of 208 GTS Turbos to use for calculating a base value. British Ferrari historian Keith Bluemel puts them in the $60,000–$90,000 range. Judging from the couple of cars advertised on the Internet, Keith’s right. This example sold for a bit of a premium, which may be due to the recent service. Not many modern Ferraris will draw a crowd at a car event like a 208 Turbo. Everyone will want to look it over and ask about how it drives. That won’t happen if you drive up in a generic Quattrovalvole. Exclusivity comes with a price — a 208 Turbo will sell at about the same price as a Quattrovalvole despite being a lesser car. This transaction was made at a price that was very fair all around. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) Steve Ahlgrim served as general manager and vice presi- dent of Ferrari dealer FAF Motorcars, has been a concours judge for over 25 years, and is a member of the IAC/PFA — an international committee that oversees high-level Ferrari concours judging. May 2020 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe Lot 165, s/n WPQZZZ93ZDS000257 Condition 25-speed manual Sold at $46,580 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 4/30/2010 SCM# 162455 1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo coupe Lot F511, s/n SCCFC20A6FHF60591 Condition 3+ 5-speed manual Sold at $20,350 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/17 SCM# 6816957 1983 Ferrari 208 GTB Turbo coupe Lot 65, s/n 45885 Condition 3+ 5-speed manual Sold at $62,513 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 3/18/18 SCM# 6865765 Engine # location: In the V of the block on the distributor side Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.Ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1985 Lotus Esprit Turbo, 1984 Porsche 911 Turbo, 1973 BMW 2002 turbo coupe SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 63


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English Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1931 Invicta 4½-Litre S-Type Low-Chassis Sports “Scout” This rare, very original car — the supercar of its day — sold for twice the going rate by Paul Hardiman Chassis number: S75 SCM Condition for this car: 3- I n an era when most cars stood tall, the 4½-Litre S-type Invicta, with its dramatically lowered chassis, caused a sensation. Few sports cars before or since have so looked the part. The Invicta Company’s origins go back to 1924, when Noel Macklin and Oliver Lyle, both of whom had motor-industry experience, got together to create a car combining American levels of flexibility and performance with European quality and roadholding. Apart from a handful of prototypes, all Invictas were powered by the tireless 6-cylinder engines made by Henry Meadows. Launched at the 1930 Olympia Motor Show, the S-type featured a new underslung chassis that achieved a much lower center of gravity by positioning the rear axle above the frame rails instead of below, as was normal practice at the time. The popular “100 mph Invicta” tag notwithstanding, standard cars had a — still impressive — top speed of around 95 mph, with more to come in racing trim. However, the S-type Invicta was primarily a very fast, comfortable high-speed touring car, its greatest attribute being an ability to cover a substantial mileage at high average speeds with no strain either to driver or the machinery. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 232, sold for €1,610,000 ($1,771,483), including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ auction in Paris, France, on February 8, 2020. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the number of Low- Chassis replicas is an indicator of how highly regarded the Invicta is as the epitome of the English sporting automobile. 64 Sports Car Market In the same way that many saloon Bentleys have been chopped and rebodied over the decades as Le Mans lookalikes, several Invicta saloons, sharing major components, have been modified into copies of the rakishly low-slung sportster. Other cars have been built up from parts. But our subject car is the real thing — and probably the most original left on the planet. Not a long time — but a good time As the catalog had it: “The Low-Chassis Invicta S-type is now re- garded as one of the most desirable pre-war sports cars, sought after by collectors for its exceptional driving abilities, style and sheer presence.


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The Low-Chassis has an enviable reputation amongst connoisseurs, and examples are to be found in some of the most important private collections.” Noel Macklin, a former Captain in the Royal Horse Artillery (invalided out in 1915), had a vision: He wanted to make a car with the quality and reliability of a RollsRoyce and performance that would better a Bentley. He set up the Invicta company at his home in Cobham, Surrey, in 1925 with financial backing from Oliver Lyle of Tate and Lyle. Invicta produced a range of cars, and the 4½-Litre S-type was launched at the London Motor Show in 1930. It was similar to the conventionally tall A-type, but the underslung chassis (designed by Reid Railton, the man behind Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird speed-record cars) gave the car a very low profile — and the name Low Chassis. The torquey 4½-liter Meadows engine is the same unit that went into Lagondas. About half the S-type cars had slimline tourer bodies by Carbodies or Vanden Plas, and the rest were drophead or fixed-head coupes, with a lower 3.9:1 axle ratio. Macklin was so confident in the cars that he offered a Rolls-Royce-style three-year guarantee. Plenty of competition The Austrian Alpine Trail was a suitably high-profile test, and Donald Healey (yes, that Donald Healey, who used the same underslung chassis arrangement on his 100 sports car) twice won a Coupe des Glaciers for Invicta — as well as the 1931 Monte Carlo Rally. Later, the S-type took the International Sports Car Record at Shelsley Walsh hillclimb and the Mountain Circuit lap record at Brooklands in 1931 and 1932, with Raymond Mays. Talk about the right names… Somewhere between 56 and 68 of the 75 (or so: some say 77) S-types built are known to survive. Some of the cars participating in Invicta Car Club events in the 1930s were named after ships of the Royal Navy beginning with S, and some have been named more recently. A long history Our car, S75, is “Scout,” delivered new in 1931 to Lord Ebury. Henry Pether, its third owner, bought it in 1938 and kept it for almost 60 years before selling to Martin Kölnberger of Aachen, Germany, in February 1995. The deal included a race-spec engine (LG6451S4), which was rebuilt by a specialist in the 1990s and is currently in the car, while the original engine (7478) is included in the sale. The current vendor purchased S75 from Mr. Kölnberger in July 2009, had the gearbox rebuilt in 2010 and registered it in his daughter’s name in 2016. It still wears its original U.K. registration number: OV 1296. An amazing car in a grand setting On display in the giant birdcage of the Grand Palais, it was simply captivating, sharing the no-nonsense aura of a supercharged Mercedes and some of its proportions — but much lower. These cars are nearer the size of an SS Jaguar than a W.O. Bentley, and they are probably tougher than either. The deep, louvred side valances fit in well here, giv- ing the car an impregnable look. “Patina” is probably too kind a description of this car. “Lived in” would be more like it, but it gives the car an unrepeatable aura of having seen a bit of life. The 89-year-old paint is fantastically flat, chipped and flaking, and the seat leather can only be described as distressed. The original Carbodies maker’s plate on the scuttle looks as if it has never been disturbed, and all the original brass and bronze fittings remain on the engine, dulled by nine decades of respectfully leaving it alone. The inner door panels are lined in event stickers — testimony to how the car has been enjoyed, including the Le Mans Classic, where it hit 115 mph with the windscreen folded. The original fixed windscreen is included with the car. There’s a period brass fire extinguisher clipped behind the driver’s door, but inside, a modern high- capacity bottle sits on the floor under the driver’s knees. The radiator plating still shines. The lovely multi-hued enamel radiator emblem survives well: I’ve never seen a chipped one. Discreet flashing indicators have been added at some point. Bonhams knew this was a special car and placed some restrictions on bidding. Special formalities were required, meaning no online offers — you needed to be there in person. With the going rate for a nice original Low Chassis Invicta around £800k — or about two 4½ Litre Bentleys — someone really wanted this and paid almost double the market price. Put that down to the astoundingly unrepeatable con- dition. As we’ve been fond of saying these past few years, they’re only original once, and this car epitomized that quality like no other. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Paul Hardiman has written for SCM since 2007. He’s our go-to guy for British and European auction coverage — and many car profiles. May 2020 1934 Invicta S-type Low Chassis Lot 5, s/n S165, lot 5 Condition 3 4-speed manual Sold at $850,806 Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/6/2015 SCM# 270392 65 1935 Invicta S-type Low Chassis replica (from 1½-liter saloon) Lot 121, s/n WP1684 Condition 3+ 4-speed manual Sold at $285,571 Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, Sussex, U.K., 9/10/2016 SCM# 6804573 Details Years produced: 1931–33 Number built: 75 (or maybe 77, depending on whom you ask) Original list price: N/A Current SCM Median Valuation: $850,086 Tune-up cost: $250 Magneto cap: Around $150 Chassis # location: Stamped into engine information plate on right side of rocker cover Engine # location: Stamped into right engine bearer Transmission: 4-speed manual Club: The Invicta Car Club Web: www.theinvictacarclub.org Alternatives: 1927–31 Bentley 4½ Litre, 1931–35 Talbot 105, 1936–37 Lagonda LG45/Rapide SCM Valuation Grade: A Comps 1931 Invicta S-type Low Chassis (rebodied coupe) Lot 20, s/n 4467 Condition 3 4-speed manual Sold at $983,137 Bonhams, Zoute, BEL, 10/11/2019 SCM# 6911710


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Etceterini & Friends Profile Courtesy of Bonhams 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport This car rode incredible provenance, including Le Mans history, to become the top sale at Rétromobile 2020 by Donald Osborne Chassis number: 55221 Engine number: 26 Coachwork by Carrosserie Figoni SCM Condition for this car: 2- T his magnificent high-performance, post-vintage thoroughbred two-seater began life as a Works-backed Bugatti entry in the 1932 Le Mans 24-Hour race. It was co-driven there by two of France’s most capable and charismatic drivers, the aristocratic Sarthois (from Le Mans) Count Guy Bouriat-Quintart and the renowned Monegasque future French Champion, Louis Chiron. While this 2.3-liter supercharged straight-8 Bugatti originated with a spartan lightweight racing body tailored to that year’s Le Mans 24-Hour regulations, following its post-race sale to Parisian magazine publisher Jacques Dupuy, it was speedily rebodied in Boulogne surSeine on the outskirts of Paris by the now-legendary Italian-born stylist/coachbuilder Giuseppe Figoni. Following an awards-rich early history in France, this Bugatti sur- vived World War II, and in August 1963, it was acquired by its longstanding owner, leading British Bugattiste Geoffrey St John. This magnificent car became the apple of his eye, and he was dev- astated in June 1994 when it was involved in a road accident in France, assailed by a speeding car driven by a youth who was both uninsured and drunk. Frontal damage to the car was beautifully repaired in a subsequent, utterly painstaking 5,000-hour restoration, from which his Bugatti Type 55 — chassis 55221 — re-emerged, the vast majority of its original St John-ownership fabric having been successfully preserved and repaired. A photographic record of the restoration has been documented by independent Bugatti consultant Mark Morris. 66 Sports Car Market SCM Analysis This car, Lot 268, sold for $5,061,380, including buyer’s premium (€4,600,000, €1=$1.097), at Bonhams’ auction in Paris, FRA, on February 6, 2020. I have often observed the effect that not-so-quiet whisper campaigns can have on cars in the market. This is especially true when the discussion centers on opinions of originality, history or details of preservation or restoration — in other words, many, if not most of the key elements that constitute attributes of value. I will jump to my conclusion and then work my way back. This lovely Bugatti, the highest-priced car sold during the Rétromobile auctions in Paris this year, was sold exactly where I thought it should. In fact, I might consider it well bought. As the star lot in its sale, Bonhams actively marketed the car prior to the auction, and I had the opportunity to see and inspect the car when


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it was displayed alone on their stand at the 2019 Auto e Moto d’Epoca show in Padua, Italy, in October 2019. It immediately impressed visually — the Jean Bugatti roadster is a beautiful car, but I think that Giuseppe Figoni created a more grown-up car with the cowl-level doors. As a detuned version of the Type 51 Grand Prix car, this body seems more appropriate for a vehicle not pretending to be a racer. But therein lies perhaps the greatest appeal of this particular Type 55 — that it actually started life as a genuine competition car. I am particularly fascinated with manu- facturers who build racing and luxurious touring cars — and racing cars that are turned into touring cars. I’m also fascinated with Bugatti in general, and this vehicle in particular ticks all those boxes. The transformation of racers into tourers also starts an interesting conversation about originality and its relationship to current value. Dripping provenance Clearly, our subject car’s first claim to fame, having been driven as a Works car in the 1932 Le Mans by no less than Louis Chiron, is key to its appeal. Although it only lasted three hours before dropping out with what was reported to be a fuel-tank problem, it ran well and fast while it could. It is also well documented that this chassis was rebod- ied when sold to its first private owner shortly after the race. The car emerged in 1933 with the current design. The ownership history is known and documented from new, and even after receiving its touring bodywork, the car continued to impress in competition, including I would say this car’s continuous history and Le Mans credentials more than compensate for the accident repair and replacement engine. winning the 1933 Paris-Nice rally in March 1933. A few months later it also triumphed in concours d’elegance, at the Bois de Boulogne Concours. The chain of ownership continues through the 1930s into the 1950s, when it was noted to have lost its original engine — but not its appeal to a series of owners through the early 1960s, including the last, who held it for 56 years and brought it back to vivid life with a correct replacement engine. Our subject car was well known in U.K. and Continental Bugatti circles — and used and seen often. A big accident — and rebirth It is well known that the car suffered extensive dam- age during a 1994 road accident. This was the source of most of the pre-sale chatter about the car. When I saw the car in Italy last October, I spent a good deal of time underneath and peering inside to look at the frame, body panels and any of the visible wood body framing. Without the benefit of the reports by Pierre-Yves Laugier, I could see that most of the body panels had been newly made — and that much original material remained. The full catalog description contained more informa- tion on the state of the car than usually seen in auctioncompany specialist condition reports. Interested parties were told the entire story of the car — warts and all. In May 2020 Details Years produced: 1931–35 Number produced: 38 Original list price: $7,500 Current SCM Median Valuation: $4,500,000 Tune-up cost: $6,500 Chassis # location: Brass plate on left-side firewall; on upper crankcase at engine rear the end, there was very active interest and bidding on the car. As usual, the negatives came from people with no intention to buy it. It sold to a European buyer, who had done thorough research and was making as informed a decision as could have been imagined. For many decades, the Bugatti and Bentley worlds embraced an attitude and approach to the historic record that I find level-headed and admirable. These were cars built to be used — and used hard. As such, they were tools that required both maintenance and adaptation. So long as everyone involved knew what was done, why, when and by whom, there wasn’t an issue. It was all part of a car’s story. Did it affect value? Sure — if a car happened to have all its original, as-built components, it was more appealing to some, who were willing to pay more. But for Bentley Boys and the Bugattistes, a dramatic history could be far more interesting than the number stamped on the component. Continuous history is what reigned supreme. A wonderful car well bought Was there a discount for the story here? Perhaps — but it wasn’t what you might have expected. In 2016, the Type 55 chassis 5513 that Achille Varzi drove in the 1932 Mille Miglia sold at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale for $10.4 million. It was said to retain its original body panels and all mechanical components. In 2018, chassis 55201, the first Type 55, a Jean Bugatti roadster, sold at Gooding’s 2018 Scottsdale sale for $4.07 million. It had been completely rebodied during the 1960s, having lost the original body many years before. So, between those two sales, we have an idea of the range of the market for this wonderful car. Now, at $5 million, I would say this car’s continuous history and Le Mans credentials more than compensate for the accident repair and replacement engine. I will actually take a step further than the one I started with and say that this car was very well bought indeed. I loved it, and so will the new owner. Well done. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Donald Osborne, ASA, is the CEO of Audrain LLC and oversees the Audrain Automobile Museum and the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. An historian and consultant, he stars on “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC. 1932 Bugatti Type 55 roadster Lot 147, s/n 55208 Condition 24-speed manual Sold at $3,251,125 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/10/2008 SCM# 116680 1932 Bugatti Type 55 cabriolet Lot 130, s/n 55206 Condition 2+ 4-speed manual Not sold at $4,500,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/2012 SCM# 209487 Engine # location: Brass plate on left-side firewall; on upper crankcase at engine rear Transmission: 4-speed manual Club: American Bugatti Club Web: www.americanbugatticlub.org Alternatives: 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, 1935 Delahaye 135, 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1932 Bugatti Type 55 roadster Lot 135, s/n 55213 Condition: 2+ 4-speed manual Sold at $10,400.000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/2016 SCM# 6804286 67


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German Profile Tom Gidden ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300CE AMG 3.4 True AMG Mercedes cars are on the rise, and many of them may never be less expensive than right now by Pierre Hedary Chassis number: WDB1240511B581941 SCM Condition for this car: 2- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 188, sold for $124,229, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Paris, France, auction on February 5, 2020. Another exotic offering from RM Sotheby’s Youngtimer Collection, this unusual W124 variant does a fantastic job bridging the gap between the raw 1980s AMG hot rods and the more refined off-the-shelf 1990s cars that were built with increasing levels of involvement from Mercedes. Mercedes-Benz — the ultimate Japanese luxury car If you’ve been following SCM’s recent AMG market analyses, you will find that all of our previous AMG subject cars have had a stint where they spent time in Japan — often re-emerging with modifications not seen anywhere else in the world. It seems as if the Japanese market was creating AMGs that no one else had the imagination or the vision to create. And now, in the second decade of the 21st century, these amazing cars are suddenly beginning to appear on the world market. Mercedes-Benz cars are highly revered in Japan. A USA Today poll showed that the majority of Japanese drivers consider Mercedes-Benz the most desirable automobile. Top-ranking members of the Yakuza have always favored Mercedes S-class over anything else. Even today, a black or white Mercedes S-class pushing through traffic in Tokyo must be given a clear path. A mystery character in the hit manga series “Initial D” drives a Mercedes as well — female heroine Natsuki Mogi’s sugar daddy, who makes repeat appearances, but is primarily characterized by the car itself. With a cultural emphasis on improvement and creating the best of the best, it’s no surprise that Japanese AMGs ended up taking on a life of their own. 68 Sports Car Market A more usable AMG hot rod? Japanese engineering has long venerated the inline 6, a concept that was masterfully integrated into cars such as the Toyota Supra, Datsun 280Z and Toyota 2000GT. Mercedes also embraced this engine architecture well into the late 1990s, with the venerable M130 (used in the 280SE and 280SL), the M110 (used in all Mercedes product lines except for the W201 from 1972 to 1985), the M103, which powered the venerable 300E, and finally, this engine: the M104, which went on to power cars such as the C36. Early KE-Jetronic M104 engines from 1990 to 1992 were completely different from the 3.2-liter engines used in the 320E, 320S and 320SL. These M104 engines were an ingenious adaptation of an M103 block with a twin-cam, 4-valve head. It was only used in U.S. cars from 1990 to ’92 — in the 300SL and 300CE. Because it was only used for three years, it was never fully understood by even the best Mercedes technicians.


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Regardless, this early M104, which avoided wiring-harness issues, continues to be a reliable and exciting Mercedes power unit. Our subject car shows that this engine had some real potential with just a few minor improvements. And most importantly, it was a well-developed, reliable engine, capable of running well without needing much more than a valve job at 100k miles. How to make your own 300CE AMG Depending on when it was built, it’s very likely that this engine shares some internals with what eventually became the C36 engine (M104.941). The auction catalog mentions a pair of special camshafts, which are similar to the ones used in the E36 and C36. In fact, today, if one wanted to put a home-built AMG powerplant together for their own 300CE, a C36 block, camshafts and exhaust manifold would likely yield an even better result than the one listed here, thanks to the extra displacement. The main advantage of our subject car is that it still uses KE-Jetronic injection. While this system has an electronic control unit, the engine will still run reasonably well in the event of a major electrical problem. This is the miracle of KE-Jetronic. Another advantage of this system is that it makes more power — albeit only slightly — than the HFM-SFI The status of these cars ensured that many were well preserved, and many of them are reasonably priced. Of course, shipping costs negate some purchase savings, but the possibility of finding amazing cars hidden in Tokyo still exists. system that replaced it. While not immediately apparent in the M104, the best example is the early M199.960 used only in the 1990–92 500SL. This engine was rated around 322 horsepower, but as the M119 timeline moved forward, most versions developed 315 hp, until 1996, when output was dramatically improved by raising the compression. The bottom end of our subject car’s engine is likely similar to the 3.4-liter M103 that AMG introduced circa 1986–87 as an improvement over the original 3-liter Details Years produced: 1988–93 Number produced: Fewer than 50 Current SCM Median Valuation: $195,591 Tune-up cost: $770, including all ignition parts and air filter Chassis # location: Stamped into radiator core support Engine # location: Front right area of engine block, behind alternator bracket variant. This engine made 245 hp, which is impressive for an SOHC engine that originally made 188 hp. I’m going to make a shameless plug here for the lon- gevity of internal-combustion engines. If anyone ever converted this car to electric power, it would render the entire package boring and, arguably, worthless. At least 60% of the money plopped down for our subject car was done so because of what lives under the hood. A treasure hunt for the enthusiast The availability of exotic Mercedes in Japan is just starting to be fully understood. Some great examples of these cars ended up in Japan — and are now starting to be offered for sale. The status of these cars ensured that many were well preserved, and many of them are reasonably priced. Of course, shipping costs negate some purchase savings, but the possibility of finding amazing cars hidden in Tokyo still exists. The majority of AMG-Mercedes from this era are on the rise. While we don’t know where the top of this market is, this sale is evidence that true AMGs — examples with significant engine, interior and cosmetic enhancements — are seriously collectible. This car was fairly bought and sold in today’s market, and will likely never be cheaper. ♦ Pierre Hedary, who owns and operates a Mercedes- Benz repair and restoration shop in Titusville, FL, lives and breathes vintage Mercedes. 1994 Porsche 968 Club Sport coupe Lot 234, s/n WP0ZZZ96ZRS815483 6-speed manual Condition 2Sold at $88,084 RM Sotheby’s, Essen, DEU, 4/11/2019 SCM# 6899718 1995 Mercedes-Benz E60 AMG sedan Lot 189, s/n WDB1240361C213356 Condition 2 4-speed automatic Sold at $177,970 RM Sotheby’s, Olympia, London, U.K., 10/24/19 SCM# 6915853 Transmission: Automatic Club: Mercedes Benz Club of America Website: MBCA.org Alternatives: 1988–95 BMW M5, 1991–95 Porsche 968, 1991–95 Lexus SC400 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1988 BMW M5 sedan Lot 59, s/n WBSDC930XJ2791970 5-speed manual Condition 2+ Sold at $48,400 Bonhams, Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley, CA, 8/19/2016 SCM# 6804008 May 2020 69


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American Profile Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Convertible Average C2 Corvettes are sinking in this market, but this isn’t an average C2 by B. Mitchell Carlson Chassis number: 194677S107228 Engine number: 7107228T1219JE SCM Condition for this car: 2- • Top-of-the-line 427/435 convertible finished in Marina Blue over Bright Blue • Highly optioned with desirable cast-aluminum bolt-on wheels, hard top, F41 suspension and off-road exhaust • Well-documented chain of ownership dating back to 1967 • Bloomington Gold Certified, Survivor, Benchmark and NCRS Top Flight Award Winner • Exceptionally well-preserved, unrestored example with original Protect-O-Plate. Among the finest examples known to exist. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 23, sold for $246,400, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 17, 2020. The best year of the C2 Corvette wasn’t even supposed to happen. The “Mako Shark” C3 generation of Corvettes was originally intended to be introduced for 1967. However, developmental issues delayed production to 1968 (indeed, the T-top coupes didn’t enter production until later in the model year, so the first C3s were solely convertibles). As such, a few minor design changes were made — in addition to me- chanical changes required for this first year of federal safety requirements, such as dual-master-cylinder brakes and collapsible steering columns. So the second-generation Corvette soldiered on for one more year. For a car that wasn’t supposed to be, 1967 Corvettes — the final year of the C2 — are the most coveted of the generation. Of them, the 435-horsepower, triple 2-barrel induction, solid-lifter, 427-ci Mark IV big-block-powered examples (the first of three years the L71 engine configuration was available) are the top of the pecking order — always 70 Sports Car Market have been, always will be, even after we are forced into electric cars and sent to the gulag just for liking internal-combustion engines. A shrinking market — but not for all of them Our sister publication, American Car Collector, hosted a “Buy/Sell/ Hold” market seminar at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. I was one of the panelists. This was two days before our featured car crossed the block. One of my fellow panelists, Ken Lingenfelter, had the stock C2 Corvette as one of his picks as a car to sell. His logic — backed with a lot of market data — is that the core market of enthusiasts is aging and putting more cars on the market. At the same time, younger enthusiasts are less interested in authentically restored concours lawn ornaments.


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However, Lingenfelter sees more interest in modified/restomod examples. These cars appeal to collectors who want the cool look of an older Corvette — but one fitted with modern power and conveniences. However, our subject car breaks those (and other) rules — and for good reasons. Before discussing its current value, I’ll note that we have seen this car before, as it sold for $241,150 at Mecum’s 2012 Kissimmee auction (SCM# 6755197). Just on that result, one can make the argument that the car is staying flat in value. This Corvette sold below Gooding’s $250,000 to $300,000 estimate, so it’s easy to say this sale proves Lingenfelter’s argument. I suspect that the estimate was based more on high hopes than the real-world market — and our example was correctly sold. This is the real deal The joke among Corvette enthusiasts is that there are now at least twice the number of “original, numbersmatching” 435-horsepower C2s out there than were originally built. For these pretender cars — and those with no prov- enance — Lingenfelter’s words about the C2 Corvette market are very prophetic. Yet examples like our subject car, which has a known history and is in well-preserved original condition — and carries Bloomington Gold, Survivor and Benchmark accreditation — play by different rules. With performance that puts it on a same level as exot- ics of the same era — sounds like the 2020 Corvette — the L71-powered ’Vettes will always be one of the most coveted Corvettes of all time. The 21 L88-powered 1967 cars and the Z06 1963 Split-Window coupes are the only regular production C2 Corvettes to have greater value. The five 1963 Grand Sport Corvettes are special GM builds. The power of provenance While this is an original, cared-for car, one can eas- ily argue that it’s not the ultimate example of an L71powered 1967 Corvette. Being a known entity from Day One secures it as a real-deal car. The car’s original, unrestored — and good — condition is another big plus. that it had seven verifiable owners from new. Being a known entity from Day One secures it as a real-deal car. The car’s original, unrestored — and good — condi- tion is another big plus. Isn’t it nice to see that original cars in good condition are once again more valued than guano-encrusted barn finds? Yet this car isn’t minty enough to seal it away in the garage. It’s okay to put a few miles on it every now and then. All these factors show why someone stepped up — and wrote a big check — to become owner number eight. Correctly sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) B. Mitchell Carlson is a longtime SCM writer, and he’s our resident expert for many examples of Americana and historic military vehicles. $400,000 High Auction Sales for the Past Five Years $852,500* 1967 Chevrolet 427/435 Convertible $300,000 This sale: $246,400 $200,000 $181,500 $100,000 *Sold as the only Tuxedo Black/Bright Blue 435-hp 1967 Corvette convertible known to exist $0 May 2020 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 71 $236,500 $209,000 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible Lot 128, s/n 194677S114980 4-speed manual Condition 2 Sold at $151,200 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/17/2019 SCM# 6891260 $308,000 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible Lot S235, s/n 194677S109269 Condition 2+ 4-speed manual Sold at $121,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/2/2020 SCM# 6919213 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 coupe Lot 1307, s/n 194377S114902 Condition 2+ 4-speed manual Sold at $181,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/2020 SCM# 6922258 While I like Marina Blue with Bright Blue interior, most would rather have red and/or black. On that same blue token, retaining its original Teal Blue vinyl soft top — in addition to the optional black vinyl hard top — is quite rare. While 56k miles from new is quite low, there are ex- amples out there with far less mileage. What I think really made bidders chase this car was Details Year produced: 1967 Number produced: 3,754 (of 22,940 1967 Corvettes) Original list price: $5,622 Current SCM Median Valuation: $127,500 Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis # location: Plate on the passenger’s side dashboard lower frame Engine # location: Pad on the passenger’s front side of the engine block; on the top deck for the cylinder head Transmission: 4-speed manual Club: National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1968–69 Chevrolet Corvette L71, 1968 Shelby GT500 KR, 1970–71 Plymouth ’Cuda (440 Six Pack) SCM Investment Grade: A Comps


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Race Car Profile Peter Seabrook ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1955 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Barchetta This tiny, cute car is a serious racer — and a fast ticket to world-class events by Thor Thorson Chassis number: 1612 SCM Condition for this car: 2- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 172, sold for $177,470, including buyer’s commission, at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris, France, on February 5, 2020. A good friend of mine is a serious collector and vintage racer. Over the years, he has owned and raced many of the most jaw-dropping and important cars known, but the biggest grins I have seen when he comes off the track are when he is driving his Sprite. Lots of exotic cylinders, insane market values and genuflecting spectators have nothing to do with how much fun something is to drive — in fact, sometimes it’s just the opposite. Little and weird can have an honored place at the table. Everybody knows about Fiat, Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo, and a few even understand Lancia, but in Italy during the early post-war years there was an amazing number of small, enthusiastic manufacturers following the dream of creating specialty cars for the few people wanting to buy them. The generic term for these has become “Etceterini.” Most of the manufacturers built cars based on available Fiat components with their own modifications and bodywork, but a few, particularly OSCA and Moretti, actually built complete cars. Hello, Moretti Giovanni Moretti founded his company in 1925 to build motorcycles, expanding into microcars through the 1930s. During World War II, the company did well building light commercial vehicles, particularly electric trucks for the gas-rationing times. With peace, Moretti went back to building very small gasolinepowered cars using their own 600-cc and 750-cc engines. Based in 72 Sports Car Market Turin, Moretti built a full range of cars, mostly sedans, using a pushrod 4-cylinder engine. However, being Italian, Moretti also built some Grand Sport barchettas and coupes — using an aluminum twin-cam head and highperformance internals — to go racing. Moretti did well for a while, but increasingly couldn’t compete with the high-production Fiat 600s on price. By the late 1950s, Moretti gave up being a complete manufacturer in favor of modifying Fiats. The company managed to survive that way into the 1980s. For a brief, halcyon period in the mid-1950s, though, they flourished and managed to build a few very special little performance cars. Nobody seems to know how many of the Grand Sports (both coupe and barchetta) got built, but it’s not a large number. They’ve always been hen’s-teeth rare.


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Small, cute and serious The Grand Sport Morettis are extremely cool, tiny cars, with the emphasis being on tiny. Until you have physically been around one, you have no concept of how small they are. The wheelbase is three inches shorter and three inches narrower than a Mini Minor, and the car barely comes to your waist, even on 15-inch wheels. Most people’s response to them is like meeting a puppy or kitten; your knees go soft and invariably a grin comes across your face. It’s just so cute! I’ve never tried to get into one, but contemporary road tests suggest that there is more room inside that you’d expect. Drivers tended to be scrawnier back then, so the reported roominess may be a function of expectations, not space. The engine is a jewel to look at, with wide-set twin cams and the smallest twin-choke Webers you’ve ever seen. It supposedly makes something like 70 horsepower at 7,500 rpm, which is impressive for 750 cc. The whole car weighs about 1,250 pounds, so it isn’t exactly slow. The tests said it will reach 100 mph, although it takes 30 seconds to get there. Light and tiny, the handling is Morettis or, for that matter, any of the Etceterini cars, are not for everyone. They tend to be fragile, and parts are difficult-to-impossible to find when they inevitably break, so they can be high maintenance. extremely nimble, and the fact that it is so narrow makes any winding road just that much wider when driving a racing line. All of this gets us to the most basic point: Although this car is tiny and cute, it is in fact a very serious and competent Italian racing car of the mid-1950s. It has a tubular frame, the bodywork is bespoke aluminum and it’s perfectly capable of running as long and far as you ask it. In the 1956 Mille Miglia the larger cars had the spotlight, but there were 34 cars that finished in the 750cc class (this car, or one just like it, started the race but didn’t finish). Small was more normal than big in those days, and they’ll do just as much if not as quickly. Hard to find Another big factor is that GS Morettis are very rare — and thus special. A huge factor in the value and desirability of any racing car is which parties you can get invited to attend, and the most desirable are, by definition, the most exclusive. Any organizer faced with an overabundance of entries will try to get as much diversity into the field as possible to make for a good show, which means selecting the weird and special entrants over the commonplace. Something like this Moretti is virtually guaranteed an entry at events such as the Mille Miglia Storica, Classic Le Mans or Goodwood. Why it’s not a million-dollar car Let’s step back and look at the entire package. It’s Italian, with a tube frame and bespoke aluminum bodywork. May 2020 73 1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport coupe Lot 122, s/n 1290S Condition 24-speed manual Sold at $174,720 RM Auctions, Villa Erba, ITA, 5/25/13 SCM# 216614 Details Years produced: 1953–56 Number produced: Unknown — not many Original cost: $4,200 Current SCM Median Valuation: $183,000 Tune-up cost: $450 Chassis # location: Plate on engine bulkhead It has a twin-cam, hemispherical-head engine with Webers that will happily rev to or past 7,500 rpm all day long. It is red, very rare and attractive. Although this car’s particular history is uncertain, it is unquestionably real, and it — or its sister cars — have extensive history in major international events. It is by all accounts a giggle to drive, although fitting into it may be an issue for a large driver. It is welcome and will be a center of attention at virtually any major racing event worldwide. Except for the engine size, this would be a guaranteed recipe for a million-dollar car, minimum. Morettis or, for that matter, any of the Etceterini cars, are not for everyone. They tend to be fragile, and parts are difficult-to- impossible to find when they inevitably break, so they can be high maintenance. More to the point is that collectors of Italian racing cars tend to take themselves and their cars very seriously: They are, after all, important and valuable items. This doesn’t work for Etceterini owners, as successful enjoyment requires a sly grin and a twinkle in the eye as you bounce around in something that confounds expectations and is simultaneously impressive and flatout cute. It requires a different attitude. To the right owner, this can be a fabulous car and a low-cost entry into the coolest events, but it does come across as a bit of a toy. It’s not, though. For what it is and what you can do with it, I would say it was very well bought. ♦ Thor Thorson wrote his first Race Profile for SCM way back in 2003. He has owned this part of the magazine ever since, much to the delight of all. Engine # location: Bottom left side of block Transmission: 4-speed manual Web: Etceterini.com Alternatives: 1956–60 OSCA 750S, 1956–60 Fiat Abarth 750, 1956–57 Stanguellini 750 Sport SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 GT coupe Lot 119, s/n 100556881 Condition 2 4-speed manual Sold at $115,785 RM Sotheby’s, Villa Erba, ITA, 5/25/19 SCM# 6902465 1959 OSCA Tipo S 273 racer Lot 36, s/n 767 Condition 34-speed manual Sold at $605,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/16 SCM# 6804251


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Next Gen Profile Tom Gidden ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO This car is faster, stiffer and lighter than the previous GT-R. It’s also uncomfortable — and more expensive by Nick Jaynes Chassis number: JN1GANR35U0181312 SCM Condition for this car: 1 SCM Analysis This car, Lot 192, sold at $154,322, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s auction in Paris, FRA, on February 5, 2020. When the R35-generation Nissan GT-R debuted for the 2009 model year, it became an instant icon. Underneath its subtly styled hood lived a 480-horsepower twin-tur- bocharged, 3.8-liter, hand-built V6 that — along with its complicated all-wheel-drive system — propelled the Japanese monster to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds on the way to its 185-mph top speed. It was undeniably special. At stoplights, workmen would practically climb out of the windows of their white Ford vans to get a better look. They’d pump their fists in the air and cheer. In 2009, the GT-R was your plumber’s favorite car. Even if regular blue-collar folks couldn’t afford one, it was their hero. How could it not be? It was a Nissan that was quicker to 60 mph than Italian supercars three times its price. And it could be had for just over $78,000. Sure, the GT-R had eardrum-shattering levels of cabin noise. Going over even the slightest roadway imperfection felt like getting thwacked in the spine with a hammer. The all-wheel-drive system groaned, whined and cracked as if it were tearing itself apart — even under normal operation. And the steering was simultaneously shoulder-achingly heavy and frighteningly twitchy. Enthusiasts looked past all those issues because it’s a Nissan that can do 0–60 mph quicker than a Ferrari for the price of a used landyacht RV. Even when it was new, I didn’t particularly like the GT-R — inside 74 Sports Car Market or out. But I respected it. I couldn’t hate a car as technically advanced and as affordable as the GT-R. The rise of Mechagodzilla Fast forward eight years. Nissan refreshed the GT-R for the 2017 model year. And atop that mildly revitalized heap resides the GT-R NISMO — right from Nissan’s in-house tuning division. NISMO engineers took the already uproarious GT-R and made it, well, more. If the GT-R were the Son of Godzilla, the GT-R NISMO is Mechagodzilla.


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twin-turbo V6 grinds out 600 horsepower. What’s more, it The 2017 NISMO variant’s 3.8-liter includes aerodynamic improvements, stiffer springs (God help us), 16 fewer dash buttons (the 2016 GT-R NISMO had 27), hollow anti-roll bars, RAYS forged alloy wheels, and a carbonfiber rear wing. These changes slashed Mechagodzilla’s 0–60 time by an entire second — down to 2.5. But it also increased the sticker price to $176,585 — hardly a figure even the most well-heeled plumber can afford. Is it worth it? Our subject 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO crossed the auction block at RM Sotheby’s Paris auction. Although the car was virtually new — with a scant 90 kilometers on the clock — it sold for $154,322. That was around $22,000 less than when it was new just three short years ago. Even in the face of its equilibrium-rending perfor- mance, I have to wonder if the GT-R NISMO is worth the price. Going that fast is pointless. There is no reason to go 0–60 mph in 2.5 seconds. None. Do you need to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7.08, as the GT-R NISMO — although that was a pre-production N Attack Package car — did in 2015? No, no you don’t. So why would you buy a car that can, The GT-R is not that good-looking by 2020 standards; its lines haven’t really aged with grace. It’s loud. It’s harsh. It’s frightening to drive on anything less than F1-race-quality tarmac. especially a car that sacrifices everything that should be enjoyable about a $170,000 sports car in pursuit of that goal? The GT-R is not that good-looking by 2020 standards; its lines haven’t really aged with grace. It’s loud. It’s harsh. It’s frightening to drive on anything less than F1race-quality tarmac. Despite the lack of refinement, you don’t feel par- ticularly connected to the driving experience. It’s both harsh and aloof — the worst of both worlds. Peak car? For me, the GT-R NISMO marks peak car. It is the first car that was so successful at achieving its goals that it made those goals irrelevant. The GT-R NISMO can demolish most anything else on the track — and would likely do so reliably for the next 100,000 miles with few, if any, required repairs. But is that any fun? Think about it. The Lamborghini Diablo was (and still is) pretty awful to drive and deeply unreliable. But it was a laugh. It’s amazing to look at and makes a tremendous noise to boot. It’s a car that children and investment bankers alike can get excited about. It might be bad, but it’s aspirational — in a fun way. May 2020 2015 Audi R8 V10 coupe Lot S106.1, s/n WUAENAFG6FN000634 Condition 1- 6-speed automatic Not sold at $110,000 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 10/30/2017 SCM# 6856201 75 Details Years produced: 2014–present (GT-R NISMO) Lunacy and style were the driving forces behind the creation of the Diablo. The GT-R NISMO has none of that. Its development was influenced by too many engineering achievements and not enough red wine and recreational drugs. The GT-R, and especially the NISMO, is an appliance. You aren’t a part of the driving mastery so much as you simply strap in, push the gas pedal into the economy carpet and feel the Gs. For that king’s ransom, you’re not buying a track-day tool, you’re buying a front-seat ticket to the race. Based upon the mileage, I’d wager the GT-R NISMO that crossed the auction blocks in Paris had been driven just one time. I bet I know why. I imagine the first owner excitedly taking Mechagodzilla for an inaugural drive into town. On the way, every divot and imperfection in the as- phalt was transferred straight into his vertebrae, sending shooting pains up his spine. His ears rang with the groan of the labored V6 engine and clackity AWD system, accented occasionally by the plinking of stones as they skipped off the sound-deadening-less underbody. Then, when he finally rolled into the center of town, people grimaced at the sight of the hulking Japanese monster. I picture him beelining it for home right then and there, face bright red with embarrassment. He parked it in the garage and never looked back at his $176,585 Nissan. I don’t blame him. ♦ Nick Jaynes started writing for SCM a couple of years ago. His passion for cars and adventure shows through in all of his stories. 2009 Nissan GT-R coupe Lot FR0084, s/n JN1AR54F79M250608 Condition 2+ 6-speed automatic Not sold at $51,000 GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, 3/2/2017 SCM# 6827642 2015 Nissan GT-R Black Edition coupe Lot 797, s/n JN1AR5EF2FM281372 Condition 2+ 6-speed automatic Not sold at $70,000 Leake, Dallas, TX, 4/12/18 SCM# 6868016 Number produced: 1,095 (GT-R NISMO, through model year 2017) Original list price: $176,585 Current SCM Median Valuation: $154,322 (this car) Chassis # location: Left hand corner of the dashboard Transmission: 6-speed automatic Club: GT-R Owners Club Web: www.gtroc.org Alternatives: 2015–present Audi R8; 2016–19 Porsche 911 Turbo; 2015–19 Corvette Z06 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps


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Next Gen Market Moment © Christophe Gasco, courtesy of Artcurial 1978 Volkswagen Combi Type 2 Campmobile These ultra-slow, ultra-cool vans are about to speed into the price stratosphere. Shop accordingly Sold at $111,138 Artcurial, Paris, FRA February 7, 2020, Lot 66 Chassis number: 2382043540 SCM Condition for this car: 1- A couple of years ago, I spotted a mid-1970s Volkswagen camper van with a big sticker across the back that read, “HILLS ARE HARD.” With a whopping 70 horsepower pushing that brick up a grade, the sticker was a bit of an understatement. But one thing that hasn’t slowed to a crawl is the upmarket climb of the VW Transporter. We’ve all gotten used to seeing six-figure prices on vintage Sambas, Westfalias, Combis and pickups, but that was mostly limited to the 1960s and earlier. If your microbus was made after Jimi Hendrix burned his guitar, it was just an old van. That ’70s van But if you give it time, just about anything can become cool. Looking at it now, I kinda dig the plaid upholstery and suburban-tan paint job on this 1978 Volkswagen Combi Type 2 Campmobile. This van is a trip through the Wayback Machine, complete with a Craig cassette deck in the dash and a Regency citizens band radio underneath. Breaker, breaker, good buddy, we got ourselves a primo ride right here. Rewind that John Denver tape for me, would ya? The van’s history is brief. It was purchased in Aurora, CO, by a couple who didn’t realize it had a manual transmission. How do you miss that on the test drive? VW had offered an automatic since 1973, so it’s not like they couldn’t have bought a different van. In any case, the gear-grinding 76 Market Moment © Christophe Gasco, courtesy of Artcurial 1978 Volkswagen Combi Type 2 Campmobile These ultra-slow, ultra-cool vans are about to speed into the price stratosphere. Shop accordingly Sold at $111,138 Artcurial, Paris, FRA February 7, 2020, Lot 66 Chassis number: 2382043540 SCM Condition for this car: 1- A couple of years ago, I spotted a mid-1970s Volkswagen camper van with a big sticker across the back that read, “HILLS ARE HARD.” With a whopping 70 horsepower pushing that brick up a grade, the sticker was a bit of an understatement. But one thing that hasn’t slowed to a crawl is the upmarket climb of the VW Transporter. We’ve all gotten used to seeing six-figure prices on vintage Sambas, Westfalias, Combis and pickups, but that was mostly limited to the 1960s and earlier. If your microbus was made after Jimi Hendrix burned his guitar, it was just an old van. That ’70s van But if you give it time, just about anything can become cool. Looking at it now, I kinda dig the plaid upholstery and suburban-tan paint job on this 1978 Volkswagen Combi Type 2 Campmobile. This van is a trip through the Wayback Machine, complete with a Craig cassette deck in the dash and a Regency citizens band radio underneath. Breaker, breaker, good buddy, we got ourselves a primo ride right here. Rewind that John Denver tape for me, would ya? The van’s history is brief. It was purchased in Aurora, CO, by a couple who didn’t realize it had a manual transmission. How do you miss that on the test drive? VW had offered an automatic since 1973, so it’s not like they couldn’t have bought a different van. In any case, the gear-grinding 76 original original owners made one 900-mile road trip and then parked the van for 40 years. The next stop for this VW was Germany, where it received a scrub-up to as-new condition before going up for auction at Rétromobile Paris. A leap for all VW vans? The van sold for $111,138, which is not just a new high-water mark, but also a breathtaking jump up from any prior sale. Sure, the low mileage and completely virginal restoration make this the best 1978 Westfalia in the world, but is this proof of a trend? I suspect so. For example, a ’78 Westie in driver condition went for $17,600 in April 2018 at Mecum Houston (SCM# 6865848), and a clean ’77 van went for $11,550 at Branson, MO, just a couple weeks later (SCM# 6867999). But by September 2019, a 1975 23-window Samba re-creation failed to sell on a bid of $62,500 at Mecum Dallas (SCM# 6908720). Consider this sale a warning. Your last chance to buy a van of this era at a sensible price is now. Unlike the cabin of a Transporter in winter, the market for 1970s Volkswagen campers is heating up fast. — Jeff Zurschmeide ♦


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Next Gen Rising Sun Recent Sales of Significant Japanese Cars That Are Market Leaders — or Future Collectibles by Brian Baker 1976 Nissan Skyline 2000 GTX #28804. S/N KGC110XXX862. Unknown kilometers. “2.8-L L28 (block N42, head N42), Solex 44 carburetors, Takoashi exhaust, Kameari ignition box, stainless-steel muffler, fiberglass hood, Skyline R32 GTR seats, Hayashi Street wheels.” Condition: 2. SOLD AT ¥4,000,000 ($39,100). Yahoo Auctions, 12/8/2019. Brian’s take: After being disappointed that the 1975 Skyline 2-door on Bring a Trailer didn’t meet reserve after it was bid to $35,000, I went searching for a comparable car. These cars are 45 years old now, so not many pop up for sale. I found this 4-door model. While the 4-door isn’t as desirable as the 2-door model, it isn’t scorned. Some of these classics that weren’t available in the American market for decades still don’t reach the same bid amounts as they would in Japan. It could be the fact that U.S. collectors don’t yet know the impact these cars had — and still have. 1991 Nissan Figaro #28714. S/N FK110006630. 163k kilometers (101k miles). “Turbocharged 987-cc inline-4, 3-speed automatic transaxle, imported from the U.K. in October 2019, Emerald Green, Ivory leather interior, retractable partial soft top.” Condition: 2-. SOLD AT $8,550. Bring a Trailer, 3/5/2020. Brian’s take: The Nissan Figaro was part of a four-car run built in Nissan’s Pike Factory. Nissan also built the Pao, the BE-1 and the S-Car-Go, which are all quirky in their own right. While the Figaro might look like one of the smaller Japanese “Kei” cars, it is a full-sized (albeit small) car. With the small 4-cylinder engine and tiny turbo, it keeps up with traffic. While this car has a limited production run (20,073), it hasn’t jumped in value like the AZ-1. This example has a lot of miles on it, especially considering others in the market. However, I think the sale price is a nice buy. Still, I don’t see these climbing in value anytime soon. They have been available to import into the U.S. for some time, and they’re not in great demand. 1975 Honda Civic CVCC Hatchback #28543. S/N SG-E1015734. 14,000 miles. “1,488-cc inline-4, 5-speed manual transmission, refinished in Caroline Yellow, reupholstered black and Houndstooth interior, 12-inch wheels, AM radio, manufacturer’s documents and window sticker.” Condition: -1. SOLD AT $9,500. Bring a Trailer, 3/2/2020. Brian’s take: The first-gen Civic was the start of something spe- cial. It is one of Honda’s most recognizable platforms, and it cemented Honda as a reliable car in the U.S. However, the model has some quirks. First-gen cars tended to rust very quickly — and they sometimes caught the rust gremlin years after rolling off the assembly line. This car is a great example of Civics of that generation. The owner even had it partially restored. Unfortunately, I think this is about as high as first-gen values will get. Why? Later Civics offer much more enjoyment and aftermarket parts availability. This is a good buy for someone who wants a first-gen model in the collection, but it has probably reached maximum value in today’s market. ♦ 78 Courtesy of Bring a Trailer Courtesy of Yahoo Auctions Courtesy of Bring a Trailer Sports Car Market


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AUCTIONS IN THIS ISSUE $94.7m Mecum, Kissimmee, FL p. 88 $24.5m Artcurial, Paris, FRA p. 98 $22.3m Bonhams, Paris, FRA p. 110 $18.2m RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA p. 122 Roundup p. 132


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Market Reports Overview Down But Not Out in Paris (and London) Lack of superstar lots puts a cap on the top-end offerings in the City of Light Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) by Chad Tyson T year. We should feel positive that it was only down by that much — given how unpredictable everything has felt in recent months. It wasn’t all Brexit, Trump impeachment and the coro- 1. 1984 Peterbilt 359 Ultra Custom TT crew-cab “Thor 24” big rig, $13,200,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, SAU, p. 144 2. 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport roadster, $5,061,380—Bonhams, FRA, p. 114 3. 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” fastback, $3,740,000—Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 96 4. 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Lightweight coupe, $3,109,362— Bonhams, U.K., p. 132 5. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C coupe, $2,745,321—Artcurial, FRA, p. 106 6. 1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster, $2,200,466—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 128 7. 1964 Porsche 904 GTS coupe, $2,113,660—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 128 8. 1931 Invicta 4½-Litre S-type Low-Chassis Sports roadster, $1,771,483—Bonhams, FRA, p. 112 9. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A, $1,771,483— Bonhams, FRA, p. 115 10. 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport coupe, $1,679,630— RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 126 Best Buys 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE coupe, $49,685—Artcurial, FRA, p. 104 84 navirus, though. The City of Light needs some star cars at the Rétromobile auctions. No $19 million Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 topped the sales list in 2020. The high sale from this year’s Rétromobile week — a $5m 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport roadster — would have slotted in as the third-highest seller last year. Now, not all of the sales were down. Bonhams’ total spiked by 66% from last year ($13.4m to $22.3m), helped immensely by that Type 55 — even if the sell-through rate dropped by eight points (64% from 71%). Last year’s top three sales combined to sell for $4,468,512. RM Sotheby’s total sales dropped by 50% with only eight fewer cars consigned. In 2019, 18 of their cars were bid over $1m, with 10 selling for a combined $23,796,013. This year, there were only seven bid over $1m, and four sold for a total of $7,177,351. That top-end offering difference is not the entirety of the drop — just 90% of it. Artcurial suffered a similar fate. With last year’s in- credible 8C 2900 going away at $19m, it was going to be a near-impossible task to make an equal splash this year. Total sales were down by 45% — or $20,060,249. Except for that one exceptional car, Artcurial was relatively on par with the rest of last year’s numbers. Now, yo-yoing of prices in Paris is nothing new. I’ve tracked these sales for 10 years now, and I’ve seen leaps of 200% (Artcurial 2010 to 2011) and drops of 43% (Artcurial 2016 to 2017; Bonhams 2015 to 2016). Paris sales, perhaps even more than the Monterey Car Week auctions, are dependent on star lots meeting their reserve. What if each auction house had sold their highest-bid no-sale in Paris this year? RM Sotheby’s Jaguar D-type would have gone away at $5,952,420, Bonhams’ Ferrari 206 Dino prototype at $3,135,855, and Artcurial’s Mercedes-Benz 710 SS at $5,374,810. Suddenly the $30m gap from last year shrinks to $16m and the numbers appear a little rosier. But they didn’t, so here we are. One note about the Roundup auctions in this issue — 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport roadster, $5,061,380—Bonhams, FRA specifically the two Bonhams sales. These auctions took place during the peak time of Brexit political upheaval. Hindsight is 20/20, and even the U.S. dollar/British pound exchange rate has remained stable since — $1.00 = £0.78 on 11/26/2019 and $1.00 = £0.77 on the day I write this in early March 2020. We will see how that continues when the U.K. auction schedule really gets rolling in midMarch/early April. Stay tuned. ♦ November 22–23, 2019 Worldwide November 23, 2019 November 26, 2019 Bonhams December 7, 2019 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL January 1–12, 2020 February 5, 2020 Bonhams RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA Paris, FRA February 6, 2020 Artcurial February 7, 2020 Paris, FRA $0 $20m $18.2m $22.3m $24.5m $40m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition $60m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts $80m $100m London, U.K. Bonhams MPH Bicester, U.K. Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue $1.5m Republic Auctions Dallas, TX Riyadh, SAU $14.3m $873k $7m $94.7m he overall 2020 Paris Rétromobile auction results dropped by 31% from the 2019 totals. Last year’s $94,614,020 total from the Artcurial, Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s auctions dropped to $65,057,100 this 1959 Facel Vega Excellence sedan, $117,257—RM Sotheby’s, FRA, p. 126 1984 BMW 633 CSi coupe, $3,630—Republic Auctions, TX, p. 136 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Three-Position drophead coupe, $109,688—Bonhams, U.K., p. 132 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, $1,136,976—Bonhams, FRA, p. 115 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Buy/Sell/Hold It’s time to buy a rockin’ 1970s van — but ditch the BMW 1M by Pierre Hedary Buy: Well preserved, rust-free 1960s and 1970s American vans American-made vans are just starting to wake up in the collector-car market. I’m talking about the Dodge A100 and A108, Maxivan, Tradesman and Sportsman up to 1979. This also includes the Plymouth Voyager and Fargo vans, the Ford Econoline up to 1974, any ’70s or ’80s Club Wagon — and 1970-and-earlier Chevy vans, including Corvair vans. This is a market sector with tons of potential. For a van from this era to be collectible, it must have several weird attributes: limited hoodaccess space, such as a 1968–74 Ford Econoline, an unconventional physical appearance and an excellent state of preservation. Restoring one of these is difficult and almost unheard of, and the needle tips towards well-preserved originals. Lots of windows, more colors and more options are a plus, but any well-preserved van from this era is special. With the Ford Clubwagon, a diesel version was also offered, which is super cool. Having a van like this offers fun for the whole family, and most of their friends — in a way that reminds us of our own childhood. Sell: 2011–12 BMW 1M If you haven’t noticed recently, BMW’s 1M is commanding spectacular results, especially for new-in-the-box examples with under 5,000 miles. However, modern BMWs are a magical combination of difficult serviceability, cheap plastic parts and goofy styling. Eventually, BMW will replace the 1M with another model that will attain undeserved hype, and prices for the 1M will slump for any example that shows signs of use. While these cars remind many BMW fans of the E30 M3, the 1M is not a true classic. If you have one you are not totally in love with, dump it while this raging bull lasts. Hold: Mercedes W123 diesels If you’re considering selling the best car you’ve ever owned, stop and think about it for a second. While prices are looking good for 300TD turbo diesels, as well as extremely nice 123 sedans and coupes, the intrinsic value of these cars places them in a lofty position. Your W123 diesel can’t be easily replaced with a slightly more modern collector car that offers the same amount of serviceability and reliability. If you have a garage with multiple collectible cars and need to thin the herd, sell something else. I often speak with past owners of these cars, and the one emotion they often associate with selling their older MB diesels is regret. While money for the best examples of these cars is currently strong, these cars have been underappreciated for too long. ♦ Special thanks to Bring a Trailer expert Erich Schmidt for his input. 86 Sports Car Market BUY SELL HOLD Courtesy of Bringatrailer.com Courtesy of Bringatrailer.com


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Mecum Auctions — Kissimmee 2020 With a $3.74m “Bullitt,” Mecum kicks the year off right Company Mecum Auctions Date January 2–12, 2020 Location Kissimmee, FL Auctioneers Jimmy Landis, Mark Delzell, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered 2,015/2,946 Sales rate 68% Sales total $94,742,895 High sale 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” fastback, sold at $3,740,000 It appears that everything touched by the King of Cool has since turned to gold — 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” fastback, sold at $3,740,000 Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Market opinions in italics T he big news for this year’s Mecum Kissimmee mega-auction was the inclusion of Lot F150, the 1968 For Mustang GT that was the hero car d Steve McQueen in the iconic 1968 mov Fully documented from new and in s ownership since 1974, this car rocked the entered the block, everyone was on their f The car was mechanically restored but original, meaning the seat, steering wheel, 4-speed shift knob and accelerator pedal were all the same ones used by McQueen. A bidding war ensued by several phone bidders until the hammer finally fell for a Mustang world record of $3,740,000 after commissions. All told, 2,015 cars sold for a combined $94,742,895, with a 68% sell-through rate. This is a slight increase over last year’s $93,741,010 result with a 65% sellthrough rate. Those dollar totals are an all-time high for this sale. Other domestic heavy hitters came from the Tim Wellborn Collection, including Lot F117, an unrestored 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX originally ordered by a highly decorated Vietnam veteran after his return. He seemingly checked every option box, as this car was the most optioned and most expensive GTX produced. Its original sales price was more than a Cadillac Coupe DeVille in 1971. At this year’s Kissimmee auction, it hammered sold for $374,000, with commissions. 88 Hypercars from Europe were well represented with Lot S113, a 2019 Kissimmee, FL cLaren Senna that sold for $1,430,000. This car was from the Michael Fux Collection and appeared brand new with only 203 miles. Also from the that collection was Lot S111, a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder in eye-searing Acid Green. With only 510 miles and in like-new condition, this car changed hands for $1,430,000. Some Next Gen cars at this year’s sale included Lot K88, a 1986 Nissan 300ZX Turbo. With less than 39,000 miles and a 5-speed manual, this lot sold for a market-correct $22,000. Lot T23 was a 1991 Toyota Supra Mk III Turbo. This car showed 33,507 miles with a 5-speed manual and was well bought at a final price of $27,500. Lot S50 was a rarely-seen- at-auction 1992 Dodge Stealth Turbo with only 19,400 miles and a 5-speed transmission. In excellent condition, this black-on-black twin turbo traded hands for $18,700. As I live in Central Florida, I’ve been attend- Sales Totals ing and enjoying the Mecum Kissimmee auction for many years, and I must say, this year’s offerings were the best I’ve ever seen. It seemed like every Mopar was a Hemi, and every Corvette was a big-block. With an auction so large, you really had to have your walking shoes on to even see a fraction of what Mecum Kissimmee has to offer. In addition to this being The World’s Largest Collector Car Auction, I’ve always thought of it as The World’s Greatest Car Show. Even if you do not intend to bid, there’s plenty of opportunity to educate yourself first hand on some of the rarest collector cars built. ♦ $100m $80m $60m $40m $20m 0 Sports Car Market 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL ENGLISH #S219-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 drophead coupe. S/N 677377. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 51,428 miles. 3.8-L I6, 4-sp. Shiny black paint shows some polishing swirls. All chrome and exterior trim is good. Black-painted wire knockoff wheels shod with reproduction Michelin bias-ply tires. Restored interior shows excellent burled-wood dash. Leather seating starting to crease and settle in nicely. Steering wheel has some chips. Newer square-weave carpet in good shape. Instruments are clear. The 3.8-L engine has a triplecarb setup from an E-type. Engine bay is detailed and sanitary. Lucas fog lamps added to bumper. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,430,000. This example was custom built for Michael Fux, a famed super/hypercar collector. This is the second Senna built out of 500 for 2019. That Mr. Fux only had one other person in front of him for a new Senna shows his standing with McLaren. The base price for a Senna is around $840k, but, as seen here, the cost can quickly escalate. A couple of Sennas have hit the auction block lately, and they usually sell for about this much. The hammer price here after commission was right in the middle of the estimate. Pricey, but the new owner didn’t have to wait in line. We’ll have to keep an eye on these as more are built and the next shiny hypercar is developed. For now, call this market correct. GERMAN #S72-1957 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE SOLD AT $121,000. The triple carbs should really wake up this XK 120. This example had been riding the Mecum train in 2019. It last appeared at Mecum’s 2019 Las Vegas auction, where it failed to sell for a high bid of $105,000 (SCM# 6918502). Before that it appeared at the Mecum 2019 Indy auction, where it failed to sell for a high bid of $126,500 (SCM# 6903729). The consignor should have sold at the Indy sale since schlepping it around the country didn’t provide any more money. Fairly bought and sold today. #S113-2019 MCLAREN SENNA coupe. S/N 2BM15ACA4KW800002. Emerald Green/white leather. Odo: 203 miles. Turbocharged 4.0-L V8, auto. Custom, transparent Emerald Green paint exposing the carbon fiber underneath said to be a $297,575 option. No clear bra. No scuffs to air dam. Apparently flawless inside and out. The interior trimmed in matching transparent-green paint exposing carbon fiber said to cost $43,904 extra, while the bespoke white leather seating cost another $14,000. Visually stunning inside and out. Twin-turbo 4.0-L V8 engine produces 789 hp and is good for 2.8 seconds 0–60, and 5.1 seconds 0–100. Top speed is a claimed 211 mph. It’s a shame that this car most likely won’t be driven. Cond: 1. 2-dr sedan. S/N 1529743. Coral/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 85,700 miles. 1.2-L H4, 4-sp. Very desirable Oval Window with sliding cloth sunroof. Mileage shown claimed to be actual. Excellent paint over straight body panels. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim are bright and shiny. Stated to be lifelong California car, with original black plates. Concours-quality restored interior. Tan cloth sliding sunroof looks new. Coker Classic wide whitewall tires are bright. Engine bay is stock and clean. Blinged out with accessory bamboo tray under dash, banjo steering wheel, bud vase, period push-button AM radio, venetian blinds in rear window, rear wood luggage rack, white VWlogo mud guards and dual exterior rear-view mirrors mounted on side trim. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Values for 930 Turbos have been sliding from the peaks in 2015. This was a nice example, but it seems that only the best cars get the attention in today’s market. Still, the high bid was well below market value and the consignor was right to take it back home. #S111-2015 PORSCHE 918 Spyder. S/N WP0CA2A13FS800043. Acid Green/black carbon fiber/black leather. Odo: 510 miles. Fuel-injected 4.6-L V8, semi-auto. Stated to be one of two painted in this retina-searing shade of green. Flawless paint. Twenty-inch magnesium wheels are free of scuffs, with exterior-matching Acid Green calipers. Unworn interior features black leather seats piped in Acid Green, including “918 Spyder” stitching on headrests. Could not inspect the engine bay and there were no photos in the catalog, but I expect it to look as-new. From the Michael Fux Collection. Cond: 1-. fading. Factory sunroof. Fuchs wheels scufffree, but some of the lug nuts are chipped from removal and installation. Interior is very good for mileage. Driver’s seat shows no wear at side bolster. Modern Sony DIN CD player. Engine bay in driver-level condition, as fan shows corrosion and paint on air cleaner is chipped. Decals underhood are fading. Claimed recent comprehensive engine overhaul and turbocharger rebuild. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. This Oval Window was obviously fresh out of a comprehensive restoration. I could not find anything to fault. Dressing up vintage Beetles with all the accessory doodads is popular but sometimes can start looking a little cheesy. At least this car didn’t have the accessory eyebrows. Values take a big leap for these when they are done right, like our subject car. This Bug had it all: good colors, oval rear window, sliding sunroof and fresh restoration. The final sale price may be a little high, but the buyer paid up for such a desirable VW. Well sold. #S195-1987 PORSCHE 911 Turbo 3.3 coupe. S/N WP0JB0930HS050411. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 60,594 miles. Turbocharged 3.3-L H6, 4-sp. Original paint holding up very well. Slight orange peel and polishing swirls throughout. Black rubber trim is not 90 SOLD AT $1,430,000. You couldn’t stand out more with the color of this car—even if it was on fire. That fact may not appeal to everyone. This car was unworn and will most likely stay that way, hidden away in temperature-controlled garages instead of being used as intended, which is sad. Base MSRP was $850k, and with only 918 produced, speculators pounced. Prices skyrocketed to near $2m but have been retreating since. With commissions, the final hammer price didn’t clear the $1.5m low estimate. But as prices continue to wane, I’ll call this result well sold. Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL ITALIAN #F159-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- tona coupe. S/N 14193. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 20,931 miles. 4.4-L V12, 5-sp. Nearly flawless paint—there are scratches on rear trunk where a European license plate was once installed. Bumper and exterior trim is bright and blemish-free. Borrani wire wheels blemish-free, shod with Michelin XWX radial tires. Prancing Horses on side of front turnsignal lenses are fading. Interior shows no noticeable wear. Good mousehair dash. Black leather seats with red leather inserts very attractive. Red carpeting is clean. Blaupunkt AM/FM cassette stereo in leather console, per factory. Engine bay is very clean, if a little dusty. Equipped with factory a/c and power when. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $220,000. These BBs were not sold by Ferrari in the U.S.; they were all gray-market cars that got federalized at one of several shops that specialized in doing so. There was no mention of which shop did the work on this car. While my peers had posters of Countaches on their walls, mine had a 512 BB just like this one. I’ve always loved the elegantly styled front end and masculine rear haunches. This lot sold below the low estimate and below current market value, but there were some unknowns regarding servicing and federalization. If all is well, then this car was well bought. JAPANESE #K88-1986 NISSAN 300ZX Turbo windows. Comes with Ferrari Classiche Certification. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $500,000. Aside from the license-plate scratches on the paint, this example was breathtaking. I particularly liked the interior and its black-withred-insert seats and red carpet. Values for Daytonas have cooled considerably over the past couple of years. Even so, the low estimate of $625k was very fair, but the high bid was nowhere close. This car is worth much more, and the consignor was right to refuse the high bid. #S129-1984 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N ZFFJA09B00050285. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 13,482 km. Fuel-injected 5.0-L H12, 5-sp. Claimed that kilometers shown are actual. Factory paint holding up well with slight orange peel. Factory Cromodora alloy knockoff wheels show some curb rash, shod with Michelin TRX radial tires. Interior is okay, with wear on driver’s side bolster. Daytona tan leather seats with black leather inserts always look good. Carpets are dirty. Kenwood cassette stereo with equalizer at driver’s left knee is a very 1980s touch. Stock engine bay is cleanly detailed. Equipped with power windows and a/c. Claimed to be recently serviced, but no mention of what work was done or coupe. S/N JNICZ145S5GX103116. Dark red metallic/dark red velour. Odo: 38,697 miles. Turbocharged 3.0-L V6, 5-sp. Claimed all original including paint and that the mileage shown is actual. Said original paint is holding up well. Light scratches at passenger’s door handle. All glass is clear. Rear wing has a few chips. Factory alloy wheels blemish-free. Velour interior is all stock and shows little wear. Deeply bolstered Recaro seats look good. Shift knob is a little dirty from use. Original T-top bags in the back. Carpet is baggy in the rear storage area. All-stock engine bay is clean and complete. Equipped with desirable T-tops and 5-speed manual. Cond: 2. for Japanese sports car fans: good colors, great condition, 5-speed manual and low miles. These cars were thrashed about in period, so it’s rare to find one in this condition. This car was obviously loved and pampered and stored correctly. The Mk IV Supras have been getting all the attention and high prices lately, but these Mk IIIs are still popular and provide good performance. Like the Mk IV, the Mk III cars have seen a bump in value, just not as much. For the condition, the final price here was a great buy. Well bought. AMERICAN #F179-1955 CHRYSLER ST SPECIAL Ghia 2-dr hard top. S/N N558768. Copper & ivory/copper & ivory leather. Odo: 61 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Metallic Copper paint shows no flaws. No masking lines between ivory top and copper body. Chrome wire wheels blemish-free, with reproduction BFGoodrich Silvertown whitewall tires. Two-inch crack on passenger’s side of windshield. Chrome mostly excellent, with small delamination starting on passenger’s door top. Interior seats are plush and inviting. Dash shines like jewelry, steering wheel unmarked. Engine bay is concours detailed. Exhibited at the 1955 Turin Motor show and said to be one of four built. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,000. If you were in the market for a 300ZX, this example would have been an excellent choice in attractive colors and loaded with good options. It’s rare to see them unrestored in this condition. The final price here was spot-on in the current market. Fairly bought and sold. #T23-1991 TOYOTA SUPRA Mk III Turbo coupe. S/N JT2MA71N8M0153550. White/blue cloth. Odo: 33,507 miles. Turbocharged 3.0-L I6, 5-sp. Stated to be a oneowner car and that the mileage shown is actual. Good original paint shows slight polishing swirls only under close inspection. This car has the removable Sport Roof targa top. All glass is clear. Factory alloy wheels unmarked. Only obvious wear in the interior is on driver’s Supra-logo floor mat. Desirable 5-speed manual. Factory cassette stereo. Engine bay is complete and clean but not detailed. Comes with original window sticker and clean CARFAX. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. This Mk III Turbo ticks a lot of boxes 92 NOT SOLD AT $375,000. Ghia body on the New Yorker platform. Styling is a little more conservative than the earlier Chrysler Ghia Thomas Special. 1955 was the last year of the Chrysler-Ghia collaboration. This car was a no-sale at Mecum’s 2019 Phoenix auction, at a high bid of $450,000 (SCM# 6904709), which was the low estimate at this auction. Prior to that this car sold at RM Sotheby’s 2018 Monterey auction for $527,500 (SCM# 6877341). 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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Market Moment #F182-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertCourtesy of Mecum Auctions 1974 AMC Gremlin X Hatchback Sold at $32,450 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, January 3, 2020, Lot J177.1 Chassis number: A4E465A284418 SCM Condition for this car: 2+ job as I bounced around the country with a starter wife in my early newspaper career. The econobox little sister in the AMC line was the Gremlin, which pretty much is the front C two-thirds of the Hornet. I never stooped that low. The Gremlin is sorta hot right now — it is being rediscovered as a modest American collect- ible. Still, the sale of a ’74 Gremlin X at the Mecum Kissimmee auction for $32,450 — or almost exactly 10 times the original sale price — was head-shaking. Sure, Lot J177.1 was a bit of a unicorn, with fewer than 2,000 miles on a special black paint job and the X trim package (including cool hockey-stick graphics), but let’s just say this one is well ahead of the market. This might be the only thing it’s ever ahead of, given the anemic horsepower. Made from 1970 to ’78, the Gremlin was ahead of its time. It was an economy car before the Arab oil embargo came along, complete with sort-of-groundbreaking rear hatch. They came mostly with 6-cylinder engines of variously lackluster performance, and this car is no standout, with a 258-ci straight 6 and 3-speed. There were some V8 cars, and a specialty go-fast model, the 401-XR, produced by Randall AMC in Arizona with the factory’s blessing. That beast featured a 6.6-liter V8, becoming a big hit at dragstrips. Twenty were built, compared to the more than 650,000 factory Gremlins sold in period. The most collectible versions of the Gremlin are the X trim package (as seen here), the 301 V8s, and the memorable Levi edition, which featured a faux-denim interior (with door pockets that were really pockets) since those nutty feds thought using real denim inside the car turned it into a firetrap — an honor reserved for the similar-vintage Ford Pinto. You wouldn’t think scarcity would be an issue, with so many sold, as Gremlins were as loved in period as the Gremlin of the movie — the one that got wet and then crazily medieval. But evidently the dirt-track crowd loved the Gremlin during the decades after production ended. This means many of them were beaten to death at the track, with surviving body panels looking like they had been savaged by wild bags of walnuts. Useless fun fact (that I’m having trouble seeing as a positive): Gremlins were both owned and driven by two of our past presidents, Bill Clinton and George Bush the Younger. I know, I’m conflicted about that as well. So, Lot J177.1 was well sold. At the end of the day, you have a black-on-black econobox with nearly zero miles that just screams “That ’70s Show.” At least two people at the auction really wanted it, but I’m not sure which person came out ahead. — Mark Wigginton 94 Sports Car Market SOLD AT $77,000. Stated to be one of the earliest K-code Mustangs known to exist. Whoever ordered this car did it right with the Hi-Po 289 engine and 4-speed manual. The color combination was striking. With commissions, the final hammer price was close(ish) to the $85k low estimate. Still, well sold. #F126-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fast- back. S/N SFM625441. White/black vinyl. Odo: 13,066 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint appears a little thick. Stripes could be masked better. There are a couple of small dents on the hood—like it was closed with tools underneath. Bumpers are shiny but show some scratches. All glass is clear. Magnum 500 wheels unmarked, shod with modern Michelin Sport tires. Interior restored to a high level, but instrument screen printing is starting to yellow. Engine bay is clean but not detailed, with modern clamps on hoses. Cheap plastic fuel filter added right next to the carb. Documented with original California pink slip and SAAC Shelby Registry. Cond: 2. onfession time: I once owned a 6-cylinder 1972 AMC Hornet. It was a useful hatchback that briefly destroyed my car-guy soul. It was awful to the point of embarrassing, although it was nominally classified at the time as a muscle car. The saving grace was it carried stuff, slowly, which was its ible. S/N 5R08K101257. Raven Black/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 26,180 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to have had a recent frame-off restoration. Build date of July 20, 1964, makes this an early 1964½ car, but they were all marketed as 1965. Good paint is very dusty despite being displayed inside a building for the auction. Polishing swirls around vents at base of windshield. Bumpers and bright trim show assorted scratches and swirls. Reproduction Royal bias-ply tires with whitewalls yellowing. Interior is totally as-new. Factory push-button AM radio. Engine bay is concours detailed with correct Ford generator and period-looking Autolite battery. The positive cable on the battery is disconnected. Equipped with 9-inch rear end with 3.89 gears and Special Handling Package. Cond: 2+.


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL SOLD AT $154,000. Stated to be one of 14 early Hertz Shelbys painted in white with blue stripes. Having a 4-speed manual shows that this car was delivered before Hertz learned their lesson and required automatic transmissions. The first thing the new owner should do is move or remove that cheap plastic fuel filter before it fails and dumps gas onto the exhaust manifolds, turning this nice GT350 H into a burning car-b-que. Sold price with commission was just under the $160k high estimate and above current market value, but these early Hertz Shelbys in an off color with a 4-speed command a premium. Call this both fairly bought and sold. #S175-1966 FORD FAIRLANE R-code 2-dr hard top. S/N 6A43R249550. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 11,358 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated that this car is just out of a comprehensive restoration, with approximately two miles since completion. Also stated that the mileage is believed to be actual. New paint with orange peel throughout. Chrome bumpers and exterior bright trim all shiny and unmarked. Hood is held down by pins and the fit is off. Freshly restored interior smells new. Small tear in carpet around shift boot. Factory steel wheels with poverty caps shod with reproduction Firestone bias-ply tires. Engine bay is beautifully detailed with factory hoses and clamps. Chrome valve covers and a period-appearing Autolite battery complete the look. Equipped with front disc brakes and a 3.89:1 Positraction rear end. No documentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $852,500. I always thought “Gone in 60 Seconds” was a bad movie with horrible acting, but it did contain some good chase scenes and this exact car appeared in several. I usually roll my eyes at the cheesy Eleanor clones that frequently appear at auctions, but at least this one is the real deal. This car was in excellent condition and with the engine mods could be driven like it was in the movie. The final hammer price flew past the $600,000 high estimate. The buyer must be a huge fan of the movie. Well sold. TOP 10 No. 3 #F150-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT “Bullitt” fastback. S/N 8R02S125559. Highland Green/black vinyl. Odo: SOLD AT $209,000. Said to be one of 57 Rcode Fairlanes built in 1966. With 425 hp and 480 ft-lb of torque, they were built for one thing: go fast in a straight line, a quarter of a mile at a time. There was no mention of any racing history for this car. Miles believed to be actual, but the quality of the restoration was so high that it didn’t matter; the completed car was as-new. Including the commission, the sales price passed the $200k high estimate. Well sold, as the buyer paid up for the concours condition. #S135-1967 FORD MUSTANG “Elea- nor” fastback. S/N 7R02C205427. Pepper Gray/black leather. Odo: 27,160 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. One of 11 Eleanors built for the 2000 movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.” Paint has been expertly applied over straight body panels. All exterior stainless trim excellent. Alloy wheels are a little dirty. Interior reveals no flaws. Fire extinguisher mounted between seats. This car is more than just a fluffed-up Mustang for the movie, as the engine bay con- 96 65,055 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This was the hero car driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie “Bullitt.” Unrestored exterior. Original paint is matte, with plenty of chips, dents and surface rust. Bumpers are rusty, exterior trim has dents. American Racing Torq Thrust wheels added for the movie show lots of rust and corrosion. Suspension has been restored. Original interior is very good for its age and use. Driver’s seat seams are splitting. Engine bay is rusty with staining, but the engine itself has been rebuilt/restored and is clean. Holes are visible in trunk where smoke machine was installed to provide smoke for burnout scenes. Loads of documentation. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $165,000. Stated that early in this car’s life it was competitively drag raced. The catalog noted that the Yenko community has questioned the authenticity of this car because several years ago, two different cars claimed to have serial number 124379N615382. This may have scared bidders away, but the final hammer price was within the estimate range. This car has been an auction frequent flier over the years. It was last offered at Leake’s 2018 Oklahoma City auction, where it was a no-sale at a high bid of $195,000 (SCM #6866376). If the owner can prove that this car is the real deal, then it was very well bought today. If not, questions will always haunt this car and its owners, and the value will suffer. #F200-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 SOLD AT $3,740,000. It appears that everything touched by the King of Cool has since turned to gold, and this result is no exception. The consignor did the right thing by restoring the drivetrain so that it can be driven and didn’t touch the cosmetics. Final sale price was nearly 100 times what a good 1968 Mustang GT goes for, but this car is a piece of automotive history. Everyone at the auction was on their feet when Sean Kiernan drove this up to the block with his sister in the passenger’s seat. Bidding started at $3,500, as fastback. S/N 0502Z110858. Blue/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 7,942 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. KK 2156, this 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 is one of 499 built in model-year 1970. Claimed to be unrestored, but the paint looks too good for a 50-year-old car. Front bumper is shiny while the rear bumper is hazy. Windshield starting to delaminate. Good Magnum 500 wheels with reproduction Goodyear Polyglas GT tires. Seats show a little creasing and some seams are fraying. Carpet is new. No flaws on dash or console. Hurst shifter added. Engine bay is very clean but not concours detailed, with a couple of rusty bolts here and there and some scuffing to painted surfaces. Sports Car Market tains many go-fast goodies including an NOS system that adds 125 hp. Said engine bay is spotless and well thought out. NOS bottle mounted in trunk. Stated to have had a rotisserie restoration completed 90 miles ago. Cond: 1-. that’s what Robert Kiernan bought it for in 1974, but the bidding quickly went to $2.5m. From there the bidding slowly advanced in $100k increments between several phone bidders. Hammered where expected, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if it got more. #F204-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko coupe. S/N 124379N615382. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 5,634 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. YS9637. High-quality paint with no noticeable flaws. Good graphics not clear-coated. Bumpers shiny with light polishing scratches. Yenko aluminum wheels blemish-free and not overly polished. Reproduction Goodyear Polyglas raised-white-letter tires. Interior completely as-new, but cheap Yenko decals are peeling off headrests. Tach screwed into dash below speedometer. Engine bay complete, correct and concours detailed with all correct components, hoses and clamps. Factory chalk marks replicated throughout. Power front disc brakes. Documented with Yenko window sticker, MSO and COPO Connection certificate. Cond: 2.


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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL Stated that the motor is a factory replacement. Documented with Marti Report. Cond: 2. leather. Odo: 2 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Two miles showing on the odometer claimed actual and I see no reason to doubt it. Only flaw to paint is slight scuffing on the top of the right rear fender. Wheels unscuffed. Interior not dealer prepped, with tags in place and plastic covering the seats. Equipped with all four options: gray-painted brake calipers, forged BBS lightweight alloy wheels, McIntosh sound system and stripes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $231,000. If the miles are actual, then this car must have lived a hard early life to have already had an engine swap. It was stated that this car has won several concours and national Mustang shows along with awards for originality. The paint looked new to me and, although the interior looked original, the carpet was new. But I don’t want to get down into the weeds about what the definition of an unrestored car is. With the commission, this car didn’t make it to the $250k low estimate. Considering that this has a replacement motor, it’s still well sold. #F117-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23R1G143389. Bahama Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl & houndstooth cloth. Odo: 49,419 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed unrestored with original paint. Stated to be the most expensive and highly optioned GTX ever produced. Paint has lots of shine, with orange peel and a scratch here and there. Flat-black paint on Air Grabber hood shows polishing wear. Vinyl top is in incredible shape. Factory electric sunroof. Period day-two chrome Cragar SS wheels unblemished, with reproduction Goodyear Polyglas tires. Interior shows no wear and is as-new. AM/FM stereo with 8-track and Dictaphone. Engine bay is very clean with some scratches on painted radiator. Fully loaded and documented with three broadcast sheets and original dealer sale paperwork. From the Tim Wellborn Collection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $374,000. Sold price nearly hit the $375k high estimate and the current market value, but I get it. You can’t really get any lower mileage than this. But it’s a shame really that it will never be driven. If it is, the value will plummet. This is a lot of money to spend on static garage art. Very well sold. #F164-2017 FORD GT coupe. S/N 2FAGP9CW9HH200077. Liquid Blue/black leather. Odo: 635 miles. 3.5-L turbocharged V6, auto. Paint has orange peel throughout. Some hard-water stains on the nose. Wheels unmarked. Interior as-new. Quarter-size star in clearcoat at engine cover. Otherwise appears as a new car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $374,000. Ordered new by a Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient after he returned from Vietnam. Originally cost $6,592.75, which was more expensive than a Cadillac Coupe DeVille in 1971. If you’re a serious Mopar collector, it doesn’t get much better than this. The sold price was way above the price guides, but as they say, go find another. Well sold on paper, but if you wanted the best, you should’ve had your bidder’s paddle in the air. #F166-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S55Y401585. Centennial White/black May 2020 NOT SOLD AT $1,000,000. Now that the 24-month moratorium has expired, the floodgates are opening on these second-generation GTs. This is the infamous John Cena car that ended in a lawsuit and settlement between Ford and Cena for violating the moratorium. This car last appeared in SCM Platinum Auction Database after it sold at the Russo and Steele 2018 Monterey auction for $1,540,000 (SCM# 6877721). Although it appears in the database only once, it’s been a frequent flier and is now on its fourth owner. Due to its past, this example may be carrying a bit of a curse. As a result, the final bid was well under the estimates and what other second-generation GTs have sold for lately. The current owner may want to hold on to this car for a while until its stigma is forgotten. © 97


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Artcurial — Rétromobile 2020 A race-winning Ferrari 275 GTB/6C, with a rebuilt original engine, topped the sale at $2,745,321 Company Artcurial Date February 7, 2020 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 117/165 Sales rate 71% Sales total $24,535,884 High sale 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C coupe, sold at $2,745,321 Buyer’s premium Unusual Swiss racing history from new — 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C coupe, sold at $2,745,321 16% for totals of $987,210 & under; 12% for totals exceeding $987,210, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.91) Report and intro by Pierre Hedary, photos by Elaina Spiller Market opinions in italics I 98 t was another great year for Artcurial’s Rétromobile sale, with 165 diverse offerings, including another Serenissima, a Porsche 906 and, of course, the requisite pre-war French cars. O these 165 lots, 117 found new homes, bring in $24,535,884. However, this was a significant decli (45%) from last year’s sales total, $44,596,13 thanks in part to the company lacking a superstar lot, such as the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B that was sold last year for $18,999,558. That, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime $4,786,650 sale of last year’s Serenissima Spyder, are responsible for the differences. This year, the highest-selling lot was the Ferrari 275 GTB/6C. With important racing history and a reasonable level of preservation, it sold for $2,745,321. Over the past few years, an increasing U.S. presence has been affecting the sales here as well, with many of the high-dollar lots ending up stateside. This was true of last year’s Serenissima and Alfa Romeo 8C, and this year it was true of the Porsche 906. An entire collection of Mercedes was sold as well, Paris, FRA right out of Monaco, with all of the no-reserve “Heckflossen” — fintails to us Americans — selling at or above high estimate. Some important French cars were offered as well, including a Le Mans- entered Talbot-Lago, and a number of coachbuilt Bugattis. Artcurial is the only auction house in the world where you can consistently choose from multiple examples of these cars. French pop-star Johnny Hallyday’s Ford Mustang and GT were offered at this sale, with the former bringing in $268k and the latter $412k. The French admiration for the Mustang did not stop there, with a “Bullitt” recreation bringing $94k. There were a surprising number of other American cars here, including a Studebaker Golden Hawk that sold for almost $46k. Artcurial’s selection of patinated preservation vehicles, historic racing cars and affordable classics offers a great opportunity for anyone who wants to acquire a wonderful collector car. This auction is a must-see for those of us who are tired of everything being shiny and perfect. One visit, and you’ll want to go every year. ♦ Sales Totals $60m $50m $40m $30m $20m $10m 0 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 Sports Car Market Courtesy of ©Archives Maurice Louche


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Artcurial Paris, FRA FRENCH #42-1927 BUGATTI TYPE 37 Type 44 conversion racer. S/N 37334. Blue/red leather. Pre-war-built bitsa hot rod from parts of a Type 37 and parts of a Type 44. Paint acceptable for older restoration, with some waviness on rear fuselage. Instrumentation restored to a high level. Red leather driver’s seat worn in nicely. No transmission tunnel, with cleanlooking gearbox exposed. Suspension parts in good order, but lubrication is needed. Cond: 3-. everyone’s attention at the first part of the sale. While this was an elegant 57 with no obvious issues, there were enough Bugattis at this sale to saturate this market. #41-1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57 tourer. S/N 57300. Blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 3,374 km. Coachwork by Dubos. Important but awkward-looking big Bugatti, with recent restoration to high level and with competition history. Raced effectively in the Paris-Nice by a highly competitive lady—multiple times and with several victories. One strange marking in paint on rear left quarter panel behind driver’s seat. Cowl shows paint chipping on left side of dashboard. Bright trim polished extensively, with some discoloration at top of radiator. Seats simple and nearly perfect. Runs smoothly and starts well. Cond: 2. these cars were not necessarily winners, the occasional victory was usually the result of the German racing cars’ thirst for fuel. Nevertheless, the Delahaye 135 was a solid, competition-proven machine and represents one of the few opportunities to purchase an affordable, period Le Mans car with rock-solid provenance. #37-1939 DELAHAYE 135 M Sport coupe. S/N 49369. Light gray & beige/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 9,644 km. Rare example of large, unusual Chapron-bodied Delahaye. High-quality restoration with consistent paint application, excellent metalwork and authentic chrome. Some debris noted in roof gutters. Polish marks evident in paint. Interior leather and wood almost new, with one or two small cracks in upper part of the dash and some wear in driver’s area carpet. Car runs smoothly and starts easily. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $307,132. One could have had this fascinating hot rod instead of a new hypercar, but the amount of work needed to keep it in running order might be too much for the faint of heart. With a smattering of Bugs available at this auction, and with a narrowing purchasing group for this type of pre-war French car, as well as its bitsa status, the $416k low estimate was still too high. #28-1934 BUGATTI TYPE 57 convert- ible. S/N 57162. Blue & dark blue/black canvas/ black leather. RHD. Coachwork by Vanvooren. Driver-level example of this unusual Type 57. Top starting to get a little worn. Paint appears excellent on all major surfaces, with some finishing issues in hidden parts of body. Door gaps appear to be on par with other examples and are consistent throughout. Seats redone by someone who may not have been as experienced with this kind of interior work and are bunchy and inconsistent. Carpets, instruments redone to a high level. Chrome work also leaves little to complain about. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $416,822. With 65 years of continuous ownership history, a real racing pedigree and an honest restoration, this Type 57’s awkward appearance almost did not matter. With high levels of interest both in the room and on the phone, it should have sold easily to great fanfare. Alas, the bidding didn’t quite make it to the $461k low estimate. Maybe that awkwardness was just a bit too much. #38-1936 DELAHAYE 135 Special road- ster. S/N 46625. Dark blue/tan leather. RHD. Coachwork by Chapron. Unique Delahaye 135S, with racing history in 1935 Le Mans and with its original engine included. Driven more than once by Pierre Louis-Dreyfus. Appears as a continuously used car, presented in usable condition, prepped for historic racing. Paint aged nicely with excellent luster. Kept under beneficial storage conditions and therefore looking like it was painted under 10 years ago. Few signs of use on tires and wheels. Leather seat slightly worn in. Engine extremely clean and appears recently serviced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $294,189. An encouraging crowd showed lots of interest in this unusual Delahaye. If you love pre-war French cars, this is the place to find a really good one. Considering it showed signs of usability and had not been sitting around for years at a time, this was a superb alternative to finding a 135 and restoring it. #35-1956 TALBOT-LAGO T14 LS coupe. S/N 140011. Gray metallic/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 88,283 km. 2.5-L I4, 4-sp. Neatly restored T14 LS, one of 54, and regarded as Talbot-Lago’s last gasp. Paint and chrome redone to a very high standard, with few if any complaints. Right door tight on rear edge, but hood fit acceptable. Left door fit also extremely tight, with almost no gap between it and rear quarter panel. Interior redone with expert care, but seats appear to have too much loose leather. Spacious engine compartment and engine restored to high level, but missing heater core, and heater-core supply hose is blocked off at thermostat housing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $549,152. With a zeroed-out odometer and some other cheesy touches, this Bugatti barely squeaked by on the auction block, with an uninspiring response from the crowd when it sold. While not a bad example by any means, it was overshadowed by Lots 29 and 30, the twin Worblaufen Alfas, which captured 100 SOLD AT $1,006,779. About as important of a weapons-grade racer as one can get. While NOT SOLD AT $263,256. Some holes noted in this car’s cosmetically strong restoration; with the missing heater core and a bizarre leather skirt hiding the holes in the firewall, I wondered how good it actually was. 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Artcurial Paris, FRA must be finding parts, so I can understand the missing items. However, it seems unjust to refrain from mentioning these issues to the people bidding on the car—especially when they are obvious to even an amateur. #36-1959 DB HBR4 coupe. S/N 1110. Blue/black & red vinyl. Odo: 27,922 km. 848cc 2-cylinder, 4-sp. Slightly tatty French Le Mans car—second in 1961 Le Mans’ Index of Performance category. Paint okay, usable and not flawless. More emphasis on mechanical condition than cosmetic. Panel fit reflective of lightweight body, with inconsistent gap on driver’s door. Hood fit also funky towards cowl with rear left side sitting into body. One red seat and one black seat. Passenger’s door not closing very well. Dashboard ugly but functional. Paint lifting in certain areas of body but not dull. Old rubber seals reinforced with black silicone. Runs loudly and consistently, especially for a little 2-cylinder French car. Cond: 3. memorable car at this auction—besides the Serenissima 3000SP—it was a crowd favorite and found a new home quickly. With steel suspension and the reliable Citroën 4-cylinder engine, the possibilities for using this Safari are endless. #54-1977 CITROËN 2CV 4 sedan. S/N 08KB6495. English Red/black vinyl. Odo: 6,949 km. 650-cc 2-cylinder, 4-sp. Well-preserved 2CV in highly original condition. Plates from Monaco. Paint shows only evidence of polishing, save for screw holes around original license-plate mounting, where metal has been pulled out and paint slightly chipped. All lights and exterior trim in perfect condition. Original glass seals in retractable canvas roof in excellent condition. Seats hardly used. Low-mileage claims highly believable. Cond: 2+. cylinder cars that competed for the index of thermal efficiency. While the car seemed like it sold at the auction, this was removed from the sold list, indicating something must have fallen through. GERMAN #45-1929 MERCEDES-BENZ 710 SS Type S tourer. S/N 36223. Black/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 19,241 km. Coachwork by Fernandez and Darrin. A glorious, supercharged Mercedes worn in just right. Leather is probably older replacement, possibly from the 1960s, but it has aged perfectly. Paint polished just right, with no outstanding flaws and no shrinkage, indicating careful refurbishment. Chrome pitting on wheel hubs, but otherwise appears to be in great condition. Radiator shell especially impressive. Runs quietly and smoothly for such massive displacement. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $189,588. The Index of Performance was a sympathy prize for small-displacement French cars, since there were no high-performance French entries between 1949 and about 1970. While it is no Ferrari or Porsche, to the French it might as well have been a GT40, and it found an enthusiastic buyer right in the lower middle of its estimate range. Well bought, for its uniqueness, and with its amazing history thrown in for a little more. #56-1970 CITROËN ID20 Break. S/N 3992536. Bleu Camargue & white/burgundy leather. Odo: 67,055 km. 2.0-L I4, 4-sp. A well-equipped version of the Safari wagon, with great bones and possibly one respray. Original leather in nice condition as is the dashboard. Delicate items like plastic rearview mirror and exterior indicator lights undamaged. Factory roof rack has aged well and complements older paint. More utilitarian than anything, meaning it’s marvelous that it has survived with such little damage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,688. Even today, the 2CV has a crowd appeal that surpasses many new Ferraris. It’s no wonder you can book a 2CV tour in Paris, or that many French people still drive these amazing little cars. A number of people wanted to own this picture-perfect 2CV and as a result, the $27k high estimate was obliterated. #114-1995 VENTURI 400 GT coupe. S/N VK8TRY61195CE0008. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 54,010 km. Turbocharged 3.0-L V6, 5-sp. Rare French high-performance car powered by twin-turbo V6. One of 13 built. Incredible level of preservation. Panel gaps huge, but this is likely how it was prepared. Factory period OZ wheels on perfect tires. Interior nearly used. Apart from the sometimes imperfect touches of a hand-made car, it’s nearly perfect. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $5,374,810. This big S spent the majority of its existence in the U.S., and was displayed as a bare chassis until it found a new buyer. Bodied in France by Fernandez and Darrin (yes, Howard “Dutch” Darrin), it returned to the States, where it lived until recently. At some point, it was shipped to Mercedes Classic to have its authenticity verified. The end result was a sale that missed the bottom estimate by some $1.2m. #43-1939 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 Cab- riolet A. S/N 019009. Blue & light gray/blue canvas/beige leather. Odo: 4,193 km. Rare 320 Cabriolet A looks great following an exhaustive, older restoration. Paint appears to be 25– 30 years old, with some discoloration. Numerous small marks here and there, as well as chips along body lines and some fisheyes on fenders. Panel fit above average, with the exception of both doors, which are out at the bottom. Windshield seal aging poorly. Leather and carpet were somewhat better than the average pre-war MB, with correct thick, surfacedyed leather. Interior wood beautiful with correct flathead chrome screws and countersunk washers. Engine extremely tidy, with signs of recent service to spark-plug wires and SOLD AT $26,150. Artcurial is the place to go for unusual French cars. Probably the most 102 NOT SOLD AT $186,473. The Venturi was a beautiful—if unsuccessful—example of how far the French had come from building twin- Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA carburetor. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $307,132. Previously seen at RM Auctions’ 2014 London sale, where it sold for $410,023 (SCM# 6482119). The 320 Cab A is an exciting—if slightly underpowered—alternative to a 380 or 500K. You get similarly dramatic lines but less cash outlay required, both for upkeep and purchasing. However, the low estimate ($418k) was just too strong, and the French chose to spend their money on Delahayes and Citroëns. #160-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 se- dan. S/N 1870140751452. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 60,145 km. 2.2-L I6, 4-sp. Extremely rare example of the 187 with giant Webasto sunroof. Paint aged and seems to have polishing marks everywhere. Aging rubber seals in good condition, but back window gasket split in one corner. Paint chips on hood, doors and wings. Seats look fresh and hardly used. Timber excellent. Underhood, goofy red plug wires grace an otherwise clean M180 engine. Some bizarre wiring issues on voltage regulator, but the whole package looks like it will run. Cond: 3-. order and might be older Roser stock. Interior details better than I expected. At least carbs are correct. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $98,063. The fallout left in the wake of the 190SL market drop did not apply here, as someone paid a decent premium for this $65k car. While the market for usable 190SLs has remained somewhat stable, this car still needs plenty of sorting. It looks to have been kept up on a shoestring, like most of the cars from this collection. #150-1959 BMW 503 coupe. S/N 69336. Dark green & silver/tan leather. Odo: 49,059 km. 3.2-L V8, 4-sp. Abandoned decades ago due to major accident. Aluminum body, so no actual rust. Nose smashed; otherwise, car is complete. Covered in dust, so remainder of car is tough to gauge. Glass unbroken. Likely low mileage before accident. Chrome pitted but complete. Impact was on front left headlight buckets, but stretches across the entire front end, with nose held together using wire. All chrome parts on front end damaged to the point where they probably can’t be salvaged. Original interior dirty, but could be saved with some hard work and cleaning. Cond: 5-. example in the world, it’s still a decent car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,685. A rough 220SE coupe is about $25k and will cost another $80k to restore to this standard. Someone was smart enough to wait out this long auction to pounce on this under-appreciated gem. While it needed some improvements in the details, overall I would rate this a best buy. #26-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 121104210015634. Black/ black canvas/green leather. Odo: 33,041 km. 1.9-L I4, 4-sp. Older paint job with some noticeable swirl marks. Chrome work on car excessively polished. Panel fit better than most 190s; noteworthy door and hood gaps. Modern seat belts fitted. Aged leatherwork excellent and older, with high-quality Roser leather. Correct colors, Solexes and restored by the founder of the 190SL club in France. Engine bay finishes aged but not sloppy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,455. Understandably, this was not the first choice of many French buyers, and it is likely this car is now living somewhere in Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany. While the majority of 187 sedans are in need of serious structural repair, this car seemed to check out everywhere. While this was by no means a quick car, its performance approached 100 mph, and even today, this would be a fantastic MB on a long trip. The Webasto full roof added at least 15% to the price. #157-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 121042109500324. Anthracite Grey/red leather. Odo: 9,706 km. 1.9-L, 4-sp. Restoration in non-original colors on this 190SL. Engine a disaster, with shortcuts noted on trouble-prone areas such as fuel-delivery hose to carburetors. Decent paint application but with so-so panel fit. Chrome aged but still somewhat shiny. Leather on seats in good SOLD AT $98,063. A major project, requiring someone who can weld aluminum and fab a new nose panel. But these large BMWs are rare, and there are so few of them that we have to restore what we’ve got. While the market for cars like this is much stronger in the E.U. than the U.S.—mostly thanks to cheaper labor in the Baltic states—this is still a challenging project for even the best carrosserie. Still, the end result should be spectacular. BEST BUY #164-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE coupe. S/N 12803711003519. Eng. # 202. Cream & black/Bamboo leather. Odo: 72,944 km. Fuel-injected 2.2-L I6, 4-sp. Rare and elusive W128 coupe in very attractive colors. High level of cosmetic finish on chrome, probably redone two or three decades ago but kept in climate-controlled conditions. Paint application also very high quality, with minimal shrinkage but many polishing marks. Leather might be original or very old and correct Roser replacement. Poor leather fit on back seat. Veneers redone in recent past with gloss-finish Macassar Ebony. Engine bay not terrible but not great either, with American-style hose clamps and dirt everywhere. Lots of other service items that probably have not been dealt with recently, such as a valve adjustment. While not the best 104 SOLD AT $107,215. With falling 190SL prices around the world, this high bid reflected the current market. 190SL acquisition is slowly becoming easier for those of us who love the cars. While the 190SL is a super-usable car, and this example is as good as lessthan-concours gets, the sold price is reflective of reality. #165-1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SEB sedan. S/N 11101410046476. Gray/gray cloth. Odo: 25,109 km. Fuel-injected 2.2-L I6, 4-sp. The highly respectable injected fintail. Radio not fitted properly in dash. Manual transmission with column shift, which is the way most of these came. Paint shows extremely well, with good depth and even application, probably painted years ago because some subsurface imperfections are visible. Bright trim slightly scratched here and there but otherwise okay. Some fisheyes noted around edges of body, particularly on left side of roof. Cracked windshield. Interior in excellent condition, with little to no wear, but seats may have been Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA redone in the distant past. Engine bay clean, with original spark-plug wires, but incorrect coil fitted. Engine may not have been serviced in a long time, but everything appears to be working. Cond: 2+. Dashboard is original and in great shape. Rubber seals are old, with some cracking around the back. Paint has excellent depth, and may be either original or a very old respray with good consistency (minus the weird black roof). Plug wire holders missing. Engine looks curial Paris, FRA redone in the distant past. Engine bay clean, with original spark-plug wires, but incorrect coil fitted. Engine may not have been serviced in a long time, but everything appears to be working. Cond: 2+. Dashboard is original and in great shape. Rub- ber seals are old, with some cracking around the back. Paint has excellent depth, and may be either original or a very old respray with good consistency (minus the weird black roof). Plug wire holders missing. Engine looks Not Not only is this an inappropriate solution to having multiple, or even two, finnies, but the end result is both a mediocre driver and an uninspiring rally car. Just fix them the right way and enjoy driving them without improvised roll cages and weird paint jobs, with pointless numbers everywhere. #154-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 Pull- SOLD AT $15,036. While there were some odd corners cut here, such as the cracked windshield, the questionable cloth seat covers and the typical mechanical shortcuts seen on the other fin cars from this batch, this was a more original car than the gray-and-blackover-red 220SE (Lot 163). While many people commented that these had sold under the money, every single one of them sold at or above estimate, demonstrating that there were at least 10 people at this auction who showed up for a fin car, cracked glass or not. #163-1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SEB cabriolet. S/N 11102312052679. Eng. # 2001. Silver/red leather. Odo: 74,526 km. Fuel-injected 2.2-L I6, auto. The entry-level W111 cabriolet. Wood recently redone to a high standard. Color-change car, originally DB 124 light gray. Paint done well, with correct light green tint in silver and without much metalflake. Sitting on later 14-inch wheels and hubcaps. Engine finishes sloppy and show passionless work. Seats redone with generic leather kits. Chrome parts are better than average. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,690. Another great car let down by some bad choices. Adding a black roof to any Mercedes from this era that did not come with one is not a great way to express your creativity. The gray on red was enough, but then there’s that driver’s seat. The lesson to be learned here is that if you have a matching but tatty driver’s seat in your older Benz, leave it alone. Replacement leather will never look the same, not in a million years. #161-1964 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 se- dan. S/N 11101010057831. Blue & gray/gray MB-tex. Odo: 20,996 miles. 2.2-L I6, 4-sp. Paint shiny and looks great at five feet. One subtle imperfection in roof over driver’s door but otherwise straight. Driver’s mirror not installed quite right. Interior and exterior probably done at the same time with this non original two-tone paint scheme. On the inside, everything looks really comfortable, with seats done in MB-Tex. No damage to dashpad, and newer Becker radio. Equipped with manual transmission as well. Under the hood is evidence that major work was done to the cylinder head and carburetors, but with budget shocks and engine mounts noted to be completely collapsed, it’s unsure how good the technicians working on this car were. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $84,988. Another cookie-cutter 111 cab, with all traces of originality wiped out and replaced with generic components. While this could have been a really fantastic car if it had retained its original color and more effort was carried out underhood, somehow it beat its low estimate ($65k) to sell for this high price. #162-1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SEB sedan. S/N 11101410039373. Gray & black/ red leather. Odo: 1,615 km. Fuel-injected 2.2-L I6, 4-sp. This was the right 220SE. Could be used as a nice driver in good weather. Black roof not original. Leather on the driver’s seat was replaced, probably 15 years ago, with something else that doesn’t match, thus ruining an excellent red interior. May 2020 SOLD AT $10,460. This 220 b, which was the most basic W111 chassis, was set up as some kind of weird rally car, but thankfully, none of the changes are irreversible. People who own too many of these cars seem to have a weird solution: turning them into half-baked tributes of the Böhringer 220SE. People, please stop. 105 man limousine. S/N 10001412000402. Eng. # 000412. Black/red leather. Odo: 9,274 km. Fuel-injected 6.3-L V8, auto. Well-used and highly original long-wheelbase W100. This car also benefits from having its original red leather seats, but the driver’s seat is distressed. Suspension setting on high, but the car’s stance is off, indicating a leak somewhere. Paint is not perfect, and has a few swirl marks here and there, but is otherwise surprisingly good for such a big car. Singular chrome dot in center of speedometer falling off. Underhood, motor appears delightful, with enclosed plug wire looms correct for early M100 engines. Modern Norma clamps, but otherwise little to fault. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $261,501. Delivered new to President Mobutu Sese Seko, just about when he took over Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Strange how such a big car, delivered new to a tropical climate, was ordered without a/c, but this must be part of the charm. Overall this was a fascinating, but still slightly needy, LWB 600. Well sold. #159-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE coupe. S/N 11202110009736. Silver & black/ Olive Green leather. Odo: 67,936 km. Fuelinjected 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Rare early manualtransmission 300SE. Does not have a/c. Paint excellent, but two-tone is a fake—was originally all silver. Interior original or at least older replacement. Something wrong with air suspension because it sits too high in front. Early car with single-stage air-suspension valves. Wood dash and instrument binnacle aged beautifully. Glass clear, with the exception of front windshield, which shows bubbles


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Artcurial Paris, FRA in the corners. Most seals acceptable. Chrome polished but also cloudy. Some effort put into making engine tidy, better than most cars from this collection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $62,760. Every once in a while, Artcurial sells a car that I keep dreaming about. This was that car. With the magnificent M189 “alumotor,” the last incarnation of the 6 used in the 300SL, that special 4-speed gearbox, the Olive leather and the stunning wood dash, this was an unforgettable 300SE. Knowing it was in a collection like this one means there will be more sorting to do—especially judging by the rinkydink state of some of the other Mercedes here—but my advice to the new owner is “go all the way!” #156-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 se- dan. S/N 10001212001484. Dark blue/gray velour. Odo: 32,718 miles. Fuel-injected 6.3-L V8, auto. Paint consistency on this 600 is extremely high, a nice contrast to the sinking air suspension. Equipped with optional sunroof. Another non-a/c car, with velour interior that might be replacement. Chrome fit and condition good, with original glass and carpets as well. Wood in exceptional condition. Trunk fit a little tight. Underhood with most original clamps present, as well as original plug wires. Some work done to air-suspension system, but not enough to keep it from losing pressure. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,913. Another blockbuster for Artcurial, as this $50k car sold for abovemarket money. A good driver, but will need lots of attention to actually be usable and reliable. The European market has seemingly ended its love affair with the W113, thanks to the presence of cars like this one. Look for this car at an Artcurial sale in the future, where it will be unloaded like some of the Baillon yard ornaments. ITALIAN #29-1938 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2300 B Lungo tourer. S/N 814064. Black/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 58,000 km. Coachwork by Worblaufen. Romantically aged paint on this Alfa, with numerous cracks showing up on trunk lid. Swirl marks present everywhere in paint, which is slightly distressed around tops of doors, body edges and sills. Chrome polished heavily and abrasively. Painted wire wheels do not show chipping. Seats redone a long time ago and are losing their color, cracking and becoming a little hard. Dash, carpets have hardly aged at all, and engine appears to run well and start easily. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $603,295. Both of the 6C Alfas here were displayed at the 1938 Geneva motorshow, but this one had spent more time with more owners and was likely restored once completely and again cosmetically. While not as character-laden as Lot 29, nor as striking, it seemed more usable and less fragile. However, it failed to capture the imagination of the bidders and did not sell—even though it got close. #50-1957 LANCIA AURELIA B20 S Sixth-series coupe. S/N 1651. Black/caramel & tan leather. Odo: 19,743 km. 2.5-L V6, 5-sp. Extremely clean example of the Aurelia, recently restored by a marque specialist. Paint has just started to age, with a few swirl marks at present and no other deviations noted. Chrome trim and glass well above average, with some discoloration on back windshield frame. Interior sterile and like-new. Glass clear, all rubber seals fairly new. Mechanically nothing to question, with rapid, healthy startup and great idle. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $100,678. A 600 like this would be a tough sell stateside, with its velour interior, lack of a/c and obvious suspension issues. However, the E.U. did not seem to mind, and this example ended up selling right in the middle of its estimate. While I would call this a high price for an under-equipped, and likely under-maintained, car, it seemed somewhat more trustworthy than Sese Seku’s 600 LWB (Lot 154). #158-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412011783. White/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 54,961 km. Fuel-injected 2.8-L I6, auto. Another car from the collection with all the fincars, 190SL and SWB 600. Wheel covers should be body color. European-market car, and missing its locking gas cap. New stainless-steel exhaust. White paint hides any subsurface imperfections. Ignition retrofitted with unit from 126-series car and not done to a very high standard, either. Speakers out in rear parcel shelf, but seats and dash in good condition—might even be original covers. Grand Prix radio. No spotwelds visible anywhere. Cond: 2-. 106 NOT SOLD AT $1,096,900. This Alfa was the big attraction at the beginning of this sale. Most of the wear and tear on it did not seem to affect its allure, and bidding was frantic until the million-euro mark, where it stopped suddenly. Satisfied with the result, Poulain wrapped up the sale and moved on. It was over in less than 90 seconds. Interestingly, it was listed as not sold in the final results. #30-1938 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2300 B Pes- cara cabriolet. S/N 813910. Dark blue/tan canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 18,484 miles. Coachwork by Worblaufen. Stunning Alfa Romeo with older restoration. Paint nearly absent of swirl marks. Some paint cracking noted on hinge of engine cover. Fisheyes noted on trunk. Chrome shines brilliantly with no noticeable flaws. Front windshield seal in poor condition. Interior redone a long time ago to a high standard with thick, rich leather. Beautiful carpets, flawless dash with instruments restored to perfection. Overall a stronger car cosmetically than its twin. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $117,675. While not always on the forefront of the collector-car spectrum, the Aurelia represents a solid entry for any auction, as the market for these cars is extremely fluid and stable. While it may not have universal appeal, at least two bidders preferred the reliability and usability of this Lancia to the dozen-plus Ferraris on offer. #99-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB/6C coupe. S/N 6785. Eng. # 6785. Red/ black leather. Odo: 12,542 km. 3.3-L V12, 5-sp. Historically significant six-carb 275 GTB. Notable bubbling on rear left quarter panel by door and paint cracking by door handle. Paint chipping on leading edge of passenger’s door, with very poor door fit. Driver’s door fit okay. Finish shiny and car was likely in climate-controlled storage. Interior in slightly waning condition, with no damage to leather seats. Glass and rubber in good nick. Aged chrome in slightly above-average condition. Wheels need to be rechromed. Engine TOP 10 No. 5 Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA tidy, with a refurbished radiator, but noted to be misfiring on two cylinders. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $987,166. While history is skewed towards the victors, this was a fascinating chapter in the hot-blooded ’60s era of Italian racing. Although not as crazy a sale as last year’s $4 million Italian rodeo, there was still a visible demand for this last unexpected offering from the Volpi household. Well bought, because it is certainly the only one. #131-2000 LAMBORGHINI DIABLO SOLD AT $2,745,321. A crowd favorite, and with its long-term owner present, this 275 GTB was going to sell all day. Sold right smack in the middle of the estimate range, but some of the rust and paint issues will need to be dealt with. With its unusual Swiss racing history from new, its Massini-researched history and its unaltered state of preservation, this 275 will eventually prove to be a great deal. #105-1967 SERENISSIMA MK 168 racer. S/N MK168001. Cream/red vinyl. RHD. Fuel-injected 2.5-L V8, 5-sp. Highly complete example of the last Serenissima. Raced in period, but with lackluster results. Still with clean and functional original engine and body, and recently overhauled by former team chief mechanic. Old paint peeling. Panel fit acceptable for a racing car. Engine extremely clean. Engine fitted with fuel injection. Comes with extra aerodynamic body. Cond: 3-. VT Roadster. S/N LA1237. Blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 52,300 km. Fuel-injected 5.7-L V12, 5-sp. Nearly perfect late-version Diablo VT roadster with high levels of care evident. Paint nearly flawless. Some light creasing on seats. Black trim has lost some of its consistency. Some chips around where the hard top fit on roof. Factory wheels free of any curb rash and wearing Pirelli P Zeros. Recent engine-out reseal with new timing chains. Cond: 1-. what you would expect for a Mustang of this period, with fiberglass hood fit off. Door alignment also leaves a lot to be desired. Paint applied with care, but overall workmanship is average. Windshield seal in poor condition. Missing original engine, now with K-code unit and Shelby parts. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $175,504. While GT350s are easy to find in the United States, this was the first I had ever seen in Europe. Based on the historical assessment, this car was owned by Swedish driver Tom Trana—who might have been responsible for blowing up the original engine. With a somewhat rough past, and periods of time where obsolete parts went missing, it’s tough to value this car over $200k. High bid reflected the unknown condition and the lack of a Shelby engine. #117-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT “Bul- SOLD AT $235,351. For a late VT roadster, this was a market-correct result. Very few of the improved 1999–2000 roadsters were built. With all of the difficult stuff done, and the car coming out of meticulous German ownership, someone ended up with a great Diablo with some subtle and attractive colors. AMERICAN #123-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM5S070. White & blue/black cloth. Odo: 59,146 km. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sold new in Sweden, with continuous ownership history. Never left for dead, but also used hard when new. Likely one repaint. Fitted with roll cage and lighter Recaro seats. Gaps about litt” replica fastback. S/N 8T02S218892. Highland Green/black vinyl. Odo: 15,788 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. French-titled Mustang converted to faithful “Bullitt” replica in Canada more than a decade ago. Factory-ish panel fit with no alarming gaps. Conversion likely done out of original green car. Paint quality quite good, especially so as it must be more than 15 years old. Interior mostly original, with no wear and tear on dash and other similar items. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $94,140. Am I missing something, or was this an insanely high price for an average “Bullitt” replica? For some reason, the French love “moostangs” from this era, and despite the availability of better cars at this sale, someone had to plop down serious money for what is neither a nice, original car nor a really high-quality re-creation. Still, it’s a lot cheaper than $3.74m for the original. © 108 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA Les Grand Marques du Monde au Grand Palais 2020 A Le Mans-raced Bugatti Type 55 Supersport was not only the top sale here, but in all of Paris during Rétromobile week, at over $5m Company Bonhams Date February 6, 2020 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneers James Knight, Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 65/101 Sales rate 64% Sales total $22,284,117 High sale 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport roadster, sold at $5,061,380 Buyer’s premium Top sale of this year’s Rétromobile auctions — 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Supersport roadster, sold at $5,061,380 Report and photos by Leo Van Hoorick Market opinions in italics T he Grand Palais is a very prestigious venue, dear to Bonhams. This year it was the ninth time they staged their Paris auction here. This glass-and-steel building, looking like a massive greenhou used to be the venue for the Paris Motor Show, t first edition of which took place as early as 190 For this year’s sale, Bonhams reduced t number of automotive lots by almost a third compared to last year, yet the total sales figure was up by an impressive 66%. They not only scored their best-ever result at this location, but they also sold the most valuable auction lot during the Rétromobile week. The honor was for the magnificent Bugatti 55 Supersport that raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1932 in the hands of two famous French racing drivers: Louis Chiron and Count Guy Bouriat-Quintart. It was subsequently bought by a wealthy French publisher who had it reconfigured by the famous French/Italian coachbuilder Giuseppe Figoni, of later Figoni et Falaschi fame. This was its very first appearance at auction, after an incredible 56 years in the sole ownership of the late British Bugatti aficionado Sir Geoffrey St John. A rather huge number of pre-war cars offered at the Bonhams Paris Sale are becoming a tradition. I counted no fewer than 26 of them, seven of which were Bugattis. 110 Incidentally, the top three sales consisted of those pre-war cars. A Paris, FRA highly original Invicta 4½-Litre S-type, with unique “sport-cabriolet” coachwork by Carbodies, known in the community as “Scout,” sold for an impressive $1,771,483. That’s a world auction record for the make. The same result was achieved by a rare Mercedes 500K Cabriolet A, a supercar of its era of which only 31 were built, and with a famous first owner, French movie star Henri Garat. Fourth-highest sale was a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster in cosmetically excellent condition but needing some TLC under the bonnet. It sold for $1.1m, which I found a bit disappointing, knowing this was the 14th- from-last Roadster built, which means a prized example with alloy engine and disc brakes. The fifth-highest sale was another pre- war model, a well-known 1934 Talbot AV105 Brooklands sports racer at $967,989. Or was it the MAT New Stratos that sold for a huge $759k, taking into account that there is still around 20% VAT due on the hammer price? Most amazing lot to me was the derelict but apparently complete Hispano H6B with Derham torpedo body selling for an impressive $366,950 to a courageous bidder. There were only a limited number of cars of- fered at no reserve, 23 to be exact. A bit against the tide of what we have seen lately. ♦ Sales Totals $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.91)


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Bonhams Paris, FRA ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 8 #232-1931 INVICTA 4½-LITRE Stype Low-Chassis sports roadster. S/N S75. Black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,936 miles. Coachwork by Carbodies. Only a few owners from new, one of whom kept the car for 60 years. Original paint with scratches galore. Bleached canvas top with tears but still usable as sun protection. Shabby interior with worn back rests on the front seats. Seat cushions replaced by more decent blue ones. An engine with race specs, rebuilt in the 1990s, is fitted, with the original engine included in the sale. Engine dirty but dry, no oil leaks visible. Old Dunlop Racings, due for replacement. A guaranteed entry ticket to the most prestigious events around the world. Cond: 4. interior with right amount of patina. Welldetailed engine bay. Twin exhausts. Painted wires with Avon tires of recent date. Copies of invoices, toolkit, instruction manual. U.K. V5 document. Cond: 2. and one can ask how much original content remains. I sometimes wonder whether the story developed around a car is worth more than the car itself. In that respect, price paid is all the money in my opinion. SOLD AT $1,771,483. Rarely have I seen a car in more original state than this Invicta. Won the prize for “Best unrestored car” at Bagatelle, Paris, in 2001, and obviously, nothing has changed since. One of the 68 S-types remaining of the 75 built. No doubt the most battered one. At the Zoute sale in Belgium, another unrestored but rebodied in period S-type achieved $983k (SCM# 6911710), after the sale labeled “rather low priced.” All the Bonhams people I spoke to before the sale were very curious about what this one would achieve. It didn’t let them down, for sure, selling more than 10% over its high estimate of $1.65 million. Well sold indeed. (See the profile, p. 64.) #234-1934 TALBOT 105 Brooklands sports racer. S/N AV35499. Green/black canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 11,675 miles. One of the famous AV105 Talbots, as developed by Fox & Nicholl. Generally known as “AYL 2.” It was ordered by privateer Dr. Roth, who raced it in 1934 and ’35, and then fitted a single-seater body for 1936. Only in 2010 was it reunited with its original body. In the meantime it has been completely rebuilt, including fitting an engine that was rebuilt around a new 110-type cylinder block. Only the tonneau cover looks old. Important competition history, also in recent historic events such a Le Mans Classic or Mille Miglia. Presented in very good order, ready to be enjoyed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $967,989. Originally built to the same specification as the most famous Talbot of them all, BGH 23, which Bonhams sold at the London sale in November 2014 for a whopping $2,164,630. But the history of this “AYL 2” is more patchy, 112 SOLD AT $93,636. This car was a no-sale at the Artcurial Auction in Paris, November 2012, with a low estimate set at $90k, but no available bid price (SCM# 5241109). Prices of these Jaguars have been under pressure in recent times. The median price in the SCM Pocket Price Guide is $78,500. Price achieved here is correct, even a bit light for a car in this condition. Well bought. #221-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk II roadster. S/N AM3001101. Black/beige canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,742 miles. 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. The first of the drophead coupes built on the DB2/4 chassis by coachbuilder Tickford, part of the David Brown imperium. Restoration carried out in 2002 by the famous Aston Martin restorer Roos Engineering. Flawless paint, straight panels and good shut lines. Brightwork in excellent condition. New canvas top. Red Connolly leather #261-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N 680421. Green metallic/beige leather. Odo: 17,358 miles. 3.4-L I6, 4-sp. The LHD fixedhead coupe is the rarest variant of the XK 120, with 2,483 built. This one was delivered new to Los Angeles. It has been professionally restored both cosmetically and mechanically in recent years. Good and period-correct pastel green metallic paint. Unfortunately, the engine cover shows some unevenness. Shiny brightwork. Period-looking leather strap over engine cover. Lucas high beams. Steel wheels in body color with seemingly new hubcaps. Impeccable interior in beige leather, with nonstandard bucket seats that provide some extra space behind the wheel. Well-detailed engine compartment. JHT Certificate and U.K. V5. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $313,586. The first of 15 convertibles on DB2/4 Mk II chassis. Perfectly restored in its original color scheme. This rare Aston failed to sell at the RM Sotheby’s sale in Monaco in 2018, where it was bid to $548,964 (SCM# 6871963). This time it was priced to sell in my opinion, with a reserve set at $330k. Last recorded offer was close, but no cigar. #262-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB MK III coupe. S/N AM30031566. Gunmetal gray/red leather. Odo: 42,104 km. 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Comprehensive body-off restoration in 2017 at a cost around $83k. Excellent fit and finish in original color scheme, minus a nasty scratch in the right door. Properly replated brightwork. Chrome wires shod with Avon tires. Lucas high beams. Antenna at the back but no radio. Front disc brakes and Alfin rear drums were an option. Mildly patinated red leather interior. Wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel. Clean engine bay with striking triple Weber carburetors. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $278,376. Triple Webers are pointing out that this is a more powerful DBB variant. Only 10 left the factory as such. According to the owner, this one was uprated in 1960. The current owner also fitted an Alperform competition head with the last restoration. This beautiful Aston came fairly close to its lower estimate of $300k, which is well above the $220k median value of the pocket price guide. Seller took no risks. Fair both ways. #282-1965 ALVIS TE 21 Series III con- vertible. S/N 27321. Burgundy/blue canvas/ blue leather. Odo: 62,709 miles. 3.0-L I6, 5-sp. 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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 1995 Ruf CTR2 Bonhams Paris, FRA out high build quality. Straight panels, wellfinished chrome. Chromed wires look a bit small in comparison with rather plump body. Older Blockley tires. New canvas top. Beautiful leather interior with thickly padded seats. Carpets still look new. Attractive walnut veneer fascia. Converted to LHD in the ’90s. Engine bay a bit fussy, with some hoses in need of attention. ZF 5-speed transmission. Cond: 2-. Pros: Alois Ruf is known for making fantastic hot rods out of production Porsches, and the CTR2 is no exception. Using a 962-derived 3.2-liter engine, the CTR2 boasts up to 580 hp and does 0–60 mph in under 3.5 seconds. Choose AWD or RWD. Top speed is north of 220 mph. Comes with a full racing setup, including cage, brakes, suspension and seats. Original purchase price of $315k bought you the second-fastest production car of the 1990s (after the McLaren F1, of course). Cons: Only 28 were made, including 12 highoutput “sport” models. The ticket price is worthy of the performance level, but if you can afford to buy the car in the first place, you can afford the maintenance. Price range: $750k–$850k, plus import costs. 1995 BMW Alpina B12 5.7 (E38) #268-1931 BUGATTI TYPE 55 Supersport roadster. S/N 55221. Yellow & blue/blue canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 42,655 km. Coachwork by Carrosserie Figoni, Paris. Back in the second half of last year, Bonhams already unveiled this Bugatti as its star car for Paris. Continuous ownership by the late Sir Geoffrey St John for 56 years. The car survived a horrific crash in the ’90s, and was at first deemed lost, but some determined craftsman brought it back to its former glory after 5,000 hours of labor, using a maximal amount of original components and fabric. A unique, most beautiful and supercharged 8-cylinder Bugatti. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 2 SOLD AT $113,881. Penultimate Alvis passenger-car model, one of 349 built. Stylish but old-fashioned, even when new. They seldom come to auction and hover around $60k–$70k in the SCM Platinum Auction Database. The most expensive we found was sold for an amazing $137,950 at Coys in December 2012. Price paid here was just over the low estimate of $104k. Looks fair to me. FRENCH #246-1925 BUGATTI TYPE 39 Grand Pros: First of the Alpinas on the beautiful E38 platform. Uses a 5.7-liter V12 engine delivering 382 hp to the rear wheels. Five-speed automatic, but with finger-shifting on the wheel. Interior in Anthracite leather and real wood trim. 0–60 mph in about 6 seconds makes this a grand tourer instead of a neck-snapper, but if you want to go in style, this is your ride. Cons: Only 202 were made between 1995 and 1998. Most sold in Europe, but a few have already found their way to the U.S. Price range: $40k–$60k, plus import costs. 1995 Audi Ur-S6 Plus Prix roadster. S/N 4607. Blue/brown leather. RHD. Last sold privately in 2017. Subsequently stripped down and rebuilt by Hawker Racing, England. Looking almost new, with perfect paint. Bugatti alloys showing age and shod with Dunlop Cord tires beyond expiration date. Brown leather seats of recent manufacture. Engine bay clean but not detailed. Road-ready with Marchal headlights and tiny rear light. Comprehensive historical overview and inspection report by specialists David Sewell and Mark Morris. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $5,061,380. First built as a Bugatti Works entry in the 1932 24 Hours of Le Mans. After the race it was bought by a well-to-do Parisian publisher and rebodied by Carrosserie Figoni. No doubt there was a fierce battle among auction houses for the privilege of selling this car. The estimate from Bonhams covered a wide delta, and luckily for them, the $5m-plus reserve was met by a Swiss collector. Not only a top result for Bonhams, but also the top sale of this year’s Paris auctions. (See the profile, p. 66.) #233-1935 DELAHAYE 135 Coupe des Alpes saloon. S/N 46081. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 7,468 km. One-off by Labourdette, one of the oldest Parisian coachbuilders. Older restoration, holding up well. Good paint and brightwork. Beautiful Marchal headlights and high beams. Suicide doors close with reassuring click. Painted wires shod with Michelin tires of recent date. Brown leather interior with hardly any usage marks— carpets stained, though. Quite dull-looking wooden fascia with two large dials and three small ones, brown Bakelite steering wheel. Clean and well-cared-for engine compartment. French paperwork. Cond: 2. Pros: The original U.S.-market S6 carries the 2.2-liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine, rated at 227 hp. However, in Europe this car could be bought as the S6 Plus with a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 at up to 322 hp. Europeans also got a 6-speed manual gearbox, as opposed to the 5-speed for U.S. market. All came with quattro all-wheel-drive. Cons: The first A6/S6 was just a facelifted Audi 100 — and it looks like a 100. Further, Audi’s reliability in this era was not all it could have been. Finally, only 97 units of the S6 Plus were made. That V8, though... Price range: $30k–$40k, plus import costs. ♦ 114 SOLD AT $957,261. A rare bird—only five built—with a long racing history. First outing in Monza 1925 and victory in the Australian GP of 1931, among others. Ready to be enjoyed and raced. The above-mentioned report states, “Major components are of Molsheim manufacture.” Bidding stalled well south of the $1.1m reserve price, which is enough to buy a genuine and more powerful 35. 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Bonhams Paris, FRA SOLD AT $253,069. With the looks of a sporting estate car, but surprisingly modest yet refined. Underneath is a sporty and legendary 6-cylinder. Yes, it has much going for it and it didn’t disappoint, selling close to 5% over its high estimation. One of the few cars to do so at this sale, or even at all the Rétromobilearea sales this year. #263-1952 DELAHAYE 235 cabriolet. S/N 818022. White/black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 19,443 km. 3.6-L I6, auto. The French coachbuilder Antem built some 13 coupes on the chassis of the 235, and also this one-off cabriolet, presented in 1952 at the Paris Salon at the same venue as this Bonhams sale. Complete body-off restoration commenced in 2012. The car was completely stripped, and a new interior was fitted to original specs. Even the steering wheel and gauges were not forgotten. All mechanical components were thoroughly overhauled. One of the special features is the automatic Cotal transmission, typical of many French luxury cars of the era. Photographic record and file of receipts of the restoration. British V5 document. Cond: 3+. hesitantly at $1.1m, going up in $55k increments. Final price was just over low estimate, which certainly was a relief for the seller and the Bonhams team. BEST BUY #276-1963 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210003245. Silver metallic/blue canvas, sil- ver hard top/red leather. Odo: 91,442 km. Fuel-injected 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Desirable alloyblock, disc-brake model. Older cosmetic restoration still excellent. Straight panels, good paint and shut lines. Impeccable brightwork. Factory hard top and new canvas top. Red leather interior looking fresh and well executed without too much padding, as is often the case. Carpeting near perfect, apart from wrinkles under the pedals. Engine bay below average. Inlet manifold shiny, all hose clamps incorrect, no stickers. Original service booklet, TüV valid till December 2021. German papers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $227,762. For a long time part of the collection of the gifted French designer Philippe Charbonneaux, who also designed the original body of the Delahaye 235. The restoration was carried out by his daughter, who subsequently sold the car. It now sold close to its lower estimation of $231k. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. GERMAN #242-1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K Cabriolet A. S/N 123779. Blue/black canvas/gray leather. Odo: 71,760 km. Coachwork by Sindelfingen. One of only 39 examples of the Cabriolet A. Bought new by French movie star Henri Garat. In same ownership from 1969 till 2019. Completely restored to the highest standards including engine and transmission, between 2001 and 2007. Radiator scratched and matte on top. Firestone whitewalls add to the overall presentation, but due for replacement. The right front whitewall is torn and coming loose. Complete history file including brochures, movie posters and restoration photographs. Swiss papers, E.U. taxes paid. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,771,483. In all, 354 of these 500Ks were built. They were regarded as one of the best and most exclusive cars of their era. They offer rarity, style and performance, the cocktail needed for success at auction. Bidding started TOP 10 No. 9 May 2020 SOLD AT $1,136,976. The 14th-from-last built. Originally blue, but change of color with last bare-metal respray. Cosmetically well presented, but not a winner due to its poorly presented engine bay. The ultimate iteration of the highly prized roadster, and therefore highly desirable. Highest auction result ever for such a 300SL was achieved at the Artcurial sale in Le Mans 2018: $3,685,369 (#6874790). The lower estimation of $1.43m was not out of line for a disc-brake model, but it really disappointed with a final offer that stayed 20% south of it. Seller accepted nevertheless, so I’d call this well bought. Or did I miss something? #265-1966 PORSCHE 911 2.0 coupe. S/N 303509. Aga Blue/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 92,988 miles. 2.0-L H6, 5-sp. Fully restored between 2012 and 2016, only sparingly used since. Very straight panel fit. Stated to have had a six-coat respray. Most of the brightwork rechromed, but window frames have some 115


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Bonhams Paris, FRA light scratches. Correct small rectangular Hella driving foglights. Nicely retrimmed interior with correct Pepita fabric inserts on the seats. Instruments overhauled in the process. Original Blaupunkt radio. Matching engine and gearbox totally rebuilt, spotless engine bay. New Vredestein Sprint tires. Complete photographic restoration record and history file. Cond: 3+. #207-1969 PORSCHE 911E Targa. S/N 119210415. Polo Red/black polyester/black vinyl. Odo: 12,200 km. 2.0-L H6, 5-sp. Said to have been comprehensively restored to original specs in 2015 and looking like it. Straight panels and glossy red paint. Brushed stainless hoop panel good. Fuchs rims scathed, notably left front. Targa roof newish, but with some wrinkles at the rear. Seats and carpeting new. Period Blaupunkt radio. Odometer probably zeroed with restoration. Engine completely overhauled, clean and smoothly running. Owner’s manual, jack and toolkit present. Valid technical inspection. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. $367,950 (SCM# 6911720). Sold for quite less on this occasion, but I think this was a fair price for both parties. #236-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS SOLD AT $164,495. A desirable first-series 911, delivered new to the U.S. These first-series cars are among the most coveted of the standard 911s. Seller claims over $150k spent on the restoration. A largely similar 911 was sold at the Zoute sale at the end of last year for $177,792 (SCM# 6911714), but that was a 1965 model, which has a $56k higher quote than the 1966–67 vintage in the pocket price guide. Price paid here was spot-on at the SCM median valuation. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. #220-1967 BMW-GLAS 3000 V8 fast- back. S/N V1471. Silver metallic/Cognac leather. Odo: 65,658 km. 3.0-L V8, 4-sp. Oneoff prototype. Restored some five years ago both mechanically and cosmetically. Work included respray, with paint holding up very well, but deep 10-inch-long scratch left on the boot lid. Bright trim in excellent condition. Reupholstered leather interior nice but doorpanel leather not perfectly smooth. Very nice dash and wooden steering wheel. Period radiocassette. “Frua Special” inscription on glove compartment. Engine bay nicely detailed. Good Vredestein tires on steel rims. Cond: 3+. 2.7 Touring coupe. S/N 9113600214. Light yellow/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 92 km. 2.7-L H6, 5-sp. One of the first 500 produced, featuring thin steel body panels, resulting in slightly lower weight than later models. Welldocumented history with many owners and many rather important conversions. Between 2015 and 2018, it was finally restored to original Touring specification. Body in sound condition. New paint and good gaps. New Pirelli P6000 tires. Interior looks new with adjustable Recaro seats. Engine bay clean. Engine and gearbox were rebuilt during restoration. Ninepage report by RS gurus G & G Callewaert on file. Restoration invoices and history file. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $107,554. The first 911 to be built on the longer wheelbase and one of the last with a 2-liter engine. It is in fact a 1969 model, but built at the end of 1968. It attracted quite some interest. Bidding went swiftly to just over its high estimate of $104,500. One of the few lots at this sale to do so. Well sold. #264-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 convertible. S/N 11102712004473. Blue/ blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 81,915 km. Fuel-injected 3.5-L I6, auto. German provenance since new. Later low-radiator model. Restored to very high standard in 2014. Paint still excellent, as is brightwork, apart from some light scratching on window frames. Blue canvas top brand new. Original interior with nice patina and some light wrinkles and cracks in the leather seats. New carpeting all around. Original dashboard with revised switchgear. Period Becker Grand Prix radio. Auto transmission with optional floor shift. Engine compartment clean but not detailed. Well documented. German papers. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $550,150. One of the most iconic Porsche models ever. Claimed to be matching numbers, and completely restored to original specs, but the fact that the car has a history of transformations; including 3.0 RSR engine, widened body and the like, scared the candidates off. Bidding never came close to the optimistic reserve of $600k, in turn very close to the $610k price-guide median. But this is valid for genuine, no-nonsense cars, which is not the case here, I’m afraid. In a difficult market, potential buyers go for proven originals, not rebuilds with patchy histories. #216-2001 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N WBAEJ11041AF79478. Topaz Blue Metallic/ black canvas, blue hard top/black leather. Odo: 21,300 km. Fuel-injected 4.9-L V8, 6-sp. European-spec car delivered new to Panama for an exhibition in Cuba, then sold in Canada. Factory hard top. Overall in good condition, with some usage marks. Topaz Blue metallic SOLD AT $230,293. Overbodied and not the most elegant of BMWs, dating from the time when the Bavarians took over Glas. This fastback did the tour of the European car shows back in 1967–68. Afterwards it spent most of its time in private BMW collections, and that is where it belongs. I thought the reserve of $275k was rather optimistic, which proved right. I learned that prototypes with no offspring rarely command high prices, and even with a BMW this seems the case. Seller was right to let go, but for a BMW collector such as the buyer, this is a godsend. 116 SOLD AT $328,990. Timelessly elegant convertible, and most desirable variant of this model. The Mercedes adage “The best or nothing” could apply to this one. This was a no-sale at the Bonhams Zoute Sale in October 2019, where it was offered with an unrealistic lower estimation of $418k. It was bid to Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA color is certainly a plus. Well-kept interior, but if you ask me, seat leather looked too baggy and shiny for indicated mileage. Or was it that extensively used during its exhibition life? Engine bay a bit dusty. Invoices of thorough servicing carried out in Ontario last year. Canadian registration means local import taxes due. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $167,026. The perfect roadster, with sufficient power and the right amount of nostalgia built in. Quite exclusive and much in demand. Z8s are a common sight at auctions. This particular car failed to sell at the Bonhams Chantilly sale in June last year, where it was retired at $182,080 (SCM# 6906826). Low estimate was now reduced to $154k, and it sold almost 10% better. Small advantage to the buyer. ITALIAN #247-1955 ALFA ROMEO 1900 CSS Zagato coupe. S/N AR1900C02062. Blue/ blue & beige leather. Odo: 29,271 km. 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. One of 39 Super Sprint Zagatos produced. Same ownership since 1991. Older restoration both cosmetically and mechanically. Nice two-tone paint with right amount of patina. Window surrounds uneven and scratched. Painted Borrani wires shod with fairly new Michelin Xs. Patinated leather interior with bucket seats; driver’s seat a bit baggy. Blue carpeting down to the transmission tunnel, should be rubber. Beautiful dash with clear dials. Wooden Nardi steering wheel. Matching-numbers engine, prepared from new by Conrero with little badge on left front wing. Extensive history file with ASI Gold certification, expired FIVA passport. Italian registration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $250,318. Offered at no reserve at the Bonhams Goodwood sale in March 2018, where it sold for $220,644 against a $278k– $348k estimate (SCM# 6865782). It was missing its front bumper and there were still some minor things to do. The SCM reporter called it a relative bargain then. It is now completed and found a taker after the sale for some 10% more than a couple of years ago. I’d call this still a relative bargain. SOLD AT $797,167. Proven history and origin are crucial for these Zagato-bodied cars. The high prices make it worthwhile to convert a lesser 1900 into a Zagato. Last year, a similar CSSZ was a no-sale at the Gooding Pebble Beach sale with a high bid of $820k (SCM# 6907006). On the other side of the spectrum, RM Sotheby’s sold one in March 2017 for $1.1 million (SCM# 6831873). This one sold just under its low estimation of $825k, which still looks acceptable. #245-1956 LANCIA AURELIA B24S convertible. S/N B24S1231. Blue/black canvas/ red leather. Odo: 18,671 miles. 2.5-L V6, 4-sp. Restoration started long ago, but was only finished after the passing of the former owner and keen Lancia collector Brin Ed- 118 #209-1959 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N 101362. Gunmetal gray/black leather. Odo: 82,808 miles. 3.5-L I6, 5-sp. Original pre-injection model with triple Webers, delivered new to the USA. Restored in Holland over a long period. Excellent paint in original color, with straight panels. Brightwork overall good. Driver’s door closes with difficulty. Aluminum plating on sills scratched. Originallooking seat leather good; some parts of the interior renewed with non-period material. Plastic-rimmed Nardi steering wheel. Nonperiod Voxon radio. Clean engine bay. Engine was rebuilt two years ago by Maserati Classice-qualified Lapré Engineering from Holland. Original ZF 4-speeder replaced by period-correct ZF 5-speed unit. Stainless-steel exhaust. New Vredestein tires on refurbished Borranis. Cond: 3+. wards. Body straight, paint good, leather and carpets new. Non-standard hideous louvres in the bonnet. Color described as “Lancia Blue” but it’s too hard for that. New stainless-steel bumpers and new hubcaps. Comes with hard top that needs glazing and trimming. New leather interior and carpeting. Non-original wooden steering wheel. Good instruments, but odo hardly readable. Engine rebuilt with receipts on file. Engine bay clean. New stainless-steel exhaust needs adjustment. Cond: 3+. and unfinished to me, and obviously to the room too. That said, it deserved better in my opinion. #211-1961 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N AR1012000551. Burgundy/red vinyl, gray cloth. Odo: 24,020 km. 1.3-L I4, 5-sp. Recent restoration in Switzerland, with little use since its completion. Excellent paint and brightwork, straight panels and good shut lines. Scratches on windshield as usual; never seen one without. Vinyl/cloth interior as-new, in matching burgundy with gray piping. New carpeting. Beautiful gauges with clear glass. Wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel. Believed to be the only one with electric windows. Nicely detailed engine bay. New stainless-steel exhaust. Rims and hubcaps look as-new. New Vredestein tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $94,901. Very attractive and elegant Bertone-bodied car, presented as being in near concours condition. Sprint Speciales are a common sight at the sales I attend. I saw this one at the Bonhams sale in Chantilly in June of last year, where it sold for $99,461 (SCM# 6906844). The telephone bidder never paid, so it went back into storage. It now sold for $3,000 less, which is still fair in my opinion. #218-1961 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Veloce Spider. S/N AR149510183. Gray/black canvas/red vinyl. 1.3-L I4, 4-sp. Ten-year-old restoration holding up very well. Straight panels and good shut lines. Impeccable paint job, all brightwork rechromed. Good soft top. Stillnew-looking vinyl interior with matching carpets. Clear gauges. Original plastic steering wheel. Engine and gearbox fully rebuilt after major failure, which was the trigger for the restoration. Well kept since. Alfa Romeo Certificate of Origin, French papers. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $143,039. Mechanically speaking, it’s very well restored and reasonably priced. Nevertheless, it looked a bit dull SOLD AT $60,737. 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Bonhams Paris, FRA pocket price guide. It looked perfectly okay to me; I think this was a great deal for the buyer. #210-1963 LANCIA FLAMINIA Sport 2.5 3C Zagato coupe. S/N 824133741. Gunmetal Gray/black leather. Odo: 8,898 km. 2.5-L V6, 4-sp. Restored circa 1994 by the then-famous Lancia restorer KCA of Milan. Even today, the car presents very well. Paint still excellent but for one small bubble on the right wing and some stone chips. Chrome overall good, front bumper uneven. Interior in line with rest of the car, showing little use. Engine was restored together with the car by another marque specialist. Engine bay well kept. Pirelli Cinturatos of recent date. Italian registration, ASI homologation, invoices and photographs relating to the restoration. Cond: 2-. Factory a/c. Engine bay clean. Comprehensive overhaul of rear suspension and major service in 2017, with included invoice totaling over $14k. Good Michelin XWXs. Comes with service books, manuals, ASI Certificate and expired FIVA pass. Italian papers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $272,049. One of only 205 Flaminia Sports built between 1959 and 1961, according to the catalog. The Zagato is no doubt the most attractive Flaminia variant. They were much in demand in recent years, so I expected it to sell easily, which it didn’t. Bidding went slowly and stopped before reaching the low estimate of $275,000, but seller decided to let go. Well bought. #214-1977 FERRARI 308 GTB Vetrore- sina coupe. S/N F106AB2079. Blue metallic/ cream leather. Odo: 80,760 km. 3.0-L V8, 5-sp. Highly original, with believed genuine mileage. Body looks very straight for a polyester shell, with no visible cracks. Paint overall in good condition, except for hazily painted surrounds of front boot lid. Very good shut lines. Leather interior in good condition, as are dashboard and carpets. Period radio/cassette. SOLD AT $141,719. In same ownership for over 30 years. The early 308 GTBs had a fiberglass body that was light and not prone to corrosion. These Vetroresinas normally command a considerably higher price than later 308s. With a reserve of $154k, a bit lower than the $164k price-guide median, everything looked set for this attractive Ferrari. Yet bidding stopped much earlier. The seller accepted a price that was nearly 10% below reserve. Rightfully so, it seems. Another “normal,” no-reserve 308 GTS didn’t do well either, selling nearly 30% below its $60k reserve. #251-1985 LANCIA DELTA S4 Stradale coupe. S/N ZLA038ARO00000026. Red metallic/Cognac Alcantara. Odo: 3,161 km. Turbocharged, supercharged 1.8-L I4, 5-sp. Street version of the deadly efficient Group B rally car. Literally deadly for some, making this formula short-lived. Lancia—allegedly— produced 200 of these Stradales for homologation purposes. Some say only around 80 were finished. They broke new ground, combining turbocharging and supercharging and developed close to 500 hp in race trim. The street version had to do with less than 300. This very original example has close to 3,200 km on the odometer. Excellent paint; shut lines as per build. Engine is a bit dusty but shows little sign of use. Italian documentation. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $517,141. At the first RM Sotheby’s sale at Techno-Classica Essen last year, a very similar low-mileage S4 stunned the world with a hammer price of $1,171,456 (SCM# 6899722). Other fairly recent auction results are $423,000 at the Bonhams Quail sale in 2018 (SCM# 6877290) and $551,340 at the Bonhams Paris sale in February 2018 (SCM# 6864989). This one fell in between, with a reserve set at a rather optimistic $600k, probably a bit biased by last year’s inexplicable result. The price offered here looked reasonable to me. By the way, the other sporty Lancias at this sale, a 1976 Stratos Stradale and a genuine 1988 Delta Group A Works car, didn’t sell either. #274-2019 MAT NEW STRATOS coupe. S/N ZFFKZ64B000166472. White, green & red/black leather. Manifattura Automobili Torino (MAT) is planning to build 25 examples of the New Stratos, based on a specially commissioned prototype that Pininfarina created for a German businessman in 2010. Like that original, the new Stratos needs a Ferrari F430 donor car, to be shortened by some 20 cm. The body is made of carbon-fiber composite. The car is basically new, with only some 3,000 km on the clock; the donor car covered 36,000 km. Engine was overhauled and got some extra power in the process—announced at 540 hp. This is the first example, and also the first one auctioned. The adhesive striping echoes the Alitalia-sponsored rally car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $759,207. Not just a kit car; one is surprised by the quality and precision of the work. The manufacturer announced a list price of around $617k, the F430 donor car not included. This lot was certainly a good way of finding out how the market would react. This first example sold very close to its $770k reserve, a huge amount compared to the $268k median price for an F430. There is also around 20% VAT due on the hammer price, as it is a new car. A lot of money, if you ask me. 120 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Paris, FRA SPANISH #231-1926 HISPANO-SUIZA H6B Tor- pedo. S/N 11392. Brown/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 71,119 km. Huge torpedo with an aluminum body by Derham Body Co. of Pasadena, CA. Said to be complete, with an engine that is running but due for a complete overhaul. Although the paint shows large patches of rust, especially the running boards, all metal still looks solid. Monogram on both rear doors. Folding roof consists of a frame and a few torn pieces of beige canvas. Headlights and radiator shell relatively shiny. All gauges still in place. The leather seats are cardboarddry and torn. Special windshield frame with one of the panes cracked. Engine bay dirty and rusty. Old tires nearly perished. Comprehensive history file. Cond: 5-. panel fit and older paint in good condition. Fairly new Michelin tires. Red leather interior with the right amount of patina. Oddly enough, the dashboard is painted silver metallic. Original switchgear and Spanish gauges. Nardi steering wheel. Engine bay clean. Fascinating V8 race-derived engine with four cams, dry sump, and not the best of reputations. Cut roof with the car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $784,514. In SCM’s Platinum Auction Database, there are only four to be found that came to auction in the past five years: three bodies by Saoutchik (who was the French importer) and a sole Touring-bodied car. Two of the Saoutchiks found a taker: one at the RM Sotheby’s sale in Monterey 2017 for $770k (SCM# 6844625) and one at the same venue a year earlier for $880k (SCM# 6804255). That was incidentally also the reserve price for this car, with three owners from new. Bidding stopped well south of it, but I think seller was right in accepting the offer. AMERICAN #222-1958 DEVIN D Porsche Spyder. S/N DRF55519. Silver metallic/black leather. Odo: 5,168 km. 1.8-L H4, 5-sp. Attractivelooking kit car of American origin, with VW suspension elements and Porsche engine. Restored some 10 years ago. Gray matte paint in good condition, suggesting aluminum body shell, but it is fiberglass. Many elements from SOLD AT $366,950. Barn find, or should we say ranch find, as it was discovered a few years ago on a ranch in Michigan. Part of the collection of a European Hispano-Suiza connoisseur in recent years. Dilemma with such cars: restore or preserve? In both cases, there is a frightful lot of work ahead. This didn’t seem to deter the amateurs. I thought that the reserve of $357k would never be reached, but it did better than that, finishing as 10th-mostexpensive car at this sale. #280-1952 PEGASO Z-102 cabriolet. S/N 01021530171. Blue/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 70,311 km. 2.8-L V8, 4-sp. Pegaso is a Spanish truck builder that also built some 85 extravagant sports cars. This one has a rare body by the factory, labeled ENASA, and was born as a coupe, transformed into a roadster afterwards. Not much history is available, but the work was professionally executed. Notable are the suicide doors. In overall good condition with good early Porsches such as steel wheels, twin grille on the engine cover, drilled central filler cap, central exhaust. Dials are from Porsche too, as well as a nice looking, small, wooden steering wheel with Porsche center. Little aluminum buckets with flimsy leather cushions. Clean engine bay with a 356A unit, bored out to 1800 cc. The brakes are from a 356B. FIVA identity card and Austrian papers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $101,228. Ownership of genuine Porsche Spyders has always been restricted to a handful of wealthy enthusiasts, and this was an opportunity for replica-builders such as Devin. Minimalistic but most certainly a fun package, ready to be enjoyed. One of an estimated production of 46 Devin Ds. My favorite of the sale. Selling price was certainly not exaggerated; it wouldn’t buy you a real 356 coupe. Advantage to the buyer. © May 2020 121


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA RM Sotheby’s — Paris 2020 Led by a $2.2m 1958 BMW Series II, 20 of 21 cars sold from the Poster Car Collection totaling over $7m Company RM Sotheby’s Date February 5, 2020 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered 57/78 Sales rate 73% Sales total $18,237,099 High sale 1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster, sold at $2,200,466 Buyer’s premium One of 34 originally sent to the U.S. and top seller — 1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster, sold at $2,200,466 15% on first $220,460; 12.5% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.91) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics and hit decent results even though the Jaguar D-t star (XKD 520) did not sell. The much-publiciz Poster Car Collection made up for that almost exac by bringing in $7,062,932, all but one of the 21 lot having been offered at no reserve. The collection’s 1958 BMW 507 Series II changed R hands for $2.2m and was nearly matched by $2,113,660 for the 1964 Porsche 904 GTS, even though it sported the wrong (flat-6) engine. The original engine and gearbox were included, rebuilt since last time we saw it in Paris in 2007. Two Mercedes-Benz 300SLs did quite well. A 1954 Gullwing delivered to Sweden and with some early competition history fetched $1,183,595, and a driver-quality 1957 Roadster was had for $842,571. While older Bugattis were not popular, a 2012 Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, one of 48 made, with 4,000 km in the hands of one owner, sold for almost $1.7m, but the 2015 Lamborghini Veneno roadster stalled at $3.95m against a low estimate of $5m, following the sale of a 2014 roadster late in 2019 for $8.4m. Other lots from the Poster Car Collection included a 122 M Sotheby’s took its pitch for the seventh time in front of Les Invalides — its golden dome rivaling the nearby Eiffel Tower as a shining nighttime landmark — Paris, FRA 1992 Jaguar XJ 220 at $439,542, a 1967 Iso Grifo GL Series I at $303,133, and a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS restoration project in bare metal was bought for $290,732. More cars from the Youngtimer Collection, which RM Sotheby’s has been dispersing since 2019, included a widebody 1991 MercedesBenz 300CE AMG 3.4 ($124,229) and a federal-spec and lowmileage BMW M6 for a healthy $82,397, but the sinister-looking 1989 560SEC AMG did not sell. The Youngtimer’s Bentley Turbo RT Mulliner fetched a very strong $164,794, considering its rather “individual” interior. Yardsticks: This month’s take on Daytonas is... ’70 plexi berlinetta (s/n 12841), $575,950; ’72 spyder (s/n 15535), unsold at €1.9m ($2.09m); and a left-handed Aston Martin DB5 was marketcorrect at $687,560. Weirdies included a lovely and rare 1952 Dyna-Veritas cabriolet ($77,326), an imposing Isotta Fraschini 8A landaulet ($272,130), assorted coachbuilt Delahayes ($35,494–$501,547) and a replica of one of the most unlikely racing cars ever, the 1969 Mercedes-Benz/AMG 300SEL 6.3 “Red Pig,” which smashed its pre-sale estimate of $165k to bring in $476,745, as bids kept coming like a thousand-bomber raid ... just like the real thing. ♦ $20m $10m 0 Sports Car Market $40m $30m 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 Sales Totals


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA ENGLISH #137-1937 JAGUAR SS 100 3½ Litre roadster. S/N 39011. Green/black cloth/black leather. RHD. One of 118 3½ Litres built. Restored with good paint, chrome and interior, originally gunmetal with black leather. Painted wires with chrome/stainless spokes. Chassis noted to have been restamped, so may be a replacement from another model. Has been used for historic rallying, with tripmeter and clocks still fitted. Flashing indicators a wise precaution. Cond: 3+. it once wore. Received 3.8 Works engine in late ’50s. Now wears an original short-nose front, although not original to this car. Despite all this, said by Chris Keith-Lucas to be one of the best survivors of the 53 customer Ds. Aussie-built long-nose bonnet and tailfin are included in the deal. Swiss owned. Cond: 3+. #198-1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series III V12 coupe. S/N 1S73641BW. Red/black leather. 5.3-L V12, 4-sp. U.S.-market S3 coupe (all 2+2s) backdated with S1-type headlights and grille delete, although the V12’s gaping maw looks odd with covered lights. Also has S1-type seats and center console, and original 3-speed auto swapped out for a 4-speed manual with overdrive. Originally Willow Green. Front slightly lowered, which sadly only accentuates the humpy rear. Slightly odd-looking later mirrors. Someone, somewhere will love it. Belgian title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $278,331. In Germany from 1994, though still English title. Offered at no reserve, like nearly all of the cars from the Poster Car Collection; sold well under estimate but correctly priced given questions about chassis. #126-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N 679471. Green/green leather. Odo: 95,630 miles. 3.4-L I6, 5-sp. Straight and attractive coupe in a good color. In one ownership until 2010 (parked from 1967), then restored in original colors in California, with front discs, 5-speed and fat aluminum radiator. Good all around, and front bumpers sit straight— though door fit only fair, a little out at the bottom on the driver’s side, which is normal for an XK. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $5,952,420. Supplied new to Victoria, Australia, early 1956 and raced for two seasons by Bib Stillwell. Crashed hard in 1957, rebuilt by Frank Gardner. Has been white, and red, and a long-nose, then roadtrimmed with carpets and XK-SS-type trim. Later owned by Richard Attwood, sold to Jersey in 1977, then restored. Has been through Kidston (2012). Well, you’re not going to get an immaculate, no-stories Le Mans winner for this money, but it stalled at €5m, €900k ($992k) short of the low estimate. Previously sold by RM Auctions in Paris for $4,947,798 (then a D-type record) in February 2014 (SCM# 6661898). #164-1965 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB52028L. Eng. # 4002026. Green/black leather. 4.0-L I6, 5-sp. U.S.-delivered car with factory a/c. Older restoration, still nice and straight with shiny paint, leather (not quite the right pattern) lightly creased. Chrome okay, but original three-eared spinners have been lost. Engine recently rebuilt. U.K. title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,776. No, it doesn’t really work for me either (although deletion of the S3’s dental-brace grille is never a bad idea). Last lot of the night, offered at no reserve, let go cheapish for even a Series III coupe in this condition. #129-1992 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220873. Le Mans Blue/beige leather. Odo: 813 kilometers. Turbocharged 3.5-L V6, 5-sp. One of 280-odd, sill number 027. One of the lowest-mileage XJ 220s left. Had 493 km in 2002 and 813 km in 2015 when we last saw it, at Rétromobile, offered by Artcurial. Appears to have hardly turned a wheel since. Interior unworn and carpets still had plastic coating last time we saw it, although now with a couple of small stone chips up front. Windscreen not delaminating too badly, weather seals all still in place. Fuel lines have been changed at some point, but apparently last serviced in 2002. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $135,004. Came to the U.K. in 2014, having won Best Jaguar at the Beverly Hills Concours d’Elegance. Offered without reserve from the Poster Car Collection and sold well given that an XK 150S 3.4 roadster (from the same collection) eight lots later only got $4k more. #171-1955 JAGUAR D-TYPE roadster. S/N XKD520. Green/gray leather. RHD. 3.8-L I6, 4-sp. Seventh D-type built. Good all around following multiple crashes/restorations/reconfigurations, though monocoque and rear body are said to be original, less the tailfin 124 SOLD AT $687,560. Only four owners in 55 years. Previously sold (with 7,422 miles) by Christie’s in New York, May 2003, for $139,500, which was then twice the top market rate (SCM# 1557640). This time, sold in the middle of the newly realistic estimate range. Fair. SOLD AT $439,542. 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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA 2019 sales levels, but it’s going to need the big $35k tanks/fuel-system service if you actually want to use it. #157-1997 BENTLEY TURBO RT Mulliner LWB sedan. S/N SCBZP26CXWCX66733. Black/Wildberry & blue leather. RHD. Odo: 17,000 km. Turbocharged 6.75-L V8, auto. Ultimate version of turboed gentlemen’s lounge, only 55 (or 56) built, all bespoke and different, and still with low mileage. Whoever ordered it ticked every options box including blue wood trim and flying Bs embroidered in the seats. Swiss title. Of the 56, 17 are RHD and 49 are on the longer wheelbase adopted for the Turbo R from 1996, with seven on the shorter wheelbase. Cond: 1-. mate, this was the most expensive of Dayez’s collection of Delahayes and associated spares, plus a Land Rover 110 tender in matching livery (€12,650/$13,944). #122-1946 DELAHAYE 135 cabriolet. S/N 800308. Maroon & silver/red cloth/red leather. RHD. This one really does have Figoni et Falaschi coachwork, as the sixth chassis so fitted post-WWII, although slightly modified in Argentina in the ’60s. Restored by Dominique Tessier, who replicated the roadster (Lot 123). Landau style. Excellent all around. Cond: 1-. wing. Two-tone NACA ducts and Bugatti “horseshoe.” Very low mileage and correspondingly barely worn. German title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $164,794. Delivered new to Japan. Offered from the Youngtimer Collection, which acquired it in 2016. Despite slightly odd interior—great cars can’t choose their owners— sold well over estimate for very strong money. Not just hard to find like this: RT Mulliners are hard to find, full stop. FRENCH #123-1939 DELAHAYE 135 roadster. S/N 47420. Gray/red cloth/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 2,853 km. Bodied in the style of “phony and flashy.” Discovered by owner/ vendor Jacques Dayez in France in 2005 as a chassis, and built into a replica of the last streamlined Geo Ham/Figoni et Falaschi roadster built...and wears that car’s number on a replica chassis plate, and an F&F coachbuilder’s plate. Four-speed Cotal box with column joystick control. Excellent all around. Super paint, leather and glossy interior timber and sold with body bucks and one-third-scale model. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $414,740. Supplied new to Argentina, bought there by Dayez in 2003. Hammered near low estimate, making it slightly more successful than—though not quite as expensive as—the roadster. #139-1959 FACEL VEGA EXCELLENCE sedan. S/N EX1B052. Black/red leather. 383-ci V8, 4-sp. Rare manual-gearbox example of Facel’s massive, pillarless “French Cadillac.” It’s said that if you jack up one corner you can’t open the doors.... Restored in original colors and new leather in 2000s—chrome is all there and alloy trim look straight. U.K. title. Cond: 2+. BEST BUY SOLD AT $1,679,630. First Super Sport to be delivered to Germany, being sold by first owner. No Internet bidding on this one, and VAT to pay afterwards, but still managed to exceed lower estimate. Given that the last regular 16.4 did $1.1m in Jan 2020, with two $1.3m sales in 2019 (while the last SS was unsold at $1.6m in Paris in 2019), priced about right even though dealers are still asking more for retail. GERMAN #194-1952 DYNA-VERITAS SPRINT cabriolet. S/N 28854. Green/tan leather. 745cc 2-cylinder, manual. Cute little cabrio with flat-twin Panhard engine and FWD. Restored, straight with good paint and trim. All external aluminum parts including grille slats, which are very vulnerable, and hubcaps are undinged. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $117,257. One of 134 first-series cars built, 21 with manual box. Offered at no reserve from the Poster Car Collection, which bought it from Artcurial Paris in Feb 2015 for $212,456 (SCM# 6780263), after it hadn’t sold at $207,000 with Artcurial Le Mans in 2012 (SCM# 4941324). This time let go 20% under low estimate. SOLD AT $501,547. Appropriating that longlost roadster’s chassis number might sound a leap too far, but there’s nothing to say it isn’t the same car, and the market appeared to agree; even hammered 10% behind lower esti- 126 #161-2012 BUGATTI VEYRON 16.4 Super Sport coupe. S/N VF9SG25282M795011. Bright White & Pearl Night Blue/Indigo leather. Odo: 4,000 km. Turbocharged 8.0-L W16, auto. Eleventh of 30 Super Sports built (catalog insists on 48, though); extras include painted wheels, door handles, fuel caps, calipers and two-tone rear TOP 10 No. 10 SOLD AT $77,326. Just 10 of these left out of 176 made, the catalog reckoned, and formerly in the Automuseum Prototyp in Hamburg. Offered without reserve, hammered near high estimate. Never seen one of these at auction before, but cost twice as much as the similar (but more prosaically engineered) 1950 Simca 8 Sport Cabrio sold in Paris in October 2019. #128-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980404500034. Silver/red leather. Odo: 45,899 miles. Fuel-injected 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Early car and first Gullwing delivered to Sweden. Claimed very original though previously crashed and repaired; at one time ivory; restored by HK Engineering in 1990s. Newish undertray. Good order, with chrome okay and motor nice in factory finishes. Now in nicely patinated red leather instead of origi- Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA nal Tissu blue with fabric inserts; now with Nardi wheel. Presented with racing roundels and original Swedish number plates. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,200,466. One of 34 sent to the U.S.; was in Switzerland in mid-’80s. Last in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database pre-restoration in March 2014, when it sold for an over-estimate $1,815,000 at Gooding, Amelia Island (SCM# 6701155). Offered from the Poster Car Collection in the U.K. No Internet bidding on this one; sold mid-estimate. SOLD AT $1,183,595. From the Poster Car Collection. Took part in the ’55 Helsinki Grand Prix, and set an ice-speed record on Lake Varpen. Briefly in Switzerland, then Germany, then the U.K.; this ownership from 2012. Has done the Mille Miglia Storico twice. Well sold at mid estimate considering it’s a bit, er, storied. #150-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 1980427500594. Ivory/red cloth/red leather. Fuel-injected 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Older refurb of a matching-numbers car mellowing nicely—or getting a bit tired, depending on your point of view. Although motor, nicely, isn’t over-bulled. Leather, carpets and top look newish. Stopwatches on tunnel. U.S. headlights. Portuguese title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,113,660. Ran in 1969 Tour de France, and a few other minor events until 1972. Well sold, after the D-type failed to find a new owner. Last sold by Artcurial in 2007 (SCM# 1569024, $684,072), when we said, “Had certainly been given a bullish valuation at a price just above the high estimate of $681,200, huge money for a car with no significant competition history and an incorrect power unit fitted.” It’s a nice thing to have, but the same applies today. Sold in the room, as there was no Internet bidding on this one. SOLD AT $842,571. In the U.S. until the ’80s, in this ownership for past 23 years. Sold for a fair price, slightly under low estimate. TOP 10 No. 6 #143-1958 BMW 507 Series II roadster. S/N 70134. White/blue cloth/blue leather. 3.2-L V8, 4-sp. Very sharp, recently restored order, with super-clean engine. Carpets new, leather looks hardly sat in. Original glovebox trim bearing the signature of designer Goertz has been saved. Full toolkit. U.K. title. Cond: 1-. #148-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SEL 6.3 “Red Pig” replica racer. S/N 10901812002140. Red/black vinyl. 6.8-L V8, 6-sp. Lock up your gas pumps.... Replica of famous AMG-built “Red Pig” racer (of which five were produced, and one still exists). No, I wouldn’t start from there either... Very good all around, with buckets, cage, harnesses, and fewer than 800 km since build. Engine retains SOLD AT $82,397. Offered from the Youngtimer Collection, and it shows how rare these are when a Swiss collection has to import one from the U.S. (in 2015). Sold under the low estimate, but that looked fairly strong. Changing to Euro bumpers is probably $5k. Fair. #188-1991 MERCEDES-BENZ 300CE AMG 3.4 coupe. S/N WDB1240511B581941. Silver/black leather. Odo: 41,612 km. Fuel-injected 3.4-L I6, auto. One of fewer than 50 made between 1988 and 1993, originally supplied to Japan and converted there. Unscuffed outside, although there are various bits of new paint; leather lightly creased, veneers all good. 128 Sports Car Market #146-1964 PORSCHE 904 GTS coupe. S/N 904061. Silver/cream leather. Odo: 24,079 km. 2.0-L H6, 5-sp. Originally supplied to Frankfurt dealer for a Portuguese customer in red with unique leather trim and road exhaust, color-changed to silver at some time. Once had flared arches over big Fuchs alloys. Later restored and fitted with a 2-liter engine from a 906. Very good interior with cream leather, rally tripmeter fitted. Original 4-cylinder engine now rebuilt and included in the deal. FIA Historic Technical Passport issued in 2008. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 No. 7 its compressor so presumably still on air suspension. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $476,745. The original had a short racing career, as they couldn’t keep it in tires. Although it did finish second at the 1971 42 Hours of Spa, which must have been hard work. Offered at no reserve, but sold at twice the high estimate. Someone must really have wanted it, but try replicating it (again) for the price. #176-1982 PORSCHE 924 Carrera GTS hatchback. S/N WP0ZZZ93ZBS710029. Red/ black velour. Odo: 24,148 km. Turbocharged 2.0-L I4, 5-sp. Rare (59-off) homologation special, good all around. Seat velour has worn well, even though it looks fragile, and dashes crack on 924s, but both appear okay. Sills a bit wavy, so it looks to have had some work. German title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $234,514. Not sold by the factory to its first owner until 1983. Sold slightly under where expected, but those sills worry me a bit. Still tons cheaper and much rarer than an RS 2.7 Lightweight... It just delivers its similar power (per pound) in a different way. #190-1987 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE1408H560546. Royal Blue/brown leather. Odo: 11,000 miles. Fuel-injected 3.4-L I6, 5-sp. The holy grail for E24 fanciers, though sadly now with the federal bumpers and reduced power (255 vs. 286 hp). Good all around, with low mileage. Cond: 2+.


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA a 427 Cobra. Modern instruments and new mag wheels; originals are included. Sold on a bill of sale. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $177,470. Said to be the only one with a round-tube chassis. Has run in Le Mans Classic (2014 and 2016) and Mille Miglia (2013), appeared at Pebble Beach 2002. Offered but not sold for $173,043 at RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2018 sale (SCM# 6871998). This time the owner let it go for a high bid just under the lower estimate. (See the profile, p. 72.) #169-1963 LANCIA FLAMINIA GT 3C AMG split-rim alloys. With books and manuals. Temporary import. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $124,229. Offered from the Youngtimer Collection (owned since 2016), which RM Sotheby’s has gradually been dispersing. Sold mid-estimate and market-correct today, but probably a wise buy against the future. (See the profile, p. 68.) ITALIAN #178-1924 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A landaulet. S/N 655. Blue & black/black vinyl/brown leather. RHD. Coachwork by Sala. Earliest known 8A, restored in 1958, then in its maker’s hands until 2017, when overhauled for touring by RM, then a Pebble Beach entrant. Still very good, with good paint, little-worn interior with only lightly creased leather and clean, tidy motor. U.S. title. Cond: 2. 2.8 convertible. S/N 8261341007. White/ black cloth/red leather. 2.8-L V6, 4-sp. Rough and ripply project with bent and wavy bumpers, well-creased leather and grubby, worn carpets, but appears solid enough. It’s been stored since 1974, so not quite sure how it got like this. Driver’s side window missing. Portuguese title. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $70,988. Being more expendable than an Aston Martin, one of these doubled for the DB4 being thrown off a cliff in “The Italian Job,” you know. Offered at no reserve, hammered mid-estimate. In good order, it would retail for $150k-plus. A well-known British Lancia specialist was spotted taking a keen look at it with a client, so expect it to reappear, restored, in Wiltshire in a year or so. #145-1966 ABARTH 695 SS 2-dr sedan. SOLD AT $272,130. There’s something of the Munster Koach about it, isn’t there? Maybe that’s why it sold at half the hoped-for estimate, having been offered at no reserve. Most have cost more to restore. #172-1955 MORETTI 750 Gran Sport Barchetta. S/N 1612. Red/black vinyl. Fair order, got up for racing, with roundel and recent event stickers. Massive external roll bar and drainpipe exhaust look like refugees from S/N 110F1060634. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. 594-cc 2-cylinder, 4-sp. Rusty and shabby, or as the catalog rather portentously put it, “overwhelmingly original,” but claimed to be the real thing, complete with Group 2 cylinder head. Factory (probably) paint with lots of rust spots and blemishes, mechanically rebuilt. Interior vinyl okay, Nardi wheel, Esseesse script on dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $47,537. Supplied to the U.S. Offered at no reserve, still felt like a fairly stiff price for condition. May 2020 129


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA #131-1967 ISO GRIFO GL Series I coupe. S/N GL640068. Metallic maroon/ beige leather. 327-ci V8, 4-sp. Older (2005) restoration (in England), earlier painted gold by Barris. Still-straight body, nice paint (and a great color for it), though slightly dinged, and wavy front bumper. Interior redone at same time, shows little wear. Catalog said it had a 350 from new, but surely these were 327s. U.K. title. Cond: 2-. tered in the U.K. In New Zealand 1977–2007, then Australia, back to the U.K. in 2014. From the Poster Car Collection. Market-correct price here, while the Spider (s/n 15535, Lot 168) didn’t sell against a €2.4m–€2.8m ($2.6m–$3.1m) estimate. #195-1970 FIAT DINO 2400 coupe. S/N 135BC0003751. Primrose/black leather. 2.4-L V6, 5-sp. 2400 has independent rear end, while earlier 2-liter has live axle. Straight with recent repaint; interior redone earlier. All trim parts appear to be there. Modern seat belts. Original airbox missing, replaced by foam filter. Cond: 3+. Poster Car Collection in the U.K. The last 4.9 SS that I drove, at a U.K. dealer in 2019, was asking £250k/$325 (still half the price of a Daytona then)...and in February a similar car (in the same color) was being advertised by Tomini Classics in Dubai for $255k, so the buyer got away lightly here. #144-1970 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Day- SOLD AT $303,133. Originally supplied to the U.S. and owned by Righteous Brothers founding member Bobby Hatfield; offered from the Poster Car Collection. With 2018/2019 prices for Series Is around $360k, this looked slightly cheaper, although fetched all that was expected, a further sign that at the start of 2020 the market in Europe was still in gentle decline. #140-1970 MASERATI GHIBLI 4.9 SS coupe. S/N AM115491570. Metallic blue/ white leather. Odo: 47,654 km. 4.9-L V8, 5-sp. Italian-market car, recent cosmetic restoration in the U.K. with good paint, chrome, leather and retro radio. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $183,809. In Italy until about 2014, with ACI registration. Offered at no reserve from the tona coupe. S/N 12841. Rosso Bordeaux/ black leather. Odo: 62,231 miles. Early plexi Daytona with 9-inch rear wheels. Restored in U.K. 2014–18 and now with (presumably electric) power-assisted steering and replacement transmission. Still like-new, now with Ferrari Classiche certification. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,537. Lately in Germany, in this ownership since 2011. Offered without reserve and sold at about two-thirds of the lower estimate. These climbed for a while but appear to have fallen back in the past three years. Color does it no favors (remember, the baddies in “The Italian Job” drove much cooler black ones) but, frankly...they’re just not that good to drive. I’d call this a fair price, making full restoration of a rough one unviable. #130-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO SOLD AT $575,952. Third RHD car regis- Spyder. S/N 06290. Bare metal/tan leather. 2.4-L V6, 5-sp. Bring a trailer.... Half-done project in bare metal with trunk lids off—although most of the heavy lifting has been done. Front appears almost symmetrical. Motor appears rebuilt. No glass or interior fitted, though trim parts, dash and Daytona-style seats have been re-covered. Originally blue, then yellow. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $290,732. Sold by Bonhams in Carmel in 2013 for $275,000 (SCM# 6462598), when it was an averagely restored car (door fit out, panel gaps varied) in Giallo Fly. Offered from the Poster Car Collection in England before restoration is finished. The trouble with taking on someone else’s project is that’s it’s a rather unknown quantity, meaning much of it may need to be redone, and no-reserve status was a clue. Price paid here was strong, even if it was rather below what 130 Sports Car Market


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RM Sotheby’s Paris, FRA was hoped for. I’d say everyone came away unscathed...so far. #132-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A4J0075456. Black/ black leather. Odo: 5,950 miles. Fuel-injected 4.9-L H12, 5-sp. Twin-mirror federal-spec TR, well kept and with low mileage. Good inside, with leather less worn and creased than normal. Engine-out service in 2016, fewer than 50 miles ago. Original window sticker, owner’s manuals, toolkit and six-piece Schedoni luggage set. U.K. title. Cond: 2-. JAPANESE #127-1991 HONDA NSX coupe. S/N JHMNA12600T001037. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 5,662 miles. Fuel-injected 3.0-L V6, auto. U.K. right-hand-drive car with minimal mileage and full service history. Still on original Bridgestones and still with full toolkit. “Creased” leather is slightly ruched, as new, as was the fashion then (see also MG RV8). Cond: 2+. AMERICAN #197-1929 CHRYSLER SERIES 75 roadster. S/N CY282E. Cream & maroon/buff canvas/maroon leather. Odo: 39,313 miles. Good restored order, rebuilt with long-distance rallies in mind. Decent paint (has been black, then green), baggy leather. Twin carbs, performance headers, extra gauges. Would be a great Peking-Paris Motor Challenge car—if it just had a hard top. English registered. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $120,426. Offered without reserve from the Poster Car Collection, which bought it for $159,500 from RM Auctions’ Phoenix sale in 2015 (SCM# 6775879). By today’s standards, it sold quite well here given that they start at around $70k, though very low mileage and recent belt change both help. SOLD AT $72,890. In the Patrick Collection until 2001, offered from the Poster Car Collection, sold right and still less than a Ferrari 328 GTB—although the gap is narrowing. Auto blunts the price a little, though for such a low-miler, condition matters more than spec. SOLD AT $48,804. Has already done the 2016 Gran Premio Nuvolari, following sale with RM Auctions in 2015 ($25,300 at Hershey, SCM# 6793760). Offered at no reserve, sold around half the lower estimate, though this was the last-but-one lot in a busy sale on a long night at the start of a bunch of busy days. If you plan to come to Rétromobile, wear comfortable shoes. © May 2020 131


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH BEST BUY #2-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP three-position drophead coupe. S/N GRW44. Brown & cream/buff canvas/ tan leather. RHD. Coachwork by Vanden Plas. Elegant and very original (chassis, body and engine) older restoration, clean and tidy with only a few small paint chips, very nice plating to radiator shell, newish front seat leather. Center driving light, full-width sun visor, discreet flashing indicators. Motor very tidy—rebuilt 4,000 miles ago—now with stainless exhaust. Cond: 2-. American iron in Riyadh — 1957 GMC 100 custom pickup, sold for $143,550 at Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia BONHAMS MPH Location: Bicester, U.K. Date: November 26, 2019 Auctioneer: Rob Hubbard Automotive lots sold/offered: 50/94 Sales rate: 53% Sales total: $872,693 High sale: 1962 AC Greyhound Bristol coupe, sold at $77,380 Buyer’s premium: 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.78) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman REPUBLIC AUCTIONS Location: Dallas, TX Date: November 22–23, 2019 Auctioneer: Dan Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered: 99/309 Sales rate: 32% Sales total: $1,509,227 High sale: 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT1 coupe, sold at $55,000 Buyer’s premium: 10% for onsite bidders; 13% online, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe 132 WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Location: Riyadh, SAU Date: November 23, 2019 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered: 5/120 Sales rate: 4% Sales total: $14,296,050 High sale: 1984 Peterbilt 359 Ultra Custom “Thor 24” big rig, sold at $13,200,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Bob DeKorne BONHAMS Location: London, U.K. Date: December 7, 2019 Auctioneer: James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered: 16/35 Sales rate: 46% Sales total: $6,974,017 High sale: 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT lightweight coupe, sold at $3,109,362 Buyer’s premium: 15% on first $656,815; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.76) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman SOLD AT $109,688. In the U.S. in the ’90s, in this ownership (via Bonhams, Hendon, for $100,790, SCM# 1566442) since 2006, with many RREC concours awards to its name. Sold in a post-auction deal for £83,500, $35k behind the lower estimate, having been advertised in November at £145k/$190k. 20/25s are lovely things to behold and to operate, but like everything else, have slipped back a bit, though this one was unusually cheap. An elegant body rather than the usual heavy limo styles we often see at auction keeps the price as healthy as can be reasonably expected here. Retailers are still asking more than this (there’s a very sharp 1935 20/25 in similar style but by Thrupp & Maberley asking £135k/$177k in the trade, and Bonhams sold a super 1933 three-position sedanca by Gurney Nutting at Hendon two weeks before for £138/$179k), but it hadn’t popped up on any dealer websites by the time SCM went to press. Bonhams, London, U.K. , 12/19. #9-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4GT Lightweight coupe. S/N DB4GT0169R. Blue/black leather. RHD. 4.2-L I6, 5-sp. “The missing lightweight.” One of 45 RHD GTs made, and one of nine lightweights. Splendidly patinated, with various dings and ripples especially to the bootlid, but lots of mods over the years such as added wheelarch TOP 10 No. 4 Sports Car Market


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Roundup lips, 5-speed box and motor enlarged from 3.7 to 4.2 liters. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,109,362. Owned and raced by Phil Scragg, then in this ownership since 1965 (54 years). Even in a very static week immediately before the English general election, it was always going to sell. Here it fetched almost the same as the last GT (0161R) immediately before Bonhams’ Goodwood sale in September, for a sum believed around £2.2/$2.7m), but as an Aston dealer noted to me, at this level of collectibility, it’ll be restored, at the end of which you have a £2.7m ($3.4m) car. Owner is taking the long view, but opportunities like this don’t come up very often. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. #107-1962 AC GREYHOUND Bristol coupe. S/N BEF2566. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 61,000 miles. 2.2-L I6, 4-sp. One of 83 made, essentially a 2+2 Aceca. Twentyyear-old restoration with recent repaint presents well. Bumpers deleted. Nice interior with decent dash and instruments and charmingly patinated seat leather. Period radio. Engine rebuilt to S standard, now with alternator. Brakes “could benefit from some attention,” according to catalog. Cond: 3+. only one car is thought to have had them all, including the cut and extended front anti-roll bar. Viewed as a nicely restored Mk 2, it sold quite well, though whether the vendor got his outlay back (car plus £30k/$40k) is unlikely. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. #42-1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE Series II SOLD AT $77,380. Last sold by Coys in London for $38,891 (SCM# 1542558), so it doesn’t look to have made big gains, but that was in 1986, shortly before the last boom and bust, so it would have been worth less by 1990. This time sold more or less at bottom estimate, at a lot less than the very similar 2-liter Aceca. If you make the Jaguar E-type coupe vs. 2+2 analogy, it starts to make sense—although the Greyhound is hardly any less elegant than the 10-inch-shorter Aceca two-seater. Top price of the MPH sale, but I don’t think the buyer has made a huge mistake here, even allowing for spending a bit on the brakes. Bonhams MPH, Bicester, U.K., 11/19. #1-1965 JAGUAR MK 2 sedan. S/N 233838DN. Silver gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 20,084 miles. 3.8-L I6, 4-sp. Coombsinspired restoration, completed 2014, originally green with green leather. Very good all around with good paint and chrome, excellent timber and nicely patinated leather. Louvered bonnet, Coombs-type rear spats delete, Coopercraft brakes, reclining seats, Moto-Lita wheel and alternator. Motor appears stock and unlikely it has the Coombs-type suspension mods. Original bonnet and dynamo included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $67,980. There was no set Coombs spec, just a list of possible mods, and May 2020 133 4.2 open two-seater. S/N 7R46419. British Racing Green/black vinyl/Sage Green leather. Odo: 2 miles. 4.2-L I6, 4-sp. A lovely classic that was obviously freshly restored, with a reported 99.99 points out of 100 earned at the last JCNA event. Original engine and gearbox, with factory a/c. Flawless paint finishes, new chrome bits throughout, and fresh new top. Perfect wire wheels and new period-style radials finish it off nicely. Many consider these the best-driving of the E-types, and while a few classic touches like toggle switches were changed, the Series II cars are more comfortable and user-friendly than the revered original series. Fresh interior and spectacular engine bay are highlights. Pretty much like buying a brand-new, 50-year-old classic. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $155,000. This one was placed in an unfortunate position within the auction tent—an out-of-the-way corner, not very well lit, and easily overlooked. I had to get my flashlight out to examine it. If there ever was an undeniably beautiful British car, this is it, and even this tepid auction audience could not let this one pass. High bid came from the room, with a wise and lucky Saudi gentleman placing the winning bid. No mistake to be made here, and while not a screaming bargain, definitely a great car that I’ll call well bought—you rarely go wrong by buying the best. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. #27-1988 ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage X-Pack coupe. S/N SCFCV8IV7JTR12603. Eng. # V580/2603X. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 48,370 miles. 5.3-L V8, 5-sp. Repainted and retrimmed; originally Chichester Blue with Parchment leather. Mostly still good, although screw heads to door catches already rusty. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $426,010. Bought by the vendor


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Roundup from Bonhams’ 2003 Aston Martin Works Service sale pre-restoration, when the paint was a bit bubbly, for $62,240 (SCM# 1557477). There’s some confusion about what constitutes an X-Pack, with horsepower claims ranging from 400 to 432, above the highly suspect 375 hp claimed by the factory for the Vantage. The true X-Pack cars have had head work and Weber 50s, but I’ve seen “X-Pack” cars that have neither, making it all a bit of a mystery. Here the catalog settled on 410 hp. Whatever it is exactly, it sold for strong money in today’s market. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. #6-1994 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE 6.3 Volante. S/N SCFDAM2C9PBR60107. Green/green vinyl/Mushroom leather. RHD. Odo: 34,849 miles. Fuel-injected 6.3-L V8, 5-sp. “Prince of Wales” Volante with 6.3 conversion. Owned from new by AML until bought by the vendor in 2012 with 33,960 miles, on display at Newport Pagnell for five years prior to that. Excellent order all around with full AM Works service history. Cond: 2. FRENCH #35-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Atalante coupe. S/N 57641. Blue & black/Golden Brown leather. RHD. Odo: 3,623 miles. A lovely presentation of the rare roll-back, sliding hard-top body style, with excellent fit and finish throughout. Impressive chrome, lamps and wire wheels really accent the classic bodywork nicely. Someone obviously shook the piggy bank during restoration here. Beautiful paint, impressive bodywork, and it’s just as clean underneath. Well-known history by David Sewell, who documented the alterations to the coachwork that were accepted activities in the ’30s. Supercharger was a later addition to the car, likely done by Henri Novo himself. Impressive real-wood interior is simply elegant—this is a big-league car that will take big-league money to purchase. Cond: 2+. Novas/Corsas, which are about the only genre of car the young can afford to insure. Bonhams MPH, Bicester, U.K., 11/19. #4-1984 RENAULT 5 TL “Le Car” hatchback. S/N 122700F0031240. Beige/ beige cloth & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 36,000 miles. 1.1-L, 4-sp. Another economy Frenchie. Very original, though repainted fairly recently. Interior basically unworn and lasting well, with lightly baggy seats but good dash plastics. Said to have new water pump and radiator (which probably means it’s overheated). Oxfordshire registration quite apt given location of the sale. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $309,688. Well, there’s “Prince of Wales spec” (for the previous V8; essentially a Vantage without the body kit), but this is an actual Prince of Wales car, used by the likely future King of England until 2007, and as such that more than doubled the price. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. #8-2009 ASTON MARTIN DBS coupe. S/N SCFAA05D49GE00665. Silver gray/ black leather & suede. RHD. Odo: 2,974 miles. Fuel-injected 5.9-L V12, 6-sp. Excellent all around, having covered only minimal mileage. Piano-black interior woodwork, and silver stitching. With tools and books, and already nine service stamps. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $2,800,000. This was a pretty good test of whether the Saudi bidders would respond to a well-known, world-class classic auto that would be an investment-style vehicle—and that also gets the owner into literally any event they would choose. Well studied and documented, it might just be the best known Atalante in the world, with the added panache of the uber-rare sliding-roof coachwork, one of just three ever built. The answer to the test, however, was nope. It was bargain-bid to $2.8m, but clearly worth quite a bit more. A little of the air left the room when this failed to sell. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. #8-1983 PEUGEOT 104 GL hatchback. SOLD AT $148,046. Hammered mid-estimate, with U.K. retail prices for very low-milers starting at £85k/$112k. Not quite sure what this was doing at New Bond Street given that there are so many at dealers, but low mileage (and manual transmission) gives it some sort of collectible status—until you start using it, of course. Quite well sold. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. 134 S/N VF3104A4106266866. Blue/blue velour. RHD. Odo: 42,000 miles. 1.1-L, 4-sp. Small economy Frenchie, although refined and innovative with it—showcased first use of Peugeot’s “lay-down” rear suspension, setting the template for the next two decades, though engine and transmission still share oil like the 204 (and the Mini). This is a late fourth-facelift example. First time I’ve seen one restored, or in this case refurbed with new paint from the roof down, and retrimmed interior. Mostly good, though some bubbles breaking out on left front fender. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,169. Apparently there are only 12 of these left on U.K. roads as of 2019. Offered at no reserve and sold at 75% of the low estimate of £2,000 ($2,500), though beat the R5 (Lot 4), its contemporary. This makes sense not just as a “starter classic,” but as a first car for anyone, because it works out cheaper than overpriced, low-powered small hatches such as Vauxhall SOLD AT $1,808. Offered at no reserve with a fairly ambitious expectation—hope, more like—of £4k–£6k ($5,150–$7,700) and sold for about a quarter of that. Like the Peugeot, as long as it runs okay this makes sense as a first car due to the price of newer economy cars. It’s still an arthritic small hatch, but one with a bit of character—aka different wheelbases each side and monumental body roll in corners. Of course, these formed the basis of the mental Turbo, but that’s an altogether different, mid-engined animal. Bonhams MPH, Bicester, U.K., 11/19. GERMAN #11-1939 FRAZER NASH-BMW 328 roadster. S/N 85411. White/red leather. RHD. Fair, driver-quality order, having been extensively used in competition, although restored (again) in 2018. Bristol gearbox fitted (for easier shifting), along with twin leading-shoe front brakes and half-height windscreen. Original Hurth gearbox included. HTP papers expired 2018. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $846,744. 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Roundup #75-1968 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 11835507. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 18 km. 2.0-L H6, 5-sp. Recently refurbished/repainted SWB, with new interior. Minimal mileage since completion. Cond: 2+. when it was bodied by the Works, possibly using a body from another 328. Owned by Alastair Pugh—Captain and Patron of the Frazer Nash Car Club—from 1988 to 2019, during which time it was crashed heavily at Silverstone in 1996 and rebuilt. Final ask from the rostrum of £600k ($788k) wasn’t forthcoming, and it was declared sold post-auction for £644,583, which, if you strip out the premium, equates to a top bid of £560k ($736k), £90k ($118k) under the lower estimate. Long-term ownership means that probably nobody got burnt here. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. #25-1965 PORSCHE 356 resto-mod roadster. S/N 220160. Black/removable hard top/Golden Tan leather. Odo: 750 miles. Fuelinjected 2.7-L H6, auto. Beautifully executed resto-mod 356 utilizing modern Cayman mechanicals by West Coast Customs. Shortened frame, the 240-hp flat 6, and automatic gearbox make this a very fun and easy drive. Wider and lower than a standard 356, it’s so well done that even Porsche enthusiasts just go “huh?” the first time they see it. Interior uses the Cayman dash, including power everything and Alpine touchscreen. Thoroughly modern inside, thoroughly classic outside, with better performance...what’s not to love? A high level of detail and eyeball throughout, and a very intriguing automobile in impeccable condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $76,067. Sold new in the Netherlands. Offered but not sold along with three other restored small-bumper 911s at Silverstone’s Porsche sale in the Midlands on September 2019, and subsequently offered with a “buy it now” price of £69k ($86,250). Didn’t appear to sell at Bicester on the day, like all seven of the other air-cooled 911s (and two 996s) on offer, but later quoted in the results at this £59,166, meaning this one at least has found its current level. Another refugee from the September sale also migrated here (1973 2.4T s/n 9113010 215, Lot 84) but did not sell. Bonhams MPH, Bicester, U.K., 11/19. #F147-1968 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 158934200. Yellow/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 84,069 miles. 1.6-L H4, 4-sp. Nice, older repaint well looked after. Some dry spray on the hood and top of doors. Some overspray on trim. Most trim has been restored or replaced. Rubber is new. Bumpers are in good shape. Panel alignment fits well. Cloth top. Lenses are in good shape, free of significant sun fading. Carpets have been replaced. Seats are in good shape. Convertibletop headliner is good overall. Center gauge is clean and clear. Slight dulling on the steeringwheel bezel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $550,000. This was a custom that even classic enthusiasts would all love. A delightful blend of modern and classic that would look right at home at either a Goodguys or a PCA event. Proven mechanicals on a Cayman frame means easy servicing and known handling and performance. West Coast Customs did a killer job of integrating the modern Cayman dash into the classic leather interior, so it’s got all the amenities. Just the kind of car everyone assumed would be in demand in Saudi Arabia, where custom vehicles have not been available before. This one proved them right, sold to a Saudi gentleman in the audience who was thrilled to buy one of the first customs ever in his country. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. May 2020 SOLD AT $8,800. This example crossed the block two times in 2019 prior to this sale. The first offering was at Leake’s June Tulsa sale, where it did not sell with a top bid of $11,500 (SCM# 6906520). A few months later, it appeared at the October Branson sale with a top offer of $7,000 (SCM# 6918968). The hammer price was only slightly better here, but the consignor decided to let it go. Transportation 135


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Roundup and consignment fees start to add up, and convertible prices can soften going into the winter months. This VW was on the nice side of driver quality, but with back-to-back offers within a stone’s throw of one another, the market appears to have been set. Republic Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/19. #10-1972 PORSCHE 914 convertible. S/N 4732906393. Metallic green/black vinyl/ beige cloth & vinyl. Odo: 95,391 miles. Fuelinjected 2.0-L H4, 5-sp. Repainted; fair, usable order all around, though seller only rated this at 53/100 (MPH’s self-rating system, as used by Silverstone-offshoot CCA). Seat velour quite baggy, outer bolsters worn, and instrument pod covered, so we assume cracked from (presumably) California sun. Cond: 3+. shifter. Aftermarket head unit. Engine compartment dirty with some fluid residue. Odometer inoperable and not disclosed. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,630. An Oklahoma City dealer previously had this example listed on their website asking $12,500. While it looked good from far away, the color was pretty unforgiving up close and the condition of the interior did not do it any favors. Collectors have been taking note of the 6-series, especially the M cars. This one falls among a lower tier in terms of condition and was equipped with a fun-stealing automatic transmission. Despite its flaws, still well bought. Shortly after selling here, it made its way to Mecum’s 2020 Kissimmee sale, where it changed hands for $7,150 (SCM# 6925628). Republic Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/19. SOLD AT $10,847. In this ownership 36 years, one owner before that. Sold for about two-thirds of the lower estimate. Previously listed at MPH on September 26, 2019, as a 914/6 and not sold (SCM# 6915709) at an estimate range of $19k–$26k. Bonhams MPH, Bicester, U.K., 11/19. BEST BUY #F139-1984 BMW 633 CSi coupe. S/N WBAEB8405E6996826. Black/ black leather. Odo: 127,180 miles. Fuel-injected 3.2-L I6, auto. Older repaint looked good from a distance but revealed flaws much closer. Faded in places. Many scratches throughout. Brightwork is dull. Wiper streaks in windshield. Panel alignment is good. Minor sun fading on exterior lenses. Oversized, later-model OEM BMW takeoffs. Tired interior. Leather is cracking with bolster wear. Carpets are original and dirty. Plastics show plenty of age. Acrylic over gauges slightly hazy. Worn screen printing around #F43-1985 BMW 325E coupe. S/N WBAAB5400F9627501. Imola Red/gray cloth. Odo: 103,025 miles. Fuel-injected 2.7-L I6, 5-sp. Older repaint. Dry spray behind rear windows, overspray on sunroof trim, and a few small fisheyes on hood. Weatherstripping appears to be original and is failing around the doors. Front windshield has wiper streaks and is sand pitted. Dull stainless with heavy scratches at rear bumper. Left rear taillight lens is cracked. Original carpets are slightly worn and frayed, especially around accelerator pedal. Doors re-covered in red leather. Inner door sills revealed that the car used to possibly be silver. Shift boot is loose. Dash cracked in multiple places. Lower dash panel under steering wheel missing, exposing wires and relays underneath. Headliner ripped at sunroof. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,250. First seen at Mecum’s 2019 Dallas sale, where it sold at no reserve for $9,350 (SCM# 6908746). I covered the car at that sale and noted that the many faults did not hold back the bidding. Shortly after that sale, it appeared on the website of a Dallas-area dealer, who was likely the consignor here, with an asking price of $13,991. The odometer appears to be inoperable, as it is wearing the exact same mileage as it was before, so no telling how many true miles are on this example. After selling here, it sold again at Russo and Steele’s 2020 Scottsdale sale for $5,775 (SCM# 6924612). Republic Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/19. #20-1986 FORD CAPRI 2.8 Injection Special hatchback. S/N WF0CXXGAECGJ64539. Red/gray cloth & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 27,559 miles. Fuel-injected 2.8-L V6, 5-sp. The Special is the last Capri before run-out 280 Brooklands and has 5-speed, seven-spoke alloys and half leather. Straight and stock, claimed lowish mileage. It’s shiny, so likely repainted. Interior very good with notable lack of bagginess to front seats (although side bolsters are looking a bit tired), door cards uncut for speakers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,418. Three owners, last since 1991, and sold mid estimate. Big Capris have been hitting serious money in the late £20k (up to $35k), with really nice 2.8s about £5k ($6k) less, but this one is about £5k ($6k) less than that. By recent standards a sensible price for the buyer, but given that it’s a Capri, this much still seems bonkers. Bonhams MPH, Bicester, U.K., 11/19. #25-1986 FORD ESCORT RS Turbo hatchback. S/N WF0BXXGCABFR68790. White/gray & beige velour. RHD. Odo: 84,556 miles. Turbocharged 1.6-L I4, 5-sp. 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Roundup beam axle under the back. It does have the improved RS1600i front suspension, though. Restored, repainted; stock and super clean, concours motor. Cond: 2-. one was simply underappreciated for what it really is. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. #24-2015 MERCEDES-BENZ G63 AMG Brabus B63S-700 Widestar SUV. S/N WDB4532721X214921. Black/black leather. Odo: 3,400 miles. Turbocharged 5.5-L V8, auto. Well-loaded G-wagen with lots of Brabus extras to tempt the extremely rich. Dog guard, M-B-branded headphones still in their wrappers. One owner and low mileage. Parked out back of the sale room in Haunch of Venison yard alongside the Mercedes 600 Pullman from the same collection, and a Ferrari 458 Speciale. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $32,543. One of 5,000 Series I RS Turbos, all white, and the first production car to use a viscous-coupled limited-slip diff up front, trivia fans. From the six-car BEC Collection, four of which sold. (There was due to be another of these in the following 15-car Bramah Collection, but 10 of those were withdrawn before sale.) Quite strong money, matching retail asking prices, but in Ford RS circles they’re quite collectible. Bonhams MPH, Bicester, U.K., 11/19. #84-2001 PORSCHE 911 Twin Turbo coupe. S/N WP0AB29901S687370. Silver/ silver/black leather. Odo: 30,700 miles. Turbocharged 4.0-L H6, 6-sp. Highly modified for performance via air and fuel controls, twin turbochargers, and state-of-the-art fuel delivery systems. Transmission and clutch also feature state-of-the art parts, and literally every moving part has been upgraded with the latest—from exhaust to suspension to brakes. Of course, all-wheel drive and Michelin Extreme drag tires to hook you up. Overall condition is very good but not flawless—someone obviously enjoyed this car. Race seats and roll bar are indicative of their intentions. A few scratches and swirls keep this one out of the top condition rating, but man, would I like to drive it! Cond: 2. SOLD AT $143,514. Although you don’t have to be so rich to buy one secondhand, as this sold for likely half its new price. Such was the hubbub during the sale that James Knight had to quiet the crowd with the admonishment, “We can party after the sale, ladies and gentlemen,” before hammering it for £90k ($118k), £10k ($13k) under lower estimate. Bonhams offered a trio of similar blinged-up G-wagens at its Swiss sale earlier in the year, the least extreme of which, a 2018 G65 AMG NOT SOLD AT $2,530,000. Seems like every high-end auction has one lately—hardly used, excellent-condition Enzos are certainly out there, if you are willing to step up beyond what a new one cost. The event organizers obviously thought this would be a home run as well here in Saudi Arabia, as one of the most significant Ferraris ever built. There were bargain bids aplenty, but upon approaching real purchase money, the room dried up, leav- Final Edition, sold for $265,524. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. ITALIAN #80-2003 FERRARI ENZO coupe. S/N ZFFCW56AX30132049. Rosso Corsa/red leather. Odo: 2,700 miles. Fuel-injected 6.0-L V12, semi-auto. A fully certified, Ferrari Classiche, U.S.-delivery Enzo. Like most, it’s lightly used and held for investment. Immaculate paint and finish, with a very clean nose and unmarked glass. Everything fits and functions like new, and this is a thrilling car to sit in, much less drive. Lovely interior showing no wear—this is a car that you wear rather than just sit in. A gold-standard collectible. The only flaw is a slightly cloudy headlamp cover. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $88,000. Well presented in the Worldwide catalog, with an incredible list of non-stock components. But in the room, this car visually looks pretty typical, so may have been overlooked by most bidders. Has to be one of the highest-performance 911s of this era anywhere, with a claimed $180k spent on modifications. Bid in the room only to a level that might buy a typical used 911, and really nowhere close to a proper number for this car. I’m afraid among all the celebrity cars, drift cars, and an actual Hot Wheel loop track, this May 2020 137


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Roundup ing this car, like most today, just a bid or two short of selling money. Is it possible everyone with the cash and the desire already has one? Maybe so in this part of the world. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. #21-2008 FERRARI 550 GTZ Barchetta. S/N ZFFZR52C00124138. Silver/cream leather. Odo: 2,700 miles. Fuel-injected 5.5-L V12, 6-sp. Completed in 2010 by Zagato based on a used example bought in 2008 as a 900-miler, last of the nine “Zero Project” cars built, which include six 575 GTs. One of three like this (thanks for small mercies) based on 550 Barchetta, but the only right-hander. Cond: 1-. the U.K. was spending money on anything except the political parties on their election campaigns. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. #36-2014 FERRARI F12 coupe. S/N ZF- F74UFA5E0198979. Bianco Fuji/tan leather. Odo: 4,998 miles. Fuel-injected 6.3-L V12, semi-auto. A very sharp car with just under 5k miles from new, and the condition supports that. No one can drive these a lot without that low front end picking up a few dings or scrapes, and this one was very close to perfect. Excellent Bianco Fuji paint over fine factory bodywork, with cool LED headlamps and factory alloy wheels. The cabin literally swallows you in, with Iroko tan leather seats, digital dash and paddle shifters. Just under 5k miles from new, a U.S.-spec LHD car, and expertly presented. Service records, all tools and manuals of course included. Cond: 1-. sensed a bargain. Retail on these in the U.K. appears to start at around £700k ($920k), so slightly well bought. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. #22-2017 FERRARI F12 70th Anniver- sary “The Scaglietti” coupe. S/N ZFF74UC000230210. Blue/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 518 miles. Fuel-injected 6.3-L V12, semi-auto. Number 62 of 70 unique designs by Ferrari Tailor Made to celebrate 70 years of Ferrari in 2017, with 10 of them on F12s, the model that replaced the F599 using an enlarged version of the 6-liter F140 engine. Hardly used, so therefore like new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $755,337. Styling really is unfortunate, but it’s remarkable how people will buy any old tat as long as it’s rare enough and has the right label. Given that a stock 550 Barchetta is much nicer to look at, the successful phone bidder paid approximately three times as much for some dodgy kit-car styling. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. #36-2013 ALFA ROMEO 8C Spider. S/N ZAR92000000049305. Metallic red/black leather. Odo: 7,675 miles. Fuel-injected 4.7-L V8, auto. One of 500 Spiders, joining the 500 coupes, based on shortened Maserati Quattroporte platform with Ferrari motor. Limited edition with carbon rear diffuser, dash and shift paddles, reclining carbon-fiber sports seats, carbon-ceramic brakes. Carbons all in good shape, although seat leather (with optional red stitching) is lightly baggy and creased. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $247,500. We all wonder how many years a V12 Ferrari will be available, and this is certainly a prime opportunity to pick up a legend. Nothing to quibble about here—you either want it and can afford it or not. Several phone bidders got things started, but in the end, an American bidder in the audience stepped up when it counted and swooped it away. If you ever wondered what an almostnew F12 is worth, it’s now safe to say about $75k off from the new value, which is just $15 per mile. Not bad for world-class performance and bold, stylish good looks—well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. SOLD AT $259,836. Two owners, the first having bought it back from the second. Last lot of the day, which must have come as a relief, as there were so many no-sales at Bonhams’ final date of 2019, and sold just near bottom estimate. This is slightly behind retail, so there’s likely a little profit in it yet. Well bought, but this was in a week when nobody in 138 #15-2016 FERRARI F12tdf coupe. S/N ZFF81BHC000219488. Silver/Cioccolato Alcantara. RHD. Odo: 1,600 km. Fuel-injected 6.3-L V12, semi-auto. The 599 replacement, one of 799, but few in RHD. Almost unused and therefore almost like new. Spec includes aluminum brake calipers, aluminum revcounter, front suspension lift, racing stripes, carbon-fiber sill covers and rear-shelf moulding, Alcantara color-on-request dashboard, Prancing Horse logo embroidered on headrests, Navtrak, parking sensors front and rear and HELE stop/start. With books and tools. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $794,746. One of three cars offered from the collection of musician Jay Kay and the only one to find a new home—in a post-auction deal at £605k—leaving his 1973 Porsche 911 RS 2.7 Lightweight (bid to £620k/$814k) and 2004 Carrera GT (£560k/$735k) unsold. One has to ask why buy a modern used supercar from an auction when they are readily available from dealers with a guarantee thrown in, but perhaps the buyer SOLD AT $445,649. Back story is that this one was inspired by the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti of 2004, which paid homage to the 375 MM commissioned by Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini for his wife, Ingrid Bergman, and first seen at the Paris Salon in 1954. And... that’s the kind of bull that inflates the price of “special” editions, or in this case, about 75% over usual F12 money, which starts at around £165k/$215k in the U.K. Nice work if you can get away with it. Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/19. JAPANESE #15-1977 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER BJ40 utility. S/N BJ40016704. White/black vinyl, blue leather & velour. Fuel-injected 3.0-L I6, 4-sp. Fair-order, barn-door BJ40, as it’s straight and with okay paint. Motor grubby but bone-stock 3-liter diesel. Aftermarket wheels and Sparco seats, pedal pads and shift knobs, plus bull bar up front, so spare in rear cradle. Vinyl to rear jump seats still good. Has carpet fitted in front. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,186. 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Roundup the lightly modded spec. Bonhams MPH, Bicester, U.K., 11/19. #99-1991 ACURA NSX coupe. S/N JH- 4NA1157MT001880. Formula Red & black/ black leather. Odo: 75,751 miles. Fuel-injected 3.0-L V6, 5-sp. A good, solid car that appears quite original and honest—certainly not beat up, showing just minimal paint and body flaws. Slightly rare manual gearbox car, with typical power windows, steering, brakes and seats. Nice, clean interior with only minimal wear showing throughout, mostly the driver’s seat. Clean door sills, very good carpets, and early digital dash with a/c and JVC stereo. Traction control and manual-gearbox would make this a very fun driver. Better than a used car, but a little rougher than most other modern sports cars here in Riyadh; hopefully this one is not stuck in the no-man’s land in between. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Everyone wonders when—not if—these ’90s sporty cars will be recognized with classiccar-level prices. Well known to rival the performance of contemporary exotics, but with Honda-style reliability. Auction bidding started slowly, and peaked at just a bid or two short of the expectations, with several participants probably wishing they have raised their hands one more time. A fair price achieved, but not today in Riyadh, as another modestly priced car fell victim to the “Kingdom Fee” and other fees required by the Saudi officials. If the event returns in 2020, these are arrangements that will have to be ironed out in advance—perhaps as a percentage rather than a flat fee. This would have been enough at most other auctions. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. #17-1994 MAZDA RX-7 Twin Turbo coupe. S/N JM1FD3330R0301211. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 56,712 miles. Turbocharged 1.3-L Rotary, 5-sp. These are great-handling cars: well balanced, quiet, comfortable and with 255 hp in a very light chassis, not a car you wanted to rev up against at any stoplight. Just over 2,200 sold in the U.S., and this survivor is in quite nice condition throughout. The original paint is very good, with just a few dings to let you know it’s honest at just under 57k miles. Retains a nice shine and very good panel fit, with a clean engine bay showing off this twin Hitachi turbochargers. Virtually no chrome or trim to speak of, but a clean spoiler, glass, and only slight wear showing on the vinyl interior. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $49,500. A good-looking example of the car that put Mazda on the map in the U.S. Everyone is wondering when classic-car values will be applied to ’90s sports cars. This one has heritage, performance and condition in its favor, and these late-production RX-7s are certainly among the best ever built. Unfortunately, this example was doomed to not sell in Riyadh by the exorbitant fees tacked on to every transaction. Bidders took it beyond typical values, but in the end, the reserve was just too large despite the efforts of the auction staff. Headed back home to the U.S., where given time, these cars will definitely appreciate. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. AMERICAN #S167-1954 FORD F-600 SEMA custom tow truck. S/N F60Z4K22042. Black, red & orange/black cloth. Odo: 33,938 miles. 256-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mercury V8, original 2-speed rear end, custom winch bed. Whitewall tires on 22.5-inch steel wheels. Chopped top. Painted patina with a heavy clearcoat. Flames and pinstripes too. Pitted door handles. Custom tongueand-groove wood bed with a caricature of the vehicle. Sun-faded lenses. Beer keg turned into gas tank held in place by an oversized chain. Custom metalwork around the grille and headlights continues flame effect. Straight-pipe exhaust. Heavily tinted glass. Tidy interior. Flat-black paint on the dash and doors. Carpet pieced together inside. Bucket seats in cloth from modern donor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,300. SEMA Hot Wheels Finalist in 2018. Lots of customization and attention to detail have gone into this build, but the interior seemed to be an afterthought in comparison. Like anything custom, this build was done to the specific tastes of an individual, which can sometimes be polarizing. While it was very popular with onlookers, activity on the block was weaker than expected. There was certainly a lot more time and money that went into it than what came out when the hammer dropped. The new owner will be the hit of 140 Sports Car Market


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Roundup local car shows and parades for not a lot of money. Well bought. Republic Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/19. #114-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N VE55S001104. Polo White/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 396 miles. 265-ci 195-hp V8, 2x1-bbl, auto. Car number 104 of 700 built during a pivotal year for the Corvette— first year for a V8-powered ’Vette. Well-documented car, being sold in California first, and restored in Ohio in 2016–17. Excellent body prep and painted surfaces, top-notch chrome and clean glass and trim. Car has earned two NCRS Top Flight awards and has been a show car ever since. Optional heater, Wonder Bar radio, parking brake alarm, and courtesy lights. Clean carpets and sharp red interior look great. Wide whitewalls and factory full hubcaps. First year for a 12-volt electrical system. Nothing to argue about here. Cond: 1-. very excited young sons in attendance. Good on ya, dad—you bought a truck to be proud of. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. #S99-1958 FORD RANCHERO custom pickup. S/N A8KF135745. White/white & red vinyl. Odo: 66,287 miles. Unidentified, later Ford V8 underhood, with an auto. 1958 Edsel front end and rear bumper. Edsel dash. Shiny paint with minor blemishes. Crazing on roof. Bumpers and trim are in good order. Rear lenses are sun faded with dulling bezels. Front bumper rechromed. Grille louvers are in excellent condition. Heavy wiper streaks on front glass. Panel alignment is good overall. Driver’s door does look a little tight at the rear. Minor delamination in bottom passenger’s position of front windscreen. Minor delamination on quarter windows. Carpets are slightly older and worn. Dash paint slightly uneven. Upholstery is in good shape. Some NOT SOLD AT $132,000. Well done by Classic Corvette Restorations—a lovely car with no visible flaws evident. A quintessential American classic, with plenty of recognition and awards, and everyone wants a white convertible in the desert heat, right? Values are hard to pick on these ’55s, as they have been up, down and up again recently, so bringing this to Riyadh with high expectations was a bit of a bold move. Not much auction momentum at this point of the evening, and this lovely example simply fell on deaf ears for Rod and the Worldwide crew. Can’t fault the effort or the presentation here—simply not a car that got any interest tonight in the desert. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. #32-1957 GMC 100 custom pickup. S/N 1018PT3262. Black/black leather & suede. Odo: 1 mile. 6.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. A lovely presentation, what most would call a mild custom, and very well done throughout. Impressive black paint finish shows everything and has nothing to hide, applied over very straight panels that fit perfectly. Clean, clear glass, new chrome and emblems, and modern projector-beam headlamps under those classic eyebrows. Lowered just enough to look menacing, with huge, modern Weld billet wheels and radial tires. Lovely modernized leather and suede interior, power windows, steering and brakes, billet steering wheel and pedals, and air conditioning. LS3 V8 looks great and no doubt hustles this truck down the road. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $143,550. Last seen at Mecum’s 2018 Indy sale, where it was a nosale at a high bid of $150k (SCM# 6873925). Truck is going to a Saudi gentleman with two May 2020 141 white areas of upholstery show soiling. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,300. Formerly owned by Jerry Miller, who has been in the Ford restoration business since 1966. Miller’s other business specializes in the sales of Ford parts from model years 1957 to 1959. This authentic-looking example is a tasteful re-creation of a car that never was. Everything from the exterior trim to the Edsel dash looked right at home. The consignor was eager to answer questions and talk about the car before it crossed the block. Aside from the unwinding of an older restoration, there was little to fault here. Well bought. Republic Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/19. #19-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA Dou- ble Bubble custom wagon. S/N 11837L106806. White/Golden Brown leather. Odo: 400 miles. 473-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. An honored custom in impeccable condition, featuring amazing bodywork, paint and panel fit, and an innovative custom design. Lengthened and lowered, with a laid-back windshield and plump Pontiac roofline, it’s one of those cars that deserves—and requires—a long, careful examination to realize how expertly these changes were done. Tucked-in new chrome, and an incredible custom rear hatch are highlights, along with perfect long body lines. Elegant leather interior with buckets based on ’61 Caddy seats. Flawlessly clean engine bay with old-school chrome stacks. My knees got sore looking for flaws. Top to bottom, this is


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Roundup an exceptional custom. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $275,000. Just the kind of car the event organizers assumed would be a hit in Saudi Arabia—flawless condition, custom drivetrain and iconic good looks. A Ridler Great 8 finalist and Goodguys Builder’s Choice winner, it’s a one-of-a-kind work of art. The builders achieved a car that on first glance is so well designed many don’t notice it’s a custom, but the more you look, the more that’s revealed. Well presented by Worldwide, but largely ignored during the auction, as many of the customs had big-name shops and builders behind them, and this one didn’t. The high bid would have been a steal, and this one certainly deserved more money than this group of buyers was willing to part with. Opportunity missed. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. #64-1964 CORD 810 Glenn Pray replica roadster. S/N S105SPTM810. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 85,846 miles. This makes you double-take because it looks like a two-thirds-scale Cord 812 (actually, it turns out to be four-fifths, hence the 8/10 name). Royalite (ABS thermoplastic, not fiberglass) body, front-mounted Corvair power with sidemounted oil coolers and an engine-turned, vaguely Duval-ish dash. All fairly homemade and horrid, but hanging together and said to drive. No idea what it uses for a transmission but ignorance is bliss. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,401. Fewer than 100 made, thank heavens. Glenn Pray owned the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company and the rights to the Cord name until his death in 2011, and started making these “replicas” in the early ’60s, some with Ford 302 power (and presumably reardrive). Came to the U.K. in 1990, in storage from 2008 until 2017. Never seen anything quite like it in the U.K., so nothing to compare it with except the Mitsuoka Viewt, a Nissan Micra-based Jag Mk 2 pastiche. The last one of those spotted on BaT (in 2018) fetched $7,500. Bonhams MPH, Bicester, U.K., 11/19. #S183-1967 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 7F01C191345. Dusk Rose/black vinyl. Odo: 5,809 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Factory Dusk Rose paint, commonly referred to as Playboy Pink. Rotisserie restored to regional, if not national, concours standards. Marti Report. High-quality restoration with very few flaws. Many NOS parts. Small flaw in the left rear quarter-window frame. Awards in the trunk and nearby trophies point to time on the show circuit. Panel alignment spot-on. Reupholstered interior with carpets that appear fresh. Gauges are clean and clear. Seats are nearly flawless. Engine compartment is very tidy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,150. Several notable awards including the Mustang Club of America Concours Gold Award in the Trailered Concours class. The color and condition made it a standout at this sale, where it caught the attention of many onlookers. Prior to this sale, Mecum offered it at their 2019 Dallas auction, where bidding stalled at $24,000 (SCM# 6914964). Offers reached slightly higher here but were able to end with a sale. After changing hands here, it made its way to Barrett-Jackson’s 2020 Scottsdale sale, where it sold at no reserve for $37,400 (SCM# 6923610). Here in Dallas, it was well bought at wholesale. Republic Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/19. #F114-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. S/N 124377N196629. Gray/black leather. Odo: 756 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Eye-catching example. High-quality paint with extra flake. Chip on top of left front quarter panel. Trim has been blacked out. Driver’s door handle is painted and shows scratches. One or two rock chips on the nose. Hood is slightly high at the rear. Some chipping around the rain gutters. Interior is tidy. Aftermarket Recaro-style seats, with some bunching in the seat leather and uneven stitching. Carpets have been replaced. Console is in good order. Suede headliner. Billet hardware on the doors. Driver’s door handle has broken off. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,500. While the restoration does not appear fresh, the digital odometer reading points to low post-restoration miles, assuming it was reset when the restoration was done. Speaking of restoration, there is no documentation other than the seller’s description of what was done. While this is the first documented sale at auction, it has made the rounds with other owners. A Florida dealership had it listed previously on their website with an asking price of $37k, and later it was offered on eBay. Well bought here. Republic Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/19. #94-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370B142374. Forest Green/black vinyl. Odo: 29,892 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A very nice, honest car, well restored and documented. One of three in Forest Green with white stripes that features the 454 and M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed. MacNeish certifies numbers-matching drivetrain, and factory build sheet included. Wasn’t over- 142 Sports Car Market


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Roundup detailed, but clean and accurate throughout. Nice clean glass, excellent interior, and factory AM radio. Just a few minor paint flaws showing a bit of use, but great chrome and quite clean—but not show quality—underneath. Cond: 2+. nal miles. By this time, the room was beginning to empty, and there just wasn’t the action we all expected. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. #104-1971 DODGE DART Demon rep- NOT SOLD AT $143,000. Many feel the actual horsepower of these LS6 Chevelles is over 500 hp, and with 4-on-the-floor and 4:10 gears out back, it was one of the quickest cars of the era. Nice to see a well-built car that is not over-restored, and certainly looks ready to rumble. Slightly funky passenger’s door fit keeps it out of the Condition 1 rating, but everywhere else, nice and solid. Didn’t get a lot of excitement in the auction room, despite the documentation and reported under 30k origi- “ 144 lica coupe. S/N LL29C1B194465. Blue, white & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 798 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A Mr. Norm’s tribute car, jacked up a bit with a 440-ci engine with Max Wedge heads and drag-friendly TorqueFlite automatic transmission. Beautifully presented with sharp paint and graphics, very nice new chrome, and cool hood scoops. Nice, straight panel gaps and straight lines throughout. New Cragar mags and performance radial tires with custom roll cage installed for safety. Nicely presented as an authentic drag car rather than a static show car, and as sharp as this car looks, you sure won’t sneak up on anybody at your local stop light. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $132,000. The original Dodge Demon sold on the premise of bang for the buck—not a fancy car—but about as fast as anything, and a great value to boot. Nice, straight body panels and cool graphics indicate a car that has never been beat up but would make a very capable weekend drag car for some lucky buyer. Unfortunately, that guy was not in the The craziest vehicle I’ve never seen, with twin Peterbilt diesels and 12 8-71 superchargers. Add nitrous boost, and that’s almost 4,000 hp on tap. Custom billet grille, 24 straight pipes belching flames, and chrome and custom paint everywhere you look. 1984 Peterbilt 359 Ultra custom TT crew-cab “Thor 24” big rig room here in Riyadh, as this car received a few token bids from a few collector-car dealers in the audience, but failed to attract that winning bid. After all, an auction is lots more fun when the cars are flying out the door. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. TOP 10 No. 1 #120-1984 PETERBILT 359 Ultra custom TT crew-cab “Thor 24” big rig. S/N 1XP9D29X6EN173022. Red/ ” red & black leather. Odo: 200 miles. Supercharged 1,704-ci V24, 7-sp. The craziest vehicle I’ve never seen, with twin Peterbilt diesels and 12 8-71 superchargers. Add nitrous boost, and that’s almost 4,000 hp on tap. Custom billet grille, 24 straight pipes belching flames, and chrome and custom paint everywhere you look. Add in a full custom leather interior with a 1,500-watt stereo system and seven integrated video screens, with Norse God Thor graphics everywhere you look. Twelve boost gauges in the dash, one for each supercharger. Hawker jet-engine APU included. Runs and drives, reaching 130 mph, but man, you need a really big garage! The largest engine ever installed in a street-legal vehicle; most likely so for a very, very long time. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $13,200,000. Mike Harrah was in Riyadh, and when the hammer came down on Thor 24, he let out a whoop no one could miss. The last lot of a soft auction; it felt as if it was the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and two strikes called when Rod Egan hammered the most valuable custom vehicle ever sold at auction—by more than triple. $13.2 million won 32k pounds of custom vehicle that is stretched to 44 feet long, both making history and saving the day for the event organizers. One of the most amazing auction moments I’ve ever seen in 30-some years of covering the industry. Reminded me of the GM Futurliner at B-J selling for $4.3m about 10 years ago, only bigger and more bizarre. Simply the most badass truck ever created, and now, the most valuable as well. Worldwide Auctioneers, Riyadh, SAU, 11/19. © Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Alfas remain top dog because they’re always looking for a new perspective — Jessie Cart, Saluda, NC Alfa female perform their traditional mating ritual. Stuck on the side of the road in full public view, you might ask? Don’t worry. Hope springs eternal, such as birthing prodigy soon to be named Jeep and Ram. — Rob MacLachlan, Upper St. Clair, PA Hey! STOP YELLING. You knew we built these for rollover testing! — Chris Riley, Wilton, CT When the Alfas stop rockin’ they sure can do some rolling! — Michael Rini, Reno, NV If your Alfa finds the CPAP totally unlivable, it may resort to sleeping on its side instead. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA Okay, I showed you mine. Now you show me yours! — Len Simeone, South Plainfield, NJ Alfa’s new roll cage will get RUNNER-UP: Publisher Martin selects his next Alfa project — following the rollover test. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA But Keith, you promised no more, and now you’ve drug home two basket cases. — Tom Neyer, Gillette, WY Taking a cue from Chuck Berry, this artisan tried for “Roll Over, Bernini.” — Rick Albrechtson, La Crosse, WI When the SEMA show is in Vegas, even the dice look different. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Tony was ecstatic when he realized you could teach an old Alfa to roll over — you just have to scratch behind her headlight first. — Rob Cart, Saluda, NC After conducting a thorough inspection, Giancarlo paused, lit a cigarette, and said, “Although the upside-down driving position is unusual, the full roll cage should make it safe to drive.” — Pat Hamlin, Thousand Oaks, CA The Alfa Romeo Works team mechanics scrupulously prepared two entry cars for “Saturday Night Monster Jam.” — Don Mackay, Oceanside, CA Cage fighting — Italian style. — Mike Buettell, Balboa Island, CA For sale: Two Alfas. No motor or trans. Rolling chassis only! — Stan Colona, Plano, TX Publisher Martin served two rare rotisserie chickens and got “ 146 Subscription Renewals Comment of the Month I love the Next Gen features and “Buy/Sell/Hold” page. Even though I’m ‘Prev-Gen,’ I like to know what appeals to the new enthusiast collectors. — Gordon Owades, Lexington, MA (SCMer since 2011) ” This Month’s Mystery Photo Response deadline: May 25, 2020 more than he bargained for. At least the bones look good. — Scott M.R. Gordon, via email Intensive-care autos in trac- tion. — Diane W. Price, via email Spy shot! An Alfa male and you off road. — Warren D. Blatz, via email First-time winner Jessie Cart wins a vintage NOS — which means we bought it in 2019 — Sports Car Market cap for her witty take on two Alfas that might yet see better days. ♦ Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. Sports Car Market


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SCM Online Extras for SCM Readers Connect with SCM online this month Kids and Cars Visit SCM on the Web Here’s a Sample of Some of What’s Available at www.sportscarmarket.com SCM Weekly Blogs (www.sportsarmarket.com/blogs/keith- martin) • Drive and Save • Jaguar or Mercedes? • Old Car or New for My Spring Break Road Trip? Taking Stock: Nathan Hively, 6, in my son Nick Aretakis’ 2003 Chevy-powered stock car. Nathan is not a relation but very much family. He and his twin brother Alex and older brother Braden are part of the Hively clan that has been racing with my family for over 20 years. — Jimmy Aretakis, Morrison, CO Send your photos of your next-generation gearheads to SCM. If your photo is selected, you’ll win an official SCM cap. Send your high-res photos to kids@sportscarmarket.com. Please include your contact info, the name of the child in the photo, the make and model of the car and any descriptive information you would like. Guides and Resources (View or download at www.sportscarmarket.com/guides-supplements) • 2020 Insider’s Guide to Restorations • 2020 Pocket Price Guide Ten Years Ago in SCM Soon it will be springtime in Paris, and as we sort out the results of this year’s Rétromobile auctions, it’s a timely opportunity to compare how things looked at this time a decade ago. The May 2010 cover, appropriately enough, featured a French marque, a 1935 Voisin C25 that sold for $725k. Inside, in a remarkably strange coincidence, “Legal Files” columnist John Draneas wrote of shady shenanigans regarding a broker, the very same subject he tackles in this month’s column on p. 44. At the Rétromobile auctions, Bonhams brought home an $8.4m total in 2010 vs. $22.3 this year. Artcurial tallied $3m vs. $24.5m in 2020, and it would be another three years before RM Sotheby’s (then just RM) would enter the fray in Paris. May 2020 For Subscribers www.sportscarmarket.com/digitalissues-online • One year of back issues of SCM, searchable Platinum Users View 297,000-plus auction results at www.sportscarmarket.com/platinumauction-database (Platinum Auction Database members only). Compare the latest sales or track a car over its auction history! 147 Supplement to Sports Car Market Sports Car Market RESTORATIONS Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Insider’s Guide to 2020 Fifth Annual Edition ™


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ENGLISH 1934 Aston Martin Mk II Sports saloon drives with grace, space and pace. Please contact me for many more photos and video, to make an offer or to see her in person. $108,000. AutoArcheologist. Contact David, Ph: 860.398.1732, email: Dave@AutoArcheologist.com. Website: www. autoarcheologist.com/discoveries.html. (CT) 1955 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide roadster 4-speed manual transmission, fog lights, dual exhaust, dual SU carbs with a beautiful Biscuit interior. It has received a full service and detail by Classic Showcase, and is a great model for drivers larger in stature, with plenty of leg room available. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/645. (CA) 1959 Jaguar XK 150 S OTS 1961 Austin Healey 3000 Mk II BT7 roadster S/N HBT7L15506. Blue/dark blue. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This Mark II BT7 four-seater is a wonderful example of this highly versatile breed. Presented in highly engaging Works rally-car style. The last example to be comprehensively restored by renowned marque experts Randee and Tom Rocke. Photographs documenting the restoration work and British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate showing original data accompany the car. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/656. (CA) S/N 831488DN. Claret/Biscuit. 1,400 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Complete frame-off cosmetic and mechanical restoration. All matching numbers and proper date codes. Heritage Trust certificate. JCNA 99.18 points. 1,400 miles post restoration, a superb car. Email or call for additional details. $229,000. Contact Richard, Ph: 708.370.1254, email: 1959jag150S@gmail.com. (GA) 1959 Jaguar XK 150 S roadster S/N C4410L. Navy blue with gray swage line/gray. 84,100 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. This is the first of the Mk II saloons. It is one of very few remaining out of 25 built. Owned by Gordon Sutherland, the owner of Aston Martin in 1934. It appears in Aston’s publicity brochures. The body was restored in the 1990s. Mechanically it has recently been completely rebuilt. $189,000 OBO. Contact Robert, Ph: 604.926.3338, email: follows@shaw.ca. (BC) 1947 Bentley Mk VI 4¼ Litre Freestone & Webb sedan S/N 404X3005. Red/black. 0 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Beautiful Franco Scaglione-designed roadster! Sixth Arnolt Bristol made. Race car, campaigned for many years and has lived in California, Texas and Arizona. Exquisite restoration in late-1980s. Original engine had professional rebuild at restoration with zero hours. Has since been driven 3,500 street miles. Full deluxe interior, tailored black carpets, upholstered door interiors and original Italian seats. Retains most original parts as built by factory. Veteran Arizona Copper State1000! Previous car built by this owner has participated in two Mille Miglia Retros. Available at Tucson, AZ. POA. Contact Walter, Ph: 520.444.3056, email: reds66auto@aol.com. (AZ) 1955 Swallow Doretti roadster S/N T831604DN. Black/red. 2,853 miles. Inline 6, 4spd manual. This numbers-matching XK 150 S comes from a private collection and is one of approximately 888 examples produced. These S models include twin exhaust, wire wheels and raised performance with three two-inch SU HD8 carbs, Weslake-developed cylinder head and high-compression pistons. Included are keys, jack, rachet, grease gun, partial toolkit, church key, owner’s manual and original steering wheel. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/614. (CA) S/N B370BH. White/tan leather. 19,709 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. One of a dozen bodied by coachbuilders Freestone & Webb to their design no. 3038, a beautifully proportioned all-aluminum 4¼ Litre saloon with curvaceous razor-edge lines, with sliding sunroof and rear fender spats. Delivered in February 1948 to E. Gomme Ltd., a prominent British manufacturer of modern furniture. Subsequent owners included Stephan Hall of South Glastonsbury, CT, who registered the car with the Rolls-Royce Owners Club in September 1970. It formerly won several awards in British car club competition and is a Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic. $89,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1954 Jaguar XK 120 drophead coupe 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I H.J. Mulliner drophead coupe S/N TS5666E. Pearl White/blue. 73,542 miles. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. Spectacular four-year concours-quality complete nut-and-bolt restoration. One of the last examples assembled by the factory. Multiple concours appearances including the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) award winner. Original California car. $139,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1955-swallowdoretti-roadster/. (MO) 1958 Jaguar XK 150 fixed-head coupe S/N 1E10502. Opalescent Silver Blue/Navy Blue with matching top. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Fully restored, numbers-matching XKE. Attractive Opalescent Silver Blue-over-navy blue color combo, the roadster includes upgraded Wilwood brakes all around, ceramic headers, alloy radiator with auxiliary fan, electronic ignition, gear-reduction starter, 15-inch steering wheel and digital Bluetooth stereo with phone jack. This high-end driver is ready to drive and enjoy today! Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.805.9090, email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com. Website: www.classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/609. (CA) 1966 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2 convertible 1965 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N LSMH195. Sand Acrylic/beige. 50,227 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Spectacular, no-expensespared restoration completed by concours-winning marque specialist Vantage Motorworks. Over $336,000 in restoration costs and rarely driven since completion. One of only 10 built for the U.S. Built new for Broadway producer Lawrence Carr. Numbers-matching engine. Documentation includes original owner’s manual, tools, restoration invoices and more. $595,000. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1959rolls-royce-silver-cloud-drophead-coupe/. (MO) S/N 677769. British Racing Green/Fawn. 16,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching, concours-winning XK 120. Nut-and-bolt restoration 10 years ago by Donovan Motorcars. Runs and 148 S/N S834923BW. Maroon/Biscuit. 63,303 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This XK 150 features a matching-numbers engine and has been professionally restored. Features an upgraded S/N 1E13575. Black/black. 15,260 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular, no-expense-spared concours-quality restoration by marque specialist. Original California black-plate car. Numbersmatching engine. Stunning, special-ordered tripleblack color combination. Rare removable factory hard top. Excellent documentation includes owner’s manual, factory correct toolkit, jack and related tooling, Thor knockoff hammer, Jaguar Heritage Certificate and more! $269,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1966-jaguar-e-type-series-1-4-2-litreroadster/. (MO) 1967 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N 1E13274. Old English White/black. 29,866 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. This numbersmatching E-Type has under 30k miles driven since new, and was comprehensively restored by Jaguar professionals. It stands as a stunning example of Jaguar excellence, and includes a matching white hard top, a log book of past work and restoration receipts. Perfect for showing or driving. Classic Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/528. (CA) 1967 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2 convertible picture). Service records available. Paint, chrome, interior, wheels, glass, leather (except for small tear in rear seat upper corner), carpets, headliner and wood trim are all in excellent-to-pristine condition. Avon tires have less than 10k miles on them. Car comes with six-disc CD changer, RR GPS, original tools and spare. Owner’s manual, Mouton rugs and clean CARFAX. Reason for sale; looking to buy RollsRoyce Corniche. $45,800 OBO. Contact Klaus, Ph: 760.644.7443, email: rrbnut@gmail.com. (CA) GERMAN S/N 1E13230. Carmen Red/black. 60,243 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. Spectacular condition! Driven less than 3,000 miles since complete restoration. Maintained by the second owner for more than 30 years. Numbers-matching engine. Documentation includes owner’s manual, lubrication chart, Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate copy and more. Final year of the covered-headlight models. Rare air conditioning. $169,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1967-jaguar-e-type-series-1-4-2roadster/. (MO) 1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage flip-tail coupe 1955 Porsche 356 Continental Pre-A cabriolet 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SE cabriolet 1991 BMW Z1 Alpina cabriolet S/N 11102500000000. Anthracite Grey/black. 20,066 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd automatic. Spectacular restored condition! Desirable European-delivery example. Shown at the 2017 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Numbers-matching engine and automatic gearbox. Kuhlmeister factory air conditioning. Documentation includes owner’s manual, German tourist delivery insurance card, tools, jack, data card copy from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center and more. $189,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1968-mercedes-benz280se-cabriolet/. (MO) 1977 Porsche 911S Targa S/N V811880LCAV. Aztec Gold/brown. 81,488 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Incredibly rare left-hand-drive V8 Vantage flip-tail coupe. One of only 11 factory built for the U.S. Fitted with high-horsepower Eurospec DOHC V8 engine (numbers-matching engine included). Documented by owner’s manual, Heritage Trust Certificate and more. $239,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1979-aston-martin-vantage-flip-tailcoupe/. (MO) 1994 Jaguar XJ 220 coupe S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220618. Le Mans Blue/Charcoal Grey. 1,199 miles. V6, 5-spd manual. Just released from a private collection. Driven only 1,199 miles (1,929 km) from new! One of only 283 built. Fastest production car in the world upon introduction. Timing belt and fuel bladder service performed. Excellent documentation includes original books, original tools, first aid kit, original XJ 220 press tour invitation and more. $495,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/ inventory/1994-jaguar-xj220-2/. (MO) 2000 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph sedan S/N SCALA61E9YCX04223. Silver Tempest/grey. 47,500 miles. V8, 5-spd automatic. Truly superb. Mechanically fully recommissioned/serviced, needs nothing. Compare to others, one of 276 made. Looks and drives like brand new, with all repair documents available. Super-clean-running engine (see exhaust 150 S/N 220576. Signal Red/black leatherette. Inline 4, 4-spd manual. This 356C recently finished a show/ driver-level restoration by Classic Showcase. Finished in Signal Red over a black leatherette interior, it has held limited ownership and retains its original numbers-matching and date stamped wheels, engine and transaxle. Also included is a log book, receipts from day one, a toolkit and jack, and the original keys. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com. Website: www. classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/detail/509. (CA) S/N WBAEE1410J2560796. Cinnabar Red/Natur Nappa. 71,592 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Superb, highly original condition. Original paint and interior. New rear suspension accumulators and front suspension arms, Bavarian Autosport strut brace, a/c converted to R134. Trunk spoiler and original wheels refinished. 1988 model features upgraded, cleanerlooking bumpers. Condition in top-tier of E24 M6s. Outstanding in all respects. $54,000 OBO. Contact Lawrence, Ph: 917.301.4799, email: ltrepel@gmail. com. (NC) S/N THPNBT09281. Red/tan. 4,571 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Originally gifted to Carroll Shelby by DeTomaso. Spectacular condition with original leather interior. One of approximately 138 brought to the U.S. Numbers-matching 351-ci engine. Reputably the last factory red narrow-body GTS built. Documentation includes insurance card, 1985 EPA compliance test copy, Shelby Vehicle Authenticity Certificate and more. $249,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@ schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/ carroll-shelbys-1983-detomaso-pantera-gts-oneand-only-owner/. (MO) Sports Car Market S/N 158183. Signal Red/black. 64,941 miles. Flat 4, 4-spd manual. Spectacular concours restoration. Recently released from 30 years of collector ownership in Europe. Original numbers-matching type 587/1 engine and numbers-matching gearbox. One of 22 completed in 1963; of those, only two were finished in Signal Red over black leather. Outstanding documentation includes original manual, restoration invoices and more. $1,499,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1963-porsche-356-bcarrera-2-gs-cabriolet/. (MO) 1965 Porsche 356C coupe S/N WP0JB0936GS050136. Black/black. 86,000 miles. Inline 6, 4-spd manual. 86,000 original miles and holds limited ownership since new. Recently serviced with new tires, newly trimmed interior, full detail and service. Also features sports seats, Fuchs-style wheels, locking differential, in-dash stereo with CD player and turbo intercooler. A great example ready for spring and summer drives. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100, email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com. Website: www.classicshowcase. com/index.php/inventory/detail/632. (CA) 1988 BMW M6 coupe S/N 59249314. Nero Black/Rich Tan. 28,125 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Beautifully restored example. Only 28,125 actual miles! Originally assembled in Torino, Italy. Previously owned by a senior analyst of Sports Car Market magazine. Ford 351-ci Cleveland V8 engine with Edelbrock polished aluminum intake, Holley 4-barrel induction and Italia valve covers. $159,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1969-intermeccanicaitalia/. (MO) 1983 DeTomaso Pantera GTS coupe S/N 60771. Black/green. Flat 4, 4-spd manual. 1955, the only year the Continental was manufactured. Serial number 60771. One of 50 356 Continental cabrios sold. Exquisitely restored to the highest standards. Black with stunning green leather interior with Telefunken radio. Ownership history documented, once owned by Disney President Stanley Gold, previous owner purchased the car at Bonhams auction. CoA and Kardex in hand. See our site for full details. $295,000 OBO. Cooper Classic Cars. Contact Elliot, Ph: 212.929.3909, email: sales@cooperclassiccars.com. Website: www. cooperclassiccars.com/1955-porsche-356-continentalcabrio-c-4054.htm. (NY) 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS by Reutter cabriolet S/N WAPRLE0000C260028. Red/black. 34,692 miles. Inline 6, 5-spd manual. Rare Alpina Z1, number 28 of 66, built in 1991. Has had all recent services. 34.7k km. Brought to U.S. as show and display only and kept in dealer inventory since imported. Excellent cosmetic, running and driving condition. $120,000. BMW San Francisco. Contact Henry, Ph: 415.551.4233, email: henryeschmitt@gmail. com. (CA) ITALIAN 1962 Ferrari 330 GT prototype (Enzo Ferrari’s personal car) 2+2 coupe Guard Red/tan. 137,000 miles. Flat 6, 5-spd manual. One strip/repaint in original Guards Red. Southern car, no rust underneath ever, no accidents, drives great, a/c cool, great transmission, brakes, etc. Great engine rebuild by factory Porsche mechanic 5,000 miles ago, engine strong and dry, no thermal reactors, good owner past 24 years. Call during daytime, Est. $32,500. Contact Jerry, Ph: 330.759.5224, email: jbenzr@aol.com. (OH) 1986 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe S/N 4085. Light Ivory/black. 67,710 miles. V12, 4-spd manual. Prototype built in August 1962. Retained by the factory for two years and used by Enzo Ferrari as one of his personal cars. Excellent documentation includes original owner’s manual, original brochure, 1977 letter from Ferrari and more. $22,000 service completed in 2018. $495,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt.com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1962-ferrari-330gt-2plus-2-coupe-by-pininfarina-enzo-ferraris-personal-car/. (MO) 1969 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1992 Alfa Romeo Spyder AMERICAN 1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight convertible 1941 Packard Super Eight 160 Deluxe Convertible Victoria 1953 Buick Skylark convertible Inline 4, Clean CARFAX report, only 58,000 original miles. Excellent overall and wonderful driving car. Alternate phone: 323.327.6110. $14,000. Contact “CJ,” Ph: 818.754.1298, (CA) JAPANESE 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 spider S/N 178886. Beige/brown. V8, 3-spd manual. From two museums as prior owners. A true low-mileage example of America’s greatest period of growth and stature! To be offered at fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction, September 18–19, 2020, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; to consign or register to bid, call or visit us online. Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Contact Bill, Ph: 518.587.1935, email: bill.windham@ saratogaautomuseum.org. Website: www. saratogaautoauction.org/. (NY) 1932 Packard 903 Deluxe Eight roadster coupe 42,500 miles. Second owner. All records since day one. Immaculate and spectacular, 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering. Timing belt replaced 1,000 miles ago, new tires at 36,000 miles. Elderly doctor trimming down collection. $26,500. Contact Robert, Ph: 806.789.8135, email: rjbcarz@aol.com. (TX) S/N DE14792021. Wilshire Brown/tan. 45,464 miles (TMU). Inline 8, 3-spd manual. One of 99 built, never restored or apart. Delivered by Earle C Anthony, San Francisco. Fresno, CA, from 1941 to 2105, now in Florida. Overdrive, many recent upgrades. Best original award winner, Boca Raton Grand Classic. Call for additional details. $89,500. Contact Chuck, Ph: 914.474.0137, email: emitch7@ aol.com. (FL) 1947 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood 7-passenger sedan S/N 16839256. Cream/white & black. V8, 3-spd automatic. This is the 50th Anniversary Special Edition of Buick—only 1,650 of this model were ever built, and there are only a few in this condition still in existence. To be offered at fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction, September 18–19, 2020, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; to consign or register to bid, call or visit us online. Saratoga Motorcar Auctons. Contact Bill, Ph: 518.401.5180, email: bill.windham@ saratogaautomuseum.org. Website: www. saratogaautoauction.org/. (NY) 1953 Chrysler Ghia Special Sport coupe S/N 193829. Black/black. 46,076 miles. Inline 8, 4-spd manual. Just released from over a decade of single-collector ownership. Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic; eligible for all events and caravans. Incredible documentation dating back to 1930s. $229,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1932packard-special-eight-roadster-coupe/. (MO) S/N 3423869. Cavern Green/Original Broadcloth. 53,000 miles. V8, automatic. All-original survivor, CCCA registered, only 930 built in 1947. 346-ci V8, radio, twin heaters, original paint, excellent chrome, show winner, always garaged. More pictures available. $37,500 OBO. Don Kiesbuy Enterprises. Contact Don, Ph: 509.981.3013, email: dkiesbuy@ gmail.com. (WA) V8, Thomas Special design. Celebrity ownership. Hemi, KLM speedo, Marchal sidelights, leather. Seller owned 40 years. Excellent condition. Serious inquiries only. Alternate phone: 323.327.6110. Contact “CJ,” Ph: 818.754.1298, email: akira01@ pacbell.net. (CA) May 2020 151


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1954 Kaiser-Darrin 161 Sport roadster or register to bid, call or visit us online. Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Contact Bill, Ph: 518.401.5180, email: bill.windham@saratogaautomuseum.org. Website: www.saratogaautoauction.org/. (NY) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 Split-Window coupe S/N 161001133. Onyx Black/maroon. 13,763 miles. Inline 6, 3-spd manual. Spectacular no-expensespared concours-level restoration. Meticulous attention to detail. Incredibly rare factory black paint car with special-order interior. Three-position convertible top. Includes owner identification card, owner service policy, jack and removable side curtains. $149,900. Daniel Schmitt & Co. Contact Daniel, Ph: 314.291.7000, email: info@schmitt. com. Website: www.schmitt.com/inventory/1954kaiser-darrin-161-sport-roadster/. (MO) 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible S/N 30837S108028. Daytona Blue/dark blue. V8, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching, very original, iconic one-year-only Split-Window Corvette, finished in arguably the most desirable color combination offered. Beautifully maintained and carefully owned by former exotic-sports-car service business owner. Complete with original manuals and literature, original-style wheels and original floor mats. See Web link for additional photos. Contact Pat, Ph: 952.454.6618, email: pcotter33@gmail.com. Website: www.jaguarguy.wixsite.com/corvette. (MN) 1964 Chevrolet Corvette 327/365 coupe S/N F73A6782331. Shelby Blue/black. 2 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An absolutely stunning and exceptional example. 1965-titled Factory 5 Shelby Cobra replica 302-ci V8 in Shelby Blue with white sports stripes and black interior. $44,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1968 Dodge Coronet 440 2-dr hard top S/N RQB3388. Moondust Silver/red. 77,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. One of the last Altman-Neuman Avanti IIs. Chevrolet 305-ci V8.Turbo 350 auto. All factory brightwork, trim and glass is in great condition. Original spare wheel and tire. SW gauges that remain fully functional, including factory clock. This car was fitted with a factory Blaupunkt radio. A/C converted to R134a. No rust issues. Recent service: new valve covers and gaskets, air cleaner, fuel pump, hoses & belts and rubber trim. New engine oil, coolant and filters, full transmission service including replacement of seals, gaskets and flush and refill with new fluid, new front brake calipers, pads and hoses. $20,000. Contact Harlan, Ph: 804.543.4562, email: has250@comcast.net. (VA) 1984 Chevrolet El Camino IROC-S pickup S/N D7FH10789. Starmist Blue/blue. 25,802 miles. V8, automatic. Beautifully restored, great daily driving and completely rust-free example. In its original Starmist Blue factory color paint with a matching blue soft top, and loaded with factory specifications and desirable options including Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission ($212), Swift Sure power brakes ($38), Master Guide power steering ($69), power windows ($70), engine dress kit, Magic Air heater and defroster ($85), original Town & Country radio ($100), electric clock ($15), full wheel covers, whitewall tires ($30), rear fender skirts, dual exhausts, safety belts and its original 312/245-hp D-code V8 engine. $42,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Fuelie convertible S/N WH23F8G173967. Sunflower Yellow/white. 59,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. 318-ci, 2-barrel with dual exhaust, ps, pb, white vinyl top, split-bench seat, a/c, heat and defrost, tinted glass, bumper guards, drip rail and rocker moldings, styled road wheels, Cooper radial 15-inch tires, broadcast sheet, low original miles and recent repaint. $29,000 OBO. Contact Richard L, Ph: 513.678.1274, email: ls3_camaro@yahoo.com. (OH) 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 coupe S/N 40837S108800. Silver Blue/blue. 72,272 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Beautifully restored and seemingly accident-free very rare Sting Ray coupe with its original matching numbers L76 327/365-hp V8 engine and finished in its original and quite stunning Silver Blue factory color paint with its original correct blue (code-STD) vinyl trim interior and added factory options: 327/365-hp L76 V8 engine ($107), 4-speed Muncie closeratio manual transmission ($188), 4-seasons air conditioning ($421), pushbutton AM/FM radio ($176), Positraction axle 370R ($43), transistor ignition EQ ($75), vacuum power brakes ($43), tinted glass ($16) and back-up lamps ($10). $74,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327 coupe 1965 Shelby Cobra replica roadster 1982 Avanti Motor Co. Avanti II coupe S/N 1GCCW80H1ER210934. White & blue & red/ maroon. V8, automatic. The El Camino IROC-S series was a limited custom offering that produced approximately 15 vehicles characterizing an IROC Pace Truck. To be offered at fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction, September 18–19, 2020, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; to consign or register to bid, call or visit us online. Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Contact Bill, Ph: 518.401.5180, email: bill.windham@ saratogaautomuseum.org. Website: www. saratogaautoauction.org/. (NY) S/N 0F02Z133517. Grabber Blue/black. 28,103 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Hemmings Concours d’Elegance winner. To be offered at fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction, September 18–19, 2020, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; to consign or register to bid, call or visit online. Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Contact Bill, Ph: 518.401.5180, email: bill.windham@ saratogaautomuseum.org. Website: www. saratogaautoauction.org/. (NY) Honduras Maroon Metallic/Fawn. 45,378 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An exceptional, NCRS Top-Flight two-top convertible with its numbers-matching, fuel-injected 327 engine. Seven-time NCRS TopFlight award winner. Tons of photos, additional information and documentation available online. $139,999 OBO. Ride Quality Motors. Contact Austin, Ph: 805.202.4557, email: info@rqmotor.com. Website: www.1962fuelie.com/. (CA) 1962 Pontiac Catalina convertible 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-dr hard top Glen Green/green. 33,500 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Stunning example of a Top Flight awarded car, having a body-off nut-and-bolt restoration to a highly detailed standard. Correct-code Glen Green/green with matching-numbers drivetrain; optioned with the base 327, 4-speed, PS, factory a/c, Teakwood wheel and AM/FM radio. Beautiful paint over a laser-straight body with excellent panel gaps and a spotless interior. Original steelies with caps and Goldline tires for show, along with polished Torque Thrusts wrapped with modern radials for go. Docs and 100 photos available. Contact William, Ph: 609.790.1526, email: classiccarcritic@yahoo.com. Website: www.flickr.com/photos/99107519@N02/ albums/72157693256242851. (NJ) S/N 362D7040. Red/white. V8, 4-spd manual. To be offered at fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction, September 18–19, 2020, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; to consign 152 Sports Car Market RACE 1967 Chevrolet Camaro racer Maroon/black. V8, manual. Only 3 laps on new well built 302. Email for complete spec sheet. Great value at this price, from my client who has had and raced Camaros for decades. More details online. $49,900. Race Car Locators. Contact Rick, Ph: 509.868.2034, email: ricksminis1@msn.com. Website: www. RaceCarLocators.com. (WA) © S/N 344870E166189. Burnished Gold 58/black. 10,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Engine and body rebuilt and painted by local professional engine and body shops. Power windows, locks and trunk, Tic-Toc-Tach. All Ram Air components on engine. Red inner-wheel wells, Rally 1 wheels. I have all documents on all work done on car. Can provide all vendors who restored car. $60,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@att. net. (WI) FOLLOW SCM


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(FR) 310.899.1960. 310.526.6594. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 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) 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) Petersen Auction Group of GAA Classic Cars Auction, Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. Offering 650-plus vehicles three times per year: spring, summer and fall. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com, 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a 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) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly, hassle-free transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Russo and Steele Collector AutoPremier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, the fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auctions returns September 18 & 19, 2020. Proceeds help to fund the educational programs of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. To consign a vehicle, register to bid, or to learn more about the Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, visit www.saratogamotorcarauction.org Raleigh Classic Car Auctions. New England Auto Auction. 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 154 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org 919.269.5271 BUY — SELL — SPECTATE We are proud to offer some of the most desirable, low mileage, original and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. Offering 300-plus vehicles twice each year in June and December — all within modern, well ventilated, temperature controlled and very comfortable facilities. The Raleigh Classic Car Auctions offers honesty and unmatched customer service for everyone involved to make the buying or selling process fun and stress-free. WWW.RALEIGHCLASSIC.COM INFO@RALEIGHCLASSIC.COM W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549. W. Yoder Auction holds the only semiannual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction.com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Automobilia Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com (IN) Alfa Romeo Buy/Sell/General AutoMobilia Resource magazine is a dedicated resource for anyone who collects automobilia — from serious collectors, to the car guy (or girl) who occasionally collects. Each issue provides a wealth of unique editorial content from industry experts, covering most aspects of the often “increasingin-value” automobilia market. PRINT subscriptions (U.S.): 6 issues for $36 or 12 issues for $59. DIGITAL subscription: 1 year for $29 or 1 month for $10. All print subscribers may add digital for only $10/year extra. Call Lynn at 224-558-8955 or go to AutoMobiliaResource.com/subscribe. Or send check to: AutoMobilia Resource, 1217 Cape Coral Pkwy E, #178, Cape Coral, FL 33904. Advertising inquiries; contact Sharon at 954-579-5280 or Sharon. Spurlin@classicads.us Editorial inquiries; contact Marshall at 631-563-2876 or Editor@AutoMobiliaResource.com 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 Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Automodello. 877.343.2276. 1:12 1967 Gurney Spa-winner handsigned by Dan Gurney ONE24™ Cadillac, Delahaye, Delage, Ford, Iso Grifo, Lincoln in 1:24 scale ONE43™ Cadillac, Ford, Lincoln, Sunbeam in 1:43 scale Hand-built Limited Edition Resin Art™ 10% SCM Discount — SCM19MP on Automodello.com Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com (CA) 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) The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925.736.3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com 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 BMW Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 135,000 sf. We can meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272. www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Passion for automobiles made visible Created from over 100 components, this highly detailed 3 dimensional artist’s model of the iconic five dials is inspired by the early 911 dash, complete with functioning clock. Each dial is hand crafted and assembled by the artist. Customization is available. Limited edition, signed and numbered. Many more unique motoring gifts available at www.motorology.com Motorology, LLC Williston, VT 617.209.9902 Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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 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. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com 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) Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Chequered Flag. 310.827.8665. Chequered Flag is Los Angeles’ best known classic car dealer. We specialize in European classic and sports cars, particularly air-cooled Porsches. We have over 100 classics in inventory including over 25 Porsches. We appreciate our many repeat customers with over 15,000 cars bought and sold since 1986. www.ChequeredFlag.com sales@chequeredflag.com (CA) Copley Motorcars has been trading in sports and classics for over 20 years out of its suburban Boston showroom, specializing in vintage Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Land Rover Defender. And now a second showroom — CopleyWest — has opened in Newport Beach, California. www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@gmail.com (MA) www.copleywest.com pat@copleywest.com (CA) 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 more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com 314.524.6000. After more than 30 years in business, Hyman Ltd stands proudly as one of the most respected names in the global collector-car trade. Whether your interests focus on concours champions, brass-era powerhouses or newmillennium icons, Hyman Ltd’s unique approach and unrivaled experience helps you navigate a rapidly evolving marketplace. Our highly successful consignment program placed some of the world’s most significant motorcars with new owners, and our showrooms house a diverse inventory of nearly 200 vehicles. If you are buying, selling or exploring your options to manage your collection, choose Hyman Ltd to serve your needs. 2310 Chaffee Dr, St. Louis, MO 63146 314-524-6000. sales@hymanltd.com 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) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the sales of 1970s and earlier great European classics since 1978. You can rely on our decades of knowledge and experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Guidance is given with an emphasis on building long-term relationships. Contact our Classic Car Sales team via email at: sales@paulrussell.com (MA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. Since 1985, Legendary Motorcar Company has specialized in buying, selling and restoring some of the rarest cars in existence. For sale, in our 150-car showroom you’ll find, ultra-rare muscle cars, European sports cars and modern performance cars. In our 75,000 square-foot facility, our highly-skilled craftsmen perform complete award-winning restorations. Whether you are buying one special car or building a museum, our collection management services will help you make the right decisions. Over 30 years in business, we have grown to become the nation’s premier collector and performance car facility. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars of San Diego. 619.515.2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) Classic Auto Mall — One of the largest Classic Car Facility’s in the world, with nearly eight acres under one roof in a climate controlled, secure, indoor showroom. Over 800 vehicles on display/for sale. The Ultimate Destination for Classic and Specialty Cars, located one hour west of Philadelphia on the Turnpike in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Consignments invited, single car or entire collections. Worldwide marketing coverage. Call 888.227.0914 or visit us at www.ClassicAutoMall.com 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 Vintage Motors of Sarasota. Luxury Brokers International. 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 156 215.459.1606. 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) 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) West Coast Classics. 424.376.5151. 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. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics.com info@ WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Car Storage Fourintune Garage Inc. 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 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 Collector Car Insurance J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com English 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com (MA) JWF Restorations Inc. Specializ- ing 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) 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) 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) Grundy Insurance. 888.647.8639. 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 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) Events—Concours, Car Shows Hilton Head Island Motoring Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. Hagerty. 800.922.4050. is not just the world’s largest provider of specialty insurance for enthusiast vehicles: they are all-in on the automotive lifestyle dedicated to the love of driving. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, DriveShare, Car Values, Hagerty magazine and MotorsportReg. Hagerty also helps keep the car culture alive for future generations through youth programs, support for Historic Vehicle Association and the RPM Foundation. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com (MI) May 2020 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) Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 30–November 1, 2020 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com FOLLOW SCM 157


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. German in its assortment. From small services to full ground-up restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com (CA) Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 17–19, 2020. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 831.242.8200. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the legendary Corkscrew, which has been the scene of many famous racing memories. The 2019 premier-event season includes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, IMSA, Trans Am, Ferrari Racing Days, World Superbike and IndyCar’s season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. For tickets, camping and hospitality contact www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or call 831.242.8200. Finance Bud’s Benz. 800.942.8444. At Classic Car Capital 310.254.9704, 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) Ext. 1. Maximize the return on your passion by recapitalizing the equity in your vintage cars. Whether to expand your collection, invest or for personal use, you decide how to use the funds. With unparalleled experience, service and expertise in this highly specialized lending, we understand the market and needs of the collector. Whether using one car or multiple cars as collateral, we offer lines of credit with no origination fees or prepayment penalties. Bud’s, we sell a full line of MercedesBenz parts for cars from the 1950s through the 1980s. We do minor and major service work on most Mercedes. Restoration work; including paint, interior, mechanical and other services are available. We pride ourselves in doing work that is tailored to our customers’ needs and budgets. We also (locally) work on later-model Mercedes, BMW, and Mini Coopers. Computer diagnostics and work related to keeping your daily driver on the road are all available at Bud’s. www.budsbenz.com (GA) Art’s Star Classics. 800.644.STAR (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 Scott Grundfor Company. 805.474.6477. Since the 1970s, Scott Grundfor Company has set the bar with best of show cars. Four decades later, we continue our long and rich tradition of excellence in the collectible car and restoration market. As trusted and respected Mercedes-Benz experts, we strive to not only continue the restoration and sales excellence we’ve worked so hard to develop, but to also bring awareness to the appreciation, preservation and history of the automobile. scott@scottgrundfor.com www.scottgrundfor.com (CA) Import/Export CARS. 310.695.6403. For more than Ferrari Financial Services. SCCA’s San Francisco Region (SFR) Concours Chapter has been sanctioning concours d’elegance since 1952. SCCA provides judges, field crew and scorers at each SCCA-sanctioned concours. To exhibit your motorcar, contact the event organizers listed on each event’s own web page. SCCA SFR Concours d’Elegance Chapter is honored to sanction the following concours: Coyote Creek June 28, 2020 www.coyotecreekconcours.com Hillsborough July 12, 2020 www.hillsboroughconcours.org Ferndale September 13, 2020 www.ferndaleconcours.org Danville September 20, 2020 www.danville-delegance.org Niello October 4, 2020 www.theconcours.net SFR-SCCA seeks new judges and field crew. Contact Jim Perell at japerell@ icloud.com or 916-765-9739. concourscca.org 158 201.816.2670. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. European Collectibles Inc. J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. 1.866.622.5277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com (CA) two decades, CARS (Classic Automotive Relocation Services) has looked after some of the most irreplaceable motorcars in the world. If you need your vehicle transported, CARS have the expertise and knowledge to ensure it arrives in perfect condition, on time, and with no unexpected costs. CARS are able to action any shipping request through its own offices in the U.K., New York, Los Angeles and Japan, and via its network of global agents. Whether your vehicle needs to be transported by road, sea or air freight, please get in touch and allow CARS to take the worry and stress out of your shipment needs. History has proven that CARS are the team to trust. Do not take any chances with your pride and joy — hand it to the people that will care for it as their own. Fax: +1 (310) 695 6584 Email: info@carsusa.com www.carsusa.com 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) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Italian 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, specializing in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. The Lamborghini Club America is the world’s largest organization of Lamborghini owners and enthusiasts. Inclusive to both vintage and modern Lamborghini owners, the Lamborghini Club America is a critical asset to the Lamborghini ownership experience. Membership includes La Vita Lamborghini magazine, a carbon fiber member card, special pricing at most authorized dealers for parts and service, and much more. Join today at: www.LamborghiniClubAmerica.com Leasing 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 Dr Beasley’s. Using better products Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010. Luxury Lease Partners LLC. 201.822.4870. LLP is a self-funded exotic car lessor that does not follow conventional lending rules, such as scores, debt-to-income ratios or comparable borrowing requirements. LLP can provide lease financing on any exotic car from $50,000 to $5 million, regardless of your credit history. If you own a car and need cash, LLP provides sale/lease-back financing so you can keep driving your car! Contact us at info@luxuryleasepartners.com Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) Multimedia Publications to care for your vehicle can make all the difference in the world. So start with quality products like Dr. Beasley’s. Located in Chicago, IL, Dr. Beasley’s manufactures detailing products that have amazing ease of use and the performance that professional detailers require. All of our products have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, so try them for yourself. Or if you’d rather, hire one of our Authorized Detailers for the ultimate in car care and protection. Visit www.drbeasleys.com or call us at 773.404.1600. Let us know SCM sent you. banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org, www.lemaymuseum.org (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 AmericanMuscle 877.887.1105. Starting out in 2003, AmericanMuscle quickly rose to be one of the leading aftermarket Mustang parts providers in the business. With the addition of Challenger parts in 2018, AmericanMuscle provides the most sought-after products, accessories and fast shipping. AmericanMuscle.com 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com Racing Services 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 National Parts Depot. 800-874Turtle Garage provides readers Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877.973.7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) LeMay—America’s Car Museum celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, May 2020 with unique insights into the collector vehicle market and the broader automotive industry. Our exclusive content focuses on vintage motorcycles, modern classics, and the exciting future of the automobile — including developments in ride-hailing, electrification and autonomous driving. We produce diverse articles on travel, restoration projects, book reviews, auction analysis, vehicle summaries and relevant automotive industry news. “Turtle Garage is a must-read. Subscribe today.” — Keith Martin, Sports Car Market www.turtlegarage.com Museums Original Parts Group Inc. 800- 243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) 7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu and El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird 1967–73 Cougar www.nationalpartsdepot.com TOURANIL Leather by AERISTO +1 (817) 624-8400. A deep passion for classic automobiles has led AERISTO’s founder Christian Schmidt to develop an authentic line of classic, vegetable tanned leathers. AERISTO, the market leader for high end, technical aviation leathers is now proud to offer their TOURANIL article to the restoration community. All raw materials are sourced from premium South German bull hides, available in stock in a wide array of colors. Please reach out to AERISTO to learn more. info@aeristo.com www.aeristo.com 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 159


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 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 Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction.com (CA) Farland Classic Restoration. Brightworks. 937.773.5127. Bright- works has partnered with Ruote Borrani to be the only authorized restorer of Ruote Borrani wheels in the world, and to be a distributor for any new Ruote Borrani products in North America. We use the original Ruote Borrani drawings and blueprints to restore your wheels to exact factory standards and offset. Additionally, we use the correct font letter/number stamps to re-create all of the original markings to restore your Borrani wheels to be factory original, correct and certified. www.brightworkrestoration.com (OH) 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: info@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom Jeff’s Resurrections has been bringing some of the world’s finest cars back to life in a quiet corner of Central Texas for almost three decades. Founded in 1990, we are a full-service auto restoration facility specializing in classic, exotic and antique vehicles, whose work has won many awards. With a full-time team of ten skilled mechanics, metal craftsmen, specialist re-finishers and detailers, we offer complete mechanical and coachwork services. Our premises encompass 36,000 square feet of historic property that once housed a pre-war Dodge dealership in Taylor, Texas, just a short drive from downtown Austin, Austin Bergstrom International Airport and the Circuit of the Americas. 512.365.5346. www.jeffsresurrections.com (TX) Paramount Classic Cars. 844.650.9125. A 120,000 square foot facility located in Hickory, NC, offering a full-array of services including sales, consignments, complete restorations, engine and transmission rebuilding, metal-shaping and fabrication on classic cars. We specialize in American muscle and English cars but also work on a wide range of makes and models including all European models. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality workmanship and professional client services. We base our company policy on the Golden Rule; always treat the other person the way you want to be treated and always endeavor to do what is right and fair. Contact us for a free estimate on your classic. Email us at rtheiss@paramountauto.com for more information. www.paramountclassiccars.com 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) On the Road Again Classics. Hahn Auto Restoration. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves — getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) 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 Paruch Automotive CraftsmanPalm Beach Classics. 561.568.5906. Palm Beach Classics has grown over the last decade into a well-respected restoration facility and automotive sales center known around the world. Backed up with a very strong reputation, we provide high-quality restorations on classic Mercedes-Benz. We value our customers through excellence in our work and service. Our parts department is top notch and has a rare variety of hard-to-find original Mercedes-Benz parts. Email: Office@ palmbeachclassics.com www.palmbeachclassics.com (FL) Hjeltness Restoration. 760.746.9966. What began as attention to detail developed into love. We benefit from 34 years of disassembling original cars with the intent to restore yet also with an eye on the future, other restorers will need benchmarks to copy. If your own personal piece of history needs doing for the first time or the second please contact us. www.HjeltnessRestoration.com 160 ship. 262.339.0180. We are a small team of passionate craftsmen dedicated to delivering sophisticated automotive metal restoration. Our passion is restoring ’50s–’60s coach-built vehicles; especially Italian marques. Our capabilities include coach-built body restoration, metal shaping, fabrication, trim and exhaust fabrication, muscle car restoration... anything metal. We have been involved with a substantial pedigree of world-class vehicle restorations. For over 10 years, our workmanship has been shown and won awards at concours across the U.S. and Europe. Give us a call to learn more about who we are and how we can help with your next project. 262.339.0180, www.paruchautomotivecraftsmanship. com (WI) Prueitt Automotive Restoration. Since 1975. Al Prueitt and Sons is a family-owned and -operated Antique and Classic Auto Restoration business located in Glen Rock, PA. Restoring antique, classic and special interest cars. Performing all aspects of car restoration in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility including: upholstery, mechanical, electrical, engine rebuilds, bodywork, custom paint, interior and exterior woodworking and refinishing. Tel: 800.766.0035 or 717.428.1305, email: alprueittandsons@verizon.net 8 Winter Avenue, Glen Rock, PA 17327 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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The Creative Workshop. Ragtops & Roadsters. 215.257.1202. For close to three decades Ragtops & Roadsters has provided maintenance, preservation and restoration services for British, German, Italian and other European marques. We offer a comprehensive array of services, including mechanical repair, engine rebuilding, interior trimming and coachwork; including paint and body repair. Let our talented craftsman put you back in the driver’s seat of your special classic car so you can enjoy it on the road again! info@ragtops.com www.ragtops.com (PA) RM Auto Restoration. 519.352.4575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com 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 The Werk Shop. 847.295.3200. BMW full and partial restorations has been our main focus for over 20 years. We build show winners and awesome daily drivers. Our shop is located 30 minutes north of O’Hare Airport in Libertyville, Illinois. We also provide our clients with collection management, temperature/humidity-controlled storage, show assistance and private treaty sales. We’ve built an international reputation on our rich history of restoring both pre- and post-war BMWs and are honored to be recognized for the care and quality of our work. Our collectors have won numerous prestigious awards at Pebble Beach, Hilton Head and many other concours. Contact us by phone or via our website: www.thewerkshop.com (IL) The Paddock Classic Car RestoraSport and Specialty. 815.629.2717. We are specialists in Austin-Healey and Jaguar cars but have experience in a variety of other marques, to include; most British cars, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and early Lotus. Our work includes: All levels of restoration services, (full, mechanical, sympathetic, etc.), simple repairs, ongoing maintenance and vintage race preparation. We also offer full mechanical services; Engine, transmission, overdrive, differential and component rebuilds. www.sportandspecialty.com tions. 860.224.1888. At The Paddock, our collective passion is the restoration and preservation of fine classic automobiles of any type/era. We strive to provide the highest possible quality in our results and approach every customer relationship with openness, honesty, constant communication, detailed documentation and with the highest ethical standards. Our 18,000 square foot facility is fully equipped and is staffed with highly skilled artisans, allowing us to provide a full array of services to our clients in a single location. Visit us in person at 285 Columbus Boulevard, New Britain, CT 06051, or online at www.ThePaddockCars.com Treasured Motorcar Services. 410.833.2329. Since 1980, a trusted provider for the highest quality maintenance, restoration, performance, paint, body, sales, and consignment of European sports/luxury vehicles, American classics, and muscle cars. We have completed numerous full and partial restorations on marques as diverse as Bandini, Dellow, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Mustang, and Corvette. Maintaining memories for your daily driver, weekend warrior or show stopper in our 22,500 sq. ft. facility with our dedicat- Valenti Classics Inc. 414.421.6300. Since 1991, we have been restoring cars back to exacting standards and building custom, one-of-a kind vehicles for customers all over the world. We are your one-stop shop. All restoration and mechanical services are met through our comprehensive shop. Expert body restoration, paint, fabrication, and upholstery. “Precisely Like You Want It. Even If You Want It Precisely Like It Was.” Visit valenticlassics.com to learn more or email inquiry@valenticlassics. com (WI) © SHIFT UP TO SCM PLATINUM! The Classic Auto Show. 203.233.7162. Whether you’re a collector, or working on your project car, or simply share a passion for the classics, The Classic Auto Show is for you. You’ll see over 2,000 classics, rub shoulders with your favorite auto celebrities, view LIVE restoration and auto detailing demos, shop a vendor marketplace and more. Buy Tickets or Display Your Car Today! www.TheClassicAutoShow.com www.sportscarmarket.com/platinum The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years May 2020 161 ed full time staff. Let us help you enjoy your treasured motorcar the way it was meant to be. Follow our ongoing and completed projects and visit our website www.treasuredmotorcars.com Torque Classic Cars. 561.333.1868. We are your one stop for all your collector car needs. Located in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. We specialize in restorations of European sports cars with a concentration in MercedesBenz and Jaguar. With a diverse team of master craftsmen we bring rolling works of art to life. Our in-house upholstery center and body shop allow us to give every project our undivided attention all under one roof. Storage and Consignments available. 561-333-1868 torqueclassiccars.com


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Hockney’s “The Splash” Makes Waves in London The iconic 1960s painting fetches $29.8 million, which could buy at least two top-notch Ferraris Thought Carl’s David Hockney’s 1966 work “The Splash” is one of three painted versions of his iconic image of the spray of an unknown diver who has just plunged into the blue water of a California swimming pool. Offered was the medium-sized version, measuring 72 inches by 72 inches, which was acquired in 2006 for about $5.4 million. It sold to a single phone bidder for $29.8 million, including fees, at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on February 11. While it provided a nice return for the seller, the sale was viewed as a bit of a disappointment. It was well behind the $90.3 million paid in 2018 for his “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures).” The art world continues to be in a bit of turmoil, as several auctions that were scheduled for Hong Kong have been canceled due to changing interests and the coronavirus outbreak. The market for quality tire advertising is much easier to explain, and here a few cool pieces from Milestone Auctions’ February 22 sale of the extensive John Child Collection. Prices noted do not include the vig. LOT 67—GOODYEAR TIRE AGENCY TIN SIGN WITH EARLY WINGED FOOT LOGO. Estimate: $2,000– $3,000. SOLD AT: $2,900. This single-sided tin sign was in a wood frame and was in pristine condition. It measured 10.25 inches by 16.25 inches and was extremely early. Amazing condition for a tin sign that old. Sold for a fair price. tall and had a few chips and some minor paint loss. It was also missing the wood cigar, which could be easily remade. It is a most impressive piece, with very few known to have survived. Considering the age and condition, it sold for a most reasonable amount. LOT 76—MICHELIN TIN TIRE STAND WITH BIBENDUM. Estimate: $2,000–$3,000. SOLD AT: $2,700. This early tire-display stand had some wear and soiling, but it is a very difficult piece to find. The price would have been a bunch more if it were in a touch better condition. LOT 51—HARTFORD TIRES LARGE CLOTH BANNER. Estimate: $4,000– $6,000. SOLD AT: $4,200. This wood-framed cloth banner had wonderful graphics with an early touring car on one side and the Hartford Tire logo on the other. The condition was exceptional, but it sold at the low end of expectations. A stunning piece that is one of the more desirable examples of early tire advertising. LOT 46—MICHELIN BIBENDUM CHALKWARE FIGURE. Estimate: $3,000– $5,000. SOLD AT: $3,500. This early chalkware figure of the iconic “Ol’ Bib” was 32 inches LOT 45—LARGE MICHELIN BIBENDUM AIR COMPRESSOR. Estimate: $4,000–$5,000. SOLD AT: $2,700. This is the larger version of Bibendum riding an air compressor that is on wheels. This piece is much harder to find than the smaller one. It had been restored and had a newish look. The smaller version was also offered and sold for $2,100. Price for both would have been a bunch more if the restorations were a bit more realistic. As such, sold for a reasonable amount. LOT 54—UNITED STATES TIRE THREE-PANEL ADVERTISING DISPLAY. Estimate: $4,000–$6,000. SOLD AT: $4,300. This attractive and vibrant United States Tire oilcloth banner was dated 1921. It was a three-panel piece and the center panel featured a touring car on the famed Lincoln Highway. It was a very collectible piece, and the exceptional condition was a big plus. If anything, it sold for under the money. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada, $135 Mexico, Europe, Asia/Africa/Middle East. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 162 LOT 134—SCHRADER TIRE GAUGE TIN SIGN. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500. SOLD AT: $2,100. This single-sided tin sign was very presentable, with bold graphics of the Schrader gauge and an area for chalk-written notices. The colors were vibrant, with only minor paint crazing. It measured 22 inches by 17 inches and sold for strong — but not unreasonable — money. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market